Genetically Manipulated Food News

22 December 98

Table of Contents

World Conference - Aspertame
GE - The corporate takeover of science
BIOBIZ - Announcement of a new discussion e-mail list
GE-US/Industry Attempt to Undermine Int'l Genetic Safety Protocol
Brazil-Ministries call for GE labels; NLP calls for moratorium & labels

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Date: 20 Dec 1998 16:54:57 -0600
From: betty martini Mission-Possible-USA@Altavista.net

World Conference - Aspertame

......(The lady we need to thank, Shoshanna )

Dear Shoshanna

I think I owe y ou a world of gratitude for getting this information so far. It p robably saved many lives, and it is the Mission of Mission Possible to alert everyone on planet earth that aspartame is a deadly neurotoxin. In fact, on http://www.dorway.com you will see our warning flyer that is distributed throughout the world by Mission Possible activists and Mission Possible operations in other countries. We are a worldwide volunteer force. Because aspartame is so deadly there is massive information. So the flyer gets as much information as possible on one piece of paper, front and back, history, symptoms it triggers, diseases it triggers, books and publicaitons for verification, web site, etc.

Actually, you live just a few miles from me. I'm in Duluth (770 242-2599) and you are welcome to come by and get a copy of everything we have. We have a Mission Possible if you would like to be on it. Its one way but keeps you up-to-date with case histories, i nteresting posts, new s tudies and news . The physicians who are in the forefront of exposing aspar tame to the world are on this list as well.

H. J. Roberts, M.D. has now declared Aspartame to be a Disease and world epidemic. His new medical text on the plague will be published very soon. His other publications can be gotten at 1 800 814-9800. Russell Blaylock, M.D., is a neurosurgeon who wrote Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, written on aspartame and MSG (800 643-2665). Dr. John Olney is a world famous researcher, responsible for keeping MSG out of baby food. He founded the field of neuroscience called Excitotoxicity. He made world news on the aspartame/brain tumor issue in l996. At that time he was on 60 Minutes around the world. Dr. Ralph Walton was on 60 Minutes with him and said at the time that out of 90 independent studies not funded by industry 83 showed problems with aspartame. I ha ve his research which I can give you

There are other physicians on the list, one that has an excellent web page in Greece exposing aspartame, Dr. Cabot with Mission Possible Australia, a physician doing research on aspartame who has Mission Possible Peru - etc., etc. etc.

One of things we really need to get exposed more is the pilot issue. Three American Airline pilots who were heavy users of aspartame have died, one in flight with a planeful of passengers. Another had a stroke. Not to mention the many who continue to call with horror studies of grand mal seizures, blackouts , confusion, crashes etc. attributable to aspartame. Dr. Roberts who wrote a book many years ago on traffic accidents recently put together some tapes on aspartame and aviation and Dr. Blaylock gave us a position paper which will help pilots understand what aspartame causes. I will send you after I send this message.

Anybody who wants more information please have them get in touch with me. Also, the lady in Venzuela may want to become Mission Possible Venzuela. All is required is to circulate the warning flyer throughout their country alerting consumers that aspartame is, in fact, a literal chemical poison. As Dr. Blaylock says in a lecture on aspartame, the reactions are not allergic but toxic in nature like cyanide and arsenic. Some of these physicians have given interviews on Mission Possible Radio. They are on DORway if you have audio, if not, some have been converted to written transcripts that you can download.

Basically if you will give the web sites than anyone can get all the information. On DORway we have the CDC investigation, doctor's position papers, the Bressler Report - FDA audit of the original studies that were the target of an indictment for fraud that was not carried out when two U.S. Prosecutors went to work for the law firm defending the case, and let slip the hounds of disease and d eath on an unwarned public. The entire history written by Barbara Mullarkey in Informed Consent and NutraPoison b y Alex Constantine are on DORWay and expose a story that sounds like it came from the twilight zone, but are the actual facts.

In a nutshell aspartame destroys the brain, the optic nerve and the central nervous system and ravages every organ in the body. It triggers an irregular heart rhythm and doctors not realizing aspartame is a drug and not an additive medicate these patients, the drugs interact and there have been cases of complete heart block and sudden death. The drug also interacts with other drugs - changes brain chemistry and changes the dopamine level of the brain.

It triggers all kinds of neurological diseases including Parkinson's Disease. You probably heard that Michael Fox has it, and already has had surgery trying to stop the tremors. He advertised Diet Pepsi and was using it. Now, its bad enough to trigger Parkinson's but to continue to use when it changes the dopamine level of the brain, means it can easily kill him - soon. Several on our list have written him letters and I'm trying to get someone in Hollywood to get to him personally and warn him off.

