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JULY, 2007

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Pesticides and chemical fertilizers clearly linked to premature births
Eco Hazards:

Kiwis Warned to Avoid Poisonous Chewing Gum
The World Reacts: Wellington resident Abby Cormack experienced horrific symptoms after consuming large quantities of diet chewing gum earlier this year.

Death is sweet
The World Reacts: Martini is in town to present a public lecture on the dangers of the artificial sweetener aspartame, which hit headlines when Wellingtonian Abby Cormack attributed panic attacks, suicidal thoughts, loss of bladder control, and blurred vision to overdosing on the substance.

Campaigner horrified by aspartame products
The World Reacts: Mrs Martini launched her anti-aspartame campaign, Mission Possible International, 15 years ago, after a friend was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and sought help from renowned anti-aspartame physician, Dr H J Roberts. The campaign is now established in 50 states and 38 countries internationally - but numerous bids to have artificial sweeteners banned have so far failed.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Expert: Diabetes drug should be pulled
Regulation: The widely used diabetes drug Avandia should be pulled from the market because of heart risks, a federal scientist said Monday.
Those risks, combined with no unique short-term benefits in helping diabetics control blood-sugar levels, fail to justify keeping Avandia on the market, according to a copy of a slide presentation by Food and Drug Administration scientist Dr. David Graham.

GPs 'giving Ritalin to babies under a year old'
Psychotropics: The Conservative Party says the number of prescriptions for behavioural problems has risen by 156 per cent in the last six years.

'McResistance' is mounting
The World Reacts:

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Boy Can Have Alternative Medicine Instead Of Chemotherapy, Quebec
Natural Health:

Bush appointee supressed global health report
PR: A surgeon general's report in 2006 that called on Americans to help tackle global health problems has been kept from the public by a Bush political appointee without any background or expertise in medicine or public health, chiefly because the report did not promote the administration's policy accomplishments, according to current and former public health officials.

FDA Allows Women To Buy Banned Constipation Drug
Medical Industry:

Vaccines Dangers: What Mainstream Media Didn't Tell You
Vaccines: The point of the whole situation is that by debilitating certain viruses through vaccines (whose "ingredients" include foreign tissues and other chemicals), our immune system loses its strength, thus making ourselves weaker and sometimes permanently damaging some of our own organs and body parts.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Diabetes Epidemic Having Devastating Effects In New York City, New Report Shows
Health Trends: Some 500,000 New Yorkers -- one out of eight adults -- have been diagnosed with diabetes. Another 200,000 have diabetes but don't yet know it. The death rate from diabetes rose by 75% between 1990 and 2003.

Friday, July 27, 2007

The world according to the FDA and Big Pharma
Medical Industry: As clear-thinking people, natural health consumers sometimes look at the actions of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and wonder what planet its decision makers seem to be from. It's like the FDA is living in a completely different world than the rest of us -- a world where nutrients are dangerous, but synthetic chemicals are perfectly safe for human consumption.

Aquafina Labels: It's Tap Water
Tainted Food: Sales of bottled water has been a growing source of revenue for companies such as PepsiCo Inc., based in Purchase, N.Y., and Atlanta-based Coca-Cola as they lessen their dependence on sales of traditional carbonated sodas, as consumer concern over health issues has weakened demand.

Organic Dairy and Meat Improves Quality of Breast Milk
Natural Health: By eating organic, the researchers point out, mothers can therefore influence the supply and quality of fatty acids they give to their infants.

Beach asbestos on Durbin's radar

African plant halts bleeding, speeds healing
Natural Health:

The worrying wonder drug
Medical Industry: Dr Kendrick believes that, for most people, statins are at best pointless and at worst highly dangerous. And he claims that those who prescribe them and those who take them are victims of clever global marketing.

Californian Health Insurance Firm Fined Three Million Dollars for Poor Oversight of Hospitals
Medical Industry:

Bursting cans of tainted food give new urgency to warnings about botulism
Tainted Food: Spot checks by the Food and Drug Administration and state officials are turning up recalled products for sale in convenience stores, gas stations and family-run groceries.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Big Macs ferried in after rioting inmates run amok in immigration detention centre
PR: When news becomes advertising.

Long-Term and High-Dose Metformin Use Can Compromise B12 Levels
Medicaal Industry: Metformin, a glucose-lowering drug, is one of the most widely prescribed drugs for type-2 (adult-onset) diabetes. But the longer a person takes the drug, especially at high dosages, the more likely he will develop a deficiency of vitamin B12.

Doctors doing more harm than good 'by misusing antibiotics'
Medical Industry: A survey shows that antibiotics are being prescribed for up to 80 per cent of cases of sore throat, earache, chest infection and sinusitis, in spite of official guidance against this practice.

DEA raids LA medical marijuana clinics
Prohibition: Federal agents raided 10 marijuana clinics Wednesday, the same day city leaders introduced a measure calling for an end to the crackdown on the dispensaries allowed under state law.

Survey finds many Americans believe unsubstantiated claims about cancer
Medical Industry: What's an unsubstantiated claim? Claims that are not market driven?

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

FDA says no new labeling for nanotech products
Regulation: The group sites studies showing certain types of the particles can cause inflammatory and immune system responses in animals as an example of possible dangers.

For the Gluten-Averse, a Menu That Works
The World Reacts: New bakeries and pizzerias have popped up all over New York City, and restaurants that were already celiac-friendly have expanded their menus. There’s vegan at Candle 79, fusion food at Asia de Cuba, Italian at Sambuca, Greek at Gus’ Place and comfort food at Peters’ Gourmet Diner — all gluten-free.

