Archive | October 2013

10 Year Old Forced Into Experimental Chemotherapy and Recovering with Natural Treatment*

10 Year Old Forced Into Experimental Chemotherapy and Recovering with Natural Treatment*

Early in October 2013, the entire nation heard about how Sarah Hershberger, a 10-year old Ohio Amish girl with leukemia (now recovered), was being forced into a two-year unproven experimental chemotherapy study by Akron Children’s Hospital (ACH). Parents reported this week the child is fully recovered through natural treatments.

It was just learned the parents, Andy and Anna Hershberger, took their significantly recovered daughter out of the United States before the court ruled that a hospital-affiliated, attorney-nurse, Maria Schimer, was made the medical guardian to make sure Sarah will get her treatments.

Schimer is General Counsel (chief legal advisor) for Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), a close affiliate and business partner of the hospital. According to Andy, Ms. Schimer has never met Sarah or him and his wife and they were never told their child was being used in a research study–among other things.

Although they do not know it yet, the hospital now has a big problem they must deal with. Sarah is completely recovered, as of October 23, according to Andy. The hospital told them and the news media that Sarah would die in a few months without the treatment they recommend. Three doctors that have treated her with a natural, biochemical protocol using nutrition, supplements and plant extracts have declared Sarah cancer free based on cat scans and blood tests–confirmed three times.

Of the 100s of stories and broadcasts, the local and national media failed to investigate the story behind the story–the side of parents Andy and Anna Hershberger and the grandfather, Isaac Keim, a bishop in the Amish church. Andy told us “after the news media took only a part of my statements and twisted them, I wasn’t going to talk anymore.” He and his family were happy and thankful that the Journal took the time to hear their side–never told before.

The Hershberger family says they never were told the chemotherapy was part of a research project using experimental chemicals. They also said the hospital did not get their signature for the second phase of different chemicals and only Sarah was asked to “put her name on the line.” They claim they were not told of the serious side effects. They said Sarah’s confidential medical information was given to the news media violating federal privacy laws. After a significant improvement in killing the cancer, they saw that the chemo was starting to kill Sarah and decided to stop the treatment and employ a better option to stop the cancer altogether. This is when the hospital took legal action to keep Sarah in the treatment study.


During the four-month ordeal, besides the anguish and financial losses Andy suffered a serious traumatic stress condition disabling him for three weeks. Family and friends helped with the kids and the vegetable harvest and sales at their produce stand and the nearby auction. Now the Hershbergers want to return to the United States, come home to their six other children in Medina County Ohio and put their lives back together after what they describe as gross mistreatment by the hospital.


Related Topics:

Imposing Chemotherapy on Children!

Cancer the Leading Cause of Child Deaths in U.S.*

Jenny McCarthy Describes How She Cured her Sons Vaccine Caused Autism

Education Rights of a Child Denied because she didn’t take the Vaccine that Could Kill Her!*

Three Newborn Babies Die After Hepatitis B Vaccine*

NYC Mayor Wants to Force Vaccinate Under 5′s with Two Dangerous Vaccines*

U.K: Your Health is No Longer Your Choice!

It’s About Shutting YOU Down!

Poisoning the Next Generation: Fluoride Plan in School Milk*

The Healing Frequency, and the Frequency of Disharmony

Raising Children Off-Grid*

Turning Childhood into a Disease*

A Football Crowd and 11 Men in Black

A Football Crowd and 11 Men in Black

Not long after the FBI arrested 13 members of the cyber-hacktivists, Anonymous, 11 mysterious men in black have appearing at football matches in diffferent countries with a symbol that flashes across Big Brother screens, and in the middle of crop circles. Is thre a link betweeen Anonymous and these men who knows, r even if it is black PSYOPS, or a message being conveyed to the leaders ruining our world…

The latest in a series of unexplained events involved a gang of strange men causing confusion at Juventus Stadium in Turin. Eleven mysterious figures were spotted at Juventus Stadium in the latest of a bizarre sequence of unexplained football-related incidents across the world.

Dressed in black robes with intriguing symbols on their chests, the conspicuous figures sat behind the goal at the north end of the stadium in Turin during Juventus’ 2-0 victory over Genoa on Sunday.

The gang made signals in unison during the match and they were also seen standing up in unison on several random occasions before returning to their seats.

They were also seen in the crowd at Bayern Munich’s 3-2 win over Hertha Berlin at the Allianz Arena on Saturday and at Chelsea’s win over Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The insignia on the chests of the cloaks matches the symbols seen in various landmarks around the world. Franz Beckenbauer, the former Germany captain and coach, was photographed seated close to a robed figure at the Chelsea game and has since released a video providing his explanation of the sightings.

The symbols seen in Rio last week were also in evidence on the digital billboards of Times Square in New York a few days later, while a three-metre football displaying the sign, gouged a huge hole in the turf at Hackney Marshes in London last Monday.

Further sightings came at Copacabana and Santa Marta hill in Rio, but it is the appearance of these mysterious figures at football matches that has social media buzzing using the hastag: #WINNERTAKESEARTH

The Rise of the French Right and the CFA Franc

Gary K. Busch


In recent weeks the French and international press have been full of stories about the resurgence of the Front National Party (‘FN’) in France led by Marine Le Pen. In the recent regional election in France at Brignoles, the party won with more than 54 percent of the vote. There is a trend towards the Right which has been sweeping across France and has become a leitmotif of political extremism across Europe.

