Saturday, March 24, 2007

Thursday, March 22, 2007

A known problem?

Are GM Crops Killing Honeybees?

The honeybee population may be in grave decline around the United States. This is a serious problem, as almost 100 crops need honeybees to transport pollen between flowers, prompting fertilization and jump-starting the production of seed and fruit.
However, there may soon not be enough bees to transport a sufficient amount of pollen, as a result of colony collapse disorder; this is the catch-all name that encompasses a myriad of possible reasons why the honeybees are disappearing, ranging from a new infection to a compromised immune system.

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Monday, March 19, 2007

Is this the bottom line?

Boy severely infected from father's vaccination, paper reports

Associated Press
Published March 17, 2007, 4:10 PM CDT

CHICAGO -- A 2-year-old Indiana boy contracted a rare and life-threatening infection from his soldier father's smallpox vaccination, according to a published report. Doctors at the University of Chicago's Comer Children's Hospital said the boy's mother is also infected, but much less seriously than her son, who had a virulent rash over 80 percent of his body earlier this month, the Chicago Tribune reported in Saturday's editions.

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Friday, March 16, 2007

Why are my kids always sick?

Robert M. Kradjian, MDBreast Surgery Chief Division of General Surgery,
Seton Medical Centre #302 - 1800 Sullivan Ave.
Daly City, CA 94015 USA


Any lactating mammal excretes toxins through her milk. This includes antibiotics, pesticides, chemicals and hormones. Also, all cows' milk contains blood! The inspectors are simply asked to keep it under certain limits. You may be horrified to learn that the USDA allows milk to contain from one to one and a half million white blood cells per millilitre. (That's only 1/30 of an ounce). If you don't already know this, I'm sorry to tell you that another way to describe white cells where they don't belong would be to call them pus cells. To get to the point, is milk pure or is it a chemical, biological, and bacterial cocktail? Finally,will the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) protect you? The United States General Accounting Office (GAO) tells us that the FDA and the individual States are failing to protect the public from drug residues in milk. Authorities test for only4 of the 82 drugs in dairy cows.

This letter is very informative and eye opening for anyone with children and teenagers in the household. After giving up dairy, and reducing my intake of red meat (significantly), I have reduced my waist by three inches in six weeks. My diet change is in conjuction with a morning ritual of walking for thirty minutes, and the combination has been a life changer for me.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Speaking of Monsanto...

Sick people used like laboratory rats in GM trials

By Geoffrey Lean, Environment Editor
Published: 04 March 2007

Genetically modified potatoes developed by Monsanto, the multinational biotech company, have been fed to sick patients in an experiment. Rats that ate similar potatoes in the research suffered reductions in the weight of their hearts and prostate glands.

Dr Michael Antoniou, reader in molecular genetics at Guy's, King's and St Thomas' School of Medicine, said use of humans was "irresponsible and totally unethical, especially when already ill subjects were enrolled. These people truly were guinea pigs." Other scientists said the trials were too short, on too few people, to give meaningful results of long-term effects.

Monsanto said the vegetables were safe, and the researchers conducting the experiment said effects on the rats were within "permissible" limits.

The experiment is described in a hitherto unpublished report by the Nutrition Institute of the Russian Academy of Medical Science, done "by agreement with Monsanto Company" in 1998.

The report says "10 patients suffering from hypertensive disease and ischemic heart disease" were fed a pound of the Russet Burbank potatoes - modified to resist Colorado beetles - every day for three weeks, and monitored.

It goes on: "A certain risk of GM food products for human health does exist, as there can be by-effects of inserted genes besides the designed ones." The report describes the patients as "volunteers" and says they liked the GM potato so much they all "expressed their intention to consume it at home".

After comparing them with 10 other patients fed conventional potatoes, the report concludes: "The genetically modified potato provided by Monsanto did not reveal toxic, mutagenic, immune modulating and allergic effects within the examined parameters of the present experiment".

It recommended the GM potatoes "can be used for human nutrition purposes in further epidemiological research". The report says the rats, tested over six months, suffered "increases of kidneys' absolute weight" when compared to ones fed conventional potatoes but that all changes were "within permissible physiological fluctuation".

But Dr Irina Ermakova, of the Russian Academy of Science, calls the GM potatoes "dangerous" for rats, adding: "On this evidence, they cannot be used in the nourishment of people".

Tony Coombs from Monsanto UK said in a statement: "Potatoes genetically improved to prevent Colorado beetle destroying the crop have already been consumed, as safely as conventional or organic ones, in North America for years."

Thank You, Monsanto

Part 1: Earth Life Threats - Alarming Disappearance of Honey Bees

© 2007 by Linda Moulton Howe

"This is certainly the worst die-off that I’ve seen in my experience workingwith honey bees. It may be the worst die-off that has ever occurred with honey beessince they’ve been introduced into the United States since the 1620s." - Maryann Frazier, Honey Bee Specialist, Penn State