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Our Diminishing Medicine Supply
« on: February 16, 2019, 10:34:07 AM »
As we've discussed elsewhere in Town Hall, America is approaching a medical crisis of huge proportions which came about in several unfortunate steps:

1. We outsourced our drug manufacturing infrastructure to our "colony" Puerto Rico

2. Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in September of 2017, wiping out not only their power grid, but also their key asset to North America:
their manufacturing capability including all of the pharmaceutical plants.

3. That left us short of basic drugs such as Doxycycline, a broad spectrum antibiotic used to treat numerous infections, with a prime example being Lyme Disease.

4. So we turned to France with a request that their still-existent pharmaceutical manufacturing base begin supplying us as well.

5. However, France explained that they, in turn, are heavily dependent upon China for the basic substrates of a number of drugs, which France is not capable of supplying by itself.

6. So we turned to India, which has infrastructure in place to manufacture the generic version of numerous drugs, but were told that they also were dependent upon China for the basic substrates of a number of drugs, which India is not capable of sourcing within its own borders.

7. Meanwhile, diplomatic relations with China are somewhat tense, partly for reasons explained here by the Department of State:

8. And furthermore, China Rx, published in April of 2018, explains that the pharmaceutical manufacturing plants in China have substandard hygiene conditions, including squat toilets and lack of hand-washing facilities.

What happens if a pandemic hits?  We need to be stockpiling enough meds and supplements to last us for years to come now.  A time is coming that they will not be available, perhaps at any price.  Best to check whether use beyond the expiration date may cause the product to degenerate down into something toxic - this is exceedingly rare, but it is true of antibiotics in the tetracycline family, including Doxy.

In most cases medications will retain 70-90% of their effectiveness according to studies, though expired nitroglycerine and insulin may not have sufficient potency to perform their life-saving functions.  And it is possible that weakened antibiotics of all classes, particularly liquid forms, may permit germ mutations to occur.

Colloidal silver would be a notable exception due to its straight-kill mode of operation, as long as it is kept unrefrigerated and in the dark, and vigorously shaken before use.

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Re: Our Diminishing Medicine Supply
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2019, 12:56:24 PM »
Good reminder about colloidal silver, as that hint about vigorously shaking it before use, is new to me.

Also, for those who get their vitamin D3 from cod liver oil, it might be a good time to stock up on the smaller bottles and freze them.  Freezing shouldn't cause them to burst as it does water-based things. 

Even if the antibiotics wear out, or get used, Vitamin D can, on its own, fight cancer cells, as well as help kill pathogenic bugs.

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Re: Our Diminishing Medicine Supply
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2019, 01:00:34 PM »
Good thoughts Ilinda about vitamin D.

Re: shaking colloidal silver:

All particle suspensions experience entropy, in which solids settle to the bottom.  Shaking both re-suspends the particles and excites the ions electrically - meaning that they are open to electron bonding.

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« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2019, 04:05:42 PM »
An eye-opener:

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« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2019, 11:27:00 AM »
Thanks for posting that very sobering statistic Ilinda!

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Re: Our Diminishing Medicine Supply
« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2019, 11:14:43 AM »
I was startled to discover today that a time-honored medicine that was traditionally carried in Amish country is no longer available there, and is very difficult now to source at full-strength anywhere at all.

It is Lugol's iodine, especially at 5% and 7% strengths.  It's still possible to source from a few local independent pharmacies at the 2% strength.  If disinfecting 55 gallon drums of storage water or a newly drilled well, the appropriate concentration to use is 5%, as we've discussed on Town Hall here:,2290.msg94768.html#msg94768

It's still available under the label J. Crow, a compounding herbalist in New Hampshire, but is being rationed by law now at one bottle per order:

Each bottle must have its own order/transaction number, a regulatory requirement when purchasing Lugol's 5%.

You can get around the law by making separate consecutive orders.

The price through J. Crow is $24.95 as of this posting.

Miss Lizzy's Thyroid Support carries it for the same price, and posts a handy guide to explain the difference between Lugol's and topical iodine, etc., here:

I kept getting a redirect to the 2% concentration when checking on Amazon, but this one seller may have it @ $19.99 (I'd write him first to be certain):

He seems to be offering multiples without forcing the buyer to make separate orders for each bottle.

It seems to be available on Ebay as either J. Crow's or 3rd I Triiodide, but only from a few sellers.  The price is under $12 from a single seller. 

Even that is double the price from just last year, at $6 per one full ounce bottle (not a half ounce) of 5% solution.

