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January 2008

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Vitamins May Help Cancer-Related Pain
Natural Health: High-potency vitamins, melatonin supplements, and other complementary remedies may help to relieve the debilitating pain and fatigue experienced by most people with advanced pancreatic cancer, a new study suggests.

Merck, Schering-Plough Offer Explanation For Delay In Release Of Vytorin Study Results:
PR: According to the Journal, "Critics said that, despite the recounting, they didn't fully understand why the companies spent so long working on the data," and the "affair shows the problems that can arise when corporate sponsors, rather than independent academic investigators, control how a study is run" (Wall Street Journal, 1/26). If you read more deeply into this article, you'll find this quote that belies the banal and blameless title.

Ottawa man wrongly diagnosed with deadly Creutzfeld-Jakob
Medical Industry: That meant he would likely be in a nursing home within a year, and would die shortly after that.

Heat causes chemical to leach from plastic
Tainted Products:

Study: Disinfectant Gels No Match For Handwashing
Medical Industry: In a Nebraska hospital, medical workers nearly doubled their use of the alcohol-based gel, but their generally cleaner hands had no bearing on the rate of infections among patients. And these are the people we entrust our own health to?

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Super Food Bowl (video)

Natural Health: This animation from Health Ranger Mike Adams has lots of therapeutic value - I laughed so hard when I watched it that I almost fell out of my chair!

Warm-Up Advice From an Ancient Master
Natural Health: And as Confucius said: "To learn and to practice what is learned time and again is pleasure, is it not?"

Lawsuit Accuses Dannon of Deceptive Ads for Probiotic Activia and DanActive; Nutritionists Weigh In
The World Reacts: The lawsuit alleges a "massively deceptive" advertising campaign about those products' "clinically" and "scientifically" proven health benefits not available in other yogurts, states a news release from Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins LLP, the San Diego law firm that filed the lawsuit earlier this week.

FDA Warns Proctor and Gamble about Unlawful Marketing Claims with Hand Sanitizer for Kids
The World Reacts: claims for the hand sanitizer were "unlawful," because the FDA has not approved the product as either safe or effective for the uses that the company encourages. It will be interesting to see what will happen when large comanies like Proctor and Gamble and Dannon (see article above) are hassled by the FDA as commonly happens to small natural, alternative, or organic companies.

Hospitals to tear up bills for medical mistakes
The World Reacts: nder an agreement to be announced today by Gov. Christine Gregoire and leaders of hospitals, doctors and surgery centers on the state, medical providers have pledged to never again bill patients for egregious medical errors known as "never events" -- because they should never happen in the first place.

Cancer Cases Expected to Surge in Developing World Over the Next Decade
Health Trends:

Medical Marijuana and Workers' Rights

Insufficient Evidence Found To Recommend Routine Prostate Cancer Screening
Health Trends: According to Dr. Lionel Lim, the lead author of ACPM's recommendation, "Patient and clinician discussion about screening is important, however, a man should ultimately be allowed to make his own decision about screening while taking into consideration personal preferences and life expectancy".

CDC Suppressed Toxic Trailer Warnings
Ecohazard: CBS News has learned that the Centers for Disease Control, the nation's top public health agency, suppressed repeated warnings from one of its top scientists, raising questions about whether the CDC bowed to pressure from FEMA to conceal the long-term health risks of formaldehyde in the trailers it distributed to hurricane victims - health risks like cancer and birth defects, CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian reports.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Forced Agenda: How the Growth Industry Subverts Democracy
The World Reacts: Citizens stand up to vote fraud. Across the country we hear of countless incidents of vote fraud and abuse. You might ask: "Where's the outrage?" Look at this clip and see why it's an important question. In Pima County Arizona, citizens stood up and refused to be pushed aside in voicing their support for releasing the public database records of the most suspicious election data in 2006. This event yielded the largest election database release in U.S. history.

Breastfeeding may protect against asthma
Natural Health: A team of researchers from the Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale found airborne allergens are able to pass from mother to child through breast milk in mice, creating a tolerance to the allergen and thus reducing the likelihood of developing allergic asthma.

Study on to Determine the Ill Effects of Cell Phone Radiations on Children
Tainted Products: ustralian scientists are carrying out a study to determine whether children are more susceptible than adults to the harmful effects of electromagnetic radiations that emanate from mobile phones.

Studies tie brain aging to lead exposure
Health Trends: Could it be that the "natural" mental decline that afflicts many older people is related to how much lead they absorbed decades before?

Veganism is taking root, but is it healthy?
Health Trends: But eating a healthy vegan diet "is not difficult once you get used to it," says Jack Norris, a vegan and registered dietitian who offers tips at is now
Natural Health: Good news: We've just acquired a new domain name that better represents what we're all about here at NewsTarget:

Preventing Cancer, Jo-Ann Heslin, RD, Food & Nutrition Columnist, Tells You What You Can Do
Natural Health: Aim to meet your nutritional needs through food. The evidence shows that high doses of nutrient supplements can both protect against and cause cancer.

