‘The Remedy’ Radio Show – Airing Friday February 10th Overview Topics covered in the up and coming show will include:
- Politics, corporate profits, power & people – Health Canada & other FDA Abuses Urban farming gets a boost
- Doctors Urge ‘Tax toxic sugar’ – Age restriction for sugary drinks is proposed.
- Poles protest ACTA online and on the streets
- Borax – Near Miracle Medicine Unknown
This will be another great show. You can listen on the Micro Effect. Find the Schedule HERE and look for – The Remedy. You will also be able to connect to the chat room and chat with Tony and other like-minded people if you sign in right before the show.
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Scientists urge unis to axe alternative medicine courses http://www.smh.com.au/national/tertiary-education/scientists-urge-unis-to-axe-alternative-medicine-courses-20120125-1qhtm.html#ixzz1kfhkv29t University reputations at stake … a new lobby group for doctors and scientists claims undeserved credibility is given to disciplines “better described as quackery”. [U1]MORE than 400 doctors, medical researchers and scientists have formed a powerful lobby group to pressure universities to close down alternative medicine degrees.–Almost one in three Australian universities now offer courses in some form of alternative therapy or complementary medicine, including traditional Chinese herbal medicine, chiropractics, homeopathy, naturopathy, reflexology and aromatherapy.–But the new group, Friends of Science in Medicine, [U2]wrote to vice-chancellors this week, warning that by giving “undeserved credibility to what in many cases would be better described as quackery” and by “failing to champion evidence-based science and medicine”[U3], the universities are trashing their reputation as bastions of scientific rigour. The group, which names world-renowned biologist Sir Gustav Nossal and the creator of the cervical cancer vaccine Professor Ian Frazer among its members, is also campaigning for private health insurance providers to stop providing rebates for alternative medical treatments.[U4]—A co-founder of the group, Emeritus Professor John Dwyer, of the University of NSW, who is also a government adviser on consumer health fraud, said it was distressing that 19 universities were now offering “degrees in pseudo science”.[U5]—“It’s deplorable, but we didn’t realise how much concern there was out there for universities’ reputations until we tapped into it,” Professor Dwyer said. “We’re saying enough is enough. Taxpayers’ money should not be wasted on funding [these courses] … nor should government health insurance rebates be wasted on this nonsense.”–Professor Dwyer said it was particularly galling that such courses were growing in popularity while, at the same time, the federal government was looking at ways to get the Therapeutic Goods Administration to enforce tougher proof-of-efficacy criteria for complementary medicines, following the release of a highly critical review by the Australian National Audit Office last September.–Of particular concern to the group is the increase in chiropractic courses, following the recent announcement of a new chiropractic science degree by Central Queensland University. More than 30 scientists, doctors and community advocates wrote to the vice-chancellor and health science deans at the university voicing their concern, which laid the foundations for Friends of Science in Medicine. –The groundswell of protest from medical professionals comes after a decision in Britain that means from this year it will no longer be possible to receive a degree from a publicly-funded university in areas of alternative medicine, including homeopathy and naturopathy.–German and British medical insurance providers are also in the process of removing alternative therapies from the list of treatments they will cover.–[U6]Australia’s vice-chancellors will meet in March and Professor Dwyer said his group was aiming to get a commitment from them to endorse health courses only with evidence-based science.[U7]—The spokesman for Universities Australia said tertiary institutions were self-accrediting. “[They have] the autonomy … to ensure the quality and relevance of the courses they offer,” he said.–The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency, a government body set up to regulate higher education, refused to comment.–Most health funds pay rebates for alternative therapies under top cover polices. Private Healthcare Australia did not return the Herald’s calls.– Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/tertiary-education/scientists-urge-unis-to-axe-alternative-medicine-courses-20120125-1qhtm.html#ixzz1kfi9muA0
