Lawsuit Update
What we've learned.
 

The lawsuit is ended. It has been dismissed. The plaintiff is a fugitive from justice, according to his attorney. He has 30 days to appeal.

But here is what we've learned:

However, things will have to change around her.

We are going to focus on fundraising. We need to get in the black and that will be the focus.

This means that less time will be spent writing with more time spent trying to find money.

Grant Writers: we recently put out a feeler for grant writers. We got a letter from one telling us that it is unethical to pay a grant writer a commission, since it will affect the writing. I'm under the impression that it's unethical to pay good money to someone who can't guarantee his work.

We have two possible grant writers who've not done much so far. We are still looking for grant writers. However, now, they will have to be volunteer grant writers.

Fund Raisers: if you know how to do this, then contact us.

We have many projects on the back burners right now, including a Journal of International Medicine. Dr Sam Chachua called me and asked me to edit and publish a peer-review journal called the Journal of International Medicine. Something for both physicians and consumers. This will cost us at least $100,000.00 to get off the ground.

The next edition of the International Wellness Directory™ is still on the back burner, and this time we will be publishing a World version, listing naturopaths, and others from around the world. Sadly, our two sales people in charge of selling advertising, haven't brought in a thing in the past two years.

We are currently rewriting our Bypassing Bypass, and our book on Cancer will be updated soon, but that will take even more time and money.

So, this is where we stand. We're over 70K in debt, and trying to dig out. We will still work on the site, but our focus will be to get out of debt and then onto bigger and better things.

If you want to contribute, you know what to do.

Help Out?


Dr Sam Chachua Update
When he's not being attacked physically, he's busy working on healing individuals of the most terrible illnesses affecting mankind.

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I got a call one night, while sitting in bed reading one of the 17 books I've been sent to review, and it was Dr Sam on the other end.

He asked me to fly to Haiti to cover a pretty big story. You see, he was going there to administer the only working AIDS vaccine. Dr Sam likes our publication since we are one of two journalists actually writing about him and his therapies, not to mention his trials and tribulations. However, I had to tell him that I was planning on attending a 35 year Vietnam reunion in which I'll see some fellow pilots I flew with way back when. He felt that that was more important.

Sam and his friends (including myself) were recently trying to get in touch with Bill Gates. It seems that Bill has a lot of money invested in an AIDS vaccine. Sam wanted to inform him that his investment will go nowhere; that that particular AIDS vaccine will not only not work, it will probably do a lot of harm in the long run.

Having our ear to the ground, we've heard about many vaccines that have come to naught. We heard about the World Health Organization going into a village in a remote part of Africa to administer an AIDS vaccine, and upon returning to that village, they found everyone dead.

The problem with the current AIDS vaccines is, Dr Sam told me, "super-infection."

You see, there are many strains of the HIV virus. Clubs have been established for people living with HIV and when they share bodily fluids, they each infect the other with their particular form of HIV. So, now you have a "super-infection."

The current AIDS vaccines are doing that too.

Dr Sam has the ONLY working HIV vaccine in the world.

Dr Sam was recently in China to attend a fund raiser for the Bird Flu. When he spoke, the audience responded favorably. He told them that first the world has to realize the cycle of the flu; that when it's in the birds, it's not in humans, and when it's in humans, it's not in the birds. So, he asked them, "Why are you vaccinating birds."

He then questioned the killing and burning of sick birds. The virus is destroyed by cooking, so why not just eat the birds?

"And if you really want to just end the flu, add a bit of BHT to their feed."

That night Dr Sam was visited by the Chinese Secret Police. They roughed him up a bit, confiscated his passport, and when exiting, reminded him that "you don't come to a fund raiser with a cure."

Dr Sam had to ask the African Embassy to help him get out of China.

And finally, Dr Sam has asked me to edit and publish a new peer-review journal called the Journal of International Medicine. He said that this will be slightly different, in that all the articles will focus on

  • Theory

  • Experimentation

  • Clinical Trials

Dr Sam will create the review board. It is my job to find subscribers and contributors. And then to edit and publish it.

This is going to cost money.

So, we are looking now for donations. And for each $50.00 you donate, you will get a year's subscription to the Journal of International Medicine when it is published. $100.00 gets you two years. JAMA charged $500.00 for one year, and the New England Journal of Medicine charges $599.00 for one year.

Note that this is for the journal.


Miracle Cure for Alcoholism  

It was complex. My life was falling apart. I had just sold my advertising/p.r. agency, and planned to retire (at 52) but wasn't sure the money would last long enough.

My wife, Miriam, was in deep depression, has been hospitalized twice, was on anti-depressants which didn't seem to be working.

I was pretty depressed myself, dealing with Miriam's depression.

I considered getting a keep-busy job of some kind -- like a security guard -- just to get out of the house, but knew that a heavy drinker my age who was also a smoker was virtually unemployable -- and the Houston economy had cratered when the price of oil cratered.

I enjoyed drinking, and had gotten away with everything just short of murder, but knew it couldn't go on forever. Sooner or later my health would go.

Still, I wouldn't have done anything, except that I stumbled onto this medical doctor who mentioned in passing that he treated alcoholism. I inquired into it, and he did one helluva selling job on me. I figured, what the heck, I'll give it a try.

The rest of the story is attached. I used to have it on a website, but never had any inquiries on it, so took it down. I'm considering putting it back up.

Today is the 23rd anniversary of my life without alcohol. I went from about a fifth of bourbon a day to zero.

Which brings me to the laws of cause and effect.  When I was drinking, I never had any health problems, and never got a parking ticket, let alone a moving violation.

Since I quit boozing I've gotten two speeding tickets, and my blood pressure is high.  I've had four stents put in my arteries, half a dozen skin cancers removed, one of my four parathyroids removed, and my prostate is so large I can hardly pee a stream.

I was better off when I was drinking.  But I wasn't 75 then, either.

Click here to read the article on the Miracle Cure for Alcoholism.


Science Project Demonstrates Just How Dangerous Microwaved Food Can Be

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owever, out of the mouths of babes, comes the riveting truth. Microwaving your food is deadly. A grade schooler, Arielle Reynolds, did a science project that is just "awesome."

Here is a link to the original site: http://www.execonn.com/sf/ and here is a link to another site containing the results of the experiment: http://www.rense.com/general70/microwaved.htm

If any of these sites goes down, just write, and we will post the web page here at our site.

This science experiment has just been debunked by Snopes dot com. Thanx!

http://www.snopes.com/science/microwave/plants.asp


The Global Citizen: Monsanto and Fox and Consumers' Right to Know
By Donella H. Meadows, AlterNet. Posted April 26, 2000.
 

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Well here's a howdy-do. TV station in Florida prepares hard-hitting series questioning safety of grocery-store milk. Large biotech company threatens station with libel suit. Station cancels broadcast, orders reporters to rewrite series. Reporters refuse. Station fires reporters. Reporters sue station.

It's easy to post one of two well-worn headlines over this story -- CORPORATION AND MEDIA CONSPIRE TO HIDE TAINTED MILK FROM PUBLIC or PIT-BULL REPORTERS DISTORT EVIDENCE TO PANIC CONSUMERS. Having talked with the protagonists on both sides, I'm unwilling to jump to either conclusion. I'm reminded of a Jane Austin novel where the plot thickens and no character is flawless -- but the language being used lacks Jane Austin's gentility.

"Some of the points clearly contain elements of defamatory statements which, if repeated in a broadcast, could lead to serious damage to Monsanto and dire consequences for Fox News."

"We paid $3 billion for these television stations. We will decide what the news is. The news is what we tell you it is."

Monsanto has put years and millions into a hormone, which, when injected every two weeks into a cow can raise her milk production by 10-20 percent. Posilac is the trade name; it is also called rBGH (for bovine growth hormone) and rBST (for bovine somatotropin, a name Monsanto made up, critics say, to avoid negative associations with hormones). The "r" stands for "recombinant," because the hormone is produced in vats by bacteria into which a cow gene has been transplanted. The genetic engineering is in the bacteria, not the cows, not the milk.

All along the company has met with resistance to this product. Some people hate the very idea of tinkering with genes. Some are worried about artificially cranking up the metabolism of the cow. (The program quotes a taunt used by critics, "crack for cows," but that is not a good metaphor; rBGH is more like the steroids that Olympic athletes are not allowed to use.) Some say the last thing the glutted U.S. market needs is more milk -- this product does nothing for the consumer, it just helps some farmers beat out other farmers in a cutthroat competition. But the hot-button concern from a marketing point of view is the fear that milk from hormone-injected cows may be harmful to human health.

