The illegitimacy of the corpo-governmental power structures on Planet Earth would be hard to deny at this point even for the staunchest of maya-dwellers.
As part of the resistance to ongoing dirty dealings, protests will be held April 28, 2017 in Bonn, Germany to show resistance to the planned merger of German-based pharmaceutical, chemical, and genetically modified seed giant Bayer with the most well-known face of genetically modified foods, Monsanto.
These protests are set to coincide with Bayer Corporations’ Annual General Meeting on April 28.
For those who can’t make the demonstrations in Germany, take to YouTube or social media on or around April 28 to express what you would like to say to Bayer executives. Use Twitter hashtags #bayer, #stopbayermonsanto, and #billionsagainstbayer, or tweet directly to Bayer at @BayerAG. Even a single individual acting alone can raise a lot of needed awareness. If you feel moved by this issue, participate in any way you can.
The planned merger of Bayer with Monsanto follows other recent mega-mergers in the genetically modified seed and chemicals game – Dow and DuPont joined forces to form DowDuPont in 2015, and ChemChina merged with Syngenta in 2016.
Bayer is now planning to swallow up the highly toxic public facade of Monsanto Corporation for $66 billion, obscuring the evil deeds of both under its falsely innocuous brand of “the Aspirin company.”
It’s our job not to allow this burying of dirty deeds to happen. It’s our job to see through this hollow public relations strategy as the ruthless power consolidation move that it is.
As I sit here writing this in a state of physical debilitation and pain, as I have been every day for the past seven-and-a-half years since taking Bayer’s devil drug antibiotic Cipro, it would be quite impossible for me to forget the evils of the Bayer Corporation. It would be impossible for me to forget that this corporation matches, if not trumps, the crimes against humanity committed by Monsanto.
Bayer Corporation has knowingly debilitated and disabled hundreds of thousands (most likely millions) of people with its pharmaceuticals, including me. It has knowingly killed tens of thousands of people by leaving its deadly drugs on the market without adequate warnings. It has done this willingly, despite the anguished pleas and warnings from its victims, in the pursuit of its own profit and global domination.
The next planned step in this global domination, it appears, is swallowing up Monsanto Corp.
So now we have our own transformation to facilitate.
We now shift from Millions Against Monsanto to Billions Against Bayer.
Join us in resisting these knowing abusers of humanity and of life on this planet. Join us in resisting their poisonous products as they attempt to reach even further into our food supply.
Join in solidarity with the people in Germany – and across Europe – as they fight for their health and their food supplies, as they fight for an outcome different from the one we have in Canada and the U.S. with widespread GMO cross-contamination of our food.
This is a Worldwide Call to Join Together as Billions Against Bayer!
This is a Worldwide Call to Educate Yourself About the Crimes Against Humanity Committed by Bayer!
On December 8, 2009, I finished the last of three antibiotic pills prescribed to me by a walk-in clinic physician for what was believed to be a mild urinary tract infection.
By the next day, I was crawling around my apartment on my hands and knees because my tendons had turned to mush and I could not put weight on my Achilles.
I was having an extended, drug-induced panic attack with morbid and suicidal thoughts coursing through my brain without cessation. I couldn’t stop crying. I couldn’t sleep. There was intense pressure in my head. I had a severe headache to the point that I could barely move my head off the pillow. My ears were ringing loudly. My vision was not lining up correctly. Every time I closed my eyes, I saw colors and shapes and figures and flashing lights, as if I had a strobe light going off behind my eyelids. I couldn’t use artificial light or look at my computer screen without pain. I had fatigue so crushing that crawling to the bathroom and back took a couple hours to recover from. My entire body felt poisoned, and eating food made me feel worse. I was so weak, I could barely lift my arm to my mouth to feed myself (subsequently losing 30 pounds in three weeks). I was convinced I was going to die.
By taking those three prescribed pills, I had taken an inadvertent step through the gateway to Hell. I had been initiated into new depths of understanding about our human condition on this planet.
