Mayor of Houston, Texas Should Resign

article by Eric Metaxas today… suggested action at the end…

Last week I told you that Houston’s Mayor, Annise Parker, demanded to see the sermons of a group of five pastors and threatened them with a subpoena. Why? Because the pastors had objected to a new so-called “equal rights” ordinance that would allow self-identified “transgendered” men to use women’s restrooms.

That’s an issue all its own. But as bad as that is, the Houston mayor’s shocking and outrageous trampling on the religious liberty of these pastors is far, far more disturbing.  In fact, for someone in government to demand that pastors turn over their sermons is almost beyond belief. I confess I almost thought I was reading something out of my own book on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, where I describe how the Gestapo tried to harass and intimidate Martin Niemoller and other German pastors speaking the truth from their pulpits.

Now let me be clear:  I don’t like to get people excited over nothing. But if ever there was a time to get excited—if ever there was a time to stand up and shout—folks, this is it. The Houston Mayor’s office has crossed a bold red line—and it has walked all over religious freedom in an act so brazen that it demands a response. And not just for religious liberty. Religious liberty is the canary in the coal mine. If this inexcusable act goes unanswered, it will open the door to government threatening other liberties. So this is not just about Christians and the church in America—it’s about all Americans. And it’s about America itself.

So if we don’t act on this, we can’t complain when we lose further liberties and eventually we aren’t able to act at all. This is our chance. Whatever voice and liberties we have now, we must use.

 So what am I suggesting we do? Well, my friends at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission had a great idea. They urged pastors all across America to send their sermons to the Houston Mayor’s office. In fact, why don’t we all send sermons? But then I had another idea: we should send Bibles as well.

So please do send a sermon or a Bible. And please do it if you can TODAY. The address is: Mayor Parker, City Hall, 901 Bagby Street, Houston, TX 77002.

Vote Democrats Out of Office for Imposing Obamacare on Americans

Obamacare was one of the poorest and most damaging legislation ever enacted (click here). This is a no-brainer. There must be some accountability for politician who distain the people they represent so much that they would cast a vote for Obamacare. Now is the time. Vote them out.

Many have been voted out. The remaining list is below. House members are up for relection but not all Senators are up for reelection at this time. 

House of Representatives

Becerra (D-CA)
Bishop (D-GA)
Bishop (D-NY)
Blumenauer (D-OR)
Brady (D-PA)
Braley (D-IA)
Brown, Corrine (D-FL)
Butterfield (D-NC)
Capps (D-CA)
Capuano (D-MA)
Carney (D-DE)
Carson (D-IN)
Castor (D-FL)
Chu (D-CA)
Clarke (D-NY)
Clay (D-MO)
Cleaver (D-MO)
Clyburn (D-SC)
Cohen (D-TN)
Connolly (D-VA)
Conyers (D-MI)
Cooper (D-TN)
Costa (D-CA)
Courtney (D-CT)
Crowley (D-NY)
Cuellar (D-TX)
Cummings (D-MD)
Davis (D-CA)
Davis (D-IL)
DeFazio (D-OR)
DeGette (D-CO)
DeLauro (D-CT)
Dingell (D-MI)
Doggett (D-TX)
Donnelly (D-IN)
Doyle (D-PA)
Edwards (D-MD)
Ellison (D-MN)
Engel (D-NY)
Eshoo (D-CA)
Farr (D-CA)
Fattah (D-PA)
Foster (D-IL)
Frank (D-MA)
Fudge (D-OH)
Garamendi (D-CA)
Grayson (D-FL)
Green, Al (D-TX)
Green, Gene (D-TX)
Grijalva (D-AZ)
Gutierrez (D-IL)
Hall (D-NY)
Hastings (D-FL)
Higgins (D-NY)
Himes (D-CT)
Hinojosa (D-TX)
Holt (D-NJ)
Honda (D-CA)
Hoyer (D-MD)
Israel (D-NY)
Jackson Lee (D-TX)
Johnson (D-GA)
Johnson, E. B. (D-TX)
Kaptur (D-OH)
Kennedy (D-MA)
Kildee (D-MI)
Kilpatrick (D-MI)
Kind (D-WI)
Kirkpatrick (D-AZ)
Langevin (D-RI)
Larsen (D-WA)
Larson (D-CT)
Lee (D-CA)
Levin (D-MI)
Lewis (D-GA)
Loebsack (D-IA)
Lofgren, Zoe (D-CA)
Lowey (D-NY)
Lujan, B (D-NM)
Maffei (D-NY)
Maloney (D-NY)
Matsui (D-CA)
McCarthy (D-NY)
McCollum (D-MN)
McDermott (D-WA)
McGovern (D-MA)
McNerney (D-CA)
Meeks (D-NY)
Michaud (D-ME)
Miller, George (D-CA)
Moore (D-WI)
Moran (D-VA)
Murphy, Patrick (D-FL)
Nadler (D-NY)
Napolitano (D-CA)
Neal (D-MA)
Owens (D-NY)
Pallone (D-NJ)
Pascrell (D-NJ)
Pastor (D-AZ)
Payne (D-NJ)
Pelosi (D-CA)
Perlmutter (D-CO)
Peters (D-MI)
Pingree (D-ME)
Polis (D-CO)
Price (D-NC)
Quigley (D-IL)
Rahall (D-WV)
Rangel (D-NY)
Roybal-Allard (D-CA)
Ruppersberger (D-MD)
Rush (D-IL)
Ryan (D-OH)
Sánchez, Linda  T. (D-CA)
Sanchez, Loretta (D-CA)
Sarbanes (D-MD)
Schakowsky (D-IL)
Schiff (D-CA)
Schrader ((D-OR)
Schwartz (D-PA)
Scott (D-GA)
Scott (D-VA)
Serrano (D-NY)
Shea-Porter (D-NH)
Sherman (D-CA)
Sires (D-NJ)
Slaughter (D-NY)
Smith (D_WA)
Speier (D-CA)
Thompson (D-CA)
Thompson (D-MS)
Tsongas (D-MA)
Van Hollen (D-MD)
Velázquez (D-NY)
Visclosky (D-IN)
Walz (D-MN)
Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)
Waters (D-CA)
Watt (D-NC)
Waxman (D-CA)
Welch (D-VT)
Yarmuth (D-KY)

