4 of the Most Commonly Prescribed Drugs That May Be a Lot More Risky Than Pharma Is Letting On...

Jan 18, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The AMA is debating whether direct-to-consumer advertising should be banned. By Martha Rosenberg / AlterNet Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com They are so common no one thinks twice about them: drug ads that tell you about a disease you might have, a pill that could treat it, and tell you to “ask your doctor” if the pill is right for you. Until 1997, such direct-to-consumer ads did not exist because without a doctor’s recommendation, how could people know if the medication was appropriate or safe? The only thing people knew about drugs and drug risks was from ads they peeked at in medical journals at the doctor’s office. But after the ads started in 1997, the allergy pill Claritin became a household word, along with Xenical, Meridia, Propecia, Paxil, Prozac, Vioxx, Viagra, Singulair, Nasonex, Allegra,...

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“IT SCARED EVERYBODY”: HOW JENNY MC CARTHY AND ANTI-VAXERS HELPED AUTISM AWARENESS...

Jan 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Salon talks to the co-author of “In a Different Key” about autism history and the silver lining of controversy Scott Timberg  SALON.COM   (Credit: AP/Jordan Strauss) Autism has been in the news so much over the last few years that it’s amazing to think that a bit more than 80 years ago, it didn’t exist. Or rather, it didn’t have a name or identity of any kind. That changed when a Mississippi boy named Donald Tripplett took a train to Baltimore to meet the child psychiatrist Leo Kanner. Between then and now, autism has become better known and understood. Recent years have also seen a fascination with people who are “on the spectrum” and their mathematical and musical abilities (see this new Atlantic story). But there have also been strange episodes along the...

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HEALTH IS WHERE THE HOME IS

Jan 16, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Susan Sered, Susan Sered’s Blog | Op-Ed VIA TRUTHOUT Maybe it’s because of the bitterly cold temperatures at night this week, or maybe it’s my own visceral response to overdosing on television shows with happy family Christmas scenes and neighborhood holiday lighting competitions, but I’ve been giving a lot of thought recently to how housing and homes impact health. About a decade ago I traveled to the Mississippi Delta, Texas’s Rio Grande Valley, south-central Illinois, the mountains of northern Idaho and the cities of eastern Massachusetts to speak with individuals and families scraping by without health insurance. Most of these people worked in construction, retail, agricultural or service jobs. The details varied, but across the country I heard about spiraling poor health, declining employability and growing poverty. In 2015 I made...

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: The FDA Has Only Banned Three Chemicals Out of Nearly 100 Known to Cause Health Risks, and More...

Jan 12, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Thom Hartmann, The Thom Hartmann Program | Video Report In today’s On the News segment: There are nearly 100 chemicals used in food processing and packaging that pose a serious health risk, but the FDA is only banning three of these type of chemicals, which are no longer even in use; Greenland is losing about 8,000 tons of ice sheet every second; Germany just opened a superhighway that is only open to bikes; and more. See more news and opinion from Thom Hartmann at Truthout here. TRANSCRIPT: Thom Hartmann here – on the best of the rest of…. Science and green news…. You need to know this. There is a massive methane leak in California that you may not even know about. Since mid-October, a broken pipe located 8,000 feet below...

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APP REVEALS THE SUGAR CONTENT OF 75,000+ PRODUCTS WITH A SIMPLE BARCODE SCANE...

Jan 11, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   BY MARNI FOGELSON-TEEL – INHABITAT Sugar is in basically every food and beverage these days, from obvious culprits like processed sweets to seemingly healthier treats like yogurts and even condiments. Public Health England, part of the Untied Kingdom’s Department of Health estimates that young children are eating three times more than the recommended sugar limit (which, by the way, is about the equivalent to one juice box for tots). To reduce this consumption and simply build consumer awareness of sugar, the organization launched their Change 4 Life campaign, which includes the new Sugar Smart app. Parents simply download the free app and scan the barcode of one of more than 75,000 products to reveal just how much sugar is lurking inside. The app also offers tips and hints for cutting down on...

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6 CITIES DESIGNING FOR HEALTH

Jan 11, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   From Detroit to Edinburgh, these cities are helping residents live more healthful and equitable lives. Anna Clark YES MAGAZINE Houston Photo from Shutterstock. Restore the bayous for connection While long dependent on the oil and gas industry, Houston is increasingly investing in sustainability. The city’s $480 million Bayou Greenways Initiative, a massive public-private project, will connect 10 bayous and creeks across the city and its periphery. In the past, bayous were straightened out and paved over to control flooding. Now, Houston is bringing these low-lying rivers back to their natural life: slow, gleaming waterways full of fish and bordered by wildflowers, grasses, and native trees. The city is also adding 4,000 acres of new and equitably distributed green spaces that will improve water quality. And it’s providing an alternative to high-traffic streets...

