Talc Powder causes Cancer, says Jury

Talc powder JJ-TALCcauses cancer, said a jury in St. Louis on October 27, 2016. The jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a California woman more than $70 million, after ruling that Johnson’s baby powder caused her ovarian cancer. It was the fourth time a jury has agreed with the plaintiff’s argument that talc used for feminine hygiene can cause ovarian cancer, and also agreed that it caused the cancer of the woman who brought a lawsuit.

Johnson accused of Negligent Conduct

This trial that began Sept. 26 was brought by Deborah Giannecchini of Modesto, California. Ms. Giannecchini was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012. Her lawsuit accused Johnson & Johnson of “negligent conduct” in making and marketing its baby powder.

Johnson loses all four Talc-Cancer Jury Verdicts

“Four juries have now ruled that Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder can cause cancer,” said attorney David Matthews, whose firm handles J&J talc cancer lawsuits. “How many more huge verdicts will it take before the company fairly settles these cases?”

Related: Cancer Risks hidden, Jury told

J&J says Talc Powder Safe

In a statement provided to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, J&J spokeswoman Carol Goodrich said the company sympathizes with women and families impacted by ovarian cancer, but added, “We will appeal today’s verdict because we are guided by the science, which supports the safety of Johnson’s Baby Powder.”

Two earlier talc cancer trials in St. Louis rendered a combined $127 million in verdicts against J&J. In New Jersey, however, two recent talc-cancer lawsuits were unilaterally dismissed by a judge who didn’t want a jury to hear the case. Judge Johnson (with a name to add irony to insult) ruled that no reliable evidence exists to link talc to ovarian cancer. This potentially deadly form of cancer accounts for some 22,000 of the 1.7 million new cancer cases expected to be diagnosed in the U.S. this year, according to the Post Dispatch.

2,000 Talc Cancer Lawsuits

Some 2,000 women have filed similar talc-cancer lawsuits. Matthews & Associates and other law firms are reviewing thousands of other potential cases.

Company-sponsored research has found no link or only a weak link among women who use talcum powder for feminine hygiene and then develop ovarian cancer. Some health groups have declared talc harmless.

Plaintiffs’ attorneys, however, have shown juries research evidence which began linking talcum powder to ovarian cancer back in the 1970s. Case studies have indicated that women who regularly use talc for feminine hygiene can face up to a 40 percent increased risk of developing ovarian cancer.

Plaintiffs have also accused Johnson & Johnson of targeting overweight, Black and Hispanic women for talc sales – women who are already at highest risk for ovarian cancer.  Plaintiffs have presented trial evidence showing this to be the case.

Ovarian Cancer Risk Factors
Factors known to increase a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer include age, obesity, estrogen therapy, not bearing children, genetic mutations, and a personal or family history of cancer; though recent research has shown that cancer is not usually linked to genetic dispositions.

Possibly Carcinogenic – IARC

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies feminine hygiene use of talc as “possibly carcinogenic.” The National Toxicology Program, made up of segments of several different government agencies, has not fully reviewed talc, according to the Post Dispatch.

Talc Overview
Talc is a mineral mined from deposits around the world. The soft mineral is crushed into white powder and used in cosmetics and other personal care products to absorb moisture. J&J began using it circa 1894, when it launched its J&J Baby Powder. Talc is also used in many other products, which include paints and plastics.

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Volkswagen Settlement Approved – $15 Billion

A federal VWjudge Oct. 25, 2016 ruled that a $15 billion payment from Volkswagen will settle the company’s U.S. emissions scandal. The legal action helped put into motion an enormous vehicle buyback program. It also green-lighted ongoing environmental remediation requirements faced by the German automaker.

Fair, Reasonable, Adequate

Judge Charles Breyer of the U.S. District Court in San Francisco approved the settlement agreement between VW car owners, the U.S. government, California regulators, and Volkswagen. The judge penned the ruling a week after indicating he was likely to approve the settlement. He called the agreement “fair, reasonable and adequate.”

