How Antidepressants Affect Selfhood, Teenage Sexuality, and Our Quest for Personal Identity

Brainpickings – “Great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them,” Anaïs Nin famously wrote. But what if it doesn’t balance out? What if the emotional excess, believed to be essential to creativity, was of the negative and crippling kind? One need only look at such tragic heroes as Sylvia PlathDavid Foster WallaceMarilyn Monroe, and Kurt Cobain to grasp the gravity of the proposition. And yet we remain ever so culturally ambivalent about alleviating the anguish of mental illness with the same arsenal we use against physical pain: drugs.

In Coming of Age on Zoloft: How Antidepressants Cheered Us Up, Let Us Down, and Changed Who We Are (public library), Katherine Sharpe explores the heart of this ambivalence through an intersection of her own experience, conversation with medical and psychiatric experts, and in-depth interviews with forty young adults who grew up on psychopharmaceuticals. Having spent a fair portion of my own life on antidepressants, and having recently resumed treatment, I was instantly fascinated, both as an observer of culture and a living sample size of one.

Sharpe begins with an anecdote from her college days, in which she and her six roommates arrived at the accidental and highly self-conscious realization that each one of them was, or had been, on one form of psychoactive drug or another — an incident emblematic of the pervasive and profound cultural pattern at the heart of Sharpe’s book. She writes:

It is strange, as a young person, to realize that you have lived through something that can be considered a real historical change, but that’s exactly what we had done. When I was a child, in the early 1980s, taking psychiatric medication was decidedly a fringe phenomenon. Prozac came onto the market in 1987, the year I was eight. The first member of a family of drugs called SSRIs (for “selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors”), it quickly became the leading edge of a psychopharmaceutical revolution. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Americans grew ever more likely to reach for a pill to address a wide variety of mental and emotional problems. We also became more likely to think of those problems as a kind of disease, manifestations of an innate biochemical imbalance. Depression, social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and the like went from being strange clinical terms or scrupulously hidden secrets to constituting acceptable topics of cocktail party conversation — talk that was often followed up by chatter about the new miracle drugs for despair.

Artwork by Bobby Baker from ‘Drawing Mental Illness.’

But more than a mere statistically swelling phenomenon — less than two decades after the introduction of Prozac, SSRIs had outpaced blood pressure medication to become America’s favorite class of drugs, popped by about 10% of the nation — Sharpe points out a troubling corollary: In permeating everyday life so profoundly, antidepressants also embedded themselves in youth, with an ever-growing number of teenagers taking psychopharmaceuticals to abate depression, ADHD, and other mental health issues. And while relief from the debilitating and often deadly effects of adolescent depression is undoubtedly preferable over the alternative, it comes with a dark side: Antidepressants confuse our ability to tell our “true self” from the symptoms of the disease, and from the effects of the medication, at a time when the search for selfhood and the construction of personal identity are at their most critical and formative stages. And given the teenage brain responds so differently to life than the adult’s, the implications are even more uneasy:

Rightly or wrongly, antidepressants command powerful emotions; they can lead people to examine their deepest assumptions about themselves and the world.

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The notion that depression distorts the true self and that antidepressants merely restore what was there all along has often been invoked against the fear that by taking antidepressants, we might somehow be betraying our true natures. But that belief in particular is one that people who start medication young cannot fall back on. Worries about how antidepressants might affect the self are greatly magnified for people who begin using them in adolescence, before they’ve developed a stable, adult sense of self. Lacking a reliable conception of what it is to feel “like themselves,” young people have no way to gauge the effects of the drugs on their developing personalities. Searching for identity — asking “Who am I?” and combing the inner and outer worlds for an answer that seems to fit — is the main developmental task of the teenage years. And for some young adults, the idea of taking a medication that could frustrate that search can become a discouraging, painful preoccupation.

Coming of Age on Zoloft is fantastic and pause-giving in its entirety, embodying the rare bravery of asking important, complex questions in a society that fetishizes simplistic, sensationalistic answers. In a culture where just about the most embarrassing thing is not to have an opinion, Sharpe invites us to form one that is truly our own, however inconclusive and full of what Keats called“negative capability,” rather than a borrowed one that is easier to don but devoid of true understanding.” Full Article + More Artwork on Brainpickings

Why The USDA Isn’t Recalling Contaminated Chickens

“The latest outbreak is a stark example of this dynamic. Foster Farms’ official statement asks consumers to see their tainted chicken as a learning experience: “The alert that regulators issued based on illnesses over the past seven months emphasizes the need to fully cook and properly handle raw poultry.”

