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Dr. Rath Health Foundation Newsletter

August 14, 2014

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Vitamin D Appears Neuroprotective Against Alzheimer’s, Dementia

August 9, 2014

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“Vitamin D deficiency is associated with a substantially increased risk of all-cause dementia and Alzheimer disease,” concluded a team of mainly US researchers in a study published in Neurology.
Read article at madinamerica.com

Comment: Research and clinical studies have clearly documented the health benefits of micronutrients in fighting Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. To learn more, visit the Studies Worldwide page on our Foundation website and the Online Library on the World Health Alphabetization website.


For more pharma "business with disease" news, click here.
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Thousands at risk from anti-blood clot drugs...says doctor who was one of the first to push for their use

August 10, 2014

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Hundreds of thousands of hospital patients are being injected with potentially dangerous blood-thinning drugs for no good reason, a leading expert is warning.
Read article on the Daily Mail website (UK)

Ebola Drug Firm Shares Go Bonkers After FDA Announcement

August 8, 2014

Shares of Tekmira Pharmaceuticals closed at $20.70 on Friday, surging 45% in one day of trading. On Thursday afternoon, management announced that the FDA loosened a hold on the Ebola treatment in the company's development pipeline.
Read Reuters news report at yahoo.com

Comment:With the US FDA’s announcement coinciding with the World Health Organization’s declaration that the Ebola outbreak is an international health emergency, the cynically opportunistic nature of the pharmaceutical ‘business with disease’ has once again been laid bare for all to see. Through the further instrumentalising of the outbreak, the share prices of companies producing drugs for Ebola will continue to rise and the industry’s investors can immediately make millions of dollars of profit from trading in them. To learn how the Ebola outbreak provides a chance to embrace natural medicine, read Dr. Rath’s statement on our Foundation website.

China jails British investigator Humphrey linked to GSK

August 8, 2014

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A British company investigator, Peter Humphrey, has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail for trafficking personal data in China. The Shanghai court also sentenced his American wife Yu Yingzeng to two years. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) China, which is being investigated for possible bribery, hired Mr Humphrey last year.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)


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Sweet victory for Mexico beekeepers as Monsanto loses GM permit

August 8, 2014

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A small group of beekeepers in Mexico has inflicted a blow on biotech giant Monsanto, which has halted the company’s ambitions to plant thousands of hectares of soybeans genetically modified to resist the company’s pesticide Roundup.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

Big Food uses mommy bloggers to shape public opinion

August 1, 2014

This past weekend, biotech giant Monsanto paid bloggers $150 each to attend “an intimate and interactive panel” with “two female farmers and a team from Monsanto.” The strictly invitation-only three-hour brunch, which took place on the heels of the BlogHer Conference, promised bloggers a chance to learn about “where your food comes from” and to hear about the “impact growing food has on the environment, and how farmers are using fewer resources to feed a growing population.” Though the invitation from BlogHer explicitly stated, “No blog posts or social media posts expected,” the event was clearly designed to influence the opinions — and the writing — of a key influencer: the mommy blogger.
Read article at aljazeera.com


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Majority of adults need to double fruit and vegetable intake

August 12, 2014

A serious shortfall in the consumption of fruit and vegetables worldwide means that most adults need to eat double their current amounts to meet WHO dietary recommendations, finds a new global study.
Read article at foodnavigator.com

Comment: This issue is further complicated by the fact that independent studies conducted in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and other countries show that the nutrient content of our food supply has fallen substantially over the past few decades. To learn more, visit the FAQs section of our Foundation website.

WHO: Ebola 'an international emergency'

August 8, 2014

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said the spread of Ebola in West Africa is an international health emergency. WHO officials said a co-ordinated response was essential to stop and reverse the spread of the virus.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

Comment: In the current public debate one important scientific fact about the Ebola outbreak has gone largely unnoticed: the virus is causing disease and death only in humans and subhuman primates.  Other natural hosts of this dangerous virus are not known to develop the disease. According to the World Health Organization these ‘protected’ hosts also include antelopes, porcupines and fruit eating bats. Remarkably, even though these animals can carry the Ebola virus for many years, they remain unaffected by it. There is an explanation for this fact. Most animals synthesize vitamin C in their bodies in huge amounts. Vitamin C, being one of the most powerful antiviral agents of nature, is apparently able to prevent, or at least limit, the disastrous health consequences of the Ebola virus. In the case of fruit-eating bats, an animal unable to synthesize vitamin C, their diet consists almost exclusively of fresh fruits that are high in vitamin C content. To learn more, read Dr. Rath’s statement on Ebola on our Foundation website.

Vitamin D supplementation should start at birth, says new study

August 7, 2014

Breastfed newborns should start receiving vitamin D supplements at the time of birth in order to help raise blood levels of the sunshine vitamin, says a new study.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

Pre-Market Approval of Dietary Supplements: The Canadian Story
Could the same thing happen in the US?

August 5, 2014

In the 1990s there was a citizens’ rebellion in the US wanting to protect their access to dietary supplements. This led to the passage of the Dietary Supplements Health and Education Act 1994 (DSHEA). Under this Act, supplements are classed as a food and are presumed to be safe unless there is evidence to the contrary, and the FDA is not supposed to remove a supplement unless there is evidence of harm. Soon thereafter, a citizens’ rebellion also occurred in Canada. Canadians made it clear that they were fed up with supplements being taken away, and they demanded increased access. One would have supposed that, having watched the US preserve its access to supplements, that Canada would follow suit. Instead, in 2004, Canada decided to treat supplements as a type of drug. All new supplements in Canada are presumed, to be both unsafe and ineffective (and therefore illegal); only those that can go through a pre-market approval process can remain on the market.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (USA) 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.

Voter turnout in May's European elections was lowest ever
Senior EU figures hailed participation levels as historic - but final count shows they in fact hit a record low

August 6, 2014

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Voter turnout in May´s European elections was the lowest ever, according to newly-released figures which contradict earlier claims of historic participation. The 2014 turnout figure of 43.09 per cent, based on exit polls, has now been revised down half a percentage point - putting it lower than the 43 per cent turnout in 2009.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Pollution triples mercury levels in ocean surface waters, study finds

August 6, 2014

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The amount of mercury near the surface of many of the world’s oceans has tripled as the result of our polluting activities, a new study has found, with potentially damaging implications for marine life as the result of the accumulation of the toxic metal.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)


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