The squashed series, made by reporters Steve Wilson and Jane Akre for Fox-owned WTVT in Tampa, hits that concern hard. It does quote a Monsanto spokesman who cites the long approval process Posilac had to go through and the assurance of regulators that rBGH-produced milk is indistinguishable from any other. But it quotes rBGH skeptics harder and longer, and, as is typical in TV reporting, one has no idea whether they are representative scientists or a few selected cranks.

Wilson and Akre do document unsettling facts about corporate heavy-handedness, suppressed data, even an attempted bribe of regulatory officials in Canada. (Monsanto claims it was an offer of "research support;" a Canadian official on camera calls it a bribe.) The company does speak in weasel words. ("Every scientific, medical or regulatory body in the world which has reviewed and approved this product has come to the same conclusion: milk from rBST treated cows poses no risk to human health." No mention of the fact that regulatory bodies in Canada, New Zealand, and the European Union, have reviewed and not approved the product.)

The series shows clearly that Florida supermarkets claiming to have rBGH-free milk have taken no steps to assure that result. Monsanto says the claim would be impossible to test, because there is no difference in the milk. But Monsanto's own numbers show elevated hormone levels in rBGH-treated milk, and when I ask about the statistics, I get surprisingly devious answers. I have to conclude that this company has invested so much into its product that it can't see or tell the full truth, even if it wants to.

On the other hand, the reporters, though they've done a lot of research and exposed significant corporate sloppiness, make rBGH-treated milk sound much too ominous. They harp on a possible link with cancer, for instance, which is a long way from proved (or disproved). The WTVT lawyers, scared by a threatening letter from Monsanto's lawyers, went too far in the other direction, however, when they ordered the word "cancer" cut out throughout the series and replaced with "adverse human health effects."

What deeply disturbs me about this story has nothing to do with milk. It has to do with consumers getting straight information. A series on rBGH could have been properly cautionary, but this one was overdramatic, designed to pull in viewers during "sweeps week." On the other hand, it is chilling to know how easily a big company can squelch information. Just two tough-sounding letters and the show is canceled.

It would be nice to live in a world where we could trust the assurances of large corporations, trust public regulators, trust what we see on TV -- but such a world seems increasingly remote. As to trusting the milk supply, I don't think rBGH-treated milk will give us cancer, though I don't know for sure, nor does Monsanto, nor do those hotshot TV producers. Personally I don't want to find out by participating in an experiment conducted upon a poorly informed public, nor am I interested in revving up cows or hooking farmers on an unnecessary product.

Fortunately I do trust a local dairy that does not use rBGH.

(Details on this story, including the TV script before and after editing, can be found at www.foxbghsuit.com. Monsanto's website on Posilac is at www.monsanto.com/protiva/.)

Donella H. Meadows is an adjunct professor of environmental studies at Dartmouth College.

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MSG - it's EVERWHERE
Yup, it's a drug; it's an addictive drug.

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Editor's Note: this was sent by a reader, but we found some bits that were not true and had to edit it. Hopefully, the remaining parts are true. If you find something suspicious, please write us: info@mnwelldir.org


Food additive "MSG" is a Slow Poison. Slow Poisoning MSG hides behind 25 or more names, such as "Natural Flavouring".

No strain of rat or mice is naturally obese, so the scientists have to create them. They make these morbidly obese creatures by injecting them with MSG when they are first born. The MSG triples the amount of insulin the pancreas creates; causing rats (and humans?) to become obese. They even have a title for the fat rodents they create: "MSG-Treated Rats".

I was shocked too. I went to my kitchen, checking the cupboards and the fridge. MSG was in everything! The Campbell's soups, the Hostess Doritos, the Lays flavoured potato chips, Top Ramen, Betty Crocker Hamburger Helper, Heinz canned gravy, Swanson frozen prepared meals, Kraft salad dressings, especially the 'healthy low fat' ones. The items that didn't have MSG marked on the product label had something called ''Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein'', which is just another name for Monosodium Glutamate. It was shocking to see just how many of the foods we feed our children everyday are filled with this stuff. They hide MSG under many different names in order to fool those who carefully read the ingredient list, so they don't catch on. (Other names for MSG: 'Accent' - 'Aginomoto' - 'Natural Meet Tenderizer' etc) But it didn't stop there.

When our family went out to eat, we started asking at the restaurants what menu items had MSG. Many employees, even the managers, swore they didn't use MSG. But when we ask for the ingredient list, which they grudgingly provided, sure enough MSG and Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein were everywhere. Burger King, McDonalds, Wendy's, Taco Bell, every restaurant, even the sit down ones like TGIF, Chilis', Applebees and Denny's use MSG in abundance. Kentucky Fried Chicken seemed to be the WORST offender: MSG was in every chicken dish, salad dressing and gravy. No wonder I loved to eat that coating on the skin, their secret spice was MSG!

So why is MSG in so may of the foods we eat?.. Is it a preservative or a vitamin?

Not according to my friend John. In the book he wrote, an exposé of the food additive industry called "The Slow Poisoning of America" he said that MSG is added to food for the addictive effect it has on the human body.

Even the propaganda website sponsored by the food manufacturers lobby group supporting MSG at http://www.msgfactscom/facts/msgfact12.html explains that the reason they add it to food is to make people eat more. A study of the elderly showed that people eat more of the foods that it is added to. The Glutamate Association lobby group says eating more benefits the elderly, but what does it do to the rest of us? 'Betcha can't eat just one', takes on a whole new meaning where MSG is concerned! And we wonder why the nation is overweight?

The MSG manufacturers themselves admit that it addicts people to their products. It makes people choose their product over others, and makes people eat more of it than they would if MSG wasn't added.

Not only is MSG scientifically proven to cause obesity, it is an addictive substance! Since its introduction into the American food supply fifty years ago, MSG has been added in larger and larger doses to the pre-packaged meals, soups, snacks and fast foods we are tempted to eat everyday. The FDA has set no limits on how much of it can be added to food.

They claim it's safe to eat in any amount. How can they claim it safe when there are hundreds of scientific studies with titles like these?

References:

The monosodium glutamate (MSG) obese rat as a model for the study of exercise in obesity. Gobatto CA, Mello MA, Souza CT, Ribeiro IA.Res Commun Mol Pathol Pharmacol. 2002.

Adrenalectomy abolishes the food-induced hypothalamic serotonin release in both normal and monosodium glutamate-obese rats. Guimaraes RB, Telles MM, Coelho VB, Mori C, Nascimento CM, Ribeiro Brain Res Bull.
2002 Aug.

Obesity induced by neonatal monosodium glutamate treatment in spontaneously hypertensive rats: an animal model of multiple risk factors. Iwase M, Yamamoto M, Iino K, Ichikawa K, Shinohara N, Yoshinari Fujishima Hypertens Res. 1998 Mar.

Hypothalamic lesion induced by injection of monosodium glutamate in suckling period and subsequent development of obesity. Tanaka K, Shimada M, Nakao K, Kusunoki Exp Neurol. 1978 Oct.


Yes, that last study was not a typo, it WAS written in 1978.

Both the "medical research community" and "food manufacturers" have known about MSG's side effects for decades! Many more studies mentioned in John Erb's book link MSG to Diabetes, Migraines and headaches, Autism, ADHD and even Alzheimer's. But what can we do to stop the food manufactures from dumping fattening and addictive MSG into our food supply and causing the obesity epidemic we now see?

Even as you read this, G. W. Bush and his corporate supporters are pushing a Bill through Congress called the "Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act" also known as the "Cheeseburger Bill", this sweeping law bans anyone from suing food manufacturers, sellers and distributors. Even if it comes out that they purposely added an addictive chemical to their foods. Read about it for yourself at: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/ 2004/03/10/health/main605157.shtml and  www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/10/20/cheeseburger.bill and news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3500388.stm.

The Bill has already been rushed through the House of Representatives, and is due for the same rubber stamp at Senate level. It is important that Bush and his corporate supporters get it through before the media lets everyone know about "MSG, the intentional Nicotine for food."

Several months ago, John Erb took his book and his concerns to one of the highest government health officials in Canada. While sitting in the Government office, the official told him "Sure I know how bad MSG is, I wouldn't touch the stuff!" But this top level government official refused to tell the public what he knew.