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NEW LAW AIMS TO EXPOSE BIG PHARMA INFLUENCE ON PHYSICIANS...

Jan 6, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Rishma Parpia  NATIONAL VACCINE INFORMATION CENTER  | Law, Congress Story Highlights Financial relationships between physicians and drug companies have existed for decades. Ties between doctors and the pharmaceutical industry have raised conflicts of interest concerns. The Physicians Payment Sunshine Act has stirred controversy around conflict of interest policies. It is no secret that the medical field is heavily influenced by the pharmaceutical industry. For many decades, health care professionals and pharmaceutical companies have enjoyed cozy financial relationships.1 Pharmaceuticals continuously interact with medical doctors (MDs) and Doctors of Osteopathy (DOs), the two types of physicians who are licensed for prescribe drugs in the U.S. in order to persuade them to promote and prescribe drugs and vaccines to patients. Physicians are then compensated in many forms for promoting patient use of pharmaceutical products. Big Pharma...

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WHY LIFE GOES FASTER AS YOU GROW OLDER...

Jan 1, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Personal Health I’ve discovered three scientific theories that shine a little light on this mysterious experience. By Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. / Huffington Post  VIA ALTERNET Do you have the sense that life is speeding up the older you get? If so, you’re not alone. Can there be a reason for this perception? I’ve discovered three scientific theories that shine a little light on this mysterious experience. 1. The first is a phenomenon called “telescopy.” Telescopy is simply the underestimation of time. It’s as though you’re looking through a telescope where the details of what you see give you the impression that an object in the distance is much closer than it actually is. Because of telescopy, our brains recall distant events as if they occurred only yesterday. For example, at 67, I can’t believe...

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THIS NEWS FROM FRANCE WILL HELP YOU UNDERSTAND JUST WHAT A REAL DEAL AMERICANS GET WITH HEALTHCARE...

Dec 29, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] By james321  DAILY KOS   French health care is almost as beautiful as this picture. Sometimes — ok, most of the time — we need to look outside our borders to understand just how rough working Americans have it when we talk social welfare. Well, I hope you are sitting down. Enter some good news for French people about “paying” for the doctor. French lawmakers on Thursday gave a final nod to a wide-ranging health care reform bill that will scrap upfront payments for doctors’ visits, despite months of protest from opposition parties and physicians dreading what some have called a “Soviet-style” system. What does this mean? Well, basically, at present French people pay €23 when they visit a primary care doctor and then get the majority of the payment refunded by the state, and...

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9 Spices That May Save Your Life...

Dec 29, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Personal Health Can cinnamon prevent diabetes? Just maybe. By Larry Schwartz / AlterNet   Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com If salt and pepper are all you are using to put some zip in your food, you are not only missing out on adding flavor to your meals, but maybe opportunities for a healthier, longer life. While spices may have begun as a way to enhance the taste of otherwise bland meats and vegetables (boiled mutton only went so far, we’re guessing), the ancients in China and the Far East used many of the spices medicinally for centuries. And it seems they were on to something. “There have been many recent studies validating the historic habit of using spices for health benefits,” Donna Tainter, author of Spices and Seasonings: A Food Technology Handbook, told the website SixWise.com. Modern science has indeed shown that many of...

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7 SCIENTIFIC BREAKTHROUGHS THIS YEAR THAT PROVE WE’RE ALREADY LIVING IN THE FUTURE...

Dec 18, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Health by Laurel RaymondTHINK PROGRESS CREDIT: Shutterstock Ok, I admit, this type of cyborg is still mostly science fiction.   The 2016 spending bill is a welcome reversal for United States science after a decade of cuts, boosting the budgets of U.S. science agencies across the board. But the good news comes after years of fighting over funding that put the future of U.S. innovation at risk. Earlier this year, the House Science Committee fought to slash NASA’s funding by $300 million. Last year, National Institutes of Health (NIH) director Francis Collins said the agency was forced to reject half of the promising research proposals they received because of budgetary concerns. Two years ago, the U.S. budget sequester slashed funding for science across the board. This trend stretches back years. Though the United...

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THE 10 HEALTHIEST STATES IN AMERICA...