VW rigged software on 11 million autos

About one year ago, Volkswagen admitted to rigging software on 11 million VW vehicles worldwide in order to dodge emissions standards.

Volkswagen still faces criminal investigations by the U.S. Justice Department as well as German prosecutors. The U.S. investigation could lead to more monetary penalties and criminal indictments.

Settlement affects 475,000 VW Owners

The settlement agreement allows some 475,000 Volkswagen owners in the U.S. to choose between taking a buyback or accepting a free fix and financial compensation, if a repair should become available.

Buyback estimates range from $12,475 to $44,176, and include restitution payments. VW owners who opt for an EPA-approved fix will receive payouts from $5,100 and $9,852, depending on their cars’ book values.

$4.7 Billion for Environmental Fines

As part of the settlement, the German automaker will also pay $2.7 billion for environmental mitigation, in addition to $2 billion for clean-emissions infrastructure.

Volkswagen has also agreed to a $1.2 billion settlement with dealers it tricked with the emissions doctoring.

VW Diesel Owners also Affected
VW is also negotiating a separate settlement with some 80,000 owners of 3-liter diesel autos also doctored with bogus software.

More than 336,000 of the eligible VW owners have already registered to accept the settlement. They could still back out, however, if VW can’t find a fix for the doctored software. The company has yet to receive approval from the U.S. EPA. If it fails to get approval, everyone will be offered the buyback option.

Fewer than 1% of eligible VW owners opted out of the deal before its September 2016 deadline. Those who failed to respond to the offer are automatically considered to have accepted it.

Volkswagen Settlement Approved – $15 Billion

Some two dozen VW owners objected to the deal during an Oct. 18, 2016 hearing. Most objections concerned the payout amount, though some criticized VW’s duplicitous “clean diesel” advertising while the company was purposefully polluting.

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Cell Phones banned on Airplanes

Some cell phones samsung-galaxy-note-7have been banned on airplanes. U.S. officials said last week that Samsung Galaxy Note 7 cell phones will now be banned from all airline flights. Airlines had previously mandated that those who owned the Samsung Note 7 phones turn them off before boarding and keep them off. However, after at least one Note 7  burned a plane, the ban is now total.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Oct. 14 that any passenger who tries to carry a Note 7 onto a flight could have it confiscated. The person could also face fines or prosecution by placing the phone in checked luggage, which would defy an emergency order.

Cell Phones banned on Airplanes

Samsung’s Note 7 phones join a list of items banned on flights, ranging from the nonsensical, such as water (Water? WE are water.) to the ‘sensical’: fireworks and lighter fluid. Nobody knows how many flammable Note 7’s remain in circulation.

Airlines were informed of the total ban during a conference call with safety officials and the TSA. Just days earlier, aviation authorities said passengers could still carry the dangerous phones in hand baggage if they powered them down.

The FAA said the move to a complete ban followed the Consumer Product Safety Commission recall two weeks prior of the phone’s fire-prone batteries.

Airlines said Oct. 14 that they would amend the ban announcements to passengers before and after boarding. Carriers also cover the ban on their web sites.

Honor System

Officials said airport X-ray machines can’t identify individual phones. They also said staff wouldn’t be checking what kind of devices passengers had on board. Staff would rely in part on the ban being self-enforced.

Flight Attendants Welcome Ban

Sara Nelson, international president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, said in a press release: “This is a serious concern for flight attendants and we are pleased to see the Transportation Department and the Federal Aviation Administration taking action on the issue.”

Fire hazards associated with the Note 7 led Samsung to halt production and sales of the hazardous model.

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Flu Vaccine Deaths Mount

Many people have flu vax scamdied of the flu after receiving the flu vaccine. It also appears that, contrary to CDC claims, rather than making flu symptoms less severe when the vaccination causes the flu, the shot may well make them more severe, and more lethal. So not only can the flu shot directly cause the flu, as Dr. Oz and Piers Morgan demonstrated on national television to millions of people, it can also make the flu more lethal. Is this a wise vaccine? It should also help people question the safety of the heavily advertised shingles vaccine.

