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Issues Public Health Advisory on Antidepressants
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has requested
that drug companies put prominent warnings on the
labels of 10 antidepressant drugs, "to include
stronger cautions and warnings about the need to
monitor patients [both children and adults] for the
worsening of depression and the emergence of suicidal
ideation, regardless of the cause of such
In clinical trials, these high-risk behaviors
occurred in children taking the drugs, not the placebo
group. Thus the FDA would appear to be pulling its
punches. Nonetheless, doctors will be on notice that
these drugs are not benign, as they had been led to
believe; they may be less inclined to hand out
prescriptions for life’s momentary crises.
Testimony by grieving families at a public advisory
committee hearing (February 2) may have prompted the
FDA’s move. The testimonies corroborated independent
antidepressants to harm of self and others.
The FDA continued to deny that a problem existed
until evidence disclosed in court proceedings became
public. The Agency’s chief counsel had even filed a
brief stating that labeling Zoloft for suicide risk
would be "misbranding," and that FDA would
The new advisory was issued on March 22, 2004, and
is available at www.fda.gov/cder/drug/antidepressants.
The decade-old clinical trial data will finally be
"re-analyzed" at Columbia University. The
Alliance For Human Research Protection (AHRP) charges
that Columbia has financial incentives to return
favorable results. (See www.ahrp.org
or contact Vera Hassner Sharav, (212)595-8974, firstname.lastname@example.org.)
FDA's Antidepressant Warning Misses Mark
Dan Stradford, President, Safe Harbor
The following editorial ran March 29 in the
main Atlantic City, New Jersey, newspaper
called The Press and on March 31 in the
Seattle Post-Intelligencer. We have been told
by editors of the Los Angeles Times, the Cox
newspaper chain of daily papers in Ohio, and
the Brattleboro Reformer (Vermont) that it has
been or will be printed in those publications
and we are awaiting confirmation.
Let's be honest: If you or I were as dependent on
psychotropic drugs as America is, we'd be in rehab.
The FDA has finally proposed warning labels on
antidepressants because they may promote suicidal
tendencies - and we should be thankful. But isn't this
just a small patch on a nasty wound?
In the early 1960s tranquilizers were introduced
into the United States and were marketed so heavily
that by 1968, Valium became the most prescribed drug
in America. And the party hasn't stopped since. Didn't
doctors know at the time that the drug was being
abused and overprescribed, that it was addictive? Of
course. Did they continue to prescribe it? Of course.
Did the manufacturer continue to provide it? Need you
Our society once had an old commonsense virtue that
psychotropic drugs should be used as a last resort.
Why? Because these drugs, while useful in extreme
circumstances, can have nasty effects like addiction,
rages, altered judgment, divorces, and yes, suicidal
impulses. These "side effects" have been
around for thousands of years, prompting most
civilized groups to have prohibitions on mind-altering
Yet we have become so muddle-headed by the constant
marketing to take these drugs for every emotional
malady, that we now live in a ridiculous world where
we have signs that say "This is a Drug-Free
Zone" on the front of a school that is handing
out tons of psychotropics to the children for
depression, hyperactivity, anxiety, etc.
Psychiatric drugs have become a FIRST resort in
America. That is the real nightmare the FDA should
confront. Doctors no longer look for causes of
depression, such as thyroid problems, lack of
exercise, a bad diet, a guilty conscience, medical
problems, allergies - the likely culprits could be
many. By using drugs to treat the symptoms they not
only expose patients to the effects of the drugs but
they let the real causes go untreated. And by
encouraging drug use to get over ordinary life
experiences, such as a death in the family or teenage
shyness, physicians numb the pain that so often
contributes to maturity and emotional growth.
The FDA needs to step up to the plate: Psychiatric
drugs as a LAST resort. What a concept.
"Non-Pharmaceutical Approaches to Mental
Harbor's Third Annual Medical Conference
will be held at
the Glendale Hilton on the weekend of June
Harbor and the nation's leading voices on
safe, non-drug treatments for the mentally
FEATURING: A special afternoon with Michael
Lesser, M.D., author of The Brain Chemistry Diet,
with a new book, Nutrition and The Mind, to be
released in 2004, and one of the pioneers of
nutritional psychiatry in the United States.
