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Cancer Not Just Bad Luck
While copying errors during stem cell division are a significant cause of cancer, they are not as important as mutations caused by factors such as radiation and chemical carcinogens; being careful about the environment and our lifestyle are effective ways of reducing our chances of developing cancer
Prof Peter Saunders 3rd February 2016

Mid-Life Crisis of Rising Illnesses and Death for White Americans
White non-Hispanic American men and women aged 45-54 are getting sicker and dying at increasing rates since 1998, in striking contrast with other age and ethnic groups in the US and the same age group in other industrialized countries, which have seen both rates of illnesses and death consistently falling over the same period
Dr Mae-Wan Ho 16th December 2015

Ancient Viral Genes in Human Genome Reactivated in Human Disease
Post-mortem brains from ALS patients show increased expression of endogenous retroviruses which when introduced in mice, lead to neurodegeneration
Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji 14th December 2015

Cutting Down on Sugar
We consume far too much sugar, especially the so-called free sugars; but will the government stand up to the food industry and take measures to reduce our intake?
Prof Peter Saunders 9th December 2015

Declaration of Physicians in Crop-sprayed Towns in Argentina at 3rd National Congress
Five years after the first meeting at the Faculty of Medical Sciences of Córdoba, we - scientists, doctors and members of health teams from sprayed villages of Argentina -gathered in the Aula Magna of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), to verify that what we said then is emphatically true and getting worse by the day. The current system of agricultural production in the country pollutes the environment and our food, sickening and killing human populations in agricultural areas
Dr. Medardo Avila-Vazquez, Lic. Miryam Gorban and Prof. Sergio Provenzano 2nd December 2015

Yin and Yang Chinese Medicinal Herbs Identified by Light Emission
For thousands of years, the principle of ‘yin and yang’ has dominated traditional Chinese medicine but these qualities have eluded all attempts at characterization until now
Dr Mae-Wan Ho 12th October 2015

Organic Food during Mother's Pregnancy Reduces Risk of Male Birth Defects
Organic Food during Mother's Pregnancy Reduces Risk of Male Birth Defects
Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji 30th September 2015

Sceptical Doctoring vs Doctoring Data
Review of Doctoring Data by Malcolm Kendrick. Columbus Publishing, Caldicot, Monmouthshire, UK. ISBN 978-1-907797-46-0
Prof Peter Saunders 6th July 2015

Statins: Flawed Studies, False Advertising and Lack of Transparency
The efficacy of statins was hyped and serious side effects under-reported in sponsored studies both flawed and totally lacking transparency
Dr Paul J Rosch 1st July 2015

Restricting Dietary Fat and Saturated Fat, a History of Infamy
A scandalous history of scientists for hire, revolving door between food industry and regulators, not-for-profit NGOs hungry for funding, plain bad science, and fake TV commercials; sounds familiar by now?
Dr Paul J Rosch 29th June 2015

The ‘Deadly Dangers of Saturated Fat’ & the ‘Superlative Safety of Statins’
Although these myths were thoroughly discredited recently, it is important to know how they originated and why they have persisted despite lack of proof and abundant evidence to the contrary
Dr Paul J Rosch 24th June 2015

Statins for the Healthy are Harmful
Current government guidelines recommending mass medication of healthy people with cholesterol-lowering statins pose unacceptable health risks according to independent evidence from randomized control trials and population studies
Dr Mae-Wan Ho 15th April 2015

MMR Controversy Reignites
CDC senior scientist confesses "omitted data" on MMR vaccine safety, while whistleblower virologists accuse vaccine manufacturer of fraud, will the truth out at last?
Dr Mae-Wan Ho 23rd February 2015

Will GM Mosquitoes Increase Disease Spread by other Species?
Cautionary tale for GM and other control strategies as study highlights expansion of another invasive disease carrying mosquito in Panama
Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji 9th February 2015

Ebola Virus Emerging Therapies
World mobilized to control largest outbreak of virus causing deadly haemorrhagic fever
Prof Joe Cummins 8th September 2014

