Heroes Who Gave Their Lives Fighting for Freedom

A friend, Dick Strong, visited recently and showed me this list of people, many of whom were reported in the mass media, many not. Its a sad list but their lives are worth memorializing.
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Update 12.1 to 12.2: TAMPONS, TURMERIC, STEVIA, SPLENDA, GLUTEN, GMO FOODS, HEALTH STATS OVERVIEW.

Contents:

FEMALE CARE PRODUCTS LOADED WITH TOXICS

TURMERIC MOUTHWASH SHOWN SUPERIOR TO CHLOREXIDINE

STEVIA REDUCES BLOOD PRESSURE

 

SCIENCE CONFIRMS TURMERIC AS EFFECTIVE AS 14 DRUGS

SUCRALOSE = SPLENDA  LINKED TO LEUKEMIA, DIABETES, BAKED INTO DIOXINS.

GLUTEN SENSITIVITY LINKED TO GMO FOODS

HEALTH STATISTICS OVERVIEW

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FEMALE CARE PRODUCTS LOADED WITH TOXICS

Tampons are used by up to 85 percent of menstruating women and may contain dioxins or pesticide residues linked to cancer, hormone disruptors, allergens and irritants from fragrance, WVE said. Feminine wipes, feminine washes and feminine deodorant products contain toxic preservatives like parabens, which may be hormone disruptors, or quaternium-15 and DMDM hydantoin, which release cancer-causing formaldehyde. Most feminine care products are fragranced and commonly contain known fragrance allergens—including anti-itch products. These chemicals sometimes exacerbate the very symptoms a woman is attempting to self-treat with these products.

http://ecowatch.com/2013/11/05/groundbreaking-report-exposes-chemicals-linked-to-cancer-in-feminine-care-products/

More:

Potential HealtH Hazards associated

witH feminine care Products

Tampons: Hazardous ingredients may include dioxins and furans (from the chlorine bleaching process), pesticide residues and unknown fragrance chemicals. Exposure concerns include cancer, reproductive harm, endocrine disruption, and allergic rash.

Pads: Hazardous ingredients may include dioxins and furans, pesticide residues, unknown fragrance chemicals, and adhesive chemicals such as methyldibromo glutaronitrile. exposure concerns include cancer, reproductive harm, and endocrine disruption. studies link pad use to allergic rash.

Feminine Wipes: Hazardous ingredients may include methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, parabens, quaternium-15, dmdm Hydantoin and unknown fragrance chemicals. exposure concerns include cancer and endocrine disruption. studies link wipe use to allergic rash.

Feminine Wash: Hazardous ingredients may

include unknown fragrance chemicals, parabens,

methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, dmdm Hydantoin, d&c red no.33, ext d&c violet #2, and fd&c yellow #5. exposure concerns include endocrine disruption, allergic rash, and asthma.

Douche: Hazardous ingredients may include unknown fragrance chemicals and the spermicide octoxynol-9. Studies link douche use to bacterial vaginosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, cervical cancer, low-birth weight, preterm birth, Hiv transmission, sexually transmitted diseases, ectopic pregnancy, chronic yeast infections, and infertility.

Feminine deodorant (sprays , powders and

suppositories): Hazardous ingredients may include unknown fragrance chemicals, parabens, and benzethonium chloride. exposure concerns include reproductive harm, endocrine disruption and allergic rash.

Feminine anti-itch creams: Hazardous ingredients may include unknown fragrance chemicals, parabens, methylisothiazolinone and an active ingredient, benzocaine, a mild anesthetic. exposure concerns include endocrine disruption, allergic rash, and uunresolved itch.

http://www.womensvoices.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Chem-Fatale-Report.pdf

still more:

Vulvar and vaginal tissue are structurally different than the skin of the rest

of the body. For example, these tissues are also more hydrated and more permeable than other skin. That means this area of the body is potentially more vulnerable to exposure to toxic chemicals and irritants.7  In addition,

the inner parts of the vulva and the vagina

are covered in mucous membranes, which

serve an immune defense function, creating

a barrier against pathogens which could lead

to disease.8 The walls of the vagina are filled

with numerous blood vessels and lymphatic

vessels, which allows for direct transfer of

chemicals in to the circulatory system.9

In fact, there is considerable interest in

vaginal drug delivery systems because the

vagina is such an effective site to transfer

drugs directly into the blood without being

metabolized first.10

 

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SUCRALOSE = SPLENDA  LINKED TO LEUKEMIA, DIABETES, BAKED INTO DIOXINS.

A new, in-depth review on the synthetic sweetener sucralose (marketed as Splenda), published in the journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, is destined to overturn widely held misconceptions about the purported safety of this ubiquitous artificial sweetener.

Found in tens of thousands of products and used by millions of consumers around the world, sucralose’s unique ability to dissolve in alcohol and methanol as well as water, makes it the most versatile and therefore most widely used artificial sweetener in production today. And yet, its popularity is no indication nor guarantee of its safety, as is evidenced by the widespread use of other artificial sweeteners like aspartame, which while being safety approved in 90 nations around the world, has been linked to a wide range of serious health conditions including brain damage. 

But the tide may be turning…

Already this year, the Center for the Public Interest in Science downgraded Splenda from “safe” to “caution,” citing their need to evaluate a forthcoming Italian study linking the artificial sweetener to leukemia in mice as a basis for their decision.  

Another recent human study linked Splenda to diabetes-associated changes, calling into question its value as a non-calorie sweetener for those suffering with, or wishing to prevent, blood sugardisorders.

The new study, however, may be the most concerning yet to surface in the peer-reviewed literature. Titled, “Sucralose, a synthetic organochlorine sweetener: overview of biological issues,” it reveals an extensive array of hitherto underreported safety concerns, not the least of which is theformation of highly toxic chlorinated compounds, including dioxins, when Splenda is used in baking, an application which its manufacturer, McNeil Nutritionals (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson), actively encourages it to be used for. [see: Cooking and Baking: SPLENDA®]

 Sucralose is a toxic chemical that we should go to great lengths to avoid exposure to rather than something we should intentionally add to our food. You will also find a growing body of research that indicates that sucralose not only does not break down in the environment, but survives water treatment plant purification techniques, with the inevitable consequence that it is accumulating in concentrations in our drinking water and the environment that may adversely impact humans and wildlife alike. 

Research is showing that sucralose can break down into the following concerning compounds when heated:

  • ·         Chloropopanols are generated when sucralose was heated in the presence of glycerol. Chloropopanols are a group of contaminants that include known genotoxic, carcinogenic and tumorigenic compounds.
  • ·         Other chlorinated compounds formed when sucralose is heated in the presence of food include dibenzo-p-dioxins, dibenzofurans, dioxin-like polychlorinated bisphenyls and polychlorinated naphthalenes.

 

Chlorinated compounds like dioxins and DDT are notorious for being both highly toxic and resistant to breaking down once released into the environment, which is why they are classified as ‘persistent organic pollutants.’

The discovery that thermal breakdown through cooking can lead to the formation of highly toxic and equally persistent chlorinated compounds, including dioxins, should raise a series of red flags for consumers, manufacturers and regulators as the information becomes more widespread. A cursory perusal of the World Health Organization’s description of ‘Dioxins and their effects on human health,’ which lists it as belonging to the “dirty dozen” of the world’s most dangerous pollutants, will see what is at stake here. For more information on the formation of toxic chlorinated byproducts following the heating of sucralose read a 2013 study published in Scientific Reports titled, “Polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans formed from sucralose at high temperatures,” which goes into the topic in greater depth.

The Acceptable Daily Intake of Splenda (Sucralose) May Have Been Set 100’s of Times Too High To Ensure Safety

Lastly, an equally concerning issue addressed by the paper is the problem of the acceptable daily intake (ADI). The FDA approved an ADI for humans of 5 mg/kg/day in 1998 based on toxicity studies in rats by determining a no-observed-effect level (NOEL) of 500 mg/kg/day, and then applying a 100-fold safety factor. Since then, research has emerged showing that the NOEL in the microbiome (‘gut bacteria’) of rats for Splenda is actually as low as 1.1 mg/kg/day – 454 times lower than first determined – and 3.3 mg/kg/day for changes in intestinal P-gp and CYP – 151 times lower than first determined. 

For additional research on sucralose’s adverse health effects, visit our research page that collates peer-reviewed research on its toxicological properties. Also, for research on natural sweeteners not associated with these adverse effects, take a look at the following alternatives:

 

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STEVIA REDUCES BLOOD PRESSURE

 

Stevia has a blood pressure lowering effect in patients with mild essential hypertension.– GreenMedInfo Summary

Abstract Title:

Efficacy and tolerability of oral stevioside in patients with mild essential hypertension: a two-year, randomized, placebo-controlled study.

Abstract Source:

Clin Ther. 2003 Nov;25(11):2797-808. PMID: 14693305

Abstract Author(s):

Ming-Hsiung Hsieh, Paul Chan, Yuh-Mou Sue, Ju-Chi Liu, Toong Hua Liang, Tsuei-Yuen Huang, Brian Tomlinson, Moses Sing Sum Chow, Pai-Feng Kao, Yi-Jen Chen

Article Affiliation:

Department of Medicine, Taipei Medical University–Wan Fang Hospital, Taipei City, Taiwan.

Abstract:

BACKGROUND: Stevioside, a natural glycoside isolated from the plant Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni, has been used as a commercial sweetening agent in Japan and Brazil for>20 years. Previous animal and human studies have indicated that stevioside has an antihypertensive effect.

OBJECTIVES: This study was undertaken to investigate the long-term (2-year) efficacy and tolerability of stevioside in patients with mild essential hypertension. Secondary objectives were to determine the effects of stevioside on left ventricular mass index (LVMI) and quality of life (QOL).

METHODS: This was a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in Chinese men and women aged between 20 and 75 years with mild essential hypertension (systolic blood pressure [SBP] 140-159 mm Hg and diastolic blood pressure [DBP] 90-99 mm Hg). Patients took capsules containing 500 mg stevioside powder or placebo 3 times daily for 2 years. Blood pressure was measured at monthly clinic visits; patients were also encouraged to monitor blood pressure at home using an automated device. LVMI was determined by 2-dimensional echocardiography at baseline and after 1 and 2 years of treatment. QOL was assessed using the Medical Outcomes Study 36-Item Short-Form Health Survey. Electrocardiographic, laboratory, and QOL parameters were assessed at the beginning of treatment, and at 6 months, 1 year, and 2 years.

