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April 2008

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Fosamax tied to increased risk of heart condition
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Drug Maker Asks For FDA Drug Ad Reviews
Medical Industry: If Congress does not fully authorize the industry fees, AstraZeneca urged the lawmakers to add more taxpayer funding for FDA ad reviews.
Is AstraZeneca trying to plead poverty with FDA?

FDA reviewing safety of Botox
Medical Industry:

Another Study Confirms Avandia, Actos Bone Fracture Risk
Medical Industry:

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Nutrasweet - the History of this Toxic Chemical and Its Promotion (Part 1)
Tainted Food: Aspartame disease mimics the symptoms and many times worsens the following diseases:
Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Lupus, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Alzheimer's Disease, birth defects, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lymphoma, Lyme Disease, and Attention Deficit Disorder.

Maine Gov. Signs Law Allowing Midwives Access To Certain Medications
Health Trends: The medications noted in the legislation include drugs that induce labor, injectable vitamin K to control bleeding, antibiotic eye drops for infants, numbing agents to reduce discomfort when repairing skin tears after delivery, and oxygen (Haskell, Bangor Daily News, 4/23).

Consuming too Much of Aspartame may Damage Your Brain
Tainted Food: The review also revealed that high dosage of aspartame can extensively disturb the metabolism of amino acids, protein structure and metabolism, the integrity of nucleic acids, neuronal function and endocrine balances in the brain, reports Environmental News Network.

Cause And Affect: Emotions Can Be Unconsciously And Subliminally Evoked, Study Shows
PR:

A yam a day helped her keep menopause woes at bay
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Formaldehyde Phobia
Tainted Products: Relatively low concentrations of formaldehyde can cause searing eye irritation, skin rashes, and a host of respiratory symptoms.
As we know, Aspartame eventually breaksdown into formaldehyde.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Diabetes Before Motherhood More Than Doubled In Six Years, Study Finds
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Studies on Chemical In Plastics Questioned
Medical Industry: Despite more than 100 published studies by government scientists and university laboratories that have raised health concerns about a chemical compound that is central to the multibillion-dollar plastics industry, the Food and Drug Administration has deemed it safe largely because of two studies, both funded by an industry trade group.

Probiotics may Prevent Allergies in Pregnant Mothers, Infants
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Common Vitamin And Other Micronutrient Supplements Reduce Risks Of TB Recurrence, Study Suggests
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Sunday, April 27, 2008

White House Political Science
Mind Control/PR: Examples of political intrusion include White House manipulation of "scientific findings ... regarding mercury pollution and climate change." In addition, the White House Office of Management and Budget and other federal agencies have second-guessed the EPA's assessment of toxic chemicals (Page 5).

Study Finds Link Between Autism Rates, Mercury Emissions
Ecohazard: The study confirmed - for the first time in scientific literature - that there is a statistically significant link between autism risk and distance from the mercury source.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Reaction to Zrii Review: NaturalNews Readers Weigh In on Zrii Criticism
Natural Health: I think it's important for organizations like NaturalNews to serve this critical, skeptical role in order to protect the reputation of the natural health industry as a whole.
Because what happens if someone new to natural health gets excited about some junk juice product and they start drinking one ounce every day (not knowing it's most apple juice, pear juice or other junk juices), and they get no results? The answer is that they lose confidence in Ayurvedic medicine and natural health in general! Thus, I think that products made with junk juices are a great disservice to the natural health community because they make the industry look bad.

Food Crisis Catches Up With Americans
Health Trends: “We are limiting the sale of Jasmine, Basmati and Long Grain White Rices to four bags per member visit,” the company said in a statement.
Something to keep in mind: "People on a high polished-rice diet got into a great deal of trouble with a disease caleed beri-beri until it was learned that it came from a thiamine deficiency from eating refined rice" - source: Staying Healthy with Nurtrition, Elson M. Haas, M.D.
Only one pallet of white rice was left by the late morning in California.
Joe Morris of the California Rice Commission said the supply concerns stem from imported long-grain rice, not the domestic medium-grain rice grown here in the states.