Another thing people need to know is that aspartame is being put in foods without labeling and this is very serious.

I'm going to tell Dave Rietz to send you his stan dard email with where everything is on DORWay. He calls this his godzilla web site of 200 pages, the largest on aspartame. Dave Rietz is a victim who suffered such horrible joint pain (aspartame hardens the synovial fluids) that he spent a lot of time in a Jacuzzi because of the agony. Aspartame does break down to a tumor agent and he has prostate cancer. His site houses the Mission Possible files and there you will find the original post as I wrote it in l995 when I lectured at the World Environmental Conference.

Dorway also connects to over 30 other web sites on the dangers of this deadly poison including aspartamekills.com and http://www.holisticmed.com/aspartame. The last one is Mark Gold's web site and we send him the case reports as they come in. He takes a few lines out of each one and puts them on web so the public can read exactly what aspadrtame does to humans. He has a lot of the scientific data that some physicians would want to read as well. But as I said to begin if you would like to come over I will give you a hardcopy of the flyer and as many records as you can carry that you would like to expose.

I'll give you a call, and thank you again for helping us to expose aspartame the world over. It might take a long time to read it all but you will surprised how many horrors aspartame causes. It is a terrogen, triggers birth defects, can blind, trigger brain tumors, pancreatic tumors, Lou Gehrigs Disease, Lupus, etc. It is estimated that 5 out of 7 people on aspartame already have the symptoms or some disease. Dr. James Bowen told the FDA in the 80's aspartame was mass poisoning of the American public and more than 70 countries of the world. His statement is on DORWay. Now we have a plague in 100 countries of the world and its called Aspartame Disease! Dr. Roberts has recently written a novel as a warning to the world - its called the Cacof Conspiracy.

Thank you again,
Betty

At 11:59 PM 12/19/98 -0500, you wrote:

Betty

I am certainly glad to find you ...

The end of last week I noticed a posting , "World Conference Warned About Aspertame.......etc." in one of the daily/weekly newsletters I receive. Since I almost died from my first two Diet Cokes the week they came on the market here in Atlanta, I was quick to glance it over, AGREE with every word,

and though I am not a chemist, I am not a physician (or doctor) know, from my heart of hearts (as well as from the Emergency Room visit those many years ago) that this information is absolutely right on.

As is my custom, when I find information appropriate to post to others, I cut , copy and paste and whip it out to at least five networks .......all of them networks of Networkers! .....a total of about 500 addresses, all neatly pasted in my address book so that I can handle the entire operation in about 10 minutes. (If the Networkers all post to their networks, the posting would probably reach 10,000 worldwide, and then on out from there....) I did no research as to the origin of the article because I trusted the person who sent it to me to trust his source.

Obviously, somewhere along the way the authorship of the article has been confused....as I understand you are the author. I apologize for this error, but had no way of knowing ......

Betty, the response to the Aspertame information has been overwhelming...MANY Thank You notes, with indication that the information had been forwarded to others, and a whole list of inquiries as to the whereabouts and bio of "Nancy Markle".

I have a copy of your memo to Mark Graffis, along with some additional information gathered by Jean Hudon (above - from Canada). It is apparent that you are most informed and involved in this subject and it occurred to me that I should not be the one to further contact those who have inquired for more information....but perhaps this might be yourself.

I would like to post an update to my entire mailing list.....and since this is literally going all over the World and obviously has blown wide open in some areas, the information sent now needs to be current and from an informed source.

Please let me know what information you want me to post to this list...I feel it needs to be information from you directly....and I am willing to send anything you feel needs to be said. Also, let me know if you would like to answer the inquiries for more information personally. There is one from an MD, one from a preventive medicine group ( I think), one from a lady in Venezuela who has translated your article into Spanish and is ready to post it all over South America. and more.....

I look forward to hearing from you......THANK YOU for caring about your brothers and sisters on Planet Earth!!!

Blessings,
Shoshanna Allison

1101 Creekdale Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021, (404) 296-4343

e-mail: Sh0shanna@aol.com (that's a numeric "0" in Sh0shanna)

PS: My bio? I own a large bead store......and try to pay attention to what is going on around me!

