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December 30, 2011

FDA salami-slice strategy continues
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has continued to turn a deaf ear to consumers and their health in pushing forward its agenda to remove thousands of safe supplements from the American marketplace.
Read news release on the website of the National Health Federation (USA)

December 30, 2011

Organic Agriculture May Be Outgrowing Its Ideals
Clamshell containers on supermarket shelves in the United States may depict verdant fields, tangles of vines and ruby red tomatoes. But at this time of year, the tomatoes, peppers and basil certified as organic by the Agriculture Department often hail from the Mexican desert, and are nurtured with intensive irrigation.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

December 28, 2011

No Deaths from Vitamins
America's Largest Database Confirms Supplement Safety
There was not even one death caused by a vitamin supplement in 2010, according to the most recent information collected by the U.S. National Poison Data System. The new 203-page annual report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers, published online at http://www.aapcc.org/dnn/Portals/0/2010%20NPDS%20Annual%20Report.pdf, shows zero deaths from multiple vitamins; zero deaths from any of the B vitamins; zero deaths from vitamins A, C, D, or E; and zero deaths from any other vitamin. Additionally, there were no deaths whatsoever from any amino acid or dietary mineral supplement.
Read news release at orthomolecular.org
Comment: US government research shows that about half of all Americans take vitamins or other dietary supplements. Even if each of those people took only one single tablet daily, that makes around 156,000,000 individual doses per day and an overall total of almost 57 billion doses annually. In reality, however, since many persons take far more than just one single tablet daily, actual consumption is considerably higher. As such, given the remarkable safety of supplements, if they were really as "dangerous" as the lobbyists and stakeholders of the “pharmaceutical business with disease” would have us believe, then where are the bodies?

December 23, 2011

Add vitamin D to Scotland's food – experts
Dosing whole population would help cut levels of multiple sclerosis, say scientists
International experts are calling for food in Scotland to be fortified with vitamin D, in an attempt to cut the large numbers of people who develop multiple sclerosis at sunshine-deprived northern latitudes. MS levels in Scotland are some of the highest in the world, and many believe vitamin D deficiency, caused by lack of sunlight and poor weather which keeps people indoors, is partly to blame.
Read article in The Guardian (UK)

December 22, 2011

Traditional medicine offers a “revolution” in Tanzanian healthcare
While other semi-industrialised countries, like India or Brazil, are pinning considerable hope for their economic futures on their booming generic (unbranded) pharmaceutical industries, a different option is about to be explored in one part of Africa. Tanzania's National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) recently announced that several unique remedies based on traditional herbal medicines are about to enter the approvals system – and could be in mass production within 6 months.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website

December 14, 2011

Prunes are not a laxative, EU rules
The EU has ruled that prunes do not have a laxative effect and producers cannot say that they do. It comes after the organisation was mocked last month a ruling that led to a ban on claims that drinking water can prevent dehydration. Despite a long held belief that prunes, traditionally served with custard, are good for improving bowel function, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has ruled this is not the case.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)
Comment: Needless to say, in making this dictatorial ruling, the Brussels EU's primary goal is to protect the pharma cartel's profits from the sale of synthetic patented laxative drugs.

December 10, 2011

Keeping out of the sun 'is bringing rickets ‘back’ as cases increase fivefold in 14 years
The number of British children suffering from rickets has increased fivefold since 1997, figures have revealed. More than 760 were admitted to hospital last year with the condition, caused by a shortage of Vitamin D – the vital chemical which is boosted by sunlight. Better nutrition had all but wiped out rickets, which was common in 19th century Britain, but rates have started to rise in the last decade. It is still a major problem in the third world. Some experts blame its return on parents" increasing fear of skin cancer, which encourages them to smother their children in sun cream and keep them out of the sun.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

December 8, 2011

Rare gene links vitamin D and multiple sclerosis
A rare genetic variant which causes reduced levels of vitamin D appears to be directly linked to multiple sclerosis, says an Oxford University study. UK and Canadian scientists identified the mutated gene in 35 parents of a child with MS and, in each case, the child inherited it. Researchers say this adds weight to suggestions of a link between vitamin D deficiency and MS.
Read article on the BBC News website
Comment: Previous research has shown that having high levels of vitamin D can lower the risk of relapse in multiple sclerosis and reduce the risk of developing the disease in the first place by up to 50 per cent. Similarly, low levels of this nutrient are known to be associated with a significantly higher risk of relapse attacks in patients with who develop the disease during childhood. As such, evidence is increasing that vitamin D may be the missing link for multiple sclerosis sufferers and that it can reduce its symptoms and help treat the disease naturally. To access scientific research studies showing how vitamin D and other essential micronutrients can treat multiple sclerosis, click here and here.

December 6, 2011

Low vitamin D levels linked to type 2 diabetes in obese kids
Children with lower levels of vitamin D had higher degrees of insulin resistance
Another study underscoring the importance of the sunshine vitamin has found that low vitamin D levels in obese children could be a precursor to the development of type 2 diabetes.
Read article in the Daily News (New York, USA)

December 6, 2011

Smoke and poor diet cause low vitamin C levels in India's elderly population
Up to three quarters of elderly people in parts of India have vitamin C deficiency, a study by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine found.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

December 5, 2011

Six Largest Pesticide Manufacturers Stand Trial at International People's Court
On December 3, the 27th anniversary of the Bhopal pesticide plant disaster in Bhopal, India, a trial began in an international people's court in India involving the world's six largest pesticide companies: Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, BASF, Dow and Dupont. These companies, collectively known as the “Big 6,” are cited by prosecutors for their human rights violations, including internationally recognized rights to life, livelihood and health. Beyond Pesticides joined Pesticide Action Network (PAN) and others in signing a joint statement demanding that these companies be held accountable for their human rights violations, which was presented at the trial. The trial, hosted by PAN International, is facilitated by the Permanent People's Tribunal (PTT), an international opinion tribunal independent from State authorities.
Read article on the Beyond Pesticides website (USA)

November 28, 2011

It Could Be Old Age, or It Could Be Low B12
Ilsa Katz was 85 when her daughter, Vivian Atkins, first noticed that her mother was becoming increasingly confused. “She couldn"t remember names, where she"d been or what she"d done that day,” Ms. Atkins recalled in an interview. “Initially, I was not too worried. I thought it was part of normal aging. But over time, the confusion and memory problems became more severe and more frequent.” Her mother couldn"t remember the names of close relatives or what day it was. She thought she was going to work or needed to go downtown, which she never did. And she was often agitated. A workup at a memory clinic resulted in a diagnosis of early Alzheimer"s disease, and Ms. Katz was prescribed Aricept, which Ms. Atkins said seemed to make matters worse. But the clinic also tested Ms. Katz"s blood level of vitamin B12. It was well below normal, and her doctor thought that could be contributing to her symptoms. Weekly B12 injections were begun. “Soon afterward, she became less agitated, less confused and her memory was much better,” said Ms. Atkins.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

November 25, 2011

From 44,000 to 224 — the Great EU Health Claims Cull
On 5th December, a European Commission committee will likely put forward to the European Parliament a proposal for an EU-wide Regulation that will establish a list of authorised “general function” health claims, under Article 13.1 of the EU"s Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation. If green-lighted by the Parliament, six months after its passage into law, all general function health claims for commercial food and food supplement products that are not authorised will be banned across all 27 EU Member States. We say that this will amount to an infringement of freedom of commercial speech, given the fact that the 224 health claims on the list are limited to just 70 foods or food ingredients.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website

November 23, 2011

Too little salt may also increase risk of heart problems, suggests study
Consumption of too much, and too little, salt may be linked to a higher risk of heart-related hospitalisations and deaths, according to a new study.
Read article at foodnavigator-usa.com

November 20, 2011

Media May Kill Vitamins
What happened to the media that investigates and reports both sides of the story? The practice of denigrating dietary supplements and raising public concern over “safety” has been elevated to an art form by the media. Sound bites and articles with such titles as, “Vitamins May Kill Elderly Americans,” ignore the number of documented deaths caused by prescription drugs. Without both sides of the story, media is playing with half a deck – when this happens in oppressed countries, we call it propaganda.
Read article at citizens.org (USA)
Comment: From time to time, people write and ask us why the media doesn"t give more publicity to the issues that we cover on our website. If all of the things on the Foundation"s website are true, they reason, then wouldn"t the media be reporting on them as well? To learn why such thinking is naïve, and understand why Big Media cannot be seen as an ally in the campaign for vitamin freedom, click here.

November 18, 2011

EU bans claim that water can prevent dehydration
Brussels bureaucrats were ridiculed yesterday after banning drink manufacturers from claiming that water can prevent dehydration.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

November 14, 2011

Low vitamin D levels may be associated with recurrent inflammatory spinal cord disease
Vitamin D levels are significantly lower in patients with recurrent inflammatory spinal cord disease, according to a study published Online First by Archives of Neurology.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

November 14, 2011

Study links Parkinson's disease to industrial solvent
An international study has linked an industrial solvent to Parkinson's disease.
Researchers found a six-fold increase in the risk of developing Parkinson's in individuals exposed in the workplace to trichloroethylene (TCE). Although many uses for TCE have been banned around the world, the chemical is still used as a degreasing agent.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)
Comment: Following previous research associating pesticides with an increased risk of developing Parkinson's, the news that trichloroethylene has similarly been linked to this condition provides a perfect illustration of the insidious nature of the “business with disease”. Through knowingly manufacturing patented industrial and agricultural chemicals that are proven to cause diseases whilst, at the same time, marketing patented synthetic chemical drugs as supposed treatments for them, the Pharmaceutical and Chemical Cartel is cynically and criminally treating the human body as a multi-trillion dollar market place. To learn how you can help us to bring an end to these practices, click here.

November 13, 2011

Low vitamin C levels may raise heart failure patients' risk
Low levels of vitamin C were associated with higher levels of high sensitivity C-Reactive protein (hsCRP) and shorter intervals without major cardiac issues or death for heart failure patients, in research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2011. Compared to those with high vitamin C intake from food, heart failure patients in the study who had low vitamin C intake were 2.4 times more likely to have higher levels of hsCRP, a marker for inflammation and a risk factor for heart disease.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

November 9, 2011

Physician supplement use matches general population levels: Survey
Between 60 and 75% of US physicians may use dietary supplements and do recommended dietary supplements to patients related to their specialty, finds a new survey.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

November 8, 2011

EFSA's 2009 report on pesticides residues in food shows: EU food still heavily contaminated with dangerous cocktails of pesticides.
The 2009 EU report on pesticide residues, published today by EFSA, shows food on the European market is still heavily contaminated with cocktails of pesticides. The percentage of EU food in shops and markets with multiple residues remains at a high level of 25.1%, meaning only a slight improvement in the last 5 years of reporting. The highest reported number of pesticide residues in one food item remains at 26: One sample analysed in the Netherlands (raisins from Turkey) with 26 different pesticides!
Read press release at pan-europe.info

November 4, 2011

Kids ‘with low levels of zinc may be at higher risk of autism’
Parents, please note – children with low levels of zinc may be at higher risk of autism, according to a new study. Researchers have found that large numbers of children with autism and related conditions such as Asperger’s syndrome were deficient in the mineral, which is found in meat, bread and dairy products, the ‘Daily Mail’ reported. The researchers said their finding provided hope for the treatment and prevention of autism. In their study, the researchers in Tokyo measured levels of zinc in the hair of almost 2,000 children with autism and related conditions. This showed a “considerable association” with zinc deficiency, especially in the youngest children.
Read article at thehindubusinessline.com (India)

November 4, 2011

Unrecognized Cancer Risks of Dental Radiation
The well-documented evidence on the dangers of premenopausal mammography are persuasive, although belatedly recognized. In striking contrast, the evidence on the dangers of routine and highly profitable dental radiation, particularly in children, are still virtually unrecognized, warns the Cancer Prevention Coalition.
Read press release at world-wire.com
Comment: In recent years, many doctors – and especially radiologists – have become concerned with the overuse of certain diagnostic techniques, in particular those that expose patients to radiation. Although infrequent use of X-ray or CT (computed tomography) scans will not have adverse effects on a patient, multiple exposures to radiation over a short period of time can cause serious damage to cells, resulting in an increased risk of cancer and other diseases. To learn more, click here.