Flu Shot Deaths
Deaths linked with the flu shot are far more common than most people realize. Recent flu shot victims added to the growing death list include 5-year-old Kiera Driscoll of Nevada, 26-year-old Katherine McQuestion of Wisconsin, 37-year-old Kristie Green of Kansas, 14-year-old Amber Grey, 3-year-old Ayzlee McCarthy of Iowa, 37-year-old Chad Rattray of Washington. In the U.S., more people have died from the flu after the flu shot than from Ebola. Is this a “good” vaccine?

Guillain-Barre Syndrome

Hundreds of people have been paralyzed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) after receiving the flu vaccine.   A 20-year-old nurse’s aid, Susan Behie of Pennsylvania, was awarded $11.6 million in the arcane federal vaccine court in 2014 after being paralyzed by the flu vaccine.

Related: 9-year-old paralyzed, blinded after flu shot

Flu Shot Leads Vaccine Adverse Events Reports
The flu shot is responsible for more reports of adverse vaccine events, and more deaths, reported to the VAERS database, than any other vaccine. The Vaccine Adverse Events Reports database is chock full of people who have been killed or  injured by the flu vaccine. And though the government pays less than 28% of claimants in its secretive “vaccine court,” it pays more flu claims than any other vaccine injury claims. And all this – death, paralysis, multi-million-dollar payouts – for a vaccine that never works as well as advertised, a vaccine with a risk-benefit analysis that has never been properly made by anyone (which Dr. Geier points out in the video below), except for some junk science cobbled together by the multi-billion dollar vaccine industry aided and abetted by the CDC.

Cochrane Collaboration Review disses Flu Vaccine

The Cochrane Collaboration’s Review of Influenza Vaccine Efficacy & Safety Studies has this to say about the CDC’s claims regarding the flu vaccine:

“The CDC authors clearly do not weight interpretation by quality of the evidence, but quote anything that supports their theory.”

The Cochrane Collaboration’s flu vaccine research is vital for anyone wanting an unbiased, well-researched opinion of the flu vaccine. After it studied flu vaccine efficacy and safety research dating back to the 1960s, Cochrane Collaboration researchers found vaccine makers hit their mark a tiny 10% of the time. So 2016’s flu vaccine failure, far from being a one-off exception, is just business as usual for the ineffective flu vaccine. Cochran found that flu vaccines made in the last 50 years have been ineffective 90% of the time. Is that a good vaccine?

Flu Vaccine Deaths

It is ridiculous to spend billions of dollars on a vaccine that might, at best, save about 50 lives a year, when there are many far more serious problems causing many more deaths. Judging from the VAERS reports, which the CDC and everyone else knows represent only 1-10% of actual adverse events, the flu vaccine itself could easily be killing at least 50 people a year all by itself.  Is this a “good” vaccine?

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Samsung Phone Burns Airplane

On Oct. 4, 2016,samsung-galaxy-note-7 Southwest Airlines flight 994 from Louisville to Baltimore was evacuated at its gate after a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 “smart” phone began smoking. (Not as smart as advertised, apparently.) All passengers and crew left the plane by the main cabin door, reported a Southwest Airlines spokesperson. No one was injured.

Most disturbing, the smoking phone was a replacement Galaxy Note 7 deemed safe by Samsung. The Verge spoke (by phone) with Brian Green, owner of the smoking Note 7, after the incident. Mr. Green said that he had picked up the new phone at an AT&T store September 21, 2016. A picture of the box shows the black square symbol that indicates a replacement Note 7, which Mr. Green said had a green battery icon.

Powered Down Phone Smokes

Mr. Green said that he had powered down the phone as requested by the flight crew, and as required by the FAA. He put it inside his pocket, and then it began smoking. He said he then dropped it on the plane’s floor and saw “thick grey-green angry smoke” pouring out of the phone. When Mr. Green’s colleague later returned to the plane for belongings, he said the phone had burned through the carpet and scorched the plane’s subfloor.

Mr. Green said the phone was charged at roughly 80% battery capacity when it began smoking. He also said he used only a wireless charger on it.

