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About Devra Lee Davis, PhD MPH
Founder and President of Environmental Health Trust
Dr. Devra Davis founded non-profit Environmental Health Trust in 2007 in Teton County, Wyoming to provide basic research and education about environmental health hazards and promote constructive policies locally, nationally and internationally.
Currently Visiting Professor of Medicine at The Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel, and Ondokuz Mayis University Medical School, Samsun, Turkey, Dr. Davis lectures at University of California, San Francisco and Berkeley, Dartmouth, Georgetown, Harvard, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and major universities in India, Australia, Finland, and elsewhere.
She was Founding Director, Center for Environmental Oncology, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, and Professor of Epidemiology at the Graduate School of Public Health (2004-2010). She has also served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the London School of Hygiene (2002-03) and Tropical Medicine, and at the Yeshiva University, New York (1995-96), and as a Visiting Professor at Mt.Sinai School of Medicine (1983-2010), Oberlin College (2000-2001) and Carnegie Mellon University (1999-2004).
An award-winning scientist and writer, Davis’ work has appeared in more than a dozen languages. She was designated a National Book Award Finalist for When Smoke Ran Like Water (2002, Basic Books). Her most recent book, Disconnect, selected by TIME magazine as a top pick in 2010, received the Silver Medal from Nautilus Books for courageous investigation for the paperback edition in 2013, which was identified by Project Censored as “the news that didn’t make the news,” and is the subject of multi-media international policy-making attention–including special editions recently released in India and Australia.
The Secret History of the War on Cancer was a top pick by Newsweek that influenced national cancer policy by the Cancer Association of South Africa, and is being used at major schools of public health, including Harvard, Emory, and Tulane University. Her most recent book, Disconnect–The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation, forms the foundation for policy changes in Canada, Israel and elsewhere.
Dr. Davis also was the founding director of the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology of the U.S. National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences and the only woman to serve as Scholar in Residence, 1983-1993. Among the NAS reports she directed were those advising that tobacco smoke be removed from airplanes and the environments of young children.
Her award-winning career has spanned academia, public policy, and public service. President Clinton appointed the Honorable Dr. Davis to the newly established Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, (1994-99) an independent executive branch agency that investigates, prevents, and mitigates chemical accidents. As the former Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Human Services, she has counseled leading officials in the United States, United Nations, European Environment Agency, Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization, and World Bank and served as a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the U.S. National Toxicology Program, 1983-86 and various advisory committees to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She also served as a U.S. delegate to the International Conference on Women in Beijing in 1996, the Johannesburg Conference on Sustainable Development in 1997, and other major international conferences.
Dr. Davis holds a B.S. in physiological psychology and a M.A. in sociology from the University of Pittsburgh, 1967. She completed a Ph.D. in science studies at the University of Chicago as a Danforth Foundation Graduate Fellow, 1972 and a M.P.H. in epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University as a Senior National Cancer Institute Post-Doctoral Fellow, 1982. She has served on a dozen doctoral committees and directed four post-doctoral fellows. She has also authored more than 200 publications in books and journals ranging from the Lancet and Journal of the American Medical Association to Scientific American and the New York Times and has written blogs in Freakonomics, Huffington Post, Physicians for Social Responsibility, MomsRising, Oxford University Press and elsewhere.
Honored for her research and public policy work by various national and international groups, she has been a Fellow of both the American Colleges of Toxicology and of Epidemiology. The Betty Ford Comprehensive Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society gave her the Breast Cancer Awareness Award. She was commended by the Director of the National Cancer Institute for Outstanding Service, appointed a Global Environmental advisor to Newsweek Magazine, and Awarded the Woman of Distinction Award from The Conservative Jewish Women’s Organization. The Lemelson Center for Invention and Innovation of the Smithsonian Institution honored her as an innovator on the environment for which she gave a distinguished lecture in 1998. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of the United Nations Climate Convention tapped her to serve as a Lead Author on their assessment of climate mitigation policies (1999-2005).
She was a member of a team of scientists awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with the Honorable Al Gore. The recipient of a Women’s Leadership Exchange Compass Award, presented by OPEN: The Small Business Network from American Express, for breaking the paradigms of how women are perceived, Dr. Davis received the first Lisa Zhang Environmental Award from the United Nations in July 2008. In June 2009, Dr. Davis was honored with the Artemis Award presented by the Euro-American Women’s Council and the Greek Foreign Ministry in recognition of her outstanding contributions to science and public health policy.
