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March 2008

Monday, March 31, 2008

Essential Oils: The Hidden Dangers for Well-Meaning Animal Lovers
Eco-Hazard: As Aromatherapy is becoming more widely accepted in the mainstream, more people are using essential oils on their own, at home. Unfortunately, as some people are finding out, this is not always having a positive affect on the animals in their lives.

Doctors leery of cholesterol drugs Vytorin, Zetia after key study flops
Medical Industry: Full results of a failed trial on Vytorin, a medicine taken by millions to lower cholesterol, left doctors stunned that the drug didn't improve heart disease even though it worked as intended to lower three key risk factors.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Mental Health: Next Comes the Difficult Part
Medical Industry: VIRGINIA TECH KILLER Seung Hui Cho was a reminder of the terrible consequences when someone with a severe mental disorder is ignored.

In the aftermath of the Blacksburg massacre, almost a year ago, most Virginians were willing to pay more to feel safer, and mental health reforms passed by the legislature reflect that goal. Lawmakers earmarked $42 million to increase staffing at crisis centers and passed a law making it easier to detain mentally ill people against their will.

Superskunk me: What happened when one woman smoked dope daily for a month for a BBC documentary
PR: "Paranoia set in, and I felt as if I was having a panic attack. At one point, I was simply too frightened to get out of my chair.

"I had a feeling the drug had unlocked some sort of paranoia in my head that would never go away again - I suddenly felt everyone hated me. Without doubt, that was one of the worst moments of my life."
This is a fascinating piece of "skunkweek" hysteria. Somewhere lies an agenda to look out for.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Omega-3 can help eczema
Herbal Remedies: Experts have suggested recent changes to Western diets which have reduced consumption of omega-3 and an increased that of omega-6 fatty acids may have played an important role in the increased prevalence of eczema.

Hispanics' Foot, Leg Amputations Increase From 2001 to 2004; Rates Higher Than for Blacks, Whites
Health Trends: According to the report, the hospitalization rate for diabetes-related amputations among Hispanics increased from 63 admissions per 100,000 people in 2001 to nearly 80 admissions per 100,000 people in 2004. The rate for blacks declined from 113 per 100,000 people to roughly 104 admissions per 100,000 people, which is more than three times higher than the rate for whites. Rates among whites remained steady at about 28 to 31 admissions per 100,000 people (AHRQ release, 3/24).
No one has to admit to being racist. Just participate in an economy with a racist outcome and do nothing about it.

Study Finds Many Patients Dissatisfied With Hospitals
Medical Industry: The survey was meant to provide a constructive way for patients to complain about arrogant doctors, crabby nurses and dirty or noisy hospital rooms. Medical experts said that some of the complaints bore directly on the quality of care.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Fosamax Linked to Serious Abnormal Bone Fractures
Medical Industry: On March 20, 2008, The New England Journal of Medicine published a physician group report of 15 women taking Fosamax who experienced "atypical low-energy fractures," which means their bones broke doing almost nothing – a serious kind of injury typically seen in very elderly individuals in declining health.

Too Little Vitamin D May Soften Baby's Skull
Health Trends: Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy may be linked to a softening of bones in a baby's skull, Japanese researchers report.
Not much talk about what causes vitamin D deficiancy.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

How Safe is the U.S. Food Supply?
Tainted Food: It used to be thought that Americans had the safest food supply in the world. But in recent years, recalls for everything from peanut butter to pot pies have some consumers wondering how these contaminated products keep slipping through the cracks.

Certain Anti-depressants Boost Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Psychotropics: Lauren Brown from University of Alberta School of Public Health has found that people taking certain anti-depressants are at a 30 per cent increased risk of developing type 2 Diabetes.

Romania reconsiders its welcome of biotech corn
The World Reacts: Romania, which has been one of the most receptive markets on a skeptical Continent for genetically modified crops, is moving toward a reversal of its stance, in what would be another setback for the beleaguered biotechnology industry in Europe.

Cigarette company paid for lung cancer study in U.S.
Medical Industry: An increasing number of universities do not accept grants from cigarette makers, and a growing awareness of the influence that companies can have over research outcomes, even when donations are at arm's length, has led nearly all medical journals and associations to demand that researchers accurately disclose financing sources.

