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Coca Cola Crushes Innovative Coca Leaf Startup

If we allow our imaginations to drift forward a few years it’s possible to envision a time when the health benefits of pure, natural Coca Leaf are so widely understood that there will be strong voices calling for this natural medicine to be legalized just like Medical Cannabis is today.

One source of opposition that will have to be dealt with in the case of legal Coca Leaf that isn’t present with legal Medical Cannabis is an 8000# Gorilla named the Coca Cola Company. (With my apologies for the analogy to all Gorillas everywhere.)

You see, this clan of billionaire hucksters believe that they own the word “Coca” when it comes to naming beverages and a wide range of other types of products, and they have literally an army of lawyers and (no doubt) heavily bribed government officials to help them enforce their grip on the concept.
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An excellent case in point is what happened in 2012/13 to s small group of visionary entrepreneurs in Venezuela when they tried to produce a bottled Coca Leaf drink as part of their natural foods restaurant and health spa operation in Caracas. They began by working with a group of indigenous people in Colombia, who are able to grow Coca plants legally as part of their cultural heritage, and developed a carbonated Coca leaf drink named “CocaSek” that took off quickly and soon became quite popular. Nothing on a grand scale, but these young people had a following for their restaurant and for their natural healing center as well as for their “CocaSek” product.

Their vision, according to their now-inactive website:

“The Coca Tea Company is an artisan company (cottage industry) located in Caracas, Venezuela which imports, distributes and manufactures teas, infusions and other products made from the coca leaf including coca flour, coca candy, coca liquor, culinary sauces and other products. Our company imports its products directly from Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador.”

The first hint they had of trouble was that their bottling company – the only one in Colombia – told them that they would no longer be able to bottle their product for them. No explanation – just “Sorry”. Or actually, “Tough Shit.”

So, according to the group’s website they pulled an end run and found a bottling plant in Bolivia that would produce their CocaSek product in 12 ounce cans. They were pretty happy about this because even though Bolivia was further away than Colombia the regulatory authorities were much friendlier and the use of cans instead of glass bottles actually reduced transportation costs a bit in spite of the greater distance.

Unbeknownst to them the Coca Cola Company was not happy that they had failed to strangle the young company by cutting off its bottling resource in Colombia so the gloves quickly came off to reveal the fist of steel. Within a short time the folks producing CocaSek found themselves facing hostile, aggressive hitmen sent from Atlanta not with guns but with briefcases, and very soon they found that all avenues for selling their CocaSek product were closed to them.

The story I am telling here is explained in far greater detail on their own website, which looks like it has been dormant since 2013 but which still offers visitors an astounding set of information resources, especially on their blog which also appears to be inactive.
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When you do spend time on their website you’ll find some of the best analysis ever written of the cozy relationship between the Coca Cola Company and the successive US government agencies tasked with criminalizing drugs – the Bureau of Narcotics, then the Bureau of Narcotics & Dangerous Drugs, and now the DEA. David Wright, one of the company founders, is a brilliant researcher who – unlike so many researchers these days – understood that sometimes you have to go and dig through physical records to track down the trail of the bad guys. David spent lots of time at the National Archives and at a university where Harry Anslinger’s memorabilia are archived. David has published original photographs and scans of reams of correspondence between top government officials and top Coca Cola Company representatives that shows unequivocally that Coca Cola did ( and does) have the US government doing its dirty work throughout the hemisphere.

Actually, come to think about it, that was probably more the reason that Coca Cola Company went after little CocaSek than any real concerns over trademark infringement. How dare David Wright make these records public? Well, he did, and the world owes him a great big thank you. If there was ever any doubt, now we know.

From a distance it looks like the Coca Cola Company must have succeeded in killing off this innovative little product before it could gain a foothold in the market. Of course the Coca Cola Company does this all the time. Anyone who tries to develop any kind of product with the word Coca as part of the product name will quickly be paid a visit but the suits from Atlanta. (In fact I kind of wonder where the thugs in suits are now that I’ve published “The Coca Leaf Papers”.)

But the point of this post is to say that somehow the worldwide grip that the Coca Cola Company has on the word “Coca” is going to have to be broken before Coca Leaf medicinal products can be developed and marketed.
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However, as an interesting aside, the government of Peru produces and markets a nice line of Coca products – teas, tonics, and other medicinal and nutritional products with brand names like “Mate de Coca” and we don’t see the Coca Cola Company interfering with these products at all. Could that be because the company depends on the importation of a huge tonnage of Coca Leaf from Peru every year in order to make its “secret formula”? So they will cut deals and keep hands off when their own interests are at stake but will fall on and crush anyone not protected by the power of the state.

It seems to me that this highly selective enforcement of their trademark and copyright interests in the word “Coca” might create a legal opening if there were legal minds astute enough to make the case that “Coca” cannot be owned by a company that is only a hundred or so years old when the word itself goes back thousands of years and is, among other things, the name of one of the most important spiritual beings among the peoples of the Andes.

I hope that the people behind the Coca Leaf Tea Company somehow manage to get out from under the claws and fangs of Coca Cola and find a way to begin producing CocaSek again, but given the terrible economic crisis now gripping Venezuela life must be very difficult. I am keeping my eye out for a book being written by one of the company’s founders David Wright – details can be found on the company website.

