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Swisher Sweets Attack Baby Human Sonic Hedgehogs

This post is to share hard factual evidence connecting hidden and unregulated pesticide contaminants in Swisher Sweets like DDT, Carbendazim, and Cypermethrin, and terrible birth defects like holoprosencephaly these so-called “Tobacco products” are inflicting on the children of young Black, Brown and Native American Swisher smokers. I’ll provide more links below to published journal research that connects Black, Brown and Native American birth defects with these hidden and unregulated pesticides in tobacco products. First a brief look at why these pesticides are doing such damage.

One all too-common, pesticide-caused birth defect (1 in 250 embryos) occurs when a developing embryo’s “Sonic Hedgehog Gene” is attacked and damaged by specific pesticides. In spite of its weird name. this gene is a true Mother Gene – it controls the creation of the human body from the time the embryo is only a few dividing cells. It does this by secreting a complex protein called “Sonic Hedgehog” that guides the developing embryo through all the incredibly complex cell divisions it takes for the embryo to become a human being instead of a fish or a cat or a firefly. This Mother Gene secretes just right version of the Sonic Hedgehog protein at the right moment to biochemically message the right cells in the developing embryo – “hey – become two eyes right there”, “OK – make five fingers here and here”, and “Listen up – become a brain stem!” – important little details like that. When it all goes right, a wonderful healthy human baby is born.

When pesticides attack this gene, the crucial Sonic Hedgehog protein is damaged, and some of the cellular pathways to becoming fully human are now destroyed for that baby, who will never be whole even if they are born at all.

When a young girl or woman smokes a Swisher, specific pesticides known to attack and destroy the Sonic Hedgehog gene in human embryos flood her system and circulate in her blood. That’s the simple reality. What happens to that developing baby then is pretty straight science, which I’ll show you. First, to set the stage, here are the pesticides in Swisher Sweets known to attack, damage and destroy the Sonic Hedgehog gene.

The Sonic Hedgehog” gene controls human “morphogenesis” – literally the creation, or genesis of the human body. This gene is responsible for creating the body of the baby from the first instant out of those first few cells that start dividing and becoming. We know for sure that the Sonic Hedgehog can be damaged and destroyed by very low levels of the pesticides that we also know for sure are hidden contaminants of Swisher Sweets. Every pesticide listed above attacks and damages the human embryo’s Sonic Hedgehog gene; imagine the impact when they all attack at once, like a frenzied pack of wild dogs, with every puff.

Now The Really Damaging Connection

BUT – its not enough that the pesticides in Swishers attack the Sonic Hedgehog to directly cause this terrible birth defect. Holoprosencephaly also is caused by maternal diabetes – in fact a Mom with diabetes is 200X more likely to have a damaged baby.

And guess what – pesticide exposure is very strongly linked to Diabetes, and smokers have a very high rate of Diabetes. (more links below) So the DDT and Carbendazim and rhe other hidden, unregulated fungicides and insecticides attack the baby’s Mother Gene directly, and also cause Mom to have Diabetes, which also attacks the Mother Gene. That baby and mother are at totally preventable terminal risk.

“We now know that smoking causes type 2 diabetes.” (CDC)

https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/diseases/diabetes.html

So here’s what that Diabetic pregnant Mom who loves her Swishers is carefully conditioned by Swisher’s expensive, heavy advertising and their planted street memes to think is coming ….

But here is what may actually be coming. With apologies for the shocking images – do you see any cute little Swisher babies here?

In a Swisher Smokin’ Mommy, DDT and all those other insecticides and fungicides you see in the Swishers data will be circulating in her blood at exactly the right moment to damage her baby’s Sonic Hedgehog. That DDT is bioaccumulative too, so it builds up in her tissues. It will eventually likely cause breast cancer. It is also an obesogen, so it will definitely make her fatter because DDT needs fat cells for storage.

How familiar is this hypothetical profile – a young obese, diabetic Black, Latina or Native American little cigar smoker whose baby has severe health problems including diabetes and multiple birth defects? She probably smokes Swishers because she’s heard on the street that they’re safer than cigarettes. She lives in almost every poor community in America. She probably lives in your community. Is she so invisible?

Waiting For That Little Sonic Hedgehog To Appear

So every young Swisher smoker’s blood is always full of DDT and a dozen other neurotoxic pesticides, all ready to target any new embryo’s Sonic Hedgehog gene. There are @ 2 million young girls and women just in the US who smoke Swishers regularly. Every one is at severe risk. It doesn’t matter if she’s pregnant right now – as long as she keeps smoking, that little Sonic Hedgehog is toast any time it pops up its little head.

Because Swisher Sweets are intentionally marketed to young Black, Latinx and Native American communities, this kind of harm falls disproportionately on the babies of these communities.

Not surprisingly, birth defects associated with exposure of fetal life to neurotoxic pesticides are extremely high in marginalized communities, where high proportions of young women smoke tobacco products like Swisher Sweets, that are highly contaminated with many of exactly the same pesticides known to cause there terribly damaged babies.

Because nobody since roughly 1968 has published research on pesticides in tobacco products, and since my 2018 “Smoke No Evil” data is still unknown, at least one highly probable cause of holoprosencephaly in the children of smokers in these marginalized and exploited communities isn’t realized by anyone and therefore can’t begin to be be addressed. Here’s some pretty simple hard evidence – don’t you think this might be worth some Public Health attention?

  1. The CDC says “Smoking causes Diabetes”. Causes means just that. Other authorities say the same.
  2. Strong research says that Diabetic Mothers are 200X more likely to give birth to babies with Sonic Hedgehog damage like holoprosencephaly
  3. Strong bodies of research shows strong association between pesticide exposure and Diabetes
  4. Strong body of research shows causal relationship between specific pesticides and damage at specific stages of human gestational development.
  5. No research other than the 2018 “Smoke No Evil” tests recognizes the presence of multiple pesticides in tobacco products, including many that are known to attack the Sonic Hedgehog gene and damage developing babies

The “Sonic Hedgehog” was named by the quirky scientists who discovered it in the early 80s. This gene basically regulates key processes in the developing embryo all the way from when it’s deciding whether to become a frog or a human and then when it’s deciding how many fingers and eyes to grow and where to put them, and so on. The Sonic HedgeHog gene does all this by sending coded biochemical messages to all the millions of cells whose growth has to be coordinated so they become that first cute little baby you see above – the mythical “Swisher Baby”.

Not all Sonic Hedgehog damage is terminally tragic – since 1 in 250 human embryos experience some level of damage there are many babies born who go on to lead their lives while carrying the burden laid upon them before they were born. Like these young people. Do any of them or their brothers and sisters in victimhood live in your community? Would you like to see this tragedy end? There is a simple solution. Force tobacco product manufacturers to remove pesticide residues from their products. That’s it. Forget any issues with tobacco, nicotine, or smoking. Deal with the pesticides first, then see what happens to young people who smoke pesticide-free tobacco. I have a pretty good hunch what we’ll find.

And as you and I cringe at the images and try to deal with the idea that this is being done to children every day in order to extract money from them, we have to remember that this massive lifelong suffering is the consequence of the reckless act of profit-hungry manufacturers acting with certain knowledge that their product is contaminated with these pesticides. By virtue of their industry position, and their membership in CORESTA, they either know or ought to know the consequences of inhalation of the pesticides that contaminate their tobacco products. They ought also to be aware that the genetics of Black, Latinx and Native American people are particularly vulnerable – and of course, they are. The Tobacco industry calls young Black and Brown kids “replacement smokers” and that’s exactly what they are – replacements.

This is an industry so ready for accountability – once there is even a little crack in their dam of silence it will explode with worldwide genocide trials and global confiscation of assets that will reach into some of the wealthiest families and institutions in the world. After all, Tobacco wealth built America and much of the rest of the “modern” world. Those massively wealthy families are still there, invisible, protected – they think. I may not see it, but their time of accountability will come. The evidence is just too strong and too vast, although still too hidden with vast cleverness in plain sight. When the world can see the extent of the Tobacco wealth built on a hundreds of years of the exploitation, suffering and death of smokers then literally trillions in hoarded Tobacco treasure will be surfaced and can be reclaimed for the public good. It is wasted, unproductive privately held and stoutly protected wealth, supporting the indulgent worthless lives of largely incompetent unroductive people with love only for themselves. This ill-gotten gain, going back decades, has left a trail of evidence in spite of its very very best efforts. It’s the 50 year total gap in research you see – that gives away the Tobacco industry’s screaming nightmare concern. There’s not one single study of pesticides in cigarettes after about 1968 when the lid was clamped on hard and universally, around the world and not just in the US. And boy were those early studies out of NCSU an eye-opener on what pesticides smokers were inhaling in the 1950s and 60s. Every organochlorine in the book, and the organophosphates were coming on heavy then too. And the pyrethrins – people think they’re new, but smokers have been inhaling them for decades. Then after 1968 – nothing. It all stopped – the data, not the pesticides. There had been dozens of studies at NCSU and elsewhere documenting high concentrations of these incredible supertoxins – that all stopped. That’s the smoking gun – no research since the industry realized what the data showed. Not one study. Nada. That says pure, coordinated, global conspiracy.

I hope that I’ve been able to help this reckoning happen. I’m just an old guy sitting at a little desk early on a cold morning in Portland Oregon writing these words that I hope will be heard like the prayer they are meant to be. So thank you dear reader for picking this up and reading it all the way to the end of the line.


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Diabetes, Smoking & Pesticides – Hidden Connections & Preventable Disease

A Quick Summary

If you are Diabetic who smokes, or if you care about someone who is, there is a new connection between smoking and Diabetes you should know about. If you or someone you know is Diabetic and had a mother who smoked, you need to know this. If this connection I’m talking about is real, and I’ll give you evidence that it is, it points to serious, preventable harm being done to millions of Diabetics. It also points to a possible path to relief and perhaps healing.

So here are two simple facts.

1. We know for a fact that smoking tobacco products causes Diabetes. I’ll share the hard science below – but here’s the straight CDC line:

“We now know that smoking causes type 2 diabetes.”

https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/diseases/diabetes.html

2. We also know for a fact that specific pesticide exposures cause Diabetes in newborn children, teens and adults. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/collections/45847338/

But here’s the problem – one that’s injuring and killing a lot of people. What no smoker knows, and what no doctors evidently know, is that cigarettes and cigars are loaded with exactly the same insecticides and fungicides that Diabetes journal research, plus CDC, FDA and EPA all point to as CAUSING Diabetes.

So smoking isn’t “linked to” or “associated with” Diabetes. It causes Diabetes. So do pesticides. Full stop.

So we have smoking causing Diabetes, and inhaling pesticides causing Diabetes. I believe that what is actually causing Diabetes in smokers, and is sickening and killing millions of smokers (and their children by the way), is that nobody has a clue that Diabetic smokers are doing both, and are preventably suffering and dying because of it.

Here’s a very small sample of pesticide/Diabetes research:

http://www.diabetesandenvironment.org/home/contam/pesticides

So how about a little discussion of these simple facts.

Many of us already know that smoking is proven to radically increase the risk of developing Diabetes. As we saw, the American CDC says “Smoking causes diabetes” Not just “associated with” Diabetes or “linked to” Diabetes. Smoking causes Diabetes.

