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Monthly Archives: April 2015

Good For A Laugh

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A team of Belgian philosophers and plant biotechnologists have turned to cognitive science to explain why opposition to GMOs has become so widespread. In “Fatal attraction: the intuitive appeal of GMO opposition,” published April 10 in Trends in Plant Science, the authors suggest that the human mind is highly susceptible to the negative and often emotional representations put out by certain environmental groups and other opponents of GMOs.

“Negative representations of GMOs – for instance, like claims that GMOs cause diseases and contaminate the environment – tap into our feelings of disgust and this sticks to the mind,” says lead author Stefaan Blancke, a philosopher with the Ghent University Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences.

Of course the paper says nothing about the actual dangers of GMOs or the toxic impact of the pesticides employed with them.

Internet Gaming Addiction

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I recently watched the disturbing documentary “Love Child,” about a South Korean couple who became so addicted to online gaming they let their baby die of malnutrition. South Korea considers internet addiction a public health crisis. The government estimates up to 30 percent of those under 18, or about 2.4 million people, are at risk.

This is the nation where in 2005, a 28-year old man once dropped dead of heart failure after a 50-hour gaming marathon, and another man died in 2002 after 86 uninterrupted hours of game play. Read more of this post

The Fluoride Problem

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For the first time in more than 50 years our government is lowering the recommended amount of fluoride added to drinking water. Health officials announced some people are getting too much fluoride because it is also in toothpaste, mouthwash and other products. Too much fluoride has become a common cause of white splotches (fluorosis) on teeth in children. One study found about 2 out of 5 American adolescents had tooth streaking or spottiness. Read more of this post

Fukushima Four Years Later Part 2

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The San Francisco BayView newspaper published a very sobering interview with Dr. Janette D. Sherman, MD on April 17. Dr. Sherman worked for the Atomic Energy Commission as a radiological monitor at the University of California in Berkeley, and at the U.S. Naval Radiological Defense Laboratory.

“The nuclear industry is very powerful and it exerts control of the collection – and dissemination – of information,” she said. “Following the Chernobyl meltdown in the former USSR, there was a block on diagnosing illnesses as a result of exposure to radioactivity, and it was three years before health data were released. Read more of this post

Fukushima Four Years Later

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ENENews just reported on a press conference given in Japan on April 24, 2015, by Prof. Hiroaki Koide of the Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute, who has long warned about the dangers of nuclear power. He declared the ongoing Fukushima nuclear plant disaster is so bad the only solution is to erect a giant concrete coffin.

Tepco believes that there are lumps of melted fuel and that the first step they will take is to somehow plug the holes in the containment vessel. This plan is simply impossible to realize. We don’t even have the technology or ability now even to determine where the holes are. Read more of this post

Homeopathy – Effective Safe Affordable

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An intriguing article a few years ago in the UK’s The Spectator magazine was headlined – If homeopathy is just water and sugar pills, why do doctors get so upset about it? The article wondered: “What is the problem with tinctures so dilute that you couldn’t overdose on them if you tried?”

The subject of homeopathy seems to enrage some people. Every time an article or report comes out in the press, the skeptics scream placebo effect, magical thinking,  flim-flam quackery, pseudoscientific nonsense etc. The British Medical Association even labelled it witchcraft. And any claims of homeopathy’s efficacy by individuals are typically dismissed by skeptics as just anecdotal, as though personal experience doesn’t count. Homeopathy’s detractors argue it can’t work because it defies conventional medical/scientific understanding. Read more of this post

Standing in Class helps Kids Focus

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Lots of kids today have a hard time focusing in school. A new study proposes a strategy to help attention – standing.

The research found that when students learned on their feet, in classrooms with standing desks, they increased their focus by 12 percent. The increase translated to an average of an extra seven minutes learning time every hour. Read more of this post

Roundup Troubles

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In late March The New York Times reported that 30 years ago, the EPA  determined that the popular weed killer Roundup might cause cancer. In 1991, after former Monsanto lawyer Michael Taylor began working for the FDA, the EPA reversed the decision. The agency reversed itself after re-evaluating the mouse study (which concluded some mice developed a rare kidney cancer) that had been the basis for the original conclusion. Read more of this post

Meher Baba Teachings

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In his teachings Indian master Meher Baba reported that at all times on Earth there are 56 incarnate God-realized souls, and that of these souls there are always five Perfect Masters of their era. When one of the five perfect masters dies, Meher Baba said another God-realized soul among the 56 immediately replaces him or her by taking up that office. Read more of this post

The Vaccine Debate 2

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On September 23, 2014, a court in Milan, Italy, award compensation to a boy for vaccine-induced autism. The Labour Court of Milan ruled a childhood vaccine against six childhood diseases caused the boy’s permanent autism and brain damage.

The infant received three doses of GlaxoSmithKline’s Infanrix Hexa, a hexavalent vaccine administered in the first year of life. The vaccine is to protect children from polio, diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis B, pertussis and Haemophilus influenza type B.  In addition to these antigens, the vaccine then contained thimerosal, the mercury-containing preservative, and aluminum as an adjuvant. Read more of this post