Nation Of Change – “As an especially vicious salmonella outbreak sickens hundreds across the country, U.S. Department of Agriculture regulators have declined to crack down on the poultry processing plants that spread the pathogen. On Monday, the USDA threatened to close the California-based Foster Farms facilities, but decided to keep the plant open under scrutiny on Thursday night after Foster Farms submitted a plan for “immediate substantive changes to their slaughter and processing to allow for continued operations.”

The outbreak has sickened at least 300 people in 17 states, and 42 percent of the victims have been hospitalized — twice the normal hospitalization rate for salmonella. Yet neither state nor federal regulators have issued a recall order, stating the chicken is safe iffully cooked.

Industry publication Meating place interviewed Daniel Engeljohn, a USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service official, about the decision to keep the infected meat on the shelves. Engeljohn pointed to a federal court decision in 2001 that crippled the USDA’s ability to take meaningful action against meat processors that violate food safety standards. The notoriously conservative Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the USDA did not have the authority to shut down Supreme Beef, a meat processing plant that repeatedly flunked tests for salmonella contamination. The justification for this ruling was that the meat was safe if it was cooked properly. Thanks to this decision, the USDA has only the power to ask the company at fault to recall their products voluntarily.” Full Story

Chicken products blamed for salmonella outbreak still on store shelves

Published on Oct 11, 2013

Consumers are confused about why Foster Farms chicken is still for sale when it made more than 270 people sick. But the USDA doesn t require recalls for salmonella, because it is widely found where chickens are raised.

 

Bar Code Voting

It is critical that people become informed about what is going on with our food supply if things are going to change. All of the petitions, protests or marches in the world are not going to stand much chance of bringing about change so long as millions of people continue to support the industrial system with their pocketbooks. Every scan of a bar code in a supermarket is a VOTE, people. If we continue to use our *Votes* to support processed, modified, soy-filled, corn-filled, JUNK…then that is EXACTLY what we will keep getting!

The strongest statement we can make, the best message we can send to corporations, is to back up our words with action…the action of consciously deciding to buy local, to make those organic fruits and veggies the most scanned items in the system. Stop voting for junk and start voting for your own health…and the health of all future generations.

JoelSalatin

ReThink The Pink

“If shopping could cure cancer it would be cured by now,” Wall said. “We don’t need more awareness; we need action to stop the causes of breast disease. Awareness is not the same as working to end the epidemic.”

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My “Pink” Ribbon…done in black, as is more fitting.

My mother “lost” her “battle” with breast cancer years ago…in the grand month of “Breast Cancer Awareness”, formally known as October. In the years since then, I’ve been gifted Pink Ribbons in every form and incarnation from pens to key-chains to coffee mugs…I despise them, each & every one. 

I have never, and will never, give a dime or show an ounce of support for this ridiculous “Cheering on” of a disease – of this “Pink Ribbon” club that serves only to make talking about loss of boobs more tolerable to society. What the video below says at the beginning is true…there is a push to pretty-up the disease and to show only shiny, happy survivor faces in public…and for some of us who know better, who have a more intimate relationship with breast cancer, that public relations image is downright nauseating.  My mother was NOT happy and cheerful and perky during the years breast cancer ravaged her body.  She was sick, pale, weakened, burned, scarred, maimed, bald and died looking like a Holocaust corpse.

There was nothing Perky Pink about any of it!! 

And before I allow myself to veer off into a full out personal rant, I will let other voices pick up from here and explain what it is about the Pink Ribbon campaign that gets me so agitated that my vision blurs from pink to fiery-red…

Source – “Breast cancer has become the poster child of corporate cause-related marketing campaigns. Countless women and men walk, bike, climb and shop for the cure. Each year, millions of dollars are raised in the name of breast cancer, but where does this money go and what does it actually achieve?”

Little known to many, for instance, is the fact that the original breast cancer ribbon was created by a woman named Charlotte Haley, now 68 years old, as an awareness tool to expose the fact that the National Cancer Institute (NCI) spent virtually none of its budget on cancer prevention. Today, that ribbon, which was originally a salmon color, has been hijacked by corporations and turned pink for the purpose of raising gobs of money in the name of “finding a cure.”

