If you think you've heard it all before ... think again. You haven't. This page is devoted to health news you will not find in the MSM (mainstream media) as well as Op-Eds where I discuss health matters close to my heart. I welcome your comments.


THE INDEX


OP-EDS

#1.
The Canadian government
says mercury fillings are risk-free.
That's understandable since
their medical policies are written by the FDA


#2.
Dr. Mercola says dentists
are sick bunnies ... and proves it


#3.
Dentists are dying like flies ...

#4.
What keeps The Medical System running?

#5.
Canada is more interested in physician-assisted suicide
than in physician-assisted living



ARTICLES

#1.
What are the chances of someone
surviving while working to lower drug prices
?

#2.
What are the chances of someone
surviving while on the Medtronic insulin pump?

#3.
Thinking about getting a flu shot?

#4.
Canada has been bought off by Monsanto

#5.
France covers up birth defect health disaster

#6.
More proof ...
that Canada has been bought off by Monsanto



Jan. 28, 2019 -- Op-Ed #5

Canada is more interested in physician-assisted suicide than in physician-assisted living

Yes, Canada seems more interested in killing people to free up hospice beds than in providing the kind of research and care that can help people overcome so-called incurable diseases and thereby free up those hospice beds, as well as the hospital beds people would occupy on the way to the hospice.

The Canadian government is right to consider the question of patient death. They have been doing so for decades. They contribute unashamedly to the death of Canadians via legislating toxic exposure to mercury for the entire Canadian population. Decades ago the government legalized silver amalgam fillings that kill countless thousands every year via mercury poisoning. "Silver" fillings contain 50% mercury. Dental mercury causes not only neurological diseases but also a myriad of other conditions and diseases. All of which goes unrecognized, in spite of the fact that mercury just happens to be the #1 neurotoxin on the planet and the #2 toxic metal -- right after radioactive plutonium. See The Big Dental Lie. The Canadian government department in charge of health is called Health Canada. It should be called Health? Canada.

Outlawing toxic mercury from dentistry would defy the FDA. But this is out of the question. It would constitute an act of political suicide since the US Government dictates (not only) medical policy for Canada and forbids independent action. There is no such thing as Canada deciding what to do on its own. The US dog wags the Canadian tail.

So, it should be no surprise that the Canadian Government is preoccupied with writing legislation (dictated by the US) regarding physician-assisted suicide, while pretending this is a health matter. It is actually an anti-health matter. Legislation about dying is more important to the Canadian Government than legislation about living. Good luck to those subject to the O Canada/Red, White & Blue health agenda. With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the helm, controlled by the US, Canadians will need all the luck in the world -- and more. O Canada, The True North Strong and Free.


Jan. 24, 2019 -- Op-Ed #4

What keeps The Medical System running?

Good question. Is it the bureaucracy? Is it the doctors and nurses? Is it the drug companies? No, it is the patients who keep The System running. Of course. Without a steady flow of patients there would be no System. In the case of a broken bone or other acute medical problem we need The System. The System has an excellent track record here, so turning to The System is the best decision in such cases.

But what about people with chronic conditions and diseases? They also turn to The System for help. For which The System is very grateful. Because this is where the big money is made since chronic illness requires constant medical attention -- and thus generates a steady and immense cash flow. But what is the track record of The System in such cases, versus acute medical problems?

Not so good. For example, regarding the 2 incurable diseases I was afflicted with -- Multiple Sclerosis and Crohn's disease -- the success rate of The System is exactly zero. After decades of "research" and billions of dollars down the drain, these 2 diseases have been declared incurable by The System. So, why is it that people suffering from them -- as well as many other "declared" incurable diseases -- turn to The System for help when the System has never managed to help even a single person recover? Good question.

The answer is ignorance and/or fear, and the inability or unwillingness of patients to step outside the box and think for themselves. Most people are simply ignorant of the facts regarding the dismal record of The System in the face of chronic illness and disease. They live in hope, and many are simply satisfied with palliation. But many people who have a greater awareness fear standing up to their doctor. In fact, most never consider doing so. After all, we were all brought up to believe that doctors are the ultimate authority. And they are often friends of the family.

