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    Dumbing Down Society

    Post  TRANCOSO on Wed Jun 30, 2010 3:39 pm

    Dumbing Down Society Part I: Foods, Beverages and Meds
    Jun 28th, 2010
    By Vigilant
    Category: Vigilant Reports

    Is there a deliberate effort by the government to dumb down the masses? The statement is hard to prove but there exists a great amount of data proving that the ruling elite not only tolerates, but effectively introduces policies that have a detrimental effect on the physical and mental health of the population. This series of articles looks at the many ways the modern man is being dumbed down. Part I looks at the poisons found in everyday foods, beverages and medications.


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    The theme of dumbing-down and dehumanizing the masses are often
    discussed in articles on The Vigilant Citizen. The presence of
    those concepts in popular culture are, however, only the outward and
    symbolic expression of the profound transformation happening in our
    society. Scientific data has been proving for years that governments
    around the world are tolerating the selling of many products which have a
    direct and negative effect on cognitive and physical health. As we will
    see in this article many everyday products cause brain damage, impaired
    judgment and even a lower IQ.
    Is a dumber population something that is desired by the elite? Hitler
    once said “How fortunate for the leaders that men do not think.” An
    educated population knows its rights, understands the issues and takes
    action when it does not approve of what is going on. Judging by the
    incredible amount of data available on the subject, it seems that the
    elite want the exact opposite: an unhealthy, frightened, confused and
    sedated population. We will look at the effects of medication,
    pesticides, fluoride and aspartame on the human body and how those
    products are being pushed by people from inside the power structure.

    Prescription Drug Abuse



    America has witnessed during the last decades a staggering rise of
    drugs being prescribed to treat all kinds of problems. Children are
    particularly affected by this phenomenon. Since the 1990′s,
    an ever-rising proportion of American children are being diagnosed with
    “illnesses” such as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and are prescribed
    mind-altering drugs, such as Ritalin.
    <blockquote>The DEA has become alarmed by the tremendous increase
    in the prescribing of these drugs in recent years. Since 1990,
    prescriptions for methylphenidate have increased by 500 percent, while
    prescriptions for amphetamine for the same purpose have increased 400
    percent. Now we see a situation in which from seven to ten percent of
    the nation’s boys are on these drugs at some point as well as a rising
    percentage of girls.
    Source</blockquote>Today, children who show too much energy, character or strength are
    being willfully sedated with powerful drugs which directly affect the
    way their brains function. Are we going in the right direction here?
    Even if ADD is not a clearly defined and documented disorder – it
    causes NO observable biological effects whatsoever – children are still
    being diagnosed with the illness in great numbers. This raises important
    ethical questions.
    <blockquote>“Pediatricians as well as ethicists have also voiced
    their concerns in usage of these stimulants. In an article published in
    the New York Times, they have questioned the appropriateness of
    medicating children without a clear diagnosis in hopes that they do
    better in school. They also asked whether the drugs should be given to
    adults failing in their careers or are procrastinators. They question
    the worthy of this method.

    This concern have also been voiced out in the January 2005 issue
    of Pediatrics in which the large discrepancies between pediatricians’
    practice patterns and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
    guidelines for the assessment and treatment of children with
    attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) was bought forth. The
    article also stated that because the medical community didn’t come to a
    consensus on how to diagnose ADD/ADHD, they should not be making
    extensive decisions as to how to treat individuals who have been
    diagnosed with the disorder.”
    </blockquote>
    The usage of Ritalin at a young age breaks the psychological
    threshold people maintain towards the usage of prescription pills, which
    makes those children more likely to consume psychotropic drugs later in
    their lives. We should not be surprised to witness a dramatic increase
    of consumption of antidepressants in the years to come. The trend is
    already beginning:
    <blockquote>“In its study, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control
    and Prevention looked at 2.4 billion drugs prescribed in visits to
    doctors and hospitals in 2005. Of those, 118 million were for
    antidepressants.

