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Iowa facility accused of human experiments on people with disabilities

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DES MOINES, Iowa (WHO-DT, CNN) — The Iowa Department of Public Safety is now part of an investigation into claims that the residents of the Glenwood Resource Center, which treats intellectually and physically disabled Iowans including children, were subject to human experiments.

The Iowa Department of Human Services issued a statement regarding Glenwood Resource Center on Monday.

It said DHS Director Kelly Garcia requested support from the Department of Public Safety to “assist in reviewing additional allegations made in the course of her fact-finding efforts. The Department of Human Services will continue to be transparent and provide updates as this unfolds, being careful not to jeopardize any aspect of the investigation.”

The U.S. Department of Justice is already investigating and sent a letter to Gov. Kim Reynolds last month, saying it is specifically looking into claims that the facility performed sexual arousal and optimal hydration studies on residents.

“We are working with the DOJ doing everything that we can first of all to make sure that the residents are getting the care that they need and that they are being taken care of so that remains the top priority and then you know just looking at policies and procedures and reviewing what some of the feedback has been from the personnel,” said Gov. Reynolds. “There’s some information that is protected but try to be transparent and open and I think Director Garcia has done a good job in doing that.”

Federal investigators visited Glendwood on December 6 and Director Garcia toured the facility last week.

Here’s what she said about the allegations earlier last week.

“Obviously took the allegations incredibly seriously and immediately reached back out to DOJ to ask some clarifying questions,” said Garcia.

State Representative John Forbes says legislators and citizens across the state are disturbed by the allegations.

“People across the state of Iowa are concerned. These are our most vulnerable patients here in the state of Iowa and again we want to make sure they are well taken care of,” said State Rep. Forbes (D-IA).

The Glenwood Resource Center is located in Glenwood, Iowa, and serves people from a 52-county area within the state.

The center provides residential services to approximately 250 people diagnosed with intellectual disabilities, according to their website.

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United States of America National 5G Resolution


An Urgent Call for a Moratorium on 5th Generation Wireless  Technologies Pending Safety Testing

To:  Donald Trump, President of the United States of America 

December 11, 2019

We, the undersigned, are medical doctors, health professionals, scientists, engineers and public advocates who are deeply concerned about the potential health risks associated with 5G and the proliferation of electromagnetic radiation sources from wireless telecommunications technologies. 

The FCC has stated that 800,000 antenna sites will be required to fully deploy 5G in the United States. Global deployments are expected to reach almost 5 million by 2021. Industry projects 22 billion wirelessly connected devices worldwide as part of the Internet of Things. New wireless antennas are rapidly being attached to streetlights and utility poles directly in front of homes and schools. 5G will dramatically increase our daily exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) in addition to the 2G, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, etc. RF-EMF from wireless infrastructure already in place that will continue to emit. The 5G antenna densification plan will lead to a significant increase of involuntary exposure to wireless radiation everywhere.

Cell phone and wireless were never premarket safety tested for long-term exposure to humans when they first came on the market decades ago. Now the harmful effects of non-ionizing electromagnetic exposure to humans and the environment are proven. In 2015, more than 250 scientists from more than 40 countries expressed their “serious concerns” in an EMF Appeal regarding the ubiquitous and increasing exposure to EMF generated by electric and wireless devices even before the additional 5G Internet of Things rollout. The scientists refer to the fact that “numerous recent scientific publications have shown that EMF affects living organisms at levels well below most international and national guidelines”. Since then, hundreds of doctors have signed onto new appeals specifically calling to halt 5G.

A large number of peer-reviewed scientific reports demonstrate harm to human health from EMFs. Effects include increased cancer risk, increased cellular stress, increased harmful free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, behavioral problems, neurological disorders, headaches, and negative impacts on general well-being in humans. Damage goes well beyond the human race, as there is growing evidence of harmful effects to trees, bees, plants, animals, and bacteria.

