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April 16, 2010

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Natural Health News

April 12, 2010

Omega-3 intakes may improve diabetic kidney health
Increased intakes of omega-3 fatty acids may reduce kidney damage in type-1 diabetics, without impacting the incidence of the condition, says a new study. Kidney function was improved in type-1 diabetics with the highest average intake of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), compared with people with the lower intakes of the fatty acids, according to findings published in Diabetes Care. The results are based on data from 1,436 participants in the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial – a trial including people aged between 13 and 39 and funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

April 12, 2010

Less than half an hour of exercise a day helps treat depression
Just 25 minutes of vigorous daily exercise can help beat depression, claim doctors. Researchers found that a workout reduces stress and anger and boosts the sense of physical wellbeing. They claim physical exercise should be more widely prescribed as a treatment to tackle depressive or anxiety disorders.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

April 9, 2010

Green tea extract effective for weight loss at low doses
Daily supplements of a purified extract of green tea may increase energy expenditure and help men beat the bulge, say results from a new human study. A low dose of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) from green tea was found to increase fat oxidation by 33 per cent, according to findings published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

April 8, 2010

Zinc may ease female anger and depression: Study
Daily supplements of zinc may reduce measures of anger and depression in young women, according to a new study from Japan. A daily supplement of 7 milligrams of zinc as zinc gluconate was associated with significant decreases in measures of anger-hostility and depression-dejection, report scientists from Daigaku Junior College and Seitoku University in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

April 8, 2010

The Mediterranean Diet—Can It Help You Live Longer?
People who adhere to the principles of the traditional Mediterranean Diet tend to live longer. This is the conclusion of a recent peer-reviewed study by Dr Perez-Lopez and his team from the University of Zaragoza, Spain. The scientists examined all the existing scientific literature on the health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet.
Read article on the website of the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH)

April 7, 2010

Cuba Touts New Medicine as Treatment for Cancer, AIDS
HAVANA – State-run Cuban media outlets announced Tuesday the distribution on the island of a “natural” medicine that can serve to fight AIDS, cancer, malaria, diabetes, arthritis, rheumatism and even memory loss. “A batch of 160,000 tablets of ‘anamu,’ a new immunostimulatory herbal medicine produced by the Oriente pharmaceutical laboratory, will help patients with cancer and AIDS,” the official AIN news agency said. It added that anamu – Petiveria alliacea, also commonly known as “garlic weed” due to its strong garlic-like odor – in the form of tea, is also efficacious as an “anti-spasmotic, diuretic, stimulant and sudorific, local analgesic and anti-inflamatory in different skin complaints, and it is used against arthritis, malaria, rheumatism and memory problems.”
Read article in the Latin American Herald Tribune (Venezuela)

March 12, 2010

Short blasts of exercise as good as hours of training, scientists find
Less really can be more when it comes to exercise, scientists have discovered.
The body can get as much benefit from a short but intensive bursts of exercise lasting ten minutes than it can from ten hours of moderate training. The technique not only takes less time but also involves much less physical effort. Researchers believe their findings "blow away" the belief that staying in shape is a time-consuming affair. The claim was made after a study into the benefits of "high intensity interval training", known as HIT, by McMaster University, Ontario, Canada. The technique involves running or cycling at almost maximum effort for a minute and then resting for a minute before repeating the process around 10 times.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

April 6, 2010

Mass H1N1 immunisation 'inappropriate'
The mass vaccination program for swine flu has come under fire from an infectious disease expert who says the risk of serious side effects was greater than any potential benefit for half the Australian population. Writing in the latest issue of Australian Prescriber, Professor Peter Collignon, director of the Infectious Diseases Unit and Microbiology Department at The Canberra Hospital, said the Government's response to the virus was "inappropriate", fuelled by fears about its spread that were out of proportion to the real threat posed by the disease. "Overall, swine flu has been associated with fewer deaths than seasonal influenza and is of low virulence," he wrote.
Read article at pharmacynews.com.au (Australia)
Comment: Around 50 per cent of people who received the H1N1 vaccine in the Australian trial are said to have experienced mild to moderate systemic adverse effects, whilst 1.7 per cent suffered adverse effects recorded as severe. In children, 20 per cent are believed to have experienced moderate to severe systemic adverse effects.

