Health news and comment from around the world.
A new study by Douglas Mental Health University Institute researchers shows altered body rhythms of the hormone melatonin in Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) women with insomnia. This finding may help explain some of the sleep disruptions experienced by women with PMDD, also known as premenstrual syndrome.
Hormones and/or hormone-mimicking chemicals are omnipresent environmental contaminants. Already found in places as varied as our teeth (dental sealant) to our paper products (receipts, money), our meat to our canned foods, new research now indicates that even fresh, whole vegetables and fruits are no longer immune to this growing biological and chemical threat.
Greater access to cheap vitamin D supplements would improve the health of at-risk groups, experts say.
Vitamin D should be added to milk and bread to combat widespread deficiency that is linked to variety of illnesses, doctors say.
In a stunning display of nutritional ignorance, three women ram through a Codex standard that leaves many with sub-optimal nutrition.
In today’s news from the desk of Captain Obvious—scientists have found that pesticides may be contributing to the decline in bumblebees. Yes, apparently we needed another study for this. That study, led by biologists with the University of London, looked at what happened to bees in areas where different crops are sprayed with pesticides. What they found could explain why bumblebee colonies are failing.
In a new analysis of thousands of U.S. women of childbearing age, Brown University researchers found that most exceeded the median blood level for two or more of three environmental pollutants that could harm brain development of fetuses and babies: lead, mercury, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).
After the publication of “Silent Spring,” 50 years ago, we (scientists, environmental and health advocates, birdwatchers, citizens) managed to curb the use of pesticides and our exposure to them — only to see their application grow and grow to the point where American agriculture uses more of them than ever before.
Mothers' vitamin D levels at a gestation of 26 weeks or less were positively related to birth weight and head circumference, and, in the first trimester were negatively associated with risk of a baby being born small for gestational age, according to a recent study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).
Mild vitamin B12 deficiency associated with accelerated cognitive decline, study finds
December 6, 2012
Being mildly vitamin B-12 deficient could be an indication that some older adults are at a greater risk for accelerated cognitive decline, an observational study from researchers at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (USDA HNRCA) at Tufts University suggests.
Do you know if your food is irradiated, and if it were, would you be concerned? Do you know what irradiation does to your food, and do you think it is safe?
Regulators are denying the risks of widespread contamination of our drinking water with illicit drugs.
Dichlorophenol-Containing Pesticides Linked to Food Allergies, Study Finds; Chemical Also Used to Chlorinate Tap Water
December 3, 2012
Food allergies are on the rise, affecting 15 million Americans. And according to a new study published in the December issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), dichlorophenol-containing pesticides could be partially to blame.
High and volatile food prices are on track to become the ‘new normal’, according to the World Bank, which has urged action to support sustainable agriculture, nutrition programmes and safety nets.
Major tobacco companies who spent decades denying they lied to the US public about the dangers of cigarettes must spend their own money on a public advertising campaign saying they did lie, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday.
Comment: The very fact that the entire tobacco industry knowingly sells products that are harmful to human health shows that, in today’s world, some industries continue to place profit over life. As such, for anybody who doubts that the pharmaceutical industry is similarly driven by the profits of its shareholders and that it, too, places profits before health, the tobacco industry provides powerful proof that such industries exist.
Lack of nutrients and metabolic syndrome linked to different subtypes of depression
November 26, 2012
A low intake of folate and vitamin B12 increases the risk of melancholic depressive symptoms, according to a study among nearly 3,000 middle-aged and elderly Finnish subjects.
Britain faces an epidemic of vitamin D deficiency which can cause rickets and is linked to cancer and other diseases because of the poor summer, a leading expert has warned. Prof Norman Ratcliffe, from Swansea University, said the dull summer will lead to high levels of deficiency in the sunshine vitamin.
Low levels of omega-3 may be behind postpartum depression, according to a review lead by Gabriel Shapiro of the University of Montreal and the Research Centre at the Sainte-Justine Mother and Child Hospital.
Pesticides used on fruit and vegetables 'may be putting young children at risk of cancer'
November 14, 2012
Pesticides and other poisonous chemicals used in growing fruit and veg could be putting young children at risk of developing cancer in later life, say scientists.
The combination of a past serious head injury and pesticide exposure may be linked to an extra-high risk of developing Parkinson's disease, a new study suggests.
A new study reveals that black Americans display lower levels of vitamin D and greater pain sensitivity compared to white Americans. Findings published in Arthritis & Rheumatism, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), indicate that vitamin D deficiency may be one of many factors that account for increased pain in older black Americans with knee osteoarthritis (OA).
Does your teenage daughter often complain of backache and joint pain? Is your college-going cousin always lethargic? Vitamin D deficiency among youngsters, which causes such problems, is becoming common these days and is a growing health concern, doctors say.
The Israel Union for Environmental Defense has found high levels of 105 different pesticides in fruits and vegetables, a third of which are banned in Europe.
Full-body scanners used at airports can damage the insulin pump or continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) device used by diabetics, caution experts. The risk to these sensitive devices posed by scanners and the low-pressure conditions on airplanes were the focus of a report published in the journal Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics.
Radioactive cesium levels in most kinds of fish caught off the coast of Fukushima haven't declined in the year following Japan's nuclear disaster, a signal that the seafloor or leakage from the damaged reactors must be continuing to contaminate the waters — possibly threatening fisheries for decades, a researcher says.
Chemicals found in make-up, hairspray and food packaging are causing women to hit the menopause early, researchers warn. Those exposed to high doses have been found to go through the change almost two and a half years before other women. And in some cases, these chemicals may be causing women to stop having periods 15 years too soon, say scientists.
Pesticides used in farming are also killing worker bumblebees and damaging their ability to gather food, meaning colonies that are vital for plant pollination are more likely to fail when they are used, a study showed on Sunday.
No matter how good your next meal tastes, it's likely it made society ill. A new analysis by the Pesticide Action Network North America (PAN) draws a disturbing connection between pesticides in our food system and serious health problems among women and children. The report reviews empirical research linking agricultural chemicals to birth defects, neurological disorders, childhood cancers and reproductive problems.
A low calcium diet is associated with a higher risk of developing a common hormone condition in women, known as primary hyperparathyroidism, suggests a study published on BMJ website today.
A bitter war of words has broken out between transparency campaigners and an under-fire EU agency. It comes after the European Court of Auditors (ECA) last week published a report into possible conflicts of interest at four EU agencies, including the European food safety agency (EFSA). The Brussels-based campaign group, Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), which has highlighted various issues at EFSA in particular, said the court's report had condemned a "failure to manage conflicts of interest adequately". It said the court highlighted "significant shortcomings" at EFSA and the European Medicines Agency (EMA), one of the other agencies covered in the report.
Almost three quarters of Australian expectant mothers (73%) purchase food supplements, according to Roy Morgan research. Quoting that research, the Complementary Healthcare Council of Australia (CHC) executive director, Dr Wendy Morrow said supplements were important complements to normal diets, even those of children.
