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As the healthcare sector is so profitable, why would anyone believe major corruption could not flourish in this industry? We pose this question in our book MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX: The $ickness Industry, Big Pharma and Suppressed Cures.

Healthcare corruption-free…really?

When considering this question, it’s important you have a grasp of the amounts of money involved in healthcare.

We address this in the following excerpt from Medical Industrial Complex:

Keep in mind total healthcare expenditures across the world in 2013 totaled $4.5 trillion while the global prescription drug market was worth an estimated $550 billion (annually) as long ago as 2006, according to TheMedica.com, the respected global healthcare marketplace site.

An article on TheMedica’s homepage states: “The USA’s medical industry comprises of more than 750,000 physicians and 5,200 hospitals. USA witnesses approximately 3.8 million inpatient visits and 20 million outpatients visit on a daily basis. Furthermore, (America) has the largest workforce – i.e. one in every 11 US residents employed in the health care business.”

These estimates are supported by Forbes, which puts America’s NHE (National Healthcare Expenditure) for 2012 at $3 trillion. (Interesting to see a Forbes.com report dated January 19, 2012, quotes one economist as saying, “We don’t have a debt problem in this country – we have a healthcare problem.”).

Given the huge monies up for grabs in the healthcare sector, is it really that difficult to believe corruption flourishes within it?

Also, why are so many so quick to doubt that certain cures, including cancer cures, have been suppressed because of pharmaceutical companies’ desire to continue profiting off the drugs they produce to manage long-term sicknesses?

Anytime so much money is at stake, we cannot underestimate the lengths certain companies and groups will go to in their pursuit of profit.

The alternative health site NaturalSociety.com has an intriguing post about “an ignored method of treating and preventing most diseases – so potent that it threatens the medical establishment’s tyrannical monopoly”.

Called Ozone Therapy, the treatment was, according to the article, practiced in the US from the late 19th Century through the 1940’s.

The article points out that “all bacterial pathogens, viruses, and parasites are anaerobic and thrive in the absence of oxygen. In fact, they are poisoned by oxygen. Even cancer cells perish with abundant oxygen. The most common and effective therapy for oxygenating is ozone therapy”

The writer states, “But since the 1940s, the FDA and AMA have come down hard on ozone therapy in the USA…The FDA recently warned against using hyperbaric oxygen therapy”…

According to Educate-Yourself.org, “There are a number of alternative healing therapies that work so well and cost so little…that Organized Medicine, the Food & Drug Administration, and their overlords in the Pharmaceutical Industry (The Big Three) would rather the public not know about them. The reason is obvious: Alternative, non-toxic therapies represent a potential loss of billions of dollars to allopathic (drug) medicine and drug companies”.

Referring to what he calls “forbidden cures,” the writer states, “At long last, however, the public’s consciousness seems to have finally reached a critical mass and is now beginning to seriously question the efficacy and appropriateness of using orthodox therapies and allopathic medicine in general”.

The article continues, “The Big Three have collectively engaged in a medical conspiracy for the better part of 70 years to influence legislative bodies on both the state and federal level to create regulations that promote the use of drug medicine while simultaneously creating restrictive, controlling mechanisms…designed to limit and stifle the availability of non-drug, alternative modalities. The conspiracy to limit and eliminate competition from non-drug therapies began with the Flexner Report of 1910”.

And under the heading ‘Natural Healing,’ the writer says, “The patient’s immune system and the immune system alone is responsible for healing and recovery from ill health. The use of drugs and vaccines represents an assault on the immune system.

“In some cases, the use of a particular drug might be a wise choice to speed healing and recovery for the patient, but the use of natural, orthomolecular therapies and substances (substances normally found in Nature) that can more effectively address the cause of the disease should be considered first because natural substances work in harmony with Nature. They aid and stimulate the body to truly cure itself, without the terrible millstone of drug side-effects”…

The Northstar Report at nstarzone.com, which makes the claim that “Modern medicine has been made into a god by a population of people who look to the doctors and pharmaceutical companies to save them,” lists natural cures it claims the medical establishment doesn’t want you to know about.

