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Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed on Blog Talk Radio

 

Sharry Edwards is the pioneer in the study of Human BioAcoustic Biology. Her 30 years of research is being used at the Institute of BioAcoustic Biology in Albany, OH.

Sharry Edwards interviewed Helen Lobato on Blog Talk Radio

 

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.

 

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Why are we so afraid of viruses and bacteria?

 

In Sacrificial Virgins: Part 1 – Not for the greater good Professor Peter Duesberg claims that if HPV is found in cervical cancer tumours it is just a fossil of a previous HPV infection. According to the Berkeley University Molecular Biologist there is no causal relationship between the human papilloma virus and cervical cancer.

But then we have this entire HPV vaccination program based on the idea that this wart virus causes causes cervical cancer and so we need to vaccinate the whole teenage population against it. It is time that we acknowledge that what is claimed to be a cancer-causing virus may only be a fossil or a passenger virus and therefore not cause any problem at all.

high resIn my book Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed I cite the revolutionary work of Janine Roberts in my effort to make sense of the fear that has led to the vaccination of teenagers with Gardasil in order to prevent infection from the human papilloma virus.

We all have been taught to greatly fear viruses — and yet scientists are now discovering that they are fundamental parts of life, made by the millions by all healthy cells.
— Dr Roberto A. Giraldo, physician and specialist
in internal medicine, infectious and tropical diseases

In Fear of the Invisible: How Scared Should We Be of Viruses and Vaccines, HIV and Aids (2008), author and investigative journalist Janine Roberts suggests that rather than seeing viruses as harmful we need to see them for what they are:

  … we make them, shape them and live within a sea of them

  …viruses are made out to be enemies that must be attacked in order for pharmaceutical companies to be the beneficiaries of a multibillion dollar ‘war on terror’

Western medicine needs an enemy. Cancer is one of our current enemies, a disease state that attracts around $US5 billion a year in research dollars resulting in expensive miracle drugs that delay the inevitable death — often weeks, perhaps months, rarely years.

In the story about cervical cancer and current treatments it may be helpful to understand cancer as proposed by Michael Coleman from the Cancer Research UK Cancer Survival Group in his essay ‘War on cancer and the influence of the medical-industrial complex’, published in the Journal of Cancer Policy (Coleman, 2013). He describes

cancer as “a uniquely diverse constellation of diseases that stem from spontaneous or induced errors in the complex genetic systems that have evolved over millions of years to regulate the reproduction of our own cells”

He also tackles the use of the ‘metaphor of war’

Waging war  against a disease that is so intrinsic to our cellular biology is even more quixotic than declaring a war on terror, drugs or religion. War is more than just a metaphor. It distorts political thinking about cancer with the illusory clarity of victory and defeat.

Whether we are talking about cancer or infectious disease it is time to put this ‘war’ approach to rest and adopt an holistic understanding of life, health, disease and death.

We have been educated to fear these minute cellular particles; our media campaigns are designed to focus on them rather than on the real enemy – the toxins or the lack of nutrients that detract from a state of wellness. By the middle of the 20th century the rate of infectious diseases was in decline in the wake of improved living conditions but death from cancer rose. The fearful public wanted answers, they wanted to know the cause. Most of all they wanted a cure. The nature of cancer was puzzling, and microbiologists began to look for cancer causing germs. A connection between organisms such as bacteria or fungi and cancer could not be established, but that was not the end of the matter. The task of finding the cause of cancer shifted to virologists who, aided by increasingly sophisticated technologies, took up the cudgel — this time searching for hypothetical cancer-causing viruses.

By the 1970s, Harald zur Hausen had begun exploring the idea that the human papilloma virus could be the cause of cervical cancer. In the early 1980s, the German virologist found the human papilloma virus, HPV type 16, in approximately 50% of cervical tumours and HPV type 18 in approximately 20% of cervical tumours.

HPV might be present in cervical tumours but the real question is whether it causes any harm. Chances are it is merely a passenger virus as claimed by Professor Peter Duesberg in Sacrificial Virgins.

If so we have been vaccinating girls and boys for a disease not caused by a virus with the vaccine that is associated with thousands of unnecessary adverse events and ill health for many recipients.

