The Mystery of Declining Life Expectancy

by Cameron Salisbury In 1989-1990 the USSR’s Berlin wall came crashing down. As Western observers gloated and took credit, no one noticed that civilian life in the Soviet Union was a casualty of the upheaval. The disintegration of their government was deadly for the population.  Over the next several years, life expectancy in the former Soviet Union declined by years, so much that observers thought the numbers must be a mistake. In one year alone, between 1992 and1993, life expectancy fell by 3 years. Declining life expectancy can signal a catastrophe. It means that something is deeply amiss in the underlying society. Life expectancy in the U.S. has been declining slowly for several years, and now seems to be speeding up.  For the first 6 months of 2020, government data shows that a person in the U.S. can expect to live 77.6 years, a decline of an entire year from the 78.6 years of 2019. The CDC, and it’s unquestioning mouthpiece, the U.S. mass media, has blamed the decrease in life expectancy on opioid abuse and suicide. In other words, the dead were responsible for their own demise. This year they include covid-19 deaths, although for the first half of 2020, covid-19 was just getting started, and deaths were nearly always among the elderly.  The U.S. has nearly 3 million deaths a year and a few thousand extra suicides, opioid deaths, or artificially inflated numbers of deaths among the elderly, will not move the needle. The massive decline in life expectancy has to be due to something else. Something that affects all of society. But, if the drugged, suicidal, and elderly are not responsible for declining life expectancy and something else is, things could get very messy, couldn’t they? The more likely reason that life expectancy in the U.S. is falling is that something toxic and ongoing is happening in the culture, something buried deliberately out of site in the mortality statistics. Something like an indifferent and deadly hospital culture, as well as death dispensed with wild abandon by Big Pharma and their heavily advertised and fatal pills. Something like inattentive physicians, sometimes well meaning and sometimes not, who have trouble keeping up with FDA announcements and Big Pharma sales tactics.. The only hint of the involvement of the medical culture is the category for septicemia, or sepsis, that consistently, year after year, tallies about 40,000 deaths and shows up as the 10th or 11th cause of death. Sepsis (blood poisoning) is a deadly blood stream infection.  The types of infection, which include MRSA and C Diff, are introduced in clinics, nursing homes, and doctor’s offices but usually in hospitals. It occurs when dirty equipment is used to give injections, vaccinate, open veins, operate, or do any other invasive procedure. There are no invasive procedures that do not expose the blood stream to potentially lethal contamination. (Despite what they want you to believe, people do not enter the hospital with sepsis they acquired at home.) There is an astounding disconnect between deaths due to sepsis from death certificates and independent investigations that are published in medical journals. Over and over research into hospital records shows the number of sepsis deaths many times higher than the official count from death certificates. CDC’s own investigation indicated sepsis as a cause of death of up to 380,000 annually, which would make it the third leading cause of death in the U.S. That figure doesn’t include the 15% of sepsis deaths that occur outside of hospitals, such as those in nursing homes. Big killers contributing to the decline in life expectancy are dirty hospitals, dirty equipment and indifferent staff. When you have a chance, ask your doctor how s/he feels about controlling hospital infections. Hand washing and using sterilized equipment is entirely in the hands of the staff but the commitment comes from those in charge. Unless your doctor is adamant, find someone else. When you find yourself in a medical setting, stay on guard. Make sure no one and nothing touches you without being sterilized. Your life may depend on it. If you need surgery, (a ‘procedure’, as they say) try to find a good doctor who uses an outpatient clinic. A privately owned outpatient surgical center gives a doctor much better control over what happens while you are sedated. The people involved in your surgery are also much more accountable. In hospitals, where a constantly fluctuating staff are constantly in and out, no one is accountable.  Which they know well. If the same health standards applied to restaurants were applied to hospitals, few would stay open. Death certificate data has a number of catch-all categories. Heart disease is a go-to whenever someone dies for an unknown reason, or for a reason the hospital prefers not to admit. Hypertension is another one. There are naturally occurring blood pressure increases with age. It doesn’t kill as often as they’d like you to think. On the other hand, there are significant and tragic causes of mortality with no separate category. Such as doctor and hospital errors, pharmacy errors, and pharmaceuticals that kill when taken as prescribed. The big one is the last: legal drugs, courtesy of the FDA, massive advertising by wealthy corporations and medical staff who remain clueless. Although illegal drugs are sometimes killers, and legal drugs may be taken illegally, prescription drugs taken as prescribed are major sources of death and destruction. While cocaine and heroin kill up to 20,000 people every year, prescription drugs kill over 100,000 annually and have life altering side effects for millions of survivors. If counted accurately, they would be the fourth leading cause of death. Some expensive pills have no use whatever, like Vioxx before it was withdrawn, or drugs that interfere with normal physical processes and should never be prescribed, like statins. The federal pharmaceutical guardian that we pay for with our taxes, the FDA, is well aware that some drugs are too dangerous to be prescribed. You’d think they owed it to us to withdraw them from the market and occasionally they do (Vioxx) but most of the time they simply issue a ‘black box’ warning designed to alert users that the drug is deadly, to be carried on the packaging. That means no hospitalized patient and most doctors and nurses never see it. But then, few medical staff have ever heard of a black box warning. And the drug remains on the market to be prescribed, so what difference does a warning make? We consumers, the pharmaceutical industry’s patsies, need a working and effective FDA that is not allowed to receive cash from Big Pharma or its representatives. The legal drug culture has been called ‘a war against Americans.’ Pharmaceuticals are a major, unacknowledged, killer, and Big Pharma wants drugs to stay that way. ‘Our’ FDA just goes along. Remember that long list of side effects aired as part of every ad? They are designed to be minimized and you may think they apply to someone else .Well, they don’t. The control groups that drugs are tested on are small enough so that you can assume that every single Big Pharma guinea pig had an adverse effect to the drug in question. The reason isn’t complicated. All drugs are poison to the human body and each body will reject the drug in it’s own way. This applies even to apparently benign over-the-counter drugs, like aspirin, naproxen (Aleve), and ibuprofen, (Advil) which, according to one study, would rank as leading causes of death if tabulated separately. Tylenol is responsible for most liver failure in the U.S. Pharmaceuticals are not allowed to advertise in Europe and the life expectancy there, unlike the U.S., continues to increase. But like medical errors and hospital infections, prescription drug deaths are not categorized separately, even in the unlikely event that nurses, doctors or hospitals acknowledge them. There are excellent natural sources of healing explained throughout the internet. Only in rare circumstances do the sick have to rely on modern U.S. medicine. The last category of possible death-dealing comes from the U.S. agriculture industry and it’s reliance on Monsanto and Dow Chemical for genetically modified and Round-Up Ready crops. No one knows the impact of blatant tampering with nature, partly because evidence shows that those companies hide the results of studies that might hurt their sales. Some U.S. jurisdictions, and Europe, have tried to control the planting of genetically modified crops only to find themselves in an expensive legal battle with the giant, wealthy companies who are determined to thwart popular will. Once you get into the grocery store you are presented with a smorgasbord of untested chemicals and genetically modified organisms, in nearly everything you buy. There are dyes, texturizers, preservatives, emulsifiers, and the residues of farm chemicals. Much of the fresh food has been irradiated so that you won’t get sick when food processors sell you food that isn’t clean, and ground meat is usually gassed to preserve its fresh appearance. A horrified friend recently discovered that her blood had a high level of Round-Up’s glyphosate.  What is her prognosis? Maybe Monsanto knows, but they aren’t saying. Try always to buy organic food which by definition is unadulterated, or buy food from European processors.  In Europe, tampering with the food supply is frowned upon. Some people might suspect that a large part of declining life expectancy is the result of America’s anything-goes capitalism.

