Health, Natural Living, and the Environment

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Other Infant Death

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the "sudden death of an infant under one year of age which remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation, including performance of a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene, and review of the clinical history" (Willinger, et al., 1991).

SIDS WEB: A Resource Guide

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Network:
This site is the growing collaborative effort of individuals from across the United States and around the world. This sites offers up-to-date information as well as support for those who have been touched by the tragedy of SIDS/OID. http://sids-network.org/

The rate of SIDS has dropped significantly:
Prior to 1993, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) took the lives of 5,000 to 6,000 babies each year. In 1995, however, the number of deaths dropped to approximately 3,500, according to preliminary data from the National Center for Health Statistics.

Although the cause of SIDS is still unknown, the prime risk factor is sleeping on the stomach. The reduction in SIDS is thought to be due in large part to a recommendation in 1992 by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that infants sleep on their backs or sides rather than their stomachs.
Modern Medicine, Volume 64, September 1996, Page 2

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Vaccine Issues and Risks

National Vaccine Information Center Toppick
800-909-SHOT. To register vaccine reactions, call 707-938-DPT3.
Vaccines, immunizations or inoculations are recommended for every child born in the United States. A vaccination shouldn't hurt a child but sometimes they do. Before your child takes the risk, find out what it is. http://www.909shot.com

Vaccination News
Adverse Reaction Reports, Daily News, Recommended Reading List, etc. http://www.vaccinationnews.com/

Vaccination Action File
Mounting scientific evidence is causing concerned experts to question whether the risk of harm from vaccines may be greater than their potential benefit in disease prevention. http://www.garynull.com/issues/Vaccines/

New York Vaccination Basics

New Yorkers for Vaccination Information and Choice (NYVIC)

Autism Autoimmunity Project
Autism research that addresses immunology research/vaccine issues. http://www.gti.net/truegrit/

Global Vaccine Awareness League
Vaccine information from the parent of child who died shortly after vaccination.
Global Vaccine Awareness League is dedicated to the education of parents and concerned citizens regarding vaccination. With education comes the freedom of choice, and respect for the choices of others. http://www.gval.com/

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Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

Official Mad Cow Disease Home Page:
3650+ articles on mad cow and Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease, prions, bovine spongiform encephalopathy, scrapie, BSE, CJD, CWD, TME, and TSE. http://www.mad-cow.org/

USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service:
Information on Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, Importing animals and plants, and Missing and Found Animal Pages. http://www.aphis.usda.gov/

MAD COW DISEASE The BSE Epidemic in Great Britain:
An Interview with Dr. Frederick A. Murphy, Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California Davis by Sean Henahan, Access Excellence. http://www.gene.com/ae/WN/NM/madcow96.html

MAD COWBOY: By Howard F. Lyman With Glen Merzer
Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won't Eat Meat.
"A former cattle rancher-turned-vegetarian and food safety activist, in 1996, Lyman revealed, to a national television audience, how the cattle industry potentially exposed Americans to Mad Cow Disease by feeding cows the remains of live animals - including other cows." http://www.madcowboy.com/

Texas cattlemen lose suit against Oprah:
February 26, 1998, AMARILLO, Texas (CNN) -- A jury decided Thursday that television talk show host Oprah Winfrey was not liable for damages for a show about mad cow disease that Texas cattlemen said sank prices and cost them millions of dollars. http://cnn.com/US/9802/26/oprah.trial/index.html

Texas Cattlemen vs. Oprah Winfrey Trial resources
Check here for background information such as court documents and interview transcripts. The Amarillo, Texas, jury decided February 26 that Winfrey did not maliciously harm the U.S. beef industry in a 1996 program on mad cow disease.

More proof links 'mad cow disease' to humans:
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Scientists say they have discovered more medical evidence that deadly "mad cow disease" may be transmitted to humans. http://cnn.com/HEALTH/9610/23/briefs/mad.cow.html

Howard Lyman homepage: Voice For a Viable Future:
Voice For a Viable Future is a 501c3 educational non-profit organization, founded by Howard Lyman and Marr Nealon.
Information for Beginning Vegetarians.

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Milk and Dairy Cows

Milk: It Does a Body In
Cows' Milk is Degrading to Human Health. http://www.vegan.org/milk.html

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Find out about the different ailments and diseases that can be caused by the consumption of dairy products. e.g. "Asthma, Crohn's Disease, Early Sexual Maturation, Diabetes, Breast Cancer, Colon Cancer, Diarrhea & Constipation, A.D.D."