“Raising money has become the priority, regardless of the consequences,” said one woman interviewed for the film, concerning what all the breast cancer hullabaloo is really about. “If people actually knew what was happening, they would be really pissed off,” added another woman.

“Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Léa Pool, and produced and executive produced by Ravida Din for the National Film Board of Canada, PINK RIBBONS, INC. is a feature documentary that shows how the devastating reality of breast cancer, which marketing experts have labeled a “dream cause,” has been hijacked by a shiny, pink story of success.”

Most people have no idea where their donations to groups like Susan G. Komen for the Cure actually go, and whether or not any of it is being used for legitimate purposes. And at the same time, many of the products with pink breast cancer labels on them actually contribute to the disease, including KFC chicken (http://www.naturalnews.com/028631_Komen_for_the_cure_pinkwashing.html), Diet Coke (http://www.naturalnews.com/031415_Coca_Cola_diet_soda.html), and even alcoholic beverages (http://www.naturalnews.com/030018_pinkwashing_breast_cancer.html).

“It is hypocrisy to use carcinogens in products and at the same time be raising money for a cure,” pointed out one woman in the film about the countless consumer products that contain known carcinogens.

So how can organizations like Komen for the Cure and its numerous corporate sponsors claim to be interested in ending breast cancer when they continue to do nothing to oppose the use of cancer-causing chemicals and additives in consumer products?”  Click Here To Learn More

“We want people to do something besides worry and shop…”

PRETTY IN PINK AND CORRUPTION

Posted by Rachel Metea on October 3, 2010 · 5 Comments

“To many women with breast cancer, Breast Cancer Awareness Month is about the evils of pink.

From soup cans to Mustangs, many corporations saturate their products in pink during Breast Cancer Awareness month. These corporations incentives, many breast cancer advocates warn, however, may not be as good-hearted as they appear. 

This advertising technique, called cause marketing, is a marketing strategy where charity is used to increase profits. Research from Cone Communications, a Boston consultancy, found that 79 percent of consumers would likely switch to a brand that supports a cause, all other things being equal.

“This is nuts,” breast-cancer patient, Jeanne Sather, 54, said. “Companies will take out an advertisement in a major magazine to tell you about their great donation, and the ad might cost more than the donation,” Sather said. “This is fairly typical.”

Sather said cause marketing exploits women who have breast cancer. Sather said she urges women to boycott any product that displays a pink ribbon on it. Her Seattle-based blog, The Assertive Patient, features her “Boycott October” campaign where she recommends that people stop buying pink ribbon products.

Many organizations are producing “pink products,” with promises to donate part of the item’s proceeds towards a breast cancer foundation. Angela Wall, the editor of Breast Cancer Action said consumers need to be aware that the portion of the product’s profit that the corporation donates is often very slim. Many corporations have a donation maximum that puts a cap on the money raised at a certain point. The money raised after this point goes to the corporation, rather than the charity.

While some companies are required to inform consumers of their maximum, many corporations found loopholes, enabling them to pocket the excess charity money.

New Balance reached its $1 million per year maximum over the past two years. The company is partnered with the Susan G. Komen foundation, who insist its corporate partners inform consumers when they have reached their donation maximum. However, New Balance said in a statement that it does not inform their consumers after they have reached the cap.

Despite mislead customers, many companies claim cause marketing triggers awareness. Last month, the Pink Ribbon Produce campaign used in-store promotions to drive breast-cancer awareness through produce at participating stores. The participating stores were decorated with a pink ribbon indicator.

Not everyone, however, says generating awareness is enough support.” Full Post Here

New study: Magic Mushrooms Repair Brain Damage From Extreme Trauma

Higher Perspective – “A new study by The University of South Florida has found that low doses of the active ingredient in magic mushrooms repairs brain damage caused by extreme trauma, offering renewed hope to millions of sufferers of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).

Psilocybe tampanensis

Psilocybe tampanensis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The study confirms previous research by Imperial College London, that psilocybin, a naturally occurring compound present in “shrooms”, stimulates new brain cell growth and erases frightening memories. Mice conditioned to fear electric shock when hearing a noise associated with the shock “simply lost their fear”, says Dr. Juan Sanchez-Ramos, who co-authored the study. A low dose of psilocybin led them to overcome “fear conditioning” and the freeze response associated with it faster than the group of mice on Ketanserin (a drug that counteracts the receptor that binds psilocybin in the brain) and a control group on saline.

