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Iraq, tomato, AIDS

* Article on the scarcity of war photos.
* Tomato growers seek compensation for FDA warning about tomatoes.
* Food lobby and Bush responsible for watering down bioterrorism measures that would have helped track the salmonella crisis efficiently. The White House also killed a plan to require the industry to maintain electronic tracking records. Profits before safety or security! (Of course, for foreign tourism it's harassment/alleged security before profits or decency.)
* "Meditation slows AIDS progression". But this has more detail: 8 weeks of meditation slowed the decline of CD4 T-cells but had no observed effect on viral load, and the article concludes with self-acknowledged weaknesses of the study.
* Possible science behind that mind-body stuff: stress hormone cortisol inteferes with telomerase action in immune cells, telomerase being the enzyme that resets telomeres and hence the suicide clock of our cells. Cortisol sounds evil but It is quite helpful when one is suffering from diarrhoea, as it prevents depletion of potassium in the body. That said, first trimester maternal stress is said to be linked to future schizophrenia in the child.

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montyy0
Jul. 27th, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC)
can we cut out the middle man and have the tomato farmers sue the farm lobby directly?
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