CO Poisoning: The Hidden Danger of Emergency Heaters

By Graywolf

I previously wrote about how to survive a winter storm at home in case your power goes out, which has some great overall information in it to help you prepare, but I realized I’d missed something important and thought I should address it in its own post – the danger of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and what you absolutely need to know about it.

A few days ago, Colorado hit the lowest recorded temp in continental US history at -32F. We’ve also had a couple of really bad storms blow across the US already this winter and several people have died. In many emergencies, such as this, you need to rely on emergency heating, and if you don’t have the right heater or setup, there is a real danger of getting carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon Monoxide (CO) vs. Carbon Dioxide (CO2)

So a lot of people first get a little confused because they think CO is harmless because that’s what we breathe out, right? Actually,  no. We breathe out carbon dioxide (CO2), not CO. CO2 is what plants use to convert to sugar and oxygen during photosynthesis and is a by-product of complete combustion (burning). CO is a byproduct of inefficient burning and is extremely dangerous.

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According to the CDC, over 400 people die in the US alone every year and over 50,000 people go to the emergency room for CO poisoning. One note here: the death rate around the world is MUCH higher than that, due to hospitals here being able to recognize and test for it so they can treat people before it’s too late.

Your body can take in a lot of CO2 so even though it’s not impossible for it to be dangerous, it’s extremely rare. CO, on the other hand, does bad things to your body. I’m not going to go into deep scientific detail here since most of you just want to know what the danger is and what you can actually do about it but essentially, CO binds with the hemoglobin of your blood easier than oxygen does, so it basically starves your body of oxygen.

It’s so effective that CO poisoning is a very popular method of suicide around the world, in no small part due to the inaccurate representation of it being portrayed in the media as being painless. It’s not, btw. Here are some common symptoms:

  • aches and pains
  • headaches
  • weakness
  • nausea or vomiting
  • chest pain
  • shortness of breath
  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • balance problems
  • memory problems
  • unconsciousness

Basically, CO2 = good, CO = bad.

What Heaters Cause CO Increases?

Basically, any heater that burns something (coal, propane, whatever), can cause CO output and put your life in danger. This includes:

  • fireplaces
  • wood stoves
  • gas appliances
  • kerosene heaters
  • charcoal grills
  • oil, propane or gas furnaces

Basically, if it burns some kind of fuel and isn’t properly ventilated to the outside world, it can be a problem. The heaters listed above are most likely safe, as long as you have some sort of sensor to tell you in case of a leak.

How to Safely Heat Your Home in an Emergency

The simple answer would be to just use something that doesn’t produce CO but that’s not always practical, especially in an emergency.

There are essentially two ways to increase the safety of using an emergency heater (or any heater) indoors: use a heater that doesn’t produce large amounts of carbon monoxide, or try to ventilate one that does and use some kind of sensor or alarm to tell you if the CO is rising to dangerous levels.

Here are some heaters that don’t produce CO to large amounts indoor:

  • electric space heaters
  • oil-filled heaters that do not burn oil (which are typically electric)
  • sealed, ventilated units that send or keep all gases outside
  • catalytic heaters such as the Mr. Heater*

*Just a quick note, I spent a year living on a sailboat in North Carolina, where it got so cold (minus 17 without wind chill) that the river froze solid for weeks. Even though sailboats have terrible insulation, I kept warm using mostly a Mr. Heater Buddy and an electric heater backup. The electric one wasn’t very reliable and obviously didn’t work when there was no power to connect to. Because the Mr. Heater wouldn’t last all night on high with the small green canister (and I didn’t like keeping propane down below), I connected a 20 pound tank to it from the cockpit using an adapter and long hose. Even though the Buddy burns propane, it’s considered safe for indoor use due to a low oxygen sensor, overheating sensor, and tipover sensor that will shut it down.

CO Sensors

In any case, one of the best ways to help protect yourself or your family from CO poisoning is to use a sensor. Your house may not have a CO sensor in it, and even if it does, it may not be sufficient to tell you the amount of CO in the room you’re sleeping in, especially if you’ve walled off parts of your home to conserve heat.

I’d suggest that you make sure you have a CO sensor in the room you’re heating in an emergency, and if that’s not possible, just buy one. They’re not that expensive. Also, something like this is dangerous enough that due to them being so inexpensive, it doesn’t hurt to have a backup. This one plugs in and has a battery back-up for double protection.

Also, if you’re going to be traveling to someone else’s house, especially something like a cabin or an Airbnb, you should bring along a portable CO sensor. (Here’s a 3-pack of portable sensors that take AA batteries.) In case you didn’t see it in the news recently, actress Anna Faris and her family almost died over Thanksgiving, all due to CO poisoning at an Airbnb rental in Lake Tahoe that didn’t have a CO sensor. I’m not sure what the underlying cause of the CO was but a functioning sensor would have helped a lot.

Keep in mind that some combustion heaters that are typically safe indoors may not be in higher altitudes due to the lower amount of oxygen available for combustion, and any externally-vented heater might cause problems if the ventilation is blocked. Also, it’s possible for something running outside to bring in CO if it’s too close to a window. In all these cases, a sensor located in the right place could help mitigate that threat.

By the way, this information goes just as well for camping, staying in a cabin or in some kind of improvised shelter. A portable CO sensor wouldn’t take up too much space or weigh much in your pack but could save your life.


