The MedicoChemical and PetroChemical Twins

June, 20, 2021 | 9 Comments


  1. “you can’t pin it on me” – Medico

    100 companies are responsible for 71 percent of CO2 emissions? And how do we hold those companies responsible for climate change when every facet of our political system benefits them – Petro

    “you can’t pin it on me”

    Advocate, Karen Barth Menzies

    racketeer influenced and corrupt organizations…

    Posted on Saturday 17 September 2011

    And on the subject of articles being ghostwritten by people under contract to pharmaceutical companies, this study is a prime candidate. The trial itself was conducted by Janssen, not directed by any non-company investigator. Of the three authors, Nemeroff had a long-time association with ghost-writer Sally Laden at Scientific Therapeutics Information both through GSK and Cyberonics as had Martin Keller through GSK. Their “guest authorship” is legend. We know from the Rothman Report filed by an investigator with access to primary discovery documents that Excerptia Medica, a medical ghost-writing firm around the corner from Janssen, was churning out articles favorable to Risperdal and soliciting authors during this period. We know that Dr, Nemeroff was editor of Neuropsychopharmacology and had used it as a conduit for promoting Cyberonics and apparently Janssen, companies with which he was financially involved. There’s a hell of a lot more evidence of criminal misbehavior on this page than evidence that Risperdal helps depressed people. And yet the gambit worked.

    Racketeering. It is what it is…

  2. Quote – ‘Silence Miss Carson, Silence’

    Silent Spring, Carson’s best-known book, was published by Houghton Mifflin on September 27, 1962.[35] The book described the harmful effects of pesticides on the environment, and is widely credited with helping launch the environmental movement.[36]

    ….she came away discouraged by the aggressive tactics of the chemical industry representatives, which included expert testimony that was firmly contradicted by the bulk of the scientific literature she had been studying. She also wondered about the possible “financial inducements behind certain pesticide programs.”[51]
    The overriding theme of Silent Spring is the powerful—and often adverse—effect humans have on the natural world.[59]

    Carson also accuses the chemical industry of intentionally spreading disinformation and public officials of accepting industry claims uncritically. Most of the book is devoted to pesticides’ effects on natural ecosystems. However, four chapters also detail cases of human pesticide poisoning, cancer, and other illnesses attributed to pesticides.[60] About DDT and cancer, the subject of so much subsequent debate

    The story of the birth defect-causing drug thalidomide broke just before the book’s publication as well, inviting comparisons between Carson and Frances Oldham Kelsey, the Food and Drug Administration reviewer who had blocked the drug’s sale in the United States.[69]

    In the weeks leading up to the September 27, 1962, publication, there was strong opposition to Silent Spring from the chemical industry. DuPont (a main manufacturer of DDT and 2,4-D) and Velsicol Chemical Corporation (exclusive manufacturer of chlordane and heptachlor) were among the first to respond. DuPont compiled an extensive report on the book’s press coverage and estimated impact on public opinion. Velsicol threatened legal action against Houghton Mifflin and The New Yorker and Audubon unless the planned Silent Spring features were canceled. Chemical industry representatives and lobbyists also lodged a range of non-specific complaints, some anonymously. Chemical companies and associated organizations produced a number of their own brochures and articles promoting and defending pesticide use.
    American Cyanamid biochemist Robert White-Stevens and former Cyanamid chemist Thomas Jukes were among the most aggressive critics, especially of Carson’s analysis of DDT.[71] According to White-Stevens, “If man were to follow the teachings of Miss Carson, we would return to the Dark Ages, and the insects and diseases and vermin would once again inherit the earth.”[72] Others went further, attacking Carson’s scientific credentials (because her training was in marine biology rather than biochemistry) and her character. White-Stevens labeled her “…a fanatic defender of the cult of the balance of nature,”[73] while former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson, in a letter to former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, reportedly concluded that because she was unmarried despite being physically attractive, she was “probably a Communist.”[74]

    The creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by the Nixon Administration in 1970 addressed another concern that Carson had brought to light. Until then, the same agency (the USDA) was responsible both for regulating pesticides and promoting the concerns of the agriculture industry; Carson saw this as a conflict of interest
    In the 1980s, the policies of the Reagan Administration emphasized economic growth, rolling back many of the environmental policies adopted in response to Carson and her work.[91]

    . Cardin of Maryland had intended to submit a resolution celebrating Carson for her “legacy of scientific rigor coupled with poetic sensibility” on the 100th anniversary of her birth. The resolution was blocked by Republican Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma,[122] who said that “The junk science and stigma surrounding DDT—the cheapest and most effective insecticide on the planet—have finally been jettisoned.”[123] T

    List of works
    • An apocryphal story holds that over twenty publishers rejected the book before Oxford University Press. In fact, it may have only been sent to one other publisher before being accepted.

