By Tom Blackwell
canada.com
National Post
December 15, 2006

In a discovery that has stunned even those behind it, scientists at a Toronto hospital say they have proof the body's nervous system helps trigger diabetes, opening the door to a potential near-cure of the disease that affects millions of Canadians.

Diabetic mice became healthy virtually overnight after researchers injected a substance to counteract the effect of malfunctioning pain neurons in the pancreas.

"I couldn't believe it," said Dr. Michael Salter, a pain expert at the Hospital for Sick Children and one of the scientists. "Mice with diabetes suddenly didn't have diabetes any more."

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By Alan G. Phillips, Attorney at Law
P.O. Box 3473
Chapel Hill, NC 27515-3473
919-960-5172
December 2006

lawpapa@nc.rr.com

There's a lot of information on the Internet about vaccine religious exemptions. Unfortunately, much of it is misleading or incorrect. The law on religious exemptions is inherently complex. The truth is, for most U.S. citizens, the law on vaccine religious exemptions is not clearly defined. In addition, law continually changes and evolves, so staying on top of your rights requires ongoing vigilance.

A complete explanation of vaccine religious exemption law is beyond the scope of an article (which is why I'm writing a book on the subject -- be on the look-out for this in the near future!), but an introduction to some of the complicating factors may not be.

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The New York Times
December 14, 2006
By BENEDICT CAREY

SILVER SPRING, Md., Dec. 13 — Strong warning labels about the suicide risk associated with antidepressants, which now include children and adolescents, should be extended to adults under 25, a federal advisory panel concluded Wednesday.

The panel, which voted 6 to 2 to recommend the warnings after a daylong hearing, also advised the Food and Drug Administration to require including information in the drugs’ labels highlighting the risks of untreated depression.

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Common ground
CG : Archive : December 2006
by Amanda Brown PhD

Few people would be surprised to hear that cell phones are unhealthy. But how many of us actually know the degree of damage they cause, the extent of the cover-up by the industry, or that there is a viable solution? Dr. George Carlo, a mobile phone industry whistleblower, recently presented a talk in Vancouver about how electropollution from wireless technology can cause brain damage, cancer and an array of mental illnesses.

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Los Angeles Times
By Denise Gellene
Times Staff Writer
December 15, 2006

A 7% decrease is seen in the U.S. in 2003 after millions cease hormone therapy linked to risks.

U.S. breast cancer rates dropped 7% in 2003 after millions of women stopped taking hormone drugs for symptoms of menopause because the drugs had been linked to an increased risk of developing the disease, researchers said Thursday.

The sharp decrease was driven by a slide in the type of breast cancer that needs the hormone estrogen to grow, which accounts for 70% of all cases of the disease.

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NewsTarget.com
December 13 2006
by Ben Kage

(NewsTarget) According to Dr. Yolande Lucire, a forensic psychicatrist based in New South Wales, Australia, doctors are giving children younger than 1 year of age prescriptions for atypical antipsychotics -- a class of narcotics used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar mania, psychotic agitation and other similar conditions.

In an email to Alliance for Human Research Protection President Vera Hassner Sharav, Lucire, published on the AHRP web site, Lucire says that she is taking kids under her care off of atypical antipsychotic medications.

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US scientists reject interference

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By Jonathan Amos
Science reporter, BBC News, San Francisco
http://news.bbc.co.uk

Some 10,000 US researchers have signed a statement protesting about political interference in the scientific process.

The statement, which includes the backing of 52 Nobel Laureates, demands a restoration of scientific integrity in government policy.

According to the American Union of Concerned Scientists, data is being misrepresented for political reasons.

It claims scientists working for federal agencies have been asked to change data to fit policy initiatives.

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Copley News Service

December 1, 2006
By: Phyllis Schlafly

Methamphetamine and marijuana aren't the only drugs parents worry about. The problems caused by prescription combinations called "drug cocktails" have finally broken into the national news stream.

A recent Page 1 of the New York Times described Stephen, age 15, who takes antidepressants Zoloft and Desyrel, plus anticonvulsant Lamictal to moderate his moods, plus the stimulant Focalin XR to improve concentration. His brother Jacob, age 14, takes Focalin XR for concentration, plus the anticonvulsant Depakote to moderate his moods, plus the antipsychotic Risperdal to reduce anger, plus Catapres to induce sleep.

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Stevia - Safety evaluation of food additives 2006

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WHO FOOD ADDITIVES
SERIES: 54

Safety evaluation of certain food additives
Prepared by the Sixty-third meeting of the Joint FAO/WHO
Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA)

Geneva, 2006 6

Extract, point 4 and 5 of 28 pages:

Download complete evaluation on Stevia

4. COMMENTS

After oral administration, steviol glycosides are poorly absorbed in experimental animals and in humans.
Intestinal microflora metabolize steviol glycosides to the aglycone, steviol, by successive hydrolytic removal of glucose units. Data reviewed by the Committee at its current and fifty-first meetings (Annex 1, reference 149) indicated that this process is similar in rats and humans. The hydrolysis of rebaudioside A to steviol was slower than that of stevioside. In humans treated orally with stevioside, small amounts of steviol were detected in the plasma, with considerable interindividual variability. The major route by which steviol is metabolized in humans in vivo appears to be via conjugation with glucuronide and/or sulfate. Studies with liver microsomal preparations indicated that steviol is also metabolized to a number of hydroxy and dihydroxy derivatives via CYP-dependent pathways.

Stevioside and/or steviol affected a variety of biochemical parameters in models in vitro, indicating possible mechanisms of antihypertensive and antiglycaemic effects that involve modulation of ion channels. High concentrations (e.g. 1 mmol/l) of stevioside were required to produce a maximal increase in insulin secretion, while steviol was effective at a concentration that was about three orders of magnitude lower. Stevioside also affected a variety of biochemical parameters in different animal species in vivo, mostly with parenteral administration; these studies were considered by the Committee to be of limited relevance to dietary exposure.

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The following articles and research show the present status of this huge raging issue of autism and childhood autoimmune disease which is epidemic in our children.

This issue and the articles presented may have great relevance to national politics. If you do nothing more than read the first 15 or so articles which appear below, you will be doing yourself a great favor in understanding this critical issue. This issue has huge implications for our society. It also raises truly historical issues regarding ethics and medical care.

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