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NOVEMBER
, 2007

Friday, November 30, 2007

USDA PROPOSES RULE UNDERMINING ORGANICS AND SMALL FARMS
Regulation: The USDA is accepting public comments until December 3 on a new proposed rule that would force small farms growing green leafy vegetables, such as spinach and lettuce, to put into place industrial-style sterilization measures that reduce biodiversity and soil fertility.

Even With Insurance, Hospital Stay Can Cost a Million
Medical Industry: Soaring health costs are burdening many Americans withMedical Industry: The proposal would be a break with the FDA's prohibition on the marketing of drugs and medical devices for unapproved purposes, which dates to 1938. massive medical bills, and a few, like Jim Dawson, are left with a million-dollar tab - even though they have health insurance, the WSJ reports.

Duwamish cleanup study assailed
Ecohazard: Federal proposal may understate pollution levels.

Tasers safer than Tylenol, engineer tells conference
PR: A biomedical engineer with ties to the company that makes Tasers insists that the stun-guns are safer than Tylenol.

The Easier Way to Cleanse and Get Your Dream Body
Natural Health: All the worrying you may do - about making money, being a good parent, having fun, getting a raise, achieving your ultimate goals - means NOTHING if you are neglecting the vehicle (your body) that allows you to do all those things.

One In Ten Patients Comes To Harm While In Hospital
Medical Industry (UK): Surgical patients were more likely to come to harm, but these incidents were less preventable. Diagnostic errors, on the other hand, were less common, but more preventable, the findings showed.

Kids Of 9/11 Twice As Likely To Have Asthma
Health Trends: According to the survey, half of 3,100 children enrolled in the World Trade Center Health Registry had developed at least one new or worsened respiratory symptom between the attacks and their interviews in 2003 and 2004.

World Health Organization: Working Night Shift A 'Probable' Cancer Cause
Health Trends: Sleep studies show that night work decreases the level of the natural body hormone melatonin, which is a natural antioxidant.  

FDA to Hold Hearing on Regulating Salt Content in Food
The World Reacts: The American Medical Association says that 150,000 lives could be saved in the U.S. annually if salt in processed foods and restaurant foods were cut in half.

GM Techniques Have Failed to Live Up to Their Promise in Food Crops
GM Foods: The task of turning isolated genes into working crops out in the field has been more costly and time-consuming than anyone imagined.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Radiation Exposure Of Pregnant Women More Than Doubles In Ten Years
Medical Industry: The investigators found that from 1997 to 2006, the number of imaging studies performed on pregnant women increased by 121 percent. The greatest increases were in the number of CT exams, which deliver more radiation than many other radiologic procedures.

CT scans raise risk of cancer, report cautions
Medical Industry: In a few decades, up to 2 percent of all cancers in the United States might be due to radiation from computerized tomography, or CT, scans given now, according to the authors of the report.

Disabled Woman Writes Poems Using a Chopstick in Her Mouth
The World Reacts: Li Duoze, professor of the Chinese Department, Beijing University, praised Wang Chunhui: "I admire people like you who strive to excel regardless of their delicate bodies, and always take on challenges awesomely."

The 7 Big Health and Fitness Lies About Optimal Health And Weight Loss (Part 2)
Health Trends: In any successful exercise and weight loss program there needs to be room for flexibility and forgiveness.

Bad diet ups cancer risk for poor, black women
Health Trends:

EPA sued by 12 states over relaxed toxin disclosure requirements
Ecohazard: The new EPA regulations require detailed disclosure only whenever companies store or release 5,000 pounds of toxins, while allowing companies to file an abbreviated form when they store or release between 500 and 4,999 pounds of toxins.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Adult obesity rate climbs slightly in U.S.
Health Trends: The adult obesity rate has generally been climbing since 1980, when it was 15 percent.

Junk food banished from Edmonton schools
The World Reacts:

High Carb Diet Linked to Prostate Tumor Growth
Health Trends: "Our results provide support for the concept that diets associated with a reduction in insulin level may have benefits for prostate cancer patients, particularly for the subset of patients who are hyperinsulinemic," the authors write.

Exposure to Media Violence Makes Kids, Adults More Aggressive
Health Trends:

Tobacco Marketers Targeting Teens Near Schools
PR: A new Canadian study reports that tobacco marketers have found a way around tobacco advertising restrictions, reaching teens by marketing in retail shops located near high schools.

Seattle doctor pleads guilty to drug charges
Medical Industry: Dr. Howard J. Levine could face up to five years in federal prison and a fine of up to $10,000 for admitting that in June 2006 he sold two types of steroid gels to the officer without conducting an examination or determining the drugs were medically necessary.

