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26-09-2014 10:16
Doomwatch is the best show around

31-05-2014 09:13
Missed you this week.. Happy Birthday Alex for Sunday. you misunderstood my text last week as I meanth a local broadcast audience. ie Local Bar or suchlike

04-11-2013 00:50
Fantastic first show Alex and great to hear Patrick Henningsen again

03-04-2013 21:37
Good guest this week. When is someone going to knock on the Royals' door???

20-03-2013 21:40
pass the parcel lol

Doomwatch 28 - The Girl Against Fluoride - Aisling FitzGibbon

Doomwatch 28 - The Girl Against Fluoride - Aisling FitzGibbon

Friday 6 June 2014, 6.00pm-8.00pm UK on Peterborough FM - you are invited to join host alex:g, Text Jockey Lexy Manning, and Voice of the Visuals Tom Mutiny for the 28th edition of DOOMWATCH - our guest will be Aisling Fitzgibbon - The Girl Against Fluoride as we discover the true facts about the chemical those in the shadows want to add to our drinking water. Don't forget, you are now not only able to listen in to DOOMWATCH, but you can also see the show, in-vision, via www.ukcolumn.org/doomwatch



Security alert causes sonic boom over Peterborough

A sonic boom which shook Peterborough yesterday lunchtime was caused by military jets. Typhoon aircraft from RAF Coningsby were scrambled to intercept a civilian plane which lost radio contact with air traffic control. A spokesman said for operational reasons they were authorised to go supersonic. The civilian plane managed to regain contact before the jets arrived.

“The MOD can confirm that Typhoon aircraft from RAF Coningsby were launched from Quick Reaction Alert this afternoon to investigate a civilian aircraft which had lost radio contact with air traffic control," an RAF Coningsby spokesman said.

"The civilian aircraft re-established communication prior to intercept and was released to proceed en route. The Typhoon aircraft were authorised to go supersonic over land for operational reasons, any inconvenience caused to local residents is regretted.”


Zoo worker in gorilla suit shot with tranquiliser dart during 'escape drill'

A vet shot a tranquiliser dart at a zoo employee dressed as a gorilla after mistaking him for a primate.  The 35-year-old zoo employee was shot on Monday at Loro Parque Zoo on the Spanish island of Tenerife. Staff at the zoo were taking part in a drill designed to ensure they had an emergency plan in place in case one of the gorillas escaped its enclosure.

But the vet had not been informed of the training exercise, and fearing that there was a gorilla on the loose he sprang into action, according to La Opinión de Tenerife.

The vet fired the shot - designed for a 400 lb gorilla - at the man and hit him in the leg. According to the newspaper when the man was located he was in his underwear. He was taken to the University Hospital of the Canary Islands.



Cameron now railroading fracking with a 'bungs and bulldozers' approach

Environmental campaigners have been holding a protest at David Cameron's country home over new laws that could allow for more underground drilling. Greenpeace said activists in hard hats and high-vis jackets arrived on the doorstep of the PM's house in the Cotswold hamlet of Dean, sealing off the property's front gate with security fencing.

They put up signs reading: "We apologise for any inconvenience caused while we frack under your home" and ordered complaints to be directed to Mr Cameron's office.

The lobbying group said the stunt was a protest against legislation being announced in the Queen's Speech which, it says, will clear the way for fracking firms to extract oil and gas from under people's land and property without their permission. Campaigners also displayed a giant cheque for £50, reportedly the maximum compensation ministers are prepared to pay to individual home and landowners whose property could be affected.



Government Accused Of 'Hyping Up' Fracking Hopes

Shadow energy and climate change secretary Caroline Flint told Sky's Murnaghan programme gas was an "important part of our energy mix" but "more stringent benchmark testing" a year before drilling starts was needed. Obtaining gas from our own shores and on land was "not a bad idea" because the UK had become a net importer of gas over the last decade, she said. But before fracking could begin, "we first and foremost have to be assured that it is being done in a safe and sustainable way", Ms Flint added.

She told Sky News the coalition has "taken a tack to really hype up expectations about shale gas. I think only last week some geologists just said well actually it may be more difficult than we think even if it's there to get it out the ground," she said. "I don't think the Government have helped the debate. They've also posed shale gas against renewables and even against looking at biogas, gas from waste and that hasn't helped this debate. I think the public want a common sense approach to this, one that is reasonable, that understands that we need gas, but if we're going to discover it through shale, we do it in a way that's safe and sound." Francis Egan, chief executive of fracking company Cuadrilla, has previously told The Times the industry would stop completely unless the Government allows it to drill under people's property without consent.

