Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Lawsuit Slams “All Natural” Snack Makers for Containing Harmful GMO Ingredients

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Does the term ‘all natural’ really mean anything when it comes to food labeling? Increasingly, the evidence says absolutely not.

A new lawsuit launched from New York highlights the real lack of meaning behind the ‘all natural’ marketing stunt, stating that Frito-Lay’s popular ‘all natural’ snack foods like Tostitos and SunChips are actually made with genetically modified ingredients.

Chris Sakes leads the suit against the mega snack corporation, filing a class-action lawsuit that sheds light on the ‘all natural’ labeling scam.


Shake said that Frito-Lay products are not natural at all, as they contain corn oils and genetically modified plants. What is this phony ‘all natural’ claims worth? About 10 cents more than competing brands that do not claim to be all natural, which contain virtually the same ingredients.

The lawsuit reported that independent testing actually confirmed the presence of corn and vegetables oils as well as GMOs within the popular snack brands.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012 by UnHealthyEarth · 0

What's the Coral Sea Without Coral?

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The Coral Sea, off the coast of northwestern Australia, is home to some of the healthiest tropical marine ecosystems left on Earth, with tuna, turtles, whales and sharks still found there in healthy numbers.

The Australian government now has a plan to protect this global treasure across the full extent of its exclusive economic zone, great news for conservationists who campaigned passionately for this outcome for years. But protecting biodiversity is never simple.


The latest outcry from some ocean advocates is that the new proposal, currently out for public comment, does not do enough to safeguard many of the region’s most precious resources.

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Mercury In Vaccines Was Replaced With Something Even MORE Toxic

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The short, eye-opening eBook linked below is titled Aluminum in Vaccines -- a Neurological Gamble, by Neil Miller, director of the Thinktwice Global Vaccine Institute. It documents the hazards associated with aluminum-laden vaccines. Children are receiving high concentrations of aluminum in their shots. This well-documented neurotoxin may be more dangerous than mercury.

Vaccines containing high concentrations of neurotoxic aluminum were added to the child immunization schedule when several vaccines containing mercury were removed. Two-month old babies now receive 1,225 mcg of aluminum from their vaccines -- 50 times higher than safety levels! Although the FDA, CDC and World Health Organization are aware of the dangers, they expect parents to play Russian roulette with their children.

When mercury was removed from many vaccines (except the flu vaccine) years ago, it was under the false guise that finally vaccines were now safe. What health agencies did not want you to know is that there are many other toxic additives still in vaccines, and one of them is aluminum.

Aluminum has not received the widespread media attention that mercury has, therefore many people don’t realize it’s a health risk.

“Aluminum is not perceived, I believe, by the public as a dangerous metal. Therefore, we are in a much more comfortable wicket in terms of defending its presence in vaccines,” said Dr. John Clements, WHO vaccine advisor.

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Monday, January 30, 2012

McDonald's forced to disclose all chemical ingredients on food sold in Russia

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A Russian consumer rights' group recently filed a lawsuit against McDonald's at Moscow's Tverskoy Court. The consumer groups involved in the suit say that McDonald's milkshakes are falsely named because they contain little milk.

McDonald's shakes don't deserve to be called milkshakes

Analysis of milkshakes sold at McDonald's outlets in Russia revealed the beverages contained more vegetable oil than dairy product. Experts at the Institute of Laboratory of Nutrition, say that by Russian law these drinks can be called "milk-containing" but cannot be labeled as "milk". Consumer rights advocate Mikhail Anshakov, says that the "McMilkshake" is falsely named, "They do not list the ingredients of their products which is a strict requirement for organizations of the type they are registered as in Russia. Moreover, their products contain excessive amounts of several ingredients, which is why the product name is insufficient."


Representatives of the Consumer Rights Protection Society (CRPS) charge that by "concealing the content" of its products McDonald's misleads consumers. "You might be able to get away with this type of fraud in America, but not Russia" said Yogi Protovokov of Moscow. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit do not seek any money from McDonald's, but want the company to redesign the packaging of their products to reveal the ingredients in its menu items, rather than simply listing the calories, protein, fat and carbohydrates. Altering product packaging would entail a multi-million dollar expense to the fast food purveyor.

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Monday, January 30, 2012 by UnHealthyEarth · 0

Children’s medicines coated with brain-damaging aluminum

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Aluminum Lake food coloring, used to heavily coat liquid medicines for children, contains dangerous amounts of aluminum and harmful synthetic petrochemicals. These “petrochemicals” are carcinogens containing petroleum, antifreeze and ammonia, which cause a long list of adverse reactions. Aluminum poisoning can lead to short and long term central nervous system (CNS) damage, such asmemory impairments, autism, epilepsy, mental retardation, and dementia.

Research shows that just 4ppm of aluminum can cause the blood to coagulate. This is what causes Alzheimer’s Disease and has been documented to inhibit learning. Aluminum consumption can also be associated with the development of bone disorders, including stress fractures.


Also known as tartrazine, FD&C Yellow Aluminum Lake is a chemical concoction derived from coal tar. It is known to be a reproductive toxin. All artificial colors contain Aluminum Lake, so when your child gets to pick between red, blue or green medicine, they’re really choosing which poison they get to consume. Several chemically enhanced food colorings contain ammonia and therefore produce compounds proven to cause various cancers in animal studies, according to CSPI, the Center for Science in the Public Interest. (http://www.cspinet.org/reports/chemcuisine.htm)

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

How Cell Phones are Causing Health Complications, Protect Yourself

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Experts in EMF and wireless technologies are saying that cell phones and similar devices are capable of causing a number of health defects, including depression, body irregularities, infertility and even damaging your DNA.

A number of foreign countries are attempting to adopt precautionary protocols to limit cell phone use in an attempt to mitigate the number of adverse effects they have on human health. In 2011, the WHO/IARC released a report stating that cell phone radiation may have a carcinogenic effect on humans. In fact, the World Health Organization actually said that cell phones are in the same cancer-causing category as lead, engine exhaust, and chloroform.

Though known, there is a growing contingent of researchers and scientists coming to terms with the fact that cell phone radiation is having a large effect on human health, causing physical deterioration, mental disorders and infertility.

The nature of our society in this day and age leaves little breathing room, however. In a country where cell phone subscriptions actually outnumber the amount of people, you are basically guaranteed to be exposed to cellphone microwaves whenever you enter a social setting. People rationalize that it’s a ‘necessary evil’, and it may be, but the acceptance leads to increased health risk overall. It is for this reason that we recognize the issues and develop a wide-scale solution.

