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An Attempt to Enlighten Concerned Patients and Parents Regarding Essentia Health Duluth’s Recent Vaccine Controversy

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By Gary G. Kohls, MD – July 24, 2018

 

On July 23, 2018, my local Duluth, Minnesota TV news teams reported the following short bit of information that they had received from Essentia Health’s media relations folks. Essentia admitted that their clinic’s varicella (live chickenpox virus) vaccines and ProQuad inoculations (= MMR [live measles, mumps, rubella viruses plus varicella]) had been injected into a number of pediatric patients over an unspecified period of time. Essentia had discovered that the inocula had been stored at an “improper temperature”. The parents of the patients had been urged by a separate letter to return for a repeat shot of the live virus vaccine.

I checked Essentia’s website and found no clarification of the brief bit of information that had been reported on TV, so I decided, in the interest of providing the information that patients are supposed to be given before giving their consent to being injected with a potentially hazardous group of substances, I went online to get it for them through this column. After doing my research, I obtained the following information, some of which I will comment upon below.

1)             Essentia Health Duluth Says Certain Vaccines Were Improperly Stored at Duluth Clinic

The Hospital is Unaware how Many Children are Affected

From www.kqdsfox21.com – July 24, 2018

DULUTH, Minn. – Pediatric patients who received two types of vaccines at the Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic may need to return for a second round due to improperly stored doses.

According to a letter sent out to parents, the vaccines at the clinic were not stored at the manufacturer’s recommended temperature.

Essentia is recommending that patients who received a dose of Varicella or Proquad return to the clinic to receive a second dose so they can ensure the children are fully protected against illnesses.

Essentia says they are unaware how many children, if any, received a dose of the less-than-optimal vaccines.

Proquad vaccinations protect children against measles, mumps and rubella while Varicella is a vaccine that protects against chickenpox.

The hospital says they have put measures in place so this type of incident does not occur again and that no children have experience any ill effects from the earlier vaccine.

[Ed note: the ingredients in the chickenpox virus portion of each vaccine need to be stored at freezing temperatures until immediately before the inoculation or else it must be discarded as useless. Merck has provided no information as to why or if administering a thawed vaccine is either useless of dangerous. See immediately below for information on the (surprising) ingredients in the two shots (2), the (potentially serious and frequent) adverse effects of the shots (3) the (unaffordable) costs of the two shots (4)] and the recent sudden deaths of two infants in Samoa who died within minutes of being inoculated with their routine MMR shots (which are widely advertised as being “safe and generally well-tolerated” (5). More

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Draining the Swamp? But Infesting the White House with a Group of Right-Wing Extremists

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Pro-Corporate Lobbyists and Assorted “Deplorable” Washington Insiders?

“Our Glorious Leader has ascended to God Emperor. Make no mistake about it: we did this. If it were not for us, it wouldn’t have been possible. … [T]he White race is back in the game. And if we’re playing, no one can beat us. The winning is not going to stop.”A revealing quote from the Neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer, which claims to be the “#1 Alt-Right” website, following Donald Trump’s election (Stormfront’s motto is: “White Pride Worldwide” and its symbol is):

And KKK ex-Grand Wizard David Duke couldn’t help but celebrate the part that his white supremacist movement had in electing Trump”. Duke proclaimed the day after the election: “make no mistake about it, our people played a HUGE role in electing Trump!… You arrogant, unthankful, degenerate pieces of shit no longer have absolute power.”

And the image below makes clear one of the reasons that southern white supremacists and southern states rights’ advocates have had so much power since the South’s humiliating defeat150 years ago in the War Between the States. The hard core among them don’t think that the “godly” cause of white supremacy over non-whites was actually lost. Trump has given hope to them, and now the White House and control over the US might be a possibility. And theocratic Southern Christian Fundamentalists, with whom the KKK types seem to have a silent relationship, agree, for, as Christian Coalition executive director Ralph Reed revealed during the last part of the 20th century: More

Another Iatrogenic Illness Unveiled: Kris Kristofferson’s Dramatic Cure of his “Incurable” Alzheimer’s Disease

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new-logo25kohlsBy Gary G. Kohls, MD

 

“The term “iatrogenic” means doctor, drug or surgery-caused disease. It is a taboo subject in America today.”

 

I don’t know how many of my readers listen to John Gilbert’s daily talk show on Duluth’s local KDAL radio station (610 AM). John is the journalist that writes the best sports-related columns that I have ever read. Those sports columns appears every week in the Duluth Reader, which is where my Duty to Warn column is published; so we are colleagues. John is a wonderful radio interviewer who occasionally invites me to appear on his “The John Gilbert Show” when medical issues arise. The show is on every weekday morning from 9 – 11 am. It is archived at www.kdal610.com/podcasts/the-john-gilbert-show-podcast/).

