Fundraiser For Dana Lee Draper

$6,300 needed for isolation therapy tank.


Isolation tank for Brain injury PTSD rehab, organized by Dana Draper


Isolation tank for Brain injury PTSD rehab

Chris, my husband of 17 years and best friend is a retired Canadian Armed Forces member who also served as a Firefighter with many overseas tours. Unfortunately he has suffered many concussions and many injuries related to his job including TBI, PTSD, auditory processing disorder and CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy). There is no cure and no medication for CTE…no magic pill, only therapies to try to cope daily.  Isolation tank therapy has been shown to bring down the symptoms of the injuries.  He has had measurable relief from the therapy tank but unfortunately the closest tanks are 2 hours away and due to Covid there is a chance that this will be closed again due to outbreaks.  There are limited hours as well which makes accessing these tanks very difficult. This is also expensive and not covered by Veterans Affairs.   Having a home unit of this tank will enable him to use this daily to help with the overwhelming and negative brain activity. Noy to mention the added time away from home and daughter to travel back and forth. We have sold what can be sold in order to purchase a unit for the home.   As we sell things we are updating what us left to go to get this therapy for him. We appreciate every penny donated.

Dana Lee Draper

Also known as “Sensory Deprivation Tanks”, they are used in a therapy called Floatation REST (Reduced Environmental Stimulation Therapy) or simply, floating. People float in 93 degree water that has been saturated with epsom salts and the lid of the tank closed, ideally resulting in complete sensory deprivation. Appearing in the mid 1950’s the tank’s current design was made in the 1970’s but then went out of therapeutic use because the design of the tanks would leave many feeling confined or claustrophobic. This is why people who suffer from anxiety or claustrophobia should these things into consideration beforehand as floating might not be appropriate for them. Floating made a resurgence about a decade ago with the appearance and popularity of commercial “floating centres” where customers pay for float sessions ranging from 45 to 90 minutes in length.

It has been used in the treatment of such things as anxiety, depression, and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Chronic quinoline encephalopathy, or quinism, is considered an acquired brain injury (ABI) which happened as the result of a drug or other chemical as opposed to an injury caused by physical trauma. There does appear to have been some success with this therapy, Dana Lee Draper has said that it makes a significant improvement in the quality of her husband’s life whenever he floats.

References

Examining the short-term anxiolytic andantidepressant effect of Floatation-REST

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5796691/pdf/pone.0190292.pdf

Floatation therapy for brain injury?

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/floatation-therapy-brain-injury-dr-david-berv/

Calgary Is Beginning To Resemble Seattle A Little Bit More Each Day

Much to its detriment

Seattle elites show little sympathy for a woman raped by a homeless man. |  City Journal

June 29th, 2019

Seattle Is A City In Crisis, And Calgary Could Face A Similar Fate

https://onecalgaryvoter.com/2019/07/29/seattle-is-a-city-in-crisis-and-calgary-could-face-a-similar-fate/

Calgary, Alberta November 16th, 2020

City eases crackdown on homeless camps amid COVID-19 despite increasing complaints. Officials with the city and homeless shelters say fears over COVID-19 outbreaks in the facilities have led some potential clients to sleep in outdoor campsites even as temperatures plunge

https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/city-eases-crackdown-on-homeless-camps-amid-covid-19-despite-increasing-complaints

Seattle, Washington November 16th, 2020

The city of Seattle may legalize most misdemeanor crimes. This isn’t an exaggeration. It’s arguably not even the most radical idea introduced by the Seattle City Council.  

Rather, it’s the latest move by politicians growing increasingly dangerous and aloof to concerns in a city spiraling dangerously out of control

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/jason-rantz-seattles-downward-spiral

We Got Your Six with Marj Matchee – Charles Scott

The veteran that got left behind.

Master Corporal (retired) Charles Scott served his country for 11 years including deployments to Bosnia and Afghanistan. One year following his release he was diagnosed with PTSD related to his service in Asia, and he was also suffering the effects of quinism because he was administered mefloquine while he was in Afghanistan.

