Who Is Next? The Murder Of A Young American And The Harvesting Of His Body Parts In Mexico

15 06 2017

 By Timothy D. Naegele[1]

The illegal trafficking in human body parts is widespread globally; and Americans and others are being killed for them. No American should feel safe traveling to Mexico, the world’s second deadliest country last year[2].  And no Americans should do business with Mexico until this brutal murder is solved and the killers are brought to justice—and face life in prison, or the gallows.

He was the wonderful son of old friends of mine, and he grew up in Southern California.  He was loved deeply by his parents and so many others.[3] He had been surfing near Rosarito Beach and went to a hotel for the night. Two men were shown on the hotel video with an ice chest; and he was killed and his vital organs were removed for harvesting.

What happened to him could happen to any other American, and will. The Mexican authorities have closed the case, and his murderers have not been brought to justice. Mexico should be boycotted by all Americans and U.S. businesses until the killers and their accomplices are found and dealt with severely.

Anyone who understands the harvesting of human organs realizes that it constitutes a sophisticated enterprise in which time is of the essence. Not a minute can be wasted.  Once he was murdered and his organs were removed, and presumably placed in the ice chest, they had to be transported quickly or they were of no value to anyone.

Also, they had to be surgically removed by one or more persons who were skilled in doing so. Any mistakes would render the human parts worthless on the international organ market for the purpose of transplantation.  It has been noted:

Criminal networks increasingly engage in kidnappings, especially of children and teenagers, who are then taken to locations with medical equipment. There they are murdered and their organs harvested for the illegal organ trade.[4][5]

This heinous crime demands the attention of the Trump Administration and Mexico’s leadership, and action. Like the lovely Kate Steinle’s brutal murder in San Francisco[6], this young American must be remembered and his death must be avenged. Until then, Mexico must be shut down and closed from an American perspective.

Nothing less will suffice.

Murder and the harvesting of human body parts

© 2017, Timothy D. Naegele

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[1] Timothy D. Naegele was counsel to the United States Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and chief of staff to Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass). He and his firm, Timothy D. Naegele & Associates, specialize in Banking and Financial Institutions Law, Internet Law, Litigation and other matters (see www.naegele.com and http://www.naegele.com/documents/TimothyD.NaegeleResume.pdf). He has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as two law degrees from the School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley, and from Georgetown University. He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army, assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, where he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal (see, e.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commendation_Medal#Joint_Service). Mr. Naegele is an Independent politically; and he is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. He has written extensively over the years (see, e.g., http://www.naegele.com/whats_new.html#articles), and can be contacted directly at tdnaegele.associates@gmail.com

[2]  See http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/09/americas/mexico-second-deadliest-conflict-2016/ (“Mexico was second deadliest country in 2016”); see also http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/mexico-now-more-deadly-iraq-afghanistan-1620921 (“Cartel drug war made Mexico more deadly than Iraq or Afghanistan in 2016”) and http://www.chron.com/news/local/article/Killings-continue-in-Mexico-s-Baja-California-Sur-11212064.php (“Cabo San Lucas beheadings: Cartel killings traumatize resort town as heads found in cooler”)

[3]  His name is being withheld to protect his parents and their privacy.

[4]  See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organ_trade#Illegal_organ_trade (“Illegal organ trade”) and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_for_body_parts (“Murder for body parts”)

[5]  See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organ_trade#Prosecuted_cases:

In 2014, an alleged member of the Mexican Knights Templar Cartel was arrested for kidnapping and murdering minors. Children were found wrapped in blankets and stuffed in a refrigerated container inside a van. Various accounts have stated the arrested man is part of a network that kidnaps and kills minors, after which their organs are removed. The Cartel’s other sources of income include drug trafficking, extortion, illegal mining, and, illegal logging.

See also http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2014/03/mexico-cartel-member-held-organ-theft-case-201431821815141191.html (“Mexico cartel member held in organ theft case”) and https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/03/17/cartel-mexico-organ-trafficking/6548691/ (“Police nab cartel member in organ trafficking case”)

[6]  See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting_of_Kathryn_Steinle (“Shooting of Kathryn Steinle”) and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanctuary_city (“Sanctuary city”)


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15 06 2017
smilinjacksez

Wow!

15 06 2017
Timothy D. Naegele

It is so so sad, Smilin Jack.

I remember him as a sweet, handsome, hard-working kid, who lit up his proud and loving mother’s life, as an “only child” can do.

Tragically, much of Mexico is a lawless cesspool, where the cartels reign and make money in countless ways.

I thought human trafficking and slavery were the depths of depravity, but murder and the harvesting of human organs are inhuman.

And they are global phenomena.

See also
https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2009/12/28/human-trafficking/ (“Human Trafficking”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2012/12/20/abortions-and-autos-kill-more-in-america-than-guns/#comment-10138 (the tragic deaths of 61 million American babies via abortion since our despicable Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling in 1973) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2012/02/07/poverty-in-america/#comment-8084 (“Life At The Bottom”)

Wars and wholesale human suffering (e.g., Syria) grab headlines, as they should, while America’s far-Left and its lackeys (e.g., James Comey, Robert Mueller) try to destroy the democratically-elected Trump presidency.

See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/americas-newest-civil-war-2017-and-beyond/#comment-10245 (“LEFTIST HATRED PRODUCES MURDER”)

Helter skelter is afoot globally.

See https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/01/global-chaos-and-helter-skelter/ (“Global Chaos And Helter Skelter”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/01/19/emp-attack-only-30-million-americans-survive/#comment-10008 (“North Korea Prepares EMP Catastrophe For America”); but see https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/05/12/what-and-where-is-god/ (“What And Where Is God?”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/05/12/what-and-where-is-god/#comment-426 (“For A Lovely Woman Named Cynthia Whose Faith In God Will Help Her”)

17 06 2017
H. Craig Bradley

ORGAN DONORS

Timothy, your story is very disturbing. I have been to the Rosarita Beach Hotel a number of times when I was a teenager. At one time, the hotel was deserted and in disrepair. My parents started going there when it again became a operating hotel business, although I remember it had a green colored pool. The water was unfiltered and unclorinated, but we survived. It was cheap.

I wonder if the “body snatchers” were casing the hotel for single guys with no buddies who may have been easy prey. We will never know because I don’t think the Policia are solving very many cold homicide cases in Mexico or Ensenada. There are simply too many unsolved murders and too few honest detectives in Mexico. No doubt the victim’s Calif. drivers license was designated: “Organ Donor”. Its not supposed to happen until you die naturally or in an auto accident.

We should detail some FBI Agents to go down there and look into it. Make it a requirement for any kind of foreign aid or even trade deals or cooperation. Trump needs to step-up if he wants to make America Great Again. Fact is, we are not safe in Mexico anymore. I would not go there today. We do need a Wall to keep illegals and drug traffickers out and Americans safe at home (in).

17 06 2017
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you, Craig, for your comments—with which I agree completely.

I do not know the name of the hotel, and have never been to Rosarito Beach. However, a friend in San Diego, who knows the Mexican beach communities well, says they are not safe today.

Another friend who has had a house for decades farther down the Baja, on the Sea of Cortez, told me two days ago:

Word on the street [is that] three different cartels are vying for control. A . . . neighbor says when the majority of the tourist[s] leave or don’t show up this summer (hot) that’s when the fire works start. She seems to be in the know.

17 06 2017
H. Craig Bradley

“GREY MAN” IS A SAFE MAN ALMOST EVERYWHERE

Is your Friend’s house on the Sea of Cortez located on the Gulf of California side in or near the town of La Paz? Give me a location or town to zero-in on. Some specifics besides (“Everywhere” is dangerous in Mexico). I know a good friend I grew-up with in the seventies who went to Los Cabos earlier this year and nothing happened to them. Ditto with a neighbor down the street who rented a house near Cancun on the Yucatan Peninsula for a whole month last year.

Cancun was built by the Drug Cartels with Drug Money, as was Miami, Florida ( Pablo Escobar). Sure, there was violence in all these cities connected with the Drug Cartels. I suspect the orders are to leave paying tourists in Cancun alone for the most part.

Stay in a crowd and blend-in and watch yourself after dark would be a good precaution just about anywhere these days, at home or abroad. Be the “Grey Man”. The world is not getting any safer as America declines. Trump is not changing any dominant trends that I can detect, as yet. Same endpoint regardless. Glide-path.

17 06 2017
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you again, Craig.

As indicated in my article above (see fn. 3), the young man’s name is being withheld to protect his parents and their privacy. The same thing applies to my friend with the house in Baja.

All of us have been friends for many decades; and we watched the young man grow up and become the “apple of his parents’ eye.” Indeed, I thought about him on Sunday morning, May 7th, and wondered what he was doing these days, so Googled him and learned that he was dead. Thereafter, I was able to fill in many of the details.

Needless to say, I was shocked and stunned, and still am. Aside from all of the adjectives that I have applied to him above, he was a true star in every way. Thus, I have a very personal interest in seeing that justice is realized; and that what happened to him never happens to any other American.

I have a wonderful photo of him that was included with an earlier draft of the article above, but publishing it would invade the parents’ privacy.

Lastly, I have a genuine love for the Mexican people. Having grown up in Southern California where the wonderful Mexican culture is part of our culture—and knowing terrific Mexican-Americans to this day—I cannot praise them more highly; and vast numbers of them are suffering at the hands of the vicious and lawless cartels.

Most Mexican-Americans are very hard workers; they assimilate into the American society quickly, and often the second generation only speaks English; Mexican food has been my favorite for decades, although it is fattening; and each of my grandkids has one grandparent who is of Mexican-American heritage.

See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/07/30/illegal-immigration-the-solution-is-simple/ (see also the comments beneath the article)

17 06 2017
H. Craig Bradley

MY LINE IN THE SAND

I agree, most Mexicans make good American citizens, provided they follow and obey all our Immigration Laws, as written. ( My grandfather was born in Mexico City and had Dual Citizenship in Mexico and the U.S.). Its pretty rare today as we have a one passport law to go along with a one drivers license law. Govt. wants exclusivity and control.

We can choose to change the law any time we want, provided Congress gets the necessary votes and the President signs. Executive Orders alone are not the way Democracy is supposed to work. Similarly, declaring a state a “Sanctuary State” by edict is anarchy. Sorry, I do have to draw the line here as I am no proponent of “open borders” as is the case with many of our political elites of both parties, especially here in the State of Calif.

Just remember Timothy, I did NOT request any person’s name to my knowledge. However, I did ask which town your friend has a house in ( “on the Sea of Cortez”). Unless its a “Two-Horse ( Dos Caballo Ciudad) Town”, I don’t think you are disclosing personal information if you did give a town or the nearest town anyway. Anonymous sources are commonly regarded as unverified and therefore, not an established fact. Maybe hearsay or rumor. Not equivalent.

You many have heard or been told by a third party about various occurrences inside Mexico, but not necessarily by a local Mexican National, who definitely would know their own country and speak freely about the local news. My experience is Mexicans are very verbal and are often involved in hearsay (gossip). Informal communication is what the common people often do everywhere, at home and in developing countries alike. Just not me.

As you know, Hearsay is not admissible in a court of law as evidence. Neither are personal opinions. If someone says (writes) it happened, ex parte, then that’s someone’s opinion. If someone said they heard it happened ( not a witness) then its hearsay. Just to be clear. Without a specific town name its not necessarily a fact as presented.

