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Monthly Archives: December 2015

Cell Phones & Breast Cancer etc.


The May issue of the Environmental Health Trust’s newsletter featured an article about a young woman with multi-focal breast cancer who was in the habit of tucking her cell phone into her bra. With no other predisposing risk factors for cancer, two specialists, Robert Nagourney and John West, concluded there was only one other possibility that might have directly contributed to her breast cancer. Read more of this post

Flame Retardents & Attention Problems


Prenatal exposure to some flame retardants that have been widely-used in consumer products is associated with attention problems in children ages three through seven, according to a new study by researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health. Read more of this post

Got Milk? Got Parkinson’s?

milkSeveral epidemiological studies on large cohorts the United States, Finland and Greece have consistently reported an association between milk intake and a higher incidence of Parkinson’s disease.  Pesticide contamination of milk and milk’s urate-lowering effects have been suggested as risk factors to explain epidemiological data. Read more of this post

Negative Thinking & Alzheimers


Newly published research led by the Yale School of Public Health suggests that people who hold negative beliefs about aging are more likely to have brain changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Read more of this post

Maybe Time to Give Up Shrimp?

shrimp79_303,00An AP investigation has found Burmese men, women and children are being sold to factories in Thailand and forced to peel shrimp that ends up in global supply chains, including those of Wal-Mart, Whole Foods, Red Lobster, Target and Albertsons. Read more of this post

Hawaii’s Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard on GMOs

tulsi22“H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, also referred to as the Deny Americans the Right to Know Act (DARK Act), is an affront to transparency, democracy, and consumer rights. During consideration of the bill, I spoke in strong opposition to H.R. 1599, which allows for voluntary labeling of genetically-engineered food, but does not require it. This bill goes against the wishes of nine out of ten Americans calling for mandatory labeling, making a mockery of transparency and leaving U.S. consumers in the dark.   Read more of this post

Hope for the Planet in Tanzania

tanzania-web-master675The BBC reports Tanzania’s new President John Magufuli joined hundreds of residents in the main city Dar es Salaam today to take part in a public clean-up operation. “Mr Magufuli picked up rubbish from the street outside State House as part of the scheme, which he had ordered to replace independence day celebrations. The move is being seen as symbolic of the president’s promise to tackle corruption. Thousands of people across Tanzania are reported to have joined the clean-up. Read more of this post

Another Blow to Monsanto – French Court


On 25 November 2015, the High Court of Paris indicted Marc Fellous, former chairman of France’s Biomolecular Engineering Commission, for “forgery” and “the use of forgery”, in a libel trial that he lost to Prof Gilles-Eric Séralini. The Biomolecular Engineering Commission has authorized many GM crops for consumption. Read more of this post

Climate Change Brandalism in Paris

vw7b31035fa-s1600-c85Timed with the climate change conference, a brilliant, subversive art campaign in Paris has replaced outdoor advertising spots on with art posters indicting big corporations for their role in climate change. A Volkswagen poster references recent revelations that the company has lied about  exhaust  emissions. “Now that we’ve been caught, we’re trying to make you think we care about the environment.” Read more of this post

Insurance Companies Concerned About Health Impact of Electromagnetic Fields


Specialists from the Emerging Risks team at leading global reinsurance firm, Swiss Re, have warned the insurance industry that “unforeseen consequences of electromagnetic fields” could lead to a raft of claims and significant product liability losses in the next 10 years. Read more of this post