November 3, 2011

Low vitamin D common in spine surgery patients
A new study indicates that many patients undergoing spine surgery have low levels of vitamin D, which may delay their recovery. In a study of 313 patients undergoing spinal fusion surgery, orthopaedic surgeons at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that more than half had inadequate levels of vitamin D, including one-fourth who were more severely deficient.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

November 2, 2011

Food prices in Britain rise by second most in EU
Food prices in Britain are rising by the second highest amount in the EU, with only Hungary experiencing higher inflation, according to new figures from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)
Comment: Because Britain is an island nation, the increase in fuel prices over the past few years has significantly added to the cost of transporting food to it by both air and sea. As a result, in the past year alone, British consumers have seen the price of their weekly food shop increase by 6.4 per cent, the second highest in the EU. Notably, therefore, by encouraging the dramatic expansion of the world’s food trade – even in countries such as the UK that are essentially capable of producing their own food supplies – the UN’s Codex Alimentarius Commission is increasing the number of ‘food miles’ on the world’s dinner plates and, in so doing, maintaining global dependency on oil and the petrochemical industry. To learn more about Codex, watch Paul Anthony Taylor’s October 2009 lecture - Codex Alimentarius and the European Union: Globalization and the Control of Your Health – given at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

October 29, 2011

Why a brave mum said no to chemotherapy
When Gemma Bond was diagnosed with cancer, she decided to go on her own treatment path. "YOU have cancer" is a sentence, not a death sentence. That's what Mum kept telling herself when she was diagnosed with ovarian and uterine cancer. Having always been a firm believer in alternative health, chemotherapy was never going to be an option for Mum.
Read article on the Adelaide Now website (Australia)
Comment: As Gemma Bond’s real life story shows, there are cutting edge natural alternatives to toxic chemotherapy treatments and patients around the world are already beginning to take advantage of them. To learn the scientific facts about the health benefits of micronutrients in fighting cancer, and how the specific natural health approaches developed at the Dr. Rath Research Institute have been shown to block all key mechanisms that make cancer a deadly disease, click here.

October 27, 2011

CRN Targets RDA Based Maximums and EU Claims
WASHINGTON—European Union (EU) health claims regulation and various national RDA-based maximum levels for food and vitamin supplements may be in violation of agreement under the World Trade Organization (WTO), according to new analyses conducted by the law firm Sidley Austin LLP, on behalf of the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN).
Read article at naturalproductsinsider.com (USA)

October 21, 2011

EFSA says prunes don't loosen the bowel
Natural health campaign group, Alliance for Natural health International (ANH-Intl), has today released a list of what it regards as wayward opinions on health claims by Europe’s highest authority on food safety, the Parma-based European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Among EFSA’s opinions on nearly 3,000 ‘general function’ health claims, 80% of which it has rejected, is one that asserts there is no scientific evidence that the ingestion of prunes facilitates bowel function.
Read press release on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website
Comment: To read the ANH-Intl list of ‘wayward’ health claim evaluations by EFSA, including reasons for EFSA rejection and known health benefits, click here.

October 20, 2011

Women do not get enough vitamin D during the menopause
A healthy diet is especially important during the menopause – a period in which the risk of suffering from health problems increases. Various studies analyse the diet of peri- and postmenopausal women in Spain alongside the troubles that come with this transition. The results show that all of those groups studied have a deficient intake of vitamin D.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

October 14, 2011

Vitamin E Attacked Again Of Course. Because It Works.
The very first Orthomolecular Medicine News Service release was on the clinical benefits of vitamin E. That was seven years ago. In fact, the battle over vitamin E has been going full-tilt for over 60 years. Well, you can say one thing for vitamin critics: at least they are consistent. Consistently wrong, but consistent.
A recent accusation against vitamin E is that somehow it increases risk of prostate cancer. That is nonsense.
Read news release at orthomolecular.org

October 13, 2011

Occupy Wall Street and the Food Movement
If you are paying attention to Occupy Wall Street—and by now most people are—the anti-corporate message is coming through loud and clear. Most participants at the events now spreading across the country say they are no longer willing to let powerful corporate interests determine the course of their lives. These Americans realize that a participatory democracy is essential. As it stands today, 75 percent of the population are obese or overweight and many are chronically ill with diet-related diseases. They are also largely dependent on an increasingly unhealthful and contaminated food supply that is heavily controlled by corporate interests. It’s obvious that this is our moment to drive a very important point home: Upending corporate control of the food supply is a fundamental change that must occur if the “99 percent” are to be healthy participants in a true democracy.
Read article on the Civil Eats website (USA)

October 11, 2011

Shame on AMA’s Archives of Internal Medicine
Did you hear the breaking news last night—that multivitamins may shorten your life? Here’s how junk science from the AMA set off the media frenzy. The study, published in the American Medical Association’s (AMA’s) Archives of Internal Medicine, assessed the use of vitamin and mineral supplements in nearly 39,000 women whose average age was 62. The researchers asked the women to fill out three surveys, the first in 1986, the second in 1997, and the last in 2004, reporting what supplements they took and what foods they ate, and answering a few questions about their health. That’s right, all the data was self-reported by the study subjects only three times over the course of the 19-year-long study. To say the data is “unreliable” would be a generous description.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (USA) website

October 4, 2011

Fair-skinned people may need extra vitamin D
Fair-skinned people who are prone to sunburn may need to take supplements to ensure they get enough vitamin D, say experts. It appears that those with pale skin, while not deficient, may still be lacking in the essential vitamin that the body makes from sunlight. The Cancer Research UK-funded team say that even with a lot of sun exposure, those with fair skin may not be able to make enough vitamin D.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

October 3, 2011

Vitamin D deficiency common in cancer patients
More than three-quarters of cancer patients have insufficient levels of vitamin D (25-hydroxy-vitamin D) and the lowest levels are associated with more advanced cancer, according to a study presented on October 2, 2011, at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).
Read article at medicalxpress.com

September 29, 2011

Oral steroids linked to severe vitamin D deficiency in nationwide study
People taking oral steroids are twice as likely as the general population to have severe vitamin D deficiency, according to a study of more than 31,000 children and adults by scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Their findings, in the September 28 online edition of The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, suggest that physicians should more diligently monitor vitamin D levels in patients being treated with oral steroids.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

September 27, 2011

Study debunks myths on organic farms
The results are in from a 30-year side-by-side trial of conventional and organic farming methods at Pennsylvania's Rodale Institute. Contrary to conventional wisdom, organic farming outperformed conventional farming in every measure.
There are about 1,500 organic farmers in Saskatchewan, at last count. They eschew the synthetic fertilizers and toxic sprays that are the mainstay of conventional farms. Study after study indicates the conventional thinking on farming - that we have to tolerate toxic chemicals because organic farming can't feed the world - is wrong.
Read article in The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon, Canada)
Comment: This study adds further support to research carried out by scientists at the University of Michigan in 2007, who found that organic methods could produce enough food on a global per capita basis to sustain the current human population, and potentially an even larger population, without increasing the agricultural land base.

September 27, 2011

Low vitamin D levels may damage lungs, promote severe asthma: Study
Deficient levels of vitamin D may cause structural changes in the airways of children with a severe type of asthma, suggests new data from London. Children with a form of asthma called severe therapy-resistant asthma (STRA) were more likely to have lower blood levels of vitamin compared with moderately asthmatic and non-asthmatic children, according to findings published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

September 23, 2011

Poor diet linked to teen mental health problems
Adolescents who eat unhealthily are more likely to develop mental health problems than those with good diets, a new study has found.
Read article at medicalxpress.com
Comment: Interviewed about this study, Dr. Tim Crowe, Associate Professor in Nutrition at Deakin University’s School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences said: “The key concept of having a healthy diet is not only good for us physically and in preventing a range of diseases, it’s good for our brain as well. We know our brain needs a lot of nutrients to run and function and well. You are not going to get as many of those nutrients from a very nutrient-poor diet.”

September 22, 2011

Vitamin D deficiency linked with airway changes in children with severe asthma
Children with severe therapy-resistant asthma (STRA) may have poorer lung function and worse symptoms compared to children with moderate asthma, due to lower levels of vitamin D in their blood, according to researchers in London. Lower levels of vitamin D may cause structural changes in the airway muscles of children with STRA, making breathing more difficult.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

September 20, 2011

One size doesn't fit all for vitamin D and men
African-American men living in areas with low sunlight are up to 3 ½ times more likely to have Vitamin D deficiency than Caucasian men and should take high levels of Vitamin D supplements, according to a new study from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

September 19, 2011

NGO demands resignation of EFSA officials
New research has revealed "further conflicts of interest" among experts advising the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) about the safety of food additives. A study found that two of the new experts appointed by EFSA to the panel responsible for looking at food additives have allegedly failed to declare consulting activities for the food industry-funded think tank and lobby group, International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI).
Read article at theparliament.com

September 19, 2011

The Magnificence of Vitamin D
Researchers claim that some of the Australian population is not processing enough Vitamin D due to little exposure to sunlight, despite of the fact that Australia has sunlight in abundance. Reports show that 43% of women in the southern part of Australia have been discovered to be lacking in Vitamin D, while 23% of women in Queensland are Vitamin D deficient. People who cover their skin most of the time, elderly people and dark skinned people are some of those who are at risk of Vitamin D insufficiency. Studies prove that as we age the ability of our skin to produce Vitamin D lessens and the necessity for more exposure to sunlight is increased.
Read article in the Australian edition of the International Business Times

September 16, 2011

The fruits of his labour: Google doodle celebrates the man who discovered vitamin C
Google today celebrates the life of the Hungarian physiologist who discovered Vitamin C and the components and reactions of the citric acid cycle. Albert Szent-Györgyi, who would have been 118 today, is commemorated with a Google logo redesigned to look like a juice label, with vibrant citrus fruits. He won the 1937 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for 'his discoveries in connection with the biological combustion processes, with special reference to vitamin-C and the catalysis of fumaric acid.'
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)
Comment: Significantly, following his discovery of vitamin C, Szent-György believed that the medical profession misled the public about it. In 1970, in a letter to the two-time Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling, he stated: “Right from the beginning I felt that the medical profession misled the public. If you don’t take ascorbic acid with your food you get scurvy, so the medical profession said that if you don’t get scurvy you are all right. I think that this is a very grave error. Scurvy is not the first sign of the deficiency but a premortal syndrome, and for full health you need much more, very much more. I am taking, myself, about 1 g a day. This does not mean that this is really the optimum dose because we do not know what full health really means and how much ascorbic acid you need for it. What I can tell you is that one can take any amount of ascorbic acid without the least danger.”

