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No idea, but NIMH Director Dr. Tom Insel addresses other ill-advised myths in these recent articles.

RECOMMENDED:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/04/science/blazing-trails-in-brain-science.html?_r=4
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/22266-psychiatry-now-admits-its-been-wrong-in-big-ways-but-can-it-change
http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/05/14/psychiatrys-manufacture-of-consent
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bruce-e-levine/schizophrenia_b_4093287.html

http://brucelevine.net

“It is always refreshing to find someone who stands at the edge of his profession and dissects its failures with a critical eye, refusing to be deceived by its pretensions. Bruce Levine condemns the cold, technological approach to mental health and, to our benefit, looks for deeper solutions.”

-Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States

Very fascinating, IMO.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sun May 25, 2014, 03:07 PM (2 replies)

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Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu May 22, 2014, 02:04 PM (0 replies)

Dr. Tom Insel contrasts autism and AIDS research funding here.

START @ ~01:18:25

"I THINK IT'S REALLY HELPFUL TO PUT ALL OF THIS IN SOME CONTEXT, AND THE REASON WHY I KEEP HARPING ON THIS BEING THE WRONG RABBIT GOING DOWN THE WRONG HOLE IS THAT WHEN YOU COMPARE AUTISM TO AIDS, IT'S REALLY QUITE EXTRAORDINARY.

SO AS YOU SAID, CHAIRMAN MICA, $160M IS BEING SPENT IN 2012, IT'S A LITTLE BIT MORE THAN, BUT THAT'S BASICALLY THE AUTISM FIGURE, AND YOU ALSO, BOTH OF YOU, CITED THE ENORMOUS PUBLIC HEALTH COST AND ECONOMIC COST.

AIDS AFFECTS ABOUT A MILLION PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES. DO YOU WANT TO GUESS WHAT THE AIDS BUDGET IS FOR RESEARCH AT THE NIH?

IT'S 3 BILLION DOLLARS.

WE'RE TALKING ABOUT 160 MILLION DOLLARS FOR A DISORDER (AUTISM) THAT AFFECTS AT LEAST AS MANY CHILDREN AS ARE AFFECTED BY, AS ARE AFFECTED WITH AIDS THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE COUNTRY."

BAM!
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Tue May 20, 2014, 05:47 PM (0 replies)

Here's a pair of go-to sources to read, join, AND SUPPORT.

http://www.ewg.org
http://www.ewg.org/search/site/triclosan


http://www.nrdc.org/policy/
http://goo.gl/4nD6tk
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Tue May 20, 2014, 02:06 PM (0 replies)

LIVE STREAM: Examining the Federal Response to Autism Spectrum Disorders

Source: Committee on Oversight & Government Reform



May 20, 2014 | 9:00 a.m. in 2247 Rayburn House Office Building

Witness and Testimony Documents

Thomas R. Insel, M.D.
Director, National Institute of Mental Health
Chair, Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee

Mr. Michael K. Yudin
Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
U.S. Department of Education

Marcia Crosse, Ph.D..
Director, Health Care
U.S. Government Accountability Office


Hearing Documents
Topics

Read more: http://oversight.house.gov/hearing/examining-federal-response-autism-spectrum-disorders/
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Tue May 20, 2014, 09:47 AM (3 replies)

NYT: Thousands of Toddlers Are Medicated for A.D.H.D., Report Finds, Raising Worries

Devra Lee Davis ‏@DevraLeeDavis 23h
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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/17/us/among-experts-scrutiny-of-attention-disorder-diagnoses-in-2-and-3-year-olds.html

Thousands of Toddlers Are Medicated for A.D.H.D., Report Finds, Raising Worries
By ALAN SCHWARZMAY 16, 2014



Susanna N. Visser presented a report on Friday at the Georgia Mental Health Forum in Atlanta on the diagnosis and medication for A.D.H.D. in young children. Credit Dustin Chambers for The New York Times

ATLANTA — More than 10,000 American toddlers 2 or 3 years old are being medicated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder outside established pediatric guidelines, according to data presented on Friday by an official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The report, which found that toddlers covered by Medicaid are particularly prone to be put on medication such as Ritalin and Adderall, is among the first efforts to gauge the diagnosis of A.D.H.D. in children below age 4. Doctors at the Georgia Mental Health Forum at the Carter Center in Atlanta, where the data was presented, as well as several outside experts strongly criticized the use of medication in so many children that young.

