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November 29, 2013

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Micronutrient supplements reduce risk of HIV
disease progression and illness

November 26, 2013

Long-term (24-month) supplementation with multivitamins plus selenium for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients in Botswana in the early stages of disease who had not received antiretroviral therapy delayed time to HIV disease progression, was safe and reduced the risk of immune decline and illness, according to a study appearing in the November 27 issue of JAMA.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Comment: Contrary to what the Pharma Cartel and its stakeholders in medicine and the media would have you believe, scientific evidence has clearly shown that micronutrients are effective in the control of HIV and AIDS. So much so, in fact, that even Dr. Luc Montagnier – recipient of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Medicine for the discovery of HIV – has now spoken out for nutrition and micronutrients in the fight against HIV/AIDS. To read about a clinical pilot study conducted in South Africa in HIV positive patients with advanced AIDS, click here. To access independent studies using micronutrients in HIV/AIDS, visit the Worldwide Studies and Research page on our Foundation website and the Online Library on the World Health Alphabetization website.

Fennel For Painful Periods: A Clinically Proven Drug Alternative

November 23, 2013

Painful periods (primary dysmenorrhea) afflict approximately 25% of all women, with estimates for adolescents reaching as high as 90%. Given the prevalence of this disabling condition, and that treatment usually involves NSAID drugs and sometimes oral contraceptives - both of which have serious, even life-threatening side effects - natural alternatives are desperately needed. So what better place to look than your spice rack, which an under reported body of clinical research indicates may offer solutions at least as effective as drugs. There are no less than three clinical studies in the medical literature comparing fennel to the NSAID drug mefenamic acid for the treatment of painful periods in women.
Read article at greenmedinfo.com

Study finds combo of plant nutrients kills breast cancer cells

November 22, 2013

A study led by Madhwa Raj, PhD, Research Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans and its Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center, has found that a super cocktail of six natural compounds in vegetables, fruits, spices and plant roots killed 100% of sample breast cancer cells without toxic side effects on normal cells. The results, which also revealed potential treatment target genes, are published in the November 2013 issue of The Journal of Cancer.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Comment: Nutrient synergy approaches like this are the future of medicine. A novel, scientifically based concept that has been introduced and successfully applied by Dr. Rath, Dr. Niedzwiecki and their research team, the nutrient synergy approach is based on the fact that micronutrients work in the body by forming teams. This allows for achieving greater biological effects than when single nutrients are used, even in high doses. For maximum synergistic effect, it is necessary to select the correct nutrients and combine them in the right proportions. To access a wide variety of studies on the health benefits of nutrients from plants, visit the phytobiologicals.com website.

Eating nuts 'may prolong life'

November 21, 2013

People who regularly eat nuts appear to live longer, according to the largest study of its kind. The findings, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggested the greatest benefit was in those munching on a daily portion.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)


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Five decades on, Spain court convicts thalidomide maker

November 20, 2013

A court ordered the German maker of the banned pregnancy drug thalidomide to compensate Spanish victims who suffered birth defects from it in the 1960s, in a ruling released Wednesday. The Spanish victims' group that brought the suit said it would be the first time ever that the German firm Grunenthal had been ruled responsible for the scandal, although it has already compensated some victims.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Comment: Secret files obtained by the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper in Australia reveal that Grunenthal ignored and covered-up repeated warnings that thalidomide could damage unborn babies. To download legal documents containing these files, click here and here.

IMS Health Study Forecasts Global Spending on Medicines
to Reach $1 Trillion Threshold in 2014, Driven by Greater Access

November 19, 2013

Greater access to medicines by the world's rapidly expanding middle class, together with stronger economic prospects in developed nations, will bring total spending on medicines to the $1 trillion threshold in 2014 and to $1.2 trillion by 2017, according to new research released today by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.
Read press release at imshealth.com

Comment: With projected sales figures like these, it is worth keeping this information in mind the next time someone asks you to donate money to a charity supporting research into new drug treatments for cancer or other chronic diseases. In short: The fraudulent pharmaceutical "business with disease" is a trillion-dollar-a-year industry and is most definitely not in need of charitable donations to fund its toxic drug research and increase its profits.

Johnson & Johnson To Pay $2.5B To Settle Hip Replacement Suits

November 19, 2013

Johnson & Johnson says it will pay $2.5 billion to settle thousands of lawsuits brought by hip replacement patients who accuse the company of selling faulty implants that led to injuries and additional surgeries.
Read article on the Time magazine website (USA)

Comment: Given that Johnson & Johnson has only just agreed, in a separate settlement, to pay the US Justice Department more than $2.2bn to settle criminal and civil claims relating to its marketing techniques, one could be forgiven for wondering whether it could afford yet another payment of this sort. But with sales of around $67 billion for 2012 alone, the fact is that it can easily do so. Which begs the question: Are these settlements really enough? With the city of Chicago having also now filed a court petition against the company, accusing it of deceptive marketing, time will tell whether Johnson & Johnson's recent history of criminal investigations is set to continue.


