Amish Girl & Parents Flee USA to Avoid Chemo
Woman with Disfigured Face Receives FREE Facial Reconstruction
Moringa Oleifera Superfood
Healthcare.gov Crashes as Sebelius Testifies “the Website Never Crashed”
Michigan State University Sells Deadly Toxic Waste to the Public
Gun Grabbers Blame Toy Guns for Police Shooting of 13-Year-Old
Confirmed: Girl Smuggled into UK to Have Organs Harvested
Sweet Potato Greens Fight Cancer
The “Nasty 9″ Halloween Candy Ingredients
“Monumental Myths” Book … Coming Soon!
By: Sarah The HealthyHome Economist
The alarming saga of Andy and Anna Hershberger and their 10 year old daughter Sarah, who is now in complete remission from lymphoblasticlymphoma, an aggressive form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, has taken yet another dramatic turn.
A heated court battle has been ongoing for months since Andy and Anna decided to forgo a second round of chemotherapy treatments for Sarah at Akron Children’s Hospital in Ohio after witnessing her terrible suffering and her continual pleading for the treatments to stop. Andy and Anna opted instead for the guidance of another physician at a wellness center along with the use of natural medicines.
At that point, Akron Children’s Hospital sued for medical guardianship of Sarah to force the chemo to continue, guardianship that was granted by an appeals court earlier this month.
Sarah has since been declared to be 100% cancer free and yet the hospital continues to insist that a second round of devastating chemotherapy is required - treatments that Andy and Anna say they were never told were in fact experimental and part of a research study, according to David Michael of the Journal of Natural Food and Health who has interviewed Sarah’s father, Grandfather and uncle.
Evidently sensing that an appeals court decision earlier this month was not going to go well despite two lower court rulings adamantly in their favor, Sarah and her parents fled the United States before the appeals court decision. This ruling ordered the appointment of nurse and attorney Maria Schimer to take over limited guardianship and force a second round of experimental chemo for Sarah. Schimer, who has shockingly never even met Sarah or her parents, is General Counsel for Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), which is a close affiliate and business partner of Akron Children’s hospital.
Despite hospital claims that Sarah would die within months without a second round of chemo, Sarah is now 100% free of cancer according to her father. Her holistic physician utilized a natural, biochemical protocol using nutrition, supplements and plant extracts. Three cat scans and blood tests have all confirmed no presence of cancer in Sarah’s body.
Sarah’s parents have stopped speaking with the conventional media because, according to Sarah’s Grandfather Isaac Keim, a bishop in the Amish church, Andy said, “after the news media took only a part of my statements and twisted them, I wasn’t going to talk anymore”.
The Hershbergers charge the following mistreatment and illegal activity by Akron Children’s Hospital and are utilizing alternative media to get their side of the story out to the public:
While conventional media has tried to paint this story as a religious one, this is simply not the case. The Amish do in fact accept modern medicine when and if appropriate as the Hershbergers did in wanting Sarah to start chemotherapy. Rather, this case is ultimately about parental rights and whether fit, caring, attentive parents like Andy and Anna have the choice to direct medical decisions for their children.
With Sarah now free of cancer, the Hershbergers wish to return home to Medina County, Ohio to their other six children and begin to rebuild their lives. However, they fear they will be arrested for contempt of court if they do so.
Andy said that under no circumstances will he and Anna comply with the court order to force a second round of experimental chemo on Sarah.
A fund has been set up to help the Hershberger family with legal and personal expenses as as they return home. Please donate any amount great or small as you have the means if this story touches you in some way and you wish to help Andy and Anna set an important precedent in the United States that medical decisions for minor children reside with the parents, not with a hospital or a court appointed medical guardian.
A Kazakhstan woman left disfigured after radiation treatment ate away at her face when she was misdiagnosed with cancer is to receive life-changing treatment from Kentucky doctors. For more than 10 years Lessya Kotelevskaya hid from society after losing her business and husband when aggressive cancer treatment left a gaping hole in her cheek.
After a cousin discovered her struggling to survive he brought her to the U.S. where University of Louisville doctors will reconstruct the petite blonde’s face.