Eli Lilly pays $15 million to settle state of Alaska's lawsuit over drug Zyprexa
Medical Industry: The agreement included no admission of wrongdoing by Lilly.

The state sued for hundreds of millions of dollars to cover costs to Medicaid for treating what it says are Zyprexa-related health problems, including weight gain, high blood sugar and diabetes.

Why don't kids walk to school anymore?
Natural Health: It's not necessarily because they're spoiled, lazy or over scheduled. According to a University of Michigan researcher, concerns about safety are the main reason that less than 13 percent of U.S. children walked or biked to school in 2004, compared to more than 50 percent who did so in 1969.

FDA deadlines may impact drug safety
Regulation: Vioxx, Bextra, Rezulin, Baycol. Looking at drugs yanked off the market, Harvard researchers found a disturbing pattern: Medicines approved right on deadline by the Food and Drug Administration are more likely to cause safety problems later than those cleared with more time to spare.

'Diet' foods may not fool the brain
Tainted Food: Dieters might want to take the findings into consideration when picking their next snack, says Ivan de Araujo, a neuroscientist who led the study while at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

"If you want to curb caloric consumption, just substituting the taste of a caloric compound with a diet version that tastes equally good might not be sufficient in the long run," he tells New Scientist.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Milk Powder Production: Is A New Occupational Disease Emerging?
Eco-Hazard: Occupational exposure to milk powder inhalation increases the risk of respiratory complaints, including wheezing, breathlessness and nasal symptoms, and reduces lung function.

Lung patients 'condemned to death as NHS withdraws their too expensive drugs'
Medical Industry: Hundreds of patients with a rare lung disease will be sentenced to death by plans to stop doctors prescribing a range of drugs on the NHS, it was claimed last night.

Sticker shock a side effect of cancer remedies
Medical Industry: Chemotherapy costs are rising so dramatically that later this year, oncologists will get their first guidelines on how to have a straight talk with patients about the affordability of treatment choices, a topic too often sidestepped.

Sedatives and Sex Hormones in Our Water Supply
Eco-Hazard: AMY GOODMAN: Saturday was World Water Day, and the United Nations estimates close to 1.5 billion people around the world do not have access to clean drinking water. What about here in the United States?

Why Sunlight is Better Than Supplements
Natural Health: But while too much vitamin D in the diet can increase the incidence of allergic diseases, too little vitamin D can make allergic diseases worse. However, it is impossible to overdose on vitamin D from sunlight exposure, because the process destroys any excess vitamin D. However, it's easy to get hyper-doses of vitamin D through oral supplementation.

More Vitamin D in Childhood Cuts Later Diabetes Risk
Natural Health: The evidence also indicated that the higher and more regular the dose of vitamin D, the lower the risk of developing diabetes. Sunlight.

The Whole Story About Whole Foods Market
Tainted Food: Many of us have come to trust stores making the implied agreement with us that the food they are selling is largely organic, pure and free from pesticides, chemicals and hormones. We enjoy those stores where we can revel in nature's bounty, enjoy righteous culinary delights, and take home whatever appeals to us because we're sure it's also good for us. Unfortunately, the merger of Whole Foods and Wild Oats may be a signal that it's time to take off the rose colored glasses.

Monday, March 24, 2008

www.truthinlabeling.org
Tainted Foods: This Web site is dedicated to people with problems that once defied medical diagnosis -- people who discovered that elimination of MSG from their diets let them be well.

Over 70,000 deaths, and over 1 million disabilities among American soldiers attributed to Iraq Wars says U.S. government data
Eco-hazzard: U.S. investigative researchers have discovered an official U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs official, but not well publicized count, of 73,846 U.S. soldiers who have perished as an apparent result of Depleted Uranium based bio-chemical warfare exposure.

Video: Reporters Blow Whistle on FOX News
PR: Reporters Steve Wilson and Jane Akre were first asked by FOX News and later bribed, to downplay a story they had on a cancer-causing growth hormone called Posilac.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

FILM FESTIVAL:
Cori Brackett will appear at the screening of Sweet Misery at the upcoming 2008 Raw Lifestyle Film Festival in Los Angeles, March 21-23, 2008. For more information about this brave, exciting Festival, go to www.serenityspaces.org Cori was recently interviewed by festival organizer, Dorit, on her radio program on I am Healthy radio. Click here to listen to the archived interview.

