Monsanto: It Ain’t Glyphosate, it’s the Additives! – By Author: F. William Engdahl



Famously corrupt and unscrupulous, Monsanto Corporation has now been discovered in covering up the highly toxic effects of the secret additives it combines with glyphosate in Roundup, the world’s most-used herbicide. The IARC, an agency of the World Health Organization, released a report in March, 2015 that declared the chemical glyphosate to be “probably carcinogenic to humans (Group 2A).” They were not provided tests that included the effects of glyphosate combined with specific trade secret additives. Monsanto is desperate to hide the true carcinogen in its Roundup weed-killer.

Glyphosate is the largest component of Monsanto Roundup, the world’s largest weed-killer and the toxin mandated in every Monsanto Genetically Manipulated (GMO) planting. But what Monsanto refuses to disclose is what additives it uses, otherwise termed surfactants or adjuvants, ostensibly to give the glyphosate a “turbo” weed-killer effectiveness boost.

Since late 2016 the United States District Court for the Northern District of California has been hearing a case brought by a group of plaintiffs against Monsanto, claiming the firm falsified test results and refused to test the actual commercial mix sold as Roundup, a mix which contains far more deadly chemicals than glyphosate, especially when combined with glyphosate, in order to show its best-selling Roundup to be harmless in recommended doses and non-carcinogenic.

It’s the Surfactants!

On June 30, 2017, attorneys from Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, lawyers for the plaintiffs, released online court documents provided by Monsanto to the Court in the ongoing California case against Monsanto. Those Monsanto secret documents reveal the criminal company collusion to cover up the truth about its Roundup weed-killer.

Among the damning emails from the Monsanto internal documents is an email exchange marked Confidential, dated November 22, 2003, from Donna R. Farmer, PhD., then chief toxicologist at Monsanto responsible for glyphosate products worldwide. Farmer states bluntly, “The terms glyphosate and Roundup cannot be used interchangeably nor can you use “Roundup” for all glyphosate-based herbicides any more. For example, you cannot say that Roundup is not a carcinogen … we have not done the necessary testing on the formulation to make that statement.” (emphasis added-w.e.)

Another confidential Monsanto email dated December 14, 2010, more than seven years after Donna Farmer’s 2003 admission, states that “With regards to the carcinogenicity of our (Roundup-w.e.) formulations, we don’t have such testing on them directly, but we do have such testing on the glyphosate component.” It’s a bit like telling someone you held an African Black Mamba, the world’s fastest and one of the world’s most toxic snakes, and nothing happened to you, so the Black Mamba can be certified as safe for a household pet.

What Monsanto toxicologist Donna Farmer refers to as “the formulation” is the major ingredient, glyphosate, in combination with various surfactants or adjuvants, allegedly used to bind the weed-killer Roundup more efficiently to target weeds in the region of spraying of crops such as GMO corn or soybeans. Monsanto calls the component in Roundup called glyphosate the “active ingredient,” implying, falsely, that the added chemicals are merely passive or inert and harmless.

No tests done

To date the entire global public debate on glyphosate in the USA, the EU and in the rest of the world has been a very sly “red herring,” put out by Monsanto to take attention away from the vastly more toxic cocktail that is sold today as Roundup weed-killer, the world’s most widely used weed-killer. Roundup is far more than only glyphosate, as the email from Donna Farmer admits. Monsanto has deliberately turned the public and legal debate to focus only on glyphosate, as if the rest of their toxic cocktail was just some sugar candy. Are their trade secret additives including chemicals such as formaldehyde? We don’t know. Do they include known carcinogens such as N-ethyl-NNG? We don’t know. Monsanto refuses to tell the public.

The Monsanto secret email exchanges, now public as a result of the California court case, reveal dramatically the collusion of senior US Government officials at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Monsanto to conceal the fact that the EPA never was in possession of the other components of Roundup aside from glyphosate.

Those surfactants are mostly classified as “trade secret” by Monsanto and have not even been made known to the US Government agency responsible for guarding the environmental health of the population, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), yet EPA officials have never made a public issue of the fact.

Among the Monsanto confidential emails released by attorneys in the California law suit on June 30, 2017 is one dated March 5, 2013. In it Monsanto admits internally, “We do not conduct sub-chronic, chronic or teratogenicity studies with our formulations. The long-term exposure has been assessed according to the regulatory requirements in chronic and carcinogenicity studies conducted with the active ingredient glyphosate.” (emphasis added-w.e.). Teratogenic testing is testing to determine if a drug or chemical contains an agent that can disturb the development of the human embryo or fetus. Teratogens can halt the pregnancy or produce a congenital malformation or birth defect.

On its website, Monsanto gives a picture of serious compliance with government safety testing standards. It states, “Like all pesticides, glyphosate is routinely reviewed by regulatory authorities to ensure it can be used safely. In the U.S., that’s the job of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and like other regulatory authorities around the world, the EPA’s process is comprehensive and based on the best available science.” (emphasis added-w.e.).

Note that they are careful to say “glyphosate,” and not Roundup. As the California EPA and Monsanto email exchanges reveal, Monsanto is being sly here, as they have not managed over 40 years to give detailed information on all the additives or adjuvants contained today or earlier in its Roundup herbicide. Curiously, they state, “Click here to learn more about the EPA’s current “registration review” underway for glyphosate.,” however as of August 28, 2017 there is no link to any EPA “registration review.” Oops, sorry…

In simple English, Monsanto admits its fraud that it only used tests of the possible carcinogenicity of its so-called “active ingredient” glyphosate. Never did they submit tests of the true Roundup cocktail actually used commercially. The entire EU and US EPA “glyphosate debate” is a hoax, a nefarious fraud.

‘Two Thousand times more toxic’ than glyphosate alone

Independent scientific tests by toxicologists have revealed that it is precisely the added ingredients, the so-called surfactants or Roundup’s “formulations,” in chemical combination with the far less toxic glyphosate base, that are highly toxic and probable carcinogen.

In a peer-reviewed scientific paper published on February 26, 2016 in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, a team of toxicologists led by Gilles-Eric Séralini of the Institute of Biology, University of Caen in Normandy, France and András Székács, Director of the Agro-Environmental Research Institute of Hungary’s National Agricultural Research and Innovation Centre, tested the most commonly used glyphosate-based herbicides including Monsanto Roundup. They tested the complete cocktail, including the co-formulants and formulations used in combination with the glyphosate.

What they found should put our hair on end. Instead, it has been swept under the rug by the US Government and the Commission of the EU as well as by a German government eager perhaps to appease the giant German Bayer AG, the prospective new owner of Monsanto.

The Seralini group study demonstrated for the first time that endocrine disruption by Glyphposate-Based Herbicides (GBH) could not only be due to the declared active ingredient, glyphosate, but also to the co-formulants or additives. But it gets much worse than that.

Seralini’s group tested the endocrine disruption of co-formulants in six glyphosate-based herbicides (GBH), the most used pesticides worldwide including Roundup.