Did Merck Hide the Risks of Fosamax?
Malpractice: Fosamax is prescribed to about 10 million men and women -- mostly postmenopausal women -- each year to help increase bone density, with annual sales of $3 billion. Over 190 million prescriptions for oral bisphosphonate drugs have been dispensed worldwide.

Road pollution link to heart attacks and strokes
Eco Hazards:

Vitamin C's ability to fight colds is called insignificant
PR: "We did find an 8 percent reduction in length of colds in adults and a 13 percent reduction in children," said Dr. Harri Hemila, an associate professor in the department of public health at the University of Helsinki and a co-author of the review, "so there may be greater effect with higher doses."
If you take a look at the Natural Solutions Foundation Website, you can read all about why it might be important for certain "interested parties" to want to show Vitamin C in a negative light. An alternative title for this article might have been, "New Study Reveals that Vitamin C May Need Larger Doses to be Effective".

Organic food may help against heart disease
Natural Health: Writing in The Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, researchers said the level of one flavonoid in the organic tomatoes was almost twice as high as that in conventionally grown tomatoes.

The Key To Good Health That No One Is Talking About
Health Trends: In 1967, British epidemiologist Michael Marmot began to study the relationship between poverty and health. He showed that each step up or down the socio-economic ladder correlates with increasing or decreasing health.

Hospital superbug soars by 22 per cent in just three months
Eco Hazards: Clostridium difficile exists naturally in the stomachs of many healthy adults, where it is kept under control by "friendly" bacteria. The problems start if the balance of bacteria is disturbed, perhaps as a result of taking antibiotics for another infection.

Tobacco may be put under FDA control

World Carotenoids Market to Reach US$ 1.06 Billion by 2010, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.
Health Trends: World carotenoids market stands enthused by the growing interest in healthy diets, the rapidly aging population and revolutionary changes in eating habits in favor of natural and fortified food products.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Phytonutrients: the Biochemistry of how the Healthiest Foods Prevent Cancer
Natural Health:

Echinacea Helps Colds, Major Review Shows
Natural Health:

The perfect son doctors advised us should be aborted
Medical Industry: And in an outcome that shows how parental instinct can sometimes triumph over expert opinion, they have been rewarded with a healthy, 7lb 9oz boy, Jake.

Healthcare is 'financial catastrophe' for millions
Medical Industry:

A Genetically Modified Potato, Not for Eating, Is Stirring Some Opposition in Europe
GM Food: Only 1 percent of the world’s genetically modified food is grown in Europe. In contrast, 55 percent of the world’s acreage in genetically modified crops is in the United States. From 1998 to 2004, the European Union had a moratorium on the approval of new genetically modified crops and food, so experts could study the risks involved. Under pressure from the World Trade Organization and the United States, that was lifted.

Vitamin D Deficiency is Common Yet Preventable
Natural Health: Many doctors we've talked with say that an adult can get the daily dose of vitamin D with about ten minutes of sun exposure.

Childhood Sun Exposure May Lower Risk Of MS
Natural Health:

Kids' soda consumption strongly linked to hyperactivity, mental problems
Tainted Food: Nutritionist Mike Adams, author of The Five Soft Drink Monsters, a book that teaches people how to kick the soda habit, said, "It is very clear that diet strongly impacts mood, mental function and behavior. Drinking liquid sugars or artificial chemical sweeteners is much like poison to the human body, and it causes an imbalance in the functioning of the body and mind."

Doomsday Memo Warns Of County Hospital Peril
Medical Industry: “We are going to end up with a lot of sick people and a total system that is falling apart,” said County Commissioner Larry Suffredin.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Study: Diet soda linked to heart risks
Tainted Food: The results surprised the researchers who expected to see a difference between regular and diet soda drinkers. It could be, they suggest, that even no-calorie sweet drinks increase the craving for more sweets, and that people who indulge in sodas probably have less healthy diets overall.

Kiwis Warned to Avoid Poisonous Chewing Gum
Tainted Food: Aspartame is a poisonous sweetener found in over 6000 products
There's news of U.S. interests acting to sabotage Betty Martini's progress with New Zealand's government. This will clearly identify any industry hacks, because there is absolutely no other motivation (but sabotage) to interfere with this exchange. We will expose them as soon as we have further verifiable updates.

Ritalin stunts growth of children; long-term risk to children's health unknown
Psychotropics: Ritalin is an amphetamine. In street lingo, it's called "speed." Selling speed to children is a felony, but feeding speed to children with a prescription is called "treatment."

Industry-Led Smear Campaign Against SiCKO Makes Its Way To Drudge
PR: Currently atop the Drudge Report is a gigantic ad by "Health Care America," which states, "In America you wait in line to see a movie. In government-run healthcare systems, you wait to see a doctor"
There's a frightening level condescension in this ad.

Max Pemberton on a study of humour with a nasty punchline
Medical Industry: It is widely accepted in academic circles that you can prove pretty much anything that you want if the correct sample is selected, the right questions are asked and so on. That a particular piece of research is undertaken is, in itself, a reflection on society

Physicians urge ban on soda in schools
The World Reacts:

James Le Fanu on a controversial fruit, lavatorial laws and a nocturnal niggle
The World Reacts: It is not difficult to work out what is going on here. "The Grapefruit is harmful'' is the standard junk science that fills our medical journals and has launched a thousand health scares: compare consumption of food item (insert name here) in those with the disease being studied (insert name here), and if it is higher than in a control group, it becomes a ''risk factor''. Forget it.