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GMO News

April 13, 2010

Farmers Who Plant Biotech Crops Grow Pesticide-Resistant Weeds
WASHINGTON, DC. (ENS) - Weeds are developing resistance to the herbicide that genetically engineered crops are designed to tolerate, finds the first major assessment of how biotech crops are affecting all U.S. farmers, released today by the National Research Council. Since genetically engineered crops were introduced in 1996, at least nine species of weeds in the United States have evolved resistance to glyphosate, a main component in Roundup and other commercial weed killers, according to the report.
Read article on the website of the Environment News Service (ENS) (USA)
Comment: To access the full report, entitled "Impact of Genetically Engineered Crops on Farm Sustainability in the United States," click here.

April 12, 2010

SmartStax Maize a Medley of Transgenes with Problems
No case for releasing a poorly characterized GM crop with a medley of transgenes for which detrimental effects have been indicated in the limited cases where feeding trials have been carried out
SmartStax is a genetically modified (GM) maize that has eight GM traits combined or ‘stacked’ together, six for insect resistance (Bt) and two for herbicide tolerance. Current stacked GM trait crops on the market only have up to three traits each. SmartStax was created through collaboration between Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences, allowing the two corporations to share GM traits. The traits are combined together using crosses between existing transgenic corn lines rather than using genetic transformation of a single maize strain. USDA/APHIS (United States Department of Agriculture/Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) the usual regulator of GM crops approved the crops without an approval process, because the transgenic traits had been granted unregulated status previously, and those traits were combined using conventional breeding. Nevertheless, USEPA (United States Environment Protection Agency) were obligated to regulate the stacked crop varieties containing plant-incorporated protectants (PIPS). EPA invited public comment prior to registration of stacked varieties of corn but they approved SmartStax corn without allowing public comment prior to its registration.
Read report by Prof. Joe Cummins on the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

April 7, 2010

US Farmers Oppose ‘Big Ag’ in Anti-Trust Hearing
Will farmers get justice at last from years of victimisation from big agribusiness peddling genetically engineered crops?
After years of suffering what amounts to “corporate feudalism” at the hands of agbiotech giants like Monsanto, farmers are now fighting back as the US government launches an unprecedented anti-trust enquiry.
Read article by Dr. Eva Novotny on the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

February 23, 2010

Formal Protest from Scientists: Commission Regulation on Implementing Rules for GM applications and assessments
Dear Professor Buzek, We write to you as a group of concerned European scientists. Purely by chance, we have found a new Draft EC Regulation on the WTO web site, and we respectfully ask you (a) to take this as a formal protest relating to the content of that regulation, and (b) to bring this protest to the attention of the full Parliament at the earliest opportunity.
Read letter signed by 13 scientists on the gmfreecymru.org website (Wales/UK)
Comment: The numerous serious concerns outlined in these scientists’ letter to the President of the European parliament include: a noticeable lessening of vigilance on GM safety issues; the watering down of regulatory requirements for animal testing and toxicology studies; a lack of clarity about the safety testing regime that should be employed with respect to new GM varieties; no requirement that antibiotic resistance marker genes should be removed after initial plant breeding; no requirement for information on the donor organism, its safety, health effects or allergenicity; no independent involvement or verification of safety studies; no requirement for applicants to release or reveal test data for peer group or public review; unjustified assumptions about the safety of GM crops and foods; and no requirement for applicants to provide adequate quantities of GM varieties for independent verification or repeats of their safety experiments and feeding trials. Click here to download a copy of the proposed European regulation.

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Other Health-related News

April 13, 2010

Bigger role in preventative medicine for dietary supplements
Dietary supplements took a step closer to playing a key role in preventative medicine following a recent meeting in Washington DC between the Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus, and the trade associations Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) and Natural Products Association. Functional medicine, or personalized healthcare incorporating conventional and alternative therapies and dietary supplements, focuses on primary prevention and the underlying causes for serious illness. Andrew Shao, CRN’s senior vice president, scientific and regulatory affairs, told NutraIngredientsUSA,com: “The preventive effects of certain dietary supplements are well documented, including strong evidence supporting the use of folic acid to prevent neural tube birth defects; omega-3 fatty acids to promote heart health; calcium and vitamin D to prevent osteoporosis; lutein to reduce the risk of macular degeneration; etc.”
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

