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August 16, 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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Vigorous exercise cuts womb cancer risk in overweight women by more than a third

August 13, 2013

Overweight women who take regular intense exercise cut their risk of developing endometrial cancer, the most common form of womb cancer, by more than a third (39 per cent), according to research published in the British Journal of Cancer today.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Comment: A Cancer Free World is possible, but it needs your support to help bring it about. To learn about natural health approaches that have been shown to block all key mechanisms that make cancer a deadly disease, we recommend the book ‘Victory Over Cancer’ by Dr. Rath and Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki. To support our international initiative for a world free from cancer, sign the petition on the Cancer Free World website and educate yourself about the scientific facts.

Eating raw garlic can prevent cancer, study suggests
Even smokers who consume garlic twice weekly are at 30% lower risk

August 7, 2013

Eating raw garlic twice a week can cut the chances of lung cancer by almost half, new research suggests.
Read article at cbc.ca (Canada)

Tart Cherries Relieve Osteoarthritis Pain

July 31, 2013

If you are among the millions of Americans suffering from joint pain and arthritis, there's good news about a favorite summer treat. According to research from Oregon Health & Science University, tart cherries help reduce the chronic inflammation that leads to pain. In fact, the Oregon researchers declared that tart cherries have the "highest anti-inflammatory content of any food" and can help osteoarthritis patients manage their condition.
Read article at greenmedinfo.com

PHARMA "BUSINESS WITH DISEASE" NEWS

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China investigates France's Sanofi for alleged bribery: Xinhua

August 10, 2013

China has started investigating French drugmaker Sanofi SA for allegedly bribing more than 500 Chinese doctors with about 1.7 million yuan ($277,600) of payments to raise sales, China's Xinhua state news agency said on Saturday.
Read news report at reuters.com

Comment: With a total of 18 GlaxoSmithKline staff in China now being held in relation to alleged bribery and other crimes, and an AstraZeneca executive also detained, it is notable that other companies including Danish drugmaker Novo Nordisk A/S, Eli Lilly & Co and Belgium's UCB SA are similarly now reporting visits from authorities to their offices in China. Nevertheless, positive though this development is, we should not necessarily expect regulatory authorities in other countries to likewise start opening investigations into the criminal nature of the pharmaceutical ‘business with disease’. With previous governmental investigations into the influence of the pharmaceutical industry having essentially been buried in some countries, it would clearly be naïve to expect the political stakeholders of the Drug Cartel to act against their trillion dollar-a-year paymasters.

TV Ads For Statins Lead To Overdiagnosis And Overprescribing: Study

August 5, 2013

Do television ads for cholesterol-lowering pills cause overprescribing? The debate over widespread advertising of prescription medicines is hardly new, but some say the issue remains unresolved. Proponents maintain direct-to-consumer advertising informs people who may not be aware of health risks, while critics argue ads prompt some patients to seek medicines unnecessarily. And statins, of course, have been among the most widely advertised treatments for more than a decade. A new study, however, suggests there is, indeed, an unwanted side effect. Adults who were exposed to such ads were 16 percent to 20 percent more likely to be diagnosed with high cholesterol and 16 percent to 22 percent more likely to be using a statin.
Read article at pharmalive.com

Comment: The entire cholesterol drug business is built on fear – the fear that cholesterol actually causes heart attacks. While this “cholesterol-scare” has become a gold mine for the drug companies – the economic burden of this business is ultimately carried by us, the people. Health professionals, political decision takers and hundreds of millions of patients worldwide have the right to know: What are the proven facts – and what is the fiction promoted by the multi-billion dollar investment business with patented cholesterol-lowering drugs? To learn the truth about the cholesterol myth, visit the cholesterol-fact.org website. To learn how to eradicate high cholesterol levels naturally, visit the Cellular Health section of our Foundation website.

Blood pressure drugs tied to breast cancer risk

August 5, 2013

Women taking a common type of blood pressure drug for a decade or more are over twice as likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer as those not on the medication, a new study suggests.
Read Reuters news report at yahoo.com

GMO NEWS

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Is there anything safe about Ghana's Biosafety Committee?