Parents and their daughters have been influenced by a huge marketing campaign waged by Merck, the manufacturer of Gardasil, and the mainstream media. In 2006 the message was intense with scarcely a day passing without a cervical cancer story accompanied by the promotion of an auspicious, imminent vaccine. This message reached an uninformed public, most of whom had never heard of this virus but were now anxiously waiting for a vaccine to become available as quickly as possible. Sadly so many of these parents and children are left regretting the decision they made to vaccinate, and struggle to deal with day to day real health issues.

Turning this obedience to the whims of the pharmaceutical companies around will take a radical shift in how we understand disease. The culprit won’t be studied in a test tube, cultured in the laboratory, or lend itself to a marketable product.

Western medicine has neglected the whole person focussing on the different parts of our bodies, such as our livers, our heart, and our brains. New technologies have flourished and most importantly death is deferred. Over the years many have warned of the growing dilemma as they saw it. The problem of leaving health care in the hands of the professional elite. Radical Philosopher Ivan Illich wrote

By transforming pain, illness, and death from a personal challenge into a technical problem, medical practice expropriates the potential of people to deal with their human condition in an autonomous way and becomes the source of a new kind of un-health.

It is time to seek an alternative view on sickness and health this time from Ben Court, the family osteopath:

In naturopathic terms, any event that the body uses to steer itself back to a homeostatic balance, is termed a “healing crisis”, i.e. its purpose is a positive move towards health not away from it, no matter how unappealing the actions taken by the body might be.

Rather than regarding a cold or a bout of the flu as a disease we should instead see this challenge as a detoxification process by the body.

With this in mind how do we understand childhood infectious disease? Possibly the same way I would suggest and that rather than fearing the childhood bouts of measles, mumps, rubella and chicken pox we revert to regarding these illnesses as symptoms of an unwell body and focus on the cause. It is known that measles is connected with a vitamin A deficiency. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends vitamin A for children with measles in areas where vitamin A deficiency may be present. In knowing this connection we would be far better off ensuring that all children have adequate levels of vitamin A rather than the measles vaccine.

Infectious diseases were in decline before the advent of vaccination programs.

This graph shows that in England and Wales the annual death rate of children (under age 15) from measles declined from over 1,100 per million in the mid-nineteenth century, to a level of virtually 0, by the mid 1960s

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Looking at the whole person and understanding the reasons that the body is out of balance is far superior to the system that regards vaccination as the answer to infectious disease and more.

In the words of Barbara Loe Fisher Co-founder & President National Vaccine Information Center

Instead of epidemics of measles and polio, we have epidemics of chronic autoimmune and neurological disease: In the last 20 years rates of asthma and attention-deficit disorder have doubled, diabetes and learning disabilities have tripled, chronic arthritis now affects nearly one in five Americans and autism has increased by 300 percent or more in many states.

Time to put this irrational belief system that viruses are harmful to bed and work with nature.

 

 

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We are losing what it is to be human

When my daughter Tamara was born I was fortunate to have a sensible down to earth mother who encouraged me to breast feed. This was 1971 when it was becoming fashionable for young women to ditch the breast and take up formula feeding. I happily followed mum’s advice and never regretted it for a moment. Breast feeding is natural and of course really convenient and more importantly a perfect feed for baby. Not just nutritionally but replete with immunity. This brings me to the subject of herd immunity – natural herd immunity. We hear our so-called health experts speak of the need for herd immunity in the context of vaccines. But herd immunity is not obtainable from vaccines. Vaccine-acquired protection from childhood infections does not last whereas the natural infection with its fever and rashes extends immunity and is reinforced by others when they come down with the illness.

Herd immunity is gained in the following way. As a child before the age of vaccines it was common to have infections such as measles mumps, rubella, and chicken pox. A few days off kindergarten or school and then you were well again. We never heard of children having complications from the natural infection. When babies are breast fed this natural immunity is passed on and is protective of  baby in the early months of life. Then when our children have measles, mumps, rubella and chicken pox the adult immunity to these illnesses is reinforced – this I think of as herd immunity. Take the case of chicken pox, a mild infection. Before the current age of vaccines chicken pox immunity among adults was regularly reinforced by the young around them who had the natural disease. In this way elderly people, often susceptible to shingles were protected from the painful and debilitating disease. This naturally acquired immunity is disappearing now that children are vaccinated for these mild childhood infections and everything else – even against influenza. Nature has it right. Breast is best, and a dose of a mild infectious disease makes us stronger.

