1. UPCOMING SEMINARS
7 June – Seattle WA – The 60 Day Program
22 July DCS Clubhouse, Newport Beach
26 July – Focus OKC
8 August – Palmer Homecoming
23 Aug – Denver CO – Mile High Conference
27 September – Tulsa OKC Assn
2. Euro Report
If you’re feeling less than festive about chiropractic in the US these days, a trip across the pond might lift your spirits. Dr Adrian Wenban’s Barcelona school may be just the thing.
Barcelona is still one of the most beautiful and exciting cities left in Europe. Weather like San Diego, cuisine unrivaled anywhere in the world, historical and cultural sights at every turn, set like a pale jewel against the azure and emerald Mediterranean – was I talking about chiropractic?
Some kids actually get to have their chiropractic education in a place like this? It’s not fair. I’ve been to most of the schools in the world by now, and this one is unmatched, all things considered. Not only do they get the chiropractic story, with 4 classes of philosophy in the curriculum, but they actually get something like entry level proficiency in adjusting by the time they graduate. Real adjusting. They’re not afraid – imagine that. The S word is actually spoken out loud.
They’re just graduating their first class in June, and will be accredited by October. Anyone thinking seriously about chiropractic as a career should consider living in Barcelona. It’s a 5 year program with summers off, no other options. Get ready to meet some of the coolest, most polite and optimistic people anywhere. Best surprise of all: the tuition. It’s like a 2 for one sale! Better than.
My lecture at BCC was attended by a large proportion of the student body. Really felt like home from the start—I knew I was talking to a group who already had the Big Idea and just wanted to hear it again. The talk went like a rocket ship—adjusted several students during the lecture, as usual. Told the story, introduced the science of subluxation, etc. Then when it was over I thanked them and said if anyone else wanted to hang and get adjusted, that would be fine.
So they applauded and I tore down my equipment. And nobody left. They all stayed. We went into an adjusting room and I adjusted everybody and helped them do some adjusting until finally the janitor threw us out of the building.
All things considered, BCC is the best school I know of today. And I’ve been to almost all of them. So if you are seriously thinking about chiropractic, this is the first place to start looking, in my opinion. You’re going to get the license, the Story, and entry level proficiency. Tell me where else that happens – for this price, and in a comparable venue.
Then for a complete change of pace, I flew to Madrid. From centro Madrid, I went up into the mountains for 45 minutes till I got to the town of El Escorial. There’s a 500 year old monastery there, and an enormous palace that was the summer home of Spain’s kings and queens for generations. There’s still a few actual monks there, but they’ve traded in their sackcloth and ashes for blazers and ties now. The chiropractic school is part of the big university, which it turns out is also part of the monastery. Helps to be Catholic, but it’s not mandatory.
This school is involved now in some leading new neuro research – animal studies which they’re hoping will provide an evidence base for chiropractic adjustments. In case anybody had doubts in that regard. Any new research is welcome, of course, that adds to the prodigious amount of legitimate scientific studies that validate the subluxation and the effectiveness of the adjustment.
I was invited to attend the International Symposium taking place that weekend, featuring Dr Jean Pierre Meersseman. People in AK or SOT should know that name – he’s one of the world’s leading authorities in those techniques.
Among other things, Dr Meersseman is the team physician for Italy’s national soccer team, which is slightly more prestigious than the Vatican’s college of cardinals. He also has a backlog of some 8,000 patients – a real actual waiting list practice, not a fake one like we sometimes hear about.
Anyway, Meersseman’s two-day presentation was about the incidence of dental and TMJ imbalance as causes of musculoskeletal distortions and subluxations lower down the pathway. His brilliant exposition is based on the eloquent premise that the TMJ directly contacts the periosteum of the inner skull, which itself is then contiguous with the dura. So TMJ distortions can cause secondary lumbosacral distortions, and gait problems as well. And vice versa. Or anything in between.
Classic DeJarnette/Walther. Or so I’ve been told. Meersseman’s presentation was just an introduction to a much larger body of work. Might be some clips on the website soon – he let me shoot it.
The other 2 presenters at the “Symposium” were lackluster first timers who had nothing to say about actual chiropractic, that would be in any way useful or inspiring to students. One was a very confused, ill-mannered PT whose English was incomprehensible, which was actually fine after awhile when you realized he was just free-form babbling anyway, but still managed to be condescending! Not a scrap of relevance for chiropractic students. Lost the crowd after 15 minutes. With all the brilliant lecturers in our profession, some weird politics going on here, to be sure. I won’t be back. Students: you can do better than this place for your money. Not sure what’s going on here, but it ain’t much of chiropractic. Good luck figuring it out after you graduate, 200k in debt or whatever.
Next day I crashed a private tour of the monastery that the president was giving to a group of AECC students. For centuries uncounted, the Augustinian monks have been a potent force in Spanish hegemony, with huge interests in land, politics, and academia, etc. As in much of Europe, the church has always been the equal of the regency. The campus includes the palace, which was the summer residence of Maria Cristina, the queen in the 1800s. So the monastery then comprises the university, the royal palace, and much of the town. In these waters chiropractic must swim. All this in a little town near the top of a mountain.