September 13, 2011

Experts: 366 million people now have diabetes
An estimated 366 million people worldwide now suffer from diabetes and the global epidemic is getting worse, health officials said Tuesday. The International Diabetes Federation described the number of cases as "staggering," with one person dying from diabetes every seven seconds.
Read article at medicalxpress.com
Comment: To learn how modern Cellular Medicine provides a breakthrough in our understanding of the causes, prevention and adjunct treatment of adult diabetes, click here. To access scientific research showing how diabetes can be treated in a natural way, visit our Worldwide Studies and Research page and the online library on the World Health Alphabetization campaign website.

September 7, 2011

Warning over global cancer levels
The number of new cancer cases has increased by 20% in under a decade and now stands at 12 million a year, according to the World Cancer Research Fund. It warns that nearly a quarter of those cases are "preventable".
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)
Comment: The only reason that cancer still remains a death verdict is the billions of dollars pharmaceutical companies earn from producing oncology drugs. Given that these drugs are the largest business segment of the multi-billion dollar global pharmaceutical industry, the question therefore has to be asked: What interest can the ‘Business with Disease’ possibly have in trying to prevent cancer if it earns revenues of over $55 billion every year from the existence of the disease? To learn how cancer can be eradicated naturally, without the use of toxic chemotherapy drugs, click here.

September 1, 2011

Americans need supplements, fortified foods to achieve nutrient intakes: Survey
Most Americans are achieving the estimated average requirement (EAR) for a number of nutrients, with fortification and supplementation playing an important role in boosting intakes of key nutrients. However, data from 16,110 Americans showed that large percentages of the US population have insufficient intakes nutrients such as magnesium, potassium, and vitamins A, C, D, and E. “Compared with intakes from naturally occurring nutrients, enrichment and/or fortification dramatically improved intakes of several key nutrients, including folate, thiamin, iron, and vitamins A and D,” report the researchers in the Journal of Nutrition.”
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

August 30, 2011

‘Most’ American children not getting enough vitamin D
The majority of American children are not getting sufficient vitamin D from sun exposure, even in summer months, says a new analysis from leading researchers. According to findings published in Environmental Health Perspectives, only children with type II skin (Caucasian) living in the northern US actually achieved the minimum daily dose of vitamin D and this only occurred in the summer months if they did not wear sunscreen.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com
Comment: As we have pointed out previously on these pages, vitamin D deficiency is now a worldwide problem. In the United States, Canada, the UK and throughout the EU, for example, deficiencies of the vitamin are now widespread. Elsewhere in the world, the problem is no less serious. Pregnant Arab women, for example, have an "extraordinarily high prevalence" of vitamin D deficiency, whilst India is also now home to a growing epidemic of vitamin D deficiency. Even Australia, a land with plentiful sunshine and an outdoor lifestyle, now has a “mind-boggling” rate of deficiencies in this nutrient.

August 30, 2011

Organic Versus Genetically Engineered Crops: Some Rays of Light
Recent court decisions may help. Plus, new research shows how dangerous Monsanto’s GMOs really are.
Natural organic crops need to be protected from potential contamination by synthetic, genetically engineered seeds—especially in the face of less government oversight of GMOs. Natural seeds face the same Catch-22 as supplements: they cannot be patented, whereas synthetic seeds (and drugs) can be—and are therefore huge profit centers for Big Agro and Big Pharma, not to mention the government agencies in bed with them. They also need protection from the increased use of pesticides used on GE crops, which are also carried by the winds.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (USA) website

August 25, 2011

Early under-nutrition may increase heart disease risk in later life
Exposure to famine or under-nutrition during childhood and adolescence may affect cardiovascular health in adult life, according to a new study. The research, published in the European Heart Journal, claims to provide the first direct evidence that acute under-nutrition during childhood development has an important impact on future health.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

August 23, 2011

African Union: Time to scale up nutritional interventions
Nutritional interventions need to be scaled up to tackle malnourishment and undernourishment that affects more than 200m Africans, the African Union (AU) has said. The AU’s 10-year-old New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) said at a recent meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that local networks needed to be better utilised to deliver more potent nutritional interventions. “If Africa does not invest in food and nutrition security, the consequences will be big,” said Boitshepo Bibi Giyose, senior Advisor for Food and Nutrition Security at the NEPAD Agency.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

August 18, 2011

The weed killer 'creating resistant super-weeds' choking over 11 million acres of U.S. farmland
More 11 million acres of U.S. farmland is infested with 'super weeds' resistant to popular herbicide Roundup. The weeds, some of which grow by three inches a day and can damage farm equipment, have become immune to the Monsanto produced killer.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)
Comment: Years of constant application of patented glyphosate herbicides has resulted in the widespread proliferation of ‘super-weeds.’ These weeds are apparently so robust that, in some cases, harvester combines are unable to harvest the fields and hand tools break trying to cut them down. One variety, palmer pigweed, can reportedly grow up to 2.4 meters high and withstand severe heat and prolonged droughts. A catastrophe in the United States and a lesson for the world, this is the grim reality behind intensive farming that government agencies and their friends in the multi-billion dollar biotech industry are desperately trying to cover up.

August 16, 2011

Mankind stands on the brink of new world war for food and water
The problem of hunger becomes more and more serious for millions of people around the world. A recent report from the World Bank said that food prices had grown by 33 percent since July 2010 and neared the peak level of 2008. The situation with food reserves in the world remains alarming, whereas domestic prices continue to fluctuate. The situation remains so unstable largely because of natural disasters, which affect the dynamics of food prices directly. Food prices fluctuate multidirectionally. The prices on maize, for instance, increased by 100% in some countries and dropped by 19 percent in other territories. According to the report from the World Bank, average prices on maize increased by 84 percent last year, on sugar - by 62 percent, on wheat - by 55 percent and on soy oil - by 47 percent.
Read article at pravda.ru (Russia)

August 12, 2011

Most pregnant women aren't getting enough vitamin D: study
The majority of pregnant women in Vancouver might not be getting enough vitamin D, even with prenatal supplements, according to a study published on Thursday.
Read article in the Vancouver Sun (Canada)
Comment: Recent research has shown that pregnant women in Ireland have vitamin D intakes far below those recommended for the normal development of a child’s bones and, in Australia, that low levels of this nutrient are strongly linked to gestational diabetes.

August 11, 2011

Low vitamin D linked to earlier first menstruation, a risk factor for health problems throughout life
A study links low vitamin D in young girls with early menstruation, which is a risk factor for a host of health problems for teen girls as well as women later in life.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

August 9, 2011

Whitewash response from European Commission to EU herb law concerns
Yesterday ANH-Intl received a formal response from the European Commission (EC) to an open letter sent by its Executive and Scientific Director, Dr Robert Verkerk, to Commissioner Dalli on 24th June 2011. Unfortunately, the response letter provides no answers to the very serious issues ANH-Intl had raised over disproportionate impacts of the EU herbal directive on particular sectors, especially those representing the longest-standing traditions of medicine, such as Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine.
Read press release on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website
Comment: Due to its fundamentally undemocratic structure – with the EU Commission holding all executive power and the EU Parliament serving merely as a fig leaf – the dictatorial Brussels EU construct is not reformable. It therefore needs to be publicly rejected by the people, dismantled and replaced by a truly democratic system of representation. A full awareness of the facts about the Brussels EU – and the documents that prove its Nazi origins – should therefore serve to end, once and for all, the illusion that heartfelt appeals for it to “Save our Supplements” and protect our right to natural health will ever have any effect – that is, apart from perhaps resulting in ironic grins on the faces of the members of the EU Commission and other stakeholders of the Drug Cartel.

August 5, 2011

Back pain and disc health 'linked' to lack of nutrients
Heavy lifting, twisting and bending can do damage to the discs in the back by reducing the flow of nutrients to the disc cells, a study says. Disturbing the balance of nutrients in the discs can then lead to the onset of degenerative disease. Writing in PLoS Computational Biology, Spanish experts say a normal level of physical activity helps cell nutrition. Lower back pain, which is linked to degenerative spinal discs, could be caused by this lack of nutrients.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

August 4, 2011

Wikipedia says it is losing contributors
Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia that allows anyone to edit its entries, says it is losing contributors.
Read news report at yahoo.com
Comment: With many of its former editors having learned that the facts aren’t welcome on Wikipedia, the reality is that Jimmy Wales’ online encyclopedia has reportedly been losing contributors in droves for some time now. Significantly, therefore, the Wikimedia Foundation, of which Wikipedia is a project, is directly dependent upon support from super-wealthy benefactors with connections to the pharmaceutical investment business. One of the most notable of the Wikimedia Foundation’s supporters is the so-called “Open Society Institute”, founded by the multi-billionaire chairman of Soros Fund Management LLC,George Soros, a Hungarian-born currency speculator and multi-billion dollar stock market wheeler-dealer who has been convicted of insider trading in France.

August 2, 2011

Americans may have low vitamin D Levels
Only 23 percent of Americans reach vitamin D levels that experts agree is needed for optimal health, according to new research. The research suggests that the majority of the American population is vitamin D deficient, leaving them at increased risks from bone disorders, and many other diseases. The data, which was presented at a recent American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) meeting also suggested that testing individuals at risk of deficiency may be beneficial.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com
Comment: As a watershed article published in the New York Times last year pointed out, most people in the modern world have lifestyles that prevent them from acquiring the levels of vitamin D that evolution intended us to have. Significantly, therefore, studies indicate that the effects of a vitamin D deficiency include an elevated risk of developing (and dying from) cancers of the colon, breast and prostate; high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease; osteoarthritis; and immune-system abnormalities that can result in infections and autoimmune disorders like multiple sclerosis, Type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. To access studies and research articles showing how these diseases can be treated in a natural way, without the use of pharmaceutical drugs, click here and here.

July 28, 2011

Treating the Cause, Not the Illness
In 1965, in an impoverished rural county in the Mississippi Delta, the pioneering physician Jack Geiger helped found one of the nation’s first community health centers. Many of the children Geiger treated were seriously malnourished, so he began writing “prescriptions” for food — stipulating quantities of milk, vegetables, meat, and fruit that could be “filled” at grocery stores, which were instructed to send the bills to the health center, where they were paid out of the pharmacy budget. When word of this reached the Office of Economic Opportunity in Washington, which financed the center, an official was dispatched to Mississippi to reprimand Geiger and make sure he understood that the center’s money could be used only for medical purposes.
Read article on the New York Times website (USA)

July 13, 2011

Hungary introduces 'fat tax' to boost nation's health
Food considered to be unhealthy, including crisps, soft drinks and chocolate bars, are now subject to a new tax in Hungary. The new law, introduced on 11 July, is aimed at "improving the health of the nation".
Read article at euractiv.com

July 19, 2011

Save Your Supplements
Everyone with even an ounce of common sense has grave concerns about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recently released Draft Guidance for Industry: Dietary Supplements: New Dietary Ingredient Notifications and Related Issues. This Agency sprang this trap on both industry and consumers without seeking any prior input from us at all. It had almost 17 years to seek our opinion before coming out with this document, and now they are giving us a miserly 90 days to respond with our comments.
Read news release on the website of the National Health Federation (USA)

July 14, 2011

Codex avoids implosion - by five votes
Ractopamine Almost Shoved Down the Throats of 70% of World's Pork Consumers Who Don't Want It
It was high drama worthy of any best-selling spy thriller as intrigue and rumors of blackmail coursed through the room with near reckless abandon. Passions were high and stances adamant. With such an electric atmosphere, one could have thought that nations were being partitioned, or even put to the sword. Yet, for us, the essential reality was not that distant a cousin. There were countries trying to impose their will on the majority, trying to pollute the World with a poison that would injure many millions. The stakes were serious. Surprisingly, the battlefield for this drama was in a modern, air-conditioned meeting hall rented by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) for its 34th session in Geneva, Switzerland this last week of July 4-9, 2011.
Read article on the website of the National Health Federation (USA)

