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February 09, 2010

'Third-hand smoke'? - Health Supreme NewsGrabs Monday, 9 February 2010

Is the anti-smoking campaign a cover-up of ongoing pollution and other health-destroying activities?


BBC reports on a Berkeley study that introduces yet another level in the anti-smoking campaign: Not only does smoking and even second-hand smoke cause cancer, but now "third hand smoke" is to be blamed as well.

Wait a minute! What are those people trying to cover for? What about hundreds of thousands of deaths from pharmaceuticals, what about chemical toxins such as pesticides and herbicides we find in the environment and in our food, what about depleted uranium being liberally vaporized in "theaters of conflict", what about radioactivity from leaks in our power plants, what about microwave pollution from mobile phones and other communication equipment, and finally, what about those particles seeded in the atmosphere by airplanes deliberately painting our skies with clouds of barium, alluminium and other assorted nano-sized gunk?

Are we to believe that smoking causes all the harm while those polluting activities can be safely overlooked? Is that what the anti-smoking campaign and now "third hand smoke" is all about? "Forget about all pollution ... you are doing it to yourselves by smoking" seems to be the mantra the press is repeating incessantly.

Or could it be that smoking is merely a convenient scapegoat to cover up all those lucrative sources of pollution that we should disregard?

'Third-hand smoke'?

Lingering residue from tobacco smoke which clings to upholstery, clothing and the skin releases cancer-causing agents, work in PNAS journal shows.

Berkeley scientists in the US ran lab tests and found "substantial levels" of toxins on smoke-exposed material.

They say while banishing smokers to outdoors cuts second-hand smoke, residues will follow them back inside and this "third-hand smoke" may harm.

Opponents called it a laughable term designed to frighten people unduly.

No, not laughable, in my view, but a deliberate attempt to mislead and cover up for things much worse...

What's wrong with Eucalyptus trees?
The US forest biotechnology company ArborGen has had considerable success in getting permission from the United States Department of Agriculture/Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to undertake open field trials of the company's genetically modified eucalyptus trees.

The purpose of the environmental release is to assess the effectiveness of gene constructs intended to confer cold tolerance, to alter lignin biosynthesis; and to alter fertility. In addition, the trees have been engineered with a selectable marker gene.


Do we really need to modify trees to create a new business opportunity for agrotechnology business? It would seem to me that eucalyptus trees have been growing just fine for perhaps millions of years. Does anyone else see the insanity inherent in disturbing long term natural equilibria for short term profit?

US: New Bill Targets Dietary Supplements
Why would a bill be offered to solve an illegal steroid problem that does not really address the steroid problem but instead gives the FDA complete and arbitrary control over all supplements?

Drug companies do not like them because they represent a low cost, safer, and often more effective alternative to drugs. The FDA does not like them because supplements do not come through the FDA approval process and therefore do not support the FDA budget.

US: Protect your supplements against McCain Dorgan bill
As Scott Tips, the president of the National Health Federation, stated, "This bill strikes at the heart of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), which was passed unanimously by the U.S. in 1994, and which took away the Food and Drug Administration's arbitrary powers over supplements. Now, this bill would create a Euro-style 'positive list' of 'acceptable' new dietary ingredients. And by 'acceptable,' the bill means acceptable to an appointed bureaucrat.

Russia: Putin Sacks Official For Opposing Pharma Price Controls
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin sacked a senior health official for public criticizing a draft law introducing state regulation of pharmaceutical pricing, according to RIANovosti. The bill, which was passed by the Federal Assembly, has been criticized as running counter to free-market principles and likely to nurture black-market production.

Russia is doing what seems to be exceedingly difficult for the US - reining in pharmaceutical prices to cut healthcare costs.

Research reveals link between beer and bone health
A new study suggests that beer is a significant source of dietary silicon, a key ingredient for increasing bone mineral density. Researchers from the Department of Food Science & Technology at the University of California, Davis studied commercial beer production to determine the relationship between beer production methods and the resulting silicon content, concluding that beer is a rich source of dietary silicon.

Silicon is present in beer in the soluble form of orthosilicic acid (OSA), which yields 50% bioavailability, making beer a major contributor to silicon intake in the Western diet.

UK: The Guardian pushes GM falsely citing scientist
"Britain must launch GM food revolution, says chief scientist" was the headline of an article in The Guardian.

However, on 9 January, The Guardian published a letter from Prof. Beddington stating categorically: "Your article misrepresents my position and my paper …. The paper makes no mention of GM and I have not said that Britain must launch a GM food revolution." It went on to say: "GM technology is not something that should be simply accepted or rejected", the question is what problems in agricultural production it can solve.

Video: The New Biology- From Victim to Master of Your Health
Dr. Bruce Lipton explains how the New Biology will take you from a world of crisis and ill health to another level of masterful control.

