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May 27, 2011

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Natural Health News

May 24, 2011

Broccoli sprouts show benefits for diabetics: RCT
Powdered broccoli sprouts may boost antioxidant defenses in people with diabetes, suggest findings from a randomized clinical trial from Iran. According to findings published in the peer-reviewed European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a daily dose of five or 10 grams or the broccoli sprout powder was associated with an increase in the total antioxidant capacity of the blood, and reductions in malondialdehyde (MDA), a reactive carbonyl compound and a well-established marker of oxidative stress. The study adds to the growing body of science supporting the potential health benefits of broccoli and broccoli sprouts, most often touted for their potential anti-cancer activity.
Read article at nutraingredients.com
Comment: To access scientific studies on the health benefits of broccoli sprouts and other phytobiologicals, visit the phytobiologicals.com website. To read Dr. Rath's Cellular Health recommendations for diabetes, click here to download chapter 7 of his classic book, “Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks ... But People Do!”

May 23, 2011

Vitamin D ‘lowers relapse risk of multiple sclerosis’
Having high levels of vitamin D everyday can lower the risk of relapse in multiple sclerosis sufferers, a new study has claimed.
Read article in The Hindu (India)

May 20, 2011

Pre-eclampsia supplement 'can protect against disease'
A dietary supplement given to pregnant women at high risk of pre-eclampsia can reduce the likelihood of the disease occurring, a study says. Writing in the British Medical Journal, researchers says the presence of an amino acid and antioxidant vitamins in the supplement helps to combat abnormally high blood pressure.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

May 18, 2011

Omega-3 may reduce depression symptoms in the elderly: Study
Daily omega-3 supplements may reduce the occurrence of the symptoms of depression in elderly women, says a new study from Italy that adds to the ongoing debate over omega-3 and mood. According to findings published in The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging, depressed women who received daily supplements containing 2.5 grams of omega-3 experienced significant reductions in their symptoms. In addition, researchers from the University of Pavia also report that omega-3 supplements providing a daily EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) dose of 1.67 grams and a daily DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) dose of 0.83 grams reported improvements in the ‘quality of life’.
Read article at nutraingredients.org

May 18, 2011

Sun protects against childhood asthma
Vitamin D, which is primarily absorbed from the sun, plays a role in protection against childhood asthma. Now, a new study led by Valencian researchers has shown that children who live in colder, wetter cities are at greater risk of suffering from this respiratory problem, since there are fewer hours of sunlight in such places.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

May 11, 2011

Radioactive Fallout: Can Nutritional Supplements Help?
A Personal Viewpoint by Damien Downing, M.D.
The Fukushima nuclear accident has already been described as "the largest accidental release of radiation we have ever seen", and it's not over yet. Already, radioactive plutonium, strontium and iodine have reached the continental USA. So should we worry? And, what can we do about it?
Read article at orthomolecular.org

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

May 20, 2011

How drug companies' PR tactics skew the presentation of medical research
Elliot Ross reveals the secret 'army of hidden scribes' paid by the drug companies to influence doctors
When doctors are deciding which drug to prescribe a patient, the idea behind evidence-based medicine is that they inform their thinking by consulting scientific literature. To a great extent, this means relying on medical journals. The trouble is that pharmaceutical companies, who stand to win or lose large amounts of money depending on the content of journal articles, have taken a firm grip on what gets written about their drugs. That grip was strong way back in 2004, when The Lancet's chief editor Richard Horton lamented that "journals have devolved into information laundering operations for the pharmaceutical industry." It may be even tighter now.
Read article in The Guardian (UK)

May 19, 2011

Medical Schools Plug Holes in Conflict-of-Interest Policies
Stanford University has taken disciplinary action against five faculty members at its medical school after determining they violated school policy by giving paid promotional speeches for drug companies, a spokesman said. The move followed a ProPublica investigation in December that found Stanford and other teaching hospitals weren't enforcing their own conflict-of-interest rules.
Read article at propublica.org (USA)

May 19, 2011

Viagra 'could make you deaf'
Viagra could make you deaf, doctors have warned.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

May 18, 2011

IMS Institute Forecasts Global Spending on Medicines to Reach Nearly $1.1 Trillion by 2015
The IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics today reported that global spending for medicines will reach nearly $1.1 trillion by 2015, reflecting a slowing compound annual growth rate of 3-6 percent over the next five years. This compares with 6.2 percent annual growth over the past five years.
Read press release at imshealth.com
Comment: This is NOT a misprint: Total annual global drug sales for the Pharma Cartel are forecast to reach nearly 1.1 TRILLION dollars by 2015. It is therefore worth remembering this the next time someone asks you to donate money to a charity for research into new drug treatments for cancer and other chronic diseases. After all, with astronomical sales figures like these, the fraudulent pharmaceutical "business with disease" is clearly not short of funds for research. For an analysis of the Cartel's global sales figures between 2003 and 2010, click here.

May 18, 2011

Pfizer Did Not Report Chantix Side Effects Correctly?
Adverse event data from the third quarter of 2010 show the risks of serious psychiatric side effects of Chantix, the smoking-cessation drug, were previously underestimated because Pfizer apparently failed to correctly submit hundreds of these episodes to the FDA, according to an analysis by the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices, a non-profit that regulary reviews the FDA adverse event database. Notably, the ISMP found 150 cases of completed suicides, some of which dated back to 2007, that were not reported promptly as suicides within 15 days as required. Instead, the drugmaker apparently coded the suicides as "expected adverse events" among 26,000 such events, and added these to a quarterly periodic report, which is how less important, non-serious side effects are sent to the FDA.
Read article at pharmalot.com

May 9, 2011

Antipsychotic Drugs Called Hazardous for the Elderly
Nearly one in seven elderly nursing home residents, nearly all of them with dementia, are given powerful atypical antipsychotic drugs even though the medicines increase the risks of death and are not approved for such treatments, a government audit found.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

May 9, 2011

Faking medical reality
"It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine." Marcia Angell, MD.
Read article by Jon Rappoport at wordpress.com
Comment: After stepping down as editor of The New England Journal of Medicine, Marcia Angell published a revealing book about the drug industry in which she openly described it as a "global fraud." To learn more, click here.

