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November 27, 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

November 24, 2009

Vitamin D is ‘nature's antibiotic’
Vitamin D is being appreciated as "nature's antibiotic” as a string of recent discoveries about the multiple health benefits of this nutrient have come to the fore.
Right from the health of your immune system to prevention of heart disease and even vulnerability to influenza, vitamin D is now seen as one of the most critical nutrients for overall health. But it is also one of those most likely to be deficient – especially during winter when production of the "sunshine vitamin" almost grinds to a halt for people.
Read article in The Times of India

November 21, 2009

Vitamin D - the missing link for multiple sclerosis sufferers
Scientists have uncovered increasing evidence of the significance of Vitamin D in the development of multiple sclerosis. Now, Australian researchers have found that Vitamin D may actually reduce its symptoms.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

November 24, 2009

Vioxx risks could have been identified years earlier
Studies showed substantial cardiovascular dangers linked to the anti-inflammatory medication almost four years before it was taken off the market, new research finds.
Read article in the Los Angeles Times (USA)
Comment: In testimony presented to the United States Senate Committee on Finance, Dr. David J. Graham (Associate Director for Science and Medicine in the FDA’s Office of Drug Safety) estimated that between 88,000 to 139,000 excess cases of heart attack had been caused by Vioxx in the U.S. alone, and that, of these, around 30-40% of the patients had probably died. To learn more about this scandal, click here.

November 23, 2009

Another Loss for Pfizer in Drug Suits
Pfizer has been ordered to pay a total of $103 million in punitive damages to two women who were found to have breast cancer after they used hormonal drugs, state court officials in Philadelphia said Monday. A jury reached a $28 million judgment in one of the women’s cases on Monday, while a judge unsealed a month-old $75 million judgment in the other case. The earlier finding of punitive damages had been sealed to avoid prejudicing the second jury in the same courthouse.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)
Comment: Lawyers say that at least 1,500 other product liability suits have been filed over the hormone drugs in the Philadelphia court and a total of more than 10,000 in the United States overall.

November 19, 2009

Few Universities File Conflict Of Interest Reports
Few universities file required reports to the National Institutes of Health about financial conflicts held by their researchers, and even when such conflicts are reported, universities rarely require researchers to eliminate or reduce conflicts, The New York Times reports. The paper writes that a report showing that 90 percent of universities relied solely on researchers to decide whether the money they made in consulting and other relationships with drug and device makers was relevant to their government-financed research (here is the report). Moreover, half of universities don’t ask faculty members to disclose the amount of money or stock made from drug and device makers, and so the report concludes the potential for extensive conflicts with their government-financed research is often known only to the researchers themselves, the Times writes.
Read article at pharmalot.com

November 19, 2009

AstraZeneca Judge to Urge Return of Seroquel Cases to Courts
AstraZeneca Plc may face as many 6,000 trials of lawsuits claiming its antipsychotic drug Seroquel causes diabetes after a judge said she will recommend sending the cases back to their home courts. U.S. District Judge Anne Conway in Orlando, Florida, who is overseeing pre-trial proceedings in federal Seroquel litigation, said yesterday she’ll urge a panel of judges to return all of the cases to courts across the U.S. for possible trials.
Read article at bloomberg.com

November 19, 2009

Canada Reviews Pfizer Exec Named To Health Board
Canada’s Health Committee plans to review the controversial appointment of a Pfizer exec to the board of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the government agency that oversees health research in Canada, The Tyee reports. Bernard Prigent, Pfizer Canada’s medical director, was appointed last month to the CIHR’s governing council (see here). Last month, CIHR president Alain Beaudet said that he hopes to create closer ties with industry to ensure involvement and investment, but the move has stirred concerns since the organization is responsible for allocating research funding across the country, the paper writes. “There’s no place in our scientific organizations like CIHR for a drug company official,” NDP MP Judy Wasylycia-Leis, tells The Tyee. “It’s shocking that this government appointed the vice president of the biggest brand name drug company in the world, to the board of the CIHR which is supposed to be a body of independents and scientific endeavors free from any ties to industry at all.”
Read article at pharmalot.com

November 14, 2009

South Korean Teenager Jumps From Apartment Window After Taking Tamiflu
A South Korean teenager who took Tamiflu, an antiviral drug, leaped from an apartment window after suffering from auditory hallucination, China's Xinhua news agency said citing a local media report on Saturday.
Read article on the website of the Malaysian National News Agency

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GMO News

November 20, 2009

Major food brands commit to GM-free
A commitment by four major food brands to avoid genetically modified organisms is a win for consumers wishing to avoid GMOs in their diet, according to the Biological Farmers of Australia (BFA). With a large number of common foods now containing GMOs and in the absence of comprehensive GM labelling laws in Australia, consumers are increasingly opting to go organic, BFA claims.
Read article at farmonline.com.au (Australia)