Most people understand the fire risks of using a heater indoors during an emergency or just any cold weather and take necessary precautions. Unfortunately, many people don’t understand the risks of death or serious injury due to carbon monoxide poisoning or how common it is. By using the correct type of heater, you can avoid exposure and poisoning but during an emergency, this isn’t always possible. Taking extra precautions such as assuring proper ventilation and using a carbon monoxide sensor will make things much safer for you and your family.

Graywolf is a former Counterintelligence Agent and US Army combat veteran. His experience as an agent, soldier and government contractor on assignments around the world gives him a unique perspective on the world and how to deal with it. His website is Graywolf Survival.

This article was sourced from The Organic Prepper.

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Dog Whispering Boy Won An ASPCA Award After Rescuing More Than 1,300 Dogs From High-Kill Shelters

By Mayukh Saha

Project Freedom Ride was started by seven-year-old Roman McConn and his mother Sully to help pooches in and around Texas. Roman has been tirelessly working to help senior and abandoned dogs get a second chance at life. As of 2018, this little wonder boy has saved more than 1,300 dogs from shelters. Most of them were on the euthanasia list but Roman found them new homes.

Roman McConn has been dedicated to this cause since he was only 4 years old. With the help of his mother, he has been interacting with shelter animals. He plays with them, gets to know about their personality and then this mother-son duo makes videos about each loving doggo. Roman is known as somewhat of a dog whisperer, with his ability to communicate and interact with the dogs in various shelters. These unique videos detailing the traits of the shelter animals are posted on Facebook to reach the maximum audience.

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Project Freedom Ride is dedicated to connecting shelter animals in Georgia and Texas with loving families from the Pacific Northwest. Roman McConn spends enough time to get to know each dog individually and then the videos are made. He firmly believes that no dog should be left in shelters, everyone deserves a home. With the help of this Project, Roman has not only saved dogs but also nearly 50 cats.

Project Freedom Ride helps the rescues in Texas with funding, networking and other processes of adoption. In the end, the animals get a loving home, often after barely escaping euthanasia. And the families who adopt them are more than happy to welcome those 4 furry paws!

Roman McConn

Roman McConn’s mother explains how his face lights up every time he gets to know another of his friends has found a home. He loves to interact with the dogs before making the videos. Roman wants them to find families who would be most suitable for the personality of the dogs. And he wishes that other kids like him would try to dedicate their time to help such shelter animals as well.

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Kid of the Year is an honor given every year to a unique child who has made an impactful commitment to the welfare of animals. 2018 saw Roman McConn clinch the award for his unique efforts to rehome the shelter animals in his state. The 2019 award has been given to ten-year-old Brady Snakovsky for his efforts in raising funds to buy ballistic vests for K9 officers.

This article was sourced from Truth Theory.

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Kali Bichrome – Homeopathic Medicine: Its Uses, Indications and Dosage

Homeopathic medicine Kali Bichrome is prepared from Bichromate of Potash by the potentization process. Through potentization, the medicinal properties of Bichromate of Potash are extracted, leaving behind any of its poisonous, toxic effect. As a result we get homeopathic medicine Kali Bichrome which is used in treating a number of health complaints. It is majorly used to treat cold, sinusitis, post nasal drip (PND), ear discharge, sore throat and gastric ulcers.   Kali Bichrome - homeopathic medicine

The ‘Kali Bichrome’ Constitution

This medicine is suited to fat people with a fair complexion. It is suitable to people who have tendency to have inflammation of various body parts that mainly includes nasal mucus membrane, paranasal sinus,  ear, throat, joints and erosions in stomach.

Drug Action

Firstly, it has a marked action on nasal mucus membrane and paranasal sinuses where it helps to reduce its inflammation and give relief in many symptoms including cold, nasal congestion and PND (post nasal dripping of mucus). 

Secondly, it has marked action on ears where it helps to fight with ear infections and relieve ear discharges and ear pain. Next, it has great ability to treat sinus headache and migraine headache. Other than this it is used to reduce inflammation  of the throat, respiratory tract and joints. 

Lastly, it show its action on gastrointestinal tract and helps to heal gastric ulcers and give relief in its related symptoms.

Role as a Homeopathic Medicine

1. Nasal Complaints

It is a very effective medicine to treat a number of nasal complaints. Firstly, it works wonderfully to treat complaint of cold. It is mainly given when there is discharge of thick, ropy, yellow or greenish mucus from nose. The discharge also has an offensive smell.  It is also used in cases where loss of smell and taste is present from long standing coryza. It is also well-indicated in cases where crusts are formed in the nose. The crust if detached leads to bleeding. Along with this, there is soreness and pain in the nostrils.

Next, it is a top listed medicine to treat cases of PND (post nasal drip). Post nasal drip refers to dripping of mucus from back of nostrils into the throat. Here ropy, thick mucus dripping from back of nostrils into throat is indicative to use it. The mucus is hawked up with difficulty.

Other than this it is a renowned medicine to treat sinusitis (inflammation of the membrane that lines any of the hollow areas i.e. sinuses present in the skull). Person needing it in sinusitis mainly complain of thick, ropy, yellow, greenish mucus discharge either from nose or dripping from back of nose in the throat (Post nasal drip). They also have complain of nasal stuffiness. Along with this they have violent pain in head and root of the nose.