Gardens 'vital' for UK bumblebees
The World Reacts:

Study: group therapy does not slow cancer
PR: (Timed Press Release #1)
Public release date: 23-Jul-2007
Contact: Amy Molnar
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Latest drugs improve survival for metastatic breast cancer
PR: (Timed Press Release #2)
Public release date: 23-Jul-2007
Contact: Amy Molnar
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

(Now let's see how these articles were picked up by the mainstream media...)

Group therapy doesn't extend life in breast cancer
PR: (Reuters)

Breast cancer: 'it's time to end the fear'
PR: (The UK Telegraph)

Group Therapy Does Not Help Women With Advanced Breast Cancer Live Longer
PR: (Medical News Today)

Group Therapy may Not Be Helpful in Improving Breast Cancer Survival
PR: (MedIndia)

Group therapy doesn't extend life in breast cancer
PR: (Yahoo)

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Some spices and herbs have healing qualities
Natural Remedies:

Americans Getting Heavier And Heavier
Health Trends: In the 1960s 13% of adults in the USA were obese, by 2004 that figure had reached 32%.

Did McDonald’s Give In to Temptation?
Tainted Food: Remember Supersize sodas? They’re back, except this time the chain is trying a new name. Meet the “Hugo,” a 42-ounce drink now available for as little as 89 cents in some markets. A Hugo soda contains about 410 calories.
McDonald’s might as well have called it the Tubbo.

Contraceptive jabs for teenage mothers
Medical Industry:

Saturday, July 21, 2007

'NYT': Ron Paul for President -- Of the 'Wackos'?
Mind Control: A feature piece in this coming Sunday's New York Times Magazine on Republican candidate for president, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, portrays his followers as including a wild mix of "wackos" on both ends of the political spectrum. Paul, a libertarian, has been gaining media and public attention of late. The 'Wackos' are pretty scarce in our group in Tucson.

Stephen Colbert, Michael Moore unite against CNN 'web of lies'
The World Reacts: "Loyal viewers of the Report know there's no love lost between me and CNN. They are worse than the New York Times because I cannot line my birdcage with tapes of the Situation Room. I've tried, it's not absorbent," Colbert said.

Red 2G Food Colour to Be Banned by EU Due to Cancer Fears
Tainted Food:

Law would require country of origin labels on meat products
Regulation: The law's leading opponents have been grocery stores and large meatpacking companies, many of whom mix U.S. and Mexican beef, and other businesses involved in getting products to supermarkets.

Friday, July 20, 2007

'Sweet Herb' may Be Green Gold for Paraguay
The World Reacts: Coca Cola and Cargill, one of the top US food companies, recently unveiled plans to make a stevia-based sweetener under the trade name Rebiana.

Key to a long life -- less insulin in the brain
Natural Health: The findings also raise questions about how desirable it is to use insulin to treat type 2 diabetes, said the researchers.

Vendors pitch healthier foods for kids
The World Reacts:

New rules: Menus must say what's in your meal
The World Reacts: On a more serious level, restaurant owners said the labeling requirement was unworkable and expensive, would possibly drive customers elsewhere -- and pleaded for more time to find a less onerous solution.
But health providers and a number of diabetic and heart patients in the standing-room-only crowd said customers deserve to have enough information to make healthful choices.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

75 percent of Americans overweight by 2015
Health Trends: Two-thirds considered heavy or obese now; rate still increasing, study finds.

Is Treating Shyness Just a Spray Away?
Medical Industry: If you have a hard time coming out of your shell, this spray may sound tempting. But manipulating hormones in your body is not something that should be taken lightly.

Childhood leukaemia rates 'higher near nuclear plants'
Eco Hazard: Death rates for children aged nine and under were up to 24 per cent higher, depending on how near they lived to nuclear facilities, the report said.

Fast food brands hit kids online  
Tainted Food: Fast food brands are getting around laws banning the promotion of unhealthy snacks online, research suggests

Pediatric Ritalin may affect young brains
Psychotropics: The scientists said their findings suggest physicians should be careful in their diagnosis of ADHD before prescribing Ritalin. That's because Ritalin might be helpful in battling the disorder but harmful if given to youngsters with healthy brain chemistry.

Tamper-resistant pads could prove a pain
Regulation: "Our members are absolutely flabbergasted that they're going to be put on the hook for denying prescriptions if something is not on a tamperproof pad," said Paul Kelly, vice president of government affairs for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. "Our biggest fear is the negative impact this could have on patient care and access to prescriptions."

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Campaign against artificial sweetener stepped up
Tainted Food: Video

Don't be fooled by "all natural" claims on foods and grocery products

"Sweet-Meat" Diet Increases Breast Cancer Risk in Postmenopausal Asians
Tainted Food: Eating a “sweet-meat” diet full of red meat, starches and sweets has been found to increase the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal Chinese women -- particularly those who were overweight.

Taking Cancer Drug With Food May Cut Costs
Medical Industry: Taking a pricey breast cancer drug called lapatinib (Tykerb) with food rather than on an empty stomach may improve its absorption by the body -- lowering the doses needed and greatly cutting costs for patients, a new study shows.
Don't take it with gratefruit!

Tortilla-hungry Mexico setting rules on GMO corn
GMO's: Mexico's biggest grain farmers have long lobbied to lift a 1998 ban on GMO corn plantings, arguing it would help lift lagging crop yields. But environmental activists say GMO would put Mexico's numerous local corn strains at risk.

