by Mike Adams
the Health Ranger
November 09, 2010
The age of pharmaceutical microchipping
is now upon us.
Novartis AG, one of the largest drug companies in
the world, has announced a plan to begin embedding microchips in
medications to create "smart pill" technology.
The microchip technology is being licensed from
of Redwood City, California. Once activated by stomach acid, the
embedded microchip begins sensing its environment and broadcasting
data to a receiver warn by the patient. This receiver is also a
transmitter that can send the data over the internet to a doctor.
The idea behind all this is to create "smart pills" that can sense
what's happening in the body and deliver that information to the
patient's doctor. Novartis plans to start microchipping its organ
transplant anti-rejection drugs and then potentially expand
microchipping to other pharmaceuticals in its product lineup.
same technology could soon end up in pills made by other drug
The best laid
It all sounds good on the surface, but readers no doubt have lots of
skeptical questions about this technology.
For starters, Novartis apparently isn't
planning on conducting any clinical trials that might take into
account the safety issues of
"Novartis does not expect to have to
conduct full-scale clinical trials to prove the new products
work," reports Reuters. "Instead, it aims to do so-called
bioequivalence tests to show they are the same as the original."
But I have a question:
What chemicals or heavy metals are contained
in the microchip itself?
A microchip that transmits data obviously
must have a power source, meaning it needs to have a very small
battery or capacitor of some sort. The materials used in capacitors
and batteries, to my knowledge, are toxic to the human body and
should never be eaten.
Microchips are not food, and to swallow them seems risky to your
health, especially if you're swallowing several microchips per day.
Another huge concern with microchips that transmit data is data
If these microchips are broadcasting information, then
obviously that information can be picked up by anything nearby,
including potentially unscrupulous individuals or organizations who
might put it to a nefarious use.
For example, suppose a local pharmacy store installs a microchip
signal detector in their main door entrance in order to track people
who are broadcasting medication data. They could then theoretically
decode that data and use it to determine what health condition that
customer might be suffering and then push competing generic
pharmaceuticals as a replacement.
Government agents could carry "pharma microchip scanners" that
determine what pills you're taking right now. This could be used to
violate your privacy by sharing that data with other government
agencies or it could even be sold off to third-party marketing
I very much doubt the data being broadcast by the microchips in
these pills will be encrypted because encryption requires real
processing power, and there isn't room for much of a CPU or power
source inside these tiny microchips.
Most likely, they are going to
broadcast raw signal data that can be detected and decoded quite
take your meds
But the really scary part about these microchipped medications is
that this technology will be used to make sure people are taking
Drug companies lose billions of dollars a year (in
their minds) from patients not remembering to take their pills. Of
course, half the reason they can't remember to take their pills is
because many pharmaceuticals damage cognitive function, but that's
So this smart-pill microchip technology will likely be used to track
what pills patients have taken so that they can be "gently reminded"
to take more pills they may have forgotten. In the marketing
business, this is called a "continuity program." It's a way to make
sure repeat sales happen on a regular basis.
In this context, microchipping the pills benefits the drug
companies, not necessarily the patients.
This is especially true
when considering those pharmaceuticals that are harmful to human
health - and we all know the pharmaceutical market is full of pills
that have later been found to be extremely dangerous or even deadly
Coming soon -
Police drug scanners and employer drug scanners
Now, there may be one interesting side effect to all this:
who are interviewing potential job candidates might be able to buy
(or make) simple drug scanning devices that detect the presence of a
pharmaceutical microchip broadcast signal. (You could probably make
one in your garage from electronic parts purchased at Radio Shack.)
This might be very useful for employers who don't want to hire
people taking medications.
They invite you in for an interview and
quietly scan for drug broadcast data. A red light tells them you're
broadcasting medication data, and they calmly tell you the interview
is over and "we'll get back to you."
With employers right now drowning in health insurance costs, this
could provide a simple, easy way for corporations to avoid taking on
anyone who might create a cost burden on their health insurance
plans (from their point of view). I don't necessarily agree with
this use of the technology; I'm just saying this is one way in which
it is likely to be used by employers to screen out employees who are
Cops, too, could use a similar scanning device to determine if a
driver at the scene of an accident might be medication impaired.
this is a use I actually do agree with. Today's roadways are filled
with mentally impaired drivers who are doped up on medications. The
problem is actually far worse than drunk drivers, by the way, and
yet virtually nothing is being done to combat this problem of
"medicated drivers." (Most people don't even know the problem
If people taking medications are broadcasting that fact through all
the little microchips they swallow, then scanning for the presence
of medications is simple.
It's even easier than a breathalyzer test
because it requires no action on the part of the test subject. The
cop just presses a button, waits two seconds, and can then determine
whether you're broadcasting medication data.
At that point, you
might be arrested under suspicion of "driving while medicated."
NOT to take meds
There are clearly a lot of unanswered questions and even some
potential risks involved in taking microchipped pharmaceuticals. For
some people, privacy issues may be the biggest factor of all,
because, who wants to broadcast the fact that they're taking meds in
the first place?
I don't take any pharmaceuticals, obviously, and most
readers avoid them, too.
The fact that drugs will soon be microchipped is yet another good reason to find more holistic ways
to take care of your health. Don't bet your life (and your privacy)
on Big Pharma's pills. Choose a healthy, holistic lifestyle based on
nutritious, organic foods, regular exercise and the avoidance of all
man-made (synthetic) chemicals, and you most likely won't ever need
pharmaceuticals for your entire life.
The age of
microchipping people and microchipping medications is now
Given what the
TSA is doing right now with naked body
scanners, you can only
Big Brother will do with any medication data you might
be broadcasting from inside your body.
In fact, the very idea that there is a microchip inside your body
that's broadcasting data might get you flagged as a possible
terrorist by the TSA, which would then proceed to
finger your genitals and palm your breasts
as part of their new "enhanced pat-down" groping technique.
The best way to avoid all this risk is to simply eat your veggies
and drink your superfoods.
Don't become a trackable, traceable,
microchipped subject of the medical industry that wants to turn your
body into a chemical profit center.