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The Corporate Control over "Science," "Research" and the Altering of the Facts in the News

As you listen and read the Mainstream Media,  more and more often you hear of researchers and industry spokespeople who say that this condition or that condition is "genetic."

However when you look back into the stats on breast cancer (just to have an example) you see that women in Japan, during the late part of the nineteenth century, had only one case of breast cancer for every 65 women. The diet then and there was high in dried fish, seaweeds, vegetables and so on.

Then you contrast those statistics with the women who moved from Japan to the USA in the late nineteen forties and fifties. Once they began to eat as American women do, their breast cancer statistics moved to the one cancer case for every ten women - much like the risk factor of one in four that  Caucasian women in America face.

So it's not simply "genetics." It is "genetics" plus environmental factors.

But the industry  spokespeople rarely comment on that. If they did, they would be indicting the very industries they are paid to protect. They weould be indicting the cleaning products, pesticides, make-up, diet aids, vaccines, air fresheners etc that modern advertising campaigns have made such a ubiquitous part of daily life for most of us. Who cares that there are benzenes and formaldehydes in these products? Breathe deep - surely our government would not allow these products to be sold if they were harmful. (Or so we are led to believe.)

If you have never ever met any of the scientists who are corrupted, then you apparently do not attend any state meetings, FDA hearings, etc.

Let's look at one of the most egregious cases of our government supporting the introduction of a neurotoxin into our food supply. I am speaking of the Aspartame hearings under the Reagan Administration.

A noted neuro-biologist stated that if Aspartame was allowed in food and diet sodas, then there should definitely be a warning on the label that the product was not for the consumption of women who are pregnant or for children under the ages of five. But industry scoffed at his precaution, and there is no such warning. The neuro-biologist was concerned about the neuro toxic effects of Aspartame in terms of how the wiring of the brain in young children might be affected by their ingesting this stuff in diet drinks, or receiving the substance through the bloodstream during their fetal development when the moms ingest it and they are in the womb.

And the High Fructose Corn Syrup hearings under Reagan. One scientist stated in the HFCS hearings that it takes about three times the amount of water to flush the byproducts of the metabolising of a unit of HFCS out of an individual's body, compared to the amount of water needed to flush out the waste byproducts of the body's metabolic processing of the same amount of sugar. He warned that there would be a huge increase in diabetes should the switch to HFCS go ahead. Now, some twenty five years later, we do see that huge increase in diabetes. But back in teh day rather than be pro-active, industry said, "Well, why don't we wait and see. You don't have enough people in your studies to convince us."

I can also point to the really really scary hearings on MTBE in Sacramento California when MTBE was being put into the gasoline in this state in quite high proportions. You should have heard of all the industry-supported studies that had American scientists saying that this was so safe a product that kids could brush their teeth with it. I sat through these hearings, and the dozens if not hundreds of Corporate spokespeople quoting American scientists and their research that showed the safety of MTBE.

But the governor listened to the half million people who were pointing to the health effects they experienced.

Luckily for this state, and for the rest of the nation, the governor at the time, Grey
Davis (D) appointed one of the few honest, non-industry funded and credible scientists out there, John Froines, to head the Blue Ribbon Panel on MTBE. Froines and his panel did their extensive testing of MTBE and they came up with the fact that in terms of risk to benefit THERE WAS NO BENEFIT, and a GREAT DEAL OF RISK. This disapproval of MTBE is one of the reasons that Big Oil funded the voter-approved removal of Gov. Grey Davis, with Ahnold who was supported by Big Oil money to take his place.

And for several years after the Blue Ribbon Panel and their conclusive study of MTBE, there was still a lot of American scientists hired to do more research finding funded by Big Oil, and their studies were reported by the Corrupt Mainstream Media as effectively repudiating the Blue Panels' findings.

Several years back, I posted an entire rebuttal of the News Media with respect to the MTBE issue here at Daily Kos**, and my headline was "Truth and the Corruption of the Associated Press." My report was most carefully detailed, with regards to the fact that the "slant" that the news media now puts on "science" is one of fabrication and lies. (**It is the first artcikle in my diary uploads, so you cna scroll down to it.)