Experts troubled by at-home bipolar gene tests
Medical Industry: Health experts worry that many of these products are built on thin data and are preying on individuals’ deepest anxieties. The ease of testing "positive" could be comparable to a child's chance of being diagnosed with ADHD.

New Hampshire: House Passes Pot Decriminalization Proposal
The World Reacts: As passed, House Bill 1623 would replace criminal sanctions outlawing the possession of up to one-quarter ounce of marijuana with civil penalties, punishable by a fine only.

FDA warns of possible cantaloupe contamination
Tainted Food: People should throw away cantaloupes from a Honduran manufacturer believed to be linked to a salmonella outbreak, the government said Saturday.

Toxin Found In Leading Organic Brands
Eco-Hazard: The toxin is often present in conventional personal care products, said the OCA, as shown by other research, but the objection here is that it was found in so called "natural" and "organic" products, none of which are certified under the US Department of Agriculture's National Organic Program. Some of the leading brands found to contain 1,4-Dioxane include:

* JASON Pure Natural & Organic.
* Giovanni Organic Cosmetics.
* Kiss My Face.
* Nature's Gate Organics.

FDA OKs Prilosec for Kids as Young as 1
Medical Industry: The FDA yesterday approved Prilosec delayed-release oral suspension (liquid) for the short-term treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and the healing of erosive esophagitis (erosions in the lining of the esophagus) in children aged 1-2. Grandmothers throughout the country breathe a sigh of relief from the nightmares of infant esophageal reflux. What on earth did they do back then?

Police investigate dioxin in Italian mozzarella
Tainted Food: Makers of Italy's best mozzarella battled on Friday to save the reputation of their cheese after police found some of it was being made with milk contaminated with cancer-causing dioxin.

Wal-Mart milk to have no artificial growth hormones
The World Reacts: Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Thursday that its private-label Great Value milk is now being sourced only from cows that have not been treated with artificial growth hormones, such as recombinant bovine somatotropin (rbST).

Weak immigrant sent home after free treatment in Ariz.
Medical Industry: Velázquez's story is an example of what happens when uninsured illegal immigrants need medical care, a problem that costs American hospitals and taxpayers millions of dollars each year. It's a critical issue, because a federal program aimed at reimbursing hospitals is scheduled to disappear at the end of this year.
But Velázquez's case also shows how innocent people can get ensnared in the illegal-immigration controversy. Velázquez, now 22, never asked to come to the United States; she was brought as a child. She wasn't driving the motorcycle; she was only a passenger. An "Illegal Immigrant" gets sent to strange vague childhood land without proper rehabilitation. If you are part of the 50 million uninsured in this country, you get sent home without proper rehabilitation and you are bankrupt.

All-you-can-eat baseball seats a nightmare for dieticians
Health Trends: The seats have been a hit with fans, a moneymaker for the venues and a worry for obesity-conscious health officials. Why not offer these VIP fans something healthy to eat? What do they got against baseball fans?

Life expectancy rising fastest among rich
Medical Industry: Life expectancy for the nation as a whole has increased, the researchers said, but affluent people have experienced greater gains, and this, in turn, has caused a widening gap.

L-Carnitine Gives Centenarians Physical, Mental Boost
Herbal Remedies: In a study involving 66 participants aged 100 years or older, those who took a daily dose of the nutritional supplement L-Carnitine gained muscle, lost fat, and experienced noticeable improvements in their physical and mental stamina compared to those who took a placebo.

More Than a Million Britons Will Suffer from Dementia by 2028: Experts
Health Trends: According to experts, the number of patients diagnosed with diseases such as Alzheimer's will increase by 70 per cent to more than 1.2 million by 2028.

