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DISABILITY CAMPAIGNERS SAY ATOS IS THE REAL CHEAT
atos kills Disabled activists are getting organised and fighting back against cuts.

This week, incapacity benefits claimants are mobilising protests across Britain against Tory plans to slash benefits using a new privatised testing regime. Over a million people are threatened with re-testing.

Leaked reports have revealed that the Tories had planned to cut the benefits of at least 23 percent of claimants. They have since scrapped the targets—but not the tests. The Tories want to force disabled and ill people onto cheaper benefits and into low paid work. And they are paying private companies like Atos Origin to carry out the tests. Protesters assembled outside Atos Origins headquarters in London on Monday to show their anger at the plans.

The demonstration opened a week of protests backed by over 50 organisations across Britain. Gillian Eames, a disability campaigner, showed Socialist Worker the letter she has received warning her that she will soon be retested. “I was medically retired in 1999,” she said. “I’ve had surgery on my spine. If anyone bothered to ask my GP or consultant they would know that my situation has not improved.

“I hated giving up my job. But the reality is that there are very few jobs for people who require support because of their disability. “I live with pain every day. I’m waiting for a knee and shoulder joint replacement. But they treat me like a criminal. I didn’t ask for this disease and I’m going to keep fighting.”

Many claimants face being moved onto the lower Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), and losing a range of support. For some this will mean a drop of over £1,600 a year.

Stringent

The same people could then lose their JSA because they cannot meet the stringent conditions of the benefit. Adam Lotun, a wheelchair user, has won two tribunals to get his benefits reinstated. “I am living proof of how wrong these tests are,” he told Socialist Worker. “They first removed my benefits in 2010. Now I’m virtually bankrupt.”

When his benefits were stopped, Adam lost his disabled blue badge, his car, his free NHS prescriptions and his care support at home. Another report shows that the government issued guidelines on how to deal with people made suicidal by their potential loss of benefits. These guidelines were leaked by a job centre worker on Monday.

They had been sent out to all staff working for job centres and other Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) contractors, including Atos. The guidelines state that some claimants will talk about suicide as “a threat or a tactic to ‘persuade’”. It does go on to say, though, that such declarations must be taken seriously, because it is hard to “distinguish” those who “mean it”. Workers fear that the pressure on staff to cut benefits is leading to vulnerable claimants being targeted.

Over 40 percent of appeals against Atos Origin’s decisions have resulted in benefits being restored. Terry Hutt, a 76-year old pensioner who joined the protest (pictured), summed up the mood of resistance. “The Tories like to talk about benefit thieves. But they are targeting people in wheelchairs. They are the thieves—we have to fight to stop them,” he said.

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    UK MASONS BEHIND THE HARDLINE ATTACK ON THE POOR, SICK AND VULNERABLE
    chris grayling The tory thugs and public schoolboy scum are behind the massive attack on the poor and vulnerable across the UK. They have a long history of masonic connections and employment minister Chris Grayling is going to pay millions to his masonic buddies running private firms to force cancer patients and heart attack victims to live on a fraction of what they should be getting in benefits.

    Those benefit payments transferred to masonic run companies who are ruthlessly abusing the moneys paid in taxes and national insurance while fit but thug UK governments change the goalposts to ensure they no longer have to pay out when claims are made.

    Cameron and his masonic henchmen like Grayling are busy lining the pockets of multi nationals who fund the tories into power. Both Grayling and Duncan Smith have shown a typical nasty attitude to anyone they think fit to attack making spurious and abhorrent statements about the long term vulnerable individuals who have been penciled in for some more masonic thuggery from abortions of human beings NOT FIT to run this country. We have an absurd undemocratic system that sees public school twats and Eton groomed scum with a royalist agenda screwing the poor to line the pockets of the rich establishment types who fund their dodgy election campaigns.

    Like North Africa the British need to get off their asses big time to stand up to the evil that is now consuming Britain and how the ruling elite can undermine democracy with their press barons providing the propaganda for the likes of the scumbags like Grayling to do irreparable damage to those he attacks and who he seems to take pleasure in abusing . These evil bastards spend more a month on keeping their children in private education than some people have to live on in food for a whole year.

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    TORY TOFFS RUTHLESS BENEFIT MEDICAL SCANDAL AS TWO DIE BEFORE APPEALS
    Demand for fairer benefits tests as two die

    THE deaths of two people who were waiting for appeals to be heard against the loss of benefits has prompted calls for a fairer assessment system. The two claimants, both from West Dunbartonshire, died from the conditions which caused them to claim Incapacity Benefit (IB) while waiting for appeals to be heard against cuts to their benefits.

    One was deemed fit for work during a work capability assessment, despite having a deteriorating chronic illness, and lost both incapacity benefit and disability living allowance. When his support worker appeared at the appeal tribunal she had to report her client could not be there because he was dead. The appeal was upheld and the backpayment will become part of his estate. The other had a congenital condition which caused difficulty in walking but was assessed capable of work and his incapacity benefit was withdrawn. He was waiting for a date for an appeal tribunal when he died.

    The assessment was inadequate and very unprofessional. The doctor simply did not have the information

    A third person, again from West Dunbartonshire, died recently after winning a second appeal tribunal following three years of repeated assessments and decisions being overturned. He worked as a shop assistant in his 20s but was forced to give up due to severe heart and lung problems caused by a degenerative syndrome. An “indefinite” award of IB and Disability Living Allowance (DLA) was revoked after only two months on the basis of a questionnaire he had filled in.

    Six months later it was reinstated by an appeal tribunal. Despite this ruling and the finding that his condition was worse than the original assessment, his case was once again referred for medical assessment. Once again, the benefit was withdrawn. He appealed again, with help from staff at the Clydebank Independent Resource Centre, and a tribunal date set for a further six months on. By that time he had been confined to bed with severe pain for several days and his extreme difficulty in reaching the chair in the tribunal room caused the chair of the panel to say the hearing would be as short as possible and that a taxi would be waiting to take him home.

    He won the appeal but only after three years of unrelenting anxiety over whether his benefits would be cut. People claiming IB, currently being replaced by Employment and Support Allowance, and DLA undergo a work capability assessment by a healthcare professional, such as a nurse or physiotherapist employed by Atos Healthcare, which gained the contract from the Department for Work and Pensions in 2005. The assessment is not a medical examination but the claimant is asked a series of questions about their capabilities.