It was the beginning of years of debilitation, pain, and relentless drive for recovery. It also deepened my drive to follow threads and peel layers in an effort to expose the roots of the heartless and soulless machines that are poisoning us here on Earth.
Although feelings of extreme isolation are common these days within the often horrific circumstances we find ourselves in on this planet, we are not alone in our experiences of Hell on Earth. In fact, our own personal Hell is usually just the tip of the iceberg, with thousands, millions, or even billions of other people experiencing very similar things for very similar reasons.
Our personal experiences of Hell connect us to the sociological imagination. The personal stories have collective roots that connect us to many, many other human beings experiencing similar things, becoming caught in the same traps, falling prey to the same dirty tricks.
Almost across the board, the people at the highest echelons of the hierarchical pyramid schemes of power on this planet are not our leaders. They are not our authorities. They do not hold legitimate influence over us. They are, in fact, injuring, poisoning, and killing us.
We’re not alone with these experiences. We do not live in a vacuum. We’re caught up in broader societal trends and themes, issues that are affecting large numbers of people from all walks of life, in all corners of the world.
The Hell we experience at a personal level is often inextricably linked with the requirement for collective awareness, transformation, and change.
Bayer Corporation: Following the Twisted Roots of the Corporate Oligarchy
The exposing of corporate and governmental crimes against humanity demands that no stone be left unturned in our examinations of the rotten and the corrupt, that no twisted root be left uninvestigated as we bring the muck and mire to the surface and to collective awareness.
This process demands that we respect with utmost seriousness the complexity, the layers, and the tenacity of the reach of these corrupt corporate tentacles and the people behind them. We must extricate ourselves from these tentacles in order to live a true alternative, and looking at the ugly and intricate web head-on – shiny, advertising grins wiped clean – is the only way we can do that.
So even though we all have “corporate evil-doing fatigue” at this point, let’s get out our books and pencils and dig in…
This particular case study is about the pharmaceuticals and chemicals corporation Bayer. We in North America almost all know this company, but the next time you’re popping a Bayer Aspirin or two, you might want to think a little more deeply about the people behind this household drug.
I’ve come to learn some very interesting things about this company, the makers of the fluoroquinolone antibiotic Cipro that has poisoned and debilitated me along with hundreds of thousands (likely millions) of others.
Bayer became a household name after co-opting the pain-relieving folk remedy salacin, derived from willow bark, in the late 1800s to make its over-the-counter pain reliever Aspirin.
Bayer is a German company founded in 1863 that lost its assets to the West as reparations for World War I. Bayer had produced chlorine and mustard gases that were used as chemical warfare in the trenches.(1)
It was then enveloped in the Nazi’s IG Farben, their chemical and pharmaceuticals conglomerate.
This conglomerate used concentration camp slave labour to produce its wares. IG Farben was the only German company in the Third Reich that actually ran its own concentration camp, buying and using human guinea pig slaves to test their drugs. IG Farben also manufactured the pesticide Zyklon B, which was used to kill people in the gas chambers.(2)
Bayer has a long history in the military industrial complex, and these activities continue to this day.
Cipro was originally developed by Bayer to ward off anthrax attacks. Cipro was given to many Gulf War soldiers and is considered to be one of the causes of Gulf War Syndrome, a chronic and debilitating condition seen in up to 250,000 soldiers who served in the Gulf War.(3) Anyone suffering from an adverse reaction to a fluoroquinolone is also connected at the soul to these soldiers…
Once the anthrax scare was over, Cipro was re-purposed as a cure-all for a variety of minor infections, including urinary tract infections and prostatitis. This was how Bayer made the big bucks on this terribly dangerous drug.
This history of profiting from warfare is common with almost all the big GMO/chemical corporations.
It is a group of six corporations – Monsanto, DuPont, BASF, Bayer, Dow and Syngenta – currently merging the world’s seed supply with their genetically modified versions. Again, most have very recently merged with each other or are in the process of merging.
