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.




Defective Takata Air Bags in New Vehicles

At least four auto Takata admits Airbags Defectivemakers have confirmed defective Takata air bags are installed in their new vehicles. Those bags will need to be replaced, according to a U.S. Senate panel that met this summer, as the government continues to tackle the largest automotive recall in U.S. history.

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Four automakers have confirmed the installation of rupture-prone Takata air bags that lack a drying agent: Toyota Motor Corp.; Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV; Volkswagen AG; Mitsubishi Motors Corp. According to a summer 2016 report from U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Democrats, those air bags are linked to most of the deaths and injuries from ruptures. The defective bags are allowed to be sold, but all must be recalled by the close of 2018.

Ammonium Nitrate Propellant

Ammonium nitrate is used as a propellant in the Takata air bag inflaters. It can destabilize from prolonged moisture and heat exposure, leading to explosions that can send shrapnel into people in vehicle cabins. The inflaters weaken and worsen with age, becoming more prone to explosion. The exploding air bag problem is linked to at least 11 deaths and more than 100 injuries world-wide.

70 Million Air Bags Recalled

Nearly 70 million air bags have been recalled in the U.S. after a recent recall expansion included air bag devices without a drying agent to prevent moisture buildup. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) coordinating the recalls is prioritizing warmer states where air bags have higher explosion risks. Regulators now monitor Takata and may order more recalls. Officials have said some air bags will need to be replaced more than once, as newer devices, which still have problems, replace older, explosion-prone air bags.

The Wall Street Journal reported this summer that federal car-safety regulators fined a Chevrolet dealership in Arizona $40,000 after a two-year investigation found it selling unrepaired recalled vehicles. That violated U.S. law, according to NHTSA website documents.

Additional 40 Million Recalled

Takata is set to recall up to 40 million more air-bag inflaters. That adds to the 28.8 million air bags already recalled.

The recall and actions continue an unprecedented U.S. government crackdown on the auto industry for safety lapses that have triggered congressional hearings, investigations, and monetary fines. In November 2015, Takata agreed to fines for failing to alert regulators to defective air bags in a timely manner as required by law. Takata faces more fines, depending on the outcome of a U.S. Justice Department investigation.

Sen. Bill Nelson (D., Fla.) a persistent critic of Takata and car-safety regulators’ handling of widespread recalls, released his report in June 2016. It found that Toyota still expects to produce some 175,000 vehicles with the defective air bags, from March 2016 to July 2017.

Models with Defective Air Bags

At least one current Fiat Chrysler model contains a front passenger-side air bag with an inflater that lacks a drying agent, the report found. The Toyota and Fiat Chrysler models weren’t specified.

The report cited several car models with defective air bags that lack a drying agent:

  • 2016 and 2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
  • 2016 Volkswagen CC
  • 2016 Audi TT
  • 2017 Audi R8

Volkswagen’s luxury unit, Audi, said through a spokesman that Volkswagen launched a recall in February 2016 and is following NHTSA guidelines to replace certain Takata air bags.

Fiat Chrysler
A Fiat Chrysler spokesman said the company isn’t putting parts under recall into any new vehicles. A Toyota spokesman said Toyota is phasing out Takata air bag inflaters that lack a drying agent in vehicles being built now.

A Mitsubishi spokesman said the company is working with another supplier to develop replacements for the air bag inflaters in the two models lawmakers mentioned, with a recall expected in early 2017 once parts are ready.

2.1 Million Exploding Bag Vehicles?

The report found more than 2.1 million replacement air bag inflaters with ammonium nitrate sans a drying agent installed in U.S. vehicles as of March 2016. Democratic lawmakers suggested sales of vehicles with those air bags be halted until they are repaired.

The report also faulted lagging repairs to vehicles with defective air bags and urged Takata, regulators, and auto makers, to increase supply of devices that don’t use ammonium nitrate. More than 70% of replacement air bag inflaters now come from auto parts’ makers besides Takata, said a U.S. official.

Faster Repairs Needed
An NHTSA spokesman called the air bag recalls “urgent” and agreed repairs should be done faster. The spokesman said, “While the agency recognizes (constraints) due to the size and complexity of the recall, NHTSA has called on auto makers to do more to find and fix vehicles more quickly.”

Defective Takata Air Bags in New Vehicles

Honda Motor Co. , Takata’s largest customer, initially said 17,000 new vehicles were equipped with air bag inflaters lacking a drying agent, according to the report. But in more recent discussions with lawmakers, Honda said no new vehicles would be equipped with such inflaters. A Honda spokesman said no Honda or Acura vehicles for sale in the U.S. now are being built with Takata air bag inflaters that lack a drying agent.



