Requests for State of California to cease enabling nationwide fraud in the mold issue.

On June 11, 2019, I traveled to Los Angeles. I made an oral request that the voting Regents of the University of California Health Services Committee (HSC) “take an up or down vote” on August 13, 2019 if they are going to allow the UC name to continue to be misused to harm the public, including U.S. military families, with scientific fraud in the mold issue.

One may watch the video of my 6/11/19 oral request to the Regents here:

The two page written request which they received states:

Sharon Kramer
2031 Arborwood Place
Escondido, CA 92029
760-822-8026
June 11, 2019

To the Regents of the University of California (UC) HEALTH SERVICES COMMITTEE (HSC) members.

Re: Please calendar for 8/13/19 and vote to stop the UC name from being misused to cause discrimination of the sick, disabled and dying via flawed health policy papers, physician educational materials, claims handling practices and in mold litigations.

This request to you is also made by [12 minute] video. Please see it at: https://youtu.be/OPTp9n055mc6.11.19 UC Regents HSC Meeting. Agenda Item Request for 8.13.19”

Dear Regent,

I spoke at the April 2019 HSC meeting. To quote from your minutes “Sharon Kramer expressed concern about bad living conditions for families living on U.S. military bases and health hazards associated with mold. These hazards should not be downplayed or discounted.”

I provided documentation which brought to your attention that a 2006 medical journal publication with the UC name on it had made its way into the March 2019 Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC) directive for military physicians.

I provided documentation to you which showed that I was able to help troops and their families dodge the bullet of the junk science that was about to be used against them as proof that the moldy military housing is not harming them. The way I was able to do this was by sending one email to NMCPHC showing that what they were teaching the doctors is based on junk science discredited by Institute of Medicine (IOM). It was penned by expert defense witnesses in mold litigations. (Attached hereto as EXH 1 is the email communication with NMCPHC)

I also provided documentation that the unofficial seal of the UC is being misused by Dr. Andrew Saxon, Emeritus UCLA, on reports that he is writing when serving as an expert defense witness, interstate, in mold litigations; and that he is misstating fact for profit when enabling insurer fraud in mold litigation. (Attached hereto as EXH 2 is an excerpt of one of Dr. Saxon’s litigation defense reports from 2017).

With all due respect, the HSC really needs to take measures to shut down this scam that continues to harm thousands and that has relied heavily on the UC name as the legitimizing factor for bogus science 2002. (Attached hereto as EXH 3 is the 2007 Wall Street Journal article “Amid Suits Over Mold Expert Wear Two Hats, Authors of Science Papers Also Serve for the Defense in Mold Litigations”, explaining how and why the scam came to be; and describing how the UC has profited from it since 2002)

People have been asking the UC Regents to address this problem since 2010. (Attached hereto as EXH 4 is the April [May] 2010 request to the Regents and the attached exhibits showing how the National Apartment Association (NAA) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are misusing the UC name to promote false science in mold litigations.). Dr. Saxon was also an expert defense witness in this case, as was his co-author of the junk science, Bruce Kelman.

The public needs your help. Please make this deeply seated fraud stop.

1. Please request that the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM) retract the paper from publication, titled “Adverse Human Health Effects Associated with Molds in the Indoor Environment” by Bruce J. Kelman & Bryan Hardin of Veritox, Inc. and Andrew Saxon of UCLA. It was sunset as a position statement of ACOEM in 2015, yet one would never know it from looking at their journal. It is still used extensively in mold litigations.

2. Please request that the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) & nonprofit Manhattan Institute Center for Legal Policy (CLP) retract the paper from publication titled “A Scientific View of the Health Effects of Mold”; with stated authorship of Bruce J. Kelman, Bryan Hardin, Coreen Robbins of Veritox, Inc. and Andrew Saxon of UCLA. [Dr. Saxon has stated under oath that he did not co-author this paper. The contract, cancelled check made to Veritox, and under oath testimony confirm that only Mr. Kelman and Mr. Hardin co-authored it.]

3. Please request that the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI) retract from publication the paper titled “The Medical Effects of Mold Exposure” with stated authorship of Andrew Saxon of UCLA, Robert Bush of University of Wisconsin, Abba I. Terr of Stanford University, Robert Wood of Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Jay Portnoy of Children’s Mercy Hospital of Kansas City from publication. [It was sunset as a position statement of AAAAI in 2011. Yet one would never know that from looking at their journal. It is still used in mold litigations. Dr. Portnoy has stated under oath that he did not contribute to this paper after Dr. Saxon rewrote his work. Email communications establish that Dr. Portnoy was not even aware it had been published in 2006, until I told him; and that he does not agree with its findings]

4. Please cause Dr. Andrew Saxon of UCLA (retired) to cease misusing the UC unofficial seal when writing dishonest reports as an expert defense witness in mold litigations.

I am requesting that you schedule this matter to be addressed by HSC vote at the August 2019 HSC meeting; and that you allow me to make a presentation to you corroborating why it is in the public’s best interest that HSC cause the UC name and other assets to cease being used to commit insurer fraud and horrific discrimination in the mold issue, nationwide. (Attached hereto as EXH 5 is a March 2019 article about me from Health Impact News. It describes why and how I know so much about this deeply seated fraud and the harm it continues to cause the public)

Thank you for your consideration of this matter.

Sincerely,

Sharon Noonan Kramer

I delivered these comments of others who are adversely impacted by the scientific fraud with the UC name on it, attached to my Agenda Item Request for 8/13/19.

To my surprise, representatives of #ME Action Network & Solve ME/CFS Initiative were seeking HSC help on the same day. I am concerned and dismayed that they are not aware of this deep-seated fraud in healthcare which impedes acknowledgment of the severity of the disabling illnesses of those for whom the advocate.

See video of the ME/CFS advocates’ pleas for UC Regent help to properly educate physicians, as they articulate the mass discrimination/medical mistreatment problem; and the broad efforts being made to change it (without understanding that what they are really trying to change is intentional discrimination and bias against their loved ones for profit).

Thousands of people, including federal legislators from California, know of the scientific fraud with the UC name all over it. They know of the corruption in California’s courts purposed to hide it is a fraud and enable it to continue to cause discrimination of the environmentally disabled and dying.

Vice, 4/14/15 “The Surprisingly Fierce Battle Over a Scientific Paper About Mold

WorkCompCentral 3/9/15 “ACOEM Takes Down Position Paper Commonly Used to Defend Against Mold Claims”

It disturbs me to no end that no one is apparently telling the ME/CFS community, so they could understand that what they are fighting to change is not just lack of proper physician education & lack of research.  It’s a  massive fraud based on junk science in the mold issue. It is used to cause lack-of-belief, bias and discrimination of all with ME/CFS — whether they’ve been impacted by mold or not.

On a more positive note.

Most people do not know that Senator Dianne Feinstein’s husband, Richard Blum, is one of ten voting Regents of HSC. Another is Gavin Newsom, California’s Governor.  And still another, Janet Napolitano, is former head of US Homeland Security. Sherry Lancing is the former CEO of Paramount Pictures.

HSC is a important committee in the UC system and in shaping policies across the US.  They have a tremendous amount of influence and political clout, nationwide.

They also have large amounts of complex matters which they are charged to oversee. As a result, sometimes it is hard to get the Regents to focus on what little individual members of the public have to say.

I watched HSC Chair Lancing’s face as the ME/CFS ladies spoke.  I think she heard them as they explained what a massive and devastating issue that ME/CFS really is.

Whether HSC will calendar in August and vote to stop the UC name from being misused to promote the false concept that these illnesses are just figments of people’s imagination, remains to be seen.  Still, the ME ladies did an awesome job!