RESULTS: One hundred seventy-four patients (87 men, 87 women) were enrolled in the study, and 168 completed it: 82 (42 men, 40 women; mean [SD] age, 52 [7] years) in the stevioside group and 86 (44 women, 42 men; mean age, 53 [7] years) in the placebo group. After 2 years, the stevioside group had significant decreases in mean (SD) SBP and DBP compared with baseline (SBP, from 150 [7.3] to 140 [6.8] mm Hg; DBP, from 95 [4.2] to 89 [3.2] mm Hg; P<0.05) and compared with placebo (P<0.05). Based on patients’ records of self-monitored blood pressure, these effects were noted beginning approximately 1 week after the start of treatment and persisted throughout the study. There were no significant changes in body mass index or blood biochemistry, and the results of laboratory tests were similar in the 2 groups throughout the study. No significant difference in the incidence of adverse effects was noted between groups, and QOL scores were significantly improved overall with stevioside compared with placebo (P<0.001). Neither group had a significant change in mean LVMI. However, after 2 years, 6 of 52 patients (11.5%) in the stevioside group had left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), compared with 17 of 50 patients (34.0%) in the placebo group (P<0.001). Of those who did not have LVH at baseline, 3 of 46 patients (6.5%) in the stevioside group had developed LVH after 2 years, compared with 9 of 37 patients (24.3%) in the placebo group (P<0.001).

CONCLUSIONS: In this 2-year study in Chinese patients with mild hypertension, oral stevioside significantly decreased SBP and DBP compared with placebo. QOL was improved, and no significant adverse effects were noted.

from: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/article/stevia-has-blood-pressure-lowering-effect-patients-mild-essential-hypertension

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Science Confirms Turmeric As Effective As 14 Drugs

Posted on: 

Monday, May 13th 2013 at 2:00 pm

Written By: 

Sayer Ji, Founder

Turmeric is one the most thoroughly researched plants in existence today.  Its medicinal properties and components (primarily curcumin) have been the subject of over 5600 peer-reviewed and published biomedical studies.  In fact, our five-year long research project on this sacred plant has revealed over 600 potential preventive and therapeutic applications, as well as 175 distinct beneficial physiological effects. This entire database of 1,585 ncbi-hyperlinked turmeric abstracts can be downloaded as a PDF at our Downloadable Turmeric Document page, and acquired either as a retail item or with 200 GMI-tokens, for those of you who are already are members and receive them automatically each month.

Given the sheer density of research performed on this remarkable spice, it is no wonder that a growing number of studies have concluded that it compares favorably to a variety of conventional medications, including:

  • ·         Lipitor/Atorvastatin(cholesterol medication): A 2008 study published in the journal Drugs in R & D found that a standardized preparation of curcuminoids from Turmeric compared favorably to the drug atorvastatin (trade name Lipitor) on endothelial dysfunction, the underlying pathology of the blood vessels that drives atherosclerosis, in association with reductions in inflammation and oxidative stress in type 2 diabetic patients. [i]  [For addition curcumin and ‘high cholesterol’ research – 8 abstracts]
  • ·         Corticosteroids (steroid medications): A 1999 study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research found that the primary polyphenol in turmeric, the saffron colored pigment known ascurcumin, compared favorably to steroids in the management of chronic anterior uveitis, an inflammatory eye disease.[ii]  A 2008 study published in Critical Care Medicine found thatcurcumin compared favorably to the corticosteroid drug dexamethasone in the animal model as an alternative therapy for protecting lung transplantation-associated injury by down-regulating inflammatory genes.[iii] An earlier 2003 study published in Cancer Letters found the same drug also compared favorably to dexamethasone in a lung ischaemia-repurfusion injury model.[iv]  [for additional curcumin and inflammation research – 52 abstracts]
  • ·         Prozac/Fluoxetine & Imipramine  (antidepressants): A 2011 study published in the journalActa Poloniae Pharmaceutica found that curcumin compared favorably to both drugs in reducing depressive behavior in an animal model.[v] [for additional curcumin and depression research – 5 abstracts]
  • ·         Aspirin (blood thinner): A 1986 in vitro and ex vivo study published in the journalArzneimittelforschung found that curcumin has anti-platelet and prostacyclin modulating effects compared to aspirin, indicating it may have value in patients prone to vascular thrombosis and requiring anti-arthritis therapy.[vi]  [for additional curcumin and anti-platelet research]
  • ·         Anti-inflammatory Drugs: A 2004 study published in the journal Oncogene found that curcumin (as well as resveratrol) were effective alternatives to the drugs aspirin, ibuprofen, sulindac, phenylbutazone, naproxen, indomethacin, diclofenac, dexamethasone, celecoxib, and tamoxifen in exerting anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative activity against tumor cells.[vii] [for additional curcumin and anti-proliferative research – 15 abstracts]
  • ·         Oxaliplatin (chemotherapy drug): A 2007 study published in the International Journal of Cancer found that curcumin compares favorably with oxaliplatin as an antiproliferative agenet in colorectal cell lines.[viii] [for additional curcumin and colorectal cancer research – 52 abstracts]
  • ·         Metformin (diabetes drug): A 2009 study published in the journal Biochemitry and Biophysical Research Community explored how curcumin might be valuable in treating diabetes, finding that it activates AMPK (which increases glucose uptake) and suppresses gluconeogenic gene expression  (which suppresses glucose production in the liver) in hepatoma cells. Interestingly, they found curcumin to be 500 times to 100,000 times (in the form known as tetrahydrocurcuminoids(THC)) more potent than metformin in activating AMPK and its downstream target acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACC). [ix]

from: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/science-confirms-turmeric-effective-14-drugs?utm_source=www.GreenMedInfo.com&utm_campaign=c4a0c64feb-Greenmedinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_193c8492fb-c4a0c64feb-87134841

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TURMERIC MOUTHWASH SHOWN SUPERIOR TO CHLOREXIDINE

In 2012, a study published in the Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology compared the efficacy of a .1% curcumin extract mouthwash + .01% eugenol (Group A) to a more strongly concentrated .2% chlorhexidine gluconate mouthwash (Group B), in subjects with mild to moderate gingivitis. Both Group A and Group B consisted of 30 subjects who were advised to use 10 ml of mouthwash with equal dilution of water for 1 min twice a day 30 min after brushing.  They were then tracked for plaque and gingival changes at day 0, day 14h and day 21. Both their direct experience (subjective) and objective criteria were assessed at days 14 and 21.

The results were as follows:  

On comparison between chlorhexidine and turmeric mouthwash, percentage reduction of the Plaque Index between 0 and 21 st day were 64.207 and 69.072, respectively (P=0.112), percentage reduction of Gingival Index between 0 and 21st day were 61.150 and 62.545 respectively (P=0.595) and percentage reduction of BAPNA [The N-benzoyl-l-arginine-p- nitroanilide assay; a measurement of pathogenic bacterial activity] values between 0 and 21st day were 42.256 and 48.901 respectively (P=0.142). [emphasis added]

In all three objective parameters tested, turmeric extract was at least as effective as chlorhexidine mouthwash at improving the patient’s oral health. However, technically, the curcuminformulation beat out the chemical mouthwash in all 3 measurements, and at only one-half the concentration.

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GLUTEN SENSITIVITY LINKED TO GMO FOODS

Wheat is not a genetically modified organism (GMO). But evidence suggests that genetically modified foods, such as soy and corn, may help explain the recent explosion of gluten-related disorders, which now affect up to 18 million Americans.

 

The best way to avoid GMOs is to consult the NonGMOShoppingGuide.com or download thefree iPhone app ShopNoGMO. Look for products with either the “Non-GMO Project Verified” or the “Certified Organic” seal. Avoid ingredients derived from the foods most likely to be genetically modified. These include soy, corn, cottonseed, canola, sugar, papaya from Hawaii or China, zucchini, and yellow squash. 

http://www.responsibletechnology.org/gluten

Another possible environmental trigger may be the introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to the American food supply, which occurred in the mid-1990s. GMOs are created by a laboratory process that transfers genetic material into the DNA of an organism. There are nine genetically modified (GM) food crops currently on the market: soy, corn, cotton (oil), canola (oil), sugar from sugar beets, zucchini, yellow squash, Hawaiian papaya, and alfalfa. Notice that wheat is not one of these. Although wheat has been hybridized through natural breeding techniques over the years, it isnot in fact a GMO.

Most GM crops are engineered to tolerate a weed killer called Roundup®, whose active ingredient is glyphosate. These crops, known as Roundup-Ready crops, accumulate high levels of glyphosate that remain in the food. Corn and cotton varieties are also engineered to produce an insecticide called Bt-toxin. The Bt-toxin is produced in every cell of genetically engineered corn and ends up in corn chips, corn tortillas, and other ingredients derived from corn. A recent analysis of research suggests that Bt-toxin, glyphosate, and other components of GMOs, are linked to five conditions that may either initiate or exacerbate gluten-related disorders:

  • Intestinal permeability
  • Imbalanced gut bacteria
  • Immune activation and allergies
  • Impaired digestion
  • Damage to the intestinal wall

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Health Statistics Overview (from same source as above).

Yes, it’s true that people are living longer than ever but I wouldn’t say they are arriving in style.

  • ·         50% of people over 60 years old are on 5 or more pharmaceutical drugs
  • ·         The United States is ranked 38th in lifespan among all countries despite outspending all of them by large margins on health care.
  • ·         50% of Americans will have cataracts by the age of eighty
  • ·         Based on a study from 2009, Nearly half of people aged 85 and older (43 percent) have Alzheimer’s disease.
  • ·         Digestive disease affects 3 in 4 people over age 45.
  • ·         Most persons over the age of 75 are affected with osteoarthritis in at least one joint, making this condition a leading cause of disability in the US

Take a look at some recent headlines:

  1. 1.      Dementia cases ‘to double by 2030′ says World Health Organisation
  2. 2.      100 Million Plus in Chronic Pain in U.S.
  3. 3.      Fat Future: 42% of Americans May Be Obese by 2030
  4. 4.      U.S. autism rates reach new height – CDC
  5. 5.      CDC: More American Adults Hobbled by Arthritis
  6. 6.      Osteoporosis on the Rise in the U.S.
  7. 7.      Global cancer cases to rise 75 pct by 2030 as developing countries adopt bad habits from West
  8. 8.      Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study finds an alarming increase in Type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes among adolescents age 12 to 19
  9. 9.      Type 2 Diabetes Rates Rising Around the World
  10. 10.                Almost 3/4 of the Nation is Overweight…
  11. 11.                Reports of Acid Reflux Symptoms Double, Study Finds
  12. 12.                Liver disease deaths ‘up by 25%’
  13. 13.                U.S. asthma rates at all-time high, CDC says
  14. 14.                Strokes in Children and Young Adults on the Rise Researchers Say Findings Should Be a Wake-Up Call for Lifestyle Improvements
  15. 15.                40% New York City children either obese or overweight
  16. 16.                Eye diseases rising at rapid rates in U.S.
  17. 17.                Deadly strain of MRSA now resistant to last-line antibiotics for infections
  18. 18.                High Blood Pressure a Rising Risk for Kids, Teens
  19. 19.                Diabetes now affects nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population.
  20. 20.                In 2010, according to WHO, there are an estimated 42 million children under five years old who are overweight, and this figure is increasing at an alarming rate.
  21. 21.                By 2050, the worldwide incidence of hip fracture in men is projected to increase by 240% in women and 310% in men.
  22. 22.                50 million US adults (or 22 percent of the population) have arthritis
  23. 23.                One in 2 people will develop osteoarthritis during their lifetime
  24. 24.                More than 40 million people in the US have some form of arthritis (one in every six people)

Over the last 30 years their have been increases in the rates for Obesity, Diabetes, Autism, Asthma, ADHD,Food Allergies, Acid Reflux, Alezheimers, Back Pain, Cancer(all types combined), Celiac disease, Chronic fatigue, Chronic Obstructive Pulminary Disease, Gout, High Blood Pressure, Kidney Stones, Lupus, Migraines, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Septicemica, Depression, Cardiovascular Disease, Bipolar Disorder, Dementia. Hypertension, GERD, Strokes and Migraines. Despite all the great technology and all the great inventions, the health of people and the environment has never been more threatened.