OK. But smoking what, and why is it causing Diabetes? Nobody seems to be asking the question. The answer may be very important to smokers with Diabetes, whose cigarettes and cigars are absolutely loaded with unregulated and even banned pesticides in concentrations known to cause Diabetes through chronic exposure – like through smoking, for example. Problem is, not one MD in the world knows that the Diabetic smoker they’re treating is being exposed to pesticides several hundred times a day. You have to wonder how many of the “complications” of smoking in Diabetics are actually consequences of pesticide exposure. The docs are seeing the consequences, and the patient is sure experiencing them, and they both think they know what’s causing it – the tobacco. Except – many cigarette brands aren’t actually tobacco. And even if smoking tobacco causes Diabetes – which nobody in the world has ever actually tested since they all use industry-supplied cigarettes, never organic tobacco, for all their ‘science’ – that still leaves the question of what inhaling that cocktail of pesticides you see in the data below is doing to the smoker. Well, we actually do know that because if the smoker were not a smoker but was somehow inhaling that same mix of pesticides you see in the tables below from somewhere, hundreds of times a day, my guess is that the pesticide/diabetes science would apply. They would be at very high risk to get Diabetes, right?

So here’s my question – if we know for sure that exposure to pesticides causes Diabetes, which we do, and if we know for sure that smoking causes Diabetes, which we do, and with hard data from the “Smoke No Evil” cigarette/pesticide tests in 2018 (see the data below) we also know that smokers are inhaling a cocktail of pesticides with every puff. So here’s a question for everyone from smokers to doctors to families to public health authorities – what would happen if Diabetic smokers kept right on smoking but switched to organic tobacco cigarettes and therefore stopped inhaling pesticides? Will Diabetics who smoke still sicken and die as quickly, or at all if they switch to smoking organic tobacco?

Diabetics who smoke are clearly at increased risk of death if they contract COVID19 at the same time that their immune system is being destroyed by insecticides and fungicides with every cigarette puff. Could a simple switch to pesticide-free cigarettes or RYO save at least some lives?

Those aren’t such dumb questions once you take a look at the science. There are hundreds of peer-reviewed articles that support the causal link between pesticide exposure and diabetes, just like there are hundreds supporting the causal link between smoking and diabetes.

Isn’t is a little strange that so far nobody seems to have looked at the causal link between pesticides in tobacco products and diabetes? All that science, all that research, all that fundraising, all those endless ads, all those government and non-profit ‘anti-tobacco’ jobs – howcum nobody ever once since 1968 has mentioned pesticides in cigarettes? (1968 is the date of the last research study on pesticides in cigarettes before that research was shut down worldwide – between 1968 and 2018 there were no studies anywhere.)

That is another story. Let’s stick to Diabetes and smoking, and what any Diabetic can simply choose to do about it for themselves. Here are just a couple of examples of the science – I will simply urge you to explore rather than firehosing you with references.

Smoking and Incidence of Diabetes Among U.S. Adults

Findings from the Insulin Resistance Atherosclerosis Study

Diabetes Care 2005 Oct; 28(10): 2501-2507

https://doi.org/10.2337/diacare.28.10.2501

RESULTS—Of current smokers, 96 (25%) developed diabetes at 5 years, compared with 60 (14%) never smokers. After multivariable adjustment, current smokers exhibited increased incidence of diabetes compared with never smokers (odds ratio [OR] 2.66, P = 0.001). Similar results were found among current smokers with ≥20 pack-years with normal glucose tolerance (5.66, P = 0.001).

CONCLUSIONS—Smoking shares a robust association with incident diabetes, supporting the current Surgeon General’s warnings against cigarette smoking

https://www.webmd.com/diabetes/news/20150916/pesticide-exposure-tied-to-diabetes-risk#

Sept. 16, 2015

After reviewing 21 previous studies, researchers found exposure to any type of pesticide was associated with a 61 percent increased risk for any type of diabetes. The increased risk for type 2 diabetes — the most common type — was 64 percent, the investigators found.”

Environment International

Volume 91, May 2016, Pages 60-68

Exposure to pesticides and diabetes: A systematic review and meta-analysis

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160412016300496

Results

We identified 22 studies assessing the association between pesticides and diabetes. The summary OR for the association of top vs. bottom tertile of exposure to any type of pesticide and diabetes was 1.58 (95% CI: 1.32–1.90, p = 1.21 × 10− 6), with large heterogeneity (I2 = 66.8%). Studies evaluating Type 2 diabetes in particular (n = 13 studies), showed a similar summary effect comparing top vs. bottom tertiles of exposure: 1.61 (95% CI 1.37–1.88, p = 3.51 × 10− 9) with no heterogeneity (I2 = 0%). Analysis by type of pesticide yielded an increased risk of diabetes for DDE, heptachlor, HCB, DDT, and trans-nonachlor or chlordane.

The Smoking Gun

So – here’s graphic evidence of the reason for the causal links between smoking and Diabetes. IMO this is a “sound the alarm, all hands on deck” situation. This is a public health atrocity that could be ended virtually overnight.

Conclusions

So – without going into an exhaustive review of the science, which I am working on for a new chapter in “Smoke No Evil”, let me just say that I wanted to publish these ideas now, as I am developing them, so that in case anyone reads this who cares, this long-concealed causal link is now out in the open. There’s a lot more science than I present here behind both parts of this mysterious gap in knowledge. A lot of people who are being badly injured by smoking could be helped if they only knew enough to make their own decision to switch to organic tobacco. I doubt that many doctors, who are among the most effectively brainwashed people when it comes to Tobacco, would ever recommend switching to smoking organic, which is easy and effective, rather than quitting, which is difficult and ineffective. Go figure.

Please share this and help raise awareness that there may be a new path through the wilderness.


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If This Isn’t An Atrocity Then What Is?

Young people in Black, Native American and Latinx communities are Swisher Sweets’ prime target markets. The company spends enormous sums luring and cultivating young people in these communities. and although many young people who smoke Swishers already suspect they are probably cheap shit, what nobody could possibly suspect is that they are loaded with nerve agents descended directly from those used by the Nazis to gas millions of humans. These Nazi neurotoxins are doing now just what they did then then – targeting marginalized people.

In recent lab tests we found the supertoxin DDT in Swisher Sweets at 700X the max concentration found in any other product anywhere. Everywhere else DDT is found its left over in the soil from 50 years ago. In Swisher Sweets it’s fresh, recent, and incredibly concentrated. And as you see, DDT is just one of the neurotoxins in Sweets. I’ll show you data and give you the links to journal research as this post goes along. Here’s an example

Potential role of organochlorine pesticides in the pathogenesis of neurodevelopmental, neurodegenerative, and neurobehavioral disorders:

A review

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26549647/

The growing body of evidence has demonstrated that prenatal exposure to organochlorines (OCs) is associated with impairment of neuropsychological development. It has been suggested that maternal exposure to OCPs results in impaired motor and cognitive development in newborns and infants. Moreover, in utero exposure to these compounds contributes to the etiology of autism.” 

So this post is about offering you direct evidence of what that DDT and the other hidden neurotoxins are doing to young Black, Brown and Native American people whose genetics are highly vulnerable to DDT and the other neurotoxins and whose families and communities are being devastated by these hidden neurotoxins. The impact of tobacco product neurotoxins may be disguised in epidemics of other things like diabetes, drug addiction, ADHD and Autism, suicide and alcoholism.

For example, in utero exposure of a developing baby to a cocktail of DDT, Carbendazim and Azole fungicides at specific critical periods in development is proven to lead to a range of terrible neurological damage, so a pregnant young girl or woman smoking a few Swishers a day guarantees that this cocktail of neurotoxins will be there in her blood ready to find her baby in the womb at just the right moment for horror to occur.

It doesn’t have to be this way. The industry can produce beautiful, naturally sweet tobacco cigars made with responsibly grown and even organic tobaccos, but they aren’t the immense and super-easy profits that can be made using crap tobacco that’s been doused with unregulated chemicals to keep the bugs and worms away. Moreover, because the “tobacco” in these things is the cheapest of the cheap and can’t be made into anything else it has to be flavored to gross levels to cover up the poison so – pile on the Banana, Mango and Rum flavors! Cool!

Black, Indigenous and Brown people have been getting the low end of everything forever but Swisher Sweets are way far down the chute through which White shit is rained down onto these exploited communities.

Here’s a bigger image of that list of nerve agents, DNA toxins, and other instruments of genocide for profit marketed to Black and Brown youth.

You might be horrified at how deep this goes – and “science” has no idea that Swisher Sweets and every other brand of tobacco product is pumping this “cocktail” into young boys and girls, and pregnant women, 24/7 in every community of color, including Native American and Alaska Native communities where smoking is high, genetic vulnerability to neurochemicals is high, and while the damage is in plain sight its true cause is invisible.

AI/ANs have the highest rate of disability of any racial and ethnic population in the United States. Twenty-two percent of the AI/AN population has one or more disabilities (approximately 550,000 individuals), which is the highest rate of disabilities when compared with all other races/ethnicities surveyed in the United States. (McNeil, 2001) Among children 5 to 15 years old, the disability rate is 5.7% for non-Hispanic Whites, but 7.0% for Black children and 7.7% for AI/AN children. Although the disability rate is16.2% for non- Hispanic Whites of working age (16 to 64), it is 26.4% for Blacks and 27.0% for AI/AN. (US Census Bureau, 2009)”

“ … our results align with prior studies that compared smokers of any mass-marketed cigar (eg, users of Black and Milds, Swisher Sweets, Phillies Blunts, Captain Black brands) with traditional large cigar smokers. Specifically, those who reported smoking nonpremium cigars, cigarillos or FCs tended to be younger, non-Hispanic black, have low educational attainment, live below 200% of the federal poverty line, and smoke cigars on a daily basis as compared with those who smoked premium cigars.

Frontiers in Endocrinology, 21 March 2019 | 

I hope the connection between neurochemicals in commercial tobacco products and disease and death among people in genetically-defined communities is becoming more clear, and more obviously worth investigating. The research is extensive – I’ve covered it in my book “Smoke No Evil”, s I’ll just include a few key references here to drive home the point that the DDT contamination alone makes Swisher Sweets a nerve gas assault on Black and Brown people in order to pry a few dollars out of them and to hell with the consequences. Nobody is ever going to connect Swisher Sweets to dead Black and Brown babies – right? Besides – those young pregnant women smoking Sweets have been waned – right? It says right there on the pack that they can kill you. So what’s the problem?

Well, how about this – keeping in mind that none of this has anything at all to do with damage that tobacco and nicotine may or may not do. This is about inhaling DDT, Carbendazim, mega-fungicides, and stull that nobody knows about because its only being used on tobacco.

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals: Effects on Endocrine Glands

https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fendo.2019.00178/full

Humans and other big mammals and top predators are at the top of food chain, therefore they may store larger doses of EDCs according to the process of bioaccumulation and bioamplification. These processes may generate a “cocktail” of effects with unknown consequences. 

“Indeed, lifelong exposure to multiple compounds may bring about cumulative, additive and/or synergic effects.

Dose-effect relationships can be complex for many EDCs causing diverging effects at different concentrations; moreover, different EDCs exert non-traditional responses to the dose due to the different action they can have in the binding of hormone receptors.

Last but not least, the complexity of the hazardous effects of EDCs includes the concept of windows of vulnerability; indeed, evidence shows that the timing of exposure is of primary importance in the assessment of the effects on the endocrine system.

Now let’s get specific about that DDT that young Swisher smokers are inhaling every day.

In my research for “Smoke No Evil” 0.816 mg/kg of DDT p, p- was found in samples of Swisher Sweets. This is 250-350 times the highest concentrations found in any food tested by FDA “Total Diet Study 2017”. 

This annual survey found the highest concentrations of (soil/water-residual) DDT in the US food chain was in potatoes @ 2.17 ng/g, and catfish filets @ 2.3 ng/g. 