The big media doesn't want to tell the public either, fearing legal issues with their advertisers. It seems that the fallout on fast food industry may hurt their profit margin. The food producers and restaurants have been addicting us to their products for years, and now we are paying the price for it. Our children should not be cursed with obesity caused by an addictive food additive. But what can I do about it? I'm just one voice.

What can I do to stop the poisoning of our children, while our governments are insuring financial protection for the industry that is poisoning us?

The best way you can help to save yourself and your children from this drug-induced epidemic, is to forward this email to everyone. With any luck, it will circle the globe before politicians can pass the legislation protecting those who are poisoning us. The food industry learned a lot from the tobacco industry. Imagine if big tobacco had a bill like this in place before someone blew the whistle on Nicotine?

If you are one of the few who can still believe that MSG is good for us, and you don't believe what John Erb has to say, see for yourself. Go to the National Library of Medicine, at http://www.pubmed.com. Type in the words "MSG Obese" and read a few of the 115 medical studies that appear.

We the public, do not want to be rats in one giant experiment and we do not approve of food that makes us into a nation of obese, lethargic, addicted sheep, feeding the food industry's bottom line, while waiting for the heart transplant, diabetic induced amputation, blindness or other obesity induced, life threatening disorders. With your help we can put an end to this poison. Do your part in sending this message out by word of mouth, e-mail or by distribution of this print-out to all your friends all over the world and stop this "Slow Poisoning of Mankind" by the packaged food industry.

Blowing the whistle on MSG is our responsibility, get the word out.

A great link to peruse is: http://www.msgmyth.com/hidename.htm.


Rise in Mental Illness Linked to Unhealthy Diets, Say Studies
Surprised?

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Editor's note: A while back we quoted a professor and medical doctor who taught at a medical school in Texas. He said, "The biggest myth of all is that food has any connection to behavior." We found the story at WebMD.

The biggest myth in medicine is that a physician knows anything about nutrition. For the most part, physicians in the US are not taught nutrition or prevention, but are taught pharmaceutical medicine.
 

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Patients benefit by cutting intake of junk food
NHS warned of rise in £100bn bill

Felicity Lawrence
Monday January 16, 2006
The Guardian


Fruit and nuts
Fruit and nuts. Photograph: Frank Baron
 

Changes in diet over the past 50 years appear to be an important factor behind a significant rise in mental ill health in the UK, say two reports published today.

The Mental Health Foundation says scientific studies have clearly linked attention deficit disorder, depression, Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia to junk food and the absence of essential fats, vitamins and minerals in industrialised diets.

A further report, Changing Diets, Changing Minds, is also published today by Sustain, the organisation that campaigns for better food. It warns that the NHS bill for mental illness, at almost £100bn a year, will continue to rise unless the government focuses on diet and the brain in its food, farming, education and environment policies.

"Food can have an immediate and lasting effect on mental health and behaviour because of the way it affects the structure and function of the brain," Sustain's report says. Its chairman, Tim Lang, said: "Mental health has been completely neglected by those working on food policy. If we don't address it and change the way we farm and fish, we may lose the means to prevent much diet-related ill health."

Both reports, which have been produced collaboratively, outline the growing scientific evidence linking poor diet to problems of behaviour and mood. Rates of depression have been shown to be higher in countries with low intakes of fish, for example. Lack of folic acid, omega-3 fatty acids, selenium and the amino acid tryptophan are thought to play an important role in the illness. Deficiencies of essential fats and antioxidant vitamins are also thought to be a contributory factor in schizophrenia.

A pioneering nutrition and mental health programme, thought to be the only one of its kind in Britain, was carried out at Rotherham, South Yorkshire. According to Caroline Stokes, its research nutritionist, the mental health patients she saw generally had the poorest diets she had ever come across. "They are eating lots of convenience foods, snacks, takeaways, chocolate bars, crisps. It's very common for clients to be drinking a litre or two of cola a day. They get lots of sugar but a lot of them are eating only one portion of fruit or vegetable a day, if that."

The therapy includes omega-3 fatty acids and multivitamins, with advice on cutting out junk food and replacing it with oily fish, leafy vegetables for folic acid, Brazil nuts for selenium, and food providing tryptophan.

Some patients who resist treatment with drugs accept nutritional therapy and most have reported an improvement in mood and energy. Ms Stokes said: "Within the first month there's been a significant reduction in depression. We've had letters from [the patients'] psychiatrists saying they can see a huge difference."

One sufferer who benefited from a dietary change was James McLean, who was at university when first diagnosed with bipolar disorder (manic depression). After he had been sectioned repeatedly, his father read about the role of nutrition in mental health. The pair went privately to the Brain Bio Centre, in London, where Mr McLean's nutrient levels were checked; he was allergic to gluten and yeast and was given supplements, including vitamin B and essential fatty acids.

"I'd been eating lots of intense carbohydrate foods ... because they were cheap, and very little fruit or vegetables," Mr McLean said. Now, he excludes wheat from his diet too. He added: "I have more energy and confidence, I sleep better, and I came off the anti-psychotic drugs, although I still take mood stabilising ones."

Andrew McCulloch, chief executive of the Mental Health Foundation, acknowledged that mental illness results from a complex interplay of biological, social, psychological and environmental factors, but thought diet should be an everyday component of mental health care. "It costs £1,000 a week to keep someone in a psychiatric hospital. How much does good food cost? We need mentally healthy school meals, and mentally healthy hospital foods," he said.

Best choices and worst:

Good for the brain:

Vegetables, especially leafy
Seeds and nuts
Fruit
Whole grains
Wheatgerm
Organic eggs
Organic farmed or wild fish, especially fatty fish

Bad for the brain:

Deep fried junk foods
Refined processed foods
Pesticides
Alcohol
Sugar
Tea and coffee
Some additives

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Omegasentials Baking Contest
We're sweetening the pot.

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We are STILL waiting for entries to this contest. If you don't get us your recipes (and a taste of the sweets) I'm going to give the prize to ME!

We are extending the contest to October. And we're sweetening the pot by offering the winner, not only three bags of Omegasentials, but a copy of Bruce Fife's new book: Coconut Cures.

Our friends at REMOVED BY FDA Naturals who supply us with all our coconut needs just love us and sent us a copy of Coconut Cures not knowing that Bruce Fife had already sent us a copy. So, we'll be passing that onto the winner of the Omegasentials Baking Contest.

You should note that we've changed our recipe for Omega-Muffins just a tad. On the coconut recipe page we substitute Coconut Flour for wheat, and in all our Muffin recipes we've now made the amount of Omegasentials per recipe one and a half cups. This guarantees that each muffin will have a two tablespoons of Omegasentials, the recommended daily amount.

If you've not yet made our Omega-Muffins, you'll never know how good healthy food can taste.


Vitamins and Supplements Are Poisonous and Will Kill You!!!!!!
Yeah, right.

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Attacks on Vitamins and Supplements are getting hot, hotter, and hottest. Why? Well, one reason is that Pharmaceutical companies want us to use drugs instead of things our bodies really need. Another thing is that they want to show us how dangerous these things are so they can outlaw them, make them available by prescription only, and then buy out the companies selling them and get rich by selling you a $15.00 bottle of Vitamin C for $150.00.

Let's get real. Here is something from the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service:

American poison control statistics show that in one year, there were 28 deaths from heroin [in 2005]; acetaminophen (the active ingredient in products like  Tylenol ) killed 147. Though acetaminophen killed over five times as many as an illegal drug, few would say that we should make this generally regarded as safe, over-the-counter pain reliever require prescription.

The biggest lie in medicine is that medicine is better for us than vitamins and supplements and that vitamins and supplements can be dangerous. Yet recently, there have been a spate of articles on how we must take vitamins with care and caution.

On ABC News we find: Daily Dose: Which Vitamins Help, Harm? Here you can learn that Vitamin E causes Congestive Heart Failure. Yeah, right. As we said before, calling synthetic alpha tocopherol Vitamin E is tantamount to calling Textured Vegetable Protein fillet mignon.

Instead of reducing the risk of lung cancer, beta carotene was found to increase the rate of lung cancer in one study of smokers. Another study found that smokers and asbestos-exposed workers, when given doses of beta carotene and vitamin A, had an increased risk of lung cancer, death from cardiovascular disease and overall mortality. The rate of death was so high that the study was stopped early.

As previously reported, this finding was first discovered in a study that was arranged so badly, it's methodology absolutely corrupt, that when discovered it was overlooked because the rest of the findings were so far off. It took years to discover that this is actually true. If you are a smoker, do NOT supplement with Beta Carotene. Or better still, STOP SMOKING.

