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February 19, 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

February 16, 2010

Cocktail of five vitamins may give cancer patients an extra two years
Cancer patients with terminal disease who take a daily cocktail of vitamins could extend their lives by two years or even longer, claim researchers. Three out of four in a pilot study survived an average of five months longer than the expected one year, and some were still alive three years after treatment started.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)
Comment: As with the ‘Dietary Formula That Maintains Youthful Function Into Old Age’ story, dated February 12, below, this study provides still further confirmation of the effectiveness of the nutrient synergy approach pioneered by Dr. Rath and Dr. Niedzwiecki. Rather than using single nutrients, the approach taken at the Dr. Rath Research Institute utilises carefully chosen multiple ingredients as a means of affecting defined biological targets. To learn about Dr. Rath’s scientific discovery in the control of cancer, click here.

February 15, 2010

High levels of vitamin D in older people can reduce heart disease and diabetes
Middle aged and elderly people with high levels of vitamin D could reduce their chances of developing heart disease or diabetes by 43%, according to researchers at the University of Warwick.
Read article at physorg.com

February 15, 2010

Magnesium supplements may boost lung health for asthmatics
Daily supplements of magnesium may improve lung function in asthmatics, and improve their quality of life, says a new study from America. Measures of lung capacity increased by about 6 per cent during six months of magnesium supplementation, and improvements were also observed in the bronchial response to methacholine, a chemical that produces constriction of the lungs, according to findings published in the Journal of Asthma.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

February 13, 2010

Walking regularly and taking supplement 'can significantly ease pain of arthritis'
Walking less than two miles a couple of times a week and taking a natural supplement can significantly ease the crippling pain of arthritis, a new study shows.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)
Comment: The study found that a supplement of glucosamine sulphate, when combined with walking around a mile and a half in distance, three times a week, resulted in patients feeling better within weeks. After six months, the patients reported that their pain levels had halved.

February 12, 2010

Dietary Formula That Maintains Youthful Function Into Old Age
Researchers at McMaster University have developed a cocktail of ingredients that forestalls major aspects of the aging process. The findings are published in the current issue of Experimental Biology and Medicine. "As we all eventually learn, ageing diminishes our mind, fades our perception of the world and compromises our physical capacity," says David Rollo, associate professor of biology at McMaster. "Declining physical activity -- think of grandparents versus toddlers -- is one of the most reliable expressions of ageing and is also a good indicator of obesity and general mortality risk." The study found that a complex dietary supplement powerfully offsets this key symptom of ageing in old mice by increasing the activity of the cellular furnaces that supply energy -- or mitochondria -- and by reducing emissions from these furnaces -- or free radicals -- that are thought to be the basic cause of ageing itself.
Read article at sciencedaily.com
Comment: As with the ‘Cocktail of five vitamins may give cancer patients an extra two years’ story, dated February 16, above, this study provides still further confirmation of the effectiveness of the nutrient synergy approach pioneered by Dr. Rath and Dr. Niedzwiecki. Rather than using single nutrients, the approach taken at the Dr. Rath Research Institute utilises carefully chosen multiple ingredients as a means of affecting defined biological targets. Once the science behind this methodology becomes used as the basis for forming national public health policies, problems such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, AIDS and other common diseases will become largely unknown to future generations.

February 8, 2010

Exercise 'cuts risk of developing painful gallstones'
Doing lots of exercise drastically cuts the risk of developing painful gallstones, UK researchers have found. Gallstones are common but only 30% of cases have symptoms and complications. A University of East Anglia study of 25,000 men and women found those who were the most active had a 70% reduced risk of those complaints.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

February 4, 2010

Ghostbusters: Authors of a new study propose a strict ban on medical ghostwriting
A scientist who takes credit as an author on an article secretly written by a pharmaceutical company should face punishment like any other plagiarist
When students pawn someone else's work off as their own, they get expelled. But when some professors do the same thing, they get a "pat on the back," and maybe even a few extra bucks. Scientists credited for research articles that were secretly penned by ghostwriters from pharmaceutical companies often are not reprimanded for their misrepresentations; rather, their ranks and career trajectories often improve. Although this practice of undisclosed authors (with undisclosed commercial interests) writing articles under the pretense of unbiased scientific inquiry raises serious concerns about academic integrity, few institutions have policies to discourage it. The authors of a new study published in PLoS One hope to make medical ghostwriting a faux pas on par with plagiarism and data falsification.
Read article at scientificamerican.com

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GMO News

February 9, 2010

Opposition to GM
India's decision to reject the cultivation of GM aubergines has been welcomed by the Scottish Government. Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham said the decision was further evidence of growing concern about the damage GM could inflict on the environment.
Read news release on the Scottish Government website (Scotland/UK)