1000 ng = 1 mg so 1 ng/gram = 0.001 mg/kg

Thus, the levels expressed in the FDA “Total Diet Study” are the equivalent of 0.00217 mg/kg for potatoes and 0.0023 mg/kg for catfish.

This compares to 0.816 mg/kg in Swisher Sweets.

So from all sources in food and water, DDT intake has been dropping to near zero in the US – and since nobody tests tobacco products, nobody knows that daily intake of DDT alone is actually off the charts for smokers of many different brands.

Here’s what FDA & NIH pretend is happening – remember, they do know about pesticides in tobacco products, they’re just totally under political control from vast, hidden wealth that has historically found Eugenics a very attractive idea. After all, keeping communities of color sick and helpless while draining them of every possible dollar – that’s way too many rich White people’s dream scenario.

“Average adult intakes of DDT were estimated to be 62 µg/person/day in 1965 and 240 µg/person/day in 1970, before the DDT ban was instituted. The FDA Total Diet Studies show that the daily intakes have fallen since the ban, with daily intakes (for a 16-year-old, 70 kg male) averaging 6.51, 2.38, 1.49, and 0.97 µg/person/day for 1978–1979, 1979–1980, 1984–1986, and 1986–1991, respectively.” https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/ntp/htdocs/chem_background/exsumpdf/ddt_508.pdf

“Based on all of the evidence available, the Department of Health and Human Services has determined that DDT is reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.

Similarly, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has determined that DDT is possibly carcinogenic to humans. EPA has determined that DDT, DDE, and DDD are probable human carcinogens. “ 

“The acceptable daily intake (ADI) of 20 μg/kg/day corresponding to 1.3 × 106 ng/day (137.8 nanograms) for an adult of 65 kg.”   

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3094425/

Here are the calculations:

There are 816,000 nanograms/kilogram in Swisher Sweets, or 816 Nanograms per gram of Swisher Sweet. There are 3 grams of tobacco in Swisher Sweet, which means a teen smoker will be exposed to 2448 Nanograms of DDT per Swisher Sweet. Based on largely supressed research from the 1950s, about 50% of the DDT/DDE on tobacco survives smoking and enters the smoker’s body. Four Sweets a day means almost 5000 Nanograms being inhaled intact and ready to head for the placenta or ovaries, or 36X the acceptable daily intake.

Further, this DDT is fresh, not impotent from spending 20 years in the soil. So the pregnant teen smoking a Swisher Sweet is flooding her baby with the good stuff, the best bug killer in the world, banned everywhere in the world since many generations before this young girl was born. So why is it even present in Swisher Sweets at all? It isn’t even soil residue from 50 year ago , its from a tobacco crop sprayer last year in Brazil. If this isn’t genocide in action, what is?


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Swisher Sweets Cause Irreversible Neurological Damage To Black & Brown Babies

This post is about a crime being committed right now, today and every day, against hundreds of thousands of Black and Brown living and unborn babies. Their lives are in grave danger from nerve gas and genetic toxins in those fruity little Sweets. Many babies and children have already been irreparably damaged. But those young Black and Brown lives don’t matter, not to Swisher Sweets. This is a WAY profitable product, made with the worst, most contaminated tobacco waste. They market directly to Black and Brown young people, especially girls and women, using every evil little “targeted marketing” trick in the tobacco industry’s book. The facts prove that they knowingly and without regard to human life produce an unreasonably dangerous, life-threatening product that has especially toxic impact on babies with Black or Brown genetics.

Pretty stark, I know, but check this table that shows you the concentration of DDT found in Swisher Sweets when I had them tested by a highly competent lab. There are many more neurotoxic fungicides and insecticides in good old fruity minty fun and funky Swishers, as you can see, but let’s just focus on the DDT.

That DDT concentration you can see in the table – 0.816 ppm – is 700+ times greater than the concentration of DDT in any 2019 food or other consumable product. That’s a HUGE problem for a fetus whose Mommy is inhaling that DDT 50-100 times a day or more. Many young Black and Latina women actually believe the street myth that smoking Swishers is safer than smoking cigarettes so they pass their entire pregnancy inhaling these fruity little sacks of nerve poison.

DDT has been banned for any use except extreme mosquito control for generations, and for plenty of good reasons. It’s still the best killer the chemical industry has ever come up with, bar none, and growers worldwide long to be able to use it again. But alas, they can’t. Unless they’re the tobacco industry, and then it’s OK. So – here it is, freshly applied to tobacco and being inhaled by 3 million+ young Swisher Sweets smokers, predominantly Black and Latinx, over half female.

How many Swisher smokers are pregnant today? We know that only 25% of them will stop smoking during pregnancy. There are communities full of damaged babies of Black & Brown smokers and nobody knows why so everybody just seems to accept it – that’s just the way it is if you smoke. Maybe you can see, after you’ve looked at this evidence, the real reason why so many babies of Black and Brown smokers are born damaged beyond belief. And why it doesn’t have to be that way.

The research evidence, quoted and linked in-depth below, is overwhelming that even the tiniest exposure to DDT at the right point in fetal development can be catastrophic. That’s true of other neurotoxins in Swishers, each with its own special kind of damage. After all, the whole purpose of these neurotoxins is to kill and destroy millions of tiny bugs in a field with just a few molecules of the neurochemical for each tiny life. These chemical companies are the direct descendants of Nazi nerve gas manufacturers and they have not changed their attitude toward “sub-humans” one little bit.

Babies in the womb are being drenched with these neurotoxins through their mother’s blood, across the placenta, straight to their emerging brain, glands and nervous system. Their effects at the molecular level are just being documented, but they are terrible and permanent.

The US and world governments have quite deliberately never tested for these neurochemicals although they spend hundreds of millions of taxpayers money trying to convince people that smoking is bad. Any high-paid government flunky care to really say why? They all know – Agriculture, Justice, the EPA, the FDA, the CDC. The industry has the system rigged at every level of government so it is exempt from regulation anywhere, anytime for this beyond-criminal behavior.

Aren’t these crimes against humanity? Against the unborn? Could they be genocide? Gassing babies ought to qualify, don’t you think maybe? See what the research says about gassing babies just below the data table showing you what they’re being gassed with.

If this table is too small check the one above – and I’ve also included full-size Swisher Sweet & Marlboro tables, without the little Sweetie, at the end of this post.

Current Opinion in Pediatrics

2008 Apr; 20(2):191-7.

doi: 10.1097/MOP.0b013e3282f60a7d.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18332717/

Pesticides and child neurodevelopment

Recent studies on in-utero exposure to the organochlorine pesticide dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane and its breakdown product, dichlorodiphenyldichloroethene, indicate that exposure is associated with impaired child neurodevelopment.

Basic Clinical Pharmacological Toxicology

2008 Feb;102(2):228-36.

doi: 10.1111/j.1742-7843.2007.00171.x.

Pesticide toxicity and the developing brain

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18226078/

We present the work of the CHAMACOS study, a longitudinal birth cohort study of Mexican-American children living in the Salinas Valley of California. In this study, we investigated the relationship of children’s neurodevelopment with maternal dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane and dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene serum levels, as well as prenatal and child organophosphate urinary metabolite levels. We observed a negative association of prenatal dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane exposure and child mental development.

Life Sciences

2016 Jan 15;145:255-64.

doi: 10.1016/j.lfs.2015.11.006. Epub 2015 Nov 5.

Potential role of organochlorine pesticides in the pathogenesis of neurodevelopmental, neurodegenerative, and neurobehavioral disorders: A review

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26549647/

The growing body of evidence has demonstrated that prenatal exposure to organochlorines (OCs) is associated with impairment of neuropsychological development. It has been suggested that maternal exposure to OCPs results in impaired motor and cognitive development in newborns and infants. Moreover, in utero exposure to these compounds contributes to the etiology of autism

Indian J Med Res. 2016 Jun; 143(6): 685–687.

doi: 10.4103/0971-5916.191922

Organochlorine pesticides exposure & preterm birth

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5094107/

This study confirms the association between maternal serum concentration of OCPs and preterm labour, and also reports an increased mRNA expression of inflammatory pathway genes such as TNF-α and COX-2, which have not been correlated with OCPs levels in previous studies concerning preterm birth aetiology. Even if COX-2 and TNF-α cannot be considered as direct biomarkers for pesticide exposure, since these are involved in all inflammatory processes that contribute to the onset of PTB, a possible gene-environment interaction may occur. The association between OCPs with mRNA expression of TNF-α gene should be further investigated.

Toxicology

2013 May 10;307:136-45.

doi: 10.1016/j.tox.2012.06.009. Epub 2012 Jun 21.

Toxic effects of pesticide mixtures at a molecular level: their relevance to human health

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22728724/

The toxicological effects of low-dose pesticide mixtures on the human health are largely unknown, although there are growing concerns about their safety. The combined toxicological effects of two or more components of a pesticide mixture can take one of three forms: independent, dose addition or interaction. 

Not all mixtures of pesticides with similar chemical structures produce additive effects; thus, if they act on multiple sites their mixtures may produce different toxic effects. The additive approach also fails when evaluating mixtures that involve a secondary chemical that changes the toxicokinetics of the pesticide as a result of its increased activation or decreased detoxification, which is followed by an enhanced or reduced toxicity, respectively. 

This review addresses a number of toxicological interactions of pesticide mixtures at a molecular level. 

Examples of such interactions include: 

  • the postulated mechanisms for the potentiation of pyrethroid, carbaryl and triazine herbicides toxicity by organophosphates; 
  • how the toxicity of some organophosphates can be potentiated by other organophosphates or by previous exposure to organochlorines; 
  • the synergism between pyrethroid and carbamate compounds and 
  • the antagonism between triazine herbicides and prochloraz. 

Particular interactions are also addressed, such as:

  • pesticides acting as endocrine disruptors, 
  • the cumulative toxicity of organophosphates and organochlorines resulting in estrogenic effects, and 
  • the promotion of organophosphate-induced delayed polyneuropathy.

Current Opinion jn Pediatrics

2008 Apr;20(2):184-90.

doi: 10.1097/MOP.0b013e3282f56165.

Prenatal tobacco smoke and postnatal secondhand smoke exposure and child neurodevelopment

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18332716/

Prenatal tobacco and postnatal secondhand smoke exposure is consistently associated with problems in multiple domains of children’s neurodevelopment and behavior.

The literature on both prenatal and postnatal exposure is remarkably consistent in showing associations with increased rates of behavior problems, including irritability, oppositional defiant behavior, conduct disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Environ Health Perspect

2014 Oct;122(10):1103-9.

doi: 10.1289/ehp.1307044. Epub 2014 Jan 23.

Neurodevelopmental disorders and prenatal residential proximity to agricultural pesticides: the CHARGE study

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24954055/

Conclusions: This study of ASD strengthens the evidence linking neurodevelopmental disorders with gestational pesticide exposures, particularly organophosphates, and provides novel results of ASD and DD associations with, respectively, pyrethroids and carbamates

Environ Health Perspectives

2017 May 25;125(5):057002.

doi: 10.1289/EHP504.

Prenatal Residential Proximity to Agricultural Pesticide Use and IQ in 7-Year-Old Children

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28557711/

This study identifies potential relationships between maternal residential proximity to agricultural use of neurotoxic pesticides and poorer neurodevelopment in children.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A

2019 Sep 10;116(37):18347-18356.

doi: 10.1073/pnas.1903940116. Epub 2019 Aug 26.

Prenatal exposure to organophosphate pesticides and functional neuroimaging in adolescents living in proximity to pesticide application

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31451641/

OP exposure was associated with altered brain activation during tasks of executive function.

