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Workers inspect an area outside a retaining wall around storage tanks where a chemical leaked into the Elk River at Freedom Industries storage facility in Charleston, West Virginia, Jan. 13, 2014.

Workers inspect an area outside a retaining wall around storage tanks where a chemical leaked into the Elk River at Freedom Industries storage facility in Charleston, West Virginia, Jan. 13, 2014.

Jessica Berman

Experts are calling for a targeted strategy to restrict the use of toxic industrial chemicals, which they say are causing a “silent pandemic” of brain disorders in children worldwide.  Scientists are urging action as more so-called neurotoxins have been identified but remain largely unregulated.

A rise in the number of pediatric brain disorders, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia, cerebral palsy and autism, may be the result of increased use of unregulated toxic chemicals around the world.

In the past seven years, researchers have identified six new chemicals that have been shown to be capable of damaging the brains of developing human fetuses and young children. The discovery brings to twelve the number of confirmed neurotoxins.  Experts estimate one in six children worldwide suffers from a neurodevelopmental disorder.

Pediatrician Philip Landrigan, chairman of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, said exposure to neurotoxic chemicals was a serious problem that has reached pandemic proportions.

“Injury to the human brain in early life leads to problems like loss of IQ, shortening of attention span, behavioral problems.  And these effects by and large tend to be permanent,” he said.

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Number of chemicals linked to problems such as autism DOUBLES in just seven years

  • Researchers warn that chemical safety checks must be tightened
  • Many substances are found in everyday items like food, toys and clothes
  • And the study warns that these findings are just the tip of the iceberg

By Damien Gayle

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The number of industrial chemicals known to trigger brain development problems like autism has doubled in just seven years, experts warned today.

A new study suggests toxic chemicals may be triggering increases in neurological disabilities among children, including autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and dyslexia.

The researchers warn that chemical safety checks need to be tightened up around the world to protect our vulnerable youngsters from a ‘silent epidemic’ of brain disorders.

A tractor sprays barley crops: Pesticides are among the toxic chemicals which may be triggering neurological disabilities among children, including autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and dyslexia

A tractor sprays barley crops: Pesticides are among the toxic chemicals which may be triggering neurological disabilities among children, including autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and dyslexia

Their work also found that the list of chemicals known to damage the human brain but not regulated to safeguard children had also risen from 202 to 214.

These substances are found in everyday items including food, clothing, furniture and toys.

‘The greatest concern is the large numbers of children who are affected by toxic damage to brain development in the absence of a formal diagnosis,’ said Dr Philippe Grandjean, of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.

‘They suffer reduced attention span, delayed development, and poor school performance.

‘Industrial chemicals are now emerging as likely causes.’

He and his co-authors are calling for universal legal requirements forcing manufacturers to prove that all existing and new industrial chemicals are non-toxic before they reach the market place.

In the EU, the Reach (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) regulations already impose such rules.

But without them being applied globally, the world faces a ‘pandemic of neurodevelopmental toxicity’, warned Dr Grandjean.

‘Current chemical regulations are woefully inadequate to safeguard children whose developing brains are uniquely vulnerable to toxic chemicals in the environment,’ Dr Grandjean pointed out.

Neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia and cerebral palsy affect one in six children worldwide.

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http://www.democracynow.org – Taken at face value, the latest figures on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) suggest a growing epidemic in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 15 percent of high school children are diagnosed with ADHD. The number of those on stimulant medication is at 3.5 million, up from 600,000 two decades ago. ADHD is now the second most common long-term diagnosis in children, narrowly trailing asthma. But a new report in the New York Times questions whether these staggering figures reflect a medical reality, or an over-medicated craze that has earned billions in profits for the pharmaceutical companies involved.

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Sales for ADHD drugs like Adderall and Concerta topped $9 billion in the United States last year, a more than 500 percent jump from a decade before. The radical spike in diagnoses has coincided with a 20-year marketing effort to promote stimulant prescriptions for children struggling in school, as well as for adults seeking to take control of their lives. The marketing effort has relied on studies and testimonials from a select group of doctors who have received massive speaking fees and funding grants from major pharmaceutical companies. We are joined by four guests: Alan Schwarz, an award-winning reporter who wrote the New York Times piece, “The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder”; Jamison Monroe, a former teenage Adderall addict who now runs Newport Academy, a treatment center for teens suffering from substance abuse and mental health issues; Dr. Gabor Maté, a physician and bestselling author of four books, including “Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What You Can Do About It”; and John Edwards, the father of a college student who committed suicide after he was prescribed Adderall and antidepressant medications at the Harvard University Health Services clinic.

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Forbes

 

Is ADHD A Pretext For Selling Speed?

