Here’s an interview we did on the San Francisco bay-area program, Armstrong & Getty several years ago:
Here’s an interview we did on the San Francisco bay-area program, Armstrong & Getty several years ago:
Go ahead. Tell us. How much smarter the ads of today really are. How much healthier are we now, than we were then, because scamsters convince you to pop stuff into your mouth without thinking?
In some communities 40% of grade-schoolers are obese. Our chubby kid rate has gone up 300% since 1980. Can’t imagine why.
It doesn’t matter what your situation is, the toxin cartels are expert at convincing you that you have a problem , , , and they have the cure.
Facing divorce? Simple fix: Lysol your genitals.
How would YOU sell hamburgers?
Think these are wise ads for the mentally fragile to see?
How much dumber are those, than this of today?
You’d have to be pretty darn naïve to believe the old stuff, right?
Well, if it’s named after doctors . . . .
Yep. We’d never fall for these blatant manipulators these days
Who could fall for this idiocy?
Want the short answer?
You do. Your neighbors do. Your family does. Millions fall for nonsensical, manipulating advertising, every damned minute of the day. Why?
Because we are too mentally lazy to look up the truth, even when it’s right at your fingertips.
It has never been easier than right now, to wise up about what you put into your mouth, or allow in our homes.
Think about it.
We reap what we sow.
The ‘Mind-Freeze’ Tolerance of Outrageous Behavior
18 months before the day the World Trade Center was destroyed, a civil service staff member at a Florida branch of the Department of Agriculture had an unnerving encounter with the Muslim leader of the 911 attack: 33-year-old Egyptian fanatic Mohammed Atta.
Atta had walked into her office one morning in May 2000 and ordered the woman at the desk to immediately issue him a loan for $600,000. “I need to buy a plane,” he said mysteriously. The woman was more than a little surprised, but told Atta there was a process involved in borrowing money from a U.S. government agency, and that process started with an application.
Atta exploded in anger. She was being unreasonable! Probably because he was a foreigner! How would she like it if he climbed over the desk and just took the money?
“Maybe I should just cut your throat with my knife.”
To her credit, the government employee remained calm and explained that her office did not deal with cash at all. Any and all transactions were issued by mail and by check. But it all started with an application of need.
While the frightening encounter was going on, as the woman explained to the FBI later, Atta noticed a large aerial picture on the office wall displaying sites of interest – such as the Lincoln Memorial – in the nation’s capital city. Atta demanded that she sell him the photograph. And when she explained it was not for sale, he went off on another bizarre tirade, threatening to blow up the landmarks and monuments in the picture. And it wasn’t long before he started asking her questions about the World Trade Center.
Now, a mental case walking into anyone’s office is troubling enough. But to our mind, what’s far more troubling is the mind-frame of the woman behind the counter.
“I sensed the man was trying hard to make the cultural leap from his country to ours,” she told authorities.
Yes, indeed. She really did say that.
So, let’s peel back a few layers of this onion. A psycho ambles into your workplace unannounced and threatens to rob the company safe. He yammers that he needs to buy an airplane. He freakishly starts threatening to blow up government buildings and sites of historical significance. He blurts out that he could easily slash your throat. Did this educated professional government employee think it might be a bright idea to contact law enforcement and tell them . . . oh, we don’t know , , , what just happened?
She did not.
“I felt bad for him, and was trying to make his transition into our society easier.”
Lord, love a duck you people.
This poor, apparently well-meaning lady, was so addicted to her “tolerance” of garbage-level behavior, that in her zeal to bend over backwards to accommodate immigrants – she failed to recognize her brain was tilted more to the Left than the Tower of Pisa.
And it hurts our mouth to report the mentally-challenged folks who think like this number in the millions.
In fact, so prevalent is it to remain “tolerant” of outrageous behavior at all costs – behavior that would shoot warning flares towards anyone capable of logical thought – that it is outright blinding us to the new normal: the zeitgeist of the group-think, “we have no right to be judgmental” nonsense.
Well, here’s a news flash: yeah, we really do have that right. In fact, we owe it to ourselves and our children. It’s called social responsibility.
In the end, this deliberately fragile-minded woman gets to live the rest of her life knowing that her inaction when it mattered – her visceral craving to be non-judgmental – rendered her wholly incapable of recognizing what a child could have seen: there was a shark in the town swimming pool.
