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  • Why MSG Is Perfectly Safe

    09/01/2014 10:31:37 AM PDT · by blam · 106 replies
    BI ^ | Kevin Loria
    Kevin LoriaAugust. 26, 2014 Monosodium glutamate, more commonly known as MSG, gets a bad rap. People claim that it's a toxin that causes headaches and sweating, and that it leaves you feeling lethargic and flushed. The thing is, most research shows that that's not true at normal dietary levels. Despite its umami flavor boosting power, rumors have given MSG a reputation so bad that many Chinese restaurants frequently put up "No-MSG" signs to assuage customer's fear. Some customers then put soy sauce on their food, adding the missing MSG in after the fact. Because it's delicious. The folks at the...
  • Ohio (Toledo area) Water crisis: still waiting for answers

    08/02/2014 2:08:10 PM PDT · by machogirl · 128 replies
    ABC13 ^ | 08/01/14 | Jonathan Keilholz
    Governor John Kasich has issued a state of emergency for Lucas County and surrounding communities due to algae toxins detected in the water during routine testing. Do not drink the water. Alternative water should be used for drinking, making infant formula, making ice, brushing teeth and preparing food. Pets should not drink the water. Do not boil the water.. Boiling the water will not destroy the toxins. It will increase the concentration of the toxins. Consuming water containing algal toxins may result in abnormal liver function, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, numbness or dizziness. Seek medical attention if you feel you have...
  • You Can’t Wish Away the Fertility Gap: We ignore it at our peril.

    03/27/2014 7:07:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/27/2014 | Bonnie Ramthun
    Jill Knapp begs us to “Please Stop Asking Me When I’m Going to Have Children.” Being that I am still a newly-wed and have just moved to a new city, I am in no rush to have a kid. This is an unacceptable answer to a lot of people. The constant reminders that your clock is ticking and that you don’t want to be confused for your child’s grandparents when they grow up are not making us move any faster. Having children is a big responsibility. What Jill doesn’t understand is that her fertility is not subject to whim...
  • What does a dolphin use to get high? A toxic puffer fish that makes them lapse into trancelike state

    12/30/2013 9:39:01 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 21:03 EST, 29 December 2013 | (Daily Mail Reporter)
    Dolphins are said to share the human traits of bravery, jealousy and even a sense of humor. But it seems they share some worrying vices as well. Scientists were amazed at footage of the mammals apparently getting “high” with the help of a toxic puffer fish. In an extraordinary scene filmed for a new TV series, the dolphins are shown gently passing the fish between them. Experts believe the creatures are using the toxins, which emerge from the puffer fish as part of its defense mechanism, for their own enjoyment. They nudge the fish with their snouts and as the...
  • Toxic waste seems to naturally vanish from Palos Verdes Shelf

    11/18/2013 2:17:51 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 17, 2013
    Decades after industrial waste dumping turned part of Southern California's seafloor into a toxic hot spot, scientists have dredged up a mystery. Chemicals fouling the ocean off the Palos Verdes Peninsula seem to be going away without being cleaned up. Samples taken from the sediment suggest more than 100 metric tons of the banned pesticide DDT and industrial compounds known as polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, have vanished from one of the country's most hazardous sites, almost a 90% drop in just five years.
  • GM Debate Not Settled, Say European Scientists 'Genetically modified foods'.

    11/04/2013 10:55:03 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 128 replies
    Epoch times ^ | Oct 24, 2013 | Justina Reichel,
    GM Debate Not Settled, Say European Scientists Controversy erupts after World Food Prize awarded to Monsanto By Justina Reichel, Epoch Times | October 24, 2013 In the wake of biotech giants Monsanto and Syngenta being awarded the World Food Prize, a European coalition of scientists is challenging claims that the debate around genetically modified foods is settled and that GM foods are safe. The European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility, which consists of more than 90 scientists, academics, and physicians, released a statement Monday in response to “sweeping claims” that GM products are safe. “We strongly reject...
  • Rep. Anthony Weiner lights into GOP colleagues (No money to 911 responders)

    07/30/2010 10:23:41 AM PDT · by Eyes Unclouded · 55 replies · 2+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | July 30, 2010 | Emi Kolawole
    Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) literally lost it on the House floor Thursday over his Republican colleagues' procedural objection to an amendment to the Public Health Services Act. The amendment would extend and improve health care benefits for 9/11 victims suffering from lasting health complications. Weiner is given to House floor drama. The New York Democrat is known for his often passionate and attention-grabbing remarks. He screamed for more than a minute Thursday, calling on Republican colleagues to vote 'no' against the bill, rather than object on procedural grounds.
  • Effects of a Brazilian oil spill 10 years on (Our Gulf is SCREWED!)

