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Are 8 Million Young Black, Brown & Native Men At High Risk Of Developing Testicular Cancer From Concealed DDT In Their Swisher Sweets?

Yes they are, in more than one way. Here’s the story – it has a few moving parts.

A sample of Swisher Sweets little cigars we tested recently was heavily contaminated with DDT, one of the most dangerous substances on earth, and totally illegal at any level in any product – except tobacco products, which are exempt from all the rules on pesticides like DDT that otherwise protect public health.

The presence of DDT is especially serious wakeup news for 12-14 million mostly but not all young, mostly but not all Black, Brown and Native Swisher Sweets smokers – and for the @ 8 million or so guys among those Swisher smokers it will be very bad news for their testicles and sperm if they don’t somehow get the word. (It’s important to say that I only know about the DDT in Swisher Sweets – as soon as I can test more brands I’m confident we’ll find widespread DDT contamination in many other Cartel products including quite likely every little cigar brand.)

The health consequences of exposure to even vanishingly tiny amounts of DDT have now been extensively studied by generations of scientists, but never when that exposure takes place by smoking and inhaling contaminated tobacco products, and now that the impact of DDT at nano-levels is becoming clear, the scope of the damage that smoking DDT has been causing for those 5-7 generations can be seen – if we care to look.

The damage looks especially widespread when you take into account that smokers have been inhaling unseen and unaccounted-for DDT since the 1950s. We know that DDT exposure is a cause of obesity. DDT exposure at nano-levels, well below the limits of detection on a tobacco leaf or in a Swisher Sweet, has been shown to create high risk of obesity and diabetes in an exposed person’s lifetime and we also know that such DDT damage is genetic – it crosses generations to children and grandchildren and can dramatically impact their lives through developmental disorders and dreadful diseases like breast and testicular cancers.

DDT is also one of the most potent obesogens that science has identified. Never heard of obesogens? Neither had I until I really dug into DDT exposure research and found the area of endocrinology research. Obesogens are substances that create obesity that has nothing to do with food/calorie intake. Obesogens are chemicals that in simple terms make you obese and keep you that way regardless of what you eat (caloric intake) or how much or little you eat. There have been around 20 obesogens identified since 2011, and DDT is one of the most potent, and Swisher Sweets are loaded with DDT just like tobacco products have been since the 1950s. Any guesses how that all might figure into the global obesity and diabetes pandemic? Nobody has connected the dots between DDT and other obesogeic pesticides in tobacco products and the obesity/diabetes because there have never been any studies of pesticides in tobacco products. Does knowing about concealed and unaccounted-for obesogenic pesticides in tobacco products connect any dots in new ways in the obesity and diabetes pandemic picture?

But back to this post on the connection between smoking DDT and developing testicular cancer – what I’m calling cheesy balls which you’ll get when I show you an image of DDT-testicle cancer. Even nanogram-levels of DDT exposure are known to directly and definitively destroy human testicles and sperm and human eggs and developing fetuses as well. DDT is hostile to human life from the very beginning of its development and if just a few molecules of DDT in the mother’s blood and fatty tissues (where it is stored) don’t manage to abort the fertilized egg or then kill and abort the developing fetus then the baby that is born will very likely suffer multiple diseases and conditions that will destroy its life as surely as if it had never been born at all. That’s why DDT is banned worldwide – it is that dangerous at any level.

I’ve linked to the extensive science on what the pesticide contaminants of this and other tobacco product brands are doing to women and girl Sweets Smokers in several recent posts so in this post I want to focus on just one part of DDT’s destructiveness – the sperm damage and testicular cancer that are both established outcomes of fetal DDT exposure as well as lifetime DDT exposure, like through smoking a tobacco product contaminated with DDT. A young guy who starts inhaling the concentration of DDT in Swisher Sweets in his early teens could easily wind up with ‘Cheesy Balls” like these cancerous little nuts shown here in his 20s or 30s.

Think These Young Men Rolling A Blunt Know About What That DDT WILL Do?

Here’s what’s in that blunt the guys are rolling using Swisher Sweets as the wrapper. It’s more than just the DDT that creates a seriously high risk that one or more of these young men will develop that “Cheesy Balls” cancer. The good news is that these guys could just as easily be rolling their Cannabis with an organic tobacco leaf from a dependable online source and – voila – no more risk of cheesy balls and a lot better smoke. But until that happens here’s what they’ll be inhaling.

All the sperm-killing, fetal life-destroying pesticides you see above are all also concealed and unregulated in Swisher Sweets, and since no research scientist anywhere ever thought that people would be inhaling any of them regularly, much less inhaling all of them together, like on contaminated tobacco products, nobody has ever studied what happens. So what we know about what many of these insecticides and fungicides do to human reproductive organs has to be interpreted from what happens to mice and fish testicles and sperm and eggs and babies. 

The only real question is – can we take a hint from nature?

Nobody who smokes Swisher Sweets has any idea that they are inhaling a chemical that’s been banned in every country on earth for over 50 years for the strongest possible scientific reasons. That’s why I am so concerned that our private lab tests, the first and only tests of off-the-shelf tobacco products for pesticides since the 1960s, show extremely high 0.816 mg/kg concentrations of DDT in Swisher Sweets, a tobacco product smoked by over 12 million largely young, largely Black, Brown and Native people who we know from a broad universe of studies are disproportionately vulnerable to DDT and the organochlorine pesticides.

