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29 July 2013

Transient Global Amnesia (TGA) and Lipitor - 2

by Duane Graveline, M.D., MPH, People’s Pharmacy, 24 July 2013

(from 1997 through May 15, 2012)

FDA has opened the shelves of MedWatch to those of us wishing to review for ourselves the status of statin adverse drug reports (ADRs). This has been all the more imperative since FDA has been extremely reluctant to report side effect data on the statin class of drugs.

I was last able to access MedWatch data in 2006. Following that, in the beginning of 2007, my access to MedWatch data was denied despite legal pressure from my lawyers. Even in 2006 the process had not been easy, for it meant I had to tackle the immense challenge of reviewing manually some 64,000 Lipitor ADRs using the "find" mechanism on my PC. This was necessary, I was told, since the appropriate software for reading MedWatch data was available only to FDA and drug company officials. The rest of us had to be content with the time-honored and accurate but painfully slow process of counting each case one by one using the search mechanism on our PC.

Statins and Transient Global Amnesia - 1

Dr. Duane Graveline, aerospace
medical research scientist
Dr. Duane E. Graveline was a family doctor, aerospace medical research scientist, USAF flight surgeon and NASA astronaut. Dr. Graveline interned at the famed Walter Reed Army hospital. He became a flight surgeon and did space medical research on zero gravity deconditioning. He held a unique position as medical analyst of the Soviet bioastronautics program, NASA flight controller and finally, in 1965, was selected as a NASA scientist astronaut. Dr. Graveline still is affiliated with the space program as consultant to the special cosmic radiation hazards to man of "return to the moon and on to Mars."

In his article, he delivers a personal testimony of his experience of transient global amnesia (TGA) when taking the statin Lipitor (atorvastatin). Pfizer, the manufacturer of Lipitor, estimates that 35 million persons are now taking this drug.  Dr. Graveline believes this is the reason for “an epidemic of statin-associated TGA” in the United States since 1999. “Everyone should be aware that any statin could cause TGA or interfere with cognitive function,” he writes.

Pilots & Statins: A Cause for Concern?
by Duane Graveline, MD, MPH, People's Pharmacy, 22 July 2013

Lipitor Diabetes Litigation

Should you consider the Lipitor lawsuit as a result of your diabetes diagnosis?
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If you are one of the more than 20 million people that takes statins, such as Lipitor, to control your cholesterol and you developed diabetes, you may be entitled to compensation by filing a Lipitor Lawsuit against the manufacturer, Pfizer.

If you or a loved one was diagnosed with diabetes and believe the diagnosis is the result of their use of Lipitor, our Lipitor Lawyers will be happy to assess your claim with a quick, no charge evaluation to see if you qualify for the Lipitor Diabetes Lawsuit.

Lipitor Diabetes Risk

Lipitor, manufactured by Pfizer, is the most-prescribed medicine in history but several studies now indicate that it is linked to an increased risk of diabetes.

19 July 2013

"Proceedings of the Scientific and Citizen Forum on Radioprotection: from Chernobyl to Fukushima" (Geneva, 12-13 May 2013) Now Available Online

Proceedings of IW “Scientific and Citizen Forum on Radioprotection – Now on line
Independent WHO, 22 June 2013

We are pleased to announce the online publication of the English-language version of the “Proceedings of the Scientific and Citizen Forum on Radioprotection: from Chernobyl to Fukushima,” a conference which was organized on 12 and 13 May 2012 in Geneva by the Collective IndependentWHO – Health and Nuclear Energy. A printed version of the Proceedings will be available in mid-July.

The Forum brought together independent scientists and citizens from Belarus, Russia, France, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Japan, as well as politicians and journalists. As participants demonstrated, the scandal of the omerta on the effects of radiation on health continues, more than two years after the beginning of the Fukushima disaster on 11 March 2011. There are more and more sick people in the affected areas, including children. Citizens, Japanese doctors and independent scientists are obliged to organize in the face of the shortcomings of the authorities and international organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO), which is still subject to the agreement that it signed with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on 28 May 1959.