Extending Your Life Expectancy – Allergies

I talked to her mother at the local coffee shop, as she waited for her 20-year old-daughter to finish her 8th surgery for a condition none of her doctors had been able to identify. The girl was always sick, she said, and the surgeries didn’t seem to help. Her parents were scared to death she’d die before anyone figured it out.

She was eventually found to be sensitive to the perfumes in virtually everything she touched – deodorants, soap, shampoo, cleaning supplies.

I met her in a class one night. She couldn’t talk without her vocal cords going into a spasm, which meant she was without a voice. Her doctors said it was the most unusual case they’d seen and, over and over, recommended surgery. She’d had 6 surgeries so far and was scheduled for another.

She finally found that a common anti-spasmodic – ordinary ginger- ended her problem without actually identifying it.

He lost his voice suddenly one day. The doctors said his vocal cords looked fine. They didn’t know what happened or how to fix it. He was a school teacher.

His problem ended when his wife had a sudden insight and told him to stop taking the prescription statin. His life returned to normal within days.

Each of these had undiagnosed allergic reactions to a constant irritant that no one suspected. Once they figured out the allergy and began avoiding the source, their health returned. To a person, their doctors refused to believe the latest surgery or pharmaceutical had not been responsible for their return to health. None of them had ever heard of allergies causing such a problem. All of these one-time patients had their health back along with a newfound disregard for ‘experts’, and a new respect for the power their own human body, as well as a new respect for ancient remedies.

