FIRST STEP Act Passage Praised by the Church of Scientology

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John Stanard, Social Betterment Director

Diverse religious groups supported bill, believing redemption is possible

There is no person alive who cannot make a new beginning.”

— L. Ron Hubbard

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, December 21, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — FIRST STEP Act Passage Praised by the Church of Scientology

Washington, DC – The Church of Scientology’s National Affairs Office praised the passage of the historic FIRST STEP Act, signed into law by President Donald Trump. A wide variety of religious organizations worked in coalition on getting this criminal justice reform bill passed, in alignment with their faiths, including Scientologists, who for years have advocated for many of the reforms included in the final bill.

“As Scientologists we approach social issues such as criminal justice from the perspective of the writings of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard,” commented John Stanard, the Church’s Social Betterment Policy Director.
L. Ron Hubbard said in his book The Way to Happiness: “One can feel that things are such now that it is much too late to do anything, that one’s past road is so messed up that there is no chance of drawing a future one that will be any different: there is always a point on the road when one can map a new one. And try to follow it. There is no person alive who cannot make a new beginning.”

The FIRST STEP Act will require the federal Bureau of Prisons to expand and standardize programming designed to help reduce the risk of prisoners getting into trouble upon release from prison. Programs designed to help prisoners qualify for jobs once released will be created under the Act.

“Given that over 95% of those incarcerated today will eventually be returning to their communities, providing meaningful programming that allows individuals a chance at rehabilitation and education is a win-win for public safety as well as for the returning citizen,” Stanard noted.

The bill includes other welcome reforms, such limits on the practice of shackling incarcerated pregnant women in labor, enhancing compassionate release for terminally ill and elderly prisoners, as well as modest, but important, changes in overly harsh sentencing practices.

Among the most fundamental tenants of Scientology is that Man is a spiritual being whose essence is basically good. Scientology’s approach to criminal justice begins with the understanding that men and women can be rehabilitated and that punishment alone is not only unworkable but in fact worsens the condition of incarcerated people. The Church-supported criminal reform program, Criminon—whose curriculum is derived from Hubbard’s works is based on these exact principles.

“The Church will be continuing its advocacy work in collaboration with its national faith partners and other like-minded organizations to enact further, much needed reforms to improve the criminal justice system,” concluded Stanard.

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(CBMJ) Biggest FARM Winner Over (PURA), (BCCI), (HEMP) and BIG Loser (KALY)

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Our profiled companies from yesterday all took wild rides as winners and losers.

KENMORE, WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES, December 21, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — After great speculation and huge swings in stock prices in anticipation of Trump signing the Farm Bill our profiled companies from yesterday all took wild rides as winners and losers respectfully.

For the good news, (OTCPK: CBMJ) Canna Broadcasting Media www.cannabroadcastmedia.com was the clear winner with a steady 34.15% increase to in share price closing at 0.0055. This makes it the 6th highest gaining cannabis stock of all in terms of percentage gains and ranks it first overall for cannabis companies trading over a million shares and with a share price over 0.0008. CBMJ’s unique ability to get cannabis companies seen on mainstream media and its long-established media relationships make it a must watch as their business just got a major shot in the Farm. They also own www.loudmouthnews.com which is the first, longest running, and only nationally syndicated entertaining news segment highlighting cannabis news, products, and companies. Cannabis Stocks New predicted yesterday that ”Unlike some other stocks, CBMJ is not well known, and has not been overbought, yet has the potential to be the biggest winner of them all.”

CBMJ is also current on all of its filings.

Also a strong winner coming in second after a few wild swings with a 20.20% increase was (OTCPK: PURA) Puration Inc. who announced yesterday that its 2018 Sales Exceeded its $1 Million Goal With 2019 Goal Set At $5 Million. Puration has revenues, is current on all of its filings, and is set to benefit from the FARM Bill.

Baristas Coffee Company (OTCPK: BCCI)came in third in the winning column from our profiled companies set to gain from the FARM Bill closing up 4.71% at 0.0089. Baristas just announced a partnership with Flower Power to launch a CBD Coffee under an offshoot of the Baristas brand called “Baristas EnrichaRoast CBD” of which is expected to be available by years end. It should be noted that Baristas is not really a cannabis company but is the first major coffee company to confirm that it will be offering a CBD Coffee. BCCI is also current on all of its filings.

