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I have a Medicare card. It kicks in next month. I can say goodbye to extortionate insurance company premiums and micromanagement of my medical care. Good riddance. Yet a study published 30 years ago by the RAND Corporation says that … Continue reading
The CDC reports that 1 in 38 children have measureable levels of lead. That’s almost 3%. Lead, as I’m sure you know, poisons nerve tissue. It also poisons the kidneys, heart and blood vessels, and reproductive organs. There is essentially … Continue reading
Honeybees are dying in huge numbers. As they die from what’s called Colony Collapse Disorder, two-thirds of the fruits and vegetables we eat are threatened. What’s killing the bees is industrial agriculture and industrial civilization. Their death is a harbinger … Continue reading
Food is a popular subject for exposes. We are routinely treated to some discovery about how food manufacturers use processes and substances that denude food of its nutrient value or turn it into something that’s actively toxic.
Time magazine’s cover story last week was “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us.” What it describes is how every sector of the so-called health care industry continues to fail miserably at preventing the continued rise in costs, soon to … Continue reading
Sierra, the magazine of the Sierra Club, has a big spread in the current issue on wind power. In a sidebar titled “Wind Rush: Three Wind Myths,” James Walker tells us that although “naysayers” claim wind power damages health, scientists and … Continue reading
The Nation magazine has an ad for a company that sells clean energy. In the ad, the image of a smokestack belching pollution is on one side and on the other the image of a wind turbine. On the clean … Continue reading
Ecological diversity has a complicated relationship to health and illness. On the one hand, those parts of the world that are rich in organisms are also rich in disease-causing organisms. On the other hand, as biodiversity declines, the burden of … Continue reading
It’s been known for some time that children who grow up on farms are less likely to have asthma and allergies. Although it’s been assumed that the animal and plant exposures were instrumental, no direct mechanism had been established. Last … Continue reading
A new edition of the Bioinitiative Report has just been release. When first published five years ago, fourteen leading scientists summarized what was then known about the biological effects and public health implications of non-ionizing radiation from cell phones and … Continue reading