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September 7 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

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Coconut oil could combat tooth decay

September 3, 2012

Coconut oil attacks the bacteria behind tooth decay and could be used in dental care products, according to research.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

High doses of Vitamin D help tuberculosis patients recover more quickly

September 3, 2012

For decades before antibiotics became generally available, sunshine was used to treat tuberculosis, with patients often being sent to Swiss clinics to soak up the sun's healing rays. Now, for the first time scientists have shown how and why heliotherapy might, indeed, have made a difference.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Comment: An abundance of scientific research now exists to demonstrate the health benefits of vitamin D and other micronutrients in fighting tuberculosis. The very fact that this evidence exists proves that anyone who publicly or privately questions the health value of micronutrients does not serve YOUR health, or the health of the people, but rather the interests of the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical 'business with disease'. To study the scientific evidence on the natural treatment of tuberculosis for yourself, click here.

Green tea may influence brain function & boost working memory: Study

August 31, 2012

Drinking green tea may affect parts of the brain linked to working memory, says the first study ever to use functional neuroimaging methods to test the effects of green tea on the brain.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

Turmeric compounds show blood sugar management activity

August 31, 2012

Extracts from turmeric may help manage blood sugar levels in people with type-2 diabetes, suggest data from a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial from China.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

Pharma "Business with Disease" News

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Gruenenthal's thalidomide apology 'insulting'

September 1, 2012

The company which invented thalidomide has "insulted" those affected by the drug by issuing an "insincere" apology, campaigners have said. The drug, sold in the 1950s as a cure for morning sickness, was linked to birth defects and withdrawn in 1961. German-based Gruenenthal has issued its first apology in 50 years, but said the drug's possible side-effects "could not be detected" before it was marketed. But the UK's Thalidomide Trust said any apology should also admit wrongdoing.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

Comment: Secret files recently obtained by the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper in Australia reveal that Gruenenthal ignored and covered-up repeated warnings that thalidomide could damage unborn babies. To access legal documents containing these files, click here and here.

Pfizer Loses Bid to Dismiss Fen-Phen Lung Ailment Suits

August 30, 2012

Pfizer Inc. (PFE), whose Wyeth unit reserved more than $21 billion to settle lawsuits over the fen- phen diet drugs, lost its bid to have claims that the pills caused a fatal disease years after users stopped taking them thrown out. U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III in Philadelphia today rejected Pfizer’s arguments that there was no reliable evidence that fen-phen could cause an often-fatal lung disease to arise years after a user stopped taking the pills.
Read article at businessweek.com

Blind To The Truth: The Eye-Damaging Effects of Statins

August 28, 2012

Newly published research has raised concern about the possibility that statin drugs are damaging the eyes of those taking them.  Titled, and published in the journal Optometry and Vision Science, researchers found that those taking statin drugs had 48% higher risk of pathological eye lense changes (nuclear sclerosis and cortical cataract) associated with increased opacity, i.e. cataracts.
Read article at greenmedinfo.com

GMO News

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Eating GMOs is an unsafe bet

August 31, 2012

When ingesting food that has been genetically modified, you are gambling with your health. The ill effects of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) — including corn, soybeans, tomatoes and, yes, even potatoes — are well documented but ignored by the powers that be
Read article on the website of the Columbia Daily Tribune (USA)

GMO: The Secret the Food Industry Is Spending Millions to Keep

August 28, 2012

Big Agriculture and food companies are shelling out gobs of cash ahead of November's election to convince Californians to vote against a proposed law that would require businesses to label products that contain genetically modified organisms.
Read article at dailyfinance.com

Other Health-related News

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New Junk Science Study Dismisses Nutritional Value of Organic Foods

September 4, 2012

You’d think Stanford would be above such sloppy research. You’d be wrong.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (USA) website

Exposure to common toxic substances could increase asthma symptoms

September 1, 2012

Children who are exposed to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), which were commonly used in a range of industrial products, could be at risk of an increase in asthma symptoms, according to new research.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Comment: Despite the fact that hundreds of millions of people worldwide suffer from asthma, conventional medicine offers no cure for the condition and only attempts to treat its symptoms. To read about a pilot Cellular Health study being conducted by the Dr. Rath Research Institute in patients with asthma, click here. To read additional research and clinical studies on the health benefits of micronutrients in fighting asthma, click here and here.

Parkinson's Disease Linked to Exposure to Pesticides

August 31, 2012

A review of research from Belgium's Catholic University of Louvain has confirmed that Parkinson's disease is linked to occupational exposure to pesticides. The researchers, working with the Louvain Center for Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, analyzed studies between 1985 and 2011 that looked at pesticide exposure by workers who handled pesticides. These included farm workers who sprayed pesticides. The overall conclusion of the research found that those who handled pesticides were significantly more likely to contract Parkinson's disease. In four studies, where the Parkinson's diagnoses were confirmed by neurologists, those handling pesticides had an average of over two-and-a-half times the risk of contracting Parkinson's disease. The increased risk ranged from 46% higher to almost four-and-a-half times higher among the workers.
Read article at greenmedinfo.com

Botanical health claims under scrutiny in August holiday

August 29, 2012

Many Europeans take their holidays during August. And this isn't the first time that we've seen the European Commission (EC) launch a major consultation via the EU Member States smack in the middle of this holiday period. The consultation in question relates to the fate of health claims for botanicals, the evaluation of which – by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) – was put 'on hold' around 2 years ago. The reason for the delay? EFSA had rejected around 97% of claims following their preliminary evaluation.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website

Study Links Kidney Disease in Sri Lanka’s Farm Belt to Agrochemicals

August 21, 2012

A new report links the high prevalence of chronic kidney disease in Sri Lanka’s main agricultural production regions with the presence of heavy metals in the water, caused by fertiliser and pesticide use.
Read article at ipsnews.net

Political News

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.

ECB 'in denial' over G30 complaint
The bank fails to answer the allegations concerning President Draghi’s membership of lobby group, lobby watchdog says

September 4, 2012

The European Central Bank appears to be in denial, Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) said today, following the Bank’s formal response to the EU Ombudsman, following the complaint submitted by CEO regarding ECB President Mario Draghi’s membership of the Group of Thirty. According to the complaint, the ECB President’s membership of the Group of Thirty, which includes representatives of big private banks such as Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan, is effectively membership of a lobby group. This violates the ECB's ethics rules as it endangers the independence of the ECB and creates potential conflicts of interest.
Read article on the Corporate Europe Observatory website

Comment: In light of this information, it is worth noting that JP Morgan Chase and other big banks have been closely associated with the Rockefeller family and the Pharmaceutical Investment 'Business with Disease'. To learn more about these connections, from a historical perspective, click here.

U.S. Companies Brace for an Exit From the Euro by Greece

September 2, 2012

Even as Greece desperately tries to avoid defaulting on its debt, American companies are preparing for what was once unthinkable: that Greece could soon be forced to leave the euro zone.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

Slovak PM: chance of euro zone collapse 50-50

August 30, 2012

Euro zone member Slovakia sees a 50-50 chance of the currency bloc breaking up, Prime Minister Robert Fico said on Thursday, ahead of a series of meetings of leading officials next month that may prove decisive for the future of the 17-member club.
Read news report at reuters.com

 

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