Rallies to be held in Edmonton, other cities instead.
The announcement from Marj Matchee came as no surprise, the 4th Annual Veteran’s Mefloquine Rally in Ottawa on September 19th is cancelled as a result of the pandemic. The protocols in place regarding social distancing and travel simply wouldn’t allow for it right now. It’s unfortunate but this is the reality we now live in and we must adjust to it accordingly.
Instead, Marj is announcing that the rally will take place in Edmonton at a location as yet to be determined, and that she’s hoping to see other rallies in towns and citites across Canada and the world on Saturday, September 19th at 1300 local time. Whether the rally is in Edmonton or Ottawa the message will remain the same.
Its time for the 4th annual Veterans Mefloquine Rally at Parliament Hill.
Lets make our voices heard!!
The annual Veterans Mefloquine Rally is an excellent occasion to reach veterans, their families and caregivers, and those who have not yet connected the dots that their health issues may be due to this drug.
As part of the agenda for this rally, we are focusing attention on:
1. Reopening the Somalia Affair
2. Asking the Canadian government for acknowledgement of the damage done to the people who were ordered to take this drug. This has been going on for at least 27 years.
3. Government funded research to find a cure or ways to manage the health and mental damage done to our veterans
This is our year!!
The mass-tort lawsuit is gaining momentum. Lets bring that energy to the hill.
Details of the location of the rally in Edmonton will be announced once the arrangements have been finalized. Wherever you are in the world be it Edmonton, Ottawa, New York, Rome, Edinburgh, Berlin, Paris, Sydney, or anywhere else, mark September 19th on your calendar and start making plans.
Let governments know that nothing will stop our voices from being heard, not this year or in any other.
A policy announcement has been made regarding the granting of exceptional duty hazard pay to the Canadian Forces soldiers deployed to many of our largest provinces long term care facilities. Including our own former Veterans Hospital, the last of 18 that were shut down since I joined the RCAF in 1986 before it was restored to that name.
Our own revered and respected Lt. Wolf Wm Solkin, WWII veteran extraordinaire, who along with his intrepid cohorts in Ste. Anne’s Hospital and other former federal veterans hospitals, have suffered badly since falling into the under-funded and confused management of local health authorities at Ste. Anne’s in Montreal. He and his colleagues are particularly vulnerable, captive in the centre of Canada’s worst pandemic outbreak.
As for this hazard pay gesture; it is a pat on the head once again. It doesn’t do a thing to help fight their future lifetime of insurance battles with Veterans Affairs and Manulife Financial Corporation if a single one of them gets infected and sick as a direct result of their military duties and recovers only to be left with any number of emerging post-Covid disabilities. Not everyone recovers and we are again intentionally creating wounded veterans for the greater good we all volunteer to serve – until we become disability liabilities.
Then it’s off to the insurance company gulag for you. Go find a doctor. One who loves extra paperwork there will be a lot of it. All the time. Over and over. Your new boss. A social worker, the insurance industry and the government of Canada once again but this time on poverty wages and no respect. For life until you die early. Or kill yourself.
They never admit wrong at Veterans Affairs. They never make amends. They cover up, they take and then they hide behind the legislation and regulations they write themselves.
So $78/day is fine if no one gets hurt. For the one or two who fall for life. Not so good.
An update now on an article originally posted back in October of last year called Fentanyl: Weapon Of Mass Destruction. Reports out of Asia indicate that ground zero in the fight against illicit fentanyl and methamphetamine has moved to Southeast Asia, specifically Burma. I still call it Burma because, like many, I don’t recognize the legitimacy of a name change made by an unelected ruling military junta. Hence Burma.
About ten days ago Patrick Winn, a correspondent for Public Radio International’s program The World, published an article about a massive drug bust there in which the haul was so big that it had to be displayed on a football pitch. In all 18 tons of methamphetamine, mainly in pill form, were recovered as well as about 1,000 gallons of the powerful fentanyl analogue methyl fentanyl, which has been estimated to be anywhere between 400 to 6,000 times more potent than morphine in certain instances.
The labs were set up in northern Burma near the Chinese border and according to Burma News International were run by the Sam Gor (Brother Number Three in Cantonese) Syndicate. Brother Number Three’s real name is Tse Chi Lop, a Canadian national who was born in China and is suspected of leading a large multinational narcotics network. The media have even labeled him “Asia’s El Chapo” and “The Most Wanted Man In Asia”.
