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September 4, 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

August 26, 2009

More Support for Multivitamins in Lowering Heart Disease Death Risk
Long-term regular use of a multivitamin may reduce the risk of dying from heart disease by 16%, and vitamin E use was associated with a 28% decrease in risk, according to a new study. The new study, from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center at the University of Washington, looked at 77,719 Washington State residents from 50-76 years old. The results showed that the use of multivitamins was associated with a 16% decreased risk of death from Cardiovascular Disease. Intakes of vitamin E over 215 milligrams per day over the course of ten years were also associated with a 28% reduction in the risk of death from cardiovascular disease.
Read article at christianpost.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

August 29, 2009

Soaring drugs bill 'threatens to bankrupt NHS'
The NHS risks bankruptcy from a soaring drugs bill which is outstripping Britain's GDP growth, according to a report published today. The report, by the pressure group Compass, calls for regulation of the pharmaceutical industry to curb prices. The coalition of academics, campaigners and union leaders also warns that the billions spent by big pharma on seminars and conferences gives companies undue influence over doctors.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)
Comment: If the health service in the UK - where the government can still negotiate drug prices - is risking bankruptcy, what chance do other countries stand of avoiding a similar fate? In the U.S., for example, the government has already capitulated to the pharma mafia and essentially pays whatever the drug cartel wants. Meantime, whilst its annual sales now total 773 billion dollars, adverse reactions from the cartel’s drugs continue to kill and injure millions of innocent patients each and every year. In the U.S., it has been estimated that a staggering 2,216,000 hospitalized patients have serious adverse drug reactions (ADRs) each year, whilst 106,000 have fatal ADRs. This means that such reactions are between the fourth and sixth leading cause of death in that country. Meantime, the drug cartel spends billions of dollars every year disingenuously marketing its drugs to doctors under the guise of "continuing medical education", whilst, at the same time, omitting to mention that most of them cause a multitude of new diseases as a result of their known long-term side effects. And, of course, as if all this were not bad enough, the cartel is holding over six-billion people hostage by doing everything it can to eliminate the non-patentable natural alternatives to its products. To learn what you can do to fight back, visit the NT-2 website and support our call for a second ‘Nuremberg’ Tribunal.

August 28, 2009

We're Not Gonna Take It: Anti-Forced-Vaccination Demonstration - Vancouver
On August 28th, 2009, the world's first public demonstration against the threat of forced vaccination, in regard to the (A)H1N1 (Human-Avian-Swine) Flu took place in Vancouver, BC, Canada, in front of the Art Gallery, on one of Vancouver's busiest streets. This event was primarily informational in nature, but also intended to send a message to the federal and provincial governments of Canada, the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) and the Pharmaceutical Industry regarding mass vaccination plans. This was the kick-off to a national weekend of information sharing and protests across Canada. Other activists groups in both Toronto and Ottawa also participated by disseminating on their busy city streets, but many individuals in smaller towns also participated.
Read article at archive.org

August 26, 2009

Weightloss pill investigated for liver damage
A slimming drug available over the counter in the UK is being investigated for links to 32 cases of liver damage by the US Food and Drug Administration. The FDA began investigating orlistat, sold over the counter as Alli, and its potential links to liver damage earlier this year after concerns were raised about potentially harmful side effects. On Monday, the agency said it was assessing 32 reports of serious liver injury in patients, 27 of whom were hospitalised.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

August 25, 2009

Half of health workers reject swine flu shot
About half of Hong Kong's health workers would refuse the swine flu vaccine, new research says, a trend that experts say would likely apply worldwide.
Read article at physorg.com

July 31, 2009

Tamiflu causes sickness and nightmares in children, study finds
More than half of children taking the swine flu drug Tamiflu experience side-effects such as nausea and nightmares, research suggests.
Read article in The Times (UK)

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GMO News

September 1, 2009

Human health risk from GM fish – Study
The commercial breeding of GM fish should be approached with caution on fears they could pose a health risk to humans and threaten natural breeds, new research has said. A study from the University of Gothenburg, in Sweden, cautioned that by giving fish genes from other organisms – so-called transgenes – researchers have succeeded in producing species that are able grow considerably more quickly than non-GM fish and are more resistant to diseases. However, the robust nature of transgenic species means they can have a higher tolerance to toxins. Fredrik Sundstrom, of the Department of Zoology, said the ability of transgenic fish to be more resistant to environmental toxins could entail the greater accumulation of toxins that “ultimately end up in consumers”.
Read article at foodproductiondaily.com

August 25, 2009

Lyme/Autism Group Blasts Genetically Modified Foods as Dangerous
Stop eating dangerous genetically modified (GM) foods! That's the upshot of the Lyme Induced Autism (LIA) Foundation's position paper released today. The patient advocacy group is not willing to wait around until research studies prove that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) cause or worsen the many diseases that are on the rise since gene-spliced foods were introduced in 1996. Like the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) earlier this year, the LIA Foundation says there is more than enough evidence of harm in GM animal feeding studies for them to "urge doctors to prescribe non-GMO diets" and for "individuals, especially those with autism, Lyme disease, and associated conditions, to avoid" GM foods.
Read article by Jeffrey Smith on the Huffington Post website (USA)

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Other Health-related News

August 31, 2009

1 in 7 young Canadians deficient in vitamin C: Study
As many as one in seven young Canadian adults may be deficient in vitamin C, which could place them at increased risk for chronic health problems, according to new research. Dr. Ahmed El-Sohemy, of the University of Toronto, and his team found that 33 per cent of nearly 1,000 Canadian adults they tested had suboptimal levels, and the remaining 14 per cent, one in seven, had deficient levels.
Read article at canada.com
Comment: This study provides us with further evidence that so-called “normal” diets cannot even be depended upon to provide sufficient amounts of nutrients to avoid overt deficiencies, let alone provide optimal amounts of nutrients. As such, with evidence building that deficiencies in vitamin D, Omega-3, calcium, vitamin B12, vitamin K and other nutrients are also now widespread, the argument that we are getting all the vitamins we need in our food is clearly not being backed up by the science. To make matters worse, independent studies conducted in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and other countries show that the nutrient content of our food has fallen substantially over the past few decades. To learn more, click here.

August 27, 2009

Kids, grown-ups missing vitamin D
Parents can't win. Dermatologists tell them to keep their kids out of the sun or slather them with sunscreen to prevent skin cancer later in life. But now scientists say that an astonishing number of children are deficient in vitamin D, in part because they are not getting enough sunshine on their skin. A new study in Pediatrics (online, Aug. 3, 2009) shows that 9 percent ofthe 6,275 children tested had vitamin D deficiency. That translates to more than 7 million American youngsters. Equally alarming, the researchers project that roughly 50 million children have inadequate levels of vitamin D. The consequences could be devastating.
Read article in the San Bernardino County Sun (California, USA)

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Political News

August 28, 2009

Voting until they get it right in the European Union
When it comes to the European Union, any vote to increase authority in Brussels is viewed as final. Any vote against consolidating power is treated as merely temporary. The Lisbon Treaty is the perfect example of such a power grab. Among other things, it shifts responsibilities from national parliaments to European parliament, reduces the number of areas where unanimity is required (eliminating national vetoes), creates a president as a person (as opposed to rotating presidencies for nations), and creates a foreign minister to push a continental foreign policy. In June 2008, Ireland voted against the treaty. Since the agreement requires unanimous agreement, the referendum theoretically killed the attempt. However, the European elite insisted that Ireland vote again. Dublin will hold a revote on October 2.
Read article by Doug Bandow in the Washington Examiner (USA)

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