A kick in the teeth
It was hailed as a harmless chemical that would prevent tooth decay. But a new book claims that fluoride could be linked to serious health problems.

Bob Woffinden
Tuesday June 8, 2004
Source: The Guardian

A 50-year-old medical controversy is about to be re-ignited. The government is considering the introduction of further fluoridation schemes throughout the country. To facilitate that, the Water Act passed last November indemnified water companies from civil or criminal actions as a result of adding fluoride to public water supplies.

Fluoridation was first advanced in the United States at the end of the second world war. Proponents argued that fluoride in water and toothpaste would help to protect teeth and prevent decay. It was a time of scientific evangelism, when chemicals meant progress and the public trusted them to bring about a safer, cleaner future.

Throughout the 1950s and 60s, fluoride was added to public water supplies not just across the US but also in Britain. The areas now served by the Severn Trent, Northumbrian and Anglian water companies are fluoridated, mainly those in the West Midlands and Tyneside - about 10% of the UK population. Much of the Republic of Ireland has been fluoridated since 1964.


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Greens seek state's GMO 'pharming' secrets

May 24, 2004
By Mariette le Roux
Source: IOL.co.za

Environmental lobby group Biowatch sought a Pretoria High Court order on Monday compelling the government to divulge details of all genetically modified organisms (GMO) brought into or manufactured in the country to date.

The body is seeking an order directing the state to make available a list of facts concerning each permit, approval and authorisation granted for all GMO imports, exports, field trials and general releases to date.

This included, in each case, a description of the GMO, its purpose, the name and address of the permit applicant, the area where the GMO would be used, plans for its monitoring, emergency measures in case of an accident, and the relevant environmental impact studies.

'Our world is not for sale'
It also sought similar particulars of those applications still pending.

Biowatch lodged its court application after several failed attempts to get certain information.

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EU Commission still working for Monsanto's business, N.d.r.

EU to discuss approval of two more GMO products
03.06.2004 - 09:54 CET | By Lisbeth Kirk
Source: UE Observer

EU environment experts are to discuss the approval of two more GMO products in June after the Commission lifted a five-year moratorium on genetically modified products a few weeks ago.

On 19 May, the European Commission gave the go-ahead to maize known as Bt-11 and made by Swiss agrochemicals company Syngenta.

The EU executive took the decision after member states failed to agree among themselves about whether or not to lift the ban.

If authorised, the two next products — both marketed by Monsanto — would be used in animal feed and industrial processing, reported Reuters.

The first product up for approval is rapeseed modified to resist the herbicide glyphosate, one of the most toxic herbicides used to kill crop weeds. Monsanto’s trade name for this is Roundup.

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Argentina's GMO soy raising environment concerns
por Hilary Burke - Reuters Buenos Aires Wednesday June 02, 2004 at 09:37 PM
Source: Indymedia Argentina

Argentina's whole-hearted embrace of genetically modified soybeans is wreaking environmental havoc because of certain pesticides used on the altered crop as well as a jump in the amount of forests being cleared for soybean planting, critics charge. Over 90 percent of Argentina's 30 million tonnes of soybeans are engineered to resist glyphosate, a comparatively benign herbicide that some green groups and researchers say creates resistant weeds and kills soil bacteria.

BUENOS AIRES, May 25 (Reuters) - Argentina's whole-hearted embrace of genetically modified soybeans is wreaking environmental havoc because of certain pesticides used on the altered crop as well as a jump in the amount of forests being cleared for soybean planting, critics charge.

Over 90 percent of Argentina's 30 million tonnes of soybeans are engineered to resist glyphosate, a comparatively benign herbicide that some green groups and researchers say creates resistant weeds and kills soil bacteria.

Government scientists and biotech backers fiercely dispute those claims. But no one denies that Argentina's feverish planting of modified soybeans to the exclusion of other crops, and in areas once forested, raises environmental concerns.

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Push To Ban Genetically Engineering In Marin
By Karen Nakamura
June, 2004
Source: Coastal Post Online

An important movement is afoot in Marin County and it's one all Marinites need to heed. Until June 15, petitioners will be on the streets and in front of supermarkets asking for signatures to place a measure on the November 2004 ballot. This measure, if passed, would ban genetically engineered crops from being grown in Marin County.

Its official title is the Marin County Ordiance Prohibiting the Growing of Genetically Modified Organisms. In summery, the petition states that it would be "unlawful for any person or entity to propagate, cultivate, raise or grow genetically modified organisms in Marin County." That includes organisms and any offspring.

The terms "entity" and "organism" are important here, as they would, in effect, also ban the development of laboratory testing and experimental plots in the county. Since the introduction of GMO into agricultural, seeds containing engineered DNA have been found in more and more fields with the potential of damaging cultivated and wild plants and working up the food chain with possible serious results. There are also questions of who owns the food we eat and the ability to export American farm products. Consumer/farmer resistance to GMO is especially strong in Japan, South Korea and Europe, all large importers of American food products.