FDA advisers back stronger flu drug warnings
In the case of Tamiflu, some cases of erratic behavior, including jumping from buildings, resulted in deaths....One panel member said the benefits of Tamiflu are slim compared with the risks, however rare and uncertain.

Onward to a new GM world order?
Tainted Food: Commentators said King's prescription might appear hypocritical in the developing world, considering no GM crops are grown commercially in Britain and opinion polls have consistently shown that 95 per cent of the UK population is firmly against eating GM food.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Natural medicine found in black raspberries found to effectively kill leukemia cells
Natural Health: The findings promise an effective, nontoxic approach to treating leukemia.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Protect Against Parkinson's, Study Finds
Natural Health: However, the average Western diet contains 10 to 20 times more omega-6's than omega-3's.

FDA staffer seeks higher standards after Avandia concerns
Medical Industry: Companies have no incentive to test their drugs against rivals, and so the FDA should require them, given the efficacy of current treatments for diabetes, Misbin said. In such a scenario, the pharmaceutical companies would still be doing the research on their own drugs. The fox watching the chicken coop again...

Hidden Fat Poses Serious Risks As Women Age
Health Trends: As CBS 2 Medical Editor Mary Ann Childers reports, women don't have to be overweight to have a big fat problem.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Alzheimer drugs don't delay dementia onset: study
Medical Industry: Italian researchers, however, found that in none of six clinical trials they examined did using the drugs significantly reduce the rate of progression from MCI to dementia.

Very High Levels Of Dioxins Found In River Sediment In Michigan
Ecohazard: The health effects associated with dioxins may include cancer, reproductive or developmental effects, and effects on the immune system.

FDA warns Glaxo on cancer drug promotions
Medical Industry: The Food and Drug Administration said Glaxo's letters, part of the launch campaign for Tykerb, "are misleading in that they omit and minimize the most serious and important risk information" and "selectively present efficacy information for Tykerb, thereby overstating the efficacy of the drug."

Fighting NZ's Epidemics With Food, Exercise
Natural Health: Cancer rates could be reduced by 40 percent with healthy nutrition and exercise, and quitting smoking, Professor Jim Mann, co-author of the World Cancer Research Fund Report said.
But "we need to move a bit faster before our health system falls apart" due to the load, he said at a symposium at Te Papa last week.

'Mismatched' prostate cancer treatment more common than expected
Medical Industry:

New Guideline For How To Treat A Person's First Unprovoked Seizure
Health Trends: Seizures are among the most common serious neurological disorders cared for by neurologists. Annually approximately 150,000 adults will have a first seizure in the United States. It is estimated that in 40 to 50 percent of these people, seizures recur and are classified as epilepsy.

Dangerous chemicals found in or around the Duwamish River
Ecohazard: Scores of chemicals have been dumped into or alongside the Duwamish. Many can still be found in the river bottom and on its banks.

Study: Healthy Food Fares Well At Schools
The World Reacts: Bucking some common notions, a University of Minnesota study has found that school lunch sales don't decline when healthier meals are served, and that more nutritious lunches don't necessarily cost schools more to produce.

FDA panel to review Tamiflu's effect on brain
Medical Industry: Twenty-two of the U.S. reports were considered "serious," with symptoms such as convulsions, delirium or delusions, says Terry Hurley, spokesman for drugmaker Roche Laboratories.

Processed Meat Unsafe For Human Consumption; Cancer Experts Warn of Dietary Dangers
Tainted Food: Their conclusion, published in the World Cancer Research Fund's report, Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective (2007), has rocked the health world with a declaration that all people should immediately stop buying and eating processed meat products and that all processed meat should be avoided for life!

Active Parents Raise Active Children
Health Trends: The authors explain that the link with mother's activity during pregnancy is unlikely to be due to biological factors inside the womb. Instead, mothers who are physically active during pregnancy are likely to keep active after pregnancy, and that this in turn influences children's physical activity.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Hospital medication errors widespread
Health Trends: Such incidents have more than doubled in the last decade.

Flu Shots Don't Reduce Flu Deaths
Health Trends:

FDA: Flu Drugs Affecting Kids' Behavior
Medical Industry: Government health regulators recommended adding label precautions about neurological problems seen in children who have taken flu drugs made by Roche and GlaxoSmithKline.