Excerpts from Recent News Stories:

  1. 1.      Scientists Paid to Promote Junk Food
  2. 2.      Bias Can Exaggerate Drugs’ Effectiveness
  3. 3.      Half of U.S. Corporations in Study Skewed Climate Science
  4. 4.      Strides in Scientific Integrity at FDA Hindered by Special Interests
  5. 5.      FDA’s Huge Conflicts of Interest with Big Pharma
  6. 6.      Big Pharma Routinely Suppresses Data from Clinical Trials—but FDA Approves These Dangerous Drugs Anyway!
  7. 7.      Organic Food Advocates Condemn USDA’s Cozy Relationship With Corporate Agribusiness
  8. 8.      Funding the American Diabetes Association
  9. 9.      MIT’s Fracking Report Backs Its Donors: Gas Companies
  10. 10.                Harvard To Be Tried for Alzheimer’s Research Fraud
  11. 11.                70% of DSM Psychiatrists Financially Tied to Drug Companies
  12. 12.                Think the drugs your GP gives you are safe? Well, don’t be so sure
  13. 13.                Secret Clinical Trial Data is a Bonanza for Big Pharma but a Risk to Your Health
  14. 14.                US Advisory Group on Fracking Has Abundant Ties to Energy Industry
  15. 15.                Methyl Iodide Controversy: California Officials Ignored Scientists In Approving Dangerous Pesticide
  16. 16.                Why is Massive Conflict of Interest Allowed in Government Health Recommendations?

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  1. 17.                Statin Drugs Shown to Increase Risk of Diabetes Significantly — Yet the Media Scramble to Protect the Drugs’ Reputation

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UPDATE 11.29-12.1.13 Pope, Triclosan, Saturday Night Live, Laundry Gases

UPDATE 11.29-12.1.13
Contents
The Pope Speaks Some Sense
Triclosan finally gone after 35 years
OLD SATURDAY NIGHT SKITS
Watch out for Laundry Gases
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The Pope Speaks Some Sense
HERE IS AN EXAMPLE OF SOMEONE IN POWER PROCLAIMING A TRUTH AND A WAY FOR ACTION BASED ON THAT TRUTH, but alas its from the head of an organization that teaches fear where there is no fear, and hope where there is no hope. The fear that it teaches is fear of god, when there is no god. The hope that it teaches is life after death, when there is no such life. Still I welcome anyone who can say a bit of truth to a world gone crazy with greed, violence, stupidity, and religiosity. God will not get us out of our mess, we must do it ourselves.

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Update 11.23-26.13 Zeitgeist, GMO, Nuclear, Monarch and Bees

 

Contents:

GMO LINKED TO GUT PROBLEMS

ZEITGEIST: TIME FOR A CHANGE

GMO’S RESTRICTED IN HAWAII

NUCLEAR POLLUTION CONCENTRATES IN THE OCEAN FOOD CHAINS

INSECTS LIKE THE MONARCH AND WILD BEES are going down.

 

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Update 11.21.13: Organic, Espionage, Climate Change, Fukushima, HIV, Hubble

 

http://entomologicalphilosopher.com/

Contents:

ORGANIC IS BETTER TOO

ESPIONAGE AGAINST NON-PROFITS

FUKUSHIMA

90 COMPANIES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR CLIMATE CHANGE

HOW TO GET HIV

HUBBLE POINTING AT NOTHING

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ORGANIC IS BETTER TOO

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UPDATE 11.20.13: CO2, Evolution, Bugs, Aliens, Statins

 

UPDATE 11.20.13: CO2, Evolution, Bugs, Aliens, Statins

Contents:

CO2 Rising

Human Evolution

Fukushima

Bug of the Month

Alien Life?

Statins

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Global Carbon Emissions Rise to New Record in 2013
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UPDATE: 10.25 to 10-29.13 Fukushima, Flu, Chocolate, Veganism, Soda Tax.

UPDATE: 10.25 to 10-29.13

Collected by William Olkowski

Contents:

Fukushima The Great Disaster Grows

Flu – Avoid the Antibiotics

CHOCOLATE – Alternative to Statins

NO BENEFITS FROM VEGANISM OVER MEATISM

TAX ON SODA’S in SF

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THE GREATEST NUCLEAR DISASTER TO DATE AND NO MEDIA COVERAGE — WHY?  GUESS.

 

http://www.popularresistance.org/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-fukushima-crisis/

Short Overview

There are three major problems at Fukushima: (1) Three reactor cores are missing; (2) Radiated water has been leaking from the plant in mass quantities for 2.5 years; and (3) Eleven thousand spent nuclear fuel rods, perhaps the most dangerous things ever created by humans, are stored at the plant and need to be removed, 1,533 of those are in a very precarious and dangerous position. Each of these three could result in dramatic radiation events, unlike any radiation exposure humans have ever experienced.  We’ll discuss them in order, saving the most dangerous for last.

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ON THE GROUND AT GREEN FESTIVAL, LA. Oct. 19-20, 2013.

ON THE GROUND AT GREEN FESTIVAL, LA. Oct. 19-20, 2013.

Shavda and I are just back from the festival in LA with some casual and in depth feedback to organizers and potential visitors next time.

We enjoyed the festival despite the $15/day parking, 2.5 hr drive, LA traffic, noise at the Fest, poor sound systems for speakers, and confusing floor arrangements which pitted conversations with vendors against speakers on different stages among vendors.  It would have been better to arrange speakers separately even extend the daily time frame so speakers would have a listening audience without the added noise from background music and the crowd voices. As someone who has lost some hearing I am sensitive to noise and voices so form my opinions about clarity of voice communications beyond the normal.

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Update: 10.18.13: Butter, Birds, Ocean microfibers, Herbal Pain Relief, with Comments on Redesigning Lifestyles by William Olkowski

Update Information 10.18.13

Items below concern Butter, the herbicide Glyphosate sold by Monsanto, Microfibers from clothing as universal ocean pollutants, relief of pain from an unusual herbal product, and how to reduce bird strikes at airports.

Commentary: REDESIGNING LIFESTYLES

PART 1.

by Bill Olkowski

The fact that ghee is better than butter, and butter better than margarine is probably well known already but I feel it’s part of redesigning the US and a major contribution to design of one’s lifestyle.  If you do not want to pay extra for ghee, you can make it yourself from no salt organic butter.

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UPDATE NEWS 8.13.13 , 8.16.13

 

 

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Update News from 8.13.13

 

Planet Heating Up News

 

 

BILLIONS LOST TO EXCESSIVE ALCOHOL USE

 

|| Trader Joe’s shoppers want chain to stop selling antibiotic-fed meat

 

Repro Rights for Women

 

Religious people are less intelligent than atheists, study finds

 

FACT FILLED ANTI-NUCLEAR ARGUMENT

 

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Planet Heating Up News

High global temperatures have been preventing Arctic ice from forming quickly at the end of the summer. And until the ice refreezes, polar bear moms and cubs in Alaska are stuck on land—unable to hunt for the seals they need to survive.

Yet, even as polar bears suffer from warming temperatures in the Arctic, shameless fossil fuel tycoons, like David and Charles Koch, are spending millions to try and prevent elected officials from taking meaningful action on climate change.

https://mail.google.com/mail/ca/u/0/#inbox/14077b6a11e9214d

 

More on the climate disaster from Congress – Barbara Boxer

 

Recently, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its annual State of the Climate, a peer-reviewed report by more than 380 leading scientists.  The report confirms once again that climate change is happening now and the evidence is all around us.  To download the full report, please click here.

NOAA’s 2012 State of the Climate report finds that the U.S. had its warmest year on record, carbon pollution continues to increase, sea levels have reached record highs, and Arctic sea ice is rapidly disappearing.  These findings underscore how correct the President is when he calls for enforcement of the Clean Air Act to address carbon pollution.  We can’t ignore these warnings and must address climate change so that we can protect our people, local communities, and the nation’s economy.

 

https://mail.google.com/mail/ca/u/0/#inbox/1407a0dcb0f5950f 

 

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The habitual use of antibiotics at industrial farming operations to promote growth can lead to the development of bacteria resistant to the drugs. Photo via Wikimedia Commons/USDA

The problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria—especially MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)—has ballooned in recent years. Bacteria in the Staphylococcusgenus have always infected humans, causing skin abscesses, a weakened immune system that leaves the body more susceptible to other infections, and—if left untreated—death.

 

Historically, staph with resistance to drugs have mostly spread within hospitals. Last year, though,a study found that from 2003 to 2008, the number of people checking into U.S. hospitals with MRSA doubled; moreover, in each of the last three years, this number has exceeded the amount of hospital patients with HIV or influenza combined. Even worse, multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MDRSA) has become an issue, as doctors have encountered increasing numbers of patients who arrive with infections resistant to several different drugs that are normally used to treat afflictions.

It’s clear that these bacteria are acquiring resistance and spreading outside of hospital settings. But where exactly is it happening?

Many scientists believe that the problem can be traced to a setting where antibiotics are used liberally: industrial-scale livestock operations. Farm operators habitually include antibiotics in the feed and water of pigs, chickens and other animals to promote their growth rather than to treat particular infections. As a result, they expose bacteria to these chemicals on a consistent basis. Random mutations enable a small fraction of bacteria to survive, and constant exposure to antibiotics preferentially allows these hardier, mutated strains to reproduce.

From there, the bacteria can spread from the livestock to people who work in close contact with the animals, and then to other community members nearby. Previously, scientists have found MRSAliving in both the pork produced by industrial-scale pig farms in Iowa and in the noses of many of the workers at the same farms.

Now, a new study makes the link between livestock raised on antibiotics and MDRSA even clearer.As published today in PLOS ONE, workers employed at factory farms that used antibiotics had MDRSA in their airways at rates double those of workers at antibiotic-free farms.

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BILLIONS LOST TO EXCESSIVE ALCOHOL USE

 

Estimates range from 420 million in North Dakota to 32 billion in California.  For 2006 the total annual costs were estimated at 223.5 billion.

Binge drinking is defined as 5 drinks on occasion for men, 4 for women. This sort of drinking is reported to involve 18 percent of U.S. adults.  Costs are due to

through reduced work productivity, increased criminal justice expenses, and higher healthcare costs.

