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August 13, 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

August 10, 2010

Scientists call for global policy change on vitamin D
International experts have again called out for an increase in daily recommendations for Vitamin D, which they say is crucial to reduce the risk of a host a diseases. The latest call comes from scientists in Europe and the US, who say that higher intake levels of the vitamin could help protect against conditions such as childhood rickets, adult osteomalacia, cancer, autoimmune type-1 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, obesity and muscle weakness. Writing in the July 28 issue of Experimental Biology and Medicine, the authors propose worldwide policy changes to increase recommended intake levels of the sunshine vitamin. This, they said, would reduce the frequency of certain diseases, increase longevity and reduce medical costs.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

August 10, 2010

Adequate zinc eases pneumonia in elderly
A high proportion of nursing facility residents were found to have low serum (blood) zinc concentrations during an observational study funded by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the National Institute of Aging. The scientists found that those with normal blood zinc concentrations were about 50 percent less likely to develop pneumonia than those with low concentrations. The study was led by Simin Nikbin Meydani, director of the Nutritional Immunology Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) at Tufts University in Boston, Mass.
Read article at physorg.com

August 9, 2010

Astaxanthin’s heart benefits get human data support
Daily supplements of the carotenoid astaxanthin may improve HDL ‘good’ cholesterol levels in people with mildly abnormal blood lipid levels, suggests new data from a human trial. Doses up to 18 milligrams per day for 12 weeks improved blood levels of HDL cholesterol, as well as adiponectin concentrations, a protein hormone linked to various metabolic processes, according to findings published in Atherosclerosis.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

August 5, 2010

Some evidence vitamin D might fight colds
A daily vitamin D supplement may help young men enjoy more sick-free days during cold and flu season, a small study suggests.
Read news report at reuters.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

August 10, 2010

Swine flu pandemic is over, says WHO
The swine flu pandemic has been declared officially over by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Dr Margaret Chan, director general of WHO, said on Tuesday that the 2009 H1N1 virus had "largely run its course", 14 months after pandemic status was declared.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)
Comment: As with previous health scares, such as SARS and bird flu, The biggest financial beneficiary from swine flu was the pharmaceutical industry, which, after manipulating the World Health Organisation into downgrading its definition of a pandemic, earned billions of dollars by selling its synthetic chemical products and claiming that these would ostensibly avert swine flu-infection. It’s no surprise, then, that such hysteria visits our planet with alarming regularity, as the “business with disease” is one of the largest frauds in the history of mankind. By giving people carcinogenic chemotherapy, the business with cancer earns billions. Likewise the business with AIDS chemotherapy, causing only more damage to the immune system of patients, is no longer tenable. Long term, therefore, the pharmaceutical investment “business with disease” can only survive in a society where civil rights are curtailed and political decision-making is carried out via the creation of totalitarian dictatorships. To learn how you can work with us to help avert such an outcome and end the fraudulent business model of the pharmaceutical drug cartel, click here.

August 9, 2010

AstraZeneca Pays $198M For 17,500 Seroquel Suits
AstraZeneca is moving closer to resolving the large number of lawsuits filed in the US over claims that the risks of its Seroquel antipsychotic were not properly disclosed. In the latest disclosure, AstraZeneca has agreed to pay about $198 million to settle 17,500, or roughly two-thirds of the outstanding lawsuits, according to a statement.
Read article at pharmalot.com

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GMO News

August 6, 2010

GM crop escapes into the American wild
Transgenic canola found growing freely in North Dakota.
A genetically modified (GM) crop has been found thriving in the wild for the first time in the United States. Transgenic canola is growing freely in parts of North Dakota, researchers told the Ecological Society of America conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, today. The scientists behind the discovery say this highlights a lack of proper monitoring and control of GM crops in the United States.
Read article at nature.com
Comment: Contrary to claims that GM crops would not survive or thrive in the wild, the US researchers found that transgenes were present in 80% of the wild canola plants examined. Moreover, they found herbicide-resistant canola growing in roadsides, waste places, ball parks, grocery stores, gas stations and cemeteries, often at large distances from areas of agricultural production. In some places, the BBC reports that the plants were packed as closely together as they are in farmers' fields.

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Other Health-related News

August 6, 2010

Pesticides linked to bee decline, say green groups
Government and retailers are under pressure to impose a ban on sale of pesticides linked to bee population decline following new research which groups call a 'growing body of evidence'
Environmental groups including the Soil Association and Buglife are making a renewed call for an end to the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, which are among the most commonly used pesticides worldwide, after a new study linked them to a decline in bee in bee populations. The study, published in the journal Toxicology, says the effects on bees of two particular neonicotinoid pesticides, known as imidacloprid and thiacloprid, have previously been underestimated and may explain the decline in bee populations. It says even low concentrations of the pesticides may be more deadly then previously thought due to their high persistence in soil and water, supporting claims for the role that pesticides may play in bee deaths.
Read article in The Guardian (UK)
Comment: Evidence from the United States and Europe suggests pesticides produced by Bayer CropScience are linked to the worldwide decline of the bee population.

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Political News

August 6, 2010

Google accused of betraying internet golden rule in net neutrality row
Google, the internet giant, has been accused of betraying one of the most widely accepted "laws" of the internet called net neutrality; the principle that everyone has equal access. The firm has admitted that it has been in talks with the US communications provider Verizon and even agreed an outline plan on how internet traffic should be carried over networks. However, many have already voiced fears that if the plan becomes public, it could serve as a blueprint for how to carve up the internet and sell the best performance to the highest bidder.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)
Comment: Internet freedom advocates have described this plan as the "doomsday scenario" that "marks the beginning of the end of the internet as you know it". In short, the Google/Verizon pact potentially sets the stage for a corporate takeover of the Internet that could, in future, restrict your freedom to learn about cutting-edge research in natural health, the pharmaceutical business with disease and the Nazi roots of the Brussels EU. To learn about the campaign to protect internet freedom and net neutrality, click here.

August 4, 2010

Blair must be arrested
Having helped destroy other nations far away, our former prime minister — “peace envoy” to the Middle East — is now free to profit from the useful contacts he made while working as a “servant of the people”. Tony Blair must be prosecuted, not indulged like Peter Mandelson. Both have produced self-serving memoirs for which they have been paid fortunes; Blair's, which has earned him a £4.6m advance, will appear next month. Now consider the Proceeds of Crime Act. Blair conspired in and executed an unprovoked war of aggression against a defenceless country, of a kind the Nuremberg judges in 1946 described as the "paramount war crime". This has caused, according to scholarly studies, the deaths of more than a million people, a figure that exceeds the Fordham University estimate of deaths in the Rwandan genocide. In addition, four million Iraqis have been forced to flee their homes and a majority of children have descended into malnutrition and trauma.
Read article by John Pilger in the New Statesman magazine (UK)
Comment: We share the sentiments of John Pilger on this issue and continue to call for former British Prime Minister Tony Blair to be held responsible for war crimes in Iraq. To read about the Complaint we submitted to the International Criminal Court in 2003, charging Blair and others with causing injury to and the death of millions of people through the ‘business with disease’, war crimes and other crimes against humanity, 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. Citizens of the UK can find additional UK-orientated news stories on the Reject the EU website.

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