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The Role Of Prescription Drugs In Tragic Indian Sterilization Deaths

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On November 11, 2014, it was reported that twelve Indian women died, and many more were sickened, after undergoing surgical sterilization procedures in a government-run “sterilization camp.”  The women were paid 600 rupees apiece, about $10, to undergo surgical sterilization. It is the policy of the Indian government to limit population growth through the incentivized sterilizations of women. The incident occurred in Chhattisgarh, one of the poorest states in India, where 600 rupees is equivalent to a month of income for many of the families of the women who were sterilized –and killed.

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The surgeon, Dr. R. K. Gupta, performed surgery on 83 women in six hours. That’s 4.3 minutes per surgery.

There are so many things that are horrible and tragic about this story, I certainly can’t list them all. Here are just a few things that are tough to swallow about the situation.

  • 12 lives were lost. Husbands lost their wives. Children lost their mother. Parents lost their daughters.
  • The fact that impoverished women were driven to undergo SURGICAL STERILIZATION by a $10 payment is tragic because of the poverty and desperation involved.
  • The targeting of women for population control efforts, rather than men, when the procedure for sterilizing men (vasectomy) is far less invasive than the procedure for sterilizing women (tubal ligation), is horrifying and it shows the gender issues at play in Indian policies.
  • The systemic incentivisation of health care workers, and community workers, to hold “sterilization camps” where women are herded, like animals, into unsterile operating rooms where they are cut open, butchered really, to meet government imposed quotas, is disgusting. The broken system is described well in the New York Times article, Web of Incentives in Fatal Indian Sterilizations.

Initial reports of the tragedy blamed unsanitary conditions. It is reported that the clinic was “streaked with cobwebs, its hallways covered by a film of dust, so long abandoned that trees were poking tendrils through the windows. Health workers were trying to fit as many patients as possible inside.”

Subsequent reports, however, noted that the deaths were more likely the result of “tainted drugs.” The doctor who performed the surgeries is blaming the drugs for the deaths, and, more convincingly, deaths also occurred in other individuals who were given the same drugs who were not part of the sterilization camp. The owners of the factories that produced the drugs have been summoned for questioning and the batch of drugs that was administered has been banned from use. A November 14, 2014 report asserted that the cipro/ciprofloxacin pills were tainted by rat poison. However, “Dilip Shah, secretary general of the Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance, cautioned that the investigation into the tainted pills was ongoing and ‘rat poison contamination is only a speculation.’”

If the drugs are conclusively found to be tainted with rat poison, a significant number of other issues around this tragedy come to the fore. The lack of safety regulation in Indian drug manufacturers is both a problem for Indian consumers, and worldwide consumers, “since India is now the second-largest exporter of over-the-counter and prescription medicines to the U.S.”

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The sudden deaths from these drugs make it likely that the drugs were tainted in some way. But if the entire batch of ciprofloxacin was laced with rat poison, as the Indian officials are proposing, wouldn’t everyone who took the drug have died?  Rat poison is lethal to everyone.  Not all of the women who received the drugs died.

It’s possible that the drugs were pure, they were just given in a combination that is lethal to some people with certain genetic predispositions.  (How well an individual metabolizes drugs has to do with their personal MTHFR mutations, and likely some other genetic factors.)

The women who died were given three drugs, diazepam (a benzodiazepine), ciprofloxacin (a fluoroquinolone) and ibuprofen (a NSAID).