Again, on ABC News we find Americans may take too many vitamins, experts say.

Funny, but when you want to create a study showing that vitamins are worthless, if you can't use a synthetic form, always give the experimental group the Required Daily Allowance, although we like to call them the Ridiculously Daily Allowance. Under dosing is the best way to prove something is worthless.

My Own Recent Experience

Again, I did not realize I was coming down with a bug. I'm just too proud to admit that I'm human at times. My throat was dry and tickling; my voice became gravelly. I wrote it off as the dryness of the spring and my voice raw from calling the pups.

Soon, I had a fever and a sore throat that just got worse and worse. I was so sick that I went from 50,000 mgs of Vitamin C to 100,000 mgs of Vitamin C. If I had overdosed, I'd get diarrhea. But no, my stool was solid and normal. The sore throat would not go away, and after five days I thought it was time to visit my doctor and see if I'd had something antibiotics would clear up (or should clear up in the case of strep). Tests came back normal. So she said, let's get s liver count and a urine test. I said, What?

Ok, it seems that in a viral attack, it's the kidneys and liver that get the brunt of the attack and they are the first to show damage.

So, I sat there at the VA hospital all day waiting for my tests. The doc stepped into the waiting room and said, "Good news. Your numbers are perfect."

"So, does this mean I'm not sick" I coughed.

"No, it means that whatever you are doing is working. You've got a viral attack, but your body is fighting it off and nothing's been damaged."

That's when I told her I'd been taking 100 grams (that's 100,000 mgs) of Vitamin C.

She said, "Well, don't overdo it."

Funny thing. She tells me what I'm doing is working, but then upon hearing what I'm doing, tells me not to do it. I guess we need to teach our doctors about megadoses of Vitamin C.  

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Some Vitamins Can Do More Harm Than Good, is the name of the article that starts off: "Vitamins are big business. Americans spend $7 billion a year on them in hopes of warding off colds, cancer and other diseases. But new studies show that high doses often provide no health benefit and can even cause harm."

Funny how ABC, CBS, NBC, and the rest never tell us how Pharmaceuticals are a big business with consumers spending 100s of billions a year only to find themselves hooked on very expensive drugs for life and that life not being of much quality or all that long.

They tell us that Dr David Katz recommends a balanced diet and a multivitamin. They don't tell us what exactly a balanced diet is nor do they tell us that Dr David Katz probably never studied nutrition or vitamin therapy.

He tells us: "New studies have found vitamin C, if taken at the same time a patient is getting certain medical treatments, such as chemo for cancer, can interfere with that treatment."

Funny thing, but with specific alternative therapies, such as Poly MVA or Paw Paw, using Vitamin C will work against the process.

But Dr David Katz apparently did not read Abdellatif, et al. “Vitamin C enhances chemosensitization of esophageal cancer cells in vitro.” J Chemother, 2005;17
(5):539-549.

Dr Katz goes on to say: "When you look at all the literature, it appears that the levels of vitamins in our ancestors' diet was optimal," Katz said. "We can best recreate that by eating a balanced diet supplemented by a multivitamin."

The levels of PCBs, benzene, dioxins, and 75,000 other chemicals in our ancestors' bodies weren't what they are today. The amounts of horemones and antibiotics in our livestock are a bit greater then were in our ancestors' foods.

Our diets aren't even close to our ancestors' diets.

Again, Dr Kats seems to have learned only what he was supposed to learn, and believes only what he's supposed to believe.

As the battle over our health care rights heats up, stay tuned. We'll have the answers to the right wing (yes, the pharmaceutical companies are all right of center -- see below) talking points. 


Hastert, Frist Said to Rig Bill for Drug Firms
By Bill Theobald
The Gannett News Service

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Frist denies protection was added in secret.

Washington - Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and House Speaker Dennis Hastert engineered a backroom legislative maneuver to protect pharmaceutical companies from lawsuits, say witnesses to the pre-Christmas power play.

The language was tucked into a Defense Department appropriations bill at the last minute without the approval of members of a House-Senate conference committee, say several witnesses, including a top Republican staff member.

In an interview, Frist, a doctor and Tennessee Republican, denied that the wording was added that way.

Trial lawyers and other groups condemn the law, saying it could make it nearly impossible for people harmed by a vaccine to force the drug maker to pay for their injuries.

Many in health care counter that the protection is needed to help build up the vaccine industry in the United States, especially in light of a possible avian flu pandemic.

The legislation, called the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act, allows the secretary of Health and Human Services to declare a public health emergency, which then provides immunity for companies that develop vaccines and other "countermeasures."

Beyond the issue of vaccine liability protection, some say going around the longstanding practice of bipartisan House-Senate conference committees' working out compromises on legislation is a dangerous power grab by Republican congressional leaders that subverts democracy.

"It is a travesty of the legislative process," said Thomas Mann, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank.

"It vests enormous power in the hands of congressional leaders and private interests, minimizes transparency and denies legitimate opportunities for all interested parties, in Congress and outside, to weigh in on important policy questions."

At issue is what happened Dec. 18 as Congress scrambled to finish its business and head home for the Christmas holiday.

That day, a conference committee made up of 38 senators and House members met several times to work out differences on the 2006 Defense Department appropriations bill.

Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., the ranking minority House member on the conference committee, said he asked Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, the conference chairman, whether the vaccine liability language was in the massive bill or would be placed in it.

Obey and four others at the meeting said Stevens told him no. Committee members signed off on the bill and the conference broke up.

A spokeswoman for Stevens, Courtney Boone, said last week that the vaccine liability language was in the bill when conferees approved it. Stevens was not made available for comment.

During a January interview, Frist agreed. Asked about the claim that the vaccine language was inserted after the conference members signed off on the bill, he replied: "To my knowledge, that is incorrect. It was my understanding, you'd have to sort of confirm, that the vaccine liability which had been signed off by leaders of the conference, signed off by the leadership in the United States Senate, signed off by the leadership of the House, it was my understanding throughout that that was part of that conference report."

But Keith Kennedy, who works for Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., as staff director for the Senate Appropriations Committee, said at a seminar for reporters last month that the language was inserted by Frist and Hastert, R-Ill., after the conference committee ended its work.

"There should be no dispute. That was an absolute travesty," Kennedy said at a videotaped Washington, D.C., forum sponsored by the Center on Congress at Indiana University.

"It was added after the conference had concluded. It was added at the specific direction of the speaker of the House and the majority leader of the Senate. The conferees did not vote on it. It's a true travesty of the process."

After the conference committee broke up, a meeting was called in Hastert's office, Kennedy said. Also at the meeting, according to a congressional staffer, were Frist, Stevens and House Majority Whip Roy Blunt, R-Mo.

"They (committee staff members) were given the language and then it was put in the document," Kennedy said.

About 10 or 10:30 p.m., Democratic staff members were handed the language and told it was now in the bill, Obey said.

He took to the House floor in a rage. He called Frist and Hastert "a couple of musclemen in Congress who think they have a right to tell everybody else that they have to do their bidding."

Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., also was critical of inserting the vaccine language after the conference committee had adjourned.

"It sucks," he told Congress Daily that night.

Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., another member of the conference committee, was upset, too, a staff member said, because he didn't have enough time to read the language. The final bill was filed in the House at 11:54 p.m. and passed 308-102 at 5:02 the next morning.

The Senate unanimously approved the legislation Dec. 21, but not before Senate Democrats, including several members of the conference committee, bashed the way the vaccine language was inserted.

"What an insult to the legislative process," said Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., a member of the conference committee. Byrd is considered the authority on legislative rules and tradition.

President Bush signed the legislation into law Dec. 30.

When asked about Frist's earlier denial, spokeswoman Amy Call said: "Bill Frist has fought hard to protect the people of Tennessee and the people of the United States from a bioterror emergency and that's what he did throughout this process."

Hastert's office did not provide a response.

Not against the Rules

The practice of adding to a compromise bill worked out by bipartisan House-Senate conference committees, while highly unusual, is not thought to violate congressional rules.

Some Senate and House Democrats have proposed banning the practice as part of broader attempts at ethics reform in Congress.

They, consumer groups and others with concerns about possible harm caused by vaccines charge that the move was a gift by Frist to the pharmaceutical industry, which they point out has given a lot of campaign cash to the Nashville doctor through the years.

"The senator should be working to ensure there are safe vaccines to protect American families rather than protecting the drug industry's pocketbooks," Pamela Gilbert, president of Protect American Families, said in a statement. The group is an alliance of consumer, labor and advocacy organizations.