Apart from the above, it is helpful to treat nasal polyps. These are soft, painless and non cancerous growths arising from the mucous membrane of the nose or paranasal sinuses.

2. Ear Complaints

If we talk about ear complaints then this is a very beneficial medicine to treat ear infections. In such cases it is indicated when there is a thick, yellow pus discharge from the ears. The discharge has an offensive smell. Along with this there is complaint of pain in ear especially at night time. Itching in the ears is also felt.

3. Headache

It is an excellent medicine to treat headache.

Firstly, it is indicated for treatment of migraine. In case of migraine it can be of help when there is one sided headache in small spots attended with nausea and vomiting. Sometimes vertigo also appears with it. In addition to this it is useful when blurred vision attends headache. Along with this there is aversion to light and noise.

Next, it can take care of sinus headache very well. Here one can take it when there is pain in forehead along with thick nasal discharge. They also have stuffiness in nose.

4. Sore Throat

In case of throat problems,  it is given when there is a violent pain in the throat upon swallowing. The pain is sharp and shooting in nature. Many times the pain radiates from throat to ear. Their throat and tonsils are dark, red, inflamed, swollen. Sometimes there are ulcers in throat and tonsils. They also have dryness and burning sensation in throat.  Along with this there is thick, stringy mucus in throat. It is so viscid that it can be drawn in long threads. There is also intense offensive odour from mouth.

5. Gastrointestinal (GIT) Problems

When it comes to GIT, it has given remarkable results in case of gastric ulcers. It helps to heal the ulcers and also helps to relieve its symptoms. Persons requiring it have complaint of burning in the stomach. They also suffer from pain in the stomach after eating. Fullness and heaviness in stomach is also felt by them soon after eating. They have excessive nausea with above symptoms. They may get vomiting after eating. Along with this they have loss of appetite. Other complaint they may have is excessive gas in abdomen.

6. Joint Pains

It effectively manages joint pains where there are wandering pains that shift from one joint to another. The nature of pain is shooting and pricking in nature. The pain is mostly seen to get worse in the morning time. Along with this persons needing it have stiffness in joints. They also have cracking in the joints on movement.

7. Respiratory Complaints

It is highly recommended for treating respiratory complaints. Here, its use is suggested to treat cough, asthma and bronchitis. Asthma refers to a condition characterised by narrowing with swelling of airways and extra production of mucus. It results in cough, wheezing and difficulty in breathing. Bronchitis is inflammation of the bronchial tubes that refers to passage through which the air is carried to the lungs from trachea. In above cases it is of great service when there is cough which is loud, harsh with rattling in the chest. Along with this there is thick, sticky, yellowish, greenish mucus expectoration. The mucus is so viscid and stringy that it can be drawn into long threads.  In addition to above there is heaviness in chest as from a heavy load. Sometimes there is stitching pain in the chest. Wheezing or whistling sounds are also present in the chest with above symptoms. Another accompanying symptom is excessive difficulty in taking breath.


Kali Bichrome can be used in 30 C and 200 C potency. 30 C potency can be taken once or twice a day, while 200 C potency should not be repeated frequently. It is to be used under the guidance of a homeopathic physician. 

Relationship to Other Remedies

Complementary medicine is Arsenic Album. It can be used after Kali Bichrome to complete its action when it is no longer acting.

Inimical medicine is Calcarea Carb.

Antidotes are Lachesis and Pulsatilla. These work to neutralize the action of Kali Bichrome.

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Nitric Acid – Homeopathic Medicine: Its Uses, Indications and Dosage

Homeopathic medicine Nitric Acid is prepared from Nitric Acid, HNO3 also known as ‘aqua fortis’ through the potentization process (a process by which homeopathic medicines are prepared). With this process the latent medicinal properties of Nitric Acid are extracted. It has been used since ages to treat warts and skin ulcers. In homeopathy, it very effectively manages complaint of anal fissures, piles, warts and mouth ulcers.     Nitric Acid - Homeopathic medicine

The ‘Nitric Acid’ Constitution

This remedy suits lean persons having dark complexion, black hair and eyes. They have a tendency to take cold and disposition to diarrhoea (loose stool) finds this medicine highly suitable. Apart from this, people having rectal complaints and skin complaints are very much benefited from this medicine.

Drug Action

Firstly, this medicine acts on the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) and effectively helps to treat anal fissures, piles and ulcers in GIT. Next, its has a marked action on skin where it is very suitable to treat skin warts and heal skin ulcers magnificently. Apart from this its action on urinary system is excellent where it is helpful to treat urinary infection, urethral stricture and blood in urine.

Role as a Homeopathic Medicine

1. Throat Complaints

If we talk about throat complaints it is valuable to treat sore throat and tonsillitis.

It is given when person have pain in the throat and tonsils. The pain is stitching, splinter like and burning type. The pain may extend to ear. They also have difficulty in swallowing and feels as if food will not go down the throat while eating. Their throat also feels dry. The throat and tonsils are red, swollen and highly inflamed. Small ulcers also appear on tonsils and in the throat. The ulcers are usually deep with bluish margins and red centre. It is attended with offensive smell from mouth.

2. Oral (Mouth) Complaints

In case of oral complaints it is very effective to treat mouth ulcers.  For using it here the ulcers are present within cheeks, on the tongue and on the lips. Stinging, pricking and burning pains are felt in the ulcers. Along with this there is increased salivation. Foul smell from mouth is also present with above symptoms.