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Sunday, January 29, 2012 by UnHealthyEarth · 0

ACTA = Global Internet Censorship – Now Even Foreign Governments Will Be Able To Have Your Website Shut Down

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Global Internet censorship is here. SOPA and PIPA have been stopped (at least for now) in the United States, but a treaty known as ACTA (the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) is far worse than either of them. ACTA was quietly signed by Barack Obama back on October 1st, 2011 and most Americans have never even heard of it. But it could mean the end of the Internet as we know it.

This new treaty gives foreign governments and copyright owners incredibly broad powers. If you are alleged to have violated a copyright, your website can be shut down without a trial and police may even show up at your door to take you to prison. It doesn't even have to be someone in the United States that is accusing you.

It could just be a foreign government or a copyright owner halfway across the world that alleges that you have violated a copyright. It doesn't matter. So far, the U.S., the EU and seven other nations have signed on to ACTA, and the number of participants is expected to continue to grow.


The "powers that be" are obsessed with getting Internet censorship one way or another. The open and free Internet that you and I have been enjoying for all these years is about to change, and not for the better.

So how come the U.S. Senate never voted on ACTA? Doesn't the U.S. Constitution mandate that all treaties must be approved by a two-thirds vote in the Senate?

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Cancer: A Preventable Disease Is Creating a Revolution

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Cancer is the most dreaded of all diseases, and ever since a "war on cancer" was declared 40 years ago, massive research has made progress, although the battle is far from won. Very little of this research has been directed at prevention. Advanced medicine, like the person on the street, has tended to think of cancer as something we have no control over: It happens to us or it doesn't.

The reason for thinking this way can be seen under a microscope, which reveals that malignant cells are misshapen compared to normal cells. Disastrous mutations at the genetic level lead to abnormal cell division, causing cancer cells to become rogues in the body, multiplying without check, crowding out normal cells, and in general wreaking havoc by losing communication with the body's fine-tuned intelligence.

Yet we may be seeing a revolution in our whole approach to cancer. Some highly-placed researchers now believe that 90-95 percent of cancers are preventable with drastic lifestyle changes. This represents a total reversal from what used to be taught in medical school, which held that only 5 percent of cancers could be traced to environmental factors like diet or chemical toxins. If the new view is correct, then for the first time we may have found an open road to ridding society of its most dreaded scourge.


To begin with, the genetic trail hasn't led to a cure, only to greater and greater complications. A disease like breast cancer, when examined at the genetic level, isn't one disease but hundreds. Yet at the opposite extreme, genetic mutations may be playing a much smaller part than anyone ever thought.

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Saturday, January 28, 2012 by UnHealthyEarth · 0

AMA Paper Proposes Law Forcing People into Experimental Vaccine Trials

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How would you react if I were to tell you that you or your child were forced to participate in experimental vaccine trials?

A paper published by the American Medical Association’s Virtual Mentor wants to do just that.

It seems that the amount of current participants in current experimental vaccine trials is a bit too low, so why not create a federal law forcing each person to need to “opt-out” of experimental vaccine trials in an attempt to better society?

AMA Proposes Law ‘Forcing’ Individuals to Participate in Experimental Vaccine Trials

The proposed law is lunacy, to say the least, stating that individuals must make a “mandated choice” to participate in such experimental trials. People shouldn’t be automatically enrolled in experimental trials or need to state in advance their decision to “opt-out”.

Along with the law will come a customer list for big pharma, where each participant’s information will be shared with the pharmaceutical companies in order to gather trial and field test data.

Of course this isn’t so different from how things operate now, where individuals are enrolled into big pharma’s database even if you exempt your child from vaccination. But if big pharma can’t produce enough positive data from those who actually want to volunteer for introducing a new product to the FDA for approval,

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Monsanto’s Infertility-Linked Roundup Found in All Urine Samples Tested

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A recent study conducted by a German university found very high concentrations of Glyphosate, a carcinogenic chemical found in herbicides like Monsanto’s Roundup, in all urine samples tested. The amount of glyphosate found in the urine was staggering, with each sample containing concentrations at 5 to 20-fold the limit established for drinking water. This is just one more piece of evidence that herbicides are, at the very least, being sprayed out of control.

Glyphosate in Monsanto’s Roundup Impacting Global Health

This news comes only one month after it was found that glyphosate, contained in Monsanto’s Roundup, is contaminating the groundwater in the areas in which it is used. What does this mean? It means that toxic glyphosate is now polluting the world’s drinking water through the widespread contamination of aquifers, wells and springs. The recent reports of glyphosate showing up in all urine samples only enhances these past findings.


Monsanto continues to make the claim that their Roundup products are completely safe for both animals and humans. However many environmentalists, scientists , activists, and even doctors say otherwise. Glyphosate radically affects the metabolism of plants in a negative way. It is a systemic poison preventing the formation of essential amino acids, leading to weakened plants which ultimately die from it.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

High fructose corn syrup linked to cardiovascular disease in children, teens

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Adolescents who consume foods and beverages containing high fructose corn syrup already have, present in their blood, evidence of risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes according to a recent study. The results of the new study, to be published in February 2012 in The Journal of Nutrition, provide strong scientific evidence of the negative health consequences of fructose on the human body.

Health consequences of HCFS show up early

An investigation by scientists from the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) at Georgia Health Sciences University (GHSU) followed 559 children ages 14-18. The study subjects' dietary habits were measured; their blood analyzed and blood pressure, body fat and other health measurements taken. The researchers found a correlation between high-fructose diets and markers for heart and vascular disease such as higher blood pressure, fasting glucose, insulin resistance, levels of C - reactive protein, related to inflammation.

Teens whose diets included more HFCS also had lower levels of HDL cholesterol (the "good" cholesterol) and of the fat burning hormone adiponectin. In addition, study subjects who often consumed the industrial sweetener were more likely to have midsection fat, referred to as visceral adiposity, another known risk factor for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. More generalized fat distribution does not appear to have a link to HFCS or the other health risk factors.

Norman Pollock, assistant professor of pediatrics at GHSU and co-lead author of the study said that "There is not much data in children and adolescents," although "adolescents consume the most fructose so it's really important to not only measure the levels of fructose but to look at what it might be doing to their bodies currently and, hopefully, to look at cardiovascular disease outcomes as they grow."

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Friday, January 27, 2012 by UnHealthyEarth · 0

MSG: Drug, Poison Or Flavor-Enhancer?

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Monosodium glutamate (MSG) contributes to illness in two distinct ways:

1) It alters food that is bad for us and makes it taste really, really, really good, in essence compromising our health by tricking our taste buds and intuition into eating things that are intrinsically harmful, or harmful when eaten excessively.

