Campbell Soup Company Buys Organic Pacific Foods for $700 Million


Campbell's Buys Pacific Foods
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The Campbell Soup Company announced last Thursday its $700 million acquisition of Oregon-based organic nondairy milk, broth, and soup company, Pacific Foods.

“Pacific Foods is an excellent fit with Campbell,” said company president and CEO Denise Morrison in a statement. “Culturally, Campbell and Pacific Foods share similar values and a commitment to a purpose-driven approach. Philosophically, both companies believe in making food that we are proud to serve at our own tables using simple, recognizable ingredients.”

Thirty-year-old Pacific Foods will continue to operate from its certified organic plant in Tualatin, Oregon, and company CEO and co-founder Chuck Eggert will remain on board as a supplier of key ingredients through his family farms.

“We’ve spent the past 30 years focused on making nourishing foods with an emphasis on simple, organic ingredients and authentic, rich flavors,” said Eggert. “Looking ahead, a future with Campbell means we can maintain what we value while accelerating growth of the brand in a way that we couldn’t do alone, reaching more people while increasing our impact on sustainable agriculture.”

Pacific Foods also produces shelf-stable plant-based beverages and meals like baked beans, hummus, and cooked chicken in stock.

Pacific Foods will mark Campbell’s fifth purchase in five years, which include organic baby-food maker Plum Organics, salsa and hummus producer Garden Fresh Gourmet, and smoothie producer Bolthouse Farms. Alongside the company’s commitment to phase artificial ingredients out of its soups by 2018, these purchases show that Campbell’s is attempting to align itself the current trend in a consumer demand for natural and organic products.

“The acquisition is a smart move for Campbell, which has struggled with lagging demand for its marquee condensed soups and disappointing revenues for its Fresh segment,” reports Food Dive; in Campbell’s last earnings report, sales from the Campbell Fresh division, which includes salad dressings and refrigerated soups, had fallen 6 percent to $248 million.

“Analysts have said that Campbell’s foray into fresh is a cautionary tale of a CPG company trying to apply its previous center store success to the very different world of the store’s perimeter,” continues Food Dive.

USA Today reports that the deal still needs approval from regulators before being finalized.

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http://www.organicauthority.com/campbell-soup-company-buys-organic-pacific-foods-for-700-million/

DOJ announces largest healthcare fraud bust in nation’s history


Thursday morning, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D., announced at a press conference the conclusion of a massive takedown operation by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, involving $1.3 billion in fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid billings.

The takedown is being described as the largest in the history of the Department of Justice, with charges being brought against 412 defendants across the nation, including 115 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical personnel, according to a DOJ press release.

As a result of the investigation, the HHS department has suspended or banned 295 health care providers from participating in federal healthcare programs.

Also speaking at the press conference, HHS Inspector General Daniel Levinson confirmed this is the nation’s largest criminal healthcare fraud takedown in history, which required the expertise and coordination of over 1,000 federal state and local law enforcement, including nearly 350 agents from the office of Inspector General.

Arrests occurred Thursday in 41 federal districts, assisted by 30 state Medicaid Fraud Control Units.

“Over 120  defendants, including doctors, were charged for their roles in prescribing and distributing opioids and other dangerous narcotics,” the DOJ reported.

Charges were filed for fraudulent billing schemes targeting Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE (a health insurance program for military members and veterans) for medically unnecessary and false drug prescriptions, including the illegal distribution of opioids.

According to the Department of Justice, arrests include the following:

  • Southern District of Florida – 77 defendants were charged in fraud schemes involving over $141 million in false billings for home health care, mental health services and pharmacy fraud.
  • Eastern District of Michigan – 32 defendants were charged for $218 million in false claims, including fraud, kickbacks, money laundering and drug diversion schemes.
  • Southern District of Texas – 26 individuals were charged for over $66 million in Medicare and prescription fraud.
  • Central District of California – 17 defendants were charged for $147 million of Medicare fraud schemes.
  • Northern District of Illinois – 15 individuals were charged for $12.7 million in fraudulent billing.
  • Middle District of Florida – 15 individuals were charged, involving over $12.7 million in fraudulent billing.
  • Eastern District of New York – 10 individuals were charged for $151 million worth of fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid billings.
  • Louisiana and Mississippi – 7 individuals were charged in connection with over $207 million in fraudulent billing.
  • To see the complete list, visit the press release on the Justice Department website.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in his remarks, expounded on just some of the schemes that were taken down:

One fake rehab facility for drug addicts in Palm Beach is alleged to have recruited addicts with gift cards, visits to strip clubs, and even drugs-enabling the company to bill for over $58 million in false treatments and tests.

Another illegal clinic in Houston allegedly gave out prescriptions for cash. Just one doctor at this clinic allegedly gave out 12,000 opioid prescriptions for over 2 million illegal painkiller doses. These defendants have been charged and they will face justice.

He spoke of the dangerous drug and opioid epidemic in America today. “One American dies of a drug overdose every 11 minutes and more than 2 million Americans are ensnared in addiction to prescription painkillers.”

“We are sending a clear message to criminals across the country: we will find you. We will bring you to justice. And, you will pay a very high price for what you have done,” Sessions said.

“Healthcare fraud is not only a criminal act that costs billions of taxpayer dollars – it is an affront to all Americans who rely on our national healthcare programs for access to critical healthcare services and a violation of trust,” said Secretary Price. “The United States is home to the world’s best medical professionals, but their ability to provide affordable, high-quality care to their patients is jeopardized every time a criminal commits healthcare fraud. That is why this Administration is committed to bringing these criminals to justice, as President Trump demonstrated in his 2017 budget request calling for a new $70 million investment in the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program. The historic results of this year’s national takedown represent significant progress toward protecting the integrity and sustainability of Medicare and Medicaid, which we will continue to build upon in the years to come.”

http://dennismichaellynch.com/doj-announces-largest-healthcare-fraud-bust-nations-history/

Overcoming the chair-loving lifestyle: What to do throughout the day to keep sitting from ‘killing’ you


 

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We’ve all heard the bad news that sitting will kill you. That might be a slight exaggeration, and hey, we’re all going to die someday, after all. But our chair-loving lifestyle isn’t helping us live any longer, that’s for sure. It’s associated with everything from cardiovascular disease to type 2 diabetes and even cancer.