Hopefully it isn’t long before Brother No.3 is captured and dealt with by Asian authorities. If he is apprehended in Canada he will be subject to the Canadian justice system and would in all likelihood be granted low bail. Then assuming he didn’t escape, made his trial date, and was found guilty he’d probably serve six months at one of Correction Canada’s many resorts, ie minimum security prisons.
BURMA ARMY’S NEW STRATEGY: Anti-narcotics move and disarmament of a militia
The seizure was made by Burma’s army, or Tatmadaw, which shortly afterwards also announced the disbandment of the Kaungkha (People’s Militia). The Kaungkha were implicated in the drug trade by turning a blind eye to, and perhaps even a profit from, the sale of illicit narcotics. The move comes as part of a sudden government crackdown on the drug trade, where in the past it had been much more lenient.
BURMA ARMY’S NEW STRATEGY: Anti-narcotics move and disarmament of a militia
There have been reports that US President Donald Trump asked Chinese leader Xi Jinping for his cooperation in combatting the problem by restricting sales of the precursor chemicals that are used in the illicit manufacture of methamphetamine and fentanyl. It appears as though this may be the case, however this does not, in my opinion, exonerate Communist China from they role that they have played up until now.
It is worth remembering that we are at war with China, again my opinion, and it is still in their strategic advantage to have North America plagued by a serious opioid drug crisis such as we have today. It is taking tens of thousands of lives and adding a huge strain on the resources and economies of jurisdictions across Canada and the United States.
Time Will Tell
But right now the main focus now needs to be on Burma to see whether or not it continues to exercise its crackdown on narcotics production. If it does, it won’t be long before the results are being seen in the streets and drug markets across North America and South Asia, and hopefully in a decrease in the number of deaths. Only time will tell.
One Canadian veteran’s years-long battle against VAC and an uncaring insurance industry.
Capt.(Ret.) Philip Brooks is a friend and brother who has been fighting the system for years. Like thousands of other veterans, he has been put through the ringer by uncaring bureaucrats in Veterans Affairs Canada and the insurance industry. He is left to suffer, having to languish in a nightmare that he must endure day after day with no respite. But, he wakes up every day ready to fight this battle no matter how broken and battered his body and brain.
He posted the following on Facebook earlier this morning.
I don’t know how to invert the Canadian flag but it really should be flown upside down today.
After 11 months of threatening my pain-reducing and functionally-critical doctor prescribed medication… a nameless faceless insurance company drone pushed a button and a non-accountable greyly worded denial spits out once again. “You can have half of what your doctors say you need” is what it said.
Six times my doctors submitted to Blue Cross strongly worded supporting documentation as if they had nothing else to do with their medical expertise.
Those at Blue Cross and the many drones dragging their hateful bodies out of bed for a paycheque no matter what they are told to do. I’m not entirely unsympathetic. I can’t imagine living their lives and that is one of the carefully considered reasons why with a university degree and established career success already under my belt I made the choice to commit my life, and my family’s life, to military service for Canada.
Only to be one seriously injured in service, on duty, and ever since relegated to deal with non-military vacuous boring inconsequential office worker existences at soulless Canadian insurance empires.
It has to be rough on the soul working at those bloodless places. No doubt they hate and resent their senseless inhuman make-work lives yet they continue to take their pay and pad their pensions and take their vacations… and abuse silenced veterans grudgingly and conditionally paying for only half my prescription medicine after cutting me off by 70% for an entire year and repeatedly putting me into grave physical distress and danger. And my family. Multiple time put into serious unnecessary medical distress. Their negligent cruel actions have caused me and my family accidents and injury.
So… to the sub-human make-work drones parasiting on Veteran blood, and especially to the nameless faceless bloodless drone who pushed the big red button to cut me off while I lie in terrible pain every single day…I am going to find you. And I am going to name you and shame you in public. I will hold your cruel behaviour out to public ridicule and that of your boss and their boss. Time to protest the insurance parasites abusing and killing Canadian veterans.
These bored unhappy worker drones are harming Canadian Veterans in the dark; hidden from real Canadians who CARE about our men and women in uniform. You are violators of Canadian decency and you need to be identified and called out.