I then had a week before my next lecture over in London. So I hopped on the local train back to Madrid. After a day of walking around the harsh downtown Madrid as a tourist, I needed a return to civilization. So I took the first EasyJet out of Dodge and popped up to Edinburgh. This is more like it. Surrounded by history, you can walk everywhere. Not crowded, not loud, and the spirit of William Wallace could be felt in any coffee shop or bar. I think it’s a law that they have one bar for every 3 Scots.
Edinburgh definitely has some of the best museums in Europe, both in art and natural history. The general deterioration seen in most museums in London, Paris, and Amsterdam, etc. during the past decade doesn’t seem to have afflicted those in Edinburgh, at least not yet. I learned it’s about staffing and funding. Most museums have enough inventory in storage to fill their exhibit space 2 or 3 times.
So what actually gets exhibited is a matter of funding and also level of education of the curators who decide what to display and what to store. And that level of intelligence is dropping through the floor almost as fast as the IQ in American high schools, it seems.
So all you guys who’ve never seen the Louvre, Musee D’Orsay, The British Museum, or the Rijksmuseum, well sorry, but you missed it. They were something.
Whatever. But in Edinburgh it’s still worth coming here and making the rounds. The Scottish National Gallery is an unassuming little place on Princes St. where you just walk right in, without the usual assault by fawning staff trying to clip you. It’s not enormous by any stretch but pretty soon you realize you’re looking at a very creditable collection, comparing with anywhere – a few pieces by Monet, Gaugin, van Gogh, Vermeer, Constable and a couple of Scottish and French guys I never heard of but who were right up there. It’s impressive. And I don’t know anything at all about art.
Much more elaborate is the Scottish National Museum, up the hill. Five floors and several wings, all connected. I asked a question of an assistant curator and ended up with a 2 hour private tour. Ask me about Napoleon’s sister’s personal travel kit someday. These Scots are friendly; this is nothing like Silicon Valley. They want to tell you about their museum, how it’s loaded with natural history, technology, and world cultural items that put to shame most other museums on the continent, or even the Smithsonian. The Prado? Please.
This place is like old times. Scratch Madrid and London and pencil in Edinburgh.
Next, off to Windsor to do three lectures: Vaccines, Nutrition, and Chiropractic. Took the morning train down from Scotland. First class is quieter. Most of England is like most of the US – empty. But green. All green. No people – it’s beautiful.
Dr Ryan Rieder is a real chiropractor. He is part of a 6-clinic group that essentially rules the Windsor area. He got the Story some time ago. Hearing I was coming to the UK, he set up 3 lectures for the local DCs and patients. It was a bank holiday on Monday.
The day before the lectures I had to check out Windsor castle, since it was walking distance from my cool little rooming house. I knew nothing about the place – not even that it’s the Queen’s preferred castle. She’s there most weekends, reportedly.
That part of town is very touristy with walking streets and shops and restaurants. The place was jumping, it being a holiday and all. You pay $30 to tour the part of the castle open to the lowly hoi polloi such as me. First I was thinking how egalitarian and open the royalty was to have such an open door policy to her people. Which is partly true, probably – definitely more than in Washington. Which is so…well, cheesy by comparison. But then I started multiplying those $30 by the thousands who show up every day, yes, thousands, and you can see it’s a going concern. But one where value is given.
Windsor Castle is up on a hill and has been some kind of residence since the 1400s. It has Henry VIII’s favorite hunting grounds. I noticed that thing happening with the windows that you see in the old castles and cathedrals where over time the glass molecules actually rearrange themselves more toward the bottom of the pane – so the glass is waved and thicker at the bottom. Einstein right before your eyes: the particulate nature of solid matter, etc.
I would crash various tour groups strolling the grounds and hear what these very articulate guides would be saying about Edward and Henry VIII and the wars and battles, etc. It was like being on the set of The Tudors and you expected Jonathan Rhys Myers to come dashing by any moment.
In this one courtyard you have to make a choice between getting in a queue to enter either Queen Mary’s doll house or else the State Apartments. Knowing nothing about either, I chose the shorter line – the Apartments. Good choice. This was where the old royalty lived, at least sometimes. I’ve been to palaces and museums all over the world all my life, but I wasn’t expecting this. Having no education in what I observed during those few hours, this will be a very superficial account.
Walking into the first 2 foyers you get a hint of what’s to come. Every inch of all these rooms is ornately and completely decorated by a fresco, tapestry carpet, cabinet, or display of treasures of all kinds. Including the ceiling. Yet it all fit perfectly – didn’t seem in the least overdone. The second anteroom is a very high-ceilinged affair with these stunning collections of pistols, swords and guns laid out in perfect geometric patterns on the walls, all the way to the ceiling, hundreds of guns and swords – two and three centuries old. Pristine. Also the same room was loaded with display cabinets of all sorts showing far flung treasures from the golden age of Empire. This place makes the Smithsonian look like Target, I’m not even kidding.
Just remember, after Trafalgar, no more troublesome Frogs or Spaniards to challenge England for ownership of the 7 Seas. So they ran the table – from the Caribbean to Hong Kong and everywhere in between. For 150 years! And they respected treasure and art of all kinds. Not like when we invade Iraq and stand back while the locals destroy 3000 years of eastern culture.
