Sunday, August 29, 2004

Medical Insanity

Medical Insanity
By Mark Sircus Ac., OMD
International Medical Veritas Association
8-28-4

When medical science abandons safe medical practices for highly dangerous ones we have a serious situation that we need to look at under a microscope. When the law protects organizations, people and corporations that inject, for example, mercury containing vaccines into newborn infants and children in the first years of life, a substance that burns their brain [1], sometimes kills [2], or more frequently causes autism and many other neurological disorders [3], we have a huge catastrophic problem that casts a serious doubt on the sanity of those involved. When we contrast this horror with another one that puts people in jail for using a drug fantastically safer, [4] we have a psychological wind shear that highlights, in no uncertain terms, an until now hidden mass insanity creating enormous problems for society.
Kids who received 100 micrograms of thimerosal were over ten times more likely to have autism than the kids who received no mercury containing vaccines.
Dr. Mark Geier
The United States government and most medical organizations will defend to the bitter end the safety of injecting mercury into little children while spending vast resources [5] to arrest and imprison up to 700,000 people a year in the United States alone for the use of one of the safest drug in existence [6] in their war on drugs. [7] According to House of Lords (UK) Report on Cannabis for Medical Purposes, "no-one has ever died as a direct and immediate consequence of recreational or medical use." [8] That makes marijuana the safest drug in the world, safer than Bayer Aspirin when you look at the fact that somewhere between five hundred to one thousand people die each year in the United States from aspirin, [9] (and thousands more from other similar nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). In the United States, more than 100,000 people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis are hospitalized every year for gastrointestinal problems caused by NSAIDs--and at least 16,500 of them die from internal bleeding. [10]
Marijuana is the safest therapeutically active substance
known to man, safer than many foods we commonly consume.
DEA Judge Francis L. Young. [11]
In contrast we have thimerosal which is fifty percent mercury by weight. In what was perhaps the best-kept secret of the 20th century a highly toxic mercury-based chemical named thimerosal, originally developed by the Eli Lilly Company, has been used widely as a preservative in vaccines. "Thimerosal is one of the most toxic compounds I know of, I can't think of anything that I know of that is more lethal," says Dr. Boyd Haley, Chemistry Chairman Kentucky University. [xii]
This essay is not pro-marijuana. It is about better medicine and better outcomes for patients, better quality of life and perhaps the saving of lives that would otherwise be lost. Marijuana use is a complex subject and presently there are circulating highly dangerous forms of it. For example, part of the current marijuana in the US is nitrogen based - extremely hallucinogenic and not organic, certainly not medical grade. This and other highly altered types of drugs are very addictive, ravage people,s homes and destroy peoples, lives. [xiii] Many people can use drugs recreationally without much of a problem, some even gain conscious insights and grow. But many more use them to mask and hide feelings and avoid reality. When you include Television as an electronic drug we can begin to see the huge dimension of our present civilization,s need for diversion. What is wrong with modern society and why people take flight in drugs is an important subject but one thing should be clear:
The 'drug war' is one of the most insane irrationalities ever
prosecuted by medical and other authorities in the civilized world.
Robert Priddy
Insanity is an interesting word. The greatest thing to understand about insanity is that to the naked eye insanity seems normal. That father who is abusing his daughter or the priest one of his choirboys seems normal, in almost all other regards. The rapist or child molester can be president of a firm, a lawyer, normal college student, or the garbage man from down the street. It is rare the direct perception of insanity. You cannot look at a person and see their insanity. Insane people usually seem and appear normal. And then they do something that is not normal at all. Dictionaries basically define insanity as being a deranged state or unsoundness of mind, lack of understanding, extreme folly, or something utterly foolish or unreasonable. Medical insanity is a psychological disorder that needs definition, needs to be brought into clear focus to insure that medicine does not destroy humanity as it is now doing, in ever increasing numbers, through iatrogenic death and disease. [xiv]
Many of the practices of modern medicine fall under the shadow of such descriptions but the most profound and intolerable is the use of mercury in vaccines and in dental products. [xv] To the vast majority doctors, nurses and dentists, the use of the most deadly substance known to man is perfectly normal and not regarded with appropriate fear or caution. Only the smallest minority of people is aware of the clear and present dangers of mercury. Thus the masses think nothing of protecting their kids from grave danger, from something unreasonable, foolish, stupid and cruel; in short, from medical and dental insanity. [xvi] The phenomena of making safer drugs illegal while promoting the use of poisonous and deadly substances represents something strange, indecent, certainly it,s not a scientific or medically sound idea. Insanity is a strong word that does not bring up comforting feelings, but it is a word that serves us well in talking about a subject that on one end poisons kids and on the other criminalizes society. Instead of institutions working to better humanity and resolve some of the deeper problems and conflicts so many people face; instead of dealing with public health in a multidimensional creative and productive way, government and medical institutions are sponsoring pharmaceutical terrorism and an insane war on drugs.
