Saturday, March 31, 2012

Austrian Medical Association Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of EMF-Related Health Problems and Illnesses

Austrian Medical Association
Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of EMF-Related Health Problems and Illnesses

For Pennsylvania's Doctors, a Gag Order on Fracking Chemicals

For Pennsylvania's Doctors, a Gag Order on Fracking Chemicals

"Under a new law, doctors in Pennsylvania can access information about chemicals used in natural gas extraction -- but they won't be able to share it with their patients. A provision buried in a law passed last month is drawing scrutiny from the public health and environmental community, who argue that it will "gag" doctors who want to raise concerns related to oil and gas extraction with the people they treat and the general public."

Neocotinoid Pesticides Play a Role in Bees' Decline, 2 Studies Find

"Scientists have been alarmed and puzzled by declines in bee populations in the United States and other parts of the world. They have suspected that pesticides played a part, but to date their experiments have yielded conflicting, ambiguous results."

FDA rejects petition to ban BPA in food packaging

"The Food and Drug Administration has rejected a petition from environmentalists that would have banned the plastic-hardening chemical all food and drink packaging, including plastic bottles and canned food."

Teens learn ugly truth of tanning

Teens learn ugly truth of tanning
Doctors warn indoor beds raise risk of deadliest skin cancer

"Melany James was 17 when she started using tanning beds once or twice a week, "just to get a little extra colour, because I was so pale."

She found out in Grade 12 she had cancer. "I noticed a mole on my breast start to change (skin that had not been exposed to the sun at all) and I instinctively knew what had happened.""

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Glyphosate Toxic to Mouth Cells and Damages DNA, Roundup Much Worse

Glyphosate Toxic to Mouth Cells and Damages DNA, Roundup Much Worse

BioDemocracy, Corporate Fools, and More

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Monsanto: From a Child's Perspective

"As the U.S. Supreme Court has declared corporations like Monsanto to be 'people' with the same rights as us, it must mean that Monsanto was once a child. His parents clearly had high hopes, as his name implies - Mon Santo, or "My Holy."

However, I am pretty sure from what I have discovered about Monsanto that he is not a child I would like to have known.

As a child, BOYsanto began to make creations that copied the natural world. One of his first products was the artificial sweetener saccharin. That was just the beginning..."

-- Excerpt from a speech given by a young boy, Ci Yin Oliveira, at the protest that shut-down a Monsanto research facility in Davis, CA, March 16 and 17, 2012. Oliveira tells Monsanto's story as if, as the Supreme Court has ruled, Monsanto were actually a person. Please watch and share the video of Oliveira's clever story, then read on to learn more about the problem of giving corporations the legal rights of people and what we can do to control corporations like Monsanto.

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If you're in the Washington, D.C.-area, please join OCA Political Director Alexis Baden-Mayer at the Control the Corporation conference on April 2, 2012.

Agenda & Registration

As we mentioned in last week's Bytes, Alexis will also be speaking at the Occupy EPA rally in D.C. tomorrow.

Earlier that morning, she'll be delivering the Corporate Fool award to Monsanto's Washington, D.C. lobbying offices (see below).

You can also meet up with her April 5 and 13 at the National Occupation of Washington, D.C. Social Forum where she'll be presenting workshops on OCA's upcoming BioDemocracy campaign.



Thanks to you . . . Monsanto knows.

A sincere thank you to the thousands of you who donated to our special fundraising campaign for the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act.
Every dollar donated went  directly into the fund that will be used to support Ballot Initiative signature gatherers, media experts, consultants, and lawyers who will work together to get GMO labeling on the ballot, and pass this law in November.

If you weren't able to pitch in this time, but you've signed petitions, or helped get the word out by sharing articles or telling friends about this campaign - or other GMO labeling campaigns - thank you! Every action counts.
Thanks to your support, Monsanto knows that millions of Americans demand the right to know whether or not their food has been genetically engineered, and want an end to the routine practice of labeling or advertising GMO-tainted foods as "natural."

