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August 20, 2010

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Natural Health News

August 13, 2010

Vitamin D May Help Protect Against Parkinson’s
Parkinson Disease (PD), characterized by tremors, slowness of movement, stiffness, and difficulty with balance, affects more than 1.5 million Americans, with 60,000 new cases each year. The combined direct and indirect costs of PD are estimated at more than $5.6 billion per year in the U.S. With medication costs for an individual patient averaging $2,500 a year, and therapeutic surgery costing up to $100,000 dollars per patient prevention of PD is at a premium. Now a new study has found that maintaining proper blood levels of vitamin D may help lower the risk of Parkinson’s.
Read article at naturalhealthresearch.org

August 5, 2010

Zinc Found to Help Digestive Health in Children
The World Health Organization estimates there are 1.5 billion episodes of diarrhea in children younger than 5 years of age in the developing world, accounting for 3 million deaths. Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) is the most frequently isolated enteropathogen, accounting for approximately 210 million diarrhoea episodes and approximately 380,000 deaths annually. When it comes to ways to help prevent ETEC infections for the entire population, arguments have been made for an ETEC vaccine that would have the potential to cost as little as $17 per dose. Past research has shown that zinc reduces the risk of diarrhea by 23% and also reduces the risk of severe diarrhea by 37% in children after zinc supplementation. These results have resulted in recommendations by the World Health Organization of 20 mg of zinc per day for 10-14 days for children with diarrhea. Now a new study has suggested just how zinc is able to maintain digestive health in children.
Read article at naturalhealthresearch.org

August 4, 2010

Vitamin E and Omega-3 Fats May Help with Speech
Apraxia of speech is a speech disorder in which a person has trouble saying what he or she wants to say correctly and consistently. Also known as verbal apraxia or dyspraxia, apraxia of speech is not caused by muscle weakness of the face, tongue or lips, but is centered in the processing centers of the brain. The two types of speech apraxia are acquired (affecting persons of any age, but is frequently seen after strokes) and developmental (being present at birth). Developmental apraxia seems to affect boys more than girls and is a common symptom in children diagnosed with ADHD and autism. With rates of ADHD and autism continuing to rise at alarming rates (one hospital study found a quadrupling of diagnosis between 1989 and 2000), verbal apraxia rates are almost certain to increase as well. Symptoms of children with verbal apraxia include not cooing as an infant, beginning to speak late, struggling to combine sounds, and even having problems eating. A 2007 report from Nationwide Children’s Hospital has found that apraxia is continuing to increase and may affect as many as 1 in 100 children. Now a new study has suggested that vitamin E and omega-3 fats may help with speech.
Read article at naturalhealthresearch.org

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

August 17, 2010

Pharmaceuticals: A market for producing 'lemons' and serious harm
The pharmaceutical industry is a "market for lemons," a market in which the seller knows much more than the buyer about the product and can profit from selling products less effective and less safe than consumers are led to believe, according to an analysis that will be presented at the 105th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. "Sometimes drug companies hide or downplay information about serious side effects of new drugs and overstate the drugs' benefits," said Donald Light, the sociologist who authored the study and who is a professor of comparative health policy at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. "Then, they spend two to three times more on marketing than on research to persuade doctors to prescribe these new drugs. Doctors may get misleading information and then misinform patients about the risks of a new drug. It's really a two-tier market for lemons."
Read article at physorg.com

August 13, 2010

Acetaminophen use in adolescents linked to doubled risk of asthma
New evidence linking the use of acetaminophen to development of asthma and eczema suggests that even monthly use of the drug in adolescents may more than double risk of asthma in adolescents compared to those who used none at all; yearly use was associated with a 50 percent increase in the risk of asthma.
Read article at physorg.com
Comment: Based upon research involving more than 300,000 13- and 14 year old children in 113 centers throughout 50 countries, the results of this study follow hot on the heels of independent research that links acetaminophen (Paracetamol) not only to asthma but also to hearing loss and adverse vision events. As such, as the leading cause of liver failure in the United States and carrying a much increased risk of stroke and heart attack, it is becoming increasingly clear that the dangers of acetaminophen are far higher, and more numerous, than the business with disease and its friends in the drug regulatory agencies would have you believe.