When: Saturday, June 5, 2004, 8:30 AM to 6
PM; Sunday, June 6, 2004, 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Hilton Hotel, Glendale, Califonia (just outside
Los Angeles). The Hilton is next to downtown Glendale
with an array of nearby shopping, restaurants,
theaters, etc. Rooms $109.00 per day. Mention Safe
Harbor when booking. Event parking $8.00 per day. For
reservations, call (818) 956-5466.
Fees: Before May 20: $130 for both days (lunch not
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Seating is limited!
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like to exhibit at the conference, please contact email@example.com
for information and an application.
With a dozen speakers, presentations will include:
- Nutritional Treatment of Mental Disorders:
An afternoon with Michael Lesser, M.D., one of the
founders of the orthomolecular (nutritional)
psychiatry movement in the U.S.
- Hidden Thyroid Conditions That Commonly
Affect Mental Health - And How to Treat Them:
Denis Wilson, M.D., discoverer of Wilson's Thyroid
Syndrome, originator of the thyroid hormone
sustained-release T3, and author of Wilson's
Thyroid Syndrome - A Reversible Thyroid Problem.
- The Rising Tide of Pharmaceutical Lawsuits -
What the Practitioner Needs to Know About the
Future of Psychiatric Drug Litigation:
Karen Barth Menzies, drug products liability
attorney for Baum Hedlund, legal counsel for the
Paxil class action law suit and one of the
nation's leading law firms for pharmaceutical
- Reversing Psychiatric Symptoms of Traumatic
David Steenblock, D.O., director of the Brain
Therapeutic Medical Clinic of Mission Viejo,
California. Dr. Steenblock's clinic was the first
to combine Hyperbaric Oxygen with a comprehensive
program including nutritional therapies,
cardiovascular rehabilitation, physical and
occupational therapy, biofeedback and
neuro-biofeedback, acupuncture, and pulsed
electromagnetic therapy, in addition to
conventional treatment protocols, to increase the
potential for improvement. (www.strokedoctor.com)
- Homeopathic Treatment of Anxiety and
Randy Martin, Ph.D. O.M.D. L.Ac. Dr. Martin,
author of Optimal Health, How to Get It, How to
Keep It, has published numerous articles
nationally and internationally on homeopathy and
Oriental medicine (www.optimalhealth4u.com).
- Reversible Dementias - Detecting and Treating
Medical Problems That Are Common Causes of
Dementia Symptoms in the Elderly:
Barbara Massey, R.N., Program Director for
G.E.N.E.S.I.S. - a unique community outreach
project established in 1995 under the Los Angeles
County Department of Mental Health. Their mission
is to organize medical and social services for
seniors having difficulty caring for themselves.
They do not accept most diagnoses of
"dementia," reporting that the majority
of cases are due to treatable medical problems.
- EEG Biofeedback Treatment for Depression,
Anxiety, Addiction and Other Disorders:
Victoria L. Ibric, M.D., Ph.D., BCIAC, a board
certified instructor who offers internship
training for therapists interested in using
Neuro/biofeedback in their practice. Dr. Ibric
graduated from medical school in Bucharest,
Romania and obtained her PhD in both immunology
and health psychology. Dr. Ibric practiced
medicine for more than 20 years in the field of
oncology, neurology and cancer research. Presently
she has a full time thriving private practice in
Pasadena at the Therapy & Prevention Center,
and she is consultant for UCLA- Pain Medicine
Center, Kaiser Permanente, and other clinics. She
provides Neuro/biofeedback for a variety of
disorders or symptoms caused by stress, as well as
peak-performance training. Since 1993 Dr. Ibric
has had a high rate of success using Neurofeedback
training on patients with disorders such as
chronic pain, sleep or tremor disorders, traumatic
brain injury, ADD/ADHD, autism, and seizures. Dr.
Ibric continuously applies her research experience
while practicing neurofeedback. Many of her
results have been presented at National and
International conferences, and have been published
in peer review journals. She has been and
continues to be an active promoter of Biofeedback/
Neurofeedback in the community. (www.neurofeedback-dribric.com)
- Is It Mental or Is It Dental? How Mercury
Fillings, Root Canals, Temporo-Mandibular Joint
(TMJ) Syndrome, and Other Dental Issues Affect
Raymond Silkman, D.D.S., Brentwood, California.
