Medical marijuana will become available in Florida for the first time next week. Trulieve announced Wednesday it received final approval from the Florida Department of Health to begin selling a low-THC strain of medical marijuana used to treat children with severe epileptic seizures and cancer. The state legislature legalized this form of medical cannabis in 2014. Cannabis with higher levels of THC for treatment of terminally ill patients will become available in August, according to the company.
A new review of scientific literature is linking one of the most well known and notorious herbicides in the United States to a variety of diseases as a result of a mechanism that modifies the function of human DNA. Glyphosate, a synthetic amino acid and analogue of glycine, is the most widely used biocide on the planet; is pervasive in the food supply, and chronic exposure will lead to slow accumulation of damaged proteins
A Richmond man has been recovering after contracting a rare, flesh-eating bacteria from the ocean in Virginia Beach. WWBT-TV reports Charles Ballard Sr. was wading in the water while fishing with his son June 11 when he got tiny cuts on his feet from stepping on jagged rocks. Three days later, Ballard noticed those cuts became open sores. He was taken to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with vibrio vulnificus, a potentially fatal flesh-eating bacteria. Dr. Gonzalo Bearman, chair of the Division of Infectious Diseases at VCU Medical Center, says they only see about one or two vibrio cases a year.
Finished apparel products contain large quantities of chemical substances… many of which are released from garments during consumer washing. Wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) receive large amounts of microfibers daily. While most of these microfibers are removed, a significant amount is still released into the local environment, aquatic animals ingest these microfibers. Researchers also detected microplastics in non-animal, marine-sourced food products like sea salt.
U.S. Department of Agriculture says removing DNA from a crop is not the same as adding genes from another organism, corn injected with outside DNA is technically considered a GMO, but canola that can tolerate herbicide because scientists removed a gene is not; this regulatory gap allows American consumers to be duped into purchasing gene-edited products that are actually labeled non-GMO.
Montreal-based social scientist Genevieve Rail of Concordia University received a $270,000 grant to study the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine – and then condemned it, saying the country should establish a moratorium on its use. Rail, who is under fire from critics along with the federal agency that gave her the grant, also said that there is little proof that HPV causes cervical cancer, despite the findings of a Nobel Prize-winning study by a German scientist five years ago that unearthed the link.
Marijuana opponents in Colorado abandoned a plan to ask voters about requiring less-potent pot and telling pot consumers that cannabis can cause brain damage and paranoia, saying they didn’t have enough money to advertise it. Initiative 139, would have limited the amount of THC contained in products sold by several hundred legal marijuana retailers in the state, would have blocked customers from purchasing any marijuana product that contained more than 16% of the plant’s psychoactive ingredient.
Coalinga, California city counci voted 4-1 in April to allow marijuana cultivation within city limits, sell an abandoned prison formerly known as the Claremont Custody Center,for $4.1 million, which totally wiped clean the city’s $4 million debt to Ocean Grow Extracts. The prison be used to cultivate marijuana, and turn it into cannabis oil products, expected to create 100 jobs. This prison probably incarcerated harmless pot offenders over the years.
U.S. regulators in July of 2016 halted a trial of Juno Therapeutics Inc.’s experimental cancer therapy, known as JCAR015, after three patients died..JCAR015 uses genetically engineered cells as a treatment for cancer. However, one of the pursuits in oncology was temporarily halted by the FDA when some of the participants developed fatal swelling in the brain.
Researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) have stated that the molecule urolithin A, found in pomegranates, is responsible for kickstarting the mitophagy process. This process allows old and unusable parts of cells to be disposed of and helps make way for replacements.
A recent study published in Environmental Research has stated that many canned goods still have high levels of bisphenol-A (BPA), and consuming them can put our bodies at risk; canned soups and pasta contain a much higher concentration of BPA than canned fruit and vegetables. “BPA exposure is associated with many adverse health effects including diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, reproductive development issues.
50 days before the Games begin; financial crisis is preventing the city from honoring its commitments to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The governor said crisis is so severe it could result in “a total collapse in public security, health, education, mobility, and environmental management. UN Assistant Secretary-General Jean-Paul Laborde said July 5 the risk of terrorist attacks at the Rio Olympics is still high .Rio’s police warned people heading to the Games won’t be protected because officers aren’t being paid. 200 scientists signed a letter stating 2016 Games in Brazil puts the world at risk for a global Zika outbreak. Drug-resistant bacteria discovered growing off of the shores of some of Rio de Janeiro’s beaches where Olympic sailors are scheduled to compete.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has outlawed GMO food in Russia, making it a criminal offence to import or produce it in the country. Citizens violating the new law will have to pay a fine of between 10,000 and 50,000 rubles ($155 – $770) and companies will be fined a much harsher 100,000 and 500,000 rubles ($1550 – $7700).
Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared an emergency in four south Florida counties, as a thick, odorous algae bloom has begun to spread in the surrounding waters. Residents of St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach and Lee counties have been warned to stay out of discolored water and to not use tainted water for watering lawns or other personal uses.The bloom was caused by a chemical leak in Lake Okechobee last month which raised levels of toxicity to 20 times over World Health Organization (WHO) safety standards. Republican Governor Scott blamed the severity of the bloom on inaction by the White House.