Their study concluded, “The endocrine-disrupting effects of all these compounds were measured on aromatase activity, a key enzyme in the balance of sex hormones, below the toxicity threshold. Aromatase activity was decreased both by the co-formulants alone…and by the formulations, from concentrations 800 times lower than the agricultural dilutions…; while G (glyphosate) exerted an effect only at 1/3 of the agricultural dilution…These results could explain numerous in vivo results with GBHs not seen with G alone; moreover, they challenge the relevance of the acceptable daily intake (ADI) value for GBHs exposures, currently calculated from toxicity tests of the declared active ingredient alone.

Their tests further concluded that the compounded herbicides using glyphosate as base, but including undisclosed “formulations” or surfactants or co-formulants, were vastly more toxic than glyphosate tested alone. They write, “All co-formulants and formulations were comparably cytotoxic well below the agricultural dilution of 1%.” Depending on the product, the tests revealed that glyphosate, in combination with co-formulants, could be up to 2000 times more toxic to cells than glyphosate alone.

Yet Monsanto has never revealed its trade secret co-formulants, neither to the US Government as it is compelled to by law, nor to the public.

The Seralini study concludes that “The declared active ingredients of pesticide formulations are not applied in their isolated form in agricultural use. Other substances (co-formulants) are also added, in order to modify the physico-chemical properties or to improve penetration or stability of the declared active ingredients. The identity of the co-formulants, declared as inert, is generally kept confidential. Moreover, they are not used in medium or long term in vivo toxicity tests of pesticides on mammals for the establishment of their acceptable daily intake.”

By the criteria used in war crimes tribunals after 1945 Monsanto knew or should have known that its Roundup total formulation products were more toxic that glyphosate alone and that independent, reliable safety studies of Roundup and full disclosure of all of Roundup’s additives, the so-called “inert” ingredients was necessary.

Whatever the legal outcome of the California legal case, the plaintiffs and their attorneys at Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman have done a major service to mankind by releasing the confidential Monsanto documents.

The attorneys have sent copies of all documents so far to the EPA Office of Inspector General, presently investigating whether there was illegal collusion between EPA and Monsanto; the California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), which recently listed glyphosate as a substance known to the state of California to cause cancer and is soliciting comments from Baum Hedlund and others to advise about whether glyphosate should be given a safe-harbor; and to the European Parliament members, who recently sent a letter to the judge overseeing the MDL litigation, requesting documents as the EU considers whether it will renew registration of glyphosate for sale in Europe.

F. William Engdahl is strategic risk consultant and lecturer, he holds a degree in politics from Princeton University and is a best-selling author on oil and geopolitics, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.”


Many of my readers were disappointed with the pattern of truces emerging after the Syrian Army had successfully laid sieges to towns and cities occupied by the terrorist groups supported by the United States, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the U.K. and NATO.  As these cease-fires started to proliferate, ordinary citizens began to return to their homes and to celebrate the expulsion of these nihilist devil worshipers.  Today, the U.N. confirms that over half a million refugees from Lebanon have returned to their homes in Al-Zabadaani, Madhaayaa, Al-Qusayr and Al-Wa’er, to name but a few areas liberated through cease-fire agreements.  But, these truces have an underlying logic not lost on many of us.  Let’s discuss the logic.

Cease-fires and the willingness to enter into them prove where the enemy is from the standpoint of resupply,morale, and planning.  When jihadists agree to cease operations and relocate to an area (like Idlib), the message is that supplies are running out, morale is low and there are no plans for any more operations.  The last one is important because it indicates the enemy is fearful of losing more of its fighters and fears an inability to recruit more and, then, to train the new recruits.  When the rodents in Al-Wa’er agreed, finally, to depart the city for Idlib or northern Aleppo Province, everyone knew that their chances had gone from slight to very grim.  Most importantly, they knew that!

Their willingness to leave for Idlib, for example, also demonstrated how committed they still were to a jihadist ideology.  Once they agreed to save their own skins, the Syrian Army’s Military Intelligence Bureau was assured that these terrorists were not interested in dying for any cause.  This is why so many of them agreed to sign up for the Amnesty Program.  Clearly, they were psychologically beaten and frustrated with the death and destruction they had brought upon their own country and misery they foisted on their own children who had to now catch on 5 years of education.

The willingness to engage in negotiations also demonstrates how much the opinions and tirades of propagandists can affect the minds of the terrorists now contemplating a withdrawal from a key area.  Take the example of Aleppo where the entire eastern half was infested with these murdering cockroaches.  The groups involved were die-hard jihadists like Al-Nusra and the Nooreddeen Al-Zangi terrorists famous for beheading children.  Despite the rants and ravings of Saudi terrorist leader, ‘Abdullah Al-Muhaysini from Idlib, the terrorists agreed to a cease-fire and withdrawal.  The Saudi “daa’iya” even promised those who stood their ground and died for him an extra 2 slatterns in Heaven although many wondered how he obtained such a license from the Almighty to make such offers.

From this event, we knew the terrorists confirmed the breakdown of all supply lines from the north (Layramoon, Handaraat) and through their tunnels which were either discovered or destroyed by the SAA. We also learned that the terrorists did not take Al-Muhaysini seriously indicating an abandonment of many jihadist doctrines.  Their morale had to be low as they faced the prospect of the city’s entire structure collapsing down on their heads in a short time.  And, of course, they had no plans which could be reasonably expected to create a better situation.  For all of Al-Muhaysini’s bluster, he could draft no army capable of saving the necks of these trapped barbarians.

But, the cease-fires also told us where the sponsoring countries stood.  Although, Turkey was overheard urging the terrorists to hold ground with promises of a “new initiative”, the terrorists clearly read the Turk position as “puffing” – they simply did not trust Ankara to produce any positive results.  The U.S. was silent on this issue.  The Saudis, who have ceded any authority to Turkey in the north, essentially bowed out and bit the bullet preferring to leverage the Jaysh Al-Islam cannibals over whom they held uncontested sway. The withdrawal from Aleppo was a watershed moment in the war – and it wasn’t because Aleppo City was liberated; it was because the sponsoring nations had lost heart.  This made Russia all the more confident.  That made our victory all the more sweet.

The cease-fires were also critical in providing intelligence about where the terrorists were located once they left. Since most had to opt for Idlib, a province now deemed devoid of citizens, the job of pursuing and killing the remnant rodents became more manageable. In addition to this, the SAA-MI and other allied services, had managed throughout the last 3 years to infiltrate terrorist ranks, injecting individuals loyal to the state into the flesh and bones of these terrorist groups enabling the MI to collect accurate information and data about future plans and the state of morale.  That the criminals actually agreed to remove themselves to a province rife with fellow rodents all presenting as legitimate targets was an indication that their counterfeit revolution had been totally spent.  They were convinced that they had no other option.  In planning your next move as a Syrian Army commander, such knowledge is priceless.

These truce agreements also gave the state a chance to invite previously dislocated civilians back to their homes to gauge their loyalty to the state and test their support for the president as part of an effort to predict the outcome of any election in the future.  This factor is extremely important to the Russians and Iranians who have staked everything on the longevity of their ally, Dr. Assad, and who have persisted in promoting a democratic transition process in Syria.  The evidence so far is that repatriated Syrian citizens who have entered their homeland from the Lebanon Mountains overwhelmingly support Dr. Bashar Al-Assad even if they might not have at the start of the disruptions. That supportive countries like China are making good on promises to help restart the building process has been even more encouraging to these returning nationals.

