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Johnson & Johnson exposed as the mastermind corporation behind the opioid epidemic that kills 60,000 Americans a year

johnson & JohnsonWho is to blame for the opioid epidemic that is currently gripping the nation and taking the lives of 60,000 Americans each year? Most people tend to blame the makers of these drugs, the doctors who prescribe them, and some even fault those who take these medications. However, now a very familiar name has been exposed as being the mastermind behind the opioid epidemic: Johnson & Johnson.

While you might associate Johnson & Johnson with pure images like the squeaky-clean, soft skin of a baby thanks to years of effective marketing, it appears that something far dirtier is going on at the New Jersey-based multinational personal care brand. The accusation that it was the “kingpin” fueling the opioid crisis in the U.S. and acting as a major seller, provider and lobbyist carries a lot of weight as it comes from Oklahoma’s Attorney General, Mike Hunter.

In May, his state will see the first major opioid epidemic trial take place, and it is expected to set the stage for litigation of a similar nature across the country, not to mention a nationwide lawsuit. Hunter requested that a state court release millions of pages of confidential documents to the public that were submitted by Johnson & Johnson during the case’s discovery phase, writing that the public interest contained therein is “urgent, enduring and overwhelming.”

J&J targeted vulnerable groups while downplaying dangers

The state of Oklahoma is alleging that Johnson & Johnson targeted vulnerable populations, such as the elderly and children, for painkiller prescriptions. The company also funded groups that advocated to facilitate access to the drugs, such as the Pain Care Forum. In addition, they downplayed the drug’s dangers; for example, a brochure made by a subsidiary of J&J geared toward senior citizens outrageously states that “opioids are rarely addictive.”

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The defendants in the case include Johnson & Johnson as well as Teva Pharmaceuticals, Purdue Pharma, and Allergan. Hunter says the firms deceived the public into thinking the drugs were safe to use over long periods. District Court Judge Thad Balkman recently denied a request made by the pharmaceutical companies involved to delay the trial, saying that it’s in the public’s interest for this trial to begin as scheduled.

Johnson & Johnson is being accused of using a web of domestic and foreign subsidiaries to provide the raw materials needed to manufacture opioids. While companies like Purdue Pharma, who produce OxyContin, certainly need to be held accountable for their extreme irresponsibility, J&J’s culpability is also clear. They played a big role in producing the raw narcotics from poppy fields that are turned into active ingredients in top-selling opioids, boasting that their poppy’s morphine content was some of the “highest in the world,” according to an Axios report.

The two subsidiaries that handled the opium poppy business, Tasmanian Alkaloids and Noramco, were sold by J&J for $650 million in 2016 to a private equity firm. A year earlier, they sold an opioid pill that they had previously marketed known as Nucynta, while they continued to sell the fentanyl patch Duragesic. According to a state court document, the company was a “kingpin behind the public-health emergency, profiting at every stage.” (Related: Johnson & Johnson to pay $2.2 billion for making false marketing claims and engaging in kickbacks.)

Johnson & Johnson is also facing legal action for covering up the connection between asbestos-containing baby powder and cancer.

More than 1,600 American cities and 36 states are currently suing the makers and distributors of opioids in hopes of collecting funds needed to deal with the opioid public health crisis.

Everyone who has played a role in this devastating crisis deserves to be exposed and brought to justice, from those who put opioids in people’s hands to those who help pharmaceutical companies obtain the ingredients they need to make these deadly drugs.

Sources for this article include:

WakingTimes.com

Axios.com

Originally posted: https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-03-20-johnson-johnson-exposed-as-the-mastermind-corporation-behind-the-opioid-epidemi.html
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Woman awarded $29 million in Johnson & Johnson baby powder cancer case

cancerJohnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $29 million after a California jury determined that its baby powder contributed substantially to a woman’s mesothelioma.

The immensely popular product, which has been widely used on babies and adults alike for decades, is the target of more than 13,000 similar lawsuits that have been filed against the company. Last year, a Los Angeles woman was awarded $25.7 million after a jury agreed the baby powder caused her cancer, while 22 Missouri women were awarded $4.69 billion in a similar suit after claiming using the powder in their genital area caused ovarian cancer.

In the latest case, Teresa Leavitt was awarded $24.4 million after developing mesothelioma, a cancer affecting the tissue lining the lungs and other organs, while her husband was awarded $5 million. The award covered pain and suffering, medical costs, and lost wages. The award is only compensatory; the jury decided not to award punitive damages even though they found Johnson & Johnson responsible for 98 percent of the woman’s damages.

Leavitt was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2017, and she had used the product for more than 30 years. Her complaint said that the company has known about the asbestos concerns in talcum powder since the early 1900s and has possessed scientific and medical data illustrating its health hazards.

In a regulatory filing last month, J&J said it received subpoenas for more details about the dangerous products from the SEC and the Justice Department. This week, an epidemiologist testified before the House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy that talc powder causes a significant increase in the risk of cancer.

