Friday, March 16, 2012

Rethinking Cancer Research and Treatment

Susan Brannon
16 March 2012

We need to rethink our cancer research and treatments on a global level. It is known that chemicals such as Benzene, workshop hazards, environmental hazards can cause cancer. What has not been researched are most of the 100,000 chemicals commonly used in commerce. Not only are the factory chemicals, workplace and the environment increase our chance of getting cancer, but the treatment itself is under question and that question remains behind closed doors.  The treatment is strongly  promoted by lobbyist and funded with billions of dollars to keep the risks silent. This includes radiation and chemotherapy, Davis (in The Secret History in the War on Cancer) claims that cancer researchers and cancer physicians are dying in record numbers.

CT scanning is a $100 billion dollar industry per year that allows us to view nifty 3 dimensional images but exposes us to radiation. A typical CT scan equals to 400 x-rays and it is known that 2,500 people die each year from the scans. (Yale Study) Davis explains that America is exposed to "equivalent of hundreds of Hiroshimas" spanned across Europe and Russia in radiation from diagnostic machines.   According to the Journal of Medicine, (2007) there were currently 62 million CT scans in the United States, with 4 million used on children. The article express the concern that  "the increasing exposure to radiation in the population may be a public health issue in the future."  ABC, investigated in 2010 that a problem with CT scans is that the radiation dosages vary widely, "Some patients who underwent the same type of test received 20 times more radiation than others, often in the same hospital."  In the end, America is at risk to increased radiation exposure.

Aspartame, cellphones and Ritalin are known to be contributors to brain cancer and tumors, yet 10% of America's children remain on ritalin. Any child under the age of 18 should not have or use a cell phone, and in reality any adult for that matter because the use of cell phones doubles the risk of brain cancer.

China is now the lead on the global economic boom, with increases in factories and along with it, increases in chemical exposure. As the boom increases in China, so does the cancer rate. In fact, cancer is China's number one killer.  In 2010 the Guardian reported  that "cancer villages" are the dark side of the economic boom.  A woman from the Yunnan province near factories says that "the pollution is bad, and people are getting sick.", she explains during an interview with full blown cancer and tears in her eyes.  There is an explosion in lead poisoning cases and further studies show that communities that recycle electronic waste are exposed to cadmium, mercury and brominated flame retardants. China's cancer rate jumped 30% since the introduction of industry in the past 30 years. Chinese farmers are almost four times more likely to die of liver cancer and twice as likely to die of stomach cancer than the global average, according to study commissioned by the World Bank. There have been protests in China with concerns of the factory environmental issues, increase in illness and pollution.  In response, the Chinese government claims that they are cleaning up the problem faster and better than any other country, yet the small villages seem to remain neglected. (Guardian)

Let's go a bit back into the history. In 1936, top cancer experts assembled in Brussels to discuss the topic. A British scientist who studied twins, learned that cancer is not inherited and blamed in on the chemical exposures in life. An Argentin doctor described how sunlight combined with hydrocarbons causes tumors in rats. A hydrocarbon is a chief component of petroleum and natural gas. The scientists also discussed how regular exposure to hormone estrogen cause male rats to develop large breasts.

The fast was then known that exposure to certain chemicals increased the risks of cancer. This lead to environmental studies in Canada to discover the root causes to over 200 diseases. The studies made a huge turn after the second world war, from environmental concerns to treatment focus.

Environmental issues was put on the back burner and $70 billion dollars later of fraud, neglect and propaganda on cancer, has not made any real progress as to the investigations or regulations on chemicals that are known to cause cancer.

In the 1920's General Motors factory workers who bottled lead as a gasoline additive started to drop dead like flies, GM responded that it was a "natural contaminant" Dye makers working with Benzidine at DuPont, started to develop bladder cancer, the studies were hidden until public pressure forced DuPont to publish the results. For over 100 years Benzene as a cancer agent has been denied, neglected, and under deceit. "Myron Mehlman, a toxicologist with Mobil Oil, told Japanese officials in 1989 that gasoline with 5-per-cent benzene was damned dangerous and shouldn't be sold, the company fired him."

ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips and Shell have invested $27-million in China to "contradict earlier claims that link exposure to low- and mid-levels of benzene to cancers and other diseases.", claims Davis.  The Huston Chronicle published an article in 2005, states that the oil industry funds study to counter benzene cancer causing claims. The study was launched in 2001 in Shanghai, China.  The article states, "The results have already been predicted" which makes this not a real scientific study, but a study to manipulate the facts in order to gain the desired results.

