Scientists announce boycott against Komen Foundation, American Cancer Society for denying link between bras and breast cancer

Posted: April 4, 2014



(http://www.killerculture.com)No fewer than five research studies have shown that wearing constrictive bras for long periods of time contributes to breast cancer, an association that is acknowledged by many healthcare providers, including medical doctors and oncologists. Even some lingerie manufacturers have responded to this fact by developing new bras designed to minimize lymphatic constriction, thus minimizing the cancer risk. But not everyone has been as accepting of such research.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Susan G. Komen Foundation, two organizations that at least seem to care about cancer patients, are denying the bra-cancer link. What many people don't realize about these organizations is that they don't care about preventing cancer; instead, they are obsessed with raising funds for cancer "research" and the ever-elusive "cure." In a flat-out denial of scientific evidence, the ACS and Komen Foundation consider the link between breast cancer and bras to be absurd and not worth taking seriously.

Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer, a married couple of medical anthropologists, led research on bra wearing habits of U.S. women with and without breast cancer which showed "that the tighter and longer a bra is worn the higher the [breast cancer] incidence rose, up to 100 times greater for 24/7 bra wearers," Singer wrote in a recent article.

She continued, writing that when her and her husband "first notified cancer organizations about their discovery, they were completely ignored or ridiculed. Now, 20 years later, the American Cancer Society and the Susan G. Komen Foundation still ridicule the information out of hand, and try to explain away the link as a ridiculous 'myth.'"

Over the past 20 years that these two organizations have stonewalled this important information, 2,000,000 women just in the U.S. were diagnosed with breast cancer, which might have been prevented simply by loosening their bra or wearing it for a shorter time each day. Even if the link weren't conclusive, it is unethical to ignore it, as it pertains to such a life-threatening condition and should at least undergo further scientific evaluation.

So why is it that the ACS and the Komen Foundation are continuing to downplay these important findings? Maybe it's because of the donations they receive from lingerie companies, or their reluctance to challenge the cultural norm of wearing a bra, or the perhaps fact that, if people focused on breast cancer prevention rather than treatment and detection, these organizations would lose their importance and hence much of their funding.

This is speculation, of course, but why else would these two organizations, whose ostensible purpose is to help cancer patients, attempt to restrict information that could save lives? Whatever the reason, it is unscientific and immoral, and to protest their cover-up of the bra-cancer link, Singer and other scientists are calling for a boycott against the Komen Foundation and the ACS.

"Singer and Grismaijer suggest that whenever the ACS or Komen Foundation ask for a donation, send them your bra, instead! This will give them the message, and help you prevent breast cancer at the same time."


Cyberbullying on the rise; new nonprofit CyberHarassment.org aims to help victims

Posted: April 3, 2014



(http://cyberharassment.org/)Cyber-harassment and cyberstalking, where people harass and stalk others using the internet, have been on the rise. According to a Harvard University study, about 25 percent of stalking incidents involving female college students could be classified as cyberstalking. The Los Angeles District Attorney's office extimates that 20 percent of the cases handled by its Stalking and Threat Assessment Unit involve email or other electronic communication. Around 40 percent of the cases handled by the New York City Police Department's Computer Investigations and Technology Unit involve electronic threats and harassment. And, although one major internet service provider received practically zero cyberstalking complaints just a couple of years ago, it now reports receiving 15 such complaints per month.

Women, children, those new to the internet and the emotionally unstable are the most common targets of cyber-harassment. To combat this growing mental and emotional health threat, Brand.com founded CyberHarassment.org, a nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to "spearhead an effort to increase public recognition of cyberbullying and online harassment." They also offer resources to help victims recover from cyber-harassment, reclaim their online identity and prevent future attacks.

One former victim of cyberstalking is Robin Savage. A few years ago, Savage made the mistake of dating someone who should have set off red flags from the beginning, as he was constantly texting her things like "Where are you now?" and "Why didn't you answer my text right away?" as well as treating waiters with verbal abuse. Two years after Savage left the unhealthy relationship, a long-time friend notified her that she was on a "hate site." When she looked up the website, she was shocked by false allegations that she was sexually promiscuous, "had given men Aids" and "was in jail for hurting [her] sons." She provided proof to the hate site and Google that the allegations were false, but to no avail; the negative report followed Robin for years, inflicting untold emotional pain and leading her to abandon her family and live in her car in desperation as she was unable to find work.

