Inconvenient Truth #48: Humira, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Science

I was watching the news today, and a commercial came on for a new “wonder” drug called Humira.  This commercial uses manufacturing of consent to get you to pay attention only to the visuals, and not the bad news.  Just like every other psychotropic, biological, chemical or other type “weapon” used against us, they all have the same similar types of dangers.  Let’s see how this works to make us into little complacent robots who will gladly kill ourselves for a little convenience:

Humira belongs to a class of drugs called biologics. Biologics are therapies based on proteins – usually antibodies – which have been developed with DNA technology (genetic engineering). 

By the way, DNA Technology in this case means Recombinant DNA (rDNA) – process that brings together genetic material from multiple sources, creating sequences that would not otherwise be found in biological organisms. (ref: Recombinant DNA).

So, some people (myself and wife included) will not eat, if possible, any food that is GMO (Genetically modifed), but HERE you are INJECTING GM DNA Directly into your body… of course, what harm could come of that?  Let’s see…

Here is my summary of the manufacturer’s admitted adverse reactions to the “miracle” drug:

  • Cancers, including unusual ones in children, teens, and young adults that OFTEN RESULTS IN DEATH
  • Hepatitis B infection of which you can admittedly die
  • Serious infections including TB, viruses, fungi or bacteria
  • Lowering your immune system
  • Psoriasis, Liver problems, Immune reactions including lupus-like, Heart failure, blood problems, allergic reactions

Just what I want in a “miracle drug” – cancer’s that can kill me,  Hepatitis B which can kill me, TB, viruses, fungi and bacteria infections (which can kill me), lowering my immune system (which can kill me), and lupus, heart failure and blood problems.  I think you get the point.

Here are their official all-important warnings, which you can find at their official site:

Important Safety Information About HUMIRA® (adalimumab)1

“…HUMIRA is a TNF blocker medicine that can lower the ability of your immune system to fight infections. You should not start taking HUMIRA if you have any kind of infection unless your doctor says it is okay…”

  • Serious infections have happened in people taking HUMIRA. These serious infections include tuberculosis (TB) and infections caused by viruses, fungi, or bacteria that have spread throughout the body. Some people have died from these infections. Your doctor should test you for TB before starting HUMIRA, and check you closely for signs and symptoms of TB during treatment with HUMIRA. If your doctor feels you are at risk, you may be treated with medicine for TB.
  • Cancer. For children and adults taking TNF blockers, including HUMIRA, the chance of getting lymphoma or other cancers may increase. There have been cases of unusual cancers in children, teenagers, and young adults using TNF blockers. Some people have developed a rare type of cancer called hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma. This type of cancer often results in death. If using TNF blockers including HUMIRA, your chance of getting two types of skin cancer (basal cell and squamous cell) may increase. These types are generally not life-threatening if treated; tell your doctor if you have a bump or open sore that doesn’t heal.

Here is an interesting tidbit they say you should inform your doctor about:

  • If you live or have lived in an area (such as the Ohio and Mississippi River valleys) where there is an increased risk for getting certain kinds of fungal infections, such as histoplasmosis, coccidioidomycosis, or blastomycosis
  • Are allergic to rubber, latex, or any HUMIRA ingredients

What?  I can’t even begin to imagine what the significance of those two items mean, but you can figure it out.

HUMIRA can cause serious side effects, including:

  • Serious infections. These include TB and infections caused by viruses, fungi, or bacteria. Symptoms related to TB include a cough, low-grade fever, weight loss, or loss of body fat and muscle.
  • Hepatitis B infection in carriers of the virus. Symptoms include muscle aches, feeling very tired, dark urine, skin or eyes that look yellow, little or no appetite, vomiting, clay-colored bowel movements, fever, chills, stomach discomfort, and skin rash.
  • Allergic reactions. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include hives, trouble breathing, and swelling of your face, eyes, lips, or mouth.
  • Nervous system problems. Signs and symptoms include numbness or tingling, problems with your vision, weakness in your arms or legs, and dizziness.
  • Blood problems. Symptoms include a fever that does not go away, bruising or bleeding very easily, or looking very pale.
  • Heart failure (new or worsening). Symptoms include shortness of breath, swelling of your ankles or feet, and sudden weight gain.
  • Immune reactions including a lupus-like syndrome. Symptoms include chest discomfort or pain that does not go away, shortness of breath, joint pain, or rash on your cheeks or arms that gets worse in the sun.
  • Liver problems. Symptoms include feeling very tired, skin or eyes that look yellow, poor appetite or vomiting, and pain on the right side of your stomach (abdomen).
  • Psoriasis (new or worsening). Symptoms include red scaly patches or raised bumps that are filled with pus.