Five of the six – all but Syngenta – are chemical corporations with long histories of involvement with the military industrial complex, including chemical and nuclear warfare.
United States-based Monsanto is the most well-known of the six with its line of genetically modified Roundup Ready seeds designed to grow into plants that withstand its glyphosate-based chemical herbicide Roundup. Monsanto is the company that brought us Agent Orange, a defoliant used to strip trees of their leaves during the Vietnam War. Agent Orange is highly toxic and carcinogenic and killed or debilitated hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese people as well as U.S. soldiers during and after the Vietnam War. Exposure to Agent Orange has caused widespread genetic damage and birth defects that are affecting generations of people to this day, including in the United States. Facebook groups: Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance and Agent Orange Activists. Other toxic products on Monsanto’s roster include saccharin, DDT, PCBs, bovine growth hormones, and Aspartame.(4)
DuPont is an American corporation now in the chemicals and plastics game but started off manufacturing gunpowder, becoming the largest supplier to the U.S. military by the mid-19th century. During World War II, DuPont produced military explosives and Plutonium, playing a major role in the Manhattan Project and the creation of the atomic bomb.(5) It also helped to choose Hanford, Washington as the plutonium production site, now considered the most radioactively-contaminated site in the United States. DuPont is also the maker of the Kevlar vest, used in police forces around the world.
American chemical company Dow produced napalm, a chemical that clung to the skin and melted flesh, for the U.S. government during the Vietnam War. After public protests of napalm, all other companies making it stopped production, leaving Dow to reap the profits as the sole provider.(6) Dow managed a nuclear weapons production facility from 1951 to 1975 near Denver, Colorado called Rocky Flats Plant that was involved in multiple management problems leading to radioactive leaks and contamination fires. Thousands of plant workers have died or are sick from cancers they say are caused by radiation exposure and most have had their compensation claims denied.(7) Dow is indemnified by the U.S. government in the case, meaning taxpayers will pick up the tab for any legal settlements along with the company’s legal fees.
Please keep in mind the illustrious (and deadly) histories of the corporations attempting to dominate the food supply with their genetically modified seeds and chemicals. These corporations have manufactured and profited handsomely from products designed to injure and kill life on this planet, and they continue to do so with their GMOs and chemicals.
Bayer is also the maker of the deadly and debilitating Yaz/Yasmin birth control pills. These are “third generation” birth control pills that are much less safe than their predecessors, producing many life-threatening adverse reactions.
In July 2012, Bayer had settled 1,900 lawsuits related to Yaz/Yasmin in the United States alone to the tune of $402.6 million. There were 12,000 other cases pending, with more being added all the time. Deaths due to Yaz and Yasmin were associated with cardiac arrhythmia, heart attack, blood clots, and stroke. Gall bladder disease was also linked to the use of these drugs.(8) A class action lawsuit is also in progress in Canada.
Bayer has reached into our food supply with Bayer CropScience, a major manufacturer and seller of biotechnology and genetically modified (GM) seeds/crops, as well as the chemical herbicides that go with them.
Large parts of the United States rice crop were contaminated with Bayer’s genetically modified LibertyLink Rice, which is unapproved in Europe and cannot be exported there. In 2011, Bayer agreed to pay 11,000 U.S. farmers a total of $750 million for contaminating their natural rice crops.(9)
And again, Bayer is now, since 2016, in the process of gobbling up Monsanto Corporation for $66 billion, forming a monstrosity of a merger between two of the largest GMO seed and chemical corporations in the world.
As stated, in December 2009, I took three little pills of Bayer’s antibiotic, prescribed to me without warning for a very minor health issue, and I have been recovering from complete systemic devastation ever since.
Taking Ciprofloxacin, described to me by the walk-in clinic doctor as a “mild antibiotic,” was the gateway into a Hell that has been experienced by millions of others: pharmaceuticals poisoning.