The medical profession seems to believe allergies begin and end with pollen or poison ivy, including the allergist physicians who should know better. The truth is that you can be allergic to anything. Food, perfumes, plants, things you touch, things you smell, and those allergies can impact your body and your life in limitless ways. Horrifically, they can also cause sudden death due to anaphylaxis, a sudden, violent allergic reaction that causes all organs in the body to shut down simultaneously.

The one medical guarantee is that doctors won’t understand any of it. With their medical education and virtually all articles in their professional journals subsidized by Big Pharma, they are taught believe that pills are the one hope for your health.

Allergies have their own ways of showing up, and when your symptoms don’t fit into any of a doctor’s diagnostic boxes, they will bend the corners of your ailment until they fit into a familiar surgical or pharmaceutical category. Then, they can solve your problem by recommending a surgery or a drug. Drug companies reward doctors for prescribing their costly, deadly, products.

With a little luck, if you survive one physician’s toxic and useless remedies, you will live to repeat the process with the next physician. Sooner or later, if you survive, you will take control of your own health. You will begin checking natural remedies on the internet, trying them out, and being flabbergasted at the magic they can work, almost free of charge and rarely at a threat to your life.

For example: Ginger, standard spice rack ginger, is a very effective anti-spasmodic. That means that it is a risk-free remedy for asthma, as well as hiccups. It means you don’t need to take cortisone with it’s deadly side effects to get relief.

Suffer from migraines? No need to risk your life taking expensive, heart-stopping, heavily advertised drugs. The botanical ‘feverfew’, available in the vitamin aisle, taken daily, will get rid of them for good.

Got nail biters in the family? They need much more vitamin B and magnesium than they’re getting.

Bruise easily? Not if you’re taking enough vitamin C, which can also ward off the common cold and who knows what other ailments.

As traditional antibiotics lose their effectiveness due to over prescribing, there is a natural antibiotic with nearly magical powers: Garlic. Taken in high doses, it can kill off numerous germs with no threat to your life or wallet.

Please note that nothing I’ve mentioned here is effective in one small dose, the kind you get in multivitamins. For therapeutic benefit, the vitamin or biologic has to be taken daily in doses high enough to be healing. There is a danger in extremely high doses of the fat soluble vitamins, A, E, and D. Those vitamins are not sold in health-threatening doses.

The vitamins that are not fat-soluble, B and C, are water-soluble. That means that they wash harmlessly out of your system every day in your urine.

There is a side effect to extremely high dose vitamin C. It causes diarrhea when the body has more than it can handle. That’s all. It’s not going to kill you and you can solve the problem by taking a little less. That doesn’t sound like the dangers advertised for pharmaceuticals, does it?

No discussion of allergies would be complete without acknowledging some very serious, mostly hidden, food allergens

If you feel miserable almost every day and you’ve ruled out most other things chances are you are have problems with the common allergen soy, which is almost always genetically modified.

Soy, like corn, is a crop subsidized by the government. Because farmers know that planting soy will always be profitable, they fill their fields with it. They plant much more than can be exported or used efficiently here at home. The solution to prevent big surpluses? Cut the price domestically and sell it to every food manufacturer. Because of it’s low cost, food processors are happy to comply and add it to everything possible. It’s hard to find a bakery product that doesn’t contain soy as do many other products. Would you ever suspect that many brands of ice cream are similarly contaminated? It’s everywhere. If you suspect a soy allergy, you should get used to reading food labels.

There are new, cost saving ingredients that appear constantly. One is malted barley flour. It’s generally a new addition to baked goods and is not included in some organic products. Be aware of its allergenic potential.

Allergies have the potential to do everything from limiting life to killing. A great many deaths are attributed to heart attacks but occur in people who have no heart disease. Are those deaths a testament to the power of allergies?

Allergies are entirely individual and identifying them is also individual. No one can do it for you, which is OK since you know that your health is your responsibility.

Extending Your Life Expectancy: The Food Supply

Life expectancy in the U.S. has been declining for several years and the numbers show no sign of reversing. CDC spokesmen say that their best explanation of the cause are suicides and the so-called opioid epidemic. A look at the numbers quickly shows this speculation to be a fantasy. Even a few thousand additional deaths in both categories will not move the needle in country with almost 3 million deaths a year.

