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Wednesday 15th May 2013



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Microsoft readies patch for IE zero day

Patch Tuesday to close 33 vulnerabilities.,microsoft-readies-patch-for-ie-zero-day.aspx

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Research Reveals Previously Unknown Pathway by which Glyphosate Wrecks Health

While Monsanto insists that Roundup is safe and “minimally toxic” to humans, new research argues that glyphosate residues on and in food enhance the damaging effects of other food-borne chemical residues and environmental toxins to disrupt normal body functions and induce disease.

If you are not eating organic, maybe it is time you rethink that position.

Oregano - Effective Against Bacteria, Virus and Candida

The Journal of Food Protection reported a study by researchers at the Department of Food Science at the University of Tennessee. Scientists found that oregano oil exhibited the most significant antibacterial action against common germs like staphylococcus, E. coli, and listeria. In fact, researchers in the United Kingdom found that oil of oregano has antibacterial activity against 25 different bacteria.

Antibiotics are powerless against viruses and fungi but oregano oil is effective against these pathogens too.

Oregano oil also killed 78 percent of candida bacteria, commonly linked with intestinal or systemic candida infections and 78 percent of klebsiella bacteria, which is linked to lung infections.

For candida, one source used Dr. Shultze’s herbal detox tea, pau d’arco, and other anti-fungal herbs to attack the candida internally, as well as limited his sugar intake for a full year.

Neotame - More Toxic Than Aspartame

Had a close friend hand me a bar wrapper tonight. I went through the ingredients and came to Neotame.

Did a quick search online and confirmed it was far worse than my suspicions. It’s not just Aspartame with a new name, IT’S WORSE!

One of the more recent toxic additions to our food supply is the artificial sweetener called Neotame.

In the European Union, where it was approved as a flavor enhancer as of November 2010, it is known by its E number, E961.

Made by NutraSweet (a former division of Monsanto and the original manufacturer of aspartame), neotame is 13,000 times sweeter than table sugar, and about 30 times sweeter than aspartame. It’s based on the aspartame formula—despite the fact that 80 percent of all FDA complaints pertain to adverse reactions from aspartame.

Monsanto’s own pre-approval studies of neotame revealed adverse reactions, and there were no independent studies that found neotame to be safe.

On August 16, 2000, the law firm of Hartman & Craven filed comments on the neotame docket pertaining to the lack of safety data submitted in support of neotameiv, stating in part:

(A food additive petition has been submitted to the FDA for the artificial sweetener neotame. In that petition, the sponsor claims the data presented demonstrate that the compound produces no adverse effects at a dose of 1000 mg/kg/day in the rat. The sponsor also claims that the product should be safe for patients with diabetes. A review of the data submitted to the FDA does not support these conclusions.

In fact, no safe human usage level can be determined based on the submitted data. The animal experimental evidence indicates a toxic effect on growth. The clinical evidence raises concerns about glucose control in patients with diabetes.

Searches for an explanation resolving the adverse findings leave no clear acceptable answers that would ensure the safety of the public but does stimulate speculation on questions relating to possible liver effects.”

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George Carlin Bumper Sticker

George Carlin Bumper Sticker

Loving this one!

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Psychiatrists Want Ban on Dangerous Psychosurgery Lifted under Current NSW Mental Health Act Review.

Public consultation may be denied prior to the draft legislation/amendments being placed before Parliament.

The NSW Mental Health Act is under review and some of the points raised in the Discussion Paper for the review are of considerable concern. Clear protections and full transparency are called for so that patient and parental rights are protected in our mental health law. This is a summary of key points proposed or currently in the existing law that need to be changed.

PSYCHOSURGERY: Psychosurgery is currently and correctly banned in NSW and the NT for all age groups, yet psychiatrists want this ban lifted so they can perform brain-damaging surgery and deep brain stimulation (DBS), which even a leading US DBS psychiatrist, Steven Rasmussen admits: “This really is a kind of mind control….” Experts criticize DBS as a costly mistake, as it has not been proven to be safe and effective. Psychosurgery destroys healthy brain tissue and is an obsolete and dangerous—even deadly—practice. Psychosurgery can involve cutting or burning the brain or electrodes can be permanently placed in the brain sending an electrical current through it, as in the case of DBS. It can cause memory loss, irreversible brain damage, bleeding in the brain and post-operative death. Psychosurgery must remain prohibited in NSW. [Discussion Paper [DP]: September 2012, Issues arising under the NSW Mental Health Act 2007, pp.41, 42 and s83 (1) of NSW Mental Health Act 2007 (MHA 2007)]