November 17, 2009

Biotech crops cause big jump in pesticide use: report
The rapid adoption by U.S. farmers of genetically engineered corn, soybeans and cotton has promoted increased use of pesticides, an epidemic of herbicide-resistant weeds and more chemical residues in foods, according to a report issued Tuesday by health and environmental protection groups. The groups said research showed that herbicide use grew by 383 million pounds from 1996 to 2008, with 46 percent of the total increase occurring in 2007 and 2008.
Read news report at reuters.com

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Other Health-related News

November 25, 2009

TGA moves to legislate food as medicine!
Hippocrates said "let food be thy medicine". This did not mean that our food should be regulated as dangerous drugs that need to be treated as potentially life threatening! Hundreds of years later the observation of Hippocrates still stands, yet the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) want to go one step further and class our food as a hazardous medicine similar to dangerous synthetic pharmaceutical drugs? The TGA wants to do this by changing legislation that makes our food in capsule or tablet form a drug! Does this mean that Kellogg's Special-K or shredded wheat cereals in a capsule could soon be a drug here in Australia? Certainly such health products like Chlorella, Wheat grass, Barley grass and Spirulina will be soon classified as a drug if the TGA has its way!
Read article on the website of the Alliance for Health Freedom Australia (AHFA)

November 20, 2009

S.510 Food Safety – Partial But Important Victory
Offers Some Protection Against Codex
The Senate HELP Committee unanimously approved an amended version of S.510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization legislation. On the Codex issue, a partial but important victory was achieved. NHF member's concerns, and the concerns of others in the health-freedom community, were heard, as the statutory language on Codex harmonization was changed to direct the Food and Drug Administration to report to Congress on "whether and how to harmonize requirements under the Codex Alimentarius" on the issue of foreign conventional food processing standards. This is an important but partial victory.
Read press release on the website of the National Health Federation (NHF) (USA)

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Political News

November 19, 2009

Open Europe responds to outcome of EU summit
Belgian Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy has been nominated EU President, while the UK Trade Commissioner Catherine Ashton will become EU Foreign Minister. Open Europe Director Lorraine Mullally responded saying: "This whole process has been a stitch-up and a perfect illustration of just how out of touch and anti-democratic the EU now is. 27 EU leaders met behind closed doors over a cosy dinner in Brussels to thrash out who will represent Europe's 500 million citizens on the world stage, without so much as a wink to voters as to what on earth was going on. After years of insisting that the Lisbon Treaty would bring the EU closer to citizens, how sad and ironic that the very first big decision was made after a secretive backroom deal which should have no place in a 21st century democracy. This has been EU politics at its very worst. Neither Herman Van Rompuy nor Catherine Ashton has any democratic mandate to speak on behalf of Europe's citizens. Most people were denied a say on the Lisbon Treaty which created these posts, and now the jobs themselves have been filled without the slightest input from voters, nor even national parliaments."
Read press release on the Open Europe website (UK)

November 19, 2009

European Union to seek special status at United Nations
The European Union is pushing to upgrade its status at the UN to put it on a par with quasi-states such as the Vatican and Palestine. EU officials are discussing a plan to seek a controversial UN General Assembly resolution that would recognise the 27-nation bloc’s new unified foreign policy envisaged in the Lisbon treaty. The resolution, if adopted, would give the EU its own seat and nameplate in UN General Assembly chamber and committees and allow it to take part in debates and co-sponsor resolutions — but not vote.
Read article in The Times (UK)

November 16, 2009

Top candidate debates EU tax at elite dinner
Belgian Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy, a top candidate for the new European Union president job, laid out his views on future EU financing at a dinner of the secretive Bilderberg group last week. The event took place at Val Duchesse, a former priory on the outskirts of Brussels, on Thursday (12 November), with guests including Belgian industrialist and Bilderberg chairman Etienne Davignon, former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger and luminaries from the worlds of international politics and business, according to Belgian broadsheet De Tijd. The Belgian leader is reported to have said in a speech that: "New resources will be necessary for the financing of the welfare state. Green tax instruments are a possibility, but they are ambiguous: This type of tax will eventually be extinguished. But the possibilities of financial levies at European level must be seriously examined and for the first time the large countries in the union are open to that."
Read article at euobserver.com
Comment: To all intents and purposes, this dinner was Herman Van Rompuy’s job interview for the post of EU President. Unlike in any true democracy, European citizens are not permitted to choose their president in an election. Instead, the entire executive level of government in the ‘Brussels EU’ is chosen on behalf of corporate interests. In other words, the clandestine Bilderberg Group – whose meetings are held behind closed doors, away from the public eye, and attended on an invitation-only basis by the rich and powerful ultra elite from the worlds of the aristocracy, politics, business, banking and journalism – have more influence over the selection of the European Union’s president than do ordinary citizens. For more reports on Herman Van Rompuy’s “job interview” with the Bilderbergers, click here, here and 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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