Houston Pedestrian Accident Deaths Increase in 2016

Houston is a crosswalk dangerous city to walk, and it grows more dangerous by the day. More pedestrians were killed by  Houston drivers in 2016 than in any previous year. In Houston, even the police chief hits walkers with his car.

Related: Houston Pedestrian Accident Attorney

71 Houston Pedestrians Killed

As of October 31, 2016, at least 71 pedestrians were killed, and the year isn’t yet complete. Local police say they are investigating the rising death toll for walkers, but that itself may be problematic. Houston police chief Charles McClelland was suspended in 2013 by Mayor Annise Parker after video showed him running over pedestrian James Harris. Mr. McClelland was driving a city-owned Jeep Cherokee at the intersection of Travis and Clay when a walking man got in his way.

Distracted Driving

Mr. Harris was six steps into the crosswalk when the chief smashed into him. He was lucky to survive. Houston police, meanwhile, have determined that many of the walker deaths in the city occurred when pedestrians did not use crosswalks while attempting to cross local streets or roads. The police chief’s own walker smash up, however, undercuts that conclusion. Many experienced walkers have learned to fear crossing at a crosswalk for good reason, including (no doubt, now) the hapless Mr. Harris. Other studies have shown crosswalks can be more dangerous places for pedestrians to cross a street than jaywalking places.

Not using the crosswalks is clearly not the only reason for the dramatic increase in pedestrian deaths in Houston. Houston’s urban planners guess that the mortality increase for walkers is due to more and more people walking. Many people do walk to improve their health, which in Houston clearly may not be a “healthy” choice.

Distracted Walking

The solution may lie in narrowing car lanes (which Houston has done in some cases, as on Drexel Lane in Greenway), strongly emphasizing safe speeds, building more sidewalks, adding more crosswalks. Much of Houston’s urban design may well be flawed; it could certainly use some improvements. In addition to distracted driving such as the Houston police chief’s, distracted walking with a cell phone may be a factor in some accidents. (We’ve all been annoyed by a dawdling walker texter not paying attention to the 3-D world we all need to abide.) Distracted driving combined with distracted walking can clearly be a perfect storm, a deadly combination.

Related: Most Dangerous Cities for Walking

U.S. Pedestrian Deaths Increase in 2016

Texas is not the only state to see an increase in pedestrian deaths. In October 2016, U.S. Department of Transport figures show that January to June saw an increase of 10.4 percent more traffic deaths in the United States compared to the same period in 2015.

The constant pull of texting and the internet have allowed us to imagine that life is more abstract than it is. It’s a terrible wakeup call for the Houston chief of police or some other distracted driver to smash into and injure or kill a pedestrian. Let’s hope the rest of us Houston drivers and walkers wake up before it’s too late.

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Big rig falls off Houston 59 Ramp, Kills One

December 21, 2016 –khou-photo A big rig fell off a Houston 59 ramp and killed at least one person this morning. The  18-wheeler crash and fire slowed traffic both north and south on the 59 Eastex Freeway. At 7 a.m., TranStar cameras showed flames shooting from the toppled big rig on the side of the freeway’s northbound lanes at the 610 North Loop.

KHOU reported that all northbound main lanes of 59 remained shut down at 9 a.m. Traffic was being forced onto the loop eastbound. Only one southbound lane of 59 was getting by, with significant delays, inbound from Humble and Kingwood.

Truck falls on Car
Police at the scene said they believed the 18-wheeler fell off an elevated ramp onto the lanes below, then burst into flames. Firefighters said another car was also involved in the incident. The truck is believed to have fallen on or in front of that other car and killed at least one person.

Officials said the 59 freeway will probably not reopen until sometime in the afternoon.

Truckers often not at fault in crashes

Truck drivers are often automatically blamed in such crashes, but often they are not the ones most at fault. Companies frequently push truck drivers too hard for too many hours, and pay them too little for their trouble, making their work lives dangerous for all of us.