Now for the losers. The first loser but not the biggest loser on the list is (OTCPK: HEMP) Hemp, Inc. closing -10.45% at 0.042 HEMP was recently featured in Forbes which helped propel its stock leading up to the signing of the FARM Bill but a sharp selloff came as the news hit. This could also be related to a perception that they are somehow involved with the biggest loser of them all (OTCPK: KALY) whose checkered past is coming to haunt them. Keep in mind that Cannabis Stocks News cautioned about investing in HEMP yesterday do to the fact that the majority of its gains had likely been achieved and that OTC Markets issued a Warning that (OTCPK: HEMP) may not be making material information publicly available, and designating it the second to worst classification STOP SIGN

There should be no surprise that the biggest loser of all was (OTCPK:KALY) Kali-Extracts Inc. an extraction company whose stocks fell sharply after the announcement closing a staggering -32.35% falling to .0184. Cannabis Stocks News warned yesterday that OTC MARKETS had given the worst of all designations to (OTCPK: KALY) a Caveate Emptor Skull and Cross bones. This indicates proven criminal activity and sanctions either enforced or likely. KALY is seriously delinquent in their filings, and suffering from actionable malfeasance to the point of being given the usually fatal Skull and Crossbones designation by www.otcmarkets.com Their past appeared to catch up to them after a rally that was short lived and a massive selloff that is likely to continue provided they are not halted from trading.

On the other extreme, companies like (OTCPK: URA), (OTCPK: CBMJ), and (OTCPK: BCCI) have all achieved OTCMARKETS highest tier certifying full compliance and the highest level of current disclosure.

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Statement by NACCHO CEO Lori Tremmel Freeman on Passage of the FIRST STEP Act — Criminal Justice Reform

The FIRST STEP Act is an important effort to begin to reform our nation’s criminal justice system

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES, December 20, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The National Association of County and City Health Officials commends the passage of the bipartisan FIRST STEP Act, an important effort to begin to reform our nation’s criminal justice system.

“Public health professionals know mass incarceration has a devastating effect on the communities they serve. It is both a mental and a physical public health crisis that severely affects those imprisoned, their families, and whole communities, especially African American and Latino communities. The results of prolonged incarceration often include the denial of basic resources and benefits, limits on participation in society, onset of mental disorders in prisons and jails, lack of services and reintegration support upon release, exposure to disease, and severe forms of discrimination.

“The FIRST STEP Act’s sentencing reform approach is an important effort to begin addressing inequality and health equity issues related to our criminal justice system. We hope that the FIRST STEP Act will live up to its name and be truly the first step towards comprehensive criminal justice reform to more fully address the public health effects of mass incarceration.”

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The FARM Bill Propels Big Winners in Cannabis Stocks

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Could These Be The Biggest Winners From The Passing Of The Farm Bill?

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KENMORE, WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES, December 20, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Will it be Cannabis cultivators (OTCPK: HEMP), (OTCPK: KALY), and (OTCPK: PURA), or Media Mogul (OTCPK: CBMJ) or major coffee company (OTCPK: BCCI). All are attractive depending on your tolerance for risk or specific investing objectives.

The FARM bill is as real as real gets. We take a good look as to who stands to benefit the most, which companies are providing investors with unparalleled returns, and those few who will likely benefit in the near and long-term beyond what could have been predicted without this historic legislation.

First, let's show the dynamic shifts that are possible by a couple of companies who stand to benefit and whose investors have already placed what is likely to be the majority of the bets that will be made.

One highly watched yet potentially overbought company that has been a fairly quiet prior to the inevitability of the FARM Bill (OTCPK: HEMP) has had explosive gains, Despite OTCMarkets issuing a Warning that (OTCPK:HEMP) may not be making material information publicly available, and designating it the second to worst classification STOP SIGN. They have maintained a constant buzz towards the end of 2018. Anticipation will probably carry this over into 2019. With the Farm Bill passing in both the House and Senate, Hemp, Inc. being a bi-coastal processing giant in the industrial hemp industry should benefit tremendously provided the president seals the deal. (HEMP) is probably a safe bet for near-term gains however the majority of explosive gains have likely been achieved already.