Lots of fruit, vegetables don't stop breast cancer
PR: The study tracked 3,088 U.S. women. Half followed a diet with the widely recommended five daily servings of vegetables and fruit. The other half ate a diet doubling that intake.
Those who consumed twice the vegetables and fruit in a diet also high in fiber and low in fat were no less likely to avoid a recurrence of breast cancer or death than the women who followed the five-a-day diet.
Still no mention of organic vs. inorganic fruits and vegetables. Are we looking at a future with rigorous enforcement of our daily allotment of fruits and vegetables? For our own good?

Study: Grapefruit Raises Breast Cancer Risk
Medical Industry: A study of 50,000 post-menopausal women found eating just a quarter of a grapefruit daily raised the risk by up to 30 percent, among older women.
It is thought the fruit boosts blood levels of oestrogen, the hormone associated with a higher risk of the disease.
Boosting natural estrogen or increasing exposure to pesticides?

Vitamin C Can't Cure Common Cold
PR: Tiny Cold-Shortening Effect Not Worth Yearlong Dosing
Watch for the continued attacks on supplements, herbal remedies and healthy eating. This comes with the FDA's new power to clamp down on supplements and the anticipated arrival of CODEX shoved through some trade agreement.

Big Pharma takes over veterinary medicine; dogs and cats drugged with chemicals for profit
Medical Industry: Knowing that massive profits could be generated through the bodies of pets, drug companies have spent two decades pursuing an aggressive campaign of rewriting vet school curricula, influencing veterinarians and brainwashing pet owners into thinking their dogs, cats and horses need drugs in order to be healthy

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Chinese Import Scandal Demonstrates FDA Failings, Congress Told
Tainted Food: Ultimately, Congress should create a single unified Food Safety Agency—a proposal championed by Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Representative Rosa Delauro (D-CT) and recommended by the National Academy of Sciences.
As Atty. Jim Turner says in Sweet Remedy, regulatory agencies come into being when industry needs them. Industries need regulatory agencies to protect their markets.
The FDA should never have been granted the power to ban any substance in the first place. The "value" or "authority" of these organizations should be assessed only by the accuracy of the information they provide. Nothing more.

Dramatic rise in number of allergy sufferers
Health Trends: In 2001, nearly one in five GP patients had at least one allergic disease. But by 2005, that figure had increased to nearly one in four.

MMR row doctor denies abuse of trust

Health Care vs. the Profit Principle
Medical Industry: Now you don't have to have seen "Sicko" to know that if there is one area of human endeavor where private enterprise doesn't work, it's health care.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Nutrition: Another Benefit Is Seen in Buying Organic Produce
Natural Health: So it is possible, the researchers said, that the increased pressure on organic crops from pests may result in more flavonoids.

Chronic Fatigue No Longer Seen as ‘Yuppie Flu’
Health Trends:

Are epidemics in asthma and obesity linked?
Health Trends: The UK has the worst weight problem in Europe, with almost a quarter of adults classed as grossly overweight.
Obesity rates have also doubled among six-year-olds and trebled among 15-year-olds in ten years.
Rates of asthma have doubled in the last two decades.

Are vaccines a waste of time?
Vaccines: So how much of our massively improved survival rates are actually due to vaccination? Not nearly as much as you've been led to believe.

Food label warnings seen as confusing

Why Michael Moore's SiCKO is a health care documentary every American must see
The World Reacts: Drug companies are now among the richest corporations in the world, and they got there by inventing fictitious diseases, then selling drugs to people who mostly don't need them.

China Halts Imports Of Much U.S. Meat
Tainted Food: Frozen poultry products from Tyson Foods Inc., the world's largest meat processor, were found to be contaminated with salmonella, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said on its Web site late Friday.
Other imports barred by China included frozen chicken feet from Sanderson Farms, Inc. tainted with residue of an anti-parasite drug, as well as frozen pork ribs from Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. containing a leanness-enhancing feed additive, the AQSIQ said.

The Politics and PR of Cervical Cancer
Vaccines: The CDC goes on to say that "Most people who become infected with HPV will not have any symptoms and will clear the infection on their own."

"Bin tax" plan likely to fail, say MPs
The World Reacts: Such a scheme would be seen as an additional charge for a service most people already believe they pay for through their council tax, the MPs said.

The Poor And The Well Off Have Similar Eating And Cooking Habits
Health Trends: The FSA also stressed that most people in the UK could do a lot better.

Food-labeling effort gains new momentum
The World Reacts: "The political dynamic is such that there's just no getting around it," said Colin Woodall, director of legislative affairs for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. The livestock group has opposed a mandatory labeling program.

Big dose of medical change

Consumers must demand a culture change in long-term care
The World Reacts: Why aren't more providers offering the superior care known as culture change? Because we're not demanding it, and most of us don't know how.

Why vitamin D is so vital
Natural Health:

Plants Uptake Antibiotics
Tainted Food: Concentrations of antibiotics were found in the plant leaves. Concentrations in plant tissue also increased as the amount of antibiotics present in the manure increased. It also diffused into potato tubers, which suggests that root crops, such as potatoes, carrots, and radishes, that directly come in contact with soil may be particularly vulnerable to antibiotic contamination."

Where's Your Data?
Eco Hazard: College officials consistently tell parents that the buildings are safe but do not mention that cleanup plans specifically granted permission not only to leave "acceptable" levels of contamination, but also state that these levels could kill a certain number of students.