McDonald's serves up 'Diplomas'
PR: Prime Minister Gordon Brown said this did not mean standards would fall.
He told GMTV: "It is going to be a tough course, but once you have got a qualification in management you can probably go anywhere."

Older patients vulnerable to drug reactions
Medical Industry: Senior citizens take 40 percent of all medications prescribed in the United States, yet they aren't required to be included in clinical drug trials.

Heath Ledger May Have Died of Heart Attack
Medical Industry: Sources closely linked to the investigation into Heath Ledger’s death say that the actor died of natural causes.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

More money, less health
The World Reacts: This fee-for-service system basically rewards doctors and hospitals to do more rather than to do better. That's the central problem, I think, is the payment system.

EU Calls for Ban of Carcinogenic and Toxic Chemicals from Children's Toys
The World Reacts: Among the detailed proposals he unveiled was the banning of all chemical substances that could provoke cancer as well as those which could cause genetic mutations or be "toxic for reproduction" in toys aimed at the under-14s.

Many common household products contain compounds that could be affecting our health
Tainted Products:

Trans Fat Eliminated From Some Cooking Schools
The World Reacts: The places that train the people who will someday be feeding the rest of us are cutting back or eliminating artificial trans fats from their classrooms, saying they have a responsibility to teach students how to cook healthy foods.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Amazon deforestation rises sharply
Ecohazard: The clearing of Brazil’s Amazon rain forest jumped in the final months of 2007, spurred by high prices for corn, soy and cattle.

Chemical Leak In China Leaves One Dead, Hundreds Sick
Ecohazard: The problem first came to light in early December, when a retired coal miner discovered that his tap water had turned yellow, the report said, quoting an unnamed victim of the poisoning.

Talk Therapy May Help Kids With Chronic Stomach Pain, Review of Research Suggests
Natural Health/The World Reacts: “In recurrent abdominal pain cases, there is evidence that the pain is real,” said Huertas-Ceballos, adding, however, that, “Although the main organic cause is still not clear, it seems like there is an important mental component.” It's wonderful for me to see it when a story hits mainstream that offers a solution to a health problem that doesn't come in a bottle and prescription sheet.

Cost Of 10 Most Expensive Health Conditions Near $500 Billion
Health Trends:

DSU viewed as 'toxic'
Ecohazard: "Information is consolidated and constrained and kept as a bargaining chip," he [Steve Newton, a history professor and president of DSU's chapter of the American Association of University Professors union] said. "I think as a community we need to have a conversation about where we're going and we need it to be open enough that people who have concerns can voice them. There is more than one type of "toxicity" that can affect health and quality of life.

Farmers Feel Squeezed by DelDOT
The World Reacts: "I know the community is changing and there's going to be a lot of growth," Jester pleaded on behalf of his fellow farmers. "But there is still farming going on." This article reveals an example of what can happen when citizens take a creative approach to illustrate their frustration with a problem to their local or state officials.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Job Stress Takes Toll on the Heart
Health Trends: Heart Disease May Be 68% More Likely in Chronically Stressed Workers, Study Shows. But we shouldn't be too happy! (see below)

Being Too Happy Could Be Counter Productive
PR: This prediction was based on the idea that profoundly happy people may be less inclined to alter their behaviour or adjust to external changes even when such flexibility offers an advantage. Of course! How could I have been so silly?! I shouldn't be following my bliss. I shouldn't be "too happy" in life. I won't make a good worker bee that way. I don't have a right to smile to much. I might not be able to be controlled. I better go practice frowning.

Metabolic Syndrome Affects Nearly 1 In 10 US Teens
Health Trends:

The Claim: Too Much Cola Can Cause Kidney Problems
Health Trends: Colas contain high levels of phosphoric acid, which has been linked to kidney stones and other renal problems.

Genetically Modified Mosquitoes to Fight Dengue
GMO's: Now, tell me that these frankenbugs are going to be prevented from contaminating nature? The largest problem with genetically modified organisms is "unknown effects", according to Jeffrey Smith from The Institute for Responsible Technology.

Cities study dearth of healthy food
Health Trends: In some urban areas, it's easier to buy a Twinkie than a stalk of broccoli.

FDA downplays long-term impact of animal cloning
The World Reacts: So far, several major food companies including Tyson Foods Inc, the largest U.S. meat company, and Smithfield Foods Inc have said they would avoid using cloned animals.

More Lawsuits Over Tainted Syringes
Tainted Products: Five more patients filed a lawsuit Thursday against the manufacturer of a batch of pre-filled syringes that were contaminated with bacteria, claiming they became seriously ill and were hospitalized.

Researcher criticizes alternative medicine
PR: Bausell gets no book tour. He has heard from few colleagues who have read his tome. A favorable review in The New York Times has barely registered. Funny, the reaction he says he's receiving toward his book sounds an awful lot like the reception given in the mainstream to a book which shows alternative medicine in a positive light!