July 13, 2011

EU Regulators and Monsanto Exposed for Hiding Glyphosate Toxicity
A damning report co-authored by an international group of scientists and researchers for non-government organisation Open Earth Source (OES) reveals that studies from industry including those from Monsanto since the 1990s showed glyphosate caused birth defects and the European Commission approved the herbicide in full knowledge of those finding. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide and over a hundred other commercial formulations. It is the cause of great concern as evidence of its harmful effects keep piling up from independent scientific studies in recent years, including endocrine disruption, DNA damage, reproductive and developmental toxicities, neurotoxicity, cancer, and birth defects.
Read article on the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

July 12, 2011

European Medicines Agency reports on progress of EU herbal directive
We hate to say, “We told you so!”, but these results confirm in black-and-white many of the THMPD’s fundamental flaws and limitations. Across 27 Member States, in European countries that use hundreds – if not thousands – of herbal species as the basis of traditional medicinal systems, a mere 83 species are used as the basis for products registered until the end of December 2010. All of these species are European herbs. This means, unless a given Member State is prepared to exempt a herb from medicinal licensing – as is being considered under the proposed statutory regulation of herbalists in the UK – or the form of the herb delivered to consumers is regarded as a food or food supplement, all herbs associated with the great non-European traditions become illegal in the EU. This includes includes Ayurveda, TCM and all African and south American traditions.
Read article on the website of the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe)

July 11, 2011

'A ticking timebomb': Teenage girls' junk food diet leaves them starved of vitamins
A typical teenager probably thinks nothing of a diet packed with pizza, sweets and sugary drinks. But by that age what they eat is already taking a severe toll on their health, research shows. Millions of teenagers are dangerously low in key vitamins and minerals, experts have warned – with girls faring worst.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

July 11, 2011

Vitamin D insufficiency prevalent among psoriatic arthritis suffers
New research reports a high prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency and deficiency among patients with psoriatic arthritis.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

July 10, 2011

Vitamin-D deficiency linked to increased muscle injury risk
New research has connected vitamin-D deficiency to an increased risk of muscle injuries in athletes.
Read article in the Toronto Sun (Canada)

July 9, 2011

Roman-era shipwreck reveals ancient medical secrets
A first-aid kit found on a 2,000-year-old shipwreck has provided a remarkable insight into the medicines concocted by ancient physicians to cure sailors of dysentery and other ailments. A wooden chest discovered on board the vessel contained pills made of ground-up vegetables, herbs and plants such as celery, onions, carrots, cabbage, alfalfa and chestnuts – all ingredients referred to in classical medical texts. The tablets, which were so well sealed that they miraculously survived being under water for more than two millennia, also contain extracts of parsley, nasturtium, radish, yarrow and hibiscus.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

July 8, 2011

France abolishes maximum levels for some vitamins
France has bucked the European Union Food Supplements Directive (FSD) by removing maximum permitted levels (MPLs) in food supplements for vitamins K, B1, B2, B5, B8 and B12.
Read article at nutraingredients.com
Comment: Whilst, at first sight, this development is undoubtedly good news, no one should be fooled into thinking that the future of vitamin therapies is now secure in France. Instead, this announcement may simply be seen as a temporary propaganda concession, made in the full knowledge that it could potentially be undone at the European level after the so-called “EU Commission” eventually announces its proposals for Europe-wide maximum levels under the Food Supplements Directive. But with worldwide awareness growing of how diseases can be treated naturally, without drugs, it is noteworthy that the forces of the Pharma Cartel seemingly now feel they have to apply such tactics.

July 8, 2011

No clue bill - new Durbin bill and FDA guidance for dietary ingredients sparks revolt
Two dietary-supplement issues – one legislative and one FDA “guidance” – have hit Americans with a body blow recently that, if the idiots who are behind the legislation and guidance do not immediately withdraw their nonsense, will spark a political revolt in the Halls of Congress, the likes of which have not been seen since 1994!
Read news release on the website of the National Health Federation (USA)
Comment: Throughout the 20th century, the health benefits of dietary supplements and other natural health approaches have been strategically suppressed in the interest of the pharmaceutical investment business with patented drugs. In the United States, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994 changed this situation fundamentally and triggered an explosion of science-based natural health research and evidence. This explosion of natural health knowledge was so massive that it became a threat to the continuation of the pharmaceutical investment business. In this situation, the pharmaceutical lobby has launched an unprecedented attack on DSHEA, the very legal framework that allowed this explosion of health knowledge. Now, the natural health community, health food stores, natural health practitioners and the people of America must act to protect vitamin freedom and optimum health for millions of people. If you live in the United States, click here to send a petition to your Senators and Representatives.

July 6, 2011

Herbal medicines in Europe - Italy shows way out of impasse
In 2004, the European Community has published a directive regarding traditional herbal medicinal products which requires a pharmaceutical registration of medicinal herbs. After a period of transition, which finished in May of 2011, it is now forbidden to sell such traditional herbal medicinal products or - as they are called in the UK - herbal remedies, without the necessary registration. But there is a problem. The registration of medicinal herbs under the directive is extremely difficult. In order to get out of this impasse, the Italian associations Assoerbe and SISTE have been promoting a project to support the use of aromatic and healthy herbs in foods.
Read article by Sepp Hasslberger at laleva.org (Italy)

July 6, 2011

IAF urges Govt to collaborate with SAARC nations & China to fight against THMPD
The International Ayurveda Foundation (IAF) has urged the Indian government to collaborate with SAARC nations and China to fight against the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD) of the European Union (EU) under which every herbal medicine that is sold over the counter will need to have either a Traditional Herbal Registration or a marketing authorisation. IAF's suggestion in this regard comes in the wake of the THMPD directives that came into force from May 1 this year. IAF general secretary Praful Patel said that the ban on traditional medicines is not an issue faced by India alone, as other SAARC countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal etc also have a huge market in European countries. “If we all protest and voice our stand together against this ban on traditional medicines in the EU it will have a greater impact on the message we want to send across the EU.”
Read press release on the website of the International Ayurveda Foundation (India)
Comment: As is also the case with the European-based Alliance for Natural Health, the International Ayurveda Foundation (IAF) is planning to initiate legal proceedings to challenge the legality of the EU’s Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive. Click here to read an Executive Summary of the legal advice the IAF has obtained in preparation for this legal challenge.

July 6, 2011

Pregnant women 'not taking enough' vitamin D
Pregnant women in Ireland have vitamin D intakes far below those recommended for the normal development of a child’s bones, according to a new study. The research, published in the latest issue of the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found the average dietary intake of vitamin D among pregnant women in Ireland was 80 per cent below the Food Safety Authority’s recommendation for an average adult.
Read article in The Irish Times (Ireland)
Comment: Recent research has shown that even high levels of vitamin D supplementation in pregnant women can safely and effectively raise circulating levels of this nutrient to optimal levels, with no adverse effects to either women or their newborns.

July 4, 2011

Norway: No high-dose omega-3 adverse effects
Norwegian authorities have conducted a safety review of omega-3 forms EPA and DHA and found no adverse effects up to levels as high as 6.9g per day for certain conditions – a level far in excess of recent German recommendations of 1.5g/day. The Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety (VKM) surveyed dosage levels and effects for a host of conditions including bleeding times; lipid peroxidation; inflammation and immunity; glucose metabolism and gastrointestinal disturbances. After surveying the literature, they found that adverse effects were not present below 6.9g for bleeding times and concluded: "no tolerable upper intake level could be established."
Read article at nutraingredients.com

June 28, 2011

Native California Bees, Crops Vanishing
As the state's wild and native areas disppear, turned from California pastures to California strip malls and suburbs, so too are the state's native bumble bees disappearing. Which means that the state's food supply -- as in food for people -- could disappear, too.
Read article at nbcbayarea.com (USA)

June 27, 2011

ANH: Herbal Medicinal Products Directive is “a protectionist tool”
The Alliance for Natural Health International has slammed the European Commission’s Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive as “a protectionist tool.” In an open letter to European commissioner John Dalli, Robert Verkerk, the alliance’s founder and scientific director wrote: “It seems that the criticism you now face in some quarters is down to the creation by the EU of what is effectively a protectionist tool; one which favours certain products of the European phytopharmaceutical system and discriminates against those of non-European traditional systems of medicine.”
Read article at nutraingredients.com

June 25, 2011

Diabetes explosion leads to 350 million suffering from disease worldwide
Rates of diabetes have exploded in the past three decades with an estimated 350 million people in the world now suffering from the disease, according to new research. Almost every region of the planet has seen a rise in diabetes prevalence or has failed to reduce levels of the disease, a major international study has revealed. The condition, which is the result of poorly controlled sugar levels in the blood, can lead to serious compliations such as damage to the kidneys, blindness, nerve damage, heart disease and limb loss. Each year, high blood sugar levels and diabetes kill three million people worldwide.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)
Comment: Cellular Health research has shown that diabetes can be eradicated naturally. To read Dr. Rath's Cellular Health recommendations for this health problem, click here to download chapter 7 of his classic book, "Why Animals Don't Get Heart Attacks … But People Do!" To read independent scientific publications showing how an optimum intake of vitamins and other micronutrients can help prevent diabetes and correct existing diabetic conditions and complications, click here.

June 24, 2011

Campaigners pressurise European Commission over non-European herbal traditions
The Alliance for Natural Health International (ANH-Intl), a group campaigning for the right to natural healthcare worldwide, has today issued an open letter to European Commissioner John Dalli, responsible for the regulation of pharmaceuticals and foods EU-wide. The letter demands immediate action from the European Commission to prevent further erosion of non-European systems of medicine within the EU. This is the result of the implementation of various EU laws, including the controversial directive on ‘traditional herbal medicinal products.’
Read press release on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website

June 23, 2011

B12 breath test may ease deficiency diagnosis
A new breath test for the diagnosis of vitamin B12 deficiency may allow for a cheaper, faster, and more accurate diagnosis, according to new research. Researchers from the University of Florida and Metabolic Solutions Inc, USA, claim that the newly developed tool could help to avoid potentially fatal deficiencies in vitamin B12.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

June 15, 2011

Eat your fruits and vegetables! Californians seem to be listening
According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services' Healthy People 2010 objectives, adequate fruit and vegetable consumption is a national public health priority for disease prevention and maintenance of good health. Not only do fruits and vegetables furnish valuable dietary nutrients, but they also contribute vital elements to chronic disease prevention for heart disease, hypertension, certain cancers, vision problems of aging, and possibly type 2 diabetes. With the nation's health in mind, Network for a Healthy California is taking steps to prevent these problems by promoting fruit and vegetable consumption through a large-scale social marketing program funded in part by the United States Department of Agriculture Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP; formally known as the Food Stamp Nutrition Education program) to provide nutrition education.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

June 14, 2011

No Deaths from Vitamins - None at All in 27 Years
Over a twenty-seven year period, vitamin supplements have been alleged to have caused the deaths of a total of eleven people in the United States. A new analysis of US poison control center annual report data indicates that there have, in fact, been no deaths whatsoever from vitamins ... none at all, in the 27 years that such reports have been available.
Read news release at orthomolecular.org