2) It is a toxic chemical that directly damages neurological tissue, as well as inducing a generalized endocrine disruption throughout the body known as "metabolic syndrome," the symptoms of which include hypertension, insulin resistance, elevated blood lipids and/or elevated blood sugar.

So, What is Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)?

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a commonly used "flavor enhancer," and so powerful that (arguably) you could spray it on roadkill and it would taste good. This omnipresent ingredient in modern mass market food takes advantage of our biologically hard-wired taste receptors, and makes it very hard to stop eating the foods "seasoned" with this ingredient. In fact, it is doubtful that without the MSG trick many of these mass-market processed foods would be palatable enough to maintain their status as economically viable commodities.

Common "Tricky" MSG Synonyms

Technically, MSG is the sodium salt of glutamic acid, a naturally occurring non-essential amino acid. Glutamic rich foods include wheat, dairy, corn, soy, seafood, etc. (Foods Highest In Glutamic Acid). The "YUMMY!" sensation that occurs immediately after ingesting a MSG (or various synonyms, e.g. hydrolyzed protein, autolyzed yeast) laced morsel the Japanese call umami (meaning: savoriness) and is considered one of five basic tastes.

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A Disease Machine: Why Drug Makers Keep You Sick

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Why are ineffective and dangerous drugs peddled by supposed ‘public health’ organizations in place of well-established natural solutions with virtually zero side effects? The truth of the matter is that drug makers simply would not profit if the world were to awaken to the plethora of free health-promoting substances that beat out over-priced pharmaceuticals and medical interventions. There would be no need for pharmaceutical manufacturers, phony ‘public health’ organizations peddling the latest ‘miracle’ drug, and certainly no research organizations feeding off the donations of good-hearted individuals.

You may think that this is an impossibility and that natural solutions simply do not compare to ‘scientifically proven’ pharmaceutical science. The truth of the matter is that scientific evidence is the very thing disproving the safety and effectiveness of pharmaceutical drugs as well as highlighting the surplus of beneficial properties associated with inexpensive and free vital nutrients.

Contrast: Cancer Drugs Causing ‘Mega’ Tumors, Turmeric Reduces Tumors by 81%

It was recently revealed that cancer drugs, toted as the only choice among chemotherapy for many cancer sufferers by ‘public health’ groups, are actually causing massive tumors and subsequently killing the patient. The cancer drugs were found to not only be completely ineffective, but deadly. These are the same drugs that are sold for a premium price and considered to be scientifically validated.

Meanwhile, peer-reviewed research has found that a spice known as turmeric can reduce tumors by 81% naturally. Researchers found that curcumin (a derivative of turmeruc)dramatically decreased brain tumors in 9 out of the 11 studies examined by 81 percent. Furthermore, there was no evidence of toxicity. Widely used as a spice in South Asian and Middle Eastern countries, turmeric is continually being pinpointed as an extremely potent anti-cancer solution. What’s more is the fact that turmeric is extremely inexpensive, and can be found around the globe — from Saudi Arabia to Kentucky.

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Instead of letting the Government and big corporations control how we live, how about thinking for ourselves and taking control of our own lives

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Many people now realise that the majority of our politicians are nothing more than puppets for the global Elite and big corporations like Big Pharma and Monsanto. It is also clear to many of us that the main stream media cannot be trusted. As our economy is being destroyed by design, our health is suffering due to the unhealthy food that is being pushed on us and we are having less and less say in the running of our own lives, the question is what can we do about it?

Mahatma Gandhi said: “Be the change you want to see in the world”. To me this is the best way in which we can fight back against what is happening. We have to stop supporting these big corporations. Take Monsanto for example, we give them power by buying their products. While buying organic and non GM products might cost a bit more it would defiantly hurt Monsanto if the majority started boycotting their products. While I realise that money is tight for most people, is it not worthwhile spending that bit extra when it can not only help safeguard your family’s future but also improve their health. If we cannot stop the likes of Monsanto getting a monopoly on the food we eat then that bit extra you have to pay to buy organic will seem like peanuts compared to what Monsanto will make us pay in both money and our health when they have that monopoly.

If you want to learn the truth about Monsanto then I would recommend watching the documentary “The World According To Monsanto”


It is the same principle when you look at the amount of jobs that have been lost in our country because corporations find it cheaper to use sweatshops in poor countries. The question is have we really benefited from the use of sweatshops? While it helps corporations manufacture their products cheaply, on the other hand it damages the economy by taking away jobs from our own country. This has led to high unemployment figures and an increase in poverty. There is also the moral issue of whether it is right that these corporations are allowed make a profit on the backs of human suffering as is the case with those who have to endure working in these sweatshops.

What would happen if the majority started boycotting these corporations that use sweatshops?

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Thursday, January 26, 2012 by UnHealthyEarth · 0

Solar Storm Forecasts Improve as Sun’s Fury Increases

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If this week's raging solar storm was any indication, the sun is ramping up its activity — and scientists will be ready for it. By meticulously studying our planet's star, they are able to predict these potentially dangerous space weather events better than ever before.

A huge solar flare erupted Jan. 23, triggering the strongest radiation storm in nearly a decade. A wave of charged particles, called a coronal mass ejection (CME), bombarded Earth yesterday (Jan. 24). The bombardment is over now, but some minor disruptions to spacecraft and power grids were reported.

Scientists' forecast for the arrival of the disruptive wave was off by only 13 minutes, far more accurate than in the past. And with much of the world's networks interconnected and populations increasingly reliant on technology, the ability to predict and track potentially harmful space weather events will become ever more crucial.

Solar flares and CMEs are expected to increase in frequency as the sun emerges from the dormant phase of its 11-year activity cycle.

When a CME hits Earth, the resulting geomagnetic storm interacts with the planet's magnetic field lines. This not only amps up Earth's auroras (the northern and southern lights), but, in the case of a strong CME aimed directly at Earth, can disrupt the operations of satellites in orbit and power grids and other communications infrastructures on the ground.

"There was a major event back in 1989 that led to a major power failure in Quebec that had broad implications for the province," Harlan Spence, an astrophysicist at the University of New Hampshire, told SPACE.com. "Because the world has highly connected power grids, the effects of that particular geomagnetic storm were also felt through many parts of the continental U.S."

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Cancer Is Man-Made, Not Caused by Genes or Long Life: Study Documents

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Forget all that nonsense about the search for the cure for cancer. It will never be found. The search for a cure is nothing but redirection from the reality that cancer is caused by modern life. It isn’t in your genes. It isn’t ever going to be cured. It’s an internal effect of the world we’ve created—and symbolic of our destruction of the natural world.

