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MARCH 2007

Saturday, March 31, 2007

School vaccine exemptions put kids at risk
Rules that allow parents to exempt their children from immunization requirements for "philosophical" reasons are putting all kids at risk of outbreaks of vaccine-preventable disease, Arkansas researchers warn.
Philosophical reasons? Here's your philosophical reasons.

Take Your Vitamins, Save Your Ears
Research Suggests Vitamins A, C And E, Taken With Magnesium, Can Protect Against Hearing Loss

Friday, March 30, 2007

FDA Announces Discontinued Marketing of GI Drug, Zelnorm, for Safety Reasons
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has requested that Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation of East Hanover, New Jersey, voluntarily discontinue marketing of Zelnorm (tegaserod) based on the recently identified finding of an increased risk of serious cardiovascular adverse events (heart problems) associated with use of the drug.

Emergency Room Visits Climb for Misuse of Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drugs
Emergency room visits related to the nonmedical use of pharmaceuticals, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, increased 21 percent from 2004 to 2005, according to the latest estimates from the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN), 2005: National Estimates of Drug-Related Emergency Department Visits , compiled by researchers at RTI International. Visits related to illicit drug use or alcohol were unchanged for the same time period.

Legal, ethical limits to bioengineering debated
It's impossible, he said, to "improve the lives" of people through genetic and pharmaceutical enhancement without some agreement on "what a good human being is."..."But when you go beyond medicine, you don't have standards. ... [Is] a particular 'improvement' an improvement, or is it a degradation?"

Alzheimer's sufferers dying in drug 'scandal'
Campaigners branded the continued use of the sedatives, called neuroleptics, a national scandal after a five-year study revealed that people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia are twice as likely to die if they are prescribed them.

Natural Supplements vs. Pharmaceutical Drugs: The Politics of Surviving Cancer
To understand better the hypocrisy of cancer treatment, consider the following: One of the largest and most prestigious cancer treatment centers in the world, The McGill Cancer Center in Canada, did a study of oncologists to determine how they would respond to a diagnosis of cancer. On the confidential questionnaire, 58 out of 64 doctors said that all chemotherapy programs were unacceptable to them and their family members.

NHS staff 'would not be patients'
Nearly two thirds of health staff would not be happy to be a patient in their own NHS trust, a survey shows.

Will Diners Still Swallow This?

Health agency watchdog launches broad conflict-of interest review
Federal health investigators are undertaking a broad review of conflict-of-interest policies at the National Institutes of Health, with potentially wide ramifications involving the agency's oversight of nonfederal scientists who conduct research with government money.

Would You Give Your Children Speed If They Were Fat?

Parkinson's Drug Pulled
Reports of heart valve damage are causing a drug used by thousands of patients with Parkinson's disease to be pulled from the market.

'Soft addictions' easy to fall into
"If you can't remember what you did, ate, saw or bought, that's a sign," she said. "But if you're doing the activity and feel more alive and vital, and you're learning, growing, clear, grounded and present, that's a passion. We shouldn't confuse the two."

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Cancer-Fighting Foods, Supplements Explored In Day-Long Symposium
Researchers worldwide are discovering a cornucopia of compounds in foods and dietary supplements that show promise for preventing cancer.

Doctors baffled by patients not taking prescriptions

HPV Vaccine Scare Spreads to Europe
There's so much fear-mongering going about eradicating cervical cancer with a vaccine, health officials here, and across the pond, fail to tell patients that a woman's immune system is usually strong enough to rid her body of HPV all on its own. Fact is, HPV is almost completely avoidable without a vaccine.

Gift cards proposed as health incentive
Feeling good? Go shopping. Democrats in the Minnesota state Senate want to give publicly insured patients $20 gift cards to stores such as Target as an incentive to follow their doctor's orders.
Feeling good? We'll help you become a better big box consumer.

Proof at last that organic apples can be better for you

The dirty secret about clean cars
The more flex-fuel cars and trucks that are produced, the more gasoline is consumed—dramatically increasing greenhouse gas emissions and deepening the country's dependence on petroleum.

Removing Schools' Soda Is Sticky Point
When Portland, Ore., recently wanted to remove diet soda and sports drinks from high school vending machines and cafeterias, school officials found that they would have to pay the local Coca-Cola bottling company $600,000 to do so.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Low Sperm Count In American Men Linked To Their Mothers Eating A Lot Of Beef When Pregnant

Study Shows Kids with ADHD Risk Alcohol Abuse as Teens

Living With Cancer Can Cost A Fortune
Americans Will Spend $78 Billion This Year Fighting The Disease

65-Year-Old Couple Retiring in 2007 Will Need $215,000 for Future Health Care Costs, According to Fidelity Estimate

Soft Drinks May Not Be Leaving Your Child's School Any Time Soon

Meat and Milk from Cloned Animals
The FDA's public comment period on the plan to allow cloned animal products in our nation's food supply ends next week. Audio.

Children's ads show lots of junk food

Practicing Tai Chi Boosts Immune System In Older Adults

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Mr. Rampton goes to Washington!
I've been asked to deliver testimony this Wednesday before the Committee on Science and Technology of the U.S. House of Representatives, which is holding a hearing titled 'Shaping the Message, Distorting the Science: Media Strategies to Influence Science Policy.'
Sheldon Rampton is a true unsung hero in the battle for the mind. In his presentation before Congress, he will discuss the "Third Party Techique".
Here is exclusive, unseen footage of our interview for "Sweet Remedy", where he discusses this PR trick.

