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March 18, 2011

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Natural Health News

March 14, 2011

Omega-3 fatty acid intake linked with reduced risk of age-related macular degeneration in women
Regular consumption of fish and omega-3 fatty acids found in fish is associated with a significantly reduced risk of developing age-related macular degeneration in women, according to a report posted online today that will appear in the June issue of Archives of Ophthalmology.
Read article at physorg.com

March 11, 2011

Olive oil polyphenols’ heart benefits boosted: Human study
Daily doses of polyphenol-rich olive oil may boost levels of an antibody that counters oxidized LDL cholesterol, thereby reducing the risk of artery hardening and heart disease, suggest new data from a pan-European study. According to results from the EurOlive Study, a daily dose of olive oil polyphenols increased levels of oxidized LDL autoantibodies (OLAB), which reduced levels of oxidized LDL, an accepted risk factor for artery hardening (atherosclerosis).
Read article at nutraingredients.com

March 10, 2011

Zinc battling childhood diarrhoea in Nepal
The United Nations is promoting the use of zinc supplements in Nepal to battle acute infant diarrhoea that kills 15,000 under-5s per year in the Himalayan state.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

March 13, 2011

U.S. courts confront China's involvement in price fixing
In a closely watched case that could test the reach of U.S. antitrust law, four Chinese companies face powerful evidence that they colluded to limit production and fix prices of vitamin C in the United States. The evidence is so convincing, in fact, that the defendants have not contested the allegations. But they still have a potentially solid legal defense: the Chinese government made them do it. It's a position that has been bolstered by the Chinese government itself, which made an official appearance in the case -- believed to be its first ever in a U.S. court -- to file briefs in support of the defendants. After more than six years of litigation, a Brooklyn federal judge is expected to decide soon whether the case can be decided without a trial.
Read article on the International Business Times website
Comment: Pharmaceutical companies have a long history of colluding to form cartels to fix the prices of vitamins. In 1999, for example, following Dr. Rath’s scientific breakthrough in relation to vitamin C and the prevention of cardiovascular disease, a group of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies at that time – including Roche, BASF, Rhone-Poulenc of France, Takeda, Eisai and Daiichi of Japan, and others – were fined more than one billion dollars in the U.S. for conspiring to conduct criminal price-fixing for vitamin raw materials. Two years later, the resulting legal domino effect eventually forced even the Brussels EU to impose record fines against the cartel – although it subsequently halved the penalties claiming the drug companies had “cooperated” with its investigation. In all, hundreds of millions of people worldwide were defrauded for almost a decade and had to pay artificially high prices for vitamins and certain other essential nutrients. To learn more about the history of the so-called “vitamin cartel”, read pages 256-258 of Dr. Rath’s groundbreaking book, “Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks ... But People Do!

March 11, 2011

Study: Pharmaceutical chemicals widespread in Minn. Streams
Potentially harmful chemicals and pharmaceuticals are widespread in Minnesota streams, state scientists found in a new study. The study by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency also shows fish have genetic changes when exposed to the mix of chemicals. In the most the most comprehensive study of chemicals in Minnesota, the agency's scientists collected water samples from 25 sewage treatment plants across Minnesota. They also sampled water upstream and downstream from the treatment plants for 78 chemicals. Among the substances scientists most often found are the antibiotic sulfamethoxazole and carbamazepine, a drug used to treat atentionl deficit hyperactivity disorder, agency scientist Mark Ferrey said. They also found the antibiotic trimethoprim and anti-depressant compounds.
Read article on the Minnesota Public Radio website (USA)
Comment: Evidence is growing worldwide that the pharmaceutical industry is polluting the environment and that drinking water supplies are now contaminated with measurable amounts of dangerous synthetic chemical drugs. In California, for example, the drug company Merck & Co. stands accused of not only polluting the water supply with cancer-causing chemicals, but also covering up the contamination and downplaying its severity. Disturbingly, therefore, a study published in 2009 found that fish caught near wastewater treatment plants serving five major U.S. cities had residues of pharmaceuticals in them. Thus far, testing has revealed that at least 46 million Americans are drinking water contaminated with pharmaceuticals. Meanwhile, scientists in the UK have found cancer drugs in tap water and rising levels of antidepressant drugs in coastal waters which they fear could seriously upset the natural balance of the ecosystem and potentially damage the food-chain. The world’s highest drug levels in water are believed to occur in India, where 21 different active pharmaceutical ingredients – at 150 times the highest levels detected in the U.S. – have been found.