Bayer CEO says faces 78 Trasylol lawsuits in U.S.
Medical Industry: Bayer in November temporarily suspended global marketing of Trasylol after preliminary results from a Canadian study linked its use to a higher risk of kidney damage and death.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Alarming Rise in Mental Health Problems Among UK Kids
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Senate passes genetic discrimination bill
Regulation: The bill, described by Sen. Edward Kennedy as "the first major new civil rights bill of the new century," would bar health insurance companies from using genetic information to set premiums or determine enrollment eligibility. Similarly, employers could not use genetic information in hiring, firing or promotion decisions.

Stressed-out workers skip gym, head straight for comfort food
Health Trends: "The first thing people want to do when they get stressed is eat stuff that's bad for them," said Bauer, who counsels Wall Street executives. "But the end result is that they're more stressed out because they're eating something they shouldn't have."

Many parents 'block cancer jab'
Vaccines: Nearly three in 10 parents failed to agree to their children receiving a new cervical cancer vaccine during a trial.

Merck Vaccine Facility Cited for Problems by FDA
Vaccines: And, FDA documents indicate Gardasil may be responsible for at least eight deaths. Since its approval, there had been 3,461 complaints of adverse reactions to Gardasil. In several instances, blood clots were reported following injection; other side effects include paralysis, Bells Palsy, Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Of 77 women who received the Gardasil vaccine while pregnant, 33 experienced side effects ranging from spontaneous abortion to fetal abnormities. Despite this, Merck continues to market Gardasil as being nearly side-effect free.

FDA takes closer look at Lasik complaints
Medical Industry: How big are the risks? The Food and Drug Administration thinks about 5 percent of patients are dissatisfied with Lasik. How many struggle daily with side effects? How many are just unhappy that they couldn't completely ditch their glasses? The range of effects on patients' quality of life is a big unknown.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

U.S. Congress and Supreme Court: Listen to what Dennis Quaid has to say about Big Pharma's Abuses!
Malpractice: Quaid told me that he is very keen on getting them to standardize their labeling all over the world, so this won’t happen again. Baxter Health Care stated that: "this is not a product issue. The issue here is about improper use of a product.”

Industry groups back downer cow ban
The World Reacts: "We think that the time has come," said Jeremy Russell, spokesman for the National Meat Association, which is based in Oakland, and represents some 400 packers and processors. "We want to send a clear message to consumers that we're putting their welfare and concerns ahead of the economics."

FDA bans certain cattle parts from all animal feed
The World Reacts: The United States has found three cases of mad cow disease, including the first one detected in December of 2003. Soon after, U.S. beef exports were virtually halted. U.S. official have been slowly working to resume beef shipments.

Lead in Astro Turf Attracts CPSC Attention
Tainted Products: Health officials have already closed down two fields in New Jersey after detecting what they found to be unexpectedly high levels of lead in the synthetic turf. This raised concerns that athletes could swallow or inhale fibers or dust from the playing surface.

Drugs in Water Study Gets Attention of New York State Lawmakers
The World Reacts: In the wake of the recent revelation about drugs in the drinking water, some lawmakers want drug makers to take back consumers unused drugs, dispose of them in environmentally-friendly ways, and pay for this process.

Four Children Die of Anti-measles Vaccine in Southern India
Vaccines:

Drug Clinical Trials Being Outsourced With Little FDA Oversight
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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Vitamin D Important In Brain Development And Function
Natural Health: "This critical analysis of vitamin D function and the brain is a model of careful thinking about nutrition and behavior", says Gerald Weissmann, MD, Editor-in-Chief of the FASEB Journal "One wishes that all studies of nutritional supplements or requirements were this thoughtful.

Wrong Radiation Dosage for Skin Cancer Patients
Medical Industry: Between November 2004 and November 2007, some 326 patients received 17 percent less dosage for skin cancer. "We regret what happened and don't want to create a lot of anxiety and worry," said Dr. Chris Carruthers, chief of the medical staff at the Ottawa Hospital.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Toys 'R' Us to phase out bisphenol A baby bottles
The World Reacts: The company's move to phase out products with the chemical follows Friday's federal government announcement that Canada will ban the import and sale of polycarbonate baby bottles containing bisphenol A (BPA). If the ban proceeds, Canada will be the first country in the world to limit BPA.