The cease-fires have also, obviously, given the army time to rest, re-train, refresh and relocate.  The huge gains in the Syrian Desert west and north of Palmyra, resulting in significant restoration of economic assets, could not have been accomplished with such speed and efficiency were it not for the truces of Al-Zabadaani and Madhaayaa.  These cessations of lethal fire liberated not only these towns, but, also, liberated battle-hardened Syrian troops and allies to fight elsewhere and it is this grouping of soldiers which will be at the forefront of the battles to annihilate ISIS in both Dayr El-Zor and Al-Raqqa.

The truces have also distanced terrorists and their heavier equipment from critical airbases necessary for the air battle to expel and exterminate these wretched microbes.  Now that all departing terrorists have only left in their green buses with light sidearms, their heavy mortars, rockets both homemade and delivered by the Zionists, inter alia, and Hell Cannons were left behind.  Our airbases are less reliant today on counter-measures because the terrorists existing within artillery range are gone, their weapons handed over to expert members of the Syrian Defense Forces.

These events could not have come at a more opportune time.  With Syrian Army forces now enabled to fight in every remaining front, its ally Hizbollah, is now freer to move its own troops back and forth in Lebanon where a war is brewing between the Lebanese Resistance and the Zionist Plague State.  I can assure all of you, that this next battle in Lebanon will spell the end of this apartheid abomination – the very end of it when you will see tens of thousands of our troops and every right-thinking Arab patriot rushing the Zionist borders and destroying the very fabric of this diseased settler society.

So, if you don’t like these cease-fires, have it your way.  But, try to be more open-minded and look deeply into why the parties which care the most support them and promote them.



New troops seconded to the divisions fighting in the east wiped out whole units of ISIS rodents liberating the following economic assets and oil fields:  Al-Wahhaab, Al-Fahd, Dubaysaan, Al-Kabeer.

And the following oil wells:  Al-Qaseer, Abu Al-Qitat, Abu Qattaash.

The Army liberated the following villages:  Mushayrifa Anbaah, Fillaat Rajab, Khirbat Muhannad, Sooh Al-Bu-Khamees, Mansoorat Shuwayhaan, Haleema, Sumayhaan.

The following equipment and terrorist assets were destroyed:  29 booby-trapped trucks, 5 tanks, 5 C&C, 2 training bases, 2 warehouses for ammunition, 2 armored cars.

The following foreign degenerates were named as killed:  Mustafaa ‘Abdul-Qaader Bin-‘Ays (Tunisian.  Also called “Commander of the Desert”), ‘Abdul-Raheem ‘Abdul-Qaader Ru’aydaan (Saudi child molester and “Morals Commander of the East), Abu Al-Hudaa Al-Baabi (Media official for ISIS).  May they all burn in Hell.



Great article about Iran everybody should read:

Brandon writes about how American military bases in Syria are forming the borders for Kurdistan.  I disagree but find the article interesting and provocative. Note, he does not mention Iran’s increasing role:

Brandon writes an excellent article about Clarissa Ward and Bilal Abdul-Kareem which will have you scratching your noggin at how clearly infested CNN is with propagandists and liars:


President al-Assad to Russian media and EU-Russian MP: “We are ready to discuss anything…but defending borders is our right…White Helmets are Al-Qaeda” – By Syrian Free Press




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President al-Assad to Russian media:
“We are ready to discuss anything including constitution, defending borders is our right…White Helmets are part of Al-Qaeda, and that’s proven, but they are treated [by Western media] as humanitarian heroes”

(Damascus, 20/3/2017) ~ President Bashar al-Assad said in a statement given to Russian media that we are ready to discuss anything, including the constitution, adding that defending our borders is our right and it is a duty.



Following is the full transcript of the statement.

Question 1: Mr. President, are you familiar with the Russian proposal to create a commission on research of a new constitution? What do you think about it?

President Assad: Yesterday, I think, our representative in the United Nations, Mr. Jaafari, announced that we support the Russian initiatives – different initiatives, not only this one – as headlines, and now we are discussing with the Russians the details. The problem is that we went to Astana recently, as you know, the other delegation, the delegation of the militants, didn’t join that meeting, they didn’t go to Astana, and we all believe that this is the negative influence of the Turks. So, how can we start something concrete if you don’t have a partner? So, we said we are ready to discuss anything including the constitution, but we need to see who’s going to be in Geneva, are they going to discuss the same paper or not? But for us, as a government, our position is very clear: that we are ready to discuss it in details, but we support the headline, of course.

Question 2: Mr. President, there are reports that the United States-led coalition are planning to start the operation in Raqqa in the beginning of April. Do you have confirmation on that, and if Raqqa is liberated, will it be under control of Damascus, or are there any other agreements on that? And is the American troops’ presence in Syria legal?

President Assad: Any military operation in Syria without the approval of the Syrian government is illegal, and I said if there’s any troops on the Syrian soil, this is an invasion, whether to liberate al-Raqqa or any other place. This is first. Second, we all know that the coalition has never been serious about fighting ISIS or the terrorists, so we have to think about the real intention of the whole plan, if there’s a plan to liberate al-Raqqa. To liberate it from who? From ISIS? To give it to who? So, their plan is not to fight terrorists, not to help the Syrian government, it’s not for the unity of Syria, it’s not for the sovereignty of Syria, it must be something else not of these factors that I just mentioned, but all that we have till this moment are only information, we don’t have any fact on the ground regarding this.

Question 3: Mr. President, as far as we know, the Syrian Army does its best in fighting with terrorism, you fight with terrorists fine, but war isn’t over, so I wanted to know whether Damascus is going to ask Russian air forces to increase its presence in Syria, and will you ask Russia to start a ground troops operation in Syria?

President Assad: Actually, if you talk about the relation between the Syrian government and the Russian government, it goes back in history for decades, so they know the details of Syria, and after the war they know more details about what’s happening. So, if we want to talk about fighting terrorism, we discussed in details the requirements to support the Syrian Army. For this stage, the Russian support by air raids was enough for the Syrian Army to advance on different fronts, mainly in Aleppo and Palmyra as you know. I’m sure that if the Syrian and the Russian officials and military officials feel that we need more support to defeat the terrorists, they’re going to do it, but till this moment, the level of support is good and effective.

Question 4: Can you evaluate the participation of Russian troops, Russian army, in liberation and demining in Palmyra? And maybe you can tell us about the level of destruction in Palmyra in the last month, and maybe your government has some plan of rebuilding and restore this ancient city.

President Assad: Of course, it’s not only Syrian heritage; it’s international heritage, and I think the whole world should be worried about the destruction of Palmyra. Of course, some of the destruction could be repaired. Now we are evaluating, because you know if the stones turn into rubble, it could be difficult for anyone to restore this heritage, but if you have the stone safe and sound, you can do it. When we liberated Palmyra the first time, President Putin himself, when he spoke to me and congratulated me for the liberation of Palmyra last year, he said Russia was very interested in the restoration of Palmyra. Of course, as you know, ISIS came again to Palmyra, and it was liberated again, but now there’s more destruction, so we have to re-evaluate Palmyra again to see what we can do, but I think it’s not only about Syria and Russia; it’s about the UNESCO, it’s about the other institutions, and it’s about other countries that they always claim that they are worried about the human heritage and human culture and so on.

