Science, the Monsanto Way

That way appears to be deception, obfuscation, and cronyism.

We’ve been telling you about a court case against Monsanto in which the plaintiffs allege that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the Roundup herbicide, causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Documents in the case, including email messages, are now being made public, demonstrating how far Monsanto will go make sure glyphosate stays on the market. The indications include ghost writing, with Monsanto allegedly drafting scientific reports that were then published under someone else’s name. For example, a Monsanto employee may have written an article, under the guise of an academic, that appeared in Forbes in 2015 attacking the World Health Organization’s determination that glyphosate is probably a carcinogen.

Some of the emails even show Monsanto’s own scientists expressing concern over glyphosate’s safety. In a message from 2001, one Monsanto scientist wrote, “If somebody came to me and said they wanted to test Roundup I know how I would react — with serious concern.”

There are other revelations in the court documents that show Monsanto executives knew that Roundup was dangerous:

  • In a 2002 email, a Monsanto executive said, “What I’ve been hearing from you is that this continues to be the case with these studies — Glyphosate is O.K. but the formulated product (and thus the surfactant) does the damage.”
  • In a 2003 email, a different Monsanto executive acknowledges, You cannot say that Roundup is not a carcinogenwe have not done the necessary testing on the formulation to make that statement.” [Emphasis added]

The revealed documents also showed that Monsanto has relationships with peer-reviewed journals. The former editor of Food and Chemical Toxicology had a contractual relationship with Monsanto and retracted a study from famed GMO researcher Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini that found that Roundup and GMO corn could cause cancer and early death in rats.

Let’s not forget that documents unsealed earlier indicated that a top EPA official promised Monsanto he would quash an effort by the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct its own review of glyphosate.

All of this – and doubtless more evidence as yet unreleased – shows that Monsanto executives likely knew what Professor Séralini demonstrated last year, that the “inert” ingredients in Roundup may were up to 1,000 times more toxic than glyphosate, the active ingredient. Even though it’s less toxic than the inert ingredients in Roundup, the evidence is accumulating that glyphosate itself is toxic. So, too, the evidence that Monsanto has been pulling out all the stops to get its desired outcome.

 

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In Memoriam: Warren Levin, MD

A pioneer in integrative health passed away recently. Help us remember him.

The leadership and staff of ANH-USA are remembering and honoring a true legend in integrative medicine, Warren M. Levin, MD, in light of his recent passing last Friday at the age of 79.

Dr. Levin was practicing integrative medicine long before it enjoyed the stature it enjoys today. He was the founder of the Levin Center at the World Trade Center in 1974, the first major integrative medical center in America. This was a time when medical practitioners who dared to wander outside the mainstream medical paradigms were under constant pressure from state medical societies and medical boards. Dr. Levin stood up to these challenges and, in a landmark defense of his medical license, he carved out a space for integrative physicians to practice throughout the country. He touched countless lives with his vision for health and well-being long before it was commonplace to think in those terms.

Dr. Levin was truly at the forefront of medicine. He was among the first physicians to document the connection between Candida (yeast) infections and fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, autistic spectrum disorders, multiple chemical sensitivities and with refractory Lyme disease. He was among the first to offer IV chelation therapy for heart disease and a pioneer in providing bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for anti-aging. He was also the first to recognize and report Lyme-induced autism.

We are so grateful for his groundbreaking work in Functional Medicine and would not be where we are today without his invaluable contributions to the field. He was a revered doctor to his patients and a pillar of the integrative health community at large.

ANH-USA has established a memorial fund in his name to honor and continue his work in integrative medicine. All monies raised through this fund will go directly to the advancement of integrative/functional medicine. Please donate today and help ANH-USA honor his legacy.

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Fixing Health Care Not That Complicated

Obamacare doesn’t even need to be repealed and replaced in order to do it. Action Alert!

Last week, the Senate considered a number of bills to repeal and/or replace Obamacare—all of which failed. For those interested in keeping score:

  • One version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act included Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) initiative that insurers be allowed to sell catastrophic and other health coverage and not have to conform to Obamacare regulations. As we explained, however, those plans would have been in the same risk pool as Obamacare plans, meaning the Cruz reform would not create the consumer-driven alternative to Obamacare that we need. This bill was defeated by a 45-55 vote.
  • The Obamacare Repeal and Reconciliation Act would have repealed Obamacare without specifying a replacement. This bill failed by a vote of 45-55.
  • Then there was the so-called “skinny repeal” bill (The Health Care Freedom Act), which would have repealed the individual mandate but left Medicaid expansion and Obamacare policy requirements intact. That bill was defeated when Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and John McCain (R-AZ) voted against it.

