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School Science Project Reveals High Levels Of Fukushima Nuclear Radiation in Grocery Store Seafood
A Canadian high school student named Bronwyn Delacruz never imagined that her school science project would make headlines all over the world. But that is precisely what has happened. Using a $600 Geiger counter purchased by her father, Delacruz measured seafood bought at local grocery stores for radioactive contamination. What she discovered was absolutely stunning. Much of the seafood, particularly the products that were made in China, tested very high for radiation. So is this being caused by nuclear radiation from Fukushima? Is the seafood that we are eating going to give us cancer and other diseases? The American people deserve the truth, but as you will see below, the U.S. and Canadian governments are not even testing imported seafood for radiation. To say that this is deeply troubling would be a massive understatement.
Alberta high-school student Bronwyn Delacruz loves sushi, but became concerned last summer after learning how little food inspection actually takes place on some of its key ingredients.
The Grade 10 student from Grande Prairie said she was shocked to discover that, in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) stopped testing imported foods for radiation in 2012.
And what should be a major red flag for authorities is the fact that the seafood with the highest radiation is coming from China…
Armed with a $600 Geiger counter bought by her dad, Delacruz studied a variety of seafoods – particularly seaweeds – as part of an award-winning science project that she will take to a national fair next month.
“Some of the kelp that I found was higher than what the International Atomic Energy Agency sets as radioactive contamination, which is 1,450 counts over a 10-minute period,” she said. “Some of my samples came up as 1,700 or 1,800.”
Delacruz said the samples that “lit up” the most were products from China that she bought in local grocery stores.
It is inexcusable that the Canadian government is not testing this seafood. It isn’t as if they don’t know that it is radioactive. Back in 2012, the Vancouver Sun reported that cesium-137 was being found in a very high percentage of the fish that Japan was selling to Canada…
• 73 percent of the mackerel
• 91 percent of the halibut
• 92 percent of the sardines
• 93 percent of the tuna and eel
• 94 percent of the cod and anchovies
• 100 percent of the carp, seaweed, shark and monkfish
So why was radiation testing for seafood shut down in Canada in 2012?
Someone out there needs to answer some very hard questions.
Meanwhile, PBS reporter Miles O’Brien has pointed out the extreme negligence of the U.S. government when it comes to testing seafood for Fukushima radiation. The following comes from a recent EcoWatch article…
O’Brien also introduces us to scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute who have been testing waters around the reactors—as well as around the Pacific Rim—to confirm the levels of Fukushima fallout, especially of cesium.
These scientists are dedicated and competent. But they are also being forced to do this investigation on their own, raising small amounts of money from independent sources. They were, explains lead scientist Ken Buesseler, turned down for even minimal federal support by five agencies key to our radiation protection. Thus, despite a deep and widespread demand for this information, no federal agency is conducting comprehensive, on-the-ground analyses of how much Fukushima radiation has made its way into our air and oceans.
In fact, very soon after Fukushima began to blow, President Obama assured the world that radiation coming to the U.S. would be minuscule and harmless. He had no scientific proof that this would be the case. And as O’Brien’s eight-minute piece shows all too clearly, the “see no evil, pay no damages” ethos is at work here. The government is doing no monitoring of radiation levels in fish, and information on contamination of the ocean is almost entirely generated by underfunded researchers like Buesseler.
A video news report in which O’Brien discusses these issues is posted below…
It is the job of the authorities to keep us safe, and the Fukushima nuclear disaster was the worst nuclear disaster in human history.
So why aren’t they doing testing?
Why aren’t they checking to make sure that this radiation is not getting into our food chain?
The Japanese are doing testing off the coast of Japan, and one fish that was recently caught off the coast of the Fukushima prefecture was discovered to have 124 times the safe level of radioactive cesium.
So why are all the authorities in North America just assuming that the fish are going to be perfectly fine on this side of the Pacific?
One test that was conducted in California discovered that 15 out of 15 Bluefin tuna were contaminated with radiation from Fukushima.
So how can the authorities say “don’t worry, just eat the seafood”?
Everyone agrees that a plume of radioactive water has been moving from Fukushima toward the west coast of the United States.
According to researchers at the University of South Wales, that plume is going to hit our shores at some point during 2014…
The first radioactive ocean plume released by the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster will finally be reaching the shores of the United States some time in 2014, according to a new study from the University of New South Wales — a full three or so years after the date of the disaster.
The following graphic comes from that study…
And multiple independent tests have already confirmed that levels of nuclear radiation are being detected on California beaches that are more than 10 times the normal level.
Clearly something is happening.
