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Swine Flu Vaccines and Immune Deficiencies

I have a 7-year-old son with glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency (G6PD). I am concerned about the swine flu, as he usually gets seasonal flu with pain, fever and sore throat. Should he get the swine flu vaccine?

G6PD is the most common enzyme deficiency in the world. As you know, when he is exposed to certain drugs or infections, he can develop Continue reading Swine Flu Vaccines and Immune Deficiencies

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Low Thiamine and Diabetes

A Vitamin B1 (thiamine) deficiency may be the cause of the serious vascular side-effects found in diabetics. Concentrations of this vitamin were 75% lower in the group with diabetes compared to placebo. Thiamine works by helping to protect cells against the effect of high glucose levels, which may be why it is used up and found to be lower in the serum in people with high blood glucose levels. Lead researcher Paul Thornalley said “Supplementing diets [with thiamine] could be an effective way of minimizing the risk of these complications.”

Let’s hear it for the vitamins. Safe, effective, inexpensive.

Here’s the source (it was too wordy to put it at the top!): Continue reading Low Thiamine and Diabetes

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Irradiated Foods

I’m reprinting the following letter to the editor of the Wall Street Journal with permission of the author, Joe Mendelson, Legal Director of The Center for Food Safety, Washington.

The Journal supposes that any interest group opposed to food irradiation “presumably thinks you can hire enough inspectors to look at every tomato.” This is not the case.

Dispatching an army of inspectors would present no more of a solution than irradiation, because neither tactic Continue reading Irradiated Foods