More People Affected by Radiation Overdose Than Thought in France
Medical Industry: Some 5,500 patients, including many men suffering from prostate cancer, now are known to have received excessive amounts of radiation due to a calibration error at the general hospital in northeastern Epinal between 1999 and 2006.
Of these, 715 were exposed to dangerous doses of radiation, 24 were seriously affected and five have died.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Wean Children Away from Junk Food to Stem Rising Chronic Renal Failure
Health Trends: At this rate the renal caseload could soon become unmanageable, they warn.

Depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Among Service Members Will Cost U.S. Up To $6.2B Over Two Years, According To Report
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CIA says destroyed interrogation videos not relevant to Guantanamo Bay detainee case
Mind Control:

Infertility Rising in Europe - Chemical Exposure Could Be a Contributory Factor
Health Trends: There is an alarming drop in sperm counts. 'Something has changed in the past 20 or 30 years,' says Allan Pacey, the secretary of the British Fertility Society. 'We don't know what it is, but we need to be very concerned.'

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Early Exposure To Common Weed Killer Impairs Amphibian Development
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Group finds 6 million pounds of trash on world's beaches
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The Plastics Revolution
Tainted Products: So ubiquitous. So useful. And, some say, so dangerous...Some blame plastics for increased rates of cancer, asthma, neurological disorders and infertility.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Common Medications May Harm Memory in Older People
Medical Industry: Common medications known as anticholinergic drugs - used to treat ulcers, stomach cramps, motion sickness, Parkinson's disease and urinary incontinence - may cause older people to lose their thinking skills more quickly than seniors who don't take the medicines, new research suggests.

Study confirms Parkinson's-pesticides link
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Heparin Deaths Surged Since November, FDA Says
Medical Industry:Baxter recalled nearly all its heparin injections in the US after some patients experienced extreme - and in some cases fatal - allergic reactions, including difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, excessive sweating, and rapidly falling blood pressure that was life threatening after being administered the products.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Fish Oil Protects Against Colon Cancer
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CDC: Flu season worst in 4 years; vaccine didn't work well
Vaccines: Each year, health officials - making essentially an educated guess - formulate a vaccine against three viruses they think will be circulating.

Drugs officers raid wrong house
Prohibition: The occupant was at home at the time of the raid. Police declined to say how she had reacted.

Brazil's Lula: food riots are wake-up call
The World Reacts: Either the world solves the unfair trade system, or "every time there's unrest like in Haiti, we adopt emergency measures and send a little bit of food to temporarily ease hunger."

Cymbalta Suicide Data Withheld by FDA
Medical Industry: Unfortunately, despite reports of suicides not linked to depression, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has been slow to act on Cymbalta, and has actually concealed information on some suicides that occurred during clinical trials conducted by Eli Lilly, the drug’s maker.

NYC's calories-on-menus law upheld
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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Formaldehyde exposure linked with ALS in U.S. study
Heallth Trends: The study involved more than 1,100 people enrolled in a cancer prevention study who died of ALS. They were asked about their exposure to formaldehyde and other chemicals in 1982, and then followed for 15 years.
Aspartame eventually breaks down into formaldehyde and has also been linked to ALS.

The Whole Story About Whole Foods Market
Natural Health/PR: Whole Foods is an "industrial organic" company that has done away with the local distribution that was the center of the 1960's back-to-nature movement.

Chemicals In Plastic Baby Bottles May Be Toxic
Tainted Products: The federal National Toxicology Program said Tuesday that experiments on rats found precancerous tumors, urinary tract problems and early puberty when the animals were fed or injected with low doses of the plastics chemical bisphenol A.

Air Pollution Affects Respiratory Health In Children With Asthma, Study Shows
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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Fed's Recommended Diet Cuts Heart Attacks, Strokes
The World Reacts: The plan, called the DASH diet, favors fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat milk and plant-based protein over meat.
With the exception of low-fat milk, many of us in the alternative health world have been saying this for years.

