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January 29, 2008

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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.

Natural Health News

January 28, 2008

Carotenes linked to lower heart disease deaths
An increased consumption of alpha- and beta-carotene in the diet may reduce the risks of heart disease deaths by about 20 per cent, suggests a new study.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

January 23, 2008

Vitamins Cure Skin Conditions
Skin troubles are a common, often painful problem. Topical applications of vitamin E, and/or vitamin C and niacin provide rapid relief. The first reports indicating that vitamin E, and concentrated topical and IV solutions of vitamin C were a highly effective treatment for burns surfaced over 50 years ago. Vitamins may be used to treat both thermal burns and sun burns, as well as wrinkles, pigmentation, scrapes, bug bites, and even bed sores.
Read news release at orthomolecular.org
Comment: As this news release correctly argues, it is time that physicians start to put the remarkable healing powers of vitamins to work for their patients. The main reasons why they are not yet doing so however are the control and denial of science by global institutions such as the Codex Alimentarius Commission and the nefarious business practices of the pharmaceutical investment 'Business With Disease'.

January 23, 2008

Hawthorn 'benefits heart patients'
Hawthorn extract can help control symptoms of chronic heart disease, research suggests. The herbal medicine is capable of helping the heart to beat more powerfully, increasing the amount of blood flowing through the organ's muscles, experiments carried out by a group of Cochrane Researchers found.
Read UK Press Association article at google.com

January 22, 2008

Vitamin E may ward off physical decline in elderly
Vitamin E may help elderly people keep their vim and vigor, researchers said on Tuesday. The researchers measured levels of certain vitamins in the blood of 698 people ages 65 and up in Italy, and then used three tests -- a short walk, balance and standing up from a seated position -- to gauge their physical functioning. They found that volunteers with lower levels of vitamin E performed worse on these physical tests than those with higher levels of the vitamin.
Read article at reuters.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

January 26, 2008

NY subpoenas Merck and Schering-Plough over Vytorin
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has subpoenaed Merck & Co and Schering-Plough Corp for documents and information to see whether the companies hid the results of a study on their cholesterol drug Vytorin. The move, announced on Saturday, came one day after U.S. regulators said they would review the study, called Enhance, which showed Vytorin worked no better than a generic in preventing the build-up of arterial plaque.
Read article at reuters.com

January 25, 2008

Two girls die after cervical cancer jab
Two girls have died suddenly after being given the vaccine against the virus which causes cervical cancer, the European drugs watchdog has revealed.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)
Comment: Gardasil is already reported to have been responsible for 3,461 adverse reactions, including eleven deaths, in the United States alone. In Australia, meanwhile, reports suggest that dozens of teenage girls have been sickened by Gardasil. In one case being investigated, a girl was left temporarily paralysed and unable to talk.

January 25, 2008

EU backs return of banned drug
Europe's drug regulators on Thursday recommended approval of thalidomide to treat bone marrow cancer, nearly 50 years after the medicine was withdrawn as a treatment for morning sickness around the world because it caused thousands of children to be born with birth defects.
Read article in the Financial Times (UK)
Comment: Only in a system of medicine whose main purpose is making multi-billion dollar profits would a dangerous patented chemical drug known to cause birth defects be recommended for use on cancer patients.

January 24, 2008

Lawsuit Filed in Florida Federal Court Over Marketing of Vytorin and Zetia By Merck and Schering-Plough
Lawsuit alleges violations of consumer statutes, breach of warranty and unjust enrichment; Damages would involve return of proceeds from sales in excess of $5 billion last year, mostly paid through Medicare, Medicaid, other federal drug programs and private insurance
Howard and Associates, P.A. and Wilner Block, P.A. announced that they have filed a lawsuit against Merck & Company Inc. and Schering-Plough Corporation , manufacturers of Vytorin and Zetia. The lawsuit was filed on January 18, 2008, in United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, Jacksonville Division, alleging violations of state consumer protection statutes, breach of warranty, and unjust enrichment. The lawsuit seeks punitive damages from Merck and Schering-Plough for their marketing and sale of Vytorin and Zetia.
Read article at cnn.com (USA)

January 24, 2008

F.D.A. Requiring Suicide Studies in Drug Trials
After decades of inattention to the possible psychiatric side effects of experimental medicines, the Food and Drug Administration is now requiring drug makers to study closely whether patients become suicidal during clinical trials.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)
Comment: Some drugs cause depression so often that doctors now prescribe antidepressants prophylactically with them. As a result, makers of drugs to treat obesity, urinary incontinence, epilepsy, smoking cessation, depression and many other conditions are being asked by the Food and Drug Administration to put a comprehensive suicide assessment into their clinical trials.

January 22, 2008

Jury Trials In 2008 Expected To Expose SSRI Maker's Dirty Secrets
The blockbuster sales figures for the new generation of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants (SSRI's), which have resulted from their promotion for so many unapproved uses, represents the most profitable off-label marketing coup in the history of modern medicine. Sales total about $21 billion a year, according to IMS Health. However, in the end these drugs will probably also hold the title for the most lawsuits filed against drug companies for overstating their benefits while concealing their serious side effects from as far back as 20 years ago. The SSRI's include Prozac by Eli Lilly; Paxil marketed by GlaxoSmithKline, Zoloft by Pfizer, and Celexa and Lexapro from Forest Laboratories.
Read article at opednews.com

