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January 28, 2011

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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

January 24, 2011

Calcium plus vitamin D shows bone boosting benefits for teenage girls
Supplements of calcium and vitamin D may boost the bone health of girls undergoing puberty, and potentially reduce the risk of osteoporosis later in life, suggests a new study from Down Under. Australian researchers report that a supplement containing 800 mg of calcium and 400 IU of vitamin D3 produced significant increases in the bone density and strength of peripubertal female identical twins, compared with placebo. The study is published in the journal Osteoporosis International.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

January 19, 2011

Antioxidants may help men with fertility problems, study reveals
Review of studies suggests antioxidants improve couples' chances of conceiving if man has fertility problem
Couples who struggle to have a baby may be more likely to conceive if the man takes antioxidants, scientists say. The finding emerged from a major review of medical studies into the impact of antioxidant supplements on couples being treated at fertility clinics. A variety of antioxidants, including vitamin E, zinc and magnesium, appeared to improve couples' chances of conceiving if the fertility problem was known to lie with the man.
Read article in The Guardian (UK)

January 19, 2011

Eight-a-day may reduce heart disease risk by 22 percent: EPIC study
Eating more fruit and vegetables may reduce your risk of heart disease by up to 22 percent, according to a new study. The research, published in the European Heart Journal, analysed data from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) Heart study, finding that people consuming at least eight portions of fruit and vegetables a day have a 22 percent lower risk of dying from ischaemic heart disease (IHD) than those who consuming fewer than three portions a day.
Read article at nutraingredients.org

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

January 24, 2011

Heart Disease Treatment Cost to Triple to $818 Billion by 2030, Study Says
The medical bill for Americans with heart disease is expected to triple in the next two decades, increasing to $818 billion in 2030 as the population ages, according to the American Heart Association. The rising expense includes only the price of treatment, not the cost of lost time and productivity as patients and their partners miss work or other tasks, a policy paper published today in the association’s medical journal Circulation concluded. Heart disease now costs $273 billion a year in the U.S., or about 17 percent of the nation’s medical spending.
Read article at Bloomberg.com
Comment: Good health is the fundamental right of all human beings. However, and as the above article clearly illustrates, the current American healthcare system is increasingly at risk of being bankrupted by the multi-trillion dollar “business with disease.” With the costs of treating heart disease alone in the United States now expected to reach $818 billion within the next 20 years, the need to establish a new healthcare system, based upon safe and affordable scientific breakthroughs in the areas of vitamin research and cellular health, has never been more urgent. To learn how cardiovascular disease can be eradicated naturally through the use of vitamins and other nutrients, click here.

January 24, 2011

Cancer sufferers 'to be given chemotherapy at branches of Boots' in extraordinary shake-up of NHS
Cancer patients will receive chemotherapy at their local branch of Boots as part of a revolutionary shake-up of the NHS.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)
Comment: The UK government’s plan for toxic chemotherapy drugs to be administered to British cancer patients through the country’s National Health Service (NHS) in branches of Boots, a High Street pharmacy and retailer, is the latest in a long line of historical examples of drug industry profits taking precedence over human life. In the 1930s and 40s, the placing of profit over life by the IG Farben Oil and Drug Cartel resulted in the post-WWII Nuremberg Tribunal sentencing the conglomerate’s disgraced managers to prison. For the health and lives of almost seven billion people living on our planet today, as well as those of all future generations, the fraudulent business model of the modern-day “business with disease” needs to be terminated as soon as possible. To learn how you can help bring this about, click here. To learn how cancer can be eradicated naturally, without toxic chemotherapy drugs, click here.

January 21, 2011

Doctors criticise leukaemia drug study
Three Australian oncologists say cancer treatment research published in one of the world's most prestigious medical journals may have been compromised by a drug company that funded the study. They said publication of the research in The Lancet might have boosted the drug's perceived value to doctors and patients around the world, helping its manufacturer, Roche, make billions of dollars from the product. In a letter to The Lancet last year, Associate Professor Ian Haines, of Cabrini Hospital, Melbourne, and two colleagues said they were concerned that 27 of the 32 authors of the research, published last October, had potential conflicts of interest, given they had declared financial links to drug companies, including Roche, which funded the study. One of these 27 authors was a paid employee of the company.
Read article in the Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)

January 19, 2011

'Statins for all' – and billions for drug firms
Prescribing them to the healthy may not have saved lives, but it certainly made money
Back in 1975, Henry Gadsden, the chief executive of the drug company Merck, expressed his frustration that the market for his company's products was limited to those with some treatable illness. Ideally, he said, he would like to "sell to everyone". Three decades later, his dream would seem to have come true – epitomised by the most profitable class of drugs ever discovered, the cholesterol-lowering statins that are taken by an estimated seven million people in Britain, and tens of millions worldwide. Statins are frequently portrayed as the wonder drugs of our age, whose role in reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes prevents tens of thousands of deaths per year. But not according to the most recent review of the many trials investigating their effectiveness, published yesterday. It suggests that for three quarters of those taking them, they offer little or no value, while exposing millions to the hazard of undesirable side-effects.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