3. Rectal Issues

It is a highly recommended medicine to treat rectal complaints. Among these, it is very beneficial medicine to treat anal fissures  (small tear in the mucosa that lines the anus). Persons who need it complain of pain in the anus and bleeding along with stool. They usually have sharp, cutting or tearing pain in the anus while passing stool. The pain may also continue for many hours after passing stool. They also have burning in the anus.

Next, it is very helpful to treat piles. Piles are the swollen and inflamed veins in the rectum and anus. Persons who require it have pain in the piles. The pain experienced by them is sharp, stitching, pricking and splinter like pain. The piles are also painful to touch. Burning is also felt in the anus. They may also have bleeding from the piles. Itching in the anus is another attending complaint. The piles in them tend to protrude with every stool.

Other than this, it is useful to treat constipation. Persons needing it have to strain a lot to pass stool. The stool may either be soft or hard but passes with difficulty and intense straining efforts. There is excessive desire to pass stool but person passes only small quantity of stool. There is a sensation as if the bowels didn’t emptied and some stool is remaining back in the rectum. Excessive pain is felt in the anus both during and after passing the stool.

Apart from the above, it gives excellent results in cases of ulcers in the intestines and dysentery. In such cases it is used when there is loose stool, bleeding from rectum, abdominal colic and excessive weakness.

4. Skin Issues

It is a highly effective medicine when it comes to treating skin issues. Firstly it is a renowned medicine to treat skin warts (hard, rough growths on skin caused by HPV – Human Papilloma Virus). It works well to treat warts that are large and pedunculated. They sometimes have pricking and sticking pain in them. Frequent bleeding from wart on washing is also noted.

Secondly it can take care of skin ulcers in an excellent manner. Here, it is useful to heal these ulcers. It also ease the stinging pains present in the ulcers. Further it helps to control bleeding if any from the ulcers.

5. Urinary Complaints

This medicine effectively manages many urinary problems. It can be of help in cases of urinary infection. It is applicable in such cases when there is burning, cutting or needle like stitching pain in urethra. Along with this there is frequent urination but with passage of scanty urine every time.

Next, it is recommended to treat urethral stricture. It can work well to treat the symptoms of urethral stricture including thin stream of urine, scanty urination, difficulty in urination, passage of urine with excessive straining.

Lastly, it is significant medicine to manage cases where pus, blood and albumin passes in urine. In all above complaints urine may have a very strong offensive smell.

6. Female Disorders

This remedy proves very beneficial to treat vaginal discharges. It is useful when vaginal discharges are greenish or brownish in colour. It is thin and flows like water. It also have an offensive smell. Itching, stitching pain and burning in vagina is felt due to discharges. Vaginal inflammation (vaginitis) with vaginal discharges as mentioned above is treated well with this medicine. Its use is also suggested to treat genital warts in females. It is also well indicated to treat hard knots / lumps in breast

7. Male Complaints

This medicine is of great service in treating gonorrhoea in males. Gonorrhoea refers to a sexually transmitted disease caused by a bacteria called Neisseria gonorrhoea. It is used when there is a yellowish or greenish discharge from urethra. Along with this ,there is severe pain in urethra on urination.

Other than this, it is prominent medicine to treat ulcers on the male genitals. These ulcers are flat, with elevated edges, and are attended with a thin discharge which is sometimes mixed with blood. These ulcers are highly sensitive to touch.

Next, it is well-indicated to treat warts on male genitals. These warts are hard, brown and may bleed on touching.


Nitric Acid can be used in 30 C and 200C potency. One can take its 30 C potency once a day, while its 200 C potency can be taken weekly.

Relationship to Other Remedies

Complementary medicines to Nitric Acid are Arsenic Album, Lac Caninum, Sepia and Caladium. The medicines among them can be used after as per symptom similarity to complete its action.

Inimical medicines are Lachesis and Calcarea Carb, and should not be used after it.

Antidotes are Aconite, Hepar Sulph, Merc Sol and Sulphur.

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Reject Big Pharma’s Vaccine Mandates in 2020

Since 2015, we’ve seen the slow and steady erosion of vaccine informed consent rights across the U.S., as the forced vaccination lobby led by the pharmaceutical industry, medical trade and government health agencies have put pressure on state legislatures to mandate every federally recommended vaccine for children and adults while simultaneously eliminating vaccine exemptions.

If the fight for GMO labeling has taught us anything, it’s that industry is willing (and able) to spend whatever it takes to strong arm government into eliminating individual rights and freedoms to protect and boost their own profits.

This tactic is even more evident in the vaccine industry, which has everything to gain and nothing to lose by making sure laws are passed to force people to buy and use vaccines they don’t want or need for themselves and their minor children.

Residents of California, Washington, Maine and New York all lost vaccine exemptions this year, as detailed in “Vaccine Exemptions Under Attack in 2019” and, earlier this month, the New Jersey legislature rammed through a bill that repealed the religious and medical vaccine exemptions.

The GMO fight five years ago did teach us another important lesson, though, and that is the value and importance of victories in smaller states, which are easier to win — largely due to the reduced cost of advertising and education. This is one of the reasons why making a donation to support Maine’s “Yes On 1” campaign is so important, regardless of where in the United States you live.