A new study has uncovered a significant link between vitamin B levels and the mental health and well-being of children and adolescents. The research led by The University of Western Australia-affiliated Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, and published in the international journal Preventive Medicine, indicated that children with a diet low in B-vitamins were more likely to experience mental health and behavioural problems than those with a healthier diet rich in B-vitamins.
MUMBAI: New food and drink products in India carrying the 'no additives/preservatives' claims are up from 14% in 2008 to 18% in 2011, of the overall food and drink market. This gives India the first position in Asia Pacific for products carrying the said claim.
More that two thirds of American adults use nutritional or dietary supplements, a recently-released, annual survey from the Council for Responsible Nutrition reports. This proportion has remained more less constant since 2009, the survey said.The 68% figure in the 2012 survey compares to 69% in 2011, 66% in 2010 and 65% in 2009.
As many as one million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease, with an estimated 60,000 diagnosed each year. It has recently been suggested that low vitamin D levels may play a role in the cause or progression of Parkinson’s disease. Recent research supported this hypothesis, showing vitamin D deficiency in patients with early Parkinson’s disease.
Low blood levels of vitamin D are associated with an increased number of brain lesions and signs of a more active disease state in people with multiple sclerosis (MS), a new study finds, suggesting a potential link between intake of the vitamin and the risk of longer-term disability from the autoimmune disorder.
Comment: Based upon the results of other studies, evidence already suggests that vitamin D can lower the risk of relapse in multiple sclerosis, reduce the symptoms of the disease, treat the condition and reduce the risk of developing it.
Low levels of vitamin D and high levels of parathyroid hormone are associated with increased mortality in African American and Caucasian older adults, according to a new study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (JCEM). The study also indicates that the potential impact of remediating low vitamin D levels is greater in African Americans than Caucasians because vitamin D insufficiency is more common in African Americans.
A common herbicide used in the United States may be linked to an increased risk of a congenital abnormality of the nasal cavity known as choanal atresia, say researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and other Texas institutions.
Italian food supplements trade group FederSalus has brought an action against the EU nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) in European Union courts. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) will hear that the article 13 claims register is “not understandable”; that the scientific criteria applied by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) are inappropriate for validating food-health relationships; and that the evaluation process lacks transparency.
Comment: The Brussels EU passed its so-called "Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation" in 2006. In doing so, its key goal was to curtail the spreading of information about the therapeutic properties of natural health therapies and foods. In order to achieve this, it banned all suggestions or implications that a food or nutrient has beneficial properties – or even that a relationship exists between a food/nutrient and health – unless the claim was specifically authorized by the Brussels EU Commission. As a result, despite over 44,000 basic ‘general function’ health claims having being submitted for approval, the overwhelming majority were rejected and only 222 were approved. Thus, in its desperation to protect the 'Business with Disease' and prevent us from knowing the facts about natural health therapies and foods, it can be seen that the Brussels EU has resorted to enacting the distinctive hallmark of all political dictatorships – a prohibition on freedom of speech.
September marks the start of spring but new research reveals it is also the month when Australians' vitamin D levels are at their lowest ebb. The University of Sydney study also shows vitamin D deficiency affects more Australians and lasts longer than previously believed.
Pesticides could cost sub-Saharan Africa $90bn in illness bill, UN warns
September 6, 2012
The potential cost of pesticide-related illnesses in sub-Saharan African between 2005 and 2020 could reach $90bn (£56bn), according to a UN report released on Wednesday highlighting the growing health and environmental hazards from chemicals.
On average, air pollution is cutting human lives by roughly eight months and by about two years in the worst affected regions.
New research from the University of Copenhagen and Copenhagen University Hospital shows that low levels of vitamin D are associated with a markedly higher risk of heart attack and early death. The study involved more than 10,000 Danes and has been published in the well-reputed American journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.
Public Library Censors Nutritional Research
September 18, 2012
Most medical journals are easy to access on the internet through a huge electronic database known as Medline or PubMed. This service is brought to you by the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. In other words, by your tax dollars. Generally it is money well spent, until you go searching for high-dose vitamin therapy research papers. Then you will find that you can't find a lot of them. The reason is selective indexing. "Selective indexing" is a nice name for censorship.
Cancer and chronic disease account for almost half of gradual deaths in European Union countries, suggests research published online in BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care.
Comment: Based on scientific breakthroughs in the areas of vitamin research and cellular health, it is already possible that deaths from cancer and other chronic diseases will be largely unknown in future generations. The scientific discoveries of Dr. Rath and the work carried out at the Dr. Rath Research Institute chart the course towards the establishing of a new global healthcare system in which diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and others can be controlled safely, effectively and naturally. To help bring about the creation of this new global healthcare system, please support our Cancer Free World and World Health Alphabetization campaigns.
Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy could hinder babies' brain development, impeding their mental and motor skills, a new study suggests.
Gestational exposure to urban air pollution linked to vitamin D deficiency in newborns
September 13, 2012
Gestational exposure to ambient urban air pollution, especially during late pregnancy, may contribute to lower vitamin D levels in offspring, according to a recent study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (JCEM). According to study authors, this could affect the child's risk of developing diseases later in life.
Global food prices have leapt by 10% in the month of July, raising fears of soaring prices for the planet's poorest, the World Bank has warned. The bank said that a US heatwave and drought in parts of Eastern Europe were partly to blame for the rising costs. The price of key grains such as corn, wheat and soybean saw the most dramatic increases, described by the World Bank president as "historic".
Recent research from Stanford University and the subsequent headlines from Reuters, NBC News, the New York Times and other mass media outlets have it all wrong: Choosing to grow and eat organic foods has little to do with nutritional content. Humanity must increasingly turn to organic foods. If we don't, we will damage our future food supply along with our health and the environment.
You’d think Stanford would be above such sloppy research. You’d be wrong.
Children who are exposed to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), which were commonly used in a range of industrial products, could be at risk of an increase in asthma symptoms, according to new research.
Comment: Despite the fact that hundreds of millions of people worldwide suffer from asthma, conventional medicine offers no cure for the condition and only attempts to treat its symptoms. To read about a pilot Cellular Health study being conducted by the Dr. Rath Research Institute in patients with asthma, click here. To read additional research and clinical studies on the health benefits of micronutrients in fighting asthma, click here and here.
A review of research from Belgium's Catholic University of Louvain has confirmed that Parkinson's disease is linked to occupational exposure to pesticides. The researchers, working with the Louvain Center for Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, analyzed studies between 1985 and 2011 that looked at pesticide exposure by workers who handled pesticides. These included farm workers who sprayed pesticides. The overall conclusion of the research found that those who handled pesticides were significantly more likely to contract Parkinson's disease. In four studies, where the Parkinson's diagnoses were confirmed by neurologists, those handling pesticides had an average of over two-and-a-half times the risk of contracting Parkinson's disease. The increased risk ranged from 46% higher to almost four-and-a-half times higher among the workers.
Many Europeans take their holidays during August. And this isn't the first time that we've seen the European Commission (EC) launch a major consultation via the EU Member States smack in the middle of this holiday period. The consultation in question relates to the fate of health claims for botanicals, the evaluation of which – by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) – was put 'on hold' around 2 years ago. The reason for the delay? EFSA had rejected around 97% of claims following their preliminary evaluation.
