Getting the Facts Straight…
by Elissa Meininger – Health Policy Analyst
Donald Trump has made it very plain…… “Vaccines cause Autism”.
He’s been saying that since 2007 – and that’s what he said on the campaign trail. In one of his earliest actions to clean out the Swamp even before his inauguration, he asked Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., to head up a commission to get to the bottom of the vaccine science corruption at the CDC.
When the late Roger Ailes of Fox News told Bobby Kennedy he’d never be interviewed on Fox about vaccines, he explained why. 70% of all advertising dollars come from the drug industry. Let me repeat that….70% OF ALL ADVERTISING DOLLARS COME FROM BIG PHARMA!
In short, Ailes told Kennedy, any Fox commentator who interviewed him about the vaccine issue would be fired on the spot to protect critical revenue to the network.
Our nation’s vaccine program is a sacred cow and if, by chance, someone mentions on the air or in the print media, that there is a problem with vaccines, the reporter immediately explains vaccines are perfectly safe and this person must be misinformed, even if the person is a doctor. Only Trump dares to say anything negative about vaccines or any other drug and won’t back down.
Big Pharma spends $5.2 BILLION a year advertising directly to the American public…
The U.S. is only one of two countries in the world that allow drug ads aimed at the public. The other is New Zealand.
The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the trade group for the $395 billion US pharmaceutical industry defends the ads stating they are useful for informing patients about their treatment options and prod them into taking control of their chronic conditions (read – take more drugs). This is why we don’t see any stories about the problems with drugs, either. You have to go to Joe Mercola’s website to get the truth.
VACCINES – A Big Part of BIG PHARMA’S Big Bucks – $59.2 Billion…
Sales for new vaccines yet to be launched expect to reach $24.8 Billion by 2020. Promotions of vaccines for adult populations is forecast to help boost markets.
Can you envision adults being mandated – no exceptions – to subject themselves to an array of new drugs? The annual growth for sales in vaccines is about 9 percent while standard drugs it is 6.5 percent.
With patent expirations on other drugs, lower sales, lower profits and layoffs, are being experienced, the vaccine section of the industry is a big bright spot. Global vaccine market revenues expect to rise to $59.2 billion.
Big Pharma Controls Washington, Too…
In September of last year, the New York Times outlined just how Big Pharma is the biggest spender in Washington. Over the past decade $2.3 billion has been spent influence peddling among our lawmakers. Open Secrets reports that in 2016, there were 371 Big Pharma clients who hired 1,378 lobbyists and 876 revolvers (former government officials) to help spend $245,842,399 to lobby our public servants.
That means there were over 4.2 Big Pharma lobbyists for each member of Congress.
That does not include all the other ways of influencing elected officials often too hidden to track.
Hillary has routinely received millions from Big Pharma for her various political campaigns over the years, including a big chunk for the Clinton Foundation whose key program was to promote vaccinations by the dozen to kids in the third world. During the 2016 presidential primary campaign, Hillary was happy to collect $336,416 which represented one third of donations to all candidates. Trump received a paltry $1,010.
Trump has also openly indicated on various venues that he thinks that the drug industry is “getting away with murder”
And many think he plans to use the government’s huge buying power to force the industry to compete by offering lower prices. This is the same tactic Trump has used in other government purchases to lower the cost of government.
Remember, Trump is first and foremost a VERY successful businessman and is a master at “the art of the deal”. Investors sold off drug stocks indicating they heard him loud and clear on several of his tweets.
Trump’s appointment of Scott Gottlieb to head the FDA poses another interesting situation. Gottlieb, a board member of a number of drug companies, is also an outspoken booster of new technology and other products to create competition in the marketplace.
In addition to pushing generics as part of Trump’s drive to lower drug prices, thanks to Trump’s campaign to gut government agencies of restrictive regulations, those of us in the health freedom movement are eager to see Gottlieb actually following current law regarding health claims for dietary supplements.
Under the 1994 DSHEA law, dietary supplements are regulated as food and manufacturers are allowed to make health claims so long as there is adequate scientific information to back up the claim.
Until now, all FDA commissioners bowed to Big Pharma’s wishes and never allowed health claims unless Constitutional lawyer, Jonathan Emord, sued the FDA in Federal Court on behalf of a client under the First Amendment to force the agency to follow the law. With dietary supplements allowed to make health claims, this will provide valuable information for customers so they can make these low-cost products more accessible to those who will finally know what they are for.
The biggest gripe most of us health freedom people have is that the media never talks about all the lower-cost, safe and effective products you can find at the health food store. Why should they? Big Pharma doesn’t want you to know about their competition and since they dictate the content that goes out on the media, commentators never mention them.
Big Pharma Has Shown Its True Colors Since Election Night – They Don’t Want Trump To Clean Out Their Part of the Swamp!
