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LA, ORANGE, SAN DIEGO COUNTIES TRIPLING FLUORIDE IN WATER

Posted in Health Watch, News Brief, Toxin Alert! on November 3rd, 2007

STUDIES STRONGLY SUGGEST THAT FLUORIDATED DRINKING WATER MAY DISRUPT THYROID FUNCTION, LOWER IQS AND CAUSE AN INCREASE IN A RARE FORM OF BONE CANCER IN CHILDREN

tapwater.jpg The Metropolitan Water District, hell bent on going through with its four-year plan to fluoridate Southern California’s tap water. As of October 29, the MWD will begin adding 0.8 parts per million fluoride to the water of 18 million customers in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, and parts of San Bernardino, Riverside and Ventura counties. Whether you like it or not. (They call it “adjusting” the fluoride levels in water, because Southern California water already has naturally occurring fluoride concentrations of 0.1 to 0.4 parts per million.)

Why? Because the American Dental Association says so. Fluoride kills decay-causing microbes on contact, and the ADA believes fluoride is a public health necessity, especially for children. Does it matter if those children also get little white spots on their enamel, an undisputed side-effect of preventing tooth decay with fluoride called “enamel fluorosis”? Or if several studies have strongly suggested that fluoridated drinking water may disrupt thyroid function, lower IQs and cause an increase in a rare form of bone cancer, osteosarcoma, in children?

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Source: Judith Lewis’s Blog/ LA Weekly

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US MAYORS GET SERIOUS ON REDUCING CARBON FOOTPRINT. BUT IS IT TOO LATE?

Posted in Consciousness, Corporate Polluters, Eco Warriors, Global Warming, News Brief on November 3rd, 2007

MAYORS PLEDGE TO REDUCE CARBON EMISSIONS IN THEIR CITIES TO KYOTO LEVELS

airpollition.jpg“Thinking Globally and Acting Locally” is a fitting description of the decision this week by more than 700 American mayors to turn their back on the insanity of the Bush Administration environmental policy, and voluntarily adopt the Kyoto recommended levels for carbon emissions.

While this mass thumbing of the nose at an administration that has done more damage to the environment than most any in history is laudable, one can’t help wondering if in fact it might be too little too late.

It is hard to deny that we are in the midst of a period of extreme climate-related upheavals. The polar ice is melting and our beaches are starting to erode. Tornado’s are far more frequent and hurricanes more extreme. Here in the west, we are facing a drought, while areas not know for weather extremes battle monsoon level floods. If the scientists are correct, soon many of our costal areas will begin to flood with the day not that far off when many of them may have to be abandoned.

And still, there are politicians and lobbyists, and their allies in the bought-and-paid-for science sector, who are attempting to argue the underpinnings of what we are currently experiencing, as if they and their half-assed arguments are believable anymore.

In light of this, the actions of the mayors are more about survival and less about doing what is right. That boat sailed years ago.

But I guess I shouldn’t be too hard on the men and women who run our nation’s cities. They are afterall, politicians, a species not known for taking chances, or for being ahead of the curve. Well, as least most aren’t.

The Mayor’s plan calls for reducing local carbon emissions by seven-percent below their 1990 levels.

If you remember, King George rejected Kyoto because this requirement would have forced America’s corporations, sacred cows that they are to Republicans, to reduce carbon outputs by 2001, something that the companies who had paid to elect him king were adamantly against.

So now it seems that we are getting Kyoto by default. I just hope it still matters.

-LIB

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STUDY: HEALTHY FOOD MAY BE TOO EXPENSIVE FOR MANY LOW-INCOME FAMILIES TO AFFORD

Posted in Health Watch, Healthy Food, News Brief, Sustainable Food on November 3rd, 2007

A LOW-INCOME FAMILY WOULD HAVE TO DEVOTE 43% TO 70% OF ITS FOOD BUDGET TO FRUITS AND VEGETABLES TO MEET THE 2005 DIETARY GUIDELINES

colorfuldiet1.jpgWe tend to blame the obesity epidemic in the United States on people making the wrong lifestyle choices — for example, eating a Big Mac instead of carrot sticks or Twinkies instead of an apple.

New research shows, however, that the price of healthy food may be too high for many low-income families to afford, and experts say the government needs to step in.

A new study published in the journal of the American Dietetic Association finds that a low-income family would have to devote 43 to 70 percent of its food budget to fruits and vegetables to meet the 2005 Dietary Guidelines, which recommends five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

“Most Americans fall short of the recommended servings,” says Milton Stokes, a registered dietitian and a spokesman for the American Dietetic Association.

“The lower their economic status, the more of their income is spent toward food,” he says. “Someone making $20,000 is going to spend a larger percentage of dollars on food than someone making $200,000, even if they buy the same amount.”

Currently, researchers say that American families spend 15 to 18 percent of their budget on fruits and vegetables.

“It seems unlikely that consumers would be able to increase their spending on fruits and vegetables by 200 percent to 400 percent without substantial changes elsewhere in the food budget, or from other household expenditures,” the authors of the report note.

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Source: ABC Health News

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MORE TAINTED BEEF RECALLED

Posted in Corporate Carelessness, Corporate Greed, Health Watch, News Brief on November 3rd, 2007

CARGILL RECALLS MORE THAN 1 MILLION POUNDS OF BEEF POSSIBLY TAINTED BY E-COLI

2007-10-05-meat_patties1.jpgThe giant agribusiness company Cargill Inc. said Saturday it is recalling more than 1 million pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria.

The ground beef was produced between Oct. 8 and Oct. 11 at Cargill Meat Solutions’ plant in Wyalusing, Pa. and distributed to retailers across the country. They include Giant, Shop Rite, Stop & Shop, Wegmans and Weis.

Cargill learned the meat may be contaminated after the Agriculture Department found a problem with a sample of the beef produced on Oct. 8, the company said. The bacteria is E. coli 0157:H7.

“No illnesses have been associated with this product,” said John Keating, president of Cargill Regional Beef, said in a statement. “We are working closely with the USDA to remove this product from the marketplace.”

E. coli is harbored in the intestines of cattle. Improper butchering and processing can cause the E. coli to get onto meat. Thorough cooking, to at least 160 degrees internal temperature, can destroy the bacteria.

E. coli 0157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. The very young, seniors and people with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to E. coli.

THE LIST OF RECALLED PRODUCTS AFTER THE JUMP

Source: The Associated Press / ABC NEWS

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