Merck Wins Vioxx Trial In Illinois
The victory was Merck's 10th in 15 cases that have been tried in the mushrooming litigation over the drug Merck pulled off the market in 2004 after its research showed it increased the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Shoulder-worn camera acts as a third eye
"A wearable camera can remove the need to explicitly report what you are doing," says Chris Baber is researching wearable cameras at Birmingham University, also in the UK, who was not involved with the work.
Survelliance as a means of mind control.

The Sordid History of Monsanto Poisoning Our Milk

CDC Adopts Advisory Panel's Recommendations To Give HPV Vaccine Gardasil To Females Ages 11 To 26, Merck Says

CDC Refuses Request From Grassley for Ombudsmen Briefing
"I fully intend to exercise my oversight responsibilities to ensure the success and integrity of the Ombudsman effort." In a statement on Friday, Grassley said, "It's very important that the new ombudsmen establish themselves as a force that's independent from the CDC director and a trustworthy place where CDC employees can turn. Hunkering down, except for meetings with the director, sends the wrong signal."

Kaiser Health Disparities Report: A Weekly Look At Race, Ethnicity And Health
The boy, Deamonte Driver, was black, homeless and had trouble finding a dentist who would accept his family's Medicaid coverage, the Post reports. Driver died after an infection that started in his tooth spread to his brain.

Food allergies: One bite can be deadly
In a food allergy -- unlike intolerance -- the immune system mistakenly identifies a food as being dangerous and reacts acutely against it.

Monday, March 26, 2007

18,000 deaths blamed on lack of insurance
On the day of the 2004 U.S. elections, we had the good fortune to interview Noam Chomsky, who was kind enough to participate in "Sweet Remedy". In this previously unreleased footage, Professor Chomsky sheds some light on the forces contributing to our failed health care system. Check it out.

Local produce in schools means better taste, more profits
The arrangements mean fresher meals for students, and they’re also heaping new profits on farmers’ plates.

New Zealand schoolgirls find there's no C in Ribena
High school students Anna Devathasan and Jenny Suo tested the children's drink against advertising claims that "the blackcurrants in Ribena have four times the vitamin C of oranges" in 2004... Instead, the two found the syrup-based drink contained almost no trace of vitamin C, and one commercial orange juice brand contained almost four times more than Ribena.

Study shows many mental health needs go unmet
Psychiatrists’ first large-scale assessment of the general population shows nearly 30 percent need mental health care and about one-third of them get it.
I also personally have conducted an assessment of the general population which shows that at least 2/3 of everyone could benefit from the good karma of giving me a dollar.

'Dipstick' test could reduce risk of food poisoning by rapidly detecting spoilage

Should we irradiate fruits and vegetables?
Dateline NBC takes a look at the food safety issues that caused the recent E. coli outbreak — and puts irradiation technology to the test
This questionable means of increasing shelf life is presented and reported as a means of making food safer. Just like GMO rice in Japan, like designer foods in the Netherlands, and deuterium additives in Germany. This has been a busy week for the spin doctors.

Vaccination campaign funded by drug firm
A campaign fronted by doctors and celebrities to persuade European governments, including the UK, to vaccinate all young girls against cervical cancer is being entirely funded by the drug company that markets the vaccine.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

The food additives 'that could put ten years on your life'
The treatment makes use of isotopes of carbon and hydrogen - atoms which have a different number of neutrons in their nucleus to other varieties of the element.
The isotopes used are chiefly deuterium - also known as "heavy hydrogen" - which can be harvested from water, and carbon 13, which can be collected from CO2. Both occur naturally.
In one week's time, we are being told of GMO rice to fight allergies and designer foods that prevent obesity. Now a fountain of youth food additive. Are we being trained to accept that additives, GMO's, and other such modifications are good for us?

Binge-drinking teenagers are damaging their brains
The findings, which emerge from a study of 16 to 19 year olds, come amid reports of children as young as 12 being diagnosed as alcoholics.

Organic is healthier: Kiwis prove that green is good
In one of the most comprehensive and definitive studies of its kind to date, a team of researchers at the University of California, Davis have proven that organically grown kiwi fruit contain more health-promoting factors than those grown under conventional conditions.

Outcome Of Progression-Free Survival May Result In Biased Trial Results

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Cori will appear on The Cutting Edge TV show for a second time in the month of March on March 24, 2007. Click to go to their website

Drugs and Toxicity
The least toxic drug known to humans is now illegal. The most toxic is available at Safeway.

FDA Warns Again About Arsenic in Mineral Water
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is re-issuing its warning to consumers not to drink "Jermuk" brand mineral water due to the risk of exposure to arsenic, a toxic substance and a known cause of cancer in humans. The agency is providing this information again to consumers due to an expansion of the recall initiated by the products' importers and distributors.

Girl's death stirs debate over psychiatric meds
In the final months of Rebecca Riley’s life, a school nurse said the little girl was so weak she was like a “floppy doll.”

EU drugs panel says Tamiflu benefits outweigh risks
Roche said data from the United States and Japan showed there was no established causal link between Tamiflu, seen as effective against a possible pandemic triggered by bird flu, and neuropsychiatric symptoms.
Study these folks closely. Find their handlers. Look again at the previous post.

Genetically Modified Foods: Boon or Boondoggle?
Corn and soybeans, along with cotton and canola, are among the most common genetically modified (GM) crops in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, an estimated 61 percent of the corn and 89 percent of the soybeans planted in 2006 were biotech varieties.