If you’re male then even minimal exposure to DDT in your lifetime can destroy your sperm and give you testicular cancer. But your exposure doesn’t have to be from anything you did. Male children whose mothers are exposed to DDT while they are pregnant are also at high risk of testicular cancer in their childhood and teens – along with high risk of damaged sperm, obesity and diabetes. Females exposed to DDT at any time of life but especially while young have multiple kinds of high cancer risk, the most clearly established being breast cancer, as well as high risk of diabetes and obesity. Girls whose mothers were exposed to DDT while pregnant are at very significantly higher risk of obesity and diabetes, as well as at high risk of giving birth to their own boys with damaged sperm and cancerous testicles.

As you can see there’s a lot more to look at in Swisher Sweets than just the DDT, but we’ll start there. Well, I do have to mention that Carbendazim right up front too.

Considering the science below, I’m pretty sure that if young Black and Latino guys who already smoke Swisher Sweets had their sperm tested they would see what is happening to them pretty clearly. Read some of the science below and tell me what you think those young Swisher smokers would find?

DDT

DDT Linked to Abnormal Sperm

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ddt-linked-to-abnormal-sperm1/

High DDT and PCB exposure during adolescence and adulthood is associated with abnormal chromosomes in sperm. Men exposed to certain banned but long-lived chemicals at high levels as teenagers are more likely to have defective sperm later in life, according a new study.

Organochlorine chemicals—specifically DDT and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)—may affect how testicles mature and function. It is the first study to examine men’s exposure to the chemicals during the teenage years and abnormal sperm later in life, and suggests that the chemicals—banned in the United States but still lingering in soil, water and people—may contribute to male infertility.

NOTE: These researchers clearly don’t know about tobacco products if they think that ‘lingering traces in soil and water’ is what’s frying all those young human testicles.

European Journal of Cancer 

doi: 10.1097/00008469-200402000-00013.

Interaction between genetic polymorphism of cytochrome P450-1B1 and environmental pollutants in breast cancer risk

CYP polymorphisms, mediated by long term OCs exposure, activate protein dynamics via allosteric regulation of mitochondria’s electron transport and related metabolic pathways. The framework of all known phenotype and disease gene associations, could be indicative of the common genetic origin of many diseases. Colorectal, pancreatic, hepatic, thyroid, breast cancer, renal cancer and sarcoma are involved in the correlation between OCs exposure and carcinogenicity.

The presence of a CYP1A1 MspI (rs4646903) polymorphism associated with OCs exposure may affect spermatogenesis by modifying the metabolism of androgens. It was concluded that increased DDE-DDT (Dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene-DDT) exposure affects semen motility, concentration and morphology, especially under the existence of CYP1A1 MspI (rs4646903) polymorphism.

Sperm epimutation biomarkers of obesity and pathologies following DDT induced epigenetic transgenerational inheritance of disease

Environmental Epigenetics, Volume 5, Issue 2, April 2019

https://academic.oup.com/eep/article/5/2/dvz008/5499083

Gestating F0 generational female rats were transiently exposed to DDT during fetal gonadal sex determination, and the incidence of adult-onset pathologies was assessed in the subsequent F1, F2, and F3 generations. 

There was an increase of testis disease and early-onset puberty in the F2 generation DDT lineage males. The F3 generation males and females had significant increases in the incidence of obesity and multiple disease. 

The F3 generation DDT males also had significant increases in testis disease, prostate disease, and late onset puberty. The F3 generation DDT females had increases in ovarian and kidney disease. 

Unique sets of DMRs were associated with late onset puberty, prostate disease, kidney disease, testis disease, obesity, and multiple disease pathologies. 

Environmental Research 2009 May;109(4):457-64. 

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19303595/

Negative effects of serum p,p’-DDE on sperm parameters and modification by genetic polymorphisms

Effects of ambient exposure to DDT and its metabolites (DDE-DDT) on human sperm parameters and the role of genetic polymorphisms in modifying the association were investigated.

High DDE-DDT exposure adversely affected all 3 sperm parameters and its effects were exacerbated by the GSTT1 null polymorphism and by the CYP1A1 common alleles.

Reduced Seminal Parameters Associated With Environmental DDT Exposure and p,p′DDE Concentrations in Men in Chiapas, Mexico: A CrossSectional Study

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.2164/jandrol.05121

Long‐term exposure to small amounts of organochlorine contaminants leads to the accumulation of considerable burdens in animal and human tissues. Other effects may occur in the young, as they seem to be the most vulnerable (Longnecker et al, 2000). Indeed, it is not the amount of DDT to which a mother is exposed during pregnancy that is critical, but rather her lifetime exposure and bioaccumulation that determines the level of exposure of the fetus and breast‐fed infant (Longnecker et al, 2000; Korrick et al, 2001). 

Now let me show you briefly what some of the research on other insecticide/fungicide contaminants that Swisher Sweets smokers are inhaling and please remember – they are human beings being exposed to all of these together, not in isolated lab experiments on mice and fish.

Imidacloprid

https://www.omicsonline.org/open-access/the-neonicotinoid-insecticide-imidacloprid-a-male-reproductive-systemtoxicity-inducerhuman-and-experimental-study-tyoa-1000109.php?aid=74194

The Neonicotinoid Insecticide Imidacloprid: A Male Reproductive System Toxicity Inducer-Human and Experimental Study

Conclusion: Toxic effects to male reproductive system can be considered as an outcome of IMI exposure and infertility problems can be expected in chronically exposed subjects.

