Letters to the Editor – September 2015Helke Ferrie August 31, 2015
In Praise of Prescription Pharmaceuticals
Reading Helke Ferrie’s article, I decided to come out in support of pharmaceuticals and the poisons they put on the market. True, if you break down any given medicine to the molecular level you’ll find the same molecules used in insecticides or herbicides, just bonded differently.
After having tried nearly all products advertised in Vitality, Tonic, and Topics to eliminate or reduce my arthritic pain, including ones that promise “money back guarantees” which I encouraged relatives in England and Switzerland to try, in the end I got no help (relief), and no money back.
After also trying out two homeopaths with no success, I then decided to try prednisone, despite warnings of negative side effects. True to the word, I developed puffy eyes and osteoporosis side effects, but I can walk, dance, swim, and sleep without pain. Many thanks to the scientists who put 21 carbon, 28 hydrogen, and 5 oxygen atoms together to create the steroid molecule prednisone.
PS – Knowing all the facts helps a person make the right decision.
A couple of years ago I read in Vitality how a homeopath had healed the painful lower back and leg of a patient. Experiencing the same discomforts, I went to the same homeopath. Unfortunately, homeopathy didn’t help me, and it didn’t help my neighbour.
I think the homeopath should be willing to supply the name of the person healed for reference, or Vitality should make a statement of some type that homeopathy works. For me, it was as helpful as a 325 mg ASA – a waste of $420.
Rudolf Manook, Toronto, ON
Helke Ferrie responds:
Thanks for this. In fact, I have no problem with prednisone and had to take it myself in physiological doses at times. Indeed, cortisone and its subsequent derivatives are among the really great discoveries of modern medicine. Personal experience is the bottom line, always. The point of everything I have ever written on the subject of medicine is simply this: do not accept any advice or prescription without very careful study because modern medicine, and especially pharmaceuticals, are a minefield of potentially lethal therapies, and less than 1/3 of modern medicine is based on scientific research (see Dr. Carolyn Dean’s books on this).
Furthermore, one’s personal experience is not automatically applicable to other people. Just because homeopathy has not worked for me, but acupuncture has, tells anybody else nothing – except that maybe both should be considered, or maybe neither. I wish I had a penny for every woman who told me about how somebody or other was cured by chemo or surgery – what about the millions now known to have died from cancer anyway, and so many of them because of the mammographies and the chemo, not because of the cancer?
My article was intended to point out that it is foolish to trust your doctor blindly. Do your own research and make a decision based on careful research. Trust yourself.
RoundUp Glyphosates Found in their Bodies
I hope you can do something with this information. Maybe Helke Ferrie could employ her famous pencil; we should start a revolution!
Radionics instruments (recently) detected the following in my body, as well as in my husband’s (we are both 83 years old): Roundup Glyphosates in the adrenals, thyroid, colon, spleen, blood (red blood cells), kidneys, and seven areas in the liver, which includes also the vitamin area (vitamin D). But this is not all; there is more, which tells us that everybody is carrying this toxic burden. In our opinion, mankind is doomed. Please help make the ‘sheeple’ end their lethargy.
Herta Ruthard, Lisle, ON
MMR Vaccine Risk Debate Continues
Re: Letter to Editor in July/August 2015 issue (visit: https://tinyurl.com/nueqotv)
If Ms. Krutow were to review some of the facts put forth on Dr. David Brownstein’s website, www.drbrownstein.com, she would see in this medical doctor’s blog of July 21, 2015 (https://tinyurl.com/ payorbf) that last summer, a senior scientist at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Dr. William Thompson, admitted that the CDC altered data that showed the MMR vaccine was associated with autism.
The original CDC data showed that the MMR vaccine, when given before 36 months of age, was associated with a 240% increase in autism in African American children. There was also a 69% increase in autism in any male child who received the vaccine before 36 months of age. If this is true, tens of thousands of children may have been harmed from receiving the MMR vaccine over the last eleven years.