Frist has received $271,523 in campaign donations from the pharmaceutical and health products industry since 1989, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a watchdog group.

He is also a possible candidate for president in 2008.

In the interview, Frist reiterated how important he thinks the vaccine protections are.

"The United States of America, if a pandemic occurs, is totally unprepared," he said. "And the only way we are going to be prepared is rebuilding our manufacturing base to build a vaccine infrastructure that can be timely and responsive. We don't have it today."

Frist has long advocated liability protection for vaccine makers, and it was widely reported that he would attempt to attach the legislation to the Defense Appropriations bill because it is considered must-pass legislation.

Ken Johnson, senior vice president of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, said that, while the group favors liability protection, it did not take a position nor did it lobby on behalf of the law that passed.

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More NSAIDs Problems
When a good drug goes bad.

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The latest problem to arise from the use (over-use) of non-steroidal anti-
inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) was recently found in men over 45.

In a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, 72,000 men over the age of 45 who took NSAIDs on a regular basis more than doubled their risk of getting acute urinary retention (AUR). The higher their use of the NSAID, the greater their risk.

You do not want AUR. You just can't urinate and it's painful. You'll need a catheter, and that's painful too.

So, when you have that pain, you might wish to try an alternative. Please read our article on chronic inflammation for a complete list of alternatives (which will be updated as we find more).

[Verhamme KM, et al. "Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and increased risk of acute urinaryretention." Arch Intern Med. 2005]


Reviews
A movie, a web site, and a tea.

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We got a copy of the movie Side Effects and LOVED it. Go Here.

Then Heartland Products sent us some wonderful natural products to review. If you want some great safe soap or products to rid yourself of pests that won't poison your family, then go Here.

Finally, we've been sent two forms of Jiaogulan tea, China's Immortality Herb. To read about them, go Here.


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WTO TO EUROPEANS: EAT YOUR FRANKENFOODS
The World Trade Organization (WTO), responding to intense pressure from the Bush Administration and the biotech industry, has ruled that the European Union's (EU) moratorium on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) from 1998-2004 was illegal. The moratorium was put in place because of EU concerns on human safety, environmental pollution, and inadequate testing, and has subsequently been officially lifted. Canada and Argentina backed the U.S. in filing a complaint with the WTO in 2003, alleging that the moratorium was a violation of international trade laws. The Bush Administration has claimed that the EU ban has hurt U.S. farmers who grow genetically engineered crops, and that the EU should pay hundreds of millions of dollars in penalties to the U.S. But market analysts point out that the WTO ruling will not benefit the biotech industry, because EU food manufacturers and supermarket chains, fearing a consumer backlash, will continue to refuse to sell food products containing GMOs, no matter what the WTO says. U.S. Trade officials have admitted that the main impact of the WTO ruling will be to intimidate smaller nations from banning GMOs.
http://www.organicconsumers.org/ge/ruling060208.cfm

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BIG BROTHER WANTS TO TRACK ANIMALS AND THEIR OWNERS
Plans for a system that would require tagging or implanting all farm animals with radio frequency devices and registering those animals with a federal government tracking system have been delayed until after 2009, the USDA announced last week. The National Animal Identification System (NAIS) has been gaining support in the corporate agribusiness world, supposedly as a method for sourcing the origins of Mad Cow disease or possible terrorist biological attacks on the nation's livestock. Opponents point out the plan was drawn up by corporate behemoths like Monsanto and would require every owner of even a single animal to register their home with a national tracking system, including Global Positing Coordinates (for satellite tracking) and implant or tag every animal with a radio frequency device (RFID). Large-scale livestock producers say NAIS would help them control an outbreak of disease by allowing individual animals to be tracked to their origins. Small-scale farmers say the registration fees, RFID expenses and administrative bureaucracy of the system would drive them out of business. The USDA announced a delay in the launch of the program last week, based on disputes in the cattle industry over who gets control of the overall database. The OCA is in the process of building an online NAIS information and action center to help citizens educate themselves and offer feedback to the USDA on the NAIS issue.
http://www.organicconsumers.org/ofgu/ID060202.cfm

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QUICK FACTS ON BOTTLED WATER VERSUS CLEANING UP THE DRINKING WATER SUPPLY
  • Members of the United Nations estimate that if the world took half of what it currently spends on bottled water ($100 billion annually) and invested it in water infrastructure and treatment, everyone in the world could have access to clean drinking water.
  • But bottled water is cleaner, right? Actually, the U.S. EPA sets more stringent quality standards for tap water than the FDA does for bottled beverages, and roughly 40% of bottled water is actually just tap water.
  • 1.5 billion barrels of oil are consumed each year to produce the plastic for water bottles, enough to fuel 100,000 cars.
  • According to the Container Recycling Institute, only 14 percent of plastic water bottles are recycled.
  • A water bottle in a landfill or lying around as litter will take over 1,000 years to biodegrade.
     

http://www.organicconsumers.org/foodsafety/Bottled020606.cfm

 

 

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image parodyamily: arial,sans-serif"> A MENTALLY UNSTABLE DIET: DON'T PANIC GO ORGANIC
A new report from the Mental Health Foundation indicates that dietary changes over the last fifty years have played a negative role in human mental health. Industrial agriculture has introduced pesticides and altered the body fat composition of animals due to the diets they are now fed. As a result, the population's intake of omega-3 fatty acids has decreased, and the consumption of omega-6 fatty acids has increased. According to the study, this unequal intake, combined with a lack of vitamins and minerals, is associated with depression, concentration and memory problems. Dr Andrew McCulloch, chief executive of the Mental Health Foundation, said, "We are well aware of the effect of diet upon our physical health. But we are only just beginning to understand how the brain as an organ is influenced by the nutrients it derives from the foods we eat and how diets have an impact on our mental health." http://www.organicconsumers.org/school/diet060202.cfm

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DEMAND INCREASING FOR CAGE-FREE EGGS
A national food service distributor to more than 200 college and corporate cafeterias across the U.S. has announced it will begin to provide only cage-free eggs. Responding to a petition by students at the American University in Washington, D.C., Bon Appetit will discontinue purchasing conventional eggs. According to the Humane Society, laying hens are the most abused animals in agribusiness. Up to eight birds are squeezed into a single cage, forcing each bird to live out its life in a space about half the size of a sheet of computer paper. Birds' beaks are clipped off to keep them from attacking each other in these cramped quarters, and cages are stacked so that birds living below other cages are literally rained on with defecation from their upstairs neighbors. Bon Appetit's decision is particularly significant, given that the company purchases eight million eggs per year, and cage-free eggs are more expensive. The company hopes prices will drop with increased demand. Bon Appetit already buys rBGH-free milk and antibiotic-free meat. http://www.organicconsumers.org/school/eggs060201.cfm

 

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THE JOYS OF PENALTY FREE POLLUTION
Owners of corporate factory farms are celebrating after being let off the hook for polluting the environment. The EPA, ignoring massive public opposition, has approved a Bush Administration proposal that allows factory farms to freely violate clean air standards for the next four years. The deal will also forgive these same polluters from paying millions of dollars in fines for past air pollution violations. In exchange for the freedom to pollute, the deal requires that factory farms agree to allow the EPA to monitor their air pollution. The regulation will exonerate more than 6,700 factory farms from having to pay fines of up to $27,500 per day for violating clean air standards in the past and over the next four years. The EPA claims this arrangement is needed in order to gather data necessary to further refine air emissions regulations for egg, chicken, turkey, dairy and hog industries. According to the EPA's rule, the main goal of this regulation is to "reduce air pollution."
http://www.organicconsumers.org/epa4.htm

 

Quickies...