Our principal reason for recommending that the law be changed, to
make legal the use of cannabis for medical purposes, is compassionate.
The House of Lords
Yet the United States Government throws out all wisdom and compassion and would rather build the world,s biggest jail system and fill them up with victims and prisoners in its war against drugs. The U.S. currently houses over 2 million people in its prisons, more per capita than any other country on the globe. Up to 60% of those are incarcerated for non-violent drug offences and an estimated 750,000 children in this country have a parent in prison, largely as a result of long sentences for drug crimes. Judges in the United States have dished out millions of years in prison time to non-violent drug law violators during this war on drugs. Each inmate costs the taxpayer about 25,000 dollars a year; thus more than $30 billion is squandered annually by the government to fight a drug war that can never be won. So instead of looking logically at the totally inappropriate, criminal and cruel use of compounds like mercury, governments around the world become obsessed with something incredibly more safe and put unknown scores in jail for using it. Notable exceptions are countries like Canada, which is the first country to legalize the use of medical marijuana. [xvii]
It is difficult to believe that the possession of an ounce
of cocaine or a "street sale" is a more dangerous or serious offence
than the rape of a ten year old, the burning down of a building occupied by people,
or the killing of another human being while intending to cause him serious injury.
Judge James L. Oakes
United States Court of Appeals
In November 1996 the people of California approved Proposition 215. Under the state law, patients or their primary caregivers who possess or cultivate marijuana for medical treatment recommended by a physician are exempted from federal criminal prosecution, or so it was hoped. Marijuana has a wide variety of therapeutic applications that includes relief from nausea and increase of appetite, reduction of inner eye pressure in Glaucoma patients, reduction of muscle spasms; and relief from chronic pain. In AIDS marijuana can reduce the nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite caused by the ailment itself and by various AIDS medications. In Cancer it can stimulate the appetite and alleviate nausea and vomiting, which are common side effects of chemotherapy treatment. And in Multiple Sclerosis marijuana can limit the muscle pain and spasticity caused by the disease, as well as relieving tremor and unsteadiness of gait. It has also been suggested that Cannabis could be very effective in treating anorexia. [xviii]
Scientific evidence overwhelmingly indicates that cannabis
is substantially less harmful than alcohol and should be treated
not as a criminal issue but as a social and public health issue.
Senator Pierre Claude Nolin
Chairman Committee on Illegal Drugs
Recently a government report about the negative effects of antidepressants in children"suppressed by the US Food and Drug Administration"has surfaced indicating that children taking antidepressants were twice as likely to become suicidal as children taking placebo. An expert with the FDA's Office of Drug Safety, Dr Andrew Mosholder, reportedly urged the FDA to follow the lead of British health authorities by warning doctors that the risks of the newer antidepressants might outweigh the benefits when used in children. [xix] A whole case can be made for substituting a relatively safe drug like marijuana for the more toxic drugs offered by doctors and pharmaceutical giants when it comes to many mental and emotional problems in adults and children. There is only one great problem in this. There is no money to be made from a common weed that anybody with two thumbs can grow themselves.
In June 2001, a jury ordered GlaxoSmithKline, the maker of Paxil, to pay $6.5 million to the relatives of Donald Schell, who, two days after starting on the drug, murdered his wife, his daughter and his granddaughter before killing himself. Christopher Pittman, who at 12 years of age killed both his grandparents, is said to have done so for a reason beyond the boy's control - a reaction to the antidepressant Zoloft, a drug he had started taking for depression not long before the slayings. [xx]
Christopher committed the murders while
in a psychotic state induced by Zoloft.