Heart Association Backs Statin Use for At-Risk Kids
Since that time, several drug trials in kids with familial hypercholesterolemia, a genetic predisposition to high cholesterol, have shown the use of statins had similar safety and effectiveness as in adults," Dr. Brian McCrindle, head of the statement writing group, said in a prepared statement.
That way, they have a better chance of withstanding the junk we shovel into them.

And the Brand Played On
As noted in previous Spins, the movie "Innerstate" was bankrolled by Johnson & Johnson to promote a drug produced by its biopharmaceutical unit, Centocor.

Friday, March 23, 2007

On Friday, March 23, 2007, Cori will talk with Frank Whalen on Frankly Speaking Radio from 9:00-11:00pm PST

Men may be in line for HPV immunization
Merck is conducting studies of the vaccine's ability to prevent infection in boys and men. Data on those trials might become available later this year.
Doubling induced vaccine sales.

School junk food ban law passed
New legislation banning junk food from Scotland's schools has been unanimously backed by MSPs.

So What Really Is In A McDonald's Chicken McNugget?

Study: Alcohol, tobacco worse than some drugs
New "landmark" research finds that alcohol and tobacco are more dangerous than some illegal drugs like marijuana or Ecstasy and should be classified as such in legal systems, according to a new British study.

Anti-hay fever GMO rice may win over Japanese doubts
Ah, that's the answer! Let's medicate the food supply! Should we lace Franken-beer with viagra?

Dutch hope to invent foods that prevent obesity

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Court says USDA violated law in approving GE alfalfa 

Whistleblower Act to protect rights of scientists
“The act would define rights of scientists reporting attempts to twist research results”

U.S. preparing to trash millions of doses of flu vaccine
Here's why I'm not crying.

Chinese restaurant food draws criticism

Former White House aide defends climate fudge
In a 10-year policy plan, Cooney and former colleague Brian Hannegan made at least 181 edits to emphasise scientific uncertainty on the effects of climate change, according to the memo. For example, Cooney deleted this sentence: "Climate change has global consequences for human health and the environment."

Alternative medicine degrees 'anti-scientific'
Prof David Colquhoun of University College London says the rapid growth in "science degrees without the science" shows a sharp contrast with the closure of physics and chemistry courses at universities.
Homoeopathy has barely changed since the beginning of the 19th century and "is much more like religion than science", the professor says in the journal Nature.
And on the same day, from the same paper, an attack against alternative medicine.

Patient died after being told to stop medicine
A woman who gave up conventional heart medication on the advice of her homeopath made a "catastrophic" decision, a medical tribunal heard yesterday.
Here's an important reminder of how one bad incident in homeopathy will overshadow the staggering number of casualties from conventional medicine.

FDA seeks to limit conflicts of interest
The Food and Drug Administration said that most scientists with $50,000 or more in stock, consulting fees or other financial links to companies should be barred from making recommendations to the agency about a related product.
This could help, but what about the more lucrative revolving door "job offers" in exchange for a pleasant approval process?

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

New Alzheimer's Numbers Show the Toll Is Climbing
Just over 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease, a 10 percent increase over the last estimate from five years ago, according to new figures released by the Alzheimer's Association today. The new estimate supports a forecast that experts have been making: that as the population ages, the number of Alzheimer's patients is going to skyrocket.
I posted a reference to this story again, because it demonstrates a typical act of "damage control" following unsettling news. Here, like cancer rates, the suggestion is that Alzheimers is our new "pet cost" of aging. While aging may make one more suseptable to brain damage, other experts agree that toxicity is a more likely catalyst.

Doctor-drug company laws questioned
Want to know if your doctor accepts money and gifts from drug companies? Chances are it will be pretty tough to find out, a study of disclosure laws in two pioneering states suggests.

Landmark Food Allergy Law Enacted In New Jersey
"This critical new law will provide New Jersey parents and schools with sensible guidelines to help keep students with life-threatening food allergies safe while in school," explains Robert Pacenza, Executive Director of the Food Allergy Initiative. "Even a miniscule amount of a food a child is allergic to, if accidentally ingested, can cause a serious and potentially fatal reaction."
According to the Food Allergy Initiative it is estimated that, today, 11,000,000 Americans are affected by food allergies, 30,000 visit emergency rooms, and hundreds die each year.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

What Could Be Causing the Rise in Alzheimer's?
An exerpt from Dr. Russell Blaylock's Westin Price presentation. This never before seen footage suggests this trend has just begun.

Cancer researchers add spice to research against rare neuromuscular disease
In the last decade, Western medicine has been putting curry to the test, finding that the spice offers promise against breast cancer, melanoma, Alzheimer's disease and the blisters that come with radiation treatments for cancer.

5 things you didn't know about getting older
Over the past decade, average prescription drug costs have tripled from $542 in 1992 to $1,740 in 2002 for people 65 and up on Medicare who are not institutionalized, says the National Center for Health Statistics.

U.S. sees 10% Alzheimer's rise in 5 years
Living longer and remembering less because of Alzheimer's disease is a mounting problem in America

CSHL scientists confirm genetic distinction between heritable and sporadic cases of autism
Autism is thought to be the most highly heritable of all neuro-psychiatric disorders. Yet, most cases of this childhood developmental disorder that severely affects social interaction and communication are "sporadic" and come with no family history.

Congress Could Block HPV Vaccine Mandate

New FDA Warnings for Anemia Drugs
Drugs Known as ESAs Can Increase Risk of Tumor Growth and Death

FDA Warns of Sleep Drug Risks
Capitol Hill Police in Washington, D.C., briefly detained Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) last spring after he collided with a road barrier while driving late at night. Officers described him as disoriented... Kennedy later said he had been taking prescription sleep aids and that he had no memory of the events. He then checked himself into a drug rehabilitation clinic.