In the run up to the European Parliament elections later this year the forces of the Right are edging out or threatening the traditional parties of power in France and across Europe. In a poll in mid-October 2013 in the respected weekly Le Nouvel Observateur, voters expressed their preference for the FN with 24 per cent of the vote, compared to 22 per cent for the conservatives and 19 per cent for the ruling Socialists. The FN has moved away from the fringes of the political party system to take up a place nearer to the centre. It has subsumed its appeal to racism, Holocaust denial and nativism under a cloak of anti-immigration policies coupled with a broad populist appeal against the demands of the European Union for austerity.

The Rise Of The Right Across Europe

This is a phenomenon growing wherever the austerity policies are viewed as inimical to social welfare. In Holland, the anti-immigrant Party for Freedom (‘PVV’) led by Geert Wilders, has had a similar success as the FN in France and leads in the opinion polls for the European elections. In Austria in September the anti-immigrant Austrian Freedom Party (‘FPO’) led by Heinz-Christian Strache won 20 per cent of the vote and almost stopped the ruling grand coalition of the two main centre-right and centre-left parties from getting a majority of the votes. In Britain the rise of the Eurosceptic party, the U.K. Independence Party (‘UKIP’) of Nigel Farage, which favours pulling out of the European Union altogether, is rising in the polls and claims to be the country’s legitimate third party. UKIP swept the Liberal Democrats into fourth position as a national party and threatens to take votes from both Labour and the Conservatives at the European election and, perhaps, at the 2015 General Election.

Even in Germany, another Eurosceptic party, Alternative for Germany (‘AfD’) led by Bernd Lucke, Frauke Petry and Konrad Adam just missed out on a place in the Bundestag by a few tenths of a percentage point in last month’s general election It did better than the Free Democrats (‘FDP’) which had formerly been in a coalition with Merkel. Elsewhere in Europe there has been a sharp rise in Eurosceptic parties as well as newly emboldened anti-immigrant and racist parties like Golden Dawn in Greece. There are similar neo-fascist groups in many European countries and they are joined by regional independence movements like Scotland, the Basques or Catalonia. The traditional two-party struggle between the parties of capital and labour are fraying at the edges as neither seem able or willing to deal with the problems of the lower and middle classes other than by increased austerity which compounds the distance between rulers and ruled. The Eurosceptic opposition parties have morphed into anti-Euro, anti-immigrant and nationalist parties with these issues as the foremost in their campaigns.

Will France Leave The Euro Zone?

This bodes ill for Europe and its social and political cohesion. It also will have a dramatic impact on Africa if France leaves the Euro zone or if the increasingly dire financial crisis of the French banking system continues. In 2012 Professor Jacques Sapir wrote an important economic study (Jacques Sapir, Should we leave the euro?, Publisher Seuil, 12/01/2012, 204 pages) which was incorporated into the economic policy of the FN. This study advises that France, Italy, and Spain would all benefit from a Euro exit, restoring lost labour competitiveness at a stroke without years of depression. Their working assumption is that the Eurozone’s North-South imbalances have already gone beyond the point of no return. Attempts to reverse this by deflation and wage cuts must entail mass unemployment and loss of the industrial core. The answer is to pull out of the Euro, restore the national currencies and establish a flexible relationship among the currencies much as the old European currency ‘snake’ used to provide.

Implications Of Leaving the Euro Zone for Francophone States

Whether this is right or wrong is a moot question at the moment but the concept that France, among others, has the possibility of removing itself from the Euro is of great concern to francophone states, largely because the CFA francs, once pegged to the French franc, is now pegged to the Euro and indirectly linked to the fate of the French Central Bank.

There are actually two separate CFA francs in circulation. The first is that of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) which comprises eight West African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo. The second is that of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) which comprises six Central African countries (Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo-Brazzaville, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon), This division corresponds to the pre-colonial AOF (Afrique Occidentale Française) and the AEF (Afrique Équatoriale Française), with the exception that Guinea-Bissau was formerly Portuguese and Equatorial Guinea Spanish).

Each of these two groups issues its own CFA franc. The WAEMU CFA franc is issued by the BCEAO (Banque Centrale des Etats de l’Afrique de l’Ouest) and the CEMAC CFA franc is issued by the BEAC (Banque des Etats de l’Afrique Centrale). These currencies were originally both pegged at 100 CFA for each French franc but, after France joined the European Community’s Euro zone at a fixed rate of 6.65957 French francs to one Euro, the CFA rate to the Euro was fixed at CFA 665,957 to each Euro, maintaining the 100 to 1 ratio. It is important to note that it is the responsibility of the French Treasury to guarantee the convertibility of the CFA to the Euro.

The monetary policy governing such a diverse aggregation of countries is uncomplicated because it is, in fact, operated by the French Treasury, without reference to the central fiscal authorities of any of the WAEMU or the CEMAC states . Under the terms of the agreement which set up these banks and the CFA the Central Bank of each African country is obliged to keep at least 65% of its foreign exchange reserves in an “operations account” held at the French Treasury, as well as another 20 percent to cover financial liabilities.

The CFA central banks also impose a cap on credit extended to each member country equivalent to 20 percent of that country’s public revenue in the preceding year. Even though the BEAC and the BCEAO have an overdraft facility with the French Treasury, the drawdowns on those overdraft facilities are subject to the consent of the French Treasury. The final say is that of the French Treasury which has invested the foreign reserves of the African countries in its own name on the Paris Bourse in Euros.

