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December 2, 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

November 29, 2011

Vitamin D studied as flu-fighter
As fall marches into winter and hauls us deep into flu season, some experts suggest a big dose of Vitamin D could help sidestep that lurking virus.
Read article at healthzone.ca (Canada)

November 28, 2011

Low vitamin D linked to heart disease, death
In people with low blood levels of vitamin D, boosting them with supplements more than halved a person's risk of dying from any cause compared to someone who remained deficient, in a large new study.
Read article in The Vancouver Sun (Canada)

November 28, 2011

Omega-3 again linked to lower inflammation: Study
Increased blood levels of omega-3s are associated with lower levels of compounds linked to inflammation and heart disease, says a new study that strengthens the heart health benefits of the fatty acids.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

November 22, 2011

Orange sweet potato reduces risk of vitamin a deficiency in children and women in Mozambique
A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition indicates that orange sweet potato (OSP) is effective in providing vitamin A to malnourished women and children in Mozambique, where the prevalence of vitamin A deficiency (VAD) is very high. VAD can lead to impaired immune defenses and eye damage that can lead to blindness and even death. Annually, 250,000 to 500,000 preschool children go blind from VAD and about two-thirds will die within months of going blind.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

November 22, 2011

Tart cherries may boost sleep: RCT
A glass of tart cherry juice first thing in the morning and last thing before bed may benefit sleep patterns, suggests a new study.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

November 15, 2011

The Alternative Approach: Green Tea May Boost Flu Protection in Kids
The flu season is upon us and our front-line defense, the flu vaccine, does not protect us 30 percent to 40 percent of the time (sometimes more). However, a recent medical study indicates that simply drinking a cup of green tea every day may prevent influenza infection, especially for school-age children.
Read article on the website of the Natural Health Research Institute (USA)

November 9, 2011

Aging Well Through Exercise
Is physical frailty inevitable as we grow older? That question preoccupies scientists and the middle-aged, particularly when they become the same people. Until recently, the evidence was disheartening. A large number of studies in the past few years showed that after age 40, people typically lose 8 percent or more of their muscle mass each decade, a process that accelerates significantly after age 70. Less muscle mass generally means less strength, mobility and among the elderly, independence. It also has been linked with premature mortality. But a growing body of newer science suggests that such decline may not be inexorable. Exercise, the thinking goes, and you might be able to rewrite the future for your muscles.
Read article on the New York Times website (USA)

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

November 29, 2011

Chronic Bowel Disease Drugs Linked to Skin Cancer Risk
Repeatedly taking slightly too much paracetamol over time can cause a dangerous overdose that is difficult to spot, but puts the person at danger of dying. Patients may not come to hospital reporting the overdose, but because they feel unwell. This clinical situation needs to be recognized and treated rapidly because these patients are at even greater danger than people who take single overdoses.
Read news article at yahoo.com

November 23, 2011

Paracetamol: Repeated ingestion of slightly too much can be fatal -- recognize and treat quickly
In a devastating blow to Novartis, a federal judge denied a bid to overturn a verdict in which a jury decided the drugmaker failed to adequately warn about the risks that its Zometa and Aredia bone-strengthening meds caused severe jaw bone damage. And in making his decision, he writes that the jury was shown sufficient evidence to conclude a cover-up was undertaken with “the knowledge and approval of high-ranking officials.”
Read article at medicalxpress.com

November 22, 2011

Merck will pay $950M to settle Vioxx investigation
The Department of Justice said Tuesday that drugmaker Merck will pay $950 million to resolve investigations into its marketing of the painkiller Vioxx.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

July 14, 2011

Stay away from chemotherapy and radiation
For many years it has been known to well informed individuals within the medical community that chemotherapy and radiation were quite toxic and essentially worthless in the management of malignancies. This information is carefully covered up by our controlled media so that these two methods of therapy are regarded by lay persons as the proven therapy for malignancies. Like lemmings going over a cliff the general public lines up for these therapies and nearly all treated persons proceed to die.
Read article at newswithviews.com
Comment: Many people are simply not aware that the chemicals used in so-called chemotherapy are toxic and dangerous not just to the patients to whom they are administered, but also to the people they come in contact with. As these chemicals are excreted through the chemotherapy patient's skin, urine, stool, tears, semen and vaginal fluid, the people at risk of contamination include family members, caregivers and literally anyone touching him/her. To read shocking extracts from the "patient information leaflets" of these drugs, as published by the drug manufacturers themselves, click here.