 

“State Costs of Excessive Alcohol Consumption, 2006,” will be available today athttp://www.ajpmonline.org/ and in the October 2013 digital issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.  For more information about the prevention of excessive alcohol use, visithttp://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/.  Contact: CDC Media Relations
(404) 639-3286

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Trader Joe’s shoppers want chain to stop selling antibiotic-fed meat

http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-trader-joes-meat-antibiotics-20130725,0,2315602.story?utm_campaign=2013-08-13-HHIF&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua

 

 

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Repro Rights for Women


Every day this August, reproductive rights, health, and justice groups across the nation are uniting to call on lawmakers to stop the attacks on equal access to safe, legal, affordable reproductive health care for all women. Together, we know we can make our voices loud enough to be heard. 

 

https://mail.google.com/mail/ca/u/0/#inbox/1407800cf8328fc4

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Religious people are less intelligent than atheists, study finds

Rob Waugh August 12, 2013Yahoo! News

Religious people are less intelligent than non-believers, according to a new review of 63 scientific studies stretching back over decades.

A team led by Miron Zuckerman of the University of Rochester found “a reliable negative relation between intelligence and religiosity” in 53 out of 63 studies. Even in extreme old age, intelligent people are less likely to believe, the researchers found – and the reasons why people with high IQs shun religion may not be as simple as previously thought.

[Backlash after Dawkins’ Muslim jibe]

Previous studies have tended to assume that intelligent people simply “know better”, the researchers write – but the reasons may be more complex. 

 

Famous atheist Richard Dawkins (ZUMA / Rex Features)

For instance, intelligent people are more likely to be married, and more likely to be successful in life – and this may mean they “need” religion less.

The studies used in Zuckerman’s paper included a life-long analysis of the beliefs of a group of 1,500 gifted children – those with IQs over 135 – in a study which began in 1921 and continues today.

Even at 75 to 91 years of age, the children from Lewis Terman’s study scored lower for religiosity than the general population – contrary to the widely held belief that people turn to God as they age. The researchers noted that data was lacking about religious attitudes in old age and say, “Additional research is needed to resolve this issue.”

As early as 1958, Michael Argyle concluded, “Although intelligent children grasp religious concepts earlier, they are also the first to doubt the truth of religion, and intelligent students are much less likely to accept orthodox beliefs, and rather less likely to have pro-religious attitudes.”

A 1916 study quoted in Zuckerman’s paper (Leuba) found that, “58% of randomly selected scientists in the United States expressed disbelief in, or doubt regarding the existence of God; this proportion rose to nearly 70% for the most eminent scientists.”

[Did Archaeologists Find a Piece of Jesus’ Cross?]

The paper, published in the academic journal Personality and Social Psychology Review, said “Most extant explanations (of a negative relation) share one central theme—the premise that religious beliefs are irrational, not anchored in science, not testable and, therefore, unappealing to intelligent people who “know better.” 

The answer may, however, be more complex. Intelligent people may simply be able to provide themselves with the psychological benefits offered by religion – such as “self-regulation and self-enhancement,” because they are more likely to be successful, and have stable lives. 

[Long backlog for godless wedding services in Ireland]

 

“Intelligent people typically spend more time in school—a form of self-regulation that may yield long-term benefits,” the researchers write. “More intelligent people get higher level jobs (and better employment (and higher salary) may lead to higher self-esteem, and encourage personal control beliefs.”

“Last, more intelligent people are more likely to get and stay married (greater attachment), though for intelligent people, that too comes later in life. We therefore suggest that as intelligent people move from young adulthood to adulthood and then to middle age, the benefits of intelligence may continue to accrue.”

The researchers suggest that further research on the “function” of religion may reveal more.

“People possessing the functions that religion provides are likely to adopt atheism, people lacking these very functions (e.g., the poor, the helpless) are likely to adopt theism,” the researchers wrote.

 

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Fact Filled Anti-Nuclear Argument

http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/16/a-nuclear-submariner-challenges-a-pro-nuclear-film/

 

NUCLEAR POWER August 16, 2013, 11:02 am 138 Comments

A Nuclear Submariner Challenges a Pro-Nuclear Film

By ANDREW C. REVKIN

John Dudley Miller, a former nuclear engineering officer in the Navy with a doctorate in social psychology and a long career in journalism, sent this “Your Dot” critique of “Pandora’s Promise,” the new documentary defending nuclear power, and the more recent videotaped discussion of nuclear energyby the climate scientist and campaigner James E. Hansen [Updated, 12:27 p.m. | Hansen has responded below.]:

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NOTES FOR A LECTURE: POPULATION, PESTICIDE, PEOPLE AND POLITICS

 

POPULATION, PESTICIDES AND POLITICS

BY William Olkowski, PhD.

8/12/13

Can We Survive Ourselves?

Outline:

I am a biologist who specialized in the study of insects, more specifically how to control insects using other insects.  Such people are called entomologists, more specifically Biological Control Specialist.  Those who study and work with “pest insects” are usually called economic entomologists.  I am one of a small minority within this group, called a pest management specialist.

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Bumblebees Dead After Neonicotinoid Pesticide Use in Oregon

Bumblebees Dead After Neonicotinoid Pesticide Use in
Oregon 
http://shar.es/xDqBL

Source: ecowatch.com

An estimated 50,000 bumblebees, likely representing more than 300 colonies, were found dead or dying in a shopping mall parking lot in Wilsonville, OR. Authorities confirmed Friday the massive bee die-off.

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News Update 6.6-6.9.13

NEWS UPDATE 6.6.13 to 6.9.13

Contents

1. MRSA simple steps best

2. Gun Violence

3. Pot Legalization Colorado becomes first state to legalize 

4. Massive Surveillance State

5. QUOTE OF THE DAY

6. High Speed Train

7.Correction- Russia And Monsanto

8. Pot Legalization First State

9. Gmo Crops Threaten Monarch Butterflies

 

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1. MRSA study: simple steps slash deadly infections in sickest hospital patients

Bloodstream infections cut by more than 40 percent in study of more than 74,000 patients

Using germ-killing soap and ointment on all intensive-care unit (ICU) patients can reduce bloodstream infections by up to 44 percent and significantly reduce the presence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in ICUs.

 

http://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/USCDC-7d0307

 

2. Gun Violence Statistic

 

 Slate’s gun-death tracker, an estimated 4,724 people have died as a result of gun violence in America since the Ne

 

http://nocera.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/05/the-gun-report-june-5-2013/?nl=opinion&emc=edit_ty_20130605

 

wtown massacre on December 14, 2012.

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3. Pot Legalization Moves along

 

There is a broader cultural shift under way. Americans’ attitudes about marijuana are changing, a survey published last month by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press found. For the first time, a majority of Americans support legalizing pot. Half of Baby Boomers and roughly two-thirds of millennials say marijuana should be legalized, and just under half of Americans say they’ve tried it.

http://www.nbcnews.com/business/dude-dividends-budding-industrialization-pot-6C10189124

 

More:

Former Microsoft executive Jamen Shively wants to turn pot into a national, branded commodity in one fell swoop. Last Thursday, Shively held a news conference in Seattle, accompanied by former Mexican President Vicente Fox, to announce that he is raising $10 million in start-up capital to build a chain of retail marijuana stores, a down payment on what he said would be a $100 million investment in three years.

“Yes, we are Big Marijuana,” Shively said. He outlined a plan to build a national brand of retail marijuana stores, which would be supplied by regulated trade with Mexico.

A report published last month by the Colorado Futures Center at Colorado State University said recreational pot use in the state is a $605.7 million market that will generate $130.1 million in state tax dollars for fiscal year 2014-15.

In 2010, Miron estimated that, nationwide, pot could generate $8.7 billion in federal and state tax money annually if it were taxed like other “vice” products such as alcohol and tobacco.

 

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6/7/13

 

4. FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2013

“A Massive Surveillance State”: Glenn Greenwald Exposes Covert NSA Program Collecting Calls, Emails

 

The National Security Agency has obtained access to the central servers of nine major Internet companies — including Google, Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo! and Facebook. The Guardian and The Washington Post revealed the top-secret program, codenamed PRISM, after they obtained several slides from a 41-page training presentation for senior intelligence analysts. It explains how PRISM allows them to access emails, documents, audio and video chats, photographs, documents and connection logs. “Hundreds of millions of Americans, and hundreds of millions – in fact, billions of people around the world – essentially rely on the Internet exclusively to communicate with one another,” Greenwald says. “Very few people use landline phones for much of anything. So when you talk about things like online chat and social media messages and emails, what you’re really talking about is the full extent of human communication.” This comes after Greenwald revealed Wednesday in another story that the NSA has been collecting the phone records of millions of Verizon customers. “They want to make sure that every single time human beings interact with one another … that they can watch it, and they can store it, and they can access it at any time.”

 

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/7/a_massive_surveillance_state_glenn_greenwald

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5. QUOTE OF THE DAY

“All the ants on the planet, taken together, have a biomass
greater than that of humans. Ants have been incredibly
industrious for millions of years, yet their productiveness
nourishes plants, animals, and soil. Human industry has
been in full swing for little over a century, yet it has
brought about a decline in almost every ecosystem on the
planet. Nature doesn’t have a design problem. People do.”

William McDonough
architect & visionary

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6. High Speed Train starting to roll.

 

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California moved a step closer to building a high-speed train line on Thursday, when a state commission chose a contractor to handle construction of the route’s first leg from Merced to Fresno in the state’s breadbasket.