August 13, 2013

Ghanaians may wish to ask, just whose interests does Ghana's Biosafety Committee represent? Are they interested in safety? Or are they just interested in introducing genetically engineered and patented food into Ghana? How can we know for sure? One way to assess this issue is to highlight the forces that helped create the Biosafety law that they oversee. Another way is to examine the backgrounds and interests of the members of the Biosafety Committee.
Read article at ghanaweb.com

Nip this in the bud

August 12, 2013

Genetically modified crops, whose ecological effects are irreversible, could become a mainstay of Indian agriculture thanks to collusion between the government and the biotech industry.
Read article on The Hindu newspaper website (India)

You have quit Europe, now quit India, farmers tell Monsanto

August 9, 2013

Close on the heels of transnational seed company Monsanto abandoning its programme for development of genetically modified (GM) crops in Europe last month, there are growing calls for the company to do the same in India.
Read article on The Hindu newspaper website (India)

Disappearing Rats and Dying Pigs: Are GMOs to Blame?
Grim reports of dying pigs in China since 2006; are they linked to GM feed?

August 5, 2013

On 21 September 2010, the International Herald Leader (Chinese) carried a report from Xinhua news agency on the mysterious disappearance of rats from the fields and villages in the provinces of Shaanxi and Jilin, while farmers’ pigs were decreasing in number simultaneously as the sows were suffering miscarriages and still births. People blamed the new Xianyu 335 (XY335) corn that they have planted and used as feed for several years. XY 335 is a hybrid corn owned by Pioneer, a subsidiary of DuPont. It was introduced into the market in 2004 with the formal approval of the Agriculture Ministry, and sales exploded in 2008-2009. XY335 was suspected to be a GMO (genetically modified organism), or a hybrid between a GM and non-GM variety. Jin Wei, investigative journalist then working for the newspaper that belongs to Xinhua, had travelled to the villages to see for himself that the rats were indeed disappearing from the village and fields planted with XY 335, and more disturbingly, sows fed on the hybrid corn gave birth to far fewer (as well as dead and deformed) piglets than those of farmers who had not taken up the new hybrid corn.
Read article on the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

Neonicotinoids are the new DDT killing the natural world
UK is collaborating in peddling the corporate line that neonicotinoid pesticides are safe to use – they are anything but

August 5, 2013

It's the new DDT: a class of poisons licensed for widespread use before they had been properly tested, which are now ripping the natural world apart. And it's another demonstration of the old truth that those who do not learn from history are destined to repeat it.
Read article in The Guardian (UK)

Hollande vows to uphold ban on Monsanto GM corn

August 3, 2013

French President François Hollande said Friday a ban on growing genetically modified corn by agriculture giant Monsanto will remain in place, despite a court ruling reversing the suspension.
Read article at france24.com

OTHER HEALTH-RELATED NEWS

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Way Beyond Greenwashing: Have Corporations Captured Big Conservation?

August 11, 2013

Imagine an international mega-deal. The global organic food industry agrees to support international agribusiness in clearing as much tropical rainforest as they want for farming. In return, agribusiness agrees to farm the now-deforested land using organic methods, and the organic industry encourages its supporters to buy the resulting timber and food under the newly devised "Rainforest Plus" label. There would surely be an international outcry. Virtually unnoticed, however, even by their own membership, the world's biggest wildlife conservation groups have agreed exactly to such a scenario, only in reverse.
Read article at greenmedinfo.com

Food additive safety often determined by those with food industry ties, study finds

August 7, 2013

Experts selected by the food industry have often been the ones approving the safety of food additives for the past 15 years, a new report claims.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Ultraviolet flashes can create vitamin D-enriched mushrooms

August 5, 2013

Quick zaps of ultraviolet light can boost the vitamin D levels in mushrooms in seconds, turning the fungi into an even healthier food, according to Penn State food scientists.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

The ‘greening’ of pharma: a growing trend

July 24, 2013

Contrary to received wisdom, nature is not immune from pharma patents.  As more and more pharmaceutical companies begin to appreciate the power of natural molecules, they are finding ways of entering the area while protecting their business.  In the pharma world, business protection is, of course, something of a synonym for creating monopolies or other methods of market exclusivity.  When it comes to natural products, it seems the secret lies more in protecting the production process, rather than the molecule itself.  And there’s no doubt that pharma companies going down this road will enforce their patents on natural products in exactly the manner that was seminal to the creation of their existing empire, built on new-to-nature molecules. But what does this mean for the consumer – and does it pose any threat to the natural products industry as we know it today?
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website

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.