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4/3/19 Request for Arms Services/Readiness Oversight of Medico-Legal Matters in the Moldy Military Housing Debacle

ATTN Military Moms!!! If so inclined, please send a brief (and polite) email to Congressman Giramendi’s office TODAY telling the Arms Services Readiness Committee how your family is being hurt by the military doctors being misinformed of the true illnesses caused by the moldy military housing.  What is their recovery plan from this?

Betsy.Thompson@mail.house.gov (See below for the fax that they and the Navy Health Dept received this morning)

“If I have the time, I am going to blog this fax later on today so the military mothers and others may also see it. If I get it up on the Net, maybe some of the military mothers will contact you all to explain how they and their families are being harmed by the medico-legal fraud in the matter, as much as the mold exposure itself.”

Sharon Noonan Kramer
2031 Arborwood Place
Escondido, CA 92029
760-822-8206

April 3, 2019

Daniel Naske & Betsy Thompson
Legislative Assistants to
The Honorable John Giramendi
by Fax (202) 225-5914

RE: Please address the scientific fraud on the medico-legal side of the moldy military housing matter in the Department of Defense’s “Guide for Clinicians Caring for Patients with Mold-related Complaints”.

Dear Mr. Naske and Ms. Thompson,

I sent you an email yesterday and am following up with a fax today. I am gravely concerned for the safety of our military families and the readiness of our troops. Please ask Congressman Giramendi to take action to protect them from a deeply seated insurer fraud scam based on junk science that is written into policies and physician educational materials.

Our troops and their families are experiencing adverse symptoms from the water damaged building (WDB) exposures which go far beyond the respiratory tract. Some of them are experiencing symptoms that are indicative of toxicological exposures, including brain injuries/cognitive dysfunction.

Page1It is extremely dangerous to have troops with brain injuries out in the field trying to defend our country. It is even more dangerous for the military physicians to be trained to not tell the troops what is causing their symptoms; and instead feed them useless anti-depressants, which can have severe side effects on their own.

Brain injury from WDB exposures was proven by jury verdict in the matter of Federico v. Lincoln Military Housing, Civil No. 2:12cv80 United States District Court, E.D. Virginia, Norfolk Division. The husband, Joe Federico, was severely impacted with the cognitive dysfunction and “retired” from the military.

To quote from one article re: the Federico verdict,

“On April 4, 2016, NeuroQuant® and NeuroGage® were admitted as evidence by Judge Raymond A. Jackson in a Federal court case in Norfolk, VA (Federico, et al. v. Lincoln Military Housing, LLD, et al.) despite the objections of defense counsel. This was the first time these brain volume measurement tools were admitted in Federal court. David E. Ross, M.D., neuropsychiatrist, testified on the neuropsychiatric aspects of mold-related illness which had affected the Federicos, including the NeuroQuant® and NeuroGage® MRI brain volume measurements. The results showed a combined pattern of brain enlargement/atrophy similar to that found in two pioneering studies published by Ritchie Shoemaker, M.D. and colleagues. The jury found in favor of the plaintiffs. Dr. Shoemaker has hypothesized that the brain enlargement/atrophy is caused by chronic neuroinflammation. This idea is supported by his finding that clinical treatment leads to normalization of brain volume. In court, positive rulings are important because they set a positive precedent, which means that judges in future cases will be more likely to admit these types of results than if there had been previous negative rulings.”

Many other military families are reporting the same to their peers. By and large, they are afraid to speak of it for fear they will be retaliated against, instead of helped. The military physicians are being trained to believe that the brain injuries (and other symptoms beyond the respiratory tract) are not able to be caused by WDB exposures. This is greatly adding to the justified fears of retaliation that the military families experience.

THE ROOT OF THE DEEPLY SEATED PROBLEM:

There is one bogus toxicological risk assessment model that was concocted by the dishonest toxicologists at Veritox, Inc. in 2002, which is fraudulently used as alleged proof in court that the microbial toxins in WDBs cannot reach a level to cause brain injuries. (EXH 1 the “Veritox Theory” ) Veritox owners serve as expert defense witnesses in moldy military housing cases when assisting the PPV landlords and their insurers to avoid liability for causation of disabilities and deaths. (EXH 2, relevant pages of the “expert opinion” of Veritox president, Bruce J. Kelman, in Mitchell v. the United States, 2006).

There are four active papers in the “fleet of deceit” which sail the Veritox Theory across the United States with the University of California flag proudly waving. They are:

1. 2002 nonprofit American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) “Adverse Human Health Effects Associated with Molds in the Indoor Environment” by Bruce J. Kelman & Bryan Hardin of Veritox, Inc. and Andrew Saxon of UCLA. Published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM)

2. 2003 nonprofit U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) & nonprofit Manhattan Institute Center for Legal Policy (CLP) “A Scientific View of the Health Effects of Mold”. Stated authorship: Bruce J. Kelman, Bryan Hardin, Coreen Robbins of Veritox, Inc. and Andrew Saxon of UCLA.

3. 2006 nonprofit American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) [26] “The Medical Effects of Mold Exposure”. Stated authorship: Andrew Saxon of UCLA, Robert Bush of University of Wisconsin, Abba I. Terr of Stanford University, Robert Wood of Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Jay Portnoy of Children’s Mercy Hospital of Kansas City Published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI) [Dr. Portnoy has claimed under oath that he did not contribute to this paper after Dr. Saxon rewrote his work]

4. 2006 nonprofit American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) “Institute of Medicine Report on Damp Indoor Spaces and Health” by Daniel Sudakin of Veritox, Inc. and Thomas Kurt (This paper is a dishonest critique of the 2004 IOM Damp Indoor Spaces & Health Report’s toxicity section. It is a rehash of the above three papers. Drs. Sudakin & Kurt are expert defense witnesses in mold litigations as are other ACMT members. CDC ATSDR funds ACMT to disseminate information for “nonprofit” medical associations)

5. 2005, the disabled ship: California Department of Health and Industrial Relations Board policies “Mold in the Indoor Work Places”. This paper was endorsed into California public health policies by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in October of 2005.

On its fourth page it used to state, “Physicians can refer to the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) Adverse Human Health Effects Associated with Molds in the Indoor Environment”. Sometime after January 1, 2016, that sentence was quietly removed from the California Department of Health advisories to physicians without dating the change – making it falsely appear that the State of California never endorsed the junk science into physician [advisories] aiding with flawed insurer claims handling practices, including but not limited to, workers’ compensation claims.

(See EXH 3 ) Wall Street Journal, Jan 2007, “Amid Suits Over Mold Experts Wear Two Hats, Authors of Science Papers Also Serve For Defense in Mold Litigations” This article explains much of how the bogus Veritox Theory made its way into physician educational materials for the purpose of cheating disabled people in mold litigations.

On March 14, 2019 the Navy and Marine Corps Health Department put out a Clinician Guideline of how to (mis)treat the military families. (EXH 4 ). They cited to the litigation defense argument, AAAAI Mold Statement, for reference. The Clinician Guideline is horrible. It strongly appears to have been written by NGO contractors who are the expert defense witnesses in mold litigations. One email sent of March 28, 2019 explaining (some of) the problem, and the Navy graciously withdrew their misguided Clinician Guideline on March 29, 2019 (EXH 5 ).

As the former California Insurance Commissioner (2003 through 2007) when the “fleet of deceit” was being created (Oct 2002-2007), I am aware that Congressman Giramandi has much experience with the mold issue. I know that he understands how bogus science is sometimes concocted and legitimized by medical journal and other publications to support dishonest expert witnessing that is used by insurers (and others) to avoid liability for their insureds’ negligent acts causing harm.

PLEASE HELP! It is an urgent matter at this juncture in time. You all can write all the laws you want on the Hill with the intent of causing the DOD to provide better oversight of the PPV landlords. It will not make one bit of difference if the DOD is also putting out greatly flawed clinician guidelines which assist the landlords and insurers to avoid liability for causation of disabilities and deaths — based on falsely stated “current accepted science”.

