Who Are You – Tobey Kai

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Using music as rehabilitation, a talented Calgary musician overcomes a Traumatic Brain Injury, and is an inspiration for others.

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Before last year my social media experience was limited to Facebook, but that changed last year when I decided that the time had come for me to do something different with my life. Having a larger presence on social media would go a long way towards accomplishing the things that I wanted to do, so I now have accounts across several platforms.

An Instagram account was a no brainer, and I soon found out that there was more to this app than just the Kardashians and other assorted “influencers” (I can’t believe they get paid for this shit, honestly). As I scrolled through the accounts that Instagram thought I’d be interested in, one stood out.

I was first drawn in by her photo. She is possessed of those qualities that are highly desired by those shallower aspects that are inherent to men. In short I thought she was hot. I started to follow her and checked out her profile. She was a local girl with an incredible musical talent, university educated, and she had also suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury. I needed to find out more about this intriguing person, named Tobey Kai.

Natural talent

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From Tobey Kai’s Facebook page.

Tobey’s musical talents come naturally, both of her parents are musicians who came to Canada in the mid-’80’s. From a young age, she showed an interest in music, taking her first piano lesson at only 6years old. She says that her singing abilities came from her mother, who also sings opera.

The family would come to Calgary by way of Vancouver, and Tobey continued to study music, enhancing her natural born talent. She has a younger brother, and an “adopted sister” who has been in her life since her teen years.

You might think that Tobey would pursue a music education at the Alberta College of Art, but her interests also extend beyond music. Instead, she has not one but TWO bachelor’s degrees, and they have absolutely NOTHING to do with each other, holding degrees in biology and economics.

Animal lover

Courtesy Facebook

http://tobeykai.com/

Equal to her passion for music is her passion for animals. She combines the two at her music studio where she gives private music and singing lessons. She has resident cats and dogs that will like to come and visit while she’s giving lessons, and she mentions this on her website giving anyone who might have allergies a heads up.

Conservation of the world’s oceans is another one of her causes and she is an advocate for the world’s sharks, whose populations have nearly been wiped out in Asia due to poaching. Shark fin soup has long been a delicacy in some Asian countries, but ever decreasing numbers have led to the dish been banned.


All life is precious. Meet Freyja, one of my many daughters I’ve had the honour of caring for over the years. A ferocious predator (not unlike a shark), but has never struck me because I haven’t given her reason to. 
Don’t be afraid of what you don’t understand. 
#alllifematters

To her, all life is precious, and she would soon come to know just exactly how very precious it is. On the home page of her website, you can listen to a song she wrote called “Ondine”, which she has dedicated to ocean and shark conservation.

A cagey polyglot

As if all of this weren’t impressive enough, she also speaks fluent German. I figure that she would be able to carry out lengthy conversations in at least three languages: English, Mandarin, and German. I ask her how many languages she can speak, and she’s coy about answering saying only that she “does dabble in a few languages”. Based on what I’ve learned about her so far, it wouldn’t surprise me to find out that she could single-handedly interpret a meeting of the UN Security Council.

https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/18021109522098021/

Touched by Alzheimers

In 2017 Tobey began writing a song about her grandfather, whom she lost to Alzheimer’s disease. Called “Who Are You”, it recounts her grandfather’s final words to her “Who are you, young lady? Are you lost?” It is a poignant song about an experience that many families go through, and can relate to. It would be several months before she would record the song however. At the beginning of 2018, something would happen that had a lasting and profound effect on her life.

Who Are You – Written for Alzheimer’s and brain injury awareness.

Everything changes in an instant

For Tobey, recreation is something done outdoors no matter what season it is and whether it’s on a bike or a snowboard, physical activity is just as much a part of her life as music. She’s as much at home on the back of a bicycle as she is on a snowboard, and it was while enjoying a day on the latter that things would change forever.

