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November 20, 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: Research shows link between endometrial cancer and Vitamin D status; Long-term beta carotene supplementation may help prevent cognitive decline; Roaccutane, an acne drug, could cause severe depression and suicidal thoughts; Codex moves closer to EU blueprint; Supermarkets are deceiving their customers by widely stocking goods sourced from animals fed genetically-modified soya and maize; Exposure to GM foods linked to Morgellons disease; Study Finds Physicians And Nurses Both Take And Recommend Dietary Supplements; Study by congressional Democrats estimates that the economic costs to the United States of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan so far total approximately $1.5 trillion; and the auditors for the EU have refused to sign off the bloc's financial accounts - for the 13th year in a row.

Natural Health News

November 14, 2007

Global view shows link between endometrial cancer and Vitamin D status
Using newly available data on worldwide cancer incidence, researchers at the Moores Cancer Center at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have shown a clear association between deficiency in exposure to sunlight, specifically ultraviolet B (UVB), and endometrial cancer. UVB exposure triggers photosynthesis of vitamin D3 in the body. This form of vitamin D is also available through diet and supplements. Previous studies from this research team have shown associations between higher levels of vitamin D3 and lower risk of cancers of the breast, colon, kidney and ovary.
Read article at physorg.com

November 13, 2007

Citrus juice, vitamin C give staying power to green tea antioxidants
To get more out of your next cup of tea, just add juice. A study found that citrus juices enable more of green tea's unique antioxidants to remain after simulated digestion, making the pairing even healthier than previously thought. The study compared the effect of various beverage additives on catechins, naturally occurring antioxidants found in tea. Results suggest that complementing green tea with either citrus juices or vitamin C likely increases the amount of catechins available for the body to absorb.
Read article at physorg.com
Comment: The concept of nutrient synergy, as pioneered by Dr. Rath and Dr. Niedzwiecki, maximises the health benefits of micronutrients because of the discovery that they work best in teams. However, whilst the study reported above is certainly interesting, Dr. Rath and Dr. Niedzwiecki's research has gone far beyond it and has now proven the benefits of green tea extract in combination with specific cellular nutrients in about 30 different cancers. These combinations of nutrients, especially vitamin C, lysine, proline, green tea extract and others, work together and help stop the spread of cancer by controlling the tumor growth, angiogenesis, apoptosis, inflammations, and activity of collagen-digestive enzymes.

November 12, 2007

Long-term beta carotene supplementation may help prevent cognitive decline
Men who take beta carotene supplements for 15 years or longer may have less cognitive decline, according to a report in the November 12 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
Read article at physorg.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

November 13, 2007

Acne cure may raise suicide risk, says study
An acne drug prescribed to thousands of people could cause severe depression and even lead to suicidal thoughts, according to new research. Roaccutane, used to treat those suffering from severe acne, appears to interfere with the brain's use of serotonin - the feel-good hormone - a study published today found. In the United Kingdom 26 patients taking the drug have committed suicide. The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency [MHRA] also recorded 19 attempted suicides, and 31 patients considering suicide, among those taking Roaccutane.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

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Other Health-related News

November 18, 2007

The 29th session of the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses, held at Bad Neuenahr, Germany, ended on Friday, November 16, 2007, following a week of deliberations. This Codex committee, more than any other, is deciding the fate of international principles, guidelines, and standards affecting natural health products and health claims. The U.S.-based, international non-governmental organization (INGO), the National Health Federation (NHF), was the only INGO present representing consumers' rights to freedom of choice in healthcare, and its three-person delegation was responsible for more interventions during the course of the meetings than all other INGOs put together.
Click here to read the National Health Federation's press release

November 16, 2007

Public 'Eating GM Food Without Knowing'
Supermarkets are deceiving their customers by widely stocking goods sourced from animals fed genetically-modified soya and maize, a campaign group has warned. According to the Soil Association, the practice means GM food is entering the UK "by stealth" via feed given to animals reared for dairy and pork products.
Read article at Sky News

November 16, 2007

Exposure to GM foods linked to Morgellons disease
Researchers at the State University of New York believe exposure to GM foods may be causing new cases of Morgellons disease, reports Metro. The researchers say that Agrobacterium, a bacterium that causes tumors in plants, has been found in Morgellons sufferers. Agrobacterium is well known for its ability to transfer DNA between itself and plants, and for this reason it has become an important tool for plant improvement by genetic engineering. Morgellons disease is a largely unexplained skin condition (named in 2002) that leads crawling, biting, and stinging sensations. Sufferers also frequently report finding fibres on or under the skin and experience persistent skin lesions. In addition to skin manifestations, some also report fatigue, mental confusion, short-term memory loss, joint pain, and changes in vision.
Read article at Natural Products Online (UK)

November 14, 2007

Study Finds Physicians And Nurses Both Take And Recommend Dietary Supplements
The landmark "Life...supplemented" Healthcare Professionals (HCP) Impact Study found that more than three quarters of U.S. physicians (79 percent) and nurses (82 percent) recommend dietary supplements to their patients. The study also shows that an almost equal number -- 72 percent of physicians and 89 percent of nurses -- personally use vitamin, mineral, herbal and other supplements either regularly, occasionally or seasonally, which is a higher percentage than the 68 percent of adults who report they take nutritional or dietary supplements. With mainstream use of dietary supplements in the U.S. -- more than 150 million Americans take them each year -- the 2007 "Life ... supplemented" HCP Impact Study on dietary supplements was designed to evaluate the personal attitudes and use of dietary supplements by physicians and nurses and to determine if those factors impact whether they recommend supplements for their patients.
Read article at medicalnewstoday.com

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Political News

November 13, 2007

'Hidden Costs' Double Price Of Two Wars, Democrats Say
The economic costs to the United States of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan so far total approximately $1.5 trillion, according to a new study by congressional Democrats that estimates the conflicts' "hidden costs"-- including higher oil prices, the expense of treating wounded veterans and interest payments on the money borrowed to pay for the wars. That amount is nearly double the $804 billion the White House has spent or requested to wage these wars through 2008, according to the Democratic staff of Congress's Joint Economic Committee. Its report, titled "The Hidden Costs of the Iraq War," estimates that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have thus far cost the average U.S. family of four more than $20,000. "The full economic costs of the war to the American taxpayers and the overall U.S. economy go well beyond even the immense federal budget costs already reported," said the 21-page draft report, obtained yesterday by The Washington Post.
Read article in the Washington Post (USA)

November 13, 2007

EU accounts failed for 13th year
The auditors for the EU have refused to sign off the bloc's financial accounts - for the 13th year in a row. A report by the European Court of Auditors (ECA) criticises nearly every major area of the EU's expenditure.
Read article at BBC News (UK)
Comment: In all, nearly 80% of the EU's 106bn-a-year euro budget (£75bn) fails the auditors test. The report, covering the 2006 budget, cites spending "irregularities" and a lack of supervision by the European Commission.

November 12, 2007

US most important UK ally – Brown
Gordon Brown has said Britain's "most important" relationship is with the US, in his first major foreign policy speech since becoming prime minister. He warned that he had "no truck with anti-Americanism" and said the EU should strengthen ties with the US.
Read article at BBC News (UK)
Comment: Given that a British Royal Navy aircraft carrier will be deployed in the Gulf next spring, the evidence would appear to be increasing that Gordon Brown has agreed to support US air strikes against Iran.

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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