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US economy hits two-decade high point
The economy in the US continues to steamroll, with 250,000 new jobs added last month and pay raises that jumped the highest in a decade. The unemployment rate is at 3.7%, a 50-year low. Consumer confidence is at an 18-year height.
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Health groups warn against food sensitivity tests
More than a score of health groups around the world have sounded the warning that popular food sensitivity tests are misleading, even though the two largest labs in Canada give the tests and promote them. The difference between a food allergy and a food sensitivity is that an allergy has immediate reaction, while a sensitivity may not show up for days or even weeks. The popular food sensitivity tests measure for IgG (Immunoglobulin G), but health groups are warning that IgG only shows that a food has been eaten recently, not that a person is insensitive to the food. In fact, instead of IgG showing a person is intolerant, their presence in the body is showing that a person is developing tolerance, not developing intolerance. "It [IgG test] should be used to track whether a patient actually is developing tolerance, not intolerance," said one allergy, asthma, and immunology specialist. What happens is that a person may take a test and show an intolerance for certain foods; then the person quits eating those foods in fear, and actually could develop nutritional deficiencies. "Measuring specific IgG levels merely detects that the person has eaten it at some point in the past," said Dr. David Stukus, an associate professor of pediatrics with the allergy and immunology department at the Ohio-based Nationwide Children's Hospital. "It is a normal physiological response to eating." International medical groups have used the words "irrelevant," "unvalidated," "inappropriate," and "false diagnosis" in their position papers concerning IgG tests.

Note on Statue of Unity
A Plain News subscriber notified us of an apparent discrepancy concerning "the Statue of Unity being four times taller than the Statue of Liberty." Some news reports are saying it is only twice as tall. The discrepancy depends on whether the base of the Statue of Liberty is counted as part of the statue. The Statue of Liberty without the base is only 1/4 as tall as the Statue of Unity. If the base is included, it is half as tall.


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EPA rules to continue allowing Dicamba
The US Environmental Protection Agency has announced that it will continue to allow the use of the controversial herbicide Dicamba. Drift from Dicamba is accused of harming some 1 million acres of other crops annually in the US. About half of the soybeans planted in the US were Dicamba-resistant, a number that could grow to 75% as farmers switch over so as to insure that their crops do not get damaged by Dicamba drift. In continuing to allow Dicamba use, however, the EPA announced stronger restrictions on application; no more than 45 days after planting soybeans or 60 days after planting cotton. Some farmers complain that allowing Dicamba use almost forces them to buy GMO seeds because regular seeds will not stand up to Dicamba drifting into the fields.

Warmer winter predicted by NOAA
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting a warmer than average winter for most of the US. The northwestern states have the greatest chance of being warmer than average, while the southeastern states are predicted to be average. No areas in the US are predicted to be colder than average. On the moisture side of things, the northwest will likely be drier, while the south and southeast will have a greater chance of being wetter.


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