Questions About Avian Flu Or Any Expending Pandemic

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...."There is a simple way to tell whether the stories you are reading about avian flu are likely propaganda or legitimate. Apply this list of questions:

1. Who wrote it? 2. Who funded it? 3. Is it short on fact, long on interpretation and editorializing? 4. Does it cite sources for the statements made and the statistics mentioned? 5. Does it make scientific presumptions it does not back up? 6. Is the only solution to the problem presented a drug or a vaccine? 7. Is there an abundance of emotional trigger words throughout the report? 8. How many times is the word pandemic used? 9. Is there any suggestion that the avian flu threat might just fade out on its own? 10. Is there any mention of how the birds were actually tested? 11. Is there any mention of how the people were actually tested? 12. Is there any suggestion that perhaps germs are not the only cause of disease? 13. Does the article pretend like H5N1 is a proven cause of avian flu? 14. Does the report assume that germs are the only possible cause of disease?
That should do it. At least consider the possibility that there is a subtext here, and that it's a pattern we have seen before: invent a disease, hype the extent of the threat, create a drug or vaccine, spend the money, threat disappears."....
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Aspartame: Ajinomoto And The 'Knowledge Gap'

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Japan-based multinational chemical giant Ajinomoto, manufacturer of the controversial sweetener aspartame, has recently hired lawyers to stop hearings scheduled by the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board into the safety of its sweetener.

Aspartame, based on two amino acids combined with methanol, shows many inconsistencies in its history, such as approval by political pressure rather than by science, but the most mind boggling aspect by far is the knowledge gap that has built up between those paying attention and the health authorities that review the science and can't find anything wrong with it. There is plenty of information out there, which points to aspartame causing leukemia, brain tumors and neurotoxicity, but for some mysterious reason the evidence is completely ignored by health authorities and most academics.

A point in case is a message Christopher Howell of the Florida Atlantic University wrote to Norma Vera, an activist and friend of Betty Martini, the lady who has made it her life's work to fill in the knowledge gap around the artificial sweetener. Howell wrote:

YOU SHOULD CHECK YOUR FACTS!

ASPARTAME IS NOT A NEUROTOXIN!!!

Phenylketonurics (people with a genetic disorder that does not allow them to properly metabolize & eliminate the ESSENTIAL amino acid phenylalanine) are at risk. These people MUST ALSO LIMIT their intake of proteins such as fish, meats and other products rich in the amino acid phenylalanine. By law all babies are screened shortly after birth to determine if they have the defective gene, otherwise metal [sic] retardation can set in if diet is not controlled. Adult phenylketurics [sic] may experience headaches, etc. if they consume foods containing phenylalanine. Normal people are NOT at risk from ASPARATAME.

As with any food or supplement, moderation should be considered and any excesses avoided.

It is quite true that phenylketonurics cannot tolerate the phenilalanine that is part of aspartame, but that is far from the real problem with the sweetener. Betty Martini's reply to Mr Howell gives a good idea of that abysmal gap between the science "on the ground" that actually looks at people's problems and the science of academia which is beholden to the economic interests that profit from the sweetener.

To see how far apart the two realities are, contrast Betty's account of the facts and the documents she refers to with Ajinomoto's insistence that hearings hould not be held and with the following statement on its website:

We, Ajinomoto Group, continually strive to promote a healthy and vibrant society with global corporate citizenship activities focusing on "Nutrition and Health".

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Source: http://www.gmwatch.org
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It's worth not just reading the main part of this press release but the accompanying BRIEFING NOTE, which contains some very interesting details and comments, including behind the scenes meetings of scientists and others that do not seem to have previously been made public.

