Thursday, May 06, 2010

Where are the bodies?

Today’s NYTimes features yet another scare story about industrial chemicals.

The writers say that the widespread use of the weedkiller Roundup has created “superweeds” which are herbicide resistant! That “could lead to higher food prices, lower crop yields, rising farm costs and more pollution.”

Well, it could. The MSM always obsess about terrible things that chemicals will do. They predicted the cancer epidemic that never happened. They predicted the male sterility crisis that never happened. Now they claim that the preservative BPA in plastic bottles is injures us. If these omnipresent chemicals are so evil, where are the bodies? We’ve been exposed for years now, and yet Americans live longer than ever.

The MSM almost never point out that BPA reduced botulism poisonings, or that Roundup saves lives by lowering the cost of food. That doesn’t fit the anti-industry narrative.

So it was nice to discover “Truth or Scare,” the blog of a woman who calls herself “Junk Science Mom.” This week she calls out scaremonger/hustler David Fenton:
“If you believe what you see and hear in the media, those fighting an unnecessary battle against bisphenol-A (BPA) are altruistic individuals concerned about health and safety. Concerned about their children and their environment. It's all rainbows and butterflies. After all, who wouldn't want to protect babies from being poisoned to death?

But there is an ugly truth behind the scenes that you will never hear about in the media. Greed, propaganda, political agendas, profits, lies and scams. And it all can be tied to one person and one powerful PR firm. David Fenton and Fenton Communications….

He is the puppet master and we moms are his puppets. He orchestrates the scare and we, being fearful for our children, unknowingly carry out his plan for him. He comes out a winner, and we are duped into wasting our time, money and energy fighting a battle that never needed to be fought”

Good for you, junk science mom, whoever you are. Truth or Scare is a wonderful addition to the debate.


More broccoli propaganda. Kids hate it so it must be good for you

And it is -- if you are a mouse

Broccoli could hold the key to preventing and even treating breast cancer, claim scientists. A chemical found in the vegetable superfood targets the cells that fuel the growth of tumours.

Broccoli contains high levels of sulforaphane which can kill these cancer stem cells and prevent the disease from developing, or spreading when it is established.

U.S. scientists at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Centre completed successful laboratory tests on mice and cell cultures.

Study author Professor Duxin Sun said: 'Sulforaphane has been studied previously for its effects on cancer, but this study shows that its benefit is in inhibiting the breast cancer stem cells. 'This new insight suggests the potential of sulforaphane or broccoli extract to prevent or treat cancer by targeting the critical cancer stem cells.'

A report on the findings is published in the Clinical Cancer Research journal.

Around 46,000 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed each year in Britain, with 12,000 dying from the disease. Current chemotherapy regimes do not work against cancer stem cells, which is why the disease recurs and spreads, say the researchers. They believe that eliminating the cancer stem cells is critical to controlling the growth of tumours.

In the study, researchers took mice with breast cancer and injected varying concentrations of sulforaphane from the broccoli extract. They then used several established methods to assess the number of cancer stem cells in the tumours.

These measures showed a marked drop in the cancer stem cell population after treatment with sulforaphane, with little effect on the normal cells. Furthermore, cancer cells from mice treated with the chemical were unable to generate new tumours.

The researchers then tested the compound on human breast cancer cell cultures in the lab, finding a similar fall in the number of cancer stem cells. However, they warned that the concentrations used in the study were higher than those found in broccoli.

Because their work has not been tested in patients, they advise people against adding sulforaphane supplements to their diet in anticipation that it might prevent or treat cancer.

They are currently developing their own method to extract and preserve the chemical and will then carry out a clinical trial to test the process.

The vegetable's characteristically bitter taste means it is disliked by many - including former U.S. president George H.W. Bush. But its health effects are widely recognised, with studies showing that a chemical in the vegetable boosts DNA repair in cells. Other evidence suggests it keeps arteries healthy and may reverse the damage caused by diabetes to heart blood vessels.

It is high in vitamin C and fibre, and one stalk can provide nearly twice the recommended daily intake of vitamin K for an adult.


1 comment:

John A said...

Where are the bodies addon -

The title and the first paragraph are about the Cancer Society saying a government report is extremely overstated. Then follows a rather approving editorial about the report...

Interesting list at the end extracting some of the recommendations of the "President's Cancer Panel" which read like a memo from Prince Charles. Make sure your child's medicine does not have toxic substances?