A new report links the high prevalence of chronic kidney disease in Sri Lanka’s main agricultural production regions with the presence of heavy metals in the water, caused by fertiliser and pesticide use.
After more than a decade of campaigning against toxic agrochemicals, a group of women from a poor neighbourhood in the northern Argentine city of Córdoba have brought large-scale soybean growers to trial for the health damages caused by spraying.
Former British model Jessica Richards says she successfully kept breast cancer at bay with green vegetables and vitamin C instead of a mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation, and additional drug treatments. Jessica Richards was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 50 after a routine mammogram, and, instead of going along with the conventional treatment protocol, she chose an alternative approach.
Diabetes prescriptions in England have for the first time topped 40 million this year, a rise of nearly 50% compared to six years ago. The net cost of diabetes drugs also rose by just under 50% in the same period, according to a new report: 'Prescribing for Diabetes in England: 2005/06 to 2011/12' by the NHS Information Centre, now called the HSCIC. In the financial year 2011/12, the 40.6 million diabetic items dispensed - which includes antidiabetics, insulin and blood glucose testing monitors - cost the NHS in England £760.3 million.
Comment: Worldwide, more than 100 million people suffer from diabetes, a disease that is characterized by a high sugar level in the blood. Hardly surprisingly, therefore, with total annual global sales of over $39 billion, diabetic drugs are now the third-highest grossing category of pharmaceutical products. A major threat to this 'Pharma Business with Diabetes' comes in the form of a pilot clinical trial carried out by researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute, which showed that the optimum intake of a combination of micronutrients including vitamin C and chromium resulted in the lowering of glucose levels in the blood and a decreased glycosylated hemoglobin index (an indicator of the damage to red blood cells caused by sugar). To learn more about Dr. Rath's breakthrough discoveries in diabetes, click here.
Following ANH-Intl's release last month of UK data on some key causes of death, we're now in a position to release data sourced from across Europe. These data, drawn from official European Union (EU) sources, reveals once more that natural health products are among the safest things we put into our bodies - confirming the UK data. The new figures show that EU hospitals are not only hundreds of thousands of times more likely to cause death than natural health products - they are twice as deadly as either cancer or smoking. So why are natural products under threat for 'posing a risk to public safety'?
Since 2010, over 20,000 herbs, vitamins and food supplements have been removed from shelves in natural health stores across Canada. In some cases, SWAT teams raided the premises of Canadian naturopaths and healers and removed safe and effective healing products. Some practitioners have even been indicted and face criminal charges. As a proud Canadian, I am outraged this is happening here, enforced by the very agency mandated to protect the health and well being of Canadians. How can we justify these fascistic actions and what are the root causes?
Comment: Nick Mancuso has an international career in show business that spans 40 years. He has appeared in over 300 movies and is best known for his award-winning performance in the movie Ticket to Heaven. As his observant article here ably describes, the Drug Cartel's global war against natural therapies is now rapidly being expanded into Canada. To learn more, click here to watch his public information video on YouTube.
Actual Water Pollution Often Vastly Higher Than Calculated, European Research On Pesticide Approvals Shows
August 8, 2012
The current process of the EU for the approval of pesticides, in particular against insect infestation, is based upon inadequate evaluation models. This is the result of a study conducted by the University of Koblenz-Landau. The study indicates that the concentrations of insecticides actually found in water resources are frequently higher than the theoretically calculated values forming the basis of the approval process. The adequate protection of surface waters requires that the procedure be completely re-examined and revised.
Adolescence is an important time not only for growing but for acquiring healthy habits that will last a lifetime, such as choosing foods rich in vitamins and minerals, and adopting a regular exercise regimen. Unfortunately, several studies have shown that adolescents' intake of important nutrients, as well as their performance on standard physical fitness tests, has fallen in recent years. Because nutrition and fitness are intertwined-for example, iron forms part of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen to muscles, and antioxidants such as vitamin C aid in rebuilding damage after intense training-these two findings could be related. In a new study, researchers have found that adolescents' blood levels of various micronutrients are correlated with how well they performed in certain physical fitness tests.
Vitamin D deficiency is very common among children with critical illnesses, and it is associated with worse outcomes, according to new research.
Most citizens of Great Britain are totally unaware of the 1939 Cancer Act which effectively prevents them from finding out about different treatments for cancer.
A study on possible effects of the 2010 BP oil spill indicates dispersants may have killed plankton - some of the ocean's tiniest plants and creatures - and disrupted the food chain in the Gulf of Mexico, one of the nation's richest seafood grounds. Scientists who read the study said it points toward major future effects of the spill. One called its findings scary.
Comment: The largest oil spill in US history was caused by British Petroleum (BP), a prominent member of the international Oil Cartel. While the environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico continues, the decisive question still remains unanswered: Who benefits from this escalating crisis? In order to answer this question, one first has to understand that the very existence of the Oil Cartel is now under threat. Specifically, the survival of BP and the Oil Cartel is threatened by technological advances in the area of renewable energies and the growing determination of the people of the world to see these technologies applied on a global scale. To learn more, click here.
Low levels of vitamin D could mean greater risk of death for older adults - especially those who are frail, say researchers. A randomized, nationally representative study found that older adults with low vitamin D levels had a 30 percent greater risk of death than people who had higher levels.
Vitamin A status is associated with immunity to, and pathogenic condition of, hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) in children, say researchers whose study results show that the majority of those with the infectious disease also had vitamin A insufficiency.
Over 90% of African Americans may have vitamin D deficiency, and daily doses of 4,000IU may be needed to eliminate deficiency, says a new study from the Medical University of South Carolina.
The first major study on the biological effects of omega-3 fatty acids on the human brain is focusing on the role that this natural substance, primarily found in fish oil, may play in fighting psychosis.
The combination of obesity and vitamin D deficiency may put people at even greater risk of insulin resistance than either factor alone, according to new research from the Drexel University School of Public Health recently published early online in the journal Diabetes Care. Insulin resistance is a major risk factor for Type 2 diabetes, a condition that affects 25.6 million adults and is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.
A study lead by researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) shows an association between increased concentrations of phthalates in the body and an increased risk of diabetes in women. Phthalates are endocrine disrupting chemicals that are commonly found in personal care products such as moisturizers, nail polishes, soaps, hair sprays and perfumes. They are also used in adhesives, electronics, toys and a variety of other products.
The Alliance for Natural Health International (ANH-Intl) has released figures showing that food supplements are the safest substances regularly consumed by UK citizens. Both food supplements and herbal remedies are in the ‘supersafe’ category of individual risk – meaning risk of death from their consumption is less than 1 in 10 million.
Two of Europe’s largest natural product trade associations have joined forces in a lawsuit that seeks to maintain some semblance of free speech in healthcare beyond the end of 2012. We wish them well. But in the wings, something interesting is stirring in the Netherlands...