French Control of African Economies

In short, more than 80 percent of the foreign reserves of these African countries are deposited in the ‘operations accounts’ controlled by the French Treasury. The two CFA banks are African in name, but have no monetary policies of their own. The countries themselves do not know, nor are they told, how much of the pool of foreign reserves held by the French Treasury belongs to them as a group or individually. The earnings of the investment of these funds in the French Treasury pool are supposed to be added to the pool but no accounting is given to either the banks or the countries of the details of any such changes. The limited group of high officials in the French Treasury who have knowledge of the amounts in the “operations accounts”, where these funds are invested; whether there is a profit on these investments; are prohibited from disclosing any of this information to the CFA banks or the central banks of the African states.

The problem is that the French have hypothecated via the French Treasury much of the African reserves held in the name of the Treasury. France has run out of money. It has massive public and bank debt. It has the largest exposure to both Greek and Italian debt (among others) and has embarked upon yet another austerity plan. Its credit rating is at risk again and the upcoming stress tests on the European banks by the ECB will show serious and risky undercapitalisation among the French banks. It vast expenditures in pursuing its wars in Libya, Mali and the Central African Republic have exhausted most of the its defence budget. The reason it has been able to sustain itself so far is because it has had the cushion of the cash deposited with the French Treasury by the African states since 1960. Much of this is held in both stocks in the name of the French Treasury and in bonds whose values have been offset and used to collateralise a substantial amount of French gilts


The francophone African states are only reluctantly becoming aware that they may never see their accumulated assets again as these have been pledged by the French Treasury against the French contribution to the several European bailouts. French Treasury officials reckon that if France changes it relationship to the Euro it will have the effect of releasing around 40 percent of the French debt exposure and will extend a lifeline to the French Treasury. It has not calculated what will happen to the CFA francs.

However, a change in France’s relations with the Euro will have a devastating effect on francophone Africa whose currencies are pegged to the Euro and notionally supported by the French who may be planning on leaving the Euro. It is not surprising that the FN and the other nationalist or Eurosceptic parties of Europe have paid no attention to the consequences for Africa of a “Frexit”. With a core of racist, anti-immigrant ideologies at their core they spend very little of their time worrying about Africa. The French Government has a direct responsibility for this but will only act if the forces of francophone Africa force such a discussion.

The cosy system of françafrique which keeps African presidents happy and wealthy and which rewards French companies and political parties for their efforts to keep African Presidential coteries rich will not survive such a wrench. It is up to the francophone Africans to demand from their leaders that they act to preserve whatever is left of the currency reserves in France and start making plans for the collapse of the Euro.


Related Topics:

French Grab for Mali’s Gold*

Colonial France out for Niger’s Uranium*

Controlling Haiti’s Gold

France Leads Neo-colonial Carve-up of Syria*

From Liberation to Re-enslavement

The Doctrine of Discovery

When Unacceptable Elsewhere, Defective GM Maize Goes to Africa*


UK: Royal Charter Bypasses Parliament on Press Regulation*

UK:  Royal Charter Bypasses Parliament on Press Regulation*

The UK Government in its rush to use a Royal Charter has again completely disregarded our Constitutional laws. The Queen, if she is still sovereign, has the power to now step in and prorogue parliament, this power was given to her in the Coronation ceremony in 1953.

Elected by the People in Westminster Abbey, Elizabeth Windsor held the bible in her right hand and swore an oath to protect our laws and customs. However, we are no longer a sovereign People, therefore the Monarch is but a titular head of state and no longer sovereign head of state, our sovereignty having been surrendered in an act of capitulation to the EEC now the EU.  Tyranny now reigns supreme in the corridors of power and the people no longer have the protection of the Monarch.

The Queen having signed away the sovereignty of the British People in 1972, then with 5 further treaties leaving the people open to tyrannical powers. We are now witnessing the emergence of fascism with the subversion of our Parliament enabling controversial plans to impose a Royal Charter on the Press, this is in complete violation and obfuscation of our ancient laws, thus driving the final nail into the coffin of a once free press. This leaves the British People in VERY grave and imminent danger amidst an ever creeping Soviet repressive state of Europe.

Privy Council must not be above the law

Daily Mail Comment, 25 October 2013
“On Wednesday, barring an unforeseen development, the here-today-gone-tomorrow politicians who make up that secretive, medieval institution the Privy Council intend to rubber-stamp a Royal Charter that could bring to an end three centuries of Press freedom in this country…
Indeed, in an impassioned letter to the Queen this week, seven of the world’s leading press freedom organisations said the proposed ‘repressive statutory controls’ would be ‘seized on’ by tyrants from Azerbaijan to Zimbabwe to justify crushing free speech in their own countries…

The Privy Council has a choice on Wednesday: it can explore an alternative to the politicians’ unwanted charter – or it can bring shame on a country fiercely proud of being the home of freedom of expression.”

Peers: We didn’t get a say on Press curbs

By Jason Groves, Daily Mail, 26 October 2013

Controversial plans to impose a Royal Charter on the Press next week are ‘inconsistent with our democratic traditions’, senior peers warned last night.

Lord Inglewood, chairman of the House of Lords communications committee, said Parliament had been ‘bypassed’ by the Government in its rush to use a Royal Charter to regulate the Press.

The former Tory culture minister said his committee was alarmed that peers have not been given the chance to consider the proposals which would set up a new regulatory framework for the Press in the wake of the Leveson inquiry.

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The United States of Europe!