These natural “cures” include: Vitamin B-17, or laetrile, which reportedly has had “amazing results” with cancer patients; ginger, which is supposedly “highly effective in preventing and curing” heart disease, cancer, arthritis, and a variety of other illnesses; and garlic, which is claimed to be “good for virtually any disease or infection”.

And last, but not least, The Northstar Report recommends prayer, claiming “The most important aspect of healing is faith healing”.

Given the state of healthcare worldwide and the dubious conduct of various sectors of the Medical Industrial Complex, prayer may be our best bet at the end of the day.

You have been reading an excerpt from Medical Industrial Complex. The book is available exclusively via Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/MEDICAL-INDUSTRIAL-COMPLEX-Suppressed-Underground-ebook/dp/B00Y8Y3TUM/ 

MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX: The $ickness Industry, Big Pharma and Suppressed Cures (The Underground Knowledge Series Book 3)

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MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX: The $ickness Industry, Big Pharma and Suppressed Cures (The Underground Knowledge Series Book 3)

In the Foreword to our new release book MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX: The $ickness Industry, Big Pharma and Suppressed Cures, retired pharmacist and author Denis Toovey says in his own career as a pharmacist spanning 40 years, he has seen many examples of patients falling through the cracks in the health system.

Denis’s foreword follows in full:

This book is part of The Underground Knowledge Series by James & Lance Morcan. In it, they raise some very important questions concerning the state of modern medicine today and the major players in the highly profitable medical sector. Questions that certainly need to be brought out into the open and discussed with politicians and administrators who often hide behind closed doors.

While it would be nice to think none of the negative issues raised in this book are true, my suspicions are that, sadly, this is not the case.

In my own career as a pharmacist spanning 40 years, I have seen many examples of patients falling through the cracks in the health system as a direct result of health providers focusing on high patient turnover on a ‘fee-for-service’ basis with no guarantee of results.

On top of this, all too often health professionals have to work within systems created by politicians and administrators that allow for zero direct responsibility for patient outcomes. In fact, it is interesting to consider that, despite the millions of dollars invested in research, we have few medicines that actually cure patients in the real sense of the word.

Sadly, for many doctors, ‘cure’ means ‘a quick fix,’ often putting patients on a medicine for the rest of their lives with the possibility of adverse side effects, and no guarantee of a positive outcome. In light of this, there is no hiding the huge influence drug companies have on the practice of medicine which has stalled finding real cures.

The health system is more about the ambulance at the bottom of a cliff than a fence at the top. What we need, I believe, is a focus on real cures and prevention of disease with a strong focus on the body (healthy lifestyle), mind and spirit.

I am sure people want to take more responsibility for their health, but often do not know where to start. Equally, some health professionals do not take too kindly to patients who want to be involved in decisions about their treatment.

The Morcans highlight the tendency to label holistic as quackery – an ironic description when you consider holistic practitioners tend to focus on dealing with the causes of disease rather than just treating symptoms with medicines.

I am excited that more doctors today are practicing functional medicine, which has a lot in common with a holistic approach. Incidentally, I encourage people to spell holistic ‘wholistic’ to emphasise the whole (big) picture.

Serious questions need to be asked about a health ‘system’ in which politicians are often reluctant to invest money in long term, preventative measures. Measures that may take years to show a return on investment. Instead, they tend to focus on short term tangible things like spending more money to reduce waiting surgical waiting lists (to win votes) instead of dealing with the long term underlying causes, such as obesity, that are plaguing our world.

Regarding obesity, the public health message to reduce fat intake has actually led to many people getting their energy from high Glycaemic index carbohydrates. These often lead to insulin resistance, diabetes and, believe it or not, the production of fat in the body, giving rise to obesity, which is linked to many diseases including cancer.

-Denis Toovey B. App. Sc. (Pharmacy) and Post Grad. Dip. (Clinical Pharmacy)

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Denis Toovey is author of Better Health for You – An Insider’s Big Picture Guide.