So, who knows what the truth is? Have to be able to collaborate “facts”. ( reference a newspaper article or the such). Otherwise, its potentially just more “Fake News”. The Mainstream Media has lost their credibility long ago with the public by doing slipshod journalism one too many times. Sorry. Grade: Incomplete as written.

17 06 2017
Timothy D. Naegele

Understood.

It is a small town where everyone knows everyone else, certainly if they have lived there for years or decades.

Thus, I err on the side of privacy.

5 08 2017
Timothy D. Naegele

BOYCOTT MEXICO!

See https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/15/who-is-next-the-murder-of-a-young-american-and-the-harvesting-of-his-body-parts-in-mexico/ (“Who Is Next? The Murder Of A Young American And The Harvesting Of His Body Parts In Mexico“); see also https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4188347/los-cabos-mexican-beach-gunmen-kill-three-men/ (“Terrifying moment gunmen use MACHINE GUNS to kill three men in the middle of a Mexican beach popular with Brit families“)

5 08 2017
H. Craig Bradley

SAFETY IN NUMBERS

Actually, I hear its pretty good and safe in Mexico City, at least the better neighborhoods. Nobody bothers Billionaire Carlos Slim who lives there. He does not even need his bodyguards, unless he comes to the U.S.A. When he shows up at the local Catholic Maronite Church, he has two armed bodyguards in L.A. not Mexico City.

If tourists go as part of a group tour to Mexico and stick together, the odds of being robbed of your organs is pretty slim, I suspect. Much hyped. Stay away from Tijuana and Ensenada and other border towns as well as interior areas where Narcos grow poppies. Those are real dangerous, lawless locations.

In contrast, most tourist areas are actually pretty safe most of the time. Just stick to the tourist parts of town. Venture out and look out. The poor surfer (boy) just was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Sometimes, Shit Happens. That is truly unfortunate for him and his family, but not necessarily others who go to Rosarita Beach. In fact, I liked it when I was a kid. Just tired of all the beaners in Calif and Liberal open-border (globalist) assholes.

5 08 2017
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you, Craig.

I have talked with lots of people who go/live there, and things have changed radically from when you were a kid. It is not safe for American tourists, or for young Mexicans.

I have discussed this in my article above.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organ_trade#Prosecuted_cases:

In 2014, an alleged member of the Mexican Knights Templar Cartel was arrested for kidnapping and murdering minors. Children were found wrapped in blankets and stuffed in a refrigerated container inside a van. Various accounts have stated the arrested man is part of a network that kidnaps and kills minors, after which their organs are removed. The Cartel’s other sources of income include drug trafficking, extortion, illegal mining, and, illegal logging.

See also http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2014/03/mexico-cartel-member-held-organ-theft-case-201431821815141191.html (“Mexico cartel member held in organ theft case”) and https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/03/17/cartel-mexico-organ-trafficking/6548691/ (“Police nab cartel member in organ trafficking case”)

The cartels are operating at full tilt, and the Baja is not safe, period.

5 08 2017
H. Craig Bradley

MEXICAN KARMA AND CHARLES BRONSON

Remember the movie “Death Wish” where vigilante Charles Bronson ( an architect from Arizona) was detailed to New York City when it was a crime infested ghetto under Mayor Lindsey in the 1970’s. Sanitation workers on strike and piles of garbage in alleys and overflowing dumpsters.

Remember the news accounts well. They even defaulted on their Muni-debt but in the end, a reluctant President Gerald Ford had to bail-out NYC with Federal $$. So, we have been on the Road to Perdition for some time already.

Anyway, there may indeed be a role for a contemporary adventurous Charles Bronson type of character in today’s Wild West Mexico. Go down as a innocuous (Gray Man) Tourist. Get a girl friend to accompany you, as having a partner with you draws much less suspicion by border guards on both sides of the border. Then let her go and bring out the guns you had hidden in the car.

Bait in some bad guys and go to town ON THEM. Severe their heads and put them on a spike in full public view. This is how Cartels communicate and I strongly suspect, they at least respect the message, if not the messenger. Anyway, go down to get some game and let it be known on the way home why, preferable on the internet once you are safely home.

I think killing shitheads anywhere is one of the best ways known to man to let them know that “what goes around comes around”. Its Kill or Be Killed. Given those options, I know what I would be doing. It needs to be done. Let them “complain”. Who cares. Sure not me. Besides, Sticks and Stones don’t hurt anyone. Actions get their undivided attention.

5 08 2017
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you again, Craig.

What I have wanted is to publicize the killing and mutilation of my friends’ wonderful son far and wide, and to have the White House and the Mexican government act on it and avenge his death.

I cannot name him, or show his photos without the parents’ permission. However, his memory is forever front and center in my mind. My guess is that similar tragedies have befallen many Mexican families, as the articles cited in footnotes 4 and 5 of my article describe.

5 08 2017
H. Craig Bradley

CALIFORNIA IS “NOT WORKING-OUT” ANYMORE

My sincere condolences to you and his family. I just want to point out this is just the beginning of our troubles. As America collapses, we can expect to see far worse mayhem. Real Violence won’t likely be confined to just Mexico in the future. Expect it right here in the U.S.A. eventually. In California, any criminal offense redefined as “non-violent” under Proposition 57 is no more than a Misdemeanor Level Offense at most any more.

This means no arrest, and no jail. In fact, the Police can only issue a citation to appear in court, not arrest suspects as before. If you don’t show, no bench warrant. Scott Free to repeat. So, criminals have license to rape, pillage, and plunder the civilian population in California with no worries. If I were you, I would be worried. We are screwed in Mexico and California alike. Its “not going to work-out “. Too bad. Better move-on to “greener” pastures.

5 08 2017
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you again.

Governmentally, California is a microcosm of the nation.

. . .

Part of what may be coming nationally has been described by radio host Michael Savage.

See https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/americas-newest-civil-war-2017-and-beyond/#comment-10559 (“CIVIL WAR IF TRUMP TAKEN DOWN”)

23 08 2017
Timothy D. Naegele

U.S. Warns Citizens About Traveling To Mexico [UPDATED]

Bloomberg has reported:

The U.S. State Department warned its citizens about traveling to parts of Mexico including Cancun and Playa del Carmen, as homicides rise at resorts popular with American tourists.

The advisory issued on Tuesday upgraded the warnings for two states, Quintana Roo and Baja California Sur, saying turf wars between crime gangs have led to a surge in violence. The only warning for Quintana Roo in a December statement was about lack of cellular and Internet service in some areas.

The expanded travel advisory hits at the heart of a tourism industry that brings in $20 billion a year for Mexico. The state of Quintana Roo, where the resorts of Tulum and Cozumel are also located, gets 10 million tourists a year, a third of the national total. The warnings come as homicides in Mexico are set to rise to their highest since at least the turn of the century. Quintana Roo alone has seen 169 murders this year.

“Shooting incidents, in which innocent bystanders have been injured or killed, have occurred” in both states, the U.S. warned. “While most of these homicides appeared to be targeted criminal organization assassinations, turf battles between criminal groups have resulted in violent crime in areas frequented by U.S. citizens.”

While Quintana Roo’s advisory is now stricter, it isn’t included among the most dangerous spots in Mexico, where U.S. government personnel are told to defer non-essential travel. That restriction is reserved for parts of Chihuahua, Coahuila and Colima states, among others. U.S. travel warnings of differing levels exist for most Mexican states.

Business group Coparmex, which represents more than 200 hotels, restaurants and other companies in Cancun, said the advisory will likely affect bookings this winter, when Americans head to the beaches. Adrian Lopez Sanchez, who heads Coparmex in Cancun, says security is beginning to improve after deteriorating earlier this year and last year.

Quintana Roo’s Tourism Ministry was quick to respond to the advisory, issuing a statement to say travelers to the state are “safe and protected” and the government will keep collaborating with federal and U.S. officials on security.

Hotel occupancy in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and surrounding resorts rose to 78.6 percent in the year through July from 75.1 percent in the year-earlier period, according to STR, a provider of data and analytics on the lodging industry.

In January, Asur, the airport operator that services Cancun, saw its stock slump after five people were gunned down at the Blue Parrot nightclub during an electronic music festival in nearby Playa del Carmen. The airport’s stock rose slightly to 361.20 pesos per share at close of market Tuesday. More recently, in early July, one person died after a shootout at a club right across the street from the Blue Parrot.

“Tourism is very sensitive,” Coparmex’s Lopez Sanchez said. “Warnings directed toward the U.S. market are significant.”

See https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-22/u-s-warns-citizens-about-traveling-to-cancun-as-homicides-rise (“U.S. Warns Citizens About Traveling to Cancun“)

As stated in my article above:

The illegal trafficking in human body parts is widespread globally; and Americans and others are being killed for them. No American should feel safe traveling to Mexico, the world’s second deadliest country last year. And no Americans should do business with Mexico until this brutal murder is solved and the killers are brought to justice—and face life in prison, or the gallows.

See also https://www.dallasnews.com/news/mexico/2018/03/24/toxic-gases-killed-american-family-vacationing-condo-mexico (“Half my family is gone’: Toxic gases killed American couple, children vacationing at condo in Mexico“)

29 03 2018
David Blumenthal

There is not enough detail to be believable. Name a state, or region. There is mucho danger, but not everywhere. Stay in groups. Buy drugs in USA, not Mexico.

29 03 2018
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you, David, for your comments.

First, as stated in the article above, the young man’s death and the harvesting of his body parts occurred at a hotel in Rosarito Beach, south of San Diego.

Second, as stated in my comments above:

[T]he young man’s name is being withheld to protect his parents and their privacy.

. . .

What I have wanted is to publicize the killing and mutilation of my friends’ wonderful son far and wide, and to have the White House and the Mexican government act on it and avenge his death.

I cannot name him, or show his photos without the parents’ permission.

Sorry, I would like to provide more details, but cannot.

7 09 2018
Timothy D. Naegele

Boycott Mexico, And Live

Killings are taking place in Mexico, on an ever-accelerating basis. France 24 has reported:

Mexican authorities discovered at least 166 bodies at a mass grave site in Veracruz state, prosecutors said Thursday, the latest horrifying find in a region hit by bloody drug cartel turf wars.

Home to the city of Veracruz, one of Mexico’s largest ports, the eastern state has a history of corrupt politics and grisly power struggles between rival cartels — a toxic mix that has caused an explosion of violence.

“The remains of at least 166 people have been found” in the latest mass grave site discovered in Veracruz, state prosecutor Jorge Winckler told journalists, making it one of the largest such sites so far.

The grave is located in central Veracruz, but authorities are not releasing the exact location for security reasons, he said. Forensic specialists are still working at the scene.

Winckler said investigators had also found 200 articles of clothing, 144 ID cards and other personal belongings at the site since exhumations began on August 8.

An informer told authorities that hundreds of people in all were buried at the site, the state prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

“Based on forensic analysis of the discoveries, it had been determined that these are clandestine burial sites which are at least two years old,” it said.

Authorities have used drones and ground-penetrating radar to help them locate the bodies.

They released photographs of investigators combing through the thick vegetation at the site, wearing white protective suits and gloves.

There are at least 32 separate grave sites, they said.

Hit squads, corruption

Activists accuse the state’s jailed ex-governor, Javier Duarte, of presiding over a rash of human rights abuses in Veracruz.

