at advisers' biotech links
In message #536 I suggested to a possible conflict of interest
having a Motorola radiation expert as a radiation/health consultant
on the NH&MRC's expert committee on electromagnetic energy.
following article from the UK Observer further explores concerns
scientists with industry links dominating expert committees
everything from food safety and air quality to the imminent
Its no different in Australia. One only needs to look at
of most of the Australian standards setting committees to
get a list of
whos-who in industry land.
Anger at advisers' biotech links
Dossier reveals Ministers' worries over connections between
experts and leading drugs firms
Antony Barnett and Mark Townsend
Sunday July 13, 2003
Dozens of the Government's most influential advisers on critical
and environmental issues have close links to biotech and drug
corporations, according to a dossier of Whitehall documents
Internal papers from the Department for the Environment,
Rural Affairs (Defra) reveal for the first time the extent
of the close
connections between big business and scientists hired to give
independent advice to Ministers. Many work as consultants
for the firms,
own shares in the companies or enjoy lucrative research grants
Confidential documents disclose that former Environment Minister
Meacher and Food and Farming Minister Lord Whitty, were deeply
that scientists with industry links were dominating committees
everything from food safety and air quality to the imminent
GM crops. Both Meacher and Whitty were alarmed that the scientists'
commercial links jeopardised the independence of the advice
- A key member of the committee advising Ministers on the
safety of GM
products has received research funding from biotech giants
Syngenta. Professor Phil Mullineaux also works for the John
- the GM research centre funded by Science Minister Lord Sainsbury;
- More than three-quarters of the members of the committee
Ministers on food safety have direct links to major food companies
drug giants including Novartis, Astra-Zeneca and Syngenta.
Professor Ieuan Hughes, has personal interests in Pharmacia
- which in
April was bought by Pfizer to create the biggest drugs company
world - and owns shares in BP Amoco where his daughter works.
- A former deputy chairman of the committee which examines
the safety of
pesticides, Professor Alan Boobis, received research funding
GlaxoSmithKline for his department at Imperial College but
declared it. Other members of this committee have links to
firms like Aventis, Astra Zeneca and Monsanto. The current
head of the
body, Professor David Coggon, was a close friend of Esso's
officer and received a gift from the oil giant.
- The chair of a group examining air quality in Britain,
Stephen Holgate, is a consultant to drug giant Merck. His
department has received grants from Glaxo and Astra Zeneca.
for biotech and drug giants like Novartis and Schering-Plough.
- Almost three out of four members of the committee advising
on the cancer risks of chemicals in food and other consumer
either own shares in or work for major biotech and drug corporations;
While the scientists openly declare their interests, Meacher
exasperated by the structure of committees advising him that
personally intervened on a number of occasions in an attempt
to get more
environmentally friendly members on them.
Last week it emerged that Whitty was so alarmed about the
on the committee advising him on the safety of farming chemicals
broke official rules and hired a toxicologist, Dr Vyvyan Howard,
known to be more sensitive to environmental issues.
In one internal Defra document, Meacher scribbled his concerns
margins: 'I do not agree with this. No member of the Advisory
on Pesticides should have current commercial considerations
fundamentally undermines their integrity and judgement.'
Alongside his comments, a government official admits that
his concerns and will be writing to the relevant parties to
Last night Meacher told The Observer: 'These committees are
critical. They give definitive advice which Ministers at their
seek to overturn. I constantly argued that nobody with significant
commercial links should be allowed to sit on these bodies.
It is vital
they are truly independent.'
Tony Juniper, director of Friends of the Earth, said: 'It
is now crystal
clear how big business is setting the agenda right at the
government. The whole process needs to be opened up and made
transparent. How can the public trust what Ministers say if
is coming from those with vested interest in the biotech or
A Defra spokesman said the committees publish their members'
He went on: 'Defra has full confidence in the capability
advisory committees across the range of issues the department
to provide high-quality, well-informed advice and support.'
The Observer contacted many of the Government's scientific
denied that their links to industry compromised the impartiality
Professor Boobis, who took legal advice on which interests
declare, summed up their view: 'It is almost inevitable that
scientists of international repute will have some current
or past links
'To say we would risk our professional integrity because
we own a few
shares in a company is ridiculous.'
Informant: Don Maisch
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Dorothy, Iris, and all:
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look at these additional two books, which I have found as
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RE: HAARP - A CHUNK OF THE IONOSPHERE is blown out into space
EGroup and Friends (excerpt)
This was posted by someone on my discussion group and the
is here below - part of it in a zipped file attached. This
report goes right along with, and unfortunately supports,
in Scalar Wars
that I sent the day before yesterday.
Court Preemption decision
Judge Catherine Blake who is overseeing the RF cell phone
lawsuits has asked counsel in the several cell phone headset
respond taking this new Supreme Court decision into account.
She has yet
to rule whether to remand the cell phone headset cases back
court. Her inclination so far has been to keep those cases
court and hold that federal regulation of radiofrequency radiation
overrules state product liability arguments.
RCR Wireless News
Court ruling may impact health lawsuits
by JEFFREY SILVA
July 14, 2003
WASHINGTON-A Supreme Court ruling has thrown into question
cancer and health-related consumer lawsuits currently pending
court should be sent back to state court, a venue mobile-phone
and equipment manufacturers have managed to largely avoid
In health lawsuits, scientific evidence is critical. But
jurisdiction. Industry has put together a string of victories
cases by making persuasive scientific arguments and removing
lawsuits to federal court, which has proved legally advantageous
lawyers defending wireless firms.
