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Our Kids: More than a Sales Channel for Big Pharma

October 22, 2009 •  no comments.

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According to Dr. Alan Greene, two-thirds of high school students have either high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes, predisposing them to a lifetime of chronic conditions. And a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control shows an eye-popping 265% increase in the rates of hospitalizations related to food allergic reactions.

According to Dr. Kenneth Bock, genetics don’t change that quickly. Environment does. And while we’ve got 80,000 chemicals in our everyday products here in the US, the EPA has required testing on only 200 existing chemicals and restricted only five of them, despite the fact thousands of them have been banned, removed or restricted from children’s products in developed countries around the world.

Is it any wonder that the health of the American children is under seige?

Evidence continues to mount over the impact that environmental toxins contained in vaccines, foods and sipply cups are having on our health. On any given day, an American child might be exposed to formaldehyde in a flu vaccine, endocrine-disrupting bisphenol-A in a sippy cup, and insecticidal proteins in high fructose corn syrup, presenting a stunning assault on the developing immune system of a child.

And rather than prevent and protect, as governments around the world have done, we prescribe: insulin pumps, epinephrine injectors and asthma inhalers in record numbers to the American children.

So while Mexico bans endocrine-disrupting chemicals from their plastics due to the harm they’ve been shown to present to the reproductive system in children, American children are experiencing early onset puberty. And while France bans corn that has been genetically mutated to contain insecticidal proteins designed to create neurological and gastrointestinal damange to the creatures that eat it, 1 in 3 American children now has allergies, asthma, ADHD or autism and the Corn Refiners Association of America insists that one of corn’s derivatives, high fructose corn syrup, banned in other developed countries, is “natural. And while other developed countries offer a delayed vaccination schedule, our children are being injected with compounds whose safey has not yet been tested in combination.

With the environmental assault on the health of our children, is it any wonder that health care related costs now contribute 17% to our nation’s GDP?

While our children may be viewed as an earnings stream for epinephrine injectors, insulin pumps and asthma inhalers, perhaps we should also view them as our ‘canaries in the coalmine.’ They just may be trying to warn us of the environmental dangers in front of all of us.

To learn what you can do to help protect the health of our children, please click here to learn more about the Kids Safe Chemical Act and how you can Do One Thing.

Together, we can restore the health of our children.

Cloudy with a Chance of Allergies or Autism?

October 17, 2009 •  2 comments.

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Ever wonder what this food fiasco is costing us? You and me? Taxpayers? Well, the Economist recently assembled these jaw-dropping food safety stats in a Farm to Fork article in their October 9th issue:

1. There are 26,000 food poisoning cases per 100,000 Americans, every year (an eye-popping 26% of the population)

2. Compare that to only 3,400 cases in the UK, and just 1,200 in France. Stunning.

3. 76 million Americans become ill with food poisoning. That’s as if every child in America were to get sick. All 75 million of them. And then some.

4. Insufficient food safety is costing the US $35 Billion a year (as a benchmark, the entire 2009 budget for the FDA was only $2.4 Billion).

According to the article, “the wave of food scares that has swept America over the past few years has caused a crisis in the country’s $1 trillion food industry” and is resulting in a food fight of epic proportions.

With Michael Pollan on the frontline, we’ve also got Bill Gates touring the globe, expousing the benefits of “technofood” as Chief Technology Advocate of food’s operating system (Monsanto’s genetically engineered, patented and licensed, biotechnology food proteins).

While the recent introduction of “technofood” and the insertion of foreign proteins into our food supply (which began in 1994) has benefited agrichemical shareholders, 300 million stakeholders in the American food supply are seeing inflammatory reactions to food at record rates and the landscape of children’s health has changed.

So, perhaps as we listen to these men, we should also listen to the voices of our children as the EPA calls for grant solicitations to study these genetically engineered plant-induced food allergies, and pause and observe the unforeseen consequences that these foreign proteins appear to be presenting in the 1 in3 Americam children with autism, allergies, ADHD or asthma.

Before proceeding further with “technofood” and its novel operating system, perhaps we should stop and listen to our ‘canaries in the coalmine’ who may be trying to sound food’s “Dange-ometer“.

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Side Effects and Sound Science: Does the Vaccine Matter?

October 14, 2009 •  no comments.

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An eye opening article, Does the Vaccine Matter?, written by Shannon Brownlee, a senior research fellow at the New America Foundation and the author of Overtreated (2007) & Jeanne Lenzer, an investigative journalist and a frequent contributor to the British medical journal BMJ, provides stunning insight into the history of the flu virus and the pharmaceutical corporations profitting from the sale of vaccines.

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In summary,

• Vaccination is the core strategy of the U.S. government’s plan to combat the swine flu and will boost GDP through associated pharmaceutical revenue.

