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Doing a heckuva job Brownie (R. ?) on your political comeback:


Those who opened an email from former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) on Wednesday expecting an announcement that he is running for Senate in New Hampshire received a surprise instead: a message from a doctor and noted vaccination opponent claiming that vaccines, and even too much exercise, lead to Parkinson's and Alzheimer's Disease.

"Dear Patriot," wrote Brown. "I thought you might be interested in the offer below from our sponsor Newsmax Health," the medical advice affiliate of the popular conservative news website. The email includes a video titled "5 Signs You’ll Get Alzheimer’s," which touts the claims of "renowned neurosurgeon and nutritionist Dr. Russell Blaylock."

In it, Blaylock warns people not to drink fluoridated water or use toothpaste to avoid the "dramatic destruction of cells" seen in patients with Alzheimer's Disease. The video also touts research showing that those who get a flu vaccine yearly for 3-5 years increase their risk for Alzheimer's "ten-fold," a claim that has been repeatedly debunked. In fact, a 2001 study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that flu vaccines may actually decrease the risk for Alzheimer's.

The video also addresses other brain disorders, warning that the following ubiquitous items cause "brain inflammation" that leads to Parkinson's: pesticides and herbicides; harmful ingredients in foods and beverages; toxic metals in the air, water and consumer products; various sugars and sugar substitutes; omega-6 fats; vaccines (including flu shots); and even "too much aerobic exercise." The Michael J. Fox Foundation is much less certain about the causes, stating, "the exact cause of Parkinson's disease is unknown, although research points to a combination of genetic and environmental factors." - Huffington Post, 2/5/14

BuzzFeed was able to get a hold of the e-mail and some more info on Blaylock:


Dr. Russell Blaylock also happens to be a vaccine truther, believes “the Soviet Union created the U.S. drug problem “to weaken the resistance of western Society to Soviet invasion, undermine religion and make the youth unable to resist collectivism.” He also has said water fluoride is toxic and did an interview with InfoWars where he “Exposes Obama’s Nazi Healthcare System.”

Here is the email:

- BuzzFeed, 2/5/14
Blaylock, a repeat guest on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' radio show, has made numerous dubious medical claims through Newsmax and other far-right media outlets:

Blaylock has pushed the connection between vaccines and autism and claimed that the "greatest danger is the vaccines themselves."

Blaylock's regular interviews on Alex Jones' radio program feature headlines like, "Dr. Russell Blaylock Exposes Obama's Nazi Healthcare System," "Obamacare is Mandated Social Engineering," "How Vaccines Hurt You," and "Dr. Blaylock Exposes Obama's Nazi Healthcare System."

"The Blaylock Wellness Report" claims he is the "secret weapon" against cancer since
"You won't get the whole story on cancer from the traditional media" and "You won't even get all the details from your own doctor (even from cancer specialists -- oncologists)."

Blaylock's newsletter boasts that he doesn't "parrot what the New England Journal of Medicine" prescribes. During one interview, Blaylock advised viewers not to trust the Centers for Disease Control because they support practices such as fluoridation and vaccines.

Brown has also sent an email pitching dubious financial offers.

On February 4 Brown sent an email sponsored by The Franklin Prosperity Report. The email, which included text of a FoxNews.com article about President Obama's Bill O'Reilly interview, has ads promising to show readers a "Weird Trick" that "adds $1,000 to Your Social Security Checks!" It also included a sponsor's note claiming: "Special: Seniors Scoop Up Unclaimed $20,500 Checks? (See If You Qualify)."

The Franklin Prosperity Report is a questionable newsletter operated by Newsmax that claims to be based on the "investment methods" of Benjamin Franklin. The link in Brown's email takes readers to a sign-up page claiming that seniors can "Grab up to $20,500 of the trillions in money, services, and other goodies that Uncle Sam may have ALREADY allocated for your family for 2014 -- and find out about more than 40 unclaimed government grants, giveaways, and subsidized trips." The page includes a picture of an elderly couple enjoying themselves in front of the Eiffel Tower. - Media Matters, 2/5/14

Brown has cut ties to the company sending out these e-mails but this just adds more trouble to his Senate prospects.  He's already taking a beating over his record on the environment:


Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) is being targeted in New Hampshire, where he has flirted with the idea of a Congressional run, by the League of Conservation Voters, according to Politico.

The group will launch a $220,000-plus TV ad campaign against Brown, Politico reports.

This isn't the first time Brown has been targeted in the Granite State. Senate Majority PAC, the super PAC supporting Democratic Senate candidates, launched a $150,000-plus ad buy against Brown in the state in January. - Huffington Post, 2/4/14

By the way, a new editorial came out praising Senator Jeanne's Shaheen's (D. NH) opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline:


On Friday, the department issued the report, which was the work of a consulting firm with strong ties to the oil and natural gas industries. Republican Party Chairwoman Jennifer Horn cited the report as proof that the pipeline would not hasten climate change and chided Shaheen who “blindly followed orders from the radical environmental groups that have funded her political campaigns and opposed this worthy project.”

We urge Shaheen, who believes that this generation has a moral obligation to address climate change, to continue her opposition to the Keystone pipeline. The report, by Environmental Resources Management, came to its surprising conclusion about the pipeline’s minimal contribution to global warming only by acting on the questionable assumption that Canada’s tar sand oil fields, whose exploitation releases far more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than traditional oil fields, would be developed with or without the pipeline. That, to say the least, is debatable. Canadian officials and oil industry executives have acknowledged that the tar sands cannot be developed rapidly or completely unless the pipeline is built.

The pipeline’s contribution to pollution would, according to a draft environmental impact statement done for the State Department, be equal to that of 50 coal-fired power plants, a contribution to climate change that could not realistically be offset. The damage done would multiply in ways that would doom international efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions in time to prevent what could be a catastrophically rapid warming of the planet. A yes to the pipeline would tell developing nations, including above all India and China, that harming the environment is an inevitable and justifiable consequence of economic progress. The result would be more rapid sea level rise; longer, deeper droughts; more violent storms; warmer winters; the northward advance of tropical pests and diseases and a host of other ills. Tar sands development may not mean that “it’s game over” for climate change, as the nation’s former chief climate scientist James Hansen said. But then again, Hansen might be right. - Concord Monitor, 2/4/14

If you would like to donate or get involved with Shaheen's campaign, you can do so here:
MADBURY, NH - NOVEMBER 4: &nbsp;Former New Hampshire Governor and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jeanne Shaheen exits the voting booth November 4, 2008 at Madbury Town Hall in Madbury, New Hampshire. Shaheen is in a tight race with incumbent Republican U.S. Senator John Sununu (R-NH). &nbsp;(Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

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Originally posted to pdc on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 11:33 AM PST.

Also republished by Take New Hampshire Forward!, The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party, and Climate Hawks.

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