The most abundant milk protein, casein.
"CASEIN is a tenacious glue. Eighty-seven percent of milk is water. Four percent of the remaining thirteen percent is CASEIN. The furniture in your home is held together by this powerful glue. So too is the label affixed to a bottle of beer. If you are a beer drinker, try scraping that label off this weekend. That will be no easy task and quite a learning experience!"

The Dairy Education Board is a public information association that has been formed to let America know that cow's milk is not nature's perfect food for people. http://www.notmilk.com/

The Dairy Cow
"Cow's milk is the liquid secreted by the mammary glands of cows for the nourishment of their offspring (calves). To produce milk the female of the species is obliged to become pregnant and give birth. From an early age cows are cruelly manipulated and exploited to provide human beings with a product that is neither natural nor necessary." http://www.vegansociety.com/info/info25.html

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Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) /
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

ADD Action Group
The ADD Action Group is a non-profit organization that helps people find alternative solutions for:
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Learning Differences
  • Dyslexia
  • Autism
Because there is not one cause for these conditions, there is not one solution.
Each person is unique in their particular needs. http://addgroup.org/

National Attention Deficit Disorder Association (NADDA)
"ADDA's mission is to help people with ADD lead happier, more successful lives through education, research, and public advocacy. Whether you have ADD yourself, or someone special in your life does, or you treat, counsel, or teach those who do, ADDA is an organization for you." http://add.org/

Attention Deficit Disorder at About.com
Articles and links. http://www.add.about.com/health/add/

CHADD: Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
"Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, ADD, AD/HD�There are nearly as many names for the disorder as there are opinions about its diagnosis and treatment.

And that's why there's CHADD � the national non-profit organization representing children and adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD). Founded in 1987 by a group of concerned parents, CHADD works to improve the lives of people with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder through education, advocacy and support. Working closely with leaders in the field of AD/HD research, diagnosis and treatment, CHADD offers its members and the public information they can trust." http://www.chadd.org/

ADHD and Children's Environment
"Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects somewhere between 10% and 15% of all school children in the U.S. (1.8 million to 2.7 million children). The estimate is uncertain because the behavior of children can be erratic under the best of circumstances and therefore the disorder is not simple to diagnose. Indeed, many cases are thought to go undiagnosed." http://www.garynull.com/Documents/erf/ADHD%20and%20Children's%20Environment.htm

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Circumcision: Male and Female Genital Mutilation

Circumcision Facts:
Did you know:
  • That medical circumcision started out in the 1800s as a way to discourage masturbation?
  • That Jewish circumcision only requires the removal of the tip of the foreskin leaving the majority of the foreskin intact, but has evolved to be more severe?
  • That infant circumcision in the United States earns U.S. doctors ten's and ten's of millions of dollars in extra income?
  • That in some cultures, girls are circumcised, too, of which the modern world is APPALLED, and refers to this as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)?

Circumcision Resource Center
The Circumcision Resource Center is a nonprofit educational organization with the purpose of informing the public and professionals about the practice of circumcision. Our mission is to raise awareness and facilitate healing. The Center is a valuable source of circumcision information for parents and children's advocates; childbirth educators and allied professionals; medical, mental health, and academic people; Jews; and others. http://www.circumcision.org/

Circumcision Information and Resource Pages: Toppick
Provides information about all aspects of the genital surgery known as circumcision. http://www.cirp.org/

Ending Circumcision in the Jewish Community? by Moshe Rothenberg

Circumcision Issues

Doctors Opposing Circumcision (D.O.C.)
D.O.C. is an organization of physicians, and others who are opposed to routine neonatal circumcision. D.O.C. has members in 50 States, 10 Canadian Provinces and 2 Territories, and several other countries. These doctors recognize that no one has the right to forcibly remove sexual body parts from another individual. They also believe that doctors should have no role in this painful, unnecessary procedure inflicted on the newborn. http://weber.u.washington.edu/~gcd/DOC/

Views in favor of circumcision.   http://www.circumcision.net/

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Latex Allergies


Latex Allergy Links:

Family Village: Latex Allergy Links:

Latex Allergy Help:
by Medical Educational Services, Inc. & Latex Allergy News. http://www.latexallergyhelp.com/

Food Allergies

Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN)
"The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) was established in 1991. FAAN's membership now stands at more than 22,000 worldwide and includes families, dietitians, nurses, physicians, school staff, representatives from government agencies, and the food and pharmaceutical industries. FAAN serves as the communication link between the patient and others." http://www.foodallergy.org/

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Eye Care

A Holistic Approach to Vision

Imperfect Vision: When Lasik Surgery Can Go Wrong at ABCNews.com
"Every week, thousands of people choose to have Lasik eye surgery, a quick procedure that proponents say allows patients to throw away their glasses. But for some, the surgery carries great danger." http://abcnews.go.com/sections/primetime/DailyNews/PrimeTime_010628_lasiksurgery_feature.html