Since 1992, Dr. Silkman has been practicing
holistic dentistry, orthodontics and treatment of
TMJ and related disorders in cooperation with
chiropractors, homeopaths, acupuncturists,
osteopaths, and other health professionals.
- Holistic Approach to Mental Health Through
the Balance of Neurotransmitters, Hormones, and
Peter Muran, M.D. Dr. Muran, host of the TV show Longevity
Healthcare and director of the Longevity
Healthcare Center of Laguna Hills, California, is
a recognized expert in the treatment of
candidiasis, natural hormone replacement therapy,
treatment of digestive disorders, and chelation
for cardiac disease and mercury toxicity. (www.alternativemedicinehealthcare.com)
- Safe Harbor's 2004 Recovery Panel:
6 people, now leading drug-free lives, tell their
remarkable stories of recovery from mental
- And MUCH, MUCH more...
Member of Parliament Urges Disclosure of SSRI Evidence
the following letter, reprinted with
permission, Canadian Member of Parliament
Svend Robinson calls for full disclosure of
the evidence that:
- in the drug
companies’ own tests, the drugs failed
to outperform placebo in children and
- using the
drugs puts children in harm’s way.
March 4, 2004
Honourable Pierre Pettigrew, PC MP
Minister of Health
507 Confederation Building
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
I have recently been contacted by a number of
concerned Canadians regarding the potentially
dangerous side effects of some anti-depressants
prescribed to children and adolescents. As the
Canadian Medical Association Journal noted, some new
antidepressants known as selective serotonin re-uptake
inhibitors (SSRIs) or serotonin noradrenaline
re-uptake inhibitors (SNRIs) have been shown to
increase the risk of suicide in youth.
This in itself should be sufficient to prompt
Health Canada to take steps to prevent the
prescription of these drugs to children, however,
there is also significant evidence that indicates that
SSRIs and SNRIs are no more effective than placebos in
treating children. It would appear then, that these
drugs are at best useless, and at worst deadly, when
prescribed to children and adolescents.
Unfortunately, it appears that Health Canada, as
the federal prescription drug regulatory body in
Canada, has been aware of these problems with SSRIs
and SNRIs prescribed to children for some time, and
yet has only recently issued an advisory on the
matter. It is widely acknowledged that such advisories
are rarely noticed by doctors or their patients.
What steps has the department taken to ensure that
families are immediately made aware of the risks of
these drugs? Has Health Canada called on the
manufacturers of these drugs to issue proper
monographs with proper boxed warnings to children and
their parents when prescribed these drugs? Has Health
Canada asked the manufacturers to fund a Health Canada
media campaign to inform Canadians of the risks of
SSRIs, including television ads or materials
distributed in schools? Finally, if manufacturers are
not able to certify that parents and children are
being appropriately warned as to the dangers of SSRI
use, will Health Canada ask them to withdraw their
products from the Canadian market?
I would also note that Health Canada has stated
that it would assess the safety data of the
medications supplied by their manufacturers. I would
urge you to direct Health Canada to proceed with its
assessment of the drugs’ safety in a public and open
manner, so that Canadians can see the evidence for
As Canadian media reports have recently revealed,
the practice of most pharmaceutical companies is to
withhold any negative results of clinical drug trials.
At the same time, positive results from these trials
are promoted, giving both the public and doctors a
false impression of drug safety and effectiveness.
Currently, Health Canada receives all clinical
trial results from pharmaceutical companies, but keeps
them confidential. In the United States, the Food and
Drug Administration publishes the comments of
reviewers on its website, and releases trial results
through Freedom of Information requests without the
consent of the manufacturer. Sadly, Health Canada does
not take even these meagre steps towards transparency
in the drug approvals process.
I would therefore urge you to direct Health Canada
not only to release all trial results of prescription
drugs - both positive and negative -- to the public,
but to bring in the necessary regulatory changes to
compel all drug companies to register trials when they
begin, to release results from discontinued trials,
and to publish the results of all trials promptly
after their termination.