Before he was released in 2008, a note was placed on his file indicating that he was at high risk for PTSD. This note was never followed up by anyone and his file sat unlooked at for years. In November of 2018 a Veteran’s Affairs case manager was finally assigned to the file, however unbeknownst to Scott this person had left VAC and his file was again misplaced.

Earlier this year he launched a suit against the government and he tells Marj all about it and his fight with the system in this episode.

We Got Your Six with Marj Matchee – Stephan Beardwood

Stephan Beardwood on why it is so important to attend a PTSD Clinic if you have been diagnosed with a TBI, PTSD or mefloquine poisioning.

Stephan Beardwood from Veteran’s House Charity discusses why it is important to attend a PTSD clinic whether you have been diagnosed with PTSD, a traumatic brain injury (TBI), or mefloquine toxicity.

He also provides some helpful advice and tips for navigating through the medical system when you have quinism.

Attention All Canadian Forces Veterans

I need your input for a story I am working on.

I am looking specifically for Canadian Forces veterans who have had any type of negative interaction with police during the course of a “welfare check”. I am looking to hear from as many veterans as possible, so please spread the word with your networks.

I will also be contacting Veteran’s Affairs Canada for information and input, as well as a number of police agencies and mental health advocates across the country for this story. I hope to get as clear a picture of this situation as possible by gathering as much information as I can about it.

You can remain completely anonymous if you so choose and you send your experiences to me on my secure encrypted Protonmail account derekrbodner@protonmail.com.

An Open Letter From Esteemed Veteran Wolf William Solkin

The following is from a Facebook post made by the esteemed Canadian veteran’s advocate Lt. Wolf Wm. Solkin on Sept.29th. It still applies today.

Subject: Re: A FESTERING FLAW IN THE CORONAVIRUS OINTMENT OF OVERSIGHT

Of late, both the public and social media , have paid avid attention to various aspects of COVID-19, including its egregious effects, mitigating measures, and foreboding forecasts. And rightly so, as this deadly disease could, if not soon controlled , destructively damage our way of life, for decades to come.

In that frame of reference, I find it essential to draw specific attention to one singular situation which, if not rapidly rectified, will well vitiate, if not fully erase, all the efforts now in place to prevent potential outbreaks of the virus.

I refer to the fact that employees in nursing homes/CHSLD facilities and the like ( notably orderlies, who are in constant and direct contact with their often helpless charges), cannot be compelled to take tests for the presence of COVID-19, unless they first show signs of being symptomatic.

I am a long time resident of Ste. Anne’s Hospital, whose several hundred occupants include aged Veterans of various wars, alongside a major majority of “civilian” patients. Some days ago, a nurse on my floor was found to be “ Positive” for the pestilence. and almost immediately certain preventative protocols were put into place: all staff were obliged to wear gowns, gloves, masks and shields when in contact with patients, and to completely change into fresh PPE [Personal Protective Equipment] outfits, before being with another patient. As well, all employees were “invited” to be tested, BUT, as one senior staffer said to me, they cannot “force” them to take a test, unless they are already symptomatic (which, in my view, is too late, by half).

I expressed my surprise and dismay at what I deem to be a potentially fatal flaw in the protective system, and decided to make further (written) objection and inquiries to an even more senior member of our CIUSSS hierarchy of head honchos, who simply( in both senses) replied that “We are not in a position to obligate testing of the staff”, and did not elaborate further.

How is it, I wondered, that we can compel complete PPE for employees, and yet stop short of making testing mandatory, when the latter is so essential and fundamental in its nature ? My further ferreting appears to favour the provisions of the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms, which is, at the top bureaucratic level, deemed much too sensitive and sacrosanct to be meddled with. If that be the case, (and so it seems to be), then certainly our most basic “Right” is that of life itself, and, under the current circumstances, should, inarguably, take precedence over other and more minor rights, such as invasion of privacy and the like.
As well, do we patients not have an inherent right to know if any member of our staff has been tested, and with what result, and then the right to refuse service from any employee who declines being tested ?
We are, without a doubt, in a state of war against an implacable and ruthless foe, and wartime is no time for niceties. And that stance stands, whoever or whatever is , at the root of this malignancy.

