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Natural Health News

December 29, 2011

Alzheimer's: Diet 'can stop brain shrinking'
A diet rich in vitamins and fish may protect the brain from ageing while junk food has the opposite effect, research suggests. Elderly people with high blood levels of vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids had less brain shrinkage and better mental performance, a Neurology study found. Trans fats found in fast foods were linked to lower scores in tests and more shrinkage typical of Alzheimer's.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

December 22, 2011

Mediterranean diet 'extends life by up to three years'
People who stick to a healthy Mediterranean diet extend their lives by an average of two to three years, a study has found.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

December 20, 2011

High bodily levels of nickel and selenium may lower pancreatic cancer risk
High bodily levels of the trace elements nickel and selenium may lower the risk of developing the most common type of pancreatic cancer, finds research published online in Gut.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

December 20, 2011

Folic acid plus B12 shows brain function benefits in older people
Long term supplementation of folic acid and vitamin B12 may promote improvements in brain functioning in older people, according to new research.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

December 20, 2011

Could cod liver oil help combat tuberculosis?
A review of a historical study from 1848 reveals that cod liver oil was an effective treatment for tuberculosis, says Professor Sir Malcolm Green in the Christmas issue published on in the British Medical Journal today.
Read article at medicalxpress.com
Comment: Cod liver oil is a rich source of Vitamin D, an essential micronutrient which is known to be important in fighting infections. To read further research and clinical studies about the health benefits of micronutrients in fighting tuberculosis, click here.

December 17, 2011

Vitamin that can combat memory loss
A daily vitamin pill can dramatically slow the onset of memory loss in old age and even protect against Alzheimer's, researchers have found. People given a daily dose of B vitamins were found to have lower levels of a brain protein known to increase the risk of Alzheimer's. It also slowed mental decline in older people with a condition known as mild cognitive impairment, according to the study.
Read article in the Daily Express (UK)

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

December 27, 2011

Painkiller 10 times stronger than Vicodin being developed - sparking addiction fears
Drug companies are developing a painkiller ten times stronger than Vicodin which addiction experts fear could spark a wave of abuse.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

December 23, 2011

Patient advocacy group funded by success of painkiller drugs, probe finds
The news about narcotic painkillers is increasingly dire: Overdoses now kill nearly 15,000 people a year – more than heroin and cocaine combined. In some states, the painkiller death toll exceeds that of car crashes. The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared the overdoses from opioid drugs like OxyContin an “epidemic.” And a growing group of experts doubts that they work for long-term pain. But the pills continue to have an influential champion in the American Pain Foundation, which describes itself as the nation's largest advocacy group for pain patients. Its message: The risk of addiction is overblown, and the drugs are underused. What the nonprofit organization doesn't highlight is the money behind that message.
Read article in the Washington Post (USA)

December 21, 2011

Report: Judge dismisses case against parents who stopped chemo for 10-year-old son
A judge has thrown out charges of medical abuse against the parents of 10-year-old Jacob Stieler after they discontinued the boy's chemotherapy treatments, according to UpperMichigansSource.com. Judge Thomas Solka denied a state petition to force Erin and Kenneth Stieler to resume Jacob's treatment for Ewing sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. The Stielers decided to stop treatment after scans showed no trace of the cancer in Jacob's body.
Read article at mlive.com (Michigan, USA)
Comment: As was tragically experienced by the parents of Dominik Feld in Germany only a few years ago, the political and medical stakeholders of the “pharmaceutical business with disease” will go to almost any lengths to enforce the carrying out of toxic chemotherapy treatments upon children suffering from cancer. Increasingly, however, the facts about chemotherapy are becoming more widely known and parents are questioning both the safety and the efficacy of these dangerous drugs. To learn about natural health approaches to the treatment of cancer that have been shown to block all key mechanisms that make it such a deadly disease, click here.

December 20, 2011

FDA looking into death of patient on Novartis' Gilenya
U.S. health regulators said on Tuesday they received a report of a multiple sclerosis patient who died within 24 hours of taking the first dose of Novartis AG's Gilenya.
Read news report at reuters.com

December 19, 2011

Australian woman wins thalidomide hearing: court
A woman born without arms or legs on Monday won the right to have the class action she is leading against the firms behind thalidomide, a sedative blamed for birth defects, proceed in Australia. The Supreme Court of Victoria dismissed German chemical firm Grunenthal's request to have the hearing in Germany or stayed, saying "it cannot be said that (the state of) Victoria is a clearly inappropriate forum".
Read article at medicalxpress.com

December 7, 2011

'Prozac defence' stands in Manitoba teen's murder case
A Winnipeg judge's ruling that a teenage boy murdered his friend because of the effects of Prozac will not be appealed, confirming an apparent North American first and reviving debate around the widespread prescription of anti-depressants to young people. Justice Robert Heinrichs concluded the 15-year-old boy was under the influence of the medication when he thrust a nine-inch kitchen knife into the chest of Seth Ottenbreit, a close friend. Although the killer pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, the judge cited the drug's alleged side effects as a reason not to raise the case to adult court, and to mete out a sentence last month of just 10 months – on top of two years already spent in jail.
Read article on the National Post website (Canada)

