CDC: To Smoke or Not to Smoke

What has the CDC been up to lately? Well among other things they are focusing on a big anti-smoking push. It’s been a big focus, has taken up several posts, grown onto television and as usual is placed onto cigarette packaging. It’s not just the CDC however; Health Canada has joined the ranks as well.

This all seems good, on the surface at least. It’s a wonderful thing for people to be informed, to know all the possible risks; even if people feel bombarded by it. So far the only complaints that I have seen are in concern to the television commercials that CDC is airing as they are apparently very repulsive and also occur during the time that children’s programming is on. People have felt that this type of commercial should be aired much later, during more adult programming because of the content in the commercials. Health Canada has changed the packaging on cigarettes once again, in light of this new anti-smoking push, by attaching more grotesque pictures in hopes of giving more information and possibly to deter people from actually purchasing cigarettes that contain such disgusting pictures on them.

While this may have some effect from deterring people from smoking, it is a very small amount and in my opinion is a very big waste of money.  Let’s look at a before and after to compare shall we. Before this big anti-smoking push, even before the no smoking in buildings law we were taught in school what smoking cigarettes does. In kindergarten we were first made aware of the effects of smoking and we had to go through a mini-program to educate us on smoking and help us take a pact, so to speak, to never smoke. Throughout the rest of school we continuously learn about the dangers of smoking in health class and even then, there were a few commercials portraying people whose lives were put at risk or cut short because of smoking.  Cigarette packing has contained warnings for some time now and put simply we are constantly made aware of the dangers for most of our life. People who choose to smoke –remember it is a choice and not something forced upon us- know at least the majority of dangers that come from smoking cigarettes and I don’t think that this huge push is going to stop those people from smoking. It’s a big waste of money revamping something that is already doing a good job as it is.

Looking more at the current time, we have new laws in place to prohibit smoking from inside buildings and establishments; while at first having a big uproar it is essentially a good thing, especially for those who wish to attend these places and do not want to be exposed to second hand smoke. Unfortunately this isn’t where they wanted it to end. Several attempts were made to ban smoking from public areas that were outside in the open, from inside vehicles and even peoples own houses. While there was a law passed that prohibits those from smoking in a vehicle with a child (which in my opinion is a well done job) the rest were not passed and thankfully so, as it starts to creep over our independent rights.

I wonder however, if people realize the implications of what was trying to be done, if they see the darker motives behind this beautiful picture of a non-smoking society and if they truly grasp what could have happened if these laws were passed. Now, every person has a choice in their health, whether it be; what they consume, what bad habits they have and even pertaining to medical assistance. When laws like this try to pass, they do so under the guise of helping people become healthier, to protect others rights and to make our society a better, safer place to be a part of. What is seldom mentioned is that while it may be proclaimed to protect some people’s rights it also encroaches on the rights of others.

Yes smoking is harmful and can have many consequences to your health and wellbeing; but again that is your choice to make. It seems that this huge anti-smoking push is getting closer to forcefulness and is skimming the boundary between choice and mandatory. Not being able to smoke in your car, house or even at a public event would narrow the areas able to smoke to such a small amount that it would in effect force people to give it up. Sounds pretty good at first doesn’t it, but what about the rights of the smokers, are they considered so less of a human, such a danger to everyone that their rights would essentially be taken away? The other concern in this is; where does it end? If we let even the smallest of rights be stripped from us then it sets precedent, it makes it easier for other laws to be put in place and follow suit. A little bit too into the future for some but for those of us that have seen how one law passed can ease the way for another to be implemented, we can see how easy our rights can be taken away in the name of health.  Now what more could this new program do to further what has already been done? Absolutely nothing, but remind us of what we already know.

Aside from that is the money. How much money is being spent to further warn people of the dangers of smoking, how much on extra commercials, better pictures and articles is spent to plump up a program that is already doing the job it’s supposed to. We need to take an example from the heads of health care and the pharmaceutical companies that they are incorporated with.

Cost/benefit analysis.

