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July 3, 2009

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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

June 29, 2009

Vitamin A supplements can reduce malaria cases in children by one-third, study finds
In malaria-endemic areas, vitamin A supplements - which cost about 2 U.S. cents each - can help reduce infections in children by one-third, according to a study published in the Malaria Journal, IRIN reports. The study analyzed results from previous studies conducted in Burkina Faso, Ghana and Papua New Guinea since 1995. It found that vitamin A supplements decreased malaria cases by one-third in Papua New Guinea and Burkina Faso. Peter Olumese of the WHO's Global Malaria Programme said although the relationship between vitamin A deficiency and malaria requires more research, it is clear that vitamin A supplements help to prevent a range of infectious diseases in children. "We do not need to wait for all the answers," Olumese said. "While waiting on results [of further studies into the link], vitamin A supplements can be used to decrease morbidity and mortality in children, including those at risk of malaria."
Read article at News-Medical.Net

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

June 30, 2009

Panel Recommends Ban on 2 Popular Painkillers
A federal advisory panel voted narrowly on Tuesday to recommend a ban on Percocet and Vicodin, two of the most popular prescription painkillers in the world, because of their effects on the liver. The two drugs combine a narcotic with acetaminophen, the ingredient found in popular over-the-counter products like Tylenol and Excedrin. High doses of acetaminophen are a leading cause of liver damage, and the panel noted that patients who take Percocet and Vicodin for long periods often need higher and higher doses to achieve the same effect. Acetaminophen is combined with different narcotics in at least seven other prescription drugs, and all of these combination pills will be banned if the Food and Drug Administration heeds the advice of its experts.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

June 29, 2009

Drugging Our Children to Death
In Massachusetts, a four-year-old girl named Rebecca became the center of a murder investigation after being found dead from an overdose of a dangerous combination of drugs. Both her parents and psychiatrist are facing criminal prosecution and will stand trial later this year. In Florida, a seven-year-old boy named Gabriel made headlines because he hanged himself with a shower hose in his foster home. It was later discovered that the boy was on an unauthorized cocktail of psychiatric drugs while in the state’s protective custody. He had been taken from his mother who was herself deemed a danger to the child because of drug addiction. In Texas, a fourteen-year-old boy named Matthew died suddenly after only 29 days of being on a powerful stimulant for ADHD. His devastated parents are suing the drug manufacturer and were recently interviewed on ABC’s “Good Morning America”.
Read article at healthnewsdigest.com (USA)

June 27, 2009

Fear Jacko Drug Death Was Like Heath Ledger's
A medical charity believes Michael Jackson's death may have been down to a deadly drug cocktail similar to the one taken by Heath Ledger. "If the toxicology results match what the news reports are saying, this is ever so reminiscent of Heath Ledger's death," Battle Against Tranquillisers (Bat) spokeswoman Una Corbett told Sky News Online. Reports say Jackson may have taken three powerful painkillers in a potentially fatal cocktail, including injections of the narcotics Demerol, Dilaudid and Vicodin. Other drugs linked to the singer include anti-anxiety drugs Xanax and Zoloft, muscle relaxant Soma and anti-depressant Seroxat.
Read article on the Sky News website
Comment: Like that of the actor Heath Ledger before him, the tragic and untimely death of Michael Jackson is yet another sobering reminder of the life-threatening dangers of patented synthetic chemical drug medicines. Highly addictive, the painkillers, anti-anxiety drugs, muscle relaxant and anti-depressant believed to be linked to Jackson’s death are well-known to cause a myriad of serious and life-threatening side effects. As such, arguments as to whether or not these dangerous drugs were prescribed for Jackson by physicians essentially miss the point: dangerous drugs are not made safer just because they might have been obtained via a physician’s prescription pad.

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GMO News

June 30, 2009

Welsh Assembly proposes tough GM controls
The Welsh Assembly has proposed tough measures to control genetically modified crops, including GM-free zones and a ban on GM crop growing in national parks. Assembly officials set out the proposals at the launch of a consultation on protecting conventional and organic crops from contamination with GMs. The measures also included the imposition of strict liability on GM crop growers.
Read article on the Farmers Weekly Interactive website (UK)

June 24, 2009

Crackdown on GM crops covers accidental release
New rules to crack down on those who accidentally allow genetically modified crops into Scotland's environment came into force yesterday.
Read article in The Scotsman (Scotland/UK)

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Other Health-related News

June 30, 2009

National Health Federation Extorted!!!
Recently, the National Health Federation – the World’s oldest health-freedom organization, the only health-freedom organization accredited by Codex to attend and speak out at its meetings and which has been diligently following and attending Codex meetings since the mid-1990s – received an extortionist e-mail from one of the newest organizations to arrive on the health-freedom scene. In it, these upstarts clumsily demand that the Federation put them on the Federation’s Codex delegation or else they will try to take away our accredited status!
Read press release on the website of the National Health Federation (NHF) (USA)

June 30, 2009

Vitamin D deficiency is widespread and on the increase
A new report issued by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) and published in the scientific journal Osteoporosis International, shows that populations across the globe are suffering from the impact of low levels of vitamin D. The problem is widespread and on the increase, with potentially severe repercussions for overall health and fracture rates.
Read article at physorg.com
Comment: For further details, visit the IOF website by clicking here.

