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02.14.14

Health Watch: Sleep, Pesticides, Legalised Drug Cartels, GMO, and Major Cuts to Health

Posted in News Roundup at 7:21 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Cuts to public health in the UK and increased subsidies to corporations that are harming everybody’s health

  • The myth of the eight-hour sleep

    We often worry about lying awake in the middle of the night – but it could be good for you. A growing body of evidence from both science and history suggests that the eight-hour sleep may be unnatural.

  • A Valuable Reputation

    In 2001, seven years after joining the biology faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, Tyrone Hayes stopped talking about his research with people he didn’t trust. He instructed the students in his lab, where he was raising three thousand frogs, to hang up the phone if they heard a click, a signal that a third party might be on the line. Other scientists seemed to remember events differently, he noticed, so he started carrying an audio recorder to meetings. “The secret to a happy, successful life of paranoia,” he liked to say, “is to keep careful track of your persecutors.”

  • NHS hires drugmaker-funded lobbyist

    Conflict of interest concerns as Specialised Healthcare Alliance, funded by pharmaceutical companies, advises NHS England

  • Pharma drug development only for wealthy countries?
  • Landmark GM canola case to rest on negligence principle

    Lawyers representing a West Australian farmer who is suing his neighbour over genetically-modified canola which allegedly contaminated his property, say the court case will hinge on the principle of negligence.

    The landmark case was taken by Kojonup organic farmer Steve Marsh.

    The lawyers say neighbour Michael Baxter had a duty to contain his own crop of GM canola, and the contamination resulted in Mr Marsh losing his organic accreditation for 70 per cent of his property.

  • Massive: Russia Considers Complete Ban on GM Food Production

    While the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association, along with Monsanto and other poison makers try to slip a labeling-by-choice campaign past citizens in the US, Russia is preparing a bill that would heavily restrict the import of genetically modified agricultural produce, as well as stop it altogether from being produced domestically.

  • “Fakethrough!” New Report Shows How Easily Media Was Duped by Claims of GMO “Breakthroughs”

    Despite a full-court press defending the supposed benefits of genetically engineered “golden rice,” it has never entered production. According to Jonathan Latham of Independent Science News, the science media has utterly failed to report accurately on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) — on their failures and criticisms rather than just their potential successes. A transgenic high-protein cassava, a type of starchy edible root, was lauded in the scientific press but fizzled not long after. So did a supposedly virus-resistant sweet potato that was widely hailed in the media. According to Jonathan Latham of Independent Science News, these and others are just a few examples of what he says is the utter failure of the science media to report accurately and critically on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) — on their failures rather than just their touted successes.

  • Will Monsanto Become The NSA Of Agriculture?

    Monsanto is best-known for its controversial use of genetically-modified organisms, and less well-known for being involved in the story of the defoliant Agent Orange (the company’s long and involved story is well told in the book and film “The World According to Monsanto”, by Marie-Monique Robin.) Its shadow also looms large over the current TPP talks: the USTR’s Chief Agricultural Negotiator is Islam A. Siddiqui, a former lobbyist for Monsanto. But it would seem that the company is starting to explore new fields, so to speak; as Salon reports in a fascinating and important post, Monsanto is going digital

  • You’d Be Shocked at What These Fashion Editors Are Editing Out of Their Photos
  • 7,000 key NHS clinical staff made redundant amid enforced cuts

    An “arbitrary” straitjacket on the NHS’s budget by Whitehall is leading to job losses, recruitment freezes and inadequate care for patients, the leader of the country’s doctors warns on Tuesday.

  • Manawatu school removes wi-fi over cancer fear (radiation fears have been downplayed by lobbying and fake, companies-funded ‘studies’)

    Two Manawatu fathers have won a major battle in their fight to have wi-fi removed from their local school, TVNZ reports.

    Fathers Damon Wyman and David Bird have been leading a campaign to remove the wireless networking from Te Horo School and replace it with cable-based internet due to concerns it could cause cancer and other health problems.

    Science Media Centre manager Peter Griffin says the death of Te Horo pupil Ethan Wyman from a brain tumour was a tragedy for his family, friends and school mates, but that to blame it on wi-fi is wrong.

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