Sunday, January 14th was a pleasant day to be in the mountains, with temperatures only a couple degrees below zero. Deciding to take advantage of the beautiful weather, Tobey decided to go snowboarding at Nakiska that day. At the end of her first run, when she got to the bottom of the hill, she slipped and fell to the ground.

Moments later a skier collided with her, impacting her left temple. Almost immediately, she knew that something was very wrong. She had lost feeling below her neck, her fingers were twitching, and she knew that she was bleeding from somewhere underneath her helmet. Emergency crews were able to stabilize her and transport her to Calgary by ground ambulance. She remembers much of the hour long ride back to the city, but some memories are gone.

Subarachnoid hemorrhage

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Your brain is covered by a thick, fibrous membrane called dura mater. Beneath the dura mater is the archnoid mater, under which cerebralspinal fluid helps to cushion the brain. A tear in a blood vessel can cause blood to accumulate in this space, putting pressure on the brain. Surgery may have to be performed to drain the blood and stop the hemorraging.

The odds of making a full recovery are against someone with a subarachnoid hemorrage as only one third of patients will have a good out come, another third will survive but with a disability, and the remaining third will die.

Nothing short of miraculous

For a very brief time Tobey was comatose, but she wouldn’t be unconscious for long. For the first few weeks, she was unable to walk and had to re-learn how. Her neck was also injured, and she would find talking painful. She began to wonder if she would ever sing again. But she persevered, and began to use music as rehabilitation.

To say that her recovery was miraculous would be an understatement. She learned to walk again and has been able to not only speak but return to singing the way she did before the accident. Only six months after the incident at Nakiska, Tobey appeared in the local media and performed “Who Are You” live. She looked as though nothing had happened at all.

She did not make a complete recovery however. She lost her short-term memory, something that she says is the one thing she regrets losing the most. She has also lost her sense of taste, and as is to be expected after a TBI, she has had some personality changes.

I ask her if her physical fitness had anything to do with how quick she was able to recover. She attributes it more to mental fitness, sheer determination, and stubbornness. I’d say she has the mental fitness to win an Ironman marathon while the competition eating her dust.

Most of all though, she credits music for pulling her through and giving her the motivation. She was composing again before she was allowed off bed rest. She also credits her life experiences for being able to maintain a sense of calmness through it all.

A song dedicated to our troops, our veterans, and their families.

On Remembrance Day 2018 Tobey released a new single titled “Time”. It is her emotional tribute to our active duty personnel, our veterans, and their families. Together, “Time” and “Who Are You” would make the perfect anthem for those verterans with the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) caused by mefloquine toxicity.

People like Tobey are very rare to find. With natural talent and beauty, a social conscience, an amazingly resilient brain, and the ability to inspire others, we are lucky to have someone like her.

In the future, when history recounts those individuals who have had a major impact on Calgary, and were among this country’s brightest shining stars, the historians will count Tobey Kai among them.

D.B.

https://www.facebook.com/tobeykaiofficial/

Meeting The Mefloquine Cowboy

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As Shaun Arntsen fights the biggest battle of his life, he’s reaching others who are doing the same, and saving their lives.

I first heard from Shaun Arntsen about four days ago. He sent me a message on Twitter, where he is known as The Mefloquine Cowboy. He tells me he’d like to collaborate with me on something, a video and written media project about mefloquine. As I’m go through his posts on Twitter, one grabs my eye, it’s a You Tube video whose title warns me that I am about to see something emotionally charged. I watch the video, and it is what the title promises, and then some. Intrigued, I tell him that I’m very interested, and would like to talk. The next day, I hear back from him, and arrange a time to talk on the phone. It was at this point that I found out his real identity.

We exchange messages the following morning before finally connecting over the phone. In one of his messages, he lets me know that he needs to rest. I come to find out that Shaun in plagued by sudden debilitating headaches, and one has just taken hold. It is but one of a number of symptoms that he has experienced over the last 17 years. The symptoms began when he was deployed to Afghanistan in 2002.

