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May 2008

Friday, May 30, 2008

House Takes a Stand Against Pentagon Propaganda
The World Reacts: Sponsored by Rep. Paul Hodes (D-N.H.), Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), the measure would also mandate an investigation by the Pentagon's inspector general and the Government Accountability Office into efforts to plant positive news stories about the Iraq war in U.S. media.

Tamiflu Vaccine Linked With Convulsions, Delirium and Bizarre Deaths
Vaccines: Since Tamiflu's introduction in 1999, a total of 48 million prescriptions have been written, 75 percent of them in Japan. According to Roche, 1,745 of 1,808 reports of side effects came from Japan.

FDA takes another look at prescription warnings

The World Reacts/PR: The changes would affect more than 5,000 products. New drugs or drugs getting a revised label would be required to adopt the new format immediately. Manufacturers would have as much as five years to incorporate the changes for existing drugs.

Pacemakers Vulnerable to Hackers, Researchers Say

Medical Indlustry: Pacemakers can be hacked - relatively easily.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Sunscreen Causes Cancer!

Tainted Products: The skin is not the only organ that is harmed by sunscreen chemicals. Those chemicals are absorbed by the skin, circulate throughout the body and end up harming the liver, the organ responsible for neutralizing chemicals in the body.

Thyroid radiation protections revised
Tainted Products: Crane says the NRC ruling lets stand regulations allowing hospitals to discharge radioactive patients, sometimes against their will. "We've got to sue," he says. "I want binding regulations to make sure people aren't sent home to their 16-month-olds" while they're giving off radiation from their cancer treatment."

Eating Nuts Greatly Reduces Your Risk of Heart Attack and Cancer
Natural Health:

FDA says Glaxo drug fails to control bleeding
The World Reacts: FDA reviewers said Wednesday that company studies "do not provide robust evidence to support" Glaxo's claim that the drug helps control the severity and frequency of bleeding.

Cancer survivors 'left in limbo'
Medical Industry/PR: More than 60% of adults with cancer can expect to live five years or more, according to an article in the European Journal of Cancer.
Would you find a 'five-year survival rate' acceptable for anything else?

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Antipsychotics Harmful for Dementia Patients
Psychotropics: Antipsychotics, even when taken for a very short time period, are likelier to land elderly people with dementia in the hospital.

Think-tank claims dementia will affect 1m elderly in a generation and cost the NHS £47billion a year
Health Trends/Medical Industry/PR: Niall Dickson, head of the King's Fund, said: ... 'Unless there is a major breakthrough in drugs to arrest the course of this illness, then there will be a great need for extra care and support, some of it quite intense'. ...Last week, it was revealed that Gordon Brown is looking at ways to raise extra money to pay for the increasing cost of elderly care
This article only looks at medication and drugs to solve the problem, not prevention or looking at the root causes of dementia.

Everything you know about sun care is WRONG
Medical Industry:
This article mainly talks about what type of sunscreen to wear, but the sun does provide a much needed source of vitamin D. In Sweet Remedy, Dr. Joseph Mercola says that although we never want to get burned, of course, thousands of people die each year from LACK of sunlight.

Antidepressants could be routine after stroke

Medical Industry/Mind Control/Psychotropics: Someday high-risk people like stroke patients might take the drugs before suffering depression - as people now take cholesterol drugs to prevent heart attacks, the lead author sai
d.

Heart failure guidance 'ignored'
Medical Industry/PR: British GPs frequently did not use recommended tests or drugs, which the researchers said could be unsafe...
However, one specialist GP disputed whether the survey answers were clear evidence of poor practice among family doctors in the UK.

Gut superbug causing more illnesses, deaths
Health Trends:

Flu shots leave an age gap
PR: No matter how many people are vaccinated and what recipe drug makers use to formulate the flu vaccine each year, it generally works in only 30 percent to 40 percent of those over 65 - compared with 80 percent to 90 percent of younger adults, experts say.
This article fails to mention, of course, that because younger people have stronger immune systems, they are better able to stave off diseases like the flu, and not just because they are "more responsive to medications and vaccines".