Ford $3.3 Million Air Bag Verdict

Ford Motor Company Ford Escape 2010was hit with a $3.3 million air bag verdict Sept. 2, 2016. A South Carolina federal jury ruled for the wife of a man badly hurt in a crash when an air bag malfunctioned and inflated too late. The jury found that Ford shared responsibility for the man’s suicide that followed the accident.

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2010 Ford Escape Air Bag Malfunction

Plaintiff Crystal Wickersham, widow of John Wickersham, sued Ford after her husband hit a tree while turning from one state highway onto another at a T intersection near Beaufort, S.C., in February 2011. The air bag failed to deploy when the crash began, said the petition. By the time it did deploy some milliseconds late, Mr. Wickersham was so close to the steering wheel that the bag’s force fractured his skull, upper jaw, cheek bones, a rib, and ruptured his left eye. Crystal Wickersham also said Mr. Wickersham’s 2010 Ford Escape’s seatbelt pretensioner was defective.

Plaintiff proves Breach of Warranty Claim

The jury voted Ford_logo2that Crystal Wickersham proved, “by a preponderance of the evidence, that the defendant made and breached any express warranty with respect to the 2010 Ford Escape, and that this breach of defendant’s express warranty was a proximate cause of plaintiff’s injuries.”

The jury awarded $4.65 million, but also found Wickersham 30 percent at fault, which resulted in a final amount of $3.26 million. The verdict form was signed Aug. 26, 2016 and filed Aug. 29.

The jury awarded $1.25 million for John Wickersham’s pain and suffering between the accident and his suicide; $650,000 for Crystal Wickersham’s loss of consortium before his death; $1.38 million for loss of consortium after death; $1.375 million for beneficiaries of John Wickersham;.

The jury awarded no punitive damages, ruling Ford did not act recklessly or maliciously.

Mr. Wickersham went over a curb in a rainstorm at 19 mph and hit a tree, according to court filings. Investigators found he was wearing his seatbelt and traveling under the speed limit.

Ford Verdict Response

A Ford spokeswoman said of the verdict: “Our sympathy continues to go out to the family of Mr. Wickersham. While this incident was certainly tragic, the scientific evidence demonstrated that the accident was caused by the driver’s own inattention, as well as not being properly seated and restrained at the time of the accident.”

Car Accident led to Suicide

Besides the multiple surgeries caused by the accident, Mr. Wickersham suffered lasting “extreme pain,” according to the judge, which was essentially untreatable. In addition, his pain medications triggered suicidal thoughts discovered in an April 2012 hospitalization. Mr. Wickersham lost his left eye in November 2011, a terrible blow, especially considering longtime vision problems plagued his right eye. The accident also caused the Wickershams severe financial hardship.

Mr. Wickersham’s jaw was wired shut for six weeks after the accident. He also required a tracheotomy to breathe, according to the plaintiffs.

Mr. Wickersham committed suicide in July 2012 by taking prescription painkillers.

Mr. Wickersham had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2003. According to orders filed by the judge, he had worked as a pharmacist and pharmacy consultant for decades, including stints at Roper Hospital in Savannah, Georgia, and Beaufort Memorial Hospital.

Crystal and John Wickersham had been married 30 years. The plaintiff’s filings said they had four children and two grandchildren. Crystal Wickersham works as a career nurse.

Ford Hit with $3.3M Air Bag Verdict

According to an attorney for the plaintiffs, the Restraint Control Module within the car was not programmed to deal with an event like Mr. Wickersham’s – a 19-mph crash into a pole at an angle – so it failed to  deploy for 120 extra milliseconds, though it never should have deployed at all.

The case is Wickersham v. Ford, case number 9:13-cv-01192, in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina.



Judge Johnson tosses Johnson Talc Cancer Lawsuits

A New Jersey Justice Peaking Blogjudge with a growing reputation for dismissing lawsuits against Big Pharma corporations dismissed two J&J talc cancer lawsuits Friday, September 2, 2016.

Atlantic County Judge Nelson C. Johnson dismissed lawsuits brought by two women who alleged Johnson & Johnson talcum products caused their ovarian cancer. Mr. Nelson decided (“ruled” in legal parlance) that the women’s experts failed to offer enough scientific proof to link talc with ovarian cancer.