A study, entitled “Cancer: an old disease, a new disease or something in between?” was done by A. Rosalie David and Michael R. Zimmerman of the University of Manchester KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology. Published in the journal Nature Reviews Cancer, it strongly suggests that cancer is a disease of the modern world. It is, of course, controversial.

The study investigated Egyptian mummies. The authors noted that the written records show little evidence for cancer. They also noted that tests demonstrate that tumors are preserved through the mummification process. Zimmerman stated:

In an ancient society lacking surgical intervention, evidence of cancer should remain in all cases. The virtual absence of malignancies in mummies must be interpreted as indicating their rarity in antiquity, indicating that cancer causing factors are limited to societies affected by modern industrialization.

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Hallucinations, heart attacks 'brought on by energy drinks'

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CAFFEINE-LOADED energy drinks are responsible for an ever-increasing number of hospital visits and calls to poison hotlines, and are blamed for a variety of serious symptoms such as hallucinations, seizures and even heart attacks.

A new analysis of calls to the country's biggest poisons helpline, the NSW Poisons Information Centre, since 2004 found the number of calls related to energy drinks rose from 12 in 2004 to 65 in 2010, with at least 128 people requiring emergency department treatment over the seven years.


Although the most common symptoms were heart palpitations, agitation, tremor and upset stomachs, more than 20 people had signs of more serious poisoning, including hallucinations, seizures and interrupted blood flow to the heart.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Those junk food hormones

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Everyone knows that junk food is injurious to health, but still, who among us can resist that juicy burger or that refreshing cola? The ads make them look so tempting too. But it is those same ads that might actually be the problem. German researchers at the Max Planck Institute say those glossy pictures of junk food trigger hormones that make the viewer hungry and this may be the cause of increasing obesity.


This once again puts the focus on what health specialists in many countries have been trying to do: restrict certain kinds of junk food ads. In Canada, recent surveys have shown support for an outright ban on ads of products with high sugar, high fat or high salt content. A bit drastic, perhaps, but with child obesity becoming a growing problem, the day may not be far off when burger packets will carry warnings saying “Junk food can be injurious to your health”. Europe has imposed heavy taxes on such products and have even stopped their sale in schools.

Packaged and processed junk food is relatively new in India, but we are catching up fast. Colas, with their extremely high sugar content, are now drunk even by very young children, and the popularity of burgers, chips and the like is growing. An educational campaign that can offset some of the glamour of junk food ads can be one step towards making people aware of what exactly they are consuming and what the effects can be.
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Wednesday, January 25, 2012 by UnHealthyEarth · 0

Cigarette tobacco leaves are genetically engineered to produce pesticides

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Your central nervous system is susceptible to disorders from the chemicals in food, drinks, candy, gum and the environment, but when you smoke gene-altered tobacco which contains pesticide inside the plant itself, your body is broken down and desperate for relief, setting you up for the 20 minute "cure" for the chemical-laden cigarette hangover - nicotine. And so the ultimate secret of the vicious cycle disorder known as smoking is finally revealed.

Monsanto is the chemical company which made Agent Orange, a toxic pesticide used for destroying vegetation and killing the enemy in Vietnam. Unfortunately, many U.S. soldiers came home from Vietnam with cancer from Agent Orange, which contains several of the same ingredients as RoundUp, the world's most popular pesticide sold in every K-mart, Walmart, Home Depot and Lowe's around the planet.

Monsanto's scientists "bio-engineer" specific toxic chemicals with nature's seedlings so that the plants actually grow out from the ground with pesticide as part of their genetic makeup. In this regard, farmers can spray unlimited amounts of toxic pesticide on the plants and they won't wither or die. This "bastardized" form of vegetation is used on the three most widely consumed crops in America: corn, soy and yes, tobacco! Roundup's toxic concoction ensures that weeds, bugs, worms, turtles and other farmland pests won't eat or destroy the tobacco leaves, and Monsanto and any farmer who uses their poison can therefore process more crops and widen their profits immensely.

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Arctic Ocean freshwater bulge detected

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UK scientists have detected a huge dome of fresh water that is developing in the western Arctic Ocean.

The bulge is some 8,000 cubic km in size and has risen by about 15cm since 2002.

The team thinks it may be the result of strong winds whipping up a great clockwise current in the northern polar region called the Beaufort Gyre.

This would force the water together, raising sea surface height, the group tells the journal Nature Geoscience.

"In the western Arctic, the Beaufort Gyre is driven by a permanent anti-cyclonic wind circulation. It drives the water, forcing it to pile up in the centre of gyre, and this domes the sea surface," explained lead author Dr Katharine Giles from the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM) at University College London.


"In our data, we see the trend being biggest in the centre of the gyre and less around the edges," she told BBC News.



Dr Giles and colleagues made their discovery using radar satellites belonging to the European Space Agency (Esa).

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

New Limits on Mercury Pollution, After Decades of Delay, Build on State Lead

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The Obama Administration has announced the first national standards for mercury and other dangerous emissions from power plants. Now these dirty plants will finally be forced to clean up pollution that causes developmental delays in children, asthma attacks, cardiac disease, and cancer.

This is a huge breakthrough for the health of Americans families. In fact, it could be one of the biggest environmental accomplishments of the Obama administration.

Polluters and their allies in Congress may call these toxic air pollution safeguards an example of White House overreach, but the mercury standards did not begin with President Obama. Instead, they are based on longstanding laws that enjoy broad support around the country. And they have finally emerged into reality because of efforts started years ago in a place Tea Party and Republican leaders say they respect: the states.


That right. The elected representatives of tens of millions of people and the expert officials in numerous state governments fought hard for these standards for decades.

I know because I used to work in the New York State Attorney General’s office, and we were one of many states suing the federal government for failing to protect our citizens from air pollution. We weren’t the only ones pressing the case. Health departments, environmental agencies, and AG’s offices from several states agreed pollution from power plants was a serious health hazard.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012 by UnHealthyEarth · 0

Mercury Contamination

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A Guide to Staying Healthy and Fighting Back

The Dangers of Mercury

Exposure to mercury, even in small amounts, is a great danger to humans and wildlife.

When mercury enters the body it acts as a neurotoxin, which means it harms our brain and nervous system. Mercury exposure is especially dangerous to pregnant women and young children, but all adults are at risk for serious medical problems.

Most mercury pollution is produced by coal-fired power plants and other industrial processes. The most common way we are exposed to mercury is by eating contaminated fish.

NRDC is working hard to reduce mercury pollution in our air and water.


