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September 11, 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

September 8, 2009

Green tea slashes heart disease death risk: Study
Seven cups of green tea a day over the long-term may massively reduce the risk of death from colorectal cancer and heart disease, suggests a new study from Japan. Compared to people who drank less than one cup a day, seven or more cups of green tea a day may reduce the risk of dying from heart disease by a whopping 75 per cent, report scientists from Okayama University in the Annals of Epidemiology. Additionally, a reduction in the risk of colorectal cancer mortality of 31 per cent was observed for people who drank more than seven cups of green tea a day, compared to people who drank less than three cups a day.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

September 4, 2009

Folate may improve artery function and heart health
Supplements of folic acid may improve cardiovascular health and reduce the prevalence of peripheral arterial disease (PAD), suggests a new study. Daily doses of 400 micrograms of the B vitamin led to significant improvements in blood pressure and improved blood flow after 16 weeks of supplementation, according to results published in the British Journal of Surgery. Furthermore, equal doses of 5-methyltetrahydrofolate (5-MTHF), the naturally circulating form of folate, produced the same results, leading the researchers to conclude that “5-MTHF may be a safe and effective alternative to folic acid”.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

September 2, 2009

Experts urge wider folic acid use
Women of childbearing age have been urged to take folic acid supplements, even if they are not planning a family. The Scottish Spina Bifida Association said 15 babies had been born in Scotland with the condition since January - double the normal number. It said folic acid supplements, which research suggests can prevent many cases, were often taken too late. Its advice targets all sexually active women of childbearing age because of the numbers of unplanned pregnancies.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

August 17, 2009

Chinese Herb May Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis
Thunder God Vine’ May Work as Natural Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms
A new study shows that the Chinese herbal remedy Tripterygium wilfordii Hook F (TwHF), also known as “lei gong teng” or "thunder god vine," helped decrease joint tenderness and pain in a small group of people treated with the medicinal plant. Those who took an extract of the herb's roots experienced greater improvement in rheumatoid arthritis symptoms than those who took the anti-inflammatory drug sulfasalazine.
Read article at webmd.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

September 4, 2009

Painkillers can cause addiction in 3 days
Popular painkillers, which are routinely used to ease headaches, back problems and period pain, can cause addiction in just three days, the UK Government’s drug watchdog has warned. The drugs, which contain codeine and include brand names such as Nurofen Plus and Solpadeine Plus, are taken by millions of people. However, official figures have shown that tens of thousands of people have become dependent on the drugs, many accidentally, with women most at risk of developing an addiction.
Read article in The Times of India
Comment: Figures show that 27 million packs of codeine-containing painkillers are sold every year in the UK. As such, coming hot on the heels of research showing that use of acid-reducing drugs can lead to dependency, this latest finding - that painkillers can cause addiction within three days - provides still further proof that, so far as the pharmaceutical industry is concerned, people becoming hooked on their drugs is good for business.

September 3, 2009

Swine Flu Alert: Medicinal Chemist Says "Think Before You Vaccinate"
As a young chemist working in the chemistry labs of corporate America, I watched as they promoted cancer causing drugs as anti-cancer remedies (tamoxifen). I also witnessed the pharmaceutically compliant media convince the world that depression was a disease and you needed the so-called antidepressant drug Prozac™ to treat it. I began to wonder, “How gullible are the masses?” The reaction to the swine flu scare answered this.
Read article at newswithviews.com

September 2, 2009

Pfizer agrees to record $2.3-billion healthcare-fraud settlement
Pfizer Inc. and a subsidiary have agreed to a record healthcare fraud settlement and will pay $2.3 billion to resolve civil and criminal complaints in connection with the illegal promotion of some drugs, the Justice Department announced this morning.
Read article in the Los Angeles Times (USA)
Comment: The overall settlement is the largest ever paid by a drug company for alleged violations of federal drug rules. Drugs involved in the fraud included Bextra, an anti-inflammatory painkiller; Geodon, an anti-psychotic drug; Zyvox, an antibiotic; and Lyrica, an anti-epileptic drug.