June 13, 2011

Helen Keller battles blindness with vitamin A supplementation in Sierra Leone
The Seeing Is Believing and Helen Keller International foundations, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, are making vitamin A dietary interventions in Sierra Leone to battle blindess among children. The campaign, launched by the First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Sia Nyama Koroma, is part of a HKI project to deliver vitamin A to more than one million children in seven countries in Africa and Asia. The groups will also provide support to the Ministry’s efforts to develop a broader strategy to boost vitamin A levels. It is estimated 500,000 children go blind in developing countries each year due to nutrient deficiencies, 70% of whom die within a year of going blind. Seeing Is Believing said the mortality rate can be reduced by more than 30% in children up to five-years-old, if vitamin A deficiencies can be addressed.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

June 9, 2011

Folic acid unlikely to worsen B12 deficiency problems: NIH study
Consuming folic acid from supplements or fortified grain products is unlikely to exacerbate problems associated with low vitamin B12 levels, says a new study. Blood samples and dietary data from over 2,500 university students revealed no differences between high or low folate levels and anemia in people with low vitamin B12 levels, according to findings published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

June 7, 2011

Roundup Birth Defects: Regulators Knew World's Best-Selling Herbicide Causes Problems, New Report Finds
WASHINGTON -- Industry regulators have known for years that Roundup, the world's best-selling herbicide produced by U.S. company Monsanto, causes birth defects, according to a new report released Tuesday. The report, "Roundup and birth defects: Is the public being kept in the dark?" found regulators knew as long ago as 1980 that glyphosate, the chemical on which Roundup is based, can cause birth defects in laboratory animals. But despite such warnings, and although the European Commission has known that glyphosate causes malformations since at least 2002, the information was not made public.
Read article in the Huffington Post (USA)

June 6, 2011

Guidelines Recommend Screening for Vitamin D Deficiency
At-risk populations should be screened for vitamin D deficiency, according to a new clinical practice guideline from The Endocrine Society.
Read article at nurse.com

June 4, 2011

THMPD legal challenge “delayed”
A legal challenge to the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD) due to have begun in April has been delayed. The case for a judicial review of the THMPD, proposed jointly by the Alliance for Natural Health/European Benefyt Foundation, was to have been filed at the High Court in London on April 30 2011, the day the transition phase of the THMPD ended. A progress update on the case, issued on June 3, explains that “the scale of the challenge and the need to coordinate activities, not only in the UK but also in other parts of the EU and beyond, has meant that we are delayed”.
Read article in Natural Products magazine (UK)

June 2, 2011

Babies at risk as girls fail to get enough iodine
70 per cent of schoolgirls aged 14-15 had levels below 100 micrograms per litre, or a mild deficiency
A generation of schoolgirls are growing up deficient in the vital mineral, iodine, putting their unborn children at risk, a study has found. Seven out of 10 teenage girls were found to be deficient in the mineral in a UK-wide survey which the researchers say is of "potential major public health importance". Iodine is essential for the neurological development of the foetus. The results suggest at least 100,000 babies may be intellectually handicapped annually. The shock finding has come after decades in which iodine levels in the UK population were thought to be adequate. "We were lulled into a false sense of security" said Mark Vanderpump, of the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust who led the study.
Read article in The Independent (UK)

May 31, 2011

Food insufficient for Canadian vitamin D intakes
Vitamin D fortified foods are not enough to ensure an adequate intake of the vitamin, and one-quarter of Canadians are not meeting the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA), says a new study.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

May 31, 2011

Cellphone Radiation May Cause Cancer, Advisory Panel Says
A World Health Organization panel has concluded that cellphones are “possibly carcinogenic,’’ putting the popular devices in the same category as certain dry cleaning chemicals and pesticides, as a potential threat to human health. The finding, from the agency’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, adds to concerns among a small but growing group of experts about the health effects of low levels of radiation emitted by cellphones. The panel, which consisted of 31 scientists from 14 countries, was led by Dr. Jonathan M. Samet, a physician and epidemiologist at the University of Southern California and a member of President Obama’s National Cancer Advisory Board.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

May 29, 2011

Bangladeshi PM inaugurates National Vitamin A Plus Campaign
Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Saturday inaugurated the National Vitamin A Plus Campaign- 2011 with a call to play effective role by all concerned to make the program a success. The prime minister formally launched the campaign nationwide by administering vitamin A capsules and deworming tablets to a number of children at her official residence here in Dhaka. While inaugurating the campaign, the prime minister urged all concerned including teachers, students, political leaders and professionals to raise mass awareness to make the program a success. Under the program, about 19 million children aged one to five years will be reached with life-saving vitamin A capsules and about 17 million children aged two to five years will receive deworming tablets. The campaign would be conducted by the Institute of Public Health Nutrition under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to reduce risk of child mortality and preventing night blindness of the children due to vitamin A deficiency.
Read article in the People’s Daily (China)

May 27, 2011

Leading paediatrician asks for rethink on infant fluoride exposure in Irish Republic
A Dutch non-governmental organisation, Ecobaby, has sent an open letter to Commissioner John Dalli calling for “urgent measures to protect bottle-fed babies from fluorosilicates in drinking water”. The letter, written in light of European Union (EU) Directive 2011/8/EU that bans bisphenol A in baby bottles, was brought to the attention of Dublin-based EU Ambassadors by top Dutch paediatrician, Dr Gavin ten Tusscher.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website

May 26, 2011

Indoor workers suffer Vitamin D deficiency
Almost half of all Australians working indoors will come out of the winter months lacking in vitamin D, a new study has found. A survey of Sydney office workers, presented at the Dietitians Association of Australia conference in Adelaide on Thursday, found 42 per cent were deficient in the vitamin at the end of winter. Meanwhile, one in three had low levels over summer.
Read article in The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)

May 26, 2011

New Zealand attacks Denmark over ban on marmite
A New Zealand food industry executive appealed to the government to challenge Denmark over an import ban on Kiwis' favourite breakfast spread, Marmite. The industry was "incredulous at Denmark's bizarre decision" to make Marmite illegal under food safety laws, Katherine Rich, chief executive of the New Zealand Food & Grocery Council, said in a statement on Thursday. Marmite, a sticky yeast extract first made in England in 1902, has been made in New Zealand since 1919. A food writer noted recently, "Marmite is undoubtedly part of Kiwi culture - generations have been raised to eat it on toast, with cheese and crackers or between bread with a slice of lettuce or a handful of chips." Reportedly first devised by a German chemist named Justus von Liebig, Marmite is said to be one of the world's richest sources of B vitamins, containing five of them - Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folate and B12.
Read article at timeslive.co.za (South Africa)
Comment: Denmark has a long history of acting in the interests of the Pharma Cartel by enacting dictatorial laws for the over-regulation of micronutrients. As one of the richest food sources of B vitamins, therefore, it would appear that even Marmite is now seen as a threat to the interests of the pharmaceutical ‘business with disease’.

May 25, 2011

Chlorine and Childhood Cancer
A significant positive association between the risk of childhood leukemia and levels of chlorine-containing chemicals in the atmosphere has been found by researchers in Portugal. Details are reported in the current issue of the International Journal of Environment and Health.
Read article at sciencedaily.com

May 23, 2011

Legal action against EU's herbal medicines ban 'imminent'
A legal challenge to new EU legislation, implemented on May 1, which could ban thousands of traditional herbal medicines is "imminent," a spokesperson for the UK-based Alliance for Natural Health told NutraIngredients. After donations of about £100,000, the alliance is making final preparations to its legal case for a judicial review of the EU's Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD) at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. After an initial hearing in London, the case will be referred to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

May 23, 2011

US herbal supplement sales up 3% last year
Sales of herbal dietary supplements in the United States climbed three per cent last year to reach more than $5.2bn, according to a report published in the latest issue of HerbalGram, the quarterly journal of the American Botanical Council.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

May 21, 2011

Organic food 'can help you lose weight and live longer': How natural fruit and vegetables are packed with more nutrients
Switching to organic produce could help you live longer as well as keeping you healthier and slimmer, say academics. Fruit and vegetables grown without artificial fertilisers have significantly more key nutrients, including vitamin C.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

May 18, 2011

Simple fitness test could predict long-term risk for heart attack, stroke in middle-aged people
How fast can you run a mile? If you're middle-aged, the answer could provide a strong predictor of your risk of heart attack or stroke over the next decade or more. In two separate studies, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have found that how fast a middle-age person can run a mile can help predict the risk of dying of heart attack or stroke decades later for men and could be an early indicator of cardiovascular disease for women.
Read article at medicalxpress.com
Comment: Regular physical activity is a precondition for cardiovascular health and should be performed by everyone. To read Dr. Rath's ten step program for natural cardiovascular health, see pages 22 and 23 from the introduction to his classic book, "Why Animals Don't Get Heart Attacks … But People Do!" To read Dr. Rath's cellular health recommendations for the prevention and reversal of coronary heart disease, read chapter 2 of the book.

May 12, 2011

Lack of exercise linked to higher heart disease risk in healthy children as young as 9
Even healthy children as young as nine-years-old can start to show an increased risk of future heart problems if they are physically inactive, according to a study in the May issue of Acta Paediatrica.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

May 10, 2011

Vitamin D deficiency in pneumonia patients associated with increased mortality
A new study published in the journal Respirology reveals that adult patients admitted to the hospital with pneumonia are more likely to die if they have Vitamin D deficiency.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

May 10, 2011

How the American Dietetic Association is Strengthening its Monopoly
The ADA is clever. It gets legislation passed under the radar, when no one is looking. And natural health nutritionists are getting a rotten deal. As we reported a few weeks ago, the American Dietetic Association (ADA) has sponsored legislation in over 40 states. These bills usually lump dietitians and nutritionists into one licensing scheme, and require nutritionists to complete a dietitian program in order to practice nutritional therapy. Even if the nutritionist holds a Masters or a PhD in nutrition, the nutritionist is still required to complete registration through the ADA in order to keep practicing. This is the organization that lists among its corporate sponsors soft drink giants Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, cereal manufacturers General Mills and Kellogg’s, candy maker Mars, and Unilever, the multinational corporation that owns many of the world’s consumer products brands in foods and beverages.
Read article on the website of the Alliance for Natural Health (USA)

May 9, 2011

African Union to Support Organic Farming
An important milestone in sustainable agriculture for Africa was reached in a little-publicized decision made on organic farming by the African Union’s Executive Council in January 2011. The decision requests the African Union (AU) Commission and its New Partnership for Africa’s Development Planning and Coordinating Agency to initiate and provide guidance for an AU-led coalition of international partners to establish an African organic farming platform based on available best practices; and to provide guidance in support of the development of sustainable organic farming systems and improve seed quality. In a speech given by Her Excellency Tumusiime Rhoda Peace, AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, to the Conference of African Ministers of Agriculture held in October 2010, which highlighted the potentials of ecological agriculture, she stressed that ecological agriculture generates both economic value and sustainable development: “We believe that promoting it in all of our countries would enable Africa to exploit this niche.”
Read article on the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

May 5, 2011

'Bad' cholesterol not as bad as people think, study shows
The so-called "bad cholesterol" - low-density lipoprotein commonly called LDL - may not be so bad after all, shows a Texas A&M University study that casts new light on the cholesterol debate, particularly among adults who exercise.
Read article at medicalxpress.com
Comment: A scientific review of 22 cholesterol lowering trials published in the British Medical Journal in 1992 concluded that lowering serum cholesterol concentrations does not reduce mortality and is unlikely to prevent coronary heart disease. Moreover, the authors of the review specifically stated that claims of the opposite are based on preferential citation of supportive trials. Significantly, therefore, cholesterol-lowering drugs are the single largest business segment of the global pharmaceutical drug business. The global sales of the leading drug category - statins - have surpassed 200 billion dollars per year. This entire business is built on fear - the fear that cholesterol actually causes heart attacks. Health professionals, political decision takers and hundreds of millions of patients worldwide therefore need to learn: What are the proven facts and what is the fiction promoted by the multi-billion dollar investment business with patented cholesterol-lowering drugs? To discover the truth about cholesterol, click here.