“I just want to become a normal person so I don’t have to concentrate on my face,” Ms. Kotelevskaya, who had been living at a car wash when she was rescued by her cousin, told the Sun Herald.
The mother of a six-year-old boy was 19 when she was told she had terminal cancer in her jaw. She had gone to her doctor after being elbowed in the face during a basketball game.
The aggressive radiation treatment she was given disfigured her face and made it difficult for her to eat, talk or live a normal life. The 30-year-old can barely open her mouth and for nearly ten years believed she had a terminal disease.
At a press conference today Ms. Kotelevskaya, who wears a bandage over her damaged cheek, wept as she told reporters the medical care she is now receiving “means everything” to her.
Dr. Jarrod Little, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, is confident his team can help. Along with the University Hospital, Dr. Little has agreed to undertake the milion-dollar treatment for free.
“There’ll never be a normal the way it was before all of this started,” he said. “Our goals are to reconstruct her jawbone so she can eat, so she can talk, so she can swallow, she can function in normal society without having the stigmas that have been associated with her.” As well as damaging her face, the misdiagnosis ruined Ms. Kotelevskaya’s life. She was married and helped run her own clothing store at the time but, when the treatment left her unable to eat or speak properly her husband left in 2007 and the store was forced to close.
“She couldn’t work, because everybody would look at her and say something’s wrong with her, and she’s going to die anyway. She was totally rejected by society,” Oleg Sennik, her cousin, told the Courier-Journal.
With no business or immediate family to rely on, Ms. Kotelevskaya began a life in the shadows of society. To avoid the unkind stares of strangers, the mother took night jobs such as cleaning gyms or carrying sand to people’s doorways in winter. At one point, she was so hard up that Ms. Kotelevskaya, who has to hold a towel to her face when she eats to prevent food dribbling out the hole in her cheek, had to live in the utility room of a car wash. When her cousin eventually traced her, she weighed just 79 pounds. Mr. Sennik took her for treatment in Ukraine, where he had been raised, and it was there that she first realized her cancer diagnosis was wrong.
Dr. Little explained that it was possible for doctors to mistakenly identify benign tumors in the jawbone for cancer. “If you’re not accustomed to looking at them underneath the microscope, or you don’t have specialized pathologists like we do here, they can be mistaken for malignant tumors,” he said. To repair the damage suffered by Ms. Kotelevskaya she will have an initial surgery on November 14 followed by reconstructive surgery in January. In the second procedure, which will last for about 20 hours, surgeons will remove a leg bone, skin and blood vessels, and use them to form a new jawbone.
Dr. Little said the procedure was common practice for his medical team because Kentucky has some of the highest rates of head and neck cancer. “She missed so many years of her life. She said that this is the first time she’s feeling like she doesn’t have to hide,” Mr. Sennik said.
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It’s an unfortunate fact that our own “civilized” food supply no longer feeds us well nutritionally. Our food is comforting, and tastes good, but as far as our cells are concerned, too much of what we eat is over-processed, denatured and acidic, and ends up depleting our bodies— robbing us rather than feeding us. We all need to supplement our diets in the most efficient and economical means possible. The Moringa tree is working in remote areas to solve hunger and malnutrition.
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By: J.D. Heyes
(NaturalNews) When you are an embattled Washington bureaucrat, it seems like the whole world is against you.
That’s very likely how Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius felt this morning.
Hauled up to Capitol Hill to answer a myriad of questions about why, after spending years in development at a cost of several hundred million taxpayer dollars, did the federal government’s Healthcare.gov website crash on launch, Sebelius said:
The website never crashed. It is functional, but at a very slow speed and very low reliability.
Hmmm. Well, we’re used to just about everybody in the Obama administration lying to us, but this time it’s actually comical. Because just minutes before Sebelius arrived to testify, guess what happened?
The site crashed. Yeah, you just can’t make this stuff up.
It crashed, and then stayed crashed
As reported by Breitbart News:
Spot checks verified that the State of North Carolina, Virginia, Utah, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, New York, Maryland, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Kentucky, Minnesota, and New Hampshire are all down – which likely means the entire federal site is down.
