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Do Artifical Sweeteners Bring on Early Birth?

Concern: The study suggests pregnant women should think about how many fizzy drinks they consume
Mothers-to-be who down cans of fizzy drink containing artificial sweeteners could be at greater risk of having a premature baby.

Research funded by the EU found a correlation between the amount of diet drink consumed and an early birth among the 60,000 women studied.

Many had switched from sugary drinks to those with artificial sweeteners believing they were a healthier option.

But this study suggests that drinks using sweeteners, such as aspartame, carried dangers for the unborn child.

Some British public health experts are now advising expectant mothers to avoid food and drink containing the chemicals.


Scientists Discover How Broccoli Fights Cancer

Scientists discover how broccoli fights cancer
Scientists may have discovered why eating broccoli seems to reduce the chance of developing prostate cancer.

Broccoli has been hailed as a 'superfood' after several studies suggested it had anti-cancer properties.

Now scientists have identified a chemical in the vegetable which interact with genes involved in cancer development.


Why is Drug Company with 50 Years of Proven Safety Violations Using Taxpayer Money to Make the Next Generation Flu Vaccine?

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One of the more dangerous companies with a recurrent history of life threatening recalls is now in commissioned by government to make a new vaccine.

But can you really trust Baxter to produce a safe flu vaccine?

Baxter has a decades-long history of making mistakes that have led to recalls, lawsuits, and even deaths. So what guarantees do we have that they can produce a safe vaccine using a novel method?

As recently as May 18, a Baxter partner, Halozyme Therapeutics, publicly questioned the quality and capabilities of Baxter's manufacturing processes, when flake-like particles were discovered in a product that Baxter packages for Halozyme.

That product, Hylenex, which is used with an injected drug that helps rehydrate sick children, was recalled on May 17 after the contamination was discovered.


Pfizer: The Drug Giant That Makes Bank from Drugs That Can Kill You

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Viagra pills made by Pfizer. Pfizer, the world's biggest drug maker, said Tuesday it would eliminate 6,000 jobs worldwide as it restructures manufacturing after buying smaller rival Wyeth last year.
To say that Pfizer has been accused of wrongdoing is like saying BP had an oil spill.

The drug company Pfizer is best known for Lipitor, a drug that brings cholesterol down and Viagra, a drug that brings other things up.

But the "world's largest research-based pharmaceutical company" which sits between Goldman Sachs and Marathon Oil on the Fortune 500, is also closely associated with a seemingly never-ending series of scandals.

To say Pfizer's been accused of wrongdoing is like saying BP had an oil spill. Other drug companies have a portfolio of products, Pfizer has a portfolio of scandals including, but not limited to, Chantix, Lipitor, Viagra, Geodon, Trovan, Bextra, Celebrex, Lyrica, Zoloft, Halcion and drugs for osteoarthritis, Parkinson's disease, kidney transplants and leukemia.

Comment: For more on how big Pharma makes it rich on drugs that kill read the following:

100,000 Americans Die Each Year from Prescription Drugs, While Pharma Companies Get Rich
Why pharmaceuticals might be called Weapons of Mass Prescription
Be Aware of the Most Common Over-the-Counter and Prescribed Killer Drugs
Big Pharma, Bad Medicine: How Corporate Dollars Corrupt Research and Education
Who Says Drug Companies Are "Too Big to Nail," Even When Charged with Felonies?


Junk Food Mountain: The Astonishing Amount of Rubbish One Child Eats Every Year

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Here we've amassed the average amount of typical snacks, fast food and treats eaten by children between the ages of four and ten in just one year. Scroll down for a breakdown of each food category
This shocking picture, with its piles of oven chips, mini rolls and tubs of ice cream, represents just how much junk food one child in the UK consumes in a year.

It is perhaps unsurprising then that today's children have been labeled the 'junk food generation', with a third of youngsters aged five to 13 already considered obese.

Despite this, the Conservatives have decided to axe the watchdog that was set up a decade ago to regulate the junk-food companies.

The Food Standards Agency was set up in 2000 to hold food firms to account after a series of scandals in which people had died from food-borne illnesses such as e.coli and CJD.

But today Health Secretary Andrew Lansley will unveil a long-awaited white paper containing plans to abolish it as part of a 'bonfire of quangos'.


Meet the Food Industry Front Groups That Push for Carcinogens in Your Food

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Pseudoscience, front groups and smear campaigns against scientists questioning industrial agriculture are used to convince the public that chemical-ridden food is safe.

"You've probably heard of the 'Dirty Dozen' - a list of produce items identified by the Environmental Working Group that reportedly contain too many pesticide residues. I thought you might like to know about this webinar that provides perspective on pesticide residues," said an email sent by Elizabeth Pivonka, a registered dietitian who serves as the president and CEO for the Produce for Better Health Foundation.


Who Controls Our Children ? (Public Education Dumb Down Kids)

While parents, schools, provinces and states across North America bicker about the democratic process of running public schools, forces are manipulating education from behind the scenes. Major international players are reshaping public education to suit their own self-serving agendas, without regard for the wants of parents and the welfare of their children. This video lecture documents how today's educational system dumb down kids deliberately, making zombie-like people who don't ask any questions but just follow orders.


Diabetes Is Not A Disease Of Blood Sugar

As I have stated previously, and one concept that I would like to make well-known to save thousands and perhaps millions of lives as soon as possible, is that diabetes is not a disease of blood sugar, but a disease of insulin and perhaps more importantly leptin signaling, and until that concept becomes well-known in the medical community, articles like the one published in this issue will fortunately continue to be published revealing the inadequacy of current conventional medical treatment for chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, and the falsity of their advice about nutrition.

Typically treatment concentrates on fixing a symptom, in this case elevated blood sugar, rather than the underlying disease. Symptoms are generally the way that nature has taught our bodies to deal with a disease. For instance, a runny nose is a symptom designed to cleanse the nose and sinuses of viruses and bacteria when one has a "cold." Taking a decongestant just inhibits our own body's mechanism for dealing with that infection and will therefore prolong it.


How Dietary Supplements Reduce Health Care Costs

Spending just pennies a day on healthcare can reduce our expenditures by $24 billion over five years.

New research from the Lewin Group has shown that spending pennies a day on a few key nutritional supplements can dramatically reduce sickness and chronic disease - and greatly decrease healthcare expenditures as a result.(i) How did they come to this conclusion? And why haven't we heard about it


One Supertoxic Chemical Down, Thousands To Go

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Last week, and capping at least a decades-long battle by consumer advocates, the EPA announced a long-awaited ban on the pesticide endosulfan - one of the last legal organochlorine pesticides, a notorious group of which DDT is a member. Horrifically toxic (possibly more toxic to humans than DDT) and banned in the European Union since 2007, endosulfan remains in common - though technically restricted - use, especially on Florida tomatoes and California and Nevada cotton, according to the Pesticide Action Network, while an article in the Environmental Health News presents a much longer list of uses, including melons, cucumbers, squashes, potatoes, apples, blueberries, eggplant, lettuce and other leafy vegetables, pears, peppers and stone fruit and cotton.

Endosulfan also easily spreads through the air (no doubt like the nerve gases from which pesticides such as this were derived). A 2008 National Park Service report found significant levels of endosulfan throughout Western national park eco-systems, even when there was no nearby agricultural use. A Scientific American article observed, unlike its organochlorine brethren, endosulfan's environmental concentrations "have been increasing since the 1980s in the Arctic and in other remote ecosystems." As a result of all this and along with other data released during the EPA's lengthy re-examination of the pesticide, California delared endosulfan to be a "toxic air contaminant" in 2008.