    The use of antidepressants and other psychotropic drugs — those
    that affect brain chemistry — has skyrocketed over the last decade.
    Adult use of antidepressants almost tripled between the periods
    1988-1994 and 1999-2000. Between 1995 and 2002, the most recent year for
    which statistics are available, the use of these drugs rose 48 percent,
    the CDC reported.”
    - Elizabeth Cohen, CNN</blockquote>
    The use of prescription pills might be of a great help for specific
    and properly diagnosed cases. The pharmaceutical industry however, which
    has many “friends” in the highest levels of government, is pushing for
    the widespread use of psychiatric drugs within the public. Since 2002, a
    great number of pills claiming to fix all kinds of mental conditions
    have been marketed to the public, but many of those pills were approved
    for sale without proper research for side effects. Even worse: the side
    effects might have been known but hidden to the public. Below is a list
    of warnings issued on commonly sold psychiatric drugs. Some of those
    side effects are actually frightening as a pill should not be able to
    have that much power over the human brain. Think about it: Some drugs
    are subject to warnings because they can cause you to … commit suicide?


    <blockquote>2004
    March 22: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
    warned that Prozac-like antidepressants (called Selective Serotonin
    Reuptake Inhibitors or SSRIs) could cause “anxiety, agitation, panic
    attacks, insomnia, irritability, hostility, impulsivity, akathisia
    [severe restlessness], hypomania [abnormal excitement] and mania [psychosis
    characterized by exalted feelings, delusions of grandeur]
    .”

    June: The Therapeutic Goods Administration, the
    Australian equivalent of the FDA, reported that the latest antipsychotic
    drugs could increase the risk of diabetes.
    June: The FDA ordered that the packaging for the
    stimulant Adderall include a warning about sudden cardiovascular deaths,
    especially in children with underlying heart disease.

    October 15: The FDA ordered its strongest “black
    box” label for antidepressants warning they could cause suicidal
    thoughts and actions in under those under 18 years old.
    October 21: The New Zealand Medicines Adverse
    Reactions Committee recommended that older and newer antidepressants not
    be administered to patients less than 18 years of age because of the
    risk of suicide.

    December 17: The FDA required packaging for the
    “ADHD” drug, Strattera, to advise that “Severe liver damage may progress
    to liver failure resulting in death or the need for a liver transplant
    in a small percentage of patients.”

    2005
    February 9: Health Canada, the Canadian counterpart
    of the FDA, suspended marketing of Adderall XR (Extended Release, given
    once a day) due to reports of 20 sudden unexplained deaths (14 in
    children) and 12 strokes (2 in children).

    April 11: The FDA warned that antipsychotic drug use
    in elderly patients could increase the risk of death.

    June 28: The FDA announced its intention to make
    labeling changes to Concerta and other Ritalin products to include the
    side effects: “visual hallucinations, suicidal ideation [ideas],
    psychotic behavior, as well as aggression or violent behavior.”
    June 30: The FDA warned that the antidepressant
    Cymbalta could increase suicidal thinking or behavior in pediatric
    patients taking it. It also warned about the potential increased risk
    of suicidal behavior in adults taking antidepressants.

    August: The Australian Therapeutic Goods
    Administration found a relationship between antidepressants and
    suicidality, akathisia (severe restlessness), agitation, nervousness and
    anxiety in adults. Similar symptoms could occur during withdrawal
    from the drugs, it determined.
    August 19: The European Medicines Agency’s Committee
    for Medicinal Products warned against child antidepressant use, stating
    that the drugs caused suicide attempts and thoughts, aggression,
    hostility, aggression, oppositional behavior and anger.

    September 26: The Agenzia Italiana del Farmaco
    (Italian Drug Agency, equivalent to the FDA) warned against use of older
    (tricyclic) antidepressants in people under 18 years old. It also
    determined the drugs were associated with heart attacks in people of any
    age.
    September 29: The FDA ordered that labeling for the
    “ADHD” drug Strattera include a boxed warning about the increased risk
    of suicidal thinking in children and adolescents taking it.

    October 17: The FDA warned that the antidepressant
    Cymbalta could cause liver damage.
    October 24: The FDA withdrew the stimulant Cylert
    from the market because of the risk of liver toxicity and failure.

    November: The FDA warned that the antidepressant
    Effexor could cause homicidal thoughts.

    2006
    February 9: The FDA’s Drug Safety and Risk
    Management Advisory Committee urged that the strongest “black box”
    warning be issued for stimulants, because they may cause heart attacks,
    strokes and sudden death.
    February 20: British authorities warned that
    Strattera was associated with seizures and potentially lengthening
    period of the time between heartbeats.

    March 22: An FDA advisory panel heard evidence of
    almost 1,000 reports of kids experiencing psychosis or mania while
    taking stimulants.