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GMO News

November 28, 2011

Monsanto Defeated by Roundup Resistant Weeds
An explosion of glyphosate resistant weeds forces Monsanto to run away from farmers' rising weed control costs
Monsanto is surrendering to glyphosate resistant weeds, according to a new briefing by UK based GM freeze. They are spreading at “exponential” rates in US farms and are increasingly documented in Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Europe and South Africa. While Monsanto grandly claims that its GM technologies help the environment by reducing pesticide use, resistant weeds springing up across the world paints a different picture. Glyphosate resistance has developed as the result of large-scale use of their pesticides. Glyphosate is the active ingredient of Monsanto's world best-selling herbicide, Roundup. And now, Monsanto aims to combat this serious agronomic, environmental, socio-economic, and health problem with even further increases in pesticide use.
Read article on the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

November 25, 2011

India's New GM Crops Bill is a Gross Example of Corruption
India's agricultural future looks bleak as the Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India (BRAI) Bill 2011 is scheduled to pass in the current session of Indian parliament. This highly controversial bill calls for the formation of a new regulatory body that is the ultimate authority on the introduction of Genetically Modified (GM) crops in India. This body makes a mockery of both consumer protection as well as farmer rights, as it stipulates that the body will be made up of five members based within the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), the very body that funds GM crop research in the country. To add to the irony, the DBT is also the main agency for channelling funds from foreign governments to GM crop development projects.
Read article at policymic.com (USA)

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Other Health-related News

November 28, 2011

It Could Be Old Age, or It Could Be Low B12
Ilsa Katz was 85 when her daughter, Vivian Atkins, first noticed that her mother was becoming increasingly confused. “She couldn"t remember names, where she"d been or what she"d done that day,” Ms. Atkins recalled in an interview. “Initially, I was not too worried. I thought it was part of normal aging. But over time, the confusion and memory problems became more severe and more frequent.” Her mother couldn"t remember the names of close relatives or what day it was. She thought she was going to work or needed to go downtown, which she never did. And she was often agitated. A workup at a memory clinic resulted in a diagnosis of early Alzheimer"s disease, and Ms. Katz was prescribed Aricept, which Ms. Atkins said seemed to make matters worse. But the clinic also tested Ms. Katz"s blood level of vitamin B12. It was well below normal, and her doctor thought that could be contributing to her symptoms. Weekly B12 injections were begun. “Soon afterward, she became less agitated, less confused and her memory was much better,” said Ms. Atkins.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

November 25, 2011

From 44,000 to 224 — the Great EU Health Claims Cull
On 5th December, a European Commission committee will likely put forward to the European Parliament a proposal for an EU-wide Regulation that will establish a list of authorised “general function” health claims, under Article 13.1 of the EU"s Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation. If green-lighted by the Parliament, six months after its passage into law, all general function health claims for commercial food and food supplement products that are not authorised will be banned across all 27 EU Member States. We say that this will amount to an infringement of freedom of commercial speech, given the fact that the 224 health claims on the list are limited to just 70 foods or food ingredients.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website

November 23, 2011

Too little salt may also increase risk of heart problems, suggests study
Consumption of too much, and too little, salt may be linked to a higher risk of heart-related hospitalisations and deaths, according to a new study.
Read article at foodnavigator-usa.com

November 20, 2011

Media May Kill Vitamins
What happened to the media that investigates and reports both sides of the story? The practice of denigrating dietary supplements and raising public concern over “safety” has been elevated to an art form by the media. Sound bites and articles with such titles as, “Vitamins May Kill Elderly Americans,” ignore the number of documented deaths caused by prescription drugs. Without both sides of the story, media is playing with half a deck – when this happens in oppressed countries, we call it propaganda.
Read article at citizens.org (USA)
Comment: From time to time, people write and ask us why the media doesn"t give more publicity to the issues that we cover on our website. If all of the things on the Foundation"s website are true, they reason, then wouldn"t the media be reporting on them as well? To learn why such thinking is naïve, and understand why Big Media cannot be seen as an ally in the campaign for vitamin freedom, click here.

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Political News

November 28, 2011

Forget Fracking, Vitamin B12 Could Make Fuel Cells Cheaper
Vitamin B12 could replace platinum as a catalyst in fuel cells, and that could lead to a new generation of emission free, low cost hydrogen fuel cells for cars and other vehicles. Aside from helping to reduce the use of petroleum-fueled vehicles, cheaper fuel cells could also help ease some of the pressure to drill for more natural gas. Natural gas is emerging as a low-emission alternative fuel for vehicles, but given the environmental risks and community disruption caused by fracking (a method of drilling that involves pumping chemicals underground), natural gas is not the kind of long term, sustainable solution that fuel cells have the potential to offer.
Read article at cleantechnica.com
Comment: Energy for All – through ending the world"s dependency on oil and bringing about a global change to renewable energy – is one of the main goals of the Movement of Life. To learn more about the Movement of Life, and support its campaign for Health, Peace and Social Justice for All, click here.

November 23, 2011

Bush, Blair found guilty of war crimes
A Malaysian tribunal has found former US President George W Bush and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair guilty of committing crimes against humanity during the Iraq war, Press TV reported. The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal found the former heads of state guilty after a four-day hearing. A seven-member panel chaired by former Malaysian Federal Court judge Abdul Kadir Sulaiman presided over the trial. The five panel tribunal unanimously decided that the former US and British leaders had committed crimes against peace and humanity, and also violated international law when they ordered the invasion of Iraq in March 2003. The prosecutors at the hearing ruled that the invasion of Iraq was a flagrant abuse of law, and act of aggression which amounted to a mass murder of the Iraqi people.
Read article on the Press TV website (Iran)
Comment: Our organization has long taken a leading role in calling for Bush and Blair to stand trial for war crimes. To read about the formal Complaint we submitted to the International Criminal Court in 2003, charging Bush, Blair 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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