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Sweet Remedy Radio
with Cori Brackett
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
7:00-8:00pm PST


Cori talks with Ken Brown of The Angels Health Food Institute of their organic farming techniques using salt (ie. ocean) water and the positive effect this has on both the plants and their nutritive value!

Go to for information on the guests and a description of the show, for a link to listen to the LIVE stream and to call in with questions for Cori or for info. on some of the other great new hosts on this network, The Health and Harmony Radio Network, which is part of the solution!

Cori talks with Michael Edwards, editor-in-chief of Organic Lifestyle Magazine, about food labeling and finding healthy food choices on Organic Lifestyle Radio, Click Here to listen to the archive!
Listen to Cori read her poetry along with other poets featured in the journal, HunterGatheress2 on Jane Crown's Poetry Radio
(Please note: one of the other potets on the program uses adult language. Listener discretion is advised.)

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Superdrag and Aspartame
Tainted Food:

Author leads one-man protest outside school
The World Reacts:

Friday, March 13, 2008

Big Pharma CEO Fakes Cancer while Pill-Pushing Doctor Fakes Clinical Trial Results for Bextra, Effexor and Celebrex
Medical Industry:

Thursday, March 12, 2009

New Mexico Senate President sides with World's Largest Neurotoxic Carcinogenic Artificial Sweetener Maker, Ajinomoto, to Kill Consumer Protection Request of FDA to Rescind Aspartame
New Article! posted on

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Tonight at 7:00pm PACIFIC! - Cori on radio - The Genesis Communications Network
Announcement: Join Cori as she guests and co-hosts tonight with former Libertarian Presidential Candidate, Michael Badnarik on his show Lighting the Fires of Liberty.

Vaccines were contaminated with avian flu virus
Vaccines: Officials are trying to get to the bottom of how vaccine manufacturer Baxter International Inc. made an experimental vaccine contaminated with the H5N1 avian flu virus and then distributed it to an Austrian company.

Study: B vitamins could lower risk of macular degeneration
Natural Health: Those who took the supplements had a 41% lower risk of being diagnosed with the disease.

PFC Toxins Found in Common Consumer Products Linked to Female Infertility
Health Trends:

90% of children face being obese by 2050 - it's time to act
Health Trends:

Drug Maker Is Accused of Fraud
Medical Industry: In a civil complaint filed by the United States attorney’s office in Boston, federal prosecutors alleged that former top executives at Forest concealed for several years a clinical study that showed that the drugs were not effective in children and might even pose risks to them, including causing some to become suicidal.

Mad Cow And Alzheimer's Have Surprising Link
Health Trends:

69% jump in diabetes makes us worse than Americans
Health Trends: British cases of Type 2 diabetes, the form linked to poor diet and lack of exercise, soared between 1996 and 2005 - alongside a massive increase in the rate of obesity.

FDA Faulted Again on Medical Device Oversight
Medical Industry:This is not the first time the FDA has been criticized for its oversight of medical devices.  Last month, the Government Accountability Office issued a report that criticized the agency for failing to conduct appropriate medical device reviews.
That some month, a group of FDA scientists wrote then President-elect Obama imploring him to reform the agency, which they characterized as corrupt.  The letter explained that  that FDA’s regulation of  medical devices was “corrupted and distorted by current FDA managers, thereby placing the American people at risk.”

Sunday February 22, 2009

Call for suspension of cervical cancer jab following USA deaths
Tainted Products: Their report does not specify how many women in total have been vaccinated, but says that of the 10,000 who received the inoculation a total of 458 were hospitalised and 29 have died.
Other symptoms include loss of consciousness, fainting, convulsions and pains.
In 34 cases the women suffered blood clots, nine had heart failure and a further 51 suffered hair loss.

Thursday February 12, 2009

FDA Declares Form of Vitamin B6 a Drug, Effectively Banning Pyridoxamine from Dietary Supplements
Regulation: Responding to a petition filed by a drug company, the FDA declared pyridoxamine to be "a new drug."

Great Lakes cleanups hampered by economic woes, bureaucratic hurdles
Ecohazard: The poor economy has complicated the already daunting cleanup of several dozen toxic hotspots around the Great Lakes. Removing contaminated sediments will cost billions.

Drug Side Effects Plague 1 in 7 Hospital Patients
Medical Industry: A recent study has revealed that adverse drug reactions (ADRs) at hospitals are more commonplace than first believed.

FDA approves medicine from engineered goats
GMO's: There are also more concrete concerns - that the animals could be harmed, that animal germs might contaminate the drug, and that the milk or meat from genetically engineered drug-producing animals might enter the food supply. There is also a concern that such animals might escape and breed with other animals, spreading the gene, with unpredictable consequences.

Dangerous Phosphorous in Fast Food
Tainted Food:Reuters reported that those with advanced kidney disease are advised to avoid foods naturally high in phosphorus, according to research just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Wednesday. January 28, 2009

Rational Or Experiential? New Study Highlights Differences In Thinking Styles
Mind Control: We're still looking to create the need rather than fulfill one.

Wednesday, January 21, 2008

Americans Drug Their Children with 300 Percent More Psychotropic Meds

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Sweet Remedy Radio
Sweet Remedy Radio Tonight at 7pm PST. Cori Brackett talks with former FDA Investigator, Arthur Evangelista. Get ready for a great show!

FDA confirms salmonella in Kellogg peanut butter snack
Tainted Food:

Saturday, January 17, 2008

U.S. warns of Teflon chemical in water
Ecohazard: Studies have shown the chemical, which is linked to cancer, liver damage and birth defects, has built up in human blood throughout the world.

Redford defends gas stance But group criticizes his opposition to more leases as hurtful to the poor
PR: But Joyce Deep, a spokeswoman for Redford, said CORE's position is influenced by funds the right-wing group receives from the oil industry.
"They've gotten about $275,000 from Exxon oil in the last five years," Deep said in a telephone interview Friday.

Friday, January 16, 2008

FDA Misses Conflicts-of-Interest
Medical Industry:

Pfizer to eliminate 2,400 sales jobs, reports say
The World Reacts: The latest sales cuts would follow elimination of roughly 2,000 sales jobs under a massive restructuring that began two years ago and resulted in about 14,600 jobs being slashed.

Report calls on EPA to ban coal-waste storage in mines
The World Reacts:

Wenedsday, January 14, 2009

Removing cats to protect birds backfires on island
Ecohazard: The unintended consequences of the cat-removal project show the dangers of meddling with an ecosystem - even with the best of intentions - without thinking long and hard, the study said.

Monday, January 12, 2009

F.D.A. Is Lax on Oversight During Trials, Inquiry Finds
Medical Industry: The Food and Drug Administration does almost nothing to police the financial conflicts of doctors who conduct clinical trials of drugs and medical devices in human subjects, government investigators are reporting.

Breast Cancer Gene-Free Baby Is Dangerous Sign of New Era of Eugenics, Genetic Class Wars
Eugenics: That announcement is saturated with so many medical myths, it's difficult to know where to begin. For starters, the idea that the BRCA1 gene causes cancer is pure hogwash.

Consumer group says FDA melamine guidelines unsafe
Health Trends: The decision by the Food and Drug Administration to allow U.S.-manufactured infant formula contaminated with melamine or its byproducts onto store shelves is "seriously flawed" and medically risky because parents may feed their babies more than one product, scientists at the nonprofit group Consumers Union said Friday.

First US count finds 1 in 200 kids are vegetarian
Health Trends:

Obese Americans now outweigh the merely overweight
Health Trends: Numbers posted by the National Center for Health Statistics show that more than 34 percent of Americans are obese, compared to 32.7 percent who are overweight. It said just under 6 percent are "extremely" obese.

An invisible epidemic

France cracks down on children's mobile phone use, but Britain still ignoring warnings
Health Trends: France has begun a crackdown on children having mobile phones after research linked their use to brain cancer.

US doctors pay to hear Ore. town's vaccine views
The World Reacts:

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Maker of Equal Sweetener Files for Bankruptcy
The World Reacts:

How many more Rebecca Rileys?
Psychotropics: There’s a big difference between using medicines to treat genuine mental illness and designing new drugs to medicate perfectly healthy children. Today, as the mental health industry systematically pathologizes more and more childhood behavior, we see a raft of drugs aimed at “curing” them.

Thursday, January 8, 2008

Food Awakenings
Radio Show: Listen to the show at 4:00pm today PST! Hear Cori and host Dr. Ariel Policano discuss our toxic food supply, individual empowerment and more!

Wednesday, January 7, 2008

Diet, not exercise, plays key role in weight loss
Natural Health: This is exactly what my guest, Jonathan Landsman, founder of, said last night on Sweet Remedy Radio. Listen to the show for information and guests that are always cutting edge and fascinating!

Outsourcing contamination
Tainted Products: Gary Leong knew things weren’t right during a recent tour of a Chinese plant when he witnessed workers manufacturing glucosamine sulfate to relieve joint discomfort in the morning and fertilizer to help plants grow in the afternoon - using the same equipment.

Saturday, January 3, 2008

PepsiCo ready for stevia product launches
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Friday, January 2, 2008

Power plant has no plans to stop killing fish
Ecohazard: Despite legal threats from the city of San Francisco and protests from environmentalists, regulators have no plans to stop a local power plant from using a cooling system that kills fish, discharges heated water into the bay and stirs up sediment that can be harmful both to wildlife and people.

Ocean Acidification Hits Great Barrier Reef

Thursday, January 1, 2009

New coal ash rules put on hold
Ecohazard: Iowa state environmental regulators want to shelve for as long as three years new rules intended to keep toxic coal ash out of Iowa's water supplies, largely because of industry protests.

Wading Through Bush's Last-Minute Flurry of Energy and Environmental Regulations

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

What's in the sludge?
Ecohazard: Results from water tests have been released, but no details about the sludge or soil tests have been made available, despite repeated requests from neighbors, environmentalists and the media.

Friendly Nitric Oxide is Needed for Nerve Health
Natural Health:

Smoking ban leads to major drop in heart attacks
The World Reacts:

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Sweet Remedy Radio Tonight!
The World Reacts: New Year/New You with Bertaut Beauty's Linda Bertaut!

Tennessee coal ash spill highlights broad gaps in government oversight

Texaco Toxic Past Haunts Chevron as Judgment Looms
Ecohazard: olivar Cevallos walks around the farm where his family once lived amid the oil fields of Ecuador’s Amazon rain forest. His boots sink ankle deep in tar. Everywhere he steps, oily muck seeps from the ground.

Birth Defects Linked to Botox - Type Drug
Health Trends:

Additives used in bacon, ham and chicken 'could make cancers grow'
Tainted Food: The chemicals are also added to bread, cakes and cheeses. The research will increase concerns that additives used to boost food industry profits could be contributing to cancer rates.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Coal ash precautions issued around spill
Ecohazard: Residents around TVA’s massive coal ash slide and flood beside the Kingston power plant in East Tennessee had little information for days on what the substance was surrounding them in yards, fields and rivers.

Food Additive Linked to Lung Cancer
Tainted Food: The phosphates are used to increase water contents in ham, bacon, and chicken said the Daily Mail. An important reson to add a toxic substance into our food, don't you think?

New TV ads to target parents of fat children who are 'killing them with kindness'
The World Reacts:

Sunday, December 28, 2008

What's cost of breathing dirty air?

Way of Life Slipping Away Along Chesapeake's Edge
Ecohazard: Residents, Economy Adapt as Bay's Health Devolves.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Tennessee Ash Flood Larger Than Initial Estimate
Ecohazard: A coal ash spill in eastern Tennessee that experts were already calling the largest environmental disaster of its kind in the United States is more than three times as large as initially estimated, according to an updated survey by the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Sixty Percent of Doctors Refuse to Get Flu Shots
Medical Industry: If flu shots are so good for you, then why do sixty percent of doctors and nurses refuse to get them?

Thursday, December 26, 2008

Millions of older Americans use risky drug combos
Health Trends: Among older men, the numbers are particularly alarming - one in 10 are taking potentially harmful combinations, according to the study.

Avoiding the painkiller-overuse rut in migraines
Medical Industry: A very unlucky fraction even get what's called chronic migraine, where they're in pain more days than not, and new research suggests certain prescription painkillers, including narcotics, increase that risk. Migraines were the number one complaint submitted by consumers to the FDA in the list of 92 symptoms.

The Unavoidable Hidden Factor that Greatly Contributes to Autism
Health Trends:

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Tennessee sludge spill runs over homes, water
Ecohazard: The following is a comment that was sent to me by a reader of Friends,

There was a huge and terrible environmental disaster in Tennessee yesterday.
The Tennessee Valley Authority, better known as TVA, has a coal-burning power plant located near Harriman, Tennessee, along Interstate 40 between Knoxville and Nashville. The stuff that is left over after TVA burns their coal is called coal ash.
Coal ash contains mercury and dangerous heavy metals like lead and arsenic - materials found naturally in coal are concentrated in the ash.
TVA has a huge mountain of this coal waste material stored in a gigantic pile next to their Harriman (Kingston) power plant, alongside a tributary of the Tennessee River.
On Monday morning Dec. 22 around 1:00 am, the earthen retaining wall around this mountain of coal ash failed and approximately 500 million gallons of nasty black coal ash flowed into tributaries of the Tennessee River - the water supply for Chattanooga TN and millions of people living downstream in Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky. 
This Tennessee TVA spill is over 40 times bigger than the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska, if local news accounts are correct.
*** This is a huge environmental disaster of epic proportions.
To see an amazing aerial video of the spill - the big hunks and chunks in the river are mounds of coal ash:
There is better aerial footage but you have to watch an Applebees commercial first - go to the link below, then scroll down to the "Most Popular" section and find the button that says "aerial footage"
The local media are downplaying the spill, but the Nashville newspaper (The Tennessean) has a decent article, posted below.
When I first saw the 300 million gallon Martin County coal sludge spill in Kentucky in October 2000 I was outraged.  I was sure that it would be a national news story, but it never was, because the coal companies and local law enforcement blocked the road leading to the spill and kept the media out.  The national media was confused because they didn't know what "coal sludge" was.  And ....the big national environmental groups didn't do enough to bring media attention to the Martin County disaster.
Thats not going to happen this time, because we have
1. You Tube
2. Bloggers
3. Digital cameras
4. You!
Please help - we need volunteers to take pictures and video of the spill and post them on the web.  We need first hand accounts and documentation of the spill.  We need letters to the editor.  We need calls and emails to our leaders in Washington and Nashville and Frankfort and to President-Elect Obama.
Please fwd this email to other concerned people and the news media. 
*** There is no such thing as clean coal!  Look at the video of this spill. 
"Clean Coal" is The Big Corporate Lie.
This horrific disaster in Tennessee can be the turning point in our nation's struggle to build a new network of clean modern renewable sources of energy, like wind and solar power - but we have to raise awareness of this disaster immediately.  Thanks for reading.

FDA Approves Stevia, Ends the Era of Oppression of this Herbal Sweetener - UPDATE 1
Natural Health:

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

FDA Warns Coca-Cola Over Nutrient Claims in Diet Coke
Medical Industry:

Monday, December 22, 2008

FDA Approves Stevia, Ends the Era of Oppression of this Herbal Sweetener
The World Reacts:

Saturday, December 20, 2008

X-rayed venison is on its way to food shelves

Pesticides ban to hit farmers and prices
The World Reacts:

Friday, December 19, 2008

CDC: Early flu season cases are resisting Tamiflu
Medical Industry: The most common flu bug right now is resistant to Tamiflu, which is the leading drug given to people who get the flu.

Do patients trust doctors too much?
Medical Industry:

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Toxic union?
Ecohazard: Chemicals linked to cancer are coursing through the harbour here, into the Lake Erie water system that supplies a wide area, and observers fear more pollutants could join the toxic soup.

FDA commissioner to resign on Inauguration Day
Medical Industry/PR: For a different view of von Eschenbach than is provided in this article, take a look at von Eschenbach NCI Shenanigans.
Monday, December 15, 2008

The Baffling Bee Die-Off Continues
Ecohazard: The cause of CCD remains unknown. Lead investigator Dennis vanEngelsdorp, acting state apiarist for Pennsylvania, says, “The bees have nearly every disease going, so their immune response seems to be compromised.”

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Ecohazard: Closer to home, medical experts agree that finding a cause is the only way to prevent a disease. Shouldn't the same hold true for treating a disease? At least properly? As far as I can tell, most biotech drugs only treat the symptom of a disease - especially a chronic one. I submit to you that until biotech, pharmeceutical companies, and the health care system begin to honestly work for the common good instead of the motivation of a growing bank account, they should not be given any of our money. Instead, I think the people should be given a bailout. After all, isn't our business economy supposed to operate within the laws of a free market? And supply and DEMAND - not manufactured false hopes? I for one, am tired of PR attempts to convince me of the need for biotech at all. See article below.