These drugs should NEVER be given together because of the effects they have on the GABA-A receptors in the brain. The Indian women were given this combination of drugs in exactly the order required to have tragic consequences. The diazepam was given to them during the surgery, to sedate them. As they came off of the diazepam, their GABA-A receptors likely became improperly stimulated. The Ashton Manual notes that, “withdrawal from benzodiazepines leaves the brain in a state of GABA-underactivity, resulting in hyperexcitability of the nervous system.” While their brains were in this vulnerable state, they were given ciprofloxacin, a fluoroquinolone, and ibuprofen, a NSAID.  Fluoroquinolones “have also been found to inhibit benzodiazepine receptor binding” and fluoroquinolone toxicity resembles protracted benzodiazepine withdrawal in many of its symptoms -depression, anxiety, psychosis, paranoia, severe insomnia, paraesthesia, tinnitus, hypersensitivity to light and sound, tremors and seizures.  When ibuprofen, a NSAID, is added to the mix, it makes the fluoroquinolones even more toxic.  It is noted in Pharmacology Weekly that, “the presence of an NSAID or NSAID metabolite can significantly augment this effect (of fluoroquinolones) and result in an even greater inhibition of GABA-A receptor activity.”

Rather than giving readers way too much scientific information, (to sum all of it up, the drugs short-circuit the brain, and the brain controls everything), I’ll point you toward Robert Grozier’s video about the horrifying effects of cipro/ciprofloxacin combined with another potent NSAID, Vioxx:

Robert Grozier tragically passed away in June, 2014.

Because of both the effects of fluoroquinolones with NSAIDs on GABA-A receptors, and also because of poisonous metabolites formed when multiple carboxylic acid containing drugs are taken together (more information on both can be found HERE), they should NEVER be administered together. It is especially important that these dangerous drugs not be given to people who have recently been given a benzodiazepine. Malfunctioning GABA receptors can damage, and shut down, many bodily systems.

The drugs given to the Indian women who were tragically poisoned and maimed are dangerous just as they are. It’s possible that the drugs were tainted, but tests of the drugs in question have not yet been published, and it’s also possible that they were not faulty in any way, but rather, they were administered in a combination that is dangerous by ill-informed doctors that are allowed to do so by failing regulatory systems.

Lest you think that these drugs are harmless on their own, or that tragedies like this only happen in India, let me point you toward The Fluoroquinolone Wall of Pain, where stories of harm caused by fluoroquinolones (cipro/ciprofloxacin, Levaquin/levofloxacin, Avelox/moxifloxacin and floxin/ofloxacin) are told.  A particularly tragic story is that of Chris Dannelly, a devoted father and husband, who was killed by two pills of Levaquin. Stories of pain caused by benzodiazepines can be found on Benzo Buddies.  Most people think that NSAIDs are harmless, but they are far from benign, as noted in High doses of common painkillers increase heart attack risks.

Individually, benzodiazepines, fluoroquinolones and NSAIDs should be more tightly regulated. Combined they cause tragedy and should be forbidden. The FDA, and, apparently Indian regulatory agencies, are failing to properly warn doctors and patients alike about the dangers of these drugs.

More information about what is referenced above can be found in the following links:

Indian Fatalities –

New York Times, “12 Women Die After Botched Government Sterilizations in India

New York Times, “Post-Mortems of Victims Point to Tainted Medication in India Sterilization Deaths

New York Times, “Web of Incentives in Fatal Indian Sterilizations

New York Times, “Sterilization Deaths Linked to Antibiotic Tainted With Rat Poison, Indian Officials Say

Benzodiazepines, Fluoroquinolones and NSAIDs –

The Ashton Manual

The British Journal of General Practice, “Benzodiazepine tolerance, dependency, and withdrawal syndromes and interactions with fluoroquinolone antimicrobials

The British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, “Possible interaction of fluoroquinolones with the benzodiazepine-GABAA-receptor complex

The Annals of Pharmacotherapy, “Neurologic adverse effects during concomitant treatment with ciprofloxacin, NSAIDS, and chloroquine: possible drug interaction.”

Pharmacology Weekly, “What is the mechanism by which the fluoroquinolone antibiotics (e.g., ciprofloxacin, gemifloxacin, levofloxacin, moxifloxacin) can increase a patient’s risk for developing a seizure or worsen epilepsy?