After the EMF scientists’ appeal was initiated in 2015, additional research has associated serious adverse biological effects of RF-EMF emissions from wireless technologies. The U.S. National Institutes of Health National Toxicology Program (NTP) published its large-scale, $30 million animal study showing DNA damage and statistically significant increases in the incidence of brain cancer and heart cancer in animals exposed daily to wireless radiation. These findings support the results from human epidemiological studies finding associations between wireless radiation and brain tumor risk.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer agency of the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2011 concluded that EMFs at frequencies 30 KHz to 300 GHz are possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B). However, since that date, new studies, including the NTP study mentioned above and several epidemiological and experimental investigations, have increased the evidence indicating that wireless is carcinogenic. Now in 2019, the IARC announced plans to re-evaluate RF-EMF for carcinogenicity as soon as 2022. 

As the U.S. Department of the Interior stated, “the electromagnetic radiation standards used by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) continue to be based on thermal heating, a criterion now nearly 30 years out of date and inapplicable today.” FCC guidelines only protect against heating effects (EPA 2002) and ignore the effects of pulse-modulated signals. Scientists have repeatedly found adverse biological effects that are caused without heating (”non-thermal effect”) at radiation levels far below the limits in FCC guidelines. Replicated research finds memory damage, behavioral problems and tumor promotion from “low” legally allowed levels of wireless.

As the EPA was defunded in the mid ‘90s, there are no federally developed safety limits and there is no health and safety agency in the United States with authority to review the research and ensure protections regarding the human health and environmental effects from wireless antennas. Internationally, the organizations that issue exposure standards have failed to develop sufficient guidelines. Published reviews and studies on the new higher frequencies to be used in 5G call for caution and warn of future impacts that will not only impact humans but also wildlife and especially bees.

We are concerned about the health and well-being of those who are most vulnerable: children, pregnant women, and persons sensitive to electromagnetic fields and who have chronic health problems.

We join with the thousands of doctors, scientists and health care providers worldwide who have recently issued appeals for urgent action on 5G to protect public health. The rapidly growing list includes the International EMF Scientist Appeal, Appeal to the European Union, Belgium Doctors Appeal, Canadian Doctors, Cyprus Medical Association, Physicians of Turin, Italy, the German Doctors Appeal, International Appeal to Stop 5G on Earth and Space and the International Society of Doctors for the Environment.

We call for a moratorium on 5G and any further wireless antenna densification until potential hazards for human health and the environment have been fully investigated by scientists independent from the wireless industry.  

Doctors or health practitioners who want to sign onto  this letter please email EHT at info@ehtrust.org

List of Signatories

Note: To sign please send your name, title and location to info@ehtrust.org

Signatories to the National 5G Resolution collected at the EMF Conference, September 2019

The resolution was attended the first U.S. medical conference fully dedicated to this topic, Electromagnetic Fields Conference on Diagnosis and Treatment”  convened in Scott’s Valley, California, from September 6-8, 2019.

As the conference was concluding, several participants agreed to initiate a National 5G Resolution, recommending a moratorium on the roll-out of fifth generation wireless, 5G, until potential hazards for human health and the environment have been fully investigated by scientists independent from the industry. 