Journalist: And the participation of the Russian army in the liberation, can you evaluate it?

President Assad: Usually we don’t speak about military issues, but there was important support on the ground, but I don’t have to tell you the details of that kind of support.

Question 5: Mr. President, will you continue to protect, to defend Syrian borders after the threat of Mr. Avigdor Lieberman, to protect with missile defense systems, of course, and how international diplomacy, maybe Russia diplomacy can help to prevent the conflict between Israel and Syria?

President Assad: Defending our borders is our right, and it’s our duty, not only our right. If we don’t do it as officials when we can do it, we should be blamed by the Syrian people, we should be held accountable. So, we don’t have to ask ourselves that question, whether there were statements by Israeli officials or not. We don’t base our policy and decisions on their statements. So, of course, it’s our right and duty, again.

As we heard this morning, that the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs asked the Israeli ambassador, they invited him to the Ministry in order to discuss the Israeli violation of the Syrian sovereignty. So, I think Russia can play an important role in that regard, and the whole policy of Russia is based on the international law, it’s based on the Charter of the United Nations, and the Security Council resolutions. So, they can discuss the same issues with the Israelis depending on this criteria, and they can play a role in order that Israel not attack Syria again in the future.

Question 6: My turn. Mr. President, the now infamous groups such as the White Helmets and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights have reported recently about the airstrike by the United States-led coalition that killed 50 civilians in a mosque near Aleppo. Now, the Pentagon said they were present in the area, but they had nothing to do with the destruction of the mosque. Previously, Washington held those two groups as reliable sources when they were critical of Damascus, and now they are silent about it. Are we looking at a situation of double standards?

President Assad: The American policy is based on many standards, not double; they have maybe ten standards because they don’t base their policy on values or on international law; they base it on their own vision, their own interests, sometimes on the balance of different lobbies and powers within the American institutions. We all know that. So, we don’t talk about double standards, this is very normal for the US. For example, their raids against ISIS in Mosul in Iraq were something good, or let’s say, positive, while the same raid by the Syrian and Russian army airplanes or troops on the ground in Aleppo to liberate the people of Aleppo is against human rights according to their political discourse. So, this is natural for the American policy and for the West in general, not only the Americans. White Helmets are Al Qaeda, they’re Al Qaeda members and that’s proven on the net; the same members are killing or executing or celebrating over dead bodies, at the same time they are humanitarian heroes, and now they have an Oscar as you know. So, that’s to be expected by the Americans, we have to ignore all their narratives, their own public doesn’t believe their narrative anymore. They don’t know the truth yet; the public opinion in the West in general, they know there’s a lie, but they don’t know what the truth is, and that’s why they have a problem with RT for example, for that reason.

President Bashar al-Assad meets for 3 hours with a joint Russian-European parliamentary delegation:
“Syria determined to solve the crisis through two tracks, counter-terrorism and political process”

President Bashar al-Assad received on Monday a Russian-European joint parliamentary delegation headed by Russian State Duma Deputy Chairman Vladimir Vasilyev.

During the meeting, President al-Assad talked about the latest developments in Syria and responded to the delegation’s queries regarding the situation of the Syrian people after six years of war.

The President affirmed that what is going on in Syria is a conflict among countries that want to maintain the international law, mainly Russia and China, and others that violate this law through their support to terrorist groups and interference in the internal Syrian affairs.

President al-Assad added that Syria is going ahead in its vision to solve the crisis through two tracks, combating terrorism and the political process, affirming that Syria is open to hold dialogue with anyone who lay down arms and abide by the constitution.

The President  said that the process of reconciliations enjoys a support from the Syrian people and it has achieved positive results that rescued the lives of many people and protected many areas, adding that without this support the Syrian state would not be able to proceed in it.

President al-Assad hailed the Russian support to Syrian people in their war against terrorism, adding that officials in European countries who pretend concern over the Syrian people have to stop supporting terrorist groups and put pressure on countries that fund these groups to stop that because it is also in the interest of their people.

The President  said that the visits of the parliamentary delegations to Syria are very important, adding that what distinguishes this visit is that it is a joint delegation from Russia and Europe and therefore it provides a useful opportunity for dialogue among parliamentarians about the polices of their countries toward events in Syria.

In turn, members of the delegation stressed the importance of international intensified efforts to fight terrorism, considering that the stances of European countries towards what is happening in Syria have begun to change when European officials felt that the danger of terrorism began to reach their home countries.

They considered that the intervention in the internal affairs of other countries brings nothing but only chaos, stressing the importance of dialogue among the Syrians to agree on any step regarding the future Syria.

In the same context, Speaker of the People’s Assembly Hadiyeh Abbas met the Russian-European parliamentary delegation.

She said “we rely on the European parliamentarians and representatives of the peoples of Europe to correct the wrong European policies towards Syria and enhance cooperation and coordination to combat terrorism since it is the only way to protect the Europeans.

For his part, head of the delegation underlined the need to boost the joint parliamentary cooperation between Syria and Russia, noting to the delegation members’ keenness on revealing the real image of what is taking place in Syria and convey it to their peoples.

The Russian State Duma Deputy Chairman Vladimir Vasilyev indicated to the warm atmosphere of the delegation’s meeting with President al-Assad which lasted for three hours during which the President shared his viewpoints on key issues and listened to their perspectives, views and notes.

He stressed that it has now become clear to all that the Syrian leadership is essential to the dialogue aimed at solving the crisis in the country, adding that President al-Assad briefed the delegation on the latest political developments and the Syrian army’s achievements on the ground.

Vasilyev laid stress on the necessity of pushing forward the political dialogue with all forces and enhance the political process in Syria for the sake of the country’s future.

He reiterated the Russian leadership, government and Parliament’s support to Syria’s right to fight terrorism and its extremist ideology, pointing out to the need for eliminate terrorism before its prevailing throughout the entire world.

The head of delegation noted that the Russian State Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs has prepared an agenda which includes proposals which Syria, and even other states, need, the most important of which is the Constitution.

He extended an invitation to the Speaker of People’s Assembly to visit Russia in April.

In a press conference, Vasilyev said the visit to Syria aims at inspecting the reality of what is taking place on the ground and offer the delegation members’ parliamentary expertise to the Syrian MPs.

He described the meeting with President al-Assad as “constructive and fruitful”, noting that the delegation members, including the European parliamentarians, were satisfied and delighted over the outcomes of the meeting.

Vasilyev said that the delegation has submitted several proposals and thoughts to President al-Assad, including opinions about constitution, encouraging local reconciliations and truces.

The formation of a constitutional committee and its work mechanism were also discussed, he added.

He indicated to the small number of countries which provide humanitarian aid to Syria such as Russia, China, Iran, Armenia and Azerbaijan, calling for mobilizing efforts to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people.

