Tag Archive for children’s health

Fluoridation court ruling in New Zealand

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Fluoridation is a reasonable activity for the common good. It is not medication, says a new ruling. Fluoridation a local government issue: court. The High Court has affirmed the right of local government to fluoridate drinking water. In a decision released today, Justice Rodney Hansen threw out claims from anti-fluoride campaigners who disputed the South…

Polio-like syndrome seen in California

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Other than very scary, what IS this? Mysterious polio-like illness affects kids in California. A mysterious polio-like syndrome has affected as many as 25 California children, leaving them with paralyzed limbs and little hope of recovery. “What’s we’re seeing now is bad. The best-case scenario is complete loss of one limb, the worst is all…

Anti-vax and psychic claims lead to worst story you will read in a while

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I feel it was outrageously irresponsible for this media outlet to run this story. Not only are they allowing misrepresentation of vaccines, they present psychic information as valid, and one questionable medical opinion as trumping the entire body of vaccine safety. There is zero mention of the safeguards in place and the overall efficacy of…

Extreme vegetarianism results in infant death

Mrs. and Mr. Kunene who are charged with manslaughter of their 5 month old baby. Photo credit: Central News

Religion-based diets are most likely NOT balanced or healthy. This is a crime and should be treated as such. We are not ignorant about child care and this is child abuse. Baby dies of rickets from vegetarian mother. A five-month-old baby has died from rickets after his parents insisted on following a strict eating regime…

Idaho to address faith healing exemption

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This is GREAT news. Another challenge to a religious shield law that allows for faith healing exemptions. Those exemptions allow for parents to withhold medical care on religious grounds. Idaho rep tackles faith healing after child deaths – SFGate. After several recent child deaths, an Idaho lawmaker wants to follow Oregon’s lead and require parents…

It continues: Fundraiser for future Burzynski bill

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And Burzynski marches on… Nashua Uno Pizzeria fundraiser to aid Hudson girl with cancer – NashuaTelegraph.com. The manager of a Nashua pizza restaurant is the latest to join the groundswell of support for 12-year-old McKenzie Lowe, the Hudson girl battling an aggressive brain cancer called diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. The newest fundraiser comes as the…

Colorado having issues with vaccination denials

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In the U.S. states are cracking down on parents who ask for a vaccination excemption for their children without good cause. Colorado May Become The Latest State To Crack Down On Vaccine Denialism | ThinkProgress. Colorado officials are considering tightening the rules for vaccinations, and may make it more difficult for parents to claim religious…

New Zealand group pushing Wifi manufactroversy (UPDATE: Linked to boys death)

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More and more rumors about safety concerns of wifi are circulating in the news such as this one, where a “safety” conscious group is demanding that wifi is dangerous for kids. This story is from New Zealand. WiFi detrimental to health, study suggests – One News | TVNZ. Many people can’t imagine getting by without…

Vaccines: The reason we have 103 million FEWER cases of disease

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We often get comments from anti-vaxxers who completely disregard the incredible benefit of vaccinations and instead hype up misinformation on alleged dangers. Well, suck it, antivaxxers! Why we vaccinate–103 million cases of diseases averted since 1924. A new study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine and led by Willem G. van Panhuis, MD,…

Fluoride des-bate in Des Moines

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The Des Moines water supply has been fluoridated since 1959. They get constant calls from customers to stop it. Why? Misinformation. Should fluoride be added to Des Moines area water? | The Des Moines Register | desmoinesregister.com. Dentists, scientists and public health officials credit the addition of fluoride to public water supplies, a practice that…

Hershberger cancer case drama continues

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We first covered the Sarah Hershberger case back in August when the hospital took charge of her treatment when parents refused to continue life-saving chemotherapy for her leukemia. Then, that was reconsidered. Hospital fights parents to continue chemo for leukemia victim (UPDATE: Reconsider). One judge granted parental rights over the welfare of a child. Family…

Class action suit against Kids Relief homeopathic products

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An INTERESTING case against a homeopathy manufacturer in the U.S. Parents Call Kids’ Medicines Snake Oil. Parents claim in a class action that a homeopathic medicine maker targets children for its “worthless” products called “Kids Relief,” and has “wrongfully taken millions of dollars” through misleading marketing. Lead plaintiff Jessica Medina sued HomeoLab USA, a Delaware-based…

Philly hospital becomes first to purge shelves of dietary supplements

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A promising step. Does this mean the beginning of the end for useless, possibly unsafe supplements? No, but I would like to just relish the moment. Children’s Hospital Of Philadelphia Bans Dietary Supplements From Its Pharmacy – Forbes. Last week Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) announced that it would no longer dispense most dietary supplements…

Broken vertebrae in baby deemed not related to chiropractic (UPDATE)

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In an update to this story about chiropractic treatment supposedly to blame for causing a fractured vertebrae of a four-month-old baby last year, the chiropractors was deemed not at fault. Chiropractor cleared over ‘break’ | The Australian. An expert report undertaken by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, a federal body set up to replace…

Chiropractors brazenly adjusting babies can cause serious injury (UPDATE: CAA wants retraction)

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An exclusive by the Sydney Morning Herald calls for immediate drastic measures against chiropractors. Call for age limit after chiropractor breaks baby’s neck. A baby’s neck has been broken by a chiropractor in an incident doctors say shows the profession should stop treating children. Melbourne paediatrician Chris Pappas cared for a four-month-old baby last year…