Seven Flu Shot Deaths in Santa Barbara

This year’s flu scare shows no signs of slowing. Mainstream media nationwide continue to trumpet the number of flu cases reported.  In lock step “on message,” each story always proposes the same solution – everyone should get a flu shot. Even the many stories of people who have died of the flu after receiving the flu vaccine find a way to promote the vaccine. It’s hard to figure the logic.

Eight Flu Deaths in Santa Barbara County
Eight people died this month in Santa Barbara County of the flu. Seven of the eight had received the flu vaccine.  A Wisconsin newlywed also died last month from flu after taking the flu shot, and a young Australian mother died last month of the flu after also receiving the flu vaccine. (Many flu-shot-death stories can be found on the web, if one can navigate through the endless sea of fear and disinformation.) Where the flu shot is concerned, the proof is decidedly not in the pudding.  The end result of flu shots in reported death cases means nothing to any of the major media talking heads. (They have their marching orders; theirs is not to question why. . . ) It’s incredibly strange but true: Despite the flu deaths of several people who submitted to the flu shot, all the major media stay religiously on message: Get your flu shot!

Related:  Is there a Shingles Vaccine?  Really?

Doublethink for Cirque du Senile
To make any sense of flu shot promotion from a simple logical perspective, one must either take stupid pills or liberally exercise Orwellian “Doublethink.’  In point of fact, anyone backing the flu shot despite its glaring contradictions must deploy Doublethink well enough to perform as a professional acrobat in some nightmare Cirque du Senile show for mouth-breathing half wits. Every anchor and news or talk show “personality” in the country is good at one thing which is paramount for keeping the disinformation flowing.  Every single one of them is able to look at the camera with her hair on fire and say she doesn’t smell smoke.

Tough Sell for Flu Shot Promoters
How does one sell a supposed insurance policy like the flu shot in story after story which shows it to be a spectacular failure?  (The main media method is to lie by omission; avoid mentioning that the person who died of the flu had taken the flu shot.) Would anyone buy home or car insurance from a company which time and time again fails to pay a claim?  (But the insurance analogy ends there; one gets no second chance on a health choice.)  If we believe the flu shot promoters’ story that the shot, if it fails to protect from the flu, at least lessens the severity of symptoms, would the seven in Santa Barbara and the Australian woman be less dead than they are now?  Or are we to believe that they would have suffered less before dying if they had not submitted to the flu shot?

Related: Lies Unravel Flu Shot Scandal

Would the dead have gotten the flu at all if they had not taken the flu shot?  Anybody with a modicum of medical knowledge knows that vaccination, “artificial immunity” (even flu shot backers, disinformation specialists, know nothings and Big Pharma’s paid trolls know that is what vaccination is called), of any kind weakens the natural immune system; so this is a fair question. It is also one that is never asked by the endless sea of wearisome flu shot promoters.

Free Flu Shots!
Because a large segment of the public salivate like Pavlovian dogs when they hear the word free, the medical monopoly running the country’s “healthcare” system (see: ‘Rockefeller Medicine’) has just come out with a new tactic: Free Flu Shots!  We’re sure Homer Simpson would get one, because they’re free, stupid; but does that mean you should?  Does the “free flu shot” come with the caveat that if one contracts the flu after the shot, she will be compensated for any medical or perhaps funereal treatment?

Coin Flip Science
Can anyone say for a fact whether one’s chances of getting the flu decrease or increase with submission to the flu shot? Where’s the science behind the notion that the flu shot works as advertised? Even the CDC – a shockingly compromised organization – admits the flu shot’s effectiveness is woeful (perhaps 10-30%).  And you may want to perform some research before trusting that agency with your life.  Wanted CDC frauds like Paul Thorsen (see: CDC Criminal Fugitive) have faked vaccine research which the agency fraudulently trumpets as proving “vaccine safety.”  Some of CDC’s own top scientists – like Dr. William Thompson – have blown the whistle on CDC coverups and the agency’s rank criminality.  This is not an honorable agency by any stretch. This is an agency that touts the mass poisoning of our public water supplies as one of its greatest achievements. (See The Fluoride Deception by Christopher Bryson.)  The CDC was also part of the hideous Tuskegee Airmen Experiments, which murdered black men with syphilis.

Related: Anti-Corruption Society:  The CDC Exposed

Seven Flu Shot Deaths in Santa Barbara

Back in Santa Barbara, Dr. Charity Dean said the number of patients testing positive for the flu at local hospitals and health clinics was off the charts.  “Our numbers are in line with statewide numbers, and they’re definitely cause for concern,” she said.   She also reported that local emergency rooms were facing a threefold increase in the number of patients reporting flu-like symptoms, and she said she was worried about the situation.

Many are worried, of course, but does that “worry” mean submitting to the flu shot will lessen one’s chances of developing the flu?  Or does taking the flu shot increase the likelihood of one’s contracting the flu?  “Public health officials” and every major media figure in the country schooled in public health crisis medicine have their message to relay regardless.



California Jury Awards $22 Million in Talc Asbestos Trial

A California jury has awarded $22 million in a talc asbestos trial.  The award went to the estate of a man exposed to paint contaminated with asbestos.  The jury award also broadens the liability of talc makers.

Richard Booker died in 2016 of mesothelioma.  He had worked as a paint maker for several years, during which time he was exposed to asbestos-containing talc.  The lawsuit filed by the estate of Mr. Booker charges that he was exposed to asbestos while working for Walter N. Boysen Paint Co. and Dexter Midland Chemical Co.

Related:  Talcum Mesothelioma Cancer Lawsuit

$22 Million Award
The $22 million award includes $4.6 million in punitive damages, in addition to $17.57 million for malice. The jury ruled that Imerys Talc America Inc. and Vanderbilt Minerals were jointly responsible for selling, marketing and distributing the asbestos-tainted talc.

