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A 3-Year-Old Girl with Eye Pain (Child endangerment via nutrition woo)

http://www.healio.com/pediatrics/journals/pedann/%7Bb09dbfc1-b28f-4701-b42c-527bb369f62b%7D/a-3-year-old-girl-with-eye-pain

A 3-Year-Old Girl with Eye Pain


A 3-year-old girl presents with bilateral eye pain. The history of the complaint began 3 weeks earlier with headache, photophobia, and intermittent eye pain. During this time, no erythema or discharge from the eyes is noted and no other symptoms reported.

Her medical history is positive for multiple parental-diagnosed allergies and chemical sensitivities, resulting in behavioral problems, frequent loose stools, and abdominal pain. Her parents express concern that she may have gastroesophogeal reflux disease and irritable bowel syndrome...

...A detailed review of the patient’s dietary history reveals a severely restricted diet that is limited to chickpea milk, bison meat, and salicylate-free vegetables. The patient’s 10-year-old sister was placed on a similar diet at age 1 year that resulted in scurvy and rickets by age 3 years. These findings are suspicious for possible vitamin-A deficiency, and the patient is admitted to the hospital for further evaluation and treatment. The patient’s severely restricted diet has resulted in micronutrient malnutrition. Laboratory results show hemoglobin of 7.5 g/dL, iron of 35 mcg/dL, transferrin saturation of 12%, prealbumin of 6 mg/dL, and vitamins A and C below assay limits. The patient exhibits profound oral aversion as well as behavioral difficulties as a result of her long-standing dietary restrictions, which proved very problematic as an appropriate diet was reintroduced.

Diagnosis:

Vitamin-A Deficiency

This previously healthy, unimmunized child has severe vitamin-A deficiency with xerophthalmia, corneal ulcerations, follicular hyperkeratosis, scurvy, anemia, and malnutrition. During the hospitalization, the parents requested strict adherence to a “chemical-free” environment and avoidance of medications with preservatives and artificial coloring. However, upon further investigation, the mother, a health care provider, was unable to provide any supporting evidence for the chemical sensitivities; in fact, the patient was previously seen by more than a dozen providers without substantiation of these diagnoses. Against the parents’ wishes, vitamin-A supplementation was provided to correct the deficiency and decrease her risk of serious infections from damaged skin, mucous membrane barriers, and decreased cellular immunity. Immunizations were provided, particularly the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine, because of the significant mortality risk associated with serious measles infection and vitamin-A deficiency. After restricting parental visits, the patient’s behavior gradually began to normalize, and she was ultimately discharged to the custody of child protective services.


Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Fri Sep 13, 2013, 10:38 PM (7 replies)

Hundreds of Pages of NSA Spying Documents to be Released As Result of EFF Lawsuit

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/09/hundreds-pages-nsa-spying-documents-be-released-result-eff-lawsuit

In a major victory in one of EFF's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits, the Justice Department conceded yesterday that it will release hundreds of pages of documents, including FISA court opinions, related to the government’s secret interpretation of Section 215 of the Patriot Act, the law the NSA has relied upon for years to mass collect the phone records of millions of innocent Americans.

In a court filing, the Justice Department, responding to a judge’s order, said that they would make public a host of material that will “total hundreds of pages” by next week, including:

"...Orders and opinions of the FISC issued from January 1, 2004, to June 6, 2011, that contain a significant legal interpretation of the government’s authority or use of its authority under Section 215; and responsive “significant documents, procedures, or legal analyses incorporated into FISC opinions or orders and treated as binding by the Department of Justice or the National Security Agency.”

While the government finally released a white paper detailing its expansive (and unconstitutional) interpretation of Section 215 last month, more important FISA court opinions adopting at least part of that interpretation have remained secret. The results of EFF’s FOIA lawsuit will finally lift the veil on the dubious legal underpinnings of NSA’s domestic phone surveillance program.

This victory for EFF comes on the heels of another FOIA success two weeks ago, when the Justice Department was also forced to release a 2011 FISA court opinion ruling some NSA surveillance unconstitutional.
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Sep 5, 2013, 02:09 PM (0 replies)

Federal Court Sides With ACLU in No Fly List Lawsuit

https://www.aclu.org/national-security/federal-court-sides-aclu-no-fly-list-lawsuit

Federal Court Sides With ACLU in No Fly List Lawsuit

Court Recognizes Due Process Rights of Americans on List

August 29, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: 212-549-2666, media@aclu.org

PORTLAND, Ore. – A federal court ruled late yesterday that constitutional rights are at stake when the government places Americans on the No Fly List, agreeing with the plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union. The suit challenges the process for attempting to get off the list as unfair, inadequate, and unconstitutional. The decision also asked the ACLU and the government to submit additional information about the No Fly List redress procedure in order to help the court decide the ultimate question of whether it satisfies the Fifth Amendment's guarantee of due process.