Fear is a great motivator and our media at the behest of health departments and the pharmaceutical industry have exploited the fear of disease to such an extent that most of society think that vaccines will prevent childhood disease and the rare death. Before the age of vaccines there were around 10 cases of death from measles in Australia and these sadly occurred in areas of poverty and disadvantage. Infectious disease deaths fell before widespread vaccination. Factors that resulted in reduced deaths were improved nutrition, sanitation and hygiene.

Similarly when we turn to the issue of cervical cancer and prior to the 2006 release of Gardasil, the media message was intense and scarcely a day passed without a horrifying cervical cancer story accompanied by the promotion of an auspicious, imminent vaccine. This message reached an uninformed public, most of whom had never heard of this virus but were now  anxiously waiting for a vaccine to become available as quickly as possible. Poverty and environmental factors such as smoking, poor diets and even natural ageing were displaced as causation in favour of the human papilloma virus or wart virus. The outcome of this propaganda has led to over 70,000 adverse events and 314 deaths in young girls and boys after HPV vaccination.

We need to turn this around. There are many awful things happening in the world today but this one could be stopped tomorrow if there was a will. In the words of Dr Sherri Tenpenny: “True health cannot come from a needle. Injecting people with something to try to keep them well is a 200 year mistake.”

 

 

 

 


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Gardasil Weekly Update

Class action against Merck Sharp & Dohme

On a positive note if there is one in this Gardasil story is the news that a class action against the manufacturers of Gardasil began on August 4, 2017 on behalf of 700 Columbian women who in March 2014 were admitted to the hospital suffering new medical conditions after the administration of Gardasil. The Reconstruando Esperanza Association consists of the alleged victims of Gardasil, which is suing  Merck Sharp & Dohme for “the damages caused to the life and health” of hundreds of women and girls.

Some background to this case:

In August 2014, The South China Post  reported: Hundreds of girls in Colombian town sick after taking Gardasil vaccine. While the parents of the girls suspected adverse reactions to the HPV vaccine, there were others such as the National Ministry of Health who called this a case of mass hysteria and even suggested the idea that their illnesses might be as a result of illicit drug use or overuse of the ouija board.

Jeffrey Jaxen reports on the testimonies given by the girls:

Maria Paula Salamanca, was given an injection of Gardasil on May 27, 2013.

A year prior to that, in 2012, Salamanca was a world-class skater winning a silver metal for Colombia in the annual 100K New York Marathon. After the HPV shot, she began to pass out and have migraines that she, her coaches and her family all attributed to fatigue.

Juliana Vega, now 19 years old, was given the HPV shot at school in 2014 yet was never warned about the risks. Fifteen days later she began fainting, and started losing her hair and vision. Vega testified stating:

I had to suspend my plans for college. I was extremely athletic before, now I can’t run — my legs won’t let me. I have no wheelchair and if I awake with no mobility in my legs, I have to stay in bed.

Some practical support for the girls has come from a powerful figure in Columbian politics. Inspector General Alejandro Ordoñez insisted that the girls were given top treatment and asked that the National Institute of Health issue scientific studies of HPV suggesting vaccine safety. Meanwhile the Health department held an inquiry into the outbreak of new medical conditions arising after the second dose of Gardasil and concluded that the girls symptoms were not due to Gardasil rather they were due to episodes of psychogenic cause, due to the minor’s fear of being sick, augmented by the media attention on the events and lack of an identified cause.

It is no wonder the Columbian girls and their families have taken to the courts. Good luck to the 700 young women as they seek justice through the courts for the damages caused to the life and health.

Patrice’s message to other mothers is clearly: ‘Don’t do it.’

This harrowing story told by Patrice about the death of her daughter Gabby was recorded by the Vaxxed team while they toured Australia this week. This is the first death in Australia in relation to Gardasil that I have heard of, but of course it is unlikely to be the only Australian death that has occurred in a girl or boy following HPV vaccination. The Database of Adverse Events Notifications (DAEN) found on the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) website, lists there have been around 4000 adverse events recorded but they list no deaths. But few people are aware of where or how to record their adverse events so the real extent of events following vaccination are likely to be much worse and may include deaths. The recording system VAERS covering USA and some European countries reports that there have been 324 deaths following Gardasil vaccination. Patrice’s daughter Gabby who died several years ago wanted to have the vaccine. Gabby was a normal healthy young girl and she and her friends were very aware of the media hype that preceded the rollout of Gardasil including TV ads urging girls to be ‘one less’ to die from cervical cancer. Gabby’s mother Patrice had a gut instinct that the vaccine wasn’t needed and told her daughter about her concerns regarding its safety but to no avail. After her first Gardasil vaccine Gabby complained of a headache that didn’t go away followed by pain in the right side of her abdomen three weeks after the shot. This was found on ultrasound to be coming from a tumour on her right ovary. Gabby was diagnosed with small cell ovarian cancer. She was given chemotherapy and died an ‘excruciatingly painful death’. Patrice’s message to other mothers is clearly: ‘Don’t do it.’

