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February 18, 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

February 16, 2011

Take zinc to fight a cold, say scientists
The best way to shake off a cold is to take supplements of the trace metal zinc, scientists say today.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

February 14, 2011

Eating berries may lower risk of Parkinson's
New research shows men and women who regularly eat berries may have a lower risk of developing Parkinson's disease, while men may also further lower their risk by regularly eating apples, oranges and other sources rich in dietary components called flavonoids. The study was released today and will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 63rd Annual Meeting in Honolulu April 9 to April 16, 2011.
Read article at physorg.com

February 11, 2011

How much vitamin D do pre-teen girls need?
In the winter, pre-teen girls may need more vitamin D -- either from diet or supplements -- to have healthy bones, a new study says.
Read news report at reuters.com
Comment: Published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, this study proposes that teenage girls need a vitamin D intake of about 750 IU per day to have levels in their blood that allow for healthy bone growth. However, it is important to understand that it is not the intake of any one single nutrient that ensures optimum bone health, but the intake of a complete spectrum of various different micronutrients, including vitamins, minerals, amino acids and trace elements. This is why the approach of Dr. Rath and Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki at the Dr. Rath Research Institute concentrates upon the concept of nutrient synergy, a methodology which maximizes the health benefits of micronutrients because of the discovery they work best in "teams". For example, a clinical research study funded by the Dr. Rath Research Institute has shown that the healing time for bone fractures can be reduced by supplementation with an essential nutrient complex containing ascorbic acid, lysine, proline, and vitamin B6.

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

February 9, 2011

Pfizer Said to Pay $330 Million to Settle Prempro Lawsuits Claiming Cancer
Pfizer Inc. agreed to pay about $330 million to resolve claims that its Prempro menopause drug caused breast cancer, in the first large-scale settlements in eight years of litigation, two people familiar with the accords said. Pfizer, the world’s largest drugmaker, will settle more than 2,200 lawsuits alleging the company’s Wyeth unit hid Prempro’s cancer risks, the people said. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly about the accords. The cases settled for an average of about $150,000, the people said.
Read article at Bloomberg.com

February 3, 2011

Medical journal bans drug company ads
An Australian medical journal has "stopped all drug advertising forthwith" over concerns it could unduly influence doctors, and has called on similar publications to do the same. The journal of Emergency Medicine Australasia, which publishes the latest research and unique patient cases in the field of emergency medicine, has announced it will no longer carry advertisements paid for by pharmaceutical companies. Such advertising could "change the prescribing practices of doctors", said professors George Jelinek and Anthony Brown in a joint statement on Thursday. "It is time to show leadership and make a stand, and medical journals have a critical role to play in this," they said.
Read article in the Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)

January 25, 2011

Hormones Still Pushed, Still Dangerous
The medical press trumpeted again this month the shopworn pharmaceutical marketing message that menopausal hormones may be good for women, after all. This is at least the eighth time researchers have tried to resuscitate the lucrative therapy, which sank in 2002 when a government study found it caused the cancer and heart disease it was marketed to prevent. Wyeth, now Pfizer, had to close a plant and phase out 1,200 employees when the highly advertised hormone therapy nosedived.
Read article in the Huffington Post (USA)

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GMO News

February 15, 2011

Intense lobbying could enable unapproved GM crops to enter European food chain
Agribusiness accused of 'scaremongering' lobbying tactics as it pushes for the import of animal feed containing traces of unapproved genetically modified (GM) crops - using the guise of combating feed shortages
The EU is on the brink of allowing a raft of unapproved GM crops into the food chain as it prepares to lift restrictions on animal feed containing trace elements of GM crops.
Read article in The Ecologist (UK)

February 9, 2011

Honey Made Near Monsanto GM Maize May Face EU Limits
Beekeepers with hives close to fields of Monsanto Co. genetically modified maize can’t sell their honey in the European Union without regulatory approval, an adviser to the EU’s highest court said. The unintentional presence in honey “even of a minute quantity of pollen” from the maize is sufficient reason to restrict its sale, Advocate General Yves Bot of the European Court of Justice said in a non-binding opinion today. “Food containing material from a genetically modified plant, whether that material is included intentionally or not, must always be regarded as food produced” from modified plants, said Bot. The Luxembourg-based EU tribunal follows such advice most of the time. Rulings normally follow within six months of an opinion.
Read article at Bloomberg.com

