Bird flu vaccine linked to 18 teenage suicides in Japan

March 1, 2007 

JAPANESE health authorities are investigating a flu medicine that is also available in Australia after a teenager jumped 11 storeys to his death after taking the drug. It was the 18th juvenile fatality linked to Tamiflu in 17 months.

The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has asked the Japanese importer of Tamiflu, an anti-viral drug regarded as the most important shield against bird flu in humans, to collect information about the conditions of patients who take the drug.

The 14-year-old boy’s death follows a similar case two weeks ago, when a girl also 14, died after jumping from an apartment building at Gamagori, in central Japan.

It also comes after a warning by the US Food and Drug Administration late last year about the dangers of giving children Tamiflu. The drug is being stockpiled in Australia as the first line of defence against bird flu. In Australia, as in Japan, it is only available by prescription.

The Swiss manufacturer, Roche, says the rate of deaths and psychiatric disturbances among people taking its medication is no higher than for flu sufferers generally. It denies there is evidence of a direct correlation between the drug and the fatalities.

In the latest case the teenager, from Sendai in Japan’s north-east, had been prescribed a five-day course of Tamiflu by his doctor. After taking two tablets on Monday, he woke during the evening and told his mother he was going to the bathroom, but went out the front door instead.

His mother followed him and called out when she saw him climbing a 1.3-metre handrail. Police said he did not respond, throwing himself off to the parking lot below. There was nothing to suggest the death was a suicide.

Hakuo Yanagisawa, the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, urged the public to stay calm. “There needs to be clear evidence,” he said.

Drug companies reported that 54 people using Tamiflu died in Japan before November, the ministry said.

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Dr. Stephen Barrett of Quackwatch Exposed In Court Cases

At trial, under a heated cross-examination by Negrete, Barrett conceded that he was not a Medical Board Certified psychiatrist because he had failed the certification exam.

This was a major revelation since Barrett had provided supposed expert testimony as a psychiatrist and had testified in numerous court cases. Barrett also had said that he was a legal expert even though he had no formal legal training.

The most damning testimony before the jury, under the intense cross-examination by Negrete, was that Barrett had filed similar defamation lawsuits against almost 40 people across the country within the past few years and had not won one single one at trial.

During the course of his examination, Barrett also had to concede his ties to the AMA, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

Watching the Quackwatch Watchers

Far from being healers in any way, Quackwatch is about ugly Smear Campaigns and SLAPP lawsuits to waste the time, energy, and resources of their many, many targets.

They wage War on every level possible, via Med Boards, meritless lawsuits, smear campaigns, harassing government agencies about those they wish to silence and filling Internet with lies. Many of the Usenet and Blog participants in these campaigns are members of the rag-tag posse. Click logo below for the list.

They have recently removed this page this is a webarchive of it

Here are some links to cases Barrett and/or other NCAHF members have waged & lost in the near past.

Their attacks are multi-fold.

Check out Health Freedom Law   

In what was a total disaster to NCAHF… this group of Barrett filed suit against KingBio … and then hired himself as an expert witness!

The Judges disagreed, calling Barrett, “… biased and unworthy of credibility.”

Stephen Barrett LOSES appeal on his SLAPP suit against Owen Fonorow (court documents)

Stephen Barrett’s and NCAHF’s Loss to Darlene Sherrell, anti-fluoride activist

Quack-busted! Calif. Chiropractor Wins Case Against NCAHF

Barrett & Grell lose to Ilena Rosenthal in classic SLAPP suit

Check out Health Freedom Law Website

Stephen Barrett loses to Dr. Tedd Koren in Allentown, Barrett’s hometown

Is Wikipedia Infiltrated by Quackbuster Views

The quackbusters can not be allowed to turn Wikipedia into Quackwatch Wikistyle anymore … any help there would be appreciated … please go read what is interesting to you on Wiki … then look at the history and the talk pages … there’s where the fight for the information goes on … it’s one of the front lines for the Information War !