Dec 11, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Nine are repeat winners. Landess Kearns Associate Editor, HuffPost Hawaii   New England is definitely doing something right. Four of the six states that make up the region consistently land in the top 10 healthiest states in America, according to an annual report. For the past 26 years, the United Health Foundation and the American Public Health Association’s comprehensive report has ranked states on everything from personal behaviors, like smoking and exercise, to measures of community well-being such as air pollution, violent crime, high school graduation rate, premature deaths, child poverty, diabetes, health insurance and public health funding. This year’s report shows that, in many ways, the country as a whole is seeing some improvement. An 8 percent decrease in preventable hospitalizations and an 11 percent decrease in physical inactivity are both national...

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The Economic Impact of Depression in the Workplace...

Dec 8, 2015 Posted by

Depression is something that American businesses deal with discretely…

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CONTAMINATING OUR BODIES WITH EVERYDAY PRODUCTS...

Nov 28, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] NYTIMES NICHOLAS KRISTOFF Activists in Paris protest the use in common household products linked to endocrine disruption in March 2014. Credit Bertrand Guay/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images breast and prostate cancer, genital deformities, obesity, diabetes and infertility.   “Widespread exposure to toxic environmental chemicals threatens healthy human reproduction,” the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics warned in a landmark statement last month. The warnings are a reminder that the chemical industry has inherited the mantle of Big Tobacco, minimizing science and resisting regulation in ways that cause devastating harm to unsuspecting citizens. In the 1950s, researchers were finding that cigarettes caused cancer, but the political system lagged in responding. Now the same thing is happening with toxic chemicals. The gynecology federation’s focus is on endocrine disrupters, chemicals that imitate sex hormones and often...

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WHY IT MATTERS THAT YET ANOTHER STATE HAS CLEARED PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF WRONGDOING...

Nov 22, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Jess Colarossi THINK PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, prior to testifying before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee   After a four month long investigation, the Planned Parenthood affiliate in Washington State has been cleared of any allegations of wrongdoing or illegal activity. State Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced on Monday that there is no evidence that Planned Parenthood performs so-called “partial-birth abortions,” or that any of the clinics sell fetal tissue for profit. His letter stated that his office “found no basis to believe that Planned Parenthood is selling fetal tissue or profiting from fetal tissue donations,” and that procedures performed by Planned Parenthood are of a “legally authorized medical...

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REMINDER: ABORTION IS LEGAL AND YOU SHOULDN’T BE PAYING FOR BIRTH CONTROL...

Nov 7, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Grist / Shutterstock By Eve Andrews   GRIST I’m a firm believer that, in every relationship, there will always be some things you don’t need to know. These include, but are not limited to: How many corn dogs you’ve consumed this week, what your ex was like in bed, and literally anything related to your digestive system. Keep it to yourself — it’s fine! But when it comes to a woman’s relationship with her body, the legal system, and the delightful intersection thereof — well, there’s nothing she shouldn’t know. And that’s the goal of this whole Shots & Chasers thing! Today, we’re going to focus on big facts you need to know right now — chased with a few you may not exactly need to know, but you’ll probably want to anyway. SHOT: Under...

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DOCTORS IN SPAIN ANNOUNCE WORLD’S FIRST CLINICAL TRIAL TO CURE HIV...

Nov 6, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] FUTURISM In Brief Doctors in Spain announce plan for the world’s first clinical trial to cure five HIV patients within three years using transplants of blood from umbilical cords from donors with an HIV-resistant genetic mutation. HIV/AIDS The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is responsible for the HIV infection and the acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), neither of which have a cure nor a vaccine. There is, however, a person who is considered the first person to be cured of HIV/AIDS, Timothy Ray Brown (also known as the Berlin Patient). Brown used to be an HIV-positive American living in Berlin in 2006 when he was diagnosed with leukemia. He needed a transplant to treat the cancer. His doctor decided to use a donor with a genetic mutation that is resistant to HIV. After Brown...

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EXCLUSIVE: Elevated CO2 Levels Directly Affect Human Cognition, New Harvard Study Shows...

Oct 28, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Joe Romm CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Climate Interactive   In a landmark public health finding, a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health finds that carbon dioxide (CO2) has a direct and negative impact on human cognition and decision-making. These impacts have been observed at CO2 levels that most Americans — and their children — are routinely exposed to today inside classrooms, offices, homes, planes, and cars. Carbon dioxide levels are inevitably higher indoors than the baseline set by the outdoor air used for ventilation, a baseline that is rising at an accelerating rate thanks to human activity, especially the burning of fossil fuels. So this seminal research has equally great importance for climate policy, providing an entirely new public health impetus for keeping global CO2 levels as low as possible....