Indian Tribe Get Air Pollution Voice
The World Reacts: The tribe's recognition under the federal Clean Air Act means New York state is now obligated to consider tribal comments on any project that might affect reservation residents.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Old-fashioned Kids Toys Much Healthier Than Expensive Latest Ones
Natural Health: Psychologists at the Temple University have revealed that old fashioned toys allow children to experiment with their imagination and creativity, thus proving much healthier for them.

Free Breakfast Doesn’t Necessarily Improve Students’ Attention in Wales
PR: “They are now eating more healthy food, more wholemeal bread and grains,” he [Dr Simon Murphy, from Cardiff University’s Institute of Society, Health and Ethics] pointed out. I wonder what food additives and processed foods they could be allowing under the "healthy" label. See The Feingold Association for more info. on diet and attention or take a look at Dr. Russell Blaylock's DVD, Nutrition and Behavior...or Sweet Remedy...or Jeffrey Smith's Trilogy...or...

The FDA still refuses to protect the people
Medical Industry: As it stands now, the FDA's "first and only concern" seems to be protecting the financial interests of the pharmaceutical industry at seemingly any cost -- including the lives of the American citizens it is supposed to protect.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Environmental Toxins May Limit Fertility In Offspring
Ecohazard: PAHs accumulate in the body’s breast and fatty tissues before pregnancy and are later released into the blood during pregnancy, affecting the fetus.

Chronic diseases to cost India $237 billion in 10 years
Health Trends: India is expected to lose $237 billion in national income due to chronic non-communicable diseases (CNCDs), according to the World Health Organisation (WHO)...CNCDs include cardiovascular diseases (mainly heart disease and stroke), chronic respiratory diseases, some cancers and Type-2 diabetes.

FDA staff urge psych warnings for two flu drugs
Vaccines: Tamiflu was having lackluster sales as a drug to prevent and treat seasonal flu but got a second life when it was the first drug to show real efficacy in treating and preventing bird flu.

Mysterious Illness in Angola Could Be Due to Bromide Poisoning
Ecohazard: According to the WHO website, methyl bromide is primarily used as a fumigant in ships' holds, grain silos and other large enclosed areas.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Binge Drinking Binds Youth to Health Problems:
Health Trends: The research has revealed that heavy binge drinking is associated with increased long-term risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and other metabolic disorders among Adolescents and young adults.

Early Communication About an Ongoing Safety Review
Varenicline (marketed as Chantix)

Medical Industry: FDA has received reports of suicidal thoughts and aggressive and erratic behavior in patients who have taken Chantix, a smoking cessation product.


Wednesday, November 21, 2007

NZFSA Attempts to Stumble public on Aspartame
Tainted Food: The NZFSA attempts to stumble the public by continuing to protect aspartame manufacturers.

Feds to study chemicals in pregnant women, babies
Ecohazard: "Combined with the Chemicals Management Plan, MIREC will be a valuable next step in determining the kinds and amounts of chemicals present in our environment and our bodies," said Ken Ogilvie, executive director of Pollution Probe, in a release.

Feeding the 'Fat Gap'
Tainted Food:

Even Minute Levels Of Lead Cause Brain Damage In Children
Ecohazard: U.S. children are exposed to lead primarily from household dust contaminated by deteriorating interior lead-based paint. In addition to toys, other potential sources include contaminated soil, imported food stored in lead-glazed pottery and certain plastic, metallic and painted products.

Superbugs: Drug Resistant But Not Herb Resistant
Natural Health: So before resorting to antibiotics and chemical antibacterials, first try alternatives such as Pau D’Arco, garlic, grapefruit seed extract, honey, colloidal silver, lemon, and tee tree oil. There are many others, and most natural antibiotic alternatives are safe for everyday, preventative use, unlike antibiotics.

Half of trauma care 'not good'
Medical Industry: It found medical staff in 200 hospitals in England, Wales and Northern Ireland often did not appreciate the severity and displayed little urgency.

Lack of sanitation kills millions, UN says
Ecohazard: Each year, an estimated 1.5 million children die because of lack of access to water, sanitation and proper hygiene.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Splenda Lawsuit Seeks $1 Billion from Johnson & Johnson
The World Reacts: In what could be the largest lawsuit award for false advertising ever, the Sugar Association is asking for $1 billion in damages, from Splenda makers McNeil, PPC, Inc. and McNeil Nutritionals, LLC.

Sweet Magnolia: Tree Bark Extract Fights Bad Breath And Tooth Decay
Natural Health:

Asbestos warning on ferry prompts health tests
Ecohazard: "Everybody's very worried because, with asbestos, the effects don't show up for upwards of 15 years," said Sue Irvine, with the Canadian Auto Workers union, which represents 600 Marine Atlantic employees.

