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APRIL 2007

Monday, April 30, 2007

Tonight at 8pm - Cori will be a guest on Dr. Stan Monteith's Radio Liberty Program to discuss MS, cancer and aspartame, recent studies and more. Go to Radio Liberty's website to tune in.

Health freedom community rallies against passage of FDA Revitalization Act of 2007
The World Reacts: The FDA has done such a lousy job protecting Americans that Congress now feels compelled to throw even more money at the agency, deepening the financial ties with Big Pharma .

Migraines may be tied to brain damage
Symptoms: People with migraines also may be suffering from some brain damage as brain cells swell and become starved of oxygen — a finding that may help explain why migraine sufferers have a higher risk of stroke, researchers reported on Sunday.
Here they tell you to take drugs to avoid migraines, but mention nothing about avoiding foods that create lesions in the brain.

Green Tea Ingredient May Curb Destruction of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Herbal Remedy:

Minky Viagra? Pfizer Doesn’t Want You to Understand It, Just Buy It
PR: How much sexual innuendo can an advertiser pack into 15 seconds?

Why are so many women getting MS?
Health Trends: In 1940, two out of three with the condition were women. In 2000, it was four out of five.
Do women tend to use more diet products than men? More aspartame?

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Rocket Fuel Chemical Found in Food, Water Supply
Eco Hazzard: Perchlorate, a chemical used in rocket fuel, is turning up in the nation's food -- in vegetables like lettuce and spinach -- and water supply.

Vegan eateries not just for hippies
Health Trend: The fake meat at this upscale vegan eatery doesn't taste like mystery meat. Depending on the night it's more like hearty meat loaf with a mushroom sauce, pork tenderloin or Mediterranean grilled chicken skewers.
Is this an ad for textured vegetable protein peddlers? A new accepted outlet for an MSG equivalent?

FDA ATTACKS HEALTH SUPPLEMENTS- April 30 deadline for comment
Regulation:

What Is Sugar, Really?
PR: [Audio]

Chemotherapy Fog Is No Longer Ignored as Illusion
Psychotropic: Virtually all cancer survivors who have had toxic treatments like chemotherapy experience short-term memory loss and difficulty concentrating during and shortly afterward, experts say.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Cori Brackett on Mike Rivero's "What Really Happened" radio show!
This Saturday, April 28th at 10:00 AM Mountain on the
GCN Radio Network. Mike Rivero is the webmaster of our favorite site,
www.whatreallyhappened.com

FDA ATTACKS HEALTH SUPPLEMENTS- April 30 deadline for comment
Regulation: Vitamins, minerals, herbs, essential oils, Ayurvedic products, homeopathic remedies, nutritional supplements, plant enzymes, et al, if classed as ‘medicine’, must be subjected to all the standard drug testing procedures and must be procured only via prescription which must be issued only by a medical doctor.
This deadline for comments was extended to May 29th, but I urge everyone to comment to them NOW.

Drug Companies Improperly Influence Continuing Medical Education Programs, Probe Finds
Medical Industry: According to a draft copy of a 106-page report, the investigation found that pharmaceutical companies, which provide financial contributions to CME program providers, have used the contributions

Don’t have a cow: They won’t bring in the clones
World Reacts: “The Boston Police Department had some concern that the presence of cloned animals would, in fact, lead to an increase of protest,” said police spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll.

(Almost) Everybody Does It
Medical Industry:

Tighter rules on food ads urged
World Reacts: Which? food campaigner Miranda Watson said the CAP restrictions fell "well short of the mark".

The Food Revolution of Alice Waters' Chez Panisse
Eco Hazzard: In a world of fast food and childhood obesity, the project aims to lure children into eating right.
"We have to create a circumstance that is really irresistible," Waters says. "And fortunately, nature is irresistible."

Today Cancer is the Deadliest Killer
Health Trends:

Canadian Scientists Create Human Cancer in Mouse
Eco Vandals: Previously, researchers would engineer mice to develop cancer but it was the animal form of the disease. They could also implant human cancers into mice but missed studying how the disease originated.

Wi-fi laptop fears for children
Eco Hazzard: Computers with wireless internet should not be placed on children's laps, says the head of the government's committee on mobile phone safety research.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Workplace cancers cause 200,000 deaths a year: WHO
Eco Hazzard:

6,000 hogs may have eaten tainted feed: USDA
Eco Hazzard: An estimated 6,000 hogs from New York to California were likely given feed containing melamine, a chemical used in plastics and fertilizer, the U.S. Agriculture Department said Thursday

Aspirin 'can't prevent onset of Alzheimer's'
PR: Taking aspirin does not protect against Alzheimer's disease after all, scientists claim.

7 New Cases of 'Popcorn Workers Lung'
Eco Hazzaard: The CDC reports seven cases of a potentially deadly lung disease known as "popcorn workers lung" at four California flavor factories.

Black Cohosh-Black Magic Against Breast Cancer
Herbal Remedies

Couples close to screening babies for cancer
World Reacts: Two couples with a family history of breast cancer are hoping to become the first people to use genetic screening to create babies who are immune from inheriting the potentially fatal disease.
In this dawn of genetically modified human beings, I'm noticing that those that have a genetic predisposition for a particular illness are now given a definitve sentence. It's implied in this article, but far from the truth. Conversely, those left with the impression of being "immune" might be deeply disappointed.

