They WILL Hear our voices

KittenThe sound was tiny. So small, my brother in law, Charles, wasn’t even sure he had heard it. His wife, my sister Rhonda, was profoundly deaf, so she was no help in this particular matter.

This was nearly 40 years ago. They were both on their way to work and had made their usual trip down to the parking garage in the basement of their apartment building to make the 1 1/2 hour journey to Midtown Manhattan where they worked.

Charles wasn’t even sure he’d heard anything, but there was something wrong, he knew it. He walked around the garage, listening intently and finally, stopped in front of a drain pipe in the far corner. A soft, sad sound could barely be heard above the banging of water pumps and the roar of the central heating units.

Crouching down, Charles pulled a bit of wire away from the bottom of the pipe and out plopped 4 or 5 furry little bodies – all of them unmoving except for one. A small black kitten who was so weak from hunger and illness, he could barely move or make all but the most pitifully tiny sounds.

But my brother-in-law, who had an abiding love for cats, had heard this little one’s pleas.

Domino, the name they gave the kitten – as much from his colouring (all black with a flash of white on his toes and face) as from the lucky roll of the dice that had brought him to them – was near death. My sister and Charles took him to the vet where he was treated for worms, an infection, mites in his ears and other parasites in his fur. It was touch and go for a while.

They took him home and nursed him and within a matter of weeks, he was a hale and hearty cat who reveled in affection and drove their other cat – a rather spoiled Siamese named Cinderella, to distraction with his antics.

Why am I telling you this story now? 

Perhaps I’m drawing a bit of a long bow, but I have been thinking about Domino over and over again for the past few days. How close he had come to death and how his tiny, little weak voice managed to gain the attention of Charles over all the surrounding noises and against all odds. And how that voice – weak nearly to the point of death – eventually saved his life – and a long and happy life it was too.

Our movement was been a bit like Domino.

Everywhere around us, we are surrounded by extraneous noises that threaten to cut off our access to the very people who could – literally or figuratively – save the lives of our children and ourselves. Our message is being drowned out – quite intentionally – by those who through fear, greed or hatred – believe that our message does not deserve to be heard or might be too dangerous to their bottom line should it get out into the public.

If it isn’t the government telling us they will penalise those least able to survive through No Jab, No Pay, or saying that our healthy, unvaccinated children aren’t entitled to an early childhood education via No Jab, No Play, it is corporate bullies threatening to remove sponsorship from a film festival if they don’t censor a video that tells the truth about the vaccine – autism connection.

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Our movement had been seriously weakened by this constant battle. Many of our siblings – the other groups that have fought so hard and so bravely – succumbed to fatigue and fell away. But many more of us are still here, staying the course. And we have been offered a second chance.

Rising from the ashes – against all odds

We were near death – our cries for health freedom and respect for basic human rights were, for the most part, unheard.

vaccines and moneyThen, the unthinkable happened. The government and their corporate masters became so evil and repressive, through their actions, they galvinised support for health freedom – even from amongst those of us who would not normally be involved in this issue.

Through their fascist behaviour, the government has betrayed and alienated a large minority of the population. They destroyed the social contract we have always relied upon between those who govern and those who elect.

They have abused and vilified a law-abiding segment of the community and encouraged others to do so as well.

Through discriminatory legislation like No Jab, No Pay in Australia and SB-277 in California, they effectively took away the rights, the voice and the sense of community and belonging of a large and growing proportion of the population.

Instead of listening to what citizens and health professionals had to say about vaccination, the government ignored our voices. The only sounds they seemed capable of hearing were the voices of the multi-national corporations who profit from continued illness and enslavement to their products.

From great repression comes a rebirth of freedom

Vaccination-billboard-11Through their dictatorial and draconian measures, the government here and abroad has done what the entire health-freedom movement could not do in decades of trying – they have unified the broader community around a single goal – saving the rights, the freedoms and in some cases, the very lives of those who believe that when it comes to health, parents and individuals must ALWAYS have the final say about what procedures they will and won’t accept.

The people supporting these groups will never feel the same about their government or their country again. Their belief and trust in the government has been irreparably damaged.

Hundreds of ‘old’ supporters have come back on board, offering to help with their time, their money and their willing hearts. Our depression has begun to turn into cautious optimism.

