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►January 7, 2004 - Have
you had your flu shot? - USA Tody - "Flu vaccines, lowly and unloved staples
of public health, have never looked so good...With an earlier-than-usual flu
outbreak that has been at epidemic levels for two weeks, demand for the vaccine
has exceeded supply for the first time."
►January 7, 2004 - Demand
for Herbal Remedies Threatens Plants - Study - Reuters via ABC News -
"Worldwide demand for herbal remedies is threatening natural habitats and
endangering up to a fifth of wild medicinal plant species which are being
harvested to extinction, a leading science magazine said on Wednesday...A study
to be published later this year by the conservation organization WWF warns that
between 4,000 and 10,000 plants may be at risk."
Comment: Might the government
scientists, perchance, be putting industry needs ahead of individual health?
►January 11, 2004 - Fishy
Warning About Mercury - The Cato Institute - "The Food and Drug
Administration just issued a new warning to pregnant women about mercury in
seafood. You can "protect your baby" from developmental harm by following three
rules, claims the FDA...But there's no evidence the rules will protect anyone
and they're only likely to foster undue concern about an important part of our
►January 11, 2004 - Has
fish had its chips? - If you have suddenly lost your appetite for salmon,
don't get too fond of the other options. Trouble is brewing for all farmed
seafood, reports Stephen Khan - The Guardian, UK - "This was not some fringe
pressure group or band of tree-hugging environmentalists out to rattle cages. It
was some of the world's leading experts on industrial pollution. And what they
had to say was devastating: farmed salmon was poisonous. What's more, the most
dangerous fish of all were salmon raised in Scotland...Researchers based at the
University of Albany in New York revealed in the journal Science how they found
high levels of contaminants such as PCBs, dioxins and pesticides in Scottish
fish, which is marketed around the world as a premium product. Eating more
than three portions a year, they warned, risked increasing the consumer's
chances of developing cancer."
Comment: Wow, only three portions a year! But
perhaps you prefer getting your toxins by injecting them directly into your
body; if so, try vaccines. (Of course vaccine toxins are just fine and
dandy and pose absolutely no health risk.)
►December 8, 2003 - When the Body
Attacks Itself - Autoimmunity: Rates of immune disorders like Crohn's and MS
more than doubled in 40 years - Newsweek via MSNBC - "
Comment: Note that
York Times reported that "many of us are not receiving
enough infections", as well as that "the final consequence of all of this,
according to the theory, is that maybe those who grow up in less hygienic,
less germ-free and less vaccine-punctured environments have substantially lower
rates of an array of autoimmune and allergic diseases like multiple sclerosis,
Crohn's disease, asthma and eczema." For more on this, go to:
For Disaster - Is Vaccine Policy A "House of Cards"?
►January 11, 2004 - Going
natural not always the best way - Molecular structure is what counts in a
substance, not ancestry - (freelance article) The Gazette via
www.canada.com - "Now repeat after me: 'The
properties of a substance depend on its molecular structure and not on its
ancestry; whether the substance is synthetic or natural is totally irrelevant
when it comes to assessing effectiveness and safety.'...I bring this up because
the belief that 'natural is better' is so widespread, and sooo wrong! A
thousandth of a milligram of botulin toxin will kill an adult. And it's
perfectly natural! Scorpion venom, cocaine, nicotine, morphine and a myriad of
other naturally occurring substances are remarkably toxic as well. They are not
toxic because they are natural; they are toxic because their molecules just
happen to interfere with some aspect of body chemistry."
Comment: How do the
antigens used in vaccines fit in to all this? Natural or not.
blamed for spread of polio - The New York Times via
www.theage.com.au - "Polio has spread to
two more countries in west Africa, further jeopardising the World Health
Organisation's goal of wiping out the crippling disease by 2005...WHO officials
are placing the blame squarely on Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation and
home to 300 of the new polio cases in last year, nearly half the world
total...The chief obstacle is opposition to immunisation by some Islamic leaders
in northern Nigeria. They say the vaccine contains hormones that sterilise
girls, Dr Heymann, who strongly disputes the contention, said."
►January 10, 2004 - $24,000
lost for CCISD - Non-immunized pupils cost district
- Corpus Christi Caller-Times - "Corpus Christi
Independent School District lost $24,000 in state funding Thursday because some
800 students were not allowed to attend classes after they failed to meet the
deadline for state immunization regulations, Superintendent Jesus H. Chavez
said... On an average day, the district has 95 percent attendance and loses
$60,000 in state funds, Chavez said. The $24,000 was in addition to the normal
funding loss, for a total $84,000 funding loss on Thursday."
Comment: If you ever
wonder why districts push so hard....
►January 10, 2004 - The
Growing Mandate for Clinical Preventive Medicine - American Family Physician
- "The potential to save lives and improve the quality of life for millions of
Americans through clinical preventive medicine is tremendous. In their classic
paper, McGinnis and Foege1 linked one half of the mortality in the United States
from the 10 leading causes of death to lifestyle-related behaviors...One of the
key strategies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to improve
the health of Americans is to focus on improving five of the lifestyle factors
identified. They are tobacco use, overweight/obesity, lack of physical activity,
substance abuse, and irresponsible sexual behavior."
►January 11, 2004 - Some
overworked parents get a break - An autism support group program offers care
for special-needs children to give mom and dad some time off. - Times Leader
►January 10, 2004 - County
considers tax raise - The News-Gazette - "The Champaign County Board is
expected to decide later this month whether to put a proposal on the November
ballot to enact a countywide tax of up to 10 cents per $100 of assessed
valuation to provide services for the county's 1,700 developmentally disabled
Comment: This sort of thing can be
expected to become commonplace given the burgeoning disabled population.