    If they are judged fit for work they lose benefits such as IB and DLA, which yesterday’s Welfare Reform Bill proposes replacing with a Personal Independence Payment. Danny McCafferty, chair of the Independent Resource Centre in Clydebank, which wins 70% of the cases it takes to appeal, says the assessments by Atos are flawed. As the Government confirmed plans to implement a £50 immediate fine for “errors that could have reasonably been prevented” on benefit claims, yesterday, Mr McCafferty suggested that a penalty should also be levied on the contractor.

    “Atos Healthcare is not producing the results it is paid for because so many decisions are being overturned. It is costing the country money to go through the appeals process. “It would be better if every time an appeal was upheld Atos Healthcare had to repay the fee it was paid for the case or, better still, pass it on to a welfare group to help other people,” he said.

    With a backlog of cases waiting for appeal dates, Mr McCafferty expects the success rate of the Clydebank resource centre (which is part-funded by Oxfam) to increase well beyond 70%. That is unlikely to be reduced by the Coalition Government’s plans for welfare reform. They include replacing DLA with a Personal Independence Payment from 2013 which instead of providing a guaranteed payment to some people with specific disabilities, will require claimants to have regular assessments on how their condition affects them.

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    MICHAEL DOUGLAS LOOKING FRAIL AND GAUNT WHILE FIGHTING CANCER BATTLE
    michael douglas He has remained defiant throughout his battle with throat cancer. But Michael Douglas couldn't disguise the effect it has taken on his health as he strolled through New York today. The 66-year-old actor looked gaunt and pale as he accompanied his daughter Carys, seven, to school.

    It was three weeks ago that his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones cut short her trip to Britain and announced she was pulling out of a film in order to look after the star. It prompted fears that his health had worsened after she initially claimed that she intended to remain in Wales to watch the Ryder Cup tournament at the start of October. However, friends of the star last night insisted that despite his frail appearance, he was responding well to treatment. Michael is totally focused on his recovery,' one said. 'It's been difficult but his doctors are very pleased with how he responded to treatment. 'They think he's doing well. He's doing as well as can be expected. Michael hasn't changed his will recently and he isn't contemplating changing it'. Earlier this month, it also emerged that Zeta Jones, 41, has put her film career on hold while Douglas recovers.

    She had been due to play Vivien Leigh in the film My Week With Marilyn alongside Kenneth Branagh and Michelle Williams - a part she was said to be eager to take. However, she has now turned down the role because she does not want to be away from Douglas for an extended period. The Oscar-winning actor recently revealed that radiotherapy and chemeotherapy treatment had left him with sores in his mouth which make it extremely difficult to eat and swallow - which may explain his weightloss.

    He also admitted that his cancer had spread beyond its original tumour and was now worse than first feared, explaining that his illness was stage four - which can often prove fatal. He said that a lifetime of drinking and smoking had been the most likely cause. However, he still claimed he has an eighty per cent chance of beating the disease. Douglas also revealed he and his wife had asked their children, son Dylan, ten, and daughter Carys, seven, to see him undergoing radiotherapy, saying: 'They actually thought it was cool, like a video game or Star Wars.

    They were very impressed when the doctors let them press the buttons.' Douglas added: 'Life is not all ha-ha-ha. But I'm in good spirits. I'm an optimistic guy. Nothing has deterred me from my belief that I am going to beat this. My doctors' prognosis is for a full recovery. I have no reason to doubt them.' Miss Zeta-Jones revealed how she was furious at doctors after they failed to diagnose the cancer despite frequent tests. But she said: 'Michael has always seen our family through life's challenges with compassion and humour.'

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  • PETITION TO SACK ATOS HEALTHCARE IMMEDIATELY
    atos healthcare Atos Healthcare has the £80million-per-year contract for 7 years to act for Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) to 'assess' sick people claiming Employment Support Allowance (ESA).

    They have been working to the previous government's target of pushing 1 million claimants onto Jobseekers' Allowance, and there are some well-documented abuses of vulnerable individuals such as refusing to allow note-taking or tape-recording of the assessment, failing to report truthfully where the claimant has demonstrated incapacity, inadequate facilities for those who are ill during an assessment, a computer system which gives garbled versions of examinations to DWP and various other abuses.

    Petition: We, the undersigned, call upon Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg to terminate Atos Healthcare's contract with immediate effect, to pay the enhanced rate to all claimants whose claim is over 13 weeks old and to pay basic rate ESA to all other claimants. We call for a return to family doctors as the primary source of information as to whether an individual is too sick to work, not a profit-driven plc.

    We further call for a new approach to the sick by government whereby such vulnerable people cease to be treated as 'scroungers' particularly when many of these individuals as taxpayers have paid into the NHS, in some cases for many years.

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  • HOW SMOKING KILLED A SNOOKER LEGEND
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    IF ONLY ONE SMOKER STOPS DUE TO THESE IMAGES THIS ARTICLE HAS DONE ITS JOB

    SNOOKER pals paid tribute last night to hellraising legend Alex Higgins after he lost his fight with throat cancer.

    The star, who shocked fans with his frail appearance weeks ago, was found dead at 5pm in his Belfast flat. He is believed to have suffered massive organ failure. The man they called the Hurricane wasted away, aged 61, unable to eat properly after the disease cost him his teeth. He was also battling bronchitis and other infections caused by his years of chain smoking. But he was puffing cigarettes and drinking to the last The star was married twice and had a son and daughter with ex-wife Lynn. Last night Higgins' old pals cued up to pay tribute to his genius. Former world champion Steve Davis said: "He was a totally amazing player.

    "I had many battles with him over the years - mostly controversial ones! But he brought so much to the game. He will be sorely missed." Snooker supremo Barry Hearn said: "We all knew he was ill but this is a very sad and tragic loss to the game. Our condolences go out to his friends and family. "He was a man who could light up a room when he entered. There was never a dull moment with Alex, he was a mercurial talent.

    "I've never known anyone who had such incredible highs and lows. But he made an enormous contribution to snooker. He was responsible for dragging it up from just being a working man's game to a global sport. "He was controversial at times, but he always played the game in the right spirit. We will miss him - he was the original people's champion." Doctors recently told Higgins he was too unwell to risk an operation to give him a new set of teeth. He was so weak that he could only eat mashed food and his weight had plummeted to seven stone. Star pals had raised £20,000 for surgery to plant bolts in Higgins' jaw for new dentures. But he failed medical tests after flying to Marbella in Spain for the specialist treatment.

    Higgins, who blew a £3 million fortune as he battled booze problems, turned pro at the age of 22, winning the World Snooker Championship at his first attempt in 1972 against John Spencer. At the time he had no permanent home and had been living in a row of abandoned houses in Blackburn which were awaiting demolition. Higgins, who got his nickname because of his whirlwind style of play, held the record for the youngest-ever winner until Stephen Hendry won it in 1990 aged 21. Born in Belfast, he was runner-up in 1976 and again in 1980. He won his second world title in 1982 after beating Ray Reardon 18-15.

