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November 2, 2012

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NATURAL HEALTH NEWS

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Mothers-to-be should take folic acid AND vitamin B12 to prevent birth defects, leading expert warns

October 31, 2012

Mothers-to-be should take vitamin B12 to prevent their children developing birth defects such as spina bifida, a charity has said. New research suggests that taking the supplement alongside folic acid will further help prevent the series of birth defects that affect the development of the spine and central nervous system.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

DHA omega-3 may lower anxiety risk

October 30, 2012

Increased intakes of the omega-3 DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are associated with a reduced risk of anxiety, a study from Australia has reported for the first time.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

High Levels of Vitamin D in Plasma Protects Against Bladder Cancer

October 30, 2012

High levels of vitamin D are associated with protection against bladder cancer, according to a multidisciplinary study coordinated by molecular biologists and epidemiologists from the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), the conclusions of which are being published October 30 in the Journal of National Cancer Institute (JNCI).
Read article at sciencedaily.com

Omega-3 Intake Heightens Working Memory in Healthy Young Adults

October 25, 2012

While Omega-3 essential fatty acids -- found in foods like wild fish and grass-fed livestock -- are necessary for human body functioning, their effects on the working memory of healthy young adults have not been studied until now. In the first study of its kind, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have determined that healthy young adults ages 18-25 can improve their working memory even further by increasing their Omega-3 fatty acid intake.
Read article at sciencedaily.com

Ginger's Many Evidence-Based Health Benefits Revealed

October 25, 2012

Ginger's culinary qualities are a delight, but its health benefits are simply stunning. It has been shown to be more effective against bacterial staph infections than antibiotics. It can kill cancer cells. Its anti-inflammatory effects are already famous. It can resolve brain inflammations, and ease or cure a variety of gut problems, such as ulcerative colitis and acid reflux. And ginger can even alleviate the effects of gamma radiation. What's not to love about this incredible herb?
Read article at greenmedinfo.com

PHARMA "BUSINESS WITH DISEASE" NEWS

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Drugs giant Roche accused of sitting on trial data for flu treatment
Doubts remain about efficacy and safety of Tamiflu, stockpiled for use in pandemics

October 31, 2012

The pharmaceutical giant Roche is being accused of irresponsibly withholding key trial data about a vital flu drug on which governments around the world have spent billions of pounds.
Read article in The Independent (UK)

Comment: Studies with Tamiflu have reported side-effects including nausea, vomiting, headaches, diarrhea, abdominal pain and even dangerous psychiatric side effects. Notably, therefore, the official World Health Organization guidance on Tamiflu, issued in 2004, which urged governments to stockpile the drug, was authored by scientists who had previously received payment from its manufacturer, Roche.

Die Early with Sleeping Pills

October 29, 2012

A new study shows prescription sleeping pills bring an increased risk of dying early—or getting cancer.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (USA) website

Prozac pregnancy alert: Mothers-to-be on anti-depressants are putting babies at risk, warn scientists

October 26, 2012

Thousands of women who take anti-depressants during pregnancy are endangering their unborn babies, researchers have warned. The widely prescribed pills have been found drastically to raise the odds of miscarriages, premature birth, autism and life-threatening high blood pressure, they say.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

Many Terminal Cancer Patients Put False Hope in Chemo, Study Finds

October 24, 2012

Many people with incurable cancer mistakenly believe chemotherapy may save them, a new study finds. Researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston found that more than 80 percent of people with advanced colon cancer and nearly 70 percent with advanced lung cancer thought chemo could cure their disease.
Read article on the US News and World Report website

Comment: For decades now, despite their known toxicity and inability to cure cancer, chemotherapy substances have been deceptively promoted as lifesaving “treatments” to millions of cancer patients worldwide. So much so, in fact, that, as this study shows, even patients diagnosed as terminal continue to mistakenly put their faith in them. In reality, the fact is that for many types of cancer it is already established that chemotherapy does not significantly prolong the life of cancer patients at all.

Drug firms are 'risking lives by hiding bad trials and side effects of their medicines'

October 24, 2012

Drug companies are deliberately withholding the results of adverse clinical trials - putting patients at risk, an MP warned yesterday.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

GMO NEWS

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Has a deal been done to bring GM crops to Europe?

