OpedNews
March 25, 2008
by Frosty Wooldridge

If you should see this amazing floating pile of plastic in the Pacific Ocean, it’s called “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” It features three million tons of plastic debris floating in an area larger than Texas. An eye-popping 46,000 pieces of plastic float on every square mile of ocean! Humans toss another 2.5 million pieces into our oceans hourly.

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Captain Paul Watson, www.seasheperd.org, composed an essay, “The Plastic Sea.” He wrote a penetrating piece on humanity’s desecration of our oceans. If you ever see this plastic ‘monster’ as I have, it will sicken you to the core of your soul. But the terror it manifests sickens you further!

“On the beach on San Juan Island, Washington, Allison Lance walks her dogs every morning,” Watson said. “She carries a plastic bag in her hand to carry the bits and pieces of plastic debris she picks up. Each morning she fills the bag, but by the next morning there is always another bag to be filled. Joey Racano does the same in Huntington Beach further south in California. The harvest of plastic waste is never-ending. Allison's and Joey's beaches, and practically every beach around the world is similarly cursed.

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In May 2006, Aruna Rodrigues, an anti-GMO activist, filed a petition to the Indian Supreme Court asking that the court make sure the Indian government fulfill its obligation of actually testing the varieties of genetically modified seeds to be imported and grown in India.

The argument was that genetically modified organisms have not been adequately tested for safety and should not be released into the environment in India before they have been proven to not be a health hazard.

In August of that same year, the suit was extended to cover Monsanto's experimentation with genetically modified eggplant, called brinjal in India. The GM brinjal incorporated a gene to produce a bacterial toxin that would protect it from insect attacks. Of course the toxin would also be present in the fruit, and brinjal or eggplant happens to be a staple in the Indian kitchen. On that occasion, citing the death of numerous sheep that had grazed on the plants left after the harvest of similarly modified cotton plants, Rodrigues asked for a generalized moratorium on the release of genetically modified plants into the environment in India.

In October of that year, the Indian Supreme Court banned field trials of genetically modified crops, but apparently, the ban was lifted in February this year, after much pressure on the Indian authorities, but the court battle continues.

The arguments brought before the authorities in favor of genetic modification seem dubious at best and Aruna, the petitioner in the Public Interest Litigation before the Indian Supreme Court, takes a look at these arguments here, dissecting them one by one...

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Alternet
By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!
March 25, 2008
http://www.alternet.org/story/80505/

Editor's Note: Read more about this topic on AlterNet from Wenonah Hauter of Food and Water Watch.

AMY GOODMAN: Saturday was World Water Day, and the United Nations estimates close to 1.5 billion people around the world do not have access to clean drinking water. What about here in the United States?

The Associated Press has conducted an extensive investigation into the drinking water in at least twenty-four major American cities across the country, which contain trace amounts of a wide array of pharmaceuticals. The amounts might be small, but scientists are worried about the long-term health and environmental consequences of their presence in the water supplies of some forty-one million Americans.

The five-month investigation of sixty-two metropolitan areas and fifty-one smaller cities found that many drinking water suppliers, including bottled water companies, do not even test for the presence of drugs in the water. The utilities that do test for drugs often don't tell customers about the trace amounts of medications in their water.

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NewsWithViews.com
By Byron J. Richards, CCN
March 21, 2008

The Senate is about to approve legislation (Mothers Act – S.1375) which mandates the indoctrination of pregnant and nursing mothers into the use of extremely dangerous psychiatric medication. We already know this class of medication poses serious health risks to both mother and baby. Consequences to the baby are now proven to cause nerve-related changes that can adversely affect health for a lifetime.

This Big Pharma legislation was innocuously crafted under the pretense of helping pregnant mothers deal with stress and mood. On the surface it is made to look like a helpful public policy that any Senator would want to support. The reality is that pregnant and nursing mothers have become a Big Pharma target market and this legislation locks in taxpayer funds to dispense psych drugs to pregnant and nursing mothers – guaranteeing that Big Pharma will get billions for poisoning the most vulnerable members in our society.

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NaturalNews.com
March 18, 2008
by Cheryl McCoy

(NaturalNews) Armed with the proper information, there's no reason to fear the latest news about toxins and pharmaceutical drugs being found in your water. Not to say that this news isn't alarming. Measures must be taken to remove these harmful substances from our eco-system. But until the day that dream becomes a reality, you can protect yourself and your loved ones with calcium bentonite clay. Taken internally, calcium bentonite clay safely removes toxins from your system.