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  1. Take the 60-day No Aspartame Test and send us your case history. Mission Possible International 5950-H State Bridge Rd. #215 Duluth, GA 30097 USA

  2. Tell your doctor and all of your friends!

  3. Return Asparcidal food to the store.
(anything with Monsanto's NutraSweet/Equal/Spoonful/Benevia/NatraTaste)
VISIT http://www.dorway.com Get links to over 30 sites on aspartame
VISIT http://www.holisticmed.com/aspartame ..FAQs & Cases
VISIT http://www.notmilk.com Exposing Bovine Growth Hormone

Disability and Death are not acceptable costs of business!


Date: 20 Dec 1998 22:48:16 -0600
From: Judy_Kew@greenbuilder.com (Judy Kew)

Date: Sat, 19 Dec 1998 09:50:45 -0800 (PST)
From: "George Monbiot" g.monbiot@zetnet.co.uk (by way of genetics genetics@gn.apc.org) (by way of Brewster and/or Cathleen Kneen ramshorn@jetstream.net)

Here's this week's article. Love George

GE - The corporate takeover of science

I think the vice-chancellors of Britain's universities were expecting to be congratulated when they announced this week that they would no longer take money for cancer research from the tobacco industry. Most people would surely wonder why on earth they were taking it in the first place.

Today, there is scarcely a science faculty in the United Kingdom whose academic freedom has not been compromised by its funding arrangements. Our research departments have been offered for sale, and objectivity and intellectual honesty are becoming surplus to requirements.

Take research into energy, for example. The sociologist David Whyte has shown how a prominent energy research faculty accepted falsified accident figures provided by an oil company, in order to keep faith with its sponsors in the industry. He has seen how faculties taking oil money have deliberately played down the industry's long-term prospects, to help persuade the government neither to increase taxes nor to impose new health and safety regulations.

Universities tend to dismiss complaints like this, arguing that business funds only a small proportion of their research. Far more comes from the government, to foster an environment in which intellectual curiosity can wander unconstrained by commercial imperatives. That might once have been the case. But, since 1994, the government has channelled an increasing proportion of its research budget through something called the Foresight Programme, whose purpose is to ensure that British science meets the needs of industry. Far from filling the gaps left by commercial funding, it boosts the research programmes most likely to receive business sponsorship.

Yesterday, Peter Mandelson launched his White Paper on Competitiveness, which will strengthen the links between science and business. On Tuesday, he extended the Foresight Programme. Science which cannot answer the immediate needs of commerce is in danger of extinction.

The Foresight Programme scarcely pretends to promote either academic objectivity or the public interest. Its Agriculture and Forestry panel, which decides which faculties get government grants, is supposed to encourage research, among other topics, into "the effects of land use on the environment" and rural employment. Yet, while the National Farmer's Union, The Pig Improvement Company and Zeneca Agrochemicals are all represented on the panel, it contains just one member of a university department and no one from a trades union, an environmental group or any other voluntary body.

Eight members of the Food and Drink Foresight panel come from food companies and trade bodies, and two from universities. It has decided that its duties include "demonstrating the health benefits to the consumer of new technologies employed - for example, genetic modification". Its sub-group on alcohol wants to "guide ... consumers" towards an "understanding of the risks and benefits of components of fermented drinks, including alcohol". Doctors and health charities might wonder whether alcohol HAS any medical benefits, but a regrettable oversight ensured that they weren't able to contribute: the Foresight report on the funding of alcohol research emerged from a consultation with five trade bodies, three trade-sponsored research institutes, and 15 drinks companies.

The Foresight Programme, the government assures us, is just one component of its science funding. The Research Councils, by contrast, exist to ensure that the majority of government funding is untainted by commercial interests. Perhaps we could invest rather more faith in its assurances, were the Director-General of the Research Councils not the former research director of BP, or the Science Minister the former chief executive of Sainsbury's.

Lord Sainsbury's task is to ensure that science funding reflects the needs of science, rather than just industry, but, according to the Department of Trade and Industry's website, he also chairs the "Food Chain Group", whose purpose is to ensure that government funding for science reflects the special needs of the food industry. A Sainsbury's representative sits on the Food and Drink Foresight panel. Sainsbury's is funding the consultation Peter Mandelson launched this week, to see whether ordinary people trust British science.

Science is the medium through which we perceive the world. But business now stands as a guard dog at the gates of perception. Only the inquiries which suit its needs will be allowed to pass.

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Date: 20 Dec 1998 22:48:35 -0600
From: Judy_Kew@greenbuilder.com (Judy Kew)

Date: Sat, 19 Dec 1998 01:09:48 +0100
From: Werner Reisberger wreis@datacomm.ch
To: gentech@gen.free.de
Subject: BIOBIZ - a new list

BIOBIZ - Announcement of a new discussion e-mail list

The new list for discussions about resistance to genetic engineering is ready.