In the end, most people never think of stepping outside the box to challenge The System. The few who do must face the fact that the odds are against one small person on a limited budget accomplishing anything significant. But wait. Look at what The System's dismal record, backed by its huge resources over decades, has accomplished for chronic illness and incurable diseases. One small person should be heartened by the fact that they have absolutely nothing to lose -- and a lot to gain -- when staring the cold facts in the face.

The cold facts show that The System has money at the top of their list -- not health. The System is designed to make a profit, not to solve the problems of chronic illness and disease. Indeed, if The System were successful in solving these kinds of intractable problems where would the profits come from? Good question. The System's answer to all this is simple. They avoid getting to the root of the problem to guarantee that the profit machine remains healthy -- while patients are guaranteed an unhealthy future. It's a simple matter of Money Beats Morality.

Where does this leave patients? Patients are left with doctor's visits, various costly tests, lab analysis, a variety of treatments -- and drugs, of course -- all of which predictably end up nowhere, certainly not to recovery. The System is designed to palliate symptoms and prolong suffering, while assuring their own financial health.

Few patients ask their doctor the most important question: what is your rate of success in helping people overcome my condition? In cases of terminal disease, where the outcome is a foregone conclusion, the question does not need to be asked because the patient already knows the outcome. But in cases that are not yet at the terminal stage, this question is vital. It is a matter of life and death. But it remains unasked. And physicians are understandbly not anxious to volunteer their dismal failure record without being queried. This could discourage repeat customers.

Challenging the doctor may seem a daunting proposition. Indeed, patients find that most doctors respond in anger when they are challenged, which in itself is very revealing. But this question must be asked by those who are serious about stepping outside the box to find a solution to their problem. If I had not done this in 1990 I would have been dead long ago. Realizing The System had nothing to offer me I set out on my own. I did not stop until I found the answers that ultimately led to my complete recovery.

In 2019 -- 30 years after being paralyzed with Multiple Sclerosis and 25 years after lying near death on the operating table with Crohn's disease -- I am in perfect health. My recovery was accomplished through taking matters into my own hands -- with a very slim budget. But I did not recover from 2 incurable diseases by accident.

Unfortunately, most people do not recover from Multipe Sclerosis or Crohn's disease -- never mind those who are afflicted with both (they are linked) -- because they allow their fate to be decided by those with a zero% success rate -- The System that does its best to keep everyone inside the box. Inside the box the patient's fate is sealed. But since recovery is deemed impossible by The System it is, in effect, outlawed. So, anyone claiming to recover from a condition or a disease that is deemed incurable by The System is liable to be either ignored or even persecuted, in some cases. This is the perverse System that is in charge or our health -- if we allow. Yes, Money Beats Morality. So, we're on our own.


Jan. 21, 2019 -- Op-Ed #3

Dentists are dying like flies ...

And this article proves it -- and this article proves it again. Newsweek says DENTISTS MYSTERIOUSLY DYING OF LUNG DISEASE: CDC REPORT. Read Dr. Mercola's article in Op-Ed #2 (below). Dentists are dying Mysteriously? What's the big mystery when they inhale vapors from the second most toxic metal on the planet on a daily basis? And are we to assume that the #1 neurotoxin on the planet -- mercury -- does not cause neurological disease in dentists? Of course, dentists are not only dying of lung disease -- all of which is intentionally undiagnosed by The System, to protect itself from legal liability. Dentists are mere pawns of the ADA in the dental game.

But why is the headline marketing this whole thing as a mystery? Because The System cotrols the media and they want to make it look like a mystery. If not, the proverbial you-know-what would hit the fan. The System needs this to remains a mystery in the ledag sense in order to avoid the inevitable astronomical legal liability that would follow if the truth about the epidemic of mercury poisoning were ever revealed. No worries. As long as The System controls the media Pandora's dental box will continue to be hermetically sealed.


