In 2011, Denmark introduced the world’s first tax on saturated fat. “After only 15 months, however, the fat tax was abolished,” due to massive pressure from farming and food company interests. “Public health advocates are weak in tackling the issues of corporate power…A well-used approach… Read More »No Purveyor of Unhealthy Products Wants the Public to Know the Truth
Doctors Develop Safety Guidelines for Halloween 2020 It is possible to have fun this Halloween and stay safe too despite COVID-19. Here are 10 safety guidelines developed by doctors The Doctor Weighs In
What Parents Should Know About the New USDA Dietary Guidelines New USDA Dietary Guidelines have important recommendations: No added sugar before 2 years old and early allergen introduction by 4 months. The Doctor Weighs In
What is the clinical relevance of vitamin C among lead-exposed infertile men? Compared to controls, lead battery industry workers given 1,000 mg of vitamin C every workday for three months experienced “a significant increase in sperm motility and sperm count, as well as decrease in… Read More »Vitamin C for Male Infertility and Lead Poisoning?
“Even if a nutritional manipulation is proven effective in reducing blood lead levels, reliance on such an intervention places most of the burden for prevention on those most affected and least responsible for the underlying environmental causes of lead toxicity. Nutritional interventions, therefore, must never… Read More »Can Vitamin C Supplements Help with Lead Poisoning?
There are so-called chelation drugs that can be taken for acute, life-threatening lead poisoning—for instance if your two-year-old swallowed one of the little lead weights her grandma was using while sewing curtains and the doctor happened to miss it on x-ray, so it stayed lodged… Read More »Garlic Powder to Lower Lead Levels
Intake of certain nutrients has been associated with lower lead levels in the body. For example, women with higher intake of thiamine, also called vitamin B1, tended to have lower blood lead levels, and the same was found for lead-exposed steel workers—and not just with… Read More »Eating to Block Lead Absorption
“Children in approximately 4 million households in the United States are being exposed to high levels of lead.” As I discuss in my video The Effects of Low-Level Lead Exposure in Adults, “Despite the dramatic decline in children’s blood-lead concentrations over the decades, lead toxicity… Read More »Adult Exposure to Lead
“By the 1950s, lead—a dangerous neurotoxin that was once buried deep in the ground, far away from humans—had polluted the entire planet.” We have leaded gasoline to thank for this. It’s hard to imagine “a better strategy for maximizing population exposure to a poison than… Read More »Why You Don’t Want “Normal” Blood Lead Levels
Back in the 1960s, a Pulitzer prize-winning scientist described the problem of childhood lead poisoning as “so well defined, so neatly packaged with both causes and cures known, that if we don’t eliminate this social crime, our society deserves all the disasters that have been… Read More »The Flint Lead Crisis May Be the Tip of the Iceberg
Shots: BioMarin has submitted an NDA to the US FDA for vosoritide to treat children with achondroplasia The company also reported that EMA has begun validation of MAA for the therapy on 13 Aug, 2020 Vosoritide is an investigational, once-daily injection analog of C-type Natriuretic… Read More »BioMarin Reports NDA Submission to the US FDA for Vosoritide to Treat Children with Achondroplasia
We have known for thousands of years that lead can be toxic and for more than a century that children could be poisoned by lead paint. Since those first cases, the “lead industry has mobilized against the advances of science,” as I discuss in my… Read More »How the Lead Paint and Gas Industries Got Away with It
The reason egg consumption is associated with elevated cancer risk may be the TMAO, considered the “smoking gun” of microbiome-disease interactions. “We are walking communities comprised not only of a Homo sapiens host, but also of trillions of symbiotic commensal microorganisms within the gut and… Read More »What Explains the Egg-Cancer Connection
Shots: The US FDA has approved Evrysdi to treat SMA in adults and children ≥ 2mos. The approval is based on two clinical studies designed to represent a broad spectrum of people living with SMA: FIREFISH in symptomatic infants aged 2-7 mos, and SUNFISH in… Read More »Roche’s Evrysdi (risdiplam) Receives the US FDA’s Approval for SMA in Adults and Children
This post examines the effects of coronavirus on parents of children in school, including parents’ worries about their children returning or not returning to school in-person, as well as how they’re coping with personal worry and stress related to the pandemic.
