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June 14, 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

June 5, 2010

Green tea extract may slow leukaemia, researchers have suggested
An extract taken from green tea reduces cancer cells in the blood of patients with a form of leukaemia and may slow progression of the disease, a conference will hear. Researchers at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in America have found that patients in the early stages of the most common form of leukaemia may respond well to taken supplements of a green tea extract.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)
Comment: The results from this latest trial build upon previous research in leukaemia using the green tea extract epigallocatechin galeate (EGCG) and show that 31 percent of patients given the supplement had a 20 percent or greater sustained reduction in blood leukemia count, whilst 69 percent of patients with enlarged lymph nodes saw a reduction of node size of 50 percent or greater. Just as with the finding that green tea extracts can inhibit the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), however, this latest report that EGCG is effective in treating leukaemia patients is no surprise to us. To read about Dr. Rath’s scientific discovery showing how a nutrient combination - including vitamin C, the amino acids L-lysine and L-proline and EGCG - works synergistically to stop the spread of cancer cells through connective tissue, click here.

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

June 4, 2010

Report condemns swine flu experts' ties to big pharma
Trio of scientists who urged stockpiling had previously been paid, says report
Scientists who drew up the key World Health Organisation guidelines advising governments to stockpile drugs in the event of a flu pandemic had previously been paid by drug companies which stood to profit, according to a report out today. An investigation by the British Medical Journal and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, the not-for-profit reporting unit, shows that WHO guidance issued in 2004 was authored by three scientists who had previously received payment for other work from Roche, which makes Tamiflu, and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), manufacturer of Relenza. City analysts say that pharmaceutical companies banked more than $7bn (£4.8bn) as governments stockpiled drugs.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)
Comment: At both national and international levels, the tentacles of drug company influence are increasingly evident in all aspects of health-care decision-making processes. As such, it is clear that the fraudulent business model of the pharmaceutical drug cartel needs to be terminated as soon as possible, in the interests of the health and lives of the six billion people alive today and all future generations. The perpetrators of this fraud must be brought to justice and we consider that it is our responsibility to be active in the preparations for such trials. To learn what you can do to help us, click here. If you would like to send us your personal testimony for publication on our website and use in the official documentation of any tribunal brought against representatives of the drug cartel, click here.

June 4, 2010

Pill 'caused gambling addiction'
More than 100 people who allegedly became addicted to gambling and pornography after taking a prescription drug used to treat tremors associated with Parkinson's disease are suing two drug companies.
Read article in the Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)

June 2, 2010

Should A Nigerian Lawsuit Against Pfizer Proceed?
In a closely watched matter, the US Solicitor General has filed a brief suggesting to the US Supreme Court that a lawsuit filed against Pfizer by several Nigerians over the 1996 Trovan scandal should proceed. Essentially, this means the Solicitor General disagrees with Pfizer’s interpretation of a law that has been relied upon to claim US companies committed eggregious behavior overseas, and that the Supreme Court should not bother to hear the case (see the brief). The law involved is known as the Alien Tort Statute and it was cited by several Nigerian families who accuse Pfizer of violating international humans rights law - various provisions from the Nuremberg Code; the World Medical Association’s Declaration of Helsinki; the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; guidelines from the Council for International Organizations of Medical Services; the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; and a United Nations General Assembly Resolution. The 1996 Trovan study was conducted on about 200 children and took place during a meningitis epidemic that killed 12,000 children, but Pfizer was accused of failing to obtain proper regulatory approval and for misleading parents. The study allegedly left 11 children dead and the others were deformed.
Read article at pharmalot.com

May 31, 2010

Antidepressants in pregnancy increase risk of miscarriage
A new study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) found a 68% increase in the overall risk of miscarriage in pregnant women using antidepressants.
Read article at physorg.com

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GMO News

June 8, 2010

UK: Food Standards Agency on Hot Seat over GMOs
Two members of the United Kingdom's Food Standards Agency steering group on genetically modified foods (GM foods, or GMOs) recently resigned from the group in protest over language inserted into a report from the agency strengthening the case for the growth of GMO crops and sales of GMOs in the UK. According to The Observer, emails between members of the Food Standards Agency group and the Agricultural Biotechnology Council, which represents such businesses as Bayer and Monsanto, show the council inserted key sentences strengthening the case for GMOs that ended up in the final report, "Food Standards Agency work on changes in the market and the GM regulatory system."
Read article on the Food Safety News website (USA)

June 7, 2010

Genetically modified corn contaminates crops in seven German states
A Greenpeace report says seven German states have had seed supplies contaminated by genetically modified corn. Losses for farmers could be in the millions of euros. Despite a Europe-wide ban, genetically modified corn has contaminated crops in seven German states, according to research from the environmental organization Greenpeace. The seeds were supplied by the firm Pioneer Hi-Bred, based in the town of Buxtehude outside Hamburg, in Lower Saxony.
Read article on the Deutsche Welle website (Germany)