22,000 nurses, part of Nurses against Mandatory Vaccines (NAMV), are refusing mandatory vaccines the CDC has even admitted doesn’t always work, largely due to fast mutations; with numerous questionable ingredients, including known neurotoxins like aluminum, foreign proteins derived from GM ingredients, and more. Hospital systems are REQUIRED to have a 90% or higher flu shot reception rate among their staff, or they lose up to 2% of their funding of Medicare/Medicaid.
#1. Hospital food
#2. School food for children
#3. Vaccines and flu shots
#4. Military rations
#5. Animal feed
#6. Top notch, fine-dining restaurants
#7. Whole Foods supermarket (especially at the food bar)
#8. Foods labeled “gluten-free”: Most of these foods contain monosodium glutamate, which is genetically modified and causes migraine headaches and brain damage in infants.
Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), the San Francisco-based utility company, announced it will phase out its nuclear power production in California by 2025. That means the power produced at Diablo Canyon Power Plant, the state’s lone remaining operational nuclear power plant, will be replaced.
President of TEPCO, Naomi Hirose, admitted on NHK that his company concealed the reactor meltdowns at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant immediately after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Hirose also confirmed that TEPCO ordered not to use the word “core meltdown” when referring to what happened at the crippled plant. In fact, the utility did not officially admit the meltdowns until more than 2 months after the accident.
MS is a chronic, incurable disease that attacks the central nervous system. Symptoms include numbness in the limbs, difficulty walking, paralysis, vision loss, fatigue, and pain.The study, published in the Dec. 30, 2015, online edition of Neurology, shows that high doses of vitamin D – 10,400 IU (international units) a day – reduces the proportion of certain immune-system cells that have been implicated in the MS disease process, and thus reduce inflammation.
Brazil recently refused all U.S.-grown GM crops, genetically modified foods are in approximately 80 percent of all packaged, conventional foods in grocery stores in America — other countries are refusing to import them, grow them, or sell them within their borders.
Francisco Dornelles, the interim governor of Rio, has declared a state of emergency over lack of funds, less than two months before it hosts the 2016 Olympic Games, local media said. Dornelles said the state’s financial difficulties stemmed from slumping oil prices and could prevent it from delivering on its commitments to prepare for August’s Olympic Games. The city has recently faced concerns over the Zika virus outbreak. The World Health Organization (WHO)’s chief Margaret Chan said last week that a special committee would assess whether it was safe for Rio to host the games.
Rice harvested in Japan's Fukushima region, heavily affected by a nuclear meltdown in 2011, is returning to the EU, starting with Britain next month, the Japan Times reports. 1.9 tons of Fukushima rice called Ten no Tsubu will be sold in London, UK the first EU nation to import the region’s produce after the nuclear disaster.
One main ‘fake food’ stocking store shelves is olive oil –with fake olive oil being exported from Italy. With first-pressed, real olive oil going for as much as $50 a gallon, food fakers have been adding cheap additives like sunflower or canola oil to real, extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) to produce the same gallon of ‘olive oil’ for as little as $7.
Brazil recently refused all U.S.-grown GM crops. While we are continuously force fed genetically modified foods — since they are in approximately 80 percent of all packaged, conventional foods in grocery stores in America — other countries are refusing to import them, grow them, or sell them within their borders.
Despite the abundance of scientific studies documenting the rapid and dangerous decline of pollinator populations, state and federal lawmakers have yet to pass any meaningful protections for bees. The reason, according to the findings of a new investigation, is that pesticide giants such as Bayer, Monsanto, and Syngenta have deployed an aggressive lobbying campaign to dilute and suppress attempts to regulate their multi-billion dollar industry—with great success.
Researchers studied children, teens, and young adults, and found that frequent migraine sufferers were far more likely to have slightly lower levels of vitamin D, riboflavin (B2), and coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). These vitamins are crucial for the mitochondria, the energy production centers of our cells, to function properly.
Two drug companies, Genentech and OSI Pharmaceuticals, have agreed to pay $67 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit accusing them of misleading doctors about the effectiveness of a cancer drug called Tarceva. – By agreeing to the settlement, neither company admitted any guilt..
Juicingremoves all the plant fibers, leaving behind just the absorbable liquids. Plant fibers actually block toxic pesticides and heavy metals in your digestive tract, capturing them so that your body eliminates them. When you drink juice without those fibers, you body absorbs the juice and everything in it far more efficiently and quickly. If your fresh juice is filled with pesticide chemicals, you will be rapidly absorbing pesticide chemicals. Pesticide chemicals persist for a very long time. They survive sunlight, harvesting, cleaning and juicing, you can’t “wash off” all the pesticides because they are INSIDE the produce!They even survive human digestion.
Scientists have found dangerous drug-resistant "super bacteria" off beaches in Rio de Janeiro that will host Olympic swimming events and in a lagoon where rowing and canoe athletes will compete when the Games start on Aug. 5 The super bacteria can cause hard-to-treat urinary, gastrointestinal, pulmonary and bloodstream infections, along with meningitis. The CDC says studies show that these bacteria contribute to death in up to half of patients infected.