Another Company literally rising from the ashes based on some current activity is Kali-Extracts Inc. (OTCPK: KALY ), an extraction company. Significantly more alarming, OTCMARKETS has given the worst of all designations to (OTCPK: KALY) a Caveat Emptor Skull and Crossbones. This indicates proven criminal activity and sanctions either enforced or likely. Nonetheless, they have seen staggering volumes and a very sharp increase in share price despite having been seriously delinquent in their filings and suffering from actionable malfeasance to the point of being given the usually fatal Skull and Crossbones designation by www.otcmarkets.com. (OTCPK: KALY) has made very recent efforts to become current and announced a partnership with fellow explosive stock Puration Inc. (OTCPK: PURA). PURA reported recent sales in December 2018 reaching the $1 million mark. The company seems to be making the right business decisions by following up a record sales month and although it may be slowing down, it certainly has the attention of astute investors.

On the other extreme, companies like (OTCPK:PURA), (OTCPK:CBMJ), and (OTCPK:BCCI) have all achieved OTCMARKETS highest tier certifying full compliance and the highest level of current disclosure.

One of today's major players in the cannabis industry is CBMJ. Canna Broadcast Media/LoudMouth News (OTCPK: CBMJ) https://cannabroadcastmedia.com/ is a premier cannabis broadcasting company and is set to benefit significantly with the passing of the FARM Bill.

As sales channels start to open up for CBD products the media properties and ad agencies needed to advertise these products to the masses will take a significant amount of time to catch up with the legal aspects of airing the advertising. CBMJ is already able to provide access to mainstream media to cannabis companies including CBD products through developed relationships as a content provider to traditional broadcast television networks and to the more than 700 terrestrial (over the air) radio stations making it the immediate choice for companies wishing to advertise their CBD products. Unlike some other stocks, CBMJ is not well known, and has not been overbought, yet has the potential to be the biggest winner of them all.

One of the biggest winners could actually be a non-cannabis sector company. You just cannot ignore that Baristas Coffee Company (OTCPK:BCCI) who has one of the most prolific reputations for extremely wild runs, just became the first major coffee company to endorse and dive into the CBD coffee space. They announced a partnership with privately held infusion technology leaders "Flower Power" to bring the world high-end CBD coffee. The fact that Baristas is a known performer in the market, is one of the 10 most recognized coffee companies in the US, and that they are very strongly aligned with their distribution partner Amazon, make this a company that deserves to be considered when evaluating how best to take advantage of the FARM Bill. Couple that with their uncanny ability to get their products featured during NFL Games, and that their CBD coffee will be the first CBD coffee advertised at the Superbowl and this could be a very very FARMtastic 2019!

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Income Tax Changes for Individuals: Year In Review

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Learn what individuals and families need to know as they get ready for tax season

Our goal as a trusted advisor is to provide insightful advice to enable our clients to make informed financial decisions. We don't accept anything less from ourselves & this is what we deliver to you.”

— Olga Ovnanyan

NORTHBROOK, IL, USA, December 19, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Planning is the key to successfully and legally reducing your tax liability. At JSB Group, we go beyond tax compliance and proactively recommend tax-saving strategies to maximize your after-tax income. We make it a priority to enhance our mastery of the current tax law, complex tax code, and new tax regulations by attending frequent tax seminars. Businesses and individuals pay the lowest amount of taxes allowable by law because we continually look for ways to minimize your taxes throughout the year, not just at the end of the year.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) eliminated or modified numerous tax provisions starting in 2018. Here's what individuals and families need to know as they get ready for tax season.

Personal Exemptions
Personal exemptions are eliminated for tax years 2018 through 2025.

Standard Deductions
The standard deduction for married couples filing a joint return in 2018 is $24,000. For singles and married individuals filing separately, it is $12,000, and for heads of household, the deduction is $18,000.The additional standard deduction for blind people and senior citizens in 2018 is $1,300 for married individuals and $1,600 for singles and heads of household.

Income Tax Rates
In 2018 the top tax rate of 37 percent affects individuals whose income exceeds $500,000 ($600,000 for married taxpayers filing a joint return). Marginal tax rates for 2018 are as follows: 10%, 12%, 22%, 24%, 32%, 35%, and 37%. While the tax rate structure remains similar to prior years (i.e., with seven tax brackets), the tax-bracket thresholds increased significantly for each filing status under tax reform.

