July 23, 2011
Via tomdispatch http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175419/tomgram%3A_christian_parenti,_staff_of_life,_bread_of_death/ sent by a friend of mine.
Soaring Food Prices, Wild Weather, Upheaval, and a Planetful of Trouble
By Christian Parenti
What can a humble loaf of bread tell us about the world?
The answer is: far more than you might imagine. For one thing, that loaf can be “read” as if it were a core sample extracted from the heart of a grim global economy. Looked at another way, it reveals some of the crucial fault lines of world politics, including the origins of the Arab spring that has now become a summer of discontent.
June 12, 2011
This by Dr. Mercola is worth reading for its own sake. I can’t help thinking, though, that the fact that it is available is in itself an argument against those who think that our society is entirely controlled by a vast all-powerful conspiracy. That politics is partly or largely responsible for fluoridated water seems beyond doubt. That those profiting from it are all-powerful — well, maybe not. But read what he says about fluoride.
CDC and ADA Now Advise to Avoid Using Fluoride
May 9, 2011
I can’t swear that this data is true. I think it would behoove us to find out, however! Since a large part of the terror that radiation inspires comes from the fact that it is a seeming death sentence, everything changes if it turns out that relatively simple, relatively inexpensive remedies exist, and have been known for more than 65 years! While this wouldn’t make nuclear power any less stupid as an option (it would remain too expensive when functioning normally, catastrophically expensive when there is an accident, and prohibitively expensive as soon as you factor in the costs of decommissioning and decontaminating), at least it would offer promise that nuclear power’s worst effect may be survivable. This is from http://presscore.ca/2011/?p=2211
Sea salt and baking soda, best all natural remedy for curing radiation exposure and cancer.
If you have been exposed to any form of radiation, either for medical diagnostic purposes (fluoroscopy/mammography/other medical x-ray exams) or in the course of radiotherapy treatment, or if you are otherwise concerned by excessive radiation exposure, overload or poisoning (such as living near a nuclear reactor facility, working with diagnostic radiological equipment/in the nuclear processing industries/uranium mining/uranium or plutonium processing), or if you have been exposed to radioactive particles or higher ionizing radiation doses stemming from other sources such as depleted uranium (DU), testing of atomic weapons, frequent flights in higher altitudes, a nuclear disaster (radiation fallout from the Japan nuclear power plants) etc., here are a number of tips and suggested remedies how to naturally help your body excrete damaging radioactive elements (e.g. strontium and radioactive iodine) or detoxify their noxious byproducts such as free radicals as well as deal with radiation burns.
March 18, 2011
If you have come to this blog from my other blog, probably you already know about today’s posting, which passes on Tom Kenyon’s message about a method of personal protection from radiation and other health hazards.
If not, I strongly urge you to look at it. http://hologrambooks.com/hologrambooksblog/
On the one hand, I must admit up front that I don’t know anything about the facts in this case, so I don’t really have a right to an opinion. Nevertheless (naturally) I proceed to air my opinion: This has all the earmarks of the usual medical witch-hunts against practicing physicians who come up with objections to profitable and/or popular panaceas. From the New York Times.
Time will tell, perhaps.
British Medical Council Bars Doctor Who Linked Vaccine With Autism
Published: May 24, 2010
LONDON — A doctor whose research and public statements caused widespread alarm that a common childhood vaccine could cause autism was banned on Monday from practicing medicine in his native Britain for ethical lapses, including conducting invasive medical procedures on children that they did not need.
The General Medical Council applied its most severe sanction against the doctor, Andrew Wakefield, 53, who abandoned his medical practice in Britain in 2004 as questions intensified about his research and set up a center to study childhood developmental disorders in Texas, despite not being licensed as a physician there.
In January, after the longest investigation in its history, the council found several instances of what it said was unprofessional conduct by Dr. Wakefield. It cited his taking blood samples for his study from children at his son’s birthday party; he paid each child £5, about $7.20 today, and joked about it later. It also noted that part of the costs of Dr. Wakefield’s research was paid by lawyers for parents seeking to sue vaccine makers for damages.
