Archive for January, 2013

A mother’s exposure to pesticides before, during and after pregnancy may increase the risk of infant leukemia diagnosed before the age of 2, found a study from Brazil. Children were twice as likely to develop the rare cancers if their mothers were exposed three months before conception when compared to mothers who reported no exposures. A mother’s exposure at any time to the insecticide permethrin also raised the cancer risk for infants.

Ferreira, JD, AC Couto, MS Pombo-de-Oliveira, S Koifman and the Brazilian Collaborative Study Group of Infant Acute Leukemia. In utero pesticide exposure and leukemia in Brazilian children less than 2 years of age. Environmental Health Perspective http://dx.doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1103

Synopsis by Lesliam Quirós-Alcalá (more…)

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The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Strategic Plan is called, “Advancing Science, Improving Health: A Plan for Environmental Health Research,”
The  NIH is moving beyond the antiquated idea that the dose makes the poison is overly simplistic.  The newest research clearly shows that biology is affected by low doses of chemicals, often within the range of general population exposure, and that these biological changes can be harmful, especially during periods of development. Therefore, low-dose research goes  hand in hand with the life-span exposure approach.The entire environmental health science community was engaged in this effort. Here is the link to the NIH Strategic Plan. http://www.niehs.nih.gov/about/strategicplan

As Linda S. Birnbaum *  Director, NIEHS and NTP, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, writes : “The NIH  focus is  on the study of environmental exposures themselves. This approach recognizes that environmentally related health and disease are the result of the totality of a person’s environmental exposures, from all sources and routes, across the life span. This totality of exposure is what is described as the exposome, a concept that has become increasingly salient in the field of environmental health sciences.”  She also states that  the “NIH is moving beyond the traditional approaches of testing one chemical at a time and are taking on the significant challenge of evaluating mixtures and also is looking at the effects of exposures throughout the life span, expanding research and testing to include prenatal exposures and how they may link to adult disease.” It  is clear that there are multiple windows of susceptibility and that exposures early in life may have long-lasting consequences to both health and disease.

The  NIH is moving beyond the antiquated idea that the dose makes the poison is overly simplistic.  The newest research clearly shows that biology is affected by low doses of chemicals, often within the range of general population exposure, and that these biological changes can be harmful, especially during periods of development. Therefore, low-dose research goes  hand in hand with the life-span exposure approach.

* Linda S. Birnbaum, is director of the NIEHS and the NTP, oversees a budget that funds multidisciplinary biomedical research programs and prevention and intervention efforts that encompass training, education, technology transfer, and community outreach. She recently received an honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Rochester, the distinguished alumna award from the University of Illinois, and was elected to the Institute of Medicine. She is the author of > 900 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, abstracts, and reports. Birnbaum received her M.S. and Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Illinois, Urbana. A board-certified toxicologist, she has served as a federal scientist for > 32 years, 19 with the U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development, preceded by 10 years at the NIEHS as a senior staff fellow, a principal investigator, a research microbiologist, and a group leader for the institute’s Chemical Disposition Group.

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Why are landscape pesticide applicators scared stiff of the Precautionary Principle.

Just mention it and watch them reach into their bag of deception.  It appears there is a stock answer  comparing risk assessment of toxic chemical pesticides  use to normal decisions made driving a car, as though that is similar risk.

That is as though any of us have any knowledge,  IF  we are being exposed to the barrage of chemical pesticides, fungicides and herbicides used in landscape  by conventional control companies.

 Such ignorance is promulgated even in reference  to the  National Institute of Health Strategic Plan.  ” Nowhere in the NIH Strategic Plan did they mention the Precautionary Principle.” What  is conveniently ignored is  if there was any peer reviewed published research on chemical  pesticides herbicides or fungicides  causing adverse health effects in the past to humans in particular to children. (more…)

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ISIS has warned against the CaMV 35S promoter and called for all affected GM crops to be withdrawn since 1999 while damning evidence on its safety continues to emerge 

The European Food Safety Authority has just discovered a virus gene in GM crops it has been approving over the past twenty years; a thorough independent risk assessment based on existing data shows that the only reasonable course of action is a total recall of all affected GM crops. by Dr Jonathan Latham and Dr Allison Wilson


How to bury a bombshell. A European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) scientist has just discovered that major GM crops and products the regulatory agency has been approving for commercial release over the past 20 years contain a potentially dangerous virus gene. The gene – Gene VI – overlaps with the cauliflower mosaic virus (CaMV) 35S promoter. The CaMV 35S promoter is the commonest, most widely used regulatory sequence for driving gene expression in GM crops.(Hazards of Transgenic Plants Containing the Cauliflower Mosaic Viral Promoter). and Cauliflower Mosaic Viral Promoter – A Recipe for Disaster?) (more…)

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A Generation in Jeopardy: How pesticides are undermining our children’s health & intelligence http://www.panna.org/publication/generation-in-jeopardy

Kids today are sicker than they were a generation ago, and a growing body of scientific evidence points to pesticides as a reason why. From childhood cancers to learning disabilities and asthma, a wide range of childhood diseases and disorders are on the rise.

Download A Generation in JeopardyPAN’s report reviewing dozens of recent scientific studies on the impacts of pesticides on children’s health.http://www.panna.org/sites/default/files/KidsHealthReportOct2012.pdf




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The reality is that authorities who deny the involvement of land-based activities and algae blooms are conveniently ignoring the science, which is peer reviewed and published, that instructs us on what is feeding red tide near shore.

With evidence that blooms of Synechococcus  green slime algae  can be enhanced due to anthropogenic nutrients, the poten­tial importance of this particulate nutrient source for sustaining red tide blooms in situ is large and may help to resolve the current uncertainty as to how K. brevis blooms are maintained.

 Organic urea nitrogen run off  appears to be the cause of exacerbation of Red Tide near shore by Red Ride feeding  and using the green slime algae as energy and is this upon  which the Red Tide feeds and sustains  itself.

If we reduce organic urea nitrogen pollution from septic tanks from sewage spills and from inappropriate lawn applications too close to the water- we may be able to reduce the duration of Red Tide blooms near shore


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The  Global Indoor Health Network ( GIHN position statement highlights the main threats to human health hidden in our homes, schools and workplaces. The list of indoor air pollutants is extensive and includes mold, bacteria, mycotoxins, endotoxins, microbial particulates, radon, lead, asbestos, chemicals, pesticides, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and other contaminants. Many of these contaminants occur inside water-damaged buildings (WDB), but some of these exist in buildings without water damage. Some sick buildings lead to slowly deteriorating disease while others can bring death quickly.

Authors: Scott McMahon, MD; Janette Hope, MD; Alan Vinitsky, MD; Jack Thrasher, PhD; William Rea, MD; and Michael Gray, MD.The paper can be found at: http://globalindoorhealthnetwork.com/position_statement

The Global Indoor Health Network (GIHN) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is uniting experts and laypersons from the world. GIHN’s vision is a global community of individuals and organizations working together to ensure that comprehensive information and guidance concerning medical treatment, investigative techniques and solutions are available to address the effects of contaminants in the indoor environment of homes, schools and businesses. Visit our website at:www.globalindoorhealthnetwork.com.

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