The Nature Of Dis-Ease
excerpt from a book by Bruce Lipton
Sometimes, the body's natural harmony breaks down, and we experience dis-ease, which is a reflection of the body's inability to maintain normal control of its function-providing systems. Because behavior is created through the interaction of proteins with their complementary signals, there are really only two sources of dis-ease: either the proteins are defective or the signals are distorted...

Why Antidepressants are no better than placebos
The research had shown that antidepressants help about three quarters of people with depression who take them, a consistent finding that serves as the basis for the oft-repeated mantra "There is no question that the safety and efficacy of antidepressants rest on solid scientific evidence," as psychiatry professor Richard Friedman of Weill Cornell Medical College recently wrote in The New York Times. But ever since a seminal study in 1998, whose findings were reinforced by landmark research in The Journal of the American Medical Association last month, that evidence has come with a big asterisk. Yes, the drugs are effective, in that they lift depression in most patients. But that benefit is hardly more than what patients get when they, unknowingly and as part of a study, take a dummy pill—a placebo. As more and more scientists who study depression and the drugs that treat it are concluding, that suggests that antidepressants are basically expensive Tic Tacs.

Canada: Province of Ontario probing 17 cases of severe H1N1 vaccine side effects
Andrew Morrison, spokeman for the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, said the cases include four vaccine recipients who came down with Guillain-Barre Syndrome — a rare neurological condition characterized by sudden weakness or paralysis. Another 13 people came down with anaphylaxis, a serious allergic reaction which can include symptoms of anaphylactic shock, rapid heartbeat, itchiness in the skin and difficulty breathing.

H1N1 'Pseudopandemic' Was A Hoax Perpetrated by Big Pharma
Wodarg said that governments were "threatened" by special interest groups within the pharmaceutical industry as well as the WHO to buy the vaccines and inject their populations without any reasonable scientific reason for doing so, and yet in countries like Germany and France only around 6 per cent took the vaccine despite enough being available to cover 90 per cent of the population.

Wodarg said he was alarmed when the WHO cited early cases in Mexico as a threat and quickly moved to pandemic status, despite the fact that the cases were relatively mild and the virus was not new.

"This was the mildest flu ever and the people were much more clever than the government so we have to find out what was going on with WHO - why did they do this pandemic alarm," asked Wodarg, noting that pharmaceutical interests within the World Health Organization were instrumental in creating the panic and reaping the financial dividends.

UK: Police Radios Blamed For Cancer Death
DOZENS of police forces are facing compensation claims from officers over radios they say make them ill and have been blamed by the family of one officer for his death from cancer.
Forces across the country are eagerly awaiting the pre-trial review this month of a test case being bought by five Lancashire officers...

Could Your Cell Phone End Up Killing You?
The report includes some stats that are enough to make even the most ardent addict consider dropping his or her iPhone or Blackberry. If you've used your cell phone regularly for five years, your chance of having a parotid tumor is increased by 34 percent. If you've had more than 5,479 calls in your lifetime, your chances are upped by 58 percent. For folks who live further from big cities, prospects are even dimmer -- your chances of getting a parotid tumor are increased by 96 percent if you have a lifetime exposure of more than 1,035 hours.

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If you would like to contribute to these newsgrabs...
just tell me about a link to an article or a site you think is interesting. Email me at (sepp -at- lastrega -dot- com)
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And, by the way, there is much more information out there...

There is a lot I cannot cover but other sources for this kind of information exist.

Dr Mercola's health blog, Mike Adams' Natural News and the One Click Group in the UK have good health information. The Dr Rath Foundation is also putting out a weekly collection of health related news. Here is the link to their Newsletter Archive.

For the influence of electromagnetic waves from radio, mobile phones and other radio emitting devices, check out the emr-updates group on Yahoo. Genetic modification and issues around agriculture and foods are reported on the Organic Consumers Association site.

A few sites to keep up to date with the other side of world affairs, the stuff you won't necessarily find on your tv or in the papers:

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and remember...

The individual is supreme and finds its way through intuition


posted by Sepp Hasslberger on Tuesday February 9 2010
updated on Monday November 22 2010

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Readers' Comments

about the eucalyptus trees, if you're talking about eucalyptus trees in the U.S. you know there're not native right?? so why does it matter changing a tree that does not contribute to the local environment, i could understand you're concern if they were doing the same thing in Australia but not in the U.S. and what about corn? you know thousands of years ago it was just a large grass now look at it, GMOs are just an advanced way of changing one strain of a species to help benefit people so we can rely less on taking from nature itself for our resources

Posted by: owen baldwin on September 7, 2011 02:47 AM


It seems you have some studying to do about the consequences of introducing unnatural variations in the genes of plants. Scientists are finding all kinds of unintended consequences of these changes, once they get out into the environment. You can find that stuff all over the internet. Just start searching and reading...

Posted by: Sepp on September 7, 2011 06:06 AM


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