Jan. 17, 2019 -- Op-Ed #2

Dr. Mercola says dentists
are sick bunnies ... and proves it


Dr. Mercola has written an interesting article on how sick dentists are. I wonder if breathing in mercury fumes has anything to do with it. The article is entitled Are Dentists Getting Sick from Mercury Poisoning? It should actually be entitled How is it Possible for Dentists not to Get Sick from Mercury Poisoning? Read the Mercola article for yourself ... here. You be the judge.


... the CDC (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention )analysis revealed that the dental workers were 23 times more likely to develop IPF (Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis)compared to the general population. Seven of the patients died during the study period ...


Jan. 12, 2019 -- Op-Ed #1

The Canadian government
backed by Google and WikiPedia
all agree that mercury fillings are risk-free.
This is totally understandable since ...
their medical policies are written by the FDA

Have you taken a close look at how WikiPedia talks about MS and other incurable diseases, as well as alternative therapies? For instance, nearly 100% of the hundreds of cases of MS (Multiple Sclerosis) that have come my way over the past 25 years have "featured" so-called silver amalgam fillings that contain 50% mercury.

In 1989 I was toxic with 14 mercury fillings. Safe removal and detoxification led to my recovery from MS and Crohn's disease. And after reading My Recovery Protocol many people have recovered their health. But that The Medical System totally avoids the issue of mercury fillings in relation to neurological disease, and all other diseases -- in spite of the fact that mercury is the #1 neurotoxin on the planet and the #2 toxic metal on the planet after radioactive plutonium.

As I elucidate on this site and in My Recovery Protocol and Against All Odds, The System is obviously corrupt -- and is happily backed by corrupt agents like WikiPedia and Google. So, what does WikiPedia say about MS?

"The cause of MS is unknown; however, it is believed to occur as a result of some combination of genetic and environmental factors such as infectious agents." What a pitiful statement. Wikipedia's corruption mirrors the corruption of The System. They walk hand in hand, diverting attention from the single most obvious factor -- dental mercury -- in order to protect The Dental and Medical Systems from legal liability.

Google helps keep the lie alive about "silver" fillings by stating the following:

"Do dentists still use silver fillings? Amalgam fillings are often known as “silver fillings.” Dental amalgam is a mixture of mercury, silver, tin and copper. ... When combined with the other metals, the mercury in fillings forms a safe, stable compound [quoting the ADA]. This type of filling has been around since 1895." Which simply means they have been happily people since 1895. Something to boast about. And did you notice? They don't even answer their own question, "Do dentists still use silver fillings". Of course they do.

Some people say that talking about mercury fillings is no longer relevant since dentists don't "place" mercury fillings anymore, opting for plastic composites. This is totally false. Millions of "silver" fillings are "placed" every year. 180 million people in the US alone still have mercury fillings that are leaching mercury 24/7 into their tissues, organs and body systems, setting in motion the eventual creation of disease that often takes decades to manifect with full-blown symptoms.

But The System never recognizes the connection between dental mercury and pathology. This leaves mysteriously-caused diseases that are welcomed as cash cows for The System, including the drug companies that fund the medical schools and dictate the agenda for The Medical System. So, The System is designed to cause disease and then profit from disease. It's simply a matter of the math. It has nothing to do with health -- except to destroy it to keep the math looking good.

Adding insult to injury, mercury fillings expand inside teeth, which requires more dental work -- which leaves dentists doing a Hi-5. And when mercury fillings are drilled out without a special filtration system, which most dentists do not use, patients become FAR more toxic than before removal thanks to inhaling deadly mercury vapors. New patients are always welcomed with pleasure by The Medical System.

And ... in case you were wondering, dentists look like smart people but they are all highly mercury toxic (like their patients) -- and in denial, of course. No surprise -- there are more seriously ill dentists than the practitioners of any other profession. Since disease often only shows up decades after unsuspecting patients have had mercury "placed" in or removed from their mouths, and after dentists have exposed themselves to deadly mercury, The System is quite content to deny the connection between mercury fillings and disease.

The Medical System is glad to cover up everything on their end by refusing to look for dental mercury as the cause of ANY disease. The FDA, controlled by the big pharmaceutical companis and the American Dental Association (the ADA) makes sure everyone toes the official line, with Health Canada above the 49th parallel acting as their poodle on a leash. Good luck. We're on our own.