Too Many Antibiotics Prescribed For Sinus Infections

Most New Drugs Tapped From Nature

Head To Head: Should NICE Evaluate Complementary And Alternative Medicine?

Monday, March 19, 2007

Civil liberties union accuses NYPD employees who patrol public schools of bullying students
The uniformed Police Department employees who patrol New York City's public schools are too quick to bully students over minor infractions, a civil rights group charged in a paper issued Sunday.
Training children to withstand a prison atmosphere smacks of mind control.

A glass of water could have saved the life of my boy
A toddler who died after being taken to hospital with symptoms of dehydration could have been saved by a glass of water, his mother has claimed.

Hospital, Heal Thyself
A plate of healthy greens, a breath of fresh air -- hospitals are probably the last place you'd expect to find such age-old aides of healing.

How our busy lives condemn us to eight years of spag-bol
It found the average household survived on just four staple dishes

Supermarkets to host GP practices
At its annual conference last year, delegates said supermarkets were inappropriate places to have health services as they sold unhealthy products such as alcohol, tobacco and junk food.

Dietary vitamin C may prevent oral pre-cancer

When feeding kills the frenzy
With 40,000 British children now being prescribed drugs to counter hyperactivity, the parents of a son with ADHD tell Victoria Lambert how diet can make a big difference

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Got Milk? You're Under Arrest
That's right, there is a dangerous underground of dairy devotees who prefer to drink their milk straight from the cow, sans pasteurization and homogenization – and government is increasingly out to stop them.

As Obesity In Children Increases, The Incidence Of Fatty Liver Disease Rises
Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis, more popularly known as Fatty Liver Disease, occurs in approximately 15% of obese children. Fatty Liver Disease, in which fat accumulates in the liver, while not life threatening in children, can lead to cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, sometimes requiring transplantation by adulthood.

Patient ‘shocked,’ relieved by medical mea culpa
Instead, her physician told her a computer glitch caused the pharmacy to dispense the wrong drug, which had caused her chest pains.

Jump in cancer cases could tax doctors
The graying of America will swell the number of cancer patients and survivors 55 percent by 2020, according to a new study that suggests doctors might not be able to cope with the additional burden.
Here again, the asumption is that the price of aging is cancer, when 95% of all cancers is the result of toxicity.

Do you know where your child is eating?
Schools are supposed to get two visits from health inspectors every year. But one in 10 schools didn't get inspected at all last year, according to Agriculture Department data obtained by The Associated Press.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Obesity High Among Baltimore's Homeless, Johns Hopkins Researchers Say

Boy Gets Rare Infection From Dad's Smallpox Shot
Doctors at the University of Chicago's Comer Children's Hospital have told the Chicago Tribune that the boy's infection is not smallpox itself, but a virulent form of the related virus used in the vaccine.

Periodontal Diseases May Aggravate Prediabetic Characteristics
The American Diabetes Association estimates 54 million people in the United States have prediabetes, and a significant portion of those people will develop Type 2 diabetes within 10 years.

Diabetes Epidemic Spreading Worldwide: Experts
"But diabetes is one of the few conditions where when you improve health, you actually reduce the cost burden on society. It should be viewed as an investment with a real return."

How Doctors Think Can Affect Diagnoses
Fifteen to 20 percent of all people are misdiagnosed in the United States," Groopman says. "In half of those cases it causes serious harm — and sometimes death."

Study shows more risk with Pfizer antibiotic: FDA
"Patients treated with linezolid had a higher chance of death than did patients treated with any comparator antibiotic, and the chance of death was related to the type of organism causing the infection,"

Mandates complicate HPV vaccine debate
"You need to have the people's public health at interest and not just financial gain."

Hospitals' hidden condition: Medical pricing

Critics Fume over Marketing of 'Camel No. 9'
"R.J. Reynolds is out there taking the bar room and turning it into a nicotine classroom to get full-time smokers for the future."

Research says: More heat, less food

£25 fridge gadget that could slash greenhouse emissions
"We tried to market these for years but nobody was interested."

Friday, March 16, 2007

GM-Free Schools Campaign
The emergence of the 'healthy school lunch' movement in the U.S. today provides a ready platform to promote GM-free school meals. Parents and schools are already seeking to change kids’ diets in response to the obesity and diabetes epidemics, the proliferation of ADD/ADHD, and the increased understanding of the impact of food and behavior. Several school systems have made sweeping changes to their meal programs, and new parents are consistently the largest group of new buyers of organic food each year.

No dessert for you, America

FDA: biotech knockoffs earn lower status
Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach told pharmaceutical executives that such knockoffs would be considered only "similar" to brand-name drugs. The FDA commissioner later told The Associated Press that would mean knockoffs would not be interchangeable, or able to be substituted.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Cost: A Deadly Barrier to Health Care
"Is it OK for us to live in a country where, when you leave the hospital, your financial circumstances dictate your quality of life?" Krumholz said. "Are we, as a country, going to find that repugnant?" Examines Top 10 Health Threats for Men
Factors that most threaten men's lives are largely preventable

House passes bill to overturn HPV vaccine order
The Texas House gave final passage Wednesday to a bill overturning Gov. Rick Perry's order that schoolgirls be vaccinated against a cancer-causing virus as a requirement for enrollment.