Judge Johnson nixes Jury Trials
Judges in three previous talc cancer trials let juries hear, weigh, and decide the evidence. Mr. Nelson, by contrast, seems to prefer not letting cases get to juries. He has become somewhat famous (or infamous, depending on your point of view or Big Pharma stock portfolio) for not letting juries hear and weigh evidence. The judge also singlehandedly wiped out several hundred Accutane cases with a similar ruling.

In several Accutane trials, as in several talc trials, juries heard hard evidence from both sides, weighed it for weeks, then ruled that people were hurt by a company’s actions (Hoffman-LaRoche in Accutane) and awarded them compensation. Despite those previous successful outcomes for Accutane plaintiffs, Mr. Nelson also completely overrode the country’s jury system in that litigation. He decided the science did not support plaintiffs’ arguments, then simply dismissed several hundred cases filed in his court.

Judge Nelson C. Johnson, in granting Johnson & Johnson summary judgment to dismiss,  ruled that Brandi Carl and Diana Balderrama’s experts were qualified, but then he characterized their arguments with tortured nouns such as “narrowness and shallowness.” The judge also argued – parroting J&J’s own lawyers’ arguments which no jury in Johnson’s court would be allowed to hear and weigh – that the women’s witnesses could not explain how talc found in ovaries can cause ovarian cancer.

Judge Johnson tosses Johnson Talc Cancer Lawsuits

Judge Johnson said, Johnson“Though both plaintiffs’ experts are eminently qualified, their areas of scientific inquiry, reasoning, and methodology are slanted away from objective science and towards advocacy. It is the court’s conclusion that the opinions expressed by plaintiffs’ experts fail to demonstrate ‘that the data or information used were soundly and reliably generated and are of a type reasonably relied upon by comparable experts.’ ”

The nuances of many different studies (paid for by Johnson & Johnson in the case of talc) always put all of them to question. The way the studies were designed, how participants were chosen, excluded, eliminated early or later dropped, and a whole laundry list of other factors always beg for interpretation at the end of the day. That’s the whole point of a jury trial in such cases, to let a jury hear all sides of how these studies were conducted by companies with vested interests in the outcomes.

There was a time in the country when a jury was allowed to hear, think, weigh and decide such issues. This ruling represents a disdain for the jury system and the intelligence of all Americans. Judge Johnson simply echoed the arguments of Johnson & Johnson lawyers, as he had done for Hoffman-LaRoche in Accutane.

Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuits

Attorney David Matthews, whose law firm is handling J&J Talc Cancer Lawsuits, said Judge Johnson’s ruling will affect the more than 200 talc cancer lawsuits consolidated before him in New Jersey’s state courts; however, Johnson’s ruling should not impact the more than 1,000 suits filed in Missouri state court in St. Louis.



Roundup taints Nature Valley Bars – Glyphosate Lawsuit

Three nonprofit organizationsmonsanto-logo1 filed a lawsuit August 25, 2016 against General Mills Foods in Washington, D.C., charging that Nature Valley granola bars are tainted with Roundup and glyphosate. Monsanto’s top-selling poison Roundup features the probable carcinogen glyphosate as its main ingredient.

Glyphosate Probably Carcinogenic

The World Health Organization recently declared glyphosate in Roundup a “probable human carcinogen.”  Glyphosate has been linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and leukemia. Monsanto faces Roundup Cancer Lawsuits as a result.

Related story: Monsanto must face Roundup Cancer Lawsuit.


Nature Valley claims its bars are made with “100% natural whole grain oats.” However, tests performed by plaintiffs revealed the bars include glyphosate (at no extra charge). Organic Consumers Association, Moms Across America and Beyond Pesticides filed the lawsuit as a result, charging that General Mills failed to reveal the glyphosate contamination.

Monsanto sued for False Advertising

In a related matter, Monsanto has also been sued for false advertising. The biotech bully from Missouri claims glyphosate targets an enzyme found only in plants and not in people or animals; but irrefutable evidence – for anyone taking five minutes to study the subject – shows that this is a blatantly false claim.

Glyphosate is the world’s most widely produced insecticide, or, as Monsanto would have, “herbicide.” Glyphosate is used not for health benefits, but to increase crop yields, says the lawsuit.

The suit alleges General Mills has violated the District of Columbia Consumer Protection Procedures Act. The three groups said that General Mills made the (allegedly) false statements with the intention of customers relying on them.

100% Natural Meaningless Term?

