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2 i-xiv Creative outrage KOS 3/14/13 4:00 PM Page ii Also from KOS Publishing Corrupt to the Core Memoirs of a Health Canada Whistleblower by Shiv Chopra Healing The Planet One Patient At A Time by Jozef Krop, MD Adventures in Psychiatry The Scientic Memoirs of Dr. Abram Hoffer Available through the International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine, 16 Florence Ave., North York, ON M2N 1E Available for free downloading on Dispatches from the War Zone of Environmental Health by Helke Ferrie What Part of No! Don't They Understand? Rescuing Food and Medicine from Government Abuse by Helke Ferrie
3 i-xiv Creative outrage KOS 3/14/13 4:00 PM Page iii Helke Ferrie A Medical Journalist Reports on the Good, the Bad and the Ugly in Current Medicine Prefaces by CHARLO T T E GER S O N, SHIV CHO P R A A N D C A R O LYN DE A N, MD
4 i-xiv Creative outrage KOS 3/14/13 4:00 PM Page iv Copyright 2013 Helke Ferrie All Rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any manner whatsoever without prior written permission from the publisher except in the case of brief quotations embodied in review. Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication ISBN Published and distributed by KOS Publishing Inc Beechgrove Road Caledon, ON, Canada L7K 0N3 Tel: Fax: Quantity discounts available Text Design, Print Production: Beth Crane, WeMakeBooks.ca Cover Design: Kim Monteforte, WeMakeBooks.ca Printed and Bound in Canada
5 i-xiv Creative outrage KOS 3/14/13 4:00 PM Page v This book is dedicated to Julia Woodford, Editor of Vitality Magazine in Toronto. Since 1999, Julia provided the soap box from which I was allowed to hold forth about the politics of medicine. Any success I may have had in offering food for critical thought and furthering respectful non-compliance among medical consumers was possible only because of Julia s constant encouragement and her much appreciated editing.
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7 i-xiv Creative outrage KOS 3/14/13 4:00 PM Page vii TABLE OF CONTENTS Preface: Shiv Chopra ix Preface: Carolyn Dean xi Preface: Charlotte Gerson xiii Introduction: The Uses of Creative Outrage Section 1 Regulation the Grand Deception The Tyranny of Government Protection Health Canada s War On Natural Health Wake Up, Canada! The Irrational Factor In Medical Regulation And Ontario s 2011 Complementary Medicine Policy Lyme Disease Section 2 The Human Life Support System The Reach Treaty Biotech Food Fights and the Future of Food The Five Pillars of Food Safety EMF Protection Section 3 Cancer The War on Cancer: Anatomy of Failure Forced Medicine Asbestos Canada s Politics Of Death Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez and His Clinical Trial The Gerson Therapy and the Trophoblast Theory of Cancer Development Section 4 Old Truths In New Ideas Vitamin D Nature s Magic Bullet The Birth of a Star Dr. A. Gaby s Magnum Opus J. Prousky s Textbook of Integrative Clinical Nutrition
8 i-xiv Creative outrage KOS 3/14/13 4:00 PM Page viii viii Creative Outrage Section 5 Toxic Medicine Lies Progress The Hard Way Medical Fraud Toxic Psychiatry Section 6 Have the Courage to Use Your Own Reason!.319 The Intelligent Revolution Understanding Propaganda Re-Occupy Your Body A Year of Revelations In Healthcare Navigating Mine Fields Cheerfully Epilogue Now What The Heck Do I Do With All This Information? About the Author
9 i-xiv Creative outrage KOS 3/14/13 4:00 PM Page ix PREFACE Shiv Chopra B.V.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. Fellow, World Health Organization * Helke Ferrie is the author of numerous books and articles on corporate corruption and public health safety. She is also the publisher of numerous additional books on the same subject that would otherwise remain unknown to the public. The United States Food and Drug Act (FDA) is arguably the most influential regulatory authority in the world, with Health Canada being its closest follower. Its purpose is to ensure that any merchandize that directly or indirectly gets into the human body must be proven by its vendor to be safe and effective for the purposes indicated, prior to its approval. The genesis of this authority traces back to 1896 when it was legislated as the Adulteration Act to guard against fraudsters selling impure foods and drugs. Since then, it went through two separate revisions, in 1945 and 1967, due to risks being taken to approve medically unsafe products for human consumption. Since the 1967 revision was brought about on the heels of the infamous thalidomide disaster the new Food and Drugs Act in both US and Canada was made equally applicable to vaccines, veterinary drugs, medical devices, and cosmetics, but not to the use of hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, herbicides, slaughterhouse waste and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) to augment food production. What followed in consequence was unconscionable but no one cared. As soon as the new Food and Drugs Act was passed the pharmaceutical lobbyists went on a rampage to get it deregulated. They argued that it would hamper their ability to discover new life-saving products. It was an outrageous claim that few politicians contested to safeguard the public interest. In effect, the Food and Drugs Act was neglected purely to bolster corporate profits. * Shiv Chopra, Corrupt to the Core Memoirs of a Health Canada Whistleblower, Kos 2009