Contamination ‘unusual’ in Mass.
Eco Hazzard: Lead from old pipes is a greater threat to most Bay Staters than the possibility that skin-burning water will ever flow from the tap as it did in Spencer yesterday.

Weil, authors to discuss effects of Farm Bill
World Reacts: Tucson Food Fight will focus on how the Farm Bill is hurting people and the planet.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Arizona International Film Festival
SWEET REMEDY SCREENING AND PANEL DISCUSSION
Guest Speakers include Cori Brackett, J.T. Waldron, Dr. Brian Cabin, Terrol Dew Johnson, and KJLL radio personality Chuck Aubrey as the Moderator.
This very special event will take place at the Chinese Cultural Center (1288 W. River Rd.) in Tucson, AZ on Thursday, April 26 at 7:00 PM.


Uprooting the organic claims
PR: Sales of organic produce are booming on the back of alleged benefits to our health and the environment, as well as claims of higher standards of animal welfare. But are we being seduced by "feel good" claims that don't stand up to scientific scrutiny?

Big Food reaches out to friendly FDA to update definition of chocolate
Medical Industry: With the news of this only slipping out yesterday, surprisingly enough on the day that public comments end, does the FDA really expect to receive many comments from the public?

N.C. hog farm quarantined after melamine discovery
Eco-Hazzard:

Study: Being Smart Doesn't Make You Rich
Health Trends: Having a high IQ isn't money in the bank, according to new research that shows smarter doesn't necessarily mean richer.
Don't be discouraged!

'Pot 2.0':U.S. marijuana growing stronger
Heatlh Trends:
In the wake of scientific research pointing to marijuana's cancer -fighting properties, is England's "skunk-weed" hysteria about to hit the U.S. to counter calls for legal medicinal use?

Most U.S. doctors take drug company freebies: study
Medical Industry: Virtually all U.S. doctors take freebies from drug companies, and a third take money for lecturing, signing patients up for trials or going to meetings, according to a survey published on Wednesday.

U.S. Not Ready for Rise in Disabled
Health Trends: As many as 50 million Americans currently live with physical or mental impairments that prevent them from taking on regular work or life activities. But that number is expected to skyrocket as an aging population and rising obesity rates take their toll on Americans, concludes a report issued by a panel at the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

The Virtues of Low-Cal Sweeteners Presented by the American Beverage Association on You Tube!
PR:
This absolutely amazing video features former FDA Director of Food Additive Safety stating with a straight face that foods in our grocery stores are safe because they couldn't get there without FDA approval...
No mention of what type of low-cal sweetener, so let's assume they're talking about stevia. Yeah, that's the ticket.


Nutrition standards urged for school food
Regulation: Concerned about the rise of obesity in young people, Congress asked the Institute of Medicine to develop a set of standards for foods that would be available in schools.

Tainted Pet Food Was Fed To Hogs
Tainted Food: Salvaged pet food contaminated with an industrial chemical was sent to hog farms in as many as six states, federal health officials said Tuesday

Did You Know Your Neighbor's Drugs Wind Up in Your Drinking Water?
Ecohazzard: Even though an environmental chief with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service disputes any causal relationship between such drug residues and damage to the environmental or your health, in a strange, contradictory move, the agency has partnered with the American Pharmacists Association to launch a consumer campaign suggesting safer disposal alternatives.

Victims' families: Strengthen food oversight
Regulation: Families victimized by tainted spinach and peanut butter put a human face Tuesday on a recent string of high-profile outbreaks of foodborne illness, urging lawmakers to strengthen federal oversight of the nation's food supply.

Exercise may Help in Reducing the Risk of Parkinson's Disease
Natural Health:

A Single High Fat Meal Could Boost Blood Pressures
Tainted Food: It is well known that eating too many high-fat meals will clog arteries and increase heart attack risk. But now comes the news that even a single high-fat meal can quickly send your blood pressure soaring.

U.S. has huge appetite for organic food: industry
World Reacts: Organic food sales grow by as much as 20 percent a year and were forecast for $16 billion during 2006, or nearly 3 percent of all U.S. food spending, the Organic Trade Association said at a pair of congressional hearings.

FDA causes unnecessary scare about common painkillers
Regulation: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has caused an unnecessary scare about some pain relievers by adding a warning to drugs that are safe, says Curt Furberg, M.D., Ph.D., from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. At the same time, he says the agency has failed to recognize the harm of a pain reliever that should be taken off the market.
The value in any one regulatory body is not it's abiility to ban a substance, but in the accuracy of the information it provides.

FDA Knew About Recent Food Contamination Problems
Regulation: Agency Was Aware Of Problems With Spinach And Peanut Butter Before Illnesses Spread, But Did Not Investigate
The value in any one regulatory body is not it's abiility to ban a substance, but in the accuracy of the information it provides.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Junk food adverts help double the amount children eat says study
PR: Children who are bombarded with junk food TV adverts will almost double the amount of unhealthy snacks and sweets they eat, alarming research has revealed.

