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Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Environment and Health, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. announces the World Mercury Project’s $100,000 challenge with goal of stopping use of highly toxic mercury in vaccines

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2017 – Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Chairman of the World Mercury Project (WMP), announced a $100,000 challenge today aimed at putting an end to including mercury, a neurotoxin that is 100 times more poisonous than lead, in vaccines administered in the U.S and globally.

Thimerosal, a mercury-containing preservative, is still in 48 million U.S. flu vaccines each year, tetanus toxoid, meningococcal vaccines and, in massive doses, in the pediatric vaccines given to 100 million children across the developing world. A Centers for Disease Control (CDC) review published last month found that the ethylmercury in thimerosal is as profoundly neurotoxic as the heavily regulated methylmercury in fish.

“On one hand, the government is telling pregnant women which mercury-laced fish to avoid so that they don’t harm their fetuses, and on the other, the CDC supports injecting mercury-containing vaccines into pregnant women, infants and children,” said Kennedy, who spent decades litigating polluters who dumped mercury into water systems. “This defies all logic and common sense.”

Kennedy stressed that, contrary to countless claims that he is “anti-vaccine” and wishes to end the country’s vaccination program; nothing could be further from the truth. He vaccinated all of his children and just wants safe vaccines.

Actor Robert De Niro, the parent of a vaccine-injured son, who also spoke at the press conference, is a supporter of the WMP whose vision is a world where mercury is no longer a threat to the health of our planet and people. The group focuses on making sound science the driver of public policy.

Toward that end, Kennedy announced the “World Mercury Project Challenge” to American journalists and others “who have been assuring the public about the safety of mercury in vaccines.”

Kennedy explained that the WMP will pay $100,000 to the first journalist, or other individual, who can find a peer-reviewed scientific study demonstrating that thimerosal is safe in the amounts contained in vaccines currently being administered to American children and pregnant women. Kennedy believes that even “a meager effort at homework” will expose that contention as unsupported by science. He says the science is unequivocal that mercury is a serious health hazard and exposure is linked to many different diseases and conditions (ADHD, Alzheimer’s, Acrodynia and Autism). Even studies listed by the CDC on its website, to exonerate thimerosal as an autism culprit, link thimerosal exposure to low IQ, diminished language and motor skills, and tics, a family of neurological disorders that includes Tourette Syndrome. A Yale University study published last week suggests a link between vaccines and tics, as well as anorexia and OCD.

And for those who say the science has been settled since Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s Lancet paper on the MMR vaccine and its role in causing autism was discredited, think again. The paper had nothing to do with thimerosal, which is not in the MMR vaccine.

In August 2014, CDC senior vaccine safety scientist Dr. William Thompson invoked federal whistleblower protection and confessed that CDC supervisors instructed  vaccine scientists to destroy data linking vaccines to autism.

In 2004, an FDA official acknowledged in testimony before a Congressional committee that no government or privately funded study has ever demonstrated thimerosal’s safety, and that still stands today.

“It’s our hope that this challenge will elevate this important debate beyond name-calling and prompt a genuine examination of the relevant science. The American public is entitled to an honest, probing and vigorous discussion about this critical public health issue – a debate based on facts, not rooted in fear, or on blind faith in regulators and the pharmaceutical industry,” wrote Kennedy in a letter addressed to America’s reporters, journalists, columnists, editors, network anchors, on-air doctors and news division producers that was handed out at the press conference.

Hon. Nicholas “Nico” LaHood of San Antonio also presented. Former CBS News veteran Sharyl Attkisson moderated.

The WMP also announced the launch of a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to help support their educational efforts. Visit WORLDMERCURYPROJECT.org to learn more about the specifics of the challenge and its rules.
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Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Environment and Health, Uncategorized | 0 comments

2nd National Environment and Health Conference

2nd National Environment and Health Conference

The 2nd LSF National Conference on Environment and Health is scheduled to hold on the 4th and 5th of April, 2017, at Redeemers University, Ede, Osun State.

For more details, download the announcement and call for abstracts here. The conference website is http://conferences.lsfnigeria.org/, where you can download the flyer, view conference and speaker details, submit abstracts and register for the conference.

 

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Posted by on Dec 28, 2016 in Environment and Health, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Response to New Telegraph’s Article on Industrial pollution at Ile-Ife

The report by Mojeed Alabi on Industrial pollution in Ile-Ife, drawing public attention to a very critical issue, is important and much welcome. We must pay more attention to our environment and avoid jeopardizing our precious health unnecessarily. I am also impressed with the passion and energy Mr Alabi brought into the assignment while criss-crossing the neighbourhood for information.

