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October 15, 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

October 12, 2010

Passion fruit peel extract may improve knee health
Extracts from the peel of purple passion fruit may reduce measures of pain and stiffness in people suffering from knee osteoarthritis, says a new randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Writing in Nutrition Research, scientists from Iran, the USA, and New Zealand report that, according to scores on the widely accepted WOMAC scale, 60 days of supplementation with the passion fruit peel extract reduced pain and stiffness of the knees by about 18 percent.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

October 11, 2010

B vitamin may protect pilots’ DNA from damage
Increased intakes of niacin (vitamin B3) from the diet may protect against DNA damage in people exposed to ionizing radiation such as pilots, says a new study.
Read article at nutraingredients.com
Comment: The researchers say that their findings may be applicable not only to airline flight crews and astronauts in space flights, but also to frequent flyers in the general population. Other research, meanwhile, suggests that increased intakes of vitamins C and E and other antioxidants may similarly protect against DNA damage in people exposed to ionizing radiation.

October 6, 2010

Herbal remedies for anxiety found
Two herbal remedies used for centuries to alleviate anxiety have won the backing of scientists. Researchers found "strong evidence" that passion flower extract and kava both combat anxiety disorders. Pooled results from an analysis of 24 studies involving more than 2,000 participants also indicated that combinations of the amino acids L-lysine and L-arginine may be useful anxiety remedies.
Read UK Press Association news report at google.com

October 5, 2010

Coconut Oil and Alzheimer’s Disease
How worried should drug companies be about supplements eating into their monopoly profits? A lot—as this story will show. Please share it with anyone you know who is suffering from Alzheimer’s or is worried about it.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (USA) website

October 4, 2010

Are we getting enough vitamin D?
Researchers at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) are on a mission to find out if we need to supplement our diet with vitamin D. According to lead researcher, Dr Rachel Neale from QIMR, “There has been increasing scientific and media attention paid to the potential health benefits vitamin D, known as the sunshine vitamin. Adequate vitamin D levels are essential for maintaining good bone health. It may have other potential health benefits such as prevention of heart disease, colon, lung and several other cancers, multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia and diabetes among others.”
Read article at physorg.com

October 4, 2010

Exercise may reduce Alzheimer's disease brain changes
Walking, jogging and other forms of regular aerobic exercise may actually ward off the onset of Alzheimer’s disease pathology in the brain, suggests newly published research from Washington University in St. Louis.
Read article at physorg.com
Comment: Research is increasingly showing that, contrary to popular belief, there are things we can do to help prevent and treat Alzheimer’s and other forms of cognitive impairment. In addition to being more physically active and adhering to a Mediterranean-type diet, for example, taking micronutrients such as B vitamins, vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids have also been shown to be helpful. To read an overview of the most recent research and clinical studies about the health benefits of micronutrients in fighting Alzheimer's disease, click here.

October 4, 2010

Walnuts, walnut oil, improve reaction to stress
A diet rich in walnuts and walnut oil may prepare the body to deal better with stress, according to a team of Penn State researchers who looked at how these foods, which contain polyunsaturated fats, influence blood pressure at rest and under stress. Previous studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids -- like the alpha linolenic acid found in walnuts and flax seeds -- can reduce low density lipoproteins (LDL) -- bad cholesterol. These foods may also reduce c-reactive protein and other markers of inflammation.
Read article at physorg.com

October 2, 2010

Beet juice amps endurance during exercise
LONDON -- Experts said drinking beetroot juice could boost your performance and endurance during athletic activity. Exeter University researchers gave 15 male cyclists either beetroot juice or a placebo before a bike trip. Those who drank the beet juice could ride up to 20 percent longer.
Read article on the KABC-TV website (Los Angeles, USA)

October 2, 2010

Vigorous exercise reduces breast cancer risk in African-American women
Vigorous exercise of more than two hours per week reduces the risk of developing breast cancer in postmenopausal African-American women by 64 percent, compared to women of the same race who do not exercise, according to researchers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Read article at physorg.com

September 29, 2010

The cure for lung cancer may be in fish oil
High doses of omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish or fish oil or plant sources may help fight lung cancer, according to a case report published by researchers at the University of Nevada in the journal Nutrition and Cancer. Ron Pardini, biochemistry professor of the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station and colleagues helped his neighbor "D.H." with terminal lung cancer defeat his disease, which doctors said would kill the 78 year-old man in a few months. With high doses of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and low intake of omega-6 fatty acid known as linoleic acid, D.H. was still alive five years later at the time the report was published.
Read article at foodconsumer.org

September 29, 2010

Exercise could cut womb cancer risk by 30 percent
Women who regularly work up a sweat exercising have a 30 percent lower risk of developing endometrial cancer, a new study says. Researchers at the United States' National Cancer Institute analyzed 14 previous studies and found physical activity cuts the risk of endometrial cancer by 20 to 40 percent when compared to sedentary women.
Read article at physorg.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

October 6, 2010

IMS Health Forecasts Global Pharmaceutical Market Growth of 5-7 Percent in 2011, Reaching $880 Billion
The value of the global pharmaceutical market is expected to grow 5-7 percent in 2011, to US$880 billion, compared with a 4-5 percent pace this year, according to IMS Health.
Read press release on the IMS Health website
Comment: With the drug industry’s annual global sales now approaching 1 trillion dollars, there can be no doubt that the whole of humanity is being held to ransom. It is worth remembering this the next time someone asks you to donate money to a charity for research into new drug treatments for cancer and other chronic diseases. After all, with astronomical sales figures like these, the pharmaceutical industry is clearly not short of funds for research. To learn the facts about the drug industry – and understand why it constitutes the largest fraud in the history of mankind – click here.

