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July 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

July 12, 2011

Vitamin E may reduce risk of motor neurone disease
Long-term use of vitamin E supplements may be associated with a reduced risk of the motor neurone disease ALS, according to new research. The study, published in American Journal of Epidemiology, analysed data from over one million people from five longitudinal cohort studies, and suggested an inverse association between dietary vitamin E intake and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) which “warrants further study.”
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

July 11, 2011

Higher folic acid levels in teens tied to academic success
Teens who have high levels of folic acid appear to do better in school than those with lower levels, Swedish researchers report. "Folate intake had a positive association with academic achievement" in the students studied, the authors wrote in the report published in the July 11 online edition and the August print issue of Pediatrics. Not only should health providers monitor folic acid levels in teens, but the findings should influence school meals, school teaching and information given to parents, according to the researchers.
Read article at kptm.com (USA)

July 8, 2011

Omega-3 ‘scientifically supported’ to reduce blood vessel stiffness
A review of the scientific literature reveals that omega-3 fatty acids offer a ‘scientifically supported means of reducing arterial stiffness’, says a new review from Australia.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

July 8, 2011

The healing power of ginger
Ginger is an herb with a complex chemical structure and proven efficacy in treating certain medical conditions. So why don’t we know more about it and use it more often? Actually, many parts of the world have been using this herb for more than 2,000 years — it is a common additive and medicinal herb in Chinese and Indian cultures. Over the last 20 years, numerous studies have shown the efficacy of ginger in treating various conditions. In vitro studies suggest that ginger has antiemetic, anti-inflammatory, and hypoglycemic effects and may additionally protect against Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.
Read article in the Bangor Daily News (Maine, United States)

July 6, 2011

Vitamin D can help elderly women survive
Giving vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) to predominantly elderly women, mainly in institutional care, seems to increase survival. These women are likely to be vitamin D deficient with a significant risk of falls and fractures. This is the key conclusion in a systematic review published in the latest edition of The Cochrane Library.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

July 1, 2011

Beetroot juice could keep athletes at the top of their game by boosting stamina
Beetroot juice could help athletes beat the best. The brightly-coloured juice gives cyclists such a boost that they can shave vital seconds off their time, Exeter University research shows. The benefits of beetroot juice don’t end there, with previous studies from the university crediting it with increasing stamina. Lowering blood pressure, warding off dementia, and even giving pensioners the extra energy they need to make a trip to the shops, could all also be in its power.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)
Comment: A growing body of research suggests that, in addition to boosting performance and endurance during athletic activity, beetroot juice could help the elderly or people with heart or lung-conditions, promote brain health in older adults, and significantly reduce blood pressure.

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

July 11, 2011

Takeda Pulls Actos In France Over Bladder Cancer
One month after French regulators suspended the use of the Actos diabetes pill after a review of pharmacovigilance data showed an increased risk of bladder cancer, Takeda Pharmaceuticals has withdrawn the drug. The Agence Francaise de Securite Sanitaire des Produits de Sante (AFSSAPS) also asked Takeda to withdraw a related brand called Competact. The decision by AFSSAPS was based on a study by a national French insurer and examined nearly 1.5 million people between 40 and 79 years old who were treated between 2006 and 2009 (back story).
Read article at pharmalot.com

July 7, 2011

Everyday medicines can destroy lives, conference warns
Experts have called for increased awareness about the issue of adverse drug reactions after hearing how everyday prescription medicines are destroying the lives of some patients.
Read article at medicalxpress.com
Comment: In the United States, the incidence of serious and fatal adverse drug reactions in hospitals has been found to be extremely high, with research published in 1998 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggesting that they are between the fourth and sixth leading cause of death. Similarly, in 2000, JAMA published a study by Dr. Barbara Starfield of the John Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health which suggested that doctors and hospitals are actually the third leading cause of death in the United States, causing 225,000 deaths every year. In 2008, the European Commission admitted that, each year, an estimated 197,000 EU citizens lose their lives as a result of adverse drug reactions.

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GMO News

July 11, 2011

Nijmegen Declared GM-Free through Citizen Action
The Community Council of Nijmegen declared the city GM-free on 29 June 2011. This is only the third GM-free region after Culemborg and the province of Friesland in the Netherlands, a country in close competition with the UK for the most pro-GM national government in Europe. In both Culemborg and Friesland, the initiative came from the Netherlands green party, GroenLinks. In Nijmegen, however, it came from a group of citizens that started in 2009 to raise awareness on GM food and agriculture.
Read article on the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

July 7, 2011

GM wheat a threat to farmers: Greenpeace
Australian wheat farmers stand to lose billions of dollars if the CSIRO's trials of genetically modified wheat are allowed to continue, Greenpeace says. A report by the environmental group accuses the government research organisation of "serious oversights" when it comes to managing the risks of its field trials currently taking place across the country.
Read article in the Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)