China Pharmaceutical Group Ltd. and several other Chinese makers of vitamin C will face a Nov. 5 trial in the U.S. for alleged price-fixing, a federal judge said. U.S. District Judge Brian M. Cogan in Brooklyn, New York, today set the date in a case brought by purchasers of vitamin C. In January, the judge allowed the buyers to proceed with their case as a group against the vitamin makers. Other companies sued in the case include Weisheng Pharmaceutical Co., North China Pharmaceutical Co., Hebei Welcome Pharmaceutical Co. and Northeast Pharmaceutical Group Co.
Comment: Pharmaceutical companies have a long history of colluding to fix prices for vitamins. In 1999, following a class-action case in the United States, seven of the world's largest drug companies paid more than $1.1 billion to settle a lawsuit that sought damages as a result of a criminal scheme to fix prices. Subsequent to the US lawsuit, the cartel was also subject to successful court actions in Canada, Europe and Australia. Thus, while refusing to promote the medical breakthroughs of Cellular Medicine, multinational drug companies conspired to take advantage of them by engaging in criminal price-fixing on a global level. The fraudulent profits these companies made from their criminal practices may have reached hundreds of billions of dollars. Compared to that, the fines these companies had to pay were insignificant. To learn more, read chapter 11 of Dr. Rath’s classic book, “Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks – But People Do!”
A growing number of studies imply that children born to obese mothers face health problems stemming from the womb. New research from the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University and The Mother Infant Research Institute at Tufts Medical Center suggests that low iron status is among these health problems, according to an analysis of maternal hepcidin, a hormone that is key in keeping iron levels balanced.
Michael J. Potter is one of the last little big men left in organic food. More than 40 years ago, Mr. Potter bought into a hippie cafe and “whole earth” grocery here that has since morphed into a major organic foods producer and wholesaler, Eden Foods. But one morning last May, he hopped on his motorcycle and took off across the Plains to challenge what organic food — or as he might have it, so-called organic food — has become since his tie-dye days in the Haight district of San Francisco. The fact is, organic food has become a wildly lucrative business for Big Food and a premium-price-means-premium-profit section of the grocery store. The industry’s image — contented cows grazing on the green hills of family-owned farms — is mostly pure fantasy. Or rather, pure marketing. Big Food, it turns out, has spawned what might be called Big Organic.
Comment: The ‘watering-down’ of global standards for organic foods has been going on for some years now, with the Codex Alimentarius Commission having played a key role in this process. Notably, therefore, Dr. Rath has long been aware of the Codex threat to world health, having written an Open Letter about it in 1996 to the then German Chancellor Helmut Kohl and members of the German Bundestag. To learn more about Codex, click here to visit the Anti-Codex Campaign page on our website.
German chemicals maker BASF and oil major Shell have been told by a Brazilian court to pay 1.06 billion Brazilian real ($525.23 million) into a compensation fund for former employees at a pesticides plant who said their health suffered from working there.
Tomatoes grown by organic methods contain more phenolic compounds than those grown using commercial standards, say researchers.
Food supplement and healthy food groups in the UK and the Netherlands have appealed to EU courts to annul the recently approved ‘Permitted List Regulation’ that wrote into law 222 health claims and rejected about 1500 others.
A national task force on “preventive” medicine is making dangerous new pronouncements based on profoundly flawed research and thinking. The US Preventive Services Task Force (UPSTF) has issued a draft recommendation to take no vitamin D supplements.
A new study presents more evidence of a possible link between low vitamin D levels and a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Vitamin C deficiency, also known as scurvy, is usually only a topic for discussion in history classes, but what if it is being overlooked? Classic symptoms of scurvy include low-grade inflammation, fatigue, limping, bleeding gums, and swollen extremities. Since these symptoms are common in many other conditions, especially autoimmune conditions, vitamin C deficiency is rarely screened for in patients. The US Department of Agriculture surveyed food intakes in individuals and found that 18% of adults consumed less than 30 mg per day of vitamin C, indicating a risk for deficiency.
Comment: Vitamin C is the key micronutrient for the stability of blood vessels, the heart and all other organs in our bodies. Without it, our bodies would literally collapse and dissolve – just as happens in the vitamin C deficiency disease, scurvy. Significantly therefore, sub-clinical deficiencies of vitamin C are far more common than is generally realized. Even based upon the miniscule intakes that are naively assumed to be sufficient by the medical orthodoxy, as many as one in seven young Canadian adults and up to three quarters of elderly people in parts of India are believed to be deficient in this crucial micronutrient. Worse still, even outright scurvy now appears to be no longer confined to the history books, with cases in children being known to have risen in England between 2004 and 2008. To learn about Dr. Rath’s discovery revealing that coronary heart disease is an early form of scurvy, click here.
Vitamin deficiencies are ‘widespread’ in the developed world, according to a new traffic light analysis of vitamin intakes by DSM.
Comment: A chronic deficiency of vitamins, amino acids and other specific nutrients is the primary cause of today’s most common chronic diseases including various forms of the cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, diabetes, cancer and others. To learn more, click here to visit our World Health Alphabetization campaign website.
Australians taking a vitamin D supplement to protect themselves from weak bones and diseases such as cancer may not be getting a high-enough dose, according to a paper that finds 50 per cent of women have low levels of the nutrient in winter. Experts at Deakin University are calling for the daily dosage of vitamin D to be increased by 50 per cent to properly combat deficiencies in those with minimal sun exposure.
African-Americans are 25 percent more likely to die from cancer than white Americans are, and the reasons are numerous, including lower socio-economic status, poorer access to health care, and the cancer diagnosis coming at later, more deadly stages. Still, health experts say these factors cannot fully explain the extent of disparities in survival for the most common cancers, such as breast, lung, colon and prostate cancers. A paper published in the current issue of the journal Dermato-Endocrinology points the finger at a seemingly obvious but overlooked culprit: the sun. The researchers' theory is that, in northern latitudes, the dark skin of African-Americans cannot absorb enough sunlight to generate adequate amounts of vitamin D, which is often called the "sunshine vitamin."
In the build-up to Rio+20, the European Parliament played host to the “first ever European Week of the Bee and Pollination” from 3 to 6 June. Events included a high-profile conference inside the European Parliament and a large flower garden in front of the Parliament building. The conference in the Parliament was hosted by conservative MEP Gaston Franco, and held under the patronage of Commissioner Potocnik. It even featured ‘honey tasting with beekeepers’. Both events prominently carried the logos of the UNEP and the ‘Bees Biodiversity Network’. The conference invitation also featured the logo of German agrochemical giant BASF. But what it did not show, is that the Bees Biodiversity Network itself is operating closely in tandem with BASF, that has created and supported the network’s website.
Vitamin D deficiency may account for unexplained disparities in cancer survival rates between African and White Americans, a new study has claimed. There is a large body of scientific literature supporting the role of solar ultraviolet-B (UVB) light and vitamin D in reducing incidence and mortality rates of many types of cancer. In addition, papers have reported that those with higher serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations when diagnosed with seven types of cancer have higher cancer-specific and all-cause survival rates.
The French government has banned a pesticide linked to the decline of bees that is widely used to treat oilseed rape. Cruiser OSR, which contains the neonicotinoid insecticide thiamethoxam, was banned for use on oilseed rape by the French Ministry of Agriculture.
