Friday, August 31, 2007
World facing 'arsenic timebomb'
Ecohazard: About 140 million people, mainly in developing countries, are being poisoned by arsenic in their drinking water, researchers believe.
That buttery aroma might be toxic, too
Tainted Food: The chemical -- diacetyl -- adds buttery taste. Government worker safety investigators have linked exposure to the synthetic butter to the sometimes fatal destruction of the lungs of hundreds of workers in food production and flavoring factories.
Doctors Offering No-Interest Loans to Patients
Medical Industry: Zero-interest financing, a familiar sales incentive at car dealerships and furniture stores, has found its way to another big-ticket consumer market: doctors’ and dentists’ offices.
Former Panama City doctor sentenced to 20 years
Woman wins $10 million malpractice verdict
The World Reacts: Nadine Raphael said Dr. James Shecter did not administer critical medicine when her 73-year-old husband Harvey arrived at Palms West Hospital on April 10, 2003, clearly suffering a heart attack, said her attorney Scott Henratty.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
The looming food crisis
Famine: Land that was once used to grow food is increasingly being turned over to biofuels. This may help us to fight global warming - but it is driving up food prices throughout the world and making life increasingly hard in developing countries. Add in water shortages, natural disasters and an ever-rising population, and what you have is a recipe for disaster. John Vidal reports
HCC Fluoride/Infant Formula Warning
Tainted Food: The ADA issued this advice because babies being bottle fed with fluoridated water are at high risk for developing dental fluorosisa defect of the teeth which can result in staining and even corrosion of the enamel. In addition, on October 14th, the Food and Drug Administration stated that fluoridated water marketed to babies cannot claim to reduce the risk of cavities.
Salmonella finding prompts spinach recall
More Americans Lack Health Insurance
Health Trends: The U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday that the number of Americans without health insurance grew to an all time high of 47 million people last year.
Pregnant woman rejected by 9 hospitals loses baby
Medical Industry: Nine hospitals closer to her home in Nara prefecture, more than 25 miles away, had refused to admit her, saying they were full, several reports said.
Dead Foods Lead to Dead People
Almond Growers Seek Delay of Pasteurization Rule
The World Reacts:
Cellphone Chatting Increases Cancer Risk
Eco Hazard: Just 10 minutes of chatting on cellular phones is enough to trigger such chemical changes in the brain that can increase the risk of cancer, warn scientists.
Pharmaceutical firm owner guilty of fraud
Medical Industry: In fact, prosecutors alleged, Kresler, half-owner of a wholesale pharmaceutical company, Crystal Coast, purchased Infed from the relief organization and sold it to customers in the United States for a large mark-up.
Extract from Pine Bark Helpful in Reducing Perimenopausal Symptoms
New crop of farmers enter field
The World Reacts: Blooming Glen eschews synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, and is seeking certification as organic. Its operators are among many smaller-scale farmers who say they're responding to consumers, who increasingly are demanding food that's organic, locally grown, or both.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Is There Animal Content In Coke?
No Bar Code
The World Reacts: Joel, who describes himself as a "Christian-libertarian-environmentalist-lunatic farmer," speaks of his farming as his "ministry," and certainly his 1,000 or so regular customers hear plenty of preaching. Each spring he sends out a long, feisty, single-spaced letter that could convince even a fast-food junkie that buying a pastured broiler from Polyface Farm qualifies as an act of social, environmental, nutritional, and political redemption.
Pot Growers Are New Target in "War on Terror"
Prohibition: "We have kind of a reefer blindness," Walters explained during a Redding press conference on the ONDCP's Operation Alesia, a cannabis-eradication program coordinated by the California National Guard's Counterdrug Taskforce and the Shasta County Sheriff's Office. Walters followed that clever turn of phrase with the reliable terrorist designation to describe the armed growers cultivating cannabis in Shasta County. "These people are armed; they're dangerous. [They're] violent criminal terrorists." He even went so far to argue that the "terrorists" growing weed in Shasta County, as the Redding Record Searchlight reported, "wouldn't hesitate to help other terrorists get into the country with the aim of causing mass casualties."
