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January 11, 2010

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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

January 6, 2010

Review supports omega-3 for liver health
Increased intakes of omega-3 fatty acids from marine sources may benefit people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), says a new review of the literature. A review of four human studies found that the fatty acids could improve liver health and function, and increase insulin sensitivity in people suffering from fatty liver, a condition that is usually symptomless but said to increase the risk for liver inflammation, and ultimately results in liver failure.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

January 6, 2010

Vitamins and minerals may slash bladder cancer risk
Increased intakes of vitamin E may reduce the risk of bladder cancer by about 35 per cent, says a new study from an international team of researchers. Findings published in Cancer Causes and Control also showed that carotenoids, niacin, thiamine, and vitamin D may reduce the risk of bladder cancer in older people.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

January 5, 2010

Natural compounds in pomegranates may prevent growth of hormone-dependent breast cancer
Eating fruit, such as pomegranates, that contain anti-aromatase phytochemicals reduces the incidence of hormone-dependent breast cancer, according to results of a study published in the January issue of Cancer Prevention Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. Pomegranate is enriched in a series of compounds known as ellagitannins that, as shown in this study, appear to be responsible for the anti-proliferative effect of the pomegranate.
Read article at physorg.com

January 4, 2010

Survival of the fittest: exercise 'can fight ageing'
Long-term physical activity has an anti-ageing effect at the cellular level, a German study suggests. Researchers focused on telomeres, the protective caps on the chromosomes that keep a cell's DNA stable but shorten with age. They found telomeres shortened less quickly in key immune cells of athletes with a long history of endurance training.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

December 22, 2009

Dietary carotenoids confirmed to benefit eye health: Study
Oxygenated carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, supplied from the diet benefit eye health, according to a new study published in the Institute of Food Technologists’ Journal of Food Science. Carotenoids, a group of pigments found mainly in green leafy vegetables and colored fruits, are deposited selectively in different tissues. Lutein and zeaxanthin, found in kale and spinach, are deposited in the retina while lycopene, for example, found richly in tomatoes, is concentrated in the prostate.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

December 15, 2009

Putting the "C" in Cure:
Quantity and Frequency are the Keys to Ascorbate Therapy
What is it about a little left-handed molecule of six carbons, six oxygens, and eight hydrogens that ticks off so many in the medical community? Maybe it's cases like this one: Ray, a health professional I know, had an 11-month old son who was very sick for over a week. No one, and I mean no one, in their family had had any sleep in a long time. They were up night after night with this child, who had a high fever, glazed watery eyes, tons of thick watery mucus and labored breathing. The child would not sleep, and did little else but cry. The baby was under the care of a pediatrician, who, in the infant's eleven months on earth, had already prescribed twelve rounds of some very serious antibiotics. That they clearly were not working was all too apparent to Ray, who out of desperation decided to try something he previously had been taught to not try: bowel tolerance quantities of oral ascorbate. Ray and his wife gave their baby vitamin C about every 15 minutes. As a result, the baby was noticeably improved in a matter of hours, and slept through the night. With frequent doses continuing, the child was completely well in less than 48 hours. Ray calculated that the child had received just over 2,000 mg vitamin C per kilogram body weight per day. This is even more than what vitamin C expert Dr. Frederick Robert Klenner customarily ordered for sick patients. Remarkably, at 20,000 milligrams of vitamin C/day, that baby never had bowel-tolerance loose stools.
Read news release at orthomolecular.org

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

January 4, 2010

EU to probe pharma over “false pandemic”
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is to hold an emergency debate and inquiry this month into the “influence” exerted by drugmakers on the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) global H1N1 flu campaign. The text of the resolution approved by the Assembly calling for the debate and inquiry states that: “in order to promote their patented drugs and vaccines against flu, pharmaceutical companies influenced scientists and official agencies responsible for public health standards to alarm governments worldwide and make them squander tight health resources for inefficient vaccine strategies, and needlessly expose millions of healthy people to the risk of an unknown amount of side-effects of insufficiently tested vaccines.” The WHO’s “false pandemic” flu campaign is “one of the greatest medicine scandals of the century,” according to Dr Wolfgang Wodarg, chairman the PACE Health Committee, who introduced the parliamentary motion.
Read article at pharmatimes.com

January 2, 2010

Harvard Teaching Hospitals Cap Outside Pay
The owner of two research hospitals affiliated with the Harvard Medical School has imposed restrictions on outside pay for two dozen senior officials who also sit on the boards of pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies. The limits come in the wake of growing criticism of the ties between industry and academia.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

December 29, 2009

WHO chief yet to be vaccinated against swine flu
GENEVA (AFP) - World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan revealed Tuesday that she has yet to be vaccinated against the swine flu virus, which has killed over 11,500 people world-wide.
Read AFP news report at yahoo.com
Comment: Given that over six months have passed since Chan raised the level of influenza pandemic alert from phase 5 to 6 and claimed the world was at the start of an influenza pandemic, the fact that she has thus far chosen not to be vaccinated speaks volumes. The United States Centers for Disease Control has estimated that an average of 36,000 people die in the U.S. alone each year from seasonal flu. As such, with the number of deaths worldwide from swine flu still standing at less than one third of this figure, it can be seen that the swine flu virus is relatively mild – a fact that Chan is clearly aware of.