Does Your Liver Need An Overhaul? The Importance of Liver Flushing
Natural Health: Almost all health conditions, beauty problems and premature aging are closely linked with declined liver performance which most often is elusive to blood tests.

Milk Thistle a Potent Anti-cancer Agent
Natural Health:

Women Under 45 Dying From Heart Disease
Health Trends: The rates will have to be monitored to see if this is the beginning of a real trend. But if the data holds, the new study may be an early glimpse of the impact of escalating obesity and diabetes on U.S. deaths, said Wayne Rosamond, a University of North Carolina epidemiology professor and expert on heart disease statistics.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Original Article: Nature Knows Best: An Opinion and Review
Natural Health: It was very refreshing to see a packed audience listening intently to a lecture that discussed the individual empowerment and simple truths to be found in nature.

Darjeeling tea producers fascinated with growing organic tea
The World Reacts: The organic tea has already won the attention of international clients despite being comparatively expensive than the normal varieties of tea.

Illness can be life-changing
Natural Health: When we move from a life of doing to a life of being, we realize that every action becomes an opportunity to share love — no matter how simple and how mundane.

How one man's invention is part of a growing worldwide scam that snares the desperately ill
Medical Industry: The National Institutes of Health says research in the area of energy medicine may hold promise, but so far none of the devices, or their treatments, has been scientifically validated.

It kills thyroid cancer, but is radiation safe?
Medical Industry: Not only are patients radioactive for several days after treatment, the objects they touch may become radioactive. Although patients excrete the bulk of their radiation in three days, traces may linger in the body for as long as two weeks.

Maryland Judge: Vaccinate Kids Or Face Jail
Regulation:

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Follow Your Heart To Better Health And Performance
Health Trends: Many recent and not-so-recent scientific studies show that the heart wisdom of the ancients is far more accurate—and useful—than we could have ever imagined.

Multiple stressors compound heart disease risk
Health Trends: The more psychosocial stressors a person faces in daily life, the greater their heart disease risk is, and the relationship is particularly strong for women, a new study shows.

Lowered BP after "no salt added" diet
Natural Health: Simply avoiding pre-salted foods and not adding salt to foods can result in a modest but statistically significant reduction in blood pressure, study findings suggest.

Unidentified Disease Hits Angola
Health Trends:

Cauvery: Toxic Flow
Ecohazard: The water of the river Cauvery - one of the major rivers of south India that is considered sacred by Hindus and is used extensively for drinking and irrigation -- contains 28 toxic chemicals, a study has found.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Fat pills give modest weight loss
Medical Industry: Experts said the Canadian work in the British Medical Journal shows pills are no substitute for healthy living.

Diet Drug Rimonabant Tied to Depression, Anxiety
Medical Industry: Previously, the FDA rejected the drug as an aid to help people quit smoking.

Signs drive shoppers to take the stairs
The World Reacts: Normally, about 4 percent of people at the mall take the stairs but after adding the signs, that went up to nearly 10 percent.

Mutated cold virus kills 10, sickens 140 in four states
Health Trends: The illness made headlines in Texas earlier this year, when a so-called boot camp flu sickened hundreds at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. The most serious cases were blamed on the emerging virus, and one 19-year-old trainee died.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Study shows definite health benefits from organic milk
Natural Health: Peter Melchett, policy director at the Soil Association, described the research as 'a major landmark':
'Given the strong evidence that organic has more beneficial nutrients, and the absence of harmful additives, common sense suggests that organic food is better for your health. It's good to see this starting to be confirmed by scientific research,' he said.
He added that the Food Standards Agency's stance on organic food, which states that there is no real health benefit over conventionally grown food, is now 'out of date'.

Older women treated differently from men in hospital: study
Medical Industry:

Pennsylvania bars milk that's labeled "hormone-free"
Regulation: Effective Jan. 1, dairies selling milk in Pennsylvania, the nation's fifth-largest dairy state, will be banned from advertising on milk containers that their product comes from cows that have never been treated with rBST, or recombinant bovine somatotropin.
The product, sold by St. Louis-based Monsanto under the brand name Posilac, is the country's largest-selling dairy pharmaceutical. It is also known as recombinant bovine growth hormone, or rBGH.