Thousands of children every year who undergo head scans triple their risk of developing leukaemia or a brain tumour, scientists warn today.
Comment: The early detection of health problems is very important in curtailing the progress of, or eliminating, disease at its onset. Over the last decades, various imaging techniques such as X-rays, ultrasounds, MRI and CT scans have been developed and applied to diagnostic, as well as therapeutic, medical care. However, 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 how to use diagnostic technologies wisely and for the benefit of your health, click here.
Pesticides could be damaging river biodiversity at levels that have been traditionally regarded as environmentally safe by authorities, suggests a new study. Ecotoxciologist Dr Ben Kefford, of University of Technology, Sydney, and colleagues, report their findings online in Environmental Science & Technology. "Pesticides are having an effect at 10 to 100 times lower concentrations than traditionally thought," says Kefford.
Older adults may need more vitamin D to prevent mobility difficulties
May 29, 2012
Older adults who don't get enough vitamin D – either from diet, supplements or sun exposure – may be at increased risk of developing mobility limitations and disability, according to new research from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
Low vitamin D in diet increases stroke risk in Japanese-Americans
May 24, 2012
Japanese-American men who did not eat foods rich in vitamin D had a higher risk of stroke later in life, according to results of a 34-year study reported in Stroke, an American Heart Association journal.
MEP calls for health treatment to switch from 'treatment to prevention'
May 24, 2012
A conference in Brussels heard that 40 per cent of Europeans aged over 15 have a chronic disease.
Comment: For anybody who is still in any doubt over the fact that the near-trillion dollar per year pharmaceutical approach to healthcare has utterly failed either to prevent or cure chronic diseases, this statistic provides the shocking proof.
Children's body fat linked to Vitamin D insufficiency in mothers
May 23, 2012
Children are more likely to have more body fat during childhood if their mother has low levels of Vitamin D during pregnancy, according to scientists at the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit (MRC LEU), University of Southampton.
European Medicines Agency releases second report on EU herbal Directive
May 23, 2012
Back in July last year, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) published its first report on experience with the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD; 2004/24/EC). It’s a remarkably similar picture 6 months later, with one key difference: the rate at which new traditional use registrations (TURs) are being granted has dropped through the floor.
Comment: The ‘Brussels EU’ is a dictatorial structure serving global corporate interests that are – once again – threatening the lives of hundreds of millions of people across Europe. Moreover, unless European citizens act now, this structure will remain in place for generations to come and will subjugate the entire world under its control. The dismantling of the dictatorial influence of corporate interests that rules over the ‘Brussels EU’ – and thereby over the people of Europe – is a precondition for largely eliminating today’s most common diseases, including cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Through achieving control over these illnesses, the creation – for our children and all future generations – of a healthier world can be achieved. To learn more, and understand why the dismantling of the ‘Brussels EU’ is a precondition for global natural health freedom, click here.
European Health Claims Regulation and Commission Regulation wipe out as “spam” a century of nutrition & health research
May 22, 2012
Hailed by the EU authorities as a leap forward for mankind, the recently published section of the Public Register concerning health claims based on existing and well established scientific evidence conclusively presents 222 claims. European consumers can now make 222 State-approved dietary choices concerning the role of foods and active substances in growth, development and the functions of the body. With these 222 health claims now etched in the stone called “acquis communautaire,” the European Union will become a happier and healthier place. Lest we forget, this list of 222 health claims is all that’s left when subjecting all the work done since the beginning of the 20th century by all the scientists – worldwide – concerned with the investigation of the role of food and active food ingredients in human health plus the totality of mankind’s traditional knowledge in this field to the requirements laid down in the European Health Claims Regulation, the Commission’s Terms of Reference and the criteria applied by EFSA, the European Food Safety Authority.
Comment: In its increasingly desperate attempt to prevent European people from learning the facts about the therapeutic properties of natural therapies and foods, it can be seen that the Brussels EU has resorted to enacting the distinctive hallmark of all political dictatorships – a prohibition on freedom of speech. To learn about the hidden historical origins of the Brussels EU, click here.
Farmers in France are winning court cases on illnesses caused by the use of pesticides. Long a taboo subject within the farming community, they are speaking increasingly openly about this potentially lethal pollution, says Claire Le Nestour.
EU agencies accused of conflicts of interest
May 15, 2012
Three European agencies are fighting to rebut charges that they enjoy an overly cosy relationship with companies and interest groups. The latest twist in the saga came last week, as the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), based in Parma, Italy, was urged by members of the European Parliament to tighten safeguards against potential conflicts of interest among its staff and advisers. In recent months, two other agencies — with responsibility for the environment and for the safety of human and animal medicines — have had to deal with conflict-of-interest allegations that have sparked concerns among some parliament members.
Georgetown physician leads national resveratrol study for Alzheimer's disease
May 14, 2012
A national, phase II clinical trial examining the effects of resveratrol on individuals with mild to moderate dementia due to Alzheimer's disease has begun as more than two dozen academic institutions recruit volunteers in the coming months. R. Scott Turner, M.D., Ph.D., director of Georgetown University Medical Center's Memory Disorders Program, is the lead investigator for the national study.
Comment: To read about studies on the health benefits of resveratrol and other natural plant compounds, which include the control of cancer and other common diseases, click here to visit the phytobiologicals.com website.
Could Vitamin B12 hold key to reducing diabetes in pregnant women?
May 9, 2012
Warwick Medical School is about to begin a new phase of research into the effects of Vitamin B12 on pregnant women following an award of £800,000 from the Medical Research Council (MRC). Warwick, in partnership with the University of Southampton and King Edward Memorial Hospital in Pune, India, hopes to recruit 4,500 women in the early stages of pregnancy so they can study whether micro nutrients such as Vitamin B12 reduce the risk of developing gestational diabetes (GDM).
Skin condition Lupus Erythematosus worsens with low Vitamin D levels
May 9, 2012
Lupus patients may develop more severe symptoms if their vitamin D levels are low, says an Australian study. Known as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), lupus is an autoimmune disease, which prompts an attack on tissues of the body by its own immune system, affecting more than five million people worldwide.
Pesticide Exposure Found to Lower Intelligence
May 1, 2012
Pesticides, ubiquitous among not only the food supply but farms and homes worldwide, have been found to be creating lasting changes in overall brain structure — changes that have been linked to lower intelligence levels and decreased cognitive function. Previously linked in scientific research to the massive obesity crisis, pesticides are now known to impact the mind in ways that are still not entirely understood. Despite these findings, they are continually touted as safe by the profit-hungry chemical industry.
China will establish a sound international market-oriented trade promotion, management, and marketing system for traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in the next five years, according to a joint proposal issued by 14 government agencies including the Ministry of Commerce and State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing on April 26. Wang Guoqiang, Vice Health Minister and Director of the State Administration of TCM, said that the substantial cultural difference between the East and the West has impeded TCM’s acceptance by Western society. Therefore, the TCM culture must be actively promoted abroad to ensure TCM’s smooth international expansion.