‘Yes on 1 Maine’ to Reject Big Pharma

As explained in the featured video by Mainers for Health and Parental Rights, the Maine legislature passed a law, LD798, in June 2019 that revoked religious and philosophical/personal belief vaccine exemptions and blocked access to education and certain types of employment in Maine for those without all state-mandated vaccines. As explained on

“… LD798 (ch. 154) … a vaccine mandate, was pushed through our legislature by Big Pharma and will remove thousands of Maine children and adults from school and employment for missing just one dose of a required vaccine.

The bill passed despite overwhelming opposition from the citizens of Maine and is not the will of the people. Mandates coerce compliance with the rapidly increasing vaccine schedule (currently 72 vaccine doses by the age of 18) using the threat of expulsion from school or termination from employment.

With the passage of LD798, Maine became only the 5th state in the nation to remove religious and philosophical exemptions to vaccination, eliminating parents and employees’ rights to decide what is injected into their own bodies and the bodies of their children.

If Mainers do not comply with the new law and choose to opt out of even one dose of a required vaccine, they face expulsion from all public, private, parochial and online schools (preschool through graduate school) as well as termination from employment.”

Support Maine’s ‘Yes on 1’ Campaign

A people’s veto petition to overturn Maine’s new vaccine law garnered a total of 95,871 signatures — far more than the 63,067 signatures required to ensure a place on the March 3, 2020, ballot approved by the Maine secretary of state.2

What this means is that Maine will be the first state to put government vaccine mandates to a popular vote. To help them succeed and set the precedent for other states to follow, they need your donor support.

As mentioned, smaller states are easier to win because there are fewer people to educate on the issue at hand, which means less money is required for advertising. Maine has an advertising saturation point of about $3 million, meaning if you spend $3 million, you will reach a majority of residents and further advertising will not make a significant difference.

The “Yes on 1 Reject Big Pharma” campaign needs to raise at least $1 million to stand a chance against the wealthy and powerful vaccine industry’s deep pockets. If the freedom fighters in Maine can raise more, even better. YOU can make a difference by making a donation to this campaign today!

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Why Vote Yes on 1?

As stated by campaign manager Cara Sacks in the featured video:

“There’s a famous political saying: ‘As Maine goes, so goes the nation.’ Our fight is the nation’s fight to put an end to government’s vaccine mandates. But we can’t do it without your help.

If our people’s veto succeeds in Maine, it will send a resounding message to Big Pharma, and to all levels of government, that our states, our freedoms and our children’s bodies are not for sale.”

If you live in Maine, be sure to personally participate in this crucial vote March 3, 2020. If you’re unclear about what LD798 means for you and your children, check out the “Yes on 1 Myths vs. Reality” page.3 As noted on, when you vote Yes on 1, you’re saying yes to:4

  • Rejecting overreach by Big Pharma and government
  • Restoring equal access to education for everyone in Maine (Remember, LD798 restricts access to all forms of education if you are not fully vaccinated, including private and online schooling, all the way through graduate school)
  • Defending parental rights
  • Protecting religious freedom
  • Preserving informed consent and medical freedom

New Jersey Fights Draconian Vaccine Mandate

In related news, New Jersey families mounted a stunning public defense of the religious and medical vaccine exemptions in that state as protests by several thousand New Jersey citizens were held December 16 outside the capitol building in Trenton.

Parents held signs and chanted, asking legislators to vote “NO” on a highly unpopular bill — S2173 — that proposed to not only remove the religious vaccine exemption for all children in day care and schools, but also to effectively eliminate the legal right for physicians to grant a medical exemption that does not conform with narrow federal ACIP vaccine contraindication guidelines or fails to be approved by state health officials.

Four days earlier, on December 12, hundreds of parents traveled to the state capitol to attend a senate health committee hearing on S2173. According to Children’s Health Defense legal counsel, Mary Holland, who testified at the hearing:5

“December 12, the New Jersey Senate Health Committee held a hearing on bill S2173 … The bill passed out of the 10-member committee with a vote of 6 to 4 in favor of sending the repeal of the religious exemptions to the floor …

If S2173 passes … it will take effect in six months and eliminate all non-medical exemptions. Guidelines for medical exemptions will be provided to state health authorities. Thus, the state will review the validity of medical exemptions …

S2173 contains no carve-outs for special needs students entitled to a free and appropriate public education under federal law. There are no carve-outs for private, religious schools. It will apply to daycare, primary school and higher education.

There is no upper-age limit for the repeal. Unlike New York or California laws, the New Jersey law would apply to higher education. Thus, under the terms of the law, a 60-year old taking a cooking class at a community college could be required to prove vaccination status before enrollment. This could include even online courses at any institution of higher education in New Jersey.

In my brief testimony, I called out the fact that three Senators who had promised to maintain the religious exemption were absent and had been replaced by the Chair with three legislators who voted in favor of the repeal of the religious exemption.

There were hundreds of people at the hearing, outside, in overflow rooms and in the hearing room … Those concerned for health freedom and vaccine safety should be gravely concerned about the breadth and potential impact of New Jersey’s S2173.”

In a December 12, 2019, Facebook post, John Gilmore with the New York Alliance for Vaccine Rights commented, in part:6

“If there was any doubt, it can no longer be denied that the dominant group within the Democratic Party of the United States is now a wholly owned subsidiary of the drug industry.