OTR Truckers often Overworked

In the spirit of the holidays and our shared responsibilities to watch out for one another, it is important to remember that OTR truckers perform a task as vital to our lives as food and water. In fact, most of us would not have food and water were it not for 18-wheeler drivers trucking these life essentials to our neighborhoods. In point of fact, the comfortable living most of usually take for granted would not even be possible without truckers. The food we eat, the fuel that heats and cools our homes, the wood and steel that builds them, the clothes we wear – nearly our entire lives are  dependent on those driving 18-wheelers.

Dangers of Tired and Overworked Truck Drivers 

Truck drivers are, unfortunately, often expected to drive too far in too short a time. Many trucking companies pay drivers by the mile rather than by the hour, putting added pressure on truckers to overwork themselves.  Under certain circumstances, this type of compensation might arguably be seen as a company’s negligent encouragement of an employee’s speeding, driving without proper rests or breaks, driving while fatigued. This can create treacherous conditions for the driver as well as everyone else risking their lives on the same roads.

We mourn the tragic loss of another human life this morning on Houston’s busy highways, and we pray for the safety of our truckers and all the rest of us driving  this holiday season.

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Cell Phones and Car Crashes

Cell Phones and text-and-drivecar crashes are as American as the glorification of fake news and military violence. America’s cell phone obsession comes at an awful steep price. Drivers using cell phones cause 1.6 million auto crashes each year, according to the National Safety Council. Some 330,000 accidents are caused by texting while driving. One of every four car accidents involves texting and driving. Texting while driving is even more dangerous than drinking and driving; a driving texter is six times (6x) more likely to cause an accident than a drunk driver.

Teen Texters fare worse than Adults
Eleven teenagers are killed every day in the U.S. as a result of texting while driving. A Triple poll shows 94% of teens acknowledge the dangers of texting and driving, yet 35% admit they do it anyway. So many will be killed by this habit, or will kill or maim others. Statistics show that twenty-one percent (21%) of teen drivers involved in fatal crashes were distracted by cell phones. Teen drivers are four times (4x) more likely than adults to get into car crashes or near-crashes when talking or texting on a cell phone.

Texting & Driving tops Danger List
Texting while driving is by far the most dangerous cell phone activity. (Though holding it tightly to the head may also get you cancer, eventually.) Answering a text takes focus from driving for roughly five seconds, which, at 55 mph, gives a distracted driver the length of a football field to do some damage. That leads to a lot of dead teens, or their unwitting passengers, or other drivers or pedestrians trying to share the road.

It is quite ironic how many continue to text and drive and kill and maim one another, because 94% of Americans support a ban on texting and driving, while 74% support a ban on the use of a hand-held cell phone.

Cell Phone Distractions
At any given moment in the day, roughly 660,000 people are distracting themselves with their phones while commanding a two-ton murder machine.  Doesn’t anyone have time just to drive anymore?  How is all of our so-called “multi-tasking” improving our lives when we are killing one another at such appalling rates?

U.S. Cell Phone Driving Statistics – 2013
In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in distraction-related crashes. Roughly 424,000 people were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver. (That is a LOT of people. Imagine the cost, and what is lost.)  In 2013, 10% of all drivers aged 15-19 involved in fatal crashes were reported to be distracted at the time of the crash.

Teen Statistics
Drivers would do well to be especially wary of teenaged drivers. You might want to  take a road  that bi-passes that local school down the street. Consider: one-fourth of teen drivers respond to at least one text message every time they drive, while 20% of teens and 10% of parents report that they engage in multiple life-threatening text message exchanges while driving.

Meanwhile, nearly half (48%) of all death machine operators admit to answering their cell phones while driving.

Cell Phones and Car Crashes

Of those drivers who answer their cell phones, 58% continued to drive while talking. In the survey, 24% of drivers reported that they are also willing to make a phone call while driving. One in ten drivers surveyed said they sometimes send text  messages or emails while driving. Of the drivers surveyed, 14% said they read text messages or emails while driving.

Texting Pedestrian Study – 2012
The only thing more annoying than waiting for the texter in front of you to drive his car through the green light may be waiting for the ambulating texter to move her butt across the crosswalk. We all know the interminable time it seems to take to watch texters react to the three dimensional world outside of their text bubbles.

University of Washington researchers studied 20 of Seattle’s busiest intersections. They found that walkers texting are four times less likely to look before crossing the street, cross in crosswalks, or obey traffic signals. They also found walking texters take an average of two seconds longer to cross the street. (Aargh!)