“As a mother, when I read ‘100% Natural’ I would expect that to mean no synthetic or toxic chemicals at all,” said Zen Honeycutt, Moms Across America executive director. “Glyphosate is a toxic chemical that the EPA recognizes as a ‘reproductive effector’ which ‘can cause liver and kidney damage’ and ‘digestive effects.’ It is unacceptable that Nature Valley granola bars contain any amount of this chemical.”

The suit seeks a declaration that the conduct of General Mills is a violation of D.C. law, as well as an injunction and corrective advertising, along with attorney fees and other costs.

General Mills Responds

“We stand behind our products and the accuracy of our labels,” General Mills spokesmodel Mike Siemienas told Law360 August 25.

General Mills Products laced with Glyphosate?

The lawsuit names several General Mills breakfast and snack foods contaminated with glyphosate. These include different flavors of crunchy granola bars; trail mix chewy granola bars; sweet and salty nut granola bars; breakfast biscuits; biscuits; oatmeal squares, bars and bistro cups.

The three groups say General Mills failed to disclose the glyphosate in company products. An independent laboratory – using liquid chromatography mass spectrometry – found glyphosate to be 0.45 parts per million, said the lawsuit. The groups opine that the glyphosate contamination likely comes from the granola bars’ oat products.

People seek “Natural” Foods

The lawsuit says that more than half of 1,005 people in a recent Consumer Reports National Research Center study said they seek out foods labeled “natural.”

General Mills’ False Labeling

The three non profits say the label in this case contains several false claims: “natural,” “made with 100% natural whole grain oats,” and “healthy.”

The groups said: “Because of the adverse health effects of glyphosate, which are becoming more widely known, the products are not ‘healthy.’”

Besides being a probable human carcinogen, glyphosate could also affect the human immune system, say’s the groups’ petition. Glyphosate disrupts the shikimate pathway, which exist in so-called “gut bacteria.” It can also cause liver and kidney damage, says the groups.

The three non profit groups are represented by Kim E. Richman of the Richman Law Group, Tracy D. Rezvani of Rezvani Volin P.C., and Beth E. Terrell and Erika L. Nusser of Terrell Marshall Law Group PLLC.

The case is Organic Consumers Association et al v. General Mills, Inc., case number 2016 CA 006309 B in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia civil division.



Merck Shingles Study fails to show Vaccine worth risks

Merck Pharmaceuticals indexZostavax shingles vaccine was approved by the FDA based on just two studies, at least one of which fails to show the vaccine is safe or effective at preventing shingles.

Merck’s ZEST study was based on 19,000 people each in a vaccine arm and a placebo arm.  The author of the study used it to claim that the shingles vaccine worked 51% of the time, which, if you’re keeping score at home, means it failed 49% of the time. In addition to its questionable efficacy compared with the placebo group, another problem, says Dr. John Bergman, who examined all the data, is that we have no idea what was in the placebo.

The CDC Web site gives this data for Herpes Zoster and Shingles:

•  approx. 1 million people develop herpes zoster
•  200,000 develop postherpetic neuralgia (redness, swelling, etc.)
•  less than 10% under 60 develop postherpetic neuralgia
•  disease incident 20-30% over 60
•  vaccine “works” about 55% of the time
•  99% of shingles patients have only 1 eipisode

Dr. Bergman Recaps this mystery data. Of some 300,000,000 Americans:

•  1,000,000 will get herpes zoster (1 in 300)
•  200,000 (20%) will get postherpetic neuralgia
•  100,000 may be helped by the shot – .003% (emphasis ours)
•  of those, 99% will have 1 occurrence
•  $150-$300 per shot

We do know what causes shingles flareup

And who are those 200,000 who might get shingles? The CDC claims we don’t know what causes the herpes zoster to reactivate in anyone who may have had chickenpox. This is simply not true. We know exactly what causes the virus that causes shingles to reactivate.

What activates the virus that causes shingles?

This is the real question. We know the virus that causes shingles is activated mainly in people over 60. Many that age have immune suppressed systems, for reasons discussed below.

We also know that many therapies are deliberately designed to suppress the immune system. Many people over 60 are taking those therapies which suppress the immune system: cortizone (steroids), medications for organ or bone marrow transplants, Crohn’s disease, splenectomy, radiation, chemotherapy, lupus. Others over 60 may have natural immunosuppression from malnutrition, many types of cancer, leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, chronic infections. The CDC also tries to blame “aging”  in a large blanket fashion, but Dr. Bergman takes exception with that broad use of language.

