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July 27, 2012
by: Tyler Durden
July 23, 2012
by: Lisa Garber
July 18, 2012
Earlier this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declared bisphenol A relatively safe (cough, cough). But due to the growing awareness that BPA is actually highly toxic, even the FDA’s ‘safe’ statement hasn’t stopped many plastics and papers manufacturers from replacing the estrogen-mimicking compound with its close cousin, bisphenol S. And the revenue has been worth the change, even if BPS isn’t any safer than BPA. In fact, you may be more exposed to the BPS chemical now than you were to BPA before.
Why BPA is Unsafe
Despite the FDA’s announcement, research continues to raise red flags over BPA. Endocrinology, a publication of The Endocrine Society, featured a study in which mice received low doses of BPA and thereafter experienced effects on the brain and social behaviors.
Because BPA is environmentally persistent, its effects are long-lasting and trans-generational as well. In the aforementioned study, prenatal exposure to mice correlated with raised levels of anxiety, aggression, and cognitive difficulties.
Maybe mice are mice and people are people, but our exposure to BPA is nothing to be overlooked. We eat food from cans with BPA. We store leftovers in containers with BPA. We drink water from BPA-laden bottles. We handle thermal paper and thereby BPA at the workplace. We essentially live, breathe, and eat BPA.
And now we have to worry about the BPS chemical instead?
Increased BPS Chemical Exposure
Not much is yet known about BPS—the compound replacing BPA in products like thermal paper—but the outlook is gloomy.
In 2005, Japanese scientists compared the hormone-mimicking effects of BPA and 19 similar compounds (including BPS chemical) on human cells. Although they found BPS’s effects to be slightly weaker than its cousin’s, new research shows that we may be absorbing more BPS through our skin than we were absorbing BPA.
Kurunthachalam Kannan of the Wadsworth Center at the New York state Department of Health led a research team in analyzing 16 types of paper from the U.S., Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam. All receipt paper analyzed contained BPS.
“People who handle thermal paper in their jobs may be absorbing much more BPS,” the analysts said—19 times more, according to their research.
If you’re concerned about your BPS exposure, keep in mind that BPA-free (and BPS-laden) receipts have those telltale red fibers in the paper. To reduce your exposure:
- Wash your hands after touching thermal paper.
- Save paper—and yourself—and tell the cashier to not print the receipt.
- Avoid putting receipts in bags with food.
- Store necessary receipts in folders or drawers to avoid unnecessary contact.
- If you are the cashier, consider investing in gloves.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
By: J. D. Heyes
[NaturalNews] Almost everyone has heard of a ridiculous court case involving companies or individuals making incredulous, specious claims, but this may be the first time someone has tried to claim ownership of a child activity.
Focused Fitness, LLC, has filed suit against Action Based Learning, LLC, for attempting to assert copyright ownership over children’s exercise activities “such as crawling, the ‘army crawl,’ the ‘log roll,’ ‘leap frog,’ walking on a balance beam, going over and under hurdles, balancing on a rope that has been laid on the ground, and others,” the complaint said.
“Defendants have admitted that Focused Fitness has not used Defendants’ selection and arrangement of those exercises, but instead claim protection in the exercises themselves,” said the complaint, which was filed recently in U.S. district court in Washington state.
According to the complaint, Washington-based Focused Fitness said that in the spring of 2011, ABL co-founders Jean Blaydes Madigan and Cynthia “Cindy” Hess approached the company with charges it was violating the Texas-based company’s intellectual property rights for teaching similar concepts to school kids.
“Focused Fitness develops and sells written materials, videos, photographs, artwork, software, and services to school districts and educators as full-service educational curricula,” the complaint said.
Teaching ‘friendly, time efficient, fun’ techniques under names everyone uses
“Defendants are using their copyright on works describing or illustrating public domain exercises, and are using invalid assertions of copyright, in order to attempt to obtain a broad monopoly on the teaching of children’s exercises. The exercises themselves, which are completely comprised of knowledge in the public domain, are not copyrightable matter,” it said.