Study Raises Questions About Diagnosis, Medical Treatment Of ADHD
Health Trends: The study also found that in populations where medication is rarely prescribed to treat ADHD, the prevalence and symptoms of the disorder are roughly equivalent to populations in which medication is widely used.

Medical Marijuana Users Can be Fired, According to California Court
Prohibition: In March last year, a federal court based in San Francisco said a California woman with an inoperable brain tumor had no fundamental right to marijuana for medical purposes. What fundamental right should any court seize to tell us what we should decide to do to help ourselves?

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Short clip on Aspartame
Tainted Food: A short clip on aspartame from the documentary All Jacked Up.

Herbal Remedy, Hawthorn Extract, Can Help The Heart, Review Finds
Natural Health: Adding another twist to the ongoing debate over the value of an herbal treatment for patients with heart failure, a new review of existing research suggests that hawthorn extract "significantly" improves symptoms. I love hawthorne berry (the whole berry), and can personally attest to the fact that it helped me greatly. The literature I've read attests to its safety, as well as its regulatory effect on blood pressure. An excellent reference mentioning this, complete with references to many further resources is Daniel Mowrey's "The Scientifc Validation of Herbal Medicine".

Another Study Links Western Diet to Heart, Health Risks
Health Trends: Shouldn't the authors of this study look at the above study and a possible help to this problem?

Adverse Effects of Arthritis Drugs
Medical Industry: Scientists at the University of Rochester Medical Center have confirmed that powerful drugs used to treat patients with rheumatoid
arthritis have a deep and unascertained effect on the immune system.

Liver Cancer Drug Raises Blood Pressure
Medical Industry: Earlier trials, however, had shown a 16 percent to 42.6 percent incidence of hypertension in patients taking the drug. If not properly controlled, hypertension can lead to strokes and heart attacks, as well as kidney failure.

No reason to hide 'damning' cancer lab reviews: lawyers
The World Reacts: The experts were called in after Eastern Health realized in 2005 that its pathology lab was returning false reports of hormone receptor tests, which are done to help determine the course of treatment for breast cancer patients.

Music Therapy May Offer Hope For People With Depression
Natural Health:

Diet High in Whole Grain may Cut Diabetes Risk
Natural Health: An analysis of previously carried out study reviews on the association between whole grain foods and type 2 diabetes risk appears to have backed the theory that such foods may reduce the likelihood of developing the disease, especially in people who eat a diet high in refined grains.

Regulator reconsidering vision-loss drug ruling
Medical Industry: Critics said there is a cheaper, similar drug that does the same thing, and claimed the company is being greedy.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Media Blames Heath Ledger, Refuses to Examine Dangers of the Pharmaceuticals Found Beside His Body
PR: There is no industry that kills more people each year than Big Pharma -- not even the war and munitions giants kill that many people.

Too many adults skip vaccines, officials say
PR: I would say that this is a big sales pitch for the pharmaceutical companies who make the vaccines.

Meat, diet soda linked to heart disease
Health Trends: The study also found that diet soda consumption was linked to these elevated risk factors for heart disease and diabetes, echoing the findings of a study published in July.

Actor Heath Ledger Apparently Killed by FDA-Approved Pharmaceuticals
Medical Industry: FDA-approved pharmaceuticals are highly toxic substances and currently kill nearly 100,000 Americans a year, even when taken as directed, according to the American Medical Association.

Biotech critics challenging Monsanto GMO sugar beet
GM Foods: "The law requires the government to take a hard look at the impact that deregulating Roundup Ready sugar beets will have on human health, agriculture and the environment," said Greg Loarie, an attorney at the Earthjustice law firm, which is helping represent the plaintiffs. "The government cannot simply ignore the fact that deregulation will harm organic farmers and consumers, and exacerbate the growing epidemic of herbicide-resistant weeds."

Pharmacists Believe Drive-through Windows Contribute To Delays, Errors
Health Trends: Consumers who pick up their prescription medications at a pharmacy drive-through window might be jeopardizing their own safety in the name of convenience.

Montel Williams is "Living Well," and eating green
Natural Health:

FDA Destroys Incriminating Aspartame Records
Medical Industry: In November of 2007, Dr, Martini requested the original, unedited report under the Freedom of Information act. First she was told that the documents were confidential, and when she continued to press, she was told that they had been destroyed.

Tesco fined £50,000 over old food
Tainted Food: District Judge Gerwyn Watkins said it was a "systematic failure" by Tesco.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

MRSA spreads from 1 strain
Health Trends: MRSA, shorthand for methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus, has become so prevalent that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates an incidence of about 32 infections for every 100,000 people, a statistic deemed astounding last year in an editorial published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Fizzy Drinks To Disappear From Seoul’s Schools
The World Reacts: "All soda drinks will be completely banned at concessions
and vending machines at Seoul schools this year," a spokesman said.

