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June 25, 2010

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Natural Health News

June 22, 2010

How vitamin pills could save you from a heart attack
Cholesterol famously comes in two versions - the good and the bad. Heart health, we're told, depends on lowering the bad (LDL) cholesterol, and pushing up the good (HDI). But it's no longer that simple. Bad cholesterol turns out to be part of a double act. What's more, this discovery suggests that a new treatment for heart disease could be a simple vitamin tablet. Researchers recently found that bad cholesterol has a twin called lipoprotein(a), which can also raise your risk of heart disease.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)
Comment: Cholesterol-lowering drugs are the single largest business segment of the global pharmaceutical drug business. The fact is, however, that the entire cholesterol business is built on fear – the fear that cholesterol actually causes heart attacks. In this respect, whilst we obviously welcome the publication of research confirming that vitamins can prevent heart attacks, not only can this latest example hardly be described as a “discovery”, 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.

June 21, 2010

New evidence: vitamin D prevents flu
A new study published in the peer-reviewed open access journal PloS ONE has confirmed that maintaining high levels of serum vitamin D prevents flu and other respiratory tract infections. The study showed that men and women who had high levels of vitamin D in their blood were much less likely to acquire respiratory tract infections.
Read article at foodconsumer.org

June 21, 2010

Encouraging results from the largest clinical study ever conducted on treating depression with Omega-3
The use of Omega-3 supplements is effective among patients with major depression who do not have anxiety disorders, according to a study directed by Dr. François Lespérance of the Centre de recherche du Centre hospitalier at the University of Montreal (CRCHUM). The study was published June 15 in the online Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. This was the largest study ever conducted assessing Omega-3's efficacy in treating major depression.
Read article at physorg.com

June 18, 2010

Supplements beat sun for vitamin D boost: Study
Adequate vitamin D levels are best achieved by supplements because of the side-effects of UV exposure, says the results of a new computer simulation model from the US.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

June 18, 2010

Science builds for calcium’s bone and heart benefits
Low calcium intakes may increase the risk of osteoporosis and high blood pressure (hypertension), says a new study with Italian postmenopausal women. According to research presented today at EULAR 2010, the Annual Congress of the European League Against Rheumatism in Rome, low calcium intakes (300 milligrams per day or lower) were associated with a 43 per cent increased risk of developing hypertension or osteoporosis, compared with controls.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

June 22, 2010

Johnson & Johnson involved in bribery case in China
The US drug giant Johnson & Johnson was exposed in the involvement of an alleged bribery case in China, according to local media reports. Media reports said that the China's former vice director of the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA), Zhang Jingli, has been involved in cases of bribery in the pharmaceutical field, including the latest of Johnson & Johnson. The company (Johnson & Johnson) declined to comment. Sources close to the SFDA said that Zhang took the bribes in exchange for help in getting the firms drug application numbers and certificate of registration of medical products.
Read article in the Global Times (China)

June 21, 2010

'Ireland's Erin Brockovich' and a €1m battle with the drugs industry
His story has parallels with that of Erin Brockovich, whose David-and-Goliath battle against a US energy company became the subject of a Hollywood film. But unlike the American legal clerk, Liam Grant is taking on a giant pharmaceutical company. In 1996, Mr Grant's 19-year-old son, also called Liam, was prescribed Roaccutane, an acne drug. Formerly cheerful and outgoing, he soon became withdrawn and reclusive. Four months after he started taking the drug, he was found hanging from a tree outside Dublin. A jury delivered a verdict of suicide. Mr Grant has spent more than €1m (£835,000) of his own money pursuing the drug's manufacturer, the Swiss company Roche, and the regulators whom he holds responsible for his son's death. Roche denies it is to blame for any deaths or severe mental health problems. He has now won a crucial ruling from the European Ombudsman, Nikiforos Diamandouros, that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) should release details of all adverse reactions to the medicines it licenses.
Read article in The Independent (UK)

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GMO News

June 22, 2010

Supreme Court Kicks Critical Genetically Modified Alfalfa Issue Down The Road
A high-profile legal battle over genetically modified crops continues. The US Supreme Court in a 7-1 decision yesterday (June 21) did not accept a lower court’s total nationwide ban on GM alfalfa. But it did agree that the seeds could be dangerous and did not allow Monsanto to proceed with selling them. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) must now complete a study examining whether the seeds will harm the environment before approving them for restricted planting, a process that could go into next year, and which could lead to more litigation.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health - USA website