This morning (8-16-16), just before I was about to begin writing this week’s column, John called and asked me to appear on the show to give my medical opinion about the dramatic recovery of dementia victim Kris Kristofferson, the legendary singer/song-writer who had been erroneously diagnosed with incurable late-stage Alzheimer’s dementia (of unknown origin).

John had seen Kristofferson perform onstage with Merle Haggard a year or two ago when he was obviously seriously demented (although still able to remember the lyrics of his own songs). And then, just recently, John again saw Kristofferson perform in a solo concert when his dementia symptoms had completely disappeared! Reader publisher and editor Bob Boone graciously provided the $70 dollar tickets for John and his wife Joan.

Apparently Kristofferson had been mis-diagnosed with Alzheimer’s dementia about three years ago, which started more than one medical misadventure for he and his neurologists that involving neurotoxic medication trials with drugs. Those drugs that Kristofferson was treated with had been approved by the FDA on the basis of a couple of short-term trials involving only a few hundred so-called “Alzheimer’s Dementia” patients. The results that were submitted to the FDA showed only minimal improvement (albeit “statistically significant”), but only in mild to moderate dementia. Thus treating severely demented patients with those drugs was not FDA-approved (“off-label”). More

Northern Minnesota and the PolyMet Project: PolyMet’s Tailings “Pond” Could Someday Create a Dead St. Louis River and a Dying Lake Superior

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 “Immediately below are links to dramatic photos and videos that have been readily available to the US government and American news agencies, but which were not reported, published or shown, to my knowledge, on the evening news of either local or regional corporate media outlets.”

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Is That an Acceptable Risk to Take?

ALL tailings “ponds” are a problem. If they don’t breach and spill massive amounts of toxic sludge into the environment like at Mount Polley, they leach that contamination slowly, poisoning the waters and lands around them.”

In the December 23rd edition of the Duluth (Minnesota, USA) News-Tribune, a staff writer, using the byline of “News Tribune”, wrote a Local News article with the title “EPA signals its support for final PolyMet review”

The article ended with this (intentionally?) deceptive and woefully insufficient sentence: “Critics say the project is likely to taint downstream waters with acidic runoff”.

In this commentary article I will attempt to correct the notion that “acidic runoff” is the major reason for the widespread opposition to PolyMet’s proposed copper/nickel mining project (which is adjacent to the pristine Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness). PolyMet, it should be mentioned, is a total novice when it comes to operating copper/nickel mines. More

Nativity: Rev Kevin Annett and the “Little Matter of the North American Aboriginal Genocide”

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“a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it.”Ted Kennedy, eulogizing his assassinated brother Bobby in 1968

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~One of the most meaningful Christmas stories that I have ever read came from my friend from Vancouver, Canada, Reverend Kevin Annett. His story is titled “Nativity” and is printed further below.

nativityThe “little matter of genocide”, about which the United States of America shares considerable guilt, is the century-long history of abuse, rape and murder of tens of thousands of Canada’s aboriginal children in church-run Indian residential schools (known as mission schools in the US), a subject on which Kevin is an acknowledged world expert.

Annett has authored two books on the subject and has also co-produced an award-winning documentary film entitled “Unrepentant”.

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The film (and a short book by the same name) documents the history of the Canadian genocide of aboriginal children and also the shameful character assassination that was perpetrated against Annett, whose marriage, family and ministry were trashed when he refused to keep quiet about his church’s criminal activities.

Early in his ministry at a church in Port Alberni, British Columbia, Rev Annett uncovered details of a secret land deal involving stolen native land that was negotiated between his United Church of Canada [UCC – no relation to the United Church of Christ here in the US]) church, the provincial government, and church-funder MacMillan-Bloedel Ltd. When he appropriately confronted the church with the evidence, he was summarily fired (without cause) and shortly thereafter expelled from the UCC without due process.

Below is a summary paragraph from Annett’s father (author William Annett), which summarizes some of the background information that makes the “Nativity” story more understandable.

“Imagine what happens when a church minister in a small Vancouver Island community decides to blow the whistle on criminal activity extending over a century among all the churches of Canada, the government of Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Attorney General of British Columbia, MacMillan Bloedel, the largest forestry company in that Province, and it’s blushing parent, the Weyerhaeuser Company of Seattle, all thinking that it would be nice if Reverend Kevin Annett were quietly blown away. Which they did, quite effectively, trashing his life, his family and his livelihood.

“Of course there was also the mainstream Canadian media and the Canadian public, who have been, as usual, fast asleep on the subject of anything indigenous or genocidal for the past 20 years since the whistle was first blown.

“But the story also has to deal with a little defrocked shepherd boy/pastor who has the most lethal, long range, accurate weapon on earth, The Truth, which is especially potent when it hits us in the middle of the forehead.”