Better Health for You: An Insider's Big Picture Guide

To check it out on Amazon go to: http://www.amazon.com/Better-Health-You-Insiders-Picture-ebook/dp/B00R5YK1HG/

Denis’ Better Health for You  website is worth checking out also:  www.betterhealthforyou.co.nz 

 

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MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX: The $ickness Industry, Big Pharma and Suppressed Cures  was published today on Amazon. It’s a no-holds barred critique of mainstream medicine and the various players who make up one of the largest and most profitable industries on the planet.
Book 3 in ‘The Underground Knowledge Series’.
Written by novelists, filmmakers and independent researchers James Morcan & Lance Morcan, with a foreword by retired pharmacist Denis Toovey (author of Better Health for You: An Insider’s Big Picture Guide), this explosive book explores the contention that Big Pharma and other participants in the healthcare sector put profits ahead of patients’ wellbeing and dollars ahead of lives.Medical Industrial Complex  leaves no doubt that something has run amuck in the medical field, and what should be the noblest profession has been severely compromised by the various conflicting interests. The authors examine this in language anyone can understand. In the process, they draw attention to the rampant commercialism, political selfishness and dogmatic academia that plagues the industry.

The reader is reminded there are many honorable people within the medical establishment who are doing incredible things for their fellow Man. However, the reader is also reminded that doctors, hospitals, medical academia, pharmaceutical companies, medical equipment suppliers, health insurers et al make their money from sick people, not healthy people, and if everyone was healthy many of the aforementioned would be out of business…so it’s hardly in their financial interests to cure illnesses and ailments.

Medical Industrial Complex  asks some hard questions. Questions like: Is your doctor one of those (doctors) who receives kickbacks from pharmaceutical companies? How dangerous are our hospitals for patients? Do the drug companies make drugs or money? Is vaccinating children the smart thing for parents to do? Did you know these medical tests may kill you? Are cures really being suppressed? What’s the solution regarding private health insurance? Who is quashing alternative medicines? When did your doctor last talk to you about your diet?Above all the reader is urged to stop giving away complete responsibility to doctors and other healthcare providers. “It’s time to start looking at these people as they actually are: advisors for you to make decisions about what’s best for your body.”

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Better Health for You: An Insider’s Big Picture Guide, by Denis Toovey, promotes a holistic (big picture) approach to health and is attracting rave reviews.
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To see what the critics are saying about Better Health for You  go to:http://www.amazon.com/Better-Health-You-Insiders-Picture-ebook/dp/B00R5YK1HG/ 

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Nurse Hilda was also aware that Francis’ DNA would be useful in some of the illicit scientific experiments the agency’s medical people were carrying out on human guinea pigs in its various underground labs. One of its many legitimate businesses, KaizerSimonsKovak, just happened to be the world’s number one pharmaceutical company, and Omega was anxious to protect its market share and the huge revenues it generated. Those same revenues helped finance Omega’s activities. The Orphan Uprising

 

In book one in in our international thriller The Orphan Trilogy, we show Nine discovering an underground orphanage and witnessing the most horrible medical and scientific experiments imaginable being conducted on young orphans; in book three in the trilogy, we show one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies kidnapping orphans and placing them in clandestine orphanages all over the world.

These are obviously fictional incidents, but they were inspired by some of the horrific medical experiments that have been reported over the years – since and including the Nazi era of heinous medical experimentation on concentration camp inmates. Naturally, being dramatists, we sensationalized things a fair bit in the trilogy…

Or did we?

You don’t need to be a genius to know that corruption is rife in the world’s most lucrative fields. It seems few in positions of power have the ability to resist the temptation of generating vast sums of money via devious if not downright dishonest means.

Whether it be profiting from manufactured arms conflicts, manipulating financial markets or creating the illusion of a scarcity of minerals and resources, history proves greed is often the rule and not the exception when it comes to the global elite’s pursuit of wealth – or, perhaps more pertinently and disturbingly, when it comes to their pursuit of greater wealth.

Many argue that the medical sector is no different. This seems a strange accusation given most in this field, including doctors, nurses and hospital staff, embark on their careers out of a compassionate and genuine desire to care for the sick.