    07/08/2010 10:15:42 AM PDT · by TruthHound · 32 replies · 1+ views
    *snip* The mud is thick, black and lifeless. And it stinks. Dead stumps - what used to be thick green mangrove swamps - protrude out from the mud as far as your eyes see. It looks like a scene captured by a camera attached to an unmanned spacecraft that has just landed on a lifeless planet in another galaxy. Nothing is growing here, and I can’t imagine anything growing here in a very long time. *snip* "We went through that here. Nobody wanted our fish, they said, ‘your fish are contaminated because of the oil.’" Of the 6,000 fishermen who...
  • CNN: 128 BP oil cleanup workers sickened in Louisiana; Told not to go to public hospitals (VIDEO)

    Sanjay Gupta, CNN, July 6, 2010: Might BP be trying to hide the risk to cleanup workers? … Louisiana’s Health Department has reported 128 cleanup workers who have been sickened. State clinics are telling us something else as well, that cleanup workers are being told to report to BP’s own health clinic on Grand Isle, not to go to state facilities.
  • Executive Order -- Optimizing the Security of Biological Select Agents and Toxins...

    07/06/2010 1:30:22 AM PDT · by Cindy · 14 replies
    Whitehouse.gov ^ | July 2, 2010 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/executive-order-optimizing-security-biological-select-agents-and-toxins-united-stat Home • Briefing Room • Presidential Actions • Executive Orders The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release July 02, 2010 Executive Order-- Optimizing the Security of Biological Select Agents and Toxins in the United States By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Policy. It is the policy of the United States that: (a) A robust and productive scientific enterprise that utilizes biological select agents and toxins (BSAT)...
  • What is oil spill doing to our health? Many questions, few answers in ongoing catastrophe

    07/01/2010 5:58:54 PM PDT · by Qbert · 106 replies · 3+ views
    Alabama Live ^ | 7/1/2010 | Hannah Wolfson
    The oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico is clearly harming wildlife and the economy of the region, but just how is it affecting human health? It's a question coastal residents and visitors want answered -- but so far, those answers are hard to come by. Although health professionals in Alabama and beyond are monitoring reports of illnesses in the Gulf, they say it could be months or years before the full impact is understood. "A lot of it depends on how long it continues and to what degree," said Tom Miller, assistant state health officer at the Alabama Department...
  • Toxic chemicals finding their way into the womb

    06/03/2010 8:34:55 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 6 replies · 552+ views
    CNN ^ | 6-3-10 | Stephanie Smith
    Five years ago Molly and Zachery Gray were in the midst of a dark, lonely spiral. It began with Molly's first miscarriage. "It was a really emotional process of being so joyful and so happy and ready to make that step into parenthood and that being pulled away from you," said Molly, 32. "[The pregnancy is] happening and all of a sudden it's gone. It's really hard." After a second miscarriage the Grays were on a desperate hunt for answers. After Molly got pregnant a third time, she heard about a small study to test the blood of pregnant women...
  • Chinese Drywall MAy Be Toxic

    01/19/2009 7:01:31 AM PST · by LadyBuzz · 40 replies · 3,646+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 01/12/2009 | MICHAEL CORKERY
    Some home builders already struggling in Florida's dismal housing market are facing another headache: The Chinese-made drywall they used is causing unpleasant odors and possibly leading to electric problems in dozens of homes constructed during the housing boom.
  • Not so Green Solar Energy

    01/18/2009 10:17:32 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 27 replies · 1,232+ views
    AmericanThinker ^ | 1/18/09 | Otis A. Glazebrook IV
    You think solar electrical generation is going to save you or the Planet? Think again. While it is true that photovoltaic solar panels do not pollute while they are producing electricity -- what about the manufacturing process? What happens when these panels reach the end of their projected lifecycle in twenty-five years? (This is, by the way, an optimistic view of their useful life.) Those questions are addressed in a study by the watchdog group Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition. "Green Power" is being hyped as the "Safe Solution." It is anything but safe -- when all factors are considered. Here...
  • Scary health stories