Protect Yourself and Your Family from Mercury Exposure

Here are some resources to help you reduce your exposure to mercury:

*Learn more about the dangerous effects of mercury
*Understand your risk with our Mercury Calculator
*Follow these simple steps to reduce your risk
*Use our Mercury in Fish Wallet Card to easily identify safe options
*Take advantage of our Sushi Guide and Safe Sushi Card
*Find out the answers to common medical and dental questions (we also have more information for medical professionals)

Help Stop Mercury Pollution

Despite the availability of cost-effective technologies and safer alternatives, the regulation of mercury pollution has been surprisingly slow. After years of stonewalling, the biggest and dirtiest polluters are working harder than ever to weaken or delay proposed and recently adopted standards. These standards would save as many as 24,600 American lives and prevent up to 170,650 cases of aggravated asthma every year by 2016. Take action to protect your health today.

Learn about the assault on the EPA and the Clean Air Act, and what NRDC has been doing to reduce mercury pollution.

A Global Issue: Reducing Worldwide Mercury Emissions

Mercury is a pollutant that knows no borders. Mercury released halfway across the globe can end up in your local lake or in the fish you buy in your grocery store.

That’s why NRDC is working with the United Nations and the Zero Mercury Working Group, a coalition of over 80 non-governmental organizations, on a global treaty to cut mercury pollution around the world.
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Geomagnetic storm, auroras possible January 23, 24, & 25, 2012

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NASA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) and STEREO missions detected a strong M9 class solar flare and associated Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) on January 23 at about 3:59 Universal Time (11:59 pm on January 22 EST). The associated moderate geomagnetic storm may cause aurora borealis activity in the northern United States.

M solar flares are the second strongest classification of solar flares, with X solar flares being the strongest. This solar flare was almost strong enough for the X classification.


The CME is headed in Earth's direction and will likely cause a moderate geomagnetic storm on January 24 (UT Date) and a minor geomagnetic storm on January 25 (UT date). In North American time zones, the new Universal Time date begins in the evening hours (8 pm in the EST zone). Hence the geomagnetic storms will extend from the nights of January 23/24 to January 24/25 in North America.

The geomagnetic storm may have some small effects on the power grids at high latitudes. The effect most noticeable to the average person will however be the possibility of aurora or northern lights. The interactions between the charged particles in the CME and Earth's magnetic field cause the aurora, also known as the northern or southern lights.


On the night of January 23/24, during the moderate geomagnetic storm, observers as far south as the latitudes of New York and Idaho have a good chance of seeing the northern lights. On the night of January 24/25 the geomagnetic storm, if it follows predictions, will subside to a minor geomagnetic storm. Minor geomagnetic storms typically cause auroral activity as far south as the latitudes of Michigan and Maine in North America. Space weather predictions are not always right, so there is no guarantee of Aurora, but there is a strong possibility.



To observe the northern lights go outside to a dark clear location with a flat northern horizon. Look towards the north. No optical instruments are needed. Aurora are best seen with the naked eye.
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NASA Confirms Largest Solar Storm Since 2005 Just Unleashed 1/23/2012

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NASA Earth Observatory has confirmed with imagery courtesy of Solar Dynamics Observatory, that the largest solar storm since 2005 has just been unleashed from the sun. Reports are circulating the news wires and the internet on the possible repercussions of such an event. We highly recommend that you make sure your emergency preparations plans are in order. Scientists really have no idea what will happen to the Earth, but our job as parents, and concerned loved ones is to have our preparation plans in order.- EFG-BN


NASA Earth Observatory Says the Following:

Following one of the longest and weakest periods of activity in many cycles, the Sun is brimming with activity again. In late January 2012, our nearest star offered a preview of what may be to come in the solar maximum of 2012–13. The storm has the potential to disrupt some communications and satellite systems and to bring auroras to high-latitude skies.



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Has been the largest solar eruption since 2005

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Biggest solar storm since 2005 pummels Earth

A potent solar flare has unleashed the biggest radiation storm since 2005 and could disrupt some satellite communications in the polar regions, US space weather monitors said Monday.

The event started late Sunday with a moderate-sized solar flare that erupted right near the center of the Sun, said Doug Biesecker, a physicist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Space Weather Prediction Center.

“The flare itself was nothing spectacular, but it sent off a very fast coronal mass ejection traveling four million miles per hour (6.4 million kilometers per hour),” he told AFP.


A rush of radiation in the form of solar protons already has begun bombarding the Earth and is likely to continue through Wednesday.

The radiation storm is the largest of its kind since 2005 but still ranks only a three on the scale of one to five, enough to be considered “strong” but not “severe,” he added.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

CDC adjusts fluoride poisoning of America's water supply to a lower level

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a startling report that admits 2 in 5 children in America show signs of fluoride poisoning (streaking, spotting or pitting of teeth due to dental fluorosis). The agency concluded that fluoride levels need to be lowered in municipal water supplies, reducing fluoride to 0.7 milligrams per liter (the previous recommended upper limit was 1.2 milligrams per liter).

This ends over five decades of the U.S. government recommending up to 1.2 milligrams of fluoride in every liter of water. But even the new lower levels are still more than enough to cause serious harm to children, and when mothers make infant formula using fluoridated tap water, they inadvertently poison their infants with hundreds of times the level of fluoride that would normally be found in healthy human breast milk.

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Monday, January 23, 2012 by UnHealthyEarth · 0

5 Highlights From the 'Toxic Sugar'

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In case you haven't seen it yet, there's a video on YouTube of a lecture called "Sugar: The Bitter Truth," delivered by Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California, San Francisco, and one of the foremost childhood-obesity researchers in the U.S.

The lecture, which runs some 90 minutes and delves into the details of the professor's clinical observations and research, has been viewed more than a million times to date, and inspired the April 17 New York Times Magazine cover story headlined "Is Sugar Toxic?"

Lustig's argument — in short, that sugar is poisonous to the body, not least because it increases obesity — is controversial. Many nutrition experts wouldn't go so far as to call sugar a "toxin" or "poisonous."



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Sunday, January 22, 2012

One week playing violent video games alters brain activity

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Researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine have been studying the effects of media violence for more than a decade. Now, for the first time, they are showing that violent video games directly alter brain activity--not after years of play, but after one week.

It must be noted that the researchers, who presented their findings at this week's Radiological Society of North America annual meeting in Chicago, studied only 28 young men, ages 18 to 29. In other words, these findings are preliminary at best.

Still, the small study shows a direct relationship between playing violent video games and exhibiting less activity in frontal brain regions associated with emotional control and cognitive function.

"For the first time, we have found that a sample of randomly assigned young adults showed less activation in certain frontal brain regions following a week of playing violent video games at home," Yang Wang, assistant research professor in IU's Department of Radiology and Imaging Science, says in a news release. "The affected brain regions are important for controlling emotions and aggressive behavior."

