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    How Inuit parents teach kids to control their anger

    Michaeleen Doucleff and Jane Greenhalgh NPR
    Wed, 13 Mar 2019 09:01 UTC

    Myna Ishulutak (upper right, in blue jacket) lived a seminomadic life as a child. Above: photos of the girl and her family in the hunting camp of Qipisa during the summer of 1974. © Jean Briggs Collection / American Philosophical Society

    Back in the 1960s, a Harvard graduate student made a landmark discovery about the nature of human anger.

    At age 34, Jean Briggs traveled above the Arctic Circle and lived out on the tundra for 17 months. There were no roads, no heating systems, no grocery stores. Winter temperatures could easily dip below minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Briggs persuaded an Inuit family to "adopt" her and "try to keep her alive," as the anthropologist wrote in 1970.

    At the time, many Inuit families lived similar to the way their ancestors had for thousands of years. They built igloos in the winter and tents in the summer. "And we ate only what the animals provided, such as fish, seal and caribou," says Myna Ishulutak, a film producer and language teacher who lived a similar lifestyle as a young girl.

    Briggs quickly realized something remarkable was going on in these families: The adults had an extraordinary ability to control their anger.
    "They never acted in anger toward me, although they were angry with me an awful lot," Briggs told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. in an interview.
    Even just showing a smidgen of frustration or irritation was considered weak and childlike, Briggs observed.

    For instance, one time someone knocked a boiling pot of tea across the igloo, damaging the ice floor. No one changed their expression. "Too bad," the offender said calmly and went to refill the teapot.

    In another instance, a fishing line - which had taken days to braid - immediately broke on the first use. No one flinched in anger. "Sew it together," someone said quietly.

    By contrast, Briggs seemed like a wild child, even though she was trying very hard to control her anger. "My ways were so much cruder, less considerate and more impulsive," she told the CBC. "[I was] often impulsive in an antisocial sort of way. I would sulk or I would snap or I would do something that they never did."

    Briggs, who died in 2016, wrote up her observations in her first book, Never in Anger. But she was left with a lingering question: How do Inuit parents instill this ability in their children? How do Inuit take tantrum-prone toddlers and turn them into cool-headed adults?

    Then in 1971, Briggs found a clue.

    She was walking on a stony beach in the Arctic when she saw a young mother playing with her toddler - a little boy about 2 years old. The mom picked up a pebble and said, "'Hit me! Go on. Hit me harder,'" Briggs remembered.

    The boy threw the rock at his mother, and she exclaimed, "Ooooww. That hurts!"

    Briggs was completely befuddled. The mom seemed to be teaching the child the opposite of what parents want. And her actions seemed to contradict everything Briggs knew about Inuit culture.

    "I thought, 'What is going on here?' " Briggs said in the radio interview.

    Turns out, the mom was executing a powerful parenting tool to teach her child how to control his anger - and one of the most intriguing parenting strategies I've come across.

    No scolding, no timeouts
    It's early December in the Arctic town of Iqaluit, Canada. And at 2 p.m., the sun is already calling it a day. Outside, the temperature is a balmy minus 10 degrees Fahrenheit. A light snow is swirling.

    I've come to this seaside town, after reading Briggs' book, in search of parenting wisdom, especially when it comes to teaching children to control their emotions. Right off the plane, I start collecting data.

    I sit with elders in their 80s and 90s while they lunch on "country food" -stewed seal, frozen beluga whale and raw caribou. I talk with moms selling hand-sewn sealskin jackets at a high school craft fair. And I attend a parenting class, where day care instructors learn how their ancestors raised small children hundreds - perhaps even thousands - of years ago.

    Across the board, all the moms mention one golden rule: Don't shout or yell at small children.

    Traditional Inuit parenting is incredibly nurturing and tender. If you took all the parenting styles around the world and ranked them by their gentleness, the Inuit approach would likely rank near the top. (They even have a special kiss for babies, where you put your nose against the cheek and sniff the skin.)

    The culture views scolding - or even speaking to children in an angry voice - as inappropriate, says Lisa Ipeelie, a radio producer and mom who grew up with 12 siblings. "When they're little, it doesn't help to raise your voice," she says. "It will just make your own heart rate go up."

    Even if the child hits you or bites you, there's no raising your voice?
    "No," Ipeelie says with a giggle that seems to emphasize how silly my question is. "With little kids, you often think they're pushing your buttons, but that's not what's going on. They're upset about something, and you have to figure out what it is."
    Traditionally, the Inuit saw yelling at a small child as demeaning. It's as if the adult is having a tantrum; it's basically stooping to the level of the child, Briggs documented.

    Elders I spoke with say intense colonization over the past century is damaging these traditions. And, so, the community is working hard to keep the parenting approach intact.

    Goota Jaw is at the front line of this effort. She teaches the parenting class at the Arctic College. Her own parenting style is so gentle that she doesn't even believe in giving a child a timeout for misbehaving.
    "Shouting, 'Think about what you just did. Go to your room!' " Jaw says. "I disagree with that. That's not how we teach our children. Instead you are just teaching children to run away."
    And you are teaching them to be angry, says clinical psychologist and author Laura Markham. "When we yell at a child - or even threaten with something like 'I'm starting to get angry,' we're training the child to yell," says Markham. "We're training them to yell when they get upset and that yelling solves problems."

    In contrast, parents who control their own anger are helping their children learn to do the same, Markham says. "Kids learn emotional regulation from us."

    I asked Markham if the Inuit's no-yelling policy might be their first secret of raising cool-headed kids. "Absolutely," she says.

