Posted: November 30th, 2013 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Medicated | Tags: Health Warning, Parechovirus | Comments Off on Government Agency Warns Infants Diagnosed with Parechovirus
Australian GPs are being urged to be on the look out for a new virus, called Parechovirus – HPeV – that affects infants and has not been seen in Australia before.
About 20 babies have been diagnosed with the gastro and respiratory virus, which usually only causes fever, rash and diarrhoea but in severe cases can develop into hepatitis or encephalitis.
New South Wales Health – NSWH – says all 20 cases of HPeV have so far been in children aged under 16 weeks. Parents and doctors should be on the lookout for symptoms.
HPeV is a ubiquitous virus that is transmitted from person to person via direct and indirect routes. It is the cause of paralytic poliomyelitis, a disease that has been eradicated from most western nations :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: July 22nd, 2013 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Chemically Engineered | Tags: Agent Orange, Australian Chemical Scare, Australian Organic Farming, Cancer Causing Pesticide, Dioxin, Health Warning, Herbicide 24D, Toxins | Comments Off on Dioxins Found in Common Herbicide 24D
An urgent review is underway after an ABC Four Corners investigation found elevated levels of dangerous dibenzo-para-dioxins – dioxins – in a generic version of 24D, one of Australia’s most widely used herbicides. 2,4-D is used in many commercial products including; Bayer All-In-One, Nufarm, Kuziherb, Hi-Yield, Weedtrine, Aqua-Kleen, Barrage, Plantgard, Lawn-Keep, Planotox, Malerbane, Speedzone and Dupont 24D. While this latest scare focuses on commercially used chemicals, it is likely that domestic-use herbicides and pesticides contain the same dioxins.
Dioxins are one of the most toxic chemical compounds in the world – Australian authorities don’t routinely test for them – dioxins break down extremely slowly in the environment, they bioaccumulate – collect in fatty tissue – becoming concentrated in animals higher up the food chain. Dioxins are almost exclusively man-made. In herbicides 2,4-D is used widely to control many types of broadleaf weed, and belongs to the Dirty Dozen Persistent Organic Chemicals – POPs – the production of which was banned in 2001.
Dioxins are formed during chemical manufacturing – especially herbacides/pesticides – in pulp/paper manufacture during chlorination and burning and high temperature processes such as metal sintering, there are 76 different chlorinated dioxins. This current scare raises a couple of serious questions; Who’s watching what chemicals are being used in our food production industries? Certainly not the regulators. The scare also highlights serious flaws in the regulating of foreign manufactured chemicals, the quality of Chinese and Indian manufactured products must surely be questioned? AND, why don’t Australian regulators routinely test chemicals being used to grow our food? :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: April 26th, 2012 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: Chemically Engineered | Tags: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, BSE, Health Warning, Mad Cow Disease, US Beef Producers, US Cattle, US Herds | Comments Off on CALIFORNIA: US 4th CASE MAD COW DISEASE
The US Department of Agriculture – USDA – has reported the country’s fourth case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy – BSE – in a Californian dairy cow, but stressed the outbreak was contained and no meat had entered the food chain.
The first reported BSE case in North America was in December 1993 from Alberta, Canada.
Canadian Agricultural Authorities reported another case reported in May 2003. The first known U.S. occurrence of BSE came in December of the same year though it was later confirmed that it was a cow of Canadian origin and imported to the U.S. Canada announced two additional cases of BSE from Alberta in early 2005.
In June 2005 Dr. John Clifford, chief veterinary officer for the United States Department of Agriculture animal health inspection service, confirmed a fully domestic case of BSE in Texas. Dr. Clifford would not identify the ranch, calling that “privileged information”. The 2005 US BSE case caused the nation’s beef exports to drop by nearly $3 billion the following year. BSE cannot be transmitted through milk.
This latest case of BSE was found in a dairy cow on April 23, in California during a planned Agriculture Department surveillance program. United States health authorities were quick to point out that the animal was never a threat to the nation’s food supply and claim that this is an atypical case of BSE caused by “just a random mutation that can happen every once in a great while in an animal” :: Read the full article »»»»