. Ohio the 25th state to legalize medical marijuana. The bill lays out a number of steps that must happen first to set up the state's medical marijuana program, which is expected to be fully operational in about two years. The law would allow patients to use marijuana in vapor form for certain chronic health conditions, but bar them from smoking it or growing it at home.
92,000 individual plan holders of four health insurance companies in Colorado are going to have to start looking for new health insurance coverage in 2017 thanks to Obamacare. According to the Colorado Division of Insurance, Anthem, UnitedHealthCare, Humana and Rocky Mountain Health Plans will no longer be offering individual coverage in that state.Other companies are proposing rate hikes in Colorado of up to 40%. One health care provider, Golden Rule, is seeking a 40.6 percent rate hike, Rocky Mountain HMO wants to raise its rates by 34.6 percent Colorado Choice asking for a 36.3 percent jump.
The Scottish National Party’s energy minister, Paul Wheelhouse, said he and his government remained “deeply skeptical” on the merits of fracking and confirmed that the practice would not be allowed in Scotland until there is clear evidence that it does not cause health-related or environmental harm.
Iit’s possible to deter the insects in a way that actually improves your garden – by incorporating plants that repel insects. 7 plants that repel mosquitoes: 1. Citronella 2. Lemon Balm 3. Basil 4. Catnip 5. Marigolds 6. Lavender 7. Mint
Some Clif Bar trail mix and energy bars are the latest products to be voluntarily recalled because they contain sunflower kernels that may have been contaminated with listeria, the company said Thursday. Quaker Quinoa Granola Bars and Kashi Trail Mix Chewy Granola Bars joined the growing list of products containing sunflower seeds or sunflower kernels that have been recalled out of concern over the bacteria..
According to a recent study, up to 81 drugs and personal-care products were detected in the flesh of salmon caught in the Puget Sound. Some of the drugs include Prozac, Advil, Benadryl, Lipitor, and cocaine.Samples were gathered over two days for the study, and both migratory juvenile chinook salmon and resident staghorn sculpin were tested. Chemicals were found not only in the tissue of the fish but in the water. Samples were gathered over two days for the study, and both migratory juvenile chinook salmon and resident staghorn sculpin were tested. Chemicals were found not only in the tissue of the fish but in the water. Drugs and contaminates found include Flonase, Aleve, Tylenol, Paxil, Valium, Zoloft, Tagamet, OxyContin, Darvon, Nicotine, caffeine, Fungicides, antiseptics, anticoagulants, antibiotics.
Many Georgians could face huge increases in their health premiums next year from insurers still struggling with health-care reform six years after passage of the Affordable Care Act.
The voter initiative that would legalize marijuana in California isn't officially on the ballot yet,, but the prospect of legal weed is already driving a real estate bubble from the San Francisco Bay on up to the state's pot cultivation heartland in Northern California's Emerald Triangle.The Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) would open up the nation's single largest marijuana market, and investors with are moving fast to snap up rural properties up north, as well as Bay area warehouses and office space.
It’s chewable, fruit-flavored and OK’d for children as young as six. ,Adzenys, the latest ADHD meds. As a condition of its approval, the FDA said the drug maker must conduct a safety study for tots as young as four.. Adzenys label warns about “sudden death,, blood pressure and heart rate increases, “psychotic or manic symptoms” in kids and adults with no prior history of any mental problems, and “long-term suppression of growth.” is also an extended-release med that will give these children a constant supply of it all day long.. 645,000 kids three and younge being medicated for anxiety, depression or ADHD..ADHD drug sales $12 billion a year -
Warning against dangers to "workers, communities, and our environment," more than 450 environmental advocacy groups called on Congress to reject the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)."These deals harm workers, communities, and our environment,."allow multinational corporations sue nations in private, clandestine tribunals for passing laws they don't like.
West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority in Alabama advised 100,000 of their customers to stop using their tap water for drinking or cooking until we are able to bring temporary system our engineer is designing online.” That includes water boiled or cleaned with Brita style filters, neither can remove the contaminants;.admitted they have no “means to provide bottled water for its customers in the interim.” The chemicals in question are perfluorooctane sulfonate and perfluorooctanoic acid, known to cause cancer, thyroid damage, birth defects; used in manufacture of non-stick cookware, waterproof clothes, and carpet sealants. .It’s believed they were discharged into the Tennessee River by companies like 3M.
Environmental Protection Agency wants to raise the amount of biofuels in America’s gasoline, an energy industry executive says the move could severely damage most of the vehicles in the U.S., reduce the amount of energy per gallon and add to the national economic uncertainty.
Blue Cross Blue Shield requested a 60% rate increase in 2017 in Texas following complaints from the company it is “losing money in the federal heatlh exchanges because some customers have proven more costly to cover than anticipated”.“United Healthcare reported losses of $650 million. Humana reported a 46% loss in the first quarter of 2016. Health insurance companies complain of profit losses, pull out of states who refuse to hike rates to unaffordable levels, it is likely the situation will become unsustainable..
