Federal Prison For Quackbusters?
Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen
July 24th, 2003
Official Health care in North America is a disaster. It is designed "not to work," INTENTIONALLY. In Official Health care America, nobody ever gets "cured" of anything - only "treated." The system feeds massive amounts of cash into the hands of the greedy - with little, or no benefit to Americans.
The "approved" medical system in America is called the drugs/surgery paradigm. In it, all medical care is made up of ONLY drugs or surgery offerings. It is all very expensive, and outside of the Emergency Room, it's nearly useless.
Americans who are forced to rely on approved Medicare offerings are getting system of health care that's fifteen years old. It wasn't any good fifteen years ago - and it's certainly no better now. Those that have health insurance are getting health care ten years old.
Frankly, if our official medical system were in charge of our computer industry, we'd all be still using #2 pencils, and we'd have to have a license to use an eraser.
We Americans, leery of new drug offerings, have put a test system in place for new drugs, forcing chemicals which are unnatural, and have never been introduced into the human body before, to undergo rigorous testing. It can cost $100 to $200 million dollars to develop and test a new drug.
Where the problem begins is that certain government agencies are now trying to force that rigid drug test system on "natural" products - those things that have been part of the human diet since the beginning of time, and "non-drug" approaches like healing, detoxification, self-health, oxygen therapies, energy medicine, and electro-medicine.
Why would the FDA and the FTC do that? It's about money. The answer is simple - drug company influence. The FDA has a "revolving door" program with drug company executives. They constantly change jobs - from agency to industry - and back.
With this influence, it is apparent that "new" health care ideas, in America, called the "alternative" paradigm, are being subjected to near impossible criteria for approval. Only the richest of the drug companies can afford the official process - which is why conventional doctors only have "the newest pill" to offer. "Natural" or the other approaches, don't generate the kind of income that drugs do. So the $100 to $200 million test costs are out of reach.
Americans are the losers. For, if it continues, and we allow our employees at the FDA to continue their incestuous relationship with the drug world, we're stuck with drugs and surgery.
Combating that situation In North America, is an organization called "The North American Health Freedom Movement." It's purpose is to deal with the organized attack on new health care ideas. It is very successful. It is on the side of GOOD.
On the side of EVIL there is an organization grandiosely calling itself the "quackbusters," who's sole purpose is to stop new health care modalities. Their intent is to force Americans to be reliant, for their health care needs, on that which has been allegedly "approved." They, in their murderous scam, label all things allegedly not "approved," as "quackery," and the proponents of new things as "quacks."
Americans are suffering and dying because of this conspiracy. James Carter MD, Dr Phil., in his authoritative book "Racketeering in Medicine," carefully explains the problem. Retired New York Assemblyman Dan Haley, in his book "The Politics of Healing," does an excellent job of talking about how much damage is being done to North Americans.
The reality is that the "cures" for a good many of society's most dreaded health problems are already in existence - but are being suppressed FOR THREE REASONS: because (1) they are not drug or surgery oriented, and won't bring mega-dollars into the conventional medical coffers, (2) they are a "cure" and not a "treatment." There is much more profit in a "treatment" than there is in a "cure." AND (3) the health problems are too often caused by the very products, and the very industry that manufacturers those products, used as "treatments."
Cancer, for instance, isn't being cured by Oncologists, cancer centers, or the American Cancer Society. Those groups only use, and promote, expensive "treatments." Cancer is being cured by individuals, in different parts of the world. All of those individuals, and their new ideas, are either being suppressed in some way, or are under outright attack. It is the same for AIDS, diabetes, heart problems, strokes, autism, MS, you-name-it.
There are cures for almost everything already available - and none of them bring piles of gold to drug companies.
People who are restricted to "approved" medical offerings in North America simply suffer and die. Those that step outside of the current accepted paradigm - thrive. Medicare "approved" offerings are fifteen years old. Health insurance companies only pay for ten-year old medical care. Studies show that Americans go elsewhere for their health care, to stay alive, and healthy. That's reality.