I can point to the hearings on vaccines.

First a story about Leuren Moret, who was attending an International Conference on pollutants and dangers of modern lifestyles. She was seated across the table from two scientists, one an American and the other man was Japanese. The American began scoffing at the Japanese scientist and saying, "Well now,  you Japanese are going ahead with changing your vaccine schedule for infants and children, yet you lack any hard data on these vaccines programs."

The Japanese scientist returned the comment with a smile, a small hesitation, and then the reply: "Yes, we currently lack hard data. But hopefully in a matter of a decade, we will have hard data on the effects of vaccinating newborns and toddlers, vs a nation that has not done that. And it will data based on Human Beings."

Leuren was horrified. She leaned over the table and said to the Japanesse scientist: "Is your nation doing research using your own population of newborns, children and toddlers?"

The Japanese scientist replied, "What we plan to do is use our newborns, infants and toddlers as the control, with the American newborns, infants and toddlers to be the guinea pigs, as that is what your nation is doing to the population there with their vaccination schedule. Your infants and toddlers are guinea pigs for the vaccine industry."

This nation of ours does have a panel of "experts" for oversight of the vaccine industry but the majority of these experts have close ties to the Big Pharma industry. Do you know that in the last five years, the numbers of newborns born with jaundice is soaring - to a high now of seventy percent!! When my son was born, circa mid-seventies, via a midwife, he was her 965th birthing, and she had only two cases of jaundice in her newborn population! Just what the heck is going on that we have jaundice as a "normal" situation for our newborn population in our Big Hospitals these days!!

And what has happened in just the last five years? Why the Well and Healthy Newborn Clinic, where the newborn is taken from the mom and injected with the Hep vaccine within the first day of the newborn's life. This Hep B  vaccine is one that my very well educated doctor talked me out of  me to have when I was forty three years old. As it so powerfully affects the liver.

It was just on the news this Monday, Oct 11th 2010, that some new study concludes that an infant and/or toddler having an impaired liver and an infant having jaundice after birth are factors that can cause a toddler to develop autism. Yet the vaccine industry was allowed to do this "newborn" program, in defiance of the fact that statistically the BENEFIT TO RISK shows NO BENEFIT and a great deal of risk.

(Hepatitis is not something that your average middle class infant will experience. It is a disease of shared needles and unsafe sex practices. And it also is carried in utero by the mother, but a very simple blood test can show if she has the disease or not, and that child and that child alone should then be vaccinated. Currently more babies die and are seriously injured from the Hep vaccine than are killed by the disease! It is as though we have become a society that is superstitious about shooting up our kids with non-preventative "safety" measures.)

I will also add several posts to this article as part of my next few days' updates about the various topics mentioned in this article. So that the discussion can be expanded. My first such update involves Aspartame.

Originally posted to Truedelphi on Sun Oct 17, 2010 at 01:50 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 6-)

    Offer your heart some Joy every day of your life, and spread it along to others.

    by Truedelphi on Sun Oct 17, 2010 at 01:50:06 PM PDT

  •  Here are some further remarks re: Aspartame (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Tinfoil Hat, rubine

    Aspartame - The Big Nicotine Story all over again.  
    Edited on Sun Oct-17-10 12:36 AM by truedelphi
    When you look into the Congresional record to see who said what and when and where, you have none other than the FDA's own toxicologist, Dr. Adrian Gross, testifying to Congress during at least one of Searle's studies in August of 1985 that it had been "established beyond any reasonable doubt that aspartame is capable of inducing brain tumors in experimental animals and that this predisposition of it (ed: as a damaging agent) is of extremely high significance." <snip> Same Source: "In view of these indications that the cancer causing potential of aspartame is a matter that had been established way beyond a reasonable doubt, one can ask: What is the reason for the apparent refusal by the FDA to invoke for this food additive the so-called Delaney Amendment to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act"