Merck's Gardasil For Boys: How Will Those Ads Play?
Vaccines: We've known that Merck has been testing its cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil on young men (16-23 years old). The company says major data on those clinical trials are expected next year and could help Merck win FDA approval of the shots for males as well as females. The first-of-its-kind product has already sparked a sociopolitical controversy with its recommended use for young women. Imagine the brouhaha if or when Merck starts selling it for young men.
Useful Mutants, Bred With Radiation
GMO's: "Spontaneous mutations are the motor of evolution," Dr. Lagoda said. "We are mimicking nature in this. We’re concentrating time and space for the breeder so he can do the job in his lifetime. We concentrate how often mutants appear - going through 10,000 to one million - to select just the right one."
China defends food safety standards to WHO
Tainted Food: Cao, who worked under Zheng Xiaoyu for years and was once his secretary, was convicted of dereliction of duty and taking bribes worth over 2.4 million yuan from pharmaceutical companies.
Survey Shows a High Rate of Asthma at Ground Zero
Eco Hazard: Rescue and recovery workers at ground zero have developed asthma at a rate that is 12 times what would be expected for adults, according to findings released yesterday by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Chemicals in non-stick pans may retard babies' growth
Tainted Food: Non-stick pans left accidentally on rings and in ovens to heat up without food in them are known to give off the chemical at high temperatures, and it has also been found in household dust but nobody yet knows how it is getting into women's blood and being passed on to their babies. The results are bound to increase pressure for it to be banned.
Police tear-gas farmers in clash over French GM crops
Young Americans too fat to fight
Health Trends: The Southern Governors' Association convention heard that obesity was creating the first generation of Americans who might not live as long as their parents. Dr William Rowley, who was a vascular surgeon for 30 years and now works at the Institute for Alternative Futures, said 61 per cent of US active-duty military personnel are overweight.
Diet foods for children may lead to obesity
Tainted Food: One thing is clear at this point," Pierce said. "Our research has shown that young animals can be made to over eat when low-calorie foods and drinks are given to them on a daily basis, and this subverts their bodies' energy-balance system."
Victims Urge “Whole Foods” Supermarkets Not To Sell Quorn
The World Reacts: Research in several medical journals has shown Quorn to be a powerful allergen, and even an early double-blind clinical study conducted by its manufacturer proved that some people who ate Quorn suffered nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Despite that and despite CSPI’s complaints, the FDA has continued to allow its sale, and grocery stores continue to stock Quorn products, typically alongside frozen meat substitutes marketed to health-conscious consumers.
All states are getting fatter
Monday, August 27, 2007
Common crop herbicide Atrazine linked to reproductive mutations in amphibians
Obesity rates show no decline in US
Sunday, August 26, 2007
New Tests Confirm Acrylamide in American Foods
Cancer in Iraq vets raises possibility of toxic exposure
Lilly Sued Over Zyprexa Death
Malpractice: Indeed, the FDA has embarked on its most reckless back-door approval policy that will expand rather than curtail the misuse of these drugs in children.
Cinnamon for cholesterol and omega 3 fats in flax seed
Huckabee warns of obesity epidemic
Health Trends: Republican presidential candidate and self-described "recovering foodaholic" Mike Huckabee told Southern governors Saturday that an obesity epidemic could cause serious problems for the American economy, and even for national security.
Using Angiogenesis Inhibitors Could Spell Danger
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Caloric Restrictions Increases Longevity
Natural Health: University of Florida researchers have found that dietary restrictions help rodents live longer by boosting cells’ ability to recycle damaged parts so they can maintain efficient energy production.
Study Links Diabetes and High Fructose Corn Syrup Found in Soda
Tainted Food: One point where most scientists and doctors agree is that Americans are consuming too many calories, whether in the form of sodas, fatty foods, or sweets.