    Playing soccer with your head
    Now at some level, all moms and dads know they shouldn't yell at kids. But if you don't scold or talk in an angry tone, how do you discipline? How do you keep your 3-year-old from running into the road? Or punching her big brother?

    For thousands of years, the Inuit have relied on an ancient tool with an ingenious twist: "We use storytelling to discipline," Jaw says.

    Jaw isn't talking about fairy tales, where a child needs to decipher the moral. These are oral stories passed down from one generation of Inuit to the next, designed to sculpt kids' behaviors in the moment.Sometimes even save their lives.

    For example, how do you teach kids to stay away from the ocean, where they could easily drown? Instead of yelling, "Don't go near the water!" Jaw says Inuit parents take a pre-emptive approach and tell kids a special story about what's inside the water. "It's the sea monster," Jaw says, with a giant pouch on its back just for little kids.
    "If a child walks too close to the water, the monster will put you in his pouch, drag you down to the ocean and adopt you out to another family," Jaw says.

    "Then we don't need to yell at a child," Jaw says, "because she is already getting the message."
    Inuit parents have an array of stories to help children learn respectful behavior, too. For example, to get kids to listen to their parents, there is a story about ear wax, says film producer Myna Ishulutak.

    "My parents would check inside our ears, and if there was too much wax in there, it meant we were not listening," she says.

    And parents tell their kids: If you don't ask before taking food, long fingers could reach out and grab you, Ishulutak says.

    Then there's the story of northern lights, which helps kids learn to keep their hats on in the winter.

    "Our parents told us that if we went out without a hat, the northern lights are going to take your head off and use it as a soccer ball," Ishulutak says. "We used to be so scared!" she exclaims and then erupts in laughter.

    At first, these stories seemed to me a bit too scary for little children. And my knee-jerk reaction was to dismiss them. But my opinion flipped 180 degrees after I watched my own daughter's response to similar tales - and after I learned more about humanity's intricate relationship with storytelling.

    Oral storytelling is what's known as a human universal. For tens of thousands of years, it has been a key way that parents teach children about values and how to behave.

    Modern hunter-gatherer groups use stories to teach sharing, respect for both genders and conflict avoidance, a recent study reported, after analyzing 89 different tribes. With the Agta, a hunter-gatherer population of the Philippines, good storytelling skills are prized more than hunting skills or medicinal knowledge, the study found.

    Today many American parents outsource their oral storytelling to screens. And in doing so, I wonder if we're missing out on an easy - and effective - way of disciplining and changing behavior. Could small children be somehow "wired" to learn through stories?
    "Well, I'd say kids learn well through narrative and explanations," says psychologist Deena Weisberg at Villanova University, who studies how small children interpret fiction.

    "We learn best through things that are interesting to us. And stories, by their nature, can have lots of things in them that are much more interesting in a way that bare statements don't."

    Stories with a dash of danger pull in kids like magnets, Weisberg says. And they turn a tension-ridden activity like disciplining into a playful interaction that's - dare, I say it - fun.
    "Don't discount the playfulness of storytelling," Weisberg says.

    "With stories, kids get to see stuff happen that doesn't really happen in real life. Kids think that's fun. Adults think it's fun, too."
    Why don't you hit me?
    Back up in Iqaluit, Myna Ishulutak is reminiscing about her childhood out on the land. She and her family lived in a hunting camp with about 60 other people. When she was a teenager, her family settled in a town.

    "I miss living on the land so much," she says as we eat a dinner of baked Arctic char. "We lived in a sod house. And when we woke up in the morning, everything would be frozen until we lit the oil lamp."

    I ask her if she's familiar with the work of Jean Briggs. Her answer leaves me speechless.

    Ishulutak reaches into her purse and brings out Briggs' second book, Inuit Morality Play, which details the life of a 3-year-old girl dubbed Chubby Maata.

    "This book is about me and my family," Ishulutak says. "I am Chubby Maata."

    In the early 1970s, when Ishulutak was about 3 years old, her family welcomed Briggs into their home for six months and allowed her to study the intimate details of their child's day-to-day life.

    What Briggs documented is a central component to raising cool-headed kids.

    When a child in the camp acted in anger - hit someone or had a tantrum - there was no punishment. Instead, the parents waited for the child to calm down and then, in a peaceful moment, did something that Shakespeare would understand all too well: They put on a drama. (As the Bard once wrote, "the play's the thing wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king.")
    "The idea is to give the child experiences that will lead the child to develop rational thinking," Briggs told the CBC in 2011.
    In a nutshell, the parent would act out what happened when the child misbehaved, including the real-life consequences of that behavior.

    The parent always had a playful, fun tone. And typically the performance starts with a question, tempting the child to misbehave.

    For example, if the child is hitting others, the mom may start a drama by asking: "Why don't you hit me?"

    Then the child has to think: "What should I do?" If the child takes the bait and hits the mom, she doesn't scold or yell but instead acts out the consequences. "Ow, that hurts!" she might exclaim.

    The mom continues to emphasize the consequences by asking a follow-up question. For example: "Don't you like me?" or "Are you a baby?" She is getting across the idea that hitting hurts people's feelings, and "big girls" wouldn't hit. But, again, all questions are asked with a hint of playfulness.

    The parent repeats the drama from time to time until the child stops hitting the mom during the dramas and the misbehavior ends.

    Ishulutak says these dramas teach children not to be provoked easily. "They teach you to be strong emotionally," she says, "to not take everything so seriously or to be scared of teasing."

    Psychologist Peggy Miller, at the University of Illinois, agrees: "When you're little, you learn that people will provoke you, and these dramas teach you to think and maintain some equilibrium."

    In other words, the dramas offer kids a chance to practice controlling their anger, Miller says, during times when they're not actually angry.