Well, you know the rest, do you not? The following year, this same wild-eyed religious freak, Mohammed Atta, crashed a Boeing 767 into the North Tower of the World Trade Center, killing everyone on board. The crash led to the collapse of the tower, ultimately causing the deaths of over 1,600 civilians and first responders in the North Tower.
Oh, and that comment he’d made about slashing an American’s throat? He got the opportunity to do that, too – in the name of Allah, of course.
Moral of the story? Tolerance – taken to the extreme – is the skeleton of an adult with no ethical spinal column.
There has been an interesting development in the wide, wide, wicked world of modern medicine this month. The Food and Drug Administration has “asked” the drug cartel Endo Pharmaceuticals to immediately stop selling its slow-release tablets of a narcotic painkiller, which has been a serious moneymaker for the company since 2012.
The drug in question – Opana ER – is a reformulation of oxymorphone, which is a synthetic form of morphine. The drug was originally marketed as a nasal spray in 2006. But abusers were finding it easy to snort and thus, overdose. Now there’s a news flash.
And so, to make the drug delivery system safer, they combined the ingredients into an extremely hard tablet – resistant to breaking, crushing, dissolving or chewing. Even so, drug abusers are finding numerous, lethal ways to kill themselves with Opana ER, which is far more powerful than morphine.
“After careful consideration, we are seeking removal based on concern that the benefits of the drug may no longer outweigh its risks. We are facing an opioid epidemic. It is a public health crisis, and we must take all necessary steps to reduce the scope of opioid abuse.” (FDA Commissioner Dr Scott Gottlieb)
This is the first time in history, apparently, that the FDA has moved to ban an already-approved opioid pain medication, due to consequences of abuse.
“We will continue to take regulatory steps when we see situations where an opioid product’s risks outweigh its benefits, not only for its intended patient population but also in regard to its potential for misuse and abuse,” Gottlieb said.
“The abuse and manipulation of reformulated Opana ER by injection has resulted in a serious disease outbreak. When we determined that the product had dangerous unintended consequences, we made a decision to request its withdrawal from the market.” (Janet Woodcock, MD, Director, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research)
So if Endo Pharmaceuticals chooses to obey the FDA “request” – that will result in at least ONE dangerous drug taken out of the public abuse-arsenal. Not to worry. There are still thousands more out there to pop into your goofy and gullible mouth. Just for fun, here’s a list of other, legal drugs that kill just about 300 of us every day of the year:
Note: Here at Medical Miscreants, we very rarely republish articles by others. But this one, written by Immigration Law Expert Nolan Rappaport in Washington DC., is worth repeating. In fact, it should be yelled from the church belfry in every city in America.
The New York Times does not use the term “Female Genital Mutilation” (FGM) in its articles about a Michigan doctor who is being prosecuted for allegedly performing that procedure on two seven-year-old girls. The Times calls the offense, “genital cutting,” despite the fact that the prosecution is based on a federal criminal provision entitled, “Female genital mutilation.”
If convicted, the doctor can be sentenced to incarceration for 5 years.
According to Celia Dugger, the Times’ Health & Science editor, “genital cutting” is a “less culturally loaded” term than “FGM.” It will not widen the “chasm” between “advocates who campaign against the practice and the people who follow the rite.”
“For reasons that are inexplicable to me, Dugger seems to think that there can be a legitimate difference of opinion on whether it is right to mutilate the genitals of a seven-year-old girl.”
Also, her euphemism, “genital cutting,” makes FGM sound less horrific, which is a disservice to the victims and to the people who are trying to stop the practice.
Political correctness serves a valid purpose when it prevents a person from unnecessarily or unintentionally offending others, but I do not understand why we should be sensitive to the feelings of people who subject seven-year-old girls to genital mutilation.
What is FGM?
The World Health Organization classifies FGM into four major types:
FGM is recognized internationally as a human rights violation. It reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and it constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women. Also, because it usually is performed on minors, it is a violation of the rights of children.
How widespread is this practice?
The World Health Organization’s FGM fact sheet states that more than 200,000,000 girls and women alive today have been subjected to FGM in 30 different countries. It usually is performed on young girls between infancy and age 15.
It has spread to Europe and other parts of the world too. The European Commission estimates that hundreds of thousands of women living in Europe have been subjected to FGM and thousands more are at risk.