However I must express my strong objections to aspects of the report, particularly in his representation of my positions, as published in today’s New Telegraph. First, I did not approach the Ife metal re-cycling company during my 2013 blood lead studies in Ile-Ife and Zamfara (based largely on gold-mining), so it would not be correct to report that I was “barred by the management of the company.” Rather it was my contacts, casual employees of the company who opted out of our efforts to incorporate them into the study. And we had to respect their decision (for whatever reasons) as our protocols could only accommodate volunteers.

Also, I am not comfortable with the summary Mr Alabi gave to my position, which incidentally was the concluding statement in today’s segment of the report: “ we need money.” The issue is far beyond money. Mr Alabi actually offered to raise funds for me to carry out elemental analyses in blood of subjects; but I carefully explained to him not only my scepticism on finding statistically significant elevated levels of the elements he sought in blood of subjects (based on the soil levels he had presented), I also was not ready to keep sending samples abroad for analyses. (The N500,000 figure I had supplied, at his insistence, was for sample collection, preparation, and courier abroad.) The issue is certainly not “more money,” but more commitment to building local capacity for research. That was, and remains my point. I’m afraid Mr Alabi somehow missed that vital point.

My general take on this issue is the need for genuine dialogue and collaboration between industry, regulatory authorities/government, civil society, and academia. Together we can devise acceptable home-grown solutions to our environment-health challenges if a conducive atmosphere, build on mutual respect and appreciation, is provided. We must identify what exactly are the problems and address them creatively with the sustainable development of Society, Economy, and Environment-Health dimensions as our goal. Heaping all the blames, founded or unfounded on one sector of society only hardens that sector for which it is public health that will eventually suffer. For instance Mr Alabi’s extensive discussion of radioactivity in his report only serves to discredit and undermine the very important points he made on particulate pollution. It would be very unfortunate if his report is treated with contempt as a result of such unhelpful over-generalization.
Joshua Ojo
Professor of Health Physics and Environment
Department of Physics and Engineering Physics
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
28th December, 2016

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Posted by on Oct 21, 2016 in Environment and Health, Uncategorized | 0 comments

LSF is floating a peer-review Open-access technical online Journal

A result-oriented approach to management of the environment must involve all relevant stakeholders: academics, professionals, industries, and the regulators.  Currently (unlike in the more developed countries), there is no Forum for all these to meet as equal partners to discuss and proffer solutions to Nigeria’s many peculiar environment-health challenges.  The Nigerian Journal of Environment and Health will provide this Forum. Maintaining the core value of Excellence which we hold dear at the LivingScience Foundation, the NJEH will bridge the divide between the key Sectors and help further LSF’s goal of enhancing public health in Nigeria..  Prof Folorunso Ogundare of the Department of Physics, University of Ibadan will serve as the Editor-in-Chief

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Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Environment and Health, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Loss of a Patriot – Bashir Kanoma

We are saddened to hear the demise of our professional friend and core supporter, Dr Mohammed Bashir Kanoma from Zamfara State Ministry of Health, Gusau. A mutual friend, Dr Callistus Akinleye passed on the sad news on 15th October, months after the event.

A patriot and professional to the core, we met Dr Kanoma during a research visit to Zamfara in the height of the Lead poisoning incident that resulted in the loss of hundreds of children in 2010.  Bashir was at that time the Chief Medical Director of the State Hospital, Gusau.  After hectic daytime administrative activities including long field trips and research discussions on epidemiology and public health, he would return in the evenings to deliver personal health-care to the long queue of his out-patients, who were always confident he would come back for them.

Despite differences in ethnicity and religious affiliations, Bashir and I [Joshua] developed very strong friendship and affection, founded on mutual respect. We have since collaborated on a number of projects as well as shared ideas for the progress of our people and country.  Although unable to attend the first National Environment and Health Conference in May, Dr Kanoma played very significant roles in the planning and helped mobilize participants, particularly from the North.

Before his sad demise, the Board of the LivingScience Foundation had already approved Dr Kanoma’s nomination to be a member of the International Advisory Council for the Foundation. His death is truly a sad and considerable loss for Nigeria. May the LORD keep his memory sweet and comfort his folks. http://blog.lsfnigeria.org/2016/10/loss-of-a-patriot-bashir-kanoma/

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Posted by on Oct 1, 2016 in Environment and Health, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Prof Joshua Ojo receives special Commendation Award at RUN

 

 

 

Prof Joshua Ojo, President of LivingScience Foundation recently completed his sabbatical year at the Redeemer’s University (Sept 1 2015 – August 31 2016). In appreciation of the quality services rendered by Prof Ojo, he was one of the set of distinguished  staff members selected for special recognition and award.  Picture below are Prof and Mrs Ojo  (5th and 6th from the left) at the special award on 6th September, 2016.  See the picture online at RUN’s website here

The Management team with the recipients of the 8th convocation Award And Appreciation Day Ceremony

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