Miguel Aguilera, MD, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

Robin Anderson, PhD , Santa Rosa, California             

Wayne Anderson, ND,  Santa Rosa, California

Randy Baker, MD, Soquel, California

Stephanie Belseth, NP, Edina, Minnesota

Matthew Bernstein, MD, Chicago, Illinois

Andrea Berrin, MA, Aptos, California

Tara Boyd, ND, Seattle, Washington    

Robert Brown, MD Export, Pennsylvania

Sarah Carnes, ND Woodinville, Washington

Margaret Christensen, MD  Dallas, Texas

Rowena Chua, MD,  Glenview, Illinois

Tracey Cook, ND,  Orrville, Ohio                                                                                             

Deborah L. Dykema, DO,  Phoenix, Arizona

Eric Gordon, MD,   San Rafael, California                                                                                                                            

Cheryl Grey, MD, Boulder, Colorado

Devra Davis PhD, MPH, Jackson Hole Wyoming

Trudy Heil, NP, Portland, Oregon

Anne Hill, ND, Portland, Oregon

Lynn Hinkle, PA, ND,   Mill Valley, California

Tori Jelter, MD, Walnut Creek, California

Elizabeth Kelley, MA, Tucson, Arizona

Jennifer Kessman MD, IFMEP, ABFM,FAAFP, Dallas, Texas                                       

Kim Lear, MA,  Lyons, Colorado,

Kaiser Permanente, Northern California, 

Ronald Lynch, MD, Orlando, Florida                    

Karl Maret, MD, MA, Corralitos, California

Dorota Matusewicz, MD,  Clearwater, Florida

Kelly McCann, MD, Costa Mesa, California                                                                                                                            

Lisa Nagy, MD, Martha’s Vineyard, MA

Bonnie Nedrow, ND,  President, National Association of Environmental Medicine

Kalpana D. Patel, MD, Buffalo, New York

  Victoria Nee, MD, Chicago, Illinois                     

Daniel Rieders, MD, Palo Alto, California 

Stephanie Riley, ND, Truckee, California  

Sandra Ross, PhD., Mill Valley, California

Marly Sachsman, ND, Ellsworth, Maine      

Natalie Sadler, MD, Black Mountain, North Carolina                                                   

Glayol Sahba, MD,  Sacrament, California                                                                                                                            

Christine Salter, MD, St. Louis, Missouri

Lindsay Samuelson, ND, Toledo, Ohio                     

Lisa Saslove, MS, RD, Sebastopol, California 

Elizabeth H. Sims-Day, ND, Lake Forest Park, Washington 

Therese Stokan, DO, Port Angeles, Washington                                                                                                                

Irina Strelyuk, ND, San Rafael, California                       

Wallace Taylor, MD, Austin, Texas                                                                                                                                 

Veronica Tilden, DO, Nevada City, California   

Diana Vandegriff, NMD, Tempe, Arizona                                                                                                                                                    

Elizabeth Vaughn, MD, High Point, North

Carolina Kathy Veon, DOM, AP, CCN, Orlando, Florida                    

Kevin Wand, DO,  Bloomington,Minnesota                                                                                                                          

Melody Wong, ND, Burlingame, California

Mina Yoon, ND, LAC, San Francisco, California

Sarah Aminoff, Union City, California         

Laura Bobzien, Dallas, Texas           

August Brice, Founder, Tech Wellness California

Susan Busen, Palos Heights, Illinois

Nancy Costa, Heartfelt Spaces, San Rafael, California    

Teresa Demarie, MBA, Long Beach, California      

Jennifer Crumpton,  Austin, Texas         

Shilpa Dashpute, MA,  Glendora, California  

Cecelia Doucette, MTPW, Ashland, Massachusetts      

Michael Garabedian, Attorney, Lincoln, California             

David Getoff, CNN, CTN, FAAIM   Vice President, Price Pottenger Nutrition Foundation                

