Friday, August 29, 2014

Respected Analyst Says GMOs Could Destroy Life on the Planet


Prevent Disease | Aug 26, 2014 | Marco Torres

Invoking the risk of famine as a justification for GMOs is "a deceitful strategy, no different from...Russian roulette," according to a statistician and professor at New York University.  

Nassim Nicholas Taleb is a scholar, statistician, Wall Street analyst and advisor, professor at New York University, and the bestselling author of Fooled by Randomness and The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable. He predicted the 2008 financial crisis by pointing out that commonly used risk models were wrong. (He was correct, and he became quite wealthy from the strategic financial decisions he made at that time.)

Now his analysis of our use of genetically modified organisms shows that GMOs could cause "an irreversible termination of life at some scale, which could be the planet." Taleb and his two co-authors argue that calling the GMO approach "scientific" betrays "a very poor--indeed warped--understanding of probabilistic payoffs and risk management."

Taleb believes GMOs fall squarely under the rule that we should always err on the side of caution if something is really dangerous. This is not just because of potential harm to the consumer, but because of systemic risk to the system, which in this case is the ecosystem that supports all life on the planet:

Top-down modifications to the system (through GMOs) are categorically and statistically different from bottom-up ones (regular farming, progressive tinkering with crops, etc.). There is no comparison between the tinkering of selective breeding and the top-down engineering of arbitrarily taking a gene from an organism and putting it into another.

The interdependence of all things in nature, Taleb points out, dramatically amplifies risks that may initially seem small when studied in isolation. Tiny genetic errors on the local scale could cause considerable--and even irreversible--environmental damage when the local is exported to the global. The lack of understanding of basic statistical principles, he says, is what leads GMO supporters astray:

The interdependence of components [in nature] lead[s] to aggregate variations becoming much more severe than individual ones...Whether components are independent or interdependent matters a lot to systemic disasters such as pandemics or generalized crises. The interdependence increases the probability of ruin, to the point of certainty.

The problem is that the general public, and indeed most policy analysts, are ill-equipped to understand the statistical mathematics of risk. But as Brian Stoffel explains in his helpful article on Taleb’s research, we can assume that each genetically engineered seed carries a risk--albeit a very tiny risk--that in the intricately interdependent web of nature, the GMO seed might somehow eventually lead to a catastrophic breakdown of the ecosystem we rely on for life. Let’s call it a 0.1% chance, just for the sake of illustration. All by itself, that risk seems totally acceptable. But with each new seed that’s developed, the risk gets greater and greater, and over time, we could hit "the ecocide barrier":

Critics say, "But risk is inherent in everything. We can’t just be paralyzed by fear and not progress!" Taleb responds that the risk of "generalized human extinction" is absolutely not "inherent in everything." That’s because most consequences are localized, not systemic. And progress can be made using bottom-up techniques that have worked for eons.

While quite a few countries have banned GMOs because of their risk to human health and the environment, the US lags behind. Politicians complain that we don’t have the full picture on GMOs and therefore shouldn’t ban them--but that’s because of the lack of human safety studies being performed on GMOs in the US, and because GM companies keep a lot of their data proprietary, that is, concealed from the public. Consider the implications of keeping it secret: if the research finds GMOs to be harmless, wouldn’t that be something you’d want to shout from the rooftops, if you were Monsanto?

Genetic engineering is 40 years old. It is based on the naive understanding of the genome based on the One Gene - one protein hypothesis of 70 years ago, that each gene codes for a single protein. The Human Genome project completed in 2002 showed that this hypothesis is wrong.

The whole paradigm of the genetic engineering technology is based on a misunderstanding. Every scientist now learns that any gene can give more than one protein and that inserting a gene anywhere in a plant eventually creates rogue proteins. Some of these proteins are obviously allergenic or toxic.

There are no long-term feeding studies performed in any country to demonstrate the claims that genetically engineered foods are safe. All we have are scientific studies out of Europe and Russia, showing that rats fed engineered food die prematurely.

These studies show that proteins produced by engineered plants are different than what they should be. Inserting a gene in a genome using this technology can and does result in damaged proteins. The scientific literature is full of studies showing that engineered corn and soya contain toxic or allergenic proteins.