Rodent Study Finds Artificial Butter Chemical Harmful to Lungs
Eco-Hazzard:

Vaccine Failure Is Setback in AIDS Fight
Medical Industry: "None of the products currently in the pipeline has any reasonable chance of being effective in field trials," Ronald C. Desrosiers, a molecular geneticist at Harvard University, declared last month at an AIDS conference in Boston. "We simply do not know at the present time how to design a vaccine that will be effective against HIV."

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Colo. city's water is bacteria source
Tainted Food: It could be three more weeks before residents of a southern Colorado town can drink water straight from the tap after dozens of cases of salmonella poisoning were linked to municipal water, putting seven people in the hospital.

Will Europe Restrict Herbs, Vegetable Extracts?
Regulation: large numbers of plant-derived products or botanicals, which pose no risk to human health, and have numerous benefits, will be forced through an onerous risk assessment procedure. The proposed procedure is likely to be cost-prohibitive for smaller companies that have been the main pioneers and innovators within the natural health industry.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Savor or scourge, MSG is still in the kitchen
Tainted Foods: The role of MSG in food, and its effects on health, remain controversial. Linda Bartoshuk, a director of the University of Florida's Center for Smell and Taste, who has studied the sensory effects of MSG for years, believes not only that MSG is harmful to health, but also that it has virtually no effect on the taste of food. Buried further down the page of reassurances, of course.

Public Health Risk Seen as Parents Reject Vaccines
The World Reacts: The parents who objected to their children being inoculated are among a small but growing number of vaccine skeptics in California and other states who take advantage of exemptions to laws requiring vaccinations for school-age children. I won't vaccinate my children. I'm an American Terrorist.

Calif transplant doctor ordered to trial
Medical Industry: A transplant surgeon accused of hastening the death of a man so his organs could be harvested has been ordered to trial on one count of felony dependent adult abuse, but two other felony charges involving administration of drugs to the dying man were dismissed.

How food companies fool consumers with food coloring ingredients made from petrochemicals
Tainted Food:

Thursday, March 20, 2008

New Study: Common Chemical May Make Toys Toxic
Ecohazzard: For example, a green ball from Toys R Us was 47.5 percent phthalates -- the highest of the toys tested. A yellow duck contained 36.6 percent of the chemical. And, a Baby I'm Yours doll from Target was almost one-third phthalates.

FDA may expand cervical cancer vaccine age
Vaccines: The Food and Drug Administration will consider whether to expand use of a vaccine intended to prevent cervical cancer to women aged 27 to 45, the vaccine maker said Wednesday. The FDA will help Guardasil expand their target market...er...age group...

Tainted Drugs Put Focus on the F.D.A.
Regulation: Congress, though, may finally heed the calls of Mr. Hubbard and others and allocate far more money. The Senate passed a budget resolution on Friday to give the F.D.A. an additional $375 million, a 20 percent increase over this year.

U.S. News Media in Quite a State
Mind Control:

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Only Two Percent Of Child Drug Trials Have Independent Safety Checks
Health Trends: Studies reporting severe drug toxicity problems came from a wide range of countries, including Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, France, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, South Africa, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UK and the USA.
Adverse drug reactions included bleeding, high blood pressure, seizures, psychosis, suicide, acute renal failure and death.

The Price of Beauty: For Top Medical Students, an Attractive Field
Health Trends:

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Vegan diet 'help' for arthritis
Health Trends:

Pepsi pays $12.5 mn to be official IPL drink
PR: A significant part of the deal is that the eight franchises - Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Mohali, Jaipur and Hyderabad - will be the direct beneficiaries of the money accruing from the sponsorship.

Increase In Foodborne Outbreaks From Leafy Greens
Tainted Food: "Consumption of leafy greens has increased over the years, but it does not completely explain the increase in the proportion of foodborne outbreaks due to leafy green consumption," says Michael Lynch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a researcher on the study.

Lipitor: The controversial ad proves highly effective
PR: The Lipitor ad campaign came under scrutiny in recent weeks by both the media and the U.S. House of Representatives, which launched an investigation into celebrity endorsements of prescription drugs in direct-to-consumer advertising.
The committee is looking into Jarvik’s professional qualifications and his financial arrangement with Pfizer. Among the concerns: Jarvik, known for inventing the Jarvik artificial heart in the 1980s, is not a practicing physician, and it’s been reported that images of him rowing in one widely-aired TV spot turned out to be a body double.

