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JUNE, 2007

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Moms, Dads With MS Equal Transmitters of Disease
Health Trends: Men and women with multiple sclerosis are equally likely to transmit the genetic risk of the disease to their children, claims a new study that contradicts another recent study that said fathers are twice as likely as mothers to pass the risk of MS to their children.
A genetic predisposition to react a certain way to toxins. Not a sentence.

Doc: Exercise Pumps Up Brain Cells
Natural Remedies: Exercise has been show to lift the moods of people with depression, and a Swedish researcher said that it is because the activity stimulates the production of new brain cells.

Cognitive Skills Focused Curriculum may Lessen Kids' Behavioural Problems
Natural Remedies: According to a recent study in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences children who were taught a curriculum that focused on self-discipline and consideration of their own and others' emotions were found to display greater social competence and less behavioural and emotional problems.

Law requires N.M. to grow its own pot
Herbal Remedies: New Mexico has a new medical marijuana law with a twist: It requires the state to grow its own. The law, effective Sunday, not only protects medical marijuana users from prosecution — as 11 other states do — but requires New Mexico to oversee a production and distribution system for the drug.

Sicko: Best Movie Ever? Maybe
Medical Industry: And it’s no surprise at all. Sicko is a beyond brilliant, nonpartisan exposé on American politics that should be mandatory for every student in America.
Moore got my full ticket price last night and it was money well spent.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Italian Study Shows Sweetener Promotes Cancer in Rats; FDA Says It's Safe
That was echoed by the FDA. Spokesman Michael Herndon says the agency was interested in reviewing the Italian study. But he says the results are "not consistent" with results from a large number of other studies evaluated by the agency.
"Therefore, at this time, FDA finds no reason to alter its previous conclusion that aspartame is safe as a general purpose sweetener in food," the statement says.
Jacobson argues that most of those studies left "question marks" because they were industry funded.

Antidepressants and Pregnancy OK?
Psychotropics: Making antidepressants during pregnancy doesn't greatly increase the overall risk of most birth defects, new research shows.
But taking specific antidepressants may slightly increase the risk of certain birth abnormalities, the researchers say.
Also, the babies turn out to be much more compliant, dependent, and accepting...

Michael Moore Denied Entry into NYSE
PR: [movie] On June 28, 2007, Michael Moore was to be interviewed about his movie, 'SICKO', by CNBC's Maria Bartiromo at the New York Stock Exchange on Wall St. But apparently the big money managers and the insurance companies made sure Moore was denied entry onto the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

More Milking Of Organic Standards.
Medical Industry: Further to Abuse of Organic Dairy Standards, clearly the race is on to make non organics foods organic. This is the biggest enchilada that could have been thrown at the obscene money grubbing food industry... Just imagine getting organic prices for non organic synthetic, fractionated, empty and toxic foods or should I say non foods!

Veggie Booty recalled due to tainting concerns
Tainted Food: Snack food may be cause of 51 cases of salmonella poisoning in 17 states

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Suicide rate for those taking anti-depressant agent Paxil rises sharply
Psycotropics: A growing number of depression patients have committed suicide as a suspected result of side-effects from the anti-depressant agent Paxil over the past few years, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said.
While Paxil, produced by Tokyo-based GlaxoSmithKline K. K., is effective in curing depression and panic disorders, it tends to induce some people to kill themselves. The manufacturer warns of the risk in the product's user guidelines.

Aspartame found to cause breast cancer, leukemia and lymphomas in latest animals experiments
Tainted Food:

Study: With calcium, food trumps pills
Natural Remedies: calcium from dietary sources is generally better absorbed than that from supplements, which could help explain the difference, said the study's lead author, Dr. Reina Armamento-Villareal.

AMA asks fast-food chains to post nutrition facts
The World Reacts:

McDonald’s goes McOrganic
The World Reacts: Most farmers and organic campaigners gave a cautious welcome to one of the world’s largest food buyers embracing the organic trend.

Non Communicable Diseases to Be the Cause of Deaths in Poor Countries by 2115 [2015]-World Bank
Health Trends: "It says changing lifestyles with more cigarette smoking, bad diets and lack of exercise mean that poor countries face a future when common diseases become major problems.”

Finally - Even Dental Association Agrees Fluoride is Bad
Tainted Food: The ADA was concerned about fluorosis, a condition caused by too much fluoride that damages the enamel of teeth. Some scientists believe that even mild to moderate cases of fluorosis can lead to more significant problems. Studies have associated fluorosis with lower IQ, endocrine system problems, and skeletal damage.

Wednesday, July 27, 2007

Vaccinated Children Two and a Half Times More Likely to Have Neurological Disorders
Vaccines: The survey asked parents whether their child had been vaccinated, and whether that child had one or more of the following diagnoses: Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, Pervasive Development Disorder — Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), or Autism. The phone survey was chosen to mirror the methodology the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) uses to establish national prevalence for neurological disorders in their national phone survey.

FDA Refuses to Investigate Aspartame/Cancer Link
Tainted Food: This is the second study by the same lab, which confirms their previous findings, yet FDA spokesmen have stated they see no reason to alter its previous conclusions that "...aspartame is safe as a general purpose sweetener in food."

In Food Safety Crackdown, China Closes 180 Plants
Tainted Food: After weeks of insisting that food here is largely safe, regulators in China said Tuesday that they had recently closed 180 food plants and that inspectors had uncovered more than 23,000 food safety violations.

Aspartame Probe Call Rejected by FDA
Tainted Food: Jacobson said “researchers in previous studies all killed rats at the age of two years. Allowing the rats to live longer may have been a better way to assess the natural risk of cancer”...Jacobson has asked people to avoid using products with aspartame for now.” People shouldn't panic, but they should stop buying beverages and foods containing aspartame," he advised.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Chains refuse to put calories on menus
Medical Industry: Don't expect to see the calorie count for Burger King's Double Whopper with cheese on the menu anytime soon. Burger King, McDonald's and Wendy's are among the chains planning to defy New York City's new rule that they begin posting calories on menus Sunday.

Scientists - ‘Everyone Should Avoid Aspartame’
Tainted Food: A new long-term animal test from an Italian cancer institute raises serious safety questions about the artificial sweetener aspartame, which is marketed generically as well as under the NutraSweet and Equal brand names. A dozen toxicology and epidemiology experts and the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest are calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to immediately review the study, which found increases in lymphomas, leukemias, and breast cancers in rats. If FDA concludes that aspartame does cause cancer in animals, the agency is required by law to revoke its approval for the controversial sweetener, which is used in Diet Pepsi, Diet Coke, tabletop packets, and countless other foods.

Tooth whitening kits can be bad for your health
Eco-Hazard: Experts have discovered that 18 out of 20 whitening kits tested contain illegal levels of bleach.

