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August 12, 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 4, 2011

Are You Taking Enough Omega-3 for Heart Health?
Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and worldwide. Coronary heart disease accounts for approximately 35% of all cardiovascular deaths and 10.5% of all deaths worldwide. Most risk factors of coronary heart disease are changeable, meaning coronary heart disease is a largely preventable disease. Omega-3 oils have been shown to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, but how much is enough? Recent research from the British Journal of Nutrition found consumption of greater than 250mg per day was associated with a 35% reduction in the risk of sudden cardiac death.
Read article on the website of the Natural Health Research Institute (USA)

August 2, 2011

A small amount of exercise is good for your heart
More research shows that even small amounts of aerobic exercise help lower coronary heart disease risk, according to a review published Monday in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association.
Read article in USA Today
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.

July 26, 2011

Study Suggests Multivitamin Supplementation Could Significantly Benefit the Elderly
Aging comes with many challenges that include both physical, with hip fractures from falls costing our healthcare system $17 billion in 2001, and mental, with Alzheimers and Parkinsons Disease costing $100 and $5.6 billion each year, respectively. Fortunately, nutrition is a vital and controllable aspect of health as we age. A new study has shown that the elderly, even when achieving adequate food intake, can still suffer from vitamin deficiencies.
Read article on the website of the Natural Health Research Institute (USA)
Comment: After studying 78 patients between the ages of 70 and 75, the researchers concluded that multivitamin supplementation is necessary, even in healthy individuals, to ensure an adequate micronutrient intake in the elderly.

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

August 5, 2011

Wave of lawsuits follow warnings that top-selling diabetes drug may raise bladder cancer risk
The maker of the worlds best-selling diabetes drug is facing hundreds of lawsuits and likely a big sales drop as suspicion grows that taking the pill for more than a year raises the risk of bladder cancer. In June, Takeda Pharmaceuticals Co. Ltd. halted sales of Actos, its top drug, in Germany and France after pressure from regulators. Since then, both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency have issued warnings about the cancer risk based on new research, but they have allowed sales to continue.
Read article in the Washington Post (USA)

August 5, 2011

Prescriptions for antidepressants increasing among individuals with no psychiatric diagnosis
Americans are no strangers to antidepressants. During the last 20 years the use of antidepressants has grown significantly making them one of the most costly and the third most commonly prescribed class of medications in the U. S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 2005-2008 nearly 8.9 percent of the U.S. population had at least one prescription in this drug class during any given month. A new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health examines national trends in antidepressant prescribing and finds much of this growth was driven by a substantial increase in antidepressant prescriptions by non-psychiatrist providers without any accompanying psychiatric diagnosis.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

July 28, 2011

Useless Studies, Real Harm
Last month, the Archives of Internal Medicine published a scathing reassessment of a 12-year-old research study of Neurontin, a seizure drug made by Pfizer. The study, which had included more than 2,700 subjects and was carried out by Parke-Davis (now part of Pfizer), was notable for how poorly it was conducted. The investigators were inexperienced and untrained, and the design of the study was so flawed it generated few if any useful conclusions. Even more alarming, 11 patients in the study died and 73 more experienced serious adverse events. Yet there have been few headlines, no demands for sanctions or apologies, no national bioethics commissions pledging to investigate.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

July 11, 2011

Outsourced: Clinical trials overseas
As US pharmaceutical companies move their operations abroad, India has become a testing ground for trial medicines.
US pharmaceutical companies have moved their operations overseas over the course of the past decade. Instead of testing trial medicines on Americans, more and more of these tests are being carried out on poor people in faraway places. Russia, China, Brazil, Poland, Uganda and Romania are all hot spots for what is called clinical research or clinical trials. Now employing CROs - or clinical research organisations - the industry is big business, worth as much as $30bn today.
Learn more and watch video report at aljazeera.net

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GMO News

August 4, 2011

Herbicide tolerant GM crops pose serious health threat: Greenpeace
Introduction of herbicide tolerant genetically modified (GM) crops, which are at the field trial stage in India, can pose serious threat to health and environment, according to a report released by Greenpeace Thursday.
Read article at daijiworld.com (India)

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Other Health-related News

August 9, 2011

Whitewash response from European Commission to EU herb law concerns
Yesterday ANH-Intl received a formal response from the European Commission (EC) to an open letter sent by its Executive and Scientific Director, Dr Robert Verkerk, to Commissioner Dalli on 24th June 2011. Unfortunately, the response letter provides no answers to the very serious issues ANH-Intl had raised over disproportionate impacts of the EU herbal directive on particular sectors, especially those representing the longest-standing traditions of medicine, such as Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine.
Read press release on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website
Comment: Due to its fundamentally undemocratic structure with the EU Commission holding all executive power and the EU Parliament serving merely as a fig leaf the dictatorial Brussels EU construct is not reformable. It therefore needs to be publicly rejected by the people, dismantled and replaced by a truly democratic system of representation. A full awareness of the facts about the Brussels EU and the documents that prove its Nazi origins should therefore serve to end, once and for all, the illusion that heartfelt appeals for it to Save our Supplements and protect our right to natural health will ever have any effect that is, apart from perhaps resulting in ironic grins on the faces of the members of the EU Commission and other stakeholders of the Drug Cartel.

August 5, 2011

Back pain and disc health 'linked' to lack of nutrients
Heavy lifting, twisting and bending can do damage to the discs in the back by reducing the flow of nutrients to the disc cells, a study says. Disturbing the balance of nutrients in the discs can then lead to the onset of degenerative disease. Writing in PLoS Computational Biology, Spanish experts say a normal level of physical activity helps cell nutrition. Lower back pain, which is linked to degenerative spinal discs, could be caused by this lack of nutrients.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

August 4, 2011

Wikipedia says it is losing contributors
Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia that allows anyone to edit its entries, says it is losing contributors.
Read news report at yahoo.com
Comment: With many of its former editors having learned that the facts arent welcome on Wikipedia, the reality is that Jimmy Wales online encyclopedia has reportedly been losing contributors in droves for some time now. Significantly, therefore, the Wikimedia Foundation, of which Wikipedia is a project, is directly dependent upon support from super-wealthy benefactors with connections to the pharmaceutical investment business. One of the most notable of the Wikimedia Foundations supporters is the so-called Open Society Institute, founded by the multi-billionaire chairman of Soros Fund Management LLC,George Soros, a Hungarian-born currency speculator and multi-billion dollar stock market wheeler-dealer who has been convicted of insider trading in France.

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Political News

August 3, 2011

BP disaster one year later
One year after the horrific BP oil spill locals still feel BP isn't managing the situation properly.
When news of the disastrous BP oil well explosion reached the residents of Jean Lafitte, Louisiana last April, Mayor Tim Kerner did the only thing he could think of to stop the oil from destroying his community. He encouraged everyone in his town to join him on the water, working day and night throughout the disaster to clean-up the spill. Now, one year after BP managed to cap the runaway well that fouled the Gulf of Mexico with an estimated five million barrels of oil, most of those people are ill.
Read article at aljazeera.net
Comment: To understand the perceived benefit to the Oil Cartel of this strategy of neglect, 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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