Junk Food TV Ads Should Be Banned, Says Australian Medical Association
Health Trends:

'Brain fog' hinders independence of elderly
Health Trends: The memory problems might make it hard for elderly patients to manage a chronic condition, Thies says. For example, patients who forget to take their diabetes medication might take a turn for the worse and end up in the emergency room.
Such medical problems might even be the cause of the memory loss, Plassman says. She says that in some cases, people with clogged arteries can experience forgetfulness caused when blood flow to the brain slows.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Going off-grid
The World Reacts: There used to be a Sixties phrase, ‘only connect’. Get stoned, talk all night, and merge your mind with the collective unconscious. The 21st-century challenge is how to disconnect, how to pull back mentally and physically from the endless merry-go-round that is modem life.

Diet And Colorectal Cancer Risk
Natural Health: According to Heinz-Josef Lenz, M.D., professor of medicine, Keck School of Medicine, USC and the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, diet may have a major impact on people's risk of developing cancer.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Meditation Can Lower Blood Pressure, Study Shows
Natural Health: Transcendental Meditation is an effective treatment for controlling high blood pressure with the added benefit of bypassing possible side effects and hazards of anti-hypertension drugs, according to a new meta-analysis conducted at the University of Kentucky.

Legal Exposure To Asbestos-like Material Linked To Lung Damage 25 Years Later
Ecohazard:

Dairy products linked to Parkinson's disease in men
Tainted Food: Processed milk accounted for most of the dairy consumed by study subjects. "Processed" means the milk is pasteurized and homogenized rather than being consumed in its raw, natural state. These manufacturing processes impact the molecular structure of milk and may help explain why milk products have been found to promote Parkinson's disease.

Positive thinking may help heart patients live longer: study
Natural Health:

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Prescription Costs Rise More Than 6 Times When Patients Reach 65, Study Finds
Health Trends: When researchers from the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Barcelona looked at the primary care records of 5.47 million patients in Catalonia, they found that just under three-quarters had been prescribed at least one drug and that women were 23 per cent more likely to receive a prescription.

Antibiotics overprescribed for common viruses: study
Health Trends: Doctors are overprescribing antibiotics for common sinus infections and related conditions, possibly in the false belief they may help in cases where symptoms are protracted, researchers reported on Friday.

Boston Bans Trans Fats
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Friday, March 14, 2008

Kenyans in Mombasa Taken Ill After Toxic Leak
Ecohazard: According to local officials and witnesses, the substance is believed to consist mainly of nitric acid and was imported by Kasese Cobalt, a Ugandan company.

Nitric Acid Acts Upon Trousers
Tainted Food: The next day at his lab [preeminent American chemist Ira Remsen] tasted the chemicals that he had been working with the previous day and discovered that it was the oxidation of o-toluenesulfonamide he had tasted the previous evening. He named the substance “saccharin.”
I discovered this note about saccharin while investigating nitric acid mentioned in the above article. It's especially interesting given that GD Searle also says that aspartame was discovered in the lab when a scientist "accidentally got some of the substance on his finger and, instinctively, he licked it, noticing the sweet taste".

Connecticut Files RICO Lawsuit v. Eli Lilly & Co
The World Reacts:

Thursday, March 13, 2008

New! SweetRemedy.tv catalog offering:
Radiant City: Radiant City provides a poignant warning to future generations to remember true quality of life is not always found in the amount of square footage one owns.

The Nightmare Of Waking During Surgery
Health Trends:

Traditional Chinese Herbs may Help to Ease Eczema
Natural Health: The capsules has five raw herbs based on a widely used ancestral Chinese concoction - Flos lonicerae (Japanese honeysuckle), Herba menthae (peppermint), Cortex moutan (root bark of peony tree), Atractylodes Rhizome (underground stem of the atractylodes herb), Cortex phellodendri (Amur cork-tree bark).

Former Sen. Metzenbaum Dies
Senator Metzenbaum held hearings about aspartame in the 1980's.