US Senate

Akaka (D-HI)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bayh (D-IN)
Begich (D-AK)
Bennet (D-CO)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Burris (D-IL)
Byrd (D-WV)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Conrad (D-ND)
Dodd (D-CT)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feingold (D-WI)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Franken (D-MN)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Hagan (D-NC)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kaufman (D-DE)
Kerry (D-MA)
Kirk (D-MA)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kohl (D-WI)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Specter (D-PA)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Udall (D-CO)
Udall (D-NM)
Warner (D-VA)
Webb (D-VA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wyden (D-OR)

Silver Nanoparticle and Fluoride Co-Exposure Toxicity

Silver nanoparticles are finding an application in oral health and may be a potential replacement for communal water fluoridation, but it is not without health risks of its own.

Inkielewicz-Stepniak I, Santos-Martinez MJ, Medina C, Radomski MW. Pharmacological and toxicological effects of co-exposure of human gingival fibroblasts to silver nanoparticles and sodium fluoride. International Journal Of Nanomedicine 2014 Apr 02; Vol. 9, pp. 1677-87.

Background: Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) and fluoride (F) are pharmacological agents widely used in oral medicine and dental practice due to their anti-microbial/anti-cavity properties. However, risks associated with the co-exposure of local cells and tissues to these xenobiotics are not clear. Therefore, we have evaluated the effects of AgNPs and F co-exposure on human gingival fibroblast cells.

Methods: Human gingival fibroblast cells (CRL-2014) were exposed to AgNPs and/or F at different concentrations for up to 24 hours. Cellular uptake of AgNPs was examined by transmission electron microscopy. Downstream inflammatory effects and oxidative stress were measured by real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation. Cytotoxicity and apoptosis were measured by 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay and real-time quantitative PCR and flow cytometry, respectively. Finally, the involvement of mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPK) was studied using Western blot.

Results: We found that AgNPs penetrated the cell membrane and localized inside the mitochondria. Co-incubation experiments resulted in increased oxidative stress, inflammation, and apoptosis. In addition, we found that co-exposure to both xenobiotics phosphorylated MAPK, particularly p42/44 MAPK.

Conclusion: A combined exposure of human fibroblasts to AgNPs and F results in increased cellular damage. Further studies are needed in order to evaluate pharmacological and potentially toxicological effects of AgNPs and F on oral health.