    May 3: FDA adverse drug reaction reports linked
    antipsychotic drugs to 45 child deaths and 1,300 serious adverse
    reactions, such as convulsions and low white blood cell count.
    May 12: The manufacturer of Paxil warned that the
    antidepressant increases the risk of suicide in adults.
    May 26: Health Canada issued new warnings of rare
    heart risks for all drugs prescribed for “ADHD,” including the risk of
    sudden death.

    June 2: An FDA study determined that the
    antipsychotic drug, Risperdal, might cause pituitary tumors. The
    pituitary gland, at the base of the brain, secretes hormones that
    promote growth, and regulates body functions. Antipsychotics may
    increase prolactin, a hormone in the pituitary gland, and this increase
    has been linked to cancer. Risperdal was found to increase prolactin
    levels more frequently than in other antipsychotics.

    July 19: The FDA said antidepressant packaging
    should carry warnings that they may cause a fatal lung condition in
    newborns whose mothers took SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy.
    Migraine sufferers also need to be warned that combining migraine drugs
    with SSRIs could result in a life-threatening condition called serotonin
    syndrome.

    Food Poisoning



    The modern man ingests in his lifetime an incredible amount of
    chemicals, artificial flavors and additives. Although there is growing
    awareness regarding healthy eating, there is also a lot of
    misinformation and disinformation.
    At the present time, a single company – Monsanto – produces roughly
    95% of all soybeans and 80% of all corn in the US. Considering this, the
    corn flakes you had for breakfast, soda you drank at lunch and beefstew
    you ate for dinner likely were produced from crops grown with
    Monsanto’s patented genes. There are numerous documents and films
    exposing Monsanto’s strong-arming of the agricultural industry, so I
    won’t expand on that issue. It is however important to note that a
    virtual monopoly currently exists in the food industry and there’s a
    unhealthy link between Monsanto and the American government: Many people
    who have passed laws in the fields of food, drugs and agriculture were
    also, at some point on the payroll of Monsanto. In other words, the
    elite decides which foods are sold to you.
    <blockquote>Public officials formerly employed by Monsanto:

    • Justice Clarence Thomas worked as an attorney for Monsanto in the 1970s. Thomas wrote the majority opinion in the 2001 Supreme Court decision J. E. M. Ag Supply, Inc. v. Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.|J. E. M. AG SUPPLY, INC. V. PIONEER HI-BREDINTERNATIONAL, INC.
      which found that “newly developed plant breeds are patentable under the general utility patent laws of the United States.” This case benefited all companies which profit from genetically modified crops, of which Monsanto is one of the largest.


    • Michael R. Taylor was an assistant to the Food and Drug
      Administration (FDA) commissioner before he left to work for a law firm on gaining FDA approval of Monsanto’s artificial growth hormone in the 1980s. Taylor then became deputy commissioner of the FDA from 1991 to 1994.Taylor was later re-appointed to the FDA in August 2009 by President Barack Obama.


    • Dr. Michael A. Friedman was a deputy commissioner of the FDA before he was hired as a senior vice president of Monsanto.


    • Linda J. Fisher was an assistant administrator at the United States
      Environmental Protection Agency‎ (EPA) before she was a vice president at Monsanto from 1995 – 2000. In 2001, Fisher became the deputy administrator of the EPA.
    • Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was chairman and chief executive officer of G. D. Searle & Co., which Monsanto purchased in 1985. Rumsfeld personally made at least $12 million USD from the transaction.
    </blockquote>Many laws (approved by ex-Monsanto employees) have facilitated the
    introduction and the consumption of genetically engineered foods by the
    public.
    <blockquote>“According to current statistics, 45% of corn and 85% of soybeans in the United States is genetically engineered (GE). Estimates of 70-75% of processed foods found at our local supermarkets are believed to contain GE ingredients.
    Other GE foods are canola, papayas, radicchio, potatoes, rice,
    squash or zucchini, cantaloupe, sugar beets, flax, tomatoes, and oilseed rape. One non-food crop that is commonly GE is cotton. The GE hormone recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH or Prosilac) was one of the first GE products allowed to enter the nation’s food supply. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Monsanto’s rBGH in 1993.”

