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November 7, 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

October 31, 2008

Vitamin E may slash lung cancer risk: Study
Increasing intakes of vitamin E may decrease the risk of lung cancer by over 50 per cent, according to a new study from the US.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

October 31, 2008

Vitamin C Slows Cancer Down
And, Doctors Say, Can Reverse It as Well
The BBC recently reported that "Vitamin C 'slows cancer growth.' An injection of a high dose of vitamin C may be able to hold back the advance of cancers, US scientists claim. The vitamin may start a destructive chain reaction within the cancer cell." The injection "halved the size" of tumors, and was reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study authors themselves said that daily, high-dose vitamin C treatment "significantly decreased growth rates" of ovarian, pancreatic, and malignant brain tumors in mice. Such high, cancer-stopping levels of vitamin C can be "readily achieved in humans given ascorbate intravenously."
Read news release from the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service at orthomolecular.org

October 31, 2008

Vitamin E suppositories could treat ulcerative colitis
Vitamin E suppositories may be a potential treatment for ulcerative colitis – a condition which lacks a disease-specific treatment at present, a small study suggests. Fifteen patients with mild to moderate ulcerative colitis were given rectal d-alpha tocopherol (vitamin E) at a hospital in Tehran, Iran. After 12 weeks, 14 patients showed a clinical response greater than two on the Mayo clinical disease activity index, with no blood in stool. Nine patients went into remission.
Read article on the Nursing Times magazine website (UK)

October 30, 2008

Green tea extract may lower blood pressure: study
Daily supplements of extracts from green tea (Camellia sinensis) may reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and markers of oxidative stress, and all within three weeks, says a new study. Reductions of systolic and diastolic blood pressures of 5 and 4 mmHg, respectively, were observed following daily supplements of green tea extracts, while total cholesterol levels were reduced by 10 mg/dL, according to findings of a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel study. The study adds to an ever growing body of science reporting the potential health benefits of green tea and its extracts, which already range from reduced risks of cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, and certain cancers.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

November 3, 2008

Nigeria Seeks US Defendants In Pfizer Trovan Trial
The latest delay in the criminal case is to acccommodate the federal government, which wants to serve paper on defendants in the US, Reuters reports. The criminal charges include over 20 counts covering alleged breaches of import, supply and registration regulations for the antibiotic and laws relating to a notorious clinical trial that took place in 1996. The federal government and the northern state of Kano also filed civil cases against Pfizer, claiming $8.5 billion in damages over the trial, which took place during a meningitis epidemic that killed 12,000 children. Nigeria says Trovan caused the death of 11 children and left dozens with disabilities, and that Pfizer did not obtain proper regulatory approval for the trial and misled parents.
Read article at pharmalot.com

November 3, 2008

Court hears amputee's case on limits of drug suits
The Bush administration and a drug maker urged the Supreme Court on Monday to throw out a multimillion dollar verdict to a Vermont musician who lost her arm because of a botched injection to relieve nausea. The case is being watched closely by the pharmaceutical industry and consumer groups because of its potential for broad limits on lawsuits by people, such as Diana Levine, who were harmed by prescription drugs.
Read Associated Press news report at google.com
Comment: The crucial question before the court in this case is whether the approval of drug labels by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should knock out state lawsuits contending that the labels did not contain adequate warnings. Significantly therefore, it should be noted that the FDA’s approval procedures have been criticized as being subject to serious conflicts of interest.

November 3, 2008

More Kids Are Taking More Meds Than Ever Before
More American children are taking pills for diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol than ever before, reflecting a rise in chronic diseases related to obesity. The use of drugs for type-2 diabetes, in particular, doubled in children ages 5 to 19 and statins rose by 15 percent between 2002 and 2005, according to a study published in the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Read article at pharmalot.com
Comment: Not content with already having made death by medicine the leading cause of death and injury in the United States, the American medical system is increasingly trying to turn the youngest, most vulnerable, people in the country into lifelong drug-users.

October 30, 2008

New Brain-Disease Case Tied to Drug
A U.S. multiple-sclerosis patient taking the drug Tysabri contracted a deadly brain infection, marking the sixth such case and darkening the commercial prospects for the medicine, already withdrawn from the market once over safety concerns. Biogen Idec Inc., which makes Tysabri, said a government laboratory concluded Wednesday that the patient, a woman, had contracted the infection known as progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, or PML.
Read article in the Wall Street Journal (USA)

October 30, 2008

Public Citizen Petitions FDA To Ban Glaxo’s Avandia
The consumer group wants the agency to have the diabetes pill yanked over deaths from liver failures and other life-threatening risks. In a statement, Public Citizen calls Avandia, which is used to treat Type Diabetes 2, “unacceptably dangerous,” and cites new research to justify its petition. The move comes after the American Diabetes Association and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes last week both advised against using Avandia (look here and here).
Read article at pharmalot.com

October 23, 2008

Drug safety reports are kept secret
Drug side-effects including deaths, birth defects and disability are the fifth biggest cause of death in European hospitals, but reports on these dangers are being kept secret.
Read article in the Irish Examiner (Ireland)

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GMO News

October 29, 2008

GM is Not the Way to Sustainability
GM crops are unsound and unsafe; the biotech corporations are still making promises that they cannot keep while their real aim is to tighten their stranglehold on seeds to starve the world.
Read press release on the Institute for Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