Dr. Lanette Atkins
Forensic Psychiatrist
"It seems to me if one is going to need to use drugs, one ought to consider a relatively safe drug, like marijuana," said Bernard Rimland, Ph.D. of the Autism Research Institute. [xxi] Marijuana, the forbidden medicine, seems to be useful for some people with adult attention deficit disorder, impulse disorders and bipolar disorder. Some families have found marijuana to be nothing short of miraculous. Some of the symptoms marijuana has ameliorated include anxiety--even severe anxiety--aggression, panic disorder, generalized rage, tantrums, property destruction and self-injurious behavior. [xxii] One mother commenting on using marijuana for her autistic child said, "I know it's not the end all answer but it's been the best answer for the longest time for us in regards to ALL the other medications. I cannot tell you how many months we would go on a medication wondering if it was doing anything, anything at all. Here we can see the difference in 30-60 minutes guaranteed."
It boggles my mind to think that our government officials are spending
so much time and money to obstruct the use of a medication that might
actually help cancer patients tolerate their chemotherapy,
AIDS patients gain a little weight, glaucoma patients suffer less.
Dr. Kate Scannell
According to Dr. Rimland, "Clearly, medical marijuana is not a drug to be administered lightly. But compare its side effects to the known effects of Risperdal, [xxiii] which include massive weight gain, a dramatically increased risk of diabetes, and an elevated risk of deadly heart problems, as well as a host of other major and minor problems. Other psychotropic drugs are no safer, causing symptoms ranging from debilitating tardive dyskinesia to life-threatening malignant hyperthermia or sudden cardiac arrest. Of all drugs, the psychotropic drugs are among the least useful and most dangerous, and the benefit/risk profile of medical marijuana seems fairly benign in comparison." He continues, "The reports we are seeing from parents indicate that medical marijuana often works when no other treatments, drug or non-drug, have helped".
According to Dr. Lester Grinspoon, "A recent poll conducted by Medscape, a website directed at health care providers, 76 percent of physicians and 89 percent of nurses said they thought marijuana should be available as a medicine. The dramatic change of view is the result of clinical experience. Doctors and nurses have seen that for many patients Cannabis is more useful, less toxic, and less expensive than the conventional medicines prescribed for diverse syndromes and symptoms, including multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease, migraine headaches, severe nausea and vomiting, convulsive disorders, the AIDS wasting syndrome, chronic pain, and many others." [xxiv]
High-ranking government officials in the United States have referred to the concept of medical marijuana as a hoax. One might ask why the government of the United States, the leading oppositional force to its legalization, clings so tenaciously to its insular and harmful policy? Dr. Kate Scannell writes passionately about this issue saying, "I've seen one too many old men spend their final hours nauseated and vomiting while their distressed and helpless families watched. One too many women with cancer who linger, bone-thin and languid, as their loved ones beg for "something" to make them feel better. And I, like so many doctors, have witnessed the therapeutic relief that many such patients experience after using marijuana. Their illnesses become less miserable, their difficult deaths are made more tolerable. And those reasons explain precisely why the federal government's relentless attempts to bar patients from access to medical marijuana constitute both cruel and unusual crimes against us all. They are wrong-headed and politically driven obsessions, not compassionate advisements intended to relieve human suffering." [xxv]
"I live very close to the Clements Unit prison farm that houses nonviolent drug offenders. On a daily basis I see these young men, most of them my age and younger, spending their days working in the fields harvesting cotton and corn. These men were convicted of selling drugs to their peers or perhaps caught bringing drugs across the border from Mexico. Yet the man that administered my son a lethal cocktail of vaccinations then refused to pay any attention to the symptoms of the reaction is still in practice. This man in essence murdered my son, yet he goes to work in the morning and sleeps well every night," wrote Jennifer Johnson. And she continued with, "My mother is also a breast cancer survivor. As her daughter I suffered watching her fight the medication given to her to combat the disease. Days would go by that she would cry because of the effects of the chemo. Years after the cancer has gone into remission the flashbacks of the chemotherapy is what haunts her. She remembers the taste in her mouth and the feeling in the pit of her stomach. I firmly believe that marijuana would have benefited her in so many ways and perhaps spared her a lot of the discomfort she had to deal with." [xxvi]
