Simple But Neglected Screening Tests – Mercury and Alternatives to Colonoscopy

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The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that every American from age 50-70 get a colonoscopy every 10 years. A lot of people are literally uncomfortable with that idea as well as the experience. Consequently some (especially radiologists) have advocated “virtual colonoscopy” which is a nonthreatening way of saying “irradiate my body”.   Another method […]

Autism and Environmental Toxins

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A new, very large, well-designed and important study linking specific prenatal maternal environmental exposures to later autism, conducted by researchers from Harvard and the MIND Institute in Davis, has just been published. Here is the link to the article.  The study of 325 autistic individuals and over 22,000 healthy children, compared data about environmental levels of […]

Concerning News About Advanced Breast Cancer in Young Women

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I am disturbed by a recent study of advanced breast cancer among young women.  Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association February 27, the study tracked breast cancer rates from 1976 to 2009.  Over those 34 years, the incidence of metastatic breast cancer increased by 1.37 cases in 100,000 women.  That is a […]

ADHD and Environmental Toxins

The rate of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is rapidly rising and estimated to be 12% nationwide by US Census Bureau data.  According to community estimates, ADHD rates are as high as 20% in some areas.  Nationwide the percentage of children receiving prescription medication for ADHD is approaching 5% (and well over that in some […]