Cell Phone Accident
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, it may have been caused by a texting driver, or one distracted by a cell phone. In such cases, we typically secure the perpetrator’s cell phone records.  Contact us for a free legal consultation.

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Washington State sues Monsanto

Washington is suing monsanto-logoMonsanto over PCB contamination in the state. Monsanto is accused of negligent handling of PCBs. Polychlorinated biphenyls are a banned and highly toxic group of chemicals that Monsanto made for decades. The biotech bully from Missouri has been sued by several cities over PCB contamination, but Washington is the first state to pursue litigation.

Related: Monsanto sued for Roundup Cancer 

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced the lawsuit at a press conference December 10, 2016. It was filed in King County Superior Court in Seattle.

Washington seeks damages on several grounds. They include product liability for Monsanto’s Failure to Warn about PCB dangers; Negligence; Trespass for harming the state’s natural resources, including fish and wildlife.

Monsanto was the only manufacturer of the PCB compound that was used to insulate electronics from 1935 until 1977. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finally banned PCBs in 1979, because of PCBs’ link to birth defects and cancer in laboratory animals. PCBs are also known to trigger adverse skin and liver effects in humans. The toxic chemical also survives to poison everything it touches for many decades.

PCBs contaminate Washington State
“PCBs have been found in bays, rivers, streams, sediment, soil and air throughout Washington state,’ explained AG Bob Ferguson, “with more than 600 suspected or confirmed contamination sites from Puget Sound to the Wenatchee River, Lake Spokane to Commencement Bay.”

Mr. Ferguson said Washington has spent tens of millions of dollars on cleaning up PCB contamination, but the toxic pollutants have nevertheless caused grievous harm to protected salmon and orcas. Washington consequently seeks hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars from Monsanto.

Monsanto hid PCB Dangers – Petition
Similar to others who have sued Monsanto for PCB contamination, Mr. Ferguson further claimed that “Monsanto produced PCBs for decades while hiding what they knew about the toxic chemicals’ harm to human health and the environment.”

Mr. Ferguson said Monsanto’s own documents show the company knew about the dangers of PCBs way back in 1937. One document stated that tests on animals revealed “systemic toxic effects” from prolonged exposure from inhaling PCB fumes or ingesting PCBs.

Monsanto Profits Trump Safety
As the Associated Press reported, in 1969, a Monsanto committee on PCBs declared:

“There is too much customer/market need and selfishly too much Monsanto profit to go out … There is little probability that any action that can be taken will prevent the growing incrimination of specific polychlorinated biphenyls … as nearly global environmental contaminants leading to contamination of human food (particularly fish), the killing of some marine species (shrimp), and the possible extinction of several species of fish eating birds.”

Monsanto lied to New Jersey
Despite sitting on this damning information, Monsanto told the public not to worry. Also in 1969, a Monsanto letter to New Jersey’s Department of Conservation stated: “Based on available data, manufacturing and use experience, we do not believe PCBs to be seriously toxic.”

Cities sue Monsanto
Monsanto also faces similar PCB contamination lawsuits from at least eight other West Coast cities, which include Seattle and Spokane in Washington state; Portland in Oregon; Berkeley, San Diego, San Jose, Oakland, Long Beach in California.

Monsanto spokesman Scott S. Partridge said in a statement to the Associated Press that the “[Washington] case is experimental because it seeks to target a product manufacturer for selling a lawful and useful chemical four to eight decades ago that was applied by the U.S. government, Washington State, local cities, and industries into many products to make them safer.”

Monsanto has usually won in lawsuits filed against it over human illness related to PCBs. But in May 2016, a St. Louis jury awarded $46.5 million in damages to three plaintiffs who claimed PCB exposure caused their non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Washington sues Monsanto

That Washington lawsuit also accuses Monsanto of continuing to sell PCBs even after the company knew the dangers and falsely assured people they were safe.

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Indiana IVC Filter Case Filed

Patricia and IVC FilterKenneth Ashcraft of Indiana  have filed an IVC filter case against Indiana-based Cook Medical, Inc., a/k/a Cook Medical Group. The Ashcrafts’ petition was filed July 27, 2016 in Marion County Superior Court.