Dedicated to Ron Zeno and Daniel J & Steve Barrett and Paul Lee and David Gorski …

If they can get you asking the wrong question . . .. . . they don’t have to worry about the answers.

Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow 

Plaintiffs Ordered to Payup

GOLDOWITZ, MARK Law Offices of E. Grell
Attn: , Attn: Dillon, Ian P.
2903 Sacramento Street 360 22nd Street
Berkeley, CA 94702- Suite 320
Oakland, CA 94612
Superior Court of California, County of Alameda
Rene C. Davidson Alameda County Courthouse
BARRETT No. C-83302l
Plaintiff/Petitioner(s)
YS.
Application Re: Temporary
Restraining Order & OSC re
Preliminary Injunction Denied
CLARK
Defendant/Respondent(s)
(Abbreviated Title)
IT IS ORDERED that the Application of Plaintiffs for Temporary Restraining Order & OSC re
Preliminary Injunction re: Renewal Judgment, and execution thereon, is DENIED. Plaintiffs have
failed to demonstrate a likelihood of success on the merits.
Dated: 02/20/2007
Judge Winifred Y. Smith SHORT TITLE: CASE NUMBER:
BARRETT VS CLARK C-833021
ADDITIONALADDRESSEES
HOLME ROBERTS & OWEN LLP
Attn: Myers, Roger
560 Mission Street, 25th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
Grell, Christopher E.
360 22nd Street Suite 320
Oakland, CA 94612-
Law Office of Christopher Grell
Attn: Rescho, Richard F.
360 22nt Street
Suite 320
Oakland, CA 94612-0000

Pregnancy hormone may help multiple sclerosis patients

A pregnancy-related hormone helps rebuild the protective coating around nerve cells in mice, according to

University of
Calgary researchers. The finding offers hope for treatment of multiple sclerosis, a devastating neurodegenerative disease and other neurological disorders in humans.
It’s been an long-time observation that women with multiple sclerosis (MS) tend to go into remission when they become pregnant although researchers used to discourage women with MS to get pregnant as they are concerned that pregnancy may have negative effects on MS. The Canadian researchers, who were intrigued by the observation, conducted a study of mice and found that the hormone known as prolactin encourages the spontaneous production of myelin, the fatty substance that coats nerve cells and helps transmit signals in the central nervous system.

The study, believed to be the first to demonstrate that prolactin plays a role in protecting against damage to nervous cells, was conducted by researchers from the U of C’s Faculty of Medicine and published in the February 21 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience.

In the study, the researchers determined that prolactin, which increases in the pregnant women during pregnancy, is directly responsible for the formation of new myelin in the brain and spinal cords of pregnant mice.
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Quackbusters BUSTED!!!!

Courts Seize “Quackbuster” Bank Accounts, Property…

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

Bolen Report A few days ago, Christopher Grell, one of the Plaintiffs, and the attorney for the Plaintiffs Stephen Barrett and Terry Polevoy , filed an emergency Ex Parte Motion with the Alameda, California Trial Court in the Barrett v. Clark (Rosenthal) case asking for a Temporary Restraining Order preventing Defendant Rosenthal from collecting attorney fees awarded to Rosenthal by the Courts. The Court denied the Motion, and “collection” has begun in earnest.

Rosenthal, you will remember, in a six year legal battle, soundly thrashed the trio all the way to the California Supreme Court. Rosenthal, the head of the Humantics Foundation, a group pointing out the dangers of silicone breast implants, had been sued by the trio in 2000 where they claimed she was some sort of conspirator supposedly defaming them on the internet. Rosenthal, in her answer to the suit, filed a Motion to Dismiss the suit against her claiming that the trio’s action constituted a violation of California’s anti-SLAPP law. The Court agreed, dismissing the case against Rosenthal, and awarded her attorney fees.

The bottom line here is that QUACKBUSTERS IS GETTING BUSTED!!!! And they’re part of the problem which stands between medical freedom, cutting edge medicine, and alternative medicine, which are the free market solutions to the healthcare debacle!!! I say “amen” to this.

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