It seems that the health and safety of Canadians is
being threatened by Health Canada's inappropriately
close relationship to the pharmaceutical industry. The
more drug companies are able to keep their records out
of the public eye, the easier it will be for
potentially dangerous drugs like SSRIs to claim the
lives of unsuspecting Canadians.
I would therefore urge you to stand up for the
safety of Canadians and ensure that the protection of
public health - rather than the protection of
corporate interests - remains the top priority of
I await your earliest possible reply.
Svend Robinson, MP
Ann Tracy and Columbine Victim Speak in Anaheim,
California, Apr. 5
Ann Tracy, Ph.D., author of Prozac Panacea or
Pandora and director of the International Coalition
for Drug Awareness (www.drugawareness.org)
will be speaking on: "The Downsides of Modern
Antidepressants - A Look at Side Effects, Violence,
Dr. Tracy is one of the nation's leading experts on
the negative effects of SSRI's (antidepressants).
Also speaking will be Mark Taylor, the first
student who was shot at the Columbine High School
massacre in Colorado. At least one of the shooters was
on psychiatric medication.
The evening is co-sponsored by Mothers Against
Manufactured Madness (MAMMA) and Safe Harbor.
For more information, contact MAMMA at (619)
When: 7:30 PM, Monday, April 5, 2004
Where: Anabella Hotel, 1030 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim,
California, in the La Rosa Room
Admission: $11.00 Donations are also welcome.
L.A. Safe Harbor Support Group Meeting, Wed., April 14
The monthly Safe Harbor support group in Los
Angeles will meet on Wednesday, April 14, 2004, at the
Safe Harbor office at 1718 Colorado Blvd. in the Eagle
Rock area of Los Angeles from 7 PM to 9 PM.
Group sharing will occur the first hour. Our
speakers for the second half of the evening will be
two individuals who have recovered from schizophrenia
and bipolar disorder, respectively, and now live
Please RSVP to SafeHarborProj@aol.com or (323)
For info on Safe Harbor Boston, New York, or New
Mexico support group meetings, see contact info in
1 Percent of Children Test Positive For Early-Stage
We have reported previously on the connection
between celiac disease and Recurrent Brief Depression
Mental Health News, Issue 42) and other mental
disorders, and the treatment of Celiac Disease with a
A study by Bingley and colleagues tested 5,470
children at age seven for indications of subclinical
(early stage) celiac disease. These children and their
parents were a part of a long-term study, the Avon
longitudinal study of parents and children. In the
first stage of this test, the children were tested for
antibodies to an enzyme called tissue
transglutaminase. Those who tested positive were then
screened for antibodies to a second enzyme, IgA
antiendomysial. These children were compared to
geographically-matched controls who tested negative to
the first enzyme. One percent of children tested
IgA-EMA positive, a prevalence similar to adult
sufferers of celiac disease. This group of children
were approximately nine months behind in height and
weight compared to the control group. However, only
one in ten of these children were on a gluten-free
diet. It could be concluded that celiac disease is
present in childhood.
For the entire article, see
What Does a Gluten-Free Diet Look Like?
An article on www.msgtruth.org
notes that gluten and MSG (monosodium glutamate) are
closely related, and urges celiac patients to stay
away from msg as well as the following common food
products (shortened list):
FOODS TO AVOID:
- Most commercial canned or processed foods.
- Most candies.
- Wheat flour, oats, rye, barley, graham flour,
semolina flour, triticale, bulgur, spelt, durum,
- Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP) or Hydrolyzed
Plant Protein, which contain free glutamates
(equivalent to MSG, says the FDA).
- Sirimi (imitation seafood), which may use wheat
as a binder.
- Modified Food Starch - found in over-the-counter
medications as well as processed foods.
- Beer, ale, gin, vodka, whiskey.
- Flavored and instant coffees, some herbal teas,
- Anything with malt flavoring or malt syrup.
- Flavored yogurts, some ice creams, some light or
fat-free dairy products, artificial cream,
processed cheese spreads, some chocolate milk
- Prepared meats.
- Self-basting turkeys (often injected with
Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein).
Canned Soups, dehydrated soup mixes, and
- Creamed, breaded and scalloped vegetables.