Great News?

Running the phone’s IMEI through Samsung’s recall eligibility checker returns a “Great News!” message which says Mr. Green’s Galaxy Note 7 is not affected by the recall. (Can you say, “Oops!”)

The Verge contacted Samsung last week about its replacement phones catching fire. The Verge said Samsung issued a statement that is questionable at best, given Verge’s findings.  Samsung stated:

“Until we are able to retrieve the device, we cannot confirm that this incident involves the new Note 7. We are working with the authorities and Southwest now to recover the device and confirm the cause. Once we have examined the device we will have more information to share.”

Mr. Green’s Samsung Note 7 is now held by the Louisville Fire Department’s arson unit for investigation. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is also opening an investigation into the incident.

FAA Bans Phones’ Use on Flights
The FAA meanwhile has announced that no Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones may be turned on or charged on commercial airline flights. Given this latest news, it seems the FAA has not gone far enough. If this story is true, FAA needs to ban the phone on all flights.

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Gas Explosion kills Four South Dakotans

A gas explosionPine Ridge Explosion killed four people and injured several others in South Dakota Oct.7, 2016. Two children and two adults were killed on an Oglala Sioux reservation in Pine Ridge last Thursday after an explosion decimated a duplex. ATF investigators called the explosion an accident. They announced that a propane gas leak appeared to have caused it.

The Rapid City Journal interviewed a neighbor of the deceased and injured, Estelline Black Feather, 66. Ms. Black Feather said she was napping on her couch Thursday when her house shook and woke her up around 3 p.m. She said a massive explosion rocked her house in the East Ridge neighborhood about a half mile from the center of Pine Ridge.

The sound was so loud she thought her own propane tank had exploded. She ran outside and saw a duplex across the street blown apart. She said she saw people running and noted, “There was a real bad smell, like sulfur.”

Gas Explosion kills Four South Dakotans
The Journal reported that several neighborhood and tribal government sources identified an elderly couple who died as Owen Eagle Elk and Oletha Mousseaux. A tribal council member also told the Journal that two young females had also been killed.

Authorities with the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services and the Oglala Sioux Tribal police declined to talk or were unavailable to comment on the identities of the deceased and injured or the status of the investigation.

A day after the blast, the home appeared as though a tornado had hit it directly. A pile of debris was all that remained.

Oglala Sioux Lakota Housing owns the destroyed duplex and many other homes in the East Ridge neighborhood. The tribal government branch manages and maintains more than 1,200 rent-reduced residences on the reservation.

Gas Leak Caused?
In a phone interview with the Rapid City Journal Friday, the native group’s chief executive officer Paul Iron Cloud said OSLH maintenance crews received a phone call from someone within the duplex complaining about a gas smell about 20 minutes before the explosion. The Journal said Iron Cloud would not comment further on housing maintenance crews’ actions taken after the call.

Many OSLH homes in East Ridge feature propane tanks similar to the one that reportedly leaked and triggered the explosion.  Richard Greenwald, who represents the Pine Ridge district on the tribal council, said, “I think the housing is going to take the steps to make sure all the furnaces and water heaters are running properly.”

The explosion had rumbled for three to five seconds in Carol Bad Bear’s estimation, shaking her home to its foundation. She followed Two Bulls and other men who ran up a hill to the decimated home.

Wading into the wreckage, Two Bulls and others lifted the collapsed roof to look for survivors. Instead they found four bodies: two teenage girls and an elderly couple.

“It was a bad sight to see,” said a visibly shaken neighbor, who declined to give his name. Wiping his eyes in the crook of his elbow, he added, “I couldn’t sleep last night. I keep thinking about it.”

All that remained of the duplex next day was splintered wood and twisted metal. One Oglala Sioux Tribal Police officer guarded the disaster while investigating agents with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives packed up and drove away. The ATF agents refused tot comment, revealing only that their agency routinely investigates such accidents on Native American reservations.