Rep.: 'Broken' FDA can't keep food safe
Regulation: The Food and Drug Administration lacks the staff, funding and enforcement authority needed to protect the U.S. food supply in a post-9/11 world, said Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., at a hearing Tuesday on Capitol Hill.
Pretty creepy scare-mongering completely ignores that the manufacturers and pharmaceuticals are the one's spiking our food. Not some boogyman in a turban.

Aspartame's Safety Questioned Again
PR: But the Food and Drug Administration has said repeatedly, and as recently as last Friday, that aspartame is safe.
Notice that by publicly refuting the 2005 Soffritti study last Friday, news articles will state the FDA's position in the second sentence of the article. How responsible is this when the FDA knows this new study addresses the concerns in the first study and still reaffirms the carcinogenic properties of aspartame? Is defending a pre-approved poison some result of a regulatory body "overwhelmed"? When will these people be held accountable for the damage they have done?

Is FDA Capable Of Keeping Food Safe?
Regulation:

Medicine and the Drug Industry, a Morality Tale
Medical Industry: It was in 1949 that Elvin Stakman, president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, issued the membership their marching orders: "Science cannot stop while ethics catches up."

Sainsbury's takes the chemicals out of cola
PR: Sainsbury's is replacing aspartame with sucralose, a low-calorie sweetener made from sugar.
Yes, that sound-bite is emanating from "The Daily Mail". Here's a deal: You could get our documentary "Sweet Remedy" and Dr. Mercola's current low-down on sucralose, "Sweet Deception"- all for one low price.
Can we just have stevia now?

Monday, April 23, 2007

Diets Fail in the Long Run, Study Says
Natural Health:

You Are What You Grow
Health Trends: So how is it that today the people with the least amount of money to spend on food are the ones most likely to be overweight?

Junk Food Ad Overkill Shows Urgent Ban Needed, Australian Medical Association
PR: AMA President Dr Mukesh Haikerwal today called on the Federal Government to urgently ban all advertising of junk food to children, after a new study revealed that two-thirds of advertising during high-rating children's television programs promotes junk food.

Studies line up on Parkinson's and pesticides link
Eco Hazzard: Evidence that pesticides can cause Parkinson's disease is stronger than it has ever been after a meeting of experts who have put together links in animals and people, scientists say.

Low vitamin D levels linked to poor physical performance in older adults
Natural Health:

Crisis looms in obesity in Europe, experts say
Health Trends: Europe could face a major health and social crisis as obesity levels continue to rise among adults and children, health experts said Sunday.

FDA aware of dangers to food
Regulation: The Food and Drug Administration has known for years about contamination problems at a Georgia peanut butter plant and on California spinach farms that led to disease outbreaks that killed three people, sickened hundreds, and forced one of the biggest product recalls in U.S. history, documents and interviews show.

U.S. food inspectors overwhelmed by imports
Regulation: Billions of dollars' worth of foreign ingredients slip by without safety checks

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Vanishing honeybees mystify scientists
Eco Hazzard: Since about one-third of the U.S. diet depends on pollination and most of that is performed by honeybees, this constitutes a serious problem, according to Jeff Pettis of the U.S. Agricultural Research Service.

Calif. firm recalls beef due to possible E. coli
Tainted Food

HIV cash misspent on abstinence education
Malpractice: Restrictions imposed by Congress are hampering the US government's global AIDS relief programme, a report by the US Institute of Medicine (IOM) concluded on 30 March.

Traditional Chinese Medicinal Herbs May Help Women With Breast Cancer
Traditional Medicine: Using Chinese herbs either
or in conjunction with chemotherapy may help protect a breast cancer patient's bone marrow and immune system, as well as improving the woman's overall quality of life.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Perfumes Find Their Way Into Human Breast Milk

Retail Clinics Becoming Increasingly Popular in US

FDA: No evidence aspartame causes cancer
Meanwhile, the Italian team is expected to release Monday the results of a further study of the sweetener. Aspartame has been sold for 25 years. It's found in thousands of products, including sodas, chewing gum, dairy products and even some medicines.
They know that the second test to be revealed in New York this Monday reaffirms the carcinogenic properties of aspartame. This is a good time to remind anyone that if you are considering a doctor, ask him or her about aspartame, If you see information from an industry-funded nonprofit named after a disease that you might have, find out their position about the safety of aspartame. Aspartame is an excellent "litmus test" for sorting out those tainted by a system that is broken.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Bush administration is prying into your medical records in violation of the law
The federal database of your private medical information is now being used by federal law enforcement to investigate crimes that have nothing to do with prescription drug abuse. We know this because yesterday ABC News disclosed that the feds checked the database to see what prescription meds the Virginia Tech shooter might have been on.

FDA Regulators Using Legal Trickery to Kill Alternative Procedures and Products
Public, professional and industry comments are being accepted on the FDA proposal to "capture" alternative procedures and products as "medicine" and then make them illegal.

Many Believe FDA, Congress Fail To Ensure Prescription Drug Safety, Survey Finds

Mental illness strains school counselors
Across America, college counseling centers are strained by rising numbers of mentally ill students and surging demand for mental health services — a challenging trend as campus officials try to identify potential threats like the unstable Virginia Tech gunman.