For an Organic Future,

Ronnie Cummins
Director, Organic Consumers Association and Organic Consumers Fund

P.S.: The Organic Consumers Fund is a 501(c)4 allied organization of the Organic Consumers Association, focused on grassroots lobbying and legislative action. Donations are not tax-deductible. If you need to make a tax-deductible donation, you can contribute to the Organic Consumers Association, a 501(c)3. Your donation to the OCA will be used for general public education and grassroots mobilization.


Monsanto Voted Biggest "Corporate Fool" with the Worst Business Practices for 2012

Monsanto has won Green America's online contest as the biggest "Corporate Fool" of the year. The agricultural and chemical giant came in first, followed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Chevron.

Monsanto won hands-down for its toxic legacy, which includes Agent Orange, DDT, massive aerial spraying of Round-Up as a drug war tactic, as well as unlabeled and hazardous genetically engineered crops. Monsanto's corporate deeds damage human health and the environment, destabilize the climate, and put small farmers out of business. They continue to push genetically modified crops in the developing world, deliberately locking farmers into deadly cycles of debt and dependence on chemical crop inputs.

To "honor" Monsanto as the nation's biggest corporate fool, a donation was made in the name of Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant to Navdanya, an organization in India that works with small farmers to promote seed sovereignty, fair trade, and sustainable agriculture.

If you're in the D.C. area, please join OCA Political Director Alexis Baden-Mayer at the Corporate Fools awards ceremony tomorrow, March 30th, from 10:30am to 12pm. We'll meet at Green America's offices at 1612 K Street, NW Suite 600, Washington, DC 2006 at 10:30am.

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Fair World Project Announcement: Celebrate "World Fair Trade Day" With Fair Trade Sweepstakes to Sri Lanka

Fair World Project is celebrating World Fair Trade Day by organizing a joint promotion with some of our favorite mission driven brands that are dedicated to fair trade throughout their entire supply chains. Brands include:  Alaffia, Alter Eco, Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, Equal Exchange, Guayaki Yerba Mate, and Maggie's Organics. Look for special promotions from these manufacturers at natural product retailers this May.

Win a Fair Trade Adventure for Two!
We're also offering you a chance to Enter to Win a Fair Trade Adventure for Two to Sri Lanka with Intrepid Travel . The trip includes a visit to Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps coconut oil facility. The Sweepstakes opens for submissions on March 15 2012.

We've produced For a Better World, a great educational video about fair trade principles showcasing all the good work Alaffia, Alter Eco, Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, Equal Exchange, Guaykai Yerba Mate, and Maggie's Organics do.



Breaking News From The Vermont State House!

The House Agriculture Committee has announced that they will be holding a public hearing April 12th from 6:30-8:30 at the State House for Vermonters to voice their opinions on H.722. 

This is our best opportunity to let our legislators know that we want to see genetically engineered foods labeled, so if you are in Vermont please make sure you come and show your support! If you can't make it to the State House on April 12th, and you live in Vermont please take action by calling in to your representatives so your voice will not be missed or sign the petition.
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Video of the Week

Symphony of the Soil

"Our soils aren't soil anymore, they're dirt, D-I-R-T, the four-letter D-word in soils, because dirt doesn't have the life. It doesn't have the level of organic matter and that's what we've done to our farmland."

-- Dr. Elaine Ingham, President and Director of Research, Rodale, 2011, President and Director of Research Soil Foodweb Inc., 1996-2011

Symphony of the Soil is director/producer Deborah Koons Garcia's follow-up to the Future of Food, the best documentary on genetic engineering.

Symphony of the Soil covers all of the most important issues OCA works on, making the case that returning to soil-enriching organic agriculture is the only way for humanity to reverse and survive the triple crisis that faces us: peak oil, global climate change and the toxification of our environment.

The film had its world premier in Washington, D.C. at the Environmental Film Festival on March 25, 2012, and it will be shown around the country at film festivals and commercial release. Don't miss it! Sign up to attend or host a screening and pre-order a copy of the DVD today!

