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    Deceptive spin blames the poor victim

    Dear Editor

    I read the piece by Alvarez-Dardet and Ashton with interest.[1] Law EA 95-7-1-c-3 orders the Environment Agency to site lethal industrial processes in deprived areas. The Agency admits 90% of these installations are hence now sited in areas of poverty. The consequential health damage and premature deaths (some 160 000 pa in UK) are hence deliberately caused by government policy, not poverty, and have...

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    This is human evolution ... testosterone and the secular trend

    Dear Editor

    I read the piece by Alvarez-Dardet and Ashton with interest.[1] It is my hypothesis that testosterone is directly involved in human evolution.[2] The percentage of individuals with high testosterone within populations varies with circumstances periodically during human existence. I suggest this is the cause of the "secular trend," the increase in size and earlier puberty of children. (Some say the tr...

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