10 i-xiv Creative outrage KOS 3/14/13 4:00 PM Page x x Creative Outrage The real crunch came when in 1984 the newly elect President Ronald Reagan marched on Quebec City singing Irish Eyes in concert with Vice-President George Bush, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and the numerous corporate lobbyists orchestrating for deregulation of the entire food and drug industry. Thus began the push to pass more and more vaccines, pain killers, psychiatric drugs, mood changers, anti-depressants, hormone therapies, cholesterol reducers, aphrodisiacs, Botox, breast implants, etc., curing no disease but inducing pandemics of numerous previously uncommon ailments, such as autism, obesity, diabetes, etc., lasting for life. Eventually, opening the floodgates to innumerable products of questionable safety produced loads of money for not only the pharmaceutical outfits but also their captive associates in the scientific, medical and veterinary academies. Fortunately, the Food and Drugs Act is largely still intact, although multifarious commercial interests have been lobbying to get it dismantled. Most importantly, the companies in question admit to having no great discoveries on the horizon to extend healthy life. Yet, the promise of getting there is making whole nations sicker and sicker, and driving the entire world to financial ruin. The question to ask is what should the public do? This was exactly the question Canadians asked themselves when Health Canada was pressuring me to pass rbgh (recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone) for dairy cows and which I respectfully declined. In the end, rbgh was not approved in this country. To my knowledge, this was the first time Monsanto met its Waterloo in public. The same thing happened to Monsanto in India when it pressed the government there to pass genetically modified eggplant. In both instances, people were so outraged that they outflanked their governments to defeat Monsanto. This is the message Helke drives at in her latest book Creative Outrage. Providing a deep insight into the ongoing corporate corruption in public health safety, she advises the public not to get too hot or too cold about it but be creative in expressing outrage.
11 i-xiv Creative outrage KOS 3/14/13 4:00 PM Page xi PREFACE by Carolyn Dean, MD, ND* Creative Outrage is Helke Ferrie s 4th book in print. It s a compilation of several compelling articles she s written over the last several years and new ones specifically for this book all describing the intolerable state of affairs that shape modern medicine. It provides plenty of useful information about what you, as a patient, can do to regain your health and not become a casualty of this corporate-contaminated system. Injustice in a medical system that purports to care for individual human beings sets off bells and whistles and red flags for a freedom fighter like Helke. After all, she went head-to-head with the Ontario government back in 1972 which refused to allow her and her husband to adopt several handicapped children from Bangladesh and Vietnam. Helke went on a hunger strike until she shamed the Ontario government into obeying Canada s federal immigration laws of the time, which permitted international adoption. In all, Helke and her husband, Dr. Robert Ferrie, adopted 11 children from Bangladesh, Vietnam, India and mixed-race Canadians (most of them with serious health problems) and also had three of their own. Through the years, Helke has been an advocate for her children helping them through health and emotional crises and honing the skills that she later put to work writing for Vitality Magazine starting in In 1996, Helke was being successfully treated for Myasthenia gravis by Dr. Jozef Krop when she learned he was being harassed by his medical licensing authority, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), for practicing environmental medicine. The bells and whistles went off and the red flags flew landing Helke in the mid- * C. Dean, The Magnesium Miracle, Random House, 2006; C. Dean, Death by Modern Medicine, Matrix Verite, 2005.
