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Dr. Rath Health Foundation Newsletter

February 22, 2013

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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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The research is in: Physical activity enhances cognition

February 17, 2013

Exercise doesn't only strengthen your heart and muscles – it also beefs up your brain. Dozens of studies now show that aerobic exercise can increase the size of critical brain structures and improve cognition in children and older adults.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Study ‘leaves little doubt’ about Pycnogenol’s benefits for menopause symptoms

February 14, 2013

Daily supplements of extracts from the bark of French Maritime Pine may help reduce the symptoms of the menopause like hot flashes and night sweats, says a new study.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

Vitamin C is beneficial against the common cold

February 13, 2013

According to an updated Cochrane review on vitamin C and the common cold, vitamin C seems to be particularly beneficial for people under heavy physical stress.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

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Comment: Research shows that vitamin C and other micronutrients are effective against the common cold and in supporting the immune system. To learn more, visit the studies worldwide page on our Foundation website and the online library on our World Health Alphabetization initiative website.

PHARMA "BUSINESS WITH DISEASE" NEWS

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Fatal drug overdoses in U.S. increase for 11th consecutive year

February 19, 2013

Fatal drug overdoses have increased for the 11th consecutive year in the United States, new data show. According to a research letter published Tuesday from the National Center for Health Statistics, 38,329 people died of drug overdoses in the United States in 2010, an uptick from the previous year and the latest sign of a deadly trend involving prescription painkillers.
Read article in the Los Angeles Times (USA)

Comment: In the world of the ‘business with disease’, the key driving forces are profit and the accumulation of wealth. It isn’t important to the Drug Cartel how these profits are generated, simply that they are. To learn more about the main principles governing the pharmaceutical industry, click here.

Takeda Faces First Trial Over Actos Diabetes Drug in L.A.

February 19, 2013

Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., Asia’s biggest drugmaker, is facing its first trial of lawsuits alleging that its Actos diabetes drug caused cancer in some patients. Jack Cooper, a former cable splicer for Pacific Bell who took Actos for more than two years, contends officials of Takeda’s U.S. unit didn’t properly warn consumers that Actos could cause bladder cancer.
Read article at bloomberg.com

Merck Pays $688M To Settle Suits Over Enhance Trial

February 14, 2013

On the eve of a widely anticipated courtroom battle, Merck has agreed to settle shareholder lawsuits over the highly controversial Enhance clinical trial for the Vytorin cholesterol pill. The latest deal actually resolves two separate lawsuits in which the drugmaker has agreed to make a total payment of $688 million, which was described as one of the 25 largest securities class action settlements ever by the lawyers who represented Merck shareholders.
Read article at pharmalot.com

GMO NEWS

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Do GMO Crops Really Have Higher Yields?

February 13, 2013

According to the biotech industry, genetically modified (GM) crops are a boon to humanity because they allow farmers to "generate higher crop yields with fewer inputs," as the trade group Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) puts it on its web page. Buoyed by such rhetoric, genetically modified seed giant Monsanto and its peers have managed to flood the corn, soybean, and cotton seed markets with two major traits: herbicide resistance and pesticide expression—giving plants the ability to, respectively, withstand regular lashings of particular herbicides and kill bugs with the toxic trait of Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt. Turns out, though, that both assertions in BIO's statement are highly questionable.
Read article at motherjones.com

Harvest of Hypocrisy: Farmers Being Blamed for GMO Crop Failures

February 13, 2013

Of all the GMO controversies around the world, the saga of Bt cotton in India continues to be one of the most interesting and important. In the latest chapter, reported by the Business Standard, cotton yields have dropped to a 5-year low, setting off a fascinating round of finger pointing.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

GMO trial verdict: Criminalisation of Struggle for a sustainable agricultural system

February 12, 2013

Today the court of Dendermonde convicted 11 activists of gang formation. In doing so, the judge has criminalised their participation in the non violent direct action and debate on May 29th, 2011, which brought attention to the need for a  sustainable agriculture system. This is an extremely dangerous precedent which will have an impact on all kinds of civil action. With this verdict, the Belgian court has fundamentally undermined the right of citizens to freedom of speech. For example, one of the participants has been given a six month custodial sentence for talking to the press.
Read press release at fieldliberation.wordpress.com

OTHER HEALTH-RELATED NEWS

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Everyday chemicals linked to diseases, warns World Health Organisation

February 19, 2013

Common chemicals found in every home may be causing cancer, asthma, birth defects and reduced fertility, the World Health Organisation has warned.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Are Honeybees Losing Their Way?
A combo of pesticides takes a toll on their memory and communication skills

February 13, 2013

A single honeybee visits hundreds, sometimes thousands, of flowers a day in search of nectar and pollen. Then it must find its way back to the hive, navigating distances up to five miles (eight kilometers), and perform a "waggle dance" to tell the other bees where the flowers are. A new study shows that long-term exposure to a combination of certain pesticides might impair the bee's ability to carry out its pollen mission.
Read article at nationalgeographic.com

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.

Poll shows half of Brits would vote to leave the EU

February 18, 2013

Only one in three Britons would vote for the UK to remain part of the EU, according to a poll by Harris Interactive for the Financial Times. Given an in-out referendum on EU membership tomorrow, 50% would vote “out” against 33% “in” and 17% who would not vote either way, according to the poll.
Read article at euractiv.com

European Parliament committees threaten wholesale destruction of privacy and data protection rights

February 14, 2013

Just over a year ago, vitally important reforms to European privacy and data protection laws were proposed. Now these reforms, which will affect the rights of half a billion Europeans, are being watered down in their passage through various European parliamentary committees as MEPs succumb to an unprecedented industry lobbying onslaught. There is now irrefutable evidence of the impact of this lobbying, thanks to a technology-powered research method comparing corporate lobby documents with the amendments to the draft legislation tabled by individual MEPs.
Read article at privacyinternational.org

 

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