16 July 2013

Fukushima: Disturbing Transformations of Vegetables, Fruits, Flowers, and Animals Exposed to Radiation

This radish has taken
the form of a hand.
This message has just been posted on the MSN site, the original source of this information: "CORRECTION:  A post on a website in Japan reports that these images aren’t related to the Fukushima disaster. We regret passing along the misinformation." We leave it to readers to decide for themselves or do more research.  It could also be that pro-nuclear countries are trying to spread misinformation by denying the truth.  

See also these photos from a South Korean Website - can anyone verify that these are from the Fukushima area after the nuclear catastrophe?

Fukushima: Disturbing Transformations of Vegetables, Fruits, Flowers, and Animals Exposed to Radiation
published by Jérémy Garandeau, gentside.com, 16 July 2013
(translated from French by the Editor of this blog)

On 11 March 2011, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant liberated radioactive particles following the earthquake in eastern Japan. Today, the first consequences of this exposure have been noticed especially in fruits and vegetables, and also in some flowers and animals.

This ear of corn has
an abnormal shape.
On 11 March 2011, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in eastern Japan did not resist the earthquake which took place a few hours earlier off the coast, provoking a tsunami. The automatic shutdown of the reactors in operation caused a freeing of nuclear particles, forming a cloud. If the Japanese Government ensured that all was under control in the days that followed this catastrophe, nature was seriously affected by the incident. Vegetables as well as animals would bear the consequences of this exposure to radiation, as relays the American site, MSN.

11 July 2013

France: ANSES: Call for Research proposals : "Radiofrequencies: Exposure Characterisation and Study of Electrohypersensitivity"

ANSES (French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety),  3 July 2013

From 03/07/2013 to 30/08/2013

July the third, the ANSES launched a call for research proposals on the topic “Radiofrequencies: exposure characterisation and study of electro hypersensitivity”. This call is funded by the product of a tax on radiofrequency transmitters.

This call is launched within the framework of the National Research Program for Environmental and Occupational Health (PNREST). This program aims to motivate scientific communities to produce useful data at all stages of health risk assessment and thus to bring together research and scientific expertise. More specifically, the present call aims to develop new investigations on still poorly taken into account research areas, or on emerging research topics.

09 July 2013

European Citizens' Initiative: Application of the Precautionary Principle for Electromagnetic Waves

Soon, Application of the Precautionary Principle for Electromagnetic Waves?
by Stéphanie Sanchez, Basta Mag, 5 July 2013 (translation by Meris Michaels). See original document in French here.

What can we do to get the European authorities to seriously look into the issue of application of the precautionary principle regarding electromagnetic waves? Several organizations and groups decided to launch a “European Citizens’ Initiative” (ECI), which would allow, with one million signatures from seven different countries, to put pressure on the European Commission. Stéphane Sanchez, from the French association “Sans Onde”, participated at the end of June in the setting up of a support committee for this Initiative.

Delegates from Sweden, Spain and France travelled to Madrid. Others, from Portugal, Belgium and Italy, declared their solidarity through videos and texts. Six representatives from six countries of the European Union were thus present to relay a message aimed at protecting citizens from harm, today proven, caused by electromagnetic waves. In order for the European Citizens’ Initiative (ICE) to be activated, seven citizens from seven different member countries must meet and collect one million signatures in twelve months. The European Commission would then be obliged to place the subject raised by citizens on its agenda.

Click here to view the European Manifesto in Support of the ECI, approved by the delegates at the meeting in Madrid. 

08 July 2013

Installation of Wi-Fi in Long-Term Care Homes

Sunrise of East Meadow has Wi-Fi in the bistro and livingroom where
residents, some quite ill, spend hours each day.
This excellent letter written by Lorraine Penner to the long-term care task force, City of Toronto, was originally posted in April 2012.  In her letter, she raises the issue of installation of Wi-Fi in long-term care homes.  At the assisted living place on Long Island (Sunrise) where my 98-year-old mother lives, Wi-Fi has been installed in the ground floor common areas of the home.  Many residents with serious health issues (dementia, diabetes, cardio-vascular problems...) spend much of the day in this area.  