It is no great leap to suspect who is funding the quackbusters - and for what reason. "Quackbusting" frankly, is a scam, funded I believe, by the greedier, and more murderous, of the conventional mendicants. Those mendicants are simply protecting their mega-dollars by attacking the credibility, and the new health offerings, of those who would dare to challenge their obscene profits.
It is time to take a hard line against the "quackbusters." Hard line, as in "Federal prosecution." Hard line, as in "hard time." Hard line, as in "seize property." Hard line, as in "throw those corporations out of America - officially ban their products."
It is time for Attorney General John Ashcroft to step in...
A lot of people in the North American Health Freedom Movement are aware that I've been coordinating information about quackbuster activities for some time, and for specific purposes. When, for instance, an attorney defending against a quackbuster attack asks for my files on the likes of Barrett, Baratz, Sampson, or whomever, part of the price is an information exchange. I want certain questions asked of the quackbuster witnesses, under oath. The attorneys always agree, and return the information I'm looking for.
What I'm specifically looking for is enough evidence to motivate US Attorney General John Ashcroft to open an investigation into the quackbuster conspiracy, with all of the resulting criminal prosecutions that could engender. Simply, I want the quackbuster conspirators to die in a Federal prison, or on the end of a rope, for what they've done to Americans.
I'm I getting what I want? Yes, I am... Can I get Ashcroft's attention? Very likely.
John Ashcroft, the Attorney General of the United States, has the ability to open doors I cannot. He can get search warrants to seize records I can't get, even under subpoena. For instance: I want to see Stephen Barrett's (www.quackwatch.com) tax returns for the last twenty years. I want to know who is paying the quackbuster's master propagandist. Despite my best efforts Barrett, so far, has been able to keep them from me. We're in court arguing this issue, right now. So to speak...
Why do I want Barrett's tax records? I want to know who's funding him - and how. I want to know who the REAL quackbusters are.
Stephen Barrett, in a court case in Oregon, was forced to testify about his income - since he had claimed he was damaged financially by the person he was suing. Barrett claimed he had only made $30,000 last year, and $24,000 the year before that. Really, he did.
So if Barrett made only a total of $54,000 over the last two years, how is he paying for eleven separate court actions in North America over the last few years? At a $100,000 outlay each, that's $1,100,000 in legal bills. Interesting...
In the American court system, the Defendant, in a court case, has the right to know about the Plaintiff. The Plaintiff has to answer questions about themselves, and their purpose in the court action. If Barrett is having his legal fees paid by someone else - then he's not the real Plaintiff, now is he? The REAL Plaintiff is paying the bills.
Barrett is suing me - trying to shut me up. Does it look like that strategy is working? Since I have the right to counter-sue the Plaintiff, I want to know WHO THE REAL PLAINTIFF IS... I have plans for them.
The quackbusters know that I, and my friends, have infiltrated their communications network. They know I have their lists. I make no secret of it. They also now know that their being on one of those lists makes each of them a target for a RICO suit or other action. Their plan to deny Americans real health care options is being revealed.
Don't hesitate to send me information you think might be part of the quackbuster puzzle - something Ashcroft's people could use. Assembling a puzzle takes a lot of pieces, many of which don't seem to readily fit. Send it - it may be just the piece I'm looking for...
Dealing with the scam...
There are several things we're doing, and have already done, to stymie the "quackbusters." You can read about them at my website "www.quackpotwatch.org."
In Wisconsin, we, in the North American Health Freedom Movement, have trapped one of the top quackbusters, Bobbie Baratz, in a case he can't get out of. He, and his destructive quackbuster philosophy, are now on trial there. He's going to have to fight to stay out of jail, frankly. We're mobilizing the entire State to focus on toxic Bobbie - Health Freedom Activists, Senators, Assemblymen, the Governor's office, health food stores, practitioners, you-name-it, are lining up to take a chunk out of Bobbie. And, he certainly deserves it. I'm heading back to Wisconsin to set up even more meetings about the danger of quackbusters to the life, and health of Americans.
