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April 15, 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

April 13, 2011

Fish oil may lower postnatal depression
Consuming foods or supplements rich in omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy may lower the risk of developing symptoms of postpartum (after childbirth) depression.
Read article on the Press TV website (Iran)

April 12, 2011

Health benefits of vitamin D
Long known to be essential as an adjunct to calcium for strong bones and teeth, recent research suggests vitamin D is essential for healthy muscles and the immune system, and that it can help prevent allergies and juvenile diabetes.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

April 11, 2011

Vitamin D may help reduce heart risk in African-Americans
In recent years supplementation with Vitamin D has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in people who are deficient in the vitamin. Now new research from the Georgia Prevention Institute at Georgia Health Sciences University in Augusta indicates that supplementation with the "sunshine vitamin" may be particularly beneficial for overweight African-American adults, a population at increased risk for both CVD and Vitamin D deficiency.
Read article at physorg.com

April 11, 2011

Vitamin D 'may combat eye disease'
Vitamin D supplements may ward off vision loss from an age-related eye disease in women younger than 75, research has shown. Higher blood levels of the vitamin were associated with a significant decreased risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Read Press Association news report at yahoo.com

March 29, 2011

Antioxidant formula prior to radiation exposure may prevent DNA injury
A unique formulation of antioxidants taken orally before imaging with ionizing radiation minimizes cell damage, noted researchers at the Society of Interventional Radiology's 36th Annual Scientific Meeting in Chicago, Ill. In what the researchers say is the first clinical trial of its kind, as much as a 50 percent reduction in DNA injury was observed after administering the formula prior to CT scans.
Read article at physorg.com
Comment: The early detection of health problems is very important in curtailing the progress of, or eliminating, disease at its onset. Over the last decades, various imaging techniques such as X-rays, ultrasounds, MRI and CT scans have been developed and applied to diagnostic, as well as therapeutic, medical care.
However, in recent years, many doctors – and especially radiologists – have become concerned with the overuse of certain diagnostic techniques, in particular those that expose patients to radiation. Although infrequent use of X-ray or CT (computed tomography) scans will not have adverse effects on a patient, multiple exposures to radiation over a short period of time can cause serious damage to cells, resulting in an increased risk of cancer and other diseases. To read more about some of the concerns associated with medical radiation exposure, and learn which micronutrients and antioxidants can protect you from it, click here.

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

April 9, 2011

Mother worried about treatment side effects
Charged in death of son, she says chemo was making boy far sicker than the cancer
First he had a bloated face from the steroids, then dark circles under his eyes. Young Jeremy Fraser would soon become lethargic once his chemotherapy treatment began, his mother said yesterday, and he looked like “he wanted to get out of his own body.’’ “Jeremy went from pretty much being OK, to being hammered on medications that were really making him sick,’’ Kristen LaBrie told a Superior Court jury yesterday, offering her own account of her decision in the treatment of her son. In tones that bounced between conversational and combative, the Beverly mother, charged with the attempted murder of Jeremy, told jurors that she withheld cancer treatment for the boy because side effects from the medication wore on him far worse than his sickness.
Read article in The Boston Globe (USA)
Comment: Cancer is a multi-billion dollar business. The drugs used in chemotherapy do kill cancer cells – but they also kill healthy cells too. This fact alone is bad enough, but it doesn’t stop there. The drugs used in chemotherapy also have side-effects and many cause new cancers and new diseases, thus leading to the use of yet more drugs which in turn have new side effects. It’s a vicious circle and a license to print money for the pharmaceutical industry. As such, when authorities resort to charging a mother with attempted murder – and eventually succeed in securing a conviction – because she objected to the ongoing poisoning of her child with chemotherapy, it’s a clear sign that the pharmaceutical “business with disease” is under threat. To learn the facts about chemotherapy drugs, click here. To learn how cancer can be eradicated naturally, click here.

April 7, 2011

Antidepressants, Breast Cancer & Industry Studies
Is there a link between antidepressants and breast and ovarian cancer? A new meta-analysis of 61 trials identified a connection in nearly 33 percent of the epidemiological and pre-clinical studies conducted between 1965 and 2010 found an association between cancer and antidepressants. And the link was stronger among women using selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs. Moreover, the study found researchers with industry ties were significantly less likely than researchers without those affiliations to conclude antidepressants increase the risk of breast or ovarian cancer. The authors of the meta-analysis, which was published this week in PLoS Medicines, suggest the findings raise public health and policy issues, “because there is increasing evidence that financial ties among industry, investigators, and academic institutions can affect the research process.”
Read article at pharmalot.com

