Dr. Rath Health Foundation Newsletter
June 21, 2013
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NATURAL HEALTH NEWS
Vitamin D supplementation may help delay early onset of puberty in girls, a new clinical study finds. The results were presented Monday at The Endocrine Society's 95th Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
Read article at sciencedaily.com
Vitamin B3 may be useful in treating the inherited neurological disease Friedreich's ataxia, new findings suggest.
Read article on the Imperial College London website (UK)
PHARMA "BUSINESS WITH DISEASE" NEWS
In a unanimous decision with important implications for biomedical research, the US Supreme Court has invalidated key parts of two patents held by Myriad Genetics that form the basis of a widely used genetic test for breast and ovarian cancers. But the court also drew a distinction between the right to patent genes based on naturally occurring DNA and genetic material created synthetically in laboratories.
Read article at pharmalive.com
Comment: As this article points out, the US Patent & Trademark Office has already granted patents on some 4,000 human genes. To what extent these may now be challenged in the US court system is currently unclear. Nevertheless, by ruling against Myriad Genetics and deciding that human genes cannot be patented, the US Supreme Court has clearly taken an important step in the right direction.
Health Canada says it has received reports of at least 23 young Canadian women who have died while taking one of two commonly prescribed birth control pills, Yaz and Yasmin.
Read article at montreal.ctvnews.ca (Canada)
Many people admire Bill Gates for his intelligence, entrepreneurial spirit and, most recently, his philanthropy. That is all well and good, but we mustn’t forget that he is a relentless capitalist who, throughout his life, dedicated his efforts to only one purpose: making a ridiculous sum of money. Let us also not forget that corporations are, by law, required to do everything possible to maximize their profits and therefore, every single action they take should be viewed as a money-making scheme. Sometimes this means repairing or improving their image through seemingly charitable actions that are designed to allow them, in the long term, to exploit more people without scrutiny or resistance.
Read article at newsjunkiepost.com (USA)
Comment: This article describes how the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is effectively a huge tax-avoidance scheme for super-wealthy individuals and companies who have made billions from exploiting the world’s people. As a 2007 investigation by the Los Angeles Times similarly showed, the Gates Foundation’s investments have included stockholdings in multi-billion dollar drug companies and other corporations that have been criticized for worsening poverty, heavy pollution and other unethical practices. In this respect, it essentially copies a model originally designed by John D. Rockefeller a century ago. By investing in the very companies in which Gates owns millions in stocks, financial returns are guaranteed through sales and intellectual-property rights. Significantly, therefore, an analysis published in 2011 showed how several members of the Gates Foundation’s management committee, leadership teams, affiliates and major funders are currently or were previously members of the boards or executive branches of major drugmakers, including Merck and Novartis. As such, with a close examination of its network revealing a wide variety of links to billionaires, multinational corporations, governments, international organizations and others, and its investments in the pharma cartel still ongoing, it is high time that Gates was held to account for his actions instead of being allowed to “whitewash” them through what is increasingly becoming known as “philanthrocapitalism.”
Genetically modified crops have lower yields than non-GM crops according to a new research paper published today. The peer-reviewed International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability corroborates previous studies showing that GM crops have led to an increase in overall pesticide use.
Read article at weeklytimesnow.com.au (Australia)
Pigs fed a diet of only genetically modified grain showed markedly higher stomach inflammation than pigs who dined on conventional feed, according to a new study by a team of Australian scientists and U.S. researchers.
Read news report at reuters.com
OTHER HEALTH-RELATED NEWS
To protect profits threatened by a lawsuit over its controversial herbicide atrazine, Syngenta Crop Protection launched an aggressive multi-million dollar campaign that included hiring a detective agency to investigate scientists on a federal advisory panel, looking into the personal life of a judge and commissioning a psychological profile of a leading scientist critical of atrazine. The Switzerland-based pesticide manufacturer also routinely paid “third-party allies” to appear to be independent supporters, and kept a list of 130 people and groups it could recruit as experts without disclosing ties to the company.