A lawyer at Brand.com read a report of Robin's experience in Forbes and decided to help. CyberHarassment.org was thus created, and Robin has been receiving assistance to fix her online reputation and get her life back to normal. "I'm so thankful," she says. "This has helped show me that my purpose could be positive, a gift instead of a tragedy."

If you or someone you know has been the victim of cyberbullying, or would like to learn ways to prevent it, you can visit CyberHarassment.org's "Tools and Resources" page. If you have been attacked, you can visit the Cyber Bullying Forum to share your story. You can also report a cyberbully here.


Jimmy Fallon rips apart Obama's 'victory lap' boasting 7 million Obamacare sign-ups

Posted: April 2, 2014



(http://www.breitbart.com)As you likely already know, President Obama took a "victory lap" on Tuesday (April Fool's Day), touting Obamacare's 7 million sign-ups before the latest enrollment deadline. However, according to an as yet unpublished study from the RAND Corporation, only about 23 percent of those new enrollees were previously uninsured, and only 53 percent of that group, around 850,000, has actually paid for insurance. Furthermore, it's absurd to think of this law as being successful when it is being forced on the American people against their will and generating so few enrollments, despite the deadline being delayed unconstitutionally several times, as noted by Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show:

That's right, the White House said that it surpassed its goal for people enrolled in Obamacare. It's amazing what you can achieve when you make something mandatory and fine people if they don't do it. And then keep extending the deadline for months. It's like a Cinderella story. It's just a beautiful thing. You make everyone do it. Isn't it great how many people do it? But if you still haven't enrolled, you might have to pay a penalty called the individual shared responsibility payment, which is 1 percent of your salary. Then Americans said, "Man, good thing I don't have a job."

Click here to watch the funny, yet sadly true, video of Jimmy Fallon discussing Obamacare at Breitbart.com.


Organic farming could be our only hope to survive the onslaught of toxic pesticides

Posted: April 1, 2014



(http://www.foxnews.com)Unlike modern conventional agriculture, which uses pesticides and chemicals indiscriminately in factory farms, organic farming relies on natural and traditional practices such as using home-made fertilizer, naturally occurring, plant-derived pesticides and pest repellants, and irrigation from open creeks.

Chemical pesticides are used in abundance across America, and studies have shown that exposure to these chemicals, even at low levels from just being in the vicinity, can cause life-threatening conditions, chronic disease and developmental disorders in children and unborn infants.

As noted by Deirdre Imus, founder of environmental health site dienviro.org, in an article for Fox News:

The EPA acknowledges that pesticide exposure causes problems, "that may occur over a long period of time," which basically means that any health problem experienced now or in the future by you or your kids could be caused by pesticides, or not. You'll never know for sure, and neither will I.

Despite this, pesticide use continues, increasingly, nationwide, especially on genetically modified crops that have been manipulated to resist herbicidal chemicals like glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup, which contains a number of other chemicals that make the formula even more deadly.

The agricultural industry relies on pesticides and herbicides to protect their crops, and their profits, from infestations of pests and weeds, but there is nothing in place to protect consumers from those toxic chemicals. "For now, that responsibility falls to organic farmers, whose integrative practices, like using compost on crops, help avoid injections of carcinogenic chemicals into our food supply," Imus concludes.


'Humane slaughter' lampooned by The Onion

Posted: April 1, 2014



(http://www.theonion.com)In recent decades, efforts to improve animal rights and food sustainability have led consumers to become increasingly concerned about how livestock animals are raised, and how they are slaughtered. The vast majority of Americans are meat eaters, but few stop to think about the welfare of cattle before biting into a juicy cheeseburger. Americans would love to assume that the meat they consume falls straight off of docile cattle after they painlessly pass away without giving it a second though. Sadly though, that is not the case.

Even beef labeled as "organic grass fed" or "certified humane raised" usually die in a horrifically traumatic fashion, which prompts the question: what is meant by humane? Certainly, there is no such thing as a cruelty-free burger, as exemplified in a recent article by the satirical news source The Onion:

Consumers today are more conscientious than ever about the choices they make at the supermarket. They want to know that the food they put on the table for their family is all-natural, environmentally friendly, and humane. And that's why we here at Nature's Acres Ranch hold ourselves to a higher standard and produce only the finest grass-fed and 100 percent additive-free beef. We guarantee that our cows are ethically raised on sustainably grown pastures before we hang them upside down from a moving conveyor and slice their throats wide open.