    This practice is likely critical for children learning to control their anger. Because here's the thing about anger: Once someone is already angry, it is not easy for that person to squelch it - even for adults.

    "When you try to control or change your emotions in the moment, that's a really hard thing to do," says Lisa Feldman Barrett, a psychologist at Northeastern University who studies how emotions work.

    But if you practice having a different response or a different emotion at times when you're not angry, you'll have a better chance of managing your anger in those hot-button moments, Feldman Barrett says.

    "That practice is essentially helping to rewire your brain to be able to make a different emotion [besides anger] much more easily," she says.

    This emotional practice may be even more important for children, says psychologist Markham, because kids' brains are still developing the circuitry needed for self-control.

    "Children have all kinds of big emotions," she says. "They don't have much prefrontal cortex yet. So what we do in responding to our child's emotions shapes their brain."

    Markham recommends an approach close to that used by Inuit parents. When the kid misbehaves, she suggests, wait until everyone is calm. Then in a peaceful moment, go over what happened with the child. You can simply tell them the story about what occurred or use two stuffed animals to act it out.

    "Those approaches develop self-control," Markham says.

    Just be sure you do two things when you replay the misbehavior, she says. First, keep the child involved by asking many questions. For example, if the child has a hitting problem, you might stop midway through the puppet show and ask,"Bobby, wants to hit right now. Should he?"

    Second, be sure to keep it fun. Many parents overlook play as a tool for discipline, Markham says. But fantasy play offers oodles of opportunities to teach children proper behavior.
    "Play is their work," Markham says.

    "That's how they learn about the world and about their experiences."

    Which seems to be something the Inuit have known for hundreds, perhaps even, thousands of years.
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    Briggs, who died in 2016, wrote up her observations in her first book, Never in Anger. But she was left with a lingering question: How do Inuit parents instill this ability in their children? How do Inuit take tantrum-prone toddlers and turn them into cool-headed adults?

    [ ... ]

    "I miss living on the land so much," she says as we eat a dinner of baked Arctic char. "We lived in a sod house. And when we woke up in the morning, everything would be frozen until we lit the oil lamp."

    I ask her if she's familiar with the work of Jean Briggs. Her answer leaves me speechless.

    Ishulutak reaches into her purse and brings out Briggs' second book, Inuit Morality Play, which details the life of a 3-year-old girl dubbed Chubby Maata.

    "This book is about me and my family," Ishulutak says. "I am Chubby Maata."

    In the early 1970s, when Ishulutak was about 3 years old, her family welcomed Briggs into their home for six months and allowed her to study the intimate details of their child's day-to-day life.

    What Briggs documented is a central component to raising cool-headed kids.
    Fantastic and wonderful.

    I couldn't find Jean Briggs' first book, but here's her second one:
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    Very interesting article Hervé, thank you.

    There are always stories and long pauses while talking with Inuits. A much gentler and slower way of life. As long as alcool does not mix in it. And guess what, they are almost 100% meat eaters lolll.

    For how to teach emotional control to children, their ways is absolutely right and is very very useful to get children to participate to anything, more if it is difficult. Stories showing the how and why, the consequences, with fun in it are always fruitful.

    I used it constantly to explain the how and why of the incredible amount of difficult therapies my daughter would have, playing the end result if needed, getting her own imanigation involved. I never had problem with her participating to therapies, even when difficult, she always collaborated. First because she loved her mom, second because she understood. The problems started only when she became a late teenager.

    And she was sent in her room only twice in all her lifetime. It literally was not necessary.
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    15 Examples of Globalist Doublespeak

    By Henry Makow PhD. (henrymakow.com)
    March 23, 2019
    (Updated from August 13, 2017)

    Just as the skewed term "isolationist" was applied to Americans who opposed US participation in the Cabalist bankers' second white genocide (the Second World War,) a slew of new terms frogmarch humanity into the Cabalist Orwellian NWO.

    "White supremacist" and "white nationalist" is applied to people of European Christian descent who do not wish to become minorities in their own countries. They are slandered and reviled,accused of "hate" for the crime of retaining their heritage. Mossad mass murders are blamed on them.

    Language is mind control, part of the Globalist satanic dispensation.

    "Haters" are the people Organized Jewry hates. "Far right" is anyone who opposes Communism, which is the bankers' tyrannical monopoly over EVERYTHING -- mental or material. The media lulls us into complacency but world wars were just a facade behind which they erected a totalitarian state. Society is under vicious occult attack.
    "We shall purify the idea [of God] by identifying it with the nation of Israel, which has become its own Messiah. The advent of it will be facilitated by the final triumph of Israel... " (i.e. Reality will be inverted so that Cabalist Jews will replace God at the top. They will redefine reality according to their own interests and perversions)
    -Otto Kahn - Illuminati Banker Unveiled Method of Control

    By Henry Makow PhD.
    (Updated from August 13, 2017)

    Here are 15 words the Illuminati have inverted in order to control us.

    1. "White nationalist" and "white supremacist" are terms used to describe people who wish to be masters in their own homes, and to maintain their European and Christian national heritage. The fact that these terms are universally used in the mass media reflects the reach of this genocidal and satanic subversion. Israel, Asia and Africa are allowed to keep their racial and cultural character (for now) but the West is expected to open its doors and subsidize millions of mostly uneducated people from an alien culture. The West has always welcomed ethnic minorities but now they are used by globalists to replace the founding peoples.

