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October 14, 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

October 12, 2011

Raw vegetables and fruit 'counteract heart risk genes'
People who are genetically susceptible to heart disease can lower their risk by eating plenty of fruit and raw vegetables, a study suggests. It says five or more daily portions should be enough to counteract culprit versions of a gene on chromosome 9, thought to be possessed by a fifth of people of European ancestry.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)
Comment: The diets of our ancestors thousands of years ago were rich in plant nutrition and high in vitamins. However, independent studies conducted in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and many other countries show that the nutrient content of our food has fallen substantially over the past few decades. As such, it is somewhat misleading to infer that everybody can always get all the nutrients they need in their food. Significantly, therefore, the Dr. Rath Research Institute has examined whether micronutrient supplementation can protect the arteries even when there is a genetic predisposition to cardiovascular disease. The institute’s conclusion: Micronutrient supplementation CAN help prevent important mechanisms contributing to cardiovascular disease, such as high blood pressure and vascular blood clots, even in cases where there are known inherited risk factors for the condition.

October 11, 2011

Folic acid in early pregnancy associated with reduced risk of severe language delay in children
Use of folic acid supplements by women in Norway in the period 4 weeks before to 8 weeks after conception was associated with a reduced risk of the child having severe language delay at age 3 years, according to a study in the October 12 issue of JAMA.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

October 11, 2011

Ginger could reduce bowel cancer risk
Fifteen volunteers given two grams of ginger root supplement daily for 28 days showed reduced signs of colon inflammation - a condition that has been linked to bowel cancer - compared to 15 given a placebo. The researchers, from the University of Michigan Medical School in the US, consequently suggested that ginger could be used as a bowel cancer prevention agent.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

October 4, 2011

Vigorous exercise boosts vitamin D while lowering heart risk
Vigorous exercise significantly improves several risk factors for heart disease, including boosting vitamin D levels, a new study shows.
Read article on the USA Today website

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

October 6, 2011

Avastin Warnings Updated for Ovarian Failure, Jaw Necrosis, Blood Clots
Federal regulators are requiring new label warnings for Avastin, indicating that the cancer drug may increase the risk of ovarian failure, a rare form of jaw decay, blood clots and excessive bleeding.
Read article at aboutlawsuits.com (USA)

October 5, 2011

J&J To Pay $48M To Man Hurt By Motrin
A Los Angeles jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson and its McNeil Consumer Healthcare unit to pay $48.2 million to a man who developed a severe skin disorder and blood blisters in his mouth after taking the Motrin over-the-counter pain reliever. In reaching its decision, the jury found that the Motrin labeling was inadequate and should have been changed years before Christopher Trejo took the pills.
Read article at pharmalot.com

September 29, 2011

Diclofenac Deaths May Dwarf Vioxx Disaster: Health Agencies Helped It Happen
The world was shocked by the number of deaths caused Vioxx, but that number may be dwarfed by another NSAID, diclofenac. Vioxx was sold only by prescription. Diclofenac is sold both by prescription and over the counter.
Read article at gaia-health.com

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GMO News

October 5, 2011

Petition demands US label genetically engineered food
Supporters and producers of organic foods petitioned the US government Tuesday for mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods, and encouraged consumers to go online and join the cause.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

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Other Health-related News

October 11, 2011

Shame on AMA’s Archives of Internal Medicine
Did you hear the breaking news last night—that multivitamins may shorten your life? Here’s how junk science from the AMA set off the media frenzy. The study, published in the American Medical Association’s (AMA’s) Archives of Internal Medicine, assessed the use of vitamin and mineral supplements in nearly 39,000 women whose average age was 62. The researchers asked the women to fill out three surveys, the first in 1986, the second in 1997, and the last in 2004, reporting what supplements they took and what foods they ate, and answering a few questions about their health. That’s right, all the data was self-reported by the study subjects only three times over the course of the 19-year-long study. To say the data is “unreliable” would be a generous description.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (USA) website

September 27, 2011

Study debunks myths on organic farms
The results are in from a 30-year side-by-side trial of conventional and organic farming methods at Pennsylvania's Rodale Institute. Contrary to conventional wisdom, organic farming outperformed conventional farming in every measure.
There are about 1,500 organic farmers in Saskatchewan, at last count. They eschew the synthetic fertilizers and toxic sprays that are the mainstay of conventional farms. Study after study indicates the conventional thinking on farming - that we have to tolerate toxic chemicals because organic farming can't feed the world - is wrong.
Read article in The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon, Canada)
Comment: This study adds further support to research carried out by scientists at the University of Michigan in 2007, who found that organic methods could produce enough food on a global per capita basis to sustain the current human population, and potentially an even larger population, without increasing the agricultural land base.