    Recently friends said that Higgins was "at death's door" and living off baby food. He shocked onlookers with his gaunt appearance at a fundraiser held in his honour earlir this month. The two-time world champion was stick-thin and appeared unsteady on his feet at the bash. Close pal Will Robinson, Higgins' former assistant, said his old boss had been living in sheltered housing after years battling booze. He said he could only talk in a whisper and was so weak he could barely lift a cue. Higgins' biographer Sean Boru said: "It is just such a sad loss. Alex was the Muhammad Ali of snooker. "Snooker didn't make Alex, Alex made snooker. He was the player the crowds came to see."

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  • EVIL UK: MEANS TESTS FOR DYING CANCER PATIENTS
    willie durrent THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT COLLECTS TAXES AND NATIONAL INSURANCE FROM PEOPLE FOR MANY YEARS BUT WHEN IT COMES TO PAYING OUT FOR SERIOUS ILLNESS THEY USE EVERY DEVIOUS TRICK IN THE BOOK TO AVOID THEIR FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

    TERMINALLY ill cancer patients are being ordered by job centre staff to attend gruelling back-to-work interviews.

    The Sunday Post has heard repeated claims of cancer sufferers threatened with benefits being cut if they fail to show up at the meetings. This is despite government assurances that those with months to live or who are undergoing chemo or radiotherapy would be exempt. Allan Cowie, Macmillan’s general manager for Scotland said, “This is happening all over the country on a regular basis. It’s cruel and unacceptable.

    “The system needs urgently reformed.

    “Some Jobcentre Plus staff don’t understand the rules nor do they understand what a cancer diagnosis means for people physically and emotionally.”

    “Fit-for-work interview”

    Two years ago the Government introduced Employment and Support Allowance to replace Incapacity Benefit. Claimants must undergo a “fit-for-work” interview and work capability assessment overseen by a doctor or nurse. Ministers intended the allowance to focus on what people can do rather than what they can’t, as a means of getting them back to work. However, seriously ill cancer patients were meant to be exempt.

    But one Scots mother-of-three who is undergoing chemo for breast cancer was this month ordered to attend an interview at her local Jobcentre Plus to prove she wasn’t cheating the system. She was told she’d also have to undergo a medical, even though she had a letter from her doctor. Other sufferers, , have reported similar experiences. Willie Durrent (58), from Dunfermline, was called to a fit-for-work interview while undergoing radiotherapy for head and neck cancer. At the time he was receiving regular blood transfusions and being fed through a tube in his neck. He’s since been told he has less than a year to live.

    Exhausted

    Willie contacted Jobcentre Plus to explain but was told the meeting was compulsory. His wife, Linda (56), said, “He was exhausted and in a lot of pain but all they would do was delay the interview. “Willie worked hard all his life and provided for the family and the letter left him feeling inadequate and humiliated. “Nobody with such a serious illness should have to go through that.”

    Fortunately, Willie and Linda had the support of Gill Simpson, a Macmillan welfare benefits adviser. She complained about the letter on the couple’s behalf and they’ve received no further demands since. A spokesperson for the Department for Work and Pensions would only say, “Where we can identify that an individual meets the criteria for the highest level of Employment and Support Allowance, including the terminally ill or people undergoing certain types of treatment, they don’t have to undergo a face-to-face assessment.”

    Macmillan advisers can provide information about the process of claiming benefits and the financial help available on freephone 0808 808 00 00. MORE than £8 million in disability benefits is unclaimed by people diagnosed with terminal cancer in Scotland. A probe by charity Macmillan found one in three people dying from the disease do not receive the allowances they are automatically entitled to. Low take-up is due to people not knowing they are eligible, the perceived stigma of claiming state benefits and the long and confusing claiming process.

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  • SAN FRANCISCO PASSES CELLPHONE RADIATION LAW
    cpradiation Imposing roughly the same cautionary standards for cellphones as for fatty food or sugary soda, this city — never shy about its opinions — voted on Tuesday to require all retailers to display the amount of radiation each phone emits.

    A new law in San Francisco was hailed by Mayor Gavin Newsom as a major victory for cellphone shoppers' right to know. The law — believed to be the first of its kind in the nation — came despite a lack of conclusive scientific evidence showing that the devices are dangerous, and amid opposition from the wireless telephone industry, which views the labeling ordinance as a potential business-killing precedent. But the administration of Gavin Newsom, the city’s tech-happy mayor (he has more than 1.3 million followers on Twitter), called the vote a major victory for cell phone shoppers’ right to know.

    “It’s information that’s out there if you’re willing to look hard enough,” said Tony Winnicker, a spokesman for Mr. Newsom. “And we think that for the consumer for whom this is an area of concern, it ought to be easier to find.” Under the law, retailers will be required to post materials — in at least 11-point type — next to phones, listing their specific absorption rate, which is the amount of radio waves absorbed into the cellphone user’s body tissue. These so-called SAR rates can vary from phone to phone, but all phones sold in the United States must have a SAR rate no greater than 1.6 watts per kilogram, according to the Federal Communications Commission, which regulates the $190 billion wireless industry. But John Walls, a spokesman for C.T.I.A. - The Wireless Association, a trade group, said that forcing retailers to highlight that information might actually confuse consumers into thinking “some phones are safer than others.”

    “We believe there is an overwhelming consensus of scientific belief that there is no adverse health effect by using wireless devices,” Mr. Walls said, “and this kind of labeling gets away from what the F.C.C.’s standard actually represents.” San Francisco, whose health- and eco-conscious residents already face mandatory composting and a ban on plastic bags, is not the first place to consider putting notices on cellphones. Earlier this month, the California Senate voted down an even more wide-ranging labeling bill. A bill in Maine that would have required warning labels on cellphones like those on cigarettes was defeated in March. Part of that legislative track record may stem from the fact that there is little conclusive proof that cellular devices are hazardous. Both the National Cancer Institute and the F.C.C. say that there is no scientific evidence that wireless phones are dangerous, but each agency continues to monitor continuing medical studies.

    A major study of cellphone use in 13 countries published online last month in the International Journal of Epidemiology found no increased risk for the two most common types of brain tumors, according to the cancer institute. In the most extreme cellphone users, there was a small increase in a type of cancer that attacks the cells that surround nerve cells, though researchers found that finding inconclusive. In San Francisco, officials were cautioning that the law was not meant to discourage cellphone use, or sales, rather merely to inform consumers. “This is not about telling people not to use cellphones,” said Mr. Winnicker. “Nobody loves his iPhone more than Mayor Newsom.”