And if you think you’re compensating for your sedentary desk job by exercising, well: your high-intensity workout is good for many things, but it doesn’t give you leave to be a desk potato the rest of the day. A 2014 study found that moving frequently throughout the day is a more effective antidote to sedentary work than an hour’s worth of fitness. Think of it like how studying intermittently for a week for a test works better than cramming the night before.

How Much Do You Need to Move?

We asked Roland Denzel, wellness coach and author (with Galina Denzel) of Eat Well, Move Well: 52 Ways to Feel Better in a Week. He began his movement journey when he started getting aches and pains from his desk job. That’s when he discovered the Pomodoro productivity technique, which uses 25 minutes of work time followed by a 5-minute break “to refresh the brain and renew concentration.”

Denzel then came across a study that showed that using these breaks for movement also lowered blood glucose and insulin levels in office workers. (Just recently the same researchers found that moving every 25 minutes, along with a 30-minute daily walk, also reduces blood lipid levels). So that’s the interval he encourages his clients to work with. Set a timer to work for 25 minutes, and then get up to walk, stretch, and move around for 5 minutes before getting back to work. (If getting up every 25 minutes sounds like too much for you, Denzel recommends starting with getting up for a few minutes every hour and working up to that higher frequency.)

Jill Henderzahs-Mason, physical therapist at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program agrees that moving every half hour is ideal. “At the bare minimum, you should get up and change positions for at least a minute or two,” she says. Holding the same position for hours every day will break down the body over time.

So that’s how often you should move. What do you do once you’re up? Just, you know, wave your arms around or something?

Which Moves Work Best

Denzel recommends 3 types of movements.

Stretches and easy exercises.

“That means lifting the arms overhead, leaning the body to one side, bending forward to open the back line of the legs, even letting your eyes gaze far out the window, which relaxes the eye muscles.” Those of us who spend a lot of time with our hands on the keyboard can use the desk surface to stretch our fingers and wrists. “It all comes down to being creative,” he says. Always be looking for movement opportunities. (ABLMO, right?)

Henderzahs-Mason likes using a desk chair to do lunges, squats, heel and toe raises, and standing balances. You can do shoulder rolls to take tension out of the neck and then do press-ups out of your chair with your hands bracing on the arm rests. “Really it’s just a matter of getting as creative as you can and getting out of your comfort zone as much as you can.”

Walking.

“Walking is a whole body reflexive movement and involves every major muscle and organ in the body,” Denzel says. It’s also something you can do just about anywhere without looking weird.

Henderzahs-Mason also urges her clients to walk more. “Take a walking meeting, take a wellness walk. If you have something to do, make more work out of it.” Send your documents to a printer farther from your desk. Choose the restroom on the other end of the office. If you take public transport, get out a stop early.

Changing your working position.

This could be as simple as moving your legs and taking a moment to make sure you’re holding your spine up tall. Check in on your breathing and take a few long, deep breaths. Henderzahs-Mason says changing your working position is as important as moving more frequently.

So when you get up for a movement break, see if you can resume work in a different position, whether that’s standing (if you have that capability) or at least sitting differently. Doing this, Denzel says, “keeps my body and mind fresh.”

If you can talk Human Resources into supplying one, a standing desk or even a treadmill desk can offer more movement options. Caution: you don’t want to remain standing at a desk all day. Holding any position has deleterious effects on your health. But it’s helpful to have working position options.

Personally, I like working on a yoga ball. In fact, if you can get away with it, see how far you can go in creating a work environment that supports standing and moving around.

“We recommend using simple fitness tools, like a platform or dome, to stretch the calf muscles,” Denzel says. You could bring in a small massage ball for your feet or even a wobble board. Having inviting objects around like these for the entire office to share help create what Denzel calls a “movement culture-oriented workplace.”

If Stretches and Leg Lifts Are Too Awkward for Your Office

Okay, at this point some of you are picturing a romper room filled with mini-trampolines and foam rollers and thinking whoa, whoa, whoa. That may work for you kids working in media or advertising, but it’s not going down at my office. Well, for you I’ve brought in a third expert: my partner. He works in a suit in an environment that does not exactly encourage desk squats. But he still finds way to keep moving all day. These are his secrets.

Get a headset. When you have conference calls, especially long ones, use it so you can pace hallways.

Talk with people in person whenever possible. Instead of picking up the phone or instant messaging, get up and walk to your colleagues’ spaces. This makes for better communication, anyway.

Drink lots of water. Try to fill your glass every hour or so. This will also send you to the bathroom fairly often, which: more walking.

Use the stairs. I know, this is the advice everyone gives you. Are you doing it yet? Maybe you’re on the 30th floor and walking all the way up sounds insane. You could get out at the 27th floor and walk the last three flights up.

Get lunch someplace farther away. Instead of going to the closest, most convenient lunch spot walk at least a full avenue away so you get a real walk out of your lunch break.

One last barrier to movement you may be dealing with are your clothes. For a lot of us, it’s gotten to the point where business casual means athleisurewear, which means you can practically do yoga by your desk. But some of you are still expected to show up in, you know, actual business attire.

“We definitely understand the limitations of clothing and shoes when it comes down to moving at work,” says Denzel. He recommends building your work wardrobe from brands that design movement-friendly clothing. Aella, Betabrand and Ministry of Supply, for example, are recreating the staples in much more moveable textiles.

Something else you can keep in mind, if you’re still feeling timid about getting physical around the office—you could start with simple stretches of your ankles, knees, wrists and neck and save the bigger moves for when decompress at home. “Nothing can stop you from massaging your foot with a tennis ball,” Denzel says. Oh, I can think of something: Fear of offending office mates with the sight—and possibly aroma—of my unshod foot. But then I can also see myself sneaking a foot massage under the desk while everyone else is away at lunch.

The point is, you have a lot of options. So figure out what kind of workplace movement works for you, and own it. Set that timer for 25 minutes and make movement—of any sort—your new routine. And see what kind of difference it makes in how you feel at the end of the day.

Bruce Lipton Interview 4 BBS Radio 6/18/17


It’s always a wake up call when I talk with Bruce Lipton. He has this uncanny way of taking what nature does so successfully and overlaying it onto our civilization to show a clear path to our human transformation.

“Mass sterilization”: Kenyan Doctors Find Anti-fertility Agent in UN Tetanus Vaccine


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Brian Shilhavy
Health Impact News Editor

According to LifeSiteNews, a Catholic publication, the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association is charging UNICEF and WHO with sterilizing millions of girls and women under cover of an anti-tetanus vaccination program sponsored by the Kenyan government.