AMA wants probe of store clinics
Medical Industry: The AMA wants state and federal agencies to look into whether pharmacy chain-owned clinics located in the stores urge patients to get their prescriptions filled on site, which the AMA maintains would pose a conflict. It also said that insurance companies should be banned from waiving or lowering co-payments only for patients who get treatment at store-based clinics.

Staph superbug may be infecting 5 percent of patients in hospitals
Ecohazard: A dangerous, drug-resistant staph germ may be infecting as many as 5 percent of hospital and nursing home patients, according to a comprehensive study.

At least 30,000 U.S. hospital patients may have the superbug at any given time, according to a survey released Monday by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.

Fructose-Sweetened Drinks Tougher on Arteries
Tainted Food: The type of sugar in a sugary drink may impact how healthy -- or unhealthy -- it is for arteries, a new study suggests.
Fructose-sweetened drinks are more likely to provoke the development of fatty artery deposits in overweight adults than glucose-sweetened beverages, researchers say.

Documentary 'Sicko' Debuts On Capitol Hill, Filmmaker Moore Calls For Single-Payer Health System
Medical Industry: Michael Moore's health care industry documentary "Sicko" debuted in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday and the film maker held a press conference on Capitol Hill to galvanize support for the creation of a single-payer system in the U.S., CQ HealthBeat reports. The press conference featured clips from "Sicko," which compares the U.S. health care system to Canada's single-payer system, as well as testimony from individuals featured in the documentary and from lawmakers who support greater government regulation of health care.

Antidepressants weaken bones in elderly: studies
Psychotropics: Two studies published on Monday added to the growing evidence that the most popular class of drugs taken to treat depression may contribute to fragile bones in elderly people.

AMA supports allergy medicine at school
Health Trends: When it comes to serious food allergies, denial of medicine at school can be a matter of life and death, according to a measure AMA delegates adopted at their annual policy meeting.

CDC: About 2M more Americans uninsured
Medical Industry:

Monday, June 25, 2007

FDA says unmoved by aspartame/cancer report
Medical Industry: A U.S. consumer group called for an urgent Food and Drug Administration review of the safety of aspartame on Monday, but the FDA said there was no immediate need to do so despite a new study showing the sweetener may cause cancer.
Italian researchers published a new study last week that showed aspartame -- widely used in soft drinks -- might cause leukemia, lymphoma and breast cancer in rats.
Is the FDA going to pay for their damage?

Monsanto Forced to Withdraw GMO Ad
PR: Biotech-crops giant Monsanto has been ordered to withdraw an advertising claim that no negative reactions have ever been reported to genetically modified foods.

FDA Should Reconsider Aspartame Cancer Risk, Say Experts
The World Reacts: A new long-term animal test from an Italian cancer institute raises serious safety questions about the artificial sweetener aspartame, which is marketed generically as well as under the NutraSweet and Equal brand names.

Nearly 1 million kids have trainers
Health Trends: Nearly a million American youngsters, some as young as 6, rely on personal trainers to shape up, lose weight or improve in sports, according to figures from the nation's leading sports club association.

Fast Food Chains Face Ban from Malaysian Children's Television
The World Reacts: Malaysia has banned fast-food companies from sponsoring or advertising on children's television programmes to curb the increasing incidence of health problems caused by bad eating habits, news reports said Saturday.

Want to be sure it's GM-free? Buy food in Moscow
The World Reacts: Moscow next week introduces a city-wide label to identify GM-free foods, a move ecologists hail as ground-breaking but which foreign producers say is complex and costly.

FDA Issues New Standards for Diet Supplements
PR: The Food and Drug Administration has delivered long-delayed rules on how diet supplements are manufactured, packaged and labeled.
I provide this for an example of how the subject of dietary supplements (and herbal remedies) is treated by NPR. NPR hosts a number of critics that claim these dangerous supplements are not regulated enough, yet there's no mention of a comparison between the casualties created by heavily regulated pharmaceuticals to the casualties created by dietary supplements. That, of course, would diminish the points of the critics calling for more regulation.

Herbal remedy really does cure a cold
Herbal Remedy: Fans of echinacea have long sworn that it can ward off the common cold, a claim that has been dismissed this as a matter of faith. Now scientists say that the herbal remedy really works, giving believers the pleasure of watching the cynics swallow their words. An analysis of the evidence has found that taking the remedy more than halves a person’s chances of catching a cold and shortens the length of a cold by an average of 1.4 days.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

'Taco Bell High' or 'Wal-mart Public School' coming to Canada?
Mind Control: Canadian students could soon be graduating from "Taco Bell High" or "Wal-Mart Public School" if trustees here go ahead with a scheme to sell school naming rights to corporations to raise extra funds.

Market has fresh option for food-stamp recipients
The World Reacts:

Snacks get on a health kick
The World Reacts: Somers-Davis, the New York shopper, said products that use cartoon characters like Dora the Explorer, Hello Kitty or Shrek have a huge effect on her daughter.
''She's very taken with those,'' she said. ''It's kind of annoying because real food loses its seductiveness.''

Deep-Fry, and Don’t Forget the Stick
Tainted Food: Or head to the Texas State Fair where a visionary named Abel Gonzales Jr. was able to create deep-fried Coke last year by mixing soda pop into the batter and then covering the result with cola syrup, cinnamon-sugar, whipped cream and a cherry...Deep-fried chocolate chip cookies on a stick. Grapes. Pineapples. Both honeydew and cantaloupe melons.

Potentially Violent Individuals can Be Identified by STAMP System
Mind Control: Staring was an important early indicator of potential violence...Lack of eye contact was also an issue and was associated with anger and passive resistance.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Activist organization responsible for 99% of FCC complaints
PR: According to a new FCC estimate obtained by Mediaweek, nearly all indecency complaints in 2003—99.8 percent—were filed by the Parents Television Council, an activist group.
We ultimately discover that the apparent indignation over wardrobe malfunctions and slips of the tongue is a show in itself. Their likely goal is to prevent the important stuff from getting out.

Christie blasts Rudy on WTC air
EcoHazard: Former Environmental Protection Agency boss Christie Whitman says she urged Ground Zero workers to wear respirators, but then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani blocked her efforts.
She also said city officials didn't want EPA workers wearing haz-mat suits because they "didn't want this image of a city falling apart."

U.S. Corporations Keeping Biowarfare Work Secret
Biowarfare: A number of major pharmaceutical corporations and biotech firms are concealing the nature of the biological warfare research work they are doing for the U.S. government.

The Purple Brain: America's New Reefer Madness
PR: More than 70 years in the making, the long-awaited sequel to the notorious 1936 film, Reefer Madness has arrived. It's called The Purple Brain, and just like its unintentionally campy predecessor, its purpose is to frighten Americans about marijuana.