Feb. 15 2019 -- Article #6

The Canadian government sees no cancer risk
from Monsanto's Roundup weed killer
(see Article #4 below)
so ... here's more proof that Canada
has been bought off by Monsanto


 from RT

                            Monsanto’s Roundup raises cancer risk 41%
                                         ... EPA-linked scientists find

Monsanto’s Roundup raises the risk of certain cancers in heavily-exposed individuals by an eye-popping 41 percent, according to a study by former EPA advisors that may influence a coming wave of legal actions against the company.

Exposure to glyphosate-based herbicides like Roundup dramatically increases a person’s risk of developing non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a new review of studies found, adding to the mounting pile of evidence against Monsanto’s popular weed killer, now owned by Bayer. The meta-analysis, published in Mutation Research, analyzed the results of six earlier studies to find individuals with heavy exposure to the herbicide had a 41 percent higher risk of developing non-Hodgkins lymphoma than those not exposed.

“This paper makes a stronger case than previous meta-analyses that there is evidence of an increased risk of NHL due to glyphosate exposure,” said Lianne Sheppard, study co-author and University of Washington professor. “From a population health point of view, there are some real concerns.”

A former scientific adviser to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on glyphosate, Sheppard has criticized the environmental agency for “not following their own rules” in evaluating the herbicide when an advisory panel was convened in 2016 to determine its safety after several papers were published on Roundup’s carcinogenicity. Two more of the study’s authors also served on that panel, which is still cited by Bayer as proof that their product is safe. The EPA is now reviewing the study.

The researchers focused on heavily-exposed groups, they said, because if Roundup wasn’t carcinogenic – as Bayer-Monsanto argues – even a high degree of exposure shouldn’t lead to increased cancer risk. They included a 2018 study that Monsanto had previously used to disprove the Roundup-cancer link – but which in fact confirms it among the heavy exposure cases.

“Together, all of the meta-analyses conducted to date, including our own, consistently report the same key finding: exposure to glyphosate-based herbicides are associated with an increased risk of non-Hodgkins lymphoma,” the authors wrote.

Bayer dismissed the new study as “statistical manipulation” contradicting “the extensive body of science, 40 years of real world experience, and the conclusions of regulators.”

After a historic court ruling in August in which the agrochemical conglomerate was forced to pay $78 million for “acting with malice” in concealing the carcinogenic risk of its product, resulting in a California groundskeeper’s cancer, Bayer-Monsanto is facing over 9,300 additional lawsuits from others with non-Hodgkins lymphoma who believe Roundup was responsible. The next case begins later this month.


Feb. 1, 2019 -- Article #5

French Mystery?
France covers up birth defect health disaster


A "French Mystery"? A report delayed? I wonder what they are covering up. The article (below) links birth defects to agricultural chemicals. But could the fact that the two locations cited in this Article from RT are just around the corner from 2 of France's famous nuclear power plants be a factor in causing these deformities? Could the French government be covering this up in order to try to limit legal liability?

France is #2 in the world for the number of nuclear power plants. The US is #1. As for new cancer cases France is -- surprise, surprise -- #2 in the world. Hmmm. Is this just a coincidence -- #2 and #2 back to back?

In fact, France relies more on nuclear power for generating electricity than any other country in the world. It has 58 nuclear reactors that provide 78% of its electricity. The US has 60 nuclear power plants (with 98 nuclear reactors) that provide 20% of its electricity. With a population of 65 million France has only 20% of the population of the the US. This gives you an idea of the exposure to nuclear radiation in France. But doesn't each reactor retain its deadly radioactivity? Radiation exposure is contained, right?