So why is it people like Bush and Ashcroft and many others defend criminal laws which are cruel in their inception? The answer is really simple. They are defenders of pharmaceutical terrorism, defenders of companies like Eli Lilly Company which is responsible for decades of injecting thimerosal/mercury into infants. Why? Just look at the facts reported recently by the CBS Sixty Minutes show. "Since 1999, these legislators have accepted more than a million and a half dollars in campaign contributions from people working in the pharmaceutical industry. President Bush alone has received more than half a million dollars." [xxvii]
There is a whole group of men who are guilty of insanity, a crime or great ignorance the world is blind to. And they will continue to remain culpable because, like most insane people, the last thing they will ever become aware of and admit is their own insanity of purpose, thought, deed and being. Just look at the fact that the present Secretary of Defense is responsible almost single-handedly for driving through the approval of aspartame into the world,s food chain and you will begin to see the dimension of an inclination toward the chemical rape of humanity. What you see is a vast madness that has the FDA approving the most harmful toxic substances and drugs for public use while holding back and making illegal the safest most benign and useful substances like marijuana. And now even vitamins and other health products are under attack.
But this is not the real insanity, not really, not by a long shot. What is infinitely sadder is the fact that those who profit, those who drink in the power, those who are deceiving parents are using the love that parents have for their children against them. They are using and manipulating parents, love to scare them into injecting their precious children with the most dangerous substances known to man while thinking they are practically saints for doing so. They are lying to parents and deceiving the world making a mockery of medical science and modern civilization. They are conditioning a generation of doctors, nurses and dentists in a way Rev. Moon could never hope to. The real madness is that 90 percent or more of the human race is with them, true believers, caught up in the madness hook, line and sinker. It does not take a long stretch of the imagination to see where the inspiration for the movie the Matrix came from.
Mark Sircus Ac., OMD
Executive Director
International Medical Veritas Association
http://www.imva.info
http://www.worldpsychology.net
[1] Haley, Boyd. Thimerosal exposure results in toxic biochemical effects that fit very well with the biochemical observations seen in autistics. These are (1) truncated neurons (ethylmercury inhibition of tubulin polymerization) in brain tissue and (2) inability to make methyl-B12 (Dr. Deth's work on thimerosal inhibition of the enzyme methionine synthetase) and (3) the subsequent decrease in methylation of cellular constitutents that require methylation to operate properly.
[2] Reported to VAERS from 1999-2002
Adverse Reactions
Reported
Age 0-6 Hospitalization
Reported
Age 0-6 Deaths Reported
Age 0-6

DPT 16,544 1,631 394
HEP 13,363 1,840 642
Flu 419 41 11
Hib 22463 3,224 843
MMR 18,680 1,736 110
OPV 22,915 2,868 866
Total 94,384 9,604 2,866
As of the end of 2002, the VAERS system contained 244,424 total reports of possible reactions to vaccines, including 99,145 emergency room visits, 5,149 life-threatening reactions, 27,925 hospitalizations, 5,775 disabilities, and 5,309 deaths[2], according to data compiled by Dr. Mark Geier, a vaccine researcher in Silver Spring, Md. The data represents roughly 1 billion doses of vaccines, according to Geier. Dr. J. Anthony Morris, former Chief Vaccine Control Officer at the US Federal Drug Administration agrees that such evidence has great bearing on the entire vaccination question saying, "There is a great deal of evidence to prove that immunization of children does more harm than good"
[3] Children's brain development is being impaired by some of the more than 70,000 human-made chemicals on the market, says a new report from the World Wildlife Fund. The report, which surveyed current research in the field, charges chemicals with such neurological effects as poor memory, reduced visual recognition and motor skills, and lower IQ, and cites U.S. research that ties 10 percent of all neurobehavioral disorders to chemical exposure. While it singles out some chemicals by name -- particularly brominated flame-retardants, PCBs, and dioxins -- the report laments that there is little to no safety information available on most chemicals floating about in the environment and in households. "In effect, we are all living in a global chemical experiment of which we don't know the outcome," said WWF's Helen McDade. According to the National Academy of Sciences, many American children are born every year with brains damaged by prenatal exposure to methyl mercury compounds from fossil-fuel and industrial air pollution. Yet vaccines are of special concern for their toxic chemicals are injected directly into the body and some of its components pass directly through the blood brain barrier to affect the nervous system especially the brains own immune system cells, the microglia. Dr. Russell Blaylock, a prominent neurosurgeon, tells us that, "several things can activate microglia, including pesticides, MSG, viruses, mycroplasma, bacteria, stress, aluminum, mercury, and immune adjuvants."