William Holland,  Topanga, California                

Mieke Jacobs,  Lake Zurich, Illinois       

Monika Karajewski, Santa Barbara, California

Miriam Lindbeck,    Santa Barbara, California 

Rola Masri,  Los Angeles, California

Cheryl Matthews, Los Altos Hills, California      

Lloyd Morgan, EE,  Berkeley, California       

Kevin Mottus. LCSW,  Los Angeles, California   

Reilley Mullin, FNP, Trinidad, California                

Ajna Orion,  Felton, California                                                                                                                             

Cynthia Quattro, PA, LAc, Soquel, California      

Theresa Ricker,  San Antonio, Texas     

Theodora Scarato MSW, Environmental Health Trust

Stephen Scott,  Novato, California    

Taryn Slauson,   Santa Fe, New Mexico                                          

Leslie Stalder, LC,  Arcata, California               

Amber Stokes, Med,  Santa Monica, California  

Sam Wieder, MBA,  Greenville, Pennsylvania

Eric Windheim, BBEC, EMRS, Sacramento, California

Nasha Winters, ND, LAc, FABND,  Durango, Colorado                 

Glenn Kikel, ACN, Lyons, Colorado        

Mary Anne Tierney, RN, MPH,   Ashville, North Carolina

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This is the story of Terry Parker Jr., how he was lobotomized, forcefully implanted with brain electrodes and the activism that followed.

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Max Coulombe

Greetings citizens of the world. We are Anonymous.

This is the story of Terry Parker Jr., how he was lobotomized, forcefully implanted with brain electrodes and the activism that followed.

At the age of 14, Terry was lobotomized and forcefully implanted at Sick Kids hospital in Toronto. According to the hospital, he underwent a right temporal lobotomy for treatment of his seizure disorder and behavioral disturbance. This procedure was done without his consent, while his mother was told that scar tissue was being removed.

Although it is not in the hospital’s report, Terry had 43 metallic objects implanted in his brain. These objects are still in his brain, they can be seen on an XRay of his skull. Why were these objects implanted in his brain? CIA mind control programs have existed since the fifties, and were active in 1969 when Sick Kids’ surgeon Harold Hoffman performed this illegal psychosurgery.

So what is psychosurgery? The Ontario Mental Health Statue states that. Psychosurgery means any procedure that, by direct or indirect access to the brain, removes, destroys or interrupts the continuity of historically normal brain tissue, or which inserts indwelling electrodes for pulsed electrical stimulation for the purpose of altering behavior or treating psychiatric illness. So why were these electrodes implanted in his brain?

According to Wikipedia, electrical stimulation of the brain can be used to cause sensory, motor, autonomic, emotional and cognitive effects. Sensory effects involve you feeling something that isn’t happening, such as swaying, movement, suffocation or burning. Motor effects involve forced movements, such as blinking, laughing or crying. Autonomic effects involve changes to your body, such as an increase in blood pressure, breathing or sweating. Emotional effects involve forced changes in your mood, such as anxiety, fear, happiness or sadness. Cognitive effects involve the reduction of normal brain function, such as the ability to recall things or do math.

In 1992, Terry began protesting against the illegal psychosurgery performed on him, at Sick Kids hospital in 1969. Every day, he would create a large sign and march down to the hospital, handing out copies of his XRay, and demanding a royal commission into the continued cover up at the hospital. After 200 days of this, City News wrote a piece on his experience. In that piece, Terry said they used him as a guinea pig in an experiment that didn’t work. He claimed that Sick Kids is a good hospital, but it has a dark history that people should know about. Terry had two operations at that hospital, the first time he was sedated. The second time, they shaved his head, gave him a local anesthetic, and put his head in a clamp. When they were cutting his skull open, he was screaming out, what the fuck are you doing man, what the fuck are you doing. He was panicked.

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They did not tell him what to expect. He was told to be a good boy and cooperate. There was no informed consent for what they did. While he was protesting, one of the security guards at the hospital told him, hell would freeze over before an inquiry would be called. Terry claimed that, when hell freezes over he will still be here. After 350 days of protesting in front of the hospital, Sick kids hospital brought an injunction against Terry. At that point his sign said, Warning, Doctor Harold Hoffman is a psycho surgeon. They wanted to keep Terry off their property. Terry fought against the request, claiming that Hoffman performed brain surgery on him in 1969 and again in 1972, and that Hoffman had used the word psychosurgery to describe the procedures. Another neurosurgeon also claimed that the images of the procedure done, did not match what Hoffman had recorded. According to his lawyer, the circumstances around Terry’s case were at the very least suspicious. The lawyer claimed that, not allowing Terry to demonstrate in front of the hospital was a violation of his freedom of speech. Neither the hospital nor Hoffman had made any attempt to refute the claims. The hospital claimed, that by bringing forth the injunction they were refuting the claim.