Al-Qaeda No. 3 confesses to orchestrating 9/11, 31 other attacks
Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, questioned the legality of the closed-door sessions and whether the confession was actually the result of torture.
"We won't know that unless there is an independent hearing," he said. "We need to know if this purported confession would be enough to convict him at a fair trial or would it have to be suppressed as the fruit of torture?"
Reporting a confession that could have resulted from torture: Mind Control.

Autistic man's care renews shocking debate
The device used on Bradley Bernstein is a cattle prod. It used to be a long electrified rod, but the newer model is a handheld shocker about the size of a portable phone, with two short metal prongs.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Multiple Sclerosis Sufferer Serving 25-Year Sentence for Taking Pain Killers
Florida's Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from Richard Paey, a wheelchair-using father of three who is currently serving a 25-year mandatory prison sentence for taking his own pain medication.

Dying woman loses marijuana appeal
A California woman whose doctor says marijuana is the only medicine keeping her alive is not immune from federal prosecution on drug charges, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

9/11 caused removal of public documents
More than 1 million pages of historical government documents a stack taller than the U.S. Capitol have been removed from public view since the September 2001 terror attacks, according to records obtained by the Associated Press. Some of the papers are more than a century old.
Mind Control

Some Mexican Immigrants Travel Back to Native Nation for Health Care Services

Preventing HPV Without a Vaccine is The Real Answer

Glitch delays Pratt brain cancer study
Researchers found nearly 10,000 additional subjects who were not included in the initial study, due to incomplete information from Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. The total number of subjects to be studied is now 266,000, said Gary Marsh, a University of Pittsburgh researcher who heads the study.

GMO corn causes liver, kidney problems in rats: study
Greenpeace said a study it had commissioned that was published in the journal Archives of Environmental Contamination and Technology showed rats fed for 90 days on Monsanto's MON863 maize showed "signs of toxicity" in the liver and kidneys. We've reached a point when citizen activists have to 'wrest control' of their own food supply by funding their own studies to determine what's safe.

Blame the junk food: Bad diet, not lack of exercise, 'is behind child obesity crisis'
Professor Wilkin, of Plymouth University, said there was simply no proof that children were exercising less than in previous years. The rise in obesity was, he suggested, more a result of greater food intake.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

On Tuesday, March 13, 2007 at 1:00 pm EST, Cori will be a guest on Zentertainment with Jo Davidson. Here is a link to the website for more info.

Shortage of cancer doctors in coming years
The study forecast that patient demands for visits to cancer doctors will increase by 48 percent by 2020, while these doctors' capacity to see patients will rise only 14 percent.
Notice the number of people who will suffer from cancer 13 years from now are reported as a reality of aging. More than 95% of all cancers are the result of toxicity.

Study shows why exercise boosts brainpower
Exercise boosts brainpower by building new brain cells in a brain region linked with memory and memory loss, U.S. researchers reported Monday.

Can computers make life-or-death medical decision?
A simple formula can predict how people would want to be treated in dire medical situations as accurately as their loved ones can, say researchers.
We're sorry. Your brother has been assessed and, based on the carefully constructed computer formulas, the Diebolt machine elected to power down. Perhaps if he had more cooperative purchasing habits or never subscribed to the GCN network, his odds would have improved.

Injectable Drug Delivery Evolving As Protein Drugs For Chronic Conditions Proliferate
As patients live longer and are diagnosed with chronic and often debilitating ailments, the result will be a dramatic increase in self-administration of drug therapies in non-traditional settings for a number of conditions.
I'd be interested in finding out how many reliable sources agree that chronic and debilitating ailments are the price of longevity. Then I'd like to find out what percentage (of the one billion affected) are elderly.

Sens. Baucus, Grassley Ask FDA To Respond to Post-Approval Prescription Drug Tracking Report
According to the report, FDA regulators waste an average of 45 minutes per day because of inefficiencies and problems with the agency's Adverse Event Reporting System software. The report states that the system is overwhelmed by the more than 400,000 adverse event reports submitted each year.

House Subcommittee Considers Bill That Would Prohibit Genetic Discrimination

Chromium 6: A Killer Compound With An Improbable Trigger
Chromium 6, the cancer-causing compound that sparked the legal crusade by Erin Brockovich, can be toxic in tiny doses. Brown University scientists have uncovered the unlikely culprit: vitamin C. In new research, the Brown team shows that when vitamin C reacts with even low doses of chromium 6 inside human cells, it creates high levels of cancer-causing DNA damage and mutations.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Food and Drug Administration: NPR Interview
Janet Woodcock. the current deputy commissioner and chief medical officer of the FDA " People have to exercise judgement themselves for the safety of their products. " [Audio Clip Approximately 22 minutes into the clip]

It's not that I don't disagree with Dr. Woodcock's statement, but this is a startling confession to make by people whose primary duty is to regulate substances on the basis of safety. What is the point of the FDA again?

Soft drinks associated with diabetes, report finds
"The bigger issue here, in this arena in particular but in science in general," Brownell said, "is how you can get a distorted view of reality if industry-funded studies are considered in the mix -- and usually they are -- especially, when industry uses these studies in advertising, lobbying, and in talking to the press."

Latest Version of Pay for Play: Bucks for Blogs

Merck loses key US Vioxx lawsuit
Fresh evidence on the dangers of Vioxx prompted the new trial.
The jury in the second case found that Merck had failed to provide adequate warnings about the health risks associated with Vioxx.

Why Are BANNED Food Additives Permitted in Children's Drugs?