    2. A "Terrorist" - is anyone who doesn't have an air force. Terrorists who are trained and funded by the Illuminati are not terrorists but "insurgents." Palestinians who shoot popgun rockets and kill 1-2 Israelis are "terrorists." They have "terror-tunnels" although no terror attacks have emanated from them. Israelis who in 2014 used aeroplanes, missiles and bombs to kill over 2000 civilians, including 500 children, and demolish apartment blocks are not "terrorists." They are "defending themselves."

    When Al Queda supposedly attacked the World Trade Center, they are "terrorists." When they are taking down Syria's Al Assad, they are "insurgents."

    3. "Hate" and "hate speech" is anything organized Jewry and Freemasonry hates to hear, i.e.resistance to their hateful plan to dehumanize and enslave the human race. The Talmud which regards non-Jews as animals destined to serve Jews. But it is never named as hate.

    To accuse people who are merely defending their culture and heritage of "hate" is a vicious slander and the epitome of hate itself.

    In my experience, most conservatives do not hate anyone.

    I hate evil and am not ashamed to admit it. Think of it - add the D to evil and you have the Devil. They are trying to outlaw hatred of the Devil.

    Only the people or things they hate are allowed. Look at their pathological hatred of Trump.

    4. "Anti Semitism" is supposedly a racial prejudice. However, Jewish bankers admit to using Jews to replace God, abolish all other races, nations and religions, and establish a satanic dispensation on earth. No wonder, people are "anti-Semitic." The Illuminati buzzword "anti Semitism" is actually anti-Satanism, resistance to this attack on God and man.

    5. "Homophobia" is actually resistance to the Masonic Jewish attack on gender identity under the guise of "gay rights." The real hate is heterophobia, the attack on heterosexual institutions like marriage and family. There are four million links to "homophobia" on Google, 25 times as many as to "heterophobia" (160,000.) Heterophobia is barely recognized as a word, an example of how language is used to reshape society. "Pride" as in "gay pride" is another word they have soiled. Why would anyone be "proud" to engage in dysfunctional, self-destructive behavior?

    Recently "transphobia" has been added to this mind-bending vocabulary.

    6. "Sexism" is supposedly hostility to women. In fact, sexism is heterosexuality. By acknowledging the differences between the sexes, sexists are woman's best friends. Similarly, "feminism" pretends to champion women while actually denying their femininity, encouraging lesbianism and depriving them of their special social role of mother and wife.

    7. "Racism" supposedly is hostility to other races. In fact, when they don't claim to be superior, so-called "racists" are the best friends of other races because they like other races and don't want them to disappear. They celebrate differences and recognize that mankind is a family. Of course, no one should be expected to forfeit their racial and cultural heritage to satisfy a sick Zionist agenda. "Anti-racists" favor miscegenation so that all races but Israeli Jews will disappear.

    Again the term is used selectively. Barbaric murders of white farmers in South Africa get a pass in our virtue signalling media. Israelis treat Palestinians like animals and kill them with impunity. No problem. But impune the virtue of one of their privileged minorities, and it's career over.

    8. "Diversity" pretends to celebrate all ethnic and sexual differences. In fact, it is aimed at curbing genuine diversity by eradicating the influence of European Christian (heterosexual) culture. Promoters of "diversity" are first to shut down diverse opinions.

    9. Cisgender is another term. It means you identify with gender corresponding to your genitals. By referring to be as cisgendered instead of heterosexual, it makes what is healthy and natural appear like a mental choice, which corresponds to transgender ideology they are driving down our throats.

    10. "Human rights." These are privileges conferred on select people who are used to deprive other people of their human rights. "Gay rights," for example, are used to undermine the heterosexual and family identity of 98% of the population by convincing them that sick is healthy and unnatural is natural.

    11. "Patriot" Act. The name uses the 9-11 Illuminati false-flag to gut real human rights and justify constant war and a surveillance state. It is the "Treason Act." Truly we have entered an Orwellian era of doublespeak.

    12. "Conspiracy" - According to the Illuminati media, "conspiracy" denotes the preposterous concept that some people might target others without advertising the fact and providing the victim with advance warning. (In fact, Western society has been shaped by a Masonic-Jewish conspiracy against God and man.)

    13. "Tolerance" is applied selectively, e.g. tolerance for expression of occult beliefs; zero tolerance for Christian belief.

    14. "Free Speech" - Snuff films and pornography is free speech but criticism of homosexuality or diversity is "hate."

    15. "Equality" - the notion that different things are the same. i.e. gay marriage is the same as heterosexual marriage; men in combat are the same as women in combat.

    Cabalists are reality-creators. They make a reality through their ownership of the education system and the mass media. Naturally, they use language to invert the truth and slander their opponents. In their hands, language is our enemy.

    Let's reclaim those buzzwords and say, I am proud to be an "anti-Semite, homophobe, sexist and racist" because it means I am resisting tyranny and defending my identity. I demand real diversity, human rights and patriotism, not doublespeak.

    The only real "hate" and "terror" originates from the Illuminati who hate both God and man.

    Honourable Mentions- "Sexual liberation" - Sex in the context of love is beautiful. Done to satisfy an urge, it is ugly. Sexual liberation is degradation and enslavement to lust.

    I welcome your suggestions for the Illuminati lexicon.


