Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

March 28, 2010

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has been ordered to pay $142 million US in damages for fraudulently marketing gabapentin, an anti-seizure drug marketed under the name Neurontin.

A federal jury in Boston ruled Thursday that Pfizer fraudulently marketed the drug and promoted it for unapproved uses. The jury sided with California-based Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, the first to try a gabapentin case against Pfizer.

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Jeffrey M. Smith

Dr. Mercola

March 25, 2010

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) has called on all physicians to prescribe diets without genetically modified (GM) foods to all patients.[1] They called for a moratorium on genetically modified organisms (GMOs), long-term independent studies, and labeling, stating,

   "Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food, including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system.

   ...There is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects. There is causation..."

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Katherine Albright, ED.D

For a version of this press release with photos of the dogs, please see:

http://www.antichips.com/press-releases/chipped-pets.html

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 25, 2010

Owners, Medical Reports Point to Link Between RFID Chips and Cancers in Canines

Highly aggressive tumors developed around the microchip implants of two American dogs, killing one of the pets and leaving the other terminally ill. Their owners --- and pathology and autopsy reports --- have suggested a link between the chips and the formation of the fast-growing cancers.

In the town of Paeonian Springs, Va., a five-year-old male Bullmastiff named Seamus died in February, nine months after developing a "hemangio-sarcoma" --- a rare, malignant form of cancer that strikes connective tissues and can kill even humans in three to six months. The tumor appeared last May between the dog's shoulder blades where a microchip had been implanted; by September, a "large mass" had grown with the potential to spread to the lungs, liver and spleen, according a pathology report from the Blue Ridge Veterinary Clinic in Purcellville, Va.

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Liz Szabo

USA Today March 22, 2010

Most babies should take a daily vitamin D supplement, a new study shows.
That will be a big change for most parents - and even many pediatricians.
Only 1% to 13% of infants under 1 year now get a vitamin D supplement, available in inexpensive drops, according to a study published online today in Pediatrics.
Those drops are needed, the study says, because only 5% to 37% of American infants met the standard for vitamin D set by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2008: 400 international units a day.
Vitamin D strengthens bone and the immune system and also appears to prevent type 1 diabetes, heart disease and cancer, the paper says.
Few breast-fed babies - 5% to 13%, depending on their age - received the recommended amount of vitamin D, researchers estimated. Although breast milk is the perfect food in every other way, it's often low in vitamin D, says pediatrician Nicolas Stettler, a spokesman for the pediatrics academy who wasn't involved in the study. Because humans originated in equatorial areas with year-round sunshine, babies in the distant past wouldn't have needed to get vitamin D from breast milk, he says.
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AVAAZ.org

GM FOOD: FACTS NOT CROPS

The European Commission has just approved growing genetically modified crops for the first time in 12 years, putting the GM lobby's profits over public concerns - 60% of Europeans feel we need more information before growing foods that could threaten our health and environment.

A new initiative allows 1 million EU citizens a unique chance to make official requests of the European Commission. Let's build a million voices for a ban on GM foods until the research is done. Sign the petition below and spread the word.

Don't forget to include your address so that all of our signatures count for the citizens' initiative.

http://www.avaaz.org/en/eu_health_and_biodiversity/98.php?CLICK_TF_TRACK

To the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso: We call on you to put a moratorium on the introduction of GM crops into Europe and set up an independent, ethical, scientific body to research the impact of GM crops and determine regulation.

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The air we breathe in airplanes has to be pressurized to allow us to survive at the normal cruising altitude of around 10,000 meters, roughly 33,000 feet. No big problem, air can be compressed and heated so passengers and crew can breathe ... but there is a hitch: The compressed air in those airplane cabins has - since about the 60's - been taken from the air that the planes' jets compress before burning it together with the fuel to fly that plane.


