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During adolescence, low vitamin B12 levels are associated with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), according to a study published online Dec. 23 in Pediatrics.
Australian researchers have found that a staggering 40 percent of workers are exposed to cancer-causing agents in their current jobs, with men at higher risk than women.
Vitamin bashing by the media was an inevitable consequence of the publication this week of three research articles and a damning editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
A controversial oil and natural gas drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, uses many chemicals that can disrupt the body's hormones, according to new research accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's journal Endocrinology.
Researchers looking at vitamin D levels in elite ballet dancers have found that deficiency caused by intensive indoor training leads to increased risk of injury.
Personal care products are possible sources of potentially harmful parabens for babies
December 11, 2013
Through lotions, shampoos and other personal care products (PCPs), infants and toddlers are likely becoming exposed to potentially harmful substances, called parabens, at an even higher level than adult women in the U.S., researchers have reported. They published their findings on parabens, which have been linked to reproductive and other health issues, in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology.
Older men who have low levels of vitamin B12 have a higher risk of having fractures. These are the findings of researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy as a part of an international study of a total of 1000 older men.
The divisive and long-unresolved battle over maximum permitted levels (MPL) of vitamins and minerals in foods and food supplements in the EU intensified today with a UK based group leaking documents detailing lobbying intentions of a newly formed pan-European rival organisation.
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'. One of its key strategies for achieving this is the setting, via a so-called 'nutrient risk assessment' approach, of stringent Europe-wide restrictions on the levels of nutrients contained in supplements.
In 1602, a Spanish fleet was sailing up the Pacific coast of Mexico when the crew became deathly ill. "The first symptom is pain in the whole body that makes it sensitive to touch," wrote Antonio de la Ascensión, a priest on the expedition. "Purple spots begin to cover the body, especially from the waist down; then the gums become so swollen that the teeth cannot be brought together, and they can only drink, and finally they die all of a sudden, while talking." The crew was suffering from scurvy, a disease that was then both bitterly familiar and deeply mysterious.
Many apparently healthy people may have insufficient levels of vitamin K2, says a new study, potentially increasing the risk of bone loss and also for hardening of the arteries.
AHMEDABAD, INDIA – Today, Canadian partners in the Zinc Alliance for Child Health (ZACH) — Teck, the Micronutrient Initiative (MI) and the Government of Canada — announced $1.5 million in funding to expand a childhood diarrhea treatment program in the Indian state of Gujarat. This funding will support the State Government to scale up the program to all 26 districts in Gujarat and train an additional 97,000 health care workers on the proper treatment of diarrhea using zinc and oral rehydration salts (ORS). No life-threatening childhood illness affects more children than diarrheal disease. In India, approximately 230,000 children die annually as a result of dehydration, weakened immunity or malnutrition associated with diarrhea. Using zinc, along with ORS, to treat diarrhea not only strengthens the immune system to accelerate recovery, but can save lives.
Binging on junk food during adolescence may increase the chance of developing breast cancer, scientists have warned.
All women over the age of 20 should take a daily dose of Vitamin D to reduce their chances of developing breast cancer, an expert claims.
Comment: Whilst there's still a long way to go, it's encouraging that some health professionals are beginning to wake up to the proven health benefits of micronutrients in controlling cancer. To learn about natural health approaches that have been shown to block all key mechanisms that make cancer a deadly disease, read Dr. Rath and Dr. Niedzwiecki's book, 'Victory Over Cancer'.
Family that fled to Central America to stop Amish girl,
November 29, 2013
An Ohio Amish girl diagnosed with leukemia who had fled the U.S. with her family to avoid chemotherapy has been cured after being treated with natural remedies in Central America, according to her grandfather.
Comment: For more information on this story, including important background details not published by the mass media, read the investigative report on the Journal of Natural Food and Health website.
Interview with Dr Peter Gotzsche, author of
November 27, 2013
When a co-founder of evidence-based medicine's standard-bearer, the Cochrane Collaboration, describes the pharmaceutical industry as akin to the mafia, it's time to sit up and take notice. That's precisely what Dr Peter C Gøtzsche, who is also head of the Nordic Cochrane Centre, has done with Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How big pharma has corrupted healthcare. Read our exclusive interview with Dr Gøtzsche below to learn more about his findings.
Comment: In 2008, following a much-publicized attack on vitamin therapies by Danish representatives of the Cochrane Collaboration, we exposed some of the deeper issues that the world's media weren't telling us about, including a potential historical parallel with crimes committed by the managers of the I.G. Farben cartel. Seen in this light, whether Gotzsche's book will make any difference to the failings of the Cochrane Collaboration itself remains an open question.
Frozen produce is statistically equal to fresh when it comes to vitamin and mineral content, and retains vitamins equally so or better than produce stored in the refrigerator for a few days, according to a recent study from the University of Georgia in Athens.