The jury in the Superior Court of California for Alameda County ruled that Mr. Booker’s mesothelioma was caused by asbestos exposure in the talc used to make paint during his career.

Other Talc Mesothelioma Verdicts

The California verdict follows several other recent multi-million dollar jury awards for plaintiffs who died of mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos in talcum powder.

In 2017, Colgate-Palmolive was ordered by a jury to pay $1.4 million to a woman who was diagnosed with mesothelioma after using Cashmere Bouquet talcum powder.   Some studies showed that the product contained up to 20% asbestos during the 1970s.

In addition, Colgate-Palmolive also recently paid an undisclosed settlement in a similar talc-related mesothelioma lawsuit.  Plaintiffs  in all these cases claim their asbestos  exposure was caused by their breathing it.

Failure to Warn, Design Defect, Negligence
The California jury ruled for the plaintiff, Mr. Booker, on three basic causes of action:  1.) failure to warn, 2.) product design defect, 3.) negligence.

Imerys Talc
Imerys continues to insist that its talc product is safe, despite this verdict against the company and a few others. The largest talc producer in the world, Imerys is expected to file an appeal demanding the jury verdict be thrown out due to a lack of scientific evidence. Imerys’ appeal will likely argue, as it had in the trial, that the scientific evidence does not prove that Imerys talc caused Mr. Booker’s mesothelioma.

Talc-containing Asbestos
Researchers, meanwhile, continue to debate the safety of talc, a clay mineral containing hydrated magnesium silicate. Past talc products contained trace amounts of asbestos dust. In paint, talc is used for heat resistance, and to prevent oil absorption. It is also used in talcum powder, insecticides, ceramics, roofing materials, and in pulp and paper industry products.

Is Talc Asbestos Free Today?
Today, new regulations require talc to be asbestos-free. Talc lawsuits being filed today often stem from exposure decades ago. Most cases involve ovarian cancer from products like Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder or Shower to Shower; but some talc lawsuits involve mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma from Talc Exposure
Exposure to asbestos is the leading cause of mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer that is usually a death sentence.

California Jury Awards $22 Million in Talc Asbestos Trial
Mr. Booker’s case comes at a time when several companies, including Johnson & Johnson and Colgate Palmolive, are being sued for talc-containing products, which plaintiffs argue can cause ovarian cancer.



Drug Industry, Congress fuel Opioid Epidemic

A DEA whistleblower told CBS News that Congress derailed the DEA’s attempt to keep addictive opioids off U.S. streets.  Joe Rannazzisi ran the DEA’s office of Diversion Control during the worst drug epidemic in American history.  His division regulates and investigates the drug industry.  In a joint investigation by 60 Minutes and The Washington Post, Mr. Rannazzisi revealed how the opioid crisis was allowed to spread.  It was aided by Congress, lobbyists, and a drug distribution industry that shipped hundreds of millions of pills to rogue pharmacies and pain clinics.  Those loads fueled the opioid crisis that has killed some 200,000 people in the last 20 years.

People Die for Drug Profits

“This is an industry that’s out of control,” Mr. Rannazzisi told CBS’ 60 Minutes.  “What they wanna’ do, is do what they wanna’ do, and not worry about what the law is. And if they don’t follow the law in drug supply, people die.  That’s just it.  People die.”

Mr. Rannazzisi said drug distributors turned a blind eye and “allowed millions and millions of drugs to go into bad pharmacies and doctors’ offices, that distributed them out to people who had no legitimate need for those drugs.”

A former DEA deputy assistant administrator armed with law and pharmacy degrees, Mr. Rannazzisi seemed most upset with the distributors, some of them multibillion dollar, Fortune 500 companies.  These blue-blood middlemen ship the pills from makers like Purdue Pharma and Johnson & Johnson to drug stores countrywide.  Mr. Rannazzisi accuses the distributors of fueling the opioid epidemic by pretending not to see pills being diverted for illicit use.

“This is an industry that allowed millions and millions of drugs to go into bad pharmacies and doctors’ offices,” said Mr. Rannazzisi, “that distributed them out to people who had no legitimate need for those drugs.”

The Perps – Cardinal Health, McKesson, AmerisourceBergen

Mr. Rannazzisi said the three largest distributors are Cardinal Health, McKesson, and AmerisourceBergen.  They control some 85-90 percent of the drugs flowing downstream.  Mr. Rannazzisi said these companies knew they were pumping drugs into American communities and killing people.

Opioids Oxycodone, Hydrocodone

Opioids like oxycodone and hydrocodone became a routine medical treatment for chronic pain by the late 1990s.  Drug companies assured doctors and congressional investigators that the pain pills were effective and safe.  A Purdue Executive told Congress in 2001 that addiction was rare in the pain patient properly managed.

Many doctors were apparently convinced the opioids posed few risks (or apparently knew nothing about the long sordid history of opioid abuse); so prescriptions skyrocketed along with addiction.

Many who had become addicted to painkillers turned to what CBS news called “pill mills” – pain clinics featuring rogue doctors who would write fraudulent prescriptions and complicit pharmacists to fill them, one stop shops for legal drugs.

Drug Dealers in Lab Coats

Mr. Rannazzisi said many pain clinics popped up overnight.  The whole fiasco “made the crack epidemic look like nothing.”  He said, “They were just drug dealers in lab coats.”  But despite several arrests, opioids kept flooding the black market while the death toll kept rising.

Mr. Rannazzisi said that prosecuting crooked doctors and pharmacists failed to slow the epidemic, so he moved up the food chain.  He said the DEA saw hundreds of bad orders involving millions of tablets, so the agency started going after the distributors.

Distributors Required to Monitor Suspicious Orders

A distributor’s representative told CBS that doctors who overprescribe pain medication were the problem.  However, the distributors know exactly how many pills go to every drug store they supply.  The Controlled Substances Act requires distributors to report and stop what the DEA calls “suspicious orders.”  These include unusually large or frequent shipments of opioids.  DEA investigators said many distributors simply ignored that requirement.  (The better to profit, my dear.)