Two Births: A Gilded Arrival and a Poisoned Legacy

August 13, 2013

On 22nd July two babies were born – in different worlds. Prince George Alexander Louis, son of Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine, arrived in the £5,000 a night Lindo Wing of London’s St. Mary’s Hospital, weighing a super healthy 8lbs 6 oz. According to the hospital’s website: “The Lindo Wing offers private en suite rooms, designed to provide you with comfort and privacy during your stay. Deluxe rooms or a suite are available on request. Each room has a satellite TV with major international channels, a radio, a safe, a bedside phone and a fridge. You and your visitors can access the internet and … a daily newspaper is delivered to your room each morning throughout your stay. Toiletries are also provided.” Also on hand is a: “Comprehensive wine list, should you wish to enjoy a glass of champagne and toast your baby’s arrival.” Moments away, are also some of the world’s finest medical facilities and specialists, in the event of complications. To mark the birth, the band of the Scots Guards played at Buckingham Palace, the fountains in Central London’s Trafalgar Square were lit with blue lights for six days and the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and the Honourable Artillery Company staged a forty one gun royal salute. At least, breaking the habits of the centuries, and recent decades, this time they didn’t kill anyone. On the same day, a universe away, in Falluja, Iraq – poisoned by weapons armed with uranium, chemically and radiologically toxic, and white phosphorous, a chemical weapon, and other so far unidentified “exotic weapons” – baby Humam was born.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

Tons of tainted water leaking into ocean from Fukushima

August 7, 2013

TOKYO – A Japanese government official said Wednesday approximately 300 tons of contaminated water is leaking into the Pacific Ocean each day from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the Reuters news agency reports. The official also told reporters Tokyo believes the water has been leaking into the ocean for two years.
Read article at cbsnews.com (USA)

Analysis: UK's Cameron aims to erase EU goal of 'ever closer union'

August 5, 2013

Britain's long-running political civil war over Europe is as much about symbols as it is about substance. So advisers to Prime Minister David Cameron are looking for one or two symbolic trophies he can claim in a renegotiation of the European Union's treaty before he asks Britons to support continued membership in a referendum promised for 2017.
Read Reuters analysis at yahoo.com

Tony Blair: Libya, Lockerbie, Arms and Betrayals

August 2, 2013

This will surely have you falling down with surprise. According to documents released under the Freedom of Information Act and obtained by the (UK) Sunday Telegraph, the August 2009 release from Scotland’s Barlinnie jail of Libyan Abdelbaset al- Megrahi, accused of the bombing of  Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in December 1988, hinged on an oil and arms deal, allegedly brokered by roving war monger (sorry, roving “Peace Ambassador”) Tony Blair.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

Italy ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi jail term confirmed

August 1, 2013

Italy's supreme court has upheld a prison sentence given to former PM Silvio Berlusconi for tax fraud. When he was convicted in October last year, he was sentenced to four years in prison but this was automatically reduced to one under a 2006 pardon law. Berlusconi faces house arrest or community service instead of going to jail because of his age - he is 76. However, the court ordered a review of a five-year ban on public office that was part of the original sentence. It is the billionaire businessman's first definitive conviction in up to 30 court cases on a variety of charges.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

Bank of England helped the Nazis to sell plundered gold

July 30, 2013

The Bank of England has admitted its role in one of the most controversial episodes in its history - helping the Nazis sell gold plundered from Czechoslovakia months before the outbreak of the Second World War.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

 

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