January 21, 2008

Nexavar significantly boosts hypertension risk: study
Bayer AG and Onyx Pharmaceutical Inc.'s key cancer drug Nexavar significantly raises the risk of high blood pressure, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday.
Read article at reuters.com
Comment: The researchers found patients treated with the drug have a 23 percent higher chance of having an increase in blood pressure than those not given it. The risk of developing a more severe form of high-blood pressure rose 6 percent. Bayer, meanwhile, says it expects Nexavar to reach 1 billion euros in annual sales…

January 13, 2008

Cancer drugs found in tap water
Britain's tap water should be monitored for powerful medicines after traces of cancer and psychiatric drugs were detected in samples, a report has warned. The 100-page statement, commissioned by the drinking water watchdog, the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI), reveals that pharmaceuticals are finding their way into the water supply despite extensive purification treatments used by water companies. Trace levels of bleomycin, a cancer chemotherapy drug, and diazepam, a sedative, have been found during tests on drinking water, the report reveals.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)
Comment: This report follows hot on the heels of a separate study, by environmental scientists, which warned that toxic chemotherapy drugs used to treat cancer patients are being washed into Britain's rivers. Despite claims to the contrary by some, it would clearly be foolish for anybody to assume there is no risk to public health from such contaminations.

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GMO News

January 23, 2008

Closing the Barn Door After the Cows Have Gotten Out
Last week, the Food and Drug Administration cleared the way for the eventual sale of meat and dairy products from cloned animals, saying, in effect, that consumers face no health risks from them. The next day, the Department of Agriculture asked farmers to keep their cloned animals off the market until consumers have time to get over their anticloning prejudice. That is one prejudice I plan to hold on to. I will not be eating cloned meat.
Read editorial by Verlyn Klinkenborg in the New York Times (USA)
Comment: As Klinkerborg points out, the real beneficiaries here are the large meatpacking companies – the kind that would like it best if chickens grew in the shape of nuggets. Animal cloning shifts genetic ownership from farmers to corporations, thus putting patents and profits before health.

January 22, 2008

Canadian farmer forces GM giant back to court
· Monsanto accused of pollution over stray plants
· Campaigner believes case could trigger global claims
He was portrayed as an environmental David who stood up to the corporate Goliath, and became a figurehead of the battle against the introduction of genetically modified crops everywhere. When Canadian farmer Percy Schmeiser was sued by Monsanto for growing the firm's GM crops, which he claimed blew on to his land, the company's eventual victory in the Canadian supreme court was overshadowed by accusations of aggressive tactics and corporate bullying. Now, Schmeiser, of Bruno, Saskatchewan, is back to launch another slingshot at Monsanto, and this time he is suing the billion dollar business for £300 in his local small claims court. At stake, he says, is millions of pounds of compensation for those who have seen their land contaminated with GM material, and the rights of organic farmers and others to produce GM-free crops.
Read article in The Guardian (UK)
Comment: Click here to visit Percy Schmeiser's website.

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Other Health-related News

January 25, 2008

Science stacks up for B vitamins and pregnancy
Low maternal vitamin B12 levels in combination with certain genes may have detrimental knock-on effects to the offspring, suggests a new Dutch that reports higher risk of heart problems. A combination of low vitamin B12 levels and certain genotypes for the methionine synthase reductase (MTRR) and transcobalamin II (TC) genes were found to increase the risk of CHD by about 35 and 100 per cent, respectively, report the researchers in the journal Molecular Genetics and Metabolism. "Therefore, it might be favorable to advise women to use a diet rich in vitamin B12 and eventually a vitamin B12 supplement in addition to a folic acid supplement in the periconception period to achieve an optimal vitamin B12 status," wrote Anna Verkleij-Hagoort from Erasmus MC, University Medical Center in Rotterdam.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

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Political News

January 27, 2008

MPs kept in the dark over EU treaty
MPs are being asked to vote on the revised EU treaty without key information about the powers it will create, a leaked document suggests. The paper, from the office of the president of the EU, reveals that matters such as the possibility of a European army and the powers of an EU president will not be determined until after the revived constitution has been pushed through. Other issues include how the proposed EU diplomatic service will work, the powers of the new EU foreign minister and whether the European police office, Europol, will be able to expand its activities.
Read article in the Sunday Times (UK)

January 24, 2008

Publish the secret document on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, ministers are told
Ministers were ordered yesterday to make public a secret document about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction that could shed light on the origins of the Government's claim that Saddam Hussein needed just 45 minutes to launch non-conventional warheads at British troops. The unpublished draft document was drawn up by John Williams, who in 2002, before the invasion of Iraq, was the head of information at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and one of the senior government spin-doctors. Yesterday the Information Tribunal ruled that the Williams report should be made public so that people could make their own judgment as to whether its contents could have influenced the official dossier on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), including the 45-minute claim.
Read article in The Times (UK)
Comment: Given that no weapons of mass destruction were ever found in Iraq, the people of Asia and the world already know that the original reason given for the invasion of that country was a lie. However, the American and British-led military conflict in Iraq and the related threats to Iran, North Korea and other Asian countries are not primarily about fighting 'terrorism' or conquering oil fields. Instead, they are part of a deliberate long-term strategy by American and British-controlled pharmaceutical and petrochemical investment groups to escalate a major international crisis as a means of creating a psychological "state of fear" and maintaining global economic control.

January 22, 2008

Pre-emptive nuclear strike a key option, Nato told
The west must be ready to resort to a pre-emptive nuclear attack to try to halt the "imminent" spread of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, according to a radical manifesto for a new Nato by five of the west's most senior military officers and strategists.
Read article in The Guardian (UK)
Comment: So long as the political stakeholders of the oil and drug cartel have direct access to nuclear arsenals, the world will continue to be in danger.

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 Initiative website.

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