Long-Term Capital Gains
In 2018 tax rates on capital gains and dividends remain the same as 2017 rates (0%, 15%, and a top rate of 20%); however, threshold amounts are different in that they don't correspond to the tax bracket structure as they did in the past. For example, taxpayers whose income is below $38,600 for single filers and $77,200 for married filing jointly pay 0% capital gains tax. For individuals whose income is at or above $425,800 ($479,000 married filing jointly), the rate for both capital gains and dividends is capped at 20 percent.

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ArtsPRunlimited, Inc., presents Daniel P Quinn on 1/2/19 at the Williams Center, in Rutherford, NJ.

Join us on 1/2/19 at the Williams Center, Rutherford, NJ at 7pm.
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NEWARK, NEW JERSEY, USA, December 19, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Join us on 1/2/19 at the Williams Center, Rutherford, NJ.

We have been getting ready for January 2, 2019 at 7pm.
William Carlos Williams Center at 1 Williams Plaza, Rutherford, NJ 07072 We will feature a staged reading of my play Queen V (The Rise & Fall of G. Vanderbilt) starring Ellen Lanese and Anthony Spaldo under my direction. This honors the plays written by Williams for The Living Theatre. Special thanks to Sanjay Agnihotri who published it in Local Knowledge (2016), Don Zirilli, Kevin Kramer and Red Wheelbarrow.
Daniel P Quinn is also a member of Society of Directors and Choreographers Union since 1996.

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Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig Scores Huge Win in First Amendment Rights Case

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Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig prevails in a win for the Republican Party of Virginia before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

By affirming the lower court’s decision, the Fourth Circuit has implicitly upheld the First Amendment rights of the Republican Party—and in fact, all political parties.”

— Cortland Putbrese

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES, December 19, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig, a leading corporate and intellectual property law firm with law offices across the U.S., Puerto Rico, London, Toronto, and China, announces a significant victory in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit for the statewide Republican Party of Virginia. Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig has been defending the Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) and the Frederick County Republican Committee (FCRC) in a lawsuit filed against them by plaintiffs Jay Marts and Dana Newcomb.

Mr. Marts and Mr. Newcomb are two former Republican Party members who lost their party membership due to their public advocacy against the GOP’s nominees. The plaintiffs filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, alleging that the Republican Party’s membership requirements violated their constitutional rights. The district court dismissed the case because political parties are not government entities and the Republican Party’s management of its own internal affairs did not constitute actionable government conduct, but instead was an exercise of the GOP’s own fundamental right to freedom of association. Because the Republican Party’s actions were not government conduct, but instead were private activities protected by the First Amendment, the district court found that Mr. Marts and Mr. Newcomb had not properly alleged a constitutional violation.

The plaintiffs then appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, claiming that the district court erred in dismissing their suit. The Fourth Circuit disagreed and ruled in favor of the Republican Party. "This is an important win. By affirming the lower court’s decision, the Fourth Circuit has implicitly upheld the First Amendment rights of the Republican Party—and in fact, all political parties—to manage their own internal affairs,” stated Cortland Putbrese, the lead partner on this case. In addition to Mr. Putbrese, DBL lawyers Kevin Streit and Erick Poorbaugh assisted on this matter.

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CCHR Supports U.N. and Rights’ Groups Demand for Urgent FDA Ban on Skin Electric Shock Devices

CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections.

CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections.

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Restoring Human Rights and Dignity in the Field of Mental Health

Restoring Human Rights and Dignity in the Field of Mental Health

FDA accused of delaying ban on the electrical device that uses pain to modify behavior.

The FDA continues to procrastinate, as it has done with the ECT, electroshock device, putting individuals at risk of devastating harm.”

— Jan Eastgate, international president of CCHR

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, December 18, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it will ban a device that delivers painful electrical shocks to the skin to “modify” behavior in disabled students at the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center (JRC) in Massachusetts. In a publication of its upcoming priorities, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said the FDA was planning to issue a final ban of the Graduated Electronic Decelerator (GED) in the fall. [1] But Citizens Commission on Human Rights International (CCHR), a mental health watchdog, says media reports say the FDA may take another year to ban it, leaving children, adolescents and adults at risk from the device. CCHR says that all electrical devices use to alter behavior should be banned, including the electroconvulsive therapy devices, also known as electroshock or ECT machines. These deliver up to 460 volts to the brain causing a grand mal seizure throughout the body. Click here to sign CCHR’s Petition to Ban ECT.