International Effort to Stop U.S. Big Brother aka NSA

Right to Protest Claimed Under the Magna Carta

UK’s Secret Courts

EU flag to Replace Royal Crest on Birth, Death, Marriage, Adoption and Property Certificates!

Irish Republic Was Hijacked By Elites after Partition*

A Court Win against BBC 9/11 Cover-up*

Eurozone Funding Shortfall Rises to Over $4 Trillion

Europe’s Multinational Militarized Police*

British Adults Aged 18 -26 May be Forced to do National Service*

Food Aid for Brits Courtesy of the Red Cross*

When the Cabal Bats Out!

Royal Bank of Scotland VP arrested on $10mn Fraud*

U.K: Intelligence Analyst Breaks the Silence Behind 7/7 Attack*

Your Personal Euro Account Could Be Next!

BBC’s Stuart Hall Sentenced for Paedophilia

Beyond Mass Control

When Unacceptable Elsewhere, Defective GM Maize Goes to Africa*

When Unacceptable Elsewhere, Defective GM Maize Goes to Africa*

Today the African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) released a new report ‘Africa bullied to grow defective Bt Maize: the failure of Monsanto’s MON810 maize in South Africa’, showing how Monsanto’s GM/GE (genetically engineered, transgenic) maize, which utterly failed in SA, is now being foisted on the rest of the continent, through ‘sleight of hand’.

Independent scientists have shown that Monsanto’s GM/GE maize variety, MON810 – which has been growing in SA for 15 years – has completely failed due to the development of massive insect resistance, leading to the GM/GE maize being withdrawn from the SA market. Monsanto has compensated farmers who were forced to spray their crops with pesticides to control the pests, calling into serious question the very rationale for GM/GE crops.

According to the Director of the ACB, Mariam Mayet, ‘Monsanto got the science completely wrong on this one. Independent biosafety scientists have discovered that the inheritance of resistance in African stem borers is a dominant, not recessive, trait as erroneously assumed. Hence the insect resistance management strategies that Monsanto developed, and accepted by our regulators, based on these erroneous assumptions, were utterly ineffective.’
Undeterred, Monsanto is now pushing its flop GM/GE maize onto the rest of the continent. According to the ACB report, Monsanto has now donated its MON810 GM/GE technology ‘royalty-free’ to a Gates Foundation/Monsanto funded ‘philanthropic’ project, Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA). [Gates has significant shares in Monsanto]

WEMA is being rolled out in Mozambique, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. The defective GM/GE maize is set to be approved for commercial growing by 2015.

WEMA was first touted for a good number of years, with much fanfare, as a charitable project intent on bringing drought tolerant maize varieties to resource poor African small farmers. However, with a sleight of hand and stony silence, WEMA has included MON810 into the mix. Field trials with MON810 are already running in Kenya and Uganda. In response to the project, the Mozambican government is now changing its biosafety laws to allow for the cultivation of GM/GE crops while WEMA is pressurising the Tanzanian government to change the country’s biosafety law that will hold Monsanto strictly liable for damages that may arise.

According to researcher with the ACB, Haidee Swanby, ‘WEMA is a convenient vehicle for Monsanto to gain regulatory approval for its controversial technology in African countries. However, “royalty-free” seed simply means that resource strapped commercial farmers will get the seed at the same price as hybrid seed, which means that these seeds will be prohibitively expensive. The patents on the gene sequences still reside with Monsanto, and farmers will have to pay premium prices for the GM/GE seeds.’
The ACB report also highlights that Monsanto’s MON810 GM/GE trait has been genetically engineered into a local Egyptian maize variety called Ajeeb. ‘Ajeeb Yieldgard’ has now been patented by Monsanto and ‘approved’ for commercial growing through circumvention of the Egyptian biosafety law. Significantly, the report highlights that the Egyptian government has published peer reviewed independent and publically funded biosafety studies on MON810 showing serious risks to human and animal health.

Said Swanby, ‘The scariest revelation is that GM/GE producers and regulatory authorities are making it all up as they go along, while the massive biotech PR machinery spreads the myth that these crops are connected to feeding the poor in Africa.’

The ACB report can be downloaded from

Contact: Haidee Swanby 082 459 8548 Mariam Mayet 083 269 4309

The African Centre for Biosafety
PO Box 29170,
Melville 2109
South Africa
Tel: +27 (0)11 486 1156


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GMO Technology Brought Soaring Cancer, Birth Defects and Failing Farms to Argentina*

Poor Asian, African, and Latin American Children Targeted by Gates and Others with Questionable Vaccines*

Egypt Joins the List of Countries That Reject GM Corn

Mexico Bans GMO Corn*

Washington Bans Growing of GMOs*

Occupy World: Monsantos GM Crops Loses Another Battle in Global Food Supply

Nature Bites Back at GM Corn!*

GMO Technology Brought Soaring Cancer, Birth Defects and Failing Farms to Argentina*

GMO Technology Brought Soaring Cancer, Birth Defects and Failing Farms to Argentina*

By Natasha Longo

Argentina’s agricultural industry was dramatically transformed by the introduction of genetically modified plants in 1996. A country once known for its grass-fed beef is now dominated by genetically engineered soy, corn and cotton. Farmers in the Latin American country use twice as much pesticide per acre as farmers in the US, and those agrotoxins are applied by many farmers not wearing any protective gear and then drift into homes and schools. Since the introduction of these practices in Argentina by agrichemical companies such as Monsanto, cancer rates have skyrocketed and the number of birth defects has quadrupled.