Green America gave her a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 for her efforts to promote environmental health issues including cell phone safety awareness. She occasionally discusses avoidable environmental health hazards on national and local programming with NPR, Fox News, Good Morning America, CNN, ABC, PBS, BBC, and various major networks in Europe, Australia and Asia.
With her husband, economist Richard D. Morgenstern, Senior Fellow of Resources for the Future, she lives in Jackson Hole Wyoming where she is delighted to have visits with her five grandchildren. She is working on her new books, Disconnect–Can You Hear Me Now? (2016), Good Vibrations–the secret world of the body electric, 2017; and Living on the Cutting Edge–how a revolution in pathology is transforming medicine, 2018.
You can see or read recent interviews at Alternet, YouTube and University of Chicago. She is profiled by Robert Musil in Rachel Carson and Her Sisters, Extraordinary Women Who Have Shaped America’s 2014, who notes that “Her work is a crash course, made creative, yet credible, in the history of environmental health…”
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Recent scientific publications by Dr. Davis
Morgan LL, Miller AB, Sasco A, Davis DL, Mobile phone radiation causes brain tumors and should be classified as a probable human carcinogen (2A) (review). Int J Oncol. 2015 May;46(5):1865-71. Epub 2015 Feb 25.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon Sep 19, 2016, 12:00 PM (0 replies)
While Paul Offit disputes the value of drug package inserts ( http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-pediatricians-vaccines-20141031-story.html ) and teaches physicians in training to do the same, he appears to ignore all aspects of the HRSA program. Look there then.
It's complex and very nuanced with respect to timing of symptoms and clinical findings, clearly, but not inconsistent with the brief medical history provided by the parents in the OP and straight outta pkg inserts regarding skin rash (daughter), seizures, encephalopathy / encephalitis and sequelae (son), too.
HRSA definition of vaccine injury likely fits. Later, their son also received a diagnosis of autism. Ridicule is the wrong response here.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sat Sep 10, 2016, 06:49 PM (1 replies)
Read the SB277 Signing Statement by Governor Brown: https://www.gov.ca.gov/docs/SB_277_Signing_Message.pdf
George Fatheree is a Loyola law professor and Harvard College graduate. Listen to his testimony on SB277 last June.
His healthy baby boy suffered serious adverse reactions to vaccination after two appointments for routine preventive care and subsequently developed a severe seizure disorder among other conditions. In view of his infant son's experiences, his "family's belief in genetic susceptibility" to vaccine injury, and the Signing Statement by Governor Brown, Fatheree has the legal and moral right to seek a medical exemption for his daughter. Pediatrician/zealot Pan would likely decline, Dr Sears (Bob or Jim)
Ironically, the more publicity about this matter the better. The overreach will backfire.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sat Sep 10, 2016, 11:39 AM (1 replies)
Medical board reinstated convicted felons
Sept. 2, 2010
Updated March 18, 2015 10:22 p.m.
By COURTNEY PERKES / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
In the past 10 years, the California Medical Board has reinstated the licenses of doctors who were convicted of sexually assaulting patients, defrauding insurance companies of millions and hiring hit men to kill their wives.
Although some doctors spent as much time in prison as they did in medical school, they were most often able to show rehabilitation and given a second chance to treat patients.
"There are some things that people have done, and I don't care how remorseful you are, you shouldn't get your license back," said Julie D'Angelo Fellmeth, a San Diego attorney hired by the state in 2003 to report on the board's enforcement practices.
The Orange County Register examined records of 123 doctors who sought reinstatement in the past decade after they lost their licenses for misconduct or negligence. More than half were able to satisfy a judge and the medical board that they were fit to practice. Among the 66 who were reinstated, 16 got into trouble again.
Q&A with Courtney Perkes: How California Medical Board Reinstated Convicted Felon Doctors
By William Heisel
June 11, 2010
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sat Sep 10, 2016, 02:53 AM (4 replies)
Our foster kids may be over-medicated, but under-supervised medically, report says
Sept. 1, 2016
Updated Sept. 3, 2016 1:56 p.m.