Morgellons– Unexplained Skin Condition Is Non-Infectious, Not Linked to Environmental Cause ScienceDaily (Jan. 25, 2012) — The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has completed a comprehensive study of an unexplained skin condition commonly referred to as Morgellons and found no infectious agent and no evidence to suggest an environmental link.[U8] The full results are reported in the Jan. 25 issue of the online journal PLoS ONE. In this study, investigators took an in-depth look at a skin condition characterized by unexplained lesions that contain fibers, threads, or other foreign material, accompanied by sensations of crawling, biting, or stinging. The condition is not currently recognized as a distinct clinical disorder with established diagnostic criteria. However, increasing inquiries to the CDC in 2006-2009 regarding the condition prompted the study in Northern California, where many of the persons who reported these symptoms lived. The researchers found and enrolled 109 persons with symptoms of this condition by searching through the electronic medical record database of a large HMO. They conducted extensive testing to rule out infectious causes, and found no indication that the condition was attributed an infection.[U9] The researchers also determined that the fibers associated with the lesions were apparently fragments of cloth or other debris.[U10] The investigators showed that the condition is uncommon, estimating that it results in fewer than four out of 100,000 people seeking medical attention. About half of the study participants had evidence of other medical, most commonly psychiatric, illnesses.The CDC suggests that people suffering with symptoms similar to those reported in the study should see their health care provider for a complete physical to ensure proper diagnosis of all illnesses, including psychiatric, and follow the recommended treatments. “We found no evidence that this condition is contagious, or that suggests the need for additional testing for an infectious disease[U11] as a potential cause,” says Dr. Mark Eberhard, Director of CDC’s Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria and a lead study investigator. “This alleviates concerns about the condition being contagious between family members and others.” Journal Reference-Michele L. Pearson, Joseph V. Selby, Kenneth A. Katz, Virginia Cantrell, Christopher R. Braden, Monica E. Parise, Christopher D. Paddock, Michael R. Lewin-Smith, Victor F. Kalasinsky, Felicia C. Goldstein, Allen W. Hightower, Arthur Papier, Brian Lewis, Sarita Motipara, Mark L. Eberhard. Clinical, Epidemiologic, Histopathologic and Molecular Features of an Unexplained Dermopathy. PLoS ONE, 2012; 7 (1): e29908 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0029908
Protect public access to research in the U.S.
Protect public access to research in the U.S There’s a bill before Congress called the Research Works Act that if passed could reverse the popular and successful NIH open access policy and block similar developments at other federal agencies. In a recent New York Times Opinion Piece, PLoS co-founder Mike Eisen argued that rather than “rolling back public access, Congress should move to enshrine a simple principle in United States law: if taxpayers paid for it, they own it”.
We urge you to contact your representative and let them know that you oppose this retrograde step – simple guidelines (template letters, contact information) are available from the Alliance for Taxpayer Access. http://www.plos.org/protect-public-access-to-research-in-the-u-s/ Public Access Being Denied To CAM and Alternative Health
Congress wants to limit your access to research—even though your tax dollars paid for it. If this bill passes, you’ll learn only what mainstream medicine wishes you to know. Action Alert!
–In 2008, the National Institutes of Health required that all federally funded research publications be made openly available. PubMedCentral
 (PMC) is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine.
The publishers of the journals weren’t so happy with this new arrangement they were afraid no one would pay for their publications if the research results were immediately accessible. So the government agreed to give them a full year of journal sales before their research papers had to be posted on PMC, which lets them keep their subscriber base. Journal subscriptions to educational and medical institutions are expensive and they’re big business. But even this generous arrangement isn’t good enough for the Association of American Publishers (AAP).
The trade group liked the old rules, where they could sell the tax-funded research back to the taxpayers. So the AAP got two members of Congress, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), to introduce HR 3699 , the Research Works Act, just before the end of 2011. This bill would prevent the NIH or any other agency from causing or even allowing private-sector research work to be disseminated online without prior consent of both the publisher and the study authors, even if the funding came from our tax dollars. The AAP weren’t the only publishers involved.