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  • AMERICANS GET MOST RADIATION FROM MEDICAL SCANS
    radiation We fret about airport scanners, power lines, cell phones and even microwaves. It's true that we get too much radiation. But it's not from those sources — it's from too many medical tests.

    Americans get the most medical radiation in the world, even more than folks in other rich countries. The U.S. accounts for half of the most advanced procedures that use radiation, and the average American's dose has grown sixfold over the last couple of decades. Too much radiation raises the risk of cancer. That risk is growing because people in everyday situations are getting imaging tests far too often. Like the New Hampshire teen who was about to get a CT scan to check for kidney stones until a radiologist, Dr. Steven Birnbaum, discovered he'd already had 14 of these powerful X-rays for previous episodes. Adding up the total dose, "I was horrified" at the cancer risk it posed, Birnbaum said. After his own daughter, Molly, was given too many scans following a car accident, Birnbaum took action: He asked the two hospitals where he works to watch for any patients who had had 10 or more CT scans, or patients under 40 who had had five — clearly dangerous amounts. They found 50 people over a three-year period, including a young woman with 31 abdominal scans. When other radiologists tell him they've never found such a case, Birnbaum replies: "That tells me you haven't looked."

    Of the many ways Americans are overtested and overtreated, imaging is one of the most common and insidious. CT scans — "super X-rays" that give fast, extremely detailed images — have soared in use over the last decade, often replacing tests that don't require radiation, such as ultrasound and MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging. Radiation is a hidden danger — you don't feel it when you get it, and any damage usually doesn't show up for years. Taken individually, tests that use radiation pose little risk. Over time, though, the dose accumulates. Doctors don't keep track of radiation given their patients — they order a test, not a dose. Except for mammograms, there are no federal rules on radiation dose. Children and young women, who are most vulnerable to radiation harm, sometimes get too much at busy imaging centers that don't adjust doses for each patient's size. That may soon change. U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials described steps in the works, including possibly requiring device makers to print the radiation dose on each X-ray or other image so patients and doctors can see how much was given.

    The FDA also is pushing industry and doctors to set standard doses for common tests such as CT scans. "We are considering requirements and guidelines for record-keeping of dose and other technical parameters of the imaging exam," said Sean Boyd, chief of the FDA's diagnostic devices branch. A near-term goal: developing a "radiation medical record" to track dose from cradle to grave. "One of the ways we could improve care is if we had a running sort of Geiger counter" that a doctor checked before ordering a test, said Dr. Prashant Kaul of Duke University. He led an eye-opening study that found that U.S. heart attack patients get the radiation equivalent of 850 chest X-rays over the first few days they are in the hospital — much of it for repeat tests that may not have been needed.

    How much radiation is risky?

    It's hard to say. The best guess is based on the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident and studies of Japanese atomic bomb survivors who had excess cancer risk after exposures of 50 to 150 millisieverts (a measure of dose) of radiation. A chest or abdominal CT scan involves 10 to 20 millisieverts, versus 0.01 to 0.1 for an ordinary chest X-ray, less than 1 for a mammogram, and as little as 0.005 for a dental X-ray. Natural radiation from the sun and soil accounts for about 2 millisieverts a year. A big study last year estimated that 4 million Americans get more than 20 millisieverts a year from medical imaging. Two percent of people in the study had high exposure — 20 to 50 millisieverts.

    Another study by Columbia University researchers, published in 2007, estimated that in a few decades, as many as 2 percent of all cancers in the U.S. might be due to radiation from CT scans given now. Since previous studies suggest that a third of all tests are unnecessary, 20 million adults and more than 1 million children are needlessly being put at risk, they concluded. Just because a scan didn't find anything wrong doesn't mean a test wasn't needed. Scans are useful for many diagnoses. But many studies suggest people are getting too much imaging now. For example, Mayo Clinic researchers reviewed the medical records of 251 people given heart scans in 2007 and found that only a quarter of them were clearly appropriate.

    Reasons for overuse:
    _Accuracy and ease of use. Scans have become a crutch for doctors afraid of using exams and judgment to make a diagnosis. Some think a picture tells more than it does. Imaging that shows arthritis in a knee or back problems doesn't reveal how to make it better, said Dr. Richard Baron, a primary care doctor in Philadelphia.

    "Physical therapy for an orthopedic injury is always the first choice," yet doctors rush to order tests, he said. "The question you should be asking when you do sophisticated imaging is, 'Is there something I can fix with an operation?'"

    _Malpractice fear. A missed heart attack or a burst appendix could be devastating for a patient — and mean a lawsuit.

    "I have great sympathy for the ER physicians because of the responsibility placed in their hands with strangers that come in off the street," said Louis Wagner, chief physicist at the University of Texas in Houston. "They have to make a decision that could mean life or death for a patient, and the fastest way to find out is CT."

    _Patient pressure. People urge doctors to "do something" to figure out what's wrong, and "often, doctors feel that the way to demonstrate that they're doing something is to order tests," said Dr. Christopher Cassady, a radiologist at Texas Childrens Hospital and the American Academy of Pediatrics' expert on this topic.

    At his hospital, doctors first do an ultrasound on suspected appendicitis cases instead of rushing into a CT scan. Ultrasounds require no radiation.

    _Health care chaos. One doctor may not know that another has ordered the same test. If a patient is referred to a specialist, "it's often easier for him to order another study than to figure out how to get the one that was done somewhere else," Baron said.

    _Insurance issues. X-rays often are required by insurers to prove health, or for students to study abroad.

    _Availability. Rural hospitals may not have an ultrasound technologist on duty in the wee hours, but imaging machines are always there.

    _Treatment choice. A quick fix for chest pain — artery-opening angioplasty — requires far more imaging and radiation than bypass surgery does. The same is true of "virtual colonoscopy" instead of the standard version.

    Which tests are overused? A scientific group, the International Commission on Radiological Protection, cites routine chest X-rays when people are admitted to a hospital or before surgery; imaging tests on car crash victims who don't show signs of head or abdominal injuries; and low-back X-rays in older people with degenerative, but stable, spine conditions.