Beside the deaths of Owen Eagle Elk, Oletha Mousseaux and two younger girls, at least five other people were injured, according to Richard Greenwald, a tribal council member representing Pine Ridge Village. Three of those injured were flown to hospitals outside Pine Ridge. One man was taken to Rapid City, one young female to Sioux Falls, another young female to Scottsbluff, Neb.

Two others were being treated at the Pine Ridge Hospital, Mr. Greenwald told the Journal in a phone interview Thursday.

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Roundup Cancer Suits Centralized

Roundup cancer suits filed Roundupnationwide were centralized in one California court Oct. 4, 2016.  The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation in California’s Northern District will now handle some 37 Roundup cancer lawsuits filed against Monsanto so far.

Lawsuits say Monsanto Failed to Warn

Roundup maker Monsanto faces claims in 21 districts to date. The cases all charge that Roundup, a widely used poison that contains glyphosate as its most active and notorious ingredient, can cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The lawsuits allege Monsanto failed to warn people and regulators about Roundup’s risks. Law 360 and other outlets report those cases have all survived the motion to dismiss phase.

Since late July 2016, the plaintiffs have been urging the JPML to centralize the Roundup lawsuits in California, Illinois, Hawaii or Louisiana. The panel obliged October 4 by centralizing in California’s Northern District. That court was already the site of Roundup lawsuits filed by Edward Hardeman on Feb. 1, 2016, and Elaine Stevick on April 29, 2016.

The Hardeman and Stevick lawsuits are two of the earliest-filed against Monsanto. Both suits are far along, said the JPML on Oct. 4.  In granting MDL status at the site, the court said the Northern District is convenient and accessible for all parties. Furthermore, the panel said that transfer there will give U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria (“a skilled jurist,” according to the panel), his first chance to preside over an MDL (Law 360).

Monsanto fought Centralization

Monsanto had fought the MDL court centralization. The pesticide giant from Missouri, recently acquired by war-criminal Bayer (if corporations are people, as Scalia and other justices ruled, why aren’t they prosecuted as such?), had argued that individualized facts of each Roundup user’s case – such as the nature of exposure, the formulation of Roundup to which each was exposed, and the specific type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma each developed – should override common factual issues in these cases.

The JPML acknowledged some individual factual issues, but said they failed to overcome the efficiency gained by centralization.

The JPML wrote: “Regardless of the particular formulation of Roundup at issue (all of which employ glyphosate as the active ingredient), or the nature of plaintiff’s exposure to glyphosate, all the actions entail an overarching query — whether glyphosate causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in persons exposed to it while using Roundup.

The panel added: “In any event, almost all personal injury litigation involves plaintiff-specific questions of causation and damages. Those differences are not an impediment to centralization when common questions of fact are multiple and complex, as they are here.”

Monsanto loses Judgment

Monsanto tried to have Mr. Hardeman’s lawsuit dismissed, but Judge Chhabria refused in April 2016. Mr. Hardeman claims his cancer comes from longtime use of Roundup. The judge flatly rejected Monsanto’s argument that Mr. Hardeman’s claim was preempted by the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.

Mr. Hardeman’s lawsuit filing appears to be the first of its kind. It beat by one day a similar lawsuit filed by Christine and Kenneth Sheppard in Hawaii federal court Feb. 2, 2016.

The Speppard’s case also prevaild over a Monsanto motion to dismiss on June 30, 2016. An Hawaii federal judge ruled then that the couple could proceed on their claims that Christina Sheppard’s non-Hodgkin lymphoma developed after years of agricultural exposure to Roundup. The judge likewise denied Monsanto’s argument that the claims were preempted by FIFRA.

Roundup Cancer Suits Centralized in California

The case is In Re: Roundup Products Liability Litigation, MDL number 2741, in the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.

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CDC Vaccine Researcher Fugitive

A former CDCCDC Fiction researcher who worked to suppress the link between vaccines and autism is still a fugitive from justice. He is accused of using CDC grant money to buy himself a house and cars.