For Biotech, a Tax Break Spells Hope
PR: by Andrew Pollack. Shame on you Andrew Pollack!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Grape Seed Extract May Reduce Cognitive Decline in Alzheimer's
Natural Health:After the five-month period, Alzheimer’s mice were at an age at which they normally develop signs of disease. However, the extract exposure reduced amyloid beta accumulation and plaque formation in brains of Alzheimer’s mice and also reduced cognitive decline. Compared to placebo, extract-exposed Alzheimer’s mice showed improved spatial memory. These data suggest that before symptoms begin, the grape seed extract may prevent or postpone plaque formation and slow cognitive deterioration associated with Alzheimer’s.

The end of the 'silent sea'
Ecohazard: Man-made sounds and increasingly acidic oceans are driving whales and dolphins to distraction - sometimes fatally.

ENVIRONMENT-VIETNAM: River Pollution Scandal a Wake-up Call

Wyeth’s Use of Medical Ghostwriters Questioned
Medical Industry: Wyeth, the pharmaceutical company, paid ghostwriters to produce medical journal articles favorable to its hormone replacement therapy Prempro, according to Congressional letters seeking more information about the company’s involvement in medical ghostwriting. Just in case you were still holding onto the idea the information from drug manufacturers is always impartial and unbiased.

Bush Admin.: No Need To Report Toxic Gas
Ecohazard: The Bush administration issued a regulation Friday exempting farms from reporting releases of hazardous air pollution from animal waste to federal, state and local authorities.

CLIMATE CHANGE: Arctic Is the Canary in the Coalmine

Friday, December 12, 2008

What You Don't Know About a Drug Can Hurt You
Medical Industry: Untold Numbers of Clinical-Trial Results Go Unpublished; Those That Are Made Public Can't Always Be Believed.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

A quarter of children starting primary school are overweight or obese, NHS warns
Health Trends: And despite a slew of Government initiatives designed to tackle the childhood obesity timebomb, the number of fat children has not gone down at all over the last year.

FDA Reverses Order on Animal Antibiotics
Medical Industry: Now, the FDA is revoking its earlier regulation and has announced it will allow cephalosporin use in these animals, despite that it called such use a public health risk this summer, notes the WSJ.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

1 of every 9 kids uses alternative medicines
The World Reacts:

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Cancer to be world's top killer by 2010, WHO says
Health Trends: Cancer diagnoses around the world have steadily been rising and are expected to hit 12 million this year. Global cancer deaths are expected to reach 7 million, according to the new report by the World Health Organization.

Chemicals feminizing males, study suggests
Health Trends:

Genetically Modified Hawaii
GM Foods: In front of one plot of corn stalks is a red and white sign warning, "Danger: pesticides. Keep out." Tacked to it is a list containing 15 chemicals that may have been applied to the crop. In this case, the chemicals circled are the herbicides pendimethalin (brand name: Prowl), dicamba (Banvel) and atrazine, the latter of which is banned in the European Union (E.U.) because of its link to birth defects in frogs that live in groundwater contaminated with it.

Diesel truckers at cancer risk from exhaust
Ecohazard:Dockworkers were also at a higher risk, according to the report by researchers at UC Berkeley and Harvard.

Low-Dose Mercury Exposure From Fillings, Vaccines and Fish Linked to Heart Disease
Health Trends:

Too late? Why scientists say we should expect the worst

Safety alert on sedative overdose
Medical Industry: A watchdog has issued a warning to hospital staff after almost 500 patients received the wrong dose of a sedative over the last four years.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Chemical Used on Crops could Make You Fat
Tainted Food: The chemical is known to be damaging to the liver as well as the nervous and immune systems in mammals.

'Second wave' of mad cow disease could hit Britain, scientists warn
Tainted Food: But scientists warn that thousands of people could still go on to develop the disease because of the length of time it can remain in the body with no symptoms.

Toxins can affect kids, adults differently
Ecohazard: The impact of one man-made chemical, acrylonitrile, illustrates how much more vulnerable children can be. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says kids have died after being exposed to vapors of the chemical "that caused only minor nose and throat irritation in adults." The chemical, used to make plastics and rubber, was found in the air outside the Addyston school.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

The hidden cost of our growing taste for meat

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Happiness contagious, scientific study finds
Health Trends: Knowing someone who is happy makes you 15.3 percent more likely to be happy yourself, the study found.

Cell Phones Induce Memory-Related Brain Damaged
Health Trends: A new rat study shows that two hours per week of cell phone exposure for one year resulted in diminished interest and impaired memory function. 

Our smog is worse than we thought
Health Trends:

Pollution 'could kill as many as climate change' warns Met Office
Health Trends:

Friday, December 5, 2008

Push to replace mercury thermometers is going global
The World Reacts: Why is mercury in vaccines okay then?

Tamoxifen Increases Tumor Growth in Some Breast Cancer Patients
Medical Industry: Tamoxifen, a drug routinely given to breast cancer patients, could actually increase tumor growth in certain patients, a new study has found.

FDA, EPA and USDA Conclude That Accidental Release of Genetically Engineered Cotton Poses No Safety Risk to Humans or Animals
PR:Based on additional data provided by Monsanto on the protein produced in the GE cotton--a variant of Cry 1A 105 that acts as a pesticide against cotton insect pests--EPA has concluded that there would be no risk to animals consuming small amounts of feed from the unauthorized cotton, nor to humans from consuming meat or milk from these animals.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Inside The World's Superdumps
Ecohazard: The largest garbage dump in the world is roughly twice the size of the continental U.S.

Overseas Drug Company Clinical Trials Face More Scrutiny
Medical Industry:The crackdowns have cheered many patient advocates, who say the growing reliance on overseas studies by Western drug companies raises ethical concerns.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Vytorin Named in 100+ Lawsuits, Justice Department Investigation
Medical Industry:

One man's 3-year experiment in eating organic food - all the time
Natural Heatlh: Three years later, he says he has more energy and wakes up earlier.
As a pediatrician regularly exposed to sick children, he was accustomed to several illnesses a year. Now, he says, he is rarely ill. His urine is a brighter yellow, a sign that he is ingesting more vitamins and nutrients.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Doctors ditch drug samples to avoid influencing treatment
The World Reacts:

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Cow tax could milk farms dry
The World Reacts: “That’s a huge amount to take right off the top,” [Welcome Stock Farm co-owner Bill] Peck said. “You’ll see a mass exodus of dairy farms.” Perhaps it's time for these farms to go plant-based organic.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Scientists say they've found bacteria that will fight invasive mussels
Ecohazard: esearchers and a commercial company are seeking permits from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to test the method in Western streams. Why do we keep insisting on opening Pandora's box? This is often the mentality in the Philosophy of Western Medicine: eg. fix a side effect from one drug that caused more side effects and so it goes...

FDA sets melamine standard for baby formula
Medical Industry: Dr. Stephen Sundlof, the FDA's director of food safety, said Friday the agency was confident in the 1 part per million level for either of the chemicals alone, even though there have been no new scientific studies since October that would give regulators more safety data. He had no ready explanation for why the level was not set earlier.

Drug Clinical Trials Biased
Medical Industry: According to a press release reprinted by Science Daily, inconsistencies appeared between what was submitted to the FDA and what was subsequently published.  As a result, what was published generally presented the drugs - in medical literature geared to medical professionals - in a positive light. And The FDA is the same organization that suddenly declares "safe" levels of dangerous chemicals in our infant's baby formula in a way that sounds too convenient for me. 'What? There's one part per million contamination of two different chemicals in two different company'e products? No matter, we'll just change the safety level'. - Is this what it wounds like to you?

Friday, November 28, 2008

Diabetics Spend Thousands More on Care
Health Trends: People with diabetes spend thousands of dollars more on medical costs each year than those without the disease, and that disparity increases substantially each year after the initial diabetes diagnosis.

FDA Mulling Side Effects Hotline
The World Reacts/ PR:

Sluggish Thyroid, Triglycerides, CRP, and Blood Pressure
Health Trends:

Cancer death rates 'inequality'
Health Trends: [W]ith cancer, the gap between the least and most deprived areas in Wales increased from 62 deaths per 100,000 people in 2001 to 78 deaths per 100,000 in 2006.

Patients treat serious illness as laughing matter
The World Reacts:

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Jimmy's GM Food Fix
GM Foods:

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Some cancers disappear untreated, study finds
Medical Industry: the researchers report, the women who had regular routine screenings had 22 percent more cancers. Why does it not occur to any of these doctors (or the one this reporter speaks with) to consider the possibility that the MAMMOGRAM itself was responsible for the increase in tumors. And why is it thought that the cancers go away "untreated"? Yes, I do believe cancer lives in even healthy bodies, like they mention in the article, but why don't they ask these people if they did anything nutritionally to help themselves. Plus, it seems like it would be a flawed second study that Robert Kaplan (an original researcher of this study) suggests in the article to replicate the study in Mexico "where mammography screening is now being introduced" to make sure the results are accurate. How then would you be able to consider the possibility of the mammograms creating more harm than good over time? And speak to us with real logic please.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

FDA Scientists Revolt Against Corrupt Food and Drug Administration Officials
The World Reacts:

Mercury at day care prompts bill to allow prosecutions
The World Reacts: More than 60 children were tested for exposure to mercury, which can cause neurological and kidney problems. And yet, we think it's fine to put mercury in vaccines?

Why won't our doctors face up to the dangers of radiotherapy?
Medical Industry: Finally, the lung lesions were diagnosed as a side-effect of the radiotherapy Richard had undergone for his cancer.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Children from FEMA trailer park battle serious health problems
Tainted Products: Heidi Sinclair, a Baton Rouge pediatrician who helped run the Children's Health Fund clinic there, says she saw disturbingly high rates of respiratory problems and skin rashes among children. She said that when she began testing for iron-deficiency - a condition that can lead to fatigue, attention-deficit disorder and skin ailments - she thought the machines used to test were malfunctioning because the rates were so consistently high.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Tainted Food: So there’s been some concern that if a fish was pulled from polluted waters, its fat might be polluted too. And those pollutants could end up an unwanted bonus in commercial fish-oil supplements. On the other hand, check out Moxxor, for a marine-based omega 3 source from the clean waters of New Zealand.

Pesticide Exposure Boosts Parkinson's Risk by 60 Percent
Health Trends:

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Conflicts of Interest May Ensnare Journalists, Too
Mind Control: Health reporters may become entangled in the same kinds of ethical conflicts they often expose when accepting industry-sponsored awards and relying on corporate public relations offices, three researchers warn.

Genetically engineered meal close to your table
GM Foods:

Antibiotics Can Disrupt Digestive Tract
Medical Industry: The overuse of antibiotics is making the news again.

Director's anger over comedy film's 'disability' warning
The World Reacts: The director, Justin Edgar, is angry about the "unnecessary" labelling. "I was really surprised to get this certificate," he said. "I couldn't understand why a film censor thought it was necessary to make people aware that the film had disabled people in it."

Friday, November 21, 2008

Toxic contamination starts at home: Study
Toxic Products: When women from 120 middle-class homes learned their bodies contained low levels of toxic chemicals, most of them blamed chemical spills, waste dumping or secret military experiments.
They were stunned to learn the truth was closer to home. Most of their exposure came from harmless-looking plastics, flame-retardant clothing, beauty products and household cleaners.

New Mexico Battles Feds to Stop Gas Drilling Near an Aquifer
The World Reacts: The situation in New Mexico illustrates the often confusing overlap of federal and state oversight in protecting the environment from the harmful side effects of energy exploration.
The drilling industry is exempted from many major federal environmental statutes, including the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Superfund law and the Toxic Release Inventory, which requires disclosure of hazardous waste.

Hawaii Bans Genetically Modified Coffee
The World Reacts: Hooray, Hawaii!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

TV Ads Contribute to Childhood Obesity, Economists Say
Health Trends: Banning fast food advertisements from children’s television programs would reduce the number of overweight children in the U.S. by 18 percent and decrease the number of overweight teens by 14 percent, economists have estimated in a new study.

What Happy People Don’t Do
Health Trends: Happy people spend a lot of time socializing, going to church and reading newspapers - but they don’t spend a lot of time watching television, a new study finds.

'Recyclers' Illegally Exporting Electronic Waste

Bags of stress: Why Christmas shopping is bad for your health
Health Trends: Christmas shopping increased blood pressure to dangerous levels in 50 per cent of shoppers.

USDA Panel Approves First Rules For Labeling Farmed Fish 'Organic'
Tainted Food: For the first time, a federal advisory board has approved criteria that clear the way for farmed fish to be labeled "organic," a move that pleased aquaculture producers even as it angered environmentalists and consumer advocates.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Larger Your Stomach the Sooner You Die
Health Trends:

Vitamin 'better than sunscreen'
Natural Health: Nicotinamide, or vitamin B3, prevents damage from both UVA and UVB radiation by protecting the immune system, and could be taken in tablet form or added to sunscreen, Associate Professor Diona Damian of the University of Sydney says.

Are Vaccinations Causing Early Alzheimer’s?
Health Trends: Besides the above, obvious factors that cause brain inflammation include a lack of sleep, emotional stress, physical exhaustion, cell phone use, and a poor quality diet.  This means that there will never be a specific cause of Alzheimer’s identified, other than the idea that too much inflammation combined with genetic weaknesses will lead to the problem.

Experts urge FDA to add warnings to cosmetic face fillers
Tainted Products: Hundreds of thousands of baby boom women who think they have found an antidote to aging in cosmetic facial fillers need to be better informed of possible risks, government health advisers said Tuesday.

Toxic Chemicals Blamed for Gulf War Illness
Ecohazard: Its likely cause was exposure to toxic chemicals that included pesticides that were often overused during the war, as well as a drug given to U.S. troops to protect them from nerve gas, a frequent weapon of choice of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

Fluoride in Drinking Water may Negatively Affect Health of Fetuses and Infants
Tainted Food:

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

F.D.A. Scientists Accuse Agency Officials of Misconduct
The World Reacts: The House Committee on Energy and Commerce will investigate the accusations, first aired when eight agency scientists wrote a private letter in May to the F.D.A. commissioner, Andrew C. von Eschenbach.

Is your Omega-3 fish oil supplement any good - or a load of old codswallop?
Natural Health: For a potent, all natural omega 3 source, click on this link or the banner above.

Kidney disease takes a growing toll
Medical Industry: The National Kidney Foundation, with an annual budget of $85 million, plays a major role in education, policy, research and treatment...But it has come under criticism on several fronts, in particular its close financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry. The agency greatly influences clinical care through the development of guidelines to advise doctors on various aspects of the illness. Critics say the guidelines have benefited drug makers, who are major contributors to the foundation.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Heavy children have arteries of a 45-year-old
Health Trends:

Cancer Drugs Make Tumors Grow
Medical Industry: Instead of weakening blood vessels so they won't "feed" malignant tumors, these cancer treatments, known as anti-angiogenesis drugs, actually normalize and strengthen blood vessels -- and that means they can spur tumors to grow larger.

Hawthorn for Your Heart
Natural Health: Since your heart never gets time off or a vacation, the rejuvenating effect of hawthorn on your heart may be the next best thing.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

CDC names Burlington, Vt., nation's healthiest city
Health Trends: It's also among the best in exercise and among the lowest in obesity, diabetes and other measures of ill health, according to a recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

FDA Sides with Big Pharma on Bone Drugs
Medical Industry:

Some moms ditch plastic cups
Health Trends:

Kids teaching kids about healthy eating
The World Reacts: "When we first studied the issue back in 2003 we found that 24 percent of children in Chicago were overweight or obese at kindergarten entry," said Adam Becker, the agency's executive director. "We knew we had to do something."

Canada mad cow case blamed on feed manufacturer
Tainted Food: Last year the Canadian government extended regulations to eliminate all risk materials, tissues that have been shown to harbour BSE infection, from all animal food, pet feed and fertilizer.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Drug Companies Pay "Opinion Leaders" to Push Pills During Influential Meetings, Seminars
Medical Industry: The article stresses that companies should not target just senior doctors who are already influential, but also doctors "who may be further down the influence ladder." In the latter case, the company should then work to "raise their profile, and so develop them into opinion leaders."