Baby boomers facing health care crisis
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More Executives Think CEO Pay Is Too High, Study Shows
The World Reacts: Four out of five executives said shareholders should have some say on pay, and 55 percent said their CEOs' compensation did not reflect or was only "somewhat" reflective of the companies' results.

Natural Disasters: Why do we focus on the least important causes of cancer?
Medical Industry/PR: After all, half of all chemicals are carcinogenic in laboratory tests. A smarter strategy would simply focus on the most preventable exposures causing the most malignancies, without any regard for what's natural and what's man-made.
To me, an even smarter strategy would be to remove the toxic chemicals from our food supply, our beauty products and our lives.

Mushroom extract may stop breast cancer
Natural Health: Laboratory tests using human breast cancer cells show the mushroom called Phellinus linteus has a marked anti-cancer effect, probably by blocking an enzyme called AKT.

Study: E-waste recycling poisons people with heavy metals
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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The real Good Life: An entire village turns against supermarkets and grows its own food
The World Reacts: In a bid to become less dependent on supermarkets, the residents of Martin are working together to become as self-sufficient as possible.
This story fills me with hope for a great future.

Formaldehyde Limits Set for FEMA Trailers
Ecohazard: Unfortunately, the move comes too late to help the thousands of people who were housed in toxic FEMA trailers after hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the Gulf Coast.

The Food Irradiation Plot: Why the USDA Wants to Sterilize Fresh Produce and Turn Live Foods into Dead Foods
Tainted Food: Not surprisingly, only the irradiation killed nearly 100 percent of the bacterial colonies. That's because radiation sterilizes both the bacteria and the vegetable leaves, effectively killing the plant and destroying much of its nutritional value while it kills the bacteria.

Mainstream Food Firms Get Proactive About Probiotics
The World Reacts: Exploiting friendly microbes also fits with the trend to promote health and treat conditions with fewer prescription medications.

Diabetics Can Reverse Their Atherosclerosis
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Ricardo Semler Interview How to run a Society
The World Reacts: (Video)

Monday, April 14, 2008

Fundraising parents wonder what to sell as junk-food ban looms
Tainted Food/PR: "It's a lot easier when you sell chocolate," Phil Moses, principal of Captain Cook elementary school in Vancouver, said in an interview. "Making a profit on whole wheat pizza could be difficult."
Did he actually say 'making a profit'?

Feds Not Addressing Drugs in Water
Medical Industry: A White House task force that was supposed to devise a federal plan to research the issue of pharmaceuticals in drinking water has missed its deadline and failed to produce mandated reports and recommendations for coordination among numerous federal agencies, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Costs Soar for Mass. Health Care Law
Health Trends: One of the most radical fixtures of the law is the so-called "individual mandate" - the requirement that virtually everyone have health insurance or face tax penalties.
Anyone deemed able to afford health insurance but who refused to buy it during 2007 already faces the loss of a $219 personal tax exemption. New monthly fines that kicked in this year could total as much as $912 for individuals and $1,824 for couples by December.
Sure we're free in this country...

Objects on Your Plate May Be Smaller Than They Appear
The World Reacts: In the last year, a few dozen chefs have come here to the test kitchen of Rastelli Foods, a wholesaler based near Philadelphia, in search of tips about how to trim portions -- preferably in ways that diners won't notice.
Yet again, an example of people trying to find a solution that doesn't involve individuals taking responsiblity for themselves.

Will a 9-Year-Old Change the Vaccine Debate?
Vaccines:

Meat Grown in Labs Could Be on Supermarket Shelves Before Long, Scientists Hope
Tainted Food/PR: What cultured meat will taste like is up in the air. Some scientists think it could be used to create novel foods that won't be quite meat, but won't quite be anything else either, writes Alexis Madrigal in the Wired....For all the talk of high-tech meat production, attendees of the first In-Vitro Meat Symposium didn't put their stomachs where their mouths were. Instead of sampling early versions of in vitro meat, they stuck to local fare.
They won't eat man-made, vat-grown meat themselves, but these people actually think they can convicne us to want to? Think about that for a minute.
Saturday, April 12, 2008

Cellphones more dangerous than cigarettes
Tainted Products: “Long-term exposure and its effects on the body, particularly its electrical organ - the brain - are compounded by numerous other simultaneous exposures including continuous waves from radio and TV transmitters, cordless phone base stations, power lines, and WiFi devices,” explained Dr Khurana.