So why are the U.S. and Canadian governments willingly looking the other way?
This article first appeared here at The Truth.
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NY Hospital Says Don’t Worry: 4000 Patients Exposed to HIV & Hepatitis
South Nassau Communities Hospital (SNCH) in New York mailed more than 4,000 letters to patients who were potentially exposed to HIV and Hepatitis while staying at their facility.
The method of potential contraction would have been insulin received via injection with an insulin pen that may have been contaminated, according to questioning officials.
SNCH claimed those insulin pens contain more than one dose and could have been administered to more than one patient; thereby possibly transmitting HIV and Hepatitis to patients.
Officials stated that these single use pens were being reused between March 2011 to January 2014.
Cynthia Shub, one of the patients who received the letter from SNCH commented : “I see ‘shared’ and ‘patients’ – the neighbors could have heard me scream. I see hepatitis, I see HIV, I’m like, ‘Are you kidding?’”
Damian Becker, spokesman for SNCH stated to the press that the actual risk to patients is “extremely low’ but if those patients want to have testing done, they should remember to proceed with an “abundance of caution”.
One visitor to SNCH explained that “it’s actually very scary, because you come to the hospital when you’re sick, and you don’t hope to get even worse while you’re inside the hospital.”
In 2009, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned healthcare workers against using insulin pens for multiple patients and that these pens were intended to be single use only.
SNCH said that they have changed their procedure when administering insulin pens and are switching to single use pens for the future.
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Hot Pockets Recalls 8 Million Pounds of Meat Due to “Diseased and Unsound Animals”
Last year saw a great number of widely publicized instances of food fraud and general nastiness when it came to the various items many of us regularly put in our bodies. From “fake tuna,” to rat meat in the streets of Shanghai, to alcohol in New Jersey diluted with “river water,” the list was seemingly endless.
While 2014 has been off to a slow start, it appears the corporate food industry in America is trying to make up for lost time. According to a news release from the USDA on Valentine’s Day titled: “California Firm Recalls Unwholesome Meat Products Produced Without the Benefit of Full Inspection,” we discover that:
WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2014 – Rancho Feeding Corporation, a Petaluma, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 8,742,700 pounds, because it processed diseased and unsound animals and carried out these activities without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection. Thus, the products are adulterated, because they are unsound, unwholesome or otherwise are unfit for human food and must be removed from commerce, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
Oh, and by the way, this is a Class I recall. What does that mean?
Basically if you live California, Florida, Illinois, Oregon, Texas and Washington you should stay away from Hot Pockets.
Scratch that. You should stay away from Hot Pockets no matter where you live. Forever.
Full USDA release here.
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Dark Secrets of Artificial Sweeteners Revealed with Mike Adams
Published by NextNewsNetwork
NATION | Could dangerous chemicals be hiding in the foods Americans eat and drink every day? They just may be more common than you think. For thousands of years, people have sweetened food and drinks with honey and sugar. Some people, concerned with calories, use artificial sweeteners, like aspartame. Some early sugar substitutes were found to cause cancer, and have other ill effects on health.
Many critics charge these artificial additives pose dangers of their own. Many people point out unusual ingredients that go into such sweeteners. Splenda, for instance, is manufactured using chlorine. Skeptics say such food additives also play havoc with human metabolism. Aspartame has even been charged with causing brain tumors, heart attacks and seizures.
Mike Adams is known as the Health Ranger. He is an activist for healthy foods. Adams is one of the leading voices in America about the dangers of artificial sweeteners.
Adams is our guest on the show today. We will talk about what is really in the foods we eat every day. We will also discuss the history of the artificial sweetener industry, and health effects of the chemicals. The future of the industry will be covered, and we’ll learn what you can do to ensure better health for yourself and your family.
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Pill Nation: Are Americans Over-Medicated?
Nearly 13 prescriptions were prescribed per man, woman, and child last year. We’re one of only two
countries in the world who allow direct-to-consumer Rx advertising; and Rx have slowly grown to be the third highest medical cost.
Welcome to the pill nation.
Canadian Scientists Ask: Could Bubonic Plague Strike Again?
The team of researchers compared 12 skeletons from a Bavarian cemetery and uncovered the YPB in low levels of teeth tested.
Hendrik Poinar, lead author of the study and professor at MMU, explained that regardless of the fact that this research cannot be 100% conclusive, it is their educated opinion that the YPB was present in the teeth of these people buried in the cemetery and these findings are “backed up by similar elements of the bacteria that were discovered in a mass grave of victims from the 1348 bubonic plague in London.”