    Even when tests are justified, they often include more views than needed and too much radiation. Top offender: chest CT scans looking for clogged arteries and heart problems. Cardiologists are increasingly aware of this risk and are seeking solutions. At Columbia University, a study on dummies by Dr. Andrew Jeffrey Einstein found two dose-modifying techniques could lower the needed radiation dose by 90 percent without harming image quality. Another cardiologist and radiation safety expert, Dr. Gilbert Raff, showed the same in real life. A study he led of nearly 5,000 patients at 15 imaging centers in Michigan found that radiation dose could be cut by two-thirds with no loss of quality.

    What should patients do?

    "You should question everything — what's the dose, why am I getting it? You should be an informed consumer," said Dr. Fred Mettler, radiology chief in the New Mexico Veterans Administration health care system. He led a study of health effects after the Chernobyl accident and is a U.S. representative to the United Nations on radiation safety. He advised challenging "big ticket" tests like CT scans that deliver a lot of radiation to the chest and abdomen — places where cancer is likely to develop. "You shouldn't get too excited about feet and knee X-rays," Mettler said.

    Questions to ask about radiation scans:


    _Is it truly needed? How will it change my care?

    _Have you or another doctor done this test on me before?

    _Are there alternatives like ultrasound or MRI?

    _How many scans will be done? Could one or two be enough?

    _Will the dose be adjusted for my gender, age and size? Will lead shields be used to keep radiation away from places it can do harm?

    _Do you have a financial stake in the machines that will be used?

    _Can I have a copy of the image and information on the dose?

    Mettler suggests bringing a blank CD or thumb drive with you. "You should have all of your stuff digitally on something," he said. "I keep mine on my laptop."

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  • DISABLED MALICIOUSLY TARGETED IN NEW UK BENEFIT SYSTEM LABELLED UNFIT
    disabled A new benefits system promising to end the UK's sicknote culture has been condemned as unfit for purpose.

    Employment Support Allowance (ESA) was introduced 18 months ago to replace incapacity benefit. But its new medical assessment has led to allegations by Citizens Advice Scotland that it targets the most vulnerable. However, the Department for Work and Pensions believes ESA is the best way to ensure people get back to work.

    A BBC Scotland investigation found that under ESA, more than two thirds of claimants are being found fit to work, almost 20% more than the government had planned. It is now the most commonly appealed benefit, with 8,000 tribunals heard every month across the UK - and 40% of decisions are being reversed. So far, only those claiming after 2008 have undergone the medical, but longer-term claimants are due to be transferred to ESA in October.

    Citizens Advice Scotland said it should never have been introduced and was unfit for purpose. The new Secretary of State for Scotland Danny Alexander has also questioned whether the roll out should go ahead. ESA's controversial medical assessment is based on a points system. Those scoring 15 or more are entitled to extra money, and support back into employment. Those scoring less than 15 have to apply for jobseekers allowance, or find work.

    Paisley GP, Chris Johnstone, has piloted a back-to-work scheme and said he had serious concerns about the medical. He believes the medicals are not thorough enough and they "don't appear to cover the areas that the patients want to talk about, often mental health problems". Dr Johnstone added that a lot of stress and anxiety had been caused to a "vulnerable group of patients".

    The medicals are carried out by private company Atos healthcare which also conducts staff medicals for the civil service. ME sufferer Vikki Bell was dismissed from her Department for Work and Pensions desk job she had held for 15 years, after an Atos assessment concluded she was too ill for the role, and was unlikely to return in the foreseeable future. But just three weeks later when applying for ESA, she was told by another Atos assessor that she was fit to work and did not qualify for the benefit.

    People need much more support to manage their conditions and get help to find work and moving them to ESA is the best way to do that Department for Work and Pensions Statement

    Atos said the tests undergone by Ms Bell - who has since qualified for ESA after reapplying - were different with different criteria. An Atos spokesman added that the company was audited by the DWP to ensure a high standard of assessment and that medical advice was correct. A BBC freedom of information request revealed there are eight thousand ESA appeals heard every month. This is double the number of the next most appealed benefit, disability living allowance, which has seven times more claimants than ESA. And around 40% of ESA appeals find in favour of the claimant.

    Speaking before his promotion to the Cabinet, the Lib-Dem's Mr Alexander questioned whether it was appropriate to roll out the programme. He added: "If the experience we've had over the last few months is anything to go by, there will be thousands, tens of thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands of incorrect decisions that are made. "Tens of thousands of appeals will follow, and that will be a system, then, that is close to meltdown."

    October roll out

    Citizens Advice Scotland, which has given the BBC access to its report on ESA's first 18 months, has called for the roll out to be shelved pending an independent review. The Department for Work and Pension plans to press ahead with the roll out in October.

    A statement from the department said: "People need much more support to manage their conditions and get help to find work and moving them to ESA is the best way to do that. "We are fully aware this is a big undertaking and that is why we are working on plans to make the change happen as smoothly as possible."

    ESA - KEY FACTS

    * Introduced 18 months ago
    * Two thirds of claimants found fit for work
    * Now most commonly appealed benefit with 8,000 tribunals heard each month
    * 40% of decisions are reversed
    * Post-2008 claimants have been assessed
    * Longer-term claimants to be transferred to ESA in October

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  • HOW TO AVOID BEING POISONED BY THE NEW WORLD ORDER
    nwo poverty Do you think those in charge of the world are concerned for your health?
    Do you think governments run by masonic lackeys are interested in your health?

    Think again, there is a growing and accumulative body of evidence that shows clearly the failures by the powers that be to address serious medical conditions that are brought on by the JUNK food many poorer citizens are forced to eat due to the high cost of good quality nutrition.

    You don't see the ELITE NWO money men eating cheap food and drinking cheap booze. You wont find poisonous additives in the diet of the mobsters who have been getting away with poisoning the food and drink many are forced to consume, to line the pockets of the corporate food chains, that rely more and more on keeping food for longer and longer on shelves to increase profit. The additives ensure maximum profit while toxins build up in our bodies that cause chronic illness and ultimately early death or serious health problems in old age.

    We list a few very important toxins that are definitely killing us and suggest you visit your local food store to see how widespread this practice is of using them to preserve food that is doing our health no good at all.

    We should maybe mention the first toxin which we may be forced to consume everyday to survive found in water. CHLORINE has been used by Britain to gas its enemies during wars and is highly toxic yet due to failures of maintenance of water systems more and more chlorine is being added to kill bacteria and larger doses of this substance are ingested causing major medical conditions. The most susceptible is the fine membrane in the lung that stops blood escaping while allowing oxygen to enter the blood stream and the massive increase in asthma can be directly connected with this gas. Studies have found pool attendants with serious health problems caused by breathing chlorine gas from their working environment in particular serious lung problems. Bottled water is the only alternative to drinking highly toxic levels of chlorine now being used in water supplies. We have also sought information from those who have experience in the water industry who have highlighted the dodgy practices that make our water supplies unsafe for consumption.

