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Consumer Health Digest #06-24
Your Weekly Update of News and Reviews
June 13, 2006
Current # of subscribers: 11,515

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summarizes scientific reports; legislative developments; enforcement
actions; news reports; Web site evaluations; recommended and
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protection and consumer decision-making.


California authorities warn against ozone-producing air cleaners.

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has concluded that many
devices marketed as air cleaners or air purifiers are not good for
people's health. [Some devices marketed as air cleaners dangerous to
public health. California Air Resources Board news release, May 31,
2006] In
a recent press release, it noted:

**Air cleaners of all types are being more aggressively marketed than
ever before.

**Some devices intentionally generate ozone, a key component of smog,
resulting in indoor ozone concentrations well above health-based
state and federal ambient air quality standards.

**Four devices that were tested according to manufacturer
instructions in a small furnished room under common residential
temperature and humidity conditions emitted ozone at levels that
exceed health-based standards and can pose a serious health risk.

**One model produced room concentrations more than 4.5 times the
health-based state ambient air quality standard for ozone.

**At elevated levels, ozone can exacerbate asthma, cause lung damage
and lead to difficulty in breathing.

**Some manufacturers falsely claim that their products produce "safe"
levels of ozone that remove indoor air pollutants such as particles,
gases, allergens, viruses, odorous compounds, mold, and bacteria. In
fact, ozone reacts with other gases to produce significant increases
in other pollutants, such as formaldehyde and ultrafine particles,
which are also harmful to health, all the while deadening one's sense
of smell.

**At the levels produced by ozone generators, their emissions could
hurt humans without affecting pathogens.

**Currently, no government agency has full authority to regulate
ozone generators.


Unlicensed naturopath facing prison sentence.

A federal jury in Providence Rhode Island has convicted John E.
Curran of 18 counts of wire fraud and 3 counts of money laundering.
According to the indictment, Curran misrepresented himself as a
medical doctor; told clients that they had "live parasites" in their
blood; and claimed that they would develop life-threatening diseases,
such as cancer, and that he could cure them of life-threatening
diseases. [Indictment charges "natural healer" with fraud. USDOJ news
release, Sept 15, 2005] Curran's purported
M.D., N.D., and Ph.D. "degrees" came from nonaccredited schools that
required no classroom attendance and provided no legal basis to treat
patients. Curran's treatments included "E-Water," which he billed as
containing the same "synergistic healing properties as the water in
Lourdes, France." He also sold a "Green Drink," that he claimed would
"support and promote the body's overall ability to fight and prevent
disease." Evidence at the trial indicated that clients paid at least
$1.3 million for treatments after being falsely diagnosed with
various ailments. The jury also decided that Curran should forfeit
devices that he used to promote his scheme and about $15,000,000 in a
bank account of his Northeastern Institute for Advanced Natural
Healing. [Jury finds "natural healer" guilty of fraud, money
laundering. USDOJ news release, May 26, 2006] The maximum penalty
for each count of wire fraud and money laundering is 20 years in
prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for August 25th.


PAHO promoting salt fluoridation.

The Pan American Health Organization is advocating that countries
that lack piped water supplies suitable for fluoridation consider
fortifying their salt to deliver fluoride. Studies have shown that
when most salt destined for human consumption in a country is
fluoridated, its effectiveness approximates that of water
fluoridation. [Jones S. and others. The effective use of fluorides in
public health. Bulletin of the World Health Organization 83:670-676,
PAHO's book, Promoting Oral Health. The Use of Salt Fluoridation to
Prevent Dental Caries, details how to plan, operate, monitor and
evaluate salt fluoridation programs.


Heimlich maneuver irresponsibly plugged as drowning treatment.

Henry Heimlich, M.D., who is credited with promoting abdominal
thrusts for dislodging solid bodies in the airway (sometimes called
the Heimlich Maneuver), is also advocating this method for treating
drowning. Because abdominal thrusts do not open the airway and can
cause fatal aspiration of stomach contents, the American Heart
Association has concluded that their use is "unnecessary and
potentially dangerous." [American Heart Association. 2005 Guidelines
for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care,
Part 10.3 Drowning. Circulation 112:IV-133-IV-135, 2005] On May
27, the Cincinnati Enquirer ran a full-page graphic highlighting
abdominal thrusts as a first treatment for drowning. After complaints
by several experts, the Enquirer published a modified graphic that
still promoted abdominal thrusts.
Despite two weeks of further protests by NCAHF president Dr. Robert
Baratz, the newspaper has failed to retract its dangerous advice.


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