Vioxx jury awards $20M to Idaho couple

N.M. governor to sign bill requiring HPV vaccine

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Taking the Wraps Off Drug Safety Data From Clinical Trials
Currently, pharmaceutical manufacturers submit clinical trial data, which establish the safety and efficacy of their products, to the FDA as part of the drug application process. However, after the agency approves a New Drug Application (NDA), it does not release a full report of the safety and efficacy data. Rather, it releases a summary of the clinical data section of the NDA (called the Summary Basis of Approval), and FDA regulations allow the drug manufacturer to draft the Summary.

Arsenic's use in chicken feed troubles health advocates
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the feed additive since 1944, saying there is no evidence it threatens the public's health. But the European Union has refused to allow the use of Roxarsone, saying there is no proof that even trace amounts of arsenic in food are safe.

Are Kids Given Antipsychotics Too Often?
Child's Death Reignites Debate Over How Aggressively Kids Should Be Treated With Psychiatric Drugs

Medical marijuana clinics face crackdown

U.S. struggles with bioterror defenses
More than five years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the government cannot show how the $5 billion given to public health departments has better prepared the country for a bioterrorism attack or flu pandemic.

Psychology legend blasts detainee torture
PALO ALTO - The retiring psychology professor who ran the famed Stanford Prison Experiment savagely criticized the Bush administration's war on terrorism and said senior government officials should be tried for crimes against humanity.

Boy allergic to food lives on formula
His disorder, the relatively rare autoimmune disease eosinophilic esophagitis, causes his body to reject virtually all food. When a foreign substance comes down the pipe, Nate's immune system kicks into overdrive and his esophagus seizes up.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Cori Brackett will appear on The Cutting Edge TV show on access stations throughout the country. The first showing will be through Access Tucson Live on Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 6:00 pm. Go to The Cutting Edge website for more details by clicking

Calif. pot clinics proliferate

Americans increasingly medicating pets
They pick from an expanding menu of mostly human pharmaceuticals like steroids for inflammation, antibiotics for infection, anti-clotting agents for heart ailments, Prozac or Valium for anxiety, even the impotence drug Viagra for a lung condition in dogs

A new and important component of the military industrial complex is the private right-wing think tank. These are paid policymakers who work in secret to create the Bush Administration's propaganda, disseminate talking points to corporate media, and set U.S. foreign policy -- all without being known by or held accountable by the American people.
Mind control [video]

Prescription drug sales rise 8.3 percent

Cocktail of additives found in child medicines
Dyes, preservatives, and sweeteners were found in cough syrups, paracetamol tablets and teething gels.

Friday, March 9, 2007

Pizza program rewards readers the wrong way
“In the name of education, it promotes junk food consumption to a captive audience ... and undermines parents by positioning family visits to Pizza Hut as an integral component of raising literate children,” Linn said.

Activists: New low-price health plans include hidden costs
They point to what they say are the hidden costs in the plans, from hefty deductibles to the reliance on so-called ”co-insurance” by some plans to cover some pricier medical expenses.

Four chemists at former drugmaker admit falsifying data
Four chemists who worked at a New Jersey manufacturer of generic drugs pleaded guilty Thursday to the pharmaceutical industry's version of "cooking the books."

Health Care Already a Key Issue in 2008 Race

AIDS hits U.S. blacks harder than other groups

Britain's drug policy 'not fit for purpose'
Current policy is driven by “moral panic” and is ineffective, with huge amounts of money being wasted on “futile” attempts to get drugs off the streets.

Mother: Teen shooter stopped taking meds

Thursday, March 8, 2007

"'Don't discuss polar bears": memo to scientists

Swedish officials want to spy on e-mails
European governments have gradually been expanding their surveillance powers, wiretapping rules and police search powers

Will ID cards make everyone a suspect?
"We were told the national ID system would assure identity based on biometrics. Now it seems it's to be a national suspect database,"

Farmed salmon could become an invasive species in forest streams
"Given the precarious state of many of our native salmon stocks," explains Bisson, "it seems prudent to be safe rather than sorry, and to be diligent in monitoring any reports of Atlantic salmon in Pacific Northwest streams whether in national forests or in state and private forests."

Subliminal advertising leaves its mark on the brain

Queen's studies find new links between wine, fermented foods and cancer

A gatekeeper for the US drug industry
Now, at long last, the US is considering a similar proposal in the shape of a proposed Comparative Effectiveness Board (CEB), which would review the evidence on how well drugs work and whether they are costeffective
"When people say that a regulatory body eventually becomes captive to industry, I believe that is totally false. They are born captive. These regulatory agencies are formed because industry needs them."
-JIm Turner, ESQ

The value of any food/drug regulatory organization should depend primarily on the information it provides about the safety and effectiveness of a given substance. Honestly, I believe no organization should be granted the powers to ban a substance. The FDA is rife with so many issues of credibility that industry needs another voice. With the FDA compromised, another "voice of authority" must be added to offer sufficient reassurances to the consumers.

Newly Released Canadian Data Links Vaccines With Pervasive Developmental Disorder
The peak rate of one in 87 children diagnosed with PDD occurred following the period of greatest exposure to the mercury- based vaccine preservative thimerosal. A flattening of the rates studied is now emerging as mercury-\containing vaccines have been gradually eliminated from the routine schedule.

Exposed: the tricks supermarkets use to make rip-offs look like bargains

Radiation for breast cancer ups heart disease risk

Doctor resigns over questionable stents
McLean resigned after a hospital review found that at least 25 of his patients received arterial stents last year despite not meeting the generally accepted medical criteria for such procedures.