Environ Health Perspect

2018 Apr 25;126(4):047012.

doi: 10.1289/EHP2580.

Prenatal Organophosphate Pesticide Exposure and Traits Related to Autism Spectrum Disorders in a Population Living in Proximity to Agriculture

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29701446/

Conclusions: These findings contribute mixed evidence linking OP pesticide exposures with traits related to developmental disorders like ASD. Subtle pesticide-related effects on ASD-related traits among a population with ubiquitous exposure could result in a rise in cases of clinically diagnosed disorders like ASD

Environ Research

2016 Oct;150:128-137.

doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2016.05.048. Epub 2016 Jun 6.

Residential proximity to organophosphate and carbamate pesticide use during pregnancy, poverty during childhood, and cognitive functioning in 10-year-old children

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27281690/

Conclusions: Residential proximity to OP and carbamate pesticide use during pregnancy and both household- and neighborhood-level poverty during childhood were independently associated with poorer cognitive functioning in children at 10 years of age.


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Alcoholism, Addiction, Suicide, Smoking, Insecticides and Fungicides

Please pardon the strange title – it’s just that these things are all connected in ways that I think may be important and I am pretty sure are being completely overlooked most importantly by people who smoke cigarettes or little cigars and are trying to recover from drug addiction or drinking, or maybe just trying to quit cigarettes.

I’ve been looking at a lot of journal-published toxicology research on pesticide exposure and its neurological and developmental consequences and I’m connecting some dots here that may point to a hidden issue that is particularly affecting alcoholics, addicts, and people in rehab and recovery. 

Here are some of the dots I’m connecting – what do you think?  

  • Here’s a Dot: Research shows that people chronically exposed to insecticides and fungicides in their work or environment experience crippling depression and commit suicide at many times “normal” rates
  • Here’s another Dot: Research shows that a very high % of addicts, alcoholics & people in rehab smoke cigarettes and cigars
  • Yet another Dot: First-ever research commissioned and published in 2018 shows that cigarettes and cigars are heavily contaminated with insecticides and fungicides but this is completely unknown and unaccounted-for in addiction research, while:
  • And a really BIG DOT: That research shows that people with a substance abuse disorder are nearly six times as likely to attempt suicide at some point in their life.

So (1) almost all addicts, alcoholics and people in rehab/recovery are inhaling insecticides and fungicides hundreds of times a day, and (2) they are committing suicide at six times the rate of non-smoking, non-addicted, non-drinking people, and (3) chronic pesticide exposure alone, by itself, increases suicide rates dramatically.

Check out this representative small sample of the published research.

PLoS One

Published online 2016 Jul 8. 

doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0156348

Smoking and Suicide: A Meta-Analysis

“Compared to nonsmokers, the current smokers were at higher risk of:

suicidal ideation (OR = 2.05; 95% CI: 1.53, 2.58; 8 studies; I2 = 80.8%; P<0.001), 

suicide plan (OR = 2.36; 95% CI: 1.69, 3.02; 6 studies; I2 = 85.2%; P<0.001), 

suicide attempt (OR = 2.84; 95% CI: 1.49, 4.19; 5 studies; I2 = 89.6%; (P<0.001), and 

suicide death (RR = 1.83; 95% CI: 1.64, 2.02; 14 studies; I2 = 49.7%; P = 0.018).”

“There is sufficient evidence that smoking is associated with an increased risk of suicidal behaviors. Therefore, smoking is a contributing factor for suicide.”

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2019.; 61(4):314-317

doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001545

Association Between Chronic Exposure to Pesticide and Suicide

“After adjusting for variables, participants exposed to pesticides had a 1.88-fold increased risk of suicide (HR, 1.88; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.11 to 3.16) than those who were not exposed.” 

“Study populations with greater pesticide use (HR, 2.42; 95% CI, 1.27 to 4.60) and pesticide addiction had the highest suicide rates (HR, 1.91; 95% CI, 1.03 to 3.56).”

American Journal of Addiction

2015 Mar;24(2):98-104.

doi: 10.1111/ajad.12185

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25644860/

Addiction and suicide: A review

“Suicidal behavior is a significant problem for people with co-occurring disorders seeking addiction treatment. Several predisposing and precipitating risk factors such as marital and interpersonal relationship disruption, occupational and financial stressors, recent heavy substance use and intoxication as well as a history of previous suicide attempts and sexual abuse combine in an additive fashion with personality traits and mental illnesses to intensify risk for suicidal behavior in addiction patients.”

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So with this research in mind, and if you’ve been connecting the dots along with me, please check out the insecticides and fungicides I found when I tested Marlboros and Swisher Sweets, among others. Remember, not one of these have been tested for their impact through inhalation, which is well-known as the most hazardous route of ingestion. Why should they? Nobody ever expected that any human being would be inhaling what you see below hundreds of times a day. Finally, please keep in mind that many of the insecticides and fungicides you see below are designed to work at the molecular level.

Literally just a couple of molecules of DDT or Carbendazim or an Azole fungicide hitting a human fetus at the wrong developmental point means high risk to virtually guaranteed genetic damage and a lifetime of potential neurological and hormonal diseases along with childhood and adult cancer and autism.

All this from just a few molecules – dose doesn’t matter with many of the newer neurochemicals, and even with the old standby DDT. A few molecules of DDT at 10-16 weeks, like if Mommy is smoking a Swisher Sweet or two a day, and that child may be severely damaged. I think I can say what the results would be of a study that looked at the children of mothers who smoked Swisher Sweets or any of the other highly contaminated “little cigars” before or during pregnancy. Swisher has been targeting young Black and Latina women for decades, so any young woman who became a SS smoker and has had a baby with health issues is very likely a victim of severe negligence at best. Such a study would help raise awareness and, if there is evidence that this harm has in fact been done, it might help bring compensation and justice to the child victims of Swisher Sweets and their DDT/Carbendazim cocktail.

So then there’s research like this – not the only study of its kind either.

Neurotoxicology

2011 Mar;32(2):268-76.

doi: 10.1016/j.neuro.2010.12.008. Epub 2010 Dec 21.

Correlating neurobehavioral performance with biomarkers of organophosphorous pesticide exposure

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21182866/

“There is compelling evidence that adverse neurobehavioral effects are associated with occupational organophosphorous pesticide (OP) exposure in humans. Behavioral studies of pesticide applicators, greenhouse workers, agricultural workers and farm residents exposed repeatedly over months or years to low levels of OPs reveal a relatively consistent pattern of neurobehavioral deficits.”

By the way I do realize that OP pesticides are not the issue in cigarettes today they were for smokers 1970-2010, who are just now beginning to suffer and die in great numbers from neurological diseases nobody is tracing to OP poisoning because they don’t live anywhere near a farm and were never exposed to OP. Except concealed in their cigarettes, known to the government and the manufacturers. hidden from doctors.

So I’m thinking – could switching to organic cigarettes make a difference, even a small one, not just in suicidal thinking and behavior but also in the underlying toxic conditions that are driving the mental and emotional suffering?

The problem is that if there’s a connection it’s being missed because nobody has ever seen a single government, medical or scientific report showing what concentrations of which pesticides are in which brands. 

That’s a shame because just on an individual level it’s possible that simply switching to an organic cigarette, branded or RYO a person dealing with drugs and/or alcohol could lower their stress levels and maybe feel better just by eliminating these hidden insecticides and fungicides, without having to go through the difficult process of quitting smoking on top of drinking, addiction, rehab and sobriety. 

I know in my heart that anyone who smokes who is also fighting addiction to any drug will find that their suffering is eased and their fight may become a little easier if they will just switch to organic tobacco cigarettes. No need to quit smoking- just switch and then see what happens.

Maybe nothing, or maybe you’ll feel better with just the pesticides out of your system. Maybe not having those pesticide neurochemicals interacting with your other drugs and all attacking your nervous system and hormones all at once will ease some of your pain and anxiety.

Maybe you’ll think less about hurting yourself. Maybe you’ll feel better, regardless of anything else you’re doing or not doing about drugs or drinking. Who knows? Is it worth a try? Wouldn’t that just drive some people you know crazy – seeing that you can smoke and maybe even enjoy it without hurting yourself, and maybe even make yourself feel better in the process? Then of course at the right moment you might decide to try a new idea I’m putting out there –

Organic Cold Turkey – A Crazy New Way To Quit! Really.

Organic Cold Turkey takes quitting to a new level of easy.

First, get rid of what’s really addicting you – cigarettes, not Tobacco.

Switch to Organic tobacco.

It’s easy to do – lots of smokers have done it

Goodbye addictive thought & behavior-controlling neurochemicals.

Those “Gotta have a smoke” thoughts were never your own.

Those incredible urges weren’t Nicotine.

Now that you’re smoking real Tobacco you’ll soon discover that …

Sure, it’s addicting, just like coffee or sex or cherry pie –

You don’t have to have it, but you like it.

You’ll find yourself cutting down naturally, without even trying

Then you can just try not smoking at all for a day.

You’ll want to smoke, but you won’t have to.

So then OK, maybe have a smoke after dinner – that’s all.

Go with that for a while.

Next week maybe try nothing – all day and after dinner too.

You’re going Organic Cold Turkey.

You’re finding out that you’re in control.

You’re finding out that you can smoke or not,

When you want and if you want.

You’re free from cigarettes, and the hook, and the Tobacco Cartel


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CBD, COVID 19 & Cytokine Storms

Sure, let’s find a vaccine for the virus, by all means, but in the meanwhile how about the solid research evidence that CBD can prevent and treat the lung inflammation leading to pneumonia that is killing so many victims? It sure looks to me like there’s no doubt that it is the lung inflammation from COVID 19 that is a major killer and maybe THE major killer.

Here’s new 2020 research that says that the cytokine storms (inflammatory response) resulting from COVID 19 may be doing a lot of the killing.

“Clinical predictors of mortality due to COVID-19 based on an analysis of data of 150 patients from Wuhan, China”

Intensive Care Medicine (2020)

“In conclusion, predictors of a fatal outcome in COVID-19 cases included age, the presence of underlying diseases, the presence of secondary infection and elevated inflammatory indicators in the blood. The results obtained from this study also suggest that COVID-19 mortality might be due to virus-activated “cytokine storm syndrome” or fulminant myocarditis.”

Now here is a study that specifically addresses the effects of CBD on cytokine storms.

“Cannabinoids Decrease the Th17 Inflammatory Autoimmune Phenotype”

Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology 8(5) · July 2013

“Cannabinoids, the Cannabis constituents, are known to possess anti-inflammatory properties but the mechanisms involved are not understood. Here we show that the main psychoactive cannabinoid, Δ-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and the main non-psychoactive cannabinoid, cannabidiol (CBD), markedly reduce the Th17 phenotype which is known to be increased in inflammatory autoimmune pathologies ….”

“In conclusion, the results show a unique cannabinoid modulation of the autoimmune cytokine milieu combining suppression of the pathogenic IL-17 and IL-6 cytokines along with boosting the expression of the anti-inflammatory cytokine IL-10.”