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Many of the people suing the company argue that the talc in the baby powder is contaminated with asbestos – something they’ve shown Johnson & Johnson has known about for decades and covered up.

Internal documents obtained by Reuters showed that three tests carried out at separate labs in the 1970s showed Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder contained asbestos, but they failed to report it to the FDA and continued to sell the powder. According to the Reuters report, the company’s executives, along with scientists, lawyers, doctors and mine managers, have known for decades that the powder is toxic, yet they did nothing – and they even fought against regulators’ efforts to limit the levels of asbestos in talc products.

Nevertheless, the company insists its products don’t contain asbestos. The chemical was banned from all consumer talc products in the 1970s, although it’s important to keep in mind that asbestos has a long latency period, with mesothelioma diagnosis coming 20 years or longer after initial exposure. Even if today’s products are safe – and there’s no guarantee that they are – the talc has been sold and used for many years.

The company said in a statement that it was disappointed by the verdict and planned to appeal it. Past appeals have had mixed success, and the company claims its legal losses stem from juror confusion, overzealous lawyers, and what it deems “junk” science.

Stay away from talc products

It’s best to avoid talc products entirely given the questions about their safety. It’s important to read labels carefully as it’s used in more than 2,000 personal care and beauty products. Last year, youth-oriented retailer Claire’s stopped selling products with talc and destroyed its existing stock after the FDA warned it had found asbestos in some of its products.

Using these products simply isn’t worth the risk. Scrutinize ingredient labels, and stick to natural products wherever possible – especially when it comes to products you use daily and/or on babies. Depending on your intended purpose, some safer alternatives include organic oat powder, organic cornstarch, and baking soda.

While it’s good to see companies being held accountable for deceiving and poisoning the public, it’s far too late for the many people who have already developed cancer and died from using these products.

See Products.news for more breaking news stories about consumer products and their health risks.

Sources for this article include:

DailyWire.com

Reuters.com

NYTimes.com

Originally posted: https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-03-17-woman-awarded-29-million-in-johnson-johnson-cancer-case.html
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BREAKING: Johnson & Johnson slammed with $72 MILLION verdict for causing ovarian cancer in Missouri woman

Pink-Ribbon-CancerA Missouri jury has ordered pharmaceutical and health giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) to pay $72 million in damages to the family of a woman who died of ovarian cancer after using the company’s talc-based baby powder for decades. The jury found that J&J was aware of research linking talc to cancer, but deliberately chose to cover it up rather than warning consumers.

It is the first time a U.S. jury has awarded damages in a case claiming health effects of using talc.

“This case clearly was a bellwether and clearly the jury has seen the evidence and found it compelling,” said law professor Nora Freeman Engstrom of Stanford University. “The jury was distressed by the company’s conduct.”

Company knew about risks for decades

Researchers remain split on the exact nature of the connection between talc and cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies talc as a “possible” carcinogen.

Two strong meta-analyses, however, have suggested serious health risks for women regularly exposed to talc. A 2003 review of 16 studies conducted on a total of 12,000 women, found that regular talc use caused ovarian cancer risk to increase by about one-third. A 2013 review of studies on a total of 18,000 women, found a similar risk increase, but only for talc applied directly to the genital region.

The family of Jackie Fox of Birmingham, Ala., sued J&J, alleging that the company knew of the risks of talc for decades. After five days of deliberation, the jury agreed, finding the company “guilty of negligence, failure to warn and conspiracy to conceal the risks of its products.”

According to Alexandra Scranton, director of science and research at Women’s Voices for the Earth, the case shows how far companies will go to sell their products, even if they are harming people. J&J sought to take advantage of the scientific uncertainty around talc, Scranton said. Rather than taking the “clearly more ethical role, to take a precautionary approach,” she said, the company “poured money over years into defending talc.”

A juror named Jerome Kendrick said that he voted for the guilty verdict largely based on the internal J&J memos presented as evidence. These memos showed, he said, that J&J “tried to cover up [the risks of talc] and influence the boards that regulate cosmetics.”

Same tactics as big tobacco

According to co-lead attorney Jim Onder, the documents showed that J&J had been preparing to be sued over talc health risks for 30 years.

One of the memos was written to J&J by a medical consultant in 1997. The consultant warns that “anybody who denies [the] risks” between genital use of talc and ovarian cancer will eventually come to be seen as similar to tobacco companies who continued to insist that there was no link between smoking and cancer. Both cases, the consultant says, consist of “denying the obvious in the face of all evidence to the contrary.”

Another internal document complains that use of talc powder is decreasing as more people become aware of the health risks. The document lays out a strategy to counter this decrease by marketing more aggressively to blacks and Latinos, the demographics that use more talcum powder.

Fox was black.

The jury ordered J&J to pay $10 million in damages to Fox’s family, and another $62 in punitive damages. About half of the latter amount will go toward the Missouri Crime Victim Compensation Fund.

J&J is expected to appeal the decision. Even if it loses the appeal, Freeman Engstrom expects the amount it pays to end up substantially lower than $72 million.

