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Stop 21st Century Cures Act

Although this is coveted as a wonderful bill that is needed in the US so that drugs and medical devices can be fast tracked, if you read the nearly 1000 pages it is clear this is dangerous bill that is has the best interests of the Pharmaceutical industry at heart, NOT its consumers.

The Transpartisan Review Blog Special Note #3

Walt Whitman’s “Election Day, November, 1884”

posted by A. Lawrence Chickering and James S. Turner

If I should need to name, O Western World!

your powerfulest scene to-day,

‘Twould not be you, Niagara – nor you, ye

limitless prairies — nor your huge

rifts of canyons, Colorado,

Nor you, Yosemitie, with all your spasmic

geyser-loops ascending to the skies, ap-

pearing and disappearing,

Nor Oregon’s white cones – nor Huron’s belt

of mighty lakes — nor Mississippie’s stream:

This seething hemisphere’s humanity, as now,

I’d name — the still small voice preparing —

America’s choosing day,

(The heart of it not in the chosen — the act

itself the main, the quadrennial

choosing,)

The stretch of North and South arous’d –

seaboard and inland — Texas to Maine,

The Prairie States – Vermont, Virginia, Cali-

fornia ,

The final ballot-shower from East to West –

the paradox and conflict,

The countless snow-flakes falling — (a sword-

less conflict,

Yet more than all Rome’s wars of old,

or modern Napoleon’s:)

Or good or ill humanity — welcoming the

darker odds, the dross, the scene’s debris:

–Foams and ferments the wine? It serves to

purify — while the heart pants, life glows:

These stormy gusts and winds waft previous

ships,

Swell’d Washington’s, Jefferson’s, Lincoln’s

sails.

(The is an original draft; for the final version Whitman published, click here).

The Transpartisan Review: Our Introductory Blog Post

By A. Lawrence Chickering and James S. Turner

As we noted in our introduction, The Transpartisan Review will concentrate on promoting new political ideas, ideas that bring people together who are now in conflict. Since the current debate focuses entirely on conflict, the approaches we explore will be hard to find in the current debate. Yet they are often essential to solve problems that otherwise seem insoluble.

Our political conflict is not only between the parties, between progressives (left) and conservatives (right); it is also within them. Conflict within is between freedom and order. There are thus four positions rather than two in our political field—freedom and order themes in both left and right.

We refer to these four positions as the Four-Quadrant Transpartisan Matrix—featuring social democratic and civil libertarian themes on the left and the traditional (especially religious) and libertarian themes on the right.

The conflict between freedom and order is at present more obvious in the Republican Party than the Democratic. Part of the reason (there may be others) is that the party in power (which holds The White House) can contain conflict more easily than the party out of power.

There is ‘truth’ in all four positions—partial truths. Ultimate truth, we believe, comes from integrating all four. Integrating all four will both bring people together and solve problems. The Matrix will be a recurring theme in the forthcoming posts and pages of the Review.

We will focus on key policy arenas such as education, criminal justice, and foreign policy, issues on which we are aware of transpartisan initiatives making headway.

Between now and the launch of the new online journal, we will post short Notes showing how the transpartisan impulse is in forms all around us. It will highlight report on real experiences where transpartisan approaches are solving real problems.

These examples often occur outside the formal political system. Since we hope the formal system will want to learn from them and incorporate them into formal government policy, we will also feature comments on how that might happen.

As contentions a matter as the Citizen United Supreme Court decision gives a taste of the opportunity. McCain-Feingold (aka the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002), the campaign finance law found partially unconstitutional by the court, represents order right (Republican McCain) and order left (Democrat Feingold), respectively. The immediate attacks on the law came from the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)—free right and free left, respectively.

Drawing on all four impulses the country is staggering toward a full-blown disclosure of the source of all campaign contributions. The transpartisan lens of the developing journal provides a way to look at virtually all contentious matters (issues) and suggest a different angle from which to evaluate them. We invite all of you to join the discourse.