March 27, 2011

Drugging America: The drug industry exposed
Pharmaceuticals are a $650 plus billion dollar a year industry. For years the most profitable business in the U.S. has been the pharmaceutical corporations, which routinely top the annual fortune 500 list. Doctor prescribed drugs support an industry which out-earns the GNP of many nations. A core attribute to big Pharma’s overwhelming ‘success’ lays in the liaison between the corporations and the ‘symptoms management’ health care industry: The pharmaceutical representative. The men and women we see meeting with physicians, walking into offices with gifts of lunch for the staff, meeting with the doctor while you wait for our appointment.
Read interview with former pharmaceutical rep. Gwen Olsen in the Washington Times (USA)
Comment: Total global sales for the drug industry were worth 837 billion dollars in 2009 and are expected to reach 880 billion during 2011. Statistics aside, Olsen’s interview confirms many of the things we ourselves have been saying for years.

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GMO News

April 12, 2011

MEPs want wider scope for national GMO bans
Members of the European Parliament's environment committee have said national governments should be allowed to ban GMO cultivation on environmental grounds. The decision by MEPs on Tuesday (12 April), goes beyond a proposal put forward by the European Commission last July to partially renationalise decisions over GMO cultivation, after years of deadlock in the area.
Read article at euobserver.com

April 9, 2011

Please Stop Dangerous Attacks on ALL Independent GMO Researchers
The attack on Professor G. E. Seralini by biotech advocates is just the latest example of denial, distortion, and harassment that has been institutionalized in the promotion of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). A quote from the September 2, 2009 Nature article accurately describes this tactic: A “large block of scientists who denigrate research by other legitimate scientists in a knee-jerk, partisan, emotional way that is not helpful in advancing knowledge and is outside the ideals of scientific inquiry." Nature says these “strikes . . . launched from within the scientific community” are sometimes “emotional and personal,” and can even “accuse scientists of misconduct.” These attacks successfully suppress much needed research and therefore put human health and the environment at risk. According to University of California at Berkeley professor Ignacio Chapela, there is a de facto ban on scientists “asking certain questions and finding certain results.”
Read submission by Jeffrey Smith to the French Courts in support of Professor G. E. Seralini

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Other Health-related News

April 12, 2011

The curious case of Codex Alimentarius - two meetings highlight contradictions
Recently, I had the pleasure of flying across half the world and back so that I could attend two different, back-to-back Codex meetings at both ends of the trip. That was the fun part. The hard part was reconciling the supposedly disparate concepts embodied in these two Codex committees as they worked on standards for food additives and contaminants in food. Sometimes I wondered why the food-additives committee was approving contaminants as additives to food while the contaminants committee was doing the same. Why, I still ask myself, did the Codex Alimentarius Commission divide the original contaminants and food-additives committee into two separate committees several years ago if all they were doing was treating every toxin as a possible food additive?
Read article by Scott Tips on the website of the National Health Federation (USA)

April 11, 2011

New Study Suggests UK Is Now Iodine-deficient
New research suggests the UK population is now iodine-deficient and a full review and evidence-based recommendations are needed to safeguard public health. The findings, presented today at the Society for Endocrinology annual conference, provide the only current data on the UK's iodine status and demonstrate iodine-deficiency in a large sample population. Iodine-deficiency is the most common cause of preventable mental impairment worldwide.
Read article at medicalnewstoday.com (UK)

April 11, 2011

Industry’s war on nature: ‘What are the bees telling us?’
While industries continue to pollute the planet with their toxic chemicals, toxic waste and toxic spills, Earth’s pollinators sing a swan song that leaves no doubt as to the folly of modern civilization. Our ability to hear and appropriately respond to the crisis of declining pollinators will determine humanity’s survival. “In 1923, Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian scientist, philosopher and social innovator, predicted that in 80 to 100 years honeybees would collapse.” Steiner believed the industrialization of bees would lead to their demise. It looks like he was right. In the past two decades, the United States has lost 100-300 billion bees, and the problem has spread to Europe and beyond.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

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Political News

April 13, 2011

BP faces wave of protests at AGM
Oil giant BP is facing a wave of protests as it holds its annual general meeting in London days before the first anniversary of the Gulf of Mexico disaster.
Read article in The Independent (UK)
Comment: The largest oil spill in US history was caused by British Petroleum (BP), a prominent member of the international Oil Cartel. While much of the global media’s attention has focused on the environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, one decisive question has largely been avoided: Who benefits from this crisis? To learn the answer to this question, from a historical perspective, 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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