A petition started by Gregory Miller to the Speaker of the House of Representatives in Massachusetts calling for a ban on the skin shocks garnered nearly 270,000 signatures before closing about six years ago. It stated, “Not only does the JRC need to immediately stop this practice but Massachusetts legislators need to make these shock procedures illegal.” It pointed out that students have “no voice of their own to describe their pain. They need your help.” [2] Yet CCHR says the FDA has failed to speedily provide that help which requires the device to be banned immediately. “The FDA continues to procrastinate, as it has done with the ECT, electroshock device, putting individuals at risk of devastating harm,” stated Jan Eastgate, international president of CCHR.

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) also just issued a formal notice known as “precautionary measures” that called for immediate cessation of the electric shocks at JRC. In a seven-page resolution, the Washington-based panel said that the practice poses a “serious impact on the rights” of the vulnerable children at the school, “particularly on their right to personal integrity which may be subjected to a form of torture.” [3]

Both the GED and ECT procedures are equated with torture, added Diane Stein, president of CCHR Florida, and commenting that Florida residents have been treated at JRC. [4] ECT uses anesthesia and muscle relaxants largely in the treatment of “depression,” while the GED is an external skin shock to control behavior in those with severe emotional, behavioral, psychiatric problems, and autism-like disorders. ECT can cause severe memory loss and permanent brain damage—a fact that one of its manufacturers recently admitted.

The skin shock works by “hooking the students up to electrodes worn on different parts of the body.” When the student engages in “forbidden behavior, a staff member administers a shock. Some students wear the electrodes as much as 24-hours a day, seven days a week. And sometimes for years,” according to the ABC News. [5]

Manfred Nowak, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Torture, wrote to the U.S. government in May 2010, appealing to them to investigate. [6] In 2012, another Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez, also formally approached the U.S. government concerned about the procedure and how it “inflicts pain and suffering tantamount to torture in violation of international law.” His remarks followed a video being shown online of then 18-year-old Andre McCollins being given 31 shocks over a seven-hour period in 2002. In the video Andre can be heard screaming and shouting, “Help me. Help me.” He was restrained with belts, face down on a board as the electricity was discharged into his body. [7] About 90 percent of the center’s students are people of color. [8]

In 2013, the UN again cited the GED in a report on torture, which stated that the FDA had “sent a warning letter to the JRC on 6 December 2012” and that “the use of aversive therapy by JRC has been challenged through a variety of state and federal legislative and judicial actions,” including the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) investigation into possible violations of civil rights laws….’ [9] The DOJ condemned the practice. [10]

In a 2007 interview with ABC, the developer of the JRC skin shock system, a doctor, said the procedure “has no detrimental effects whatsoever.” Further, “And if it didn’t hurt it wouldn’t be effective. It has to hurt enough so that the student wants to avoid showing that behavior again.” The price tag per student is $200,000 a year, and is financed by tax dollars. [11] Similarly, psychiatrists dismiss any damage from ECT, while a course of treatments can cost up to $35,000 a year, not including hospitalization costs, in a lucrative $5 billion a year industry.

People are encouraged to write to Laurie Lenkel, Director, FDA Office of the Ombudsman, ombuds@oc.fda.gov and demand the Graduated Electronic Decelerator be banned immediately—not in another year’s time.

You can also write to Taunton’s Bristol County Probate and Family Court, which approves the use of GED shock device on JRC students, to protest the court’s approval of a procedure criticized for its torturous affects. [12] Write to the Register’s Office, Taunton Family and Probate Court, 40 Broadway, Suite 240, Taunton, MA 02780.

Disability rights group ADAPT, the American Civil Liberties Union, IACHR and many others have opposed GED shock. [13] Independently, CCHR has campaigned for a ban on all electric shock devices in the treatment of mental disorders, autism or emotional or aggressive behavior, as a violation of fundamental human rights.

About CCHR: Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, first brought psychiatric imprisonment to wide public notice: “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the ‘free world’ tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of ‘mental health,’” he wrote in March 1969. For more information visit www.cchrflorida.org.