Vasilyev highly appreciated the efforts exerted by the Syrian people and leadership to solve the crisis in Syrian as soon as possible, adding that the Russian forces’ participation in combating terrorism in Syria came upon request from the legitimate Syrian government and in line with the international law.

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Epic fail! Monsanto supporters latest attempt to hide the real truth about glyphosate from the public – by Sustainable Pulse

Following the release of the report Glyphosate: Unsafe On Any Plate on November 14, which revealed alarming levels of the weedkiller glyphosate in popular American foods, Monsanto supporters went in to full attack mode to protect their number one product, however this time they fell on their own swords within a matter of days.

Last year, 17 leading global cancer experts from the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) sparked a firestorm when they classified glyphosate as a class 2A “probable human carcinogen“.

On the heels of this growing controversy surrounding the safety of glyphosate, the testing report published by Food Democracy Now! and The Detox Project revealed alarming levels (5 to 1125 ppb) of glyphosate in General Mills’ Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios, Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, Raisin Bran and Frosted Flakes and PepsiCo’s Doritos Cool Ranch, Ritz Crackers and Stacy’s Simply Naked Pita Chips, as well as many more famous products, at levels that present significant risks according to the latest independent peer-reviewed science on glyphosate.

Fail #1: Criticism of testing methods

What happened following the publishing of ‘Glyphosate: Unsafe On Any Plate‘ can only be described as an epic fail by some of Monsanto’s main supporters including Dr. Kevin Folta (University of Florida) and Dr. Michelle McGuire (Washington State University).

Folta and McGuire started the attack on the report on November 14 on Twitter, with criticism of the testing methods used, even before they understood what these were.

However, after holding an e-mail conversation with the FDA-registered Anresco Laboratories, Folta was forced to withdraw his criticism, which he had already fed to a selection of journalists across the U.S..

Folta stated on November 24; “I was contacted by the laboratory that did the analysis for them and I am comfortable that they did the detection 100% correctly. No question.”

Anresco Laboratories expert statement on their new era of glyphosate testing can be found here.

Fail #2: Misinformation regarding the safety of low levels of glyphosate

After their first line of attack failed massively, Monsanto’s supporters moved on to other possible ways to attack the report.

Firstly, they tried the dose makes the poison argument that is only used by desperate industry-funded scientists still hanging on to the understanding of science from the 1970s and 1980s. Not surprisingly, Dr. Folta is one of those industry scientists who still ‘believe’ that low doses of chemicals are not dangerous despite mainstream scientific evidence now showing that many chemicals can be endocrine disruptors (hormone hackers) at very low levels (e.g. 0.1 to 3000 ppb).

Chemical industry funded science still suggests that the higher the dose of a chemical the more dangerous it is, however modern independent science has discovered that many toxic chemicals have as much or more of an influence on our health at low doses – these chemicals are known as hormone hackers (endocrine disruptors).

A study from March 2015 stated that the health costs to the European Union of hormone hacking chemicals is over $ 150 Billion per year! The study stated that lower IQ, adult obesity and 5% or more of autism cases are all linked to exposure to endocrine disruptors.

Glyphosate is likely to be one of these hormone hacking chemicals according to independent science. Find more information on this here.

Fail #3: Peer Review needed for food testing results?

Dr. Folta and colleagues have now taken to stating that they cannot trust the results because they are not peer-reviewed, even though they are all clearly aware of the difference between University studies and commercial laboratory reports.

This is a ridiculous line of attack as millions of food samples in the U.S. are tested and reported by FDA-registered laboratories, such as Anresco Laboratories, every single year with no peer-review.

The Glyphosate: Unsafe On Any Plate report is not a University-based scientific study, which would require peer-review, it is a report of accurate results of glyphosate levels in popular American foods from a commercial laboratory (Anresco Laboratories) with over 70 years of experience in protecting public health through using accurate testing methods.

Monsanto and their supporters have thus completely failed in their latest attempt to hide the real truth about glyphosate from the public! Surely a day to celebrate!

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Australia: Death toll rises in freak cases of ‘thunderstorm asthma’ – by RT

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A sixth person has recently died from asthma complications allegedly linked to a rare weather phenomenon, as a thunderstorm coincided with a high pollen count in Australia, officials said. Up to 8,500 people have been affected by ‘thunderstorm asthma.’

A thunderstorm in Melbourne, the second most populous city in Australia, has been causing widespread respiratory issues among asthma and hay fever sufferers since Monday.

The phenomenon dubbed ‘thunderstorm asthma’ takes place when rye grass pollen absorbs moisture, breaks into small pieces and penetrates deep into people’s airways, affecting their health.

“There have now been six deaths that may have occurred as a result of conditions relating to the thunderstorm asthma events on Monday,” the health department spokesman of the State of Victoria said on Sunday.

According to the spokesman, “five patients are continuing to receive specialist ICU [intensive care unit] care in hospitals in Melbourne, with three still in a critical condition.”

“This was a tragic and unforeseen event and hospitals are continuing to treat 12 people for a variety of respiratory and other related conditions, in addition to those in ICU care,” the spokesman said.

In all, 8,500 patients were treated on Monday and Tuesday in Melbourne, a city of 4.5 million residents, according to officials.

The demand for ambulances was so high that “it was like having 150 bombs going off right across a particular part of metropolitan Melbourne,” State of Victoria Health Minister Jill Hennessy said on Thursday.

“It was really tight, like someone pressing on my lungs,” Ateev Dang, one of those affected by ‘thunderstorm asthma’ told the Australian newspaper. “My limbs couldn’t move.”

‘Thunderstorm asthma’ has not only been recorded in Australia, but in the US, Canada, the UK, and Italy.

The majority of incidents, however, have so far taken place in Melbourne.

According to Mick Logan from the Bureau of Meteorology, there is nothing unique about these storms.

“Melbourne does get storms but there are other parts of Australia, particularly tropical, that experience more thunderstorms,”the meteorologist said.

Asthma claimed the lives of over 400 Australians in 2014, National Asthma Council chair Dr. Jonathan Burdon said, adding that some adults who thought they had outgrown asthma may have been affected by the Monday storm again.

“I suspect Monday night some of those people may have been in this group,” he said.

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The true history of the pharma / medical cartel’s chemotherapy based cancer industry – By Arjun Walia

In 2016, approximately 1,685,210 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States alone, and approximately 600,000 people will die from the disease. The number of new cancer cases is 454.8 per 100,000 men and women per year, based on cases from 2008-2010.

Men have almost a 50 percent chance of contracting the disease at some point within their lifetime, and women have a 1/3 chance. Pretty crazy isn’t it? (source)

In a time where so much information is coming to light, challenging the belief systems of so many, it’s important to keep an open mind to new information to help us see through what’s really been happening on our planet. It’s no secret that a small group of corporations dominate almost every aspect of our lives, from energy to education, all the way to modern day healthcare.

The Cancer Industry

One aspect of healthcare is the cancer industry, and while people still scoff at the idea that there could be a suppression of cures and a lack of funding for proven alternative treatments, this is a fact that continues to come to light and is necessary for people to acknowledge if we are going to move forward and save millions of lives.