Former DEA man Jim Geldhof told CBS, “Their plan was to sell a lotta pills and make a lot of money. And they did both of those very well.  All we were looking for is a good-faith effort by these companies to do the right thing. And there was no good-faith effort. Greed always trumped compliance. It did every time.”

9 Million Pills for 392 People?

A 40-year DEA veteran, Mr. Geldhof ran pharmaceutical investigations from the Detroit field office.  Frank Younker supervised the DEA’s operations in Cincinnati.  Joe Rannazzisi was their supervisor. They saw distributors shipping thousands of suspicious orders. In one example, a pharmacy in tiny Kermit, West Virginia (Pop. 392) ordered nine million hydrocodone pills over two years.

With such obvious signs, Mr. Geldhof finds it ludicrous that the distributors now claim they didn’t see suspicious orders. He says the companies are culpable in the epidemic: “I can tell you with 100 percent accuracy that we were in there on multiple occasions trying to get them to change their behavior. And they just flat out ignored us.”

McKesson, Cardinal Health Fined Millions

In 2008, the DEA slapped McKesson, the country’s largest drug distributor, with a $13.2 million dollar fine. That same year, Cardinal Health paid a $34 million fine.  Both companies were penalized by the DEA for filling hundreds of suspicious orders – millions of pills.

Distributors fines have totaled more than $341 million over the last seven years. The companies complained to Congress that DEA regulations were vague and said the agency was treating them like a foreign drug cartel.  In a letter, the healthcare distribution alliance, which represents distributors, said they wanted to work with the DEA.  Effective enforcement, they wrote, “must be a two-way street.”

Drug Distributors flex Political Muscle

More than 17,000 Americans died from opioid prescription overdoses in 2011, the year Cardinal Health started pushing back at Joe Rannazzisi.  Cardinal’s attorneys called his bosses at the Justice Department, who called in Mr. Rannazzisi to explain his tactics.

Money and Influence

Joe Rannazzisi told CBS he was infuriated at having to explain his motives for going after corporations.  He told his staff they were in a war: “We’re going after these people and we’re not going to stop.”  But he was hamstrung by his own agency.

He said the drug industry used its money and influence to pressure top DEA lawyers to take a softer approach.  Former DEA attorney Jonathan Novak said it divided the litigation office. He said in 2013 that he noticed a sea change in the way prosecutions of big distributors were handled. Cases his supervisors once would have easily approved were no longer good enough.

Mr. Novak told CBS that they had achieved “incredible success in an almost unstoppable wave,” but suddenly his caseload dramatically slowed as his bosses began to scuttle the whole system, demanding unreasonable amounts of evidence.

Big Pharma minions in Congress then moved to further defang the DEA and save corporate profits at the expense of U.S. Citizens.  See the whole story at CBS News.



Is there really a Massive Flu Outbreak? Lies unravel Scandal

If there really is a “massive flu outbreak” – as all the mainstream news sources are telling us there is – is it a result of the flu vaccine’s failure?  Is it fair to blame every outbreak on unvaccinated people (with superior immune systems)?  Or is there  some other reason?  The news anchors always blame every outbreak on the unvaccinated, but cogent arguments that question the flu vaccine’s effectiveness can be made given what we know of the vaccine’s faulty design (explained below), along with the CDC’s long history of feeding us more PR than science regarding the flu vaccine.  Worse, and what must carry real weight in any argument questioning  the flu shot’s effectiveness, is this: most cases reported as “the flu” are not the flu at all.  Did you know that only 10 to 30 percent of flu-like respiratory illnesses at any point in a given flu season are actually caused by influenza type A or B, which is what the flu shot is supposed to prevent?

Related:  Shingles Vaccine Lawsuit

Flu Vaccine Industry Threatened by Science

This will sound insane, but it’s true, and no less a publication than the British Medical Journal has admitted it: The flu we thought we knew is usually not the flu.  This fact has been found by examining hundreds of thousands of people diagnosed with “the flu.”  The implications of that  threaten the entire multi-billion-dollar flu shot industry, along with international drug cartels (legal in name only) like Merck (which also makes the dubious shingles vaccine) and GlaxoSmithKline.  These Big Pharma behemoths and other drug companies have partnered with the CDC as well as U.S. politicians to sell us all the flu vaccine, at a cost of well over a billion dollars a year.  Over the last several decades, the U.S. Government has spent billions of our tax dollars on what may well be less-than-worthless, yet always potentially injurious, flu vaccines.

Flu Bombshell:  Flu Vaccines Spread The Flu

The Emotional Shot
The convoluted flu shot scandal cannot be explained in a palatable, Twitter-friendly sound bite; so most people will fail to read the fine print, just like most ignore the litany of those so-called “side effects” muttered at the end of a drug commercial.  Images of happy people playing flash in the mind, direct to the heart, to the emotional center, the reptilian hindbrain long on fear (and anger) and short on creative solutions. Better not to listen too attentively, or look too closely.  Better to let the emotions short-circuit the reasoning faculties, present the purest path to persuasion.

We accept the pretty pictures and ignore the muttered warnings at our peril.  100,000 people die every year from prescription drugs. The number injured from vaccinations is much higher, according to the Vaccine Adverse Reports System (VAERS), which all experts know records adverse events from a mere 1-10% of the actual total.  Those who don’t sicken or drop dead in an obviously causal manner following vaccination may instead be struck with chronic illness, as nasty vaccine contents (ie. aluminum, mercury, formaldehyde, etc.) add a heavy load to the human body’s already toxic burden.

Unvaccinated Kids Healthier than Vaccinated Ones

Vaccines can and do harm people, and the proof is in the pudding: a new study has proven unvaccinated children are healthier than vaccinated ones.   One would also be wise to read about an actual non-vaccinated control group:  Where are the Autistic Amish?

