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December 10, 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

December 2, 2010

Omega 3 Rich Foods Protect Seniors From Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
Seniors whose diets are rich in omega 3 fatty acids have a significantly lower risk of developing AMD (age-related macular degeneration) compared to other people of the same age, scientists revealed in the journal Ophthalmology.
Read article at medicalnewstoday.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

December 6, 2010

Serious side effects may surface long after cancer drug approval
Within 4 years of approval, 5 of 12 drugs reviewed earned a 'black box warning' from the FDA
NEW YORK — Serious and sometimes life-threatening side effects often go unreported until years after cancer drugs have been approved, Canadian researchers said Monday. Within four years of approval, five of the 12 drugs they looked at had earned a "black box warning" from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which approves new medications.
Read Reuters news report at msnbc.com
Comment: The “chemotherapy” drugs used in the treatment of cancer do kill cancer cells – but they also kill healthy cells too. That fact alone is bad enough, but it doesn’t stop there. Chemotherapy drugs are well-known to have serious side-effects, with many causing new cancers and new diseases – thus leading to the use of yet more drugs which in turn cause still further side effects. To learn the facts about chemotherapy drugs, click here.

December 3, 2010

Anti-epileptic drug 'doubles spina bifida risk in babies'
Epileptic women who take a popular drug to control their fits during pregnancy are more than twice as likely to give birth to a baby with spina bifida as those that don't, research shows. Those who took carbamazepine during the first three months of pregnancy were 2.6 times more likely to give birth to a baby with spina bifida, than those who took no anti-epileptic drug, the pan-European study of 98,000 births of babies with major defects found.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

November 30, 2010

AstraZeneca cancer drug carries toxic risks: FDA
An experimental drug developed by AstraZeneca to treat a rare form of thyroid cancer carries "substantial toxicity" risks, the US Food and Drug Administration warned Tuesday. Thirty-one percent of patients taking the drug, vandetanib, experienced serious side effects compared to 13 percent who did when taking a placebo. Side effects included a potentially dangerous skin rash known as Stevens-Johnson syndrome, strokes and lung disease.
Read article at physorg.com

November 29, 2010

US lethal injection drug faces UK export restrictions
Business Secretary Vince Cable has restricted the export of a drug used to execute prisoners in the United States. The decision, which reverses the UK government's previous position, came amid a legal battle over sodium thiopental manufactured in Europe. Mr Cable's lawyers had told the High Court they couldn't stop exports because the drug had legitimate uses. However, he changed that position after seeing evidence that the drug was only being exported for use on death row.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)
Comment: Whilst the legal action before the British courts has not definitively established the source of the sodium thiopental being exported to the U.S. for use in executions, U.S. officials have now admitted they obtained it from Britain. Thus far, however, they have refused to explain precisely how it got to the U.S. or who supplied it to them. Significantly, therefore, in California, a San Francisco judge has now ordered state officials to explain how they obtained fresh stocks of sodium thiopental given that is no longer available in the U.S. With the pharmaceutical industry already having been proven to have supplied the chemicals that killed tens of thousands of prisoners at the Auschwitz WWII concentration camp, it is high time that all modern-day drug companies selling drugs for use in executions are publicly exposed.

November 10, 2010

Novartis’ ‘smart-pill’ may be ‘watching you’ by 2012
Novartis says it plans to submit its microchip containing ‘smart-pill’ technology to European regulators within 18 months. The silicon and metal digestible sensor within the tablet, which is activated by stomach acid upon ingestion, is able to transmit data via wireless and Bluetooth connections to a patch worn by the patient, and from there, to a smartphone or a doctor’s computer.
Read article at in-pharmatechnologist.com
Comment: The pharmaceutical industry portrays itself as an industry fighting to prevent and eliminate diseases but, behind the pretext of this noble cause, it is demanding blind obedience from hundreds of millions of patients. As with the breath-monitoring device developed by researchers at the University of Florida and Xhale, some might argue that one of the long-term goals with these so-called “smart pills” could possibly be to force patients into taking patented chemical drug medicines by nullifying their medical and/or life insurance if it is discovered they have discontinued them.