October 25, 2012

Some famers in the US are now warning their European counterparts not to make the same mistakes that they did by embracing GM crops – write campaigners. Details of a meeting held with British ministers in June show how the biotech industry is working with the United Kingdom government to bring genetically modified crops back into the UK and weaken European regulations. The papers show how the GM industry plans to use non-industry scientists to promote GM in the media and schools using taxpayers' money, so they can get GM crops back into Europe. There are also plans to promote GM crops in Africa.
Read article on the Public Service Europe website

GM Cancer Warning Can No Longer Be Ignored

October 24, 2012

The biotech industry is doing its best to convince us that GMOs are the key to feeding a hungry world, when all the evidence is that they profit only the companies. Whenever anyone tries to warn of the dangers of GMOs, the industry responds by doing its utmost to discredit the whistle blower and prevent the warning from being heard.
Read article on the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

Farmers say entire organic industry at risk in GM alfalfa debate

October 22, 2012

There’s a new genetically modified crop on the horizon that some say is jeopardizing the entire Canadian organic farming industry. Organic farmers across the country are sounding the alarm bells on the state of alfalfa, one small plant with a massive role in organic farming.
Read article at globaltoronto.com (Canada)

OTHER HEALTH-RELATED NEWS

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Pesticides put bumblebee colonies at risk of failure, study finds

October 22, 2012

Pesticides used in farming are also killing worker bumblebees and damaging their ability to gather food, meaning colonies that are vital for plant pollination are more likely to fail when they are used, a study showed on Sunday.
Read article in The Guardian (UK)

India leads the way in no additives claims in food and drink categories

October 8, 2012

MUMBAI: New food and drink products in India carrying the 'no additives/preservatives' claims are up from 14% in 2008 to 18% in 2011, of the overall food and drink market. This gives India the first position in Asia Pacific for products carrying the said claim.
Read article on The Times of India website

POLITICAL NEWS

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Mysterious thefts scupper EU tobacco crackdown

October 26, 2012

The tobacco industry has been granted a last-minute reprieve after tough new rules intended to restrict cigarette sales were derailed by a series of curious incidents in Brussels. Health experts and tobacco control activists were on the brink of victory against the industry earlier this month as a new Tobacco Products Directive was expected to be adopted by the European Commission. But campaigners have been left stunned after the enforced resignation of the commissioner John Dalli and a robbery in which laptops and documents containing the evidence supporting the new regulations were stolen.
Read article in The Independent (UK)

Comment: Following the growing scandal surrounding the recent departure of Brussels EU Commissioner John Dalli, whose brief included issues such as food safety and pharmaceuticals, and a Swedish tobacco producer alleging it was offered the opportunity to pay a 60 million euro bribe to a Maltese businessman with links to Dalli as a means of thwarting new tobacco legislation, this theft, and its eyebrow-raising timing, raises important questions. For example, is the Brussels EU Commission really so technologically inept that it doesn’t even bother to backup its laptops and documents? Given the extent to which the Brussels EU now utilizes hi-tech measures to enforce its dictatorship, we suspect many people may find this hard to accept. But with serious questions increasingly being raised about the Brussels EU Commission and its relationships with corporate interests, were these mysterious thefts essentially a last-ditch effort by someone to hide evidence and buy time for the tobacco industry?

Silvio Berlusconi sentenced to four years in jail for tax fraud

October 26, 2012

Silvio Berlusconi was sentenced to four years' jail by an Italian court on Friday at the end of a lengthy trial for tax fraud related to the acquisition of TV rights by his company Mediaset – but it remains unlikely he will ever see a prison cell. Under the Italian legal system, the country's former prime minister will be entitled to two appeals before a definitive sentence. Berlusconi's sentence will also be reduced to one year under a 2006 measure that stripped three years off sentences for crimes committed before that date.
Read article in The Guardian (UK)

Comment: Condemned as a man with a "natural capacity for crime" by the Milan court, over the years Berlusconi has been involved in more than a dozen different criminal trials, appeals and other investigations. Accused of fraud, bribery, illegal political financing, false accounting and Mafia connections, he is said to have been a member of the notorious P2 masonic lodge, a dark circle connected to the Mafia, right-wing and state terrorism.

 

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