Archive | August, 2013

Jenny Strikes a Nerve Within the Vaccine Industry

12 Aug

Jenny McCarthy is replacing Elisabeth Hasslebeck on The View. This would normally pass by without much fanfare if it were not for the media attention brought to the subject. Both Jenny’s free speech and parental decision making has been the focus of criticism by many in the media due to her outspoken position on vaccines.

There is no doubt that vaccines have benefits. The question becomes what are the risks versus the benefits. A Statement from the Surgeon General, Dr. Satcher on the Risk vs Benefit of Vaccinations
goes into great detail about the benefits, but leaves the risks to be derived from the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986.

Approximately 15 percent of the reports describe events considered serious, defined as an event that is fatal, life-threatening, requires or prolongs hospitalization, results in permanent disability, or in the judgment of the physician could lead to such an outcome in the absence of medical intervention.

In the case of the Flu vaccine, it is not 100% effective and the most common forms of it vary from year to year. This makes it the number one vaccine due to its recurring nature and annual revenue stream and the risks may outweigh the benefits which are short term in most cases.

    “A regular case of the flu typically resolves after three to seven days for the majority of people, although cough and fatigue can persist for more than two weeks.”

If we were only talking about the Flu vaccine, that would be one thing, but as the vaccine business has ballooned to over $25B per year and growing, most pharmaceutical companies are now chasing the market. With the risks associated to that market for children quantified by the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, any permanent disability, long term illness, or death from vaccines is just a cost of doing business.

$2.7B has been paid out from the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 so far.

    “the… law acknowledged that vaccine injuries and deaths are real”

The number of suggested vaccines is staggering. The National Vaccine Information Center suggests that children are to get:

49 doses of 14 vaccines by the age of 6

69 doses of 16 vaccines by the age of 18.

Jenny McCarthy simply representing a thinking Mom, rocks the boat of the vaccine industry. ABC has so far held their position regardless of the attacks by the mostly medically unqualified journalists working to sell a story.

Why Do You Use Sugar?

11 Aug

There are legions of documents on how we developed into the humans we are today with the help of sugar. It does not occur a great deal in nature, yet contains an abundance of energy. (Evolution’s Sweet Tooth)

Industry picked up on this long ago, and has been riding that evolutionary train to profits, as documented in Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss. The result has been twofold. One has been the obvious expansion of the consumption of sugar. The other result has been the successful exploitation of a substitute to simulate the same result. (A previous article on Aspartame was titled “Why Do You Use Aspartame?” You can catch up on Aspartame’s older sister, saccharine, here.)

Now, 6 Reasons to Stay Away From Sugar (5 Reasons to Stay Away from Sugar + One)

    • When tasting sugar, the brain lights up in the same regions as it would in an alcoholic with a bottle of gin. Dopamine-the so-called reward chemical-spikes and reinforces the desire to have more. (Sugar also fuels the calming hormone serotonin.)
    • “Artificial sweeteners travel to the part of the brain associated with desire but not to the part responsible for reward,”
    • Research out of the University of California, Los Angeles, suggests that sugar forms free radicals in the brain’s membrane and compromises nerve cells’ ability to communicate.
    • Sugar causes premature aging
    • Muscles need sugar for fuel…. But: fruit or prepackaged snacks touting “natural sweeteners” contain just fructose, which is metabolized in the liver, not the muscles
    • Our results suggest that higher glucose levels may be a risk factor for dementia, even among persons without diabetes (Funded by the National Institute of Health)


Expansion of sugar consumption in America is clearly a contributor to obesity, and now the AMA is recognizing obesity as a disease. Instead of waiting for treatment for obesity, we might want to look toward the 6 Reasons to Stay Away From Sugar, listed above.

The Four Agreements

7 Aug

A simple list of four things to help improve your life :

  • Be impeccable with your word.
  • Don’t take anything personally.
  • Don’t make assumptions.
  • Always do your best.

Wisdom from the Toltecs, excerpted from The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, a New York Times best seller for over 7 years.

Some High Paying Jobs in the US

5 Aug

If you’re looking to get into a high paying job in the US, you might want to consider becoming a broker of artificial hips. A recent article about a man in need of an artificial hip appeared in the New York Times. The list price for the hip, without a mark-up (list price – yea), was $13,000.

An artificial hip, however, costs only about $350 to manufacture in the United States

In the case of the artificial hip, with a cost of $350, and a resale of $13,000, that is a whopping 96% gross profit%, or a gross profit$ of $12,550. In the US last year, there were 332 hip replacements. If you multiply the 332 times the $12,550 per hip, you get $4.1M.

In the NYT article, that hip replacement quoted to the patient in the US at $13,000 was eventually performed in Europe at a total cost of $13,660. That $13,660 not only included the hip, but “all doctors’ fees, operating room charges, crutches, medicine, a hospital room for five days, a week in rehab and a round-trip ticket from America.”

The bottom line of all the above is if you can get anywhere within the economic food chain that is the US Healthcare industry, you can make a fortune. And, if you want the same healthcare, you can get it outside of the country at a fraction of the price paid domestically.

Companies and Corporations obviously pay their employees using operating profits from their businesses. One only needs to look at the profit margins and average sales per employee to understand where the high paying jobs are located. Examples of a few companies/ organizations are listed below:

Company Example
Official Profit Margin
# of Employees
Gross average Sales per Employee
Average Income per Employee
US Dept. of Defense
Goldman Sachs
Dollar General