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Pesticides and Parkinson’s – Alarming News for California’s Central Valley

Published: June 23, 2011

Our agriculturally centered region may hold a danger to residents. UCLA neurologist Benate Ritz has published a study in Europe showing that exposure to a trio of pesticides may have cumulative and overlapping effects on brain cells. Rates of Parkinson’s disease were three times higher in study participants who worked for long periods near fields read more »

Debunking Catholic Pseudoscience

Published: June 23, 2011

Last month the Union of Catholic Physicians (UCP), a German organization that affectionately refers to itself as the “Voice of the Catholic medical community,” announced that they have discovered several therapeutic options in the treatment of homosexuality. While the Union of Catholic Physicians continues to iterate that homosexuality is not a read more »

Cell Phone Radiation and Brain Cancer

Published: June 9, 2011

At a World Health Organization conference last week, 31 scientists from 14 countries reviewed current scientific literature regarding cell phone radiation. The scientific panel determined that there was enough information to deem long term exposure from cell phone radiation as a “possible carcinogen” They came to this conclusion when their review read more »

Educating the Public

Published: June 7, 2011

We talked last time about PR as it relates to convincing people to destroy their health through the use of cigarettes. While the art of convincing people what products to buy and use is an intensively researched area in commerce, it is not as well developed when it comes to educating the public. That may be a problem. New Scientist magazine recently read more »

The Ongoing Battle Over the World’s Most Deadly Drug

Published: June 1, 2011

In the 1920s Edward Bernays used the new art of public relations (of which he was a founding father) to tailor advertising to people’s psychological needs. It was a revolutionary and effective approach. One of his successes was to link cigarette smoking in women to their newfound empowerment. Bernays hired women to march publicly – while smoking read more »

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