    First Comment from Michael G:

    A few words I would add to your lexicon are these.

    discrimination: If you do not accept all forms of evil at all times, you are "discriminating".

    globalism ("global warming", "global economy"): The globalists are tacking the word "global" in front of everything these days. Even before "global warming" was revealed as a hoax, it was never truly "global" because it did not occur across 100% of the globe concurrently. There is no "global economy", only sovereign economies being attacked at the same time. Another favorite phrase of theirs is "this affects us all" (i.e. "We are all one"). Does the death of Robin Williams really affect the citizens of Myanmar? No.

    empowerment: Performing half-naked on stage and simulating sex acts is called "empowerment". It is actually enslavement to handlers, immorality, and demonic forces. Notice how the feminists never protest the sexual objectification of Miley Cyrus. That is because she is promoting the same thing as they are: Sexual immorality.

    bullying: If you don't support Gay Supremacy you are a "bully" or "bigot." However, if you persecute Christians you are not.
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    A case study of how Pharma is killing science

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    Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Note:
    Even the editors of the leading medical and scientific journals admit that Pharmaceutical companies have taken control of the medical publication industry so completely that most peer-reviewed articles about pharmaceutical products are the product of manipulation and fraud. In 2003, Dr. Richard Horton, the editor-in-Chief of The Lancet, the world's most prestigious medical journal acknowledged that peer-reviewed journals have "devolved into information laundering operations for the pharmaceutical industry " Science, he added "has taken a turn toward darkness." The BMJ (British Medical Journal) editor Dr Peter Doshi concurred, adding that data cited in many articles "is insufficient to the point of being misleading." Former New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) editor, Marcia Angel observes that: "It is no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published or to rely on the judgement of trusted physicians...I take no pleasure in this conclusion which I reached reluctantly over my two decades as editor of the New England Journal of Medicine."

    Medical journals are today utterly dependent on pharmaceutical industry advertising which can account for up to 99% of revenues. Journal editors routinely accept kickbacks from Pharma. This power has given Pharma the capacity to plant fraudulent studies about vaccine safety and to kill or force retraction of peer-reviewed studies that raise questions about vaccine safety and efficacy. The latest casualty in Pharma's war against truth is an alarming 2019 study showing grotesque behavioral abnormalities in sheep injected with aluminum adjuvants similar to those found in Merck's Gardasil and Hepatitis B vaccines.
    Elsevier's "withdrawal" of a small veterinary study breaks all the rules of scientific publishing. The biggest name in scientific literature has produced fake medical journals for Merck's advertisers before, so yanking a study that doesn't pass the vaccine industry's sniff test would be nothing. Celeste McGovern looks at a case study of how Pharma is killing science.

    It's not often that veterinary research is so controversial that it falls into the jaws of censorship zealots. That is exactly what happened recently, however, when editors at a science journal suddenly turned on a small Spanish sheep study which they had already peer-reviewed and published and stamped it: "WITHDRAWN" - the equivalent of a scarlet letter "A" in the science publishing world. This was not about shoddy science or ethical breaches; an editor tried to soothe the outraged veterinary professor at the head of the research. But the focus was "delicate" and "controversial" and someone - some anonymous letter-writer - had wanted the study removed, and the journal acquiesced.
    "Dear Dr. Luján,

    "I wanted to step in here to say that your manuscript is not being retracted - which implies wrongdoing and could damage your professional reputation," Anne-Marie Pordon, publisher of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences titles for Elsevier journals interjected in a heated e-mail exchange between the lead researcher and various editors. "We are withdrawing the paper, which does not imply misconduct in any way. There will be simply a statement that says "This paper has been withdrawn at the request of the _____" (Authors or Editors in the blank.)" Pick your poison. You remove it, or we remove it.
    Mercky past
    Elsevier journals are described as "one of the world's major providers of science, technical and medical information." They also have a skeleton or two in the closet. A decade ago, they were exposed in a private injury case for being paid by Merck to manufacture and distribute two completely fake journals to market Merck's drugs. They looked like authentic, peer-reviewed science journals, but they contained only favorable studies about the use of Merck's deadly Vioxx and another drug with potentially fatal side effects. Nowhere did they disclose that they were paid advertising for Merck. Four more fake Elsevier journals were sponsored by unnamed pharmaceutical companies.
    "I've seen no shortage of creativity emanating from the marketing departments of drug companies," consumer advocate Peter Lurie of the non-profit Public Citizen told The Scientist after he reviewed Elsevier's fake science journals.

    "But even for someone as jaded as me, this is a new wrinkle."
    An Elsevier press release said the company regretted the "unacceptable practice" of its Australian office. The scandal evoked a flurry of news stories and then it disappeared. Elsevier never revealed the sum they received from Merck or the names of the other pharmaceutical firms that had bought fake science from them. There was no penalty. And there was no authority or oversight agency willing or able to keep Elsevier from doing it, or something similar, again.

    Secret critic
    Fast forward to 2019. There was no doubt by any party in the email exchange between Elsevier's editors and Lluís Luján, the professor of veterinary pathology at the University of Zaragoza, Spain, and lead author of the "controversial" sheep study, that this was highly unusual publishing practice.

    Luján was obviously livid with a request that he withdraw his own study which had already been peer-reviewed and published online by Elsevier's journal Pharmacological Research. He flatly refused. It's hard to imagine a scientist who believes in the integrity of his research doing otherwise. "Withdrawn," unlike what Pordon tried to claim, is virtually synonymous with "retracted" in the science world and everybody knows it. It is a death sentence for a paper.

    Pharmacological Research's editor-in-chief, Emilio Clementi, a professor of pharmacology at the University of Milan presented Luján with "concerns from the readership" - a list of accusations of flaws with his methodology to respond to. Later in correspondence, "concerns from the readership" morphed into "a signed note of concern from a reader" but the letter writer's identity was kept secret - a big red flag that something foul was afoot.

    Ordinarily, if someone has objections to the methodology in a published science paper, they send a letter to the editors. It is difficult to think of any circumstance that the identity of the letter-writer would be hidden. The only reason someone might want to hide their identity is if they had a conflict of interest - like, they worked promoting a relevant pharmaceutical, for example. In any case, letters to the editors are posted on "Letters to the Editors" pages and rebutted by authors there.