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The judge sided with the hospital, claiming that there was not one iota of evidence. He went on to say, you cannot come here claiming that the world is square, when the world is not square. Doing so goes beyond the right of free speech.

Terry was banned from displaying any sign or distributing any material stating doctor Hoffman was a psycho surgeon. Terry is still alive and well, he is a member of a group, who have all had devices implanted in their brains unwillingly. He has his XRay, and has showed it to reporters, lawyers, and politicians. On Facebook, he tells his story to whoever will listen. For most of us, it has been a long time since we started seeking freedom.

For Terry, it has been fifty years.

We are Anonymous .

We are Legion.

We do not Forgive.

We do not Forget.

Expect us.

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Prospective Neglect: The Case of Noah McAdams

A case of medical kidnapping…reblogged from https://herbal-training.com/2019/07/07/noah-mcadams/?fbclid=IwAR01amxLaj3l3dyTYEY0WodgFtag3MYhouSDyn0f2ushIxgUvve6tadMMZ4

#MedicalFreedomForNoah #BringNoahHome

Two hashtags that haunt my dreams, that I see everywhere, that I hope someday very soon, I never have to see, again.

I am the mother of Noah McAdams, and the stories you have seen on the news, only give you the tiny snippet of our lives that they want to share with you, to get ratings, so here I am, in full raw openness, to tell you from the beginning to where we stand (I will keep updated as best I can).

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NOVA SCOTIA CANADA: Once again it seems that you can’t grow Cannabis and treat licensed patients, even if Cannabis is “legal”…

NOVA SCOTIA CANADA:  Once again it seems that you can’t grow Cannabis and treat licensed  patients, even if Cannabis is “legal”.

At approximately 10:30am on September 5th, Rev. Daren McCormick and Rev. Kevin James were visited by the RCMP at which time they proceeded to search their property located in Loch Broom Nova Scotia Canada, where they were growing Cannabis for            Patients.  Rev. Kevin James explained to RCMP that they were licensed plants and who they belonged to.  The RCMP produced no warrant yet they proceeded to search both outside and inside their home.

They were  both incarcerated by the RCMP for growing, and trafficking Cannabis.  They both remained incarcerated for 24 hours before being released.  Rev. Kevin James was denied medication for seizures during the stay.

Over 1000 plants were taken by the RCMP as well as a small indoor  grow. Personal items of the two men were taken in the search such as legal documents, witness lists and an antique Bow that hung above the fireplace belonging to Daren’s Grandfather, a family     heirloom dating back to 1915 that yielded no threat to anyone.

The garden of Cannabis is estimated to be worth well over a million dollars plus and it has been destroyed.  You can’t give back a plant that was pulled from the ground in its natural growing state!

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WE OPERATE UNDER CANNATHEISM and our congregational collective is via the Church of the Universe: the Universe is our Church

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Above:  The Global Incident Map publishes the bust.

Pictou RCMP dismantle grow-op, seize marijuana in Loch Broom

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Above:  Rev. Kevin James Service Dog “Molly” was not charged in the raid!

He has also posted these status updates on Facebook concerning the events:

FROM ONE HONORABLE MAN TO ANOTHER

FOR POSTING US ON THIS MAP 🙂 DOES THIS MEAN WE MADE IT TO THE BIG BOY LIST LOL

FACEBOOK LAND OF CANNABIS ACTIVISTS AND OIL MAKERS AND HEALERS…

“Officers of the court have no immunity, when violating a constitutional right, for they are deemed to know the law”

I just read the search warrant they used to destroy the plants.

Daren Mccormick has 4 new cannabis charges, and i have 5 new charges… in last 10 days… heads up…

AFTER HAVING BEEN CONTACTED BY SEVERAL PATIENTS WE TENDED GARDENS FOR FROM ACROSS CANADA..