June 16, 2010

Bulgaria Moves to Protect Children from GMO
A ban of all genetically modified products and ingredients for preparation of children foods in Bulgaria has been proposed Wednesday in an amendment in the Bulgarian Food Act. The amendment, proposed by Desislava Taneva, chair of the Parliament Committee on Agriculture and Forests, from the ruling party GERB and two other MPs from the right-wing “Blue Coalition”, stipulates a full ban on the distribution and sale of food products containing genetically modified organisms (GMO) in child care centers, kindergartens, schools and the adjacent commercial outlets (100 m in range).
Read article on the website of the Sofia News Agency (Bulgaria)

June 15, 2010

Two-thirds of Brits poll against GM
Two-thirds of people in the UK want GM crops to be kept out of the food chain, a new survey reveals today (Tuesday, 15 June 2010).
Read Friends of the Earth and GM Freeze press release at oneworld.net

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Other Health-related News

June 22, 2010

Vitamin C and Cardiovascular Disease
A Personal Viewpoint by Alan Spencer and Andrew W. Saul
Linus Pauling was aware that studies of the animal kingdom showed that most animals have the ability to manufacture vitamin C in their bodies. Humans cannot. Furthermore, on average, mammals make 5,400mg daily when adjusted for body weight, and make more (often considerably more) when under stress or ill. This is about 100 times as much as the 50mg we get from a typical modern diet. It prompts the question, why do animals make so much vitamin C, and what purpose does it serve in the body? A small number of animals which are known to share our inability to make vitamin C include the apes, the guinea pig, the fruit bat, and some birds, all of which will normally get a lot of vitamin C from their food. If you deprive a guinea pig of vitamin C it soon develops a form of cardiovascular disease (damage to its arteries showing within a few weeks). Similarly, studies of genetically modified mice have shown that if you switch off the gene that enables a mouse to produce vitamin C it will also soon show signs of heart disease. Re-introduction of a high vitamin C diet enables the damage to be reversed.
Read news release at orthomolecular.org

June 22, 2010

Bee decline could be down to chemical cocktail interfering with brains
£10m Insect Pollinators Initiative will look at the multiple reasons thought to be behind devastation of bees, moths and hoverflies
A cocktail of chemicals from pesticides could be damaging the brains of British bees, according to scientists about to embark on a study into why the populations of the insects have dropped so rapidly in recent decades. By affecting the way bees' brains work, the pesticides might be affecting the ability of bees to find food or communicate with others in their colonies. Neuroscientists at Dundee University, Royal Holloway and University College London will investigate the hypothesis as part of a £10m research programme launched today aimed at finding ways to stop the decline in the numbers of bees and other insect pollinators in the UK.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

June 21, 2010

Poor control of diabetes may be linked to low vitamin D
Vitamin D deficiency is highly prevalent in patients with Type 2 diabetes and may be associated with poor blood sugar control, according to a new study.
Read article at physorg.com

June 18, 2010

Vitamin D deficiency confirmed as common across a range of rheumatic conditions
Two separate studies have shown that vitamin D deficiency is common in patients with a range of rheumatic diseases, with over half of all patients having below the 'normal' healthy levels of vitamin D (48-145 nmol/L) in their bodies.
Read article at physorg.com

June 14, 2010

EU Herb Laws
Robert Verkerk PhD discusses the discrimination against 4000-year-old medicinal traditions
The association between humans and plants goes back a very long way. In fact, the association existed long before the evolution of our own species, plants providing a key source of nutrients and phytochemicals for all animals, whether consumed directly or indirectly. When considering the history of herbal medicine, many view it as a tradition that spans some 4,000 or 5,000 years, but of course this time span reflects the earliest known documentation, rather than the earliest usage of plants as medicines.
Read article on the website of the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) Europe

June 10, 2010

US Army funds study on nutrition for neurotrauma
Omega-3, CoEnzyme Q10 and antioxidants are some of the ingredients to be studied by the US Institute of Medicine (IOM) in an examination of the benefits of nutrition on the effects of neurotrauma. The 20-month project, which is sponsored by the US Army, is designed to identify nutritional interventions that can help prevent, mitigate or treat traumatic brain injury (TBI) and spinal cord injury.
Read article at foodnavigator-usa.com

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Political News

June 18, 2010

Medvedev Says He ‘Cannot Rule Out’ Collapse of Euro
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev says he can’t rule out the collapse of the euro as the European Union struggles to contain the sovereign debt crisis.
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. Citizens of the UK can find additional UK-orientated news stories on the Reject the EU website.

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