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Public supports NIH grants for Alzheimer's microbes, reports Alzheimer's Germ Quest, Inc.

A public poll on ALZGerm.org shows overwhelming support for more NIH funding to grants that explore the role infectious diseases play in Alzheimer's disease.

Our campaign urges the NIH to allocate to Alzheimer’s microbe research $230 million in grants, which is just ten percent of its appropriation.”

— Dr. Leslie Norins

NAPLES, FL, UNITED STATES, December 18, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The public wants to see more research grant money allocated by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to clarifying whether or not germs play a role in triggering Alzheimer’s disease, judging by early results of a national campaign launched three weeks ago, says Leslie Norins, M.D., Ph.D., CEO of Alzheimer’s Germ Quest, Inc.
He says hundreds of encouraging messages have been received, but not a single negative comment.

“The big surprise so far is that many people thought NIH already had funded investigations of every possible infectious agent in searching for the unknown trigger of Alzheimer’s disease,” says Dr. Norins.

But when they find out only a few grants have been made specifically for this purpose they want more funds allocated to it, he says, “especially when they learn the NIH is getting a record $2.3 billion from Congress to dole out for Alzheimer’s research.”

Dr. Norins says, “Our campaign urges the NIH to allocate to Alzheimer’s microbe research $230 million in grants, which is just ten percent of its appropriation. That will still leave them with 90 percent – a comfortable $2 billion – to fund traditional Alzheimer’s research topics, which as yet haven’t yielded a cure or even the root cause.”

In a video on the website Dr. Norins conveys the analysis which motivated the campaign.

He adds that grant applications to investigate Alzheimer’s microbes are presently given low scores by the NIH evaluation panels because they contain few judges with extensive experience in infectious diseases. “But top officials at NIH could remedy this,” he says.

Dr. Norins emphasizes he is not claiming germs definitely are the trigger for Alzheimer’s disease, but he says there are many clues suggesting this might be the case. “At least, this possibility must be thoroughly investigated to find out one way or the other,” he says.

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New Blog Offers Electroshock Victims & Families a Forum to Speak Out

Most people think ECT is no longer used, but an estimated 100,000 Americans and a million people worldwide are subjected to it, including the elderly, pregnant women and children, even younger than five years old.

Most people think ECT is no longer used, but an estimated 100,000 Americans and a million people worldwide are subjected to it, including the elderly, pregnant women and children, even younger than five years old.

Ban Electroshock (ECT) Device Being Used on Children, the Elderly and Vulnerable Patients

Ban Electroshock (ECT) Device Being Used on Children, the Elderly and Vulnerable Patients

CCHR has helped to enact more than 180 laws protecting individuals from abusive or coercive mental health practices since it was formed over 49 years ago, including a ban on electroshock use on children in four U.S. states and in Western Australia.

CCHR has helped to enact more than 180 laws protecting individuals from abusive or coercive mental health practices since it was formed over 49 years ago, including a ban on electroshock use on children in four U.S. states and in Western Australia.

CCHR’s public awareness blog provides facts and warnings about electroconvulsive therapy and the need to ban it.

ECT should be banned. The device used to administer it has never undergone clinical trials to prove it is safe and effective.”

— Jan Eastgate, CCHR International President

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, December 18, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The mental health watchdog Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) International has launched an information blog on the dangers of electroconvulsive therapy (also known as electroshock treatment or ECT)—the practice of sending up to 460 volts of electricity through the brain, damaging it in a brutal effort to alleviate depression. The www.TruthAboutECT.org blog site was created to bring about public awareness of the serious risks associated with ECT and allow survivors of the “treatment” or their family members, friends or doctors to share their stories warning about how damaging the practice is.

CCHR International president, Ms. Jan Eastgate, said: “ECT should be banned. The device used to administer it has never undergone clinical trials to prove it is safe and effective. Most people think ECT is no longer used, but an estimated 100,000 Americans and a million people worldwide are subjected to it, including the elderly, pregnant women and children, even younger than five years old. The fact that within a short period, more than 57,000 people signed our petition in support of a ban on ECT is an indication of the public outrage that it even exists.” Click here to sign the petition.

