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Are dentists free to write about mercury fillings?

An op-ed article about dental amalgam written by a dentist, Mark Breiner, in the Connecticut Post in July this year has led to a lawsuit concerning free speech matters. Read more »

Muscle pain syndromes: Hypersensitivity and treatment

Issue no 6 (vol. 7) of Current Pain and Headache Reports, to be published in December 2003, has several interesting articles on muscle pain syndromes such as fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome.

K.G. Henriksson (at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Linkoping University, Sweden) has written a review, ”Hypersensitivity in muscle pain syndromes”, presenting research regarding the pathogenesis of hypersensitivity in these syndromes. Read more »

EU Commissioner tests for toxins in her blood

Environment Commissioner Wallström announced on 6 November that 28 chemical substances had been found in her body, illustrating the urgency of the EU’s radical review of its chemicals policy. Her blood contained a number of PBDEs (penta-BDE and octa-BDE), PCBs, and organochlorine pesticides, such as DDT.

Read more at:

Presence of persistent chemicals in the human body results of Commissioner Wallstrom’s blood test

Commissioner Wallström proves urgency of chemicals policy overhaul

Commissioner takes toxicity test

White Paper on the Strategy for a future Chemicals Policy

In Swedish: ”Margot Wallström har gift i blodet” (Dagens Nyheter 6/11)

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Enteroviruses in muscle tissue in CFS patients

A study made at Imperial College in London found an association between impaired muscle energy metabolism and the presence of enteroviruses in muscle biopsies from CFS patients. The article, Lane RJ, Soteriou BA, Zhang H, Archard LC, ”Enterovirus related metabolic myopathy: a postviral fatigue syndrome” (J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2003 Oct;74(10):1382-6. ) is presently in the process of publication. Read more »

European Commission proposes new chemical regulations

The European Commission published its new proposal for new chemical regulations on October 29th:

Under the proposed new system called REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of CH emicals), enterprises that manufacture or import more than one tonne of a chemical substance per year would be required to register it in a central database. The aims of the proposed new Regulation are to improve the protection of human health and the environment while maintaining the competitiveness and enhancing the innovative capability of the EU chemicals industry. REACH would furthermore give greater responsibility to industry to manage the risks from chemicals and to provide safety information on the substances. This information would be passed down the chain of production. The proposal has been drafted in close consultation with all interested parties, including via an Internet consultation.

According to the official announcement from the EU, Environment Commissioner Margot Wallström said:

REACH is a groundbreaking proposal. Once adopted, It will allow us to take advantage of the benefits of chemicals without exposing ourselves and the environment to risks. Thus it will create a win-win situation for industry, workers and citizens, and our ecosystem. It will give Europe’s citizens the high level of protection that they have the right to expect. The EU will have one of the most progressive chemicals management systems in the world.

However, environmental groups are critical toward the proposal, The Guardian reports:

Under pressure, Ms Wallstrom recently revised the bill so that it requires only about 10,000 chemicals to be registered, instead of the initial 30,000.
But environmental groups accused the commission of caving in to the powerful chemical industry.
”It could do a lot more,” said Tony Long, director of the WWF’s European policy office. ”This law needs to be strengthened, as currently it gives too many concessions to the chemical industry, who have been promoting exaggerated studies of the costs.”

Article in Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter: ”EU inrättar kemikaliebyrå”.

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Access to the WTC area may still be hazardous

The Daily News (October 28) have read a special memo from Dr Ed Kilbourne of the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry to Dr. Kevin Yeskey at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Kilbourne is concerned about the health hazards associated with an unrestricted access to the WTC area. The first five bulk dust samples from the WTC site contained 4 percent asbestos, a ”substantial concentration”, according to Kilbourne:

”We are aware of other potential toxic hazards in the WTC area about which you haven’t asked,” the memo went on to say. ”Contaminant groups of concern include acid gases, volatile organic compounds and heavy metals.”

The worried tone of Kilbourne’s memo was in sharp contrast to the upbeat official view the following day from then-EPA Administrator Christie Whitman.

Read the article ”Doc’s WTC note: Don’t hurry back”.