Psychiatric Patients Ill-treated in Emergency Rooms, US Officials Say
Psychotropics: ER staff give psychiatric medications but are not trained to provide comprehensive psychiatric care, they said.

Bush may veto funds for kids' health care

Eating grapefruit can increase breast cancer risk by a third
Medical Industry: It is thought the fruit boosts blood levels of oestrogen, the hormone associated with the risk of the disease. In this article, there is no distinction made between synthetic oestrogen and the natural hormone in their effects on cancer and the human body in general.

Study finds COPD patients taking inhaled steroids are at greater risk for severe pneumonia
Medical Industry: “Adverse effects of inhaled corticosteroids in patients with COPD,” the authors said, “are particularly troublesome given the limited

Parents voice support for MMR row doctor as he faces disciplinary hearing
The World Reacts: The GMC insists it will assess Dr Wakefield's fitness to practise, not the validity of his research.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Scary side effects of antidepressant withdrawal
Psychotropics: I have just been through detox hell after stopping the antidepressant Cymbalta. After a week of dizziness, nausea, diarrhea, sweats, chills, itching, disorientation, mood swings and headaches, I am angry! My doctor did not tell me that this might happen.

Gerber Recalls Cereals
Tainted Food: Gerber is recalling some of its baby food over a potential choking hazard.

Activist's visit a natural sweetener
The World Reacts: Therapeutic Products and Medicines Bill's demise would be sweeter with the demise of Aspartame.
United States veteran Aspartame activist Betty Martini's arrival next Tuesday in New Zealand should be a natural sweetener.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Why Americans Keep Getting Fatter
Health Trends: When searching for sugar, you must also keep a vigilant eye out for high fructose corn syrup and those dangerous artificial sweeteners.

Study Looks At Whether Vaccines Promote False Sense Of Security
Vaccines: A new study examines whether a vaccine that offers only partial protection can backfire by increasing risky behavior, as a false sense of security could make recipients less careful than they otherwise would be.

Government to Ban Slaughter of Cattle Unable to Stand or Walk
Tainted Food: ...but is exempting some animals in that condition.

Canadian nurses admitted to "Sicko" for free
The World Reacts: "Nurses across Canada are on the front line in the battle against those forces who want to inch the Canadian health care system toward the American way," Moore said in a statement Friday.
"They know that once a Canadian sees 'Sicko,' the last thing they will want is an American-style approach," he added.

Key senators agree on kids' health plan
Regulation: The increased funding would be paid for through a 61-cent increase in the federal excise tax on a pack of cigarettes.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Raw For 30 Days
Natural Health: Got diabetes? You need to check out the trailer for this upcoming film.

Congress committee bans injecting mercury in babies
The World Reacts: The House Appropriations Committee today approved an amendment by U.S. Rep. Dave Weldon, M.D. (R-FL) that prevents any taxpayer money from being used to administer mercury-laced flu shots to children under three-years of age. Added to a must-pass Labor Health and Human Services spending bill, Weldon's measure would take effect for the 2008-2009 flu season, ensuring that 2007/2008 flu vaccination stockpiles will be adequate.

Researcher seeks food chain toxin tests
Tainted Food: He said testing must be updated to cover chemicals that do not accumulate in marine life but may do so in air-breathing animals because of their slow rate of elimination during respiration.

White House Hid, Minimized Health Reports: Ex-surgeon General
PR: The former US surgeon general has launched a blistering attack on the White House saying it deliberately quashed or downplayed several important health reports for political reasons.

Reports of diabetes-drug side effects surge in June
Medical Industry: The spike is a sign doctors probably were unaware of the drug's possible role in their patients' heart problems and therefore may not have reported many such cases in the past, experts said.
It also shows the flaws of the safety tracking system.

In Response To Michael More And "Sicko", Les Stettner Asks For Your Experiences
The World Reacts:

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Cancer risk higher with Western diet
Tainted Food: Older Chinese women who eat a Western-style diet loaded with meats and sweets appear to have a greater risk for breast cancer than women who eat mainly soy and vegetables, a new study has concluded.

Equipment worth $22M missing from CDC
Regulation: he U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will investigate the disappearance of $22 million worth of equipment, computers and other items from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Ex-Officials Tell of Conflict Over Science and Politics
Medical Industry: A day after former Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona told Congress that top Bush administration officials had interfered with his public health mission for political reasons, the hunt for those suspected of undermining Dr. Carmona was in full swing on Capitol Hill.

Milk Thistle Extract – Effective in Cancer Treatment
Natural Remedies: Milk thistle extract, an herbal remedy since the times of the ancient Greeks and Romans, is today one of the most popular herbal supplements, with U.S. retail sales of nearly nine million dollars.

Is Food an Addiction?
Health Trends: A group of obsesity, nutrition, and addiction experts is meeting in New Haven, Connecticut, to discuss the possibility that obesity may be due to food addiction.

Organic farming could feed the world
Natural Health: A switch to organic farming would not reduce the world's food supply and could also increase food security in developing countries, say the authors of a new study.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Organizing a Healthcare-Now Truth Hearing
The World Reacts:

How food manufacturers trick consumers with deceptive ingredients lists
PR: The reality: ingredients lists are used by manufacturers to deceive consumers and trick them into thinking products are healthier (or better quality) than they really are.

Board calls doctor 'imminent threat,' suspends license
Malpractice: The Arizona Medical Board on Tuesday announced it is suspending the license of an Anthem doctor after three of his patients died following liposuction.