April 13, 2010

Tell The FDA That Cherries—And Now Walnuts—Are NOT Illegal Drugs!
Has the FDA lost its mind–again?
In the latest volley of the US Food and Drug Administration’s bizarre war on scientific freedom of speech, the FDA has sent a Warning Letter to the president and CEO of Diamond Foods stating that the firm’s packages of shelled walnuts are “in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.” Why? As Bill Faloon, co-founder of the Life Extension Foundation, explains in a powerful new investigative article, Diamond Foods, a processor and distributor of nuts, dared to list some of the health benefits of walnuts on its website. The FDA says that the walnuts are being “promoted for conditions that cause them to be drugs because these products are intended for use in the prevention, mitigation, and treatment of disease.” In other words, if you say that a food is healthy and may help protect against heart disease, or ease arthritis or inflammation, your words have magically changed that food into a drug, and that’s illegal.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health - USA website

April 12, 2010

Low vitamin B6 may increase Parkinson’s disease risk
Insufficient levels of vitamin B6 may increase the risk of Parkinson’s disease by about 50 per cent, says a new study from Japan.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

April 9, 2010

Office for Dietary Supplements outlines five-year plan
Funding new research, supporting new research tools and maximizing supplements knowledge will form the cornerstone of US Office for Dietary Supplements (ODS) activity, the body has stated in a five-year mission statement.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

April 7, 2010

Study links rheumatoid arthritis to vitamin D deficiency
Women living in the northeastern United States are more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis (RA), suggesting a link between the autoimmune disease and vitamin D deficiency, says a new study led by a Boston University School of Public Health researcher.
Read article at physorg.com

April 7, 2010

Petition urges action on vitamin B6 form ban
The Alliance for Natural Health USA (ANH-USA) is urging people to sign a petition against the market withdrawal of a natural form of vitamin B6 – Pyridoxamine – in dietary supplement form.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

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Political News

April 10, 2010

President Kaczynski is killed in a plane crash: Poland's tragedies continue
Poland has suffered more than is any country’s right. Its story is one of repeated occupations, partitions and tyrannies. Seventy years ago, almost to the day, 21,768 Polish army officers, intellectuals and senior civil servants were murdered by the Soviet NKVD in the forestnear Katyn: an attempt by Stalin to decapitate Poland by liquidating its elite. For years, the crime went unacknowledged: Western governments, reluctant to face up to the reality of the regime to which they had allied themselves, went along with the pretence that the massacre had been carried out by the Nazis. This morning, a few miles from Katyn, another decapitation occurred. A Russian plane crashed near Smolensk, carrying the President of Poland, Lech Kaczynski, his wife Maria, and dozens of senior Polish officials.
Read Daniel Hannan's blog entry on the Daily Telegraph website (UK)
Comment: President Kaczynski was one of only two EU leaders who bravely stood up for democracy and delayed signing the Lisbon Treaty – the Brussels EU ‘Enabling Act’ – for as long as possible. Following Ireland’s voting ‘No’ in a referendum on the treaty in June 2008, Kaczynski spoke out publicly and stated that he could not accept attempts by other EU states to bully Ireland into approving it. A courageous opponent of the Brussels EU dictatorship, both Poland and Europe will be the worse without him.

April 8, 2010

US and Russian leaders hail nuclear arms treaty
US President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, have signed a landmark nuclear arms treaty in the Czech capital, Prague. The treaty commits the former Cold War enemies to each reduce the number of deployed strategic warheads to 1,550 - 30% lower than the previous ceiling. Mr Obama said it was a key milestone, but only the "first step on a longer journey" of nuclear disarmament. Mr Medvedev said the deal would create safer conditions throughout the world. If ratified by lawmakers in both countries, the treaty will replace the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (Start) of 1991, which expired in December.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

April 7, 2010

New survey says NGOs continue to be most trusted institutions
A new survey says that non-governmental organisations (NGOs) continue to be the most trusted institutions in Europe. The poll, of almost 5000 people in 22 countries, says that NGOs command trust among 62 per cent of the public – higher than the figures for business, government or the media. Of the four, public trust in the media is the lowest, according to the survey.
Read article at theparliament.com

March 20, 2010

Germany admits it had Nazi spies after WW2
The German spy service has admitted that it employed about 200 former Nazi criminals for at least 15 years after the end of World War Two. Some had been involved in massacres in Poland and Russia, others were Gestapo torturers; all found a berth in the West German intelligence service.
Read article in the Irish Independent (Ireland)

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. Citizens of the UK can find additional UK-orientated news stories on the Reject the EU website.

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