Tomorrow, you all have the representatives of the DOD, Navy, Army, and Air Force available for direct questioning and comment. Please address the need for the DOD to develop accurate clinician guidelines re: the illnesses caused by the moldy military housing based on true current accepted science (not based on litigation defense arguments).

Should it really be this hard to get the United States government to admit they messed up by promoting the false concept that its proven thousands of people are lying about being disabled by WDBs – by promoting the false findings of dishonest expert defense witnesses who added math to data they took from one rat study?

Thank you,
Sharon Kramer
(advocate for integrity in health marketing)

(EXH 6 Part I & Part II About me). This is the true story written by a gentleman with a masters in public health, 3/19, John Thomas. It tells (some of) the shear Hell that the judges and justices in the military town of San Diego, continue to criminally run me through on behalf of the owners of Veritox, Inc. and their clients (and on behalf of the University of California) – for my exposing this epic and deadly marketing scam fourteen years ago. The California judges’ oversight agency, the Commission on Judicial Performance, is currently being audited. I helped to cause the direly needed audit.

P.S. If I have the time, I am going to blog this fax later on today so the military mothers and others may also see it. If I get it up on the Net, maybe some of the military mothers will contact you all to explain how they and their families are being harmed by the medico-legal fraud in the matter, as much as the mold exposure itself. If I get it on the Net, one may read it at Katy’s Exposure under the blog title of “4/3/19 Request for Arms Services/Readiness Oversight of Medico-Legal Matters in the Moldy Military Housing Debacle”.

FC:
Paul Gillooly, Ph.D., CAPT, MSC, USN Ret
Environmental Programs
Navy & Marine Corps Public Health Center
FAX:(757) 953-0675

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Pots Calling a Kettle “Black”. U.S. Senators Blame DOD for Ongoing Moldy Military Housing Debacle.

Foreign Policy posted an article on their website today by Pentagon correspondent Lara Seligman.  It is titled “The Navy Wanted a New Cyber Official, but a Housing Scandal Got in the Way”

It starts with the statement of “Military families complain of appalling living conditions“, which is a true statement. The article goes on to state,

“The U.S. Navy had been considering dissolving the position of an assistant secretary who oversaw housing for military families and creating a new job in its place that would focus on increasingly important cybersecurity issues. But when some of those families complained at a showdown hearing in Congress last month about appalling living conditions—including mold, rat infestations, and lead paint—the Navy was forced to backtrack.

The reversal underscored how sensitive the military can be to public protests by its service members, especially when they’re aired in front of lawmakers…. Several military families shared their stories before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Feb. 13, including Janna Driver, the wife of a U.S. Air Force service member and mother of five children. She told lawmakers she and her family had a series of illnesses before discovering an extensive mold problem in a utility room.

‘We will likely suffer from the effects of this for the rest of our lives, physically, financially, emotionally, and mentally,’ Driver said.  Since then, all three service secretaries, as well as acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, have faced questions from lawmakers about the allegations.

Officials traced the problem back to a 1996 military housing privatization effort that allowed contractors to take over management of some residences from the military.”

Screech! Halt! Stop the presses!  The problem did not begin in 1996 by the outsourcing of oversight of military housing to the private sector.  It began in 2001 with the federal government, particularly the CDC, outsourcing the oversight of the environmental illnesses caused by moldy building to conflicted “nonprofit” medical associations, think-tanks, and the lobbyists at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Tobacco scientists (who also serve as expert defense witnesses in mold litigations) were brought into the issue in late 2001, to write public health policies.  These erred policies are purposed to enable the military housing landlords, their insurers, and all others with a financial stake in the buildings, to avoid liability for negligent acts causing the mold to grow and the resultant disabilities to occur.

The Foreign Policy article goes on to state, “Sen. Jack Reed, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, blamed the conditions on a ‘lack of accountability by the Department of Defense.” 

A BUNCH OF POTS CALLING A KETTLE “BLACK”

It is long past time for the good senators of the United States to stop pretending they do not know how the mold issue was enabled by them and others to get so out of control.

They know that what is being allowed to disable our military families is also happening to our college students being disabled by moldy dorms, poor people living in moldy HUDD housing, workers injured in moldy work environments, children and teachers being disabled by moldy schools, and even judges being disabled by moldy courthouses.

I added two comments to the FP article.  Below is the TRUE STORY of what many of the senators have known for a long time, but have not lifted a finger to make it stop.  I am not exaggerating or kidding one iota when I say it is CRIMINAL.

Mrs. Kramer
Comment Part I.

This is a bad joke: “Sen. Jack Reed, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, blamed the conditions of a ‘lack of accountability by the Department of Defense” That is an incorrect accusation on Sen. Reed’s part.
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The intentional lack of accountability has been occurring on the Hill for well over a decade. In 2006, the late Senator Edward Kennedy was the minority chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension Committee (HELP). He ordered a federal GAO audit of the health effects of molds and mycotoxins and how the federal gov’t addresses complaints for them, at my instant urging.
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In Feb of 2007, the following was deleted from the scope of the audit, “What medical and scientific standards are used in determining the admissibility of evidence of both acute and persistent health consequences resulting from exposure to mold? Which individuals and organizations have promulgated these standards and what, if any, conflicts of interest exist regarding these standards?”
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At the time, they knew that expert defense witnesses in mold litigation (toxicologists at Veritox, Inc. headquartered in Redmond, WA and a dishonest immunologist from UCLA, Dr. Andrew Saxon) were setting the standards via getting naysaying junk science mass marketed into policies and physician educational materials via U.S. “nonprofit” medical associations and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
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At the time that they gutted the audit scope, Veritox president Bruce Kelman was serving as an expert defense witness for the USDOJ in a moldy military housing case. He claimed that the disabling symptoms reported by the family could not be caused by the moldy military housing, based on his bogus toxicological risk assessment model, the “Veritox Theory“. One may view Mr. Kelman’s 2006 “expert” opinion in the military housing mold case, here. Mitchell et.al. vs. the United States.
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One month BEFORE Dem Senate HELP gutted the audit scope and any chance of anyone being held accountable for harming our troops’ families (and thousands of others) with a bogus litigation defense argument; on January 10, 2007 the Wall Street Journal ran a front page article about the scam, Veritox, Saxon, “nonprofit” medical associations, and the US Chamber of Commerce’s unclean hands in the matter.
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One may read the article here: “Court of Opinion, Amid Suits Over Mold Experts Wear Two Hats. Authors of Science Papers Also Help the Defense in Mold Litigation” ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
This is a seventeen year long, gov’t backed scam based on junk science penned by expert defense witnesses in mold litigations. The U.S. Senate is not going to help the military families be able to obtain proper medical care or restitution when injured from the moldy military housing; without fessing up to their roles in causing this debacle to continue. That they would only “act” now while the media spotlight is again shining, is additionally disturbing.
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The DOD certainly has not had clean hands in the matter. But the senators grandstanding for the media and attempting to put the blame entirely on the DOD is nothing more than a public display of a bunch of pots calling a kettle black.

Mrs. Kramer
Comment Part II

I spent three days in DC last week trying to get them to fess up, stop feigning ignorance, and move to correct the underlying problem which enables the PPV landlords to get away with what they have been doing to our troops’ families. [The legislative assistants of my own senator, Dianne Feinstein — aka wife of long time University of California Regent Richard Blum — refused to meet with  me].