Unfortunately, there are powers-that-be whose motives are not so noble. Collectively and unofficially called the Medical Industrial Complex, they comprise a surprisingly large number of individuals, corporations, government health services and, dare we say it, hangers-on. Those in the latter category include the likes of health systems consultants, insurers, banking executives, accountants, lawyers, construction experts and even realtors.

Big PharmaOther key players in this complex include hospitals, the medical academic establishment, hospital supply and equipment companies, and of course the drug companies – let’s not forget them.

To put the Medical Industrial Complex into perspective, consider this: modern medicine is one of the largest and most profitable industries on the planet. Someone who should know described it as America’s biggest industry. Not sure it’s as big as the war industry, but if it ain’t, it must be a close second.

At the time of writing, Americans were transfixed, bemused and frustrated by the partisan squabbling surrounding President Obama’s attempts to sort out the country’s healthcare provisions once and for all.

One who summarizes America’s health problems better than most is William A. Collins, a former state representative and former Mayor of Norwalk, Connecticut. In an article dated August 21, 2013, on OtherWords.org, Collins says in the US, the health industry’s big players focus on making as much money as possible.

Collins also says, “The providers devise the system, making profits a high priority. Patients that can’t contribute to profit margins are shunted off to government services or ignored… The network of handshakes and private agreements that links hospitals to medical device manufacturers and drug reps inflates our health cost just as much as the insurance and Big Pharma… Fortunately, the main offenders can be clearly labeled. Chief among them are the health insurers and the drug manufacturers. Big Pharma wields an army of lobbyists and administers large doses of campaign contributions to their friends in Congress”.

https://morcanbooksandfilms.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/814be-4140380_f248.jpgFor those not familiar with the term Big Pharma, it’s the nickname given to the major pharmaceutical conglomerates which collectively form this multi-trillion dollar industry. Many believe Big Pharma can be compared to the most corrupt banks, media monopolies or oil corporations.

If you haven’t worked it out already, the conspiracy theory we explore in this chapter contends that Big Pharma and other participants in the Medical Industrial Complex put profits ahead of patients’ wellbeing and dollars ahead of lives.

 

Conspiring to quash alternative medicines

If Big Pharma is the Devil in this medical conspiracy theory, then natural/alternative medicine would probably be God.

Many of those in the medical fraternity instantly label treatments in the traditional, natural or holistic health fields as quackery. This word is even used to describe Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Indian Ayerveda, two medical systems which are far older than Western medicine and globally just as popular.

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One sign that the Medical Industrial Complex may view natural/alternative medicine as a financial threat is the sweeping law changes it has forced upon the alternative health market in recent years. Today, most nations now have laws requiring any health substance with medicinal claims to be legally defined as “drugs”. This includes herbal remedies and various other non-drug medicines of natural origins. Critics say such laws prevent wider distribution of natural health products and give Big Pharma ever more control.

In the US, these laws are monitored by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), an organization which conspiracy theorists argue is at the very top of the Medical Industrial Complex. That’s right folks, the same FDA that allows genetically-modified Monsanto organisms in your food supply and the same FDA that allows your kids to consume Aspartame in soft drinks is the organization responsible for telling Americans how they can and cannot treat their illnesses.

It has been repeatedly argued by natural health proponents that major pharmaceutical companies, along with their supportive cronies in governments, conspired to pass these laws to force the public to only use modern medicines that are pharmacological, patented and profitable.

Call us crazy, but we think any product with 100% natural and non-synthetic ingredients such as herbs, veggies and roots should be in a totally separate category to synthetic, laboratory-made pharmaceutical drugs.

Many alternative health researchers also claim that little funding is granted for research into natural or traditional cures because Big Pharma cannot patent things which occur organically in nature.

One such example is the work of high-profile American chemist and Nobel Peace Prize-recipient Linus Pauling (1901-1994). He received no support from the medical establishment for radical health discoveries he claimed he discovered when experimenting with mega-doses of Vitamin C. Despite his illustrious credentials, Pauling was also labeled a quack for his claims that the natural, unpatentable Vitamin C could cure a whole host of diseases, including cancer.

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Linus Pauling…labeled a quack despite his credentials.