Before you say “Well hell, that’s only one study from 2013”, check out these other CBD-Inflammation studies from my previous posts.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25356537

Thus, we conclude that CBD administered therapeutically, i.e. during an ongoing inflammatory process, has a potent anti-inflammatory effect and also improves the lung function in mice submitted to LPS-induced ALI. Therefore the present and previous data suggest that in the future cannabidiol might become a useful therapeutic tool for the attenuation and treatment of inflammatory lung diseases.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31437494

Thus, CBD has a differential inflammatory response and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent in pro-inflammatory conditions but acts as an antagonist with steroids, overriding the anti-inflammatory potential of steroids when used in combination.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23851307

Together, our findings highlight the anti-inflammatory effects of CBD in this viral model of MS and demonstrate the significant therapeutic potential of this compound for the treatment of pathologies with an inflammatory component.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30481497

CBD treatment, regardless of dosage, decreased airway hyperresponsiveness, whereas static lung elastance only reduced with high dose. These outcomes were accompanied by decreases in collagen fibre content in both airway and alveolar septa and the expression of markers associated with inflammation in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid and lung homogenate. There was a significant and inverse correlation between CB1 levels and lung function in asthmatic patients. CBD treatment decreased the inflammatory and remodelling processes in the model of allergic asthma. 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31800399

CBD induced almost full concentration-dependent vasorelaxation in hPAs and rat sMAs. In hPAs,

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31775230

The main focus is on the latest in vitro and in vivo studies that present data regarding the anti-proliferative, pro-apoptotic, cytotoxic, anti-invasive, anti-antiangiogenic, anti-inflammatory, and immunomodulatory properties of CBD together with their mechanisms of action. 

Now ask yourself – why wouldn’t anyone at risk be taking 25-50 mg of CBD a day starting right now? Are you? If not, why the hell not?

I do hope you’re not waiting for the government to admit that Cannabis might be a natural medicine that can protect you and those you love, not from getting infected with COVID 19, but maybe from dying from the inflammation that it causes. That is not going to happen, and surely you know why.

 

 


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A Lighthearted Look At Sheep & US

I was reflecting on how it feels being herded around by our self-appointed corporate, government and financial managers, for our own protection of course, so I began searching for ‘behavior” and “sheep”among other keywords and up came a delightful brochure from Canada full of great “voice of experience’ advice on how to herd sheep. My guess is that there are a lot of “Homeland Security” training manuals that read pretty much like this one from Canada’s “Sheep Bureau”.

Want to play an entertaining little game? Read through this brochure and substitute the word ‘people‘ every time you see the word ‘sheep‘.

When you’re done, put a number to how many behavioral traits seem to be shared between People and Sheep. 50%? 75%? My money is on 90%. As they say in the very beginning of the Sheep Handling brochure:

“Understanding sheep behaviour is the key when handling sheep.”

Specific Behaviour Traits
Sheep are created with specific behaviour traits. Knowing what these traits are can make handling them much easier.
 Sheep are social animals, so try and prevent seclusion.
 Sheep by nature are followers; let them follow and don’t drive them as you would cattle.
 Sheep are docile animals by nature.
 Sheep have good memories; these memories need to be positive ones as much as possible.

Sheep react to their surroundings, this includes the working environment and facilities; the following suggestions will help make the experience positive:
 Sheep like routine, so be patient when introducing something new.
 Sheep reactions are predictable, so use them.
 Sheep react negatively to loud noises and yelling.
 Sheep will bunch up in corners to protect themselves.

When moving, gathering or sorting sheep, the more efficient the operation the better; wool grabbing and rough handling will cause bruising.
 Sheep tend to move in the opposite direction of the handler.
 Sheep have a flight zone, determine what this is for your flock.
 Sheep move best when not afraid, so work slowly and calmly.
 Sheep do not like to move into the darkness; place a chute facing a well lit area.
 Sheep move better on a flat surface or uphill.
 Sheep will move towards other sheep.
 Sheep will move to a partially full pen.
 Sheep will move better through long, narrow pens and chutes rather than square pens and wide chute systems.
 Sheep resist moving from one type of surface to another.
 Sheep have no depth perception, so shadows, dark surfaces and water are an issue.
 Sheep fear new visual objects.

Sheep Behaviour: Moving Sheep
Sheep can be led by shaking a bucket of grain, driven
from the rear, or both with a dog or person to
help. When driving sheep use a distracting noise first to
alert them. A plastic trash bag, rattle( plastic bottle filled
with stones), sticks knocked together or a bark from the
dog will get the sheep on their feet and moving away from
the noise.

Pressure develops from being too close to the flock of
sheep. Use a minimum of noise and pressure so the sheep
travel slowly and take a steady course. Sheep have a
psychological distance or “flight zone” within which they
try to distance themselves from the handler. A safe
distance to follow behind the flock is three body lengths
( about 10-12 feet) behind the rear of the group.

Sheep at a run are out of control, except over long
distance. If they are really frightened they will run away in
a panic. When this happens only a swift dog can overtake
the leader and turn the sheep around.

Guide the sheep to the pen by moving them at a brisk
walk along physical barriers such as a fence line, laneway,
the sides of a building etc. Sheep move best on level
ground or uphill. Most of their weight is over their rear legs
making it awkward to move quickly down hill, especially if
the ewes are pregnant. Make sure all the gates are open
to the gathering pen. As the sheep approach, ease the
pressure on them so they can find their way through the
restricted opening.

Holding pens should be rectangular so sheep flow down to
one end, rather than square which may start a circular
flow around the edges and back out of the pen. Holding
pens and catch pens should have open sides so the sheep
do not feel trapped. They should be able to see other
sheep.

Decoys can be used in this manner to lure sheep into pens
or chutes.

Crowd the sheep close in a smaller pen so that the
shepherd can handle them easily without them running
out of reach. If a small pen is not available, crowd the
sheep into the corner of a large pen, using a portable
hinged panel to close in the rear of the group. Secure the
ends of the hinged panel to the sides of the pen to confine
the animals. The crowding area should have corners with
no less than a 90 degree angle to keep the sheep in the
corners from being crushed or smothered.

A workable group will be up to five sheep deep, and four
sheep across (or within arm’s length on either side.)
Deeper pens of sheep are more difficult to step through,
front to back. The sheep should be gathered up tightly,
with standing room only and a few feet to spare in the
rear for you to work an individual. Sheep are too close
together when some are piling on top of each other or
the weak ones have dropped down out of sight.

Let the sheep quiet down for five to ten minutes before
working them again. When you enter the pen, don’t
climb over rails, use a gate and enter in a nonthreatening
manner.

When moving sheep up a loading ramp or down a
narrow chute stay approximately 10 feet back from the
last sheep to avoid having animals in the rear turn
around and run past you. Keeping this distance away
from the group gives you time to react to the flow of
sheep while still creating some pressure to move the
sheep forward.

If sheep become wedged together in a narrow spot,
move around the bunch to the front and use noise or
visual distraction such as a broom or crook to force the
sheep to step backwards.

Avoid stepping through the center of the flock because                                                                                                                              there is no easy escape for
you when they free themselves.


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Can CBD Prevent Drowning In Mucous From COVID 19?

Hello friends – hey, I’ve been thinking about COVID 19 again, and I want to lay this idea out for you and see what you think.

What if CBD can effectively treat the lung inflammation and consequent drowning in mucous caused by COVID 19?

I want to share some research that strongly suggests that CBD may be able to help at least some people being attacked and killed by the COVID 19 virus. Maybe while we’re waiting a year or so to develop a vaccine to “prevent” this virus we should be seeing if simple, safe CBD could treat and maybe heal the lung inflammation that is killing people right now.

These are some peer-reviewed medical/scientific journal research lung inflammation studies from the National Institutes of Health database that I think support this possibility and the logic of trying:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25356537

“Thus, we conclude that CBD administered therapeutically, i.e. during an ongoing inflammatory process, has a potent anti-inflammatory effect and also improves the lung function in mice submitted to LPS-induced ALI. Therefore the present and previous data suggest that in the future cannabidiol might become a useful therapeutic tool for the attenuation and treatment of inflammatory lung diseases.”

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31437494

“Thus, CBD has a differential inflammatory response and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent in pro-inflammatory conditions but acts as an antagonist with steroids, overriding the anti-inflammatory potential of steroids when used in combination.”

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23851307

“Together, our findings highlight the anti-inflammatory effects of CBD in this viral model of MS and demonstrate the significant therapeutic potential of this compound for the treatment of pathologies with an inflammatory component.”

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30481497

“CBD treatment, regardless of dosage, decreased airway hyperresponsiveness, whereas static lung elastance only reduced with high dose. These outcomes were accompanied by decreases in collagen fibre content in both airway and alveolar septa and the expression of markers associated with inflammation in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid and lung homogenate.

There was a significant and inverse correlation between CB1 levels and lung function in asthmatic patients. CBD treatment decreased the inflammatory and remodelling processes in the model of allergic asthma. “

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31800399

“CBD induced almost full concentration-dependent vasorelaxation in hPAs and rat sMAs.”

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31775230

“The main focus is on the latest in vitro and in vivo studies that present data regarding the anti-proliferative, pro-apoptotic, cytotoxic, anti-invasive, anti-antiangiogenic, anti-inflammatory, and immunomodulatory properties of CBD together with their mechanisms of action. “

As you probably already know CBD is also cheap, natural, and no side effects. I know personally that 40 mg/day treats and prevents whole body inflammation and inflammatory conditions better than anything Pig Pharma has to offer. I believe that CBD will go down in history alongside aspirin – it will be ultimately recognized as that powerful a gift from the natural world.

Here’s why I believe those studies I linked to above, and others that circle around the same core conclusion, show that CBD might help a lot of people who will otherwise die from COVID 19 infection.

As I understand it, in a normal flu the body’s immune system attacks the replicating flu virus in the cells of the lungs by inflaming and sloughing off infected tissue full of that replicating virus, creating what we call mucous. But an otherwise healthy body can usually cough up and expel that mucous fast enough to keep ahead of it. With a nasty virus like COVID 19, its super-rapid replication rate overwhelms the lungs with so much mucous so fast that the coughing mechanism can’t cope, and the victim gets weak because the rest of their body including their brain and CNS are inflamed too, and the mucous gets backed up and the lungs fill up and – voila – pneumonia.

The “Pneu” & “”monia roots of the word, out of ancient Green and into Latin, literally mean ‘inflammation of the lungs”. So maybe a little bit of truth is revealed in a word so familiar that we ignore its meaning without understanding its message. Inflammation. That’s the message. If we could keep the inflammation under control, and if our coughing could keep up with the mucous being generated as our immune system fights the virus in our lungs, would as many of us die? Not from the virus, but from the consequences of its choice of human lungs as an optimal place to replicate like crazy.

What if instead of praying for multi-billion dollar vaccines to (maybe) protect us we could, while we’re waiting, prevent or at least keep the inflammatory processes that create all that mucous under control, and what if at the same time we could help our bodies expel that mucous by keeping the airway inflammation down that reduces our ability to cough, and weakens our whole body taking away our strength. “Their cough just got weaker and weaker and then they died”. Of course they did, because the virus attacks a lot of other places and functions in the body that CBD might help with by keeping inflammation from weakening and killing people.

Could Cannabis save a few million people from death by COVID 19? You can bet that if we ever find out it won’t be from the folks who gave us the DEA and the FDA – no real difference there. Government agencies and Pig Pharma certainly dont want a People’s Medicine like CBD to turn out to be an effective treatment for a lot of inflammatory diseases. Lucky for a lot of people that CBD is legal almost everywhere and those who want to can try it for themselves. If enough at-risk people started taking CBD right now, and if they caught COVID 19 but made it through OK in spite of being old and sick to start with ( and taking CBD might help with some of that too, just incidentally), wouldn’t that be a hoot! And if it doesn’t help save lives of people with inflammatory lung disease but still has the other already established health benefits, where’s the harm in trying?