Then, the real breakthrough occurred – thousands of new supporters stepped forward and amongst them, many, many people who have chosen to vaccinate their children but who wholeheartedly support our right to say no for our own families.

The parable of Domino

Though Domino has been gone for many years, his story is the one I think of when considering the state of vaccination choice in Australia and around the world today. From weakness to strength, we have come full circle and we will prevail.

Though the fight will be hard and wearying, while we have the support of such a broad base within the community, and the knowledge that our goal is a just and truthful one, a victorious outcome is assured.

Never doubt it.

by Meryl Dorey

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Crisis Alert – Parents continue to make informed health choices – Australian Senate says they must be stopped

Dateline: June 28, 2013

10737080_sOn Tuesday this week, the Australian Senate, at the behest of medical doctor and Australian Greens Party Health Spokesperson, Senator Richard Di Natale, passed a motion regarding the consumer-run support group the Australian Vaccination Network (AVN). The Senate feels that parents who make informed choices about vaccination and other health issues pose a great threat to those in the community who are doing the ‘right thing’ and just listening to their doctors without question when it comes to vaccination. The Senate has called for the end of knowledge; the end of informed choice; and the end of the AVN.

Senator Di Natale: To move – That the Senate –

(a) notes:

(i) the low vaccination rates in certain parts of Australia. and the threat this poses to the health of Australian children, and

(ii) the irresponsible campaign run by the Australian Vaccination Network (AVN), which is spreading misinformation about the risks of vaccination and discouraging parents from vaccinating their children; and

(b) calls on the AVN to immediately disband and cease their harmful and unscientific scare campaign against vaccines.

The REAL health crisis

The fact is that there IS a health crisis in Australia – but it is being caused by the government and their lack of care for the children and families of Australia. The crisis is that:

  • More than 40% of our children are currently suffering from and being treated for at least one chronic condition – in many cases, more then one.
  • The rates of autism have skyrocketed from less than 1 in 10,000 20 years ago to more than 1 in 50 today. Tens of thousands of parents say that their children were healthy and developing normally but quickly regressed following administration of vaccines. Instead of taking these parents seriously and investigating this TRUE health emergency, the government is now saying that anyone who states that vaccines could be associated with autism (claims that have been upheld in court cases around the world) should be gagged.
  • This generation of children – our children – will be the first generation in recorded history to have a shorter lifespan then the generation before. Thanks to the ‘miracle’ of modern medicine, we are dying younger and living sicker. Our health budget is strangling the nation and yet, the same people responsible for this disaster are the ones saying that those who criticise their policies should be stopped because – we criticise their policies. They even pass legislation specifically to stop us!
  • As few as 18,000 and as many as 54,000 Australians are killed every year by adverse reactions to properly prescribed medications, medical error and negligence, hospital-borne infections and gross medical negligence. The government knows this because this data is extrapolated from their own studies. With upwards of 1,000 Australians dying every week because of government-approved medicines and the doctors who administer them, we are still hearing that it is negligent for Australian citizens to band together to share information and support that is freely available in medical journals and on the internet.

The list could go on and on, but the fact is that the government actively ignores and suppresses this information and the sycophantic media does the same. Australians are living and dying young in complete ignorance of the real risks of these medical procedures they have been informed are ‘for their own good’. And the one organisation which is publicly calling for their rights to research, inform themselves and then, make free choices for their own health is being censored by what purports to be a democratic government.

It isn’t about vaccination-it’s about personal choice and YOUR human rights!

The AVN wants to inform every thinking Australian that this is NOT a vaccination issue. This is not even a health issue. This is an issue of basic human rights. Rights that are inalienable. No government can or should threaten to take them away and if an elected government or party does make these threats, they should be quickly and soundly deposed in a truly democratic manner – at the polls.

If you have not yet gotten involved with the AVN and chosen to support us with your membership and / or donation, now is a great time to do so. We have plans to challenge legislation which will virtually require vaccination of children that is currently being introduced in just about every state and territory of Australia. We plan on striking a blow for freedom, but your assistance is needed to bring these plans to fruition.

At the present time, we would like to urge everyone to join the AVN – it is only $25 / year and a large and active membership will prove to the government that many Australians from all walks of life are concerned about losing their freedom to speak, research and act in their own and their children’s best interests. If possible, make a donation as well. Apart from the links already included which will take you to our web shop where you can both join and donate to the AVN (as well as purchasing back issues of our magazines and books, videos and DVDs), you are welcome to pay for memberships or donations by any of the following methods:

FAX us your credit card details as well as all contact information (so we can send you back a receipt) to 02 6678 0894.