NIH Environmental Health Sciences Employees Asked To Report Contacts With Lawmakers
Friday, August 24, 2007
FDA seeks clearer labels on sunscreen
PR: Interesting how this comes a day after: "Ten minutes of sun 'could stop 30,000 cases of cancer', researchers say"
Prostate Cancer Cells Killed By Pectin In Fruits And Vegetables
Raw milk fans meet opposition in county
The World Reacts: Raw milk is milk that is not pasteurized or homogenized. The niche of raw milk followers prefers the milk just as humans consumed it for thousands of years: derived from free-roaming, grass-fed cows instead of from cows that are fed grain or fruit scraps, which don't digest well. They praise its taste and benefits, such as curing infant diarrhea and even tuberculosis, according to the Weston A. Price Foundation's Campaign for Real Milk Web site, www.realmilk.com.
Fish Oil Could Provide Relief for Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms
Natural Health: Thank you for the scientific validation for something people have been doing for years on their own with great results.
CDC: Whooping Cough Cases Misdiagnosed
Malpractice: The false test results led thousands of people to take antibiotics unnecessarily and even caused a New Hampshire hospital to limit the number of patients admitted since hospital workers were thought to be infected.
Research Review Finds Yoga Beneficial In Reducing Hypertension
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Ten minutes of sun 'could stop 30,000 cases of cancer', researchers say
Natural Health: There is mounting evidence that vitamin D could play a vital role in helping prevent disease, with the sun helping top up natural levels more effectively than diet.
Food labels 'hoodwink' shoppers
PR: Tests carried out on behalf of the Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services (Lacors) found packets of chicken nuggets describing 15g - or one sole nugget - as a serving and giving nutritional details accordingly.
Even a little exercise has health benefits: study
Natural Health: In the study, 30 minutes of brisk walking three days per week was enough to drive down blood pressure and improve overall fitness in a group of healthy sedentary adults.
Vitamin E's lack of heart benefit linked to dosage
Natural Health: Epidemiological data and animal studies suggested that antioxidant compounds like vitamin E, vitamin C and beta-carotene might offer some protection against heart attack in individuals at risk.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
AMERICANS ARE IN PAIN
Health Trends: Like pre-World War II Germans who refused to investigate what was actually going on within their country and across Europe as a result of Hitler's atrocities, our "innocence" is killing us-eating away at our insides and our emotional well being. We are in pain.
Pain Medicine Use Has Nearly Doubled
Psychotropics: Retail sales of five leading painkillers nearly doubled from 1997 to 2005, reflecting a surge in use by patients nationwide who are living in a world of pain, according to a new Associated Press analysis of federal drug prescription data.
Western diet linked to greater colon cancer recurrence
Readers Write: Can Moore's SiCKO Make Health Care Reform Happen?
The World Reacts: To say that Michael Moore's latest documentary, SiCKO, has created a buzz is a lot like saying the Bush family has dabbled in politics.
Scientists Drug-Test Whole Cities
Prohibition: "It's a community urinalysis," said Caleb Banta-Green, a University of Washington drug abuse researcher who was part of the Oregon State team.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Kids' high blood pressure goes untreated
Health Trends: More than 1 million U.S. youngsters have undiagnosed high blood pressure, leaving them at risk for developing organ damage down the road, a study suggests.
New FDA Law Requires Organic Almond Pasteurization
Regulation: Today, Monday, August 20, 2007 many Almond Farmers attended a meeting in Modesto, California that sealed the future of Almond crops everywhere. What food will be next?
Codex questions certain sweetener, color uses
Regulation: The Codex Committee on Food Additives (CCFA) is calling for comments and additional information on uses of certain compounds, including sweeteners and colors, in order to assess their inclusion in the Codex General Standards for Food Additives (GSFA).
Medical journal sides with HPV scientist
The World Reacts: Last week, The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) took a public stand against legislation to mandate this vaccine.