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Documentary video: Something in the air


Of course there is no guarantee that this air doesn't contain engine oil fumes - it often does. The thing most people don't know is that there are no filters between the engine and the cabin that could clean the air. Jet engine oil is a highly toxic brew containing organophosphates. Is it any surprise that cabin crew and passengers may suffer from "unexplained" toxic effects called the Aerotoxic Syndrome?

The solution to this problem would be relatively simple - a separate electric airpump/compressor for cabin air, which takes the air from a different place - not from inside the jet motors - but it has not been adopted.

Nexus Magazine had a great article in its most recent edition, which explains why passengers and crew at times suffer from unexplained headaches and other symptoms of toxicity.

The Nexus article is written by Captain John Hoyte, a former airplane pilot who had to stop piloting planes because the toxic effects got the better of him. His health suffered to a point where he could no longer trust himself to safely ferry his passengers from one airport to the other. He is now the chairman of the Aerotoxic Association, a group he founded to make others aware of the problem and to bring about a solution - a much needed change in the attitude of airline executives and airplane makers...

The article is titled Aerotoxic Syndrome - Aviation's Best Kept Secret and is available from the Aerotoxic Association's website.

Here are some relevant quotes:

When jet aircraft first flew in the late 1950s, the engineers knew that they had to provide compressed air in airliners to support life at high altitudes and so they designed mechanical compressors which did the job well. All of the early jet airliners such as the DC-8 and Boeing 707 used this separately compressed air.

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But in the early 1960s, the accountants looked for cheaper, simpler ways to provide that air. It was realised that all jet engines have vast amounts of compressed air available from the forward section of the engine, before the fuel is added and burned.

It wasn't long before they were taking this hot, high pressure air and piping it into the cabin. They would call it "bleed air", as it was "bled off" the jet engine compressor section.

At the time, many engineers warned that if the bleed air should become contaminated with oil from within the engine or hydraulic fluid, then everybody in the jet aeroplane would not be breathing pure air but a contaminated mixture of air and...oil.

However, the risk was thought negligible, such that bleed air quickly became the only way to get compressed air into the cabin of each and every aircraft since that period, including turboprop aircraft where a jet engine drives a propeller.

The fact is that bleed air and oil are allowed to mix due to:

• a basic design feature which deliberately allows small amounts of oil to pass through oil seals to provide lubrication;
• the fact that jet engine oil seals prefer a constant temperature environment to perform "normally" and tend to leak when warming up or cooling down;
• the fact that when power changes are made, such as on take-off or at the top of descent when an incredible number of revolutions are suddenly increased or decreased, there are differing tolerances within the jet and the potential for oil to leak.

There are a number of basic facts which must be presented. There will always be a few minor differences, but the following facts are known:

• aircrew and passengers generally breathe the same air; if the pilot is sick, so will the passengers be sick;
• all jet aircraft use bleed air: turboprops, Air Force One, corporate jets;
• the chemicals in the jet engine oil are extremely toxic, especially since an organophosphate (OP) is added to make the engines last longer and provide fire retardant properties.

What are organophosphates? They were developed during World War II by the Germans, specifically to do harm to human nervous systems. They have since been used in pesticides, e.g., in sheep dip--hence the dreadful neurological illnesses affecting many sheep farmers in the UK during the 1980s and 1990s. Gulf War military personnel were also exposed to OPs and became mysteriously ill.

It is known that chronic exposure to OPs can go on to change personalities and character, affect relationships and moods, and devastate lives.

Breathing organophosphate fumes in a confined space is arguably much more hazardous than breathing in tobacco smoke, and scientists agree that a cocktail of chemicals working together synergistically is collectively many times more dangerous than any chemical in isolation.

Most people would imagine that the oil components would be filtered out, but the incredible fact is that bleed-air lines are not filtered--except, as one lawyer has darkly noted, by the passengers' lungs.

There are filters in the actual aircraft, but not in the bleed-air lines. The aircraft manufacturers helpfully put these filters inside the aircraft to filter the air, but only the air which is already in the aircraft.