There is strong resistance to this from environmental groups and residents in areas where there are large shale gas reserves.



UK 'Summers Of Rain': Climate Change Warning

Global warming could lead to more extreme bursts of summer downpours and increase the risk of flash flooding in Britain, experts have warned. A study by the Met Office and Newcastle University has examined how climate change could result in heavier summer rainfall. Published in the Nature and Climate Change journal, the report said: "Short duration rain events are predicted to intensify during the summer months in the southern United Kingdom. This predicted increase means more events would exceed the Met Office and Environment Agency Flood Forecasting Centre guidance threshold for serious flash flooding."

Researchers say the report is significant because previous climate models have not been able to work out the effect on extreme hourly rainfall in the warmer months. To improve the resolution of their model, researchers in this latest experiment used smaller grid spacings than normal, providing it with more detailed research. The report adds that previous interpretations of future regional climate change scenarios should be revisited, as changes in these types of rain events could have been underestimated.



Food industry ‘takes cynical approach to obesity epidemic’

Obesity has become a major health problem—but don’t expect the food industry to do anything about it.  They’ve too much money to lose and so they play a tactical game with politicians, a new study into the industry reveals. The industry is positioning itself as being ‘part of the solution’ while quietly protecting profits, says Ivy Ken, a professor of sociology at the George Washington University.

The industry is working with US government agencies in a Partnership for a Healthier America, but it would be better called a Partnership for a Healthier Bottom Line, says Prof Ken. The companies use terms such as ‘working together’ with government agencies to solve the problems of obesity, but profits continue to spiral.  Looking at a group of food manufacturers that together represent a quarter of the food sales in the US, sales increased by $1.25bn for low-calorie products over the five years to 2011, while sales of standard foods also grew by $278m over the same period.

At best, the companies are making minor modifications to products that are directly responsible for the obesity epidemic in the first place, she says. (Source: Social Currents, 2014; 1 (2): 130)



Scientists shocked as fruit flies die in less than a week from eating GMO-derived erythritol

(NaturalNews) Truvia sweetener is made from about 99.5% erythritol (a sugar alcohol), and 0.5% rebiana, an extract from the stevia plant (but not at all the same thing as stevia). A shocking new study published in the journal PLOS ONE has found that Truvia, an alternative sweetener manufactured by food giant Cargill, is a potent insecticide that kills fruit flies which consume it.

The study is entitled “Erythritol, a Non-Nutritive Sugar Alcohol Sweetener and the Main Component of Truvia, Is a Palatable Ingested Insecticide.” The study found that while fruit flies normally live between 39 and 51 days, those that ate the Truvia ingredient erythritol died in less than a week.

Researchers were also able to determine that stevia was not the cause of the problem.



Are Monster Energy Drinks Bad for You?

The first strike against these drinks is that they are extremely high in caffeine. Each 16-ounce can contains 160 mg of caffeine. This is as much caffeine as is in one cup of coffee and twice as much caffeine as is recommended for older children and teenagers. Even for adults, the Mayo Clinic recommends daily intake of less than 500 mg of caffeine in a day’s time. More than this recommended amount can result in insomnia, tremors, abdominal pain, anxiety and extreme irritability. For a child or teenager who also drinks soft drinks or tea, the addition of one can of Monster Energy drinks can quickly put them over the maximum recommended daily amount.

There are also a number of other ingredients in that same can. First, each can of Monster drink contains between 5 and 6 teaspoons of simple sugars. These sugars make your energy and blood sugar levels soar very quickly, but your sugar and energy will also crash just as quickly. For a diabetic or anyone sensitive to sugar, this can be devastating.

The Journal of Pediatrics has published reports linking energy drinks in teenagers to higher risks of strokes, heart palpitations, seizures and sudden death – particularly in children and teens with other underlying health problems like diabetes, heart disease, and hyperactivity disorders. Teens may believe that the energy drinks are similar to sports drinks and may assume that, if a little bit is good, a lot is probably better. Other countries have documented very serious caffeine reactions from energy drinks. The scariest part about these studies is that the median age of those people affected is 17 years old.

Monster Energy drinks have been implicated in the death of a 14-year-old who died in December 2011 due to a heart dysrhythmia caused by the caffeine in two cans of the drink. From 2004 to 2012, the FDA received reports about five deaths that have been linked with drinking Monster Energy drinks.