    The Delaney Amendment makes it illegal to allow any residues of cancer causing chemicals in foods. In his concluding testimony Gross asked, "Given the cancer causing potential of aspartame, how would the FDA justify its position that it views a certain amount of aspartame as constituting an allowable daily intake or 'safe' level of it? Is that position in effect not equivalent to setting a 'tolerance' for this food additive and thus a violation of that law? And if the FDA itself elects to violate the law, who is left to protect the health of the public?" Congressional Record SID835:131 (August 1, l985)

    Additionally, the peer reviewed study by Trocho, et al, from the Department of Molecular Biology, University of Barcelona, clearly shows from radiolabeled product how the formaldehyde from aspartame binds tightly to DNA, resulting in both single and double strand breaks. This effect is accumulative, injuring not only DNA but also cellular proteins, many of which are enzymes. Because mitochondria have very few DNA repair enzymes, this damages goes unrepaired, leading to major suppression of cellular energy - a major contributing cause of excitotoxicity, the central process of many neurodegenerative diseases." These diseases include lupus, impaired learning function, memory difficulties, Multiple Sclerosis, diabetes and heart attacks.

    As a writer, I have taken the time to talk to public health nurses. They are always eager to find someone finally willing to hear about their observations of the deterioration in terms of the health of children over the past four decades. Whereas in the classrooms of the fifties and sixties, maybe as many as 15% of the children had some learning disorder, now often forty to fifty and in some cases, sixty percent of the children are fighting learning disabilities.

    Back to the Trocho, et al, Univ. of Barcelona study: "Because of the accumulative damage associated with aspartame, even low dose consumption over many years can result in significant DNA injury. This poses a significant danger to those with DNA disorders or who have impaired functioning of DNA repair enzymes, which includes those with Lupus, cancer, neurodegenerative disorders (Alzheimer's dementia, Parkinson's disease, ALS), mitochondrial dysfunction and diabetes. It also poses a significant danger to the developing baby, since DNA disrupting during neurogenesis can be devastating."

  •  Link to a quote saying... (3+ / 0-)
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    mem from somerville, kyril, TFinSF

    the breast cancer incidence is affected ONLY by genetics, please? From a medical doctor or other scientist (in relevant field)?


    I'm gonna go eat a steak. And fuck my wife. And pray to GOD - hatemailapalooza, 052210

    by punditician on Sun Oct 17, 2010 at 01:55:30 PM PDT

  •  Searle and Donald Rumsfeld (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Tinfoil Hat, rubine

    And his supporting cast of characters.

    Dream, that's the thing to do (Johnny Mercer)

    by plankbob on Sun Oct 17, 2010 at 02:02:34 PM PDT

    •  Yes, was it not greatly intriguing that (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Tinfoil Hat, rubine

      Rumsfeld was so useful in getting the needed government support? He went from being a Big Time executive to being "hand picked" by Reagan. As a result he offered the "oversight" on the very product that his former employer wanted to have approved!

  •  ooooh....scienciness.... (10+ / 0-)

    sounds like science as it uses sciency words, but lacks support or sourcing for any claims whatsoever!  

    Paired with copious use of "scare quotes"

    Corporate Control Over "Science," Over "Research," Over "News" Releases

    Thanks for the laughs.

    the first essential component of social justice is adequate food for all mankind --Borlaug

    by mem from somerville on Sun Oct 17, 2010 at 02:07:11 PM PDT

    •  Here are two studies to counter your smugness (0+ / 0-)

      Study published in endocrinology journal

      Dietary Fructose Reduces Circulating Insulin and Leptin, Attenuates Postprandial Suppression of Ghrelin, and Increases Triglycerides in Women
      Karen L. Teff, Sharon S. Elliott, Matthias Tschöp, Timothy J. Kieffer, Daniel Rader, Mark Heiman, Raymond R. Townsend, Nancy L. Keim, David D’Alessio and Peter J. Havel

      Monell Chemical Senses Center (K.L.T.) and Department of Medicine (K.L.T., D.R., R.R.T.), University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104; Department of Nutrition, University of California, Davis (S.S.E., P.J.H.), Davis, California 95616; University of British Columbia (T.J.K.), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6T 1Z4; Eli Lilly (M.T., M.H.), Indianapolis, Indiana 46285; U.S. Department of Agriculture, Western Human Nutrition Research Center (N.L.K.), Davis, California 95616; and Department of Medicine, University of Cincinnati (D.D.), Cincinnati, Ohio 45267

      HFCS Could Cause Diabetes

      A 2007 study conducted at Rutgers University tested 11 different carbonated beverages containing HFCS and found "astonishingly high" amounts of reactive carbonyls [5]. Reactive carbonyls are believed to cause cell and tissue damage that could lead to diabetes. Reactive carbonyls are not found in regular table sugar.