An estimated 5 percent of Americans – more than 13 million people – have PTSD at any given time, according to the PTSD Alliance. The condition more often associated with combat veterans, is twice as likely to develop in women because they tend to experience interpersonal violence (such as domestic violence, rape and abuse) more often than men.

Common symptoms, such as hyper-vigilance, memory fragmentation, flashbacks, dissociation, nightmares and fight or flight responses to ‘triggers’, are generally thought to be psychological and therefore treatable by learning to change thought processes. But new research suggests that they may in fact be the result of long term physiological mutations to the brain.

In the South Florida University study, the mice treated with low doses of psilocybin grew healthy new brain cells and their overactive medial prefrontal cortex regions (common in PTSD sufferers) were restored to normal functionality.

Further independent studies (http://www.thedoctorwillseeyounow.com ) have shown that the hippocampus part of the brain is damaged by extreme stress and that this is specific to PTSD and not associated with anxiety or panic disorders.

Dr. Sanchez-Ramos acknowledged that there was no way of knowing whether the mice in the experiment experienced altered states of consciousness or hallucinations – commonly experienced with magic mushrooms, but he believed the doses were too low to cause psychoactive effects.

Decriminalisation of psilocybin could help millions

Previous studies have shown that low doses of psilocybin produce no consciousness state altering effects. Administered in the correct amount, psilocybin could therefore be assumed to safely treat PTSD with minimal risk of adverse side effects. Magic mushrooms could help millions recover from the debilitating cycles of fight and flight and other conditioned biological responses caused by extreme trauma, if only they weren’t listed as a dangerous Schedule 1 drug with no medical benefits.” Full Story on Higher Perspective

27-Year-Old Man Gets “20 Years Hard Labor” for Half an Ounce of Pot

“Defense lawyers are appealing the twenty year sentence for Mr. Ladd, but the hundreds of thousands of marijuana arrests continue each year. This insanity must be stopped.”

AlterNet – “While Colorado and Washington have de-criminalized recreational use of marijuana and twenty states allow use for medical purposes, a Louisiana man was sentenced to twenty years in prison in New Orleans criminal court for possessing 15 grams, .529 of an ounce, of marijuana.

Corey Ladd, 27, had prior drug convictions and was sentenced September 4, 2013 as a “multiple offender to 20 years hard labor at the Department of Corrections.”

Marijuana use still remains a ticket to jail in most of the country and prohibition is enforced in a highly racially discriminatory manner.  A recent report of the ACLU, “The War on Marijuana in Black and White,” documents millions of arrests for marijuana and shows the “staggeringly disproportionate impact on African Americans.”

Nationwide, the latest numbers from the FBI report that over 762,000 arrests per year are for marijuana, almost exactly half of all drug arrests.

Even though blacks and whites use marijuana at similar rates, black people are 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for possession of marijuana than white people.

For example, Louisiana arrests about 13,000 people per year for marijuana, 60% of them African Americans.  Over 84 percent were for possession only.   While Louisiana’s population is 32 percent black, 60 percent of arrests for marijuana are African American making it the 9th most discriminatory state nationwide.  In Tangipahoa Parish, blacks are 11.8 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana than whites and in St. Landry Parish the rate of black arrests for marijuana is 10.7 times as likely as whites, landing both parishes in the worst 15 in the country.

In Louisiana, a person can get up to six months in jail for first marijuana conviction, up to five years in prison for the second conviction and up to twenty years in prison for the third.   In fact, the Louisiana Supreme Court recently overturned a sentence of five years as too lenient for a fourth possession of marijuana and ordered the person sentenced to at least 13 years.

Jack Cole of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) argues that “the “war on drugs” has been, is, and forever will be, a total and abject failure.  This is not a war on drugs, this is a war on people, our own people, our children, our parents, ourselves.” LEAP, which is made up of thousands of current and former members of the law enforcement and criminal justice communities, has been advocating for the de-criminalization of drugs and replacing it with regulation and control since 2002.” Full Story

An Apple A Day Is Not Enough

 

A powerful poem written and performed by Taylor Mali (spoken word artist and teacher) about the importance of health education. 

English: Apple. Polski: Jabłko.

English: Apple. Polski: Jabłko. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Antibacterial Products Fuel Resistant Bacteria In Streams & Rivers

EurekAlert – “Millbrook, N.Y.) Triclosan – a synthetic antibacterial widely used in personal care products – is fueling the development of resistant bacteria in streams and rivers. So reports a new paper in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, which is the first to document triclosan resistance in a natural environment.

