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The World vs Monsanto

The Russians may have lost the Cold War, but when it comes to food safety, they have us beat by a mile. Last week, Russia announced that it would suspend the import and sale of GMO crops after a French study showed rats who ate GMO corn had an increased risk of developing tumors. The Russian consumer-rights regulator Rospotrebndzor asked to have the French study reviewed by scientists at the country’s Institute of Nutrition, but took no chances with the the Russian people’s health by postponing the ban.

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Worst Year Yet For West Nile Virus

So far this year the west Nile Virus has infected more people than in any other year since it’s discovery in 1999. Usually the WNV peaks in mid August however so far this year 47 states have already reported infections with a total of 1,118 diagnosed cases of West Nile Virus which includes 41 deaths and the season isn’t over yet. The West Nile Virus is a member of the Flaviviridae family which also includes the viruses responsible for yellow fever and certain tick borne…

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New York I-STOPs prescription drug abuse

When most people think of the war on drugs, they picture the DEA gunning it out with brutal cartels in places like Mexico and Columbia. But for residents of New York, the war on drugs took a more legislative twist to the fight. And against some of the most profitable drug cartels in the world – prescription drug manufacturers…

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Take the good with the bad: The Sanders amendment

There was much back-slapping and self-congratulating among the Senate yesterday as Republicans and Democrats celebrated a rare instance of bipartisanship when the chamber passed the Farm Bill – a much anticipated overhaul of our agriculture system that cut useless subsidies and expanded even more useless insurance programs among other things. However, proponents of natural, organic foods didn’t find much cause to celebrate …

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The Zombie Apocalypse and other manifestations of household drugs

By now most of you have heard the story of Rudy Eugene, the 31-year-old Miami man who was shot to death while in the act of eating another man’s face. It was reported this week that a cheap, over-the-counter substance that can be purchased in the beauty section of almost any store – bath salts – is what fueled Eugene’s “zombie” attack. That’s right, apparently the pending zombie apocalypse will not be borne from some radioactive slime or a cataclysmic virus but from an ordinary toiletry product that makes you smell…

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Spilt milk, supplements and party politics

This week saw a lot of action in the usually mundane world of FDA policy wonking on Capitol Hill as the Senate debated and voted on the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act. The Act itself was the usually rather boring stuff – creating checks on medical device manufacturers, plans to update this and that in the code, helping doctors reduce prescription drug abuse…

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New Wave of Polio-like Paralysis Across India Caused by Untested Vaccines

Bill Gates stated in a press conference that vaccines could reduce the world’s population by at least 15 percent and his foundation the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is now publicly endorsing and financially backing a mass polio virus vaccine in India. He further stated that each newborn should be registered for vaccines as soon as possible to assure of the goal of 90% of the global population being given this virus vaccine. There were over 50,000 cases of polio…

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“Chicken Contains Cancer Causing Arsenic Which is Added to Chicken Feed” The FDA finally Admits

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has finally admitted that chicken meat sold in the United States and in your grocery store and fast food chicken chains contains arsenic which is a cancer causing toxic chemical that is fatal in medium to high doses but worse is added to the chicken feed on purpose. So for the last 60 years Americans have been eating this cancer causing arsenic unknowingly. For decades the FDA denied that arsenic fed to chicken actually ended up in their meat and lied that the arsenic was ” excreted in…

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Breaking the addiction to toxic sugars

Is sugar as toxic as chemicals? Are sweets as addictive as cocaine? Why does something that tastes so good have to be so bad for you? These are questions that were addressed in a recent interview on “60 Minutes” with Dr. Robert Lustig, a professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco and an expert on childhood obesity…

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Study says prepare for the end of male pattern baldness

In what may be the most crowning achievement for the practice of dermatology in recent years, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have finally unlocked the secret to male pattern baldness. According to the study’s author Dr. George Costarelis, a protein called Prostaglandin D2 (PGD2) is responsible for causing hair follicles to grow thinner and weaker as men age. He said that the study took samples from the balding scalps of men with male pattern baldness and tested them against samples from parts of the head that still grew…

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