Health inequality gap 'widening'
Health Trends:

Tooth Erosion Caused By Popular Energy Drinks
Tainted Food: Previous scientific research findings have helped to warn consumers that the pH (potential of hydrogen) levels in beverages such as soda could lead to tooth erosion, the breakdown of tooth structure caused by the effect of acid on the teeth that leads to decay. The studies revealed that, whether diet or regular, ice tea or root beer, the acidity level in popular beverages that consumers drink every day contributes to the erosion of enamel.

Is It Time To Fire Your Doctor?
The World Reacts:

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Toxic Beauty
Video: Instructive satircial video on the toxic nature of "beauty" products.

Plan To Spray Toxic Biological Chemicals Over San Francisco Announced
Ecohazard: The chemical to be sprayed is classified by the EPA as a "pesticide" and the plan is to douse cities with this chemical designed to stick on everything for 90 days or longer. This application is not a one time event, but will continue every 1-3 months for as long as five years.

Hospitals sue to block Medicaid reduction
The World Reacts:

Tainted Water Supplied by Major US Contractor may Have Sickened US Soldiers in Iraq: Report
Tainted Food: The sickened solders, stationed at five separate military bases, were stricken with abscesses, skin infections, diarrhea and other ailments after having been supplied the tainted water for washing and bathing.
The IG report found that "water suppliers exposed US forces to unmonitored and potentially unsafe water."

Botox Study Finds Toxin Can Invade Other Muscles
Tainted Products:

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Monsanto-Funded Front Group Fights Milk Labeling
Tainted Food:

Magnesium-rich foods ward off stroke in smokers
Natural Health: Their study of 26,000 male smokers in Finland found that those whose diets were high in magnesium had a significantly lower risk of one type of stroke.

Typical North American Diet Is Deficient In Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Health Trends:

Increased intake of omega-3 fatty acids reduce coronary artery disease
Health Trends:

Drug-tainted water impairs reproduction
Ecohazard: A five-month Associated Press investigation has determined that trace amounts of many of the pharmaceuticals we take to stay healthy are seeping into drinking water supplies, and a growing body of research indicates that this could harm humans.

Drugs in water causing troubling problems to fish, wildlife
Ecohazard: On this brisk, glittering morning, a flat-bottomed boat glides across the massive reservoir that provides Las Vegas its drinking water. An ominous rumble growls beneath the craft as its two long, electrified claws extend into the depths.
Moments later, dozens of stunned fish float to the surface.

Gulf War Syndrome Linked to Pesticides and Nerve Agents
Ecohazard: A US Congress-appointed committee now says the problems were perhaps related to a particular class of chemicals - an anti-nerve gas agent given to troops, pesticides used to control sand-flies, and the nerve-gas sarin that troops may have been exposed to during the demolition of a weapons depot.

Monday, March 10, 2008

PR industry to double its size to $6 bn by 2010
PR: As per the survey due to the economic boom, a huge competition has emerged for brand building as result of which PR agencies are in demand, the chamber said.
There are more than 100 big agencies with 10-15 branches across India like Perfect Relations and Vaishnavi. Many of these agencies are affiliated or are Indian subsidiaries of global PR companies, the Assocham said.

Suit forces EPA to look at mercury emissions
The World Reacts: Responding to a lawsuit by Michigan and eight other states, the Bush administration is reconsidering its policy on mercury emissions from cement plants, which critics say allow too much air pollution.

Unmindful of Obesity Risk Parents Putting too Much Food on Kids' Plates
Health Trends:

Sunday, March 9, 2008

RADIO SHOW
Cori will be a guest on the Robert Scott Bell radio show this Sunday. Cori will be speaking with Robert for an hour, starting at 11am EST. Go www.rsbell.com to listen.


AP probe finds drugs in drinking water
Ecohazard: A vast array of pharmaceuticals -- including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones -- have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows.