Labor Group Accuses CVS of Pushing Expensive Drugs
Medical Industry:

Grape Seed Extract’s Powerful Cardio Protection
Natural Health:

California ordered to prepare for sea-level rise
Ecohazard: Recorded sea levels rose 7 inches (18 cm) during the 20th century in San Francisco, Schwarzenegger said in the executive order for study of how much more the sea could rise, what other consequences of global warming were coming and how the state should react.

Insecticide! (An ecological disaster that will affect us all)
Ecohazard: While the plight of mammals and birds commands the world's attention, insects are quietly but rapidly disappearing.

When Alzheimer's Hits at 40
Health Trends: Overall, an estimated 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer's, with as many as 10% diagnosed under the age of 65 -- the definition of early onset, according to the Alzheimer's Association, a national research organization. As the population ages, the number of individuals with Alzheimer's is expected to hit 7.7 million in 2030.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Organic Farmer Murdered After Protesting Toxic Dumpsite
Ecohazard: Challa Krishnamurthy started a 20-acre organic farm in Gowribidanur, India with the intention to make it a model for how others should treat the land. But despite his efforts to keep his property free of toxic chemicals, he discovered that a local distillery and sugarcane factory had been dumping untreated waste onto his property as well as others.

Supreme Court: National Security Trumps Whales, Environmental Law
Ecohazard: It's a loud, sad day off the coast of California: the Supreme Court today ruled in favor of the Navy and against environmentalists who argued that military sonar frequencies kill whales.

Austrian Government Study Confirms Genetically Modified (GM) Crops, Threaten Human Fertility and Health Safety 
GM Foods:

Thursday, November 13, 2008

How much can we blame DNA for who we are?
Health Trends: Now it turns out that genes, per se, are simply too feeble to accept responsibility for much of anything.

More Doctors Say Gardasil Shouldn’t Be Mandatory
Health Trends: Since Gardasil’s approval, the government has received over 10,000 reports of adverse events and 27 deaths reportedly linked to the controversial medication.

Potassium Is a Key for Healthy Blood Pressure
Natural Health: Quite interestingly, the findings were stronger than the link between salt and blood pressure.

Hospitals’ Use of Antibiotics Rise, Despite Concerns
Health Trends: Yesterday, Ronald Polk of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and colleagues reported in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine that antibiotic use at a group of U.S. academic medical centers rose seven percent in the years from 2002 to 2006.  “We know from past experience that when we start using any antimicrobial drug excessively, that resistance to that drug eventually appears,” Polk said.  “Given the fact that there are very few new antimicrobial drugs being discovered, the message is that we really need to learn how to use the available drugs better.”

Why eating GM food could lower your fertility
GM Foods: Genetically modified corn has been linked to a threat to fertility in an official study that could deliver a hammer blow to controversial 'Frankenstein Food'.

Desperate Big Pharma Pushing to Double Statin Sales
Medical Industry:

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Tyson Injects Unborn Chickens with Antibiotics, Sues USDA to Keep Antibiotic-Free Label
Tainted Food: And how does Tyson plan on getting around the fact that the label is a bold-faced lie? By manipulating legal jargon of course! Tyson is claiming that since its chickens are merely injected with antibiotics before they hatch, they’re not really ‘raised’ with antibiotics.

America's healthiest grocery stores
The World Reacts:

Desperate Big Pharma Pushing to Double Statin Sales
Medical Industry: In the face of overwhelming negative science the statin marketing machine marches on, now suggesting that statins should be given to middle aged men and women even though they don’t have elevated cholesterol.

Gardasil Linked to Seventy-Eight Outbreaks of Genital Warts
Medical Industry: That's right. In addition to all of the other adverse reactions to this controversial vaccine, children who receive it are subject to outbreaks of genital warts.

Fast food originates with corn, study says
Tainted Food: Nearly all the beef in the burgers and all of the chicken tested contained levels of a carbon isotope that proves the animal the meat came from was fed corn.
A nitrogen isotope that was found in the meat comes from the fertilizer and also is evidence that the animals were raised in confined conditions, the scientists said.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Sense About Science
PR: Sense About Science is an independent charitable trust. We respond to the misrepresentation of science and scientific evidence on issues that matter to society, from scares about plastic bottles, fluoride and the MMR vaccine to controversies about genetic modification, stem cell research and radiation. We work with scientists and civic groups to promote evidence and scientific reasoning in public discussion. This is something more than just the third party technique. The site presents itself as the ultimate scientific authority. So let's watch these folks closely - like watching NIST manage 9/11 discrepancies. Let's see how they treat peer-reviewed studies that counters their goal of diminishing fears about fluoride, GMO's, vaccines, plastic and irradiation.

Prescription Drugs Kill 300 Percent More Americans than Illegal Drugs
Medical Industry: A report by the Florida Medical Examiners Commission has concluded that prescription drugs have outstripped illegal drugs as a cause of death.

Increases in imaging tests widespread: study
Health Trends: Use of diagnostic imaging tests in the United States has increased across the board in recent years, with more patients getting the tests and more tests being ordered per patient, researchers said on Monday.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Studies: Vitamin pills don't prevent heart disease
PR: About 12 percent of Americans take supplements of C and E despite growing evidence that these antioxidants do not prevent heart disease and may even be harmful. So here's a dumb question, why am I supposed to believe all these people are taking these supplements to prevent heart attacks?

Cholesterol Drug May Cut Heart Attack Risk
PR: Could this by why I'm supposed to believe people are taking those evil supplements for the sole purpose of combatting heart attacks?

Study: Statin Helps Even If Cholesterol Is Normal
PR: Statin drugs are used by millions of people to reduce elevated cholesterol levels. The drugs lower the risk of heart attacks, strokes and other life-threatening events. Here's another one jumping on today's press bandwagon!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

A Doctor, a Mutation and a Potential Cure for AIDS
AIDS: The breakthrough appears to be that Dr. Hütter, a soft-spoken hematologist who isn't an AIDS specialist, deliberately replaced the patient's bone marrow cells with those from a donor who has a naturally occurring genetic mutation that renders his cells immune to almost all strains of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

Vitamin B3 Reverses Alzheimer's In Mice

Natural Remedies: A new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience shows that mice treated with large doses of vitamin B3 performed better on memory tests.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Bottled water contains disinfection byproducts, fertilizer residue, and pain medication
Ecohazard: The bottled water industry promotes an image of purity, but comprehensive testing by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) reveals a surprising array of chemical contaminants in every bottled water brand analyzed, including toxic byproducts of chlorination in Walmart’s Sam’s Choice and Giant Supermarket's Acadia brands, at levels no different than routinely found in tap water.

Health Workers Give Flu Shots At Polling Places
Vaccines [Audio]: Public health experts pushing flu vaccinations are always looking for crowds of people. They have found them at polling places.

Park life: Why living in a green area improves your health
Natural Health: Living near parks and forests improves your health and lengthens your life, according to new research published today.

Scientists also found the health gap between rich and poor was narrower in greener areas.

Hospitals See Drop in Paying Patients
Health Trends: In another sign of the economy’s toll on the nation’s health care system, some hospitals say they are seeing fewer paying patients — even as greater numbers of people are showing up at emergency rooms unable to pay their bills.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Obesity blamed for doubling rate of diabetes cases
The nation's obesity epidemic is exacting a heavy toll: The rate of new diabetes cases nearly doubled in the United States in the past 10 years, the government said Thursday.

After Vote To Decriminalize Pot, Now What?
Medical Industry: After Massachusetts voted to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, top law enforcement officials are scrambling to figure out what they need to do to put the law into effect - despite their efforts to defeat it at the polls.

Research Shows A Walk In The Park Improves Attention In Children With ADHD

Natural Remedies: For children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) tasks that require concentration such as doing homework or taking a test can be very difficult. A simple, inexpensive remedy may be a "dose of nature."

More Kids Taking Medication; Obesity Blamed
Health Trends: "The main message of our study is that we are using chronic medication a lot more than we used to," Donna Halloran, MD, a professor of pediatrics at St. Louis University, tells WebMD. "We know obesity causes other medical complications, like diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol problems, and depression."

Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Group With Big Pharma Ties Wants to Shut Down Vaccine "Conspiracy Theories"
PR: While the corporate media continues to hype reports that contend the evidence for links between mercury laden vaccines and autism are not concrete, there are scores of studies and testimony from credible figures asserting the exact opposite, some of which we have previously covered in depth.

Autism linked with rainfall in study
PR: Children who live in the U.S. Northwest's wettest counties are more likely to have autism, but it is unclear why, U.S. researchers reported on Tuesday.

The challenges of eating right on a limited budget
Health Trends: Even middle-class people struggle to put healthful food on the table. Studies show that junk foods tend to cost less than fruits, vegetables and other healthful foods, whose prices continue to rise.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Popular fish oil supplements fail ingredient tests
Tainted Food: More than half the brands of popular cod liver oil and omega 3 supplements do not contain the amount of active ingredients they claim on the label, according to the results of new tests. Moxxor, on the other hand, (check them out through the banner at the top of our site) has no fillers and a much purer, natural source of omega 3's.

Obesity crisis 'could cause cancer cases to double by 2050'
Health Trends:

14 cases of 'mad cow disease' found in NI herds
Health Trends: Up until April this year more than 163 people have died in Britain of new variant Creutzfeld-Jakob Disease (vCJD), believed to have been a form of BSE transmitted to humans who eat the brain or spinal cord of infected animal carcasses.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Group Says Drug Injury, Death Reports Up Sharply
Health Trends:

Big Pharma May be Handed Blanket Immunity for All Drug Side Effects, Deaths
Medical Industry: Under a legal argument known as "pre-emption," the FDA's approval of a drug absolves companies of any responsibility if that drug later turns out to be dangerous, even if information was concealed from the FDA during the approval process. While courts have rejected this argument for decades, the winds appear to be shifting.

Many pesticides in EU may damage human brain: study

U.K. Beekeepers Plan Massive Demonstration
The World Reacts: Beekeepers Worldwide Face Same Problem: Governments Talk Big But Pay Little for Colony Collapse Disorder Research.

Number of kids on medication jumps alarmingly
Health Trends: The number of children who take medication for chronic diseases has jumped dramatically, another troubling sign that many of the youngest Americans are struggling with obesity, doctors say.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Many organic fans but too few farmers
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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Oregon's organic farmers fight genetically modified seeds
GM Foods: Earlier this year, activists including Morton filed suit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture to stop Roundup Ready sugar beets. A similar suit that included an eastern Oregon alfalfa grower among its plaintiffs has stopped Roundup Ready alfalfa in its tracks.

Drug-resistant bacteria found in pork
Tainted Food:

Avandia Liver Failure Reports Prompt Call for Ban
The World Reacts:

Major Illnesses in U.S. Seniors Cost $196 Billion Annually
Health Trends:The six major illnesses examined in the study were: chronic lung disease, ischemic heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, pneumonia and gastrointestinal illness.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Obesity blamed for doubling rate of diabetes cases
Health Trends: The findings dovetail with trends seen in obesity and lack of exercise - two health measures where Southern states also rank at the bottom.

Consumer group asks government to ban Avandia
The World Reacts:"The FDA is in possession of clear, unequivocal evidence that (Avandia) causes a wide variety of toxicities," Public Citizen said in its petition. "Many of these are life-threatening, such as heart attacks, heart failure (and) liver failure."

Pesticide, fertilisers linked to decline of amphibians: study

Demand for national asbestos database as cancer deaths surge
The World Reacts:

High court pits FDA approval against states
The World Reacts: "We were all taught that if you got hurt because someone made a bad product, you could sue and that the manufacturer was responsible for the safety of the product," says David Vladeck, a professor at Georgetown Law in Washington, D.C., who has filed briefs on behalf of two former FDA commissioners in support of Levine.

Organic Farming 'Could Feed Africa'
Health Trends: New evidence suggests that organic practices - derided by some as a Western lifestyle fad - are delivering sharp increases in yields, improvements in the soil and a boost in the income of Africa's small farmers who remain among the poorest people on earth.

Ten Reasons to Buy Local
Health Trends:

Thursday, October 30, 2008

NCI's Flawed SELECT Study Attacks Vitamin E
Medical Industry:

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

FDA's conclusion that chemical is safe is flawed
Medical Industry/The World REacts: "The margins of safety defined by FDA as 'adequate' are, in fact, inadequate," said the report, a copy of which was provided to The Associated Press. The advisers found that the FDA had not considered all available, credible scientific evidence, and urged the agency to essentially go back to the lab.

Diet warning: Sweeteners could make you PILE ON the pounds
Tainted Food:

Diabetes drug costs soaring, top $12B last year
Health Trends: Newer, more costly drugs are driving the increase, said researchers, despite a lack of strong evidence for the new drugs' greater benefits and safety. And there are more people being treated for diabetes.

Broader financial turmoil threatens biotech's innovation and cash
GM Foods: "Why would you be investing more in this business," he said, "if the market doesn't care?"

Teenager on acne treatment dies
Health Trends:

Swayze’s Best Act: Being Able to Show Up
BodyMind: “I do find myself, at the end of the day, riding home sort of catching myself with a smile on my face,” he [Swayze] said. “I’m proud of what I’m doing.”

Schoolteacher Fired for Recommending Students Eat Plant-Based Diet
Mind Control:

Survey: Americans Eating More Whole Grains, Vegetables, Fruits
Health Trends: Here are the top five foods or nutrients that survey participants say they've increased during the past five years:
- Whole grains: 56% say they're eating more
- Vegetables: Half of participants say they're eating more vegetables
- Fruits: 48% say they're eating more fruit
- Low-fat foods: 48% say they're eating more low-fat foods
- Omega-3 fatty acids: 38% say they've boosted their consumption

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tonight on Sweet Remedy Radio
The World Reacts: How jacked up do our kids have to get before they notice what we’re doing to them?
With The Filmmakers of the powerhouse documentary, All Jacked Up, Jennifer Mattox and Doug Clemons

Green neighborhoods may reduce childhood obesity
The World Reacts: Childhood obesity can lead to type 2 diabetes, asthma, hypertension, sleep apnea and emotional distress.

Life, death, and biodiversity
The World Reacts: "We don't have a choice about whether we protect the natural world," said Chivian, director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School. "We have to protect the natural world because our health and our lives depend on it."

Ash landfill causes concern

A Rise in Kidney Stones Is Seen in U.S. Children
Health Trends: To the great surprise of parents, kidney stones, once considered a disorder of middle age, are now showing up in children as young as 5 or 6....“Drinking more water is the most important step in the prevention of kidney stones,” Dr. Neu said. Notice in the picture, a drink sits at the table next to the little girl. It may be iced tea, but it looks suspiciously like soda. In any case, it's certainly not water.

Congress Questions FDA on BPA
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Cherry-Enriched Diet Cut Heart Risks in Rats
Natural Health: Researchers said the animal study is encouraging and will lead to further clinical studies in humans to explore the link between diet, weight, inflammation and lowering heart disease risk.

Big Pharma's Pills Contaminated with Machine Parts at Pill Factories
Medical Industry:

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Heart device maker recalls implant after 5 deaths
Medical Industry:

Europe forcing airlines to buy emissions permits
The World Reacts: Is this an objective article? What do you think? Send comments to:

Reports of toxic spills spiking
Ecohazard: Most troubling, authorities say, are growing numbers of oil, gas and diesel spills from trucks and drilling operations that contaminate soil and sometimes waterways.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Notes from A Poisoned World Commentary Sources:

Talking to old people like children cuts eight years off their lives, says Yale study

Salt levels in the ocean reflect human-induced climate change
Ecohazard: Salt has increased to a level outside natural variablitity in subtropical zones.

Congress questions FDA objectivity on BPA plastic safety
The World Reacts: Congress is stepping in to ask questions about chemical industry influence in drafting a Food and Drug Administration report about the safety of a controversial chemical in baby bottles.

Magnesium Deficiency Prevention

Natural Health: As an example of how minerals work in the body, magnesium is directly involved in 300 bodily functions, and is one of the most essential minerals to our wellbeing.

Friday, October 24, 2008

FDA Conspired with Chemical Industry to Declare Bisphenol-A Harmless
Medical Industry:

Theanine - A Nutrient for Relaxation
Natural Health:

Honesty not the policy for half of U.S. doctors
Health Trends: Most doctors used actual medicines as a placebo treatment. I don't exactly see this as a way to build a trusting, healthy partnership with your healthcare provider. I believe in the power of the placebo effect, but I also believe in empowering the individual to make intelligent, informed decisions, and I certainly don't think it's right to perscribe medications that are not even indicated for a particular condition. Personally, I think it's often bad enough when the medications are Western pharmaceuticals and "indicated".