Before any product appears on the market be it treatment, drugs, vaccines or other common medication products; companies and health care agencies first see if it is profitable.  A small but fitting example is the use of booster shots. A lot of individuals do not need to get booster shots as they are still carrying antibodies from a previous shot. This can be tested very easily and would save people being exposed to virus(es) and ingredients in said product that are not necessary. However it has been determined that this is not only far from profitable but it actually would cost too much to perform this test, especially if everyone knew about it. Instead more money would be made by simply not publishing that information on a grand scale (or even a small one) and just giving everyone booster shots.  So how would this possibly relate to the anti-smoking push? Well we would have to find out how much money is being spent and compare it to the drop in smoking rates that occur after it has been implemented. As anyone can see for themselves that drop (if there is any) is very small and in no way does it justify the amount being spent. We would then have to compare to the previous method that has been in place for a while now, to see if it has made an increased improvement on the number of people not taking up smoking and also those who have quit directly because of the methods used. I can assure you that it isn’t much difference.

So why are they doing it?

This could be the question of the decade, why does CDC and other health care organizations like Health Canada do the things they do; for the health of the people right? Well that’s what I used to think as well I mean, why else would we have an organization in charge of our health if not to help improve it? Perhaps in the beginning it started out that way and even still today, perhaps there are people who still believe that what they are pushing is indeed the ‘right thing to do, for the better of the people’, but lately this perfectly strewn veil is slowly being uncovered and the view behind it is not only shocking but just as repulsive as the new anti-smoking commercials being broadcasted by the CDC.

Giant health care organizations have stopped being about health for some time now, even before I was born has this ceased to be the case. You know that the world has gone to hell when health becomes all about profit. There is so much I could touch on here but it really does deserve its own article, so I’m just going to stick to the anti-smoking push.

Now while the motives may be entirely different from my own opinion on it, I do think that this could be a big part of it and nonetheless it should be talked about, instead of swept under the rug like every other ‘health care gone wrong’ case. In order to understand the present we must first look to the past and we don’t have to go very far to do so. When my grandmother was younger you were still able to smoke in hospitals. Today it would be a shocker. How could a health organization allow such a thing in their buildings, buildings dedicated to the health and wellness of the people? It’s not as absurd a notion as you may think.

You see, not that far into our past is a time when smoking was not only thought to have no harmful effects, but it was also believed to have numerous health benefits. It’s so ridiculous; I couldn’t even make it up. CDC had put out studies and statements that smoking did not cause cancer. Since the CDC had said so, it must be true right? Doctors advised many people to smoke including mothers who may have heavy babies; as smoking was known to lower birth rates. Ads and articles were published with headlines of doctor approved, doctors recommend and the like; just as many products are toted today. 9 out of 10 doctors agree that smoking is good for you. While this isn’t the worst atrocity made by the medical community it is a notable one, because it does set precedent.

It all starts with the studies and statements that CDC put out. If the leading health organization tells you that smoking does not cause cancer most people will outright believe it, no questions asked and when they also say that studies have been done to prove this, a huge majority of people believe it. In a perfect world why would we doubt the organization put in charge of keeping us healthy, especially with all the purported studies to back it up? Organizations like CDC are made so that we don’t have to do what they are supposed to do. They are there to figure out health and give us the results, what should be the truth.  For example, if we get sick with something we should be able to go to an offset of this organization (hospital, doctors office, health unit) and be given the information we need (diagnosis, prevention, treatment etc).  This type of organization is essentially supposed to be able to help us on a grand scale and yet; they seem to be doing a lot of harm.

So what happened; how did the organization we trusted with our health mess up so badly on this?  While there are probably numerous reasons for this the best explanation is what happens to many organizations and companies that become really big. We see it all the time with ‘fast food’ eateries. Small shops are great until they start to expand and the bigger they get; the more the quality suffers and profit becomes goal. Not only that but, the people running the place cannot look over every single thing; that is why as it grows so does the number of people involved. Nothing seems to be coordinated enough to bring about any positive. The owners of subway cannot possibly be fully aware of the actions of one subway shop in the middle of a small town, not even the number of places in one city; so how can we expect an organization so huge to be able to do more than what they can handle.

Let’s face it, the world runs on money; something we invented, can produce at will, yet never seem to have enough to go around. When something becomes profitable, the wolves show up at the door; to think otherwise is completely naïve. Just take lottery winners for instance, how many relatives and old friends suddenly make contact. It’s not some conspiracy theory where it’s all planned out to ultimately destroy the world like some comic book story; it’s just simple logic. So in the case of the smoking doesn’t cause cancer studies; those studies came straight from Tabaco companies. CDC being a grand organization at that time relies strictly on the information given to them without preforming their own unbiased studies. The organization being so big and having no one but the government and the people to keep them in check, it becomes this unregulated system that oversees a massive amount of people. It is no wonder that the smoking issue got out of hand and it seems that today CDC is trying really hard to either make up for their previous mistake or perhaps they don’t want people to remember.