The rail line, a major priority of California Governor Jerry Brown, would send passengers hurtling through the state’s fertile San Joaquin Valley as they zipped from San Diego to points north, eventually including Sacramento and San Francisco.

http://news.yahoo.com/california-bullet-train-project-lurches-ahead-contractor-chosen-214209691.html

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7. CORRECTION

 

Previous news update error

the bite about russian premier warning us about Monsanto was in error

 

http://www.snopes.com/politics/conspiracy/monsanto.asp

 

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8. Pot Legalization First State

Colorado becomes world’s first legal, fully regulated market for recreational marijuana as it anticipates millions in tax revenues

Money from marijuana sales and excise taxes will be used for public school construction.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/colo-1st-legal-recreational-pot-market-article-1.1356799

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/colo-1st-legal-recreational-pot-market-article-1.1356799#ixzz2VkxIsfcK

 

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9.  GMO Crops Damage Monarch Butterflies


Roundup Harms Beneficial Gut Bacteria
The beautiful, regal North American Monarch butterfly-chosen as an official insect by seven U.S. states-is dwindling in numbers and is currently at the lowest level ever measured: 18 times less than in 1996. One main reason? Genetically engineered crops are destroying its habitat and disrupting its food chain. Starting in 1997, when Midwestern farmers started spraying Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide on GMO soy and corn fields, one of the “weeds” they killed off was the milkweed plant, the primary source of food for Monarch butterfly larvae. *Read more.* [
http://www.responsibletechnology.org/posts/roundup-shrinks-monarch-butterfly-population/ ]

 [ http://www.responsibletechnology.org/posts/?page_id=2530 ]

 

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NEWS UPDATE 5.29.13-30

NEWS UPDATE  5.29.13-30

CONTENTS OF THIS UPDATE:

EARTHQUAKE IN Santa Barbara, CA

The Truth About Grassfed Beef

Japan suspends wheat imports from Pacific Northwest after modified wheat discovered in Oregon

New Effective Ways to Fight MRSA – Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

IRS ATTACKS POT DISPENSORIES WHILE CITIZENS FAVOR LEGALIZATION

 

Cicada cam gives users frightening glimpse of ‘swarmageddon’

JON RAPPOPORT RANTS AGAINST COLLECTIVISM, E.G., SOME EXERPTS

RELIGION IN ENGLAND

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SEE BELOW FOR FURTHER DETAILS

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PRELIMINARY EARTHQUAKE PARAMETERS

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* MAGNITUDE      5.3

* ORIGIN TIME    0638 AKDT MAY 29 2013

0738  PDT MAY 29 2013

1438  UTC MAY 29 2013

* COORDINATES    34.4 NORTH 119.9 WEST

* DEPTH          6 MILES

* LOCATION       85 MILES SW OF BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIA

100 MILES NW OF LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA

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The Truth About Grassfed Beef

Published December 19, 2012 | By John Robbins

http://www.foodrevolution.org/blog/the-truth-about-grassfed-beef/

 

If you read on, you’ll see why I’ve concluded that grassfed is indeed better.  But then, almost anything would be.  Putting beef cattle in feedlots and feeding them grain may actually be one of the dumbest ideas in the history of western civilization.

Cattle (like sheep, deer and other grazing animals) are endowed with the ability to convert grasses, which we humans cannot digest, into flesh that we are able to digest. They can do this because unlike humans, who possess only one stomach, they are ruminants, which is to say that they possess a rumen, a 45 or so gallon fermentation tank in which resident bacteria convert cellulose into protein and fats.

It’s not widely known, but E. coli 0157:H7 has only recently appeared on the scene.  It was first identified in the 1980s, but now this pathogen can be found in the intestines of almost all feedlot cattle in the U.S.  Even less widely recognized is that the practice of feeding corn and other grains to cattle has created the perfect conditions for forms of E. Coli and other microbes to come into being that can, and do, kill us.

Grassfed or organic?

It’s important to remember that organic is not the same as grassfed. Natural food stores often sell organic beef and dairy products that are hormone- and antibiotic- free.  These products come from animals who were fed organically grown grain, but who typically still spent most of their lives (or in the case of dairy cows perhaps their whole lives) in feedlots.  The sad reality is that almost all the organic beef and organic dairy products sold in the U.S. today comes from feedlots.

 

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Japan suspends wheat imports from Pacific Northwest after modified wheat discovered in Oregon

 

By Associated PressUpdated: Thursday, M  3:19 PM

WASHINGTON — Japan has suspended some imports of U.S. wheat after genetically engineered wheat was found on an Oregon farm.

The Agriculture Department announced the discovery of the modified wheat on Wednesday. No genetically engineered wheat has been approved for U.S. farming.

Many countries around the world will not accept imports of genetically modified foods, and the United States exports about half of its wheat crop.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/usda-says-unapproved-genetically-engineered-wheat-discovered-in-oregon-field/2013/05/30/2975da22-c902-11e2-9cd9-3b9a22a4000a_story.html

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New Effective Ways to Fight MRSA – Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

 

MRSA study: simple steps slash deadly infections in sickest hospital patients

Bloodstream infections cut by more than 40 percent in study of more than 74,000 patients

new study on antibiotic-resistant bacteria in hospitals shows that using germ-killing soap and ointment on all intensive-care unit (ICU) patients can reduce bloodstream infections by up to 44 percent and significantly reduce the presence of methicillin-resistantStaphylococcus aureus (MRSA).  Patients who have MRSA present on their bodies are at increased risk of developing a MRSA infection and can spread the germ to other patients. 

Researchers evaluated the effectiveness of three MRSA prevention practices: routine care, providing germ-killing soap and ointment only to patients with MRSA , and providing germ-killing soap and ointment to all ICU patients.   The study found:

  • ·         Routine care did not significantly reduce MRSA or bloodstream infections.
  • ·         Providing germ-killing soap and ointment only to patients with MRSA reduced bloodstream infections by any germ by 23 percent.
  • ·         Providing germ-killing soap and ointment to all ICU patients reduced MRSA by 37 percent and bloodstream infections by any germ by 44 percent.

The study, REDUCE MRSA trial, was published in the New England Journal of Medicine 

 

http://www.cdc.gov/media/DPK/2013/dpk-MRSA-study.html

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IRS ATTACKS POT DISPENSORIES WHILE CITIZENS FAVOR LEGALIZATION


The tea party has company. For the past several years, the Internal Revenue Service has been systematically targeting medical marijuana establishments, relying on an obscure statute that gives the taxing agency unintended power. The IRS has been functioning as an arm of justice, employing the U.S. tax code as a weapon in the federal government’s ongoing war against legal cannabis.

The majority of Americans favor legalization of marijuana, while 18 states and the District of Columbia have already legalized medical marijuana. But pot businesses in those states are vulnerable to the federal government’s strategic application of IRS Code Section 280E, a law enacted in 1982 after a drug dealer claimed his yacht and weapons purchases as legitimate business expenses — and long before medical marijuana was first legalized in California in 1996.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/29/irs-medical-marijuana_n_3346801.html?icid=hp_front_top_art

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Cicada cam gives users frightening glimpse of ‘swarmageddon’

 

Dylan Stableford, Yahoo! News May 29, 2013The Sideshow

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The cicada cam (Discovery.com)

The great cicada invasion of 2013 has begun in earnest on the East Coast, with hundreds of thousands of the noisy, sex-crazed insects popping up from Georgia to Connecticut. Discovery.com is looking to capitalize on the peculiar craze with a cicada cam, providing live, streaming video of the Brood II cicadas covering a replica of the U.S. Capitol.

 

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/cicada-cam-live-video-171123032.html

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The rebel against the controlled world

 

 

JON RAPPOPORT RANTS AGAINST COLLECTIVISM, E.G., SOME EXERPTS:

 

The psychiatric State operates hand-in-glove with sociology, in the sense that it promotes some 300 officially certified mental disorders that are the same in all people.  Psychiatry is a collectivism of the mind.

I’ve established, in many articles, that psychiatric diagnosis is a complete fraud. There are no physical tests of any kind for any so-called disorder.

 

The 20th century saw the rise of systems-thinkers, who applied their ideas to society
as a whole.  They gained power because global elites were pushing forward a systems-program of their own: planetary management.

The Globalist program was (and is) all about central planning and distribution of goods and services, under the cynical rubric of “greatest good for the greatest number.”  This is collectivism, plain and simple.  It camouflages a leading prow of brute force, Soviet style, with more subtle forms of brutality.

 

Like any fairy tale, myth, legend, story, collectivism began as the idea in the
mind of one person.  Somewhere in the mists of the past, that person dreamed it
up.  It was his notion.  It was his perverse “work of art.”

He sold it to his friends as a way they could control the mass, the populace, the audience.  He said, “Do you see how this works?  We can subscribe to the most wonderful sentiments, we can appear to be servants of the Good, we can hide behind all that while we destroy freedom.  It’s a winner.”

Collectivism isn’t a mass outpouring of share and care.  It’s coming down from the top of the ladder.

The rebel understands these things.  He knows someone, somewhere, cooked up the whole idea and promoted it, like flatware or recliner chairs or rhinestones.

 

https://mail.google.com/mail/ca/u/0/?shva=1#inbox/13ef33161334dc8e

Rply

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RELIGION IN ENGLAND

 

Set aside the fact that our Queen is the Defender of the Christian Faith. Ignore the 26 Church of England bishops who sit in the House of Lords. 

Pay no attention to the 2011 Census that told us 33.2million people in England and Wales describe themselves as Christians.

For if you want a more telling insight into religion in the United Kingdom today, just look at these photographs. The story they tell is more revealing than any survey.

The photo on the left shows St Mary’s Church in Cable Street while the photo on the right shows worshippers gathered for Friday midday prayers outside a nearby mosque in Spitalfields, both in East London

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2332998/One-country-religions-telling-pictures-The-pews-churches-just-yards-overcrowded-mosque.html#ixzz2UprX4T9B
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Russia Warns Obama: Monsanto and Neonicotinoids.

 

Russia Warns Obama: Monsanto

Posted: May 28th, 2013 ˑ Filled under: Top News ˑ  31 Comments

The shocking minutes relating to President Putin’s meeting this past week with US Secretary of State John Kerry reveal the Russian leaders “extreme outrage” over the Obama regimes continued protection of global seed and plant bio-genetic giants Syngenta and Monsanto in the face of a growing “bee apocalypse” that the Kremlin warns “will most certainly” lead to world war.

According to these minutes, released in the Kremlin today by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation (MNRE), Putin was so incensed over the Obama regimes refusal to discuss this grave matter that he refused for three hours to even meet with Kerry, who had traveled to Moscow on a scheduled diplomatic mission, but then relented so as to not cause an even greater rift between these two nations.

At the center of this dispute between Russia and the US, this MNRE report says, is the “undisputed evidence” that a class of neuro-active insecticides chemically related to nicotine, known as neonicotinoids, are destroying our planets bee population, and which if left unchecked could destroy our world’s ability to grow enough food to feed its population.

So grave has this situation become, the MNRE reports, the full European Commission (EC) this past week instituted a two-year precautionary ban (set to begin on 1 December 2013) on these“bee killing” pesticides following the lead of Switzerland, France, Italy, Russia, Slovenia and Ukraine, all of whom had previously banned these most dangerous of genetically altered organisms from being used on the continent.

Two of the most feared neonicotinoids being banned are Actara and Cruiser made by the Swiss global bio-tech seed and pesticide giant Syngenta AG which employs over 26,000 people in over 90 countries and ranks third in total global sales in the commercial agricultural seeds market.

Important to note, this report says, is that Syngenta, along with bio-tech giants Monsanto, Bayer, Dow and DuPont, now control nearly 100% of the global market for genetically modified pesticides, plants and seeds.

Also to note about Syngenta, this report continues, is that in 2012 it was criminally charged in Germany for concealing the fact that its genetically modified corn killed cattle, and settled a class-action lawsuit in the US for $105 million after it was discovered they had contaminated the drinking supply of some 52 million Americans in more than 2,000 water districts with its “gender-bending” herbicide Atrazine.

To how staggeringly frightful this situation is, the MNRE says, can be seen in the report issued this past March by the American Bird Conservancy (ABC) wherein they warned our whole planet is in danger, and as we can, in part, read:

“As part of a study on impacts from the world’s most widely used class of insecticides, nicotine-like chemicals called neonicotinoids, American Bird Conservancy (ABC) has called for a ban on their use as seed treatments and for the suspension of all applications pending an independent review of the products’ effects on birds, terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates, and other wildlife.