Wartime PTSD cases jumped roughly 50 pct. in 2007
Health Trends:

GPs ordered to prescribe statins for 1.5m more patients to slash heart attacks and strokes:
PR: A
round four million adults already take statins. The new guidance means one in eight could end up on the drugs, many of whom will have nothing outwardly wrong with them.
Some experts believe a quarter of Britons could eventually be taking the drugs for life.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Nurses are too scared to blow the whistle on bullying colleagues - read this horrifying story and you'll see why....
Medical Industry:
'But as much as being proved right is gratifying, that was never my ultimate goal,' says Philip. 'My battle was about protecting the right of vulnerable people to safe and dignified care. Why should that be so difficult in 21st-century Britain?'
Why, he asks, are whistleblowers treated so badly? 'My career has spanned 30 years - I've worked in forensic psychiatry, as a tutor and even for the UKCC (the predecessor of the NMC), sitting on disciplinary hearings for five years. You would have thought my complaints would have been taken seriously.'

Girl Stung By Scorpion At Wal-Mart
Ecohazard:

Woman with brain disorder arrested and locked up because police thought she was drunk
Health Trends: Officers still insisted she was collected from the station by family or friends, saying she was in no condition to drive.

ADHD can cost adults 20 or more workdays a year

Health Trends:
Other countries studied and ADHD rates among adults, and estimated days lost per affected worker, were Lebanon, 0.9 percent, 19.4 days; Spain, 1.3 percent, 1.1 days; Colombia, 1.9 percent, 29.4 days; Mexico, 2.4 percent, 6.1 days; Italy, 3.4 percent, 22.2 days; Germany, 3.5 percent, 13.6 days; Belgium, 3.7 percent, 16.5 days; Netherlands, 4.9 percent, performance improved.
The researchers were unable to explain why the ADHD affected workers in the Netherlands had improved performance rather than the declines seen in every other country studied.

Better bug repellants studied

Tainted Products: In this case, researchers funded by the Defense Department set out to determine what makes repellants work, and then to use that information in finding more effective ways to chase away disease-carrying insects, Bernier explained in a telephone interview.

Scientists test brain pacemakers for depression
Mind Control: "We're rewiring the brain in many ways," says Dr. Ali Rezai, chief of the Cleveland Clinic's Center for Neurologic Restoration.

Lack of Forgiveness Can Affect Our Health
Natural Health: Additionally, Dr. Luskin says, when the body releases certain enzymes during anger and stress, cholesterol and blood pressure levels go up, not a good long-term position to put the body in. Forgiveness has been shown to lower blood pressure naturally.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Dementia not cancer is now the greatest fear for the over-55s

Health Trends:

Barefoot in the Park? Watch Your Step
PR: “You take off your shoes, it’s the best,” said Ms. Le, 40. “You’re in tune with Mother Nature.”

Diet Coke to drop additive in DNA damage fear
The World Reacts: Coca-Cola said it had begun withdrawing the additive from Diet Coke in January in response to consumer demand for more natural products.

'My cancer left me too tired to work'
Health Trends: "I just came to a standstill and spent all my time crying," said Tilly.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

In Google we trust - but should we
PR: A question increasingly asked is whether Google is becoming a dangerous monopoly. It is a very serious question.

Can Anyone Be An "Enemy Combatant"?
Mind Control: The government says the president needs this power to keep the nation safe. Al-Marri's lawyers say that as long as the president can detain anyone he wants, nobody is safe.

The Energetic Contamination of Beef Products (Transcript)

Tainted Food:

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Adding rosemary to your steak could help prevent cancerNatural Health:

How Safe Are Vaccines?

Vaccines: Meanwhile, since the 1930s, a mercury compound known as thimerosal had been included in some vaccines—but not the measles inoculation—as a preservative to keep the vaccines free of fungi and bacteria. Thimerosal is now known to do serious damage to brain tissue, especially in the brain tissue of children, whose brains are still developing.

Have school standards 'stalled'?
Mind Control/Eugenics: And it is certainly true that the results of the national tests in Maths and English at 11 and 14 have reached a plateau.
But is it really "unacceptable", as the Chief Inspector said, that one in five students is not reaching the target levels?