Study Links Breast Cancer to Western Diet in Chinese Women
Health Trends:

Who is telling the truth about MMR jabs and autism?
Vaccines: He added that if it is proven that the jab causes autism, "the refusal by governments to evaluate the risks properly will make this one of the greatest scandals in medical history".

Americans Bloated On ‘Happy Pills’
Psychotropics: According to Dr. Dworkin, a Maryland anesthesiologist and senior fellow at Washington's Hudson Institute, who has authored: "Artificial Unhappiness: The Dark Side of the New Happy Class”, doctors are now medicating unhappiness. "Too many people take drugs when they really need to be making changes in their lives”, he says.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

'Stealth advertising' infiltrating TV news
PR: Results indicated that newscasts by 90 per cent of the 294 network-affiliated stations studied contained at least 1 instance per newscast of stealth advertising.

Women in Government, Merck's Trojan Horse: Part Three in a Series on the Politics and PR of Cervical Cancer

Big pot users, Canadians renew legalization fight

Selenium supplements linked to diabetes in U.S. study
PR: People who take selenium supplements in the hope of preventing diabetes may actually worsen their odds, U.S. researchers said on Monday.
Did the headline leave you with the impression that selenium causes diabetes?

Health Food Industry Crisis
Regulation: Dangling carrots of “approved claims” and “increased consumer confidence”, a succession of federal governments have fronted an odious policy from the senior levels of the Health Canada bureaucracy, a policy that has had the reverse effect.

How Safe Is Supermarket Food?
Tainted Food: From pet food deliberately adulterated with melamine, to contaminated toothpaste and seafood with drug residues, a number of recent scares have raised questions about the safety of food imported from China and other parts of the world.

China executes ex-food and drug chief
The World Reacts:

CDC: Antidepressants most prescribed drugs in U.S.
Psychotropics: "Doctors are now medicating unhappiness," said Dworkin. "Too many people take drugs when they really need to be making changes in their lives."

Suicide Findings Question Link to Antidepressants
Psychotropics: Two large new studies in The American Journal of Psychiatry suggest that treatment of depression, either with psychotherapy or drugs, reduces the risk of suicide attempts in all age groups, especially during the first months of treatment. The findings raise further questions about possible links between antidepressant drugs and suicide.

Doctors Outraged--FDA Ignored Cancer Risk When Approving Alli
World Reacts: The Public Citizen's Health Research Group has voiced concerns about Orlistat’s safety and efficacy for the past 10 years, as it's been shown to cause pre-cancerous lesions of the colon.

First Brain Cancer Vaccine Approved in Switzerland
Medical Industry: Irony in this circular economic system is thick.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Michael Moore Rips Wolf Blitzer on CNN: "Why Don't You Tell the American People the Truth"
The World Reacts: Michael Moore slams Blitzer and CNN for their lies about universal health care and his film "Sicko."

Voters Excited Over ’08 Campaign; Tired of It, Too
Mind Control: This article seems designed to deflate the efforts of those with candidates that are gaining continuous increases in momentum, funding and popularity, but must remain vigilant to contend in 2008.

Complementary And Alternative Medicines May Hinder Diabetes Management
PR: Take note of the timing of this article.

Pumpkin offers hope for diabetics
Natural Remedies: The pumpkin could end the need for diabetics to have insulin injections, a study suggests.
Compounds in the flesh could drastically cut or even replace the daily jabs.
Researchers found that pumpkin extract promotes regeneration of damaged pancreatic cells in diabetic rats, boosting levels of insulinproducing beta cells and insulin in the blood.

James LeFanu laments pharmaceutical profligacy and doctors seduced by Utopia
Medical Industry: The most striking change in medical practice in recent years is the trend for pharmaceutical profligacy, reversing the traditional (and sensible) adage of "the fewer drugs prescribed, the better".
If anything, I learn a new word with this one...

What's really 'Sicko'
Medical Industry:

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Try minerals first for muscle cramps
Natural Remedies: They often work, and you don't end up with an unnecessary prescription.

China shuts down 5 drug makers
Medical Industry: The State Food and Drug Administration also stripped 128 drug makers of their Good Manufacturing Practice certificates, which are a symbol of favorable performance, the China Daily newspaper reported on its Web site.

Organic Tomatoes Better For Heart And Blood Pressure
Natural Health:

New fears over MMR link to autism
Vaccines: Researchers at Cambridge University’s Autism Research Centre (ARC) have estimated that one in 58 children suffer from some form of the disorder, compared to previous estimates of about one in 100.

Concerns Raised Over Risks for Patients and Staff in Australian Hospital
Medical Industry: A report on the condition of The Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide in Australia has raised serious questions on the risks both the patients and the staff there are exposed to every day.

Toxin Levels Of Great Lakes Fish Getting Worse
Eco Hazard:

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Organically Grown Food More Healthier
Natural Health: Organically grown fruits and vegetable are healthier than conventionally grown products. A US study reports that organic food may improve your blood pressure and lower the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Professionals' Statement Calling For End To To Fluoridation
Tainted Food: Here is an excellent strategy "aimed to puncture once and for all the false claim that the only people who are opposed to fluoridation are crazy people practicing junk science."

Censored News: What Mass Media Don't Want You To Know - Project Censored Reports
Mind Control: Information access is ostensibly a right that each of us has, and yet every year the mass media sweep important world news under the carpet in favor of sordid gossipy headlines and shady propaganda. Each year, however, Project Censored attempts to redress the balance.