IVC Filter Perforation
The lawsuit petition states that plaintiff Patricia Ashcraft was implanted with a Cook IVC filter on or about April 5, 2005. In May 2016, doctors discovered the Cook filter had perforated her IVC. The lawsuit further alleges that Mrs. Ashcraft is now at risk for future Cook filter fractures, migrations, perforations and tilting. It charges that she faces numerous health risks, including the risk of death. Further, for the rest of her life, she will require ongoing medical monitoring as well as anti-coagulants.

IVC Filters
IVC filters are designed to filter blood clots (called “thrombi”) that would otherwise travel from the lower portions of the body to the heart and lungs. IVC filters may be designed to be implanted either temporarily or permanently within the vena cava.

The inferior vena cava is a vein that returns blood to the heart from the lower portion of the body. In certain people thrombi travel from vessels in the legs and pelvis through the vena cava into the lungs. These thrombi often develop in the deep leg veins, causing “deep vein thrombosis” or DVT.  An IVC filter such as the Cook filter is designed to prevent thromboembolic events by filtering or preventing blood clots/thrombi from traveling to the heart and/or lungs.

The Indiana lawsuit petition says the Cook filter has caused Mrs. Ashcraft to undergo medical treatment as a result of the device’s failure.

The petition reads: “Plaintiff has incurred significant medical expenses and has endured physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, and other losses, some of which are permanent in nature. As a result of the failure of the Cook Filter, Plaintiff has become impaired and will remain so in the future. The defective Cook Filter remains in Plaintiff’s body.”

Lawsuit Counts
The lawsuit counts are Negligence, Strict Product Liability – Failure to Warn, Strict Product Liability – Defective Design, Breach of Express & Implied Warranty, Negligent Misrepresentation, Medical Monitoring, Punitive Damages, Loss of Consortium.

Medical Monitoring Case
The petition also makes a medical monitoring claim that intermittent imaging studies are needed to determine whether the Cook Filter has failed. Such imaging studies typically include computed tomography scan (CT Scan) to visualize the filter. CT Scan imaging produces an image of the filter to show whether it has fractured or migrated.

The petition also says that patients requiring medical monitoring are recommended to undergo regular and frequent imaging studies of the device or portions of it at least once or twice annually.  It charges that the potential for future device failure exists as long as the device, or portions of it, remains within the patient’s body.  Consequently, IVC filter patients require regular and frequent medical monitoring for the duration of the device’s life inside them.

Indiana IVC Filter Case Filed

Attorney David Matthews of Matthews & Associates represents the plaintiffs.  The case is Patricia Ashcraft and Kenneth Ashcraft v. Cook Incocporated, Inc., Cook Incorporated, Inc. a/k/a et. al in Marion County Superior Court, cause no. 49D101607CT026764.

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IVC Filter Lawsuit filed in Illinois

A Cook IVC gunther-tulipfilter lawsuit was filed in Illinois’ Cook County Sept. 12, 2016. Marian Incavo filed the case against Loyola University Health System and Cook Medical Inc., an Indiana corporation. The case specifically concerns Cook’s Günther Tulip IVC filter.

Causes of Action
Causes of Action claimed in the petition are Negligence, Medical Negligence, Strict Product Liability – Failure to Warn, Defective Design, Manufacturing Defect, Breach of Express & Implied Warranty, Negligent Misrepresentation, Wrongful Death, Loss of Consortium.

Death of Plaintiff
Noel Francis Incavo died at age 78 on Sept. 10, 2014. He had been implanted with a Cook IVC filter on or about April 21, 2009. According to the petition, Mr. Incavo received the implant prior to a spinal procedure at Loyola University Medical Center in Cook County, Illinois.

IVC Filter Failure
IVC filters are advertised to prevent deep vein thrombosis. The petition says autopsy performed at the Autopsy Center of Chicago revealed “massive bilateral acute pulmonary embolism; deep venous thrombosis and complete occlusion of the left iliac vein; and a recent pre-mortem thrombus within the IVC filter.”

IVC Filter Problems Known
The petition states that “Defendants knew or should have known of the dangerous propensities of the IVC filter (to) cause injury and subsequent death, similar to the injuries sustained by the Decedent [Mr. Incavo].”