Well ... not really. In the US and France and everywhere else ... "Every day, reactors must routinely release a portion of radioactive chemicals into local air and water — the same chemicals found in atomic bomb tests. They enter human bodies through breathing and the food chain. Federal law obligates nuclear companies to measure these emissions and the amounts that end up in air, water, and food, and to report them to federal regulators. However, nuclear advocates ["Advocates"? I wonder who these "advocates" are] consistently claim that these releases are below federally-permitted limits, and thus are harmless." Yah, sure. I mean, does anyone out there -- except some famous "advocates" -- believe these federally-permitted limits are protecting anyone besides the nuclear industry? I wonder how close these so-called advocates live to nuclear power plants?

The bottom line (from this same article) is ... "A 2005 report by a blue-ribbon panel of the National Academy of Sciences reviewed hundreds of scientific articles, and concluded that there is no risk-free dose of radiation. Federal health officials, who should be responsible for tracking cancer near nuclear reactors and analyzing their nuclear contaminants, have ignored the dangers." Ah, I see. Let's ignore radiation and it will go away. Now that's what I call a great policy -- for the nuclear industry. Well folks, we're on our own, once again.

The above quotations are taken from this Huffington Post article entitled ...

             Nuclear Power Causes Cancer: What Industry Doesn't Want You To Know

Incidentally, the government also says that mercury fillings are harmless. Mercury is the #2 toxic metal on the planet -- right after radioactive plutonium. I get it. Mercury fillings are as harmless as the radioactive plutonium used in nuclear reactors. Here is the article on birth defects in France  ...

From RT


Phantom investigation?
France delays report on mystery cases of babies born without arms

France's public health agency has postponed the release of a report on an investigation into the abnormal numbers of babies being born without arms in rural regions — a medical mystery which has baffled experts.

Three infants were born with no arms between June and November 2016 within a 30km radius of Vitrolles in the Bouches-du-Rhône region. That followed another cluster of cases near the area of Ain, where eight babies were born with the defect within a 17km radius. Similar cases have also been observed in other regions of rural France.

A nationwide investigation into the phenomenon began last October and the government had promised an update by January 31, but that date was suddenly pushed back — and the parents of affected children are becoming impatient and suspicious.

In an open letter to public health officials, a group of parents expressed doubts about the ongoing investigation and said their questions have “never had clear answers.” They accused the government of focusing on explanations which have already been dismissed by another public health body which researches cases of malformation.

Santé Publique France, the national health agency, previously conducted an investigation before the latest spate of cases — but that investigation concluded that there had not been an excessive level of incidents in Ain and that no further investigation was needed. Other experts, however, said the number of cases in Ain was 58 times the normal statistical amount.

Remera, the health body which looks into instances of malformation, carried out its own investigation in 2018. As part of it, mothers were interviewed with a “very extensive questionnaire” about their lifestyles to see if there were any similarities between their pregnancies. This led doctors to dismiss genetics, drugs, and alcohol as potential causes for the missing limbs.

Emmanuelle Amar, the director of Remera in the south east of France concluded that the “only thing they have in common is that they all live in a very rural area.” Remera therefore dismissed the likelihood of the malformations as being down to chance — as the government agency previously suggested — as "more than infinitesimal."

Remera believes that harmful pesticides in wide use in rural areas of France are the most likely culprit. The mystery remains unsolved, but the possible link to agriculture is given weight by the fact that around the same time the cases were observed in Ain, several calves and chickens were born with missing limbs in the area. Amar told RT that authorities didn't want to listen to Remera's concerns, however.

Aurelie Bingler, the mother of one girl born without her hand, also spoke to RT. "I want to know why she was born like that, because mothers blame themselves. We think it may come from us or that we did something wrong" she said. Bingler believes, too, that there is probably a link to farming.

Former French environment minister Corinna Lepage told RT there was probably a "fear of discovering that the causes could endanger a number of economic interests."


Jan. 15, 2019 -- Article #4

Since Canada has been bought off by Monsanto
... they see no cancer risk from
Monsanto's Roundup weed killer


From RT

Canadian farmers will continue using glyphosate after Health Canada concluded that the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer poses no human risks. The federal agency dismissed eight notices of objection and assertions made in the so-called Monsanto Papers in 2017.

