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April 29, 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 21, 2011

Resveratrol shows anti-diabetes potential: Study
Daily supplements of resveratrol may improve how the human body responds to insulin, the hormone responsible for sugar and fat metabolism, Hungarian researchers report for the first time. According to findings published in the British Journal of Nutrition, a daily 10 milligram dose of resveratrol was associated with reductions in insulin resistance in type-2 diabetics.
Read article at nutraingredients.com
Comment: Phytobiologicals such as resveratrol are natural plant-derived substances which are important for the protection and healthy functioning of the body’s cells. To access scientific studies on the health benefits of phytobiologicals, visit the phytobiologicals.com website. To access scientific research showing how diabetes can be treated in a natural way, visit our Worldwide Studies and Research page.

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

April 19, 2011

US Aims at Its Deadliest Drug Problem: Painkillers
The White House drug czar wants doctors, states and law enforcement working harder to stop America's deadliest drug-abuse problem: highly addictive prescription painkillers. They are killing more people than heroin and cocaine combined as they foster a slew of illegal "pill mill" clinics centered in Florida.
Read article on the ABC News website (USA)
Comment: The term "pill mill" is used to describe a doctor, pharmacist, pharmacy or clinic whose primary function is the distribution of narcotics for profit. Operating as middle-men between the pharmaceutical industry and addicts, "pill mill" owners and operators are essentially drug dealers in white lab coats. Significantly, therefore, according to the U.S. Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, overdose deaths from painkillers have risen from less than 4,000 in 2000 to more than 11,000 in 2007, the most recent statistics available.

April 8, 2011

Johnson & Johnson Will Pay $70 Million Over Bribery Claims
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), the world’s second-biggest seller of medical products, will pay $70 million after admitting that the company bribed doctors in Europe and paid kickbacks in Iraq to win contracts and sell drugs and artificial joints. Subsidiaries of J&J paid bribes to doctors and hospital administrators in Greece, Poland and Romania, the Securities and Exchange Commission and Department of Justice said today in filings at U.S. District Court in Washington. The company also made illegal payments to Iraqi officials to win contracts under the U.N. oil-for-food program, the filings said. J&J, based in New Brunswick, New Jersey, used slush funds, sham contracts and off-shore companies in the Isle of Man to carry out the bribery, the SEC said.
Read article at Bloomberg.com

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GMO News

April 24, 2011

Tanzanian NGOs Challenge GM Biotechnology
Tanzanian civil society and private sector organizations have come together to express their concern about the impact of GM technology on smallholder farmers and the environment. Tanzania Alliance for Biodiversity is a coalition of civil society and private sector organizations concerned with the conservation of agricultural biodiversity for livelihood security and food sovereignty. The members of the alliance share the aims of conserving biodiversity and supporting sustainable development, promoting farmers’ self-determination and food sovereignty, facilitating exchange of information and experiences concerning sustainable and healthy agriculture policies and practices, ensuring public awareness on issues of concern to the environment, agriculture and biodiversity, and promoting citizen involvement in the decision-making processes which guide the development of biotechnology particularly GMO.
Read blog entry by Michael Farrelly at mrfarrelly.wordpress.com

April 21, 2011

Scientist Defends Claim of New Pathogen Linked to GM Crops
Senior scientist stands up for his claims amid storm of attacks.
Read article by Dr. Mae-Wan Ho on the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)
Comment: Earlier this year, an emeritus professor at Purdue University, Don Huber, wrote to the U.S. Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, with evidence linking GM soybeans and corn to devastating crop diseases and high rates of abortions and infertility in livestock. The resulting attempts to discredit him mirror the increasing attacks on all independent GM researchers.

April 19, 2011

Half of EU states negative on GM foods
Half of all European Union states see no benefit from genetically modified crops according to an internal survey, the European Commission has said. The commission said 13 out of the 27 EU states gave an unfavourable response to the impact of developing GM crops while others such as Italy did not give an opinion.
Read article in The Malta Independent Online

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Other Health-related News

April 26, 2011

Vitamin D may help explain racial differences in blood pressure
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is more common and often more deadly in blacks than in whites, and a new University of Rochester study shows that low vitamin D levels among black people might be a powerful factor that contributes to the racial differences in hypertension. The University of Rochester Medical Center findings, published online today in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, are consistent with growing evidence that lower vitamin D status is associated with higher blood pressure, and that people with darker skin generally produce less vitamin D.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

April 21, 2011

Pesticide Exposure in Pregnancy Linked to Lower IQ in Kids
Three new studies draw a link between prebirth exposure to a class of pesticides widely used on food crops and lower intelligence scores in children. The effect is especially noticeable in kids from a California farming region where they and their mothers were also potentially exposed to pesticides through their use on local crops. The pesticides in question are known as organophosphates, which kill insects by disrupting their brains and nervous systems.
Read article on the U.S. News & World Report website (USA)
Comment: Brenda Eskenazi, co-author of one of the studies and director of the Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health at the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that parents buy organic produce to avoid pesticides. If that's not possible, she said, "you can wash those fruits and vegetables well. Get a brush to scrub them, especially if they're hard-skinned fruits and vegetables. If they have a peel, you still need to wash them."

April 21, 2011

US organic food sales surge 7.7% (while conventional foods manage just 1% growth)
US sales of organic food and drink surged 7.7 percent to $28.6bn in 2010, significantly ahead of the sluggish (<1 percent) growth in the mainstream food market, with some segments up more than 30 percent, according to the Organic Trade Association (OTA).
Read article at foodnavigator-usa.com
Comment: Through maintaining global health illiteracy and utilizing patents to control markets, the multi-billion dollar Chemical, Petrochemical and Pharmaceutical Cartel intends to ensure that the lives and bodies of all 7 billion inhabitants of our planet remain a marketplace for its patented GMOs, agricultural chemicals, synthetic food additives and pharmaceutical drugs. As a natural, sustainable and non-patentable form of food production, therefore, the growth in the popularity of organic food represents an important step towards freeing the people of the world and making them independent from the Cartel. To help eliminate global health illiteracy, please support the World Health Alphabetization campaign and spread the word that its message forms the Blueprint for Building a Healthy World.

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Political News

April 23, 2011

ElBaradei urges ICC trial of Bush
Former IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei says former US President George W. Bush and his administration's officials should be put on trial in the "International Criminal Court" (ICC) for waging war on Iraq. ElBaradei in a new memoir, "The Age of Deception," says that the Bush administration officials should face international criminal investigation for the "shame of a needless war" 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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