“Further,” the petition states, “several published clinical studies showed IVC filter lacked efficacy, were inferior to anticoagulation therapy, and were associated with higher rates of DVT, including one of the only randomized controlled trials ever performed on IVC filters PREPIC.”

The petition also charges that Cook continued to promote its Günther Tulip filter as safe and effective even though clinical trials did not support its long or short term efficacy.

IVC Filter Lawsuit filed in Illinois

The case is No. 2016L009027 Marian Invaco, et al. Vs. Loyola University Health System, Cook Inc. et al. in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois Dept., Law Division. David P. Matthews of Matthews & Associates represents Mrs. Invaco.

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Drug Bill makes People Pigs

People will be FDA Logoguinea pigs for new drugs if a new congressional bill passes. Oh sure, we’ve all been guinea pigs through the years. Some 100,000 people are killed annually (and routinely) by legal Big Pharma drugs. Thousands of others are injured or killed by experimental vaccines (even if they aren’t labeled that way). But at least we previously enjoyed the semblance of decency, informed consent, common sense, that sort of thing. By contrast, this new bill would grant pharmaceutical companies the right to test their drugs on us AFTER those drugs have been “FDA-approved.”

Progressive Approval?  WTF?
In lockstep with the absurd 21St Century Cures Bill, Donald Trump’s latest consideration to head the FDA is on the same page as the Congress. He calls this new plan “progressive approval.”  Its passing would be a dream for pharmaceutical companies, saving them billions of dollars in expensive testing. The rest of us will get to eat cake, but we’ll have to pay for it first.

Promote Corporate profits at Citizens’ Expense
Mr. Trump is considering a Silicon Valley investor friend of billionaire Peter Thiel to head the Food and Drug Administration. Jim O’Neill, the Thiel associate, hasn’t been officially chosen, so Mr. Trump could still go in another direction. However, Mr. O’Neill’s thinking falls conveniently right in line with the 21st Century Cures bill that Congress is busy trying to ram down our throats. The message at the moment from Mr. Trump and the Congress appears consistent: Help corporations thrive; make citizens pay the price.

No Medical Experience
FDA heads for the past five decades have all been doctors or prominent scientific researchers. Mr. O’Neill is neither. He has no relevant experience in the food or drug industry. Mr. O’Neill is a managing director at Peter Thiel’s Mithril Capital Management. He did formerly serve in government for the George W. Bush administration, as principal associate deputy secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services.

FDA Reformer?
Mr. O’Neill saidwarning-fda-drug in a 2014 speech that he supported reforming FDA approval rules so that drugs could hit the market after they’ve been proven safe, but without any proof that they worked (emphasis ours). He calls it “progressive approval.”

“We should reform FDA so there is approving drugs after their sponsors have demonstrated safety – and let people start using them, at their own risk, but not much risk of safety,” Mr. O’Neill said in a speech at an August 2014 conference called Rejuvenation Biotechnology. “Let’s prove efficacy after they’ve been legalized.”

Pay for your own Experiment
That position begs the painfully obvious question: Why would someone want to pay for and try a drug which has no record of efficacy?  “Do you want to be the first wave of guinnea pigs to try this drug? Don’t worry. We’ve proven it’s ‘safe,’ even if we don’t know whether it works. What have you got to lose? Trust us.”

Draining the Swamp?
Mr. O’Neill made a fortune cashing in on the housing bubble swindle. He first served as a managing director at Clarium Capital, Thiel’s hedge fund that made a mint by predicting the housing bubble and subsequent crumbling. Since 2012 he has worked as managing director at Mithril Capital, Thiel’s late-stage venture firm.

Drug Bill makes People Pigs

It’s another Trump pick that doesn’t seem to be draining the swamp so much as figuring out new ways to fleece Americans and deepen the swamp. Promoting public risk for private profit is what created the swamp, and this is more of the same, only worse.  Doesn’t Mr. Trump think he should at least show some pretense of pretending to care about the working class Americans he promised to help? And can our congress stoop any lower than the so-called 21st Century Cures Bill?