ALERT: he carcinogen methyl iodide as a legal pesticide (Feb. 21 deadline). EPA has indicated it would allow farmers to apply up to 400 lbs. of the carcinogenic chemical to each acre. Unlike many other pesticides, methyl iodide vaporizes quickly, causing it to drift far distances. Although the state of California has categorized it as cancer causing, and the EPA admits it causes thyroid tumors, the chemical is on the verge of being given the green light by the EPA for widespread use on tomatoes, strawberries, peppers, tobacco, melons, potatoes and other root crops. Send a quick message to the EPA here, advising them to start promoting safe methods of food production. Take action:
http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizationsORG/oca/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=2488
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A new study by John Hopkins University has found a chemical pollutant from the production of grease-proof food wrapping and Teflon (PFOA) in the umbilical chords of nearly every baby tested. The test found that 298 out of 300 blood samples from umbilical chords tested positive for PFOA, which has been categorized as a likely carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board. The EPA has also accused DuPont of covering up a 1981 study that found PFOA passed from DuPont's pregnant employees to fetuses. Late last year, DuPont agreed to pay a record $10.25 million fine for failing to tell the EPA about its studies that found PFOA to be "extremely toxic". .cfm"> http://www.organicconsumers.org/toxic/teflon2.cfm
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Over the past 60 years, the U.S. has increasingly relied on agricultural methods that focus on increasing levels of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers and genetically engineered crops. The new paradigm in agriculture leaves little or no space for family farmers, while offering control of the world's food production to large corporations. As the U.S. model of agriculture is gradually applied on a global scale, the world's two billion family farmers are feeling the squeeze. Ronnie Cummins, National Director of the Organic Consumers Association, takes a good look at the issue in his weekly blog.
Read and post your thoughts and questions here: http://www.organicconsumers.org/chat/viewforum.php?f=19

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The Future of Food, a film by Deborah Koons Garcia, is back in stock at the OCA headquarters! Because of numerous requests for the film, we were temporarily out of stock. The Future of Food provides an in-depth investigation and critique of genetically engineered foods and crops, including interviews with farmer activists such as Percy Schmeiser. According to the Telluride Daily Planet, "This stylish film is not just for food faddists and nutritionists. It is a look at something we might not want to see: Monsanto, Roundup and Roundup-resistant seeds, collectively wreaking havoc on American farmers and our agricultural neighbors around the world. In the end, this documentary is a eloquent call to action." Get it here: http://www.organicconsumers.org/houseparty.htm#ff
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ALERT UPDATE:
EPA IGNORING PUBLIC OPPOSITION TO TESTING CHEMICALS ON KIDS
Several months ago, the Organic Consumers Association alerted its readers to an EPA proposed rule that would allow pesticide and other chemical testing on children. Thanks to all of you, over 50,000 comments were generated to the EPA condemning this proposal. Despite overwhelming input from citizens, congress, and EPA's own scientists opposing the proposed rule, the agency's administrators have announced they are days away from approving the proposal and allowing chemical testing on children. "The fact that EPA allows pesticide testing of any kind on the most vulnerable, including abused and neglected children, is simply astonishing," said Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. Even EPA's own scientists are speaking out against the agency's proposed rule. "I am somewhat dismayed that this rule was presented in such a complex -- and I would have to say, tricky -- way," said Suzanne Wuerthele, a regional toxicologist for the EPA. Earlier in 2005, Congress mandated that the EPA must ban all chemical testing on humans without exception, in order for the agency to be allocated its full budget. EPA has clearly failed to do this with this proposed rule. Tell Congress to advise the EPA against publishing this rule:
Take action here:
http://www.organicconsumers.org/epa6.cfm
 

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UNCHAIN YOUR HEART THIS VALENTINES DAY
Seeking expert advice on how to woo your loved one this Valentines Day? Look no further. The Organic Consumers Association has assembled some handy-dandy materials to help you evade one of the biggest romance-making "no-no's"... giving a bad gift. The sweets you were thinking about buying your sweetie may not be so sweet after all. Over 40 percent of the world's chocolate comes from Côte d'Ivoire, where the International Labor Organization and US State Department have reported widespread instances of child slavery. Before your sweetheart takes a deep whiff of those roses you bought at the chain store down the street, you should know that the majority of cut flowers in the U.S. are imported from Colombia and Ecuador and have been sprayed with up to two dozen different toxic pesticides. This Valentine's Day show your loved one that you truly care.
To help stoke the flames of passion, and to support Fair Trade & organics, check out OCA's "Unchain Your Heart" Valentines campaign center: http://www.organicconsumers.org/valentines/
 

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MAD COW NORTH AMERICA: STOP THE MADNESS
Another case of Mad Cow disease has been detected in Canada. The discovery increases the pressure on the USDA to commit to more stringent testing of cattle in the U.S, and to stop feeding slaughterhouse waste, blood, and manure to cattle. A new study out of the UK shows that even miniscule parts of an infected animal can lead to widespread contamination. "Based on this new research, if just one infected cow entered the U.S. feed supply and the brain and spinal cord of that animal were maximally dispersed in feed, it could potentially infect 45,000 other cows," says Dr. Michael Hansen of the Consumers Union (Consumer Reports). While countries like Japan now test all of their cattle for the fatal disease before they enter the food supply, only about 1 in 90 animals is tested in the U.S.
Learn more and sign the Mad Cow USA petition: http://www.organicconsumers.org/madcow.htm
 

 

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ALERT: HELP NEW MEXICO BAN ASPARTAME
Aspartame, also known as NutraSweet, is currently in 6000 food products and in over 500 pharmaceutical preparations, despite over three dozen peer-reviewed scientific studies outlining its toxicity. Most recently, a study was published in the November, 2005 issue of the journal "Environmental Health Perspectives," demonstrating that rats consuming aspartame had a higher incidence of tumors, leukemia, lymphoma, and other cancers. In light of this evidence, legislation has been introduced in New Mexico that would ban aspartame. Introduced in the state Senate by Albuquerque Democratic Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino as Senate Bill 250, and in the state House by Gallup Navajo Democratic Representative Irvin Harrison as House Bill 202, the measure draws upon statutes that allow the state to regulate poisonous and deleterious food additives in the interest of public health. A successful bill of this type could set a powerful precedent for the whole country. In order for this bill to take the next step, an Executive Message must be given by Governor Bill Richardson. Take Action: Support legislation banning aspartame: http://www.organicconsumers.org/aspartame1.cfm


 

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GOVERNMENT ASKS GENERAL MILLS FOR ADVICE ON ORGANIC STANDARDS
Consumers are frequently being ignored when it comes to maintaining strict National Organic Standards, while industry is being offered an ever-increasing voice. The Organic Consumers Association and the Consumers Union have filed a complaint with the USDA regarding recent appointments of industry representatives as "consumer representatives" to the organic community's watchdog panel over organic standards. Congressional legislation on organic standards, passed in 1990, created a special organic advisory board to help oversee and develop organic standards. This panel of experts is known as the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). Federal law indicates that the NOSB must be a balanced Board representing the broad interests of the organic community, and include four farmers, two handlers/processors, one retailer, one scientist, three consumer advocates, three environmentalists, and one certifying agent. Recently, the USDA broke traditional consensus by appointing five new members to the NOSB without any public comment. The consumer representative seats were handed over to industry by the USDA, ignoring qualified candidates from the consumer sector. New so-called "consumer representatives" included Katrina Heinze, a manager at General Mills, and Daniel Giacomini, a consultant to the dairy industry. Just as we're going to press we have learned that General Mills, responding to OCA and public pressure, has asked that Heinze's appointment as "consumer representative' be cancelled. By loading the NOSB with industry representatives, the USDA threatens to undermine consumer trust in the organic label. http://www.organicconsumers.org/SOS/critics011906.cfm
Get involved with OCA's Safeguard Organic Standards campaign: http://www.organicconsumers.org/sos.cfm

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WATER FIGHT: BOLIVIA vs. BECHTEL
Last week brought an end to one of the greatest water battles in history. The people of Bolivia have successfully reclaimed ownership of their water from the Bechtel Corporation. In 1999, Bechtel made an arrangement with the Bolivian government to take ownership of the water supply and charge citizens for its use. Within weeks of the takeover, Bechtel raised water rates by 50% and made it illegal to gather rainwater without a permit. The ensuing citizen revolt forced Bechtel out of the country. Bechtel then sued Bolivia for $50 million for "profit losses." But last week, after four years of legal disputes and public pressure, the case was dropped. "This is the first time that a major corporation like Bechtel has had to back down from a major trade case as the result of global citizen pressure," said Jim Shultz, executive director of The Democracy Center in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Bechtel's surrender coincides with the election of indigenous populist farm leader, Evo Morales, who has long been a sharp critic of Bechtel and other transnational corporations operating in Bolivia. http://www.organicconsumers.org/Politics/bechtel012006.cfm

 

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PESTICIDE INDUSTRY ROCKED BY THREE RECENT ALARMING STUDIES

This month's issue of the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine reports a new study showing pregnant women and children exposed to pesticides and insect sprays run double the risk of developing childhood leukemia. Researchers carried out detailed interviews with 280 mothers of children with acute leukemia and found disturbing connections between fungicides/insecticides and leukemia. Describing the results as "significant", the authors said that preventive action should be considered to reduce health risks to children.
http://www.organicconsumers.org/school/leukaemia012006.cfm