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder now the subject of a federal racketeering (RICO) lawsuit filed by hundreds of Flint residents.The lawsuit alleges that the state of Michigan ran Flint’s day-to-day operations through an emergency manager, who attempted to partially balance the city’s budget through a cost-cutting measure: Switching Flint’s water source from Lake Huron, which had been the source of water in the city for more than 50 years, to a local, heavily polluted river.
At least 33 cities across 17 US states have used water testing “cheats” that potentially conceal dangerous levels of lead, a Guardian investigation launched in the wake of the toxic water crisis in Flint, Michigan, has found. Of these cities, 21 used the same water testing methods that prompted criminal charges against three government employees in Flint over their role in one of the worst public health disasters in US history. The Guardian’s investigation demonstrates that similar testing regimes were in place in cities including Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit and Milwaukee.
General Mills has recalled an estimated 10 million pounds of flour over fears that they contain the E. coli virus. Over 38 people have been stricken with the virus in over 20 states, and General Mills has linked it to their flour. This E. coli outbreak is caused by the strain O121, which causes cramps, bloody diarrhea, vomiting and can potentially lead to a life-threatening situation
Researchers have found that a myriad of ultraviolet (UV) filtering chemicals in common sunscreens disrupt the functioning of normal sperm cells and mirror the effects of the female hormone progesterone.Head author of the study Niels Skakkebaek, MD, DMSc, a professor at the University of Copenhagen, and colleagues tested the effects that 29 of 31 UV filters allowed in sunscreens had on human sperm cells. The researchers found that almost half of the UV filters acted as a hormone disruptor, thereby interfering with the normal functioning of sperm cells. Many sunscreens harbor cancer-causing chemicals, which get absorbed by the skin and into the blood stream..
Under normal conditions, for instance, plants convert nitrates they absorb into nutritious amino acids and proteins. But prolonged drought slows or prevents this conversion, leading to more potentially problematic nitrate accumulating in the plant, the report said. If people eat too much nitrate in their diets, it can interfere with the ability of red blood cells to transport oxygen in the body,
An infant is back home after traveling with her family to Colorado, where she became the youngest patient to be treated with a controversial cannabis oil. Amylea Nunez suffered from frequent and debilitating seizures diagnosed with a rare form of epilepsy. Doctors prescribed eight different medications her condition remained relatively unchanged. Amylea was flown from New Mexico to a hospital in Colorado, where the baby’s parents begged doctors to prescribe cannabis oil,. physicians wouldn’t administer cannabis oil themselves. Amylea began cannabis oil at two months old, and she lifted her head for the first time three months later. She came back home to Albuquerque The family is applying for a medical marijuana card in New Mexico, hope to change state laws to help other children suffering from seizures.
Taiwan has recalled Quaker Oats after a random inspection by the country’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) detected glyphosate in amounts exceeding the nation’s legal limits in 10 out of 36 products. The company has been under intense public scrutiny since trace amounts of glyphosate, the toxic ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, was detected in its products. A class action was filed in early May over the discovery by consumers who allege Quaker Oats’ “100% natural” label constitutes false advertising..
Cutaneous leishmaniasis, a disfiguring disease caused by bites from infected sand flies.leads to significant scarring on the face, and due to lack of medical facilities within the Middle East and in refugee camps, it is often left untreated. Between 2000 and 2012 Lebanon only reported six cases. In 2013 they have reported 1,033, most originating from Syrian refugees now living in Lebanon. Along with disfigurement, the disease can cause open sores, nose bleeds, difficulty breathing and swallowing and death in some cases. The disease was once only contained to Syria, it is making its way to neighboring countries; Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey, and southern Europe with refugees coming in.
Two years after Colorado began its first retail sales of cannabis, towns and cities across the state are enjoying the benefits in a number of ways. With sales this year expected to reach $1 billion, local governments are seeing windfalls of tax revenue, which is funding education, recreation, infrastructure improvements, and aid to the homeless.Denver collected $29 million last year through taxes and licensing fees; Oregon enacted a 25 percent sales tax on recreational cannabis.
Three plaintiffs have been awarded $17.5 million in damages caused by Monsanto and three other companies for negligence in the production of PCBs. Monsanto, Pfizer, Solutia, and Pharmacia must pay the plaintiffs and assessed an additional $29 million in punitive damages against Monsanto for its continued selling of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, after the compound had been banned, .
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been forced to admit that a widely used vaccine preservative does in fact cause autism.The CDC had long insisted that the vaccine preservative thimerosal was not linked to autism. However, after a hundred Freedom of Records Act (FOIA) requests, the CDC has been forced to reveal the once-secret documents, showing that the agency knew that thimerosal caused autism but deliberately hid that evidence from the public
Normal Radiation is 5 to 20 CPM
COUNT TIMES NORMAL CITY, STATE TYPE OF RAD Corrupted?
1,445 CPM, 289 Times Normal, Colorado Springs, CO. Beta, Gamma. Yes
1,345 CPM, 269 Times Normal, Portland, ME. Beta, Gamma.
1,329 CPM, 265.8 Times Normal, Raleigh, NC. Beta, Gamma. Yes
1,290 CPM, 258 Times Normal, Louisville, KY. Beta, Gamma.