  3. BBC News
    Published17 December 2020 (Snippetts)

    For the first time in the UK – and possibly the world – air pollution has been recognised as a cause of a person’s death.
    On 16 December, Southwark Coroner’s Court in London found that air pollution “made a material contribution” to the death of nine-year-old Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah.

    She had lived near the South Circular Road in Lewisham and died in 2013, following an asthma attack.
    Her case has been making headlines around the globe.
    At the conclusion of the two-week inquest, Mr Barlow said Ella had been exposed to “excessive” levels of pollution. The pollutants included nitrogen dioxide (NO2) – a gas emitted by combustion engines that can irritate the airways and aggravate respiratory diseases.
    The inquest heard that, in the three years before her death, she had had multiple seizures and was admitted to hospital 27 times

    He referred to a report by the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee in 2010, which concluded there were 35,000 premature deaths a year as a result of air pollution. He also referred to several other papers.

    ….Ella’s mother Rosamund has worked tirelessly to uncover the facts behind her daughter’s death

    “Unless a parent or a dependent of a person… were extremely persistent, as Ella’s mother was in this case,… I don’t think a doctor is going to feel sufficiently confident in writing a death certificate to put air pollution as a causal factor, even though it’s opened up as much more of a possibility for them.”

    Some students from abroad in the 1990s were housed in the middle of a major city in Wales. Their wives insisted on going back home as their children including babies developed respiratory conditions as well as serious asthma. They were prescribed inhalersfor the first time in their lives rather than housing in the less polluted parts of the city. Currently a GP in East London , an eco campaigner is campaigning on this including highlighting the massive numbers of plastic inhalers being junked . (as well as other medical devices)It is an uphill struggle ,but does have some growing support ,to get prescribers to take it seriously. Their are growing numbers of eco articles in medical journals but they are still not confident enought to put pollution on a death certificate. What would happen if more did….

  4. Since writing this 7 yrs ago P G has left Cochrane and set up another Institute for scientific freedom. When it has been proven that people die and get seriously ill from pollution – and politicians, medics. regulators and the law sit on their hands are afraid of rocking the boat on this issue as well as the corruption of drug prescribing – what freedom.

    Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Healthcare Paperback – 28 Aug. 2013
    by Peter Gotzsche (Author)

    ‘It s time for more insiders like Gøtzsche to break this conspiracy of silence by standing up for the fact that this is not now, and never has been, okay.’ –Lynne McTaggart, What Doctors Don’t Tell You’Gøtzsche calls for radical changes to demedicalise society, rein in an industry that’s hellbent on profit, make clinical trials transparent and independent, have regulators focus on drug safety, and much more. The lies and fraud must be stopped!’ –Nexus: New Times”THIS ENLIGHTENING, ALARMING and depressing book deserves a wide readership among doctors but also among politicians, health administrators, and drug and medical device regulators” –Kerry J Breen, Adjunct Professor – Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University

  5. Great post. But in addition to Big Oil and Big Pharma, let’s not forget about Big Tobacco, Big Sugar, and now Big Dope, all merging into one sinister worldwide conglomerate:

    Alex Berenson: Tell Your Children

    Ross Grainger: Attacker Smoked Cannabis

  6. Whistleblowers and Covid are discussed here including on the video. I’m not promoting DEFENDER as I don’t know enough to guage how far to trust it – but do claim the right to access what they are saying and maybe use that in my own decision making. Many of us don’t trust these self appointed guardians of what we are allowed to read , their actions just increase suspicion.


    Canadian Parliament member Derek Sloan said at a press conference the job of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario “is to protect the public, not stifle legitimate scientific inquiry or dissent by professional doctors.”

    “The purpose of CPSO is to protect the public,” said Sloan.
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    Canadian politician Derek Sloan and three medical professionals — who say they represent hundreds of their colleagues — said last week in a press conference on Parliament Hill the Canadian government is suppressing information about the harmful effects of lockdowns, vaccine risks in children and the efficacy of certain COVID treatments.

    The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) issued a “dire statement” late April threatening doctors who spoke out about what they witnessed in their local hospitals and communities while working on the frontlines of COVID, said Sloan.

    “The purpose of CPSO is to protect the public,” said Sloan, “not stifle legitimate scientific inquiry or dissent by professional doctors.”

