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Beyond the BP Spill: Serious Threats to the Environment and Our Health

The World’s Ongoing Ecological Disasters

While the focus is centered on the Gulf of Mexico, many of the world’s greatest environmental catastrophes continue, with no end in sight.

7 Secret Ways We Are Being Poisoned

The synthetic chemicals we encounter on a daily basis in our food, water, and environment are increasingly shown to be disastrous to our physical and mental well-being.  Volumes can be written — indeed have been written — by experts in both mainstream and alternative medicine who have documented the sleight of hand used to hoodwink consumers and threaten our health.  The categories below are worth deeper investigation as prime examples of what we might face as a species if this chemical bombardment continues.

THREATS TO WATER – KEY TO LIFE

One Million Gallons of Oil Leak Into Michigan River From Pipeline – Largest in Midwest History

Toxic waste reaches Potomac Aquifer

Tainted groundwater is spreading across thousands of acres in northern Delaware and has reached the Potomac Aquifer, which supplies drinking water to people across much of Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey.  In some areas of the upper Potomac near Delaware City and New Castle, concentrations of benzene, vinyl chloride and chlorinated benzenes are so high that exposure poses an immediate health threat. Elevated levels of these industrial byproducts significantly increase the risks of cancer. Sustained exposure could kill.

“Fracking” Poisons Your Drinking Water: Stand Up to the Oil Giants and Help Stop the Catastrophe

1/2 of All China’s Water is Too Polluted to Drink

Amazon Watch campaigners report from Ecuador region devastated by Chevron oil spills

Jordan River too polluted for baptisms

“Sadly, the lower Jordan River has long suffered from severe mismanagement with the diversion of 98 percent of its fresh water by Israel, Syria and Jordan and the discharge of untreated sewage, agricultural run-off, saline water and fish pond effluent in its place,” the statement said.

Court Ruling: Botswana Bushmen Denied Access to Water

Worst drought in a decade destroys millions of hectares of Russian crops

Millions face starvation as Niger prays in vain for rain

Oceans facing ‘irreversible’ deterioration, report says

One Year After Ontario Ban: Over 80% Decline of Most Common Pesticides in Surface Waters

John Gormley: Fluoride, GMO and the Rockefeller Communist ‘Coincidence’!

FOOD SUPPLY

Dr. Joseph Mercola Stresses Artificial Sweetener Killing Americans

America’s Deadliest Sweetener Betrays Millions, Then Hoodwinks You with Name Change

Meet the Food Industry Front Groups That Push for Carcinogens in Your Food

Something Fishy This Way Swims! Genetically Modified Population Control is Something to Beef About!

USDA Reports Food Shortages: Wall Street ‘Caught Off Guard’ by Severity

Devastation of Food Farming: Expansion of Biofuels in Sub-saharan Africa

$500,000 Damages in Genetic Rice Trial

A federal jury awarded a rice farmer $500,000 for his claim that genetically modified rice contaminated his crop. It was the third of five “bellwether” trials involving hundreds of lawsuits that farmers have filed against Bayer CropScience. The complaints are the result of an August 2006 announcement that LibertyLink, a herbicide-resistant rice, had somehow been released from testing facilities. The rice had not yet been approved for sale for human consumption, causing rice futures to plunge.

CHEMICALS

Prozac Pollution Making Shrimp Reckless

Shrimp in Prozac-laced coastal waters swim into bright areas, making them more visible to predators, a new study says.

Pharmacists give themselves cancer from dispensing toxic chemotherapy chemicals

Deet Finally Exposed as Neurotoxic

Is Pfizer the BP of Drug Companies?

To say Pfizer’s been accused of wrongdoing is like saying BP had an oil spill. Other drug companies have a portfolio of products, Pfizer has a portfolio of scandals including, but not limited to, Chantix, Lipitor, Viagra, Geodon, Trovan, Bextra, Celebrex, Lyrica, Zoloft, Halcion and drugs for osteoarthritis, Parkinson’s disease, kidney transplants and leukemia.

During one week in June, Pfizer:

1) agreed to pull its 10-year-old leukemia drug, Mylotarg, from the market because it caused more not less patient deaths;

2) Suspended pediatric trials of Geodon two months after the FDA said children were being overdosed;

3) Suspended trials of Tanezumab, an osteoarthritis pain drug, because patients got worse not better, some needing joint replacements (pattern, anyone?);

4) Was investigated by the House for off-label marketing of kidney transplant drug, Rapamune, and targeting African-Americans;

5) Saw a researcher who helped establish its Bextra, Celebrex and Lyrica as effective pain meds; Scott S Reuben, MD, trotted off to prison for research fraud;

6) was sued by Blue Cross Blue Shield to recoup money it overpaid for Bextra and other drugs;

7) received a letter from Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) requesting its whistleblower policy; and,

8) had its appeal to end lawsuits by Nigerian families who accuse it of illegal trials of the antibiotic, Trovan, in which 11 children died, rejected by the Supreme Court.

And how was your week?

OTHER 

Mobile phones ‘causing memory loss’

Widespread male infertility sweeping the globe

VIDEO: Life Under the Toxic Mountain. Kosovo Roma Suffer Ongoing Lead Poisoning

Mapping the Atlantic Garbage Patch: Expedition counts up to 500,000 pieces of plastic per square kilometer

It’s Not Just the Bees — Now Scientists Say 25% of All Flowering Species Could Go Extinct

Walmart, KFC, Burger King Paper Purchases Destroying Indonesia’s Rainforests

Fallujah children’s ‘genetic damage’

US War Crimes: Cancer Rate in Fallujah Worse than Hiroshima

Photos Iraq babies born deformed depleted uranium — US Veterans becoming sick with DU — Children living lives with DU

In September 2009, Fallujah General Hospital, Iraq, had 170 new born babies, 24% of whom were dead within the first seven days, a staggering 75% of the dead babies were classified as deformed.  This can be compared with data from the month of August in 2002 where there were 530 new born babies of whom six were dead within the first seven days and only one birth defect was reported.  Doctors in Fallujah have specifically pointed out that not only are they witnessing unprecedented numbers of birth defects but what is more alarming is: “a significant number of babies that do survive begin to develop severe disabilities at a later stage.”

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