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Research Shows That Fake Medications Are Killing Hundreds of Thousands Globally

The new World Health Organization (WHO) report on the public health impact of substandard and falsified medical products, estimates that up to 158,000 people die each year from taking fake malaria medication in sub-Sahara Africa.

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Most of us are accustomed to picking up our prescription medication from the pharmacy without a second thought to its safety or reliability. But imagine if your child was ill and the medication you picked up was fake and caused your child to not only not recover but possibly die. That’s the terrifying situation faced by millions of parents around the world.

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The spread of fake medicines is at pandemic proportions.  It’s estimated that over one million people die each year from fake drugs, according to Interpol, the world police agency. Peter Pitts, president of The Center for Medicine in the Public Interest puts the number of deaths in China alone at 300,000 annually.

Last year, European officials seized over 34 million fake meds in two months while Irish drug enforcement confiscated 1.7 million pounds of counterfeit and illegal drugs.

In April of 2015, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reported that scientists inspected medications from around the world and found very disturbing news:

“Scientists inspected the quality of about 16,800 samples of anti-malarials, anti-tuberculosis medicines, antibiotics and anti-leishmaniasis drugs and reported from 9 to 41 percent failed to meet the specifications. Seven separate studies were carried out, primarily in low-resource settings, and included samples from public and private sources.”

World Health Organization 2017 Report

The new World Health Organization  (WHO) report on the public health impact of substandard and falsified medical products, estimates that up to 158,000 people die each year from taking fake malaria medication in sub-Sahara Africa. Counterfeit drugs may kill up to 169,000 children (ages 0-5) worldwide from pneumonia.

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Shockingly, the study’s executive summary indicates that those suffering death or ill effects from the use of counterfeit drugs may be sorely underrepresented. The statistical and methodological models used in the study “…are likely to under represent the true impact of substandard and falsified medical products in both disease areas, owing to the lack of exhaustive data and the challenges of incorporating all impact factors into a single model.”

In other words, things are probably a lot worse. There is not yet enough international standardized agreement and cooperation to accurately reflect the true scope of the dangers of fake drugs.

Fake drugs are putting all of us at risk. They are a massive global public health threat.

What is a Fake Drug?

Simply put, fake drugs may:

  • have the correct ingredients but in the wrong amounts
  • have very little of the correct ingredients
  • not have any of the correct ingredients
  • may be misbranded and sold for incorrect purposes.

Fake drugs are meant to fool innocent people who then may face potentially dire consequences.

What Is the Scope of the Problem?

Medicinal forgeries are a growing and pervasive threat to worldwide health, especially in the battle against tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV/AIDS in the developing world.

The Poor and the Powerless

Of serious concern is that most of those suffering from the indignities of counterfeit medications are the poor and the powerless. It is in the developing world that this plague is most damaging. Legions of men, woman and children who lack resources and societal protections are suffering needlessly and are dying prematurely.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that “Counterfeiting…is most common in countries where there are few or no rules about making drugs. An estimated 10%–30% of medicines sold in developing countries are counterfeit.”

Many of these nations have little to no infrastructure to deal with the problem. It is estimated by policy experts Amir Attaran and Roger Bate that 2/3 of the world’s nations have no medical regulatory infrastructure or have only incomplete and ineffectual regulation.

Organized Crime

The world’s drug supply is under siege by organized crime.

Fueling the worldwide plague is the profitability of selling fake drugs. It’s estimated to be a 75-billion-dollar market.  According to the Economist: “For criminals, fake pharma is lucrative, and the penalties are usually low. Indeed, the drug supply-chain is a cheat’s paradise.”

Criminals can easily make millions selling fraudulent drugs that are high in demand or too expensive for consumers to purchase. It happens regularly says Michael Deats of WHO: “…if a shortage occurs, hospitals and clinics will step outside the normal supply chain and the (criminals) exploit the situation.”

Desperate People do Desperate Things

Desperate people, who are sick and poor are the primary victims of criminal drug counterfeiting.  They live mostly in underdeveloped rural areas around the globe with little access to advanced medical care.

Local pharmacies are often stocked with cheap, substandard, or fake medications. There is little recourse but to buy what is available and affordable. Unfortunately, this often leads to watching loved ones succumb to malaria, tuberculosis, AIDs, and other treatable diseases.

The Development of Super-bugs

Fake drugs with either substandard and no proper ingredients promote mutations. Resistance to malaria and tuberculosis treatments is becoming widespread globally. This could be disastrous to the ongoing efforts to eradicate these diseases. For malaria alone, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that fake drugs are associated with up to 20 percent of the one million malaria deaths worldwide each year.

The tragedy of super-bug proliferation is directly linked to the growth of fake medicines.

Actions Must be Taken

Fake drugs are responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths each year. The number may even be in the millions. The poor and powerless living in under-resourced environments are victimized most often by the unscrupulous behavior of organized criminals.

The situation is made worse by the often-opposing interests of pharmaceutical companies, national governments, international organizations, and enforcement agencies. This lack of coordination and concerted effort leads to unnecessary ill health and loss of human life along with the development of super bugs that undermines years of valiant efforts to eradicate treatable global diseases.