Dr. Thompson was co-author of a crucial 2014 CDC research article that exonerated the link between the MMR vaccine and autism. Under emotional distress over what happened, Dr. Thompson contacted Brian Hooker, PhD., who has a son with autism (that was) caused by vaccine injury. Dr. Thompson gave Dr. Hooker the missing 2004 data, which Dr. Hooker published in the Translational Neurodegeneration Journal. The Powers-That-Be had the study removed because “…of serious concerns about the validity of the conclusions.”
The earlier 2004 CDC study is still available, even though the study’s author, Dr. Thompson, has admitted the data was falsified.
In August 2014, Dr. Thompson stated, “It’s the lowest point of my career that I went along with that (2004) paper. We did not report significant findings. I am completely ashamed of what I did. I have great shame now that I was complicit. I went along with this. I have great shame when I meet families with autism, because I have been part of the problem. The higher-ups wanted to do certain things, and I went along with it.”
If the higher-ups at the CDC lied and hid data implicating a link between the MMR vaccine and autism, Robert Kennedy Jr.’s characterization of the CDC as a “cesspool of corruption” will be verified.
Dr. Thompson needs a subpoena to testify under oath at a Congressional hearing, so that he can be heard. The CDC will not let him speak freely without a subpoena. Dr. Brownstein asks readers to email The Congressional Oversight and Reform Office (https://oversight.house.gov) to demand that Dr. Thompson be allowed to speak under oath.
I hope Ms. Krutow, and others who share her viewpoint, look at the problems with the MMR vaccine. Vaccines should be intended to control disease, not to create new illnesses. Safe vaccines should be free of such harmful ingredients as formaldehyde, aluminum, mercury, and monkey (Simian) virus in the tissue culture cells used to grow the viruses for the vaccine.
I want vaccines available that are proven safe, properly studied, and backed by true scientific data proving they work without serious consequences to our health.
Catherine Johnston, London, ON
My Son Was Healed with Craniosacral Therapy
Here is my son’s success story. If it can help even one other family, I will be happy. And it was solved – thanks to your magazine!
It all started with (a baby) delivery gone wrong. My baby was born breech, yet the doctor in charge forced a natural birth; he just added more drugs to intensify the contractions. The end result was the baby’s cardiac arrest. Thankfully, another team of doctors manage to revive my son. As a consequence of the extensive pressure put on the baby, his head was deformed. I was told that, in two or three days, the shape of his head would normalize. It did to some degree, but not completely.
As an infant, he cried almost constantly and he never managed more than 20 continuous minutes of sleep. When he was approximately six months old, he developed his first ear infection. This was followed by throat infections, one after the other. It was only after he’d reached the age of three that he started sleeping up for up to three continuous hours, though he still woke up crying and, after less than a minute of crying, he would start vomiting. Of course, he was prescribed antibiotics, one after the other, and his body was reduced to skin and bones.
Our family doctor, as well as other doctors from our extended family, advised us to remove his tonsils as he was having trouble with his breathing. We followed this advice and his tonsils were removed. The same problems persisted.
Next, removal of the adenoid followed, again with no positive changes in my son’s health. Every single night he would come to my bed saying that he was scared. According to our doctor, my husband, family, and friends, I was just an “overprotective mother”; it was just “the little boy’s separation anxiety.” On top of all these problems, there were dental ones; he had a terrible bite.
Eventually, his elementary school teacher recommended her naturopathic doctor to us. The appointment was made, and when the ND saw my son he noticed immediately the asymmetry of his head.
Meantime, my son’s anxiety was increasing. He started complaining of hearing voices. Our doctor finally realized the gravity of the situation and sent us to a child psychiatrist, who diagnosed our son with extreme anxiety. He prescribed an anti-psychotic drug (we kept our son out of school for the first three days in order to monitor him for side effects). He was 10 years old.
One day, at our local health store I picked up Vitality magazine, as I always do. In it was an article on craniosacral therapy, which described both the therapy and the symptoms (that call for this treatment), and they matched my son’s symptoms to a tee. Today, I am very thankful this article.
