Plea for New RDA for Vitamin C: Experts Call for Review of Recommended Dietary Allowance for Vitamin C
Provided by PR Newswire on 8/24/2004

Source: Health World Online

SAN DIMAS, Calif., Aug 24, 2004 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- With newly published research reports showing that higher concentrations of vitamin C can be achieved in the blood plasma than previously thought possible, antioxidant researchers have penned their names to a plea for a scientific re-evaluation of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for vitamin C.

A dozen prominent antioxidant researchers, authors, and clinicians say the prevalent belief that 200 milligrams of oral vitamin C, an amount that can be obtained by eating five servings of selected fresh fruits and vegetables, can saturate the blood plasma and additional amounts are excreted in the urine, has now been disproved. Two recently published papers indicate that blood plasma levels of ascorbic acid can be raised three times greater than a flawed 1996 study indicates. One of the published studies shows that blood plasma concentrations of vitamin C continue to rise with a single 1000 milligrams dose of supplemental vitamin C.

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DuPont Defends Its Reporting on Teflon Ingredient

By Juliet Eilperin
Source: Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, August 13, 2004; Page A03

Chemical giant DuPont Co. told the Environmental Protection Agency yesterday that it fully complied with federal reporting rules on health and environmental risks associated with a key ingredient used in making Teflon.

The company's defense of its decision not to provide all the data it gathered over 20 years on perfluorooctanoic acid, a soaplike material used in making stick-resistant surfaces and materials for products, signals the start of legal wrangling between the nation's largest chemical maker and the administration. EPA announced last month that it is seeking millions in fines from DuPont, contending that the company failed to give the government information that has raised concerns about the compound, also known as C-8 or PFOA.

"We'll fight EPA on this issue," said Stacey J. Mobley, DuPont's general counsel. "We have and will continue to manage PFOA safely."

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Teflon questions

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Teflon questions
August 16, 2004
Source: Boston.com

THERE IS no reason to throw out your Teflon pans, but the US Environmental Protection Agency last month opened a new chapter in society's love-hate relationship with miracle chemicals when it accused the Du Pont Co. of withholding evidence of the company's own concerns about a chemical used to make Teflon. In a response last week, Du Pont said it had met its reporting obligations and should not have to pay fines, which could reach $300 million.

The EPA has charged Du Pont with suppressing evidence that the chemical can move from a pregnant woman to her fetus and that it was found in the drinking water supply of a community near a Teflon manufacturing site in West Virginia. While the agency is right to pursue these charges against the company, it should give urgency to more investigations into the chemical's health risk to humans and into the mystery of how it has become so omnipresent in the environment.

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Eliminate the use of Teflon

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Eliminate the use of Teflon
August 21, 2004
Source: Boston.com

I AGREE with the Aug. 16 editorial "Teflon Questions" that we shouldn't throw out our Teflon pans, and that we should send them back to Du Pont and let it deal with the disposal problems! Clearly, there is a problem when these man-made, resistant, persistent chemicals show up in our drinking water, our blood, and in such remote locations as the Arctic.

We should not wait any longer to eliminate the use of these chemicals when we already know enough, and safer alternatives exist that will do the job.

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Scientists applaud move away from use of mercury
By Roger Highfield, Science Editor
(Filed: 10/08/2004)
Source: News Telegraph.co.uk

Scientists searching for a link between mercury and damage to the developing brain welcomed yesterday's decision to remove the mercury-based preservative from childhood vaccines.

Dr David Salisbury, the head of immunisations at the Department of Health, said the decision had nothing to do with concerns over a link between the preservative thiomersal and autism.

But the reality is that the effects of the preservative are not fully understood, according to a British professor who has discovered that thiomersal accumulates and changes in the brain.

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Fears of link to autism lead British government to scrap vaccine containing mercury

LONDON, UK: A vaccine containing mercury given to babies when they are eight weeks old is to be scrapped  in Britain amid fears of a link with autism.
Ago 8, 2004
Source: Aware.org

The move follows recent research in the United Statesman that suggests a connection between thimerosal - the mercury-based preservative in the whooping cough vaccine, and autism.

The jab, without mercury, will now be given as part of a new five-in-one vaccine in the United Kingdom.

Britain's Department of Health has always maintained there is no evidence of any such link with autism.

One general practitioner, Dr Richard Halverson, welcomed the "long overdue" changes. He told BBC News: "I welcome the fact that mercury is being withdrawn because it is toxic and should not be injected into babies, full stop. Mercury is one of the most toxic elements on this planet. It has no business being ingested in any form by anyone. It serves no useful purpose, it is dangerous."

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Medical Journal Editorial Bias Deceives Doctors, Leads to Bad Medicine
Monday August 2, 2004 by Yahoo News

"[T]his political bias ... is forcing the dedicated practitioner into becoming little more than a vaccine-toll booth operator." - Mark Blaxill, director of SafeMinds

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- SafeMinds -- America's leading scientific organization investigating the risks that mercury-containing medical products pose to our children -- is concerned with the growing political influence and bias exhibited by the editorial decisions of certain medical journals, and the detrimental effect this will have on America's health care systems.

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HealthWatch: Autistic Parents Protest in Washington
by Dr. Kim Mulvihill

A dramatic jump in childhood autism cases is baffling scientists.

While federal health officials say there is no link between childhood vaccines and the mysterious disorder, many parents just don't believe it.

Parents of autistic children protested in Washington Monday, saying a mercury-based preservative used in some vaccines caused their children's condition. Now, they want the federal government to turn over data they believe could prove it.

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Ban on mercury in vaccines gets push
By Sandy Kleffman
Source: CONTRA COSTA TIMES
Aug. 19, 2004

SACRAMENTO - Supporters of a bill that would ban a mercury-based preservative from vaccines for children and pregnant women in California are making a last-minute push to get the measure passed before lawmakers go home Aug. 31.

Assemblywoman Fran Pavley, D-Woodland Hills, has delayed the effective date to July 2006 to give pharmaceutical companies more time to beef up production of vaccines without thimerosal.

She also has inserted a provision that would enable state officials to waive the thimerosal ban during a public health emergency, including a severe flu vaccine shortage.

The changes prompted the American Academy of Pediatrics to withdraw its opposition and take a neutral stance.

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Beware of chemical additives
9 August 2004
Source: Gulf Daily News

Some foods are pumping chemicals into our bodies that may do real harm, says lifestyle expert Helen Evans.

When cooking a home made meal for the family, we would generally add herbs and spices, or a pinch of salt or pepper to make it tastier. We would certainly think twice about adding lots of chemical flavouring, colouring, artificial preservatives, or just for good measure, a few pesticide residues.

And yet this is just what is available on the menu from many ready-made meals.

We must be extra vigilant about food additives, especially where children's food is concerned, because we do not know the long-term effects that they may have.

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