August 18, 2009

Top FDA Officials, Compromised by Conflicts of Interest
Two high ranking FDA officials' conflicts of interest have led one to resign, the other is under investigation by the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Read article on the Alliance for Human Research Protection (AHRP) website (USA)

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GMO News

September 8, 2009

'Label GM food products', say farmers
Welsh farmers are calling for “Frankenstein food” GM products to be labelled, as a survey published today raises fresh concerns about the technology. Philip Bevan of Great House Farm, a 220-acre organic farm in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, said Welsh consumers have every right to know exactly what the food they eat contains, as a survey by Consumer Focus Wales shows that almost a quarter of them (24%) think GM should be banned from sale in the UK.
Read article at walesonline.co.uk (Wales/UK)

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Other Health-related News

September 3, 2009

Organic is more nutritious according to the French
A new report by the French Agency for Food Safety (AFSSA) has found that organic foods are better for you and contain less pesticides and nitrates, which have been linked to a range of health problems including diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Andre Leu, Chairman of the Organic Federation of Australia, says the up-to-date exhaustive and critical evaluation of the nutritional quality of organic food and has found organic foods have higher levels of minerals and antioxidants. "The AFSSA study has been published in the peer reviewed scientific journal Agronomy for Sustainable Development ensuring that it has met rigorous scientific standards," Leu said.
Read article in Food magazine (Australia)

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Political News

September 4, 2009

White House to Open Visitor Logs to Public
WASHINGTON — President Obama announced Friday that he will open up White House visitor logs on a regular basis for the first time in modern history, providing the public an unusually extensive look at who gets the opportunity to help shape American policy at the highest levels. “Americans have a right to know whose voices are being heard in the policymaking process,” the president said in a written statement issued by the White House while he vacationed with his family at Camp David. The new policy settles four lawsuits against the government seeking such records.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

September 4, 2009

Support for Lisbon Treaty in Ireland plunges
Support for the Lisbon Treaty in Ireland dropped by eight points over the summer, the latest poll revealed. The slippage is reminiscent of similar trends in the country before the debacle of the first Lisbon referendum in June last year, and the one on the Nice Treaty before that, the Irish press writes today (4 September). In a TNS poll for the Irish Times, 46% of people said they would vote 'yes', a drop of eight points since the last survey in May. 29% of Irish said they would vote 'no', an increase of one point. The number of people in the 'don't know' category increased by seven points to 25%, the Irish Times writes.
Read article at euractiv.com
Comment: In a Europe subjected to the Lisbon Treaty, at the European level there would be: no separation of constitutional powers; no possibility for the people to democratically elect their president as head of the executive level of government; and no possibility for the people to replace an executive level of government that has abused and reduced their human rights. If you live in the EU, click here to sign a petition rejecting this treaty.

September 2, 2009

Dick Cheney’s Version
After the C.I.A. inspector general’s report on prisoner interrogation was released last week, former Vice President Dick Cheney settled into his usual seat on Fox News to express his outrage — not at the illegal and immoral behavior laid out in the report, of course, but at the idea that anyone would object to torturing prisoners. He was especially vexed that the Obama administration was beginning an investigation.
Read editorial in the New York Times (USA)
Comment: To learn more about Cheney, click here.

September 1, 2009

Berlusconi threatens to wreck EU summit unless commission shuts up
In a fit of pique, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has threatened to block the upcoming European Council - the top summit of all of Europe's premiers and presidents - if commission spokespeople do not learn to keep quiet. Commission spokespeople and even commissioners themselves must not speak publicly on "any topic," Mr Berlusconi demanded when speaking reporters in Gdansk during a ceremony marking the start of the Second World War. The "voice of Europe," he said, must be expressed exclusively by the president of the commission or his immediate spokesperson. If this did not happen, he added, he would "block the functioning of the European Council."
Read article at euobserver.com
Comment: Hardly a stranger to controversy, Berlusconi is alleged to have joined a secret and illegal right-wing Masonic lodge known as P2 - Propaganda Due - in 1978. Over the years he has subsequently found himself involved in more than a dozen different criminal trials, appeals and other investigations and been accused of fraud, false accounting, bribery and Mafia connections. To learn more, click here.

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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