August 12, 2010

US probes corruption in big pharma
The US Department of Justice is scrutinising payments by leading pharmaceuticals companies for hospitality, consultants, licensing agreements and charitable donations in markets around the world as part of a wide-ranging corruption probe. GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Eli Lilly, among others, have disclosed being contacted by the DoJ and Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with the investigation. Merck, the US drugs group, announced last week that it had also been contacted and was co-operating with investigators.
Read article at yahoo.com

August 12, 2010

FDA warns of brain problem with Glaxo seizure drug
Federal health officials warn of rare brain inflammation with Glaxo drug Lamictal
WASHINGTON -- Federal health regulators are warning doctors and patients that an anti-seizure drug from GlaxoSmithKline PLC can cause rare inflammation of the brain and spinal cord.
Read Associated Press news report at yahoo.com

August 11, 2010

WHO list reveals pandemic flu advisors with industry ties
Five of the 15 experts that advised the World Health Organisation about swine flu pandemic alerts had received support from the drugs industry, including for flu vaccine research, the WHO revealed on Wednesday.
Read article at physorg.com
Comment: The list of the WHO's influenza pandemic advisors with conflicts includes, amongst others, people with current and past grants and funding from GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, Roche, Baxter, Sanofi Pasteur and the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA).

August 11, 2010

European Agency Agrees To Release Side Effect Data
In response to harsh criticism that important side effect information was being kept hidden from the public, the European Medicines Agency has agreed to make adverse events available, and the move is likely to result in additional complaints filed by consumers.
Read article at pharmalot.com

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GMO News

August 16, 2010

Court blocks planting of GM sugar beets pending assessment
A federal judge ruled on Friday that genetically modified (GM) sugar beets should not be planted or processed until the US Department of Agriculture has carried out a thorough assessment of their impact on other crops.
Read article at foodnavigator-usa.com

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Other Health-related News

August 16, 2010

Surprising Information on Vitamin C Deficiency
Scurvy is a condition that results from low levels or lack of vitamin C. Common symptoms of scurvy include general weakness, anemia, gum disease (gingivitis), and skin hemorrhages. Most people think of scurvy as a condition that afflicted sailors on long voyages during the 15th century. This was because fruits and vegetables (natural sources of vitamin C) would typically rot long before sailors reached their destination. Research is now showing that 1 in 7 modern day young adults are deficient in vitamin C, and elevated markers for chronic disease have been observed.
Read article at naturalhealthresearch.org
Comment: Research shows that approximately 14% of young adults in the United States and Canada are deficient in vitamin C. This worrying statistic is particularly significant given that Dr. Rath’s research has revealed that coronary heart disease occurs exactly for the same reason that clinical (early) scurvy does – a deficiency of vitamin C in the cells composing the artery wall. To learn how, in reality, atherosclerosis is nature’s plaster cast for weak and cracked arterial walls that are chronically deficient in vitamin C and other essential nutrients, click here.

August 2, 2010

Crops Absorb Pharmaceuticals From Treated Sewage
Environmental Pollutants: Soybeans can accumulate drugs and personal care products commonly found in wastewater and solid waste
Each year, U.S. farmers fertilize their fields with millions of tons of treated sewage and irrigate with billions of gallons of recycled water. Through this treated waste, an array of pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs) make their way unregulated from consumers' homes into farm fields. Now researchers find that at least one crop, soybeans, can readily absorb these chemicals, which raises concerns about the possible effects on people and animals that consume the PPCP-containing plants (Environ. Sci. Technol., DOI: 10.1021/es1011115).
Read article on the Chemical & Engineering News website (United States)

