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August 5, 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

August 2, 2011

Cooked green vegetables, dried fruit, legumes, and brown rice associated with fewer colon polyps
Eating legumes at least three times a week and brown rice at least once a week was linked to a reduced risk of colon polyps by 33 percent and 40 percent respectively, according to Loma Linda University research recently published in Nutrition and Cancer. High consumption of cooked green vegetables and dried fruit was also associated with greater protection, the study shows.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

July 27, 2011

How some extra sunlight can slash risk of diabetes
Millions of people may be at serious risk of ill health because of low levels of vitamin D caused by a lack of sunlight. Poor levels of the sunshine vitamin is putting people in danger of developing type 2 diabetes, researchers have found. A landmark study in Australia, the largest of its kind, found people with high levels of vitamin D are less likely to develop it. This could lead to at-risk patients using supplements along with diet and exercise to prevent it.
Read article in the Daily Express (UK)

July 26, 2011

Zinc lozenges may shorten common-cold duration
Depending on the total dosage of zinc and the composition of lozenges, zinc lozenges may shorten the duration of common cold episodes by up to 40%, according to a study published in the Open Respiratory Medicine Journal.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

July 26, 2011

Doubling vitamin D levels most cost effective way to reduce global mortality rates, study
Increasing serum levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D is the "most cost-effective way to reduce global mortality rates", according to a new study. In a paper assessing the likely impact on mortality rates of doubling serum vitamin D levels from 54 to 110 nmol/l in six regions of the world, Dr William B Grant estimates that this would increase life expectancy by two years across all six regions.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

July 22, 2011

Vitamin D may slash diabetes risk: Meta-analysis
Increased intakes of vitamin D are associated with a 13 percent reduction in the risk of diabetes, says a new meta-analysis. According to data published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, intakes greater than 500 International Units (IU) per day were associated with a 13 percent reduction in the risk of type-2 diabetes. Researchers from Tufts Medical Center and Carney Hospital in Massachusetts also report that people with the highest blood levels of vitamin D, measured as more than 25 nanograms per milliliter, had a 43 percent lower risk of developing type-2 diabetes than people with the lowest blood levels (less than 14 ng/ml).
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

July 19, 2011

Listen up! Antioxidants may slash risk of hearing loss, says study
Increased intakes of antioxidant vitamins A and E may significantly reduce the risk of hearing loss, according to a new study from Australia. People with the highest average intakes of vitamin A had a 47 percent reduced risk of moderate or greater hearing loss, compared to people with the lowest average intakes, scientists from the University of Sydney report in The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging. In addition, increasing dietary vitamin E intakes were linked with a 14 percent reduction in hearing loss.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

July 30, 2011

Human genes can be patented, ruling says
Human gene ruling reversal
A federal court said Friday that human genes can be patented, reversing a lower court's ruling that involved a test for breast cancer but which could have had big implications for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.
Read article in the San Francisco Chronicle (USA)
Comment: Multinational corporations want to patent the genes of human beings as a means of enabling the genome, the inherited DNA that is common to all humanity, to become their private property. If these monstrous plans are not halted, in the near future, pharmaceutical companies will appropriate the organs of the human body as their possessions. As such, it can be seen that worldwide abolition of the patent principle as applied to health, life and food is an international task of the highest priority.

July 29, 2011

Big Pharma Spends $95 Thousand Per Doctor on Marketing Each Year
The amount of spending to market Big Pharma's products comes to about $95,000 per doctor per year in the US alone. Now, they're interacting with docs at the point of writing prescriptions.
Read article at gaia-health.com

July 27, 2011

Europe To Revise Advertising In Disguise Proposal
Three years after making a proposal that would have allowed drugmakers to publish product information in consumer newspapers and magazines, the European Commission is going back to the proverbial drawing board and plans to issue a new proposal this fall, an EC spokesman writes us.
Read article at pharmalot.com

July 26, 2011

Pfizer's Zyvox and Antidepressants May Be Fatal Combination
Pfizer Inc.'s Zyvox antibiotic can cause potentially fatal central nervous system reactions in patients who also take antidepressants that increase levels of the brain chemical serotonin, U.S. regulators said.
Read article in the San Francisco Chronicle (USA)

July 21, 2011

F.D.A. Issues Alerts on the Heart Drug Multaq
American and European regulators issued safety alerts on Thursday about Multaq, a drug approved two years ago to treat abnormal heart rhythms. The Food and Drug Administration said a study of the drug in patients with a long-term form of the disease, known as atrial fibrillation, showed twice as many deaths as those who did not take the drug.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