What's All the Uproar About?

A recent article in the Washington Post (Area Tap Water Has Traces of Medicines) warned that trace amounts of 6 popular prescription drugs had been found in the area's drinking water, and that these harmful substances could not be filtered out by most treatment systems. The drugs found included antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, a disinfectant, and even anti-seizure medication – all found in a water supply that serves more than 1 million people. And this is not an isolated incident.

According to the article, "Pharmaceuticals, along with trace amounts of caffeine, were found in the drinking water supplies of 24 of 28 metropolitan areas tested." Nationwide, the AP reported that researchers found anti-depressants, antacids, synthetic hormones from birth control pills, and many other human and animal medicines in the water. In San Francisco, tests found a sex hormone. In New York, the water tested positive for heart medicines and a prescription tranquilizer. The article states that scientists do not know the health effects of long-term exposure to such drugs. And while some scientist are saying there's nothing to worry about, other's fear chronic exposure could alter immune responses or interfere with adolescents' developing hormone systems. Although experts agree that aquatic life are most at risk from exposure to the drugs in rivers and streams, researchers are concerned about what they don't know about human health effects.

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Alternet
By Kim Ridley, Ode
March 14, 2008

By the middle of the afternoon, Ellen Ryan was out of steam. A community organizer in central Maine, Ryan says her energy crashed every afternoon. To get through the rest of the day, she'd grab a chocolate bar or a handful of candy kisses. "But I'm 52," Ryan says, "and those explosions of calories are becoming harder to work off."

When a friend said cinnamon helped alleviate another health problem, Ryan decided to give it a try by taking two 500-milligram capsules in the morning. "I immediately noticed a difference," Ryan says. "My chocolate cravings went away and I no longer have that crashing feeling in the afternoon. I haven't talked to a doctor; all I know is that cinnamon is inexpensive, easy to take and it stops the crash."

Clinical studies support Ryan's experience. Just half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day lowered blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes, according to a study of 60 subjects carried out at NWFP Agricultural University in Peshawar, Pakistan, and published in Diabetes Care in 2003. The same study found that cinnamon also lowered cholesterol.

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Fourwinds10.com
March 13, 2008

LAST NIGHTS SESSION WAS ONLY THE FOURTH TIME IN 176 YEARS THAT CONGRESS CLOSED ITS DOORS TO THE PUBLIC

Word has begun leaking from last nights special, closed-door session of the United States House of Representatives.

Not only did members discuss new surveillance provisions as was the publicly stated reason for the closed door session, they also discussed:

the imminent collapse of the U.S. economy to occur by September 2008,

the imminent collapse of US federal government finances by February 2009,

the possibility of Civil War inside the USA as a result of the collapse,

advance round-ups of "insurgent U.S. citizens" likely to move against the government,

The detention of those rounded-up at "REX 84" camps constructed throughout the USA,

the possibility of retaliation against members of Congress for the collapses,

the location of "safe facilities" for members of Congress and their families to reside during expected massive civil unrest

the necessary and unavoidable merger of the United States with Canada (for its natural resources) and with Mexico (for its cheap labor pool),

the issuance of a new currency - THE AMERO - for all three nations as the proposed solution to the coming economic armageddon.

Members of Congress were FORBIDDEN to reveal what was discussed. Several are so furious and concerned about the future of the contry, they have begun leaking info. More details coming later today and over the weekend. SPREAD THE WORD!!!

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CommonDreams News center
March 12, 2008 by Reuters
by Carey Gillam

Widespread contamination of U.S. corn, soybeans and other crops by genetically engineered varieties is threatening the purity of organic and natural food products and driving purveyors of such specialty products to new efforts to protect their markets, industry leaders said this week.

A range of players, from dairy farmers to natural food retailers, are behind an effort to introduce testing requirements and standards for certification aimed at keeping contamination at bay. That goal is rapidly becoming harder, however, as planting of biotech corn, soybeans, and other crops expands across the United States.

“Now there is a real shortage of organic grain for animal husbandry and dairy operations,” said Organic Consumers Association national director Ronnie Cummins. “People are having to be real careful.”

Proponents of the plan are rolling it out this week at an industry meeting in Anaheim, California, seeking to get the entire organic and natural foods industry to agree on testing and standard certifications. Companies that get certified will be allowed to use a seal designating as much on their products.