When we do connect a short time later, he begins to tell me about the symptoms he is experiencing, symptoms that the Department of National Defense attributes to PTSD. He exhibits many of the symptoms that appear with PTSD, anxiety, depression, nightmares, but, he also has symptoms that are not seen in PTSD either.

He often experiences a tingling, pinprick sensation in his hands, has problems with his digestive system, and experiences episodes that he calls seizures, which, from his description of them, sound like petit mal seizures. He tells me that the things that trigger his anxiety are also unusual, in that they aren’t the normal triggers that one might see in PTSD. He tells me of how walking into a supermarket can be one of the biggest triggers of anxiety for him. The lighting in particular bothers him.

He then says something that catches my attention, when he talks about not getting anxiety from loud noises, and says something about being bombed in Afghanistan. Wait, did he just say he got bombed in Afghanistan? That didn’t make sense, our guys never got bombed in Afgha… is about as far as I thought before the words “Tarnak Farms” had popped into my head. A few moments later, he would confirm this, and I would suddenly realize who I had been talking with.

The Incident at Tarnak Farms

Canada’s first troops in Afghanistan were members of the elite Joint Task Force 2 special operations unit, followed soon after by the 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) in January of 2002, led by Lt.Col. Pat Stogran, as part of Operation Apollo.

The battalion took part in Operation Harpoon in March before commencing training for future operations. The live fire training would take place at a location known as Tarnak Farms, which had previously been an al Qaeda and Taliban training area, and was known to pilots to be in friendly territory.

On the night of April 17th, a section from “A” Company was conducting nighttime training, when an American F-16 flying overhead saw the tracer fire down below. In a stunning display of incompetence, the National Guard pilot dropped a 500 lb bomb on them. Four men were killed, another 8 were wounded.

Although close by, because of where he was at the time of the explosion, Cpl. Arntsen escaped physical injury that night. The same could not be said for his psyche however and there isn’t a single normal human who wouldn’t be effected similarly. It should go without saying that an incident like this will result in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and he would begin to display the classic symptoms of it while still in theatre. The only thing was, what was happening to Shaun Arntsen was far more than just PTSD.

Battle For His Life

I wanted to get a sense for who the man was before I talked to him, so I did my online homework on Shaun Arntsen. I’m struck by the things that I find in his various social media accounts, and they start to give me an idea about who he his. First, in order to get a true sense of who he is, you have to look at all of them together. To simply view him through the lens of a single social media account will only leave you with a partial understanding of him.

Looking pictures of him, my first impression is that Shaun is someone who epitomize the word rugged. With his long hair, beard, and tattoos, he would look natural on the back of a motorcycle, and like many former soldiers he is active in the Canadian Veterans Motorcycle Unit. This group of motorcycle enthusiasts works to raise awareness of veterans issues on his community and across the province.

He describes himself as a “jack of all trades” and is just as comfortable operating heavy equipment as he is a camera. Using the knowledge and skills he picked up in the military, he offers tactical firearms instruction through his company Tactical Yoga, and is also an assistant coach with the Nakiska Alpine Ski Association, teaching and mentoring youth.

He’s a talented photographer, and appears to be just as comfortable in front of the camera as he is behind it. The pictures that he has taken, and those that he appears in himself, could very easily be in any number of glossy magazines, used to promote a men’s fragrance or to showcase a new clothing line.

Yet, there is another aspect to Shaun that you can’t see as much in those pictures. It’s the veteran, haunted almost continuously by demons that first appeared in Afghanistan. Like many veterans of that conflict, he’s had his struggles with drug and alcohol abuse and he’s been in trouble with the law. There are times when he’s filled with an uncontrollable rage, and he has had outbursts in public that have left some feeling uneasy, even unsafe.

During these episodes, although they may appear frightening from the outside, his rage is not directed towards any individual, and he has not attacked or otherwise menaced anyone during these episodes.