Campaign to outlaw sweetener in schools
The World Reacts: Food Safety campaigners are calling for a ban on diet drinks and other artificially sweetened products in schools after a Wellington woman said she was poisoned by sugar-free chewing gum.

Abigail Cormack, 25, said she began suffering muscle cramps, heart palpitations, anxiety, depression and skin rashes after chewing gum that contained the artificial sweetener aspartame.
Mike Rivero's whatreallyhappened.com found this artical this morning.
The most fascinating part of this story is yet to come. Watch how the industry-funded nonprofits react to this effort. Then see if the New Zealand's regulatory agencies will eat crow or continue to defend the aspartame industry's position. Keep in mind, the good folks of New Zealand have our flagship regulatory agency, the FDA, to blame for this struggle.


Patient's death jeopardizes hospital
Malpractice: Minutes later, the 43-year-old mother of three collapsed on the floor screaming in pain and began vomiting blood. Employees ignored her, and she was soon dead.

Corporate greed, corruption, and the coming collapse of
America as we know it

Regulation: Virtually every government regulatory department, for example, is now run by the corporations it is supposed to be regulating

Aspartame Study Reveals What Mainstream Media Don't Tell You: The Deadly Truth About Sweeteners
Tainted Food:

Supplements get new rule
Regulaion:

Doctors' beliefs can hinder patient care
"When you see a doctor, you presume you're getting all the information you need to make a decision," notes Jill Morrison, senior counsel for health and reproductive rights at the National Women's Law Center in Washington, D.C. "Especially in a crisis situation, like a rape, you often don't think to question your care. But unfortunately, now we can't even trust doctors to tell us what we need to know."

Diet Could Be Life or Death for Prostate Cancer Patients
Natural Remedies: Switching to a healthy diet rich in fish and nuts could be the difference between living or dying for men prone to to prostate cancer, new US research indicates.

Medical Error Is The Fifth-Leading Cause Of Death In The U.S.
Malpractice: Medical errors are the fifth-leading cause of deaths in the US, with up to 98,000 deaths annually.

Friday, June 22. 2007

Have acid reflux? Soothe it naturally
Natural Remedies: The diet is rich in anti-inflammatory fruits, vegetables and fiber and gentle herbs and spices with anti-inflammatory effects.

Moore and SiCKO Are a Hit at Congress
The World Reacts:

"Sicko" Makes Them Sick
PR: "A multifaceted counteroffensive against Michael Moore's film about the health care industry" is beginning, reports Elizabeth Solomon

3 Drug Makers Are Convicted in Reimbursement Overcharges
Medical Industry: In a 183-page opinion, Judge Saris wrote: “The Medicare statute itself created a perverse incentive by pegging the nationwide reimbursement for billions of drug transactions a year to a price reported by the pharmaceutical industry, thus putting the proverbial pharmaceutical fox in charge of the reimbursement chicken coop. The different pharmaceutical companies unfairly took advantage of the system by setting sky-high prices with no relation to the marketplace.”

Milk formula goes on trial in Asia
PR: Health experts say US companies are among those using aggressive marketing to hawk infant formula in Asia's dynamic economies, the same kinds of tactics that sparked a boycott campaign of Nestle products in the 1970s. This led to the adoption in 1981 of a global marketing code for such products.

Finally Something You Can Do With Soda
Tainted Food: There’s a reason why none of these items have anything to do with actually ingesting the product: soda is plagued with real dangers.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Water company prosecuted over bug
Tainted Food: "It is crucially important that our customers continue to trust their tap water" Welsh Water.

Doctor lets son perform surgery
Malpractice: An Indian doctor is facing the sack and possible criminal charges after letting his 15-year-old son perform caesarian surgery in a bid to win a place in the "Guinness Book of Records".

Canadians Beware: The Bugs Are Coming To Get You!
PR: The video [news release], which was distributed by the PR firm Hill & Knowlton on behalf of The Hygiene Council, includes a "suggested" script for journalists. One part of the suggested narration is that "Lysol is the No.1 pediatrician recommended brand and can help you maintain a clean, healthy environment for the whole family".

Who needs doctors?
The World Reacts: We've come to expect health care to be an expensive hassle.
But a new type of clinic popping up in Walgreens, CVS and other chain stores is trying something novel in primary care: They're consumer friendly.

9/11's Lingering Cloud
The World Reacts: The mounting medical evidence has put pressure on lawmakers to fund monitoring and treatment for sick responders.

Ron Paul Excluded From Iowa Forum
Mind Control:

Mental Health of Children on the Decline
Health Trends: Emotional problems and conduct disorders have become twice as common since the 1930’s.

'The Dementia Epidemic' Report, Scotland
Health Trends: As our population ages there is projected to be a 75% increase in the number of people with dementia.

Antibiotic use in first year may increase asthma risk
Health Trends: The use of antibiotics in the first year of life is associated with an increased risk for asthma at age 7, a new study has found, and the reason may be that antibiotics destroy not only disease-causing microbes, but also those that are helpful to the developing immune system.

Are You Sabotaging Your Food by Overheating It During Cooking?
Tainted Food:

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Chewing gum habit 'poisons' woman
Tainted Food: The sugar-free gum contained aspartame, a food additive widely used in thousands of products, including gum, diet soft-drinks and tea and coffee.
The additive is prompting debate in the international medical world about its safety.
Props to www.whatreallyhappened.com for finding this one.

Study finds staggering cost of treating diabetics
Health Trends: It found it cost the U.S. government $79.7 billion more to treat people with the disease, or some 12 percent of the $645 billion in total federal health care spending projected that year.

Japan's New Public Health Problem Is Getting Big
Health Trends: Obesity Has Grown, Along With Appetite For Western Foods

Toxic fumes impairing our ability to fly, say pilots
The World Reacts: Toxic fumes on planes are poisoning pilots and rendering them unable to fly safely, say pilots, who are campaigning for "aerotoxic syndrome" to be recognised as a disease.

Who will be spying on your medical secrets?
Mind Control: In fact, as a survey for Pulse, the doctors' magazine, recently revealed, two thirds of GPs say they will not allow their own medical records to go on the database, so concerned are they about confidentiality breaches.

CDC Wastes Millions of Taxpayer Dollars, Says Senate Report
PR: The agency has spent about $1.7 million since 2001 making sure that shows like "ER," "House," "24" and "Grey's Anatomy" are medically accurate. An average of $6,000 is spent per episode consult, according to the report....Of the $1.7 million, $55,000 came from the CDC's terrorism account, and another $18,386 came from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

Medical Marijuana Measure Falls With Connecticut Governor’s Veto
Prohibition: “It guarantees the continued criminalization of people who are trying to relieve pain and suffering,” Mr. Sayegh said.