Jacob Sullum, Contributor

New York Times reporter Alan Schwarz, who for the last year or two has been wondering what’s up with all the speed kids are taking these days, has a long article in Sunday’s paper on “The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder.” Unfortunately, Schwarz barely mentions the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the organization that identified ADD, later relabeled “attention deficit hyperactivity disorder” (ADHD), as a disease that can be treated with prescription stimulants such as Adderall, Ritalin, and Vyvanse. Instead he focuses on the companies that make those stimulants, which he accuses of encouraging “overdiagnosis” to maximize sales.Schwarz surely is right that companies such as Shire, which sells Adderall, and Ciba-Geigy, which makes Ritalin, have a financial interest in pushing as broad a definition of ADHD as possible. But none of this would be possible without the APA’s blessing, and Schwarz pays scant attention to the problem of saying whether someone does or does not have a disease for which there is no objective test. Here is the sole reference to the APA in his 5,300-word story:

Like most psychiatric conditions, A.D.H.D. has no definitive test, and most experts in the field agree that its symptoms are open to interpretation by patients, parents and doctors. The American Psychiatric Association, which receives significant financing from drug companies, has gradually loosened the official criteria for the disorder to include common childhood behavior like “makes careless mistakes” or “often has difficulty waiting his or her turn.”

ADHD, like every other condition listed in the APA’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, is whatever the current edition of the DSM says it is. Since the official definition is broad and “open to interpretation,” it is hard to know what Schwarz means by “overdiagnosis.” Here is his best stab at explaining:

Few dispute that classic A.D.H.D., historically estimated to affect 5 percent of children, is a legitimate disability that impedes success at school, work and personal life. Medication often assuages the severe impulsiveness and inability to concentrate, allowing a person’s underlying drive and intelligence to emerge.

But even some of the field’s longtime advocates say the zeal to find and treat every A.D.H.D. child has led to too many people with scant symptoms receiving the diagnosis and medication.

Evidently Schwarz accepts the legitimacy of Classic ADHD while turning up his nose at New ADHD. But since neither purported disease can be objectively verified, it is not clear on what basis Schwarz prefers the narrower definition. It seems to me that Schwarz, who started his career as a sports reporter, is making a moral judgment about when it is acceptable to use performance-enhancing drugs: If you have a “legitimate disability,” it’s OK, but not if you are merely trying to turn a B+ into an A. He dresses up this moral judgment in the language of medical science, but it remains a moral judgment, and a questionable one at that.

 

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The Drugging Of Our Children (Full Length)

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In the absence of any objective medical tests to determine who has ADD or ADHD, doctors rely in part on standardized assessments and the impressions of teachers and guardians while the they administer leave little room for other causes or aggravating factors, such as diet, or environment. Hence, diagnosing a child or adolescent with ADD or ADHD is often the outcome, although no organic basis for either disease has yet to be clinically proven. Psychiatrists may then prescribe psychotropic drugs for the children without first without making it clear to parents that these medications can have severe side-effects including insomnia, loss of appetite, headaches, psychotic symptoms and even potentially fatal adverse reactions, such as cardiac arrhythmia. And yet, despite these dangers, many school systems actually work with government agencies to force parents to drug their children, threatening those who refuse with the prospect of having their children taken from the home unless they cooperate.

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By Dr. Mercola

Millions of US children are taking powerful mind-altering drugs, often before they’re even old enough to attend school.

Oftentimes the side effects are far worse than the conditions, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) for which they’re prescribed, and rival illegal street drugs in terms of their dangerous risks to health.

In children, the long-term effects are often largely unknown, while in the short term, we’ve seen shocking increases in violent and aggressive acts committed by teens taking one or more psychotropic drugs.

With the problem getting increasingly worse instead of better, now is a perfect time to view Gary Null’s excellent documentary, The Drugging of Our Children.

The number of prescriptions for psychotropic drugs for children more than doubled between 1995 and 2000; the documentary details the devastating consequences of this excessive medicating of our children, with a focus on children who have been diagnosed with ADHD.

Most Children Diagnosed with ADHD Are Given Drugs Even Though Misdiagnosis Is Common

As the documentary points out, many of you reading this probably don’t remember any kids in your class at school who were taking mind-altering drugs. And that’s likely because the vast majority were not.

In contrast, one in 10 US children is now claimed to have ADHD, which is a 22 percent increase since 2003.1 About two-thirds of the children diagnosed with ADHD are on some form of prescription medication, which is unfortunate not only because there are far better (and safer) treatment options but also because many are misdiagnosed.

ADHD seems to have become more or less the catchall designation for children who do not “behave well” — and one study determined that about 20 percent of children have likely been misdiagnosed.2 That’s nearly 1 million children in the US alone.

The study found that many of the youngest children in any given grade level are perceived as exhibiting “symptoms” of ADHD, such as fidgeting and an inability to concentrate, simply because they’re younger and being compared to their older, more mature classmates.

The documentary, too, points out that an ADHD diagnosis is often made, in part, on the highly subjective observations of teachers or guardians, based on signs nearly every child will display at some point (fidgeting, easily distracted, difficulty waiting his or her turn, and so on), and with little regard for other factors that could be aggravating a child’s behavior, such as diet or home environment.

The outcome is, sadly, typically the same: another child placed on powerful drugs, of which parents are often completely unaware of the extreme side effects they carry.

We’re Talking Hard-Core ‘Class 2’ Narcotics

Drugs prescribed for ADHD are not “mild” by any means. These are hard-core, “class 2″ narcotics, regulated by the Drug Enforcement Agency as a controlled substance because they can lead to dependence. The majority of kids diagnosed with ADHD will be prescribed these potentially dangerous drugs, the most common being Ritalin.