Antacids and Shingles

The human stomach produces less acid as a person ages. Many people 60 and over take antacids. The problem with antacids, according to Dr. Bergman, is that anyone taking antacids is  preempting the body’s own need to produce the proper stomach acids that turn food into energy, build muscle, fire the body’s entire natural system. Good body health starts in the stomach with digestion. So aging itself doesn’t cause immunosupression; it’s the medications people take that can preempt and derail life’s natural digestive processes.


Dr. Bergman points out that 19,000 people were in each group of the ZEST study, but we don’t know what ingredients were in the placebo. We have no idea what the 19,000 in the placebo group were given.  Merck arranged the studies. It may have done 15 of them and presented just this one. (One should read Dr. Ben Goldacre’s book Bad Science, which explains how drug companies cherrypick studies they pay for in order to get their drugs and vaccines approved.) Merck’s comparing Zostavax with a placebo is therefore entirely unscientific.

Shingles Vaccine Deaths vs. Placebo Deaths

Merck said 14 Zostovaxdeaths occurred 0-42 days postvaccination with Zostavax, while 16 deaths occurred in the placebo group. Why did all these people die within a month and a half of beginning the study?  It is very curious to lose all these people so quickly. One can’t help wondering again what was in that placebo that may have killed all those people so quickly.

Shingles Vaccine Ingredients

We know the shingles vaccine is full of toxic ingredients. We can read them on the labeling. One of those ingredients is well known to be harmful – monosodium glutamate, better known as MSG.

MSG attaches to brain matter. It negatively affects brain function. How is that good for seniors, or anyone else for that matter?  The shingles vaccine also contains residual DNA strands, bovine serum, some form of pig something, and several more questionable edibles.

Must be stored at 5 degrees fahrenheit

The shingles vaccine must be stored just above zero degrees, at 5 degrees farenheit. How often is that most difficult protocol observed, especially in the heat of summer with cross country shipping and a dozen other handling vicissitudes? The shingles vaccine’s toxicity is what causes it to need storing at the specific 5 degrees fahrenheit. But then it has to be defrosted before being administered. It can’t be held at that temp of 5 for more than 30 minutes. That represents a very small window doctors, nurses, Walgreen’s, CVS Pharmacy and other handlers must carefully observe in order to administer the toxic shingles vaccine.

Natural protection vs. Artificial Immunity

There is some good news for those wishing to avoid shingles without chancing the jab that may help some .003% of people injected.  Those who live in a household with kids, for example, are better protected by natural immunity and have lower rates of shingles than those who live in childless households.

How to Avoid Shingles

A 2006 study showed fresh fruit associated with a 300% reduced risk of developing shingles.
People who consume less than one serving of fruit a day had a risk three times (3X) as great as those who consume at least three servings a day. For those 60 and older, vitamins and vegetable intake had a similar association. (Thomas SL, Wheeler JG, Hall AG, 2006 – Micronutrient intake and the risk of herpes zoster, a case-control study.)

Merck Shingles Study fails to show Vaccine worth risks

So does one have a better chance of avoiding shingles (with a vaccine that we know  can give one shingles – it’s in the warnings) by following the research of the author of Merck’s ZEST study, who says he got a 51% success rate (and so a 49% failure rate) with a vaccine that has to be kept at 5 degrees farenheit to work; or is one better off taking some fresh fruit and vegetables every day?

Fruit, Vegetables decrease Shingles Risk

Fruit, vegetables, supplements decrease the risk of shingles. They build the immune system. Immune suppressant drugs tear down the immune system. Also, eating lots of animal products, which can be loaded with steroids, can also lead to suppressed immune system.

Vaccine Theory and Practice

Vaccine shots are touted to build antibodies. Every vaccine builds antibodies (which, by the way, is how “experts” determine that a vaccine “works” – when they see the presence of antibodies); but too many antibodies can damage the immune system. A body loaded with excessive antibodies attacks itself.

Vaccinations and Molecular Mimmicry

Molecular Mimmicry:

•  is an important factor in autoimmune disease
•  was first published in 1985 and since then much more substantial evidence has come to light
•  causes many autoimmune diseases including: diabetes, lupus, scleroderma, rheumatoid   arthritis, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, autism.

Even though the data regarding the evidence between vaccination and auto immune disease is conflicting, some autoimmune phenomena are clearly related to vaccination. (J. Autoimmun 2000. Feb. 14 (1) 1-10.)