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REGULATORS NEED TO SCRUTINIZE HEALTH INSURANCE MERGERS...

Oct 24, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   By THE EDITORIAL BOARD  NYTIMES Credit Oscar Bolton Green   Two proposed mergers involving four of the nation’s biggest health insurers could reduce competition in an important industry. That’s why federal and state regulators need to closely study these deals and, if necessary, force the companies to sell some parts of their businesses. Earlier this summer, Anthem agreed to acquire Cigna for $48 billion, and Aetna announced a $37 billion takeover of Humana. The antitrust division of the Justice Department and state governments are reviewing the deals. If regulators approve both transactions, the number of big national health insurers would drop from five to three. The companies say that being bigger will give them the ability to negotiate lower prices with hospitals, physicians and drug makers and make health care more efficient....

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ENHANCED HUMANS PHARMACEUTICALS GROW BRAIN-LIKE TISSUE FROM STEM CELLS TO RESEARCH AUTSM...

Sep 29, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]  In Brief The gold rush is on for autism treatments based on a stem cell technique that won the Nobel Prize three years ago. The Breakthrough Pharmaceutical company Roche is working with Harvard’s Stem Cell Institute to use “brains in a dish” which are grown from cells developed from skin. One study starting later this year will use the technique to test a drug approved for people with autism. The Implications Previously, it’s been difficult to test autism drugs because doctors can’t take biopsies from patients’ brains. The fact that brain-like tissue can be grown without embryonic stem cells make them much easier to obtain. Google is targeting autism spectrum disorders as well, using its database of 10,000 genomes of people with cancer to get a better idea of the biological origins of...

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FEDS CANCEL STUDY OF CANCER RISKS NEAR U.S. NUCLEAR FACILITIES...

Sep 11, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   By Sue Sturgis, Facing South | Report This week the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced it was canceling a National Academy of Sciences pilot study of cancer risks near US nuclear facilities, citing budget pressures. The NRC said that “continuing the work was impractical, given the significant amount of time and resources needed and the agency’s current budget constraints.” The NAS estimated that the study would take 39 months and cost $8 million. Nuclear watchdogs blasted the NRC’s decision, with Maryland-based Beyond Nuclear calling it “outrageous.” “Study after study in Europe has shown a clear rise in childhood leukemia around operating nuclear power facilities, yet the NRC has decided to hide this vital information from the American public,” said Cindy Folkers, a radiation and health specialist with the group. “An $8 million price tag for the next phase of this study...

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THE SILENT CRISIS OF AGING

Sep 7, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   By Cody Fenwick, Care2 | Op-Ed (Photo: Elderly Woman via Shutterstock) Our society is plagued by a crisis of aging that is weakening, infecting and killing hundreds of millions of us every year. We rarely think of it this way – aging is seen as a natural part of life rather than a crisis – but many serious researchers and philosophers argue that we our typical views on the naturalness and acceptability of death are mistaken. Philosopher Nick Bostrom wrote a fable, initially published in the Journal of Medical Ethics, as an analogy to our acceptance of aging as natural. In the story, a dragon-tyrant rules over humanity, demanding 10,000 victims to be consumed daily. But the dragon has been around as long as anyone can remember, and the taking of victims is...

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TEA PARTIES ARE ALMOST AS DUMB ABOUT VACCINES AS THEY ARE ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE...

Sep 5, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Shutterstock By Katie Herzog GRIST Picture the anti-vaccer. She wears all-natural fibers and lives in San Luis Obispo. She eats organic and limits her kids’ screen time. She reads her horoscope every day but doesn’t take it too seriously, and she firmly believes in evolution, climate change, and sex-safe education. She votes Democratic. She has nothing in common with Tea Partiers, she thinks, and believes they are so far apart politically that their Venn diagrams will never overlap. But here, she is mistaken. According to a new study, which involved a survey of more than 2,000 residents of Oregon and New Hampshire, Tea Partiers aren’t just anti-science when it comes to climate change, they’re also anti-science when it comes to vaccines — much like our hemp-wearing friend from San Luis Obispo. The Washington Post reports: [Study author...

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ONE NOVEL WAY TO BRING HEALTHCARE TO POOR NEIGHBORHOODS...