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GMOs linked to gluten disorders
plaguing 18 million Americans - report

November 26, 2013

Genetically modified foods such as soy and corn may be responsible for a number of gluten-related maladies including intestinal disorders now plaguing 18 million Americans, according to a new report released on Tuesday.
Read article at rt.com (Russia)

Scientists Speak Out Against Modified Foods

November 21, 2013

In late October, a group of scientists signed a joint statement that warned, "The claimed consensus on GM organism safety does not exist." This was in part a response to the ritual shamings that scientists are subjected to when their controversial findings challenge official GM doctrine. The number of signatories quickly rose to over 200.
Read article at newmatilda.com (Australia)


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Frozen produce may retain vitamins better than fresh stored: study

November 25, 2013

Frozen produce is statistically equal to fresh when it comes to vitamin and mineral content, and retains vitamins equally so or better than produce stored in the refrigerator for a few days, according to a recent study from the University of Georgia in Athens.
Read article at foodnavigator-usa.com

Codex moves a step closer to international vitamin harmonisation

November 20, 2013

In a quiet suburb just 20 minutes from the centre of Frankfurt, Germany, governments and international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) came together between the 4th and 8th of November to debate and agree international standards and guidelines for nutrition. Yes, this was the 35th annual meeting of the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU). Whatever is agreed in these Codex meetings is increasingly set to become the template for how governments around the world regulate and manage the nutrition of their populations.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website

Is the seed industry about to win a decisive victory
in the battle over food chain control?

November 19, 2013

One of the last hot topics in the European Parliament before the 2014 elections is a new set of rules on seeds marketing. This text is extremely important for all players in the food chain: seed savers, farmers and the seed industry of course, but also environmentalists, consumers and the agro-industry at large.
Read blog entry on the Corporate Europe Observatory website

More than half of experts at the EU food safety authority have conflicts of interest

October 23, 2013

Almost 60% of experts sitting on the European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA) panels have direct or indirect links with industries regulated by the agency, according to an independent screening performed by Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) and freelance journalist Stéphane Horel. The report "Unhappy Meal. The European Food Safety Authority's independence problem"identifies major loopholes in EFSA's independence policy and finds that EFSA's new rules for assessing its experts, implemented in 2012 after several conflicts of interest scandals, have failed to improve the situation.
Read press release on the Corporate Europe Observatory website

Comment: Operating outside the basic principles of freedom and democracy, the Brussels EU is a dictatorship. Neither the 27 'Commissars' making up the European Commission, the executive level of the Brussels EU – nor even the Brussels EU President, Herman van Rompuy – have been elected by the people. Instead, the power of the people to determine their government has effectively been transferred to corporate interests. The control of EFSA's panels by representatives of the very industries it claims to be regulating is a classic example of this – and other Brussels EU advisory groups contain many more such examples.


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.

Historic defeat for EU as Ukraine returns to Kremlin controlt

November 22, 2013

Ukraine bowing to pressure from Russia is the first major defeat for the EU in its eastward march since the fall of Communism.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

German Inventor solves permanent magnet motor puzzle
- wants to 'give away' the discovery...

November 21, 2013

Thomas Engel is a successful German inventor with more than a hundred patented inventions to his credit. He - like many of his peers - does not look back at a successful school education, but evidently that is not necessary for success if you are smart and, as some say it might even be counterproductive, stifling creativity. Engel has figured out the working principle of a type of motor many inventors and tinkerers have been working on - so far unsuccessfully. He found a way to make permanent magnets do actual work, transforming their attractive and repulsive power into the true motive action of rotary motion.
Read blog entry by Sepp Hasslberger at hasslberger.com

Big business still put in charge of EU Expert Groups,
despite commitment to reform

November 6, 2013

Should speculators be given privileged access to dominate advice on financial regulation, beverage companies on alcohol policy, or fossil fuel companies on climate change? A new report released today by ALTER-EU, AK EUROPA and ÖGB Europabüro shows the Commission is doing just that, putting big business in charge of its advisory groups despite promising MEPs reform over a year ago after they froze groups' budgets.
Read article on the Corporate Europe Observatory website

Nuclear fusion milestone passed at US lab

October 7, 2013

Researchers at a US lab have passed a crucial milestone on the way to their ultimate goal of achieving self-sustaining nuclear fusion. Harnessing fusion - the process that powers the Sun - could provide an unlimited and cheap source of energy. But to be viable, fusion power plants would have to produce more energy than they consume, which has proven elusive. Now, a breakthrough by scientists at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) could boost hopes of scaling up fusion.
Read news report on the BBC News website (UK)


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