Over time, the retired corporal came to the realization that what was going on with him was more than the PTSD that the military said that he had. Many of his symptoms weren’t consistent with the diagnosis, and since they began 17 years ago, he has shown no improvement whatsoever over that time. As more and more stories about mefloquine began to emerge, it soon became clear that this was responsible for the nightmare playing itself out in Shaun’s brain and body.

He was perilously close to making the decision that many Afghanistan veterans have made, ready to end his own life in order to find himself free from the hell that he was living each and every day for years. But Shaun also is possessed of an incredible strength of spirit, and he decided to document his struggle on YouTube. His videos tell the story of a day in the life of a man who was poisoned by a neuro toxic substance that his government ordered him to take.

They are raw, edgy, and emotional, but also inspirational. Shaun Arntsen has a way of reaching his viewers the way very few people can. There’s no pretense to the man, what you see is what you get, and what you get is a dose of the reality that he and thousands of others experience daily. He can connect with people, and is a no bullshit kind of a guy, which is why he is quickly establishing himself as someone to be reckoned with, and someone that can be turned to for advice, or a little bit of support, or a message of hope at a time when it is so desperately needed.

With lawsuits pending, and a campaign of public awareness building, mefloquine will soon be getting the attention of the Canadian public at large, but there is still a lot of work to do. Every day, veterans are hearing about mefloquine and the damage it causes for the first time. For many, it almost comes as a relief, since it would provide the answers to a lot of questions that they may have been asking themselves.

Helping to lead the charge here in Canada is Shaun Arntsen, the Mefloquine Cowboy, who is saving lives as a result of his efforts. He is a man on a mission, and I’m hoping to be able to help him along in his quest to help his brothers in arms. He proved himself on the field of battle in Afghanistan, and his efforts now are nothing short of heroic.

D.B.

Dedicated to the memory of the first four. Godspeed soldiers.

Sgt Marc Leger, Pte Richard Green, Pte Nathan Smith, Cpl Ainsworth Dyer

David McBride Is In Urgent Need Of Our Help

GoFund Me Campaign Started For Australian Whistleblower.

Australian whistleblower Major David McBride

My name is David McBride. I am facing 50 years in prison for blowing the whistle on the Australian Defence Force’s unethical, harmful and highly politicised leadership. As I continue to fight these unjust criminal charges, I am asking for your support to access expert legal representation.  

For the past 19 years, Australian troops have been fighting a war in Afghanistan. After all this time, there still seems to be no end in sight. In 2011 and 2013, I served in Afghanistan as a military lawyer to the Royal Australian Regiment and Australian Special Forces respectively. When I joined the Australian Defence Force, I swore an oath to fight for Australian values. 

Over my two deployments, I became increasingly concerned that the war was dictated by politics rather than the best interests of Australians and Australian soldiers. I saw the government putting increased pressure on Australian soldiers, knowing that this pressure could risk their lives. I saw people in leadership avoiding tough decisions because their political careers were more important than people’s lives.

More than 26,000 Australian soldiers have served in Afghanistan since the war started. I believe the lives and sacrifices our people in uniform make should never be taken for granted.

After learning that what I had seen was unfortunately widespread and systematic, I made an internal report in 2014. As I saw no real or effective action, I disclosed documents to the ABC in 2016. 

Since being charged, I have had little choice but to represent myself. I believed that, in keeping with the values of our armed forces, I had to show staunch courage and face this battle alone, no matter the odds. I have since realised that this case represents something much bigger than my personal imprisonment. It represents the erosion of our democracy. It flies in the face of everything our armed forces are fighting for.

The Australian Government is using the catchall cry of ‘national security’ to take away our right to know what our government is doing and to remove their accountability to the people that elect them. Legislation is being used to threaten whistleblowers, lawyers and journalists with long jail sentences and hefty fines. Media organisations are being raided by the police.