ENVIRONMENT: Worst Forms of Pollution Killing Millions
Ecohazard: The health of hundreds of millions of people is affected and millions die because of preventable pollution problems like toxic waste, air pollution, ground and surface water contamination, metal smelting and processing, used car battery recycling and artisanal gold mining, the "Top Ten" report found.

The great emasculator

Many pesticides in EU may damage human brain: study
Health Trends: "Toxicity to the brain is not routinely included in testing pesticides," Philippe Grandjean of the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Southern Denmark told Reuters.

Merck announces big job cuts, as sales and profits fall
Medical Industry:

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Scientists pursue ways to make food more filling
Frankenfoods: But Bloom warned that controlling appetite might be more challenging. "The body has lots of things to prevent its regulatory mechanisms from being tricked," he said...."Dieting is an awful bore and most human beings are very gullible," Bloom said. "We need all the help science can provide." How about making food actually FOOD. When the body eats food rich in nutrients, it naturally fills up more quickly, but when it injests empty calories, or junk food, it is starving for nutrients, and wants to eat more.

Pollution by DuPont big issue in Pompton

Dow Chemical subsidiary challenges Quebec ban on 2,4-D pesticide
Ecohazard: "There's a huge amount of science showing a connection between 2,4-D and very serious illness," said Gideon Forman, executive director of Canadian Physicians for the Environment.
Studies have linked it to cancer, neurological impairment and reproductive problems, he said, adding numerous health authorities have gotten behind such bans.

Dow Chemical profit rises 6% in 3Q

3rd Largest U.S. Supermarket Chain to Ban Baby Bottles with Bisphenol-A
The World Reacts:

What the Chemical Industry Doesn't Want You to Know About Everyday Products
Tainted Products:

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Reports of serious drug reactions hit record
Health Trends:

CDC: Number of kids with food allergies on the rise
Health Trends: The 18 percent increase is significant enough to be considered more than a statistical blip, said Amy Branum of the CDC, the study's lead author.

Hospital bills woman who never saw doctor
Medical Industry: A woman says she waited 19 hours at Parkland Memorial Hospital's emergency department for treatment of a broken leg and never did get to see a doctor - but still got a bill for $162.

Western Diet Boosts Global Heart Attack Risk 30%
Health Trends: Meanwhile, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, the so-called "Prudent" diet, is tied a low risk of heart attack, according to the study, published in the Oct. 21 issue of Circulation.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

When All Else Fails, Blaming the Patient Often Comes Next
Health Trends: Doctors and psychotherapists generally don’t like it when their patients don’t get better. But the fact is that lots of patients elude our clinical skill and therapeutic cleverness. That’s often when the trouble starts.

Prescription drug abuse hits Mo. Army unit hard
Health Trends: The cases show the hazards of a military system in which narcotic painkillers are easily available, said Thompson's attorney, Capt. Elizabeth Turner. "It just highlighted to me what an immense problem that is," she said. Punish the victim...

A vaccine given to babies could increase the risk of childhood asthma

Sweetener 'makes you fat and could dampen the effect of some medicines'
Tainted Food:

Startling Evidence of Brain Decay at Age 39
Health Trends: A news study in healthy men clearly shows that loss of myelin sheathing begins at age 39, a slow decay of nerve function which also relates to memory.  The initial sign is simply a loss of reflex speed.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Merck’s Marketing of Gardasil to Older Women Questioned
PR/The Medical Industry: In an effort to boost sales of Gardasil, Merck & Co. has been marketing the controversial cervical cancer vaccine to women who may not benefit from it, according to a report on

Mobile phone radiation fries sperm: study
Health Trends:

Ancient Healing Art Becoming More Popular
Health Trends: Ayurveda is not just a medical system. It sees human beings as an integral part of nature. It believes that human beings should live in harmony with nature just as the animals and plants do, and utilize the laws of nature to create health and balance within.

How High Fructose Corn Syrup Causes Obesity
Tainted Food:

Sunday, October 19, 2008

From horse riding at 35 to aerobics at 70, you're never too old to exercise
Health Trends:

Unnatural resources
The World Reacts: omething curious is happening to one of the landfills used by the city of Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Filled with the refuse from a city of 750,000 over the past 20-odd years - plastic, old tires, food waste, and sand and stones swept from the city streets - the dump covers 1.5 square kilometres. Lately, however, it has been shrinking.

The Cancer Industry's Big Lie (comic)
The Medical Industry: Consumers of course, have virtually no idea where the funds they donate actually go, nor do they know the truths about breast cancer they'll never be told by conventional cancer non-profit organizations.

Toxic plume spurs study of public health
Ecohazard/The World Reacts: They point to state studies conducted in the 1990s that found slightly elevated community cancer rates, which were deemed "not statistically significant." And they suspect that the renewed focus on whether the plant has caused health problems might be motivated by a desire to keep it closed.

Scientist warns of cancer link
Ecohazard: Environmental scientist Sandra Steingraber, hailed by the Sierra Club as "the new Rachel Carson," spoke Saturday at the 19th Bioneers Conference in San Rafael on a subject of intense interest to Marin County women: the link between toxic chemicals in the environment and cancer.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

From Team CST, Saturday, October 18, 2008:

Click on Mattie's name to learn more about Mattie Stepanek, author of Journey through Heartsongs

Mystery of lost bees points to pesticide
Ecohazard: At stake is the food on your plate. Crops depend on pollinating insects, or, as Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar, said earlier this year, "If there ain't no bees, there ain't no food."

Travel Was as Dangerous 500 Years Ago as Today: Study
Health Trends:

Aspirin Doesn't Prevent First Heart Attack, Stroke
Health Trends:

Friday, October 17, 2008

Front Porch Fridays: Front Porch Fridays welcomes activist Alicia and we thank her for sharing her story. To read about Alicia, please click here.
To submit a Front Porch Friday Story about personal activism, a review of an unusual documentary or an article, please submit to: cori@sweetremedy and put Front Porch Fridays in the subject line. Please note that we can't accept every submission for publication. Thanks and we look forward to hearing from you!

Thursday, October 16, 2008
Drug Ads Mislead Consumers by Exaggerating Benefits, Downplaying Risks
Medical Industry: "There's currently, and has been for a long time, an unfair balance between the presentation of the risks and the benefits of these ads," said Ruth S. Day, director of Duke University's Medical Cognition Laboratory.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

FDA will look into scientist's possible conflict
Medical Industry: Several lawmakers said the controversy could undermine the credibility of the Food and Drug Administration's assessment of bisphenol A, or BPA...But a Food and Drug Administration official said there is no reason to believe that University of Michigan professor Martin Philbert did anything improper. Oh, come on! Give us a break! Trust me - we're really tired of the lie and propaganda machines. Please, I believe what you need to do is stop trying to protect your own butts and tell the truth. We'll respect you a helluva lot more.

White House Memos Endorsed Waterboarding
Mind Control: This article requires you read the whole thing so that you can see the extent of the "buck passing" going on in Washington about this issue. All I can say about it are to be found in two quotes: "Oh, the humanity!" and "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!" Are you?

Some bottled water toxicity shown to exceed law
Tainted Products:

Bush Rule Changes Could Block Product-Safety Suits
Regulation: Bush administration officials, in their last weeks in office, are pushing to rewrite a wide array of federal rules with changes or additions that could block product-safety lawsuits by consumers and states.

Beta Blockers Used in Heart Surgery Increase Death Rate by One-Third
Medical Industry/Health Trends: While beta blockers do decrease the risk of heart attacks during surgery, they actually increase a patient's risk of dying anyway, according to a study conducted by researchers from McMaster University in Canada and published in The Lancet.

America's Most Toxic Business
How could a project once budgeted at about $2 billion and slated for completion in 1994 now cost a projected $36 billion and be forecast to drag on for another decade? And why have some of the nation's largest chemical and engineering companies, including E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. and Parsons Corp., walked away from lucrative project contracts?

Who Cares for the Caregivers?
Health Trends: Currently, studies show, three-quarters of those who remain in their homes depend solely on family and friends to meet their day-to-day needs with no professional support whatsoever.

Another Study Links NSF to Gadolinium Contrast Dyes
Health Trends:

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Tonight! On Sweet Remedy Radio
7:00pm PST * Special 90 minute show!
Gowri Konswaran of Human Society International will talk about farm run-off, ocean dead zones and the effect of animal farming practices on our global footprint. During the second half of the show, Consumer Attorney James S. Turner is our guest, talking about his recent appearance before the California Health Assemby about Artificial Sweeteners! Not to be missed!
Follow the link above to listen LIVE!

Scientists Try to Domesticate Mother Nature, 'Super Bugs' for Fuel
The World Reacts: Nature is stubborn. It doesn't like to be tampered with. When will we learn to work with nature, rather than being stubborn ourselves in trying to dominate it, and make it bend to our will?

Vioxx Heart Risks Long-Lasting
Medical Industry:

Flu Vaccine Fails to Protect Children
Vaccines: The flu vaccine in the past two years was not effective in reducing hospitalizations or doctor’s visits in children under 5.  In a normal world this would cause parents not to expose their young children to the risks of vaccination when the benefits are non-existent.

BBC's future bleak, says John Simpson
Media: "Now that the commercial principle is failing the broadcasters, it means the way in which our entire broadcasting system has functioned for decades since 1955 is now under very serious threat." [-BBC Foreign Correspondent, John Simpson]

Environmental illnesses are gaining attention, thanks to the 'green' movement
The World Reacts: "Medical residency programs are starting to get interested in integrative medicine," said [Dr. Lisa Lavin] Nagy, talking about a discipline that combines mainstream medicine with complementary therapies with roots in ancient healing practices".

Companies with poor records on environmental damage try for change
The World Reacts/PR: Companies like Shell are facing new threats to their business. Communities that oppose big mining and drilling projects have caused costly delays, while governments have used the environmental records of companies against them - as happened to Shell in Russia in 2006, when it ceded control of the Sakhalin Island oil and natural gas project to Gazprom under threat of huge fines by the country's environmental regulators. Does this article reveal an approach that is too litte/too late? Perhaps companies like Shell need to realize that until they fully embrace trends, the environment, and changing consumer demand, they will be moving in the direction that the dinosaurs traveled - toward the extinction that created their fossil fuels in the first place.

States ask baby product companies to avoid BPA
The World Reacts:

'Detoxifying' Foot Pads are a Scam
Health Trends: I have received quite a number of emails from readers lately asking questions about these types of detoxifying foot pads; seems a lot of people desperately want to believe they work as advertised.

Metabolic Syndrome Raises Colon Cancer Risk 75%
Health Trends:

Calming the mind's chatter
Natural Health: By using techniques such as breathing, visual imagery and meditation to slow down and focus on the present, the theory goes, a person can tap into a higher level of awareness. The more acute awareness is the byproduct of more active brain waves brought on by meditation, studies have shown

An Open Letter to the Next Famer-in Chief
The World Reacts: While the surfeit of cheap calories that the U.S. food system has produced since the late 1970s may have taken food prices off the political agenda, this has come at a steep cost to public health. You cannot expect to reform the health care system, much less expand coverage, without confronting the public-health catastrophe that is the modern American diet.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Review Tracking Neurological Disorders Shows 1 in 1,000 Americans Have Multiple Sclerosis
Health Trends:

FDA Fails To Provide Accuracy and Truthfulness in Food Labeling
Medical Industry: DeLauro - Democrat-Connecticut - chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee in charge of the FDA’s budget. “These findings by the GAO seem to point to another example of how FDA mismanagement is failing consumers.”

FDA Approves Boston Scientific Stent Despite Earlier Problems
Medical Industry: Meanwhile, this summer, the Wall Street Journal reported that a study used by Boston Scientific, when pursuing U.S. approval for its Taxus Liberte stent, used a flawed equation favoring its stent.

Pediatricians double vitamin D recommendations
Health Trends: The nation's leading pediatricians group says children from newborns to teens should get double the usually recommended amount of vitamin D because of evidence that it may help prevent serious diseases. What about the sun as a source of vitamin D, which we run from and slather on the sunscreen when evidence suggests that practice in and of itself is toxic and may cause cancer?

Big rise in press junk food ads
Tainted Food: Fewer children are being exposed to junk food advertising on UK TV but the industry is using other media outlets to get seen, a government report shows.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Bad Eating Habits Produce Inflammation and Changes in Behavior
Health Trends:All this leads to wide spread inflammation, contributing to chronic diseases like arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

Obesity could take two years off a child's life
Health Trends:

How to tackle Crohn's Disease without the help of drugs
Natural Health: At Addenbrooke's Hospital, gastroenterologist Professor John Hunter and his team identify foods that act as a 'trigger' for symptoms, eliminate them from a patient's diet and 'switch off' the disease.
Now 90 per cent of his patients are symptom-free and 56 per cent can resume a normal diet after five years.

The Dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup
Tainted Food: Corn based products such as HFCS have also been shown to increase osteoporosis, tooth decay, anemia, osteoarthritis and more.

Gas well emissions drawing scrutiny
Ecohazard: Researchers are only beginning to wrap their hands around the issue, but the early findings indicate that natural gas production is a significant part of North Texas’ air pollution problem.

Donation raises questions for head of FDA’s bisphenol A panel
Medical Industry: A retired medical supply manufacturer who considers bisphenol A to be “perfectly safe” gave $5 million to the research center of Martin Philbert, chairman of the Food and Drug Association panel about to make a pivotal ruling on the chemical’s safety.

Bisphenol A exposure can increase risk of Diabetes and Heart Attacks
Tainted Products: These results implicate BPA as a potential cause of metabolic syndrome, one of the most serious and costly public health problems in the US.

Do food dyes affect kids' behavior?
Tainted Food: So Kellogg's strawberry Nutri-Grain Cereal Bars that are sold in Britain now contain beetroot red, annatto and paprika extract, while those sold in the U.S. are tinted with Red 40, Yellow 6 and Blue 1.
When are Americans finally going to wake up and begin taking their health and the health of their children seriously like they do in the U.K.? I think that the really important thing to note here as that the Brits made a diference by speaking out - and you can too!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Obesity weighing on children's lives
Health Trends: Under that alarming scenario, women's average longevity would fall to 82, and men's would fall to 78. But the situation could well turn out even worse for men - because the projections are based on the most recent national statistics, while recent NSW figures for boys demonstrate more dramatic weight increases.

Ecohazard: Mexico City wears a thick coat of air pollution that clogs lungs and takes a toll on hearts and blood vessels. But that’s just the beginning - the metropolis’s dirty air may have contributed to brain inflammation and intellectual deficits in at least some school-age children, a new study suggests.

Drinking Water of 41 Million Americans Contaminated with Pharmaceuticals
Ecohazard: It has long been known that drugs are not wholly absorbed or broken down by the human body.

A New Biopesticide For The Organic Food Boom
Health Trends: "I think there has been enough scientific evidence that there's a difference between, let's say, conventional tomatoes and organic tomatoes in terms of pesticide residues but also improved taste and higher levels of antioxidants," she [Marja Koivunen, Ph.D., director of research and development for Marrone Organic Innovations] said.

Call to ban junk food from NHS
The World Reacts: The government said the NHS [National Health Service] and the rest of the public sector should "lead by example" and promote healthy food.

Slow Food Movement Picks Up Momentum in the USA
Health Trends:

FDA issues rules for genetically modified animals
GMO Foods: The agency is inviting public comment on its proposals until November 18 and could modify them before they become final.

Biotechnology 'no cure-all' for food insecurity
GMO Foods:

Friday, October 10, 2008

Merck's Combination Children's Vaccine Linked to Convulsions

Vaccines: Children who take Merck's combination vaccine ProQuad suffer from convulsions twice as frequently as children who are given two separate vaccines, a federally funded study has found.

A Debilitating Disease That Is Often Unknown
Health Trends: Ingesting even small quantities of gluten causes the immune system to attack the lining of the small intestine in celiacs, hampering the absorption of vital nutrients like iron, calcium and fat. Untreated, it can lead to a wide range of problems including anemia, infertility, osteoporosis and cancer.

CDC: 1 in 4 teenage girls got cervical cancer shot
Vaccines: But many families are cautious about the safety of new vaccines, said Patti Gravitt, a Johns Hopkins University associate professor of epidemiology.

Thursday October 9, 2008

Nursing Home Workers Charged by Attorney General
Medical Industry: Four nursing home workers caught on tape mistreating a patient  were charged yesterday with falsifying records and endangering a resident at a Suffolk County facility familiar with such problems, according to Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

Three chemists win Nobel prize
GMO's/Medical Industry/PR: He [Martin Chalfie, 61, a professor of biological sciences at Columbia University] thought that the fluorescent protein could be made to serve as a biological marker by splicing the gene that makes the protein into an organism's DNA next to a gene switch or another gene.