By TERI SFORZA / STAFF WRITER
Thousands of California's foster care kids may be over-drugged with psychotropic medications, often without medical follow-up or a legally required approval from a judge or parent, according to a stinging report by the California State Auditor.
“The state and counties have failed to adequately oversee the prescribing of these medications,” wrote auditor Elaine M. Howle.
The problems partly are a result of a division of labor when it comes to oversight. Two departments oversee foster kids and their medications, but neither could completely identify which foster children are prescribed psychotropic medications or even which medications they are taking.
“California’s oversight approach for its administration of foster care and monitoring of psychotropic medications appears to be piecemeal,” Howle said, adding that there isn’t strong “system-level oversight.”
Psychotropic medications include antidepressants, mood stabilizers and antipsychotics. Typically, such drugs can provide big benefits for people with psychiatric illnesses, but they often come with serious adverse side effects.
BY THE NUMBERS
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri Sep 9, 2016, 10:35 AM (0 replies)
Once upon a time, they likely shared your views.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Sep 1, 2016, 12:15 AM (1 replies)
ESSENTIAL READING: http://nordic.cochrane.org/sites/nordic.cochrane.org/files/uploads/ResearchHighlights/Complaint-to-EMA-over-EMA.pdf
To view articles google title, author; otherwise, paywall may pop up.
Much, much more: eg. VIDEO Professor Margaret Stanley, Ph.D. Ireland August 2016 (BING search, not Google)
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Wed Aug 31, 2016, 01:28 PM (1 replies)
China Drug Sales to the U.S. Grow Despite Safety Concerns at Home
By Bloomberg News
August 29, 2016
Chinese drugs and pharmaceutical ingredients are found in medicine cabinets as far away as New York and Chicago, and the country's exports of pharmaceutical products and health supplements worldwide jumped 3 percent to $56 billion last year.
Yet even as China's drug industry has grown in global stature, so have questions about the safety of its products.
Consider: Last year, about 700 Chinese firms were told by regulators in China to review their pending applications to sell new drugs and voluntarily withdraw any that were false or incomplete. Within months, about 75 percent had been retracted by the manufacturers or rejected by Chinese officials.
Among those were some medicines that were separately approved for sale in the U.S. by the Food and Drug Administration. Some of the companies say their data in China were flawed because of faulty information by local research firms, and their applications for the U.S. usually include tests done by research firms in North America -- indicating those drugs should be safe. Chinese pharma exports to the U.S. rose 4 percent last year.
Another company, China Resources Saike Pharmaceutical Co., in December also pulled an application to sell an epilepsy medicine called levetiracetam in China, acknowledging that clinical trial data submitted with that application were flawed. Two weeks later, the same drug was approved for sale in the U.S.
Saike said the U.S. FDA waived a requirement to do human trials on the medicine and that other materials it submitted met the agency’s requirements for generic drug approvals. It didn’t respond to questions on where its tests were done.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Wed Aug 31, 2016, 04:29 AM (0 replies)
American Academy of Pediatrics Publishes New Policies to Boost Child Immunization Rates
AAP offers advice for pediatricians in counseling families to vaccinate their children; urges states to enact policies to support high immunization rates
Elk Grove Village, IL – Most parents who are hesitant about vaccines are not opposed to immunizing their children, but rather are unsure or have questions. And the best source of answers is their pediatrician.
To equip pediatricians for these conversations, the American Academy of Pediatrics is publishing a new clinical report, "Countering Vaccine Hesitancy" in the September 2016 Pediatrics (published online Aug. 29). The AAP advises pediatricians to have compassionate dialogues with parents to clear up misconceptions around vaccines, provide accurate information about the safety and importance of vaccines, and strive over time to help parents make the decision to vaccinate their child.
To protect all children in every community, the AAP also urges state governments to enact policies that will result in high immunization rates. In the policy statement, "Medical Versus Nonmedical Immunization Exemptions for Child Care and School Attendance," published the same day, the AAP recommends only medical exemptions be allowed for vaccine requirements for child care and school attendance.