Two former state police chiefs and a string of ex-officials have been charged with running hit squads that abducted and presumably killed unwanted individuals during Duarte’s administration, from 2010 to 2016.

Duarte himself is in jail awaiting trial on corruption charges.

Investigators accuse him of stealing hundreds of millions of dollars in public funds to buy luxury properties, Miami vacation homes and thoroughbred horses, leaving the once-wealthy state on the verge of bankruptcy.

Some 3,600 people have gone missing in Veracruz since 2006, according to the new government.

Families of some of Veracruz’s legions of missing persons are still digging at another mass grave found in 2016, where 280 bodies have been discovered so far.

They recently announced they had received a tip-off from drug traffickers about another mass grave near that site containing as many as 500 bodies.

It was unclear whether the grave described by prosecutors was the same site.

Mexico has been hit by a wave of violence since deploying the army to fight the country’s powerful drug cartels in 2006.

Since then, more than 200,000 people have been murdered, including a record 28,702 last year.

Another 37,000 people are reported as missing.

See https://www.france24.com/en/20180907-mexico-finds-166-bodies-mass-grave-veracruz-drug-cartels (“Mexican authorities discover 166 bodies at mass grave site in Veracruz“) (emphasis added)

No one knows how many others have been killed, like the young American in my article above.

21 11 2018
Timothy D. Naegele

Mexico To Deport Migrant Caravan Members After Tijuana Arrests

As my article and comments above make abundantly clear, the cartels are running Mexico today. They are killing both Americans and Mexicans, and harvesting their body parts, and kidnapping Americans and others for this reason, and as part of human trafficking.

See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/15/who-is-next-the-murder-of-a-young-american-and-the-harvesting-of-his-body-parts-in-mexico/ (“Who Is Next? The Murder Of A Young American And The Harvesting Of His Body Parts In Mexico“) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/07/30/illegal-immigration-the-solution-is-simple/ (“Illegal Immigration: The Solution Is Simple“) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2009/12/28/human-trafficking/ (“Human Trafficking“) (see also the extensive comments beneath each of these articles); see also https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/25/remembering-the-comfort-women-victims-of-human-trafficking-and-slavery/ (“Remembering The Comfort Women, Victims Of Human Trafficking And Slavery“)

Put succinctly, there should be no limit to the punishments for the cruel perpetrators of such human atrocities. They must be subject to the harshest measures imaginable.

Will any of Mexico’s governmental officials and entities deal with these catastrophes, or are the officials involved too much in the pockets of the cartels, or too scared to stop them?

Julie Watson has written for the Associated Press:

Migrants camped in Tijuana after traveling in a caravan to reach the U.S were weighing their options Tuesday after a U.S. court blocked President Donald Trump’s asylum ban for illegal border crossers.

Many said they have no intention of breaking the law, but were feeling pressure after anti-migrant protests in this Mexican border city amid claims by Trump and the Tijuana mayor that the caravan harbors gang members and criminals, something they strongly deny.

Keven Paul Mejia, a 27-year-old former security guard from the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, said there were some delinquents traveling with the group of several thousand who smoke marijuana and get drunk.

But, he said, most are like him, just hoping to land a job in the U.S. “There are more of us who are good, than bad,” Mejia said.

Herson Cordonez, a 29-year-old Honduran, said the actions of a few migrants were tainting the image of the 4,000 to 6,000 in the caravan, not all of whom have yet reached Tijuana. “We are not criminals, we are migrant workers,” Cordonez said, adding that he was considering trying to get into Canada if the U.S. doesn’t want him.

Tijuana officials said late Monday they had arrested 34 caravan members for drug possession, public intoxication, disturbing the peace and resisting police, and they would be deported to their home countries.

Trump administration officials, who have portrayed the migrant caravans as a threat to the United States, have said there are as many as 500 criminals in the groups heading northward, though they haven’t said what crimes they are accused of or where the figure came from.

On Tuesday, journalists awaited the arrival of Homeland Security Secretary Kristen Nielsen on a San Diego pacific coast beach sliced by a towering border wall wrapped in razor wire. On the Tijuana side, dozens of onlookers gathered with cellphones to take pictures of her arrival through the fence.

A man tried to swim into the U.S. less than an hour before Nielsen’s arrival but was quickly detained by border patrol agents. Five agents were on jet skis offshore along with two border patrol boats, while two drones on the Mexican side hovered just above the wall to get a view of the activity.

Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum has made a point of saying the city is not happy with the migrants who began arriving last week, and he compared the Central American group unfavorably with about 3,000 Haitians who ended up staying after their bid to reach the U.S. failed last year.

“The Haitians arrived with their papers, with a clear vision,” Gastelum said in an interview posted on the city’s Facebook page. They came “in an orderly way, they never asked us for food or shelter,” renting apartments and making their own food. He said the Haitians found jobs and “inserted themselves in the city’s economy” and had not been involved in any disturbances.

By contrast, Gastelum said, the caravan of Central Americans, “had arrived all of sudden, with a lot of people – not all . . . but a lot – were aggressive and cocky.”
The Mexican government gave the Haitians temporary transit permits, and after they failed in attempts to enter the United States, many have since applied for Mexican residency. The majority in the Central American caravan have refused Mexico’s repeated offers of residency or asylum, and vowed to cross the border.

Haitian Chilo Semaco, 36, said Mexico has been “more or less” welcoming to the Haitian immigrants. Since arriving in Tijuana two years ago, Semaco has found work selling aprons to people crossing the border in their cars. “It’s better than being in Haiti,” he said.

Some local police and residents have expressed concern that portraying the caravan as criminals has tarred its innocent members and exposed them to reprisals.

Some of the largely Honduran migrants were frightened when about 500 people in an affluent district of Tijuana staged angry protests Sunday against the caravan. Dozens of the more radical protesters then marched to an outdoor sports complex near downtown where 2,500 migrants have been staying, sleeping on dirt fields and under bleachers.

Walter Matute, 36, said he has been deported from the U.S. twice and fears jumping the border would end his ability to get asylum. But he believes others will now take a chance in light of the court ruling blocking Trump’s ban on asylum for illegal border crossers.

“Yes people are going to cross,” the 36-year-old Honduran said. “There are a lot of women and children. A lot are going to be up for it now.”

Sitting on a curb near the sports complex, a Honduran woman affirmed his assessment. The woman, who declined to give her name, said she was getting anxious and was considering crossing illegally to skip the long wait at the Mexican port of entry for asylum seekers.

U.S. border inspectors are processing only about 100 asylum claims a day at Tijuana’s main crossing to San Diego, and there was already a waiting list of 3,000 when the new migrants arrived, so most will have to wait months to even be considered for asylum.

Gastelum, appealing for greater federal help to cope with what he called an “avalanche” of migrants, estimated they would be in Tijuana for at least six months while waiting to file asylum claims.

For most people in this city of 1.6 million, the arrival of thousands of Central Americans is not very noticeable. Most of the migrants stay within a three-block radius of the sports complex that faces the towering metal walls topped with barbed wire at the U.S.-Mexico border.

But the United States has dramatically increased security at ports of entry in preparation for the caravan, placing cement barriers topped with razor wire that can be quickly moved to block passage if a mass of migrants to try to force their way into the country.

See https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/nov/20/mexico-deport-migrant-caravan-members-after-tijuan/ (“Mexico to deport migrant caravan members after Tijuana arrests“)

NONE should be given asylum; and the federal judge who blocked President Trump’s ban for illegal border crossers must be removed from the courts, permanently and shamed forever.

5 12 2018
Timothy D. Naegele

4,000 Died Or Missing On Way To USA

Statue of Liberty

Maria Verza has written for AP News:

Haydee Posadas had waited eight years for her son to come home. On the last night of her long vigil, she was too agitated to sleep.

Her son had fled Honduras for the U.S. in 2010 in part because of gang threats, just as thousands are doing today in the migrant caravans headed north, including men from the same neighborhood. But en route in Mexico, again like so many others, Wilmer Gerardo Nunez disappeared into the vortex of drug violence that he was trying to escape in the first place. Left in limbo, his anguished mother prayed for an answer.

“I am between a rock and a hard place,” she begged God through the years. “I know nothing about my son, whether he’s dead or alive.”

Nunez’s story is part of the hidden toll of migration to the U.S. through Mexico: In the past four years alone, almost 4,000 migrants have died or gone missing along that route, The Associated Press has found in an exclusive tally. That’s 1,573 more than the previously known number, calculated by the United Nations. And even the AP’s number is likely low — bodies may be lost in the desert, and families may not report missing loved ones who were migrating illegally.

These Latin American migrants are among about 56,800 worldwide who died or disappeared over the same period, the AP found.

While migrants everywhere face risks, the Mexico route holds the added danger of drug trafficking and gang violence. More than 37,000 people have gone missing throughout Mexico because of this violence, with the highest number in the border state of Tamaulipas, through which many migrants cross. The sheer numbers of the disappeared, along with crushing bureaucracy and the fear of gangs, makes it difficult for families to track what happened to their loved ones — as Posadas found out.

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Ciudad Planeta in San Pedro Sula looks like an ordinary working-class neighborhood, with one-story concrete houses with metal roofs. Only the bars that hem in nearly every porch let on that it is one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in one of the world’s most dangerous countries.

This is the neighborhood Nunez left for the first time in the 1990s to go to the United States at 16, when his mother lost her factory job.

“He did not say anything to me. One day he simply left,” said Posadas, a diminutive 73-year-old grandmother known in the neighborhood as “Mama Haydee.”

Nunez was not the oldest of the 10 children in the family, but he was the one who looked out for the others. He sent money home, some of which Posadas used to build metal bars around the porch. And he called his mother almost every day.

Nunez was deported twice but returned to the U.S. each time. In 2007, he fell in love with a Mexican woman, Maria Esther Lozano, now 38, and they had a child, Dachell. When Lozano was about to give birth to another child, in July 2010, Nunez was deported a third time.

Posadas was happy to have him back home. He would make lunch with her, stewing meat, kneading tortilla flour and frying up ripe bananas.

“He cooked better than a woman,” Posadas said, her face lighting up at the memory.

But the neighborhood had grown more dangerous, with organized crime moving in and frequent bloody raids. All of Posadas’ children left except for one who stayed, and one who died of illness.

Once Posadas’ daughter was handcuffed to the bars of the house, while men who said they were police went inside and shot her grandson because they suspected his involvement with gangs. Other nights there were shootouts in the streets. Sometimes Posadas awoke to the thunder of footsteps from someone fleeing across the metal sheet roofs of houses.

Posadas has a mantra for survival in Planeta: “If you saw it, you didn’t see it. If you heard it, you didn’t hear it. And everyone keeps quiet.”

The third time Nunez was deported, in 2010, things were so bad he barely went outside the home.

“He seemed very pensive,” Posadas said. ”‘I’m afraid,’ he told me.”

He was also anxious to get back to California and meet his new daughter. After just a few days in San Pedro Sula and an apparent threat from gang members, he left earlier than planned.

“I have to get out of here now,” he told Lozano, without further explanation.

Nunez, his nephew, Joao Adolfo, and two neighbors hopped on a midnight bus that takes dozens of migrants daily to the Guatemalan border.

In the past, Nunez had crossed the U.S. border in California. But this time he hurt his ankle while fleeing from the Zetas gang in Veracruz state, Lozano said. So he struck out for the border with Texas, a shorter but more dangerous route.