The Onion piece satirizes the use of the word humane by the meat industry and how it's used to trick consumers into feeling no guilt from killing another living being for food. The article continues, saying that the fictional ranch is committed to "making sure that you, the customer, receive the best-tasting, highest quality beef from cows that are healthy, active, and eventually suspended fully conscious inside a facility thick with hot, blood-choked air and the frantic bellows of dangling, profoundly fearful animals."

While slaughterhouses generally use a device called a "stunner" ostensibly to kill the brain and remove pain before being killed, by injecting a metal bolt between the eyes, the entire process is nonetheless traumatic, stressful and possibly still painful, as cattle watch their brethren kick and spurt blood in their last few chaotic moments clinging to life.

We shouldn't blindly trust certifications just to eat a steak without feeling guilt. Consumers should be conscious of the entire process. In that way, we can move forward to truly treating animals humanely, while respecting them for the sustenance they can provide.

Mocking "humane" slaughterhouses and the gullible customers who support them, The Onion's article concludes: "So next time you choose a steak or ground chuck to throw on the grill, consider a healthier, more humane, and tastier option, and look no further than the Nature's Acres Ranch line of products. We're the one with the smiling cow on the label!"

Be sure to check out The Onion to read the satirical article in full.


Cornucopia Institute calls on organic experts to testify at National Organic Standards Board Spring 2014 meeting

Posted: March 31, 2014



(http://www.cornucopia.org)The Cornucopia Institute (CI) is calling on citizen-lobbyists to testify at the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting in San Antonio, Texas, April 29-30. Experts dedicated to the integrity of organic agriculture are being asked to attend and will make brief, one- to four-minute speeches. Additional background information on the issues being considered by the Board will be provided by CI, as well as assistance with logistics.

Anyone who meets the above criteria, is interested in helping out and lives near San Antonio should contact Jason Cole at cole(at)cornucopia.org or (608) 625-2000 by April 7. The meeting will be held at the St. Anthony Hotel at 300 East Travis Street in San Antonio, Texas. More information can be found at the National Organic Program's (NOP) web page on USDA.gov. An agenda of the Spring 2014 meeting is available in PDF format here. Public comments are being accepted until April 8, 2014, and can be submitted here.

The NOSB usually meets twice a year; however, the meeting last year was canceled due to the government "shutdown" in October. So, this year's meeting will be like two in one. CI has raised concern in three particular areas, including rule changes to the NOP's sunset process, antibiotics used in agriculture and the NOP's failure to enact recommendations regarding organic aquaculture. CI's preliminary comments for the Spring 2014 meeting can be viewed here.


Depression in diabetics nearly doubles chronic kidney disease risk

Posted: March 28, 2014



(http://consumer.healthday.com)Diabetics are nearly twice as likely to suffer from chronic kidney disease when they are depressed, a new study suggests.

According to the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the most common cause of kidney failure is diabetes. While working with diabetic patients with chronic kidney disease, Dr. Margaret Yu, a study author and nephrology fellow at the University of Washington in Seattle, realized that many of them suffer from depression too. Curious as to whether the diabetics' depression and chronic kidney disease were related, Dr. Yu and a team of researchers examined nearly 4,000 diabetic adults in Washington, gathering data on how well the patients controlled their diabetes, including factors like diet, exercise and blood sugar monitoring, as well as other aspects of health such as ethnicity, age, marital status, education, body mass index, blood pressure levels, whether they smoked and how long they've had diabetes.

"The researchers also looked at laboratory tests of kidney function, and at patients' responses to a questionnaire used to determine whether they were depressed," HealthDay News reported.

Around 12 percent of the participants were characterized as having signs and symptoms of "major depression," and those patients were 85 percent more likely to experience kidney failure. Nine percent of participants had "minor depression." Over the nine-year study, 2 percent of all participants developed kidney failure.

The researchers are still unsure of the connection between depression and kidney disease, "[b]ut these findings are very consistent with a lot of studies in other areas that show depression affects cardiovascular health, medication adherence, inflammatory markers and stress hormones, all things which have been shown to affect kidney disease," said Dr. Martin Zand, a professor of medicine and medical humanities at the University of Rochester Medical Center who was not involved in the study.

Further investigation is needed to determine the relationship between depression and kidney disease, but this study's findings demonstrate how it is important to maintain a positive outlook on all aspects of life, in order to decrease stress, improve health and, obviously and importantly, to be happy.