Though I was unaware of it as I struggled through the first horrific weeks of the reaction, the experience connected me at the soul to hundreds of thousands (most likely millions) of people who have experienced or are experiencing horrific reactions to fluoroquinolone antibiotics like Cipro – many much worse than my own.
But even that doesn’t tell the tale.
Iatrogenic illnesses and deaths are illnesses and deaths caused by the treatment of a physician. There is currently an epidemic of iatrogenic illnesses and deaths due to the irresponsible prescription of new generation pharmaceuticals, which include fluoroquinolone antibiotics.
In the United States alone, more than two million people have adverse reactions to pharmaceuticals every year. Of those, 1.5 million cases require hospitalization. A low-end estimate is that 100,000 people die in the U.S. every year from correctly-prescribed pharmaceuticals, making adverse drug reactions one of the leading causes of death.(10)
This statistic does not include people who commit suicide due to adverse reactions without “provable” links to the drug. Suicidal thoughts and actions are common side effects of many new wave pharmaceuticals, including fluoroquinolone antibiotics like Cipro, the “stop smoking” drug Champix, and many prescription anti-depressants.
This statistic also does not include the skyrocketing number of people dying from illegal prescription drug use and addictions, particularly from opioids.
There’s a general idea that adverse drug reactions are quite rare (false) and that the effects of them are fairly short-lived (often also false). People can struggle with the damage from adverse drug reactions for years, decades, or even the rest of their lives.
Each person affected is a loved and precious member of this planet, being treated by pharmaceuticals corporations as if his or her pain and suffering are meaningless in the face of continued corporate profit and “success.”
Ciprofloxacin (Cipro) is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic, a variety of antibiotics that has been infused with a known toxin, fluorine, supposedly to increase efficacy. These antibiotics have devastating, debilitating, and even deadly potential side effects. They attack tendons, connective tissues, neurology, vision, organs, the central nervous system, and the digestive system, among other things, and many of the adverse reactions are long-term or even permanent.
Though tendon rupture was a side effect known about by manufacturer Bayer – forced by class action lawsuits to declare it on a “Black Box warning” on Cipro’s packaging in the United States – I never saw it. I was not warned about it by my doctor or my pharmacist.
Recently, yet more lawsuits have forced another Black Box warning to be put on Cipro packaging – peripheral neuropathy, a painful and debilitating inflammation of the nerves that can be permanent.
Over the past ten years, 80,000 adverse drug reactions have been reported to the United States Food and Drug Administration alone due to the fluoroquinolone antibiotic Levaquin and its generic version levofloxacin, including 1,000 deaths. There were 79,000 adverse reactions reported due to Cipro or its generic version ciprofloxacin, including 1,700 deaths.(11)
Again, since only a small fraction of all adverse reactions are reported to authorities (likely less than 10%) and these numbers include only two of the many brands of fluoroquinolone antibiotics, the real numbers of injuries and deaths will be in the millions.
Fluoroquinolone reactions can also occur after a delay – many months or even years after taking the drug – which can make it hard to source symptoms to their root. People are often misdiagnosed with other diseases and conditions like lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, arthritis, and fibromyalgia that are, in actuality, fluoroquinolone antibiotic poisoning.
If the real potential side effects were disclosed to people before they took fluoroquinolones – or any number of new wave pharmaceuticals – they would be far too terrified to swallow them.
The real warning labels should read something like this:
Warning! Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics Are Known to Cause:
– Repeated tendon rupture and connective tissue damage
– Muscle weakness
– Muscle wasting
– Disability to the point of wheelchair use
– Peripheral neuropathy (constant pain due to inflammation of the nerves)
– Vision damage
– Severe dental damage
– Central Nervous System damage
– Toxic psychosis
– Severe migraines
– Severe light sensitivity
– Extreme food sensitivities and digestive damage
– Morbid thoughts and prolonged suicidal thinking
– Prolonged anxiety
– Prolonged insomnia
– Arthritis and joint problems
– Chronic fatigue
– Aortic dissection
– Phototoxicity and increased incidence of skin cancer
– Permanent debilitation
These antibiotics are so potentially dangerous that they should never be prescribed as first-line antibiotics for minor infections. All safer alternatives should be tried first.
