By Dr Sherri Tenpenny

I recently completed, “The Magic of Believing.” What a marvelous little book. Originally written in the 1920s, the message is as relevant today as ever. Near the end, the author mentions a series of women who made their mark in history and have been long forgotten (since we don’t study history any more). I’ve made a list of pioneering women who forged paths for so many around the globe. In reading the biographies of these brave women, their stories inspire respect and appreciation.

I’m really enjoying “Gertrude Bell: Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell: Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia.”  Gertrude Bell was an English writer, traveller, political officer, administrator, archaeologist and spy who explored, mapped, and became highly influential to the formation of Iraq. Born in 1868, this a bold, Victorian woman defiantly turned her back on the status quo and traveled to the Middle East to live by her own rules. She has inspired me to be braver, more determined, stronger than ever. Her message, “Care not about the opinion of others – even family and closest friends — when you know your right and your are changing history,” reinforces my resolve to fight to retain our right to refuse mandatory vaccination.

“One Woman’s Crusade”, is book I really appreciate. It is the biography of Alice Paul, detailing her bravery, leadership and dogged determination to ensure women obtained the right to vote, a seven-decade quest. Adept at generating constant newspaper coverage and public attention for the campaign to adopt the legislation, Paul understood that ever-greater spectacle and sensation were needed to keep the suffrage issue in the forefront of the public’s mind. Her tactics escalated despite fierce criticism from everyone, including the President of the United States. Her conviction was so strong, she was willing to go to prison for her stance on the right to vote.

How sad that in barely two generations, we’ve mostly forgotten these strong women and the trail blazing they did for us. How disappointing we have lost our sense of adventure, our ability to stand up against the status quo (a pediatrician is intimidating? Really?).  Few of us would publicly fight for — or go to jail over — the right to refuse the injection of foreign matter into our body and into our children. We need to have some of Alice Paul’s guts and become adept at her tactics for fighting the vaccine industry. Sadder still…most of us don’t even bother to vote.

This morning, I read about Vera Nyman. Another tenacious Victorian woman, she was widowed at age 26. Left destitute in the early 1920s, she sold household products door-to-door to survive. Her customers repeatedly asked for a product that would clean walls. Instead of simply saying none was available, an idea was sparked. She poured through chemistry books at the public library and spent evenings mixing concoctions in her bathtub. After five years, she found eleven chemicals that could be distilled into a blue liquid that would harmlessly clean walls. When no one would loan her money, she gave more than 50,000 personal demonstrations to housewives who then wanted to buy her product. She mixed and sold small quantities as the orders came in. Three years later, she borrowed $100 (about $1200 today), rented an abandoned speakeasy and lived in her factory to minimize expenses. Her company, Soil-Off Manufacturing, soon sold millions of dollars of product annually. And she refused to sell it when a drug company made her an offer. Would women (or men) today be that persistent, that determined, have that much staying power, to see their dream through to success?

We can’t have the country we want by emailing and faxing Congress, asking them to pass reasonable laws. Legislators are corporate puppets and the laws are trending against us. We can’t have the world we want through perpetual wars, fighting invisible enemies, using guns and indiscriminant force. Governments have multiple times more bullets than we could possibly own and more force than we could ever muster. And their minions are instructed to follow orders, arresting those who protest. 

So what can we do?

We can change our country AND the world by shifting our thoughts and raising our beliefs to a higher vibration. This requires more than just positive thinking. “Trying to be positive” with a negative belief system is akin to putting a patch on an old wine skin and expecting it to hold new wine. If you’ve tried the Law of Attraction and claim it doesn’t work, it’s because what you want doesn’t line up with your belief system about having it.

Do you regularly invest time and money in yourself? Do you devote at least 1 hour a day to pruning your belief system, managing your thoughts, nurturing your personal growth? Do you believe you can be, do and have ANYTHING you want? Do you think big and dream expansively, knowing You Can Do It, or are you expecting “the government” to have the answers?  Do you have the tenacity of Gertrude Bell, Alice Paul and Vera Nyman to do whatever it takes to have a life, a country and a world full of prosperity, health and freedom, for yourself and your children – and your children’s children?