Like Rhonda Fraser, the Manulife insurance adjuster/case manager who at a time I had lost 40% of my body weight and was regularly throwing up in pain, cut me off my LTD that was under contract from Manulife Financial Corporation. When I was out of country getting urgent medical treatment a month after my brother died and two months before my dad succumbed to cancer after a long fight. Twice she hired private detective to follow me and my Canadian service family. Spied on in my own country by my own people. And then when they didn’t find anything they cut me off anyway. Nice. This happens in Canada regularly and it’s called the insurance industry.
And let’s not forget Saira Ashraf the now-former Veteran Affairs adjuster and case manager who heavy-handedly and cruelly took over my care after Manulife abandoned me…and then also cut my off my military LTD with some insurance drivel quote in a letter “you are not participating in the way you need to”. What does that mean? She left me sick and incapacitated with no means of basic financial support and to sick to look after myself or do anything about it. For nearly three years of starvation sickness and forced deprivation Veterans Affairs ignored my protests and letters and pleas only to wake up for the pandemic. They just turned on my reduced income protection again so I can look for a home and attack the bankrupting debts which built. No back pay and not a word about “sorry we screwed you for three years”. That’s VAC. Unaccountable behemoth.
I was so sick and in such pain for untreated military injuries that I couldn’t even leave my home or take care of my own basic need each day. It’s no different today. She is fired now apparently.
How many people did she and other poorly-trained irresponsible insurance civilians at Veterans Affairs hurt that they covered up and never did anything for the injured military professionals who she abused before she was caught.
Veterans Affairs does not make mistakes and they do say sorry. It’s a tax grab and we are the bait.
I’m going to find out who took the decision to cut me off and I am going to publish their identity and explore their lives in detail here with you and we will compare what I have done for the country and what they have done for Canada.
It’s the CEO of Manulife who is ultimately responsible and it is the backwater Minister of Veterans Affairs Lawrence McCauley, the internationally preening Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and the well paid carefully appointed backstabbing sellouts like former General Walter Natyncyzk who backstab we who served and make their livelihoods grinding injured veterans under the make-work insurance bus. Nice going. How do you sleep at night. (Ans: On silk pillows.)
Canada’s injured soldiers are not here to prop up industry. The government is always looking for a spin-off or an exit against their obligations and commitments to Veterans. Unlike prisoners society has a debt to us. How about getting that straight for once and stop looking for how our suffering can benefit you.
Veterans Affairs is an abusive degrading and dehumanizing insurance game and the worst of their incompetence is ONLY applied to our most sickest and most vulnerable; our brave injured. Blue Cross and Manulife more tentacles of the same Hydra.
Another great and informative video from the Papa Bear of Canadian Veteran’s Mefloquine Advocacy.
It was great to hear from Dave again as he talks about mefloquine toxicity and the brain damage that it causes. It’s responsible for causing PTSD-like symptoms such as nightmares but will also cause mayhem in the digestive tract and destroy the vestibular system creating another wealth of adverse symptoms like vertigo.
Dave suffers from both mefloquine toxicity (chronic quinoline encephalopathy or quinism) and PTSD as a result of his service while deployed overseas in Africa, twice. Over the years he has built up a wealth of knowledge on the effects of quinism, PTSD, and the role that diet and nutrition play in treating them both.
As always I urge you to stop and listen to Papa Bear for half an hour, it could save you a lifetime of grief and suffering.
With Marj Matchee and Special Guest Host Mike Rude.
One of our brothers needs our help. Click on the GoFundMe link below to donate.
We are asking for our veteran community to help out one of our own.! The Rude Awakening Tour and We Got Your Six with Marj & Kentrina are promoting a GoFundMe page Veteran Hiram Ropson. Please listen and share his story so we can begin the process as this is a timely matter.
Hiram is raising money for reconstructive surgeries on his windpipe and voice box, resulting from prolonged intubation from pancreatitis in 2019. Surgeries will be performed in late summer out of province and when the travel band is lifted, additional procedures out of the country.
Hiram is a hardworking and giving man that typically would not ask others for financial assistance but unfortunately is in a position where he has no other option. He has been unemployed since hospitalization, denied disability, and even after MCP reimbursement, he will still have to bare 80% of the cost.
These surgeries are desperately needed to repair his speech and allow him to breathe…
With Marj Matchee and Special Guest Host Mike Rude.