In a murder case motive is a big factor, so what could possibly be CDC’s motive in trying to make people forget that they once promoted smoking as a health benefit and that doctors blindly followed suit? It’s pretty obvious actually; look at what they are seeing as a threat right now. It had struck me as odd that CDC was suddenly taking up this big campaign against smoking, smoking hasn’t been a hot button issue. So why now, when the biggest controversial topic at the moment is vaccines? How in the world could the two even be linked together?

No I am not implying in any way that smoking causes autism; that’s an absolutely ludicrous idea since the effects of smoking do not correspond to the symptoms and areas affected in autism. In order to see where it ties in, you have to head over to an area commonly misdeemed antivaxxers. There you will find that one of the points they make is that;

Previously CDC stated that cigarettes do not cause cancer and that they relied on studies done by the manufacturers of cigarettes.

CDC currently states that vaccines do not cause autism and rely on studies done by the manufacturers of vaccines.

CDC stands adamantly behind the notion that vaccines are safe, effective and benefit humanity; even going as far as attacking those who do not believe this to be true. So is it any wonder that suddenly they want to make sure that people know that they are anti-smoking; thus forgetting about their previous statements made and how that situation is identical to the one we are in now, concerning vaccines.

How many years before we find out differently, before we find out that again we were told a lie because we relied on an organization to take care of us. Every month we learn about “medications” going off the market because they do more harm than they help. We learn that the medications we take; contain side effects identical to what they are intended to fight; like diabetes medication or anti-depressants. How many oxy addicted people do we now have simply because they were given it by a doctor, someone that is supposed to be looking out for their health, who never told them of the addictive nature of the drug? We are starting to realize more and more that these products out there, that we are told will help us; are actually doing way more harm than good.

So while CDC wastes money to revamp a program that is already doing a great job, they ignore the accumulating thousands that tell of their child regressing after a vaccination; then again I don’t think the CDC understands that accumulation exists 😉

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Are people sick of hearing about autism yet? I’ve been at this almost 5yrs now and still I couldn’t tire from it, then again I’m not really given that option am I. Sure those of you that aren’t affected by autism in some way (not many of those left I’m sure) are wishing for people to shut up about it already, more so I’m presuming that people are sick and tired of hearing about vaccines. Oh how I wish we could just shut up and that there was no need to be swamped by these things at every corner but it’s just not happening. So who is at fault? CDC for sticking to their ‘it’s genes, better diagnosing and more awareness’, giants like Autism Speaks that bring in millions and ignore families affected or the health system for continuously ignoring the problem.

There is a light though and it’s with all those warriors screaming and pushing for answers, solutions and action. These people eat studies for breakfast, perform therapies in their home as good as or better than the trained ones making the big $$$ and are ready for the next moment to arise when they can make some big change. Things may seem to die down a bit in the autism world but these people are constantly working, trying to change an unchecked system that has become detrimental not only to these children but to everyone.

Days like today show how on top of things these people are. First off I’d like to say that we know what the true numbers really are, if you hunt around you can find a few studies that look into more current autism rates and can give you an average estimate of 1 in 34 children. Not 1 in 34 boys, but 1 in 34 Children. But for now we have to look at published findings. Everyone (within the circle) was well aware of the CDC putting out a study to give a new autism incidence number. The thing about these people is that they know how to read studies and have probably been through hundreds already. It’s not surprising that this was easily torn apart, the study was complete bullshit and if anything was a slap in the face to families with autism everywhere. So all day a flood of information poured into the network concerning this and I cannot commend these people enough for their hard work and dedication but I am still left to ask this horrible question…..is it enough?

Is the message really getting out there to the people it should or are we just passing the information around to people who already know? I’m sure some are reached; I can’t say that all this effort is in vain but I think we really need to start thinking bigger. There really are a lot of people in this, just today an idea was brought into fruition in a matter of hours and here is one of the results of that. I could scroll through pages of people posting pictures of their children and it has only reached a small group of people. Looking at not just this but also previous endeavours, shows not only the amount of people affected and willing to speak out but also the sheer amount of determination in these people to make change.