By definition, Ritalin stimulates your central nervous system and may certainly interfere with the delicate and complex workings of your brain and personality. According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA),3 side effects include:

Sudden death in people who have heart problems or heart defects Stroke and heart attack Increased blood pressure
New or worse behavior and thought problems New or worse bipolar illness New or worse aggressive behavior or hostility
New psychotic symptoms (such as hearing voices, believing things that are not true, are suspicious) New manic symptoms Increased heart rate
Slowing of growth (height and weight) in children Seizures Eyesight changes or blurred vision

There are reports of children committing suicide while taking the drug, and the long-term effects are unknown. Researchers have also revealed that Ritalin appears to delay puberty, an effect that was previously unknown, raising questions about what other effects may have yet to be uncovered. Another common ADHD drug is Adderall, which contains amphetamine (aka “speed”) and dextroamphetamine, and is used to reduce impulsiveness and hyperactivity in patients with ADHD. Like Ritalin, Adderall can cause potentially life-threatening side effects. Among them:

Aggressive behavior or hostility Bipolar illness Worse behavior or thought problems
Psychotic symptoms (hearing voices, believing things that are not true) or manic symptoms Sudden death in patients who have heart problems or heart defects Stroke or heart attack
Increased blood pressure and heart rate Seizures and eyesight changes Slowing of growth in children

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Food Safety

 

McDonald’s Apologizes to Chinese Consumers for Food Safety Violations

 

By Helena Bottemiller

Just weeks after launching an advertising campaign focused on food and quality safety in China, McDonalds is under fire for local food safety violations. State-run China Central Television accused the company of selling chicken wings more than an hour and…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/mcdonalds-apologizes-to-chinese-consumers-for-food-safety-violations/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120319

 

Obama agency rules Pepsi’s use of aborted fetal cells in soft drinks

constitutes ‘ordinary business operations’

 

By Ethan A. Huff,
(NaturalNews) The Obama Administration has given its blessing to PepsiCo to continue utilizing the services of a company that produces flavor chemicals for the beverage giant using aborted human fetal tissue. LifeSiteNews.com reports that the Obama Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) has decided that PepsiCo’s arrangement with San Diego, CalSEC.-based Senomyx, which produces flavor enhancing chemicals for Pepsi using human embryonic kidney tissue, simply constitutes “ordinary business operations…

Health

 

Yale researchers link cell phone use during pregnancy to behavioral problems in children

 

These behaviors bear a resemblance to what is found in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, known as ADHD, according to Taylor.

Researchers found that greater exposure to cell phone radiation led to more pronounced behavioral effects. “We did show clearly that this is dose responsive,” Taylor says.

He is also is quick to say the findings don’t mean people should give up their cell phones.

“I wouldn’t want to scare people, that’s very important,” Taylor says. “There are probably some levels of exposure that are safe. But it bears further study.”

http://saratogian.com/articles/2012/03/15/news/doc4f6284639c31d280625381.txt?viewmode=2

 

Heart attacks without chest pain more common than thought, especially among women

 

By PF Louis,
(NaturalNews) The CDC reports that approximately 800,000 first time heart attacks occur annually. Ignoring iatrogenic deaths (death by medicine), heart disease is still the number one killer for both men and women. However, the common perception of chest pain or discomfort as a signal that a heart attack is occurring are less than one normally thinks, especially among younger women under 45. A study led by Dr. John Canto at the Watson Clinic in Lakeland, Florida, used medical records in a national…

Sweetened drinks increase risk of heart disease in men by twenty percent

 

By John Phillip,
(NaturalNews) Researchers publishing the results of a study in the prestigious American Heart Association journal Circulation have found that men who drank a 12-ounce sugar-sweetened beverage a day had a 20 percent higher risk of heart disease compared to men who didn’t drink any sugar-sweetened drinks. This should come as no surprise as sweetened (and calorie-free) beverages have come under scrutiny for contributing to increased risk of potentially fatal conditions such as diabetes, dementia, stroke…

High manganese levels making air breathing hazardous in some residential areas

 

By J. D. Heyes,
(NaturalNews) A new study has found there are higher levels of potentially toxic manganese in a number of residential neighborhoods that are located near industrial or manufacturing sites at various locations around the country. The study, conducted by researchers from Kansas State University (KSU), Columbia University and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Department of Environmental Health Sciences, found varying levels of manganese in analyzed samples of airborne particulate…

Holistic Health

 

How juicing can improve your health

 

By Kim Evans,
(NaturalNews) Adding fresh juices to your diet can be one of the best everyday things you can do for your health. This is the case because with juicing you can take in far more nutrients from fresh fruits and vegetables than you ever could just by eating them straight. And these nutrients both protect us from disease and boost our health and vitality. For example, it’s easy to consume the nutrients of a couple of pounds of carrots in a day if you juice them. And while carrots are well known to.

Colloidail silver the perfect mouthwash? Scientists find rinsing mouth with silver treats infections

 

By Jonathan Benson,

(NaturalNews) The amazing infection-treating properties of silver seem to be flooding the pages of scientific journals these days, as researchers, scientists, and medical experts are finally fessing up to the fact that this unique element possesses healing properties far superior to pharmaceutical antibiotics and drugs. And a new study published in the Society for Applied Microbiology journal Letters in Applied Microbiology reveals that silver is fully capable of killing yeast-based mouth infections…

How vitamin D helps prevent lung cancer

 

By Aurora Geib,
(NaturalNews) Increasing vitamin D may now be a matter of life or death, as recent studies have shown that it may play a vital role in the fight against lung cancer. To date, lung cancer is one of the three most common cancers that kill men and women in developed countries with a statistic of one million deaths every year. Researchers from the University of California at San Diego discovered a correlative relationship between higher rates of lung cancer and less exposure to the sun. Cancer…

Pet Health

 

Could Your Pet Be Harboring This Miserable Little Parasite?