Meditation technique can lower blood pressure
Natural Health: The blood pressure reductions associated with regular practice of transcendental meditation, or TM, would translate to a 12-15 percent reduced risk of dying from cardiovascular causes and a 15-20 percent lower risk of stroke, Dr. James W. Anderson, the study's lead author, told Reuters Health.

Toronto cancer hospital reveals bad data on 3 breast cancer trials
Medical Industry: "The data doesn't match and we don't know the reason for that," Dr. Robert Bell, president and CEO of the University Health Network, said Friday. "We think there are data integrity issues with three trials."

Vaccine critics to get say in research
The World Reacts: The government began an unprecedented effort Friday to give vaccine critics a say in shaping how the nation researches safety questions surrounding immunizations.

Doctors attack 'supersize' drinks
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Friday, April 11, 2008

Uncontrollable Stress Worsens Symptoms Of Endometriosis
Health Trends: A new study investigating the relationship between stress and the painful symptoms of the disease is currently underway. It offers, for the first time, evidence of the negative consequences of stress in the progression of endometriosis, most likely through an effect on the immune system.

US FDA Reports More Deaths from Blood Thinner Heparin
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UK Watchdog Calls for Food Additives Ban Over Child Hyperactivity Fears
Medical Industry: "It is unacceptable to leave on the market substances strongly suspected to increase hyperactivity in children while having no added value at all except colouring food," said Monique Goyens, head of the BEUC consumers association.

Drug Companies to Reveal Grant Practices
Medical Industry: Watchdog groups say the companies are trying to head off legislation that would require public disclosure of their giving.

Nutritionist Judy Stone Says Diet More Effective Than Drugs For Most Chronic Illness
The World Reacts: In her nutrition practice, Stone sees many clients who have noticed their health erode slowly over time, not realizing that the primary causes are poor diet and medications.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Survey: 98% Say Parents Should Have Right to Refuse Vaccination of Children
Vaccines:

Medical Magnetism
Health Trends: It is not entirely clear how TMS works, in depression or any other ailment. Researchers know the treatment can change electrical activity in targeted brain regions; low-frequency magnetic waves decrease neuronal firing, while high-frequency waves increase it.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

How Does Aspartame Damage Your Brain?
Tainted Food: A new review indicates that high doses of the sweetener may lead to neurodegeneration.

Mad Cow Disease Kills Two in Spain
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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

'Healing Clays' Show Promise For Fighting Deadly MRSA Superbug Infections, Other Diseases
Natural Health: Clays have been used for thousands of years as a remedy for infected wounds, indigestion, and other health problems, either by applying clay to the skin or eating it.

David Wolfe Weighs In on the Basics of Raw and Super Foods
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Medicine mix-ups hurt about 1 in 15 hospitalized kids
Medical Industry: Researchers found a rate of 11 drug-related harmful events for every 100 hospitalized children. That compares with an earlier estimate of two per 100 hospitalized children, based on traditional detection methods. The rate reflects the fact that some children experienced more than one drug treatment mistake.

Monday, April 7, 2008

How Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy's Son Recovered From Autism
Natural Health: Carrey and McCarthy’s son, Evan, has been healed thanks to breakthroughs that may not be scientifically proven, but have definitely helped, such as a gluten-free, casein-free diet, vitamin supplementation, detox of metals, and anti-fungals for the yeast overgrowths that plagued his intestines. Once his neurological function was recovered through these medical treatments, speech therapy and applied behavior analysis helped him learn the skills he could not learn while he was frozen in autism.

'Illegal' ad system scrutinised
Mind Control: In the blog entry, Dr Clayton said Phorm could claim "with some justification" that its system did not let it identify individuals and did a better job of targeting advertising than many others.
However, he noted, this justification conflated the notions of data protection and privacy.
For Dr Clayton privacy involves the expectation that "other people, even people I'll never meet and who will never meet me, don't get to know what I do".