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Coca Leaf, CBD, Asthma & COVID 19

Coca Leaf medications – primarily simple teas and tonics – were used successfully to Asthma as well as a range of respiratory conditions and diseases in the 1800’s. The word “cure” is used a lot by these long-ago doctors in describing patient outcomes. That seems pretty straightforward, doesn’t it? As you’ll see in the references below, Coca Leaf Tea evidently treated and in some cases cured Asthma in 1875. Fast forward more than a century and let’s ask ourselves – what happened? Why don’t people with Asthma and other respiratory conditions – like maybe COVID 19 pneumonia – have open access to this beneficial, harmless natural medicine? I think we all know why, don’t we? 

And what if we look at combining Coca Leaf Tea with CBD and its potent anti-inflammatory properties? Both natural medicines; both inexpensive; both without negative side-effects; and both able to offer what Pig Pharma isn’t really interested in offering, a treatment and even cure for several of mankind’s greatest killers – unless they can book outrageous profits.

In the interests of keeping this post as short as possible I’ll leave the discussion of the role of CBD in treating COVID 19 pneumonia to my previous post on the subject and stick with the long-forgotten (deliberately hidden?) evidence on the efficacy and safety of Coca Leaf Tea.

While readers may find some of the evidence I’ll be citing here a bit quaint when viewed from our 21st century perspective of “advanced medicine”, nevertheless when you understand the core of what is being said by the doctors and patients quoted here I believe that you will agree that Coca Leaf sounds like at least as effective a treatment for Asthma and respiratory disease as many if not most of the “advanced medicines” that the allopathic medical profession and its Big Pharma owners are so proud of.

When a well-meaning doctor recommends drugs like Novartis AG’s Foradil, GlaxoSmithKline’s Serevent and Advair, and AstraZeneca’s Symbicort – to name just a few of the contemporary ‘miracle drugs’ for Asthma – most people with asthma know that every one of Big Pharma’s asthma drugs have to be used with great care. Which means, in plain language, that under the wrong circumstances they can be dangerous and even fatal.

All the evidence from the doctors of the 1800’s who recorded their experience with the use of Coca Leaf teas and tonics for patients with Asthma and the range of respiratory diseases is that there were zero side-effects and thus zero danger. And Coca Leaf was effective in many if not all cases.

Now, to address the most likely objection to the idea of using Coca Leaf as an Asthma treatment – no, it is not Cocaine and no, it is not addictive or even habituating. Period. You can find extensive discussions of Coca’s non-addictive medicinal properties from original source materials in “The Coca Leaf Papers“.

Of course, before the use of Coca Leaf as an Asthma treatment could be widely adopted today it would have to be fully investigated using the highest research standards. Right. Or, maybe just make it legal for people to buy and try and let everyone who needs treatment for respiratory disease figure out for themselves if it helps. I’m quite certain, given the longstanding opposition of most governments to natural medicines like Coca Leaf and Cannabis/CBD, it’s highly unlikely that any such research is going to be funded. So the only possible reason for not legalizing Coca Leaf medicine is a commitment to protecting the outrageous profits of Pig Pharma and the cushy jobs of thousands of “public servants”.

How many people will die from Pneumonia and respiratory failure in the current COVID 19 pandemic? How many of those deaths could be prevented by self-treatment with Coca Leaf and CBD, and so are on Pig Pharma and the “Drug Enforcement” and “Public Health” bureaucracies? 10%? 30%? More? Please check the evidence below and ask yourself – why do we let this farce continue?

The medical establishments of the few countries in the world where Coca Leaf is legal could easily take the lead in doing the research – both Peru and Bolivia have first class medical research institutions that could easily and quickly do the necessary research. Coca is already widely used as an asthma medicine in both Peru and Bolivia, but both countries are under heavy US-led political and economic pressure to keep the lid on anything positive about Coca, so you won’t hear much in the way of current research – although it is gradually accumulating.

Whether they would be allowed to do so openly is another question altogether. Still, if this research were to be done, and the results were to be what can be fully expected based on the experience of doctors in the 1800’s, these countries could become a medical travel destination for Asthma sufferers from around the world. Treatment centers and even retirement villages high in the Andes with Coca tea at 10, 2 and 4 – might work out real well even as a permanent lifestyle. 

But that’s for later. Right now the world needs Coca Tea and CBD to treat potentially millions of COVID 19 victims and prevent who knows how many deaths from what is undoubtedly an escaped, or deliberately released bioweapon.

(Excerpt From) Chapter 15: The History of Coca
(by) Dr. William G. Mortimer 1901

Coca & The Control Of Coughing Disease

When the malarial-bone-racking accompaniment of influenza known as “la grippe” raged, Coca was found the most serviceable supporter of the organism during an attack. The use of a grog made from “Vin Mariani” and hot water taken at bed time was recommended abroad by Dr. H. Libermann, surgeon-in-chief of the French army, and in the United States by Dr. Cyrus Edson. Personally, I advocate in this affection quinine combined with phenacetine – three grains of each, repeated at intervals of two or three hours, with at the same time a tablespoonful to a wineglassful of the Coca wine already mentioned. Quinine has a very depressing influence upon many patients and is apt to check the flow of bile as well. Coca, on the other hand, is mildly laxative, and while furthering the action of the antifebrile remedies, it antagonizes the disease, buoys the patient and serves as a nutrient when food and even a milk dietary is distasteful. When the acute condition has passed the Coca wine, used less frequently, may wholly replace other medication, checking the fearful incidental despondency and toning up the patient to recovery.

Asthma is an exceedingly unfortunate affliction which may exhibit no local signs between the attacks. It is occasioned by a spasm of the minute tubes set up reflexively either by trouble in the upper air passages, or wholly from a nervous influence, and an attack is often precipitated by worry or some unusual nervous strain. The source of trouble is well prevented by the judicious use of Coca, not only acting beneficially upon the mucous membrane, but through a sedative influence upon nervous tissue and as a tonic support to the muscular system generally.

A cough may have its seat in the trachea, the explosive manifestation being an effort to clear the tract of some foreign body, which may be either simply the swollen mucous membrane or the excessive secretion from its congestion. The deeper such a trouble is carried along the respiratory tract the more serious it is, whether a bronchitis – affecting only the larger tubes, or a more profound catarrh of the smaller ones intimately associated with the air cells – capillary bronchitis – or a congestion of the air vesicles themselves, when their capacity is encroached upon by the products thrown out by inflammation, as in pneumonia. In phthisis so destructive is the prolonged consuming congestion that several of these air cells may be broken together and coalesce as one cavity.

An appropriate method of breathing, while absolutely necessary to the professional singer or speaker, is desirable to improve the organism generally. Commonly we are apt to breathe too shallow, and in such cases a sort of respiratory gymnastics is desirable. Such an exercise may best be taken standing, with the clothing loosed. The breath should now be drawn in slowly and the chest gradually expanded to its full capacity, the shoulders being raised to admit of every available space in the lungs being filled with air. After a short retention the breath may be permitted to escape slowly. Then, after a few ordinary respiratory movements, another enforced respiration should be taken, and so on during a period of ten minutes, the exercise being repeated two or three times each day. By such a method lungs of moderate capacity may be cultivated to breathe more deeply, and enabled to maintain a tone from twenty to thirty seconds. All sorts of devices have been designed to entertain the patient while bringing about this result, one of which is a little tube which is blown into. In doing this the lungs are emptied by an enforced expiration, which necessitates an increased inspiration.

This breathing exercise may well be done while counting mentally and uniformly so many seconds for an inspiration, so many while the breath is held, and so many counts during the period of expiration. While at commencement the respiratory cycle may not be prolonged to exceed ten or twelve seconds, after a short practice the time may be doubled. The rationale of all exercise is to make breathing deeper and so to purify the blood and tissues. It is, therefore, desirable that all exercise shall be taken where the air is comparatively pure. I commonly instruct my patients to accustom themselves to deep breathing during their out-of-door walks, selecting a given point up to which the inspiration is taken and an equally distant point up to which the breath is slowly let out. With such a guide there is often an incentive to perform the exercise properly. Professional singers well understand the importance of this quality of deep breathing and of the control of a supply of wind in the bellows – as in this instance we may term the accessory apparatus of the lungs – which may gradually be let out to excite the vocal bands to vibration, and some phenomenal renditions have been related of great capacity. The tenor Gunz is said to have been able to take sufficient air at one inspiration to sing all of Schumann’s “The Rose, the Lily,” and an Italian songstress is mentioned who could trill up and down the chromatic scale through two octaves with one breathe

Artists who appreciate the importance of a sound body in order to render desirable tones take especial care to carry out a line of general exercise which, while improving the physique, may be recreative. Following the idea that work, not idleness, is the more restful, a change of occupation is sought, and the same impulse which led Gladstone to tree chopping for his rest has prompted several prominent singers to stock farming. Professional singing is not the dreamy, idle life which the poetry of music suggests, but calls forth all the powers of a sound organism. Indeed, the exertion, and consequent exhaustion of both nerve and muscle, is greater than commonly supposed in all prolonged use of the voice, either in singing or speaking. Meyerbeer was termed a voice breaker as far back as 1837, since his day the task of such artists as sing the Wagnerian music is really phenomenal, and they deserve credit as noble examples of endurance quite as much as for their cultivated rendering of harmony. It is not unusual for singers to break down physically, so the professional singer’s care is constantly excited to the preservation of health. A story is related of a lady who went to Bayreuth to rehearse under Wagner the part of one of the flower girls in “Parsifal.” The great composer told her to sing the high note loud and take the next deep note, which immediately followed, from the chest. She replied: “Well, Meister, if I do, I will have no voice left in two years,” to which it is said Wagner replied: “Well, do you expect to sing any longer than that?”

From the particular strain put upon the vocal organs through prolonged periods there is a constant liability among those who use their voice in such a way, to “relaxed throat” and hoarseness, and this, with tonsillitis and sore throat, which may be prompted by either a climatic change or any personal indiscretion, is the bȇte noire of the professional singer and speaker. Perhaps greater prominence has been given Coca preparations for the treatment of such functional derangements of the throat and voice than its application to any other use. Years before cocaine came into general utility Dr. Charles Fauvel, of Paris, directed attention to the importance of Coca for laryngeal troubles, while its use was speedily advanced in England by Dr. Morell Mackenzie and in the United States by Dr. Louis Elsberg, the father of American laryngology. Both of these gentlemen were in the clinic of Fauvel, and their methods were soon adopted by a host of skillful workers. Among those quoted as having used Coca successfully in laryngeal troubles are Lennox Browne, Beverley Robinson, Jarvis, H. H. Curtis, E. Fletcher Ingals, Solis Cohen, Sajous, Bosworth, Rice, and a host of other prominent laryngologists. As has been shown, however, the effect of Coca is not in any sense merely a local one, but systemic, and its benefit is wholly dissimilar to that resulting from the topical application of cocaine, for Coca not only acts as a purifier of the blood, but through this influence as a nerve and muscle tonic. This is exhibited through the empirical use of Coca long resorted to in mountain climbing.

Coca Leaf & Acute Disease
(Excerpt From) “An Essay On Erythrolylon Coca” (in) “A New Form Of Nervous Disease” By W.S. Searle, M.D. (1881)

The relations of Coca to acute disease are extremely important. As a physician, I would not be without it under any consideration. How thoroughly will every physician understand me when I say that we are not seldom compelled to stand by and witness the death of patients who are really better of the disease which destroys them than perhaps at any previous time during their sickness. We are unable to support them, and they die from exhaustion of the vital forces. Stimulants, often, will not serve, as they quicken the pulse and increase inflammation. Even when this cannot be charged against them, they are injurious in ways which I cannot now stop to discuss. The appetite is gone, in these cases to which I refer, and food, if taken, is of little or no service. But in Coca we have a powerful agent, whose disturbing influence over physiological processes is so little felt that it neither interferes with recovery from disease by natural course, nor with the action of remedies. And its sustaining power is so marvelous, that I prophesy that by its help we shall hereafter be able to cure many cases of disease which were otherwise hopeless.