Study reveals high glyphosate levels in GMO consumers, chronically sick humans

Posted: March 27, 2014



(http://www.gmwatch.org)A new study published in the open-access Journal of Environmental & Analytical Toxicology has shown that animals and humans who consume genetically modified food frequently display detectable concentrations of glyphosate in their urine. In contrast, humans who predominately eat organic food and animals fed non-GMO feed have lower glyphosate levels in their urine. Glyphosate is the active ingredient of Roundup, an herbicide that also contains other compounds which increase the toxicity of the chemical.

Furthermore, people who are chronically ill were also found to have higher levels of glyphosate in their urine than healthy individuals. The fact that people with higher concentrations of glyphosate in their urine are chronically sick shows that such high concentrations do not mean the chemical is being successfully eliminated from their bodies. Rather, it reveals that glyphosate could potentially bioaccumulate in the human body, thus causing a host of chronic illnesses.

In light of this and other recent studies, the global use of glyphosate severely needs to be re-evaluated, and further investigation into its health effects is certainly warranted. You can download a free copy of the scientific paper, "Detection of Glyphosate Residues in Animals and Humans," in PDF format here.


Hungry 4 Health Gala and Organic Festival to kick off in Branson, MO, April 3, 2014!

Posted: March 26, 2014



(http://www.livehappybepure.com)One of the most unique and exciting health events in America, the Hungry 4 Health Gala and Organic Festival, is scheduled to take place April 3-5, 2014, in Branson, Missouri. The event is being presented by the Fuel for the Body Bike T.O.U.R., and anyone looking to learn more about real health and organic nutrition is invited to attend.

The event will kick off with a black tie dinner gala and silent auction (with hors d'oeuvres) on April 3 at the Lodge of the Ozarks, which will benefit the Gerson Treatment Clinic and the American Anti-Cancer Institute. Many speakers are already scheduled to make an appearance, including Bob Wright, author of Killing Cancer - Not People; Dr. Patrick Vickers, founder of the Gerson Treatment Clinic in Baja, Mexico; Lynnette Marie, author of Fuel for the Body and founder of the Fuel for the Body Bike T.O.U.R.s; and Chris Wark of Chris Beat Cancer, among others. Various musicians and comedians will also provide entertainment at the festival.

If you are interested in attending and would like to know more, you can visit LiveHappyBePure.com. If you'd like to participate in this amazing event as a sponsor, vendor or speaker, click here. Also, for more information, be sure to check out L.J. Devon's Natural News report on the festival here.


Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine improve fertility rates

Posted: March 26, 2014



(http://www.healthcmi.com)A new study published in the European Journal of Integrative Medicine has concluded that acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine strongly benefit women struggling with fertility issues. The study included various types of patients, including those trying to get pregnant naturally and through in vitro fertilization or intrauterine insemination, all of whom experienced significant improvements in successful pregnancy rates.

Prior investigations have shown that acupuncture enhances fertility, by stimulating the secretion of gonadotropin-releasing hormone, which exerts a regulatory effect on the menstrual cycle and ovulation, as well as by enhancing micro-circulation of blood in the uterus.

In the new study, researchers examined women who had "no obvious major cause of infertility in terms of Western medical diagnosis," 15 of whom were classified as having "Stagnation of Liver qi," in accordance with traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture was the major method of treatment in the study, but several subjects were supplemented with Chinese herbal medicine as well. Altogether, 21 women completed the two-year course of the study, and none experienced any adverse effects. Over the two years, the group's overall fertility rate significantly improved to 66.7 percent.

Acupuncture has also been shown to help women with polycystic ovary syndrome, improve sperm motility in males and benefit health in other ways, including lowering stress and anxiety. Be sure to check out HealthCMi.com to read a thorough report on the benefits of acupuncture for fertility.


