BOUGHT: The Hidden Story Behind Vaccines, Big Pharma & Your Food – Review

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– Big Pharma Watchdog – Richard Smith

Money, also known as the root of all evil, is undoubtedly the driving force that runs the world today. Thus, it is the driving force behind every industry; and yes, medicine and our food is controlled by an industry, more accurately, a profit driven industry. BOUGHT explains why and how our food and medicine is just like any other corporate driven industry. Padding the profit margins and producing for the shareholders takes priority over the health and well being of the consumer.

BOUGHT is 90 minutes, jam-packed full of facts and unique perspectives from whistleblowers, former sales agents, doctors, scientists and professors. The information they share is powerful; for instance, one topic the film explores throughout the documentary is the recent epidemic of chronic illness in adolescents. We learn as the film goes on the various connections that food and current medical standards have in perpetuating chronic illness. We also learn how the federal and local governments have safeguards in place to protect corporate entities, like pharmaceutical companies, from facing liability due to vaccine harm. Vaccines are a major focus in the film, and it provides some compelling evidence and thoughts as to why the link to autism and various other neurological disorders should not be ignored. The film notes how yearly profits are extremely high for pharmaceutical companies, particularly for the four companies that are the major vaccine producers. Safety concerns are easy to ignore when profits are in the billions. For example, Johnson&Johnson was forced to pay over $2 billion in fines for improper marketing of a drug, a drug for which they made $44 billion in profit.

Another major focus of the film is GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Like many documentaries before, Monsanto is noted as a usual suspect. BOUGHT however, does not solely focus on the nefarious company, but mainly on the fact that the governing laws surrounding GMOs are too heavily influenced by industry and regulation of this industry is controlled by the same corporate executives who are also set to gain profit. BOUGHT admits that the answers to the real long term effects of GMOs on our health are still unclear, but this is mainly due to how the industry is protected from doing real research to prove safety. Yet another example how regulation is always profit driven is the fact that 64 other countries have GMO labeling laws while the U.S. has yet to set a national standard. Perhaps the food industry in those 64 other countries are not bought.

It almost feels hopeless to think that our health and well being are bought, but hope is not lost as long as we continue to be vigilant in seeking food and medicine freedom.

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What is the Non-Aggression Principle?


– Tisha Casida

Most of us have grown up with some type of moral or ethical code that guides our decision-making.  One of these well-known mantras of good behavior is “The Golden Rule”, also known as the “ethic of reciprocity”.  I am paraphrasing here: ‘Treat others as you would like to be treated’ or ‘Don’t treat others as you would not like to be treated’.

This is a way for most people, historically, to make judgements about good and bad behavior.  As the human race, most of us enjoy or dislike similar things.  We enjoy having an ability to act freely, and we dislike being detained or made slaves.  We enjoy accumulating forms of property and wealth, and we dislike having our things taken away from us.

As a member of the so-called “Millenial” generation that is watching our country move in various directions politically, economically, and socially, it reminds me of the importance of embracing a moral and ethical code in decision-making, especially when it comes to government action and the use of our country’s resources to be a “player” on the global economic stage.

The Non-Aggression Principle is another maxim, like the Golden Rule, that projects that one should not use aggression against another human being unless it is in self-defense.  Simple enough, right?  Why would I be aggressive towards another person, unless that other person is trying to harm me?  Well, unfortunately, with the bureaucracy we face as individuals, entrepreneurs, small-business owners, farmers, producers, etc., it is easy to get caught up in the aggression and use of force by government – and this aggression towards us – may be a bad and dangerous use of force.

Let’s take the example of federal income taxes.  Income taxes, specifically at the federal level of government, are a way for the federal government to tax your labor (arguably your property), and then use this money to fund various pet projects – many times and most often not directly benefiting the person being taxed.  If someone doesn’t pay their federal income taxes, they can be fined or jailed.  The government uses force and aggression to collect these taxes in the name of “the greater good and general welfare”.  However, since around only half of Americans pay federal income taxes, this leaves a greater burden on those who are working and paying for the “general welfare” of all people (and corporations) in the United States.

Government can use force and aggression to extort money from individuals who have committed a “crime” with no victim.  Is this a good and beneficial use of aggression and force?  Using the non-aggression principle, one would come to the conclusion that if the taxpayer is not outwardly hurting others by paying taxes and fees levied in their own State instead of giving their hard-earned money to the federal government (which can then take those funds and use them for other States, for creating and perpetuating wars, and to fund a Health Care system that is generally not any more affordable or transparent than the mess we have now), that they should not be hurt for their actions.  I am not saying you shouldn’t pay taxes – I am saying, why aren’t we paying taxes to our State instead of the federal government?  Wouldn’t this be a more efficient and effective use of our money – keeping it closer to home, where there is more transparency and accountability for what is done with this money?