- Garbanzo beans (unless soy allergy is present)
- Milo - used for baking
- Millet - crumbly so use with binder
- Mandioca - use for crackers
- Chestnut - crumbly so use with arrowroot
- Tapioca - use for binding and thickening
- White sweet potato
The books The Gluten Free Gourmet Bakes Bread
and More From the Gluten Free Gourmet (written
by Bette Hagman) contain recipes to help the celiac
sufferer avoid gluten. However, rice milk is sometimes
used in the recipes. Rice milk contains a tiny amount
of gluten from barley protein (less than .002%).
Web Search Helps Thyroid Patient
The other day, I asked a co-worker about a thyroid
condition that had afflicted her a few months before
-- a condition triggered by eating a brownie. Suddenly
she was unable to swallow, started to choke, and
couldn’t breathe. The choking sensation had
and still troubled her frequently.
While waiting about seven months for a public
health clinic to complete their testing and diagnosis,
she turned to antidepressants (apparently prescribed
earlier) to help her cope with life. Hours of Web
searching yielded no alternatives, partly because her
assumption that she had hypothyroidism (underactive
thyroid) was incorrect.
I remembered a discussion thyroid and depression in
this ezine. All the back issues are available at AlternativeMentalHealth.com,
but in my experience a Google search is the easiest
way to find them.
I went to google.com
and clicked the "Advanced Search" link at
the top of the page. (Don’t worry, the
"advanced" features are simple and clearly
explained.) I typed the words "thyroid" and
"depression" into the "find results
with all of the words" text box. Then I narrowed
the search with "only return results from the
site or domain alternativementalhealth.com." (You
can do this with any website!)
I hit paydirt within five minutes, on a page linked
to our site: www.ithyroid.com/chocolate.htm.
I learned that chocolate contains cadmium and lead --
good for batteries, not so good for humans with
hyperthyroidism. I printed the page and took it to my
As it turns out, she already wanted to quit her
chocolate habit, without ever associating it with her
illness. Armed with this new information, she got rid
of all her chocolate. The choking sensation was gone
by the next day.
If you have any information about tasty chocolate
substitutes (besides carob, which makes her feel
"drunk"), please email your suggestions to SafeHarborProj@aol.com.
-- Alan Graham, assistant editor
Possible Bacterial Trigger for Alzheimers Found
The increased lifespan of Americans has been
offered as an explanation for the rising incidence of
Alzheimers disease in this country. The underlying
assumption seems to be that Alzheimers is a natural or
inevitable result of reaching a certain age, at least
for those who are genetically predisposed -- as many
as half of us.
Perhaps there is another answer.
A few years ago, Brian Balin of the Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine examined the brains of
19 people who had died of Alzheimer's and 19 people of
the same age who had died of other causes. He found
Chlamydia pneumoniae bacteria in 17 of the 19
"Alzheimers brains" and only in one of the
others. Dr. Balin has now completed a follow-up study
that is scheduled for publication in journal
Neurobiology of Aging.
Evidence of Chlamydia in brain tissue is not
significant in itself. Chlamydia is a common bug that
causes mild pneumonia, a persistent cough and a
low-grade fever; most of us will be exposed to it at
some time in our lives. The link to Alzheimers might
be nothing more than an increased susceptibility to
However, it would be a tremendous breakthrough to
find a bacterial trigger for Alzheimers -- and not
unprecedented. Until recently, stomach ulcers yielded
only to the surgeon’s scalpel; now they yield to
antibiotics. Chlamydia itself is being investigated as
a possible culprit in heart disease.
Dr. Balin set out to determine whether or not the
bacterium could induce Alzheimers-like symptoms in
mice. He and his colleagues chose a kind of mouse that
does not naturally develop the amyloid brain plaques
characteristic of Alzheimers. (Plaque: a small area of
damaged tissue. Amyloid: a starchlike protein that is
deposited in the brain, liver, kidneys, etc., in
The researchers sprayed a strain of the bacterium
that had been harvested from human Alzheimer’s
patients, up the mice's noses. One to three months
later, Dr. Balin killed his mice and examined their
brains. All the animals had developed plaques, the
size and number of which were greater the longer the
animals had lived.
Meanwhile, the Scripps Research Institute’s
Jeffery Kelly and colleagues have duplicated what they
believe to be the early stages of plaque formation in
a test tube by combining amyloids with one of the
toxins produced in the body when ozone attacks normal
body chemicals. Ozone, a highly reactive form of
oxygen, occurs as a result of inflammation.
