Toxic Substances

Report Urges More Stringent Standards, Says Some Human Testing Provides Benefits

By: Dean Scott
Bureau of National Affairs
February 20, 2004
Source: Environmental Working Group

The Environmental Protection Agency and other government agencies should implement more stringent ethical and scientific safeguards in considering pesticide and other chemical studies that involve the intentional dosing of human subjects, a National Academies panel said in a report Feb. 19.

Those safeguards should apply to EPA's own studies as well as those it receives from the pesticide and other chemical industries, according to James F. Childress, a professor of ethics with the University of Virginia who co-chaired a panel that oversaw the report. The report was issued by the academies' National Research Council and requested by EPA.

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Child warning on anti-depressants
Wednesday, 10 December, 2003, 12:14 GMT 
 BBC NEWS

There are concerns about side effects
The majority of the most commonly prescribed type of anti-depressants should not be given to people under 18, says the Department of Health.

The advice follows a review by medical experts set up to look at the safety of SSRIs after concerns that they made some patients suicidal.

It found the risks of certain SSRIs outweighed the benefits of treatment.

However, patients taking the drugs have been told not to stop taking them without medical supervision.

  Young people with depressive illness currently taking any SSRI other than fluoxetine should not stop taking their medicine but should consult their doctor for advice on treatment.  

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Anti-depressants 'cause bleeding'
BBC NEWS
3 March, 2004, 01:20 GMT

Patients over the age of 80 may be most at risk
Elderly people and those with a history of bleeding disorders have been warned of the risk of taking certain types of anti-depressants.

Experts say a group of anti-depressants called selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors or SSRIs may predispose some people to internal bleeding.

Writing in the Drug and Therapeutic Bulletin, they said the drugs should not be given to 'at risk' groups.

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E-NEWS FROM THE NATIONAL VACCINE INFORMATION CENTER

PARENTS OF VACCINE INJURED CHILDREN SUPPORT WEST VIRGINIA RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION

The National Vaccine Information Center, the nation’s oldest and largest organization representing parents of vaccine injured children, endorsed the call by West Virginia parents for the right to exercise religious exemption to vaccination. West Virginia is only one of two states that does not allow parents to obey their conscience and religious convictions when making vaccination decisions for their children.

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Iraq war veterans blame vaccine for infant deaths
By Lesley Richardson in London and Jonathan Pearlman
March 3, 2004
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

British soldiers who served in Iraq and their partners have expressed fears for the health of their unborn babies after other parents blamed anthrax vaccinations for a cluster of infant deaths.

The death toll among babies born in a small hospital in the south of England has provoked calls for a public inquiry into the British Government's vaccination program and reignited claims by some members of the Australian Defence Forces that they should not have been forced to have the vaccinations during their voyage to Iraq.

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Nasal flu vaccine linked to Bell's palsy
Reported by Susan Aldridge, PhD, medical journalist
Source: Health and Age

A nasal spray flu vaccine used in Switzerland has been linked to a big increase in the risk of Bell’s palsy.
Many people would rather have a vaccine administered by nasal spray rather than injection. There’s much research going on into these drug delivery methods but, as a new study shows, they may also be linked to unanticipated problems.

During the flu season of 2000-2001, a flu vaccine in the form of a nasal spray was used in Switzerland. Drug monitoring studies showed that the vaccine might increase the risk of a neurological condition called Bell’s palsy. Accordingly, researchers at the University of Zurich and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked into this, comparing people with Bell’s palsy with healthy controls. The intranasal flu vaccine had been used by 27 per cent of those in the Bell’s palsy group, compared to just one per cent of controls. This suggests that the vaccine significantly increases the risk of Bell’s palsy. The researchers say it is a component of the vaccine called the adjuvant which causes the hazard, not the active ingredient. It may be that the adjuvant activates dormant herpes virus and this leads to Bell’s palsy. These findings should be borne in mind during further development of nasal spray vaccines.

Source
New England Journal of Medicine 26th February 2004 Volume 350 pages 896-903


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Mercury in the environment

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and what about mercury in vaccines?


Posted on Tue, Mar. 02, 2004
Mercury: Enough!
White House shouldn't delay controls on toxic pollutant
Source: Charlotte Observer

Here's a puzzler: If the Environmental Protection Agency advises the public not to eat certain fish because of high concentrations of mercury, why is the White House proposing to delay tighter controls on airborne mercury emissions? Much of the mercury in the water, after all, comes from polluted air. Not to put too fine a point on it, but if mercury is so harmful that the Centers for Disease Control estimates 8 percent of women of childbearing age have unsafe levels of mercury, why would the Bush administration allow some smokestack industries to pump excessive amounts into the air?

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Soldiers link baby deaths to jabs

BBC NEWS
Monday, 1 March, 2004, 14:18 GMT

The NGVFA is demanding an inquiry to investigate if there is a link
Some UK Soldiers who served in Iraq have expressed fears for their unborn babies after claiming a number of child deaths are linked to anthrax jabs.

There have been two miscarriages, three premature births, one still-birth and a medical termination associated with one Hampshire unit since last year.

At least one of the parents had received the anthrax jab in each case.

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Chemo (Toxico) Therapy
by Karl Loren (abridged)

Introduction
The introduction of cytotoxic (chemo(toxico)therapy) chemical drugs into the (classic) therapeutic arsenal took place quite recently and may be traced back to the discovery, after World War II, of the anti-tumour effect of nitrogen mustard {methyl-bis (chloorethylamine), (NSC, 762, CIBA, BOOTS}. The aim of these (toxico)chemotherapeutic drugs was, and still is, to kill cancer cells left in tumours that can only partly, or not at all, be operated and/or irradiated; cancer cells left after surgical intervention; or those arrived in the bloodstreams. The absolute elimination of cancer cells remains the ultimate goal of chemo(toxico)therapy. According to the academic-medicine point of view, complete remission can only be realized if cancer cells are removed or killed. Consequently, the purpose is to eliminate a maximum number of cancer cells, even if this means the inevitable killing of a number of healthy cells. The chemo(toxico)therapeutic drugs (known so far) are not selective and destroy both sound and malignant cells. Therefore, they are cytotoxic (cell toxic) rather than tumour toxic. Throughout this work, we will contradict the assumption that cancer (disease) will be destroyed (the so-called regeneration ad integrum). As a matter of fact, more and more classic cancer researchers now start to dispute the belief in the efficiency of cancer cell destruction as the optimal way of curing cancer (12).

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Cancer: Who Can We Trust

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Cancer: Who Can We Trust?
by Phillip Day
The first in a four-part CTM series on the real cancer war

The programme went out at peak viewing time on ITV London Tuesday night at 7:30pm, the premise all too depressingly familiar. From the TV channel that gave us the moronic 'I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here,' viewers in the south were told gullible people were being conned by alternative cancer treatments with convincing stories attached to them, being relieved of their money and given false hope. And those apricot kernels? Proof that anything within them can heal cancer? What rubbish.

The experts for the prosecution were all there. Predictably, the defence specialists had missed their taxi and never got on the programme. The conclusion of the programme was implicit. People should trust conventional science and stick with tried and tested treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation. We understand people's emotional need to look for alternatives, but please don't be silly. Cancer is a serious business.

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