Multiple sclerosis or vaccine injured?

The average age for a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis is 30, but in recent years the number of younger women diagnosed with the disease in Australia has risen dramatically. It used to affect men and women equally but now women are three times more likely to be affected. I recently heard of a young woman who was relieved when she was diagnosed with MS because no-one had been able to tell her why she was unwell. Her symptoms began when she was 13 and consisted of headaches, sensory deficit affecting her leg, and fatigue resulting in her missing a lot of school.

I wondered as I heard her story if rather than MS she was suffering a vaccine injury.  Neurological dysfunction is one of the very common adverse events of the Gardasil vaccine. Her symptoms started at 13, the age Gardasil is given to young teens as part of the school vaccination program. It makes me wonder just how many girls and boys are diagnosed with MS and other neurological conditions and autoimmune diseases rather than with a vaccine injury. Naomi Snell, a 28-year-old Melbourne woman suffered autoimmune and neurological problems following her Gardasil vaccination and was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis initially but was later found to be suffering a neurological response to the vaccine. Similarly 26-year-old Kristin Clulow from NSW was given the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis after her health began to unravel after her second shot of Gardasil with the prescribed treatment methylprednisolone, commonly given to sufferers of this debilitating neurological disease. Kristin was eventually given the diagnosis of acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, an immune-mediated inflammatory demyelinating condition that predominately affects the white matter of the brain and spinal cord.

Laura, one of the Irish ‘Gardasil Girls’ was told she was suffering chronic fatigue syndrome after her condition worsened to such an extent she could no longer go to school. But whatever the health system chose to call the debilitating conditions, she and the other affected girls and their families are united in their conviction that they became ill after their HPV vaccinations. Many of these girls and now boys who are unwell after their HPV vaccinations are forced to seek medical help, they need answers. But instead they are given a medical diagnosis that seems to fit while the cause remains hidden.

See: Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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Not Vaccinated? No Kisses!

 

Grandparents and friends of newborn babies are getting their Tdap vaccine – said to offer the best prevention for adults against pertussis, tetanus, and diphtheria. It’s for the pertussis part of the vaccine (whooping cough) that they are being vaccinated. This practice of vaccinating friends and family of the new baby is called Cocooning –  under the premise that in doing so, the infant will be protected from getting whooping cough.

All great for the vaccine industry that is worth close to $24 billion and estimated to see $61 billion in profits by 2020. However the Pertussis vaccination lasts only about three years. It has a very short shelf life.

Pertussis outbreaks cannot be blamed on unvaccinated people. Those coughing with Pertussis can be vaccinated or unvaccinated. Studies have found that the majority of those with pertussis had been vaccinated.Pertussis vaccines have been used for 60 years and the pertussis organism has evolved to become resistant- it is adapting to highly immunised populations.

Vaccines are promoted on the back of the promise of herd immunity. Herd immunity is a form of indirect protection from infectious disease that occurs when a large percentage of a population has become immune to an infection. But vaccine -induced herd immunity is a myth because vaccine immunity doesn’t last long. Herd immunity is not achieved by vaccination but by naturally acquired immunity. When you experience the natural disease immunity from the disease and herd immunity is achieved.

Take the case of the Chicken Pox vaccine – everyone used to get chicken pox and in the process obtained lifelong immunity. In 1995 the Merck vaccine for chicken pox came out. This prevented older children and adults who had already had the disease from being naturally boosted when they came into contact with younger children with chicken pox. This was real herd immunity. But instead of this we now have an epidemic of shingles in children and adults. But then Merck now has a shingles vaccine. Surprise, surprise.

This is crazy. What are we doing to our immune systems when our bodies do not get exposed to viruses and bacteria – when we only get vaccines for every infectious disease?