There is, clear evidence that GMOs pose risks (such as increased herbicide use) that could easily destabilize ecosystems, pose grave dangers to human health, and all without much benefit to the farmer or indeed anyone but the manufacturer:
A fact sheet on GMO risks offers much more evidence of ecological harm.

Just last spring, an amendment inserted into the 2013 Farm Bill passed by the House of Representatives' Agriculture Committee would revoke the ability of individual states' lawmakers to pass GMO-labeling laws, food advocates warned.

Earlier this year Mexico placed an indefinite ban on genetically-engineered corn, banning companies like Monsanto and DuPont/Pioneer from planting or selling their corn within the country’s borders.

A month earlier the Russian Prime Minister ordered agencies to consider a possible ban on all GMO imports into Russia.

Denmark has also imposed widespread bans on the spraying of glyphosate in response to research showing that the sprays have been contaminating the countrys groundwater.


In the summer, three Italian ministries had signed a decree banning the cultivation of Monsanto's genetically modified corn, citing environmental concerns.

In the United States, it now appears that Hawaii is at the forefront in the anti-GMO movement, a proliferation of organized regions across the country committed to banning and eradicating GMOs from the food supply.

Sources:

anh-usa.org

preventdisease.com

hawaiicountymayor.com

gmwatch.org

Marco Torres is a research specialist, writer and consumer advocate for healthy lifestyles. He holds degrees in Public Health and Environmental Science and is a professional speaker on topics such as disease prevention, environmental toxins and health policy.

Ecocide: Federal Protection Sought for Iconic Pollinators 'In Deadly Free Fall'

A monarch butterfly enjoys some milkweed. 
(Photo: David Levinson)
Common Dreams | Aug 28, 2014 | Andrea Germanos

Groups urge Endangered Species Act protection for monarchs suffering from assault as a result of genetically engineered crops dominating Corn Belt

The alarming decline of the monarch butterfly population necessitates federal action to save the iconic orange and black pollinators.

Such is the urging of the Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Food Safety, joined by the Xerces Society and monarch expert Dr. Lincoln Brower, who sent a petition (pdf) Tuesday to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeking Endangered Species Act protection for the butterflies.

Over the last two decades, the groups say, population has plummeted by more than 90 percent. To put that "staggering" figure in perspective, Tierra Curry, a senior scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity, said that "in human-population terms it would be like losing every living person in the United States except those in Florida and Ohio.”

The request for federal protection follows stacking evidence against corporate agriculture for its role in these declining numbers.   A primary threat to the pollinators, the petition states, is widespread plantings in the Midwest of genetically modified crops and the herbicides used on them, which are wiping out the monarch's larval food, milkweed.

"In the Midwest, nearly ubiquitous adoption of, glyphosate-resistant 'Roundup Ready' corn and soybeans has caused a precipitous decline of common milkweed, and thus of monarchs, which lay their eggs only on milkweeds. The majority of the world’s monarchs originate in the Corn Belt region of the United States where milkweed loss has been severe, and the threat that this habitat loss poses to the resiliency, redundancy, and representation of the monarch cannot be overstated," the petition reads.

Brower, who has been studying monarchs for six decades, said we need to take action before it is too late.

“Monarchs are in a deadly free fall and the threats they face are now so large in scale that Endangered Species Act protection is needed sooner rather than later, while there is still time to reverse the severe decline in the heart of their range.”

“The monarch is the canary in the cornfield, a harbinger of environmental change that we’ve brought about on such a broad scale that many species of pollinators are now at risk if we don’t take action to protect them,” Brower warned.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Dr. Andrew Wakefield breaks silence on #CDCWhistleblower

NextNewsNetwork | Aug 28, 2014


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CDC Autism/Vaccine Coverup Extends to Media and Journals

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Green Med Info | Aug 27, 2014 | Sayer Ji

The CDC, the mainstream media and scientific journals are participating in what may be the most heinous and far-reaching medical cover up of our time.

The long running controversy over the role of vaccines in the steadily expanding autism epidemic – which the CDC says affects 1 in every 68 U.S. children – continues to bubble to the surface.  With the recent publication of a study revealing African-American boys receiving their first MMR vaccine before 36 months of age are 3.4 times more likely to develop autism vs. after 36 months, and the confessions of William Thompson, a senior CDC scientist turned whistleblower, who revealed that his own agency covered up the autism-vaccine link in African-American boys over at least the past decade, we may be witnessing the long suppressed emergence of the truth about vaccine-induced brain damage.