12 i-xiv Creative outrage KOS 3/14/13 4:00 PM Page xii xii Creative Outrage dle of more than a decade of activism on behalf of many innovative Ontario doctors, all with excellent patient outcomes, who were similarly prosecuted by the CPSO. Along the way, Helke assisted a small band of concerned citizens to pass Ontario s health freedom bill in 2000, popularly known as the Kwinter Bill after its MPP sponsor; it was later adopted by several Canadian provinces, also with her help. This group also provided moral, legal, and publicity-oriented support to many Ontario doctors, including myself, who were being disciplined for not maintaining the standard of practice of medicine, as interpreted by the regulatory authorities, namely for not using exclusively drugs and surgery. Helke started Kos Publishing Inc in The first book was Healing the Planet One Patient At A Time by Dr. Jozef Krop, now in its 3rd printing. She also published the memoirs of Dr. Abram Hoffer, a textbook on Lyme disease for Canadians, and the memoirs whistleblower Dr. Shiv Chopora, Corrupt to the Core, who documents the betrayal of the public interest by Health Canada. But the book I am waiting for is her own biography, which will show us how her bright light of activism illuminates the world. Meanwhile, enjoy this book, Creative Outrage and join forces to make medicine patient-centered.
13 i-xiv Creative outrage KOS 3/14/13 4:00 PM Page xiii PREFACE By Charlotte Gerson* For many years Helke Ferrie has been researching Canada s regulatory authorities and has found them severely wanting. Contrary to their mandate, which is the public interest, officials serve the interests of the pharmaceutical industry whose big money corrupts those in authority everywhere. The result is predictably poor health, a sick environment, poisoned fluoridated water, dangerous dentistry from mercury fillings, and worst of all, poisoned soil and nutritionally severely depleted and tainted food. The obvious outcome is terrible damage to the health of the population. Nonetheless, that seems to suit the powers that be perfectly since it allows them to sell greater quantities of dangerous pharmaceuticals for preventable ills. Helke Ferrie demonstrates with innumerable and reliable studies cited that our only course is to be outraged enough to take action! Most important is that she shows the reader what action can be taken: we must learn what is really happening and provide ourselves with clean, organic fruit and vegetables, fresh (not drugged frozen and depleted) food, with little or no salt added, and clean water. At last the public is waking up! Information is reaching more and more people who are painfully aware that their doctors are not helping them and that the increasing numbers of prescription medicines have terrible side effects, often worse than the original disease. The public sees their friends, neighbors, and loved ones dying in pain and misery despite those so-called best medical treatments. They are * Charlotte Gerson is the founder of the Gerson Institute in San Diego, CA, where the work of Dr. Max Gerson is carried on: She is the coauthor of Healing the Gerson Way: Defeating Cancer and Other Chronic Diseases, as well as books on obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure etc. The Gerson Therapy is discussed in Section 3 of this book.
14 i-xiv Creative outrage KOS 3/14/13 4:00 PM Page xiv xiv Creative Outrage looking for help and Helke Ferrie is pointing them in the right direction. Help is available from various reliable sources. And in the absence of official help, the public is using that information to help themselves! Books and DVDs are going out almost faster than printers can provide them! And those who use them reap the benefit. Learn, be discerning, and be one of them.