Have you seen uses of force and aggression by government agencies on people who have not been aggressive or forceful to the government?  If I am a soap-maker, and I want to sell my soap with eucalyptus oil and call it “Breathe Better”, is it right and just that I could be attacked by the Food and Drug Association (FDA) for making this claim?  Is it right and just that I have to follow the same rules and regulations that Pfizer has to follow in bringing a drug to market?  Is it a good use of force to have government agencies aggressing individuals, entrepreneurs, small business owners, farmers, ranchers, and producers with these requirements that then stymie and crush the ability of people to be free in what they produce and what they bring to market?

I believe that there is a time and place for the use of aggression and force by the government.  However, I think that most of what the federal government is doing, through these agencies that purport to “protect” the American public, actually hurts the ability of people to be healthy, to be creative, and to be free.  This use of aggression and force by the government goes against the non-aggression principle.  If I am not hurting anyone with the tomato that I grow, the soap I make, the cookie that I bake – then why on earth would anyone try and hurt me?  Especially my government that I fund as a taxpayer and give permission to – to create our infrastructure, engage in defense, and administer a justice system.

I urge you to take a look at the ideas of the non-aggression principle, and how using this for decision-making could change the way we allow our government to use aggression and force on us, as well as on other countries.  I believe in peace, and I believe that using this as a model, we can make more sustainable decisions about how we operate as communities and States in America.

This article was published in the 2015 New Year Edition of That’s Natural! You can view and purchase a subscription at

With All the Added Security – What Do Failures Tell Us?

One of the most haunting things coming out of the turmoil in France is the fact that despite huge amounts of “security” and investments in “intelligence”, it still continues to be impossible to prevent terror attacks.  There are lapses in how intelligence is used, and there are always ways for humans to overlook and be erroneous in their judgements and actions.

Sadly, the only way to ensure no terror on planet Earth is to kill all humankind – not a great option in my opinion.  You see, there will always be people who seek to cause fear and terror.

How do we really, actually, successfully combat terror?  First of all, I think that our federal government could get a lesson in practicing the “non-aggression principle” and stop bombing and killing innocent people in the world in the name of “security”.  Our country’s meddling in world affairs could very well be causing some anger and hatred (“blowback”) of our foreign policy.  If people have not hurt our country, then we should leave them alone.  Of course, this is a mess with our ties to various resources around the world. But we can at least discuss the theory.

All of the “security” in the world – all of the “intelligence” in the world – both which generally erode the individual and creative rights of the people who live peacefully – will never stop terror attacks.  There must be ways to have a more effective foreign policy.  There must be ways to protect individuals’ rights in our own country and around the world.

Refuse to be motivated by fear, and be secure in your sovereignty.  By standing up for yourself – you stand up for freedom in the world.

The Wonderful World of Dirt – Antibiotic Find

Via our Food & Medicine Freedom Friends at That’s Natural!

Sometimes the most amazing things in the world are the ones that get stepped on the most.

I have a growing love affair with soil, as it is the basis and foundation for all plant life – and therefore all life on earth.  An experimental ‘drug’  called teixobactin – isolated from a sample of dirt from New England – is initially showing to act successfully as an antibiotic.  Teixobactin has also proven beneficial in treating antibiotic-resistant bacteria, including streptococcus and MRSA.

We should all be aware of the growing numbers of bacteria that are resistant to treatment from antibiotics.  Some of this may come from the growing amount of antibiotics automatically in our food supply from animals being treated with antibiotics.  The more meat and dairy that we consume, the more potential we have of ingesting what these animals have consumed.  The more antibiotics we take – the more “good” bacteria we kill inside our own systems.  And the more bad bacteria get to know these antibiotics, the stronger they become – becoming antibiotic-resistant.

This discovery of an effective antibiotic right in the “common” dirt of somewhere like someone’s back yard is exciting – and telling.  The “development” of the human being has had people putting their hands in the dirt to live and survive.  I am guessing that at this point in history, in our country, we have the most people who never even have their skin to the ground, touching the earth, and feeling the soil.  Can you imagine having a baby born in a metropolis, living in an apartment, and with limited access to public land and trails?  That child may not have the opportunity to play in the dirt for months, or years.  How does this affect their development?

Dirt is powerful.  It is a living, breathing being that creates our medicines and grows our food.  Honoring this, and becoming closer to the dirt (by making it a point to put your hands and feet in it once awhile) may just be the most therapeutic and beneficial things that we can do.


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