Sign up to attend or host a screening and pre-order a copy of the DVD today!


Another Video of the Week

Vanishing of the Bees for Kids & Educators

There's a new educational version of the important Vanishing of the Bees documentary for students grades 5 thru 11. The 30 minute version comes with a 13 page study guide, which was written by Leslie Comnes who wrote the guide for Food Inc.

Vanishing of the Bees has paired up with Save the Honey Bee Foundation so that for every $50 donated, a school (can be of your choosing) gets a free copy and part of the proceeds go to the Vanishing of the Bees nonprofit.

Donate to Send Vanishing of the Bees to a school

The 30 minute educational version is also available for free online. The password is "student."



Little Bytes: Top Stories of the Week

Factory Farmers Are Hiding the Truth About Swine CAFOs

Deepak Chopra and Vandana Shiva Talk Seeds and GMOs

FDA Must Act to Remove Antibiotics from Animal Feed: Judge

Consumer Groups Seek Labeling of GMO Foods

Earth Sends Climate Warning by Busting World Heat Records


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Don't Worry, That's Just Bread Mold On Your Tampon

Don't Worry, That's Just Bread Mold On Your Tampon

"Normally, Danielle wouldn't have pulled her Kotex tampon out of the applicator for inspection before using it. I mean, who does that? One happened to fall out of the applicator, though, and that's when she saw them. The splotches of blackish mold. "Makes you wonder how many times things like this happen to tampons and we don't have a clue," she wrote. Um, yes."

Some Flame Retardants Make Fires More Deadly

"Some of the flame retardants added to carpets, furniture upholstery, plastics, crib mattresses, car and airline seats and other products to suppress the visible flames in fires are actually increasing the danger of invisible toxic gases that are the No. 1 cause of death in fires."

Activation of inflammatory responses in human U937 macrophages by particulate matter collected from dairy farms: an in vitro expression analysis of pro-inflammatory markers

Activation of inflammatory responses in human U937 macrophages by particulate matter collected from dairy farms: an in vitro expression analysis of pro-inflammatory markers

Cristoph F A Vogel, Johnny Garzia, Dalei Wu, Diane C Mitchell, Yanhong Zhang, Norman Y Kado, Patrick Wong, Danitza Alvizar Trujillo, Anna Lollies, Deborah Bennett, Marc B Schenker and Frank M Mitloehner. 
Environmental Health 2012, 11:17 doi:10.1186/1476-069X-11-17
Published: 28 March 2012

Abstract (provisional)

The purpose of the present study was to investigate activation of inflammatory markers in human macrophages derived from the U937 cell line after exposure to particulate matter (PM) collected on dairy farms in California and to identify the most potent components of the PM.

PM from different dairies were collected and tested to induce an inflammatory response determined by the expression of various pro-inflammatory genes, such as Interleukin (IL)-8, in U937 derived macrophages. Gel shift and luciferase reporter assays were performed to examine the activation of nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells (NF-kappaB) and Toll-like-receptor 4 (TLR4).

Macrophage exposure to PM derived from dairy farms significantly activated expression of pro-inflammatory genes, including IL-8, cyclooxygenase 2 and Tumor necrosis factor-alpha, which are hallmarks of inflammation. Acute phase proteins, such as serum amyloid A and IL-6, were also significantly upregulated in macrophages treated with PM from dairies. Coarse PM fractions demonstrated more pro-inflammatory activity on an equal-dose basis than fine PM. Urban PM collected from the same region as the dairy farms was associated with a lower concentration of endotoxin and produced significantly less IL-8 expression compared to PM collected on the dairy farms.

The present study provides evidence that the endotoxin components of the particles collected on dairies play a major role in mediating an inflammatory response through activation of TLR4 and NF-kappaB signaling.

Navajo Suspect Toxic Trailers Behind Illnesses

Navajo Suspect Toxic Trailers Behind Illnesses

"During his 19 years serving at St. Anne's Mission, Bro. John Hotstream has watched a lot of his parishioners grow up and have children of their own.