Increased Risk Of Heart Attack Or Stroke For Patients Who Are Resistant To Aspirin
Health Trends:

Broccoli Joins The Array Of Weapons Against Heart Disease
Natural Health:

Monday, January 21, 2008

Food Poisoning Can Trigger Health Problems
Tainted Food: In interviews with The Associated Press, they described high blood pressure, kidney damage, even full kidney failure striking 10 to 20 years later in people who survived severe E. coli infection as children, arthritis after a bout of salmonella or shigella, and a mysterious paralysis that can attack people who just had mild symptoms of campylobacter.

Double Mastectomy Patient Told Cancer Diagnosis Was a Mistake


GM Foods: The US sugar beet industry is threatening to venture into the world of genetically modified (GM) crops, hoping to introduce a new gene-spliced variety by Monsanto as early as spring 2008. But if the experience of the last decade is any indication, such a move will lead to huge economic losses for the sugar industry and even for US food companies who use sugar as an ingredient. For more information, read my recent article, GMO's: Desirous or Disasrous?, which takes a look at two important films on genetic modification.

Checks find more cancer 'errors'
Malpractice: A hospital where 12 patients were given the wrong findings after cancer checks has identified two further inaccurate results.

Green tea prevents bladder inflammation
Natural Health:

Mobiles linked to disturbed sleep
Health Trends: The study, funded by mobile phone companies, suggests
radiation from the handset can cause insomnia, headaches and confusion.

Schering, Merck defend cholesterol drugs in ads
PR: Schering-Plough Corp and Merck & Co are defending their shared cholesterol treatments, Vytorin and Zetia, in advertisements after a failed study generated negative publicity.

US Hospitals Ban Gifts to Doctors from Drug Industry
The World Reacts: When a Duluth-based operator of hospitals and clinics purged the pens, notepads, coffee mugs and other promotional trinkets drug companies had given its doctors over the years, it took 20 shopping carts to haul the loot away.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

FDA Weighs Cholesterol Drug Mevacor
Medical Industry: The government is questioning if too many of the wrong people will take cholesterol-lowering Mevacor if it's sold without a prescription, days before Merck & Co. makes its third try to move the drug over the counter.

Metal detectors plan for schools
Regulation: I included this article for anyone who thinks that allowing guns is the only true creator of violence and that we would all be free of any government control if we gave up our guns - in other words, this article is for anyone who thinks we can trust the government.

 Cellphone varsity class opens in Japan
Tainted Products: I respond to this article with the belief that we should all look at Japan's brain tumor rates in ten years.

Sicko - Michael Moore Cut This Scene (No One Would Believe)
The World Reacts: This video is a clip that was cut out of Moore's final version. It is an example, I think, of the power of community. You can teach an "old dog new tricks", and you can change the world. The power is within you.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

FDA Adds Warning Label To Birth Control Patch
Medical Industry: A new study showing an increased risk of blood clots among women using a contraceptive skin patch prompted the Food and Drug Administration on Friday to add that finding to the drug's label.

Pfizer Boosts Warning on Anti-Cancer Drug
Medical Industry: If the quitting treatment makes you want to kill yourself, why not just keep on smoking?

Friday, January 18, 2008

Stop Deceptive Labeling of "Natural" Meat
The World Reacts:

Despite Doubts, Cancer Therapy Draws Patients
The World Reacts: The company says it has treated more than 1,000 men in its centers since 2004. Stephen R. Puckett Sr., the company’s chairman, said that those patients “should have the right to choose their medical treatment and to choose where to have it.”

Feds Probe Slaughterhouse Illness Link
Ecohazard: The Indiana workers' symptoms included changes in sensation and weakness in their limbs, Russell said. Those symptoms are similar to a mysterious cluster of neurological symptoms reported last month among 12 workers at a pork slaughterhouse in Austin, Minn.

Economical Way To Boost Vitamin A Content Of Corn Found
GM Foods/PR: OK, this is getting to be ridiculous. There have been no stories about GM Foods for months, and suddenly, there has been a flood of them -- all positive. Somebody, I think, is really trying to sell us on this technology. For a different view, see my article: GMOs: Desirous or Disastrous?

The Clones are Coming
Tainted Food: Officials have admitted that death and disease rates in cloned animals are “significantly higher”.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Silicone-Based Chemical in Pizza Hut's Cheese
Tainted Food: In this issue, writer John Bunting details how Pizza Hut’s cheese supplier--Leprino Foods--uses a silicone-based industrial chemical in the patented manufacturing of “Pizza Cheese.” That chemical--Polymethylsiloxane--has no FDA approval for use as a food ingredient.

Undernourished Stroke Patients May Have More Complications, Worse Outcomes
Health Trends: Patients who are undernourished when they enter the hospital with an acute ischemic stroke--the most common type of stroke, in which
blood flow to the brain is blocked--are likely to remain undernourished in the hospital and may have worse clinical outcomes, according to a new article. [emphasis added]

Unfavorable drug studies don't get into print: report
Medical Industry:

Genetically Modified Carrots Provide Easy To Absorb Calcium
GMO Foods/PR: This is the third story I've seen in the last couple of weeks trying to seel the public on genetically modified foods. If you're ready to buy into this, please read my article from yesterday and get Fed Up! or The GMO Trilogy.

