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April 23, 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

April 19, 2010

Vitamin K may protect against developing non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, say researchers
In the first study of vitamin K and Non-Hodgkin lymphoma risk, researchers at the Mayo Clinic campus in Minnesota have found that people who have higher intakes of vitamin K from their diet have a lower risk of developing Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma is a cancer of the immune system and is the most common hematologic malignancy in the United States.
Read article at physorg.com

April 18, 2010

Daily Calcium and Vitamins Linked to Lower Breast Cancer Risk
Calcium doesn’t just build strong bones, it may fight cancer too, a study said. Researchers at the Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico reported that women who took calcium had a 40 percent lower risk of getting breast cancer, while those getting multivitamins showed a 30 percent reduction in risk. The new findings, from a study of 744 women, were presented today at the meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research in Washington.
Read article at businessweek.com

April 17, 2010

New evidence: Vitamin D supplements reduce breast cancer risk
A new study led by Canadian researchers and published in the April 14, 2010 issue of American Journal of Clicnical Nutrition suggests that taking vitamin D supplements may help reduce breast cancer risk drastically. Anderson L.N. and colleagues from Population Studies Surveillance Cancer Care Ontario in Toronto Canada conducted the case-control study and found women taking 400 IU/day of vitamin D were at 24 percent lower risk of breast cancer compared to those who did not take supplements.
Read article at foodconsumer.org

April 15, 2010

Lutein plus vitamin A may slow vision loss: Study
A daily supplement of lutein in combination with vitamin A may slow vision loss associated with retinitis pigmentosa, according to the results of a randomized, controlled, double-blind trial. Writing in the Archives of Ophthalmology, American scientists report that a daily supplement containing 12 milligrams of lutein in combination with 15,000 International Units of vitamin A (retinyl palmitate) was associated with a preservation of mid-peripheral vision.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

April 15, 2010

Diet high in B vitamins lowers heart risks in Japanese study
Eating more foods containing the B-vitamins folate and B-6 lowers the risk of death from stroke and heart disease for women and may reduce the risk of heart failure in men, according to Japanese research reported in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.
Read article at physorg.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

April 20, 2010

IMS Forecasts Global Pharmaceutical Market Growth of 5-8% Annually through 2014
IMS Health reported today that the size of the global market for pharmaceuticals is expected to grow nearly $300 billion over the next five years, reaching $1.1 trillion in 2014.
Read press release at imshealth.com
Comment: Yes, you did read that right. Within four years, the global value of the pharmaceutical drug industry’s “Business with Disease” is expected to reach 1.1 TRILLION dollars annually. To put this colossal amount of money in context, World Bank figures for 2008 show that it exceeds the gross domestic product (GDP) of all but 12 countries in the world and, moreover, that it is greater than the combined GDPs of the world’s one hundred poorest countries. To learn the facts about the drug industry – and understand why it constitutes the largest fraud in the history of mankind – click here.

April 15, 2010

UK Sentences Former J&J Exec For Corruption
A former executive at Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy International unit pleaded guilty for his role in paying $7 million in bribes to Greek doctors and was sentenced to 12 months in jail, according to the UK’s Serious Fraud Office.
Read article at pharmalot.com

April 14, 2010

Popular Anticonvulsants Raise Suicide Risks: Study
Several widely used anticonvulsants, including Pfizer’s Neurontin, may increase the risk of suicide, attempted suicide and violent death in patients taking them for the first time, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Read article at pharmalot.com
Comment: This finding comes two years after the FDA required anticonvulsants to carry a warning that they double the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors, based on a meta-analysis of nearly 200 clinical trials.

