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Laxative Given to Toddlers Linked to Neuropsychiatric Events: MiraLAX Exposed by Parents

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MiraLAX is an over the counter laxative that has been central in pharmaceutical practice for a few decades. It is a petroleum product: polyethylene glycol. A similar chemical is used in anti-freeze, ethylene glycol. Small amounts of highly toxic ethylene glycol are found in MiraLAX as well.

Originally intended for adults, today toddlers and young children are given it freely. Doctors “literally give it like water,” as described by Dr. Scott W. Cohen, a pediatrician in Beverly Hills, California.

Parents are currently raising awareness of it’s danger: this has been a long time coming.

It is associated with altering emotions toward darkness,” paranoia and anxiety, anger, and many other symptoms. The FDA quietly acknowledged it’s danger as early as 2011, as you can see here.

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According to the medical website Gut Sense:

“The term “neuropsychiatric events” in the FDA’s safety alert refers to neurologic disorders of the central and peripheral nervous systems such as autism, dementia, depression, schizophrenia, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, and similar others [3]. These conditions result from PEG’s direct (through cellular damage) and indirect (through malnutrition of essential micronutrients) neurotoxicity. No surprise there considering the quotation above.

Lead, mercury, and arsenic are some of the best known neurotoxins. So are snake venom, curare, botulinum, and tetanus. PEG is more like lead or mercury — slow-acting, insidious, and difficult to pin down conclusively onto a variety of “slow-brewing” neurological disorders.”

MiraLAX was introduced in 1999 by Braintree Laboratories. Today it is manufactured by more corporations, such as Merck and Bayer.

Converting industrial waste products into pharmaceuticals is as old as Merck and Bayer.

In the mid-1800’s, Henry Perkin was trying to synthesize the malaria drug quinine from chemicals in coal tar, a waste product of gas production from coal. He accidentally created a purple dye called mauve: his success set off a wave of effort to synthesize other coal tar dyes, which birthed Bayer, BASF, Sandoz, and other modern day pharma giants.

They originally made coal tar dyes, and then created supposed drugs out of chemicals in coal tar as well. Then, these dye manufacturers became pharma giants.

Big pharma arose from a culture of pseudoscience in which industrial waste products were falsely marketed as medicine. It never really changed. Today this practice continues, just disguised a bit better.

Recent efforts by parents to warn about MiraLAX were summarized in an ABC7 article titled “Parents say over-the-counter medicine is sickening kids”:

“Information disclosed by the FDA shows what’s in this may have small amounts of the same toxic chemicals found in anti-freeze.

The families say a doctor recommended a seemingly harmless over the counter laxative to treat their children’s bellies, but the side effects, some say, were like a switch that was flipped and their once happy, laughing children, turned angry and dark.

“We saw a lot of the anger, a lot of the rage, a lot of the aggression,” parent Mike Kohler said.

“Near psychiatric events with paranoia, mood swings, aggression, rage,” parent Jeanie Ward said.

“I feel like my son was absolutely robbed of most of his childhood,” parent Jessica Aman of Chester Springs, Pa. said.

“He had the rage, fears, phobias, anxieties,” parent Sarah Locatelli said.

Jeanie Ward’s daughter Nicole was placed on MiraLAX when she was just 3 1/2-years-old. Within ten days, she says Nicole turned manic, aggressive, and paranoid.

“It was horrifying to see my daughter change like that and to not come completely go back to normal,” Ward said.

Nicole Oerkfitz is now 19 and lives in North Wales, Pa.

“I was a very, very happy child. When I was 2, I was running around playing. In second grade I started hating everybody. I wanted to kill everybody. I’m mad that this happened to me,” Oerkfitz said.”

This is why you can’t trust anything without researching it first.

Please share this with anyone who would give their children MiraLAX.

(Featured image credit: lakemont pharmacy, hemmings, CH, Wiki, Bayer)

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Biden to Ban Menthol Cigarettes, Citing Health Impact on Youth and Black People

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The Biden administration is reportedly planning to propose an immediate ban on menthol cigarettes, a product that has long been targeted by anti-smoking advocates and critics who claim that the tobacco industry has aggressively marketed to Black people in the U.S.

On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that the administration could announce a ban on menthol and other flavored cigarettes as soon as this week.