The researchers studied a healthy group of 28 22 18- to 29-year-old men with low previous exposure to violent video games, randomly splitting them into two groups of 14.

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Nanoparticles May Cause Kidney and Brain Damage

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Nanoparticles pose some interesting possibilities for the future of medicine and other technologies. Unfortunately, like most medicines, there’s a chance of some serious side effects in their use. A few weeks ago, I noted some preliminary research suggesting that nanoparticles could potentially impair cell function. Now two more studies have demonstrated more potential dangers involved in the use of nanoparticles.

Carbon Nanoparticles in the Environment Can Cause Kidney Damage

In a paper in the current issue of Nanotoxicology, researchers at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis examined the effect of low concentrations of carbon nanoparticles on cells. Their focus wasn’t on the use of nanoparticles in medicine, but rather what effect incidental environmental contact with nanoparticles has on the body. In other words, they were focused on low concentrations. And even at that, they saw that carbon nanoparticles were able to penetrate kidney cells. That’s a problem, because damage to kidney cells could result in toxic waste products meant to be expelled from the body in urine could end up back in the bloodstream. Or vice versa – blood could penetrate into the kidneys where it’s not supposed to go.


This is a troubling result, because carbon nanoparticles are already in use in medicine and electronics, and that use is increasing. As one of the study authors said, “The human body needs intact barriers, whether it be skin, airway linings, gut walls or the kidney cells we looked at in this study. We need to gain a better understanding of how CNPs modify and change characteristics of barriers as these tiny particles become more common in the air we breathe.”

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Saturday, January 21, 2012 by UnHealthyEarth · 0

Big Pharma to begin microchipping drugs

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The age of pharmaceutical microchipping is now upon us. Novartis AG, one of the largest drug companies in the world, has announced a plan to begin embedding microchips in medications to create "smart pill" technology.

The microchip technology is being licensed from Proteus Biomedical of Redwood City, California. Once activated by stomach acid, the embedded microchip begins sensing its environment and broadcasting data to a receiver worn by the patient. This receiver is also a transmitter that can send the data over the internet to a doctor.

The idea behind all this is to create "smart pills" that can sense what's happening in the body and deliver that information to the patient's doctor. Novartis plans to start microchipping its organ transplant anti-rejection drugs and then potentially expand microchipping to other pharmaceuticals in its product lineup. This same technology could soon end up in pills made by other.

The best laid plans...

It all sounds good on the surface, but NaturalNews readers no doubt have lots of skeptical questions about this technology. For starters, Novartis apparently isn't planning on conducting any clinical trials that might take into account the safety issues of swallowing microchips. "Novartis does not expect to have to conduct full-scale clinical trials to prove the new products work," reports Reuters. "Instead, it aims to do so-called bioequivalence tests to show they are the same as the original."(http://www.reuters.com/article/idUS...)

But I have a question: What chemicals or heavy metals are contained in the microchip itself? A microchip that transmits data obviously must have a power source, meaning it needs to have a very small battery or capacitor of some sort.

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Science with a Skew: The Nuclear Power Industry After Chernobyl and Fukushima

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Gayle Greene

It is one of the marvels of our time that the nuclear industry managed to resurrect itself from its ruins at the end of the last century, when it crumbled under its costs, inefficiencies, and mega-accidents. Chernobyl released hundreds of times the radioactivity of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs combined, contaminating more than 40% of Europe and the entire Northern Hemisphere.1 But along came the nuclear lobby to breathe new life into the industry, passing off as “clean” this energy source that polluted half the globe. The “fresh look at nuclear”—in the words of a New York Times makeover piece (May 13, 2006)2—paved the way to a “nuclear Renaissance” in the United States that Fukushima has by no means brought to a halt.

That mainstream media have been powerful advocates for nuclear power comes as no surprise. “The media are saturated with a skilled, intensive, and effective advocacy campaign by the nuclear industry, resulting in disinformation” and “wholly counterfactual accounts…widely believed by otherwise sensible people,” states the 2010-2011 World Nuclear Industry Status Report by Worldwatch Institute.3 What is less well understood is the nature of the “evidence” that gives the nuclear industry its mandate, Cold War science which, with its reassurances about low-dose radiation risk, is being used to quiet alarms about Fukushima and to stonewall new evidence that would call a halt to the industry.

Consider these damage control pieces from major media:

• The “miniscule quantities” of radiation in the radioactive plume spreading across the U.S. pose “no health hazard,” assures the Department of Energy (William Broad, “Radiation over U.S. is Harmless, Officials Say,” NYT, March 22, 2011).

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New Scientists May Unleash Censored Weaponized Bird Flu Data

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The United States government recently blocked virologist Ron Fouchier from releasing the blueprints to develop heavily weaponized H5N1 bird flu virus thanks to pressure stemming from the alternative media, but now a new group of scientific labs have begun to recreate the findings and may release them to the public.

The experiments involve mutating the virus a total of 5 times, making the strain highly contagious between ferrets — the very animal model used to study human flu infection.

Bioterrorism experts state that a public release of the data could result in a widespread pandemic of weaponized H5N1 that could endanger millions of lives.


This is highlighted by the severe mortality rate of the disease, which has killed more than 1 in every 2 people that it infected. Paul Keim, chair of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity, explained how volatile of a weapon the mutated bird flu could become:

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Friday, January 20, 2012

What’s Really Behind Whole Grains in School Food

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has proposed new school meal guidelines [PDF] that call for substantially more whole grains. But if you thought that meant kids would start seeing bulgur and spelt on their cafeteria trays, think again. What it really means are the same old dinner rolls, pizza crusts and bread sticks—only with extra whole wheat flour mixed in.

The federal government allows products that are at least 51 percent “whole grain” to be labeled as such. The only actual grain the USDA sells to schools through its commodity program is brown rice.


The proposed rule change would require that all grain products on school menus qualify as “whole grain-rich” within two years. Schools would have to offer students up to two grain servings for breakfast every day. Currently, schools have a choice of offering a grain or a meat or meat substitute, such as yogurt or cheese.

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Friday, January 20, 2012 by UnHealthyEarth · 0

Aspartame has been renamed and is now being marketed as a natural sweetener

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In response to growing awareness about the dangers of artificial sweeteners, what does the manufacturer of one of the world's most notable artificial sweeteners do? Why, rename it and begin marketing it as natural, of course. This is precisely the strategy of Ajinomoto, maker of aspartame, which hopes to pull the wool over the eyes of the public with its rebranded version of aspartame, called "AminoSweet".