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GMO News

December 29, 2011

The billion-dollar pest: U.S. beetle is developing resistance to one of the most widely used genetically modified crops, say scientists
Crop pests appear to have developed resistance to an insect toxin inserted into GM corn plants. As a result, these 'superbugs' are surviving efforts by farmers to kill them and so are damaging food crops on farms in the U.S. The revelation is a blow to supporters of the technology and raises questions over whether the regime that approves and polices genetically modified crops is sufficiently rigorous.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

December 28, 2011

GM crops banned in Peru
Peru has banned GM production for 10 years. In a bid to protect its local food producers, the country has approved a law establishing a moratorium on income and production of genetically modified organisms.
Read article on the Farmers Guardian website

December 19, 2011

Responsible approach to GM fish is to assume escape: Committee hearing
The responsible approach to considering whether genetically engineered (GE) salmon pose a risk to the environment is to assume that the fish will escape and disregard assurances from the company that they would not, said Senator Mark Begich at a committee hearing on Thursday.
Read article at foodnavigator-usa.com

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Other Health-related News

December 30, 2011

FDA salami-slice strategy continues
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has continued to turn a deaf ear to consumers and their health in pushing forward its agenda to remove thousands of safe supplements from the American marketplace.
Read news release on the website of the National Health Federation (USA)

December 30, 2011

Organic Agriculture May Be Outgrowing Its Ideals
Clamshell containers on supermarket shelves in the United States may depict verdant fields, tangles of vines and ruby red tomatoes. But at this time of year, the tomatoes, peppers and basil certified as organic by the Agriculture Department often hail from the Mexican desert, and are nurtured with intensive irrigation.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

December 28, 2011

No Deaths from Vitamins
America's Largest Database Confirms Supplement Safety
There was not even one death caused by a vitamin supplement in 2010, according to the most recent information collected by the U.S. National Poison Data System. The new 203-page annual report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers, published online at http://www.aapcc.org/dnn/Portals/0/2010%20NPDS%20Annual%20Report.pdf, shows zero deaths from multiple vitamins; zero deaths from any of the B vitamins; zero deaths from vitamins A, C, D, or E; and zero deaths from any other vitamin. Additionally, there were no deaths whatsoever from any amino acid or dietary mineral supplement.
Read news release at orthomolecular.org
Comment: US government research shows that about half of all Americans take vitamins or other dietary supplements. Even if each of those people took only one single tablet daily, that makes around 156,000,000 individual doses per day and an overall total of almost 57 billion doses annually. In reality, however, since many persons take far more than just one single tablet daily, actual consumption is considerably higher. As such, given the remarkable safety of supplements, if they were really as "dangerous" as the lobbyists and stakeholders of the “pharmaceutical business with disease” would have us believe, then where are the bodies?

December 23, 2011

Add vitamin D to Scotland's food – experts
Dosing whole population would help cut levels of multiple sclerosis, say scientists
International experts are calling for food in Scotland to be fortified with vitamin D, in an attempt to cut the large numbers of people who develop multiple sclerosis at sunshine-deprived northern latitudes. MS levels in Scotland are some of the highest in the world, and many believe vitamin D deficiency, caused by lack of sunlight and poor weather which keeps people indoors, is partly to blame.
Read article in The Guardian (UK)

December 22, 2011

Traditional medicine offers a “revolution” in Tanzanian healthcare
While other semi-industrialised countries, like India or Brazil, are pinning considerable hope for their economic futures on their booming generic (unbranded) pharmaceutical industries, a different option is about to be explored in one part of Africa. Tanzania's National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) recently announced that several unique remedies based on traditional herbal medicines are about to enter the approvals system – and could be in mass production within 6 months.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website

December 14, 2011

Prunes are not a laxative, EU rules
The EU has ruled that prunes do not have a laxative effect and producers cannot say that they do. It comes after the organisation was mocked last month a ruling that led to a ban on claims that drinking water can prevent dehydration. Despite a long held belief that prunes, traditionally served with custard, are good for improving bowel function, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has ruled this is not the case.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)
Comment: Needless to say, in making this dictatorial ruling, the Brussels EU's primary goal is to protect the pharma cartel's profits from the sale of synthetic patented laxative drugs.

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Political News

December 30, 2011

Argentina tango lessons: Europe's turn for financial danse macabre?
Exactly ten years ago Argentina suffered a full-scale financial and governmental collapse. That was the end-result of over a decade of doing exactly what the IMF, international bankers, rating agencies and global “experts” told us to do.
article by Adrian Salbuchi on the Russia Today website

December 19, 2011

'UK equipped Saddam during war on Iran'
Secret documents have revealed that the British government clandestinely supplied the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's regime with military equipment during his eight-year-long imposed war on Iran. Although the British government had repeatedly denied allegations that the UK assisted Saddam Hussein in his eight-year imposed war on Iran insisting Britain was officially neutral, revealed files show that former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher provided the Iraqi regime with 78 different types of military equipment.
Read article on the Press TV website (Iran)

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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