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May 25, 2012

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Natural Health News

May 22, 2012

Vitamin C improves pulmonary function in newborns of pregnant smoking women
Vitamin C supplementation in pregnant women who are unable to quit smoking significantly improves pulmonary function in their newborns, according to a new study. "Smoking during pregnancy is known to adversely affect the lung development of the developing baby," said Cindy McEvoy, MD, associate professor of pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University Doernbecher Children's Hospital. "We found that daily use of vitamin C (500 mg/day) by smoking pregnant woman significantly improved pulmonary function tests administered to their offspring at about 48 hours postpartum."
Read article at medicalxpress.com
Comment: While it is known that smoking also dramatically increases the risk for cardiovascular disease, the underlying reason for this is often unclear. Cigarette smoke contains millions of free radicals, which are aggressive molecules that damage the cells of our blood vessels and other organs and accelerate biological rusting. Free radicals and other toxic substances in cigarette smoke reach the bloodstream via the lungs. These noxious substances can damage the blood vessel pipeline along its entire length of 60,000 miles. In the body’s defense against these aggressive molecules, antioxidants are used up. Among all antioxidants, vitamin C is the first one to be destroyed. With the body’s vitamin reserves depleted, cardiovascular disease starts in the blood vessel system — just as in early scurvy. This explains why atherosclerosis in smokers is not limited to the coronary arteries and why damage occurs in the arteries and capillaries throughout the body. To learn more, read Dr. Rath’s classic book, Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks...But People Do!

May 22, 2012

Optimal vitamin D linked to lower heart disease death: Study
People with the metabolic syndrome may be at a lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease if they have optimal vitamin D levels, suggests new data from Europe.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

May 18, 2012

Folic Acid Early Benefits Blood Pressure Health Later
High blood pressure affects an estimated 50 million Americans.  It is “a serious condition that can lead to heart disease, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure” and costs our healthcare system an estimated $24 billion each year.  Dietary changes, managing stress, and increased exercise are some important ways to help maintain a healthy blood pressure. Now a new study suggests folic acid taken early in the life will help benefit blood pressure later.
Read article on the website of the Natural Health Research Institute (USA)

May 15, 2012

Stabilizing Fanconi anemia with antioxidants
Fanconi anemia (FA) is a rare genetic disorder which affects one person in 350,000. People affected by this disease have defects in DNA repair, and are hypersensitive to oxidative damage, resulting in bone marrow failure and an increased predisposition to cancer. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases shows that a combination of the fatty acid α-lipoic acid (α-LA) and N-acetylcysteine (NAC) can stabilize the DNA of blood cells from FA patients, and drastically reduce its instability.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

May 11, 2012

Vitamin D Shown to Lower the Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease
Deficiency of vitamin D is common in older adults, affecting up to 90% of the elderly population.  There is a plethora of research on the benefits of vitamin D, but now a human trial has shown vitamin D intake is associated with a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease.
Read article on the website of the Natural Health Research Institute (USA)

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

May 21, 2012

Treatment with bisphosphonates associated with increased risk of atypical femoral fractures
Treatment with bisphosphonate therapy appears to be associated with an increased risk of atypical fractures of the femur, according to a report published Online First by Archives of Internal Medicine.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

May 20, 2012

Medical body demands ban on 33 drugs in India
The All India Drugs Control Officers Confederation (AIDCOC) has demanded that the Union health ministry suspend the approval granted to 33 drugs for sale in India with immediate effect, as the approval was given without conducting the required clinical trials. The federation claimed that the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) had granted permission for the marketing of 33 drugs without carrying out clinical trials in India.
Read article on the Deccan Chronicle website (India)

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GMO News

May 21, 2012

EU food agency rejects France ban on Monsanto GM maize
Europe's food safety agency EFSA on Monday rejected the grounds for a temporary French ban on a genetically modified strain of maize made by US company Monsanto.
Read article at phys.org

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Other Health-related News

May 22, 2012

European Health Claims Regulation and Commission Regulation wipe out as “spam” a century of nutrition & health research
Hailed by the EU authorities as a leap forward for mankind, the recently published section of the Public Register concerning health claims based on existing and well established scientific evidence conclusively presents 222 claims. European consumers can now make 222 State-approved dietary choices concerning the role of foods and active substances in growth, development and the functions of the body. With these 222 health claims now etched in the stone called “acquis communautaire,” the European Union will become a happier and healthier place. Lest we forget, this list of 222 health claims is all that’s left when subjecting all the work done since the beginning of the 20th century by all the scientists – worldwide – concerned with the investigation of the role of food and active food ingredients in human health plus the totality of mankind’s traditional knowledge in this field to the requirements laid down in the European Health Claims Regulation, the Commission’s Terms of Reference and the criteria applied by EFSA, the European Food Safety Authority.
Read blog entry by Bert Schwitters at healthclaimscensored.com
Comment:In its increasingly desperate attempt to prevent European people from learning the facts about the therapeutic properties of natural therapies and foods, it can be seen that the Brussels EU has resorted to enacting the distinctive hallmark of all political dictatorships – a prohibition on freedom of speech. To learn about the hidden historical origins of the Brussels EU, click here

