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October 12, 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

October 7, 2009

New study supports antioxidant supplements for ageing skin
Taking a dietary supplement containing coenzyme Q10 and a selection of antioxidants and minerals can decrease skin roughness and fine wrinkles, according to a recent study. Sixty female subjects were randomly assigned to either the supplement, manufactured by Australian-based nutritional supplement manufacturer Blackmores, or a placebo. After 12 weeks of taking the supplement once daily those in the treatment group experienced a significant improvement in skin roughness and fine wrinkles, whereas those in the placebo group did not, according to the researchers based at Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok, Thailand.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

October 7, 2009

Folate may prevent hearing loss in men
Increased intakes of folate and folic acid may reduce the risk of hearing loss in men by 20 per cent, says a new study from the US.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

October 5, 2009

Med-style diet 'can battle blues'
The Mediterranean diet, already thought to protect against heart disease and cancer, may also help to prevent depression, Spanish researchers say. They found depression was more than 30% less likely to develop in people who followed a diet high in vegetables, fruit and cereals, and low in red meat. They studied 10,094 healthy adults over four years, the Journal of the American Medical Association reports.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

October 5, 2009

Vitamin D For Swine Flu Prevention
Over the last 10 years our understanding of Vitamin D has evolved from a simple vitamin believed to be useful in preventing rickets to our current recognition that it's a steroid hormone directly affecting over 2000 genes in the body. Its effects on genes are so powerful that a deficiency in Vitamin D over an extended period of time has been associated with 17 types of cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, autoimmune diseases including multiple sclerosis, as well as chronic pain and a wealth of other modern chronic diseases. But most important is its powerful effect on the immune system.
Read article by Dr. Soram Khalsa on the Huffington Post website (USA)

October 1, 2009

Daily dose of vitamin D can cut falls in over 65s
People aged 65 and over should take high-dose vitamin D to help stop them falling over, according to research. They can cut their chance of falls by 19 per cent if they take a single dose capsule containing between 17.5 micrograms to 25 micrograms of the vitamin as a daily supplement, they said. The research, published online in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), found a dose lower than that per day had no effect.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

September 30, 2009

Omega-3 may protect diabetics from heart failure
Increased intakes of omega-3 fatty acids may protect diabetics from heart failure, according to a new study from the Netherlands.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

October 3, 2009

Parents of brain-damaged teenager blame cervical cancer jab
A teenage girl has been left brain-damaged after falling ill within days of being given Cervarix, the controversial cervical cancer vaccine. Stacey Jones, 17, suffered her first epileptic seizure days after having the Cervarix injection, which is being offered to all schoolgirls under a Government programme. In the weeks which followed, she had dozens more fits, which caused such severe brain injury that she has been admitted to a rehabilitation unit, which is helping her to relearn basic tasks like making a sandwich. The parents of the teenager, from Bilston in the West Midlands, are convinced that the vaccination, in March, triggered swelling in the brain, which has been diagnosed as the cause of her neurological problems.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

October 1, 2009

Keep doctors independent; ban fees from drug makers
When doctors promote drugs in exchange for pay from pharmaceutical companies, they cease to be independent evaluators of the risks posed by those drugs, and they cease to be unbiased caregivers for their patients. Hospitals should prohibit doctors from taking part in so-called speakers bureaus, whereby companies compensate them for giving talks to colleagues about new drugs. Legislators should go beyond requiring disclosure of the relationships, and ban the practice. In the first three months of this year, Eli Lilly & Co., the global pharmaceutical giant, paid at least 60 doctors in Massachusetts a total of more than $580,000 to give speeches about its drugs. Company officials told the Globe that Eli Lilly provides the content that doctors deliver to colleagues about the medications.
Read editorial in the Boston Globe (USA)

September 28, 2009

Drug firms hiding test results: Study
Doctors and patients may not get the full story on some prescription drugs because companies sidestep rules and hide test results, according to researchers in Canada, France and Britain. Anyone doing a clinical trial of a drug is supposed to announce publicly that the trial is under way and describe its goals. But David Moher of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute said many tests are conducted without this disclosure. This allows scientists, or the drug companies who pay for the work, to release good results but quietly cancel anything that looks bad for their product. "Selective outcome [result] reporting is prevalent," Dr. Moher's study concluded.
Read article in the Ottawa Citizen (Canada)

September 30, 2009

Study prompts provinces to rethink flu plan
Report suggests people who get vaccinated are more likely to catch H1N1
A “perplexing” Canadian study linking H1N1 to seasonal flu shots is throwing national influenza plans into disarray and testing public faith in the government agencies responsible for protecting the nation's health. Distributed for peer review last week, the study confounded infectious-disease experts in suggesting that people vaccinated against seasonal flu are twice as likely to catch swine flu.
Read article in the Glode and Mail (Canada)
Comment: To separate the facts from the fiction regarding the 2009 swine flu pandemic, click here. For our answers to frequently asked questions on influenza and swine flu, click here. To understand what the swine flu hysteria is really about, click here.

