Health & Wellness


Organics Board to review GMO vaccines for animals & 'Inert' pesticides allowed in food

The fall meeting of the National Organic Standards Board is coming up. As usual, we need your help to prevent some bad decisions being made at the behest of industry.

The semi-annual meeting of the NOSB will take place October 26 - 29 in Vermont. Because NOSB makes decisions that, in large part, determine the future of organic foods, ANH-USA has been engaged with the Board for some time.

After reviewing the agenda, we noted two items of concern.

Comment: What does 'Certified Organic' really mean? Especially when you consider the information in the article above? Will NOSB allow synthetic materials, GMOs and inert pesticides based on the 'recent changes' undermining ' and 'how' and 'when' provisions change? Sounds like more of the USDA's Organic Deception!
The word "organic" is fast becoming a high-dollar money-maker for corporations smart enough to jump on the bandwagon and start marketing their products as "made with organic ingredients," or "certified organic." Even Monsanto is taking advantage of this burgeoning market, and people naïve enough to believe that what we have traditionally thought of as pure, organic food, is still that way, are being duped.

It makes perfect sense, however, in a Machiavellian sort of way. Flood the food supply with poisons, then lead people to believe that the only safe choice left is USDA Certified Organic. Then buy up the organic companies one by one, and start changing the "organic" rules from the inside out via the bought and paid for government agencies so that you can reap the profits from those trying to escape the poisons.


Vaccine-Autism studies: What the news isn't saying

A new study this week found no link between vaccines and autism. It instantly made headlines on TV news and popular media everywhere. Many billed it as the final word, "once again," disproving the notion that vaccines could have anything to do with autism.

What you didn't learn on the news was that the study was from a consulting firm that lists major vaccine makers among its clients: The Lewin Group.

That potential conflict of interest was not disclosed in the paper published in The New England Journal of Medicine; the study authors simply declare "The Lewin Group operates with editorial independence."


Research confirms endocrine disrupting chemicals are linked to diabetes, obesity, infertility and breast cancer

Endocrine disruptors are chemicals known to interfere with development and reproduction. Research has found that they may cause serious neurological and immune system effects and are not something to ignore.
Scientific research has increasingly linked common chemicals found in everyday products to diabetes, obesity, cancer, and other major ailments, according to a new policy statement.

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) like bisphenol A and phthalates, found in food can linings, plastics, cosmetics, and pesticides, are common to the point that everyone on Earth has been exposed to one or more. EDCs - which influence the body's natural hormones - mimic, block, or simply interfere with hormone functions, leading to the malformation of cells.

The Endocrine Society now says in a new scientific statement that research in recent years has repeatedly pointed to links between these and other chemicals to not only diabetes and obesity, but infertility and breast cancer.

"In 2015, there is far more conclusive evidence about whether, when, and how endocrine-disrupting chemicals perturb endocrine systems, including in humans," said the Endocrine Society, which includes health specialists involved in EDC research.

Comment: Studies have been coming to the same conclusions for years, yet little has been done to regulate the use of these chemicals because of the assumption that low doses don't pose significant risks. On the contrary, even low doses of exposure can have serious long-term negative health consequences, and we are being bombarded by these chemicals daily.


Anti-vaxxers want to sidestep immunization laws? Start your own religion

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Downloadable poster from "Vaccine Liberation Infantry & Mobile Fleet"
A group of anti-vaccination advocates in Vermont are considering starting their own faith to avoid government mandates that their children be immunized.

The Associated Press reported Monday about the phenomenon, which is a response to the state's decision to remove philosophical exemptions from the state's mandatory vaccination laws but to leave religious exemptions in place.

While some states demand evidence that parents are adherents to specific religions before allowing them to enroll their children in school without vaccinations, Vermont only requires that parents check a box that says the grounds upon which they are withholding the child's dose of medication are religious.

Comment: Pro-Vaxxers are the new pro-lifers: Religious hysteria trumps rational discussion in the vaccine debate


A scientific excuse for not making your bed first thing in the morning

The headline may catch many Moms off guard and the average 12-year old will be dying to forward this article to their parents, but there's an excuse backed by science to leave your bed undone in the morning.

If you immediately make your bed with the sunrise, the tight sheets will trap millions of dust mites that live on your bed, feeding off your dead skin cells and sweat and potentially contributing to asthma and allergy problems. An unmade and open bed, however, exposes the creatures to fresh air and light and will help dehydrate and kill them off.

Bacon n Eggs

Can a low-carb, high-fat diet help fight diabetes?

