Month: May 2005

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How Safe Are Pesticides at Home?

Children exposed to pesticides may have a twofold risk of developing cancer. According to a French study published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, infants and children exposed to indoor and outdoor insecticides and even shampoos for treating head lice had double the risk of developing leukemia compared with children who had no exposure. The researchers …

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Phytoestrogen Benefits

The French Food Safety Agency has assessed the safety and health benefits of phytoestrogens. The term “phytoestrogens” refers to several molecules from the plant world that, although they have different structures, all show similarities to the structure of estradiol. Their study found the following: -Phytoestrogens may have a limited effect on osteoporosis and the loss …

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The End of Homeopathy

Last August , the British medical journal The Lancet proclaimed “The End of Homeopathy” in its lead editorial , based on a new analysis of earlier studies comparing homeopathy and conventional medicine to the use of placebos. The analysis on eight placebo-controlled trials with homeopathy and six with conventional medicine, reported that homeopathy appears to …

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Opium

Last month our family was involved in a motor vehicle accident in which a car ran a stop sign going 50 mph and t-boned our car dead center. If it were not for the side curtain air bags I fear my wife and son who were sitting on the side of impact would have sustained …

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Silence of the Quackwatchers

The American College of Chest Physicians announced in January that over-the-counter cough syrups generally contain drugs in too low a dose to be effective or they contain combinations of drugs never known to treat coughs. Columnist Julie Deardorff of the Chicago Tribune, Jan22, 2006 notes that the “quack-watchers” -various internet watchdog groups like “Quackwatch”, “Homeowatch,” …

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When Children Eat What They Watch

In the early 1950’s there was ample prime-time, family-centered programming with no advertisements. In fact, 85 children’s programs were televised per week and almost half of these programs were commercial-free. Obviously, that has changed. The average US child now sees more than 40,000 television commercials per year. During Saturday morning cartoons, children view an average …

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Gila Monster Saliva?

Once a month I receive the Prescriber’s Lette,r a 4 page unbiased letter that updates physicians on the latest drugs hitting the market. Today I came across an article in this letter that talked about people using a new diabetes drug, Byetta for weight loss. Apparently, in addition to reducing sugar it also decreases appetite …

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