Opting for Alternative Medicines is Growing Among Punjabis
The Claim: Eating Ginger Can Cure Motion Sickness
Natural Health: Taking ginger delayed the onset of sickness about twice as long as taking the medication.
Painkiller widely abused in South
Health Trends: "You get to where you don't even want them (pills) anymore, you just do them so you can get through the day," the 43-year-old southern West Virginia resident said.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Zero trans fat doesn't always mean zero
Regulation: Federal regulations allow food labels to say there's zero grams of trans fat as long as there's less than half a gram per serving. And many packages contain more than what's considered one serving.
AP: Pain medicine use has nearly doubled
Health Trends: More than 200,000 pounds of codeine, morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone and meperidine were purchased at retail stores during the most recent year represented in the data. That total is enough to give more than 300 milligrams of painkillers to every person in the country.
Children Chronically Exposed To Air Pollution Suffer Long Term Lung Deficiencies
Study: 100 patients a day in USA wake up during surgery
Medical Industry: His study of nearly 20,000 surgical patients found that for every 1,000 who receive general anesthesia, 1 to 2 people become aware of what is happening to them. Half of them feel pain.
Too little food to grow on
Health Trends: The children in this clinic have an unhealthy relationship with food. They drink too much juice and eat too much junk.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Abby Cormack on the Dangers of an Addictive in Chewing Gum
Tainted Food: video
Herbs may be helpful for Type 2 diabetes
Medicare Won't Pay for Hospital Mistakes
Medical Industry: The rule identifies eight conditions including three serious types of preventable incidents sometimes called "never events" that Medicare no longer will pay for.
Program helps cancer patients by teaching them to kayak
Natural Health: And that's the premise of First Descents - to give cancer patients a sense of empowerment over their disease.
Mexican Lawmakers Worried About Rising Obesity Rates
Health Trends: Government's recent national nutrition survey found that 69 percent of the country's 103 million people to be overweight.
Secrecy shrouds charges against surgeon
Saturday, August 18, 2007
N.M. planning medical marijuana program
The World Reacts: New Mexico is the 12th state to legalize marijuana for certain medical uses, but it's the only one calling for state-licensed production and distribution of the drug.
Industrial Waste Dumped in Village, Public Health Concerns Raised
Eco Hazard: In a signal display of callousness towards public health, waste collected from a government agency promoting industries in the southern Indian state of Tami Nadu is being dumped in a village without the consent of the people living there.
FDA won't close field labs after all
Regulation: The proposed closures, part of a reorganization of the agency's field operations, previously had been suspended to await recommendations from a presidential panel about how to better guarantee the safety of imported food and other products.
Friday, August 17, 2007
Babies Learn To Like Junk Food In The Womb
Ecohazard: Children exposed to "maternal junk food" in the womb or early in life may find it harder to resist an unhealthy diet as they grow older, say the researchers.
US: Senomyx's Fake Flavors
Tainted Food: Unlike artificial sweeteners, Senomyx's chemical compounds will not be listed separately on ingredient labels. Instead, they will be lumped into a broad category - "artificial flavors" - already found on most packaged food labels.
"We're helping companies clean up their labels," said Senomyx's chief executive, Kent Snyder.
Blood pressure epidemic spiralling as doctors warn our lifestyle is killing us
Health Trends: Alcohol abuse, smoking, a salt-rich diet and a lack of exercise have caused the condition to soar out of control, warn medical experts today.
Doubts Over Safety of Drug-coated Stents Hit the Device Makers Hard
Medical Industry: Awww! I guess us stupid consumers need to be told by Johnson & Johnson not to have any doubts over their stents so the price of their stock will go back up.