 

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Dr. Karen Becker, a proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian discusses giardia parasite in pets.

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2012/03/19/giardia-infection-on-pets.aspx

 

Recalls

 

Canada Recalls Seven Months Worth of Frozen Ground Beef

 

By News Desk

After a series of earlier recalls, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has now recalled all ground beef from New Food Classics ( Establishment 761) that was processed between July 1, 2011 and Feb. 15, 2012 because it may be…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/canada-calls-back-seven-months-of-frozen-ground-beef/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120319

 

Glass Fragments in Fruit Beverages

 

By Julia Thomas

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and AllJuice International are advising customers not to consume certain AllJuice products because they may contain harmful glass fragments.There have been no injuries reported. The recalled juices, in 73 mL glass bottles, were distributed in…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/glass-fragments-in-fruit-beverages/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120319

 

Allergen Alert

 

Allergen Alert: Flavored Peanuts With Milk

 

By Julia Thomas

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) expanded its warning issued on March 15, 2012 to include the Koh-Kae brand snack products listed below because the products contain milk not declared on the label. There have been no reported illnesses associated…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/allergen-alert-peanut-snacks-with-milk/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120319

Food Safety

Proposed Poultry Inspection Rule Could Privatize Food Safety, Lead To Higher Rates Of Contamination

Food safety advocacy groups are fighting a proposed rule that would allow private companies to assume some of the food inspection duties currently handled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service currently oversees all poultry for blemishes and defects before the carcasses are fully processed, but under the new rule, poultry plants would assume those responsibilities.

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/03/16/445889/privatized-poultry-inspection-usda/?mobile=nc

Could high-power ultrasound protect produce from pathogens?

A litany of food scares–and rules for organic produce–have pushed the industry to seek new solutions for food safety. Perfectly sanitized dimpled spinach leaves or tender greens like baby lettuce has been high on the wish

http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57399739-76/could-high-power-ultrasound-protect-produce-from-pathogens/

Health

The Real Cause of the Global Obesity Epidemic

CONTRIBUTOR: Washington’s Blog.

World Wide Obesity Epidemic Some 68% of all Americans are overweight, and obesity has almost doubled in the last couple of decades worldwide. As International Business Tribune reports: Studies conducted jointly by researchers at Imperial College London and Harvard University, published in the medical journal The Lancet, show that obesity worldwide almost…

http://beforeitsnews.com/story/1906/575/The_Real_Cause_of_the_Global_Obesity_Epidemic.html

Pfizer ends Celebrex post-approval safety study

It was originally approved in 1998, and Pfizer was required to do the safety study in 2006 after Celebrex was approved as a treatment for juvenile idiopathic arthritis. The company said the Food and Drug Administration released it from its requirement.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/pfizer-ends-celebrex-post-approval-215530986.html

How health care law affects lives of 7 Americans

(AP) CHICAGO – A father lost his job at a medical device company that is facing a new tax. A young woman got back on her parents’ insurance and was able to get surgery for an injury that could have hobbled her. A part-time sales woman stopped …

http://wnyt.com/article/stories/s2544236.shtml?cat=300

 

Resistance to antibiotics could bring “the END OF MODERN MEDICINE AS WE KNOW IT”


The world is entering an antibiotic crisis which could make routine operations impossible and a scratched knee potentially fatal, the head of the World Health Organisation has claimed.
Bacteria are starting to become so resistant to common antibiotics that every antibiotic ever developed is at risk of becoming useless, making once-routine operations impossible. This would include many of the breakthrough drugs developed to treat tuberculosis, malaria, bacterial infections and HIV/AIDS, as well as simple treatments for cuts. We could be entering into a “post-antibiotic era”.
Replacement medicines could become more expensive, with longer periods of treatment required to bring about the same effect. “Things as common as strep throat or a child’s scratched knee could once again kill.
Antimicrobial resistance is on the rise in Europe and elsewhere in the world. We are losing our first-line antimicrobials. Replacement treatments are more costly, more toxic, need much longer durations of treatment, and may require treatment in intensive care units. For patients infected with some drug-resistant pathogens, mortality has been shown to increase by around 50 per cent.”
The stark warning comes shortly after the World Health Organisation published a new book warning of the “global crisis”, entitled “The evolving threat of antimicrobial resistance. The current situation was blamed largely on the misuse of antibiotics, which are not prescribed properly and used too frequently and for too long. The WHO has now appealed to governments across the world to support research into the antimicrobial resistance.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9147414/Resistance-to-antibiotics-could-bring-the-end-of-modern-medicine-as-we-know-it-WHO-claim.html

 

Holistic Health

 