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« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2020, 10:11:50 AM »
Here's a list of medications made in China, originally published on and reposted here:

    Aciclovir – (Zovirax) – antiviral drug
    Advair – asthma medicine
    Adrenaline Hcl – treatment for cardiac arrest
    Albendazole – treatment for worms
    Alfuzosin – (Uroxatral) treatment for enlarged prostate
    Allopurinol – gout treatment
    Alprazolam – (Xanax) – treatment for anxiety disorders
    Amikacin sulfate – treatment for bacterial infections
    Aminophyline -treatment for cerebral ischemia
    Amiodarone Hydrochloride -treatment for irregular heartbeat
    Amlodipine – treats high blood pressure & angina
    Ampicillin – antibiotic
    Amodiaquine – treatment of malaria
    Amoxicillin – antibiotic
    Aniracetam – (Draganon, Sarpul, Ampamet) a congnition enhancer
    Artemether – treats drug resistant malaria
    Artesunate – malaria treatment
    Aspirin – anti-inflammatory painkiller
    Artemether – treats malaria
    Atenolol – high blood pressure medicine
    Atropine – antidote against nerve agents
    Avandia – (Avandia) treatment of diabetes
    Budesonide – (Entocort) treatment of allergy & asthma
    Bupropion (Wellbutrin) antidepressant
    Calcifediol – treats vitamin D deficiency
    Candesartan – (Blopress, Atacand, Amias, Ratacand) treats hypertension
    Captopril – (Capoten, Inhibace) treatment for hypertension & congestive heart failure
    Carbamazepine – treatment of epilepsy, ADD & ADHD
    Carnosine – treatment for autism
    Cefixime – antibiotic
    Cefotaxime – (Claforan) antibiotic
    Cefsulodin – also, cephalosporin – antibiotic
    Cephealexin – (Keflex, Keftab) – antibiotic
    Chloramphenicol – antibiotic
    Chlorpheniramine Maleate – (Chlor-Trimeton, Piriton) Antihistamine
    Chlorpromazine Hydrochloride
    Chloroquine Phosphate – treatment of malaria
    Cilexetil – (Atacand) treats high blood pressure
    Cilostazole – (Pletal) treats peripheral vascular disease
    Cimetidine – (Tagamet) – heartburn treatment
    Ciprofloxacine – (Cipro) – antibiotic & one of two effective treatments for anthrax exposure
    Clomiphene Citrate – (Clomid, Serophene, Milophene) infertility treatment
    Clopidogrel Bisulfate – (Plavix) treats coronary artery disease
    Co-trimoxazole – (Septrin, Bactrim) antibiotic
    Cloxacillin – antibiotic
    Coreg – (Coreg) beta blocker that treats congestive heart failure
    Cromoglicate – treats allergies and asthma
    Cyclosporine – immunosuppressive drug
    Cytisine – (Tabex) smoking cessation drug
    Dexamethasone Acetate – anti-inflammatory steroid
    Diclofenac Sodium – (Flector patch/Voltaren) – anti-imflammatory painkiller used to treat arthritis, acute injury and menstrual pain
    Diosmin – hemorrhoid treatment
    Diphenhydramine hydrochloride – (Benadryl) antihistimine
    Doxycycline Hcl – (Vibramycin) – antibiotic
    Enalapril – (Renitec, Vasotec) treatment of hypertension, chronic heart failure
    Enoxacin – (Enroxil, Penetrex) antibiotic
    Erythromycin – antibiotic
    Famotidine – (Pepcid) antacid
    Ferrous Sulfate – treatment for iron-deficiency anemia
    Flucloxacillin – (Flopen, Floxapen) antibiotic
    Fluconazole – (Diflucan, Trican) antifungal drug
    Furosemide – (Lasix) diuretic for treating congestive heart failure
    Frusemide – diuretic used to treat heart failure & edema
    Flucloxacillin sodium – antibiotic
    Gentamycin – antibiotic
    Glibenclamide (Diabeta, Flynase, Micronase) anti-diabetic drug
    Gliclazide – diabetes treatment
    Griseofulvin – antifungal drug
    Glyceryl Trinitrate – treatment of angina & heart disease
    Hydrochlorothiazide – (Aquazide H, Dichlotride, Microzide, Oretic) diuretic
    Human growth hormone – treatment of growth failure in children
    Ibuprofen – anti-inflammatory painkiller
    Imitrex – (Imatrex) migraine medicine
    Indomethazine – anti-inflammatory painkiller
    Ketoconazole – (Nizoral) antifungal drug
    Lincomycine – antibiotic
    Lamictal – treatment for epilepsy & bipolar disorder
    Letrozole – treatment of breast cancerLipitor – (Lipitor) lowers cholesteral
    Loratadine (Claritin, Lomilan, Clarinase, Alavert, AllergyX) antihistamine
    Lovastatin- lowers cholesteral
    Lumefantrine – treatment of malaria
    Mebendazole – (Ovex, Vermox, Antiox, Pripsen) treatment for worms
    Mefenamic Acid – (Ponstel, Ponstan) non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory painkiller
    Meloxicam – (Mobic) non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory painkiller
    Metamizole sodium (Analgin, Dipyrone, Novalgin) painkiller, fever-reducer
    Methyldopa – (Aldomet, Dopamet, Novomedopa) antihypertension drug
    Metoclopramide – (Maxolon, Reglan, Degan, Maxeran, Primeran) anti-nausea drug
    Metronidazole – treats infections
    Moexipril – (Univasc) treatment of high blood pressure
    Mycophenolate Mofetil – Immunosuppressive drug
    Niclosamide – treats tapeworms
    Nifedipine (Adalat, Nifedical, Procardia) treats hypertension, premature labor
    Nitroglycerin – (Nitrospan, Nitrostat, Tridil) heart medication
    Norfloxacin – antibiotic
    Ofloxacin – (Floxin) antibiotic
    Ondansetron – (Zofran) – nausea prevention for chemo patients
    Orlistat – (Xenical) – obesity treatment
    Oxandrolone – Synthetic anabolic steroid
    Oxybutinin – treatment for incontinence
    Oxymetholone – Synthetic anabolic steroid
    Oxytetracycline – antibiotic
    Paclitaxel – also taxol – cancer treatment
    Paracetamol – also, acetaminophen – painkiller
    Penicillin – antibiotic
    Phenacetin – painkiller
    Phenformin Hydrochloride – diabetes treatment
    Prednisone – steroid
    Promethazine Hydrochloride – (Phenergan, Romergan, Fargan, Avomine) antihistamine
    Propranolol – (Inderal, Avlocardyl, Dociton, Inderalici, InnoPran XL) hypertension treatment
    Pyrimethamine – (Daraprim) antimalarial drug
    Propecia – (Propecia) for prostate enlargement and hair loss
    Quinine – malaria treatment
    Ramipril – used to treat hypertension and congestive heart failure
    Ranitidine Hydrochloride – (Zantac) antacid
    Ribavirin – (Copegus, Rebetol, Ribashere, Vilona, Virazole) anti-viral drug
    Rifampicin+Isoniazid – malaria treatment
    Ribavirin – (Copegus, Rebetol, Ribashere) antivirual drug
    Rifampicin – antibiotic
    Salbutamol – asthma, copd
    Sibutramine – (Meridia) obesity treatment
    Spironolactone – (Aldactone, Novo-Spiroton, Verospiron, Berlactone) diuretic
    Streptomycin – antibiotic
    Sucralfate – (Carafate) – treats ulcers & acid reflux disease
    Sulfadiazine – antibiotic
    Sulfamethoxazole – antibiotic
    Sulfadoxine&Pyrimethamine – treatment for malaria
    Sulpiride – (Meresa, Sulpirid Ratiopharm) treatment of schizophrenia
    Tamoxifen – breast cancer treatment
    Tinidazole – (Tindamax, Fasigyn) anti-parasitic drug
    Trandolapril – treatment of high blood pressure
    Trimethoprim – antibiotic
    Valaciclovir – (Valtrex) antiviral drug