Indiana couple accuses Veggie Booty maker of poisoning son
Tainted Food: The parents of an Indiana toddler have sued the makers of Veggie Booty, claiming the recalled snack poisoned their child.
The snack had been recalled last week after the company found a seasoning made with imported Chinese ingredients tested positive for bacteria.

Burger King to use trans-fat-free oil
The World Reacts: Burger King said Friday it will use trans-fat-free cooking oil at all its U.S. restaurants by the end of next year, following in the footsteps of other leading fast-food restaurants.

When CIA’s Poisoned Capsule for Castro Stuck to the Freezer!
Mind Control: The closest the CIA came to killing Cuba's Fidel Castro was a 1963 attempt with a poison pill delivered by American mobsters that was to be slipped into a chocolate milkshake, a former Cuban intelligence chief said.

But the capsule stuck to the freezer where it was hidden in the cafeteria of the Havana Libre (ex Hilton) Hotel and ripped open when the would-be assassin waiter went to get the poison.

"That moment was the closest the CIA got to assassinating Fidel," retired state security general Fabian Escalante said.

Friday, July 6, 2007

LEAKED INTERNAL MEMO; 'SiCKO' Has Capital BlueCross Exec Scrambling to Respond
PR: "If popular, the movie will have a negative impact on our image in this community." -- Barclay Fitzpatrick, Vice President of Corporate Communications, Capital BlueCross

Experts: Pills becoming the new marijuana on campus
Psychotropics: The prescription drugs allegedly found in Al Gore III's possession Wednesday are favorites among young people, according to drug abuse experts, who say prescription drugs may soon overtake street drugs in popularity.

Gore arrest highlights Rx drug abuse
Psychotropics: Drug abuse experts say the arrest of Al Gore's son underscores the growing problem of prescription drug abuse among America's youth. College students use the stimulant Adderall, an attention deficit drug, to get a speedy high or pull all-nighters.

$75,000 Offered For MD to Publicly Drink Vaccine Additives
Vaccines: Jock Doubleday, director of the California non-profit corporation Natural Woman, Natural Man, Inc., has offered $75,000 to the first medical doctor or pharmaceutical company CEO who publicly drinks a mixture of standard vaccine additives.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Updated: Exclusive: New SSRI Study compromised by "Big Pharma"?
Medical Industry: On Thursday, ABC News, as well a most mainstream outlets, outlined a report released by the New England Journal of Medicine. According to the article by ABC News, researchers have found that "pregnant women who might benefit from antidepressants can take heart in a new study that suggests popular depression medications are safer for their babies than once believed." The research, however, falls short of declaring the drugs completely safe, as they may still be associated with a minutely higher risk of certain rare birth defects."
Imagine our surprise...

Codex Alimentarius: Corporations Forge Global Food Rules
Medical Industry: Rome - 4th of July 2007. Americans are celebrating this day as a special holiday signifying freedom and independence. But it is a work-day here in Rome at FAO, the Food and Agriculture Organization's headquarters, where the Codex Commission is having its week-long yearly general meeting. Freedom and independence are not really high on the agenda at Codex - rather the contrary, as more and more rules are passed that curb individual choice but allow corporations to do what they do best - dominate markets.

Pharmaceutical Industry Should Not Oppose Registry Of Gifts To Physicians, Editorial States
Medical Industry:

Wash. to set medical marijuana limits
Herbal Remedies: This fall, sober public servants will convene meetings across Washington state to answer a pressing question: How much marijuana constitutes a two-month supply?
What may seem like an odd question for straight-laced government types to tackle is a serious attempt to shore up the state's medical marijuana law, which has been around for nearly a decade without defining the 60-day supply patients are allowed to have on hand.

Review finds nutrition education failing
PR: The federal government will spend more than $1 billion this year on nutrition education -- fresh carrot and celery snacks, videos of dancing fruit, hundreds of hours of lively lessons about how great you will feel if you eat well.
But an Associated Press review of scientific studies examining 57 such programs found mostly failure. Just four showed any real success in changing the way kids eat -- or any promise as weapons against the growing epidemic of childhood obesity.

The Losing Fight Against Childhood Obesity
Health Trends: Studies Show Government's Attempts To Curb Unhealthy Eating Habits Falling On Deaf Ears

Opinion Pieces Address Health Industry Documentary 'Sicko'
PR: Here come the hit pieces for "Sicko"!

The Dark Side of Soy
Tainted Food: In reality, as Mary Vance describes in this important essay, when many people consume soy products it eventually leads to health problems ranging from digestive upset and bloating to hormonal problems. And among infants, the estrogens in soy formula can be devastating, causing problems to their brains, reproductive systems and thyroids.

Judge Rejects Merck’s View on F.D.A. Issue
Regulation: Food and Drug Administration approval of a drug label does not clear the manufacturer of claims that its warnings were inadequate, a judge ruled in a decision that could potentially affect thousands of federal suits against Merck over the painkiller Vioxx.
After all, the FDA will approve anything for big pharma, so their approval of Merck's labelling is essentially meaningless.

Vegetarian diets can be healthy for kids
The World Reacts: A committed vegan since age 16, Nelson Folkersen said she values the nutritional benefits of the strict vegetarian diet and its lessons in compassion and kindness toward animals.
But in an unusual custody battle, the father of the 10-year-old quintuplets is seeking primary residential custody, charging that Nelson Folkersen has "serious psychological control issues" and won't let her children eat animal products.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Sicko Spurs Audiences Into Action
The World Reacts: Somewhere along the way, maybe at the half way point, right before my ears, Sicko changed this man’s mind. By the forty-five minute mark, he, along with the rest of the audience were breaking into spontaneous applause. He stopped pooh-poohing the movie and started shouting out “hell yeah!” at the screen.