    02/07/2008 11:57:03 AM PST · by JZelle · 29 replies · 140+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 2-6-08 | Elizabeth M. Whelan
    If you are a parent (or grandparent) of a young child, you are a target for manipulation by activists (some with scientific degrees) who claim we are surrounded by a sea of chemical "toxins" and "carcinogens." You are easy prey — because you care so deeply about the health and welfare of your babies and children. Purveyors of unfounded health scares know that. The fearmongers have just about everything going for them. And unless you recognize their manipulative tactics, you will be among their millions of terrified victims. Here's how they work: They know what psychiatrists have known for many...
  • Consumer Guide to Toxic Chemicals in Toys to be Released In Time for Holiday Shopping Season

    12/05/2007 3:29:06 AM PST · by Westlander · 8 replies · 715+ views
    WXYZ ^ | 12-4-2007 | WXYZ
    Although millions of toys have been recalled this year, toys containing toxic ingredients are still on store shelves. So how does a holiday shopper choose safer products? On Wednesday, December 5 the Michigan-based Ecology Center - the same group that released the first-ever consumer guides to toxic chemicals in cars and child car seats - will be releasing new research on over 1,200 toys in collaboration with the Washington Toxics Coalition and other leading environmental health groups across the country. At www.healthytoys.org parents will be able to easily check how products rank from highest to lowest in terms of lead,...
  • Fishing writer survives bite from deadly snake

    09/22/2007 11:18:58 AM PDT · by girlangler · 97 replies · 2,475+ views
    LAKE HAVASU NEWS-HERALD ^ | 9/22/07 | JOHN RUDOLF
    Fishing writer survives bite from deadly snake By JOHN RUDOLF LAKE HAVASU NEWS-HERALD LAKE HAVASU - It took only a split-second to turn an idyllic day fishing on Lake Havasu into an excruciating encounter with one of the deadliest creatures in nature. Early on the morning of Sept. 11, Doug Busey, 49, the Tahoe Daily Tribune's longtime fishing writer, stepped off of a friend's fishing boat to snap a few photos from a beach on the lake's California side. He knelt down to get a better angle on a cactus, and a dark blur jumped out at it him. Only...
  • DON'T BUY CHINESE CRAP

    08/21/2007 5:31:03 AM PDT · by shortstop · 218 replies · 6,416+ views
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 08/20/07 | Bob Lonsberry
    I'm not saying Chinese products are crap. I'm saying they are dangerous crap. I'm saying that you can only have trade with people who have integrity, and people who poison kids and animals don't have integrity. And, unless I'm misunderstanding all this, we had thousands of American pets killed by Chinese crap products. We've had almost 20 million American toys recalled because they were made by Chinese crap manufacturers. We've had poison Chinese crap toothpaste – with a lethal anti-freeze ingredient included – sold to Americans and other people around the world. Just yesterday, consumer advocates in New Zealand warned...
  • Toxins found in food from China (Thailand Complains)

    08/16/2007 5:22:29 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 25 replies · 734+ views
    Bangkok Post ^ | Friday August 17, 2007 | Staff
    Imports of popular Chinese fruit, vegetables and food products were blacklisted yesterday after tests found high levels of toxic contamination and cancer-causing chemical residues. The tests were conducted by the Department of Medical Science and the Food and Drug Administration on about 11,500 food items. They revealed dangerously high pesticide residues in Chinese spinach, white greens, carrots, celery, pears and collard greens, department chief Paichit Warachit said. Sulphur dioxide residues were also found in dried herbs such as Chinese pyrethrum and white mushroom, excessive amounts of lead in dried shark fin and seasoned seaweed, the carcinogenic drug chloramphenicol in goat...
  • China's Yellow River 10 pct sewage -group

    05/11/2007 5:54:19 PM PDT · by Flavius · 36 replies · 1,139+ views
    reutuers ^ | 5/11/07 | reutuers
    BEIJING, May 11 (Reuters) - Untreated sewage from factory discharges and urban centres now accounts for 10 percent of the Yellow River's flow, a prominent Chinese non-governmental group said.
  • Heating Releases Cookware Chemicals