More prescriptions, greater confusion
Medical Industry: By the numbers
25 -- Percentage of seniors who receive prescriptions from five or more doctors
50 -- Approximate percentage of older Americans who improperly manage medication
23 -- Percentage of nursing home admissions due to patients failing to take prescription medications properly
2 -- Approximate factor by which people age 65 and older were more likely to require an emergency room visit because of an adverse drug incident

First Advertisement To Be Broadcast Into Space
PR: The British public is being asked to shoot a 30-second ad about what they perceive life on earth to be as part of Doritos 'You Make It, We Play It' user-generated-content campaign. The winning advert in the competition will be beamed past the earth's atmosphere, beyond our solar system and into the Universe, to anyone 'out there' that may be watching. Let's all boycott Doritos (I don't eat them anyway!) Hopefully, this type of advertising bombardment will backfire on them.

Scary Science That Humans Have Foolishly Embraced
Health Trends: When reports of extreme addiction become known, Bayer acknowledges its blunder and stops making the medicine in 1913. But for the next decade, heroin lozenges, heroin elixirs, and heroin tablets continue to dominate the market.

Soaking Potatoes In Water Before Frying Reduces Acrylamide
Health Trends: There has been growing concern that acrylamide -- found in a wide range of foods -- may be harmful to health and may cause cancer in animals.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Dr. Andy Wakefield
Vaccines:

Vaccine settlement no landmark, officials say
Vaccines: Just because it's technically legal in the U.S. for news agencies to lie, should MSM outlets have no liability for misleading the public into taking dangerous vaccines?

Blaylock - What To Do If You Have Used Aspartame
The World Reacts: The most important starting point of any detoxification program is to stop exposure to the toxin or toxins. This means avoiding even small amounts, since once sensitized to the toxin even minute amounts can produce full-blown toxicity. This is especially so with accumulative toxins, such as aspartame. It has been shown conclusively that the metabolic products of methanol breakdown, formaldehyde in particular, accumulates on the DNA and cellular proteins.

Friday, March 7, 2008

SCREENING:
Brighter Tomorrows Conference, focusing on children with special needs, will show Sweet Misery during the two-day event. It is held in Olympia, WA on March 7-8, 2008. For more infomation, go to www.wyattshouse.org


FDA says Germany recalls blood-thinner heparin
Medical Industry:

Medical Marijuana Bill Passes Out Of Committee
Prohibition: Proponents of the measure claim marijuana is a legitimate alternative for people who can't get relief from traditional drugs.

Go With Your Gut -- Intuition Is More Than Just A Hunch, Says New Research
Health Trends: According to a team led by Professor Gerard Hodgkinson of the Centre for Organisational Strategy, Learning and Change at Leeds University Business School, intuition is the result of the way our brains store, process and retrieve information on a subconscious level and so is a real psychological phenomenon which needs further study to help us harness its potential. Typical scientific explanation.

Vaccines Caused Autism Symptoms in Girl, US Officials Say, But Regulators Still Deny Autism-Vaccine Link
Vaccines: Autism in a Georgia girl was brought about by a reaction to vaccines, federal health regulators said.  They have decided that the girl is entitled to a payment from a federal vaccine injury fund, a stunning development considering that US health officials have long maintained that neither vaccines or the thimerosal once used in them have nothing to do with the onset of autism.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

McDermott Announces Hearing on the Utilization of Psychotropic Medication for Children in Foster Care
Psychotropics:

Tamiflu Gets New Warnings on Psychiatric Side Effects
The World Reacts: The FDA Tamiflu advisory panel had reviewed more than 600 cases of Tamiflu psychiatric side effects, including hallucinations and delirium. Many of those Tamiflu side effect reports involved children and some resulted in fatalities.

Household Pesticides may Be a Hidden Danger to Child IQ
Tainted Products:

Canadians illiterate about health, report says
Health Trends: The lack of "health literacy" is important because people who understand their health are more likely to report that they have excellent health. Two U.S. studies suggest that mortality rates go down as health literacy goes up.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

A Little Rosemary Can Go A Long Way In Reducing Acrylamide In Food
Natural Health: The addition of rosemary to dough prior to baking a portion of wheat buns at 225°C reduced the acrylamide content by up to 60 per cent. Even rosemary in small quantities – in one per cent of the dough – was enough to reduce the acrylamide content significantly.

Cancer Cures In The Herbal Pharmacy
Natural Health: About three quarters of the natural pharmaceutical compounds commonly used today are derived from plants of the traditional medicine of the people in various parts of the world. We could try respecting them - rather than exploiting them!