With Obamacare still standing unamended, primarily because of the power of special interests, the problems facing our health care system are not going away. Premiums in parts of the country are expected to increase by as much as 50%. Providers are continuing to opt out of providing coverage on the state exchanges, leaving consumers with fewer and fewer choices. In some counties, there are no choices left.

As we’ve been saying for some time, there is an elegantly simple solution that does not require repealing Obamacare. The single most important reform that is needed is to allow a consumer-driven health insurance market to develop alongside government-run insurance like Obamacare.

In particular, ANH-USA has fought to legalize catastrophic-only insurance policies in a standalone risk pool. This is central to establishing a consumer-driven system. If catastrophic-only plans were put in the same risk pool as Obamacare plans, then consumers purchasing the cheaper catastrophic plans would see their premiums balloon to subsidize the more expensive Obamacare plans.

The system we propose would allow insurers to offer plans that consumers actually want, while continuing to allow those who want Obamacare plans to purchase them. We suspect that, in the long run, the consumer run system would take over, because it would bring healthcare costs down.

Last week’s flurry of action on health care reform is likely not the final word. Legislators still need to hear from constituents that they want health care reform to happen without a repeal of Obamacare being necessary.

Action Alert! Write to your Members of Congress and tell them you want a consumer-driven alternative to government-run insurance. Please send your message immediately.

 

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Supplements Killing Children?

No, but this false narrative is being pushed by the mainstream media.

Last week, a paper in the Journal of Medical Toxicology reported that calls to poison control centers concerning dietary supplements were up 50% over the period 2005-2012, with most of those calls relating to small children. The mainstream media pounced, questioning whether parents should risk storing supplements at home. As with previous attacks against supplements, however, an analysis of the underlying data shows that supplements are overwhelmingly safe products.

The Journal article cited findings from the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ (AAPCC) National Poison Data System. Here’s what the straight facts from that database indicate:

  • Dietary supplements account for just 1.8% of all substance exposures reported to Poison Control Centers, whereas pain killers represent 11%, household cleaning products represent 7.6%, and personal care products account for 7.4%.
  • Supplements are not even in the top 25 substance categories with the greatest rate of exposure increase over time. Here, antipsychotics, analgesics, and antidepressants top the list.
  • Nearly 90% of all consumer calls to America’s poison control centers are about drugs and other man-made chemicals.
  • From 1985 to 2015, more than 14 million children under the age of 5 had to undergo emergency measures to save them from poisoning by chemical products, including drugs and personal care products such as bubble bath.
  • Children are far more likely to die from swallowing batteries than vitamins. In 2015 alone, 42 children under the age of 5 died after ingesting analgesics, batteries, air fresheners and other chemical products – whereas not a single child died from accidentally swallowing vitamins or dietary supplements.

In 2015, a similar media outcry ignited when the US Department of Health and Human Services asserted that supplements send 23,000 people a year to hospital emergency rooms. On closer inspection, though, ANH found that 20% of the cases were the result of unsupervised children swallowing pills, and 40% involved adults over the age of 65 who choked on their pills. In other incidents, heart palpitations resulted from ingesting too many diet pills, taking sexual enhancement pills, and/or downing energy drinks. The current brouhaha is likewise slanting and “cherry picking” the data.

It’s probably no coincidence that the recent outcry is citing data from 2005-2012, when consumers’ use of dietary supplements vastly increased. Greater consumer use of any product is bound to produce more consumer questions and concerns, whether or not any actual cases of poisoning result.

While FDA-approved drugs kill hundreds of thousands of patients a yeareven when properly prescribed – the mainstream media doesn’t bat an eye. Supplements have killed zero people, yet there is a consistent media drumbeat for more regulation and government oversight over dietary supplements. What is never mentioned is that supplements are already regulated, and that treating them like drugs will raise their prices to drug like levels, or more likely eliminate them entirely from stores because producers cannot afford to spend so much on non-patentable products. Do truckloads of Big Pharma advertising dollars and research subsidies have anything to do with this skewed narrative? You decide.

 

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