Denying chemtrails is dangerous for your health

By Paul Fassa,

(NaturalNews) Statistical evidence shows that lung issues such as asthma and COPD have risen considerably over the past two decades. While there may be a few factors behind this, hardly anyone includes chemtrails as one of them. Scientists and governments have allowed some “limited hangouts” (partial disclosures) on chemtrails or stratospheric geo-engineering, framing it as “experimental.” They openly discuss geo-engineering as “potential” solutions for weather control and protection against global…

http://www.naturalnews.com/035269_chemtrails_asthma_health_effects.html

Improve your sleep quality by waking up naturally

By Sherry L. Ackerman, Ph.D.,

(NaturalNews) Man, it seems, was never meant to be woken abruptly, in darkness, by loud, sudden buzzing, beeping and/or siren-type noises. Rather, our ancestors woke naturally, and gently, each day with the rising of the sun. There are different levels of sleep, with the deeper levels (Deep Sleep and REM sleep) being utilized for repairing and rejuvenating your body. The human body is designed to wake up during light sleep, either before entering this repair stage such as during a quick nap, or…

http://www.naturalnews.com/035271_sleep_quality_waking_up_ambient_light.html

Recover from ADD, ADHD, and depression without drugs

By Allison Biggar,

(NaturalNews) Chances are you’ve been prescribed antidepressants or know someone who has. According to the Centers for Disease Control, eleven percent of Americans over the age of 12 take antidepressants. Between 1996 and 2005 alone, the number of people taking antidepressants doubled to 27 million. Concurrent with this pharmaceutical boom, we have also seen the rise of the ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) diagnosis. According to the National Institute of Mental health, 3 to…

http://www.naturalnews.com/035272_ADHD_depression_natural_remedies.html

Pet Health

9 Dental Issues You Share With Your Cats and Dogs

Dental “treats” and specially-formulated diets are available to improve cat and dog dental health. Look for the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) Seal of Acceptance, which endorses such products. Keep both your relationship and your pets’ breath …

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amy-d-shojai-cabc/pet-dental-health_b_1303061.html

Pet owners flock to get shots

As animal health professionals are seeing an increase in distemper this year, some pet owners are taking extra precautions. “I like to see the animals vaccinated and well taken care of,” said Dr. Annette Jensen, who administered shots at the …

http://www.mywesttexas.com/top_stories/article_d850af5e-2627-527c-9182-ea01861363f8.html?photo=1

Recalls

Troyer Cheese, Inc. Recalls Backroad Country Caramel Puffcorn Sold in 8oz and 16oz Plastic Bags Because of Undeclared Milk

Troyer Cheese, Inc. is recalling specific expiration dates of their Backroad Country Caramel Puffcorn sold in 8 and 16 ounce plastic bags because they may contain undeclared milk. People who have allergies to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm296392.htm

California Firm Recalls Chicken Caesar Wraps Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

LSG Sky Chefs, a San Jose, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 1,784 pounds of grilled chicken Caesar wraps because the Caesar dressing used in the wrap products contains egg, a known allergen not declared on the wrap product label.

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Recall_014_2012_Release/index.asp

Misc

Capitol Briefing: Removal of food sales tax debated

Bill Graves, a Republican who signed into law several tax cuts in the 1990s, Graves told him that if he could do it over again, he would have pushed for removing the sales tax on food. Quote of the week “I think it’s safe to say that other …

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2012/mar/19/capitol-briefing-removal-food-sales-tax-debated/

No Kugel for you!
Mike’s homeless-gift ban

So much for serving the homeless.

The Bloomberg administration is now taking the term “food police” to new depths, blocking food donations to all government-run facilities that serve the city’s homeless.

In conjunction with a mayoral task force and the Health Department, the Department of Homeless Services recently started enforcing new nutritional rules for food served at city shelters. Since DHS can’t assess the nutritional content of donated food, shelters have to turn away good Samaritans.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/no_kugel_for_you_N4VuTrqavfOiApSHngxuMJ

Food Safety

Campaign Against BPI’s ‘Pink Slime’

By Dan Flynn

Texas food columnist Bettina Siegel, author of “The Lunch Tray” about school lunches, is now taking on ammoniated beef — the product dubbed “pink slime” made by the food safety leader Beef Products Inc.Siegel, who writes for the Houston Chronicle…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/new-campaign-against-bpis-pink-slime/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120308

NYC Mayor Takes ‘A’ for Letter Grading Restaurants
By Dan Flynn

Mayor Michael Bloomberg produced some fairly instant analysis earlier this week, crediting New York City’s restaurant-inspection letter grades for both lower rates of Salmonella illnesses and greater restaurant revenues in the Big Apple.Based on just nine months of data, the…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/nyc-mayor-takes-a-for-letter-grading-restaurants/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120307

FDA Questions AeroShot Caffeine ‘Inhaler’

By Mary Rothschild

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent a warning letter to Breathable Foods for “false and misleading” statements about AeroShot, a product the company claims is “inhalable caffeine” but the FDA says is a actually a dietary supplement intended to…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/fda-questions-aeroshot-caffeine-inhaler/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120307

Senate Ag Committee Discusses Small Farms and Food Safety Standards

By Helena Bottemiller

Why is it harder for a small grower to implement food safety standards? The long-running discussion over food safety as it applies to different types and sizes of farms continued Wednesday during Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on nutrition and local…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/senate-ag-committee-discusses-small-farms-and-food-safety-standards/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120308

Another Clue to E. Coli O104:H4?