No, the Brits were always sophisticated, educated in humanities and world culture, probably more than anyone else. They honored the value of what they traded and plundered from all over the world. And much of it came back to London, to the rulers. Golden crowns given to the queen from Thailand and India, bejeweled with countless gems; vases, music boxes, gun kits, tools, inventions, doubloons, coins from everywhere, gold gold gold, more guns, pistols with inconceivably artistic inlaid patterns of gold, silver, shell, and jewels, every size and style and country under the sun – exquisite scabbards of every type of sword you’ve ever seen in any movie or in dreams—hundreds of them.
And speaking of Trafalgar, suddenly there it was right in front of me, on the other side of the glass, at eye level. Suspended on a golden thread – the bullet that killed Lord Nelson.
Outnumbered 32 ships to his 27, he did something no one else ever did – he went straight at them, straight at the lead ship. Took all those French and Spanish ships, at a very high cost—his own men, and his life. Changed the whole balance of power in Europe in one day. The bullet that went through his lung and lodged in his spine – dead by 4 pm. Wow.
We would never think of something like that, to honor a national hero that way. That was in 1805 and the bullet still honors his memory.
Then you go into the other apartments, drawing rooms, bedrooms, audience rooms, ball rooms, conference rooms, dining rooms, dressing rooms, bedrooms – ever get the feeling you might be missing something?
No way I can describe it – when you go over there, skip London, and go to Windsor and Oxford. You won’t regret it.
Next day the 3 lectures of 3 hours each. Very attentive and well educated crowd. These chiros came to play. Videoed it, so eventually it will turn up on the website.
Where were we? Chiropractic, right. It was excerpts from the full-day philosophy and neurology seminar and also from Tim Young’s technique duo that we do. Went into set-ups and adjustments right in the middle of the lecture – why be theoretical?
We have a new thing we do now in the hands-on full day, which I did here. The Transitional Experience. What was the moment in your life where all at once you discovered that:
1. Chiropractic was something very real and powerful
2. You could actually learn to do it
I make everyone close their eyes and ask for a show of hands – how many have had the Transitional Experience?
OK fine. Now everyone keep your eyes closed and now I ask how many have not yet had the TE. Different crowds, different ratio, but there’s always 2 groups.
But one girl raised her hand—a DC – and she said – What if your transitional experience has been a negative one?
Possible Code Red. I’m always on the alert to derail something that’s gonna torpedo the presentation. But this intrigued me. So I drew her out – what do you mean? Explain.
And the story went that this completely inexperienced and untrained DC had grabbed her head and just twisted her neck into full rotation, causing our worst nightmare: dissection of the vertebral artery. When was this? 4 years ago. And how is your neck now? Not good – haven’t been adjusted since.
This is what every technique teacher worth his salt dreams of — live ammo.
But wait, let’s stop here a second and have the readers decide what they would have done, each one of you. Think about it: last adjustment put in hospital.
Not exactly one to shrink away, I said Come on up here and let me check it. A little apprehensive but still interested that someone would want to evaluate her, she came up. Her neck was a train wreck – not a surprise, without an adjustment for 4 years. Subluxations all up and down, bilateral, with diffuse guarding of paraspinal and intrinsic muscles, etc. Got the picture?
So then I asked, do you want me to adjust you? The answer was a timid Yes. Couldn’t quite get a reading on her tone, but my sail was set. Here was a 4-year subluxation waiting to be set free. All the rest is fear and lawyer talk.
So I thought a second – what did Clarence say? Do the lowest one first. So I set up on T2 right and gave it the full 8 cylinders. Wham! The blinding power of chiropractic. Everyone in the room stopped breathing. Then I heard a quiet sob from the patient, and I just started talking to the group quietly about what we just did, and about the biomechanical difference between what the idiotic manipulator had done and what someone skilled could do, and intention, etc. And after the crying stopped she got up and went back to her place.
Then on the break she came up and there was this whole spirit of essential Gratitude going both ways. Thank you, no thank you, etc. And I remember I asked why she hadn’t been adjusted for 4 years, and she said – wait for it – when chiropractors heard the story, no one would touch it.
Wow. Guess they never came to our technique seminar, because I know for a fact Tim Young would have done exactly the same thing I did. Don’t even need to ask him.
Risky? Four years of healing. Plus I know the way to adjust this kind of subluxation. A new X-ray would have been nice, but this was as clear as day. It was one of those you know – you know adjustments. No room for doubt.
Some of you reading this won’t agree, I know. Too bad. I forgive you.
But if any of you does get it, and if you live anywhere in the Midlands, email me. She needs follow up.
Anyroad, here is another of those pockets of awareness I’m always yapping about – right there in Windsor, England. And they’re looking for a few more chiropractors, who can actually adjust.
Ryan brought up another subject that you hear about in the UK and in Europe pretty often – the confusion students and some DCs have about money and service. Might as well set the record straight on this one as well—still another 8 hours to go on this flight—nothing else to do… Sure hope they make an announcement asking if there’s a doctor on board… did I ever tell you that one?