It’s important to accept the fact that, as Linus Pauling, Ph.D, and two time Nobel Prize winner in chemistry told us, that “most cancer research is largely a fraud, and that the major cancer research organisations are derelict in their duties to the people who support them.” (source)

Pauling’s ‘anger’ with regards to cancer research is well documented, especially in his book, How To Live Longer and Feel Better.

Dr. John Bailer, who spent 20 years on the staff of the National Cancer Institute and is also a former editor of its journal, publicly stated in a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science that:

“My overall assessment is that the national cancer program must be judged a qualified failure. Our whole cancer research in the past 20 years has been a total failure.” (source)

These few quotes won’t tell you everything about what is going on, but the documentary below will. It’s a 2 hour segment from the film, The Truth About Cancer.

The segment below features interviews with renowned health professionals from around the world, so you can hear it directly from the horses mouth.

Most health professionals who are skeptical of the information below, often haven’t done the research for themselves to stay updated with what is going on. Real medical education goes well beyond medical school. As illustrated in the video below, medical school is largely a brainwashing tool for pharmaceutical medicines. This is becoming more evident as information keeps emerging that the average health professional has no idea about.

Unfortunately, doctors today are simply taught how to prescribe drugs. Although their knowledge of the human body and how it operates is fairly good, and they often have the best intentions at heart, they are often being used to push an agenda, and it’s one of the primary causes for the rise of disease in the past few decades. In fact, medical error is now the third leading cause of death in the US.

Doctors get paid to write prescriptions. Over a century ago, the Carnegie and Rockefeller foundations started to engineer the curriculum. They put their money into drug-based research and made that the main focus of “healthcare”.

Since then, the Rockefeller’s and banking elite have been able to control and profit from the drug industry. The AMA – which is the largest association of physicians in the U.S. – enforces the drug-treatment paradigm by heavily lobbying Congress and publishing one of the most influential journals, JAMA, which is largely funded by pharmaceutical advertisers. It is also engaged in suppressing alternative health treatments, such as the Royal Rife cancer cure.

“The medical profession is being bought by the pharmaceutical industry, not only in terms of the practice of medicine, but also in terms of teaching and research. The academic institutions of this country are allowing themselves to be the paid agents of the pharmaceutical industry. I think it’s disgraceful.” – (source)(source)

Arnold Seymour Relman (1923-2014), Harvard Professor of Medicine and Former Editor-in-Chief of the New England Medical Journal

There is a problem that’s well known in the medical community, which is why John Ioannidis, an epidemiologist at Stanford University School of Medicine published the most widely accessed article in the history of the Public Library of Science (PLoS) entitled Why Most Published Research Findings Are False. In the report, he stated that most current published research findings are false.

This was more than 10 years ago, fast forward to today where a more recent ‘cry’ to the public masses came from Dr. Richard Horton, current editor-in-chief of The Lancet. He stated that half of all the published literature could be false.

Check out the Truth About Cancer series for more.

We got, hours and hours and hours on how to use, basically patented medicines, which as you know, are what usually goes on a prescription pad as a molecule that can be patented which means that it’s not found in nature….And that’s what we get educated in.

– Dr. Jonathan V. Wright, M.D. Medical Director and Founder

The doctor is brainwashed when he/she gets out of medical school because the medical school has too much subsidization of the professors who are being paid by the drug company, so the professor never teachers any student in medical school, why don’t you try vitamin C, they’re going to tell them the latest drug.

Comment: Money, greed and profits run the cancer industry, therefore the medical cartel will never find a cure for cancer because the business is simply far too lucrative. The industry marginalizes safe and effective cures while promoting their patented, expensive, and toxic remedies whose risks far exceed any benefit. However, while cancer is a complicated disease and there are multiple factors at play, there are a number of positive steps that can be taken to combat the disease:

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David Suzuki: Hard work and love trump fear and hate – By David Suzuki

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Global warming isn’t going to pause for four years with Trump’s election, so now is not the time to give up, says Dr David Suzuki.

NOW WHAT? Many people in the United States and around the world are dismayed that a bigoted, misogynistic, climate change denier has been elected to the highest office in what is still the world’s most powerful nation. His party controls the House and Senate, meaning pro-fossil-fuel, anti-climate-action representatives who reject overwhelming and alarming scientific evidence will hold the reins. It will be a government firmly in the pocket of the fossil fuel industry. But global warming isn’t going to pause for four years. It’s going to accelerate. Do we give up?

No way! Governments move slowly at the best of times. People were filled with hope when Barack Obama became America’s first black president. Sure, there was progress in some areas, but the fossil fuel industry continued to expand as the world got warmer. Here in Canada, after a decade of watching our political representatives backtrack on environmental and climate policies, Canadians elected a party that promised climate leadership. Despite many progressive and positive initiatives, our government is still encouraging, subsidising and approving fossil fuel projects and infrastructure.

We can’t count on governments to make the changes we so desperately need. It’s up to us. We must be the change. We have our work cut out for us, but work we must. Perhaps this is even an opportunity, albeit one fraught with great challenges. The election exposed nasty currents in U.S. society but it also revealed a profound and rising dissatisfaction with the status quo. There’s good reason for that. The gap between rich and poor has grown, globalisation and changing technologies have left many people behind in an outdated economic system, we witness racism daily on social media and television, education standards have declined, traditional media is breaking down, war and violence continue, and the effects of climate change worsen every day.

The answer isn’t to throw more gas on the fire. Many Americans just did that. Now, it’s up to those of us who believe in a brighter future to bring the fire under control without killing the flame.

On the day after the election, the David Suzuki Foundation’s Alaya Boisvert posted: 

‘Let the fire that ignites from this madness outshine the darkness that precipitated it.’

Despite Donald Trump’s promises to overturn what progress has been made on environmental and climate policies and initiatives, there’s no stopping the wave already underway. As Foundation Quebec and Atlantic Canada director Karel Mayrand wrote in a blog after election day, renewable energy investments have surpassed fossil fuel investments every year since 2010 and the gap continues to grow; American states and cities are putting a price on carbon, investing in renewable energy and in transit; electric vehicles will achieve price parity with gas vehicles by 2022; and the global movement against climate change is not going to stop.

Extract from Karel Mayrand’s blog 9 November, 2016.

We can’t be complacent. We can’t let fear and despair stop us from working to make the world a better place for everyone, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, physical appearance or limitations, country of origin, political leanings, education or social circumstance. And let’s face it, the planet isn’t in trouble, humanity is. Earth’s natural systems always find balance, but the corrections they make to overcome the damage we’ve caused – from putting too many emissions into the atmosphere to destroying habitat to make way for mining, industry and agriculture – don’t favour our species and the path we’re on.

We have so many possibilities and so much potential. We have knowledge and amazing technologies. We have ancient wisdom that teaches us how to be a part of this miraculous, complex, interconnected existence. Most of us want the same things: health, happiness and connection with others.

We mustn’t let fear overcome us. It’s time to stand together to work for justice and human rights, for equity, for liberty, for a cleaner environment, for governments that serve the people rather than corporations — for the values the United States of America was supposedly founded on. We must listen to each other and promote dialogue rather than debate.