What have you done lately to improve your life and your circumstances? Have you read “The Magic of Believing” or “The New Psycho-Cybernetics” by Maxwell Maltz, MD?  Have you completed the recommended exercises in those books, such as creating a physical dream board, imaging everything on your board is already yours?  Do you have a burning desire to achieve all you want from your life? Or are you letting life have its way with you, turning you into a negative, skeptical, naysayer?

This Memorial Day weekend, while we remember and honor those who have given so much, let’s work together to create a new world. Let’s start by making a list of what WE WANT to experience instead of focusing on what we don’t have and what we don’t want.

  • Instead of redistributing wealth, let’s activate the creative power within each of us to become as wealthy as we want to be.
  • Instead of depending on a government-designed healthcare system for relief, let’s embrace the notion that all healing comes from within. Take simple steps. Change your diet. Drink more water. Improve your sleep patterns. Do a thorough Spring-cleaning and eliminate all thoughts and emotions that prevent you from being healthy and keep you dependent on prescription drugs.
  • Instead of blaming the economy for current financial circumstances, know that the prosperity you want, wants you…but it will only become a reality when it resonates with your core belief about money.

Thoughts are things. Words have power. Eliminate any stinkin’ thinkin’ you may have – get rid of words, thoughts and belief patterns that hold you back. True, lasting change comes from within. Decide TODAY that by this time next year – a mere 365 days from now – you will be living a life of your dreams. 365 days are going to come and go anyway. Why not create a plan, blaze a new trail, focus on a goal you want to achieve. Let the lives of these brave women strengthen your convictions. Let the memories of the past propel us to a new future. Success is a decision away.  Let’s start now.

 

Independence Day, celebrated on the Fourth of July, is the federal holiday set aside to reflect on what has transpired in the 235 years since we severed our relationship with the Kingdom of Great Britain.  Our long weekend is generally celebrated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, picnics, baseball games at family reunions. The news is peppered with political speeches and photo ops for local and national politicians.

The tone of the celebrations seems different this year, because from Sea to Shining Sea, our circumstances in 2011 are different.  We have flooded farmlands in the North, tornado-decimated cities in the South, hundreds of thousands of acres of scorched land in the West. Nuclear plants in New Mexico and Nebraska and New Jersey are tottering on the edge of a disaster. The number of unemployed persons (13.9 million) and the unemployment rate (9.1 percent) has remained essentially unchanged for months.  The national debt, at more than $14 trillion, is choking our economy and crushing the future of future generations.  And we still have more than 140 thousand American troops in the deserts of the world fighting faceless enemies without clearly defined outcomes. All that makes for a somber holiday.

Many cities have cancelled their expensive fireworks displays, stating “it seems like the right thing to do” in light of budget cuts, layoffs and closures. Our national government should be doing the same thing. A report that came out this week called “The Cost of US Wars since 9/11”, states,

In the 10 years since U.S. troops went into Afghanistan to root out the al-Qaida leaders behind the Sept. 11 attacks, the spending on the conflicts totaled between $2.3 trillion and $2.7 trillion. Those numbers will continue to soar, when considering often overlooked costs such as long-term obligations to wounded veterans and projected war spending from 2012 through 2020. These estimates do not include at least $1 trillion more in interest payments coming due and many billions more in expenses that cannot be counted, according to the study.”

So, what can we do?

I truly believe in what Napoleon Hill said decades ago, “you get what you think about most of the time.” What if we changed our future by focusing on what we want for our life, for our country and from our politicians, instead of focusing on continually negative news? What if we stopped being absorbed with what we don’t want, and instead believed in our ability to create want we do want? What if we worked collectively to raise the spirit and outlook of our family and friends, our nation and our planet through optimism, happy thoughts and your personal form of prayer?