Direct deposit into our Westpac Bank Account. Please ensure that you leave your name as identification and email advice of your payment to so your payment can be credited correctly. The account details are below.

Account Name – AVN Inc. Trading As Living Wisdom
BSB – 032591
Account number – 188215
Bank – Westpac
Branch – Ballina

Extra help urgently needed

In addition, we would like anyone who can help with the following to contact us urgently by email or phone – or 02 6687 1699:

1-    Legal support (Barristers, QCs, Solicitors)

2-    Political support (lobbyists, those who know how to draft legislation)

3-    Legwork support (letter writers, organisers, fundraisers)

4-    Buddies to support parents trying to get their conscientious objection forms signed.

If you can help with any of the above, please step forward now by sending through an email and nominating which of these important jobs you would like to assist us with.

And if you need help with a vaccine-related issue or if you or your child has been discriminated against because of their vaccination status or suffered a reaction to a vaccine, do not be silent. Report this to the AVN today!

Report a reaction by clicking this link. All reactions are reported to the proper Australian Authorities to be added to the official statistics kept by our government though rarely ever investigated further. It is vital that all reactions are reported.

Meryl Dorey,

AVN Public Officer

Europe to ban hundreds of natural remedies in UK next year

It’s strange how you can remember exactly what you were doing when something incredibly important happens. I was only 4 when John Kennedy was shot – but I remember where I was and what I was doing. The same with when Neil Armstrong first stepped onto the moon and when the Challenger blew up.

I remember a time, just over 7 years ago, when I was driving in the car and heard a news bulletin stating that a natural therapies producer called Pan Pharmaceuticals had been forced to close and all of their products were ordered to be removed from shelves due to certain ‘irregularities’ in some of their manufacturing procedures. Pan was one of the largest manufacturers of natural therapies in the world though they did have a small number of drug based products as well. The reason for the recall in 2003 was because of  several reactions to one of these drug-based products – a travel sickness treatment called Travacalm.

Did hundreds of people die due to Travacalm? Did it cause a massive outbreak killing and permanently injuring thousands before our heroes at the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) charged in on their white horses to save us all?

Not at all.

A total of 87 Travacalm reactions were reported to the TGA (a drug remember, not a natural remedy) and 19 of those 87 required hospitalisation though there were no deaths.

Now do I think that it is acceptable to have 87 people react to a treatment? Absolutely not! Any reactions are too many as far as I’m concerned.

But whilst 19,000 Australians are known to die every year in the public hospital system alone due to adverse reactions to properly prescribed medications whilst the TGA does nothing (this is not the figure for medical error nor does it include reactions that occur in the public hospital system or from drugs that were prescribed by doctors in their surgeries), it did seem a bit over the top for them to react in this way to a situation where 87 people had reactions – 19 of them serious enough to require hospitalisation but no deaths.

But wait – it got worse! Because of the reactions to Travacalm, the TGA forced all stores and practitioners to remove any products made by Pan Pharmaceuticals from their shelves and shut the company down. Did they test the other products that Pan produced to see if there were any problems with them? No, they didn’t. Did they have a large number of adverse reactions reported to Pan’s other products – the bulk of which were natural remedies, not drugs? Again, they did not.

In fact, they had no evidence of harm at the time they used the equivalent of a nuclear bomb to wipe out an ant colony.

This action caused Pan’s shareholders to lose more than $350 million (the lawsuit against the TGA by Pan shareholders is still ongoing) and Jim Selim, Pan’s founder and CEO won an award of $55 million against the TGA in 2008 because of the wrongful closure. He might have held out for more, but he was dying of cancer at the time. No doubt the stress from having his life’s work destroyed played a role in his ill health.

It took years for the natural therapies industry to recover from this debacle that cost the government $55 million and will end up costing them much more by the time the shareholder’s cases are heard in court.

This was such an obvious stitch-up it was hard for me to imagine that everyone couldn’t see it! When the evidence of harm from Western medicine is so great and the evidence of safety for natural remedies has been established – in some cases – for thousands of years – anyone with a bit of perspective should have seen that this was not an attempt to protect the Australian population but rather, a cynical exercise in protecting the status quo of drug-based procedures which are worth tens of billions of dollars and which had been threatened by the small but growing acceptance of natural health products and procedures. After all, the last thing the drug companies want is a healthy population that doesn’t need their products!