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Vaccine Injuries hidden by Media

Lies of omission vaccine-epidemiccan be just as damaging as blatant stated lies. You know, like those mainstream media outlets – CNN, The New York Times, Washington Post, etc. – gave us about Iraq harboring weapons of mass destruction (Read: distraction). Vaccine injuries are hidden by mainstream media deeper than those non-existent WMDs. The media bury vaccine injuries by omitting them entirely from the “news.” (In similar fashion,  mainstream newsfakers lied about Bernie Sanders by blacking him out, as proven by a Harvard study.)

Mainstream Media Vaccine Injury Lies

The only thing you ever hear from mainstream media is the endless lie that no evidence links vaccines and autism. For the thousands of kids and their parents suffering autism after vaccination, it is an unconscionable, hateful lie.  The country’s so-called “vaccine court” has paid out more than $3 billion to vaccine injured children and their families. The court paid a multi-million dollar award in the Hannah Poling case, though likely only because her father was a neurosurgeon whose personal knowledge couldn’t be denied, unlike 80% of the vaccine-injured kids and their families who are turned back by the same secret court. Many people die from the flu shot every year. Many have died from Merck’s nightmarish Gardasil vaccine.  Many have died following the so-called Zostavax, a shingles vaccine. More than two dozen studies suggest a link between vaccines and autism.

Vaccine Safety Study pulled from Web

One of the latest vaccine safety studies was a peer-reviewed scientific study that showed a link between vaccines and health. The study examined vaccinated vs. unvaccinated kids, which no study had done in this manner before. The study showed vaccinated kids three times more likely than unvaccinated ones to be diagnosed with autism and other neurological disorders and health problems. This study, however, was pulled from the internet after being heavily criticized by shills and trolls for the $50 billion vaccine industry.

666 Children
The results vaccineworkedof this first-ever study to compare the health of vaccinated vs. unvaccinated kids was accepted November 2, 2016, then published online in Frontiers in Public Health. The study compared kids’ health by surveying 412 mothers of 6-12 year olds. Nearly 40 percent of the total of 666 children had never been vaccinated, a control group adequate to provide a comparison against children who had been vaccinated.

No Control Group?
For years Big Pharma and its CDC enablers and revolving door opportunists like Julie Gerberding have argued that establishing a control group for vaccination is unethical, under the bloody assumption (unbacked by any evidence whatsoever) that vaccines work as their makers say they do, and that they cause no harm to the vaccinated that is not ‘balanced’ by the harm which failing to vaccinate the masses would cause. It’s the funky logic of a Vaccine Lottery which sacrifices some children for the good of all (in the parallel universe of Big Pharma and the CDC where people are not ends in themselves), at least in theory, if the bastards who support the larger agenda for their own enormous profits were even halfway honest with us at all, given the FACT that so many children and adults are injured and/or killed by vaccination.

(Related: See the movie Big Pharma and the CDC don’t want you to see: Vaxxed.)

Like a warplane that takes more flak as it threatens its target, the latest study published just this year took so much criticism from lobbyists and mainstream media hacks that it was then unpublished by the journal. One can only ask why. The answer is easy. If the study is sound, it represents earth-shattering evidence that suggests the entire vaccine paradigm and program is fundamentally flawed. But that couldn’t be the case, could it?

The study abstract stated:

“A total of 415vaccine-epidemic mothers provided data on 666 children, of which 261 (39%) were unvaccinated. Vaccinated children were significantly less likely than the unvaccinated to have been diagnosed with chickenpox and pertussis, but significantly more likely to have been diagnosed with pneumonia, otitis media, allergies and NDDs (defined as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and/or a learning disability).”

The study further concluded:

“In this study based on mothers’ reports, the vaccinated had a higher rate of allergies and NDD than the unvaccinated. Vaccination, but not pre-term birth, remained significantly associated with NDD after controlling for other factors. However, pre-term birth combined with vaccination was associated with an apparent synergistic increase in the odds of NDD. Further research involving larger, independent samples is needed to verify and understand these unexpected findings in order to optimize the impact of vaccines on children’s health.”

The Authors

The authors were certainly not heavyweights in the field, which is mostly controlled by experts paid by Big Pharma, people like Paul Offit, who has made millions from creating at least one “vaccination” himself, and promoting the whole CDC vaccination program from bully pulpits endlessly provided by the MSM.