Dairy food linked with Parkinson's disease in men
Researchers found that among more than 130,000 U.S. adults followed for 9 years, those who ate the largest amount of dairy foods had an increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease, a disorder in which movement-regulating cells in the brain die or become impaired.
How much of this milk was without recombinant bovine growth hormone?

Prescription Drug Costs Cause Some High-Deductible Plan Members To Stop Treatment, According To Report

Bush: College murders a reminder to question odd behavior
Here's a new excuse to control behavior by the threat of your "patiotic" buddy or family member ratting you out as an "enemy combattant". Mind control.

FDA Approves The First Vaccine For the Bird Flu Hoax

Exercises for the brain help build connections as you age

Organic Milk Supply Expected to Surge as Farmers Pursue a Payoff
Arthur Harvey, the blueberry farmer, persuaded a federal court in 2005 that some regulations on organic milk were too lax, including those governing how a dairy farmer can convert to organic status.
As a result, hundreds of dairy farmers decided to switch last spring so they could complete the yearlong conversion before the more stringent “Harvey” rule takes effect in June.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Morbidly obese: bigger Britons need fatter furnaces

2,000 deaths after doctors 'ignored HIV blood alerts'

Two studies link hormones and cancer in women

"Cybertooth" for patients may replace pills
"The device is going to be crucial, first of all for patients who have disabilities in remembering -- like Alzheimer's patients," said Ben Z. Beiski, one of the developers, at Assuta Medical Centre in Tel Aviv.
It seems that once the population is disabled with dementia or Alzheimers, authorities are waiting in the wings with the next level of contol and surveillance.

Possible Aid For Alzheimer's: Satellites
Malcolm Wicks, Britain's Minister of State for Science and Innovation, told a parliamentary committee that satellite tracking could allow people such as Alzheimer's disease patients to move freely — while ensuring they were being supervised.
From the country that has 1 surveillance camera per every 14 citizens...

EU experts fail to agree approval of GMO beet
EU biotech experts failed on Thursday to agree on approving an application for genetically modified (GMO) sugar beet, again exposing the bloc's deep-seated rift on biotech foods, the European Commission said on Thursday.

Green tea may help prevent autoimmune diseases
Researchers studied an animal model for type I diabetes and primary Sjogren's Syndrome, which damages the glands that produce tears and saliva.

Breastfed babies weigh less as kids

Why Grass-Fed Beef Costs More

Organic vs. conventional: What do experts say?
The wholesale claim that organics are more nutritious than conventional is ahead of the science, experts say.
O.K. So I'm gonna stuff myself with chemical pesticide-spiked frankenfood and wait for the "science" to catch up. Nah, I think our common sense will suffice.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

On Wednesday, April 18, 2007, Cori Brackett and JT Waldron will be guests on The Spirit of Film radio show with Randall Libero.

Cancer patients are at high risk for potential drug interactions
Cancer patients often take several medications at the same time, not only for treating their cancer but also for side effects and other secondary illnesses. Because of this, they can be at high risk for adverse drug interactions and duplicate medications. Consequences of these interactions can range from inactivation of cancer-fighting medications to severely injuring or killing the patient.

Study: Antidepressants may help kids
"The medications are safe and effective and should be considered as an important part of treatment," said study co-author Dr. David Brent of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. "The benefits seem favorable compared to the small risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior."
Notice how this story hits Yahoo and the New York Times as police reveal that the Virginia Tech shooter was on anti-depressants.

Fears over drugs that can boost your brain
Critics say users can put themselves at risk of sleep deprivation and suffer damage to their brain and central nervous systems.

Omega-3 fatty acid may help prevent Alzheimer's brain lesions

Dementia Care Costs Worldwide Reach $315 Billion
Dementia refers to cognitive and intellectual deficiencies involving memory, language, motor skills, organizing, reasoning and recognition of familiar faces.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Marijuana Compound May Fight Lung Cancer
Harvard University researchers have found that, in both laboratory and mouse studies, delta-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) cuts tumor growth in half in common lung cancer while impeding the cancer's ability to spread.

Fast Food: Ads vs. Reality

How Hill & Knowlton Pioneered Unsound Science
Its PR strategy, devised by the firm Hill & Knowlton, was "entangling itself in the manipulation of fundamental scientific processes," as Allan Brandt describes in his new book, "The Cigarette Century."

New aspartame data to be presented at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in NYC, USA
A second study conducted by the European Ramazzini Foundation (ERF) confirms the carcinogenicity of aspartame. The results of this study will be presented April 23, 2007 at the Mount Sinai Medical School of New York, where ERF Scientific Director Morando Soffritti will receive the third Irving J. Selikoff Award. [vedi testo completo per l'italiano]

Eat less pasta and the pelvic pain will vanish
"It was hard at the beginning; I had to check labels all the time. But after about nine months the pain had gone. It was unbelievable how well it worked.
"There was no doubt the wheat was having an effect on my pain. If I strayed from the diet, I suffered.