So yes I can admit that the message is getting out there but it isn’t fast enough. 1 in 88 officially and that number is; children over 8, only taken from 14 states and the continued falsity that this is genetic and because of better diagnosing and blah blah aren’t you all sick of it already? I’m speaking to you autism families, autism fighters, aren’t you tired? An understate to say the least I know. How many hours spent researching, debating, learning therapies, learning treatments and fighting for a better life for these kids have been spent from you all? All for what, so that most still have to pay out the ass for therapies, so that treatments that actually work are not covered or even being considered, so that more parents have to hear ‘your child will never speak’ or ‘you will have to institutionalize’ or ‘your child will never feel any emotion for you’ or ‘the research has already been done’ when it’s all just not true!

We need to think bigger, grab people’s attention, make a huge impact and inform people, fully inform them. It would be nice if doctors knew the signs of a vaccine reaction and reported it every time, unfortunately this isn’t just going to happen. We need to inform the everyday individual and we need to do it oldskool J

Now hear me out before making any assumptions please.

Although we are big enough, we just cannot drop our lives to do some huge rally to demand change and even that may not be enough. With the time factor in mind I think a more Guerrilla approach is needed and would add to the impact already being made in a huge way. We can’t make time for change but we can take the time we are already using to do it.

Confused yet? I am getting to the point I swear. So there are a few things the vast majority of us all do; groceries, shopping, school, doctor, craiglist/kijiji, read the paper, go to work, just plain old walk outside. Yes the internet is an amazing resource for information but have we seriously forgotten about the old ways? Where are the days of posters on poles, notices at the corner store and flyers in mailboxes? I can’t say it’s all lost because those No Shots, No School, Not True, billboards are amazing and I do know of a few people who hand out info sheets but still it’s not big enough. So what if all of us got together and put out brochures, cards, flyers, take out ads to put information in and put things where everyday people can see. It is an easy endeavour to tack up a poster on the corkboard when visiting your local grocery store, even bigger would be dropping off a pile at the local doctor’s office or hospital waiting room. I have a few ideas on some things but would really love any input or ideas from others.  Our kids aren’t getting any younger and neither are we, we can’t wait for change to happen or for someone else to do it, we need to step it up and get the message out there. We have all this information that isn’t getting out there. I could walk up to 100 people in town and none of them will know the autism numbers, nor will they know it is treatable. Average people need to know the precautions they can take, they need to know that all is not lost, they need to know about organizations like autism speaks and above all they need to know what mainstream isn’t telling them.

So please consider this idea and hopefully in the near future I’ll be posting happy details about the project. Until then, live long and prosper ….and to you warriors, rest easy tonight, you all have done an amazing job.

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Waking up or Watching Children Fade

…..with 21 percent of respondents saying they believe autism is linked to vaccines

Hmmm gee, I wonder why that is? Could it be all that “misinformation” that we are spreading far and wide? Alas, I don’t think its people ‘waking up’. Instead it’s purely experience; people watching children ‘change’ after receiving a round of vaccines.  Though there are alot cases where the child is obviously exhibiting signs of a reaction to vaccines, the parent is either unaware or adamantly against the idea that vaccines could’ve done anything wrong.

There’s a bunch of tiny but very significant things that need to be realized by everyone; especially the above.  The most basic thing to understand is that damage from/a reaction to vaccines is at the base, a chemical and/or immune system reaction. These types of reactions, while very similar, affect everyone differently. (I’m currently working on a project to show this-more in the future, promise) An easy example would be the gut/brain/opiate response/leaky gut/blah blah blah. I’m speculating here so don’t all bounce off the walls with your loud speaker *cough*caps lock*cough* squawking for links to it all. They’re made up, it’s an example. Okay, that clear let’s get to it then. We have 1,000 kids with autism. 76% of those kids have ‘gut issues’ which is 760 kids. Now only 10% of those kids experience just gut damage without the corresponding ‘opiate receptor damage’ which is 76 kids. The other 684 kids have gut damage + opiate receptor damage. While the remaining 34% will be divided with some children having just opiate receptor damage but no gut damage and a few may have neither. But all have autism and all more than likely had a reaction to vaccines or by ‘similar means’. Did you get the point though? A standard study would only show 760 out of 1,000 kids have various gut issues. That’s it, they don’t look for opioids and I’m not sure if they have the capabilities – or the drive – to check if these kids have damage to that part of the brain. Without both occurring at once and being measured, we wouldn’t even have a clue. It is possible to do a urine test that would show high opiate levels if this issue exists. The problem can arise though if you are already starting the appropriate diet. You would have to feed your child opiate containing foods in order to get an accurate measure. It’s worth it to test before you start but in my opinion, if you’ve already started treatment measures then don’t go back on what is already working and know that your child may not suffer from both and that should be some relief because the treatment involves getting rid of two of the most common foods.