    The government’s attempt to intimidate doctors had the opposite effect, said Sloan. Instead, his office was flooded with calls from doctors, nurses and other scientific medical experts who said they’ve been threatened and blocked from sharing their stories.

    Byram Bridle, associate professor of viral immunology at the University of Guelph, Ontario, is one of many medical professionals who said they’ve faced extreme censorship for asking legitimate scientific questions about COVID.

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    Bridle was asked on a radio program if he believed COVID vaccines were linked to heart inflammation in young males. He gave his honest opinion, saying he did believe there is a link. He pointed to evidence to support it.

    Within 24 hours, Bridle said he was attacked on all fronts. A “libelous website” and a fake Twitter account were created to slander him, said Bridle. He was harassed daily via phone, email and social media, and one of his colleagues even went as far as to release confidential medical information about his parents, Bridle said.
    It was an “egregious act,” said Bridle. “A practicing physician should know they shouldn’t be releasing confidential medical information.”

    In search of a place where he could speak freely, Bridle joined the Canadian COVID Care Alliance, a group of independent Canadian doctors, scientists and healthcare practitioners committed to providing balanced evidence-based information to the Canadian public about COVID.
    Bridle warned that suppressing open discussions of science and medicine in Canada violates the “hallmark of a Democratic society.”
    Also speaking at the press conference was Dr. Patrick Phillips, family and emergency medicine physician, and Dr. Don Welsh, professor of physiology and pharmacology at Western University.

    Both expressed concerns about their inability to speak the truth about the negative effects of lockdowns and the benefits of using treatments such as vitamin D for COVID.

    Phillips said “massive lockdowns” have caused a lot of harm and, until now, he’s never seen so many suicidal children in his practice.

    “Science has not been functioning properly for the last 15 months,” Welsh said. The government’s lockdowns, masks, infectious disease tracing and social distancing have “created a remarkable list of hardships for Canadians that will take this country many years to recover from.”

  7. I would add another industry to this comparison, the agriculture industry. Of course all three overlap extensively but it should be made apparent that the Ag industry engine hits on all the same weak destructive murderous polluting cylinders as the medical and chemical industries. All three see life as a machine; something wrong, then tweak it with some chemical fix.

    The fundamental cause of failure of conventional medicine and agribusiness are the same. They dont look holistically at the entire system. They pick a few “common symptoms” and find a chemical fix for those few symptoms and declare success. Very little attempt to look at a long term or more comprehensive issues. Neither is serious about cures for chronic disease. Give the patient a chemical crutch and move on to the next.

    Medical industry is killing the population. Ag & Chemical Industries are killing the population and the planet.

  8. ‘The CMA sends a clear message..that braking the law will not be tolerated’ lets not hold out breat for the next tolerated scandal

    The CMA has imposed over £100 million in fines after Advanz inflated the price of thyroid tablets, causing the NHS and patients to lose out.

    Competition and Markets Authority
    29 July 2021

    Advanz increased the price of thyroid tablet packs from £20 in 2009 to £248 in 2017 – an increase of 1,110%.
    Latest CMA fine “sends a clear message” to the pharma sector that breaking the law will not be tolerated.
    Following an investigation, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has found that from 2009 until 2017 the pharmaceutical company Advanz charged excessive and unfair prices for supplying liothyronine tablets which are used to treat thyroid hormone deficiency.

    They achieved this because liothyronine tablets were among a number of drugs that, although genericised, faced limited or no competition and therefore could sustain repeated price increases. This strategy, which began in 2007, involved an overall price increase for liothyronine tablets of more than 6,000%.

    The CMA has fined the firms involved a total of over £100 million for the relevant periods in which they broke the law: Advanz (£40.9 million), together with HgCapital (£8.6 million) and Cinven (£51.9 million) – two private equity firms which were previously owners of the businesses now forming part of Advanz.

    The price increases were not driven by any meaningful innovation or investment, volumes remained broadly stable, and the cost of producing the tablets did not increase significantly. NHS spending on the tablets in 2006, the year before the implementation of the strategy, was £600,000, but by 2009 had increased to more than £2.3 million and jumped to more than £30 million by 2016.

    Eventually the drug was placed on the NHS ‘drop list’ in July 2015. This led to patients being faced with the prospect of having their current treatment stopped or having to purchase liothyronine tablets at their own expense. That is particularly concerning, given that many patients do not respond adequately to the main treatment for hypothyroidism, levothyroxine tablets – and instead rely on liothyronine tablets to alleviate symptoms such as extreme fatigue and depression.

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