This farce must be forced to a finish, if we are not to add considerably to the count of infections, illnesses, and unnecessary deaths.

Wolf Wm Solkin
President, Ste. Anne’s Hospital Veterans’ Committee
President, Hopital Ste. Anne Comite’ des Usagers
Patient No. 55350

Operation Beacon 2020

A message from the man who conceived of OpBeacon, Philip Brooks.

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Good morning and happy Remembrance Day in this illustrious year of 2020.

Greetings from Haliburton Ontario and the site of the Fourth Annual Operation Beacon #OpBeacon. As we prepare to pause and honour the fallen we have lost, this vigil is a remembrance of the fallen who yet survive but now must live each day injured, sick and suffering. Canada’s scale of injury compensation was poor before they cut it nearly in half in 2006. Valid injury and disability claims routinely arbitrarily denied.

Op Beacon is also a signal to remember the survivor spouses, children and parents – the families who carry Remembrance Day with them every day. In our schools, places of worship, groceries stories and malls they walk among you. Not just the families from the fields of Europe or in the East or of the 158 soldiers and professionals we lost in Afghanistan but the families of the many soldiers we have lost since they came home.

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We have no military or veteran hospitals in Canada. Civilian doctors are not trained or prepared for military injury. We are different in many ways.

There used to be military hospitals across the country at every major base plus National Defence Medical Centre. All gone. There was no preparation of the civilian Provincial medical authorities and no assistance to the thousands of injured veterans who have to find their own doctors and figure out their own injuries to even start the laborious, difficult and arbitrary Veterans Affairs claims system.

Our injury pensions were unilaterally and arbitrarily taken away without a single whisper of debate by Parliament in a hidden act of legislative trickery in 2006.

We suffer unchecked aggressive clawbacks of our benefits from the government and from private insurers. Our inured and disabled in service, people hurt on duty for Canada, lose their earned retirement pensions that they saved for their whole working life while they were still fit and able to earn a living. Now taken as an insurance clawback. They don’t do that to the police or to firemen. Or politicians who get disabled at work. Just your military professionals who have no union and no independent bargaining or advocacy organization.

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The reason we have veteran homelessness and distress and suicide is because we have been systemically cut off from the entitlements and respect we deserve. By a growing and bloated make-work insurance empire at Veterans Affairs feeding off your tax dollars. It is government job crafting at the veterans expense. It is not necessary and it is harmful to your Veterans.

Our survivors, the precious families and loved ones of the colleagues we have lost to duty… they suffer as well. Our survivors have had entitlements taken away and are subjected to the same rude and abusive insurance behaviours as our Veterans.

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Our treatment of inured Veterans is shameful. It is just as bad as the open secret about our abuses in our senior care and long term care homes. An outrage that was known by all levels of government but just allowed to continue for years… until your military professionals got deployed at home and found the third world conditions right here.

Call your MP and tell them to grant the veterans claims and shut down the rampant insurance company abuses at Veterans Affairs. We need a culture change at VAC. A big one.

Thank you for remembering those who serve.

Statement of Support For the Know Your Drugs Organization and In support of the FloroQuinoline Antibiotic Awareness Rally at Queens Park Ontario On November 6, 2020

By Capt.(ret.) Philip Brooks CD, LLM

My name is Captain (ret’d) Philip Scott Brooks, CD, LLM I am a retired corporate and securities attorney, banking executive and a former RCAF Search and Rescue Air Navigator. Today I am an active advocate for Canada’s Veterans and I am the founder and Director of Operation Seen and education and awareness organization about unseen brain and nervous system injury.