The bubonic plague “making” DNA material was found by the team. This bacterium is supposed to travel with small rodents and fleas.
The concern of the scientists is whether or not this strain of plague could strike again.
In 2013, the International Committee of the Red Cross is warning that 20 residents in a village in Madagascar have died due to an outbreak of the bubonic plague.
Other media reports state that 39 people have succumbed to the Black Death.
The Health Ministry for the government stated: “There is an epidemic in Madagascar which is currently affecting five districts (out of 112). Eighty-six people have been inflicted by the plague, of which 39 have died.”
A doctor for the Health Ministry told the press that “90 percent of the cases were pneumonic plague, apparently much more vicious than the common bubonic plague that can kill in three days.”
And still more reports asserted that the death toll had risen to 42 citizens.
This infection is identified as the “pneumonic plague [which] is rarer but far more vicious than the bubonic kind, as it gives little time for antibiotics to act.”
An officer from the World Health Organization (WHO) said that “the situation is changing every moment but the latest data recorded 42 deaths in 5 districts. Forty-three cases were recorded in Mandritsara, northeast of the country, 21 of them died while 22 are currently being healing. Some of the cases in Mandritsara run away to Soanierana Ivongo, east of the country and created 17 new cases but 9 of them died.”
Referred to as a “plague epidemic”, WHO has begun sounding an “early warning and rapid riposte.”
Interestingly, according to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Factbook , Madagascar is rich in natural resources such as:
• Tar sands
In 2000, the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) explained how the pneumonic plague could be used as a terrorist weapon.
WHO statistical data claims that “approximately 1000/3000 cases per year of the plague, [are] distributed mostly between Africa, South America and Asia.”
FDA goes after supplement companies, Big Pharma avoids scrutiny.
There have long been efforts to pull the supplement industry more under the control of the FDA.(And in all likelihood crush it.)
Pharma doesn’t like supplements. (The supplement industry challenges the massive drug industry fundamentally). As such many politicians don’t like supplements.
Some believe that the media is also biased against supplements, as much of the advertising dollars media outlets get comes from drug companies.
Alliance for Natural Health highlights what it believes may be an example of this bias.
What’s going on here? With drugs causing the most liver damage (and let’s not forget that prescription drugs in general are the fourth leading cause of death in America, based on hospital data alone), why is the New York Times attacking dietary supplements? After all, at the very same conference where the cited study was presented, there were eighteen sessions on liver damage due to acetaminophen—and only two presentations on dietary supplements and liver damage.
We are sorry to say that it may be linked to the pharmaceutical industry’s advertising clout, which the NYT depends upon. In its 2012 annual report, the NYT stated the obvious fact that it depends for its survival on advertising revenue. In 2012, Big Pharma spent $90 million on print advertising. The dietary supplement industry spends far less: $20 million on print advertising in 2010. Due to the FDA and FTC’s overzealous regulation of health claims and gag orders on dietary supplement advertising, there’s little incentive for supplement companies to advertise their products and anyway they have far less money with which to do so.
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Seeing the Future: Google Lifts Microsoft’s Smart Lens Prototype
Google has announced they are developing a “smart contact lens” that will measure the user’s glucose levels in tear with a “tiny” wireless chip that has a glucose sensor embedded in it.
Between the lens materials the sensor is placed.
The device will integrate very small LED lights that can illuminate so that the user can be alerted that their glucose levels are reaching a healthy threshold.
Research for this device began several years ago with the University of Washington (UoW) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) who invested funding.
Beta-testing of the lens was conducted on volunteers in in the San Francisco Bay area.
Concerning US regulators, Google said: “We’ve completed multiple clinical research studies which are helping to refine our prototype … We’re in discussions with the FDA, but there’s still a lot more work to do to turn this technology into a system that people can use.”
Brian Otis, lead researcher for the UoW, said: “You can take it to a certain level in an academic setting, but at Google we were given the latitude to invest in this project. The beautiful thing is we’re leveraging all of the innovation in the semiconductor industry that was aimed at making cellphones smaller and more powerful.”
Google said: “It’s still early days for this technology, but we’ve completed multiple clinical research studies which are helping to refine our prototype. We hope this could someday lead to a new way for people with diabetes to manage their disease.”
Currently, Google is persuading the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to allow them to bring this product to consumers; as well as searching out experts that would like to endorse “products like this” to influence the market.
It may be another 5 years before such a product could be offered to the general public. The potentials for diabetics are staggering, considering that this device could elevate glucose monitoring by reducing the necessity for the patient constantly pricking their finger.
Google would like developers to create apps for the lenses so that accurate measurements with the device can be taken by the user and translated to their physician.