Every kids reacts differently and in some cases the subsequent damage is not able to be seen. So when I hear the words “well my child has all their vaccines and is fine” I cringe, ………  just a little. Just because your child is strong enough, lucky enough, or not damaged to a visible degree, does not in any way prove that vaccines are safe. You could take a bottle of sleeping pills and die. I could do the same and live. On your terms it would be concluded; Therefore it is completely safe to take a bottle of pills. No side effects whatsoever.

Here’s a smack my head, drag my hand down my face statement. “My child never reacted to a vaccine” says the parent of a child……who has autism. The other closely following “I saw signs at birth/before vaccines/knew in the womb. Yes I make fun, because it is utterly ridiculous to some degree. Don’t all jump at me now; I’m sure there are legit cases of children ‘born with autism’ but I do dispute that it is a very small number. I am seriously curious though, as to what parents believe they saw in this regard and of course I have a few things to say about it myself. But that’s a whole other post in itself (I’m never going to finish the darn IOM report)

What also doesn’t help is that even though we follow the ‘recommended’ schedule and get vaccinated for the same diseases; it isn’t the same vaccines. If you don’t already know, vaccines are not produced by doctors, the CDC or ‘health care professionals’; they are a product made by companies, several in fact. So I ask everyone who has had a vaccine:

Do you know which ones you’ve gotten?

Which company they came from?

Does your doctor?

We aren’t tracking any of this like we should be. We aren’t even properly tracking reactions, let alone knowing which vaccine caused it. We barely know who is vaccinated or not and we have people administering these vaccines that are highly unqualified to do so. When they’re giving out flu shots at public places like Walgreens, you know something is very, very wrong.

How many of you receive any type of verbal information about vaccines, besides “it fights this disease, this s the only way to prevent said disease, side effects; probably get a fever and be sore in the arm”?

How many have received written information?

How many are made to sit for 15min to monitor for an allergic or otherwise reaction?

Do you know the signs of a vaccine reaction?

Does your doctor?

Do you or your doctor know what is in a vaccine?

Do you know what happens if a vaccine vial, were to break in the doctor’s office……. ok I can’t expect people to know that one, but seriously unless you spend alot of time looking into it; how many of those can you honestly answer right now?

So of course it’s all just misinformation, anti vaxxers yadda yadda yadda. Wow, you must have low expectations of people to honestly believe that peanut gallery bull. I highly doubt that people are just going to suddenly change their minds one day because they read an article somewhere. Something of this nature has to either be enforced into your life or some ‘shocking’ incident has to happen.

People aren’t waking up, they are seeing it. Maybe we’re paying attention more or quite possibly what is happening is occurring more drastically. Look at those on the spectrum over time and see that while each generation does have its severe cases, the general population was affected to a lesser degree than kids today. How many more cases of obvious regression are we now seeing? Give it a few years and the schools will be flooded. We are already seeing it; teachers aren’t ready, there aren’t enough supports in place, we have been overwhelmed for years now, with places housing adults on the spectrum and these places are barely holding it together. There’s one down the street from me that is trying desperately to get more funding just to repair the place. They have no money to do anything with the residents so they spend their time sitting outside on the porch when it’s nice out.

This is the solution; stick them somewhere and let them live and be happy. Now how many threads have I read this on; let them be, don’t fret over treatment and cause. Give them your attention and let them do as they may and then stick them in the worst place possible when they grow up and live a life of what? Of nothing, of doing freely and just existing – barely – instead of actually living; it’s crap, plain and simple.

This article just goes to show how unprepared they are and I am thankful for that 21% who are at least a step ahead by making the connection. With lack of everything and the only light seeming to be with the few that still put on the battle gear every morning, we are in for some work; since we are the ones doing it all. We can’t hope for ‘professionals’ to get on board enough to take over, hell we are still doing battles when the war should not only be going, but fought and over with already.

Alas we are broke, without time and too busy fighting amongst each other to band together enough, to really be heard.

Yet every day the waves of people seem to get bigger and the impact greater. The voices are getting louder and those warriors we all know and love are realizing that; it really is up to us to fix this. That one study to prove or disprove is not going to happen. Seriously if jenny, holly and the like got together they could do it in a cinch.

That’s the thing about autism. Everyone is off in the corner doing their own thing.