Health

64 women to sue in three Japanese courts over health woes from cervical cancer vaccines

July 20, 2016

A group of lawyers for 64 women who are suffering health problems from cervical cancer vaccines said Tuesday the victims will file damages lawsuits against the government and two drugmakers that produced the vaccines through four district courts on July 27. Of the 64 women, 28 will lodge their suit with the Tokyo District Court, six with the Nagoya District Court, 16 with the Osaka District Court and 14 with the Fukuoka District Court, according to the lawyers. Initially, the victims, mainly teenagers, will demand ¥15 million in damages each, for a total of ¥960 million, and increase the amount later depending on their symptoms. The victims’ health problems include pain all over the body. Read

Vandana Shiva – Avoid ‘miracle’ rice, just eat a carrot!

July 20, 2016

Norman Borlaug, father of the Green Revolution, died on September 9, 2009. Alfred G. Gilman died on December 23, 2015. Both were Nobel laureates and now both dead. Gilman was a signatory to a recent letter condemning Greenpeace and its opposition to genetic engineering. How many Nobel laureates does it take to write a letter? Easily ascertained — the dead Gilman and 106 others were enlisted in “supporting GMOs and golden rice”. Correct answer — 107, dead or alive. The laureates were rounded up by Val Giddings (senior fellow, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation), Jon Entine (author of Abraham’s Children: Race, Identity and the DNA of the Chosen People) and Jay Byrne (former head of corporate communications, Monsanto). Real people don’t have the luxury of getting Nobel laureates to write 1/107th of a letter, “chosen” folk do. Evidently. Cornell University is a “chosen” institution — central to genetically modified public relations. The Cornell Alliance of Science is funded by Bill Gates, just like the failed golden rice experiment. The Nobel laureates accuse Greenpeace of killing millions by delaying ghost rice — something the biotech industry accuses me of doing, for the same reason. Unlike golden rice — whose failure to

Leah Messinger – American farmers are struggling to feed the country’s appetite for organic food

July 20, 2016

* Consumer appetite for organic foods reached $13.4bn in the US last year – so why is only 1% of the country’s cropland dedicated to organic farming? Marc Garibaldi, a farmer in California’s Central Valley, no longer uses conventional pesticides and fertilizers because he doesn’t want to work with toxic chemicals at his 40-acre cherry orchard. His farm was officially certified as organic a few weeks ago, but the path to securing that designation was long and costly: he spent three years working to demonstrate the use of eco-friendly pest and soil management practices and paid between 10%-20% in higher labor cost. Yet he was unable to convince processors that pack and ship his harvest to pay more for his fruit – which he was already cultivating by using the organic standards set by the federal government – during that period. “Your farm is your financial life, and when you decide you’re going to change the way you’re doing your business, you’re kind of putting it at risk,” Garibaldi said of the challenge of making the transition to organic. “The grocery stores don’t give a crap whether you’re in the transition to being organic. All they care about is are

Rishma Parpia – Gates Foundation Funding Global Vaccine Program – More Powerful Than Government

July 12, 2016

Bill Gates is reported to be one of the richest individuals on Earth, with a current net worth of $87.4 billion. [1] The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), founded in 2000, is the largest private foundation in the world. [2] The foundation’s mission is to support and fund international development initiatives that improve social, economic and health conditions on a global level. [3] The BMFG has been praised for pumping massive amounts of money into public health policy initiatives and scientific research on issues that forward the personal vision and social reform goals of Bill Gates. [2] A recent report released by a U.K. based organization Global Justice Now, closely examines the BMGF operations and reveals that the foundation’s influence on global health initiatives is greater than any other donor country including Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Ireland and Italy. [2] However, unlike democratic governments who are accountable to their electorates, the BMGF is a private foundation that essentially remains unaccountable to populations impacted by the foundation’s social reform and public health initiatives, with the exception of tax reporting requirements. [2] More recently, the BMGF has come under scrutiny regarding the manner in which it operates and the impact of its programs and initiatives. Philanthropy, particularly

Mac Slavo – Company Selling Genetic Data On Millions Of Americans

July 11, 2016

The questions of our time have become – Who owns you? Your data? What about your DNA? For customers who opted into signing a consent form when they signed up to have their DNA sequenced through the company 23andMe, it would appear that their DNA data belongs to a giant database that is being shared and sold to third-party medical and pharmaceutical firms. As Gizmodo reported that the company that has been featured in Walgreens stores to sequence your DNA for a cheap one-time cost of $99 has a lot more at stake: Today, 23andMe announced what Forbes reports is only the first of ten deals with big biotech companies: Genentech will pay up to $60 million for access to 23andMe’s data to study Parkinson’s. You think 23andMe was about selling fun DNA spit tests for $99 a pop? Nope, it’s been about selling your data all along. Since 23andMe started in 2006, it’s convinced 800,000 customers to hand over their DNA, one vial of spit at a time.Personal DNA reports are the consumer-facing side of the business, and that’s the one we’re most familiar with. It all seems friendly and fun with a candy-colored logo and quirky reports that include the genetic