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UK: Autism Vaccine Connection in Court

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Martin Walker, known for his classical work Dirty Medicine and more recently for Skewed and HRT: Licensed to Kill & Maim as well as a series of other works critical of the current paradigm of organized, pharma-dominated medicine has sent the following appeal to help parents of vaccine-damaged children in the UK in their campaign to protect those honest medical doctors and researchers who have pointed out that there is a connection between vaccines and a condition known as autism.

Walker gives a good overview of the pharma-inspired and government-run campaign against these doctors who dare go against the system and recommend - God forbid - a return to single vaccinations instead of currently used dangerous combinations such as the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine.


Who Will Rid Me of this Troublesome Doctor

In December 1170, a memorable sentence was uttered. England's king, Henry II, angered by the laxness of the religious courts toward monks and priests, had appointed his friend and chancellor, Thomas a Becket, as the Archbishop of Canterbury, head of the Catholic Church in England. Once he was in that position, however, Becket refused to reform the courts, which led to a serious rift between them. Their quarrel was temporarily mended, but then Becket began to excommunicate Henry's supporters. That led to Henry's saying, in the presence of four knights, “Who will rid me of this troublesome Priest?” The result, of course, was that the knights took this as a royal command and killed Becket in Canterbury Cathedral.

The parents of nine year old Hannah Poling argued in a Federal Vaccine court in North America, last autumn, that the vaccines she had received had created regressive autism. The court oversaw an out of court settlement between the parents and a pharmaceutical company. The case was settled last year, but the parents had not spoken publicly about the settlement, on the instructions of the court until two weeks ago. The single case was one of three test cases representing a grpoup of over 5,000 parent claimants who argue that vaccination created autism spectrum disorder in their child.

The news of the Poling case, landed like a bomb that failed to go off in Britain, flying as it did in the face of all the arguments put forward by the government and the science lobby groups that there could be no possible link between MMR and regressive autism. The cowed British press, with a couple of notable exceptions, now supine in the face of government threats and censorship, simply refused to report the case, arguing as did various statutory authorities and pharmaceutical companies in North America that this was one odd and complicated case. It was complicated they said by the fact that Hannah had a pre-existing condition that the vaccination had excacerbated. While the authorities argued that no general conclusions could be drawn from the case, Hannas parents told the press that they had no knowledge of the supposed pre-existing condition that was supposed to have been exacerbated by the vaccination.

Despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in particular arguing that the case was idiosyncratic, within days of its publication, other North American cases were surfacing with parents claiming that they had previously agreed not to make public their settlements. While one cannot blame parents for playing into the government’s hands, in such circumstances, it is clear that the medical establishment and a number of politicians, must have been privy to the fact that as far as the courts were concerned, the pharmaceutical companies had conceded the scientific evidence of a link between vaccination and autism.

A powerful campaign is now under way in North America to force the resignation of Dr. Julie Gerberding, head of the CDC who is still insistent that the Poling case is meaningless within the broader picture. The CDC, however, which is riddled with conflict of interests is still arguing against any link between vaccination and autism although it is clear that they must have known of stock-piling court decisions on this matter.

Against this background of revelations that are constantly undermining the British and North American establishment’s position on this issue, in Britain three doctors are preparing to present their defence against the GMC, the government, the medical establishment and the science lobby all of whom accused them in 2004 of spreading alarm and despondency by publishing their well researched claims, in 1998, of a link between MMR and autism spectrum disorder in a number of specific children...

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USA Today
March 12, 2008

NEW YORK (Reuters) — Sales of prescription drugs in the United States grew just 3.8% in 2007, marking the lowest growth rate since 1961, according to data compiled by IMS Health and released Wednesday.
The 3.8% growth rate compares with 8% growth seen in 2006.

Total U.S. prescription drug sales reached $286.5 billion last year with slowing growth at least partly due to expirations of patents on lucrative medicines, which opened the door to cheaper generic versions.

Other reasons cited by IMS in its annual U.S. Pharmaceutical Market Performance Review were fewer new product approvals, safety concerns and the leveling of year-over-year growth from the Medicare Part D program.

"The moderating growth trend that began in 2001 resumed last year following the one-time impact on market growth in 2006 from the implementation of Medicare Part D," said Murray Aitken, IMS' senior vice president for health care insight..

Cholesterol drugs, such as Pfizer's (PFE) Lipitor, once again led all therapy groups with prescription sales of $18.4 billion in 2007 despite a 15.4% decline in sales, primarily due to the availability of cheaper generics.

Acid reflux medicines known as c, including AstraZeneca's (AZN) Nexium, ranked second with prescription sales of $14.1 billion and 2.8% growth.

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