"After a thorough scientific review, we have concluded that the concerns raised by the objectors could not be scientifically supported when considering the entire body of relevant data. The objections raised did not create doubt or concern regarding the scientific basis for the 2017 re-evaluation decision for glyphosate," Health Canada said in a press release.

The 2017 re-evaluation determined that glyphosate is not genotoxic and is unlikely to pose a human cancer risk. It also determined that dietary exposure associated with the use of glyphosate is not expected to pose a risk of concern to human health. When used according to revised label directions, glyphosate products are not expected to pose risks of concern to the environment, according to the study.

Health Canada said it has selected a group of 20 of its own scientists who were not involved in the 2017 decision to evaluate the eight objections and the concerns raised publicly around glyphosate. The agency said its scientists “left no stone unturned in conducting” the review.

The agency noted that it "had access to numerous individual studies and raw scientific data during its assessment of glyphosate, including additional cancer and genotoxicity studies." It added that it will "continue to monitor for new information related to glyphosate, including regulatory actions from other governments, and will take appropriate action if risks of concern to human health or the environment are identified."

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup, which is the most popular weed killer in the US. German chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant Bayer, which bought Monsanto last year, disclosed earlier that lawsuits from 9,300 plaintiffs were pending at the end of October. The lawsuits alleged that the company’s recently acquired weed-killing product caused cancer.ollowed the $289-million California court verdict when Monsanto was ordered to pay damages to a man who alleged its glyphosate-based weed killers, including Roundup, caused his cancer. Bayer rejected all the accusations, claiming there are hundreds of scientific studies and regulatory authorities that show glyphosate, the compound contained in the weed killers, is safe to use.

However, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) labeled glyphosate a carcinogen in 1985 -- then conveniently reversed the position in 1991 after the phone lines got hot between the EPA and Monsanto. The World Health Organization’s cancer research agency classified glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic to humans" in 2015. California has listed glyphosate in its Proposition 65 registry of chemicals known to cause cancer. Never mind all this . Canada knows better.

This article on RT links to two more explosive articles on Monsanto here and here. It is painfuilly obvious that Canada is far more interested in supporting corporate interests than it is in protecting its citizens. I am sure that Canada's politically correct Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will find a politically correct way to ignore the matter. He is more interested in linguistic inanity than trivial health matters such as this.


Dec. 6, 2018 -- Article #3

Thinking about getting a flu shot?
You may want to think again
after reading this


From Infowars

Shane Morgan and his wife Monique decided to get flu shots on November 2, believing it would help protect them and young family members ahead of the busy holiday season. But what they thought was a pro-active measure turned to horror when Shane began losing feeling in his arms and legs. "About 36-hours after he got the flu shot he started to get sick", Monique explained to KSNV. "I never dreamed that any of this could ever happen," Shane told local media.

Doctors at Centennial Hills Hospital diagnosed Shane with Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a known vaccine adverse reaction characterized by the CDC as an "autoimmune disorder in which a person's own immune system damages the nerves, causing muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis." Monique blames the flu shot for triggering the adverse reaction, which has left Shane in need of a ventilator and a feeding tube. “It’s the last time anyone in my family will ever get one,” she said, adding Shane would rather have the flu “ten to one” than suffer the debilitating disorder.
Despite Shane’s horrific vaccine injury, a Nevada health official interviewed by KSNV still encouraged people to get the flu shot, saying Guillain-Barré Syndrome is a “rare” condition. Guillain-Barré Syndrome, or GBS, has also been reported in patients who received the whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine, Gardasil (HPV), and M-M-R II injections, to name a few.

A major US-based medtech company’s faulty equipment could be linked to thousands of Nov. 26, 2018.


Nov. 26, 2018 -- Article #2

With 2,600 deaths in the U.S. alone ...
What are the chances of someone
surviving while on the Medtronic insulin pump?