Virus Vaccine Made In Tobacco Plants to Control Ebola
Good idea but production must be strictly contained
Prof Joe Cummins 26th August 2014

Scandal of Glyphosate Re-assessment in Europe
EU rapporteur state Germany recommends re-approval with daily intake increased by 67 %; its re-assessment was carried out by Monsanto and a consortium of chemical companies in Europe based almost entirely on studies from industry; it should be rejected outright
Dr Nancy Swanson and Dr Mae Wan Ho 9th July 2014

Beware the new 'Breakthrough' Transgenic Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes engineered with a jumping gene vector to express a DNA-cutting enzyme produce >95 % male offspring; unfortunately both enzyme and vector target genomes of diverse species from slime moulds to humans
Dr Mae Wan Ho 24th June 2014

Tamiflu: A Colossal Waste of Money
A pharmaceutical giant exposed for pushing an ineffective and costly drug defends its interests by funding a ‘multiparty’ science advice group
Prof Peter Saunders 14th May 2014

The Gut Microbiome and Cancer
Our gut microbiota influence cancer susceptibility of our digestive tract as well as distant organs including the skin, lungs, breasts and liver
Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji 26th February 2014

Phosphorus Starvation Threatens the World
The world is running short of phosphate ore for chemical fertilizers; recovering phosphate from waste and reducing phosphate use in phosphate rich countries can alleviate the shortage and simultaneously prevent environmental pollution
Prof Joe Cummins 22nd January 2014

Congenital Hypothyroidism and Fukushima Fallout in the US
Plume of airborne radioactive iodine arrival in the US correlates with increased rates of congenital hypothyroidism among the new born
Dr Mae-Wan Ho 20th January 2014

Apple Pectin for Radioprotection
A group of doctors and scientists risked their lives and careers to help children living in the most contaminated areas of the Chernobyl fallout and discovered a simple treatment that clears the radionuclides from their bodies, offering hope for future generations of Chernobyl and Fukushima victims
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 7th June 2012

Green Tea Compound for Radioprotection
Green tea polyphenol antioxidant protects against bystander effects of low dose ionizing radiation that damage cells and cause numerous diseases including cancer
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 30th May 2012

Chernobyl Deaths Top a Million Based on Real Evidence
Medical records from contaminated areas speak for themselves; doctors, scientists and citizens bear witness to the devastating health impacts of radioactive fallout from nuclear accidents
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 24th May 2012

Cancer a Redox Disease
Cancer cells are universally disturbed in their electronic energy balance, an understanding that potentially revolutionises cancer therapy and prevention
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 12th April 2012

Non-transgenic Mosquitoes to Combat Dengue
New research shows how a common symbiotic bacterium can stop the dengue virus multiplying in the mosquito host, making hazardous and inefficient transgenic mosquitoes obsolete
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 12th March 2012

Transgenic Mosquitoes Not a Solution
All attempts at controlling the spread of diseases by transgenic mosquitoes are ineffective, inefficient, costly, and hazardous to varying degrees
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 7th March 2012

Regulation of Transgenic Insects Highly Inadequate and Unsafe
USDA set a dangerous precedent for a permissive regulatory regime over environmental releases of transgenic insects that is now adopted across the world
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 22nd February 2012

Outbreak E. coli not Exclusive to Humans
Erroneous claim of EFSA exposes the underlying inadequacies of current surveillance systems especially in the face of rampant horizontal gene transfer and recombination
Prof. J. Cummins 1st August 2011

Viruses and Virus Nucleic Acid Contaminate Many Vaccines
Risks of cancer and creation of new pathogens should not be underplayed by regulators
Prof. Joe Cummins 13th December 2010

Can GM Mosquitoes Eradicate Dengue Fever?
A risky strategy experimented on humans without informed consent, and based on data from unpublished studies
Prof. Joe Cummins 8th December 2010

Genetic Approaches to Controlling Malaria Mosquitoes
A dangerous remedy that may bring malaria back worse than before
Prof. Joe Cummins 9th June 2010