Depression is over-diagnosed, psychiatrist claims
FDA Warning on Codeine Use by Nursing Mothers
Thursday, August 16, 2007
NewsTarget readers demand retractions from major media outlets over erroneous reporting of antioxidant study
The World Reacts: Today, NewsTarget announces a grassroots action campaign to demand retractions, corrections or clarifications from major media outlets -- Fox News, ABC News, CNN, Reuters, WebMD and more -- all of which printed incorrect, incomplete or misleading statements concerning the results of an antioxidant study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Clinical trial guidelines rewritten after arthritis drug scare
Bungled prescriptions: why you should check what you're taking
Malpractice: A six-year-old left suicidal by a steroid overdose. Cancer patients killed by drugs meant to save them. The grim toll of bungled prescriptions
Cancer panel attacks U.S. food subsidies
Healthy Lifestyle Key To Cancer Prevention
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Red Meat, Fatty Foods May Up Cancer Recurrence
Ban new homes near power lines, say MPs
Eco Hazard: He [The Labour MP and GP Howard Stoate] added: "I've always got the view in science that if you don't know something it is generally better to err on the side of caution, rather than to look back in 20 years time and say, if only we had done more 20 years ago."
Seed of obesity may be planted in womb
Tainted Food: Children exposed to "maternal junk food" in the womb or early in life may find it harder to resist an unhealthy diet as they grow older, say the researchers.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Antioxidants, bad science and failure of the press to tell the truth
Medical Industry: The popular press, which maintains an incestuous relationship with the pharmaceutical industry, once again demonstrates it is little more than a mouthpiece for the pro-pharma propaganda machine. There is no scrutiny of the study's findings, no critical thinking and absolutely no independent journalism being conducted by the mainstream media on this particular topic.
The costly side effects of Nexium's ad blitz
'How could this have happened?'
Malpractice: They have also learned about what their attorney, Kevin G. Burke, says is a growing problem that needs to be addressed -- operating room fires caused by the release of oxygen into the room and the ignition of devices that can cause fires on patients' bodies.
'Curative Ionised Water' to Hit the Indian Market
Natural Health: Apart from diabetes, this bio-dynamised water is said to cure arthritis, as also heart, kidney and skin problems.
Monday, August 13 , 2007
Elderly 'suffering mental health pandemic'
Health Trends: Britain's elderly are in the grip of a mental health crisis with more than 3.5 million older people suffering depression or dementia, according to a report.
41 nations top U.S. life expectancy
Health Trends: "Something's wrong here when one of the richest countries in the world, the one that spends the most on health care, is not able to keep up with other countries," said Dr. Christopher Murray, head of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.
Sunday, August 12 , 2007
Husband asking why wife, 36, died in drug study arthritis study
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Neurodegenerative Diseases may Be Due to Toxic Metal Ions- Researchers
Pfizer facing 4 court cases in Nigeria
Malpractice: The company, which denies any wrongdoing, is accused of using a 1996 meningitis epidemic to push through a sloppily managed drug study that contributed to death in some and infirmities in others.
Aluminium Found In Sunscreens And Sunblocks
Bush Plans to Veto Removal of Mercury From Infant Vaccines
Regulation: Despite a 2004 campaign promise to the contrary, President Bush continues to allow the mercury-containing vaccine preservative thimerosal to be added to childhood flu vaccines.
Friday, August 10, 2007
Monsanto: Time to Cry Over Spilled rBGH Milk?
The World Reacts: Monsanto is discovering a troubling new side effect from use of Posilac, its controversial recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) injected into cows to increase milk production: use of rBGH is shriveling up the market for milk from Posilac-treated cows. In response to growing consumer demand for hormone-free dairy products, retailers are increasingly rejecting milk products derived from rBGH-injected cows.
Ask Your Doctor: Is Sicko Right For You?
End Fluoridation, Say 500 Physicians, Dentists, Scientists And Environmentalists
Thursday, August 9, 2007
The nutrition secret behind The Secret
Natural Health: Establishing the right nutrition and dietary habits that clear your nervous system and allow intention to flow.
US, Canada reviewing Nexium, see no heart risk
Medical Industry: Even so, analysts said the issue could hurt sales.