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Other Health-related News

February 16, 2011

EU herb directive keeps consumers in the dark
Consumers across Europe will be denied the right to use the majority of herbal remedies currently available in health food stores and on the Internet when a new European law is fully implemented on 1st May 2011, according to data published today by the Alliance for Natural Health International (ANH-Intl). ANH-Intl has collated and released a list of the 79 herbal products registered for use in the UK by its medicines regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). The list, which is based on data taken from the MHRA’s website, shows that only 34 plant species are included out of a total of more than 1000 that are commonly used as medicinal herbs. The ban applies to any herbal product that is not registered by 1st May, and is a result of the full implementation of the EU Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD). Non-European herbal products will be hardest hit: so far, not a single herbal remedy used in the two biggest traditions, Ayurveda (from India) and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), has been approved. Nutritional supplements that include any non-approved medicinal herbs will also be banned.
Read press release on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website

February 15, 2011

Journal hails DSHEA as ‘milestone’ in US public health policy
The enactment of the Dietary Supplements Health and Education Act of 1994 (DHSEA) was a ‘milestone in the development of Public Health policy in the United States’, says the editorial in a special issue of Fitoterapia. The issue assembles the papers presented at the 2010 DSHEA Symposium, Chicago, IL, and starts with an editorial from Guido Pauli from the UIC/NIH Center for Botanical Dietary Supplements Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
“The event provided a timely and comprehensive account of multidisciplinary research on botanical dietary supplements, and was widely perceived as both an educational overview and inspiring communication,” explained Dr Pauli. In addition to hailing the contribution of DSHEA to the development of US public health policy, Dr Pauli highlights the key outcomes of the Act, including the definition of a dietary supplement as well as removing of dietary supplements from the category of food additives, and permitting the use of structure/function claims.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com
Comment: Throughout the 20th century, the health benefits of vitamins and other micronutrients have been strategically suppressed in the interest of the pharmaceutical investment business with patented drugs. In the United States, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994 fundamentally changed this situation and triggered an explosion of science-based natural health research and evidence about the health benefits of micronutrients in fighting disease. Over the past 15 years, this increase in awareness about natural health approaches has grown so dramatically that it is threatening the continuation of the pharmaceutical investment business. In this situation, the pharmaceutical lobby has launched an unprecedented attack on DSHEA. If you live in the United States, click here to send an email to your Senators and Representatives and ask them to protect your unrestricted access to vitamins and other natural health approaches.

February 12, 2011

Study links pesticides to Parkinson's disease
US researchers said Friday they have found that people who used two specific varieties of pesticide were 2.5 times as likely to develop Parkinson's disease.
Read article at physorg.com

February 11, 2011

The Plight of the Bumblebee
Major pollinators apart from the honeybee are suffering steep decline worldwide, chief among them the bumblebee, and neonicotinoid pesticides are a major culprit that should be banned.
Read article by Prof. Joe Cummins on the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

February 6, 2011

Einstein was right - honey bee collapse threatens global food security
The bee crisis has been treated as a niche concern until now, but as the UN's index of food prices hits an all time-high, it is becoming urgent to know whether the plight of the honey bee risks further exhausting our food security. Almost a third of global farm output depends on animal pollination, largely by honey bees.
These foods provide 35pc of our calories, most of our minerals, vitamins, and anti-oxidants, and the foundations of gastronomy. Yet the bees are dying – or being killed – at a disturbing pace.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

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Political News

February 14, 2011

Revealed: how energy firms spy on environmental activists
Leaked documents show how three large British companies have been paying private security firm to monitor activists
Three large energy companies have been carrying out covert intelligence-gathering operations on environmental activists, the Guardian can reveal. The energy giant E.ON, Britain's second-biggest coal producer Scottish Resources Group and Scottish Power, one of the UK's largest electricity-generators, have been paying for the services of a private security firm that has been secretly monitoring activists.
Read article in The Guardian (UK)

January 24, 2011

Iran calls for intl. court to try Blair
Iran's top security official Saeed Jalili has called for an international tribunal to put former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on trial for war crimes. The Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council told a press conference in Istanbul, Turkey that Blair should be tried as a war criminal at an international court for his complicity in the killing of hundreds of thousands of people in Iraq.
Read article on the Press TV website (Iran)

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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