And of this new generation, many seem to be chronically ill.

Not only that, but the coughing, headaches, watery eyes, and chronic respiratory infections seem to run in families. One might suspect heredity, but Hotstream knew the parents, and although some now have health problems, they grew up as healthy kids."

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Common toothpaste additive triclosan to be deemed toxic to environment

Common toothpaste additive triclosan to be deemed toxic to environment
"The federal government is set to declare a bacteria killer found in many toothpastes, mouthwashes and anti-bacterial soaps as toxic to the environment, a move which could see the use of the chemical curtailed sharply, Postmedia News has learned."

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Mobile phone emission increases inter-hemispheric functional coupling of electroencephalographic alpha rhythms in epileptic patients.

Mobile phone emission increases inter-hemispheric functional coupling of electroencephalographic alpha rhythms in epileptic patients.
Vecchio F, Tombini M, Buffo P, Assenza G, Pellegrino G, Benvenga A, Babiloni C, Rossini PM.  Int J Psychophysiol. 2012 Feb 16. [Epub ahead of print]

SourceAFaR, Department of Neuroscience, Hosp. Fatebenefratelli, Isola Tiberina, Rome, Italy.
It has been reported that GSM electromagnetic fields (GSM-EMFs) of mobile phones modulate - after a prolonged exposure - inter-hemispheric synchronization of temporal and frontal resting electroencephalographic (EEG) rhythms in normal young and elderly subjects (Vecchio et al., 2007, 2010). Here we tested the hypothesis that this can be even more evident in epileptic patients, who typically suffer from abnormal mechanisms governing synchronization of rhythmic firing of cortical neurons. Eyes-closed resting EEG data were recorded in ten patients affected by focal epilepsy in real and sham exposure conditions. These data were compared with those obtained from 15 age-matched normal subjects of the previous reference studies. The GSM device was turned on (45min) in the "GSM" condition and was turned off (45min) in the other condition ("sham"). The mobile phone was always positioned on the left side in both patients and control subjects. Spectral coherence evaluated the inter-hemispheric synchronization of EEG rhythms at the following frequency bands: delta (about 2-4Hz), theta (about 4-6Hz), alpha1 (about 6-8Hz), alpha2 (about 8-10Hz), and alpha3 (about 10-12Hz). The effects on the patients were investigated comparing the inter-hemispheric EEG coherence in the epileptic patients with the control group of subjects evaluated in the previous reference studies. Compared with the control subjects, epileptic patients showed a statistically significant higher inter-hemispheric coherence of temporal and frontal alpha rhythms (about 8-12Hz) in the GSM than "Sham" condition. These results suggest that GSM-EMFs of mobile phone may affect inter-hemispheric synchronization of the dominant (alpha) EEG rhythms in epileptic patients. If confirmed by future studies on a larger group of epilepsy patients, the modulation of the inter-hemispheric alpha coherence due to the GSM-EMFs could have clinical implications and be related to changes in cognitive-motor function.
PMID: 22326594 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

Friday, March 23, 2012

Sick man fears ACC waiting for his death

Sick man fears ACC waiting for his death

"A former Nelson man who says his health is failing after working with a toxic cleaning solvent in a West Coast mine is angry ACC has taken so long to agree to test him.

Michael Blincoe, 57, born and bred in Nelson, worked from late 2006 to 2009 at Doug Hood Mining on the West Coast as a workshop yardman and cleaner, where he used the solvent Tergosol A1 to clean and degrease large machinery such as bulldozers and diggers.

He contacted the Nelson Mail last month about his year-long battle against ACC's refusal to pay for further tests recommended by his doctors to determine if he had suffered from solvent neurotoxicity."

Are Fragrance-Free Products Safer?

Are Fragrance-Free Products Safer?

"Have you noticed scents wafting throughout some stores and even airplanes? According to AdWeek, associating a scent with a brand is the latest retail trend.