” I couldn’t leave it like that so I took it upon myself to fix it”
One person can make a difference,all you have to do is care enough to do something about it. For this gentleman it will last forever in over 400 veterans and service personal signature on boards from across Canada that created a very special “Bench”. Colin Seymour thank you for honoring our Veterans and for the respect you have shown to our fallen hero and his family. RIP Sgt Craig Gillam and our condolences to his family
With Marj Matchee and Special Guest Co-host Mike Rude.
Tom Anderson is an incredible inspiration who continues to act in the service of others. A very special thank you for your service, Tom, and for your courage and leadership.
Wounded in theater and left with lifelong disabilities Veteran Tom Anderson is one tough warrior, and after sacrificing so much this veteran still felt it important to reach out to other veterans in need. Tom does not know the word quit!!! Mike rude presents Tom with a well deserved Battle Buddy.
The history behind the tensions between the two most populous nations in Asia, and the world.
In light of the recent border incident between the PLA and the Indian Army, where a Chinese soldier reportedly had his ass kicked by Indian troops, I thought I would share this video with you. It provides a look into the history between India and China starting in 1949 and the border dispute between them that continues to this day.
Interviews with Chinese veterans of the conflict tell of the mindset of PLA troops and of the many hardships and sacrifices they had to endure, only to see them made in vain by Mao.
It’s an interesting watch whether you’re a student of international relations or not, and is an excellent opportunity for us to get to know just a little bit more about our enemy.
On March 19th, 2020, Donald Trump announced at a news conference that the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine was going to be a “game changer” in the fight against COVID-19. It is not as benign as taking an aspirin as some are suggesting. This drug can cause serious side effects including a very dangerous heart arrythmia which can be fatal, as well as damage to the retina which can lead to loss of vision. In some rare instances severe psychiatric adverse events have also occurred. The president’s statement was, in my opinion, both dangerous and irresponsible.
In fact numerous studies of hydroxychloroquine around the world have been halted recently because of reports of cardiac arrythmia among test subjects. Cardiac arrythmia is serious in that it can quickly lead to cardiac arrest and death, and was one of my main objections to using hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) as a treatment for COVID-19.
So I decided to utilize covid-trials.org and ClinicalTrials.gov to see what studies I was able to pull up on the anti-malarial drugs hydroxychloroquine and mefloquine in relation to their use as a treatment for COVID-19.
I go to covid-trials.org and click on “(Hydroxy)chloroquine” in the area labeled “Treatment” in the upper right hand corner, and 272 trials that come up out of a total of 1,476 today. As I scrolled through the list searching by country I noticed a lone study being conducted in Russia and clicked on it (link below).
When I read the title of the study I was absolutely stunned. The study would be testing both HCQ and mefloquine as potential treatments for COVID-19, both of which come with the possibility of causing severe adverse events. As I began reading through the protocol that would be used for the trial I was even more stunned by the dosages that are to be given to the subjects in this trial. From the knowledge that I have acquired over the last several months I surmised that the dosages were extremely high for both drugs and posed a very significant threat to the health and safety of the subjects in this trial.
Experimental: group 1 cohort 180 patients who receive Mefloquine prescribed according to the following scheme:1st day: 750 mg of mefloquine per day, inside, in tablets of 250 mg 3 times a day – 1 tablet every 8 hours.Day 2: 500 mg of mefloquine, inside, in tablets of 250 mg 2 times a day – 1 tablet every 12 hours.3rd – 7th day: 250 mg of mefloquine, inside, in tablets of 250 mg 1 time a day at the same time.
Drug: Mefloquine1st day: 750 mg of mefloquine per day, inside, in tablets of 250 mg 3 times a day – 1 tablet every 8 hours.Day 2: 500 mg of mefloquine, inside, in tablets of 250 mg 2 times a day – 1 tablet every 12 hours.3rd – 7th day: 250 mg of mefloquine, inside, in tablets of 250 mg 1 time a day at the same time.
Experimental: group 1 cohort 280 patients who receive Hydroxychloroquine prescribed according to the following scheme:• 1st day: 800 mg of hydroxychloroquine per day, inside, in 200 mg tablets, 2 tablets 2 times a day; 2nd – 7th day: 400 mg of hydroxychloroquine per day, inside, in tablets of 200 mg, 1 tablet 2 times a day.
Drug: Hydroxychloroquinest day: 800 mg of hydroxychloroquine per day, inside, in 200 mg tablets, 2 tablets 2 times a day;nd – 7th day: 400 mg of hydroxychloroquine per day, inside, in tablets of 200 mg, 1 tablet 2 times a day.