    Check out your regular tipple and see if there is any sulphite added to PRESERVE its shelf life? Have a look at the many cheap alcoholic drinks at a supermarket and you will find most contain this chemical. Rather than properly maturing a drink it is far cheaper and more lucrative to add sulphite avoiding the drink having a reduced shelf life and a major cause of lung function problems due to the effect this toxin has on the body. With the lung in many cases the first organ that shows signs of high toxicity levels in food and drink. Also look at the very expensive range of spirits and notice NO addition of sulphites ensuring only those who can afford the BEST avoid the unnecessary toxins that cheap booze ensures will guarantee health problems. Alcohol itself can create its own health issues if not drunk in moderation but becoming a habit by so many now wakening up to the reality of the world they are now living in.

    Also check your food for nitrites, this is another toxin that seldom gets into the top of the range food products but is massively used to preserve the cheap foods like sausages and pies that contain poorer quality meats . Studies have shown a clear connection with lung damage and high levels of nitrites in the diet.

    Finally vaccines that are a multi-billion dollar industry and increasingly being supplied by contract to government for epidemics created in some cases by the doctors employed by pharmaceutical companies to ensure the hype of a pending epidemic pressures the public into demanding protection . Additives like mercury being a major toxin and used to supposedly preserve the vaccine while causing internal damage to vital organs.

    You don't need to go looking for these poisons they are all around you and if you live on a budget you are more than likely to be eating and drinking higher levels of toxins than someone who can afford to eat the luxury items that avoid the substances that are killing the poor while protecting the profits of the rich. A perfect example of how the New World Order and its elitist thinking undermine the lives of ordinary citizens. The legal and political systems work ONLY for the elite with masonic lackeys passing judgement on the contracts and legalities of these issues NOT the public with citizen juries and why we are in this present state.

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  • THE SECRET COVENANT
  • THINK THEY DON'T ELECTROSHOCK PEOPLE ANYMORE?
    As this group knows, political activists are regularly treated using another form of lobotomy with chemical coshs. Some of our own group have experienced this evil way of trying to shut down dissenters.

    Think They Don’t Electroshock People Anymore? Think Again–Even toddlers and pregnant women are being shocked
    By Dr. John Breeding, author of The Wildest Colts Make the Best Horses

    Ask the average person about the use of electroshock treatment in today’s society and 9 out of 10 will respond, “They still shock people?” They do. It’s estimated that more than 100,000 Americans are electroshocked each year; half are 60 and older, and two-thirds are women. In Australia, it was recently revealed that psychiatrists had electroshocked 55 toddlers age four and younger. In the UK, three year olds have been brutalized with it. And one of the country’s leading mental health “patients’ rights” groups—the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI)—recently endorsed the use of electroshock on pregnant women. One would wonder why a patients’ rights group would endorse such an obviously harmful procedure if not for the fact that the group has recently been exposed as a major front for the psycho/pharmaceutical industry. The FDA reports pregnant women miscarrying following ECT, while studies show that in addition to the risk of death, the fetus can suffer malnutrition, dehydration and violent injury. Electroshocking children, pregnant women and the unborn is tantamount to torture and should not only be banned but those administering it prosecuted. Given the factual truths of sending up to 360 volts of electricity searing through the brain – the obvious question is why the “treatment” has not gone by the wayside like its psychiatric sister treatments during the 1940s and 1950s, insulin coma shock and lobotomy.

    Electroshock was indeed challenged, and its low point pretty much coincided with the release in 1975 of the Academy Award-winning film version of Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Jack Nicholson’s portrayal of the feisty Randle Patrick McMurphy. The horrible scene of his undergoing “unmodified” shock treatment, i.e., without anesthetic and muscle-paralyzing drugs, along with his reduction to a vegetative state was seared in the public’s mind. This, together with public exposure of the shameful state of psychiatric institutions, certainly gave electroshock treatment a bad name—so much so that the treatment was renamed Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT). The bad publicity caused its use in public institutions to fall sharply, and its overall use was also considerably diminished. It would be naïve, however, to think that this curtailment was strictly due to increased public awareness about the brutalities of the procedure. The advent of neuroleptics (nerve-seizing drugs) was perhaps the major factor in this development. The indiscriminate use of these drugs replaced the indiscriminate use of ECT as the primary means of subduing and pacifying inmates who resisted incarceration and wouldn’t cooperate.

    In the last two decades, however, electroshock has made a comeback.

    Most electroshock is insurance-covered. ECT specialists on average have incomes twice that of other psychiatrists. The cost for inpatient ECT ranges from $50,000 to $75,000 per series (usually 8 to 12 individual sessions). Electroshock is a multibillion-dollar-a-year industry—yet its damaging effects are well known to those who endorse it. Max Fink, a professor of psychiatry and the “Grandfather of American ECT” believed the “therapeutic” effect from ECT is produced by brain dysfunction and damage. “Effects on memory, common in ECT, come in two flavors,” wrote Fink in Psychiatric Times in 2006. “Delirium is common with each seizure and is well documented by immediate measurable changes in brain chemistry and physiology” and “the second complaint is of a persistent loss of personal memories…They do not recall the names of their children, family holidays, or personal events….Their complaints cast a public shadow on ECT practice.”

    The Procedure

    Electroshock is a psychiatric procedure that involves the production of a grand mal convulsion, similar to an epileptic seizure, by passing from 70 to upwards of 600 volts of electric current through the brain for one-half second to four seconds. Before application, ECT subjects are typically given anesthetic, tranquilizing and muscle-paralyzing drugs to reduce fear, pain, and the risk (from violent muscle spasms) of fractured bones (particularly of the spine, a common occurrence in the early history of ECT before the introduction, in the mid-1950s, of the muscle-paralyzing drug succinylcholine [Anectine]). The ECT-induced convulsion usually lasts from thirty to sixty seconds and may immediately produce disorienting, painful, and even life-threatening complications, such as apnea (temporary suspension of breathing) and cardiac arrest. The convulsion is followed by a period of unconsciousness of several minutes’ duration. Electroshock is usually administered in hospitals because they are equipped to handle emergency situations that often develop during or soon after an ECT session.