It may seem like you're smelling freshly cut grass or a citrus delight, but what you're really inhaling is a combination of natural and synthetic mystery chemicals, some of which aren't good for you."

Brigham research shows exposure to germs early in life protects later against allergies, asthma

Brigham research shows exposure to germs early in life protects later against allergies, asthma

"For years, doctors and researchers have made a seemingly paradoxical observation: as people have grown up in cleaner and more sterile environments, allergies, asthma, and other inflammatory diseases have increased. Now, an international team headed by scientists at Brigham and Women's Hospital has found support for this so-called "hygiene hypothesis" and one possible biological explanation that could underlie the intriguing phenomenon."

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Tiny Doses of Gas Drilling Chemicals May Have Big Health Effects

Tiny Doses of Gas Drilling Chemicals May Have Big Health Effects

"Authors of new study encourage more low-dose testing of endocrine-disrupting chemicals, with implications for the debate on natural gas drilling.

Natural gas drilling on the Pinedale Anticline in Wyoming. Credit: Richard Waite, World Resources Institute
The higher the dose, the more dangerous the toxin—that principle is the basis for most regulatory chemical testing in the United States. But a new report shows that even low doses of some toxins can be harmful, and that finding could have implications for the long-standing debate over the chemicals used in natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing."

Mercury exposure linked to ramp up of thyroid antibody.

Mercury exposure linked to ramp up of thyroid antibody.

"Women with high mercury exposures are more than twice as likely to have higher levels of antibodies that are associated with autoimmune disorders."

Are moves toward threshold-based chemicals risk assessment premature? (TTCs part 3)

Are moves toward threshold-based chemicals risk assessment premature? (TTCs part 3)

"Because of the possible far-reaching consequences of their adoption, the adoption of thresholds of toxicological concern (TTCs) in regulatory risk assessment needs to be discussed in a broad, democratic environment where all affected parties are involved in a final decision. Moves to implement TTCs should not be made in isolation by small committees in single European authorities."

Sunscreen Compound Linked To Endometriosis

Sunscreen Compound Linked To Endometriosis

"Endocrine Disrupters: Researchers find higher risk of reproductive disorder in women with high urine concentrations of ultraviolet-blocking compounds."

Prenatal Pollutants Linked to Later Behavioral Ills

Prenatal Pollutants Linked to Later Behavioral Ills

"Inner-city women who breathe powerful airborne pollutants called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons while pregnant are more likely to have children who develop behavioral problems by the time they reach school age, researchers report."

Occupy E.P.A. and Monsanto


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Occupy the EPA!

What is the EPA doing to protect us from Monsanto?

Nothing. But, here's what they should be doing:

Monsanto's unlabeled genetically engineered foods are so pervasive in North American that babies are born with Monsanto's engineered genes coursing through their veins! Is this dangerous? Dangerous enough for France and other countries to ban gene-altered crops that scientists have found can kill human cells!

But the fact that a food is genetically engineered isn't the only thing that makes it dangerous. The other danger is what the crop was genetically engineered to do. What do Monsanto's Frankencrops do best? Drive up pesticide sales!

Despite their propaganda claims of being a "Life Sciences" company, Monsanto is a chemical and seed corporation. Despite their false promises about feeding the world and helping farmers grow more with less, the truth is that the only thing Monsanto has really accomplished through genetically engineering is to make farmers buy more pesticides, and drive up the price of patented seeds; meanwhile dumping billions of pounds of climate-destabilizing, water-polluting nitrate fertilizers on nutrient-depleted soils.

If Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) didn't increase pesticide use, and help them monopolize seed distribution, Monsanto and other chemical/biotech companies like Dow, Dupont, Bayer and Syngenta, wouldn't be pushing them.

If the Environmental Protection Agency ever got serious about protecting us and the environment from agri-toxic chemicals, the pesticides that these companies sell would be illegal. While the harms of GMOs are only beginning to be understood, the dangers associated with the herbicides and pesticides are well known.

Take Action! Tell the E.P.A.:

Ban Monsanto's RoundUp (Glyphosate)! Experts Say It's Worse than DDT!