“Parents, pediatricians, and policy-makers all have a role here in protecting children from diseases like measles and whooping cough,” said AAP President Benard P. Dreyer, MD, FAAP. “As pediatricians, we care about every individual child in our practices, and we know that vaccines are an important way to protect them from disease. We also care about the broader communities where our patients live, play and learn, and high immunization rates are critical to keeping disease outbreaks at bay. No child should have to suffer through a disease that could have been prevented by a vaccine.”
According to the AAP, non-medical exemption laws have failed.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Tue Aug 30, 2016, 01:55 AM (0 replies)
March 2016, VOLUME 137 / ISSUE 3
Childhood Vaccine Exemption Policy: The Case for a Less Restrictive Alternative
Douglas J. Opel, Matthew P. Kronman, Douglas S. Diekema, Edgar K. Marcuse, Jeffrey S. Duchin, Eric Kodish
Abbreviations: MV — measles vaccine, NME — nonmedical exemption, VPD — vaccine-preventable disease
Efforts to restrict parents’ ability to exempt children from receiving vaccinations required for school entry have recently reached a pinnacle. The American Medical Association voiced support for eliminating nonmedical exemptions (NMEs) from school vaccine requirements,1 and California enacted legislation doing so.2 Although laudable in their objective, policies eliminating NMEs from all vaccines are scientifically and ethically problematic. In the present article, we argue for an exemption policy that eliminates NMEs just for the measles vaccine (MV) and is pursued only after other less restrictive approaches have been implemented and deemed unsuccessful.
Published By American Academy of Pediatrics
Copyright © 2016 by the American Academy of Pediatrics
Author Information: Douglas J. Opel, MD, MPHa,b, Matthew P. Kronman, MD, MSCEb, Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPHa,b,c, Edgar K. Marcuse, MD, MPHb, Jeffrey S. Duchin, MDd,e,f, and Eric Kodish, MDg
aTreuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, and
Dr Opel conceptualized and designed the study and drafted the initial manuscript; and Drs Kronman, Diekema, Marcuse, Duchin, and Kodish reviewed and revised the manuscript. All authors approved the final manuscript as submitted and agree to be accountable for all aspects of the work.
OB/GYN Group Says Pregnant Women Have Right to Informed Consent and Refusal of Doctor Recommendations
1. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Refusal of Medically Recommended Treatment During Pregnancy.
Open Journal of Pediatrics, 2012, 2, 228-235
Published Online September 2012 http://www.SciRP.org/journal/ojped/
Vaccination practices among physicians and their children
Michael Martin1, Vahe Badalyan2
1Department of Pediatrics, Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children, Falls Church, USA
2Department of Gastroenterology, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington DC, USA
Received 1 May 2012; revised 3 July 2012; accepted 30 July 2012
The purpose of this study was to identify vaccination patterns of both general pediatricians and subspecialists with regards to their own children and projected progeny. A 14 question survey was sent randomly to 1000 members of the Academy of Pediatrics in 2009. Two categories of questions included 1) how physicians with children vaccinated them in the past, and 2) how all respondents would vaccinate a child in 2009. A comparison was made between the answers of general and specialty pediatricians. 582 valid questionnaires were received (58.2% response rate) of which 431 were general pediatricians and 151 sub-specialists. No statistical difference was found between general and specialty pediatricians on how they vaccinated their children up until 2009 (95% vs 93%). When asked about vaccinating a future child, a significant proportion of respondents would deviate from CDC guidelines, specialists more than general pediatricians (21% vs 9%). Generalists were more likely to give a future child Hepatitis A (OR: 3.6; 95% CI 1.3 - 10.4), Rotavirus (OR: 2.2; 95% CI 1.1 - 4.4), Meningococcal (OR: 9.9; 95% CI 3.3 - 29.9), and influenza (OR: 5.4; 95% CI 1.1 - 26.7) vaccines. Specialists were more likely to postpone MMR vaccination (OR: 4.4 95% CI 2.3 - 8.6). Safety was listed by both groups as the most common reason for altering the recommended immunization schedule. Until 2009, general pediatricians and pediatric specialists have largely adhered to ACIP recommendations, but due to vaccine safety and other concerns, both groups, albeit a higher percentage of specialists, reported greater numbers willing to diverge from these recommendations.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon Aug 29, 2016, 10:20 PM (0 replies)