Much can be learned about the immune system from the research of PHILIP F. INCAO, M.D. There are two compartments to the human immune system. 1. The humoral immune system (or Th2 function) 2. The cellular or cell-mediated immune system (or Th1 function) The humoral immune system produces antibodies in the bloodstream as a response to the presence of foreign antigens in the body. The cellular immune system gets rid of foreign antigens through the work of cells in the thymus, tonsils, adenoids, spleen and the lymph system. This action of ridding the body of foreign antigens is known as an acute inflammatory response of the body. This is manifested by the classical signs such as fever, pain, malaise and discharge of mucus, pus, skin rash or diarrhea.

When we give a vaccination we are greatly stimulating the antibody production (Th2) but there is very little stimulating of the digesting and discharging function of the cellular immune system (Th1).If a vaccine stimulated the whole immune system we would get all the symptoms of disease such as the fever, malaise, pain and discharge. However the vaccine only stimulates the humoral immune system thus avoiding the inflammatory response.

Vaccines don’t boost the immune system but do stimulate the antibody “tasting and remembering” function of the antibody-mediated branch of the immune system and inhibit the body’s ability to fight the disease.

Phillip Incao sums it up like this: Vaccinations are usually effective in preventing an individual from manifesting a particular illness, but they do not improve the overall strength or health of the individual nor of the immune system. Instead, vaccinations modify the reactivity of the immune system, decreasing acute discharging inflammatory reactions and increasing the tendency to chronic allergic and auto-immune reactions.

In the US it costs well over $2000 to fully vaccinate a child. 54% of children in the United States are living with chronic illness.  Back in the 50s and 60s when people still got measles, mumps, rubella, and chicken pox, such levels of ill health were unheard of.  We have traded in infectious disease for chronic autoimmune and neurological disorders.

In the 80s most children were given DPT, MMR, and polio vaccines, and vaccine manufacturers were supposedly going broke from damages. But today they are given hepatitis B at birth, DTaP, Hib, pneumococcal, polio, influenza, MMR, chicken pox, HPV, and meningococcal vaccines, with many more vaccines in the pipeline and the vaccine manufacturers are making a fortune and not paying a cent in damages.

Something has to change. This is a disaster.

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Connecting the Dots: Autism, Glyphosate and Vaccines

Screen shot 2015-03-15 at 12.29.37 PMThe autism rate was estimated to be 1 in 10,000 in 1970. The most recent figures from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has the rate now at 1 in 68 and by 2025 according to a senior research scientist at MIT, half the children in the US will be diagnosed with autism.

In Seed Sovereignty, Food Security: Women in the Vanguard, a new book edited by Screen shot 2015-03-15 at 12.10.57 PMecofeminist, and author Vandana Shiva, contributors to the anthology, Zen Honeycutt and Stephanie Seneff warn of the dangers that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and related pesticides present to the health of children.

Zen Honeycutt is the founder of ‘Moms Across America: shaking up the system’ a national coalition of ‘Unstoppable Moms’ committed to empowering others to become educated about GMOs and the need for labelling laws and healthy alternatives such as organics. Moms Across America report that:

Allergies are up 400% in our children. Asthma affects 1 in 8. Autism has increased 1500% over the last 20 years. Twenty three and a half million Americans are now suffering with auto-immune diseases. Diabetes in teens has quadrupled in ten years. Colitis in children has tripled and Crohn’s disease is up 79% in ten years. Cancer is the number one killer of children in America today.

So what is causing such frightening health outcomes? ‘Moms Across America’ tested breastmilk and found it was contaminated with the weedkiller Roundup. The highest level of Roundup was 1600 times greater than allowed in drinking water in Europe. Glyphosate-containing herbicides are the top-selling herbicides in the world and are sold under trademarks such as Monsanto’s ‘Roundup’. Monsanto’s sales of Roundup jumped 73 percent to $371 million in 2013 because of its increasing use on genetically engineered crops (GE Crops).

The U.S. has a high percentage of its farmland controlled by the GE crops industry, with many varieties of GE soybeans, GE corn, GE cotton and others, whereas Europe has only allowed one GE Crop – Monsanto’s MON810 maize – which is still not grown in most EU states due to health and environmental concerns.

