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January 10, 2014

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Several forms of vitamin E protect against memory disorders

January 7, 2014

Elderly people with high serum vitamin E levels are less likely to suffer from memory disorders than their peers with lower levels, according to a study published recently in Experimental Gerontology. According to the researchers, various forms of vitamin E seem to play a role in memory processes.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Wild Blueberry Polyphenols Improve Vascular Function

January 4, 2014

The more easily blood flows through your arteries and veins, the less your heart has to work. Now researchers from England and Germany have proven that less than a cup of wild blueberries can have an almost immediate and long lasting effect on how well your vascular system is circulating blood.
Read article at greenmedinfo.com

Vitamin D 'boosts child muscles'

January 3, 2014

Higher levels of maternal vitamin D during pregnancy have been linked to better muscle development in children, say researchers. The study on 678 children, published in Endocrine Research, showed vitamin D levels in the womb were linked to grip strength at the age of four.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

Vitamin E 'may help slow down onset of dementia'

December 31, 2013

Daily doses of vitamin E may help slow down the onset of dementia, a new study has indicated. In a study of 613 people with mild or moderate symptoms of dementia, those who were given a large dose of vitamin E supplements each day experienced a slower decline in their condition than those who were given a placebo.
Read article in The Independent (UK)

Turmeric Extract Found Superior To Blockbuster Drug for Rheumatoid Arthritis

December 26, 2013

A highly promising pilot study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research broke new ground in 2012 by identifying a safe and effective natural alternative to drug therapy in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
Read article at greenmedinfo.com

Frankincense Superior to Chemotherapy in Killing Late-Stage Ovarian Cancer Cells

December 21, 2013

Like the Magi, carrying myrrh, frankincense, and gold, researchers from the University of Leicester have, for the first time, demonstrated the potential of treating ovarian cancer using the Christmas gift frankincense.
Read article at greenmedinfo.com

Vitamins Help Prevent Alzheimer's Disease

December 20, 2013

Nutritional supplementation with antioxidants and the B-complex vitamins has been shown to help prevent dementia. Half of all cases of Alzheimer's, the most common form of dementia, could be attributable to known dietary and lifestyle risk factors, and at least one fifth of current cases could be prevented right now.
Read news release at orthomolecular.org

Diet rich in tomatoes may lower breast cancer risk

December 18, 2013

A tomato-rich diet may help protect at-risk postmenopausal women from breast cancer, according to new research accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Vitamins, Minerals Reduce AIDS Mortality
Ignoring Supplements Means Unnecessary Deaths

December 17, 2013

Twenty-six years ago, I worked with a client (woman, late 20s) who was HIV positive. She was a heavy drinker and drug user, a smoker, had a terrible diet, and a series of bad personal relationships. Her health was deteriorating. Desperate, she decreased her drug and alcohol use. She still smoked, ate a poor diet, and was under great stress. She took multivitamin/multimineral supplements irregularly. But she took a lot of vitamin C very regularly, for over two decades. Twenty-six years later, doctors cannot detect HIV in her system. They now say that she never had it. She did. She probably still does. But they cannot find it. She has no symptoms.
Read commentary by Andrew W. Saul at orthomolecular.org


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Sleeping Pill Side Effects: May Be Linked To Increased Heart Attack Risk Say Scientists

January 8, 2014

The first study to link the sleeping pill zolpidem - known as Ambien in the US and Stilnoct in the UK - with cardiovascular problems has been published, raising concerns about its long term use.
Read article on the Huffington Post website

Japan to file criminal complaint against Novartis

January 7, 2014

Japan's health ministry plans to file a criminal complaint against the local arm of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis over alleged exaggerated advertising for a popular blood-pressure drug, an official said Wednesday.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Comment: An extensive range of studies and lawsuits now clearly documents the strategies via which pharmaceutical companies hide, ignore, or misrepresent evidence about drugs; distort the medical literature; and misrepresent products to prescribing physicians. For patients, the consequences of this can include serious adverse reactions and even death.