In 2009, MD Anderson released a study saying that in the next 20 years the cancer rate will increase in America 45% from 1.6 million in 2010 to 2.3 million in 2030. (link to article)   The Guardian reports that the cancer rate worldwide is increasing to 7.5 million people dying from cancer.  For almost 70 years, it has been known that environmental issues are contributors to cancer, billions is spent on cancer research and billions on its treatments, yet the cancer rate continues to rise. Don't you think that it is time for us to "rethink cancer research and treatments"

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Shadow of Afghanistan Bin Ladin and Americans

Shadow of Afghanistan Jihad

Shadow of Afghanistan Ben Ladin

Shadow of Afghanistan "Instant Politics"

Shadow of Afghanistan clip 2

Clips from the film, "Shadow of Afghanistan" a historical view of Afghanistan.  America is in Afghanistan, and because we are "there" we should also be aware of why, and what there history is because history makes us what we are today.  For a better understanding....towards peaceful solutions. Is it possible?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

'World fears US as a war-hungry drunk' - ex-Senator

ex-Senator takes the words out of my mouth

Gravel took the words out of my own mouth.  He is saddened about America, the state of our country and the money we spend on war instead of those who are going hungry in the U.S.  He wonders where are the morals of our leaders today.  With names are on lists, no trials, no reason for arrest is removing the governmental responsibility for their actions. Gravel says,  "Dropping bombs from the air, you don't see them die...but they are down there."  He also feels that, we have lost our sense in our morals and the "ability to govern ourselves.  The US has committed crimes against humanity and continues to this day.  The Bush war in Iraq, was a crime....Obama says, "Oh we don't look back."  Obama has been doing the exact same thing that the Bush administration." 

Did you know that America has ex pulsed over 500,000 people from the U.S. last year (2011).  Have you read this information in the news?  Why has not the media doing their "real" jobs.  This is what I say, the media is responsible to inform the citizens with facts and truths, not propaganda and lies as they have been doing so.  This is an insult to humanity and our intelligence.  The fact of the kicking people out of our country should be on the front page, they also were "Americans".  One day will they do the same thing to you or to me? 

Obama said, that "we are not going to take any money from special interests."  But, he has been, and has received over 1 billion dollars.  (More on that later) The Gravel says that, "Netanyahu is a liar, and Starkozy says this as well. Israel has weapons enough to start a third world war and we should be careful."

Gravel, feels that we need to leave the countries alone and they will take care of themselves.  "Leave them alone."  and get out of all the countries that we are terrorizing.  He adds, " We have lost our democracy, there are no democracies."

A few things that he mentioned in the video, "(World fears US as a war-hungry drunk')

"Corporations have no moral conscious and memory, they are designed to make money.  They should not be in command of society and our countries.  They are in command of society worldwide today. If this continues, then we will lead to the destruction of our planet. You see this today with the meltdown that is taking place.  They are all only to make a profit.  We need to control the corporations and take them out from controlling the countries.  "That is irresponsible corporate activity The people need a tool to control these things and that is the government.  The government is a tool, and if it is properly designed, and in the hands of the people, then the people will have a role of how things are run.  Marcus Sisrol said that, "People are free if they participate in power."  I know of know country in the world today that are really free."
Well said Gravel!


Afghanistan: The history of the occupation

Coalition shooting spree alleged in Kandahar, Afghanistan

Sunday, March 11, 2012

CNN: We don't need photojournalists! - British Journal of Photography

Susan Brannon
9 March 2012

In November, CNN quietly announced it was laying off "a dozen" photojournalists across its US bureaus as, it says, the network can now rely on user-generated content thanks to new consumer technologies."  CNN is not the only news agency that is "laying off photojournalists"  We have been feeling this for a long time.  The system went from paid, send em' out into the field with all the benefits to find local freelancers that can do the same work for 1/2 the price, to let's just take images (without permission) from the local citizens and publish them.  CNN says that "We don't need photojournalist, citizen journalists can do just as good of a job thanks to the new technologies." 

A good example are the images that Daniel Morel took of the Haiti earthquake devastation. CNN grabbed the images without permission and the same images later won a World Press Photo prize.  There are now legal issues concerning the use of the images.  Daniel Morel says, "Our role is important as independent photojournalist to tell the story as it is. I was there to document accurately this tremendous tragedy for future generations."  Morel Tweeted 13 of the images he had taken in the earthquake, within hours Agency France Press (AFP) grabbed the images and published them and the images were published worldwide on the front page of major newspapers.  Morel wrote to the AFP agencies and asked them to remove the image.  They responded with the court system, "accusing Morel of engaging in "an antagonistic assertion of rights".  (See David Morel's Legal Tangle)

Unfortunately, CNN missed the point.  Look at "Eyewitness", The Guardian, or the Times with their strength in photojournalism with good results.  The people who start to publish run of the mill news, will loose the respect from the readers and in the end, advertising funding will start to diminish.  The old traditional media still has strengths in its' content, with high quality analysis, photography and in-depth stories.  Do you think that CNN will observe proper publishing rights used from social media?  I think not. 

 Reference Link:
CNN: We don't need photojournalists! - British Journal of Photography

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