GM Foods the Problem, Not the Solution|
|BONN, May 23 (IPS) - The food crisis has prompted some looks towards genetically modified food production as a solution. That in turn has led to stronger warnings over the consequences of such food for health and the environment.|
These concerns have been raised in Bonn again as more than 3,000 delegates from 147 countries met for the UN conference on biosafety. The conference has sought to ensure safe use of modern biotechnology.
Feeding the debate, scientists, farm... (more)
Frightening food for thought|
|But did you know the 100-year-old company is a major player in the GMO revolution? Under the plausible guise of eradicating world hunger with genetically modified seeds resistant to Round-Up, a best-selling herbicide it also developed, Monsanto has launched an insidious campaign to achieve worldwide market supremacy, regardless of the social cost to small farmers and rural economies.|
It's all laid out in previously classified documents, and confirmed by scientists, politicians and... (more)
How safe are nanoparticles?|
|Small is beautiful when it leads to new products that do great things, like speed up computers or cleanse the environment. But the nanoscale-sized particles (a nanometer is one-billionth of a meter) behind some of these advances are also raising questions about their safety, questions that are not yet thoroughly understood or researched.|
In a study published May 20 in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, researchers found that one form of carbon nanotubes – long, thin multiwalled on... (more)
Fat people blamed for global warming|
|As if they didn’t already have enough problems on their hands fat people are now being blamed for global warming.|
British scientists say they use up more fuel to transport them around and the amount of food they eat requires more energy to produce than that consumed by those on smaller diets.
According to a team at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine this adds to food shortages and higher energy prices.
Researchers Phil Edwards said: “We ... (more)
Merck wrote drug studies for doctors|
|The drug maker Merck drafted dozens of research studies for a best-selling drug, then lined up prestigious doctors to put their names on the reports before publication, according to an article to be published Wednesday in a leading medical journal.|
The article, based on documents unearthed in lawsuits over the pain drug Vioxx, provides a rare, detailed look in the industry practice of ghostwriting medical research studies that are then published in academic journals.
Suicide and Cymbalta|
| Ask about published reports of 470 completed suicides of people on antidepressants since Prozac debuted in 1988 and the drug industry will say that's depression for you. Without our drugs, it would be worse.|
But how does Eli Lilly and Co. explain the mounting suicides of people given Cymbalta (duloxetine) for urinary incontinence or peripheral neuropathy?
The planned debut of C... (more)
Mobile phones 'more dangerous than smoking'|
|Mobile phones could kill far more people than smoking or asbestos, a study by an award-winning cancer expert has concluded. He says people should avoid using them wherever possible and that governments and the mobile phone industry must take "immediate steps" to reduce exposure to their radiation.|
The study, by Dr Vini Khurana, is the most devastating indictment yet published of the health risks.
It draws on growing evidence – exclusively reported in the IoS in Octo... (more)
Nanotech Exposed in Grocery Store Aisles|
|WASHINGTON, D.C.—Untested nanotechnology is being used in more than 100 food products, food packaging and contact materials currently on the shelf, without warning or new FDA testing, according to a report released today by Friends of the Earth.|
The report, Out of the Laboratory and onto Our Plates: Nanotechnology in Food and Agriculture, found nanomaterials in popular products and packaging including Miller Light beer, Cadbury Chocolate packaging and ToddlerHealth, a nutri... (more)
Is plastic making us fat?|
|Being fat has long been seen as a personal problem, fixed only by struggling against the proliferation of fast food restaurants, unlucky genes, and a sedentary life.|
But could something in the environment also be making Americans fat in epidemic numbers?
Animal studies in recent years raise the possibility that prenatal exposure to minuscule amounts of common chemicals - found in everything from baby bottles to toys - could predispose a body to a life of weight gain... (more)
Los Angeles to Drain Two Reservoirs Due to Cancer Risk|
|Two reservoirs which supply drinking water to parts of eastern and central Los Angeles were shut down after officials found them contaminated with high levels of a chemical that can cause cancer, according to a report on MyFOXLA.com.|
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power intend to drain 600 million gallons of water from Elysian and Silver Lake reservoirs early next year, a process that will leave them out of action for three to four months amid drought conditions, the depa... (more)
Israeli study says regular mobile use increases tumour risk|
|Regular use of mobile telephones increases the risk of developing tumours, a new scientific study by Israeli researchers and published in the American Journal of Epidemiology revealed on Friday.|
An extract of the report seen by Israel's Yedoit Aharonot newspaper put the risk of developing a parotid gland tumour nearly 50 percent higher for frequent mobile phone users -- more than 22 hours a month.
