We live in a world where we are told that only those in authority or those with expertise can provide answers to the questions that puzzle us. This is not always the case. If you believe that you cannot think for yourself then you are already lost. This site is an evolving endeavor to shed light on a variety of issues that result in questions for which the answers remain yet unknown or not yet revealed. Still other questions have answers, though they remain illusive. But every question has an answer. And as the answers to questions posed on this site emerge they will be provided.
Knowledge is a tool. The real question is, are we willing to use the tools at our disposal? Always think for yourself. Read the rest of this entry »
It was reported a few months ago in this column that something called Fluoridegate is on the horizon. The issue was and is the consumption of fluoride in drinking water and other sources and the deleterious health effects that result from it. The column also stated that the handwriting is on the wall for the days of water fluoridation. The dawning of that day has begun.
The emergence of Fluoridegate has been signaled by two federal lawsuits, one filed in California on Aug. 9 and another filed in Maryland on Aug. 30.
Though more than half a century in the making, the floodgates are opening and you should expect that many, many others will follow.
The first lawsuit was filed Aug. 9 against the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California in the U.S. District Court of Southern California on behalf of millions of its water system customers in Los Angeles, San Diego and Ventura counties.
This suit essentially uses the admission by the federal Food and Drug Administration that fluoride added to water is an unapproved drug (for more on that reference and others pertaining to the many issues with fluoride see the previous Fluoridegate columns available at The Citizen.com).
The second suit was filed Aug. 30 in the U.S. District Court in Maryland against Nestle, manufacturer of eight-ounce Deer Park and Poland Spring bottled water with added fluoride, and Gerber, manufacturer of baby food and baby formula containing fluoride. The specifics of this suit deals with dental fluorosis (the permanent staining and disfigurements of teeth that is currently present in a significant percentage of American children).
Also of note was the resolution adopted in September by the League of Latin American Citizens opposing water fluoridation. A number of black leaders, such as Andrew Young, are also beginning to sound off on the issue of fluorosis.
And in November, the County Commission in Pinellas County, Fla., voted to remove fluoride from the drinking water consumed by its 700,000 citizens.
It is worth mentioning that manufacturers, too, are reacting to the approaching fluoride tsunami that involves the young. Gerber now offers fluoride-free bottled water for making baby formula and several major toothpaste companies recently began marketing fluoride-free toothpaste for toddlers that is safe to swallow.
Litigation involving fluoride poisoning with the aging and the infirm, such as dialysis patients and those with thyroid conditions, will follow.
On the local level, I have a friend in Peachtree City, Georgia, who was concerned about the link to the fluoride in her municipal drinking water and her significant problems with her thyroid, for which she was on medication. She installed a reverse osmosis system in her home and stopped taking her thyroid meds. Now more than a year later, her thyroid tests just fine without medication. The only thing she did was to stop drinking our fluoridated water. You figure it out.
Also locally, I’ve been happily surprised to come across so many of you, old and young, who were already aware of this toxic waste by-product of the phosphate fertilizer that is shipped here and added to the drinking water in Fayette and Coweta counties.
Among the many that are already educated on this issue are Fayette County Commissioner Allen McCarty and Coweta County Commissioner Bob Blackburn. Both these men, as do many of you, have increasing questions about our mandated use of fluoride in drinking water by the Georgia General Assembly.
As for the lawsuits that will cascade, it is unfortunate that citizens have to rely on attorneys to stand up for their protection, something that in this case, and many others, the federal and state governments (including Georgia) are woefully unwilling to do.
Fluoride compounds are in more drinks, food and medications than you would likely imagine. Parents and grandparents, if you are interested check the partial list of these at Parents of Fluoride-poisoned Children (http://poisonfluoride.com/pfpc/).
It is the ongoing work of people like public health professional Daniel Stockin at the Lillie Center in Ellijay and endless others that will not end until water fluoridation has ended and the healing has begun.
At its root Fluoridegate involves the complicity of the federal government and its agencies in promoting the use of fluoride so that specific industries might benefit at the cost of their employees and consumers. Fluoride’s real and suspected links to various types of cancers and kidney, thyroid, brain and skeletal problems has long been noted. Those portions of the Fluoridegate tale will unfold along the way. Fluoridegate is not conspiracy, it’s just business.
A portion of this unfolding can be seen in another way. The term Fluoridegate was introduced in this column in early 2011. At that time a Google search turned up one hit – the one in that column. Today, the same search shows several thousand hits.