Next, I hit the Internet and read everything I could find on craniosacral therapy, and then I made an appointment. It was not a lengthy procedure, and my son immediately noticed that he had “much more space” in his mouth. After the treatment (for the first time in his life), he slept through the night, and with no apnea (his sleep was so sound and so silent his older brother cried thinking that his little brother had died).
Following the craniosacral treatments, I no longer had to accompany my son to school. His fear was gone, there were no more voices, and his breathing normalized. The psychiatrist took him off the medication and cancelled future appointments. My son finally had his first ever sleep-over. The impact on the whole family was amazing.
What was wrong? It turned out that, due to misalignment of his cranial bones, the fluids circulating around the brain had been pressing directly on the center that regulates fear. The therapist also told us that 70% of the kids who get them probably don’t need braces, only cranio-sacral therapy. Many children fall and hit their the head. Those ‘little’ bone moves can cause big dental problems.
I now recommend osteopathy and craniosacral therapy to all my friends. I also advise them to choose a fully qualified therapist – one with the appropriate education and experience. Craniosacral therapy is serious, and can be dangerous if administered by an unqualified therapist.
Today my son is doing very well, completing his second university degree, and his teeth and bite are perfect. So, thank you, Vitality! I hope this story can help someone else.
Elvira, Toronto, ON
(Editor’s note: To read Susannah Kent’s article, The Gentle Power of Craniosacral Therapy visit: https://tinyurl.com/pv2o9nv To find out more about craniosacral therapy, contact The Craniosacral Therapy Centre founded by Robert Harris at (416) 971-4445, or visit: https://www.cranialtherapy.ca)
Vitality Receives a Lovely ‘Thank You’ from Local Farmers’ Market
I can’t begin to explain my appreciation for your generosity towards our little market (re: Guide to Organics 2015 https://tinyurl.com/oyr73yj).
Thank you so much. Every little bit helps. Our farmers’ market is probably the last independent, community volunteer-run farmers’ market in the city. We are sustainable and break even with very little surplus left at year end for advertising. The market was designed that way in order to keep it affordable for the farmers. We are simply not in a position to pay for print / digital advertising through the many venues available. It’s word of mouth, postcards distributed mainly in cafes, and loyal patrons. This year though, we did have a flush of new people!
I’m not telling you this for gain; it is what it is. It’s just very nice and honestly appreciated that you do this for us, and have done so for the past several years.
Trinity Bellwoods Farmers’ Market, Toronto, ON
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Helke Ferrie is a medical science writer with a master's degree in physical anthropology. Her specialty lies in investigative research into ethical issues in medicine and the politics of health. She started her investigative journalism career in the mid-1990s, looking at issues of medicine and environment. She has been a regular contributor to Vitality Magazine ever since. Helke has also authored several books on various subjects including: "Ending Denial: The Lyme Disease Epidemic", "What Part of No! Don't They Understand: Rescuing Food and Medicine from Government Abuse", and "The Earth's Gift to Medicine". Here are links to some of her works: http://old.vitalitymagazine.com/book-reviews/review/the-earths-gift-to-medicine/ https://www.amazon.ca/Ending-Denial-Updated-2013-Epidemic/dp/0988243733 https://thebovine.wordpress.com/tag/helkie-ferrie/ https://www.riverwashbooks.com/product/17162/What-Part-of-No-Dont-They-Understand-Rescuing-Food-and-Medicine-from-Government-Abuse---a-Manifesto-Ferrie-Helkie Helke has also been a regular contributor for the Vitality Magazine. Links to few of her articles: https://vitalitymagazine.com/article/the-tyranny-of-government-protection/ https://vitalitymagazine.com/article/success-story-how-i-recovered-from-lyme-disease-and-hypothyroidism/ https://vitalitymagazine.com/article/getting-the-lead-out/ Helke Ferrie now lives a retired life and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org