Paul Thorsen is listed as a most-wanted fugitive by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. The former CDC researcher was indicted in April 2011 on 13 counts of wire fraud and nine counts of money laundering. Those questioning vaccine safety and efficacy have argued that Mr. Thorsen’s behavior should call into question the validity of his vaccine safety study conclusions. On the contrary, none of his studies have been retracted despite the credibility problems raised by his fugitive status.

CDC Fugitive escaped to Denmark

The HHS Inspector General said, “From approximately February 2004 until February 2010, Poul Thorsen executed a scheme to steal grant money awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”

Mr. Thorsen worked for CDC as a visiting scientist before the agency awarded grants to fund “research involving the relationship between autism and the exposure to vaccines” as well as other disabilities. Mr. Thorsen stands accused of stealing more than $1 million of CDC grant money.

HHS Inspector General added, “Thorsen submitted fraudulent invoices on CDC letterhead to medical facilities assisting in the research for reimbursement of work allegedly covered by the grants.”

Mr. Thorsen co-authored vaccine-autism studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine and Pediatrics. He always concluded that no evidence links thimerosal in vaccines with autism, and that no link exists between Merck’s MMR vaccine and autism.

Revolving CDC Door for Julie Gerberding
Investigative reporter fraud-for-merckSheryl Atkisson notes that Mr. Thorsen reached his conclusions with CDC during the rancid reign of CDC director Dr. Julie Gerberding, who left her CDC post after the safety studies to take a position with Merck, also maker of the ill-fated Gardasil vaccine and the so-called shingles vaccine. After overseeing the CDC’s greenlighting of Merck’s injurious MMR vaccine, Dr. Gerberding then became president of Merck vaccines, which claims a tidy $5 billion of the global vaccine market.

Vaccine-Autism Studies show Link
Other peer-reviewed, published studies – not funded by Merck – have found links between vaccines and autism. The U.S. government secretly conceded a case of autism after its leading medical expert concluded the child’s multiple vaccinations caused brain injuries that resulted in her autism. The government has paid out more than $3 billion to vaccine-injured children and their parents, but you won’t find that figure anywhere in mainstream media reports.

Ms. Attkisson points out that, “Pharmaceutical-vaccine propagandists promulgate the incorrect notion that all associations between vaccines and autism are a ‘myth’ or ‘disproven.’ They routinely falsely claim that researchers and journalists who investigate vaccine adverse events are ‘anti-vaccine.’” The MSM and other Big Pharma shills and trolls try to tar anyone who points out obvious vaccine problems as an “anti vaxxer.”

FDA admits Vaccine-Autism Link

Autism is now listed as a post marketing reported adverse event on the FDA-approved label for DTaP Tripedia vaccine. This shot is on the CDC’s recommended vaccine schedule for children, which means that its maker has a free liability pass for any injuries it causes.

Thorsen’s Studies Still Relied On
The CDC as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics, which shamelessly receives heavy funding from vaccine makers, both rely on the fugitive Mr. Thorsen’s studies and others by the Institute of Medicine and CDC-affiliated scientists who usually find no link between vaccines and autism.

The IG’s ‘most wanted fugitive’ website states: “Thorsen is currently in Denmark and is awaiting extradition to the United States.”

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Monsanto can’t dismiss Roundup Cancer Lawsuit

Monsanto can’t monsanto-logo1dismiss a Roundup Cancer Lawsuit, a Delaware state court judge ruled last week. Lawyers for the chemical poisoning giant from Missouri had filed a summary judgment hoping to have a lawsuit dismissed.

The ruling came September 15, 2016, the same day Monsanto announced it was being bought by Bayer.

Glyphosate Probably Carcinogenic

In October 2015, three people filed a lawsuit in the Delaware court. The suit alleged their cancers were caused by repeated Roundup exposure at work or in their homes in Oregon, Washington, Michigan and New York. Their petition referenced a 2015 International Agency for Research on Cancer evaluation report that Roundup’s main active ingredient, glyphosate, was “probably carcinogenic.”