The Kenyan government denies there is anything wrong with the vaccine, and says it is perfectly safe.

The Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, however, saw evidence to the contrary, and had six different samples of the tetanus vaccine from various locations around Kenya sent to an independent laboratory in South Africa for testing.

The results confirmed their worst fears: all six samples tested positive for the HCG antigen. The HCG antigen is used in anti-fertility vaccines, but was found present in tetanus vaccines targeted to young girls and women of childbearing age. Dr. Ngare, spokesman for the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, stated in a bulletin released November 4:

“This proved right our worst fears; that this WHO campaign is not about eradicating neonatal tetanus but a well-coordinated forceful population control mass sterilization exercise using a proven fertility regulating vaccine. This evidence was presented to the Ministry of Health before the third round of immunization but was ignored.” (Source.)

Dr. Ngare brought up several points about the mass tetanus vaccination program in Kenya that caused the Catholic doctors to become suspicious:

Dr. Ngare told LifeSiteNews that several things alerted doctors in the Church’s far-flung medical system of 54 hospitals, 83 health centres, and 17 medical and nursing schools to the possibility the anti-tetanus campaign was secretly an anti-fertility campaign.

Why, they ask does it involve an unprecedented five shots (or “jabs” as they are known, in Kenya) over more than two years and why is it applied only to women of childbearing years, and why is it being conducted without the usual fanfare of government publicity?

“Usually we give a series three shots over two to three years, we give it anyone who comes into the clinic with an open wound, men, women or children.” said Dr. Ngare.

But it is the five vaccination regime that is most alarming. “The only time tetanus vaccine has been given in five doses is when it is used as a carrier in fertility regulating vaccines laced with the pregnancy hormone, Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) developed by WHO in 1992.” (Source.)

UNICEF: A History of Taking Advantage of Disasters to Mass Vaccinate

It should be noted that UNICEF and WHO distribute these vaccines for free, and that there are financial incentives for the Kenyan government to participate in these programs. When funds from the UN are not enough to purchase yearly allotments of vaccines, an organization started and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, GAVI, provides extra funding for many of these vaccination programs in poor countries. (See: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Vaccine Empire on Trial in India.)

Also, there was no outbreak of tetanus in Kenya, only the perceived “threat” of tetanus due to local flood conditions.

These local disasters are a common reason UNICEF goes into poorer countries with free vaccines to begin mass vaccination programs.

Health Impact News reported last year that UNICEF began a similar mass vaccination program with 500,000 doses of live oral polio vaccine in the Philippines after a Super Typhoon devastated Tacolban and surrounding areas. This was in spite of the fact there were no reported cases of polio in the Philippines since 1993, and people who have had the live polio vaccine can “shed” the virus into sewage systems, thereby causing the actual disease it is supposed to be preventing. (See: No Polio in the Philippines Since 1993, But Mass Polio Vaccination Program Targeted for 500,000 Typhoon Victims Under Age 5.)

A very similar mass vaccination with the live oral polio vaccine occurred among Syrian refugees in 2013, when 1.7 million doses of polio vaccine were purchased by UNICEF, in spite of the fact that no cases of polio had been seen since 1999. After the mass vaccination program started, cases of polio began to reappear in Syria. (See: Are UNICEF Live Polio Vaccines Causing Polio Among Syrians? 1.7 Billion Polio Vaccines Purchased by UNICEF.)

It seems quite apparent that UNICEF and WHO use these local disasters to mass vaccinate people, mainly children and young women. Massive education and propaganda efforts are also necessary to convince the local populations that they need these vaccines. Here is a video UNICEF produced for the tetanus vaccine in Kenya. Notice how they use school teachers and local doctors to do the educating, even though the vaccines are produced by western countries.

At least in Kenya, Catholic doctors are acting and taking a stand against what they see as an involuntary mass sterilization campaign designed to control the population of Africans.

Vaccine Epidemic
by Louise Kuo Habakus and Mary Holland J.D.

http://healthimpactnews.com/2014/mass-sterilization-kenyan-doctors-find-anti-fertility-agent-in-un-tetanus-vaccine/

High Fructose Corn Syrup Has Been Quietly, Deceitfully Renamed


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High fructose corn syrup is a killer. Since humans started consuming it, obesity rates have more than tripled and diabetes incidence has increased more than seven fold. Even when used in moderation it is a major cause of heart disease, obesity, cancer, dementia, liver failure, tooth decay, and more.

So what does the FDA do about this silent killer? It allows food producers to change the name of the infamous sweeter in order to trick consumers into thinking they are not eating high fructose corn syrup.

That’s right, high fructose corn syrup now goes by a new, deceitful name – “Natural Sweetener” – designed to trick customers into making ill-informed choices that will impact on their health.

Consumers are finally catching on to the fact that what we put in our mouths effects our waistline as well as our health. Since consumers have become much smarter and finally waking up to these realities, they are demanding healthier food choices. Every food company is smearing 100% natural on every box of anything regardless of whats inside the box.

Now we have to know the new sneaky name to know whether or not we are consuming High Fructose Corn Syrup or not. Obviously the best way to avoid this mess is to buy from companies you really trust.

Big food companies are hiding ingredients they know we really don’t want to consume in their products. This time it’s the presence of a new version of high fructose corn syrup. But this is not the innocuous fructose that has sweetened the fruits humans have eaten since time began. This is a questionable ingredient with many names that could be causing all sorts of health problems.

The product is General Mills’ Vanilla Chex, an updated version of the Chex cereal sold in most conventional grocery and discount stores for many years. The front of the box clearly states that the product contains “no high fructose corn syrup” (HFCS), but turn it over to read the ingredient list and there it is – the new isolated fructose.

Why is that a problem? According to the Corn Refiners Association (CRA), there’s been a sneaky name change. The term ‘fructose’ is now being used to denote a product that was previously known as HFCS-90, meaning it is 90 percent pure fructose. Compare this to what is termed ‘regular’ HFCS, which contains either 42 or 55 percent fructose, and you will know why General Mills is so eager to keep you in the dark.

CRA explains:

A third product, HFCS-90, is sometimes used in natural and ‘light’ foods, where very little is needed to provide sweetness. Syrups with 90% fructose will not state high fructose corn syrup on the label [anymore], they will state ‘fructose’ or ‘fructose syrup’.”