I guess they're making it clear what their priorities are.
Grapes, Soy And Kudzu Blunt Some Menopausal Side Effects
Gardasil Reactions and Deaths on the Rise
Vaccines: In May 2007, it was reported that over 1,600 adverse reactions, including three deaths, had been linked to Gardasil, Merck’s new vaccine for human papillomavirus (HPV).
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Why cancer comes back following chemotherapy, radiation or surgery
Medical Industry: A tumor is not technically a disease. It is a symptom of an underlying imbalance in the patient. Unless you treat and reverse the underlying imbalances, you will never eliminate the underlying cause of the cancer.
Marijuana Growers Offer Arnold Schwarzenegger One Billion Dollars
Prohibition: David Guard of StopTheDrugWar.org writes that regulation and taxation of marijuana could produce up to six billion dollars in additional tax revenue, according to economic studies linked from their web site LetUsPayTaxes.com. In addition, it could save up to ten billion dollars in enforcement costs.
Should This Milk Be Legal?
Natural Health: Food scientists can hardly believe that so many consumers have turned their back on one of the most successful public health endeavors of the 20th century.
Doctor Charged With Hastening Patient’s Death
Woman dies of brain tumour after doctor tells her 'headaches are stress related'
Diet foods could lead to obesity
Health Trends: A quarter of children aged between 11 and 15 are overweight. The figure has doubled in the last 10 years and the Government looks unlikely to hit even the modest target of halting the rise in childhood obesity by 2010.
Type two diabetes, which is caused by obesity and can lead to heart disease, amputations and blindness, is now being diagnosed in young children, which was unheard of a decade ago.
Diabetes damage linked to vitamin B1 shortage
Natural Health: Researchers at the University of Warwick found that diabetics - both type one and type two sufferers - had three quarters less thiamine (vitamin B1) in their blood than healthy people.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Children find food wrapped in McDonald's packaging 'six times tastier'
PR: The study, designed to gauge the power of advertising, revealed that boys and girls as young as three found food tastier when they thought it was made by a big brand.
New warning about chemical in plastic
Ecohazard: A warning about a possible link with breast and prostate cancers from a hormone-like chemical found in everyday plastic products such as food containers and water bottles has been issued by an international expert group.
MONSANTO PATENTS ASSERTED AGAINST AMERICAN FARMERS REJECTED BY PATENT
The World Reacts: Monsanto has filed dozens of patent infringement lawsuits asserting the four challenged patents against American farmers, many of whom are unable to hire adequate representation to defend themselves in court. The crime these farmers are accused of is nothing more than saving seed from one year's crop to replant the following year, something farmers have done since the beginning of time.
Nutrition Quiz: Healthy eating
Holiday malaria pills cost me my hearing
Medical Industry: Hundreds of thousands of people are given this medication on a yearly basis but rarely are people warned of the side-effects. Yes, they may know about the possible hallucinations, nausea and gastric problems - but who ever heard of deafness?
Monday, August 6, 2007
Orange removes phone mast from 'Tower of Doom' flats after cancer kills residents
EcoHazard: A mobile phone company is to remove a controversial mast from a block of flats dubbed the 'Tower of Doom', after seven residents were struck down by cancer.
Americans Heeding Food Safety Issues
The World Reacts: Recent food safety advisories and food recalls are on the minds of many U.S. adults, according to a new Gallup poll.
Company recalling 15,000 cases of green beans; potential for botulism toxin
Tainted Food: A Wisconsin company is voluntarily recalling 15,000 cases of green beans that federal officials say may not have been processed adequately to eliminate the potential for botulism toxin.
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Government takes on pharmaceutical giants to cut NHS drug prices
Regulaton: Health secretary Alan Johnson today tore up a pricefixing agreement with drug companies and the NHS.
Sunshine cuts risk of breast cancer
Natural Health: For years, experts have warned that spending too much time in the sun can increase the risk of developing skin cancer. But now it seems that women who avoid sunlight altogether are putting themselves at greater risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer.
