GaiaHealth
January 17, 2013

Antipsychotics are notoriously dangerous drugs, causing life-threatening diabetes, along with severe neurological damage. Authors of a new study claim that Saphris is harmless, but examination shows that their study doesn’t come close to showing safety. It’s pure junk science.


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by Heidi Stevenson

Antipsychotic pharmaceutical drugs, such as Zyprexa, are noted for their severe adverse effects. The second generation of these drugs, such as Zyprexa (olanzapine) and Abilify (aripiprazole) were initially touted as relatively free of these effects, but the truth came out fairly quickly: They are at least as bad as their predecessors, possibly even worse. So now, there’s an attempt to find a second generation antipsychotic that doesn’t carry the same extreme dangers.

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GaiaHealth
January 16, 2013

Who’s responsible for the claims of the FDA, CDC, NIH, and the rest of the alphabet soup? That’s a good question. They disclaim their own claims, though you could go to prison or lose your children for not going along.

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Neon Pointing Fingers, by Tom Hilton (filter applied)

by Office of Medical and Scientific Justice (OMSJ)

There’s a sucker born every minute. Although this remark is widely attributed to the showman PT Barnum, RJ Brown reports that it was actually said by a banker named David Hannum, who sued Barnum in 1869 for promoting a fake exhibit. When Hannum lost, his name was forgotten and Barnum was linked to the quote.

For most of us, bad stories require some evidence to be believed. But if the story is good or repeated by many sources, it rarely needs facts. “They said” implies credibility, while “everybody knows” suggests that—if you don’t know, there’s probably something wrong with you. As Solomon Asch demonstrated, we often conform to avoid conflict or looking foolish.

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GreenMedInfo
January 16th 2013
By: Dr. Mark Sircus


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As soon as flu vaccinations start next month, some people getting them will drop dead of heart attacks or strokes, some children will have seizures and some pregnant women will miscarry. ~ New York Times 2009

With flu cases in this city up tenfold from last year, the mayor of Boston declared a public health emergency on the 9th of January. Right behind them the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared that influenza has reached epidemic proportions in the United States, with 7.3% of deaths last week caused by pneumonia and the flu. U.S. health authorities say the flu arrived about a month earlier than usual this year, and the flu strain making most people sick—H3N2—has a reputation for causing fairly severe illness, especially in the elderly and increasingly in the young.

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PreventDisease.com
January 15, 2013
by DAVE MIHALOVIC

There's something so magnificent about an idea whose time has come. The idea that as a population, we do not need toxic injections of anything in our bodies to prevent disease. More front-line workers, medical staff, nurses and hospital employees are saying no to vaccines more than ever reported. An overwhelming majority of pregnant women are also now refusing the jab over fears it will harm their fetus after scientific evidence has conclusively linked miscarriages to the flu vaccine.

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Despite a marketing campaign for the jab and and flu-shot blitz in recent weeks, large percentages of hospital employees are refusing to be vaccinated.

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Gaia Health
January 14, 2013
by Heidi Stevenson

A Cochrane study shows that healthcare workers’ flu vaccines do not benefit their elderly patients. Nurses are fired for refusing vaccines, in spite of the fact that there is no evidence it helps patients. Evidence-based medicine?

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by Heidi Stevenson

Healthcare workers are now being fired or forced to quit for refusing to be jabbed with influenza vaccinations. Yet, as Gaia Health reported over two years ago, there is no evidence that anyone benefits when their healthcare workers receive flu vaccines. Here’s that report:

Healthcare workers are commonly pressed to submit to influenza vaccinations on the claim that it protects their patients. However, a recent study published by the Cochrane Collaboration demonstrates that there is no truth in the claim. Patients of vaccinated healthcare workers do not benefit from their carers’ vaccinations.

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Pharmalot
By Ed Silverman
January 14th, 2013

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Anyone who pays attention to the pharmaceutical industry is probably aware that corporate reputation has been stuck in the ‘damaged goods’ file. Chalk that up to years of controversy over safety, pricing and transparency. And the problem persists – in a big way, according to a new survey of patient groups around the world that considered 29 large drugmakers.