And the way that they get away with this is fairly simple:

Simply eliminating the high fructose corn syrup designation for the laboratory sweetener that’s nine-tenths fructose and calling it what it really is: fructose. And that’s how a processed-food product like Vanilla Chex that contains “fructose”, a substance that, according to the corn refiners, used to be called HFCS-90, can now declare itself to be high fructose corn syrup-free.

 

http://yournewswire.com/high-fructose-corn-syrup-renamed/

Man dies after swimming with new tattoo


By Erin Elizabeth –
June 6, 2017

If you’ve ever gotten a tattoo then you know the rules: keep your new art clean and covered because the skin is more susceptible to bacterial infections. 1 Each time the tattoo gun pierces your skin, the needle is technically opening a wound- a pathway for germs to enter the body (the larger the tattoo, the more you increase your risk of possible infection).
And with that rule, conventional wisdom says (the tattoo artist does, too) you shouldn’t soak it, either. That means no baths and NO SWIMMING. Especially in dirty water. Like a lake. Or even the ocean.
“A report published last week in BMJ Case Reports, a prominent peer-reviewed medical journal, reveals only that the subject was a Latino man living in Texas. In a typical case study, patients are referred to by their initials. In this case, what happened was so rare, the authors declined to provide even that, to prevent anyone from figuring out his identity. 2
(The man in question was 31 years old. The tattoo on his right leg, beneath an illustration of a cross and hands in prayer, were the words “Jesus is my life,” written in cursive.)

Five days after getting his tattoo, the man decided to go for a swim in the Gulf of Mexico. Just three days after that, he was admitted to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas with severe pain in both of his legs and feet. His symptoms included a fever, chills and redness around his tattoo and elsewhere on his legs.” 3

Dr. Nicholas Hendren, an internal medicine resident at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and lead author of the report reports that within a few hours, things got quite bad. “He was already in the early stages of septic shock, and his kidneys had already had some injury. Very quickly, his septic shock progressed from … early stages to severe stages very rapidly, within 12 hours or so, which is typical for this type of infection.” 4
Not helping the situation was the fact that the man had chronic liver disease from drinking six 12-ounce beers a day. He was immediately placed on a ventilator to help him breathe and given very strong antibiotics. 5 6
The man would later test positive for Vibrio vulnificus, a bacterium commonly found in coastal ocean water. The CDC estimates that this infection, called vibriosis, causes 80,000 illnesses and 100 deaths every year in the United States. Most infections occur from eating raw oysters along the Gulf Coast because nearly all oysters are reported to harbor V. vulnificus during the summer months. (The only way to kill the bacteria found in raw oysters is to cook them, therefore, people with liver disease or iron disorders should never eat raw oysters.) Normally, the only symptoms people experience are vomiting and diarrhea, and most healthy people don’t end up in the hospital because their immune system is strong enough to fight the infection.
The man was kept sedated for a couple of weeks and Hendren and his colleagues were hopeful. They removed him from the breathing machine 18 days after being admitted to the hospital and started “aggressive rehabilitation.” However, the next month his condition worsened and about two months after he was first admitted to the hospital, he died of septic shock.
The story isn’t meant to dissuade people from getting tattoos, but rather, remind you to remember that if you do decide to get one, make sure to go to a licensed establishment AND follow the rules for proper care.

https://www.healthnutnews.com/man-dies-after-swimming-with-new-tattoo/

Holistic doctor shot to death at organic restaurant


By Erin Elizabeth –
June 4, 2017

Editor’s Note: It brings me great pain to announce that yet another holistic doctor has been murdered. At this time we know very little and will update you as more information becomes available. (Update: we have more info we’ve added to the bottom with a link.)

 

On Memorial day, just a little after midnight, holistic doctor, Christopher Bayley King, 49, was eating at the Farm to Table Restaurant, Bramble & Hare, when he was approached by a man named Louis Joseph Sebastian. Police believe the men went outside, where shots were fired. Some say they argued before going outside BUT a representative of the restaurant disputed this account, saying there was no evidence the two guests argued before walking out of the establishment. They then went back into the restaurant, where police say additional shots may have been fired. 1

This is our first video. Once we got an update with new and disturbing facts, we made the second one below.

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King was taken to Boulder Community Health’s Foothills Hospital where he died from his injuries. Investigators are still unsure what if any, connection King had to the man who allegedly shot him.

“According to his Facebook and LinkedIn pages, King was a physician and researcher who focused on diet and disease. He is listed as the founder of Dr. King’s Clinic in California and also worked at SlimGenics. King wrote in a February Facebook post that he had previously traveled to New Zealand to work with Maori — the aboriginal people of the country — and planned on returning in June to do more work.” 2

The man who allegedly shot King, Louis Joseph Sebastian, 32, is currently being held at the Boulder County Jail without bond. It is not known if they know each other or what their relationship is, if any. He was scheduled for a hearing on Aug. 7 to determine if there is enough evidence to continue to hold him without bond.

UPDATE: (a quote from New Zealand newspaper linked below):

“According to the affidavit, the Daily Camera report said, King and Sebastian were invited by different guests. However, one of the guests, Leah Akin, said she accidentally invited King, thinking she was inviting a friend with the same name. But when he arrived, he was welcome because the two had previously “hooked up”.

Another host, Gary Reeves, had invited Sebastian, but said the 32-year-old made him uncomfortable because he often talked about “interactions with the mob”.

Throughout the night, Sebastian flirted with a guest and told others he believed men “needed to be macho and aggressive to win over the attention and affection of women”.

Guests left the party and headed downtown for food and drinks and King and Sebastian got into an argument (allegedly about politics according to official reports) then Sebastian suggested they take it outside.

Witnesses heard gunfire outside the restaurant and said King fell into the restaurant, where he was shot.

A chef and former marine ran out of the kitchen and disarmed Sebastian, who fought and struggled, the report said. Boulder police believe King was shot four times, in the ribs, chest, and shoulder, according to the affidavit.

Sebastian later claimed self-defence.

If convicted of first-degree murder, Sebastian would face a life sentence as an automatic punishment. Prosecutors could seek the death penalty, but this is unlikely.”

We are so sorry to his family and friends and the loss of this great holistic doctor who had done so much for the world with his research and writings.

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If you have ANY information but wish to remain anonymous, you may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or you can submit tips through the Crime Stoppers website at crimeshurt.com.

Our heart goes out to his family, friends, and patients.