Trying your best means asking for support when you need it. I would be very grateful if you made a contribution within your capacity to help fund this legal battle. You can also show support by sharing this campaign with your family and friends. 

My family and I are incredibly grateful for all the kindness and support.

David McBride

Right now David McBride’s legal team consists of one person, David McBride. To win this battle he is going to need some legal assistance, and he’s hoping to raise the $50,000 that it would cost to get that assistance.

This case is of great importance to the people of Australia, however it is also of great importance to the citizens of every free and democratic nation across the globe. Should he lose this case democracy in Australia will also face a very grim future and a very dangerous precedent would be set that other governments might be eager to follow.

This is a case where I believe Canadians in particular might be willing to offer their help as the plight of Major McBride is similar to that of Admiral Mark Norman, and I’m hoping that anyone who contributed to Admiral Norman will also consider contributing to Major McBride.

Please, click on the link below to make a donation towards the defence of democracy.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/50-years-in-jail-for-whistleblowing-on-the-adf?utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_na+share-sheet&pc_code=ot_co_dashboard_a&rcid=3a14f40ef63a4449af938e404d63a18d&fbclid=IwAR3-zAxbL_1NigBVrUSMS1zEJ0KrDO35Xtg2hHk5_JkSLDibYd38MpSngvs

An Urgent Message For All Active Duty US Army Personnel Awaiting Deployment Overseas

Important Information About Newly Approved Anti-Malarial Drug Arakoda.

60P’s first significant shipment of Arakoda occurred in September, 2019, to the U.S. Army. The product is now commercially available via select retail pharmacy outlets and pharmaceutical wholesalers. 60P continues to work closely with  distribution networks and third-party insurance companies to provide extensive access to the product.

Arakoda™ (Tafenoquine) Tablets, First Prescription Drug Approved for Malaria Prevention by US FDA in Over 18 Years, Now Available in US
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/arakoda-tafenoquine-tablets-first-prescription-drug-approved-for-malaria-prevention-by-us-fda-in-over-18-years-now-available-in-us-300962690.html

If you are an active duty soldier in the United States Army and are awaiting deployment overseas, there is some important information that you need to made aware of concerning a new anti-malarial drug called tafenoquine (brand name Arakoda).

Serious concerns have been raised about the safety of this drug that you need to be aware of before taking it. It has been found that critical drug safety data was omitted from the FDA New Drug Application for Arakoda, information about serious adverse psychiatric reactions to tafenoquine was not made available to the FDA.

CENTER FOR DRUG EVALUATION AND RESEARCH APPLICATION NUMBER: 210607Orig1s000
OTHER REVIEW(S)

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/nda/2018/210607Orig1s000OtherR.pdf

It calls into question the data from several clinical trials of tafenoquine, including Study 033 which took place from 2000-2001 on the island of East Timor using members of the Australian Defense Force as test subjects. There is a vast amount of evidence to indicate that there were numerous serious reactions that were not reported and as such the safety of this drug is now seriously in question. There is sufficient evidence to warrant federal agencies to launch investigations into a number of apparent regulatory, ethical, and CRIMINAL violations surrounding the approval of Arakoda including fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud against the United States Government

ADF Veterans Aaron and Rae.

“Crazy stuff started happening. We had a guy from my own company who ended up pulling a para flare apart, for no reason. No-one does that stuff. The next minute, we got back to our FOB and he ended up taking one of my mate’s grenades. At that time we’d had a change in the grenade—once the pin was pulled out, you couldn’t put it back in unless you had a special tool. He ended up throwing that grenade. The grenade went off and he ended up fragging himself. He just wigged out.”

Testimony of an Australian Army tafenoquine Study 033 trial subject to the 2018 Australian Senate Inquiry into Quinoline Antimalarials in the ADF

There are also issues surrounding the efficacy and safety of this drug in people who are deficient in particular enzymes (G6PD and CYP-2D6). Patients would need to have a blood test to screen for this PRIOR to taking Arakoda and MUST be made aware of this.