U.S. to Study Bizarre Medical Condition
The World Reacts: Some experts believe it's a psychiatric phenomenon, yet hundreds of people say it's a true physical condition.

Man Claims Hospital Forcibly Gave Him Rectal Exam
Medical Industry: A construction worker claimed in a lawsuit claiming that when he went to a hospital after being hit on the forehead by a falling wooden beam, emergency room staffers forcibly gave him a rectal examination.

Drug trials under pressure
Medical Industry/PR: The irony is that many of those patients are enrolled in a high-stakes clinical trial that might show, once and for all, whether Vytorin and its sister compound Zetia are worth the $5 billion each year that people worldwide are spending on them. If patients in the study decide to bail out, the answer may never be known. I think it's unfortunate that we live in a society that's more concerned with the profits of the pharmaceutical companies than the health of the citizens. This article is talking about Vitorin and Zetia and also says that was already shown to be having problems competing with an older, generic drug.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Lack Of Training For Children's Medicines Prescribing May Increase Risk Of Error
Malpractice: And they are particularly vulnerable to the consequences of a mistake, say the authors of the research.

Review into 'missed' cancer cases
Malpractice: Wrexham Maelor Hospital said three patients had been wrongly told they had nothing to worry about, despite some tissue tests showing signs of cancer.
Drug trials under pressure
Medical Industry/PR: The irony is that many of those patients are enrolled in a high-stakes clinical trial that might show, once and for all, whether Vytorin and its sister compound Zetia are worth the $5 billion each year that people worldwide are spending on them. If patients in the study decide to bail out, the answer may never be known. I think it's unfortunate that we live in a society that's more concerned with the profits of the pharmaceutical companies than the health of the citizens. This article is talking about Vitorin and Zetia and also says that was already shown to be having problems competing with an older, generic drug.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Lack Of Training For Children's Medicines Prescribing May Increase Risk Of Error
Malpractice: And they are particularly vulnerable to the consequences of a mistake, say the authors of the research.

Review into 'missed' cancer cases
Malpractice: Wrexham Maelor Hospital said three patients had been wrongly told they had nothing to worry about, despite some tissue tests showing signs of cancer.
Hospital bosses said another 12 cases might have been "misreported".

Popular Osteoporosis Drugs Triple Risk Of Painful Bone Necrosis, Study Finds
Medical Industry: Bone necrosis, a relatively rare disease diagnosed in approximately 1 in 20,000 people per year, leads to permanent loss of blood supply to the bones.

U.S. Food Safety: Home-Grown Problems Abound
Tainted Food: Many of the contaminations are showing up in foods never before associated with poisoning.

Acrylamide In Food May Increase The Risk Of Breast Cancer, New Findings Suggest
Tainted Food: Acrylamide is a chemical formed when frying, roasting, grilling or baking carbohydrate-rich foods at temperatures above 120°C.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

New! Original article:
GMOs: Desirous or Disastrous? (review)
GMO Foods: Before you put genetically modified food onto your child's plate, you should watch one, or both, of these gripping films.

Coalition Of Doctors Condemn FDA Decision To Deny Women Access To Bioidentical Hormones
Medical Industry/PR: The FDA action is in response to a "citizen petition" filed by the giant drug maker Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. Wyeth is the maker of Premarin and Prempro, two hormone treatments for women that have been linked to cancer, heart disease and stroke by a 2002 Women's Health Initiative, National Institute of Health (NIH) study.

Cancer Among Children Rising in Australia
Health Trends: "There has been a doubling of the rate of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma over the past 20 years and we don't know why - it seems to be a trend that is associated with a Western lifestyle, but it's difficult to say exactly what,'' Williamson [general manager of research, advocacy and patient care at the Leukemia Foundation] said.

Psychotherapy Should Be Subject To Rigorous Regulation Just Like Drug Treatments, Say Academics
Regulation: They say the largely unrecognized potential for serious adverse effects resulting from talking therapies means rules should be tightened, particularly in light of the UK Government's recent £150m investment in psychotherapy services for depression and anxiety, which will result in many more therapists practising in the UK.

Court upholds ruling on unapproved drugs
Regulation: The court, without comment or recorded dissent, let stand a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which said the terminally ill have no constitutional right to drugs the agency had considered safe enough for additional testing.

Slash Cataract Risks With Green Leafy Vegetables
Natural Health:

FDA approves cloned meat, milk: newspaper
Regulation: A U.S. Food and Drug Administration report finds that meat and milk from cloned animals is, for the most part, safe to eat, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday. [Italics added]

Medical Error Reporting By Doctors Seems Underused
Medical Industry:

Heart attack patients have longer ER wait
Medical Industry: Every minute of delay in treatment during a heart attack increases the likelihood that the patient will die, but heart attack patients waited 150% longer for care by the end of the study period, or 20 minutes on average. One in four waited 50 minutes or more.