Update: Here is an update  that has come in on the holistic doctor being accidentally invited to the party and getting shot at the restaurant.

 

https://www.healthnutnews.com/holistic-doctor-shot-to-death-at-organic-restaurant/

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Glyphosate Found in Childhood Vaccines


By Zen Honeycutt

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s flagship herbicide Roundup and hundreds of other herbicides, has been found in vaccines. Moms Across America received preliminary screening results from Microbe Inotech Laboratories Inc. of St. Louis, Missouri, which showed:

  • MMR II (Merk) vaccine had 2.671 parts per billion (ppb) of glyphosate
  • DTap Adacel (Sanofi Pasteur) vaccine had 0.123 ppb of glyphosate
  • Influenza Fluvirin (Novaris) 0.331 ppb of glyphosate
  • HepB Energix-B (Glaxo Smith Kline) 0.325 ppb of glyphosate
  • Pneumonoccal Vax Polyvalent Pneumovax 23 (Merk) had 0.107 ppb of glyphosate

The MMR II vaccine had levels up to 25 times higher than the other vaccines. Following our test, additional independent tests have confirmed these findings at or above the same levels. The tests were conducted using the ELISA method.

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s flagship herbicide Roundup, has been found in vaccines.

Vaccines contain many ingredients that could be genetically modified (GMO). More than 80 percent of GMOs are genetically engineered to withstand glyphosate-based herbicides and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) allows glyphosate on 160 non-organic food and feed crops. These facts made us wonder if glyphosate could be contaminating not only our water, urine, breast milk, food, soil, beer and wine, but also vaccines.

According to MIT scientist Dr. Stephanie Seneff, “Glyphosate could easily be present in vaccines due to the fact that certain vaccine viruses including measles in MMR and flu are grown on gelatin derived from the ligaments of pigs fed heavy doses of glyphosate in their GMO feed. Gelatin comes from collagen which has lots of glycine. Livestock feed is allowed to have up to 400 PPM [parts per million] of glyphosate residues by the EPA, thousands of times higher than has been shown to cause harm in numerous studies.”

French scientist and glyphosate expert Gilles-Eric Séralini has shown in his research that glyphosate is never used alone. It is always used with adjuvants (co-formulants/other chemicals) and he has found those adjuvants to make Roundup 1,000 times more toxic. The detection of glyphosate in vaccines with this methodology would indicate the presence of other co-formulants which are also toxic.

On Aug. 31, Moms Across America sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, EPA, National Institutes of Health, California Department of Health and Sen. Barbara Boxer requesting that they make it a priority to test vaccines for glyphosate, recall contaminated vaccines and the EPA revoke the license of glyphosate to prevent further contamination.

“This calls for independent scientists, without financial ties to Monsanto, to investigate these findings, and if verified, immediate regulatory and legislative action,” said Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., co-founder of The Mercury Project. “Lawyers litigating against Monsanto should be looking into the company’s awareness of this contamination and its effect on children. The public needs to be ready for Monsanto and vaccine manufacturer backlash by their PR machines on this potentially grave information.”

Dr. Toni Bark, founder and medical director of the Center for Disease Prevention and Reversal and co-producer of the movie BOUGHT, had this to say after reviewing the test results:

“I am deeply concerned about injecting glyphosate, a known pesticide, directly into children. Neither Roundup nor glyphosate has been tested for safety as an injectable. Injection is a very different route of entry than oral route. Injected toxins, even in minute doses can have profound effects on the organs and the different systems of the body. In addition, injecting a chemical along with an adjuvant or live virus, can induce severe allergic reactions to that substance as vaccines induce the immune system to create antibodies to whatever is included in the vaccine. Since glyphosate is heavily used in corn, soy, wheat, cotton and other commodities, we can expect to see more severe food allergies in the vaccine recipients. In addition, chemicals in ultra low doses, can have powerful effects on physiology behaving almost as hormones, stimulating or suppressing physiological receptors.”

Zen Honeycutt is founder and executive director of Moms Across America.

https://www.ecowatch.com/glyphosate-vaccines-1999343362.html

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‘Deadly mess’: Ohio sues five pharma companies over opioid crisis


Ed. Note: Someone needs to do an expose` on methadone clinics.

Do the math, at an ave. cost of $300-$500 a month for each patient – they are BIG BUSINESS for pharmaceutical companies. Most clinics have hundred’s, if not thousands of patients scheduled for daily doses. 

For most patients addicted to opioid medications, methadone treatment becomes the only way to escape addiction or death. But, ultimately they’re trading one addiction for another one. It’s an endless, deadly cycle since only 2% of patients successfully detox from methadone, to lead a drug free life…food for thought. 

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Ohio is suing five drug manufacturers for their role in causing the state’s unprecedented addictions crisis, and accusing them of intentionally misleading patients about the dangers of painkillers and claiming drug benefits not backed by science.

State Attorney General Mike DeWine, who announced the lawsuit on Wednesday, said the state was awash in opioids and engulfed in a public health crisis. DeWine said the drug companies had created a “deadly mess in Ohio that they now need to pay to clean up.”

The five companies being sued were Purdue Pharma LP, Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc unit, a unit of Endo International Plc, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd’s Cephalon unit and Allergan Plc.

The lawsuit claims that brand-name drugs such as OxyContin and Percocet and generics such as oxycodone and hydrodone are powerful narcotic painkillers that historically “were considered too addictive and debilitating for the treatment of chronic pain (like back pain, migraines and arthritis),” and were only to treat “short-term acute pain or for palliative (end of life) care.”

“[B]y the late 1990s, and continuing today, each Defendant began a marketing scheme designed to persuade doctors and patients that opioids can and should be used for chronic pain, a far broader group of patients much more likely to become addicted and suffer other adverse effects from the long-term use of opioids,” the lawsuit states.

The complaint claims that the total number of opioid doses prescribed to Ohio patients in 2012 soared to 793 million.

“[E]nough to supply every man, woman and child in the state with 68 pills each. In 2016 alone, 2.3 million Ohio patients – roughly 20 percent of the state’s population – were prescribed an opioid drug,” stated the complaint. “There are an estimated 1.2 million Ohio citizens suffering from chronic pain,” it added.

“This lawsuit is about justice, it’s about fairness, it’s about what is right,” DeWine said in announcing the suit, which was filed in civil court in Ross County.

DeWine argued the state saw a 36 percent increase in unintentional fatal overdoses in 2016 from the previous year, when the state led the nation for the most fatal overdoses.