[4] CBC News Up in smoke? Canada's marijuana law and the debate over decriminalization. August 20, 2004 The Canadian Medical Association called the health effects of moderate use of marijuana "minimal."
[5] The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police has also advocated decriminalization, saying prosecuting people for small amounts ties up scarce resources.
[6] Grinspoon, Lester MD. WHY WON'T GOVERNMENT LET US USE MARIJUANA AS MEDICINE? 12/07/2000 Boston Globe Op/Ed
[7] The War on Drugs has so changed societal conditions that rural counties, which were once places so safe that people left their doors unlocked, are now quite dangerous. This war has been nothing short of disastrous for civilization; it,s a war not based on any kind of sane rationality, no logical reason, no lines to differentiate between legal and illegal, between alcohol and lighter drugs like Marijuana. But in essence, no rationalization justifies what America is doing to people and their families in the name of fighting drugs. The U.S. government propaganda about the "war on drugs" disguises the fact that this is a war on people. In a civilized society, war is a response by the government to a military attack from a hostile power. In a civilized society, the government does not make war upon its own people.
[8] House of Lords Session 1997-98 Science and Technology - Ninth Report http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/Library/studies/hlords/15101.htm
[9] Kimmey, Michael B. Examining the Risk/Benefit Ratio of Long-term Aspirin Therapy. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/481811_5
[10] New England Journal of Medicine: "It has been estimated conservatively that 16,500 NSAID-related deaths occur among patients with rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis every year in the United States. This figure is similar to the number of deaths from the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and considerably greater than the number of deaths from multiple myeloma, asthma, cervical cancer, or Hodgkin's disease. If deaths from gastrointestinal toxic effects from NSAIDs were tabulated separately in the National Vital Statistics reports, these effects would constitute the 15th most common cause of death in the United States. Yet these toxic effects remain mainly a "silent epidemic," with many physicians and most patients unaware of the magnitude of the problem. Furthermore the mortality statistics do not include deaths ascribed to the use of over-the-counter NSAIDS."
[11] Source: US Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Agency, "In the Matter of Marijuana Rescheduling Petition," [Docket #86-22] (September 6, 1988), p. 57. On September 6, 1988, the Drug Enforcement Administration's Chief Administrative Law Judge, Francis L. Young, ruled: "Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known....[T]he provisions of the [Controlled Substances] Act permit and require the transfer of marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II. It would be unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious for the DEA to continue to stand between those sufferers and the benefits of this substance." The DEA's Administrative Law Judge, Francis Young concluded: "In strict medical terms marijuana is far safer than many foods we commonly consume. For example, eating 10 raw potatoes can result in a toxic response. By comparison, it is physically impossible to eat enough marijuana to induce death. Marijuana in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis marijuana can be safely used within the supervised routine of medical care."
[xii] Haley, Boyd. Affidavit of Boyd E Haley, Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry, University of Kentucky http://64.41.99.118/vran/vaccines/mercury/mer_haley.htm
[xiii] Claudia French RN. - "Marijuana in the US today has greater potency than it used to. I can confirm this from what I see of the many people admitted to the hospital where I work. Some of the people we see in severe depression test positive for THC, and smoke marijuana on a daily basis. They can't work, have lost motivation to do anything but smoke MJ, and it doesn't help their depression. Most have no desire whatsoever to stop using it or live without it, and many feel they cannot function on a daily basis without it. It is very difficult to help someone who uses it at this level, to stop doing it. Drug agencies all over the country show very low rates of success in stopping addictions, to any illegal drug. And it is frequent that MJ is used in combination with many other substances. Illegal substance abuse seems to have become a way of life, and our hospital unit is frequently filled with at least half of our census of 30 with people needing to detox off drugs or alcohol. In the past year I have seen this increase tremendously. It feels like we are becoming a substance abuse treatment program. But now I'm talking about any kind of substances, THC, ETOH, crack cocaine, heroin, opiods (real high admissions on this one). And these people are the very most violent when brought in high, and most difficult to help gain control of themselves. Or many of them are half dead, for all that they've taken in combination. These are not statistics, just personal observations over the years."
