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Old September 21st, 2010, 10:48 AM   #1
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Pharmageddon

Pharmageddon has been defined as, "the prospect of a world in which medicines and medicine produce more ill-health than health, and when medical progress does more harm than good". We see the need to investigate and explore that risk and to identify the factors and features that describe it.

Pharmageddon embraces the arguments of Ivan Illich (1976) but extends his focus. He warned of the risks of medicalisation, the generally dehumanising and damaging effects of professional interventions: "the medical establishment has become a major threat to health". Beyond direct drug injury (clinical iatrogenesis), he was concerned about the ill-effects of medicine on culture and community, "the paralysis of healthy responses to suffering, impairment and death" that resulted from "the expropriation of health".

But since Illich wrote, the whole shape of medicine has changed – both the knowledge base and its applications - and the pharmaceutical industry has come to dominate the medical establishment and the thrust and ethos of drug research, regulation, prescribing, availability and use.

The values of the market increasingly count. Now the leading companies, ‘the Pharmas’, have the driving influence on lifestyle, well-being and health outcomes. Their interests and investments have a major impact on the nature and availability of drug treatments, and on the essence and conduct of medicine, worldwide.

The surge towards globalisation since the 1990s has placed the pharmaceutical industry where it is today. The Pharmas are now centred in the USA – which represents half the global market – and mainly reflect American health values and ways of doing things. The Pharmas are also major instruments of US foreign policy, and their interests are well defended as such.



PHARMAGEDDON



Our fields are being turned into pharmaceutical and industrial factories that poison our food supply and entire life support system. Our governments have been warned and should be held liable for all damages along with the companies involved. Dr. Mae-Wan Ho reports.

The complete document with references, is available in the ISIS members site. Full details here

We have repeatedly warned against using food crops to produce gene drugs and industrial chemicals since 1998 [1-3]. The inevitable contamination of our food supply has now come to light. But the more insidious pollution of our soil, water and air has yet to be assessed [3]. Poisons can seep through the plant roots and dissolve in ground water. Pollen carrying the offending drugs and chemicals could be inhaled. Wild and domestic animals of all kinds are likely to feed on the crops.

On November 11, the US government ordered the biotech company, ProdiGene, to destroy 500,000 bushels of soybeans contaminated with GM maize, engineered to produce a drug not approved for human consumption [4]. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) refused to give details on the protein involved because it is deemed ‘confidentual business information’.

It could be one of the following [5]: the HIV glycoprotein gp120, a blood-clotting agent (aprotinin), a digestive enzyme (trypsin), an industrial adhesive (a fungal enzyme, laccase), vaccines for hepatitis B, vaccine for a pig disease, transmissible gastroenteritis.

USDA records show that ProdiGene has received 85 test permits for experimental open-air trials of pharm crops and chemical crops in at least 96 locations.

The ‘edible’ AIDS vaccine with the HIV glycoprotein gp120 gene [6] has been condemned as dangerous by a number of AIDS virologists [7-9] because the gp120 gene and gene product can undermine our immune system and generate new viruses and bacteria that cause diseases.

A day later, the US government disclosed that ProdiGene did the same thing in Iowa back in September. The USDA ordered 155 acres of nearby corn to be incinerated for fear of contamination [10,11].

This is just the tip of the iceberg. The true extent of the contamination remains unknown owing to the secrecy surrounding more than 300 field trials of such crops across the country since 1991. Still others sites are in Canada [3]. The chemicals these plants produce include vaccines, growth hormones, clotting agents, industrial enzymes, human antibodies, contraceptives, immune suppressive cytokines and abortion-inducing drugs.

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Will the Government’s Drug ‘Take-Back’ Do Anything to Reduce Misuse? – TIME Healthland





Nope, doctors are handing them out like it's Halloween candy!
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