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Political News

August 17, 2010

Oettinger under fire for failing to disclose side activities
EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger is under fire as public prosecutors in Stuttgart examine whether he lied in his declaration of interests about secondary sources of income. Oettinger is the only commissioner to have changed his declaration – and he has been forced to do so twice. EurActiv Germany reports. Charges were made against Oettinger by German management consultant Andreas Frank. According to stern.de, prosecutors are checking whether he lied in his affidavit, as that would constitute a criminal offence. Each of the EU's 27 commissioners has to make a declaration of his or her external activities before taking office. Oettinger has made this declaration three times to date, yet the third attempt still contains gaps.
Read article at euractiv.com
Comment: No stranger to controversy, Oettinger is well known in Germany for having given a eulogy in which he openly praised the Nazi lawyer Hans Filbinger. Instead of describing Filbinger as the Nazi criminal that he was, Oettinger attempted to portray him as an opponent of the Nazi regime. Nevertheless, despite knowing full well that Oettinger had seemingly attempted to revise the history of Filbinger’s Nazi past, German Chancellor Angela Merkel still went on to nominate him as Germany’s European Commissioner, which led to his becoming European Commissioner for Energy in 2010.

August 16, 2010

Mankind is using up global resources faster than ever
The growing world population and increasing consumption has pushed the world into ‘eco-debt’ a month earlier this year, according to the latest statistics on global resources. Think tank the New Economics Foundation (NEF) look at how much food, fuel and other resources are consumed by humans every year. They then compare it to how much the world can provide without threatening the ability of important ecosystems like oceans and rainforests to recover. This year the moment we start eating into nature's capital or ‘Earth Overshoot Day’ will fall on 21st August, a full month earlier than last year, when resources were used up by 23rd September.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

August 13, 2010

British Medical Experts Seek Kelly Suicide Inquest, London's Times Reports
A group of leading U.K. medical experts want a full inquest into the death of David Kelly, a Ministry of Defence scientist named by Tony Blair’s government as the source of a leak saying the official dossier justifying the Iraq war had been “sexed up,” according to a letter published in the London-based Times today.
Kelly, a former weapons inspector, was found dead in a wood near his home in 2003 after the government disclosed he was the source of a leak expressing anger within the intelligence service over the way Iraqi arms data had been used to justify the Anglo-American invasion that toppled President Saddam Hussein.
The group, including two coroners and an intensive care specialist, said in their letter it was “extremely unlikely” that Kelly had bled to death from a slit wrist.
Read article at Bloomberg.com
Comment: Some reports suggest that Kelly had been writing a book exposing highly damaging government secrets before his mysterious death and was intending to reveal that, weeks before the British and American invasion, he had warned British Prime Minister Tony Blair there were no weapons of mass destruction anywhere in Iraq. The reports also suggest Kelly was planning to lift the lid on his own secret dealings in germ warfare with the apartheid regime in South Africa.

August 11, 2010

EU envoy to US flaunts new powers
The EU's new ambassador to the US, Joao Vale de Almeida, has underlined the new powers conferred on EU envoys by the Lisbon Treaty while taking up his post in Washington. In a series of interviews to US-based press on Tuesday (10 August), the ambassador noted that he is empowered to speak on behalf of EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy, EU Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso and EU member states.
Read article at euobserver.com
Comment: Whilst Joao Vale de Almeida and the Brussels EU elite may pretend they are representing the interests of European citizens, it is becoming increasingly clear that EU countries are less than comfortable with the new division of power that has been created under the EU’s Lisbon Treaty. The following comment from the above article, by an unnamed veteran EU diplomat, is particularly notable in this respect: "What you see in the big emerging countries and in the US, is that each [EU] country defends its privileged relationship. When you talk to the Chinese or to the Indians they say: 'Yes, we have this EU summit once a year. But for the rest of the time, each of your countries comes and says the EU is not important'."

July 7, 2010

New EU mass surveillance project revealed
Statewatch, the civil liberties body that monitors the EU, has gained access to Council of Ministers Conclusions that reveal that Brussels now wants law enforcement agencies in its member countries to build lists of political activists as part of a 'systematic data collection'. Those responsible in the member countries for acquiring the information on 'agents of radicalisation' have been sent by the EU a 'data compilation instrument' that includes a list of 70 questions they are requested to answer. This involves discovering who the targeted activists socialise with, family members, psychological traits, religious affiliation, activities, economic status, and, very revealingly, 'oral comments' - presumably ascertained through phone taps - they have made on political issues (Guardian, June 8, 2010).
Read blog entry by Marc Glendening on the Democracy Movement 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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