15 i-xiv Creative outrage KOS 3/14/13 4:00 PM Page 1 INTRODUCTION THE USES OF CREATIVE OUTRAGE As long as people believe in absurdities, they will continue to commit atrocities. Voltaire ( ) Be sober and distrustful; these are the sinews of understanding. Epicharmus (circa 540 BCE) There is hot outrage and there is cold outrage. With hot outrage you end up hurting yourself. It burns you up; however justified your rage may have been, nothing is accomplished. Cold outrage focuses the mind steadily and creatively and fortifies the heart. It provides the stamina for action over the long haul. Once it focuses on something worthy of outrage it becomes a lifetime s commitment. This book is intended to further cold outrage in my readers. Being outraged creatively requires, in my experience, four guiding concepts without which the horrors of the world may well become overwhelming. First, it is essential one picks one s battle or, to put it more accurately pay careful attention when a battles picks you and pulls your energy into its orbit because it resonates personally. Second, an important misunderstanding needs to be cleared up: the Devil is not in the details; it is God we find in the details; the Devil operates through generalities. Third, it is essential to know the difference between confirmation bias and a search frame. Finally, if one expects change of the revolutionary kind something like true justice that sets things right one is doomed to failure and despair. Justice is
16 i-xiv Creative outrage KOS 3/14/13 4:00 PM Page 2 2 Creative Outrage an ideal to keep in mind at all times, but reality operates not through ideals but through transformation. Cold outrage becomes as ineffective as hot outrage if one seeks final justice. But first, what am I outraged about? I am outraged about what Dr. Joanna Moncrieff of the UK s University College in London calls the myth of the chemical cure. * Her objections focus on psychiatric drugs developed on the basis of the fiction of the chemical imbalance a fantasy diagnosis that must have wrecked the brains and lives of millions. My view includes just about all drugs. Those which are clear exceptions to the delusions of modern standard practice are few, but effective in specific situations and they are of course not or no longer patented. The history of medicine is very scary when it comes to drugs. Today s drugs almost never offer a cure. The information provided by manufacturers in the packaging of drugs state invariably that this drug is intended to treat symptoms, and often it is made very clear that this drug does not cure whatever condition it was developed for. Before the reader dismisses me as silly, let me mention parenthetically that antibiotic drugs are among humanity s greatest achievements; they are designed to hit specific targets kill bacteria which when successful results in enabling the immune system to recover and all other healing processes to restore a person s health. (Of course, if you have my problem, which is to be allergic to all known antibiotics, you have something standard medicine doesn t know how to handle.) A non-curative family of drugs that must be mentioned are pain killers; the earliest evidence for them archaeologists have found among the Neanderthals some 150,000 years ago. They permit the body to do its repair work while reducing the stress of that process on the patient. By extension, the same is true for anesthesia. But most of modern pharmacology does not target a cause, but influences symptoms real symptoms and now also more and more imagined and invented ones which very nicely keep company with delusions. Have we all gone absolutely crazy to accept this way of doing medicine? * J. Moncrieff, The Myth of the Chemical Cure, Palgrave, 2009
17 i-xiv Creative outrage KOS 3/14/13 4:00 PM Page 3 Introduction 3 It is beyond rational comprehension that we have been bamboozled into accepting what the late Dr. Bernard Rimland called toximolecular medicine. What is this? It is the acceptance of the idea that when one becomes sick from whatever agent (bacteria, viruses, parasites, toxic metals, radiation, pesticides, nutrient-depleted foods, etc.) and as the body s organs and systems show clear signs and symptoms of being unable to cope with the attack, we pour more poisons into the body to silence those symptoms. What s more, pharmacology is fully aware of the fact that these poisons cannot be metabolized, that known genetic polymorphisms make such drugs deadly in many people, and that they dangerously deplete essential nutrients making the sick get sicker quicker, as environmental medicine specialist, Dr. Sherry Rogers likes to put it. Drugs are first tested on animals: the dose that kills 50 out of a hundred establishes the toxic level; the subsequently developed drug must then be given to humans in dosages below that level when clinical trials commence. If this is not totally crazy, I don t know what is. What is wrong with us that we blindly trot along with this oxymoronic concept of therapeutic toxins, train generations of doctors into abdicating their innate intelligence so they work with these substances on real people, and allow our economic systems to happily make enormous amounts of money from these reality-challenged drugs and human suffering? The second thing I am outraged about is the universal acceptance of statistical analysis to health and disease in the form of the so-called risk-benefit ratio. Being sick is a personal and highly individual experience which absolutely demands individualized attention. I am naïve, old-fashioned, idealistic enough to refuse to give up that idea of personal humanity and suffering as an individual reality first and foremost. To be made to believe that because a certain number of people, out of a very large group of those suffering from my particular illness, appeared to benefit for some time from a chemical toxin always of course in the short term only my life too is worth the risk to try it, well, it blows my mind, as they said in the 60s when I grew into adulthood.