A source of info about risks and complications of Lasik and other eye surgeries.
"Surgical Eyes� is an organization that exists to assist people who have had unsuccessful LASIK, PRK, RK, AK, ALK or other elective refractive and laser surgeries. We help identify current remedies and spur development of future technologies to help us overcome our vision correction created visual difficulties..." http://www.surgicaleyes.com/

My LASIK Nightmare

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General Health Links

Gary Null's Natural Living:
Exploring the nature and politics of medicine, health, nutrition and the environment. http://www.garynull.com/

International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC):
Founded in 1980, the International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC) is a nonprofit organization based in New York City that works with individuals and groups in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to promote women's reproductive and sexual health and rights. http://www.iwhc.org/

Citizens' Council on Health Care
The mission of Citizens' Council on Health Care is to analyze the impact of current and proposed policy on health care access, and to define and support market-based alternatives to health care rationing. http://cchconline.org/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Information at Hamline University, St. Paul, MN: http://www.hamline.edu/lupus

Supporters of tobacco, distributors, advertising agencies and media have been targeting us. Now they are our target. Use the truth as the ultimate weapon to make 'em squirm, get the facts and have fun, because that's what it's all about. (Fun and makin 'em squirm!)

SWAT (Students Working Against Tobacco) dukes it out against some of the toughest enemies around: Big Tobacco and its merry band of supporters. They've been beating up our generation by getting us hooked on a lame addiction that kills. All because they're looking to replace the millions of smokers that die each year. Help us defend our generation from their lies and manipulations. http://www.wholetruth.com/

World Health Organization:

Is a gateway consumer health and human services information web site from the United States government.
"healthfinder™ can lead you to selected online publications, clearinghouses, databases, web sites, and support and self-help groups, as well as the government agencies and not-for-profit organizations that produce reliable information for the public. The information you find can help you make better choices for yourself and your family about your health and human services needs."

Principles Of First Aid: First Aid On-line: Toppick
Active First Aid Online! is the cyber-text of the official PARASOL EMT First Aid book.

CNN On the Net: Medical sites are just what the doctor ordered:

Dr. Andrew Weil:
"If you're into alternative methods of healing, visit the HotWired Healthclinic and ask Dr. Weil any question. This Harvard-trained M.D. and author of several best-selling alternative health books, specializes in mind/body interactions and medical botany . One of the most interesting features of the Web site is the Doctor Weil Database, a comprehensive collection of home remedies people can use to treat common aliments -- remedies Dr. Weil says are safe, natural, effective and inexpensive." Also check out the Vitamin Adviser. http://cgi.pathfinder.com/drweil/

"Think of kidsDoctor as a 24 hr-a-day source for 'What every parent needs to know' when it comes to keeping kids healthy." http://www.kidsdoctor.com/

PETA: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
"What do you mean by �animal rights�?

Animal rights means that animals deserve certain kinds of consideration�consideration of what is in their own best interests regardless of whether they are cute, useful to humans, or an endangered species and regardless of whether any human cares about them at all (just as a mentally-challenged human has rights even if he or she is not cute or useful or even if everyone dislikes him or her). It means recognizing that animals are not ours to use�for food, clothing, entertainment, or experimentation." http://www.peta.com/

Super Memory: Forget about forgetting
"By cutting down on sleep we learn less, we develop less, we are less bright, we make worse decisions, we accomplish less, we are less productive, we are more prone to errors, and we undermine our true intellectual potential!" http://www.supermemo.com/

Trust My Doctor

Institute of Nutritional Science
The Institute is an educational facility first and foremost, with our goal being to help you achieve a healthier, longer life while hopefully avoiding prescription drugs and painful invasive surgery. The body is an amazing thing, and given the proper tools has the incredible ability to heal itself. In fact, the body is the only thing that can heal - so why not take as good care of your body as possible? We can help you lead a healthier, happier life - join us and take a look around! http://healthyinformation.com/

Rinks world wide. http://skategroove.com/

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Environmental Resources and Links

Greenpeace.org Toppick
"Greenpeace is an independent, campaigning organization which uses non-violent, creative confrontation to expose global environmental problems, and to force the solutions which are essential to a green and peaceful future.

Greenpeace's goal is to ensure the ability of the earth to nurture life in all its diversity. Therefore Greenpeace seeks to:

  • Protect biodiversity in all its forms.
  • Prevent pollution and abuse of the earth's ocean, land, air and fresh water.
  • End all nuclear threats.
  • Promote peace, global disarmament and non-violence."