All three plaintiffs in the lawsuit said they were unaware of Roundup’s potential toxic hazards before the March 2015 IARC report’s release. All three sued Monsanto in Delaware – where the company is chartered – for negligence and strict liability for design defects and failure to warn. The lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages.

Monsanto can’t dismiss Roundup Cancer Lawsuit

Monsanto also objected to trying the case in Delaware, but Superior Court Judge Vivian L. Medinilla denied Monsanto’s objections. She also rejected Monsanto’s including a broad forum non conveniens claim, which disputed the court’s suitability for fairly managing varying state laws and multiple alleged injury sites.

Bayer-Monsanto Gay Marriage

Judge Medinilla’s opinion was announced the same day Monsanto said it had agreed to be acquired by Bayer AG. The $66 billion, $128-per-share deal works like a gay marriage for two of the world’s pesticide kings. Both poison the world’s food supply – Bayer with its own neonicotinoids and Monsanto with its carcinogenic glyphosate – as their handiwork continues to kill off the world’s indispensable pollinators, the honeybees, and rain down on the world, contaminating even organic California wine.

Judge Medinilla noted the burden was on Monsanto to prove it would suffer overwhelming hardship if its case were heard in Delaware court, which has a long record of hearing cases under laws of other states and nations.

Judge Medinilla acknowledged the complex nature of this case, but said Monsanto “overstates the burden of obtaining evidence necessary to prepare a defense” in Delaware.  Judge Medinilla also acknowledged that cases less extreme and obvious may warrant dismissal based on forum non conveniens, but said, “[T]his simply is not one of them.”

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

The three people who filed the Delaware suit all said their non-Hodgkin lymphoma or chronic lymphocytic leukemia resulted from Roundup exposure through their employment as migrant workers. In addition to workaday exposure, they also lived in migrant worker housing while employed by a horticultural products company; so they sometimes received round-the-clock Roundup exposure.

Permanent Injuries

All three suffered severe and permanent physical and emotional injuries, says their lawsuit, as a direct result of Monsanto Roundup’s inadequate labeling and warnings.

Monsanto argued in its dismissal motion that the claims clashed with federal herbicide labeling regulations. Monsanto lawyers argued the case should be dismissed due to varying state liability rules and possible statute of limitations issues. Monsanto also alleged in its dismissal motion that gyphosate “is not toxic to humans.”

Monsanto also argued that the IARC – which cited a carcinogenic risk in 2015 – has no regulatory authority. Monsanto tried to discredit the IARC by arguing that it has also branded as “probable” or “known” carcinogens some items in foods ranging from bacon, hot dogs and red meat to alcoholic beverages, salted fish, shift work, frying food and dry cleaning.

EPA Disappears Glyphosate Posting

Some Congressional representatives have recently criticized the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for posting, then taking down, a report suggesting glyphosate does not cause cancer. That report was a snow job put forth by Monsanto minions in the EPA, for anyone who cares to look closely at it.

Environmentalists have also criticized the EPA for relying too heavily on industry reports – many sponsored by Monsanto and other Ag-business giants with vested interests in their outcomes – in its assessment, and for disputing the IARC finding.

The case is Joselin Barrera et al., v. Monsanto Co., case number N15C-10-118, in the Superior Court of the State of Delaware, in and for New Castle County.

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Sugar Industry Colludes with Researchers

DIABETESAs health care costs soar in the country, we can partly thank the sugar industry for helping make so many of us fat, diabetic, heart troubled. Turns out the sugar industry colludes with researchers in ways that likely affect most of us. We are easily the fattest country in the world. We lead the league in all fat-related health problems, including diabetes and heart disease. That raises health care costs for us all, even those who eat well and don’t want diabetes or bad teeth from too much sugar intake. Sugar industry collusion with researchers also gives us less room to sit in those awful little coach seats commercial airlines shoehorn us into. Thanks, Coca-Cola. Thanks, sugar industry.

