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  1. Urgent action against genetically modified corn

    GM foods under the gun -- everywhere but here

    Seems like someone in Washington is reading MAD Magazine instead of the scientific journals.

    Right now, food safety officials around the world are taking action in wake of an explosive new study that found genetically modified corn can increase the risk of massive and deadly tumors in rats.

    But the response in Washington can be summed up best in the immortal words of Alfred E. Neuman:

    "What, me worry?"

    That's right... not a peep out of the FDA over the new study, which found that female rats given either GM corn, the Roundup weed killer used on GM crops, or both had a dramatically higher risk of tumors and were two to three times more likely to die than rats in a control group.

    Male rats also developed larger tumors and had a higher risk of liver congestion and necrosis. And males and females alike had a higher rate of kidney problems when they were fed the corn and/or the weed killer.

    It's enough for any rational person to want to at least put the brakes on GM foods while we get more answers -- and overseas, they're doing just that.

    Russia has cut off all imports of GM corn while they sort out the new study. In Europe, France is calling for similar action if an EU investigation finds the study is at least scientifically valid.

    But here in the United States, it's business as usual. And that means if the study on mice holds true in humans, you can expect cancer clusters like never before -- because nearly all of our corn, and all the products made from corn, are genetically modified.

    A whopping 88 percent of all U.S. corn is genetically modified, and you can't avoid it here even if you want to because there are no rules requiring labels for GM foods.

    Most nations have these basic protections in place. Even China -- not exactly known for its food safety -- requires labels on GM foods, giving its consumers a freedom we don't have in the United States: The freedom to make informed choices about what we eat.

    There are two things you need to do here. First, make the switch to organic, since organic foods cannot be genetically modified.

    Second, join the movement to demand the right to know -- demand labels for genetically modified foods. If you live here in California, you can actually vote to give yourself that right next month.

    Read more about the upcoming vote, and the actions you can take no matter where you live, right here.

  2. Feeling tired? Could be your statin

    Statins cause fatigue

    Tired, and can't figure out why?

    It might not be your diet, your age, or even your sleep habits. It could be your drugs instead.

    Fatigue is a common side effect of any number of meds, and a new study finds one class of drugs that dramatically up the odds of the condition in women.

    And they're the drugs being given out to practically everyone.

    Alarming new numbers show that fatigue can slam up to 40 percent of women who take cholesterol-lowering statin medications -- and that for 10 percent of women, their energy levels sink to such lows that they rated themselves as "much worse" after taking the drugs.

    That was the lowest possible rating they could have used in the six-month study, which compared simvastatin (aka Zocor) and pravastatin (aka Pravachol) to a placebo.

    The researchers say both drugs increased the risk of fatigue, but the effect was much more noticeable among the women who took simvastatin.

    But I don't think you need to pick one drug over the other based on how they might affect your energy levels -- because you don't need either, or any other statin for that matter.

    These widely used meds are far more dangerous than most people realize, and even patients who've taken them for years can suddenly find themselves battling side effects out of the blue.

    One recent warning from the feds confirmed that statins can cause diabetes as well as memory loss and confusion. We also know that these drugs as a class can raise the risk of severe muscle pain, kidney and liver problems, cataracts, and have even been linked to sexual dysfunction.

    There are so many side effects that even many of the doctors I know who once stood by them are now trying to get their patients off them.

    Fortunately, I've never prescribed them in the first place, because there are much safer and far more effective ways to bring your cholesterol levels down to where they need to be.

    Start with the basics, diet and exercise -- and if you succeed with those lifestyle changes, your cholesterol levels will come down to where they should be and you'll feel more energetic than you have in years.

    And for more on natural cholesterol control, subscribe to my printed newsletter, Health Revelations.

  3. Statins on the ropes

    Researchers from the Cochrane Collaboration examined 14 trials involving more than 34,000 low-risk statin patients--influential studies used to push these drugs on millions--and found serious flaws in the research.

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