October 2, 2010

U.S. admits its scientists infected Guatemalans with syphilis
Exposing a dark page in its history, the U.S. government acknowledged Friday that its scientists had infected hundreds of Guatemalans with syphilis in experiments conducted from 1946 to 1948 in "appalling violations" of medical ethics.
Read article on the St. Louis Today website (USA)
Comment: For anybody who has innocently been assuming that criminal experiments conducted by or on behalf of the pharmaceutical, chemical and weapons industries had ceased after those carried out by the IG Farben cartel during WWII, the above story provides definitive proof that this is not in fact the case. Worse still, nor is this latest example even an isolated incident. Between 1932 and 1972, for example, in the notorious “Tuskegee Experiment”, U.S. Public Health Service doctors secretly enticed around 400 poor black men into a study whose aim, unknown to the participants, was to observe the natural progression of untreated syphilis. For 40 years, the men were deliberately never told they had syphilis and were never treated for it. Similarly, in South-West England, scientists from Porton Down sprayed toxic chemicals into the air around Bristol in the early 1960s to analyze how they dispersed, with passers-by and lunchtime shoppers knowingly being exposed and used as guinea pigs. In other tests, British soldiers recruited as volunteers to test "cold remedies" at Porton Down were instead given forms of the sarin nerve agent developed by the Nazis in World War II. To help put a stop to current examples of such deceptions, such as the Pharma Cartel's AIDS Genocide, please support the Call for a Second Nuremberg Tribunal.

October 1, 2010

Female sexual dysfunction 'was invented by drugs industry'
Female sexual dysfunction – which is claimed to affect up to two thirds of women – is a disorder invented by the pharmaceutical industry to build global markets for drugs to treat it, it is claimed today. Drug companies have invested millions in the search for a female equivalent of Viagra, so far without success. But while doing so they have stoked demand by creating a buzz around the disorder they have created, according to Ray Moynihan, a lecturer at the University of Newcastle in Australia. Corporate employees worked with medical opinion leaders, ran surveys aimed at portraying the problem as widespread and helped create the diagnostic instruments to persuade women that their sexual difficulties deserved a medical label.
Read article The Independent (UK)
Comment: Research published in 2008 in the peer-reviewed journal Public Library of Science Medicine showed that U.S. pharmaceutical companies spend almost twice as much on marketing and promoting drugs than on research and development.

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GMO News

October 6, 2010

Argentina's Roundup Human Tragedy
Ten years of GM soy and glyphosate poisoning have escalated the rates of cancer and birth defects
Argentina has become a giant experiment in farming genetically modified (GM) Roundup Ready (RR) soy, engineered to be tolerant to Roundup, Monsanto’s formulation of the herbicide glyphosate. The Argentine government, eager to pull the country out of a deep economic recession in the 1990s, restructured its economy around GM soy grown for export, most of which goes to feed livestock in Europe. In 2009, GM soy was planted on 19 million hectares - over half of Argentina’s cultivated land - and sprayed with 200 million litres of glyphosate herbicide. Spraying is often carried out from the air, causing problems of drift.
Read article on the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

September 30, 2010

Italy regions push minister for official GM ban
Italy's regional farming heads agreed unanimously on Thursday to urge the agriculture minister to ban cultivation of genetically modified (GM) maize and potatoes, their coordinator on GM policy told Reuters.
Read news report at reuters.com

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Other Health-related News

October 12, 2010

About "Objections" to Vitamin C Therapy
In massive doses, vitamin C (ascorbic acid) stops a cold within hours, stops influenza in a day or two, and stops viral pneumonia (pain, fever, cough) in two or three days. It is a highly effective antihistamine, antiviral and antitoxin. It reduces inflammation and lowers fever. Administered intravenously, ascorbate kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. Many people therefore wonder, in the face of statements like these, why the medical professions have not embraced vitamin C therapy with open and grateful arms. Probably the main roadblock to widespread examination and utilization of this all-too-simple technology is the equally widespread belief that there must be unknown dangers to tens of thousands of milligrams of ascorbic acid. Yet, since the time megascorbate therapy was introduced in the late 1940's by Fred R. Klenner, M.D., there has been an especially safe, and extremely effective track record to follow.
Read news release at orthomolecular.org