No one admits to knowing the reason(s) for the decline, but there are people with much better guesses. Because their conclusions blame Big Business and not the dead victims, they do not get the media’s attention.

I’ve used other columns to warn about dirty and sloppy hospitals; indifferent, incompetent, and sometimes malicious medical staff; and, above all, the (criminal) pharmaceutical industry and their heavily advertised and often lethal poisons that they sell as ‘medicine’.

As life expectancy in the U.S. continues to drop, this column is about extending your own personal life expectancy by using better information about food. Coming columns will discuss pervasive and commonly ignored serious maladies, like allergies, and what to do about them.

The first thing to remember when trying to explain declining life expectancies is something that goes far toward explaining everything else: American capitalism and the profit motive. Effective oversight by elected or appointed officials could render our form of capitalism safer, but there is none.

Big Business finds no impediment anywhere, at least in the U.S., to buying its own way to greater profits. That usually means so-called campaign contributions to elected officials to control regulations, and endless prime time advertising to control public opinion. Sometimes a pharmaceutical ad airs next to an ad by lawyers who are suing them for damages. Attorneys, and their own profit motive, may turn out to be our best hope for reining in the destruction caused by Big Business. That is undoubtedly why Big Business is anxious to make an upper limit on awards mandatory.

Take RoundUp herbicide, for example. This very effective weed killer has been a stellar money maker for Monsanto (Bayer) while causing carnage to the people who use it as well as to the environment. Monsanto has recently begun losing lawsuits from cancer victims who believe RoundUp was responsible for their disease.

Studies have shown that almost everyone in America has glyphosate, the active ingredient in RoundUp, in their tissues. It poses a special danger to babies and toddlers.

Glyphosate residues have been found in tap water, orange juice, children’s urine, breast milk, chips, snacks, beer, wine, cereals, eggs, oatmeal, wheat products, and most conventional foods tested. It’s everywhere, in brief.

Attorney for victim: “It is clear from Monsanto’s actions that it does not care whether Roundup causes cancer, focusing instead on manipulating public opinion and undermining anyone who raises genuine and legitimate concerns about Roundup.”
F. William Engdahl
Global Research, April 27, 2019

Agricultural chemicals, including antibiotics in meat and, increasingly, in farmed fish are not the only contributors to America’s polluted food supply. Read any list of ingredients on a processed food and you’ll find a list of dyes, taste enhancers, preservatives, emulsifiers, and more. Food additives are never tested for safety before being unleashed on the public, the unsuspecting guinea pigs. They are withdrawn from grocery store shelves only after their toxicity becomes clear and Big Business is forced to relent. Monsanto is not relenting on RoundUp, however. The damages it may be forced to pay won’t put a dent in the CEOs bonus.

Here is a good source, slightly outdated, for explaining additives, what they do, and how safe they are:

chemical additives in food

The list is too comprehensive to include here but if you’d like to know exactly what you and your family are eating, look it over.

And then there is all the genetic modification (GMO) going on with no notice to consumers. Food processors have fought hard to make sure we stay in the dark, and our mass media, regulatory agencies and lawmakers have all been willing to comply with BigAg and ignore our demands for transparency.

There’s that capitalism problem again.

GMO means altering DNA seeds to resist disease, grow bigger or faster, look nicer, or any other reason BigAg can come up with. I’d include a list of foods at the grocery store that have been silently genetically modified, but the list is too long. For a look at a list that is a bit out of date, because it doesn’t include potatoes, go to:

There has been no long term study of the results of tampering with nature, but the results of research by independent scientists isn’t good. Monsanto, Dow, and BigAg use their propaganda machines to try to tell us that there is nothing to fear, and then use their banks of attorneys to overturn local decisions to ban GMOs. Cultivation of any kind of GMO has been banned in many European countries and in Russia.

Here is more information:
GMOs

and

info@thetruthaboutcancer.com

And then there is the gas that is used in packaged meat, and who knows what else, so that it maintains its fresh appearance no matter how old it is.

I hope by this time you are committed to buying organic, which by law has none of these problems. Big Business is trying hard to change that. Organic food is getting very popular, easier to find and cheaper. It may not always be a perfect choice but it is light years better than non-organic.

Here is what’s happening with organic in the U.S.: https://www.organicconsumers.org

In addition to buying organic I have one other suggestion: Buy European foods when possible. Europeans are fussy about what is allowed in their food and anything genetically modified has a rough time being allowed in and accepted by consumers. Europeans have a media that keeps them informed about such things, which puts their level of awareness far ahead of Americans.

Do I think our tainted food supply has anything to do with declining life expectancy in the U.S.? You bet. Don’t you?