• The U.S. government has spent roughly $3 billion stockpiling vaccines and anti-viral drugs on behalf of the pharmaceutical industry.

• The CDC is recommending that 159 million Americans receive a swine flu vaccine injection.

• Viruses mutate with amazing speed, including genetically mutated viruses contained in vaccines.

• Of those who have died from the Swine Flu in the U.S., roughly 70 percent were already diseased with some serious underlying condition such as asthma or AIDS.

• Each year, 100 million Americans get vaccinated, approximately 1/3 of the population.

• Vulnerability of those with compromised immune systems, autoimmune disorders, allergies and asthma present risks.

As a benchmark, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year an estimated 87 million Americans are sickened by contaminated food, 371,000 are hospitalized with food-borne illnesses.

While the article is lengthy, it provides insight into the decision making process at both the government and corporate levels that have enabled the introduction of these vaccines.

You can learn more from Ms. Brownlees’ article, Do Vaccines Matter? at The Atlantic.

The content of the AllergyKids’ blog, site and newsletter is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. For medical advice, please contact your physician or other qualified healthcare professional. The content of the AllergyKids’ newsletter is not intended to constitute legal advice or substitute for obtaining legal advice from your own counsel.

H1N1 Flu Vaccine: Because You Deserve Answers

October 13, 2009 •  2 comments.

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As swine flu pandemic headlines swirl, parents around the country are asking the question: Is the H1N1 vaccine safe for my family?

In a Sept. 28 survey, Consumer Reports found just 35 percent of parents plan to have their children vaccinated. According to WebMD, the Consumer Reports National Research Center: “Flu and Seasonal Flu/Swine Flu Vaccination Poll Report,” which was conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, found the following:

•Only 35% of parents plan to have their child vaccinated against swine flu.
•Nearly two-thirds of parents who don’t plan to have their child vaccinated say they worry the swine flu vaccine is too new to be safe.
•Overall, 28% of respondents are “not very” or “not at all” confident the swine flu vaccine is safe. An additional 10% say they don’t know whether the vaccine is safe.
•Although the CDC says vaccination is the most important weapon in the fight against flu, only 41% of parents think flu vaccination is “very important” in keeping kids healthy during flu season.
•Most parents are at least “somewhat worried” that their kids will get swine flu. But 43% of parents are “not at all worried or “not too worried.”
•39% of those who don’t get flu shots worry about the vaccine’s side effects — or think the vaccine will give them the flu, even though this is a medical impossibility.
•More than half of people who don’t get flu shots think they’ll never get the flu.

A week after the extensive independent Consumer Reports study finding just 35 percent of parents plan to have their children vaccinated, a Harvard School of Public Health survey found 51 percent of parents plan to have their children immunized. Forty percent of adults in the same survey were “absolutely certain” they would be vaccinated. Late last week, a third poll, this one by The Associated Press and GfK, found more than a third of parents did not want their children vaccinated for H1N1.

Given the uncertainty around the introduction of this new vaccine, the growing concern over vaccines roles in bowel disorders associated with autism, allergies, ADHD and asthma, while seeking the opinion of your doctor, you may want to ask the following questions:
•ask about the egg base of the vaccine and its risk level for children with egg allergy
•ask about other autoimmune disorders that may be triggered by the administration of the vaccine
•ask to see a copy of the manufacturers’ pamphlet that accompanies the vaccines and what compensation your doctor might receive from the vaccine manufacturers for administering the vaccine
•read the fine print listed in the pamphlet, focusing on the required disclosure of the risks associated with the vaccine
•ask what compensation he or she receives from the pharmaceutical industry for adminstering the vaccine and if there is any recourse against his or her practice should he or she speak out with concerns over the vaccine
•watch Dr. Oz on CNN

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Should you choose to vaccinate your family with the H1N1 vaccine, the following precautionary steps are suggested to reduce autoimmune reactions to vaccines and treat vaccine exposure, by Dr. Russell Blaylock whose work is detailed in The Unhealthy Truth (Random House 2009):