Asian oyster holds promise, risk
Ecohazard: But after more than four years of research and debate among scientists, the $17 million study does not make a recommendation about what route would be best for the bay. Officials say they want to hear public views on the matter first.
We have a long history of dealing with the unintended consequences of introducing foreign species to ecostystems. When will we learn?

Experts Conclude Pfizer Manipulated Studies
Medical Industry:

Free Drug Samples Risky to Kids
Medical Industry: Four of the 15 most frequently distributed samples in 2004 were identified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as having significant new safety concerns.

Bayer Cited for Misleading Yaz Commercials
Medical Industry/PR: In a letter date October 3,   FDA said that the Bayer TV ads implied that Yaz was approved to treat the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). 

Talking to old people like children cuts eight years off their lives, says Yale study
Health Trends: A study by Yale University in the U.S. warned of the dangers of what it calls 'elderspeak' - patronising language used by the young. Now, you wouldn't like it if you were treated this way, would you? (Seriously - think about it.)

Eli Lilly to Pay 33 States $62 Million in Zyprexa Case Settlement
Health Trends:

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Sweet Remedy Radio Tonight!
The World Reacts: Our guest will be consumer attorney Jim Turner, Chairman of Citizens for Health. He will be talking about his appearance in Sacramento before the California Health Assembly to testify about artificial sweeteners. Catch this show as the World Reacts! Go to for more information.

Cold medicine not for young kids, drug makers say
The World Reacts: The industry has been criticized by pediatricians for marketing over-the-counter cough and cold remedies for children under 6 despite a lack of evidence that they work, and reports of safety problems.

Preventive medicine or overdiagnosis?
Medical Industry: The term "preventive medicine" no longer means what it used to: keeping people well by promoting healthy habits, like exercising, eating a balanced diet and not smoking. To their credit, both candidates ardently support that approach.
But the medical model for prevention has become less about health promotion and more about early diagnosis.
It boils down to encouraging the well to have themselves tested to make sure they are not sick. And that approach doesn't save money; it costs money.

White Sugar Now Coming From Genetically-Modified Sugar Beets
GM Foods: In response to the anticipated flood of GM sugar onto the food market, the consumer group Citizens for Health has launched an email campaign to pressure three major sugar and candy companies to refuse the new product. In 2001, American Crystal Sugar, Hershey's and M&M Mars all promised that they would not use GM sugar; Citizens for Health is asking consumers to email those companies from the group's Web site and urge them to keep that promise.

Obesity boom will cost tax payers
Health Trends:Obesity could cost NHS in England £6.3bn by 2015 if no effective action is taken says the Department of Health.

Fat nation: Three out of four UK adults are overweight
Health Trends:

Nearly one quarter of world's mammals face extinction, annual 'red list' reports

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Acid reflux disease hits Americans hard
Health Trends: Today, approximately 60% experience occasional episodes of acid reflux, and about 25% deal with the problem on a weekly basis. The prevalence of the condition in North America is increasing by about 5% a year, according to a 2007 study in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Levels of lead in kids kept 'secret'
Ecohazard: "So much for the Government's promised openness and accountability, which was supposed to be the hallmark of their 'Living with Lead' campaign," Mr Scattini said.

Dietary responses for ADD/ADHD
The World Reacts: Anecdotally, some parents report improvements in sleep habits, mood, and attention with dietary changes.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Articles mentioned in today's radio broadcast of Notes from A Poisoned World: An Observation:


Media Tends to Omit Pharma Funding on Research

Project Censored Story # 23 FDA Complicit in Pushing Pharmaceutical Drugs

Vytorin Cancer Study Blasted in NEJM Editorial


Sweet Remedy Trailer

Also in the news today:

Pollution blamed for spate of cancer deaths in northern city
Ecohazard: In 2005, the city’s Department of Science and Technology conducted research which found air pollution in Hai Phong was up to 12 times higher than the allowed level in some places.

Insecticide ban plea to help protect bees
The World Reacts: The organic farming organisation said Italy had joined Germany, France and Slovenia, in clamping down on the substances in the interests of bees.

DuPont chemical still allowed in California
Ecohazard: United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard said in a statement the union was "outraged" that Schwarzenegger bowed to pressure from DuPont and the chemical industry, which lobbied against the bill. Gerard called the veto a "slap in the face" to workers at DuPont plants who have shown higher levels of PFOA in their blood than the general public.

America's Underwater Junkyard

Friday, October 3, 2008

FDA: Tiny bit of melamine in food usually OK
PR: The Food and Drug Administration said today that trace amounts of the industrial chemical that has touched off a global food safety scare are safe in most foods, except for baby formula.
Are they just saying this blindly? Have they looked at the safety of melamine when combined with all the other toxins that enter our bodies on a daily basis?

Colbert Advocates “Pre-Reporting the Future”
The World Reacts: Stephen Colbert takes on the McCain campaign’s recent attempt to “pre-report” last week’s presidential debate - “He was getting his version of the story out before the press could mangle it with what happened“ - and suggests that other public figures may want to follow suit.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Media Tends to Omit Pharma Funding on Research
Medical Industry: A new review confirms that mainstream media often neglects to report when drug company funding is used for medication studies and that there is a propensity among medical and mainstream reporters to use brand, not generic drug names.

Where you live could affect life and life span
Health Trends:

Scientist touts good food to cut health risks
Health Trends: But Beliveau's simple message is one that the public is increasingly willing to hear: It is possible to moderate your cancer risk by rethinking what you eat.

Gardasil Immigration Rule Proving Controversial
The World Reacts: A new rule that makes the Gardasil vaccine mandatory for young women seeking U.S. citizenship has sparked anger and protest from immigration advocates and healthcare policy experts.

Study traces AIDS virus origin to 100 years ago
Health Trends: Genetic analysis pushes the estimated origin of HIV back to between 1884 and 1924, with a more focused estimate at 1908. A lot of researchers question whether or not HIV even causes AIDS.

What is heavy water, and is it toxic to drink?
Ecohazard: Put ice made from heavy water in a glass of regular water, and it will sink, not float.

Florida AG Sues Merck for Misleading Marketing
The World Reacts:

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Surfing for a second opinion
The World Reacts: And 75 percent of online patients with a chronic problem told the researchers that "their last health search affected a decision about how to treat an illness or condition," according to a Pew Report released last month, "The Engaged E-Patient Population."

Scams and Shams That Prey on Cancer Patients
PR: Which is not to say that none of these compounds has potential as cancer fighters. But consumers need to be careful. In other word. . . these are probably cures, but they're not sanctioned by us and we know everything about your health.

French bees find a haven in Paris
The World Reacts: Bees are thriving in cities because "flowers and plants are changed constantly and there aren't pesticides," said Moncelli, who co-owns the hotel with her husband, Pascal.

Drug companies 'bankrolling charity campaigns to lower price of NHS cancer treatments'
Medical Industry:

AstraZeneca paid up to 20 million yen to experts who endorsed drug linked to 700 deaths
Medical Industry:

Amazon deforestation rises dramatically
Ecohazard: Amazon destruction jumped 228 percent in August when compared to the same month a year ago, according to a report from Brazil's National Institute for Space Research.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Sweet Remedy Radio Premieres tonight at 7:00pm PST
The World Reacts: Click on link above for show/guest info and for link to listen to live stream.

Our oceans are turning into plastic...are we?

Pollution killing world's coral reefs
Ecohazard: Local environmental problems like sewage, farm runoff and overfishing could kill off much of the world's reefs decades before global warming does, said Roberto Iglesias, a biologist from UNAM university's marine sciences station near Cancun.

Meat must be rationed to four portions a week, says report on climate change
The World Reacts: It urges people to return to habits their mothers or grandmothers would have been familiar with: buying locally in-season products, cooking in bulk and in pots with lids or pressure cookers, avoiding waste and walking to the shops.

A building ban near rivers?
The World Reacts: "It's a significant wake-up call to (municipalities) who might have begun to think the Endangered Species Act didn't carry a lot of implications for local land use," said Jan Hasselman, the Seattle lawyer who filed suit over the issue on behalf of the National Wildlife Federation, which led to the Fisheries Service decision.

Food-label rules in effect today
The World Reacts:

You’re Sick. Now What? Knowledge Is Power
The daily bombardment of news reports and drug advertising offers little guidance on how to make sense of self-proclaimed medical breakthroughs and claims of worrisome risks....But patients have more than ever to gain by decoding the latest health news and researching their own medical care. We couldn't agree more. That's the purpose of Sweet Remedy Radio.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Project Censored Story # 23 FDA Complicit in Pushing Pharmaceutical Drugs
Medical Industry:

EPA Ducks Perchlorate Standards
Ecohazard: Perchlorate can interfere with the thyroid gland, affecting metabolism as well as mental and physical development.

Paxil Linked to Male Fertility Problems
Health Trends:

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Team CST (Connecting Spirit Together) information for today:

The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

When Cuba lost access to Soviet oil in the 1990s, the country faced an energy famine that threatened to starve the Cuban people. THE POWER OF COMMUNITY - HOW CUBA SURVIVED PEAK OIL tells the story of the Cuban people's successful transition from large, fossil-fuel intensive farming to small, energy-conserving organic farms and urban gardens to meet the challenge of living in a new, low-energy society. Told in the Cuban people's own words, this film shows how ordinary people, plunged into sudden adversity, can overcome hardship through cooperation, conservation and community.

Important viewing for anyone concerned about Peak Oil, this film is described by Richard Heinberg, author of The Party's Over, Powerdown, as "one of the most important and hopeful stories of the past few decades...not just of individual achievement, but of the collective mobilization of an entire society to meet an enormous challenge."
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Friday, September 26, 2008

Front Porch Fridays: This week, we present the archive of the launch of The Health and Harmony Radio Network and it's first show! Cori appears as a guest in the second hour to talk about her upcoming show on the network, Sweet Remedy Radio, which premiers Tuesday, September 30th at 7pm PST. For details, go to

Chairman of Citizens for Health Declares FDA Should Review Approval of Splenda
Tainted Foods: Hundreds of consumers have complained to us about side effects from using Splenda and this study, published this past week in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health Part A, confirms that the chemicals in the little yellow package should carry a big red warning label," said [Jim] Turner.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Woman dead months after son died of mad cow disease
Health Trends:

Are poor sperm quality and air pollution linked?
Ecohazard: Preliminary research by a Utah infertility doctor seems to suggest they might be.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Buy Your Poison - Aspartame, Diet Soda, Splenda
Tainted Food: Great article and well-articulated. Written by Dr. Leo Rebello of Bombay, who has nearly three decades of clinical, teaching and research experience in Natural Medicine.

Splenda Study Raises Health Worries
Tainted Food: According to an article published on  The Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health website, Splenda contributes to obesity, destroys “good” intestinal bacteria and prevents prescription drugs from being absorbed.

Eli Lilly to Disclose Fees Paid to Doctors
The World Reacts: Under Lily's physician payments registry, it will list fees to those physicians who advise for Lilly. It is expected that the registry will also include the physicians' names and their hometowns.

Antidepressants 'may harm sperm'
Health Trends:

Fast Food Hits Mediterranean; a Diet Succumbs
Health Trends: Dr. Michalis Stagourakis has seen a transformation of his pediatric practice here over the past three years. The usual sniffles and stomachaches of childhood are now interspersed with far more serious conditions: diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol. A changing diet, he says, has produced an epidemic of obesity and related maladies.

School refuses 'cancer vaccine'
The World Reacts: It seems to me from this article that the old corporate philosophy of "creating a need" is beginning not to work as well as it used to.

Report: More factory farming but oversight lags
Ecohazard: Some huge livestock farms produce more raw waste than cities as large as Philadelphia or Houston. But federal regulators are failing to control pollution from the gigantic operations or assess health risks from the enormous quantities of manure they produce, according to congressional investigators.

Carnosine Helps Parkinson’s Patients
Natural Health:

Parents Warned: Don't Use Ritalin
The World Reacts: The drug should not be prescribed to children under five and used for older children only when they have severe ADHD or as a last resort, the guidance says.
Instead, parents should be taught psychological techniques for changing the behaviour of unruly youngsters diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. I highly recommend The Nurtured Heart Approach for dealing with ADHD without drugs. It's available in our catalog. For more information, click here.

Four cancer deaths at university 'may be linked to radioactive experiments
Ecohazard: Radiation from experiments carried out by a prizewinning nuclear scientist more than 100 years ago may be responsible for four cancer deaths at a university. Radiation causing cancer? Radiation treating cancer? What's wrong with this picture?

Study: Doctors show little empathy
Medical Industry: The transcripts revealed 384 opportunities for the doctors to show empathy - patient comments such as "this is overwhelming" and "I'm fighting it" - but they missed all but 39, researchers write in Tuesday's Archives of Internal Medicine. I'm a firm believer in the power of the mind - and the power of belief to heal. From a pharmaceutical, allopathic perspective, helping the mind to work for you and not against you can't do any harm. The Hippocratic Oath states, "First, Do No Harm,". I'd like to see more doctors using this philosophy in their treatments and working with the mind of the patient.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Music Shown to Facilitate the Development of Neurons in the Brain
Health Trends: Researchers have discovered evidence that music stimulates specific regions of the brain responsible for memory, language and motor control.

Cell Phones May Be Unsafe for Teens
Health Trends: As with toxic chemicals, radiation from cell phones may be more risky for children for adults. Why? As the Independent put it: "They are more at risk because their brains and nervous systems are still developing and because – since their heads are smaller and their skulls are thinner – the radiation penetrates deeper into their brains."

Denture Cream Tied to Neurological Problems
Tainted Products:

Palin To Cooperate With Personnel Board
Mind Control: ture's investigation into her alleged abuse of power, Gov. Sarah Palin on Monday indicated she will cooperate with a separate probe run by people she can fire.

Is cheap food bad for your health?
Tainted Products: Cheap food is often cheap because less nutritious, lower-quality ingredients are used, often loaded with fats, sugars and other additives. This can also affect the taste.

EPA won't limit toxic pollutant in drinking water

Most Prescription Drugs Not Approved for Children
Medical Industry:Meanwhile, about 30% of medicines have been approved for kids and some, like those to treat Alzheimer’s, are really only beneficial to adults.

Monday, September 22, 2008

New Zealand News Story on Aspartame
Tainted Products: Notice, in the end, how the doctor could only shake her head and really on her "expert" status. Doctor Woodrow Monte, author of the seminal research paper, "Aspartame, Methanol and The Public Health", completely agrees with Abby, the anti-aspartame consumer activist in the story, who says the methanol in aspartame is free methyl alcohol and therefore different than the methanol found in fruits. Aspartame researcher Dr. Ralph Walton says that the methanol in fruits is bound to pectin, and therefore not bio-available.

Toxins in plastics a growing concern
Tainted Products: "We need the government to take further action and ban BPA. Congress already banned phthalates, (chemicals widely used in soft plastics). But more needs to be done because as individuals, we can do very little. These plastics are in just about everything we come in contact with," he [David Carpenter, director of the Institution for Health and the Environment at the state University at Albany's School of Public Health] said.

Resveratrol Improves Health and Longevity in Aging Mice on a High-Calorie Diet
Natural Health:

For good neighbours, live in a quiet, car-free street
Health Trends: [Joshua Hart, a researcher at the University of the West of England, Bristol] found wide differences in community interaction and a serious deterioration of community life on busy roads.

Huge release of ozone-depleting gases could draw $1.2 million in fines
The World Reacts:

Red Clover Blocks Neurological Damage From MSG
Natural Health: Now a new study has found that pre-treating yourself with a supplement of red clover before you go out can nullify the potential for brain damage from MSG.

Headteacher warns ministers SATs tests 'strain mental health of 7-year-olds'
The World Reacts: Diana Watkins, head of a girls' prep school in Salisbury, said fewer fee-paying schools now offered SATs and parents had supported abandoning them. Her own school dropped SATs three years ago.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Mobile phone use 'raises children's risk of brain cancer fivefold'
Health Trends:

Report: Ocean debris will likely worsen
Ecohazard: [The report by the National Research Council] said international maritime regulations should be changed to ban the dumping of trash into the ocean.

Candidates agree on mountaintop removal
The World Reacts: But political observers said that the candidates' agreement on mountaintop removal was an interesting moment, one that offers a glimpse of where the issue has been and where it might be headed.
"Political opinion has just caught up with public opinion," said Celinda Lake, a Washington, D.C., pollster who generally works for Democratic candidates.

Can using Lipitor cause amnesia?
Medical Industry:

Amish turn to solar power for electricity
The World Reacts: Despite their reclusion from the modern world, the plain-living Amish are leading the way when it comes to embracing solar energy.