“Big jury verdicts do tend to be reined in during the course of the appellate process and I expect that to be the case here,” she said.

There are more than 1,000 similar lawsuits pending against J&J, with more expected to be filed.

Sources for this article include:

BBC.com

CommonDreams.org

Science.NaturalNews.com

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Author: David Gutierrez

Johnson & Johnson Admits: Our Baby Products Contain Cancer Causing Formaldehyde

babywashIf you buy special shampoo for your baby, the last thing you’d expect it to contain would be known or suspected carcinogens… But if you live in the U.S., this may in fact be the case. For the past two years, health and environmental groups have been urging Johnson & Johnson to remove two potentially cancer-causing chemicals from its baby shampoo.

One of these ingredients is quaternium-15, which releases formaldehyde; a skin, eye, and respiratory irritant, and a known carcinogen (formaldehyde exposure has been associated with leukemia specifically). According to SafeCosmetics.org:

The North American Contact Dermatitis Group considers quaternium-15 to be among the most clinically significant contact allergens in children.”

The other, 1,4-dioxane, is a “likely carcinogen,” and is present in Johnson & Johnson’s:



  • Baby Shampoo
  • Oatmeal Baby Wash
  • Moisture Care Baby Wash, and
  • Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Creamy Wash

According to the CDC, 1,4 dioxane is “probably carcinogenic to humans,” and is toxic to your brain, central nervous system, kidneys, and liver.

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Why Is Johnson & Johnson Dragging Their Feet on Removal of Toxic Ingredients for U.S. Lots?

On October 31, The Campaign for Safe Cosmeticsi sent Johnson & Johnson a letter signed by 25 environmental and medical groups, demanding they “commit to removing the chemicals from all of its products by November 15.” The Campaign also urges everyone to boycott Johnson & Johnson until it complies.

Johnson & Johnson recently responded, stating that:ii

“We have been phasing out the use of preservatives that release tiny amounts of formaldehyde to guard against bacterial contamination. These preservative technologies, which are used widely in our industry are all safe and approved in the countries where they are sold… Over the past couple of years, we already have reduced the number of formulations globally with these ‘formaldehyde releaser’ preservatives by 33% and in the U.S. by over 60%.

We are completing this reformulation as quickly as we can safely and responsibly do so. As part of the manufacturing process, we have extensive monitoring to ensure that the amount of a trace byproduct known as “1,4 dioxane” in any of our products is well below the level that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and regulatory agencies around the world consider safe.

…We have introduced new product formulations for consumers who prefer natural products, such as JOHNSON’S® NATURAL®, a line that is 98% natural, and contains no formaldehyde releasing preservatives or traces of 1,4 dioxane.”

However, reasonable as this may sound, there are two rather obvious “problems” with their reply:

  1. They’re already selling a carcinogen-free version of its baby shampoo in other countries, so obviously no complicated reformulation would be necessary
  2. The Johnson & Johnson’s “Naturals” brand does not contain either of these chemicals, but, it costs about twice as much as their regular baby shampoo. That makes TWO carcinogen-free formulas at their disposal, which makes the line “We are completing this reformulation as quickly as we can safely and responsibly do so,”  seem like a rather strange excuse

The countries already receiving quaternium-15-free Johnson & Johnson products include:

Denmark Finland Japan The Netherlands
Norway South Africa Sweden The U.K.

 

As stated by Jezebel:iii

“And it’s not like the company removed an essential ingredient to meet environmental restrictions in these countries. While some have banned the use of quaternium-15, it’s unclear why some of these countries are being treated to the carcinogen-free shampoo.”

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What to Look for to Avoid Formaldehyde and 1,4-Dioxane

If you want to avoid formaldehyde-releasing ingredients and 1,4-dioxane, you need to know what to look for as they’re NOT listed on the label; at least not in those words. Common ingredients likely to contaminate products with formaldehyde include:

  • Quaternium-15
  • DMDM hydantoin
  • Imidazolidinyl urea
  • Diazolidinyl urea

To avoid 1,4-dioxane, watch out for these ingredients, which create 1,4-dioxane as a byproduct:

  • PEG-100 stearate
  • Sodium laureth sulfate
  • Sodium myreth sulfate
  • Polyethylene
  • Ceteareth-20

Other Hazardous Ingredients to Watch Out for

It’s unfortunate, but personal care products, including those specifically designed for babies, can contain a number of hazardous ingredients. Other common culprits to avoid include:

  • Any chemical that includes the clauses “xynol,” “ceteareth,” and “oleth”
  • Diethanolamine or DEA, a potentially cancer-causing agent. DEA also readily reacts with nitrite preservatives and contaminants to create nitrosodiethanolamine (NDEA), a known and potent carcinogen. The chemical also appears to block absorption of the nutrient choline, which is vital to brain development
  • Propylene Glycol. Despite the fact the material safety data sheet warns users to avoid skin contact with propylene glycol as it is a strong skin irritant and can also cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage, it’s a common ingredient in shampoos
  • Parabens. These preservatives may be listed on the label as methyl paraben, ethyl paraben, propyl paraben, butyl paraben, isobutyl paraben, or E216. They have shown particularly troubling links to cancer.Studies have shown that parabens can affect your body much like estrogens, which can lead to diminished muscle mass, extra fat storage, and male gynecomastia (breast growth). Other studies have also linked parabens to breast cancer, as researchers found traces of parabens in every sample of tissue taken from 20 different breast tumors. The EPA has linked methyl parabens in particular to metabolic, developmental, hormonal, and neurological disorders, as well as various cancers