July 1, 2011

Kenyans protest over GM maize imports
Hundreds of people have marched in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, against government plans to import genetically modified (GM) maize. They were protesting at reports that Kenya would lift its restrictions on GM crops following a recent drought, leading to maize shortages. The demonstrators said they believed a shipment had already arrived and feared it could contaminate the soil.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

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Other Health-related News

July 11, 2011

'A ticking timebomb': Teenage girls' junk food diet leaves them starved of vitamins
A typical teenager probably thinks nothing of a diet packed with pizza, sweets and sugary drinks. But by that age what they eat is already taking a severe toll on their health, research shows. Millions of teenagers are dangerously low in key vitamins and minerals, experts have warned – with girls faring worst.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

July 11, 2011

Vitamin D insufficiency prevalent among psoriatic arthritis suffers
New research reports a high prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency and deficiency among patients with psoriatic arthritis.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

July 10, 2011

Vitamin-D deficiency linked to increased muscle injury risk
New research has connected vitamin-D deficiency to an increased risk of muscle injuries in athletes.
Read article in the Toronto Sun (Canada)

July 8, 2011

France abolishes maximum levels for some vitamins
France has bucked the European Union Food Supplements Directive (FSD) by removing maximum permitted levels (MPLs) in food supplements for vitamins K, B1, B2, B5, B8 and B12.
Read article at nutraingredients.com
Comment: Whilst, at first sight, this development is undoubtedly good news, no one should be fooled into thinking that the future of vitamin therapies is now secure in France. Instead, this announcement may simply be seen as a temporary propaganda concession, made in the full knowledge that it could potentially be undone at the European level after the so-called “EU Commission” eventually announces its proposals for Europe-wide maximum levels under the Food Supplements Directive. But with worldwide awareness growing of how diseases can be treated naturally, without drugs, it is noteworthy that the forces of the Pharma Cartel seemingly now feel they have to apply such tactics.

July 8, 2011

No clue bill - new Durbin bill and FDA guidance for dietary ingredients sparks revolt
Two dietary-supplement issues – one legislative and one FDA “guidance” – have hit Americans with a body blow recently that, if the idiots who are behind the legislation and guidance do not immediately withdraw their nonsense, will spark a political revolt in the Halls of Congress, the likes of which have not been seen since 1994!
Read news release on the website of the National Health Federation (USA)
Comment: Throughout the 20th century, the health benefits of dietary supplements and other natural health approaches have been strategically suppressed in the interest of the pharmaceutical investment business with patented drugs. In the United States, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994 changed this situation fundamentally and triggered an explosion of science-based natural health research and evidence. This explosion of natural health knowledge was so massive that it became a threat to the continuation of the pharmaceutical investment business. In this situation, the pharmaceutical lobby has launched an unprecedented attack on DSHEA, the very legal framework that allowed this explosion of health knowledge. Now, the natural health community, health food stores, natural health practitioners and the people of America must act to protect vitamin freedom and optimum health for millions of people. If you live in the United States, click here to send a petition to your Senators and Representatives.

July 6, 2011

IAF urges Govt to collaborate with SAARC nations & China to fight against THMPD
The International Ayurveda Foundation (IAF) has urged the Indian government to collaborate with SAARC nations and China to fight against the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD) of the European Union (EU) under which every herbal medicine that is sold over the counter will need to have either a Traditional Herbal Registration or a marketing authorisation. IAF's suggestion in this regard comes in the wake of the THMPD directives that came into force from May 1 this year. IAF general secretary Praful Patel said that the ban on traditional medicines is not an issue faced by India alone, as other SAARC countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal etc also have a huge market in European countries. “If we all protest and voice our stand together against this ban on traditional medicines in the EU it will have a greater impact on the message we want to send across the EU.”
Read press release on the website of the International Ayurveda Foundation (India)
Comment: As is also the case with the European-based Alliance for Natural Health, the International Ayurveda Foundation (IAF) is planning to initiate legal proceedings to challenge the legality of the EU’s Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive. Click here to read an Executive Summary of the legal advice the IAF has obtained in preparation for this legal challenge.

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Political News

July 8, 2011

Brussels' Eurocrats see EU project in 'lasting crisis'
A recent survey has found deep pessimism among European Commission staff on a wide range of issues, including the course of European integration over the past decade and the likelihood of success of the EU's strategy for economic growth. Some 63% partially or totally agreed that "the European model has entered into a lasting crisis".
Read article at euractiv.com
Comment: European Commission staff are of course correct in recognizing that the so-called ‘EU project’ is in “lasting crisis.” Moreover, with global awareness growing of the construct’s Nazi origins, we can be sure that calls for its dismantling will continue to grow.

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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