ELECTROSHOCK (ECT) OF CHILDREN: In this day and age, it is appalling that the current law allows for children to be electroshocked – the brutal application of hundreds of volts of electricity to the head potentially causing brain damage, memory loss and sometimes death. The current law allows for 14-year-old voluntary patients considered to have the capacity to consent, to agree to ECT if two medical practitioners (one a psychiatrist) sign a certificate saying it is needed. No further consent is needed, including the child’s parents. ECT can also be given to children and adults who are involuntary patients without personal or parental consent, if two medical practitioners (one a psychiatrist) sign a certificate saying it is needed and apply to the Mental Health Review Tribunal (MHRT) for consent. A total of 30,539 electroshocks were given in NSW in 2009/10. ECT should be banned, but especially for use on children, pregnant women and the elderly. Should it remain, ECT should never be given without the full informed consent of involuntary patients. [s93, s94, s96 of MHA 2007 and DP, p. 40]

STERILISATION (Special Medical Treatment): Can currently be performed on involuntarily detained patients over age 16. Consent is not required from the patient or the primary carer. An authorised medical practitioner applies to the MHRT to have the sterilisation performed. Sterilisation should be completely removed from the Mental Health Act, as has been done in WA’s proposed new Mental Health Act. It is a gross human rights violation to enforce sterilisation. The state should not have the right to supersede patient/guardian consent for an irreversible medical procedure. [s102, s103 of MHA 2007 & Mental Health Review Tribunal Hearing Kit, Section 7, p. 7.4]

RESTRAINT AND SECLUSION OF CHILDREN: The current Mental Health Act does not cover and provide protections against the use of mechanical restraint (the use of belts, harnesses, manacles, straps, etc.) and chemical restraint (the use of psychiatric drugs to subdue and control) or seclusion, leaving these traumatic and abusive procedures in place without legal safeguards. The Act allows for the use of reasonable force and the administration of sedatives while transporting someone to a mental health facility, which could constitute chemical and physical restraint. Instead of legal protections covered by law, restraint usage is covered under a NSW Health Policy Directive, compliance of which is a condition of subsidy for public health organisations. Private health organisations do not have to adhere to this Policy Directive but are expected to have policies in place. The NSW Ministry of Health does not collect or report publicly data on the number of mechanical restraints administered in psychiatric institutions. In 2009/10 there were 6,522 seclusions in NSW psychiatric facilities. The Mental Health Act needs to provide legal safeguards for restraint and seclusion, including prohibiting the use of punitive restraint. Both chemical and physical restraint needs to be prohibited for use on children, pregnant women and the elderly. [s81 (3), of MHA 2007 & Policy Directive, Aggression, Seclusion & Restraint in Mental Health Facilities in NSW, NSW Government Ministry of Health, pp. 5, 29]

INVOLUNTARY COMMITMENT OF CHILDREN: Under the current Mental Health Act, a medical practitioner can legally order a child or adult to be sent for a psychiatric examination, at which point a second legal order (called a Form 1) can detain them in a psychiatric institution if two medical practitioners (one a psychiatrist) agree the child or adult should be involuntarily committed. The child can be initially detained for three days (if considered ‘mentally disordered’) or if ‘mentally ill,’ they can be detained until the MHRT holds a Mental Health Inquiry (usually this takes two – three weeks) to decide if the child/ adult should be detained for up to a further three months. If a child is admitted voluntarily, psychiatrists can change their status to involuntary and detain them. Parents are not able to discharge their child and take them home and parental consent is not needed for further detainment or treatment including psychiatric drugs, restraint, seclusion and electroshock.

APPEALS: While this situation is abhorrent enough, parents who wish to appeal to have their child discharged have no guarantee that a Mental Health Inquiry or appeal will result in the child allowed to return home. The Tribunal can also refuse to hear the appeal before the date on which the child is to be next reviewed, leaving the child to be “treated” without parental consent. Of the 4,130 individuals the MHRT held a Mental Health Inquiry for in 2011/12 after their initial detention, only 50 were discharged (1.2%). Another 581 were discharged on a legal order to receive rugs/treatment at home. NSW does not keep public figures regarding the number of children involuntarily detained. No child should be involuntarily detained and treated without parental/guardian consent and adjudicated only by judge or magistrate, with the parents and child legally represented., Parents should have the same rights regarding psychiatric treatment as that provided for them deciding medical treatment for their child. The Mental Health Act needs to be changed accordingly. [s18, s19 (4), s27, s31, s 30, s34, s35 (5) c, s44, s150]

CHILDREN AND COMMUNITY TREATMENT ORDERS (CTO): A CTO is a legal order that the MHRT issues to force a child or adult to take psychiatric drugs or accept treatment at home, which can be for a period up to 12 months. Parental consent is not required in the case of a child. Psychiatrists now want community or health care agencies to have the power to forcibly treat a child or adult without a CTO, disingenuously calling it an “Initial Involuntary Treatment Order.” Drugs could be forcibly administered for at least 14 days while the child/adult is awaiting a MHRT Inquiry. No child should be placed on a CTO. Initial Involuntary Treatment orders should not be written into the Mental Health Act. [s51, 53(6) of MHA 2007 & p. 27 of DP]

INFORMED CONSENT DENIED: The current Act provides “Principles for Care and Treatment” [s68] which outline 10 points of care, including that patients should be provided with information about treatments, alternatives, the effects of treatment and informed of their legal rights. However, another clause [s195] states that these principles, including informed consent, are not a “right or entitlement enforceable at law.” These fundamental rights should be enforceable by law.