EXCERPTS:

"We need to change the focus of the debate away from the limited studies that have been done to date onto the size of the irreversible legacy that we are probably going to leave for future generations." - Prof Vyvyan Howard, Professor of Bioimaging, School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Ulster

"If the kind of detrimental effects seen in animals fed GM food were observed in a clinical setting, the use of the product would have been halted and further research instigated to determine the cause and find possible solutions. However, what we find repeatedly in the case of GM food is that both governments and industry plough on ahead with the development, endorsement and marketing [of] GM foods despite the warnings of potential ill health from animal feeding studies, as if nothing has happened. This is to the point where governments and industry even seem to ignore the results of their own research! There is clearly a need more than ever before for independent research into the potential ill effects of GM food including most importantly extensive animal and human feeding trials." - Dr Michael Antoniou, Reader in Medical and Molecular Genetics, King's College London
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Minister pledges support for consumers and industry over Directives
November 23, 2005
The recently appointed health minister, Caroline Flint, has pledged continued government support to consumers and industry over EU regulations that threaten access to safe and effective natural health products.

Speaking at the Consumers for Health Choice (CHC) Annual Parliamentary Reception Flint said that since taking office she had personally been involved with a series of discussions and briefings with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) on the Food Supplements Directive (FSD). She was confident that these, and other on-going discussions, would enable Britain to negotiate the best deal in Europe for British consumers and industry. She added that she had recently given ministerial approval to the FSA Board’s proposal that Britain should seek a ‘national exception’ in Europe which, if successfully agreed with the EC, would enable higher dose VMS products to stay on the shelves.

Flint, a pro-European, said that the biggest challenges facing the natural products industry in Europe were cultural not institutional. “Sometimes it is simply a case that there is someone in Germany who doesn’t understand the different trading and consumer traditions in, say, Britain or the Netherlands. We need to find ways of dealing with these cultural differences sensibly and effectively.”

Speaking on the subject of the Herbals Directive, Flint commented: “This is an area where I know there are differing views. Some people believe that the regulations are welcome and overdue. But at the same time I accept that government should be giving maximum support to industry to help manufacturers get their products registered.”

In his speech CHC chair, Michael Peet, said he welcomed the interest the new minister had given to consumer and industry concerns over the FSD and other EU legislation.
He commented: “I believe that we are witnessing a paradigm shift in government thinking on these issues and am hopeful that this could, finally, set us on a route to finding a safe home in Europe for our products.” But he added that CHC’s own message to government had become increasingly hard-hitting politically, largely because of the inaction of previous ministers.

CHC director, Sue Croft, said she had been delighted with the way the reception had gone. “It was very well attended, with good representations from both Houses of Parliament. In terms of getting across our message to individual MPs and Peers I think this was probably our best ever House of Commons reception.”

However Croft agreed with long-time CHC supporter, Austin Mitchell MP, who said that the “fight against overzealous EU regulations” had to continue if the battle was to be won. Switching his attention to recent media scares about supplements, Mitchell said: “The streets would be littered with the dead if vitamins were half as dangerous as some people would have you believe.”

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HIV children benefit from zinc supplements: study

LONDON (Reuters) - Zinc supplements could be a simple and safe way to reduce illnesses such as diarrhea in children infected with HIV, researchers said on Friday.

Zinc is an essential mineral for development and a healthy immune system but there has been concern about the safety of supplements for HIV patients because the virus that causes AIDS also needs it to function and replicate.

But scientists from the United States and South Africa, who studied the effect of the supplements in 96 children, said they are safe for children with HIV, which weakens the immune system and make sufferers more vulnerable to infections and illnesses.

"Zinc supplementation could be a simple and cost-effective intervention to reduce morbidity and mortality in children with HIV infection," said Dr William Moss, of Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland.

In a study reported in The Lancet medical journal, Moss and doctors from Grey's Hospital in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa said the supplements did not produce any adverse effects in the children.

Youngsters who took the supplements for 6 months had less diarrhea than children who had been given a placebo, or dummy pill.

Although the World Health Organization (WHO) has improved access to antiretroviral drugs in poor countries, Moss said the treatments are not available for many children.

"Consequently more than half of these children die before the age of 3 years, most commonly of respiratory tract infections and diarrheadisease," he said.

An estimated 40.3 million people, including about 2.3 million children under 15 years old, are living with HIV, according to the latest figures released by UNAIDS.

The UN agency leading the global battle against HIV/AIDS said about 570,000 children died from AIDS in 2005.