Drug-related overdoses surpassed car accidents as the leading cause of accidental death in the state in 2017.

“We believe the evidence will [show] … these drug manufacturers led prescribers to believe that opioids were not addictive, that addiction was an easy thing to overcome, or that addiction could actually be treated by taking even more opioids,” said DeWine during a livestreamed press conference. “They knew they were wrong, but they did it anyway – and they continue to do it.”

The defendant companies are accused of spending millions of dollars on promotional activities that “trivialized the risks of opioids while overstating the benefits of using them for chronic pain,” and borrowing a page from Big Tobacco’s playbook by enlisting third parties to present guidelines that mislead doctors and patients.

The defendants are accused of creating a financial burden on the state, increasing costs for Medicaid and Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and additional costs for addiction treatment and treatment of babies born addicted to opioids.

They are also accused of violating Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act and creating a public nuisance by disseminating false and misleading statements about the risks and benefits of opioids.

The lawsuit seeks a declaration that the companies’ actions were illegal, an injunction to stop their continued deceptions and to stop the harm they have caused, damages for the money the state spent and repayments to consumers for unnecessary opioid prescriptions for chronic pain.

Opioids are now the most prescribed class of drugs and generated $11 billion in revenue for drug companies in 2014 alone, according to the complaint.

A growing number of state and local governments are suing drug makers and distributors, seeking to hold them accountable for the opioid crisis.

In 2015, Kentucky settled a similar lawsuit with Purdue Pharma. The company agreed to pay the state $24 million in a lawsuit that accused the company of misleading the public about the addictiveness of the prescription drug OxyContin.

Comment: For more on the opioid epidemic:

Empathy Is Killed By Popular Painkiller Found In 600 Different Drugs


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Every week almost one-quarter of Americans use this drug.

Acetaminophen — commonly known as Tylenol in the US and paracetamol elsewhere — reduces people’s empathy for the pain of others, new research finds.

Acetaminophen is an ingredient in over 600 different medications, including being the main constituent of Tylenol.

The ubiquitous painkiller does not just kill pain, it also kills our fellow-feeling.

Dr Dominik Mischkowski, the study’s first author, said:

“These findings suggest other people’s pain doesn’t seem as big of a deal to you when you’ve taken acetaminophen.

Acetaminophen can reduce empathy as well as serve as a painkiller.”

Previous research has also found that the drug can reduce the positive emotions of those taking it.

Dr Baldwin Way, a study co-author, said:

“We don’t know why acetaminophen is having these effects, but it is concerning.

Empathy is important.

If you are having an argument with your spouse and you just took acetaminophen, this research suggests you might be less understanding of what you did to hurt your spouse’s feelings.”

The research was carried out on 80 college students.

Half were given a dose of 1,000mg of acetaminophen and the other half a placebo.

They then read a series of stories about people who had been hurt and were asked to rate their pain.

The results showed that those who had taken the acetaminophen consistently gave lower pain ratings for the people in the story.

The researchers carried out a couple of other variations to test people’s’ empathy for physical and social pain.

Dr Way explained the results of the experiment on social pain:

“In this case, the participants had the chance to empathize with the suffering of someone who they thought was going through a socially painful experience.

Still, those who took acetaminophen showed a reduction in empathy.

They weren’t as concerned about the rejected person’s hurt feelings.”

The researchers are now moving on to ibuprofen to see if the findings are the same.

 

The study was published in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (Mischkowski et al., 2016).

 

http://www.spring.org.uk/2016/05/empathy-killed-popular-painkiller.php

International tribunal finds Monsanto guilty of crimes against humanity


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International tribunal finds Monsanto guilty of crimes against humanity

by Vicki Batts, published on Natural News, on May 05, 2017

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(Natural News) Is Monsanto, the corporate scourge of the Earth, finally going to pay for its crimes? If the International Monsanto Tribunal has any say in the matter, the answer to that question appears to be an emphatic “Yes.” The tribunal, based in Hague, Netherlands, describes itself as “an international civil society initiative to hold Monsanto accountable for human rights violations, for crimes against humanity, and for ecocide.”

Five internationally acclaimed judges heard the testimonies of 30 witnesses and experts from five continents, and their goal was to deliver their legal opinion on the deplorable actions, environmental and health damages perpetrated by Monsanto.

And after much deliberation, the tribunal has finally come to a conclusion: Monsanto is guilty on all three counts. The judges who preside over the initiative have declared that the biotech behemoth’s activities do not just adversely affect the world’s access to food, but also negatively affect the human right to health — and that the company is also guilty of “perverting scientific freedom.”

As reported by ANH USA:

The tribunal stated that the company’s seed empire adversely affects the world’s access tofood, and that by manufacturing and distributing substances such as PCBs(polychlorinated biphenyls) and glyphosate, Monsanto has infringed on our right to high standards of health. Additionally, the tribunal found that Monsanto perverts scientific freedom by practicing forms of intimidation, pressuring governments, and discrediting legitimate scientific research that supports public health and environmental protection.

As the tribunal explains, Monsanto has been profiting from their creation of destructive and harmful compounds since the early 20th century. These toxic products, like PCBs, Agent Orange, Lasso and Roundup, have created untold damage to the environment and made thousands upon thousands of people sick. In addition to spreading poisonous chemicals around the globe, Monsanto also advocates and promotes deleterious and unsustainable farming practices that contribute to the following problems: Soil degradation, depletion of water resources, species extinction, reduced biodiversity and the displacement of small farms. On top of all that, Monsanto’s business of seed patenting threatens food freedom and sovereignty.

You’d think that alone would be enough to bring the corporate giant to its knees, but as we all know, Monsanto’s controversies don’t end with their actions that have destroyed the environment and wreaked havoc on the food supply. And as critics point out, the biotech company has spent enormous amounts of money to defend itself against lawsuits brought by their victims but legal action has not yet inspired the company to change their ways.

Monsanto is also guilty of lobbying governments and regulatory agencies to keep their products on the market, and to keep scrutinizing eyes at bay. The company has even colluded with US government agencies to keep the toxic nature of their products hidden. Their strategy to stay afloat seems to be one of concealment; in addition to lobbying, the company has also reportedly funded fraudulent studies on product safety and has coerced independent scientists and manipulated the media into standing behind their wrongdoings.

One way or another, it seems that Monsanto’s judgment day is coming. In addition to the tribunal, lawsuits against the corporation for their lies — particularly regarding the glyphosate-cancer connection — continue to pile up.