Time to Eradicate Malaria?
Malaria has declined significantly worldwide thanks to combination therapy based on artemisinin and the use of insecticide-impregnated mosquito nets; this has raised hopes for eradicating the disease by developing additional drugs and vaccines and the release of transgenic mosquitoes, but is it wise?
Prof. Joe Cummins 7th June 2010

Yes! to Organic Medicine
The failure of conventional medicine based on the obsolete mechanistic model has prompted the search for better sciences for life, and the revival of an ancient paradigm of holistic theory of health and organic medicine.
Dr. Omboon Vallisuta 17th March 2010

New Evidence Links CaMV 35S Promoter to HIV Transcription
The controversial promoter in all GM crops does enhance multiplication of disease-causing viruses; yet another reason why [1] GM is Dangerous and Futile (SiS 40)
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Prof. Joe Cummins 15th June 2009

Malaria Vaccine Trials Raise Concerns over Risks to Infants
Clinical trials of malaria vaccines on infants raise serious concerns over the safety of multiple vaccinations of the very young
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Prof. Joe Cummins 16th March 2009

Calcium Deposits and Heart Disease
Prof. Joe Cummins speaks on a health issue closest to his heart
Prof. Joe Cummins 2nd July 2008

Sex Hormones and City Life
Is it safe to douse cities with synthetic pheromones?
Prof. Joe Cummins and Sam Burcher 16th May 2008

More on Science and Scientist Abused
Dr. Erina Ermakova, senior scientists of the Russian Academy of Sciences, whose work we featured was approached by an editor of Nature Biotechnology to co-author an article describing her work. This turned out to be a scandalous attempt to destroy her reputation and discredit her work. Below is the first press coverage in Switzerland. The matter is still unresolved, so please circulate widely and write your own letter to Nature Biotechnology
Roland Fischer 12th November 2007

Actonel, Dog that Did Not Bark in the Night
Data suppression and manipulation, victimisation of scientist, abuse of science and more.
Prof. Peter Saunders 1st November 2007

Desk Top Drug Discovery
How a radical idea that molecules intercommunicate at long distances can speed up drug discovery and cut costs
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 8th February 2007

Fluoride in Tea
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho replies
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 22nd January 2007

Green Tea, The Elixir of Life?
Two cups or more of green tea a day for reducing risks of heart disease, cancers, Alzheimer's, obesity, arthritis, diabetes, infections, malaria, AIDS …
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 18th January 2007

Actonel: Drug Company Keeps Data from Collaborating Scientists
Osteoporosis is a serious condition in which the bones become fragile. It affects about 3 million people in the UK; most common in post-menopausal women, but younger women and men can be affected as well
Prof. Peter Saunders 26th May 2006

WHO Registry of Clinical Trials
A new proposal to register clinical trials is having an effect on drug companies’ disclosure of trial information, but it is still not enough
Prof. Peter Saunders 24th May 2006

Post Mortem on the TGN1412 Disaster
Prof. Peter Saunders raises a number of key questions on the way the drug trial was conducted
Prof. Peter Saunders 23rd May 2006

Warnings on FDA Approved Monoclonal Antibody Drugs
This is a compilation of safety information on monoclonal antibody drugs already approved by the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration), most of them posted on the FDA website
Prof. Joe Cummins 12th April 2006

Drug Trial Catastrophe & Safety of Secretly Tested Pharm Crops
A monoclonal antibody drug tested in a clinical trial made all six healthy volunteers violently ill, yet transgenic crop plants with similar drugs are being tested in secret locations and the unsuspecting public are being exposed without their knowledge or consent
Prof. Joe Cummins and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 10th April 2006

London Drug Trial Catastrophe – Collapse of Science and Ethics
An unconventional member of a new class of drugs, all known to have caused serious side effects including deaths, has been approved for clinical trial based solely on unpublished animal tests
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Prof. Joe Cummins 7th April 2006

Unraveling AIDS
The Independent Science and Promising Alternative Therapies - Announcing an important new book from ISIS
ISIS 15th December 2005

No to Fluoridation
The "mass medication" of UK's drinking water with a listed poison will cost London's health authorities alone more than £21 million.
Sam Burcher 7th January 2005