Baratz, with his even weirder frequent statements about health care, is playing right into my hands in Wisconsin. The more he opens his mouth, the better I like it. And, Bobbie can't keep his mouth shut.
In America we have an issue we need to deal with. It is, in my opinion, the most important issue facing Americans. It is just as important as dealing with terrorism. We need to stop the suppression of real health care - and imprison those forcing Americans into the suffering and death of the current drugs/surgery paradigm.
Tim Bolen - Consumer Advocate
This "Millions of Health Freedom Fighters - Newsletter" is about the battle between "Health and Medicine" on Planet Earth. Tim Bolen is an op/ed writer with extensive knowledge of the activities of a subversive organization calling itself the "quackbusters," and that organization's attempts to suppress, and discredit, any, and all health modalities that compete with the allopathic (MD) paradigm for consumer health dollars. The focus of the newsletter is on the ongoing activities, battles, politics, and the victories won by members of the "Health Freedom Movement" against the "quackbusters" It details "who the quackbusters are, what they are, where they are operating, when they appear, and how they operate - and how easy it is to beat them..."
For background information on the "Battle between Health and Medicine" go to: "http://www.savedrclark.net/by_whom2.htm". A copy of THIS newsletter, and older ones, are viewable at the website "http://www.quackpotwatch.org/default.htm".
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FDA "Backs Down(?)" Over Deadly Mercury Amalgams...
Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen
Monday, March 19th, 2007
One of the biggest scandals in American health care is coming to a head this March 27th, 2007. In the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, a case, called "Moms Against Mercury, et al., v. FDA" will get its time in the sunlight, and the Defendant, the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) isn't doing well in its Defense.
The case is simple. Citizens are suing the FDA for NOT, during the last THIRTY YEARS, ruling on the safety, or danger, of mercury amalgam tooth fillings. The Plaintiffs want mercury amalgam tooth fillings banned completely, and forever.
And, the FDA has virtually no defense...
The US anti-amalgam movement, an aggressive division of the North American Health Freedom Movement, has for years, chipped away at "official dentistry's" promotion of mercury amalgam tooth fillings, pointing out, correctly, their inherent dangers. But "official dentistry" doesn't listen, and in fact, actively punishes dentists that shy away from, or actively advertise the removal of, mercury amalgam fillings. The war has been active for a long time.
With this legal assault the anti-amalgams have adopted an effective offense. In essence, you might say, the anti-amalgam people, armed with silver bullets, have found the secret entrance to the FDA's dungeon, climbed down into the sanctuary during the daylight hours, opened the coffins of the FDA's sleeping staff dentists, sprinkled holy water over them, and driven wooden stakes through their hearts. So to speak.
This case can be the decisive blow - for the FDA attorneys don't have very good answers. The case reads:
SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT
Thirty years after being directed to classify all devices, 20 years after classifying all other dental fillings materials, 13 years after being mandamused to classify but winning on exhaustion grounds, nine years after specifically promising (in writing) to classify, four years after pleading no excuses to Congress for not classifying, it’s clear that FDA’s policy is not to classify encapsulated mercury amalgam. To say FDA ignores this issue is incorrect: FDA’s public relations machine is has been in high gear, as the Center for Devices bobs and weaves about its duty to classify through three “literature reviews,” three “consumer updates,” one “white paper,” and a plethora of sound bites.
The decision not to classify – a plain violation of the statute – is thus a reviewable decision.
FDA’s choice of cheerleader for amalgam, instead of regulator of amalgam, is not acceptable. FDA otherwise bans, limits, and warns against other products, drugs, or foods containing mercury, while other federal health agencies and the health regulators of other nations condemn mercury amalgam.