Blog Post – Floxie HopeWhy NSAIDs Suck for Floxies (and Probably Everyone Else Too)

The Fluoroquinolone Wall of Pain

The author’s web site – Floxie Hope

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New Study Shows What Disrupted Sleep Does To Your Mental Health

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  • The Facts:

    A new study showed that those with less distinction with activity and sleep were 6 percent more likely to develop depression and 11 percent more likely to have bipolar disorder.

  • Reflect On:

    Your sleep is important. What are you doing to ensure you have good rest? Are you eating before bed? Using your phone? Both of these things contribute to poor sleep. You can use some of the tools below to improve your sleep.

We all know just how important it is to have a good nights rest, unfortunately for many of us, this is a fleeting dream. New research has emerged showing just how impactful a disrupted body clock and natural circadian rhythm can be for our mental health.

Researchers from the U.K. came to this conclusion after studying the circadian rhythm, which is our natural waking and sleeping patterns throughout the 24-hour sleep cycle.

Lead author of the study, Laura Lyall, a research associate in mental health and well-being at Glasgow University said in a statement, “In the largest such study ever conducted, we found a robust association between disruption of circadian rhythms and mood disorders.

“Previous studies have identified associations between disrupted circadian rhythms and poor mental health, but these were only small samples.”

The Study

Scientists from the University of Glasgow studied data collected on over 90,000 adults between the ages of 37 and 73 years old in the U.K., between 2006 and 2010. Each participant in the study wore an activity tracker on their wrist for 7 days between 2013 and 2015.

The data that was collected was used to calculate what is known as the relative amplitude. Researchers took note of how active the participants were in the busiest 10 hours of each day and compared that to their least active 5 hours in the day. The people with less of a distinction between active and resting periods scored a lower amplitude indicating that they were either not active enough during the day while they were awake or too active during the hours that are generally intended for sleep.

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Those who scored a lower amplitude were found to be at a greater risk for mental illness. Factors such as age, sex, smoking, childhood trauma, and educational attainment were also taken into account.

The study, published in The Lancet, showed how they were 6 percent more likely to develop depression and 11 percent more likely to have bipolar disorder. This particular group of participants were also more likely to feel unhappy, alone, unsatisfied with their health and even have slower reaction times.

Around one in 25 participants were about as active during the day as they were at night. These were “people who have very poor sleep hygiene, people on their mobile phones at midnight checking Facebook or getting up to make a cup of tea in the middle of the night,” Daniel Smith, professor of psychiatry and senior author of the study, told the Times.

“It could be that there is a direct causal link where circadian disruption causes impaired subjective well-being and increases the risk of mood disorder. Or it could be the opposite, that this circadian disruption is a consequence of mood disorder and its associated risk factors,” said Lyall.

Despite these limitations, the researchers say accelerometry-derived relative amplitude is “relatively cheaply and easily measured and might be useful for identifying people at greater risk of major depressive disorder or bipolar disorder, or subgroups of patients who might benefit from therapies aimed at improving circadian rhythmicity.”

Can You Relate?

I don’t know about you, but when I am restless at night or don’t get enough sleep I definitely feel it more during the day, with some mental fogginess and I find it much more difficult to find motivation during the day. Aside from the fact that we are on average not getting enough sleep, we, generally are out of sync with our natural circadian rhythms by being up late or sleeping well into the morning, regardless of the sunrise and sunset. Throw cell phones, tablets, blue light and EMF’s into the mix and it’s no wonder we aren’t finding the time to sleep and when we do, to actually sleep deeply.

While it can be difficult to change your sleeping patterns, it certainly could provide you with an extra boost of energy, clarity and perhaps even joy throughout your day. A good night’s rest is essential, some of the things you can do to ensure you are getting a good sleep are as follows:

  • Limit screen time to no later than one hour before bed, and use a blue light filter, or blue blocker glasses anytime you are staring at a screen when it is dark outside.
  • Try to go to bed a little earlier and wake up earlier. It is essential that we expose ourselves to total darkness while we sleep, it may be worth getting some really good curtains or an eye mask. Depending on where you live, waking up at sunrise and going to bed at sunset might be worth a try.
  • Keep cell phones and if possible all electronics out of your bedroom. Consider turning off your wifi router while you sleep at night as well as these have been known to disrupt melatonin production in the brain, which is essential for a good night’s rest.
  • Be sure and get some exercise during the day, even a brisk walk in the evening can help you to sleep better at night, but the more the better as your body will truly be tired and ready for bed. When we don’t get enough exercise sometimes our bodies are left feeling restless during the day.
  • Nothing beats a nice hot bath with epsom salts and lavender essential oil to help get you in a calm, relaxed and sleepy state of mind before bed.

