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Saturday, August 13th, 2016

What if Hillary Clinton was the kind of person who was really capable of genuinely appreciating and respecting the tremendous gift that Bernie Sanders gave to her: the gift of an engaged citizenry, the gift of a politically awakened new generation of voters, the gift of a full platform with every plank of all the right issues for a renewed Democratic party, embraced and agreed to by millions of people— what if?

What if Hillary Clinton were the kind of person who could feel authentic gratitude, appreciate its preciousness, receive all of that—not as her due, not as instrumental in her plans, not as a token of her own power—but receive it humbly and tenderly as one would one of life’s great surprises, like coming upon a rainbow or awakening to tenderness from an unexpected direction, or giving yourself a second bowl of raspberries and cream. Or hell, even bouncing a lot of balloons if that’s what floats your boat. Read More→

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It’s the role of science to provide the criteria for determining how our society regulates, monitors, and controls both health-promoting substances and contributors to health harm. Each such decision can have far-reaching consequences — and long-term costs. And that’s why when controversies erupt, all debate participants lay claim to the scientific truth. Read More→

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    It’s Earth Day. As the media and social media make a big deal about the signing of the #ParisAgreement with many photo ops and hopeful sayings, it’s essential to step beyond the wishful thinking of half-way solutions and look at the overarching reality: We are cooking the planet. We have an extremely abbreviated window to prevent a cataclysm. Read More→

Bugs R Us

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Published on EcoWatch
From the get-go, conventional medicine’s signature promise was to help humans kill infections and wipe out invading bacteria via antibiotics and vaccines.But research over the last decade reveals that fighting germs with antibiotics, injecting antibiotics into livestock animals, and dousing ourselves, our homes, and our environment with antibacterial toothpastes, cleansers, and soaps may turn out to be a misguided, producing long term health consequences. Read More→

Published on AlterNet
Wilma Subra has studied the biological impacts of industrial and naturally occurring chemicals for over twenty-five years. When chemical spills or toxic industrial releases affect unsuspecting communities, Subra — a distinguished microbiologist and chemist — often gets called in to investigate. Her experiences have taught her that the contamination of communities and waterways is just part of doing business for multinational corporations and it is becoming a significant, growing byproduct of our current, poorly regulated industrial practices. Read More→

Statins: When Does Economics Intrude on Health Advice?

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

With statin medications, used to prevent heart attacks, among the most widely prescribed drugs in the U.S., most people make certain assumptions:

There is solid science for their use.
There is no doubt that their targeted mechanism of action prevents a heart attack.
No less costly approaches exist.

None of these is entirely true. Read More→

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In response to a plunge in sales of artificially sweetened sodas last week, Coca-Cola announced plans to roll out an ad campaign to win back popular favor for its aspartame-containing beverage, Diet Coke. (Diet Pepsi, which also contained aspartame, saw its sales fall 6.2 percent in 2012 while regular Pepsi sales fell little more than half that amount.)
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Dr. Paul Offit, the Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases at
 Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
 has authored a new book, Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine (Harper, 2013) Now on the stump, he encourages thinking more critically about health care treatments. Too bad his is a one-sided view. And that his intended audience is unlikely to be convinced because health information has been increasingly available over the last twenty-five years. Nor do many physicians and prominent medical organizations subscribe to his views (although a few legislators do.) Read More→

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Lautenberg’s Legacy and the Chemical Regs He Championed

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

When Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) died Monday morning at age 89, the Senate lost its oldest member, (he was also the last WWII veteran), and proponents of toxic chemical safety, gun safety, and other protections lost a champion. His most enduring legacy should have been the passage of the Safe Chemicals Act he first introduced in 2010.

But due to pressure and lobbying by the chemical industry, the original version of the bill never made it to the Senate floor for a vote despite Lautenberg’s committed work (in alliance with a coalition of environment groups) to get a vote on it every year from 2010 to 2012. The American Chemistry Council opposed the bill, and via lobbyists, campaign contributions, and paid advertising for select candidates stalled forward momentum.
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Why Safe Regulation of Fracking is a Fiction

Monday, February 18th, 2013

A New York State commissioned Health Review is central to the debate over whether fracking can be done safely in New York. The long awaited release of the Review findings, commissioned in September by the state Department of Health (DOH) at Governor Andrew Cuomo’s behest, will inform the Governor’s impending decision about whether or not to go forward with proposed fracking guidelines, the prelude to permits to frack New York State.

Listen to Fracking: NY Reprieve for Health with Larysa Dyrszka MD and Roger Downs of the Sierra Club on Connect the Dots on the Progressive Radio Network.

The the perennial promises of safer regulations fail to account for fracking as the next in an ever-growing and ever more toxic series of health-damaging industrial outputs that people inhale, eat, or absorb into their skin, guts, and brains. When industry has blocked the EPA from studying or regulating 70,000 chemicals, (from BPA and flame retardants to potent neurotoxins), since 1975, why would regulating fracking be possible? Read More→