Efforts are being made but more must be done. Middle and low-income countries continue to suffer. People are dying every day.

Needed Cooperation

Andrea Bomo, a journalist from Cameroon, puts the need for cooperation succinctly:

“Everybody has their role to play: the media, NGOs, pharmaceutical industry and the civil society. The government also has a big responsibility: providing equal access to medicines to the population, raising awareness about the danger of fake medicines in the population and at different levels of the supply chain, taking regulatory and strong legal actions to limit the infiltration of fake drugs into the market and supporting local and international initiatives fighting for the safety and health of the population.”

Regulations

For efforts to work, poorly resourced nations need assistance from developed countries and international organizations to bolster their drug regulatory and enforcement agencies. If these institutions remain weak, the creators of fake medicines will continue to flourish and profit from the misfortune of millions of innocent people.

Pharmaceutical companies need to look beyond their parochial patent and intellectual property worries and take seriously the damage being done by fake medications globally. They are important partners in the efforts to limit, if not eradicate the plague of fake medications.

Less resourced nations must have access to affordable medications that are justly distributed and available to those in need. Without such availability and access, the seeds of criminal activity will continue to grow and flourish, and people will continue to die.

Related CE Article:

One Doctor (out of many) Explains How Prescription Drugs Are Killing Us

 

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Monkey Sharpens Rock & Uses It To Smash Through Glass Enclosure At Zoo

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  • The Facts:

    At a zoo in China, a monkey uses a rock to smash its glass enclosure in what appears to be an attempted escape.

  • Reflect On:

    Are we treating animals on this planet in a way that we would want to be treated? If not, why? How does it feel to know we impede on the freedoms of living beings on a mass scale, and they don't like it?

Intriguing footage shows a Colombian white-faced capuchin at a zoo in China using a rock to smash through a glass enclosure in what appears to look like an attempted escape. The incident took place at the Zhengzhou Zoo in Central China’s Henan Province on the 20th of August 2019. Was it an actual escape? It’s hard to say, the monkey was surely surprised by the shattering of the glass, but why else would they be doing this if getting out wasn’t on their mind? Something to ponder.

In the video below you can see the monkey next to the glass, with a rock in its hand,  examining the glass before hitting it multiple times with a rock before finally shattering it.

According to Metro UK,  a bystander by the name of Mr. Wang told reporters that the monkey was actually sharpening the stone prior to hitting the glass. If this is the case, the attempted escape idea becomes much more likely.

‘The monkey was sharpening the stone, then it started hitting it on the glass. The monkey scared itself away, but it came back to take another look and even touched it,” Mr. Wang said.

Zhengzhou Zoo staff member Tian Shuliao said that this monkey actually knows how to use tools.

“This monkey is unlike other monkeys. This one knows how to use tools to break walnuts. When we feed walnuts to other monkeys, they only know to bite it. But it had never hit the glass before though. This is the first time. It’s toughened glass, so it would never have got out,[…]After it happened, we picked up all the rocks and took away all its ‘weapons’,” Shuliao said.

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Monkey begins hitting the glass with a rock.

Glass is now smashed as a result of multiple hits with a rock.

Why it matters: If this monkey is indeed attempting to escape, perhaps it doesn’t want to be in captivity. There are certainly times when humans intervene in nature to help animals who are hurt or cannot survive in the wild. Providing them with humane and expansive natural, yet safe, environments to live in can be helpful. But how often is this really the case when so much of what we do to animals is abuse and murder?

Perhaps humanity is at a time where we must reflect on whether using animals or entertainment and profit is not in alignment with a heart centred humanity.

The conscious takeaway: When it comes to the CE Protocol, looking at step 4, Living Aligned, is key because it points to being connecting with our true authentic self, beyond programmings of societal norms, but instead focused and being from a space of the heart. In this space and state of being, we are living from our authentic self and make decisions from that state of being.

From that space, how do we feel about animal captivity and the way we treat animals? This isn’t a question of belief systems, rather it’s a matter of first getting connected with your true authentic self and asking yourself how you truly wish to act in relation to animals and nature. This is why our focus is on the protocol and using the 5 Days of You Challenge to learn connection. It’s through this practice that truths and decisions become self-evident, not based on what someone else tells you or what you have to believe.

You can learn more about the protocol here, it’s how we structure all of our CE news and video content on CETV.

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Julian Assange Has Been Subjected To Torture & Violations Of Due Process Rights – UN

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  • The Facts:

    A team on behalf of the UN has determined that Julian Assange has been subjected to psychological torture and has not received due process. Corporate media is ignoring the story completely.

  • Reflect On:

    Why are we not hearing the truth about one of humanity's most important and prolific whistleblowers? Is it because what he reveals hurts the global elite?

According to UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer, WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange has been subjected to “psychological torture” and his due process rights have been “systematically violated” by all the states involved in his incarceration. Melzer went to see Assange at Belmarsh prison in the UK on October 15th, 2019 with two medical experts, the trio determined that Assange had been exposed to a prolonged period of psychological torture.