This product could be linked to a smartphone and computer device through Wi-Fi so that transmission of data could be sent to the user’s doctor and recorded on the phone through text message as well.
Babak Parviz, who was working on a similar project for Microsoft only 2 years ago, is now employed by Google.
Parviz envisioned smart lenses in 2009 that would have glucose sensors embedded to monitor user’s levels to assist in insulin necessity.
In 2001, Microsoft said about smart lenses: “Babak Parviz, a researcher at UW, and Desney Tan, a senior researcher at Microsoft Research, are developing the ‘functional lens’ that would be worn daily, just like regular contact lenses. But in addition to (or instead of) correcting vision, the lens would monitor the wearer’s glucose level through their tears.”
The recent Google post reads: “[Parviz and partner Brian Otis] are now testing a smart contact lens that’s built to measure glucose levels in tears using a tiny wireless chip and miniaturized glucose sensor that are embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material.”
The only difference between Google’s version and Microsoft is that now the quest has allegedly moved from consumerism to helping people with diabetes.
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By Hunter Lewis
A Treatment for Anxiety That Works…
Is blocked by our crony capitalist medical system.
In the article below, the Alliance for Natural Health-USA tells the story of Scott Stossel, editor of the Atlantic, who recently published a book about his lifetime problem with severe anxiety, including crippling panic attacks. It is a tribute to Mr. Stossel that he has been able to write and edit an important magazine. One can only guess what it costs him to go on radio or tv to promote his book.
The book discusses what is known about anxiety and also Mr. Stossel’s experience both with talk therapy and with, it seems, dozens of drugs, many of them with frightening side effects. Which of these have worked? As Mr. Stossel says, none of them have worked.
There are references to GABA, the neuro-chemical that our own bodies make to regulate our anxiety level. Some of the drugs try to keep more GABA in the body. But after decades of suffering and endless consultations with conventional doctors, nobody seems to have told Mr. Stossel that GABA is available as a supplement. It’s true that at one time it was a supplement that did not work very well, because it had trouble getting through stomach acid. But there are now more bio-available forms that work extremely well.
Why would no conventional doctor tell Mr Stossel about GABA as a supplement? Well, it isn’t approved by the FDA or promoted by a drug company. Why not? Because as a natural substance, it can’t be patented, and what drug company will spend what is an average cost of $1 billion to take a substance through the FDA if it isn’t patented?
Couldn’t supplement companies at least tell people about GABA? No, that is illegal. Company executives can go to jail for violating FDA rules against promoting anything other than an FDA approved drug for treatment of a medical problem.
This is a sweet deal for drug companies. The government grants them a monopoly on their not-found-in-nature drugs, which are patentable. Then, by taking them through the FDA, even at vast expense, they shut out any competition from natural products, even if those natural products are safer and more effective, as well as much cheaper.
This is one reason why medicine costs so much. More importantly, it is why even smart and well informed people like Scott Stossel never hear about supplements or functional foods that could heal them.
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About Hunter Lewis
Hunter Lewis is co-founder of AgainstCronyCapitalism.org. He is co-founder and former CEO of global investment firm Cambridge Associates, LLC and author of 8 books on moral philosophy, psychology, and economics, including the widely acclaimed Are the Rich Necessary? (“Highly provocative and highly pleasurable.”—New York Times) He has contributed to the New York Times, the Times of London, the Washington Post, and the Atlantic Monthly, as well as numerous websites such as Breitbart.com, Forbes.com, Fox.com, and RealClearMarkets.com. His most recent books are Crony Capitalism in America: 2008–2012, Free Prices Now! Fixing the Economy by Abolishing the Fed, and Where Keynes Went Wrong: And Why Governments Keep Creating Inflation, Bubbles, and Busts. He has served on boards and committees of fifteen leading not-for-profit organizations, including environmental, teaching, research, and cultural and global development organizations, as well as the World Bank.
By Tyler Durden
Relax Or You Will Be Fired
It’s not just Bank of America that is ‘worried’ about the health of its junior employees. As Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports, Americans eat at their desks, work longer days, and retire later than their counterparts in most other parts of the world (especially France). But, while the likes of Oprah offer holistic solutions to harness yopur stress, and bosses insist that you take your weekends off (or else), the workload itself is not reduced. Do not fear though as Senator Glenn Grotham is pressing to undo a “goofy” law requiring employers to give workers a day off – “all sorts of people want to work 7 days-a-week,” he noted… indeed they do Senator.
So the message is clear – Relax! or you’re fired… and make sure all your work is done… or you’re fired!
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