And a half-hour into Sebelius’ testimony, the site remained down.
The embattled HHS secretary, who is having to take the heat for the failed site so her boss, Mr. “You Get To Keep Your Plan” President Obama, once more doesn’t have to, was called to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee Wednesday, “as the focus of the ObamaCare rollout debacle shifted from the faulty website to the fact that millions are losing the health insurance President Obama repeatedly, and over the course of two presidential elections, promised them they could keep,” Breitbart reported.
The questions come amid reports earlier this week that the Obama administration was warned a month in advance that the site was not ready for launch.
Another report, from NBC News, said Obama, Sebelius and others knew from the outset of the debate over the “reform” law that would come to be called “Obamacare” that millions of Americans would not get to keep their current health insurance plans and that rates for many of those policyholders would increase.
The Liar in Chief and his minions are still lying
Obama and Sebelius, as well as White House spokesman Jay Carney, have all blamed the loss of policies on the insurance companies, citing a provision in Obamacare that says such plans would be “grandfathered” in – meaning, if someone had a plan before the law took effect, they could keep it.
Only, Sebelius’ HHS has written rules specifying minimum levels of coverage each health insurance plan must contain, so any current policies that were supposed to be grandfathered in – but which now don’t meet these minimum standards – have to be canceled.
So it’s not the fault of the insurance companies – it’s the fault of Sebelius’ agency. And Obama’s. Since HHS is an Executive Branch agency, he could have already picked up the phone and ordered the agency to change its coverage rules so current insurance plans indeed could be grandfathered in, as he promised they would be.
But he hasn’t. And it doesn’t look like he will, which figures. So whose fault is it really? Obama and Sebelius have lied to the American people since Obamacare was first introduced in Congress. Democrats lied to sell it, too. Who are you going to believe this time, now that Obamacare is already failing to deliver “as promised?”
By: Mike Adams
(NaturalNews) An exclusive Natural News investigation reveals that Michigan State University (MSU) is eliminating toxic waste / deadly environmental toxins by selling them to the public as “surplus” materials. At least one of these materials can be weaponized by terrorists and used to poison municipal water supplies and cause widespread neurological damage to the population.
Using nothing more than a credit card on the MSU surplus website (MSUsurplusStore.com), I was able to accidentally purchase an enormous quantity of liquid mercury inside a “surplus” polarographic analyzer that MSU sold me for a mere $100.
The unit was packaged in bubble wrap and styrofoam peanuts, then placed in a cardboard box. It contained absolutely no warnings about hazardous materials as is required by carriers such as UPS and the USPS. There was no MSDS in the box and no indication whatsoever that the equipment should be kept in an upward orientation to prevent mercury from spilling out. No doubt the people who also packaged this laboratory equipment at MSU were also exposed to mercury during the packaging process (is that what undergrads are for?).
When I received the unit, it was upside down and the bubble wrap was inundated with mercury. No doubt mercury also escaped the cardboard box during shipment, possibly causing neurological damage to the UPS workers who handled the box.
Furthermore, MSU failed to warn me that the shipment contained a highly toxic hazardous substance. There was no indication whatsoever that the device contained a very large quantity of mercury.
Elemental mercury can be weaponized into an aerosol, a vapor, or a deadly nerve agent
What’s especially shocking in all this is that a terrorist using just a little bit of chemistry knowledge could ”weaponize” this elemental mercury and turn it into far more deadly mercury compounds which could then be deployed against a population through the water supply, a building HVAC intake system or other methods that I need not describe.
For example, terrorists could turn elemental mercury into dimethylmercury, a deadly neurotoxin that just happens to be a colorless liquid with a slightly sweet (deadly) smell. Dimethylmercury is toxic to humans at just 0.1mL (one-tenth of one milliliter). It also passes right through PVC, latex, neoprene and other protective gear, going right into the skin and causing widespread neurological damage.