January 19, 2011

US warns of liver damage with heart drug
A heart drug by French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi-Aventis has been linked to liver damage in some patients, two of whom had to receive transplants, the US Food and Drug Administration said Friday.
Read article in The Independent (UK)

January 13, 2011

Health Advocacy Groups Take Drug Company Cash—Often Without Full Disclosures, Report Says
We’ve reported extensively on the ties between pharmaceutical companies and the physicians they fund to speak, consult and do research. But doctors aren’t the only ones taking money from drug companies—and they’re not the only stakeholders in the field of health whose public disclosures aren’t complete.
According to a new study in the American Journal of Public Health, not-for-profit health advocacy groups like the American Diabetes Association and the National Alliance on Mental Illness also get money from drug companies in the form of grants that—more often than not—aren’t disclosed by those groups.
Read article at propublica.org (USA)

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GMO News

January 21, 2011

Most EU states back trace GM in food imports: paper
A majority of European Union countries want to allow tiny traces of genetically modified (GM) material in food imports for human consumption, according to an internal EU briefing paper seen by Reuters on Friday.
Read news report at reuters.com

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Other Health-related News

January 24, 2011

Ban Neonicotinoid Pesticides to Save the Honeybee
Fresh evidence links neonicotinoid pesticides to death of the honeybee spurs calls for banning the pesticides.
Read report by Dr. Mae-Wan Ho on the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

January 20, 2011

Exclusive: Bees facing a poisoned spring
New kind of pesticide, widely used in UK, may be helping to kill off the world's honeybees
A new generation of pesticides is making honeybees far more susceptible to disease, even at tiny doses, and may be a clue to the mysterious colony collapse disorder that has devastated bees across the world, the US government's leading bee researcher has found. Yet the discovery has remained unpublished for nearly two years since it was made by the US Department of Agriculture's Bee Research Laboratory.
Read article in The Independent (UK)
Comment: Evidence from both Europe and the United States now suggests that pesticides produced by German chemical company Bayer are linked to the worldwide decline of the bee population.

January 20, 2011

Injectable vitamin C branded an “unapproved drug”
It is well known that vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a powerful antioxidant. Millions of people take additional vitamin C every day, in addition to what they already get in fresh foods like citrus or broccoli. It’s one of the most popular vitamin supplements, its many users relying on it to help them maintain health and particularly to ward off bacterial and viral diseases like the common cold and influenza. Decades of research by scientists such as Carl Pfeiffer and Abram Hoffer showed that high-dose vitamin C is an excellent treatment for conditions that are beyond the reach of conventional therapy, such as hepatitis and tuberculosis. Importantly, many orthomolecular practitioners use intravenous vitamin C (IV C) on cancer patients, and there have been reported cases of cancer seemingly being cured by IV C – most recently, the case of Alan Smith in New Zealand. So why has the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the USA suddenly decided that IV C is an “unapproved drug”, thereby adding new restrictions to its production?
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website

January 6, 2011

Eating junk food ‘can cause depression’
Eating junk food is not only bad for your waistline but also for your mental health, says a new study.
Read article in The Times of India

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Political News

January 21, 2011

George Galloway calls for former PM Tony Blair to face war crimes charge
George Galloway last night demanded that ex-Labour spin doctor Alistair Campbell and former PM Tony Blair should stand trial for war crimes. The Record columnist clashed with Campbell on the BBC's Question Time over the invasion of Iraq and the removal of Saddam Hussein from power.
Read article in the Daily Record (Scotland/UK)
Comment: Galloway, a former British MP, should be commended for his continuing to speak out on this issue. As regular readers of this website will be well aware, our organization has long taken a leading role in calling for Blair to stand trial for war crimes. To read about the Complaint we submitted to the International Criminal Court in 2003, charging Blair 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.

January 20, 2011

EU commission condemned over new 'ethics' code for ex-commissioners
A draft ethics code for former EU commissioners has been branded a "half measure" which will not end the "revolving door scandals." The commission’s new draft code of conduct is designed to address cases where former commissioners exploit their inside knowledge and contacts by taking up lobbying jobs for industry. But the campaign group, Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation in the EU (ALTER-EU), said the draft in its current form would not prevent commissioners from "going through the revolving door" in future.
Read article at theparliament.com

January 19, 2011

Greenpeace calls for 'green-powered' grid
A new Greenpeace report claims to demonstrate how Europe can switch to a smooth-running electricity grid powered almost entirely by green energy. The report, launched on Wednesday, says it shows for the first time what an "intelligent" grid for Europe by 2050 could look like. It says "smart grid management, control technology and a network of efficient transmission lines" can reliably balance the supply of variable renewable energy with demand across the continent, even when there is little wind and sun.
Read article at theparliament.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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