Discuss It With Your Medical Officer

The bottom line is if you are being deployed to a malaria zone and have been prescribed Arakoda, you should seek an alternative to it. Your life may well depend on it.

References

Australian Defense Forces Brass Engineer Cover-Up Of A Drug Trial That Tested A Controversial Anti-Malarial.

https://onecalgaryvoter.com/2019/08/11/an-advocate-equalizer-international-exclusive-australian-defense-forces-brass-engineer-cover-up-of-a-drug-trial-that-tested-a-controversial-anti-malarial/

The Quinism Foundation Shares Its Concerns that the GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Antimalarial Drug Tafenoquine is Neurotoxic

https://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/07/prweb15612420.htm

Unexpected pharmacological and toxicological effects of tafenoquine

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/280135734_Unexpected_pharmacological_and_toxicological_effects_of_tafenoquine

Tafenoquine versus primaquine to prevent relapse of plasmodium vivax malaria

https://researchoutput.csu.edu.au/en/publications/tafenoquine-versus-primaquine-to-prevent-relapse-of-plasmodium-vi

Soldiers scarred by antimalarial drugs to receive health check

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6278281/health-checks-for-soldiers-part-of-trial/

Whistleblower: The Trial of Major David McBride

High Court To Decide Fate Of Democracy In Australia, Commonwealth.

It is of the utmost importance that the story of Major David McBride be told outside of Australia, where it is currently unfolding. It is of interest to the citizens of every democratic nation across the globe, in particular Australia’s Commonwealth cousins. It demonstrates the vital role that whistleblowers play within a democracy, and that democracy cannot truly exist without them.

This case will also be a test of Australia’s secrecy laws, said to be the strictest among any democracy. There are some down under who now view their country as being a police state, where whistleblowers now face the prospect of a lengthy prison term rather than the protections they ought to be afforded in a democratic society.

There are certain things that by necessity governments must keep secret, things that would jeopardize the security and interests of their nations should this information be made known to others. When the information is of an embarassing nature to the government or, evidence of wrondoing or criminal activity on the part of the government or its officials, this information is exempt from being classified as “Secret”

The secrets they keepThe Australian Wednesday, January 29, 2020

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/right-to-know-the-secrets-governments-keep/news-story/9e7b3c4c2e727e51e9deaacaaf130200

What The Case Is About.

In previous articles I have laid out what this whole thing is about and how it has been mishandled by the Australian press, but I will go over the important points with you.

The Aussie Files: Scandal Of Criminal Proportions

https://onecalgaryvoter.com/2019/06/18/the-aussie-files-scandal-of-criminal-proportions/

When Is A Secret Not A Secret?

https://onecalgaryvoter.com/2020/01/22/when-is-a-secret-not-a-secret/

Timeline

  • Major David McBride, a Legal Officer in the Australian Defence Force was deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 and again in 2013.
  • While he was in theatre during his first deployment he began to notice some things that seemed irregular to him. They had to do with the Rules of Engagement (ROE) under which Australian troops were operating while in Afghanistan.
  • He was concerned that the restrictions being placed upon frontline troops were placing them at high risk, so much so that he wrote an article about it that appeared in August of 2012. (http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/journals/AUYrBkIntLaw/2012/3.pdf)
  • When he saw the very same thing happen when he deployed in 2013 he knew it was being done intentionally. He would gather evidence that showed the government of the day was acting in an illegal and unethical manner, and that as a result Australian troops were losing their lives in Afghanistan.
  • According to McBride, the evidence pointed to government officials making decisions that were of no strategic value, and that were intended to create better press and higher public opinion ratings for politicians. It was the creation of an “Instagram War” as McBride would put it.
  • Over the course of the next two years McBride took what he found to a half dozen agencies including the Australian Federal Police, and while all agreed that there was evidence of criminal activity, none were willing to pursue the matter. “What do you want us to do, charge the government?” was the response he would usually get.
  • Having exhausted all other options, McBride had no other choice but to leak the documents to the press and he was bound by law as an officer of the court, and by his code of ethics, when he did so.
  • After receiving the documents the press did not report on the government’s misconduct, instead making the story about war crimes committed by Australian soldiers in Afghanistan.
  • McBride is arrested and charged with one count of theft of commonwealth property, three counts of breaching the defense act, and one count of unauthorized disclosure of information.
  • Due to the “Top Secret” classification of some of the evidence some portions of the trial will be conducted in camera and only those people with that level of clearance can be in attendance. Because no other legal officers or defence attorneys in Australia hold this level of clearance McBride will be forced to defend himself.