There is a culture of denial, cover-up, irresponsibility, and greed within the big pharmaceuticals industry and within the health care establishment, in general, that must be addressed layer-by-layer.
Regulatory agencies in Canada and the United States have just now, after decades of poisonings and deaths, updated the labels on these drugs – most likely an action forced by class action lawsuits.
The United States Food and Drug Administration updated labels on fluoroquinolone antibiotics in 2016, warning of disabling and potentially permanent damage, including to the tendons, muscles, joints, nerves, and central nervous system. It warned that these drugs should only be used as a last resort, not as first-line drugs to treat minor infections.
In early 2017, Health Canada followed suit, updating their own labels to better reflect the dangers of these drugs.
Unfortunately, the damage has already been done for the millions who have been injured by these drugs, many permanently. The Big Pharma marketing machine has created a climate where, despite the warnings, physicians continue to erroneously prescribe these drugs and pharmacists continue to erroneously dispense these drugs as first-line antibiotics for minor infections. This is a widespread practise. Frighteningly, Cipro is one of the most widely-prescribed antibiotics in the world.
Many doctors do not believe these types of reactions are possible from fluoroquinolone antibiotics, even when their patients are describing their adverse reactions and symptoms to them.
Neither doctors nor pharmacists are warning people adequately before dispensing these drugs, and physicians are contravening the Hippocratic Oath to do no harm to patients:
“I will apply diatetic measures for the benefit of the sick according to my ability and judgment; I will keep them from harm and injustice.
I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody if asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect.”
Three little pills, and I’ve been working through a recovery process from complete systemic and neurological poisoning ever since.
Just like that, nothing is the same again.
And just like that, the soul takes on new layers, new colours, new wisdom, new strength, new awareness, new beauty, new power.
As stated, most doctors do not believe the types of adverse reactions involved with fluoroquinolone antibiotics are even possible. None of the doctors I saw believed me when I recounted the severity of what I was experiencing.
They should take a look at some of the stories here:
Unfortunately, we cannot expect most mainstream medical doctors to do any independent research. Most will listen to the literature written by the corporations who are profiting from the pain and misery being caused by these drugs.
There is an ongoing whitewash of the adverse reactions related to fluoroquinolone antibiotics, as well as a multitude of other dangerous drugs prescribed to people every day.
Investigation into hundreds of other pharmaceuticals will unravel the web even further, turning up more horrific side effects, adverse reactions, and deaths.
For a little extra credit assignment, research pharmaceuticals giant Merck, their fast-tracked “cervical cancer vaccine” Gardasil, and the class action lawsuits over their arthritis drug, Vioxx.
Gardasil is Merck’s fast-tracked HPV vaccine, tested on a mere 1,200 girls before being approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration in 2006. The vaccine was never tested on the age group of girls intended to be vaccinated – nine-and-ten-year-olds – but was approved by the U.S. FDA as a blanket vaccine for girls.(12) By mid-March 2015, the Gardasil vaccine had generated more than 35,000 adverse reaction reports to the U.S. government, including more than 200 deaths.(13) Again, it is estimated that only about 10% of adverse reactions are actually reported to authorities, and there could be more than 1 million adverse reactions associated with Gardasil.
(The Truth About Gardasil is an American website raising awareness about the deaths and long-term injuries from the Gardasil vaccine.
Merck is no stranger to widespread death and debilitation caused by its drugs – it is in the midst of class action lawsuits by at least 50,000 families suing because their loved ones died after taking its arthritis drug, Vioxx.
Most recently, thousands of people have launched a class action lawsuit against Merck due to its shingles vaccine, Zostavax. It is alleged that Zostavax has caused blindness, paralysis, brain damage, liver failure, and death in people who took the vaccine, not to mention causing shingles, the ailment it claims to prevent.
All this makes the safety record of Merck’s drugs and vaccines highly questionable, to say the least.