But powerful forces are at play here, and only hours ago, it was was revealed that the journal that published the highly concerning MMR/autism study -- Translational Neurodegeneration -- removed it suddenly from their website, with the following explanation:
"This article has been removed from the public domain because of serious concerns about the validity of its conclusions. The journal and publisher believe that its continued availability may not be in the public interest. Definitive editorial action will be pending further investigation."
One would assume stories of this magnitude -- with direct health implications to millions of U.S. children -- would make national headlines, or that there would at least be critical responses and/or denials in major news outlets or by public and private health organizations whose responsibility it is to respond to these concerns and/or allegations. To the contrary, what we are witnessing is an eerie and highly conspicuous silence surrounding Thompson's revelations, who has been called a "medical Edward Snowden," in acknowledgment of how devastating and unrecoverable these charges are to the CDC's credibility, and by implication, it's entire ever-expanding one-size-fits-all immunization schedule.

Only a single user-generated Ireport exists on CNN's website documenting the original allegations, which CNN took down and then reinstated only after realizing (we believe) such an unprincipled move only confirmed the growing suspicion of a widely coordinated media cover-up.  The mainstream media's near absolute silence on the topic is at least internally consistent, as it reflects their decades long culpability in the near universal support for the CDC and vaccine manufacturers' denial of the harm done through their policies and products and their widespread characterization of dissenters a "dangerous" or even, as Bill Gates once said in interview, are responsible for 'Killing Children.'

The truth, spoken plainly, is that autism is a form of brain damage, resulting from an ever increasing repertoire of environmental exposures, which include vaccines, chemicals, drugs, food additives, pollution, infectious agents in the post-antibiotic era, incompatible dietary components, etc. While there are genetic and epigenetic susceptibility factors that mediate the risk for brain damage, autism and/or autism spectrum disorder itself is not some mysterious 'genetic epidemic' – a highly oxymoronic concept - organizations like the CDC constantly pay lip service to because it effectively 'blames the victim' or the victim's family's genes, distracting from the vaccine-associated iatrogenesis that is a primary driver of this epidemic. Of course, no single exposure or vaccine, in most cases, can be identified as 'the cause,' as no effect in the universe – and certainly not one occurring in highly complex biological systems - is produced through a singular force of action or exposure.  This makes the argument that 'you can't prove any vaccine caused autism' technically true. However, the absence of proof does not mean something that is isn't. The truth is the truth, no matter how determined the CDC, the media or journals are to hide or ignore it.

Not the First CDC Coverup Linking Vaccines to Harm 

That the CDC would conspire to cover-up the truth about vaccines contributing to autism is not surprising, when you consider their other recent attempts to cover-up vaccine associated harm.
Clearly, if the truth about vaccines were to get out, namely, their known link to over 100 side effects and/or disease -- and not just permanent brain damage (autism spectrum disorders) but also sudden infant death -- not only would health organizations that have been (often illegally) mandating their use be liable for damages (theoretically trillions of dollars worth), but the Stockholm syndrome (the victim identifies with the abuser) so many of these parents of vaccine injured children have been subject to would come off like a cork, unleashing so much pain, suffering and anger, that the entire house of cards erected through CDC, Media and Big Pharma's collusion would come crumbling down over night. What we are witnessing today is an irrepressible emergence of awareness about the true dangers of vaccines, leading a growing number to begin to relinquish their reflexive dependency on a failing medical system, and their pseudoscientific belief in the safety and infallibility of vaccines, and getting back in touch with their own power to control their health destiny.

Sayer Ji is the founder of GreenMedInfo.com, an author, educator, Steering Committee Member of the Global GMO Free Coalition (GGFC), and an advisory board member of the National Health Federation.

Bombshell email from CDC whistleblower reveals criminality of vaccine cover-up as far back as 2002


Natural News | Aug 26, 2014 | Mike Adams

CDC scientists who conspired to commit scientific fraud in order to obscure the link between the MMR vaccine and autism knew that they might have been engaged in criminal acts as far back as 2002, documents now show. (Journalists and bloggers, please cite Natural News as the source for this investigative story which the mainstream media has utterly refused to cover. Alternative media is now the only remaining free press operating in America that isn't controlled by corporate or government interests.)