The Center for Disease Control published a report in 2016 estimating that 513,000 women and girls in the United States were at risk of or may have been subjected to FGM in 2012. This represents approximately a threefold increase from its prior estimate of 168,000, which was based on 1990 data. The increase is attributed to a sharp rise in immigration from countries where FGM is practiced.
The estimate probably is too low. It does not include countries where FGM is practiced but for which there is no FGM information. It does not include FGM data regarding undocumented immigrants either. No one knows how many undocumented immigrants came from countries where FGM is practiced.
Reasons used to justify FGM:
In some communities, FGM almost universally is performed and is unquestioned. It often is claimed to be a necessary part of raising a girl, and a way to prepare her for adulthood and marriage. It is supposed to foster premarital virginity and marital fidelity, and thus increases marriageability.
FGM is associated with cultural ideals of femininity and modesty, such as the belief that removal of body parts that are considered unclean makes girls clean and beautiful. In most societies where FGM is practiced, it is considered a cultural tradition.
According to GAO, there have been few FGM investigations or prosecutions. Law enforcement and child protection officials told GAO that this may be due, in part, to the fact that incidents are not being reported.
The prosecution of the Michigan doctor may be the first one.
The situation is no better in the United Kingdom. Medical staff working in England’s National Health Service recorded approximately 5,500 FGM cases in 2016, but no one has been successfully prosecuted for performing FGM since the practice was banned more than 30 years ago.
This has to change. It does not help to make FGM a felony offense if offenders are not going to be prosecuted. And the use of euphemisms like “genital cutting” that make FGM sound less horrific than it is, is yet another affront to the young girls and women who are forced to undergo the procedure.
Nolan Rappaport was detailed to the House Judiciary Committee as an Executive Branch Immigration Law Expert for 3 years. Prior to working on the Judiciary Committee, he wrote decisions for the Board of Immigration Appeals for 20 years. He also has been a policy advisor for the DHS Office of Information Sharing and Collaboration under a contract with TKC Communications, and he has been in private practice as an immigration lawyer at Steptoe & Johnson.
Here is our story in April:
Note: Over the past 2 years quite a few readers of Medical Miscreants have asked us to review the Mark Wangler Murder case – to wade through the volumes of what has been written and clarify the issues considered by law enforcement and the jury. So we decided to do just that. You’re welcome:
On the night of September 4, 2006, Dr. Mark Wangler – age 52, and his wife, Kathy were reportedly asleep in their residence in Lima Ohio. Kathy was sleeping in a bedroom on the second floor, while Mark slept in the master bedroom located on the first floor. At 5:17 a.m. the Allen County Sheriff’s Office recorded a 911 call from Mark, who sounded in distress, saying that the carbon monoxide alarm in the basement was going off and that Kathy, age 48, was “having a seizure”. When the dispatcher asked if she was breathing, the answer came back, “No! I think she’s not breathing!” And when he was questioned as to whether his wife had a pulse, Mark Wangler answered, “No! She doesn’t!”
At about 5:22 a.m. Bath Township’s Fire Chief Joseph Kitchen was the first EMS rescuer to arrive at the residence. Upon entering the home, Chief Kitchen could hear the CO2 alarm screeching. Mark escorted Chief Kitchen upstairs to Kathy’s bedroom, where he found her lying with her upper body on an air mattress and her legs on the floor. Upon checking Kathy’s vital signs, Chief Kitchen determined she was not breathing and had no pulse. So he pulled her off the air mattress and onto the solid floor to begin proper CPR.
At approximately 5:24 a.m. Bath Township EMS arrived and the Paramedics began advanced life support protocols. Kathy was placed on an EKG monitor, which revealed there was no electrical activity in her heart. When she failed to respond to procedures, she was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital ER, where she arrived at 5:48 a.m. A sheriff’s deputy took Mark to the ER in a patrol car behind the ambulance, for treatment of his own CO2 inhalation.
Upon arrival at the ER, Dr. Rina Stein, the attending emergency MD, examined Kathy. She noted that her jaw was stiff; her neck was stiff; her skin was pale and cool; her temperature was 95 degrees, and her back showed clear signs of dependent lividity. (a pooling of the blood along the lowest parts on the body) Kathy was officially declared dead at 5:54 a.m.
Mark arrived at the hospital shortly after Kathy, and was treated for CO2 poisoning. A blood test revealed he had a carboxy-hemoglobin level of 13%. Carboxy-hemoglobin is a combination of red blood cells and carbon monoxide, formed in the blood stream when carbon monoxide is inhaled. His levels were not life-threatening, and after undergoing oxygen therapy, he was released from the ER 5 hours later.