Eastgate said the blog offers people a forum to submit articles, stories and video testimony about how ECT harms lives, especially evidence of severe memory loss and brain damage. “In this way, they can join the movement to ban this abhorrent and torturous practice,” she added.

She said equating ECT with torture is supported by decades of evidence, including several United Nations reports from the Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) that have supported a ban on all forced medical interventions against persons with disabilities, including the administration of electroshock, psychosurgery, and mind-altering drugs. [1] HRC put it more strongly earlier this year. According to its “Mental health and human rights” report, countries “should reframe and recognize these practices as constituting torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment….” [2]

Speak Out: Electroshock Causes Brain Damage

Eastgate said the blog can be used to speak out against ECT. She charged the FDA with covering up the brain damage ECT causes in order to protect a $5 billion a year electroshock industry in the U.S. alone. In December 2015, the FDA proposed that the ECT device risk classification be reduced to make it more available, which the American Psychiatric Association (APA) supported. In fact, in a letter to the FDA, the APA wanted more children to receive electroshock, stating that having access to it is “especially meaningful in children and adolescents,” despite potential harm to their developing brains and bodies. In 2001, an APA Task Force report on ECT even recommended that “brain damage should not be included in the ECT consent form as a potential risk of treatment.” As such, the term has almost disappeared from psychiatric literature or nomenclature regarding ECT. Nowhere in the FDA’s 2015 proposal to reduce the risk classification of ECT devices does it mention brain damage, CCHR informs. [3] [4]

ECT Device Maker Admits “Permanent Brain Damage”

Yet, recently faced with a legal challenge to ECT causing such damage, one U.S. ECT device manufacturer issued a warning in its new ECT risk disclosures that there is a risk of “permanent brain damage.” Click here to read more about legal cases involving ECT. [5] [6]

But ECT “works,” according to psychiatrists by causing seizures. Most neurologists regard it as self-evident that epileptic seizures cause brain damage and that all injury to an intact brain is harmful. And while psychiatrists might claim that the newer ECT procedures and devices lessen the risk of damage, Dr. Kenneth Castleman, a biomedical engineer who has served on the faculty at Caltech and The University of Texas and on the research staff at USC and UCLA, has provided evidence that the newer models of the ECT device “actually elevate the risk of brain damage.” [7] [8]

CCHR encourages as many ECT survivors and their family or friends to write in support of a ban and share their experiences on TruthAboutECT.org. It also encourages medical professionals, including psychiatrists opposed to ECT, to submit articles and blogs.
About CCHR: Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, first brought psychiatric imprisonment to wide public notice: “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the ‘free world’ tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of ‘mental health,’” he wrote in March 1969. For more information visit www.cchrflorida.org.

References:
[1] A/HRC/22/53, "Report of the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan E. Méndez," United Nations, General Assembly, Human Rights Council, Twenty-second Session, Agenda Item 3, 1 Feb. 2013.
[2] “Mental Health and Human Rights,” United Nations Human Rights Council, 39th session; 10–28 Sept. 2018, https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/MentalHealth/A_HRC_39_36_EN.pdf.
[3] Letter to Robert M. Califf, M.D., Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, from the American Psychiatric Association, March 10, 2016,
https://psychiatry.org/File%20Library/Psychiatrists/Advocacy/Federal/APA-FDA-ECT-reclassification-comments-03102016.pdf.
[4] American Psychiatric Association Committee on Electroconvulsive Therapy. (2001). The practice of electroconvulsive therapy: Recommendations for treatment, training, and privileging: A task force report of the American Psychiatric Association (2nd ed.). Arlington, VA, US: American Psychiatric Association, p. 102.
[5] Jose Riera and Deborah Chase, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situation, v. MECTA Corporation; Somatics, LLC, Case No.: 2:17-cv-06686 RGK(PJWx), United States District Court
Central District of California, Sept. 11, 2017.
[6] http://www.thymatron.com/downloads/System_IV_Regulatory_Update.pdf.
[7] Thomas Szasz, M.D., Coercion as Cure: A Critical History of Psychiatry,(Transaction Publications, 2010) p. 135.
[8] Jonathon Emord, Rick Moxon, Citizens Petition on ECT presented to the FDA Commissioner, 2016, http://emord.com/blawg/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/1-ECT-Citizen-Petition.pdf, p. 40.

Diane Stein
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