With schools nationwide preparing for fall and the federal government encouraging in-person classes, key concerns for school officials, teachers and parents include the risks that coronavirus poses to children and their role in transmission of the disease. A new KFF brief examines the latest available data… Read More »Brief Examines What’s Known About Children and Coronavirus Transmission as Schools Prepare for Fall
As schools prepare for Fall, this brief examines what’s known about children and COVID-19, including the risk the virus poses to children and the risk of children becoming infected and transmitting to others, and the experiences of other countries that reopened classrooms.
It may be more expedient politically to promote an increase in consumption of healthy items rather than a decrease in consumption of unhealthy items, but it may be far less effective. The World Health Organization has estimated that more than a million deaths “worldwide are… Read More »The Crowding Out Strategy to Eating Healthier
Shots: The MAA is based on P-III study assessing the efficacy and safety of vosoritide, further supported by the long-term safety and efficacy from the ongoing P-II and P-III extension studies and extensive natural history data Following the completion of EMA’s validation, BioMarin expects the… Read More »BioMarin Reports the Submission of MAA to EMA for Vosoritide to Treat Children with Achondroplasia
By Nearly a 2-1 Margin, Parents Prefer to Wait to Open Schools to Minimize COVID Risk, with Parents of Color Especially Worried Either Way
Most Say Things Will Get Worse Before They Get Better, and Just Over Half Now Say Their Mental Health is Worse Because of Coronavirus Worry and Stress As state and local officials prepare for the new school year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, parents with children… Read More »By Nearly a 2-1 Margin, Parents Prefer to Wait to Open Schools to Minimize COVID Risk, with Parents of Color Especially Worried Either Way
This poll examines the public’s views on reopening society during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as parents’ worries when it comes to their children returning or not returning to school, the mental health and economic effects, and priorities for possible congressional action.
Did You Know That Reptiles Can Be Great Pets? Reptiles as pets? Geckos, and dragons, and snakes! Oh my! To novice keepers and first-time herpetologists, scales may seem more intimidating than fur or feathers, but many species of reptiles make fantastic pets, even for complete… Read More »Did You Know That Reptiles Can Be Great Pets?
Do BPA-free plastics such as Tritan, have human hormone-disrupting effects? And what about BPS and BPF? Recent human studies indicate that exposure to the plastics chemical BPA may be associated with infertility, miscarriage, premature delivery, reduced male sexual function, polycystic ovaries, altered thyroid and immune… Read More »Are the BPA-Free Plastics Like Tritan Safe?
Cutting two teaspoons of salt’s worth of sodium from one’s daily diet can significantly improve lung function in asthmatics In the 1960s and 1970s, a mystery was emerging. Why were childhood asthma rates between 2 to 5 percent in the developed world but as low… Read More »One Way to Treat Asthma and Autoimmune Diseases with Diet
Unlike most antiviral drugs, green tea appears to work by boosting the immune system to combat diseases such as genital warts (caused by HPV) and the flu (caused by the influenza virus). According to one study, “The belief in green tea as a ‘wonder weapon’… Read More »Boosting Antiviral Immune Function with Green Tea
A rare and life-threatening COVID19-related inflammatory syndrome is rampant in children in the US and the European Union. Children with this mysterious illness – that resembles Kawasaki Disease – show symptoms such as rashes, persistent high fever, inflammation, and loss of functioning of multiple organs… Read More »What is COVID19-Related Inflammatory Syndrome In Children?
COVID19 is a universal crisis, which has an impact on children as well. With a restriction on playing outdoor games to just hanging out with their friends, the lock-down measures can severely impact their physical as well as mental well-being. Therefore, parents need to spend… Read More »Best Ways to Engage with Kids during COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdown
Type 1 diabetes “arises following the autoimmune destruction of the insulin-producing pancreatic β [beta] cells…[and] is most often diagnosed in children and adolescents, usually presenting with a classic trio of symptoms” as their blood sugars spike: excessive thirst, hunger, and urination. They need to go… Read More »The Role of Meat and Dairy in Triggering Type 1 Diabetes