June 29, 2009

Americans' Right to Access Natural Health Alternatives in Peril, Says Natural Health Freedom Movement
The Natural Health Freedom Movement, a new coalition under the leadership of Matthias Rath, MD, is spearheading an online grass roots movement to protect the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) and defend the rights of Americans to access safe, science-based, natural health alternatives.
Read press release at prweb.com
Comment: If you live in the United States and would like to learn more about this important campaign, click here.

June 26, 2009

Omega-3 deficiency causes 96,000 US deaths per year, say researchers
Omega-3 deficiency is the sixth biggest killer of Americans and more deadly than excess trans fat intake, according to a new study. The Harvard University researchers looked at 12 dietary, lifestyle and metabolic risk factors such as tobacco smoking and high blood pressure and used a mathematical model to determine how many fatalities could have been prevented if better practices had been observed. The study, jointly funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the Association of Schools of Public Health, drew on 2005 data from the US National Health Center for Health Statistics. They determined that there were 72,000-96,000 preventable deaths each year due to omega-3 deficiency, compared to 63,000-97,000 for high trans fat intake.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

June 26, 2009

SEQWater slammed for fluoride overdose
A mix of mechanical and human error combined to overdose hundreds of southeast Queensland households with fluoride, a government report says. The Queensland government will apologise to about 400 households in the Brisbane suburb of Joyner after it piped drinking water containing around 13 times the maximum recommended dosage of fluoride in April.
Read article at finda.com.au (Australia)
Comment: The primary error here stems from neither mechanical nor human error, but from the decision to fluoridate Queensland’s water in the first place. In most cases, the chemical used to fluoridate water is hexafluorosilicic acid – a hazardous toxic waste by-product of the phosphate fertiliser industry. Given the numerous absurdities and known dangers of fluoridation, it should have been banned worldwide long ago.

June 25, 2009

Chemicals in shampoos and toys 'could lead to low birth weight'
Chemicals widely used in shampoos, toys, hairspray and cosmetics could harm the growth of unborn babies, a new study suggests. Scientists found that the compounds were linked to a low birth weight, which can increase the chance that a child will die in the first few weeks of life and lead to long-term health problems such as heart disease. Researchers believe that exposure to the chemicals in the womb could inhibit the children's growth.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

June 23, 2009

Longer life linked to specific foods in Mediterranean diet
Some food groups in the Mediterranean diet are more important than others in promoting health and longer life according to new research published on bmj.com today. Eating more vegetables, fruits, nuts, pulses and olive oil, and drinking moderate amounts of alcohol, while not consuming a lot of meat or excessive amounts of alcohol is linked to people living longer. However, the study also claims, that following a Mediterranean diet high in fish, seafood and cereals and low in dairy products were not indicators of longevity. While several studies have concluded that the Mediterranean diet improves chances of living longer, this is the first to investigate the importance of individual components of the diet.
Read article at physorg.com

June 19, 2009

More evidence links pesticides to Parkinson's
A new study confirms the link between on-the-job pesticide exposure and Parkinson's disease, and suggests that certain insecticides may be particularly risky.
Read article at reutershealth.com

June 18, 2009

Artificial Sweeteners May Contaminate Water Downstream Of Sewage Treatment Plants And Even Drinking Water
Sewage treatment plants fail to remove artificial sweeteners completely from waste water. What’s more, these pollutants contaminate waters downstream and may still be present in our drinking water. Thanks to their new robust analytical method, which simultaneously extracts and analyses seven commonly used artificial sweeteners, Marco Scheurer, Heinz-Jürgen Brauch and Frank Thomas Lange from the Water Technology Center in Karlsruhe, Germany, were able to demonstrate the presence of several artificial sweeteners in waste water.
Read article at sciencedaily.com
Comment: In their tests, the scientists found four artificial sweeteners in water: acesulfame, saccharin, cyclamate, and sucralose. To read an abstract of the study, click here.

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Political News

July 1, 2009

Russia, U.S. arms reduction deal closer than expected – diplomat
Russia and the United States have made more significant progress in the preparation of a new strategic arms reduction treaty than the sides expected, a Russian deputy foreign minister said on Wednesday. "Progress is more significant than we expected when we started the talks on the issue," Sergei Ryabkov said in an interview with RIA Novosti prior to the visit of U.S. President Barack Obama to Russia on July 6-8. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Obama agreed in April to launch discussions on a new agreement to replace the START 1 treaty, which expires in December.
Read article on the RIA Novosti website (Russia)

June 26, 2009

The EU's Latest Power Grab
In some countries they rig votes, in the European Union they repeat votes to get the desired result. After Ireland last year rejected the EU's Lisbon Treaty -- itself a rehashed carbon-copy of the EU Constitution that Dutch and French voters rebuffed in 2005 -- the Irish are being asked to reconsider. There will be another referendum in early October, Prime Minister Brian Cowen said Wednesday, and this time the Irish are expected to get it right. In Europe, they don't take "no" for an answer. Proponents say the Lisbon Treaty is key to reforming the squeaky institutions of the 27-member union. Skeptics, including a majority in Ireland, see a significant power grab. The Treaty gives the EU a nonelected president, a quasi foreign minister, a beefier defense and foreign policy and fewer national vetoes in a number of policy areas.
Read article in the Wall Street Journal (USA)

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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