Your Passion Can Earn You a Free Education

What if recording a 60-second video earned you a chance to transform your life – and the lives of those around you?

Thanks to a partnership with The Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), over the last few months we brought you opportunities to use your passion for wellness to have a positive impact on the health of others. IIN recognized the commitment Citizens for Health supporters have made to preserving and expanding our right to make our own decisions about health and wellness. So it was no surprise when they told us they wanted to offer CFH supporters a free class, flexible financing options and discounted tuition for their life-changing curriculum. We’ll share more opportunities like this very soon.

But you can win one of 10 full tuition scholarships right now!

The Institute for Integrative Nutrition® is running a contest through November 13 and will award 10 full tuition scholarships for 10 creative, passionate and thoughtful 60-second videos that answer the question: How will an IIN education empower you to live your best life?

Step back from the day-to-day grind and engage a different area of your brain. Get family and friends involved and have some fun with it! Tap into your passion for health freedom and share your vision!

The deadline for video entries is 11:59 PM EST on November 13, 2015. Act now for your chance to win,

Whether you want to pursue a new career, supplement an existing one, or raise your wellness IQ and enrich the lives of those around you – an IIN education is within reach.

Enter the contest now, and submit your video by November 13. Perhaps you will be one of the 10 creative people selected to receive a tuition-free IIN education – as well as a chance to transform your life.

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Take Action to Ensure Your Right to Access Compounded Medications

Note: Following information is from College Pharmacy, a fully licensed compounding pharmacy.

Why Is The FDAs MOU A Threat To Your Access To Compounding Pharmacies and Compounded Medications? 

The FDA Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is a guidance document that was created by the FDA to explain the regulatory framework that it plans to use in enforcing the Drug Quality and Security Act that was passed in November 2013.

In the current draft form, the MOU would regulate the interstate filling of compounded prescriptions by 503(a) compounding pharmacies. As the majority of compounding pharmacies in the U.S. are 503(a) compounding facilities, the impact would be one felt throughout the nation by patient and practitioner alike.

Take Action:

Comment on FDA MOU Docket

IMPORTANT Deadline: July 20, 2015 at 11:59pm

Unprecedented Expansion of FDA Oversight

The intent of the original MOU was to prevent compounding pharmacies from becoming manufacturers and limited office use prescriptions. The FDA has since taken that intent and expanded it into unprecedented areas of oversight and regulation to include interstate commerce.

The current draft MOU would restrict compounding pharmacies to no more than 5% of interstate sales per month unless their respective state agrees to enter into a MOU agreement with the FDA. If the state agrees to bear the burden for any adverse events or quality issues, then those pharmacies may increase their interstate sales to 30%.

This is supposed to translate into patient safety. So, 5% interstate sales per month is safe. 30% interstate sales per month is only safe if a state bears the burden of adverse events. 35% of interstate sales is not safe and shall not be allowed. The proposed regulation of interstate commerce has no scientific or evidence basis. These are arbitrary numbers with no tie to patient safety.

The MOU would leave state boards of pharmacy with an unfunded mandate to investigate and report pharmacies in violation of the FDA’s interpretation of federal law. It would place significant economic burdens on a state without providing appropriate funds for required reporting activities. There is no benefit to the state to enter into the MOU.

The MOU would reduce patient access to medically necessary treatments, restrict interstate commerce, and punish successful pharmacies that already adhere to all existing state and federal regulations.