18 i-xiv Creative outrage KOS 3/14/13 4:00 PM Page 4 4 Creative Outrage The third thing I am outraged about is the fact that this toximolecular medicine is the source of mindboggling wealth which achieves primarily enormous additional human misery. And we must consider also the enormous waste of human intelligence and intellectual energy which is spent on developing these drugs. The great William Osler hit the nail on the head when observing in 1919 that medicine does indeed become a drudgery [when] it degenerates into a business. To sum up my points of outrage, I paraphrase James Joyce who said in his marvelous novel about the mind s awakening from collective values: History is a nightmare I wish to awake from. * For me modern, standard, toximolecular medicine is the nightmare I wish everybody to awake from. My certainty that such awakening is possible is supported by the wonderful results non-toxic medicine has already achieved. I refer the reader specifically to my reviews of the textbooks by Dr. Alan Gaby and Dr. Jonathan Prousky as well as to the lecture by Howards Straus of the Gerson Institute. Is this situation cause for despair? Hell no! There is absolutely nothing to stop us from using our brains, intuition, and human feeling. In a deeper sense, this situation isn t new. Two hundred years ago we lived in a world in which people were sold on open markets, and children could be legally executed for throwing a ball through a window. Today we vaccinate them, but we can say no to that, unlike people two hundred years ago. Three hundred years ago women could be burnt as witches compared to those delusions about Satan and innately evil women, our modern psychiatric drugs, chemotherapy, or genetic explanations of mental illness stack up quite well as equivalents. But we can say no to them all, unlike those poor witches. Indeed, what makes cold rage creative is that it does not despair but takes refuge in the larger picture of human evolution. We are a comparatively young species, and as Dr. William Osler understood, to whom I am indebted for this helpful insight: The history of the progress of the human mind is a history of a struggle with its own delusions. * James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as A Young Man, 1915
19 i-xiv Creative outrage KOS 3/14/13 4:00 PM Page 5 Introduction 5 To those reader still with me, I say let us proceed to the examination of the four principles of creative outrage that are essentially its tools. Picking one s Battle. Understanding which problems belong to us is vital. When my husband and I were young and adopted a few children from Vietnam and Bangladesh, following the wars raging there at the time, some sanctimonious people censoriously asked: Why don t you adopt Canadian children? To which we replied: Well why don t you? There are many causes, all equally worthy. The one that makes you angry and speaks to you profoundly that s that one that picked you. The ancient Romans coined the word we use today as vocation from the verb to speak. When something speaks to you from within, you better listen. Picking one s battle also requires the constant exercise of humility which ensures that one does not opine about matters one knows nothing about. Understanding the details of the war one chose to get involved with means simultaneously to leave the details of other conflicts to those who know most about them. Confirmation Bias vs Search Frame. Confirmation bias, also called myside bias, is the search for evidence that supports one s hypothesis. In developing a new drug this is key. You want a new molecule to get to market and make big bucks. The exact opposite is what truthful science requires: finding information that might disprove your hypothesis so you can be as sure as humanly possible that you have not missed some potential mess. The great philosopher of science Carl Popper ( ) brought this concept into modern science, also called the null hypothesis. In this book the reader will find a great deal of information about how confirmation bias generates medical diagnoses, treatments, and especially the development of drugs. That long list of crimes commit-
20 i-xiv Creative outrage KOS 3/14/13 4:00 PM Page 6 6 Creative Outrage ted by pharmaceutical companies, which has resulted in so many successful class actions, hard to keep up with in the news, provide excellent examples: messing with statistical analyses, remove dead or injured participants in clinical trials from the final tallying of a drug s safety, pay ghost writers to present a new drug in the most favorable light possible, deny independent researchers access to the original trial data etc. etc. All that and so much more, including good doctors deluding themselves that they are helping patients with these drugs, is the result of confirmation bias used systematically and of course for profit. Patients, willing to believe they are being helped engage in the same process. What confirmation bias leads to, if unchecked, is nicely summed up in an observation by Carl Popper: Those who promise us paradise on earth never produce anything but a hell. Working out of cold outrage requires examining