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Dr. Rath Health Foundation Newsletter

October 2, 2014

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Keep up-to-date on the latest health and politics news with our regular updates and analysis of the key stories from around the world.


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Creative bites: Research backs amino acid to boost creative thinking

September 26, 2014

Food that contains the amino acid tyrosine could promote creative thinking, according to new research.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

Turmeric enhances mood in depression research trial

September 26, 2014

By Simon A. Eugster (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The antidepressant benefits of the Indian spice turmeric have been supported by the results of a trial run by a Murdoch University researcher.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Fruit and vegetable consumption could be as good for your mental as your physical health

September 23, 2014

Fruit and vegetable consumption could be as good for your mental as your physical health, new research suggests.
Read article at sciencedaily.com


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Pharma industry denies it lobbied for medicines to move to DG Enterprise

September 29, 2014

Europe’s pharmaceutical industry has said it did not lobby for medicines and medical devices to be moved from the European Commission's health directorate (DG Sanco) to the enterprise directorate (DG Enterprise).
Read article at euractiv.com

Comment: The Brussels EU Commission is removing responsibility for policing pharmaceutical drugs from its Health and Consumers department and giving it instead to its department of Enterprise and Industry. This decision, taken by new Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker – who despite his claims to the contrary, was not elected into the post he holds – puts the commercial, profit-driven interests of the trillion-dollar-a-year pharmaceutical “business with disease” right at the heart of European health policy decisions. In doing so Juncker has simultaneously removed any lingering traces of doubt that it is now official Brussels EU policy to put the business interests of the Pharma Cartel before the health interests of 500 million European citizens. If you live in Europe we urge you to send a message to Juncker via his Facebook or Twitter pages and express your outrage regarding this highly dangerous, unethical development. And towards the goal of a truly democratic Europe for the People, by the People, we urge all European citizens who have not already done so to sign our petition on the website of the European Referendum Initiative.

Risks of opioids outweigh benefits for headache, low back pain, other conditions

September 29, 2014

According to a new position statement from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the risk of death, overdose, addiction or serious side effects with prescription opioids outweigh the benefits in chronic, non-cancer conditions such as headache, fibromyalgia and chronic low back pain.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

FDA says asthma drug Xolair raises risk of heart, brain problems

September 27, 2014

The asthma drug Xolair is associated with a higher risk of heart attack, mini-stroke, chest pain and blood clots in the lungs and veins, among other problems, though the extent of increased risk is unclear, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday.
Read news report at reuters.com

Patancheru poisoning – the untold cost of the Western world’s cheap drugs

September 24, 2014

A crisis that has been over 20 years in the making continues to unfold in the Patancheru area of Andhra Pradesh, near Hyderabad, southern India. The Patancheru situation echoes elements of the tragedy, denial and corporate recklessness associated with the Union Carbide disaster of Bhopal, some 900 km to the north. But unlike Bhopal, where the acute exposures and deaths from the Union Carbide gas escape that killed and maimed thousands could not be concealed, the Patancheru situation, born out of long-term, chronic exposure to pharmaceutical effluents, has received much less public and international exposure.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website

Big Pharma is a colourful tycoon game that explores an ugly industry

September 24, 2014

Big Pharma is a strategy management game inspired by the likes of Transport and RollerCoaster Tycoon. You run your own company, developing new drugs through research and production lines with an aim to sell them all for a nasty profit. But some uncomfortable truths about the business of healing underpins it all. 
Read article at pcgamesn.com

Comment: One of the most interesting and educational PC games we have seen in a long time!

Common diabetes drug metformin could cause thyroid and heart problems, experts warn

September 22, 2014

By User:Ash (Own work) [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

A drug widely prescribed to those with diabetes could cause thyroid, heart and a host of other health problems, a study has warned.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

Pharmaceutical CEO: This Controversial Deal Will Be Great for Us…And You (Trust Us)

September 17, 2014

In an op-ed appearing in Forbes on Tuesday, the CEO of Eli Lilly, a U.S. pharmaceutical corporation, paints a glowing picture of how the proposed Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) would benefit consumers on both sides of the Atlantic – but it’s pure fantasy.
Read article on the Public Citizen blog (USA)

Comment: Significantly, it turns out that the Senior Vice President of Eli Lilly is one of the Trans-Atlantic Business Council’s Co-Chairs responsible for pushing the TAFTA deal. No wonder, therefore, that the company’s CEO is simultaneously painting a glowing picture of how it would supposedly benefit consumers.


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TTIP is a 'trojan horse' trade deal for GM imports, says Friends of the Earth

September 30, 2014

The proposed EU-US trade deal could see the European market opened up to US imports of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), despite the Commission's public assurances to the contrary, claims Friends of the Earth.
Read article at foodnavigator.com

Comment: Friends of the Earth are confirming here what we ourselves have said all along about the TAFTA/TTIP deal.