1,198 CPM, 239.6 Times Normal, Little Rock, AR. Beta, Gamma.
1,160 CPM, 232 Times Normal, Spokane, WA. Beta, Gamma.
1,148 CPM, 229.6 Times Normal, Idaho Falls, ID. Beta, Gamma.
1,125 CPM, 225 Times Normal, Navajo Lake, NM. Beta, Gamma.
1,092 CPM, 218.4 Times Normal, Pierre, SD. Beta, Gamma.
1,055 CPM, 211 Times Normal, Worcester, MA. Beta, Gamma.
1,046 CPM, 209.2 Times Normal, Mason City, IA. Beta, Gamma.
1,032 CPM, 206.4 Times Normal, Billings, MT. Beta, Gamma. Yes
1,031 CPM, 206.2 Times Normal, San Diego, CA. Beta, Gamma. Yes
1,022 CPM, 204.4 Times Normal, Tucson, AZ. Beta, Gamma.
1,021 CPM, 204.2 Times Normal, Atlanta, GA. Beta, Gamma.
1,009 CPM, 201.8 Times Normal, Grand Junction, CO. Beta, Gamma.
.The superbug is now present in more than 2 dozen countries; first found in Chin, resistant to all antibiotics. Some acquire mutations in their own genomes that allow them to resist the drugs.
Gov. Rick Snyder has called for the suspension of an internal state investigation into the Flint drinking water crisis after Attorney General Bill Schuette complained it was complicating — and compromising — his ongoing criminal investigation.
On the heels of Canada’s approval of GMO salmon, Friends of the Earth U.S. and a coalition of more than 30 consumer, health, food safety and fishing groups released updated numbers Wednesday showing that nearly 80 major food retailers have committed to not sell genetically engineered salmon, despite FDA’s approval last November.
The Organic Coup, first USDA-certified organic fast-food chain in the US to open two dozen more restaurants over the next year. The chain, specializes in fried-chicken sandwiches and chocolate-drizzled caramel popcorn, has two restaurants, one in San Francisco and another in Pleasanton, California.
Peru has declared an environmental emergency state in a remote area of the Amazon region due to high levels of mercury contamination caused by illegal gold mining. Peruvian President Ollanta Humala declared the 60-day emergency state in 11 districts of the Madre de Dios region near the country’s southeastern border with Brazil.“Forty-one percent of the population of Madre de Dios is exposed to mercury pollution. As part of the emergency, the government would provide uncontaminated fish to residents in Madre de Dios and send hospital boats to help treat the affected people there.
Horseradish (Cochlearia armoracia) is a natural antibacterial which contains compounds that could help detoxify and eliminate cancer-causing compounds in the body, a study has shown.The cancer-fighting compound, known as glucosinolates, undergoes a series of chemical reactions that activates enzymes involved in the detoxification of cancer-causing molecules.
The new antibiotic, developed by scientists at the National Physical Laboratory and University College London, utilizes the protein Lactoferrin, and effectively kills some drug-resistant bacteria, viruses and fungi on contact.
The booming U.S. organic industry posted new records in 2015, with total organic product sales hitting a new benchmark of $43.3 billion, up a robust 11 percent from the previous year's record level and far outstripping the overall food market's growth rate of 3 percent, according to the Organic Trade Association's 2016 Organic Industry Survey.
Many ingredients in conventional breakfast cereals are fumigated with deadly gases like chlorpyrifos methyl, sulfuryl fluoride, ethylene oxide, and propylene oxide as soon as 24 hours before being packaged, boxed, and shipped to grocery stores.
Boyaca, a province in central Colombia, is set to be the first in the country to begin production of medical marijuana, according to local media.The Government of Boyaca, Canadian laboratory Canavida and the Pedagogical and Technological University of Colombia (UPTC) has been promoting the project that seeks to grow marijuana in several greenhouses across the department. The project aims to further drug research, particularly in relation to curing epilepsy and cancer.
More than 400 simultaneous demonstrations around the world are voicing fury at US biotech leviathan Monsanto, which is facing a hostile takeover from German pharmaceuticals company Bayer. The crowd held up posters condemning the sale of the herbicide RoundUp, which has been accused of causing cancer in humans, and the development of genetically-modified crops.
Tuesday, nearly 100 people at an elementary school in Northern Peru were made violently ill when a plane fumigating nearby fields released weed-killer. Reports stated that 92 school children and 3 teachers were exposed to the dangerous herbicide glyphosate, the active ingredient in US biotech giant Monsanto’s best-selling product, Roundup. A health official in the municipality of Nepena said at a news conference that children in the school suffered a range of symptoms, including extreme vomiting, fainting, stomach pains, and headaches as a result of the exposure.
Hundreds of thousands are expected to gather across 38 countries and 428 cities to join in peaceful protest against the Monsanto Company as a part of the ‘March Against Monsanto‘ grassroots campaign on May 21, 2016. A complete list of events can be found here: Find March Against Monsanto in your city This movement seeks to raise awareness to the dangers surrounding Monsanto’s genetically modified seeds and cancer-linked herbicide Roundup.The campaign comes as the demand for GMO labeling and non-GMO food alternatives continues its exponential climb, Vermont enacting mandatory GM labeling legislation that will require food corporations to let consumers know if their products contain GM ingredients.