Fruits and Veggies Cut Cancer Risks

Bacon is threat to the lungs, say US scientists

Red and processed meat linked to breast cancer

Does less trans fat make food healthier?
It's a tricky time for consumers, because the answer depends on the food - and some are losing trans fat only to have another artery clogger take its place, that old nemesis saturated fat.
How about avoiding foods once submerged in boiling oily substances?

Study Shows That Indigenous People are Not Genetically Prone to Diabetes
"Instead, it is aspects of the social environment that are responsible for the high rates of diabetes among indigenous people. Poor diet, reduced physical activity, stress, low birth weight and other factors associated with poverty all contribute to the high rate of diabetes among indigenous people", Dr Paradies said.
Although I'm not a doctor, I suspect environmental effects on generations of people [particularly with organ function] may not necessarily be reflected in genetic structure, or our current knowledge of genetic structure.

Red Wine Good for Nothing, Say Indian Doctors
Scores of leading doctors assembled in the national capital to participate in a national health summit were unanimous in their view that wine, beer or any other form of alcohol couldn't be promoted as a health enhancer.

Monday, April 16, 2007

U.S. food imports rarely inspected
Just 1.3 percent of imported fish, vegetables, fruit and other foods are inspected — yet those government inspections regularly reveal food unfit for human consumption.

Mental health bill 'too punitive'
The bill, which will allow people to be held against their will even if they have not committed a crime, has been attacked by the Tories as "punitive".

Cell Phones May Be Why Honeybees Are Disappearing

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Medical testing of volunteers questioned
Experts in medical ethics say the Hopkins study raises difficult questions about the way research is conducted. Scientists don't know much about the long-term health effects of repeatedly volunteering for such studies. Nor do they have a definitive way to determine if participants violate guidelines that prohibit joining more than one study at a time.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Look Out For Your Baby's Health -- Nestle Buys Gerber

Monitoring Food Imports to the U.S.
The contamination of pet food has raised questions about the safety of our own food supply as more of the food we eat comes from overseas.

Court ruling OKs mercury fillings
A federal appeals court said Friday it could not force the Food and Drug Administration to tighten restrictions on dental fillings containing mercury.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Healthier food, drinks slowly enter schools
The Bravo alliance is part of Coke's effort to supply nutritious drinks to schools that already buy its sodas. Bravo's low-fat milks contain sucralose, a calorie-free sweetener, are fortified with vitamins and minerals and meet the Alliance guidelines.
Apart from the obvious question of why "Coca Cola" is pressed with the task of providing healthy foods, they still have to use Splenda, which is only a slighty less evil alternative to aspartame.

Medicines make 10,000 China children deaf a year
"The improper use of antibiotics is the main culprit," the People's Daily quoted Chen Zhensheng, deputy director of the China Rehabilitation Research Centre for Deaf Children, as saying.
Parents had "blind faith" in antibiotics and doctors, who often take kickbacks from drugs middlemen, were more than willing to prescribe them, the newspaper said.

Male Child Birth Dropping in US and Japan
“We know that men who work with some solvents, metals, and pesticides father fewer baby boys. We also know that nutritional factors, physical health, and chemical exposures of pregnant women affect their ability to have children and the health of their offspring,” says Devra Lee Davis, director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute’s Center for Environmental Oncology, in a news release.

China's food safety woes expand overseas
The list of Chinese food exports rejected at American ports reads like a chef's nightmare: pesticide-laden pea pods, drug-laced catfish, filthy plums and crawfish contaminated with salmonella.

Wal-Mart sees medical clinic boom in retail stores
Ledlie said Wal-Mart is considering providing its in-store clinics with a common electronic medical records system so patient care can be tracked from store to store.
I couldn't make that one up.

US Confronted by a Major Healthcare Crisis, Say Critics
The US is entering a healthcare crisis, many activists are warning. It has one of the poorest health profiles in the developed world, it has been assessed. Around 46 million [people in that country] do not have health insurance because they cannot afford it.

Over 1 Million American Hospital Patients Experience Side Effects And Other Problems With Their Medications

Thursday, April 12, 2007

One busy model (presented to us by Reddit.com, courtesy of Adrant.com)

Endangered Science
MacDonald, a former hydraulics engineer with no educational background in biology or other natural sciences, "has been heavily involved with editing, commenting on, and reshaping the Endangered Species Programs' scientific reports from the field."

Health freedom action alert: FDA attempting to regulate supplements, herbs and juices as "drugs"
Take a moment to write your congressperson and the FDA about this. Click here to respond to the FDA.

Nestle to buy Gerber for $5.5 billion
But the baby-food business has never been a good fit for a parent company that mainly sells medications.

Tired of stickers on fruit? Try etchings
''I don't want my fruit lasered. I'll take a sticker over a laser. The less tampering with fruit, the better,'' said consumer Ellen Hamilton, of Alexandria, Va.

Bush withdraws environmental nominees
This article is a little short on the reasons why they are withdrawn, so here's an article we posted with more info.

US reopens conflict-of-interest drug research cases

Fish Oils Delay Cognitive Decline, Studies Find

Could eating oily fish increase the risk of diabetes?
Scientists believe that cocktails of manmade chemicals which pollute our sea and soil could be one of key factors which in trigger the disease.
We don't usually do this but there are safe sources of fish.