The U.S election has brought things to a head and the boil is erupting. It’s more important now than ever before to come together to heal the wound.

David Suzuki is a scientist, broadcaster, author and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation. Written with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation senior editor Ian HaningtonLearn more at

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Controversial new ‘anti-famine’ GMO potato strains approved -BY RT

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The US Department of Agriculture has given its seal of approval to two new strains of genetically engineered potatoes. By using double stranded RNA, the potatoes have been engineered to resist the pathogen responsible for the Irish potato famine.

There could be two new potatoes hitting the soil next spring after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) signed off on two more genetically modified potatoes from Simplot, an agribusiness based in Idaho, on Monday.

The only obstacle for the new potatoes becoming available on the market is a voluntary review process from the FDA, much to the chagrin of GMO skeptics.

Jeffrey Smith, founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology, expressed concern for not only the FDA’s voluntary testing program but for the genetic modifying process the potatoes have undergone, in an interview with RT.

“It makes sense on paper,” he said of the potatoes that are purported to be resistant to blight – the pathogen responsible for the Great Famine. However, one of the issues is that the effects of modified these genomes are largely unknown.

“When we tamper with the genome in the way that they’ve been doing with genetic engineering in our food supply, you end up increasing allergens, toxins, new diseases or other problems – causes massive collateral damage in the DNA” he said.

But blocking the blight is not the only selling point of these scientific spuds. In addition, they are meant to be engineered to prevent bruising and black spots, have a reduction of a chemical that creates carcinogens when cooked at high temperatures and also ship better.

However, all of these benefits could be a curse in disguise. The method used for engineering these potatoes is called double stranded (ds) RNA, meaning the genes of an organism have been reprogrammed or silenced.

A modification for browning and another for blight prevention means that there’s a lot of change occurring in a living organism, and the modifications could interact with each other.

Smith explained, “Scientists around the world are aware that double stranded RNA can also find matches in human DNA and potentially silence and reprogram our gene expression.”

The fact that these potatoes contain potentially sensitive modifications that have been approved by the FDA highlights a systemic problem, Smith says.

“They haven’t done the research or homework about the health dangers,” he said of the FDA.

“Scientists at the United States Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency both went on record and published statements that the current regulatory capacity is not capable to deal with double stranded RNA”

If Simplot has any concerns about the RNA in their potatoes, they haven’t expressed it.

“We obviously are very proud of these,” Simplot spokesman Doug Cole told the Associated Press. Highlighting the potential reduction in food waste by removing browning, Cole said that these potatoes offer higher profits for farmers.

Smith does not share that optimism, saying, “I certainly won’t be eating this potato and I strongly recommend that no one be used as a human guinea pig.”

Comment: Two more frakenfoods which have been ‘approved’ in the last year, using controversial genetic modification to prevent browning:

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Six herbs that promote mental well-being – By Alma Causey

When it comes to our health, we do everything humanly possible to maintain it. However, when it comes to our mental well-being, we often ignore our emotional extremes and mood swings. Stress, insomnia, and genetics all contribute to hormonal imbalances and this may result in a number of mental diseases and disorders. Many of nature’s herbs contain vitamins, minerals and many antioxidants that can counter and prevent several ailments which deteriorate mental health.

Antioxidants are found to play an important part in this regard. Herbs having antioxidant properties cancel the effects of oxidative compounds that are already present in the body. Since our body is incapable of producing antioxidants that can cancel the effects of all the oxidative free radicals, these have to be taken in the form of dietary supplements.

Many herbs have been used since ancient times, for the prevention and treatment of almost every disease known to man. They can either be encapsulated or taken in form of herbal teas. The good thing about herbal treatments is that they do not pose any serious threats to one’s health as they have minimal side effects.


Mulungu bark is used in Central and South America for calming the nerves, improving the mood and aiding sleep. Mulungu contains erythravine, an active alkaloid which helps in anxiety reduction and protecting brain function. The flavanoids found in Mulungu are one of the best antioxidants and help in having a healthier brain. They are found to inhibit anxiety without any side effects and do not affect basic motor skills.

Another effect of Mulungu is the strong physical sensation of well being. It elevates the mood as well. It is known to be helpful with brain diseases like epilepsy, insomnia and anxiety. Studies have shown that all these diseases lead to major brain disorders and other brain degenerative diseases. Mulungu can be taken on its own or with a stimulant like green tea to amplify its effects. It gives mental clarity and improves brain function.


Mucuna has been used in ayurvedic medicine since 1500 B.C and is also known as the velvet bean. Mucuna contains L.dopa which is a biochemical precursor to several neurotransmitters. Dopamine happens to be one of these neurotransmitters in addition to adrenaline and noradrenalin, and it supports improved brain function and increased memory. It also regulates the mood and cognition.

Mucuna is widely known as an anti aging herb. The antioxidant properties make it anti inflammatory and effective towards the protection of neurons. It protects brain function by keeping a check over cognitive and neural functions. Mucuna’s secret benefit is that it fights redness in brain, which is one of the symptoms of brain degradation.


Passion flower, also called apricot vine, was found in 1956 in Peru. Passion flower is used in herbal medicines to promote calmness and relaxation. It is also found to be very helpful in reducing anxiety. In synergy with other forms of treatment, it is found to be effective in reducing anxiety, irritability, insomnia and agitation. It also helps with psychiatric disorder called adjustment disorder with anxious mood. Passion flower also helps with sleep disorders and seizures.

The best way to take passion flower is, as an herbal tea. According to the NYU Langone Medical Center, you should drink one cup of passion flower tea, three times a day.


A natural tranquilizer, Skullcap is an American perennial herb found from New York to Virginia and southwards to South Carolina, Alabama and Missouri. Skullcap is a very powerful medicinal herb. It is used in treatments of many nervous related disorders like epilepsy, hysteria, insomnia and anxiety. It is also used in the treatment of ADD and a number of other nervous disorders. It is anti inflammatory, antispasmodic, febrifuge, sedative and tonic in nature. It contains volatile oils, tannins and scutellarins that are very helpful in mental disorders. Research suggests it possesses mood enhancing properties and protects brain against damaging effects caused by inflammation.

According to HerbsList, Skullcap eases muscle spasms, muscle twitching and may help in ailments that involve involuntary limb movement, such as Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy.


From the roots and stem of the piper methysticum plant, a non-alcoholic beverage is made. This herb is found in the islands of South Pacific. It is being used since the early 90’s as the herbal medicine for stress and anxiety. It contains kava lactones which are responsible for its psychoactive qualities. They work in the brain to produce non narcotic action against anxiety. Kava is beneficial for anxiety and doesn’t affect heart rate or blood pressure.

Other disorders where Kava has been found beneficial are migraines, ADHD, psychosis, depression and chronic fatigue syndrome.


Ginseng, also called Panax ginseng, and is a widely used herbal remedy, all over the world. Its health benefits have been known for over thousands of years. It is used as a tonic to balance, stimulate and relax the nervous system. It brings strength and wisdom.

Ginseng is an adaptogen. Adaptogens are known to make us more resilient to mental and physical stress. They reduce the stress hormone cortisol and increase the adrenal gland. Adaptogens can calm you down and boost your energy without over stimulation.