The list is called BIOBIZ. The name should emphasize the core interest behind the dynamic biotech industry: Big Business. There is a multi billion dollar market evolving even without the consent of the consumer or citizen as the short history of GMO food clearly shows.

Many people are thinking it's useless to waste the time in discussions whether a GMO should be labeled or wether a particular GMO may be environmental friendly because it is tolerant to a "soft" pesticide. They don't want to discuss whether a baby with an inherited desease should have the right to live or the right for a health insurance.

They are thinking it's time to act because multis don't care much about such debates, they even support them because that could be a good means to hide their major activities and portray themselves as companies with a democratic approach.

The next years will decide in many countries worldwide whether the biotech industry can expand as before. BIOBIZ wants to contribute to the expansion of the resistance against this developments. BIOBIZ isn't focused only on GMO food. Resistance against the medical applications of GM is needed as much. The new brave world is really becoming a nightmare. If there isn't even a clear rejection of human cloning among scientists it's not hard to imagine what we have to expect. Related topics are eugenics, prenatal testing, euthanasia, xeno transplantation and bioethics. It's important to discuss the medical applications of GM because the suffering of people is always used to justify every other use ot gene tech.

BIOBIZ is semi moderated which means, that the maintainer team could kick somebody out of the list if it's required and that every subscription needs a confirmation of one maintainer. Once on the list the contributions are not overseen but we certainly will not tolerate pro biotech articles. Subscribers should not crosspost articles between several lists. Most subscribers on BIOBIZ will be on a list where the usual announcements and news articles about GM are posted. Contributions to BIOBIZ should focus on the resistance to GM and news about the various activist groups.

We will try to keep lurkers out of the list as good as we can but everyone should be aware of the fact that this isn't possible with an internet mailing list. There will be certainly subscribers from the biotech industry watching whats going on and since we aren't running a secret service we can't really prevent it.

The BIOBIZ list is available as normal mailing list and as a digest list. If you subscribe to the digest list you will receive either once a day a digest message which includes all messages sent on one day or you will receive the digest message if the digest has reached a size of 32 kbytes.

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We are trying to deal with subscriptions requests as soon as possible but there can be a delay of some days especially in the coming weeks until new year. Contrary to the announcement i made earlier i haven't moved members of gentech automatically to the new list.

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Date: 20 Dec 1998 23:38:28 -0600
From: Judy_Kew@greenbuilder.com (Judy Kew)

It may be useful to be aware of the lobbying by the U.S. Council for International Business on this. This is the same group who essentially initiated and pushed the MAI.

...stu

Date: Thu, 17 Dec 1998 13:41:04 -0600
From: "Kathleen Hiltsley" khiltsley@iatp.org

GE-US/Industry Attempt to Undermine Int'l Genetic Safety Protocol

Dear colleague:

We are requesting that you sign on to the attached letter to U.S. Vice President Al Gore concerning the attempt of U.S. industry groups to use the Clinton Administration to undermine the Biosafety Protocol. Although the Clinton Administration has worked closely with industry to oppose the Biosafety Protocol, we are addressing the letter to Vice President Gore to challenge him to prove his reputation as an "environmentalist" by responding to our concerns. The absence of response, and continued cooperation with industry concerning the Protocol and other environmental policies, could become an issue for his Presidential campaign.

Please send your signed letter to us at kdawkins@iatp.org or by fax to (612) 870-4846 no later than noon, CST on Monday, December 21st. Thank you in advance for attending to this short deadline.

Best regards,

Kristin Dawkins, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
Rod Leonard, Community Nutrition Institute

The Honorable Albert V. Gore December 21, 1998
Vice President of the United States
The White House
Washington, D.C.

Dear Mr. Vice President:

We the undersigned organizations support a prudent approach to policies on sustainable ecologies and the importance of precautionary methods where fundamental biological processes are involved. We are writing to express our concern about a campaign underway to enlist the Clinton administration to weaken the proposed Biosafety Protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). A rigorous Protocol based on the Precautionary Principle, which the United States endorsed at the 1992 Earth Summit, is absolutely necessary to protect the safety of humankind and the environment.