There is something else related to, but not limited to, the dangers of some of the endless fluoride compounds we eat, drink, breathe and bathe in. It is us and the way we think about the toxins in our lives.
When it comes to organic toxins like viruses and bacteria, we see citizens, the media and the government come out with guns blazing, demanding and receiving action.
But when it comes to toxins that are inorganic, everybody is silent and nobody cares, except the affected citizens for whom there is no place to turn for help, unless they hire a lawyer. We are told not to care about inorganics and we dutifully follow our orders, believing exactly what we are told to believe, and without question.
That’s because inorganic toxins, with a few exceptions like mercury and lead (for which the “science” that said these inorganic chemicals were fine was eventually defeated) and radiation, are used heavily in some manufacturing processes and are, not surprisingly, overlooked.
We have to look no further than nature for many organic toxins but to look at inorganic toxins we have to look at ourselves, our employers, our investment portfolios and especially our federal government, whose conscience long ago was “seared as with a hot iron.”
As for fluoride, its days as an additive in drinking water are numbered. Remember where you heard it.
“The illiterates of the 21st century will not be those who can’t read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” –Alvin Toffler
As Americans, we have been taught from birth to love and respect our country. This is good. In America, many people have long-believed that the federal government was one their side. That view has eroded somewhat in previous decades and even more lately. What continues to amaze me is that so many citizens, while appropriately castigating a President and Congress, don’t seem to think the federal government itself (and in particular the agencies that formulate, implement and enforce policy after Congress passes laws and the President signs them) plays any role in their discontent.
Also in America, as elsewhere, we tend to put out of our minds the things we believe we cannot change, the things over which we believe or are told we have no control. And like obedient little children we dutifully shrug our shoulders and go on to the next order of business as we live out our days. If all you know and believe about matters directly affecting your life and that of your family is contained in what the government agencies, corporate spokespersons, politicians, establishment academics and the mass media tell you, then you know precious little.
An issue facing us all is the longtime problem with the two sides of the coin called healthcare. On one side is the provision of healthcare bolstered by doctors, hospitals, insurance plans (public or private), pharma/chemical companies and medical device manufacturers. On the other side there is a question that few ask: while proficient at treating (not curing) disease, why are we seeing a rise in so many diseases and medical conditions that now contribute to, for example, more than 25 percent of the children in this country being prescribed medications on a regular basis (Wall Street Journal 12/28/10)?
There are many reasons why a number of diseases and conditions continue to increase and many of them deal with the more than 80,000 industrial chemicals we drink, eat, breathe and absorb into our bodies every day (Presidents Cancer Panel report – April 2010). We wouldn’t need as much healthcare if we could keep the poisons out of our bodies.
For example, let’s pick an obvious and wide-ranging set of diseases: cancer. Beyond the complicity of the chemical/pharmaceutical industry and its Congressional and federal regulatory minions, I believe the reality is that cancer is too big to fail.
Yet we’ve raised money for years for the American Cancer Society, for example, to help fund “research” for the “war against cancer” through local Relay for Life efforts; all for an organization that uses less than 10 percent (that’s right) of the money it raises for cancer research (Dr. Devra Davis, 2007, xv).
And in April 2010 when the President’s Cancer Panel essentially blasted the chemical industry for its links to numerous cancers via many of its industrial chemicals that we’re exposed to, guess who came out bad-mouthing the 150-page, heavily documented study. That’s right, the American Cancer Society that uses less than 10 percent of its money for cancer research (Dr. Devra Davis, 2007, xv).
Yet there is one chemical element that is exceedingly toxic that also ends up in hundreds of other compounds. That element is fluorine, and it has a special significance. And while it has been the darling of industry since the 1940s and is a killer whose nature has been denied by industry and government for six decades, it is also added to your drinking water. The reason is no mystery. This is the foundation of Fluoridegate. Read the rest of this entry »
(Note: this column was first published in 2009)
Those of you familiar with this column are no stranger to what I believe is the sometimes criminal misuse and abuse of the Constitution and its rights by Congress and the President (the Ruling Elite) in administrations than span decades.
Continuing on that seemingly unalterable path and now early in 2010, it is apparent that candidate Obama’s multiple lofty claims while running for President, that “transparency” would be the order of the day for “We the People” during the healthcare overhaul, was nothing but a lie. Even C-Span had to call him, and Congress, on it. But then again, maybe his handlers can convince him and the Dems to play straight with the American people, at least on this issue.
