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September 22, 2010

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Natural Health News

September 15, 2010

Eating broccoli could guard against arthritis
Scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) are launching a groundbreaking new project to investigate the benefits of broccoli in the fight against osteoarthritis. Initial laboratory research at UEA has found that a compound in broccoli called sulforaphane blocks the enzymes that cause joint destruction in osteoarthritis - the most common form of arthritis. Broccoli has previously been associated with reduced cancer risk but this is the first major study into its effects on joint health.
Read article at physorg.com

September 13, 2010

Blueberries show anti-diabetic potential: Study
A daily smoothie containing bioactive ingredients from blueberry increased sensitivity to insulin, and may reduce the risk of developing diabetes in at-risk people, says a new study. Obese, non-diabetic, and insulin-resistant participants who consumed a blueberry smoothie daily for six weeks experienced a 22 percent change in insulin sensitivity, compared to only 4.9 percent in the placebo group, state findings published in the Journal of Nutrition.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com
Comment: Additional research suggests that blueberries can improve cardiovascular health; counteract intestinal diseases; boost memory in older adults; increase attention span and reverse memory loss.

September 13, 2010

ACE vitamins may reduce colon cancer risk: Study
Supplementation with vitamins A, C, and E is “strongly associated” with lower levels of colon cancer, according to a new study. The research, published in the journal Cancer Causes Control, claims that supplementation with multivitamins, especially those containing vitamins A, C, E, and folate are linked to lower risks of colon cancer. “Total intakes of vitamins A, C, and E were associated with 24–30 percent lower risks of colon cancer…,” wrote the researchers, led by Dr. Stephanie Smith-Warner, associate professor of nutritional epidemiology at Harvard Medical School.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

September 9, 2010

Vitamin 'may help prevent' spina bifida
Scientists have begun a study to determine if an everyday vitamin supplement could help prevent one of Britain's most common birth defects. Every year about 100 children in the UK are born with spina bifida and other neural tube defects.
Prospective mothers are advised to take folic acid as a way of preventing the condition. However, scientists think the vitamin inositol, taken with folic acid, may be more effective at preventing defects.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

September 9, 2010

Omega-3, vitamins C and E may boost pancreatic health
Increased intakes of omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins C and E may reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer by over 30 percent, suggests new research. Data from residents in the San Francisco Bay Area found that consuming at least 850 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids per day was associated with a 53 percent reduction in the risk of pancreatic cancer, compared to intakes of between 330 and 580 milligrams per day. According to findings published in the International Journal of Cancer, benefits were also observed for intakes of vitamin C and E, the highest average intakes associated with 31 and 33 percent reductions, respectively, compared with the lowest average intakes.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.org

September 8, 2010

Vitamin B treatment could delay onset of Alzheimer's – study
Vitamin B could prove to be a revolutionary weapon against age-related memory loss and Alzheimer's, the results of a groundbreaking study suggest. The research showed that large daily doses of B vitamins can halve the rate of brain shrinkage in elderly people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a precursor to Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Brain atrophy, which is a natural part of ageing, is known to happen faster in people with MCI who go on to develop Alzheimer's. The British-led scientists believe the vitamin treatment could delay or even prevent development of the disease.
Read article in the Yorkshire Evening Post (UK)
Comment: Briefing journalists in London, Professor David Smith, one of the study leaders, admitted it had been difficult to get the findings published because they challenged conventional thinking. "Dogma is so strong in science, and there's money involved, lets face it," he explained. Significantly, therefore, when asked if he would choose vitamin treatment if he was diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment, he confessed: "Yes, no hesitation. I would take it." Smith’s confidence in his findings echoes that of John Hough, one of the elderly patients who took part in the trial. Speaking in the UK’s Daily Mirror newspaper, 80-year-old Hough, who, following the end of the study, has resumed taking large doses of B vitamins, said that his personal experience of using the supplements backs the study findings. To read the study, click here

September 8, 2010

Swine flu milder than seasonal flu, vitamin D helps prevent both
A new study in the September 8 issue of Journal of American Medical Association suggests that the 2009 pandemic swine flu virus H1N1 had lower risk of most serious complications compared to recent seasonal flu strains. Another study suggests vitamin D can be better than influenza vaccine at preventing flu.
Read article at foodconsumer.org