Sunscreen use may lead to vitamin D deficiency
April 27, 2012
Using the amount and sun protection factor (SPF) of sunscreen recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) is associated with little or no vitamin D production, suggesting that regular sunscreen use may lead to vitamin D deficiency, according to research published online April 18 in the British Journal of Dermatology.
Baby's parents demand rickets death hospital inquiry
April 20, 2012
A young couple acquitted of murdering their four-month-old son have called for an inquiry into two London hospitals responsible for his care. Rohan Wray, 22, and Chana Al-Alas, 19, of London, were accused of abusing baby Jayden but his fractures were later found to have been caused by rickets. They told the BBC that the Great Ormond Street and University College hospitals should have diagnosed the disease.
Comment: Criminal charges against Jayden's parents were dropped in December 2011. Subsequently, however, civil action was taken by the local authority, Islington, which claimed he had died from trauma inflicted on him by his parents. Last week, a judge cleared the parents of responsibility for Jayden’s death and criticised the two hospitals for what she described as sub-optimal care, concluding that more research was needed on the impact of vitamin D deficiency and rickets on babies aged under six months. In reality, however, vitamin D deficiency is now a worldwide problem that affects all age groups. In the United States, Canada and throughout the EU, for example, deficiencies of the vitamin are now widespread. Similarly, pregnant Arab women have an "extraordinarily high prevalence" of vitamin D deficiency, whilst India is also now home to a growing epidemic of deficiencies in this nutrient. Even Australia, a land with plentiful sunshine and an outdoor lifestyle, now has a “mind-boggling” rate of vitamin D deficiencies, with some research suggesting nearly one third of the country’s adults are deficient in it and around three quarters have levels below those considered optimal for musculoskeletal health.
Gulf seafood deformities alarm scientists
April 20, 2012
Eyeless shrimp and fish with lesions are becoming common, with BP oil pollution believed to be the likely cause.
Comment: The largest oil spill in US history was caused by British Petroleum (BP), a prominent member of the international Oil Cartel. While much of the global media’s attention has focused on the environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, one decisive question has largely been avoided: Who benefits from this crisis? To learn the answer to this question, from a historical perspective, click here.
Chemicals in make-up and plastics linked to diabetes: research
April 13, 2012
A study in Sweden has found that people with 'modest' levels of the chemicals in their blood are twice as likely to develop diabetes. The chemicals called phthalates are used in products such as clingfilm as it can be a softening agent in plastics but they can be used in cosmetics such as self tans and perfumes.
Monsanto and Big Tobacco Blamed for Birth Defects
April 10, 2012
Monsanto, Philip Morris and other U.S. tobacco giants knowingly poisoned Argentinean tobacco farmers with pesticides, causing "devastating birth defects" in their children, dozens of workers claim in court. The farmers, on their own behalf and for their injured children, sued Altria Group fka Philip Morris Cos., Philip Morris USA, Carolina Leaf Tobacco, Universal Corporation fka Universal Leaf Tobacco Company, Monsanto, and their affiliates and Argentine subsidiaries, in New Castle County Court.
Supplement use predicts folate status in Canadian women
April 10, 2012
Researchers have gained new insight into why 22% of Canadian women of childbearing age are still not achieving a folate concentration considered optimal for reducing the risk of having babies with neural tube defects, despite a virtual absence of folate deficiency in the general Canadian population. When the authors examined a nation-wide study, they found a main reason why some women are not achieving levels optimal for reducing risk is many do not take the supplemental folic acid recommended for this population.
Researchers link dental x-rays to brain tumours
April 10, 2012
Frequent dental X-rays may significantly increase the risk of non-malignant brain tumours, say researchers. Over a lifetime, having dental X-rays can double or triple the chances of developing meningioma tumours, a study has found. The tumours grow in the outer membrane covering the brain.
Comment: To learn how to use diagnostic technologies such as X-rays, ultrasounds, MRI and CT scans wisely, click here.
Common pesticides linked to lower birth weights
April 6, 2012
Pregnant women who showed higher exposure to common agricultural pesticides had babies with slightly lower birth weights, a study by Canadian and U.S. researchers has found.
Pesticides in water common
April 3, 2012
For years, Fresno County has been No. 1 on a California list that you won't find at the chamber of commerce -- pesticide detections in water wells. On the latest list, the county had more than one-third of the state's 286 detections. But the real news is what the state leaves out of this and other annual pesticide reports, advocates for healthy drinking water say.
40 Women With Breast Cancer Had This "Cosmetic Ingredient" in Their Tissues
April 2, 2012
New research has detected the presence of paraben esters in 99 percent of breast cancer tissues sampled. The study examined 40 women who were being treated for primary breast cancer. In 60 percent of cases, five of the different esters were present.
Pesticides harming bee populations, researchers suggest
March 30, 2012
A common type of crop pesticide could be responsible for wiping out bee colonies by killing their homing instinct and limiting their ability to gather food, scientists claim.
The link between fast food and depression confirmed
March 30, 2012
According to a recent study headed by scientists from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the University of Granada, eating commercial baked goods (fairy cakes, croissants, doughnuts, etc.) and fast food (hamburgers, hotdogs and pizza) is linked to depression.
Comment: Previous studies suggest that certain micronutrients may prevent depression. These include B vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, vitamin D and cod liver oil. Eating a healthy diet such as that enjoyed in the Mediterranean has also been linked to a lower risk of developing the condition.
97% of dietitians recommend supplements: CRN survey
March 29, 2012
Dietitians are regularly using dietary supplements and almost all of them have recommended supplements to their clients at some time, says a new survey from the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN).
EU needs common policy on iodised salt to battle deficiencies: Study
March 28, 2012
A common European Union policy which requires the food industry to use iodised salt is needed to tackle the issue of deficiencies, say authors of a study that found 44% of Europeans are deficient in the nutrient.
Comment: Research showing that vitamin and mineral deficiencies are widespread in the Brussels EU has been growing for some years now. As long ago as 1997, for example, a report by the Brussels EU Commission into nutrient intake in Europe concluded that "for almost all vitamins, minerals and trace elements, there exist one or more population groups with intakes below nationally recommended levels." The fact that the Brussels EU has essentially continued to ignore these findings provides still further evidence that its goal is to prevent people from learning why a chronic deficiency of micronutrients is the most frequent cause of today's most common diseases and, through so doing, protect the global pharmaceutical industry – the Pharma Cartel – and its multi-trillion dollar ‘Business with Disease’.
When is a Hit Piece on Supplements by the Drug Industry a Hit Piece?
March 22, 2012
The answer is: Whenever Josh Bloom writes it. Josh Bloom of the so-called and heavily drug-industry-funded “American Council on Science and Health” just wrote and published a hit piece on supplements in The American Spectator entitled “When Is a Drug a Drug? And, amazingly enough, this drug-happy organization’s spokesman argues the same old, tired myth that supplements are dangerous, supplements are unregulated, and that the FDA is our poor, hands-tied-behind-its-back friend desperately trying to protect the consumer against these dangerous products.