Their dependence on pharmaceutical cash, combined with a growing and extremely ugly contempt for religion and religious people, led the New Jersey Senate Health Committee … to eliminate the longstanding right to a religious exemption from vaccine mandates to attend school.

In New Jersey today, physicians and lobbyist for the vaccine industry were allowed to testify, but ordinary New Jersey citizens, who cannot sign fat checks to Senate President Sweeney and Chairman Vitale, were not allowed to speak.”

By December 16, when a large crowd began to form outside the capitol building in opposition to the blatant attempt by the New Jersey senate leadership to ram through legislation eliminating vaccine exemptions just like had been done in New York, Maine and California earlier this year, it was clear that there were cracks forming in what was supposed to be an easy “yes” vote on the floor of the Senate.

As the afternoon and evening wore on and the chants grew louder, the vote became less certain as several Democrat senators indicated they had serious concerns about the bill and would vote “no.”

At about 8:30 p.m., the senate adjourned without taking a vote. Reportedly, the legislation could be voted upon when the senate reconvenes in early January, and New Jersey citizens are urged to contact their state senators now and ask for a “no” vote in January, and to contact Gov. Paul Murphy and ask for a veto of any legislation eliminating vaccine exemptions.

Other New Jersey vaccine legislation that moved forward this year was A1576 that eliminates the right of any employee working in a health care facility to decline an annual flu shot for religious or conscientious beliefs. Also passed was A1991, which requires students attending college in New Jersey to get meningococcal B vaccine.

For more detailed information on the status of vaccine bills in New Jersey or other states and to get talking points that can help you speak with your legislators, become a user of the free NVIC Advocacy Portal and stay up to date with bills introduced in your state so you can take action to defend your legal right to make voluntary decisions about vaccination.

Medical Overreach Is Going Viral

Indeed, everywhere we look, we find signs of out-of-control Big Pharma influence. In addition to vaccine exemptions being eliminated, forcing parents to play Russian roulette with their children’s health, doctors are also working closely with departments of children and family services (DCFS) in states to remove newborns from the custody of their parents if the parents refuse the vitamin K shot.

In September 2019, a class-action lawsuit was filed against hospitals in Illinois, including Silver Cross, University of Chicago Medical Center and Christ Hospital; the American Academy of Pediatrics; the DCFS; and certain pediatricians.

The lawsuit was filed by Illinois families who had their babies taken from them after they refused the vitamin K injection, vaccines or antibiotic eye treatment, none of which are required by law in Illinois.7

Recordings of a meeting of members of the Illinois Department of Health’s Perinatal Advisory Committee have since been released, revealing that doctors were plotting to take custody of newborns to administer nonmandatory treatments in violation of the parents’ rights.8

As reported by PJ Media,9 one of the pediatricians named in the suit, Dr. Jill Glick, is accused of “[conspiring] with DCFS officials … to implement a DCFS policy that all of them knew was illegal, and [making] sure that Illinois pediatricians and hospitals carried out this policy using coercive threats … designed to enforce compliance with their desires that no parent be allowed to refuse the prophylactic medical procedures at issue in this case.”

A Freedom of Information Act request revealed an email from Glick written in August 2017, which suggested parents should be forced to accept such procedures in order to send a clear message to parents who “do not see the medical community as the expert.”10

We Must Protect Informed Consent at All Cost

National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) co-founder and president Barbara Loe Fisher’s 2017 article, “From Nuremberg to California: Why Informed Consent Matters in the 21st Century,” spells out why we must fight against this kind of government and Big Pharma overreach.

“… the informed consent principle … was defined as a human right at the Doctors Trial at Nuremberg in 1947.11 Informed consent means you have the right to be fully informed about the benefits and risks of a medical intervention and the freedom to make a voluntary decision about whether or not to accept those risks without being coerced or punished for the decision you make.

Informed consent applies not just to risks taken by participants in scientific experiments, but also to risks taken by patients under the care of physicians12,13,14,15

There is no liberty more fundamentally a natural, inalienable right than the freedom to think independently and follow your conscience when choosing what you are willing to risk your life or your child’s life for …

Vaccination must remain a choice because it is a medical intervention performed on the body of a healthy person that carries a risk of injury or death.16,17 And while we are all born equal, with equal rights under the law, we are not born identical.

Each one of us is born with different genes and a unique microbiome influenced by epigenetics that affects how we respond to the environments we live in.18,19 We do not all respond the same way to pharmaceutical products like vaccines, so vaccine risks are not being borne equally by everyone in society.

Why should the lives of those vulnerable to vaccine complications be valued any less than those vulnerable to complications of infections? And why should people not be free to choose to stay healthy in ways that pose far fewer risks?

The act of vaccination involves the deliberate introduction of killed, live attenuated or genetically engineered microbes into the body of a healthy person, along with varying amounts of chemicals, metals, human and animal RNA and DNA and other ingredients20 that atypically manipulate the immune system to mount an inflammatory response that stimulates artificial immunity.

There is no guarantee that vaccination will not compromise biological integrity or cause the death of a healthy or vaccine vulnerable person either immediately or in the future. There is also no guarantee that vaccination will protect a person from getting an infection … and transmitting it to others.21

Government Licensed Vaccines Are ‘Unavoidably Unsafe’

Those who claim vaccines are safe and effective for all are stating an opinion that is not backed up with well-established scientific facts. Everyone has a right to have an opinion, but opinion should not be turned into laws that restrict or eliminate the human right to freedom of thought, religious belief and informed consent to medical risk-taking.