Depression drugs doled out as cure for simple sadness,
warns expert

January 5, 2014

Millions of patients are wrongly diagnosed with depression and needlessly given antidepressant drugs when they are simply sad, a study warns.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

China to introduce an online healthcare corruption 'blacklist'

December 27, 2013

China will in 2014 introduce a blacklist of drug makers and medical device manufacturers found to have paid bribes as it extends a crackdown on graft in the healthcare sector. Healthcare departments will compile lists of offending manufacturers, agents and individuals, which will be published online, the National Health and Family Planning Commission said on Friday. The list will come into effect from the beginning of March. Firms appearing on the list once will be banned for two years from selling within the region where they were implicated.
Read article in the South China Morning Post (China)

Britain becomes statins capital of Europe according to study
'Indolent' lifestyles turn Britain into the statins capital of Europe

December 25, 2013

Britain has become the "statins capital" of Europe - and has the second highest prescribing levels in the Western world for the drugs to protect against strokes and heart attacks, an international study has found.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Comment: Research shows that statins raise the risk of developing cataracts; breast cancer; muscular injuries and muscle pain; diabetes; kidney problems; osteoarthritis of the knee; peripheral nerve damage; calcification of the coronary arteries; eye damage and fatigue. To learn how high cholesterol levels can be eradicated naturally, without statins, visit the Cellular Health section of our Foundation website.

Using Aspirin To Prevent Heart Disease? You May Want To Reconsider; Study Shows Risks Outweigh Benefits

December 20, 2013

A review of recent studies suggests aspirin might do more harm than good as a preventive health measure for adults with no symptoms of heart disease. Investigators in the UK looked at 27 studies published between 2008 and 2012, including nine randomized clinical trials.
Read article at medicaldaily.com (USA)

Comment: Research shows that regular use of aspirin increases the risk of developing Crohn's disease; irregular heart rhythm; erectile dysfunction, hearing loss and age-related macular degeneration. To learn how cardiovascular disease can be eradicated naturally, without aspirin, visit the Cellular Health section of our Foundation website.

Warfarin doubles risk of stroke in first week
for irregular heartbeat sufferers

December 19, 2013

Warfarin, a drug taken by hundreds of thousand of people, has been found to more than double the risk of a stroke in the first week of taking the medication.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)


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Battle over GMO labeling rumbling in US

January 5, 2014

A GMO labeling battle is rumbling in the United States, with those demanding full disclosure of genetically modified organisms in food products pitted against big companies.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

USDA goes forward with herbicide-resistant GMO seeds

January 3, 2014

The commercial use of new herbicide-resistant, genetically modified corn and soybean seeds moved one step closer to reality on Friday when the United States Department of Agriculture announced their introduction in limited quantities. The new seeds have been genetically engineered by Dow AgroSciences to survive the hefty application of 2,4-D, a widely used weed killer that's commonly known as one of the ingredients in the Vietnam War-era herbicide Agent Orange.
Read article at rt.com (Russia)

Monsanto Winter Offensive Strikes India, China and Russia

December 27, 2013

According to Sustainable Pulse sources in China, Monsanto's CEO Hugh Grant held high level meetings with the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Science and Technology, and Ministry of Commerce in the week before Christmas. These meetings allegedly involved discussions, which aimed to alleviate the current panic amongst some of Monsanto's main supporters in the US, who are worried that some Monsanto strains of corn will soon be refused by China, alongside the 545,000 metric tons of U.S. corn that have been refused so far this year in cargoes that contained Syngenta's MIR162 strain.
Read article at greenmedinfo.com

Don't Grow Bt Brinjal

December 18, 2013

100 civil society organisations representing farmers, indigenous communities, consumers, women, scientists, and/or promoting sustainable development and biosafety have written a letter to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to oppose the commercialisation of a genetically modified (GM) eggplant.
Read article on the Institute for Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

'Stop GMOs': Russian scientists urge 10-year ban on genetically modified products

December 16, 2013

Russian scientists are calling for a 10-year moratorium on GMOs to thoroughly study their influence on human health, stressing that such examinations are vital.
Read article at rt.com (Russia)

Unease among Brazil's farmers as Congress
votes on GM terminator seeds
Environmentalists warn approval could shatter global agreement not to use technology, with devastating repercussions

December 12, 2013

Brazil is set to break a global moratorium on genetically-modified "terminator" seeds, which are said to threaten the livelihoods of millions of small farmers around the world.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)


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Regulation of Vitamins: Politics As Usual

January 7, 2014

Medical politics has been pervaded with unfounded, misleading arguments, tantamount to propaganda, instead of good evidence. Over the last several decades, the US mainstream medical establishment and the public health authorities, along with the help of the medical industry-sponsored mass media, have launched and broadcast numerous campaigns touting the value of firmer supplement rules for the American people. The justification usually given is the lack of formal product testing for safety and efficacy, which, it is claimed, makes vitamins a big public health threat.
Read article at orthomolecular.org