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The matter is even worse than what is described above. There is a fourteen year long, concealed criminal cover up of the debacle occurring in the State of California.
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I have a degree in marketing. In 2005, I was the first person to publicly connect the dots of how the junk science became policy for the purpose of lending undue credibility to a litigation defense argument. In short, it is a multi-billion dollar, gov’t backed, insurer fraud scam.
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For fourteen years, judges and justices in San Diego, California have been framing me for libel on Veritox’s behalf. I have a mountain of falsified court documents and direct evidence of judicially suppressed evidence of Bruce Kelman’s perjury while strategically litigating to shut me up.
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I was sent to jail by order of a San Diego judge in 2012 for refusing to lie under oath of how this scam continues by the criminal case fixing on Veritox’s and their clients’ behalves. (They wanted me to sign a document which includes the sentence “I do not believe Dr. Kelman committed perjury”).
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Below is my recent request to the 48 U.S. Senators of the Arms and HELP committees to stop pretending that they don’t know where the root of the problem lays. There are many links in the below link which prove every single word I have written above.  This includes videos of Mr. Kelman committing material perjury while strategically litigating; and the Chief Justice and Attorney General of California cracking jokes about “harmless error” while I am explaining how the San Diego case fixing enables the greater scam to continue, nationwide). “3.11.19 Request for US Senate Intervention to Stop Fraud & Retaliation in the Mold Issue………………………………………………………… ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
It is beyond disgusting that this continues in the USA while our nation’s leaders down BOTH sides of the isle pretend they do not know how or why; and instead point the finger away from themselves as the problems they enable, rage on.

And if all of the above were not bad enough.  Even with Reuters shining a spotlight on the issue for the past six months with their series “Ambushed at Home“; and the good senators spending a boat load of tax dollars holding hearings and writing useless new laws; the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center had the audacity to send the follow out to the military physicians on March 14, 2019.

The message to the physicians is:  ignore the “anecdotal” complaints of the sick military families and do not substantiate their fears that the moldy military housing is disabling their children for life.

Marine advisory to physicians page 1

military advisory to physician page 2

Note Reference #4  It is one of the  junk science papers exposed in the 2007 WSJ article that promotes the bogus Veritox Theory.  And you know what’s even worse??????

Stated co-author Dr. Jay Portnoy of Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City didn’t even co-author it.  In February of 2006, he asked the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI) for his name to be taken off publication after Andrew Saxon of UCLA rewrote his work.

Dr. Portnoy did not even know that he was listed as co-authoring the AAAAI Mold Statement until I told him.

And ya know what’s even more insidious than that???? Reference #1, the IOM Damp Indoor Spaces and Health Report has been used multiple times to knock the naysaying junk science of Saxon, Veritox, ACOEM, AAAAI, ACMT, University of California, CDC, and the US Chamber out of many mold litigations via exposing it for the fraud that it is when denying liability for causation of disabilities — since 2006!

Enough already!!!  It is long past time to sink the fleet of deceit that sails the Veritox Theory across the United States with the University of California flag proudly waving.   The four papers which need to be de-published and removed from the face of the planet are:

1. 2002 nonprofit American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) Adverse Human Health Effects Associated with Molds in the Indoor Environment” by Bruce J. Kelman & Bryan Hardin of Veritox, Inc. and Andrew Saxon of UCLA. Published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM)

2. 2003 nonprofit U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) & nonprofit Manhattan Institute Center for Legal Policy (CLP)  “A Scientific View of the Health Effects of Mold”. Stated authorship: Bruce J. Kelman, Bryan Hardin, Coreen Robbins of Veritox, Inc. and Andrew Saxon of UCLA.

3. 2006 nonprofit American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) [26] “The Medical Effects of Mold Exposure”. Stated authorship: Andrew Saxon of UCLA, Robert Bush of University of Wisconsin, Abba I. Terr of Stanford University, Robert Wood of Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Jay Portnoy of Children’s Mercy Hospital of Kansas City Published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI)

4. 2006 nonprofit American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) “Institute of Medicine Report on Damp Indoor Spaces and Health” by Daniel Sudakin of Veritox, Inc. and Thomas Kurt (This paper is a dishonest critique of the 2004 IOM Damp Indoor Spaces & Health Report’s toxicity section. It is a rehash of the above three papers. Drs. Sudakin & Kurt are expert defense witnesses in mold litigations as are other ACMT members. CDC ATSDR funds ACMT to disseminate information for “nonprofit” medical associations)

And speaking of exposing fraud and fraudsters, I would sincerely appreciate it if someone (hint, hint)

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would make the Administrative Presiding Justice of the Fourth District Division One Court of Appeal in San Diego, California, Justice Judith McConnell,

justice mcconnell

Legend (myth?) of the Bar  #SheToo can be an enabled and disgusting power abuser

and her minions in the local courts stop framing me for libel for my exposing this massive fraud fourteen years ago.  Someone (hint, hint) needs to make Judy McConnell stop concealing & rewarding Mr. Kelman’s perjury; and stop literally TERRORIZING ME on behalf of the USDOJ’s lying expert defense witnesses at Veritox, Inc. — while CRIMINALLY CAUSING the entire scam to continue from coast to coast.

It does not require a genius IQ to understand that one cannot simply apply mathematical extrapolations to data taken from one researcher’s rat study of mold; and prove that the families of those who give their lives for us are lying about being so sick from moldy military housing.

Even Mr. Kelman acknowledges that the basic tenets of toxicology establish that this is true. — But that is EXACTLY what has been occurring in the United States for now seventeen years and counting — based on Mr. Kelman’s and his business partner at Veritox, Inc. (Bryan Hardin, retired deputy direct at CDC NIOSH) bogus risk assessment model over the mold issue — the Veritox Theory.

People are dying. Cut the feigned ignorance of it, Senators, while running our military families (and thousands of others) through the ringer over and over again.

Sharon Kramer

Woman with Stones

 

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3.11.19 Request for U.S. Senate Intervention to Stop Fraud & Retaliation in the Mold Issue

“I will be in DC from March 20th to March 23rd. I have several meetings scheduled with U.S. Senate Legislative Assistants (LA). If you are serious about wanting to get to the bottom of how this issue has been able to get so out of control (and not just showboating because the media spotlight is again shining); you can contact me by phone or email to schedule a meeting. What I intend to accomplish while in D.C. are two things:…”

THE VERITOX THEORY IS A BOGUS TOXICOLOGICAL RISK ASSESSMENT MODEL THAT THE FEDERAL GOV’T & INSURERS HAVE USED FOR SEVENTEEN YEARS AS FALSE PROOF THAT THE TOXINS OF MOLD CANNOT REACH A LEVEL IN WATER DAMAGED BUILDINGS TO HARM. MAKE THE FRAUD STOP!

Sharon Noonan Kramer
760-822-8026
Snk1955@aol.com

To the Honorable forty-eight U.S. Senators who serve on the HELP & Arms Services Committees, California’s U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein & Kamala Harris, and Virginia’s U.S. Senator Mark Warner (Sent by faxes and/or emails on 3/11 to 3/13)  PDF of actual fax.

RE: 1.) Request for U.S Senate intervention to eradicate fraudulent medico-legal practices that are devastating military families residing in moldy housing and thousands of others. 2.) Request for protection from joined-unclean-hands-retaliation by bad actors in California government with the USDOJ’s toxicologist expert defense witnesses in military housing mold cases – for my bringing this matter to U.S. Senators’ attention.

Dear Senators,

On October 5, 2018, I was warned by a San Diego County California Superior Court judge not to blog of this matter. However, it would not be in the public’s or my best interest to adhere to the thinly veiled threat of more retaliation for my refusal of silence. Nor would it help me to help you to stop the deeply seated scientific fraud that is used to discriminate and retaliate against our sick military families residing in moldy military housing (water damaged buildings WDB).

As such, these requests made to each of you may be read online at Katy’s Exposure blog under the title of “3.11.19 Request for U.S. Senate Intervention to Stop Fraud & Retaliation in the Mold Issue.” The footnotes to this fax are working links on the blog.