Ban Dow's 2,4-D! Why Does the EPA Still Allow Dioxin-Tainted Pesticides?

Save the Bees! Ban Bayer's Insecticide Imidacloprid!

Ban Monsanto's GMO Insecticide-Producing Crops! Join 22 Scientists Who Ask the EPA to Act With "Urgency"


If you're close to Washington, DC, join OCA Political Director Alexis Baden-Mayer at the Occupy EPA protest on Friday, March 30


Reports from Last Week's Shut Down Monsanto Actions

Thousands of activists turned out across the world to Shut Down Monsanto!

More Details Here



Help Us Reach Our Goal Before March 27!

We've passed the halfway mark in our special fundraising campaign to label GMOs, and we are still far short of our goal.

Please help us raise $150,000 by March 27 to help get the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act on the ballot and pass it in November.

You can make a secure donation online, via phone, or by mail.

If you've already contributed, thank you! If not, can you pitch in today? Every dollar you donate will help pay for signature gatherers, attorneys, media experts to get this law in front of the voters, pass it, and ultimately force GMO labeling nationally.

Study after study indicates that GMOs are bad for our health, bad for the environment.

This is the seminal battle for the right to know what's in our food - and we are up against the deep pockets of Big Biotech and Big Food. Every dollar counts. Thank you!

For more on this campaign, read this letter from Ronnie Cummins, the Director of the Organic Consumers Association and theOrganic Consumers Fund.

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Ronnie Cummins Exposes Big Biotech's Shameless Attempt to Brainwash Kids

The claims made in a science activity book designed for schoolchildren are laughable - but they're being passed off as "science education."

Read Ronnie's latest article in AlterNet: "Outrageous Lies Monsanto and Friends Are Trying to Pass off to Kids as Science."


Update: The Campaign to Label GMOs


One month left to collect the more than 500,000 qualifying signatures needed to get our right to know about GMOs on the California ballot this November!



The Connecticut bill for GMO labels is getting a lot of press attention, most of it supportive, but an unlikely opponent of consumers' right to know has taken up Monsanto's talking points. The Center for Science in the Public Interest, founder of Food Day and proponent of the Food Safety Modernization Act, has taken a public stance against mandatory GMO labels! Set the record straight!

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We have great news! Thanks to the vocal support from Vermonters all over the State, the Vermont House Agriculture Committee has been granted more time to consider the VT Right to Know Genetically Modified Food Act (H.722). The Committee heard two long and intense days of compelling testimony last Thursday and Friday, and will be doing more work on the bill this week. The Committee is then expected to take a vote on the bill within the next two weeks. There are many hurdles still to get over, but the bill continues to gain supporters within the State House. For more information on the campaign, or to make a donation in support of the efforts to label genetically engineered foods in Vermont visit here.


Hunger Strike Against Monsanto

David Kuhlmann hasn't eaten anything containing Monsanto's genetically engineered glyphosate-resistant crops since the beginning of March. In fact, he hasn't eaten anything. He's launched a hunger strike with the goal of banning Monsanto's RoundUp herbicide and "RoundUp Ready" GMO crops.

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Little Bytes: Top Stories of the Week

Re-Occupation and Police Raid of Zuccotti Park Set Tone for Radical Spring

Low Doses, Big Effects: Scientists Seek 'Fundamental Changes' in Testing, Regulation of Hormone-like Chemicals

A Brief History of Genetically Engineered Trees

Word on the Street: What Do You Think About the GMO Labeling Initiative?

Dennis Kucinich and "Wackiness"


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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Gov't requires new labels for hazardous chemicals

Gov't requires new labels for hazardous chemicals

"The Obama administration announced long-awaited regulations Tuesday to improve labels on hazardous chemicals and make them conform with international guidelines developed by the United Nations.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration estimated that such labels could prevent more than 40 deaths and about 500 workplace injuries and illnesses from exposure to hazardous chemicals each year."