Elsevier—the Reed Elsevier Publishing Group, a multinational company that publishes around 2,000 journals and close to 20,000 books and major reference works—happens to be in Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s district, and Elsevier employees made campaign contributions to both Issa and Maloney
. (Apparently, it only takes $10,500 to buy two members of Congress.)–Said contributors all work for Tom Reller, vice president for global corporate relations at Elsevier. Interestingly, an email about the bill from Rep. Maloney to one of her critics contained language that was nearly identical
 to language used by Reller when he was defending the same bill! Are members of Congress employing lobbyists as ghostwriters now?—This is about access to peer-reviewed scientific information—research that we pay for with our tax money. If this bill passes, Americans who want to read the results of federally funded research will have to buy access to each journal article individually—at a cost of $15 or $30 apiece. In other words, as the New York Times recently noted
, taxpayers who already paid for the research would have to pay again to read the results.—Access to peer-reviewed scientific research is essential if you are to make informed choices regarding your family’s health—especially if you choose complementary and alternative medicine. Good research will let us choose wisely when it comes to questions of treatment modalities, vaccines, diet, nutrition, and medicine. Right now, supplement companies aren’t even allowed to tell you about the science behind their products
, so we must get the scientific information directly from the source.–But that’s just the problem: consumers, integrative doctors, and small businesses might not have the funds to access all these scientific journals—which means your access to the science behind natural products will be limited to what mainstream medicine may wish you to know.—PMC compiles entire studies and has 2.3 million articles going back to 1965. It allows patients, physicians, students, teachers, and advocacy organization like ANH-USA to read about and cite the discoveries that our tax dollars paid for—to keep you informed in these pages, we may review as many as a hundred studies every year. If we needed to pay a publishing company every time we viewed a study which taxpayers have already paid for, we’d be giving thousands of dollars to a publishing company every year instead of protecting your access to natural health. So what can you do? Two things will make a huge difference! • First, help us gain co-sponsors for the Free Speech about Science Act (FSAS)
. This landmark legislation enables the natural health products community to share peer-reviewed scientific findings about natural health products with the public. The problem, of course, is that if it becomes more difficult for supplement companies and consumers to access the scientific studies themselves, the entire point of FSAS is effectively undermined. • The second step is to ask Congress to defeat this new Research Works Act. Please send your message today and explain why limiting access to the results of important studies—which your tax dollars have already paid for—is such a terrible idea. Take action immediately!
Man Eats Food Only Advertised on TV, Becomes Hormonal Written by Colleen Vanderlinden
Sit through any prime-time television show, televised sporting event, or even cartoon and you’re sure to see plenty of commercials for food. And you’ve undoubtedly noticed that this food runs the gamut from fast food pizza and burgers, to snack foods, to sugary breakfast fare. They are really “edible food-like substances,” as Michael Pollan would say. What would a month of living solely on these TV commercial foods look like? And how would you feel at the end of it? Tom Lamont, a writer for The Observer, decided to give it a try. For one month, he could only purchase and eat those foods he’d seen advertised on television. As we all well know, this means processed, sugary, salty, fatty food. They don’t advertise Brussels sprouts on television. No bulk whole grains. No pastured meat. Only those products that have a large advertising budget behind them. Here are a few quotes from Lamont’s article, in which he details the experiment: The pizza was a tactical move. Some 60 hours in I’d noted first signs of slowing down mentally afternoons harder to work through, getting out of bed more of an undertaking. I’d decided the greasy stuff-in-a-bun was to blame, and that pizzas would be better. After all, weren’t those pureed tomatoes atop each slice? Real mushrooms and greens? Upon which, he learns that pizza was possibly the worst choice he could have made. By the time I got to Octomom I was starting to wonder what Aptamil “follow-on milk” might taste like. At the end of a particularly bleak day my girlfriend saw fit to stage an intervention, ambushing me with a rule-breaking plate of salmon and beans for dinner. Was I imagining it, in the aftermath of the meal, when I immediately started to feel better? “No, no,” Briffa assured me, “these things can be incredibly immediate. It’s a bit like stopping smacking yourself in the face with a polo mallet. Immediately there’s relief.”