    Brain Damage

    The brain naturally operates in millivolts of electricity, and ECT administers on average between 150 and 400 volts of electricity to the brain, a force sufficient to induce a grand mal seizure, rupture the protective blood-brain barrier and incite glutamate toxicity (glutamate is a powerful neurotransmitter released by nerve cells in the brain and is responsible for sending signals between nerve cells. In glutamate toxicity there is too much glutamate that leads to over-excitation of the receiving nerve cell, which can cause cell damage and/or death). It is prima-facie, common sense obvious fact that ECT causes brain damage. After all, the rest of medicine, as well as the building trades, do their best to prevent people from being hurt or killed by electrical shock. People with epilepsy are given anticonvulsant drugs to prevent seizures because they are known to damage the brain. The Electroshock Quotationary, a collection of quotations, excerpts, and essays about the history and nature of electroshock, by shock survivor Leonard Roy Frank, includes the testimony of Peter Sterling, a University of Pennsylvania neuroscience professor, describing the nature of ECT-caused brain damage, dated May 31, 2001, to the New York Assembly Standing Committee on Mental Health at a public hearing on ECT. Sterling affirms the obvious: that massive amounts of electricity directly into the brain cause profound damage.

    Lack of Efficacy

    Not only does electroshock directly violate the Hippocratic oath to do no harm, the practice has never been proven effective. There are no lasting beneficial effects of electroshock; sham-electroshock (anesthesia but no electroshock) has the same short-term outcomes as electroshock (Ross, 2006). Even leading shock researcher and advocate Harold Sackeim now provides a proof. In an article from 2001, he and his colleagues conclude, “Our study indicates that without active treatment, virtually all remitted patients relapse within 6 months of stopping ECT.” (Italics mine)

    The FDA

    The battle against electroshock has been ongoing since its advent. The two recent chronicles by electroshock survivor activist leaders, Leonard Roy Frank (The Electroshock Quotationary) and Linda Andre (Doctors of Deception), tell the story best. Just now, the fight has centered on the FDA review of the “efficacy and safety” of ECT machines. Many activists, including myself, have submitted testimony urging the FDA NOT to reclassify these devices from Class III (high risk) to Class II (low risk). I have worked with scores of electroshock survivors, and I can tell you the damage is consistent and terrible. I can also tell you as a psychologist that there are methods so much gentler, safer and more effective to help people with depression.

    A Repackaged Product

    The reason for electroshock’s endurance and resurgence is best described by Linda Andre, shock survivor and leader of the Committee for Truth in Psychiatry, in her masterful new work, Doctors of Deception: What They Don’t Want You to Know About Shock Treatment—it is simply the triumph of public relations over science. A concerted PR campaign has allowed electroshock to continue despite clear scientific evidence of its dismal and tragic record on safety and efficacy. The industry repackaged the product to keep it selling. They touted a “newer and safer ECT,” bragging about improved equipment and the introduction of anesthesia and muscle paralysants, which actually came on the market in the 1950s. While the muscle paralysants greatly reduced the risk of broken bones from unrestrained convulsions, there was no lessening of permanent damage to the brain caused by the electroshocks. The drugs made the procedure appear much more benign because they suppressed the body’s natural, violent reaction to a grand mal convulsion. However, as Doug Cameron (1994) and other researchers have shown, the new machines, because they are more powerful than ever are capable of releasing greater amounts of electricity into the brain thus causing more damage than the older devices. With the newer technique modifications there is also an added risk. The drugs used to prevent bone complications raise the seizure threshold so that more electrical current is required to induce the convulsion, which in turn increases brain damage. Moreover, whereas ECT specialists formerly tried to induce seizures with minimal current, they commonly use suprathreshold amounts in the belief that they are more effective. Again, the more current, the more brain damage. Proponents, and the public, have missed the point that the supposed “effectiveness” of ECT is in direct ratio to the amount of brain damage it causes.

    In addition to the propaganda effect and the financial incentives, there is a less well-considered reason for ECT’s popularity among psychiatrists. Although electroshock is often described as psychiatry’s “treatment of last resort,” it is actually psychiatry’s “treatment of next resort.” Next resort after psychiatric drugs, which are the main “treatment”—a treatment whose lack of effectiveness and lack of safety are well documented. Like ECT, these drugs can damage and disable the brain. Like ECT, they can cause a fully justified resentment that goes with the experience of having been betrayed by one’s supposed helpers. Activist and electroshock survivor Leonard Roy Frank’s recent letter to the FDA in regards to their review of ECT devices is one of the best. I end this blog article with his conclusion:

    As a destroyer of memories and thoughts, electroshock is a direct, violent assault on these hallmarks of American liberty: freedom of conscience, freedom of belief, freedom of thought, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom from assault, and freedom from cruel and unusual punishment. Tens of thousands of people every year in the United States are deceived or coerced into undergoing electroshock. The FDA should do everything in its power to discourage the use of electroshock by:

    * keeping ECT’s Class III, high-risk rating;
    * insisting that electroshock psychiatrists, manufacturers of ECT devices, and executives and administrators in hospitals where ECT is administered, substantiate with scientific proof their claims that the procedure is “safe and effective”;
    * and calling upon the Congress and the Department of Justice to investigate the fraudulent and coercive use of this cruel and inhuman procedure.

    Despite the evidence of grievous harm and failure to help, electroshock’s proponents rave on; as an example, an electroshock psychiatrist told Washington Post reporter Sandra Boodman in 1996, that, “ECT is one of God’s gifts to mankind. There is nothing like it, nothing equal to it in efficacy or safety in all of psychiatry.” Given that ECT causes brain damage, memory loss, and other serious cognitive impairment, electroshock serves to cover up and impede any potential malpractice or personal injury litigation. It generally takes years for a shock survivor to recover enough to figure out what has happened to them, and most states have a statute of limitations (usually one or two years) on medical malpractice and personal injury suits. As a result, electroshock survivors are effectively prevented from pursuing litigation against those who harmed them, making electroshock psychiatrists almost malpractice-proof.

    John Breeding, Ph.D. has been a counseling psychologist in Austin, Texas for 25 years. He is an outspoken critic of electroshock treatment and has testified against its use before legislative bodies on numerous occasions. Dr. Breeding is also the director of Texans For Safe Education, a citizens group dedicated to challenging the ever-increasing role of psychiatric drugs in schools. He is the author of numerous articles and four books including: The Wildest Colts Make the Best Horses and True Nature and Great Misunderstandings.

    For more information on the damage caused by ECT, visit www.endofshock.com

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  • BENEFITS CRUELTY OF UK CANCER PATIENTS
    cancerwalk RUTHLESS UK FAILING TO PROVIDE BENEFITS TO CANCER PATIENTS WHO PRIOR TO FALLING ILL HAVE PAID THEIR TAXES AND NATIONAL INSURANCE UNDER THE ASSUMPTION THAT WOULD PROTECT THEM WHEN SERIOUSLY ILL.