In 1986, the U.S. Congress passed the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act that acknowledged federally licensed and recommended vaccines can injure and kill children. In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court reiterated Congress’ established protocol and declared FDA-licensed and CDC-recommended vaccines to be “unavoidably unsafe.”22

Reports published by physician committees at the Institute of Medicine between 1991 and 2013 also confirmed that:

  • Very little is known about how vaccines or microbes act at the cellular and molecular level in the human body23,24,25
  • An unknown number of individuals have certain genetic, biological and environmental susceptibilities making them more vulnerable to being harmed by vaccines, and doctors cannot accurately predict who those people are26,27,28
  • Clinical trials of experimental vaccines are too small to detect serious reactions before they are licensed29,30
  • The U.S.-recommended child vaccine schedule from birth to age 6 has not been adequately studied to rule out an association with allergies, autoimmunity, learning and behavior disorders, seizures, autism and other brain and immune dysfunction31,32

All the while, Big Pharma, medical trade groups and government health agencies lobby for the elimination of vaccine exemptions33 and the removal of civil rights such as education, employment and health care for those who decline one or more federally-recommended or state-mandated vaccines.

You can be sure that the pharmaceutical industry and doctors administering vaccines would not wield this kind of power if people could actually sue them for vaccine injuries and deaths. As it stands, they have everything to gain and absolutely nothing to lose by pushing for more vaccine mandates and the elimination of exemptions.

Take a Stand Against Big Pharma Today!

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GMO Rice Coming to Your Plate Soon

The Philippines Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Plant Industry has become the latest regulatory body to approve the use of genetically engineered (GE) “Golden Rice” for direct use as food or feed, as well as for processing.1 The so-called FFP approval is being heralded as a solution to rising rates of vitamin A deficiency in the country, as the rice is engineered to produce beta-carotene.

However, serious questions remain about the GE rice’s safety, as well as its ability to actually increase vitamin A levels in those who are deficient. Despite these key outstanding questions, the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand have also given Golden Rice a green light, which suggests it could appear on your dinner plate soon.

Philippines Says Golden Rice Is Safe

After conducting a biosafety assessment, the Philippines Department of Agriculture announced that Golden Rice was as safe as conventional rice, granting it FFP approval.

In a news release, Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) executive director John de Leon stated, “With this FFP approval, we bring forward a very accessible solution to our country’s problem on vitamin A deficiency that’s affecting many of our preschool children and pregnant women.”2

Before the rice will be made available to the public, approval for commercial propagation will still be required. However, PhilRice has already partnered with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the current makers of Golden Rice, to move forward with taste tests of the GE rice. According to IRRI:3

“The FFP approval is the latest regulatory milestone in the journey to develop and deploy Golden Rice in the Philippines. With this approval, DA-PhilRice and IRRI will now proceed with sensory evaluations and finally answer the question that many Filipinos have been asking: What does Golden Rice taste like?”

It’s a major step forward for the GE rice, as it’s the first approval in a country where rice is a staple food, and vitamin A deficiency is also a significant problem.

In the Philippines, per capita white rice consumption is about 315 grams (0.69 pounds) daily, which is fifteenfold higher than in the U.S.4 Providing a beta-carotene rich source of rice indeed sounds like a lifesaving solution, but the GE rice has repeatedly failed to deliver.

FDA Refuses to Give Golden Rice a Nutrient Content Claim

Golden Rice has been making headlines for two decades as a solution to vitamin A deficiency, a condition that affects 250 million preschool-aged children worldwide.5 As the leading cause of preventable blindness in children, it’s estimated that up to 500,000 children become blind each year due to vitamin A deficiency, and half of them die within a year of losing their sight, according to the World Health Organization.6

Golden Rice has already gone through multiple changes before its latest version — GR2E — received regulatory approval for use in food. The first Golden Rice, GR1, failed, as it contained too little beta-carotene to even make a dent in vitamin A deficiency.7

The next version, GR2, was developed by biotech giant Syngenta, and the latest version, GR2E, contains three added genes. “Two specify enzymes in the β-carotene biosynthesis pathway, and are taken from bacteria and maize,” Independent Science News reported. “The third specifies a (nonantibiotic) selectable marker protein used in the modification process.”8

The FDA approved Golden Rice, using data supplied by IRRI, but noted that its beta-carotene content is too low to warrant a nutrient content claim. Health Canada similarly wrote that even if all rice and rice products in the country were replaced with Golden Rice, it would result in only a very small (0.8% to 8%) increase in beta-carotene intake daily.9

IRRI is already countering the finding, essentially stating that it will work better in the Philippines simply because the average Filipino consumes much more rice than the average American:10

“On average, Americans eat very little rice, and therefore would receive only modest amounts of beta-carotene. However, Golden Rice is intended as a complementary, food based solution for Vitamin A-deficient communities who consume rice as a staple food, eating between 200 to 300 g per day, and at these levels Golden Rice provides significant provitamin A.”

Will Eating Golden Rice Alleviate Vitamin A Deficiency?