It has the same relaxing effect and increased alertness as experiences after green tea. It helps in getting better sleep, increased energy levels and greater personal satisfaction. It is also helpful with the treatment of depression by regulating serotonin, dopamine and noreprinephrine. It works as brain booster and protector. It improves brain function and concentration. It helps with memory issues and protects against age related mental issues. Ginseng also works as an antioxidant and helps in protecting the brain cells against free radical damage.

Increasingly large numbers of people are suffering from brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and Dementia. A number of medicines are also available to help with the symptoms, but they are heavy on the pocket and come with many side effects. These herbs have been in use since hundreds of years and do not pose any health threats. Continuous use of these herbs will ensure a healthy brain, strong enough to fight away any disease.

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Big Pharma’s greed in the politics of pain – By Kelly Burch

“Big Pharma continues to not care about people, only about profit,” she told The Fix.

When it comes to campaign contributions, Big Pharma outspends even the powerful gun lobby. But despite the odds, heartbroken parents and addiction survivors continue to fight.

When Jodi Barber found her son Jarrod on the couch barely breathing, she rushed to call 911 while her husband administered CPR. The ambulance whisked Jarrod to the hospital where he was born, but it was too late. Nineteen years after they welcomed him into the world, Barber and her husband said goodbye to him in the same building.

The same year, three of Jarrod’s friends also died from using Opana, a prescription opiate. In the six years since his death, Barber has watched many more young lives ended too soon by opiate addiction, and in her mind it is clear who is to blame.

“Big Pharma continues to not care about people, only about profit,” she told The Fix.

What Barber knew from personal experience was confirmed earlier this month, when the Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity released an investigation into the role that pharmaceutical companies play in politics in order to sway legislation regulating the prescription drug industry.

The damning report, entitled The Politics of Pain, found that between 2006 and 2015 prescription drug makers spent more than $880 million nationwide on lobbying and campaign contributions. That is eight times the amount of money the powerful gun lobby spent during the same time period, and more than 200 times what groups advocating for stricter controls on opiates spent.

Many of the grassroots organizations fighting for tighter prescription drug regulations were founded by parents whose children have been touched by addiction. While they bring an amazing passion to the table, fueled by heartbreak and loss, they have neither the funding nor the political experience to sway lawmakers the way that pharmaceutical companies can.

“We’re not a lobbying organization, we’re an advocacy organization,” said Judy Rummler, chair of the FED Up Coalition to End the Opioid Epidemic. “We don’t have professional assistance, PR, marketing, other things that might enable us to have a stronger voice.”

Rummler and other advocates for prescription drug reform told The Fix that they were frustrated but not surprised by the Politics of Pain investigation.

“It’s a flaw in our system that we allow these special interest groups to have so much power that we can’t address a crisis in our country,” Rummler said. “We need reform, but it’s not likely to happen anytime soon.”

Catherine Fennelly, a Massachusetts mother whose son Paul died last year of a heroin overdose, was furious at the report, but not shocked.

“It doesn’t surprise me at all. Everything is about money. Everything,” she said. “People would rather make money than save lives, and that is how we got where we are. And at what cost? My son’s life.”

A Well-Organized Effort

The Politics of Pain Report showed that in addition to deep pockets, prescription drug makers have a well-organized and widespread effort to block tighter prescription legislation, particularly at the state level. Drug makers and associated groups employed an average of 1,350 lobbyists across the country during the 10-year period that was examined in the report. In 19 states, including New York, California, Texas and Ohio, there was a pro-opioid lobbyist for at least every five state legislators.

Campaign contributions, which totaled $80 million, were split fairly evenly between the parties, with 45% going to Democratic candidates and 54% going to Republicans.

Often, prescription drug makers did their lobbying under the guise of pain relief advocacy. The Pain Care Forum is a network of opioid-friendly nonprofits that formed more than a decade ago and has blocked legislation at the state level. The forum contributed more than $24 million to 7,100 candidates for state-level office, specifically targeting candidates with the most power, including house speakers, senate and health committee members.

Supporting the pain care narrative, prescription drug lobbyists operated through trusted non-profits, including the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network. The Cancer Action Network led the fight against Tennessee legislation aimed at reducing the number of babies born addicted to opiates, using funding from prescription drug company grants.

“A lot of times those legislators, they don’t have the ability to really thoroughly look into who these organizations are and who’s funding them,” Edward Walker of the University of California Los Angeles said in the report.

However, pain care advocates distanced themselves from addiction in the report.

“There’s such a hysteria going on” about those who have died from overdoses, said Barby Ingle, president of the International Pain Foundation, which the Associated Pressfound receives pharmaceutical company funding. “There are millions who are living a better life who are on the medications long term.”

Advocates for prescription drug control point to the fact that a 2015 study found that up to 40% of non-cancer chronic pain patients showed signs of addiction.

“We know that’s at the root of the problem, the money that Big Pharma puts into lobbying and also supporting pain organizations that work to advocate for pain patients, many of whom are already addicted to opioids,” Rummler said.

Barber, the mother whose son died of an opiate overdose, understands the need for strong pain relief. However, she believes that pain relief can be provided when it is truly needed while also keeping opiates from flowing into the hands of people who will misuse them.

“Jarrod’s friends were overprescribed pills. They were prescribed 90 in a bottle,” she said. “I would like to see opiates prescribed to those who truly need them. I would like to see Opana prescribed only for terminal cancer, not 30, 60, 90, 120 or more in a bottle which can be shared and sold.”

Not Willing To Give Up The Fight

At times the fight between addiction advocates and prescription drug companies seems like David versus Goliath. However, the advocates that The Fix spoke to are not deterred in their push for sensible regulations of prescription opiates.

“Most of us at FED Up have lost children and know the pain associated with that,” said Rummler. “We feel very strongly that we don’t want other families to experience that. We aren’t planning to give up.”

Rummler said that tighter regulations of opiates is the only solution that she can see to the heroin crisis gripping our country.

“Obviously we have compassion for people who suffer with chronic pain, people who [may] be hurt by the change, but in the long run it’s the only solution,” she said.

The Politics of Pain report reached the floor of the senate last week when Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey called for action.

“The Money Mile and its army of Big Pharma lobbyists are the reason mandatory prescriber education is not the law. It is the reason the Food and Drug Administration has been complicit in many instances in the worsening of this epidemic,” he said while standing next to a poster-sized chart touting the fact that only 11% of people needing addiction treatment receive it. “Our cities are fighting a war, and we need to help them.”

Politicians like Markey give Catherine Fennelly hope, even in the face of pharmaceutical companies willing to spend millions of dollars fighting regulation.

“I have hope knowing that there’s such an epidemic going on that it’s in everyone’s faces,” she said. “The numbers keep on going up and state reps and mayors are all pulling together. I’ve seen change, which is really good. I think [pharmaceutical companies] will be held accountable, and that will be on the political level.”

No matter what the odds, heartbroken mothers like Rummler, Barber and Fennelly will continue to fight for opiate reforms, alongside people who have survived addiction.

“No matter how big the demons are who we’re up against, we can’t allow Big Pharma to win the battle,” Barber said.

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