As President, Obama, like Bush and many others, has joined the elite fraternity of chief executives who can’t seem to keep various promises. But why should they? And why should Congress?
They are our Ruling Elite because “We the People” allow them to assume that posture generation after generation. They continue to violate the Constitution with impunity while the people grumble but do nothing. When it comes to standing up for our rights, many Americans act like wimpy adults who more closely resemble whiny little children. Read the rest of this entry »
(Note: this article pertaining to the H1N1 influenza was first published in 2009)
The preparations for flu season are here. Some local schools, with parental sign-offs, are set to begin administering FluMist. The first shipments of vaccine for the “novel H1N1 flu” are coming in for higher risk people, with more on the way for much of the remainder of the population.
All of this has been covered by every news organization in the U.S., including this newspaper. Yet in the minds of many there is more to the story.
So you won’t be confused, the “novel H1N1 flu” is not swine flu. It is a combination of swine, avian and human influenza. Read the rest of this entry »
“Where is America headed?” and “Who is in control our destiny?” As before in our history, these questions are being asked by some today. Everybody’s got an opinion. Here’s mine in abbreviated form.
Societies change over time, so what’s the big deal about America and any changes it may be experiencing today? Following the culturally-accepted mantra of political polarization, for liberals much of the changes are good, for conservatives much is bad. Many on the right cry, “Socialism/communism is at our door.” Many on the left say, “What’s wrong with government taking responsibility and control?”
America has been changing since the Revolution. Then as now, partisan political turf wars, and sometimes actual wars, have been fueled and guided by the “interests” Lincoln called the “money power” and Franklin Roosevelt called “the financial element in the larger centers (that) has owned this government since the days of Andrew Jackson.” Read the rest of this entry »
Comments pertaining to litigation on two separate issues directly affecting the physical health of countless Americans were reported earlier in 2008. One may lead to a more definitive explanation to looming questions over the large-scale exposure to toxic chemicals contained in biosolids. Millions of tons of biosolids, sewerage sludge, are used across America each year in lieu of fertilizer. The other issue may be the next step in providing a definitive explanation for the exposure to millions of children to the toxic chemical contained in childhood vaccines prior to 2002. Read the rest of this entry »
“How fortunate for leaders that men do not think.”
This fine piece of political wisdom is most often attributed to Adolph Hitler, who was heavily influenced by the works of Helena Blavatsky and thrust into power by the Aryan worldview-inspired Thule Society’s Dietrich Ekhardt. As he became chief overseer of the post-Weimar Republic that was crushed by reparations after the debacle at Versailles, Hitler made a name for himself on the world stage on the coattails of a hyper-inflating economy where it required millions of German marks to buy a pound of potatoes. Read the rest of this entry »
Putting 20,000 troops on American soil in late 2008 for purposes of domestic (emergency) response would have been extraordinary to the point of unbelievable prior to 9/11. Those were the words of homeland defense assistant defense secretary Paul McHale in November 2008. But that is exactly what is happening by September 2011; and 4,700 of that number are already on the ground at Ft. Stewart near Savannah. The reason: the threat of in-country terrorist attacks. The problem: federal law established in 1878 essentially prohibits such action for your protection against a government gone wild. Read the rest of this entry »
A minimum of hundreds of residents in Fayette and Fulton counties in southwest metro Atlanta in 2006 were exposed to a chemical mix called MOCAP wash water, a concoction that contains the organophosphate pesticide ethoprop and the chemical odorant Propyl mercaptan. By government accounts, the “onion odor” chemical emissions originated at the Philips Services Corp.(PSC) waste treatment plant on Ga. Highway 92 just outside Fairburn. The actions by the state and federal governments in response to this chemical poisoning were a slap in the face of citizens who are born and bred to believe their government would actually try to protect them from harm. Nothing could be further from the truth. Read the rest of this entry »
This column is intended mainly for the “Christian nation.” Some who do not subscribe to the Christian belief system and worldview, and some who do, may find what follows a waste of their time.
What is the measure of a man? Is it his willingness to give, unasked? Is it his faith in something greater than himself? Is it the care and protection of those he calls family and those who are less fortunate? It is all these things and more. What is the result when he strays from those things that define him?
What is the measure of a nation of people? Is it their willingness to stand as a witness and an adversary against tyranny and oppression? Is it the recognition that there is a calling of conscience that is intended to perpetuate justice and equality? Is it the care and protection of its citizens? It is all these things and more. And what is the result when a nation strays from those defining characteristics? Read the rest of this entry »