While the ruling from the International Monsanto Tribunal is not legally binding, there is hope that their verdict will inspire other governments and agencies to get on board. The fact that an international body has found Monsanto guilty of crimes against humanity, violations of human rights and for ecocide is a tremendous step forward towards the goal of ending the corporation’s reign of terror. Whether or not further action will be taken remains to be seen, but it seems that the global condemnation of Monsanto is well underway.

Sources:

ANH-USA.org

ANH-USA.org

Monsanto-Tribunal.org

http://i-uv.com/international-tribunal-finds-monsanto-guilty-of-crimes-against-humanity/

Women’s Health and Cannabis: What to Re-Think and Replace in Your Medicine Cabinet


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From skincare to insomnia, stress management to PMS, today’s cannabis products provide a safe, natural alternative treatment for a surprisingly wide spectrum of women’s ailments without the harmful side effects of conventional pharmaceutical cures.

In this new, live-class, SAVA founder Andrea Brooks explores a comprehensive array of safe and effective cannabis treatments specifically for women’s health issues:

  • Explains how to refine your daily health and beauty regimen using cannabis products,
  • Shows how to replace your medicine cabinet with optimal CBD solutions
  • Equips you with the tools, questions and acumen you need to be an informed and empowered cannabis consumer:
  • From headaches, to muscle and joint pain to insomnia and even PMS, discover how cannabis products can be used on a regular basis, safely and without the side effects of pharmaceutical aids.
  • Discover how to create a daily cannabis self-care routine without the worry of psychoactive (high) effects.
  • Learn what to products to stock replace in your medicine cabinet to treat basic everyday ailments like skin care, pain management and and first aid issues.

Sign up today and discover how cannabis could be the perfect solution to reclaim your health, beauty… and life.

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Andrea is the Founder and CEO of SAVA, an e-commerce platform for hand-crafted cannabis goods. A program development specialist with expertise in the field of the health and human services, Ms. Brooks has worked with NGOs around the world including Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Tanzania, Nigeria and San Francisco, Ms. Brooks is a past recipient of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission’s Fair Housing Award for developing new reasonable accommodation programming for individuals with disabilities. She has served as Vice-Chair on two separate San Francisco governmental advisory bodies, including the Commission for Animal Control and Welfare and is the Co-Chair of the Bay Area Women Grow Chapter. She is currently working to bring high-quality cannabis medicine to patients throughout California.

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Sharon Daphna – Energetic War on Humanity and How to Win ~ 5D Event


Note: Fascinating and inspiring presentation! Was really disappointed with Sharon’s feedback on Dane Wigington’s alleged motives and his absolute refusal to support Sharon’s research and the work her group has done to mitigate chemtrail toxins in the state of California. I was recently guided to pull my energy from Dane’s work, it just didn’t feel right anymore – something was amiss,.  Now I understand the underlying reason why that guidance came forth.

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Ken Rohla – Staying Healthy in an Era of Biowarfare, GMOs & Geoengineering


“There are no uncurable diseases, only uncurable people” Ken Rolha


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Children as young as 13 are being admitted to treatment centers to break their screen addiction


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Michael and Sophia Koch can barely eat their meals without a technology fix


Technology brings many advantages but for some – especially children – it can have much more damaging effects, say experts.

Children as young as 13 are checking in to a US treatment centre to try to break their addiction to mobile devices.

Experts have warned that exposing children to electronic screens leaves them at risk of permanent damage.

The reSTART Life Centre near Seattle is the only treatment unit of its kind in the western world and helps youngsters with addictions to digital technology, including video games.

Its founder Dr Hilarie Cash told Sky News: “When you start handing these devices to young children and they’re distracted by the movement, the colour and sound coming from this device, that is mesmerising enough that it will override all those natural instincts that children actually have for movement and exploration and social interaction.”

She advises people of all ages to restrict their use of devices to certain scheduled times and says families should confront their worries about the increasing influence of technology.

“I think it is really important to come together as a family and talk about tech and how much is good, how much is ok and when does it start to interfere with family relationships, with responsibilities, with sleep, and many other things,” she said.

That advice would be welcomed by the Koch family in Los Angeles. Michael, 14, and Sophia, 7, are dedicated to their phones and tablets to a degree that concerns their parents.

Dad Robert Koch said: “I can punish him and say ‘If you don’t clean your room, this is going to happen’ and he doesn’t care but if I say ‘You don’t clean your room, I’m taking away your phone’ he has a nervous breakdown.

“It has come to the point where that is how you threaten a kid, you take away his data and he freaks out.”

Mum Tammy added: “When I see his reaction it is like he has an addiction.

“We might have to do an intervention, I’m not kidding, because it is like an addict.”

Michael Koch, 14, says he is not a technology addict but he still can’t put his phone down

But they worry that restricting access to technology risks damaging the future career prospects of their children in an increasingly connected world.

Dr Cash, whose centre is a short drive from Microsoft’s home in Redmond in Washington state, said evidence shows people can learn necessary career skills within a year and that tech firms want to employee well-rounded and developed staff.

One of those undergoing treatment at reSTART offered some advice to young people.

Xander, who has been at the centre for four weeks, said: “Go explore the world.

“There is a whole world to see and if you’re staring at a screen it is unhealthy.”

Michael Koch disagrees and believes his generation’s tech use is simply a fact of life: “We grew up with phones, we grew up with technology, we are just born with it.

“I don’t think I’m addicted.”

Comment: Screen addiction is particularly alarming for young children whose developing brains are the most vulnerable to the effects of technology. Research has found that excessive screen exposure can neurologically damage a young person’s brain much in the same way that a cocaine addiction can. Read more about what screen addiction is doing to children:

 

 

https://www.sott.net/article/348246-Children-as-young-as-13-are-being-admitted-to-treatment-centers-to-break-their-screen-addiction

Sushi lover’s entire body left riddled with WORMS after eating contaminated sashimi


  • Chinese man went to his doctor with stomach ache and itchy skin
  • Scans revealed his entire body had been infected with tapeworm
  • Doctors say this is due to the large amount of raw fish he had eaten 
  • Cases such as this have increased due to the soaring popularity of sushi 

It is the most expensive – and many would argue delicious – part of a sushi menu.

But one man’s love of sashimi nearly killed him after it led to his body becoming riddled with tapeworm.