Should patients have the same right to access their genetic information from a laboratory as they would a copy of their MRI, X-rays, or physical exam records? We believe the answer is clearly yes, which is why today we filed the first complaint seeking to guarantee patients’ rights to their own genetic data.
Health authorities in Canada have approved the sale of genetically modified salmon, making it the first genetically altered animal to be allowed for consumption in the country. The genetically changed salmon is usually ready for sale in 16-18 months, while conventional fish need up to three years to come to the market; there will be no special labeling requirements for the new product.
Resistance to antibiotics is growing at such an alarming rate that they risk losing effectiveness entirely meaning medical procedures such as caesarean sections, joint replacements and chemotherapy could soon become too dangerous to perform. Drug resistant infections are thought to be growing due to over-use of medicine such as antibiotics and anti-fungus treatments to treat minor conditions such as the common cold. With over-use, resistance to the drugs builds up meaning some conditions become incurable and so-called ‘superbugs’ such as MRSA develop.
Healthy soil contains billions of tiny microorganisms that help plants to thrive and our food supply to remain abundant. A paper, published in Nature Communications, used large-scale data comparisons of soil from 78 global dry lands and from 179 locations across Scotland to study diversity of soil microbiota. The researchers found that diversity is absolutely imperative for supporting ecosystems. With high diversity of microbiota, the soil can function more efficiently and provide a multitude of services. This single factor turned out to be more important than annual rainfall, altitude, or temperature. Loss of microbial diversity resulted in reduced multi-functionality, including soil fertility and food production. Soil biota is essential to ecosystem functioning because it breaks down organic matter, enables chemical elements to be reused, and fixes nitrogen, which is necessary for nutrients in the ecosystem.
One of every five refugees resettled in Minnesota by the federal government tested positive for latent tuberculosis in 2014, according to the state’s Department of Health. Only 4 percent of the general population in the United States tested positive for latent tuberculosis in the most recent report provided by the Centers for Disease Control.
Canada announcing it will propose allowing doctors to prescribe pharmaceutical-grade heroin under its Special Access Program.
US Navy is legally permitted to harass, injure or kill nearly 12 million whales, dolphins, porpoises, sea lions and seals across the North Pacific Ocean over a five-year period. One-quarter of every tax dollar you pay is helping to fund it;. do not include dozens of other military projects in the same areas.
A new study published in Molecular Biology and Evolution suggests a long-term vegetarian diet may alter human DNA , make people more susceptible to some cancers and heart disease. because DNA makes vegetarians more susceptible to inflammation by boosting arachidonic acid, a substance linked to cancer and inflammation. Cornell University researchers compared hundreds of genomes from a mainly vegetarian population in Pune, India to traditional meat-eaters living in Kansas and discovered a significant genetic difference;. found people with a long ancestral line of vegetarianism more likely to have genetics predisposed to rapidly metabolize plant fatty acids. “Those whose ancestry derives from vegetarians are more likely to carry genetics that more rapidly metabolise plant fatty acids, vegetable oils converted to more pro-inflammatory arachidonic acid, increasing risk for chronic inflammation implicated in heart disease, and cancer.” Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids vital for good health. Omega-3 found in fish, whole grains, olive oil, fruits and vegetables, omega-6 found in beef, The body can’t produce either type of fatty acids naturally, humans must get them from food sources. Omega-3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory, help regulate metabolism, Omega-6 fatty acids contribute to inflammation, plays n important role in skin, hair growth, bone health, and reproductive health. We need a certain amount of inflammation to fight infection and protect us from injury; too much inflammation can cause increased risk of heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes.
University of Sydney followed more than 230,000 people aged 45 and older for 6 years. The team assembled a list of 6 ‘deadly sins.’ University of Cambridge researchers warn you’re twice as likely to have a stroke if you sleep for more than 9 hours.
1. Alcohol consumption
2. Poor diet
5. Sitting for more than 7 hours a day
6. Sleeping for more than 9 hours
A whole lot of frozen food, approximately 358 consumer products sold under 42 separate brands to include both organic and conventional, recalled due to potential listeria contamination. Listeria can cause listeriosis, which is particularly dangerous and possibly even fatal for pregnant women (in whom it can cause miscarriages), babies, elderly people, and others with compromised immune systems. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. The products are being sold in all 50 states and Canada. The products, according to the recall, have the best by or sell by dates between April 26, 2016 and April 26, 2018.
Almost 90,000 gallons of crude oil gushed from a Shell oil facility into the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast on Thursday, leaving a 13- by 2-mile sheen of oil on the waves, federal authorities said. The Coast Guard said that the spill had been contained and that two companies were being contracted to begin cleanup operations.
Normal Radiation is 5 to 20 CPM 
COUNT TIMES NORMAL CITY, STATE TYPE OF RAD
1,545 CPM, 309 Times Normal, Raleigh, NC. Beta, Gamma.
1,435 CPM, 287 Times Normal, Little Rock, AR. Beta, Gamma.