He called Lozano every day, sometimes from the phone of the smuggler taking them across the border. He liked the guide but worried that the group was too big, with dozens of migrants in two trucks.

About a week after he left Honduras, he spoke to his mother for the last time, telling her to pray that everything would turn out well. A day later, he spoke to Lozano, for nearly an hour. Rula — Nunez’s nickname — seemed relaxed, making jokes, she said.

They were in Piedras Negras, across from Eagle Pass in Texas. Lozano was supposed to wait for a call to pay the smuggler half the money, about $3,000. Then she needed another call from Nunez’s sister to confirm his safe arrival before paying the remaining $3,000.

The calls never came. Lozano never heard from Nunez. She talked to the smuggler a couple of times, who told her they were still waiting to cross. Then the phone went unanswered.

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At first Posadas and Lozano weren’t too worried. They were used to losing contact with Nunez, then 35, for a few days during his trips, for example when his cellphone failed.

But about two weeks after he left, when Posadas turned on the television news, fear suddenly seized her. Authorities had found 72 corpses of migrants on a ranch in San Fernando, Tamaulipas, across the border from Texas, the report said.

“I started to weep like a crazy person. There were no names, but I was shaken,” said Posadas.

It turned out that gang members in vehicles marked with the letter Z — the calling card of the feared Zetas drug cartel — had stopped two tractor-trailers with dozens of migrants in northern Mexico. They were taken to the ranch and asked to join the cartel. Only one agreed.

The rest were blindfolded, tied up on the floor and shot dead. An Ecuadorian managed to escape and alerted the navy.

A list of victims released days after the massacre included the names of Posadas’ grandson and the two neighbors who had been traveling with them. But there was no trace of Nunez, and authorities told Posadas that if he was not among the dead, he could be alive.

Posadas asked local prosecutors, the Honduran foreign ministry and Mexican authorities about her son, but no one had information for her. Her ex-husband, Nunez’s father, offered a DNA sample to be compared with the cadavers that had not yet been identified. Photos of those cadavers did not include Nunez.

Hoping against hope, Posadas and Lozano worked to find Nunez. They tried jails, detention centers and hospitals. Nothing. Lozano gave the Honduran consulate names, photos and descriptions of Nunez’s tattoos, including one of Dachell and another of the number 8. She went there every day.

Still nothing.

Then they heard that the Ecuadorian survivor said another man — a Honduran — also had escaped the massacre and helped him get away from the ranch. Honduran and Mexican authorities refused to give Lozano any more information because the man was under protection. They would not even confirm whether it was Nunez.

There was no luck with the Ecuadorian embassy, either, when Lozano asked to convey a photo of Nunez to the Ecuadorian survivor.

“I didn’t want to see him, or even talk to him, just for him to look at the photo and tell me if it was the same person who helped him,” Lozano sobbed.

In Honduras, Posadas also ran up against hurdles. She went to the capital, Tegucigalpa, to consult with Honduran and Mexican officials, but nobody could even say what had happened with her ex-husband’s DNA sample. She called and called for a year, until finally they stopped answering.

The only thing left was to go to Mexico. But how could a sick old woman do that? Lozano was in no better position to do so, with five children depending on her and no legal residence in the U.S.

Lozano hired a lawyer to help relatives search prisons in Tamaulipas. That’s when they thought they had a breakthrough: The lawyer said he saw a man resembling Nunez in one of the prisons. Posadas asked herself, “Has God heard my pleas?”

But that lead also vanished. They heard nothing more from the lawyer, and Lozano’s brothers had to abandon the search because of threats from the Zetas.

Posadas told herself that if her son were alive, he would have called her. Yet without information or a body, she still held on to hope.

After three years of searching, that began to diminish. She spent nights awake in her small living room, decorated with knick-knacks and photos, including one of Nunez as a teenager. Days were just as desperate.

“I felt like I was falling into a terrible depression,” Posadas said. “I would walk down the street and people would see I was smiling, but it was on the outside … nobody knew how I was on the inside.”

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Posadas had no way to know, but she could have had her answer days after the mass killing.

The official report on the massacre stated that body No. 63 was a male with tattoos, including “Dachell” and the number 8. Documents note the finding of a Honduran driver’s license in the name of Wilmer Gerardo Nunez Posadas, with a photo of a man with a moustache and beard. Yet nobody made that information public, and body No. 63 was eventually buried in a common grave.

In September 2013, the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team and other groups reached an agreement with Mexican prosecutors to identify more than 200 bodies from three massacres, including the one at San Fernando. All the bodies in the common grave were exhumed for new autopsies. In March 2015, Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office sent a letter to the Honduran Supreme Court asking for help locating the relatives of two men, including Nunez.

When the Argentine team found out about Nunez’s ID, they tried to track down the family, but did not want to set foot in Planeta.

“I made it clear that I could not enter that area,” said Allang Rodriguez, a psychologist with the Committee of Relatives of Disappeared Migrants of El Progreso, a group working with the Argentines.

The Catholic church helped in the search, and talked to nuns who worked with migrants. One woman, Geraldina Garay, knew a taxi driver who lived in Planeta. He offered to leave a scrap of paper with a phone number that Posadas could call in one of the neighborhood’s oldest stores, behind her home.

A neighbor saw the message and brought it to Posadas late last year. Confused, she called the number. The voice on the other end wanted to meet to talk about her disappeared son.

“Today I finally have hope,” she thought.

When they met, the forensic experts told her about the driver’s license and the tattoos. They arranged for DNA tests for her and for Wilmer Turcios Sarmiento, 18, who was thought to be Nunez’s son from a teenage relationship before he left for the U.S.

In May, Posadas learned the DNA tests had come back positive — one of 183 matches for dead migrants found with help of the Argentine team since 2010.

“My heart hurt so much … most of all because of the death he suffered, not even knowing who killed him, with his eyes blindfolded, hands tied …” Posadas said, her voice trailing off, tears in her eyes.

The DNA tests also proved Nunez was Turcios’ father. It was like finding and losing a father at the same time, he told his grandmother.

One question continued to rattle around in Posadas’ mind, and it was what pained her the most: “Why? Why, having the proof, did they hide it so long?”

The report she was given spoke of errors and inconsistencies in the handling of the case, and called for an investigation into the delay. To date, nobody has been convicted for the killings, and nine people are still unidentified. Mexican officials did not comment.

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On Oct. 31, Wilmer Gerardo Nunez came home to Honduras.

The coffin arrived at the airport in San Pedro Sula, packaged in cardboard with a thin black ribbon and Nunez’s name, and was transported to the morgue. When it was opened, the odor of death filled the room, softened by chemical products.

Posadas, holding a small red towel to wipe away tears and sweat, approached with her husband, her sister and a psychologist. A forensic worker unwrapped the cadaver. By now the head was just a skull, but on the arms some of the skin remained, along with tattoos. Posadas didn’t need to see any more.

About 20 people came to the brief wake at the house in Planeta, where the coffin took up most of the living room in the baking sun. After eight years, the final goodbye lasted about two hours. Posadas feared that if it went any longer, the gangsters who control the neighborhood would show up.

Then a bus from the Planeta Baptist Church took the family to a small cemetery with a motley collection of unkempt tombs.

“I am finally sure. It is him. It is him. I give thanks to God,” Posadas sobbed before collapsing next to the coffin.

Several mourners took cellphone video for relatives in the United States to see, but Nunez’s children in Los Angeles still don’t know he is dead. His younger daughter, Sulek Haydee, now 8, talks more and more to her grandmother online, and often asks: “Where is my daddy? Why doesn’t he come to see us?”

“He can’t, mamita,” Posadas answers with a knot in her throat. “He’s working.”

Nunez’s son in Honduras dreams of going to the U.S. himself to seek a better life. “Anything is better than this,” Turcios said.

See https://www.apnews.com/aaac850c517441b4a1936cb59cdc7040 (“Honduras mother waits for migrant son missing en route to US“) (emphasis added); see also https://www.breitbart.com/border/2018/12/04/three-migrants-found-dead-near-texas-border-in-as-many-days/ (“Three Migrants Found Dead near Texas Border in As Many Days“)

These are heart-wrenching stories, but the United States cannot solve the problems of crime and poverty in this world, any more than Europe can.

Yet, both have been overrun with illegal migrants, many of whom have been killed along the way, or thrust into the dark webs of human traffickers, or those who engage in the harvesting of human body parts—like the wonderful son of my old friends, about whom I wrote the article above.

9 12 2018
Timothy D. Naegele

British Woman Who Died In Mexico Was Flown Home Without Her Eyes, Heart And BRAIN

Amanda Gill's mother

Sebastian Murphy-Bates has written in the UK’s Daily Mail:

A dead British tourist’s body was returned to her family with no eyes, heart or brain after she died in a Mexican hospital.

Organ traffickers are feared to be the reason that 41-year-old Amanda Gill’s corpse came home with every vital parts missing other than her lower bowel.

Her devastated mother, 65-year-old Elaine Hines, told of her horror when her daughter ‘came home empty’.

‘They stole everything inside her,’ she told The Sunday People. ‘If this has happened to Amanda how many other people has it ­happened to and will again?’

Amanda’s sister, Katie Miller-Gill, said: ‘Where are my sister’s beautiful blue eyes? Why were they taken from her? Where is her brain, her heart?’

The 35-year-old added that the family might have considered donating the organs if only they had been asked, but says that they were stolen before they could consider it.

She thinks they may have been taken by criminals who did not think that a British family would follow the case up.

Barmaid and waitress Amanda from Shipley, West Yorkshire, died at Hospital de Cos following diabetes complications while travelling.

It is thought that she may have suffered ketoacidosis, which can by treated through fluids from an IV drip. But she died less than 12 hours after falling ill.

Hospital chiefs and local justices say they do not know what happened to the body and say it was placed in a sealed bag and handed to police with all its organs intact.

But the country is blighted by criminals and corrupt doctors who steal organs to make money from Mexico’s donor shortage.

Her mother said the family only found out about the missing parts when the body was subjected to a CT scan back in the UK.

The lack of organs meant that a postmortem could not be performed to determine how she died.

Elaine said that her daughter had been to hospital a few times with ketoacidosis but doesn’t understand why she died on this occasion.

She claims that the hospital said her daughter ‘wouldn’t take fluids’. Elaine says the first thing doctors have done in previous treatments is put her daughter on a drip, adding that ketoacidosis ‘isn’t something that would have killed her’.

Mexican authorities gave one cause of death as ‘visceral congestion’ which pathologists in the UK have been baffled by.

The family cremated the body on Amanda’s birthday, February 27, without the organs after she died in December.

Mexican authorities have blamed one another, with nobody willing to accept responsibility.

Hospital de Cos admin manager Angeles Nava said that when Amanda died the British embassy was called.

He said the embassy then called the police, who came to collect the body. He said that when the body was sealed in a bag all of the organs were in there.

Hospital de Cos handed the family documents telling them they owed the facility £1,600 for treatment.

MailOnline has contacted the police for comment, but The Sunday People says that the force refused to speak to its reporters.

Public prosecutor Edgar Camacho said he received a report about Amanda’s death with listed the cause of diabetic shock.

He claims to know nothing of the missing organs and says that no investigation had been launched even though the Foreign Office has contacted Mexican authorities.