FDA Slaps Confusing Warning On Diabetes Drug
Medical Industry: But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration concluded that studies are too contradictory to tell if Avandia really is riskier than other treatments for Type 2 diabetes. This seems predictably wimpy to me.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Green tea up to 5 times as healthy when citrus juice added
Natural Health: Green tea with 50 per cent cow's milk increased the amount of catechins to 52 per cent, soy milk raised it to 55 per cent and rice milk raised it to 69 per cent.

Diabetes, obesity on rise for children in China
Health Trends: More than one in five children were classified as obese and over 2 percent suffered type 2 diabetes, the China Daily said, citing a survey of 17,311 children aged eight to 18 by the Beijing Children's hospital.

FDA Mulls Direct Pharmacist-to-Patient Drug Sales
Medical Industry:

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Diabetes diet? Think tasty, but healthful
Natural Health: Says Albright: "The more people learn about their choices, the more flexibility and enjoyment they will have."

Stevia: The FDA's Attack On A Beneficial Supplement
Prohibition: Guys, as long as you approve aspartame, sucralose, and high fructose corn syrup as healthy and refuse to allow stevia to be used, calling it unsafe, despite all reasonable evidence to the contrary, you will have no credibility among thinking people. It is tantamount to an open admission that approval has nothing to do with safety -- only what's bought and paid for.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Exercise found to ease chronic pain of fibromyalgia
Natural Health:

Beta carotene protects memory in study:
Natural Health: The findings indicate beta carotene may be an important weapon in warding off memory problems that may foreshadow Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, the researchers said.

The greenwashing of toxic consumer products
PR: Everything from toxic cosmetics to smog-producing cars are now being positioned as "green" products, and just recently I actually saw a package of mercury-containing compact fluorescent lights with a marketing logo that claimed the product was, "Helping protect the planet!"

Are Antimicrobial Soaps Breeding Tougher Bugs?
PR: Our culture's cleanliness obsession has been fed by a booming business in household products that promise the virtue of sterility.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Out of pocket comes bitter pill
Medical Industry: According to a study by the consulting firm Avalere Health, monthly premiums are increasing 21 percent on average for prescription plans, with many of the steepest rises coming in those that have had the lowest premiums.

Memory problems? Eat fish, vegetables
Natural Health: The study found people who regularly consumed omega-3 rich oils reduced their risk of dementia by 60 percent.
People who ate fruits and vegetables daily also reduced their risk of dementia by 30 percent.

Drugs for ADHD 'not the answer'
Health Trends: A study obtained by the BBC's Panorama programme says drugs such as Ritalin and Concerta work no better than therapy after three years of treatment...It said that the benefits of drugs had previously been exaggerated.

ADHD Drugs Ineffective Over The Long Term
Health Trends: ADHD medications also stunt a child's growth, he/she runs a very high risk of losing height and weight, compared to children who do not take the medication.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Hearts May Be Strengthened By 'Runner's High'
Natural Health:

World Bank calls for more National Happiness
The World Reacts: Bhutan's former king Jigme Singye Wangchuck is famed for suggesting soon after he came to the throne in 1972 that Gross National Happiness was more important than Gross National Product in measuring national wealth and it has become the isolated kingdom's guiding development philosophy.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Analysts See Merck Victory in Vioxx Settlement
Medical Industry: The settlement amount it announced yesterday, $4.85 billion, represents only about nine months of profit for Merck, whose stock rose 2.3 percent on news of the agreement, even as the broader stock market was sharply lower. Two years ago, some analysts estimated that Merck would have to pay as much as $25 billion to settle Vioxx claims.

Extracts Of Catfish Caught In Polluted Waters Cause Breast Cancer Cells To Multiply
Ecohazard: Since fish are sentinels of water quality, as the canary in the coal mine is a sentinel of air pollution, and can concentrate fat soluble chemicals from their habitats within their bodies, these results suggest that pharmaceutical estrogens and xeno-estrogenic chemicals, those that mimic estrogens in the body, may be making their way into the region's waterways.

Diesel Air Pollution Linked To Heart Attack And Stroke In Healthy Men
Ecohazard: UK and Swedish researchers found that diesel fumes from road vehicles increased blood clots and platelets in healthy volunteers. These are symptoms closely linked to increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

Merck agrees to pay $4.85 billion in Vioxx settlement
Medical Industry:

Taking Care of Your Skin Starts From Within
By American Academy of Dermatology

Natural Health: As the largest organ in the body, our skin can benefit from the same nutrition we get from foods that have a positive effect on our heart and other major organs.

