Monthly Archives: December 2016

Mr. John Kerry Rebuked for harsh speech against Israel

“British Prime Minister Theresa May criticized U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday for his harsh speech against the Israeli government and Israeli settlements at the State Department on Wednesday.” click here

Ocean Acidification has little to no harm on ocean-dwelling organisms

“Scientists continue to construct experiments testing the effects of highly elevated CO2 (usually with volumes several times modern levels) on sea-living creatures. They routinely find that higher CO2 levels (and higher sea temperatures) have little to no effect on growth rates or survival for the species tested. In fact, it has been found in some cases that elevated CO2 benefits ocean-dwelling organisms, meaning that they thrive and prosper in these conditions. Obviously, these scientific studies wholly undermine the paradigm that envisions the long-term survival of the oceanic biosphere is jeopardized by rising anthropogenic CO2 emissions.” click here

Wisconsin DNR Leads the Way on “Climate Change” Website Reform

“The state Department of Natural Resources recently scrubbed language from an agency web page on the Great Lakes that said humans and greenhouse gases are the main cause of climate change.” click here and here.

Mr. John Kerry’s UN Speech on Israel Off the Mark

Recent Breitbart quotes:

“Some Senate Democrats have issued scathing statements against President Barack Obama and his administration’s decision to break with longstanding tradition to veto anti-Israel resolutions, choosing, instead, to abstain from voting in a United Nations Security Council vote. The vote called for a halt to Israeli construction in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem. click here

“CNN’s correspondent in Israel, Oren Liebermann, reported Wednesday that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech at the State Department had “missed the mark” if Kerry’s intent had been to reach Israeli viewers and convince them that lame duck President Barack Obama was serious about peace.” click here

“Netanyahu slammed the UN for its “silence” in the face of Arab massacres and expulsions of Jews from the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem, events that, he wrote, explain why no Jews were living in those territories when Israel was founded in 1948.” click here

California Climate Policies are Self-Defeating, Counter-Productive

“California has committed to moving forward with its job destroying climate policies, regardless of vocal complaints from business leaders.” click here for post at WUWT

Early Concerns about Water Fluoridation Ignored Resulting in a Presumption of Safety

Adding fluoride to drinking water is the sacred cow for advocates within the dental community (e.g. here). Much has been written on this topic and many articles can be found on this blog and other sites. The presumption of safety was imposed and institutionalized early on. But evidence is not neutral. The assumptions of the interpreter determine what conclusions are reached based on the evidence. The historical presumption of safety (it is safe until proven that it is not) has result the same conclusion of safety by every government or association panel evaluation of fluoridation. But evidence-based hazards and risks have been completely ignored or downplayed from the beginning of the practice. Indeed, organizations simply repeat the same song typically endorsing each others endorsement. The absence of dead bodies in the street or repetitive results from ecological studies interpreted using particular statistical tests is simply not sufficient justification for continuing the practice. But it continues nevertheless…

C Carstairs Debating Water Fluoridation Before Dr. Strangelove. American Journal of Public Health. 2015;105:1559–1569. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2015.302660.

In the 1930s, scientists learned that small amounts of fluoride naturally occurring in water could protect teeth from decay, and the idea of artificially adding fluoride to public water supplies to achieve the same effect arose. In the 1940s and early 1950s, a number of studies were completed to determine whether fluoride could have harmful effects. The research suggested that the possibility of harm was small. In the early 1950s, Canadian and US medical, dental, and public health bodies all endorsed water fluoridation. I argue in this article that some early concerns about the toxicity of fluoride were put aside as evidence regarding the effectiveness and safety of water fluoridation mounted and as the opposition was taken over by people with little standing in the scientific, medical, and dental communities. The sense of optimism that infused postwar science and the desire of dentists to have a magic bullet that could wipe out tooth decay also affected the scientific debate. 

Dose-Response Assessment of Inorganic Arsenic and Lung Cancer, Taiwan

Hsu KH, Tsui KH, Hsu LI, Chiou HY, Chen CJ. Dose-Response Relationship between Inorganic Arsenic Exposure and Lung Cancer among Arseniasis Residents with Low Methylation Capacity. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2016 Dec 22. pii: cebp.0281.2016. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-16-0281.

Background: Exposure to inorganic arsenic (InAs) has been documented as a risk factor for lung cancer. This study examined the association between InAs exposure, its metabolism, and lung cancer occurrence.

Methods: We followed 1300 residents from an arseniasis area in Taiwan, determined urinary InAs metabolites, and identified 39 lung cancer cases. Cox proportional hazard model was performed.

Results: The results demonstrated that participants with either the primary methylation index (monomethylarsonic acid [MMA]/InAs) or the secondary methylation index (dimethylarsinic acid[DMA]/MMA) lower than their respective median values were at a higher risk of lung cancer (hazard ratios from 3.41 to 4.66) than those with high methylation capacity. The incidence density of lung cancer increased from 79.9/100000 (year-1) to 467.4/100000 (year-1) for residents with low methylation capacity and from 0 to 158.5/100000 (year-1) for residents with high methylation capacity when the arsenic exposure dose increased from 2-10 ppb to ≥200 ppb, respectively. The analyses revealed a dose-response relationship between lung cancer occurrence and increasing arsenic concentrations in drinking water as well as cumulative arsenic exposure (monotonic trend test; P < .05 and P < .05, respectively) among the residents with low methylation capacity. The relationship between arsenic exposure and lung cancer among high methylaters was not statistically significant.

Conclusions: Hypomethylation responses to InAs exposure may dose-dependently increase lung cancer occurrence.

Impact: The high-risk characteristics observed among those exposed should be considered in future preventive medicine and research on arsenic carcinogenesis.