No Deaths from Vitamins. None.
Supplement Safety Once Again Confirmed by America's Largest Database

January 3, 2014

The 30th annual report from the American Association of Poison Control Centers shows zero deaths from multiple vitamins. And, there were no deaths whatsoever from vitamin A, niacin, vitamin B-6, vitamin C, vitamin D, or vitamin E.
Read article at orthomolecular.org

Low vitamin B12 linked to postural orthostatic tachycardia

December 23, 2013

During adolescence, low vitamin B12 levels are associated with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), according to a study published online Dec. 23 in Pediatrics.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

3.6 million Australian workers exposed to carcinogens

December 23, 2013

Australian researchers have found that a staggering 40 percent of workers are exposed to cancer-causing agents in their current jobs, with men at higher risk than women.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Zinc Alliance for Child Health Funds $1.5 Million Project

December 4, 2013

AHMEDABAD, INDIA – Today, Canadian partners in the Zinc Alliance for Child Health (ZACH) — Teck, the Micronutrient Initiative (MI) and the Government of Canada — announced $1.5 million in funding to expand a childhood diarrhea treatment program in the Indian state of Gujarat. This funding will support the State Government to scale up the program to all 26 districts in Gujarat and train an additional 97,000 health care workers on the proper treatment of diarrhea using zinc and oral rehydration salts (ORS). No life-threatening childhood illness affects more children than diarrheal disease. In India, approximately 230,000 children die annually as a result of dehydration, weakened immunity or malnutrition associated with diarrhea. Using zinc, along with ORS, to treat diarrhea not only strengthens the immune system to accelerate recovery, but can save lives.
Read article on the Micronutrient Initiative website (Canada)


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.

Nuremberg Set a Valid Precedent for Iraq War Trials

December 30, 2013

As the number of deaths continues unabated in Iraq – the worst since 2008 – so do calls for the prosecution of those that led both the United States and Great Britain into war, George W. Bush and Tony Blair. In December alone there were 44 deaths in just one day, over 766 for the whole month and over 9,200 civilian deaths in the whole year. If Nuremberg Principles were applied, both Mr. Bush and Mr. Blair would have probably been condemned for their role in the Iraq war.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

Comment: From the very beginning of the Iraq War, the Dr. Rath Health Foundation argued that its perpetrators and stakeholders should be brought to justice and held accountable for their crimes. In June 2003, a Complaint was filed by the Foundation at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Charging George W. Bush, Tony Blair and others with causing injury to and the death of millions of people through the 'business with disease', war crimes and other crimes against humanity, the full 36-page document was submitted to the then chief prosecutor at the Court, Luis Moreno Ocampo. To learn more about the Foundation's campaign for a second 'Nuremberg' tribunal, visit nuremberg-tribunal.org.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation exposed

December 19, 2013

ExxonMobil, BP, Chevron, DynCorp, G4S, Walmart and McDonald's are just a few of the companies that the mega 'charity' supports. With an endowment larger than all but four of the world's largest hedge funds, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is easily one of the most powerful 'charities' in the world. According to its website, the organization "works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives." So how do the investments of the foundation's $36 billion investing arm, the Gates Foundation Trust, match up to its mission? We dug into the group's recently released 2012 tax returns to find out.
Read article at hangthebankers.com

Comment: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been described as a "huge tax-avoidance scheme for enormously-wealthy capitalists who have made billions from exploiting the world's people." As a 2007 investigation by the Los Angeles Times showed, its 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, Gates is essentially copying a model originally designed by John D. Rockefeller a century ago. By investing in the very companies in which Gates owns stocks, financial returns are guaranteed through sales and intellectual-property rights. Notably, therefore, an analysis published in 2011 illustrated 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 close examination of its network revealing a wide variety of links to billionaires, multinational corporations, governments, international organizations and others, 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." To read a detailed critique of the Gates Foundation's activities, visit the techrights.org website.

Leaked proposal for EU-US trade deal increases business power in decision-making

December 16, 2013

A leaked EU negotiation proposal for the EU-US trade agreement reveals the European Commission's plans to fundamentally change the way regulations will be adopted in the future. Such reforms, if adopted, could seriously undermine existing EU rules on food safety, consumer protection, the environment and many other areas as the proposals give new powers to business to call a halt to proposed legislation which conflicts with their interests, or to re-negotiate existing regulations.
Read article on the Corporate Europe Observatory website


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