Former Drug Marketer Warns Consumers About New Drugs
Medical Industry: Nesi hopes to expose what happens when consumers take newly approved, heavily marketed prescription medications.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Links to articles mentioned on today's Team CST Notes from a Poisoned World: An Observation:

A Primeval Tide of Toxins

'Dead Zones' Appear in Waters Worldwide

Is it time to kill the lawn?
Correction: On the radio, this article was mistakenly credited to The Los Angeles Times. The source is really The Oregonian. Sorry Oregonian!

Five Ways to Keep BPA Out of Your Food and Your Body
The World Reacts: BPA—or Bisphenol A—is a highly ubiquitous chemical compound that mimics estrogen and is found in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resin.

Studies show more links between vitamin D and MS
Health Trends: Several studies presented at a meeting on MS in Montreal showed that children had low levels of the vitamin when they began to show evidence of the disease.

Warning: Are Your Vitamin D Test Results Valid?
Health Trends:

Shortage of cancer doctors looms
Health Trends: By the year 2020, the United States could face a shortage of as many as 4,080 cancer doctors, according to a recent report issued by the American Society for Clinical Oncology. I wonder, could this looming "shortage" be at all because doctors are finally beginning to understand the inhumane nature of modern western medicine's cancer treatments and more young people are becoming interested in natural treatments, as the number of successful testimonials grow? See, Healing Cancer from Inside Out in our catalog, which includes descriptions of alternative treatments as well as a hard look at the "statistics" of modern western medicine regarding their cancer treatments.

Cell phone in pocket may be bad
Health Trends: KEEPING your cell phone in your pocket as you talk using a hands-free attachment can decrease sperm quality, a study from the Cleveland Clinic in the United States says.

Health Trends: Jim Brophy remembers those casual observations with vivid clarity, and how they eventually led to one of the most puzzling scientific findings in Canada - the lopsided tally of girls compared with boys being born in the Aamjiwnaang First Nation, a community nearly surrounded by a complex of petrochemical plants.

Zinc and Depression
Natural Health: A new human study shows that zinc can activate the production of BDNF (brain derived neurotrophic factor), a key substance needed to ward off depression and keep nerve cells alive.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Front Porch Fridays: Today's Front Porch Fridays features a link to our friends at who recently interviewed Cori and asked her to share a bit of her story with them. If you've ever wondered more about what Cori went through and what she did to get better, check this out. Click here to listen.

Cancer and Industrialism: My Findings and Therapy
Natural Health/The World Reacts:

Stop the Mothers Act: Save Expectant Mothers from Mandatory Drugging with Antidepressants
The World Reacts: Antidepressants are linked to violent thoughts and suicidal behavior in expectant mothers and new moms. Rather than treating the root cause of maternal depression -- nutritional deficiencies -- the medical industry wants to put expectant mothers on dangerous psychotropic drugs that may impact the health of their newborns.

Genetically-engineered animals could lead to 'Frankenfoods'
GM Foods:

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Aspartame: Is the Sweet Taste Worth the Harm?
Tainted Food:

BPA is almost impossible to avoid, but more companies are discontinuing use
The World Reacts: Consumers who want to avoid bisphenol A, or BPA, will find it virtually impossible because it exists in thousands of products. But there are steps that people can take to reduce exposure.
So is aspartame, but I've successfully avoided that for years.

EPA Lets Electronic Waste Flow Freely, GAO Report Says

Weight-loss surgery is only half the battle
Medical Industry: But not everyone who undergoes this surgery shares Sloan's dedication to weight maintenance, and years later many start to regain the weight they lost.

Environment: Tar sands - the new toxic investment
Ecohazard: Report warns against oil industry's equivalent of the sub-prime mortgage crisis.

Food Allergy Labels Too Vague
The World Reacts:

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Instead of Eating to Diet, They’re Eating to Enjoy

Health Trends: consumers and nutritionists say they are seeing a shift toward “positive eating” — shunning deprivation diets and instead focusing on adding seasonal vegetables, nuts, berries and other healthful foods to their plates.

Food Safety's Dirty Little Secret
Tainted Food: Even as bacterial outbreaks have become more high-profile and the financial fallout from recalls more severe, the government has been handing off many food-safety responsibilities to industry. Food safety today is a business - and a booming one at that.

Exxon fined $4 million for gas leak
The World Reacts:

Human Study Raises Fresh Concerns About Bisphenol A
The World Reacts:

Health moves 'halve early deaths'
Health Trends: By avoiding cigarettes, exercising regularly, eating healthily and keeping weight in check, 55% of early deaths from chronic diseases could be avoided.

Meanness appears to rub off on viewers
Health Trends: Coyne says the findings suggest parents should pay more attention to relational aggression and perhaps even push to make it part of movie and TV ratings.

Chickenpox parties popping up
The World Reacts: Keller did not trust the chickenpox vaccine, so she was arranging for her children to get immunity the old-fashioned way....Some moms said their pediatricians frowned on chickenpox parties, but Edna Navarro-Vidaurre of Chicago said her children's doctor saw nothing wrong with the idea.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

'Allergic Girl' teaches how to eat out with allergies
The World Reacts: Since 2006, food manufacturers have been required to clearly label products that contain any of the most common allergens -- milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat and soy -- but some allergy experts say the labels should be more explicit.

Pesticide Buildup Could Lead to Poor Honey Bee Health
Ecohazard: All of the bees tested showed at least one pesticide and pollen averaged six pesticides with as many as 31 in a sample.

FDA Defends Plastic Linked With Health Risks
PR: ''A margin of safety exists that is adequate to protect consumers, including infants and children, at the current levels of exposure,'' Laura Tarantino, a senior Food and Drug Administration scientist, told an expert panel that has been asked for a second opinion on the agency's assessment of bisphenol A or BPA. Who does the FDA really think they're fooling? Except maybe each other. See another article from today below...

Common Plastics Chemical Linked to Human Diseases
Tainted Products: Using government health data, they found that the 25 percent of people with the highest levels of bisphenol A in their bodies were more than twice as likely to have heart disease and, or diabetes compared to the 25 percent of with the lowest levels.

Bayer to pay $112,00 in EPA settlement
The World Reacts: Isn't this, like, the equivalent of the cost of a tic-tac to Bayer?

Monday, September 15, 2008

6 Food Mistakes Parents Make

Health Trends: Although obesity dominates the national discussion on childhood health, many parents are also worried that their child’s preferred diet of nuggets and noodles could lead to a nutritional deficit.

Acidophilus, H. Pyloria, and Your Stomach
Natural Health: The new study shows that friendly acidophilus directly communicates to the gene signaling system involved with the H.Pyloria-driven toxic inflammation and stops it.

How Much Exercise Do Children Need?
Health Trends: The undisputed benefits of exercise, the panels said, are that it can lead to stronger muscles, greater endurance, and bones that are denser and have greater mineral content. In addition, when obese children exercise regularly, their body fat, blood lipids and blood pressure may fall.

World's oceans could become "soupy swill": expert
Ecohazard: In the Gulf of Mexico [for example], the shrimp- and crab-killing blooms are fed by 95,000 metric tonnes of nitrogen fertilizer that flows down the Mississippi River each year.

Is it time to kill the lawn?
The World Reacts:

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Cancer chemical found in Pringles, Hula Hoops and Prince Charles's organic crisps
Tainted Food: Acrylamide is formed when starch-rich foods are fried, baked, grilled or toasted at high temperatures.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

New form of 'mad cow' disease could infect humans
Tainted Food: What's more, the symptoms and brain damage look very like a rare form of "sporadic" vCJD, called MM2, which has no known cause, raising the prospect that BASE may already infect people.

Broccoli 'may help protect lungs'
Natural Health: The same broccoli compound was recently found to be protective against damage to blood vessels caused by diabetes.

Report: Drugs in drinking water of more Americans
Tainted Food: That's up from 41 million people reported by the AP in March as part of an investigation into the presence of pharmaceuticals in the nation's waterways.

FDA hires 1,300 new doctors and scientists
The World Reacts: Holden said the new hires will provide critical expertise after years of losing valuable medical and scientific people who took industry jobs or went into retirement.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Front Porch Fridays: This Friday, we present a portrait of Activism in Action. Shirley Luckman's story is inspiring. She is truly an example of authenticity and hope. Click here to read her story. Do you have a story about yourself or someone else to share? Write us and let us know! Your submission may even be chosen for an upcoming Activism in Action. Write Cori at to submit.

Suzanne Somers on The Early Show
Tainted Products/Natural Health: Video. "Careful, you might be offending a sponsor there".

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Music Therapy Improves Well-Being of Very Ill Patients
Natural Health: Exposure to music therapy can dramatically improve the mental and physical condition of patients receiving palliative care, a new study suggests. Emphasis mine.

Fermenting Soy Eliminates Allergenic Substances
Natural Health: The researchers speculated that in addition to being less likely to cause allergic reactions, the proteins produced during soy fermentation may turn out to have other nutritional benefits to humans.

Medical schools, journals fight industry influence
Medical Industry: But the industries' dealings remain fraught with potential conflict because the sectors depend on each other so much - medicine on drugmakers' research dollars and drugmakers on the credibility researchers give them.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

States Battle Pesticides in Groundwater
The World Reacts: EPA Registers Pesticides, but Environmentalists Say Leadership Lacking at Federal Level.

Walgreen sues San Francisco over tobacco sale ban
Medical Industry: First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win - Mahatma Gandhi. Walgreens, may I offer you some adivce? Bad PR move.

NaturalNews Releases Free Report on The 7 Principles of Mindful Wealth by Mike Adams
Natural Health: Spending money on meat products, for example, is a vote for factory farm abuse of living animals as well as the environmental destruction caused by such practices.

Spending money on herbs, nutritional supplements or healing services, on the other hand, encourages the success of such businesses while enhancing personal health and abundance.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Device Makers and Doctors: Relationships Sometimes Far Too Cozy
Medical Industry: Patients don’t typically ask if their doctor is compensated by a company that profits from the device they are to receive as an implant, but recently, congressional investigators started looking at agreements with doctors - especially those who perform lucrative spine surgeries - to see if such agreements are appropriate or even legal.

Lack of vitamin B12 in elderly may cause brain shrinkage
Health Trends: The group with the lowest levels of vitamin B12 lost twice as much brain volume as those with the highest levels. The difference was significant even after controlling for initial brain size, age, sex, education, cognitive test scores and various measures of blood chemistry.

FDA Approves Breast Cancer Drug Avastin Despite Opposition by Advisory Panel
Medical Industry:

Monday, September 8, 2008

What doctors don't tell you
Medical Industry: But the idea that Americans get worse medical care than they realize - often because they get too many, not too few, tests, drugs and procedures - is gaining ground.


Energy-drink dangers
Tainted Food: When the medical team's members got further history, they learned that the teen had been drinking several Redline energy drinks a day.

Actor Dennis Quaid Urges Congress to Allow Lawsuits Against Drug Companies
The World Reacts:

Researchers cite liver disease in obese teenagers as latest risk
Health Trends: The American Liver Foundation estimates that 2 percent to 5 percent of American children over age 5, nearly all of them obese or overweight, have the condition, called nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

Urine test may flag mad cow disease in live cattle
Health Trends:

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Marijuana ingredient may fight bacteria
Health Trends: Researchers in Italy and Britain have found that the main active ingredient in marijuana - tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC - and related compounds show promise as antibacterial agents, particularly against microbial strains that are already resistant to several classes of drugs.

Your Attitude Affects How Long You Will Live
Health Trends: Long term and current research now tells us that the mind and immune system are inexorably connected and do not exist independently.

Pollution blamed for making kids fat
Health Trends: The study suggests that if babies are exposed to common chemicals while still in the womb they are more likely to become overweight before they turn 10.

Flood's bitter harvest
Ecohazard: The causes are complex, but there is no doubt that human activity is responsible.

Drug makers seek shield from lawsuits
Medical Industry: Advocates for the pharmaceutical industry say it makes more sense to have experts at the Food and Drug Administration -- rather than jurors -- decide whether a drug is safe or dangerous. Could this be sought by the pharmaceutical industry so that they could find the appropriate "expert" to say what they wanted them to say and prevent the public from being able to make their own choices, to research for themselves and to find their own power?

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Links to Guardasil articles and information mentioned on Team CST radio show today:

FDA: 28 Miscarriages No Reason to Reexamine Gardasil:

Judicial Watch Investigates Side-Effects of HPV Vaccine:

Lobbying Kills Mandatory Cancer Vaccine
Summary of the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS):

Center for Media and Democracy:

The Politics and PR of Cervical Cancer: Resources:

Merck's Guardasil website:

Tropicana:Our 100% Juice Could Contain "Anything From Nature
Tainted Food:t's apparently a whole lot of fun to try to get a straight answer out of Tropicana as to what "natural flavors" are in their 100% juice.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Front Porch Fridays: This Friday, we introduce a new section to for reader feedback. Note from Cori: I welcome all comments, thoughts and questions. Let me hear from you! All I need to be able to post is your first name and the state where you're from. Send all responses to Our first reader is Alison from California. Click here to read what she has to say.

The Psychotic Use of Anti-Psychotics
Medical Industry:

FDA orders stronger warnings for 4 arthritis drugs
Medical Industry: Of 240 cases reported to the FDA in which patients taking one of the four drugs developed this infection, a total of 45 died - about 20%.

Fire retardant chemicals found in toddlers' blood
Ecohazard: Scientists are concerned that the chemicals cause brain damage in animals and may cause hyperactivity in children, says Jimmy Roberts, a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics' committee on environmental health, who was not involved with the study.

How food waste can power your home
The World Reacts:

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Parents may boycott cervical cancer jabs after MMR controversy
The World Reacts: The Government began an advertising campaign yesterday to raise awareness. Some families complained, though, that they had received too little information too late to make a decision.

Why Soy Is NOT the Health Food You Think it Is
Tainted Food: Video

The chemistry of beauty
Tainted Products: What's in all those beauty products? The truth isn't pretty.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Cholesterol drug cancer warning
Medical Industry/PR: A New England Journal of Medicine study linked inegy, a combination of two drugs, to a 50% rise in cancer cases.
However, other experts said the results were likely to be an "anomaly".

Pfizer resuming ads for Lipitor after controversy
Medical Industry: Lipitor generates more than $12 billion a year in revenue for New York-based Pfizer. Its patent expires in 2011, yet ads for the pill have been off the air since February.

3 Myths About Running and Your Health
Natural Health:

HPV Vaccine Has Higher Allergic Reaction Rate
Tainted Products: The study authors did find that the rate of allergic reactions to the HPV vaccine was higher than the rates for other vaccines given at schools, including those for hepatitis B, diphtheria, measles, mumps and the flu. In some cases, the rate of allergic reactions to HPV was 5 times to 20 times as high as the rates for the other vaccines.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

33 Disturbing But True Facts About Eugenics
Eugenics: What do the SAT, the Kellogg Company, Woodrow Wilson and Adolf Hitler all have in common? They are all connected by the practice of eugenics in the first half of the 20th century.

'We had laser eye surgery but still need our specs'... The reality of the 'permanent' sight cure
Medical Industry: Jo and Maureen are just two of a growing number of people who have discovered that laser eye surgery is not quite as 'permanent' or 'failsafe' as they had thought.

Long-Term Ills Tied to Bad Food
Health Trends: "What the classical medical literature says and what we've seen is not the same," said Donna Rosenbaum, executive director of Safe Tables Our Priority, or STOP, a nonprofit that represents people who have suffered serious food-borne illness.

Study backs low vitamin D-diabetes link
Health Trends: Lack of vitamin D interferes with insulin secretion, and studies suggest a link between low vitamin D and diabetes, Knekt and his team note.

Trace arsenic in water may be linked with diabetes
Health Trends:

Fish Oil Helps Heart Patients - Statins Don't
Natural Health: This information follows closely on the heels of other negative findings, including that statins injure up to 15% of those taking them based on a gene variant and that low cholesterol levels, as recommended by Big Pharma-trained physicians, are associated with significantly increased risk of cancer and death.

Vytorin Cancer Study Blasted in NEJM Editorial
Medical Industry: Vytorin is in trouble again.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Schoolgirls line up for first jabs of the cervical cancer vaccine
Vaccines: Many women will be infected with HPV during their life, but often the virus causes no harm and goes away without treatment...According to Cancer Research UK, side effects are mild. However, it can include:
* Headache
* Aching muscles
* Redness and soreness around the site of the injection
* Fever
* Feeling and being sick
* Stomach pain
* Diarrhoea
* Itching, rash
* Dizziness
There are also reports of of "minor" side effects like paralysis and death. Personally, I would avoid this vaccine like the plague.