Flu Vaccine Causes Flu
Dr. Oz and Piers Morgan proved on national television that the flu “vaccine” causes the flu. Using Mr. Morgan as a guinea pig, the TV doctor had attempted to show us all that one cannot get the flu from the vaccine.  Mr. Morgan rolled up his sleeve on TV and Dr. Oz “inoculated” him with the influenza virus.  And then God himself intervened.  In a matter of days, the experiment wildly backfired.  It succeeded only in revealing the larger truth, that the vaccine not only does not prevent the flu; the vaccine can and does cause the flu, or at least malicious symptoms which mimic “the flu.”

When the Flu is not the Flu
The term “the flu” always deserves quotation marks, because it turns out that what we usually call the flu is not the flu at all.  It turns out that some 84% of people who were diagnosed with the flu did not have the flu at all.

Writing in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) online, Dr. Peter Doshi pulls back the CDC wizard’s curtain to reveal a monstrous fraud at work.  Dr. Doshi explains that hundreds of thousands of respiratory samples are taken from flu patients every year in the U.S. and tested in labs.  Of these “flu” samples, only a small percentage show the presence of an actual influenza virus.

Marketing Vaccines by Marketing Disease
Here’s the exact quote from Dr. Peter Doshi’s BMJ review, “Influenza: marketing vaccines by marketing disease” (BMJ 2013; 346:f3037):

“…[E]ven the ideal influenza vaccine, matched perfectly to circulating strains of wild influenza and capable of stopping all influenza viruses, can only deal with a small part of the ‘flu’ problem because most ‘flu’ appears to have nothing to do with influenza. Every year, hundreds of thousands of respiratory specimens are tested across the US. Of those tested, on average 16% are found to be influenza positive.”

(Cough, fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches, weakness – all the basic flu symptoms can be caused by many factors that have nothing to do with a flu virus.)

Flu Vaccine Policies Based on Fiction

Dr. Doshi told the British Medical Journal that health officials “risk losing credibility by continuing to promote the fiction that mandatory influenza vaccine policies are based on solid evidence.  They are not, and it is time for healthcare institutions to do their own rigorous assessment of the evidence rather than continue this dangerous game of follow the leader.”

Sixteen Percent! (16%) Actually Have the Flue
This means that most Americans diagnosed by doctors with flu have no flu virus in their bodies. This means that most people who believe they have the flu, or who have been told by their doctors that they have the flu, do not have the flu.  (You can’t make this stuff up.)

As Jon Rappoport writes in, “[E]ven if you assume the flu vaccine is useful and safe, it couldn’t possibly prevent all those ‘flu cases’ that aren’t flu cases.”  That means the so-called “flu vaccine” could not possibly work.

Flu Vaccine 10% Effective
Health officials admit that this year’s flu vaccine is only 10% effective, yet they recommend you take the shot anyway. (Seriously? Seriously.)  The shot is even less effective for the elderly, and has been so for the last several years, but that’s another fact you rarely, if ever, read or hear in the mainstream media putsch for total flu vaccine compliance. (Did you know some doctors are bonused by some insurance companies if they talk a certain percentage of their patients into vaccine compliance?) Elderly people taking the yearly flu shot also raise their risk of Alzheimer’s, likely because aluminum in the shot has been implicated in Alzheimer’s disease.  Children who take the flu shot are drastically more likely to suffer in any pandemic because the flu shot compromises their developing immune systems.  Any Science 101 class presented by any teacher with any basic understanding of biology would teach us that the flu shot does not strengthen the immune system; it weakens it, leaving any body tainted with the toxic flu vaccine cocktail at greater risk of contracting the disease du jour.

Virus Mutates in Chicken Eggs
Mr. Rappoport explains that this year’s flu vaccine is ineffective because of chicken eggs. Researchers have discovered that the flu virus placed in the vaccine mutates in chicken eggs. So by the time a person submits to the flu shot, she’s not being protected against this year’s seasonal flu virus. She’s being protected against a mutated virus that isn’t causing the flu this year. There’s a whole lot more to the story, of course – there always is with the “science” behind vaccination – but vaccines have been made using chicken eggs for the past 70 years. That means the flu vaccine has been ineffective for at least the last 70 years or so. That means the flu vaccine has NEVER worked as advertised.

The CDC’s Rank Dishonesty (Lying by any other name)
The CDC continues to push for mass vaccination by using the same basic tactic drug companies use to sell their dubious drugs: instill fear in the target.  In December 2005, the British Medical Journal online published another shocking report from Dr. Peter Doshi.  It’s one that should have put the Centers for Disease Control out of business, because CDC “experts” used to tell the press that the flu killed 36,000 Americans every year.

US Flu Deaths more PR than Science
Dr. Doshi’s report was titled, “Are US flu death figures more PR than science?” (BMJ 2005; 331:1412).  He wrote:

“[According to CDC statistics], ‘influenza and pneumonia’ took 62,034 lives in 2001 – 61,777 of which were attributable to pneumonia and 257 to flu, and in only 18 cases was the flu virus positively identified.”

Did we read that right?

Like rolling a small pea under shuffling walnut shells, the CDC used a street-hustler’s sleight of hand to create one overall category that combines both flu and pneumonia deaths.  What?  Why? For what purpose?  For whose benefit?  (Most decidedly not ours.)  The CDC did it because they duplicitously and disingenuously make the absurd assumption that the pneumonia deaths are complications stemming from the flu.  It’s a glaring nonsensical non sequitur if ever there was one, because pneumonia has many causes.

18 Flu Deaths per Year (maybe), NOT 36,000

More pointedly, of all the flu and pneumonia deaths rolled into one big phony ball in a street hustler’s crooked game, a mere 18 revealed the presence of an influenza virus.