 

“It is clear that these chemicals have the potential to affect entire food chains. The environmental persistence of the neonicotinoids, their propensity for runoff and for groundwater infiltration, and their cumulative and largely irreversible mode of action in invertebrates raise significant environmental concerns,” said Cynthia Palmer, co-author of the report and Pesticides Program Manager for ABC, one of the nation’s leading bird conservation organizations.

ABC commissioned world renowned environmental toxicologist Dr. Pierre Mineau to conduct the research. The 100-page report, “The Impact of the Nation’s Most Widely Used Insecticides on Birds,” reviews 200 studies on neonicotinoids including industry research obtained through the US Freedom of Information Act. The report evaluates the toxicological risk to birds and aquatic systems and includes extensive comparisons with the older pesticides that the neonicotinoids have replaced. The assessment concludes that the neonicotinoids are lethal to birds and to the aquatic systems on which they depend.

“A single corn kernel coated with a neonicotinoid can kill a songbird,” Palmer said. “Even a tiny grain of wheat or canola treated with the oldest neonicotinoid — called imidacloprid — can fatally poison a bird. And as little as 1/10th of a neonicotinoid-coated corn seed per day during egg-laying season is all that is needed to affect reproduction.”

The new report concludes that neonicotinoid contamination levels in both surface- and ground water in the United States and around the world are already beyond the threshold found to kill many aquatic invertebrates.”

 

Quickly following this damning report, the MRNE says, a large group of group of American beekeepers and environmentalists sued the Obama regime over the continued use of these neonicotinoids stating: “We are taking the EPA to court for its failure to protect bees from pesticides. Despite our best efforts to warn the agency about the problems posed by neonicotinoids, the EPA continued to ignore the clear warning signs of an agricultural system in trouble.”

And to how bad the world’s agricultural system has really become due to these genetically modified plants, pesticides and seeds, this report continues, can be seen by the EC’s proposal this past week, following their ban on neonicotinoids, in which they plan to criminalize nearly all seeds and plants not registered with the European Union, and as we can, in part, read:

“Europe is rushing towards the good ol days circa 1939, 40… A new law proposed by the European Commission would make it illegal to “grow, reproduce or trade” any vegetable seeds that have not been “tested, approved and accepted” by a new EU bureaucracy named the “EU Plant Variety Agency.”

It’s called the Plant Reproductive Material Law, and it attempts to put the government in charge of virtually all plants and seeds. Home gardeners who grow their own plants from non-regulated seeds would be considered criminals under this law.”

 

This MRNE report points out that even though this EC action may appear draconian, it is nevertheless necessary in order to purge the continent from continued contamination of these genetically bred “seed monstrosities.”

Most perplexing in all of this, the MRNE says, and which led to Putin’s anger at the US, has been the Obama regimes efforts to protect pesticide-producer profits over the catastrophic damaging being done to the environment, and as the Guardian News Service detailed in their 2 May article titled “US rejects EU claim of insecticide as prime reason for bee colony collapse” and which, in part, says:

“The European Union voted this week for a two-year ban on a class of pesticides, known as neonicotinoids, that has been associated with the bees’ collapse. The US government report, in contrast, found multiple causes for the collapse of the honeybees.”

To the “truer” reason for the Obama regimes protection of these bio-tech giants destroying our world, the MRNE says, can be viewed in the report titled “How did Barack Obama become Monsanto’s man in Washington?” and which, in part, says:

“After his victory in the 2008 election, Obama filled key posts with Monsanto people, in federal agencies that wield tremendous force in food issues, the USDA and the FDA: At the USDA, as the director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Roger Beachy, former director of the Monsanto Danforth Center. As deputy commissioner of the FDA, the new food-safety-issues czar, the infamous Michael Taylor, former vice-president for public policy for Monsanto. Taylor had been instrumental in getting approval for Monsanto’s genetically engineered bovine growth hormone.”

Even worse, after Russia suspended the import and use of an Monsanto genetically modified cornfollowing a study suggesting a link to breast cancer and organ damage this past September, theRussia Today News Service reported on the Obama regimes response:

“The US House of Representatives quietly passed a last-minute addition to the Agricultural Appropriations Bill for 2013 last week – including a provision protecting genetically modified seeds from litigation in the face of health risks.

The rider, which is officially known as the Farmer Assurance Provision, has been derided by opponents of biotech lobbying as the “Monsanto Protection Act,” as it would strip federal courts of the authority to immediately halt the planting and sale of genetically modified (GMO) seed crop regardless of any consumer health concerns.

The provision, also decried as a “biotech rider,” should have gone through the Agricultural or Judiciary Committees for review. Instead, no hearings were held, and the piece was evidently unknown to most Democrats (who hold the majority in the Senate) prior to its approval as part of HR 993, the short-term funding bill that was approved to avoid a federal government shutdown.”

On 26 March, Obama quietly signed this “Monsanto Protection Act” into law thus ensuring the American people have no recourse against this bio-tech giant as they fall ill by the tens of millions, and many millions will surely end up dying in what this MRNE report calls the greatest agricultural apocalypse in human history as over 90% of feral (wild) bee population in the US has already died out, and up to 80% of domestic bees have died out too.

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Monsanto’s Dirty Dozen plus one. 5.28.13

Monsanto’s Dirty Dozen: The 12 Most Awful Products Made By Monsanto

BY FRACTURED PARADIGM

 – APRIL 15, 2013 POSTED IN: FEATUREDGMOSPESTICIDES & HERBICIDESPOPULATION CONTROL

When you take a moment to reflect on the history of product development at Monsanto, what do you find? Here are twelve products that Monsanto has brought to market. See if you can spot the pattern…

#1 – Saccharin

Did you know Monsanto got started because of an artificial sweetener? John Francisco Queeny founded Monsanto Chemical Works in St. Louis, Missouri with the goal of producing saccharin[1] for Coca-Cola. In stark contrast to its sweet beginnings, studies performed during the early 1970s[2],* including a study by the National Cancer Institute in 1980[3], showed that saccharin caused cancer in test rats[4] and mice.

After mounting pressure from consumers, the Calorie Control Council[5], and manufacturers of artificial sweeteners and diet sodas, along with additional studies[6] (several conducted by the sugar and sweetener industry) that reported flaws in the 1970s studies, saccharin was delisted from the NIH’s Carcinogen List. A variety of letters from scientists advised against delisting[7]; the official document includes the following wording[8] to this day: “although it is impossible to absolutely conclude that it poses no threat to human health, sodium saccharin is not reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen under conditions of general usage as an artificial sweetener.” (*Read the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s History of Saccharin[9] here.)

#2 – PCBs

During the early 1920s, Monsanto began expanding their chemical production into polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) to produce coolant fluids for electrical transformers, capacitors, and electric motors. Fifty years later, toxicity tests[10] began reporting serious health effects[11] from PCBs in laboratory rats exposed to the chemical.

After another decade of studies, the truth could no longer be contained: the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a report[12] citing PCBs as the cause of cancer in animals, with additional evidence that they can cause cancer in humans. Additional peer-reviewed health studies showed a causal link between exposure to PCBs and non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, a frequently fatal form of cancer.

In 1979, the United States Congress recognized PCBs as a significant environmental toxin and persistent organic pollutant, and banned its production in the U.S.  By then Monsanto already had manufacturing plants abroad, so they weren’t entirely stopped until the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants banned PCBs globally in 2001.

And that’s when Monsanto’s duplicity was uncovered: internal company memos[13] from 1956 surfaced, proving that Monsanto had known about dangers of PCBs from early on.

In 2003, Monsanto paid out over $600 million to residents of Anniston, Alabama, who experienced severe health problems including liver disease, neurological disorders and cancer[14] after being exposed to PCBs — more than double the payoff that was awarded in the case against Pacific Gas & Electric made famous by the movie “Erin Brockovich.”

And yet the damage persists: nearly 30 years after PCBs have been banned from the U.S., they are still showing up in the blood of pregnant women, as reported in a 2011 study[15] by the University of California San Francisco.

#3 – Polystyrene

In 1941, Monsanto began focusing on plastics and synthetic polystyrene, which is still widely used in food packaging and ranked 5th in the EPA’s 1980s listing of chemicals[16] whose production generates the most total hazardous waste.

#4 – Atom bomb and nuclear weapons

Shortly after acquiring Thomas and Hochwalt Laboratories, Monsanto turned this division into their Central Research Department[17]. Between 1943 to 1945, this department coordinated key production efforts of the Manhattan Project[18]—including plutonium purification and production and, as part of the Manhattan Project’s Dayton Project[19], techniques to refine chemicals used as triggers for atomic weapons (an era of U.S. history that sadly included the deadliest industrial accident[20]).

#5 – DDT

In 1944, Monsanto became one of the first manufacturers of the insecticide DDT to combat malaria-transmitting mosquitoes. Despite decades of Monsanto propaganda insisting that DDT was safe, the true effects of DDT’s toxicity were at last confirmed through outside research and in 1972, DDT was banned throughout the U.S.

#6 – Dioxin

In 1945, Monsanto began promoting the use of chemical pesticides in agriculture with the manufacture of the herbicide 2,4,5-T (one of the precursors to Agent Orange), containing dioxin. Dioxins are a group of chemically-related compounds that since become known as one of the “Dirty Dozen[21]” — persistent environmental pollutants that accumulate in the food chain, mainly in the fatty tissue of animals. In the decades since it was first developed, Monsanto has been accused of covering up or failing to report dioxin contamination in a wide range of its products.

#7 – Agent Orange

During the early 1960s, Monsanto was one of the two primary manufacturers of Agent Orange, an herbicide / defoliant used for chemical warfare during the Vietnam War. Except Monsanto’s formula had dioxin levels many times higher than the Agent Orange produced by Dow Chemicals, the other manufacturer (which is why Monsanto was the key defendant in the lawsuit brought by Vietnam War veterans in the United States).

(Pictured at left, Anh and Trang Nhan, with their father, when they first arrived at the Hoi An Orphanage; below are the same brothers shortly before Trang’s death. Source: Kianh Foundation Newsletter, Dec. 2011[22])

As a result of the use of Agent Orange, Vietnam estimates that over 400,000 people were killed or maimed, 500,000 children were born with birth defects, and up to 1 million people were disabled or suffered from health problems—not to mention the far-reaching impact it had on the health of over 3 million American troops and their offspring.

Internal Monsanto memos show that Monsanto knew of the problems of dioxin contamination of Agent Orange when it sold it to the U.S. government for use in Vietnam. Despite the widespread health impact, Monsanto and Dow were allowed to appeal for and receive financial protection from the U.S. government against veterans seeking compensation for their exposure to Agent Orange.

In 2012, a long 50 years after Agent Orange was deployed, the clean-up effort has finally begun[23]. Yet the legacy of Agent Orange, and successive generations of body deformities[24], will remain in orphanages[25] throughout VietNam for decades to come.