I have a degree in marketing and am nationally recognized as an effective advocate for integrity in government health-marketing and honest medico-legal practices in the mold issue.[1]

Fourteen years ago this month, I published a writing on PRWeb as a public service announcement. [2] It was the first writing to expose who was mass marketing a bogus toxicological risk assessment model; and how it was misused as falsely claimed proof that mycotoxins (toxic mold) could never reach a level in WDBs to harm anyone, when denying insurer (and government) liability for causation of disabilities and deaths. I refer to the bogus risk assessment model as the “GlobalTox Paper” or the “Veritox Theory”[3]. (GlobalTox, Inc. is now Veritox, Inc. Bruce Kelman is president of the environmental risk management corporation, headquartered in Redmond, WA[4])

For fourteen years, California court officers have been systematically framing me for libel for the writing and suppressing the direct evidence of the plaintiff Kelman’s perjury while strategically litigating together to keep the medico-legal fraud that I exposed, going from coast to coast.[5][6]

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[1] SurvivingMold.Com “Woman with Stones
[2] PRWeb.Com 3/09/05 “Jury Finds ‘Toxic Mold’ Harmed Oregon Family, Builder’s Arbitration Clause Not Binding”
[3] The bogus Veritox Theory
[4] Veritox, Inc. website
[5] Bruce J. Kelman & GlobalTox, Inc. v. Sharon Kramer Case No. GIN044530 North San Diego  Superior  Court, May 2005 to when the local judges and justices stop framing me for libel on behalf of the USDOJ’s toxicology expert defense witnesses & cease suppressing the direct evidence that Veritox president, Bruce Kelman, committed perjury to manufacture malice while strategically litigating.
[6] 10/25/10 Complaint to CJP & Governor Schwarzenegger for San Diego jurists suppressing direct evidence of plaintiff Kelman’s perjury while strategically litigating against public participation SLAPP

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Since ten days after I reported the judicial willful legal errors (case fixing) to the California judges’ ethics oversight agency (Commission on Judicial Performance CJP)[7] and Governor Schwarzenegger on October 25, 2010; the San Diego jurists, Veritox, Inc., and attorney, have been unlawfully trying to permanently enjoin me from telling what they are doing.[8]

No fear of being held accountable, they resorted to terrorizing criminal means while trying to scare me into silence. They jailed me for refusing to sign a piece of paper saying “I do not believe Dr. Kelman committed perjury.“[9] While I was in jail, Mr. Kelman was testifying for the defense in Orange County California for the District Attorney’s office. [10]

The purpose of their relentless fraud upon the court is to keep the medico-legal fraud that I exposed in my 2005 writing, viable in dishonest insurer claims handling practices and mold litigations from coast to coast, including in moldy military housing cases.[11]

The plaintiffs in the fixed California litigations are the creators of the bogus risk model – the toxicologist owners of Veritox, Inc. (see fn 16. There is a front page Wall Street Journal article of how they got their junk science marketed into policies.)

In addition to being hired by insurers’ defense attorneys, they are the United States Department of Justice’s (USDOJ) toxicologist expert defense witnesses in military housing mold litigations. They rely upon the fraud that I exposed to defeat federal liability for disabilities caused by negligent acts causing toxic mold to grow in military housing. [12]

They will not stop framing me for libel in California and terrorizing me with appellate court obstructed-from-being-vacated void judgments. [13] They cannot stop without exposing that they know what they have been doing to me is criminal and is harming thousands across the United States, including military families residing in moldy military housing.

Thus far, no one in California government, including Chief Justice Cantil-Sakayue and Attorney General Xavier Becerra will make them stop obstructing justice for thousands by criminally obstructing justice for one.[14]

Quid pro quo, the USDOJ has also refused multiple times to intercede to stop the relentless California judicial case fixing on behalf of the USDOJ’s dishonest toxicologist expert defense witnesses in military housing mold litigations.[15]

One of the toxicologists, Bryan Hardin, Ph.D., retired as a deputy director of CDC NIOSH in 2001. This was shortly before becoming a co-owner of Veritox, Inc., concocting the bogus risk assessment model with co-Veritox owner Bruce Kelman Ph.D, and becoming an expert witness for the defense in private sector and government mold litigations, nationwide.[16]

CDC ATSDR continues to stealthily fund the marketing of the medico-legal junk science into U.S. physician educational materials and enables it to continue to be used in toxic torts. [17]

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[7] CJP is currently being audited because of the many complaints for enabling judicial case fixings around the state.
[8] Bruce J. Kelman v Sharon Kramer Case No. 37-2010-00061530-CU-DF-NC North San Diego Superior Court Nov 4, 2010 to when the local court officers are made to admit that they fixed a SLAPP suit for federal contractors, used this case to try to permanently enjoin me from telling, and put me in jail for refusing to sign a document containing the false sentence “I do not believe Dr. Kelman committed perjury.”
[9] 3/09/12 The Big Lie that I refused to sign and was sent to jail for refusing to sign it.
[10] 3/13/12 Kelman for the defense in Orange County CA in the injured Social Security office workers’ case.
[11] 1/13/12 U.S. Navy telling WTKR reporters that they relied on Veritox’s junk science in a Lincoln Military Housing mold matter – when assuring the families that they were relying on “evidence-based medicine”.
[12] 2/15/06 Bruce J. Kelman for the USDOJ in a mold military housing case.
[13] 11/11/15 Request to Fourth District Division One Court of Appeals (4th/1st) Administrative Presiding Justice Judith McConnell to “grow a conscience” “people are dying from your fraud upon the court”
[14]2/09/17 Request to the Commission on Judicial Appointments (COJA) to not confirm Governor Brown’s appointment of San Diego Superior Court Judge William Dato to the 4th/1st on the grounds of honest services fraud.
[15] 12/16 USDOJ refusal to prosecute Justice McConnell, Mr. Kelman, et.al. for case fixing in CA. (and another earlier refusal)
[16] 1/10/07 Wall Street Journal Court of Opinion, Amid Suits Over Mold Experts Wear Two Hats, Authors of Science Papers Also Serve For the Defense In Mold Litigations”
[17] 2016 Request to CDC Director, et.al. to cease funding ACMT (who promotes the Veritox Theory) to disseminate information to medical association nonprofits.

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U.S. Senate HELP’s role causing the medico-legal fraud and retaliation to continue.

On January 12, 2006, I moderated a U.S. Senate staff briefing titled “The Health Effects of Mycotoxins and Molds ”[18]. It was sponsored by the late Senator Kennedy as minority chair of HELP and the late Senator James Jeffords as the minority chair of the Environment & Public Works Committee. The panelists of my choosing were an ENT, a microbiologist, an immunologist and a biotoxins treating physician — all with superior knowledge of the true health hazards caused by WDBs and the misinformation promoted by government and their expert defense witnesses.

On October 20, 2006, Senator Kennedy ordered a federal GAO audit of the issue at my instant urging. [19] Unfortunately, the following was deleted from the scope of the audit in February of 2007, which gutted any possibility of accountability for the fraud which continues to plague the mold issue to this very day:

“What medical and scientific standards are used in determining the admissibility of evidence of both acute and persistent health consequences resulting from exposure to mold? Which individuals and organizations have promulgated these standards and what, if any, conflicts of interest exist regarding these standards?”

Because of the deletion of the above from the audit scope, the answers to the above questions are the same today as they were when they went unanswered and enabled to continue by an incomplete federal audit report of 2008. [20]

The medical and scientific standards are based on two dishonest “experts” armed solely with Ph.D.s and a calculator applying extrapolations to data they took from one researcher who blasted mold into the throats of rats (the Veritox Theory); along with another less than honest mold expert defense witness who is an immunologist affiliated with the University of California, Andrew Saxon, MD.

Additional parties who promulgate the medico-legal fraud with the esteemed University of California’s name on it via Dr. Saxon, are “nonprofit” associations whose position statements, white papers, and medical journals legitimize the scientific fraud in physician educational materials, public health policies, insurer claims handling practices and toxic torts.