February 5, 2010

Five-year ban on GM foods proposed in Bulgaria
Following the wave of protests against a bill of amendments that would allow genetically-modified organisms (GMO) to be grown in Bulgaria, the country's ruling party will now propose a five-year ban on all genetically-modified cultures in the country, it emerged on February 5 2010. The ban would affect all crops and the entire country, Environment Minister Nona Karadjova said.
Read article in the Sofia Echo (Bulgaria)

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Other Health-related News

February 16, 2010

Dark-skinned immigrants urged to take vitamin D
Immigrants who come to Canada from sunnier parts of the world are at risk of health problems caused by a lack of vitamin D unless they take supplements, doctors and nutritionists warn.
Read article on the CBC News website (Canada)

February 4, 2010

RDA for Vitamin C is 10% of USDA Standard for Guinea Pigs
Are You Healthier than a Lab Animal?
The US RDA for vitamin C for humans is only 10% of the government's vitamin C standards for Guinea pigs. Wait a minute; that cannot possibly be true. Can it? The US Department of Agriculture states that "the Guinea pig's vitamin C requirement is 10-15 mg per day under normal conditions and 15-25 mg per day if pregnant, lactating, or growing." Well, that sounds reasonable. But how much is that compared to humans? An adult guinea pig weighs about one kilogram (2.2 pounds). Guinea pigs therefore need between 10 and 25 milligrams of C per kilogram. In the US, an average human weighs (at least) 82 kg (180 lbs). That means the USDA's standards, if fairly applied to us, would set our vitamin C requirement somewhere between 820 mg and 2,000 mg vitamin C per day.
Read news release at orthomolecular.org

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Political News

February 14, 2010

MEP’s spending spree forces paybacks, but the names are being kept secret
Concerns are mounting that the EU could soon face an expenses scandal that could dwarf the ongoing saga of British MPs, that caused widespread public outrage, leading some British lawmakers to go into hiding. It was recently discovered that undisclosed MEPs had repaid more than €3.4 million in “wrongly claimed” expenses. European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek is refusing to disclose the identities of the errant members, according to the Daily Telegraph, who have seen a letter where he says that: “Such delicate and sensitive matters must be treated with the utmost caution – avoiding undue haste that can unnecessarily and unjustly cause irreparable harm to members’ reputations.” It is being asked why the European Parliament, with its commitment to transparency, seeks to shield these members. Mats Persson, the director of the Open Europe think tank, said: “If the European Parliament was serious about cleaning up its act it would name and shame the MEPs who have misused their allowances and conned the taxpayer, just as the UK Parliament is currently doing.”
Read article on the New Europe website

February 10, 2010

EU President's secret bid for economic power
The new President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, is using the financial crisis sweeping the eurozone to launch an audacious grab for power over national budgets, leaked documents reveal.
Read article in The Independent (UK)

February 8, 2010

German minister calls for Lisbon treaty EU army
German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle has called for the EU to proceed with plans for a European army under the Lisbon Treaty, which he dubbed “the beginning and not the end” of a common security and defence policy.
Read article in the Irish Times
Comment: The assurance given to Ireland prior to its second vote on the Lisbon Treaty, in October 2009 – that its traditional military neutrality would not be compromised by voting “Yes” – was entirely worthless. For, despite all the claims to the contrary, not one single word of the treaty had been changed since Ireland voted “No” in its first referendum in June 2008. Moreover, any hope for a potential democratic process within the EU about a decision to go to war – or even veto it – are an illusion. The leading export nations of the Oil and Drug Cartel are also the leading military and nuclear powers in Europe. Their governments are committed to defending the interests of the Cartel at any price.

February 3, 2010

US blames Lisbon Treaty for EU summit fiasco
The US State Department has said that President Barack Obama's decision not to come to an EU summit in Madrid in May is partly due to confusion arising from the Lisbon Treaty. State department spokesman Philip J. Crowley told press in Washington on Tuesday (2 February) that the treaty has made it unclear who the US leader should meet and when. "Up until recently, they [summits] would occur on six-month intervals, as I recall, with one meeting in Europe and one meeting here. And that was part of – the foundation of that was the rotating presidency within the EU. Now you have a new structure regarding not only the rotating EU presidency, you've got an EU Council president, you've got a European Commission president," he said.
Read article at euobserver.com
Comment: As a result of the Lisbon Treaty, the ‘Brussels EU’ now has a total of four presidents: the rotating EU presidency (currently held by Spain); the EU Council president (Herman Van Rompuy); the European Commission president (José Manuel Barroso); and the European Parliament president (Jerzy Buzek). So who’s really in charge? To learn the facts about the ‘Brussels EU’, 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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