Average Baby Exposed to Dozens of Potentially Unsafe Chemicals Daily

Four years ago, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) surveyed 3,300 parents and compared the baby products they used to lists of chemicals known to cause allergies, hormone disruption, damage to the nervous system, and cancer. Their review revealediv that children are exposed to about 27 chemical ingredients on a daily basis that have never been assessed for safety. Not by the industry, nor by the government. Examples of hazardous ingredients and baby products from that review include:

  • 2 bromo, 2 nitropropane, and 3-DIOL: Can cause allergies and skin irritations. In certain products, these ingredients can also break down to form other cancer-causing agents
  • Sodium borate, found in Desitin diaper cream, can accumulate in your child’s brain and liver, causing detrimental health effects
  • Oxybenzone, a common ingredient in sunscreen, can trigger allergies, and may disrupt a child’s delicate hormone system

Interestingly, 89 percent of products labeled “Recommended by doctor” were found to be some of the worstoffenders, containing some of the most dangerous chemicals!

The 2007 EWG study also determined that:v

  • 82 percent of children are exposed every week to one or more ingredients with the potential to harm the brain and nervous system.
  • 69 percent of children are exposed every week to one or more ingredients that may disrupt the hormone system.
  • 3.6 percent of children are exposed to ingredients with strong data linking them to cancer, including chemicals classified as known or probable human carcinogens.
  • 80 percent of children’s products marked as gentle and non-irritating contain ingredients linked to allergies and skin or eye irritation according to government and industry sources.

Evaluate Ingredients Before You Buy

The issue of potential toxins lurking in shampoos, soaps, lotions, and other personal care products is a serious one, as your skin readily absorbs these chemicals, allowing them directly into your blood stream. When absorbed, they can actually do more harm than if you were to swallow them.

I strongly recommend switching over to organic brands of toiletries, including children’s personal care products. You can usually find a good variety at either your local health food store, or by searching online. Keep in mind that not all products marked “natural” or “organic” are in fact wholly natural or organic, as “greenwashing has become increasingly pervasive.

I highly recommend using the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep site to evaluate each product before settling on a purchase. The EWG is a nonprofit public-interest research group known for making connections between chemical exposure and adverse health conditions. Since its inception in 2004, their “Skin Deep” study has assigned health-risk ratings to thousands of personal-care products.

General Shopping Guidelines

Some general guidelines to keep in mind when purchasing personal care products include:

  • Look for the genuine USDA Organic Seal.
  • If you can’t pronounce it, you probably don’t want to put it on your body. Ask yourself, “Would I eat this?”
  • Look for products that are fragrance-free. One artificial fragrance can contain hundreds—even thousands—of chemicals and fragrances are a major cause of allergic reactions.
  • Pay attention to the order in which the ingredients are listed. Manufacturers are required to list ingredients in descending order by volume, meaning the first few ingredients are the most prominent. If calendula extract is the last ingredient in a long list, your calendula body wash isn’t very natural.
  • Stick to the basics. Do you really need 10 products to prepare for your day? Simplify your life and rescue your bank account by reducing the total number of products you use daily.
  • Buy products that come in glass bottles rather than plastic, since chemicals can leach out of plastics and into the contents. Bisphenol A (BPA) is a serious concern. Make sure any plastic container is BPA-free or there are shampoos in glass or shampoo soaps with no plastic.
  • Look for products that are made by companies that are Earth-friendly, animal-friendly and committed to organic and sustainable business practices.

There is reason to be concerned about the numerous toxic chemicals you expose your children to on a daily basis, as each and every exposure adds to your child’s total, long-term toxic load.

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Author: Erin Elizabeth

Big Pharma and Medical Industry Dole Out $3.5 Billion in Kickbacks to Doctors and Teaching Hospitals

Big-Pharma-and-Medical-Industry-Dole-Out-3.5-Billion-in-Kickbacks-to-Doctors-Teaching-Hospitals-330x231It is scary how many similarities there are between this [pharmaceutical] industry and the mob.” ~ former Vice-President of Pfizer pharmaceuticals.

The U.S. federal government has released disturbing data about the profiteering nature behind our medical system. Namely, a staggering 4.4 million payments made to physicians and teaching hospitals by medical device and pharmaceutical companies.

According to officials from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), during the last five months of 2013, big pharma and medical companies paid a total of $3.5 billion in kickbacks to 546,000 physicians and 1,360 teaching hospitals.