On its face, the complaint seems only too frivolous. Taken in full context, to claim ownership – intellectually or otherwise – that exercises and activities children have performed practically since the beginning of time is a whole new level of absurd.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
By: J. D. Heyes
[NaturalNews] Eight U.S. Army veterans have claimed in court that the federal government denied their medical claims and that the government regularly does so with scores of other veterans as part of a “standardized” practice.
In the suit, the vets – led by plaintiff Dannie Fail – claim the Army’s Servicemembers Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury (TSGLI) program “has standardized the practices of denying claims [from injured veterans] in a manner that is arbitrary, unsupported by its own guidelines and contrary to law.”
They went onto say that the program routinely denies benefits to vets injured overseas and elsewhere, which in turn forces them to utilize an appeals process to get their benefits – a process which often can be lengthy and taxing, financially and mentally.
In their suit, all eight plaintiffs said their injuries were legitimate – all were certified as such by a medical professional.
The complaint does not detail the veterans’ injuries specifically, but it does list what sorts of injuries qualify them for the benefits.
Forced to appeal, with uncertain results
“There are nine categories of losses covered as follows: 1) Sensory losses, 2) Burns, 3) Paralysis, 4) Amputation, 5) Limb salvage, 6) Facial reconstruction, 7) Activities of daily living, 8) Inpatient hospitalization, 9) Coma/TBI (traumatic brain injury) combined with another injury,” says the complaint.
When injured veterans seek coverage, say the plaintiffs, the U.S. government “adds a criterion negating ADL [Activities of Daily Living] coverage where there can be adaptive behavior to accomplish the activity, even though the adaptive standard is not contained in the manual or guideline.”
Each of the plaintiffs – identified in the complaint as Fail, Scott Buchholz, Christian Andersonn, John Zonta, Stacey Truax, Timothy Melson, Scott Philbrick, and Jedadiah Zillmer, all of whom live in Colorado – say they followed the government’s requirements in filing their claims, which included obtaining letters from independent physicians certifying that their “traumatic injuries” left each of them unable to work.
All of them; however, were denied their benefits.
Monday, July 16, 2012
By: Ethan A. Huff
[NaturalNews] The political system in Paraguay is undergoing some major turmoil right now following the forced impeachment of former President Fernando Lugo, a “left-of-center” politician democratically voted into office by the people of Paraguay back in 2008. And among those who initiated and brought about this controversial coup was multinational biotechnology giant Monsanto, which was apparently threatened by Lugo’s resistance against the company’s genetically-modified (GM) crop agenda.
For years, Paraguay’s government has been dominated by so-called “right-wing” politicians that have served the interests of the country’s local oligarchy, as well as the interests of the U.S. embassy and transnational corporations that have established a powerful stronghold in the country. Among these corporate influences was Monsanto, which over the years has converted much of Paraguay’s arable land into plantations that grow GM crops.
But with the election of Lugo in 2008, things were beginning to change in many ways, according to reports, which triggered serious upset amongst Paraguay’s status quo class. Unwilling to capitulate to every demand made by the likes of Monsanto, Lugo was clearly a problem for these movers and shakers, who had long controlled national policy to their liking at the expense of the underclasses who have had to endure extreme poverty as a result.
“Monsanto planned to introduce a genetically modified seed for commercial use in the country … (But) [u]nder Lugo’s administration, Paraguay’s National Service for Plants and Seeds Quality and Health (SENAVE) refused to approve the seed’s use,” writes Berta Joubert-Ceci of Workers World concerning Monsanto’s involvement in the coup.
“The right-wing oligarchs favor dissemination of Monsanto seeds, while the peasantry has been demonstrating against it. The Union of Associations of Producers, a landowners group tied to Monsanto, was preparing a demonstration for June 25 against Lugo to benefit the giant transnational and the ‘liberalization’ of its genetically modified seeds.”