The final negotiations for a Protocol are scheduled for February 1999. These negotiations will likely conclude a four year effort by more than 150 nations to develop criteria to govern transboundary movement of Living Modified Organisms (LMOs), sometimes referred to as genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

The campaign to enlist U.S. support to weaken the Protocol is being organized by the U.S. Council for International Business (USCIB) and includes a number of industries, lobbying groups, and other associations with financial stakes in the outcome. In a December 2 letter to Stuart Eizenstat, Undersecretary of State, and Charlene Barshefsky, U.S. Trade Representative, they request the Clinton administration to turn the U.S. diplomatic missions worldwide into a lobbying machine to coerce other governments to support changes in the draft protocol that industry wants. They also want U.S. delegations to the several meetings and conferences scheduled prior to the February meeting, such as the U.S.-E.U. Ministerial, to lobby for the industry positions. The letter implies that industry and its lobbying associations believe the U.S. should oppose any protocol inconsistent with its views.

We regard the USCIB request as rude and impertinent. Normally we would assume the State Department would reject so blatant a request. However, in view of the ample access provided to industry through the Transatlantic Business Dialogue (TABD) by U.S. officials and minimal access provided to other nongovernmental organizations, we request that any and all cable traffic related to the Biosafety Protocol to U.S. missions or delegations be made public in order to ensure that all interested parties are aware of the position and activities of the Administration on these policy issues.

In addition, in the interest of presenting a more balanced and prudent assessment of the issues which industry has proposed, we believe the following points should be considered:

The WTO has acknowledged its lack of expertise in environmental matters. Therefore, should a sufficient number of countries bring the Biosafety Protocol into force, then the prudent recourse for the WTO would be to request the advice of the Protocol as to how to resolve a complaint related to the Protocol. If WTO policies are allowed to preempt other global policies, then the WTO will become a de facto world government which is not accountable to the views of Parties to other multilateral agreements and institutions as to how political and policy concerns of their citizens can be addressed democratically. The Clinton administration should not deny democratic governance to its citizens or to the citizens of any other nation.

This issue of democratic governance is the most invidious aspect of the industry letter. In effect, American industry is insisting that the agencies of the Clinton administration must become the advocates globally for industry's attack on democracy. "...(W)e should stress to other governments the affirmative arguments that support biotechnology developments....We believe that nations involved in these negotiations should give serious consideration to these and many other problems with the Protocol...which could have a devastating effect on the...U.S. and global biotechnology industry," the USCIB letter states. Industry is arguing that its private interests take precedence over health and environmental safety, a philosophy that is alarming in its implications.

We appreciate your attention and consideration to the positions outlined above, and assistance in providing the copies of all of the cable traffic concerning the Biosafety Protocol that we have asked to be disclosed.

Sincerely,

( ADD YOUR ORGANIZATION HERE: )

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Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
Community Nutrition Institute

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Date: 21 Dec 1998 00:01:56 -0600
From: Judy_Kew@greenbuilder.com (Judy Kew)

Brazil-Ministries call for GE labels; NLP calls for moratorium & labels

In Brazil two permanent commissions of the national parliament (Agriculture and Consumer Defence) sent the following official letter to the Braz. Health Minister:

We suggest to the Ministries of Agriculture, Health and Justice that in regard to the commercialization of transgenic soy should be observed the present legislation and other recommendations as specified.

Your Excellency Mr. Jose Serra
Federal Minister of Health

Considering the Public Hearing, realized at the Commission for consumer Defence, Environment and Minorities, on November 25th, 1998, we come to propose to your Excellency that this Ministry takes measures in the sense that in the commercialization of transgenic soy should the present valid legislation integrally observed, as well as also the following additional dispositions:

  1. technic-scientific follow-up for at least 5 years starting from the utilization and commercialization;

  2. the participation of the society should be stimulated in form of debates and congresses on this subject;

  3. a transgenic product should have on its commercial label the expression "transgenic", with preference in conformity with the laws already adopted in other countries, following the articles 8, 9, 12 and 31 of the Code for the Protection and Defence of the Consumer.

  4. To give priority to lines of research in institutions and create mechanisms to stimulate national researchers to develop and study transgenic products.

Meeting Room, 25th November, 1998


MP Silas BrasileiroMP Roberto Balestra
President of the Commission for Consumer DefencePresident of the Commission for Agriculture

Brazil's Natural Law Party (still in foundation) handed in an official paper demanding not only the labelling proposed by the 2 commissions, but a 10 year moratorium on transgenics. During the Public Hearing several groups demanded a moratorium, which was rejected by the gov't speakers that are all completely in favour of GE.

In general, Brazil's press is slowly waking up against transgenics; well partly also in favour. But at least discussion has started. One paper reported recently on strong resistance against GE in Europe; in another paper a former state minister of environment published a strong article against GE, quoting all major known facts and rumours on the dangers of GE.

Happy holidays to everyone from Brazil
Martin

simbra@tba.com.br

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