However, it appears Pauling may have the last laugh, albeit posthumously. Several high profile studies in the last few years suggest his theories on high dose Vitamin C being an effective anticancer agent may indeed be correct.

 

Suppressed cures

As covered in chapter 7, there seems to be more than enough evidence to support the claim that at least some scientific breakthroughs are suppressed. Unfortunately, it appears this also happens within modern medicine where cures for various illnesses mysteriously vanish or are quashed by the medical establishment.

This suppression theory supports the assertion that Big Pharma needs sick people to prosper. Patients, not healthy people, are their customers. If everybody was cured of a particular illness or disease, pharmaceutical companies would lose 100% of their profits on the products they sell for that ailment.

What all this means is because modern medicine is so heavily intertwined with the financial profits culture, it’s a sickness industry more than it is a health industry.

 

The cancer industry world wide is estimated at a 200 billion dollar a year industry. There are many in various associated positions within that industry who would be without a job if that cash flow dried up suddenly with the news that there are cheaper, less harmful, and more efficacious remedies available. Big Pharmacy would virtually vanish.” –Paul Fassa. Article excerpt in Natural News, September 24, 2009.

 

Finding (hiding) a cure for cancer

In the West at least, cancer is the biggest natural killer. Some fatality estimates have been as high as 20,000 cancer patients worldwide dying every day. When a cancer cure is finally found it will save millions of lives and will be the medical discovery of this era.

In the last few decades, hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent internationally on cancer research. In the US alone, since President Nixon launched his ‘War on Cancer’ program in 1971, tens of billions in government funding have been granted to cancer researchers.

However, there are theories out there which suggest there has already been a cure, or many cures, discovered for cancer. These popular conspiracy theories suggest the Medical Industrial Complex have a huge financial incentive to suppress cures so they can continue to provide their own costly treatments for cancer patients.

If true, that would be a callous and unforgiveable business model, unnecessarily costing countless lives.

There are many case studies that support the theory. Here’s a sample of those.

In the 1920’s, Canadian nurse Rene Caisse developed a natural concoction of herbs called Essiac. She claimed it could cure cancer and garnered many testimonials from satisfied patients said to be cancer-free after taking the product. Laboratory tests did not confirm Essiac offered any benefits whatsoever, but conspiracy theorists argue the lab tests were rigged and that Big Pharma flexed its muscle to shut Caisse down.

In the 1940’s, German-born American physician Max Gerson (1881-1959) developed anutrition-based cancer treatmentcalled Gerson Therapy. After repeatedly claiming his therapy cured cancer, Doctor Gerson had his medical license suspended and he died while still under suspension. Although now a maligned and mostly forgotten cancer treatment in America, it remains popular in Mexico where there are Gerson clinics in operation, treating local and foreign cancer patients.

 

In the 1950’s, American coal miner Harry Hoxsey promoted his family’s century-old herbal recipe, which he touted as a cancer cure. He set up clinics in 17 states around America before all were closed down by the FDA.Hoxsey made a rare documentary film in 1957 called You Don’t Have to Die, which detailed his cure and covered the patients he treated with it. There’s a more recent documentary titled Hoxsey: How Healing Becomes a Crime, which chronicles his battles with ‘organized medicine’.

In the 1980’s, Italian medical doctor, chemist and pharmacologist Luigi di Bella (1912-2003) claimed to have developed a cure for cancer known as Di Bella Therapy. The formula was a combination of vitamins, drugs and hormones.

The American Cancer Society says on its website that numerous studies showed Di Bella Therapy “may have had a negative effect compared to the outcome for similar patients receiving standard treatment”.

However, there are some alternative medical researchers who believe Di Bella therapy was a legitimate cancer cure that was permanently quashed by the medical establishment.

Despite the extremely negative press garnered in Italy and the rest of the world there are, or were, cancer patients who swore by Di Bella Therapy and gave testimonials. For example, on the website beatingcancercenter.org is the following statement: “For about three years, the patient has been following the Di Bella therapy without side effects, improving the quality of life and going back to work.”

Luigi di Bella himself consistently stated that pharmaceutical companies were conspiring against him.

