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September 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

September 23, 2008

Honey effective in killing bacteria that cause chronic sinusitis
Honey is very effective in killing bacteria in all its forms, especially the drug-resistant biofilms that make treating chronic rhinosinusitis difficult, according to research presented during the 2008 American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO, in Chicago, IL.
Read article at physorg.com

September 20, 2008

Vitamin C lowers blood pressure
Got hypertension? It may be time to try intravenous injection of vitamin C. A new Italian study found that vitamin C intravenously delivered can lower blood pressure by acting on an overactive central nervous system.
Read article at foodconsumer.org
Comment: Whilst this study is of course interesting, it is not actually necessary to receive vitamin C via intravenous injection in order to benefit from its effects upon blood pressure. To read clinical studies documenting the effectiveness of oral vitamin C and other micronutrients in maintaining normal blood pressure, click here.

September 19, 2008

Vitamin C Found to Help Maintain Healthy Cholesterol
Having high cholesterol levels (called “hypercholesterolemia”) is a primary risk factor leading to coronary heart disease. This condition resulted in 452,300 deaths in 2004 and is “the single leading cause of death in America today”. The American Heart Association estimates that nearly 37 million Americans have total cholesterol levels greater than 240 mg/dL. Now a new study has found that vitamin C may benefit cholesterol health.
Read article on the Natural Health Research Institute website (USA)

September 17, 2008

Study Re-Confirms Pycnogenol’s Role in Joint Health
Osteoarthritis is the nation’s leading cause of disability, limiting everyday activities for 16 million Americans. The condition results in 750,000 hospitalizations and costs our healthcare system over $51 billion each year. The Center for Disease Control estimates that the number of people aged 65 or older with arthritis will more than double, from 15.7 million in 2002 to 33.3 million in 2030. Now a new study has found that Pycnogenol may benefit joint health.
Read article on the Natural Health Research Institute website (USA)

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

September 24, 2008

Genentech Warns Of Liver Damage From Tarceva
A letter went out alerting docs about cases of liver damage among patients who took the cancer med in a post-approval study. One patient died from rapidly progressing liver failure and another died from a liver complication called hepatorenal syndrome, according to the letter sent by Genentech and OSI Pharmaceuticals.
Read article at pharmalot.com

September 23, 2008

Lung drugs 'can increase heart attack risk'
Drugs widely used to treat lung problems such as emphysema and bronchitis can significantly increase the chance of a heart attack, stroke or even death, a new study shows.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

September 23, 2008

Most Failed Clinical Trials Are Never Published
A review of 909 clinical trials for 90 meds approved by the FDA between 1998 and 2000 found that more than half of the studies concluding a drug was ineffective were never published in medical journals.
Read article at pharmalot.com

September 21, 2008

Cancer patient killed in drug trial overdose
A 27-YEAR-OLD man has died in a government-funded medical trial, in which at least two other patients were given overdoses. Gary Foster, a graphic designer who was planning to get married this month, was on seven occasions given double the amount of chemotherapy he should have been prescribed. His mother, Colleen Foster, said: “Gary was slowly poisoned to death.”
Read article in The Times (UK)
Comment: Tragic though this case is, the reality is that chemotherapy is a highly dangerous treatment even when given at the supposedly “correct” dosages. Whilst the drugs used in chemotherapy do kill cancer cells, they also kill healthy cells too. That fact alone is bad enough, but it doesn’t stop there. The drugs used in chemotherapy also have side-effects and many cause new cancers and new diseases, leading to the use of yet more drugs which in turn have new side effects. It’s a vicious circle and a license to print money for the pharmaceutical industry.

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See also our 2001-2008 news archive, by clicking here.

Other Health-related News

September 23, 2008

Study finds antioxidant deficiency linked to pulmonary hypertension
A recent study shows that a loss of antioxidants in the endothelial cells that line blood vessels in the lungs contributes to the loss of vasodilator effects and, ultimately, to the development of pulmonary hypertension.
Read article at physorg.com

September 23, 2008

ANH participates in emergency task force amidst international natural health crisis
Scientific and Legal Emergency Response Task Force Established to Address International Natural Health Crisis
Toronto, Canada – On the heels of the recent attempts to severely restrict and further regulate natural supplements and remedies through legislative Bill C-51 in Canada, the increased concerns regarding the US Food and Drug Administration’s revisions of the cGMP (Current Good Manufacturing Practices regulations) and ongoing concerns over the severely restrictive European regulatory regime on natural health products, an unprecedented two-day conference concluded last Friday with the formation of an international scientific and legal task force. The mandate given to the task force was to intervene strategically to preserve the public’s right and access to natural health, including vitamin and mineral supplements, traditional herbal medicines and the healing arts.
Read press release on the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) website (UK)

September 22, 2008

Vitamin D deficiency link to multiple sclerosis in children
Compelling evidence that children with early symptoms of multiple sclerosis have low levels of vitamin D has emerged from a study by scientists in Canada. The study of children suffering the first occurrence of the disease - often eye or sight problems - has found that those with insufficient amounts of the vitamin are far more likely to develop a full-blown case of MS than those who have normal levels.
Read article in The Times (UK)

September 15, 2008

Poor health 'due to wet climate'
Scotland's poor health record could be directly linked to a lack of sunshine, a scientist has said. Dr Oliver Gillie linked the "extreme" weather to vitamin D deficiency, which is caused by low exposure to sunlight. He has called for "urgent" government action to encourage people to take a daily dose of vitamin D to help tackle diseases such as cancer and MS. Scotland's chief medical officer said the Scottish Government was already considering the evidence on vitamin D.
Read article at BBC News (UK)

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Political News

September 23, 2008

SAfrica cabinet empties, Zuma says 'Don't panic'
CAPE TOWN (AFP) — Eleven South African cabinet members abandoned ship on Tuesday in the wake of President Thabo Mbeki's resignation, prompting fears of instability and the ruling ANC leader to downplay any panic. The cabinet members stepped down shortly after parliament voted 299 to 10 to approve Mbeki's exit from office effective Thursday, ending the nine-year administration of the man who succeeded anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela. The African National Congress has picked its deputy chief, Kgalema Motlanthe, to replace Mbeki until April elections.
Read AFP news report at google.com

September 14, 2008

EU lines up cash for failed treaty
THE European Union plans to ignore the Irish “no” vote on the Lisbon treaty and press ahead with massive spending increases to implement its provisions. It plans to spend £6.2 billion on promoting itself as a “global player” next year and 22% more on justice and home affairs to pay for new powers under the still-unratified treaty, in a budget set to be agreed by Brussels in December. The £6.2 billion will be used to promote EU interests across the world from Latin America to Africa, the Caribbean and Russia, with £243m spent on EU embassies and an £11m information budget to help sell Europe’s new role as a global heavyweight. This appears to be stretching the boundaries of legality by dressing up expenditure on areas of new powers under the Lisbon treaty as falling within existing powers,” said Martin Howe QC, a leading constitutional lawyer.
Read article in The Times (UK)
Comment: Nobody should now be in any doubt over the fact that democracy in the European Union is rapidly being replaced by a dictatorship.

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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