    That was not all that was strange, however. Luján answered all the accusations, noting that they were based on flawed assumptions and appeared to be deliberately "misleading" and "spurious." They seemed to have been written by someone with very little knowledge of veterinary research or methodology of behavioural science research.

    Ignored advice
    Clearly defeated on that front, Clementi decided that Luján would have to re-present all of his raw data to the journal's statistical editor, Elia Biganzoli as well. In his emails, Biganzoli remarked, revealingly, that the work focused on a "very delicate issue in science" with many "controversial aspects." He cited a review paper by a self-described "vaccine activist" and pharmaceutically-funded researcher, David Hawkes as being absent from the citations on the list. Hardly a crime. Scientists cite the papers they see as valuable and relevant. Excluding an outlying opinion review paper which contains no original science is not irregular.

    In any case, Biganzoli still didn't think there was reason to withdraw. "I don't think that withdrawal of the paper should be advised," he wrote to the Elsevier editors. "Withdrawing the paper for these reasons would imply a similar action on many other works. At present, this option would not be sustainable."

    Besides, Biganzoli said, "the exploratory nature of the paper is implicit" and the researchers themselves said so in the paper.

    Clementi and Pordon must not have liked this. They ignored their own expert, stamped the paper "WITHDRAWN" anyway and scrubbed it from the print publishing line-up. They must have known they were breaking understood rules of science publishing, the Committee on Publishing Ethics (COPE) and Elsevier's own code of ethics. Did they consider if they were setting a dangerous publishing precedent? Or if they were denigrating science- the pursuit of truth, wherever the trail leads, and whomever it offends?

    Stalin-style science censorship should make people, particularly scientists, curious. Just what did the sheep study find? Why would a small veterinary study have sparked such attention - and denunciation? How could a mainstream science journal nullify publishing protocols to retract sound science they have already peer-reviewed and published? Who wields such power over scientific publishing?

    Baffling illness
    To begin, the study's lead author, Lluís Luján, could hardly be described as controversial. With 30 years experience in the field of animal pathology, Luján is a sort of Spanish version of a James Herriot country vet - affable, respected by farmers, students and his peers alike. There is not usually much controversy in determining the cause of death of farm animals in northern Spain. Yet Luján stumbled into one of the most controversial arenas of our time more than a decade ago when he was called out to see an oddly-diseased flock in the Aragon region of Spain, where he lives and works.

    After the first cold snap of the winter of 2007, Luján arrived at a sheep farm not far from his veterinary faculty. The farmer was worried; he had worked among sheep his whole life and he'd never seen or heard of anything like this. Initially, just a few animals in his flock were affected, starting about six years earlier. A number of veterinarians had come to see his sheep already and they had seen pockets of this on other farms, but they had not known what to do. The sheep had mostly recovered by spring or summer in the past, but this was the worst the farmer had seen. Now almost all of his flock was affected.

    As soon as he saw the animals, Luján could see that the sheep were ill. They were emaciated and their raw, pink skin showed where great patches of wool were missing from their flanks. This was a sure sign they were wool biting, obsessively yanking the wool from their flock mates and chomping it. Wool biting is well-documented as a behavioural anomaly in veterinary journals but it is not well understood. It has been studied in relation to overcrowded conditions, animal "boredom" and nutritional deficiencies, but none of these factors had adequately explained the phenomenon and they certainly weren't the cause of these severe cases Luján was looking at. These animals were restless and skittish. Some were lethargic and weak. Some had tremors and could barely stand.

    As a pathologist and an academic, Luján was familiar with sheep disease but this was nothing he could easily diagnose. He began testing to rule out the usual culprits: pathogens like viruses, bacteria and parasites. He wondered about an environmental toxin, too, so he tested the animals' water, their food, the soil they grazed on. In the meantime, he did what he could to alleviate the symptoms. He changed their diets and some management practises and had them vaccinated again. The test results were unrevealing.

    A veterinarian from the government administration was called to the farm and he rang Luján. "Lluís, I've just been to the sheep Auschwitz," he said wryly. "What do you make of it?"

    Luján recommended that the animals be put down as a precautionary measure. The government would compensate the farmer and give him new sheep.

    The epidemic
    About two years later in 2009, Lujan was in his office when the fax machine hummed and a government animal health authority bulletin announced a round of bluetongue vaccination for the region. There was nothing remarkable in this. Bluetongue is a noncontagious, viral disease transmitted by midges to ruminants. It causes fever and swelling of the mouth and gums as well as a tell-tale protruding cyanotic tongue. A virulent strain can kill a third of a flock and it had re-emerged in northern Europe in 2006 and spread throughout Belgium, Germany, the UK and Spain by 2007 and 2008. The European Union was responding with the widest vaccination campaign in ovine history, targeting about 90 million animals throughout the continent with a total of four vaccines and boosters against two strains of the virus in less than a month.

    Over the next few weeks, Luján's phone began to ring. Farmers from all over the region were reporting outbreaks and bizarre disease symptoms that he had seen before. Some of them were linking it directly to the recent bluetongue vaccines.

    The mystery illness was sweeping across Spain. Initially, just a few sheep were ill. They became agitated and nervous. They were wool biting. Some clenched their teeth. Some became lethargic and reluctant to move. It was easy to see involuntary tremors of their great brown eyeballs. A few were transiently blind. They were disoriented and unresponsive. After a few days, most of the animals recovered but the most severely affected of the flock collapsed in seizures and died.