Dr. Balin’s working hypothesis is that
inflammation from a low-grade infection jump-starts
the plaque formation process.
MSG by Any Name Is Still a Neurotoxin
A highly reactive amino acid, monosodium glutamate
(MSG) is used by scientists in studies to purposely
cause death to areas of the brain and is fed to
rodents to make a strain of obese and pre-diabetic
test subjects, says www.truthinlabeling.org.
MSG is classified as a neurotoxin: too much of it
introduced to the brain can cause rapid cell death.
In his book, The Slow Poisoning of America,
John Erb argues that this neurotoxin is a key cause of
ADHD and autism. His conclusions are based on a survey
of hundreds of medical journal articles about
glutamate and its effects on the brain and other
Citing scientific studies suggesting that food
laced with MSG causes people to eat more of it, and
faster, Erb states: "Corporations use this
knowledge to sell their products. Their competition
uses MSG, so they keep adding it in larger amounts to
keep up with them." See www.spofamerica.com
The FDA announced in 1995: "FDA considers
foods whose labels say ‘No MSG’ or ‘No Added
MSG’ to be misleading if the food contains
ingredients that are sources of free glutamates, such
as hydrolyzed protein." Since then, FDA-regulated
products have been more truthful in their labeling.
The same cannot be said of products regulated by
the United States Department of Agriculture, according
to the Truth in Labeling site. The USDA approves
labels of meat and poultry products that claim
"No MSG," "No MSG Added," or
"No Added MSG" even when they contain free
Only if there is zero free glutamic acid in an end
product can one legitimately claim that there is no
MSG. The burden of proof for a claim about the absence
of MSG lies with those making the claim.
To find out if there is processed free glutamic
acid in a product, you must ask the manufacturer about
"free glutamic acid," not "MSG."
If the label mentions autolyzed yeast, hydrolyzed pea
protein, carrageenan, or sodium caseinate, there may
be abundant free glutamic acid in the product -- and
the same types of reactions may result.
If the manufacturer says an ingredient is
"naturally occurring," remember that many
poisons occur in nature. Monosodium glutamate itself
is "natural" by the FDA definition.
It is the amount of processed free glutamic acid
that determines the "MSG" reaction. If the
manufacturer expresses uncertainty, ask that the
product be analyzed for free amino acids, including
free glutamic acid.
Truthinlabeling.org was advised by the FDA that if
any misbranded products are brought to their
attention, they will act to correct the situation. You
can call the FDA at 888-723-3366 between 10 a.m. and 4
p.m., Eastern time - and keep a record of your call.
Nutritional Supplement Used for Tapering Off Psych
A nutritional supplement called Immunocal has been
generating attention in the past few years as a useful
treatment for helping people wean off of psychiatric
Below are the comments of one individual. Many more
such examples are available at www.prozactruth.com/tapertest.htm
"I had tried to taper off Paxil 4 times in
the past. None successful. I've been using 20 mg of
Paxil for 2 years and had been able to cut down to
15 mg a day but no further. The side effects were
"I needed to function while I tapered and
thought I would try the Immunocal.
"I know you want people to e-mail you before
they start the taper but I did not want to fail
again and have you know about it.
"Are you ready? I AM NOW PAXIL FREE FOR 1
"There were a few mild side effects during
the taper but none that interfered with my daily
life. I had a few headaches but when I took 2
packets of Immunocal in a day the side effects went
away in a matter of hours!
"THANK YOU. I HAVE A LIFE AGAIN!"
The product is a milk serum protein isolate and is
taken while on medication to relieve the withdrawal
effects of tapering off of medication and is also
reported by some to alleviate the original symptoms
that caused the person to take psychiatric drugs in
the first place.
For more information on the product, see www.immunocalwins.com.
Geographic Consults with Safe Harbor
We are pleased to report that National Geographic
has commissioned a show to be done on the topic
"Food and Mood." The London producer in
charge of the project contacted Safe Harbor in March
seeking information and recovery stories of people who
have experienced improved mental and emotional
functioning from dietary changes and improvements.
We were happy to oblige and look forward to the
show, which, we are told, will be run in 130