Cancer Sufferers Get Full Options As CAM Directory Goes Online
Natural Remedies:

Tyson to Sell Chicken Free of Antibiotics
The World Reacts: “We’re providing mainstream consumers with products they want,” Tyson’s chief executive, Richard L. Bond, said at a news conference.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Avandia prescriptions decline after study
Medical Industry: Glaxo estimates the number of people taking Avandia has dropped from about 1 million to 900,000 in the USA.
That's still an awful lot of people taking Avandia.

How Big Pharma Learned To Seduce You
PR: The campaign's formula: Lobby hard behind the scenes. Play very nice in public. And promise any changes that need to happen. We can regulate ourselves, thank you very much.

Agent Orange appeal in US court
The World Reacts: They hope to overturn a 2005 ruling by a lower court that decided there was no proof Agent Orange caused ill health.

Couple who sought Botox treatment settles suit after toxin almost killed them
Malpractice: Eric and Bonnie Kaplan, of Palm Beach Gardens, were among four people who almost died of botulism poisoning in 2004 after they were injected with a toxin more than 2,850 times the lethal dose at an Oakland Park clinic. The couple had thought they were getting Botox injections.

Can goats' blood help beat MS? My mother is walking proof it can
Regulation: Yet, just three years later, its true value is being challenged by medical experts and charities, many of whom are unable to speak publicly because they are involved in complicated litigation with Daval International, the pharmaceutical company behind the drug

Monday, June 18, 2007

Cultivating a healthier lifestyle
The World Reacts: To find vegetables at the corner store on West Lexington Street in Southwest Baltimore, residents have to walk past the shelves of beef jerky, potato chips and six-packs of beer to the glass case of a darkened deli counter in the back.

Wall Street's undertow: drugs and anxiety
Health Trends: Wall Street professionals in their 20s use Ritalin and Adderall, prescription drugs used to treat attention-deficit disorder and hyperactivity, to enhance their performance as they grind out 100-hour weeks, Cass said.
Big bonuses and the need to blow off steam have helped invigorate demand for cocaine in Manhattan, according to two junior bankers who did not want to be named.

Study finds consensus: Exercise helps people with diabetes
Natural Health: “In studies that focused on exercise only, blood glucose improved twice as much as in studies that focused on exercise, diet and medication adherence,” said Vicki Conn, professor and associate dean of research in the MU Sinclair School of Nursing.

Autism Debate Strains a Family and Its Charity
Vaccines: The Wrights’ venture was also an effort to end the internecine warfare in the world of autism — where some are convinced that the disorder is genetic and best treated with intensive therapy, and others blame preservatives in vaccinations and swear by supplements and diet to cleanse the body of heavy metals.
People are starting to understand the nature of bogus scientific studies, investigations, and surveys. They've been fooled too many times to allow these industry-funded PR exploits to continue without scrutiny.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Arizona Library Shuns Dewey System
Mind Control:
(Audio) People can't define their own categories anymore in the course of their research. Now the categories are being defined for them. The outcome is ultimately a further dumbing down of society.

A fatty, fried fiasco: Children’s menus’ high-cal fare can make dining out dangerous
Tainted Food: Not only is the food on kids’ menus low quality, there’s little variety, said Dr. David Ludwig, director of the Optimal Weight for Life Program at Children’s Hospital in Boston.
    “We’re not just talking about the typical fast food places,” he said. “Somehow even better quality restaurants seem to think the only way to keep kids quiet during the meal is to feed them junk food.”

Hospital under fire after woman's emergency room death
The World Reacts: Workers at an inner-city hospital where a woman died last month on the floor of an emergency room have received training on their responsibilities, officials said.

Tainted Foods Are Daily Problem in Asia
Tainted Food: Formaldehyde, for instance, has long been used to lengthen the shelf life of rice noodles and tofu in some Asian countries, even though it can cause liver, nerve and kidney damage.
But I thought that formaldehyde was safe? At least according to the FDA. Formaldehyde is, after all, a breakdown product of aspartame, and they continue to say that aspartame is safe.

Alli Oops! A Real Mess for Drug Campaign
Medical Industry: . ''New York Daily News'' reporter, Julian Kesner, reports Alli consumers "might just find themselves $50 poorer, lacking in vitamins ... and suffering a bout of diarrhea."

Soya king changes face of pampas
GM Foods: Agronomists warn that the Chaco's dry bush is unsuitable for intensive agriculture. Yet small farmers recently took the opportunity of a new highway in the arid, western Chaco to try their hand at growing soya. Miles of now disused scrubland bear testimony to their lack of success. 'Now the land is useless for forestry or agriculture,' says Rolando Nunez, co-ordinator of a regional campaign organisation. 'Although we do have a nice, new trunk road'.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Cori will be a guest on WAIF radio's Healthy Planet with Peggy King and John Cates. The program airs in Cincinatti at 12 noon EST on Saturday, June 16, 2007. Check it out here.

FDA Has Blood on its Hands
Regulation: Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) says, “enough is enough,” to the Big Pharma Bullies running the FDA. He has introduced bill H.R. 2117 (the Health Freedom Protection Act) into the House of Representatives, which would effectively stop the FDA from censoring truthful claims about the health benefits of dietary supplements.
Relinked by reader's request: If I'm convinced there would be honest discourse and treatment for some of the issues I disagree with, then Ron Paul's looking really good for me now.

Why Is the Pet Food Industry Killing Our Pets?
Tainted Food:
Why is the food industry killing us humans?

FDA and Pharma's death toll - Reform or Business as usual?
Medical Industry: The FDA has been in the line of fire for serious violations of its mission. The charge: Standing up for pharmaceutical profits rather than the health of those people who are using medicines.

Natural Health Hamstrung? What Codex Is And Why It Matters To Your Wellbeing
Regulation:

3 million in Japan have mental illness
Health Trends: The number of Japanese suffering from mental illnesses topped 3 million for the first time in 2005, the government said Friday, amid efforts to improve mental health services in Japan.

AMA seeks to block insurer's penalty
Medical Industry: The nation's largest doctor group is trying to stop a large insurance company's policy that fines doctors if their patients go outside of their health plan's network for laboratory services.

Study: Crystal meth use more common than previously thought
Psychotropics: U.S. users of crystal methamphetamine tend to be young, poor, white men often with an incarcerated father, according to a study suggesting that its use may be more common than previously estimated.

Three Girls Died, Others Hospitalized, After HPV Vaccine
Vaccines: In all, 1,637 adverse reactions have been reported to the Food and Drug Administration, including three girls who died shortly after receiving the immunization. Meanwhile, 25 girls in Australia reported headache, nausea and dizziness after the vaccination, some so severe that they were hospitalized.