Monday, January 14, 2008

A carrot a day could keep bone loss at bay: study
GMO Foods: We all know that carrots are good for our eyesight, but a new, eye-opening study has found that when properly modified, the vegetable can benefit our bones, too.

Pfizer says U.S. Lipitor patent initially rejected
Medical Industry:

Mobile Phones Linked to Brain Tumors after Long Term Use
Tainted Products: "We cannot rule out the possibility at this stage that cancer could appear in a few years' time," said study chair Lawrence Challis.

Cholesterol Drug Has No Benefit in Trial
Medical Industry: A clinical trial of Zetia, a cholesterol-lowering drug prescribed to about 1 million people a week, failed to show that the drug has any medical benefits, Merck and Schering-Plough said on Monday.

Cancer and Psychiatric Drugs Find Their Way into Britain's Tap Water
Ecohazard: The report, commissioned by the drinking water watchdog in the country, the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI), reveals that pharmaceuticals are finding their way into the water supply despite extensive purification treatments used by water companies.

Debris another culprit harming marine life in Puget Sound
Ecohazard: The chemicals that keep marine worms and other pests at bay are fatal to herring eggs. The saturated wood will leach its toxic chemicals for half a century, causing fatal mutations in the developing eggs even at low levels of exposure. Its deadly effects on other creatures are less well-known.

Start Cola Earlier!

PR:Sunday, January 13, 2008

Obesity Now a 'lifestyle' Choice for Americans, Expert Says
Health Trends: "Obesity is a natural extension of an advancing economy. As you become a First World economy and you get all these labor-saving devices and low-cost, easily accessible foods, people are going to eat more and exercise less," health economist Eric Finkelstein told AFP.

Garlic Relaxes Blood Vessels and Increases Blood Flow
Natural Health: Further proof that grandma’s trusted medicine, the garlic, can be good for our body.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Lyme disease cases double, set record in Md.
Ecohazard: The latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that Lyme disease reports statewide jumped from about 700 annually in the first four years of this decade to about 1,200 cases each in 2005 and 2006. There were 2,235 cases in 2007 through Dec. 15.

Common Symptoms Can Deceive
Medical Industry: "Back then I was the type of person, 'Okay, doctor, whatever you say,' " said Fear, 49, who lives in Woodbridge. "I didn't know how to demand things."

'Clone-Free' Milk Could Get Label
The World Reacts:

Dairy Processors Urge Further Review of Cloning
The World Reacts:

Sweetener Side Effects: Case Histories:
Researchers Cite 2 Patients Who Suffered Severe Weight Loss From Heavy Use of Sorbitol

The World Reacts: The FDA requires a warning label on a product with sorbitol if the manufacturer thinks the consumption would exceed 50 grams a day, according to an FDA spokesperson.

Brits Love Fast Foods More Than Americans
Health Trends: When asked to comment on the statement "I like the taste of fast food too much to give it up," 45% of the British agreed, compared to 44% of Americans - Canada came third with 37%. At the other end of the scale 81% of the French disagreed with the statement, followed by 75% of people from Singapore.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Medicinal Qualities of Cranberries on Women Established
PR: “We understood that there was something in cranberry juice that doesn’t let infections adhere to a woman’s bladder. We figured it was a specific inhibitor and proved this to be the case,” he added. How come they have to determine "a specific inhibitor"? I can personally attest to the fact that I've used cranberry for years for bladder complaints, and it has worked wonders. Why do we have to ignore our own bodies and listen to the all encompassing god of science and the "scientific method"?

Merck Engaged in Blatant Scientific Fraud with Vytorin Cholesterol Study? (opinion)
Medical Industry: It's no surprise these days to hear about a pharmaceutical company committing scientific fraud and distorting clinical trials to get the results they want, but it's unusual to see it done as blatantly and arrogantly as what you're about to see here.

Too much sugar-free gum linked to bowel problems
Health Trends: Consuming too much sorbitol, a sweetener widely used in "sugar-free" chewing gum and sweets, can cause serious bowel problems, German doctors said on Friday.

How poorly designed trials for cancer drugs are hurting patients.
Medical Industry: Part of the problem is simply the complexity of the science. But part of it is poor study designs, which deviate from the way in which trials are conducted in other areas of medicine, wasting money, time, and a scarce resource: patients who are willing to be research subjects.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Harmonise Organic Farming With Biotechnology, Says Noted Indian Scientist
PR: This is a horribly scary thought to me. I need the right to be able to choose non-GMO options, and merging organic crops with GMO would take that option away from me and the world. All I want is the option to say no to Monsanto.

Alarming Levels Of Mercury And Arsenic Found In Chinese Freshwater Ecosystem
Ecohazard: The researchers studied three separate locations in Lake Baiyangdian, all at varying distances from major sources of pollution, such as coal emissions, agricultural runoff, and sewage discharge.