1.Place a cold compress on the site of the injection immediately after the injection and continue this for at least two days. If symptoms of fever, irritability, fatigue or flu-like symptoms reoccur—continue the cold compresses until they abate. A cold shower or bath will also help.
2.Take fish oils as they have the correct balance of EPA and DHA to reduce the cytokine storm. The dose is one tablespoon a day—if severe symptoms develop—two tablespoons a day until well and then switch to one tablespoon a day. Children—one teaspoon a day.
3.Curcumin, quercetin, ferulic acid and ellagic acid as a mixture—the first two must be mixed with extravirgin olive in one teaspoon. Take the mix three times a day (500 mg of each)
4.Vitamin E (natural form) 400 IU a day (high in gamma-E)
5.Vitamin C 1000 mg four times a day
6.Astaxanthin 4 mg a day
7.Zinc 20 mg a day for one week then 5 mg a day
8.Avoid all immune stimulating supplements (mushroom extracts, whey protein) except beta-glucan—it has been shown to reduce inflammation, microglial activation and has a reduced risk of aggravating autoimmunity, while increasing antiviral cellular immunity.
9.Take a multivitamin/mineral daily (one without iron—Extend Core)
10.Magnesium citrate/malate 500 mg of elemental magnesium two capsules three times a day
11.Vitamin D3:
•All Children—5000 IU a day for two weeks after vaccine then 2000 IU a day thereafter
•Adults—20,000 IU a day after vaccine for two weeks then 10,000 IU a day thereafter
•Take 500 mg to 1000 mg of calcium citrate a day for adults and 250 mg a day for children under age 12 years.
12.Avoid all mercury-containing seafood
13.Avoid omega-6 oils (corn, safflower, sunflower, soybean, canola and peanut oils)
14.Blenderize parsley and celery and drink 8 ounces twice a day
15.Take Jatoba tea extract (add 20 drops in on cup of tea) one day before the vaccine and the twice a day thereafter.

And keep in mind the wisdom of CNN’s health reporter, Elizabeth Cohen, who highlights how we can do so much to protect the health of our families as empowered patients!

The content of the AllergyKids’ blog, site and newsletter is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. For medical advice, please contact your physician or other qualified healthcare professional. The content of the AllergyKids’ newsletter is not intended to constitute legal advice or substitute for obtaining legal advice from your own counsel.

Got Milk Allergy or Breast Cancer? What the New "Food Safety" Czar Might Have to Do With It….

October 11, 2009 •  4 comments.

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According to CNN and a recent study published in the Journal of Allergy and Immunology, milk allergy is the most common food allergy, having established itself in the number one position in the last ten years.

People with milk allergy recognize milk proteins as “foreign.” In response to these “foreign” proteins, their immune systems launch an inflammatory reaction in an effort to flush out these “foreign invaders” or milk proteins, according to Dr. Kenneth Bock, MD, author of Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism,ADHD, Allergies and Asthma.

Interestingly, in 1994, a new and “foreign” protein was introduced into the milk supply in the United States. This new milk protein, called recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) was commercially introduced into the US food supply and exclusively sold by Monsanto under the name Posilac, and is a synthetic growth hormone designed to manipulate the hormones of cows in order to increase milk production and enhance profitability for the dairy industry.

However, scientific evidence showed that cows injected with this protein showed increases in infertility, birth defects and fetal loss as well as hormonal disruption, and increasing evidence showing that this manipulated protein may cause breast, colon and prostate cancer prompting governments around the world – from Canada, to the UK, across Europe, Japan and to Australia – to reject its use.

In the US, however, it was a different story.

And now, fifteen years after the controversial approval of rBGH at the FDA, not only is milk the most common food allergy in the United States, but according to the American Cancer Society, the US also has the highest cancer rate in the world – 1 in 8 women has breast cancer, 1 in 6 men has prostate cancer. Recognizing that correlation is not causation, the epidemic increases in the rates of allergies and cancers in the United States suggest that further research is merited.

Today, a new CNN report by Lou Dobbs highights not only the questions around the safety of this ‘foreign’ milk protein, but also the safety of appointing former Monsanto employee, Michael Taylor, a Monsanto attorney who became a lobbyist and drafted guidelines that exempted milk producers from labeling dairy products from cows that had been treated with rBGH, as “Food Safety” Czar:

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Given the uncertainty over this “foreign” milk protein, the fact that other developed countries around the world have not allowed its use, and that a November 2007 report from the FDA states that the FDA “does not have the capacity to ensure the safety of the nation’s food supply” putting “American lives at risk”, perhaps it makes sense to protect our families the way families in other developed countries have been protected and learn more about What’s In Our Milk? in order to safeguard the health and well being of our families:

  • Buy milk, cheese and yogurt that is labeled “rBGH-free”
  • Purchase beef that is also labeled “rBGH-free”

Signs of a milk allergy may include but are not limited to:

  • Stomach aches, colic, gastrointestinal discomfort
  • Allergic Shiners (dark circles beneath the eyes)
  • Eczema, rashes and skin disorders (including acne)
  • Migraines, headaches and other neurological symptoms
  • As well as the classic allergic symptoms like hives, swelling, difficulty breathing and possible anaphylaxis (as detailed at www.allergykids.com)

There is so much that we can do to protect the health of our families. And together, we can affect remarkable change in doing just “One Thing”.