    - Anna M. Salanti, Genetically Engineered Foods
    </blockquote>
    Although it is yet impossible to determine the long-term effects of
    genetically engineered foods on the human body, some facts have already
    been established. GE foods contain less nutrients and, most importantly,
    they are “chemical-friendly”.
    <blockquote>“One of the features of GE foods is their ability to withstand
    unlimited application of chemicals, including pesticides. Bromoxynil and glyphosate have been associated with developmental disorders in fetuses, tumors, carcinomas, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Studies indicate that Monsanto’s recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) causes treated cows to produce milk with an increased second hormone, IGF-1.
    This hormone is associated with human cancers. Recommendations by the Congressional watchdog agency, Government Accounting Office (GAO), recommended that rBGH not be approved. The European Union, Canada, and others have banned it. The UN has also refused to certify that using rBGH is safe.”

    – Ibid
    </blockquote>
    Genetic modifications engineered by Monsanto makes their products
    bigger and more aesthetically pleasing. Another, less discussed
    “improvement” is the plants’ ability to withstand nearly unlimited
    amounts of Roundup brand pesticides. This encourages farmers to
    use that brand of pesticides which is produced by … Monsanto.



    Studies on Roundup link the powerful pesticide and herbicide
    to many health problems such as:

    • Increased risks of the cancer non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
    • Miscarriages
    • Attention Deficit Disorder (the real one)

    Fluoride



    Another source of harmful chemicals is found in the modern man’s
    water supplies and soft drinks. As of 2002, the CDC statistics show
    that almost 60% of the U.S. population receives fluoridated water
    through the taps in their homes. The official reason for the presence of
    fluoride in our tap water? It prevents tooth decay. Ok … really? Is
    this mildly important benefit worth the consuming of great amounts of
    this substance by the population? Some studies even denied the dental
    benefits of fluorided water.
    <blockquote>“Scientists now believe that the main protective action from
    fluoride does not come from ingesting the chemical, with the teeth
    absorbing it from inside the body, but from direct absorption through topical application to teeth. This means swallowing water is a far less effective way to fight cavities than brushing with fluoridated toothpaste.”

    - Source
    </blockquote>
    So why is fluoride still found in tap water? Here are some quick
    facts about fluoridation chemicals:

    • they were once used as pesticides
    • they are registered as “poisonous” under the 1972 Poisons Act, in
      the same group of toxins as arsenic, mercury and paraquat
    • fluoride is scientifically classed as more toxic than lead, but
      there is about 20 times more fluoride than lead in tap water



    Many studies have been conducted on the effects of fluoride on the
    human body and some notable adverse effects have been noted: it changes
    bone structure and strength, impairs the immune system and it was linked
    to some cancers. Another alarming consequence of fluoridation is its
    effects on brain functions:
    <blockquote>“In 1995, neurotoxicologist and former Director of toxicology at
    Forsyth Dental Center in Boston, Dr. Phyllis Mullenix published
    research showing that fluoride built up in the brains of animals when exposed to moderate levels. Damage to the brain occured and the behavior patterns of the animals was adversely effected. Offspring of pregnant animals receiving relatively low doses of fluoride showed permanent effects to the brain which were seen as hyperactivity (ADD-like symptoms). Young animals and adult animals given fluoride experienced the opposite effect
    — hypoactivity or sluggishness. The toxic effects of fluoride on the
    central nervous system was subsequently confirmed by
    previously-classified government research. Two new epidemiological studies which tend to confirm fluoride’s neurotoxic effects on the brain have shown that children exposed to higher levels of fluoride had lower IQs.”
    - Source
    </blockquote>A lesser known, but extremely important side effect of fluoride is
    the calcification of the pineal gland.


    <blockquote>Up until the 1990s, no research had ever been conducted to determine the impact of fluoride on the pineal gland – a small gland located between the two hemispheres of the brain that regulates the production of the hormone melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that helps regulate the onset of puberty and helps protect the body from cell damage caused by free radicals.
    It is now known – thanks to the meticulous research of Dr.
    Jennifer Luke from the University of Surrey in England – that the pineal gland is the primary target of fluoride accumulation within the body.

    The soft tissue of the adult pineal gland contains more fluoride
    than any other soft tissue in the body – a level of fluoride (~300 ppm) capable of inhibiting enzymes.

    The pineal gland also contains hard tissue (hyroxyapatite
    crystals), and this hard tissue accumulates more fluoride (up to 21,000 ppm) than any other hard tissue in the body (e.g. teeth and bone).

