Ten Facts About Lyme Disease

1. Lyme is the most prevalent vector-borne disease in the US, and it’s found in more than 65 countries worldwide.

2. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only 10 percent of Lyme disease cases meeting the CDC criteria are reported each year. That means about 230,000 new cases of Lyme disease occur each year in the US.

3. Patients with Lyme disease often have co-infections with Babesia, Anaplasma, Bartonella, or other organisms, clouding the diagnostic and treatment picture.

4. Lyme disease is a great imitator and can be misdiagnosed as MS, ALS, lupus, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, autism, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.

5. A bite from a tick that’s infected with Lyme disease bacteria can lead to neurologic, cardiac, arthritic and psychiatric manifestations in humans.

6. Children 5 to 14 are at the highest risk of acquiring Lyme disease; some studies show significant IQ drops in students with Lyme, reversed after treatment.

7. Lab tests for Lyme disease are not reliable; you can test negative and still have the disease (see below*).

8. Lyme disease can cross the placenta and cause birth defects or even death of the fetus. There is also evidence it can be sexually transmitted.

9. A 2006 published CDC animal study shows that transmission of Borrelia burgdorferi (the bacterium that causes Lyme) through blood transfusion in mice is possible.

10. A rash does not always occur with Lyme disease, and symptoms may occur days or months after a tick bite, and possibly years.

NOTE: If you have been tested negative for Lyme but still show symptoms, contact Central Florida Research Inc. in Florida for a more accurate test (warning: your health insurance company may not pay for this test, but it’s well worth finding out for sure). You can order a sample collection kit to be sent to your health care provider at
or call (863) 299-3232.

Health Issues
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Protecting our Right to Use
Bio-Identical Hormones

Urgent Message from HealthFreedom
Help us reach our goal of an additional 100 sponsors for H. Con Res. 342 and S. Con. Res. 88 by October 21, 2008. That’s only 2 weeks before the elections so we need to start NOW!
  Visit us at www.Healthfreedom.net

On January 9, 2008, the FDA sent numerous pharmacies, large and small, an order to stop using estriol, and the term “bio-identical” in their hormone replacement formulas. This was an unprecedented attack on compounders, patients and physicians because until then not a single compounded drug component with a USP monograph had been withdrawn from circulation unless there had been evidence of harm to patients. Yet that is what the FDA did. Furthermore, the FDA admitted in their press conference that there is no evidence of harm to any patient from the use of estriol in compounds. If they can do it to estriol, they can do it to anything they wish to!
    In response, Congress introduced House Concurrent Resolution 342 and Senate Concurrent Resolution 88. These resolutions call on the FDA to stop their new policy of restricting women’s access to prescriptions containing estriol.
    This is one of our best courses of action to restore estriol’s availability to the market.
    The resolution also calls on the need of FDA to respect the physician-patient relationship and recognizes that doctors, not the FDA, are in the best position to determine which medications are appropriate for their patients. It also points out the FDA has acknowledged that it is unaware of any adverse events associated with the use of estriol over the past three decades.
    AAHF was proud to sponsor 2 full-page ads in Roll Call to support these resolutions. Additionally, we organized a coordinated effort of groups to write a letter to support and hand-delivered the letters to every member of Congress.

The Action
Our challenge to you is this: can you help us get 100 sponsors in 100 days?  We currently have 45 sponsors on House Con. Res. 342 and only 3 sponsors for S. Con. Res. 88 (introduced last month) but in order to be successful, we must have more Congressional support. And you can help us get that.

* Post an article and/or alert on your website. Feel free to link to our alert and articles.
* Send an email to your contacts.
* Write an article about the issue and encourage your readers to take action.
• Write to Congress in support of the resolutions.

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The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

We elected them.
Now ask Congress to represent
us on Safe Cosmetics.
Ask Congress for Safe Cosmetics

Name any type of personal care product — aftershave, anti-aging cream, shampoo, antibacterial soap, lotion and lipstick—and the same concerns pop up: toxic ingredients — sometimes unlabeled — linked to cancer, infertility and other health effects, and ingredients that have never been tested for safety. And it’s perfectly legal.
    The FDA is in charge of cosmetics, but it doesn’t have the same regulatory authority over these products that it has over pharmaceuticals, medical devices and foods. Instead, the $50 billion cosmetics industry regulates itself through its industry-funded Cosmetic Ingredient Review Panel. The cosmetics industry is one of the least-regulated industries in this country — and the cosmetics industry has been fighting to keep it that way.

    It’s time for serious change.

    Right now, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee is drafting a bill that would overhaul food, drug and cosmetic safety, but the current cosmetics provision isn’t as strong as it should be.
We need your help reaching the committee chairman, U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), and the subcommittee members! Sign our online petition telling them that you support health and safety standards for cosmetics. It shouldn’t be left up to consumers or the cosmetics industry to figure out what’s safe and what’s not.

Triclosan, A Hormone Disruptor
Environmental Working Group, a founding member of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, just released a consumer guide for avoiding triclosan, an ingredient common in liquid hand soap, toothpaste and other cosmetics and consumer products. Triclosan is a hormone disruptor that can end up in breast milk and poses potential danger to fetal and childhood development. A recent Campaign for Safe Cosmetics action alert targeted triclosan, which isn’t any better than plain soap and water at preventing the spread of infections.
Check out the growing list of companies that have signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, a commitment to make personal care products free of carcinogens, mutagens and reproductive toxins. You can also use Skin Deep to find safer alternatives.


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Just Say No to Health Tyranny!

by Rima E. Laibow, MD

Here's a short list of things I say no to:

* Just say no to genetically engineered foods.
* Just say no to compulsory micro-chipping of your pets, farm animals and children.
* Just say no to bogus vaccination campaigns.
And there is no more bogus one then the drive to have all pre-teen girls injected with some junk called Gardasil. If you have daughters or there are young girls in your extended family, you MUST watch this video: http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/302.html