Over 25 years ago, aspartame was first introduced into the European food supply. Today, it is an everyday component of most diet beverages, sugar-free desserts, and chewing gums in countries worldwide. But the tides have been turning as the general public is waking up to the truth about artificial sweeteners like aspartame and the harm they cause to health. The latest aspartame marketing scheme is a desperate effort to indoctrinate the public into accepting the chemical sweetener as natural and safe, despite evidence to the contrary.

Aspartame was an accidental discovery by James Schlatter, a chemist who had been trying to produce an anti-ulcer pharmaceutical drug for G.D. Searle & Company back in 1965. Upon mixing aspartic acid and phenylalanine, two naturally-occurring amino acids, he discovered that the new compound had a sweet taste. The company merely changed its FDA approval application from drug to food additive and, voila, aspartame was born.

G.D. Searle & Company first patented aspartame in 1970. An internal memo released in the same year urged company executives to work on getting the FDA into the "habit of saying yes" and of encouraging a "subconscious spirit of participation" in getting the chemical approved.

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Cosmetic chemical hinders brain development in tadpoles

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A new study finds that low concentrations of the chemical methylisothiazolinone has subtle but measurable negative effects on the neural development of tadpoles. The chemical is found in some cosmetics, although the study does not provide any evidence that cosmetics are unsafe for humans.

PROVIDENCE, R.I.[Brown University] — Scientists, health officials, and manufacturers already know that a chemical preservative found in some products, including cosmetics, is harmful to people and animals in high concentrations, but a new Brown University study in tadpoles reports that it can also interrupt neurological development even in very low concentrations.


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How to Know if Your Food is Conventional, Organic, or Genetically Modified

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These days genetic modification of the food supply is rather prevalent.

With genetic modification being linked to sterility and infant mortality, it is something that should be avoided at all costs.

Unfortunately, food products containing genetically modified organisms are often not properly labeled, leading to unknowing consumption of genetically modified ingredients.

Learn how to identify which products are genetically modified, and avoid this major health risk

Reading the labels:

Conventional Fruit Labels: Begin with the number 4, and never begin with the number 9.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

How PIPA and SOPA Violate White House Principles Supporting Free Speech and Innovation

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Over the weekend, the Obama administration issued a potentially game-changing statement on the blacklist bills, saying it would oppose PIPA and SOPA as written, and drew an important line in the sand by emphasizing that it “will not support” any bill “that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet."

Yet, the fight is still far from over. Even though the New York Times reported that the White House statement "all but kill[s] current versions of the legislation," the Senate is still poised to bring PIPA to the floor next week, and we can expect SOPA proponents in the House to try to revive the legislation—unless they get the message that these initiatives must stop, now. So let’s take a look at the dangerous provisions in the blacklist bills that would violate the White House’s own principles by damaging free speech, Internet security, and online innovation:

The Anti-Circumvention Provision

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Thursday, January 19, 2012 by UnHealthyEarth · 0

Vitamin D Better than Pharmaceuticals at Treating Cancer

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Everyone is deathly afraid of coming down with cancer, yet the very lifestyle that promotes cancer is the most popular. Cancer has been one of the leading causes of death in the United States, UK, and many other nations for years. Something is terribly wrong as the war on cancer is failing miserably. Many people are simply unaware of what is truly causing cancer and what to do about it. Pharmaceutical drugs is not the answer. Research shows that methods as simple as raising vitamin D levels are more effective and much safer than dangerous pharmaceutical drugs and treatments. It costs a whole lot less as well.

Angus Dalgeish, a consultant medical oncologist residing in a city known as Tooting in south-west London, tests all of his patients for vitamin D levels and prescribes supplements for when the levels are low. Dalgeish noticed that patients at his clinic at St Georges suffering from melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, almost all were vitamin D deficient. Not only does the medical oncologist prescribe vitamin D for his melanoma patients, but he also prescribes the vitamin for other patients who are stricken with other types of cancer.

“If we supplement people who are low they may do better than expected. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if Vitamin D turns out to be more useful in improving outcomes in cases of early relapse than drugs costing £10,000 a year,” said Professor Dalgleish. “I spent a decade studying interferon for which the NHS paid £10,000 annually per patient for years for very little benefit. Vitamin D is much more likely to give a benefit in my view.”

Other research from the University of Leeds showed similar connections between vitamin D and melanoma.

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Deadly Cancer Drugs Make Cancer Worse and Kill Patients More Quickly

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Cancer drugs, pushed by many drug companies as the only ‘scientific’ method of combating cancer alongside chemotherapy, have been found to actually make cancer worse and kill patients more quickly.

The findings come after research was conducted on the cancer drugs at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Sold at a premium price to cancer sufferers, it turns out these drugs are not only ineffective but highly dangerous.

Something known as anti-antiogenesis is the primary function behind many such widely-used cancer drugs that were analyzed in the study. Researchers examined drugs such as imatanib (a leukemia drug that goes by the brand name Gleevec) and sunitinib (a drug for gastrointestinal tumors — brand name Sutent), finding that these drugs may initially reduce tumor size, but afterwards cause tumors to ‘metastasize ’ aggressively. This means that the tumors come back much stronger and grow much larger than their original size.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Secret Behind SOPA

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The secret behind SOPA, the so-called anti-piracy bill which is today the target of an unprecedented backlash with Wikileaks and other major websites ‘going dark’ to protest the legislation, has nothing to do with piracy or copyright theft – it’s about the formal effort to mimic Communist China’s system of Internet censorship.

But don’t take our word for it, listen to what Joe Lieberman, co-sponsor of PIPA, SOPA’s sister version in the Senate, said about the purpose of behind the US government’s efforts to control the Internet under the guise of cybersecurity.

Lieberman characterized fears that the US government would use such powers to censor political content as “total misinformation,” yet goes on to admit that the purpose behind the agenda is to mimic China’s ability to “disconnect parts of its Internet in case of war,” adding, “we need that here too”.



Of course, Communist China’s “war” is not against foreign terrorists or hackers, it’s targeted against people who dare to use the Internet to express dissent against government atrocities or corruption. China’s system of Internet policing is about crushing freedom of speech and has nothing to do with legitimate security concerns as Lieberman well knows.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012 by UnHealthyEarth · 0

SOPA and PIPA bills could threaten natural health websites with government-ordered shutdown

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STOP SOPA - www.InfoWars.com

by Mike Adams the Health Ranger NaturalNews.com

On Wednesday, January 18, 2012, NaturalNews.com went “dark” to protest SOPA, the “Stop Online Piracy Act” that is actually a thinly-veiled government censorship effort. We are also protesting PIPA, the “Protect IP Act,” which is similarly destructive in its effects. You may have arrived at this page from our mock “seizure” index page which depicts what might happen if SOPA becomes law.