December 23, 2009

Pfizer Unit Loses Bid to Dismiss British Columbia Drug Suit
Pfizer Inc.’s Wyeth unit failed to persuade a British Columbia appeals court to dismiss a lawsuit alleging the menopause drug Premarin caused breast cancer. A three-member panel of the British Columbia Court of Appeal on Dec. 21 upheld a trial judge’s decision allowing the group lawsuit to go ahead. Wyeth’s U.S. and Canadian units were sued in 2006 by Dianna Stanway, of Sechelt, British Columbia. Stanway claimed she developed breast cancer as a result of taking Premarin, in combination with another drug, progestin.
Read article at bloomberg.com

December 20, 2009

Thalidomide victims to get compensation
The British government said it will give $32.3 million to a trust intended to help those individuals whose lives were impacted by thalidomide. Sky News online said Sunday the Department of Trust funds will be dispersed during three-year period to the Thalidomide Trust with the intent of 463 surviving thalidomide victims in the United Kingdom. Thalidomide was prescribed to pregnant women in the United Kingdom during the 1960s and '70s. The drug, intended to curb morning sickness and insomnia, caused children to be born with limb deformities and other conditions.
Read news report on the United Press International (UPI) website

December 20, 2009

Drug giant uses libel law to 'gag' doctor over safety
Drug firm GE Healthcare is using libel laws to prevent a Danish radiologist from repeating claims about its response to rare but potentially fatal risks in one of its products. The British subsidiary of American giant General Electric has taken legal action to prevent Henrik Thomsen from recounting his investigations into the possible side-effects of the drug. It is reported to have spent £380,000 so far in legal costs pursuing the action, prompted by a presentation he gave to other leading radiologists. Dr Thomsen said some kidney patients at the hospital where he works in Copenhagen contracted a potentially deadly condition after being administered the drug Omniscan in 2006.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

December 17, 2009

Advisers on Vaccines Often Have Conflicts, Report Says
WASHINGTON — A new report finds that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did a poor job of screening medical experts for financial conflicts when it hired them to advise the agency on vaccine safety, officials said Thursday. Most of the experts who served on advisory panels in 2007 to evaluate vaccines for flu and cervical cancer had potential conflicts that were never resolved, the report said. Some were legally barred from considering the issues but did so anyway. In the report, expected to be released Friday, Daniel R. Levinson, the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services, found that the centers failed nearly every time to ensure that the experts adequately filled out forms confirming they were not being paid by companies with an interest in their decisions.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

December 16, 2009

Pfizer Doesn’t Want You To See This Video
Why? The big drugmaker Pfizer says the video, which discusses its Prempro and Premarin menopause treatments and is posted on YouTube, is misleading and aimed at swaying potential jurors in future trials over the pills. So Pfizer asked a judge to order its removal, Bloomberg News reports. The 5-minute video was posted by plaintiffs’ lawyers who recently won $78 million in damages in a Pennsylvania trial, but Pfizer argues the video violates state legal-ethics rules and threatens the integrity of pending cases, Pfizer attorneys wrote in a Common Pleas Court filing in Philadelphia, according to the news service.
Read article at pharmalot.com
Comment: To watch the video that Pfizer doesn’t want you to see, click here.

See also our 2001-2009 news archive, by clicking here.

GMO News

January 3, 2010

Call for moratorium on GM food
Noted scientist and founder of the Hyderabad-based Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, P.M. Bhargava, has called for a moratorium of at least eight years on genetically modified (GM) food products in India. Inaugurating a national seminar on Bt. Brinjal and Alternatives in Agriculture at the Mararikulam Brinjal Festival here on Saturday, Dr. Bhargava said the moratorium period should be used to set up an independent laboratory in the public sector exclusively for risk assessment of GM products.
Read article in The Hindu (India)

December 15, 2009

Monsanto named worst corporate climate lobbyist
US company wants its GM crops to be given carbon credits and to be at the forefront of tackling climate change despite link to deforestation
Biotech giant Monsanto has been criticised for its aggressive corporate lobbying on climate change at the Copenhagen summit. In a public vote organised by an alliance of NGOs, including Friends of the Earth and Spinwatch, the US agricultural company came out ahead of oil giant Shell and the American Petroleum Institute. Monsanto was nominated for its promotion of genetically modified (GM) crops as a solution to climate change and for pushing its crops to be used as biofuels.
Read article in The Ecologist (UK)