The morning that Bob MacEachron went to meet his new weight-loss doctor, the one he hoped would help him shed some of his 370 pounds, he sat down to what he thought would be a breakfast of lasts. The last time he would eat three jumbo eggs fried in butter. The last time he would enjoy bacon. He poured heavy cream in his coffee, girding himself for what he feared would be the last time he would whiten the drink with anything other than skim milk.

And then he met his doctor, who asked what he had eaten at his last meal.

"Perfect breakfast!" responded Dr. Sarah Hallberg to MacEachron's surprise.

Hallberg, medical director and founder of the medical weight-loss program at Arnett IU Health Lafayette, is a big proponent of low-carb, high-fat diets. But not just for weight loss. She also believes this diet can treat Type 2 diabetes, a disease affecting almost 10 percent of American adults.

Comment: Diabetics appear very interested in low-carb eating


America's multi-billion ton toxic legacy: Coal ash

© Dot Griffith, Waterkeeper Alliance via Flickr
Dead trees in a Duke Energy Buck coal ash pond, 2014.
America's coal-fired power plants produce 140 million tons of ash a year, reports Ben Whitford, most of it dumped in open storage ponds that contaminate drinking water with arsenic and heavy metals. And now Presidential candidate Jeb Bush is promising to scrap 'new and costly' (actually feeble) EPA regulations before they have even been implemented.

Danielle Bailey-Lash, a 40-year-old customer service representative from the sleepy lakeside community of Belews Creek, NC, never used to get sick.

Growing up in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, she got plenty of exercise, never smoked or drank, and took pride in looking after herself.

But in 2010, Bailey-Lash was rushed to hospital with agonizing headaches that radiated from her neck to the top of her head. Doctors conducted a scan, and found a tumor the size of a juice box growing on the right side of her brain. She was told she had just a few months to live.

Comment: More disturbing information about North Carolina's coal ash ponds


Ingredients found in GMO crop dust pose serious health risks to farmers

In addition to the considerable questions about the safety of GMOs and their effects on mammals, what about other potential side effects to crop producers of GMO crops and their use?

Dust is a common factor that all of us in crop production must deal with. Whether it comes from a country road or a combine harvesting a crop, dust is present in many places in rural America.

A crop farmer in northwest Iowa had some keen observations in regards to dust and decided to do some testing. This gentleman, who we will call John, noticed a significant amount of dust in the hog building where he custom feeds hogs. John gathered a sample of the dust from inside the hog building and placed it in a zip lock bag and identified it as hog dust.

John noticed an unusually large amount of dust around the combine when harvest was in progress in his brother's Liberty Link corn field. Liberty is an herbicide with the active ingredient of glufosinate which is a nonselective herbicide similar to Roundup, Roundup contains glyphosate as the active ingredient. John collected a sample of the dust from the combine in the Liberty Link corn field and placed it in a zip lock bag and labeled it.

Comment: The Worlds Largest Human Experiment: GMOs, Roundup, and the Monsanto Monstrosity

Evil Rays

New study: Mammography screening should be abandoned, very few benefit while many are harmed

With Breast Cancer Awareness Month just around the corner, a new study promises to undermine the multi-billion dollar cause-marketing orgy that shepherds millions of women into having their breasts scanned for cancer with x-rays that themselves are known to contribute to breast cancer.

If you have followed for any length of time, you know that we often report on the adverse effects of mammography,of which there are many. From the radiobiological and psychological risks of the procedure itself, to the tremendous harms of overdiagnosis and overtreatment, it is becoming clearer every day that those who subject themselves to screening as a "preventive measure" are actually putting themselves directly into harms way, unnecessarily.

Comment: Despite these new revelations providing additional evidence of the adverse effects of cancer screening, it is doubtful that this will reach mainstream awareness. Cancer is a billion dollar business, and your health is no concern to the corporations raking in the profits at your expense.


One can of fizzy drink daily 'can increase heart attack risk by a third'

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On average teenagers are drinking one can of fizzy drink each day
Just one can of fizzy drink a day can increase the risk of heart attack by a third and dramatically raise the chance of diabetes and stroke, the largest ever study has found.

The research by Harvard school of public health found that regularly drinking sugary drinks increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by a quarter (26 per cent), the risk of heart attack or fatal heart disease by a third (35 per cent) and the risk of stroke by a sixth (16 per cent).

The study - the most comprehensive review of evidence of health effects of sugary drinks to date - follows new official UK advice which says adults should restrict their sugar intake to just 30 grams - seven teaspoons - a day.

Comment: For more information, see: Sugar health risk cannot be compared to smoking, says ignorant former secretary Andrew Lansley