Anyway, Dr Ryan says that he needs a new staff member in one of his Windsor clinics because they’re expanding. So he had a few new graduates come up from certain schools that I can’t remember, Your Honor…
And most of them look at the open room set-up, geared for volume and watch the flow, and their eyes get big as saucers, even though we’re only talking about 80-100 per day. But they all politely back away and excuse themselves and ran to their cars. All except one. Who thinks, hey, this is pretty cool.
And there’s your chiropractor, Vern. One in 500. As I was about to find out first hand, these schools are generally teaching their graduates to spend 45 minutes with a patient, doing outcome assessments, energy readings, etc., so that they’ll get that warm and fuzzy ‘scientific’ feeling like I really did my job, or whatever.
But it gets worse. They’re also taught to think that anyone who is trying to do ”volume,” that is, more than 10 per day, is a sleazy, used car salesman huckster out doling out placebos, brainwashing patients for money and only money, etc.
You guys know what I’m talking about – you’ve heard it. Here’s the Cosmic Error: Our job, our only job, is to find and correct vertebral subluxation. By law and by license. And ostensibly, by training. For the experienced DC it just doesn’t take that long. The hands go right to it. Objective verification will validate it, but the only one who cares about that are the academics who’ve never practiced and the students, who have no idea what chiropractic is supposed to be.
The patient knows that they know, and the DC also knows as well. That’s the real saving grace of this profession: once you get the license and go into practice, chiropractic is whatever you say it is.
Definition of success? Easy: it’s a synonym for service. With the epidemic of subluxation in today’s world, each licensed DC’s sacred trust is to adjust as many of them as physically possible. If that means open room adjusting, well so be it. If that means 2 or 3 minutes per patient, fine. Patients are the ones who appreciate it most. The only thing they came in for was the adjustment. They want to get in and get out and get back to their busy lives.
So all you guys out there thinking you have to stroke the patient and yourself for 45 minutes until you Feel Good about “outcomes” – I’m sure you’ll be very happy in the ivory tower of academia, or god forbid, regulatory positions. Because you won’t be practicing in the real world.
If you want to hold people’s hands for an hour, become a manicurist.
Money? Well, money is just a consequence of abundant service, a marker. The universal law of Fair Exchange. Where did this phony Marxist /Santa Cruz /socialist thing come in that associates money and success necessarily with sham exploitation? So stupid and condescending. Ivory tower kids, spending daddy’s money… Democrats.
The real irony here is that this type of pseudo-puritanical attitude pretending to eschew financial gain is often the hallmark of the flaming Medipractor , who cloaks himself in the false science of the most grasping and monopolistic profession in history. With the #1 lobby in Washington. Oh, they’re not interested in money at all…No, not medicine.
Who do you think you’re kidding? Think we’re really that dumb?
If these guys worship medical doctors so much, please go and be a medical doctor. Get it over with. Don’t presume to subsume my profession, and turn it into your puffy version of what it has been for the past century.
Anyway, Windsor. Go there. See it. Meet Dr Ryan. Pocket of Awareness right there in the trenches in the UK.
Next morning off to the last stop, last philosophy lecture on the tour. Can’t quite recall the name of this place, Your Honor. I knew I was going into the mouth of the beast, a burning mouth, yes, so, I was somewhat prepared that it wasn’t going to be a Jacuzzi experience, as Patrick says. But this wasn’t my first rodeo. Plus it’s something bigger than me, so bring it on.
So there I am in front of another group next night doing the same lecture that I did in Barcelona the week before. But this is a different planet altogether. Now I’m in the land where the Gods are the Randomized Clinical Trial, and physical therapy ‘objective’ outcomes, and core balancing, etc. Subluxation is an unscientific ephemeral illusion, and adjusting, well, we’re just not sure if we should even go there…
So I go through my usual material showing the difference between medical science, which board exams must confine themselves to, and chiropractic science: today’s most advanced neuroscience. Which most schools’ curricula simply have no time for.
So to give a preview of chiropractic science, something they’ve clearly never seen before, I show a few of the dozens of medical and neuro textbooks and references who speak of subluxation in exactly the same context as DD and BJ. (See online seminar)
On this occasion, some of them understood it and many of them were lost.
And then something unprecedented happened. I called for a volunteer to come up and be a patient. And someone spoke up, horrified. Sorry but you’re not allowed to adjust anyone here because that’s not allowed, and at this place you just can’t, etc. And they were very nervous. I just stopped a minute and said, well this is the lecture that I give all over the world and I always do a demonstration at this point, and this is the first time anyone has ever stopped me. I am an expert in adjusting, and this is a lecture on adjusting so what are we really talking about here?
That resulted in silence, then a timid repetition of the same embargo—no adjusting–so I continued on with the presentation minus the adjusting. And when the lecture was over a large percentage of the group came up and said that I should finish up and then come down to the adjusting room and show them what I was going to do. So I did that and helped them with setups and some of them adjusted me and everyone got adjusted. Just like at every other school. And these are upper level students here, about to graduate and most of them don’t know the basics of adjusting.
Any experienced lecturer evaluates himself not on what he presented, but on what else he should have said. You always think later about what you should’ve said.