I will narrate but one case in illustration of what I mean:

A delicate man of about sixty years, who had once had pneumonia, and who for a year had suffered from severe catarrh and catarrhal bronchitis, was struck on the chest by the pole of a truck, in Broadway, with great violence. He was attacked at once with slight haemoptysis. On the next day he had fever, but would have no physician. Not until he had been sick for six days would he permit me to be summoned. I then found him with pneumonia of the left lung, rusty sputa, a dry, brown tongue, a pulse of 112, a temperature of 102o, no sleep for seventy-two hours, constant typhoid delirium, and persistent hiccough. A more hopeless case it has seldom been my lot to attempt to cure. I administered the remedies which appeared to me to be indicated, and ordered a teaspoonful of the fluid extract of Coca, mixed in a teacup of milk and water for nourishment. Of this he took about three cupfuls daily. Four days and a half later his condition was as follows: Temperature normal: tongue clean and moist: lung resolved: cough very slight, with thin, white expectoration: appetite good, sleep good, delirium gone, hiccough vanished, and, what was more remarkable to me than any thing else, his pulse, which on the day I first saw him was thready and feeble at 112, was now 72, and full and soft and regular; in short, as good a pulse as I ever felt in a man of his years.

Now this result may have been post hoc and not propter hoc, but after nearly a quarter of a century of experience, it is my deliberate opinion that no doctor, short of the Great Physician himself, could have achieved such a result within the above-named time without the aid of Coca.

I could multiply such examples, but ex uno disce omnes.

I am informed by my colleague, Dr. John L. Moffat, of Brooklyn, that he has had very encouraging results from the use of Coca in hay fever in four instances. Of course, its action here is antipathic, or rather, it probably acts simply by its sustaining power, and by its antipathic relations to asthma. But even an efficient palliative, which can do no harm, will be welcomed by those who are annually visited by this plague.

(From) “English Mechanic”, August 18th, 1876; “Coca Leaf Tea”

“The best and most effective way of taking this I found to be in infusion, made by pouring half a pint of boiling water on 2 scruples to a drachm of the leaves, and then putting it in the side oven to “brew,” filling up again to compensate for evaporation. Half of this taken warm at bedtime, and the remainder cold next morning, I found sufficient to give me all the vital energy I required to go through some very heavy and exhausting work before dinner, and then through the remainder of the day’s occupation with almost unimpaired energy. I did this work on Saturday, July 15, exposed to the sun, with the temperature in the shade at 93 degrees. I perspired pretty freely, of course, but much less than at considerably lower temperatures without the coca. I had no after lassitude or exhaustion whatever, nor did I feel any all the time I have been experimenting with it, and it has been through all this torrid weather.”

“Contrary to the expectation, I found it no substitute for food, the appetite being very vigorous. There was, however, none of the nausea and “sinking” usually experienced with hunger, and the appetite was more easily satisfied. Both digestion and assimilation seemed, also to be perfect. I continued the experiment daily, with the good effects of feeling entirely free from any lassitude or weakness from the extreme heat which has prevailed, and with a keen relish for, and enjoyment of, every meal. But the greatest benefit I experienced has been in extremis, the excessive perspiration of the feet being so mollified and subdued (without suppression), that the rawness and irritation was almost entirely absent, whilst the step was as buoyant and careless as could be desired.”

“Knowing pretty well the action of most of our stimulants and invigorators, I have closely watched for the appearance of any reactionary or prejudicial after-effects, but I have failed to observe any. I discontinued its use, then, for one week, to see if any of the usual depression followed; but I merely missed the previous high vigour and lightness, which was restored next day by the first “potion.” As to its action, it is not narcotic, as the sleep induced was immediate, calm, unbroken, and refreshing. It is not astringent (or congestive), as all the mucous surfaces were moist and supple, and the trifling lingering remnants of a winter’s asthma and bronchitis came up without cough or other forcible effort, without any “tightness” or difficulty of breathing.”

“As to its excellent effects, I chewed the leaves on first going off, which was followed by the appearance of several small ulcers on the tongue and mouth, and inside the cheek, which I was not surprised at, as I had only just got rid of a relaxation of the uvula and neighboring inflammation of three weeks’ continuance. Several small boils also appeared about the temples and neck. Its further use in infusion was accompanied at first with some little irritation of the skin, and the appearance of what are commonly termed “heat-bumps,” both of which however, soon disappeared.”

“I am more particular in alluding to this expellent action, because there are few of the tissues or organs of the body that are not more or less charged with the effete or worn-out matter of “combustion,” and it is these accumulations which are acted upon most powerfully by any increase or excess of vital energy, causing chemical changes and appearances which are the “forms” of disease; such appearances are well- known phenomena of the water-cure, and are hailed as the best prognostics of its efficacy and healthful action. In my own experiment I do not think there was much material for external expulsion, as an eight months’ more or less persistence of bronchitis and asthma had pretty well cleared out what effete matter I could have accumulated. I have had, however, another opportunity of testing the therapeutic action this week. Being at Hastings on Sunday, I had walked and climbed over the cliffs and glens to Fairlight and back, and was met on the last cliff on my return by a well-meaning but injudicious friend who persisted in “button-holing” me. In vain I urged upon him that I was wet through with perspiration, and that the strong keen wind on the exposed cliff was chilling me to the bone.”

“At last I broke away, but not before I had received enough mischief to produce by Tuesday a severe catarrh, sore throat, and incipient bronchitis. I at once used the chlorate of potass in a gargle to arrest the congestion, and turned to the coca. This has restored the vital force, and, moving the fluid circulation back to the skin, I am now, on Friday, again sound in wind and limb. Had the coca being a narcotic or an alterative of an astringent nature, I should have been left with more or less dryness of the throat, cough, and ” tightness ” of the chest, of which not the slightest traces are apparent. I should thus esteem it a very valuable remedy for diseases of the throat or lungs, and more especially for consumption, wherein I have used remedies of an analogous nature and action with the best effects.”


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Coca Leaf Tea & The COVID-19 Bioweapon

I first posted this in 2014 and I’m re-posting it today because pretty soon there’s going to be a lot of people dying of COVID 19 pneumonia who might not have to die – if they have access to Coca Leaf Tea and THC/CBD flowers. Of course that’s a big ‘if’. Obviously Pig Pharma doesn’t want it known that a cup of goddamned tea can do what all their profitable, useless ‘medicines’ can’t – clear the lungs naturally of pneumonia’s fluids and mucous, suppress the inflammation, and let the antibiotics do their work while the patient lives and recovers.

Cannabis and Coca together will no doubt be a far more effective natural therapy than either by themselves, no matter how powerful they each are individually. Remember: While Cannabis is now widely legal and available, because the US government is owned by Pig Pharma nobody can buy Coca Leaf Tea at the local natural foods store or Farmers Market, as we should be able to. As a result, people are dying who don’t have to die, to support Pig Pharma profits and Government power. Check the sidebar of this post for links to several ancient books on the healing power or Coca Leaf that I’ve edited and digitized.

Coca Leaf Tea & Pneumonia

In the 1800s Coca Leaf was used to fight all kinds of respiratory disease, from persistent coughing to severe lung congestion and the accompanying inflammation – in other words, Pneumonia. If Coca Leaf proves to be as effective in fighting Pneumonia as the doctors of the 1800s said it is, then people who are succumbing to Pneumonia from the COVID 19 bioweapon

Here is a sampling of what doctors in the 1800s knew about Coca and Pneumonia.

(Excerpt from) “Coca Erythroxylon – It’s Uses In The Treatment Of Disease” by Angelo Mariani (1885)

“Dr. Schwalk relates a very characteristic case of pneumonia, cured by infusion of Coca, and adds: “From the experience I myself made later, in many cases of primitive acute pneumonia, as well as in cases of consecutive pneumonia, it is my opinion that Coca merits the praises which historians of Peru have given it for centuries. This wonderful plant appeases hunger and thirst, and diminishes the necessity of sleep. It is, in a word, the most powerful restorer of the vital forces. It is destined to occupy a high position in the cure of diseases of the digestive and respiratory tracts.”

“Dr. Ch. Gazeau (“Thése pour le Doctorat” Paris, 1870. Parent, édit, page 61 et seq.) thus sums up the physiological action of Coca: “On the stomach, slight excitation, anaesthesia, and probably an increase of the secretion of gastric juice; on the intestines, an increase of intestinal secretion, etc. These manifold physiological effects upon the digestive tube unite to produce a specific action, so to say, against the numerous functional troubles, so varied and so little known, of the organ; which compose it.”

“This author cites a great number of clinical observations, in which Coca has “never failed to produce an admirable action, sometimes even marvellous.” He concludes (page 65): “It seems to me useless to present other facts; these suffice to legitimize this very generalized conclusion : Coca is THE medicament PAR EXCELLENCE FOR MALADIES OF THE DIGESTIVE TRACT.”

“Prof. O. Reviel terminates his article on Coca by saying: “Much still remains to complete the physiological and clinical study of Coca. It is known that it acts upon the sensory and motor nerves. This substance will some day have an important position in therapeutics.”

Beyond Consumption & Pneumonia – Other Potential Uses Of Coca Leaf To Treat and Relieve HIV/AIDS Symptoms

You’ll notice in the lists from the Mayo Clinic that I show later in this post that there is a little cluster of signs and symptoms that have to do with loss of body mass and energy. These include weight loss, wasting syndrome, and muscle and joint aches. I’ve covered the evidence on the role of Coca Leaf in dealing with this wasting disease as well as a range of diseases – here are some relevant posts:

Coca Leaf & Metabolic Fire

Next we come to a biggie – persistent, chronic, overwhelming fatigue. This condition is present at every stage of HIV/AIDS and relief and prevention of fatigue is also one of the most well-established properties of Coca Leaf therapy. Again, this has already been covered here on panaceachronicles in the following posts.

Coca Leaf & Muscular Energy

Coca Leaf As A Potential Treatment For Deadly Forms Of Fatigue

Another symptom that is common at all levels of HIV/AIDS is headache, and treatment of headaches, including migraines all the way up to the phenomenon called “Exploding Brain” is one of the well-established medical applications of Coca Leaf. Treatment of the blurred and distorted vision that accompanies headaches is also well documented. Check out:

Coca Leaf, Hyper-Migraines, And The American Way of Life

Another cluster of symptoms lies around respiratory issues – shortness of breath and a persistent cough. Check the evidence for the effectiveness of Coca Leaf therapy in these posts –

Coca Leaf As A Safe, Effective Treatment For Asthma

A final group of symptoms can be classified under the heading of “inflammatory conditions” including heart failure, joint pain and muscle aches. Check the following post and see if you think that Coca Leaf therapy might be appropriate for these symptoms of HIV/AIDS

Coca Leaf & Chronic Whole Body Inflammation

Coca Leaf & Congestive Heart Failure – Part One

Coca Leaf & Congestive Heart Failure – Part Two

 

One of the most effective applications of Medical Cannabis is to relieve the suffering from a set of core symptoms associated with HIV/AIDS. The primary HIV/AIDS symptoms that yield to Cannabis therapy are anxiety, appetite loss and nausea. Relief from appetite loss and nausea are especially critical because of the muscle, organ and tissue wasting caused by the disease and the accompanying loss of energy to fight the disease.

