Health, Myths, Fraud and the Crisis

In spite of a recent study suggesting that taking a daily multivitamin may do more harm than good, HSPH researchers say that may not be the case, especially for people who don’t eat a healthful diet. A daily multivitamin pill offers a safe and simple dose of essential micronutrients. Nearly 40 percent of adults in the U.S. take a multivitamin to ensure good health. (1) A recent study in Iowa women suggests that this daily habit may be doing more harm than good. (2) A closer look, however, reveals major flaws in the study—and offers reassurance that taking a daily multivitamin may still be a smart move.

The precise requirements for various vitamins have been controversial since their discovery in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The early recommendations were based on the amounts needed to avoid so-called diseases of deficiency such as scurvy (too little vitamin C), beri-beri (too little vitamin B1), pellagra (too little vitamin B3), and rickets (too little vitamin D). Ongoing research suggests a broader role for vitamins. Work by Dr. Bruce N. Ames of the University of California, Berkeley, and others shows that deficiencies in many micronutrients can lead to damage to DNA, the essential “blueprint” of each cell. (3) Such damage can cause or accelerate aging-related conditions. (4) This would make chronic conditions such as cancer, heart disease, vision loss, and a host of others a new type of deficiency disease.

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Consuming canned soup linked to elevated levels of chemical BPA

A new study from HSPH researchers has found that a group of volunteers who consumed a serving of canned soup each day for five days had a more than 1,000% increase in urinary bisphenol A (BPA) concentrations compared with when the same individuals consumed fresh soup daily for five days. Read the rest of this entry »

At least that appears to be the conclusion after reading this study in PLoS medicine

” The complex relationship between health professionals and the pharmaceutical industry has long been a subject of discussion among physicians and policymakers. There is a growing body of evidence that suggests that physicians’ interactions with pharmaceutical sales representatives may influence clinical decision making in a way that is not always in the best interests of individual patients, for example, encouraging the use of expensive treatments that have no therapeutic advantage over less costly alternatives. The pharmaceutical industry often uses physician education as a marketing tool, as in the case of Continuing Medical Education courses that are designed to drive prescribing practices.

One reason that physicians may be particularly susceptible to pharmaceutical industry marketing messages is that doctors’ attitudes towards the pharmaceutical industry may form early in their careers. The socialization effect of professional schooling is strong, and plays a lasting role in shaping views and behaviors. ”

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 Some will view the appointment of Joerg Asmussen as successor of J. Stark at the ECB as  a blatant mistake, since  in 2006 he assured the German banks that there wont be any unneccessary audits, in other words they should make their balance sheets as non-transparent as possible

“Auch im Koalitionsvertrag schlägt sich die
Bedeutung von ABS nieder;……

Seitens des BMF wird im Umsetzungspro-
zess der Basel II-Regeln für ABS vor allem
auch darauf geachtet werden, dass den Ins-
tituten keine unnötigen Prüf- und Doku-
mentationspflichten entstehen werden….”
 … the Ministry of Finance  will make sure that with the  implementation of the Basel II rules no  unnecessary audits or documentation from the banking institutions will be required …

but I want to point out here that Asmussen is literally a guarantor for another doubling of the gold price …


The original text of the German M of F

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Researchers at Johns Hopkins University invented a “cellular switch”  that let cancer cells produce their own cancer medication and cause the cancer cells to self-destruct while sparing healthy tissue.

“The switch in effect turns the cancer cell into a factory for producing the anti-cancer drug inside the cancer cell,” said Marc Ostermeier, a Johns Hopkins chemical and biomolecular engineering professor in the Whiting School of Engineering, who supervised development of the switch. “The healthy cells will also receive the prodrug and ideally it will remain in its non-toxic form. Our hope is that this strategy will kill more cancer cells while decreasing the unfortunate side effects on healthy cells.”

The research team made the cancer-fighting switch by fusing together two different proteins; one that detects a marker that cancer cells produce and another protein extracted from yeast that can turn an inactive prodrug into a cancer-cell killer.

“When the first part of the switch detects cancer, it tells its partner to activate the chemotherapy drug, destroying the cell,”

“This is a radically different tool to attack cancers,” said James R. Eshleman, a professor of pathology and oncology in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and a co-author of the paper that appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, “but many experiments need to be done before we will be able to use it in patients.”

Dr. Ivar Giaever, a former professor with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the 1973 winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, abruptly announced his resignation Tuesday, Sept. 13, from the premier physics society in disgust over its officially stated policy that “global warming is occurring.” ….

The official position of the American Physical Society(APS) supports the theory that man’s actions have inexorably led to the warming of the planet, through increased emissions of carbon dioxide.

Giaever does not agree — and put it bluntly and succinctly in the subject line of his email, reprinted at Climate Depot, a website devoted to debunking the theory of man-made climate change.

I am not surprised:

The same University of Washington researcher who used chemical sleuthing to deduce what’s in fragranced consumer products now has turned her attention to the scented air wafting from household laundry vents. The findings, published online this week in the journal Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health, show that air vented from machines using the top-selling scented liquid laundry detergent and scented dryer sheet contains hazardous chemicals, including two that are classified as carcinogens.

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