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October 4, 2013

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Exercise 'potentially as effective' as many drugs for common diseases

October 1, 2013

Physical activity is potentially as effective as many drug interventions for patients with existing coronary heart disease and stroke, suggests a review of evidence published in BMJ today.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Comment: Dr. Rath’s discovery reveals that coronary heart disease occurs for exactly the same reason that clinical (early) scurvy does – a deficiency of vitamin C in the cells composing the artery wall. Humans, unlike animals, develop heart disease because their bodies cannot produce vitamin C. The average diet provides enough vitamin C to prevent scurvy, but not enough to guarantee stable artery walls. As a consequence of vitamin C deficiency, millions of tiny cracks and lesions develop in the artery walls. Subsequently, cholesterol, lipoproteins and other blood risk factors enter the damaged artery walls to repair these lesions. In the case of chronic vitamin deficiency, this repair process becomes continuous. Over the course of many years, atherosclerotic deposits develop. Deposits in the arteries of the heart eventually lead to heart attack; deposits in the arteries of the brain lead to stroke. To learn how cardiovascular disease can be eradicated naturally, visit the Dr. Rath Research Institute website and read Dr. Rath’s groundbreaking book, Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks...But People Do!

‘Important’ study: Vitamin K shows benefits for memory

September 25, 2013

Increased blood levels of vitamin K1 are associated with improved episodic memory in healthy older adults, says a new study that provides support for vitamin K and brain health.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

Garlic Beats Best-Selling Blood Pressure Drug In New Study

September 25, 2013

A groundbreaking new study published in Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences has revealed that garlic is at least as effective as the blockbuster blood pressure lowering drug atenolol in reducing systolic and diastolic blood pressure in patients diagnosed with essential hypertension, a condition linked to the #1 cause of death in developed countries.
Read article at greenmedinfo.com


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Drug Companies’ Expansion Into Emerging Markets

October 1, 2013

Faced with declining prescription drug sales in the United States, and having lost patent protection for many profitable drugs, the drug industry is relying increasingly on new markets, such as China and other fast-developing countries, including those in Africa. That expansion, however, is oftentimes tainted by unsavory commercial practices.
Read article on the Epoch Times website

High Doses Of Epilepsy Drug Linked To Birth Defects, Study

August 27, 2013

High doses of a common epilepsy drug leads to an increased risk of having a baby with specific birth defects, according to a new study.
Read article at asianscientist.com (Singapore)


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PHL is frontline in global fight over GMOs, expert says

September 30, 2013

The war on genetically-manipulated organisms (GMOs) goes on, and the Philippines is its battleground, according to Dr. Wayne Parrott, a plant breeding and genomics expert from the University of Georgia.
Read article on the GMA News Online website (Philippines)

The Future is Local, the Future is Organic

September 26, 2013

The future is local. The future is organic. Well, at least it could be if we base our food production on an increasing body of evidence that indicates the harmful effects of petrochemical, corporate-controlled agriculture. In June, researchers at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand concluded that the GM strategy used in North American staple crop production is limiting yields and increasing pesticide use compared to non-GM farming in Western Europe. Led by Professor Jack Heinemann, the study’s findings were published in the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability. The study finds that Europe is decreasing chemical herbicide use and achieving even larger declines in insecticide use without sacrificing yield gains, while chemical herbicide use in the US has increased with GM seed.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

Russia Considers Total Ban on All GMO Products

September 25, 2013

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has ordered the relevant agencies to consider a possible ban on the import into Russia of products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) by October 15.
Read article at sustainablepulse.com


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The Scurvy Story

September 30, 2013

In the annals of the disease, two men are mostly credited with discovering a cure: James Lind and Gilbert Blane. While citrus fruits had long been anecdotally treated as a cure, so were a whole host of other naturopathic remedies, and it fell to the young surgeon’s mate James Lind to design a now-famous test of various remedies. Lind, who enlisted at the age of twenty-three without much formal medical training, became obsessed with scurvy and its effects, and in 1747 gathered together twelve sailors with scurvy, which he ordered fed the same meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and then divided them into six groups, administering various known cures for scurvy to each group.
Read blog entry at pharmagossip.blogspot.nl

Comment: As this blog entry describes, even after James Lind had discovered how to prevent and cure scurvy, it still took half a century for the British Navy to act on his advice and begin distributing lemon juice to its sailors. As a result, countless thousands of lives were lost to a disease that by then could very easily have been prevented. Today, of course, whilst scurvy is now known to be caused by a deficiency of vitamin C, medical authorities around the world are being similarly slow in implementing scientific findings that could potentially save countless millions of lives. Each and every year, for example, cardiovascular diseases kill 17 million people and cancer kills 7.5 million – despite the fact that natural approaches to controlling both diseases already now exist. Given that the scope of these epidemics is bigger than that of scurvy by an order of magnitude, so also therefore is the responsibility of those who are blocking their natural control by preventing the widespread use of micronutrients.

