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July 13 2012

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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 10, 2012

Nutrient mixture improves memory in patients with early Alzheimer's
A clinical trial of an Alzheimer’s disease treatment developed at MIT has found that the nutrient cocktail can improve memory in patients with early Alzheimer’s. The results confirm and expand the findings of an earlier trial of the nutritional supplement, which is designed to promote new connections between brain cells.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Comment: Through its use of a nutrient cocktail, this study provides further evidence of the effectiveness of the nutrient synergy approach pioneered by Dr. Rath, Dr. Niedzwiecki and the researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute.

July 5, 2012

New research links mothers' lack of folic acid with cleft lip and palate
New research by medics at Trinity College Dublin suggests that folic acid plays a vital role in preventing a major birth defect. This is in addition to the established protection against neural birth defect such as spina bifida The findings published in the July 2012 edition of the leading primary care journal, the British Journal of General Practice show that the risk of having Cleft Lip and Palate (CLP) was more than four times higher if mothers had not taken folic acid in the first trimester.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

July 4, 2012

Higher doses of vitamin D prevent fractures in older women
In the latest study to look at the effect of vitamin D on fracture risk, Swiss researchers found that taking more than 800 international units (IU) of vitamin D daily could reduce the risk of hip fractures in older women by 30 percent.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

July 10, 2012

Merck Hid Evidence Of Vioxx Harm: Study
And so, the Vioxx saga continues. Nearly eight years after Merck withdrew the controversial painkiller over links to heart attacks and strokes, a new paper indicates the drugmaker hid evidence that Vioxx tripled the risk of cardiovascular death for more than three years before taking the pill off the market in 2004. During the same period, the paper in the American Heart Journal notes, Merck had regularly insisted such an increased did not exist.
Read article at pharmalot.com

July 5, 2012

Australian Pharma Balks At Disclosing Doc Data
Although drugmakers have gradually disclosed details of their relationships with physicians in the US, the pharmaceutical industry is resisting a similar effort in Australia, where revisions are being made to a voluntary code. Specifically, they are balking at providing names of individual doctors who receive payments and the specific amounts that are paid, according to The Conversation.
Read article at pharmalot.com

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GMO News

July 9, 2012

Turks refusing to eat GM food, poll reveals
Some 83 percent of Turkish people are against consuming food from genetically modified (GM) organisms, according to a survey by Greenpeace.
Read article on the Hurriyet Daily News website (Turkey)

July 6, 2012

Organic Farmers File Appeal Against Monsanto
America’s farmers fight Monsanto’s scorched earth legal campaign of threats and intimidation
Seventy-five family farmers, seed businesses, and agricultural organizations representing over 300,000 individuals and 4,500 farms filed a brief today with the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington asking the appellate court to reverse a lower court’s decision from February dismissing their protective legal action against agricultural giant Monsanto’s patents on genetically engineered seed. The plaintiffs brought the pre-emptive case against Monsanto in March 2011 in the Southern District of New York and specifically seek to defend themselves from nearly two dozen of Monsanto’s most aggressively asserted patents on GMO seed. They were forced to act pre-emptively to protect themselves from Monsanto’s abusive lawsuits, fearing that if GMO seed contaminates their property despite their efforts to prevent such contamination, Monsanto will sue them for patent infringement.
Read press release at osgata.org (USA)

July 6, 2012

GM canola contamination leads to court showdown
Australia's system of organic certification will come under intense scrutiny when two neighbouring farmers do battle in the Western Australian Supreme Court in a test case on genetically modified crop contamination. Organic farmer Steve Marsh, from Kojonup in the state's Great Southern region, is suing his neighbour Michael Baxter for alleged negligence and nuisance. Mr Marsh claims genetically modified (GM) canola seed blew onto his farm in 2010, causing him to lose his organic status.
Read article on the ABC News website (Australia)

July 4, 2012

EU food authorities pave way for meat and milk from GM animals
European Union officials are paving the way to bring genetically modified (GM) animals to the European market. European authorities have developed safety guidelines for the introduction of GM animals - a precursor to approving such products for commercial sale. But these steps to introduce GM fish, pigs or cows come despite unwillingness to sell them from major retailers, research by Friends of the Earth Europe shows, as well as strong consumer opposition to GMOs.
Read press release on the Friends of the Earth (Europe) website

