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THIS BEATS AN APPLE A DAY: Food that Prevents and Heals Childhood Illnesses PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alice Shabecoff   
Sunday, 24 October 2010 23:51
applesOne out of three American children suffers from a chronic illness -asthma, birth defects, cancer, lead poisoning and mental-behavioral disorders. The massive load of toxics in their lives is, without a doubt, the major cause. While some children bear an unfortunate burden of genetic vulnerability, susceptibility to disease is largely set in utero or early in infancy, in a battle between nutrition vs toxic exposures (1) So it's a major problem that, in too many families, neither the children nor their pregnant mothers eat the food that defends against toxic assaults. Of course, there's a toxic point in all people, no matter how well nourished they are, but the threshold for resistance will usually be lower in poorly-nourished children and children with specific nutritional weak spots.

This is more than just ‘eat an apple a day.' Today a lot is known about which foods will protect against which specific illness, drawn from recent discoveries about how our body's systems work. (2)

One field of battle takes place in our immune system. Here, as in all mammals, is a major headquarters for raising an army of antioxidants - their mission is to fight the normal oxidative stress that is the ordinary result of our body's perpetual struggle to rid itself of the by-products of normal cellular metabolism. Normally, they win these daily battles.

But then, along come manmade contaminants. Such as PCBs, found in trace amounts in all of us, though those chemicals (once widely used in electrical equipment) were banned decades ago. Many types of PCBs wreak this harm by causing so much oxidative stress that it ends up inflaming the cells that line blood vessels and, in that way, damages the cardiovascular system as well as the brain and nervous system. A child exposed in the womb to a dose that's the equivalent of one single drop of PCBs in a bathtub can suffer a lowered IQ and a rise in attention disorder, and cardiovascular diseases later in life.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 October 2010 00:05
NSAIDS Increase Risk of Hospitalization for Acute Hepatitis PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Roman Bystrianyk   
Sunday, 17 October 2010 19:53
medicationIn an investigative article from earlier this year it was estimated that the total number of people in the United States hospitalized due to NSAID bleeding at 1.7 million was higher than the total of all American casualties from all American wars combined. Now a new study adds the risk hospitalization due to acute hepatitis for NSAID users.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDS, are a class of medication often believed to be well tolerated and are commonly used as a therapy for common inflammation. Everyone is familiar with these types of drugs with millions using them for pain relief. NSAIDs include: ibuprofen (Advil®), naproxen (Aleve®), and aspirin (Bayer®). Perscription brands include: celecoxib (Celebrex®), diclofenac (Voltaren®), etodolac (Lodine®), fenoprefen (Nalfon®), indomethacin (Indocin®), ketoprofen (Orudis®, Oruvail®), ketoralac (Toradol®), oxaprozin (Daypro®), nabumetone (Relafen®), sulindac (Clinoril®), tolmetin (Tolectin®), and rofecoxib (Vioxx®).

In the first pharmacoepidemiology study using case-crossover design of a database of liver toxicity in the real world authors publishing in Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety examined the potential risk of hospitalization due to acute hepatitis (liver inflammation) among NSAID users. The authors examined patients hospitalized with a major diagnosis of acute or sub-acute necrosis (premature death of living tissue) of the liver or toxic hepatitis using the National Health Insurance database in Taiwan.

Last Updated on Sunday, 17 October 2010 20:01
Ancient Chinese Medicine Helps Avoid Tonsillectomy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Roman Bystrianyk   
Monday, 11 October 2010 23:37
kidssmileYou probably never heard of Sho-saiko-to-ka-kikyo-sekko. It's a Chinese medicine formula composed of 9 herbs (gypsum, Bupleurum root, Pinellia tuber, Scutellaria root, Platycodon root, jujube fruit, ginseng root, Glycyrrhiza root, and ginger rhizome) and it has been used for more than a 1000 years by Asian cultures.

According to the National Institute of Health, tonsillectomy is the second most common surgery performed on children; however, sometimes it is also performed on adults. The most common reason that a tonsillectomy is performed is due to repeat tonsillitis. Tonsillitis is an infection in the throat that occurs in the tonsils. It usually causes a severe sore throat and fever with swallowing becoming difficult and painful.

Although tonsillectomy is a common procedure it is not without risks. According to the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngol hemorrhage, or bleeding, has been reported to be as high as 20%. Because of the risk associated with surgery some patients who refuse tonsillectomy seek alternatives such as herbal treatments.