Finally, let me say that the problem with this medication, as well as almost any therapy-based approach today, is that they are not treating the underlying cause, but the symptom.  If you do not treat the cause, you will never be cured.

Let’s say a local fire department gets called out to a wood fire.  They put the fire out.  The next day, they get called to the same wood fire.  They put it out.  This goes on for weeks on end.  Each time they leave the scene, a little boy comes out the next day and starts a new fire.  They will never stop the fires from occurring because they are treating the symptom (the resulting fire) but not the cause (the little boy).  But, if the first time they went to put out the fire, they did a little investigating, they would see the fire was man-made, and quickly catch the little boy.

And that is the goal, to have a repeat customer.  If you were to treat the cause, you would be cured, and that means no more visits to the Doctor.  This is the insidious “conspiracy” theory in action.  As for the argument that for the vast majority of people on Humira, there is no alternative therapy, why not just google “Organic alternative to Humira“, with results such as this ,(article archived here) and spend 1 or 2 days researching it for yourself?  Or better yet, read a book that changed our perspective on food and how we view it, “The China Study“*.  We are intelligent, thinking, and contemplative creatures (or should be), who are more than capable of figuring out the true agenda of pharmaceutical “cures” that are nothing more than money-making conglomerates, a product seeking a consumer…

Seriously, we are fast approaching the “Ultimate Revolution” talked about by Aldous Huxley, wherein people will demand to be slaves and demand to be abused, tortured and killed.  Not human, just human-like, sort of a humanoid creature that has just enough intelligence to push a button or pull a lever all day…and when they cannot do that any more, just kill them off…

How corporations view you

How corporations view you

 

*To be clear, though I personally believe in the China Study’s findings, I am in no way connected to T. Colin Campbell or the promotion of his book.

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11 Responses to Inconvenient Truth #48: Humira, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Science

  1. Susan says:

    Have you revisited the quote at the top of your blog lately? You presume to know the path and clearly are not walking this one. I am all with you when you point out how drug manufacturers are creating cancer and other illnesses and how they use the methods identified by Noam Chomsky and others to try to divert our attention.

    However, please do not call those who choose to take medications such as Humira or Enbrel “morons.” Only those who experience the incredible pain and limitations of the conditions these medications are designed to treat are in a position to fully understand the choice they have made. I can assure you that they are not happily injecting themselves for a little convenience any more than Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy because she wanted perkier breasts. Perhaps you could have chosen a better example to illustrate your point.

    Life-threatening chronic illnesses such as those that put people in the position to have to choose whether to take these sorts of medications tend to give them a different perspective on things. I hope you will reconsider your post without having to experience one yourself.

    • Liz says:

      Thank you for your response to this post. I will be starting this drug tomorrow and I am very well aware of the side effects, but my current treatment and additional drugs isn’t helping so this is the next step. And thank you for clarifying that it is NOT a convenience to take this drug. I have been suffering with ulcerative colitis, for which there is no cure, and this drug suppresses the immune system by blocking the inflammation because my body has waged war against itself. It blows my mind that there are blogs like this out there where people post ignorant things that they don’t know about. My life currently consists of me going to the bathroom 20+ times a day with a lot of blood in those, the pain is unbearable, I can’t take ibuprofen because it makes it worse, I’m anemic from blood loss, I’ve lost 22 pounds in 2 months, I can barely work, I have no social life, I pretty much live in my bathroom, I can’t really eat anything but bland, soft, easy to digest foods, I’m depressed, scared, suicidal, etc. This for me is about being able to have a “reasonable quality of life”, not convenience. This is necessary for me to be able to be a functioning 33 year old adult. So in this case the benefit outweighs the risk.

  2. Ka'El says:

    Hello, I am one of the Morons who takes Humira.