The dynamics of health litigation could drastically change
wireless industry cannot keep the cases in federal court.
The chances of
wireless health lawsuits returning to state courts, however,
relatively small. But such a scenario remains a possibility.
wireless health lawsuits, except for one in Las Vegas, reside
federal court or another.
At a minimum, the immediate impact of the high court's June
2 ruling in
Beneficial National Bank v. Anderson could be to freeze for
proceedings-including consideration of scientific evidence
causation-in nine brain cancer lawsuits against industry overseen
U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake in Baltimore.
Blake is poised to rule on pending motions to remand the
to various state courts where they were first filed.
Blake solicited comment June 6 on whether to halt further
action in the
nine brain cancer lawsuits until a federal appeals court in
Va., rules on health-related litigation involving issues of
Blake's previously strongly held wireless health claims give
rise to a
federal question that does not belong in state court, saying
lawsuits "amounted to a disguised attack on the validity
of federal safety regulations regarding cell phones."
Indeed, in addition to the nine cancer cases in Blake's court,
ruling also has implications for five class-action lawsuits
Blake in March and on appeal in federal circuit court in Richmond,
The class actions on appeal, originally filed in state court,
damages on the theory that wireless carriers should have warned
consumers about potential health risks from mobile phones
them with headsets to protect against possible radiation injury.
The plaintiffs' opening brief in the headset cases was to
filed today, but the court granted an extension to Aug. 1.
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond is also
the $800 million lawsuit that began in a Maryland state court
being transferred to Blake, who dismissed the suit for lack
scientific evidence last fall. Oral argument in the case is
set for September.
Beneficial involves a lawsuit filed in state court against
bank by parties who argued interest rates on loans from the
excessive and violated the common law usury doctrine. Bank
the lawsuit moved from state court to federal court. A federal
rejected a motion to remand the case to state court. But the
Court of Appeals reversed, ruling the lawsuit was improperly
state court to federal court.
A Supreme Court majority (7-2) thought otherwise and ruled
"the cause of
action arose only under federal law and could, therefore,
be removed" to
Both plaintiffs and industry defendants in wireless health
the Supreme Court's decision in Beneficial favor them on the
"The complaints in these actions ... not only conflict
with federal law,
but also intrude directly on a limited field-the technical
radio transmission and the regulatory of RF [radio-frequency]
from licensed radio equipment-governed exclusively and pre-empted
completely by federal law. The complaints thus trigger not
blocking effect of ordinary pre-emption, but also the displacing
that the Beneficial court recognized is the essence of complete
pre-emption," wireless firms stated in a June 20 letter
Industry lawyers told Blake they favor a stay of proceedings
in the nine
brain cancer cases before her until the 4th Circuit rules
on the headset appeal.
Lawyers for Sarah Dahlgren, one of nine plaintiffs in brain
lawsuits before Blake, have a different take on the Supreme
"Unlike the non-existent state usury claims asserted
in Beneficial, the
statue cited by defendants in Dahlgren as the basis for federal
jurisdiction (the Federal Communications Act), provides neither
prescribed remedy for the damages alleged in the Dahlgren
any ordained procedure for obtaining relief. Indeed, far from
complete pre-emption, the FCA contains a savings clause that
preserves state law causes of action such as those contained
Dahlgren complaint," stated Dahlgren's attorneys. The
delaying the case.
In a blistering dissenting opinion penned by Supreme Court
Scalia, in which Judge Clarence Thomas joined, Scalia stated:
proper response to the presentation of a nonexistent claim
to a state
court is dismissal, not the `federalize-and-remove' dance
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paste in news letter a few times a week for a few months if
Dr. Rebecca Carley is one of the most dedicated, respected,
women I know. She has been a guest lecturer at international
on the subject of the dangers of vaccines. She is deserving
of your support.
She is fighting this battle for all of us. In retaliation,
government has come down as hard on her as they can. Anything
you may be
able to do to help her will be remembered by many.
----- Original Message -----
To: List Deleted
Sent: Monday, July 14, 2003 8:27 PM
Subject: Dr Carley's medical license suspended by Medical
Please be advised that as of 7/11/03, my medical license has
suspended for a year followed by 4 years probation for "practicing
medicine with a mental illness; said mental illness being
that there is a conspiracy against me. I have been ordered
"psychiatric treatment" for one year. (I will put
as much of the 40 page
decision [which is 90% misinformation such as saying my son
is in foster
care] as I can on my website by the end of the week). They
admit that no
complaints have ever been filed regarding my treatment of
have also been ordered to release all of the records on my
they can hunt the children down and catch them up on their
I will now be a wholistic practitioner doing iridology and
patients on detoxification techniques available over the counter.
However, I will not be able to write prescriptions, order
tests, and most importantly, I will not be able to write medical
exemptions. I am sure that the exemptions I have written will
null and void.
20 years ago, when this was done to Dr. Revisci, his PATIENTS
action against the medical board for depriving them of a unique
available no where else. His patients won, and his license
Although I will be bringing my own artice 78 proceeding in
my case, I am
convinced that the fastest and most likely to succeed strategy
the patients/supporters/potential patients to bring their
Jennifer Grinberg (516-798-7642) will be organizing this effort
to restore the
license of the only court qualified expert in VIDS in the
It is time for people to do more than "feel sorry"
for me, it's time for
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are my son
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the Model State Health Emergency Powers Act (already passed
I have given all I can; the only thing left for them to take
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those who I
In Service to the TRUTH, I Remain, Dr. Rebecca
Informant: John Mecca