MY COMMENT: Sounds pretty definite when they say ‘problems can be expected.’ 

Propamocarb

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/06/05/2013-13190/propamocarb-pesticide-tolerances

EPA: Propamocarb; Pesticide Tolerances

Reproductive effects consisted of increased vacuolization and decreased weight of the epididymides, decreased sperm counts and motility, and abnormal sperm morphology.

MY COMMENT: translation: crippled puny little guys with no get up and go 

Bifenthrin

https://www.beefmagazine.com/genetics/common-insecticide-may-affect-bull-fertility

Common Insecticide May Affect Bull Fertility

Research suggests pyrethroids may inhibit production of an enzyme necessary for the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is necessary for the proper function of multiple accessory sex glands, including the seminal vesicles and prostate, as well as the epididymedes.

 “The evidence generated in lab animals over the last 10 years or so demonstrates rather convincingly that pyrethroids are potent endocrine disruptors and do cause malfunctioning in DHT-dependent organs.”

MY COMMENT: Who has stronger testicles – a stud bull or a teenage boy? And so if a little Bifenthrin in their feed is for big bad bull balls, what is a little bifenthrin in their smokes going to do to even big bad guy balls?

Dimethomorph

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/pesticides-may-block-male-hormones/

Scientific American

“Considering all the evidence that human male reproduction is exhibiting troubling secular trends (sperm count and quality, hypospadias, cryptorchidism, testis cancer), this is highly troubling,”

MY COMMENT: “Highly troubling” – my guess is that’s putting it mildly in street terms

Carbendazim

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2227156/

Carbendazim-induced alterations of reproductive development and function in the rat and hamster

MBC treatment markedly altered sperm morphology, testicular and epididymal weights, and sperm numbers and testicular histology. Fertility, sperm motility, and hormonal levels were altered, primarily in the males with very low sperm counts.

MY COMMENT: Looks like Carbendzim is pretty good at rat & hamster birth control by lowering sperm count. Sounds like it might be kinda tough on those little testicles.

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/10921970_Male_reproductive_toxic_effects_of_carbendazim_Hitherto_unreported_targets_in_testis

Male reproductive toxic effects of carbendazim: Hitherto unreported targets in testis

Carbendazim (MBC), a widely used fungicide, is toxic to male reproductive mechanisms.

MY COMMENT: Well, that’s pretty clear, isn’t it? And guess what the second banned pesticide is in Swisher Sweets?

Cypermethrin

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20435348/

Cypermethrin reversibly alters sperm count without altering fertility in mice

Administration of cypermethrin … caused a significant reduction in epididymal spermatozoa count and an increase in abnormal spermatozoa count when compared to controls.

MY COMMENT: Kinda sounds like you wouldn’t want to ‘administer’ that to yourself doesn’t it?

Pendimethalin

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30025873/

Impact of long-term exposure to pendimethalin

Reproductive capacity was significantly affected by exposure to the herbicide; a time lag of more than five weeks was observed for egg maturation in contaminated females and high bioconcentrations of pendimethalin were measured in eggs and sperm. Chemical transfer from genitors to offspring via gametes may affect embryo development and negatively impact the early stages of development

MY COMMENT: It goes after both sperm and eggs, leaving ‘high concentrations”. So if I’m inhaling pendimethalin 200-300 puffs a day, that could be quite risky couldn’t it?

So dear reader, there you are. The entire regulatory apparatus of the US Federal government, that spends tens of billions a year on “smoking prevention” and “research”, has somehow managed to completely ignore this massive assault on people’s health and lives for generations. Zero research. Zero publications. Zero programs. Zero regulation. Could this simply be an oversight? Of course not. It is much more likely that this is an actual, real conspiracy – not a conspiracy theory.

Pesticide contamination of tobacco products causes much if not most most of the 500,000 American deaths and 7,000,000 worldwide deaths not from smoking tobacco but from smoking contaminated tobacco products, and multiple agencies of the US government are fully complicit. They have had institutional knowledge of this situation for over 50 years and have done absolutely nothing. I realize that it is because the Tobacco Cartel has these agencies all completely tied up as far as being able to do anything but agencies like FDA are actually acting as allies of the Cartel. The 2015 lawsuit that forced American Spirit organic cigarettes to put a warning on their pack that organic tobacco does not mean a safer smoke is a deliberate lie, based on ZERO SCIENCE, hatched by an inter-agency conspiracy, that is INTENDED to keep smokers from saving their own health and lives by switching to organic tobacco products. There must be trans-generational accountability in both the US government and the Tobacco Cartel.


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Do You Know A Veteran (Or Really Anyone) Needing Hospice Care?

I’m going to break briefly from posting chapters from Alonzo Calkins’ “Opium And The Opium Appetite” (1870) to let my readers know about a new ebook I’ve  just published entitled “Veteran’s Guide To Hospice Planning“.

I’ve been working on this book as a labor of love, and my co-author Layng Guerriero is an expert in both Veteran’s benefits and Hospice Care. Together we have put together what I believe is a really comprehensive, personalized guide for Veterans – and really for anyone – with a terminal illness who may not be fully aware of their rights to Hospice Care, or even what Hospice Care is all about.

