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May 1, 2009

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Natural Health News

April 26, 2009

Vitamin D hope in prostate cancer
Vitamin D is an effective treatment for prostate cancer in some patients, a UK study suggests. A once daily dose reduced PSA level - an indicator of severity of disease - by as much as half in 20% of patients.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

April 23, 2009

Vitamin D may lower asthma severity
New research on asthma is giving tantalizing hints that it may be possible to diminish symptoms of the debilitating breathing disorder by using vitamin D. A study, based on children with asthma in Costa Rica, has found that low blood levels of vitamin D were associated with an increased severity of the disease, with those youngsters experiencing significantly more hospitalizations, increased use of inhaled steroids, and weakened immune function.
Read article in the Globe and Mail (Canada)

April 23, 2009

Carotenoids may halve metabolic syndrome risk
Increased intakes of antioxidant carotenoids, and particularly lycopene, may reduce the risk of developing the metabolic syndrome by about 50 per cent, says a new study. Writing in the new issue of the Journal of Nutrition, Dutch scientists report that middle-aged and elderly men with highest average intake of all carotenoids had a 58 per cent lower incidence of metabolic syndrome, while the highest intake of lycopene was associated with a 45 per cent lower incidence, compared to men with the lowest average intakes.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

April 22, 2009

Vitamin D may boost heart health during weight loss: Study
Supplements of vitamin D may improve cardiovascular health during weight loss, without impacting on how many pounds are shed, suggests a new study. Writing in this month’s issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, German researchers report that a daily dose of vitamin of 83 micrograms per day had lower levels on triglycerides and markers of inflammation like tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha).
Read article at nutraingredients.com

April 21, 2009

5p-a-day cod liver oil capsules 'can cut chances of suffering heart failure'
Taking cheap 5p-a-day cod liver oil capsules can substantially reduce the chances of suffering heart failure, according to a new study. Men who took fish oil pills every morning were a third less likely to develop the condition, which can be fatal, than those who had little or no fish oil in their diet.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

April 28, 2009

Drug companies and their checkbooks
The drug industry has long been accused of having the best friends money can buy. Near the top of the list is doctors, who for years have taken gifts and consulting fees from the nation's biggest drugmakers, including Eli Lilly and Co. of Indianapolis. It's a murky relationship that has given the industry a black eye. For years, critics have called on Big Pharma to stop throwing money at doctors. Now, a new report by the government's top medical advisers is recommending that Big Pharma stop showering doctors with gifts and fees.
Read John Russell's blog entry on the Indianapolis Star website (USA)

April 23, 2009

Drug firm disguised link to positive journal article, court told
The drug company Merck had a cardiologist sign his name to a medical journal article it wrote claiming there was no evidence of any heart risk attached to its drug Vioxx, court documents allegedly show. In an internal email in August 2001 to discuss a draft of the manuscript, a Merck senior researcher, Briggs Morrison, expressed concern about the claim that Vioxx was not associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events. "That seems wishful thinking, not a critical interpretation of the data," Dr Morrison said in an email to colleagues. "The data appears to have been interpreted to support a pre-conceived hypothesis." The claim was nonetheless included in the final version of the article, which was sent by Merck to the US cardiologist Dr Marvin Konstam for approval.
Read article in the Brisbane Times (Australia)

April 20, 2009

Drugging Kids With No Verifiable Disease
Psychiatry’s marketing strategy is to invent diagnoses out of thin air and call them diseases as an excuse to prescribe drugs, according to Dr Fred Baughman, author of The ADHD Fraud.
Read article at lawyersandsettlements.com (USA)

April 1, 2009

Vioxx maker Merck and Co drew up doctor hit list
AN international drug company made a hit list of doctors who had to be "neutralised" or discredited because they criticised the anti-arthritis drug the pharmaceutical giant produced. Staff at US company Merck &Co emailed each other about the list of doctors - mainly researchers and academics - who had been negative about the drug Vioxx or Merck and a recommended course of action. The email, which came out in the Federal Court in Melbourne yesterday as part of a class action against the drug company, included the words "neutralise", "neutralised" or "discredit" against some of the doctors' names. It is also alleged the company used intimidation tactics against critical researchers, including dropping hints it would stop funding to institutions and claims it interfered with academic appointments. "We may need to seek them out and destroy them where they live," a Merck employee wrote, according to an email excerpt read to the court by Julian Burnside QC, acting for the plaintiff.
Read article in The Australian (Australia)