Obesity's helper in triggering diabetes
IF TRUE, it could turn the conventional wisdom of how obesity causes diabetes on its head. Emerging evidence suggests that pollutants stored in body fat may be contributing to the ongoing rise of type 2 diabetes.

New food and drink advert ban to prevent child obesity
They aim to quash "pester power" by banning phrases such as "Ask Mummy to buy you...". And advertisers mustn't show children putting products into parents' supermarket trolleys.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Happy pills to help soothe heartburn

Diabetes Complications Cost Billions
Report Shows Cost of Treating Diabetes Complications Is $10,000 per Patient Each Year

Bloggers lash out at 'code of conduct'
The proposed code calls for bloggers to ban anonymous comments and delete messages if they are abusive, threatening, libellous, false, and if they violate promises of confidentiality or an individual's privacy.
This same sort of "belong to our club" certification tactic was used in the early part of this century to ostracize all forms of nonallopathic treatment. Like Tippor Gore's push for censorship in the mid 1980's, the concern is to protect us from "harmful matter" and insure "civility". Ultimately, you wind up with a thought police preventing "certain uncomfortable truth's" from reaching a larger audience. Ultimately, it's mind control.

After small-scale anthrax attack: vaccinate, treat
In planning for the possibility of a small-scale bioterrorist anthrax attack like the one perpetrated via the US mail in 2001, the most cost-effective response is to vaccinate exposed persons and treat them with antibiotics, new research hints.
Or we could remove the Anthrax perps from our government. Anthrax was used to squash dissent in Congress. This is mind control.

Morbid Obesity Bulge Gets Bigger
As U.S. Obesity Rate Grows, Extreme Obesity Is Growing Three Times Faster

Malpractice study -- Juries sympathize more with doctors
MU law professor finds that patients lose nearly half of the cases they were expected to win

Poor diet puts teenagers' health at risk
A quarter of Australian teenagers eat fast food everyday and more than a third hardly ever eat fruit, a Deakin University study has found.
[Audio]

'Marketplace' Report: Celebrex Marketing
A new television commercial for Pfizer's painkiller Celebrex has attracted attention for its length and innovative marketing approach. But Public Citizen, a consumer group, wants the ad banned because it gives consumers a false impression that the drug has no more safety risk than some other painkillers.

Another "innovative" Drug Ready to Bite the Dust
The sad fact remains, no one needs a useless pill or an inhalable insulin to treat their diabetes if they're willing to make some simple lifestyle changes.

Cow sent to U.S. was with infected cow

Worldwide cancer cases to soar
bout 11 million cases of cancer are diagnosed worldwide annually - but that number is expected to explode to 27 million in the next two decades.

Family: Botched surgery led to minister's suicide
Some experts say anesthesia awareness may happen to 20,000 to 40,000 patients a year in this country. Typically they feel pain or pressure during surgery because they aren't adequately anesthetized

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

The War At Home: Agent Orange in the City of New Orleans

Severely obese fastest-growing U.S. overweight group
They found the proportion of the severely obese was 50 percent higher in 2005 than it had been in 2000.

Food Industry in India to Grow to $310 Billion by 2015: CII
"The Indian food industry - both primary and processed - is poised for a rapid growth.

Can a Vegetarian Diet Prevent Cancer?

Diabetes May Bring You A Step Closer To Alzheimer’s Disease
Diabetes could be related to a higher risk for amnestic mild cognitive impairment by directly affecting the build-up of plaques in the brain, a hallmark characteristic of Alzheimer's disease, the authors note.

Officials Indicted for Allowing a Fast Food Joint Teeming With Rats in New York to Function
Third Wor[l]d Officials may take heart.

Monday, April 9, 2007

Paying by fingerprint will make shopping a breeze
NCR says the next phase of the technology is to get customers feeling comfortable with the idea of using their biological information to make casual purchases.
Surveiling people limits behavior and curbs freedom which is in itself a form of mind control.

Scots scientists unveil 'spray-on' computer
SCOTTISH scientists have developed a computer the size of a matchstick head, thousands of which can be sprayed onto patients to give a comprehensive analysis of their condition.

Big Brother creeps into British schools
Plans are already under way to hold details of all children in a single register to be launched next year and Prime Minister Tony Blair has said he wants all youngsters monitored for signs of criminality.

Revolution, flashmobs, and brain chips. A grim vision of the future

Prescription drug abuse hits all segments of society
The National Institute on Drug Abuse says most misuse is in three classes of prescription drugs:
•  Opioids, prescribed for pain, such as Vicodin.
•  Central nervous system depressants, prescribed to treat anxiety and sleeplessness, such as Valium.
•  Stimulants, prescribed to fight attention-deficit disorder, such as Ritalin.

Managing chronic illnesses — or, even better, preventing them
With chronic conditions, because cure may not be an option, our role is to become a partner with our physician, learning how to live as healthfully as possible by becoming actively engaged in our treatment.