The American Academy of Pediatrics standard practice guidelines for A.D.H.D. do not even address the diagnosis in children 3 and younger — let alone the use of such stimulant medications, because their safety and effectiveness have barely been explored in that age group. “It’s absolutely shocking, and it shouldn’t be happening,” said Anita Zervigon-Hakes, a children’s mental health consultant to the Carter Center. “People are just feeling around in the dark. We obviously don’t have our act together for little children.”

Dr. Lawrence H. Diller, a behavioral pediatrician in Walnut Creek, Calif., said in a telephone interview: “People prescribing to 2-year-olds are just winging it. It is outside the standard of care, and they should be subject to malpractice if something goes wrong with a kid.”

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A version of this article appears in print on May 17, 2014, on page A11 of the New York edition with the headline: Thousands of Toddlers Are Medicated for A.D.H.D., Report Finds, Raising Worries.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sun May 18, 2014, 01:20 PM (6 replies)

"I did not discover anything new. I said the same thing as the families that are sprayed, except..."

http://www.gmwatch.eu/index.php/news/archive/2014/15427-andres-carrasco-scientist-and-activist-dies

Andrés Carrasco, scientist and activist, dies
on 10 May 2014.




We are very sad to hear the news of the death of Professor Andres Carrasco, whose research showed that glyphosate and Roundup cause malformations in embryos.

Andres Carrasco was a brilliant and honest scientist and a fearless campaigner for truth. He will be sadly missed.


http://www.lavaca.org/notas/andres-carrasco-cientifico-y-militante-gracias/

Andrés Carrasco, scientist and activist: thank you
Lavaca.org, 10 May 2014


(In Spanish; rough English translation of excerpts only by GMWatch)

Andrés Carrasco, the scientist who confirmed the devastating effects of glyphosate, investigated sprayed people, and questioned science in the service of corporations, has died. We publish below the last interview he gave and also "Happiness can be a political issue?", the interview that Decí Mu broadcast.

… The scientist Andrés Carrasco told how he decided to release his investigation into the lethal effects of glyphosate. He was in the south, fishing, just enjoying the beauty of the natural order. He knew his findings were crucial and felt that the perfect silence around him was a huge scream. "I had to do something." To do it, he just needed to find "a serious and decent journalist." On the spot, he called Dario Aranda…

by Dario Aranda

Carrasco said: "I'm a researcher at CONICET (Argentine government scientific research council) and studied the impact of glyphosate on embryos. I would like you to see the work."

It was the first thing I heard on the other end of the phone.

It was 2009 and the conflict over Resolution No. 125 was still inactive. Pagina12 (newspaper) had given extensive coverage to the consequences of the agricultural model and this journalist had written about the effects of the spraying of agrochemicals.

The call resulted in mistrust. I did not know the caller. Why was I called?

The scientist continued his presentation. "My name is Andres Carrasco, I was president of CONICET and I am head of the Embryology Laboratory of the UBA... "

I had never heard his name. I had never written about scientists...

I called the newspaper and asked colleagues. All confirmed that he was a known scientist with a thirty-year career, who had made major discoveries in the 80s and had worked hard in the '90s, when he confronted the governments of President Carlos Menem...

His research made the front page of the newspaper (April 2009). The news: glyphosate, the chemical pillar of the soy farming model, was devastating to amphibian embryos. Nothing was ever the same. Social organizations, farmers, and activists sprayed families and Carrasco took Carrasco's work as proof of their experience of living in the region.

"I did not discover anything new. I said the same thing as the families that are sprayed, except that I confirmed it in a laboratory," he used to say. And he began to be invited to meetings. From universities and scientific conferences to environmental meetings and sprayed schools. Trying to go everywhere, while leaving time for the lab and his family.

He also won many enemies. First and foremost: agrochemical companies. Attorneys for CASAFE (an industry group of large agribusiness corporations) came to his laboratory in the Faculty of Medicine and bullied him. He began receiving threatening anonymous phone calls. And the Science Minister, Lino Barañao defamed him...

Barañao discredited Carrasco's work and defended glyphosate (and the agricultural model)… He even questioned the work of Carrasco in meetings of Aapresid (agribusiness entrepreneurs) and, above all, within CONICET.

Carrasco would not be silenced. "They think they can easily smear my thirty-year career. They are hypocrites, corporate footsoldiers, but they are afraid. They know they can not cover the sun with one hand. Scientific evidence and above all hundreds of people, are living proof of the health emergency."