Argentina was an early adopter of GMO technology when it was billed as the silver bullet to solve world hunger with increased crop productivity, and improved human and environmental health resulting from decreased pesticide use. The most widely used GMO crops, such as Monsanto’s Roundup Ready line of corn and soybeans, allow farmers to apply the herbicide glyphosate during and after seed plantings in order to kill weeds without risk of the main crop dying off. Today, almost all the corn, soy, and cotton produced in the country are GMO.

Both the United States and Argentina produce almost exclusively GM soybeans. In these countries, GM soybeans are approved without restrictions and are treated just like conventional soybeans. Producers and government officials in the US and Argentina do not see a reason to keep GM and conventionally bred cultivars separate — whether during harvest, shipment, storage or processing. Soybean imports from these countries generally contain a high amount of GM content.

No Official Concern

Doctors warn that the rise in cancer and birth defects in Argentina may be attributable to the growing use of these pesticides.

This summer the non-profit organization GRAIN highlighted the “neocolonialist fervor” with which transnational agribusinesses were transforming parts of Latin America, including Argentina, into “The United Republic of Soybeans,” pushing genetically modified crops and sparking “a social and environmental catastrophe settling like a plague over the entire region.”

There has been no official concern about the problems caused by the widespread planting of transgenic soybeans and the high levels of agrotoxins this requires On the contrary, this model continues to be consolidated and defended by all of the region’s governments, which have adopted it as government policy in every case. At best — and only when societal pressure becomes too great — they have given slapdash consideration to the problems of agrotoxin poisoning, displacement of peasants and first peoples, land concentration, and loss of local production. But these are considered  “collateral impacts.”

GRAIN wrote:

Researchers in the U.S. have corroborated, GMO technology only decreases pesticide use for a short period of time. After the brief decline in Argentina, pesticide use soared from 9 million gallons in 1990 to 84 million gallons today as weed resistance developed to glyphosate. In response, agrichemical companies have encouraged the use of more hazardous and toxic chemicals to kill weeds. Argentinian farmers are now mixing in and applying herbicides such as 2,4-D, a chlorophenoxy herbicide that made up half of Agent Orange, the chemical mixture used to defoliate forests and croplands in the Vietnam War. 2,4-D has also been linked to kidney/liver damage, neurotoxicity, and birth defects. Earlier this year the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) delayed the introduction of a new generation of GMO crops resistant to 2,4-D.

Widespread Health Problems

Aixa Cano, a shy 5-year-old who lives in Chaco, Argentina’s poorest province, was born with hairy moles all over her body. Her mother believes the skin condition was caused by contaminated water. Her neighbour, 2-year-old Camila Veron, was born with multiple organ problems and is severely disabled. Doctors told their mothers that agrochemicals may be to blame.

“They told me that the water made this happen because they spray a lot of poison here,” said Camila’s mother, Silvia Achaval.

“People who say spraying poison has no effect, I don’t know what sense that has because here you have the proof,” she added, pointing at her daughter.

Fabian Tomasi, 47, never wore any protective gear in the years he spent pumping poisons into crop-dusting planes. Today, he is near death from polyneuropathy, a neurological disorder that has left him emaciated.

“I prepared millions of liters of poison without any kind of protection, no gloves, masks or special clothing. I didn’t know anything. I only learned later what it did to me, after contacting scientists,” he said.

Now, at 47, he’s a living skeleton, so weak he can hardly swallow or go to the bathroom on his own.

Schoolteacher Andrea Druetta lives in Santa Fe Province, the heart of Argentina’s soy country, where agrochemical spraying is banned within 500 meters (550 yards) of populated areas. But soy is planted just 30 meters (33 yards) from her back door. Her boys were showered in chemicals recently while swimming in the backyard pool.

After Sofia Gatica lost her newborn to kidney failure, she filed a complaint that led to Argentina’s first criminal convictions for illegal spraying. But last year’s verdict came too late for many of her 5,300 neighbors in Ituzaingo Annex. A government study there found alarming levels of agrochemical contamination in the soil and drinking water, and 80% of the children surveyed carried traces of pesticide in their blood.

The Associated Press documented dozens of cases around the country where poisons are applied in ways unanticipated by regulatory science or specifically banned by existing law. The spray drifts into schools and homes and settles over water sources; farmworkers mix poisons with no protective gear; villagers store water in pesticide containers that should have been destroyed.

Now doctors are warning that uncontrolled pesticide applications could be the cause of growing health problems among the 12 million people who live in the South American nation’s vast farm belt.

GMO crops’ current mainstay chemical glyphosate is associated with a wide range of health effects. A study performed by Argentine doctor Andres Carrasco, MD that found low doses of glyphosate can cause spinal defects in frogs and chickens in communities where farm chemicals are ubiquitous. A review of the literature on glyphosate earlier this year by scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) found concerning evidence linking the chemical to inhibition of the cytochrome P450 enzymes, which are critical detoxifying agents in the human body.

“If it’s possible to reproduce this in a laboratory, surely what is happening in the field is much worse,” Dr. Carrasco said.

“And if it’s much worse, and we suspect that it is, what we have to do is put this under a magnifying glass.”

Monsanto Disputes Findings

Monsanto has disputed findings that link glyphosate to adverse health effects. The company said that chemical safety tests should only be done on live animals, and that injecting embryos is “less reliable and less relevant for human risk assessments.” Dr. Carrasco’s study, Monsanto said that the results of “are not surprising given their methodology and unrealistic exposure scenarios.” On the MIT study, Monsanto released a blog post decrying the research as “Another Bogus ‘Study,’” which “fails to consider other hypothetical causes.”