August 18, 2011

The weed killer 'creating resistant super-weeds' choking over 11 million acres of U.S. farmland
More 11 million acres of U.S. farmland is infested with 'super weeds' resistant to popular herbicide Roundup. The weeds, some of which grow by three inches a day and can damage farm equipment, have become immune to the Monsanto produced killer.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)
Comment: Years of constant application of patented glyphosate herbicides has resulted in the widespread proliferation of ‘super-weeds.’ These weeds are apparently so robust that, in some cases, harvester combines are unable to harvest the fields and hand tools break trying to cut them down. One variety, palmer pigweed, can reportedly grow up to 2.4 meters high and withstand severe heat and prolonged droughts. A catastrophe in the United States and a lesson for the world, this is the grim reality behind intensive farming that government agencies and their friends in the multi-billion dollar biotech industry are desperately trying to cover up.

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Political News

October 10, 2011

Electronic Surveillance Scandal Hits Germany
A German hacker organization claims to have cracked spying software allegedly used by German authorities. The Trojan horse has functions which go way beyond those allowed by German law. The news has sparked a wave of outrage among politicians and media commentators. It sounds like something out of George Orwell's novel "1984" -- a computer program that can remotely control someone's computer without their knowledge, search its complete contents and use it to conduct audio-visual surveillance via the microphone or webcam. But the spy software that the famous German hacker organization Chaos Computer Club has obtained is not used by criminals looking to steal credit-card data or send spam e-mails. If the CCC is to be believed, the so-called "Trojan horse" software was used by German authorities.
Read article in Spiegel Online (Germany)
Comment: As the world’s leading exporter of chemicals and one of the main drug exporting nations, Germany plays a key role in the ‘Brussels EU’ dictatorship. Significantly, therefore, the surveillance strategies being used to enforce the ‘Brussels EU’ regime are directly descended from those used by the Nazis following the adoption of the Oil and Drug Cartel’s Enabling Act by the German Parliament in 1933. To learn more, read chapter 5 of “The Nazi Roots of the ‘Brussels EU’”.

October 6, 2011

Soros fails to reverse insider dealing conviction
European Court of Human Rights rejects hedge fund billionaire's claim that French law was unclear
George Soros, the hedge fund billionaire, has failed in his latest attempt to overturn an insider dealing conviction handed out in France 23 years ago. The European Court of Human Rights rejected his argument that French law on insider trading was not sufficiently clear to provide grounds for a conviction.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)
Comment: Accused in court by the Dr. Rath Health Foundation of having funded the ARV drug-promoting Treatment Action Campaign to the tune of 1.4 million South African Rand, George Soros has invested heavily in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors over the years, buying large holdings in companies including Pfizer and Monsanto. Nevertheless, despite Soros’ conviction for insider share dealing, it is notable that Jimmy Wales’ Wikimedia Foundation, of which Wikipedia is a project, continues to list his so-called “Open Society Institute” as one of its main supporters.

October 5, 2011

Environmental Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico: The Escalation of BP's Liability
As oil, sickness and contamination persist, Gulf residents and lawyers file thousands of lawsuits against the oil giant.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

October 5, 2011

Speculation in Agricultural Commodities: Driving up the Price of Food Worldwide and plunging Millions into Hunger
In late 2006, the price of food and other commodities began rising precipitately, continuing throughout 2007 and peaking in 2008. Millions were cast below the poverty line and food riots erupted across the developing world, from Haiti to Mozambique. While analysts initially framed the crisis in terms of market fundamentals (such as rising population, increased demand for resource-intensive food, declining stockpiles, biofuel and agricultural subsidies, and crop shortfalls from natural disasters), a growing number of experts have tied the massive spikes to financial intermediation.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

October 4, 2011

ANC worse than apartheid govt: Tutu
The ANC government is "worse than the apartheid government", Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu said in Cape Town. "Our government is worse than the apartheid government, because at least you were expecting it from the apartheid government," he said in a news conference on the government's failure to grant Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama a visa. "We were expecting we would have a government that was sensitive to sentiments of our Constitution," Tutu said. "The trouble is that the ANC on the whole reckons that the freedom that we enjoy is due to them. They reckon everyone else is just a sideline." Tutu, who shouted and shook his finger as he spoke, said President Jacob Zuma did not represent him.
Read article on the Times Online website (South Africa)

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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