FDA not only ducks classifying, but also refuses to do an environmental assessment, which would plainly indicate the need for an environmental impact statement. Nor will FDA seek a timely and valid panel recommendation – the previous one being too old (1994), procedurally invalid (no statement for departing from Class III), and sub silentio overruled in September 2006. The writing is on the wall in both cases: An environmental assessment will plainly indicate the need for an environmental impact statement, which report would show alternatives to toxic mercury can be used in fillings, thereby eliminating the major source of mercury in the nation’s wastewater – amalgam. In September, the FDA panel decisively rejected the FDA staff’s pseudo-science about amalgam (e.g., it is safe because it’s been used for a long time), so FDA ducks asking the panel for formal action.
FDA keeps amalgam on the market via a sham substantial equivalence test, pretending that a powder half-device containing no mercury equates to a full device capsule that is 50% toxic mercury. When asked by Senator Kennedy why this practice is allowed, Commissioner Von Eschenbach in writing denied that FDA considers the two devices to be substantially equivalent. Since the staff has ten times approved amalgam under this test in the past six years (and many times before that), perhaps the Center for Devices is engaged in rogue activity unknown to the Commissioner’s office.
The correct recourse is not a mere order to classify, allowing an unclassified, unregulated device – with 50% mercury and for which substitute materials are legal and available for any dentist to place – to remain in commerce, but to remove it from commerce temporarily until FDA complies with its legal duties.
This Court must direct FDA to start being amalgam’s regulator instead of amalgam’s cheerleader. Whether by intention or lethargy, FDA’s Center for Devices has protected the marketing of mercury fillings by doing none of its regulatory duties – neither classifying nor requiring proof of safety nor doing an environmental assessment nor seeking a valid recommendation from the scientific panel. Since they have ducked and dodged classifying encapsulated amalgam after classifying all other dental filling materials in the 1980s, the mercury apologists at the Center for Devices by now realize that completing any of these tasks will lead straight to the end of mercury in dentistry.
Thus, an order to classify is not enough. The legal prerequisites (environmental impact statement and Panel referral) mean the process will take months; the record of bad faith suggests it will take years. Amalgam is illegally in commerce. It must be removed from commerce forthwith, temporarily, until FDA chooses to complete its regulatory duties.
What was the FDA's response to this legal action?
Charlie Brown, two-time elected Attorney General for the State of West Virginia, and now attorney for the Plaintiffs, says of the case:
Our case, filed April 27, 2006, by 9 petitioners (names below)* charges FDA with illegally allowing the sale of mercury fillings. For thirty years, FDA has defiantly refused to classify amalgam -- even though this step is required as the legal prerequisite to sale of any implants. Even the repudiation of its pseudo-science by two FDA Scientific Panels on September 7, 2006 has not deterred FDA, who is making false and deceptive claims to mask the vote of these Panels.
Faced with standing before a federal court, FDA now departs from its role as chief cheerleader for mercury fillings. In its brief, FDA admits, five times, that it does not know if mercury amalgam is safe or unsafe!
The nine petitioners who sued FDA: Four organizations: Moms Against Mercury (Amy Carson, Angela Medlin), Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice (Mark Mitchell, M.D.), Oregonians for Life (Mary Starrett), and California Citizens for Health Freedom (Frank Cuny); two state officials: California Dental Board Public Member Kevin J.Biggers, and Arizona State Senator Karen Johnson; three individuals: Dr. Andy Landerman, Linda Brocato, and Anita Vazquez Tibau.
This is a breakthrough not thought possible a year ago. To repeat, FDA now admits that the evidence is “changing,” thus the safety of mercury fillings is not “definitive” and is “the subject of intense disagreement.” Quotations from FDA’s brief, containing those admissions, are below.**
FDA’s admissions in its brief to the US Court of Appeals: “there is a lack of conclusive evidence regarding the health effects of mercury fillings”; “constantly changing scientific evidence” exists on mercury amalgam; “complex issues and intense disagreement [exist] about the scientific evidence regarding mercury and its potential health effects”; “the complexity of the issue and the lack of conclusive scientific evidence on the health effects of dental amalgams”; “the lack of … definitive scientific evidence.”
Let's see what happens next.
Tim Bolen - Consumer Advocate