Archive for November, 2011

Pharmaceutical Industry Payouts Prompt Conflict of Interest Concerns

Pharmaceutical Industry Payouts Prompt Conflict of Interest Concerns

November 30, 2011 | by

How would you feel knowing that the doctor insisting that smoking is completely safe is actually being paid by the tobacco industry? This kind of information would be extremely off-putting to say the least. But unfortunately this conflict of interest is absolutely rampant among the mainstream health community, especially in the pharmaceutical industry. In fact, recent news has come out revealing that thousands of doctors, researchers, and medical experts in Texas are being paid handsomely by the pharmaceutical industry.

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Monsanto’s Roundup Spawns Superweeds Consuming Over 120 Million Hectares

Monsanto’s Roundup Spawns Superweeds Consuming Over 120 Million Hectares

November 30, 2011 | by

Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide Roundup has created a new category of superweeds that are heavily resistant to the herbicide that Roundup contains known as glyphosate. These resistant weeds currently cover over 4.5 hectares in the United States alone, though experts estimate the world-wide land coverage to have reached at least 120 million hectares by 2010. The onset of superweeds is being increasingly documented in Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Europe and South Africa.

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Laptop Wi-Fi Found to Damage Your Fertility, DNA

Laptop Wi-Fi Found to Damage Your Fertility, DNA

November 30, 2011 | by

Laptops are the technological biproduct of the ever-increasing need for smaller and better electronics. While laptops may be convenient and efficient, a growing amount of research has found that they may also be threatening your fertility and damaging your DNA. One study, the first of its kind, examined the relationship between human sperm health and internet-connected laptops utilizing Wi-Fi.

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Childhood Vaccine Exemption Rates Increasing Nationwide

Childhood Vaccine Exemption Rates Increasing Nationwide

November 29, 2011 | by

It seems as though the “necessity” of childhood vaccinations, as widely voiced by health officials and the government, is simply not being accepted by parents around the country. While the rates of children receiving vaccines remains high, we are seeing an increase in childhood vaccine exemption rates in eight states now with more than 1 in 20 public school kindergartners not receiving all the vaccines required for school attendance.

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‘DNA Barcoding’ to Regulate Seafood Industry Through Genetic Scanning

‘DNA Barcoding’ to Regulate Seafood Industry Through Genetic Scanning

November 29, 2011 | by

Restaurants around the globe will soon be utilizing genetic identification technology to ensure that certain seafood meals are genuine. The DNA barcoding technique was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in October, and is toted as a method of dealing with ‘fraudulent’ fish products.

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Even Low Dose Vitamin D Slashes Flu Risk by Nearly Half

Even Low Dose Vitamin D Slashes Flu Risk by Nearly Half

November 29, 2011 | by

Vitamin D3, even when taken in low daily dosages, has been found to slash your risk of developing the flu by 42%. If optimal ranges of vitamin D intake were utilized, the percentage would most likely climb much higher. While conducting the study, Mitsuyoshi Urashima and colleagues at the Jikei University School of Medicine in Tokyo administered only 1,200 IU of vitamin D daily to study participants.

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Immunize Your Child or Lose Benefits, Parents Told

Immunize Your Child or Lose Benefits, Parents Told

November 28, 2011 | by

Starting July 1 of 2012, Australian parents will be stripped of family tax benefits if their child is not fully immunized. Once the immunization alterations take effect next year, families who refuse vaccinations will also be refusing up to $2,100 per child in benefits. It seems that this is just one attempt by the Australian government to force vaccinations on children before potentially making it a federal law.

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Obese Ohio Child Taken from Parents, Placed in Drug-Crazy Foster Care

Obese Ohio Child Taken from Parents, Placed in Drug-Crazy Foster Care

November 28, 2011 | by

Ohio social workers have taken a 200-pound third-grader from his parents and placed him in foster care, where children are given as many harmful antipsychotics as the mentally disabled. The government workers said that his mother was not doing enough to lower his weight, clearly deeming her an irresponsible parent.

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Lower Your Blood Pressure with Coconut Water

Lower Your Blood Pressure with Coconut Water

November 28, 2011 | by

Coconut water is not only delicious, but it could be a viable natural solution to lowering your blood pressure. One recent study has shown the benefits of this natural heart helper. Amazingly, coconut water was found to lower the blood pressure of 71% of study participants.

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Why is Marijuana Illegal? | Examining the Health Aspects of Cannabis

Why is Marijuana Illegal? | Examining the Health Aspects of Cannabis

November 28, 2011 | by

Countless studies have highlighted the industrial and medicinal uses of marijuana (cannabis), yet the federal government claims that it has ‘no accepted medical use’ and continues to classify it in the same category as heroin, MDMA, and PCP. Despite the ruling, the medial marijuana market is priced at around $1.7-billion — that’s almost as much as the explosive Viagra market.

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