Vaccine Induced Inflammation Linked To Epidemic Of Type 2 Diabetes And Metabolic Syndrome
Vaccines: Newly published data by Dr. J. Barthelow Classen in The Open Endocrinology Journal shows a 50% reduction of type 2 diabetes occurred in Japanese children following the discontinuation of a single vaccine, a vaccine to prevent tuberculosis.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Big Pharma's Golden Eggs
Medical Industry: Marketing, not research, is now the core of the drug industry.

Drug Makers Near an Old Goal: A Legal Shield
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TVs ordered out of police stations
Mind Control: But several police officials, who requested anonymity for fear of retribution, say the scuttlebutt around the department is that Dunlap issued the order after learning some officers watched and cheered during the TV broadcast when Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced criminal charges against Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his former chief of staff Christine Beatty. I was about to put down "The World Reacts" as a category, because I personally feel that eliminating television from people's lives makes them more human; however, when I saw the supposed reasons behind the withdrawal of television sets from the police stations, I realized there was possibly a bigger issue here.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Rise in women doctors 'worrying'
Medical Industry: 'Worrying' to whom? The only reason why this might be worrying to me is that allopathy has a long history of male incompetence. I only say this in retaliation for a very offensive, sexist article. Witness this example of historical allopathic arrogance: back when a prestigious hospital had a midwives' wing and a male allopathic obstetrics' wing, the allopathic wing had three times the number of deaths when compared with the midwives' wing, making the male wing unpopular among mothers-to-be. It turned out that the male doctors were not washing their hands in between seeing patients, and when this was discovered to be the reason behind the infections that so frequently occured among the new mothers, the doctors were at first very resistant to the idea of having to wash their hands. (Source: "A Matter of Life & Death: Magic Moments and Dark Hours in the History of Medicine, Gruppe 5 Filmproduktion for WDR, 2004, DVD).

Doctor, Did You Wash Your Hands?
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91% of Kid Food Ads Unhealthy
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Report Claims Clinical Trials Miss Many Populations
Medical Industry: Remember this every time, you're tempted to believe that clinical trials may claim universal truth.

Poll: Most Americans don’t know they can report bad drug reactions
To help make the public aware of the FDA's reporting program for drug side effects--known as MedWatch--Consumers Union today gave the FDA a petition signed by nearly 56,000 consumers asking that a toll-free number and website be included in all TV drug ads so people can easily report their serious side effects to the agency. In fact, it's your duty and responsibility to fellow human beings to do so.

Feta Cheese Made From Raw Milk Has Natural Anti-food-poisoning Properties
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Ayurvedic Nightshade Deadly For Dengue Mosquito
Natural Health: Mosquitoes responsible for spreading disease are increasingly becoming resistant to synthetic insecticides. Now research published in the online open access journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine suggests that the berries of a weed common to India, Solanum villosum (S villosum), have potential for keeping mosquitoes at bay.

Cell phones could be used to better teens' health
PR: Check out the story on mobile phones from yesterday, 4/4/08, in case you think that this article is not a PR move. I think it is.

Botox Can Permeate To The Brain from Injection Site
Health Trends: Still feel like thickening up those lips? At least now you can make an informed choice.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Cancer doubt remains over mobiles
Health Trends: Professor Challis said that it was only responsible to do more research, citing the way smoking was not linked to lung cancer at first.

Report Claims Clinical Trials Miss Many Populations
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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Antidepressants Linked to School Shootings
Health Trends: According to statistics from Medwatch, the drug reporting system maintained by the FDA, there have been 63,000 cases of people on antidepressants committing suicide in the United States.

Pfizer Cancels Cancer Drug
Medical Industry: Pfizer tried to put a positive spin on the news.

Scientists Warn of Arsenic Risk in Home-Grown Vegies
PR: As the urban areas of cities and towns expand, they sprawl across old orchards or farms, mine sites and former industrial plants or gasworks which have left residues of toxic contaminants in the soil. Of course, they don't mention any hazards of eating commercially grown produce, such as pesticides, herbicides and genetic modification.

