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France Bans Cell Phones in Primary Schools

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Article by Camilla Rees via

France has banned cell phones in primary schools. In addition, France is requiring manufacturers to create handsets that allow only texting to reduce health risks to children.

France is also requiring manufacturers to offer phones that work only with headsets to reduce exposure to radiation experienced with current cellphones, where radiation is knowingly put directly against the brain.

The limitation on children’s use of mobile phones is pending a formal decree from the Education Ministry in the fall.

According to The Times Online, “The Government and telephone operators have been thrown on the defensive by hundreds of groups around the country that are demanding the removal of phone masts near schools, hospitals and homes.” The current ban disappointed health advocates who were calling for a complete ban on mobile use for children under age 14 and for measures to limit the power and location of neighborhood cell phone antennas.

The move to protect children by France comes on the heels of a decision by France’s Secretary of State for Ecology, Chantal Jouanno, to ‘try out’ a reduction in antenna emissions in certain towns to 0.6 V/m, the level recommended by the BioInitiative Report, pending results of a new study from AFFSET. This effort is intended to “test the feasibility of reducing the power of transmissions”.

While Jouanna contends there has been no conclusion drawn regarding risks from antennas, as distinguished from cell phones, calls your attention to research included in “Public Health SOS: The Shadow Side of the Wireless Revolution” from Santini 2001, La Presse Medical. The research outlines symptoms of people in the vicinity of cellular phone base stations. See “PDF iconFrequency of Electro-Hypersensitivity Symptoms Based on Distance to Cell Phone Base Station“.

Symptoms attributed to the proximity to cell phone bases stations in the Santini study included: fatigue, sleep disturbances, headaches, feelings of discomfort, difficulty concentrating, depression, memory loss, visual disruptions, irritability, hearing disruptions, skin problems, cardiovascular changes, dizziness, loss of appetite, movement difficulties and nausea.

Also in France, Mayor of the town of Clamart, Philippe Kaltenbach, recently disconnected an Orange cellular antenna on the roof of the Town Council’s offices due to proximity to schools. No steps had been taken by Orange to relocate the antenna despite a previous ruling requiring them to do so.

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Walmart’s $4 Drugs Coming From Indian Company Whose Products Have Been Banned In US and Canada

Not So Smiley

A New Report from supports the use of generic prescription drugs as a safe alternative to expensive, name-brand medications. Walmart’s use of a corporate bad actor to cut costs, however, deserves significant scrutiny.

Walmart is heavily promoting a program of 30-day supplies of generic drugs for $4, pointing to the program as an indicator of the company’s leadership on making healthcare more affordable. To profit on $4 dollar prescriptions, Walmart is importing drugs from foreign countries, including India. Walmart competitor Costco went a different direction in late 2006, when it ended its $4 dollar prescription drug plan because it was losing money selling prescription drugs at such a low price. Costco switched to selling 100 pills for $10.

One of Walmart’s Indian drug suppliers, Ranbaxy Laboratories, LTD, has been repeatedly investigated by the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Justice for “inadequate” safeguards against contamination, falsification of records and submitting false information to the FDA. Eight months before the FDA inspected Ranbaxy’s Paonta Sahib plant and found significant violations, Walmart awarded the company a “Supplier Award” for improving shipping times and performance.

In 2008, the FDA banned importation of drugs manufactured at two of Ranbaxy’s plants, and in 2009, the FDA halted review of applications to import drugs manufactured at the Paonta Sahib plant. Soon thereafter, Canada followed suit and banned importation of drugs manufactured at that facility.

Yet Walmart still imports generic drugs made by Ranbaxy at its other Indian facilities.

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European Court Ruling Spells An End To Fluoridation

No Fluoride

By Doug Cross via 10th May 2009

Fluoridated water must be treated as a medicine, and cannot be used to prepare foods. That is the decision of the European Court of Justice, in a landmark case dealing with the classification and regulation of ‘functional drinks’ in member states of the European Community. (HLH Warenvertriebs and Orthica (Joined Cases C-211/03, C-299/03, C-316/03 and C-318/03) 9 June 2005)

Functional drinks are those products that have two different purposes – for example, nutrition and exerting a positive effect on some medical condition. They include ‘near-water drinks with added minerals’ and, in view of the properties claimed for fluoridated water by fluoride advocates, it must be classified as a ‘functional food’, and therefore falls within the scope of the relevant legislation.

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Industry Self-Regulation and FDA Ensure Dietary Supplement Safety & Quality


By James Gormley via

If retailers ask their customers about dietary supplement safety, they’re bound to get a variety of responses, especially considering that quality and safety often go hand-in-hand.

In terms of quality, Vitamin Retailer magazine’s 2007 Annual Retailer Survey showed that the percentage of retailers who identify “high quality” as the most important element of their store’s success nearly doubled from the previous year—from 13.9 percent to 27 percent.

While a 2008 survey sponsored by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) tells us that over 80 percent of American consumers are confident that they are buying high-quality and safe dietary supplements, bad press is likely to discourage potential, fence-sitting shoppers from hopping off that fence and going into their favorite health food store, especially if yet another scientific study has just been misrepresented by researchers or misreported by media.

What does Mel Gibson have to do with DSHEA?

By James Gormley via

A public-service ad that first aired in December 1993 showed camouflaged Federal agents equipped in full Special Forces gear, including night vision and weapons converging on Mel Gibson, who says, in defense, as he holds up a supplement bottle: “Hey. Guys. Guys. It’s only vitamins.”

Before DSHEA

This call-to-action video warned consumers that the Federal government is “actually considering classifying most vitamins and other supplements as drugs. The FDA has already conducted raids on doctors’ offices and health food stores. Could raids on individuals be next?”

Near the end of the ad, as Mel Gibson’s character is being arrested, he says in desperation: “Vitamin C, you know, like in oranges?”