    I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis in April 2012 and from then on my life became a deeply unpleasant rollercoaster of pain and stiffness. I took so much time off work that rumours were spread that I’d left; I was eventually redeployed to a different department where my ex manager then decided to inform everyone of my ill health matters publicly in my absence… I went off on sick leave from work in October 2013 and finally took the decision to go onto Humira just before Christmas; as of today I am now ready to go back to work. I have 90% less pain, 80% of the movement I had at my fittest having gone down to about 30% at my worst during the flare. The financial implications of being off work are enormous so please before you continue to abuse me by calling me a moron, retard, or some other delightful term understand that sometimes choices have to be made from a standpoint where one no longer has the luxury of independent wealth.

    Yes, Humira is a considered approach as I don’t particularly want cancer or other side effects but at the moment if I want to keep working, complete my Masters studies, and not be burden on the State by claiming disability or perhaps that’s a concept rather too Moronic for you? Perhaps, you’d prefer me to sit at home watching Oprah or Trisha or some nonsense, rather than use my top percentile points to do something useful? Does that make me a Moron?

    I suspect that you have the luxury of not needing to make a decision whether or not to take a drug that gives you some quality of life but with a trade off of side effects, that is once you’ve already exhausted a multitude of other conventional and alternative solutions. Trust me, you don’t get Humira simply by asking for it, you have to go through a long process – if you can manage with a simpler solution they will use that, but my condition was intransigent and unusual in that I am the wrong gender for this level of pain and disability. Don’t get me wrong, I do get side effects but I have been able to manage them with the help of my GP, and quite frankly today I feel better and more normal than I have in the last three years!

    So may I respectfully suggest, until you can offer a viable alternative that has been proven to work (and I mean proven, not anecdotal friend of a friend, but proper scientific journals) or are willing to fund my lifestyle and studies, I think I will continue to use this necessary evil for as long it works.

    I hope that faced with an illness similar to mine that you are able to remain resolute to your principles and thereby avoid ever debasing yourself to the level of a ‘Moron’.

    • Ka'El says:

      Addendum: in the UK this drug is given for autoimmune conditions such as Crohn’s Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis. It is prescribed by a rheumatologist after several lengthy consultations, and after a process that involves the following in order: NSAIDS plus physio and pain relief (physio and pain relief is started early and continues if desired); NSAIDS plus steroids; steroids alone if NSAIDS not tolerated; DMARDS such as Sulfasalazine or methotrexate; DMARDS if tolerated plus steroids if needed; and if like me the only thing you can tolerate is steroids and pain relief then the final option anti-TNF.

      I struggled on just the steroids and pain relief for over a year so the anti-TNF was a drug I really didn’t want to take.

      Your article doesn’t mention why people take these drugs, you simply sensationalise the GMO aspect. I don’t like GMO, and I avoid eating it yet at this moment in time it’s my best chance of leading a reasonably productive pain free life. I think until you’ve experience pain over a protracted period of time you won’t understand how devastating it is. It’s not a pain that will go away after a few days, it’s there for life and as my doctor says “that’s why pain is used for torture, it works”.

      I hope that neither you nor anyone in your family experiences any of the conditions I’ve mentioned; and that that upon occasion you stop to think before you post an article like the one above.

      If you need to be angry or belittle the industry then perhaps question the validity of Statins based upon their recent medical findings and issues, or why people are being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and then given amytriptyline rather than being tested for other conditions. Just don’t be angry with us the patients, we aren’t Morons.

      • SleepNoMore says:

        You seem to miss the entire point of the article. However, as ignorant as I may be, note that I have approved both of your critical comments. I believe you have expressed your feelings enough on this subject, and now comments will be closed to you. Thank you and good luck..,

  3. Concerned says:

    I can’t speak personally for the author, but I understand what you’re saying. I would hope that he/she is like me in that we would just like to not see people depend on these toxic products for life, like it’s the ONLY thing out there. But you need to gain your life back, I agree. I have a young middle-aged family member who had to take methotrexate one time for her RA – that stuff sounds equally nasty. The health care system needs to make all remedies available for their patients, not just the ones that make them megabucks.