The risk was still higher if users clamped the phone to the same ear,... (more)
U.N. to Cut Estimate Of AIDS Epidemic|
|JOHANNESBURG -- The United Nations' top AIDS scientists plan to acknowledge this week that they have long overestimated both the size and the course of the epidemic, which they now believe has been slowing for nearly a decade, according to U.N. documents prepared for the announcement.|
AIDS remains a devastating public health crisis in the most heavily affected areas of sub-Saharan Africa. But the far-reaching revisions amount to at least a partial acknowledgment of criticisms long... (more)
Consumers unaware of 'eating GM food'|
|GENETICALLY-modified food is entering the UK by stealth via feed given to animals reared for dairy and pork products, a campaign group has warned. |
Supermarket chains are widely stocking goods sourced from animals fed GM soya and maize, according to the Soil Association.
GM material could find its way, in small quantities, into the milk and animal tissue of GM-fed livestock, the group said.
The Soil Association, which is pro-organic, said consumers ... (more)
Genetically Modified Foods Unsafe? Evidence that Links GM Foods to Allergic Responses Mounts|
| Genetically modified (GM) foods are inherently unsafe, and current safety assessments are not competent to protect us from or even identify most dangers. Overwhelming evidence to support this conclusion is now compiled in the book Genetic Roulette: The documented health risks of genetically engineered foods, which presents an abundance of adverse findings and theoretical risks associated with GM foods.1|
The book documents lab animals with damage to virtually every system studied;... (more)
Is anything safe to eat? Cancer report adds bacon, ham and drink to danger list|
|A bombshell report yesterday blamed putting on weight, alcohol and a whole range of everyday foods for causing cancer.|
Consumers were told to curb drinking, avoid processed meats - including bacon, ham and sausages - and cut their intake of red meat and salt.
Even supposedly healthy fruit and vegetables were said to offer only "limited" protection against the disease.
Last night, as the public wondered what exactly is safe to eat, there was a growing... (more)
Bacon, ham, red meat, etc. have been around for a long time and there was not the high level of cancers there are today.
All this nonsense is a front to hide the real causes of these new cancers: deadly vaccines, genetically engineered foods, synthetic chemicals in our food and water altering our hormones, an organized aerial spraying program spraying who knows what on the populace, and who knows what else.
Is your make-up killing you?|
|Women absorb 5lb of chemicals from cosmetics every year - from cancer-causing compounds in face cream to arsenic in eyeshadow. We tested two beauty junkies to reveal the shocking toll on their bodies...|
Charlotte Kohl and her sister Emma are attractive young women. Their looks, they admit, are very important to them, which is why, between them, they use more than 70 different beauty and cosmetic products every day.
Take Charlotte, 27, an estate agent from Ea... (more)
Frequent Cell Phone Use May Slow Brain Function |
| There have been worries about cell phones causing brain cancer. And certainly everyone worries about driving behind the guy who's holding the steering wheel with his knees while tapping in a message on a wireless e-mail device.|
But now hear this: Mobile phone use may cause a slowing of brain activity.
Before anyone panics, the suggestion that frequent mobile phone use makes us behave a little unbalanced is, so far, based on a stu... (more)
Czech speedway rider knocked out in crash wakes up speaking perfect English|
|When Matej Kus's teammates heard him talking after he was knocked out in a speedway accident, they were relieved he was conscious.|
But they were also a little surprised.
For although the 18-year- old Czech knew only the most basic English phrases, he was conversing fluently in the language with paramedics.
Peter Waite, the promoter for Kus's team, the Berwick Bandits, said: "I couldn't believe what I was hearing.
"It was in a really cl... (more)
The limitless human mind...