Home Defibrillators Save Lives, But So Does CPR
Medical Industry: The devices worked. But so few people in the study were stricken at home, and CPR by spouses in the comparison group was so good, that the 7,000-person study wound up being be too small to prove that a defibrillator can improve survival.

Health minister should have spoken out: cancer patients
Medical Industry: A former Newfoundland and Labrador health minister's decision to stay mum on flawed cancer tests is not sitting well with two patients who got the wrong results.

Scientist: CDC bosses ignored warnings
Medical Industry: A federal scientist said Tuesday his bosses ignored pleas to alert Gulf Coast hurricane victims about formaldehyde dangers in government-issued trailers and told him last year not to write e-mails about his warnings of potentially widespread health problems.

AIDS drug nearly doubles heart attack risk
Medical Industry: In a study published online in The Lancet medical journal, European researchers said that the anti-retroviral Abacavir, included as part of many anti-AIDS regimens worldwide, almost doubled patients' chances of heart problems. The lesser-used drug didanosine also increased the heart attack risk by about 50%.

Children Fed Diet of Poor Nutrition on Saturday Morning Television
Health Trends: Nine out of ten food advertisements shown during Saturday morning children's television programming are for foods of poor nutritional quality, according to researchers at the Center for Science in the Public Interest and the University of Minnesota.

TV Prescription Drug Ads Should Include How to Report Serious Side Effects to FDA
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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Can Heartache Cause Heart Failure?
Health Trends: Researchers learned this by studying more than 100 sudden death cases of people between 37 and 79 years old. 70 percent of the deaths were caused by heart disease.

Brain Lesions More Common Than Previously Thought
Health Trends: Dr. Russell Blaylock mentioned this years ago, and points our attention to the excitotoxins in our food supply as the culprits. As mentioned in Sweet Misery, Dr. John Olney found that both msg and aspartame caused holes in the brains of mice in the lab.

Fox News Whistle Blowers
Tainted Food: A Sweet Remedy favorite: the brave story about the Fox News Reporters who discovered the cover-up about Monsanto's Posilac.

Rethinking the Meat Guzzler
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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

The Dangers of Aspartame (Sweetener E951 Sugarfree Diet)
Tainted Food: The powerful Fox news story on the artificial sweetener resurfaces on YouTube.

Pot Belly Linked To Dementia
Health Trends: It will be important to see these results repeated in studies that take into account the nutrition and physical activity levels of the participants; without these, there will be a lack of clarity about the degree of increased dementia risk.

Superbugs Resistant To Everything Mean That We Are Running Out Of Treatments
Medical Industry: Doctors are running out of treatments for today's trauma victims and critically ill patients because of infections due to drug resistant microbes - even after resorting to using medicines thrown out 20 years ago because of severe side effects, scientists heard today (Tuesday 1 April 2008) at the Society for General Microbiology's 162nd meeting being held this week at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

Patients Receiving Antibiotics Should Take Probiotic Drink Daily: Experts
Natural Health: Though antibiotics have many benefits, it may destroy normal bacteria living in the gut that can help ‘bad’ bacteria to develop.

Green Tea Helps Beat Superbugs, Study Suggests
Natural Health: Green tea also made 20% of drug-resistant bacteria susceptible to one of the cephalosporin antibiotics. These are important antibiotics that new drug resistant strains of bacteria have evolved to resist. Although they looked at the efficacy of green tea when used in conjunction with an antibiotic, doesn't this and the above three articles suggest that the trend in health care should really turn towards natural treatments?

Shifting gear
Health Trends: Are you living the dream? Or walking zombie-like through the nightmare of modern consumerism?

Creative ways to downshift
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FDA Investigating Possible Singulair, Suicide Link
Health Trends: Merck has updated the drug's labeling four times in the past year to include information on a range of reported side effects: tremors, anxiousness, depression and suicidal behavior.

Sealy: Exploit billion-dollar wellness industry
Health Trends: Yesterday at the opening of an Exporting Services to Canada seminar hosted by the Caribbean Export Development Agency and the Trade Facilitation Office, Canada, Sealy said this industry was growing at 30 per cent per annum.

Elevated Concentrations Of Toxic Metals In China's E-waste Recycling Workshops
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