May 4, 2011

US must strengthen efforts to restrict chemicals that threaten health, say researchers
With growing evidence of the link between exposure to toxic chemicals and chronic diseases, especially in children, the United States needs to step up its efforts to protect the public from hazardous chemicals, say researchers writing in the May issue of Health Affairs.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

May 2, 2011

Low vitamin D in kids may play a role in anemia
Pediatricians from Johns Hopkins Children's Center and elsewhere have discovered a link between low levels of vitamin D and anemia in children. The findings, presented on May 1 at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies in Denver, Colo., show that vitamin D deficiency may play an important role in anemia. Anemia, which occurs when the body has too few oxygen-carrying red blood cells, is diagnosed and tracked by measuring hemoglobin levels. Symptoms of mild anemia include fatigue, lightheadedness and low energy. Severe and prolonged anemia can damage vital organs by depriving them of oxygen.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

May 2, 2011

Early nutrition has a long-term metabolic impact
Nutrition during the first days or weeks of life may have long-term consequences on health, potentially via a phenomenon known as the metabolic programming effect, according to a study to be presented Monday, May 2, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Denver. Metabolic programming is the concept that differences in nutritional experiences at critical periods early in life can program a person's metabolism and health for the future.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

April 30, 2011

News Analysis: TCM global presence challenged by EU herbal directive
As Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is expanding its presence in the global market, a disputed European Union (EU) herbal directive to be fully implemented on Sunday could be a stumbling block on the road. Starting from May 1, herbal medicinal products, most of which have been sold as food supplements for decades in the EU market, will no longer be allowed unless they have obtained a medicine license, according to the EU Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive adopted in 2004. The directive introduced a so-called simplified registration procedure with a seven-year transition period for traditional herbal medicinal products to be licensed, including Chinese and Indian traditional medicines. However, as the transition period is to expire on Saturday, no single Chinese herbal medicinal product has been granted the license.
Read article at xinhuanet.com (China)

April 29, 2011

Unlicensed herbal medicine to be banned in EU market
Herbal medicinal products, most of which have been sold as food supplements for decades in the EU market, will no longer be allowed since May 1 unless they have obtained a medicine license, the European Commission said Friday in a press release. Only medicinal products which have been registered or authorized can remain on the EU market after May 1, as the seven-year transition period of a 2004 European Union (EU) herbal directive is to expire on Saturday, according to the press release.
Read article at xinhuanet.com (China)
Comment: The key goal of the Brussels EU is to destroy the natural health sector so as to prevent non-patentable natural therapies from competing with the global pharmaceutical industry – the Pharma Cartel – and its multi-trillion dollar ‘Business with Disease’. Towards this aim, the so-called “Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive,” passed in 2004, subjects natural herbal medicines to a prohibitively expensive registration procedure whereby all herbs not specifically granted a license are banned and removed from the market. By decimating the herbal sector in this way, the Brussels EU aims to eliminate a key threat to the financial interests of its multi-trillion dollar pharmaceutical stakeholders. As such, the following devastating consequences of the Cartel’s rule over the ‘Brussels EU’ should now be understood by all: Now, at a time when – based on dramatic advances in science-based natural health – the lives of millions of people suffering from cancer, heart disease and other common health conditions could be saved, the Cartel is, once again, placing profit over life and becoming responsible for human suffering and death in genocidal proportions.

April 29, 2011

Aggressive Breast Tumors Linked to Vitamin D Deficiency
Low vitamin D levels among women with breast cancer correlate with more aggressive tumors and poorer prognosis, according to a new University of Rochester Medical Center study highlighted this week at the American Society of Breast Surgeons meeting in Washington, D.C.
Read article on the University of Rochester Medical Center website (USA)

April 27, 2011

Obese adolescents lacking vitamin D
A new study from Hasbro Children's Hospital has found that most obese adolescents are lacking in vitamin D. The researchers call for increased surveillance of vitamin D levels in this population and for further studies to determine if normalizing vitamin D levels will help to lower the health risks associated with obesity.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

April 27, 2011

Americans still may not be getting enough calcium
Americans may not be getting enough calcium in their diets, according to a new study published in the May 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. This study is unique among those focusing on calcium intake in the US population because both dietary and supplemental sources were evaluated across adult age groups and compared to accompanying patterns in energy intake.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

April 26, 2011

Vitamin D may help explain racial differences in blood pressure
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is more common and often more deadly in blacks than in whites, and a new University of Rochester study shows that low vitamin D levels among black people might be a powerful factor that contributes to the racial differences in hypertension. The University of Rochester Medical Center findings, published online today in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, are consistent with growing evidence that lower vitamin D status is associated with higher blood pressure, and that people with darker skin generally produce less vitamin D.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

April 21, 2011

Pesticide Exposure in Pregnancy Linked to Lower IQ in Kids
Three new studies draw a link between prebirth exposure to a class of pesticides widely used on food crops and lower intelligence scores in children. The effect is especially noticeable in kids from a California farming region where they and their mothers were also potentially exposed to pesticides through their use on local crops. The pesticides in question are known as organophosphates, which kill insects by disrupting their brains and nervous systems.
Read article on the U.S. News & World Report website (USA)
Comment: Brenda Eskenazi, co-author of one of the studies and director of the Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health at the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that parents buy organic produce to avoid pesticides. If that's not possible, she said, "you can wash those fruits and vegetables well. Get a brush to scrub them, especially if they're hard-skinned fruits and vegetables. If they have a peel, you still need to wash them."

April 21, 2011

US organic food sales surge 7.7% (while conventional foods manage just 1% growth)
US sales of organic food and drink surged 7.7 percent to $28.6bn in 2010, significantly ahead of the sluggish (<1 percent) growth in the mainstream food market, with some segments up more than 30 percent, according to the Organic Trade Association (OTA).
Read article at foodnavigator-usa.com
Comment: Through maintaining global health illiteracy and utilizing patents to control markets, the multi-billion dollar Chemical, Petrochemical and Pharmaceutical Cartel intends to ensure that the lives and bodies of all 7 billion inhabitants of our planet remain a marketplace for its patented GMOs, agricultural chemicals, synthetic food additives and pharmaceutical drugs. As a natural, sustainable and non-patentable form of food production, therefore, the growth in the popularity of organic food represents an important step towards freeing the people of the world and making them independent from the Cartel. To help eliminate global health illiteracy, please support the World Health Alphabetization campaign and spread the word that its message forms the Blueprint for Building a Healthy World.

April 18, 2011

Use of pesticides in Brazil continues to grow
Another year passes and still Brazil maintains its ranking as the world's largest consumer of pesticides, first attained in 2008. An unenviable record, the consequences of which are now starting to become clearer to the wider public.
According to data from the Union of Agrochemical Industries (Sindag), 986,500 tons of pesticides were consumed in 2008 and more than a million tons in 2009 (equivalent to 5.2 kg of agrochemical products per Brazilian per year).
Read article at gmwatch.org

April 12, 2011

Study: More than half of U.S. adults over 20 take vitamins
More than half of U.S. adults age 20 and older take vitamins or other dietary supplements, a new government study shows. The percentage who took at least one dietary supplement increased to 53% in 2006, up from 42% in 1994.
Read article in USA Today

April 12, 2011

The curious case of Codex Alimentarius - two meetings highlight contradictions
Recently, I had the pleasure of flying across half the world and back so that I could attend two different, back-to-back Codex meetings at both ends of the trip. That was the fun part. The hard part was reconciling the supposedly disparate concepts embodied in these two Codex committees as they worked on standards for food additives and contaminants in food. Sometimes I wondered why the food-additives committee was approving contaminants as additives to food while the contaminants committee was doing the same. Why, I still ask myself, did the Codex Alimentarius Commission divide the original contaminants and food-additives committee into two separate committees several years ago if all they were doing was treating every toxin as a possible food additive?
Read article by Scott Tips on the website of the National Health Federation (USA)

April 11, 2011

New Study Suggests UK Is Now Iodine-deficient
New research suggests the UK population is now iodine-deficient and a full review and evidence-based recommendations are needed to safeguard public health. The findings, presented today at the Society for Endocrinology annual conference, provide the only current data on the UK's iodine status and demonstrate iodine-deficiency in a large sample population. Iodine-deficiency is the most common cause of preventable mental impairment worldwide.
Read article at medicalnewstoday.com (UK)

April 11, 2011

Industry’s war on nature: ‘What are the bees telling us?’
While industries continue to pollute the planet with their toxic chemicals, toxic waste and toxic spills, Earth’s pollinators sing a swan song that leaves no doubt as to the folly of modern civilization. Our ability to hear and appropriately respond to the crisis of declining pollinators will determine humanity’s survival. “In 1923, Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian scientist, philosopher and social innovator, predicted that in 80 to 100 years honeybees would collapse.” Steiner believed the industrialization of bees would lead to their demise. It looks like he was right. In the past two decades, the United States has lost 100-300 billion bees, and the problem has spread to Europe and beyond.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

April 5, 2011

U.S. Government Calls for the Phase-out of Dental Mercury Amalgam
In an extraordinary development that will change the global debate about amalgam, the United States government has announced that it supports a “phase down, with the goal of eventual phase out by all Parties, of mercury amalgam.” This statement – a radical reversal of its former position that “any change toward the use of dental amalgam is likely to result in positive public health outcomes” – is part of the U.S. government’s submission for the upcoming third round of negotiations for the world mercury treaty.
Read article by Charles G. Brown, National Counsel, Consumers for Dental Choice, at bolenreport.com (USA)

April 5, 2011

When It Comes to Natural Health for Children, We’re Living in a Police State
Increasingly, state governments are determining what treatments a child can and cannot have—regardless of parents’ wishes. Three shocking stories prove the point.
Read article on the website of the Alliance for Natural Health – USA
Comment: At the behest of the pharmaceutical investment ‘business with disease’, state governments in the United States are increasingly enforcing the use of outmoded and inhuman forms of medical treatment upon children. Just as young Dominik Feld was in Germany between 2002 and 2004, American children are being forced – against their parents’ wishes – to endure toxic treatment with patented synthetic chemicals, often at the cost of their lives. To help put a stop to this and bring the Pharma Cartel to justice, please support our Call for a Second ‘Nuremberg’ Tribunal.