FDA Issues New Warnings for Anemia Drugs
Medical Industry:


Fog lifts, pesticide sprayed in coastal communities to wipe out crop-eating moth
Ecohazard: But many residents have opposed the state's tactics on the basis that the long-term health effects of the pesticide, CheckMate LBAM-F, manufactured by the Bend, Ore-based Suterra LLC, is not known and has never been tested.

How to generate happy brain chemistry right this instant
Natural Health:

Friday, November 9, 2007

'Empty-Calorie' Diet Tied to Preclinical Heart Disease
Health Trends: An empty-calorie dietary pattern includes high consumption of total and saturated fat, higher intake of sugars in the form of desserts and sugar-sweetened beverages, low intake of fruits and vegetables, and lower overall levels of protective micronutrients.

Chronic Medications Increasingly Required By 'Tweens'
Health Trends: America's tweens more than doubled their use of type-2 diabetes medications between 2002 and 2005, with girls between 10 and 14 years of age showing a 166 percent increase.

Is The Air On School Buses Making Our Kids Sick?
Ecohazard: New research says there's a big problem with the air your children are breathing on their way to and from school.

Good Hygiene Is Key To Preventing MRSA
Natural Health: "Whether it's in a hospital or at a school, MRSA is usually transmitted by direct skin-to-skin contact," said Kathleen G. Beavis, MD, FCAP, a pathologist at Stroger Hospital of Cook County (formerly Cook County Hospital) in Chicago, who specializes in microbiology and infectious diseases.

Some doctors 'fail to wash hands'
Medical Industry: In his report, Auditor General for Wales Jeremy Colman said: "It is unacceptable to the public that patients should run the risk of acquiring infections as a result of their interaction with the NHS.

MRSA fears close Edmonds school
The World Reacts: Holy Rosary School in Edmonds shut down Wednesday after a parent reported that his or her child had contracted methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. School officials said that diagnosis turned out to be incorrect, but a second child there was suspected of having the infection.

Dying for a Diet Coke
Tainted Food: " ... I am a Pediatrician, a Professor of Pediatrics at Emory, and have spent 25 years in the biomedical science, trying to prevent mental retardation and birth defects caused by excess phenylalanine.. . ."

Ban on asbestos diluted, say its backers
Regulation: But between the hearing in June and the Senate vote last month, ban supporters say the legislation was watered down to appease powerful lobbyists and industry. Many asbestos-containing products now aren't covered by the ban at all.

BCG Vaccine Causing Illness, Death Among HIV-Positive Infants, Report Says
Vaccines:

America May Over-vaccinate, According To New Research
Vaccines: A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine* by Oregon Health & Science University researchers suggests that timelines for vaccinating and revaccinating Americans against disease should possibly be reevaluated and adjusted.

Bush signs vets' mental health bill
Regulation: The new law comes amid growing concerns over mental health issues borne by veterans who have seen combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.
To me, putting the government in charge of my mind is a scary thought.

Marked Brain Changes Afflict Even Senior Citizens Who Have Escaped Alzheimer's Disease
Health Trends: Look at this article next to Dr. Russell Blaylock's explosive view of Alzheimer's by clicking here.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Foods, Not Specific Nutrients, May Be Key To Good Health
The World Reacts: This notion is contrary to popular practice in food industry and government, where marketers and regulators tend to focus on total fat, carbohydrate and protein and on specific vitamins and added supplements in food products, not the food items as a whole.

Children too Suffer from Multiple Sclerosis, but Treatment Mechanism Not in Place, Say UK Experts
Health Trends: Around five per cent of the multiple sclerosis(MS) sufferers in the UK are children, but centres exclusively devoted to them are few and far between. Also there are not enough data available on the incidence, they say.

Too Many Babies Take Anti-Reflux Drugs
Medical Industry: When 44 infants with persistent regurgitation were evaluated for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), only eight met the accepted diagnostic criteria for the condition, even though all but two were already on anti-reflux medications.

Cargill to pay fine for toxic brine spill
Ecohazard: Cargill Salt has agreed to pay $228,000 to settle charges that it violated state water pollution laws last year after spilling 218,000 gallons of toxic brine into the marshes along San Francisco Bay near Fremont. To put this into perspective, Cargill made an average of about $167 million/day in 2006 (click here for source). Relatively speaking, this is less of a slap on the wrist than a parking ticket.

Study Finds High-fat Diet to Disrupt Body's Internal Clock
Health Trends:

Obesity 'fuels cancer in women'
Health Trends: It is published online by the British Medical Journal and blames excess fat for 50% of cases of womb cancer and a type of oesophageal cancer.