To again acknowledge Napoleon Hill, his timeless book was titled, “Think and Grow Rich”, not “Work hard and Die Poor.” What if we actively sought to participate in upbeat activities and avoided pesimistic friends, colleagues and family members?

Where to begin?

How about starting with a few good and inspirational books, even if you only read a few pages a day. Join organizations that make you feel good – a garden club, a rowing club, a travel club. I’ve joined the Global Information Network; it has changed my life and my outlook in countless ways. Volunteer a few hours a week at a senior center, a day care or a animal shelter.  Take a leap and explore new hobbies outside your comfort zone – ballroom dancing, fencing, sign language. Find a hero or you can look up to — and become someone’s hero by finding someone to mentor.

On this Independence Day, a reflection on what our Founders intended for our country is in order. But much more importantly, take a few minutes to choose activities that make you happy. Washington’s politicos have gotten us to where we are; it is up to us, as individuals, to chart the course of where we’re going.

These solutions are free!  The only cost is the time set aside to visualize a phenomenally good outcome for the year ahead. Happy Holiday!

Two new studies have linked drinking diet soda to poorer health compared with those who don’t drink the beverage.

In the first study, people who drank two or more diet sodas a day experienced an increase in waist size six times greater than those of people who didn’t drink diet soda.  The study, called the San Antonio Longitudinal Study of Aging, followed 474 participants for nearly 10 years.  Researchers found that soda drinkers, as a group, experienced 70% greater increases in waist circumference compared with those who do not drink diet soda.

The second study involved feeding aspartame to diabetes-prone mice. One group ate chow with corn oil and aspartame; the control group had chow with corn oil. After three months, the mice that ate aspartame showed elevated blood sugar levels, suggesting that exposure to large amounts of aspartame may increase the risk of metabolic syndrome and diabetes in humans.

What’s sad about this is that it isn’t new — and yet, the FDA still allows aspartame to be used in hundreds of products, not just diet sodas.  When aspartame is absorbed, it passes immediately to the liver where it is broken down into its toxic components – phenylalanine, aspartic acid and methanol.  Toxicity in the liver decreases its ability to break down of fat, increasing weight throughout the body.

Every physician probably encounters aspartame disease in practice, especially among patients with illnesses that are undiagnosed or difficult to treat. This applies to ALL fields of medicine and public health. A partial list of reactions include headache, dizziness, depression, convulsions (seizures), impaired vision, complications to diabetes, hypoglycemia, MSG sensitivity, chronic fatigue, eating disorders, and a long list of neurological symptoms.  Conditions that may be related to aspartame can be misdiagnosed as inflammatory arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis and even Alzheimer’s disease.

In my book, “FOWL“, about bird flu, Tamiflu and the scam of the flu shot, I discussed aspartame at length. Here’s an excerpt from the book:

The aspartame story can be traced back to Donald Rumsfeld prior to becoming a politician. Throughout his career, Rumsfeld was been known as a highly ambitious, tough operator with a reputation for ferociously pursuing what he wanted. An article in the Chicago Magazinedescribes his assent. Although he had next to no experience in private business, what he brought to the table for Searle were government ties and an insider’s grasp of the workings in Washington. All of these attributes were exactly what Searle needed.

Since 1965, Searle had been attempting to bring aspartame to market. Originally developed as a drug for gastric ulcers, the research scientist who was working with the compound had inadvertently tasted it and found it to be extraordinarily sweet. On further testing, the sweetness was 180 times greater than the taste of sugar. Searle immediately shifted the focus from developing a limited-use pharmaceutical product to a “calorie-free” additive that could be used in thousands of products and purchased by billions of repeat customers worldwide.

However, despite spending millions on research and drug applications, the FDA refused to approve aspartame for use. From the beginning, the approval process had been fraught with problems ranging from rejections due to inconsistent safety studies to grand jury probes into fabricated data. Consumer groups had filed legal proceedings to stop its use due to serious concerns; studies had demonstrated that aspartame caused brain cancers in experimental animals. Prior to Rumsfeld’s arrival at Searle in 1977, there didn’t seem to be much hope for getting this potential blockbuster approved.