Antidepressants during pregnancy linked to autism

The drugs, which are commonly prescribed during pregnancy, double the risk for autism, say researchers from Drexel University School of Public Health.  Around 1.5 per cent of children whose mothers took an SSRI antidepressant developed an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) compared to 0.7 per cent of children whose mothers didn’t take the drug. The researchers studied around 750,000 births in Denmark from 1997 to 2006, and compared SSRI use against cases of autism.  They discovered a massive under-reporting of depression among the mothers, which may explain why previous studies had been inconclusive, and hadn’t always discovered a link with the drugs.

However, the association still accounts for only a small fraction of autism cases, say the researchers, and so couldn’t be singled out as the major cause. (Source: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2014; doi: 10.1007/s10803-014-2128-4)



Meditation helps people cope with heart disease and diabetes

People suffering from life-crippling, chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes cope far better if they take up meditation, a new study has found. Mindfulness meditation, as practised by Buddhists, allows patients to manage their problem far better. After a six-week course of meditation, patients were sleeping better, more relaxed, and were worrying less about their health, a University of Manchester study has found.

The researchers tested the meditation technique on 40 patients, who all had at least five sessions during the six weeks. Long-term effects - or benefits of longer-term meditation - weren’t assessed. (Source: Behavioural Medicine, 2014; 40(2): 53)



EU Safety Institutions Caught Plotting an Industry “escape route” Around Looming Pesticide Ban

EU documents newly obtained by the non-profit Pesticide Action Network of Europe reveal that the health commission of the European Union (DG SANCO), which is responsible for protecting public health, is attempting to develop a procedural "escape route" to evade an upcoming EU-wide ban on endocrine disrupting pesticides. Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are those which alter hormonal regulation at very low doses to cause effects on behaviour, reproduction, and gender, as well as cancer and birth defects.

In 2009, under the European Union's then-new chemical REACH legislation, a continent-wide ban on endocrine disrupting pesticides was agreed. The European Commission was charged with taking various steps to protect public safety. These included officially defining what constitutes an endocrine disrupting effect and designating acceptable chemical detection methods. The deadline to present these criteria for ensuring protection against endocrine disrupting pesticides expired on 14 December, 2013.

Instead of providing the needed safety guidance, however, the EU's Health Commission appears to be drafting a procedural "escape route" around the endocrine disrupting ban.

This legal manoeuvring is being done behind closed doors and with the collaboration of some EU member states and the European Food Safety Authority (an independent EU agency created to assess food risks for the Commission).

Only Sweden is opposing this escape route, which they consider to be an abandonment of the original democratic mandate. Sweden is now going to sue the EU due to mounting evidence that harmful impacts of endocrine disruption are already being felt.

The crisis has come about because EDCs are the subject of a large body of independent academic research showing that certain synthetic chemicals are already causing developmental disabilities and cancer among humans and wildlife through non-traditional (i.e. hormonal) toxicological routes. This evidence is why the ban was instigated. Because of the strength of the evidence and the low doses involved (Vandenberg et al 2012), any rigorous and effective rules to protect the public are likely to result in widespread bans and restrictions on commonly used industrial, agricultural, and household chemicals. This is one reason why AFP also reported the Swedish Minister as saying that EU commissioners were under strong industry pressure.

Science Director of The Bioscience Resource Project, Allison Wilson, concluded: "The public will be astounded and appalled to find that the institutions tasked with protecting them are secretly working against them. EFSA has shown itself to be untrustworthy and should be disbanded. Deep rethinking appears necessary since it is not only the EU that has failed to construct institutions capable of safely regulating toxic substances. Perhaps we should question the wisdom of economies dependent on synthetic chemicals and high risk products."



The Spice That Prevents Fluoride From Destroying Your Brain

A new study published in the Pharmacognosy Magazine titled, "Curcumin attenuates neurotoxicity induced by fluoride: An in vivo evidence," adds experimental support to the suspicion that fluoride is indeed a brain-damaging substance, also revealing that a natural spice-derived protective agent against the various health effects associated with this compound is available. The study was authored by researchers from the Department of Zoology, University College of Science, M L Sukhadia University, Udaipur, India, who have spent the past decade investigating the mechanisms through which fluoride induces severe neurodegenerative changes in the mammalian brain, particularly in cells of the hippocampus and cerebral cortex. The study opens by describing the historical backdrop for concern about fluoride's significant and wide ranging toxicity:

"Fluoride (F) is probably the first inorganic ion which drew attention of the scientific world for its toxic effects and now the F toxicity through drinking water is well-recognized as a global problem. Health effect reports on F exposure also include various cancers, adverse reproductive activities, cardiovascular, and neurological diseases."