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A new study in the January 2006 issue of the journal Epidemiology. has found that a that a pesticide byproduct found in the blood of 90% of U.S. men could be causing male sterility or other adverse effects in men. Researchers with the University of Michigan, Harvard University and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took urine samples from 268 males undergoing treatment for low sperm counts. Researchers measured by-products of a pesticide, chlorpyrifos, and found that men with the lowest testosterone levels also had the most pesticide by-product in their systems. http://www.organicconsumers.org/toxic/testosterone011706.cfm
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Scientists at UC Berkeley conducted a study published in this week's issue of the scientific journal Environmental Health Perspectives wherein they found extremely low levels of pesticides kill frogs. The bulk of safety research is typically done on individual pesticides, but this study created a low level mix of pesticides comparable to what frogs would experience near an average farm in the Midwest and found that it killed 35% of the frogs in the study. "Given these adverse effects and the continued increase and use of pesticides in agriculture over the past 50 years, it is likely that pesticides have played and will continue to play a role in amphibian declines," wrote the study's authors. And of course humans are ingesting these same toxic pesticides in non-organic food and in their drinking water. http://www.organicconsumers.org/toxic/062501.cfm

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QUICK TIDBITS
 
Humans have been raising and domesticating cattle and other animals for over 1,300 generations, and raising food crops for 10,000 years. For most of that time, farming has been carried out organically, most often with good results in terms of producing high-quality natural food and preserving the environment and biodiversity.. But everything changed 60 years ago when corporations like Monsanto and Dupont started pushing a "Fatal Harvest" of synthetic chemicals to the world's farmers. This week, Ronnie Cummins, the Organic Consumer Association's National Director, discusses the past, present and future of organic agriculture in OCA's blog with his new daily posting of "Biodemocracy Bytes."
Read and post your thoughts and questions here:
http://www.organicconsumers.org/chat/viewforum.php?f=19

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A well known national columnist for Scripps Howard News Service, Michael Fumento, has been canned after the press outlet discovered he had been taking money from corporations as incentive to bias his articles. The pro-biotech "journalist" has regularly released columns praising Monsanto as a savior of global agriculture. Two weeks ago, Scripps Howard News Service fired Fumento when they found out he had received a $60,000 "donation" from Monsanto. http://www.organicconsumers.org/ge/columnist011606.cfm
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Tumeric with some types of vegetables can actually help prevent and treat prostate cancer, says a new Rutgers study in the January 15 issue of the journal "Cancer Research." Study authors say tumeric demonstrates "significant cancer-preventive qualities in laboratory mice." When the seasoning is combined with phenethyl isothiocyanate, a naturally occurring substance in broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi turnips, and watercress, the combination of the two "could be effective in treating established prostate cancers," say researchers. http://www.organicconsumers.org/school/tumeric011706.cfm
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The Future of Food, a film by Deborah Koons Garcia, is back in stock at the OCA headquarters! Thanks to your numerous requests for the film, we were temporarily out of stock. The Future of Food provides an in-depth investigation and critique of genetically engineered foods and crops, including interviews with farmer activists such as Percy Schmeiser. According to the Telluride Daily Planet, "This stylish film is not just for food faddists and nutritionists. It is a look at something we might not want to see: Monsanto, Roundup and Roundup-resistant seeds, collectively wreaking havoc on American farmers and our agricultural neighbors around the world. In the end, this documentary is a eloquent call to action." Get it here: http://www.organicconsumers.org/houseparty.htm#ff
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Some People Complain

They tell me that my site is too political; that I should not mix politics and wellness.

Wellness is political. Read our main feature for this newsletter: Health Care for Dummies.

The same bunch in office who have turned over windfall profits to the big Pharm Cartels, are the same bunch that sent our young men and women to Iraq to fight the terrorists that were not there till we arrived.

They complain that I'm one sided. I never publish anything by somebody on the right. Well, they are wrong. We have published and we are going to do it again. Right now.

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By William F. Buckley
The National Review
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    Friday 24 February 2006

    "I can tell you the main reason behind all our woes - it is America." The New York Times reporter is quoting the complaint of a clothing merchant in a Sunni stronghold in Iraq. "Everything that is going on between Sunni and Shiites, the troublemaker in the middle is America."

    One can't doubt that the American objective in Iraq has failed. The same edition of the paper quotes a fellow of the American Enterprise Institute. Mr. Reuel Marc Gerecht backed the American intervention. He now speaks of the bombing of the especially sacred Shiite mosque in Samara and what that has precipitated in the way of revenge. He concludes that "The bombing has completely demolished" what was being attempted - to bring Sunnis into the defense and interior ministries.

    Our mission has failed because Iraqi animosities have proved uncontainable by an invading army of 130,000 Americans. The great human reserves that call for civil life haven't proved strong enough. No doubt they are latently there, but they have not been able to contend against the ice men who move about in the shadows with bombs and grenades and pistols.

    The Iraqis we hear about are first indignant, and then infuriated, that Americans aren't on the scene to protect them and to punish the aggressors. And so they join the clothing merchant who says that everything is the fault of the Americans.

    The Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, elucidates on the complaint against Americans. It is not only that the invaders are American, it is that they are "Zionists." It would not be surprising to learn from an anonymously cited American soldier that he can understand why Saddam Hussein was needed to keep the Sunnis and the Shiites from each others' throats.

    A problem for American policymakers - for President Bush, ultimately - is to cope with the postulates and decide how to proceed.

    One of these postulates, from the beginning, was that the Iraqi people, whatever their tribal differences, would suspend internal divisions in order to get on with life in a political structure that guaranteed them religious freedom.

    The accompanying postulate was that the invading American army would succeed in training Iraqi soldiers and policymakers to cope with insurgents bent on violence.

    This last did not happen. And the administration has, now, to cope with failure. It can defend itself historically, standing by the inherent reasonableness of the postulates. After all, they govern our policies in Latin America, in Africa, and in much of Asia. The failure in Iraq does not force us to generalize that violence and antidemocratic movements always prevail. It does call on us to adjust to the question, What do we do when we see that the postulates do not prevail - in the absence of interventionist measures (we used these against Hirohito and Hitler) which we simply are not prepared to take? It is healthier for the disillusioned American to concede that in one theater in the Mideast, the postulates didn't work. The alternative would be to abandon the postulates. To do that would be to register a kind of philosophical despair. The killer insurgents are not entitled to blow up the shrine of American idealism.

    Mr. Bush has a very difficult internal problem here because to make the kind of concession that is strategically appropriate requires a mitigation of policies he has several times affirmed in high-flown pronouncements. His challenge is to persuade himself that he can submit to a historical reality without forswearing basic commitments in foreign policy.

    He will certainly face the current development as military leaders are expected to do: They are called upon to acknowledge a tactical setback, but to insist on the survival of strategic policies.

    Yes, but within their own counsels, different plans have to be made. And the kernel here is the acknowledgment of defeat.

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Sweden to Go Oil-Free - from the Mother Jones Blog

This is genuinely exciting news (there's so little these days…). It looks like Sweden is preparing a plan to become an "oil-free" economy by 2020:
 

The attempt by the country of 9 million people to become the world's first practically oil-free economy is being planned by a committee of industrialists, academics, farmers, car makers, civil servants and others, who will report to parliament in several months.

The intention, the Swedish government said yesterday, is to replace all fossil fuels with renewables before climate change destroys economies and growing oil scarcity leads to huge new price rises.

Sweden has a decent head start—about 26 percent of its energy already comes from renewable resources (the EU average is 6 percent)—and plans to meet its goal by using biofuels, along with wave and wind power, to generate the needed electricity, rather than relying on new nuclear plants, which already supply half of the country's electricity.

The Volvos, meanwhile, will all run on hydrogen. Or at least that's the plan, though granted, lots of smart people think hydrogen-run cars are easier said than done. Joseph Romm, a former Energy Department official under Clinton and the author of The Hype of Hydrogen, has leveled a number of criticisms along this front—for one, a hydrogen-powered economy can end up using more total energy because all of that hydrogen needs to be transported around to filling stations, and it's harder to ship than gasoline. And a relatively recent study by Argonne National Laboratory estimated that installing the vast infrastructure to equip 40 percent of American vehicles to run on hydrogen would cost $500 billion or more. Obviously Sweden's not as big as the United States, but that's a lot of money, and it will be interesting to see whether the Swedes can pull this all off.