"This decision is a critically important step towards vindicating the due process rights of Americans on the No Fly List," said ACLU Staff Attorney Nusrat Choudhury, one of the attorneys who argued the case in June. "For the first time, a federal court has recognized that when the government bans Americans from flying and smears them as suspected terrorists, it deprives them of constitutionally protected liberties, and they must have a fair process to clear their names. The No Fly List procedures violate due process because the government refuses to provide any explanation or a hearing for innocent Americans to challenge their inclusion, and we look forward to making that case to the court."

The national ACLU, along with its affiliates in Oregon, Southern California, Northern California, and New Mexico, filed the lawsuit in June 2010. It represents 13 U.S. citizens, including four military veterans, who are on the No Fly List and banned from flying to or from the U.S. or over American airspace. In July 2012, the 9th Circuit Appeals Court reversed the district court's dismissal of the case on jurisdictional grounds, and now the district court is considering the case on its merits.

In yesterday's ruling, U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown wrote, "Although there are perhaps viable alternatives to flying for domestic travel within the continental United States such as traveling by car or train, the Court disagrees with Defendants’ contention that international air travel is a mere convenience in light of the realities of our modern world. Such an argument ignores the numerous reasons an individual may have for wanting or needing to travel overseas quickly such as for the birth of a child, the death of a loved one, a business opportunity, or a religious obligation… the Court concludes on this record that Plaintiffs have a constitutionally-protected liberty interest in traveling internationally by air, which is affected by being placed on the list."
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sat Aug 31, 2013, 03:38 PM (1 replies)

Iridologist 'wrong to treat cancer patient'

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/9095158/Iridologist-wrong-to-treat-cancer-patient


Iridologist 'wrong to treat cancer patient'
TALIA SHADWELL
Last updated 06:55 28/08/2013

A leading naturopath has criticised an iridologist for treating a woman with a festering lesion on her head - saying she should have realised it was a case for doctors.

Te Horo iridologist Ruth Nelson, 72, should have declined to treat Yvonne Maine when first faced with the rotting, oozing lump on the Feilding grandmother's head, naturopath Phillip Cottingham told the Human Rights Review Tribunal yesterday.

By the time Mrs Maine saw surgeons about the lesion, it was cancerous and had grown so big that her brain was exposed. She received palliative surgery, but died in June 2010...

...Witnesses have testified that 16 months of Mrs Nelson's services included picking at Mrs Maine's lesion with tweezers, applying herbal poultices, and tapping her forehead while repeating positive affirmations...


Grrrr...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Wed Aug 28, 2013, 08:24 PM (3 replies)

Buzzfeed: New York Times And Guardian Will Publish More Snowden Revelations

http://www.buzzfeed.com/bensmith/new-york-times-guardian-snowden

New York Times And Guardian Will Publish More Snowden Revelations

“A climate of intense pressure.”

Posted on August 23, 2013 at 1:05pm EDT
Ben Smith BuzzFeed Staff

The New York Times is in the Snowden game.

The paper — which NSA leaker Edward Snowden deliberately avoided over his fear that it would cooperate with the United States government — is now working with the Guardian on a series of stories based on documents that detail National Security Agency cooperation with its British counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters, known as GCHQ.

“In a climate of intense pressure from the UK government, The Guardian decided to bring in a US partner to work on the GCHQ documents provided by Edward Snowden,” Guardian spokeswoman Jennifer Lindenauer said in an email. “We are continuing to work in partnership with the NYT and others to report these stories.”...

...Now, Times reporter Scott Shane is at work on a series of stories expected to be published next month jointly with the Guardian, a source familiar with the plans said. The source said the internal arrangement has also been the cause of some tension in the newsroom, as other national security reporters working on the NSA story — Savage and James Risen, among others — are not centrally involved in stories based on the Guardian’s documents.






Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Fri Aug 23, 2013, 02:04 PM (3 replies)

The New York Times has rather decisively broken with the Obama administration:

Note especially the last excerpted paragraph...

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/aug/23/guardian-news-york-times-partnership/print

Guardian partners with New York Times over Snowden GCHQ files

Some of Edward Snowden cache shared with US paper after 'climate of intense pressure' from UK government

Lisa O'Carroll
theguardian.com, Friday 23 August 2013 18.17 BST


The Guardian has struck a partnership with the New York Times which will give the US paper access to some of the sensitive cache of documents leaked by the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The arrangement was made when the Guardian was faced with demands from the UK government to hand over the GCHQ files it had in its possession.

"In a climate of intense pressure from the UK government, the Guardian decided to bring in a US partner to work on the GCHQ documents provided by Edward Snowden. We are working in partnership with the NYT and others to continue reporting these stories," the Guardian said in a statement...