The conflicts of interest are that many have profited from the proliferation of medico-legal fraud and frauds upon the court that are purposed to cheat the military families (and thousands more) via helping the insurance industry and government agencies to avoid financial responsibility for causation of disabilities and deaths from WDB exposures. And still others, whose jobs it is to protect the health and safety of the of the American public have, at best, turned blind eyes while this national disgrace has raged on.

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[18] 1/12/06 Senate Staff InvitationsSenate Staff Invitations to “The Health Effects of Molds and Mycotoxins”
[19] 10/20/06 Senator Kennedy’s original request Senator Kennedy’s original request Senator Kennedy’s original request for GAO audit in complete scope
[20] 10/15/08 “Indoor Mold: Better Coordination of Research on Health Effects and More Consistent Guidance Would Improve Federal Efforts”

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The misuse of the Veritox Theory is now in its seventeenth year. The public deserves some answers as to why that is.

I will be in DC from March 20th to March 23rd.

I have several meetings scheduled with U.S. Senate Legislative Assistants (LA). If you are serious about wanting to get to the bottom of how this issue has been able to get so out of control (and not just showboating because the media spotlight is again shining); you can contact me by phone or email to schedule a meeting. What I intend to accomplish while in D.C. are two things:

A.  Cause U.S. Senators to sink of fleet of deceit which sails the government backed medico-legal fraud, the Veritox Theory, across the United States with the flag of University of California proudly waving; and to cause investigation of how they have stayed afloat for so long. The fleet:

1. 2002 nonprofit American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) [21] “Adverse Human Health Effects Associated with Molds in the Indoor Environment” by Bruce J. Kelman & Bryan Hardin of Veritox, Inc. and Andrew Saxon of UCLA. Published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM)

2. 2003 nonprofit U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) & nonprofit Manhattan Institute Center for Legal Policy (CLP) [22] “A Scientific View of the Health Effects of Mold”. Stated authorship: Bruce J. Kelman, Bryan Hardin, Coreen Robbins of Veritox, Inc. and Andrew Saxon of UCLA.

(Kelman & Hardin were paid for this paper. [23] Saxon claims under oath that he did not author it.[24] So how did the legitimizing UC name get on it and why do the UC Regents refuse to cause its retraction, even when being aware that it is used for the defense in interstate mold litigations???? [25])

3. 2006 nonprofit American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) [26] “The Medical Effects of Mold Exposure”. Stated authorship: Andrew Saxon of UCLA, Robert Bush of University of Wisconsin, Abba I. Terr of Stanford University, Robert Wood of Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Jay Portnoy of Children’s Mercy Hospital of Kansas City Published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI)

(Dr. Portnoy has stated in writing that he did not contribute to this paper after Dr. Saxon rewrote his work and did not even know that it had been published by the AAAAI with his name on it – until I told him [27])

4. 2006 nonprofit American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) [28] “Institute of Medicine Report on Damp Indoor Spaces and Health” by Daniel Sudakin of Veritox, Inc. and Thomas Kurt (This paper is a dishonest critique of the 2004 IOM Damp Indoor Spaces & Health Report’s toxicity section. It is a rehash of the above three papers. Drs. Sudakin & Kurt are expert defense witnesses in mold litigations as are other ACMT members. CDC ATSDR funds ACMT to disseminate information for “nonprofit” medical associations see fn 17)

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[21] The ACOEM Mold Statement
[22] The US Chamber Mold Statement  (listing Andrew Saxon of UCLA as co-author)
[23] Manhattan Institute’s canceled checks to Bruce Kelman and Bryan Hardin of Veritox, Inc.; their billable hours; and the contract.
[24] 11/06 Saxon testimony stating he did not co-author the US Chamber Mold Statement
[25] 05/15/10 ACHEMMIC letter to UC Regents, Governor Schwarzenegger & UC President making them aware that the National Apartment Association (NAA) submitted an amicus brief for the defense in an AZ mold litigation which cited to the US Chamber Mold Statement w/the UC name on it. Kelman & Saxon were experts. The PPV military housing landlords are also NAA members who use the same fraud to defeat liability for disabling military families.
[26] The AAAAI Mold Statement
[27] 2/07 Portnoy emails to AAAAI BOD
[28] The ACMT Mold Statement

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B.  Find help to make multiple bad actors in the State of California stop criminally terrorizing me with and on behalf of, the USDOJ’s dishonest toxicologist expert defense witnesses at Veritox, Inc. and their California attorneys. [29][30] I am sending this fax and seeking help with great trepidation that I will be physically hurt again under the color of law in California for doing it.

The above is just the tip of the iceberg of what I know. I am a medical journal published author on the subject. [31] I am aware that the WDB Big Lie started around the same time that the Iraq WMD Big Lie began. I suspect that some of you old timers on the Hill know even more than I do about how and why the Congressional Mold Work Group was formed in 2002 by U.S. Congressman Gary Miller (R-CA) et.al.; and why U.S. Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA) refused to investigate the matter in 2007 when he was Chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.[32]

I am bringing current direct evidence of how the scope of the GAO audit being gutted by HELP in 2007 and the relentless case fixing in California are together, the root cause of how WDB stakeholders, including the PPV military housing landlords and their insurers, are enabled to get away with retaliating when harmed-parties complain of being sickened by their moldy habitats and work environments. (recent expert defense witness opinions relying on the Veritox Theory & Saxon’s “immunobabble”)

I am not hopeful that my senators will be of great help. Senator Feinstein’s husband was a U.C. Regent beginning in 2002 when the UC name began to be misused to promote the medico-legal fraud of Veritox. He was still a Regent in 2010 when the refusal to remove the UC name from the fraud, came. Her daughter was a CJP Commissioner in 2010 (with the primary case-fixer Justice Judith McConnell) when I complained of McConnell et.al. case fixing for Veritox in San Diego — and was swiftly retaliated against for doing so. Senator Feinstein’s LAs have much of this evidence already. [33] They have refused to meet with me in D.C. in March 2019.

Senator Harris refused to intercede to stop the judicial case fixing on behalf of the USDOJ’s expert defense witnesses when serving as California’s Attorney General. [34] I am appreciative that her LAs have graciously agreed to meet while I am in D.C.

One may also view the evidence to corroborate the above statements on my YouTube channel. I made a three-hour movie complete with fraudulent court documents and videos of Chief Justice Cantil-Sakayue & Attorney General Becerra cracking jokes about “harmless error” while rewarding for the judicial case fixing; and thus causing Veritox’s medico-legal fraud to continue, nationwide. It is titled “The Toxic Judgment, Veritox v. Kramer October 4, 2018” [35].

Please make this scientific fraud stop!

Sharon Noonan Kramer

fc:
California Chief Justice Cantil-Sakayue
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra

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[29] On 6/04/18 I caught the San Diego County Records Dept backdating a fraudulent entry into the electronic case file as occurring on 9/24/08
[30] They used it in 7/18 to renew SLAPP’s ten year old Void Judgment that does not state by decree that the jury found I was not guilty of libeling Veritox. This appellate court obstructed from being vacated Void Judgement is the criminal lynch-pin to ALL the above described fraud. It is the document they used to jail me and continue to use to frame me for libel with Veritox, Inc.
[31] 6/07 ACOEM, A Professional Association In Service To Industry (International Journal of Occ-Env Health)
[32] 7/08 Video of Bruce Kelman laughing in deposition about the 20+ orgs from across the U.S. representing thousands who were asking Waxman to investigate. (to be uploaded on 3/12/19)
[33] 3/06/19 What Senator Feinstein is aware of & two page request for protection/investigation.
[34] 3/11 Attorney General Harris refusing to prosecute for the case fixing (and Brown sending me to her again in 2015)
[35] The Toxic Judgment Veritox v. Kramer October 4, 2018. (see beginning at 1 hour 24 min in for the not even close to funny “harmless error” jokes while promoting a case-fixing judge to be an appellate justice)

UPDATE 3/17/19  Health Impact News, “One Woman’s Relentless Pursuit of the Truth as a Toxic Mold Whistle-blower”

About the Author: John P. Thomas is a health writer for Health Impact News. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“It is a story about how scientists were hired to prepare two reports designed to prove that long-term indoor mold exposure does not harm human health, and how judicial corruption has protected that faulty science from being discredited.