1,424 CPM, 284.8 Times Normal, Colorado Springs, CO. Beta, Gamma.
1,345 CPM, 269 Times Normal, Portland, ME. Beta, Gamma.
1,333 CPM, 266.6 Times Normal, Navajo Lake, NM. Beta, Gamma.
1,295 CPM, 259 Times Normal, San Diego, CA. Beta, Gamma.
1,226 CPM, 245.2 Times Normal, Idaho Falls, ID. Beta, Gamma.
1,183 CPM, 236.6 Times Normal, Spokane, WA. Beta, Gamma.
1,117 CPM, 223.4 Times Normal, Phoenix, AZ. Beta, Gamma.
1,089 CPM, 217.8 Times Normal, Worcester, MA. Beta, Gamma.
1,082 CPM, 216.4 Times Normal, Tucson, AZ. Beta, Gamma.
1,065 CPM, 213 Times Normal, Hartford, CT. Beta, Gamma.
1,055 CPM, 211 Times Normal, Harrisonburg, VA. Beta, Gamma.
1,053 CPM, 210.6 Times Normal, Memphis, TN. Beta, Gamma.
1,050 CPM, 210 Times Normal, Billings, MT. Beta, Gamma.
1,013 CPM, 202.6 Times Normal, Pittsburgh, PA, Beta, Gamma.
1,001 CPM, 200.2 Times Normal, Denver, CO. Beta, Gamma.
US Department of Agriculture (USDA): 28% of bee colonies in the United States were lost over the 2015-16 winter. More than half of surveyed beekeepers said they suffered unsustainable losses during the winter. If we want to produce apples, cucumbers, almonds, blueberries and lots of other types of food, we need a functioning pollination system. Bees
One study, which wound up costing $1 million, sought to find out where it hurts the most to be stung by a bee, which resulted in a researcher being stung in the penis (apparently, only the third most painful body part to be stung). Another $5 million study tried to find out if drunk birds slur when they sing.
Germany, the fourth-largest economy in the world and a leader in renewable energy, produced so much energy this weekend from its solar, wind, hydro, and biomass plants that power prices went into negative territory for several hours. Consumers were being paid to use energy. Sunday’s spike in renewable output shows that wind and solar can keep pace with the demands of an economic powerhouse; highlights the success of Germany’s push to expand clean energy, increase energy efficiency. As of 2012, individuals owned more than a third of Germany’s renewable energy capacity."
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The nation's largest public utility is selling a never-completed nuclear plant that cost more than $4 billion dollars over the past four decades. Tennessee Valley Authority board voted to declare the Bellefonte nuclear plant near Hollywood, Alabama, surplus. The site includes two partially finished nuclear reactors, office buildings, warehouses. 1,600 acre site appraised at $36 million, will be sold at auction to highest bidder,. Board member Eric Satz: completing Bellefonte not economically viable, a lot has changed in the energy market in 40 years, including huge improvements in energy efficiency and renewable energy technology.
The California Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) recently released a document called Evidence on the Carcinogenicity of Fluoride and Its Salts that highlights the many health hazards caused by the consumption of fluoride. And the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) recently submitted a compilation of its own to OEHHA, which is soon to make a final decision concerning fluoride's toxicity, providing additional evidence that fluoride causes cancer.
The move from Del Monte comes as a result of pressure from investors who are seeking more “natural” products, particularly non-GMO and BPA-free products. BPA – or bisphenol A, a chemical found in bottles and food packaging that is considered to cause a variety of health problems, including cancer and brain damage. Campbell Soup and General Mills, both recently announced that they were moving away from BPA packaging.. Hershey’s has recently started to transition its sugar sourcing away from GMO sugar beets and towards non-GMO sugarcane, citing consumer discomfort with GMOs as the main reason for making the switch.
In April, the state of Indiana became the first in the nation to install climate-controlled “baby boxes,” where parents can safely and anonymously surrender children to authorities.. Every state in America permits the abandonment of infants to the state with legislation referred to as “safe haven” laws, but Indiana is the first state in the nation to adopt the "baby boxes," which allow a parent to walk up to designated drop-off spots, open the small door, and deposit the infant inside a small climate-controlled chamber. A weight underneath the padded bed alerts emergency responders to come pick up the child.
Hundreds of families throughout the world have been drawn to Colorado to seek medical marijuana treatment for their children's ailments. These parents and their children, dubbed “international medical marijuana refugees,” travel thousands of miles in an attempt to procure what they say are life-saving elements, the Guardian reported Monday.
Millions of dead sea creatures suddenly washing up on beaches all over the world; over the past month we have seen a series of extremely alarming mass death incidents all over the planet. Many of these mass death incidents have involved more than 30 tons of fish. In places such as Chile and Vietnam, it has started to become a major national crisis. In Vietnam so many dead fish and clams have been washing up along the coast that soldiers have been deployed to bury them.
State of Colorado was trying to become the first state to come up with standard organic labeling for marijuana, but lawmakers failed to pass such a measure.. A senate panel this week killed the bill 4-3. It would have made Colorado the first state in the nation to offer organic certification for cannabis grown without pesticides, voiced concerns the U.S. Department of Agriculture would penalize Colorado agriculture regulators for labeling a federally illegal substance as organic. The federal government regulates organic standards.