Mercy for unrepentant gran, 68, with a cannabis farm in her wardrobe
Patricia Tabram, 68, has defiantly vowed to continue taking tiny amounts of cannabis so her body is not 'riddled with pain' and now faces eviction from her bungalow home because of her drug habit.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Experts want new definition of torture
"Sham executions, witnessing torture of close ones, threats of rape, fondling of genitals and isolation were associated with at least as much if not more distress than some of the physical torture stressors," they wrote.
Such experiences were just as likely as physical torture to lead to depression or post-traumatic stress disorder, the study said.
"Ill treatment during captivity ... does not seem to be substantially different from physical torture in terms of the severity of mental suffering they cause," it concluded. "These procedures do amount to torture, thereby lending support to their prohibition by international law."

Mind Control: There's basic evidence here that the U.S. Justice Department is lying to us about torture.

Beyond Ridiculous - - Coke Plus with Vitamins!
Reposted Mercola article.

Makers of Sodas Try a New Pitch: They’re Healthy
While it is too soon to know whether consumers will buy the idea of a vitamin-fortified diet soda, soft drink companies are trying to find other ways to reposition their products as healthy. For instance, all of the major soft drink companies are furiously trying to develop a no-calorie natural sweetener to allay concerns about artificial sweeteners

The 'Burger King' Will Have His Own Movie ... Sigh
Yes, that's right: A feature film centered around a corporate mascot.

Glitch Forces Defibrillator Recall

Planting halted after genetically altered trait found in rice

Obesity doubles in Sweden in 25 years
Obesity, blamed on changes in diet and lifedtyles, has long been a problem in the United States and is on the rise in many European countries. In France, nine percent of people are considered obese, compared to 12 percent in Germany and 23 percent in Britain.

Mental Health Courts Have the Potential to Save Taxpayers Money, Rand Study for CSQ Justice Center Finds
Mind Control

Hospital Trustees Begin To Focus On Patient Safety
Hospital board trustees, who traditionally have used their positions to network and raise money, are beginning to turn their attention to flawed policies and procedures that lead to infections, prescription mistakes and other medical errors.

Lung cancer screens may not save lives
"We don't see a trace of evidence that a single life was saved, that a single case of advanced cancer was avoided,"

Why GPs could soon prescribe painkillers and a thick-pile carpet
Teenagers showing violent tendencies could be sent on anger management courses, overweight patients may be given free swimming lessons and the frail or elderly could be prescribed a thick-pile carpet to limit their injuries
in a fall.

Study shows near-tripling of global ADHD drug use

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Pepsi's Dean
Three months after the Dean of the University of Minnesota Medical School, Dr. Deborah Powell, joined the board of PepsicoAmericas, controversy continues over her dual roles.

Severe Stress May Damage Children's Brains
"We don't know what a shrunken hippocampus means," said Dr. Glen R. Elliott, the chief psychiatrist at the Children's Health Council, Palo Alto, Calif. "Whether that means that it works less well or that the individual is prone to anxiety or depression - we are nowhere near knowing that," he said.

Tamiflu side effect concerns grow after Japan deaths
But the move was too little too late, said a group whose members say they are victims of Tamiflu side effects, which came to light in Japan in 2005 after 12 children died and 32 experienced abnormal behavior after taking the drug.

Blood tests may be possible for mental health conditions
"Sarah, you have panic disorder - you are disagreeing with us. Here's a prescription for a pill".

Court Orders Police to Return Medicinal Marijuana
The judge ordered police to return Jenkins' belongings, including the armload of marijuana. Police said no.

Uninsured Children Admitted To Hospitals Are Twice As Likely To Die As Insured Children, According To Families USA Study

Taking the wraps off drug safety data from clinical trials
Current rules allow data to be kept secret, hinder discovery of dangerous side effects

Monday, March 5, 2007

Sick people used like laboratory rats in GM trials
Genetically modified potatoes developed by Monsanto, the multinational biotech company, have been fed to sick patients in an experiment. Rats that ate similar potatoes in the research suffered reductions in the weight of their hearts and prostate glands.

Early fears about MMR in secret papers
According to the minutes, the group "read a report of cases of mumps encephalitis which had been associated with MMR vaccine containing the Urabe strain of the mumps virus...In early 1987, just after the Thatcher government decided on MMR as an option in mass vaccinations, doctors in America had already reported "adverse reactions" to Urabe MMR. A few months later, the Swedes reported 52 cases of "febrile convulsions probably associated with MMR vaccination".

MMR, chicken pox vaccines work for preemies
Do you believe this?

Malaysia eyes fast food adverts ban
Calling fast food a "silent killer", Chua said the proposal was part of the ministry's plan to control rising cases of obesity, diabetes and heart-related diseases.

Senate Hearing to Debate Junk Food in Schools Tuesday

Drug testing children fraught with problems: doctors

Drug-Enriched Salt Could Prevent Devastating Tropical Disease
Still, the drug "is very effective in treating people without their really being aware that they need to be undergoing treatment," he said. "It's not tricking them, but letting them treat themselves without having to remember anything."

Drug-resistant TB spreading around the world
Multi-drug-resistant TB (MDR-TB), which is immune to the two most powerful anti-TB drugs, has been reported for years and is now in 90 countries. But it was not until March 2006 that WHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognized XDR-TB, a form of the disease that has developed further immunity, which makes some of the second-tier drugs ineffective. It is still sometimes curable, but only with expensive drugs and intensive treatment.

Are GM Crops Killing Honeybees?

Does It Pay To Be Healthy?