Parkers Farm issues recall of food products due to possible Listeria contamination

Posted: March 25, 2014



(http://www.foodsafetynews.com)Parkers Farm, a Minnesota company that produces peanut butter, cheese dips, bagel spreads and salsas, has issued a voluntary recall of all its products within the "sell by" date. The recall was issued on March 21 after testing by the State of Minnesota revealed Listeria contamination. Affected products can either be returned to retailers for a refund or disposed of, and, as listed by Food Safety News, they include:

16-ounce Parkers Farm peanut butter in square plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid), including creamy, crunchy, honey creamy and honey crunchy varieties with a sell-by date before 3/20/2015;

34-ounce Parkers Farm peanut butter in round plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid), including creamy and crunchy varieties with a sell-by date before 3/20/2015;

12-ounce Parkers Farm spreads in round or square plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid), including jalapeno and pimento varieties with a sell-by date before 9/20/2014;

8-ounce and 16-ounce Parkers Farm cold pack cheese in round plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid), including sharp cheddar, bacon, onion, smoked cheddar, Swiss almond, horseradish, garlic, port wine, and "Swiss & cheddar" varieties with a sell-by date before 3/20/2015;

16-ounce Parkers Farm salsa in round plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid), including hot, mild, garlic, and fire-roasted varieties with a sell-by date before 7/20/2014;

10-ounce Parkers cheese balls or logs (plastic overwrap), including sharp cheddar, port wine, ranch, and "smokey bacon" varieties with a sell-by date before 3/20/2015;

10-ounce Happy Farms cheese balls (plastic overwrap), including sharp cheddar and port wine varieties with a sell-by date before 3/20/2015;

16-ounce Happy Farms cold pack cheese in round plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid), including sharp cheddar and port wine varieties with a sell-by date before 3/20/2015;

8-ounce Central Markets cold pack cheese in round plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid), including sharp cheddar, port wine, horseradish, and Swiss almond varieties with a sell-by date before 3/20/2015;

12-ounce and 20-ounce Hy-Top cheese spread in round plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid), including pimento and jalapeno varieties with a sell-by date before 9/20/2014;

8-ounce Amish Classic cold pack cheese in round plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid), including sharp cheddar, port wine, and Swiss almond varieties with a sell-by date before 3/20/2015;

14-ounce Say Cheez beer cheese in round plastic container (tub with snap on lid), including regular and hot varieties with a sell-by date before 3/20/2015;

10-ounce Win Schuler original variety cheese balls or logs (plastic overwrap) with a sell-by date before 3/20/2015;

8-ounce,12-ounce, and 14-ounce Bucky Badger cheese spreads (tub with snap-on lid) including cheddar, port wine, bacon, garlic, horseradish, jalapeno, and Swiss almond varieties with a sell-by date before 3/20/2015; and,

5-pound foodservice products, including cold pack cheese foods, cheese spreads and peanut butter, with a sell-by date before 3/20/2015.


The products were distributed to various stores nationwide under the following brands: Parkers Farm, Parkers, Happy Farms, Central Markets, Hy-Top, Amish Classic, Say Cheez, Win Schuler and Bucky Badger. Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium that causes listeriosis, symptoms of which include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, fever, convulsions and muscle aches; additionally, in pregnant women the infection can cause fatigue, miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery or a life-threatening infection for newborns.


Scientists condemn FDA's 'disingenuous' findings on BPA, say, 'It borders on scientific misconduct'

Posted: March 24, 2014



(http://www.motherjones.com)If you were confused by a recent report put out by the Food and Drug Administration which claimed "that BPA is safe as currently used," then you have every reason to be, as a group of scientists say that the study not only was misleading but also "borders on scientific misconduct."

One major problem with the study is that the lab where the research rats were housed was contaminated, so all the animals, including those in what would have been the control group, were exposed to bisphenol-A (BPA). The FDA claimed that this had no effect on the outcome but decided to hide that detail near the bottom of the paper, which also omitted key information, such as some dramatic effects seen in the same group of animals.

"If your controls are contaminated, you've got a failed experiment and the data should be discarded," said Gail S. Prins, a professor of physiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, referring to what the FDA should know is basic science. "I'm baffled that any journal would even publish this."

"The way the FDA presented its findings is so disingenuous," said one scientist who works closely with the agency, as reported by Mother Jones. "It borders on scientific misconduct."

Professor Prins is working on a taxpayer-funded project, CLARITY-BPA, whose purpose is to find the most effective methods for assessing the effects of BPA and to ensure that they shape government policy. "The FDA is essentially preempting our findings," he said. "Right now, people are being told that BPA is harmless. As the CLARITY data trickles out over the next few years, the public is just going to be confused."

Contrary to the FDA's findings, around 1,000 published studies have shown harmful health effects resulting from exposure to BPA, even at low levels, including cancer, diabetes, obesity and endocrine disruption.