Invented for surgeons in the 1960s, triclosan slows or stops the growth of bacteria, fungi, and mildew. Currently, around half of liquid soaps contain the chemical, as well as toothpastes, deodorants, cosmetics, liquid cleansers, and detergents. Triclosan enters streams and rivers through domestic wastewater, leaky sewer infrastructure, and sewer overflows, with residues now common throughout the United States.

Emma Rosi-Marshall, one of the paper’s authors and an aquatic ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York explains: “The bacterial resistance caused by triclosan has real environmental consequences. Not only does it disrupt aquatic life by changing native bacterial communities, but it’s linked to the rise of resistant bacteria that could diminish the usefulness of important antibiotics.”

With colleagues from Loyola University and the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, Rosi-Marshall explored how bacteria living in stream and river sediments responded to triclosan in both natural and controlled settings. Field studies were conducted at three sites in the Chicago metropolitan region: urban North Shore Channel, suburban West Branch Dupage River, and rural Nippersink Creek.

Urbanization was correlated with a rise in both triclosan concentrations in sediments and the proportion of bottom-dwelling bacteria resistant to triclosan. A woodland creek had the lowest levels of triclosan-resistant bacteria, while a site on the North Shore Channel downstream of 25 combined sewer overflows had the highest levels.

Combined sewers deliver domestic sewage, industrial wastewater, and storm water to a regional treatment plant using a single pipe. Overflows occur when a pipe’s capacity is exceeded, typically due to excessive runoff from high rainfall or snowmelt events. The result: untreated sewage flows directly into rivers and streams.

The research team found that combined sewer overflows that release untreated sewage are a major source of triclosan pollution in Chicago’s North Shore Channel. In addition, their findings support past work that indicates sewage treatment plants can effectively remove triclosan from wastewater.

John Kelly of Loyola University Chicago, the paper’s senior author, comments, “We detected much lower levels of triclosan at a site downstream of a sewage treatment facility as compared to a site downstream of combined sewer overflows. And we demonstrated a strong link between the presence of triclosan in the environment and the development of triclosan resistant bacteria.”

Nearly 800 cities in the United States rely on combined sewer overflows, with the Environmental Protection Agency citing them as a major water pollution concern.

Artificial stream experiments conducted at Loyola University confirmed field findings that triclosan exposure triggers an increase in triclosan-resistant bacteria. In addition to the creation of these resistant bacteria, researchers also found a decrease in the diversity of benthic bacteria and a shift in the composition of bacterial communities. Most notable were a 6-fold increase in cyanobacteria and a dramatic die-off of algae.

Rosi-Marshall explains how these shifts could impact aquatic life, “Cyanobacteria are less nutritious than algae and can produce toxins. In triclosan-polluted streams and rivers, changes in microbial communities could negatively affect ecological function and animal communities.”

The study is the latest in an ongoing effort to better understand the environmental and human health consequences of synthetic antimicrobials. Funding was provided by a grant from the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center.”

Access the paper here.

 

Like A Phoenix: Power Beyond The Fall

So…you want a revolution, eh? Pissed off…fed up…you know bad things are going bump in the night but don’t know which way to turn for help when officers are murdering people – and pets – all over the place. Your government representatives have gone deaf and blind. Your online activity is not only not private, but can and will be used against you in court…doors are getting bashed in, your milk is no longer legal, your neighbors can vanish and be indefinitely detained & families are being terrorized by armed and masked SWAT men in the middle of the night…

It is time to do something…NOW!!

Enough is enough!! Our founding fathers would not have stood for this and neither should we!! 

The time for a revolution is at hand…!

Or is it..?

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New Research: CBC Cannabinoid Sparks Brain Cell Growth

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Marijuana.com- “One by one – the irrational lies of the prohibition set are slowly being put to down like rabid animals. Even within the stubborn old guard, cannabis as medicine is continually finding new allies. Example: a new report offered by the Journal Neurochemistry International has discovered that marijuana’s CBC cannabinoid helps to promote brain cell growth.