Therefore, the CDC could not say, with any assurance whatsoever, that more than 18 people died of influenza in 2001.  Total deaths from the flu was NOT 36,000. It was 18. Eighteen deaths.

Average of 1,350 flu deaths per year; NOT 36,000
Dr. Doshi continued his assessment of the CDC’s published flu-death statistics, in figures for flu separated out from pneumonia: “Between 1979 and 2001, [CDC] data show an average of 1348 [flu] deaths per year (range 257 to 3006).”

This death toll is obviously far shy of the old 36,000 figure, and we don’t know how many of those flu deaths followed vaccination, or whether some or most of those 1,350 per year had been vaccinated.  This is one of the many glaring examples which shows the CDC actively engaged in promoting vaccination at the expense of the truth, and of our health, our lives.

And when you add the sensible condition that lab tests have to actually find the flu virus in patients, the numbers of flu deaths plummet even further.

Cochrane: Widespread Manipulation on Influenza Vaccines

The Cochrane Collaboration reviewed all relevant data on flu vaccines. It concluded that there was considerable bias in prestigious journals towards studies funded by the very industry profiting from mass influenza vaccination. Cochrane found that influenza vaccine data was skewed by “widespread manipulation of conclusions.”  The Cochrane Collaboration concluded with a warning in all caps with bold letters.  Cochrane concluded, somewhat shockingly, by admitting that even their own bleak conclusions about the flu vaccine were shy of the real mark, given the bias in reporting from industry. It seems clear now that only industry bias keeps the whole flu shot scam afloat, like a cuttlefish squirting ink to hide from all those who would see it for what it is. The Cochrane Collaboration concluded its bleak influenza vaccine review with huge caveats.


This review includes 15 out of 36 trials funded by industry (four had no funding declaration).  An earlier systematic review of 274 vaccine influenza studies published up to 2007 found industry funded studies were published in more prestigious journals and cited more than other studies independently from methodological quality and size.  Studies funded from public sources were significantly less likely to report conditions favorable to the vaccines.  The review showed that reliable evidence on influenza vaccines is thin but there is evidence of widespread manipulation of conclusions and spurious notoriety of the studies.  The content and conclusions of this review should be interpreted in light of this finding.”

Is there really a Massive Flu Outbreak? Lies unravel Scandal

Flu vaccine promotion is long on fear and short on science, as the CDC – like the drug companies with which it partners – serves not U.S. citizens but some other agenda.  Few in their right mind would submit to a flu shot if they knew just how dishonest the CDC has been in protecting our health, and how the flu shot has likely never worked as advertised and promoted by an unwavering propaganda campaign from the CDC and its pharmaceutical partners in mass vaccination.



Talcum Powder Mesothelioma Trial in New Jersey

The next talcum powder mesothelioma trial will open in Middlesex County Superior Court in New Jersey. The lawsuit charges that Johnson & Johnson sold talcum powder contaminated with the deadly carcinogen asbestos. The petition charges that the tainted talcum powder gave its users mesothelioma, a fatal asbestos-related disease.  Jury selection began this week.  Opening statements begin January 16, 2018.

The case will be heard by Judge Ana Viscomi, who oversees all of the asbestos-related lawsuits being heard in the New Jersey, the home of Johnson & Johnson.

Mesothelioma is a rare and fatal form of cancer specifically caused by asbestos exposure. It is usually considered an occupational disease which afflicts workers exposed on the job. But Johnson & Johnson and other talcum sellers now face thousands of lawsuits which accuse the companies of selling talcum powder products contaminated with asbestos.  Defendant companies targeted in the lawsuits have all argued against scientific tests that confirmed the presence of asbestos in their product decades ago.  They have all also argued against their legal liability.

Talcum Powder Asbestos Lawsuits
Several talcum powder asbestos lawsuits have already been heard around the United States.  Many juries have decided in favor of the plaintiffs.  Many juries have agreed that the plaintiffs’ lives were cut tragically short through their use of asbestos-contaminated talcum powder products.

Asbestos in Talcum
Asbestos is a mineral frequently found in close proximity to talc deposits.  This proximity is what has led to the contamination of the product, according to the plaintiffs’ petitions.  Talcum safety has been a hot button issue for decades.  A significant amount of evidence points to the notion that companies have been aware of talc’s risks, but have failed to report it, or else they have covered it up in order to keep selling talc.  Talcum powder has also been linked with ovarian cancer in women who used it for years for feminine hygiene.  Johnson & Johnson has lost several jury trials in talc powder ovarian cancer litigation, including verdicts for  $55 million, $72 Million, $110 million, and $417 million; though corporate-friendly judges have overturned some of those verdicts (and in some cases the entire jury system along with it) following the standard appeals by J&J lawyers.

Talcum Powder Meosthelioma Lawyers
If you or someone you love has been sickened by asbestos exposure, whether at home or on the job, you may be entitled to significant compensation for your injuries.  Email our experienced lawyers for a free legal consultation, or call us direct at 713-522-5250.  Our lawyers work nationwide, handling talcum powder cancer lawsuits  and talcum mesothelioma cancer lawsuits in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

Talcum Powder Mesothelioma Trial in New Jersey

The last such trial, in Los Angeles last year, brought an $18 million verdict for the plaintiff.  This one is expected to last three weeks.



Lawsuit Settlements with Opioid Distributors & Makers

The federal government has recently settled several multi-million-dollar cases with opioid makers and distributors.  The government has recovered nearly $300 million in damages.  That may seem like a significant number, but it’s a very small drop in the bucket considering the heavy personal costs of the opioid crisis, which has killed more than 200,000 people from 2000-2016.  Every day, 52 Americans die from opioid painkiller overdoses, according to the CDC.  In purely financial terms, the crisis created by drug companies like McKesson has cost county and state governments billions of dollars.

Many other opioid lawsuits have since been filed by states’ attorneys general, and many more cases are expected to reach settlements, but here is a tally of recent settlements.

