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June 1, 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

May 31, 2011

New Studies Suggest Sunlight May Help Ward Off Disease
A new study in Australia suggests that obtaining Vitamin D through sun exposure may help prevent the onset of multiple sclerosis as well as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases and some types of cancer.
Read article on the Daily Nexus website (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)

May 27, 2011

Male reproductive health could benefit from vitamin D: Study
Vitamin D could play a key role in improving male reproductive health, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Copenhagen and Copenhagen University Hospital. The study, conducted in 300 normal men, showed a positive correlation between the percentage of motile sperm and serum vitamin D levels.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

May 25, 2011

Prenatal vitamins reduce the risk of autism by half, even more for some higher-risk cases
Women who reported not taking prenatal vitamins immediately before and during a pregnancy were twice as likely to have a child with autism, UC Davis researchers reported Wednesday.
Read article in the Los Angeles Times (USA)

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

May 25, 2011

Champagne, Anyone? Pharma Freebies Down Under
Health Department workers in West Australia have received $745,000 worth of gifts, business class flights and hotel accommodations from drug and device makers, many of which sell meds and equipment to area hospitals, The West Australian reports. According to documents revealed in Parliament, between last July and April 6, there 259 instances in which perks - including champagne, iPads, flights and hotel packages to Paris, Vienna, Montreal and Los Angeles - were accepted.
Read article at pharmalot.com
Comment: Further evidence of the way in which the 875 billion-dollar-a-year Pharma Cartel controls the practice of medicine through the provision of gifts, perks and other inducements for government healthcare departments to purchase its products.

May 26, 2011

UK doctors forced to prescribe water
Doctors are prescribing water to older hospital patients in the UK because "appalling" levels of care are leaving them dehydrated. The Care Quality Commission's (CQC) report gave examples of patients not being given enough to drink, with water left out of reach or no fluids given for long periods of time. It also noted that senior citizens were in some cases not being helped to eat and drink, with their care needs not assessed and their dignity not respected.
Read article in the Herald Sun (Australia)
Comment: With most Western healthcare systems effectively almost completely controlled by the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry, it would appear that even basic and essential practices such as providing adequate food and water to patients are increasingly being seen as secondary to the provision of synthetic patented drugs.

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GMO News

May 31, 2011

UK Supermarkets to label GM Soybean Sustainable
Irresponsible labelling of GM soybean by British supermarkets aims to deceive the public over the true hazards of GM crops
A string of British supermarket giants have signed up to the Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS) including Asda, Waitrose, Marks and Spencer, and most recently Sainsburys. This scheme will result in GM soybean being labelled sustainable despite mounting scientific evidence of health and environmental hazards, and threats to global food security.
Read article on the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

May 25, 2011

Farmers reject genetically engineered seed
Farmers have strongly rejected the use of genetically modified (GM) seeds in Uganda, saying with their introduction is detrimental to the indigenous seed. At a meeting of farmers groups, organised by Pelum Uganda, held at Colline Hotel in Mukono last week, it was noted that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not the solution to the food challenges in Uganda or in Africa, instead, they pose more problems. They worry because GM crops transfer seed ownership into private hands and because there is great uncertainty surrounding their safety and impacts. However, farmers who comprise 80 per cent of the population face an uphill task to reverse the trend of enacting laws that permit the release of GMOs on the market, because the promoters of GMOs are moneyed companies. The protection and preservation of indigenous/traditional seed is fundamental in ensuring food security, read a joint statement from farmers, but the multinational companies pushing GMOs are driven by commercial interests.
Read article in the Daily Monitor (Uganda)

May 24, 2011

With no labeling, few realize they are eating genetically modified foods
When a team of activists wearing white hazmat suits showed up at a Chicago grocery store to protest the sale of genetically modified foods, they picked an unlikely target: Whole Foods Market. Organic foods, by definition, can't knowingly contain genetically modified organisms, known as GMOs. But genetically modified corn, soy and other crops have become such common ingredients in processed foods that even one of the nation's top organic food retailers says it hasn't been able to avoid stocking some products that contain them. "No one would guess that there are genetically engineered foods right here in Whole Foods," said Alexis Baden-Mayer, political director of the Organic Consumers Association, which organized the protest. The activists dramatically trashed a battery of well-known health food brands outside the store, including Tofutti, Kashi and Boca Burgers.
Read article in the Chicago Tribune (USA)