Basically, by the time the month was up, Lamont felt like a sluggish, cranky mess. Surprisingly, he didn’t gain any weight, but that could be at least partially because he got so tired of processed foods that he just didn’t eat as much after a while.–This is why those of us who are trying to eat better are often advised to shop the “perimeter” of the grocery store. The dairy, produce, meat, and bulk grain bins are often in the outer aisles. The inner aisles, and those attention-grabbing end caps, are the domain of processed food.–Moral of the story: shop the perimeter, grow a garden, and if something is advertised on TV, it’s probably not all that good for you! Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/man-eats-food-only-advertised-on-tv-becomes-hormonal.html#ixzz1kcyExqYc
Canada a World Leader in Genetically Modified Animal Biotechnology
The development of the “Enviropig” pig and the “Aqua advantage” salmon gives Canada the dubious distinction of being a world leader in the creation of genetically modified animals for human consumption. The “Enviropig” has been cleared by Environment Canada and is currently waiting approval from Health Canada for human consumption. The University of Guelph, creator of the “Enviropig” released this information. Canadian government departments are not required to release information regarding approval applications, and don’t. To date, we don’t know if the approval of the “Aqua Advantage” for human consumption in Canada has been made or not. That has prompted Fin Donnelly, NDP critic of fisheries and oceans to table a motion in March of this year that the government make approval applications for the human consumption of genetically modified salmon and other aquatic life be transparent, and that the GM salmon specifically not be approved until studies are completed on the effects to human health, ecosystems, habitats and marine species. The “Enviropig” was developed at the University of Guelph, which holds patents on the technology in the United States and Canada. Ontario Pork has the exclusive license to distribute the pig to swine breeders and producers worldwide. The Ontario and Canadian governments supported the research through research agreements and grants.–The “Enviropig” is a Yorkshire pig that has been genetically engineered with an E-coli bacteria phytase gene[U12] and a mouse promoter gene sequence. This change allows the pig to digest more phosphorus, with the result that there can be up to 70% reduction in phosphorus in the pig feces. Phosphorus in the feces is an environmental concern for factory farms because their runoff ends up in the water systems and promotes algae growth. This reduces oxygen in the water, and can kill a lot of the marine life. The algae can poison the water, and kill animals that drink from it. There are other cost effective ways to reduce phosphorus content in pig feces. These include adding a phytase supplement, [U13]and changing the feed composition. As well as waiting for human consumption approval in Canada, applications have been made to the FDA in the United States, and for licensing agreements in China. AquaBounty is a company based in Massachusetts with its research facility in Prince Edward Island. The technology for the “Aqua Advantage” genetically modified Atlantic salmon was developed by the Memorial University of Newfoundland. This salmon contains a Chinook salmon growth hormone driven by the ocean pout antifreeze promoter. This alteration creates fish that are fully grown for market in 18 months instead of three years. The plan is for the eggs to be shipped from PEI to Panama to be grown, and then shipped to the States to be eaten. The fish are supposed to be completely infertile, and never escape. However, if some happened to be fertile, and happened to escape, it is thought that by escaping in Panama the fish would not survive, or be able to migrate to other salmon populations and contaminate them. The FDA has held hearings as to whether these fish are safe for human consumption, and the decision is pending. The FDA is also to produce an environmental impact study. There are two bills in Congress on this issue. One calls for the ban of GM salmon. The other requires the fish to be labelled transgenic in the event that the FDA approves them. The effect on human health from eating genetically modified animals isn’t known. Some scientists think they may affect the immune system and cause more allergies. The GM salmon has the added concern of possible effects on ecosystems where they are grown, and on wild salmon populations if they escape. Experiments have shown that genetically modified males are more successful mating, but produce fewer offspring. This is called the Trojan Gene Effect, and could lead to the extinction of the wild populations. Although there is a debate as to whether GM animals are safe to eat or not, there should be no question that Canadians are entitled to know when applications are made for the human consumption of these animals, and the results of these applications. In the event they are approved, the food products should be labelled as transgenic, so people are aware of what they are eating.More info can be found at the Canadian Biotechnology Action network, Council of Canadians, and the Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform websites
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