While these things were going on, a firefighter with the Bath Township Fire Department, Cledus Hawk, responded to the home to measure CO2 levels. Hawk started in the basement where his measuring instrument, a 4-gas analyzer, gauged a CO2 level of 50 parts per million – which is extremely high. He went out to his truck and equipped himself with breathing apparatus for his own safety. He reentered the home and returned to the basement. This time the analyzer measured a lower CO2 level of 35-30 ppm. At 6:00 a.m. Hawk closed all of the windows in the residence and waited approximately an hour before retesting. At 7:10 the basement CO2 level had dropped to 20-15 ppm. Kathy’s bedroom measured 25-20 ppm. This meant nothing in the home was still generating the poisonous gas.
After the home was deemed safe, Sheriff Sergeant Philip Sherrick conducted a walk-through. Sherrick observed soot-like markings on the wall directly above a vent cover located in the floor in Kathy’s bedroom. Sergeant Sherrick then continued to the master bedroom. There he observed the carpet around the toilet was wet; a floor fan was on and the bathroom window was open. Towels had been tucked under the bedroom door. In the garage he observed two vehicles, a lawn mower, a snow blower and gas powered generator. Outside a motorhome was parked.
Back at the ER, Mark explained to Sherrick that he awoke to the CO2 alarm; that he went upstairs to check on Kathy and found her having a seizure; that he went back downstairs to call 911, and that he performed CPR until EMS arrived. He also said that sometimes the wind would blowout the water heater pilot light.
“I came to find that there was about another $60,000 worth of credit card debt that I had not been aware of. And she opened a secret bank account with $16,000 from our joint account.” (Mark Wangler to police)
The police officer thought it was odd that a man who had just lost his wife in a tragic accident, was criticizing her over private money matters before she had even been buried.
On the morning of Kathy’s death, Jan Zuber of Old Dominion Gas Company, walked the house to find the source of the gas leak. Zuber closed the windows and doors and ran the furnace and water heater one at a time. As each appliance was running, she measured the CO2 levels. The highest measurement detected was 3 ppm – practically nothing. Zuber also inspected the furnace and water heater and determined that each appliance was working perfectly.
The following morning Dr. Diana Barnett of the Lucas County Coroner’s Office performed Kathy’s autopsy. She sent samples of Kathy’s blood to Dr. Robert Forney, chief toxicologist. Kathy’s blood had a carboxy-hemoglobin level of 69.6% – almost impossibly high. Dr. Barnett knew with certainty that Kathy had died of acute CO2 poisoning. In her opinion, Kathy died at least one hour – and more likely two hours – before the 911 call.
Two days later Steve Erlenbach, an engineer with SEA Limited, a forensic investigation firm, was asked by the Sheriff’s Office to investigate the gas leak. Erlenbach conducted a walk-through and observed and photographed soot stains on the wall above the heater vent in Kathy’s bedroom, as well as soot-stained carpet around the vent cover. He noted 3 natural gas appliances – a furnace; a water heater and a gas fireplace. All three were located in the basement. Erlenbach operated the furnace, water heater, and gas fireplace one at a time under different conditions (i.e., basement door open and closed, bathroom exhaust fans on and off, windows open and closed). After testing each appliance, Erlenbach determined that each appliance was operating properly and none were the source of abnormal levels of gas. Whatever happened, had occurred suddenly and was now gone. Steve Erlenbach’s report ended with the following opinion:
“If it is true that Mrs. Wangler had a carboxy-hemoglobin level of 69%, she had to have been exposed to gas levels in excess of 1,200 ppm. If Mark Wangler was in a room with windows open and a fan running, that could explain why his gas levels were so much lower than his wife’s. There is nothing in the home that logically explains the origin of the gas.” (Investigator Steve Erlenbach)
The following year, search warrants turned up numerous items including a personal computer and three handwritten journals; the heater vent cover from Kathy’s bedroom and a swatch of carpet surrounding it.
On September 17 2009, the Allen County Grand Jury indicted Mark Wangler on a single count of Aggravated Murder.
“On the very night that your wife is killed by carbon monoxide, you just happened to be in another bedroom with towels tucked under the door; the window open and a fan going?” (Allen County Prosecutor Jurgen Waldick)
In subsequent months Mark filed numerous motions to suppress evidence collected in the home. In January 2010, the trial court overruled Mark’s motions to suppress any evidence.
