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11/5/02: Cancer Battle: Vaccine 'starves cancer cells' Cancer is not a single disease, but rather over a hundred diseases caused by various sorts of mutations inside various cells in various tissues. -- Scientists believe they are close to developing an effective vaccine against cancer. Researchers in the United States say they have found a way to kill cancer tumors by starving them of vital nutrients. I don't know about you, but I've heard about so many ways to stop cancer now that this seems almost boring. None of them end up working. I think we can do better. Wake me up when they have a cure that works. read more

10/29/02: Chemical Reactions: Norwegian Environmental Research Group Claims PCBs Cause Bear Gender Confusion. The group said the chemical pollutants PCBs, drifting northward, might be responsible for recent strains of polar bears born with both male and female sex organs. Here is a pretty fair FAQ about PCBs including how to dispose of them safely. PCBs are a group of more than 200 similar manmade chemicals implicated in endometriosis, cancer, impaired immune function, reproductive problems, injury to the nervous system (behavior and cognitive problems in kids), damage to liver, kidneys, lungs, and so on. 1

10/28/02: PCBs: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned the production (but not their use) in 1977. PCBs are still present in many products made before 1979. Today PCBs are found in: transformers and capacitors, hydraulic fluids, heat transfer fluids, lubricants and plasticizers. PCBs are also found in all parts of the environment -- the air, water, sediments, etc. They may enter the human body through the lungs, gastrointestinal tract and skin. More than half the population of the US has PCBs in their bodies. Do you have gas appliances? Check to see if your energy company is pumping PCBs into your home in the gas lines. In 1996 PG&E reported 2,282 tons of PCB-contaminated oil. Rich McCurdy at 925 974-4079 is guy to talk to about PCB in gas lines.