June 6, 2010

GM lobby helped draw up crucial report on Britain's food supplies
Email trail shows how biotech group helped watchdog to draw up analysis of GM crops ... and prompted two advisers to quit
A powerful lobbying organisation representing agribusiness interests helped draft a key government report that has been attacked by environmentalists for heavily favouring the arguments of the genetically modified food industry. The revelation comes after the resignation of two government advisers who have criticised the close relationship between the Food Standards Agency (FSA), the body that oversees the UK's food industry, and the GM lobby. Emails between the FSA and the Agricultural Biotechnology Council (ABC) show the council inserted key sentences strengthening the case for GM food that ended up in the final report.
Read article in The Observer (UK)

June 4, 2010

Europe to change rules on growing genetically modified crops
Friends of the Earth Europe calls for an immediate moratorium
New proposals that would allow European countries to ban genetically modified (GM) crops are cautiously welcomed by Friends of the Earth Europe. However, to ensure GM-free food and farming, the proposals from the European Commission must be strengthened to prevent cross-contamination and ensure the biotech industry pays for any damage resulting from GM cultivation. The European Commission has, in the past days, started formal internal procedures to change European laws for growing GM crops. An earlier impact assessment concluded that the proposals would lead to a “negative impact for non-GM farmers”. Adrian Bebb, food and agriculture campaigner for Friends of the Earth Europe said: “This is a welcome opportunity for countries in Europe to ban genetically modified crops but it could open the door for pro-GM member states to cultivate GM crops. The public and environment will only be protected if the proposal is backed up by Europe-wide measures to prevent our food and feed from being contaminated. Until safeguards are in place we need an immediate ban on growing genetically modified crops.”
Read press release on the Friends of the Earth Europe website

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Other Health-related News

June 2, 2010

Controlled Opposition : Twenty Questions You Never Dared to Ask
A controlled opposition group is one that claims to be fighting the multinational drug and chemical cartels but that is in fact controlled by the very industries it alleges to be fighting, usually via funding or shared board members from those same industries. Although the links can be obvious in many cases, in others they may be more deeply embedded, taking the more subtle form of 'common interests', be they ideological, political or legislative. Grassroots campaigns that could potentially achieve a profound and positive effect against the industrial giants are therefore diverted or derailed into actions that will either fail or be subsumed into the established channels in compliance with industry needs.
Read blog entry by Emma Holister on the Candida International website
Comment: This well-written and tongue-in-cheek blog entry from Emma Holister is a useful reminder that whenever there is a process of historic change underway, the status quo engages agents of disinformation and confusion in order to slow it down. The case of the liberation of human health from the monopoly of pharmaceutical drugs, and the incorporation of science based natural health approaches into public health policies, is no exception. Because the eradication of diseases is by its very nature incompatible with and diametrically opposed to the financial interests of the pharmaceutical investment industry, the survival of the drug cartel has, in part, become dependent on the undermining of the credibility of the natural health movement. Natural health advocates should therefore be wary of groups fronted by “instant experts” who report “miracles” and “stunning victories” that are not supported by the evidence.

June 2, 2010

EFSA confirm health claim nightmare at Parma meeting
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) held a technical meeting with stakeholders close to their home base in Parma, northern Italy on 1 June 2010. Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle opened the meeting taking about the importance of diet and physical activity in dealing with the major burdens on European health care systems, namely chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis—yet here we have a regulation (the EU’s Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation) that will give people less, not more, information about which foods and nutrients they can select to prevent or reduce disease. And while EFSA recognises the role of nutrition in disease prevention, the regulation explicitly prevents us from talking about it. That’s because it’s the sole domain of pharmaceutical drugs. Call it a stitch up if you like.
Read article on the website of the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) Europe

June 1, 2010

'Dirty dozen' produce carries more pesticide residue, group says
If you're eating non-organic celery today, you may be ingesting 67 pesticides with it, according to a new report from the Environmental Working Group. The group, a nonprofit focused on public health, scoured nearly 100,000 produce pesticide reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to determine what fruits and vegetables we eat have the highest, and lowest, amounts of chemical residue. Most alarming are the fruits and vegetables dubbed the "Dirty Dozen," which contain 47 to 67 pesticides per serving. These foods are believed to be most susceptible because they have soft skin that tends to absorb more pesticides.
Read article and watch video at cnn.com
Comment: The “dirty dozen” non-organic foods identified by the Environmental Working Group as containing the highest levels of pesticides are the following: celery; peaches; strawberries; apples; blueberries grown in the United States; nectarines; sweet bell peppers; spinach, kale and collard greens; cherries; potatoes; grapes imported into the United States from abroad; and lettuce. To visit the Environmental Working Group’s website, click here.

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Political News

June 8, 2010

MEPs back web search history plan
More than 300 European MEPs are backing a plan that would force search engines such as Google to store details of web searches for up to two years. Two MEPs drew up the plan to help authorities develop an "early warning system" against paedophiles and sex offenders who were using the internet. However, civil liberties groups immediately criticised the proposals, which would represent a major increase in the monitoring of online activity.
Read article in The Independent (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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