Monsanto states they are working with government officials and farmers to promote better pesticide practices. But an Associated Press investigation found that Argentine farmers now use more than twice as much pesticide per acre as U.S. farmers do, making Argentina a laboratory for what can go wrong with biotech farming.

Argentina’s agriculture secretary dismisses a growing call for reform as an “emotional” response from people who misunderstand the impact of agrochemicals. “We have to defend our model,” he said at an industry conference this year where he promised new guidelines for spraying the chemicals.

Doctors say new guidelines aren’t enough. They want strong enforcement of spraying limits as well as field research into the correlation they see between the overuse of agrochemicals and health problems — some of which were seldom seen before the new farming model took off.

“The change in how agriculture is produced has brought, frankly, a change in the profile of diseases,” says Dr. Medardo Avila Vazquez, a pediatrician and neonatologist who co-founded Doctors of Fumigated Towns, part of a growing movement demanding enforcement of agricultural safety rules. “We’ve gone from a pretty healthy population to one with a high rate of cancer, birth defects, and illnesses seldom seen before.”

Critics worry that the EPA’s recent decision could cause similar health problems in the US. On May 1, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency raised the allowable levels of glyphosate residues in food, concluding that based on studies presented by Monsanto, “there is a reasonable certainty that no harm will result to the general population or to infants and children from aggregate exposure.”

Argentina’s 23 provinces take the lead in regulating farming, and rules vary.

No Oversight

A federal environmental law requires applicators of toxic chemicals to suspend or cancel activities that threaten public health, “even when the link has not been scientifically proven,” and “no matter the costs or consequences,” but it has never been applied to farming, the auditor general found last year.

Government officials insist the problem is not a lack of research, but misinformation that plays on people’s emotions.

“I’ve seen countless documents, surveys, videos, articles in the news and in universities, and really our citizens who read all this end up dizzy and confused,” Agriculture Secretary Lorenzo Basso said. “I think we have to publicize the commitment that Argentina has to being a food producer. Our model as an exporting nation has been called into question. We need to defend our model.”

Dr. Maria del Carmen Seveso, who has spent 33 years running intensive care wards and ethics committees in Chaco province, became alarmed at regional birth reports showing a quadrupling of congenital defects, from 19.1 per 10,000 to 85.3 per 10,000 in the decade after genetically modified crops and their agrochemicals were approved in Argentina.

Determined to find out why, she and her colleagues surveyed 2,051 people in six towns in Chaco, and found significantly more diseases and defects in villages surrounded by industrial agriculture than in those surrounded by cattle ranches. In Avia Terai, 31%  said a family member had cancer in the past 10 years, compared with 3% in the ranching village of Charadai.

The survey found diseases Seveso said were uncommon before–birth defects including malformed brains, exposed spinal cords, blindness and deafness, neurological damage, infertility, and strange skin problems.

It’s nearly impossible to prove that exposure to a specific chemical caused an individual’s cancer or birth defect. But like the other doctors, Seveso said their findings should prompt a rigorous government investigation. Instead, their 68-page report was shelved for a year by Chaco’s health ministry. A year later, a leaked copy was posted on the Internet.

“There are things that are not open to discussion, things that aren’t listened to,” Seveso concluded.

Scientists argue that only broader, longer-term studies can rule out agrochemicals as a cause of these illnesses.

“That’s why we do epidemiological studies for heart disease and smoking and all kinds of things,” said Doug Gurian-Sherman, a former EPA regulator now with the Union of Concerned Scientists.

“If you have the weight of evidence pointing to serious health problems, you don’t wait until there’s absolute proof in order to do something.”



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A Muslim Girl amongst the World’s 50 Smartest Teenagers” List*

A Muslim Girl amongst the World’s 50 Smartest Teenagers” List*

A Nigerian Muslim girl, has been reserved on the “The World’s 50 Smartest Teenagers” list.

Saheela Ibraheem, who lived in Edison, New Jersey.

“If you are passionate about what you do, and I am passionate about many things, especially math and science, it will work out well,” said 15 year old Saheela Ibraheem.

The young girl, only 16, made it to headlines earlier this year when she was accepted into Harvard University, making her one of the youngest students ever to attend that school.

Making a record in the US, Saheela was accepted at 13 other colleges, including prestigious MIT, the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, Brown, Princeton, Columbia, and the University of Chicago.

In the end, Saheela chose Harvard, based on her seven-year-old brother’s advice who also dreams of being admitted to Harvard.

Saheela believes the key to success is knowing what you love to learn as early as possible, a knowledge she says she achieved at age five.

Known as polite and humble, the Muslim prodigy said that her Nigerian parents, totally supportive of the young scholar, sometimes taught her subjects the schools didn’t offer.

The teen is also interested in languages, and knows Yoruba, Arabic, Spanish, and Latin, in addition to English.

Offering a role model to her colleagues, Saheela, who dons the Islamic veil, or hijab, plays softball, soccer, and the trombone.

She also sings in the school choir and serves as president of the school’s investment club.

Her mother, Shakirat Ibraheem, said Saheela has been way ahead of the academic game since kindergarten — never cutting corners and trying to do everything on her own.

“She’s like always independent,” the teen’s mother said. “I never get to help with her homework because she’d say ‘it’s my work mommy, not yours.’”