Be sure to visit Mother Jones to read Mariah Blake's full report on this issue.


Dr. Suzanne Humphries talks about the dangers and deception of the vaccine industry

Posted: March 21, 2014

Suzanne Humphries, M.D., a nephrologist who has spent the past three years extensively studying vaccines, and she has come to the conclusion that vaccines "have never been safe."

"Never has there been a safe vaccine," Humphries said in a video interview with Gary Null's Progressive Radio Network. "Never will there be a safe vaccine, and it is not possible to have a safe vaccine."

"The reasoning for that is that the actual process of vaccination defies the natural function of the immune system of living beings," she continues. "It thwarts the immune system into a balance that's very unnatural and that leaves it susceptible to more things than just what you may be vaccinated, supposedly, for. Putting a disease matter into a body and thinking that the manner in which it's going in -- i.e., usually through a muscle through the skin using a very unnatural thing, a needle, combined with all the chemicals and antibiotics and things that the manufacturing companies may not even know about at the time that they're being injected, into a muscle -- there's no possible way that that could be safe."

"Now, when you're bypassing the normal immune system by putting this disease matter into a muscle, you are stimulating yet another abnormal response at the site of the injection, pulling of all sorts of metals and things that call in the immune cells in this very unnatural way." And all of this is just to produce an antibody, one small factor in the cascade of natural immunity whose elegance escapes vaccine manufacturers.

One of the main arguments used by the vaccine industry, Humphries says, is "that we're just too stupid to notice how miraculous" vaccines are, despite the fact that they maim and kill people, so they should enforce public vaccination in order to "protect everybody." If vaccines saved lives, people would be lining up out of town to get them, but that has never been the case.

"History books really show that the people that were vaccinated were among the sickest, that many children were dying after smallpox vaccinations, that they were developing terrible ulcerations," stated Humphries. "Beautiful, perfect babies, you know, forced into smallpox vaccines, either dying or developing terrible, terrible diseases, and the diseases are often said, 'Oh, that would have happened anyway,' but parents who watch this happen time and again know otherwise."

Watch the entire video, above or at VaccineLiberationArmy.com, to learn more about the dangers of vaccines and the lies told by the vaccine industry to promote their use.


Corn rootworm develops resistance to GM corn's Bt toxin

Posted: March 20, 2014



(http://gizmodo.com)A study recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has shown that the western corn rootworm, a pest that destroys corn crops, is quickly becoming increasingly resistant to the Bt toxin produced by genetically modified corn. Cry3Bb1 and mCry3A, two strains of corn that have been spliced with genes from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis, are being significantly harmed by rootworms that have developed resistance to the pesticidal plants.

Like superweeds evolving to overcome herbicide, this is just another example of how nature finds a way around toxic chemicals and gene manipulation, leading to bigger, hardier, more destructive pests, which illustrates the need for more diversity and organic agriculture.


America celebrates "Kick Butts Day," encourages smokers to lead healthier lives

Posted: March 19, 2014



(http://dailyjournalonline.com)If you haven't heard, today is "Kick Butt Day," a day organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and sponsored by the United Health Foundation to empower youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco.

On this day, according to the event's website, "teachers, youth leaders and health advocates organize events to:"

"Raise awareness of the problem of tobacco use in their state or community;

"Encourage youth to reject the tobacco industry's deceptive marketing and stay tobacco-free; and

"Urge elected officials to take action to protect kids from tobacco."

This year's Kick Butts Day comes after a new report from the Surgeon General found that smoking is even more dangerous than previously thought. As reported by Tobacco Free Kids, key findings from that report include:

Each year, smoking kills 480,000 people in the U.S. and costs the nation at least $289 billion in health care bills and other economic losses.

Without urgent action to reduce smoking, 5.6 million U.S. children alive today will die prematurely from smoking-caused disease.

Tobacco marketing causes kids to start and continue using tobacco products.


More than 1,400 events have been planned across America to support the fight against tobacco, including a rally at Louisiana's state capitol in Baton Rouge, an anti-tobacco march in Boston, Massachusetts, and an '80s-themed "Tobacco Has No Place Showcase" featuring dancing and music. You can search for activities to participate at KickButtsDay.org or look at a full list and map here. Additional information can be found at TobaccoFreeKids.org.