Vandana Shiva – Biodiversity, GMOs, Gene Drives and the Militarized Mind

July 11, 2016

A recent report from the National Academy of Science of The United States, titled “Gene Drives on the Horizon: Advancing Science, Navigating Uncertainty, and Aligning Research with Public Values,” warns: “One possible goal of release of a gene-drive modified organism is to cause the extinction of the target species or a drastic reduction in its abundance.” Gene Drives have been called “mutagenic chain reactions,” and are to the biological world what chain reactions are to the nuclear world. The Guardian describes Gene Drives as the “gene bomb.” “The project of deliberately exterminating species is a crime against nature and humanity.” Kevin Esvelt of MIT exclaims “a release anywhere is likely to be a release everywhere,” and asks “Do you really have the right to run an experiment where if you screw up, it affects the whole world.” The NAS report cites the case of wiping out amaranth as an example of “potential benefit.” Yet, the “magical technology” of Gene Drives remains a Ghost, or the Department of Defense of the United States Government’s secret “weapon” to continue its War on Amaranthus Culturis. Read

Ted Greiner – Don’t Eat the Yellow Rice: The Danger of Deploying Vitamin A Golden Rice

July 11, 2016

What better way to discredit your critics than to rope in 107 naive Nobel Prize winners (all without relevant expertise) to criticize your opposition? But such tactics are not new. Long ago, the GMO industry spent well over $50 million to promote “Golden Rice” as the solution to vitamin A deficiency in low income countries. They did so well before the technology was completely worked out, let alone tested. Let alone consumer acceptability tested. Let alone subjecting it to standard phase 2 and 3 trials to see if it could ever solve problems in the real world. So why has this apparently straightforward scientific project not reached completion after so many decades? Because the purpose of Golden Rice was never to solve vitamin A problems. It never could and never will. It’s purpose from the beginning was to be a tool for use in shaming GMO critics and now to convince Nobel Laureates to sign on to something they didn’t understand. Read

Tim Schwab – I was barred from a Nobel laureate press conference by a PR consultant with Monsanto ties

July 7, 2016

* Food & Water Watch researcher Tim Schwab exposes the empty rhetoric and unexplained discrepancies in the Nobel laureate attack on GMO activists Last week, as I read a Washington Post article titled “107 Nobel laureates sign letter blasting Greenpeace over GMOs,” I took note that the story fits in perfectly with the Post editorial board’s recently issued position on GMOs, which argues that “scaremongering” activists are getting in the way of scientific progress on GMOs. I also noted that the Post, in driving its point home, avoids a lot of inconvenient questions. Most obviously, how exactly did the 107 Nobel laureates — almost none of whom work in agriculture or have any expertise on GMOs — get involved in an attack on Greenpeace’s position on genetically engineered “golden rice?” Of all the pressing scientific issues, and all the ways to issue a statement, why pick this issue — and why pick a fight? Industry Attacks on Activists Read

Gary Kohls – An Important Excerpt from the Newest Edition of “Gardasil and Cervical Cancer: A Hoax in the Making?”

July 6, 2016

  “Merck’s Gardasil and GlaxoSmithKline’s Cervarix both contain genetically-engineered subunit protein antigens (not actual viral particles) that are capable of generating immune complexes with the essential help of the neurotoxic aluminum adjuvant that attaches to the intended protein antigen that is in the inoculum. The aluminum is added to the vaccine so that the antigen persists in the body for a long time.    “Unfortunately, the intramuscular shot is capable of damaging many other tissue proteins in the deltoid or thigh muscles (of infants), including muscle, blood components, blood vessels, collagen, DNA, lymphoid tissue, nerve tissue, myelin tissue and the aluminum in the vaccine can attach to those cells as well. Thus the piercing needle called an autoimmune response).    “But the body’s own macrophages also ingest the fragments of the newly damaged muscle, blood cells, vascular, collagen, DNA, nerve and/or myelin protein tissue fragments, which allows them to remain in the body for a sufficiently long period of time to generate potentially powerful immune responses, including unintended autoimmunity against muscle tissue (macrophagic myofasciitis, dermatomyositis, polymyositis, fibromyalgia), blood cells (autoimmune hemolytic anemia, aplastic anemia, autoimmune thrombocytopenic purpura, cryoglobulinemia), vascular tissue (Raynaud’s, periarteritis nodosa, temporal arteritis, vasculitis, POTS Syndrome), collagen tissue

New California Vaccine Law Being Challenged in Court

July 5, 2016

Comments by Health Impact News Editor California’s controversial new vaccination law, SB277 [1] which is scheduled to go into effect this month (July 2016), has been challenged in court. SB277 [1] became the first law in the United States to remove the philosophical and religious exemption for childhood vaccines, thereby completely removing parental choice in any decisions about vaccinating their children as a requirement for attending school. Only two other states do not have philosophical or religious exemptions (and apparently never did), Mississippi and West Virginia. Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen of the BolenReport [2]reported on the new lawsuit filed in California, where parents and non-profit organizations are suing the State of California Department of Health, Department of Education, three school districts, and one County Public Health Department. The Lawsuit Against SB 277 Has Been Filed Read
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