      HFCS Causes Other Health Damage

      HFCS also chelates minerals in our blood, causing deficiencies in certain nutrients like chromium, zinc and copper. Every cell in the body uses glucose, but fructose can only be metabolized in the liver. Studies have shown that a diet high in HFCS and sugar can cause liver disease, just like that found in alcoholics [6].

      URL for Rutgers study:

      Further remarks from above article:

      A diet high in HFCS is now believed to cause insulin resistance, gout, high cholesterol and fat to accumulate in the body. It causes gout because HFCS raises the uric acid levels of the body. Over consumption of fructose also leads to high triglycerides, which can be a sign of heart disease and diabetes.

      A diet high in high fructose corn syrup raises blood pressure. All of these factors lead to what is called the metabolic syndrome [7].

      Fructose Without Fiber

      Proponents argue that high fructose corn syrup can’t be bad for our health because there is plenty of fructose in fruit. That is correct. There is one big difference; there is a lot of fiber in fruit. Fructose with fiber is not a problem; fructose without fiber is a health problem. Fructose in nature has a lot of fiber. The fructose made from corn is not the same fructose sugar found in fruit. The fructose in fruit does not interfere with the leptin hormone.

  •  sorry, cant HR your tip jar (8+ / 0-)

    because I've been slacking on my commenting and tipping and such my TU status is hibernating.  But in lieu of that please accept this link to my diary slamming anti-vaccers such as yourself


    "All this marching up and down and cheering and waving flags is simply sex gone sour." -Julia, 1984

    by pullbackthecurtain on Sun Oct 17, 2010 at 02:27:14 PM PDT

  •  Explain to me how this can actually be true (4+ / 0-)

    And the High Fructose Corn Syrup hearings under Reagan. One scientist stated in the HFCS hearings that it takes about three times the amount of water to flush the byproducts of the metabolising of a unit of HFCS out of an individual's body, compared to the amount of water needed to flush out the waste byproducts of the body's metabolic processing of the same amount of sugar. He warned that there would be a huge increase in diabetes should the switch to HFCS go ahead. Now, some twenty five years later, we do see that huge increase in diabetes. But back in teh day rather than be pro-active, industry said, "Well, why don't we wait and see. You don't have enough people in your studies to convince us."

    One scientist who says...

    Here's a link with actual studies and not hearsay...

    Sugar, HFCS: Dietary equals

    The home page for the above


    Just wondering if the Wright brothers should have stopped their efforts because humans that fall from great heights usually don't survive.

    •  Just as the pro-nicotine industry had studies (0+ / 0-)

      Showing how safe tobacco was, so do the HFCS people point, repeatedly, to their studies.

      But first of all, the HFCS stuff tastes awful. you may not be old enough to remember what it was like to drink a soda that was made with sugar, gosh those were good.

      But the best source of investigation (for me, anyway,) is the Rutgers study:

      [b]Does high fructose corn syrup (HCFS) cause risks to your health?

         * December 24th, 2009 1:13 pm ET

      A Rutgers University study suggests consumption of large amount of beverages and foods made with High Fructose Corn Syrup (HCFS) may increase your risk of developing diabetes.  Others warn it may increase obesity which is sometimes a trigger for diabetes.
      The URL for the article is here: ional/does-high-fructose-corn-syrup-hcfs-cause-risks-to-your-health+"high+fructose+corn+syrup"+%2B+p eer+reviewed+studies"+%2B+"risks+of+HFCS"&cd=3&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

  •  Hidden by a non-corrupt-industry-employed (4+ / 0-)

    scientist. Your anti-vaccination hysteria kills children.

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