If you believe pharmaceutical and medical corporations hold the health of the general public in high regard, it’s time to reconsider.

Bringing Transparency to the Medical Establishment — Somewhat

Launched in 2014, the Open Payments website was created — in accordance with the Affordable Care Act — to document payments by private companies to doctors and hospitals in a move towards transparency. Unfortunately, the site is far from perfect.

The platform isn’t easy to navigate and users are forced to wade through seemingly endless reams of data to glean practical information. Even searching for a specific physician is near impossible. Adding to the confusion, a percentage of drug and device companies attributed payments to multiple subsidiaries, instead of assigning them to a single parent company. Take Johnson & Johnson, who posted payments under a minimum of 15 subsidiaries, while device maker Medtronic and pharmaceutical company Novartis both used six.

Fortunately, Charles Ornstein, a senior reporter at ProPublica, has decoded a good portion of the data and found the following:

The top three categories for payments include royalty or license, promotional speaking and consulting fee. Next were food and beverage, travel and lodging, grant and education. Followed by honoraria, gift, non accredited training and ownership or investment interest. And lastly, space rental or facility fees, accredited training, charitable contribution and entertainment.

More data was edited, censored or obscured before publication than the government had claimed there would be.

Due to irregular data and other issues, CMS hasn’t released about a third of the data for the period between August and December 2013.

Companies lavish an enormous amount of money on royalty payments.

Royalty and licensure payments to doctor and hospital inventors totaled $976 million. “Genentech Inc. alone paid $122.5 million in royalties in the last five months of last year. Depuy Synthes Sales Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, spent $35.9 million in royalties,” writes Ornstein in Our First Dive Into the New Open Payments System.

Medical doctors and teaching hospitals ranked highest of those who received the most money.

Companies are required by law to report payments to medical doctors, teaching hospitals, osteopaths, dentists, chiropractors, optometrists and podiatrists. According to the data, medical doctors received an astounding 69% of payments, with teaching hospitals coming in second at 25%. A mere 6% of the payments went to the remaining groups.

Doctors travel a lot, thanks to drug and device makers.

“Doctors were paid for more than 200,000 trips by companies in the last five months of the year. The most common domestic destinations: Chicago, Dallas, New York, Atlanta and Philadelphia. Fewer doctors left the country, but when they did, their top destinations were Toronto, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Paris and Barcelona. Drug and device makers paid for doctors to travel to about 80 countries in all,” notes Ornstein.

Business as Usual

The findings by Ornstein shouldn’t be all that surprising since pharmaceutical companies especially are known to be rife with corruption.

Cortland Pfeffer (with Irwin Ozborne) writes about this lack of ethics in Licensed to Kill: Psychiatry, Big Pharma and the State-Sanctioned Drug Cartel

“Upon learning more about this dark side of psychiatry, I literally grew nauseous. I started to examine this psychiatrist’s charts to find that nearly every one of his patients was prescribed Abilify. In comparison, other providers prescribed Abilify only 4% of the time… compared to his rate of 75%. Then, of course, he is also married to the pharmacy representative for this company. For each prescription he writes, she gets paid a commission. She also gets paid for talking to doctors because of her free pass into the clinic. He also is funded by the same company to give speeches on this drug, and for signing off on peer-reviewed articles and studies on these drugs – again 100% funded by drug companies. They are making exuberant amounts of money by medicating people with a drug that in their own words “doesn’t really work.”’

Needless to say, Big Pharma has a less than stellar track record where principles are concerned. Another example is pharmaceutical giant Merck. The company harassed scientists who criticized their drugs, produced a fake ‘peer reviewed’ journal and “published an entirely ghostwritten journal article and had a doctor sign his name to it, even though a Merck employee felt the data presented was “wishful thinking.”’ [Source]

But it isn’t just Merck, many pharmaceutical companies fall into the same fraudulent category. Reports BBC News:

“Until recently, paying bribes to doctors to prescribe their drugs was commonplace at big pharmas, although the practice is now generally frowned upon and illegal in many places. GSK was fined $490m in China in September [2014] for bribery and has been accused of similar practices in Poland and the Middle East.

The rules on gifts, educational grants and sponsoring lectures, for example, are less clear cut, and these practices remain commonplace in the US.

Indeed a recent study found that doctors in the US receiving payments from pharma companies were twice as likely to prescribe their drugs.”

As outrageous as the pharmaceutical industry has proven itself to be, a quote comes to mind by Ogden Nash:

“How are we to survive? Solemnity is not the answer, any more than witless and irresponsible frivolity is. I think our best chance lies in humor, which in this case means a wry acceptance of our predicament. We don’t have to like it but we can at least recognize its ridiculous aspects, one of which is ourselves.”