May 15, 2012

EU agencies accused of conflicts of interest
European Parliament reprimands food advisory body for industry links.
Three European agencies are fighting to rebut charges that they enjoy an overly cosy relationship with companies and interest groups. The latest twist in the saga came last week, as the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), based in Parma, Italy, was urged by members of the European Parliament to tighten safeguards against potential conflicts of interest among its staff and advisers. In recent months, two other agencies — with responsibility for the environment and for the safety of human and animal medicines — have had to deal with conflict-of-interest allegations that have sparked concerns among some parliament members.
Read article on the Nature science journal website

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Political News

May 22, 2012

Google Privacy Inquiries Get Little Cooperation
Secrets spilled across the computer screen. After months of negotiation, Johannes Caspar, a German data protection official, forced Google to show him exactly what its Street View cars had been collecting from potentially millions of his fellow citizens. Snippets of e-mails, photographs, passwords, chat messages, postings on Web sites and social networks — all sorts of private Internet communications — were casually scooped up as the specially equipped cars photographed the world’s streets. “It was one of the biggest violations of data protection laws that we had ever seen,” Mr. Caspar recently recalled about that long-sought viewing in late 2010.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

May 18, 2012

Germany's Schäuble calls for directly-elected EU president
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble used his acceptance speech when awarded the Charlemagne Prize to detail his future vision of the European Union, arguing for a directly-elected Commission president. At a time of sharp divisions within the EU, it might seem surprising that Schäuble was greeted on Thursday (17 May) as a ‘great European’ and received the Charlemagne Prize, the major international statesmanship award granted by the German city of Aachen.
Read article at euractiv.com
Comment:To all intents and purposes, the list of previous Charlemagne Prize winners essentially consists of a ‘Who’s Who’ of the Oil and Drug Cartel’s political stakeholders and key architects of the Brussels EU dictatorship. Particularly notable examples in this respect include Walter Hallstein, the prominent Nazi lawyer who became the founding president of the European Commission, and Edward Heath, the man who delivered Britain into the hands of the Brussels EU. It is thus noteworthy that this particular forum was used as the venue for Schäuble to make his announcement, as it shows that the purpose of his ‘call’ is to further mask the dictatorial nature of the 57-year-old Brussels EU construct. In doing so, however, his proposal effectively amounts to an admission that all the steps the Cartel has taken so far to build the Brussels EU are undemocratic and that the Lisbon Treaty is a farce. What this tells us, of course, is that the Cartel and its stakeholders obviously now sense that the people of Europe have woken up.

May 18, 2012

EU plans for possible Greek exit from euro – official
The European Commission and European Central Bank are making contingency plans for a possible Greek exit from the euro, an EU commissioner says.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

May 16, 2012

Ireland made 'fundamental mistake' in joining single currency
A new report says that joining the eurozone has proved to be a "damaging step" for Ireland now facing further economic decline. The study is published just a few days before Irish citizens will have a chance to vote on the eurozone fiscal discipline pact. The Irish go to the polls on 31 May to give their verdict on the controversial deal thrashed out by EU leaders. Called "Ireland and the euro – A journey without a map", the study argues that the decision to join the EU currency union has proved to be "damaging for the Irish economy and development of the country". It goes on to warn that "without taking necessary action the future of Ireland is likely to be one of unrelieved economic decline marked by plunging living standards, mass unemployment and emigration".
Read article at theparliament.com

May 16, 2012

WAR CRIMINAL GEORGE W. BUSH WANTED IN CANADA: Canada in breach of Convention against Torture by failing to prosecute Bush
Lawyers against the War (LAW) filed a report with the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) alleging that Canada repeatedly violated the Convention against Torture by allowing George W. Bush to enter Canada and then failing to arrest and prosecution him for torture. LAW states that Canada has also violated Convention obligations by failing to educate those in charge of law enforcement including police, civil servants and elected officials, about Canada's duty to prosecute torture suspects—wherever and against whomever the torture occurred—when either the victim is a citizen or the suspect is in Canada.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

May 12, 2012

Malaysian tribunal finds Bush guilty of war crimes
A symbolic War Crimes Tribunal in Malaysia has found former U.S. President George W. Bush and several other members of his administration guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity, Press TV reports.
Read article in the Tehran Times (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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