He said it was ‘very strange’ that somebody took her brain and eyes and described Hospital de Cos as ‘very bad’.

Mr Camacho claimed that about 90 per cent of patients who are admitted to the hospital die.

A Bradford inquest into Amanda’s death said that it was more likely than not that the death was the result of natural causes but acknowledged there were unanswered questions.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said that it is supporting the family of a British woman who died in Mexico and that it has conveyed concerns to the country’s mortuary services.

See https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6476109/British-woman-died-Mexico-flown-home-without-eyes-heart-BRAIN.html (“British woman who died in Mexico was flown home without her eyes, heart and BRAIN ‘after they were stolen by organ traffickers'”) (emphasis added)

This echoes what I wrote in the article above and the comments beneath it about the wonderful son of old friends of mine, who was killed savagely at Rosarito Beach, Mexico.

This could happen to anyone, and does; and your children, grandchildren or other loved ones might be next.

MEXICO MUST BE BOYCOTTED!

Amanda Gill

2 02 2019
Timothy D. Naegele

Boycott Mexico After Another Savage Killing [UPDATED]

My article above describes what happened to the truly wonderful son of old friends of mine. His tragic fate is not an isolated incident. Indeed, I have written about Amanda Gill and others.

See https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/15/who-is-next-the-murder-of-a-young-american-and-the-harvesting-of-his-body-parts-in-mexico/#comment-15404 (“British Woman Who Died In Mexico Was Flown Home Without Her Eyes, Heart And BRAIN“)

Now, Adrianna Zappavigna has written for Australia’s news.com.au:

The body of a Korean man who died in Mexico of “natural causes” has been flown home with missing organs, prompting his widow to speak out.

The 35-year-old (known only as Mr Kim) leaves behind two children and a wife, who claims there was nothing natural about her husband’s cause of death.

After Mr Kim’s body was flown back to his family in South Korea “without brain, stomach and heart”, his wife claims the father-of-two was involved in a fight before he died.

She claims he was involved in an altercation at a karaoke bar in Monterrey on the day he died. According to Mrs Kim, her unconscious husband was rushed to hospital the night of January 3, where he was later pronounced dead. All of this was allegedly caught on CCTV.

Her fears of a cover-up were amplified when she demanded a second autopsy be performed on January 21 by the Korean National Forensic Service.

A forensic scientist told her there were signs of external injury and bruising on her husband’s body. He was also missing his brain and stomach. The NFS could not determine the cause of his death due to the missing organs.

“More than a week later, I received the autopsy result that says ‘no external injuries.’ I was dumbfounded,” Mrs. Kim wrote on the Cheong Wa Dae website, where she has launched an online petition.

She claims Mexican police were not investigating her husband’s death because on paper, dying of natural causes was not suspicious.

FIGHT FOR JUSTICE

Mrs Kim is now demanding Mexican authorities return her husband’s organs. “My husband was a citizen of Korea. His three-year-old son and 11-month-old daughter have lost their father,” she wrote. “Please help me and help my husband.”

Since January 22, the petition has garnered more than 17,500 signatures.

KBS World Radio has confirmed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in South Korea has also asked Mexican authorities to return the missing organs, which are believed to be at the Servicio Medico Forense (Forensic Medical Service).

A NATIONAL CRIME

While gangs have long had a hand in everything from politics to gang violence, Mexican cartels are now being accused of organ trafficking as well.

Gangs, especially the Caballeros Templarios, are known to engage in illegal activity other than drug trafficking including kidnapping and organ pilfering.

“I have no doubt organs are being removed from bodies,” says David Shirk, a professor of political science and director of the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego, who has investigated trafficking.

And he suggests it’s happening on and off the streets. “For the most part, organ trafficking occurs in hospitals, where there are corrupt medical practitioners.”

With more than 21,000 people waiting for organ transplants in Mexico, the market for organ trafficking is a lucrative one.

Despite the risks, Mexico’s tourism is booming and remains the number one destination for American tourists, last year receiving record numbers of visitors. While it remains a tourist hotspot, government officials still advise travellers to “exercise a high degree of caution” when visiting.

REPEAT OFFENDERS

Mrs Kim’s plight bears striking similarities to that of a British family who recently made headlines. After British barmaid and waitress Amanda Gill, 41, died in hospital in Mexico, her body was returned to her family without her eyes, heart or brain. She was also reportedly missing all of her vital parts except for her lower bowel.

Mexican authorities officially ruled her cause of death as “visceral congestion.”

“They stole everything inside her,” her devastated mother, Elaine Hines, told The Sunday People. “If this has happened to Amanda how many other people has it ­happened to and will again?”

See https://www.news.com.au/travel/world-travel/north-america/man-who-died-in-mexico-flown-home-without-brain-stomach-and-heart/news-story/6474b0c9a1131613c48d4101a23da44c (“Man dies in Mexico, sent home ‘without brain, stomach or heart’”) (emphasis added); see also
http://m.koreatimes.co.kr/pages/article.asp?newsIdx=262934 (“Korean man who died in Mexico returned with missing organs“) and https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/dead-soldiers-parents-want-answers-after-disturbing-autopsy-results/news-story/e15c3102e5bc39c7f682e056058e5144 (“Dead soldier’s parents want answers after disturbing autopsy results“) and https://www.news.com.au/national/tough-new-laws-to-crack-down-on-illegal-organ-trade-to-be-considered-by-parliamentary-inquiry/news-story/6734f8d6b5501578e8e21007cb1c7051 (“Tough new laws to crack down on illegal organ trade to be considered by parliamentary inquiry“) and https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/true-stories/mum-gives-birth-to-dying-baby-to-donate-organs-to-other-sick-bubs/news-story/251b40acd60a976ed4d0ab0ef24379a2?from=rss-basic (“Mum gives birth to dying baby to donate organs to other sick bubs“) and https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6661167/1-American-killed-1-injured-gunmen-Acapulco.html (“American . . . killed in Acapulco“)

2 02 2019
H. Craig Bradley

Bill O’Reilly recently reported on NewsMax on YouTube that in 2017, about 65,000 Mexican nationals were either killed or disappeared with no trace. In addition, about 150 government officials were murdered in one year by the Cartels, as well.

Drug Cartels run and own Mexico but the News media in the U.S. does not like to cover it because places like Cancun, Mexico are economically reliant upon American Tourists. In Mexico, construction is one way the Cartels launder their drug money. I agree, I would not visit Mexico but thousands of Americans do it every year and apparently have no concerns about it.

In fact, one neighbor down the street goes to Cancun every January for a month or so. They like it down there. I would say if you go to a 5-Star Resort and stay there or only go on daytime outings ( the nearby ruins ) with a group, then you are probably safe enough. Venture out alone or at night and you could be picked-off by a panther or a bandito. All depends…..

2 02 2019
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you, Craig, for your additional thoughts on the subject, which are similar to what you wrote after my article above was first published.

I have advised family members and friends to boycott Mexico completely, to send a message loud and clear. Absent this, the cartels will operate without any constraints.

And yes, Mexicans themselves are victimized by the cartels more than anyone.

2 02 2019
H. Craig Bradley

BOYCOTT ARUBA TOO ?

Bill O’Reilly called the police on Aruba in 2009 “The Keystone Cops” regarding the disappearance of one young lady named Natalee Holloway (presumed dead). Van der Sloot was the person of interest in this murder investigation but nothing could be proven without a body and so he was ultimately released by the authorities.

I would suggest that today, if any American travels anywhere in the developing world alone or without a guide or as being part of a group tour, then he/she is taking their chances. In that case, good luck to you.


[Joran van der Sloot and Natalee Holloway]

See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disappearance_of_Natalee_Holloway (“Disappearance of Natalee Holloway”)

2 02 2019
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you again. Yes, I agree.

12 06 2019
Timothy D. Naegele

The Brain Death Myth Behind Multi-Billion-Dollar Organ Transplant Industry

Catholicism Pure & Simple has noted an article from LifeSiteNews:

A respected Brazilian neurologist is seeking to blow the lid off the “brain death” myth, saying it is being perpetuated to supply an international multi-billion-dollar transplant industry.

Doctor Cicero G. Coimbra, MD PhD, a neurologist and professor of neuroscience at the Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil, has also said recovery for comatose patients is often possible, but a tightly controlled medical establishment is not giving doctors and medical students the facts they need to “do the best they can” for their patients.

LifeSite sat down with Dr. Coimbra for an in-depth interview in Rome, during a May 20-21 conference on “Brain Death”: A Medicolegal Construct: Scientific & Philosophical Evidence, sponsored by the John Paul Academy for Human Life and Family.

In this interview (read full text below), Dr. Coimbra explains that the term “brain death” was coined in the 1960s, after the first successful human heart transplant “triggered a demand for transplantable vital organs to be harvested from patients” who were considered to be “hopelessly comatose” according to medical knowledge at that time.

There was “no preliminary scientific research” on the brain-death concept before the name was used, he said. But calling these patients “dead” enabled the medical community to overcome all of the legal hurdles associated with removing vital organs from these comatose patients.

Their main mistake, Dr. Coimbra argues, was to consider these patients “irreversibly” brain damaged.

By the 1980s, when organ transplants were performed around the world, medical researchers experimenting on animals discovered that when blood flow to the brain is reduced from the normal range to just 20-50 percent, the brain would “fall silent” — but was neither “dead” nor “irreversibly damaged.” By the end of the 1990s, this phenomenon — called “ischemic penumbra” — was demonstrated in humans, shattering the “brain death” myth.

The brain is silent but not dead, he said.

“Why is the ‘brain death’ theory still so prevalent, and what are students in medical school being taught about this?” LifeSite asked Dr. Coimbra.

The Brazilian neurologist explained that while medical students might hear about this if “information is provided to the general public,” they will not learn it in medical school.

“In medical schools, these concepts that I am telling you about — although they are published — are not available in medical textbooks. They are not available in medical meetings. In medical conferences you cannot find them,” he said, adding that information is being withheld to supply the organ donation industry.

If you speak to doctors one-on-one, they will often tell you they agree, Dr. Coimbra said, but “they don’t want to mess with the transplant system,” which has one of the most “well controlled systems” of information sharing in the world.

“The transplant system is a wealthy system; it is a powerful system,” Dr. Coimbra said. “They are everywhere in the medical community. They are in medical councils and medical academies; they are everywhere … Politically, they are very powerful.”

“In the United States alone, in 2016 the transplant system involved business to the tune of approximately 25 billion dollars,” he noted. “By 2025, it is expected to reach 51 billion dollars per year.”

It is “big business,” he said.

Dr. Coimbra continued:

The brilliant idea of the transplant system was to call what they thought to be irreversible brain damage “brain death.” Because whenever you say someone is against “brain death,” you think: “How can someone possibly be…against death? They don’t believe in death?” But “death” is just a word that was given to a “hopelessly comatose” patient — but they were “hopelessly comatose” at the end of the 60s, not now.

“In a very large number of those patients, they have no damage at all — no brain damage at all — they just have a silent brain,” he added.

To compound the problem, Dr. Coimbra said the standard test used for screening “brain death” — called the “apnea test” — can actually induce irreversible brain damage to an already comatose patient, by reducing the blood and oxygen to the brain for 10 minutes.