Activist Outrage Causes Major Supermarkets to Drop 'Pink Slime' Meat
March 22, 2012
We have been reporting on the staggering amount of "pink slime" used in the U.S. food industry over the last few months. Pink slime is a meat filler made from "ammoniated boneless lean beef trimmings or similar products, which are considered unfit for human consumption until ammonia has been added.” In early March, it was reported by ABC that a shocking 70% of ground beef at supermarkets contained this pink slime. Since this disgusting food additive has been exposed, natural health activists rallied to demand its removal from McDonald's and school lunches. Now major grocery chains are falling to the pressure of activism.
From confusion to chaos: the poisoned legacy of the THMPD
March 16, 2012
Poorly written or implemented laws always lead to chaos, especially when they apply across a huge and diverse geographical and political area like the European Union (EU). And once again, the EU’s Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD) is proving itself to be one of the most flawed pieces of legislation yet devised by the EU – which, given the competition, is quite an achievement!
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.
Supplement use up to 69% of US adults: CRN survey
March 14, 2012
Supplements use among US adults has increased to a record level of 69%, according to results of a survey commissioned by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN).
Pesticides in the fruit and vegetables you eat
March 11, 2012
Washing fruit and vegetables does not remove chemical pesticide residues, tests commissioned by the UK government food watchdogs show. One chemical, which has links to cancer, birth defects and infertility, remained on the skin of apples despite the basic kitchen practice. Others remained both on the outside of potatoes and within the flesh, even after cooking.
Coke and Pepsi to change formula<
March 9, 2012
Coca-Cola and Pepsi are changing their secret formulas in the United States to avoid having to display a warning that they contain cancer-causing chemicals.
Vitamin D deficiency linked to higher mortality in female nursing home residents
March 6, 2012
The majority of institutionalized elderly female patients are vitamin D deficient and there is an inverse association of vitamin D deficiency and mortality, according to a recent study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (JCEM).
Largest ever vitamin A-infant mortality trials begin in India, Ghana, Tanzania
March 5, 2012
Tens of thousands of potentially malnourished infants are taking part in the largest ever study to determine the effectiveness of vitamin A supplementation in reducing infant and toddler mortality and morbidity.
Low levels of omega-3 fatty acids may cause memory problems
February 27, 2012
A diet lacking in omega-3 fatty acids, nutrients commonly found in fish, may cause your brain to age faster and lose some of its memory and thinking abilities, according to a study published in the February 28, 2012, print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
Comment: An optimal supply of omega-3 fatty acids is crucial for good mental and physical health. To read scientific studies documenting the health benefits of consuming omega-3 fatty acids, click here and here.
The nutrition puzzle
February 18, 2012
Governments around the world are paying increasing attention to nutrition. In 2010 donors, charities and companies drew up a how-to policy guide called SUN (which stands for scale up nutrition). Britain's Department for International Development and other aid agencies are devoting more of their money to nutritional projects. The World Bank has nailed its colours to the mast with a book called "Repositioning Nutrition as Central to Development". Save the Children, an international charity, talks about "galvanising political leadership" behind the effort. Underlying all this is a change in thinking about how best to improve nutrition, with less stress on providing extra calories and food and more on improving nutrition by supplying micro-nutrients such as iron and vitamins.
Comment: As this article points out, better nutrition can be a stunningly good investment. Vitamin supplements cost next to nothing and bring lifelong benefits. Notably therefore, in 2008, as part of a project called the Copenhagen Consensus, eight prize-winning economists listed the projects they thought would do most good (they had an imaginary $75 billion to spend). Half their proposed projects involved nutrition. To read the Copenhagen Consensus papers on hunger and nutrition, click here.
Choline-poor diet in older women linked to worse damage from fatty liver disease
February 17, 2012
Menopausal women with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) who don't consume enough of the essential nutrient choline appear to be at higher risk for liver scarring, according to research led by scientists at Johns Hopkins Children's Center.
500m children 'at risk of effects of malnutrition'
February 15, 2012
Half a billion children could grow up physically and mentally stunted over the next 15 years because they do not have enough to eat, the charity Save the Children says in a new report. It says much more needs to be done to tackle malnutrition in the world's poorest countries. The charity found that many families could not afford meat, milk or vegetables. The survey covered families in India, Bangladesh, Peru, Pakistan and Nigeria.
Vitamin D deficiency linked to speech problems
February 15, 2012
New research has found a link between vitamin D deficiencies in pregnant women and speech difficulties in children. The Telethon Institute for Child Health Research in Perth found children whose mothers have low levels of vitamin D during pregnancy are twice as likely to have language problems.
Food safety decided by industry-linked experts?
February 14, 2012
As the European Food Safety Authority celebrates its 10th anniversary, a new report from Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) and Earth Open Source questions the independence of its advice. Conflicts on the menu: a decade of industry influence at the European Food Safety Authority highlights the agency's reliance on industry data and industry-linked experts and calls for a complete overhaul of EFSA's operations.
Comment: Rather than improving food safety and protecting consumers, as it claims to be doing, EFSA is engaged in an ongoing and systematic effort to eliminate non-patentable natural health therapies, and information about them, across the entire European continent. Behind the scenes, EFSA's scientific panels play key roles in these efforts. Rather than being composed of independent experts, EFSA knowingly permits the members of its scientific committees to have links to pharmaceutical, chemical, biotech and agribusiness companies. Moreover, in a blatant attempt to protect these corporate interests, EFSA even claims on its website that "having an interest does not necessarily mean having a conflict of interest."
Omega-3 fatty acid on trial: Study to evaluate long-term effects on intelligence, behaviour
February 13, 2012
University of Kansas researchers John Colombo and Susan Carlson have been awarded $2.5 million for the next five years of a 10-year, double-blind randomized controlled trial to determine whether prenatal nutritional supplementation with the omega-3 fatty acid DHA benefits children’s intelligence and school readiness. “The possibility that DHA may have long-term benefits for cognitive-intellectual development, particularly on measures that predict school achievement, would have enormous implications for public policy on prenatal nutrition,” said Susan Carlson, A. J. Rice Professor of Dietetics and Nutrition at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Vitamin D deficiency high among trauma patients
February 7, 2012
New research presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) found that 77 percent of trauma patients had deficient or insufficient levels of vitamin D.
Low vitamin D status linked to food allergy and eczema in children: Study
February 7, 2012
Below normal levels of vitamin D, due to low sun exposure, have been associated with increased incidence of food allergy and eczema in children, say researchers.
44 percent of postmenopausal women with distal radius fracture have low levels of vitamin D
February 7, 2012
Wrist fractures, also called distal radius fractures (DRF), are among the most common osteoporosis-related fractures occurring on average 15 years earlier than hip fractures. As vitamin D deficiency has recently been linked with muscle weakness, increased fall risks, and bone fractures, investigators sought to determine the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency among post menopausal women with DRF. The study, "Hypovitaminosis D in Postmenopausal Women with a Distal Radius Fracture," was presented today at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).