Ms. Penner writes, "Many residents of long-term care homes are non-verbal, and unable to articulate the discomforts or suffering that they may be experiencing.  There has been no effort on the part of the long-term care home management to monitor the effects of wifi on the residents, or to  determine who might be the more electrosensitive among them. As someone  who finds it difficult to spend even two hours in the home since the  wireless technology began broadcasting, I find it most distressing that  the most vulnerable citizens among us should have this forced upon them.  I choose my words carefully and do not exaggerate when I say that for some of the residents, the constant exposure to rf radiation will be a form of torture. It is the most serious abuse and most serious violation of the rights of residents to safety and comfort..."

04 July 2013

South Korea: Teens Who Are Addicted to Net, Mobile Devices, Now Get Cognitive Disorders

A 15-year-old had symptoms of early onset dementia due to intense exposure to digital technology. Since the age of five, Kim was tethered to either the television or the computer. He is an avid computer game lover.  “His brain’s ability to transfer information to long-term memory has been impaired because of his heavy exposure to digital gadgets,” said psychiatrist Kim Dae-jin at Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital in southern Seoul, who diagnosed Kim and is treating him.  

‘Digital dementia’ is on the rise
by Baek Il-Hyun, Park Eun-Jee, Korea Jung Gang Daily, 24 June 2013

Teens addicted to Net, mobile devices now get cognitive disorders

01 July 2013

Do You Have Microwave Sickness?

Over-use of smart devices could lead to irreversible brain
development issues, particularly in the growing brains of
children allowed unbridled access to this technology.
This includes attention span and memory issues and in a
small percentage of cases can trigger early onset dementia.
Wake up, wireless addicts! This article, listing 22 health effects from exposure to wireless technology: cell phones, mobile phone antennas, Wi-Fi… was written in early 2007. Today, more and more independent scientific studies are affirming these potential health effects.

“The cell phone industry makes 100's of billions of dollars in profits every year. They have the money and the power to influence politicians, the media, and even the research. Unethical researchers receive mass funding from this industry and are pressured to tell you it's safe while the researchers who inform us of its dangers have consistently had their funding cut. Over 6000 German doctors have signed "The Freiburger Appeal" after recognizing a connection between many of the symptoms listed above and exposure to microwave radiation and other EMR and after the German government has failed to act to protect its citizenry. The only way the cell phone industry gets its power is because consumers pay them their money. They have created an imaginary need or addiction. But if you heed the information above, then you will realize that you do not need this "unnecessary evil" - or rather you need it like you need a brain tumor. As a consumer you have the power to affect change. Hence, you are either part of the problem or part of the solution! You can decide. You have a choice - that is - unless you are Unconscious!” [Last part of article which follows].

“Unconscious”, yes!  Digital Dementia is declaring itself in heavy users of wireless technology.

Switzerland: Teachers Vote to Keep Wi-Fi Out of School

Blaise-Cendrars High School, La Chaux-de-Fonds
This recently published article in a La Chaux-de-Fonds newspaper (canton Neuchâtel) is revealing regarding wi-fi in schools in the canton, the opinion of a doctor and geneticist at Geneva’s university hospital, and the current recommendations of the Swiss Federal Office for Public Health.

Teachers Are Out to Get Wi-Fi
by Sylvia Freda, L’Impartial, 27 juin 2013 (translated from French by the Editor of this blog)

At the Blaise-Cendrars High School, wi-fi is not taken for granted

Teachers at the Blaise-Cendrars High School in La Chaux-de-Fonds, have all recently decided that there will be no wi-fi, neither in the cafeteria nor in classrooms as a precautionary approach to everyone’s health. “In the beginning, we had selected installation of a wireless network for the sake of educational convenience”, explains Patrick Herrmann, Director of the establishment. “We wanted to allow teachers and students to work on tablets and other computers in the cafeteria and in classrooms. The work had already begun.”

What is there to be afraid of?

It was seeing an installer working on the site that a certain number of teachers reacted and asked for the opening of a discussion on the subject of reverting to wi-fi. “There was an impassioned debate between partisans and opponents. We proposed that each side prepare arguments.” After these were distributed before the teachers’ meeting, the latter were called to vote their preference. “The adversaries of wi-fi were in the majority. Worth mentioning is that there was a large number of abstentions.”