The Arrogance of Modern Medicine

Here is one person’s view. Do you agree?

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Michelle Kmiec
Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.” Albert Einstein 1879 –1955

The medical establishment, lost in the false belief that they “know best”, have become blind to the obvious statistics of harm that drugs and needless surgeries cause. Ironically, they are quick to label anything outside their dogma quackery and pseudoscience; such as Holistic Medicine. And sadly, when those in the holistic medicine arena challenge this ignorant concept, the challenger is often dismissed as a “brainwashed sham artist” or an “uneducated idiot” without really being heard.

When did such arrogance become so deeply entrenched in our professed superior modern society? When reading the history of medicine we laugh at what was once widely thought to be effective medicine. Surely we have not regressed back to the close-mindedness of the Dark Ages Inquisition, dismissing any contrary opinion as heresy.

Outcry for a Change

In today’s world, there seems to be an outcry for a change in healthcare, and I’m not speaking about the healthcare we hear about in politics. No, I’m speaking of health care as opposed to disease care.

If modern evidence based medicine, which is based on testing and observing, thus, “proving” the effectiveness of treatments, is so successful in its fundamental premise, why are people sicker than ever? Shouldn’t the opposite be occurring? Especially here in the USA, the self-proclaimed most advanced country in the world of medicine!

Thousands of people a day die from our conventional medical care and, yet there are basically zero outcries from the ‘skeptics’ of natural health care medicine. As though in some sort of trance, they simply repeat the same mantras against alternative care…“it’s quackery care”… which is, mind you, the very thing they accuse alternative advocates of doing: chanting mantras against Evidence Based Medicine (EBM)!

Furthermore, despite the mounting presence of evidence that is in favor of natural health care, they nonetheless bury their collective head into the ground in denial, but not without first crying “but it’s still quackery!”
Scrutiny of Modern Medicine

An intelligent person should be asking why modern medicine is not subjected to the same scrutiny that “alternative” medicine constantly is, especially when the failures of modern medicine are resulting in more and more needless deaths, not to mention the very diseases they are supposedly fighting against are statistically getting worse.

So if the health and well-being of the community isn’t benefiting, then what else can it be?

Money? What is a person’s life worth anyway?

We all have heard of horror stories of injuries caused by a medical doctor, but we excuse it for some reason. Well, a major reason is because we aren’t even able to sue a medical doctor for negligence, as such legal actions (aka. “Frivolous Lawsuits”) were blamed for higher insurance premiums. Of course, in the relatively rare event (as compared to medical doctor’s accidents) when an injury occurs with a chiropractor or holistic practitioner, it becomes a front page stoning by the so-called skeptics. Of course they are chanting, “Quack, sham artist, lack of evidence based medicine, etc”.

The hypocrisy is truly mind blowing!

A good example is comparing a chiropractic “adjustment” to an osteopathic “adjustment”. Although, oddly enough, despite the years of training and expertise of a chiropractor, for some reason (beyond logical belief) skeptics proclaim that a spinal “adjustment” is safer when an osteopath does the procedure then the chiropractor; especially when referring to the neck. In other words, chiropractic = quackery; whereas, osteopath = safe.

Let me ask the obvious question here. If it is quackery and unsafe, wouldn’t that exact procedure still be quackery no matter who delivers the adjustment? Moreover; don’t osteopaths receive substantially less training in adjusting or manipulation techniques than chiropractors?

Who would you trust?

Aren’t you glad people are finally waking up and realizing the truth?

A Diet for Rheumatoid Arthritis: The 3-Day Phenomenon

As we struggle with swollen joints, fatigue, doctor’s appointments, prescriptions, and trying to process more information than we ever wanted about Rheumatoid Arthritis, it’s nearly impossible to believe that we can be well and healthy again in less than a week.

But it is true.

There is a huge amount of scientific evidence going back decades, as well as innumerable personal stories indicating that Rheumatoid Arthritis is linked directly to foods that our immune systems have come to believe are toxins.

Alas! Although dietary changes will eliminate all symptoms of RA, there is no magic bullet. Each person has to discover his or her own foods to avoid.

Every person’s life experiences and resulting physiology are individually unique, as are the dietary triggers for inflammation, which is what causes the pain, joint swelling and destruction of Rheumatoid Arthritis. It is also the underlying condition in many other disorders. Our immune systems are, for reasons yet unknown, miraculously exclusive to each of us and each person has to learn for him/her self what their own personal triggers are.

How to learn? That part is fairly simple.

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