So here’s what I should have said when that dude stopped me from adjusting:
Now my friends this is a first for me. I do this lecture all over the world and this is the first time anything like this has ever happened. “They” seem to be afraid of something. “They” say they don’t want you guys to see a very experienced DC give an adjustment. Why not? Precisely what is it they don’t want you to see here? What is it that they are afraid of?
Do you think that you pay enough money to be able to see the best DCs in the world come here and show you how to deliver an actual adjustment?
Does the term academic freedom have any significance here?
Are they going to show you a better way to do it? When? Why can’t your students in their last semester adjust? That’s not so unusual perhaps, but what is peculiar is that the students should be blocked from seeing anything at all. Wonder what they did in the 450 clinic visits? Better yet, what are they going to do when they graduate? Why is this such an issue, but more than that, why are “They” so terrified ?
Something like that – that’s what I should have said. There are a couple of places who have banned me and others that I have banned from ever hearing me again. This is one of them. Probably safe to say we’ll both get over it.
I set out to see what’s going on in our profession. And brother, I’ve seen it. First hand. The good, the bad and the ugly.
I’m not political. Way too stupid for that. But I’m not quite stupid enough to have people trick me – to take chiropractic and change it into something they can use, something completely alien to the Sacred Trust, and still call it chiropractic.
Tell me this global agenda to dilute and marginalize chiropractic is not going on in today’s world.
Let’s all pretend it’s not, and then get together and sing campfire songs.
Anyway, as I told them at that last lecture, I know not everyone here is going to agree with what I’m about to say. That’s fine – I’m speaking to those who do understand, or at least are capable of hearing The Story. We’ve got Natural Selection going on right here, live on tap.
And the ones who will never get it, and even the ones blocking me from showing the adjustment – I forgive them.
Fairly sure this is exactly what BJ went through in later years, when he watched his precious life’s work often being turned into something else, some half measure. As though the power that animates the living universe needs to be filtered, or edited.
Next day I flew up to Copenhagen, where I haven’t been for many years. They’ve really let it go, gotta say. Got this whole urban squalor thing going on, but with London prices. Another city to cross off your itinerary, which by now most tourists have done. Great bakeries, however.
Back to LAX, just thinking. Never saw Whole Foods the whole time. Even Safeway – nothing even close. Grocery stores are mostly just big 7-11s. UK food is in general – well, deplorable. Markets, restaurants, whatever. They just don’t demand it. Everything is cellophane and fish and chips.
But there’s a whole sophistication ambiance too, that you can’t deny. RT news channel is actually intelligent and in depth and unscripted – nothing in the US can even come close. And also to have that whole burden of obligatory world dominance that pervades our media suddenly gone, and hear what other countries say about the US – it’s most instructive. Way ahead of us, in many ways.
Newest resolution: stop travelling and focus on video projects!
3. Two New Videos
Just came out of the studio with 2 new half-hour clips
They’re on youtube and on thedoctorwithin.com
Can’t keep it a secret any more. The principles of peptide physiology laid down in the Collagen chapter are described clinically in patient after patient.
All those years of frustration with adjustments not being able to resolve progressive arthritis cases, etc. Then I found the perfect adjunct: Hydrolyzed Collagen.
Soon it became a no-brainer for arthritis patients, even saving many from replacement surgery. But then the discovery of collagen’s role in so many other degenerative conditions – which mostly meant collagen-deficient conditions:
On and on. No mystery why it had such a broad application, when you consider the ground substance for all these structures, and the rate of decline in production as we age…
Anyway, all these we discuss in the online Chapter. But now this short new video summarizes the main ideas in a nonliterary format. Since nobody really reads any more.
And then there’s the video on The 60 Day Program. This is an upgrade of the 5 minute clip that’s been on the chapter since forever. You don’t even have to think – you can just sit there and be shown what the 60 Day Program is, why anyone would consider it, and how to start it. Also there are tons of stories from real patients.
Beyond the corrective phase of adjustments, now the rest of it – the metabolic part — a profound and complete lifestyle shift whose effect is to get over that cosmic speedbump, the obstacle that has been limiting the advance of glowing health for the last 20 years, or whatever. Leave no stone unturned, no possible cellular excuse for toxicity, for vascular, endocrine, or visceral malfunction …
For those who want to take as much responsibility as physically possible for their own return to health. Again, read the stories.
4. Bexsero: Latest Vaccine Hype
As I predicted after bird flu, the H1N1 scam and the recent ‘outbreaks’ last year, it was only a matter of time before the next media chimera was conjured up to market the next vaccine. So here it comes – serve it up: Bexsero – our savior from meningitis.
Too bad the disease is practically nonexistent. Not that that’s ever been an obstacle before…
By now we’ve all seen the stories about the ‘outbreaks’ of type B meningitis November 2013 at UC Santa Barbara and at Princeton: 4 cases and 8 cases. [1,2,4]
Remember, the CDC now defines an outbreak as 3 or more cases in the same location. [5 ] Cases of what, you might ask? Anything they can sell as a new disease.
In the last November’s event, we have 4 cases and 8 cases respectively of bacterial meningitis B. In a population of 300 million.