...It is intended that the collaboration with the New York Times will allow the Guardian to continue exposing mass surveillance by putting the Snowden documents on GCHQ beyond government reach. Snowden is aware of the arrangement.


Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Fri Aug 23, 2013, 01:38 PM (106 replies)

Guardian partners with New York Times over Snowden GCHQ files

Source: Guardian (UK)


Guardian partners with New York Times over Snowden GCHQ files

Some of Edward Snowden cache shared with US paper after 'climate of intense pressure' from UK government

Lisa O'Carroll
theguardian.com, Friday 23 August 2013 18.17 BST

The Guardian has struck a partnership with the New York Times which will give the US paper access to some of the sensitive cache of documents leaked by the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The arrangement was made when the Guardian was faced with demands from the UK government to hand over the GCHQ files it had in its possession...

...Journalists in America are protected by the first amendment which guarantees free speech and in practice prevents the state seeking pre-publication injunctions or "prior restraint".

It is intended that the collaboration with the New York Times will allow the Guardian to continue exposing mass surveillance by putting the Snowden documents on GCHQ beyond government reach. Snowden is aware of the arrangement.


Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/aug/23/guardian-news-york-times-partnership



Looks to me like the Times has broken with the Obama administration.
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Fri Aug 23, 2013, 01:33 PM (9 replies)

"That poster has been here since at least 2005 and has been very consistent in her positions."

Just stay with that message, mmkay? Perhaps you'll convince someone:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=132x2461323

ProSense Wed Feb-15-06 08:53 AM
Original message
Bush is spying on Americans: opponents and activist groups. The law can't

Edited on Wed Feb-15-06 08:53 AM by ProSense
be changed to make that legal. The Republicans are trying to pull a fast one with this "law change" tactic by framing the illegal spying as warrantless spying on terrorists; therefore, the law is being changed to give Bush the authority to spy on terrorist. Spying on Americans was, is and will still be illegal. Bush committed crimeS by illegal spying on Americans and breaking existing FISA laws.

I'm sure all criminals would love to have a law passed that retroactively absolves them of their crimes.


I defy anyone to read that thread without two lines from Orwell's 'Animal Farm' going through their heads-
recall how "Four legs good, two legs bad" became "Two legs good, four legs bad"...

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Aug 22, 2013, 02:19 PM (0 replies)

Why living in Shannon, Quebec, is bad for your health

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/why-living-in-shannon-quebec-is-bad-for-your-health-8773342.html

Why living in Shannon, Quebec, is bad for your health

Water quality was once a source of pride for a town in the shadow of an arms factory. Now, 500 cancers have been diagnosed

Benjamin Shingler

Sunday 18 August 2013


Jean Bernier slows his car to a stop on a quiet, tree-lined street. “They call this the ‘red zone’,” he says, gesturing towards a row of tidy bungalows. “Nearly everybody here had cancer. You could go from house to house and probably find someone in each.”

Mr Bernier, 60, lives in Shannon, Quebec, a town that has been plagued by abnormally high rates of certain cancers. Medical professionals have pointed the finger at the town’s Valcartier military base, where trichloroethylene (TCE) – a solvent which strips grease from metal – was used by a munitions manufacturer for more than 40 years.

Although it was confirmed in 1997 that the solvent had seeped into the town’s water supply, residents say repeated calls for a full investigation have fallen on deaf ears. However, after years of waiting, they may soon get some answers.

In May, Quebec public health officials set up an international committee of experts to examine more than 500 cases of people diagnosed with cancer in the area. Rene Bouchard, a spokesman for the public health agency, says the researchers are collecting evidence and plan to meet again this autumn...

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sun Aug 18, 2013, 03:55 PM (1 replies)

Study: Drought will cut flow from Lake Powell

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/08/17/study-colorado-river-drought-will-cut-flow-from-lake-powell/2667677/

A federal Bureau of Reclamation official says the drought along the Colorado River is the worst in a century.

Dennis Wagner, USA TODAY 4:03 p.m. EDT August 17, 2013

...The bureau said releases from Lake Powell in the coming year will be cut from 8.23 million acre-feet to 7.48 million acre-feet — the lowest since the lake was first filled in the 1960s. An acre-foot is roughly 325,000 gallons, or enough to supply two households for one year.

Water from Lake Powell flows through the Grand Canyon to Lake Mead, where levels are expected to drop eight feet next year, causing reduced deliveries to farms and water banks...

...“This is the worst 14-year drought period in the last 100 years,” said Larry Walkoviak, the Bureau’s Upper Colorado Region director.

Based on the projections, CAP officials said shortages could trigger a 20 percent decrease in Arizona deliveries to agriculture.




Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sat Aug 17, 2013, 11:23 PM (2 replies)
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