    01/26/2007 3:42:45 PM PST · by blam · 111 replies · 2,237+ views
    Science News ^ | 1-27-2007 | Janet Raloff
    Heating releases cookware chemicals Janet Raloff Nonstick coatings on fry pans and microwave-popcorn bags can, when heated, release traces of potentially toxic perfluorinated chemicals into the air and the food being cooked, a new study suggests. Although the chemicals aren't subject to any regulatory restriction and have uncertain toxicity, the researchers conducting the study suggest that people at least run kitchen-exhaust fans when using these products. A 2005 industry study found no such releases. Chemist Kurunthachalam Kannan and his New York State government team, based in Albany, performed the tests on four brands of nonstick fry pans and two brands...
  • Toxins Ban To Beat Terrorist Threat (UK)

    01/24/2007 7:54:14 PM PST · by blam · 7 replies · 237+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-25-2007 | Laura Clout
    Toxins ban to beat terrorist threat By Laura Clout Last Updated: 2:34am GMT 25/01/2007 Ministers are planning to restrict the use of nearly 60 types of toxins and pathogens amid increasing concern over the biological threat from terrorists. Two months ago the head of MI5, Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller, warned that al-Qa’eda terrorists were plotting mass casualty suicide attacks and would unleash chemical or biological attacks given the chance. The Home Office yesterday moved to meet that threat by publishing orders which will ban people from holding samples of viruses such as rabies, polio, influenza and herpes B. They add three...
  • Building near WTC entombs toxins, remains ('eyesore' presents problems, body parts no big deal)

    05/23/2006 8:34:15 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies · 983+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/23/06 | AMY WESTFELDT
    Building near WTC entombs toxins, remainsBy AMY WESTFELDT, Associated Press Writer 7 minutes ago AP Photo: In this Sept. 30, 2001, file photo NEW YORK - While debates rage about why more buildings have not gone up at the World Trade Center site, there is one, shrouded in a web of black netting and full of trade center dust, that can't seem to come down. The vacant 41-story former Deutsche Bank AG building looms above ground zero, contaminated with toxic waste and still holding tiny body parts more than four years after the trade center collapsed onto it on Sept....
  • Environmentalists test Canadians for pollutants

    11/09/2005 3:40:13 PM PST · by kingattax · 1 replies · 183+ views
    CBC News ^ | 09 Nov 2005
    Many Canadians are being contaminated with heavy metals, pesticides and other toxic chemicals, suggests a study by an environmental watchdog group. Environmental Defence tested the blood and urine samples of 11 men and women volunteers, including wildlife artist Robert Bateman. A total of 88 chemicals, including PCBs, flame retardants and insecticides, were found. Lab tests showed a total of 60 chemicals, with an average of 44 found in each volunteer, some in trace amounts. The contaminants include suspected carcinogens and chemicals that may cause reproductive disorders, harm the development of children, disrupt hormone systems or are associated with respiratory illnesses....
  • Fishing: Public health expert examining catches for heavy metals

    10/24/2005 8:56:50 AM PDT · by GreenFreeper · 24 replies · 511+ views
    Pittsburg Post Gazette ^ | Sunday, October 23, 2005 | Deborah Weisberg
    It was a first for veteran anglers at one of the Allegheny River's hottest spots. They were being asked to donate their fish to science. On a recent Saturday, a cadre of fishermen at the Highland Park Dam filled buckets with white bass and channel catfish so that Dan Volz, a public health expert, can tell them someday soon whether what they catch is loaded with heavy metals and estrogen-like compounds, or chemicals that mimic the effect of estrogen, a hormone produced by the body and needed for the development and growth of female sex organs. snip While there are...
  • Three Crew Members Killed by Toxic Gas on Cruise Ship in Los Angeles Port

    09/02/2005 5:57:33 PM PDT · by TheOtherOne · 13 replies · 679+ views
    AP ^ | AP-ES-09-02-05 1956EDT
    Three Crew Members Killed by Toxic Gas on Cruise Ship in Los Angeles PortBy Tim Molloy Associated Press Writer Published: Sep 2, 2005 LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three members of a cruise ship crew were killed by toxic sewer gas Friday as they repaired a waste pipe aboard the ship that had just returned to the Port of Los Angeles. No passengers were injured, but 19 other crew members from Royal Caribbean's Monarch of the Seas were examined for possible exposure to the toxic gas, authorities said. Passengers were leaving the ship at the time of the incident, the company...
  • Al Qaida has deployed roadside bombs laced with toxins (Are These Freedom Fighters Cindy Sheehan?)