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GMO News

April 22, 2009

Monsanto files suit against Germany over GM ban
Monsanto has filed a lawsuit against the German government after the EU member state banned planting of its genetically modified MON810 maize last week.
Read article at foodnavigator.com

April 19, 2009

‘Superweed’ explosion threatens Monsanto heartlands
Superweeds” are plaguing high-tech Monsanto crops in southern US states, driving farmers to use more herbicides, return to conventional crops or even abandon their farms.
Read article at france24.com (France)

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Other Health-related News

April 22, 2009

Low magnesium levels may increase stroke risk
Low blood levels of magnesium may increase the risk of stroke by 25 per cent, suggest findings from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study. According to findings published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, increasing levels of the mineral could decrease the risk of ischemic stroke, with the effects related to magnesium’s benefits on blood pressure and for diabetics.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

April 19, 2009

Shock Corridor!!
Did you know that in America, the land of human rights, you can legally be given repeated electric shock treatments, for no reason, for years and years, and no one can help prevent that from happening? Ray Sandford, 54, lives in a group home in Minneapolis. He has not been charged with any crime, and his mental problems subsided long ago. However, against his will, Ray has received over 40 court ordered shock treatments.
Read blog entry at pharmalittle.blogspot.com

April 8, 2009

UK Petition to Support Herbal Medicine
We the undersigned strongly object to the [UK] Government's proposals to statutorily regulate herbalists and change section 12(1) of the 1968 Medicines Act. We also oppose the abolishing of section 12(2) of the 1968 Medicines Act to be replaced by The Traditional Medicines Registration Scheme by 2011. These proposals have been heavily influenced by the pharmaceutical industry, which stand to gain by the proposals. Any new state regulation requires that a sufficient risk can be demonstrated to prove the need for regulation, there is not any evidence to prove that herbalists or herbal medicine present a significant risk to the public under previous and present legislation, when policed properly. These proposals will reduce access, increase costs, decrease patient choice, encourage a black market and send experienced herbalists underground, crucify our indigenous tradition and diversity of available healthcare. At a time when we face urgent environmental problems, herbal medicine provides some of the answers only if it remains a ‘people’s medicine’, simple and freely accessible. Herbal medicine does not belong to herbalists or pharmaceutical companies, the public should be educated and encouraged to use traditional herbal medicines for minor health problems, not immobilised by a state of fear.
Read and sign the petition at gopetition.co.uk (UK)
Comment: The British Government wishes to further regulate herbalists by bringing them under state control. In addition, it wants to change the herbal medicine laws to prevent anyone, other than a state regulated herbalist (or possibly other health professional), from prescribing herbs. This, coupled with a previous change to the UK’s herbal medicine laws, will take herbal medicine away from the people and result in state regulated herbalists and pharmaceutical companies claiming herbal medicine as their own. Not surprisingly, therefore, the pharmaceutical industry is heavily involved in influencing the regulation of herbalists and herbal medicine, which it sees as a threat to its multi-billion dollar business with disease.

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Political News

April 22, 2009

Jacob Zuma will take office under a cloud of doubt, says Desmond Tutu
Jacob Zuma will take office as South Africa's president with clouds of "doubt" hanging over his head, Archbishop Desmond Tutu has told The Daily Telegraph. As South Africans voted in an election that Mr Zuma, the leader of the African National Congress, is almost certain to win, Archbishop Tutu declared that corruption allegations against the future president should have been tested in court.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

April 22, 2009

In the Spirit of Openness
When he was vice president, Dick Cheney never acknowledged the public’s right to know anything. Now, suddenly, he has the full disclosure bug. He told Fox News this week that President Obama’s decision to release memos written by the Bush Justice Department authorizing the abuse and torture of detainees inspired him to ask the Central Intelligence Agency to release transcripts of those interrogations. Doing so, he said, would show the world how much valuable intelligence was obtained by subjecting detainees to forced nudity, prolonged sleep deprivation, slamming against walls, extremes of heat and cold and the near-drowning known as waterboarding. Mr. Cheney was not being entirely honest (he made the request last month), and his logic is confounding.
Read Editorial in the New York Times (USA)

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