Hospitals gain reprieve in Medicaid lawsuit
Medical Industry:

Clinical Trials Lack Female Participation
Medical Industry: Fifteen years ago a ban was lifted limiting female participation in clinical trials. Regardless, women remain under-represented in research despite evidence that many conditions—such as lung cancer and depression—have gender-based differences.

Food and Beverage Giants Lining Up to Cash in When Stevia Gets GRAS Approval in U.S.
The World Reacts: Even though stevia has not been authorized as a food ingredient in the United States, a number of food, beverage and ingredient companies are investing significant money to expand production for what they view as its inevitable approval.

9/11 Workers Face Chronic Mental Impairment
Ecohazard: Surveillance and treatment programs for the recovery workers need to be continued, the researchers concluded.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Big Fat Lies
PR: "Dishes targeted to health-conscious consumers at popular chains such as Chili's, Taco Bell and Applebee's contained as much as twice the calories and eight times the grams of fat than the restaurants claimed in their published nutrition information," reports Isaac Wolf, citing research done in eight cities by television stations affiliated with the Scripps media chain.

Diet, exercise can delay diabetes for years: study
Natural Health: Diet and exercise reduced the incidence of diabetes by about 43 percent over 20 years among 577 high-risk Chinese adults, the researchers reported in the journal Lancet.

Iraq War Vets Return With Lung Disease
Eco-Hazard: "All of the soldiers evaluated were physically fit at the time of deployment. On return, none of those diagnosed with bronchiolitis met physical training standards. In almost every case they were declared unfit for duty and were medically boarded with a service connected disability," says researcher Robert Miller, MD, assistant professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine at Vanderbilt University, in a news release.

Celery could hold the key to treating brain disease

Natural Health:
Luteolin, a compound found in celery, green pepper and chamomile, is known to have anti-inflammatory properties.
Scientists have now shown that it reduces inflammation in the brains of mice.

ALERT: Mainstream Media Attempts to Bury Homeopathy

Prohibition: Podolsky's Consumer Reports piece references a 2005 study indicating homeopathy is ineffective, but he fails to mention the study has since been debunked.

Turmeric Found to Be Beneficial for Lung, Liver and Colon Health
Natural Health: Turmeric is documented as effective in conditions ranging from cancer to Alzheimer's disease. New research is now revealing its benefits as a preventative and treatment for lung, colon, and liver diseases.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

U.S. health officials to study prescription drug problems
The World Reacts: The Food and Drug Administration has been under increasing pressure to develop a drug surveillance system since the painkiller Vioxx was pulled from the market in 2004 after it was linked to increased risk of stroke and heart attack.

McDonald's cooking fries in trans-fat-free oil
The World Reacts: McDonald's has lagged other restaurant operators in switching over to a zero-trans-fat cooking oil out of worries it would compromise the taste of its trademark fries. It has been under increasing pressure from consumer advocates and some public officials to make the change.

Rampton Reveals the Wires that Control the Public Mind
PR: CMD research director Sheldon Rampton gave a talk recently to employees at Google, titled "The Wires that Control the Public Mind." The talk, part of Google's "tech talk" series, described the history of the public relations industry, dating back to the early 20th century and the work of PR industry founder Edward Bernays.

China's child obesity problem 'ballooning'
Health Trends: Child obesity is ballooning into a big problem in China as 'little emperors' are increasingly getting an appetite for the Western couch-potato way of life, according to a study presented in Geneva.

India Blames World Bank, IMF for Food and Fuel Crisis
Genocide:
"This consumption trend has existed for more than a decade," said Nirupam Sen, India's Ambassador to UN. Thus rejecting the contention that rising consumption in developing nations was responsible for the soaring prices.

Sen held weakening dollar and diversion of grains for production of bio-fuels among the major causes leading to the present financial crisis while addressing a special meeting of the United Nations Economic and Social Council to consider the issue of rising food prices.

FDA Reposts CellCept Warning, Pregnancy-Organ Transplant Drug Risk Link
Medical Industry: Last November, Roche alerted the FDA about reports of a neurological disease—progressive multi-focal leukoencephalopathy—that is often fatal and was showing up in patients taking CellCept.