Sep 5, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] What if health services moved into places people already go? By Sasha Abramsky  THE NATION   Vicente’s will offer a rewards program, allowing shoppers to gain points through through healthy purchases. (danwfu/CC0 Public Domain) For many years, healthcare experts have struggled to get more low-income residents in under-serviced communities to visit the doctor more regularly. Some poor Americans avoid doctors because they are uninsured; others, however, stay away even when free clinics are available because they lack time, awareness, or education about their healthcare needs. In Brockton, Massachusetts, a largely immigrant community 40 minutes south of Boston, over a third live at or under 200 percent of the poverty threshold. This is, traditionally, hard terrain for medical-access reformers. But the local neighborhood health center believes it has developed an approach that works for...

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THE PRICE OF MEDICAL DENIALISM

Sep 2, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Marco Cáceres  THE VACCINE REACTION   Every morning I wake up, and every evening right before I fall asleep, a thought enters my mind about all the children around the world who will receive or have received vaccines that day. The thought nags at me… until I finally get up or doze off. It’s a huge number of kids whose lives are being subjected to medical Russian roulette. According to the VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System), maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA),  “More than 10 million vaccines per year are given to children less than 1 year old, usually between 2 and 6 months of age.”1  The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated in 2013 that about 84%, or roughly 112 million, of...

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DESPITE HIGH CHILD VACCINATION RATES, CDC CALLS FOR SHAMING SCHOOLS...

Sep 2, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   by Barbara Loe Fisher  NVIC    THE VACCINE REACTION With military precision, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced at an Aug. 27, 2015 press conference that national vaccination rates among young children in the U.S. continue to be very high but that more must be done to tag and track down children without every government recommended vaccine and publicly shame schools that fail to maintain a 95% plus vaccine coverage rate. Assistant Surgeon General Anne Schuchat, MD (RADM, USPHS) made the siren call to all states to require public and private schools to publicly post vaccine coverage and exemption rates.1 At the same time, Dr. Schuchat, who is a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) and Director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, confirmed...

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A TOXIC CHEMICAL RUINED THE LIVES OF THESE PEOPLE AND IT’S PROBABLY IN YOUR BLOOD...

Aug 31, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] http://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/welcome-to-beautiful-parkersburg/ A Toxic Chemical Ruined the Lives of These People and It’s Probably in Your Blood Read the Article at The Huffington...

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NO SHOT. NO DAYCARE. NO SCHOOL. EVERY CHILD. EVERY VACCINE....

Aug 29, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] SB 277 signed into Law and is EFFECTIVE July 1, 2016 Governor Brown signed SB 277 the most stringent vaccine mandate in the United States on June 30, 2015. If not repealed this new law will go into effect on July 1, 2016.  Families that do not comply with the one-size-fits-all vaccine mandate, will lose their State Constitutional right for a free and appropriate education in public and private K-12 schools. The use of licensed daycare facilities, in-home daycare, public or private preschools and even after school care programs are also included in SB 277. School aged children, not up-to-date on every mandated vaccine, will be required to home school without options for classroom learning.  SB 277 eliminates a parent’s right to exempt their children from one, some, or all vaccines, a risk-laden medical procedure including death. In 2016, California parents will be forced to...

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VACCINES: WHO IS RIGHT AND WHOSE RIGHT IS IT?...

Aug 29, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   By Foster Gamble When it comes to vaccines, either you agree to have your child (and/or yourself) injected with some amount of microorganisms and additives, or you don’t. How can caring parents wade through the deluge of conflicting opinions and information surrounding the issue to make the most responsible choice? Click images to enlarge Two of our THRIVE team members are about to have babies, and both Kimberly and I have grandchildren whose parents face this issue. A recurring question for all of them, along with parents everywhere, is: “What justifies the risk of an adverse reaction?” Is there enough evidence that vaccines really do prevent deadly, dreaded diseases to justify the possible brain damage, infertility or death if “things go wrong”? At best, it’s a frightening game of Russian Roulette, with...

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LAWMAKERS ARE CONVINCED THAT WOMEN ARE HAVING ABORTIONS FOR THE WRONG REASONS...

Aug 27, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Tara Culp-Ressler THINK PROGRESS CREDIT: Shutterstock   In a legislative landscape where politicians seek to restrict abortion from all angles — everything from lengthy waiting periods, to harsh restrictions on clinics, to bans on insurance coverage — opponents of the procedure are looking for yet another approach. Now, a new battleground is emerging: Anticipating why a woman may choose to have an abortion, and then outlawing ending a pregnancy for this particular reason. For instance, first-of-its-kind legislation currently up for debate in Ohio would prohibit a woman from having an abortion because she found out her fetus has a Down syndrome diagnosis. Ohio’s GOP-controlled legislature, which has enacted a dizzying array of anti-abortion laws over the past several years, is expected to approve the bill this fall. Down syndrome is a common...

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