Toxic taint drives cosmetic change

Toxic taint drives cosmetic change

"Confused by makeup scare stories? Worried that lead in your lipstick and arsenic in your mascara might be damaging your health?  It might be time to ditch the contents of your make up bag and switch to organic."

Everyday chemicals linked to obesity crisis: report

"Chemicals in everyday items such as paint, plastics and mattresses are linked to obesity and diabetes, a campaign group has warned."

Nerve gas, insecticide exposure possible cause of Gulf War illness, say GHSU researchers

Nerve gas, insecticide exposure possible cause of Gulf War illness, say GHSU researchers

"The memory and attention problems plaguing thousands of veterans from the first Gulf War might be caused by low-level exposure to insecticides and nerve gas, said researchers at Georgia Health Sciences University."

Toxic food additive maker sentenced to 13 years

Toxic food additive maker sentenced to 13 years
"Taipei, March 20 (CNA) The Taiwan High Court sentenced the owner of a food additive manufacturing company Tuesday to a jail term of 13 years for mixing toxic plasticizers into clouding agents and selling them to downstream food and beverage producers."

Targeting toxins in your child's toys

Study finds toxins in locally sold children's jewelry

Targeting toxins in your child's toys

US EPA: Sure, your home is clean. but is it safe for your family?

US EPA:  Sure, your home is clean… but is it safe for your family?

"Be smart about using household products!
Be smart when you use, store, and dispose of household products.

Did you know that the products you use for cleaning, carpentry, auto repair and gardening can contain ingredients that can harm you, your family and your environment."
COMMENT:  The US EPA recommends non toxic cleaners like baking soda.  See link for details.

Maker of methyl iodide scraps controversial pesticide

Maker of methyl iodide scraps controversial pesticide

"The manufacturer of methyl iodide is pulling the controversial pesticide from California.

Late Tuesday, representatives of Tokyo-based Arysta LifeScience confirmed the "immediate suspension of product sales for all formulations of the fumigant MIDAS in the United States." The company said its decision was based on "an internal review of the fumigant and based on its economic viability in the U.S. marketplace," according to Amy Yoder, head of Arysta LifeScience North American business unit."

Oil from Deepwater Horizon Disaster Entered Food Chain in the Gulf of Mexico

Oil from Deepwater Horizon Disaster Entered Food Chain in the Gulf of Mexico

"Since the explosion on the BP Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, scientists have been working to understand the impact that this disaster has had on the environment. For months, crude oil gushed into the water at a rate of approximately 53,000 barrels per day before the well was capped on July 15, 2010. A new study confirms that oil from the Macondo well made it into the ocean's food chain through the tiniest of organisms, zooplankton."

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Doctor Says Symptoms of Gulf War Illness and Oil Spill Illness Are 'Identical'

Doctor Says Symptoms of Gulf War Illness and Oil Spill Illness Are 'Identical'

"RACELAND, La. (CN) - A bayou detoxification program is helping ill coastal residents, many of whom lack health insurance nearly 2 years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. By most accounts the treatments have helped, and thanks to donors they are free.  Michael Robichaux, an ear, nose and throat specialist, former state senator, and self-described "populist doctor" is running the clinic with chemical detox veteran Jim Woodworth of New York. Woodworth has provided the clinic with staff and funding.  Robichaux, 65, told Courthouse News in an interview that identifying illness from chemical exposure is difficult: "Nothing shows up on blood work. Nothing shows up on brain scans, nothing shows up on MRIs, anything."   Robichaux said what he is seeing appears identical to the reports of symptoms still haunting veterans exposed to toxic chemicals during the first Gulf War.  "Identical - they are identical problems," Robichaux said, picking up a 2008 report on Gulf War illness. "The symptoms are coming from different chemicals, causing the same problems: 'Association with diverse biological alterations that most prominently affects the brain and nervous system,' - exactly what I'm seeing. 'Not explained by routine medical evaluations ... symptoms that typically include a combination of memory and concentration problems, persistent headaches, fatigue and widespread pain.'"

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