Dr. Wakefield left the Texas center in February, but continued to speak out against his treatment in Britain, as he did in interviews in New York on Monday, when he called the British decision to strike him off the medical register an effort to “discredit and silence” him. He said he would appeal the decision, which will take effect, unless suspended for legal reasons, within 28 days.
The disciplinary tribunal’s action came after more than a decade of controversy over the links Dr. Wakefield and associates in Britain, as well as supporters among parents of some autistic children in Britain and the United States, have made between autism and a commonly used vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella. The suggestion of a link caused use of the vaccine in Britain and elsewhere in the world to plummet, a development that critics of Dr. Wakefield said contributed to a sharp rise in measles cases in countries where the vaccine was in use.
Most scientific papers have failed to find any links between vaccines and autism.
The furor was touched off by a 1998 article in The Lancet, a British medical journal. The journal retracted the study in February after the medical council in London concluded in January that Dr. Wakefield had been dishonest and that he had violated ethical rules.
The council said he had shown “a callous disregard” for the suffering of children involved in his research. The ruling banning him from practicing medicine on Tuesday was a sequel to the January finding.
Dr. Surendra Kumar, the medical council’s chairman, said that Dr. Wakefield had “brought the medical profession into disrepute” and that his behavior constituted “multiple separate instances of professional misconduct.” In all, Dr. Wakefield was found guilty of more than 30 charges.
“The panel concluded,” Dr. Kumar said, “that it is the only sanction that is appropriate to protect patients and is in the wider public interest, including the maintenance of public trust and confidence in the profession.” He said the sanction was “proportionate to the serious and wide-ranging findings made against him.”
The council also barred from practice one of Dr. Wakefield’s associates, Dr. John Walker-Smith, 73, who had been found guilty of professional misconduct and retired from medicine 10 years ago. A second associate, Dr. Simon Murch, was found not guilty of professional misconduct and allowed to continue practicing.
Dr. Wakefield resigned in February from his position as a staff researcher at Thoughtful House, an alternative medicine clinic in Austin, Tex. A spokeswoman for the clinic said she did not know where Dr. Wakefield worked now.
A 2007 annual report for the clinic has a picture of Dr. Wakefield looking into microscope with a caption that reads: “Where would we be without Dr. Wakefield and your entire team? Thank you for your courageous efforts in swimming against the tide. Without you we would still be hearing, ‘There is nothing we can do.’ Because of you we know the hope is great and the progress is attainable.”
In New York on Monday, Dr. Wakefield rejected the medical council’s findings. In an interview with the “Today” show on NBC, he described the ban on his practicing as “a little bump in the road” and said the council’s decision had been predetermined “from the outset.” He also said he would continue his research into the link between vaccines and autism.
“These parents are not going away,” he said. “The children are not going away. And I am most certainly not going away.”
Gardiner Harris contributed reporting from Washington.
May 9, 2010
Sounds like New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof is surprised, but I don’t know why he (or anybody) should be. While I do not believe that our health or illness is entirely determined by physical causes, I am not fool enough to think that we can fill our air, water, and ground with chemical and electrical pollution without the effects being harmful. Neither do I believe that we can safely replace nature with “science” and turn our farms into mass-production extraction of food in return for mass-injection of chemicals. Why should the results surprise anybody?
The earth is holy and alive, spirit and body, and we (as part of the earth) are also. Treating the earth as if it were body alone is as deadly a mistake as treating ourselves as if we were body alone, which, often enough, we also do. So now we’re all getting sick? Big, astonishing surprise. This, via the ever-helpful SchwartzReport, from the New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/06/opinion/06kristof.html?hp
Published: May 5, 2010
The President’s Cancer Panel is the Mount Everest of the medical mainstream, so it is astonishing to learn that it is poised to join ranks with the organic food movement and declare: chemicals threaten our bodies.
The cancer panel is releasing a landmark 200-page report on Thursday, warning that our lackadaisical approach to regulation may have far-reaching consequences for our health.
I’ve read an advance copy of the report, and it’s an extraordinary document. It calls on America to rethink the way we confront cancer, including much more rigorous regulation of chemicals.
February 27, 2010
Michael Ventura always comes from the heart, and from vivid memories of a miraculous escape from real poverty. And what a mind! As I have said many times, he can get more substance out of newspapers than anyone I have ever met.