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by Matthew McDermott, New York, NY on 05. 4.11


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In case you missed it (and you certainly may have in the midst of other current world affairs) it's Hemp History Week. The second annual one in fact. I imagine most TreeHugger readers don't need much convincing that the US ought to legalize industrial hemp production--remember, though it's perfectly legal to important hemp products into the US, it's illegal under Federal law to grow hemp--so I won't regale you with all the reasons I think hemp prohibition (alongside marijuana prohibition) is, to be blunt, moronic.

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Salem-News.com
May 2, 2011
By P Daniels

Autism and vaccines, a surprising connection.

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Many question the benefits.

(LONDON) - CBS has opened with the questions surrounding vaccination in broadcasting work by Helen Ratajczak.

"The article in the Journal of Immunotoxicology is entitled 'Theoretical aspects of autism: Causes--A review.' The author is Helen Ratajczak, surprisingly herself a former senior scientist at a pharmaceutical firm. Ratajczak did what nobody else apparently has bothered to do: she reviewed the body of published science since autism was first described in 1943. Not just one theory suggested by research such as the role of MMR shots, or the mercury preservative thimerosal; but all of them.

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The Telegraph
By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent
02 May 2011

The home of Petrona Villasboa is surrounded by genetically modified (GM) soy fields. The golden crop looks like a bumper harvest but for her it is a symbol of death.

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Petrona Villasboa, with a picture of her son Silvino Talavera, who she claims died of 'intoxication' after being sprayed by pesticides. Photo: FRIENDS OF THE EARTH

“Soy destroys people’s lives,” she says. “It is a poison. It is no way to live. Soy is deadly to us”.

Sitting outside her painted green shack in rural Paraguay, the mother of eight describes the day in January 2003 when her 11-year-old son Silvino Talavera came home from cycling to the shops.

“I was washing clothes down by the river and he came to tell me he had been sprayed by one of the mosquitoes (the spraying machines behind a tractor),” she says.

“He smelt so bad that he took his clothes off and jumped straight in the water.”

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Environmental Working Group

CONTACT: EWG Public Affairs: 202-667-6982; leeann@ewg.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 25, 2011

Washington, D.C. - U.S. pediatricians are putting their considerable muscle behind the calls for Congress to overhaul a failed federal law that has exposed millions of children, beginning in the womb, to an untold number of toxic chemicals.

In its statement, Chemical-Management Policy: Prioritizing Children's Health, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act be "substantially revised," as it has "been ineffective in protecting children, pregnant women, and the general population from hazardous chemicals in the marketplace."

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Citizens Commission on Human Rights International
April 25, 2011

There are no genetic tests, no brain scans, blood tests, chemical imbalance tests or X-rays that can scientifically/medically prove that any psychiatric label is a real medical condition.

Vancouver, British Columbia — (SBWIRE) — 04/25/2011 — A new must-see video produced by the Citizens Commission on Human Rights International graphically demonstrates the fraudulent nature of psychiatry’s labels.

In real life, 20 million children are now wearing these labels that are based solely on a checklist of behaviors. There are no brain scans, x-rays, genetic or blood tests that can prove the scientific validity of any of the psychiatric labels, yet these children are prescribed dangerous and life-threatening psychiatric drugs based on nothing more than the invented label.

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THE DAMAGING EFFECTS OF ELECTROPOLLUTION

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Regulators Ignore Health Impact

as EMF Radiation Invades Canada

by Helke Ferrie

Vitality, April 2011

"The good news is that many of these EMF diseases may be preventable by simple environmental manipulation, if society chooses to pay attention. Unless public outrage intervenes, I am afraid that our 'diseases of civilization' will get worse. Good science is not enough to force sensible public policy. Only citizens can do that."

Dr. Samuel Milham in Dirty Electricity, 2010

"This device emits electromagnetic radiation, exposure to which may cause brain cancer. Users, especially pregnant women and children, should keep it away from the head and body."

Currently proposed legislation for cell phones: Bill LD 1014, sponsored by Legislator Andrea Boland in Maine, USA.

Ignorance may or may not be bliss, but one thing is certain: it is very profitable. According to Buddhism, all suffering derives from ignorance, and it rarely hurts until it is too late; ignorance keys into the addictive potential in all of us and, thereby, allows somebody to make a huge pile of money on enslavement.

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Natural News
April 17, 2011
by Duke Mansell

(NaturalNews) With the current nuclear reactor event in Japan people are running to the stores to fill up on potassium iodine. Many other options are available to avoid radiation contamination and detox the body. Unlike iodine, which can cause some adverse conditions if taken in doses too large or too long, there are other alternatives.

Vitamin C has many valuable attributes as a powerful antioxidant. Not only has it been shown to increase the ability of the immune system to fend off disease, but it also has a very positive effect for eradicating radiation from the body. Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin with over 300 metabolic functions and is non-toxic in mega doses. Whatever the body does not utilize is excreted in the urine. The half life of vitamin C is approximately a half hour so it is in and out of your system rather quickly. Therefore to treat with vitamin C it must be taken relatively often over the course of the day to maintain saturation. Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy have utilized mega doses of vitamin C for years in order to counter and protect themselves from deadly radiation.