I encourage readers of this blog to visit the company’s website and find a way to send messages of encouragement to this band of courageous spiritual pioneers.

Hasta pronto CocaSek!


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Medical Expatriation For Coca Leaf Therapy

Medical tourism is an increasingly well-known concept – traveling from a country where the cost of specialized medical care is exorbitant like the US to a country where the standard of medical care is the same or better, but the costs are much lower. Many people have found that when they take into account all of the costs of medical tourism, including the airfare, hotels, hospital and doctors fees, drugs, and even a few weeks of vacation or spa treatments before and/or after their surgery – which is the usual reason for medical travel – the total cost is far less than their cost and even their insurance co-pay would be for just the medical bills in the US.

That’s why medical tourism is currently a $40 Billion a year industry and is growing every year. While much of the interest in traveling overseas for medical treatment is centered on the first-class hospitals and clinics of Asia, there are other destinations like South Africa, which has some of the best heart specialists in the world, and India, where inexpensive generic drugs are available for the treatment of diseases like rare cancers – drugs that in the US can cost tens of thousands of dollars a month, or more. And increasingly people in the US with medical needs are discovering that inexpensive, high quality medical care is available much closer to home – in Latin America.

According to Healthbase.com here are some of the advantages offered to medical tourists by some Latin American countries.

Costa Rica offers services in various departments of medicine including orthopedics, bariatrics, ophthamology, dermatology, plastic surgery and dentistry. Savings can be as much as 70 percent or more.

Panama is Central America’s most industrialized country. Its medical tourism sector is growing rapidly with upwards of 50 percent in savings. Also, its use of the U.S. dollar as currency makes it friendly for Americans. Many doctors are bilingual and board certified.

Mexico is popular for dental and medical tourism due to cheap surgeries, which are not covered by American insurance companies. Also growing in Mexico is laser eye surgery, dermatology and cardiology with savings ranging from 30 to 70 percent.

Brazil and Colombia are among the most popular destinations for plastic surgery. With many accredited and awarded doctors, costs are usually cut in half, even adding the travel arrangements. In fact, according to Bloomberg News, Brazil is the sixth most popular destination for medical traveling, with more than 4,500 licensed cosmetic surgeons.

For the US Latino community especially, the attraction of traveling to Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America is to not only spend less but also to have the peace of mind that comes from dealing with Spanish-speaking doctors and quality facilities. Procedures like breast augmentation, liposuction, tummy tucks, and facelifts are much more affordable and with proper research, many quality facilities and accredited doctors can be found. Even more critical, very sick Americans are also visiting Latin America for first-class cancer treatment, cheap and safe pharmaceuticals, and holistic diabetes care and rehab. Other factors include favorable exchange rates, bilingual healthcare officials, friendly cultures, tropical climates and exotic locations allowing for relaxing and scenic recovery time.

But let’s take the idea of Latin American medical travel, or tourism, a bit further, and discuss the subject of medical care in terms of relocating from a country with expensive medical care such as the US or the UK to Latin American countries with not only first-class and inexpensive medical care but that also offer medical care of a kind that is simply unavailable in the US or at most other medical destinations – treatment with the pure, natural leaf of the Coca plant, the Divine Plant of the Andes, available legally only in Peru and Bolivia.

Before we go further into this concept let me be clear – I am referring to treatment with the natural whole leaf of the Coca plant, not treatment with the synthetic alkaloid Cocaine. Think of this as the difference between grain alcohol and a fine red wine. Most people know that a large proportion of the medical profession recognizes the great health benefits of drinking a glass or two of red wine a day.

Does anyone suppose that because alcohol is one of the components of that bottle of finely-crafted California Zinfandel, Australian Shiraz, or French Bordeaux that doctors would say that you can just skip the wine and drink a glass or two of grain alcohol a day and get the same health benefits? Of course not. The health benefits of that red wine come from the presence of dozens if not hundreds of different naturally-present chemicals acting together, as nature intended, and not from the alcohol by itself. Similarly, the health benefits of whole leaf Coca, which were proven and widely known to doctors in the 1800s, come not from the single alkaloid Cocaine but from the nineteen different alkaloids and literally hundreds of other components of the whole, natural leaf.

So I hope that I am being clear on this key point – I am advocating that people with a wide range of chronic conditions and diseases that can’t be successfully treated, and certainly not cured, by any of the pharmaceuticals or medical interventions available in the US or any other country under the yoke of the modern industrial medicine and the dark forces of Pig Pharma, consider leaving the US or UK or wherever they are trapped and going to live, more or less permanently, in either Peru or Bolivia, the only two countries in the world where high quality Coca leaf is legal and readily available. And incidentally, both countries with an excellent quality of life affordable even for expats on a limited income that would place them at or near poverty levels in the US or UK.

If you’ve been reading this blog for any time you have already seen my list of diseases/conditions that 19th Century doctors could treat successfully with simple Coca leaf teas and tonics, but if this post is your first visit to my blog let me briefly share a list of those health issues with you – as well as the outrageous amounts of money that Americans are spending to have the US industrial medical establishment ‘treat’ these diseases. If you have any of the following diseases or conditions, expatriating to either Peru or Bolivia will give you access not only to far less expensive but still world-class conventional medical professionals but also to the healing power of pure, natural Coca leaf – an incredibly valuable ‘bonus’.

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