Diet Of Walnuts, Blueberries Improve Cognition; May Help Maintain Brain Function
Natural Health: Scientists are confirming that this age-old adage is worth following. And new studies show that diet may have implications for those who suffer from certain brain ailments.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Date rape drug compound found in toys in Australia
Tainted Products: Side effects of ingesting the chemical compound include unconsciousness, seizures, drowsiness, coma and death.

Genetically Modified Foods Unsafe?
Tainted Food: Genetically modified (GM) foods are inherently unsafe, and current safety assessments are not competent to protect us from or even identify most dangers.

Just 30 Minutes Vigorous Exercise A Day Can Stabilize Body Mass Index
Natural Health: People who reported at least 30 minutes of vigorous activity a day such as jogging, bicycling or swimming were more than twice as likely to maintain a stable Body Mass Index (BMI) over 20 years.

New Risk Factor For Heart Disease Identified In Very Young Children, According To Study At American Heart Association Scientific Sessions
Health Trends: The results from the newest study in a continuum of research on childhood obesity as a risk factor for heart disease in later life provide another reason for pediatricians to begin measuring and monitoring body mass index (BMI) in children as young as 3 or 4 years old.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Guy Fawkes Day Helps Raise Millions for Paul
The World Reacts:

Stress Robs Skin of Antimicrobial Defenses
Medical Industry: While many people think of the immune system's T-cells, which attack invaders, as the first line of defense, recent research suggests otherwise, Elias said. "The antimicrobial defense mechanisms are so effective, they deal with 99.5 percent of all challenges by microbial pathogens, such as bad viruses, bad bacteria," he said.

Cancer Cells Killed By Heating Embedded Nanotubes With Radio Waves
The World Reacts: Curley and colleagues collaborated with experts in nanotechnology from Rice University, also in Houston, and the entrepreneur John Kanzius, a cancer survivor and former radio station owner who inspired this line of research and invented the prototype radiofrequency generator used in this experiment.

Relationship between environmental stress and cancer elucidated
Medical Industry: One way environmental stress causes cancer is by reducing the activity level of an enzyme that causes cell death, researchers say.

Antioxidants in grains, legumes offer radiation protection: study
Natural Health: The researchers believe that the antioxidants repaired damaged DNA in the irradiated cells.

Calls for Physicians to Prescribe Exercise to Patients
Natural Health:

Antioxidants May Fight Fat
Natural Health: The benefits of antioxidants found in many fruits, vegetables, nuts, tea, and wine may include tinkering with fat cells in a way that curbs obesity and helps the heart.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Study sheds light on failed heart drug
Medical Industry: Torceptrapib also had an unexpected "off-target" toxicity on the adrenal gland, producing biological changes known to increase blood pressure and damage artery walls, researchers said.

Healing touch: A new patient outreach program
Natural Health: Although there are no large clinical trials that prove its worth, hospitals offer healing touch based on strong anecdotal evidence that it works and the fact that there are no safety worries with this non-invasive procedure, says Diane Wardell, an associate professor of nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston and a healing touch provider.

Processed Food, Pharmaceuticals Contribute To Declining Health
Health Trends: In the United States, our modern society is so preoccupied and overwhelmed with every day activities of living we have lost contact with what is important.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Cancer Victim Invents Possible Chemo Alternative
Alternative Health: "I noticed young kids losing their smiles, losing their hair. And I said to myself, 'Today's chemotherapy is cruel. There's gotta be a better way to cure cancer," Kanzius told ABC News.

Artery disease rises among U.S. women, study shows
Health Trends:

Cities in valley respond to risk of pesticides in parklands
The World Reacts: After a Mercury News investigation into old pesticide contamination in Santa Clara County, local parks officials say they are taking the issue of safety seriously.
With more than 120,000 acres in the county once devoted to orchards and farms that relied on long-lasting pesticides like lead, arsenic and DDT, more vigilance makes sense, they said.

Eating onions cuts heart attack risk
Natural Health: Flavonoids are compounds found in tea, onions, apples, red wine, strawberries, and even in bran and chocolate. Its consumption has been associated with a reduced heart disease, risk of cancer and diabetes.

Japanese Drug Firm Agrees for Settlement With Hepatitis Infected Patients
Malpractice: The government and the company estimate at least 10,000 Japanese people have been infected with potentially fatal hepatitis C after being administered with fibrinogen, which is used to stop bleeding.