Yes, it’s true that people can acquire very small amounts of mercury in old thermometers and HVAC controllers, but those are tiny fractions of the amount of mercury that MSU shipped to me in just one laboratory instrument. Anyone who wanted to accumulate vast quantities of mercury would be enabled by MSU’s surplus store practices which apparently have no safety controls or hazardous materials guidelines whatsoever.
What’s really going on is that MSU has found a clever way to dispose of its toxic waste materials. It simply sells them off to the public on its surplus website while calling it a “recycling” program. The cardboard boxes actually come with a sticker showing a green recycling symbol. Apparently no one at MSU seems to understand that shipping people vast quantities of liquid mercury is not a “green” practice.”
Click here to see more laboratory equipment being sold by MSU, much of which no doubt contains high levels of toxic elements that could be exploited by terrorists to poison municipal water supplies or kill hundreds or thousands of people at a time in office buildings.
Here’s an image of the mercury droplets found in the bubble wrap:
And here’s an image of the massive amount of mercury I received in a scientific instrument:
In this shipment from MSU, I received enough toxic mercury from MSU to easily kill hundreds of people and possibly thousands. This is enough mercury to cause alarming levels of exposure to possibly as many as one million people and contaminate tens of millions of gallons of lakes, ponds or municipal water supplies.
“It takes only a tiny amount to do serious damage: One-seventieth of a teaspoon can pollute a 20-acre lake to the point where its fish are unsafe to eat,” reports the Sierra Club. Yet Michigan State University shipped me thousands of times that amount, no questions asked!
If I were an evil environmental terrorist, I could simply drop this right into the water canal providing the entire water supply to the city of Tucson, Arizona. It wouldn’t even be difficult to get it into the water supply feeding Los Angeles. It would take nothing more than some heavy-duty water balloons filled with mercury and a catapult water balloon launcher.
Thankfully, I am far more interested in blowing the whistle on this dangerous university practice rather than using these substances to kill people, so I will be isolating this equipment and holding it as evidence with the hope that EPA officials may take an interest in this practice and seek to prosecute MSU for selling and shipping toxic waste materials packed in cardboard boxes and bubble rap.
Below is a video of Mike Adams as he shows the amazingly unbelievable amounts of mercury that was included with the equipment.
By: Kit Daniels, Infowars
Gun control activists in California are blaming toy guns and airsoft guns for the fatal police shooting of a 13-year-old on Oct. 23, shifting responsibility away from the police. Andy Lopez Cruz was shot seven times in 10 seconds by a Sonoma Co., Calif. sheriff’s deputy as he walked down the street with a plastic replica rifle. Laura Cataletta, an attorney with a gun control group, told KPBS that police have a hard enough job “without also having to also be able to quickly determine whether a gun is real or not real.”
California already requires toy guns to be painted in bright colors or made transparent. State Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) is introducing a bill that would extend that regulation to BB and pellet guns as well.
“These guns don’t belong on the street,” Karen Caves, de León’s spokesperson, said to Time. “They endanger children and they endanger police … You can simply paint them some bright fluorescent colors that will give police an opportunity to easily identify them for what they really are and avoid this type of tragedy.”
Cruz’s family and friends, on the contrary, said that the deputy who killed Cruz simply overreacted to a situation which did not require the use of deadly force.
“People have to do something,” Elbert Howard, a founding member of the Police Accountability Clinic and Helpline of Sonoma Co., said to Reuters. “He’s a child and he had a toy.”
“I see that as an overreaction to shoot him down.”
Unfortunately police overreactions occur all the time.
In North Carolina in Sept., a police officer shot an unarmed victim of a car accident 10 times after he sought help at a nearby house.
A month earlier, a young Blount Co., Tenn. deputy sheriff shot a 68-year-old Air Force vet in his own garage.
Back in May, two Ft. Worth, Texas police officers said they “felt threatened” when they gunned down a 72-year-old man in his own drive-way.
Across America, police overreaction and abuse of deadly force are the prevalent issues at hand, not replica guns meant for ages 10 and up.