Steps to Avoid Shingles

According to Dr. Bergman, there are some proper steps to take if one wishes to avoid shingles. They include:

  • proper nerve supply – get checked for subluxation
  • regular exercise
  • proper nutrition
  • sufficient rest
  • prayer and meditation





America’s Hottest – Most Stolen – Autos

Ever since we stopped Honda Accord 1996hanging thieves for stealing our rides, ride theft has exploded in the country. While horse and cattle thieves were routinely hanged (ala Lonesome Dove), car and truck thieves enjoy relatively light sentences.  Anyone who has ever had their car stolen might think thieves deserve frontier justice; but unfortunately car thief victims don’t make the laws.

Regardless of your law enforcement leanings, if you’re the sort of person who likes to find your car where you parked it, you might care to check out the latest statistics regarding the most stolen autos.

How does your ride stack up against others in regard to attractiveness for thieves?

National Crime Information Center Data

The list shows thieves chose Hondas #1 and #2. The Japanese cars are followed by American-made pickup trucks. Ford pickups finished in third place, while Chevys came in fourth.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau ranked the 10 most stolen vehicles in the country with data from the NCIC.

America’s Hottest – Most Stolen – Autos

Top Ten Most Stolen Autos – 2015

(total thefts tallied):

1. Honda Accord (52,244)

2. Honda Civic (49,430)

3. Ford pickup (full size) (29,396)

4. Chevrolet pickup (full size) (27,771)

5. Toyota Camry (15,466)

6. Ram pickup (full size) (11,212)

7. Toyota Corolla (10,547)

8. Nissan Altima (10,374)

9. Dodge Caravan (9,798)

10. Chevrolet Impala (9,225)

Model Year 2015 – Most Stolen Autos

1. Nissan Altima (1,104)

2. Chrysler 200 (1,069)

3. Toyota Camry (923)

4. Toyota Corolla (776)

5. GMC Sierra (670)

6. Dodge Charger (666)

7. Hyundai Sonata (632)

8. Chevrolet Malibu (629)

9. Chevrolet Impala (594)

10. Chevrolet Cruze (586)

Foolproof Theft Protection?

NICB President and CEO Joe Wehrle said that the number of late-model autos stolen despite their anti-theft protection goes to show the technology isn’t foolproof. Criminals continually work to beat the latest anti-theft devices while auto makers continue to work on improving security.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau offers advice to prevent car theft:

  • Lock your car and take the keys. (Hello!)
  • Carry a visible or audible warning device to help spot your car.
  • Install an immobilizing device, such as a kill switch, fuel cut-off, smart keys. A car that won’t start is harder to steal. (Though thieves do tow steal.)
  • Track your car. A tracking device can send signals to police or monitoring stations.

Frontier Justice for Ride Thieves?

Of course these solutions all take money and time, the same thing thieves are stealing when they proffer your ride. We feel that maybe hanging wasn’t such a bad idea. Say what you will about ‘cruel and unusual punishment,’ hanging car thieves would at least prevent repeat offenders. It might also prevent a lot of first-time car hackers or jackers.  Just sayin.’


Top Ten Stolen Vehicles for June – Houston

Auto thieves in Texas and the city of Houston, meanwhile, show a decided preference for pickup trucks, which comprise the top three spots in the city’s hottest auto list for June 2016.

The Houston Police Department reported July 13, 2016 the following rundown of the “Top Ten” makes of vehicles reported as stolen to HPD during the month of June 2016. The total number stolen for the month was 759.

1. Chevrolet Trucks – 229

2. Ford Trucks – 83

3. Dodge Trucks – 80

4. Chevrolet Cars – 53

5. Toyota Cars – 49

6. Honda Cars – 41

7. GMC Trucks – 33

8. Ford Cars – 30

9. Nissan Cars – 27

10. Dodge Cars – 24




Takata Air Bag blinds Man

A Florida man isAir Bag Recall suing Takata and Honda after he lost an eye in a low speed collision due to a faulty air bag. Traveling just 15 mph in a 2001 Honda Civic, Corey Burdick collided with another car. He likely would have escaped the minor incident uninjured; however, his Honda’s Takata air bag exploded in his face. Shrapnel from the explosion shot into his right eye.

Mr. Burdick now appears in a consumer group’s warning video, saying, “I lost my eye because of a defective airbag. Take your car in today, so this doesn’t happen to you.” has told Honda and Acura owners not to drive their autos until they replace the faulty air bags. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also advised owners of 2001-03 Hondas and Acuras to have air bags replaced immediately. NHTSA says air bag inflators in those autos have a 50 percent chance of exploding in an accident.