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GMO News

December 1, 2010

Judge Orders Destruction of Genetically Modified Beets
A federal judge ordered the destruction last night of a batch of genetically modified sugar beets that he said had been planted illegally with the approval of the Agriculture Department.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

November 25, 2010

German legal victory a slap in the face to the genetic engineering industry
The genetic engineering (GE) free movement in Germany and all farmers, producers and consumers who don’t want GE on the fields and in the food have a big reason to celebrate!. The Federal Constitutional Court in Germany reaffirmed that the existing German GE law that handles the marketing and cultivation of GMOs in Germany is in line with their constitution. The Court also acknowledged the unknown long-term risks of GMOs.
Read article at greenpeace.org

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Other Health-related News

December 2, 2010

Tests suggest dementia may be linked with pesticide use
People exposed to pesticides for many years may be at greater risk of dementia. The warning comes from a study of 614 French vineyard workers whose mental functioning was tested over a period of up to six years between 1997 and 2003. Pesticides are suspected of causing a range of conditions from autism to cancer, but epidemiological evidence of their long-term effects has been been lacking. The new study is claimed to be the first to provide prospective data on potential neurological damage.
Read article in The Independent (UK)

December 1, 2010

Age-related hearing loss and folate in the elderly
Age-related hearing loss (ARHL), one of the four most prevalent chronic conditions in the elderly, is associated with low serum levels of folic acid, according to new research published in the December 2010 issue of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.
Read article at physorg.com

November 25, 2010

Germany Requires Doctor's Prescription for Common Herbs: EU Plans the Same
A common question about the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD) is what effect it will actually have. We need only look to Germany to see.
Read article at gaia-health.com
Comment: The Brussels EU “Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive,” passed in 2004, subjects natural herbal medicines to a prohibitively expensive registration procedure whereby all medicinal herbs not specifically granted a license are intended to be banned and removed from the European market. By trying to decimate the herbal sector in this way, the Brussels EU is aiming to eliminate a key threat to the financial interests of the multi-trillion dollar pharmaceutical investment business. As such, at a time when – based on dramatic advances in science-based natural health – the lives of millions of people suffering from cancer, heart disease and other common health conditions could be saved, the political stakeholders of the Drug Cartel are, once again, putting profit over life and threatening to become responsible for human suffering and death in genocidal proportions. If you live in Europe, please sign the 'Referendum for Natural Remedies' petition, which aims to guarantee all European citizens free access to scientifically based natural health remedies.

November 24, 2010

Exposure to Mercury From Dental Fillings Exceeds Safe Levels
– Millions at Risk Says New Report –
A new risk assessment report submitted by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology this month to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that mercury from dental fillings is estimated to cause 67.2 million Americans to exceed the Reference Exposure Level (REL) of 0.3 ug/m3 established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) in 1995. If the more protective REL of 0.03 ug/m3 established in 2008 by the California Environmental Protection Agency is used, then the current safe-dose is probably exceeded by 122.3 million Americans. Dental fillings referred to by dentists as "amalgam" or "silver" are actually 50% mercury. A 2006 Zogby poll indicated that 76% of Americans were not aware that silver fillings are half mercury.
Read news release at PRNewswire.com

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Political News

December 8, 2010

Ex PM Blair Recalled To Iraq War Inquiry
Tony Blair has been recalled to appear at Britain's inquiry into the Iraq War for the second time. The former Prime Minister is likely to give evidence at a public hearing in late January. It is thought Sir John Chilcot and his panel were concerned about gaps and possible inconsistencies in his evidence. Jack Straw, who was foreign secretary at the time of the invasion, cabinet secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell and Lord Turnball, his predecessor, have also been asked to return. Lord Goldsmith, the former attorney general, is among those the panel has asked to submit written evidence.
Read article on the Sky News website
Comment: Kofi Annan, the United Nations Secretary-General at the time of the 2002 invasion of Iraq, openly stated in 2004 that it was an illegal act that contravened the UN charter. Significantly, therefore, CNN reports that a total of 33 African nations now want Blair and former U.S. President George W. Bush to be prosecuted for the invasion. We fully support these calls. To read about the Complaint we submitted to the International Criminal Court in 2003, charging Blair, Bush 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.

December 2, 2010

Campaigners call for halt to 'privileged access' to EU
Campaigners have repeated their call for the European commission to halt the "privileged access" granted to the executive to "big business." The demand comes amid growing concern about the ongoing failure to introduce a mandatory register for the thousands of lobbyists in Brussels. At present, a register exists but it is purely voluntary, leading to claims that it is "totally ineffectual."
Read article at theparliament.com
Comment: Operating outside the basic principles of freedom and democracy, the Brussels EU – by definition – is a dictatorship. The power of the people to determine their government has been transferred to corporate interests. To learn the facts about the roots of the Brussels EU, 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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