HMOs Will Seek 14.1% Increase in Premiums by 2008, Analysis Says
Medical Industry:

FDA Announces Plan to Eliminate Vitamin Companies
Regulation: The ruling surrounds the dietary supplement industry with regulations and requirements in excess of those imposed on the drug industry, and many will simply not be able to afford to comply.

Brown and Cameron clash over ID:
Mind Control: He quoted Mr Brown's new chancellor, Alistair Darling, as having said in the past: "Identity cards are unnecessary and will create more difficulties than they will solve. I don't want my whole life to be reduced to a magnetic strip on a plastic card."

Teaching The Body's Immune System To Seek Out And Destroy Cancerous Tumours
Natural Remedies: Ongoing research has shown that cells of the immune system, when properly trained, have the capacity to circulate throughout the body and attack cancerous tissue. This article is from a very main stream source.

10 Things Your Grocery Store Doesn't Want You to Know
PR: You have to reach for healthier foods: Popular junk foods are usually placed right at eye level, meaning you usually have to reach up or down to get to healthier items.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

"Sicko's" Successful Weekend Puts My Movie in 200 More Cities Beginning Today!
The World Reacts:

Regulation: Within this 800 page rule the FDA states, “We find that this final rule will have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.... Establishments with above average costs, and even establishments with average costs, could be hard pressed to continue to operate. Some of these may decide it is too costly and either change product lines or go out of business.... 140 very small [less than 20 employees] and 32 small dietary supplement manufacturers [less than 500 employees] will be at risk of going out of business....

There's a Lot You Don't Know About What's in Your Food
GM Food: Nearly three quarters of all processed foods contain genetically engineered ingredients, but you'd never know it by reading package labels. Author Andrew Kimbrell discusses the risks of genetic engineering and how to avoid it.

Pollution kills 460,000 Chinese a year: World Bank
Eco Hazard: China-watchers said it was standard practice in research projects conducted with the government for both sides to have a veto over the conclusions.

Merck Vioxx heart risks began sooner: WSJ
Medical Industry: But a new study approved for publication in the New England Journal of Medicine says half of patients who experienced cardiovascular events did so within 12 months, the Journal reported. Risk of heart attack and stroke went away within 14 days after patients stopped taking the drug, according to the report.

FDA Issues Dietary Supplements Final Rule

Move to Put GMO Foods Back in Europe
GM Foods:

Monday, July 2, 2007

Poorer Teens May Get More Migraines
Health Trends:

FDA officials criticized for secrecy
Medical Industry: For years, the public calendars of two top federal drug safety officials were largely blank — devoid of the required detail about their contacts with the industry they regulated.
Open government experts and lawmakers said it is only the latest example of the lack of transparency at the Food and Drug Administration and a violation of the spirit of open government. The FDA attributed it to administrative oversight.

A Million UK Children Suffer Mental Problems
Health Trends: More than a million children have mental health problems, a doubling of the number in a generation, devastating research reveals today.
An epidemic of disorders ranging from depression, anxiety and anorexia to violent delinquency has struck one in ten youngsters.

Risky business
Dr. Keith Baverstock, who was the WHO's top expert on radiation and health for 11 years until he retired in May of 2003, alleges that his report was deliberately suppressed -- a claim WHO strongly denies.
"There is increasing scientific evidence the radioactivity and the chemical toxicity of DU [Depleted Uranium] could cause more damage to human cells than is assumed," says Baverstock. "I believe our study was censored and suppressed by the WHO because they didn't like its conclusions."
As for the claim that no links between exposure to DU and illness have been found, it's important to note that experts from the United Nations Environment Programme have so far not been allowed into Iraq to assess its effect.

Company Will Charge Employees For Unhealthy Habits
Medical Industry: Starting in 2009, Clarian will begin charging workers extra for insurance if they let health risks such as smoking, obesity or high cholesterol go unchecked.

NYC trans fat ban takes effect
The World Reacts: Along with the ban, fast-food restaurants in New York City now must post calories on their menu. Few eateries, however, were complying with the calorie rule.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Analysis: 'Sicko' numbers mostly accurate; more context needed
PR: We get that sort of "context" ad nauseum from MSM (Main Stream Media) outlets like CNN. This article looks like an attempt to soften the blow of public outrage.

Do flu vaccines really protect the elderly?
Vaccines: What is going on? A new analysis has revealed that elderly people are still dying of flu, but far fewer than 30 years ago - and those who are dying are older. This has not only muddied the waters in determining the effectiveness of vaccinations programmes, but it suggests we are due for another flu pandemic.
Another effect the article fails to mention.
The World Reacts: Information about obesity and other effects of processed free glutamic acid (MSG) and where it is hidden in cosmetics, drugs, dietary supplements, vaccines, infant formula, and food fed to people and animals.

Ex-CIA Man Exposes Hysteria Of Car "Bomb" Terror
Mind Control: Countering the frothing rabid hysteria that is being whipped up by a fervent media in response to three failed car "bomb" attacks in the last few days in the UK, ex-CIA agent Larry Johnson joined Keith Olbermann to underscore the truth behind the madness - that the so-called bombs were primitive at best and would not have killed anybody.

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