Why do I refer to Pan now? Well as the saying goes – those who forget the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them.

And repeat them, it seems we have. So I wanted to put this reminder here before linking to the article below. An article that takes the Happy out of New Year because it seems that what started out on a small scale in Australia just 7 years ago is now being tested in a far bigger venue – the European Union.

The vast majority of herbal products will no longer be available for sale over the counter. I haven’t yet seen the list of what herbs will be affected, but according to the article, they will number in the hundreds. So people may no longer have the ability to go to their local health food store or chemist’s shop and purchase (for instance) Astragalus for their circulation and failing memory; or Gingko Biloba for its many benefits to the heart, circulatory system, hearing and mind. Instead, most health food stores will probably be forced to close due to the overnight loss of a huge percentage of their income and, since the practitioners who can sell these products will have to be ‘registered’ and that registration will be prohibitively expensive, this is nothing more than a back-door way to shut down the natural therapies industry.

Let’s take a step back and look at this from another angle. There are many who will say that all products must be proven through thorough testing to be both safe and effective prior to being used. I agree. But less than 20% – perhaps as little as 15% of Western medical drugs and procedures have ever been shown to be either safe or effective through independent and accurate clinical testing. So do we have a double standard whereby drugs and Western medicines are assumed to be safe and effective whilst natural therapies are assumed to be unsafe and ineffective?

How many natural products have been shown to be unsafe – findings which have led to this draconian move to restrict their sale?

Click here to view the list of natural therapy products for which warnings have been issued. There are a total of 10 in the past 2 years. Now, as I said earlier, even 1 is too many. But let’s look a bit closer. What are these products for which warnings have been issued?

These warnings seem to fall into 3 categories:

  1. Herbal ‘viagra’ products – most natural therapists would not call these herbal remedies and in fact, the reason for the withdrawl in every case that I saw was due to their containing drugs rather than herbs.
  2. Herbal slimming products – ditto what I said above for the herbal ‘viagra’
  3. Vague warnings about the dangers of sourcing herbs from overseas manufacturers which haven’t been regulated by British and European authorities.

There were no deaths reported in the UK from any of these products (one of these warnings lists one death in the US – a nation that lists over 900,000 deaths each year from adverse reactions to Western medical drugs and medical error)

Now, let’s look at the warnings for drugs and Western medical treatments and procedures which you can see by clicking here.

In the same time period when there were a total of 10 warnings against products which claimed to be natural therapies with no deaths reported, there were 443 warnings against drugs and medical procedures – many of which include multiple reports of death following their administration.

What is happening here? Are the authorities really performing their duty of care to protect the citizens of the UK against dangerous and unproven therapies or, as appears to be the case to me at least, are they simply targeting a safe, time-tested and effective range of treatments in favour of those that are neither safe, effective, nor proven?

If you are a natural therapies practitioner, what are you going to do about this? Are you going to wait until your industry has been shut down like Pan Pharmaceuticals was shut down? Or will you start taking action as of today! Will you be writing to your associations and asking them what they will be doing to protect your livelihood and the livelihood of others who practice natural medicine? Will you be speaking with your clients and customers (in the case of health food shops) to alert them to these dangers and to start asking them to take action as well?

If you are a healthcare consumer, will you be contacting your natural therapists and letting them know about these actions which may be taking place in the UK but which are slated to happen in Australia as well? Will you protect your rights and the rights of your children and grandchildren by asking your elected representatives where they stand on the issue of our right to choose natural therapies without interference from the TGA or will you wait until this is a done deal and you no longer have any rights in relation to your health?

The choice is yours. (Please see the links below the article for contact details for federal and state representatives)

Europe to ban hundreds of natural remedies in UK next year

Patients are set to lose access to hundreds of herbal medicines next year, as European regulations come into force.

Sales of all herbal remedies, except for a small number of popular products for ‘mild’ illness such as echinacea for colds, will be banned to the public from May 1.

Under the new law traditional products must be licensed or prescribed by a registered herbal practitioner.

Almost 2,500 UK qualified herbalists and Chinese medicine practitioners will  lose the right to supply a wide range of herbal medicines, because they are not signed up to the statutory regulation scheme.

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