The paper was peer-reviewed by Linda Mullin Elkins, a chiropractor at Life University, and Kelly Hsieh from the University of Illinois at Chicago. It was edited by Amit Agrawal at Gandhi Medical College in India.

The initialvaccinate-this backlash came from public comments which claimed the study was poorly designed, (It’s true that any study can be designed to get the results one wants. Right, CDC? Right, Big Pharma?). Criticisms also claimed that relying on mothers for self reporting was faulty. The study was further criticized as “antivaccinationist” and “bogus.” The usual“anti-vaxxer” name calling predominated, as it always does when a study threatens the CDC’s pro-vaccination program, Big Pharma profits, and MSM drug company advertising money. Not for a nickel does the mainstream media parrot the junk science backing forced vaccination.

Dr. Graham Downing, a Neuro-musculoskeletal and Functional Medicine consultant in the UK, has found that vaccinating pregnant women increases inflammation in their bodies and also increases the risk of releasing inflammatory markers in their fetuses/infants. Such releases include phenotypes, which can alter an individual. Dr. Russell Blaylock has also explained at length why there can be nothing more insane than vaccinating a pregnant woman.

Vaccine Injuries hidden by Media

Investmentwatchblog.com reports that this first study into vaccinated versus unvaccinated children has not only been unpublished by Frontiers In Public Health, but also taken down from the internet. To aid in the free flow of information which used to be a hallmark of our democracy, we have cached the study here:

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Navajos make $162M Mine Spill Claim

Dec. 5, 2016 – The epa-disasterNavajo Nation asked the federal government for more than $162 million for damages and costs caused by Colorado’s catastrophic Gold King Mine spill last year. The mine spill disaster sent three million gallons of toxic waste pouring into two tributaries of the Colorado River. The spill devastated the Navajo tribe’s economy and way of life.

The Navajos filed the claim under the Federal Tort Claims Act to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The nation filed for damages that stemmed from the toxic spill that turned the San Juan River bright orange, and continues to disrupt Navajo lives today.

The river basin runs directly through the Navajo Nation. The lawsuit petition says Navajo farmers and ranchers depend on the water for their crops and livestock. The spill destroyed crops because the nation was forced to shut off irrigation from the poisoned river. Livestock had to be fenced and watered from expensive water shipments.

Spill decimated Navajo Nation
The nation declared in a claim letter: “The spill disrupted the Navajo Nation’s economy and damaged the people and environment in numerous ways. (It) fundamentally altered economic, cultural, ceremonial and spiritual practices that support the Navajo way of life.” the nation said the river is the lifeblood of the Navajo people.

EPA Spill
The spill appeared in images seen around the world as a poisonous orange snake slithering down through the Navajo land via the Animas and San Juan rivers. The horror was caused by a contractor the EPA had hired for environmental remediation. That contractor somehow breached an earthen barrier that held back the toxic payload. The water flowed downstream into the Animas River and eventually into the San Juan River, through northwest New Mexico.

New Mexico vs. Colorado Fight
New Mexico and Colorado are fighting in court over Colorado’s culpability in the disaster. Colorado had approved environmental remediation work at the nearby Sunnyside Gold Mine, work which would prove disastrous. New Mexico criticized Colorado for allowing that mine’s owner to plug up an abandoned mine tunnel with concrete bulkheads, instead of continuing expensive perpetual wastewater treatment.

Plugging that tunnel pushed the water into the connected Gold King Mine. According to court documents, the toxic water accumulated there until the EPA’s contractor let it loose.

The Navajo Nation filed the lawsuit against the EPA, its contractor, and Sunnyside Gold Corp. The petition alleges that their misdeeds had caused significant damage to the tribe’s lands, livestock, farms and way of life.

EPA Failure, Negligence
The Navajo said in its claim that the EPA knew there were signs of trouble for years, yet failed to follow reasonable and necessary precautions to prepare for a possible blowout, which occurred in August 2015.

Navajos make $162M Mine Spill Claim
The Navajo nation’s petition outlines its current and future costs stemming from the spill and its aftermath. The claim includes monitoring, water treatment, and mental health counseling.