Q. If a patient revokes the DG status of a grower and they get caught growing anyway… say 850 plants x 4 crops a year and do it for 4 years or so…. and the patient receives zero from their garden… thats diversion…

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A study conducted by JAMA discovered that flu shots may be killing a significant number of senior citizens

Flu Shots Are Killing Senior Citizens in Record Numbers, Study Warns Scientists found vaccine-related deaths in elderly citizens are rising at an alarming rate By: Jay Greenberg |@NeonNettle on 29th July 2018 @ 8.00pm
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senior citizens are being killed by flu vaccines at an alarming rate

Researchers have found that senior citizens are being killed by flu vaccines in record numbers, and the death rate is rising at an alarming rate. A study conducted by JAMA discovered that flu shots may be killing a significant number of senior citizens. According to data collected by the study, 60 percent of people over 65-years-old are at risk. A former investigative journalist for CBS, Sharyl Attkisson, states that the study highlights the worrying rise in mortality rates among elderly citizens who are vaccinated for protection against influenza. According to Attkisson, not only do the findings prove that the flu shots do nothing to improve death rates, but they may actually be contributing to the increase in ill health and fatality. senior citizens are dying at an alarming rate due to flu shots © press Senior citizens are dying at an alarming rate due to flu shots Inquisitr reports: The study “got little attention,” she says, “because the science came down on the wrong side.” Whereas the researchers had set out to prove that the push for massive flu vaccination would save the world, the researchers were “astonished” to find that the data did not support their presupposition at all. The data actually shows that deaths increased, not decreased, among seniors following vaccination. Johns Hopkins scientist, Peter Doshi, Ph.D., issued a report in the prestigious British Medical Journal, according to NewsLI, asserting that the CDC policy of routinely recommending the flu vaccine is being based on “low-quality studies that do not substantiate claims.” He says there is no evidence that the vaccine reduces deaths among senior citizens. Interestingly, Doshi cites an Australian study which found significant risks for children as well, stating that “one in every 110 children under the age of five had convulsions following vaccinations in 2009 for H1N1 influenza.” During the drug trials for the Fluzone flu vaccine, 23 seniors out of 3,833 died after receiving the shot, according to the drug’s package insert, reported by Health Impact News. Another 226 experienced “serious adverse effects.” The manufacturer denies any connection between the deaths and the flu vaccine. Seniors Told Get Flu Vaccine There appears to be growing public skepticism that the flu vaccine is as beneficial as the experts say, according to an earlier Inquisitr report. The level of doubt is strongly correlated to the incidence of accounts of research fraud in the vaccine industry, an industry which makes billions of dollars of profit every year. deaths among the elderly are rising due to a recent study © Press Deaths among the elderly are rising due to a recent study Often when an article about the dangers of a vaccine comes out, there are people who write in to tell about a family member who was harmed by the vaccine and the flu vaccine for senior citizens in no exception. A number of people have written to report that their grandmother, or uncle, or brother died shortly after getting a flu shot, sometimes after receiving their first ever such shot. Their stories are frequently minimized, yet the government pays out more compensation from the flu vaccine than any other vaccine. Despite this, it is increasingly expected that every senior citizen line up for their annual flu shot. A nursing home near Atlanta, Georgia, now reports a devastating outcome to such a policy, according to Health Impact News. All of the residents of the Hope Assisted Living & Memory Care were given a flu vaccine on Friday, November 7. Every one of the senior citizens developed an immediate fever. Within the week following, five of them died. The source reports that the facility’s typical pattern is one or two losses every six months, frequently due to Alzheimer’s. “The facility is not saying they are related to the flu shot but we all know they are, and they know they are.” Questions must be asked, then, such as: do the benefits of getting a flu vaccine outweigh the risks, especially among vulnerable senior citizens? Or would they be better off choosing to reject the shot? Who benefits if evidence showing the harm of the vaccine is buried? And what would be the motive for fabricating evidence of harm if none exists? If the facts are as solid as some insist, then why do they seem to be threatened by the data being challenged? Shouldn’t truth be able to stand up under scrutiny?