GPs 'giving Ritalin to babies under a year old'
Psychotropics: Thousands of children are needlessly being prescribed mind-altering powerful drugs for hyperactivity, according to opposition MPs.
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Arsenic found high in Turf Valley
Eco-Hazard: Citing arsenic levels that are 60 times higher than normal, Howard County's top health official called yesterday for mandatory comprehensive testing of land at the Turf Valley planned community in Ellicott City, where the owner has been trying for two decades to add more than 1,000 homes.
Lawmaker Calls for Registry of Drug Firms Paying Doctors
Regulation: An influential Republican senator says he will propose legislation requiring drug makers to disclose the payments they make to doctors for services like consulting, lectures and attendance at seminars.
Foot-and-mouth disease detected in UK
Tainted food: British authorities moved quickly to try and contain the outbreak of the highly infectious disease, imposing a nationwide ban on moving livestock.
The Vegan Way: Helpful for Some Health Concerns
Natural Health: These changes may give you some of the advantages of a totally plant-based dieta lower body mass, better heart health, lower blood pressure and less risk of type 2 diabetes as well as some cancers.
Friday, August 3, 2007
Foods Exposed--Are the Marketing Claims Really True?
The latest U.S. health safety distraction ploy: Blame China!
PR: U.S. health and safety officials have found yet another brilliant way to distract the public from realizing just how dangerous U.S.-made food and drug products are: Blame China! Lately, we've seen China blamed for everything from toxic toothpaste, deadly dog food, contaminated ginger and now lead-based paints in Mattel toys.
House bill directs FDA to revamp food safety work
Regulation: The U.S. House passed a $90.7 billion funding bill on Thursday that orders the Food and Drug Administration to write a plan for improving its food safety work, brought into doubt by tainted imports this year.
Thursday, August 2, 2007
ADA Caves In - FDA Under Fire For Protecting Mercury Fillings
Broccoli halves risk 'of deadliest tumours'
Natural Health: Eating broccoli twice a week can halve a man's chances of developing the most dangerous form of prostate cancer, a study suggests.
Product Recall: Green Beans
Tainted Food: Lakeside Foods Inc. of Manitowoc, Wis., is recalling 15,000 cases of its 14.5-ounce French style green beans because some of the cans may have been under-processed and some may have leaked.
Japanese women, Icelandic men world's longest-lived
Health Trends: Japan's women have topped the world's longevity ranks for 22 years, something researchers have attributed to their healthy diet and tight social ties, among other factors.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Getting Busted for Pot Can Cost Your Right to Vote
State finds autism-pesticide link: CHILDREN OF WOMEN IN CENTRAL VALLEY WERE FOCUS OF STUDY
Ecohazard: Pregnant women from the Central Valley who were exposed to high levels of pesticides were up to six times more likely to give birth to a child with autism or a related disorder, state health officials said Monday.
Drug reps use psychological tactics to successfully influence doctors' prescribing habits
Medical Industry: Pharmaceutical companies spend more than $15 billion each year promoting prescription drugs in the United States. One-third of that amount is spent on "detailing" -- an industry term for drug company representatives' one-on-one promotion to doctors.
FDA Announces Program to Enhance States’ Food Safety Programs
Regulation: Goal is to Strengthen Safety of Food Facilities Overseen by States. And diminish the power of the states to enforce their own regulations.
FDA Panel Votes to Keep Avandia on Market Despite Risks
Medical Industry: An advisory panel to the US Food and Drug Administration on Monday recommended that Avandia (rosiglitazone), the widely used diabetes pill manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, be permitted to remain on the market despite indications that it might contribute to heart attacks in some users.
The FDA is Breaking the Law
Regulaton: By allowing genetically engineered (GE) foods to be marketed and sold in the United States without proof of safety, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is -- quite blatantly -- breaking the law.