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There doesn’t seem to be any morality issues on the following matters, but the church will intervene in more personal issues of health and wealth, insist on being pro-life, for instance, without thinking about what pro-life means in its entirety.  I’m not suggesting a moral take on this, but I can’t help but be amused about the situations where the church decides to intervene and make screeching prohibitions, and just when they decide to step back and leave you to the hovering vultures.  

The following are by Dr. Mercola on Aspartame, a poison that comes mainly from the sodas mentioned and artifical sweeteners. 

“Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World,” You Can Finally View FREE Online

Posted by Dr. Mercola | February 06 2010 

Sweet Misery is the movie that Pepsi and Coca Cola don’t want you to see. Now at last the enlightening film is available on the Internet, in its entirety.  

 

 

   

Stunning Evidence of Corporate Fraud and Manipulation 

Aspartame’s approval by the FDA may be the most controversial of any food additive in history! 

A close examination of the process by which the FDA approved aspartame illustrates how powerful corporations are influencing your once-trusted institutions. In “Sweet Misery” you’ll hear this incredible story, featuring: 

  • Archival footage from G.D. Searle, the producer of aspartame, and federal officials demonstrating the amount of propaganda and “dirty tricks” big business used to push aspartame into the market, including deceptive safety studies.
  • Many heart-wrenching testimonials by aspartame victims, including one by a woman serving prison time for murdering her husband, who claims he actually died of aspartame toxicity.
  • Key dialogue with Arthur Evangelista, a former Food and Drug Administration investigator, who exposes how far major conglomerates went to legalize the use of aspartame.
  • Consumer Attorney Jim Turner’s candid report of his exchange with Donald Rumsfeld. Rumsfeld was the CEO of Searle, and at the same time, part of Reagan’s transition team when the FDA’s board of inquiry was overruled to allow the marketing of Aspartame as a food additive. Prior to this time, aspartame was unanimously rejected by the FDA.

 

   

A Crash Course in Aspartame Toxicity  

Over the past three decades, aspartame has been associated with multiple neurotoxic, metabolic, allergenic, fetal and carcinogenic effects. Yet it remains a multi-million dollar business today. 

Known to erode intelligence and disturb short-term memory, the components of this toxic chemical may lead to a wide variety of ailments. 

The following list of health problems are now associated with aspartame consumption: 

  • Brain tumors, including brain cancer: Aspartame can disturb the metabolism of amino acids, protein structure and metabolism, the integrity of nucleic acids, neuronal function and depolarization, and endocrine balance, ultimately leading to tumor growth and cancer. In 1981, an FDA statistician stated the brain tumor data on aspartame was “so worrisome” that he could not recommend approval of aspartame (NutraSweet).
  • Leukemia and lymphoma: Two major studies have now confirmed this risk.
  • Birth defects: A study funded by Monsanto to look at possible birth defects caused by aspartame was cut off after preliminary data revealed fetal damage.
  • A variety of diseases including diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, lupus, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue
  • Emotional disorders like depression[ii], panic attacks, bipolar disorder, and other mental symptoms[iii]: A study from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine concluded, “individuals with mood disorders are particularly sensitive to this artificial sweetener” and should not use it.
  • Epilepsy/seizures: Numerous studies indicate that aspartame makes epilepsy/seizures worse[iv]
  • Migraines: 18 million people suffer from migraines, and aspartame may be one of the biggest culprits. Headaches are the most common complaint of aspartame users.
  • Numbness
  • Hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Blindness, blurred vision and other eye problems: More about this in the film “Sweet Misery”—take the time to watch it!
  • Stomach disorders
  • Heart disease
  • Impaired kidney function: A 2009 study found a two-fold increased risk of a decline in kidney function among women who drank two or more artificially sweetened beverages per day.
  • Weight gain: Aspartame actually causes you to consume MORE food by tricking your brain into “expecting” some calories, which aren’t forthcoming. This results in more cravings and more consumption after you eat or drink aspartame…bad news for your weight loss program!

 

If you aren’t familiar with all the potential health hazards you could be at risk for by consuming this deadly sweetener, “Sweet Misery” will indeed open your eyes to a biomedical genocide that has been covered up for far too long. 

If you want more information on aspartame, please check out the collection of articles listed on my aspartame page. 

Here are some key people, organizations and links mentioned in the film: 

  • Barbara Martini, Mission Possible World Health International 
  • Russell L. Blaylock, M.D. (neurosurgeon) 
  • Arthur M. Evangelista, PhD. (former FDA Investigator) 
  • David Oliver Rietz, DORway to Discovery 
  • Cori Brackett, blog  and website

 

If you have experienced an adverse reaction to any aspartame product, call the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator in your area. 

The Full Article Here 

Recommended Related News:  Shocking Information on Splenda, Latest “Healthy” Soda Swindle – Pepsi Raw, Aspartame Experiment 

 

 

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These have come up since the Health Department started the campaign in February this year. First, The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reacts to it, calling for a ban on advertisements and the whole campaign in general.

 

“The condom cannot really put a stop to Aids. Moreover, by creating a false sense of security, it condones and encourages promiscuity outside of marriage, and hence contributes to the further spread of Aids,” the statement added.

The Health department started initiating the free condom drive last Valentine’s Day in Metro Manila due to the increasing cases of HIV-Aids in the country.

DOH Secretary Esperanza Cabral earlier said the drive was made as the dreaded disease continues its “silent” onslaught on the Filipinos.

In Western Visayas alone, there are already several cases of HIV-Aids and more victims of the disease are coming out in the open to seek help and understanding from the public, said DOH Center for Health Development-Western Visayas Regional Director Ariel Valencia.

He also said that the advertisements are a timely reminder to the public on the importance of responsible sexual behavior, and not meant to promote artificial contraception.