September 12, 2009

Two thousand schoolgirls suffer suspected ill-effects from cervical cancer vaccine
Thousands of schoolgirls have suffered suspected adverse reactions to a controversial cervical cancer vaccine introduced by the Government. Doctors' reports show that girls of 12 and 13 have experienced convulsions, fever and paralysis after being given the vaccine, which is now administered in schools as part of efforts to prevent women developing cancer. Others suffered nausea, muscle weakness, dizziness and blurred vision, according to a special report drawn up by drug safety watchdogs. A support group says it has received dozens of calls from parents who believe their daughters have been damaged by the vaccine.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

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GMO News

October 5, 2009

GM Flax Contamination from Canada Soars to 28 Countries
28 countries, including more European countries as well as Sri Lanka, Singapore, and Thailand, have now been affected by contamination from genetically modified (GM) flax in Canadian exports since contamination was first reported on September 8.
Read article on the website of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) (Canada)

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Other Health-related News

October 6, 2009

Depression linked to vitamin deficit on the rise in city
MUMBAI: If you thought depression was only about the mind, think again. Many a time, the genesis of the world’s most common mental illness lies in your food plate, say doctors. They call it the vitamin theory of depression: skip taking vitamin B12 and increase your risk of depression, or so goes the new psychiatric advice on the occasion of the World Mental Health Week, which ends on October 10. Studies in medical journals have already linked low levels of vitamin B12 to depression. “The link is known, but not widely recognised,’’ says city psychiatrist Harish Shetty. But a dose of vitamin B12 supplements or injectables can brighten up the lives of those with the blues.
Read article in The Times of India

October 2, 2009

Half of babies 'will live to 100'
More than half of babies now born in the UK and other wealthy nations will live to 100 years, researchers say. The study, published in The Lancet journal, also says the extra years are spent with less serious disability. Data from more than 30 developed countries shows that since 1950 the probability of surviving past 80 years of age has doubled for both sexes. One expert said healthy behaviours for all ages was the key to enjoying living a long life.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)
Comment: The “expert” quoted above is of course correct. Healthy behaviours - including regular exercise, a prudent diet rich in plant nutrition and high in fiber and vitamins, and dietary supplementation – are the key to optimum health. Moreover, the available scientific and clinical evidence leaves no doubt that the preventive and therapeutic use of essential nutrients and the implementation of this knowledge into public health policies will significantly reduce the death rate from cardiovascular disease, cancer, AIDS and other common diseases. Based on scientific breakthroughs in the areas of vitamin research and cellular health, it is already possible that these diseases will be largely unknown in future generations.

September 24, 2009

A4M Sues Wikipedia
On August 19th, 2009 the American Association of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) filed suit in a New York State Supreme Court against the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., (solely as a nominal Defendant) and John or Jane Does 1-10. The Complaint Number is 09111917. This is a very important case to the anyone involved in health care anywhere in the world.. Why? Because Wikipedia articles about health care have turned Wikipedia into a propaganda machine - with the full knowledge, and cooperation, of the management of both the Wikipedia Project, and the Wikimedia Foundation. Wikipedia is the fourth ranked website on Planet Earth.
Read article by Tim Bolen at bolenreport.net (USA)
Comment: To learn how the facts aren’t welcome on Wikipedia when you challenge the interests of the multi-billion dollar drug industry, click here.

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Political News

October 7, 2009

EU draws up plans to establish itself as 'world power'
The European Union has drawn up secret plans to establish itself as a global power in its own right with the authority to sign international agreements on behalf of member states. Confidential negotiations on how to implement the Lisbon Treaty have produced proposals to allow the EU to negotiate treaties and even open embassies across the world. A letter conferring a full "legal personality" for the Union has been drafted in order for a new European diplomatic service to be recognised as fully fledged negotiators by international bodies and all non-EU countries. According to one confidential paper, the first pilot "embassies" are planned in New York, Kabul and Addis Ababa.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)
Comment: It is now clear that the oil and drug cartel is attempting to use the ‘Brussels EU’ as a stepping-stone towards extending its control over the entire globe. The only way this scenario can be stopped is if the people of Europe and the world are educated about both the dark roots and the strategic plans of the oil and drug cartel to turn the world into a corporate dictatorship.

October 3, 2009

Will War Criminal Tony Blair become President of the European Union?
Major media outlets from the BBC in Britain to RTE in Ireland are now reporting that the Yes side scored a resounding victory in Ireland's vote Friday on the EU Lisbon Treaty. With the treaty's ratification, the obstacles preventing the total federalization of the EU superstate are now removed. As the Daily Mail reported earlier this week, one of the first orders of business for the post-Lisbon EU will be to appoint Tony Blair as the first President of the European Union. This move has been fully expected ever since Tony Blair's highly suspect conversion to Catholocism two years ago. Of course, the many laudatory pieces (and even the adversarial ones) we are likely to read about Mr. Blair in the coming weeks will signally fail to mention that he has been accused of numerous war crimes and crimes against humanity…
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website (Canada)

October 2, 2009

EU 'homeland security' lacks democratic oversight, says watchdog
As European 'homeland security' sector stakeholders meet this week in Stockholm, a civil liberties watchdog is warning that decisions on the expansion of this lucrative new sector, hived off from public view and with minimal democratic scrutiny, are being made by the very companies that will ultimately profit from from them.
Read article at euobserver.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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