Lawsuit Settlements with Opioid Distributors & Makers

2017 – McKesson Corporation, the nation’s largest drug distributor, paid $150 million in a civil penalty for violating the Controlled Substances Act.  McKesson had failed to report “suspicious orders” for oxycodone and hydrocodone, such as those suspicious in frequency, size, or other patterns.  Government investigators wanted a $1 billion fine as well as criminal charges brought against McKesson.  They got only the small million fine and no charges.  The Washington Post reported that one DEA agent said, “We feel like our system was hijacked.”  It was hijacked, twice, first by McKesson and  and then by the nominal fine.  The Justice Dept. boasts it as a “record settlement“;  but it is inarguably paltry, given the real damages, and the fact that it was the company’s second offense.*

Related:  DEA Whistleblower – Justice Dept. coddled McKesson

Were the three strike rule in effect for corporations (which the Supreme Court ruled in the infamous Citizen’s United are people), as it is for comparatively tiny drug pushing offenders, the company would be put in jail for life upon its next transgression.

2017 – Mallinckrodt Plc, an oxycodone maker, agreed to pay $35 million to resolve U.S. investigations into its monitoring and reporting of suspicious orders of controlled substances. (Reuters has the story.)

2017 – Costco Wholesale agreed to pay $11.75 million to resolve allegations that its pharmacies violated the Controlled Substances Act. Costco improperly filled prescriptions for controlled substances. (See Justice Department Costco)

2017 – Cardinal Health reached a $20 million settlement with the state of West Virginia regarding the distribution of opioids between 2007 and 2012. In one six-year period, Cardinal and other wholesalers sent 780 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills to West Virginia. That’s 433 per state resident. That time period saw 1,728 fatal overdoses from opioids in the state.  Columbus Business First has that story.

2016 – Cardinal Health, Inc. agreed to pay the U.S. $44 million to resolve allegations that it violated the Controlled Substances Act in Maryland, Florida and New York. Cardinal Health failed to report suspicious orders of controlled substances to pharmacies in those states.  The Washington Post has that story.

2015 – Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, agreed to pay Kentucky $24 million to settle a lawsuit that accused Purdue of misleading the public about the addictiveness of the prescription opioid.  CBS News has that story.

*2007/2008 – McKesson was fined $13.3 million by the Justice Dept. for mishandling prescription medicines, in a crime similar to its mishandling of opioids in its 2017  settlement.  (See the Justice Dept. announcement.)

McKesson vowed to do better, but failed.  Five months after the 2008 settlement, the board’s audit committee was notified of “serious deficiencies” in its system to spot suspicious opioid shipments, according to the Washington Post.  McKesson’s internal auditors claimed that some customers hadn’t yet been assigned thresholds for large orders that would trigger a review, and there was insufficient documentation to back up decisions to alter such limits for existing customers.  It’s a typical corporate ploy, to claim the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing.  But the sheer number of opiod orders, as in West Virginia (above) and elsewhere, renders that defense absurd.  Failure to follow through on promises included in the 2008 fine was largely what led to McKesson’s being fined again in 2017, for the paltry sum of $150 million.



e-Cigarette Explosions caused by Faulty Design

A 2017 U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) report has linked e-cigarette explosions to the faulty design of e-cigarettes.  Released in concert with the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), the report included extensive review and research into e-cigarette construction. It also examined the reasons why severe injuries are more likely to occur with e-cigarettes than with other products that use lithium-ion batteries.

Design Problem Fires Rockets into Mouth
Study results show a design problem with the dual-cylindrical construction of the e-cigarette product and how it uses batteries.  Unlike other products such as cell phones and laptops, e-cigarettes include cylindrical lithium-ion batteries installed in a cylindrical tube that is at its weakest at both ends.  Law360 reported that, “Battery failures generate increased pressure that ‘shoots’ the batteries out of the tube like “‘rockets.’”

Other products that use lithium batteries enclose them in thick plastic housings, such as laptops, or else they use flat batteries as cell phones do.  A person sucking on the e-cigarette when it explodes can inhale a burning “rocket” and suffer severe mouth and/or head injuries from the heat and chemicals.

Samsung Galaxy Note7 Comparison
Failure to protect against the combustible elements can lead to battery fires.  The Samsung Galaxy Note7 phone fires were an example of such a failure. Those fires prompted Samsung to remove the phone from the market and institute an in-depth study to determine the cause(s) of the fires. Airlines banned those phones.

Lithium-ion Batters not safe for Vaping Devices
Unlike Samsung, vaping industry companies have largely ignored e-cigarette explosions. Vape makers have issued dismissive statements that their customers are not using the products correctly.  They have blamed the user for improperly charging the vaping devices.  But strong rebuttal for that claim comes from the new USFA/FEMA statistics which show 62 percent of the devices exploded while being carried in a pocket or when they were actively in use. Only 25 percent of the explosions occurred during the charging process. The report concludes that lithium-ion batteries “are not a safe source of energy for these devices.”

Related:  e-Cigarette Explosions caught on video

Some minor safety measures have been implemented to battle the battery explosion incidents. Vaping customers are now encouraged to choose products that display a new UL (Underwriters Laboratories) rating to gain at least some level of safety related to the electrical system.

However, it is important to balance that assurance with the knowledge that no requirements exist to submit e-cigarette products to product design and safety testing.  Additionally, the standard has no connection to the safety of the liquids used in the cigarettes.  These liquids include nicotine and have been linked to health risks similar to and sometimes even worse than those attributed to cigarette smoking.