In her chapter ‘Autism and Glyphosate’, Stepanie Seneff ‘connects the dots’: The interactions between autism, glyphosate and vaccines. Stephanie Seneff is a computer scientist who transitioned into biology and toxicology and has been studying autism for over 7 years, along with the environmental factors that lead to the disease. She points to decreased exposure to sunlight, poor diet, vaccines, as well as glyphosate toxins as causing the skyrocketing rates of autism. The active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide ‘Roundup’ is glyphosate which kills all plants except the genetically modified RR corn, soy and other plants that have been genetically augmented with a special bacterial gene. Seneff reports that the US government is doing little to monitor the amount of glyphosate found in common foods because it is conveniently believed that glyphosate is harmless to humans. But nothing could be further from the truth!

Monsanto claims that glyphosate is safe because humans don’t possess the biological pathway that the herbicide disrupts in plants- the Shikimate pathway. However our gut bacteria do have a shikimate pathway and we have millions of good bacteria in our gut which are essential to our health. Our gut bacteria supply us with amino acids that are precursors to the neurotransmitters dopamine, serotonin, melatonin and adrenaline, plus thyroid hormone, folate and vitamin E.  Many of these molecules have been shown to be deficient in children with autism. We are now learning how important gut bacteria is to our health with autism often linked to ‘leaky gut syndrome and food intolerances, the severity of which is linked to the severity of autism.

The fact that there is a correlation between the rising number of adverse effects from vaccines and the increasing amount of glyphosate used on corn and soy crops has not escaped Seneff who has come up with a plausible explanation. This being that glyphosate enhances the toxicity of aluminium. Aluminium is added to vaccines to enhance the immune response to the antigen in the vaccine – that is the vaccine is more likely to ‘take’ if there is aluminium present. Childhood vaccines such as the Triple Antigen, Hepatitis A&B, Gardasil, Hib ( haemophilus influenza), and PVC (pneumococcal pneumonia) contain aluminium which is known to be toxic to the brain and can result in seizures, infection, cellulitis, depression, insomnia and death.

Seneff notes that insomnia has become a huge problem throughout the US population recently. She explains that aluminium accumulates in the pineal gland, the gland which produces melatonin which in turn is responsible for the wake-sleep cycle. The negative effect of the aluminium along with the presence of glyphosate in our systems and its ability to enhance the effect of aluminium, and you have the perfect recipe for the interference in the supply of  melatonin.

Glyphosate interferes with the synthesis of new haem (the component of haemoglobin responsible for binding oxygen) which is no longer functional because aluminium has displaced iron at the core of the haem molecule. Secondly, glyphosate interferes with the production of melatonin because melatonin’s precursor is tryptophan, a product of the shikimate pathway that glyphosate disrupts. Lastly glyphosate affects the cells’ ability to make sulphate needed for the production of red blood cells – the pathway already disrupted by the presence of aluminium.

In conclusion, Stephanie Seneff urges more research into the connection between glyphosate and autism adding that should her hypothesis be confirmed, glyphosate should be banned from agricultural use.

Seed Sovereignty, Food Security: Women in the Vanguard, is a unique international offering on an issue of critical importance today, and demonstrates how women as activists, scientists and scholars are at the forefront of shaping new scientific and economic paradigms to reclaim seed sovereignty and food security across the world. Women in the North and South are leading movements to change both practice and paradigm: how we grow and transform our food. As seed keepers and food producers, as mothers and consumers, they are engaged in renewing a food system that is better aligned with the ecological processes of the earth’s renewal, the laws of human rights and social justice and the means through which our bodies stay well and healthy.

In this blog I have focussed on two contributors to this fine anthology. This is because Stephanie Seneff and Zen Honeycutt focus on the health effects of industrialised food systems on children which is an issue of real concern to me. Growing up in the 1950s there was no epidemic of autism; children didn’t have chronic diseases. We really have to turn this around.

There are many wonderful chapters in this book. Women from the Global North, such Susanne Gura write on the Seed Emergency in Germany, along with US political activist Winona LaDuke who praises the leadership of Indigenous women. From the Global South, health and women’s rights activist Farida Akhter reports on the Seed Freedom and Sovereignty in Bangladesh today, and Australian author Susan Hawthorne argues for a ‘wild politics in which multiversity of knowledge, biodiversity in nature and eco-social systems of justice’ abound.

Oh, for that time to arrive!

Seed Sovereignty, Food Security: Women in the Vanguard is published in Australia by Spinifex Press

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