September 8, 2010

More calcium and vitamin D may aid weight management
Increasing intakes of calcium and higher blood levels of vitamin D may boost weight loss, suggest findings from a two-year clinical trial. Average calcium intakes of 580 milligrams per day and blood levels of vitamin D of 30.2 nanograms per milliliter were associated with 5.3 kg weight loss over the two years of intervention, according to findings published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Lower calcium intakes of just 156 milligrams and blood levels of vitamin D of 14.5 nanograms per milliliter were also associated with improvements in body weight (loss of 3.3 kilograms over two years).
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

September 7, 2010

Low vitamin D linked to schizophrenia
Babies born with low vitamin D levels are twice as likely to develop schizophrenia later in life, researchers from the Queensland Brain Institute have found. But the researchers say the good news from the study is that it suggests it may be possible to prevent schizophrenia, which affects almost 200,000 Australians.
Read article on the website of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
Comment: The lead author of this study, Professor John McGrath from the Queensland Brain Institute, says vitamin D supplements may prove an effective way to prevent schizophrenia. To read the study abstract, click here

September 3, 2010

Small babies need iron supplements, say Swedish researchers
Recommendations should change so that babies born with marginally low birth weight received iron supplements, suggests new research from Sweden. Marginally low birth weight babies who received iron supplements up to the age of 6 months did not develop iron deficiency or anaemia, according to findings published in the journal Pediatrics.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

September 10, 2010

Peril of sleeping pill: Research shows tablets lower life expectancy
Research has revealed the peril of the sleeping pill, with those taking tablets a third more likely to die prematurely than those who drift off unaided.
Read article on the Metro online website (UK)

September 8, 2010

Wyeth And Its Ghostwriting Practices
Two years ago, an investigation disclosed that Wyeth used a ghostwriting firm to generate material used to promote its hormone replacement therapies. By then, of course, the meds were linked to breast cancer in the 2002 Women’s Health Initative study. But the disclosure prompted a US Senate probe and has since been widely cited as an instance in which pharmaceutical marketing corrupted the process by which legitimate medical info is supposed to be disseminated (background). But just how extensive was the Wyeth ghostwriting? Well, between 1997 and 2003, a firm hired by Wyeth called DesignWrite generated more than 50 peer-reviewed publications, more than 50 scientific abstracts and posters, journal supplements, internal white papers, slide kits, and symposia to promote its Premarin and Prempro meds. There were other firms, but DesignWrite was used most often and was paid between $20,000 and $25,000 for each of 20 review articles (you can read the publication plan for low-dose Prempro here, for instance).
Read article at pharmalot.com

August 30, 2010

Research Integrity: Don't Mess With the DSMB
An editorial in The New England Journal of Medicine, by its editor Jeffrey M. Drazen, M.D., and Alastair J.J. Wood, M.D. calls attention to the fact that pharmaceutical companies have tampered with the independent function of the DSMB (data safety monitoring board), and have planted promotional reports in the NEJM - and other scientific journals - thereby undermining the integrity of "the whole clinical-trial enterprise."
Read article on the website of the Alliance for Human Research Protection (AHRP) (USA)

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GMO News

September 9, 2010

European Commission snubs MEPs questions about GMOs
Scottish Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe MEP George Lyon has received a response from the European Commissioner John Dalli following his asking three probing questions on GMOs in the European Parliament. He asked the questions in July and his concerns related particularly to the European Commission’s decision to delegate responsibility for decisions on cultivation back to the Member States. This is a matter which has caused much consternation and confusion throughout Europe, and the issue is crying out for clarification. The answer he got typifies the stock ‘politicians non-answers’ provided so frequently when governmental policy is questioned. We should perhaps not be surprised given the apparent determination now, by the EU and some European Member States, to go full steam ahead with GMO approval in Europe.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website

September 8, 2010

Genetically Modified China
Multinational biotech companies have a strong presence in China with many GMOs approved for import and processing; and transgene contamination is inevitable.
Read article by Prof. Joe Cummins on the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