Pesticides Linked to Vitamin D Deficiency
February 1, 2012
Pesticides could be suppressing vitamin D levels in people, leading to deficiency and disease, say scientists. This comes from a new study which discovered that adults with high serum concentrations of organochlorine pesticides, such as DDT, have lower vitamin D levels, further proving that these chemicals have a long-lasting impact on human health.
Pesticides blamed for bee decline
January 29, 2012
New formulas make colonies more prone to disease, research finds.
England’s chief medical officer backs (free) vitamin D supplements
January 27, 2012
England’s chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies has begun campaigning to the English medical fraternity that certain population groups like under-5s should take vitamin D supplements.
Comment: Following research showing rising rates of rickets among British children, it is significant that England’s chief medical officer has finally begun recommending that not only youngsters, but also the elderly and pregnant and breastfeeding women, should take daily vitamin D supplements. Notably, she has also specifically stated that lower income groups would have free access to them. However, despite this promising development, it should not be forgotten that vitamin D deficiency is now a worldwide problem affecting all age groups. In the United States, Canada 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 have an "extraordinarily high prevalence" of vitamin D deficiency, whilst India is also now home to a growing epidemic of deficiencies in this nutrient. Even Australia, a land with plentiful sunshine and an outdoor lifestyle, now has a “mind-boggling” rate of vitamin D deficiencies, with some research suggesting nearly one third of the country’s adults are deficient in it and around three quarters have levels below those considered optimal for musculoskeletal health.
Call for vitamin D infant death probe
January 26, 2012
Two senior paediatric pathologists say they have discovered vitamin D deficiency in a significant number of children who have died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The doctors say that vitamin D deficiency and associated diseases such as the bone disease rickets could potentially explain deaths and injuries that are often thought to be suspicious. And they fear that children with such deficiencies may have been taken away from their parents and placed in foster care for no good reason.
A quarter of UK toddlers are lacking Vitamin D
January 24, 2012
A quarter of all toddlers in the UK are lacking Vitamin D, according to research. Vitamin D supplements are recommended for those people at risk of deficiency, including all pregnant and breastfeeding women, children under five, and the elderly, but 74% of parents know nothing about them and more than half of healthcare professionals are also unaware, the BBC said.
Big Tobacco led throat doctors to blow smoke
January 23, 2012
Tobacco companies conducted a carefully crafted, decades-long campaign to manipulate throat doctors into helping to calm concerns among an increasingly worried public that smoking might be bad for their health, according to a new study by researchers at the School of Medicine. Beginning in the 1920s, this campaign continued for over half of a century.
Comment: Just as tobacco companies once sought to exploit the faith the public had in the medical profession as a means of reassuring their customers that their products were safe, the reality is that, today, the multi-trillion dollar pharmaceutical industry is doing exactly the same thing. For anybody who doubts that any industry would value profits more highly than health and unscrupulously continue to promote its products despite knowing them to be dangerous, the fact that tobacco companies have done this for decades – and denied, suppressed and ignored the overwhelming scientific evidence – provides a useful reminder that such industries exist.
Vitamin D deficiency strikes one-third of Australians
January 16, 2012
Nearly one third of Australian adults are suffering vitamin D deficiency according to a study involving more than 11,000 adults from around the country.
Healthy brain wiring in adults depends on iron levels in adolescence, study
January 16, 2012
A lack of iron in childhood can affect the physical structure of the brain, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Banks profit on hunger
January 12, 2012
European banks, pension funds and insurance companies are increasing global hunger and poverty by speculating on food prices and financing land grabs in poorer countries, according to Farming Money, a new report just released.
Chemical found in deodorants, face cream and food products is discovered in tumours of ALL breast cancer patients
January 12, 2012
A chemical widely used as a preservative in cosmetics, food products and pharmaceuticals has been found in tissue samples from 40 women with breast cancer. A number of studies since 1998 have raised concerns about the potential role of these parabens in breast cancer as they possess oestrogenic properties. Oestrogen is known to play a central role in the development, growth and progression of breast cancer.
Child leukaemia doubles near French nuclear plants: study
January 11, 2012
The incidence of leukemia is twice as high in children living close to French nuclear power plants as in those living elsewhere in the country, a study by French health and nuclear safety experts has found.
As he turns 70, Stephen Hawking's longevity with ALS a mystery
January 8, 2012
CAMBRIDGE, England – British scientist Stephen Hawking has decoded some of the most puzzling mysteries of the universe, but he has left one mystery unsolved: How has he managed to survive so long with such a crippling disease? The physicist and cosmologist was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease – also called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS – when he was 21. Most people die within a few years of the diagnosis. Today, Hawking turns 70.
Comment: It is notable that, at a time when the world's media has been preoccupied with asking how Professor Hawking has managed to survive almost half a century with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a particularly illuminating article published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) in 2002 is effectively being ignored. Asked by the BMJ whether he knew why the progression of his illness had been so unlike that of most other sufferers, Hawking said he suspects ALS is “a syndrome that can have different causes”, adding that perhaps his variety “is due to bad absorption of vitamins.” Significantly, therefore, the BMJ article added that Hawking supplements his diet with a wide variety of vitamin and mineral supplements on a daily basis – a regime he has reportedly (p. 96) followed since the latter half of the 1960s.
70 percent of Europeans suffer from low vitamin D levels
January 10, 2012
A group of experts has prepared a report on vitamin D supplementation for menopausal women after it was revealed that Europeans have suffered an alarming decrease in their levels of this vitamin.
Europeans do not achieve fruit and vegetable consumption recommendations: EUFIC
January 6, 2012
The majority of European consumers do not attain the fruit and vegetable intake levels recommended by the Wold Health Organisation, according to the European Food Information Council (EUFIC).
Comment: Far from being limited to Europeans, low fruit and vegetable intake is a worldwide problem. Notably therefore, in the United States, it is estimated that there are not enough fresh fruits and vegetables being produced for Americans to meet even the basic US recommended daily amounts (RDAs) for micronutrient intake. As such, considering the fact that the micronutrient content of our food has fallen substantially over the past few decades, both in the United States and worldwide, it is clear that national nutrition and healthcare policies urgently need to be revised to promote widespread dietary supplementation.
Low vitamin D levels linked to depression, psychiatrists report
January 5, 2012
Low levels of vitamin D have been linked to depression, according to UT Southwestern Medical Center psychiatrists working with the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study.
Osteoporosis to cost €38.5bn in Europe's 'big 5' by 2025
January 2, 2012
The healthcare costs of rising European osteoporosis rates will reach €38.5bn by 2025 from €30.7bn in 2010, according to a study that reflected on the problem of an increasingly aged population.
Comment: Preliminary research carried out in the United States has already shown how the widespread use of supplements containing micronutrients such as calcium, vitamin D, lutein, zeaxanthin and omega-3 could improve the health of Americans and save over $24b in healthcare. Ultimately, however, the potential healthcare savings that will accrue from the creation of a new global healthcare system, based on scientific breakthroughs in the areas of vitamin research and cellular health, could amount to literally trillions of dollars. To help promote life-saving information about micronutrients and science-based natural health as the foundation for an affordable system of health care, please support the World Health Alphabetization campaign.
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