No Regulations for e-Cigarettes

Alarmingly, no product control regulations directly apply to e-cigarette products. This hands-off  policy puts unsuspecting customers at risk.  Since no legal requirement ensures product safety, e-cigarette makers and retailers can ignore the injuries and their underlying causes.  That position will, sadly, result in more and more explosions and potentially devastating injuries.

e-cigarette explosion injuries include:
heat burns
chemical burns
blast injuries to face, hands, thighs, eyes
tooth loss
permanent scars
loss of soft tissue

Many c-cigarette injuries are horrific.  They can require burn debridement, skin grafts, bone reconstruction, plastic surgery, dental implants, and long-term care.  Of the 195 injuries tallied in the USFA/FEMA report, 68 percent were acute and 30 percent severe.  The reports’ authors said they were unable to find any other consumer product that carries the same risk of severe, acute injury as e-cigarettes.

e-Cigarette Explosions caused by Faulty Design

E-cigarettes hit the U.S. market in 2007.  By 2014, 466 e-cigarette brands and more than 7,700  flavors were on sale.  About ten new brands and more than 240 new flavors hit the market every month for an estimated three million users.  The industry expects to grow, which means more and more e-cigarette products will hit store shelves.  Without any positive response to explosion risks by the vaping industry, the list of injuries is also expected to grow.  So. . . vape at your own risk!

E-Cigarette Injury Lawsuit

Our law firm is handling e-cigarette injury cases.  If you or someone you love has been injured by an e-cigarette, contact our law firm for a free legal consultation regarding a potential e-cigarette lawsuit against the product’s manufacturer.


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FDA Recalls Johnson & Johnson Heart Device

The FDA has recalled a Johnson & Johnson heart device. The U.S. Food & Drug Agency announced Jan. 2, 2018 its strictest form of recall for a cardiac device made by Sterilmed.  A faulty valve in the device poses the risk of seriously injuring or killing a patient.

FDA Class I Recall: Its Most Serious
The FDA said the recall of Agilis Steerable Introducer Sheath devices – made by Sterilmed Inc. – is a Class I recall. That’s the agency’s most serious type of recall. This sheath device is used to insert and position cardiovascular catheters. It is sometimes used on the heart’s left side through the wall of tissue separating the heart’s right and left chambers.

Improper Seal
The FDA said the sheath’s hemostatic valve is at risk of failing because of an improper seal on the sheath’s hub. The valve is designed to keep blood from flowing back through the valve.

The FDA said, “Improper seals can allow blood to leak through the hub, cause the cap to fall off during the procedure or can create a difference in pressure that allows air into the circulatory system (air embolism).”

The improper seal happens when there isn’t enough glue used to reattach the sheath’s cap after use. But too much glue can also block the valve and make the device unusable, according to the FDA.

Fatal Flaw
FDA said, “The use of affected products may cause serious health consequences for patients, including death.”

Some 112 affected devices are included in the recall, which covers sheaths made between Jan. 1, 2017, and May 5, 2017, according to the FDA.

In addition, patients with a lower body mass index may be more at risk if there is blood loss, said the FDA. Smaller patients and those with a pre-existing lower lung capacity may also be more susceptible to air embolisms.
The FDA advised health care facilities and providers to search their inventories for the sheath and return any unused sheaths to Sterilmed. The agency said providers should also continue to monitor patients treated with the sheath, just as they would normally do.

FDA Recalls Johnson & Johnson Heart Device

A Sterilmed representative said that the company initiated the recall in June and that it has not received any reports of adverse events related to the devices.



The Flu Vaccine Hoax is Over

The year 2017 brought a treasure trove of new scientific evidence that proves once and for all that the flu vaccine hoax is over.  If you believe the flu vaccine works and is worth the risks of taking it, you simply haven’t read the latest research.  If you rely primarily on mainstream news for your flu vaccine information, you do so at your peril.

Top Five Reasons Why the Flu vaccine is a Bad Choice:

1.  The flu vaccine doesn’t work because of the way it is developed.

2.  The flu jab raises the risk of catching other types of flu.

3.  The flu vaccine raises the risk of dementia.

4.  No scientific studies prove the flu vaccine has ever been worth the risks of taking it.

5.  No significant scientific studies prove that those who take the flu vaccine and then get the flu (often from the vaccine itself) suffer less debilitating symptoms than refusing the shot would have rendered.

Related:  Shingles Vaccine?  Really?

Fake Vaccine News from Media Partners
News doesn’t get any more fake than the tiresome advertorial blitzkreig used to sell the so-called flu vaccine every year.

The flu vaccination business is a multi-billion-dollar cash cow gobbled up and regurgitated by all major media. CBS, NBC, ABC, MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, The New York Times, TIME, Reuters, USA Today – pick your news poison: they all rely on millions of dollars in advertising from pharmaceutical companies. Big Pharma is their number one client advertiser, and nothing pays Big Pharma like cheap vaccines. Cheap for them, as most are made in China (which has killed our pets with poisoned dog food, sickened us in our homes with toxic drywall; yet we trust the communist Chinese to pump mercury, aluminum, squaline and other toxins directly into our bloodstreams?)  Not so cheap for us, as we suffer the long-term costs of the flu shot to our financial, physical and emotional health.

Related:  Enormous Lies about Basic Vaccination

Vaccine Makers Vaccinated against Liability
Unlike other drug company products, vaccines offer a get-out-of-jail free card for vaccine makers, which have been vaccinated against liability by U. S. Government fiat, via the 1986 Childhood Vaccine Act.  Consequently, vaccine makers have nearly zero incentive to make vaccines safe and effective.  That little “detail” probably explains why no vaccine has ever been proven safe and effective. In 2017, Robert De Niro and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. offered a $100,000 reward to anyone who can prove any vaccine is safe and effective. Nobody has been able to do so and claim the reward.

Vaccine Industry Whitewashes Problems
What passes for government vaccine science is in reality propaganda produced by a corporate partnership between drug companies, the CDC, and mainstream media. There is no conspiracy here, folks.  It is an open secret.  Once something becomes a multi-billion-dollar industry, it takes on a life of its own, as it employs so many thousands of people with vested interests in maintaining the status quo.  (Somebody’s baby always needs new shoes.)