Canadian Doctors Feel Overwhelmed
Medical Industry: Canadian doctors feel overwhelmed by the demands on them and say they are frustrated over their inability to do full justice to the needs of their patients.

FDA cracks down on makers of 'bioidentical' hormones
Prohibition: Terry Scarborough, an attorney for one of the pharmacies that received a warning letter, notes that a group of pharmacists has sued the federal government, arguing that the FDA doesn't have authority to regulate compounded drugs.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

US Ranks Last Among Other Industrialized Nations On Preventable Deaths, Report Shows
Health Trends: While other nations dramatically improved these rates between 1997--98 and 2002--03, the U.S. improved only slightly.

Low vitamin D levels raise cardiovascular risk: study
Natural Health:

Study finds drug-resistant E. coli in Arctic birds
Health Trends: "The presence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in an environment that is supposed to be antibiotic-free, I think that might indicate that it might be more difficult to reverse antibiotic resistance," she [Maria Sjölund, a researcher with the CDC] said.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Many Parents Can't See Child's Obesity
Health Trends: "Fat? Not my kid!" That reaction, according to researchers at the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, was common among more than 2,000 parents surveyed this year as part of the National Poll on Children's Health.

Saving Plants That Save Lives
Natural Health: Poor or non-existent collection controls are threatening the survival of many of the plant species used in traditional and modern medicines.

The Golden Globes Cancelled
The World Reacts: I included this because it is an example of the power that people can have when they put their mind to something. Let me be wistful for a moment and say, "If only people would give the same importance to politics or health freedom or being part of a community and caring about each other or ...

Four Health Changes Can Prolong Life 14 Years: Study
Natural Health: People who drink moderately, exercise, quit smoking and eat five servings of fruit and vegetables each day live on average 14 years longer than people who adopt none of these behaviors, researchers said on Tuesday.

Northerners should boost vitamin D exposure: study
Natural Health: Solar radiation has a dual role. While it can offer protection against certain diseases and cancers by causing the body to produce vitamin D, overexposure to UVA — ultraviolet radiation of relatively long wavelengths — in sunlight can lead to skin cancer such as malignant melanoma.

No more fries with that for Quebec students
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Inaccurate Lab Tests Might Lead To Inappropriate Treatment Of Breast Cancer
Medical Industry: According to the Journal, pharmaceutical companies are "trying to develop more medicines tailored to the individual characteristics of patients and their diseases," but recent studies that have found "problems in testing point to a potential snag for such drugs: They depend on accurate lab results." Notice how this article allows the pharmaceutical companies to whine, "Hey, it's not our fault!"

Using Medical Abbreviations may Put Patients' Lives at Risk
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Electronic Tagging - Enabling Or Disabling People With Dementia? UK
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Mike Adams Reveals the Five Habits of Health Transformation
Natural Health: Well, the first habit of health transformation and this is really the most difficult one, especially for Americans and this has to do with how we've been brainwashed by drug advertising, but the number one thing that you can do is take responsibility for your health outcome.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Your Health
Tainted Food: This is the second of a three part series of excellent articles by Dr. Woodrow Monte, a methanol expert who realizes the dangers of aspartame. Watch for the third part in this series here, as soon as it becomes available.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Vinegar, grapefruit essence, and yes, cookies: Diet secrets of the A-list revealed
Health Trends: D IS FOR DITCH THE DIET DRINKS: Actress Jessica Alba and Paris Hilton say drinking diet drinks is the worst thing you can do if you are trying to lose weight.
There's evidence to suggest that every can consumed daily nearly doubles your risk of being overweight.

Pollution Cancer Risk Down 15% In Southern California, But Still Too High
Ecohazard: William Burke, Chairman of the South Coast AQMD Governing Board, said ".. the remaining cancer risk is completely unacceptable. Thousands of residents are getting sick and dying from toxic air pollution. Some of them live in low-income, minority neighborhoods that may be heavily impacted by cancer-causing air pollution."

Big Pharma Spends More On Advertising Than Research And Development, Study Finds
Medical Industry: A new study by two York University researchers estimates the U.S. pharmaceutical industry spends almost twice as much on promotion as it does on research and development, contrary to the industry’s claim.

FDA set to accept cloned meat, milk
Medical Industry: The decision would be an act of defiance against Congress, which last month passed legislation recommending that any such approval be delayed pending further studies.

Woman, 84, discharged in nightie
Health Trends: After being discharged, she had to pay £80 for a taxi to take her 25 miles home to Ashford Carbonel, Shropshire.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Most TV Prescription Drug Ads Minimize Risk Information, Study Finds
Medical Industry: Prescription drug ads on television first hit the airwaves just over a decade ago, but a new University of Georgia study finds that most of them still do not present a fair balance of information, especially when it comes to the risk of side effects.