The CBCP, however, sees the condom drive as immoral.

 

Source: please click here for the full article(1).

 

I don’t think these are grounds enough for the ban of the condom. The church may ban it in its own territories, but not as a whole, as some government officials have expressed. Ban its flock from watching television, staring at ads and buying a condom. But why deny the rest of the Filipino population the choice? Does the church realize that it does not ban more debilitating products in the market that are not only useless but are part and parcel of the pains and joys of having more to choose from? It doesn’t ban violent acts to be shown on television, or a boxing match with Manny Pacquaio to be shown nationwide. Because it really has no right to do that. So if the church were confident in its own, why worry about the condom?

 

In line with the May 2010 elections, reproductive health issues have been the consideration of some voters. Moreover, in the following article by Kara Santos of the Inter Press Fund, the church has not yet realized the pro-life values of the condom nor the reproductive health bill.  The political issues:

 

The election guidelines for Catholics state that contraception is “morally wrong… endangers the spiritual health of the marriage” and “impedes the process or possible fruit of conception”, which the Church says should be the point of conjugal union. Voters who elect pro-reproductive health candidates in the May poll would become willing accomplices to “evil”, they added.

But advocates say that the failure to pass the reproductive health bill has been detrimental to women’s health.

“Eleven women die every day due to pregnancy and childbirth-related causes, almost half of all pregnancies are unintended and one-third of unintended pregnancies end in abortion,” says lawyer Clara Rita Padilla, executive director of EngendeRights Inc, a non-government organisation promoting women’s rights through legal advocacy.

Asks Padilla: “Will the next president turn a blind eye and not provide for the proper budget for wide access to reproductive health
information, supplies and services simply because such a stance would take the ire of the CBCP?”

Already, PLCPD’s San Pascual notes, candidates for the 2010 polls have been careful not to make their statements on reproductive health issues too strong because of the perceived weight of the Church’s position among many voters. But he says, “By trying to balance their agenda so that they will not face the ire of their bishop or parish, they end up not helping their constituents or giving justice to their job as a public servant.”

 

Source: please click here for the full article (2).

 

I would like to thank Ms. Irina Otmakhova, Membership and Networking officer of the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights , for providing the second article.

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A thought-provoking talk from controversial author Sam Harris, where he puts morality in the context of the general well-being of humanity–that which can be scientifically measured and determined. He also deconstructs the notion of the subjectivity of morality–especially moral codes as determined by tradition, religion, and personal opinion.

My thoughts on this one:

Awesome.

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I find it amazing to think that mind tricks are played bothways and I wonder how it happens…   I haven’t figured out how these photos work.

ENLIGHTENMENT IS A GAMBLE

Adyashanti

Time to cash in your chips
put your ideas and beliefs on the table.
See who has the bigger hand
you or the Mystery that pervades you.

Time to scrape the mind’s shit
off your shoes
undo the laces
that hold your prison together
and dangle your toes into emptiness.

Once you’ve put everything
on the table
once all of your currency is gone
and your pockets are full of air
all you’ve got left to gamble with
is yourself.

Go ahead, climb up onto the velvet top
of the highest stakes table.
Place yourself as the bet.
Look God in the eyes
and finally
for once in your life
lose.

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Leading up to Avatar, James Cameron talks about his mindset on creativity, and the fascination with Science Fiction that led him into filmmaking and ultimately into the blockbuster movies he has produced over the years.

My main takeaways from this talk is about not establishing boundaries to creativity, and furthermore pursuing one’s dreams with a passion. Also one must be prepared to make mistakes in the process of learning, and that’s what ultimately leads one to excellence.

His closing statement: Failure is an option, but fear is not.

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French Virologist Luc Montagnier is credited with having co-discovered the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and was co-recepient of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2008.

In an uncut interview for the documentary House of Numbers, Dr. Montagnier shares some insights that may surprise those with common knowledge of HIV and AIDS.

My main takeaways from Montagnier’s interview is how global awareness and solutions are influenced by profitability rather than human welfare. Too much funding is devoted towards vaccines and treatment of diseases but not enough on basic nutrition, education, and healthcare.

Like the Global Warming debate that doesn’t seem to die, the AIDS debate is an interesting deja vu with new (or old) twists finally seeing public scrutiny.

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What with all these earthquakes and tsunamis occuring with more sensational rapidity in the news, a recent a scientific study concluded that it was definitely an asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs during the Cretaceous period.

A panel of 41 scientists from across the world reviewed 20 years’ worth of research to try to confirm the cause of the so-called Cretaceous-Tertiary (KT) extinction, which created a “hellish environment” around 65 million years ago and wiped out more than half of all species on the planet.

Scientific opinion was split over whether the extinction was caused by an asteroid or by volcanic activity in the Deccan Traps in what is now India, where there were a series of super volcanic eruptions that lasted around 1.5 million years.

The new study, conducted by scientists from Europe, the United States, Mexico, Canada and Japan and published in the journal Science, found that a 15-kilometre (9 miles) wide asteroid slamming into Earth at Chicxulub in what is now Mexico was the culprit.

The rest of the article is here.

I found a similar description (and the image above) from 6 year old, Brian Lean’s blog (well he’s probably eight by now).  

Anyway, going back to tsunamis, I encountered a couple of years back a threat assessment of tsunamis and asteroid impacts, which occur about once every 6,000 years on average. Based on that 2006 article, at least 50 million people are at risk in such an event–which is roughly the number of lives who live along coastal areas.

Gulf of Mexico: impact area of asteroid which caused dinosaur extinction.

In the image above, should a similar asteroid impact the same spot in Mexico, the colors illustrate the radial tsunamis that such an impact would generate.

Just food for thought these days.

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