Friday, June 15, 2007

'Water only' school bans asthma boy from drinking apple juice
Regulation: A ten-year-old boy who drinks apple juice to help ease his asthma has been told that it is strictly not allowed at his school, which for years has had a 'water only' policy.

Pesticides found in more than a third of common foods
Tainted Food:

After sanctions, doctors get drug company pay
Medical Industry: The sanctions by the board ranged from reprimands to demands for retraining to suspension of licenses. Of those 103 doctors, 39 had been penalized for inappropriate prescribing practices, 21 for substance abuse, 12 for substandard care and three for mismanagement of drug studies. A few cases received national news media coverage, but drug makers hired the doctors anyway.

Carson's "Silent Spring" fails test of time
PR: Carson used dubious statistics and anecdotes to warn of a cancer epidemic that never came to pass.
Cancer will hit approximately 1 out of every 2 people nowadays. That certainly was not the case in 1962. Not even close. I don't know how the author of this review can say that Carson warns "of a cancer epidemic that never came to pass" with a straight face.

Doctors threatened for opposing drug
Medical Industry:

Researchers find link between diabetes and Parkinson's
Health Trends: An Edinburgh study has found that changes in the body caused by type 2 diabetes switch off a gene called PINK1.
When this gene stops working, Parkinson's can develop.

Desperate Restaurant Chains Sue NYC Over Diners' Right to Know
Regulation: What does the industry have to fear, other than the fact that some people might get medium sodas instead of large, or regular hamburgers instead of Triple Whoppers? Or, heaven forbid, that restaurants actually compete on the basis of nutrition, and begin to offer more items with fewer calories and more whole grains, fruits, and vegetables?

Obesity, High Blood Pressure on the Rise Among College Students
Health Trends: As part of the study, researchers collected data from more than 800 undergraduates enrolled in a general-education nutrition course...Researchers found that at least one-third of UNH students are overweight or obese, 8 percent of men had metabolic syndrome, 60 percent of men had high blood pressure, and more than two-thirds of women are not meeting their nutritional needs for iron, calcium or folate.

Brain cancer patients in France, U.S. may be contacted due to error in radiation machines
Malpractice: The Food and Drug Administration regulates radiation therapy, but spokeswoman Julie Zawisza said the agency had no knowledge of the problem. FDA rules require that manufacturers promptly notify the agency of serious problems that could affect patient health.

Doctors: Obese children could be put into care
Medical Industry:

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Electromagnetic smog fears grow
Eco-Hazard: Worries over the health risks of electromagnetic fields continue to grow, as two new studies suggest risks from overhead power lines and 'wi-fi' wireless internet equipment.

Monsanto & Big Food Attack Local Rights to Regulate Food and Crops
GM Foods: The provision would give the White House appointed Secretary of Agriculture the power to eliminate local or state food and farming laws, such as those in four California counties banning genetically engineered crops, and set an an ominous precedent undermining states' rights.
Tell Congress to repeal this provision before it becomes law: www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_5424.cfm

The Immortal Burger
Tainted Food:

Alternatives for using under arms
Tainted Food: Aspartame (Equal, Nutrasweet) is an artificial sweetener that may increase bleeding time (Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, February and May 1998). Although this interaction is controversial, we would encourage anyone consuming aspartame and taking Coumadin to monitor the impact on bleeding very carefully.

School-based obesity prevention promising
The World Reacts: "Well planned moderate physical activity and nutritional alterations to the school curricula may contribute to the prevention of excessive weight gain among adolescents," they conclude.

Kellogg to Phase Out Some Food Ads to Children
The World Reacts: Susan Linn, the co-founder of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, said that Kellogg’s decision to stop using licensed characters on sugary food was particularly significant. “Until now the industry has absolutely dug in their heels,” Ms. Linn said.

Kellogg to raise nutrition of kids' food
PR: The advertising agreement does not apply to marketing characters Kellogg owns, like Tony the Tiger, but it does apply to characters the food company licenses, like the cartoon figure Shrek, said Susan Linn, co-founder of the Campaign For A Commercial-Free Childhood.
Yes, this article reports an increase in the nutritional value of their food, but it also contains what the New York Times article is missing concerning licensed vs. Kellogg-owned characters.

Woman Dies in ER Lobby as 911 Refuses to Help
Medical Industry: Relatives reported she died as police were wheeling her out of the hospital after the officers they had asked to help Rodriguez arrested her instead on a parole violation.

The Sorry States of Health Care
Medical Industry:

Exposure to Chlorinated Swimming Pools Could Increase Asthma Risk in Children
Eco-Hazard: The traditional advice that swimming is beneficial for young asthmatics could be off the mark, a new study seems to indicate.

New hope for some cancer patients
PR: Oathout was one of 68 breast cancer victims who enrolled in a study by Sadhna Kohli of Rochester's James P. Wilmot Cancer Center on the effects of modafinil, which is sold by Cephalon Inc. under the name Provigil. Although the study was small, it demonstrated great potential for using the drug to treat this disabling aftereffect of cancer therapy.
The study was sponsored by Cephalon and the National Institutes of Health.
(Emphasis added.)

In Health Care, Cost Isn’t Proof of High Quality
Medical Industry:

Laughter improves breast milk's health effect
Natural Remedies: He showed breastfeeding mothers either a feature length Charlie Chaplin movie or bland footage of weather information, and took samples of breast milk at regular intervals afterwards. Two milk feeds later, he also measured their babies' allergic reactions to dust mites and latex. Those infants whose mothers had laughed had markedly reduced reactions (Journal of Psychosomatic Research, vol 62, p 699).

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

OWNER OF ASBESTOS TRANSPORTATION COMPANY PLEADS GUILTY TO MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS AS TO IMPROPER WASTE DISPOSAL
Eco-Hazard:

Doctors are urged to be blunt about overweight, obese kids
Health Trends: Doctors ought to quit using fuzzy terms to define children's weight problems and instead refer to truly fat kids as overweight or obese, a committee of medical experts recommended.

Medical Marijuana to Be Legalized
Herbal Remedies: After years of debate, both houses of the Legislature are on the brink of legalizing medical marijuana in New York. The lead sponsor of the Assembly's bill is Manhattan Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, who said, "There are thousands of New Yorkers who suffer from serious medical conditions who could have a better quality and longer life."

FDA's Flack Attack
PR:

FDA Met With Pharmaceutical Industry 112 Times To Develop Prescription Drug User Fee Reauthorization Proposal
Regulation::

Grocer merger raises unique legal questions
Regulation: The FTC is launching the challenge even though Whole Foods and Wild Oats are dwarfed in sales by mega-discounters like Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and traditional grocery chains like Safeway Inc. Not incidentally, those companies are among the many big chains that have added their own upscale and organic offerings in recent years.
Could it be that people are looking for quality organincs? And that the FTC knows this?