For the past decade, bacterial meningitis has been averaging between 500 – 1000 cases per year, according to CDC.  They don’t cite sources for those figures. It’s probably less. Thing is, it’s been dropping.
So now the task was how to capitalize on all the press about the 12 meningitis cases at the 2 universities. CDC states that they have to respond – they have to ‘do something’ when there’s this much media. 
Enter Bexsero vaccine. Let’s get some basic non-Wiki, non Google facts straight:
1. Bexsero has never been tested or approved in the US.
2. It has been approved in the EU and Australia. The UK rejected it.
3. Bexsero was recently given Breakthrough Therapy Designation status by the FDA  in order to bypass normal clinical trials. Same way they did with swine flu in 2009.
Breakthrough Therapy designation? This is a new term FDA bureaucrats made up to allow an untested unlicensed vaccine to be used on a population, under the guise of urgency.
As with any new vaccine being considered, when you read about Bexsero, it helps to keep their fixed goal always in mind: they want to get it added to the mandated schedule, for every single infant.
No one is mentioning that there is already a meningitis vaccine on the present Schedule – Prevnar – which is claimed to protect against bacterial meningitis. Since 2002. Prevnar is supposedly for otitis media. It was never actually tested for meningitis protection. They just make the claim.
But Bexsero is going to be in addition to Prevnar. Now they want a new untested vaccines on the Mandated Schedule, for every 2 month old.
Let’s review the alphabet soup. There are 2 types of meningitis: viral and bacterial. Of the bacterial there are 5 main serogroups: types A, B, C, W, and Y.
Only types B, C, and Y are found in the US.
Still with me? OK. The CDC estimates there are about 500 cases of bacterial meningitis per year in the US,  so they divide that number by 3. No science or sources given for this, – that’s just the figures they use. OK, so that means they claim about 160 cases of type B every year in the US – population 300 million. But even with the 2 ‘outbreaks’ causing all the media, the total annual number of cases has not increased at all. So there’s certainly no indication of a new epidemic, no matter how the press tries to spin it..
In a press conference in Nov 2013, Amanda Cohn of CDC claimed that the reason there are so few cases of meningitis in the US is due to the high rate of vaccination with the old MCV4 and Prevnar vaccines, which has been on the Schedule since 2002. That claim is completely unfounded. Like all diseases, meningitis declined on its own, irrespective of the vaccine.
They always do that. We saw it when they tried to create the hysteria for bird flu and swine flu. Same exact MO: start hyping an old disease and say there’s a new threat. Even though there is no new increase. And then just keep talking and talking about it.
Years of research in CDC archives have given me some insight into how they obtain figures for disease. On the one hand they are fond of giving broad ranges off the top of their heads, which then get quoted and requoted [the Babel Effect] and suddenly these guesses become dogma.
There are 2 reasons why they guess:
1. most of the cases of disease are not lab tested and diagnosed by symptoms only, often on the phone. Someone calls in with headache and stiff neck, they may well be counted as a case of meningitis.
2. If the cases were so carefully tested by culture and by titer as they claim  there would be exact figures for the annual figures for all types of meningitis. You can’t have it both ways. Estimates equals untested. Exact figures are tested
This is the kind of obvious sloppiness nobody notices. But it’s pervasive, and it’s policy. The antithesis of legitimate science.
Remember, CDC statements and policy always always cheerlead for the vaccine manufacturer.
Their lack of science is shocking. A reporter asked Cohn about the difference between a strain and a serogroup, and her bumbling answer showed she really didn’t know at all. Read it yourself: 
This is the representative of CDC whose assignment was to sell this vaccine to the American public. And it worked! They don’t even have to send good liars any more.
Any medical dictionary will tell you that a bacterial serogroup contains a common antigen, or foreign protein, in their outer capsule.
A bacterial strain is a subset of a species, having some minor but distinguishable difference, sharing a common DNA. There are wild strains – in nature – and laboratory strains. A laboratory strain all descend from a single organism.
This entry level of science is evidently beyond the CDC’s chosen representative.
Allowing unlicensed vaccine to be administered to an entire university in a situation of less than 10 cases is unprecedented, a radical departure in policy, even for them. In fact, it’s so unscientific that even the FDA won’t accept these 14,000 rushed vaccinations at Princeton and UCSB as clinical evidence in the approval process! 
Novartis owns the license in the EU vaccine. It was rejected by the UK, incidentally.  . With all the media hoopla, Novartis is now trying for the US license. But these new vaccinations cannot be used as clinical data.
The emergency vaccine they imported from the EU for the UCSB/Princeton ‘outbreaks’ was the Novartis product. Novartis sent the universities 30,000 doses, free of charge. 
Curiously, the CDC didn’t think the vaccine was safe enough to recommend for faculty – just students! Even though it’s licensed in the EU and Australia for everybody. But when the new vaccine goes through all the red tape and gets approved, which is sure to happen sometime this year, it will be given to all infants beginning at 2 months, and will be the same vaccine: type B meningococcal. The science won’t change. Just the politics.
Is anybody listening to this?