April 4, 2011

Diabetes linked to vitamin D deficiency
Experts say all pregnant women should be tested for vitamin D deficiency after a new study found low levels are strongly linked to gestational diabetes. The study of 147 pregnant woman at Sydney's Westmead Hospital gestational diabetes clinic found 41 per cent were vitamin D deficient.
Read article in the Canberra Times (Australia)

March 30, 2011

High incidence of vitamin D deficiency
A study conducted by the Department of Health Sciences at Qatar University (QU) has shown that 53.5% of Qatari females of college age are severely vitamin D deficient and 43.6% have insufficient levels of the vitamin. Previous studies have shown that 68.8% of Qatari children aged 11-16 have insufficient levels of vitamin D, which can have an effect on skeletal and muscle development.
Read article in The Gulf Times (Qatar)
Comment: Vitamin D deficiency is now a worldwide problem. In the United States, Canada, the UK and throughout the EU, for example, deficiencies of the vitamin are now widespread. Significantly, therefore, Anthony Norman, a distinguished professor emeritus of biochemistry and biomedical sciences and an international expert on vitamin D, notes that half the people in North America and Western Europe get insufficient amounts of vitamin D and that merely eating vitamin D-rich foods is not adequate to solve the problem. Elsewhere in the world, the problem is no less serious. Pregnant Arab women, for example, have an "extraordinarily high prevalence" of vitamin D deficiency, whilst India is also now home to a growing epidemic of vitamin D deficiency. Even Australia, a land with plentiful sunshine and an outdoor lifestyle, now has a “mind-boggling” rate of deficiencies in this nutrient.

March 29, 2011

Doctors cause a third of stubborn high blood pressure
A third of hard-to-treat high blood pressure may actually be 'fake' and instead a patient's nervous response to being seen by a doctor, say experts. They made the discovery when they continuously monitored the blood pressure of nearly 700,000 people as they went about their normal lives. sSome 37% of 8,295 patients thought to have stubborn or resistant hypertension actually had "white coat" hypertension.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

March 25, 2011

New study addresses ‘important gaps’ in iron status knowledge
Iron deficiency is more prevalent in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy, whilst Mexican American and non-Hispanic black pregnant women are also at higher risk, according to a new study assessing the iron status of a representative sample of US women. The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, describes the distribution of total body iron and the prevalence of iron deficiency on the basis of total body iron in US pregnant women. The study also found that that iron deficiency (as defined by total body iron of less than 0 mg per kg) is more prevalent than previously reported in non-pregnant women and children aged between one and five years old.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

March 24, 2011

Truehope headed to Supreme Court
The southern Alberta company made famous by supplements it created to treat bipolar disorder will pin its hopes on the Supreme Court of Canada after the Federal Court of Appeal ruled against it this week in Calgary. David Hardy and Anthony Stephan, partners in Truehope Nutritional Support Ltd., took a Constitutional argument against Health Canada to the appellate court on behalf of all Canadians, they said.
Read article in the Lethbridge Herald (Alberta/Canada)
Comment: Current Health Canada regulations allow its bureaucrats to remove natural health products at their discretion and without explanation. This is because the main focus of Health Canada is not on health, but on protecting the interests of the Pharma Cartel’s ‘business with disease’. For further information about this story, click here.

March 24, 2011

Bee warned
A growing volume of evidence suggests that neonicotinoid insecticides are a major factor behind the decline in the number of honey bees and other pollinators, yet the European commission sidesteps demands to suspend their use.
Read article at theparliament.com

March 23, 2011

Chemicals in plastics linked to early onset menopause
Man-made chemicals found in a variety of everyday products – from food containers to clothes – may be causing early menopause in women, say scientists. A study of almost 26,000 – the largest of its kind – found those with high levels of PFCs (perfluorocarbons) were more likely to have gone through the change of life prematurely.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

March 23, 2011

EU 'should investigate link between pesticides and bee decline'
The EU is being urged to carry out more research into the effects of pesticides on Europe's bee population. MEPs, scientists and EU officials came together in the European parliament on Wednesday to discuss the potential risks of plant protection products on bees. Speaking at the event, ALDE deputy Chris Davies called on the EU to invoke the precautionary principle in relation to certain pesticides, which could result in their withdrawal from the market were they found to constitute a health risk.
Read article at theparliament.com

March 19, 2011

Truehope returning to court
Truehope, the southern Alberta supplement producer that developed a natural treatment for mental illness, is taking a Constitutional argument against Health Canada to the federal court of appeal Monday in Calgary. Anthony Stephan, co-founder of Truehope Nutritional Support Ltd., a Canadian not-for-profit mental health support organization, said he and his partner David Hardy are returning to the Federal Courts on behalf of all Canadians. At issue is Health Canada's authority to remove safe and effective natural health products without evidence of harm or risk to consumers - which the government agency did with Truehope's product Empowerplus in 2003.
Read article in the Lethbridge Herald (Alberta/Canada)

March 16, 2011

Low levels of vitamin D associated with Parkinson's disease
A vitamin D test may reveal more than just an individual's nutritional status, it may also indicate their risk of developing Parkinson's disease, according to a new study published in the journal Archives of Neurology.
Read article at privatemdlabs.com (USA)

March 11, 2011

Hungary Mulls ‘Hamburger’ Tax to Cut Fat Intake, Matolcsy Says
Hungary may impose a tax to counter the rising intake of fat, salt and calories, Economy Minister Gyorgy Matolcsy said today.
Read article at Bloomberg.com

March 10, 2011

Study finds usage of, recommendations for supplements common within various physician specialties
For physicians within several medical specialties, including dermatology, cardiology and orthopedics, personal usage of and patient recommendations for dietary supplements are quite common, according to a study published in Nutrition Journal, a peer-reviewed, on-line journal that focuses on the field of human nutrition.
Read article at physorg.com
Comment: In a notable example of how far awareness has grown in the U.S. regarding the importance of micronutrients and nutrition in maintaining optimum health, the authors of this study state that some surveys of U.S. physicians suggest they are now as likely as members of the general public to use dietary supplements.

March 9, 2011

Redefining normal blood pressure
As many as 100 million Americans may currently be misclassified as having abnormal blood pressure, according to Dr. Brent Taylor from the Veterans Affairs Health Care System in Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota and his colleagues. Their findings show that these people are not actually more likely to die prematurely than those with 'normal' blood pressure, i.e. below 120/80. Taylor and colleagues' article in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, published by Springer, also shows that in those under 50, diastolic blood pressure is the more important predictor of mortality, whereas in those over 50, systolic blood pressure is the stronger predictor. The authors argue it is time to consider a new definition of 'normal' blood pressure.
Read article at physorg.com
Comment: Worldwide, several hundred million people suffer from high blood pressure. Of all cardiovascular health conditions, this is the single largest epidemic. The epidemic spread of this disease is largely due to the fact that, until now, the causes of high blood pressure have been insufficiently, or not at all, understood. To learn how high blood pressure can be eradicated naturally, through the use of Dr. Rath’s Cellular Health approach, click here. To examine scientific and clinical studies documenting the safety and effectiveness of micronutrients in the control of high blood pressure, click here.

March 8, 2011

Asia rice output threatened by pesticide overuse
The unbridled manufacture and use of pesticides in Asia is raising the spectre of "pest storms" devastating the region's rice farms and threatening food security, scientists have warned. Increased production of cheap pesticides in China and India, lax regulation and inadequate farmer education are destroying ecosystems around paddies, allowing pests to thrive and multiply, they said. The problem has emerged over the last decade and - if left unchecked - pests could lay waste to vast tracts of Asia's rice farms, according to scientists who took part in a workshop in Singapore last week. "There is increasing concern that the more we use pesticides in rice fields, it is actually making the pest problem worse," Australian scientist George Lukacs told AFP in an interview.
Read article in The Independent (UK)

March 4, 2011

EU bans hundreds of centuries-old herbal medicines: a solution without a problem?
Distorted core beliefs, manipulation and a cover-up lie behind the origins of the misconceived EU herbal directive and its implementation in Europe. Three court cases—two in Belgium and one in France, the most recent heard just 3 months ago—categorically find no link between Aristolochia and the kidney disease and carcinomas that became the focal point of the world’s worst case of alleged herbal medicine toxicity. This was of course the 1990 case of the Belgian slimming clinic run by medical doctors. The doctors’ ignorance, their desire to escape personal blame, their links with the ‘establishment’ and the subsequent manipulation by the scientists at Gent University who fudged a ‘conclusive link’ between the renal interstitial fibrosis and urothelial carcinoma and then named it “Chinese herb nephropathy”, all played their part in what reads like an Arthur Conan Doyle pastiche on Sherlock Holmes.
Read blog entry by Dr Robert Verkerk on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website

February 24, 2011

More Alice in Wonderland decisions on health claims
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) clearly knows something the rest of us don’t. The current population of the Earth is nearly 7 billion people, and barring infants and the insane – both of which groups could be said to be aware of the situation, but unable to put it into words – it’s a fairly safe bet that all of them know that drinking water prevents dehydration and maintains bodily performance. But the latest EFSA ruling on health claims disagrees – and could actively prevent anyone in the European Union (EU) from saying as much!
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website

February 24, 2011

Vegan diet requires omega-3 and B12 boost: Study
People following a vegan diet may require additional omega-3 and vitamin B12 supplementation to reduce an excess risk of heart disease, according to a new review.
Read article at nutraingredients.org

February 24, 2011

Low vitamin D levels linked to allergies in kids
A study of more than 3,000 children shows that low vitamin D levels are associated with increased likelihood that children will develop allergies, according to a paper published in the February 17 online edition of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
Read article at physorg.com

February 23, 2011

Pesticides on fruit and veg 'are wrecking men's fertility'
Pesticides found on fruit and vegetables could be doing untold damage to male fertility, research suggests. Thirty of 37 crop chemicals tested interfered with the action of testosterone, the sex hormone critical to a healthy male reproductive system.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

February 22, 2011

Cellphone Use Tied to Changes in Brain Activity
Researchers from the National Institutes of Health have found that less than an hour of cellphone use can speed up brain activity in the area closest to the phone antenna, raising new questions about the health effects of low levels of radiation emitted from cellphones.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

February 17, 2011

Where East and West aren't meeting
Thousands of kilometres away from their fractious border, India and China face a common threat. From May 1, a Brussels diktat known as the herbal directive, will effectively outlaw ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicines (TCM) from the 27-member countries of the European Union. The directive in question was adopted in 2004 but it granted a seven-year grace period to manufacturers of herbal medicines to register, a deadline that expires on April 30.
Read article in the Business Standard (India)

February 17, 2011

NGO set to file THMPD legal challenge by end of March
Non-governmental organisation ANH-International is set to file its legal challenge to the controversial Traditional Herbal Medicines Product Directive (THMPD) at the High Court in London by the end of March, NutraIngredients.com has learnt. ANH-Int (The Alliance for Natural Health International) promotes natural and sustainable approaches to healthcare, and is initiating the High Court action in the hope of getting the case refered to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) upon the basis that the directive is ”disproportionate, non-transparent and discriminatory”. From May 1, thousands of herbal products not registered when the 2004 directive is implemented face being outlawed within the EU, where the THMPD ruled that producers of herbal product must register products via national bodies, such as the UK’s MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency) by April 30.
Read article at nutrainsgredients.com

February 16, 2011

EU herb directive keeps consumers in the dark
Consumers across Europe will be denied the right to use the majority of herbal remedies currently available in health food stores and on the Internet when a new European law is fully implemented on 1st May 2011, according to data published today by the Alliance for Natural Health International (ANH-Intl). ANH-Intl has collated and released a list of the 79 herbal products registered for use in the UK by its medicines regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). The list, which is based on data taken from the MHRA’s website, shows that only 34 plant species are included out of a total of more than 1000 that are commonly used as medicinal herbs. The ban applies to any herbal product that is not registered by 1st May, and is a result of the full implementation of the EU Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD). Non-European herbal products will be hardest hit: so far, not a single herbal remedy used in the two biggest traditions, Ayurveda (from India) and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), has been approved. Nutritional supplements that include any non-approved medicinal herbs will also be banned.
Read press release on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website

February 15, 2011

Journal hails DSHEA as ‘milestone’ in US public health policy
The enactment of the Dietary Supplements Health and Education Act of 1994 (DHSEA) was a ‘milestone in the development of Public Health policy in the United States’, says the editorial in a special issue of Fitoterapia. The issue assembles the papers presented at the 2010 DSHEA Symposium, Chicago, IL, and starts with an editorial from Guido Pauli from the UIC/NIH Center for Botanical Dietary Supplements Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
“The event provided a timely and comprehensive account of multidisciplinary research on botanical dietary supplements, and was widely perceived as both an educational overview and inspiring communication,” explained Dr Pauli. In addition to hailing the contribution of DSHEA to the development of US public health policy, Dr Pauli highlights the key outcomes of the Act, including the definition of a dietary supplement as well as removing of dietary supplements from the category of food additives, and permitting the use of structure/function claims.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com
Comment: Throughout the 20th century, the health benefits of vitamins and other micronutrients have been strategically suppressed in the interest of the pharmaceutical investment business with patented drugs. In the United States, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994 fundamentally changed this situation and triggered an explosion of science-based natural health research and evidence about the health benefits of micronutrients in fighting disease. Over the past 15 years, this increase in awareness about natural health approaches has grown so dramatically that it is threatening the continuation of the pharmaceutical investment business. In this situation, the pharmaceutical lobby has launched an unprecedented attack on DSHEA. If you live in the United States, click here to send an email to your Senators and Representatives and ask them to protect your unrestricted access to vitamins and other natural health approaches.