Like most people, I’ve always blamed Big Pharma for being the 800-pound gorilla when it comes to our high cost, ineffective and inefficient health care system, but I never fully appreciated just how influential the industry really is until now. Ever since the night of the election, we have been subjected to non-stop anti-Trump drivel across just about every news network and print media in the country.
We have also seen non-stop caterwauling from members of Congress that suggest the world is coming to an end with Trump in the White House.
To be sure, all this noise comes from various segments of well-organized, well-financed leftists who have been quite happy with the Swamp the way it has been for decades. Some right wing political people are also part of this din.
However, the fact remains, Trump was elected to clean up the Swamp which he is doing quite handily, despite the news blackout on the details.
The only way you can find out anything is to watch the White House Press briefings on YouTube, sign up for Trump’s twitter, check out the alternative press and tune in to Fox News….which itself has been subject to well-organized attacks to get people like O’Reilly and Sean Hannity off the air.
Understanding the Media Circus…
My own take on the circus going on is that Trump figured out a long time ago he was never gonna get a fair shake in the press. As a result, he decided to take his case direct to the voters and tell it like it is in the vernacular of social media. Raw, real and obnoxious at times.
For me, I grew up in New Jersey and worked in New York City. Anyone will tell you that when you walk past construction sites, what you get, if you are a woman, is a lot of cat calls, whistles and sometimes rude remarks. That’s the way construction guys are. And Trump, albeit the son of a successful construction businessman, grew up on those sites and learned the lingo of construction guys from Queens. The language and attitude are classic and similar to guys in earthy jobs everywhere – guys who pick up tools and work with their hands.
Then there is that part of Trump who’s been in Las Vegas show business. I found it hilarious that so much was made of the recent video of the body slam Trump did at ringside with another guy who’s face was obscured by the CNN logo. Anybody who knows about the wrestling business ….. it’s all show biz and sometimes ridiculous antics like that are staged to get the crowd roaring.
Why do I know this???
As a member of the Reform Party, I watched wrestling champ Jesse Ventura run for Governor of Minnesota prancing around with a chartreuse boa and repeatedly watching one of his great TV ads, where he was totally nude.
Meanwhile CNN people are going nuts with outrage hounding the poor guy who did the artwork. Me, I think the guy should get a prize for his clever joke. Any college kid would have been proud to claim it.
For me, watching the political hacks who still want to run things the old Swampy way and the bought-and-paid for members of the press screaming that Trump needs to be locked up, revolt me. I watched Trump’s Fourth of July speech hosted by his Evangelical fans and was reminded of all the things he has done that a whole lot of people are extremely grateful for.
Trump has banned Political Correctness. As I wrote an article about that political correctness on BolenReport I just want to remind you that Political Correctness was designed back in the 1920s by the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt Germany, a Marxist think tank that is still in existence. It’s mission is to continue advancing ways of making sure we can’t say things clearly as a way of destroying democracy. George Orwell depicted what happens when a Ministry of Truth is established to keep on re-writing reality and confusing the meaning of things. Five plus five does not equal nine, no matter how much the media tells us it does.
We are Being Brainwashed Against Trump…
What is happening today, thanks to a drug-industry-controlled media, is the same thing that happened in Nazi Germany when Joseph Goebbels used the propaganda strategies of Edward Bernays called Engineering Consent to convince Germans of the virtues of Hitler.
Here in America, day after day we hear stories from all news outlets about how Trump is unfit for office, he’s mentally ill, people hate him because he is so awful, he’s undignified, blah, blah, blah. What I see is a well-organized campaign to make us believe he is ruining America. How so?
Trump promised to clean up the mess at the VA. The mainstream media has failed to tell us that after 40 years of trying, Congress finally passed a law making it possible for the VA to fire bad employees! 40 years! That’s a great first step.
And, another magic thing he did was to make it a rule that if a vet shows up at a VA hospital half crazed in the middle of a PTSD crisis, he or she would not be thrown in the city jail only to be further traumatized. Thanks to Trump, he or she will be seen THAT DAY by a mental health professional to help deal with the crisis. Pardon me, I found it appalling that Trump had to make it a rule that VA officials did the humane thing for those we promised to take care of because they put their lives on the line to protect our way of life.
And then there is the meeting Trump convened at the White House recently with all the heavy hitters in the technology business. Heads of Apple, Microsoft, Amazon to name a few, were there to start working on making America’s technology infrastructure the most modern in the world. Is this the malignancy in the White House Carl Bernstein was talking about? – the one that he was hoping the media industry would learn how to cope with???? Try reporting the REAL news, for a change, if Big Pharma will let you.