Microchip Implants Cause Tumors|
|The Associated Press will issue a breaking story this weekend revealing that microchip implants have induced cancer in laboratory animals and dogs, says privacy expert and long-time VeriChip opponent Dr. Katherine Albrecht.|
As the AP will report, a series of research articles spanning more than a decade found that mice and rats injected with glass-encapsulated RFID transponders developed malignant, fast-growing, lethal cancers in up to 1% to 10% of cases. The tumors originated in ... (more)
Experts suggest a link between the use of deodorants and breast cancer|
| NEW research has suggested a potential link between the use of deodorants and breast cancer. |
A study at Keele University looked at tumour samples from 17 breast cancer patients, measuring levels of aluminium - which is used as an antiperspirant in most deodorants - in the tissue.
The researchers found the patients had "significantly higher" levels of aluminium in the underarm region of the breast where the products were used than in ot... (more)
Monsanto Goes GMO-Free - in its Cafeteria|
|UNITED KINGDOM. From now on, staff at the British headquarters of biotech giant Monsanto will be eating only non-genetically modified products on their lunch breaks. Foods containing genetically modified soy and corn are no longer available in the company cafeteria. Granada Food Services, which manages the canteen, is said to be concerned about health risks. Monsanto's press department contends the action was not the result of a boycott initiated by worried employees of theU.S. multinational. |
Orange to remove mobile mast from 'tower of doom', where cancer rate has soared|
|A mobile phone company is to remove a mast from a block of flats after seven residents were struck down by cancer.|
Three have died and another four have battled the disease since two masts were erected on the roof of the five-storey block which has become known locally as the Tower of Doom.
The cancer rate on the top floor - where residents of five of the eight flats have been affected and the three who died all lived - is 20 per cent, ten times the national average... (more)
Hiroshima health effects linger|
|Imagine what it is like to know that as a child you were doused in radioactive fallout.|
It fell on your clothes and on your skin. It was in the water you drank, the scraps of food you could find. It entered the fabric of the buildings you were sheltering in.
What hidden damage was done in your earliest days?
For those who were in Hiroshima on 6 August 1945 it is a fear they live with constantly.
This is not history for them. It is an ev... (more)
Foot and mouth returns|
| An immediate national ban on the movement of all cattle, pigs, sheep and goats was imposed last night after foot and mouth disease was confirmed in cattle at a farm near Guildford, Surrey. Gordon Brown cut short his holiday on hearing the news and was involved in a conference call with Cobra, the government's civil emergencies committee.|
A cordon was thrown round the farm and vets moved in to slaughter the affected animals. All farmers were urged by the chi... (more)
Doctor charged in transplant inquiry|
|LOS ANGELES - A surgeon was charged Monday with prescribing excessive drugs to a comatose, disabled patient to hasten his death and harvest his organs for transplantation. |
Prosecutors in San Luis Obispo County said Dr. Hootan Roozrokh, 33, of San Francisco, gave a harmful drug and prescribed excessive doses of morphine and a sedative to 26-year-old Ruben Navarro, who died in 2006.
He was taken in a coma to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, 150 miles n... (more)
Killing Organics: What does"organic" really mean?|
|You know organic has gone mainstream when Wal-Mart starts selling it. In fact, organic products are the fastest growing segment of the agricultural market. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says organic sales jumped 22 percent last year. A growing number of people are willing to pay a premium price to eat what they consider to be superior products and to support farming techniques that are better for the land.|
But what does “organic” really mean? According to USDA regulations, a ... (more)
Aquafina source is same as for tap|
|NEW YORK - So you thought that water in your Aquafina bottle came from some far-away spring bubbling deep in a glen? Try the same place as the water in your tap.|
PepsiCo Inc. is the latest company to offer some clarity about the source of its top-selling bottled water as it announced on Friday it would change the label on Aquafina water bottles to spell out that the drink comes from the same source as tap water.
A group called Corporate Accountability Inte... (more)
Doctor's studies links dairy to cancer risk|
|The last thing you want to wear into Dr. Robert Bibb's dermatology office is a dark tan and a milk mustache.|
"A tan is the body's response to damage," said Bibb, who suspected that ultraviolet A rays were more than innocent bystanders to sun damage years before it became popular knowledge. Now, dairy products and their link to hormonally sensitive cancers is on his radar. While dermatologists routinely advise patients to get their vitamin D from dietary sources instead of sunlight... (more)