Diabetes Increasing Along U.S.-Mexico Border
Health Trends: Diabetes has become the leading cause of death in Mexico and the third-leading cause of death among those living along the U.S. side of the border, health officials from the United States and Mexico said in presenting the results of a new study coordinated by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Pharmaceutical Companies Release Negative Trial Results On A More Regular Basis
The World Reacts: The study finds that, in response to legislation and pressure from the general public, pharmaceutical companies are now more regularly releasing both positive and negative results of their trials.

Diet rich in antioxidants may fight fat
Health Trends: A diet rich in antioxidants may fight obesity and help keep the heart healthy by cutting down the build up of fat, a news study suggests.

Study Shows Antibiotic Harms ALS Patients
The World Reacts: The finding calls into question plans to try minocycline against other neurodegenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis, said a report published online Nov. 1 in Lancet Neurology.

CDC panel warns of dangers of lower lead levels in children
Ecohazard: The CDC has never set a threshold for what defines lead poisoning. However, in 1991, it said a lead level of 10 micrograms per deciliter of blood should prompt a doctor to assess the child's environment and take other protective steps.

Surprise Ingredients In Fast Food
Tainted Food:

Prescription Drug Sales Growth Expected To Slow In 2008, IMS Report Says
Medical Industry: In 2007, the Food and Drug Administration has slapped new warnings on drugs from GlaxoSmithKline plc, Amgen Inc. and Eli Lilly and Co. and rejected highly anticipated products from Sanofi-Aventis and others.

Adults With Diabetes Doing Better Prevention Job
The World Reacts:

Friday, November 2, 2007

Free Event: Fourteen Raw Foods Experts Interviewed Live For Upcoming Teleseminar
Natural Health:

Unholy Nexus of Doctors and Drug Firms Denounced
The World Reacts: Speaking at the forum on Wednesday writer Ray Moynihan, a noted critic of the pharmaceutical industry, wanted doctors publicly named and even charged if they accept dinners and other "bribes" from drug companies.

Study Of Complementary Therapies On Patients Recovering From Heart Surgery
Natural Health: "These services are outside the realm of what surgeons are typically taught in medical school; we tend to always want to see the evidence," says Thoralf Sundt, M.D., co-author and a cardiovascular surgeon at Mayo Clinic. "But we quickly could see the benefits to patients and that's the bottom line for us. We see this as looking out for all the needs of our patients."

NHS cancer plan is 'ineffective'
Medical Industry: Rates of avoidable deaths from cancer in England and Wales are not falling as fast as the NHS Cancer Plan predicts, a report warns.

Food Industry’s Rebuttal That Red Meat and Bacon Not Harmful
PR: They also expressed "huge concern" about the potential impact of the report and warned that to stop eating red meat, a good source of protein as well as some minerals and vitamins, could cause problems with a lack of iron in the diet.

Ten Minutes Of Talking Improves Memory And Test Performance
Natural Health: The higher the level of participants' social interaction, researchers found, the better their cognitive functioning. This relationship was reliable for all age groups, from the youngest through the oldest.

Getting a clean bill of health
Medical Industry: People need to demand that proper hygiene measures aren't ignored or forgotten in hospitals and other community gathering places.

Toxic Chemicals Contribute To Weight Gain
Tainted Food: In most developed countries, current estimates suggest that women, in particular, are gaining weight on an average of 450g per year despite the plethora of low fat, no fat products and multitude diets and weight loss gadgets.

Radiologist missed tumours, fractures, review finds
Malpractice: Experts have set error rates as high as 20 per cent as acceptable.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Alternative Medicine Myths Exposed
The World Reacts: Mainstream medical industry and business (Forbes) look into Alternative (mainly herbal) Therapies.

Diet, growth are major cancer causes: report
The World Reacts: "We need to think about cancer as the product of many long-term influences, not as something that 'just happens,'" Dr. Walter Willett, a nutrition expert at the Harvard School of Public Health in Massachusetts, told a news conference.

Study Finds Periwinkle Plant Tumour as a Natural Source to Produce Medicines
Medical Industry: Scientists have for long believed that the production prowess of hairy roots can be harnessed for the industry, but the biggest challenge before them was to determine the long-term stability of the genetically altered roots.

Study: 1 in 60 older people might have brain tumors
Health Trends: These results come from a surprising new Dutch study that finds brain abnormalities are not all that uncommon.
Dr. Blaylock speaks about this very subject in Sweet Remedy.

Healthy lifestyle counters female infertility: study
Natural Health: Women who exercise regularly, take vitamins regularly and eat fewer saturated fats, more full-fat dairy products and less meat have fewer ovulation problems, new research finds.

Arsenic in food and water is killing villagers
Ecohazard:


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