The Harvard-bound teen speaks Arabic, Spanish and Latin. She said she hopes to become a research scientist and study the brain.

Ibraheem’s teachers at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School said their student was an old soul.

“I believe that she’s 15 years old, because I’m told that. But other than that I have a hard time,” Jim O’Halloran said.

In addition to academics, Ibraheem plays the trombone, softball and soccer. Despite her activities, Ibraheem said her number one priority was her family. Her 7-year-old brother Saleem was her biggest cheerleader when it came to picking a college.

“I was really psyched because she got into a great school and I wanted to go to Harvard, too,” her brother said.

As far as Ibraheem’s advice for her fellow aspiring students?

“Kids should try to listen to their parents most of the time. They know what they’re doing,” she said.

The promising girl plans to major in either neurobiology or neuroscience, and hopes to become a scientist in order to study how the brain works.

Despite her activities, she said her number one priority was her family.

“I try my best in everything I do,” Saheela said, confirming that there is nothing special about her brain.

“Anyone who’s motivated can work wonders.”


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Life without Fish: Rivers of Death and Silent Seas and Skies*

Life without Fish: Rivers of Death and Silent Seas and Skies*

Millions of fish are dying in rivers all over the planet and no valid explanation has been given. The reports have come in from every corner of the world, from Sweden to South Korea, and appear only to be connected by the bizarre nature of the phenomena.

A terrifying list, compiled by Michael Snyder (former Washington D.C. attorney, publisher of ‘The Truth’ ezine and author of ‘The Beginning Of The End’), details die-off events occurring worldwide over the course of JUST ONE MONTH this summer:

July 18, 2013: 20 acres of fish ponds full of dead fish in Shandong, China
July 18, 2013: Hundreds of dead Stingrays wash ashore in Veracruz, Mexico
July 18, 2013: 10,000 lbs of dead fish found in a lake in Nanjing, China
July 18, 2013: Thousands of fish dead from “lack of rain” in Sugar Lake, Missouri
July 18, 2013: Large numbers of fish washing up on the shores of Lake Michigan
July 19, 2013: 2,000 dead fish found in a lake in Vollsmose, Denmark
July 19, 2013: Hundreds of fish turning up dead in Holter Lake, Montana
July 19, 2013: THOUSANDS OF TONS of fish have died in Lake Tondano, Indonesia
July 20, 2013: 3,000 fish found dead in a creek in Madison County, Ohio
July 21, 2013: Hundreds of fish found dead in a creek in Laille, France
July 22, 2013: Hundreds of dead fish found in Lake George, Massachusetts
July 22, 2013: Large fish kill at Grand Lake in St. Marys, Ohio
July 23, 2013: Hundreds of dead fish in a park pond in Youngstown, Ohio
July 24, 2013: Massive fish kill washes up in a lagoon in Venice, Italy
July 24, 2013: Thousands of dead fish in Lake Bulwell causes shock in Nottingham, England
July 24, 2013: 30,000 fish dying PER DAY in fish farms in Ratchaburi Province, Thailand
July 24, 2013: Masses of dead fish found in River Lea in England
July 24, 2013: Hundreds of dead fish found in Provo River, Utah
July 25, 2013: Hundreds of fish found dead in a park pond in Birmingham, England
July 26, 2013: Hundreds of thousands of fish dying from “red tide” in South Korea
July 26, 2013: Thousands of dead fish found floating in River Dender, Ath, Belgium
July 26, 2013: Mass fish die-off in a river in Moscow, Russia
July 26, 2013: 25,000 dead fish “is a mystery” in Pittville Lake in Gloucestershire, England
July 26, 2013: 20,000 fish die along a 5 mile stretch of river in Jiangshan, China
July 27, 2013: 10,000 dead fish found in Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania
July 27, 2013: Mass death of fish “is a mystery” in a river in Skane, Sweden
July 27, 2013: Large fish kill in the Bahlui river, “cause unknown” in Romania
July 28, 2013: 1100 King Salmon found dead in a river in Petersburg, Alaska
July 29, 2013: Hundreds of dead fish wash ashore “due to pollution” on beach in Veracruz, Mexico
July 29, 2013: 7 TONS of dead fish recovered from the Keelung river in Taiwan
July 29, 2013: Thousands of fish die “due to heat” in Handsworth Park, Birmingham, England
July 31, 2013: 3 TONS of fish die due to “lack of oxygen” in a river in Pilsen, Czech Republic
August 2, 2013: Thousands of fish dying all over Alaska
August 6, 2013: Up to 1000 lbs of dead fish washed ashore in Ylane, Finland
August 6, 2013: 840 dead Salmon found in a creek in Port Coquitlam, Canada
August 6, 2013: Hundreds of dead fish lining the shore of a pond in Toronto, Canada
August 6, 2013: 100,000 fish die in the Arkansas River
August 7, 2013: Thousands of dead fish found floating in a river in Hangzhou, China
August 8, 2013: Tons of fish washed up on the shores of Karachi, Pakistan

The total number of incidences is quite stunning, with locals in many of the affected areas describing them as unprecedented, and unfortunately the die-offs continue to take place. Many possible causes have been put forward: in a recent incident in Texas on October 5th, the deaths of approximately 2000 fish in City Lake Park, Royse City, were attributed to ‘dramatic drops in temperature’, and in Bend, Oregon, state biologists blamed a combination of unusual factors including ‘high waters’ when 3000 rainbow trout were found dead last week.