In the same way, John Oliver acknowledges the absurdity of bought and paid for physicians in the following clip, using humor to drive the point home.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Marketing to Doctors (HBO)

Source: http://wakeup-world.com/2015/11/28/big-pharma-and-medical-industry-dole-out-3-5-billion-in-kickbacks-to-doctors-and-teaching-hospitals/

Author: Carolanne Wright

2010 in review: Heres what happened in the world of natural health and health freedom

Mike Adams

With 2010 officially over, heres a look at the trends and top stories of the year in the world of natural health and health freedom. Throughout 2010, we learned about all sorts of interesting chemicals being used in the conventional food supply. We learned that window cleaning chemicals are injected into fast food hamburger meat (http://www.naturalnews.com/027872_a€¦), and we learned that soy protein is extracted using a highly explosive chemical called hexane (http://www.naturalnews.com/026315_M€¦).

Water fluoridation surfaced as a big issue of 2010, and NaturalNews published an article describing the criminality of fluoridation (http://www.naturalnews.com/028913_f€¦).

The American Chemistry Council, predictably, insisted that BPA was safe for everyone (http://www.naturalnews.com/027975_A€¦), even as new evidence emerged that BPA was actually quite dangerous and might promote cancer. Food packaging companies scrambled to release BPA-free products, but the chemical is still found throughout canned soups and many other products.

In travel news, a Carnival Cruise Lines ship was stranded in November due to an engine fire. Left with no food, bathrooms, water or electricity, the cruise passengers were rescued by the U.S. Navy who brought get this Spam and Pop-Tarts! (http://www.naturalnews.com/030354_C€¦)

The truth comes out

The AIDS / HIV documentary House of Numbers came out in 2010, rocking the AIDS industry with intelligent questions that blew holes in conventional AIDS mythology (http://www.naturalnews.com/027890_A€¦).Vitamin D was huge news in 2010 as a steady stream of new evidence emerged, showing how vitamin D can prevent breast cancer (http://www.naturalnews.com/028119_v€¦) and other degenerative diseases. In 2010, the world came to realize that vitamin D deficiency is now at pandemic proportions (http://www.naturalnews.com/028357_v€¦).

We also learned more about the dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup and how it promotes diabetes (http://www.naturalnews.com/028340_d€¦). The news about HFCS got so bad that the corn syrup industry announced it was changing the name of the ingredient to corn sugar in an effort to fool consumers.

There was some good news on the health freedom front in 2010, as the FDA was defeated in the courts over its attempted censorship of a nutritional supplement (http://www.naturalnews.com/028929_F€¦).

On the intellectual property side of things, the US Patent Office actually took steps to invalidate corporate patents on human genes (http://www.naturalnews.com/030256_g€¦). This isnt a done deal yet, but its a hopeful step in the right direction toward ending ridiculous gene patents.

In the weird news category, we learned about the giant spinning hexagon on the planet ******, as photographed by NASA spacecraft (http://www.naturalnews.com/028797_S€¦).

The supply of Rare Earth Elements began to be in trouble in 2010 as we learned that many of the key components in electronics and solar panels are actually derived from filthy mines in China where many of these metals are about to be in critically short supply (http://www.naturalnews.com/028028_r€¦).

The TSA took center stage in 2010 for reaching down our pants and making us walk through radiation-emitting microwave body scanners. Esteemed scientists warned that the devices could promote cancer and sperm mutations (http://www.naturalnews.com/030607_n€¦). In response to the TSAs outrageous behavior against a now-famous guy who refused to be molested, I released a song called Dont Touch My Junk which went super-viral across the €˜net (http://www.naturalnews.com/030450_D€¦).

The psychology of TSA agents was compared to Nazi war criminals (http://www.naturalnews.com/030563_T€¦).

Sheriffs, meanwhile, announced they wanted a national database of prescription drug users (http://www.naturalnews.com/029736_s€¦) so they could track people who buy (and presumably sell) too many medications.

Big Sis Janet Napolitano announced that Wal-Mart customers should all spy on each other and report anything suspicious. (http://www.naturalnews.com/030648_W€¦) We launched a suspicious looking Wal-Mart video in response, featuring all the bizarre photos of the People of Wal-Mart. (http://www.naturalnews.tv/v.asp?v=5€¦)

Vaccines

Autism rates continued to climb in 2010, even as mainstream medical authorities insist it isnt caused by anything. Especially not vaccines. (http://www.naturalnews.com/028310_a€¦)

Speaking of vaccines, in 2010 we learned that vaccines are causing convulsions and seizures in children (http://www.naturalnews.com/028773_v€¦). One of the first batches made available in the year caused seizures in children (http://www.naturalnews.com/029334_f€¦). At one point in the year, the FDA admitted that vaccines had been contaminated with a pig virus, but announced they were still safe (http://www.naturalnews.com/028832_r€¦). Walgreens announced its flu shot gift card (http://www.naturalnews.com/029511_W€¦) and began running nationwide propaganda campaigns to promote flu shots which, by the way, automatically contained the swine flu vaccine from last year, too.

Not too long after Walgreens issues its flu shot gift card, Australia banned flu vaccines in children (for that batch, anyway) after they were found to cause vomiting, fevers and seizures, sending numerous children to the hospital (http://www.naturalnews.com/029586_A€¦). Finland soon banned H1N1 vaccines after finding they caused narcolepsy (http://www.naturalnews.com/029596_v€¦). Right after this, I released my Vaccine Zombie song (http://www.naturalnews.com/029607_V€¦) which actually didnt do too well, as it was released during the vaccination off season when people werent paying that much attention to vaccines yet in North America.