Dr. Coimbra said he has seen firsthand that there is hope for patients who have been labeled “brain dead.” If doctors would simply replace three essential (thyroid and adrenal) hormones, “the normal circulation to the brain would be restored,” he explained. But when these hormones are not replaced, the patient progresses “into a disaster.”

The Brazilian neurologist again noted that doctors and medical students are not taught this:

They know what is in the neurology textbook of medicine … They know what’s there, and this is not there. The importance of replacing thyroid hormone is not discussed in meetings related to brain injuries, and how to treat brain injuries. Not one single intensive care unit in the world replaces thyroid hormones — not a single one that I know of.

To illustrate how much the “brain death” myth has gripped the minds of the medical community, Dr. Coimbra tells the story of a 15-year old girl who began to show signs of brain activity once he administered the necessary hormones. Seeing notes of progress Dr. Coimbra had made in the girl’s medical chart, a doctor on call in the ICU that night wrote: “Once a patient is declared ‘brain dead,’ the patient is dead. It doesn’t matter if later on the patient no longer fulfills the criteria for ‘brain death.’ The patient is legally dead, because it was once diagnosed as ‘brain dead.’”

In the end, Dr. Coimbra said it all comes down to the duty of doctors to honor their sacred oath to “do no harm” and to “do the best they can” for the health and wellbeing of their patient.

Here is our interview with Dr. Cicero Coimbra, MD, PhD, followed by a video of his talk at the recent “brain death” conference in Rome.

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Dr. Coimbra, why is “brain death” a myth?

By the end of the 1960s, the first human heart transplant performed by the surgeon Christiaan Barnard in South Africa triggered a demand for transplantable single vital organs to be harvested from those patients considered to be “hopelessly comatose.” It was the common understanding that, by using all possible techniques and knowledge available at that time, those patients could not be restored to a normal life and would rather eventually evolve to cardiac arrest within a matter of days; they would not recover consciousness. An ad hoc committee at Harvard Medical School decided to call their clinical condition “brain death,” so that they could remove vital organs maintained viable due to sustained heart beating (maintained supply of oxygenated blood) and use those organs to improve the health [of] other people — patients, for instance, who had liver failure, kidney failure, or end-stage heart failure. These people would benefit from having the organs from patients who were “hopelessly comatose.”

Calling these patients “dead” enabled the ad hoc committee to overcome all legal problems related to removing vital organs from comatose patients that could not recover according to the concepts and medical scientific knowledge that we had available by that time, i.e. by the end of the 1960s.

In order to transplant organs, they had to be removed from someone while they are still alive, while the heart is still beating?

Yes, they removed them from a comatose patient. But they thought it would not be possible to recover those patients, because they did not have the technology and knowledge to recover them.

The main mistake was to consider those patients “irreversibly” brain damaged, but their brain damage was considered irreversible due to the limited knowledge that they had at that time. Later on, as time went by, new knowledge and neurological scientific achievements offered other ideas about what was really going on in these patients. For instance, by the end of the 1960s — when the concept of “brain death” was introduced into medicine — doctors believed that, when there were no signs of brain activity that could be detected by neurological examination, the only possible reason would be the absence of blood circulation in the brain. And because the absence of brain circulation would destroy the brain within minutes, they decided to call it “brain death.”

The problem is that in the 1980s everything started changing. The practice of transplanting vital organs had already spread across the world, but already by 1984 or 1985 experiments carried out in animals — in rodents — demonstrated that when you decrease blood flow to the brain to only 50 percent of the normal range, the brain falls silent. This is because there is not enough energy to sustain what we call “synaptic activity.” Synapsis is the site where one neuron communicates with another neuron. Synaptic activity, which is the release of neurotransmission at the synaptic site, was no longer possible in these brains, because the brain blood flow was 50 percent of the normal range, and that would not provide enough energy for synaptic activity, for neurons to communicate with one another. So, the brain was silent, but the neurons would not die just because the blood flow was reduced to 50 percent.

So, the brain was silent but not dead…

Yes, silent but no neuronal death — no “brain death.” Necrosis, i.e. the process of neuronal death, is a process that takes several hours and is triggered when the blood flow is lower than 20 percent of the normal range.

This interval (approximately between 20 percent and 50 percent of the normal level of circulation) is now known as the “penumbra zone.” It was initially described in situations where there is an obstructed artery that supplies part of the brain. In the peripheral area of this so-called “ischemic” part of the brain, there was a collateral flow of blood supply between 20 and 50 percent of the normal flow, as demonstrated in animals. If you could recirculate that artery, you would save the peripheral area because it was only silent. It was not necrotic; it was not destroyed.

It is quite clear that when you have a patient with head trauma, and the brain is swelling, at some point the arteries that supply blood to the brain start being compressed, because the brain size is increasing within the intracranial space. The intracranial space is protected by bones, and bones cannot expand to accommodate the increase in brain volume. So, if the size of the brain increases as a result of what we know as “brain edema” or “brain swelling,” then the vessels are progressively compressed, and the blood flow to the whole brain decreases proportionally to increases in intracranial pressure. At some point, you will reach the level of a 50 percent decrease as compared to normal range. At this point the whole brain is silent — not a part of it but all of it is silent — but it is still recoverable. It is not dead; it is alive. And that situation was unknown at the end of the 1960s, when the concept of “brain death” was introduced into medicine.

So, it is clear that some of those patients are actually alive. What do I mean by alive? The brain was not destroyed; it was only silent. And the transplantation system has been taking organs from patients who had brain tissue that theoretically could be recovered. That brain tissue is not destroyed.

To me, it was quite clear by the end of the 1990s when the phenomenon of “ischemic penumbra” — a silent brain but no brain destruction — was demonstrated in humans, not only in rodents, that this situation could be called “global ischemic penumbra.”

The problem is that one of the tests used to diagnose “brain death” — called the “apnea test” — involves switching off the respirator. You disconnect the respirator for 10 minutes. When you do that, the high level of carbon dioxide increases sharply. This in turn further increases intracranial pressure and may decrease arterial pressure. So, you increase the compression on the brain vessels and you decrease the pressure within the brain vessels during the apnea test.

What was the purpose of the apnea test?

The aim of the apnea test is to demonstrate that the patient cannot breathe on his own.

In any culture in the world, it would be unacceptable to say that someone who is breathing is dead. Spontaneous breathing in any culture means life. So, for instance, when a baby is born, and it never breathes, you say that it was born dead. But if the lungs expanded at least once, for legal purposes, even if the baby immediately dies, you say that the baby is alive. The question of whether the baby is alive or dead when the baby is born has considerable legal consequences. No one in any culture of the world — Indian culture or Western culture, etc. — would accept anyone to be dead if that person is capable of breathing on his own. So, the purpose of the apnea test is to demonstrate that the patient cannot breathe on his own and can be regarded as dead.

But imagine for a moment: the respirator is disconnected from the lungs for 10 minutes. In order to breathe on your own, you need your respiratory centers in your brain to be working. They control the diaphragm and the respiratory muscles in general. If you switch off the respirator, and there is no breathing for 10 minutes, they say: “Ok, you see, this is one more piece of evidence that the patient is dead, because he cannot breathe on his own.” The apnea test is considered the fundamental test to diagnose “brain death.” No medical doctor anywhere in the world would diagnose “brain death” without doing this test. So, whenever you hear that a certain patient has been diagnosed as “brain dead,” you know that the apnea test has been performed.

Why isn’t the apnea test legitimate?

It’s not legitimate. Actually, it disrupts the most basic concepts of medicine. For instance, imagine if I prevent you from breathing for 10 minutes, what will happen? You will die.

But in this case, a respirator is helping the person to breathe.

Yes, right. The respirator is helping the person to breathe. You’re correct, no problem about that. The issue is: you are testing the vitality of the respiratory centers. But what will happen to the respiratory centers in a silent brain if you induce a test that decreases the blood flow to the respiratory centers? The respiratory centers were already silent, because they need synaptic function to work. If the blood flow is within the penumbra zone — between 20 and 50 percent — the respiratory centers cannot work, not because they are irreversibly damaged but because they are silent. You would not diagnose this as “brain death.” You will not differentiate the condition of global ischemic penumbra from irreversible brain damage by testing the respiratory function.

You can actually destroy the respiratory centers — as you can damage all parts of the brain — by further reducing the blood flow during the apnea test. Forty percent of the patients who are submitted to the apnea test have a major drop in their blood flow, in their blood pressure. Blood pressure is the pressure that is within the arteries; it’s the pressure that provides the driving force to maintain circulation in the brain. So, when you perform the apnea test, you may actually induce irreversible damage to the brain when you were only supposed to diagnose irreversible brain damage.

That would seem to go against the Hippocratic oath? You are harming the patient in order to apparently test whether a silent brain is dead.

The silent brain is not dead. You induce irreversible damage to the respiratory centers and to the whole brain just by performing the apnea test. So, as you said, they are not respecting the Hippocratic oath, because the most basic concept of medical practice is what you just said: First, “do no harm.” And the second is, “do the best you can.” So, neither of these basic concepts of the Hippocratic oath are being respected in this situation.

If this research has been done in humans as well as in rodents, why is the “brain death” theory still prevalent? And what are students in medical school being taught about this? Would they hear about this latest research?

Well they may hear about it, if you provide information to the general public as you were trying to do. But in medical schools these concepts that I am telling you about — although they are published — are not available in medical textbooks. They are not available in medical meetings. In medical conferences you cannot find them.

Nowadays the transmission of information within the medical community in general — not only in this country or that, but worldwide — is probably, or certainly, the most well controlled system of transmitting information, because it is worth billions of dollars per year. If you put information in a textbook, it can redirect the flow of money from one sector to another. It’s the most well controlled type of transmitting information in our society that I know of.

Are you saying that, for the sake of the organ donation and organ transplant industry, the general public and medical students are not being given this information?

Yes, I have been trying to talk to the neurological community in my country and in other countries, and the reaction that we see is that some [doctors] will tell you — “Okay, I understand what you are saying, but never tell anyone that I agree with you” — because they don’t want to mess with the transplant system. The transplant system is a wealthy system; it is a powerful system. They are everywhere in the medical community. They are in medical councils and medical academies; they are everywhere. They are very powerful. Politically, they are very powerful.

What could happen to a doctor if he tried to go against the system?

Well, maybe what happened to me. I had to fight in court to hold on to my license to work as a doctor for 19 years in Brazil. And that was a long time. So, you understand why some doctors that are aware of what is happening do not want to talk freely about that. They simply do not want to mess with powerful people.

They even control and have an influence in the press. Sometimes it is said, “Oh that doctor is against ‘brain death.’” The brilliant idea of the transplant system was to call what they thought to be irreversible brain damage “brain death.” Because whenever you say someone is against “brain death,” you think: “How can someone possibly be against death? They don’t believe in death?” But “death” is just a word that was given to a “hopelessly comatose” patient — but they were “hopelessly comatose” at the end of the 60s, not now.

Now you can understand that, in a very large number of those patients, they have no damage at all — no brain damage at all — they just have a silent brain. And that was confirmed in the middle of the 70s. In the mid 70s, some people from histopathology or pathologist[s] started wondering how a doctor since 1968 (when “brain death” was introduced into medicine) can say that there is necrosis of the whole brain — that there is irreversible damage of the cells in the whole brain, just by doing a neurological examination? Pathologists started wondering what is happening here. They wondered: “How can they possibly use a term like ‘necrosis,’ which is the terminology that only pathologists use when they look at the tissue under the microscope.”