See also: ATSDR media announcement: ”World Trade Center Health Registry Issues Initial Enrollment Report” and ”World Trade Center Asbestos Findings”.

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3 G masts cause headaches and nausea, says Dutch study

A Dutch study on radiation from 3 G mobile phone masts, released September 30th, showed that people exposed to it reacted with headaches and nausea. Even cognitive skills were affected. Läs mer

First Spanish social survey on microwave syndrome

More than five percent of the population in La Nora, Murcia, Spain, participated in a survey trying to relate severity of symptoms to power density in the vicinity of a cell phone base station working in DCS-1800 MHz:

This survey contained health items related to ”microwave sickness” or ”RF syndrome.” The microwave power density was measured at the respondents’ homes. Statistical analysis showed significant correlation between the declared severity of the symptoms and the measured power density. The separation of respondents into two different exposure groups also showed an increase of the declared severity in the group with the higher exposure. (E. A. Navarro, J. Segura, M. Portolés, C. Gómez-Perretta de Mateo, ”The Microwave Syndrome: A Preliminary Study in Spain”, Electromag. Biol. and Med. vol 22, issue 2, 2003, DOI: 10.1081/JBC-120024625)

From a population of around 1,900 in La Nora, a little more than a hundred were selected and after individuals with a history of deep psychological or neurological disease were excluded, 101 surveys were considered valid. 47 percent of the respondents were male and 53 percent female, within a wide age range. Navarro et al. write in their article:

The first group ( 250 m from BS). Asthenic syndrome was 42% higher in the first group, diencephalic syndrome was 55% higher in the first group, sensorial alterations were 25% higher in the first group, and cardiovascular alterations 55% higher as well.

Navarro and his co-authors claim that the most interesting aspect of their results is the significance of the dependence between the declared severity of the symptom and the logarithm of the measured electric field:

[…] our work shows a similarity in procedure and results with previous surveys on noise annoyance. […]
Although noise is perceived by the senses, the same is not true for the electromagnetic field. Therefore biasing is less likely in the present study, and the results are probably more objective than in the surveys on noise annoyance.

See Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine.

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The UNICEF document on fluoride

UNICEF’s overview on fluoridation is a very interesting document that nowadays is a bit hard to find after they moved it to a new URL and into a PDF. ”Fluoride in water: An overview”, is now at http://www.unicef.org/wes/fluoride.pdf.

The document is five pages long and among other things it says:

We purposely fluoridate a range of everyday products, notably toothpaste and drinking water, because for decades we have believed that fluoride in small doses has no adverse effects on health to offset its proven benefits in preventing dental decay. But more and more scientists are now seriously questioning the benefits of fluoride, even in small amounts. […] agreement is universal that excessive fluoride intake leads to loss of calcium from the tooth matrix, aggravating cavity formation throughout life rather than remedying it, and so causing dental fluorosis. Severe, chronic and cumulative overexposure can cause the incurable crippling of skeletal fluorosis. […] The next stage is osteosclerosis (hardening and calcifying of the bones), and finally the spine, major joints, muscles and nervous system are damaged.

The hazards of fluoride are also described in a highly recommendable article by zoophysiologist Jan Sällström, ”Fluoride in dentistry is a cell poison”.

PS. March 2009: The UNICEF document is presently being updated. Maybe the updated version will not contain the exact words quoted above. Those were from the PDF version made in June 2003.

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New York Times on effects of 9/11 dust

September 6th, The New York Times had an article, ”Inquiry Opens Into Effects of 9/11 Dust”, about one of the biggest health investigations ever, of 200,000 people who were exposed to the 9/11 dust:

The coarse alkaline dust and ash from the collapsing towers and subsequent fires produced coughs and asthma that for some people, especially those who worked directly in the rubble, have yet to go away even after two years, doctors say. A recently released study also found a slight but significant increase in the number of smaller babies born to pregnant women who were downtown on 9/11 compared with a group of pregnant women who were elsewhere at the time.

Most medical experts have said that they do not expect long-term health effects or higher cancer rates in the general population, primarily because for most people, exposure to the trade center’s pollutants was fairly brief. Most health research suggests that chronic long-term exposure is usually the way people get sick from pollution. But total certainty, the experts say, is not possible.

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