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BP Oil Spill Destroying Coastlands; Action Not Happening

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[Environment]
Plaquemines parish president, Billy Nungesser makes a plea to the government to take over the project and stop British Petroleum's control over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill as he watches the coastal marshes become irrevocably destroyed by the oil slick...

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A Look Inside A Homeopathic Emergency Room

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[Faulty Products]
Ever wonder what a modern hospital might be like if you replaced all the scientifically-trained doctors with New Age Gurus? Here's a glimpse...

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Foreign Seafood: Something's Fishy

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Ever wonder how much seafood in your market comes from overseas and how much testing goes into it? And why is it that there are fish here from half way across the world that can be found in area waters?

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Food Network Recycles Fast Food Bits As Healthy Meals

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[Junk Food]
Her bio says, "A New York Times best-selling author, Ellie Krieger is a renowned registered dietitian specializing in nutrition and health communications. Her extensive work in the media has earned her a loyal following and national recognition as a trusted health professional."

Which further confounds people when they see that she's published recipes in Food Network magazine and on the web site recycling fast food products like the innards of Big Macs and Taco Bell Burritos and KFC chicken pieces into so-called healthy meals!

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GM Corn Linked To Organ Failure In Studies

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In a study released by the International Journal of Biological Sciences, analyzing the effects of genetically modified foods on mammalian health, researchers found that agricultural giant Monsanto's GM corn is linked to organ damage in rats.

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Ground Beef In Fast Food Now Contains "Pink Slime"

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[Junk Food]
Imagine what you've been eating the last few years (thanks to meat industry lobbyists) when you eat a McDonald's burger (or the hamburger patties in kids' school lunches) or buy conventional ground meat at your supermarket:

According to today's New York Times, The "majority of hamburger" now sold in the U.S. now contains fatty slaughterhouse trimmings "the industry once relegated to pet food and cooking oil," "typically including most of the material from the outer surfaces of the carcass" that contains "larger microbiological populations."

This "nasty pink slime," as one FDA microbiologist called it, is now wrung in a centrifuge to remove the fat, and then treated with AMMONIA to "retard spoilage," and turned into "a mashlike substance frozen into blocks or chips".

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HMO To Drop 650,000 Customers To Raise Priofits

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Health insurance giant Aetna is planning to force up to 650,000 clients to drop their coverage next year as it seeks to raise additional revenue to meet profit expectations.

In a third-quarter earnings conference call in late October, officials at Aetna announced that in an effort to improve on a less-than-anticipated profit margin in 2009, they would be raising prices on their consumers in 2010. The insurance giant predicted that the company would subsequently lose between 300,000 and 350,000 members next year from its national account as well as another 300,000 from smaller group accounts.

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Healthcare Activist Released From Jail Against His Will

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[Activists]
On Thursday, Sam Pullen was arrested at the Los Angeles offices of the insurance giant Blue Cross. He refused to give his information to police and vowed to remain in prison until Blue Cross agreed to hear demands that it stop denying doctor-recommended medical treatment to seriously ill patients. Despite his resistance, Pullen was finally ordered released from jail on Monday, against his will.

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Five Democratic Senators Sell Out Their Constitutients On Health

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Yesterday, five Democratic United States Senators Max Baucus (D-Mont), Kent Conrad (D-ND), Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark), Bill Nelson (D-Fla) and Tom Carper (D-Del) voted against the a proposal to put a government administered public option in the health reform bill that will come out of the Senate Finance Committee.

Why would these five Democratic senators vote against their constitutients and what at least 81% of the American people want? I can give you 19 million reasons...

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Senate Shoots Down "Public Option" Health Reform

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[Beating Dead Horses]
The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday rejected two Democratic amendments that would have created a government-run "public option" as part an overhaul of the nation's health-insurance system, with the panel's chairman bowing to staunch Republican opposition that he said would prevent final passage of a bill containing such a provision.

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GM Soybeans Now Responsible For "Super Weeds" And More Pesticide

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In 1996, Genetically-modified soybeans were put in use in Argentina. While other areas of the world have been more cautious in dealing with GM crops, little discussion was made and now the end result appears to be a new breed of "super weeds" and the use of even more pesticide and potential damage to the soil, air and water sources.

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Fun Song about Health Care

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[Video]
Join us as we celebrate the excellence of the U.S. health care system via this rockin' video. Reform? Who needs reform when you're #1 already?

What's that? We're #37? Oh....

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Exposing Who Is Trying To Sabotage Healthcare Reform

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So who is behind the movement that's trying to disrupt town hall meetings and slow down/shout down health care reform in the U.S.? Rachel Maddow gives us a powerful, 10 minute expose of who's doing what and why...

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See The Commercial CNN Refuses To Air

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A Poignant illustration of what's wrong with healthcare in America that will likely never see the light of day on radio and television, so we need to go viral with it...

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Insurance Co's Zero Hour Healthcare Approval Kills Patient

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An insurance company that initially refused to pay for a liver transplant for a 17-year-old Northridge girl who died in a hospital should face criminal charges and pay civil damages, an attorney for the girl's family said Friday.

Cigna HealthCare "literally, maliciously killed" Nataline Sarkisyan, attorney Mark Geragos told reporters in downtown Los Angeles.

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Dennis Kucinich Addresses Congress On The Healthcare System

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On July 31, 2009, Dennis Kucinich addresses Congress on pending healthcare legislation. Did you know we already pay for healthcare for everyone. We're just not getting it...

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Tanning Beds Now Identified As Major Cancer Risks

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[Faulty Products]
International cancer experts have moved tanning beds and other sources of ultraviolet radiation into the top cancer risk category, deeming them as deadly as arsenic and mustard gas.

A new analysis of about 20 studies concludes the risk of skin cancer jumps by 75 percent when people start using tanning beds before age 30. Experts also found that all types of ultraviolet radiation caused worrying mutations in mice, proof the radiation is carcinogenic. Previously, only one type of ultraviolet radiation was thought to be lethal.

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Most Bankruptcies Are From Healthcare From Insured Persons

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Dennis Kucinich takes the floor of Congress to bring the painful reality that the current crop of "healthcare bills" are little more than grandstanding. Until there are no more institutions that profit from withholding healthcare from citizens, nothing will improve.

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Indians Market New Bottled Water In United States

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[Industry]
A new, beautifully-designed line of bottled water - this time not from the melting Alps, nor from faraway, clean-water-deprived Fiji, but rather from the contaminated ground near the site of the 1984 Bhopal catastrophe - scared Dow Chemical's London management team into hiding today.

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FDA Announces Drugs That Are Being Reviewed

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U.S. regulators on Thursday listed two dozen drugs, including weight-loss medicines and sleep disorder pills, that it is at an early stage of reviewing for potential safety problems. Many drugs that people may think are safe, may not be as safe, including Chantix, Xenical, Orlistat, Nuvigil, Provigil and others.

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