Cancer Risk From Environmental Arsenic Can Last for Generations
Health Trends:

Some Oncologists Look for New Ways To Profit From Cancer Treatments, New York Times Reports
Medical Industry:

Scientists Developing 'intelligent Clothes' to Monitor Wearer's Health
Mind Control: Project co-ordinator Jean Luprano, from the Swiss technology company CSEM, told The Engineer magazine: "Sensors have been built and have been tested in the lab. We have started their integration into textile patches. We will soon have a multi-sensor patch which will allow us to sense several elements in parallel."

Lung and bladder cancer deaths continue decades after arsenic exposure
Eco Hazard:

Opinion Pieces Respond To FDA's Approval Of Wyeth's Oral Contraceptive Lybrel
Medical Industry: According to Wyeth, 59% of women taking Lybrel stopped bleeding after six months, but 18% of women participating in a clinical trial dropped out because of bleeding or spotting.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

10 Mind Boggling Psychiatric Treatments
Medical Industry: But if you’re timid about diving onto a psychiatrist’s couch or paranoid about popping pills, remember: It could be worse. Like getting-a-hole-drilled-into-your-skull worse. Or having-a-doctor-infect-you-with-malaria-to-cure-you worse.

Rising Food Allergies May be Linked to Genetically Engineered Foods
GM Foods: GM crops have already been linked to a number of other disturbing events -- such as producing herbicide in your intestines and contributing to the disappearance of honeybees . Only time will tell how many more unforeseen effects will be springing up in the years to come.

Improved ADHD Identification In Adult And Female Patients Leads To Growth In ADHD Medication Use
Psychotropics:
Step right up - Get your drugs here.

Rice engineered to carry cholera vaccine
Tainted Food: Many researchers are moving away from food plants because of public concern about altered items getting into the food chain, Mason said.

Which Is Cleaner, Toilet Or Fountain?
The World Reacts: "The kids got to see that, yes, they can make a difference, if they do it right," Katherman's teacher, Barb Becker, told the Register-Guard of Eugene, Ore.

If it's organic, EU labels will tell it like it is
GM Foods: "It is clear that this (GMO threshold) is not a license to contaminate. Any contamination would have to be involuntary and unavoidable," Austrian Agriculture Minister Josef Proell said.
"We cannot simply go on raising the threshold and pretend we are still on a path to organic farming," he said.

Antibiotics linked to asthma in children
Health Trends: A study of more than 13,000 children added to the growing evidence that exposure to germs in the first few months of life aids the development of a healthy immune system and protects against allergies.

World's Alzheimer's cases to quadruple by 2050
Health Trends:

Younger Folks Like Ads More
PR: I am Receptive: 41% (18-34) versus 30% (35-54) and 23% (55+)
Advertising is Trustworthy: 28% (18-34) versus 22% (35-54) and 17% (55+)
Advertising is Useful: 40% (18-34) versus 33% (35-54) and 28% (55+)
In other words, it takes 16 years to realize you've been thorougly duped.

McDonald's Clowns Around With Moms and Words
PR: In an attempt to deflect criticism that its fast food makes children fat, McDonald's is recruiting mothers as "quality correspondents" to observe and report on its operations.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Trans Fat Holdouts Remain in Supermarkets, Despite Labeling
Tainted Food: Though trans fat-labeling rules spurred many companies to remove most of the partially hydrogenated oil from most of their processed foods, hundreds of foods still contain the discredited, heart-attack-inducing ingredient, according to a limited supermarket survey conducted by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).

FDA sees suicidal behavior with Sanofi drug
Psychotropics: Patients who took a Sanofi-Aventis SA obesity pill in clinical trials were more likely to report suicidal thoughts or actions, U.S. drug reviewers said in an analysis released on Monday.

Secrets of Food Stylists.
PR:

Oxygen trick could see organic costs tumble
The World Reacts: A simple, cheap treatment using just oxygen could allow growers to store organic produce for longer and go a long way towards reducing the price of organic fruit and vegetables, reports Lisa Richards in Chemistry & Industry, the magazine of the SCI.

UK Researchers Call for Safety Studies of New Anti-epilepsy Drugs for Children
Health Trends: Prescriptions for newer anti-epilepsy drugs have risen five-fold in the last 13 years, but their long-term safety remains to be established, say UK researchers.

Vaccine-autism battle shifts to federal court
Vaccines: For more than a decade, families across the country have been warring with the medical establishment over their claims that routine childhood vaccines are responsible for the nation's apparent epidemic of autism. In an extraordinary proceeding that begins today, the battle will move from the ivory tower to the courts.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Food scares put labeling plan back on table
The World Reacts: Amid concerns about the safety of pet food ingredients and catfish from China, consumers and even a few members of Congress are wondering why there isn't a law that requires merchants to label where food comes from.
The short answer: There is. And there has been since 2002.

Chemicals may cause range of health ailments
As Europe launches regulations, global scientists huddle on risks
The World Reacts: Some of the chemicals - found in plastic containers, dental sealants, soda and soup can linings, carpets, paints and pesticides - remain virtually unregulated in the United States.

Supplier Expands Beef Recall Over Concerns of E. Coli Contamination
Tainted Food: A meat supplier has expanded a ground beef recall to include about 5.7 million pounds of fresh and frozen meat because they may be contaminated with E. coli.

Cancer treatment may shorten lives
Medical Industry: The standard treatment for prostate cancer - shutting off the body's production of androgen hormones - can chop 2 1/2 years off the lives of men who are at high risk of developing heart disease, Boston researchers reported yesterday.

Alzheimer's disease to quadruple worldwide by 2050
Health Trends: More than 26 million people worldwide were estimated to be living with Alzheimer’s disease in 2006, according to a study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The researchers also concluded the global prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease will grow to more than 106 million by 2050.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Experts say many in Britain malnourished
Health Trends: It may be obvious that most Britons are overweight. What isn't so obvious is that at least 2 million of them are likely malnourished — and that includes some of the people who are too fat.

Tyson Recalls 40,000 Lbs. Of Ground Beef
Tainted Food: Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. on Friday recalled more than 40,000 pounds of ground beef shipped to Wal-Mart stores in 12 states after samples tested at a Sherman, Texas, plant showed signs of E. coli contamination.

Cannabis can Help to Treat Allergies, Autoimmune Disorders
Herbal Remedies: Latest research suggests that cannabis, also known as marijuana or ganja, can help in the treatment of allergies and autoimmune disorders that occur when body tissues are attacked by its own immune system.