We take exception to the FDA’s expansion of oversight, not because we are a compounding pharmacy that ships throughout the U.S., but because as citizens we believe in the right of choice and access and that the following points should be part of the discussion now before the MOU is adopted:

  1. The Right to Choose: Every patient and practitioner should have the right to choose the compounding pharmacy of their choice.Compounding pharmacies are not interchangeable. Patients should have the right to easily access compounded medications from a compounding pharmacy in another state. They currently do. And the DRAFT MOU does not lend itself to an increase in patient safety by regulating interstate commerce.
  2. As mentioned above, compounding pharmacies are not interchangeable. The MOU would severely restrict patient access to and choice of compounding pharmacies offering the services that they require. While most compounding pharmacies can produce capsules and topical preparations, specialty dosage forms and sterile compounds often come from pharmacies throughout the U.S. that are expertly trained to meet the compounding needs of specific patient groups. For instance: Are you a current patient or practitioner that uses our sublingual tablets or fused pellet implants? If you are outside of Colorado, your access will be severely limited.
  3. Doors will close. If a compounding pharmacy is currently shipping out more than 30% of monthly sales through interstate channels, it does not mean they are participating in illegal manufacturing practices. It means that patient and practitioner alike have chosen to do business with them because of expertise, because of specialty compounding services, because of exclusive formulations…because it is a free-market and they have the right to do so. It is the law abiding, experienced, comprehensive compounding pharmacies that will feel the brunt of the MOU if it is adopted in the current form. Why? Supply and demand. While there is a demand nationwide that keeps our doors open, that same demand does not exist in a single state.

Take Action:

Comment on FDA MOU Docket

IMPORTANT Deadline: July 20, 2015 at 11:59pm

We put patient safety above all else. The MOU fails to increase patient safety and would severely regulate compounding pharmacies to the point of scaling back services and closing doors.

There should be no limit to the interstate shipping of prescriptions as long as 503(a) compounding pharmacies follow both state and federal regulations.

It is not just about keeping our doors open. It is about keeping an industry alive. It is about ensuring that patients and practitioners have access to the integral services that compounding pharmacies provide.

Read the entire message from CollegePharmacy.com

New Book Reveals Deception Behind GE Foods

 NEW BREAKTHROUGH BOOK EXPOSES THE FRAUDULENT FOUNDATION OF THE GE FOODS INDUSTRY –

LET’S MAKE IT A NATIONAL BESTSELLER

“Druker’s brilliant expose catches the promoters of GE food red-handed: falsifying data, corrupting regulators, lying to Congress. He thoroughly demonstrates how distortions and deceptions have been piled one on top of another, year after year, producing a global industry that teeters on a foundation of fraud and denial. This book is sure to send shockwaves around the world.”   –Jeffrey Smith

*** IMPORTANT NOTE: If you buy more than one book, you need to do so in separate transactions in order to have maximal effect – because five books bought in a single transaction will only register as one purchase in the way the bestseller list is tabulated. Also note that you can have the e-book edition delivered to someone by providing their email address when you purchase.

Most of you are already concerned about the risks of genetically engineered (GE) foods, and should be. Regardless how much you know, or think you know, there is a new book is being released that demonstrates why everyone should be concerned:

Altered Genes, Twisted Truth

How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public

It was written by public interest attorney Steven Druker, who initiated a lawsuit that forced the FDA to divulge its internal files on GE foods – thereby exposing how the agency had covered up the extensive warnings from its own scientists about their risks, lied about the facts, and then ushered them onto the market in blatant violation of U.S. food safety law.

But Steven’s book does far more than expose the FDA’s fraud. It reveals how the entire GE food venture has been chronically and crucially dependent on fraud – and how the key misrepresentations have been dispensed by eminent scientists and scientific institutions such as the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the U.K. Royal Society.

Furthermore, the book’s factual and logical soundness – and its importance – have been recognized by several scientists who have unstintingly praised it. For instance, the world-famous (and well-beloved) primatologist Jane Goodall has written the foreword, in which she not only hails it as one of the most important books of the last 50 years but states: “I shall urge everyone I know who cares about life on earth, and the future of their children, and children’s children, to read it. It will go a long way toward dispelling the confusion and delusion that has been created regarding the genetic engineering process and the foods it produces. . . . Steven Druker is a hero. He deserves at least a Nobel Prize.”