February 12, 2011

Study links pesticides to Parkinson's disease
US researchers said Friday they have found that people who used two specific varieties of pesticide were 2.5 times as likely to develop Parkinson's disease.
Read article at physorg.com

February 11, 2011

The Plight of the Bumblebee
Major pollinators apart from the honeybee are suffering steep decline worldwide, chief among them the bumblebee, and neonicotinoid pesticides are a major culprit that should be banned.
Read article by Prof. Joe Cummins on the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

February 7, 2011

Lifestyle affects life expectancy more than genetics
How long your parents lived does not affect how long you will live. Instead it is how you live your life that determines how old you will get, reveals research from the University of Gothenburg recently published in the Journal of Internal Medicine. It is often assumed that people with parents who lived to be very old are more likely to live to a grand old age themselves. "But that's just not true – our study shows that hereditary factors don't play a major role and that lifestyle has the biggest impact," says professor emeritus Lars Wilhelmsen, referring to the 1913 Men study that formed the basis of the current research.
Read article at physorg.com
Comment: Recent research conducted by Dr. Rath, Dr. Niedzwiecki and researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute shows that, in contrast to health scare propaganda being pushed by the pharmaceutical industry, the inheriting of genetic risk factors for particular diseases does not necessitate the prescribing of patented chemical drugs. For example, diets enriched with specific combinations of micronutrients can help control important mechanisms contributing to cardiovascular disease – even in cases with a genetic predisposition to cardiovascular problems. To learn more about the cutting-edge natural health research carried out at the Dr. Rath Research Institute, click here.

February 7, 2011

Exposure to pesticides in womb linked to learning disabilities
Babies exposed to high levels of pesticides while in the womb may suffer from learning problems, a new study suggests. The study focused on a chemical called permethrin, one of the pyrethroid pesticides, commonly used in agriculture and to kill termites, fleas and household bugs, says lead author Megan Horton of the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health.
Read article in USA Today

February 6, 2011

Einstein was right - honey bee collapse threatens global food security
The bee crisis has been treated as a niche concern until now, but as the UN's index of food prices hits an all time-high, it is becoming urgent to know whether the plight of the honey bee risks further exhausting our food security. Almost a third of global farm output depends on animal pollination, largely by honey bees.
These foods provide 35pc of our calories, most of our minerals, vitamins, and anti-oxidants, and the foundations of gastronomy. Yet the bees are dying – or being killed – at a disturbing pace.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

February 4, 2011

Study highlights vital role of magnesium in type 2 diabetes
Low magnesium status may exacerbate the symptoms of type 2 diabetes by further influencing insulin status, according to new research. The study, published in Clinical Nutrition, finds that long-term hyperglycemia (a condition that leads to excess levels of magnesium in the urine) in patients with type-2 diabetes increases the risk of chronic complications such as nephropathy and may exacerbate and aggravate other clinical conditions associated with diabetes.
The authors said that an adequate magnesium intake is essential for subjects with type-2 diabetes, noting that magnesium intake was inadequate in most (82 percent) of the diabetic subjects studied.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com
Comment: To read scientific publications showing how an optimum intake of vitamins and other micronutrients can help prevent diabetes and correct existing diabetic conditions and complications, click here.

January 31, 2011

Newsweek slams antioxidants: Yawn!
Monday mornings are never easy. As I read yet another article slamming antioxidants the desire to yawn was stronger than normal. On January 25, Newsweek published an article entitled “Antioxidants Fall From Grace: The popular dietary components may not do any good, and may actually harm”. The article treads the same old path of ‘antioxidant supplements do not work, and one big meta-analysis indicated they may increase your risk of mortality’. One word: Yawn.
Read article by Stephen Daniells at nutraingredients-usa.org
Comment: The review used by Newsweek as the basis for its article was carried out by the so-called Cochrane Collaboration. To discover the truth about the Cochrane review that Newsweek omitted to mention, click here.

January 24, 2011

Ban Neonicotinoid Pesticides to Save the Honeybee
Fresh evidence links neonicotinoid pesticides to death of the honeybee spurs calls for banning the pesticides.
Read report by Dr. Mae-Wan Ho on the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

January 20, 2011

Exclusive: Bees facing a poisoned spring
New kind of pesticide, widely used in UK, may be helping to kill off the world's honeybees
A new generation of pesticides is making honeybees far more susceptible to disease, even at tiny doses, and may be a clue to the mysterious colony collapse disorder that has devastated bees across the world, the US government's leading bee researcher has found. Yet the discovery has remained unpublished for nearly two years since it was made by the US Department of Agriculture's Bee Research Laboratory.
Read article in The Independent (UK)
Comment: Evidence from both Europe and the United States now suggests that pesticides produced by German chemical company Bayer are linked to the worldwide decline of the bee population.

January 20, 2011

Injectable vitamin C branded an “unapproved drug”
It is well known that vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a powerful antioxidant. Millions of people take additional vitamin C every day, in addition to what they already get in fresh foods like citrus or broccoli. It’s one of the most popular vitamin supplements, its many users relying on it to help them maintain health and particularly to ward off bacterial and viral diseases like the common cold and influenza. Decades of research by scientists such as Carl Pfeiffer and Abram Hoffer showed that high-dose vitamin C is an excellent treatment for conditions that are beyond the reach of conventional therapy, such as hepatitis and tuberculosis. Importantly, many orthomolecular practitioners use intravenous vitamin C (IV C) on cancer patients, and there have been reported cases of cancer seemingly being cured by IV C – most recently, the case of Alan Smith in New Zealand. So why has the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the USA suddenly decided that IV C is an “unapproved drug”, thereby adding new restrictions to its production?
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website

January 19, 2011

Global Health Watch: Rickets showing up in some British children
Rickets, a bone disease caused by vitamin D deficiency and which used to stalk the poverty-stricken slums of 19th century England, has reappeared in modern Britain.
Read article in the Los Angeles Times (USA)

January 18, 2011

Researchers find vitamin D absorption is diminished in patients with Crohn's disease
Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have for the first time shown that reduced vitamin D absorption in patients with quiescent Crohn's disease (CD) may be the cause for their increased risk for vitamin D deficiency. The findings, which currently appear on-line in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, also showed that the only way to determine absorption efficiency is to perform a vitamin D bioavailability test.
Read article at physorg.com

January 17, 2011

Organic milk delivers more consistent nutrition across seasons
Like produce, milk quality can vary with the season and year. Dairy cows' daily diet, much of which comes from plant forage, determines the nutritional makeup of their milk, so when their food lags in quality, so too does their output. And a new study shows that conventionally produced milk is more prone to these unfavorable seasonal shifts than organic milk.
Read article at scientificamerican.com (USA)

January 13, 2011

Beekeepers Fume at Association's Endorsement of Fatal Insecticides
Britain's beekeepers are at war over their association's endorsement for money of four insecticides, all of them fatal to bees, made by major chemical companies. The British Beekeepers' Association has been selling its logo to four European pesticide producers and is believed to have received about £175,000 in return. The active ingredient chemicals in the four pesticides the beekeepers endorsed are synthetic pyrethroids, which are among the most powerful of modern insect-killers.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

January 11, 2011

Vitamin D3 ’87 percent more potent’ than D2: Study
Vitamin D3 is 87 percent more potent at raising blood levels of the vitamin than vitamin D2, according to a new study from the US. In addition to the increase in potency, results published in Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism indicate that vitamin D3 also produced a 2- to 3-fold increase in the storage of the vitamin, compared with vitamin D2.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

January 10, 2011

Half of American adults continue to take supplements: Survey
Use of dietary supplements in the US has risen slightly, with about 50 percent of Americans reporting supplement use, according to a survey of 20,000 people. Researchers from the National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements also report for the first time the use of botanical supplements amongst a sample of the US population, with about 20 percent of adults using a dietary supplement with at least one botanical ingredient. Results of the survey are published in the Journal of Nutrition, and used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 2003 to 2006.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.org

January 8, 2011

EU organic food push hailed by African farmers
The European Union (EU) is co-funding a $2.8m (£1.8m) publicity campaign to convince UK residents that organic food is good. According to the industry body, the Organic Trade Board (OTB), the aim is to democratise organic foods and make people aware of their benefits.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)
Comment: As many UK campaigners have already realized, the co-funding of this campaign by the Brussels EU is simply a deeply cynical attempt to try to portray the construct as being “green-friendly” and pro-natural health. For anybody who doubts this, bear in mind that the Brussels EU is simultaneously engaged in the act of approving and promoting the use of genetically modified food, banning hundreds of natural herbal remedies via the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive and aiming to restrict the amounts of vitamins and minerals in supplements via the Food Supplements Directive. Regardless, however, a mere $2.8m of funding in one country cannot change the facts about the Brussels EU.

January 6, 2011

Eating junk food ‘can cause depression’
Eating junk food is not only bad for your waistline but also for your mental health, says a new study.
Read article in The Times of India

January 6, 2011

Donald Rumsfeld and the Strange History of Aspartame
Yes, that Donald Rumsfeld, the "knowns and unknowns" guy who remarkably executed some of the worst decisions in American foreign policy and got a medal for it. I have been reading up on this strange chapter in the history of Donald Rumsfeld and have learned two things. One, the chemical additive aspartame is very potentially a cancer and brain tumor-causing substance that has no place in our food. And two, the reasons and means by which Rumsfeld helped get it approved are nefarious at best, criminal at worst.
Read article in The Huffington Post (USA)

January 5, 2011

Zero Deaths from Vitamins, Minerals, Amino Acids or Herbs
Poison Control Statistics Prove Supplements' Safety Yet Again
There was not even one death caused by a dietary supplement in 2009, according to the most recent information collected by the U.S. National Poison Data System. The new 200-page annual report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers, published in the journal Clinical Toxicology, shows zero deaths from multiple vitamins; zero deaths from any of the B vitamins; zero deaths from vitamins A, C, D, or E; and zero deaths from any other vitamin. Additionally, there were no deaths whatsoever from any amino acid, herb, or dietary mineral supplement.
Read news release at orthomolecular.org