So, they started checking into this. They did histological examinations in patients who were diagnosed as “brain dead” for 48 hours — so time enough for full necrosis to occur. No signs of brain activity, no evidence of blood flow for 48 hours. The whole brain should be necrotic; it’s time enough for full necrosis. When they examined those brains — I think the article was published by 1976 — they saw that about 60 percent of those brains had no signs of necrosis at all.

People who were in favor of “brain death” had to defend themselves when these papers were published. They said, “Okay, necrosis in those cases is indicated by such tiny signs that you cannot see it in the microscope. That’s why you cannot see it, but we know it’s there. We know, because there is no possible explanation for absence of blood flow for 48 hours.” Again, when more and more evidence was available to demonstrate that what they had thought in 1968 — which was complete absence of blood flow — was not true, they tried to say something else or invent something else in order to explain it — even as a hypothesis.

You saw that in this conference [on “Brain Death”: A Medicolegal Construct: Scientific & Philosophical Evidence] — it was said several times — that when the practice of “brain death” was introduced into medicine, there were no scientific papers to support it, no scientific research. It was simply a concept: “Ok, we believe that those patients have no blood flow, because they have such a severe edema that the blood vessels are completely compressed. There’s no blood flow. There is no way that the brain could survive after a few hours under no blood flow. So, we will call it ‘brain death’ because that’s what we believe is going on.”

But as I told you, and as you heard from several speakers, there was no preliminary scientific research on the concept of “brain death” to support the concept of “brain death.”

While they claimed that the brain was “dead,” what was going on in the body? The heart is still beating…

Yes, because if it’s not beating you cannot use vital organs. If there is an arrest in circulation, you have damaged organs that you’re trying to transplant to other people.

Dr. Coimbra, when people hear “brain death,” they think the brain is dead. But as you have explained, the brain is actually silent. When the brain is silent, what is the state of the other organs and systems in the body?

This is a very important question, because one of the parts of the brain that is possibly within the range of ischemic penumbra, between 20 percent and 50 percent of the normal levels of circulation, is the hypothalamus.

The hypothalamus produces several hormones that control other glands in our body. And there are at least three hormones that are very important to our discussion. Because the hypothalamus is also under low levels of circulation, the production of those hormones is decreased.

For instance, one of these hormones is the hormone that releases TSH from the pituitary gland. TSH is “thyroid stimulating hormone.” So, you have the hypothalamus producing TSH-releasing hormone. TSH-releasing hormone induces the production of TSH by the hypophysis [pituitary gland]. The hypophysis releases TSH into the circulation, and then the thyroid gland located in our neck keeps producing thyroid hormone.

Thyroid hormones have an action in the brain. They have actions in all of our organs. One of the most important actions is to prevent fluid from leaking into the tissues. So, when you have a patient who has had a brain trauma, for instance, and that trauma has increased the volume of the brain, and now the blood vessels are compressed, the blood vessels that supply blood to the hypothalamus are also compressed. And then you get into a state that is called “Central hypothyroidism.” In this state, the thyroid gland decreases the production of thyroid hormones, because the thyroid gland is not receiving enough stimulation from the brain.

So, the lack of thyroid hormones increases brain damage and brain edema, i.e. brain swelling. This is a critical situation, which I could put this way: if you don’t replace thyroid hormone the brain tissue will die, because the brain swelling will progress, progress, and progress up to the point that the blood vessels are fully compressed, and you have no blood flow at all. Then you have irreversible damage to the brain. But when the blood supply to the brain is within the range of “ischemic penumbra” (a silent but not irreversibly damaged brain) or progressing to that situation (progressing into deeper levels of coma – with reduced, but not absent neurological signs of brain activity) you can rescue the brain, just by giving three hormones.

One of the most important ones is the thyroid hormones. If you give the comatose patient thyroid hormones, you will prevent further leakage of liquids from the intravascular space (the space within blood vessels) into the brain tissue. The progress of brain swelling will stop and reverse, the brain vessels will no longer be compressed, you will increase the blood supply to the brain and the patient will start recovering brain functions.

But this situation starts long before the beginning of [the] screening test for “brain death.” We have a scale to measure the level of coma. It’s called the “Glasgow Coma Scale.” A normal person who is fully awake is at level 15 on the Glasgow Coma Scale. When there are no signs of brain activity, you are at level 3. When you reach level 3, you start screening the patient for the diagnosis of “brain death.”

But when the Glasgow Coma Scale is far away from 3 — when it is around 8 or 7 — most if not all patients have low circulating levels of thyroid hormone. By that point the brain edema is now turned into the so-called “brain myxedema,” because the edema is now caused by a lack of enough amounts of thyroid hormones. Therefore, if you start replacing thyroid hormones when a patient of a traumatic brain injury is at the Glasgow levels of 8 or 7 — the patient’s neurological state can improve and even all neurological functions can be normalized. And this is an obligation, this is not something that you say, “Okay, I will leave it like that.” No, you see that something is wrong, and you can save the life of a patient. Hypothyroidism is a lethal disorder; if you don’t treat it patients will die.

It goes back to what you said about the Hippocratic oath. The most basic part is “do not harm” to your patients. But the second part is “do the best you can” to save the life of your patients, to improve their health, to improve the wellbeing of your patient.

So “do your best” and now you’re not following the second aspect of the Hippocratic oath. You should replace thyroid hormones in order to prevent so-called “brain death.”

And is this generally done? Are these three hormones generally given?

No, it’s not done anywhere.

Why not?

This is a question that the medical community should answer. Why are they not following the second principle of the Hippocratic oath in this situation? It’s been published since the 80s.

So they know … it’s not as though the doctors who are dealing with these patients don’t understand what happens to the thyroid …

When you say they “know,” I have to say that it’s published, but I would not say that the doctors “know” because they don’t know everything that is published. They know what is in the neurology textbook of medicine, like the neurology textbook. They know what’s there, and this is not there. The importance of replacing thyroid hormone is not discussed in meetings related to brain injuries, and how to treat brain injuries. Not one single intensive care unit in the world replaces thyroid hormones — not a single one that I know of. Because, you know, if you would replace thyroid hormones when the Glasgow Coma Scale is at 7 or 8, probably almost no patient would progress into so-called “brain death.” So, it’s not done — it’s simply not done.

What happens to the brain when these thyroid hormones are not given to the patient?

As the brain swells because thyroid hormones are not replaced, the hypothalamus stops or decreases the production of other hormones that are very important for the survival of the comatose patient.

One of the most important ones is the so-called ACTH. ACTH is a hormone that is produced under the stimulation of the hypothalamus. It is produced by the hypophysis [pituitary gland], and it stimulates the adrenal glands to produce hormones that keep your blood pressure within the normal range.

If you can compose the whole situation in your mind: you have a decreased level of thyroid hormones — that’s why the brain is swelling, that’s why the blood flow is decreased: because blood vessels are being compressed in the intracranial space. The patient is evolving to the so-called…“brain death.” And now, the pressure within the vessels that is necessary to supply blood flow to the brain is also decreasing, because the adrenal glands are not providing enough amounts of what we call “mineralocorticoids” to stabilize the blood pressure. So, the blood pressure within the vessel is going down — the pressure which is necessary to supply blood flow to the brain.

So, you have these two circumstances that co-operate to damage the brain: you have increased intracranial pressure because of lack of thyroid hormones, and you have decreased blood pressure because of low levels of adrenal hormones. And again, because those adrenal hormones are not replaced, the patient – the whole organism — is progressing into a disaster.

You said that three hormones should be given. What is the third?

There is a third hormone that should be given to those patients and it’s also produced by the hypothalamus and the hypophysis. It is called ADH, which stands for “antidiuretic hormone.” It prevents your kidneys from releasing large amounts of fluid that would further decrease the volume within your vessels. The further decrease in pressure within the blood vessels comes from the fact that you don’t have enough volume within your circulatory system to sustain circulation.

This third hormone is the only one that is sometimes given to those patients, because it’s impossible not to identify this situation. If you want to identify the situation when thyroid hormones are low, you have to measure them. If you want to identify a situation where adrenal gland hormones are low, you have to measure them. But you know whether the patient is producing low levels of ADH, you know it because he (she) is eliminating a lot of urine — 6 liters, 8 liters, or even 10 liters of urine every day.

The lack of these three hormones will lead the organism into a disaster. And they are not replaced. Because what should be done is not being done, this patient will die within a few days. Nearly these patients will die within a few days due to cardiac arrest. But that’s because you are not considering part of the second Hippocratic oath, which is: you should do the best you can to save the life of your patient. You’re not replacing thyroid hormones; you’re not replacing adrenal hormones; you’re sometimes not replacing ADH, so those patients will die in a few days.

How do those who support “brain death” defend this?

Believe it or not, people who are in favor of “brain death” say it doesn’t matter what you do. The say that, even with the most aggressive intensive care treatment, these patients will die within a few days, so it’s a good idea to take their organs to save the lives of other people. But, actually, those patients have not been treated as they should. The most basic treatment, that is, replacing of all these three hormones, is not done, so the patient will die.

Hypothyroidism is known by the medical community to be a lethal disorder if it’s left untreated. Adrenal failure, which I just described, is also known to be a lethal disorder if it’s left untreated. And the same is true for diabetes insipidus, which is due to the lack of ADH. So, you have three lethal disorders in the same patient, and you don’t treat them. Instead, you say: “Those patients will die even if you give them the most aggressive intensive care treatment.” It’s not true. You don’t know what’s happening. You don’t know the pathophysiology of what is happening with this patient.

Medical doctors are not taught to give thyroid hormones or adrenal hormones; sometimes they are not even taught to give ADH. Doctors sometimes say this is happening “because the brain is dying.” But, actually, the brain is dying because they not replacing those thyroid hormones. If doctors would replace these three types of hormones, the normal circulation to the brain would be restored and the hypothalamus will restart producing normal amounts of all those hormones.

Have you treated patients who have recovered from severe brain trauma through the use of these hormones?

Yes, I treated a 39-year-old woman who was declared “brain dead”… It was a surgical accident that caused the damage to the brain, and I started the replacement of these hormones four days after the event. I have to tell you that it should have started beforehand, not four days later. But she was already diagnosed as “brain dead” and the family had been told. So, we started replacing the thyroid hormones at day four. Eight days after the beginning of the replacement of thyroid hormones and the other hormones, the patient started to breathe on her own. Therefore, the patient could no longer be recognized as someone who is dead, because she was breathing. As I said before, the ability to breathe on one’s own is a sign of life in any culture of the world, so that patient was alive.

One month later, she was able to communicate with her parents. Because she had a tracheostomy she had to communicate by lip reading. She would only move her lips, because there wasn’t sufficient air to vibrate the vocal cords. There was no sound, but she could communicate by lip reading and that continued for two or three months.

Unfortunately, she died because she was in bed too long and she had clot formations within the veins of her legs and the clots moved to her lungs. She died because of pulmonary embolism.

But she was able to communicate with her parents before she died.

Yes, for two or three months she could communicate with them…

Which is all the difference for the family…the fact that the parents were able to communicate with their daughter.

Her brain was functional. Of course, she had some severe neurological problems related to movement. Her movements were severely restricted. But we did not know what would have happened in the next few months, if she would start moving her arms and legs or not. Unfortunately, she had this clinical complication and died because of that.

