Opinion by Health Freedom Advocate Tim Bolen
December 20th, 2005

2005 has not been a good year for the American Dental Association (ADA).

And that's good...

Congratulations, are in order, for all of you that helped make that happen.

There are those in North America that believe that the ADA, and their dental policies, positions, and statements, are responsible for a significant part of the constant health problems inflicted on Americans. I'm one of those.

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On 4 December 2005, the New York Times carried an article on TeenScreen, the controversial "mental health" screening program being pushed into U.S. schools as part of the "medication algorithm" campaign to increase sales of psychiatric drugs to kids in school. The New York Times article turned out to be an apology for the widespread use of psychiatric drugs, setting some teeth on edge in the anti-psychiatry campaigners' camp.

Investigative journalist Evelyn Pringle points out, in a well written piece of rebuttal, the facts the writer of the NYT article apparently overlooked. Well - to get both sides of the story, here is Evelyn Pringle's article.

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UK: Ban Aspartame Says Member of Parliament

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By: Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum.
Mission Possible Intl.
Dec 15, 2005 07:58:13 -0500


Aspartame's time to be banned is long overdue. It should never have been approved in the first place. Even the FDA revoked the petition for approval. In the aspartame documentary, Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World, www.docworkers.com Attorney James Turner explains how Don Rumsfeld called in his markers to get it approved. See the clip: http://www.soundandfury.tv/pages/Rumsfeld2.html Rumsfeld was on Reagan's transition team and the day after he took office he appointed Arthur Hull Hayes as FDA Commissioner to get it approved. So concerned it would take 30 days to get Hayes there President Reagan actually wrote an executive order making the current FDA Commissioner powerless to do anything about aspartame until Hayes arrived. What political clout. Somebody needs to ask Rumsfeld to go into more detail about those markers he held. After Hayes arrived at FDA a scientific Board of Inquiry was convened and the petition for approval of this deadly neurotoxin was revoked because it triggered brain tumors, and never proven safe. Hayes over-ruled the Board and went to work for the PR Agency of the manufacturer and has refused to talk to the press ever since.

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NewsTarget.com
http://www.newstarget.com/015741.html
December 13, 2005

Conflicts of interest: How Big Pharma influences the FDA's drug approval process at the expense of public safety

In a recent eight-to-one vote, an FDA panel recently recommended approval of the diabetes drug Pargluva, despite concerns that it could cause potentially serious heart problems. Astoundingly, the decision was made without the help of a cardiologist, since the panel's lone heart expert declined to participate due to a potential conflict of interest.

The vote marked the second time in a one-week period that questions arose over conflicts of interest at the FDA. Prior to the advisory panel's recommendation on the Bristol-Meyers Squibb drug Pargluva, a separate panel, with some of the same members as the Pargluva panel, voted to approve Exubera, an inhaled form of insulin made by Pfizer in partnership with Sanofi-Aventis and Nektar Therapeutics.

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EU: Ink in Baby Milk

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EU: Ink in Baby Milk Unlikely Health Risk
SFGate.com
November 23, 2005
(11-23) 05:02 PST BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP)

European Union food safety experts believe ink traces detected in Nestle baby milk do not appear to present a risk to human health, the EU said Wednesday.

"It is not likely to present an immediate health risk at the levels reported," said EU health spokesman Philip Tod.

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Nestle Recalls Baby Milk From 4 Nations

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By BRADLEY S. KLAPPER, Associated Press Writer
November 22, 2005

Nestle SA, the world's biggest food company, said Tuesday it has recalled hundreds of thousands of gallons of baby milk from France, Portugal, Spain and Italy after traces of ink from the packaging were found in the product.

Nestle spokesman Francois-Xavier Perroud said the substance posed no health risk.

Routine tests in Italy in the fall had revealed presence of isopropylthioxanthone in its Latte Mio and Nidina 1 and 2 milk brands, he said.

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CATIE & You
by Ben Hansen, MindFreedom Michigan
December 14, 2005

You've heard the hype: New psychiatric drugs like Zyprexa and Risperdal, called atypical antipsychotics, are a vast improvement over old drugs like Haldol.

Whether or not the new drugs work any better, they make a lot of money for the drug companies. While a month's supply of an old drug like Haldol costs less than $30, a month's supply of Zyprexa can cost over $500.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
By: Caspian Newsletter
December 6, 2005

Ex-HHS Head Puts Off Being Chipped Despite July Promise

Ex-Bush cabinet member Tommy Thompson still hasn't received an RFID implant despite a televised promise he made in July 2005 to do so.

Shortly after joining the board of VeriChip Corporation last spring, the former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and four-term governor of Wisconsin told CNBC that he would "get chipped" with a VeriChip implant, but he has no plans to undergo the procedure anytime soon, according to recent revelations.

The VeriChip is a glass-encapsulated RFID device designed to be injected into human flesh for identification purposes and for use as a payment device.

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Security Flaw allows wiretaps to be evaded

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New York Times
By John Schwartz and John Markoff
November 30, 2005

The technology used for decades by law enforcement agents to wiretap telephones has a security flaw that allows the person being wiretapped to stop the recorder remotely, according to research by computer security experts who studied the system. It is also possible to falsify the numbers dialed, they said.

Someone being wiretapped can easily employ these "devastating countermeasures" with off-the-shelf equipment, said the lead researcher, Matt Blaze, an associate professor of computer and information science at the University of Pennsylvania.

"This has implications not only for the accuracy of the intelligence that can be obtained from these taps, but also for the acceptability and weight of legal evidence derived from it," Mr. Blaze and his colleagues wrote in a paper that will be published today in Security & Privacy, a journal of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

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Acetaminophen: Common Painkiller May Ruin Your Liver

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THE NEW YORK TIMES
November 29, 2005
The Consumer

Poisonings From a Popular Pain Reliever Are on the Rise

By DEBORAH FRANKLIN

Despite more than a decade's worth of research showing that taking too much of a popular pain reliever can ruin the liver, the number of severe, unintentional poisonings from the drug is on the rise, a new study reports. The drug, acetaminophen, is best known under the brand name Tylenol. But many consumers don't realize that it is also found in widely varying doses in several hundred common cold remedies and combination pain relievers.

These compounds include Excedrin, Midol Teen Formula, Theraflu, Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Medicine, and NyQuil Cold and Flu, as well as other over-the-counter drugs and many prescription narcotics, like Vicodin and Percocet.

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