[xiv] The number of people in the United States who die iatrogenic deaths is estimated by Dr. Barbara Starfield to be approximately 225,000 to 284,000 a year, which included 106,000 deaths from properly prescribed medicine. These are considered avoidable deaths occurring at the hands of doctors in hospitals. Gary Null Ph.D. and his medical colleagues estimate the iatrogenic death figures much higher 786,000 by including outpatient deaths estimated at 199,000 (noted but not included by Starfield), and other categories of iatrogenic deaths like malnutrition perpetuated in hospitals, bedsores and infections - 108,000, 115,000, and 88,000 respectively. The high end of these numbers represents 6 jumbo jets falling out of the sky each and every day and that is just for the population in America.
[xv] The dental profession use of mercury based amalgam dental fillings and the serious damage that comes from constantly leaking amalgam that spill vaporous mercury into the oral cavity. We will find dentists contributing greatly to the mercury poisoning of the human race through the use of materials, that when removed from the mouth, are considered highly dangerous toxic waste by the Environmental Protection Agency and must be handled in a certain way to protect dental office personnel from mercury poisoning. Many dentists know of the dangers of removal and recommend leaving the amalgams in, believing it is healthier to maintain toxic waste dumps in human mouths.
[xvi] A careful reading of the published medical research clearly demonstrates that all sensible concern for published scientific research regarding the toxicity of mercury has been cast aside exposing the entire world,s population to grave unwarranted harm. Mercury is a cumulative poison, and used with other toxic substances in medicine, like aluminum, antibiotics, and formaldehyde, create lethal and semi-lethal cocktails that damage human life. As each year passes scientists in laboratories around the world are showing that mercury poisoning is creating a wide swath of iatrogenic disease.
[xvii] The Ontario Court of Appeal decided in July 2000 to strike down a federal law prohibiting the possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana. The court ruled that banning marijuana for medicinal purposes violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. One year later, Canada became the first country to adopt a system regulating the medicinal use of marijuana.
[xviii] California Health and Safety Code Section 11362.5
[xix] Financial Times. Christopher Bowe http://www.drugawareness.org/Archives/3rdQtr_2004/record0014.html
[xx] New York Times - Boy's Murder Case Entangled in Fight Over Antidepressant - http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/23/business/23drug.html?th
[xxi] Rimland, Bernard. Autism Research Review International, 2003, Vol. 17, No. 1, page 3
[xxii] Autism Organization. http://www.autism.org/marijuana.html
[xxiii] Claudia French RN. "It is NOT Risperdal that is the biggest problem with weight gain and side effects, from my experience and research. It is Zyprexa. There is always a sharp increase in weight and diabetes results. Eli Lilly has embarked on a terrific campaign to get the FDA to put black box warnings on ALL the atypical antipsychotics to keep this blockbuster from fizzling with the information that is now
coming out. While all have some possible risk of what you are stating, Zyprexa and Clozaril are the two that are worst, and I have some info on this if you want it. Deaths from Zyprexa include sudden and unexplained pancreatic failure, uncontrollable ketoacidosis, brain edema, etc. Lilly denies all of this and denies that they knew about it before it's release."
[xxiv] Grinspoon, Lester. The shifting medical view on marijuana Boston Globe 8/17/2003 - Editorial / Opinion Op-ed
[xxv] Scannell, Kate. Bush's painful obsession with medical pot. Oakland Tribune. Oct 26, 2003
[xxvi] Johnson, Jennifer. Personal Email - August 22,2004
[xxvii] CBS Television 60 Minutes Show - August 23,2004