May 6, 2011

The murky world of academic ghostwriting
Lawsuits are shedding light on the dubious relationship between medical researchers and pharmaceutical companies
When Barbara Sherwin, a McGill University psychology professor, became embroiled in a ghostwriting case in 2009, many wondered how an esteemed academic—one who dedicated her life to researching the relationship between hormones and cognition—could be accused of attaching her name to an article she didn't write. Her alleged transgression came to light in a class-action suit involving 8,400 women against the drug company Wyeth (now part of Pfizer). Lawyers representing the women, who claim they were harmed by their hormone replacement therapy (HRT) drugs, discovered that scientific research papers extolling the virtues of the treatment while downplaying potential harm appeared to have been written, not by the academics who signed their name to the papers, but by writers hired by the pharmaceutical company.
Read article at macleans.ca (Canada)

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GMO News

May 20, 2011

GM food toxins found in the blood of 93% of unborn babies
Toxins implanted into GM food crops to kill pests are reaching the bloodstreams of women and unborn babies, alarming research has revealed. A landmark study found 93 per cent of blood samples taken from pregnant women and 80 per cent from umbilical cords tested positive for traces of the chemicals.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

May 16, 2011

GM corn failure - a lesson for the future?
Years of investment in GM technology have done more harm than good, claims Dr Helen Wallace
Last week, The New York Times reported that a new genetically-modified corn maize variety produced by US company Monsanto did not perform any better than conventional varieties. The findings come from a US Department of Agriculture draft environmental impact assessment, produced as a step towards approval of the new GM crop. It could mean that years of investment in this technology has been a failure. The problems highlight an unpalatable truth for advocates of GM crops and foods - the technology has been spectacularly unsuccessful at delivering complex traits such as drought tolerance, which involve multiple genes and complex interactions with the plant's environment.
Read article at publicserviceeurope.com (UK)

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Other Health-related News

May 23, 2011

Legal action against EU's herbal medicines ban 'imminent'
A legal challenge to new EU legislation, implemented on May 1, which could ban thousands of traditional herbal medicines is "imminent," a spokesperson for the UK-based Alliance for Natural Health told NutraIngredients. After donations of about £100,000, the alliance is making final preparations to its legal case for a judicial review of the EU’s Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD) at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. After an initial hearing in London, the case will be referred to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

May 23, 2011

US herbal supplement sales up 3% last year
Sales of herbal dietary supplements in the United States climbed three per cent last year to reach more than $5.2bn, according to a report published in the latest issue of HerbalGram, the quarterly journal of the American Botanical Council.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

May 21, 2011

Organic food 'can help you lose weight and live longer': How natural fruit and vegetables are packed with more nutrients
Switching to organic produce could help you live longer as well as keeping you healthier and slimmer, say academics. Fruit and vegetables grown without artificial fertilisers have significantly more key nutrients, including vitamin C.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

May 18, 2011

Simple fitness test could predict long-term risk for heart attack, stroke in middle-aged people
How fast can you run a mile? If you're middle-aged, the answer could provide a strong predictor of your risk of heart attack or stroke over the next decade or more. In two separate studies, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have found that how fast a middle-age person can run a mile can help predict the risk of dying of heart attack or stroke decades later for men and could be an early indicator of cardiovascular disease for women.
Read article at medicalxpress.com
Comment: Regular physical activity is a precondition for cardiovascular health and should be performed by everyone. To read Dr. Rath’s ten step program for natural cardiovascular health, see pages 22 and 23 from the introduction to his classic book, “Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks ... But People Do!” To read Dr. Rath’s cellular health recommendations for the prevention and reversal of coronary heart disease, read chapter 2 of the book.

May 5, 2011

'Bad' cholesterol not as bad as people think, study shows
The so-called "bad cholesterol" - low-density lipoprotein commonly called LDL - may not be so bad after all, shows a Texas A&M University study that casts new light on the cholesterol debate, particularly among adults who exercise.
Read article at medicalxpress.com
Comment: A scientific review of 22 cholesterol lowering trials published in the British Medical Journal in 1992 concluded that lowering serum cholesterol concentrations does not reduce mortality and is unlikely to prevent coronary heart disease. Moreover, the authors of the review specifically stated that claims of the opposite are based on preferential citation of supportive trials. Significantly, therefore, cholesterol-lowering drugs are the single largest business segment of the global pharmaceutical drug business. The global sales of the leading drug category – statins – have surpassed 200 billion dollars per year. This entire business is built on fear – the fear that cholesterol actually causes heart attacks. Health professionals, political decision takers and hundreds of millions of patients worldwide therefore need to learn: What are the proven facts and what is the fiction promoted by the multi-billion dollar investment business with patented cholesterol-lowering drugs? To discover the truth about cholesterol, click here.

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Political News

May 25, 2011

Red Cross and Vatican 'helped thousands of Nazi war criminals escape'
New research suggests number of Nazis and collaborators who used travel documents meant for genuine refugees was much higher than previously thought
The Red Cross and the Vatican both helped thousands of Nazi war criminals and collaborators to escape after the second world war, according to a new book that pulls together evidence from previously unpublished documents.
Read article in The Guardian (UK)

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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