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Dr. Rath Health Foundation Newsletter

August 28, 2014

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NATURAL HEALTH NEWS

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Antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice may aid blood sugar management for diabetics: Human data

August 25, 2014

Daily consumption of pomegranate juice may help control blood sugar levels in type-2 diabetics, as well as improving the function of beta cells in the pancreas, say data from a human trial.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

PHARMA "BUSINESS WITH DISEASE" NEWS

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Ice Bucket Challenge Nears $80-Million Mark

August 25, 2014

The ALS Association has raised $79.7 million to combat Lou Gehrig’s Disease since July 29, as the Ice Bucket Challenge continues to encourage people around the world to dump ice over their heads and send in money.
Read article on the Time magazine website (USA)

Comment: A serious neurodegenerative disorder, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) – also known as Lou Gehrig's disease and motor neurone disease – causes muscle weakness and atrophy throughout the body. Most patients die from the condition within three to five years from the onset of symptoms. With the so-called “Ice Bucket Challenge” having gone “viral” at a time when the pharmaceutical industry’s annual global drug sales are expected to skyrocket from $956 billion in 2011 to nearly $1.2 TRILLION in 2016, the key question has to be asked: Why is it that a trillion-dollar-a-year industry expects people to donate money to support its research? The uncomfortable reality behind the “Ice Bucket Challenge” is that vested interests do not want you to realize that the pharmaceutical industry is not a health industry but an investment industry. Driven by the income it has to generate for its shareholders, the drug industry’s primary motivation is profit – not human health. Significantly, therefore, in sharp contrast to the ineffectiveness of patented pharmaceutical drugs in treating ALS, studies have shown that natural non-patentable micronutrients such as polyunsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E, CoQ10, vitamin B12, selenium and others are helpful in controlling it. A particularly notable example in this regard is Professor Stephen Hawking, who has now survived over 50 years since first being diagnosed with ALS. Hawking has publicly stated he suspects the cause of his disease is a poor absorption of vitamins and has therefore supplemented his diet with a wide variety of vitamin and mineral supplements on a daily basis since the latter half of the 1960s. As such, rather than being expected to pin their hopes on the “Ice Bucket Challenge” and the trillion-dollar-a-year pharmaceutical “business with disease”, it is high time that ALS patients, their doctors and families were told the truth.

EU regulator warns on possible MS drugs side effects

August 20, 2014

Europe's drug safety regulator said multiple sclerosis treatments known as interferon beta need stronger label warnings because some patients treated with the drugs have suffered side effects affecting the kidney and other organs.
Read news report at reuters.com

Comment: In contrast to the dangers of drugs in treating multiple sclerosis, scientific research and clinical studies have demonstrated the health benefits of vitamins and other safe micronutrients in fighting it. To learn more, visit the Studies Worldwide page on our Foundation website and the Online Library on the World Health Alphabetization website.

GMO NEWS

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On Behalf of Monsanto: GMO Food Crops for Ukraine’s Bread Basket

August 24, 2014

On July 28, the California-based Oakland Institute released a report revealing that the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), under terms of their $17 billion loan to Ukraine, would open that country to genetically-modified (GM) crops and genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

China pulls plug on genetically modified rice and corn

August 20, 2014

China’s Ministry of Agriculture has decided not to renew biosafety certificates that allowed research groups to grow genetically modified (GM) rice and corn. The permits, to grow two varieties of GM rice and one transgenic corn strain, expired on 17 August. The reasoning behind the move is not clear, and it has raised questions about the future of related research in China.
Read article at sciencemag.org

Tasmania to remain free of GMO for at least five more years

August 20, 2014

Tasmanian agriculture is set to remain free of genetically modified organisms for at least five more years, with the State Government opting to extend a longstanding GMO ban.
Read article on the Daily Telegraph website (Australia)

OTHER HEALTH-RELATED NEWS

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UK malnutrition on the rise, report finds

August 25, 2014

BBC findings suggest malnutrition is on the rise in the UK; a trend that could be due to insufficient education about balanced diet and hefty price tags on healthy food, Canadean says.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

Comment: The fact that malnutrition is increasing in even the world’s sixth wealthiest country proves that there is an urgent need for the people of the world to be taught why a chronic deficiency of micronutrients is the most frequent cause of today's most common diseases. With this goal in mind, our World Health Alphabetization (WHA) campaign has specifically been designed to teach people the facts. For example, did anyone ever explain to you why millions of people worldwide die of heart attacks (the clogging of the arteries of the heart) whilst nose attacks and ear attacks are essentially unknown? Or why almost all human beings develop arteriosclerosis (the hardening of the artery walls) whilst “veno-sclerosis” (the hardening of the walls of veins) is essentially unknown? Or why elevated cholesterol levels in the bloodstream causes damage to only a few inches of the blood vessel pipeline but not to the vast majority of the rest of its 60,000 mile length? The answers to all of these questions and more can be found in the online WHA course.

Pica in pregnant teens linked to low iron

August 20, 2014

In a study of 158 pregnant teenagers in Rochester, NY, nearly half engaged in pica – the craving and intentional consumption of ice, cornstarch, vacuum dust, baby powder and soap, and other nonfood items, reports a new Cornell study. Moreover, such teens had significantly lower iron levels as compared with teens who did not eat nonfood substances.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

EU organic rules may mean certified food is not truly organic,
warns ANH

August 19, 2014

The Alliance for Natural Health suggests that non-organic inputs may be used in EU organic production until 31st December 2017 and call the public to action in support of true organic agriculture.
Read article at foodnavigator.com

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.

Physicists Say Fukushima Reactors Pose Eternal Threat to Humanity

August 25, 2014

The three molten cores at Fukushima plant, each weighing a hundred tons, are so radioactive, that no one can approach them, including robots, which melt down immediately, Dr. Helen Caldicott, the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, physician and anti-nuclear advocate, states in an interview to Radio VR.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

EU advisors advocate use of military against strikes and protests

August 19, 2014

Experts at a European Union (EU) think-tank are demanding that the EU prepare to put down strikes and protests with military force. Due to the deepening social inequality in a globalised economy and growing military conflicts within the EU’s borders, such outbursts will inevitably increase. In the study by the European Union Institute for Security Studies, the authors bluntly state that in the face of these developments, the army will have to be used increasingly for policing duties to protect the rich from the anger of the poor.
Read article on the World Socialist website

 

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