Is 2014 the "Tipping Point" for the GMO Labeling Movement?

September 29, 2014

Is this the year that voters will finally insist on knowing which supermarket foods contain genetically modified organisms? Activists in Oregon say the momentum is on their side for a GMO labeling initiative on the November ballot. "The electorate in Oregon has a greater awareness of this issue than in other states," says Sandeep Kaushik, a spokesman for Yes On 92, as the initiative is known. "We are approaching a tipping point."
Read article at motherjones.com (USA)

Monsanto’s Experimental Genetically Modified Wheat Discovered in Montana

September 27, 2014

Monsanto’s experimental genetically modified wheat has been discovered growing in a second US field in Montana, about a year after the discovery of the company’s unapproved crop growing in Oregon disrupted US wheat exports. The plants were discovered at a test site at Montana State University, where back in 2000-2003 Monsanto was conducting field trials of its wheat, genetically modified to tolerate Roundup herbicide.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

Meet the new GM crops set to make America’s “superweed” problem even worse

September 26, 2014

Move over, Roundup Ready crops. After gaining USDA approval last week, new generation of genetically modified corn and soybeans is about to make its premiere. Meet “Enlist,” manufactured by Dow Chemical, a line of crops with the ability to withstand the herbicide 2,4-D. Farmers who use the “Enlist Weed Control System” can kill weeds without harming their crop…for now.
Read article at salon.com


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One in ten people over forty years old in Britain is vitamin D deficient

September 26, 2014

As many as one in ten people in Britain over forty years old may be vitamin D deficient, according to a study carried out by researchers at the University of Cambridge.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Comment: With the UK’s National Health Service already previously having suggested that one in five Britons may be deficient in vitamin D, and 40 per cent of English children believed to have some kind of deficiency, the likelihood is that the figure quoted in this study may well be an underestimate. Moreover, evidence continues to mount that vitamin D deficiency is becoming a worldwide problem. In the United States and Canada, for example, deficiencies are well known to be widespread. In Europe, levels in the blood are low in 50% to 70% of the population. Elsewhere in the world, the problem is no less serious. Pregnant Arab women have an "extraordinarily high prevalence" of vitamin D deficiency, whilst India is also now home to a growing epidemic of it. Even Australia, a land with plentiful sunshine and an outdoor lifestyle, reportedly now has a “mind-boggling” rate of deficiencies in this nutrient. In view of such widespread evidence, we can only presume that the continued lack of any response to it by governments is a direct result of their essentially acting as political stakeholders for the multinational pharmaceutical “business with disease”.

Widespread vitamin D deficiency in thyroidectomy patients

September 25, 2014

By n.raveender (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

A new study from researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit finds widespread vitamin D deficiency among patients who undergo a thyroidectomy, potentially putting them at greater risk for developing dangerously low blood calcium levels after surgery.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Ebola 'threat to world security'- UN Security Council

September 19, 2014

By Thomas W. Geisbert, Boston University School of Medicine [CC-BY-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

The UN Security Council has declared the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa a "threat to international peace and security".
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

Global hunger is falling, but malnutrition still a big issue, says UN report

September 16, 2014

The number of hungry people has fallen by more than 100 million over the last decade; however 805 million people around the world are still chronically undernourished, according to a new joint UN report.
Read article at foodnavigator.com


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.

Mass default looms as world sinks beneath a sea of debt

September 29, 2014

As if the fast degenerating geo-political situation isn’t bad enough, here’s another lorry load of concerns to add to the pile. The UK and US economies may be on the mend at last, but that’s not the pattern elsewhere. On a global level, growth is being steadily drowned under a rising tide of debt, threatening renewed financial crisis, a continued squeeze to living standards, and eventual mass default.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Comment: As we describe on the Movement of Life website, the root cause of this ongoing problem is the systematic drainage of the economies of the nations of the world by three dominating sectors: the pharmaceutical, chemical and petrochemical investment businesses. Towards the goal of bringing about a change of direction and liberating the world from this financial catastrophe, please take action and support the Movement of Life.

Tim Berners-Lee calls for internet bill of rights to ensure greater privacy

September 28, 2014

By Silvio Tanaka (originally posted to Flickr as Tim Berners-Lee) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Web inventor says world needs an online ‘Magna Carta’ to combat growing government and corporate control.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

Juncker rejects UK push for independent scrutiny of EU laws

September 26, 2014

By European People's Party (Jean-Claude Juncker) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The new European Commission has rejected the UK Government's call to set up an independent body to scrutinise EU regulation and impact assessments before and after legislative proposals are adopted by the executive.
Read article at euractiv.com

Comment: With this decision Jean-Claude Juncker makes it crystal clear that, under his stewardship of the European Commission, the future of Europe will not be based on democracy but on outright dictatorship.


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