    Seriously ill cancer patients are being forced to undergo "cruel" back-to-work interviews despite the fact they should be exempt, charities have warned.

    Those who are terminally ill or undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy are being threatened with benefit cuts if they do not attend the meetings, according to Macmillan Cancer Support and Citizens Advice. The "fit for work" interviews are for people seeking the employment and support allowance (ESA), which replaced incapacity benefit and income support in October 2008. The drive behind ESA is to focus on what people can do rather than what they cannot do, as a means of getting them back to work.

    However, cancer sufferers undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy or who are terminally ill are automatically exempt from the interviews. Macmillan and Citizens Advice condemned the ESA process, saying it was "failing seriously ill and disabled people". Macmillan's benefits helpline has taken more than 600 calls about the issue since May. A joint report - Failed by the System - found evidence of cancer patients with just months to live being told they had to undergo medical examinations and be questioned. Others having radiotherapy and people in hospital have also been refused ESA when they should automatically get it, the study found.

    It also noted examples of people with cancer being told they are fit for work even when they are suffering from the long-term effects of the disease. The charities said poor knowledge of ESA rules among Jobcentre Plus and Department for Work and Pensions medical staff is resulting in claims being handled badly. Poor administration systems and a lack of understanding about cancer are fuelling the problem, they said. Mike Hobday, head of campaigns at Macmillan, said: "It's cruel and completely unacceptable that people who are terminally ill or going through gruelling treatment are being made to jump through hoops to get money they should receive automatically. The safeguards to protect cancer patients clearly aren't working, and the ESA system is riddled with problems."

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  • FARRAKHAN SUSPICIOUS OF H1N1 VACCINE
    farrakhan MEMPHIS, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan told an audience in Memphis he believes the H1N1 flu vaccine was developed to kill people, a witness said.

    Farrakhan, 76, spoke for nearly three hours Sunday at a gathering to observe the religious group's Holy Day of Atonement, which also marked the 14th anniversary of the Million Man March in Washington, the (Memphis) Commercial Appeal reported, citing a source who attended the speech. "The Earth can't take 6.5 billion people. We just can't feed that many. So what are you going to do?

    Kill as many as you can. We have to develop a science that kills them and makes it look as though they died from some disease," Farrakhan said, adding that many wise people won't take the vaccine.

    "The black community has become toxic and must cleanse and restore peace from within," Farrakhan said. Farrakhan told listeners not to become complacent as a result of Barack Obama's election as the United States' first black president, the newspaper said. "You have to understand that he was voted in to take on the affairs of a nation, not yours and mine. He is the American president, not the black president," he said.

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  • Foods at risk: ANY food manufactured in China and potentially any food containing milk powder. US food manufacturers imported millions of pounds of milk powder from China before September 14th. The FDA continues to allow to be sold.

    This includes chocolate, cookies, cakes, and even things like packaged macaroni and cheese. This poison that killed and injured thousands of people, mainly children, may be in US food. We're the only country that hasn't pulled it from its shelves.
    IS CHLORINATED WATER KILLING US?
    The rise of a asthma in the UK has NEVER been fully explained.Chlorine has been added to our water in ever increasing quantities due to poor maintenance in our water system leading to increases in bacteria levels.Chlorine is supposed to kill the bacteria but what is it actually doing to our insides?

    The fine mucus that allows our lungs to breath is one of the most delicate structures in the body allowing oxygen to enter the blood stream while stopping the blood from seeping out into our lung cavities. The effects of Chlorine have been well researched as a weapon of war.

    There is also a new phenomena only recently discovered concerning swimming pool attendants and a condition of the lung caused by urine getting into pool water causing chlorine gas to be created from mixing with chlorinated pool water. Can we really trust those in power to protect our lives and use products that wont damage our health? Read the horrible effects of Hitler's use of chlorine gas against enemy troops.

    One good reason for sticking to bottled water

    The German Army first used chlorine gas cylinders in April 1915 against the French Army at Ypres. French soldiers reported seeing yellow-green clouds drifting slowly towards the Allied trenches. They also noticed its distinctive smell which was like a mixture of pineapple and pepper. At first the French officers assumed that the German infantry were advancing behind a smoke screen and orders were given to prepare for an armed attack. When the gas arrived at the Allied front-trenches soldiers began to complain about pains in the chests and a burning sensation in their throats. Most soldiers now realised they were being gassed and many ran as fast as they could away from the scene. An hour after the attack had started there was a four-mile gap in the Allied line. As the German soldiers were concerned about what the chlorine gas would do to them, they hesitated about moving forward in large numbers. This delayed attack enabled Canadian and British troops to retake the position before the Germans burst through the gap that the chlorine gas had created.

    Chlorine gas destroyed the respiratory organs of its victims and this led to a slow death by asphyxiation. One nurse described the death of one soldier who had been in the trenches during a chlorine gas attack. “He was sitting on the bed, fighting for breath, his lips plum coloured. He was a magnificent young Canadian past all hope in the asphyxia of chlorine. I shall never forget the look in his eyes as he turned to me and gasped: I can’t die! Is it possible that nothing can be done for me?” It was a horrible death, but as hard as they tried, doctors were unable to find a way of successfully treating chlorine gas poisoning. It was important to have the right weather conditions before a gas attack could be made. When the British Army launched a gas attack on 25th September in 1915, the wind blew it back into the faces of the advancing troops. This problem was solved in 1916 when gas shells were produced for use with heavy artillery. This increased the army's range of attack and helped to protect their own troops when weather conditions were not completely ideal.

    After the first German chlorine gas attacks, Allied troops were supplied with masks of cotton pads that had been soaked in urine. It was found that the ammonia in the pad neutralized the chlorine. These pads were held over the face until the soldiers could escape from the poisonous fumes. Other soldiers preferred to use handkerchiefs, a sock, a flannel body-belt, dampened with a solution of bicarbonate of soda, and tied across the mouth and nose until the gas passed over. Soldiers found it difficult to fight like this and attempts were made to develop a better means of protecting men against gas attacks. By July 1915 soldiers were given efficient gas masks and anti-asphyxiation respirators. One disadvantage for the side that launched chlorine gas attacks was that it made the victim cough and therefore limited his intake of the poison. Both sides found that phosgene was more effective than chlorine. Only a small amount was needed to make it impossible for the soldier to keep fighting. It also killed its victim within 48 hours of the attack. Advancing armies also used a mixture of chlorine and phosgene called 'white star'.
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