    When the weather turned cold, a second wave of the illness affected thousands of sheep, sometimes wiping out entire flocks. These animals lost weight and looked emaciated. They had muscle tremors and weakness. Some had a light but constant tilt to their heads. Farmers reported pregnant ewes aborting spontaneously. Thousands of animals were stuporous. Many became unresponsive, dropped to their front quarters, become comatose and died.

    'Oh my god, it can't be the vaccine'
    Veterinarians began vigorously investigating the baffling disease that was decimating the Spanish sheep industry. Luján was not surprised that, despite their tremendous efforts, their tests were coming up empty-handed. He had done them all before himself, on the sheep "Auschwitz" farm.

    He was reeling, however. Asked how the idea that a vaccine could be causing this disease impacted him at the time, Lujan gripped a stone ledge beside him as if to brace himself. In other words, it was earth shaking.
    "Oh, my God. It can't be the vaccine," he recalls thinking.

    "I couldn't believe it. But it was just too much coincidence."
    He began poring over journals on Pubmed and one evening, he found a description of what he was seeing in the sheep in a human immunology journal describing a condition called ASIA - Autoimmune/Inflammatory Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants. Aluminum adjuvants used in human vaccines - and like that used in the bluetongue sheep vaccine - were known to elicit a hyperactive immune response in some people, and to set off immune system cascades that could later manifest as overt autoimmune disease. The aluminum ingredient in vaccines was connected to diseases such as encephalitis, macrophagic myofasciitis and Gulf War Illness. The Spanish sheep disease sounded very similar to this post-vaccination disease described in humans. It was after 1 am and Luján shot an email off to the author, immunologist Yehuda Shoenfeld, director of the Zabludowicz Center for Autoimmune Diseases associated with Tel Aviv University, a giant in the field of autoimmune disease with more than 1,500 published papers in immunology, and he hoped he might hear from him eventually. The next morning, to his surprise, Shoenfeld had already replied.

    Inducing disease experimentally
    Luján's team published a paper in 2013 describing the mystery illness that they now called "Ovine ASIA" and the post mortem findings of 64 affected sheep from the Zaragoza region of Spain. The wasted corpses of the animals had markedly thickened nerves that were easily visible, protruding on their abdomens and backs and down their legs. Dissection revealed that they had meningoencephalitis-like disease, their brains were inflamed and there was evidence of "severe neuron necrosis." Special techniques revealed aluminum in their nerve tissue.

    More crucially, the researchers were able to induce the disease in a small number of sheep by giving them repeated aluminum-containing vaccinations. These vaccinated sheep lost on average 8.5% of their body fat compared to controls, they showed nervous behaviour changes - depressed, lethargic behaviour alternating with skittishness - they had light fluid around their hearts, and aluminum was detected in their nervous tissue at the late study stage. The veterinarians concluded: "A huge research effort is needed in this field to help understand this process, something that will be of great benefit for both human and animals."

    A study like should have sent shock waves through public health agencies worldwide and triggered a storm of research on the aluminum additive given in ever-increasing doses in animal - and childhood - vaccines. A year later, however, Luján was presenting the findings to researchers at the 2014 Autoimmune Congress in Nice, France. "We are supposed to balance the benefits of vaccines against the adverse events," he concluded in a somewhat frustrated tone of urgency. "What is sold is [the message] that vaccines have only beneficial effects, and the rest is forgotten or ignored, or nobody wants to hear about it." He had no idea how prescient those words were.

    Three troubling discoveries
    Luján's team of veterinarians undertook to expand the research themselves in the meantime and recently they published three studies based on their findings:


    One study, published in Veterinary Pathology, describes how 84 lambs were divided into three treatment groups of 28 animals each: the first got 19 aluminum-containing vaccines injections over 15 months, the second, got shots of the aluminum adjuvant ingredient alone, and the third, a control group, received saline. Post mortem studies revealed that all of the vaccinated sheep and 92.3% of the lambs who got adjuvant-only injections, but none of the control animals, developed "granulomas" - cyst-like nodules of white blood cells loaded with the neurotoxic metal aluminum. These granulomas were at the injection site and in nearby lymph nodes - evidence that aluminum used in vaccines is not inert or excreted rapidly from the body as public health officials have maintained since they began using it in vaccines in the 1920s. It is swallowed up by macrophages and transported to lymph nodes. Other studies have shown that from the lymph nodes, aluminum slowly translocates to distant sites around the body and accumulates in the brain. The vaccinated sheep had more of these granulomas than the aluminum-only group.

    Genetic changes. A second study from the Spanish research was published about the same time in the journal, Frontiers in Immunology. This examined changes that the vaccines and adjuvants alone induced and concluded that "it seems that aluminum-containing adjuvants are not simple delivery vehicles for antigens, but also induce endogenous danger signals that can stimulate the immune system."

    Bizarre behavioural changes. The third and final study, the one which Elsevier suddenly withdrew after publication from Pharmacological Research, described the behavioural changes observed in the vaccinated and aluminum-only animals compared to the controls. After just seven inoculations, the vaccinated and aluminum -adjuvant targeted animals only, began compulsive wool biting - the behaviour that has perplexed and annoyed farmers but was also very apparent in the ovine ASIA syndrome. None of the adjuvant-only or controls, housed in identical conditions, exhibited the bizarre behaviour.

    The breed of sheep used, Rasa Aragonesa, is a particularly gregarious breed not inclined to solitude, so when animals began seeking isolation it was readily noticed by the researchers. So were bizarre behaviours like rubbing repeatedly against fences and biting flock mates.