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GMO News

March 16, 2011

Cloned Meat & Milk Coming
Be Very Afraid
Cloning by nuclear transplant is completely different from cloning by splitting embryos, and is closely associated with genetic modification of livestock to produce drugs in their milk; in deregulating cloned meat and milk, the European Commission will be approving the sale of highly unethical and unsafe products that are also illegal.
Read article by Dr. Mae-Wan Ho on the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

March 13, 2011

Malta’s stand on GMOs
Malta has taken up a commendable stand against the latest move to introduce genetically modified organisms in the European food chain. Last month, representatives of 19 member states backed a law to allow a trace level of contamination of conventional animal feed with GMO seeds. The move was widely seen as a bow to the corporate GMO lobby to allow non-authorised GMOs in animal feed imports. Although the vote passed, it was opposed by the representatives of Malta, Cyprus, Greece, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and Slovenia, which put up a joint front against EU pressure to scrap zero tolerance for GM-contaminated animal feed.
Read article in the Times of Malta

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Other Health-related News

March 11, 2011

Hungary Mulls ‘Hamburger’ Tax to Cut Fat Intake, Matolcsy Says
Hungary may impose a tax to counter the rising intake of fat, salt and calories, Economy Minister Gyorgy Matolcsy said today.
Read article at Bloomberg.com

March 10, 2011

Study finds usage of, recommendations for supplements common within various physician specialties
For physicians within several medical specialties, including dermatology, cardiology and orthopedics, personal usage of and patient recommendations for dietary supplements are quite common, according to a study published in Nutrition Journal, a peer-reviewed, on-line journal that focuses on the field of human nutrition.
Read article at physorg.com
Comment: In a notable example of how far awareness has grown in the U.S. regarding the importance of micronutrients and nutrition in maintaining optimum health, the authors of this study state that some surveys of U.S. physicians suggest they are now as likely as members of the general public to use dietary supplements.

March 9, 2011

Redefining normal blood pressure
As many as 100 million Americans may currently be misclassified as having abnormal blood pressure, according to Dr. Brent Taylor from the Veterans Affairs Health Care System in Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota and his colleagues. Their findings show that these people are not actually more likely to die prematurely than those with 'normal' blood pressure, i.e. below 120/80. Taylor and colleagues' article in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, published by Springer, also shows that in those under 50, diastolic blood pressure is the more important predictor of mortality, whereas in those over 50, systolic blood pressure is the stronger predictor. The authors argue it is time to consider a new definition of 'normal' blood pressure.
Read article at physorg.com
Comment: Worldwide, several hundred million people suffer from high blood pressure. Of all cardiovascular health conditions, this is the single largest epidemic. The epidemic spread of this disease is largely due to the fact that, until now, the causes of high blood pressure have been insufficiently, or not at all, understood. To learn how high blood pressure can be eradicated naturally, through the use of Dr. Rath’s Cellular Health approach, click here. To examine scientific and clinical studies documenting the safety and effectiveness of micronutrients in the control of high blood pressure, click here.

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Political News

February 23, 2011

Swiss action against Bush shows strength of human rights
If there is one thing former President George W. Bush should have learned from the atrocious decisions made by his administration, it is that regardless of his insurmountable ego, he does not exist above the law. The global climate has become vigilant in responding to what was unmistakably an attitude of sheer sadism against fundamental and universal human rights during the Bush presidency.
Read article by Maria Michalos in the Washington Square News (student newspaper of New York University/USA)

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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