The Politics of Health and Addictive Substances

The Politics of Health and Addictive Substances 
By Bob Beck

Now the implications of this were rather stunning. How many people do we have in this country who are on Valium— uppers, downers, legal narcotics that are highly addictive? You probably remember that during the American Civil War, when morphine was invented to replace some of the other opiates, they said, “Oh, here we have a pain killer that is totally non-addictive.” They've said this about almost every other drug that has seen the light of day. In fact, boys and girls, if it isn't addictive they don’t want to sell it.

Did you realize that there is a 13.6 billion dollar legal pharmaceutical trade in mood-altering drugs such as Valium? And that there is about a 20 billion dollar market from the same drug manufacturers in the United States that exported to Mexico where they do not have these pharmaceutical controls—prescriptions—which comes back onto the streets of the United States? That is close to 36 billion dollars a year at the retail level. Now nobody wants to interrupt this trade.

Tobacco is 4½ times more addictive than heroin.

This study was done here at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Sepulvida, by Dr. Krober in 1974. It had been found that GI’s coming back from Vietnam who had several habits— tobacco, heroin, others, could be gotten off heroin within 72 hours to a week. But it was almost impossible to get them off of tobacco. So a study was done which established that the withdrawal time on tobacco could run up to two years. That it was 4½ times more physically addictive than heroin—this is hard core scientific data. Would you like to see the American tobacco companies stop paying taxes? Their net is around 27 billion dollars a year. These are big dollars. People ask why these devices are not exactly legal in the United States. Well, getting back to the story, we came to this conference table hoping to exchange some information. I passed along to Meg and the rest of the people (who must remain nameless …) the fact that Paul Tyler was willing to assist this group in getting this device going. Now, since she had been in this country, they had raised 3½ million dollars to build a prototype. At the time that I met with these people in February of 1983, not one device had been built. Meg had been in California since August of 1981. So I asked them, “How’s your patent status?” They replied, “Well, we realized that once we patent it we've given the secret away, so we plan on using the strategy of continuance in part.” If you know what this means—in other words they would continue to modify the patent as long as possible with continuation amendments so as not to get a patent. That meant that they had no patent. “Well what is the status of your prototype?” Again they responded, “Well…we’re, yada, yada, yada…” I then asked, “Well are you going to sell these devices?” Response, “Uh, we don’t know, we think we’re going to lease them.” Next question, “Well how much?” Response, “Well we’ll put a price tag of about $50,000 on each box and the doctor, as stated on the franchise agreement, will be required to charge the person $8,000 if he has no insurance for 10 days use of the box. $10,000 if he has insurance coverage. I have the letter here that went to the franchisees. And yet they had no boxes. A number of people had bought territory for this including William Parker of the Parker Holistic Health Center and a number of other people that by this time I had met. They had been promised delivery of the Brain Tuners by December of 1981 and here we are into 1983 and not one box had been delivered. Some strange things were happening here. And after listening to this for about an hour, I was prepared, I had armed a briefcase. I had devices which I had acquired, had smuggled into the United States from the USSR, from Finland, from Germany, from England. I still have some of these. We have the original devices that have been used by Dr. Wen in Revised January 2015 Section Two - The Brain Tuner 65 Hong Kong.

In other words the grandfather of the Shackman Instrument device that Meg had used at the Pharmacon clinics in England. So, it turned out that the investors who are at this table were not even aware that this technology was over a hundred years old, had been used in the Soviet Union for over 20 years, and had been used on the continent for 15 years, and in Great Britain for 10 years. They thought that they had an original idea, which might have been patentable. These devices could absolutely rock the boat of the pharmaceutical drug industry, the liquor industry, the tobacco industry, the doctors who make a great deal of money. … Why are these not being used, for example, in alcoholic rehabilitation centers? In 1969 some friends of mine, new friends—I didn't meet these people until I started researching this area—had heard about the generic term “electro-sleep” that was being used in the Soviet Union for addiction and alcohol control. The government gave these people a little money, sent them to the Soviet Union, and they came back with one of the original devices that were used for “electro-sleep.” It seemed that the Soviets had trouble with Generals who drank too much vodka. And at this hospital in Washington, which is a household word, they were treating American Generals who had the habit of too much scotch, bourbon or gin. They brought the device back to the United States in late 1969 or early 1970 and began using it in the hospital with addicts. It’s one of the most fascinating psycho-political stories that emerged during the five months that I was actually researching this data. The CIA came around and said, “What are you doing?” My friends said, “Well, we have this electronic device which apparently is restoring short-term memory loss.” The CIA said, “You can’t do that.” The people who were working on the project were dispersed. They took the device to Garland, Texas to the Vero Instrument Company. Now Vero builds the high-technology equipment. Vero builds skunk-work devices like starlight scopes, infrared viewers, high technology microcomputers. They’re one of the highest tech, government secret-agency suppliers in the world. The vice president of this company split off and founded a corporation called NeuroSystems Incorporated. And brought out a beautiful little device, which until recently was the Cadillac of the entire field, about the size of a pack of cigarettes that absolutely cured addictions. They thought, “Wow we’re going to have markets for this.” They never got FDA approval. It’s been 14 years. FDA grandfathered them under section 510K of the 1976 Congressional Act. They still said, “Hey if we take this around to dry farms, namely alcoholic rehabilitation centers, there should be a tremendous need for these.” Now in California alone there are about two dozen—it’s a big industry. He knocked on doors and there was very little acceptance. Finally, a fellow who had worked for one of these dry farms told him the secret. He said, “You know if somebody comes in here who has good insurance, we can run up about a $9,000 bill on laboratory tests alone — pathology, kidney test, blood test, you name it. He has to be in here for at least a week and a half to 14 days before we break even on our television-advertising budget alone. The person gets glossed up, the family’s happy, he goes back to work. 75% of them will backslide within six months. You come in here with a device that will totally restore them in five days? Why, we are a franchise, we are here to make money for our stockholders, get out of here you bum.” 

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