Read more at: http://www.neonnettle.com/news/4644-flu-shots-are-killing-senior-citizens-in-record-numbers-study-warns
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Over 7,000 Bodies May Be Buried Beneath Mississippi University

 

 

 

George Dvorsky

Yesterday 1:47pm

In what sounds like a clichéd horror movie premise, a recent investigation suggests as many as 7,000 bodies are buried across 20 acres at the Mississippi Medical Center Campus—the former site of the state’s first mental institution. Officials at the university now face the grim task of pulling 100-year-old bodies out of the ground for scientific analysis.

From 1855 to 1935, some 35,000 patients were admitted to the Insane Asylum, as it was called. Many of those who died during their stay were buried at the facility’s cemetery. The Insane Asylum was relocated over 80 years ago, and the grounds that hold the deceased now belong to the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Back in 2013, construction workers uncovered 66 coffins on the campus—but this proved to be the tip of the iceberg. When construction began on a parking garage in 2014, ground-penetrating radar revealed the presence of 1,000 coffins. Subsequent surveys revealed a total of 2,000 coffins. Current estimates now place the total number of coffins buried beneath the campus at approximately 7,000.

“We have inherited these patients. We want to show them care and respectful management.”

Officials at the university estimate that it’ll cost about $3,000 to exhume and rebury each body, at a total cost of $21 million. The university is now considering an alternative plan in which it’ll do the work in-house, at a cost of $400,000 per year over the course of eight years. The remains of the 66 patients uncovered in 2013 will be reburied following scientific analysis, but the university says it’ll leave the thousands of other bodies where they lie, and find new locations for its development projects. A memorial would be created to commemorate the remains, along with a visitor’s center and a lab where the bodies, clothing, and coffins will be analyzed. Should the science lab be built, it’ll be the first facility of its kind in the United States.

“It would be a unique resource for Mississippi,” said UM anthropologist Molly Zuckerman in The Clarion Ledger. “It would make Mississippi a national center on historical records relating to health in the pre-modern period, particularly those being institutionalized.”

To get things started, the university has created the Asylum Hill Research Consortium, a group of experts consisting of anthropologists, archaeologists, and historians. It’s hoped that grants will make it possible for outside researchers to join the study.

“We have inherited these patients,” said Ralph Didlake, who oversees UMMC’s Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, in The Clarion Ledger. “We want to show them care and respectful management.”

A possible research angle would be to extract and study the DNA of all patients exhumed at the Asylum’s cemetery. This would make it possible to identify living family members who may come forward. The university is planning to compile a list of patients and post it online.

Some scientific work has already begun. Researchers at Mississippi State University’s Cobb Institute have been examining the remains of the 66 patients uncovered in 2013. Using genetic sequencing, the scientists have reconstructed oral bacteria from the remains, which can tell a story about each patient’s overall health. Another study is looking into the skeletons’ tooth enamel, which points to nutritional deprivation and other health markers. A third study is investigating the presence of pellagra, a disease caused by Vitamin B deficiency which was very common in the South during the early 20th century.

Prior to the founding of Mississippi’s Insane Asylum, people suffering from mental illnesses were simply thrown into jail cells, or banished to attics. The new facility offered a better place for patients, but conditions remained harsh. Between 1855 and 1877, around one in five patients died during their stay. The institute was expanded after the Civil War, and at its height around 6,000 patients were housed at the facility. In 1935, the Insane Asylum was moved to its current location of the State Hospital at Whitfield.

The discovery of these 7,000-or-so coffins must have come as quite a shock to the university and its students. It’s all very creepy, to be sure, but given the new opportunities for scientific investigation, it might actually be a blessing in disguise.

[The Clarion Ledger]

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