Read article at environmentalhealthnews.org (USA)
One reason why obese children and teenagers are more likely to have hard-to-control asthma and allergies may be vitamin D deficiency, a new study finds. Results of the study will be presented Tuesday at The Endocrine Society's 95th Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
Read article at sciencedaily.com
Tuberculosis (TB) was formerly one of the most devastating scourges of mankind and remains a leading cause of death. The disease has been with humans over recorded history, and likely throughout the evolution of our species. Through the industrial revolution and into the 20 century, TB became a long term medical emergency particularly with the poor. Roughly one person in four was dying of the disease in England and similar death rates were observed in other modernising countries. One solution was to isolate the afflicted in sanatoria. The fresh air and sunlight solution practiced in those times may have been at least partly effective.
Read news release at orthomolecular.org
Soil organisms, aquatic life and farmland birds may all be harmed by neonicotinoid insecticides, according to a new study by University of Sussex biologist Professor Dave Goulson.
Read article at phys.org
In the two decades since the 1991 Persian Gulf war, medical researchers have struggled to explain a mysterious amalgam of problems in thousands of gulf war veterans, including joint pain, physical malaise and gastrointestinal disorders. In some medical circles, the symptoms were thought to be psychological, the result of combat stress. But recent research is bolstering the view that the symptoms, known collectively as gulf war illness, are fundamentally biological in nature.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)
Users of dietary supplements seem to make healthier lifestyle choices compared to non-users, including exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, and trying to eat a balanced diet, says a new survey from the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN).
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com
Antibiotics are being painted onto the hulls of ships to them clear of barnacles in a practice that is helping to drive the appearance of drug resistant bacteria, ministers from the world's richest nations have been warned.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)
We’ve known for a while now that organic agriculture is good for the climate: It does a better job at grabbing carbon from the air and turning it into soil than industrial agriculture, which often does just the opposite. Last year, researchers reexamined all 74 studies that had looked at organic farming and carbon capture. After crunching the numbers from the results of these studies they concluded that, lo and behold, organic farms are carbon sponges.
Read article at grist.org (USA)
For the first time in their history, European institutions will reform the entire package of legislation related to seed marketing using the so-called 'Better regulation framework', a strategic approach used by the European Commission to “simplify” existing EU legislation. Since seeds are the starting point for the whole human food chain, the EU's attempt to consolidate the seed industry is hugely significant. From the very start of the process in 2008, this policy initiative has been an unique opportunity for large seed companies to reinforce their control over a commercial seed supply system that they already largely dominate.
Read article on the Corporate Europe Observatory website
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.
It was bad enough in 2005. Then, at the G8 summit in Scotland, Bono and Bob Geldof heaped praise on Tony Blair and George Bush, who were still mired in the butchery they had initiated in Iraq. At one point Geldof appeared, literally and figuratively, to be sitting in Tony Blair's lap. African activists accused them of drowning out a campaign for global justice with a campaign for charity. But this is worse. As the UK chairs the G8 summit again, a campaign that Bono founded, with which Geldof works closely, appears to be whitewashing the G8's policies in Africa.
Read article in The Guardian (UK)
BRUSSELS - Iceland's bid to join the EU is over, the country's foreign minister told the European Commission on Thursday (13 June).
Read article at euobserver.com
- International Tribunal Accuses Monsanto Of Committing ‘Ecocide’
- Who Knows What’s Best For Your Children? You? Or The Government?
- Long-Term Use Of Antibiotics May Raise Risk Of Bowel Cancer
- Demise Of The Brussels EU Moves Closer: UK Government Issues Formal Notice Of Intention To Leave
- Death Of David Rockefeller At 101: Media Obituaries Ignore His Central Role In Bilderberg Group
- Study Finds High-Dose B Vitamins Have Protective Effect Against Air Pollution