Moreover, Dr. Goodall is not alone in urging people to read and heed this book. Dr. Joseph Mercola, creator of the world’s most popular natural health website, has posted two interviews with Steven and has strongly recommended that the book be purchased. He also declared: “Truly, Steven has given the world a phenomenal gift through this work, and his book is really an indispensable resource on the topic of GMOs.”

And Mike Adams, on his widely viewed Natural News website, has extolled the book as a global game-changer and called on people to buy it so it can become a New York Times bestseller.

We’re asking all of you to do the same – for several good reasons:

  • First, by pushing this book to the NY Times bestseller list, we will be making people pay attention to it. Monsanto and its allies are desperately hoping that it will be ignored so that the fraudulent foundation of the GE food venture will stay hidden. But if it’s on the bestseller list, and remains there for many weeks, it can’t be ignored – and Steven will be increasingly interviewed by key media outlets, which will bring the startling revelations in his book to the attention of a large portion of the population and to influential individuals, disclosing how they’ve been systematically deceived by those whom they had a right to trust.
  • Second, you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to become more fully informed about this vital issue, not only so you can protect yourself and them more effectively, but so you won’t be taken in by the misleading propaganda to which you’re regularly subjected.
  • Third, by reading this book, you can intelligently push back against the false claims you routinely encounter from people who have been taken in by the propaganda. Moreover, we recommend that besides buying a book for yourself, you buy several to give to friends and relatives who regard you as unscientific or unreasonable for being concerned about GE foods. Ask them to read it and then have a discussion with you based on the actual facts. You will most likely find that their minds have been changed.

Praise for Altered Genes, Twisted Truth

“A fascinating book: highly informative, eminently readable, and most enjoyable. It’s a real page-turner and an eye-opener.”

Richard C. Jennings, PhD Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge

“This incisive and insightful book is truly outstanding. Not only is it well-reasoned and scientifically solid, it’s a pleasure to read – and a must-read. Through its masterful marshalling of facts, it dispels the cloud of disinformation that has misled people into believing that GE foods have been adequately tested and don’t entail abnormal risk.”

David Schubert, PhD molecular biologist and Head of Cellular Neurobiology, Salk Institute for Biological Studies

“A great book. The evidence is comprehensive and irrefutable; the reasoning is clear and compelling. No one has documented other cases of irresponsible behavior by government regulators and the scientific establishment nearly as well as Druker documents this one. His book should be widely read and thoroughly heeded.”

John Ikerd, PhD Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri

“Steven Druker’s meticulously documented, well-crafted, and spellbinding narrative should serve as a clarion call to all of us. In particular, his chapter detailing the deadly epidemic of 1989-90 that was linked with a genetically engineered food supplement is especially significant. . . . Overall his discussion of this tragic event, as well as its ominous implications, is the most comprehensive, evenly-balanced and accurate account that I have read.”

Stephen Naylor, PhD Professor of Biochemistry, Mayo Clinic (1991-2001)

“A landmark. It should be required reading in every university biology course.”

Joseph Cummins, PhD Professor Emeritus of Genetics, Western University, Ontario

“Steven Druker has done a beautiful job of weaving a compelling scientific argument into an engaging narrative that often reads like a detective story, and he makes his points dramatically and clearly. The examination of genetic engineering from the standpoint of software engineering is especially insightful, exposing how the former is more like a ‘hackathon’ than a careful, systematic methodology for revising complex information systems. I will recommend this book to my friends.”

Thomas J. McCabe  Developer of the cyclomatic complexity software metric, a key analytic tool in computer programming employed throughout the world

“A remarkable work. If the numerous revelations it contains become widely known, the arguments being used to defend genetically engineered foods will be untenable.”

Frederick Kirschenmann, PhD Distinguished Fellow, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State University

So please act promptly. Your purchases will be part of an important process that can topple the entire GE food venture.

Safe Eating!