My story

During my shortened military career flying C-130 Hercules and CC-115 Buffalo aircraft, I was injured on duty here in Canada preparing for deployment to do combat rescue duties overseas during the First Gulf War. I lasted for five more years of flying injuries, illnesses and accidents afterward and then in 1996 preparing to be attached as the Air Officer for an early special ops mission to the Congo I was given the anti-malarial drug Mefloquine. I immediately showed serious prodromal symptoms of serious neurological damage and got quite sick right away. I hadn’t been warned about the known dangers of Quinoline drugs and this one in particular.

I thought I was sick from all the vaccines for deepest darkest Africa. I never recovered, and today I have lost everything and I struggle like a 90 year old most days. I’m 57. So today my friends, I would like to say a few words to my fellow sufferers and to all my fellow Canadians about adverse drug reactions. It is a hidden epidemic in Canada and especially in the Canadian Veteran community and we need better awareness of the risks of prescription drug dangers and poly pharmacy generally. A century ago our species had just begun to master invading a living human body with surgery to remove rumours and to fix internal problems that were killing people. Only afterwards did doctors discover about hygiene and anesthetic sans antibiotics. We were killing more people from medical procedures than we wanted, certainly.

A hundred years or more years later and here we are learning as a society about these powerful brain, body and mind altering drugs. I would be so pleased and honoured to attend and speak in person today but I’m sorry my friends I have been having a couple very challenging health days and I am quite ill and in town just for urgent medical treatments. This is life for many Canadians disabled by adverse drug reactions. Poisoning is the other term for it. Realistically I’m not able to stand or exert myself for very long right now and I so want to go and make a contribution to today’s dialogue.

Op Seen

This fact situation is why I started Operation Seen four years ago (or “Op Seen” which sounds like “obscene” for a reason). Op Seen is about unseen brain and central nervous system injury. Chemical injury is one such exposure that can lead to permanent brain and central nervous system injury and that is what happens when you put chemicals into a human system for which such chemical are not suitable or helpful or perhaps even tolerable. This is a big issue. Huge – I’m preaching to the choir today I know – but it affects so many who don’t even know it.

My own story an example. I was unaware for years that my constellation of health problems could all be traced to injuries and adverse drug reactions. For me and for many it is not just the problem from the original injury (the mefloquine poisoning on top of concussions and other injuries in my case), but the serious impairment and outright damage done by “treatments” which follow and may include anti-depressant, anti-anxiolytics and anti-psychotics that too often get dosed out almost casually and with no medical pre-testing or genetic screening and no meaningful effective close oversight or follow up.

How serious is this?

Across Canada people are dying every day and the papers don’t read “adverse drug reaction”. They read suicide, misadventure and accident, medical complications. The funeral directors and coroners of Canada know the truth about mis-medication and especially the dangers of psychiatric drugs. I am not anti-pharmacy. That is not what Op Seen is about. That is about awareness of injury being diagnosed and treated as mental illness when it is brain damage from a determinable cause. There are many critical life saving drugs we all must be grateful for but we can do better as a nation at triaging and diagnosing brain and central nervous system injury affecting society so greatly and on so many levels. We can do better at managing the national pharmacy shelf and at holding medical professionals accountable.

More education and training may be a start. Poly-pharmacy is a massive hidden Veteran issue affecting thousands of our brave military families right across the country. We believe that this is a major contributor to the Veteran suicide crisis and the mental health and suicide problems in society generally. Educate and inform our pubic. Spend more pubic funds on educating our front line medical professionals and don’t leave it to the pharmacy companies to do all the “educating”. Many thanks for your attention and support. I close wishing all my fellow Canadians to stay vigilant, safe and healthy while we all get through this world health crisis together. Canada strong! This is my message today I am Philip Brooks.

#OpSeen #fallenathome 🇨🇦 #OpBeacon #Quinism

Exercise Freedom Together: Just A Walk In The Park

Fish Creek Provincial Park that is.