Here is the moving story of Rev Annett’s last Christmas (1995) at Saint Andrew’s United Church at Port Alberni, British Columbia. With the recent Canadian election deposing the Conservative Party government of Stephen Harper (who had gone to great lengths to cover-up and whitewash the painful history of the genocide), there is some small hope that the painful documentable truths will finally come out and be acknowledged by the involved institutions. If that happens there may be realized the potential of true reconciliation, which has so far been denied to the many suffering generations of victims, their families and their progeny.

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Radicalizing the Oppressed, Humiliated and Marginalized: There Must be 50 Ways

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 new-logo25kohlsGary G. Kohls, MD

“Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence. Any man (or nation) who has once proclaimed violence as his method is inevitably forced to take the lie as his principle.” Alexander Solzhenitsyn

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So it seems that all the Republicans running for president (and their supporters) are ignorant about the root causes of “radicalization” and ‘terrorism”. These xenophobic (“the fear of foreigners”) politicians are, perhaps unwittingly, following the politics and punitive theologies of many other extremist right-wing notables from history, including Adolf Hitler.

Donald Trump is the GOP candidate that is currently the most popular with Republican voters, but he is in a close tie with every other front-runner when it comes to ignorance about what motivates “terrorism”. Trump says: “…the hatred is beyond comprehension. Where this hatred comes from [and why] we will have to [wait to] determine…until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”

Trump isn’t the only one guilty of willful ignorance. The two major political parties, along with the mainstream media are equally guilty. One of the problems is that nobody is asking the “terrorists” what motivates them and why they feel as they do. Doing so and then listening to their answers would be too hard to handle for uber-patriotic Americans who have been indoctrinated into the cult of American Exceptionalism.

Understanding “radicalization” isn’t rocket science, but in order to understand it, one needs more information than what is spoon-fed to us consumers of inadequate, censored, canned and often fake (“faux”) news. It seems that any information that might cause cognitive dissonance in us “sheeple” is carefully kept away from our fragile souls for political, economic or national security reasons.

And thus we are deprived of the true facts of any case that is usually exaggerated by the propagandists in charge of “public enlightenment”. Therefore we consumers are forced to either adopt the approved story line or are left to develop our own theories based on inadequate information, and cunning campaign speech-writers or their ignorant presidential candidates do the same and are tempted to inflame their voters with conspiratorial versions of what will soon become the “conventional wisdom”. So, being too busy to do the time-consuming searches for the real truth, most of us accept the propagandist’s version that is then spread about on Fox News, CNN, or even NPR, MPR, PBS or at the local watering hole.

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An Open Letter to Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, the Minnesota EPA, the PCA, the DNR and Every Thinking Minnesota Citizen:

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By Gary G. Kohls, MD

 

PolyMet and the Rest of the Copper/Nickel Mining Industry are Lying to Us About the Safety of its Proposed Operations in NE Minnesota
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Attention: Governor Dayton (and your staff):

Knowing your innate sense of fairness and your sincere desire to do the right thing for the people of Minnesota, please take a few minutes (disregarding all the corporate lobbyists that are bugging you 24/7) and read the following items. Be sure to view a couple of the short videos.

It has been slightly over a year since North America’s worst mining waste disaster occurred at Mount Polley, British Columbia.

It was on August 4, 2014 that the Imperial Metals mine had its massive tailings dam burst, polluting aquifers, many streams and lakes and ultimately the migratory Sockeye salmon-bearing Fraser River, the longest river in British Columbia. The Fraser flows for 854 miles emptying into the Georgia Strait and the Pacific Ocean at the city of Vancouver.

Typical for such catastrophic mining industry failures, the Harper government of Canada tried to cover up the disaster and most of us on either side of the border were made unaware of the event. Thus, this disaster was censored out of both Canadian and American consciousness by a co-opted media that utterly failed to adequately report on it.

Immediately below are the links to two dramatic videos that were readily available to news agencies, but which were essentially not reported on, published or shown on the evening news of either local or mainstream media outlets (including Duluth’s own WDIO-TV, which has regular promotional blurbs for the mining industry on its evening newscasts).
Imperial Metals of Vancouver admitted that they had been dumping the following toxic metals into the Mount Polley slurry (aka “slime”) pond in the years leading up to the failure of the earthen dam. The list of toxic substances immediately below is taken from Environment Canada’s website

The list of metallic contaminants that were dumped in the tailings pond includes: Lead, Arsenic, Nickel, Zinc, Cadmium, Vanadium, Antimony, Manganese, and Mercury.

These 9 heavy metal contaminants in the slurry at Mount Polley are highly toxic and have no safe levels in drinking water or in the human or animal body. They are also lethal to plant life.
Imperial Metals also admitted to dumping the somewhat less toxic minerals into the tailings pond. That group included Zinc, Cobalt, Copper, Phosphorus and Selenium, minerals can be beneficial to living organisms, but only in nano- or micro- concentrations. All five are toxic in large concentrations.

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