New Florida Law Allows Low-Cost Health Policies
Medical Industry: There is disagreement about whether the new law will make much of a dent in Florida’s growing rate of uninsured residents, which at 21 percent is the fourth highest in the country.

Merck ends study of cholesterol drug
Medical Industry: Merck & Co. has halted a study of an experimental drug it had touted as key to energizing its sagging cholesterol franchise, barely three weeks after U.S. regulators refused to allow sales of the drug.

Aspirin Sold as a Wonder Drug for All That Ails, But Falls Far Short
PR: The studies selected were far from consistent.


Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Tasers can cause cardiac arrest: heart specialists
Eco-Hazard: Two heart specialists told an inquiry into the use of Tasers on Tuesday that a jolt from the weapons can "almost certainly" cause heart problems and possibly even sudden cardiac arrest.

Doctors moving to limit gifts from drug firms
The World Reacts: "The data show that we are being influenced, even by small gifts," says Dr. Barry Meisenberg of the University of Maryland Medical School, who believes such gifts cloud medical judgment.

Medical journal's article questions TV ads for heart stent
The World Reacts: The 60-second ad for the Cypher stent, made by the Cordis subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, failed to adequately warn consumers about the potential dangers of receiving a stent, according to the article published by The New England Journal of Medicine.

Scientists engineer human embryo
Medical Industry:

Lyme disease more than doubles in state
Health Trends: Reported cases of Lyme disease in Maryland doubled last year and more than tripled in Howard County, leading the county health officer to join state officials yesterday in warning citizens and recommending prevention measures

Reform in meat process
The World Reacts: Westland/Hallmark provided much of the ground beef used by federal school lunch programs. Its meat was recalled because plant workers failed to get a second inspection of cows that had fallen down just before slaughter.

Drug Payments to Doctors Criticized
Medical Industry: A lawsuit over Markingson’s suicide—which occurred during the drug trial—accused Dr. Stephen Olson and Dr. S. Charles Schulz, chairman of the University of Minnesota psychiatry department, of coercing Markingson, a 27-year-old schizophrenic, into the study.
Mary Weiss, Markingson’s mother, charged that the doctors were under pressure to recruit patients such as Markingson to increase both payments from AstraZeneca and their status by participating in the national study.

Merck Agrees to Settlement Over Vioxx Ads
Medical Industry:

Medical marijuana: How much is enough?
Prohibition: Some worry that a process supposed to be guided by science has been hijacked by politics.

Study into health impact of MRI
Health Trends: "The exposures to patients and medical staff from the magnetic fields can be high and there is a shortage of information on possible adverse long term health effects"
Sir William Stewart
Health Protection Agency


In Study, Researchers Find Nanotubes May Pose Health Risks Similar to Asbestos
Tainted Products: “I’m not alarmed,” Professor Colvin said, “but it seems we should have better information about where it is and how it’s being used.”

What the CDC and FDA Don’t Want You to Know About Thimerosal and Autism–Part II
Vaccines: Drug manufacturers also received significant assistance from some powerful Washington lawmakers such as Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist who received $873,000 in contributions from the pharmaceutical industry and worked to protect vaccine makers from liability in 4,200 lawsuits filed by the parents of injured children. On no less than five separate occasions, Frist attempted to seal all of the government´s vaccine-related documents—including the Simpsonwood Conference transcripts—and “shield Eli Lilly, the developer of thimerosal, from subpoenas.”


Tuesday, May 20, 2008


FDA Panel Considers Toll-Free Number for TV Drug Ads
PR: Direct-to-consumer drug ads on television should include a toll-free phone number that would allow consumers to report adverse side effects, U.S. health experts suggested Friday.

Google's New Project: Your Health Records

Medical Industry: Eventually the goal is for users to be able to import their health information from the secure websites of care providers. To that end, Google already has arrangements with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and the Cleveland Clinic as well the online pharmacies from Longs Drugs, Walgreens, RXAmerica and Medco
Who has the luxury of "voting with their dollars" to avoid having their health records accessable by "Google"?

Veggie sausages contain FIVE TIMES as much salt as a bag of crisps
Tainted Food: Many parents regard them as the healthy alternative, but some leading brands of vegetarian burgers and sausages contain higher levels of salt than their meat equivalents.