Energy saving bulbs may damage skin
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Early Exposure to Environmental Toxins Makes One Prone to Alzheimers
Ecohazard: The findings show that lead exposure early in life may predispose animals to later neurodegenerative disease, possibly through alterations in DNA methylation and oxidation.

Code blue often too slow, study finds
Medical Industry: In nearly one-third of the cases of sudden cardiac arrest in the hospital, the staff takes too long to respond, increasing the risk of brain damage and death, a new study finds.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Toxic waste suit filed against IBM
Ecohazard: Lawyers for about 90 current and former residents of New York state filed suit against IBM on Thursday alleging that chemicals from an IBM plant have caused congenital heart defects in infants and kidney cancers in adults, and continue to cause problems.

Carbon Dioxide Emissions Linked To Human Mortality
Ecohazard: The new findings  come to light just after the Environmental Protection Agency's recent ruling against states setting specific emission standards for this greenhouse gas based in part on the lack of data showing the link between carbon dioxide emissions and their health effects.

J&J drugs don't work in treating aggression: study

Medical Industry: Two Johnson & Johnson antipsychotic drugs long used to treat aggressive behavior in people with limited intelligence do not work and should not be prescribed for these patients, researchers said on Friday.

Large And Growing Public Health Problem Identified: The Prevalence And Impact Of Arthritis And Other Rheumatic Conditions
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Internists Say They Prescribe Placebos On Occasion
Health Trends: This study indicates a need for greater recognition of the use of placebos and unproven therapies and discussion about its implications," say the study authors, Rachel Sherman, a fourth year medical student at the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine, and John Hickner, MD, MSc, professor of family medicine, at the University of Chicago and University of Chicago Medical Center.
Exercise May Ease Menopausal Symptoms
Health Trends: In fact, it became clear that exercise had a significant impact in reducing a post-menopausal woman's chances of experiencing hot flashes, depression, anxiety and stress.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

'Second Thoughts about Fluoride,' Reports Scientific American
Health Trends: "Some recent studies suggest that over-consumption of fluoride can raise the risks of disorders affecting teeth, bones, the brain and the thyroid gland," reports Scientific American editors
(January 2008).

Few Emergency Rooms Fully Equipped For Pediatric Patients, Researchers Find
Medical Industry: For instance, half of those responding reported that they were missing the laryngeal mask airways used for ventilating children.

The Cure Within - A History of Mind-Body Medicine
Natural Health: Superbly researched, enlightening, and original, THE CURE WITHIN is the first cultural history of mind-body medicine.

Junk Food Commercials ‘Junked’ In Britain
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Patients Wonder: 'Could This Be Something Serious?' Doctors Who Express Empathy Get Highest Patient Ratings
Medical Industry: Nearly 4,800 patient surveys and 100 covertly recorded visits by actors posing as patients revealed that empathy is lacking in many exam rooms around the Rochester, N.Y., area.

Healthy food getting more expensive: study
Health Trends: The price of fruits and vegetables is climbing faster than inflation, while junk food is actually becoming cheaper, the findings of a new study suggest.

France Warns Against Excessive Mobile Phone Use
Health Trends: The appearance on the market of mobile phones designed for children has raised concern since youngsters would be particularly vulnerable to any possible health effects, the Ministry of Health, Youth and Sports said in a statement.
"As the hypothesis of a risk cannot be entirely excluded, precaution is justified," the ministry said.

The Whiskey Rebellion: In praise of booze in the newsroom
Mind Control: Today's newspaper with fire you for taking mood-altering drugs in the workplace unless, of course, they're prescription antidepressants paid for by the company health plan.

Free drug samples go to wealthy, insured: U.S. study
Health Trends: Free prescription samples are popular with doctors who want to try new drugs, and the pharmaceutical industry contends that such samples also help the low income and the uninsured.

'Time-honoured' medical practice questioned
The World Reacts: This fall, the biggest health authority in British Columbia introduced sweeping new rules about how close company representatives can get to patients. Among the new rules are a requirement for company representatives to wear ID badges in hospitals and health clinics, and they may no longer scrub in for surgeries.

Pesticides May Up Asthma in Farm Women

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Nonfat milk linked to prostate cancer
Health Trends: Similar to the first study's findings, skim milk was linked with advanced prostate cancer. Calcium from non-dairy food, by contrast, was tied to a reduced risk of non-advanced prostate cancer.

Allergic Reaction to Drugs Kill Thousands in UK
Health Trends: However, there is evidence that the vast majority of adverse drug reactions are never reported to the MHRA.

ER docs less likely to give narcotics to minorities
Health Trends: Even for the severe pain of kidney stones, minorities were prescribed narcotics such as oxycodone and morphine less frequently than whites.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Confusing Labelling Lead Doctors to Treat Emergencies With Wrong Adrenaline Dosages
Medical Industry: The ratio requires arithmetic to work out how much drug to administer. Therefore, doctors understand doses much better than ratios.

Being Alone is the Best Way to Tackle Helplessness: Study
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