Biggest Auto Recall in History

Replacing air bags, however, isn’t easy. Many owners who visit dealers for replacement are finding the necessary parts are out of stock. Takata and other auto industry companies are wrestling with their biggest auto recall in US history. CNN has reported that Takata may not have enough replacements until 2019.

13 Deaths, 100 Injuries

Waiting for proper parts, however, is not an option for many car owners. At least 13 people have been killed and more than 100 injuries have been blamed on the faulty air bags.

Mr. Burdick’s case is one of at least three possible Takata air bag malfunctions that have caused serious injury or death in Florida. NHTSA has said the air bag problem appears more likely to be triggered in states with higher temperatures and higher humidity; igniters exposed to hotter temperatures can tend to degrade more quickly.

Air Bag Defects in 7.8 Million Autos

The NHTSA says that air bags in about 7.8 million vehicles could have similar defects. Owners of cars covered by the recall should replace their air bags immediately, the agency said in a statement. Recalls began in 2008, according to Honda, and have been expanded since.

NHTSA Deputy Administrator David Friedman said in a statement: “Responding to these recalls, whether old or new, is essential to personal safety and it will help aid our ongoing investigation into Takata air bags.”

The air bag recall includes cars made by BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, and Toyota, and model years from 2000 to 2011, says the NHTSA.

Honda sent Recall Notice to Car Owner

A Honda spokesman said Honda sent a recall notice to the Civic’s registered owner, before the crash. A Honda spokesman said: “Honda is always concerned when one of its customers is injured and Honda is actively working with Mr. Burdick and his counsel in an effort to resolve his claim.”

Igniter Problem in Air Bag

The air bag explosions are most likely caused by an igniter in the air bag, says Sean Kane, founder and president of Safety Research & Strategies, a consulting company based in Massachusetts.

Mr. Kane said that when a vehicle’s sensors detect a crash, sodium azide (a chemical compound) is heated up until it decomposes, producing enough nitrogen gas to fill the air bag. But if an igniter is over-pressurized or improperly welded, it can explode and send metal fragments through the air bag and toward the driver and/or passengers.




Fiat Chrysler Lawsuit for Star Trek Actor’s Death

Fiat Chrysler 2015-jeep-grand cherokee-Automobiles NV has been sued for wrongful death by the parents of 27-year-old Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin. Mr. Yelchin was killed in June 2016 by his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The vehicle rolled and crushed him in his driveway.

It is important to note that the recalled gear shifter may have been involved in the actor’s untimely death. Only God knows what the facts are at this point. The lawsuit will help sort through all the facts and find out what actually killed the young actor.


Bad Interface Design

Automotive experts at this juncture appear to believe that the gear shifter on the Jeep Grand Cherokee is a bad interface design. The problem, says, is that the gear shifter’s “Monostable” design fails to provide meaningful feedback about what gear the vehicle is in, because it returns to the center position with each shift. To completely confirm the transmission is in drive or park or reverse, one must look at the LEDs on the shifter (often covered by one’s hand) or the digital display. Thousands of people have been confused by the gear shifter, leading to more than a hundred injuries, and perhaps a death – in the case of Mr. Yelchin.

Grand Cherokee Design Defect

Fiat Chrysler was aware of the defective design of the gear selector on Mr. Yelchin’s Grand Cherokee. That selector allows the driver to exit with the engine still running. The petition filed August 2, 2016 in Los Angeles state court says the problem is that the driver can mistakenly believe the transmission is in park mode.

Mr. Yelchin played Ensign Pavel Chekov in the recent “Star Trek” movies “Star Trek Into Darkness” (2013) and “Star Trek Beyond” (2016). His Grand Cherokee rolled down his driveway at his Studio City, California home, pinning him against a fence.

Grand Cherokee Recall: One Million Vehicles

Fiat Chrysler recalled more than 1.1 million Grand Cherokees and big cars in April 2016. Drivers sometimes exited the vehicles without putting them in park. The company said then that it was aware of 41 injuries that could be related to the gear shift.

Fiat Chrysler said in a statement prior to the Los Angeles lawsuit filing: “FCA US LLC extends its sympathies to the Yelchin family for their tragic loss. (The) company has not been served with a lawsuit and cannot comment further at this time.”

Fiat Chrysler Lawsuit for Star Trek Actor’s Death

The case is Yelchin v. FCA US LLC, BC629096, Los Angeles County Superior Court.