In September, we published a story demolishing the quack science behind flu vaccines (http://www.naturalnews.com/029641_v€¦). The vaccine industry was having a lousy Fall season in 2010, so they tried everything ramp up vaccinations, including opening booths in airports, grocery stores and even offering free vaccine shots at strip clubs! (http://www.naturalnews.com/029962_f€¦)

The Lancet retracted Dr Wakefields famous paper linking vaccines to autism, thereby rewriting medical history in much the same way as the lead character in George Orwells 1984 book, where history was always reconstructed to match the political illusions of the current power holders. (http://www.naturalnews.com/028101_T€¦)

To expose the fraud of the H1N1 swine flu vaccine scheme, I offered a $10,000 reward for proof that the vaccine was safe and effective (http://www.naturalnews.com/027985_H€¦), but no one took me up on the offer, of course, since such evidence does not exist. (Thats because they never adequately test these vaccines before they start injecting people.)

Ultimately, it turned out that vitamin D worked far better at preventing flu infections than vaccines anyway (http://www.naturalnews.com/029760_v€¦).

There was a lot of money floating around in the vaccine industry, of course, especially as we learned that World Health Organization advisors were on the take, receiving kickbacks from vaccine manufacturers (http://www.naturalnews.com/028936_W€¦). In July, Dr Gary Null published a powerful story exposing the quackery and lies of the vaccine industry (http://www.naturalnews.com/029124_f€¦).

Chemotherapy

One of the more fascinating bits of news from 2010 was the revelation that pharmacists are getting cancer from handling chemotherapy drugs! (http://www.naturalnews.com/029191_s€¦) Yet they still sell them to others. Interesting, huh?

As part of the chemotherapy push, the LA Times published a story that actually recommended what can only be the most moronic health advice of the year: Preventive chemotherapy for those who dont yet have cancer. (http://www.naturalnews.com/030181_L€¦)

Chemotherapy was the drug of choice for Michael Douglas, of course (http://www.naturalnews.com/029685_M€¦). He decided to use it to treat his cancer, following in the footsteps of Farrah Fawcett who died from chemotherapy last year. Celebrities just cant seem to get enough of chemo, and sadly we have to keep reporting on their deaths each year. Former lead singer of the band LFO, Rich Cronin, also passed away from chemo this year (http://www.naturalnews.com/029699_c€¦).

Disinfo

The Institute of Medicine released new recommendation on vitamin D. It turns out they were designed to keep everybody vitamin D deficient while warning people not to take too much (http://www.naturalnews.com/030598_v€¦).

Continuing with nutritional disinfo, a nutrition professor claims he lost weight eating Twinkies (http://www.naturalnews.com/030616_j€¦) but the media stories neglected to mention you can lose weight on chemotherapy, too.

Sesame Street played a big role in the disinfo efforts of the year, introducing new superfood muppets. One of them is a block of cheese, and another is a hamburger bun. (http://www.naturalnews.com/030626_m€¦)

On the psychiatric stage, 2010 saw the industry label healthy eating a mental disorder that they dubbed orthorexia nervosa (http://www.naturalnews.com/029098_o€¦). Thats on top of the similarly concocted Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD) which is diagnosed in anyone who questions authority or refuses to get vaccinated.

As part of the Big Pharma push, doctors began urging fast food restaurants to hand out statin drugs like ketchup packets (http://www.naturalnews.com/029467_s€¦). We posted a video documenting this news, and it received over a quarter million views: http://www.naturalnews.tv/v.asp?v=D€¦

We also exposed the top health care lies still driving conventional medicine (http://www.naturalnews.com/028623_h€¦), and we revealed the ridiculous pinkwashing fraud with Komens promotion of Kentucky Fried Chicken (http://www.naturalnews.com/028631_K€¦).

The Food Safety debate was a big deal during the end of 2010 (http://www.naturalnews.com/030461_S€¦). The bill ultimately passed. It contains language that asks to FDA to harmonize the U.S. food supply with Codex Alimentarius (http://www.naturalnews.com/030863_f€¦). Is also has the FDA setting up food safety enforcement offices in foreign nations.

Big Pharma fraud

Dr. Scott Reuben, an esteemed Big Pharma researcher, was caught faking dozens of studies upon which the medical industry relied to push popular prescription drugs (http://www.naturalnews.com/028194_S€¦). To this day, Dr Reubens research is still quoted in books and medical journals, even though we now know he simply invented all the clinical trial data.

But Dr Reuben wasnt the end of the pharmaceutical fraud news in 2010. We also learned that virtually all placebo-controlled trials throughout the industry were fraudulent to begin with because there are zero standards for the composition of the placebo pills, and what theyre made of is almost never reported in clinical trials (http://www.naturalnews.com/030209_p€¦).