However, things began to look up with the return of the Republican Party to the White House. When Ronald Reagan took the oath of office as the fortieth president on January 21, 1981, Rumsfeld was poised to move the approval of aspartame through to completion. He was so confident in his party connections that, according to former G.D. Searle salesperson, Patty Wood-Allott, he told his sales force “he would call in all his markers” and no matter what, he would see to it that aspartame would be approved during that year. Politics would supersede safety since reports from aspartame research showed disastrous consequences on the health of nearly all animals tested.

Four days after Reagan’s inauguration, previous FDA commissioner, Jere E. Goyan, was replaced by professor and defense department contract researcher, Dr. Arthur Hayes. No clear reason can be found in the public record why he was selected over other candidates but it was rumored he was “hand-picked” due to his close ties with Rumsfeld during his previous tenure as the Secretary of Defense.

Despite all information to the contrary regarding aspartame’s supposed “safety,” Hayes over-ruled the Public Board of Inquiry, disregarded scientific warnings, and ignored several laws of the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act, and in July 1981 approved aspartame for use in dry foods. Just as Rumsfeld had predicted, the approval had been completed within the year. Several years later (1983), the chemical was approved for use in consumer soft drinks. Today, aspartame is found in more than 5,000 products under the brand names Equal® and NutraSweet®.

Attorney and consumer-advocate James Turner, who fought the aspartame approval process for years, commented that for Hayes to arrive so quickly to the conclusion that aspartame was safe, he had “firewalked a path through a mass of scientific mismanagement, improper procedures, wrong conclusions, and general scientific inexactness,” meaning he had been given marching orders which he carried perfectly to completion, turning a blind-eye to both scientific evidence and laws.

Shortly after the additive was approved, Commissioner Hayes was forced to leave the FDA after being investigated for accepting a bribe from General Foods, a major user of aspartame. As with many top bureaucrats, even criminal investigations rarely leave them unemployed for long. Dr, Hayes became Dean of New York Medical College and was hired by Burson-Marsteller, Searle’s public relations firm (which also represented several of NutraSweet’s major users), as senior scientific consultant and medical advisor.

The rewards for those involved with the approval process for aspartame were huge. In 1985, Searle was purchased by Monsanto and lawyer Robert Shapiro, who navigated the name change from aspartame to NutraSweet, was named President of Monsanto. After the sale was finalized, Rumsfeld reportedly received a $12 million bonus. The full story was detailed by attorney, Jim Turner here.

The complete story of aspartame is far beyond the scope of this text but a fe w points deserve to be highlighted. In 1992, FDA Commissioner Dr. David Kessler approved its use in heated food, such as baked goods, despite research that shows heated aspartame is converted to formaldehyde. Four years later it was approved for use in all foods. After the completing the approval process, Kessler resigned from the FDA to take a position as Dean of the Yale School of Medicine.

This story demonstrates how deeply politics, big business, and medical education are connected with little regard to the health of humanity.

Here’s an estimated amount that we, the taxpayer paid, for the non-pandemic:

A report released yesterday by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) offers yet another review of lessons from the federal government’s response to the H1N1 influenza pandemic while detailing how the government spent, and is still spending, $6.15 billion that was appropriated for the response.

And this is the amount we, the taxpayer paid , to build new flu shot factories:

The price-tag for federal investments in new flu vaccine technology has been difficult to get a handle on, but yesterday in a review for Congress the Government Accountability Office (GAO) put the number at $2.1 billion since fiscal year 2005.

What if we’d paid this much toward bio-medical treatments for vaccine injured children and adults? How much did we pay for vaccine injuries, such as seizures and miscarriages, and how much will we pay for life time autoimmune and neurological illnesses?

Oh….I guess they won’t be calculating those costs.

Afterall, who wants to know?