Working near chlorine pools tied to lung problems

Arsenic in chicken feed may pose health risks to humans, C&EN reports
Complicating the issue is the fact that no one knows the exact amount of arsenic found in chicken meat or ingested by consumers who frequently eat chicken. “Neither the Food and Drug Administration nor the Department of Agriculture has actually measured the level of arsenic in the poultry meat that most people consume,” according to the article.

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Medication-suicide link remains touchy subject
Dr. Andrew Leon, a psychiatric researcher at Weill Medical College of Cornell University who is a paid scientific adviser for the pharmaceutical industry and the government, was a member of the 2004 panel and was on the panel conducting the hearing Wednesday.
"Sitting up there and having the public yell that you're killing their children is no fun," he said. "But I suppose that has become a part of the process now."

Genetic Technology and Eugenics
Due to the explosive power of this technology the chances of misuse are also very high.

Chickens genetically engineered to make cancer drugs

Eli Lilly said to encourage use of pill for unapproved illnesses
In the campaign "Viva Zyprexa," Eli Lilly told its sales representatives to suggest that doctors prescribe Zyprexa to patients with what some called symptoms of dementia.

McDonald's, KFC Nabbed for 'Four Yuan Scheme'
Look at the pictures of the Chinese woman and little boy to the right of the article.

No Need To Go Under The Knife - Pharma Has You Covered

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Health fears as Japan falls for fast food
Japan, the home of sushi, seaweed cuisine and the world's longest life expectancy, is rearing a generation of young sugar addicts who are destined to spend their adolescence fighting obesity and acne, according to a report that paints a devastating picture of the country's health crisis.

Heavy Marijuana Use Doesn't Damage Brain
Analysis of Studies Finds Little Effect From Long-Term Use

Eat to Help Prevent Cancer

Finding the start of Alzheimer’s disease
Alzheimer’s toll is expected to rise to more than 25 million by the middle of the century. If the numbers are right, one in every eight people over 65 years old will be robbed of part of their ability to understand what is going on around them.

Can fish oil fight Alzheimer's disease?

'Age management' is a controversial new medical focus
"My husband and I, we're both looking forward to living a long, healthy life," she said. Last fall, Roussell and her husband Michael, 47, who owns a commercial construction business in Fayetteville, Georgia, began seeing Dr. Ana Casas, who calls herself a specialist in "age management." It's one of the fastest-growing trends in American medicine.
Could this be the type of approach we need to accept books like "Health and Nutrition Secrets to Save Your Life?"

New Urgency in Debating Health Care
Few advocate a wholesale shift to government-directed medicine, but most are seeking broad changes in the employer-subsidized health system, which they regard as unsustainable in its current form.

Friday, April 6, 2007

Consulting Firm OK's Its Own Conflicts of Interest
"The National Institutes of Health has temporarily suspended" the consulting firm Sciences International, which "had been reviewing the health dangers of chemicals for the government while also working for the chemical industry," reports Marla Cone.

Drugs Are Killing Alzheimer's Patients

Cancer Vaccine Continues to Spark Debate
"The vaccine is too new to be thinking about mandates," said Dr. Jon Abramson, a professor of infectious diseases at Wake Forest University Medical School and chairman of the CDC's immunization practices committee.
Warning: Yahoo then refers to the Amercan Cancer Society, an organization that fails miserably, the "Aspartame Litmus Test".

Judge says U.S. government must allow private testing for mad cow disease
Kansas meatpacker Creekstone Farms Premium Beef wants to test all its cattle for the disease, a move that larger companies feared. If Creekstone is allowed to advertise its meat as tested and safe, that could essentially force the larger companies to test, too.
Notice the absence of concern for consumer safety.

100-Year-Olds' Secret: Stay Aware
The most poignant finding is that 100-year-olds value their memories more than their physical comfort.

1 in 7 Adults Eat Right and Exercise

Jefferson immunology researchers show blood-brain barrier damage could affect MS severity
Immunology researchers at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson studying a multiple sclerosis (MS)-like disease in mice have shown that the amount of "damage" to the central nervous system’s protective blood-brain barrier – in essence, opening it – almost always correlates to the severity of the disease.

Veteran Had Wrong Testicle Removed

Is bottled water really better than tap?

Monsanto hits dairy ads on hormones
Monsanto, in letters to the US Federal Trade Commission and the US Food and Drug Administration, said the advertising of some dairies falsely suggests that there are health and safety risks associated with milk from cows treated with the artificial growth hormones.
They're doing it again. They're trying to make it illegal to state "we don't use recombinant bovine growth hormone".

Makers of Artificial Sweeteners Go to Court
The maker of Equal contends that Splenda has been misleading millions of consumers by fostering the notion, through television and print advertising, that Splenda is made from sugar and is natural.
Misleading millions of consumers is our job!

More lung damage found
Another 22 workers have breathing problems linked to butter flavoring...Julianne Broyles, lobbyist for the Grocery Manufacturers and Food Products Association, said synthesized diacetyl is used in many dairy and bakery products. Banning the chemical, she said, "would cause a lot of disruption in product availability to consumers."
After all, if customers get sick from the chemical, we won't be liable, because our hired experts will dispute the cause of illness in court. Truth be damned!

