American Policy Center
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by Tom DeWeese
Saturday, November 5, 2005

It takes a village to destroy a child

In the old days, children were warned not to smoke because it would stunt their growth. Apparently the same warning can now be issued on Ritalin. Researchers at the University of Sydney have analyzed 29 separate studies on the subject and have concluded that there is indication that some Ritalin users may experience slow or even stunted growth.

"Parents should expect their children to lose some weight and grow more slowly for a time after starting on stimulant medication, and this should be monitored," says pediatrician Sally Poulton of the University.

Two of the studies reviewed by Poulton and colleagues suggest that children who experience nausea and vomiting as an early side effect of Ritalin may be uniquely vulnerable to slow growth. University of Iowa psychologist John R. Kramer, PhD, who led one of the research teams, said that this small sub group of Ritalin users ended up more than 2 inches shorter than other Ritalin users.

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Survey shows Hospitals 'kill 34,000 a year'

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Daily Mail
November 3, 2005
by James Tozer


Medical blunders kill an estimated 34,000 patients a year, according to an official report.

Almost one million incidents and lapses in hospital care were recorded in the latest survey of National Health Service standards.

Some 300,000 episodes of hospital infections, including MRSA, were also reported, said the National Audit Office.

It said the lapses cost the Health Service an estimated £2billion in extra bed days and £540million in litigation and compensation.

The report said 2,081 avoidable deaths had been reported for April 2004 to March 2005. But because many deaths went unrecorded the real figure based on previous research could be nearer 34,000.

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washingtonpost.com
By Barton Gellman
Washington Post Staff Writer
November 6, 2005

The FBI's Secret Scrutiny

The FBI came calling in Windsor, Conn., this summer with a document marked for delivery by hand. On Matianuk Avenue, across from the tennis courts, two special agents found their man. They gave George Christian the letter, which warned him to tell no one, ever, what it said.

Under the shield and stars of the FBI crest, the letter directed Christian to surrender "all subscriber information, billing information and access logs of any person" who used a specific computer at a library branch some distance away. Christian, who manages digital records for three dozen Connecticut libraries, said in an affidavit that he configures his system for privacy. But the vendors of the software he operates said their databases can reveal the Web sites that visitors browse, the e-mail accounts they open and the books they borrow.

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Worried Parents Turning to Organic Food

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Associated Press
November 3, 2005
by Libby Quaid


Erin O'Neal has two daughters and a fridge stocked with organic cheese, milk, fruits and vegetables in her Annapolis, Md., home. She is among the increasing number of parents who buy organic to keep their children's diets free of food grown with pesticides, hormones, antibiotics or genetic engineering.

"The pesticide issue just scares me — it wigs me out to think about the amount of chemicals that might be going into my kid," said O'Neal, 36.

Since last year, sales of organic baby food have jumped nearly 18 percent, double the overall growth of organic food sales, according to the marketing information company ACNielsen.

As demand has risen, organic food for children has popped up at more than just natural food stores.

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Green tea is good for us

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November 7, 2005
Los Angeles Times/Health

We've heard it for years: Green tea is good for us. But without more evidence, the FDA won't let it be called a cancer fighter.

By Alice Lesch Kelly and Rosie Mestel, Special to The Times

TEA, to China's 18th century Emperor Chien Lung, was more than a whistle-wetting pick-me-up: It was "that precious drink which drives away the five causes of sorrow."

Western businesses are banking on our buying into Chien Lung's sentiments. In addition to selling a cornucopia of loose green teas, they have distilled the brew's essence and added it to health bars, supplements, diet aids, gum, soft drinks and skin creams — even, in Asia, to Kit Kat candy bars.

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New Mexico Sets Hearing To Ban Aspartame

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Source: The Idaho Observer
October 14, 2005
http://www.healthliesexposed.com

SANTA FE, New Mexico -- The Environmental Improvement Board (EIB) voted 4-2 October 4, 2005, to proceed with hearings that could lead to a ban of aspartame in New Mexico. Before the board was the question, "Did the EIB have the authority to hold a hearing to determine whether or not to ban for sale in the state of New Mexico a federally-approved food additive?"