Since you asked, it is important to say that, before this lady, I treated a 15-year-old girl. I started the treatment one month after the accident. She had already been submitted to three apnea tests. She breathed in the first and the second, but not in the third. They were done on consecutive days, so each of the tests were an additional aggression to the patient, to the brain circulation, and finally she could not resist the third. She was in a deep coma with no respiratory reflexes.

That patient was not in the same city where I worked, and the family moved from another state in Brazil to the state of São Paulo. I started the replacement of the thyroid hormones too late, but at some point, about two weeks later, under thyroid hormone replacement and the replacement of other hormones, that patient was having seizures, convulsions, on the right side.

But a person who is “brain dead” doesn’t have brain seizures, do they?

No, a dead brain cannot have a seizure. That’s what I wrote on the patient’s chart.

The doctor on call that night in the ICU was someone involved in a transplant system. And he wrote something [in the chart] like: “once a patient is declared ‘brain dead,’ the patient is dead. It doesn’t matter if later on the patient no longer fulfills the criteria for ‘brain death.’ The patient is legally dead, because it was once diagnosed as ‘brain dead.’”

I can prove this. I have a copy of the patient’s chart. So, you see the conflict of interest here. In the United States alone, in 2016 the transplant system involved business to the tune of approximately 25 billion dollars. By 2025, it is expected to reach 51 billion dollars per year.

On the internet, you can find announcements suggesting that you should buy shares from those pharmaceutical companies, because they will be increasing profits and you can earn a lot of money by buying their shares. So, this is big, big business. You can see how powerful these people are.

Imagine that you knew a very well-known, prestigious transplant surgeon, who has been performing vital organ transplants for 30 years. He is very skillful surgeon, possibly world-renowned. And then you come to him and say that “brain death” is not death anymore, because now we know much more than we knew in 1968, when brain that was introduced into medicine.

Imagine that you tell him he should stop doing vital organ transplants. He has been doing them for 30 years, and he is very skillful, perhaps a world-renowned doctor. Do suppose that he will accept that peacefully? It’s difficult. After 30 years, all the prestige that has accumulated and then you tell him he should look for another way of making money — another specialty because transplants are no longer possible.

It seems it goes back to the Hippocratic oath. A doctor makes a vow when he becomes doctor. It is a sacred vow.

Yes, definitely.

See https://catholicismpure.wordpress.com/2019/06/07/neurologist-exposes-brain-death-myth-behind-multi-billion-dollar-organ-transplant-industry/ (“Neurologist exposes ‘brain death’ myth behind multi-billion-dollar organ transplant industry”) (emphasis in original)

Why should anyone be the least bit surprised about this? It is just another way to kill human beings, so that their organs can be harvested for sale on the international organs market.

My dear friends have lived through this pain with the tragic death of their wonderful young son, as described in my article above.

Any doctor, nurse or “others” who participates in any of this must be imprisoned for the rest of his or her life, at the very least. Nothing less will suffice.

12 06 2019
cmahlin

Never agree to being an organ donor on your driver’s license, and teach your family members to be your advocates if you are hospitalized.

My personal experience as a patient supports this position. It was at the University of Nebraska Medical Center which partnered with Mayo Clinic to film surgery in my case. No one mentioned it to me as the patient. I was not expected to survive from a head wound.

Thank you for sharing this critical information.

12 06 2019
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you for sharing your experiences, and your recommendation. I agree with you completely.

5 07 2019
Timothy D. Naegele

Boycott Mexico! [UPDATED]

Please read or reread my article above, about the killing of my long-time friends’ wonderful son, and the harvesting of his body parts in Mexico. I just spoke with a women, with respect to whom the same thing happened to a relative of hers in Mexico.

See also https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/15/who-is-next-the-murder-of-a-young-american-and-the-harvesting-of-his-body-parts-in-mexico/#comment-15404 (“British Woman Who Died In Mexico Was Flown Home Without Her Eyes, Heart And BRAIN“)

And yes, this and similar tragedies are happening to Mexicans, in vast numbers, as the Mexican cartels run wild and literally rule increasingly-large parts of Mexico.

Adry Torres has written for the UK’s Daily Mail:

Mexico has recorded its highest ever murder rate with government data revealing a shocking 17,065 homicides were committed in the first six months of 2019. That equates to 94 murders every day.

The information, released Tuesday by the Secretariat of Security and Citizens Protection, showed the murder rate has increased from the same period last year, up from 16,585 murders in the first half of 2018.

A staggering 33,369 people were assassinated in the whole of 2018, the highest number since the country started keeping official numbers in 1997. However, 2019 is on course to eclipse that figure.

According to the government, 2,543 killings were recorded in June, but officials expect the number to surpass the 3,000 when an updated report is released July 20, making it the deadliest month in Mexico’s history.

The data revealed 2,932 homicides in January and 2,877 in February. The month of March saw 2,933 murders. The figure dropped to 2,801 in April and spiked in May with 2,979 killings.

Including the 2,879 murders in December 2018, and there have been almost 20,000 Mexicans killed since President Andrés Manuel López Obrador entered office.

Mexico has been engulfed in a wave of violence since the government launched an all-out offensive to root out organized criminal organizations in 2006 under former President Felipe Calderon. Since then, there have been more than 200,000 murders.

López Obrador vowed to resolve a problem, which he blamed on previous administrations.

At the start of the year the leftist leader announced the creation of a National Guard force as a method to combat crime.

After it as approved in March, the president finally rolled out his new militarized unit this week, which consists of 70,000 troops made up of Army and Navy recruits, as well as police officers from municipal, state and federal units.

Guanajuato and the state of México were the deadliest regions, followed by the states of Jalisco, Baja California, Chihuahua, Veracruz, Mexico City and Guerrero.

At least 1,800 National Guardsmen will be deployed in Guanajuato where they will be tasked with confronting the ongoing violent battle between the Jalisco New Generation Cartel – considered the most powerful in the country – and the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel. Both factions have been fighting for control of fuel theft, extortion and kidnapping in the region.

At least 450 members of the National Guard were allocated to the state of Mexico this week where the Jalisco New Generation Cartel is embroiled in a turf war with the Familia Michoacana, the Caballeros Templarios, the Gulf Cartel and the Nuevo Imperio gang.

Mexican authorities have been unsuccessful in capturing the cartel’s leader, Nemesio ‘El Mencho’ Oseguera Cervantes.

The 52-year-old is the most-wanted man in Mexico and the United States.

The U.S. government is offering a $10million reward for information leading to his capture.

See https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7217035/Mexico-reaches-time-high-17-065-murders-recorded-six-months-2019.html (“Mexico’s murder rate reaches all-time high with 17,065 homicides recorded in the first six months of 2019 – an average of 94 killings every day“) (emphasis added; chart and videos omitted); see also https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9446065/mexico-murder-rate-highest-ever-94-killings-each-day/ (“MURDER MAYHEM: Mexico murder bloodbath spirals out of control reaching all-time high with 94 killings every DAY“) and https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/mexico-travel-advisory.html (U.S. Department of State: “Mexico Travel Advisory”) and https://www.apnews.com/c197a3ee34834ea69f745975fa632ea2 (“Mexico sets 1st half murder record, up 5.3%“)

5 07 2019
H. Craig Bradley

AMERICAN TOURISTS LOVE MEXICO

Middle Class Americans, like my neighbors down the street (Waylee), have earned the right to enjoy their retirement. They like to get away from the neighborhood and the goings-on and visit other states and countries annually. Its a limited time window for them, as you need to be healthy. So, each Winter for 3-4 weeks, one of their many trips includes a 3-4 Week stay at a 4-Star resort (compound) in a rural area near Cancun, Mexico. They love it there.

They tour the countryside around Cancun during their stays and at least during the daytime, tell me its quite safe for them. Many others do likewise in Cabo San Lucas, as well. Each individual has a different tolerance for Mexico, some more than others.

A friend I grew-up with and his wife went to Cabo a couple of years ago. Federal Policia in-uniform with Kevlar vests, military helmets, and wire framed (stock) automatic rifles are posted along main streets in CABO as armed guards to deter Cartel violence and reassure tourists things are secure. However, my friend was not impressed and told me he has no plans to revisit Cabo on the Baja Peninsula. Having armed military guards everywhere did not reassure him. So, what is acceptable or tolerable for some tourists is not so with others.

The problems in Mexico will continue as long as we continue to buy their drugs and pay for them in U.S. Dollars. The “War on Drugs” has been another bitter defeat, no matter how much money we have spent on it. Ditto on the War on Poverty or any other “War”. Its just a business, I am afraid. Instead of cracking-down we are legalizing drugs such as marijuana. The potential tax money is irresistible for near bankrupt states and cities.

Most tourists are only concerned with themselves, not unfortunate victims who were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time and lost their heart in Old Mexico ( not San Francisco). Americans for the most part are quite indifferent, in my observation and experience many certainly are NOT out to solve the world’s problems. ( They want President Trump to take care of it all ).

The analogous situation I see is with Venezuela. Venezuela went from one of the highest standards of living in Latin America in the 1950’s to a Failed State in 2017. In only 50 years, like Detroit, Mich. they collapsed. So, just about any individual state (California) or country can eventually do likewise if there is enough corruption, money, and the ability to elect a dictator and print money until the ink runs-out (Zimbabwe is going back to using their own currency once more ). Once you hit rock bottom, you stay there for a long, long, time.

Venezuelans have an interesting way of putting it: For a long time before Hugo Chavez, “we were all peeing in the pool. Hugo Chavez was just the first to do it from the diving board “. I see the underlying meaning quite clearly: everyone is in on it in one way or another and everyone suffers accordingly. Same happened to the German People in the 1930’s and 1940’s.

Not all Germans were members of the NAZI Party, but they all went along with the prosperity and perks while they lasted. Only when things went south did some of them figure-out the true nature of what they embraced. Others continued to stubbornly refuse to concede the obvious. By then, its too late to do much good anyway. I think Democrats will be doing likewise in due course. After all, history repeats for a reason: Human Nature.

5 07 2019
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you, Craig, for your comments.

I agree with much of what you have said. However, many Mexicans are afraid of Mexico today; and Baja is not safe at all. The cartels run it.

The capper was when a lovely Mexican woman told me today that a relative of hers was killed in Mexico, and the relative’s body parts were harvested.

As the cartels “diversify” into other businesses in addition to drugs, kidnapping and body-part harvesting are increasing, because both are lucrative financially.

So so sad. Indeed, many Americans of Mexican descent live in the past, and remember fondly their times in Mexico and yearn to visit to this day, even though the risks of being killed and mutilated are enormous. Moreover, they subject family members to their fantasies of what Mexico used to be, and put such family members at extreme risks, which is irresponsible.

6 07 2019
Sarah

I agree with Tim, It is irresponsible to put such family members at risk by still going there. I have two aunts who work for the Mexican Police Department they tell me how corrupt and dangerous Mexico is. My uncle was decapitated and my cousin was almost sold into prostitution. I myself am Mexican and I afraid of Mexico today, which is why I will never go back.

6 07 2019
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you, Sarah, for your comments and insights.

So so tragic. Having grown up in Los Angeles, I came to love the Spanish/Mexican culture, food and people. Put succinctly, they are wonderful.

Today, the cartels run large swaths of the country, and terrorize/brutalize Mexicans and non-Mexicans alike.

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