Atomic bomb explosion results in thyroid cancer in survivors at onset of adulthood
Ecohazard: According to scientists, radiation from the blasts likely rearranged chromosomes in some survivors who later developed papillary thyroid cancer as adults.

How perfumes and scented creams could make your unborn baby infertile
Tainted Products: It found the reproductive systems of male foetuses were damaged at as early as eight weeks' gestation by chemicals found in cosmetics. Suddenly, the price of what our society considers beautiful appears maybe too pricey, doesn't it. Perhaps we should rethink our standards and not be swayed so much by cosmetic ads and the fashion industry that seems to place their idea of beauty above everything else, including health.

Fish oil outperforms statin in heart failure study
Natural Health: Last week, an article appeared talking about the results of a study that showed we were all trying to lower our LDL cholesterols to dangerous levels. Once again, we were listening to hard to a PR machine - this time by the pharmaceutical industry, which I believe, created a need in us rather than fulfilling a need: the belief that we needed to lower our cholesterol at all costs. Here's a link to an article about that study: Low Cholesterol Increases Cancer and Death Risk and another: LDL Cholesterol Tied to Increased Cancer Risk in Diabetics

Sunday, August 31, 2008

From avocado to coconut ... the edible oils that will keep your body running smoothly
Natural Health: As well as a rich source of energy, they provide the essential fatty acids (EFAs) vital for numerous body functions and for healthy cardiovascular, reproductive, immune and nervous systems. I disagree with their dietician over rapeseed oil being good for anything, but most of the other information I agree with. I think sunflower oil degrades when used in cooking, so is best kept for cold use, like salad oil.

Eat more cheese and avoid tap water, food industry tells pupils
PR: Big business has been accused of misleading children by distributing educational materials to schools about pupils' diets which experts say are wrong and likely to encourage poor eating habits...In other leaflets, study aids and teaching packs, pupils are told to eat six slices of bread a day, that eating cheese 'will soon have you a lot healthier' and that soft drinks are carbohydrates, the same food type as rice, pasta and bread.

When cleaning up isn't enough: Army trying to rid Anniston Army Depot of toxic TCE
Ecohazard: Three decades into a nightmare environmental cleanup at the Anniston Army Depot, Army officials are giving one last shot at figuring out how to defuse a potential toxic time bomb: a 27-million-pound plume of solvent waste, called trichloroethylene, leaking into the groundwater that feeds Coldwater Spring, Anniston's main source of drinking water.

Complacency warning on water bug
The World Reacts: Mrs McCrea said the council's job as consumer champion was to challenge the water company on customers' behalf to deliver "the safe quality drinking water that they expect and deserve".

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Links for today's Team CST Notes from A Poisoned World:

Dr. HJ Robert's Books:

FDA List of 92 Reported Symptoms connected to aspartame:

Ramazzini Institute studies:

Slow Food Nation event urges 'fresh' recipe, diet revolution
The World Reacts: "This is going to be a coming of age of American food," Waters says. With epidemic rates of obesity, diabetes, global warming and ecological degradation, "we need a new food system in America.

Magnesium Reduces Brain Injury
Natural Health: Since brain-related inflammation due to stress or other factors is known to have a direct negative effect on the function of the heart, it is a good idea that individuals who have elevated blood pressure and are under stress seek to maximize magnesium intake to calm down and cool off nerves - a result that should be fairly obvious when enough magnesium is consumed.

The Miracle of Fasting (Part 3) - Creating a Detoxifying Bath
Natural Health:

Study: Women living in mercury's shadow
Ecohazard: Women in the Midwest generally had much less mercury in their bodies; less than 3 percent exceeded a safety level intended to protect the developing brain before birth.

Schools Selling Junk Food to Teens
Health Trends: More Than 1 in 3 High Schools Push Junk Food.

Study Reveals Fertility Treatments Induce Gene Mutations in Males
Health Trends:

Tainted Products: As my colleague, Eileen Dannemann, former director, National Coalition of Organized Women (NCOW), smartly observed: "I wonder what Ely Lilly is going to do with RBGH?"

Court: U.S. can bar mad-cow testing
Tainted Food: Because the Agriculture Department tests only a small percentage of cows for the deadly disease, Kansas meatpacker Creekstone Farms Premium Beef wants to test all of its cows. The government says it can't.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Front Porch Fridays: This week is our 11th and final installment in our excellent articlce series by Lori Nichols-Davies. Find out the healthy nature of coconut oil. Click here for details.

Campaign to ban synthetic sweetener aspartame gaining global ground
The World Reacts:

Thursday, August 28, 2008

In NYC, new HIV infections 3 times national rate
Health Trends:

Five mistakes that will land you in medical debt
The World Reacts: "I had a client once who was charged for a surgery she never had," said Nora Johnson, vice president of Medical Billing Advocates of America in Caldwell, West Virginia. "Another one was charged more than $5,000 for disposable gloves." Hey, I've got a radical idea: why don't hostpitals begin treating us like human beings rather than dumb cash cows? I truly believe that until we begin treating each other with respect, we can't heal as a nation.

Deaths from hospital superbug soar by a THIRD in just one year
Health Trends:

Social factors key to ill health
Health Trends:The report calls for governments to consider how all their policies impact on health. Finally, someone said it! That gives me hope.

Just How Harmful Are Bisphenol-A Plastics?
Tainted Products: Hunt, a geneticist, was exploring why human reproduction is so rife with complications.

Asbestos: The lies that killed
Ecohazard: Hidden in this massive archive are documents, revealed here for the first time, which tell the story of corporate recklessness that has led to the deaths of thousands of men and women in Britain who were once exposed to asbestos.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

New attack ad on TV, but this one targets hot dogs
The World Reacts: A new TV commercial shows kids eating hot dogs in a school cafeteria and one little boy's haunting lament: "I was dumbfounded when the doctor told me I have late-stage colon cancer."

Throat cancer increasing among white Americans
Health Trends: Brown suggests that "primary prevention such as modifications in diet and physical activity and control of GERD symptoms may be able to slow this trend.

Bayer on defensive in bee deaths
Ecohazard: A German prosecutor is investigating Werner Wenning, Bayer's chairman, and Friedrich Berschauer, the head of Bayer CropScience, after critics alleged that they knowingly polluted the environment.

Cancer cluster confirmed near Pa. Superfund sites

Low Cholesterol Increases Cancer and Death Risk
Health Trends: The AHA recommends an LDL level of 100 for prevention and 70 for high risk patients. In the new study an LDL level of 107 was associated with a 33% increased risk of cancer and death, an LDL level of 87 was associated with a 50% increased risk. As the LDL goes lower the risk keeps getting worse. These arbitrary AHA levels for LDL cholesterol were established by "experts" with direct financial ties to the statin industry, who knew full well that reaching their artificially low target levels for LDL would require double and triple doses of statin drugs, thus dramatically increasing sales (which has indeed happened).

LDL Cholesterol Tied to Increased Cancer Risk in Diabetics
Health Trends: "Low serum cholesterol is commonly observed in individuals with ill health (e.g., cancer patients) and those with unhealthy lifestyle characteristics such as smoking and heavy drinking," they noted. Mainstream version of the above article.

Bone Loss Linked to Hardening Arteries
Health Trends:

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

RIOT at DNC 2008
Mind Control: Video

Organic foods pricier, but big-chain grocers stocking more
The World Reacts: Supermarkets now account for more than 60 percent of the organic food market, said Albertsons spokeswoman Donna Eggers.

Pollutants cause birds to sing tainted love songs
Ecohazard: "The birds are living, not dying, but [PCBs] are affecting some part of their life cycle," she[Sara DeLeon, an ecologist at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, who presented her research at a recent conference at the university] says.

They were healthier than us - and even lived longer. So should we all copy the Victorian diet?
Health Trends: 'Men consumed 4,000-5,000 calories daily, women around 3,000 calories, compared with an average of around 2,200 today.
'Yet obesity was virtually unknown except in the upper-middle and wealthier classes.

Tysabri PML Cases in Europe Prompt FDA to Seek Labeling Change
The World Reacts:

Cell Phone Dangers -- What They Don't Want You to See
Tainted Products: Video.

Food Pyramid Found Guilty
Health Trends: I have said for many years that if you want to look like a pyramid then eat like one.

Monday, August 25, 2008

EPA scientists pull study that found C8 in eggs
Tainted Food: Federal researchers have asked a respected scientific journal to pull from its Web site a government-sponsored study that warned Americans could be exposed to C8 and similar chemicals when they eat chicken eggs.

Despite Love Canal's lessons, schoolchildren are still at risk

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Will this hurt, doctor? Much more if you are a woman
Health Trends: The sexes feel pain differently, but most drugs have been trialled mainly on men.

Rare cancer strikes
Ecohazard: Natives in the small community of Fort Chipewyan, 300 km north of Fort McMurray and downstream from the oilsands, have been dying of a rare bile-duct disease in disproportionate numbers.

Is the fluoride in our water really good for our teeth?

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Vaccine-wary parents spark public health worry
Vaccines: "I think a child's immune system is so immature," said Jennifer Margulis, 39, an Ashland writer who didn't vaccinate her three children at all for years, and then selectively immunized them only for a trip to West Africa. "You're putting known toxins in a child before they're 2 years old."

Agrobacterium & Morgellons Disease, A GM Connection?
GMO's (Genetically Modified Organisms: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States announced the launch of an investigation on Morgellons Diseasein January 2008 [1], after receiving thousands of complaints from people with this bewildering condition...

Man-made chemicals tied to sick lobsters

Friday, August 22, 2008

Front Porch Fridays: Today marks our tenth installment in the in depth investigation of Coconuts and Coconut Oil by Chef Lori Nichol-Davies. Click here for article.

FDA Unleashes Mass Irradiation of Spinach, Lettuce and Other Vegetables
Tainted Food: This astonishing statement comes from an agency that doesn't believe food has any nutritional value in the first place, so lowering the value to zero by destroying all the phytonutrients does not, in the opinion of the FDA, alter its nutritional value at all.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

THIRD THURSDAYS: What happens when a particular culture dominates over the individual expression of the human spirit? Find out in this month's selection, Protagonist.

California fines 18 hospitals for shoddy care
The World Reacts: Violations included an improperly inserted catheter, a ventilator that wasn't turned on and surgical tools left inside patients after operations.

Merck's Gardasil Push Ignored Important Questions
Vaccines: critics of Merck say that the company's Gardasil marketing campaign has created a panic about a type of cancer that - in Western countries anyway - is preventable through other means, and ignores serious questions about the vaccine's safety and effectiveness.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Christina Applegate Maimed by Surgeons with Double Mastectomy Following Breast Cancer Diagnosis
Medical Industry: I applaud Health Ranger Mike Adams for his bold, poignant and true comments. I think that they are directed to those of us who still might listen. It's so difficult to let someone make a decision that we might personally not do, but it's so important to learn to respect others enough to be there in a passive way with information only if the other person is receptive to it.

Notice to government on plea to ban GM food
GM Foods/The World Reacts: A bench of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan issued the notice on a lawsuit by Aruna Rodrigues, an activist from Kerala, apprehending a grave danger to human health and environment from the release of as yet scientifically and authentically untested genetically modified (GM) foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMO).

Shameful Conditions Continue in Adult Homes
Medical Industry: Adult home inspection reports and history documented by state agencies reveal that residents of some New York's Hudson Valley adult homes are at a significant risk of illness, injury, or even death due to carelessness or negligence on the part of the homes' operators and staff.

N.C. Patient Dies While Staff Plays Cards
Medical Industry: Investigators found no evidence that "the nursing staff had evaluated the patient's nutrition. The review revealed no nutritional consult was requested and revealed no evidence the physician was notified about the inadequate nutritional intake," according to the investigators' report.

An old cure for a modern malaise: Alexander Technique can beat chronic back pain
Natural Health:

Study: Possible diabetes link to arsenic in water
Ecohazard:How arsenic could contribute to diabetes is unknown, but studies have found impaired insulin secretion in pancreas cells treated with an arsenic compound.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Could vitamin C jabs cure cancer? This man says it's put his prostate tumour into reverse
Health Trends: Because the tumour wasn't considered aggressive enough for surgery or radiotherapy, his consultant at University College Hospital had agreed on a policy of watchful waiting, while Denis kept it at bay with diet and exercise.

Your Sweet Tooth and Obesity
Health Trends: Individuals are deluded to think that drinking beverages containing no-calorie sweeteners will help them lose weight or at least not gain weight. A new study continues to debunk this myth.

MSG Intake Linked to Human Obesity
Health Trends:

Better to Be Fat and Fit Than Skinny and Unfit
Health Trends: Despite concerns about an obesity epidemic, there is growing evidence that our obsession about weight as a primary measure of health may be misguided.

FDA reports deaths with diabetes drug Byetta
Medical Industry: The Food and Drug Administration said Monday it has received six new reports of patients developing a dangerous form of pancreatitis while taking Byetta. Two of the patients died and four were recovering.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Testing Errors Rampant at Family Medical Clinics
Health Trends: The most common errors involved failure to report results to the clinician, accounting for about 25 percent of all reported mistakes.

Children as Big Pharma Guinea Pigs: 98 Percent of Drug Trials on Children Have no Safety Checks
Health Trends: Researchers from Nottingham University reviewed reports on 739 international drug trials that had been published between 1996 and 2002. They found that although 74 percent of studies described their safety monitoring procedures, less than 2 percent included an independent safety review committee.

Fat fight at children's hospital
The World Reacts:

Merck Delayed Release of Clinical Study Revealing Failure of Vytorin Cholesterol Drug
Medical Industry: "It is easy to conclude that Merck and Schering-Plough intentionally sought to delay the release of this data," said U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak of Michigan, who is involved in a Congressional inquiry into the study.

First it was plastic bags. Now water bottles are the new faux pas
The World Reacts: The backlash against bottled water has been quietly brewing among environmentalists as well as consumers who are concerned by the amount of energy it takes to transport the bottles, and by how much waste they produce, especially considering that most areas of Canada have safe, high-quality municipal water supplies.

The Future of Science Journalism Fellowships
PR: This may sound harsh, but I'm thinking as I'm reading this, that's all fine and dandy to have a moment of patting each other on the back. But where's the "revolving door" and "who's funding what" issues being handled? And where's the real information by real journalists who are able to think independently? Isn't there something wrong with the whole system that makes it difficult for us all to discern truth from propaganda?

Gluten-free diets gaining in popularity
Health Trends:

Blood protects against long-gone killer 1918 flu
Medical Industry: There's no pressing need for a 1918 flu vaccine because the virus has long since mutated out of its deadly form and is extremely unlikely to be a threat anymore, experts said.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Sunday Spotlight: Check out Cori's editorial from this week's Team CST radio show above in the announcement section.

Prince 'must prove anti-GM claim'
GMO's: On Wednesday Prince Charles said firms developing GM crops risk the biggest environmental disaster "of all time".
I'm sure the Jeffrey Smith would provide the Prince with all of the evidence he needs.

Fish Oil Cuts Macular Degeneration Risk in Half
Natural Health:

Fattest children to be taken away from their parents
The World Reacts: Is this really the answer? Would it not, perchance, be better to educate the parents on the differences between empty calories and nutrition, between our toxic food supply and whole foods?

200 protest psychologists' interrogation role
The World Reacts: Psychologists have traditionally played a part in questioning of U.S. captives done by the military or intelligence agencies. Some psychologists have criticized such work during the Bush administration's anti-terrorism effort as a code of ethics violation, while others say eliminating the psychologists' participation would make the interrogations more harmful for detainees.

Said the doctor to the cancer patient: Hit the gym
The World Reacts:

Study: Fish kills, herbicide possibly linked
Ecohazard: One potential theory is something is suppressing the immune systems of fish, leaving them susceptible to disease. The task force also has performed tests for known viruses and pathogens.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Listen to the Live Streaming of Team CST today at 2:00pm PST on 1330am The Jolt. If you miss it today, we will have the archived editorial from the show available here tomorrow.

Radio Team CST (Connecting Spirit Together) Links for "Notes from a Poisoned World - An Observation" Spot:

* What to know before buying your kid a cell phone
* Cellphones and brain tumors -- is the connection really a
* Doctor Who Released Cancer Advisory Plans Large Cell
Phone Study
* Prenatal Cell Phone Exposure Tied to Behavior
* Cell phones still a health concern
* Cell Phones Increase the Risk of Two Types of Brain
Tumor According to Study
* Extensive Cell Phone Use Linked To Brain Tumors,
Swedish Study

Red Bull gives you.... increased risk of heart disease, say scientists
Tainted Food: Just one can of Red Bull could raise the risk of heart attack or stroke, even in young people, researchers have warned.