The book is an extensive collection of personal essays on this topic, one of which I’m posting here as a sample. I hope that if you are a Veteran, or if there is a Veteran in your family or friendship network,  you will take a look at this resource. And as I indicated, you don’t have to be a Veteran to find more information on Hospice here than you’re likely to find anywhere else in one place.

The Amazon ordering address is https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079YW7W34

If you need a free copy just click here, fill in the requested information and get a free download.

Can Veterans Receive Medicare Hospice Care While Living At Home?

The short answer is yes, as long as the Veteran is enrolled in Medicare along with any VA-related coverage they may have.  Many Veterans choose to enroll in Medicare in order to obtain Part B benefits that cover things that neither Medicare Part A nor Veterans health care programs will pay for. You don’t have to be enrolled in anything but Medicare Part A, which is automatic at age 65, to qualify for Hospice, but there are some important parallel considerations that we’ll outline here. 

Also very important, Veterans over 65 cannot enroll in TriCare-For-Life UNLESS they also have Medicare Part B, and if they do go into Hospice, while Medicare Part B coverage goes away, TriCare-For-Life does not. So while Part B can be a strain on limited finances, it can also be critically important in terms of continuing to receive treatment for non-terminal illnesses while in Hospice for a terminal condition.

Finally, veterans who have TriCare-For-Life don’t have to pay a penalty if they sign up for Medicare Part D even years after age 65 for since TFL is considered to be “prior” prescription drug coverage.

Veterans who have Medicare, even if it is only Part A, are eligible for Medicare-paid hospice care at home if and when they become terminally ill. A Veteran who is not enrolled in Medicare and uses only VA health care is limited to the use of VA out-patient and in-patient medical services, including hospice care. VA at-home hospice services may be severely limited in some places, whereas Medicare at-home hospice services are widely available, so there’s no reason for any eligible Veteran to not have at least Part A.

Some VA hospital facilities have a hospice in-patient unit integrated into their services, while those that do not refer Veterans needing in-patient hospice care to community-based hospice providers regardless of the Veteran’s Medicare status. Even if the VA facility does have an “in-house” hospice unit for in-patients, if an out-patient Veteran with Medicare who becomes terminally ill prefers a community-based hospice to care for them at home they are 100% within their rights to ask for that option from their VA doctor. If things get to the point where they can no longer be cared for at home, they still have a choice. They are not automatically required to go into the VA in-patient hospice care unit if they have Medicare and think that better care if available in a community-based in-patient hospice facility.

If a Veteran is an in-patient at a VA facility and also has Medicare, even though Medicare doesn’t “kick-in” for regular in-patient VA health care, when the time comes they have the right to choose a community-based hospice instead of going into the VA hospice unit. There are as many reasons why a Veteran who is an in-patient might choose to stay within the facility as there are reasons why an in-patient Veteran might decide that they prefer community-based hospice care.

There are many issues that can affect a Veteran’s rights to health care under different circumstances, so it is a good idea for veterans and their families to begin asking direct questions about both hospice home-care and in-patient options before such care becomes a necessity.


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Burqas Poison Muslim Women & Their Babies With Toxic Gas

Studies show that 90% of Saudis over age 60 have osteoporosis due to Vitamin D deficiency, in spite of living in one of the world’s sunniest regions. This means that virtually all Saudi women over 60, and most of the men, have this crippling bone disease simply because their body doesn’t get enough sun to make the Vitamin D they need for maintaining natural good health. The reason is simple – women are covered head to toe to protect men from “lustful thoughts”, which of course, also blocks the sun and prevents natural Vitamin D formation. It’s ironic that the same thing happens to many Saudi men – though not, of course, to the elite who only “cover up” when its time for a photo opportunity and otherwise wear Western clothes.

Severe Vitamin D deficiency is not a minor issue, and its effects are not limited to osteoporosis. It is a widespread, very dangerous condition that gives rise to all kinds of crippling, often lethal diseases and conditions. It causes, at any age, impaired immune system function, insulin resistance & diabetes, cancer, multiple sclerosis, hypertension, stroke, heart disease, infant mortality, chronic pain, anxiety and depression, and infertility. The fact that the full-body covering for women demanded by conservative Islam is responsible for the worldwide Vitamin D deficiency in Muslim women is indisputable. See here, and here – just two of many examples.

So, the role of mandatory Islamic dress for women in causing Vitamin D deficiency is well-established. But that is not the topic of this post.

Readers should know that there is another equally insidious, perhaps even more severe health issue caused by the medieval Islamic dress codes for women that has never been discussed in any research that I can find.

Without making any comment on the cultural, religious or moral issues raised by those who oppose women being forced to wear the Burqa by Islamic law, there is another severe health threat created just by those little black full-face masks that women and girls are forced to wear.

Quite plainly, being forced to wear a Burqa chronically exposes Muslim girls and women throughout their lives to highly toxic, potentially crippling and even lethal poison gas.

The mechanism by which this happens should be obvious, even though it seems to never have been studied. Wearing the Burqa traps CO2-laden exhaled breath so that it is continually re-inhaled. A Burqa-wearing woman is never breathing fresh air – she is always re-breathing her own exhaled gasses, heavy with CO2. This increases the level of CO2 and lowers the O2 levels in a woman’s blood all day, every day, to the point that it can endanger her health, quality of life, and longevity, and almost certainly the health of her children.

While the mechanism by which Burqas poison their wearers is obvious, as just pointed out there is not a single piece of medical and scientific research that examines the impact of wearing the Burqa on blood CO2 and O2 levels. Do you find that as odd as I do? Has this research topic simply been overlooked? Or has it been suppressed?