Why is aerotoxic syndrome not accepted? It shouldn't be too surprising to know that industry has a habit of working together on certain issues and having vested interests. It could be argued that the aircraft industry starts the problem by designing a flawed system where oil and air can mix. But who is to blame? The engine manufacturer? The airframe manufacturer? The oil industry? The seal manufacturer? The health industry? Definitely not the airlines, although they too are party to the cover-up.

Airlines have a duty of care. At the moment, there are two distinct features: the poisoning and the cover-up. By now, though, we should realise that there are simple technical fixes that could be adopted:

• filter the bleed air;
• fit toxic fume detectors;
• remove OPs from jet engine oil.

It is high time that airline bosses be questioned about a basic duty of care to their aircrew and customers, if only to check that they understand the significance of the emerging, unstoppable science.

While the airline industry and authorities would obviously prefer the "slowly does it", incremental approach, in the meantime an enormous amount of ill health is being misdiagnosed and lives are being wrecked as a systems failure is allowed to go largely
unchecked and airlines give no warnings as to the likely damage or risk which is now known to result from exposure...

Even though you can get the gist from these extracts, I do recommend you read the full article here:

Aerotoxic Syndrome - Aviation's Best Kept Secret

Another video (part 1 of 2) on Aerotoxic Syndrome

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PHYSORG.com

March 24, 2010

Women whose diets are rich in foods containing Omega-3 oils might be less likely to develop endometriosis, while those whose diets are heavily laden with trans fats might be more likely to develop the debilitating condition, new research published today (Wednesday 24 March) suggests.

The study - which is the largest to have investigated the link between diet and endometriosis risk and the first prospective study to identify a modifiable risk factor for the condition - found that while the total amount of fat in the diet did not matter, the type of fat did. Women who ate the highest amount of long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids were 22% less likely to be diagnosed with endometriosis than those who ate the least and that those who ate the most trans fats had a 48% increased risk, compared with those who ate the least.

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Reuters

March 22, 2010

Saudi Arabia suspends Glaxo diabetes drug Avandia

By Ben Hirschler

* Saudi move first of its kind, after controversy over drug

* Six-month suspension gives Glaxo chance to put its case

LONDON, March 22 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has suspended GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK.L) diabetes drug Avandia for six months, arguing that potential heart risks outweigh its benefits.

The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) was the first healthcare regulator to take such action. Its decision means detailing and advertising of Avandia is banned and patients on Avandia will be referred to their doctor for consultation. The SFDA said on its website it was concerned about the safety of Avandia, or rosiglitazone, based on growing evidence from clinical studies indicating serious cardiovascular risks. (link.reuters.com/zab74j)

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ScienceDaily

March 23, 2010

High fructose corn syrup, which some studies have linked to obesity, may also be harmful to the liver, according to Duke University Medical Center research.

"We found that increased consumption of high fructose corn syrup was associated with scarring in the liver, or fibrosis, among patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)," said Manal Abdelmalek, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology/Hepatology at Duke University Medical Center.

Her team of researchers at Duke, one of eight clinical centers in the Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis Clinical Research Network, looked at 427 adults enrolled in the network. They analyzed dietary questionnaires collected within three months of the adults' liver biopsies to determine their high fructose corn syrup intake and its association with liver scarring.

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10 Drugs You Should Never Take!

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10 Drugs You Should Never Take!

We’re in the age of “conveyor-belt medicine.” The mainstream medical system is set up to allow your doctor just enough time to give you a quick diagnosis followed by a prescription or a needless procedure. Rarely does it allow you the time to discuss much of anything that could give you a true foundation for good health, such as dietary changes, appropriate exercises and healthy weight-loss goals. Profit-bloated drug companies are at the helm of our healthcare system. They exist to serve their bottom lines—not your health needs. They’re vested in you staying sick.

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