Natural News has acquired an email sent by CDC whistleblower William Thompson to the following recipients: Melinda Wharton, Walt Orenstein, Kim Lane, Kevin M. Malone, Beverly Dozier, Robert Chen, David Shay, Coleen Boyle and Roger Bernier. The email focused on a Department of Justice investigation of the CDC, where the DoJ had requested "a broad range of documents associated with MMR, Thimerosal and Autism."

Back in 2002, William Thompson was already aware of study results linking the MMR vaccine to a very large increase in autism risk among African-American children. See Brian Hooker's published paper here, with a full analysis of the CDC's own data revealing a 340% increased risk of autism in African-American children following the MMR vaccine.

The CDC's Dr. Thompson was fully aware of this increased autism risk from MMR vaccines. He refers to these results as "sensitive results." The smoking gun in this letter is Dr. Thompson's admission that CDC scientists and decision makers are trying to decide which documents to turn over to the Dept. of Justice and which documents to suppress.

"I have also tried to bring your attention to some potentially sensitive legal issues surrounding what documents we should provide for this study," Thompson wrote in an email dated Friday, October 18, 2002 at 4:43 AM. The email was addressed to Melinda Wharton and cc'd to the recipients listed above.

Even to this day, the CDC has deliberately withheld documents sought by members of Congress. Rather than disclosing the so-called "science" used by the CDC to promote mass vaccination programs, the agency buries evidence and lies to both Congress and the American public.

Dr. Thompson hires a personal attorney in 2002 

"I don't think anyone has broken the law," Thompson writes, "but I was extremely uncomfortable when Dr. Coleen Boyle, a coauthor on our paper, was required to testify before Congressman Dan Burton's Committee in April of 2002 regarding MMR and Autism. I became more concerned regarding legal issues surrounding the MADDSP MMR/Autism Study when individuals from the NCBDDD began to cc Beverly Dozier, an attorney, on e-mails regarding discussions we were having surrounding the provision of appropriate documents to satisfy the DOJ request."

The letter goes on to say that attorney Beverly Dozier was consulting Dr. Coleen Boyle on what documents to provide (and therefore also what documents to withhold).

Dr. Thompson then concludes by saying "I will be hiring my own personal attorney..." and even adds, "[I will] seriously consider removing myself as an author on the draft manuscript."

Click here to read the full email sent by Dr. Thompson in 2002.



Twelve years later, Dr. William Thompson admits to scientific fraud at the CDC 

The MMR vaccines / autism cover-up continued for twelve more years. The DoJ investigation petered out, and the scientists who participated in the cover-up were granted prestigious awards by Health and Human Services.

For twelve years, this cover-up haunted Dr. Thompson, who has now decided to clear his conscience and admit to the fraud. He now says:

Oh my God, I did not believe that we did what we did, but we did. It’s all there. This is the lowest point in my career, that I went along with that paper. I have great shame now when I meet families of kids with autism, because I have been part of the problem. - Dr. William Thompson

Natural News trumps the New York Times and every other media outlet in the world 

Now, this MMR vaccine-autism cover-up continues to be perpetrated by the mainstream media which has so far run a total media blackout on the story, hoping to suppress the truth about MMR vaccines and autism for as long as possible.

Consider how extraordinary it is today that Natural News, a small independent media organization, would now be out-reporting the New York Times on one of the most explosive medical fraud stories in U.S. history. There is not a single mainstream media source in America today which has published a single article on this extraordinary turning point in the history of the CDC and its scientific fraud. What you are witnessing today is the total collapse of the illusion of credibility across the mainstream media and the rise of the only free press remaining in America: the independent media.

This is obvious in the fact that this story has widespread implications for public health and yet no one from the mainstream media is asking any questions at all. If the press won't ask questions, then it's not the press at all. It's just a propaganda outlet for corporate and government disinfo.

This CDC whistleblower admitting to scientific fraud regarding MMR vaccines is one of the biggest stories in medical history. I feel honored to be one of only a handful of truth-telling independent journalists in America who has the credibility and courage to bring it to you. Spread the truth. Share this story.




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