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST FOR ECT AND PRESCRIBING OF PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS: The current Mental Health Act states that full disclosure must be made on the consent form signed by the patient of any financial relationships between the person proposing or administering electroshock and the facility where he or she works. Psychiatrists want this transparency and accountability removed. Yet the current clause should go a great deal further to declare if the administering psychiatrist or family members have any financial relationships with the makers of the ECT device or any devices that are used to administer brain-intervention procedures. The conflict disclosure should not be limited to ECT, but to all psychiatric treatments administered, especially for psychiatric drugs and affiliations with pharmaceutical companies that manufacture them. There is no valid justification to hide these potential conflicts of interest. Patients have a right to know. A register of pharmaceutical company conflicts of interest could be kept at all psychiatric facilities that patients could view and sign as part of their consent form that they have read the applicable entries. [s91 (2) & (3)]

PUBLIC CONSULTATION MAY NOT OCCUR PRIOR TO A DRAFT BILL/AMENDMENTS BEING VOTED ON IN PARLIAMENT: In 2012 the public was asked to provide feedback on the current NSW Mental Health Act. The NSW Ministry of Health is currently preparing a report on the feedback, which will be provided to Parliament in mid June 2013 and will be used to draft legislation/amendments. No guarantee has been given that the public will be able to see and comment on any proposed legislation or amendments before going to Parliament for vote. Any draft legislation or amendments must be made public. [DP, p.12]

ALTERNATIVES: There is no doubt that some children who are troubled require special care.. But they should be given holistic, humane care that improves their condition. Institutions should be safe havens where children and adults voluntarily seek help without fear of indefinite incarceration or harmful and terrifying treatment. They need a quiet and safe environment, good nutrition, rest, exercise and help with life’s problems. Extensive medical evidence proves that underlying and undiagnosed physical illnesses can manifest as “psychiatric” symptoms and therefore should be addressed with the correct medical treatment, not psychiatric procedures that mask but never cure their problems. Studies show that once the physical condition is addressed, the mental symptoms can disappear. With proper medical treatment and real help people can lead healthier, happier lives.


Please write to the Minister for Mental Health and Health Minister expressing your objections and what you would like changed in the current NSW Mental Health Act by June 12th 2013.

The Minister for Mental Health: The Hon. Kevin Humphries, MP Level 33 Governor Macquarie Tower 1 Farrer Place Sydney NSW 2000.


The Minister for Health: The Hon Jillian Skinner Level 33 Governor Macquarie Tower 1 Farrer Place Sydney NSW 2000.


And your local Member of Parliament: Find their contacts at:

The current NSW Mental Health Act 2007 can be viewed at: and the Discussion Paper can be viewed at:

Please pass this information on and if you need a full colour PDF to pass on, please ask.

For more information on this summary contact:

The Citizens Committee on Human Rights (CCHR) NSW office on Phone: (02) 9211 3673 Email: or the CCHR Australian National Office on Phone: (02) 9964 9844 Email:

CCHR was established in 1969 by the Church of Scientology and Professor of Psychiatry Dr Thomas Szasz to solely investigate and expose psychiatric violations of human rights.

Worse Than You Imagine

Worse Than You Imagine

Worse Than You Imagine Wow! And this from an insider!
Time to take back control!

Yellowstone National Park Super Volcano Eruption

I hope a scientist or two is working on particle precipitation technology that will drop the debris out of the atmosphere so we can still grow crops here in Oz and other places!

Your Mistakes Are Meant To Guide You

Your Mistakes Are Meant To Guide You

BRICS in the Great Wall

Probably, the most thought-provoking question is why BRICS is of so much interest to China, which traditionally abstained from making unions or joining alliances that could have limited its activities in the world arena. It seems that Beijing’s commitment to BRICS can be seen through the prism of US-Chinese global rivalry. From the Chinese perspective, the main role BRICS has yet to play is to help China force out the US dollar as the main and single world currency and challenge American dominance in the existing world economic order.

Barns Are Painted Red Because of the Physics of Dying Stars

Red Barn

Have you ever noticed that almost every barn you have ever seen is red? There’s a reason for that, and it has to do with the chemistry of dying stars. Seriously.

The Incredible Power Of Concentration - Miyoko Shida

There are no words to describe Miyoko Shida's performance for the Spanish TV program "Tú Sí Que Vales" ("You Can Do It").

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Public Relations and Marketing

$116,666 Per Second

Great article on marketing madness , and, what to do right!

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think well of your fellow man,
eat food that is good for you
and do the important things
that make a difference -
they are rarely the urgent ones!


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