►January 8&9, 2004 -
The Mercury Debate
- Thimerosal in Mandated Vaccinations is the Major Etiological Agent in the
Recent Increase in Autism and Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder: Hypothesis
Presented to Kentucky Assembly October 15, 2003 -
by Boyd E. Haley, Professor and Chair,
Department of Chemistry, University of Kentucky - Schafer Autism Report
►January 9, 2004 -
Tragic mum's plea
for rare bug vaccine
- The Mercury - "The
first time Stacey Harper heard of pneumococcal disease was a few minutes after
her seven-year-old son died...Jacob, her only child, lost his life to
streptococcus pneumonia septicemia less than six hours after arriving in
►January 8, 2004 -
Florence's Medicis To Be Exhumed -
Discovery Channel - "No fewer than 50 members of the family that dominated the
Florentine Renaissance are to be exhumed in the attempt to unveil their last
secrets, Italian authorities have announced...The
project, to be filmed by
The Learning Channel, aims to reconstruct how the Medici family, who ruled
Florence and Tuscany from 1434 to 1737, lived and died."
And this report can be yours for a mere $6,400.00.
►January 6, 2004 -
India set to emerge as major hub for vaccine production - Kerala News - "Indian
Council of Medical Research (ICMR) director general N.K. Ganguly said here
Tuesday the number of major vaccine producing countries in the world had shrunk
from 36 to six due to various factors, including globalisation."
Comment: Well, maybe that just about says
it all. A polio vaccine that
is "one of the safest vaccines ever produced". (Which is why it is no
longer recommended for use in the United States and many other places.)
►January 8, 2004 - Lone flu
shot gives kids limited benefit - Officials say
one dose still better than none. -
www.news-leader.com - "Until more studies are done, federal health
officials say they won't know how much protection a child has with only one dose
of flu vaccine...'We had parents extremely upset with us,' Hamburg (of Doctors'
Hospital clinic) said . 'People were disappointed and we were disappointed. But
we feel it was better to get one dose into some people even if they didn't get a
Comment: Who is the public to believe - the local official reassuring the
public that one dose is better than none, or the federal official who says no
one knows? And why did the newspaper make it seem in its title as if
"officials" all agree? Why didn't they say "some officials"?
Regardless, as usual, until and unless studies are conducted comparing the
vaccinated (using varying doses) to the never vaccinated, and exposing them (or
not) to the flu, little to nothing is known about the effectiveness of the
vaccine or the doses needed to provide that effectiveness.
►January 11, 2004 -
show state sought military's help with vaccine - The Atlanta
Journal-Constitution - "Georgia Division of Public Health officials were so
desperate to buy flu vaccine last month that they contacted Fort Stewart in
search of extra supplies, according to division correspondence obtained by The
Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Meanwhile, department officials were barraged by
local health officials desperate for more vaccine and peppered by e-mails from
salesmen hawking the vaccine at exorbitant prices."
11, 2004 -
Polio Cases in West Africa May Thwart W.H.O. Plan (requires registration or
subscription) - The New York Times - "Polio has spread to two more countries in
West Africa, further jeopardizing the World Health Organization's goal of wiping
out the crippling disease by next year, an official of the agency said
Friday...The health organization has come tantalizingly close to reaching its
goal, having reduced the number of new polio cases to the lowest level since it
began its program in 1988 to eliminate the disease. The W.H.O. said there were
667 paralytic cases in 2003, about 1 percent of the number in 1988."
►January 19, 2004 -
mixes make a stir - Virus
Research - www.usnews.com - "Cleaning out
the freezer usually turns up old stuff that's been long forgotten. That holds
true even for the supersecure freezers that safeguard vials of deadly smallpox
virus deep within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. A
recent inventory unearthed unusual chimera viruses created 40 years ago by
crudely combining smallpox with other pox viruses...To many public-health
experts, it's disturbing enough that plain old smallpox lives on, albeit under
lock and key, at the CDC and a second lab in Russia. Now the World Health
Organization's committee on smallpox research is grappling with what to do about
strange variants of the deadly virus."
11, 2004 -
Moms with HIV
encouraged to breastfeed -
www.startribune.com - "'You can't just say, "Don't breastfeed."
That's a death sentence for many babies. Fine, they won't get HIV, but they will
die of diarrhea,' said Jean Humphrey, who heads Zvitambo, a research project
funded in part by Canada that examines HIV and breastfeeding in Zimbabwe."
►January 19, 2004 -
news about prions -
www.usnews.com - "Last month's discovery of
mad cow disease in the U.S. food supply has elevated prions from an obscure
biological curiosity to topic A on the talk shows. But just as these villainous,
twisted proteins are becoming notorious, researchers are saying: Hold up; they
might not be so bad after all. Indeed, prions and their cousin proteins may
prove to be benign--even helpful--in normal mental functions like memory."
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"A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of truth."
-- Albert Einstein, letter to a friend, 1901
"I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves, and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education."
-- Thomas Jefferson, letter to William C. Jarvis, September 28, 1820
“A sacred cow will not protect the herd.”
-- Sandy Gottstein
"What's the point of vaccination if it doesn't protect you from the unvaccinated?"
-- Sandy Gottstein
"Who gets to decide what the greater good is and how many will be sacrificed to it?"