Archive for Category: "Health"
Atrial Fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm disorder and often lead to stroke and unfortunately, death. A committee of patients has formed the Global AF Patient Charter to recommend better prevention and treatment plans for those suffering from this condition. Sign this petition and support the Sign Against Stroke campaign.
The California Milk Processing Board has produced a popular commercial implying that soy-based imitation milk products are detrimental to health and are not a viable alternative to dairy products. Ask that the board discontinue airing this commercial and refrain from producing equally inaccurate commercials in the future.
Climbers of the Climb to Fight Breast Cancer organization set out on overnight and several-week-long expeditions, summiting mountains while raising funds and awareness for breast cancer research. Applaud these people on their adventurous commitment to finding a cure.
The anti-morning sickness drug, thalidomide, was found to cause debilitating birth defects. However, the company that produced this drug has refused to provide victims adequate compensation to cope with these effects. It is time that the manufacturer of the drug, the Grünenthal Group, do the right thing and compensate their victims.
Many people want access to both conventional and natural medicine, but state licensure laws often limit how freely natural practitioners can practice. Tell the Illinois Congress to pass pending legislation to license naturopathic physicians as primary care doctors.
At a time when the nation’s blood supply is at an all-time low, the Food and Drug Administration is taking another look at its longstanding policy which bars any men who have had sex with men, even once, from donating. Tell the FDA that you support a safe revision or end to this policy, which feels to many like yet another instance of discrimination in a social environment which is often hostile to gay people.
America’s food safety laws are 70 years out of date and are to blame for the continuing outbreaks of food-borne illnesses. New laws were signed into action last year but are being held captive by government agencies who refuse to enact the changes needed to save lives. Don’t allow this to continue, demand that these laws go into effect immediately.
Second-hand smoke in public parks poses a health risk to families and young children in particular. Ask Portland’s mayor to make parks a safe, smoke-free area.
Synthetic fragrances pose a health risk to sensitive patients and pollute the environment. Ask the Mayo Clinic, one of the most respected hospitals in the nation, to protect patients and the environment by establishing a fragrance-free policy.
Recently, a man in South Carolina worked as a doctor for a year despite the fact that he did not have a medical license. His doctor friend provided him with the identification and paperwork necessary to get the job. Demand sufficient jail time for both men who put patients’ lives at risk.
Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals rejected the implementation of nine proposed graphic health warning labels on cigarette packaging and advertisements. Urge the U.S Department of Justice to appeal this ruling and support the Food and Drug Administration’s campaign to encourage consumers to take a look at the harmful effects of the product they are about to buy and smoke.
Applaud Arizona State University Students for Upcycling Freight Containers to Low-Cost Portable Clinics
A group of four Arizona State University students and graduates have teamed up to start a business in the field of social entrepreneurship. Their mission is to create transportable, low-cost medical clinics out of steel freight containers to be delivered to developing communities in need. Applaud this small business’s so far very successful efforts in making a large resonating difference throughout our world.
Every day, hoards of rats scurry around the Upper West Side of New York. The rat population has been increasing steadily in this area because of lax city garbage regulations. Prevent this infestation from becoming worse by telling the City to act on humane suggestions for curbing rat populations.
America currently ranks behind most other developed countries in regards to health-related matters and pays almost twice as much. By changing to a general tax-based health insurance program, more Americans would have access to lifesaving treatments and preventive care. Urge members of Congress to support a free at point of use health care system in the United States.
Current proposals regarding the 2012 Farm Bill, and the anti-hunger Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program it funds, will result in the severe reduction of funding to this program and others like it. Many Americans need this program to provide food for their families, including young children, the elderly, and the disabled. Demand that the program continues to receive an adequate amount of funding to help feed the hungry people living in the United States.
Since 2005, at least 16 California farmworkers have died after being exposed to direct sunlight and extreme heat during long outdoor shifts without access to water or shade. A new bill would make it a crime to deprive laborers of drinking water and the ability to rest in the shade while at work. Urge California’s governor to protect California’s farmworkers from brutal labor conditions.
Recent studies show that common school supplies contain highly toxic levels of phthalates, chemicals in plastic that cause health defects such as asthma and cancer. While these chemicals are regulated in toys, no regulations exist for the school products our children use daily. Demand that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission end this health threat by regulating phthalates in school supplies.
Portland Mayor Sam Adams has recently voiced his support for fluoridation of the city’s water supply, making the count in City Council 3 to 2 in favor of fluoride. However, fluoride is a known toxin that can cause many deadly ailments, including brain damage and cancer. Rather than succumb to the falsehoods of aggressive fluoride lobbyists, Mayor Sam Adams should protect the wellbeing of his city’s residents and keep the dangerous poison out of the drinking water.
Recently, a number of tattoo clients in Rochester, New York have noticed an infection on their new tattoos, the result of contaminated tattoo ink. Demand that the federal government regulate tattoo ink in order to keep tattoo clients safe and healthy.
Disney has proposed to eliminate all junk food ads by 2015. They also plan to implement a ‘Mickey Check’ system that will put a seal of nutritional approval on certain supermarket items. Applaud Disney for caring about the future health of children.
It is well known that second-hand smoke contains thousands of chemicals and is linked to cancer and heart disease. Urge The Ohio State University to protect the health of its students and staff by making its campus smoke-free.
The Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program ensures that all low-income families in Washington State have access to local, fresh produce and nutrition education. Families are able to improve nutrition and prevent disease, farmers receive more community support, and local food systems are strengthened. Please ask Washington State Legislators to ensure that sufficient funding for this program continues.
Despite a proven connection to debilitating lung disease in factory workers and consumers, deadly artificial butter flavorings in microwave popcorn remain on America’s grocery store shelves. Tell the Food and Drug Administration to ban these toxic chemicals from all food products.
Coca-Cola has established contracts to vend its beverages in four out of five high schools in America. The company also vends its products to half of American elementary public schools. Tell Coca-Cola that this practice is lethal to the wellbeing of America’s youth and must end now.
Rep. Todd Akin believes the female body can shut down a pregnancy resulting from a ‘legitimate rape.’ In a recent interview, Akin commented that victims of ‘legitimate rape’ rarely get pregnant—a truly false statement. Tell this Congressman his comments are based in non-fact, and his statements must be retracted.