Top-profiting US medtech firm
linked to 9,000+ deaths from faulty implants


From RT

A major US-based medtech company’s faulty equipment could be linked to thousands of casualties and hundreds of thousands of injuries, and they are not the only culprits in the $400bn industry. Medtech giant Medtronic, officially headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, but operating from the US, could be responsible for 9,300 deaths and 292,000 injuries in the US alone, according a study published on Sunday. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) report claims that one in five of the company’s medical implants have tested faulty, resulting in a massive amount of deaths and injuries while company profits soared. The ICIJ claims that “patients around the world have become unwitting test subjects for new medical technology”, as unsafe and insufficiently tested implants are rushed to market.

The information was revealed as a part of a year-long study called “The Implant Files”, which involved 250 journalists researching problems in the $400bn industry. Despite the intimate and serious nature of products that are literally implanted into the human body, the report uncovered a disturbing lack of regulation regarding medical implants, including hip replacements, insulin injectors and vaginal meshes. Some implants were placed into patients without any testing whatsoever, with journalists working on the study claiming that human beings were essentially used as Guinea pigs for testing new products in a race for profits.

Medtronic, one of the world’s Medtronic, one of the world’s largest producers of insulin injectors, devices that manage chronic pain and Parkinson's disease treatments was the most serious perpetrator uncovered in the study. The FDA has responded to the accusations saying that more complaints were filed against Medtronic as a natural consequence of their being the largest distributor of such products, a fact which ignores that Medtronic’s products were twice as likely to test faulty in comparison with their competitors. Their insulin pumps alone have been connected to nearly 2,600 deaths in the US.


Nov. 19, 2018 -- Article #1

Death Of HHS Official Ruled Suicide;
Found With "Multiple Blunt Force Injuries"

What are the chances of someone
surviving while working to lower drug prices
?

From ZeroHedge

The November 1 death of Daniel Best, a former pharmaceutical executive in charge of efforts to lower prescription drug prices for the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has been ruled a suicide, according to the Washington D.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, which noted that Best died of "multiple blunt force injuries," according to Cleveland.com. Medical Examiner on Thursday said Best died from "multiple blunt force injuries" and it ruled his death a suicide. It would not release further information. In announcing his death, HHS Secretary Alex Azar said the 49-year-old former CVSHealth and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals executive agreed to work at HHS "out of a desire to serve the American people by making health care more affordable." -Cleveland.com Best, a senior adviser to HHS Secretary Alex Azar, was found "unresponsive" at 5:25 a.m. on Nov. 1 near the garage door exit of a Navy Yard apartment building, which is located approximately a mile south of the Capitol. He was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel. A drug industry insider, Best worked for over a decade as an executive for several companies, including 12 years at Pfizer, Universal American, MemberHealth and CVS Caremark Corporation, where he made just over $500,000 per year negotiating drug prices for seniors.

His March appointment drew the ire of President Trump's opponents, who accused his administration of becoming too close with the drug industry. Best was advising Azar - a former pharma executive and lobbyist, on drug pricing. "He brought his deep expertise and passion to this task with great humility and collegiality," said Azar in a statement following Best's death. "All of us who served with Dan at HHS and in the administration mourn his passing and extend our thoughts and prayers to his wife Lisa and the entire Best family at this difficult time." In May, Stat reported that Best was a seasoned negotiator - however questions remained on "whether he'll advocate for his former colleagues in the PBM world, or if, in the words of a lobbyist, he'll show the public "where the bodies are buried"" Best has stepped into the government in the midst of a vicious battle between PBMs and drug makers, each blaming the other for the high cost of prescription drugs. PBMs point out that the drug companies set the price. Drug makers say that PBMs effectively force the prices up through the complex rebate system. Best has an inside view into the situation. “The most important thing I learned about the PBM industry is that every player serves a critical role in managing this complex system and we wouldn’t be talking about lowering prescription drug prices today unless PBMs had a role to play,” Best said in an email, through an HHS spokesperson. -Stat Former co-workers described Best as a nice guy, yet tough negotiator according to the Epoch Times: "He’s got a real nice personality," said former MemberHealth colleague Chuck Spinelli. "He’s not a jerk, he’s not overbearing. He’s approachable, and pharma liked him. They appreciated working with him. He was very transparent. He was very honest. He didn’t play any games." Best, who grew up in Erie Pennsylvania, is survived by his wife Lisa and three children.