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Anandamaya developes Zero Carb Astraya Dried Fruit Infusions with Stevia
Tuesday June 8, 12:36 pm ET
Source: Yahoo News 

Stevia is a herb 200-300 times sweeter than sugar that is not only safe for diabetics but helps regulate glucose levels by strengthening the pancreas.

If there were a delicious tasting, naturally sweetened, Ready-to-Drink Beverage with no carbohydrates, no calories, no artificial sweeteners, no sugar, and no preservatives, it could directly lead to decreased incidences of diabetes, obesity, cancer, and heart disease in North America. This niche is now being filled by Zero Carb Astraya Dried Lime and Zero Carb Astraya Berry with Stevia developed by Anandamaya Inc., a Canadian company.

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'Pharma crop' interest grows; so does concern

By Terri Somers
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
June 2, 2004 (source: SignOnSanDiego.com)

Biotechnology companies quietly returned to the business of planting crops engineered to grow pharmaceutical products just 18 months after an errant crop nearly contaminated the food supply and put the brakes on the industry, according to a report yesterday from a national public interest group.

In the past 12 months, the U.S. Department of Agriculture received 16 applications to grow what are known as "pharma crops." Seven of them, including two to grow engineered rice and mustard in California, have been approved, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, based in Washington, D.C.

Pharma crops are corn, rice, barley, tobacco and other plants that have had foreign genes spliced into them so the plants can act as factories for producing proteins and enzymes that can be used in pharmaceutical products. To date, none of the products from these plants has been approved for commercialization.

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The Connection Between MS And Aspartame
By Russell L. Blaylock, MD
Neurosurgeon
6-7-4
Source: Rense.com 

[ BREAKING: MS and ASPARTAME CONNECTION Revealed by Aspartame Expert and Neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, M.D. - Movie Released Today
Renowned Neurosurgeon reveals MS Treatment and Exposes the ASPARTAME and MS Connection with Research. This explains the epidemic OF Subclinical MS in the population of 100 countries the World]
Press Release June 9, 2004 eMediaWire a PRWEB.com NEWSWIRE

Recently, much controversy has surrounded a claim that aspartame may produce an MS-like syndrome. A current review of recent peer-reviewed scientific studies have disclosed a pathophysiological mechanism to explain this connection. As far back as 1996 it was shown that the lesions produced in the myelin sheath of axons in cases of multiple sclerosis were related to excitatory receptors on the primary cells involved called oligodendroglia. Recent studies have now confirmed what was suspected back then. The loss of myelin sheath on the nerve fibers characteristic of the disease are due to the death of these oligodendroglial cells at the site of the lesions (called plaques). Further, these studies have shown that the death of these important cells is as a result of excessive exposure to excitotoxins at the site of the lesions.
 
Normally, most of these excitotoxins are secreted from microglial immune cells in the central nervous system. This not only destroys these myelin-producing cells it also breaks down the blood-brain barrier (BBB), allowing excitotoxins in the blood stream to enter the site of damage. Aspartame contains the excitotoxin aspartate as 40% of its molecular structure. Numerous studies have shown that consuming aspartame can significantly elevate the excitotoxin level in the blood. There is a common situation during which the excitotoxin exposure is even greater. When aspartate (as aspartame) is combined in the diet with monosodium glutamate (MSG) blood levels are several fold higher than normal. With the BBB damaged, as in MS, these excitotoxins can freely enter the site of injury,greatly magnifying the damage. So, we see that dietary excitotoxins, such as aspartame and MSG, can greatly magnify the damage produced in multiple sclerosis. Likewise, excitotoxins have been shown to breakdown the BBB as well.
 

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Thimerosal, found in childhood vaccines, can increase the risk of autism-like damage in mice

Contact: Julio Licinio
licinio@ucla.edu
310-825-7113
Molecular Psychiatry
Public release date: 8-Jun-2004

A new study indicates that postnatal exposure to thimerosal, a mercury preservative commonly used in a number of childhood vaccines, can lead to the development of autism-like damage in autoimmune disease susceptible mice. This animal model, the first to show that the administration of low-dose ethylmercury can lead to behavioral and neurological changes in the developing brain, reinforces previous studies showing that a genetic predisposition affects risk in combination with certain environmental triggers. The study was conducted by researchers at the Jerome L. and Dawn Greene Infectious Disease Laboratory at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.

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Study Finds Genetic Link Between Autism, Vaccines
A preservative once common in inoculations affected only one strain of lab mice, possibly explaining the mixed results of past studies.

By Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
June 9, 2004
Source: Los Angeles Times

The mercury preservative used in some vaccines can cause behavioral abnormalities in newborn mice characteristic of autism, but only in mice with a specific genetic susceptibility, Columbia University researchers report today.

The findings challenge the results of several large studies on autism and bolster the fears of parents who have long believed their children were harmed by the vaccines.

The fact that the preservative, called thimerosal, had an effect on only one strain of mice could explain why researchers had found it so difficult to prove or disprove a link to autism.

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