Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The great pandemic: Study confirms low mortality for swine flu.

Interest in getting flu shots declining.

Vitamin D finding of the day: may improve melanoma survival.

Microbial exposure early in life helps control inflammation as we get older.

The raw milk wars are heating up again, this time in the state of Wisconsin. Raw milk guru David Gumpert has a detailed write-up about what's going on here and here. It's all coming down to a December 21st  court date for Max Kane, WI raw milk drinker, activist and seller. A huge rally in his support is planned that day outside the courthouse. A workshop will also be held. Some of the biggest in names in the US raw milk movement will be speaking. Rally information here. The Journal of Natural Food and Healing is also sounding the trumpet on the December 21 rally. There appears to be growing evidence of consumer resistance to crackdowns on raw milk. And the producers themselves are sounding up in arms. Mark McAfee of Organic Pastures Dairy recently spoke about “taking back the food chain.” “The most patriotic thing we can do as farmers is rebel. Tell the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) to pasteurize themselves….The farmer will become the pharmacist for America.”

Why skeptics love to hate homeopathy. Huge article and hugely important.

Medical school faculty
ties to the drug industry:  Now it's Northwestern.

Chinese youth -- traditional (herbal) Chinese medicine is trendy and flourishing

Canada: Product safety bill faces herbal "tea party."

Do you get fat over the holidays?
Perhaps weekends are as fattening as Christmas.

: Top ten medical breakthroughs of 2009. Come on. Are these really "breakthroughs?" Really? Pretty unimpressive to us.

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