Before making a motion to grant the hearing, EIB vice-Chairman Cliff Stroud commented that the system would be broken if the board did not have the authority to listen when people have concerns about the food supply.

The board's decision came after a meeting in which the attorney for Santa Fe art gallery owner Stephen Fox argued that the board does have the statutory authority to ban aspartame in New Mexico. Fox's arguments were countered by a brief submitted by attorneys for aspartame producer Ajinomoto and the Calorie Control Council (CCC)-a national trade group that promotes the use of aspartame. The five-day hearing on the subject of aspartame is scheduled for next July.

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Why Flu Epidemics Occur in Winter

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Knowledge of Health Inc.,
Blog October 30, 2005

This is the best medical investigative work I've ever read (below), issued by John Cannell MD of the Vitamin D Council. The cure for flu epidemics right under the noses of all the bacteriologists and epidemiologists all along. Read every word. Stock your home with vitamin D3 capsules. Dismiss any and all claims that high-dose vitamin D is potentially toxic. Side effects don't begin till 40,000 units are consumed for many months.
The Vitamin D Newsletter November 1, 2005

As we wait for this year's influenza epidemic, keep in mind we are also waiting for the big one, the pandemic (pan: all, demic: people). A severe pandemic will kill many more Americans than died in the World Trade Centers, the Iraq war, the Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina combined. Perhaps a million or two in the USA alone. Such a disaster would tear the fabric of our society. Our entire country would resemble New Orleans after Katrina.
Also, it's only a question of when it will come, not if it will come. Pandemics come every 25 years or so, severe ones every hundred years or so. The last pandemic, the Hong Kong flu, occurred in 1968, killing 34,000 Americans. In 1918, the Spanish flu killed more than 500,000 Americans. So many millions died in other countries, they couldn't bury the bodies.

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Preventive Psychiatry E-Newsletter # 231
By Ian Sinclair
November 3, 2005
http://www.vaccinationdebate.com

In 1871-2, England, with 98% of the population aged between 2 and 50 vaccinated against smallpox, it experienced its worst ever smallpox outbreak with 45,000 deaths. During the same period in Germany, with a vaccination rate of 96%, there were over 125,000 deaths from smallpox.

In Germany, compulsory mass vaccination against diphtheria commenced in 1940 and by 1945 diphtheria cases were up from 40,000 to 250,000. (Don't Get Stuck, by Hannah Allen)

In the USA in 1960, two virologists discovered that both polio vaccines were contaminated with the SV 40 virus which causes cancer in animals as well as changes in human cell tissue cultures. Millions of children had been injected with these vaccines. (Med Jnl of Australia 17/3/1973 p555)

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Whoopy News Flash
November 4, 2005
by Doug Yurchey

Hemp - The crop with 50,000 commercial uses

We could put all our farmers back to work tomorrow.

And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land.
—Ezekiel 34/29

Where did the word 'marijuana' come from? In the mid 1930s, the M-word was created to tarnish the good image and phenomenal history of the hemp plant...as you will read. The facts cited here, with references, are generally verifiable in the Encyclopaedia Britannica which was printed on hemp paper for 150 years: 

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By Dr Barry Durrant-Peatfield
MBBS LRCP MRCS
Medical Advisor to Thyroid UK
September 22, 2005

There is a daunting amount of research studies showing that the widely acclaimed benefits on fluoride dental health are more imagined than real. My main concern however, is the effect of sustained fluoride intake on general health. Again, there is a huge body of research literature on this subject, freely available and in the public domain.

But this body of work was not considered by the York Review when their remit was changed from "Studies of the effects of fluoride on health" to "Studies on the effects of fluoridated water on health."
It is clearly evident that it was not considered by the BMA (Britsh Medical Association), British Dental Association (BDA), BFS (British Fluoridation Society) and FPHM, (Faculty for Public Health and Medicine) since they all insist, as in the briefing paper to Members of Parliament - that fluoridation is safe and non-injurious to health.

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