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Re: Our Diminishing Medicine Supply
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2020, 10:19:35 AM »
Here's a study reporting that China now has control of the entire global pharmaceutical market, regardless of whether drugs appear to be labeled under a Western name:

The study is priced to sell to government and corporate customers, rather than to the general public, but the on-line preview lists the following Western companies, among others, as interacting with China's pharmaceutical industry:

- Abbott
- AstraZeneca
- Boehringer Ingelheim
- Eli Lilly
- GlaxoSmithKline
- Johnson & Johnson Medical
- Merck
- Novartis
- Pfizer
- Roche


...80 percent of the ingredients in U.S.-branded pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter drugs start out in either China or India.
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« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2020, 12:23:01 PM »
All the more reason for avoiding BigPharma if possible.  Not that the Chinese are dishonest, but any time a product is manufactured in foreign lands, one can only guess or wonder how accurately and safely it was made. 

So it doesn't matter whether it's from China, Canada, or Timbuktu, if it is made in some location where you can't just do a "drive-by" to check out the facility, you are only guessing as to its quality.

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Re: Our Diminishing Medicine Supply
« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2020, 04:07:15 AM »
One wonders what the little image of a genome snippet on the cover of the report suggests (lower right)...


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« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2020, 10:23:26 AM »
Add to the graphic of the genome snippet the subtitle:

Cutting-Edge analysis of Multinational & Chinese Biopharma Companies, Industry Trends, Environment, Regulation, Market Drivers, Restraints, Opportunities & Challenges.,

it's no doubt all biotech stuff and nothing of much value to the thinking person.


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