Fukushima Solutions World Conference to be hosted in Austin, TX, March 22-23

Posted: March 18, 2014



(IMG: http://liveonlocation.tv)(http://www.fukushimasolutions.com)The Fukushima Solutions World Conference being hosted by the Young Americans for Liberty from the University of Texas at Austin (UT), where it will take place on March 22-23 in Room 21 of the Peter T. Flawn Academic Center.

The first day of the event will feature foremost experts in nuclear issues discussing remediation solutions for the continuing Fukushima disaster. The focus on the second day will be health issues and providing solutions for personal health.

The keynote speaker, Lieutenant Steve Simmons, a former crew member of the USS Ronald Reagan, which was doused with radiation when it responded to help after the March 2011 tsunami that crippled the Fukushima nuclear power plant, is scheduled to address attendants at 9:30 am on March 22.

Mike Adams, the founder of Natural News and the Executive Director of the Consumer Wellness Center, will speak about issues regarding Fukushima and radiation at 2:00 pm. A host of other speakers are also scheduled to attend the event, including Dr. John Ashley, II, MD(E), ND, DC, author of Fukushima Meltdown & Modern Radiation, and Dr. Dale Klein, PhD, PE, of UT and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, as well as international experts.

The programs for the conference are subject to change, but "[b]oth days will have a minimum of 4 on site speakers and 6 skyped in speakers from around the world, this will enable us to present to the onsite audience and viewing audience on the webcast the finest speakers and solutions possible," FukushimaSolutions.com, the event's website, states. Time has been allocated for Q&A periods between speakers.

The conference is being produced and co-produced by George Butler and David Barrow, respectively. The goal of the meeting is to bring people together to come up with an unprecedented world solution to help the people of Japan counter the unprecedented Fukushima disaster. If you would like to make a donation to help this cause, you can do so here. Also, be sure to visit FukushimaSolutions.com to learn more about the Fukushima Solutions World Conference.


Industry agreement prompted by Health Ranger Mike Adams seeks to improve food safety, lower heavy metal concentrations

Posted: March 18, 2014



(http://voices.yahoo.com)Because the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has no regulations in place to monitor produce for heavy metals, Mike Adams, the Health Ranger and founder of Natural News, has recently conducted a series of investigations into heavy metal contamination of products in the food supply. One product tested by Adams involved vegan and vegetarian brown rice protein supplements.

In that experiment, Adams found tungsten concentrations exceeding 10,000 parts per billion (ppb), lead at over 500 ppb and more than 1,800 of cadmium in one lot of brown rice protein. Adams said, "These proteins contain the highest concentration of tungsten, lead and cadmium that we've ever found in any edible product, across all categories."

After publishing his results on Natural News, Adams prompted an industry agreement to limit the presence of heavy metals in raw vegan and vegetarian protein supplements. So far, the following standards have been agreed upon by Garden of Life, Sunwarrior and Boku Superfood:

Lead limit: 250 ppb
Tungsten limit: 50 ppb
Cadmium limit: 1000 ppb
Mercury limit: 50 ppb

"Mike Adams now seeks the cooperation of companies such as VEGA, Jarrow Formulas, Nutribiotic, Living Fuel, Nutribody Protein, Ultimate Superfood and Healthforce Warrior Food," William Malsam wrote for Yahoo.com. "The corporations involved in the pact have agreed to limit their concentration levels by July 15, 2015."


Brazilian court strikes down approval of Bayer's LibertyLink GM corn

Posted: March 17, 2014



(http://www.gmwatch.org)On March 13, Brazil's Federal Court of Appeals unanimously decided to annul the Technical Committee on National Security's (CTNBio) previous decision to approve the use of genetically modified LibertyLink corn.

LibertyLink corn was developed by Bayer CropScience and is engineered to be resistant to Bayer's Liberty herbicide. When CTNBio approved the GMO (genetically modified organism) in 2007, they ignored the lack of studies performed on the crop and the environmental and health concerns presented at the meeting. They also disregarded their legal duties to evaluate the risks and impacts of GMOs, as many Committee members wrongly just assumed that GM corn would be safe.

Now, however, that approval has been overturned in a Civil Action brought to the Federal Court of Appeals of the 4th Circuit by Terra de Direitos (Land Rights), the Brazilian Institute for Consumer Defense, the National Association of Small Farmers and AS-PTA (Family Farming and Agroecology), which challenged the legality of the commercial release of Liberty Link.