Experimental: group 2 cohort 1A concomitant therapy consisting of Mefloquine in conjunction with azithromycin and tocilizumab will be given for 80 patients. Dosage of Mefloquine is same as for group 1 cohort 1.
Combination Product: Mefloquine + azithromycin + / – tocilizumab1st day: 750 mg of mefloquine per day, inside, in tablets of 250 mg 3 times a day – 1 tablet every 8 hours.Day 2: 500 mg of mefloquine, inside, in tablets of 250 mg 2 times a day – 1 tablet every 12 hours.3rd – 7th day: 250 mg of mefloquine, inside, in tablets of 250 mg 1 time a day at the same time.
Experimental: group 2 cohort 2A concomitant therapy consisting of Hydroxychloroquine in conjunction with azithromycin and tocilizumab will be given for 80 patients. Dosage of Hydroxychloroquine is same as for group 1 cohort 2.
Combination Product: Hydroxychloroquine + azithromycin + / – tocilizumabst day: 800 mg of hydroxychloroquine per day, inside, in 200 mg tablets, 2 tablets 2 times a day;nd – 7th day: 400 mg of hydroxychloroquine per day, inside, in tablets of 200 mg, 1 tablet 2 times a day.
In order to confirm what I was thinking I sent the information to Dr. Remington Nevin, Vermont based epidemiologist and specialist in the quinoline class of anti-malarial drugs. This is what he had to say:
According to the summary, 160 subjects will be given mefloquine 750 mg on Day 1, then 500 mg on Day 2, then 250 mg on Days 3-7. This is, simply put, a recipe for psychosis. There are no apparent provisions for stopping the administration at the onset of prodromal symptoms such as insomnia or abnormal dreams. Nor does the summary appear to acknowledge the risks of this dosing schedule.
Dr. Remington Nevin Director, The Quinism Foundation
A Study of the Effectiveness of an Off Label Mefloquine Use for the Treatment of Patients With COVID19
ClinicalTrials.gov contains more than just information about COVID-19 testing, so I took the opportunity to do a search of all registered trials for the antimalarial drug mefloquine, finding a total of 74 worldwide. Some were completed while others were just in the process of recruiting volunteers. I scanned the list looking at the conditions that were to be treated and, as expected, most were for the treatment and prophylaxis of malaria and included routine studies for bioequivalence and safety profiles.
Row number 6 on the list caught my eye immediately however because it was to be used to treat Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML) which is a very rare, very serious brain infection caused by the John Cunningham (JC) virus. It is typically seen in patients who are HIV positive and is often fatal.
It was first registered in 2008 and the final results were posted in 2014. The tests were to be conducted at a dozen research hospitals across the US. Investigators were only able to to find a limited number of subjects and the trial was halted following the deaths of two of them. Of this study Dr. Nevin would say:
It’s hard to draw any conclusions from these results. PML is a serious and potentially fatal illness, and the number of subjects in each arm is very small. About the only thing that can be concluded is that mefloquine is not a miracle treatment for the condition.
Dr. Remington Nevin Director, The Quinism Foundation
A study of mefloquine treatment for progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy: results and exploration of predictors of PML outcomes
The use of mefloquine as an adjunct to chemotherapy for glioblastoma has also been explored.
This Phase I trial sponsored by the M.D. Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston, Texas, is studying whether mefloquine would be effective as part of the chemotherapy regimen for the serious type of brain cancer. A brief summary of the study reads:
This phase I trial studies the side effects and best dose of combination chemotherapy in treating patients with glioblastoma multiforme after radiation therapy. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as temozolomide, memantine hydrochloride, and metformin hydrochloride, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing them or stopping them from dividing.
Mefloquine may help temozolomide, memantine hydrochloride, and metformin hydrochloride kill more cancer cells by making tumor cells more sensitive to the drug. Giving more than one drug (combination chemotherapy) may kill more tumor cells.
Temozolomide, Memantine Hydrochloride, Mefloquine, and Metformin Hydrochloride in Treating Patients With Glioblastoma Multiforme After Radiation Therapy
Whenever we make decisions that will have an effect on our health, be it going on a diet or taking a prescription medication, it’s always best to have access to as much information as possible in order to make the correct decision. These databases contain a great deal of valuable information and I would encourage everyone to utilize these valuable tools.