    08/16/2005 12:32:01 PM PDT · by MikeA · 20 replies · 901+ views
    The World Tribune ^ | August 16, 2005
    BAGHDAD — Al Qaida has deployed bombs laced with toxins in an attempt to increase the lethality of attacks in Iraq, coalition military sources said. On Aug. 9, the U.S.-led coalition found a suspected chemicals factory in Mosul with 1,500 gallons of chemicals. A statement by the Multi-National Force said the facility was used to develop the bombs mixed with toxins. The statement said Sunni insurgents succeeded in employing roadside bombs that contained toxic chemicals. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Special Offer: Home Loans With Options -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The MNF said coalition forces learned of the facility from suspected insurgents. The statement said the investigation...
  • My dog loved them, but BEWARE!!

    07/26/2005 10:38:04 PM PDT · by djf · 74 replies · 2,221+ views
    Just thought I'd share with Freepers a warning. A few years back, I was able to get ahold of a whole bunch of CA valley wine grapes. I sat in the kitchen, and the mutt, of course who always gets a bit of what I'm eating tried one. He loved it! So over the next few minutes or so, I ate a couple cups worth, and he must have had twenty or thirty. Sadly, the hound will have to forego any more grapes. He didn't even get sick, but I find out on the tv tonight grapes and raisins are...
  • Condoms are perfectly safe....

    06/05/2005 2:34:10 AM PDT · by David Lane · 53 replies · 1,913+ views
    2004 | David Lane
    ....unless you could be the type of person to be concerned about trifles like cancer, death from inhalation problems and the odd birth defect (to name a few). Latex is a natural rubber or is not in the slightest elastic (high modulus) until it undergoes a process called vulcanization. This requires a large number of additives. Latex even in its natural form has proteins known to cause allergic reactions (Types I, II and IV -fatal). The additives in vulcanization include: - Benzene - Short term exposure to benzene may cause irritation to the nose, throat and lungs. It can also...
  • Al-Qaeda Made Biological Weapons in Georgia — French Minister

    03/01/2005 1:00:01 PM PST · by Straight Vermonter · 27 replies · 1,466+ views
    Mosnews ^ | 2/28/05
    Terrorists from al-Qaeda have been making chemical and biological weapons in Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge, French Interior Minister Dominique de Villepin said on Tuesday. Speaking at a world conference on bio-terrorism in Lyons that was organized by Interpol, he said that “several al-Qaeda cells have been trained in Afghanistan where they have learned to use biological agents including anthrax, ricin and botulism toxins. Later, after the fall of the Taliban regime, those groups continued their experiments in the Pankisi Gorge, on the territory of Georgia, bordering Chechnya,” Interfax news agency reported. The minister added that al-Qaeda terrorists “were able to use...
  • Shampoo Ingredient Kills Rats' Brain Cells

    12/06/2004 7:41:20 AM PST · by unspun · 64 replies · 2,705+ views
    Forbes.com ^ | 12/6/2005 | Steven Reinberg
    MONDAY, Dec. 6 (HealthDayNews) -- Experiments with the brain cells of rats show that contact with an ingredient found in shampoos, hand lotions and paint causes neurons to die.The chemical, methylisothiazolinone (MIT), belongs to a class of compounds called biocides. These are used in the manufacture of many common household products and industrial water cooling systems to prevent bacteria from developing. According to the National Institutes of Health, brands containing MIT include the shampoos Head and Shoulders, Suave, and Clairol, as well as Pantene hair conditioner and Revlon hair color."As far as I can tell, no neurodevelopmental testing has been...
  • Wireless World: Old mobile phones a hazard