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Other Health-related News

November 4, 2008

Labour’s Silence Is Deafening - Eroding Trust
Prime Minister Helen Clark announced to a group of Hamilton Students that “we will push ahead with this Bill (The Anti-Vitamin Bill). We need a trans-Tasman regulator. We intend to proceed ” but has remained deafeningly silent to the media, considering this was a favourite Bill of the Government who failed to get numbers for its passing at second reading. “This Bill has been unpopular from it’s inception with the majority of New Zealanders, political parties and select committees opposing it. The Prime Minister’s party is campaigning on trust this election yet has omitted to make a clear stand on what has been one of the party’s pet Bills over the past 9 years. One has to ask what is going on in the background and can we really trust her government on this issue?” Nicola Grace spokeswoman for Health Freedom NZ says.
Read press release on the Health Freedom New Zealand website
Comment: Health Freedom New Zealand (HFNZ) is a non-partisan, non-profit, consumer health rights advocacy and action group dedicated to reinstating, protecting and defending the rights of consumers in New Zealand to make their own health decisions. To learn more about HFNZ, click here. To make a donation, click here.

November 2, 2008

CRN Sticks It to the Industry!
At today’s meeting of a Physical Working Group of Codex delegates in Cape Town, South Africa, the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) managed – in just a few short minutes’ time – to transform a relatively innocuous Codex paragraph into one that could badly harm the health-food industry. How did this happen when CRN is supposed to be representing the best interests of its own health-food industry members, who pay large sums of money to CRN to protect their interests?
Read press release on the website of the National Health Federation (USA)

October 29, 2008

Brazil secretly attempting to sink its natural products industry
It is increasingly looking like the Brazilian government's current attempt to medicalise natural products could be one of the most damaging regulatory changes for a natural products industry to occur in any country. To some, the strength of the Brazilian pharmaceutical industry, and Brazil's incredibly rich natural product heritage, especially linked to the rainforests, makes Brazil an ideal target for hugely draconian legislation. The proposed changes, unless stopped, will put the control of natural products ultimately in the hands of the pharmaceutical industry.
Read article on the website of the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) (UK)
Comment: At the meeting of the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU) that took place in Bonn, Germany, in November 2003, the Brazilian delegation’s official policy position was that “The maximum level of each vitamin and/or mineral contained in a vitamin and mineral supplement per daily portion of consumption as suggested by the manufacturer should not exceed 100% of the recommended daily intake”. Moreover, the Brazilian delegation repeatedly stressed its opposition to a “without-control-consumption” by consumers and stated that “there are no benefit evidences by ingesting over what is recommended”. Clearly therefore, based upon this latest development, it would appear that Brazil’s position – unscientific and irrational though it is - remains essentially unchanged.

October 27, 2008

ANH calls for new paradigm in healthcare
Dr Robert Verkerk, ANH's scientific and executive director, addressed a large audience at the CAM Expo, London, on October 25 2008, explaining the need for a new paradigm in healthcare. The paradigm, he said, should be based around the ecological and economic principles of sustainability.
Read article on the website of the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) (UK)

October 15, 2008

Highest ever levels of pesticides in foods
Fruits, vegetables and cereals sold throughout the European Union contain record levels of pesticides – according to an official report to be published later this month. Almost half of fruits, vegetables and cereals are now contaminated with pesticides – a substantial increase on the level seen just 5 years ago. Five of the pesticides most common in the food chain are classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic, or disruptive to the hormonal system. The findings come just days before politicians in Brussels are set to debate new EU pesticide legislation – including a proposal to eliminate the most hazardous pesticides from use in food production. But despite evidence of widespread food contamination, efforts to reduce dietary exposure to hazardous pesticides are being fiercely contested by the pesticides industry. ‘These are the worst pesticide results we’ve ever seen’, said Elliott Cannell, Coordinator of PAN Europe. ‘A record proportion of fruits and vegetables are contaminated, while 23 pesticides were detected at levels high enough to present an acute risk to public health – according to the EU’s own risk calculations.’
Read article on the Pesticide Action Network Europe website

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Political News

November 5, 2008

Vice-president says Iraq-U.S. pact should be put to vote
An Iraqi vice-president has said a draft security pact being negotiated with the United States should be put to a nationwide referendum. Tareq al-Hashemi, a Sunni Arab, said in a statement on Tuesday that the deal, which outlines the framework for the U.S. military presence in Iraq, “must not pass without approval from Iraqis”. “This agreement is an important and sensitive subject ... Iraqis should have their say,” he said. A draft agreement agreed last month allows U.S. forces to remain in Iraq for another three years, but after talks with Iraqi MPs it was sent back to Washington for further revisions. The Iraqi cabinet sought key changes, including greater legal jurisdiction over U.S. troops and guarantees that U.S. soldiers would not launch attacks on other countries from Iraq.
Read article in the Tehran Times (Iran)

November 4, 2008

For Obama, No Time for Laurels; Now the Hard Part
No president since before Barack Obama was born has ascended to the Oval Office confronted by the accumulation of seismic challenges awaiting him. Historians grasping for parallels point to Abraham Lincoln taking office as the nation was collapsing into Civil War, or Franklin D. Roosevelt arriving in Washington in the throes of the Great Depression.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

October 30, 2008

Finnish MEP laments EU move on access to documents
Finnish MEP and former prime minister Anneli Jäätteenmäki has tackled the commission over a revised regulation on access to EU documents. She told the Parliament Magazine that the EU executive is trying to roll back freedoms given to citizens under a 2001 law. Because the new regulation redefines the term ‘document’, she says that citizens will actually be restricted in what information they can apply to see.
Read article at theparliament.com

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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