    The anonymous letter-writer
    It was this study that some "concerned reader" with apparent connections to Elsevier - wanted out of the journal. In all his correspondences, Pharmacological Research's editor-in-chief Clementi refused to identify who wrote it. This is bizarre departure from publishing protocol. The most obvious reason someone would want anonymity is to hide a conflict of interest. If they are a lackey of the aluminum-adjuvanted vaccine industry, for example, their letter would be on par with a letter from the tobacco industry criticizing research on smoking and cancer. Rubbish.

    At one point, Luján inquired if the writer wasn't David Hawkes himself, the small-fry virologist from Australia whose paper was cited by Biganzoli. Hawkes is a self-described "passionate advocate of vaccination"; he administrates an Australian group whose mission is to "relegate anti-vaccination campaigners to irrelevance." He also works for a company whose stated mission is to promote and expand uptake of the HPV vaccine in Australia. The HPV vaccine has the highest load of aluminum adjuvants of any vaccine on the market. VCS, whose research is financed by Merck, would hardly want word getting out on aluminum vaccines creating granulomas and weird behaviour in sheep just when their government-supported product to test HPV vaccinated women is taking off.

    Conflicts of interest

    In 2018, Hawkes published - in one of Elsevier's journals, no less - a paper calling ASIA syndrome, as recorded in hundreds of cases, a "twenty first century equivalent to the boy who cried 'wolf' in Aesop's fable." Hawkes' paper notes that "three publications by the advocates of ASIA were recently retracted from peer-reviewed journals" and calls for "an immediate moratorium on animal experiments of ASIA until an independent inquiry has been conducted to determine the existence of a clinically relevant syndrome, identifiable as ASIA in humans."

    It's interesting that the "withdrawal" of the three other ASIA studies were just as baffling as the current sheep study saga. It's also interesting that Hawkes' co-author, Rohan Ameratunga was himself commissioned by the New Zealand government to "review the existence of ASIA" for payment. Was this the kind of "independent" review they wanted? Ameratunga declared his conflict of interest on the paper as a practising allergy specialist who prescribes aluminium-containing injections - themselves suspect in literature for inducing ASIA syndrome.

    Ironically, on this Elsevier paper, Hawkes didn't disclose his own conflicts of interest as a vaccine advocacy group administrator or as an employee of a company that promotes an aluminum-loaded vaccine - an ethical breach in scientific publishing if ever there was one.

    Ghost Ship Media emailed David Hawkes to ask him if he wrote the letter as was suggested in the correspondence between the editors and researcher. He didn't reply. Pordon and Clementi declined to comment as well. Of course, given its past financial dealings with the company, maybe the letter was from a friend at Merck .

    'Boycott Elsevier'

    Other scientists are observing the sheep study saga. Colleagues of Luján wrote Elsevier to protest. Christopher Exley, a professor of bioinorganic chemistry at Keele University, UK, and a leading authority on aluminum in disease is not at all surprised. "The same happened for a paper published in Vaccine and a Letter published in Toxicology, both Elsevier journals," he says. "A recent attempt was made to do the same on a paper published in the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry."

    Exley refers to pro-vaccine activists like Hawkes and the publishers at Elsevier as "perpetrators of these crimes against science" and says "editors giving in to pressures of this ilk from Elsevier should be ashamed."

    "Scientists should boycott Elsevier," he says.

    The cat cancer example
    "It's a very tough moment for all of us," Luján remarks.

    "Elsevier has thousands of journals and this shows that some of them have no scientific integrity. They are not independent."

    "This is a very simple study," adds Luján, who will seek to republish his findings elsewhere.

    "This is experimental research that can be done again and can be done very cheap. Just repeat it."
    The fact that public health isn't interested in repeating the study is baffling to him. The danger of aluminum in animal vaccines is already well-documented, he says, pointing to the phenomenon of cancer at the injection site in cats . Veterinary researchers saw the problem and removed aluminum from cat vaccines. A recent study from Switzerland revealed that while aluminum-containing vaccines were in use there, related feline cancers increased steadily but since the aluminum-adjuvanted shots were abandoned in 2008, injection site cancers have all but disappeared. Vet pharmaceuticals advertise vaccines as "aluminum-free."
    "You have the proof it can be done," says Luján.

    "In a few years, all vaccines can be clean of aluminum. It questions why this material keeps being used."
    Already he adds, veterinarians he knows have simply stopped vaccinating sheep with aluminum-containing vaccines to avoid health problems. One colleague told him that every time he reported ASIA symptoms to oversight agencies, his complaints were ignored.
    "I don't have the problem anymore because I don't vaccinate anymore," he told Luján.

    "I just assumed the risk."
    "I think this is why they are afraid of this," Luján says, "because in this business we have to look at the risks, and this a very big one."

    'Work on something else'
    There appears to be a problem admitting there is a problem, however. Luján's research documents the dangers to animals of a toxin that is given in increasing quantities to children. Neurotoxic aluminum is used in numerous human vaccines - against HPV, hepatitis, pneumococcal disease, meningitis and many more in the pike. The trials of these vaccines use aluminum adjuvant or other vaccines containing aluminum as 'placebos', rendering them useless for detecting a problem. Vaccinated versus unvaccinated studies are not done. Aluminum vaccines have never been tested for their combined effects in children. Long-term studies are scant - and they are published by scientists who work for the vaccine industry in the journals we know have had a financial relationship with the vaccine industry. A big problem in sheep should signal, at the very least, concern about a potential problem in humans.

    "There are dogmas," Luján says. The biggest dogma in the 21st century is that vaccines are totally safe. That nothing can go wrong, ever. "That's why we are being targeted. They want to send a message: don't get into this business. Work on something else. They just want the thing to disappear."

    If only it were so easy.

    "La réalité est un rêve que l'on fait atterrir" San Antonio AKA F. Dard

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