Just two sausages from one company would provide virtually the entire day's salt ration for an adult and too much for a child.

Veterans with ALS in race against time
Eco-Hazard: Military veterans such as Averella are the subject of a Duke University study that will attempt to solve a mystery: Why are soldiers more likely than the general population to suffer from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS?

Leading Dr.: Vaccines-Autism Worth Study
Vaccines: Former Head Of NIH Says Government Too Quick To Dismiss Possible Link

Lab-Grown Meat a Reality, But Who Will Eat It?
Frankenfood: It's happening in labs from Norway to North Carolina, and it's being done exactly the same way patches of human skin are already grown. All that takes is a skin cell marinated in a nutrient-rich concoction. Within a few weeks, it's pretty much ready to wear.

AIDS Pandemic is 25 Years Old
Medical Industry:

Chemicals in plastic feeding bottles could lead to obesity in babies, say scientists
Eco-Hazard: Chemicals in plastic food wrapping and plastic feeding bottles are believed to interfere with the body hormones that regulate fat levels and help prevent obesity.

Chronic diseases top causes of deaths globally: WHO
Health Trends: Chronic conditions such as heart disease and stroke, often associated with a Western lifestyle, have become the chief causes of death globally, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Tuesday.

Shocking study reveals the mobile phone danger to your unborn child
Eco-Hazard: The study, the first of its kind in the world, covered more than 13,000 women. It found that those who used phones while pregnant were 54 per cent more likely to report behavioural problems in their children, including hyperactivity and emotional and relationship difficulties.

Monday, May 19, 2008

MPs vote against ban on hybrid embryos
GMO's: A cross-party attempt to ban the use of hybrid human-animal embryos for scientific research was rejected by the Commons tonight. MPs voted 336 to 176 (a majority of 160) against the move led by Tory former minister Edward Leigh.

Pharmaceutical Drug Companies Killing Middle America Legally while Robbing You Blind
Medical Industry: In 2005, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported(1) that drug overdoses killed 33,000 people that year. Roughly 10,000 people died in 1990 of the same causes. In 1999, it was 20,000 people. Are you seeing the trend?

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Alternative medicine: Strawberry
Natural Health: Strawberries are not only heart healthy but also help lower cholesterol levels, reduce weight and prevent against Alzheimer's disease.

Compounds in Green Tea May Protect Against Neurological Damage
Herbal Remedies:

Research links common chemicals to obesity
Eco-Hazard: Exposure in the womb to common chemicals used to make everything from plastic bottles to pizza box liners may program a person to become obese later in life, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.

Figuring Out What's In Your Food
GMO's: According to a recent CBS News/New York Times poll, 53 percent of Americans say they won't buy food that has been genetically modified.

Doctors Start to Say 'I'm Sorry' Before 'See You in Court'
The World Reacts: By promptly disclosing medical errors and offering earnest apologies and fair compensation, they hope to restore integrity to dealings with patients, make it easier to learn from mistakes and dilute anger that often fuels lawsuits.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

UK Supermarket Chain Bans Aspartame From Own-Label Products; Japanese Manufacturer Ajinomoto Sues!
PR: It seems that at long, long last, this skepticism in the general public has filtered through to food retailers. Generally speaking, supermarket chains give customers what they want. There has been growing awareness quite recently here in the U.K. that a lot of food has a lot of junk in it.

Doctors Condemn "Threatening" Taser Court Ruling
Eco-hazard: Physicians speak out on bullying tactics of Taser International over its "less than lethal" weapons

Medical pot user dies after transplant denied
Prohibition: Man was turned down a week ago because he'd taken prescribed marijuana

The mystery of medications linked to suicide
Medical Industry: Physicians or patients have filed anecdotal reports with drug companies or the Food and Drug Administration on at least six drugs or drug classes that may have been linked to episodes of suicidal thoughts or actions.

Lawsuit over vaccines and autism centers on Portland boys
Vaccines: The Institute of Medicine said in 2004 there was no credible evidence to show that vaccines containing the preservative thimerosal led to autism in children.