In August 2010, Mark filed a motion requesting the court to exclude the testing performed by the forensic lab, and the testimony of the laboratory experts. The trial court saw no valid reason to deny the jury the right to hear this evidence.
On February 28 2011, the case proceeded to trial, and on March 16 2011, the jury returned a guilty verdict of Aggravated Murder after deliberating for two days. The court sentenced Doctor Mark Wangler to life imprisonment. He is eligible for parole after 25 years.
In telephone interviews, the following reasons were given as to the jury members‘ disbelief in Mark Wangler’s version of events:
1. CPR – At trial, Chief Kitchen – as well as other medical professionals – testified that in order to properly administer CPR, the victim needed to be lying on a solid surface. Kathy was on an air mattress, which made any CPR effort useless. They believed a physician would at least know the proper CPR positioning.
2. CPR – The first responders on-scene related that when a victim is given chest compressions with their clothes on, the material over the chest rubs against the sternum hard enough to leave fabric imprints. Kathy’s chest showed no signs of having compressions done.
3. Body Temperature – At the ER, it was Dr. Rina Stein’s opinion that Kathy had died before she arrived at the hospital. For one, medical professionals estimate times of death by using the rule-of-thumb, that a body cools about 2 degrees during the first hour after the heart stops, and about 1 degree for each additional hour. A normal adult body temperature is about 98.6. Kathy’s temperature at the time of her ER arrival was about 95 degrees Therefore a logical estimate is that this particular victim had been dead for about 2 hours.
4. Lividity – is the process in which the body’s blood will stop moving within the arteries and veins after the heart stops. The blood settles in the capillaries in direct response to gravity. An individual found lying on her back would show blood from their chest gravitating towards the floor or the bed. Lividity presents as a dark purple discoloration along the lowest plane of the body. It is almost never visible within the first 20 minutes after the heart stops.
5. Rigor Mortis – normally appears within the adult body around 2 hours after the deceased has passed away. The face and jaw, the upper neck and shoulder muscles are generally first to visibly suffer from its effects. Kathy’s neck and jaw were well into the initial stages of rigor at the time she was found by Paramedics in her bedroom.
6. The Seizure – Mark Wangler told the dispatcher his wife was “having a seizure”. A seizure is chaotic brain activity. It is simply not possible to have the brain activity necessary for a seizure, while in the intermediate stages of Lividity and Rigor Mortis. That would be science fiction.
7. Expert Opinions – Dr. Diana Barnett and Dr. Robert Forney of the Lucas County Coroner’s Office knew with certainty that Kathy had died of acute CO2 poisoning. In their opinions, Kathy died at least one hour – and more likely two hours – before the 911 call.
8. Statement by Friend Sherry Miller – “She told me her husband was out to destroy her financially, emotionally, psychologically, in the community and at her church.”
9. Statement by Friend Rodney Null – “And I said to her, ‘well take care of yourself.’ And she said, ‘you have to, when somebody is trying to destroy you. And I mean that literally.’ Three days later she was dead.”
10. The Shower – When Mark Wangler was discharged from the ER he told the sheriff he wanted to go home and “take a shower.” Why on earth would anybody even think of using a gas appliance in the home that you’re convinced just killed your wife?
So in the end of a very sad case, a jury decided that the observations and opinions of 80 people questioned over an investigation that lasted 4 years, carried far more weight than a physician whose story failed to line up with very simple physical – and anatomical – facts.
There is a tenet in logical thought that holds up very well. It is called Occam’s Razor, named after the English monk and philosopher, William of Ockham. It has kept emotional minds grounded for more than 700 years. At it’s most basic, Occam’s Razor goes like this:
In any situation where we don’t know the answer to how something happened, the simplest answer is tends to be the truth.
Doctor Mark Wangler does not sit in a prison cell today because a jury wasn’t very smart. He sits there because it is far more likely – than not likely – that a gas expert MD fashioned a hose attached to an engine exhaust to introduce odorless, poisonous fumes into the heating duct to his wife’s bedroom. And if his wife had been dead for at least an hour – and possibly two – he had more than enough time to disconnect the hose; drive away and toss it into a dumpster miles away.
For those who believe Mark Wangler is innocent – that’s your prerogative. But your work is still ahead of you. You still have to come up with a more logical scenario.
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