We also got news that a doctor recognized by the AMA, published in medical journals and tapped to teach Continuing Medical Education credits was a total fraud, having fooled the medical system for 20 years (http://www.naturalnews.com/030729_W€¦).

Johnson & Johnson took center stage throughout 2010 with a seeming never-ending stream of product recalls due to all sorts of chemicals and even metal fragments being found in their medicines. They were also caught in a drug profit kickback scheme and were sued by the Justice Department (http://www.naturalnews.com/027994_J€¦).

Famous people

In 2010, we interviewed Jesse Ventura (http://www.naturalnews.com/028546_J€¦), Daniel Vitalis (http://www.naturalnews.com/028568_D€¦), Suzy Cohen (http://www.naturalnews.com/028614_S€¦), David Wolfe (http://www.naturalnews.com/028839_c€¦) and many other well-known people.

Former President Bill Clinton announced he was following the Heart Attack Proof diet based on juicing and plant-based foods (http://www.naturalnews.com/029816_B€¦).

Saving the planet from modern science

Of course, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill was a significant story in 2010 (http://www.naturalnews.com/028693_G€¦), and in terms of the pollution of waterways, Big Pharma also emerged in 2010 as a major global polluter (http://www.naturalnews.com/029314_w€¦).

The GMO stories of 2010 were simply amazing. We learned that the USA was pressuring European countries to stop any GMO labeling of foods (http://www.naturalnews.com/028716_G€¦), and then later we learned through Wikileaks cables that the United States actually conspired with GMO corporations to push GMOs across Europe while creating a retaliatory target list of any who opposed it (http://www.naturalnews.com/030828_G€¦).

We also learned that the FDA looked eager to approve GMO salmon (http://www.naturalnews.com/029770_s€¦), but thankfully this decision was slowed by tremendous public outcry.

I launched my Just Say No to GMO song in October as part of the GMO Awareness Month activities (http://www.naturalnews.com/030044_N€¦). The song went super-viral and eventually racked up more than half a million views spanning four languages. Jeffrey Smith from the IRT continues to kick butt exposing the truth about GMOs. In a successful fundraising effort, NaturalNews and its readers raised over $30,000 to help fund the IRT (http://www.naturalnews.com/030407_G€¦).

The world food supply took major hits during 2010 as freakish weather events caused droughts, floods and freezes that drastically reduced food supply in key areas (http://www.naturalnews.com/027924_f€¦).

Censorship and Big Government

2010 was a big year of censorship. YouTube censored our interview with Jeffrey Smith about GMOs (http://www.naturalnews.com/028718_Y€¦) and then later turned the video back on. Alex Jones saw his site removed from the Google News search engine, and YouTube also announced it would drop his entire video channel.

The FTC took part in the censorship, too, going after the POM Wonderful company for telling the truth about the health benefits of its pomegranate juice products (http://www.naturalnews.com/029901_p€¦).

The Department of Homeland Security began seizing websites in 2010 (http://www.naturalnews.com/030542_c€¦), claiming (illegal) authority over them. Thanks to Wikileaks, the push is now on for government to try to control the internet.€¨The raw milk wars were a big news item in 2010, as the FDA and state authorities took aggressive action to criminalize and arrest raw milk producers (http://www.naturalnews.com/028757_r€¦). Criminal elements of the law enforcement community conducted an armed raid on a raw food co-op in California (http://www.naturalnews.com/030136_R€¦) called Rawesome Foods. Their crime? They were selling raw milk.

Partly to protect our own video freedom from censorship, we launched NaturalNews.TV which has now grown to the largest natural health video site in the world, with over 10,000 members now uploading videos (and growing daily). Soon popular video stars such as AZ Mike (http://naturalnews.tv/Browse.asp?me€¦) and Magnus Mulliner (http://naturalnews.tv/Browse.asp?me€¦) emerged on the site.

Evil experiments

We saw Bill Gates emerge as a global population control zealot, even funding new technology to destroy sperm (http://www.naturalnews.com/028853_u€¦) and another project to vaccinate people without their knowledge, using covert technology (http://www.naturalnews.com/028887_v€¦). Later in the year, Gates was actually caught on video calling for a reduction in world population through the use of vaccines (http://www.naturalnews.com/029911_v€¦).

Meanwhile, the United States was caught red-handed in conducting medical experiments on Guatemalan prisoners (http://www.naturalnews.com/029924_m€¦). Obama actually had to pick up the phone and apologize for this embarrassing bit of history that shows how governments always use innocents as guinea pigs to test their drugs.

What a year, huh?

In addition to everything mentioned above, 2010 also saw the release of a huge number of studies supporting the healing use of herbs and natural remedies.

Still, 2010 was mostly a year of expanded censorship, attacks on health freedom and expansions of government tyranny.

Fortunately for us all, 2011 2012 look to be far more positive in terms of people waking up and contributing to global changes in consciousness that will ultimately end this era of censorship and ignorance (see my upcoming article on 2011 predictions for details).