Moss and his colleagues said there are few interventions to reduce AIDS deaths in children.

"Programs to enhance zinc intake in deficient populations with a high prevalence of HIV infection can be implemented without concern for adverse effects on virus replication," Moss added.

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Corn supplies much of our food - after wheat and rice it is the third most planted food and feed grain. So control of the lucrative market for seeds would be a boon to any multinational corporation that is in the seed monopoly business.

Monsanto is known for aggressively prosecuting real and perceived thieves of what the company considers its "intellectual property". The company has now produced a kind of corn that is higher in its content of the amino acid lysine, which in normal corn is low, making for an imbalance of amino acids in human and animal nutrition. Monsanto is asking for this new, genetically modified (GM) corn variety to receive "unregulated" status. Practically this would bypass the approval process for that particular variety of GM corn.

What Monsanto does not say is that the particular process used to increase lysine content of the cereal is similar to what is known as "terminator" technology, a genetic sterilization technique that makes it impossible to save seeds from one year to the next to re-plant. The terminator technology caused a public uproar and was shelved at the time, but it may be making a comeback, through the backdoor of an apparently innocuous change in the grain's amino acid profile.

The Independent Science Panel has filed a paper to oppose the Monsanto petition for "unregulated" status for its newest brainchild, explaining the problem in more detail:

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Flu Shot is Killing People

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November 22, 2005
By Dr. Joseph Mercola
http://www.mercola.com


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating reports that the deaths of 12 Japanese children may be linked to the anti-viral drug Tamiflu. The possibility has caused alarm, since millions of doses of the drug are currently being stockpiled for use in a potential flu pandemic.

Also Linked to Seizures

Tamiflu has also been linked to neuropsychiatric incidents in children, including seizures, loss of consciousness, and delirium.

Jumping Off of Roofs

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Prozac Backlash - Fortune Magazine

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ALLIANCE FOR HUMAN RESEARCH PROTECTION (AHRP)
Promoting Openness, Full Disclosure, and Accountability
http://www.ahrp.org
November 15, 2005

Fortune Magazine reviews the controversy surrounding Prozac and the SSRI class of antidepressants, acknowledging that "the drugs have been among the most controversial in the history of medicine. Bitter disputes about side effects have seethed for more than a decade, usually out of sight of the mainstream media--in supermarket tabloids, on websites, and in professional gatherings of scientists, regulators, and shrinks." That battle has finally spilled into the major media-- providing the public an opportunity to judge for themselves.

The genie is out of the bottle and there is nothing that SSRI drug manufacturers, or psychiatry's key opinion leaders who serve as industry's paid consultants, nor government regulators, can do to stem back the tide of eye opening revelations about suppressed evidence of adverse effects-in particular, akathisia-so severe that some people-including children-have been propelled to commit suicide and even homicide.

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Banning Aspartame and Thimerosal

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Mission Impossibile International
By: Betty Martini
November 14, 2005


As founder of Mission Possible International with operations in most states and over 30 countries of the world warning all consumers off aspartame, I have worked with the world experts to further their information to save lives. We are a volunteer force, take the case histories and forward physician information and support to the victims. Having done this for 14 years, 7 days a week, I can tell you we have a global epidemic beyond anything imaginable.

Consider a generation of children affected by the neurotoxin aspartame. When a mother tells me she used Diet Coke with aspartame through three pregnancies and has three autistic children you know it has destroyed an entire family. Then add to this that aspartame interacts with vaccines.

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Experts dismiss scare over bird flu

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Gainesville Sun
November 3, 2005
www.infowars.com
By Diane Chun


At a time when headlines trumpet the potential dangers of "bird flu," Gary Butcher is the man of the hour.

Butcher has been an extension veterinarian at the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine since 1988. He was trained as a veterinarian specializing in avian diseases, and has a Ph.D. in poultry virology.

As the only poultry veterinarian in the state, Butcher fields phone calls and e-mails about avian flu every day.

Lately, he's been traveling the world, speaking to alarmed government officials and industry groups dispelling the myths and reinforcing the realities of avian influenza or so-called "bird flu."

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