Fortunately, there actually is research on the impact of wearing surgical masks on the blood CO2 and O2 levels of surgeons, and the conclusions are quite straightforward – although, oddly enough, this is also not a well-researched area.

What the available research shows is that wearing surgical masks for an extended period day after day, as surgeons do, significantly increases their blood CO2 and decreases their blood O2 levels. 

Here is a brief quote from one of the few papers I was able to find on the topic.

Ergonomics. 2013;56(5):781-90. doi: 10.1080/00140139.2013.777128. Epub 2013 Mar 21.

“Carbon dioxide rebreathing in respiratory protective devices: influence of speech and work rate in full-face masks.”

Smith CL, Whitelaw JL, Davies B.

“Carbon dioxide (CO2) rebreathing has been recognized as a concern regarding respirator use and is related to symptoms of discomfort, fatigue, dizziness, headache, muscular weakness and drowsiness.”

Well, that doesn’t sound too bad, does it – unless you are being operated on by a dizzy, weak, fatigued and drowsy surgeon.

But let’s dig a little deeper into the health consequences of prolonged exposure to CO2 at levels above what we would encounter breathing normally, with nothing covering our mouth and nose.

This US Department of Energy study is a bit more informative.

The following table summarizes the results of chronic CO2 exposure at low levels, but in excess of what would be inhaled under normal conditions. It is a reasonable assumption that these consequences are also incurred by women wearing Burqas, particularly since, as you will notice, the length of exposure in the various studies were only a matter of days or weeks of exposure, whereas women wear Burqas for large portions of the day throughout their lifetimes.

After giving us this table, that summarizes over a dozen research studies, the DOE goes on to explain the health consequences of CO2 exposure noted in the studies.

Lung dead space volume is a volume of air where gas exchange does not occur. The larger the dead space, the less gas exchange, which can be important for those with pulmonary or cardiac problems. Patients with severe CO2 retention (PaCO2 >95 mmHg) are invariably acidotic and will be at greater risk for profound acidosis with elevated ambient CO2 concentrations because they cannot further compensate for elevations in PaCO2, except with limited increases in ventilation. In addition, although the CO2–induced increase in the dead space volume was reported to be reversible in healthy subjects, it is not known if this reversal also occurs in patients with pulmonary disease.”

“Elevated systemic and pulmonary blood pressure is well tolerated by healthy individuals but can exacerbate preexisting systemic or pulmonary hypertension. Increased cerebral blood flow and increased intracranial pressure can put preterm infants at increased risk for intraventricular hemorrhage. Adults with brain injuries, tumors, bleeding, or increased intracranial pressure are also at risk with further increases in intracranial pressure.”

“Slightly decreased bone formation and increased bone resorption in healthy young individuals may have no long-term consequences but may be detrimental to persons with bone disease, such as osteoporosis. Another potential problem is increased blood calcium, which is related to changes in the bone. In guinea pigs and rats, focal renal calcification has been observed with prolonged exposure to concentrations of CO2 ranging from 0.3 to 15% [42-48]. The authors characterized the kidney calcification as an adaptive disease. Studies of humans have not examined calcification in the kidney or other organs.”

Bottom line – neither science nor medicine has paid much attention to the health consequences of daily exposure of health care workers to even slightly increased level of CO2, much less to the life-threatening health issues experienced by millions of Muslim women forced to wear Burqas or be publicly flogged.

If Muslim women are being deprived of Vitamin D and are being chronically poisoned by CO2 as a direct result of how they are forced to dress by the male-dominated religious societies into which they are unfortunate enough to have been born, isn’t this as horrific a crime against humanity as female genital mutilation, another travesty imposed on women by these same male “religious” criminals?

Of course it is. The question is – when is the non-Muslim world going to recognize that an enormous criminal conspiracy, inspired by hatred and fear of women, exists in many if not all Muslim countries, and when are the Muslim leaders of these misogynistic gangs masquerading as religious organizations going to be indicted by the World Court for the genocide they are surely committing? 

Ban the Burqa. Indeed!


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Legalize Coca Leaf Medicines & Save The US Health Care System

Diabetes, Cancer, Alzheimer’s and Heart Disease eat up well over 50% of the costs in the American health care system, and yet simple, natural Coca Leaf medicines – simple teas and tonics really – could virtually eliminate the bulk of the costs associated with Heart Disease and Diabetes, and could significantly reduce the costs associated with Alzheimer’s and Cancer.

But of course reduced costs would mean reduced profits for a host of players, so even though millions of lives could be saved and vast suffering and pain could be eliminated Coca Leaf medicines are not going to happen in America without some other reason. So how about this for a reason – saving tens of billions of health care dollars and keeping those savings right in the pockets of millions of Americans?

Considering the dramatic increases in health insurance costs being imposed on every single American by Obamacare, doesn’t it make sense for at least one state to take the initiative, legalize the importation of Coca Leaf by licensed Medical Marijuana dispensaries, and then research the impact on health care costs of people having access to this natural healing medicine? A state like Oregon, Washington, California or Colorado could take the lead in this initiative and would no doubt have such popular support that the Federal Government could simply be told to fuck off.