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Other Health-related News

September 16, 2010

High levels of cholesterol said better for longevity
The Japan Society for Lipid Nutrition has drawn up new guidelines stating that high cholesterol levels are better for living longer, defying conventional wisdom.
Read article at physorg.com
Comment: Dr. Rath has long since shown that “conventional wisdom” regarding cholesterol is wrong. As he explains in his groundbreaking book, “Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks … But People Do!”, elevated levels of cholesterol in the blood are not the primary cause of atherosclerosis, heart attacks and strokes. Instead, the primary cause of human cardiovascular disease is a deficiency of vitamin C. As such, rather than requiring the use of dangerous statin drugs, the fact is that high cholesterol levels can be eradicated naturally. So far as the Japan Society for Lipid Nutrition’s new guidelines are concerned, however, the knowledge that higher cholesterol levels are better for longevity has, in reality, been available for 20 years. Nevertheless, the further spreading of this important information will doubtless assist in the further widening of a crucial hole in the leaking ship of the cholesterol "business with disease". Damaged beyond repair, its eventual sinking – and replacement by a New Global Healthcare System, based on scientific breakthroughs in the areas of vitamin research and cellular health – is now inevitable.

September 16, 2010

Low vitamin D again linked to higher mortality in heart patients
Low levels of vitamin D have again been linked with reduced survival rates in patients with heart failure. The study, conducted at the University Medical Center, Groningen, in the Netherlands, also suggested that low levels of vitamin D are associated with activation of the Renin Angiotensin System (RAS – a pivotal regulatory system in heart failure) and an altered cytokine profile.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

September 15, 2010

Cancer and Vitamin C: Evidence-Based Censorship
The very first paper in the Puerto Rico Health Sciences Journal's special issue on cancer condemns vitamin C therapy for cancer. (1) Furthermore, that Journal has refused publication of a letter correcting the article's numerous errors. We have therefore decided to provide OMNS readers with that rebuttal letter, below: It is entirely false to assert that we do not know how much vitamin C is effective against cancer. Indeed, the opposite is true: we do know, and we are failing our duty to patients when we fail to recommend vitamin C as adjunctive cancer therapy. There are many controlled studies that demonstrate that vitamin C is indeed effective against cancer, improving length of life and quality of life.
Read news release at orthomolecular.org
Comment: As this news release points out, it has been reported since the 1950s that cancer patients invariably have abnormally low levels of vitamin C. Significantly, therefore, many studies have since demonstrated that vitamin C and other nutrients are effective against cancer. Dr. Rath’s research, in particular, has shown that a specific combination of natural substances (vitamins, amino acids, polyphenols and other micronutrients) working in biological synergy can successfully control critical aspects of malignancy in the body. To encourage the Rico Health Sciences Journal to publish the facts, you should write directly to Luis M. Vil, its Editor-in-Chief, and Zoila Figueroa, its Secretary.

September 10, 2010

Pharma game plan revealed?
Does the latest B vitamin study suggesting reduced risk of Alzheimers uncover pharma’s sinister plot to nail the health food trade?
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website

September 10, 2010

Sunblock and computer games causing vitamin d deficiency
Paranoia about sun exposure and indoor lifestyles are causing life-threatening health problems for children due to vitamin D deficiency, a new study claims. Casualty departments are dealing with dozens of emergency cases where infants are having seizures as a direct result of not getting enough vitamin D, which is essential for healthy teeth and bones.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

September 7, 2010

Wikipedia’s Anti-Natural Health Slant
Wikipedia is the largest and most popular reference site on the Internet. Yet the articles that are pro-health freedom or integrative medicine perspectives are consistently gutted, removed, or vandalized. Wikipedia’s 16 million articles (over 3.3 million in English) have been written collaboratively by volunteers around the world, and almost all of its articles can be edited by anyone with access to the site. But it is also an open platform, one prone to sabotage or editing by people with a particular bias, and natural health entries are often the ones bashed the most. Consequently, millions of people who search for alternative medicine cannot find information that isn’t heavily biased toward conventional medicine and the pharmaceutical industry.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (USA) website
Comment: As we ourselves have been pointing out for a couple of years now, when you challenge the interests of the multi-billion dollar drug industry, the facts aren’t welcome on Wikipedia. Significantly, therefore, it turns out that the Wikimedia Foundation, of which Wikipedia is a project, is directly dependent upon support from super-wealthy benefactors with connections to the pharmaceutical investment business. One of the most notable of the Wikimedia Foundation’s supporters is the so-called “Open Society Institute”, founded by the multi-billionaire chairman of Soros Fund Management LLC, George Soros. As such, whilst we would certainly not dissuade anybody from attempting to edit and improve Wikipedia’s articles on natural medicine, our own experience suggests that they would be well advised not to expect its strong pro-pharmaceutical bias to change anytime soon. 