Bush Signs Consumer Product Safety Bill Into Law
PR: The new law also doubles the CPSC's budget and allows the CPSC to increase fines and other penalties for companies found to be out of compliance with the new rules.

Moisturisers cause cancer in mice - but don't panic
Tainted Products: Conney and colleagues discovered, by accident, that moisturisers increase the carcinogenic effects of UV damage while they were investigating how caffeine levels affected the development of skin cancer.

Oceanic Dead Zones Continue to Spread
Ecohazard: Waters with little or no oxygen continue to form in coastal areas worldwide thanks to fertilizer washing off agricultural fields and fossil fuel burning.

Tysabri PML Cases Get Attention of European Drug Agency
Medical Industry: The most disturbing aspect of these latest PML cases, however, is that both patients had been taking Tysabri as monotherapy - with no other drugs. It had been theorized that patients contracting PML had done so because of exposure to multiple medications and that monotherapy with Tysabri was less risky.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Front Porch Fridays: We Continue today with our in-depth focus on Coconuts and Coconut Oil by Chef Lori Nichols-Davies with our ninth installment in the series. Part nine's focus is on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. Click here for article.

Vibrational Medicine: Scientists Kill Viruses by Blasting them with Resonant Frequencies
Natural Health:

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Prince Charles warns GM crops risk causing the biggest-ever environmental disaster
GMO's: In his most outspoken intervention on the issue of GM food, the Prince said that multi-national companies were conducting an experiment with nature which had gone "seriously wrong".

Why Was Whole Foods Buying So-Called Natural Beef from an Infamous Beef Slaughterhouse?
Tainted Food:

Wednesday, August 13. 2008

As Gardasil Side Effects Climb, Questions Linger About its Effectiveness
Vaccines: According to an analysis released June 30 by the Washington, D.C.-based public interest group Judicial Watch, there have been 9,749 adverse reactions following Gardasil and 21 reported deaths since 2006.

Clumsy young 'face obesity risk'
Health Trends: Clumsy and poorly co-ordinated children could be at higher risk of obesity in later life, a study says. "Great", thinks Timmy. "I'm clumsy and poorly coordinated, now I get to look forward to a fat adulthood." We can easily end up teaching hopelessness and inevitability to our children very subtly and powerfully with studies like these.

Cellphones and brain tumors -- is the connection really a myth?
Tainted Products: Dr. Snyderman's book (check page 160) says that although this topic has been investigated, and "Although some people believe that holding a cellphone to your ear for prolonged periods causes brain cancer, there are no studies proving this. Last year, there was actually a study showing a link between cell phone use and brain tumors. According to researchers the Department of Oncology, University Hospital in Sweden, "For both acoustic neuroma and glioma (two types of brain cancer), overall risk was increased in the whole group, but significantly increased for ipsilateral exposure (tumor on the same side of the brain as cell phone exposure)...These results are certainly of biological relevance, as the highest risk was found for tumors in the most exposed area of the brain, using a latency period that is relevant in carcinogenesis." This was after a review of sixteen studies from seven countries.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Hospitals facing superbug fines
The World Reacts:

Kids who sleep poorly at risk for being overweight
Health Trends: Compared to normal weight children, those who were overweight slept about 22 minutes less per night and had lower sleep efficiency (percentage of time in bed that a person is asleep), shorter REM sleep, less eye activity during REM sleep, and a longer wait before the first REM period.

Must see shows which parts of USA will be gone Agenda 21
Mind Control: Video

Food and drink containing E-numbers could have to carry health warnings on the label
Tainted Food: Labels would warn consumers that products 'may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children'.

What to know before buying your kid a cell phone
Tainted Products: Children's brains aren't fully devloped yet and are therefore more susceptible to toxic influence, according to Dr. Russell Blaylock. I say why take the risk? See CNN's own quote on the observation from researchers at The University of Pittsburgh, Kids and Cell Phones.

Monday, August 11, 2008

More beef recalled amid E. coli fears
Tainted Food: Federal authorities last month assured consumers that a meat plant linked to nearly 50 illnesses caused by tainted ground beef had made enough changes after a recall to ensure that its products were safe...

...Less than a month later, the same processor has recalled 1.2 million pounds of other beef products that might have sickened more than 30 people.

Vitamin C Injections Slow Tumor Growth in Mice
Herbal Remedies: Vitamin C plays a critical role in health, and a prolonged deficiency leads to scurvy and eventually to death.

Fatigue Among Elders Tied to Other Ills
Health Trends: Study Shows Lack of Energy Could Signal Health Problems Beyond Just Normal Aging Process

Dear Parents: Your Child Is Fat
Health Trends: So, are parents really failing to notice their little angels piling on the pounds? Yes, says the U.K.'s Department of Health. "Today, when more children are overweight compared with previous generations, it can be harder for parents to objectively identify if their child is overweight," says a spokeswoman from the Department of Health.
Looks like the parents are catching flack for the changing content in the food supply. Never mind the fact that in the United States, MSG and its equivalents have doubled in our food supply every 10 years.

The Small Grocery Store War
Food Shortage: [Audio] As if gas prices weren't high enough, food prices are on their sharpest incline in nearly two decades. Now, there's a new chain of grocery stores in town. The big conglomerate called Tesco - the British equivalent of Wal-mart - has launched a string of stores in the valley called "Fresh and Easy Neighborhood Markets".

Tainted Food: Independent scientific evidence repeatedly showing up over the past 50 years reveals that fluoride allegedly shortens our life span, promotes cancer and various mental disturbances, accelerates osteoporosis and broken hips in old folks, and makes us stupid, docile, and subservient, all in one package.

Seizure inducing aspartame added to anti-seizure drugs
"Dr. Allen Stein, Neurosurgeon, President of the Epilepsy Foundation of Hawaii (a separate organization from the above) is sympathetic to the makers of ASPARTAME and routinely prescribes these drugs. I believe this contributes to the increase of epilepsy in these areas."
Glenn Mabson, PhD., CEO - Epileptic Foundation of Maui

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Sunday Spotlight: Featuring Cori Brackett in her first ongoing appearance on Team CST on 1330am in Tucson, The Jolt radio.
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Sunday Spotlight: As a first week bonus, we also present the audio archive from Gnosis and Psychosis with special guest Cori Brackett, again on Tucson's 1330am, The Jolt.
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Heal Hemorrhoids Naturally With Herbs
Natural Health: Other things certainly can rob your body, but most people will find that when they abandon those four things that they will have such a substantial improvement in overall health that they can go quite a while without thinking about the next thing they might need to change for continued health improvement.

Scientists ask to plant GM trees

Saturday, August 9, 2008

USDA issues low-risk recall of 38,000 cattle heads
Tainted Food: The materials are tissues known to be able to contain prions of cattle infected with mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy, as well as materials closely associated with these potentially infective tissues.

Mercury in the Great Salt Lake is studied
Ecohazard: Three years ago, in an alarming finding, U.S. Geological Survey tests showed the lake had some of the highest mercury readings ever recorded in a body of water in the United States.

Whistle Blown On Medicare Scam
Medical Industry:

Study Confirms Vioxx and Bextra Dangers
Medical Industry: The study found that the risk of stroke was 28 percent higher among Vioxx users and 41 percent higher among Bextra users.

Whole Foods recalling possible E. coli contaminated beef
Tainted Food:

Tysabri Lawsuit to Stay in State Court
Medical Industry: Tysabri was actually removed from the market in 2006 after patients in a clinical trial died from PML. But it was returned to the market just a year later.

Survey Shows Under 2% Have Epilepsy
Health Trends: And 0.75% of people are classified as having inactive epilepsy; these people have a history of epilepsy or seizure disorder but were not taking medication or experiencing seizures in the three months before the survey. Seizures were among the 92 symptoms reported to the FDA as customer complaints regarding aspartame.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Front Porch Fridays: Today is our eighth installment of the series on Coconuts and Coconut Oil presented by Chef Lori Nichols-Daives. Click Here for article.

Internet n a Few Years
Mind Control: Video

For unexplained infertility, 2 methods don't help
Health Trends:

Organic produce is no better for you than food grown with pesticides, new research claims
PR: See yesterday's article on organic produce for another opinion.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

FBI: L.A. hospital CEO arrested in probe of homeless scheme
The World Reacts: A lawsuit filed Wednesday by the city said the hospitals used homeless people as "human pawns."

FDA Introduces New Conflict of Interest Rules
The World Reacts: What remains to be seen is whether the FDA's new policies will effectively put an end to possible conflicts of interests caused by the financial ties advisers often have to the drug industry.

Monsanto Looks to Sell Dairy Hormone Business
The World Reacts/PR: After struggling to gain consumer acceptance, Monsanto on Wednesday announced that it would try to sell its business of producing an artificial growth hormone for dairy cows. The company will focus instead on its thriving business of selling seeds and developing ways to improve crops. Thriving? Nobody I know wants their seeds or their "improved" crops.

Agency: Chemicals a danger to salmon

All U.S. adults could be overweight in 40 years
Health Trends: The figure might sound alarming, or impossible, but researchers say that even if the actual rate never reaches the 100-percent mark, any upward movement is worrying; two-thirds of the population is already overweight.

Drug Companies Push New Medications for Fibromyalgia Via Disease Mongering Campaigns
Medical Industry: "These people live under a cloud," said Dr. Nortin Hadler of the University of North Carolina. "And the more they seem to be around the medical establishment, the sicker they get."

Primates in danger of extinction
Ecohazard: Nearly half of the world's 634 types of primates are in danger of becoming extinct because of human activity, according to a scientific review presented today. Once again, the ecohazard is us.

Cholesterol is Not the Cause of Heart Disease
Natural Health: The statin lawn is the most carefully manicured lawn in the history of golf. Under the surface is a cesspool.

Aging population making more visits to the doctor's
Health Trends:

Herbs and Spices Protect Against Blood Sugar Damage
Natural Health: The best spices included cloves, ground Jamaican allspice, and cinnamon.

Ask SmartPlanet: is organic food healthier than 'normal' food?
The World Reacts: Davinda, we're with you on not spending hard-earned cash for food that's a con. But the short answer is yes, there's evidence to suggest organic food is healthier for you -- despite the Food Standard agency saying it isn't. Here's why.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Many Cancer Patients Turn to Complementary Medicine
Health Trends: This new study echoes findings of other, smaller studies that also found that many cancer patients use complementary treatments.

Why do doctors kill more people than airline pilots?
Health Trends:

Chips and Fries Carcinogen to be Reduced Over Three Years
The World Reacts: In a settlement announced late last week by the California state attorney general's office, four food firms have agreed to lower levels of the toxic substance and pay a combined $3 million in fines.

The boy who developed dementia at SEVEN: One family reveals their truly heartbreaking story
Health Trends: Ben's condition has been caused by Niemann-Pick, a rare genetic disorder which affects only 500 children worldwide. It occurs as a result of the build-up of cholesterol in all the body's organs, including the brain, effectively stopping them from performing their job, causing a progressive loss of mental faculties as well as problems with movement.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Attempt to Ban Aspartame 'Poison' From Food, Drink
The World Reacts: Experts are attempting to ban aspartame, the artificial food sweetener thought to mimic the symptoms of serious illnesses such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis and parkinsons' disease.

In era of pills, fewer shrinks doing talk therapy
Health Trends:

Toxic plastic toys could go the way of dinosaurs
The World Reacts: The bill, which is expected to be signed by the president, will require that toys be tested for safety before they're sold.

Organic Farming Takes Root In China
The World Reacts: Luo Yu is the farm's 37-year-old owner. Slim, with wire-frame glasses, he is an unlikely farmer.
He used to be a stockbroker earning several thousand U.S. dollars a month. But his job stressed him out. Then he heard about organic farming from Taiwanese friends.

U.S. doctors urged not to screen elderly men for prostate cancer
Health Trends: In a move that could lead to significant changes in medical care for older men, a U.S. task force on Monday recommended that doctors stop screening men ages 75 and older for prostate cancer because the search for the disease in this group was causing more harm than good.

MS Drug Tysabri Tied to Brain Infection
Health Trends:

Monday, August 4, 2008

TV Report Says Fluoride in Water Is Safe While Research Shows Otherwise
Ecohazard: However, ingested fluoride via the water supply has actually proven more harmful to tooth enamel than beneficial.

Fish Oil Protects Japanese from Heart Disease
Natural Health: Living in Japan, they eat fish every day and new research shows their blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids (DHA/EPA) are twice as high as Japanese men living in America and white American men.

Supplements that can sharpen your growing child's brain power
Natural Health: Look for supplements that do not contain allergens such as wheat or dairy products, or artificial additives like colourings, flavours or sweeteners.

Grass-roots effort in Egypt fights 'cutting' girls
The World Reacts: But Mohammed also has heard that circumcision can be medically risky and emotionally painful. And a strong-willed neighbor, another woman, has been dropping by her house regularly to persuade her to say no.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Consumers are raising cane over corn sweetener
The World Reacts: The Corn Refiners Assn. contends that high fructose corn syrup is just as natural as table sugar and honey. Others say it's not natural at all, because it is manufactured through a chemical process and does not occur in nature by itself. The Center for Science in the Public Interest called the corn refiners' campaign "deceptive."

Despite Additive Ban, Some Parents Voice Worry
The World Reacts: Samantha Rosenberg eyed the toy plastic cellphone that her 9-month-old daughter has chewed so much, the color is fading. She wondered if the shiny plaything, and others that fill her home, are endangering Addison's health.

Craze for Hollywood smile leads to emergency skin grafts for gums burned by teeth bleaching
Health Trends:

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Travelers' Laptops May Be Detained At Border
Mind Control: Federal agents may take a traveler's laptop computer or other electronic device to an off-site location for an unspecified period of time without any suspicion of wrongdoing, as part of border search policies the Department of Homeland Security recently disclosed. Contact your senator or congressman today. I don't usually ask this, but this is an unusual horror and limtation they're trying to impose on the American public.

Understanding the Causes of Lyme Disease
Health Trends: With more than 20,000 cases diagnosed every year (including one this summer in the author) Lyme disease is the most common disease passed from animals to humans.

One in five take drugs 'wrongly'
Health Trends: Mr Murdoch said: "Our pharmacists have reported many instances where patients have been confused by their medicines.
"One patient set out a range of medicines and described the frequency and dosage for each.
"It turns out that for several months she had been taking a sleeping pill first thing in the morning."

Tysabri Linked to More Cases of PML
Health Trends: Tysabri has been implicated in two more cases of a deadly brain infection, raising new concerns about the safety of the multiple sclerosis drug. Tysabri was taken off the market once already after three patients developed the brain infection, known as progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, or PML. However, the drug was returned to the market a year later under severe restrictions.

The minefield of medical morals
Health Trends:

Doctor Who Released Cancer Advisory Plans Large Cell Phone Study
The World Reacts: Last week's announcement represented the first time a U.S. cancer center director issued an advisory to staff and faculty on the potential health risks of cell phone use.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Front Porch Fridays: Check out the seventh installment of our in-depth report on Coconuts and Coconut Oil as Chef Lori Nichols-Davies discusses coconuts and weight loss! Click here for article.

Front Porch Fridays: As a bonus FPF this week, we link to a YouTube video showing highlights of The Raw Spirit Film Festival held in Los Angeles in March. The festival showcased Sweet Misery among several outstanding films, and the highllight video includes some footage of Cori being interviewed on the potential results of typical modern eating. Click here to watch video.

Prenatal Cell Phone Exposure Tied to Behavior
Tainted Products: Children whose mothers used cell phones frequently during pregnancy and who are themselves cell phone users are more likely to have behavior problems, new research shows.

Cell phones still a health concern
Tainted Products: But therein lies the heart of the debate - whether concerns over emerging technologies and new products should be tempered until scientific evidence accumulates verifying safety or harm, or whether to adopt a precautionary approach while uncertainty abounds.

Drug gives couch potato mice benefits of a workout

17 cancer patients wrongly given all-clear after hospital test bungle
Medical Industry: A further 14 patients were told they also had the killer illness - when they were all free of the condition.
And 40 other sufferers were informed their illness was worse than first thought after more than 100 results were found to be flawed.

Mercury: Too Toxic to Ignore

Epilepsy drug Topamax linked to birth defects
Medical Industry: A widely used anti-epilepsy drug called topiramate raises the risk of birth defects as much as 14-fold when taken by pregnant women, especially in combination with another drug called valproate, British researchers reported today.