NORML points out that survey data indicates that “Cannabis is used by as many as one in three North American patients with HIV/AIDS to treat symptoms of the disease as well as the side-effects of various anti-retroviral medications. One recent study reported that more than 60 percent of HIV/AIDS patients self-identify as “medical cannabis users,” and at least one study has reported that patients who use cannabis therapeutically are 3.3 times more likely to adhere to their anti-retroviral therapy regimens than non-cannabis users.”

My main speculation about the Cannabis/Coca relationship is that by combining Cannabis Flower to increase appetite and Coca Leaf to increase metabolism people would have a 100% natural, user-friendly approach to restoring nutritional balance if they were battling the wasting effects of HIV/AIDS.

I’ve also been looking at the signs and symptoms of HIV/AIDS and its accompanying opportunistic infections, and at what the scientific and medical literature from the 1800’s can tell us about the role that Coca Leaf might play alongside Cannabis.

While there was no HIV/AIDS in the 1800’s I have been studying the use of Coca Leaf to relieve and treat multiple symptoms of several diseases with symptoms that either are, or seem to be the same as major symptoms of HIV/AIDS – especially Consumption, as it was called in the 1800’s, or Tuberculosis as we know it today, as well as that ages-old killer Pneumonia. And, of course, TB and Pneumonia are two of the opportunistic diseases that plague late-stage HIV/AIDS patients, so the connection here is strong.

Potentially Coca Leaf Treatable Symptoms In HIV/AIDS Primary or Acute Infection Stage

Fever
Headache
Muscle aches
Rash
Chills
Sore throat
Joint pain

Coca Leaf Treatable In HIV/AIDS Early Symptomatic Infection Stage

Fever
Fatigue
Weight loss
Cough
Shortness of breath

Potentially Coca Leaf Treatable Signs & Symptoms Of Principal Opportunistic HIV/AIDS Infections

Soaking night sweats
Shaking chills or fever higher than 100 F (38 C) for several weeks
Cough
Shortness of breath
Chronic diarrhea
Headaches
Persistent, unexplained fatigue
Blurred and distorted vision
Weight loss

Discussion Of The Possibilities.

Skepticism is always the best approach to claims and assertions that appear to go way beyond what has already been established, so with my own skeptical hat on let’s take a look at these possibilities one-by-one.

Coca & Consumption

Let’s begin with arguably the most startling treatment concept – the potential of Coca Leaf in the treatment of Tuberculosis – known as Consumption in the 1800’s. And remember, we’re looking at a “treatment” for the nasty symptoms of TB – not a cure for disease itself. Although, of course, with proper ‘treatment’ that restored the body’s ability to fight off the disease many people in the 1800’s did manage to recover – in other words, they were cured. This is where I believe Coca Leaf therapy has much to offer – in assisting the body to re-gain its lost ability to fight off the debilitating symptoms of the disease, enabling the person to rally their inherent strength to fight more effectively.

It’s also worth remembering that in the 1800s doctors had no idea that TB was caused by a bacterium, and there were no antibiotics available to treat the disease. You may be aware of some of the approaches commonly used by doctors of that era – move the patient to a high, dry climate, or send them to a “sanitarium” for a wide range of therapies including steam baths, hot towel wraps, special diets, etc. And in some cases these treatments works – the person’s body was able to fight off TB and cure itself. Again, I believe that may be the highest role for Coca leaf – helping the person fight off some of these opportunistic infections while the anti-retroviral medications do their work.

Consumption was almost universally treated as an inflammatory disease of the lungs, which made Coca Leaf an excellent choice as part of therapy due to its well-established anti-inflammatory properties as well as its property of enabling the lungs to function efficiently at high altitudes.

Today of course we do have a wide range of medicines including specialized antibiotics to fight the disease itself and a wide range of pharmaceuticals from the magic labs of Pig Pharma to treat the symptoms of TB. All of these ‘treatments” are, naturally, virtually unaffordable and are also of doubtful benefit, but at least they give the illusion that something is being done. And of course these ‘treatments’ also give the doctors and hospitals plenty of opportunities to zoom in and out, charging you hundreds of dollars for each drive-by they conduct.

So with that noted, the question arises in my mind – is there enough evidence from the 1800’s regarding Coca Leaf and Consumption for patients and physicians today to be hopeful that Coca can be a useful part of the treatment of tuberculosis accompanying HIV/AIDS?

The simple answer is that the evidence is interesting, promising, but hardly overwhelming. In spite of the well-known anti-inflammatory properties of Coca Leaf, very few physicians in the 1800’s whose focus was the treatment of consumption appear to have taken advantage of this property of Coca Leaf in treating consumption. One of the few doctors who recorded their use of Coca in treating Consumption was the American MD William Tibbles. I’ll leave it to the reader to decide whether or not these few references merit further consideration.

(Excerpt from) “ Erythroxylon Coca: A Treatise On Brain Exhaustion As The Cause Of Disease”, By William Tibbles, MD (1877)

Case 3. A young man, age 36, was brought to me evidently suffering from pulmonary consumption, in an advanced stage; he had been given up by several eminent physicians as incurable. The symptoms under which this gentleman was suffering, were – in short – the following: a very distressing cough, pains in breast and side, expectoration of large quantities of phlegm; bowels very much relaxed; excessive night sweats; falling off of hair; paleness of countenance, with occasional hectic flush; did not keep his bed because cough was worse when in a reclining position, but unable to walk a distance of 100 yards. Pulse 126 per minute. Ascribed his complaint as a consequence of long continued sexual excesses.

We commenced treatment of this case by giving a mixture according to the following formula

Rp. Syrup of Hypophosphite of Iron
Syrup of Hypophosphite of Soda
Syrup of Hypophosphite of Lime
Each 3 ounces.
Glycerine extract of Coca-leaf, 3 ounces, mix.
Dose : two teaspoonsful three times a day. And also ordered one of my chest pills to be taken three times a day.

This treatment was continued for a period of six weeks; at the end of that time the improvement in the condition of the patient was remarkable. The night sweats had entirely disappeared; cough and expectoration greatly diminished; appetite improved; and had increased about twelve pounds in weight, and was able to walk with comparative ease a distance of two or three miles. In order to test whether this decided improvement was really due to the presence of the preparation of coca-leaf in the mixture. I determined to give him two teaspoonful doses of the mixed syrups alone, this was continued for four weeks, when I found that the patient had sunk very low again, the cough was again becoming distressing, expectoration increased, with night sweats; and he had lost nearly six pounds in weight.

This deciding the point which was raised in my mind as to whether the improvement was due to the syrups or the coca-leaf. I again gave the syrups with the coca-leaf extract, when improvement in the course of a few weeks again became decidedly apparent and proceeded.

Now to the question as to how and in what manner coca-leaf accomplishes the results which are consequent upon its use. It has been shown that all the various processes are under the influence and governance of the force conveyed through the medium of the brain, spinal cord, and their continuations – the nerves. Such being the case we may justly infer that Erythroxylon Coca influences the various functions by its action upon the great centres of the body; for it is only through these that a restorative action can be induced.

What I here want to show is that Coca-Leaf produces these results by imparting nerve food which is converted into nervous energy and thus increasing the total amount of nervous energy and consequent governing force. The functions of the nerves are only restored, when they have become exhausted by physical or mental toil or disease, till after rest etc., proportioned to the amount of exhaustion. And if it can be shown, as we have done, that coca-leaf is capable of either retarding or preventing the condition of exhaustion, and likewise of restoring an actually exhausted body; and if this can only be done by restoring the natural or normal condition of the brain and nervous system, then, we may fairly conclude that the results proved to be consequent upon the use of Erythroxylon coca are brought about simply and only by its imparting to that centre and diverging branches an amount of force which otherwise might only be obtained after partaking of rest and other things proportioned to the exhaustion.

The Coca Leaf: To The Editor Of The Standard.

Sir, – It was with great pleasure that I read an article in the Standard of March 10th upon the remarkable properties of Erythroxylon coca. I am pleased to know that scientific investigators are examining these properties. There is no doubt the public will be grateful for any information that can be given respecting the efficacy of coca in prolonged exertion and in the curing of disease. I have used coca in my practice (in this country) for nearly five years. I think it is an admitted fact that the South American Indians are the most active race of people in the world. This activity is attributed to the natives making frequent use of the leaves of the coca shrub, which grows to the height of about eight feet. Its leaves are from one inch to one inch and a half long, and are of a dark green colour; flowers white; berries red. It is carefully cultivated, and arrives at perfection in about two years, when the native Indians gather the leaves and very care- fully dry them and wrap them in palm leaves and flannel. The physiological effects of the coca leaves upon the system are evidenced by its producing a high grade of vitality (physical and mental); eyes and countenance very brisk and animated; strong pulse; a great desire for activity; the body is extremely vigorous.

I have seen no authenticated account of the coca eater dying in a wretched state; but, on the contrary, evidence goes to show that the coca eater lives to an advanced age. Two or three cases of cure from my note-book may be of interest to your readers.

Case 1. In 1873 I was called to see a gentleman, well built, aged 40 years, who, when in health weighed nearly 15 stones; but at the time I was consulted he weighed eleven stones. He was suffering from all the characteristic symptoms of consumption. His former medical attendant used the ordinary remedies without avail. Debility was so great that it was with difficulty he could walk across his room. We commenced treatment by giving him coca, which speedily relieved him, and wrought a cure in about nine weeks.

Case 2. In the same year a gentleman, aged 46 years, who had suffered for twelve years from amaurosis and paralysis of the lower extremities. In this case a mixture was given with coca, as the active ingredient, with the result that within fifteen weeks his vision was perfectly restored and he was able to walk a distance of several miles without difficulty or fatigue.

Case 3. In 1875, a lady aged 78 years was suffering from extreme debility with sickness, faintness, loss of memory, and fretfulness; her friends expected every hour her decease, but, to the surprise and wonder of her friends, after a month’s treatment with coca she was restored to her usual health and activity.

I have, with success, treated hundreds of cases of debility and consumption, of which the above are examples. In some cases I have used “cocaine”, the active principle of Erythroxylon coca. I can fully endorse the statements of the scientific gentle- men quoted in your article in respect to the efficacy of coca in prolonged exertion.

I am yours, &c, “WILLIAM TIBBLES, M.D. (U.S.)

In Conclusion

The entire premise of this panaceachronicles blog is that now that so many courageous people have successfully fought the forces of ignorance, greed and oppression to liberate Cannabis to play its rightful role as both a powerful natural medicine as well as a superior element in experiencing a higher quality of life, it is time to do the same for Erythroxylon Coca (and for Papaver Somniferum).

I have a vision of every Citizen of the World having the right to grow their own Cannabis, Coca and Poppy plants whether in a small home garden or even indoors in pots. If I am an elderly person with aching joints, a little ball of freshly harvested opium scraped from a few of my poppies would be just the thing. If I am really tired in the morning and need to get my brain up to speed, it would be great to pick a couple of Coca leaves and make myself a cup of tea. And if I was feeling a bit low and needed some creative inspiration, why shouldn’t I be able to put a pinch of my homegrown bud in a pipe or vaporizer and get that creative boost?

This vision has nothing to do with making big bucks, wielding political and bureaucratic power, public health issues, keeping kids safe, stopping junkie crime, enforcing religious and moral codes, or any of the other tools of repression that have been used for so long to prevent regular people from growing a few simple plants that can help them in ways that no government, no political system, no institution, no organized religion, and no legal system can accomplish.

I believe that the name of this unusual concept is freedom.