  4. Jessica says:

    I usually don’t bother to comment on things but I felt really concerned by what you are saying. I am going to start by saying I take Humira. I can understand your concern when you heard all the side effects. There are a couple things I would like to point out. The first is that drugs must list all side effects. I have hade way worse side effects from ibuprofen than humira. Ibuprofen was destroying my liver. You need to understand that the diseases humira treats are very serious. Without this drug I would probably be in a wheelchair. These type of biological medications are many peoples last hope in a battle against pain and disability. There are risks to any medication, that must be weighed against the risks of the disease. I am grateful there is any medication that can help me try to keep functioning with a crippling and painful disease, that untreated will most certainly shorten my life. I think before you decide that a medication is some evil conspiracy you should consider the terrible diseases it treats.
    I should also add that humira is actually a tumor necrosis factor inhibitor. My body makes to much tnf and it attacks healthy tissue. Tnf inhibitors are also present in foods like tumeric. I guess what I am saying is yes humira can have nasty side effects, but no they do not happen to most people who take it, and many people get more benefit than harm from this drug.

  5. Concerned says:

    @Jessica
    But doctors should be telling you about why your body makes too much TNF and what you could give your body to help it heal itself. I’m not dissing your doctor(s), as they could be very nice, caring people. But this modern medicine approach is all wrong in that it so seldom addresses the real causes of problems…

  6. Anita Ivan says:

    HI,
    I realise I came in a bit late to the conversation lol. 🙂 I read all the comments and found it interesting that people are sort of attacking the one trying to share life saving info. The same thing happens to me when I share my personal experience lol but I will try anyway.

    I had colitis since I was 17, spent my best years locked between 4 walls with pain and tears. Later my diagnosis changed to RA, fibro, AS, MS, at some point Alzheimer, Parkinson, finally I reached ALS. I found a doctor who realised that in fact I have chronic Lyme disease with coinfections (mycoplasma, EBV, bartonella, babesia, anaplasma, yersinia) but as I never saw a tick in my life, no-one ever questioned me in this direction. I found out the hard way that none of these illnesses exist in the immunologist departments and tests are rubbish (there are ways of course to be treated by a real specialist but you need to search for it, they called ILADS doctors). Anyway, after years of suffering and almost managing to die, spending additional years in bed my doctor offered me a medication he never heard about – LDN. He said I should never recieve Humira due to this infections. I am having a normal life now, no pain, back to full time work, have 2 master degrees.

    Just an idea for you guys, 🙂
    Anita

  7. Jon Council says:

    Coming into this discussion a couple years late, I think I can bring some balance and understanding to the debate. Especially those who were angry at the blogger for what they see a insensitive comments on his part. What one must understand is the nature of our culture here in America, it’s failings and weaknesses, and it’s spiritual issues to see why this unfolded the way it did. The blogger made an astute observation about how the medical science industry operates here in this country, and how they use the suffering of the masses to make profits. All under the guise that they care about them. However, if one is to only look at the proof, you can see through this horrific lie and like everything else in this American Freemason Matrix of Manipulative schemes, move away from the deception and save yourself the grief in the first place. Those who attacked the blogger for being insensitive have seemed to omit a very important point he made in coming to his conclusion. WHAT IS THE FOOD YOU ARE EATING? And what role does it play in causing the havoc in your body that eventually demands you use these dangerous drugs to do what? Treat the SYMPTOM, not the CAUSE. And to add insult to injury, the drug is made through the same methodology as the food you’re eating, except it is injected full strength into you bloodstream… That seems to me to be a lose-lose proposition, answering a problem with an even more potent part of the problem that hides the true nature of the problem. This is pure Orwellian 1984 in form, and the blogger no doubt sees it. So those attacking him should look at themselves and ask: “What am I eating that is contributing to my suffering.” My experience shows many Americans know about diet being a factor, but they enjoy the taste and emotional pleasure of eating the wrong things far too much to break free. So, they by default choose the enslaving system to fix the problem it caused, and they attack anyone who sees through it because of their guilt… making them out to be insensitive jerks who don’t have an ounce of sympathy in them. Okay, if that’s how you wish to see us… have at the Matrix as you’re determined to. It’s your choice. But don’t make us the enemy, cause it’s not true. You are your worst enemy so long as you are not fully honest about your situation. Just my 02 cents

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