E/The Environmental Magazine:
"Was conceived during the "Greenhouse Summer" of 1988, amid reports of medical waste on New Jersey shores, fires in Yellowstone National Park, and increased public interest in environmental problems.

E's founders sought to create an independent newsstand-quality publication on environmental issues--a magazine that could educate, inspire and empower Americans to make a difference for the environment." http://emagazine.com/

Mother Jones Interactive: MojoWire Toppick
Mother Jones magazine was named after Mary Harris Jones (1830-1930), a pioneer labor organizer known for her feisty spirit and devotion to the labor movement. The magazine was launched in 1976, with the purpose of reaching a significantly larger audience than that reached by existing progressive journals.

Mother Jones is a magazine of investigation and ideas for independent thinkers. Provocative and unexpected articles inform readers and inspire action toward positive social change. Colorful and personal, Mother Jones challenges conventional wisdom, exposes abuses of power, helps redefine stubborn problems and offers fresh solutions. http://www.motherjones.com/

HempNet.com: Expanding The Boundaries Of Hemp:
Did You Know?
  • Most hemp-derived products are NONTOXIC, BIODEGRADABLE, and RENEWABLE!
  • Hemp protein can be processed and flavored in any way soybean protein can. Hemp oil can also be used to make highly nutritious tofu, butter, cheese, salad oils, and other foods.
  • Hemp produces twice as much fiber per acre as cotton!
  • Hemp fiberboard is far stronger than similar wood products, and can replace almost every item used in building a house. (Except electrical wiring and glass windows.)
  • The Hemp plant has been used since the beginning of time as one of the worlds most nutritious plants, second only to the Soybean.
  • Hemp can be grown in almost any climate, allowing for the world to be clothed, housed and fed!
  • Hemp fiber when wet, swells and forms a natural water barrier.
  • The Hemp plant reduces soil erosion thereby controlling mudslides and saving mountains and rivers.


Nature Conservatory:
The Nature Conservancy operates the largest private system of nature sanctuaries in the world--more than 1,500 preserves in the United States alone. Some are postage-stamp size, others cover thousands of acres. All of them safeguard imperiled species of plants and animals.  http://nature.org/

Save Our Everglades:
"We are committed to the conservation and restoration of the Everglades, to ensure success of restoration and to protect this irreplaceable part of mankind’s natural and cultural history, we re-dedicate our time and resources to the following principles:..."

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TS-330: Effective Speaking: Speech Three References

Greetings TS-330 classmates!

The following contains links to the Web sites on the handout for speech three that I gave everyone. This is so you don't have to type in any of the URL's manually.


Plasma Insulin-Like Growth Factor-I and Prostate Cancer Risk: A Prospective Study
Science, vol. 279 23 January 1998, p563

Bovine Somatotrophin Supplementation of Dairy Cows: Is the Milk Safe?
Journal of American Medical Association, August 22/29, 1990, Vol 264, No. 8, p. 1003

Web Sites, Online Articles

Vegan Action

Milk: It Does a Body In

Over 10,000 vegetarian Recipes http://www.vegsource.com/

Florida Milk Supply Riddled With Artificial Hormone Linked To Cancer; Reporters Say They Were Ordered To Lie About It On Fox-TV

Vegetarian Facts and Fiction

  • Milk and Breast Cancer
  • Doin' a Body Good?: Studies Link rBGH-Produced Milk and Increased Cancer Risk
  • Endangered Species Down on the Farm
  • Milk, RBGH and Cancer
  • Breast Cancer, RBGH and Milk
  • Milk Controversy Spills Into Canada


Woman's Encyclopedia of Natural Healing, The by Dr. Gary Null
The new healing techniques of 100 leading alternative health practitioners. ISBN: 1-888363-35-5

Reverse the Aging Process Naturally by Gary Null and Martin Feldman, M.D.
How to build the immune system with antioxidants � the super-nutrients of the nineties. ISBN: 0-679-74509-2

Deadly Feast by Richard Rose
Cows and other animals are being "rendered" into a protein that is fed to cows, sheep and chickens.

Uncheese Cookbook : Creating Amazing Dairy-Free Cheese Substitutes and Classic 'Uncheese' Dishes, The by Joanne Stepaniak,
800-695-2241. ISBN: 0-913990-42-6.
A lot of products that say that they are dairy free my have casein. Casein is a white, tasteless, odorless protein precipitated from milk by rennin. It is the basis of cheese and is used to make plastics, adhesives, paints, and foods. Whey is the watery part of milk that separates from the curds, as in the process of making cheese.

Spontaneous Healing by Andrew Weil, M.D.
How to discover and enhance your body's natural ability to maintain and heal itself. ISBN: 0-449-91064-4

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