Though not perfect by any means, Lugo had at least tried to fight back in some ways against Monsanto’s gradual takeover of Paraguay’s agricultural land, the vast majority of which is now owned by less than three percent of the entire population. Many of Paraguay’s family farms have been eliminated over the years and forcibly replaced with large mono-crop plantations that now grow Monsanto’s GM soy and other cash crops. (http://www.naturalnews.com/030390_GMO_soy_poverty.html)
Unholy alliance between corporations and government destroying the world
The coup against President Lugo was undeniably engineered by special interests concerned about losing control over a nation that they have been exploiting for decades. By stacking Paraguay’s legislature with pro-industry hacks that have no regard for the interests of the people; corporate interests in Paraguay once against successfully marked their territory, just like they continue to do here in the U.S.
You see, countries like the U.S. and Paraguay, though they may differ externally in their political structures, operate in a disturbingly similar fashion. Private industry in both countries has essentially morphed with the government into a single, fascist entity that serves the interests of corporations and a select “elite” at the expense of everyone else.
The working class in Paraguay is obviously much worse off than the working class in America, at least at this point in time. But the principle remains that any government, including the American government, that operates for the sole benefit of its corporate masters is really nothing more than a dictatorship in which the people are no longer considered to be sovereign individuals, but rather slaves.
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by: Elizabeth Renter
July 15, 2012
The U.S. government would love nothing more to have their nose in everything we purchase, eat, drink, or even lay our eyes on, and in some ways they already do. Seeing a natural tea-drink come under regulation should be no shock to any of us. But many people don’t quite understand what kombucha tea is or why the government is watching it, especially while the benefits of kombucha tea are overwhelming.
Kombucha is a fermented sweet tea. It can use regular black tea but with the addition of bacterial and yeast cultures. Many people brew their own at home and it is said to be an easy process. Some types of kombucha can also be purchased in health food stores, though a few brands were taken off shelves a few years ago.
The federal government stepped in to regulate kombucha in 2010. This is when they noticed the fermentation process would sometimes continue on the shelf, raising the alcohol concentration of the tea to more than the legal 0.5 percent. Some, they found, were “cooking” to levels comparable with some beers (3 percent).
In response, many stores like Whole Foods removed these kombucha products off their shelves voluntarily. Also, the Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) and the FDA stepped in to ensure the alcohol contents didn’t rise to illegal levels.
Since their involvement, more and more people have begun brewing their own kombucha. This is done using a Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast, or SCOBY. Also called a “mother”, this is the starter for your kombucha, that when paired with tea and sugar create the fermented end-product.
Benefits of Kombucha Tea
Kombucha is alleged to have many health benefits, according to its brewers and supporters. It is used as a general health tonic. Benefits of kombucha tea include:
- Increase metabolism
- Relieve headaches
- Reduce blood pressure
- Lower blood sugar levels
- Prevent hardening of the arteries
- Detoxify the liver
- Prevent cancer
- Alleviate constipation
- Improve eyesight
- Reduce blood pressure
All of the benefits of benefits of kombucha tea are possible, they say, because the tea contains beneficial probiotics (good bacteria), amino acids, antioxidants, and polyphenols.
SCOBY’s can be purchased online through several different resources and brewers caution new kombucha consumers to thoroughly research safe brewing practices before they begin their own kombucha journey.
June 5, 2012
For once government money was put to good use. Recently Calgary Canada removed fluoride from the water supply, which could be considered a victory against the New World Orders eugenics agenda.
And at a savings to the city of $750,000, the city plans to give back some of that forward children’s dental health.
Ald. Druh Farrell, who was behind city council’s motion to use the fluoride savings, said there were many worthy applicants and a lot of research put into the final decision, but these two stood out.
“Those two stood out because they were for a capital endowment fund and it would have an ongoing benefit and many children would be served.”
The motion stated the savings must go towards promoting dental health for children from low-income families.
CUPS plans to expand its dental services after moving into their new facility and according to Lorna Curran, funding development manager, their $165,000 will allow them to expand dental services to kids.
“With the city’s funding, that will cover a third dental chair and that chair will be completely dedicated to the oral health of children from low-income families.”
The Alex will receive $585,000 which will go towards a mobile dental health unit that will provide a complete range of dental services, said Farrell.