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January 4, 2011

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Natural Health News

December 21, 2010

Exercise and vitamin D help to prevent falls in seniors
A systematic review of over 50 clinical trials finds that exercise and Vitamin D supplements are the best ways to reduce the risk of falling in people aged 65 and over. The review is published in the December 21 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine and was commissioned by the US Preventive Services Task Force.
Read article at physorg.com

December 21, 2010

Prenatal micronutrient supplementation boosts children's cognition in Nepal
In developing countries where iron deficiency is prevalent, prenatal iron-folic acid supplementation increased offspring intellectual and motor functioning during school age, according to researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. They examined the intellectual and motor functioning of children whose mothers received micronutrient supplementation during pregnancy and found that aspects of intellectual functioning including working memory, inhibitory control, and fine motor functioning were positively associated with prenatal iron and folic acid supplementation. The results are published in the December 22/29 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Read article at physorg.com

December 20, 2010

Garlic may help protect against osteoarthritis: Study
A diet high in allium vegetables, such as garlic, onions and leeks, may help lower the risk osteoarthritis, according to new research from King's College London.
Read article at nutraingredients.org

December 17, 2010

Beetroot juice could help people live more active lives
New research into the health benefits of beetroot juice suggests it's not only athletes who can benefit from its performance enhancing properties – its physiological effects could help the elderly or people with heart or lung-conditions enjoy more active lives.
Read article at physorg.com
Comment: Other research on beetroot juice suggests it can promote brain health in older adults, boost performance and endurance during athletic activity, and significantly reduce blood pressure.

December 16, 2010

Supplements and sunlight give optimal protection from breast cancer: Study
Some sun exposure and vitamin D supplements may be the most effective means of reducing the risk of breast cancer, suggest findings from a French study.
Read article at nutraingredients.org

December 16, 2010

Folic Acid Found to Help Auditory Health
Presbycusis, also known as age-related hearing loss, occurs in most individuals as they grow older. The Deafness Research Foundation states that 30-35 percent of adults between the ages of 65 and 75 years and 40-50 percent of people 75 and older have presbycusis, with an estimated total of 28 million Americans suffering from presbycusis. Now a new study has found that folic acid may help auditory health.
Read article on the website of the Natural Health Research Institute (USA)

December 9, 2010

Astaxanthin Found to Help Cell and Immune System Health in Women
Astaxanthin is one of the most common antioxidants found in the red pigment of crustacean shells (crabs, shrimp), and salmon. Now a new study has found that axtaxanthin can help benefit both cell and immune system health.
Read article on the website of the Natural Health Research Institute (USA)

November 29, 2010

The Alternative Approach: Vitamin K May Help in Treating Osteoarthritis
We know that eating green vegetables is good for health, but it might also be an important factor in the prevention of arthritis of the knee. Recent medical research suggested that vitamin K, found in leafy, green vegetables, has a significant role in the prevention of osteoarthritis.
Read article on the website of the Natural Health Research Institute (USA)

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

December 27, 2010

Scandal of the deadly diabetes drug subsidised by French state
French politicians of both the right and left are facing severe embarrassment and legal recriminations with the forthcoming publication of an official report on what could become the worst health scandal in the country's history.
Read article in The Independent (UK)
Comment: Despite repeated warnings from scientists around the world, a deadly pharmaceutical drug, Mediator, was prescribed to 5 million French people. Successive French health ministers ignored scientific advice that the drug – produced by the French pharmaceutical giant, Servier, a company well known for its cult of secrecy and close relations with French politicians – was at best useless, and at worst highly dangerous. In all, the drug is now suspected to have killed 2,000 people. Notably, therefore, it has emerged that French President Nicolas Sarkozy – who, in 2004, coerced the marriage between French pharmaceutical dwarf Sanofi and Swiss/German drug giant Aventis/Hoechst – previously worked for Servier as a lawyer.