(Think that can’t happen here? Two crops were recently genetically engineered[26] to withstand a weedkiller made with one of the major components of Agent Orange, 2,4-D[27], in order to combat “super weeds” that evolved due to the excessive use of RoundUp.)

8 – Petroleum-Based Fertilizer

In 1955, Monsanto began manufacturing petroleum-based fertilizer after purchasing a major oil refinery. Petroleum-based fertilizers can kill beneficial soil micro-organisms[28], sterilizing the soil and creating a dependence, like an addiction, to the synthetic replacements. Not the best addiction to have, considering the rising cost and dwindling supply of oil…

#9 – RoundUp

During the early 1970s, Monsanto founded their Agricultural Chemicals division with a focus on herbicides, and one herbicide in particular: RoundUp (glyphosate). Because of its ability to eradicate weeds literally overnight, RoundUp was quickly adopted by farmers. Its use increased even more when Monsanto introduced “RoundUp Ready” (glyphosate-resistant) crops, enabling farmers to saturate the entire field with weedkiller without killing the crops.

While glyphosate has been approved by regulatory bodies worldwide and is widely used, concerns about its effects on humans and the environment persist. RoundUp has been found in samples of groundwater[29], as well as soil[30], and even in streams and air[31] throughout the Midwest U.S., and increasingly in food. It has been linked to butterfly[32] mortality, and the proliferation of superweeds[33]. Studies in rats have shown consistently negative health impacts ranging from tumors, altered organ function, and infertility, to cancer and premature death. Reference the above “GMO Risks[34]” page which includes countless references to support these statements.

#10 – Aspartame (NutraSweet / Equal)

An accidental discovery during research on gastrointestinal hormones resulted in a uniquely sweet chemical: aspartame. During the clinical trials conducted on 7 infant monkeys as part of aspartame’s application for FDA approval, 1 monkey died and 5 other monkeys had grand mal seizures—yet somehow aspartame was still approved by the FDA in 1974. In 1985, Monsanto acquired the company responsible for aspartame’s manufacture (G.D. Searle) and began marketing the product as NutraSweet. Twenty years later, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report listing 94 health issues[35] caused by aspartame.

#11 – Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH)

This genetically modified hormone was developed by Monsanto to be injected into dairy cows to produce more milk. Cows subjected to rBGH suffer excruciating pain due to swollen udders and mastitis[36], and the pus[37] from the resulting infection enters the milk supply[38] requiring the use of additional antibiotics. rBGH milk has been linked to breast cancer[39], colon cancer[40], and prostate cancer[41] in humans.

#12 – Genetically Modified Crops / GMOs

In the early 1990s, Monsanto began gene-splicing corn, cotton, soy, and canola with DNA from a foreign source to achieve one of two traits: an internally-generated pesticide, or an internal resistance to Monsanto’s weedkiller RoundUp. Despite decades of promises that genetically engineered crops would feed the world with more nutrients, drought resistance, or yield, the majority of Monsanto’s profits[42] are from seeds that are engineered to tolerate Monsanto’s RoundUp—an ever-rising, dual income stream as weeds continue to evolve resistance to RoundUp[43].

Most sobering however, is that the world is once again buying into Monsanto’s “safe” claims.

Just like the early days of PCBs, DDT, Agent Orange, Monsanto has successfully fooled the general public and regulatory agencies into believing that RoundUp, and the genetically modified crops that help sell RoundUp, are “safe.”

Except Monsanto has learned a thing or two in the past 100+ years of defending its dirty products: these days, when a new study proving the negative health or environmental impacts of GMOs emerges, Monsanto attacks the study and its scientist(s) by flooding the media with counter claims from “independent” organizations, scientists, industry associations, blogs, sponsored social media, and articles by “private” public relations firms—frequently founded, funded and maintained by Monsanto.

Unfortunately, few of us take the time to trace the members, founders, and relationships of these seemingly valid sources back to their little Monsanto secret.

Fooling the FDA[44] required a slightly different approach: click on the below chart compiled by Millions Against Monsanto[45] to see how many former Monsanto VPs and legal counsel are now holding positions with the FDA. And don’t forget Clarence Thomas, former Monsanto attorney who is now a Supreme Court Justice, ruling in favor of Monsanto in every case brought before him.

 

 

 

A Baker’s Dozen: #13 – Terminator Seeds

In the late 1990s, Monsanto developed the technology to produce sterile grains unable to germinate. These “Terminator Seeds[46]” would force farmers to buy new seeds from Monsanto year after year, rather than save and reuse the seeds from their harvest as they’ve been doing throughout centuries. Fortunately this technology never came to market. Instead, Monsanto chose to require farmers to sign a contract agreeing that they will not save or sell seeds from year to year, which forces them to buy new seeds and preempts the need for a “terminator gene.” Lucky for us… since the terminator seeds were capable of cross-pollination and could have contaminated local non-sterile crops.

What’s the Result of our Monsanto Legacy?

Between 75% to 80% of the processed food[47] you consume every day has GMOs inside, and residues of Monsanto’s RoundUp herbicide outside. But it’s not just processed food—fresh fruit and vegetables are next: genetically engineered sweet corn[48] is already being sold at your local grocer, with apples and a host of other “natural” produce currently in field trials.

How is it that Monsanto is allowed to manipulate our food after such a dark product history? How is it they are allowed to cause such detrimental impact to our environment and our health?

According to the Organic Consumers Association[49], “There is a direct correlation between our genetically engineered food supply and the $2 trillion the U.S. spends annually on medical care, namely an epidemic of diet-related chronic diseases.

Instead of healthy fruits, vegetables, grains, and grass-fed animal products, U.S. factory farms and food processors produce a glut of genetically engineered junk foods that generate heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer—backed by farm subsidies[50]—while organic farmers receive no such subsidies.

Monsanto’s history reflects a consistent pattern of toxic chemicals, lawsuits, and manipulated science. Is this the kind of company we want controlling our world’s food supply?

P.S. Monsanto’s not alone. Other companies in the “Big Six” include Pioneer Hi-Bred International[51] (a subsidiary of DuPont), Syngenta AG[52], Dow Agrosciences[53] (a subsidiary of Dow Chemical, BASF[54] (which is primarily a chemical company that is rapidly expanding their biotechnology division, and Bayer Cropscience[55] (a subsidiary of Bayer).

 

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News Update for Saturaday 5.24.13

News Update Saturday 5.24.13

 CLIMATE CHANGE, MONSANTO, EARTHQUAKE NEAR SF, TANNING, NAKED PAINTING PARTY, STOP KILLING WALES, SKIN CANCER ON THE FOOT, GUATEMALA LEADS EFFORT TO ELIMINATE RIVER BLINDNESS, WORD FOR TODAY.

News Update Saturday 5.24.13

 

 

 

CLIMATE CHANGE

 

 

 

We’ve been talking about climate change as if it’s something that’s going to happen in the distant future — our study shows that it has been affecting our fisheries and oceans for decades. These global changes have implications for everyone in every part of the planet.

 

 

But now a new study in Nature makes the case that climate change — including the warming of the oceans — is already having a direct impact on global fisheries.

Read more: http://science.time.com/2013/05/16/why-warming-oceans-could-mean-dwindling-fish/#ixzz2ULqgYIUv
Read more: 
http://science.time.com/2013/05/16/why-warming-oceans-could-mean-dwindling-fish/#ixzz2ULq9dIW5

 

 

 

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Climate Change Webinar on Health Effects of Climate Change

 

 

 

Dear William,When we think about the cost of climate change, we tend to think about damage to homes and businesses. And for good reason: it’s expensive. But these billion-dollar figures often overlook one crucial question: how does climate change impact our health and our well-being?Please join us for a special webinar on May 30 t

 

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SEND A LETTER TO STOP MONSANTO

 

 

 

 

 

I belong to the more than 90 percent of Americans who want what consumers in more than 60 other countries already have: mandatory GMO labeling laws.

 

 

 

TAKE ACTION: Ask your Congress member to reject the King Amendment and any other rider or amendment to the Farm Bill that would take away states’ rights to label GMOs!

 

 

 

https://mail.google.com/mail/ca/u/0/#inbox/13ed1e0f000a2b82

 

 

 

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REPEAL THE MONSANTO PROTECTION ACT

 

 

 

Repeal the Monsanto Protection Act and Save States’ Rights to Label GMOs

Organic Bytes #380, May 23, 2013

Health, Justice and Sustainability News from the Organic Consumers Association

Edited by Alexis Baden-Mayer and Ronnie Cummins

(View this on the web right here: http://www.organicconsumers.org/bytes/ob380.html)

 

 

 

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INDOOR TANNING is bad for you

 

 

 

 

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EVALUATION

 

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* AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED – A TSUNAMI IS NOT EXPECTED.

 

 

 

 

 

PRELIMINARY EARTHQUAKE PARAMETERS

 

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* MAGNITUDE      5.6

 

* ORIGIN TIME    1947 AKDT MAY 23 2013

 

2047  PDT MAY 23 2013

 

0347  UTC MAY 24 2013

 

* COORDINATES    40.1 NORTH 121.2 WEST

 

* DEPTH          6 MILES

 

* LOCATION       85 MILES NW OF RENO NEVADA

 

175 MILES NE OF SAN FRANCISCO CALIFORNIA

 

 

 

* FURTHER INFORMATION WILL BE ISSUED BY THE UNITED STATES

 

GEOLOGICAL SURVEY - EARTHQUAKE.USGS.GOV - OR THE APPROPRIATE

 

REGIONAL SEISMIC NETWORK.

 

 

 

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The Center for Biological Diversity already won the first battle against this deadly gillnet fishery to reduce the number of endangered sea turtles it kills — but whales are still being cruelly caught and killed.

Please take action now: Tell the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect endangered sea mammals, reject the permit, and shut down this deadly, inhumane California fishery.

 

 

Click here to take action and get more information.

 

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Skin cancer can be found in the most unlikely place — your foot

 

 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013. The signs and symptoms of skin cancer might be well-known to some, perhaps as easy as your ABCs … and Ds.

 

Any mole on the body that is Asymmetrical, has an uneven Border, an irregular Color or a large Diameter should be cause for concern.

 

But this May — Skin Cancer Awareness Month — the New York State Podiatric Medical Association suggests that people should look in an unlikely location for potentially cancerous spots on the skin: under and on top of your feet.

 

Melanoma on the foot is not all that common compared to other areas of the body, particularly those that get heavy exposure to the sun like the face, arms and shoulders, 

 

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River Blindness Progress at Elimination

 

Guatemala leads

 

 

 

Progress Toward Elimination of Onchocerciasis in the Americas —
1993–2012 

full text

 

 

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A.Word.A.Day

 

with Anu Garg

 

 

chartreuse

 

PRONUNCIATION:

 

(shahr-TROOZ, -TROOS) 

 

 

 

MEANING:

 

noun: 1. A light, yellowish green. 2. An aromatic, usually yellow or green liqueur, originally made by Carthusian monks in Grenoble, France.
adjective: Having a light, yellowish green color.