Hundreds of thousands 'to die early as diabetes rockets by 60%
Type-2 diabetes is getting a lot more frequent and the age at which it is being diagnosed is coming down so more younger people are getting it. It used to be called maturity-onset diabetes, but now we are seeing people in their twenties or thirties, sometimes even in their teens, being diagnosed."

Childhood Obesity Triggers Early Puberty

Pizza Hut certificates denounced for promoting child obesity
Book It, which reaches about 22 million children a year, “epitomizes everything that’s wrong with corporate-sponsored programs in school”

When it comes to GM food, some say ignorance is bliss
In February 2007 NEWS

Scientists Discover 'Natural Barrier' to HIV
"It may explain part of the relative inefficiency of HIV in being transmitted."

On Advertising: BBC creeping toward commercialism

The Pentagon Wants TiVo (to Watch You)

Get with the tai chi program

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Universal rules needed for medics responding to calls for help in public
The ‘Good Samaritan’ law, which supposedly affords doctors legal protection from subsequently disgruntled patients and their families "is not exactly airtight," says Dr Rubin.
It does not guarantee that someone will not sue, nor does it provide immunity from malpractice claims, he says.
Yet calls for public help are likely to become more frequent, given increasingly ageing populations and higher rates of chronic illness, he says.
Sign of the Times - we're even afraid to help each other survive (at least according to this alert).

Will FDA put humans at risk with cow drug?
In the end, the agency adopted language that, for drugs such as cefquinome, is more deferential to pharmaceutical companies than is recommended by the World Health Organization.

FDA drops plan for prescription drug watch list
The FDA made the change because there was concern about potential confusion between "Drug Watch" and "MedWatch"

Claims Of Smith's Lupus Not Surprising Says Autoimmune Diseases Association
29% of Americans mistakenly think autoimmune disease is AIDS and only 5% of respondents could even name an autoimmune disease. While the National Institutes of Health have estimated that 24.5 million Americans have one or more autoimmune diseases.

Growing number of autistics want to complete college education

How Multitasking Affects Human Learning

The Secret: Is it the Real Deal?
At age 21, Assaraf was taking 20 pills a day, receiving shots of steroids, and undergoing two enemas per day to treat the condition. Frustrated by this regimen, he began to visualize his body as healthy, recite daily affirmations, meditate, and eat a bland diet replete with vitamins and minerals. He even dumped his pills in the ocean.

Saturday, March 3, 2007

Saturday March 3, 2007, from 10-11 am Central (11am - 12noon EST), Cori will be a guest on The American Activist radio show on The Republic Broadcasting Network with Ingri Cassel and Don Harkins. You can listen by clicking here.

Pharma giant's drug tests on Russian children challenged

NYC fast-food chains pull calorie info
If some restaurants stop displaying calorie information to avoid making it useful to customers, we should wonder what they're so ashamed of,"

Walter Reed furor claims Army secretary
Harvey said he offered Gates his resignation because he believed the Army had let the wounded soldiers down.

Friday, March 2, 2007

FDA Pulls 15 Migraine Drugs off Market
The FDA's action also doesn't affect the five FDA-approved ergotamine drugs, which are:
Migergot suppository (marketed by G and W Labs)
Ergotamine Tartrate and Caffeine tablets (marketed by Mikart and West Ward)
Cafergot tablets (marketed by Sandoz)
Ergomar Sublingual tablets (marketed by Rosedale Therapeutics)

FDA Threatens To Raid Cherry Orchards
Considering the plethora of toxic foods advertised on television, it is easy to understand why so many consumers eat themselves to death. Just imagine if all you ate is what you saw advertised in the mass media.

Kidney Disease Up 16 Percent In U.S.

All Work/All Play: Reflexology finding its feet in a modern world
"Reflexology has become more popular in today's society as people are
increasingly conscious of their health and how the stress and toll of daily
life affects their bodies"

Nurse pleads guilty to switching drugs at nursing home

Order to forcibly medicate killer is debated
For more than eight months, officials have been forcibly injecting convicted
murderer Steven Kenneth Staley with anti-psychotic drugs that one day may
make him sane enough to be executed.

Ironic views of Europe's rich and mighty

Thursday, March 1, 2007

TONIGHT, March 1, 2007, Cori Brackett will be a guest on The American Activist from 9:00-10:00pm EST

Health experts bet on spread of bird flu

Life expectancy rates rise in Japan
Japan has long been touted as one of the world's longest-living populations, but experts are worried that changing eating patterns - from the traditional fish and rice-based diet to fast food such as hamburgers and instant noodles - may soon change this.

The "Current" state of Mind Control
This link will take you to Idaho Observer's front page. You will find this article by scrolling down. It's among the articles in the section titled "Commentary"

Ice Cream is NOT a New Fertility Drug

Advisers: Bush Plan Would Cost Taxpayers
President Bush's health insurance proposals would cost taxpayers $526 billion through 2017.... The projection, which comes from the committee's nonpartisan staff, is stunningly different from the administration's estimates as well as those from other independent analysts.

For Merck, A New Worry Amid Success
David M. Nathan, a Harvard Medical School endocrinologist, wrote that it is "surprising" that the FDA decided to clear Januvia at all, given the "paucity of published data from long-term clinical trials on its safety and efficacy."

8,000 gallons of toxic chemicals spill into Ohio River

China reviews 're-education' law

Prescription drug abuse said to be up
Prescription drug abuse will soon exceed the use of illicit narcotics, a report warned.

Parent company of KFC, Taco Bell shuts down more NYC restaurants in wake of rat scandal

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