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Professor Luigi di Bella…claims Big Pharma was out to get him.

The list of other supposed cancer cures said to have been suppressed is long enough to fill a whole book. These range from Cannabidiol, the little-known medical compound found in Marijuana, to a treatment that involves ingesting nothing other than regular household baking soda.

If you have cancer or know anyone who has been diagnosed with the disease, Massimo Mazzucco’s 2010 documentary film Cancer: The Forbidden Cures is a good starting place for those searching for natural cures.

Of course, always consult with your doctor first. (And in case you’re wondering, this is another disclaimer we had to include for legal reasons!).

To be fair, the natural health sector has attracted its share of quacks, too, so all claims of cures should be treated with a degree of skepticism until proven. However, automatically riding roughshod over claims of natural cures, especially where those claims are supported by glowing, bona-fide testimonials, is not the answer any more than gullibly believing them all is.

There are those who may argue that Big Pharma could also make money out of cures for cancer and that it would be a lot easier than suppressing cures. To counter that, many independent medical researchers say long-term or ongoing cancer treatments, like chemotherapy, would be far more profitable than delivering single-visit cures. It has been estimated that the average cancer patient spends tens of thousands of dollars on standard treatments with some even spending hundreds of thousands.

Again, Big Pharma’s repeat customers are sick people. From a financial perspective, cured people are of little use.

As the cancer industry alone is a multi-trillion dollar industry for Big Pharma, it seems believable that if any cure was to be suppressed for financial gain it would be a cancer cure.

 

Like all companies in the legal drug trade, KaizerSimonsKovak needed to test new drugs before releasing them onto the market. While its competitors tested their new drugs mostly on rats, mice and monkeys, KSK had the advantage of being able to test them on humans. No KSK employee, or indeed anyone outside Omega, was aware of that, however. All testing was contracted out – to another Omega-owned company. And its modus operandi was far from legal.The Orphan Uprising

 

Human guinea pigs

On May 14, 2013, German news magazine Der Spiegel ran an article about international drug companies conducting illegal tests on impoverished citizens in India. The article stated, “The practice is forbidden, but the use of subcontractors makes it difficult to detect”.

In 2008, it was revealed that over a two-and-a- half-year period of testing medicines at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), 49 babies had died during clinical studies. The Times of India reported this incident in no uncertain terms in an August 19, 2008 article headlined 49 babies die during clinical trials at AIIMS.

AIIMS headquarters in New Delhi… site of illegal testing of patients.

Such experimentation is in direct violation of the World Medical Association’s Declaration of Helsinki, which requires subjects in tests to be shielded from harm. However, in the AIIMS scandal the accused international drug manufacturers denied all responsibility for, or even any involvement in, the tests on the babies.

Besides India, it’s common for Big Pharma to carry out illegal testing of medicines and drugs on human subjects in Russia, Brazil and China. So maybe showing orphans being used to test pharmaceutical drugs on in The Orphan Uprising is not that far-fetched after all.

 

He deliberately avoided using the term human guinea pig, preferring test subject to convey what was in store for Francis. It sounded more benign.The Orphan Uprising

 

Sinking natural health products in a sea of red tape? Suppressing cancer cures? Turning humans into lab rats? Cynically targeting babies, impoverished people, psychiatric patients, prisoners and others who don’t have a voice for unethical medical testing?

Even if a fraction of the conspiracy theories explored in this chapter are true, it appears something has run amuck in the medical field – within Big Pharma and other key players in the Medical Industrial Complex in particular. For obvious reasons we can’t name names, but one thing’s for sure…You know who you are!

But we ain’t doctors, so what do we know? Oh, and did we mention we forgot to take our medication whilst writing this chapter? Hmmm, maybe that’s why we’re feeling so paranoid…

 

Read more in The Orphan Conspiracies: 29 Conspiracy Theories from The Orphan Trilogy – available now via Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/The-Orphan-Conspiracies-Conspiracy-Theories-ebook/dp/B00J4MPFT6/

A book that’s for the common people.

 

Not all is what it seems! –James & Lance

 

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