    12/03/2004 10:18:54 AM PST · by kerrywearsbotox · 98 replies · 1,644+ views
    United Press International ^ | December 3, 2004 | Gene Koprowski
    By Gene J. Koprowski UPI Technology News Published 12/3/2004 9:04 AM CHICAGO, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- A mobile phone is a disposable product -- consumers buy a new one about every year and a half, and toss the old one in the closet. Then, years later, when they have a major house-cleaning weekend, they find a few old phones collecting dust and toss them out in the trash. Experts told UPI's Wireless World this pattern is starting to become a major environmental issue, as old mobile phones start to fill up garbage dumps across the United States and leach lead,...
  • Terrorists Chemical Weapons Lab Found in Fallujah

    11/25/2004 10:57:52 AM PST · by AmericanMade1776 · 30 replies · 1,527+ views
    scotsman.com ^ | November 25, 2004
    Iraqi troops, searching terrorist hideouts in Fallujah, discovered a chemical weapons laboratory with manuals on manufacturing explosives and toxins – including anthrax. National security adviser Qassem Dawoud said National Guard troops “found a chemical laboratory that was used to prepare deadly explosives and poisons.” He said the lab was in a district where pockets of fighters are still holding out following the US led assault on the city. “We also found in the laboratory manuals and instructions spelling out procedures for making explosives,” Dawoud said. “They also spoke about making anthrax.” Dawoud showed pictures of a shelf containing what he...
  • FBI Confirms Traces of Ricin and rinolic acid Found In Baby Food jars

    07/28/2004 1:38:31 PM PDT · by esryle · 152 replies · 7,202+ views
    FBI Confirms Traces of Ricin and Rinolic Acid Found In Baby Food jarsThis Headlind is scrolling on the KABC News Website In LA. ABC7.comNo Story on website as of yet.
  • Sarpy Lakes Closed [people who live in the area are being told to stay out of the water]

    05/17/2004 4:31:56 PM PDT · by chance33_98 · 15 replies · 535+ views
    Sarpy Lakes Closed Toxic algae threat suspected "My son said he come up to the dock and the dog was foaming at the mouth," Connie told us. "He thinks he got a hold of a toad. Then 15 minutes later the dog went down in the yard and collapsed with seizures." Sarpy County authorities have shut down several lakes after the deaths of three dogs. The 300 people who live in the area are being told to stay out of the water. For the second time in as many weeks, Nebraska lake water is killing pets. Last week, Buccaneer...
  • Study finds higher level of toxins in farmed salmon

    01/09/2004 9:22:36 AM PST · by mac_truck · 18 replies · 296+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | January 9,2004 | Seattle Times news services
    Farm-raised salmon, a growing staple of American diets, contains significantly higher concentrations of PCBs, dioxin and other cancer-causing contaminants than salmon caught in the wild and should be eaten infrequently, according to a new study of commercial fish sold in North America, South America and Europe. The study, using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) health guidelines, concluded that while consumers could safely eat four to eight meals of wild salmon a month, consumption of more than one eight-ounce portion of farmed salmon a month in most cases poses an "unacceptable cancer risk." People in Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and...
  • Toxins lead to healthier lives?

    01/03/2004 6:43:01 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 90 replies · 16,305+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Saturday, January 3, 2003 | John Pike
    By John Pike© 2004 Insight/News World Communications Inc. Hormesis, the scientific theory that humans actually need small amounts of poison in their diets, could be the most important environmental event of the 21st century if proved valid. Billions of dollars could be saved in environmental cleanup costs, say researchers, while at the same time improving the health of all organisms, including humans. But at first examination, hormesis appears kooky. The knee-jerk reaction is to reject this phenomenon as pseudoscience or propaganda by polluters, and a few uninformed observers have done just that. But hormesis is a possible, if not highly probable, iconoclastic...
  • (Handheld) Sensor To Detect Agents Used In Biological Warfare

    10/29/2003 8:46:17 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 2 replies · 160+ views
    Science Daily News ^ | Oct. 29, 2003 | Science Daily News
    Researchers from the University at Buffalo are developing a handheld sensor that can detect the presence of toxins potentially used as agents in biological warfare. The proposed sensor, which will utilize optical-detection and chemical-sensing technologies, could be used in urban, military, industrial and even home environments, says researcher Albert H. Titus, assistant professor of electrical engineering in the UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. "Our sensor will have certain advantages over what is currently available," Titus says. "It will be lightweight, portable, relatively inexpensive to manufacture and it can be tailored to detect many types -- or different quantities...
  • Ricin in South Carolina