(NaturalNews) There’s a new kind of human trafficking taking place, and it has nothing to do with the Triangle Trade and slavery during the Colonial Era of American History. But it is every bit as sinister. Authorities in Great Britain have confirmed for the first time that a young girl was smuggled into the country specifically so her organs could be harvested and sold to wealthy recipients.
As reported by The Telegraph:
The unnamed girl was brought to the UK from Somalia with the intention of removing her organs and selling them on to those desperate for a transplant. Child protection charities warned that the case was unlikely to be an isolated incident as traffickers were likely to have smuggled a group of children into the country.
Trafficking is increasing
The horrific case came to light via a government report that showed the number of human trafficking victims in the United Kingdom has risen more than 50 percent from last year, and has now reached record levels. In all, 371 children were exploited in various ways, with the majority being used as slaves – for sex and otherwise. The government’s report said 95 children came from Vietnam, 67 from Nigeria and 25 from China. More children were smuggled in from Romania and Bangladesh, among other countries.
“The figures also detail how 20 British girls have been victims of human trafficking,” the paper said. “It comes after a series of court cases in which British girls were raped and exploited by gangs of Asian men.”
British child protection charities have warned that criminal gangs are trying to exploit the demand for organ transplants in the country.
“Traffickers are exploiting the demand for organs and the vulnerability of children. It’s unlikely that a trafficker is going to take this risk and bring just one child into the UK. It is likely there was a group,” said Bharti Patel, chief executive of ECPAT UK, a child protection charity.
The World Health Organization says up to 7,000 kidneys are obtained illicitly every year all around the world by traffickers. And while a black market exists for other organs – hearts, lungs, livers – kidneys are the most sought-after, because one can be removed from a patient without them suffering many ill effects (unless, of course, later in life their one remaining kidney should become injured or fail).
Here’s how it works, as reported by The Telegraph:
The process involves a number of people including the recruiter who identifies the victim, the person who arranges their transport, the medical professionals who perform the operation and the salesman who trades the organ.
All of which would require infrastructure – and lots of money.
Britain to stiffen penalties for slave traders and organ traffickers
The government’s report also notes a rise in the number of adults trafficked to the UK; the number of women rose by 12 percent to 786 and the number of men by almost one-third to around 400. The latter figure includes growing numbers of British men who are being exploited for “paving or ground works” in the UK or abroad. Details about the scope of the human trafficking phenomenon in Britain were published as the government in London announced plans to maximize prison sentences for modern-day slave traders.
“Under the proposals, offenders who already have a conviction for a serious sexual or violent offence will receive an automatic life sentence. The current maximum custodial sentence for trafficking is 14 years,” the Telegraph reported.
Says James Brokenshire, crime and security minister: “Modern slavery is an appalling evil in our midst.” He added: “All this is a good start, but we need everyone to play a part – government, law enforcement, business, charities – if we are to consign slavery to the history books where it belongs.”
In light of the fact that the holidays are quickly approaching, I thought it would be appropriate to post an article that deals with a favorite “holiday food” – sweet potatoes. Below is an article written by Christina Sarich entitled “Sweet Potato Greens Inhibit Cancer Cell Growth by 69%.”
A 2011 study has found that sweet potato greens extract (SPGE) may soon become a valuable tool in the fight against cancer. The study found that SPGE not only ‘remarkably inhibited’ the growth and progression of cancer cells, but the administration of SPGE led to absolutely no toxicity, unlike mainstream cancer solutions. Sweet potato green extract even “perturbed cell cycle progression, reduced clonogenic survival, modulated cell cycle and apoptosis regulatory molecules and induced apoptosis in human prostate cancer PC-3 cells both in vitro and in vivo.”
“Oral administration of 400 mg/kg SPGE remarkably inhibited growth and progression of prostate tumor xenografts by ∼69% in nude mice, as shown by tumor volume measurements and non-invasive real-time bioluminescent imaging. Most importantly, SPGE did not cause any detectable toxicity to rapidly dividing normal tissues such as gut and bone marrow. This is the first report to demonstrate the in vitro and in vivo anticancer activity of sweet potato greens in prostate cancer.”