Roughly 85 percent of Black smokers use such menthol brands as Newport and Kool, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Research has also found that menthol cigarettes are easier to become addicted to and harder to quit than unflavored tobacco products, along with other small cigars popular with young people and African Americans.

Civil rights advocates claim that the decision should be greeted by Black communities and people of color who have been marketed to by what they describe as the predatory tobacco industry.

Black smokers generally smoke far less than white smokers, but suffer a disproportionate amount of deaths due to tobacco-linked diseases like heart attack, stroke, and other causes.

Anti-smoking advocates like Matthew L. Myers, president of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, also greeted the move to cut out products that appeal to children and young adults.

“Menthol cigarettes are the No. 1 cause of youth smoking in the United States,” he said. “Eliminating menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars used by so many kids will do more in the long run to reduce tobacco-related disease than any action the federal government has ever taken.”

However, groups including the American Civil Liberties Group (ACLU) has opposed the move, citing the likelihood that such an action could lead to criminal penalties arising from the enforcement of a ban hitting communities of color hardest.

In a letter to administration officials, the ACLU and other groups including the Drug Policy Alliance said that while the ban is “no doubt well-intentioned” it would also have “serious racial justice implications.”

“Such a ban will trigger criminal penalties, which will disproportionately impact people of color, as well as prioritize criminalization over public health and harm reduction,” the letter explained. “A ban will also lead to unconstitutional policing and other negative interactions with local law enforcement.”

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Pollution Is Making Human Penises Shrink and Causing a Collapse of Fertility, Scientists Say

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With many still scoffing at the idea of rampant pollution posing a threat to humanity, a new study could drastically change the conversation: the chemicals across our environment could be the cause of shrinking human penises.

According to a new book by Dr. Shanna H. Swan, conditions in the modern world are quickly altering the reproductive development of humans and posing a threat to our future as a species.

The argument is laid out in her new book Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race.

The book discusses how pollution is not only leading to skyrocketing erectile dysfunction rates and fertility decline, but also an expansion in the number of babies born with small penises.

While it may seem like good fodder for jokes, the research could portend a grim future for humanity’s ability to survive.

Swan co-authored a study in 2017 that found sperm counts had precipitously fallen in Western countries by 59 percent between 1973 and 2011. In her latest book, Swan blames chemicals for this crisis in the making.

“Chemicals in our environment and unhealthy lifestyle practices in our modern world are disrupting our hormonal balance, causing various degrees of reproductive havoc,” she wrote in the new book.

“In some parts of the world, the average twentysomething woman today is less fertile than her grandmother was at 35,” she also wrote, noting that men could have only half the sperm count of their grandfathers.

Swan blames the disruption on phthalates, the chemicals used in plastic manufacturing that also have an impact on how the crucial hormone endocrine is produced

However, experts note that the proper implementation of pollution reduction measures could help humanity prevent the collapse of human fertility.

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Visualizing The World’s Deadliest Pandemics By Population Impact

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Humanity has been battling against disease for centuries.

And while most contagious outbreaks have never reached full-blown pandemic status, Visual Capitalist’s Carmen Ang notes that there have been several times throughout history when a disease has caused mass devastation.

Here’s a look at the world’s deadliest pandemics to date, viewed from the lens of the impact they had on the global population at the time.

Editor’s note: The above graphic was created in response to a popular request from users after viewing our popular history of pandemics infographic initially released a year ago.

Death Toll, by Percent of Population

In the mid-1300s, a plague known as the Black Death claimed the lives of roughly 200 million people – more than 50% of the global population at that time.

Here’s how the death toll by population stacks up for other significant pandemics, including COVID-19 so far.

The specific cause of the Black Death is still up for debate. Many experts claim the 14th-century pandemic was caused by a bubonic plague, meaning there was no human-to-human transmission, while others argue it was possibly pneumonic.

Interestingly, the plague still exists today – however, it’s significantly less deadly, thanks to modern antibiotics.

History Repeats, But at Least We Keep Learning

While we clearly haven’t eradicated infection diseases from our lives entirely, we’ve at least come a long way in our understanding of what causes illness in the first place.

In ancient times, people believed gods and spirits caused diseases and widespread destruction. But by the 19th century, a scientist named Louis Pasteur (based on findings by Robert Koch) discovered germ theory – the idea that small organisms caused disease.

What will we discover next, and how will it impact our response to disease in the future?

Like this? Check out the full-length article The History of Pandemics

Republished from ZH with permission.

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