July 21, 2011

Antidepressants can cause relapse: Study
Patients who use antidepressants are more prone to relapsing than those who struggle through melancholy without drugs, a McMaster University study suggests. In fact, those patients who take drugs can be nearly twice as susceptible to future episodes of major depression after they go off the medication.
Read article at metronews.ca (Canada)

July 15, 2011

Study: Certain painkillers might raise odds of stroke, heart attack
Heart disease patients with high blood pressure who take a class of painkillers called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are at greater risk for heart attack, stroke or even death, new research shows. NSAIDS include popular medications such as such as aspirin, Celebrex, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve).
Read article on the USA Today website

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GMO News

July 20, 2011

Bangalore: No Permission for Trials, Research on GM Crops: Katti
With farmers launching a determined campaign against genetically modified (GM) crops, Karnatakas Agriculture Minister Umesh Katti has firmly ruled out giving permission for private companies for undertaking trials and research on GM crops. Addressing presspersons after a meting with bankers and officials of the Agriculture Department here on Wednesday, the minister said action would be taken against those who had undertaken trials on GM crops in Bijapur and other districts without the permission of the Government. The department had not given permission to undertake trials to any multinational or local companies, he said.
Read article at daijiworld.com (India)

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Other Health-related News

August 2, 2011

Americans may have low vitamin D Levels
Only 23 percent of Americans reach vitamin D levels that experts agree is needed for optimal health, according to new research. The research suggests that the majority of the American population is vitamin D deficient, leaving them at increased risks from bone disorders, and many other diseases. The data, which was presented at a recent American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) meeting also suggested that testing individuals at risk of deficiency may be beneficial.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com
Comment: As a watershed article published in the New York Times last year pointed out, most people in the modern world have lifestyles that prevent them from acquiring the levels of vitamin D that evolution intended us to have. Significantly, therefore, studies indicate that the effects of a vitamin D deficiency include an elevated risk of developing (and dying from) cancers of the colon, breast and prostate; high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease; osteoarthritis; and immune-system abnormalities that can result in infections and autoimmune disorders like multiple sclerosis, Type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. To access studies and research articles showing how these diseases can be treated in a natural way, without the use of pharmaceutical drugs, click here and here.

July 28, 2011

Treating the Cause, Not the Illness
In 1965, in an impoverished rural county in the Mississippi Delta, the pioneering physician Jack Geiger helped found one of the nations first community health centers. Many of the children Geiger treated were seriously malnourished, so he began writing prescriptions for food stipulating quantities of milk, vegetables, meat, and fruit that could be filled at grocery stores, which were instructed to send the bills to the health center, where they were paid out of the pharmacy budget. When word of this reached the Office of Economic Opportunity in Washington, which financed the center, an official was dispatched to Mississippi to reprimand Geiger and make sure he understood that the centers money could be used only for medical purposes.
Read article on the New York Times website (USA)

July 13, 2011

Hungary introduces 'fat tax' to boost nation's health
Food considered to be unhealthy, including crisps, soft drinks and chocolate bars, are now subject to a new tax in Hungary. The new law, introduced on 11 July, is aimed at "improving the health of the nation".
Read article at euractiv.com

July 19, 2011

Save Your Supplements
Everyone with even an ounce of common sense has grave concerns about the U.S. Food and Drug Administrations recently released Draft Guidance for Industry: Dietary Supplements: New Dietary Ingredient Notifications and Related Issues. This Agency sprang this trap on both industry and consumers without seeking any prior input from us at all. It had almost 17 years to seek our opinion before coming out with this document, and now they are giving us a miserly 90 days to respond with our comments.
Read news release on the website of the National Health Federation (USA)

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Political News

July 31, 2011

The damning of Tony Blair: Former PM to be held to account on Iraq in Chilcot report on war
Tony Blair is to face scathing criticism from the official inquiry into the Iraq War for the role he played in leading Britain into one of its biggest foreign policy fiascos in modern history.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)
Comment: With even Blairs own sister-in-law now saying he should be tried for war crimes over the invasion of Iraq, it is long since time that he should have been formally charged and brought to trial in the International Criminal Court. To read about the Complaint we submitted to the International Criminal Court in 2003, charging Blair, George W. Bush, and others with causing injury to and the death of millions of people through the business with disease, war crimes and other crimes against humanity, 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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