This is crucial for all NaturalNews readers and fans to understand: If SOPA becomes law, NaturalNews.com will be shut down. In fact, the proposed law contains a specific provision — section 105 — which allows the U.S. government to shut down websites it claims “endanger public health.”

Given that NaturalNews openly and repeatedly advocates things like natural sunlightandvitamin C– both of which the government has said are dangerous — our website could be seized by the government under SOPA. And that doesn’t even consider our public stance against routine vaccinations, processed food chemicals and dangerous prescription medications (which the government is always trying to push on the public to kill people before they live long enough to collect social security).

If passed into law, SOPA would shut down NaturalNews, InfoWars, Drudge, Lew Rockwell, Reddit and many other alternative news websites

Make no mistake about the seriousness of this issue: If SOPA (or PIPA) becomes law, it will sooner or later result in the government seizure and shutdown of virtually all alternative news websites — especially those that disagree with the criminality of the current corrupt political regime in Washington.

Imagine an internet without NaturalNews.com. Imagine the liberty movement without InfoWars.com. Imagine the entire world wide web being “sanitized” by the government to remove any websites that do not agree with the government’s official position on finance, the war on drugs, the war on terrorism, pharmaceuticals and vaccines. That’s what we’re facing if SOPA becomes law: A virtual wipeout of all truth across the internet, leaving only theliesof “official” government information… the Ministry of Truth, in other words.

The Internet is the vehicle for restoring freedom and crushing tyranny

Why is the U.S. government working so feverishly to crush independent, truthful information on the internet? Because the globalist controllers realize that the internet is the last bastion of freedom in a world run by global elite corporatists.

While the global elite own and run the mainstream (corporate whore) media, and they own Congress, and they own all the influential non-profits such as the wholly corrupt American Cancer Society, they do not yet control the internet! This freaks them out, especially when they see so much truth being produced by liberty-loving individuals who are exposing the neocons, the socialists, and the criminal-minded thugs who run Wall Street and the White House.

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All About PIPA and SOPA, the Bills That Want to Censor Your Internet

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The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) are two bills that sound like they have a mildly positive aim but, in reality, have serious potential to negatively change the internet as we know it. While the Obama administration has come out against SOPA, effectively shelving it indefinitely, the very similar PIPA bill is still alive and well. Both SOPA and PIPA put power in the hands of the entertainment industry to censor sites that allegedly "engage in, enable or facilitate" copyright infringement. This language is vague enough to target sites you use every day, like Facebook and Google, making these bills a serious problem. Here's what you need to know about the bills and what you can do about them. Due to the recent opposition of the Obama administration and focus changing to PIPA, we decided to make an update to this post to make it a bit more relevant. While SOPA is likely dead, we're explaining both bills as they're very similar.

What Are SOPA and PIPA All ABout, and Why Should I Care?

The idea behind these bills sounds reasonable. They came about in order to try and snuff out piracy online, as the entertainment industry is obviously not excited that many people are downloading their products without payment or permission. The issue is, however, that it doesn't really matter whether you're in support of piracy, against it, or just don't care. The methods are ineffective. Here's what they are and why they're problematic.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Top 10 Volcanic Eruptions

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No. 10 - Unzen, Japan, 1792

Mount Unzen's biggest eruption happened way back in 1792, when, along with a related tsunami, it killed 15,000 people. The Japanese volcano was largely quiet for the next 200 years or so. And then Unzen began to rumble. It started to ooze lava a couple weeks before it violently erupted in 1991, killing 43 people, including a group of scientists and reporters, and forcing the evacuation of thousands of homes. It remained active, releasing lava and ash until about 1995. Since then, it's been getting some much-needed rest.


No. 9 - El Chichon, Mexico, 1982

How about a swim in a mountaintop lake? When El Chichon erupted in 1982, it killed 2,000 nearby residents in Chiapas, Mexico, and left behind a brooding, sulfuric, acidic lake that formed when the dome collapsed into a crater and filled with water. Probably not something you'd want to take a dip in. What's worse, no one saw the eruption coming. Most people thought that the volcano had long ago gone extinct, so when El Chichon belched out a "hello," it was quite the unpleasant surprise. Like other large volcanic explosions, the ash sent into the atmosphere had a worldwide atmospheric effect, leading to cooler temperatures across the globe, along with a nice bonus in the form of some particularly colorful sunrises and sunsets.


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Tuesday, January 17, 2012 by UnHealthyEarth · 0

Democracy in Distress

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PARIS – Is democratic time too slow to respond to crises, and too short to plan for the long term?

At a time of deepening economic and social crisis in many of the world’s rich democracies, that question is highly relevant. In Italy, for example, Prime Minister Mario Monti has the necessary and legitimate ambition to carry out comprehensive reform. He is both competent and honest, but faces a quasi-structural impediment: whereas leaders once had three years to convince voters of their policies’ benefits, they now have three hours to convince global financial markets to back their approach.

Caught between Italian legislators who, deep down, do not understand that change and markets in quest of near-immediate certainties, can Monti transcend his natural prudence and act with sufficient clarity and decisiveness?

In the United States, too, the political system is becoming increasingly dysfunctional. The political philosopher Francis Fukuyama goes so far as to say that “vetocracy” could triumph over democracy, regardless of who wins the 2012 presidential election. The separation of powers, a principle established by the US founders under the influence of philosophers such as Montesquieu, is leading today to near-paralysis.

Democracies suffer not only from their slow reaction time at moments of crisis, but also from the difficulty that they face in projecting themselves into the future and planning for the long term. On both sides of the Atlantic, political leaders know what they must do for their countries, but don’t know how to get re-elected if they actually do it. They seem to be structurally condemned to short-termism.

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Can You Give Someone Cancer?

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If they’re healthy, probably not.

Five South American presidents and former presidents, including Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, have been recently diagnosed with cancer. Chavez speculated on Wednesday that American agents may be inducing the disease in South American leaders by feeding them or injecting them with an unspecified substance. The State Department rejected Chavez’s insinuation on Thursday. Can you give someone cancer?

Not reliably. Injecting cancerous cells into a person isn’t enough to give him the disease—the abnormal tissue has to penetrate and grow in other areas of the body. If you injected someone with live cancer cells, his immune system would almost certainly attack and destroy the foreign tissue. In theory, secret agents might be able to induce cancer in a leftist South American president with a severely weakened immune system. Or perhaps they could harvest tissue from him, expose it to a carcinogen, and then reintroduce it into his body. As far as the Explainer knows, however, these techniques have never successfully caused cancer in a human.


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