A quick glance at this graph should convince any sane person that health care costs are on a path to destroy Americans’ financial lives.

inflation

The dramatic increases in health care costs caused by out-of-control Pig Pharma, combined with the mandatory participation in Obamacare, means that the burden of higher insurance costs are being imposed primarily on the young and middle-aged. These are the people who have been the driving force behind the legalization of Medical Marijuana, and since they are the ones who will suffer most financially from Obamacare, I hope that they will come together and demand that Coca Leaf be made a legal, unregulated, freely available natural medicine as a health care cost containment strategy.


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Pure Medical Marijuana & Natural Heirloom Tobacco – A Logical Combination

 

I’ve visited quite a few MM clinics in Oregon and Washington and of course, like so many public venues, these clinics are “Non-Smoking” public spaces. At every one of these clinics I’ve noticed that there were ashtrays at the door, always brimming with discarded cigarette butts. So this says to me that many of the people who are using Marijuana to help them deal with medical issues are also smoking commercial cigarettes. (Duh)
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Although most people, including smokers, know that “cigarettes are bad for you” and that “smoking causes all kinds of nasty diseases”, what few people understand is that virtually all commercial cigarette brands are not manufactured from pure, natural tobacco but rather from industrial materials that vast amounts of money have been spent on to make them look and smoke like what people think of as tobacco. In other words, it is not tobacco that is sickening and killing all those people. If they were smoking pure, natural tobacco few if any of them would have to pay the price that almost every commercial cigarette smoker now pays sooner or later.

I’ve written long and detailed research reports on this topic but, very understandably, few people like to read complex technical materials, so it has been a great frustration to me to try to communicate with cigarette smokers how and why they and all those around them are being poisoned, sickened, and killed so that a murderous industry can thrive.

So I won’t go on and on here either, because I respect your time and don’t want to lose any interest you may have in this subject.

So let me offer you a 30 minute video that I did in the late 1980s which does a pretty good job of laying out the basic information behind the cigarette industry’s criminal behavior – and then let me describe the amazing opportunity that this terrible situation creates for many different sectors of the Medical Marijuana sector.

So, if you have watched this video (thank you), please consider what would happen if the Medical Marijuana community, and especially the Medical Marijuana grower community, decided that we have both the means and the responsibility to grow and produce pure, natural heirloom tobacco products in addition to the high quality Cannabis already being produced for the MM patient community.

smokerWe already have a well-established market, and we have the full confidence of people in that market. If we started selling pure, natural tobacco alongside the pure, natural Cannabis that patients are now buying from us – why wouldn’t most of our patients choose the real thing over industrialized poison. Besides, anyone who enjoys smoking what they think is tobacco now will go absolutely berserk when they get a taste of true, natural tobacco. Believe me – I’ve seen it happen, and it happens every time.

I will be happy to provide growers and entrepreneurs all the information and technical support they would need to get a natural tobacco operation up and running, from choosing which heirloom varieties to grow to the curing, flavoring, processing and small-scale manufacturing of a line of natural tobacco products. This is a project that has been close to my heart for many, many years I would welcome the chance to help to make it happen.

If we act together, we can not only offer safe and effective Cannabis medication & treatment to patients, but also take a huge step toward prevention of many of the conditions and diseases that plague the lives that are being poisoned by this loathsome industry. And we can create enormous business opportunities by doing so.

I know about the business opportunities first-hand. In the early 1980s my friend and partner Robert Marion and I created the Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company. And I developed the company’s flagship brand American Spirit. But because I was an idiot I lost the company early in its life, but quite a few friends of mine who put $500 or $1000 into SFNT company stock in those early days are now millionaires. I, unfortunately, am not.

So I know the kind of business opportunity that natural tobacco products represent, and I believe strongly that the MM movement is in prime position to create not one, but dozens of natural tobacco products businesses right alongside the MM clinics, dispensaries, and grow-houses that are now flourishing in so much of America.

Many of us in the MM movement are very concerned about the designs that we know the worldwide cigarette industry has on this rapidly growing sector. What better way to cut these criminals off at the knees than to find an effective way to take away a large portion of their customer base?

Yes, there would be obstacles. The federal government would not be a friend – it would be a very active antagonist. The cigarette industry itself controls politicians and regulators at every level of government. But hey – didn’t we just win a huge victory for both medical and recreational marijuana by going up against exactly those kinds of odds and not backing down?

We can do the same thing with natural tobacco that we did with medical marijuana, and we can not only give a lot of people the gift of a healthier lifestyle, we can also be pro-active in fighting off what we know is the coming assault on our new and – let’s admit it – still a little vulnerable MM industry by the cigarette company predators.

Finally, just to be explicit about the role that the Medical Marijuana community can and, IMO, should play in helping patients transition from smoking poisonous industrial waste to smoking pure natural heirloom tobacco, check out this list of the top ten diseases caused by smoking commercial cigarettes – and reflect on how many of these diseases Medical Marijuana is already helping patients deal with.

1. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
2. Cardiovascular (heart) disease
3. Cancer (lung cancer, esophagus cancer, larynx cancer, mouth cancer, throat cancer, kidney cancer, bladder cancer, pancreas cancer, stomach cancer, cancer of the pancreas, liver cancer, cancer of the penis and cervix cancer)
4. Emphysema
5. Chronic Bronchitis
6. Asthma
7. Stroke
8. Hypertension
9. Atherosclerosis (buildup of fatty substances in the arteries)
10. Impotence
Now I ask you, if Medical Marijuana professionals and entrepreneurs can not only help those who suffer from these diseases to safely and effectively treat and in the case of some of these diseases cure their illness, how much greater impact could we have if we were also instrumental in helping prevent people from getting sick in the first place?