The overall industry reputation, in fact, has taken a dive. Only 34 percent of 600 patient groups say that multinational drugmakers had an ‘excellent’ or ‘good’ reputation last year, according to Patient View, the research firm that conducted the survey. This compares with 42 percent in the 2011 survey of 500 patient groups.

In general, 40 percent of the 600 patient groups believe industry reputation declined in 2012, and as many as 50 percent of the 600 respondent patient groups say that industry had a ‘poor’ record last year for fair pricing policies. And 48 percent reported industry had a ‘poor’ record of being transparent.

The survey asked patient groups – some of which do receive financial backing of various sorts from the pharmaceutical industry – to rank 29 drugmakers on six indicators that influence corporate reputation: patient-centeredness; patient information; patient safety; useful products; transparency; and integrity.

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GreenMedInfo
February 11th 2013
By: Dr. Mark Sircus


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Iodine Protects Against Fluoride Toxicity

There is growing evidence that Americans would have better health and a lower incidence of cancer and fibrocystic disease of the breast if they consumed more iodine. A decrease in iodine intake coupled with an increased consumption of competing halogens, fluoride and bromide, has created an epidemic of iodine deficiency in America. - Dr. Donald Miller, Jr.

The toxicity of modern life is impacting iodine levels and in the countries that fluoridate their water this impact is maximized. It is well known that the toxic halides: fluoride and bromide, having structure similar to iodine, can competitively inhibit iodine absorption and binding in the body. All the halogens use the same receptors in the body so fluoride's danger for people is centered in great part on this fact.

Americans and Brazilians, who are more exposed to fluoride than other populations, have a desperate need for more iodine. Taking iodine in its nascent form is not only the best way to increase iodine levels in the safest and most effective way possible for adults and children whose thyroids are already compromised, but it will also greatly aid in ridding the body of dangerous fluoride, bromide, chlorine, perchlorates and heavy metals.

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GreenMedInfo
January 10th 2013
By: Sayer Ji, Founder
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Sugar and artificial sweeteners are so accessible, affordable and socially sanctioned, that few consider their habitual consumption to be a problem on the scale of say, addiction to cocaine. But if recent research is correct their addictive potential could be even worse.

Almost 40 years ago, William Duffy published a book called Sugar Blues which argued that refined sugar is an addictive drug and profoundly damaging to health. While over 1.6 million copies have been printed since its release in 1975, a common criticism of the book has been that it lacked sufficient scientific support.

Today, William Duffy's work is finding increasing support in the first-hand, peer-reviewed and published scientific literature itself. Not only is sugar drug-like in effect, but it may be more addictive than cocaine. Worse, many sugar-free synthetic sweeteners carry with them addictive properties and toxicities that are equal to, or may outweigh those of sugar.

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NewEurope
January 14, 2013
By Eleni Stamatoukou

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The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) invites all the interested bodies and stakeholders to participate in a public consultation on its draft scientific opinion on the safety of the artificial sweetener aspartame. The public consultation will conclude on 15 February 2013.

The evaluation of the safety of aspartame has been conducted by regulatory bodies around the world in 1980. But this is the first full evaluation that has been requested of EFSA and has been carried out by the Authority’s Scientific Panel on Food Additive and Nutrient Sources Added to Food (ANS Panel). This re-evaluation showed that the reasonable consumption of aspartame and its breakdown products isn’t harmful. According to EFSA, the current Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) is considered to be safe for the general population and consumer exposure to aspartame is below this ADI. The ADI levels are based on long term studies and experiments conducted by the ANS Panel.

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Natural Society
by Anthony Gucciardi
January 10th, 2013


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Paving the way for other nations to introduce similar legislation and inform consumers what they’re really putting into their mouths, the labeling of products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) within the nation of India is now mandated by law. The country’s Ministry of Consumer Affairsmakes declared in a June 5, 2012 notice that all GMO-containing packaged foods must be labeled by January 1, 2013 or face legal repercussions.

Each package containing GM ingredients will clearly be labeled directly on the prime real estate of the package as ‘GM’. A warning that many heads of organizations and even bodies within the Indian government are praising for its ability to inform individuals as to what they are really feeding their family.

“The labelling will basically help inform the consumer about the presence of GM content in packaged food products,” said B.N.Dixit, Director, Legal Metrology, Department of Consumer Affairs.

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