By Mary Rothschild

Scientists in Oslo say sequencing of a particular virulent strain of E. coli O103:H25, which caused an outbreak in Norway in 2006, revealed a resemblance to the 2011 German outbreak strain of E. coli O104:H4, and suggests the two strains..

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/another-clue-to-e-coli-o104h4/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120308

Campbell’s Soup Phasing Out BPA Use in Cans

By News Desk

Although it maintains that the bisphenol A (BPA) in its cans is safe, the Campbell Soup Company says it has already switched to alternatives in some packaging as it ends the use of the controversial chemical.The Camden, NJ-based food giant…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/campbell-soup-will-phase-out-bpa-use/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120308

Health

French implant boss jailed after missing bail paymen … Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) – Jean-Claude Mas, the Frenchman who set off a global health scare by selling substandard breast implants, has been jailed for not paying his bail, a …

http://en-maktoob.news.yahoo.com/french-implant-boss-jailed-missing-bail-payments-212046855.html;_ylt=AsErxYhthnvVigSZ_o6UqucvrOV_;_ylu=X3oDMTRrbG4wOXBjBG1pdANIZWFsdGggQW5kIEZpdG5lc3MgU3Vic2VjdGlvbiBUb3AgU3RvcmllcwRwa2cDMjFjOWE4YjMtNjFkYi0zNzMyLWI0MDEtMzBjNTJlMTI2ZGQ0BHBvcwMxMARzZWMDdG9wX3N0b3J5BHZlcgM5Y2M2ODEyMC02ODliLTExZTEtYmZmYy05NGE1ZWJmOTE2NDY-;_ylg=X3oDMTJlaG5vYzQ5BGludGwDeGUEbGFuZwNlbi1hZQRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANsaWZlc3R5bGV8aGVhbHRoYW5kZml0bmVzcwRwdANzZWN0aW9ucwR0ZXN0Aw–;_ylv=3

More evidence links tanning beds to skin cancer: stu … Reuters

(Reuters) – Women who use tanning salons have a somewhat increased risk of skin cancer, according to a study that adds to evidence that baking in a tan bed can be as …

http://en-maktoob.news.yahoo.com/more-evidence-links-tanning-beds-skin-cancer-study-011213811.html;_ylt=Ah1QuJySTHy8k4WGv1Se79QvrOV_;_ylu=X3oDMTRqa3BqZzIzBG1pdANIZWFsdGggQW5kIEZpdG5lc3MgU3Vic2VjdGlvbiBUb3AgU3RvcmllcwRwa2cDNjI1ZDZkOGQtOGZiNS0zY2I1LThhNjAtODk1NjI3MTA5NzJjBHBvcwM5BHNlYwN0b3Bfc3RvcnkEdmVyAzAxMDU0YjEwLTY4YmMtMTFlMS1iZWY3LWFhNTE4YWU2M2U5Yg–;_ylg=X3oDMTJlaG5vYzQ5BGludGwDeGUEbGFuZwNlbi1hZQRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANsaWZlc3R5bGV8aGVhbHRoYW5kZml0bmVzcwRwdANzZWN0aW9ucwR0ZXN0Aw–;_ylv=3

Breaks to get up and move good for health: study Reuters

(Reuters) – Taking a break to walk every 20 minutes instead of staying seated for hours helps reduce the body’s levels of glucose and insulin after eating, according …

http://en-maktoob.news.yahoo.com/breaks-move-good-health-study-014517590.html;_ylt=And1vuWTTConXAsxZcZnN6UvrOV_;_ylu=X3oDMTRqc3Q5OWszBG1pdANIZWFsdGggQW5kIEZpdG5lc3MgU3Vic2VjdGlvbiBUb3AgU3RvcmllcwRwa2cDNTcwM2IyNWEtYTEwNi0zMzU2LWFlMzUtMzIzNmYwODg5MGU4BHBvcwM4BHNlYwN0b3Bfc3RvcnkEdmVyA2MyMjZkNTgwLTY4YzAtMTFlMS1iZmVjLTRjNmQ5ZWE2MGQ1ZQ–;_ylg=X3oDMTJlaG5vYzQ5BGludGwDeGUEbGFuZwNlbi1hZQRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANsaWZlc3R5bGV8aGVhbHRoYW5kZml0bmVzcwRwdANzZWN0aW9ucwR0ZXN0Aw–;_ylv=3

Exercise may not help older people fall less: study Reuters

(Reuters) – Joining a regular exercise program may help older people move better, but it doesn’t necessarily mean they are more steady on their feet or will lose their …

http://en-maktoob.news.yahoo.com/exercise-may-not-help-older-people-fall-less-020708976.html;_ylt=AkufVfO4Avnt1lpy1bkbew8vrOV_;_ylu=X3oDMTRqZTlwcm85BG1pdANIZWFsdGggQW5kIEZpdG5lc3MgU3Vic2VjdGlvbiBUb3AgU3RvcmllcwRwa2cDNDBiMmMzOGQtNGI1ZS0zNTNlLThiYzgtNWVmNzdjNDIzYmQwBHBvcwMyBHNlYwN0b3Bfc3RvcnkEdmVyA2ZmZDMyMGIwLTY5OGMtMTFlMS1iZGVkLTBlNzcwZWM5YzgzYQ–;_ylg=X3oDMTJlaG5vYzQ5BGludGwDeGUEbGFuZwNlbi1hZQRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANsaWZlc3R5bGV8aGVhbHRoYW5kZml0bmVzcwRwdANzZWN0aW9ucwR0ZXN0Aw–;_ylv=3