 

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CLIMATE CHANGE

 

We’ve been talking about climate change as if it’s something that’s going to happen in the distant future — our study shows that it has been affecting our fisheries and oceans for decades. These global changes have implications for everyone in every part of the planet.

 

But now a new study in Nature makes the case that climate change — including the warming of the oceans — is already having a direct impact on global fisheries.

Read more: http://science.time.com/2013/05/16/why-warming-oceans-could-mean-dwindling-fish/#ixzz2ULqgYIUv
Read more: 
http://science.time.com/2013/05/16/why-warming-oceans-could-mean-dwindling-fish/#ixzz2ULq9dIW5

 

————–

 

Climate Change Webinar on Health Effects of Climate Change

 

Dear William,When we think about the cost of climate change, we tend to think about damage to homes and businesses. And for good reason: it’s expensive. But these billion-dollar figures often overlook one crucial question: how does climate change impact our health and our well-being?Please join us for a special webinar on May 30 t

—————-

 

SEND A LETTER TO STOP MONSANTO

 

 

I belong to the more than 90 percent of Americans who want what consumers in more than 60 other countries already have: mandatory GMO labeling laws.

 

TAKE ACTION: Ask your Congress member to reject the King Amendment and any other rider or amendment to the Farm Bill that would take away states’ rights to label GMOs!

 

https://mail.google.com/mail/ca/u/0/#inbox/13ed1e0f000a2b82

 

————

 

REPEAL THE MONSANTO PROTECTION ACT

 

Repeal the Monsanto Protection Act and Save States’ Rights to Label GMOs

Organic Bytes #380, May 23, 2013

Health, Justice and Sustainability News from the Organic Consumers Association

Edited by Alexis Baden-Mayer and Ronnie Cummins

(View this on the web right here: http://www.organicconsumers.org/bytes/ob380.html)

 

—————–

 

INDOOR TANNING is bad for you

 

———-

 

EVALUATION

———-

* AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED – A TSUNAMI IS NOT EXPECTED.

 

 

PRELIMINARY EARTHQUAKE PARAMETERS

———————————

* MAGNITUDE      5.6

* ORIGIN TIME    1947 AKDT MAY 23 2013

2047  PDT MAY 23 2013

0347  UTC MAY 24 2013

* COORDINATES    40.1 NORTH 121.2 WEST

* DEPTH          6 MILES

* LOCATION       85 MILES NW OF RENO NEVADA

175 MILES NE OF SAN FRANCISCO CALIFORNIA

 

* FURTHER INFORMATION WILL BE ISSUED BY THE UNITED STATES
GEOLOGICAL SURVEY - EARTHQUAKE.USGS.GOV - OR THE APPROPRIATE
REGIONAL SEISMIC NETWORK.

 

———–

 

Naked Painting Party in New York City – New Yorkers strip down for Naked Painting Party – NY Daily News

Inbox x

 

Friends

 

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/new-yorkers-strip-naked-painting-party-gallery-1.1353869

 

—————

 

The Center for Biological Diversity already won the first battle against this deadly gillnet fishery to reduce the number of endangered sea turtles it kills — but whales are still being cruelly caught and killed.

Please take action now: Tell the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect endangered sea mammals, reject the permit, and shut down this deadly, inhumane California fishery.

 

Click here to take action and get more information.

———-

 

Skin cancer can be found in the most unlikely place — your foot

Tuesday, May 21, 2013. The signs and symptoms of skin cancer might be well-known to some, perhaps as easy as your ABCs … and Ds.

Any mole on the body that is Asymmetrical, has an uneven Border, an irregular Color or a large Diameter should be cause for concern.

But this May — Skin Cancer Awareness Month — the New York State Podiatric Medical Association suggests that people should look in an unlikely location for potentially cancerous spots on the skin: under and on top of your feet.

Melanoma on the foot is not all that common compared to other areas of the body, particularly those that get heavy exposure to the sun like the face, arms and shoulders, 

———-

River Blindness Progress at Elimination

Guatemala leads

 

Progress Toward Elimination of Onchocerciasis in the Americas —
1993–2012 

full text

 

———–

 

A.Word.A.Day

with Anu Garg

 

chartreuse

PRONUNCIATION:

(shahr-TROOZ, -TROOS) 

 

MEANING:

noun: 1. A light, yellowish green. 2. An aromatic, usually yellow or green liqueur, originally made by Carthusian monks in Grenoble, France.
adjective: Having a light, yellowish green color.

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Lead Free Garden Hose

Buy a Lead-free hose: One easy way to cut down on the amount of lead in your immediate environment is to get a lead-free garden hose. Not only will it drastically reduce the amount of lead being deposited in your yard, it will also virtually eliminate direct exposure when watering by hand or tending to the garden. A lead-free garden hose is also safe for children to get a much-needed drink or play in the sprinklers, and pets will also be spared of potential lead poisoning from water bowls filled from the hose. The hoses are often white with a thin blue stripe, and are commonly sold in marine and recreational vehicle (RV) stores. An RV lead-free garden hose can also come in a beige color with blue stripe, to match the beige paint of many RVs. Although sold for RV and marine use, these hoses serve as great lead-free garden hoses.

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Biog Note for 2013 Ecofarm Conference

 

Wise Words from Someone who was there.

The following summary was prepared for introductory remarks at the 2013 Ecofarm Conference held annually at the State of CA’s Asilomar Conference Center.  There is a tape of the interview conducted by Amigo Bob Cantisano.

Bill Olkowski is an ecological innovator and pioneer in biological control and integrated pest management (IPM). He helped found the first 3 recycling centers in the U.S., the Berkeley Ecology Center (under Ray Ball), ran a first of its kind Creek Clean Up Project (Cordonices Creek, Berkeley, CA) , and with his wife and partner Helga (1931-2012), the Integral Urban House (considered one of the best houses of the 21st, century by Architecture Magazine), the nonprofit Bio-Integral Resource Center (BIRC), which was a membership organization independently producing two  Internationally distributed journals, one for professionals, and the other for the general public.  In addition, along with their passion for small scale food raising at their own home, they designed and ran 2 public teaching gardens and a small organic teaching farm.

Four years of work on processing tomatoes (ketchup, salsa) in the Sacramento Valley culminated in a pilot program, called Reference Field Monitoring which showed how to reduce pesticide use by developing an appropriate sampling system for the late season crop.  This was implemented in this difficult and highly sprayed industrial crop on 12 advanced farms, totally well over 5,000 acres:

For over 6 years they team taught food raising using a teaching garden on University land, in downtown Berkeley, with a curriculum they designed, along with Plant Pathologist Bob Robby, and two soil scientists Vlamos and Williams.  They worked after leaving UC, Berkeley, Division of Biological Control with the John Muir Institute (JMI), under Max and Julie Linn who stewarded them into their own Center for Applied Ecology (CIAS).  They left UC, but continued their work with city governments demonstrating least toxic pest control programs for city trees with JMI.  Later, after setting up their own non-profit called the BioIntegral Resource Center (“BIRC”), they published The IPM Practitioner (10 issues/yr and Common Sense Pest Control Quarterly (4x/yr with a small cadre of helpers for over 20 years before turning it over to its present managing editor, Bill Quarles, who has continued the publications.

The couple authored many publications including the seminal 740 page reference /text “Common Sense Pest Control, teaching thousands of people how to manage pests without poisons.  They and colleagues coauthored 4 books, some book chapters, numerous magazine articles (Horticulture and Fine Gardening, and others), manuals and hundreds of articles, book reviews, and fliers for the public on Least Toxic Pest Control.  Their classic work, Common Sense Pest Control, is a 740 page compendium written for the general public concerned with managing various residential and urban pests, e.g., cockroaches, termites, garden pests of all sorts, especially aphids, and others.  They were joined in these efforts by their close friend, colleague and fellow author, landscape architect Sheila Daar, who was also the Director of the Institute from which they founded and worked.

The couple also innovated in creating a number of non-profit organizations including Antioch College West in San Francisco, an organic farm based school in the Sacramento Valley, and designed and operated the farm and 4 urban gardens in the San Francisco Bay Area at different times.

They were advocating over 40 years ago for urban gardens as a partial solution to the lack of pesticide free foods and went further to design and operate an organic farm school for disadvantaged young women.  The farm specialized in exploring how animals could be integrated into a 60 ac farm in the foothills of the Sacramento Valley for food, fiber, and weed control. This farm was based on fertilizers made from their own aerobic composting systems created with their farm wastes from a small 800 chicken operation, producing about 100 dozen eggs per week and over 40 boxes of produce sold as part of a CSA, Community Supported Agricultural system.  They were also were advocates of  small scale “farmets” (coining a term) as part of boundary green belts around and within Urban areas.

His wife, Helga (4.27.12) and he were regular speakers at the Ecofarm conference right from its start years ago.  Helga and Bill team, sometimes called BillGa taught for most of their 42 years together.  They formed a scientific writing, and teaching team lecturing across the US, with visits to Canada, China, and Europe (Italy and Berlin).  They also ran and personally searched for natural enemies in different parts of the US for importation to California.  They stopped active work on least toxic pest control in 1998 to help care for their principle supporters, Helga’s parents, Tosia and Dave Martin who died in 1996 and 1998, respectfully.

Afterward, they travelled and lived for 8 years in an RV going from the North coast, Mendocino Area, to the Southwest Desert Parks: Anza Borrego Desert State Park, Mojave preserve, Tucson Mt Park and others.  They travelled in a giant circle, with Bill painting, and Helga identifying plants and animals.

 

Bill Olkowski, “Doc” to his closest  friends, pioneered in designing and piloting biologically based pest control programs for many different types of public agencies, 6  local cities in the San Francisco bay Area, to the state government on contracts with State Department of Water Resources (CA DWR extending their hands-on management system for weeds, and rodents (ground squirrels)), and on Processing Tomatoes, funded by the State Department of Pesticide Regulation (CA-DPR), and a consortium of funding agencies and foundations headed by the Mott Foundation.  He worked in pioneering IPM programs for school districts, residential homes, private and public gardens, The San Francisco zoo, levees run by the State Department of Water (DWR), state and many federal parks, and a private pest control company.  Many of the hundreds of pest control program designs are documented in the classic book on the urban area: Common Sense Pest Control. For others and details see the web site: www.WHO1615.com (also contains copies of paintings produced over 40 years).

The IPM program designed with DWR after 4 years of support, at about $70K/year, demonstrated how to manage ground squirrel populations using smoke bombs at strategic times of the year, reduced burning of levees, plantings of alternative vegetation, use of aerial photographs for squirrel density detection (using holes as indicators of activity).  Using this type of aerial derived data allows for virtual continuous monitoring of squirrel numbers and densities and ways to monitor for long term studies, say over a 15 year period.

The program elements we demonstrated for altering the road treatment system, which previously was treated every year, was reduced by over 87%. This alone could greatly reduce the amount of herbicide on the 30,000 of miles of the Water Project overall.

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