The letter is addressed to Kenneth Redden, claims manager for the U.S. EPA Office of General Counsel. The EPA didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment after business hours on Monday.

The claim is Re: Navajo Nation FTCA Claim For Damage Resulting From Gold King Mine Blowout.

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Glyphosate Poisons Cereal

The Nov. 14 release Roundupof ‘Glyphosate: Unsafe On Any Plate’ reveals alarming levels of Monsanto’s glyphosate in popular American foods. The story puts Monsanto shills into full attack mode. The main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup poison, glyphosate was shown to be everywhere, contaminating all kinds of foods. The problem is, Monsanto mainstream presstitute minions have  had to admit the reports were true. Glyphosate  contaminates some of the world’s most popular foods, including many breakfast cereals.

See the Report: Glyphosate: Unsafe on Any Plate

Cheerios, Corn Flakes, Raison Bran Glyyphosated
The testing report published by Food Democracy Now! and The Detox Project revealed alarming levels (5 to 1125 ppb) of glyphosate in General Mills’ Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios; Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, Raisin Bran, Frosted Flakes; PepsiCo’s Doritos Cool Ranch, Ritz Crackers; Stacy’s Simply Naked Pita Chips; and many other popular food products. All were found to have glyphosate levels that present significant risks, according to the latest independent peer-reviewed science on glyphosate, the main active ingredient in Monsanto’s toxic Roundup.

Related: Roundup more Toxic than Glyphosate

Criticism of Testing Methods Fails
The publishing of ‘Glyphosate: Unsafe On Any Plate’ was attacked by some of Monsanto’s main supporters, whose financial ties to Monsanto need to be properly parsed, either personally or through “grants” or other payments made to the universities that employ them. Dr. Kevin Folta (University of Florida) and Dr. Michelle McGuire (Washington State University) are two such individuals.

Doctors Folta and McGuire fired Monsanto salvos at the report on November 14, via  Twitter. They both criticized the testing methods used, even before they understood what those were. However, after holding an e-mail conversation with the FDA-registered Anresco Laboratories, Dr. Folta withdrew his criticism, which he had already fed to several pro GMO journalists across the U.S.

On November 24, according to SustainablePulse.com, Dr. Folta stated: “I was contacted by the laboratory that did the analysis for them and I am comfortable that they did the detection 100% correctly.  No question.”

Glyphosate Poisons Cereal

The statement of Anresco Laboratories’ expert statement regarding their new era of glyphosate testing can be found here:  Anresco Lab Statement

Misinformation regarding  safety of glyphosate

After failing in their first line of attack, Monsanto propagandists moved on to other possible ways to discredit the report.

They first tried the old  ‘dose makes the poison’ argument.  This fallacy has always been used by logically lazy and/or desperate industry-funded scientists. Dr. Folta is one of those industry scientists who still ‘believe’ low doses of chemicals are not dangerous despite mainstream scientific evidence that proves many chemicals can wreak havoc on hormones at extremely low levels (e.g. 0.1 to 3000 ppb).

Chemical industry funded science still suggests that dose and danger levels coincide; however modern independent science has discovered many toxic chemicals have as much or more of an influence on our health at low doses, especially when they are mixed, as is the chemical cocktail of Roundup.

A study from March 2015 noted the health costs to the European Union of hormone hacking chemicals is over $ 150 Billion yearly.  The study stated that lower IQ, adult obesity, and 5% or more of autism cases are linked with exposure to endocrine disruptors.

Glyphosate a Hormone Hacker

Glyphosate is likely to be one of these hormone hacking chemicals according to independent science. See the evidence here.

Peer Review Criticism Absurd

Dr. Folta and colleagues have now taken to stating that they cannot trust the results because they are not peer-reviewed, even though they are all clearly aware of the difference between University studies and commercial laboratory reports.

This is an absurd attack. Minus any peer reviews whatsoever, millions of food samples in the U.S. are tested yearly and reported by FDA-registered labs, such as Anresco Laboratories, which has more than 70 years of testing experience.

Monsanto and its global poisoning business will be defended just as long as junk science researchers are rewarded by Ag-business giants like Monsanto.

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