It is the story of how the legal system has been used as a weapon to try to silence Sharon Kramer for telling the truth about judicial corruption in California and for talking about the practice of toxicology is being misused by experts who testify for the defense in mold trials.”

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12 Adenovirus Deaths While Inhabiting Moldy Environments. Request to CDC for Better Health Advisories.

November 30, 2018

Dr. Robert Redfield, Director
CDC/ATSDR
1700 Clifton Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30329

Copies to: Alex Azar II, Secretary of DHHS; U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander & Patty Murray, Chair & Ranking Member Senate HELP; U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein & Kamala Harris (CA); CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra; and the Board of Directors of the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC)

Re: Twelve recent deaths from the adenovirus while inhabiting “moldy” environments. [1] Please educate U.S. physicians of the potentially lethal synergistic-risk for vulnerable populations.  (in pdf form)

Dear Dr. Redfield,

      Various news outlets are reporting that experts, including from the CDC, are promoting the concept that there is no connection between mold and the adenovirus. [2, 3] With all due respect, this is a half-truth and half-truths are the same as lies. This particular lie can cause more deaths in the future if U.S. physicians continue to be misinformed by experts’ half-truths.

       It is true that mold is not known to be a cause of the adenovirus. However, it is untrue that there is no known probable causal connection between excessive mold exposure and deaths from respiratory infections, particularly among vulnerable sub-populations. [4, 5]

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[1] 10/09/15 As defined by the State of CA Health & Safety Code 17920(j) “Mold” means microscopic organisms or fungi that can grow in damp conditions in the interior of a building.”
[2] 11/26/18 Health.com “Dad Blames Dorm Mold for Daughter’s Death from Adenovirus—Here’s What an Expert Says” quoting Albert Rizzo, MD, chief medical officer at the American Lung Association, “Dr. Rizzo says there is no direct relationship between adenovirus and mold….”
[3] 11/21/18 Washington Post “No ‘consistent connection’ between mold problem and adenovirus infections, U-Md. Says” quoting the CDC as “Similarly, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said no link exists between mold and adenovirus.”
[4] 2005 CDC “Population-Specific Recommendations for Protection from Exposure to Mold in Flooded Buildings by Specific Activity and Risk Factor” “Affected individuals should consult with their physicians before entering the affected area…Includes immunosuppressant drug therapy, such as cancer chemotherapy, corticosteroid, or other immunosuppressive drug therapy; and diseases impairing host defense….” 
[5] 2006 CDC “Mold Prevention Strategies and Possible Health Effects in the Aftermath of Hurricanes and Major Floods “In general, persons who are immunosuppressed are at increased risk for infection from mold. Immunosuppression can result from immunosuppressive medication, from medical conditions and diseases that cause immunosuppression..”

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        It is public knowledge that many have become ill with the adenovirus, but only twelve youths have reportedly died from it in the recent months. It is public knowledge that all twelve had underlying conditions which weakened their immune systems and that all twelve were inhabiting moldy environments at the time that their newly acquired viral infections turned deadly. [6, 7, 8, 9]

        If U.S. physicians are not informed of the plausible synergistic cause of death (weak immune system + respiratory virus + mold) they are going to continue to treat their most vulnerable patients for the adenovirus and other respiratory infections while incautiously leaving their patients living and working in mold. More fatalities could occur.

       As such, U.S. physicians being misinformed by experts’ half-truths is the most plausible cause of viral illnesses such as the adenovirus ultimately causing demise of patients, who are not being warned by their doctors to stop living and/or working in mold.


[6] 11/16/18 NBC News “Death toll rises to 11 children in adenovirus outbreak at New Jersey rehabilitation center”The child had been a resident at Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, one of 34 children who became ill between Sept. 26 and Nov. 12 after being ‘associated’ with an adenovirus outbreak, state health officials said. The adenovirus can cause a range of symptoms and illnesses, including cold-like symptoms, pneumonia and sore throat. It can be severe for people with certain respiratory diseases or weakened immune systems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
[7] 10/28/18 New York Post “Worker offers glimpse into ‘filthy’ medical facility where kids died of adenovirus” “The employee at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation — who requested anonymity because of concerns about retaliation from higher-ups — described dirty rooms, old and rusty equipment, mold, and poor upkeep to NJ.com.”
[8] 11/27/18 CBS News “Parents of Maryland student who died say health center didn’t test for adenovirus” “The CDC has not indicated that there’s any link between mold and adenovirus. The university says on its website that ‘it appears that there is no consistent connection between mold exposure and the incidents of adenovirus infection affecting UMD students.’ Olivia [decease U of Md student] was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease before coming to college and took medication, which her father says weakened her immune system. Within weeks of starting school, he says Olivia began expressing concerns about mold in her dorm room in Elkton Hall.”
[9] 11/27/18 Baltimore Sun “Maryland students, parents complain university hasn’t done enough to combat mold, adenovirus” After mold sickened students and forced the evacuation of a dorm early in the semester, a surge of adenovirus struck the campus, infecting at least nine students and killing one. Students and parents say they’re frustrated and frightened. Health problems began early in the semester for students like Kristian Moller, an 18-year-old freshman, who began coughing about three weeks after moving into Easton Hall. By mid-November, he was hospitalized at Calvert Health Medical Center with pneumonia.”

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        The CDC has multiple avenues to relay needed health advisories to U.S. physicians and to the public. One way is by use of the CDC Health Marketing Department. [10]

        Another way is by use of non-government organizations (NGO). CDC/ATSDR claims to have a “perfect partnership” with the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units. (PEHSU). [11]  NGO PEHSUs are located within the medical clinics of the NGO Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC). AOECs and PEHSUs are located at medical schools throughout the United States. CDC could easily direct an e-blast advisory via PEHSU/AOEC to their physician members, including university-affiliated clinic physicians.

         One of the recent deaths was a freshman living in a moldy dorm at the University of Maryland. She was reportedly taking immune system suppressive steroids for her underlying Crohn’s disease. She newly-acquired the adenovirus. News reports state that she was at Johns Hopkins at the time of her death. The University of Maryland School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University both host AOECs. [12]

        The CDC has known of the increased risk of mold exposure for sub-populations (such as those including this young girl and the eleven additional deceased) for no less than thirteen years. (See fn 4 & 5) As such, there is no justification that in the future, physicians affiliated with these universities and clinics would not being properly educated to the potential lethal effects from excessive mold exposure for immune-weakened sub-populations.


[10] CDC “Health Marketing is a multidisciplinary area of public health practice. Drawing from fields such as marketing, communication, and public health promotion, health marketing provides a framework.. that can be used to guide work in public health research, interventions, and communication campaigns.
[11] 10/05/16 CDC blog “A Perfect Partnership: Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units” “How do you bridge the gap between the growing concern over environmentally related pediatric health problems and the fact that many physicians feel inadequately educated to address such concerns? Between what parents would like to know about environmental effects on their children’s health and the need for a trusted source of objective, science-based information? With a pediatric environmental health specialty unit (PEHSU)”
[12] Locations of PEHSUs & AOECs

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          Inconsistent messaging and half-truths when mold is a potential contributing factor to causation of illnesses and deaths is a long-standing, ongoing federal inter-agency problem. [13] The underlying problem stems from conflicted interests among government agencies, some of their NGO policy-writing partners, and mutual financial interests in denying liability for causation of mold-induced disabilities and deaths. Toxic tort defense attorneys at government agencies, including the federal government, rely on NGO policy-setting experts to serve as their expert defense witnesses in mold litigations.