October 6, 2010

Vitamin D deficiency rampant in patients undergoing orthopedic surgery, damaging patient recovery
Almost 50 percent of patients undergoing orthopedic surgery have vitamin D deficiency that should be corrected before surgery to improve patient outcomes, based on a study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City. Vitamin D is essential for bone healing and muscle function and is critical for a patient's recovery. The study appears in the October issue of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.
Read article at physorg.com

October 5, 2010

Putting to Rest Recent Codex Rumors
There’s nothing like a good conspiracy theory. But in the Internet age, conspiracies sometimes proliferate like weeds—and this one is false.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (USA) website
Comment: The latest Codex rumor concerns U.S. President Barack Obama’s signing of Executive Order 13544, establishing “The National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council.” According to some, this Executive Order "mandates that the US is adopting Codex Alimentarius". However, this claim is absurd. Firstly, the text of this Executive Order doesn't make any mention of Codex whatsoever. In addition, the Codex Alimentarius already consists of over 300 official global food standards, some of which originate from as long ago as 1966. Moreover, over the past 40 years or so, many of these standards have already been implemented into US law. As such, one has to ask what, precisely, the people making these claims mean when they state that 13544 "mandates that the US is adopting Codex Alimentarius". At a guess, we can only presume that they are referring to potential bans on supplements. If so, again, we note that the text of 13544 makes no mention whatsoever of restrictions on supplements or of anything that could be construed as such. In short, therefore, we are happy to reassure U.S. citizens that there is no truth in this claim.

October 2, 2010

Vitamin D levels lower in African-Americans
African-American women had lower vitamin D levels than white women, and vitamin D deficiency was associated with a greater likelihood for aggressive breast cancer, according to data presented at the Third AACR Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities.
Read article at physorg.com

October 1, 2010

More Americans taking vitamin D supplements, finds survey
The number of Americans taking vitamin D supplements has shot up over the past year, according to a new survey, suggesting that awareness of the vitamin has increased.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

October 1, 2010

Cancer threat in our houses
Millions of women face a greater risk of breast cancer because of man-made chemicals that are found in every home.
Read article in the Daily Express (UK)

September 27, 2010

Survey looking at vitamin D deficiency
Many New Zealanders may be blocking out the health benefits of sunshine and becoming vitamin D deficient, researchers say. Growing evidence of vitamin D deficiency, including the re-emergence of childhood rickets, has prompted two health researchers to conduct an online survey of mothers and health professionals to find out how much they know about the essential vitamin. "There is emerging evidence that sections of the New Zealand population, ranging from newborn babies to the elderly, are vitamin D deficient," Massey University Vitamin D Research Centre co-director Pamela von Hurst said.
Read article in The New Zealand Herald
Comment: Vitamin D deficiency is becoming a worldwide problem. In the United States, Canada, the UK and throughout the EU, for example, deficiencies of the vitamin are now widespread. Significantly, therefore, Anthony Norman, a distinguished professor emeritus of biochemistry and biomedical sciences and an international expert on vitamin D, notes that half the people in North America and Western Europe get insufficient amounts of vitamin D and that merely eating vitamin D-rich foods is not adequate to solve the problem. Elsewhere in the world, the problem is no less serious. Pregnant Arab women, for example, have an "extraordinarily high prevalence" of vitamin D deficiency, whilst India is also now home to a growing epidemic of vitamin D deficiency.

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Political News

October 12, 2010

EU commission guilty of 'maladministration'
The European ombudsman has said the commission is guilty of maladministration in an "access to documents" case. The case involves the long-running action initially raised by Friends of the Earth Europe which requested access to correspondence between the car industry and former EU industry commissioner Günter Verheugen.
Read article at theparliament.com

October 1, 2010

Trapped in the eurozone
For Ireland, Greece, Portugal and Spain, defaulting on their debt is no longer unthinkable
Only a brave person, or an appropriately paid official, would be optimistic about the future of the eurozone at present. Austerity has spread and there is a risk of long-term stagnation with high unemployment across Europe. Social tensions are on the rise, and frictions among member states will probably intensify. A taste of things to come was given by the marches and strikes organised by trade unions across the continent this week.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

September 29, 2010

Europe on strike over austerity measures
Europe has gone out on strike as protesters took to the streets of Spain, Belgium, Italy and Greece to demonstrate against tough austerity measures.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

September 29, 2010

EU lobby register blasted as wildly inaccurate
The European Commission has attracted fresh criticism over its fledgling EU lobby register, with new analysis suggesting that data for five out of the top 15 entries is likely to be inaccurate.
Read article at euobserver.com

September 16, 2010

Blackwater Spied for Disney, Monsanto, Royal Caribbean
Controversial private security firm Xe (nee Blackwater) has long had a checkered reputation. Now a new article in the leftist magazine The Nation says that in addition to its involvement in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Blackwater operated through a related firm called Total Intelligence Solutions to perform work for a range of American corporations with international dealings, including Monsanto, Chevron, Royal Caribbean cruises and Walt Disney.
Read article at aolnews.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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