What helps you get to bed at night?

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If Your DNA Information Is Being Sold, Shouldn’t You Make The Profit?

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  • The Facts:

    Companies like 23andMe, Ancestry.com and others are collecting your DNA data and can sell the data to third party companies. Timicoin is a blockchain based ecosystem that allows you to monetize your health data.

  • Reflect On:

    Shouldn't you have the option to sell your own data? Is your DNA data safe with some of these companies? The blockchain is helping to create further security and consumer-based monetization of personal data.

Amidst the rise in popularity of companies who take samples of our DNA in order to provide us with information about our ancestry and health risks, there are growing concerns that are not immediately apparent to the average consumer. While most are just happy to be getting exotic information about where they came from and what they should be watching out for health-wise, all for little more than a few hundred dollars, not many consumers are seeing this as a threat to their privacy, and more specifically, as a threat to their control over the most essential information about their unique personal identity–their DNA sequences.

“The key thing about your genetic data … it is uniquely yours. It identifies you, so if you are going to entrust it to a company, you should try to understand what the consequences are,” said Jennifer King, director of consumer privacy at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society, whose research on the issue and interviews with individuals shows a lack of consumer knowledge.

Company Disclaimers

Of course, companies who deal in such services will do all they can to convince consumers that their data is safe and secure. But as this CNBC article notes,

Companies in this space, including 23andMeVeritas Genetics and Ancestry, have a good reason to protect your DNA — their business future depends on maintaining the trust of consumers. But there are thorny issues related to genetic privacy that still today don’t have easy answers or iron-clad legislative protections. And regulators aren’t convinced they are doing right by consumers. A recent Fast Company report indicates that 23andMe and Ancestry are being investigated by the Federal Trade Commission over their policies for handling personal info and genetic data and how they share that info with third parties.

All of these companies say they have clear policies that they will not share your DNA with any third-party unless you explicitly consent to it:

23andMe provides consumers the choice of opting into research conducted on behalf of academic, nonprofit and industry organizations. They also offer an option to consent separately to specific disease studies in which their DNA is used in conjunction with for-profit drug companies, such as the Parkinson’s disease research conducted with Genentech and the lupus and IBD research conducted with Pfizer.

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Abuse Of Private Data

Hearing about research conducted on behalf of ‘academic, nonprofit and industry organizations’ reminds me of the article I wrote on Cambridge Analytica’s fraudulent effort to characterize themselves as an academic organization while mining people’s private Facebook information to target them with ads for the 2016 U. S. Presidential Election. Facebook knowingly sold the information to Cambridge Analytica demonstrating that, when it comes to big companies and corporations, the only thing we know for sure is that money and profit will eventually trump respect for the privacy of people’s information.

If there is money to be made by selling our personal information, corporations will do whatever they can to skirt around privacy agreements. They may even flat-out change their policy and inform us in a pages-long letter that they know no one reads and will simply click the ‘accept’ button. In the current environment, it is wise to be extremely cautious when deciding to consent to having one company share our information, especially our genetic information, with third parties.

Think about it. As technology evolves, surely there will be ways our DNA codes could be used in the future that we would not agree with. But once we have given our consent to the use of this most private information, we can no longer guarantee what happens with it. Wouldn’t it be great if WE had control over our genetic information, encrypted and only accessible by us, to use and share in a manner of OUR choosing?