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Don't Go Near the Water

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OpEdNews
April 19, 2011
By Kathy Malloy

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It's difficult to believe that it has been a year since the Deepwater Horizon explosion that killed 11 crew members and began the worst oil spill in history, with an estimated 5-million barrels (over 200-million gallons) of oil dumped into the Gulf of Mexico over a period of 91 days.

And that doesn't count the 1.84-million gallons of toxic chemical disbursements BP pumped into the ocean in an attempt to cover up the magnitude of its malfeasance.

Pro-corporate forces from Washington to Wall Street want you to believe that the chemical stew has magically disappeared without adverse impact, leaving healthy coastal communities, pristine beaches, unharmed ecosystems, undisturbed wildlife, and perfectly safe seafood. And if you believe that, I've got a plate of raw oysters from Gulfport I'll be happy to serve you. You won't believe how smoothly they slide down your throat. Try them with the Tabasco, it cuts the petrol flavor.

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Aspartame, the artificial sweetener, is made of two amino acids bound together by a molecule of methanol. The white powder is sweeter than sugar, and its purpose is to give you the sweet without the calories. A great idea, but is it really?


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There are many indications that aspartame is not as healthy an alternative to sugar as its creators and vendors would have us believe. The isolated amino acids excite neural activity leading to effects on the brain and the methanol binder degrades into a nasty poison in the bodies of consumers. Research to prove those effects however is hard to come by. After all, the manufacturer has no reason to provide evidence that would end a winning streak of profitability.

Dr. Morando Soffritti at the Italian Ramazzini Foundation fed aspartame to mice and rats and found it had a multi-potential carcinogenic effect. An Icelandic university researcher found that the consumption of those artificially sweetened soft drinks was associated with premature termination of pregnancy in a study of Danish women. Numerous "anecdotal" reports of effects on the brain and the nerves have been compiled, but they are of course not scientific enough to catch the attention of the health authorities. The FDA has stopped accepting complaints and reports of aspartame related side effects soon after it became clear that they would have to take action if complaints continued to pile up. The international committees in charge of evaluating additives have "reviewed the evidence", meaning the studies that were sanitized and provided to them by the manufacturers, and they cannot find anything wrong.

And so we are left with a sweetener that is sold all over the world, consumed by hundreds of millions of people. Its effects are devastating to many, but there seems to be no way to make the health authorities pay heed. Hundreds of complaints of those suffering aspartame's effects have come to the attention of two members of the European Parliament, Corinne Lepage and Antonyia Parvanova. They organized a seminar to try and force action on the part of the European Commission and the agencies responsible for health and consumer protection.

Their frustration is pulpable when they say that we are being taken for a ride...


ASPARTAME: The European Health authorities play a fools game

Two members of the European Parliament organized a seminar on the possible dangers of Aspartame, the controversal artificial sweetener manufactured first by Searle and now by the Japanese Ajinomoto. Aspartame is present in thousands of products, including a few hundred medicines, particularly meds for children. Studies have shown it to be associated with cancer and other deleterious health effects. Aspartame consumers have told horror stories of its effects. Yet, our health authorities show no will to warn consumers or even to pro-actively look into aspartame's effects.

Corinne Lepage expressed her shock "by the failure to examine the subject more thoroughly, and the close links that have been established between industry, the EFSA and the Commission, each one passing the buck to the others. This attitude has meant that looking at the health effects of aspartame is no longer taken seriously."

For Antonyia Parvanova, "Aspartame is a substance to which millions of consumers are exposed on a daily basis. For this reason, and even if there is only a hint of risk, the European health authorities should commit themselves proactively to the gathering of data and the supervision of complementary and independent studies, instead of being passive and waiting for additional data to come to them".

In a more recent development, the European Parliament's Environment Committee is now pushing for a warning label on aspartame.

The European Parliament's Environment committee is pushing for a warning label on products containing aspartame stating that they may not be suitable for pregnant women - despite opinions from EFSA and the French food safety ANSES that scientific evidence does not warrant a reconsideration of the sweetener's safety.

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Natural News
April 20, 2011
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger

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(NaturalNews) Thanks to the Fukushima catastrophe, we've all been learning a lot about the laws of physics lately -- especially about radiation. To help explain it all, the folks over at InformationIsBeautiful.com have created a radiation explanation chart that shows the relative levels of harm from various doses of radiation (link below).

The InformationIsBeautiful website is pretty cool. The folks there specialize in making complex data visually interesting. I've admired some of their work for quite some time.

So I was checking out their new "Radiation Dosage Chart" which explained all the effects of receiving radiation doses of various levels. The chart revealed things like:

• 100 mSv Annual dose at which increased lifetime cancer risk if evident

• 250 mSv Dose limit for US radiation workers in life-saving operations

• 1,000 mSv Temporary radiation sickness. Nausea, low blood count. Not fatal.

... and so on.

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