    10/24/2003 10:50:01 AM PDT · by urodoc · 22 replies · 141+ views
    CDC | 10/24/03 | CDC
    CDC Alert on Ricin--South Carolina The United States Postal Service, in conjunction with federal and state law enforcement and public health officials, identified an unmarked andsealed envelope containing a threatening note and a sealed container believed to contain a toxic substance at a small postal handling facility in Greenville, South Carolina. The Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed that the substance was the toxin Ricin. The facility was closed and CDC conducted environmental testing. The results of the environmental testing were negative for the presence of Ricin. There are no indications of...
  • Theories Abound for Failure to Find WMD

    10/04/2003 5:18:47 AM PDT · by RJCogburn · 59 replies · 300+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/4/03 | JOHN J. LUMPKIN
    Saddam Hussein may have possessed weapons of mass destruction and hid them, the chief U.S. weapons inspector says. Or the Iraqi dictator may have had the weapons and moved them outside the country just before the war. Or perhaps Saddam never had them at all, and just bluffed to appear strong. Weapons inspector David Kay cited those three theories — and a few others — on Friday as possible answers to why his survey team has so far failed to uncover any weapons of mass destruction inside Iraq Iraqis interviewed by his team have provided information pointing to each of...
  • Reused paper can be polluted

    05/31/2003 9:07:08 PM PDT · by StopGlobalWhining · 11 replies · 228+ views
    Science News ^ | May 24, 2003 | Janet Raloff
    From Hamburg, Germany, at a meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry-EuropeRecycling isn't always as green as it seems. German engineers have discovered that toxic substances found in some paper products end up in bathroom tissue made by recycling that paper. When that product is flushed, the researchers say, the pollutants might harm fish and other wildlife. Researchers at Dresden University of Technology in Pirna, Germany, realized that many thermal papers-like those used in cash registers and fax machines-incorporate bisphenol-A (BPA). If ingested, this chemical can mimic the activity of estrogen and related female sex hormones (SN: 1/3/93,...
  • MSNBC-Positive test for terror toxins in Iraq

    04/04/2003 6:15:44 AM PST · by kattracks · 76 replies · 879+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 4/04/03
    <p>SARGAT, Iraq, April 4 — MSNBC.com tests reveal evidence of the deadly toxins ricin and botulinum at a laboratory in a remote mountain region of northern Iraq allegedly used as a terrorist training camp by Islamic militants with ties to the al-Qaida terrorist network. The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency is conducting its own tests at the same area, but has not yet released the results, according to officials in northern Iraq.</p>
  • Postive Test for Terror Toxins in Iraq

    04/04/2003 6:56:16 AM PST · by swaimh · 36 replies · 313+ views
    MSNBC.com ^ | 4 April 2003 | Peter Mendenhall
    SARGAT, Iraq, April 4 — MSNBC.com tests reveal evidence of the deadly toxins ricin and botulinum at a laboratory in a remote mountain region of northern Iraq allegedly used as a terrorist training camp by Islamic militants with ties to the al-Qaida terrorist network. The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency is conducting its own tests at the same area, but has not yet released the results, according to officials in northern Iraq. Excerpted. Full article here: http://www.msnbc.com/news/895185.asp
  • Polluted Bodies

    02/03/2003 8:26:02 PM PST · by my_pointy_head_is_sharp · 4 replies · 236+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2-03-03 | Ruth Rosen
    <p>WHEN MICHAEL LERNER volunteered to give blood and urine samples to medical researchers, he figured they'd only find a few chemicals in his body. After all, Lerner, the president and founder of Commonweal, a health and environmental research institute in Marin County, has lived in Bolinas for 20 years, eaten a healthy diet and avoided exposure to industrial chemicals.</p>
  • Saddam Did This To Iraqis

    09/25/2002 6:07:01 AM PDT · by ReleaseTheHounds · 18 replies · 260+ views
    The Online Sun (UK) ^ | 25 Sept. 2002 | Simon Hughes
    THESE images of death are searing proof of the threat posed by Saddam Hussein. The lifeless fathers, mothers and children were innocent victims of history’s deadliest ever chemical attack on civilians. They died gasping, in burning, unimaginable agony after Saddam unleashed his terror arsenal on his own people. Their faces — grotesquely distorted by the effects of toxins — tell a terrible tale.