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Last Updated on Monday, 11 October 2010 23:49
Rethinking ADD and ADHD PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Roman Bystrianyk   
Friday, 21 May 2010 00:03
adhdA recent news article reported by Reuters showed that children with break down products from organophosphate pesticides are almost twice as likely to develop ADHD as those with undetectable levels. This type of finding is hardly surprising because organophosphates are poisonous nerve agents that kill insects by disrupting their brains and nervous systems. Studies have linked these types of pesticides to toxic effects on the nervous system and the brain in people.

"Central nervous system toxic signs and symptoms include headache; nausea and vomiting; dizziness; respiratory depression; mental status changes, including coma; and seizures ... Organophosphates have been thought for many years to be associated with subtle, long-term neurologic effects years after acute and sub acute exposure. Individual case reports first documented patients with reported headaches, blurred vision, memory, depression, irritability, and problems with concentration." (Pediatric Clinics of North America)

"Organophosphate poisoning continues to be a relatively common occurrence, especially in rural areas of the United States. Insecticides fall into four classes: organophosphates, carbamates, organochlorines, and pyrethroids. All compounds can precipitate seizures except for carbamates, which have poor central nervous system (CNS) penetration." (Pediatric Emergency Care)

What really caught my attention was that in that article the researchers determined by interviewing children's mothers or caretakers that "about one in 10 met the criteria for ADHD, which jibes with estimates for the general population." That made me wonder how anyone could determine a mental condition simply from an interview. Did this in fact make sense?

So what exactly is ADD/ADHD?

Psychiatric diagnoses are categorized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th. Edition published by the American Psychiatric Association, better known as the DSM-IV. This document covers all mental health disorders for both children and adults.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 May 2010 00:33
Psychiatric Drugging of Infants and Toddlers in the US - Part II PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Evelyn Pringle   
Saturday, 15 May 2010 14:20

childatplayground2Of all the harmful actions of modern psychiatry, "the mass diagnosing and drugging of children is the most appalling with the most serious consequences for the future of individual lives and for society," warns the world-renowned expert, Dr Peter Breggin, often referred to as the "Conscience of Psychiatry."

"We're bringing up a generation in this country in which you either sit down, shut up and do what you're told, or you get diagnosed and drugged," he points out.

Breggin considers the situation to be "a national tragedy." "To inflict these drugs on the growing brains of infants and children is wrong and abusive," he contends.

The kids who get drugged are often our best, brightest, most exciting and energetic children, he points out. "In the long run, we are giving children a very bad lesson that drugs are the answer to emotional problems."

Dr Nathaniel Lehrman, author of the book, "Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs," believes that giving infants and toddlers "powerful, brain-effecting psychiatric medication is close to criminal activity."

"Giving them these drugs," he says, "has no rationale, and ignores the basic fact that youngsters are very sensitive to their environments, both social and chemical, with the juvenile brain easily damaged by the latter."

Last Updated on Saturday, 15 May 2010 14:31
The Vaccine War: A Forgotten History PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Roman Bystrianyk   
Wednesday, 28 April 2010 00:47

jennymccarthyAs I watched the recent Frontline presentation, The Vaccine War, it was apparent that certain facts were omitted as they frequently are in any public discussion on vaccines. The program mainly focused on the concerns of parents and activists and presented various vaccine proponents that indicated that while the parents and activists might be well meaning they were misguided in their beliefs.

The activists, such as Jim Carey and Jenny McCarthy, presented stories where children, sometimes almost immediately, suffered some type of serious neurologic reaction after vaccination. The vaccine advocates countered that there was no scientific evidence of harm and that vaccines have enjoyed a long history of safety and effectiveness.

The mercury based vaccine ingredient, Thimerosal, was discussed. Thimerosal was once used in many vaccines exceeding the EPA safety levels of mercury for a child receiving a standard immunization schedule. Although officially removed from many vaccines, Thimerosal still remains in a certain vaccines such as the flu vaccine as well as in vaccines used outside the United States. Again, the vaccine proponents made assurances that Thimerosal was safe however the numerous studies show it to be neurotoxic where not presented.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 April 2010 02:58
Psychiatric Drugging of Infants and Toddlers in the US - Part I PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Evelyn Pringle   
Thursday, 22 April 2010 23:11

childatplaygroundThe United States has become the psychiatric drugging capital of the world for kids with children being medicated at a younger and younger age. Medicaid records in some states show infants less than a year old on drugs for mental disorders.

The use of powerful antipsychotics with privately insured children, aged 2 through 5 in the US, doubled between 1999 and 2007, according to a study of data on more than one million children with private health insurance in the January, 2010, "Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry."

The number of children in this age group diagnosed with bipolar disorder also doubled over the last decade, Reuters reported.