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Political News

September 15, 2010

EU bid for more rights at UN suffers surprise defeat
The European Union suffered a defeat at the United Nations on Tuesday (14 September) in its attempt to win most of the rights enjoyed by fully-fledged UN members after other regional blocs said it was unfair that Europe would get a boost in its standing at the global body but not them. A UN General Assembly resolution that sought to allow European Council President Herman Van Rompuy to address the UN chamber - no differently from US President Barack Obama or Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmedinejad - was narrowly defeated after a majority of nations voted to delay debate on the matter. The resolution would also have awarded the EU, which currently only carries observer status at the UN, the right to make proposals and submit amendments, the right of reply, the right to raise points of order and the right to circulate documents.
Read article at euobserver.com
Comment: Countries in other regions of the world are becoming increasingly aware of the EU’s game plan for the 21st Century - namely, on behalf of the Oil and Drug Cartel, to take control over the whole world. To learn about the Nazi roots of the Brussels EU, click here.

September 14, 2010

'Majority' of Britons want to quit EU
A new YouGov poll shows a clear majority of British people would choose to leave the EU in a referendum.
Read article at the parliament.com

September 10, 2010

EU commission 'interfered' in run-up to Lisbon vote
New data allegedly shows how the European commission "interfered" in the run-up to last year's Irish referendum on the Lisbon treaty. The data was collated by Open Europe, a UK-based eurosceptic think-tank, which campaigns for British withdrawal from the EU. It says the statistics reveal how the executive "sought to sell the Lisbon treaty, especially to Irish journalists" via a series of meetings, seminars and other events. Stephen Booth, a researcher with Open Europe, said, "There was clearly a concerted effort to reach all Irish media before the referendum, which makes a mockery of the commission's claim that it would not interfere in what was a national referendum."
Read article at theparliament.com
Comment: On Friday, 2nd October 2009, the people of Ireland voted - for the second time in less than eighteen months - on the so-called ‘Lisbon Treaty’.
Previously, in June 2008, they had voted a decisive ‘No’ to this undemocratic treaty, thus mirroring the decisions of the French and Dutch electorates who had voted against the EU Constitution - with which the treaty shares 96 percent of its content - in 2005. Following unlawful political interference from the EU Commission; widespread threats and lies to the Irish electorate - including propaganda that a ‘No’ vote would condemn Ireland to economic isolation; corporate interference from the likes of Ryanair (who spent half a million euros campaigning for a ‘Yes’), Intel (who spent several hundred thousand) and multi-billion euro drug company Pfizer (who openly warned of a “flight of capital” from Ireland if it voted ‘No’) - plus, not least of all, the blatant sweeping away of Ireland’s guidelines on media impartiality, it is difficult to come to any conclusion other than that the second vote was subject to widespread interference.

September 5, 2010

Mafia cash in on lucrative EU wind farm handouts - especially in Sicily
An ill wind is blowing over Italy's green revolution, as the Mafia seek to capitalise on generous grants for renewable energy. They rise up high above the sun-scorched countryside, looking out over hilltop villages, palm trees, neatly-tended vineyards and olive groves. But for all their promises of a clean, green future, Italy's windfarms have now acquired a somewhat dirtier whiff - as the latest industry to be infiltrated by the country's mobsters. Attracted by the prospect of generous grants designed to boost the use of alternative energies, the so-called "eco Mafia" has begun fraudulently creaming off millions of euros from both the Italian government and the European Union.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)
Comment: Regular visitors to our websites may recall that, in 2008, we asked whether the Mafia has taken over in Brussels. With the mafia allegedly now cashing in on lucrative EU funding, some may argue that the answer to this question is no longer in any doubt.

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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