David McBride’s YouTube Channel

On the 27th of January McBride started a YouTube channel called “David McBride’s Trial” and it will offer you insight into the trial from David McBride’s perspective (well, what he’s allowed to talk about that is), and it will give you the opportunity to get to hear him for yourself.

David McBride’s first video on his new YouTube channel.

Lt. Gen. (Ret’d) David Morrison Subpoena Being Challenged By Lawyers for Att’y General.

Just because senior officials break the law, that’s no reason to be a whistleblower.

Paraphrase of statement made in court by lawyer for Attorney General

Despite being served with it in December, David Morrison is only now challenging the subpoena to testify that he was given by McBride and will be in communicado at the bottom of the world for the next two months.

The argument being made by the Attorney General’s office is that having evidence of criminal misconduct by government officials is not a valid reason for being a whistleblower.

Well then, just what exactly would constitute a valid reason? This is EXACTLY what a whistleblower does and is supposed to do in the given set of circumstances, to blow the whistle on government wrongdoing. They are in effect attempting to nullify the whistleblower, permanently silencing anyone looking to do right by the public, and the law.

People in democracies everywhere need to take note of what is going on here, because if the government wins it’s case against David McBride, the people of Australia will have lost their democracy.

Follow along on David’s YouTube channel David McBride’s Trial and stay tuned for updates.

Information About Mefloquine You Can Provide To Your Doctor or Medical Professionals

Links to appropriate academic articles.

One of the biggest hurdles facing those with quinism is the current lack of knowledge about it within the medical community at large. Most of those with quinism have found that their family doctor’s and other healthcare professionals either lack knowledge of the subject, or are skeptical about it. Something that is frequently asked is “what information is there that I can/should provide to my family doctor about quinism?”

Links For Valuable Articles

I have listed a few journal articles that patients can give to their medical professional that will provide valuable information to them. You can either copy and paste the links below to give to them or download and print a hard copy to give to them.

These articles were written by Dr. Remington Nevin of the Quinism Foundation.

Screening for Symptomatic Mefloquine Exposure Among Veterans With Chronic Psychiatric Symptoms

Remington L. Nevin, MD, MPH, DrPH

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6370422/

A journal article by Remington l. Nevin on MDEdge.com, website available only to medical professionals.

https://www.mdedge.com/fedprac/article/114732/mental-health/fda-black-box-va-red-ink-successful-service-connected

This is a journal article dated January 24, 2020. The bottom line of this is that mefloquine can destroy cells in a particular part of the brain.

Mefloquine binding to human acyl-CoA binding protein leads to redox stress-mediated apoptotic death of human neuroblastoma cells.

Kumar A1Ghosh DK2Ranjan A3.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31987860?fbclid=IwAR2d4w4Amsl9jKyQ-Z7iURAVqJXhNBX066G1Cl954V92syXeUPVQnqhbWoc

Website

It may also be helpful to provide a link for the Quinism Foundation as well.

https://quinism.org/

Pass This Information On To Others

Be sure to share this information with everyone. Should I be made aware of more information that will prove to be of assistance to you, I will keep you updated.

#inthistogether