Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

Birth defects by Softenon, DES and now a pesticide?

Birth defects were caused by medication specifically administered to pregnant women, in the 1950s, by Softenon (outside of the US) and for decades by DES (see below, my bio). The pharmaceutical industries were not eager to acknowledge (or pay for) damages. But physicians now know: when expecting, better take nothing. When in doubt, cut it out.

The dozens of birth defects in France since 2000 are unlikely to come from medication. Or from food or genetics. Mothers of affected babies have been questioned and screened to try to find common factors in background, activity or lifestyle during their pregnancies. Nothing has been found yet. Chances of getting such deformations are still extremely rare but every one is too much if they preventably come from toxins.

Because these cases are all in rural areas, fertilizers and pesticides are high on the list of suspects. The latter are more suspect as they are premeditated killers, poisons developed to supposedly kill pests. But if the cause of the outbreak would be related to farming, deformities in farm animals should have been reported too. Well, they have been.

Pesticides almost killed off the bee. Not that the producer of this toxin has been quick to discontinue its use. They needed to be forced by law.

But let’s ask why we have so much pesticide around, nowadays.

One reason is monoculture (monocropping). More biodiversity would make crops less vulnerable to insects.

But mass-production has been the only way farmers are able to survive financially. So, financial repression lies at the foot of this oppression too.

Oppression of any group boomerangs and in the end, will hurt us all.

NB1: Deformed people are still fully human. Yes, something went wrong with them but they are in no way worse or lesser than anyone else. (And handicaps are often more defined by unwillingness from bystanders to help than by physical limitations.)

NB2: Medical Science is almost completely obsessed with anatomy and physiology and blind to feelings and life itself. Here too, all attention goes to deformities. But if a prenatal poison deforms a small percentage of babies, one can be sure that it silently kills a greater percentage of fetuses and emotionally affects an even larger percentage of exposed fetuses. The visible deformities are merely the tip of the iceberg. The DES survivors that I worked with, without exception, were all fighters for their survival (which is good) who easily forgot to relax (which is bad). This has never been studied by scientists.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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