But thousands of families have a different take based on personal experience.

Rise In Anti-Psychotic Drug Use By Kids
Psychotropics: American children take anti-psychotic medicines at about six times the rate of children in the United Kingdom, according to a comparison based on a new U.K. study.

Low Levels of Vitamin D Spell Trouble for Breast Cancer Patients
Natural Health: Women with breast cancer who have a vitamin D deficiency at the time of diagnosis are more likely to have a recurrence or to die from their disease, a new study shows.

Study: Over Half Of Americans Medicated
Medical Industry: For the first time, it appears that more than half of all insured Americans are taking prescription medicines regularly for chronic health problems, a study shows.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Broccoli Juice Proven to Protect Skin Better than Sunscreen
Natural Health: Unlike sunscreen, the broccoli-sprout extract does not actually block sunlight from striking the skin. This means that it does not interfere with the body's ability to synthesize vitamin D, a critical nutrient whose production is caused by exposure to ultraviolet rays.

Vitamin D May Help Curb Breast Cancer, Study Find
Natural Health:

FDA Defends BPA in Baby Bottles
Tainted Products: Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced it sees no reason to advise consumers to stop using products made with the controversial chemical, which is found in many plastic items.

Don't Be Misled By Dairy Ads
PR: Neither dairy products in general nor calcium intake promote weight loss.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Report Detailed Thimerosal Cover-up
Vaccines: According to CDC epidemiologist, Tom Verstraeten, who analyzed the CDC's enormous cache of medical records of 100,000 children, thimerosal pointed to a dramatic increase in autism rates as well as many other neurological disorders among children.

$32M Verdict Against Merck In Vioxx Case Reversed
Medical Industry: On Wednesday, the Texas 4th Court of Appeals overturned the verdict, ruling that the defendants had not proven that Garza's long history of heart disease could not have been the cause of his fatal heart attack in 2001. The opinion was signed by Justice Sandee Bryan Marion.

Cancer drug sales could hit $80 billion by 2011: IMS
Health Trends:

Actor backs right to sue companies
The World Reacts: Actor Dennis Quaid detailed for Congress the accidental drug overdose that nearly killed his newborn twins last year, and urged legislators yesterday to preserve a patient's option to hold drug and medical device makers liable for medication errors.

More Americans are taking prescription medications
Health Trends: In addition, there is the pharmaceutical industry's relentless advertising. With those factors unlikely to change, doctors say the proportion of Americans on chronic medications can only grow.

H20 - Are You Drinking Enough?
Natural Health: Despite having it so easily available, many people are not drinking enough water to satisfy their daily water intake, leaving them often unknowingly dehydrated.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Boy forced to get chemo treatments returned to parents
Health Trends: The boy's father and stepmother, who can't be identified to protect the boy's identity, lost custody to the CAS when they tried to refuse a second round of chemotherapy treatments, as the boy had requested. Instead they planned to seek alternative treatments.

At the Food Co-Op, the Politics of Tap Water
Health Trends:

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Poll: Many Won't Buy Genetically Modified Food
The World Reacts: "The industry that makes genetically modified foods fought so hard to make sure that it wasn't labeled," nutritionist Marion Nestle tells Keteyian.
Nestle, a former FDA advisor, says this was a fight that boiled down to one basic fear.
"They didn't want it labeled because they were terrified that if it were labeled, nobody would buy it."

Acrylamide in Diet: Cancer Risk?
Health Trends:

More Vaccine-Autism Link Cases Heard By US Court
Vaccines/PR: Government attorney Lynn Ricciardella said in her opening argument that the "debate is over", and "there is no controversy", reported Reuters.
From my experience and people who I've spoken with, I disagree with Ricciardella's statements. Obviously, there is enough controversy for the issue to make it to court. And isn't the field of science based on the idea that it must evolve and change as new evidence comes to light? Don't scientists need to keep an open, flexible mind in order to be able to embrace new techniques, methods, medicines and information?

Monday, May 12, 2008

Should kids get these drugs? Plan likely to increase scrutiny of anti-psychotics in children
Psychotropics: “We are at risk of treating kids before we know if these drugs are safe in the long-term,” said Dr. Christopher Varley, a University of Washington professor of child and adolescent psychiatry.