The Clarín and La Nación (newspapers) launched a campaign against him. They could not allow a renowned scientist to question agribusiness. They even said that (Carrasco's research) did not exist and it was a government operation to ban glyphosate, in retaliation for the failed (Resolution) 125. Carrasco responded angrily. "If there is someone that does not want to touch the soy model, it is the government," he said over a coffee in downtown Buenos Aires. But Carrasco was a government official: he was Secretary for Science at the Ministry of Defence. They asked him to tone down his criticisms of glyphosate and the agricultural model. He did not. He resigned.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sun May 11, 2014, 12:45 AM (0 replies)

President Obama honored with USC Shoah Foundation’s Ambassador for Humanity Award

http://news.usc.edu/62416/obama-honored-with-usc-shoah-foundations-ambassador-for-humanity-award/

President Obama honored with USC Shoah Foundation’s Ambassador for Humanity Award
The president thanked the foundation for “setting alight an eternal flame of testimony that can’t be extinguished”

by Josh Grossberg
May 8, 2014




In recognition of his efforts to protect human rights, his commitment to education and his work advancing opportunities for all people, President Barack Obama was presented May 7 with the Ambassador for Humanity Award by Steven Spielberg, USC trustee and founder of USC Shoah Foundation’s Institute for Visual History and Education.

Obama’s acceptance speech centered on the theme of memories and stories — good and bad. Urging the audience to share stories so others can learn from them, he credited Spielberg with safeguarding Holocaust stories before they are lost to history and thanked the USC Shoah Foundation for “setting alight an eternal flame of testimony that can’t be extinguished.”

Obama also thanked the thousands of survivors who shared their painful stories. “None of these stories could be preserved without the men and women with the courage to tell them,” he said.

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Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri May 9, 2014, 04:04 AM (1 replies)

What's accurate is that food additives in processed food are inadequately tested in the US.

- as recently detailed in multiple peer-reviewed journal articles produced by the PEW FOOD ADDITIVES PROJECT -> READ BELOW.

Robyn O'Brien @foodawakenings · May 7
U.S. spends more on cancer drugs than any other country, accounting for 40% of the $91 billion spent globally http://cbsn.ws/1rYOLTz

Robyn O'Brien @foodawakenings · May 7
According to the National Association of School Nurses, 19% of school children have food allergies, 1 in 5 kids. http://twitpic.com/e378lb

Robyn O'Brien @foodawakenings · May 7
Every 3 minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the ER, accounting for more than 200,000 emergency department visits per year

Robyn O'Brien @foodawakenings · May 7
80% apples coated w/ chemicals banned in EU bc of cancer risk. Join others to protect US apples & families & sign=> http://www.mommygreenest.com/poison-apples/

Take a listen: TEDxMileHigh - Robyn O'Brien - Patriotism on a Plate
Uploaded on May 26, 2011




http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=B846909A-A5E3-4A27-A8DA-631FD66F9DED

POLITICO
NRDC to launch attack on food ingredient approvals
By: Helena Bottemiller Evich
September 10, 2013 04:30 PM EDT

http://www.pewhealth.org/other-resource/pew-examines-gaps-in-toxicity-data-for-chemicals-allowed-in-food-85899493633

Aug 14, 2013
PEW EXAMINES GAPS IN TOXICITY DATA FOR CHEMICALS ALLOWED IN FOOD
Project: Food Additives Project

The peer-reviewed journal Reproductive Toxicology published a paper from The Pew Charitable Trusts' food additives project examining the data used to make safety recommendations for chemicals added to food sold in the United States. The analysis of three major sources of toxicology information found significant gaps in the data for chemicals that are added to food and food packaging.

Pew’s analysis reveals:

* The Food and Drug Administration or industry decided that almost two-thirds of known additives were safe without having fed the additives to lab animals. This is based on Pew’s analysis of data reported in FDA, National Institutes of Health, or other leading toxicology databases.

* FDA’s own database on chemicals added directly to food indicates that:

* Only one in five chemicals has been evaluated using the simplest lab animal test recommended by FDA to evaluate safety.
* Only one in eight chemicals that FDA recommended be evaluated for reproductive or development problems had evidence it was tested for these effects.

* The lack of data means that often we don’t know whether these chemicals pose a health risk to the hundreds of millions of Americans who eat food with untested chemical additives.

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http://www.pewhealth.org/projects/food-additives-project-85899367220
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0890623813003298
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu May 8, 2014, 06:35 PM (0 replies)

I deleted all matters ENSSR from the post you are criticizing and added post #140. Please review. nt

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu May 8, 2014, 12:35 PM (0 replies)
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