Controversy has surrounded Golden Rice since its creation, in part because it’s uncertain whether widespread planting of this GMO will benefit those who are vitamin A deficient. IIRI’s Russell Reinke, a rice breeder, stated that eating about 1 cup of Golden Rice daily would supply 50% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A for an adult.11

This was in an article published by the Genetic Literacy Project, a well-known front group for the GMO industry, which also states:12

“Golden Rice is meant to complement, not replace, other efforts to address VAD, according to the IRRI. Its goal in the Philippines is to supply 30-50 percent of the estimated average requirements for vitamin A for preschool age children and pregnant or lactating mothers, with vitamin A supplements and diet diversification providing the rest.

… While many foods contain beta-carotene, they can be expensive to buy and difficult to grow in regions where VAD [vitamin A deficiency] is an issue. Rice is a staple crop in many countries in South and Southeast Asia, and is widely grown by smallholder farmers. Thus Golden Rice could be a cheap, wide-reaching, sustainable approach to fighting VAD.”

There is concern, however, that the beta-carotene in Golden Rice may degrade with storage. One study revealed that after three weeks of storage Golden Rice retained only 60% of its beta-carotene and this dropped to 13% after 10 weeks.13,14

Further, there are concerns that even the GR2E rice may contain only negligible quantities of beta-carotene. The FDA reported that the rice contained only 0.50 to 2.35 ug/g of beta-carotene compared to, say, the 111 ug/g found in spinach, although sometimes higher levels have been reported.15 In cases where higher levels were reported, this was often the result of misleading or skewed statistics, such as:16

  • Measuring total carotenoids instead of beta-carotene alone
  • Milling the rice
  • Using non-AOAC (Association of Official Analytical Chemists) extraction methods
  • Growth under greenhouse rather than field conditions

“In other words,” Independent Science News reported, “the low levels communicated to FDA seem to be the most accurate and realistic.”17

Golden Rice Approval ‘Irresponsible and Completely Misguided’

The conversion of beta-carotene to vitamin A is also questionable. A 2009 study found Golden Rice is an effective source of vitamin A because it “is effectively converted to vitamin A” in healthy adult volunteers18 — but those who could theoretically be helped by the additional beta-carotene in Golden Rice are, for the most part, not healthy adults, nor would they have regular access to key nutrients needed to absorb vitamin A, like fat.

Even the study that concluded Golden Rice is an effective source of vitamin A fed the rice to healthy adults along with 10 grams of butter,19 something that may not occur in a real-life setting. There are fundamental questions that need to be asked, too, such as whether the answer to malnutrition lies in replacing one micronutrient at a time, instead of helping people to grow nutritionally balanced, healthy foods.

Greenpeace Southeast Asia-Philippines is among the NGOs that blasted the Bureau of Plant industry’s (BPI) approval, calling on the government to “immediately reverse the faulty decision, which the environment group maintains is based on insufficient data.”

They said the approval processed did not take into account socio-economic impacts to farmers and indigenous peoples, or the rice’s effects on local culture, adding:20

“The BPI’s approval of so-called ‘golden rice’ is extremely irresponsible and completely misguided. We condemn the BPI’s systematic disregard of the precautionary principle and of robust data that clearly show that the safety assessments submitted by GR [Golden Rice] proponents are flawed.

Rice is the Philippines’ primary staple; this is a foolish decision that will have far-reaching negative impacts on food and agriculture in the country … Genetically modified ‘golden rice’ neither addresses hunger nor malnutrition … the solution is resilient food and farm systems—diverse grains, fruits and vegetables for diverse diets and for food and nutrition security.

Governments and philanthropists should be promoting programs that empower people to have access to and grow diverse fruit and vegetables, instead of listening to a few giant biotech corporations pushing unproven expensive techno-fixes and experimenting on the lives and livelihood of farmers, mothers and children.”

WHO Promotes Gardens, Breastfeeding for Vitamin A Deficiency

Fighting back against vitamin A deficiency isn’t a matter of introducing GE rice into the environment but, rather, targeting the lack of healthy food spurring the deficiency in the first place. Toward this end, WHO has already implemented a campaign featuring a variety of non-GMO methods for combating vitamin A deficiency, such as:21

  • Promoting breastfeeding as the best way to protect babies from vitamin A deficiency, since breastmilk is a natural source of vitamin A
  • Fortifying foods with vitamin A in certain areas, such as Guatemala, has helped to maintain vitamin A status for high-risk groups and needy families
  • Promoting home gardens for rural families, including in Africa and Southeast Asia. According to WHO, “[G]rowing fruits and vegetables in home gardens complements dietary diversification and fortification and contributes to better lifelong health.”

High-dose vitamin A supplementation has also yielded improvements, reducing mortality by 23% overall and by up to 50% for those with measles.22 Biotech giants like Syngenta are going to continue pushing for Golden Rice to gain approval worldwide, while GE rice varieties that contain additional iron and zinc, or have a low glycemic index, have also been developed.

Some have said that a “Green Gene” revolution — one that looks at GMOs as the solution to feeding the world — is inevitable, but GMOs often create more problems than they solve. “The last Green Revolution produced more food,” a Bulletin of the World Health Organization, stated, “but much of it didn’t reach the people who most needed it.”23

What’s more, in a survey of childhood nutrition in 63 developing countries, improving the level of women’s education was the most important factor related to better child nutrition.

“According to these figures, if improving rice productivity affected food availability it would contribute to 26% of the causes of improvement in child nutrition, whereas improving the status and education of women would more than double that effect,” the Bulletin noted.24