College kid aren’t really that interested in science, apparently. Too busy on FB. At UCSB, 8 students over a 6 month period were diagnosed with the same type B meningitis. This occasioned over 90% of the school to voluntarily submit to a completely experimental unlicensed vaccine from Europe instead of the traditional antibiotics approach. Typical reason, reported in school paper: ‘Better to be safe than sorry.’
I couldn’t agree more. That’s the precise reason NOT to vaccinate. Too bad you guys didn’t read enough to know the difference. Too naïve to recognize the standard rabid marketing pattern of a new vaccine. Outbreak? 8 students? Wow.
Another fact is that 5-10% of normal Americans have type B meningococcal bacteria in their bodies that never cause disease. It’s been that way forever, most likely. So of the 500 cases per year, who gets them? Crowded dirty diseased drug infested crack ghetto environments, primarily. 
So – goes back to the whole Germ Theory religion: the germ or the terrain. Even Pasteur admitted he was wrong about that one on his deathbed. Remember? “Le germe c’est rien…”
They can’t sell terrain. Only germs have market value.
These new meningitis vaccines are experimental. According to an article that Cohn herself supposedly co-authored 2 years ago,  the preferred treatment for bacterial meningitis is antibiotics. Antibiotic therapy has supposedly worked fine for the past several decades, as long as they were taken in the first 2 weeks. So what‘s the hurry now all of a sudden with these isolated ‘outbreaks ‘ of a few college kids—now suddenly unproven unlicensed vaccines are an emergency to import vaccines all the way from Europe?
Any time something this illogical appears in medicine, the reason is typically fiscal, not physical. If Pfizer and Novartis get approval for their new meningitis B vaccines and it gets added to the mandated schedule for 2 month olds, as well as later, that will mean perhaps a billion in added annual revenue.
Think this might be a factor?
After you’ve studied vaccine lore for a couple decades it starts to dawn on you: this is the only factor. How are they doing? In 2013 Novartis reported sales of $57.9 billion in the US alone. 
“Every hero needs a villain.” That’s from MI1, remember where the evil scientist actually creates a new disease in order to market a vaccine. Well they’re not smart enough to do that in real life, so they do the next best thing: they create the illusion of the villain. And they’re able to do that by the pervasive control over media. Convince an undiscriminating public that an ordinary disease which is not even increasing, might become a plague unless we produce and mandate a new vaccine for general use.
There it is: the most brilliant marketing strategy in history.
This story losing momentum. Pretty hard to keep the nonexistent threat in people’s minds. There have been no further cases since last November’s few. It’s almost summer of the following year. And the vaccine won’t be ready till the end of 2014 at best. Look for another major false scare just before approval. Watch for the shoo –in. You can bet on it.
One final prediction I can practically guarantee. I’ll lay odds on it if I have any players out there: as soon as the vaccines are approved and added to the schedule, the “outbreaks” – the threat – will disappear. It won’t be back. Happens every single time.
Remember you read it here, April 2014.
1. Do-Hyeong Myeong Novartis seeks licensure for Bexsero vaccine in the U.S.
The Princetonian April 3, 2014
2 Bruger, K Meningitis Vaccine Clinic Starts Monday at UCSB
The Santa Barbara Independent 20 Feb 14
3. Novartis meningitis B vaccine Bexsero® receives FDA Breakthrough Therapy designation in the US Novartis website April 07, 2014
4. 8,000 Students Become Guinea Pigs for Unapproved Vaccine — November 26, 2013
5. CDC Press Briefing
Status of Serogroup B Meningitis Cases in the United States 25 Nov 13
Best and Worst of All Possible Cabo’s
The premise here for this monthly feature, remember, is that at the present time we are living simultaneously in both the best of all possible worlds and the worst of all possible worlds.
So to cover both topics for this month we just need one phrase: Cabo San Lucas.
Cabo Wabo. That was supposed to be the vacation before the lecture tour. Again, father forgive them for they know not what they do… or something like that…
I always say I know too much, so they should just shoot me. But I can’t pretend I didn’t go to Cabo all those times in the 90s and didn’t see what it was then. And now after the ultralight flight at sunrise I see what it is now. Jesus.
Well, from the beach outward it’s still one of the most dramatic panoramas anywhere. At least they didn’t put a Senor Frog’s under the arches. Yet. The aquamarine water, always above 80 degrees, the magnificent beaches of Costa Azul, the rocky costal prominences that are still undeveloped, there is still an attraction.
But Big Daddy has come to town, and he brought all his cash and flash, and nothing’s casual any more. Nobody rents bicycles any more. No more ATVs or or dune bikes allowed on the streets. Actually, no more ATVs or dune bikes allowed on the dunes either. You have to go way out in the desert for that. For $200. No more renting horses from the two large estabulos in town and riding the 2 mile jaunt down to Sunset Point. No, you have to get picked up in your hotel and be driven 12 kilometers east to Tullies Beach and have your horses trailed in for a ride across some very rocky terrain with a little bit of beach thrown in. What a rip.
Unless you want to walk 1.5 miles up the beach from the hotels and talk to the lone ranger – Justinio – who stands there patiently all day with his sleepy horse, hoping some beach hikers will want to take a ride up the last little piece of beach left. But even that is all fenced in now – it’s all barbed wire – the entire beach, both the developed and the part for sale. The 2 new Riu hotels are phat – it’s Vegas come to Mexico. Thank you Spanish mafia – thanks so much for thinking of us.