If we so choose, we may even be able to profit from it. Did you know that health information is a commodity that is already collected and sold via third-party companies? Selling health data around the world is already a multi-billion dollar industry, much like how your data collected from Facebook is. But how do we get back control of our DNA information, which could be our most valuable resource about who we are?

Think outside the box. Think blockchain. Think Timicoin.

Timicoin

Timicoin is a platform bringing together a crypto token and the blockchain and is pioneering the tokenization of health information, including your DNA sequencing and other genetic information, through a decentralized blockchain ecosystem. They promise to allow users to monetize their own data, have access to their health information whenever they need it and verify that it is accurate.

The Timicoin platform is built on their own custom blockchain and it’s already fully functioning. This means that in a short time, you will be able to begin using Timicoin’s blockchain to monetize your health data. For more information, please refer to this earlier CE article. You can also read Timicoin’s White Paper here.

Shift In Business Paradigm

Analysts believe that Healthcare information on the blockchain will grow aggressively in the coming years given the global need for ease of sharing healthcare information. Secure storage of our DNA information is only one part of Timicoin’s larger endeavor to make your healthcare information available globally and instantaneously as needed, but only with your personal consent.

It represents a new business paradigm, whereby information is centralized in terms of permitted access but decentralized in terms of who has the power over the information. No longer will masses of valuable personal information be owned and controlled by large corporations, but rather will be owned and controlled by each individual, not only giving the individual the ability to monetize their personal information themselves, but also securing the validity of that information through personal verification and safeguarding against fraud. Supporting blockchain technologies is supporting individual empowerment in our society, a move that undoubtedly scares the power structure at top levels of our current corporatocracy.

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The Damaging Effects Of 5G Wireless On Your Health

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Wireless radiation is a huge health problem that continues to be ignored and another opportunity for us to gaze into the past of similar occurrences and learn from our mistakes. Take tobacco for example, at one time in history you were considered a fool and ‘crazy’ for speaking up against the big tobacco companies and letting people know that cigarettes compromise our health. Today, science has spoken, and it has spoken for a long time, despite what the corporations put out into the public and the “science” they used to approve these things in the first place.

There doesn’t seem to be much more of a difference between communication companies that sell and manufacture wireless products and services, which, according to hundreds of scientists and countless amounts of publications, are urging authorities to pay closer attention to what wireless radiation is doing to human health.

This is one of the multiple examples where corporate control rules and dictates government policy, policies that favour big corporations at the behest of planet Earth and the rest of the human population. But it’s more so apparent in North America.

European Restrictions

In Europe, multiple countries have restrictions on WiFi and have pointed out some disturbing things. France passed a law in 2015 banning WiFi from all nursery schools, the law states that WiFi must be turned off in all elementary schools when it’s not in use. W wired connection if possible, is preferred. Advertisements directing cell phone use towards young children are banned.

An example from Namibia states quite clearly that current so-called “safety” standards don’t protect citizens from long-term health effects, and that the guidelines governing their use do not guarantee adequate protection against the effects of long-term exposure.

Other countries include Belgium, Spain, Israel, Australia, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, India, Finland, Cyprus and more.

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Why are they saying no to WiFi? See for yourself:

You can access hundreds of these scientific papers and read more here, just click on the science section and under each heading, there are links directly to the research. If you click on the drop-down tab, a list of scientific references as documentation appears. 


Related CE Article with more information:

Why Multiple Countries Have Banned Wifi & Cell Phones Around Schools, Young Children & Fetuses


Yes, we are making progress, and awareness is being created and steps are being taken, but the corporate take over of North America and almost the entire planet is simply brushing our health under the table, because, unfortunately, they have the power to do so.

At the same time, we are the ones using this technology. It’s becoming so useful, and so easy to just rely on the corporation like we do with everything else. How ironic is it that we raise money and advocate for cancer, yet support the very things that are contributing to it, on grande scales?