Healthy Fast Food on the Road
The World Reacts:

Harmful chemical wafts off your TV
Ecohazard: But the dust that coats your television sets may answer why virtually every American tested has traces of a chemical flame retardant that may be harmful.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

MY 'RACIAL HARASSMENT' NIGHTMARE
Mind Control: The book was Todd Tucker's "Notre Dame vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan"; I was reading it on break from my campus job as a janitor. The same book is in the university library.

Man Jailed After Daughter Fails To Get GED
Mind Control: Brittany's step-mother worries the time in jail will ruin their family.
She says he could lose the job he's worked for 15-years.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Supermarket Bans Aspartame From Own-Label Products
The World Reacts: Yet, right from the beginning, there has been plenty of evidence that aspartame has the capacity to cause harm. And there is, as I've highlighted before, evidence of considerable bias in this area: while industry-funded research invariably finds in favor of aspartame, independently-funded work almost always comes to the opposite conclusion. These things, and the fact that anecdotal reports of aspartame toxicity are easy to find, means that aspartame continues to be viewed with suspicion by many.

Criticism of natural health products Bill C-51 mounts
The World Reacts: Websites and online groups have sprung up across the country imploring their members to lobby their MPs to halt the progress of the bill.
Critics feel the bill will outlaw up to 60 per cent of natural health products currently sold in Canada, making many natural health products that have been sold in Canada for decades unavailable for purchase and penalizing parents who give herbs or supplements to their children.

Special Diet Could Reverse The Effects Of Autism
Natural Health: The Kilpatricks opted for a gluten-free and dairy-free diet for Noah. They believe that changing their son's diet may have played a role in helping their little boy live a more normal life.
"The very first thing we were able to do is get him off dairy," said Steve. "In about seven days, he started making sounds and noises he had not made in six or seven months."

Chinese Medicine: The Powerful Tonic Wu Wei Zi or “Five Taste Fruit”
Natural Health:

Friday, May 9, 2008

Gregoire pick for pesticide panel questioned
Health Trends: Gov. Chris Gregoire is appointing a scientist with ties to the Dow Chemical Co. to a state panel that tracks pesticide exposures.

77 more hepatitis cases may trace to clinic
Medical Industry: "We know they didn't have a positive test before they went to the clinic, and now they're positive," Labus said.

Williams lashes cancer inquiry for 'inquisitorial methods'
Medical Industry: Williams himself has been mentioned several times during the inquiry. He was sent a briefing note in August 2006 that included data showing that more than 300 patients had received inaccurate test results, although the summary of that note did not include that fact.

Half of diabetics in U.S. have arthritis, CDC says
Health Trends: People with diabetes are twice as likely to have arthritis, putting them in a double bind as the pain in their joints keeps them from getting the exercise they need to keep both diseases at bay, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Stealth Marketers: Are doctors shilling for drug companies on public radio?
Medical Industry: Also unmentioned were the "unrestricted grants" that The Infinite Mind has received from drug makers, including Eli Lilly, the manufacturer of the antidepressant Prozac.

Concerns About Formaldehyde Have Only Grown Since FEMA Trailer Revelations
Ecohazard: Any debate about long-term health effects like cancer aside, the short-term impacts of being exposed to high formaldehyde levels were alarming and a major impediment to people being able to rebuild their homes and otherwise recover from losing everything in the storm.

Mothers Delay Gardasil For Daughters
Vaccines:

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Stryker Gets Another FDA Warning Letter
Medical Industry: One of the issues cited by the FDA warning letter involves falsification of hospital-approval documents used under an FDA rule that allows device sales on a very limited basis.

All Substitutes Are Not Equal
Tainted Food: An Italian research team found lymphoma and leukemia among female rats in a long-term study of aspartame.

Study: Restaurant tobacco bans influence teen smoking
The World Reacts: Youths who lived in towns with strict bans were 40 percent less likely to become regular smokers than those in communities with no bans or weak ones, the researchers reported in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

Nutrasweet - A Look at the History of Deception Behind Its Marketing (Part 2)
Tainted Food: At some future point, if a scientific consensus finally concludes that aspartame puts most consumers at risk, it will be much too late. The best thing is to eat safely now.