Apart from the psychotropic compound Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), evidence suggests that other non-psychotropic phytocannabinoids are also of potential clinical use. This study aimed at elucidating the effect of major non-THC phytocannabinoids on the fate of adult neural stem progenitor cells (NSPCs), which is an essential component of brain function in health as well as in pathology. We tested three compounds: cannabidiol, cannabigerol, and cannabichromene (CBC), and found that CBC has positive effect on the cell viability of mouse NSPCs during differentiation in vitro.

While some  marijuana myths die slow – this research recently performed at the Institute of Biomolecular Chemistry was funded by the manufacturers of Sativex, and is merely one of a multitude of studies which has demonstrated that marijuana cannabinoids can accelerate brain cell growth.”

“Scientists at the Institute of biomolecular chemistry concluded;

Based on a previous report, we studied the potential involvement of adenosine A1 receptor in the effect of CBC on these cells and found that the selective adenosine A1 receptor antagonist, DPCPX, counteracted both ERK1/2 phosphorylation and up-regulation of nestin by CBC, indicating that also adenosine is involved in these effects of CBC, but possibly not in CBC inhibitory effect on GFAP expression. Next, we measured ATP levels as an equilibrium marker of adenosine and found higher ATP levels during differentiation of NSPCs in the presence of CBC. Taken together, our results suggest that CBC raises the viability of NSPCs while inhibiting their differentiation into astroglia, possibly through up-regulation of ATP and adenosine signalling.

Scientific studies like this are hard to ignore – though the NDIA have tried. The mounting successes of medical marijuana being passed in state after state, have ushered in a new age of cannabis reform and acceptance – only this time we have science on our side.” Learn More at Marijuana.com

 

Joel Salatin On “Illegal Everything”

An ‘oldie but goodie’ video…well worth the watch time for those not already familiar with the ever-expanding laws that restrict our freedom to decide what foods we can put in our bodies.

Joel Salatin speaks on John Stossel’s segment, “Illegal Everything,” about raw milk, farms, and food freedom. Interview is from 2012.

Raw Milk Sold Legally In Arkansas…Maybe? (roninsjourney.wordpress.com)

Iowa on Verge of Legalizing Raw Milk; Resistance to Food Tyranny is Rising (theintelhub.com)
Final Project: Joel Salatin, A Local Hero (grantklover.wordpress.com)
Jury Nullification: Farmer Found Not Guilty in Raw Milk Case (silverunderground.com)
Flawed Government Report Used to Block State Raw Milk Freedom (secretsofthefed.com)
‘Acute’ retail pressure hurts food producers: Salatin (smh.com.au)

 

Proposed Law In Texas – Vaccination Without Parental Consent

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After I caught the story below that talks about Texas S.B. 63 which allows for vaccines without parental consent, I started digging around and doing a bit more research into this bill & its sponsor. It took me less than half an hour to track down Jane Nelson’s membership in The American Legislative Exchange Council.  Not only is she a supporting member; she is an active member that sits on ALEC’s…*drum roll please* Health & Human Services Taskforce.

Wonders never cease, right? 

Even more shocking is the fact that some of Nelson’s largest campaign contributors are pharmaceutical and medical industries…*Gasp* whoever could imagine a politrickster pushing a corporate agenda, eh? 

(NaturalNews) “If you thought the so-called “great state” of Texas was a bastion of freedom, liberty, and minimal government intrusion, think again. Efforts are currently in the works in the form of two new Senate bills to seize parental sovereignty rights and allow minors living in the Lone Star State to consent to vaccinations.

Senate Bill 63, entitled “Relating to consent to the immunization of certain children,” would allow minors to consent to vaccinations without their parents’ permission, violating existing Texas statutes that prohibit such action. Sponsored by Senator Jane Nelson, a Republican from Texas’ District 12 near Dallas, S.B. 63 is a direct affront to the rights of parents to govern the vaccination choices of their children.”

Full Story On Natural News

Senate Research Center

AUTHOR’S / SPONSOR’S STATEMENT OF INTENT

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends “cocooning” as a strategy to protect babies from vaccine-preventable diseases in the first months of life.  This entails vaccinating those in close contact with the infant, especially their parents and caregivers.  Unborn children receive disease immunity through vaccines obtained by their mothers during pregnancy.

Currently, minor parents may consent to medical treatment, including immunizations, for their children.  However, they may not consent to their own immunizations.  Pregnant minors are also not currently allowed to consent to their own immunizations.  S.B. 63 is intended to better protect unborn children and infants from vaccine-preventable diseases by allowing their parents to more easily access immunizations.  Specifically, this bill allows pregnant minors or minor parents with custody of children to consent to their own immunizations.