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Other Health-related News

May 29, 2011

Bangladeshi PM inaugurates National Vitamin A Plus Campaign
Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Saturday inaugurated the National Vitamin A Plus Campaign- 2011 with a call to play effective role by all concerned to make the program a success. The prime minister formally launched the campaign nationwide by administering vitamin A capsules and deworming tablets to a number of children at her official residence here in Dhaka. While inaugurating the campaign, the prime minister urged all concerned including teachers, students, political leaders and professionals to raise mass awareness to make the program a success. Under the program, about 19 million children aged one to five years will be reached with life-saving vitamin A capsules and about 17 million children aged two to five years will receive deworming tablets. The campaign would be conducted by the Institute of Public Health Nutrition under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to reduce risk of child mortality and preventing night blindness of the children due to vitamin A deficiency.
Read article in the Peoples Daily (China)

May 27, 2011

Leading paediatrician asks for rethink on infant fluoride exposure in Irish Republic
A Dutch non-governmental organisation, Ecobaby, has sent an open letter to Commissioner John Dalli calling for urgent measures to protect bottle-fed babies from fluorosilicates in drinking water. The letter, written in light of European Union (EU) Directive 2011/8/EU that bans bisphenol A in baby bottles, was brought to the attention of Dublin-based EU Ambassadors by top Dutch paediatrician, Dr Gavin ten Tusscher.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website

May 26, 2011

Indoor workers suffer Vitamin D deficiency
Almost half of all Australians working indoors will come out of the winter months lacking in vitamin D, a new study has found. A survey of Sydney office workers, presented at the Dietitians Association of Australia conference in Adelaide on Thursday, found 42 per cent were deficient in the vitamin at the end of winter. Meanwhile, one in three had low levels over summer.
Read article in The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)

May 26, 2011

New Zealand attacks Denmark over ban on marmite
A New Zealand food industry executive appealed to the government to challenge Denmark over an import ban on Kiwis' favourite breakfast spread, Marmite. The industry was "incredulous at Denmark's bizarre decision" to make Marmite illegal under food safety laws, Katherine Rich, chief executive of the New Zealand Food & Grocery Council, said in a statement on Thursday. Marmite, a sticky yeast extract first made in England in 1902, has been made in New Zealand since 1919. A food writer noted recently, "Marmite is undoubtedly part of Kiwi culture - generations have been raised to eat it on toast, with cheese and crackers or between bread with a slice of lettuce or a handful of chips." Reportedly first devised by a German chemist named Justus von Liebig, Marmite is said to be one of the world's richest sources of B vitamins, containing five of them - Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folate and B12.
Read article at timeslive.co.za (South Africa)
Comment: Denmark has a long history of acting in the interests of the Pharma Cartel by enacting dictatorial laws for the over-regulation of micronutrients. As one of the richest food sources of B vitamins, therefore, it would appear that even Marmite is now seen as a threat to the interests of the pharmaceutical business with disease.

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Political News

May 27, 2011

Greeks to choose between euro and drachma
Athens is ready to stop using the euro and go back to the drachma. This was announced by European Commissioner for Greece Maria Damanaki. An official message placed on her web site on the 25th of May reads that the scenario of Greece being distanced from the euro is now on the table.
Read article on the Voice of Russia website

May 25, 2011

Consolidating US Money Power: The Four Horsemen of Global Banking
If you want to know where the true power center of the world lies, follow the money - cui bono. According to Global Finance magazine, as of 2010 the worlds five biggest banks are all based in Rothschild fiefdoms UK and France. They are the French BNP ($3 trillion in assets), Royal Bank of Scotland ($2.7 trillion), the UK-based HSBC Holdings ($2.4 trillion), the French Credit Agricole ($2.2 trillion) and the British Barclays ($2.2 trillion). In the US, a combination of deregulation and merger-mania has left four mega-banks ruling the financial roost. According to Global Finance, as of 2010 they are Bank of America ($2.2 trillion), JP Morgan Chase ($2 trillion), Citigroup ($1.9 trillion) and Wells Fargo ($1.25 trillion).
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

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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