Millions of children and adults in schools around the world spend significant amounts of time around wireless devices and Wi-Fi. Many schools are introducing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies and installing industrial wireless routers for tablets. However, wireless devices expose students and staff to microwave radiation that can impede learning and overall health. Studies have shown that microwave radiation can damage reproductive systems, impact the immune system, alter brain functioning, and may increase cancer risk. Tablets have up to 5 antennae that are constantly emitting short intense bursts of radiation even when not connected to the Internet. Wireless devices in classrooms thus result in multiple sources of wireless radiation exposure. – Environmental Health Trust

The 5G Health Concerns

So, what about 5G? Science already indicates that the current wireless technologies of 2G, 3G and 4G – in use today with our cell phones, computers, and wearable tech. – creates radio frequency exposure which poses a serious health risk to humans, animals and the environment. 5G is the term used to describe the next-generation of mobile networks beyond the 4G LTE mobile networks used today. 5G is intended to be the technology that allows the “Internet of Things” (IOT) to exist and connects all internet connected devices together.

Scientists have been studying the health effects of 5G and wireless radiation and are deeply concerned with their findings and are calling for a stop to the rollout of 5G,  as well as a halt to the proposed increase in radio frequency radiation exposure to the public.

Thanks to all of the efforts by various researchers, scientists and more, the world is waking up to this information and it’s actually starting to become talked about within the mainstream. It always seems like such a long process from the point where something is known, to actually mass consensus and action steps being created.

A CBS news report recently emphasized:

The wireless industry is in a race to roll out 5G service. The network is supposed to be up to 100 times faster than current data speeds, but it requires cellphone tower equipment to be closer to users than before. Wireless companies in the U.S. say they’ll have to install about 300,000 new antennas – roughly equal to the total number of cell towers built over the past three decades. That’s causing outrage and alarm in some neighbourhoods, as antennas go up around homes.

5G requires the installation of new equipment across the U.S. Every wireless company is working to build its own 5G network. This is worse than cell phone use, and yet, according to government health authorities, “a limited number of studies have shown some evidence of statistical association of cell phone use and brain tumour risks… but most studies have found no association.”

Waiting for high levels of scientific and clinical proof before taking action to prevent well-known risks can lead to very high health and economic costs, as was the case with asbestos, leaded petrol and tobacco.
Dr. Martin Blank, Ph.D., from the Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics at Columbia University, has joined a group of scientists from around the world who are making an international appeal to the United Nations regarding the dangers associated with the use of electromagnetic emitting devices like cell phones and Wi-Fi. He and hundreds of other scientists around the world are currently petitioning the UN, and have been for quite some time, regarding the dangers associated with these devices.

“Putting it bluntly they are damaging the living cells in our bodies and killing many of us prematurely” (source)

Melissa Arnoldi, who leads AT&T’s efforts, said “if it’s not already in your neighbourhood, it’s coming.” This is quite concerning, she told CBS news that “5G uses high-frequency waves that support faster speeds but don’t travel as far as current wireless frequencies. So instead of relying on large cellphone towers spread far apart, they need “small cell” sites that are much closer together.”

Sometimes I wonder, how is this even allowed to happen? Who are the people which control what type of information with regards to our health gets emphasized, and what doesn’t?

This new 5G equipment is currently being installed in a neighbourhood near you.

I’ll leave you with this TED talk by a Silicon-valley engineer turned technology health advocate, Jeromy Johnson.


Related CE Article:

FCC Intimidates Press & Evades Questioning About Wireless & Cancer at 5G Rollout 


 Solutions Exist

You can use a wired connection, which is very fast and in most cases faster than a wireless connection. Minimize your cell phone use, and perhaps look into some devices that may be used to block the biological effects this stuff is, does, and can have on us.

FactSheets:What Parents Need to Know About Wireless Radiation,

American Academy of Pediatrics Recommendation Protect The Ones You Love Card  English,Spanish

BabySafe Project: “Reduce Your Wireless Exposure”English BrochureSpanish Brochure

New Jersey Education Association Minimize health risks from electronic devices”Article,PDF of Recommendations

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