As proposed, S.B. 63 amends current law relating to consent to the immunization of certain children.

RULEMAKING AUTHORITY

This bill does not expressly grant any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, institution, or agency.

SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS

SECTION 1.  Amends Subchapter B, Chapter 32, Family Code, by adding Section 32.1011, as follows:

Sec. 32.1011.  CONSENT TO IMMUNIZATION BY CHILD.  (a)  Authorizes a child, notwithstanding Section 32.003 (Consent to Treatment by Child) or 32.101 (Who May Consent to Immunization of Child), to consent to the child’s own immunization if the child is pregnant or is the parent of a child and has actual custody of that child.

(b)  Requires that consent to immunization under this section meet the requirements of Section 32.002(a) (relating to the requirement that consent to medical treatment be in writing, among other requirements).

(c)  Provides that consent by a child to immunization under this section is not subject to disaffirmance because of minority.

(d)  Authorizes a health care provider or facility to rely on the written statement of the child containing the grounds on which the child has capacity to consent to the child’s immunization under this section.

(e)  Provides that to the extent of any conflict between this section and Section 32.003, this section controls.

SECTION 2.  Effective date: upon passage or September 1, 2013.

The bill’s sponsor, Jane Nelson,  raised a total of $677,298 in campaign contributions in 2010.

Below are Nelson’s top 5 campaign contributors in the 2010 election:

Contributor 2010 total
Perry, Bob J. $22,500
Texas Medical Association $20,000
Texans for Lawsuit Reform $10,000
Texas Pharmacy Association $10,000
Texas Association of Realtors $10,000

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Australia Pushes Cervical Cancer Vaccine – For Boys

WHAT??

Not sure how I missed this info when it was announced a couple of weeks ago but I’m guessing I’m not the only one who missed the story so I decided to go ahead and share it. After reading about some of the reactions and horrific side effects to this *latest and greatest* vaccine, I’d never allow my daughter – much less my son – to get this. No way can I see this as anything other than more of Big Pharma’s way of experimenting on humans and raking in a profit while they screw with our bodies and lives.

The Telegraph – “Boys aged 12-13 will be vaccinated with Gardasil at schools around the country and in coming months boys aged 14-15 will get the jab as part of a catch up program.

More than one million teenage girls aged 12-16 have already been vaccinated under the free program that is expected to reduce the 700 new cases of cervical cancer diagnosed each year.

The vaccine fights off 70 per cent of cervical cancers caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) and although boys can’t develop the cancer they still carry the virus and can infect female sexual partners.

Health Minister Tanya Plibersek, who will launch the free vaccination program for boys at Newtown High School of Performing Arts in Sydney, said vaccinating boys will improve herd immunity.

“We know that vaccinating boys will protect them from cancer and genital warts.. and reduce the rates of cervical cancer among women,” she says.

Full Story Here

FDA Approves 1st GMO Flu Vaccine Containing Reprogrammed Insect Virus

(NaturalNews) A new vaccine for influenza has hit the market, and it is the first ever to contain genetically-modified (GM) proteins derived from insect cells. According to reports, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the vaccine, known as Flublok, which contains recombinant DNA technology and an insect virus known as baculovirus that is purported to help facilitate the more rapid production of vaccines.

According to Flublok’s package insert, the vaccine is trivalent, which means it contains GM proteins from three different flu strains. The vaccine’s manufacturer, Protein Sciences Corporation (PSC), explains that Flublok is produced by extracting cells from the fall armyworm, a type of caterpillar, and genetically altering them to produce large amounts of hemagglutinin, a flu virus protein that enables the flu virus itself to enter the body quickly.

So rather than have to produce vaccines the “traditional” way using egg cultures, vaccine manufacturers will now have the ability to rapidly produce large batches of flu virus protein using GMOs, which is sure to increase profits for the vaccine industry. But it is also sure to lead to all sorts of serious side effects, including the deadly nerve disease Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GSB), which is listed on the shot as a potential side effect.

“If Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) has occurred within six weeks of receipt of a prior influenza vaccine, the decision to give Flublock should be based on careful consideration of the potential benefits and risks,” explains a section of the vaccine’s literature entitled “Warnings and Precautions.” Other potential side effects include allergic reactions, respiratory infections, headaches, fatigue, altered immunocompetence, rhinorrhea, and myalgia.

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