For the true extra credit keeners, research into the anti-bacterial drug Bactrim (also sold as Septra and Septrin) will illuminate another tentacle in the tangled web of pharmaceuticals poisonings. Bactrim has killed and debilitated many and was exposed in a series of articles by London, England’s The Sunday Times journalist Brian Deer in the 1990s.
Please research any pharmaceutical you are prescribed before taking it. Do not simply take your doctor or pharmacist’s word for it.
Consider trying natural antibiotic forms like oil or oregano or colloidal silver for minor infections.
Please do not take fluoroquinolone antibiotics unless they are the last option for you. There are many brand names, including:
– Cipro (ciprofloxacin)
– Levaquin (levafloxacin)
– Floxin (ofloxacin)
– Avelox (moxifloxacin)
– Noroxin (norfloxacin)
– Penetrex (enoxacin)
– Maxaquin (lomefloxacin)
– Vigamox (eye drops for pink eye)
– Zymar eye drops
– Besivance eye Drops
– Ciloxan eye Drops
– Iquix eye Drops
– Quixin eye Drops
– Ocuflox eye Drops
– Ofloxacin eye Drops
– Cetraxal ear Drops
– Cipro and Ciprodex ear Drops
– Floxin and Ofloxacin ear Drops
– Baytril (for veterinary use)
(1) (6) Source: “Bayer AG: Corporate Crimes,” Corporate Watch, https://corporatewatch.org/company-profiles/bayer-ag-corporate-crimes
(2) Source: “IG Farben and the History of the ‘Business With Disease,’” Dr. Rath Health Foundation; “150 Years of Bayer,” Coalition Against Bayer Dangers; “Bayer AG: Corporate Crimes,” Corporate Watch; “The Ghost of IG Farben: Can Monsanto Reform Bayer?” by Victor Grossman, www.counterpunch.org
(3) Source: “Gulf War Illness Tied to Cipro Antibiotics,” by Lisa Bloomquist; “Cipro May Be Linked to Gulf War Syndrome Nerve Damage,” by Ashley Vanover, TopClassActions.com
(4) Source: “Monsanto: a checkered history,” by Brian Tokar, The Ecologist, http://www.theecologist.org/investigations/health/269016/monsanto_a_checkered_history.html
(5) Source: “DuPont and Hanford,” The Manhattan Project: an interactive history, U.S. Department of Energy, https://www.osti.gov/opennet/manhattan-project-history/Events/1942-1944_pu/dupont_hanford.htm
(6) Source: “Dow Chemical: Corporate Rap Sheet,” Corporate Research Project, http://www.corp-research.org/dowchemical
(7) Source: “Rocky Flats’ workers burden still heavy even with new legal status,” by Electra Draper, Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com/2014/02/22/rocky-flats-workers-burden-still-heavy-even-with-new-legal-status/
(8) Source: “Bayer’s Yasmin Lawsuit Settlements Rise to $402.6 million” by Jef Feeley and Naomi Kresge, www.bloomberg.com
(9) Source: “Bayer Will Pay $750 Million to Settle Gene-Modified Rice Suits” by Andrew Harris and David Beasley, www.bloomberg.com
(10) Source: “Death by Medicine” by Gary Null, PhD; Carolyn Dean, MD; Martin Feldman, MD; Debora Rasio, MD; and Dorothy Smith, PhD
(11) Source: “Canada Expands Fluoroqinolone Antibiotic Warning” by Michelle Llamas, https://www.drugwatch.com/2017/01/27/canada-strengthens-fluoroquinolone-warning/
(12) Source: “Preventing Gardasil Vaccine Injuries and Deaths,” National Vaccine Information Center
(13) Source: “HPV Vaccine Can Make You Susceptible to More Serious Strains of HPV” by Dr. Mercola, www.mercola.com; MedAlerts. Gardasil Vaccine (HPV4) adverse event reports through Sept. 14, 2014. VAERS Database on MedAlerts.