November 6, 2009

The Big GMO Cover-Up
Big biotech claims that genetic engineering is a necessary step towards feeding the world’s growing population. And yet debate still rages as to whether GM crops actually increase yields at all. Furthermore, the UN recently stated that 30,000 people a day were starving to death, but not because of underproduction of crops. It’s simply through lack of access. Independent scientific studies raised serious alarm bells over the safety of GM foods over a decade ago. But while this made front-page headlines in European newspapers, the North American mainstream media were conspiratorially silent. Biotech companies stand to make billions from their seed patents. Governments and supreme courts have sanctioned the patenting of life itself. The planet’s food supply is becoming increasingly dominated by fewer and fewer players. If the biotech industry’s stated intention of feeding the world is misguided or even misdirecting, is there another political agenda behind GM food? Have we been mis-sold? Were we even given a choice in the first place? Jeffrey M. Smith, international bestselling author of Seeds of Deception and Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods, reveals the shocking truth behind GM foods and the huge effort by governments and Biotech corporations to keep it out of the mainstream media and outside of your awareness.
Read article by Jeffrey M. Smith at urbangardenmagazine.com

See also our 2001-2009 news archive, by clicking here.

Other Health-related News

January 4, 2010

December 31, 2009 – Where were you when the Earth ended?
Many of you kept hearing the message for these many months now, “Codex is coming into effect as of December 31, 2009.” Depending on the source, the message either stated directly or implied that your dietary supplements were in danger after that date. And how many of you fell for that false siren cry? Be honest. Raise your hand if you did, and many will, because that false cry of alarm was circulated on the internet for so long by persons who should have known better, who still hold themselves out as “experts” on Codex, and who constantly tap you for donations so that their “expertise” and “important messages” can be spread far and wide. What expertise? What important messages? It’s nonsense; and too many people fell for and bought that nonsense hook, line, and sinker.
Read press release on the website of the National Health Federation (NHF) (USA)
Comment: To learn the identities of the disinformation agents who started the “Codex will go into global effect on December 31, 2009” hoax, click here.

December 24, 2009

Another 'bad' cholesterol linked to heart disease found
Scientists say they have found proof that another "bad" type of cholesterol contributes to heart disease. Unlike the well-known LDL cholesterol, lipoprotein(a) or Lp(a) cannot be controlled by cutting down on dietary fats or taking a statin drug.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)
Comment: Not only can this story hardly be described as “new”, it omits to mention crucial scientific facts about lipoprotein(a) that have been known for almost twenty years. As long ago as 1991, a scientific paper published by Dr. Rath and two-time Nobel laureate Linus Pauling described how the primary cause of cardiovascular disease is a deficiency in vitamin C, which leads to the deposition of lipoprotein(a) in the vascular wall. Since then, the pharmaceutical industry’s efforts to cover-up this information have cost literally millions of lives. To read further early scientific papers by Dr. Rath – published between 1989 and 1993 and describing the relationship between vitamin C deficiency, lipoprotein(a) and cardiovascular disease – click here.

December 23, 2009

EPA announces plan to require disclosure of secret pesticide ingredients
Reversing a decade-old decision, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday that it plans to require pesticide manufacturers to disclose to the public the inert ingredients in their products. An inert ingredient is anything added to a pesticide that does not kill or control a pest. In some cases, those ingredients are toxic, but companies do not identify them on pesticide labels. For 11 years, EPA denied petitions seeking disclosure of the chemicals but now the new administration says it plans to draft a rule that will increase transparency and encourage companies to replace toxic substances.
Read article at environmentalhealthnews.org (USA)

December 18, 2009

United we are stronger’: ANH announces merger
Two leading natural health campaign organisations are formally merging as of today. The Alliance for Natural Health (ANH), based in Dorking, UK, and the American Association for Health Freedom (AAHF), of Washington DC, have merged to form the Alliance for Natural Health International (ANH International).
Read press release on the ANH Europe website (UK)

December 16, 2009

That Tap Water Is Legal but May Be Unhealthy
The 35-year-old federal law regulating tap water is so out of date that the water Americans drink can pose what scientists say are serious health risks — and still be legal. Only 91 contaminants are regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act, yet more than 60,000 chemicals are used within the United States, according to Environmental Protection Agency estimates. Government and independent scientists have scrutinized thousands of those chemicals in recent decades, and identified hundreds associated with a risk of cancer and other diseases at small concentrations in drinking water, according to an analysis of government records by The New York Times. But not one chemical has been added to the list of those regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act since 2000. Other recent studies have found that even some chemicals regulated by that law pose risks at much smaller concentrations than previously known. However, many of the act’s standards for those chemicals have not been updated since the 1980s, and some remain essentially unchanged since the law was passed in 1974.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

See also our 2001-2009 news archive, by clicking here.

Political News

December 17, 2009

EU's senior prosecutor quits amid corruption probe
The EU prosecutors' organization Eurojust announced Thursday its Portuguese president has resigned after two years in office as he faces a corruption probe at home. Jose Luis Lopes da Mota's decision followed a Portuguese Public Prosecutor's office disciplinary committee's announcement that it has suspended him for 30 days. The committee ruled that Lopes da Mota had earlier this year pressured two Portuguese investigating magistrates to drop their probe into alleged bribery by a British real estate developer to obtain government approval for a large shopping mall near Lisbon.
Read article at businessweek.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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