Another Myth Exploded - Dieting Does Not Work
Generally, those who follow a diet lose up to 10 percent of their starting weight during the first six months, but up to two-thirds of them -- that may be indeed a conservative estimate -- eventually gain more pounds than they lost within five years.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Pfizer enlists doctors to defend Lipitor
Pfizer, faced with the potential loss of billions of dollars as patients with high cholesterol switch from Lipitor to generic Zocor, has been helping doctors wage a letter-writing campaign to slow the tide.

Computer scan errs in breast test
Technology to view mammograms is found less accurate than humans

Thousands of chemical traces found in drinking water
They theorized that chronic exposure to low levels of these compounds could produce effects in water-dwelling creatures that would accumulate so slowly that they would be "undetectable or unnoticed" until it was too late to reverse them. The effects might be so insidious, they wrote, that they would be attributed to some slow-moving force like evolution or ecological change.

Problems With Emergency Care At Specialty Hospitals Raise Concerns

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Cancer vaccine faces N.M. veto
Gov. Bill Richardson said he was persuaded by parents and doctors who told him their concerns.

Did Daniel's acne medication kill him?
Daniel's death is a tragic example of how drugs may not be safe, even though they have been approved by the FDA, consumer advocates say.

FDA urges laxer labeling on irradiated foods
The FDA also proposed letting companies use the term "pasteurized" to describe irradiated foods.

Agency: Cancer cases to double by 2030
In 2000, the agency estimated 11 million new cases of diagnosed cancer worldwide, seven million deaths from cancer and 25 million people living with cancer...The agency, part of the World Health Organization, expects that by the year 2030, there will be 27 million cases of cancer, 17 million deaths from cancer and 75 million people living with cancer.

New study finds drug-resistant flu type

Could you live without a supermarket for a month?

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Patient Safety Lapses at Hospitals Increase by 3%, According to Study

Doctor contrasts his care with patient's
Dr. Perry Klaassen lived to tell about his frightening ordeal with colon cancer. His patient did not.

Pharmaceutical Industry Spends Record $155M Lobbying Federal Government From 2005 Through First Half of 2006, Study Finds

Monday, April 2, 2007

If you will be in Tucson on Monday, April 2, 2007, come see a public showing of Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World. The Voices of Opposition film series will present a screening of the film with a discussion afterwards with Cori Brackett and JT Waldron. The screening will take place on the University of Arizona campus at 7:00pm at the AME Auditorium on the corner of Speedway and Mountain.

Under The Influence
60 Minutes' Steve Kroft Reports On Drug Lobbyists' Role in Passing Bill That Keeps Drug Prices High

Rising number of Japan's kids have weight problem
The Japanese are among the longest-lived people in the world, a phenomenon many attribute to a healthy diet. But health officials say millions of Japanese men and women now suffer from metabolic syndrome, a combination of medical disorders that raises the risk of heart disease and other problems.

Possible Recess Appointments to Henhouse for Three Industry Foxes
The controversial nominees are William Wehrum, nominated to head the Environmental Protection Agency's air office; Alex Beehler, to EPA inspector general; and Susan Dudley, to White House regulations chief.
Still trust the EPA?

Organic Foods: Worth The Extra Cost?
The USDA doesn't officially offer any opinion about whether organic food is safer or more nutritious than non-organic food. It only says that organic standards have been met. This includes the companies that handle or process the foods before they get to the supermarket. That said, organic foods have lower levels of artificial pesticides, are not genetically modified, don't have artificial hormones, and reduce your exposure to antibiotics. On the other hand, the EPA regulates pesticides in foods. Strict standards must be met.
Do you trust the EPA? After they gave the "all clear" to breath 911 dust?

An Antioxidant-Rich Pizza is No Health Food in Disguise
All this data and the extra antioxidants residing in whole wheat pizza dough aside, there's still no reason whatsoever to believe it's any safer and healthier for you than Krispy Kreme's newest whole wheat doughnut.

Drug testing youth poses difficulties: study
Of 710 random drug tests performed 85 gave incorrect results, either failing to detect drug use because the urine sample was diluted or giving a false-positive result when the test detected prescription medications.

Some Hospitals Call 911 to Save Their Patients

Sunday, April 1, 2007

The 911 Prestige: Media Magicians React to Rosie
[Video] Mind control

States To Track All Those With HIV By Year's End
Some worry that names-based reporting could have the greatest effect on whether minorities and the poor get tested and treated because they may be less likely to trust the government to keep their names secret.
Further survellience tactics that treat AIDS patients like sex offenders.

Life-threatening Effects From Mixing Supplements, Herbs, Over-the-counter Medications And Prescription Drugs
Dr. Grossberg is about to change all that. He is the co-author of a new book, "The Essential Herb-Drug-Vitamin Interaction Guide," which is a comprehensive listing of what various herbs and supplements do, possible side effects and how they might interact with other medications and foods.
The value of any one reference or agency oversight is found only in the information it provides. Inform us, don't regulate us. Prohibition is tyranny.

What you should know about organic meat, veggies
The fact is that our common sense is often way ahead of science. And in the case of organic food, I think that is definitely true. It makes perfect sense to most people that eating things that poison innumerable living things and ecosystems would not be good for your health. That fact is not always obvious to science.

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