I’d appreciate it if some enterprising reporter, if there are any left, would cover the story of why many state election boards do not want to cooperate with Trump’s election fraud commission. In some states, illegal aliens are allowed to obtain drivers licenses.
In some of these states, the driver’s license and voter registration application are on the same form, that the applicant simply signs. In small print, the form says applicants acknowledge they are U.S. citizens. In other states, voter registration is a separate form and applicants check a box. In either case, once signed, the forms are automatically sent to the county or state registrar of voters, and the name is added to voter rolls. Obama even said that if an illegal voted, immigration would NOT come and deport them.
Just so you know, years ago, here in Oklahoma, I was among a group of Reform Party and Libertarian Party members who sued our election board. I personally was denied the right to register as a Reform Party member even though we were a legally-recognized party. Why? Because the Democratically-controlled election board didn’t put a place on the voter application form listing our party. On top of that, when my husband tried to vote for Perot in 1992 and didn’t bother checking off votes for any other candidates running for other offices, the computerized voting machine refused to accept his paper ballot. After several tries, and me yelling about it to get some attention, an official came by and said he’d have to fill out the rest of the ballot. Then, after I yelled again (I’m usually the polite one but I’d had enough crap and insults about Ross running for office by then), the election official pushed a button so the ballot would end up inside the vote tabulating machine. I have no idea if my husband’s vote was counted. It was all computerized and there was no need for the old fashioned poll watchers to keep things honest. What’s there to look at?
If you want to know the truth, I’m not going to be happy until we go back to the paper ballot we fill out, fold up and place in the slot in the ballot box in the middle of the room so poll watchers from all parties can keep an eye on the box. Then, when the polls close, the doors are locked and all the poll watchers watch the other poll watchers like hawks to make sure all the ballots are counted accurately. So what that it takes all night to count the votes.
Hurray for Trump on this one.
The fact that some states are reluctant to give to his voter fraud commission is public information anybody can buy, so what’s the deal, here? Did everybody cheat and they don’t want Trump to find out????
Constant Caterwauling From Congress
I have special frustration with Congresswoman, Maxine Waters, who, on a daily basis, it seems, rants and raves about how she is committed to impeaching Trump to get him out of the White House. What a laugh. Waters is as good an example of an entrenched Swamp critter as there ever was. She’s been caught being unethical on several occasions over the years and some think she’s second only to Hillary in that department. Even more interesting is that she doesn’t even live in her district. She has now graduated to trashing Ben Carson, MD, head of Housing and Urban Development, a shining example of the American dream.
Apparently Waters wants her constituency to have no hopes and dreams of bettering themselves as Dr. Carson did.
Joe Scarborough – I have a special message for you.
I used to watch your show years ago and was appreciative of the fact that you had Bobby Kennedy on your show soon after he published Deadly Immunity. You were candid in your talking about your son who has Aspergers, a malady in the Autism spectrum caused by vaccinations.
However, in your recent decision to participate in the Trash Trump campaign being waged by a large segment of the news industry, puzzles me greatly. You have called him mentally ill. You have called him a turd (a piece of excrement) and a shmuk (a vulgar Yiddish word meaning penis). I understand you have been friends with Trump for many years and he felt close enough to you that he offered both the White House and Mar-a-Largo to you should you want to hold your wedding to Mika at either place. Do you not understand that once the vaccine issue is cleaned up thanks to Trump, your son might get help to become a fully-functioning human being for the first time?
We Need to Rescue the American Media From Big Pharma
For several years, the World Health Organization, the National Center for Health Research, Public Citizen and even the American Medical Association have been calling for a ban on drug ads. Even the majority of consumers in a recent survey wanted a ban. It seems that these ads raises drug prices and encourages patients to demand more expensive drugs when they see their doctor.
Dr. Joe Mercola has provided a detailed article about the history of direct to consumer drug advertising and why such ads have been both a means to brainwash people into taking more drugs than they need as well as posing a real risk to patients’ health. I recommend you read it by clicking here.
My reason for wanting to pull the plug on allowing Big Pharma to advertise direct to the public is simple.
I want to help restore a real media industry for the American public. That cannot happen until individual members of the media are free to speak their minds and the public has access to all points of view.
“No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions.” –Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler, 1804.
You can help us ban direct to consumer drug ads. It’s item #FOUR on our colleague Kent Heckenlively’s petition to President Trump about vaccines. Please help!
Kent needs to gather 100,000 signatures by August 2, 2017.
ONE: Impose a five year moratorium on all childhood vaccines from birth to age eighteen.
TWO: Repeal the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act and return vaccines to the traditional civil justice system.
THREE: Perform large scale studies of vaccinated and un-vaccinated children.
FOUR: Ban direct pharmaceutical advertising to consumers and allow such advertising only to medical professionals.
by Elissa Meininger – Health Policy Analyst