Texas Physicians To Launch Campaign To Improve Health Care System, USA
The World Reacts:

Cancer patients concerned about potential misdiagnoses
Medical Industry: Dozens of Winnipeg cancer patients have called a hotline set up for people concerned about their test results after errors were discovered in the work of a city pathologist.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

GM Food Labelling: Where to Draw the Line?
GM Foods: "This is a national food supply; they should be the people who [are] policing these laws. But it's not being done," says Judy Carman, director of the Adelaide-based Institute of Health and Environmental Research.
"Consumers [must] have a choice. Consumers repeatedly said: we don't want GM food."

Lack Of Health Care Kills 10M Kids Worldwide
Health Trends:

Is Bipolar Disorder Overdiagnosed?
Health Trends: Of the 700 patients, 145 reported they had been previously diagnosed as having bipolar disorder; however, fewer than half of the 145 patients (43.4 percent) were diagnosed with bipolar disorder based on the SCID.

Laugh Your Way To Wellness With Yoga Trend
Health Trends: The students are re-learning something children already know instinctively: that laughter makes you feel better.

Monday, May 5, 2008

What’s in your medicine bottle? Your prescription may not be what the doctor ordered!
Medical Industry: When Leslie called her health plan’s mail-in pharmacy she was told that there should have been a label stating that it was indeed the same drug even though it looked different.

Gluten-Free Vegan Diet May Protect Arthritis Patients From Heart Attack
Natural Health:

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Common drugs hasten decline in elderly: study
Health Trends: Elderly people who took commonly prescribed drugs for incontinence, allergy or high blood pressure walked more slowly and were less able to take care of themselves than others not taking the drugs, U.S. researchers said on Saturday.

Even the Insured Feel the Strain of Health Costs
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Saturday, May 3, 2008

Too Much Technology May Be Killing Beneficial Bacteria
Health Trends: Several products containing silver nanoparticles already are on the market, including socks containing silver nanoparticles designed to inhibit odor-causing bacteria and high-tech, energy-efficient washing machines that disinfect clothes by generating the tiny particles. The positive effects of that technology may be overshadowed by the potential negative environmental impact.

PFC, Linked to Cancer, Found in Breast Milk
Tainted Products: Those chemicals which have long been used to make cookware nonstick and fabrics stain-resistant are not only spreading around the world, but they are showing up in some surprising and disturbing places.

Behind the Label: Diet Coke
Tainted Food: Far from being the healthy drink implied by its sports sponsorships, Diet Coke is a worrying cocktail of neurotoxic and potentially carcinogenic chemicals.

An apple a day keeps atherosclerosis at bay
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Is medical-marijuana use reason to deny someone an organ transplant?
Prohibition: "He said I'm going to die, with such conviction," Garon said then. "I'm not angry, I'm not mad, I'm just confused."

Friday, May 2, 2008

Electronic Fields in Incubators may Alter Heart Rates Among Newborns
Health Trends: The researchers, however, say that this may have implications for babies born prematurely, who may spend several weeks or months in incubators.

Fast-Food Liver Damage Can Be Reversed, Experts Say
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Report spots risks in animal farm practices
Health Trends: A joint project of the non-profit Pew Charitable Trusts and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, it focuses on problems caused by a nationwide move to large, industrial-style animal-feeding facilities.

Food, Fuels and Fertilizers : The Three Major Challenges Facing the World
Health Trends: On problems of globalisation he said globalisation has led global problems to become local.

America's Junk Food-Obsessed Cities
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Thursday, May 1, 2008

Tree-lined streets 'cut asthma'
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FDA Warns Merck To Fix Vaccine Plant Problems
Vaccines: Merck officials didn't thoroughly investigate when vaccine batches inexplicably failed to meet specifications, even if batches had been distributed, according to the heavily redacted letter.
The FDA also said that some drug components were tainted, and that the plant didn't have written procedures, tests or other laboratory controls to ensure "strength, quality, and purity" of products.

Vaccine-Induced Polio Cases On the Rise in Nigeria
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