"Federal Judge Candido Silva Alfredo Leal Junior, read excerpts from his long ruling for about an hour and a half, supporting the need for studies on the negative impacts of GMOs in all biomes. According to Leal Junior, not enough studies have been carried out in other countries, because the law requires that the decision of CTNBio is supported by studies that assess the impact of GMOs on each of the major biomes," reported Terra de Direitos, as translated by GMWatch and Google. "In addition, the judge ordered CTNBio to develop standards to enable society to access documents in the [industry] dossier processed by the Commission, allowing a qualified participation of the population in the process of trade liberalization."

Thanks to this decision, Bayer's GM maize can not be marketed in north and northeast Brazil, where studies have not been conducted. It has also created new legal paradigms and may catalyze a review of all other commercial releases of GMOs in Brazil.

"The court decision today is an important element that will add to the people's struggle for a model of agriculture based on agroecology, which guarantees rights for farmers and healthy food without pesticides for the population," said Fernando Prioste, the lawyer representing Terra de Direitos in the case.


Sri Lanka bans Roundup and glyphosate herbicides to fight kidney disease epidemic

Posted: March 14, 2014



(http://www.publicintegrity.org)Sri Lanka's president has ordered a ban on herbicides containing glyphosate, including Monsanto's trademark Roundup, from being used or imported into the country.

The reason for the sudden ban is a recently released study which suggests that glyphosate is the leading cause of a growing kidney disease epidemic. According to that study, glyphosate increases the uptake of heavy metals to the kidneys, thus causing chronic kidney issues.

The study's lead author, Dr. Channa Jayasumana, said, "Glyphosate acts as a carrier or a vector of these heavy metals to the kidney."

The mysterious disease has killed tens of thousands of agricultural workers in Central America, Sri Lanka and India, and is suspected to be caused by a combination of hard labor, chronic dehydration, high heat and exposure to toxins, such as glyphosate and heavy metals.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa ordered the ban soon after he learned of an "investigation carried out by medical specialists and scientists [which] revealed that kidney disease was mainly caused by glyphosate," Special Projects Minister S.M. Chandrasena said.


Sign the petition to help end the abuse of authors on Amazon.com!

Posted: March 10, 2014



(http://www.change.org)Amazon is a huge, innovative company which has contributed much to the world, including changing the face of self-publishing by implementing their Kindle Direct Publishing and CreateSpace platforms. Thanks to that, anyone can easily and quickly publish books using Amazon's free tools. Unfortunately, a relatively unseen issue within Amazon's system has been growing: many of these self-publishing authors have been the target of an incredible amount of bullying and harassment

One reason that this bullying and harassment has been able to take place is the complete anonymity allowed on Amazon's platform. While some have seen this anonymity as a good thing, allowing anyone to freely voice their opinion without fear of retaliation, it has unfortunately allowed people to express inhumane cruelty through abusive online comments. If users' comments were matched with their actual identities, then much of the bullying and harassment would likely cease, as people would then be held accountable for what they say. To this end, Todd Barselow, the senior editor at Imajin Books, has started a petition addressed to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos urging to the company to protect authors by removing anonymity and requiring identity verification for making reviews and participating in forums.

The petition has been endorsed by best selling author Anne Rice, who said, "My experience with the gangster bullies in the Forum has been very bleak and ugly. I post there under my own name. They blatantly violate [Amazon's] guidelines with personal insults and harassing posts." She also said that a lot of the offending users are probably "obsessive abusers who have found some sort of dark home on Amazon tormenting writers" and she urges the company to take action.

What the petition's supporters "would like to see happen is for Amazon to revise their policies regarding anonymity when it comes to writing product/book reviews and for participation in the forums. Reviewers and forum participants should not be anonymous. By removing their anonymity and forcing them to display their real, verified identities, I believe that much of the harassment and bullying will cease. It may continue elsewhere on the web, but not on Amazon, the largest online retail marketplace in the world, where it really counts. Buyers of products on Amazon must have their identities verified, so it should be an easy transition to implement a policy whereby reviewers and forum participants must also have their identities verified."

If you want to help end the abuse of self-publishing authors on Amazon forums by signing the petition, click here. For those who do: "please include your experiences, briefly, if you have had any dealing with bullies and harassment on Amazon, whether it be in a book/product review or in the forums on Amazon. You can do this in the box labeled 'Why is this important to you?' just under where you sign the petition." And remember to be civil!

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