Now the obvious question: Why can't the United States do something like this? There are major differences between us and Sweden, sure: the latter is much smaller, uses less oil, has an abundance of rivers, more nuclear power plants, and less sprawl. That all makes things much easier. And, according to Prime Minister Goran Persson, Sweden's farms and forests are more conducive to generating biofuel than America's. But as I've pointed out before, it's physically impossible to power the whole world—or even more than a small portion—with biofuel, and the United States would have to find its own mix of renewable resources no matter what (most likely involving a heavy dose of solar). So Sweden's not, in a strict sense, a "model" here.

Still, this is what a grown-up approach to energy policy looks like. Nothing mind-blowing. Nothing impossible. All you need is a government willing to act. The contrast between the Swedes and an administration that backtracks from even modest statements on ending our oil addiction—and then lays off 32 workers at the National Renewable Energy Lab because of a $28 million budget shortfall there—pretty much speaks for itself. Lucky us.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/oil/story/0,,1704954,00.html


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An elderly couple was attending church services one morning.

About halfway through, the wife leans over and whispers, "I just let a
silent fart - what do you think I should do?"

Her husband replied, "Put a new battery in your hearing aid."


Why God made moms: answers given by elementary school age children to the following questions:

Why did God make mothers?

1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?

1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my Mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

What ingredients are mothers made of?

1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use string, I think

Why did God give you your mother and not some other Mom?

1. We're related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's moms like me.

What kind of little girl was your Mom?

1. My Mom has always been my Mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.

What did Mom need to know about dad before she married him?

1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why did your Mom marry your dad?

1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my Mom eats a lot.
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that Mom didn't have her thinking cap on.

Who's the boss at your house?

1. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because dad's such a goof ball.
2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
3. I guess Mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.

What's the difference between moms and dads?

1. Moms work at work & work at home, & dads just go to work at work.
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller & stronger, but moms have all the real power 'cause that's who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friend's.
4. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.

What does your Mom do in her spare time?

1. Mothers don't do spare time.
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your Mom perfect?

1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd diet, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your Mom, what would it be?

1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get rid of that.
2. I'd make my Mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it and not me.
3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on her back.

THE MOMMY TEST

I was out walking with my 4 year old daughter. She picked up something off the ground and started to put it in her mouth. I took the item away from her and I asked her not to do that.

"Why?" my daughter asked.

"Because it's been lying outside, you don't know where it's been, it's dirty and probably has germs" I replied.

At this point, my daughter looked at me with total admiration and asked, "Wow! How do you know all this stuff?"

"Uh,” I was thinking quickly, "All moms know this stuff.  It's on the Mommy Test.  You have to know it, or they don't let you be a Mommy."

We walked along in silence for 2 or 3 minutes, but she was evidently pondering this new information.

"OH...I get it!" she beamed, "So if you don't pass the test you have to be the daddy."

"Exactly" I replied back with a big smile on my face and joy in my heart.


From a reader:

The Smiths were proud of their family tradition. Their ancestors had come to America on the Mayflower. Their line had included senators, publishers, industrialists and Wall Street wizards.

They decided to compile a family history, a legacy for the children. They hired a fine writer. Only one problem arose: how to handle Uncle George, who was executed in the electric chair.

The writer said not to worry, he could handle that section of history tactfully.

When the book appeared, the family turned to the section on Uncle George. There, they read, "George Smith occupied a chair of applied electrical engineering at an important government institution, and was attached to his position by the strongest of ties. His death came as a real shock."

And all along I thought only government agencies knew how to use words that creatively. Remember the $800 claw hammer? It was described as a "multi-directional impact generator."


Sign over a Gynecologist's Office:
"Dr. Jones, at your cervix."

In a Podiatrist's office:
"Time wounds all heels."

On a Septic Tank Truck in Oregon:
"Yesterday's Meals on Wheels"

At a Proctologist's door:
"To expedite your visit please back in."

On a Plumber's truck:
"Don't sleep with a drip. Call your plumber."

At a Tire Shop in Milwaukee:
"Invite us to your next blowout."

At a Towing company:
"We don't charge an arm and a leg. We want tows."

On an Electrician's truck:
"Let us remove your shorts."

On a Maternity Room door:
"Push. Push. Push."

At an Optometrist's Office
"If you don't see what you're looking for, you've come to the right place."

On a Taxidermist's window:
"We really know our stuff."

On a Fence:
"Salesmen welcome! Dog food is expensive."

At a Car Dealership:
"The best way to get back on your feet -- miss a car payment."

Outside a Muffler Shop:
"No appointment necessary. We hear you coming."

In a Veterinarian's waiting room:
"Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!"

At the Electric Company:
"We would be delighted if you send in your payment.
However, if you don't, you will be."

In a Restaurant window:
"Don't stand there and be hungry, Come on in and get fed up."

In the front yard of a Funeral Home:
"Drive carefully. We'll wait."

At a Propane Filling Station:
"Thank heaven for little grills."

And don't forget the sign at a Chicago Radiator Shop:
"Best place in town to take a leak


"Did you hear about the 16-year-old kid that went to Iraq? He’s an American of Iraqi descent and wanted to see what it was like over there. So he ran off, spent three weeks in Iraq, and then came home. See, even he has an exit strategy." David Letterman


If you remember the Original Hollywood Squares and its comics, this may bring a tear to your eyes. These great questions and answers are from the days when Hollywood Squares" game show responses were spontaneous and clever, not scripted and (often) dull, as they are now. Peter Marshall was the host asking the
questions, of course. Enjoy!


Q. Do female frogs croak? A. Paul Lynde: If you hold their little heads under water long enough.


Q. If you're going to make a parachute jump, at least how high should you be? A. Charley Weaver: Three days of steady drinking should do it.


Q. True or False, a pea can last as long as 5,000 years. A. George Gobel: Boy, it sure seems that way sometimes


Q. You've been having trouble going to sleep. Are you probably a man or a woman? A. Don Knotts: That's what's been keeping me awake.


Q. According to Cosmopolitan, if you meet a stranger at a party and you think that he is attractive, is it okay to come out and ask him if he's married? A. Rose Marie: No; wait until morning.


Q. Which of your five senses tends to diminish as you get older? A. Charley Weaver: My sense of decency.


Q. In Hawaiian, does it take more than three words to say "I Love You"? A. Vincent Price: No, you can say it with a pineapple and a twenty.


Q. What are "Do It," "I Can Help," and "I Can't Get Enough"? A. George Gobel: I don't know, but it's coming from the next apartment.


Q. As you grow older, do you tend to gesture more or less with your hands while talking? A. Rose Marie: You ask me one more growing old question Peter, and I'll give you a gesture you'll never forget.


Q. Paul, why do Hell's Angels wear leather? A. Paul Lynde: Because chiffon wrinkles too easily.


Q. Charley, you've just decided to grow strawberries. Are you going to get any during the first year? A Charley Weaver: Of course not, I'm too busy growing strawberries.


Q. In bowling, what's a perfect score? A. Rose Marie: Ralph, the pin boy.


Q. It is considered in bad taste to discuss two subjects at nudist camps. One is politics, what is the other? A. Paul Lynde: Tape measures.


Q. During a tornado, are you safer in the bedroom or in the closet? A. Rose Marie: Unfortunately Peter, I'm always safe in the bedroom.


Q. Can boys join the CampFire Girls? A. Marty Allen: Only after lights out.


Q. When you pat a dog on its head he will wag his tail. What will a goose do? A. Paul Lynde: Make him bark?


Q. If you were pregnant for two years, what would you give birth to? A. Paul Lynde: Whatever it is, it would never be afraid of the dark.


Q. According to Ann Landers, is their anything wrong with getting into the habit of kissing a lot of people? A. Charley Weaver: It got me out of the army.


Q. It is the most abused and neglected part of your body, what is it? A. Paul Lynde: Mine may be abused, but it certainly isn't neglected.


Q. Back in the old days, when Great Grandpa put horseradish on his head, what was he trying to do? A. George Gobel: Get it in his mouth.


Q. Who stays pregnant for a longer period of time, your wife or your elephant? A. Paul Lynde: Who told you about my elephant?


Q. When a couple have a baby, who is responsible for its sex? A. Charley Weaver: I'll lend him the car, the rest is up to him


Q. Jackie Gleason recently revealed that he firmly believes in them and has actually seen them on at least two occasions. What are they? A. Charley Weaver: His feet.


Q. According to Ann Landers, what are two things you should never do in bed? A. Paul Lynde: Point and Laugh

 

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