one s own thoughts to see if confirmation bias has contaminated one s judgment. Closer examination will invariably reveal that the true complexity of a situation has been ignored in favor of a temporarily satisfying confirmation. To understand this better, consider the concept of search frame. Coming from computer terminology, it suggests the search for the details within a given frame of reference. If I am working within a search frame, when hearing about a bad drug reaction from somebody, I proceed to search out the pharmacology involved, read up in Harrison s Principles of Internal Medicine how this drug is actually supposed to be used by doctors, look up the manufacturer s information on how the liver metabolizes it if at all, conduct an internet search on the genetic polymorphisms (exceptions) in humans when taking this drug, look at the legal actions undertaken against that drug manufacturer for this specific drug, check out if PubMed has any published research on nutrient deficiencies caused by that drug, and start looking for alternatives to it as treatment for the condition it was prescribed for: all that is search frame activity
21 i-xiv Creative outrage KOS 3/14/13 4:00 PM Page 7 Introduction 7 it is not confirmation bias activity. Looking for confirmation is the process of mentally homogenizing the vitally important details. Nothing is as strengthening for and supportive of cold outrage as the systematic, unemotional use of a search frame. Equally true is the fact that mental homogenization of observations, especially contradictory ones, is the fastest way to kill useful information. God is in the Details. The architect, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe ( ) is the source of the statement, God is in the details which is, however, often found misquoted as: The Devil is in the Details. He did not say that. In fact, the Devil is in the generalities. For patients it is of utmost importance to understand fully that life preserving and life supporting facts are in the details, and that it is harm and death we find when generalities are spun whose purpose it is to obscure pesky details. We find among them disease management : diseases should be cured, if at all possible, not managed. Another one is the concept of side effects because any treatment that has side effects is a treatment which is its side effects as well as its main effect. It was a revelation to me when I realized that the list of side effects in a manufacturer s information on a drug is inextricably part of that drug the truth is that the list of side effects gives you, the patient, information on just what type of Russian Roulette you are playing: one of those bullets is going to shoot you for sure eventually. Then there is that awful generality hidden behind standard dosage, or worst of all the concept of standards of practice guidelines which essentially mean that every doctor better stick to the lowest common denominator of medical intelligence so as not to stick out as different from the herd. There is legal safety in herds but also the betrayal of personal responsibility. The RDAs (Recommended Daily Allowance for vitamins, minerals and
22 i-xiv Creative outrage KOS 3/14/13 4:00 PM Page 8 8 Creative Outrage other essential nutrient) are yet another fact-challenged generality to which the enormous variation of individual needs is sacrificed. Transformation, not Revolution. A revolution invariably generates more suffering because revolutions have this damnable property of ignoring the details. Some of the Communist revolutions lined up everybody with a university degree and shot them. Some sort of ethnic cleansing is part and parcel of revolutions even the glorious ones, such as the American Revolution during which it simply was suicidal to happen to exhibit loyalty to the British king. By contrast, transformations are organic processes. For example, about two decades ago it was heresy to suggest that nutrition could in any way be helpful to cancer patients; I remember having people defend the use of garden pesticides in town council meetings because they supposedly prevented asthma attacks in their children from ragweed; in the 1990s mercury in dental fillings was vigorously defended as good and so on. Those who waged a battle dedicated to bringing out facts that could not be ignored eventually transformed those strongly held beliefs, now known to be absurd. This book is full of hundreds of such examples. Revolutions are fed by rage and passion often totally justified. Transformations are fueled by insight and determined teaching. Revolutionaries tend to execute their opponents while those dedicated to transformation respect even the greatest fools within the search frame of common humanity. Transformation is the fulfillment of Voltaire s famous prayer to make one s enemies ridiculous. There is no humor in revolutions, but transformations tend to be supported by laughter. This book is composed of articles originally published in Vitality Magazine in Toronto, each updated and several new items were added. Four people whose work I highly respect agreed to have their contributions in this book too.