April 13, 2010

Merck Hid Vioxx’s Risks From Louisiana, Official Says
Merck & Co. never informed Louisiana health officials about the heart-attack risks posed by its withdrawn Vioxx painkiller, a former state agency chief testified in court.
Read article at bloomberg.com

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GMO News

April 19, 2010

Bt Brinjal Halted
But fight against GM neo-colonialism continues
In a dramatic move, India's Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh halted the commercial cultivation of ‘Bt brinjal’, the world's first genetically modified (GM) eggplant with insecticidal toxin protein from the soil bacterium Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis). Bt brinjal is intended to target the shoot and fruit borer insect pest of the crop. The Minister made his announcement on 9 February 2010 after a series of public hearings in seven states and a consultation process with scientists, agricultural experts, farmers’ organizations, consumer groups, and non-governmental organizations. He said: “It is my duty to adopt a cautious, precautionary, principle-based approach... till such time as independent scientific studies establish to the satisfaction of both the public and professionals the safety of the product."
Read report by Dr. Mae-Wan Ho on the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

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Other Health-related News

April 20, 2010

ANH-International Executive and Scientific Director Dr. Rob Verkerk Publishes Article In Respected Scientific Journal Explaining Why European Regulation Of Supplements Based On Bad Science
A study just published in a leading peer-reviewed journal argues that the European Commission’s proposal to limit the maximum legal doses of vitamins and minerals in food supplements is scientifically invalid. The study’s author, Robert Verkerk, Ph.D., executive and scientific director of the Alliance for Natural Health-Intl, wrote: “When you dig into the complexity of risk and benefit relationships for nutrients as I have in this study, proceeding with the kind of approaches the European Commission, the European Food Safety Authority and industry have been discussing over the last six or so years makes absolutely no scientific sense. The only rational way forward involves moving from the risk-only approach that has been considered up until now, to a risk-benefit approach. This means changing tracks.”
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health - USA website

April 16, 2010

Indians get enough of sun, not sunshine vitamin
MUMBAI: It has traditionally been called the sunshine vitamin. Adequate exposure to sunshine means adequate vitamin D in the body, so went the old fundamental of health. But vitamin D is now symbolic of a great Indian paradox: India, the land of plenty sunshine, is now home to a growing epidemic of vitamin D deficiency. The reason, say doctors, is the growing pollution across the country. “The pollutants screen the UV rays that are needed to come in contact with the skin to create vitamin D,’’ says endocrinologist Dr H Chandalia. Concurs Dr Shashank Joshi, consultant endocrinologist at Lilavati Hospital, “Not only do the UV rays get filtered out by the pollutants, the melanin on Indian skin further acts as a block against vitamin D.’’
Read article in The Times of India

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Political News

April 21, 2010

Citigroup says only ‘United States of Europe' will save euro
A Citigroup note to clients has warned that the eurozone is likely to fall apart unless the European Union's member states fuse both on the fiscal and political level. "Europe needs to stand up and decide if it is going to be a ‘United States of Europe' or a ‘patchwork quilt' of independent states," reads a note by Tom Fitzpatrick, chief technical analyst at Citigroup in New York, first seen by Bloomberg. The financial services firm, the largest in the world and one of America's big four banks, says that if such integration is not on the cards, the euro area is "doomed" even if the current Greek crisis is resolved.
Read article at euobserver.com
Comment: Fitzpatrick’s choice of words here are highly significant. Largely hidden from the people of Europe, a so-called “Action Committee for the United States of Europe” was founded by the wheeler-dealer Jean Monnet on 13 October 1955. The meetings of this clandestine committee began in January 1956 and were held in private. The ultimate goal, as stated at the committee’s inception, was “to arrive by concrete achievements at the United States of Europe.” Notably, therefore, the longest serving member of the committee’s Executive Committee was the German Kurt Georg Kiesinger, who sat on it between January 1956 and May 1965. Kiesinger had been a member of the Nazi Party during WWII and had worked in the Nazi Foreign Ministry's radio propaganda division. Playing a key role in the luring of Britain into the Brussels EU, meetings of the “Action Committee for the United States of Europe” were held throughout the 1960s and did not conclude until after 1973 when plans for the dictatorial ‘Brussels EU’ project were already well advanced. To learn more, read chapter 4 of ‘The Nazi Roots of the Brussels EU’.

April 15, 2010

A perfect symbol of the EU: the 18 MEPs who will claim full salaries and perks without taking their seats
Eighteen MEPs will, as predicted by this blog eleven months ago, start claiming full salaries and allowances without taking their seats.
Read Daniel Hannan's blog entry on the Daily Telegraph website (UK)

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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