Melzer presented his findings at the New York headquarters of the UN yesterday, and yet virtually no one in media showed as only a handful of reporters were there to hear the update about one of the most prolific whistleblowers in human history. Worthy to reflect on a possible media gag order that’s for sure.

“We came to the conclusion that he had been exposed to psychological torture for a prolonged period of time. That’s a medical assessment.” – Nils Melzer

Melzer has tried in the past to call attention to what’s happening to Assange. He wrote an opinion piece in June, yet it was also ignored or rejected by mainstream media outlets. As we often say here at CE, why is the public only ever informed on things that benefit the government or globalist agendas?

“We asked for all the involved states to investigate this case and to alleviate the pressure that has been done on him, and especially to respect his due process rights, which in my view have been systematically violated in all these jurisdictions.” – Nils Melzer

Assange has stayed in prison at Belmarsh passed his September 22, 2019 release date as a judge felt it was necessary to keep him until his February 2020 US extradition hearing takes place. If charged in the US, Assange faces 175 years in prison – for doing the right thing and exposing the crimes of the elite.

Why it matters: Assange has never broken any laws or done anything that caused harm to anyone. This hasn’t exactly been the mainstream narrative however, as the media and politicians have tried to oust Assange for his exposures of government, elite and globalists around the world.

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This is important because both media and politicians’ coverage of Assange’s story reveal the attempts to distract people from what information he has brought forth and what implications it has on society. Point blank, Assange’s WikiLeaks has revealed enough to the public about the wrongdoings of their government that there should be no faith in government, yet in a society that is largely shaped by public opinion, and when media controls public opinion, these secrets stay safe, even when they become public.

The conscious takeaway: Why are there truly such great efforts to silence someone who exposes the wrongdoings of the elite? Why should we not know about these things? This story links greatly to step 1 of the CE Protocol called Breaking The Illusion. We have to begin to realize that our world does not function the way media and politicians claim they do, and when whistleblowers like Assange come forward showing us that evidently, we must pay attention and not fall back into the manipulation of the media, calling Assange a terrorist or threat to national security. These are simply cover stories. You can learn more about the protocol here, it’s how we structure all of our CE news and video content on CETV.

Why should we wholeheartedly take part in a system and process where we are being manipulated to not see the truth? Do we truly want to stay unconscious in this way? Is it going to lead to a world where we can thrive? This all starts with breaking that illusion and realizing something has to change. From there, the rest of the protocol continues, but turning a blind eye to stories like this only furthers the suffering humanity is experiencing.

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Game Of Throne’s Sophie Turner Pokes Fun At ‘Influencers’ In Recent Instagram Story

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Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark in 'Game of Thrones' Credit: HBO & Sophie Turner's Instagram

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  • The Facts:

    Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones star, took to Instagram just last week to express her perspective on social media 'influencers' and the products they promote.

  • Reflect On:

    As we are virtually being sold something every time we look at our screens, it's important to note that even some of the people we follow on social media play their part in pushing not-so-amazing products to the masses.

Sophie Turner took to Instagram on Monday, October the 7th to poke fun at (and bring light to) social media influencer marketing. The ‘Game of Thrones‘ star went on her stories and shared a silly but message-driven video while wearing a typical ‘influencer look.’

“Hey you guys, just kind of going for my influencer look today,” Turner said in her Instagram video.

“Today I just wanted to promote this new powdered stuff that you put in your tea, and basically it makes you s**t your brains out,” she said.

“(It) is totally really really bad for me to be promoting to young women and young people everywhere but I don’t really give a f**k because I’m getting paid money for it,” she added with a fake laugh.

She ended the video by throwing up a peace with grey gloved fingers and stating, ‘Influencer life.’

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Why it matters: The more aware we are of the constant outpour and push of products that are not good for us, the more conscious we can be of said influencer tactics. The truth of the matter is, influencers and celebrities get paid lucratively for helping push (usually) toxic products to the masses. Whether it is the latest powder to get you to lose weight or make-up filled with harmful ingredients – we see it all and most of the time are sold on the idea that they (influencers & celebrities alike) actually use these products to attain their looks or physiques.

Conscious takeaway: It all comes down to being a grounded individual rooted in truth. When we see the latest and greatest craze going around, we should think to ourselves, ‘what is my reason behind wanting this product or lifestyle? Does it serve my highest good, or does it feed my ego?’

With more and more of our reality being curated by those of influence, it is crucial that we become more conscious of what we view, follow or believe, and more importantly why. ‘Keeping up with the Joneses’ has become ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians,’ and while we seek the unattainable we must tune in, within, to really understand what it is we are searching for. It is in our moments of deep reflection that we find what we have been looking for is there, within – genuine peace and gratitude for who we are, what we have and how we are naturally becoming all we have ever wished to be – without need for the external or material to create that peace.

That said, we can reflect on step 1 of the CE Protocol, Breaking The Illusion and also step 3 and 4, Deprogramming Limits and Living Aligned. These steps refer to getting clear on how our world truly functions, deprogramming the limits that we accept and believe about how we must act in our world, and then learning to align and tap into our true authentic self and live through this state of being. You can learn more about the protocol here, it’s how we structure all of our CE news and video content on CETV.

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