The Global Marijuana March has taken place this weekend as cannabis supporters from around the world gathered in 829 cities in 72 countries to put pressure on their governments to legalize the drug. Brazilian politician Renato Cinco took part in the march and he told Ruptly that legalizing cannabis could help to bring down the country’s rising prison population.
Dannon to go GMO-free over next three years, replacing everything, all the way down to cattle feed and soil input; planning to remove all GMO ingredients from their yogurt and other products. The changes are set to impact everything, all the way down to the quality of soil and how farmers conserve water. The company's new agricultural sustainability and animal welfare policy will set a new standard for the entire dairy industry. Farmers working with Dannon must now implement "sustainable agriculture practices and technology that leads to better soil health, better water management, an increase in biodiversity, and a decrease in carbon emission." The first changes will be seen as early as July 2016
Many of the supplements sold at Whole Foods, Amazon.com,, ,grocery store are made with genetically modified vitamin C. It's typically called "ascorbic acid," and nearly 100% of the ascorbic acid used in the natural products industry is derived from GMOs. Most supplements being sold as "vitamin C" do not contain true, natural vitamin C, but is "ascorbic acid," a synthetically manufactured chemical derived from glucose using a chemical process involving microorganisms, acetone - a dangerous solvent and sodium hypochlorite bleach.. .Synthetic ascorbic acid does not have the same biological properties and therefore benefits as true vitamin C found for example in fruits, berries, vegetables and many other natural sources..
Over the past few months, several communities in upstate New York and New England have detected PFOA -- perfluorooctanoic acid, or C8, a chemical linked to a range of health issues from cancer to thyroid disease -- in their drinking water. PFOA is a fluorinated compound that is absorbed into our bodies through inhalation or ingestion. The chemical can then accumulate in our blood serum, kidneys and liver.The stain-resistant and water-repellant properties of PFOA make it effective in products that act as coatings. Common consumer products with PFOA include Scotchgard, Gore-Tex and Teflon.
Despite thousands of seismic jolts occurring after a major earthquake recently rocked southern Japan and caused widespread public concern over safety in the region, authorities say there is no need to shut down the local nuclear plant. The decision not to take any precautionary measures has been backed by Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority.“There are no compelling scientific grounds. We are not going to shut down the plant just because of calls from the public or politicians. What has been going on is within our expectations
Federal prosecutors have agreed to end their years-long effort to close and seize Oakland's Harborside Health Center, the nation's largest dispensary with more than 100,000 patients. The dispensary also operates a facility in San Jose, brings in about $25 million a year from medical marijuana sales. In July 2012, U.S. Attorney filed a civil forfeiture action against Harborside, claiming it violated federal drug laws. In October 2012, city of Oakland sued the federal government to block the Justice Department from seizing the dispensary's properties; argued shutting down Harborside would harm its patients and force them into the black market to get their medicine.
Quaker Oats, owned by PepsiCo, has been sued over its "all natural" oats containing high levels of glyphosate weed killer (sold as "Roundup" by Monsanto). Quaker Oats admits that its oats are sprayed with glyphosate by farmers; said that it did not add glyphosate during any part of the milling process but that it might be applied by farmers to certain grains before harvest. Oats are not a genetically engineered crop. Glyphosate is increasingly being used as a “dessicant” to dry out crops to speed harvesting.
At the start of this year, an estimated 40,000 tons of salmon and some 8,000 tons of sardines washed up the Chilean, thousands of dead clams piled up on the coast of Chiloe Island.coast as a result of El Niño. That is about 12 percent of annual salmon production in Chile, the world’s second-biggest producer of the fish after Norway. On the shores of Santa Maria Island off the center off Chile’s long coast, cuttlefish have been washed up dead in the thousands.
$3,000,000 shall be used by the Commissioner of Food and Drugs, in coordination with the Secretary of Agriculture, for consumer outreach to promote understanding and acceptance of agricultural biotechnology and biotechnology-derived food products and animal feed, including through publication and distribution of science-based educational information on the environmental, nutritional, food safety, economic, and humanitarian benefits of such biotechnology, food products, and feed.
, Obama urged Flint residents to begin drinking the water again, while he sought to cover up the criminal responsibility of government officials for the disaster. His visit to Flint is part of a broader effort at damage control Those who spoke to the WSWS expressed anger that they were being urged to use the water, despite recent test results showing dangerously high levels of lead.
If the rest of the world ate like Americans, the planet would have run out of freshwater 15 years ago, according to the world's largest food company. Nestlé executives told US officials that the world is on a collision course with doom because Americans eat too much meat, and now, other countries are following suit. "A calorie of meat requires 10 times as much water to produce as a calorie of food crops."Producing a pound of meat requires a tremendous amount of water,farmers use tons of crops such as corn and soy to feed each animal, which require tens of thousands of gallons of water to grow."Nestle thinks one-third of the world's population will be affected by freshwater scarcity by 2025. Major regions, including in the United States, are being drained of their underground aquifers. "Problems with be severest in the Middle East, northern India, northern China, and the western United States."
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