Placebo study tests 'costlier is better' notion
Health Trends: Authors speculate that their findings might help explain why anti-inflammatory Vioxx and Celebrex were huge sellers, even though there was no evidence they were any more effective at relieving pain than generic naproxen or ibuprofen. That's the problem! Plants and herbs and natural medicines can't be effective - they don't cost enough! That's why we need pharmaceutical companies to tamper with nature and put a patent on it. Then, we can trust the remedy! So what if our pockets are lighter, and our bodies are riddled with side effects?

Is modern lifestyle a sickening way to live?
Health Trends: First, asthma cases, hay fever and other common allergic reactions, such as eczema, shot up. Then pediatricians started seeing more children with food allergies. Now experts are convinced a suspected jump in lupus, multiple sclerosis and other afflictions caused by misfiring immune systems is real.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Las Vegas Clinic Shut Down Following Health Scandal
Medical Industry: The city of Las Vegas has shut down a clinic where up to 40,000 people may have been exposed to hepatitis C and the HIV virus through the reuse of syringes and vials, officials said on Sunday.

Botox-maker Allergan gets subpoena
Medical Industry: The drug maker said authorities were seeking documents regarding promotional, educational and other activities relating to Botox.

Top Drugs' Strange Side Effects
Medical Industry: No one--not your family members, not your assistant, not even your doctor, is going to recognize changes in your health as quickly as you can. And left ignored, some side effects can cause permanent damage.

Doctors Interrogate Children as Informants on Parents' Behavior
Mind Control:

Emergency care can equal 1,000 X-rays: study
Medical Industry: Trauma patients treated in U.S. emergency rooms on average are exposed to radiation equivalent to 1,005 chest X-rays each, enough to raise their risk of cancer, researchers reported on Monday.

Online health records raise privacy worries
Medical Industry: Goetz said privacy is a concern. "There's a lot of questions with regard to shared medical information as to who should be the adjudicator of whether that information should be shared or not," he said.

Non-Toxic Tots
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Actavis Recalls More Fentanyl Pain Patches
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Monday, March 3, 2008

Medical Disclosure Riles Professor
Medical Industry: Thomas P. Stossel, a professor at Harvard Medical School and member of the Board of Trustees of the corporate-funded American Council on Science and Health (ACSH), accuses medical journals and regulators requiring conflict of interest statements from doctors of bowing to the "preaching by anti-business activists."

Trout bearing chemicals are even in our national parks
Ecohazard: Some trout from secluded lakes in Olympic and Mount Rainier national parks were so polluted they reached unsafe levels for routine human consumption, according to a study out Tuesday.

Exposed to military chemical and biological warfare tests, they walk among us
Ecohazard: Some of the tests were conducted as part of a weapons testing program known as "Project 112," in others, individuals were intentionally exposed to hazardous substances such as blister, nerve, and biological agents as well as LSD and PCP, according to a Government Accounting Office report.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Mystery Behind Heath Ledger’s Prescriptions Investigated
The World Reacts: “We’re trying to educate that legal drugs – these prescription drugs – can be just as dangerous as more hardcore drugs when misused or abused," Steve Robertson, a special agent with the DEA, said at the time.

USDA Rejects 'Downer' Cow Ban
Tainted Food: "The penalties are strong and swift, as we have shown," Schafer said. "Financially, I don't see how this company can survive." Once again, it appears that an organization that is supposed to ensure our food safety looks at corporate fiscal strength over the safety of the food supply.

Mystery milk: Rule change would keep consumers in the dark
GMOs: Most Utah consumers want to know what's in their food and how it is produced. Some prefer vegetables and fruit that are grown without pesticides, and milk and meat that are produced with no growth hormones.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Low-Fat Dieters Gain Weight
Health Trends: Here, essentially, is what they found: In individuals eating a lower-fat diet, higher levels of insulin were associated with an increased risk of weight gain and an increase in waist circumference. This association was not evident in individuals eating a higher-fat diet.

Chinese Doctors Face Violence from Patients
Health Trends: Doctors have complained of a heavy workload, while patients have accused doctors of being impatient, money-oriented and unethical.

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