If ever there was an opportunity to do well by doing good, this is it.


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Insomnia, Inflammation Of The Blood, Cannabis & Coca Leaf

The roles of Coca Leaf and Cannabis in controlling systemic (whole body) inflammatory conditions in the human body have been discussed in a number of posts on this blog, and there is a growing understanding in the medical community of the links between systemic inflammatory conditions and major diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, dementia and depression.

These are among the leading causes of death in the US and the rest of the so-called advanced civilizations, and for the most part the medical and scientific communities of these nations seem to be either just saying “Oh well, that’s what happens when you get old” or else “Hey, we have this new, expensive, dangerous drug that will give you an extra week or two of life strapped to a hospital bed and invaded by tubes.” Oh thank you medical saviors!

However, the interaction between systemic inflammation and Insomnia, or chronic sleep deprivation, has rarely been explored, and considering that systematic inflammation is a key factor in so many debilitating and fatal diseases and conditions this is an area of research that desperately needs attention.

Since there is already substantial documentation that the right strains of Cannabis are effective sleep aids, as well as safe and effective treatments for many of the diseases and conditions related to the inflammatory processes that arise as a result of chronic Insomnia, I’ll forego reciting that evidence here and concentrate on the potential of Coca Leaf as a complimentary natural medicine. The key word here is “Complimentary”; while there is much that Cannabis can do to aid the healing process, there is also much that Coca Leaf can do, and while there is some minimal overlap each has its own place in an apothecary of natural medicines.

So first, let’s take a quick look at the existing evidence that Coca Leaf is a safe and effective treatment for systemic inflammation and many its consequences.

Here are links to some of my posts that discuss the scientific and medical evidence from the 1800s that Coca Leaf can be a safe and effective treatment for the underlying systemic inflammatory conditions that drive a wide range of deadly diseases and conditions, whether these systemic inflammatory conditions arise from Insomnia or from other known causes including diet and environmental toxicity.

Coca Leaf & Chronic Low-Level Whole Body Inflammation

Coca Leaf & Congestive Heart Failure – Part One

Coca Leaf & Congestive Heart Failure – Part Two

Coca Leaf Tea – A Possible Treatment/Cure for Alzheimer’s & Dementia?

Coca Leaf & Muscular Energy

Coca Leaf As A Potential Treatment For Deadly Forms Of Fatigue

A Simple Natural Cure For Obesity – Coca Leaf Tea

Finally, for a more comprehensive view of the medical and scientific applications of Coca Leaf please consider reading my book The Coca Leaf Papers” which includes an extensive bibliography with hyperlinks to original sources of the writings by doctors, scientists, and intelligent lay persons from the 1700’s and 1800’s on virtually every aspect of the healing powers of Coca Leaf – including, by the way, its very useful role in helping people sleep when sleep is made difficult or impossible by a wide range of problems including chronic illness, chronic pain, exhaustion, and nervousness, among others.

A recent major study ( see an abstract of the study below) has just been published that followed people suffering from persistent insomnia for over 20 years and has found solid evidence that persistent lack of sleep is associated closely with many of the major killer diseases and conditions in the US and around the world. And most relevant for those of us who advocate the medical use of both Coca Leaf and Cannabis the link between insomnia and disease and death seems to be a startling level of systemic inflammation in the body – specifically in the blood.

It is especially interesting, as mentioned earlier, that Coca Leaf and Cannabis are highly complementary but only minimally overlapping in their healing properties. In other words, it isn’t a question of having to choose between these two natural medicines. For almost every medical application, current medical and scientific research on Cannabis and historical medical and scientific research on Coca Leal make it quite evident that these two natural medicines can be most effective, and offer the greatest potential for healing, when they are used together.

With regard to the Insomnia study that we’ll examine in a moment, it’s important to note also that the researchers controlled for “confounding factors” like cigarette smoking, alcohol use, sedative use, age, physical activity levels, etc. In other words, they eliminated any role that these “confounding factors” might play so that they could say with confidence that they were looking at just the effects of persistent insomnia. This means that when they point to inflammation of the blood as a major effect, they are looking just at inflammation that is being caused by insomnia and not by other factors.

However, as they also point out, “the role of systemic inflammation in such an association is unknown”. Translated that says “We know that it’s there, and that it’s being caused by persistent insomnia, but we don’t know precisely its association with death.”

I do love scientific verbal precision because in the search for truth its important not to claim you know something for a fact when all you really know is that it seems to be a fact, but you can’t prove it. In that same vein, I don’t know for a fact that Coca Leaf controls systemic inflammation and therefore heals hearts, controls diabetes, helps the body to shed obesity, perhaps helps to reverse some forms of cancer, and reduces or eliminates dementia and depression – all I can really say is that according to my interpretation of the evidence in the writings of doctors and scientists of the 1800s, it sure looks like it could. And of course, increasingly, the healing powers of Cannabis are now being documented, and it seems like every week brings new evidence for increased efficacy in existing applications for Cannabis and findings that support new applications as well.

And it would be so damn simple to investigate and document the efficacy and safety of Coca Leaf, confirming what is still only hints and bits of historical evidence from the 1800’s, so that people could finally see that BOTH Coca Leaf and Cannabis deserve a place in the hands of people suffering from literally dozens of serious, life-threatening and life-ending diseases. We’re not talking about huge, expensive studies here, nor about massive government programs, nor about regiments of over-priced consultants, nor about the participation of Pig Pharma control freaks.