Of antipsychotic-treated children in the 2007 study sample, the most common diagnoses were pervasive developmental disorder or mental retardation (28.2%), ADHD (23.7%), and disruptive behavior disorder (12.9%).

The study reported that fewer than half of drug treated children received a mental health assessment (40.8%), a psychotherapy visit (41.4%), or a visit with a psychiatrist (42.6%) during the year of antipsychotic use.

"Antipsychotics, which are being widely and irresponsibly prescribed for American children--mostly as chemical restraints--are shown to be causing irreparable harm," warned Vera Hassner Sharav, president of the Alliance for Human Research Protection, in a February 26, 2010 InfoMail.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 April 2010 23:19
Did the Gardasil Vaccine Kill Jasmine Renata? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rhonda Renata   
Sunday, 21 March 2010 23:07
jasmineJasmine was our only daughter who we loved and thought was perfect in every way. We never had to reprimand her for anything and she would always come to us for advice. She never smoked, never did any drugs, and only had the occasional drink. She was kind and caring and she loved us all just as we loved her.

During a routine visit, Jasmine's doctor persuaded her to get the Gardisil vaccine because it would help keep her safe from developing cervical cancer in the future. Jasmine received her first Gardisil vaccine in September 2008. Jasmine was always concerned about her appearance and she was quite distressed that shortly after the vaccine she noticed dry skin and warts appearing on her hands. She complained that she thought she was losing more hair than usual and that her pimples were getting worse. On the 20th of October Jasmine visited the doctor to treat her warts and dry skin. Jasmine had 4 or 5 warts frozen off. The doctor also said that her immunity was compromised so he prescribed a multivitamin as well as Locoid cream for the dry skin. The Locoid cream didn't help the dry skin.

Jasmine received her second Gardisil shot on November 18, 2008. After the shot the warts returned as well as the other symptoms Jasmine was experiencing. In addition, she now also felt pins and needles up and down her arms. Her whole arm became so weak she could hardly use it at work and started to knock things over and she would lose her grip at times. I would like to say at this point that the doctor should not have given her the second shot as her immunity was down and because of the warts that occurred after the first shot. In retrospect, a red light should have gone up and tests should have been done first to determine whether giving the second shot was wise.

Last Updated on Sunday, 21 March 2010 23:24
Ginkgo Protects the Liver and Kidneys from Uranium PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Roman Bystrianyk   
Saturday, 13 March 2010 03:10
ginkgoDating back to over 200 million years, ginkgo biloba is considered the oldest tree species on earth, with ginkgo trees having been known to live over an average of 1,000 years or more. Ginkgo has been shown to possess antioxidant activity and to aid in the prevention and treatment of diseases associated with free radicals. The two groups of significant compounds found in ginkgo are flavonoids, such as myricetin and quercitin, which provide for the antioxidant action, and terpenes which help inhibit the formation of blood clots. These compounds decrease the injury that occurs due to free radicals. Studies have also shown that the toxic liver damage of acetaminophen, also commonly known as Tylenol, is reduced through the antioxidant effects of ginkgo.

Uranium is a radioactive element that is present in the environment from uranium mining, nuclear industry emissions, military applications, through the use of coal and other fuels, by the use of phosphate fertilizers, and as a result of being slowly released from natural deposits. Uranium is both radioactive and toxic with the liver and kidneys being the main targets of uranium's toxic effects and with reservoirs of Uranium concentrating in the kidneys and bones. Uranium ends up in the human body through eating or drinking it or by inhaling dust particles containing uranium.

A new study in Journal of Medicinal Food evaluates the ginkgo's role in protecting the body from the toxic effects of uranium on the principal targets of the liver and kidneys. The study authors examined mice exposed to uranium with some mice treated with varying amounts of ginkgo.

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 March 2010 03:21
Commentary: Nuclear Energy is Bad for our Children and Our Economy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alice Shabecoff   
Saturday, 06 March 2010 12:34
nuclearPresident Obama, in his State of the Union speech, called for a push to build new nuclear power plants to help serve our country's energy needs. This is a truly unwise strategy. We'd go from the frying pan into the fire.

At the very time of the President's speech, a group of Vermonters were out in the snow and freezing cold, calling for the state's sole nuclear plant, the Vermont Yankee, to shut down. Their protest was ignited by revelations of rising levels of the radioactive element called tritium leaking from the plant into nearby water sources.

One of our closest friends, unfailingly honorable and intensely smart, is a nuclear engineer. He says that nuclear power can be safe if the right safeguards are put in place.

Let's say that might be so.

But what makes anyone imagine that the right safeguards could actually be developed and then maintained, day in and day out, for decades, if not eons.

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 March 2010 12:49
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