Folic acid deficiency can affect the health of great, great grandchildren

September 26, 2013

Folic acid deficiency can cause severe health problems in offspring, including spina bifida, heart defects and placental abnormalities. A study out today reveals that a mutation in a gene necessary for the metabolism of folic acid not only impacts the immediate offspring but can also have detrimental health effects on the next several generations. The new research, which also sheds light on the molecular mechanism of folic acid (also known as folate) during development, was published today in the journal Cell.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Abridging the fundamental Freedom of Speech

September 26, 2013

In the US, the never ending and vehement health claims battle between POM Wonderful and the American Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rages on without any of the parties giving in. In August, the petitioners, gathered under the title “POM Wonderful, LLC ET AL”, filed briefs in which they argued that “competent and reliable scientific evidence” should be the standard for determining “the appropriate level of substantiation required to justify” the health claims made by POM for its pomegrenate juice. POM also argued that the health claims made for pomegrenate juice, because it is a concededly-safe food product, should be held to a more flexible substantiation standard than the one for potentially toxic pharmaceutical drugs.
Read blog entry by Bert Schwitters at healthclaimscensored.com

Vitamin C Saves Man Dying of Viral Pneumonia

September 25, 2013

Allan Smith, a New Zealand Dairy farmer, contracted Swine Flu while away on vacation in Fiji. When he returned home, the flu quickly evolved into severe pneumonia which left him in a coma on life support in the Intensive Care Unit. Chest x-rays showed the lungs were completely filled with fluid with an "opaque" appearance called "white out". After three weeks of this, Allan's doctors asked the family permission to turn off the machines and let him die. Allan's wife Sonia had a brother with some medical knowledge, so he stepped in and said, "you haven't tried everything, You have got to try high dose IV vitamin C on Allan".
Read article at greenmedinfo.com

Special report: Scientists critical of EU chemical policy have industry ties

September 23, 2013

Seventeen scientists who have criticized plans in Europe to regulate endocrine-disrupting chemicals have past or current ties to regulated industries. An investigation by Environmental Health News reveals that of 18 toxicology journal editors who signed a controversial editorial, 17 have collaborated with the chemical, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, tobacco, pesticide or biotechnology industries. Some have received research funds from industry associations, while some have served as industry consultants or advisors. The stakes are high in the controversy because it involves the European Union’s strategy to regulate hormone-altering chemicals – the first attempt in the world to do so. The new rules would have sweeping, global ramifications because all companies that sell a variety of products in Europe would have to comply.
Read article at environmentalhealthnews.org


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.

BP faces possible Gulf spill fine of $18bn as court battle resumes

September 29, 2013

BP is to face the second round of its legal trial over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill this week which could leave it with an $18bn (£12bn) fine as it fights claims that it could have capped the biggest offshore spill in US history earlier.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Cyprus-Style Wealth Confiscation Is Now Starting To Happen All Over The Globe

September 26, 2013

Now that “bail-ins” have become accepted practice all over the planet, no bank account and no pension fund will ever be 100% safe again.  In fact, Cyprus-style wealth confiscation is already starting to happen all around the world. 
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

NASA map illustrates air pollution mortality rates

September 25, 2013

Want to know where people are most likely to die prematurely due to air pollution? NASA recently recently released a map showing the average number of deaths per year per 1,000 square kilometers (385 square miles) that can be attributed to fine particle matter pollution.
Read news report at yahoo.com

Comment: Over the past fifty years during which NASA has been sending astronauts into space, photographic evidence gathered from orbit has documented the growing imprint of industrialization upon planet Earth. With NASA's release of this map, and the air quality in many areas of the world still worsening, the need for change has clearly never been more urgent. In this situation, achieving the Movement of Life's goal of replacing the polluting products of the chemical and petrochemical industries with safe and scientifically proven alternatives is a matter of truly global importance. To learn more about this issue, visit the Free Energy For All section on the Movement of Life website.

Humankind’s Most Dangerous Moment: Fukushima Fuel Pool at Unit 4. “This is an Issue of Human Survival.

September 20, 2013

We are now within two months of what may be humankind’s most dangerous moment since the Cuban Missile Crisis. There is no excuse for not acting. All the resources our species can muster must be focussed on the fuel pool at Fukushima Unit 4. Fukushima’s owner, Tokyo Electric (Tepco), says that within as few as 60 days it may begin trying to remove more than 1300 spent fuel rods from a badly damaged pool perched 100 feet in the air. The pool rests on a badly damaged building that is tilting, sinking and could easily come down in the next earthquake, if not on its own. Some 400 tons of fuel in that pool could spew out more than 15,000 times as much radiation as was released at Hiroshima. The one thing certain about this crisis is that Tepco does not have the scientific, engineering or financial resources to handle it. Nor does the Japanese government. The situation demands a coordinated worldwide effort of the best scientists and engineers our species can muster.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website


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