And does anybody remember the Pacific beach on the west side of El Arco? When it only had one hotel? And now that beach and the next one are both covered with condos. Except for the $20 million private villas that top the precipices all the way up the coast, up past Pueblo Bonito Pacifico. And now the beach at El Faro Viejo where you used to jump dunes on the FatBoys—well that’s been outlawed for some years under the pretenses of protecting las tortugas and their huevos – what a joke. Yeah we don’t want to disturb the turtles while they’re laying their eggs, no, no — until – They got the payoffs and decided that well, 2 new golf courses on that beach wouldn’t disrupt the the delicate ecosystem that much after all… So might as well put in 3 giant hotels between them. And on it goes.
The 200 dollar hotel rooms are now 300, until they add the secret 30% taxes which make it $400. Which would still be worth it if… But I guess it must be worth it because that’s what people are paying and the hotels in town are full, and they’re building more. Cabo San Lucas was 35,000 people in the 90s – today it’s 135,000.
But I have to say Cabo Wabo is still cool. The LA band actually did not suck. And it was packed, so I guess Sammy and Edward’s retirement plan is working out fairly OK. Last time I was there 9 years ago, it was a dead Monday night and the world’s suckiest garage band was struggling through Chuck Berry covers onstage. There were like 10 people in the whole place. And suddenly the singer announces that we have a special guest in the audience tonight and would he please come up and play the bass – Mr John Entwistle. And I look over and sitting right next to me, yes there is John. And sure enough he gets up onstage and plays the living hell out of Twist and Shout and The Midnight Hour. The band was smart enough to give him soloes in both songs. The late John Entwistle. May he not be fooled again.
Anyway I don’t want to misdirect – the rest of downtown really sucks, unless you’re in your throwing up on your shoes phase. Or are stone deaf. Then it’s the ultimate.
What else – they’ll still rent you ocean kayaks on the beach, but after you’ve paid the money they tell you no going out to Divorce Beach or the arches, and that you can only go out 100 meters! Not kidding. The jetskis are killer however. And they take total precedence – you can kill anyone you want with them – they have total right of way. So it’s not all bad.
There is one new thing that is definitely an upgrade to the past, and actually worth the $189. The new dolphin tank. They have like 15 or so dolphins and they are unbelievably well trained, in this big pool. And you get in a group of 8 people and get your own dolphin to swim with and play with, for 45 minutes. Yes, I’ve seen all the documentaries on how exploitive Sea World is, and all that, but this is different. These dolphins actually seem to like people. They’re like Labrador retrievers with fins. The more you pet them and ride them and interact with them, the more they like it. It’s like they recognize us as fellow mammals and they’re lonely with all those fish out there, or something – I don’t know. For kids, you have no choice. It’s unforgettable – a life event.
But, oh yes – you’re not allowed to take pictures.
That’s what Cabo has become now—a place full of rules and regulations for things you’re not allowed to do. It’s never about safety, like they say—it’s always about turf. And about clipping the tourist at every possible turn.
The new hotels up the beach – like the Riu’s – forget it. Why go all the way down there to Mexico to isolate yourself from your environment like that. Same with MeCabo (the old Melia)– what a downgrade it’s become. Kids aren’t allowed in the pool! No kidding! Which is actually a favor because it’s filthy anyway. Pueblo Bonito is still the best bet in town – Blanco or Rose – either one. Great pools.
But in general Cabo San Lucas is so over. Again, if you’ve never been there yet, you definitely missed it. Better to go to Costa Azul, right near the airport. Which for now is not bad at all.
It’s gonna get worse on the whole peninsula though, in the next 5 years. The Chinese just spent a couple hundred million east of the airport in Cabo San Jose to start an enormous resort called Cabo Dorado. They already have a marina. And all those barbed wired-in lots up the beach in Cabo San Lucas – somebody’s going to develop them. You can see what direction it’s heading as you take off from the airport. Lined up next to the runway are about 50 or so little Lear jets – in that tiny San Jose airport. It’s going in the direction of a Monte Carlo scene with all the money and none of the sophistication.
C’est la vie.
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After years of maneuvering, GlaxoSmithKline finally got their new vaccine for Hepatitis A tacked onto the mandated schedule in Jan 2002, with no public fanfare.  The vaccine was called Havrix, and is delineated on p. 1456 of the 2007 PDR. 
WHAT IS HEPATITIS A?
Hepatitis A is an acute viral disease of the liver. Hepatitis A virus (HAV) has supposedly been isolated. [241, AAP]
How serious is this disease? Hepatitis A is a mild, self limiting disease, resolving on its own with no treatment in 4-8 weeks. Most infections are subclinical, meaning that the people who get the disease never even know it because they never manifest symptoms. (Merck p 377) 
Most hepatitis A doesn’t require treatment. Even the National Institutes of Health states that: “Most people who have Hepatitis A get well on their own after a few weeks.”  NIH Manual
More on Hepatitis A: see chapter at thedoctorwithin.com 
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