Coca-Cola hides Sugar’s Heart Trouble Affects

The New York Times reported this week that the sugar industry paid scientists to hide the link between sugar and cardiovascular disease. In the 1960s, the paid researchers played down the dangers of sugar while simultaneously promoting the idea that saturated fat was the culprit that made people fat and harmed their hearts. They did it all under the guide of “science,” helping fatten and heart attack millions of Americans.

Sugar Industry dictated dietary recommendations
A researcher at UC-San Francisco recently discovered the sugar industry documents and published them September 13, 2016 in JAMA Internal Medicine. The documents, the Times noted, suggest that five decades of research into the role of nutrition and heart disease may have been largely shaped by the sugar industry.

Stanton Glantz, a professor of medicine at U.C.S.F. and an author of the JAMA Internal Medicine paper, said, “They were able to derail the discussion about sugar for decades.”

Secret Sugar Industry Documents
The documents show that a trade group called the Sugar Research Foundation – now known as the Sugar Association – paid three Harvard scientists the rough sum of $50,000 in today’s dollars to publish a 1967 review of research regarding sugar, fat and heart disease. The sugar group handpicked the studies used in the review. The sugar propaganda piece was published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine. It minimized the sugar-heart health link while pointing the finger at saturated fat.

Collusion Continues Today
The Times reported, “Even though the influence-peddling revealed in the documents dates back nearly 50 years, more recent reports show that the food industry has continued to influence nutrition science.”

Coca-Cola Propaganda
The Times revealed last year that sugar king Coca-Cola paid millions to fund ostensibly legitimate researchers who then minimized the link between sugar and obesity. In June 2016, The Associated Press reported candy makers were funding studies that claimed candy-eating kids tend to weigh less than those not stuffing themselves with sugar. (You can’t make this stuff up.)

One of the Harvard scientists who was paid by the sugar execs to fudge the story (pun intended) was D. Mark Hegsted. He went on to become the head of nutrition at the United States Department of Agriculture (Of course he was! The revolving door between government and industry wasn’t invented yesterday). In 977 he helped draft the forerunner to the federal government’s dietary guidelines. (So if you’re diabetic or fat, you may owe something of your condition to Hegsted and the U.S. government.) Another fudgey researcher was Dr. Fredrick J. Stare, chairman of Harvard’s nutrition department. (One more good reason why Harvard is the most richly endowed university in the country.)

Barn Door Open, Horse Out
The New England Journal of Medicine did not begin to require financial disclosures until 1984.

The industry “should have exercised greater transparency in all of its research activities,” the Sugar Association statement said in a statement, even as it defended industry-funded research and claimed that several decades of research had concluded that sugar “does not have a unique role in heart disease.”  (Spoiler alert. Everyone knows that it does, if not directly then certainly indirectly by producing dangerously obese citizens.)

The revelations matter because the debate about sugar harms and saturated fat continues today, Dr. Glantz said. For many decades, health officials encouraged Americans to reduce their fat intake, which led many to consume low-fat, high-sugar foods that many people not living on the moon now know fuel the obesity crisis.

“It was a very smart thing the sugar industry did, because review papers, especially if you get them published in a very prominent journal, tend to shape the overall scientific discussion,” Dr. Glanz said, apparently admiring the Corleone edict that any action is ok so long as it’s all about business.

Dr. Hegsted used his research to influence the government’s dietary recommendations, which emphasized saturated fat as a heart disease precursor while largely claiming sugar was only empty calories linked to tooth decay. Saturated fat warnings today remain cardinal to the government’s dietary guidelines, though in recent years the American Heart Association, the World Health Organization and other health authorities have also begun to warn that too much added sugar may increase cardiovascular disease risk.

Marion Nestle (massive irony alert), a professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University, wrote an editorial accompanying the new paper in which she said the documents provided “compelling evidence” that the sugar industry had initiated research “expressly to exonerate sugar as a major risk factor for coronary heart disease.”

“I think it’s appalling,” she said. “You just never see examples that are this blatant.”

Appalling, yes, but it’s just business as usual for Coca-Cola and the rest of the sugar pushers who don’t care whether we live or die, so long as we do it with some sodas and candy in our guts and refrigerators.

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