December 21, 2010

Servier Diabetes Drug Linked To 2,000 Deaths?
Just one month after a diabetes drug called Mediator - which had been used for decades but was banned only a year ago over links to heart-valve damage - is now being linked to between 1,000 and 2,000 deaths. The tally is up considerably from approximately 500 deaths that were mentioned when French regulators first disclosed warnings just a month ago (back story).
Read article at pharmalot.com

December 21, 2010

Acid Suppressive Medication May Increase Risk of Pneumonia
Using acid suppressive medications, such as proton pump inhibitors and histamine2 receptor antagonists, may increase the risk of developing pneumonia, states an article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).
Read article at sciencedaily.com

December 19, 2010

Med Schools Flunk at Keeping Faculty Off Pharma Speaking Circuit
As medical schools wrestle with how to keep drug companies from corrupting their faculties, Stanford University is often lauded for its tough stance. The school was one of the first to stop sales representatives from roaming its halls in 2006. It cut off the flow of free lunches and trinkets emblazoned with drug names. And last year, in a blow to its physicians’ wallets, Stanford banned them from giving paid promotional talks for pharmaceutical companies. One thing it didn’t do was make sure its faculty followed that rule. A ProPublica investigation found that more than a dozen of the school’s doctors were paid speakers in apparent violation of its policy—two of them earning six figures since last year.
Read article at propublica.org (USA)

December 17, 2010

What 20 Years Of Pharma Fraud Has Wrought
Once upon a time, defense contractors were considered the biggest hucksters. You know, the US Defense Department would pay $10 for a pencil. Now, though, drugmakers have surpassed every other industry when it comes to defrauding the US government, according to a new analysis by Public Citizen, which calls for stiffer penalies and increased criminal prosecution of pharma execs. The findings: Of 165 settlements comprising $19.8 billion in penalties during the past 20 years, 73 percent of the settlements and 75 percent of the penalties - representing $14.8 billion - have occurred in just the past five years. And four drugmakers - GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Eli Lilly, and Merck’s Schering-Plough -accounted for 53 percent, or $10.5 billion, of all financial penalties.
Read article at pharmalot.com

December 16, 2010

Why do Americans have such poor health?
In order to understand the current status of medical care in the U.S., Canada and Europe it is vital to understand that health care in these 3 regions is nearly completely under the control of the pharmaceutical industry. All major pharmaceutical firms have interlocking boards of directors so there is no real competition among these companies. In the United States the primary function of the Federal Drug Administration is to ensure the profitability of pharmaceutical firms, chemical firms and large agricultural conglomerates.
Read article at newswithviews.com

December 16, 2010

Chantix, Prescription Drugs And Violent Acts
For years, there were contentious debates about links between certain prescription meds, notably antidepressants, and suicidal behavior. Now, the focus is turning to violent behavior directed toward others. And a new study is linking 31 widely prescribed drugs - most notably, the Chantix anti-smoking pill - with 1,527 serious acts of violence, such as physical abuse, physical assault and homicide.
Read article at pharmalot.com

December 9, 2010

New Study Shows Higher Mortality Risk at For-Profit Dialysis Chains
Patients treated at dialysis clinics run by the largest U.S. for-profit chains have a higher risk of death than patients treated by the biggest nonprofit chain, a study released today in the journal Health Services Research concludes. The outcome gaps are substantial: Patients at the largest for-profit chain were found to have a 19 percent higher risk of death than patients receiving care at the nonprofit; at the second-largest chain, the risk was 24 percent higher.
Read article at propublica.org
Comment: Dr. Rath, Dr. Niedzwiecki and our Foundation have long recognized that in the world of the pharmaceutical business with disease, the interests of patients come a very poor second behind the twin driving forces of profit and the accumulation of wealth for investors. This is why our Foundation is set up as a registered non-profit organization. Our money is used to support research work on scientifically based natural therapies and educational work about the business practices of the pharmaceutical industry. The pharmaceutical industry has nothing with which to counter the scientific strength of our independent research and the moral integrity of our non-profit status. Increasingly, therefore, it is relying on representatives in the media, in medicine and in politics to carry out shady legal tricks and well-funded public defamation campaigns with the goal of halting our progress. Ultimately, however, the pharmaceutical industry will be replaced by a New Global Healthcare System, based not on patented synthetic chemical drugs but on scientific breakthroughs in the areas of vitamin research and cellular health. Just as importantly, the practice of healthcare in this new global system will be organized to put people – not profits – first.