There are more radical ideas for the fish die-off, as many people are seeing these events as a ‘sign’ indicating the end of the world, apparently substantiated by bible references such as

Ecclesiastes 9:12: “For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.”

In practical terms, seeing these die-offs as an indicator of the ‘end of the world’ in some form is not such a outlandish idea; if our fish stocks disappear it will certainly mean the end of the world for many people whose lives and livelihoods depend on plentiful supplies of fish, and shortages will have far-reaching impacts globally. Dead fish are considered by some to be ‘harbingers of doom’ foretelling cataclysmic events such as earthquakes, so, if this superstition is to be believed, when this happens in the tens of thousands then the news doesn’t look good.

The lists have so far concentrated on die-offs occurring in rivers and lakes, but what is the situation in our oceans?

Ten years ago, Newcastle yachtsman Ivan Macfadyen sailed from Melbourne to Osaka, enjoying a memorable 28 day journey, where the fish were so plentiful he was assured of a catch every single day. Ten years on, Macfadyen discovered a very different story. The skies above him were clear, too clear. There wasn’t a single seabird, and the reason for this absence soon became clear: there were no fish.

During the whole of his second 28 day journey, Macfadyen caught just two fish.

The reason for this dearth became evident when a small boat was launched from a large fishing vessel working nearby. Fishermen on the boat offered the incredulous Macfayden and his crewmen five huge sugar bags full of dead fish.

“We told them there was no way we could possibly use all those fish. There were just two of us, with no real place to store or keep them. They just shrugged and told us to tip them overboard. That’s what they would have done with them anyway, they said.” recounted Macfayden in disbelief. “They told us that his was just a small fraction of one day’s by-catch. That they were only interested in tuna and to them, everything else was rubbish. It was all killed, all dumped. They just trawled that reef day and night and stripped it of every living thing.”

Multiply the effects of that one fishing boat by the countless more that must be working the waters and the reason for the empty, silent seas was all too apparent. Yet the worst was still to come.

Between Osaka and San Francisco, the situation deteriorated even further: massive amounts of debris and garbage from the earthquake and tsunami in 2011 were still clogging the waters for miles around Japan. A slick of oily sludge surrounded thousands of plastic buoys, millions of pieces of polystyrene foam and plastic bottles jostling with fishing lines, ropes, household items, toys, telegraph poles, car parts and industrial wreckage, all the detritus of humanity still remaining, above and below the waterline, and choking the life from the ocean.

“After we left Japan, it felt as if the ocean itself was dead,” said Macfadyen. “We hardly saw any living things. We saw one whale, sort of rolling helplessly on the surface with what looked like a big tumour on its head. It was pretty sickening.

“The ocean is broken,” he said, shaking his head in stunned disbelief.

When he had tried to push the authorities to organise a clean-up operation, Macfayden was told that “the environmental damage from burning the fuel to do that job would be worse than just leaving the debris there.”

The situation in Japanese waters is horrifying enough, but a recent study has confirmed that all of the world’s oceans are under threat from a “deadly trio” of factors. The combined effects of global warming, declining oxygen levels and acidification are gradually undermining delicate marine ecosystems, and the effects are could eventually devastate life in our seas.

The study, conducted by the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO), a non-governmental group of leading scientists, described how “The ‘deadly trio’ of … acidification, warming and deoxygenation is seriously affecting how productive and efficient the ocean is.”
Alex Rogers of Oxford University, the scientific director of IPSO, suggested that the threats to the oceans, from the impacts of carbon to over-fishing, were each exacerbating the others.

“We are seeing impacts throughout the world,” he said.

The study details the individual impacts of each factor: global warming resulting in higher ocean temperatures, caused through a concentration of so-called ‘greenhouse gases’ in the atmosphere, is forcing fish populations closer to polar regions and increasing the risk of species extinctions. Corals may cease to grow and could eventually dissolve altogether if temperatures increased by 3 degrees.

Acidification, caused when ocean water reacts with carbon dioxide in the air, affects those marine organisms that rely on calcium carbonate for skeletal development, such as corals, crabs, oysters and some planktons; these are all key members of the oceanic food chain and a decline their populations would have far-reaching effects.

Deoxygenation occurs when fertilizers and sewage are poured into the oceans, resulting in the development of huge algae populations which suck the oxygen out of the water, literally suffocating marine life.

“Risks to the ocean and the ecosystems it supports have been significantly underestimated,” reported the IPSO, who worked on the study with the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

They determined that the environment existing in oceans at present were comparable to those seen 55 million years ago, during a period known as the Paleocene-Eocene thermal maximum, where conditions led to wide-spread species extinctions, though the rate of change occurring today was much faster. “The scale and rate of the present day carbon perturbation, and resulting ocean acidification, is unprecedented in Earth’s known history,” Rogers observed.

Working to improve the ‘health’ of our oceans needs to be the priority of governments worldwide, or the future of our planet must surely be compromised. Global temperatures have already risen by 0.8 degree Celsius (1.4F) since the Industrial Revolution, and scientists from the IPSO are hoping that their discoveries will add weight to a joint scheme involving almost 200 governments, which aims to limit and cap the overall increase in world temperatures at 2 degrees Celsius (3.6F). Stricter management of fish stocks is also vital, and the report proposes a ban on the type of ‘bottom trawling’ observed by Ivan Macfayden.

“Fish is one of the last wild foods we eat,” Macfayden commented, ” we have to realise that once it has gone, it is gone. Governments and fishers are making some changes but they need to move more quickly or there won’t be any fish left.”


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