Quadriplegic Serving 10-Day Sentence For First-Time Marijuana Charge Dies In DC Jail
Prohibition:

Friday, June 8, 2007

Vitamin D found to combat cancer
Natural Remedies: Researchers who set out to study the impact of supplements on bone fractures have instead turned up evidence that vitamin D can help prevent a variety of cancers in older women.

Patient oozes green blood
Medical Industry: However, the cause of the 42-year-old man's unusual blood colour was not extraterrestrial but traced to the migraine medication he was taking.

US Denies Granting Patents on Yoga Postures
Medical Industry: "Yoga can't be owned and run like a company. Since there are attempts to patent this tradition (of yoga) in America, the Indian government and yoga organizations should take measures to prevent it," Swami Ramdev, a leading Indian yoga expert, said recently.

CAM-oriented primary care providers result in cost savings, high patient satisfaction
Natural Remedies: Researchers found that over the course of the seven-year study, patients visiting chiropractors and other CAM-oriented PCPs had 60 percent fewer hospitalizations, 62 percent fewer outpatient surgical cases, and 85 percent lower pharmaceutical costs when compared with total network HMO utilization rates and costs.

Gene tests 'to mean higher insurance premiums'
Medical Industry:

Experts Stress the Need for National Vaccination Policy
Vaccines: India's vaccination modules go by a plethora of names though it is part of a global programme to achieve 100 percent immunization for 22 diseases by 2015.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Why are we such worried parents?
Health Trends: A sixth of girls are reaching puberty by the age of eight - how many of these are still being taken across a road by their parents?

Insurance Limits, Costs Keep Migraine Patients From Meds
Medical Industry: The study included 233 migraine sufferers who took triptan drugs to treat their migraines. Of those patients, 42 percent said their insurance plan restricted the number of triptan doses covered per month, and 37 percent said they had not bothered to fill a triptan prescription because of the cost.

Man Blames Beverage For Unwanted Erection
Tainted Food:

Chinese consumers wary of GMO food: Greenpeace
Tainted Food: "This a warning for decision makers not to allow large scale planting of GMO rice," Ma told a group of reporters.

The Effect of Aspartame Administration on Oncogene and Supressor Gene Expression
Tainted Food: In our investigations, we detected a biological effect of aspartame, supporting the possibility of carcogenic impact. We observed considerable gene expression alterations in similar organs which had shown significantly increased occurence of malignancies in the long-term feeding carcogenicity bioassay on aspartame consumption.

Groups list 39 "disappeared" in U.S. war on terror
Mind Control:
If you're gone, you don't think at all!

Parenthood Squashes Workout Time
Health Trends:

Minnesota Physicians Continue To Receive Pharmaceutical Company Payments Despite Sanctions
Medical Industry: David Rothman, president of the Institute on Medicine as a Profession at Columbia University, said, "There's no reason to think Minnesota is unique" from other states in the nation. He added, "Clinical trial investigators must be culled from only the finest physicians in the country since they work on the frontiers of new knowledge. That drug makers are scraping the bottom of the medical barrel is an outrage."

Doctor Says He Was Assailed for Challenging Drug’s Safety
Medical Industry: The business of developing and selling new drugs is fraught with peril and setbacks. Billions of dollars are at stake. Nerves are on edge. Tempers flare.

Just ask Dr. John B. Buse, a medical researcher who testified at a House hearing on Wednesday about the safety of the popular diabetes drug, Avandia.

Better Healthcare Has Made Europeans Taller Than Americans
Health Trends: Europeans are now taller than Americans for the first time in history, thanks to better national healthcare systems in most European countries, according to new findings.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Reporter Arrested on Orders of Giuliani Press Secretary
Mind Control: Freelance reporter Matt Lepacek, reporting for Infowars.com, was arrested for asking a question to one of Giuliani's staff members in a press conference. The press secretary identified the New York based reporter as having previously asked Giuliani about his prior knowledge of WTC building collapses and ordered New Hampshire state police to arrest him.

Soda Ingredients Linked to Cirrhosis and Cancer
Tainted Food: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has reported that it found a high level of cancer-causing benzene in five of the 100 soft drinks and beverages that it tested. The levels of benzene were more than the recommended 5 parts per billion limit for drinking water.

Many people seek to "opt out" of no-consent medical studies
The World Reacts: Local researchers testing experimental treatment on unconscious or gravely injured patients without their consent say they are overwhelmed by requests for "No Research Study" bracelets by people who do not wish to participate.

F.T.C. to Sue in Bid to Halt Food Merger
Regulation: The Federal Trade Commission said yesterday that it would file a legal complaint today to block the proposed deal, arguing that the merger would ultimately lead to higher prices for natural and organic products in markets where the two chains now compete. Whole Foods announced in February that it planned to acquire Wild Oats for $565 million.

FTC Again Urging Justices To Hear Drug-Patent Case
Medical Industry: The commission wants the court to take up the issue of "reverse payments," by which pharmaceutical companies that hold patents for certain medicines pay rivals to keep their generic and cheaper versions off the market. The commission thinks that the practice violates antitrust laws and costs consumers billions in higher drug prices.

Skip Chemo? That could come soon for more patients
Natural Health: The move toward helping patients avoid chemotherapy -- and perhaps the nausea, hair loss and weakened immune system that are its hallmarks -- is a positive side effect of the individualization of cancer treatment, doctors at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's annual meeting said.

New Avandia Study Doesn't Prove Safety
PR: Avandia maker GlaxoSmithKline says the study findings are "reassuring." But three new editorials from The New England Journal of Medicine suggest that doctors and patients will not be reassured.

Pesticides choke pathway for nature to produce nitrogen for crops
Eco-Hazard: According to years of research both in the test tube and, now, with real plants, a team of scientists reports that artificial chemicals in pesticides – through application or exposure to crops through runoff – disrupt natural nitrogen-fixing communications between crops and soil bacteria. The disruption results in lower yields or significantly delayed growth.

Study Ties Chemical Food Additives To Child Behavior Problems
Psychotropics: "The food additive chemical poisoning of our children (and adults) into aberrant, dysfunctional, 'anti-social' mental and psychological behavior which is then 'treated' by the complicit and seemingly insane psychological/medical industry which leaps to put children on their killer medications to 'correct' what are usually nothing more than toxic chemical reactions is beyond heinous."

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Divorce increases risk of Ritalin use
Psychotropics:
This outcome seems to suggest the higher the burden to parents, the higher the chances for drugging the child.

E.coli fear spurs ground beef recall at Albertsons
Tainted Food:

Infant Swimming: Chlorine Lung Risk?
Ecohazzard: Infant swimming lessons may lead to problems with children's lung development and possibly make asthma more likely, a new study suggests.

Vaccine claims to get their day in court
Vaccines: More than 4,800 claims have been filed against the federal government during the past six years alleging that a child contracted autism as a result of a vaccine.