The study focused on fluoride induced neurotoxicity, identifying excitoxicity (stimulation of the neuron to the point of death) and oxidative stress as the two main drivers of neurodegeneration.  It has been observed that subjects with the condition known as fluorosis, a mottling of tooth enamel caused by excessive exposure to fluoride during tooth development, also have neurodegenerative changes associated with a form of oxidative stress known as lipid peroxidation (rancidity). Excess lipid peroxidation in the brain can lead to a decrease in total brain phospholipid content. Owing to these well-known mechanisms of fluoride associated neurotoxicity and neurodegeneration, the researchers identified the primary polyphenol in the spice turmeric -- known as curcumin – as an ideal agent worth testing as a neuroprotective substance.  Previous research on curcumin indicates that it is capable of activing as an antioxidant in 3 distinct ways by protecting against: (1) singlet oxygen; (2) hyrodxyl radicals; and (3) superoxide radical damage. Also, curcumin appears to raise endogenous glutathione production in the brain, a major antioxidant defence system.



Fluoridation doublespeak from the American Dental Association

(NaturalNews) The American Dental Association (ADA) publishes a booklet entitled Fluoridation Facts, the prior edition of which claimed, "Water fluoridation is practiced in approximately 60 countries." Phone calls to the ADA headquarters showed that, while the ADA insisted this was true, they could not provide a list of the 60 countries.

Next, the ADA said the 60 countries number came from the British Fluoridation Society (BFS). The BFS data showed that roughly 30 countries were adding fluoride to water and about 30 more had natural water fluoride levels in "optimum" amounts. So the ADA added both together to get 60.

However, just because a nation has an "optimum" level of natural fluoride in the water does not mean that nation is practicing water fluoridation. The definition of fluoridation is to add fluoride to water. There is no dictionary definition that says water with natural fluoride in it means there is fluoridation going on there.

In the current edition of Fluoridation Facts, the wording was changed to this: "Over 405 million people in more than 60 countries worldwide enjoy the benefits of fluoridated water." The ADA is again combining natural and artificial together but now calling it "fluoridated water" instead of "practicing water fluoridation."

They still have the wrong number, although it may not be their fault. In the current edition of the BFS One in a Million there are only 53 nations listed as having fluoridation or "optimal" natural water fluoride levels. The ADA document says they accessed the BFS publication in 2004, an earlier edition. The BFS in that earlier edition listed more nations as having fluoridation. No explanation was ever offered as to the nations that supposedly had fluoridation in the earlier BFS document but not in the more recent BFS document.

The ADA statement does not define fluoridated water. Let's ignore the dictionary definition and look at ways the ADA may have defined fluoridated water in this case. If they say that fluoridated water is any water with some fluoride in it, then the statement is very misleading. Almost all nations have water sources with at least tiny amounts of fluoride. So with this definition of "fluoridated water," a more straightforward statement would be "almost all the world's 7 billion people in 195 nations enjoy the benefits of fluoridated water."

Now, let's assume the ADA meant that only "optimal" levels of natural fluoride designate water as fluoridated. That means water with a 0.7 ppm fluoride level and above is fluoridated, and water with 0.6 ppm and below is not fluoridated. And the fluoride level used to determine whether water is fluoridated or not depends on what is considered "optimal" in that particular region and era in history. A water fluoride level considered not fluoridated one day could instantly become fluoridated with a new, lower government recommendation.

If the ADA had merely inserted the word optimal before fluoridated water in the statement, it would not be objectionable. But with the correct definition of the word fluoridated, the statement is deceptive, as it falsely implies that 60 nations are adding fluoride to drinking water.



NEXT ON DOOMWATCH –Live in-studio next week, on 13 June will be Darren Deojee, who will be presenting SECRETS BEHIND OUR LANGUAGE at the Lincolnshire Awareness Group, The New England Hotel, Wide Bargate, Boston PE21 6SH the day before, 7.30pm on Thursday 12 June. Alternative philosopher Darren’s entertaining presentation will address the issues around language and spelling, and how these have an effect on our daily lives. His knowledge ensures a thought provoking evening, at the same time providing an awareness of the potential for positive change for our communities. https://www.facebook.com/events/852336954793543/

This Saturday, 7th June at 1 pm - 3 pm, The Girl Against Fluoride team will be holding a public demonstration on Grafton Street opposite the entrance of the St Stephen's Green Shopping centre in Dublin city.

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