The CDC, in fact, uses our tax dollars to fund pro-vaccine groups  and trolls that ignore the latest science as they spew propaganda and misinformation online.

1. The flu vaccine doesn’t work because of the way it is developed.
As Jon Rappoport explains in a Nov. 2017 blog, referencing a PLOS Journal story published earlier that month, the chicken eggs used for culturing clinical isolates and for vaccines don’t work because “the influenza virus often mutates to adapt to being grown in chicken eggs, which can influence antigenicity and hence vaccine effectiveness.”

In addition, only a small percentage of the hundreds of thousands of respiratory samples taken from sick people every year contain the flu virus. This sounds insane but it’s true, and it knocks any notion of the flu vaccine’s effectiveness right out of the park.  Most diagnosis of the flu are not the flu, and there is no evidence whatsoever that taking a flu shot to check the influenza virus does anything at all to affect all those unknown sicknesses that are not the flu.

In fact, the opposite is true.  Taking the flu vaccine has been show to raise the risk of susceptibility to other viruses, like all of those who are sick with something besides the flu who are convinced it is the flu that they have.

2. The flu jab raises the risk of catching other types of flu. Vaccines suppress the immune system, period.  The long-term result is a weakened immune system which leaves the influenza jabbed person vulnerable to other types of flu, which are legion.

3. The flu jab raises the risk of dementia. The flu vaccine is laced with mercury, a known neurotoxin for which no safe dose exists.  It also contains aluminum, linked with Alzheimer’s, and glyphosate, implicated in non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and kidney and liver problems.

4. No scientific study proves the flu vaccine is worth the risks of taking it. In fact, in almost any honest assessment, the flu shot has been shown to be virtually useless for the elderly. The flu vaccine has recently been implicated in miscarriages for pregnant women taking the shot. Few things are more insane than vaccinating a pregnant woman with anything, yet the CDC recommends that pregnant women take the flu shot. It would be laughable if it weren’t downright criminal to recommend such a thing.  See Dr. Russell Blaylock on vaccinating pregnant women.

5. No significant scientific studies prove that those who take the flu vaccine and then get the flu (perhaps from the vaccine itself) suffer less debilitating symptoms than not taking the shot would have rendered.  Even in the disinformation and misinformation and all the propaganda that litters the web from the CDC and other vaccine pushers, the best you will find is that taking the flu jab “may reduce” the symptoms if one then gets the flu. The American Society for Microbiology floats this  study after looking at only 155 people. Long recognized as an absurdity by thinking people, the vaccine industry finally realized they needed some evidence, however flimsy, to show the symptoms for the vaccinated were less severe. So they’ve come up with this little tidbit, that the vaccine may (italics ours) reduce the severity of flu symptoms.

That’s the best they’ve got?  Yeah, that’s the best they’ve got.  May is a well-known weasel word long used and abused by advertisers and snake oil salesmen of every stripe to appear to be making a claim.  In reality, may makes no claim at all.  It’s toothless propaganda.

The Flu Vaccine Hoax is Over
With the end of net neutrality ushered in by the FCC with a 3-2 vote along party lines last month, it will become harder and harder to dig out the truth of the ineffectiveness and the dangers of the flu vaccine on the web, but we must keep trying.  Our survival depends on it.  The end game for all of this vaccine propaganda and disinformation is to eventually force vaccination on all of us.  They’ve already killed informed consent in California.  Let’s wake up in 2018, before it’s too late to protect our inalienable rights.



Railroad Worker Cancer Trial: $7.5 Million Award

On September 30, 2016, a railroad worker who developed cancer after exposure to toxic chemicals on the job was awarded $7.5 million by an Illinois jury. James Brown, diagnosed with cancer in 2008, filed the lawsuit against Union Pacific Railroad, reported the Madison-St. Cloud Record.

Related: Railroad Cancer Lawsuit

Creosote, Lead, Other Toxic Chemical Exposures
Mr. Brown testified that he was exposed to creosote, cleaning or degreasing solvents, lead, and other toxic chemicals without the aid of proper protective equipment. His job included the handling of railroad ties. Some ties he installed were “soaking wet” with creosote, a known carcinogen. He also said that he washed off the ties and equipment. That job left him covered “head to foot” in creosote, a toxic chemical which soaked through his wet clothes into his skin.

Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Mr. Brown was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) after it progressed from Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS). Other related health problems included injuries to his eyes, legs, feet, medication-caused weight gain, impotence, memory loss.

Mr. Brown was a railroad worker for some 31 years: 13 for Union Pacific, 18 for its predecessor, Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW). His lawyers said that he was eventually issued a hard hat and gloves, but no protective equipment until CNW became Union Pacific in the mid 1990s.

Railroad Worker Cancer Trial: $7.5 Million Award

The lawsuit was filed on December 2, 2010 in Madison County Circuit Court, Illinois — In Re: James Brown v. Union Pacific Railroad Co. — Case No. Case No. 10-L-1213.

FELA Railroad Case
Congress recognized in 1908 that railroads differ from other employers. Congress saw then that railroad worker’s compensation laws were inadequate. Railroad workers were being badly injured or killed with little to no compensation. Congress consequently passed the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA). This law protects railroad workers, allowing them to obtain the compensation they deserve when injured on the job. The law permits claims against the railroad for loss of the enjoyment of life; pain and suffering; past, present and future wage loss. To recover this compensation in a FELA case, the railroad worker must prove fault on the railroad’s part. Our law represents railroad workers for their injuries suffered on the job or as a result of it.

Do I have a Railroad Cancer Lawsuit?
Matthews & Associates Law Firm is handling railroad related injury cases in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.  If you are a railroad worker who was diagnosed with cancer, contact our lawyers now for a free case consultation. You can use the form to the right of this page or click this contact form to reach our railroad lawyers for a free, no-obligation case consultation.