Bihar SOS to centre on tackling bird flu IANS

Patna, March 9 (IANS) Bird flu or avian influenza is threatening Bihar’s poultry industry and an SOS has been sent to the central government on tackling the deadly H5N1Bird flu or avian influenza …

http://en-maktoob.news.yahoo.com/bihar-sos-centre-tackling-bird-flu-033407138.html;_ylt=AgWWa35_8JhV7HhoCXilZVgvrOV_;_ylu=X3oDMTRqc2Y0cjJrBG1pdANIZWFsdGggQW5kIEZpdG5lc3MgU3Vic2VjdGlvbiBUb3AgU3RvcmllcwRwa2cDNTIyM2ZhN2ItZTU5Zi0zMmMwLTlmNWQtNDE3YjQ2ZjM4YmRiBHBvcwMxBHNlYwN0b3Bfc3RvcnkEdmVyA2JhMTBlMzgwLTY5OTgtMTFlMS1hZmI3LWVhMmNlYjY3OTQ0OQ–;_ylg=X3oDMTJlaG5vYzQ5BGludGwDeGUEbGFuZwNlbi1hZQRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANsaWZlc3R5bGV8aGVhbHRoYW5kZml0bmVzcwRwdANzZWN0aW9ucwR0ZXN0Aw–;_ylv=3

Holistic Health

Coriander oil (cilantro) can be used to treat food poisoning and drug-resistant infections

By Jonathan Benson,
(NaturalNews) Food-borne illness outbreaks and the growing prevalence of antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” are two very serious societal problems for which researchers say they are actively looking for viable solutions. But one such solution found right in nature is coriander oil, which has been found to kill a number of different bacterial strains, as well as aid in digestion and treat the symptoms of food poisoning. Dr. Fernanda Domingues and her colleagues from the University of Beira Interior…

http://www.naturalnews.com/035153_coriander_oil_food_poisoning_infections.html

U.S. Army dietician promotes mess hall labeling system that places warning on desserts and fried foods

By J. D. Heyes,
(NaturalNews) If you’ve ever known anyone who’s been in the military, no doubt you’ve heard horror stories about how bad the chow is. In fact, one of a service member’s favorite pastimes is joking about the food. But in the new age of military cuts, some in the nation’s armed forces are taking a hard look at ways to cut budgetary fat, and one area that is getting serious attention is how to cut the Pentagon’s annual healthcare budget. In that vein, the Army has launched a new program designed…

http://www.naturalnews.com/035154_Army_food_labeling_mess_hall.html

Woman reverses Lyme disease with raw milk fasting

By Paul Fassa,
(NaturalNews) A woman reports that she has reversed Lyme disease by fasting with raw milk. This is not a suggestion for Lyme disease suffers, but a confirmation that raw milk from grass fed cows does have health-promoting properties. Most Lyme disease sufferers clamor for antibiotics forever, which the medical establishment cancels after a month. The medical establishment claims if antibiotics don’t fix Lyme in a month, it’s all in their heads. Most Lyme sufferers consider this a curse, not…

http://www.naturalnews.com/035155_Lyme_disease_raw_milk_fasting.html

Common pesticides double children’s risk of ADHD

By Sharon Heller, PhD,
(NaturalNews) Many people think organic fruits and vegetables are too expensive to buy for family meals. But those who have a hyperactive child should think again. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 4.5 million children ages 5 to 17 in the US have been diagnosed with ADHD. These rates have risen 3% a year between 1997 and 2006. Could the problem be something in the air or food that American children eat? A new study suggests this is a strong possibility. Appearing…

http://www.naturalnews.com/035156_pesticides_children_ADHD.html

Forget sports drinks: Coconut water is the perfect fluid to replenish your body’s electrolyte balance after heavy exercise

By Mike Adams, March 6 2012
(NaturalNews) In most cases, the best way to restore your body’s fluids and electrolytes after exercise is simply with water and food, particularly fruit. In cases of severe exertion or illness, however, a quick electrolyte boost may be necessary. For those reluctant to consume sports drinks with all their added colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives, nature has provided the perfect rehydrating drink: coconut water. Coconut water is found inside the cavity of a young, unripe coconut

http://www.naturalnews.com/035158_sports_drinks_coconut_water_electrolytes.html

Nutrition

USDA Boosts Native American Nutrition Education

By Gretchen Goetz

Over the past three days Food Safety News has chronicled the nutritional challenges facing Native Americans today and what is being done to face them. On Wednesday, after this series was published, the Obama Administration announced this year’s recipients of…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/usda-boosts-native-american-nutrition-education/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120308

Senate rejects Blunt amendment to limit birth-control mandate

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/213615-senate-rejects-blunt-amendment-to-kill-birth-control-mandate

$375M health care scheme went unnoticed for years

http://news.yahoo.com/375m-health-care-scheme-went-unnoticed-years-232916824.html

