Lisa Garber

Lisa Garber

Recent articles by Lisa Garber

Fructose Found to Cause Overeating and Fat Gain, Study Says

A new study using brain imaging says that fructose, a ubiquitous sugar in the modern western diet, prevents the brain from recognizing fullness, promoting overeating and thereby weight gain. The researchers concluded that glucose does not have this effect.

Govt Bans 75-Watt Bulbs, Replaces with Mercury-Leaking ‘Efficient’ Bulbs

The days of the 75-watt incandescent light bulbs seem to be numbered. Stores may sell their existing stock, but January 2nd’s new federal law is preparing to phase out production and importation. Forty- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs will face the same slow death next year.

What’s in Your Milk? 20+ Painkillers, Antibiotics, and More

Scientists analyzed 20 samples of milk—cow’s, goat’s, and human—bought in Spain and Morocco, and found a chemical cocktail of ingredients added to the animal’s diet prior to milking or contamination through feed or on the farm. Some of the contaminants found in trace amounts include triclosan (an anti-fungal), 17-beta-estradiol (a sex hormone), and florfenicol (an antibiotic).

Biotech Giant Amgen Fined $762M for Illegal Marketing

OnTuesday, biotech giant Amgen Inc pleaded guilty in federal court for illegally marketing its former top-seller, Aranesp, a drug used to treat anemia. They are to pay $762 million: $612 million in a civil settlement and $136 million in criminal fines.

Unplug to Recharge: Technology-Free Nature Boosts Creativity by 50%

According to a study, just four days in nature away from electronic devices is associated with a 50% boost in creativity test scores.

Top 10 Legal Drugs Linked to Violence

Many of the drugs handed out to troubled individuals have troubled histories in Food and Drug Administration testing themselves, and come with a list of side effects including hostility, aggression, confusional states, and impulse-control disorders. This list of drugs shows which are most linked to violent behavior.

FDA: Drug Companies Faked Thousands of Drug Documents

According to the Food and Drug Administration, a major drug research contractor has been found faking documents and manipulating samples. The firm, Cetero Research, has tested medicines for major drug companies that are now being forced to reevaluate their products in response to warnings issued by US regulators. The news may be from 2010, but is an example of pharma corruption nonetheless.

Chinese Pharma Companies Accused of Selling Pills Made from ‘Dead Babies’

As disturbing and outlandish as it may sound, a South Korean SBS TV documentary has accused Chinese pharmaceutical companies to be selling “stamina pills” that contain ground up dead babies. The report claims that certain hospitals and abortion clinics sell baby corpses to the companies, who then use their bodies to grind up for their stamina pill ingredients.

Court Awards Family for Antidepressants Leading to Man’s Suicide

A Supreme Court jury in New York awarded $1.5 million to the family of Joseph Mazella, who committed suicide in 2009 after his physician prescribed the 51-year old father, teacher, and basketball coach a deadly cocktail of pharmaceuticals—without having met him once.

TSA Holds up 12-Year Old Girl with Bone Disease for Traces of Explosives

On Friday, December 14th, TSA officials detained a 12-year old girl for testing positive for traces of explosives. En route to Tampa, Florida with her mother to receive treatment for her condition, Brittle Bone Disease, wheelchair-bound Shelbi Walser was randomly selected for security screening. Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport TSA officials swabbed her hands and, after deeming she was a threat, drove Walser to tears.

Pediatrics Association Fights against Thimerosal Mercury Ban

The American Academy of Pediatrics and a World Health Organization committee agreed that thimerosal, a vaccine preservative that contains mercury, should not be banned by the United Nations, even though it has been frowned upon in the United States.

Monsanto’s Roundup Devastating Gut Health, Contributing to Overgrowth of Deadly Bacteria

Much of the public forgets the gut when it comes to warding off the flu and other more threatening diseases, but the gut—and its army of beneficial bacteria—are essential in protecting us from harm. That’s why eating genetically modified and/or conventionally farmed food could be a direct assault on your own health. Most recently, research has shown that Monsanto’s herbicide known as Roundup destroys gut health, threatening overall health significantly.

UK Officials Advocate Vitamin D Supplements to Deficient Public

According to the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), half of the UK’s Caucasians, up to 90 percent of multi-ethnic populations, and one-fourth of children are vitamin-D-deficient. Healthcare rates will likely follow, as deficiency in this vitamin has also begun to result in climbing rates of tuberculosis, multiple sclerosis, and diabetes, not to mention the resurgence of rickets, which became rare at the close of the 19th century.

These Commonly Prescribed Cholesterol Drugs Don’t Work

Turns out that type 2 diabetes patients taking a combination of drugs to lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol are wasting their time. People suffering from type 2 diabetes have an elevated risk of cardiovascular disease. Doctors have thought for many years that these drug combinations offer protection from heart attacks and improve survival, but new information shows that this method of treatment has been ineffective.

Fix Your Digestion Problems: 5 Best and Worst Foods for Digestion

So much depends upon the human gut. It is after all the organ that determines if—and how—what we eat fuels the other organs. That’s why we need it to be in optimal health and fix any digestion problems now rather than later.

Coca-Cola Company Teaches Dietitians Education Courses?

No one wants lessons in lung health from Marlboro, dieting advice from an overweight individual, or financial advice from Hostess. So, why are registered dietitians being given formal education courses by the Coca-Cola Company?

Body Care Products Loaded with Mercury and Toxins

It’s not just about what we eat or what pills we pop; human health is also affected by what we put on our bodies. Our skin is capable of absorbing a great deal of anything we slather on it. In the case of users of mainstream cosmetics and personal care products, that means we regularly soak up cancer-linked sodium lauryl sulfate, phthalates associated with reproductive disorders, and mercury.