        Several of the policies that have been set by NGO partners have been designed to match defense testimonies that are purposed to stave off liability for causation of disabilities and deaths. Some of these same NGO experts, who serve for government attorneys, also serve for private sector defense attorneys. This occurs primarily when they are hired by toxic tort defense attorneys who are retained by insurers of water damaged buildings. [14]

      University-affiliated-physicians, who have authored flawed policies for NGOs, generate personal income as expert defense witnesses in mold litigations. For years, universities themselves have been generating income from the flawed expert defense witness opinions in mold litigations, legitimized by flawed policies penned by their physician employees. [15,16,17]

        Like the government agencies and private sector insurers, some universities have avoided liability for their negligent acts causing mold-related disabilities and deaths via university-income-generating naysaying expert opinions being written into policies and used in courts. [18]

        It is a dishonest-double-dipper of simultaneously saving financial liability when…..…. generating income from half-truths and lies purposed to be used in courts. The double-dipper is recklessly leaving U.S treating-physicians in the dark of how to appropriately treat their immune-system-challenged patients when they are exposed to mold.


[13] 10/15/08 Federal GAO “Indoor Mold: Better Coordination of Research on Health Effects and More Consistent Guidance Would Improve Federal Efforts” “As a result, the public may not be sufficiently advised of indoor mold’s potential health risks.”
[14] 1/10/07 Wall Street Journal Amid Suits Over Mold Experts Wear Two Hats, Authors of Science Papers Also Cited by the Defense in Mold Litigation” “The paper [by Bruce Kelman, ex-CDC employee Bryan Hardin, and Andrew Saxon of UCLA] has become a key defense tool wielded by builders, landlords and insurers in litigation. It has also been used to assuage fears of parents following discovery of mold in schools. One point that rarely emerges in these cases: The paper was written by people who regularly are paid experts for the defense side in mold litigation…The dual roles show how conflicts of interest can color debate on emerging health issues and influence litigation related to it” 
[15] 3/17/15 Environmental Health Perspectives “A Standard of Knowledge for the Professional Practice of Toxicology” by Janis Hulla U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Lewis Kitner AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals; and Bruce Kelman Veritox, Inc.” “The ABT [American Board of Toxicology] Board of Directors recently elected to update its professional Standard of Knowledge. In developing the updated Standard, the Board members empowered a committee of currently practicing toxicologists to design and implement a process to return information useful in defining the skills and knowledge taught in academic institutions and acquired through the professional practices of toxicology.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4529009/
[16] 2/15/06 USDOJ hired Bruce Kelman of Veritox, Inc. as an expert defense witness in a military housing mold litigation. (see his expert report) The USDOJ has hired Veritox principles as expert defense witnesses in toxic torts for over fifteen years and have paid them over $1M.
[17] 11/05/18 Business Insider “U.S. senators, citing Reuters report, demand fixes in military housing” “Two U.S. senators [Feinstein & Harris] on Monday called on the Department of Defense and one of its largest landlords to fix housing hazards documented by Reuters at military bases nationwide, including a Marine compound in southern California [Camp Pendleton, San Diego].”
[18] (See fn 14, WSJ article) “Two other medical societies have also published statements on mold written, in part, by legal defense experts… The paper’s third author was Andrew Saxon, then chief of clinical immunology and allergy at the medical school of the University of California, Los Angeles. He, too, has served as a defense expert in numerous mold suits. Dr. Saxon says he is paid $510 an hour for his help. If called to testify in court, his rate rises to $720 an hour, according to a deposition he gave. Until he retired from UCLA in September, money he earned as a legal-defense expert was paid to the university, and he says UCLA then gave him a little less than half of it. Dr. Saxon estimates he generates $250,000 to $500,000 a year from expert defense work, which includes non-mold cases.”

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        This paragraph is directed to CA Senators Feinstein and Harris, along with CA Attorney General Becerra: Agnotology is the study of culturally induced ignorance or doubt, particularly by the manipulation of scientific data. The agnotology of the mold issue has been proven and publicly exposed over and over again. The health hazards caused by the financially beneficial data manipulations in institutions of higher education and compromised NGOs will not be completely eradicated from U.S. public health policies, physician educational materials, claims handling practices, and mold cases nationwide — without your interventions to stop the continuing honest services frauds in the State of California. (See fn.14,16-18, 20-22)

           From studying the agnotology of the mold issue and lobbying for changes in health marketing for over fourteen years, I know that financially driven conflicted interest is the primary bottleneck which is deterring appropriate U.S. physician education by the federal government and several of its NGO partners. The agnotology strongly appears to have contributed to the recent deaths by causing lack of U.S. physician awareness of risk. [19, 20, 21]


[19] 1/12/16 Request to CDC & EPA to cease marketing a litigation defense argument (via NGO partners) as public health advisories over mold induced illnesses. “People are experiencing chronic fatigue, multi-system/multi-symptom inflammations, and newly acquired environmental intolerances after exposure to Mold. They can get no help from US physicians, who have had it crammed down their throats by CDC funded “nonprofits” that it is proven the disabled are liars, mentally ill, and/or scammers. The cost to society as a whole is in the billions.”
[20] 5/15/10 Request to the Regents of the University of California by physicians, researchers, industrial hygienists and advocates to cease enabling the UC name to be improperly used by the defense in U.S. mold litigations and in companion flawed policies.   **I am aware that as of November 2018, Dr. Andrew Saxon still promotes that he is affiliated with the UC when testifying for the defense in U.S. mold trials, purposed to lend credentialed credibility to his words.**
[21] 2/5/07 Report to Federal GAO “CDC The Outsourcing of Environmental Medicine” by JoEllen Perez and Sharon Kramer” “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is giving millions of dollars to private medical associations to research and educate physicians about environmental illnesses. Who, if anyone, is providing government oversight?”

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       Given that all twelve of the recent atypical deaths from adenovirus have the common denominators of underlying chronic conditions and inhabiting moldy environments at the time of their deaths; and given that moldy environments and immunocompromising-vector-borne diseases are on the rise due to temperature changes, increased floods, hurricanes, and fire-fighting measures; please promptly practice the precautionary principle to protect the public’s health, safety and lives in the future.

         Please get the whole truth (based on CDC current accepted science fn. 4 & 5) to U.S. physicians of the risks posed by mold, plausibly contributing to deaths among the immune-weakened; and the need for physicians to advise their vulnerable-population-patients to avoid inhabiting or working in environments with excessive mold in the future.

         Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

Sincerely,
Sharon Noonan Kramer
Advocate for Integrity in Health Marketing [22]


[22] 10/4/18 “The Toxic Judgment” I have a BBA in marketing from Ole Miss, 1977. In 2005, I publicly exposed how junk science was being mass-marketed into public health policies and physician educational materials for the purpose of staving off liability for causation of disabilities and deaths in U.S. mold litigations. For ten years, the CA courts have been framing me for libel with a void judgment that fraudulently does not state by decree that a jury found I was not guilty of libeling Veritox, Inc. In June 2018 the courts backdated a fraudulent entry into the electronic case file to facilitate the renewal of the void judgment. This is intended to keep the fraud that I exposed (subject of this letter) going by criminal means for another ten years. This is how I know that the CDC, other federal & state agencies along with federal & state legislators and courts need to do a far better job of protecting the public’s health and safety from the deeply-rooted agnotology in the mold i$$ue. “The Toxic Judgment is a three-hour video which explains and provides direct evidence of the ongoing problem in detail.
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