Monsanto Cheerleader Hillary Clinton

Presidential candidate HillaryYesToGMOS-2016campaign-300x298Hillary Clinton’s ties with Monsanto run so deep that she is being called “The Bride of Frankenfood.”

Democrats who blindly support whatever candidate the DNC preordains may want to take heed. Hillary Clinton has a very troubling history of working for and supporting Monsanto and its ongoing poisoning of the food supply with the probable carcinogen, glyphosate, which has been found to raise the risk of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, multiple myeloma, leukemia, and a host of other diseases and health problems.

The Washington Times writes: “Hillary Rodham Clinton’s ties to agribusiness giant Monsanto, and her advocacy for the industry’s genetically modified crops, have environmentalists in Iowa calling her ‘Bride of Frankenfood. [Iowa people aren’t stupid. There’s a reason Bernie Sanders tied her in the Iowa primary, and the DNC needed six coin flips – all to land in Mrs. Clinton’s favor – to “prove” that she “won” the Iowa primary.] A large faction of women voiced strong support for Mrs. Clinton’s candidacy until the GMO issue came up, prompting them to switch allegiances to Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont, a liberal stalwart challenging her for the Democratic nomination.”

Hillary hires Monsanto Lobbyist

Hillary Clinton has hired a Monsanto lobbyist to run her Presidential campaign. She appointed long-time Monsanto lobbyist Jerry Crawford as adviser to her “Ready for Hillary” super PAC. Crawford has spent years helping Monsanto fight small farmers in court and protect Monsanto’s seed monopoly.

True Activist reported that Crawford is an “equal opportunity payola operative” who hands out political bribes to members of both parties. wrote: “Crawford has mostly worked with Democratic politicians in the past, but has also put his support behind Republican candidates. (Anyone) willing to support Monsanto’s goals would receive support from Crawford.”

Vote for Hillary = Vote for Monsanto

Hillary Clinton pushes toxic chemicals, pesticides and herbicides that contaminate the food supply, promote human diseases like Alzheimer’s and even threaten destruction of the entire planet’s food supply, the earth itself.

The Washington Times writes: “In the GMO debate, Mrs. Clinton has consistently sided with the chemical companies. (A) new scientific study bolstered environmentalists’ concerns by finding the herbicide Roundup could be linked to a range of health problems and diseases, including Parkinson’s, infertility and cancers. The study published last month in the scientific journal Entropy also reported evidence that residue of glyphosate, a chief ingredient in the weed killer, has been found in food.”

Hillary boosts Monsanto Profits

GMO food keeps Monsanto and the other unnecessary and injurious biotech firms in the black. Many of them, meanwhile, give Hillary Clinton large donations, and she in turn keeps on pushing the Monsanto agenda.

Hillary Clinton relays Monsanto’s talking points as speaker for the Biotechnology Industry. She shows her loyal to the biotech bullies whenever she can, trotting out their junk science and demonizing the clean-food opposition just as Monsanto and other ag businesses do.

Monsanto Cheerleader Hillary Clinton

In 2014, Hillary Clinton spoke at the Biotechnology Industry Organization. Communicating partly in political code lest someone suspect where her real sympathies lie, she said:

“I stand in favor of using seeds and products that have a proven track record… [There is no proven track record, but why bother with the facts when you are speaking to your paymasters?] And to continue to try to make the case for those who are skeptical that they may not know what they’re eating already. The question of genetically modified food or hybrids has gone on for many many years. And there is again a big gap between what the facts are and what perceptions are…”

In this speech, Ms. Clinton essentially tells her biotech base that all anti-GMO citizens are anti-science fools who don’t know “the facts.” Monsanto’s “facts,” of course, not any real facts backed by real science not paid for by Monsanto or its minions. Monsanto has, to the detriment of all but their own bottom line, financed a deep network of financial influence to sway scientists, universities and mainstream media. Organic and small farmers don’t have the financial clout to compete with Monsanto in the public information arena. Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, concludes with the non sequitur that since we ignorant, unscientific masses don’t know we’ve already been eating GMOs, it’s perfectly safe to continue.

Democrats, Republicans, Knee-Jerk Voters

Most people will vote how they will in their knee jerk ways for a Democrat or a Republican, but isn’t it time that people at least know what their candidate stands for, who is paying her, and why?

Trump Monsanto Investments

Meanwhile, Republican frontrunner screamer Donald Trump is invested in Monsanto. Where do we go from here, when “our” candidates are both heavily interested in the success of the world’s most evil corporation?