Prostate cancer affects more than 235,00 people annually in the US alone. The disease is a multi-billion dollar industry for Big Pharma, with most people being referred to chemo and radiation to treat the disease. Others are treated with immunotherapry or surgery, or even vaccines, but just eating sweet potato greens might circumvent these invasive and costly procedures. Research, and perhaps some case studies, will tell.
In addition to supplying natural anti-cancer power and even being called ‘chemopreventative‘, sweet potato leaves are also healing in other ways, too. Full of fiber, beta carotene, vitamins C and E, and minerals manganese and potassium, the leaves of this root vegetable can:
Sweet potatoes as a root vegetable have long been cherished for their health benefits. known to offer high levels of nutrition. The greens of sweet potatoes, Ipomoea batatas, are consumed largely in Asia and Africa, and because we are disconnected from our food supply here in the US and Canada by purchasing our vegetables primarily in grocery stores, we never think to consume one of the healthiest parts of this plant.
If your children are going “trick-or-treating” tonight, please beware that almost 100% of the candy they will be receiving will contain GMOs. Ingredients such as sugar, high fructose corn syrup, soy lecithin, soybean oil, cottonseed oil, dextrose, fructose, canola oil, and corn starch are ALL GMO.
Here are a couple of infographics to help you make good decisions.
I’m just about done with my next book! The title is Monumental Myths of the Modern Medical Mafia (and Mainstream Media) and the Multitude of Lying Liars that Manufactured Them – Wow! Long title, eh?
I want to share a book review from my good buddy, Liam Scheff, the author of Official Stories:
“In Monumental Myths, Ty Bollinger welcomes you into a scenic tour of some of the most outrageous events in our modern history – and he is an excellent tour guide. You’ll move at a good pace, knocking back topic after topic with gusto. You won’t be bogged down with the kind of tedious excess that is the death of most PBS-endorsed political guidebooks, but neither will you lose essential and enlightening detail. And Ty’s good-humored, common-sense but well-reasoned approach will keep you involved (and smiling) throughout, wanting to see what big lie gets skewered next. The events are covered, major and minor, from JFK to GMO, Boston to Waco, aspartame to Oklahoma City, fluoride to Monsanto-land, MLK, chemtrails and beyond. The book functions as a kind of ‘greatest hits,’ or sportsman’s guide to a ‘World Series of Conspiracy.’ Ty brings that feeling to his work: the love of a good sports writer for a game. The game here is our history of national and international deception, played by the jackals who’ve manipulated their way into power. Most authors take on one issue to excess, burying us in useless and irrelevant data, without drawing our eye to the hundred similar (or identical) events on the horizon. But what we really want – and what Ty delivers – is a compendium, a means to compare and contrast the lies of history: how much better it is to have it all laid out in one, colorful, entertaining volume. And what’s wrong with being entertaining? The bad guys don’t know what to do when the truth-tellers crack wise and get funny – it throws them off their pitch. So much the better for the truth-seekers that we keep our sense of humor – and Ty certainly does. Even when the material goes into dark country, even when we’re faced with acts of willful destruction so callous, brutal and monstrous you’d think we’d just lay down and give up, Ty marshals us on by shining a light on the things that make us human: our curiosity, wit and humor, compassion, integrity, critical thinking; and, thank goodness, the thing that governments and media ignore – our irreplaceable common sense.”
I’ll have details in next month’s newsletter on how to obtain Monumental Myths, which should be available for purchase well before Christmas. This book is going to make an excellent Christmas gift, for those of you who want some “ammo” to help “wake up” your friends and family who are still in a deep slumber. FYI, I’m also going to make a “killer special offer” for my newsletter subscribers only, which will allow you to get 2 books for the price of 1. Stay tuned!!
You may have heard the slogan, “Laughter is the best medicine.” I wholeheartedly agree. So, here’s a little humor to make you smile.
OK, enough for this time. But stay tuned. My next monthly newsletter will have more great info.
And please remember that CANCER DOES NOT HAVE TO BE A DEATH SENTENCE!
Thanks and God bless.