THE CONSTANT GARDENER - DOES ART IMITATE LIFE?
Carolyn Dean, MD, ND and
John le Carr� is the author of The Constant Gardner, now turned into the latest blockbuster film that many movie reviewers believe is Oscar material. Its innocent title conceals the plot detailing the immorality and corruption of a fictitious drug company, in league with government officials and international aid agencies in using the Third World as a testing ground for developing drugs.
The publisher�s notes state, � The Constant Gardener is a magnificent exploration of the new world order by one of the most compelling and elegant storytellers of our time. The novel opens in northern Kenya with the gruesome murder of Tessa Quayle � young, beautiful, and dearly beloved to husband Justin, a British diplomat. When Justin sets out on a personal odyssey to uncover the mystery of her death, what he finds could make him not only a suspect among his own colleagues, but a target of Tess�s killers as well.
A master chronicler of the betrayals of ordinary people caught in political conflict, John Le Carr� portrays the dark side of unbridled capitalism as only he can.�
For people just looking for Le Carre�s latest spy thriller, The Constant Gardener, they will not be disappointed.
However, to the health freedom community, The Constant Gardener has become a cult favorite as it centers on the question, �How close does art imitate life?�
Le Carre�s story takes place in AIDs-torn Kenya where a drug company, in order to cut corners and expenses, had made arrangements with the local government, with the help of the British Government, to test a new TB drug in anticipation of an epidemic expected sometime in the future. The arrangements, also assisted by international humanitarian aid agencies, were to encourage thousands of unsuspecting and impoverished Africans to become part of a dishonest drug testing project where deaths and other adverse reactions to the drug being tested are to be concealed so the drug can be eventually marketed with glowing clinical study reports.
For those who are unfamiliar with how drugs are developed and tested who find the plot a little farfetched, need to know that le Carr� devoted four pages of disclaimers in the back of his book to protect all the people he contacted during his research on the project.
The idea that Big Pharma, with the blessings of governments and humanitarian agencies, would permit such tests to be conducted is a very troubling thought. While we are not suggesting that the murder and mayhem that made le Carre�s story a thriller is something that happens, we are sad to say, our own government has been involved with such questionable drug testing among impoverished people both here and abroad.
In a scathing report put together in 1996 by the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) and the Washington Office of the government of Haiti entitled, �Measles Vaccine Experiments on Minority Children Turn Deadly�, such duplicity has occurred. NVIC is an organization founded by parents of vaccine-injured children that monitors the safety of vaccines. NVIC is responsible for passage of the 1986 law that provides compensation for parents of children killed or permanently damaged by vaccinations. www.909shot.com
The first part of the 1996 NVIC/Haiti report is as follows:
Over the years NVIC�s newsletters have been filled with similar stories of what the ordinary person would judge as unethical and/or immoral acts in the name of developing new drugs. What makes watching The Constant Gardener interesting to someone familiar with these other reports, is that the main tension in the story occurs when the hero, Justin Quayle, interacts with his colleagues of longstanding, who he considered his friends. The plain fact of the matter is that each of these people had a stake in acting as they did. None of them were really bad people and all of them found an excuse to distance themselves from the ultimate outcome, the brutal murder of Tessa. What made Justin Quayle stand out as an unlikely hero is that confronted with true evil, he was compelled to take action, despite having been a passive, go-along-to-get-along middle management diplomat up until then.
In the real world of health freedom, there are only four kinds of people: a few evil people; a lot of well-meaning people who, like Quayle�s colleagues, are willing to blind themselves to the implications of things and shrink from taking action other than to protect their position; a whole lot of people who see something bad but who do nothing to change things; and a few people who see what is wrong and can�t live with themselves unless they make an effort to fix the problem.
Notwithstanding the benefits of some types of medical intervention, if, after reading this story and others equally disturbing about our ailing medical system, you find yourself compelled to take action, we invite you to join us at an international meeting in Minneapolis this October to meet and greet some of the most interesting and committed health freedom fighters from all over the US, Canada, and Europe.
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Dr. Carolyn Dean is a medical doctor, naturopathic doctor, herbalist, acupuncturist, nutritionist, as well as a powerful health activist fighting for health freedom as president of Friends of Freedom International. Dr. Dean is the author of over a dozen health books, the latest of which is "Death By Modern Medicine".
Elissa Meininger, is Vice President of Friends of Freedom International and co-founder of the Health Freedom Action Network, a grassroots citizens' political action group. She is also a health freedom political analyst and can be heard on the natural health radio show SuperHealth, broadcast weekly on station WKY (SuperTalk AM 930) in Oklahoma City.
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