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Other Health-related News

July 10, 2012

Chinese Vitamin C Makers’ Price-Fixing Trial Set for Nov. 5
China Pharmaceutical Group Ltd. and several other Chinese makers of vitamin C will face a Nov. 5 trial in the U.S. for alleged price-fixing, a federal judge said. U.S. District Judge Brian M. Cogan in Brooklyn, New York, today set the date in a case brought by purchasers of vitamin C. In January, the judge allowed the buyers to proceed with their case as a group against the vitamin makers. Other companies sued in the case include Weisheng Pharmaceutical Co., North China Pharmaceutical Co., Hebei Welcome Pharmaceutical Co. and Northeast Pharmaceutical Group Co.
Read article at bloomberg.com

Comment: Pharmaceutical companies have a long history of colluding to fix prices for vitamins. In 1999, following a class-action case in the United States, seven of the world's largest drug companies paid more than $1.1 billion to settle a lawsuit that sought damages as a result of a criminal scheme to fix prices. Subsequent to the US lawsuit, the cartel was also subject to successful court actions in Canada, Europe and Australia. Thus, while refusing to promote the medical breakthroughs of Cellular Medicine, multinational drug companies conspired to take advantage of them by engaging in criminal price-fixing on a global level. The fraudulent profits these companies made from their criminal practices may have reached hundreds of billions of dollars. Compared to that, the fines these companies had to pay were insignificant. To learn more, read chapter 11 of Dr. Rath’s classic book, “Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks – But People Do!

July 9, 2012

Lower iron levels seen in newborns of obese mothers
A growing number of studies imply that children born to obese mothers face health problems stemming from the womb. New research from the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University and The Mother Infant Research Institute at Tufts Medical Center suggests that low iron status is among these health problems, according to an analysis of maternal hepcidin, a hormone that is key in keeping iron levels balanced.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

July 7, 2012

Has ‘Organic’ Been Oversized?
Michael J. Potter is one of the last little big men left in organic food. More than 40 years ago, Mr. Potter bought into a hippie cafe and “whole earth” grocery here that has since morphed into a major organic foods producer and wholesaler, Eden Foods. But one morning last May, he hopped on his motorcycle and took off across the Plains to challenge what organic food — or as he might have it, so-called organic food — has become since his tie-dye days in the Haight district of San Francisco. The fact is, organic food has become a wildly lucrative business for Big Food and a premium-price-means-premium-profit section of the grocery store. The industry’s image — contented cows grazing on the green hills of family-owned farms — is mostly pure fantasy. Or rather, pure marketing. Big Food, it turns out, has spawned what might be called Big Organic.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

Comment: The ‘watering-down’ of global standards for organic foods has been going on for some years now, with the Codex Alimentarius Commission having played a key role in this process. Notably, therefore, Dr. Rath has long been aware of the Codex threat to world health, having written an Open Letter about it in 1996 to the then German Chancellor Helmut Kohl and members of the German Bundestag. To learn more about Codex, click here to visit the Anti-Codex Campaign page on our website.

July 4, 2012

Organic tomatoes have higher antioxidant value, suggests study
Tomatoes grown by organic methods contain more phenolic compounds than those grown using commercial standards, say researchers.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

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Political News

July 10, 2012

EU policymaking 'captured' by big business
A new report says that industry experts and corporate lobbyists have "captured" key areas of policy advice within the European commission. The report, by the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU), says that two thirds of all of DG enterprise's non-governmental advisory groups are "dominated by big business" interests.
Read article at theparliament.com

Comment: Regular visitors and readers of our website will immediately realize that this report is not “news” in the true sense of the word. Moreover, by only examining one single Brussels EU department – and essentially ignoring the fact that the construct’s so-called “transparency register” is a joke – it does not even begin to scratch the surface of the shocking truth behind the Brussels EU. Operating outside the basic principles of democracy, the Brussels EU – by definition – is a dictatorship. The power of the people of Europe to determine their government has been transferred to a cartel of corporate interests. This cartel is well characterised. It comprises the multi-trillion dollar chemical, petrochemical and pharmaceutical investment interests that are by far the largest corporate investment group in the world. To learn more, read chapter one of “The Nazi Roots of the Brussels EU.”

July 6, 2012

Libor scandal exposes banks’ rigging of global rates
Rotting in its own criminality, the capitalist financial system produces ever more powerful arguments for its expropriation and reconstitution under public ownership and democratic control. The latest banking scandal, thus far focused on UK-based Barclays bank, goes to the heart of the global financial system. It provides a glimpse into the mechanisms by which a handful of giant banks rig the so-called “free market” to boost their profits and the fortunes of their executives and big investors. It is a process of economic plunder whose result is mass unemployment, poverty and ever increasing social inequality.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

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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