We’re talking about a few simple studies under controlled conditions among groups of people who suffer from each of these conditions using simple infusions of pure, natural Coca Leaf in the form of tea or tonic. The Coca Leaf studies probably would not be done in the US – at least at first they would have to be done in Peru, Bolivia and Uruguay, because these are the only countries in the world where enlightenment has illuminated the human mind on the subject of Coca Leaf as a natural healing medicine. Once these studies were done and published however, I can’t imagine that people in the US and Europe would allow their governments’ “War on Drugs” to continue to keep Coca leaf from assuming its rightful place in the pharmacy of natural medicines alongside Cannabis. And at the same time, since Cannabis is illegal even in countries that recognize the legitimacy of Coca Leaf, the same complimentary political, scientific and medical processes would have to take place there also.

However, there is another possibility that needs to be discussed and examined. There are many countries in the world where Cannabis is now legal, but where Coca Leaf is not. If people in any of those countries recognized the good common sense of having both Cannabis and Coca Leaf available to treat disease then it would be no problem to begin Coca cultivation in those countries.

For one thing, as pointed out in a recent post, Coca species are already widely distributed around the world, but of course only a few are really suitable as potent medicinal plants. Nevertheless, where one species of Coca flourishes as an indigenous species, the more useful spcies could also be brought into cultivation either in a natural or artificial environment.

In the 1800s Coca was widely cultivated around the world, and with modern growing technology even in those countries where Coca might not grow well in the natural outdoors environment it could easily be cultivated under indoor growing conditions. There is a vast literature available from the 1800’s on experiments that were conducted on growing Coca across the planet under a wide range of conditions. In fact one of the most successful indoor growing projects was that of Angelo Mariani, inventor of the then-famous “Vin Mariani”, whose conservatory greenhouse in the center of Paris was one of the wonders of the botanical world.

In one of my recent posts I discuss how this Journey To Healing could be organized as an ongoing project that would enable groups of people suffering from the same diseases to travel to Peru, Bolivia and/or Uruguay to be treated with not just Coca Leaf but with the whole range of Andean ethnopharamacological resources – and in the case of Uruguay patients who are already on Cannabis treatments would not have to be concerned about legal issues as they would have to be in both Peru and Bolivia, at this time.

When this happens, and when medical and scientific researchers can begin studying and documenting the healing powers of both natural medicines, as well as individual people taking the initiative into their own hands even before the formal studies have been done, perhaps then at last millions of people who now are victimized by the medical industry, Pig Pharma and Pig Government will be able to break free and heal themselves.

Let’s work together to make that day come as soon as possible.

So here’s of the Insomnia study I referred to earlier. If you want to read the full paper Elsevier will be happy to charge you an obscene amount for access, but personally I have never, and will never, pay those ripoff artists a penny for access to their chattel.

“Persistent Insomnia Is Associated With Mortality Risk”
(By) Sairam Parthasarathy, M.D. et al, published online Oct. 14, 2014 in the “American Journal of Medicine”.

Abstract

Background
Insomnia has been associated with mortality risk, but whether this association is different in subjects with persistent versus intermittent insomnia is unclear. Additionally, the role of systemic inflammation in such an association is unknown.

Methods
We used data from a community-based cohort to determine whether persistent or intermittent insomnia, defined based on persistence of symptoms over a six-year period, were associated with death during the following 20-years of follow-up. We also determined whether changes in serum C-reactive protein (CRP) levels measured over two decades between study initiation and insomnia determination were different for the persistent, intermittent, and never insomnia groups. The results were adjusted for confounders such as age, sex, body mass index, smoking, physical activity, alcohol and sedatives.

Results
Of the 1409 adult participants, 249 (18%) had intermittent and 128 (9%) had persistent insomnia. During a 20-year follow-up period, 318 participants died (118 due to cardiopulmonary disease). In adjusted Cox proportional-hazards models, participants with persistent insomnia (adjusted Hazards Ratio [HR] 1.58, 95%CI: 1.02-2.45) but not intermittent insomnia (HR 1.22, 0.86-1.74), were more likely to die than participants without insomnia. Serum CRP levels were higher and increased at a steeper rate in subjects with persistent insomnia as compared with intermittent (p=0.04) or never (p=0.004) insomnia. Although CRP levels were themselves associated with increased mortality (adjHR: 1.36, 1.01-1.82, p=0.04), adjustment for CRP levels did not notably change the association between persistent insomnia and mortality.

Conclusions
In a population-based cohort, persistent, and not intermittent, insomnia was associated with increased risk for all-cause and cardiopulmonary mortality and was associated with a steeper increase in inflammation.

End of abstract

So there you have it. A well crafted longitudinal study that unequivocally makes the point that anything that prevents you from getting a good nights sleep on a regular basis is moving you swiftly toward an early grave. And all it would take to head off this morbid end of life would be a nice pipe of Cannabis at bedtime and a nice cup of Coca Leaf tea upon rising. Sounds entirely too simple, too unprofitable, and too straightforward to be worth the attention of all those important people in boardrooms and government offices worldwide, doesn’t it.

Or maybe they have a different agenda. But the marvelous thing is – they are insomniacs too. So whatever their agenda, they are as much victims as those who they are intent on victimizing. The planet is tight.