    - Source
    </blockquote>
    Other than regulating vital hormones, the pineal gland is known to
    serve an esoteric function. It is known by mystic groups as the “third
    eye” and has been considered by many cultures to be part of the brain
    responsible for spiritual enlightenment and the “link to the divine”. Is
    enlightenment out of bounds for the modern man?
    <blockquote>“In the human brain there is a tiny gland called the pineal body,
    which is the sacred eye of the ancients, and corresponds to the third
    eye of the Cyclops. Little is known concerning the function of the
    pineal body, which Descartes suggested (more wisely than he knew) might be the abode of the spirit of man.”

    – Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages
    </blockquote>
    Aspartame



    Aspartame is an artificial sweetner used in “sugar-free” products
    such as diet sodas and chewing gum. Since its discovery in 1965,
    Aspartame caused great controversy regarding its health risks –
    primarily causing brain tumors – and was denied its application to be
    sold to the public by the FDA. Searle, the company attempting to market
    Aspartame then appointed Donald Rumsfeld as CEO in 1977 … and things
    changed drastically. In a short period of time, Aspartame could be found
    in over 5,000 products.
    <blockquote>“Donald Rumsfeld was on President Reagan’s transition team and the day after he took office he appointed an FDA Commissioner who would approve aspartame. The FDA set up a Board of Inquiry of the best scientists they had to offer who said aspartame is not safe and causes brain tumors, and the petition for approval is hereby revoked. The new FDA Commissioner, Arthur Hull Hayes, over-ruled that Board of Inquiry and then went to work for the PR Agency of the manufacturer, Burson-Marstellar, rumored at $1000.00 a day, and has refused to talk to the press ever since.”
    - Source
    </blockquote>Years after its approval by the FDA, leading scientists still urge
    the organization to ban this product.
    <blockquote>“Dr. John Olney, who founded the field of neuoscience called
    excitotoxicity, attempted to stop the approval of aspartame with
    Attorney James Turner back in 1996. The FDA’s own toxicologist, Dr. Adrian Gross told Congress that without a shadow of a doubt, aspartame can cause brain tumors and brain cancer and violated the Delaney Amendment which forbids putting anything in food that is known to cause Cancer. Detailed information on this can be found in the Bressler Report (FDA report on Searle).”
    - Ibid
    </blockquote>In 1995, the FDA was forced to release, under the Freedom of
    Information act, a list of ninety-two symptoms caused by aspartame
    reported by thousands of victims:



    Those symptoms are however only the tip of the iceberg. Aspartame has
    been linked to severe illnesses and long term health issues.
    <blockquote>“According to the top doctors and researchers on this issue,
    aspartame causes headache, memory loss, seizures, vision loss, coma and cancer. It worsens or mimics the symptoms of such diseases and conditions as fibromyalgia, MS, lupus, ADD, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, chronic fatigue and depression. Further dangers highlighted is that aspartame liberates free methyl alcohol. The resulting chronic methanol poisoning affects the dopamine system of the brain causing addiction.
    Methanol, or wood alcohol, constitutes one third of the aspartame
    molecule and is classified as a severe metabolic poison and narcotic.”
    - Ibid

    In Conclusion


    If the main message of this website has been to this point “watch
    what enters your mind”, the main message of this article is “watch what
    enters your body.” The consumption of the products stated above will
    probably not cause an immediate and noticeable effect. But, after many
    years of ingesting those substances, one’s thoughts become increasingly
    clouded and foggy, the ability to concentrate becomes hindered and
    judgment becomes impaired. In other words, the once sharp mind becomes dull. What happens when a population is heavily sedated and poisoned on a daily basis? It becomes numb, zombie-like and docile. Instead of asking important questions and seeking a higher truth, the dumbed-down mass simply accomplishes its daily tasks and absorbs whatever the media tells them. Is this what the elite is looking to create?
    There is, however, a silver lining here. Many of the negative effects
    of the substances described above are reversible. And YOU are the one
    who decides what enters your body. This article provides a brief
    overview of dangers lurking for the unaware consumer, but tons of
    information is available on which to base enlightened decisions. Your
    body is a temple. Will you allow it to be desecrated?

    Source: http://vigilantcitizen.com/?p=4051
    </blockquote></blockquote>

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