As an ambassador for this year’s Field Of Crosses Memorial Foundation’s fundraiser Exercise Freedom Together, I’m throwing a challenge out to all the people I know who are physically able to, to walk, run, or bike 3k and then post a selfie with your hand over your heart on social media usingthe hashtag #Exercisefreedomtogether. Today I walked a 3k route in Fish Creek Provincial Park in Southwest Calgary (by the time I was finished and back at home again I had walked over 9k from beginning to end.

Fish Creek Park

Fish Creek Provincial Park is the second largest urban park in Canada and ranks as one of the largest in North America, at over 3,300 acres, and it is less than a kilometer from my home base. All together it has almost 120 km (nealy 75 miles) of pathways, 66 km (just over 40 miles) of which is paved.

Votier’s Flats to Bebo Grove

I selected a location that was 3k away from where I had entered the Park at Votier’s Flats, a place called Bebo Grove.

Starting Line – Votier’s Flats

First bridge
Halfway-near Raven Rocks
Bridge 6
Bridge 4

The Finish Line – Bebo Grove Day Use Area & Stormwater Pond.

For those wondering what ‘Fat Biking” is, think mountain biking only with huge, fat tires. When these things are coming down the pathwahy it literally sounds like a one-ton pick-up truck is heading your way. Great for the unpaved trail network and during the winter time.

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#Exercisefereedomtogether

The Challenge

Get together a group of up to 5 people to make a $25 donation to the Field Of Crosses Memorial Foundation. I know a lot of people who like to walk in groups, so the next time you go out for your daily exercise, please remember to #Exercisefreedomtogether.

#Exercisefreedomtogether

We Got Your Six: Stephen Beardwood Talks Reopening The Somalia Inquiry

With your host Marj Matchee.

As I began entering the world of this advocacy a year and a half ago I would quickly learn what some of the hot button issues were, and this particular one is high on the list. The blowback I got after the first time I wrote about reopening the Somalia Inquiry told me that I had just opened up a big and shitty can of worms. People became quite passionate in their views that it should just be left alone, and that we needed to just move on.

Well, I was just as passionate in my response to them, pointing out that it was necessary to reopen the Inquiry for two primary reasons.

First and foremost we owe the truth to history. There is important, relevant testimony that will remain missing from the historical record unless the Somalia Commission of Inquiry is reseated to hear it.

The second reason is spelled out in this statement from the Executive Summary of the commission report:

Some suggestion has been made to this Inquiry that mefloquine caused severe side effects, including abnormal and violent behaviour, among some Canadian Forces personnel in Somalia. We were not able to explore fully the possible impact of mefloquine. This would have required additional hearings dedicated specifically to the issue, which time did not permit. However, we report here our general findings about mefloquine and its possible impact on operations in Somalia. It is clear that mefloquine caused some minor problems in Somalia, as might be expected from a review of the medical literature. We learned of several incidents of gastro-intestinal upset, vivid dreams, nightmares referred to by soldiers as “meflomares”, and inability to sleep following the use of this drug. Side effects — or at least the minor side effects, and possibly also the major side effects — appeared to be most pronounced in the 24 to 48 hours after taking mefloquine. If mefloquine did in fact cause or contribute to some of the misbehaviour that is the subject of this Inquiry, CF personnel who were influenced by the drug might be partly or totally excused for their behaviour. However, for reasons described more fully in Chapter 41, we are not able to reach a final conclusion on this issue….

It is evident that further investigation is warranted before any firm conclusions about the role of mefloquine can be drawn.

Executive Summary of the Report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Deployment of Canadian Forces to Somalia
http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2015/bcp-pco/CP32-66-1997-eng.pdf

Not letting this go.

This is non-negotiable and it will not be going away. The truth needs to be put on the record. It’s time to reopen the Somalia Commission of Inquiry.

#VeteransMefloquineRally2020 #Inthistogether #quinism