Obamacare’s Bad News Has Not Stopped

“Several news cycles pass without much discussion of Obamacare/the Affordable Care Act. Some may interpret this as a sign that disapproval of the law is wavering — it isn’t — or that the reports of frustration, waste, mismanagement and premium hikes have stopped. They haven’t stopped, they’re just not surprising news anymore, and they’ve been pushed to the back pages by the summer’s cavalcade of crises: the humanitarian crisis on the border, ISIS taking over Iraq, Russian separatists shooting down airliners, Israel fighting Hamas, and so on.” click here

Improving Drinking Water Research Credibility

There is a great need for this type of reform in drinking water research, especially on the health effects and benefits side. The same arguments should apply to research used to support regulatory policies, many of which are poorly conceived will little scientific support.

Ioannidis JPA (2014) How to Make More Published Research True. PLoS Med 11(10): e1001747. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001747

Summary Points

  • Currently, many published research findings are false or exaggerated, and an estimated 85% of research resources are wasted.
  • To make more published research true, practices that have improved credibility and efficiency in specific fields may be transplanted to others which would benefit from them—possibilities include the adoption of large-scale collaborative research; replication culture; registration; sharing; reproducibility practices; better statistical methods; standardization of definitions and analyses; more appropriate (usually more stringent) statistical thresholds; and improvement in study design standards, peer review, reporting and dissemination of research, and training of the scientific workforce.
  • Selection of interventions to improve research practices requires rigorous examination and experimental testing whenever feasible.
  • Optimal interventions need to understand and harness the motives of various stakeholders who operate in scientific research and who differ on the extent to which they are interested in promoting publishable, fundable, translatable, or profitable results.
  • Modifications need to be made in the reward system for science, affecting the exchange rates for currencies (e.g., publications and grants) and purchased academic goods (e.g., promotion and other academic or administrative power) and introducing currencies that are better aligned with translatable and reproducible research.

Coal Seam Gas or Clean Drinking Water, A False Choice

This author offers readers a false choice. Either coal seam gas OR clean drinking water. This is rather silly as our experience has shown that both are certainly achievable at the same time.

“Australia is lucky enough to have some of the highest quality drinking water in the world, due in no small part to the protection of our drinking water catchments. NSW governments from both sides of politics have prioritised the security of the special areas of Sydney’s drinking water catchments, where water collects for use by our cities and towns. These special areas of bush and vegetation function like a buffer and filter that stop contaminants and pollution before they can make their way into our drinking water.” click here

Communal Fluoridation will not Achieve “Equity” in Dental Health

This is a typical “pro fluoride” study that compares 2 groups: one with fluoride, one without fluoride. Given the limits of the methodology such studies simply end up finding what has been assumed from the beginning with regard to the “effectiveness” of fluoride. The “benefit” observed is attributed incorrectly to the difference in fluoride concentration. But the more important conclusion here is that differences in fluoride are not enough to close the “gap” between the two groups. Apparently this finding is new to some people, but it is not really new at all. Pushing addition of fluoride as a “solution” to bring “equity” in dental health between different ethnic groups is to continue to push a placebo thereby avoiding responsibility to develop real solutions. The sacred cow of communal fluoridation needs to be pushed aside.

Lalloo R, Jamieson LM, Ha D, Ellershaw A, Luzzi L. Does fluoride in the water close the dental caries gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children? Aust Dent J. 2014 Oct 18. doi: 10.1111/adj.12239.

BACKGROUND: Indigenous children experience significantly more dental caries than non-Indigenous children. This study assessed if access to fluoride in the water closed the gap in dental caries between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children. The sacred cow of communal fluoridation needs to be pushed aside.

METHODS: Data from four States and two Territories were sourced from the Child Dental Health Survey (CDHS) conducted in 2010. The outcomes were dental caries in the deciduous and permanent dentitions and the explanatory variables were Indigenous status and access to fluoridated water (≥0.5 mg/L) prior to 2008.

RESULTS: Dental caries prevalence and severity, for Indigenous and non-Indigenous children, in both dentitions, was lower in fluoridated areas compared to non-fluoridated areas. Among non-Indigenous children, there was a 50.9% difference in mean dmft scores in fluoridated (1.70) compared to non-fluoridated (2.86) areas. The difference between Indigenous children in fluoridated (3.29) compared to non-fluoridated (4.16) areas was 23.4%. Among non-Indigenous children there was a 79.7% difference in the mean DMFT scores in fluoridated (0.68) compared to non-fluoridated (1.58) areas. The difference between Indigenous children in fluoridated (1.59) and non-fluoridated (2.23) areas was 33.5%.

CONCLUSION: Water fluoridation is effective in reducing dental caries, but does not appear to close the gap between non-Indigenous children and Indigenous children.