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November 05, 2007

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Keep up-to-date on the latest health and politics news with our regular updates and analysis of the key stories from around the world.

Included in this edition: Sleeping pills for kids top global list of bad products; new research indicates that not taking supplements may be harmful to your health; an independent panel of physicians says that the US Recommended Daily Allowance/Daily Reference Intakes are too low and that most should be raised immediately; US State Department diplomats criticize new rules that will force some of them to work in Iraq against their will or risk dismissal; the British Ministry of Defence announces that it will be deploying a Royal Navy aircraft carrier in the Gulf next spring; the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog says he has no evidence Iran is working actively to build nuclear weapons; and Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, the architect of the abandoned European Constitution, admits that the document has been rewritten by EU leaders in a different order just to avoid the need for referendums.

Natural Health News

November 4, 2007

Onions 'cut heart disease risk'
Eating a meal rich in compounds called flavonoids reduces some early signs of heart disease, research shows. An Institute of Food Research team focused on one of the compounds, quercetin, which is found in tea, onions, apples and red wine. The Atherosclerosis study examined the effect of the compounds produced after quercetin is broken down by the body. They were shown to help prevent the chronic inflammation which can lead to thickening of the arteries.
Read article at BBC News (UK)

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

October 31, 2007

Drug firms try to bribe doctors with cars
· Developing world 'easy target' for multinationals
· Gifts and pampering now norm, says report
Multinational drug companies are targeting doctors in developing countries with dinners and lavish gifts, such as air conditioners, washing machines and down-payments on cars, as incentives to prescribe their drugs, a report reveals today. The report from Consumers International (CI) says that self-regulation by the multinational drug giants has failed, citing drug adverts by companies such as Glaxo-SmithKline, Wyeth, Novartis and Pfizer that would be considered misleading in Europe, as well as the heavy promotion by all companies of products to doctors. The impact on patients is serious, the report says. "Up to 50% of medicines in developing countries are inappropriately prescribed, dispensed or sold," it says.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

October 29, 2007

Sleeping pills for kids top global list of bad products
Sleeping pills advertised for children, dangerous toys and bottled water taken from local reservoirs are among the world's worst products, a global consumer group said Monday. In announcing its bad products awards for 2007, Consumers International said the top prize went to the US subsidiary of Japanese firm Takeda Pharmaceuticals for promoting a sleeping drug for children. The company ran a television advertisement in the United States which used images of children, chalk boards and a school bus to sell its drug Rozerem.
Read article at physorg.com

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Other Health-related News

November 2, 2007

Study Shows Vitamin "Pill-Poppers" Are Healthier
New research indicates that NOT taking supplements may be harmful to your health, and that a single daily multi-vitamin is inadequate. A study of hundreds of persons who take a number of different dietary supplements has found that the more supplements they take, the better their health is. The study authors reported that a "greater degree of supplement use was associated with more favorable concentrations of serum homocysteine, C-reactive protein, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and triglycerides, as well as lower risk of prevalent elevated blood pressure and diabetes."
Read news release at orthomolecular.org

November 1, 2007

NHS cancer plan is 'ineffective'
Rates of avoidable deaths from cancer in England and Wales are not falling as fast as the NHS Cancer Plan predicts, a report warns. Between 1999 and 2005 the decline in deaths from cancer which should have been treatable slowed year on year, analysis by think-tank Civitas shows. The figures suggest the £2bn injection in funding in cancer services is not having an impact, they concluded.
Read article at BBC News (UK)
Comment: Cancer can be controlled, but the British government's £2bn injection in funding has been totally wasted. Why? Because the sole beneficiaries from the sale of patented synthetic toxic chemical drugs for the treatment of cancer are the gargantuan bank accounts of the pharma cartel. To learn how cancer can be eradicated naturally, without the devastating side-effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, click here.

October 30, 2007

Nutrition plans 'doomed to fail'
Government plans to tackle malnutrition among hospital and care home patients are doomed to failure, a patients' group has claimed. Ministers will launch what they are calling a "groundbreaking" drive to improve the nutrition of the elderly. It will call on NHS and social care providers to weigh patients to keep track of whether they eat properly. But Patient Concern said it failed to instil a culture of accountability and was likely to be just "words on paper". Research has shown that about a third of hospital and care home patients are malnourished.
Read article at BBC News (UK)
Comment: A recent report showed that up to 3.6 million people in the UK now suffer from malnutrition. As a result, according to the British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, malnutrition currently costs the UK's National Health Service more than £7.3bn (€10.8bn / US $14.8bn) a year. The estimates suggest that up to 6 per cent of the UK population could be suffering from serious vitamin and mineral deficiencies, whilst UK hospital figures now show malnutrition to be found in all age groups, including newborn babies.