The Chinese man had gone to his doctor complaining of stomach ache and itchy skin.

To his horror, scans revealed his entire body had been infected with tapeworm after eating too much sashimi – raw slices of fish.

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One man's love of sashimi nearly killed him after it led to his body becoming riddled with tapeworm

One man’s love of sashimi nearly killed him after it led to his body becoming riddled with tapeworm

The Chinese man had seen his doctor complaining of stomach ache and itchy skin. Scans revealed his entire body had been infected with tapeworm parasites after eating too much sashimi - raw slices of fish

The Chinese man had seen his doctor complaining of stomach ache and itchy skin. Scans revealed his entire body had been infected with tapeworm parasites after eating too much sashimi – raw slices of fish

HORRIFYING INFECTION THAT CAN GO UNNOTICED FOR MONTHS

Humans contract tapeworm infections from sushi by eating raw fish that has been infected with the worm in its larvae stage.

When fish eat tapeworm eggs, the hatching larvae attach themselves to the intestinal wall of the fish and the worms infect the fish flesh.

Because sushi is not cooked, the larvae can in turn transfer into the flesh of any human that eats the fish.

Once a human is infected, a tapeworm will grow inside the intestine to a length of up to 15metres over a period of weeks. It can survive for years and go undetected for weeks or months, in turn releasing its own eggs that infect other parts of the human body.

Symptoms include fatigue, constipation and abdominal discomfort – which can be so mild the victim may not notice anything is wrong.

If larvae begin to migrate to other parts of the body they can start to eat away at the liver, eyes, heart or brain and cause life-threatening conditions.

This is most likely due to the soaring popularity of sushi, say doctors writing in the journal Canadian Family Physician.

Study author Nancy Craig wrote: ‘The widespread popularity of Japanese sushi and sashimi (slices of raw fish) is a contributor.

‘But other popular dishes might also be implicated, such as raw salted or marinated fillets – which originate from Baltic and Scandinavian countries – carpaccio – very thin slices of raw fish common in Italy, raw salmon and ceviche – lightly marinated fish.’

Dr Yin, of Guangzhou No. 8 People’s Hospital, told the website that’smags.com that eating uncooked food contaminated with tapeworms’ eggs could eventually cause cysticercosis, when the adult worms enters a person’s blood stream.

This type of infection is life-threatening once it reaches the brain.

SEE VIDEO here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/embed/video/1082013.html

Research has shown that eating raw or undercooked fish can lead to a variety of parasitic infections

Research has shown that eating raw or undercooked fish can lead to a variety of parasitic infections

Eating uncooked food contaminated with tapeworms' eggs could eventually cause cysticercosis, when the adult worms enters a person’s blood stream - and can be fatal 

Eating uncooked food contaminated with tapeworms’ eggs could eventually cause cysticercosis, when the adult worms enters a person’s blood stream – and can be fatal

Pharmaceutical giant planned to destroy stocks of cancer drugs to force price hike


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One of the world’s leading drug companies considered destroying its stockpiles of life-saving cancer medicines and allegedly created artificial shortages in its attempts to profit from price hikes, the Times reports.

The South African Aspen Pharmacare drug company nurtured a plan of destroying its own cancer medicine supplies during its row with the Spanish health service in 2014. It sought to push a price increase for its products amounting to 4,000 percent, the Times reports, citing the company’s internal emails it obtained.

A cache of documents seen by the newspaper allegedly shows that Aspen took an “aggressive” approach in negotiations with Spanish authorities and stopped direct supplies of five cancer drugs from May 2014, forcing patients to buy other foreign packs of medicines at much higher prices.

At the same time, the company still had drugs in store for Spain. In October 2014, one of the employees at Aspen’s European headquarters in Dublin asked superiors what should be done with these stocks and the company’s senior executive allegedly replied that “the only options will be to donate or destroy this stock” unless the Spanish health ministry did not agree to the price hike, according to the Times.

However, it was not an isolated example of such “aggressive” policy as Aspen also actively tried to impose higher prices on its cancer drugs throughout Europe. The documents cited by the Times reportedly show that Aspen began to target increases in the prices health authorities in European countries paid for the drugs since 2012.

In October 2013, the company was engaged in a bitter row with Italy and threatened to stop supplying the medicines if the health authorities did not accept a price hike accounting for up to 2,100 percent within three months.

The company also reportedly orchestrated artificial drug shortages during the dispute with Italian authorities to exert additional pressure, the Italian competition watchdog (AGCM) alleged, as reported by the Times.

Some other European countries, including Germany, Greece and Belgium, also faced similar shortages of the same cancer drugs produced by Aspen around the same time.

Other emails seen by the Times show that company staff discussed possibilities of making more money by selling cancer medicines meant for Italy to Spain – even though they were aware that such a move would lead to running out of supplies of life-saving drugs in Italy.

The inflated price drive began after Aspen bought the marketing rights to the so-called “Cosmos” portfolio of oncology medicines from the British pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in 2009 as part of a £273 million ($342 million) deal.

The portfolio included such drugs as mercaptopurine, a treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia which occurs in children; busulfan, also used by leukaemia patients; and chlorambucil, used to treat blood cancer, along with other medicines often used by elderly patients suffering from cancer.

In the UK, the company also significantly increased the price on these drugs. The cost of busulfan rose from £5.20 ($ 6.5) to £65.22 ($ 81.7) for a pack during 2013 while the cost of chlorambucil rose from £8.36 ($ 10.47) to £40.51 ($ 50.74) a pack over the same year, the Times reports.

Currently, a legal loophole allows companies to impose higher prices on medicines in the UK as long as an existing brand name of a drug is dropped. However, the government introduced new legislation last year that would allow it to impose lower drug prices in case it rules that the cost of a medicine is “excessive.”

In response to the Times report, Aspen Pharma issued a statement refusing to “comment on these public allegations.”

“The content of the reports concern matters that are sub-judice,” the company said. “Out of respect for the integrity of ongoing legal processes with regulators as well as the court, in Italy and Spain, Aspen will not comment on these public allegations. Instead, Aspen looks forward to the opportunity to demonstrate the integrity and legality of its practices in the context of these legal processes.”

In the meantime, Dennis Dencher, the chief executive of Aspen Pharma Europe, told the Times that all price hikes were “at levels appropriate to promote long-term sustainable supply to patients,” adding that the company had to increase the costs of the drugs that had “a very low and unsustainable base.”

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