Greek parliament approves health cuts

http://news.yahoo.com/greek-parliament-approves-health-cuts-021346938.html;_ylt=Apu7.212wwAYjzRrWWsEsVaCSbYF;_ylu=X3oDMTRnbHA0Y2lmBG1pdANUb3BTdG9yeSBIZWFsdGhTRiBNZWRpY2F0aW9uc0RydWdzU1NGBHBrZwMxYjJkMjRkNS02MjljLTNkMmQtYWVlNC0wNjI2NjY1NDkzNjMEcG9zAzEzBHNlYwN0b3Bfc3RvcnkEdmVyAzVkY2U0MjcwLTYzNDQtMTFlMS05OThmLWY2ODg1ZDBhMTdkNQ–;_ylg=X3oDMTJlcGk4ZGlyBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANoZWFsdGh8bWVkaWNhdGlvbnMgLSBkcnVncwRwdANzZWN0aW9ucwR0ZXN0Aw–;_ylv=3

 

Official: Doctor had recruiters in Medicare scheme

http://news.yahoo.com/official-doctor-had-recruiters-medicare-scheme-172221296.html

China to promote condoms to cap HIV/AIDS cases

http://news.yahoo.com/china-promote-condoms-cap-hiv-aids-cases-162258883.html;_ylt=AvHPm5YOIKD.lh9G2ZQym8qCSbYF;_ylu=X3oDMTRnc2Q0b2lyBG1pdANUb3BTdG9yeSBIZWFsdGhTRiBNZWRpY2F0aW9uc0RydWdzU1NGBHBrZwM4NDA5MDg4Yi0xMTUxLTNhNjUtYTI3MS03ZjI2YTQ5YjFjYTUEcG9zAzI0BHNlYwN0b3Bfc3RvcnkEdmVyA2NiYmM0ODIwLTYyZjEtMTFlMS1hYzk3LTg2YjdmOTk0MTE4ZQ–;_ylg=X3oDMTJlcGk4ZGlyBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANoZWFsdGh8bWVkaWNhdGlvbnMgLSBkcnVncwRwdANzZWN0aW9ucwR0ZXN0Aw–;_ylv=3

New warning about diabetes posted on statin bottles

http://news.yahoo.com/warning-diabetes-posted-statin-bottles-152931147.html

Genetically Altered Bird Flu Virus Not as Dangerous as Believed, Its Maker Asserts

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/01/science/maker-says-bird-flu-virus-not-as-dangerous-as-thought.html?_r=1&ref=health

Virginia Senate Passes Ultrasound Bill as Other States Take Notice

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/29/us/virginia-senate-passes-revised-ultrasound-bill.html?ref=health

U.S. Will Push to Have Graphic Warnings on Cigarettes

http://news.health.com/2012/03/01/u-s-will-push-to-have-graphic-warnings-on-cigarettes/

Budget cuts threaten global health progress, advocacy group warns in report

http://www.news-medical.net/news/20120301/Budget-cuts-threaten-global-health-progress-advocacy-group-warns-in-report.aspx

Even pediatricians want suicide warning placed on ADHD drugs

Planned Parenthood scandal? The real scandal is that Komen’s mammograms actually cause breast cancer

Natural Health

Vitamin A may slash melanoma risk

http://vitals.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/01/10548491-vitamin-a-may-slash-melanoma-risk

70-year-old looks 30 years younger thanks to raw food diet

http://www.thegrio.com/health/70-year-old-attributes-youthful-look-to-raw-food-diet.php#46588723

Does low-calorie equal healthy?

http://www.thegrio.com/health/does-low-calorie-equal-healthy.php

The Wonders of White Tea

http://altmedicine.about.com/od/herbsupplementguide/a/whitetea.htm?nl=1

Green Tea – Green Tea May Help Prevent Cancer

http://nutrition.about.com/od/hydrationwater/a/greentea.htm

Barley Grass – What You Need to Know

http://altmedicine.about.com/od/Juice/a/Barley-Grass.htm?nl=1

What You Need to Know about Heart Disease

http://wholelivingdaily.wholeliving.com/2012/02/what-you-need-to-know-about-heart-disease.html

Are Carbs the Enemy in Type 1 Diabetes?

http://wholelivingdaily.wholeliving.com/2012/03/are-carbs-the-enemy-in-type-1-diabetes.html

High level of soft drink consumption associated with asthma and/or COPD

http://holisticfuture.com/2012/02/10/high-level-of-soft-drink-consumption-associated-with-asthma-andor-copd/

Bill Gates buys positive press spin on vaccines, GMOs

http://www.naturalnews.com/034859_Bill_Gates_mainstream_media_influence.html#ixzz1nvVngNnc

Hawaii GMO Justice Coalition calls for massive protest against GMOs on February 21

http://www.naturalnews.com/034860_GMO_Hawaii_protest.html#ixzz1nvWHLn4M

Licorice as treatment for Barrett’s esophagus

http://www.naturalnews.com/034863_licorice_Barretts_esophagus_remedies.html

Holy basil is a clinically proven antioxidant, cancer fighter, neuropathy healer, and anti-microbial

Weird food fact: Jell-O molds cannot be made with many fresh fruits, because they contain enzymes that eat away the gelatin

http://www.naturalnews.com/034872_Jell-O_fresh_fruit_enzymes.html#ixzz1nvYQTvUU

Luteolin blocks cellular signaling pathway to lower colon cancer risk

http://www.naturalnews.com/034876_luteolin_colon_cancer_growth_factor.html

 

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