Glaxo defends Avandia with full-page newspaper ads
PR: GlaxoSmithKline fired another salvo in defense of its diabetes treatment Avandia on Tuesday by taking out full-page advertisements in at least a dozen major U.S. newspapers in an attempt to reassure patients of the safety of the widely used medicine.

Antipsychotic Drugs Raise Death Rates in Elderly
Psychotropics:

The Disorder Is Sensory; the Diagnosis, Elusive
Symptoms: The problem, these therapists say, is in the brain, which is not properly integrating the onslaught of information coming through the senses, often causing anxiety, tantrums and problems in the classroom. Such difficulties, while common in children with developmental disorders like autism, also occur on their own in many otherwise healthy youngsters, they say.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Sweet Treat or Toxic? Artificial Sweeteners
Tainted Food:

New Implantable Chip Placed In Your Gut *Shocks* You If You Overeat
Mind Control: The Dallas-based company, which grew rich by planting tiny devices in machines, hopes to grow richer by planting them in you.

After sanctions, doctors get drug company pay
Malpractice:

A diet to ease the trauma of epilepsy
Vaccines: The seizures had begun in October 1998 when Daisy was five months old, a couple of days after her second polio, diptheria and tetanus vaccination...The drugs only made her worse. "She was like a little zombie: drowsy and with little appetite. She also became aggressive and would stare into space and dribble," says Sara. It was then she decided to try the ketonic diet she had heard about. "Most doctors don't offer it because it is not a drug," she says. "No one knows exactly how it works and doctors like to understand what they are prescribing."

When Doctors Strike, Fewer People Die
Medical Industry: Once doctors were back at work full time, mortality immediately jumped back to the previous level.

Diet may influence survival after treatment for stage III colon cancer, study suggests
Health Trends:

25 Pesticides Banned in India, Others Face Partial Curbs
Ecohazard: Figures available indicate that global pesticide use has increased 50-fold since 1950, and 2.5 million tonnes of industrial pesticides are now used each year worldwide.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

On Sunday, June 3rd, Cori will be a guest on Free Range Thought.
Tune into this radio program which seeks to "cover a full spectrum of topics from many different perspectives". from 2:00-2:30pm EST.

Diet Coke: A Cocktail of Neurotoxic and Potentially Carcinogenic Chemicals
Tainted Food: Diet Coke was first introduced in the US in July 1982 and today it is the fourth most commonly consumed carbonated beverage in the world.

Open Letter RE My GMS Hearing in September 2007
Medical Industry: The complaints against me are all from doctors who do not like my style of practice. No patient has been harmed or even put at risk. The three patients involved have all refused to have their medical records used against me, but their "anonymised" records have been taken anyway by the GMC against their desires and without their permission.

Drugmakers woo med students
PR: Sometimes the invitations come from the doctors who teach them.

Scientists: Prescription drugs ending up in Florida sharks
Ecohazard: "We don't really have a good sense of how much is in the environment and we have certainly very little information on what the impacts are," said Jim Gelsleichter, of the Mote Marine Laboratory, who is leading the study.

You may become medical guinea pig without knowing it
Medical Industry: "We're not a nation of research subjects," said George Annas, a bioethicist at Boston University. "It's simple: You shouldn't do research on people without their consent. It's not rocket science."

Study On Role Of Antioxidants In Reducing Chemotherapy Toxicity To Be Presented At ASCO
Natural Remedies: Glutathione, melatonin and vitamin E showed the most consistent and promising effects. The only study that reported significantly greater toxicity in the antioxidant group than the control group utilized vitamin A, although these results were not surprising due to the well documented toxicities of high-dose vitamin A.
Why study Vitamin A at high levels in people when the "toxicity of high-dose vitamin A (as non-beta carotene) is already well-documented?

Chemical level too high, yet water rate may rise
Ecohazard: Since late 2005, the water provided by Aqua Utilities has failed to meet federal standards for trihalomethanes, a class of chemicals linked in some studies to lower birth weights, stillbirths and some forms of cancer.

Phone-tap editor is new Tory spin doctor
Mind Control: Andy Coulson, who quit the Sunday tabloid in January after his royal editor was jailed for hacking into the voicemail of an aide to Prince William, will be the Tories' new director of communications.

Experts: Katrina death toll still rising
Ecohazard: Storm survivors are dying from the effects of both psychological and physical stress, from the dust and mold still in dwellings to financial problems to fear of crime, health experts and officials say.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Resolving the Worsening Crisis at the FDA
Tainted Foods: "As long as the system depends on government inspectors to detect problems and pull dangerous foods, it's a failed system", said Michael Taylor former Director of the Agriculture Departments Food Safety Service.

Unilever: Viva Marketing!
PR: Unilever research found that "Hispanic women are more likely to make large shopping trips ..."

France Bans Splenda Ads
The World Reacts:

Doctor Says Drug Maker Tried to Quash His Criticism of Avandia
PR:

Consumers support BSE feed ban
The World Reacts: The European Commission is funding research on whether to relax its rules on animal by-products in feed because of the financial impact on farmers.
Their use was stopped in 2000 because of links to BSE ("mad cow disease").

GM field trials underestimate potential for cross-pollination
GM Foods: Field trials are regularly carried out to measure the potential for cross-pollination between GM and conventional crops. Current guidelines for minimum field-to-field distances are based on the results from these trials. However, if the GM field in a trial is downwind of the non-GM field, the trial will underestimate the potential for cross-pollination.

Friday, June 1, 2007

How Common are Drug-Resistant Diseases?
Medical Industry: Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases:...it has really put a damper on the extraordinary advances that have been made over decades and decades of antimicrobial agents, antibiotics, antivirals — because, sooner or later, microbes have the capability of being able to evolve toward protecting themselves from what we do to blunt them.

Cancer may be ‘third wave’ of WTC illnesses
Ecohazard: An attorney representing thousands of workers and residents said that more than 100 of his clients have blood cell cancers. About eight have multiple myeloma, David Worby said. Most of his clients are in their 30s or 40s, and the youngest is 29, he said.
More than half of all cases of multiple myeloma, a plasma cell cancer that spreads throughout bone marrow, occur in people over 70, and about 1 percent of cases occur in people under 40, according to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation in Norwalk, Conn.

FDA Declines to Fast-Track Glaxo Vaccine
Vaccines:

Tension Building Up in FDA Over Drug Approvals
Regulation: The US Food and Drug Administration, caught on the wrong foot again in just two years over the safety of the drugs it approves, is facing congressional investigations.

FDA Rejects Sunlight
Regulation: In 21st century America, the right to misinform consumers is protected, but consumers' right to information is denied because they might misinform themselves.

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