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GMO News

December 25, 2010

Legal action considered over GM contamination
Western Australia's organic farming community is rallying behind a grower whose property has been contaminated by genetically modified crops. Stephen Marsh has received confirmation that about 70 per cent of his Kojonup farm has been contaminated by GM canola. He says he is not sure whether he'll be able to regain status as an organic grower and is considering legal action. The state president of the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Kim Hack, says Mr Marsh has the support of farmers across the state.
Read article on the ABC News website (Australia)

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Other Health-related News

December 27, 2010

Lack of vitamin D at birth may increase respiratory infection risk
Here's more evidence to add to research from earlier this year that pregnant women need more vitamin D: A study led by Dr. Carlos Camargo, Jr., of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, finds that newborns with low levels of cord-blood 25-hydroxyvitamin D (a measure of overall vitamin D status) had a greater risk of respiratory infection than those who had higher levels.
Read article at cnn.com

December 21, 2010

European Commission reneges on assistance to European herbal practitioners
Pressure from European Union (EU) citizens forced a recent meeting between Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and the European Commission (EC) to discuss the impact of the EC’s directive on herbal medicines which will be fully implemented EU-wide as of 1 May 2011. Unfortunately, the meeting, held at the European Parliament on the 29th November 2010, showed how unwilling the EC is to follow through on a pledge it made back in 2008. The pledge was made in the Commission’s report (COM(2008) 584 final) on its first four years of experience with the herbal directive, known as the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive. In the report, the Commission specifically recognised that the directive was not suitable for holistic traditions, such as Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Crucially, it also indicated it would consider the feasibility of an entirely new regulatory framework for such traditions.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website
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. To learn the revealing facts about the political origins of the Brussels EU, click here.

December 19, 2010

US water has large amounts of likely carcinogen: study
A US environmental group has found that drinking water in 35 American cities contains hexavalent chromium, a probable carcinogen, The Washington Post reported Sunday. The study by the Environmental Working Group -- the first nationwide analysis measuring the presence of the chemical in US water systems -- is to be made public on Monday, the daily reported. The group found hexavalent chromium in the tap water of 31 out of 35 cities sampled. Of those, 25 had levels that exceeded the goal proposed in California, which has been trying aggressively to reduce the chemical in its water supply.
Read AFP news report at yahoo.com

December 16, 2010

Global Vitamin D Maps In Development As Concern Increases Over Widespread Vitamin D Deficiency In Asia
Bone health experts attending the 1st Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting in Singapore this week have flagged vitamin D deficiency as a major concern in the region, particularly in South Asia where the problem is especially severe and widespread across the entire population. Dr. Nikhil Tandon, Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences of New Delhi, India highlighted the results of various studies which show severe deficiency across India and Pakistan in all age groups, as well as insufficiency in populations of South-East and East Asia.
Read article at medicalnewstoday.com

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Political News

December 26, 2010

Reich Bureaucrats Seen in a New Light
BERLIN — It’s eerily quiet in the depths of the German Foreign Ministry, where tens of thousands of documents are filed away in narrow drawers. The documents consist of telegrams and reports filed by German ambassadors from all over the world as well as from diplomats based in Berlin. One document on display tells of the Wannsee Conference in 1942. There, in a villa in southern Berlin, a group of top Nazi officials drew up plans for the “final solution of the Jewish question.” They involved the deportation of the Jewish population of Europe and the French colonies of North Africa, including Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, to German-occupied areas in Eastern Europe, where they were to be murdered. Jews were also forcibly conscripted into labor camps for building roads and other projects. What is coming to light now — and causing a major debate in Germany over the past few weeks — is the active involvement by Nazi Germany’s civil servants in the annihilation of Jews. For decades, bodies like the Foreign Ministry and the Finance Ministry managed to make the public believe they had been relatively “clean” during the Nazi years.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)
Comment: After being covered up for over sixty years, these revelations have clearly not been published by accident. To read the book that prompted their release, 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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