October 30, 2007

Rickets cases rise among Asians
Vitamin supplements are to be handed out in Lancashire after 56 reported cases of rickets. The cases of the disease, which can cause bow legs, have been reported in Asian communities in East Lancashire.
Read article at BBC News (UK)
Comment: The incidence of rickets, a disease caused by a deficiency of vitamin D, appears to be on the rise in a number of Western countries. Although our bodies can produce vitamin D through exposure to sunlight, the use of sunscreens – which has increased in recent years – along with recommendations to limit our exposure to sunlight may perhaps be contributing to an increased incidence of vitamin D deficiency. A lack of vitamin D has been linked to the development of multiple sclerosis, diabetes and cancer, amongst many other diseases.

October 30, 2007

Doctors Say, Raise the RDAs Now
The US Recommended Daily Allowance/Daily Reference Intakes are too low and most should be raised immediately, says an independent panel of physicians, academics and researchers. In a statement this week, the Independent Vitamin Safety Review Panel said: "Government-sponsored nutrient recommendations, such as the US RDA/DRIs, are not keeping pace with recent progress in nutrition research. While current official recommendations for vitamin A, iron, calcium, and some other nutrients are generally adequate, the public has been asked to consume far too little of many other key nutrients. Inadequate intake, and inadequate standards to judge intake, have resulted in widespread nutrient inadequacy, chronic disease, and an undernourished but overweight population." Citing a large number of physician reports and clinical studies, the IVSRP called for substantial increases in daily intake of the B-vitamins, vitamins C, D and E, and the minerals selenium, zinc, magnesium and chromium. "Raising the RDA/DRI will save lives and improve health," the Panel said. "Clinical and sub-clinical nutrient deficiencies are among the main causes of our society's greatest healthcare problems. Cancer, cardiovascular disease, mental illness, and other diseases are caused or aggravated by poor nutrient intake. The good news is that scientific evidence shows that adequately high consumption of nutrients helps prevent these diseases."
Read news release at orthomolecular.org

October 28, 2007

GM: The Secret Files
Ministers are secretly easing the way for GM crops in Britain, while professing to be impartial on the technology, startling internal documents reveal. The documents, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, show that the Government colluded with a biotech company in setting conditions for testing GM potatoes, and gives tens of millions of pounds a year to boost research into modified crops and foods. The information on funding proved extraordinarily difficult to get, requiring three months of investigation by an environmental pressure group, a series of parliamentary questions, and three applications for the information. Friends of the Earth finally obtained still partial information last week which shows that the Government provides at least £50m a year for research into agricultural biotechnology, largely GM crops and food. This generosity contrasts with the £1.6m given last year for research into organic agriculture, in spite of repeated promises to promote environmentally friendly, "sustainable" farming.
Read Geoffrey Lean's article in the Independent on Sunday (UK)

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Political News

November 2, 2007

US diplomats resist forced duty in Iraq: report
US State Department diplomats have criticized new rules that will force some to work in Iraq against their will or risk dismissal, the Washington Post reported Thursday. Their complaints were voiced at a meeting of hundreds of diplomats and senior officials to hear Harry Thomas, the department's director of human resources, describe the new policy. Service in Baghdad was "a potential death sentence," said a man who identified himself as a 46-year Foreign Service veteran, the Post reported. "Any other embassy in the world would be closed by now," he said to sustained applause, the Post reported, citing an audiotape of the meeting.
Read article at afp.google.com

November 2, 2007

Navy to patrol Gulf in the spring
A Royal Navy aircraft carrier will be deployed in the Gulf next spring, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed. Illustrious will sail for the highly sensitive waters near Iran accompanied by Edinburgh, a Type 42 destroyer whose main role is providing air defence, and Westminster, a Type 23 frigate. Two minesweepers and three support vessels from the Royal Fleet Auxiliary will complete the deployment for Operation Orion 08. The ships will spend about six months in the Gulf, the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea. Their presence may coincide with a crucial period in the West's confrontation with Iran. Observers believe that the spring is the last possible moment for President George W Bush to order military strikes against Iran's nuclear programme.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)
Comment: When questioned about this development, the British Ministry of Defence claimed that the deployment had been "planned for a while." Just like the attack on Iraq, in other words…

October 30, 2007

Giscard: EU Treaty is the constitution rewritten
Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, the architect of the abandoned European Constitution, has admitted that the document has been rewritten by EU leaders in a different order just to avoid the need for referendums. The statement by the former French President - who chaired the body of more than 100 European politicians that framed the original constitution - has led to new calls for Gordon Brown to grant the British people a vote.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

October 28, 2007

UN nuclear watchdog chief expresses concern about anti-Iran rhetoric from US
The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog said Sunday he had no evidence Iran was working actively to build nuclear weapons and expressed concern that escalating rhetoric from the U.S. could bring disaster.
Read article in the International Herald Tribune

For more political news, visit the news pages on the website of the International Alliance for Health, Peace and Social Justice, and the news page on the European Referendum website.

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