In a quiet suburb just 20 minutes from the centre of Frankfurt, Germany, governments and international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) came together between the 4th and 8th of November to debate and agree international standards and guidelines for nutrition. Yes, this was the 35th annual meeting of the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU). Whatever is agreed in these Codex meetings is increasingly set to become the template for how governments around the world regulate and manage the nutrition of their populations.
Is the seed industry about to win a decisive victory
November 19, 2013
One of the last hot topics in the European Parliament before the 2014 elections is a new set of rules on seeds marketing. This text is extremely important for all players in the food chain: seed savers, farmers and the seed industry of course, but also environmentalists, consumers and the agro-industry at large.
Young female athletes representing South Australia in aesthetics sports such as gymnastics are putting their health at risk due to calcium and iron deficiencies, a Flinders University study has found.
On November 6 BASF, a German agrochemical company, took legal action in the General Court of the European Union (EU) to challenge the EU Commission's decision to restrict seed treatment uses of the insecticide fipronil. BASF joins chemical companies Bayer and Syngenta in challenging the EU's decision to restrict the use of certain pesticides that are harmful to pollinators.
Comment: With evidence growing that pesticides may be an important factor in the mysterious malady known as colony collapse disorder that kills honeybees en masse, BASF's legal action – along with those of Syngenta and Bayer – arguably adds still further to the chemical industry's dark history of placing profit over life.
The largest study of ageing men in Australia has revealed low vitamin D as an independent predictor of all-cause mortality in older males.
Sunset pinked the German sky as the Codex delegates sat at their conference-room tables, a long first day already behind them, still debating health standards that will affect billions worldwide. Naturally a day filled with such debates – especially over technical language for draft guidelines for vitamin-and-mineral Nutrient Reference Values (NRVs) as well as draft Principles about adding essential nutrients to foods – would trick the delegates' sense of time as they crawled through reams of documents, making a long day seem even longer. At such times, natural health is a frequent casualty because overall vision is sacrificed on the altar of hyper-technicality. But not this time. Instead, this first day of the 35th session of the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU) saw health granted a reprieve, however provisional, as the executioners stayed their hands for reasons unknown.
Comment: The Codex Alimentarius Commission, of which the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses is a part, is the primary political battlefield where the war is being waged about who will regulate and control the global food supply from farm to fork. This 'war' is being waged by an increasingly tangled web of global authorities, big business and financial interests. Ultimately, through the control and denial of science, the key goal of this bureaucratic and dictatorial global entity is to protect the pharmaceutical 'business with disease'. To learn more about Codex, visit the Codex section on our Foundation website.
Last weekend, on a volcanic island on the margins of the Arctic and North Atlantic Oceans, history was made. Five hundred of Iceland's 330,000-strong population gathered to launch a new health freedom association. Like many others in Europe and worldwide, they are have come together because they are concerned about the erosion of their freedoms, in particular those that allow them to manage their health naturally.
A Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center-led study has found that two organochlorine pesticides are associated with an increased risk of endometriosis, a condition that affects up to 10 percent of reproductive-age women.
Malmö is a city in transition. A former industrial centre, this city of 300,000 people – the third largest in Sweden – has set itself on a new path to become "a city of knowledge". It is home to one of Sweden's newest universities. And it's making major investments in new technologies that has helped it develop specializations in biotechnology, digital media, medical and environmental sciences. But Malmö has also embarked on another journey – to become an all-organic city.
A study has analysed intake of 17 basic micronutrients in people's diets across eight European countries. The results reveal that, although vitamin D is the most extreme case, European citizens - across all age and sex ranges - do not consume sufficient iron, calcium, zinc, vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B6 and folic acid.
Comment: With independent studies conducted in the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and many other countries already having shown that the nutrient content of our food has fallen substantially over the past few decades, the findings of this latest revealing study are hardly surprising. And yet, even as the study was published, Brussels EU bureaucrats are quietly making plans to use the so-called Food Supplements Directive, a law passed in 2002, to set dictatorial restrictions on the doses of vitamins and minerals that European citizens can obtain from nutritional supplements. To learn why dismantling the Brussels EU is now a precondition for global natural health freedom, read this article.
In 2005, the European Parliament evaluated the Commission’s draft proposal for a Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation. Here’s the second part of an anthology of the parliament’s wise observations. While the first part was taken from the Opinion of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, this second part is taken from the Opinion of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection. The quotes speak for themselves and in view of the enormous problems created by the Regulation, they proved to be one hundred percent correct.
Low vitamin D levels during pregnancy associated with preterm birth in non-white mothers
October 30, 2013
African-American and Puerto Rican women who have low levels of vitamin D during pregnancy are more likely to go into labor early and give birth to preterm babies, research led by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health reveals. The study, the largest to date to look at the association between vitamin D and preterm birth, is now available online in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
Augusto Odone, Father Behind ‘Lorenzo’s Oil,’ Dies at 80
October 29, 2013
Augusto Odone, an Italian economist with no medical training who flouted scientific protocol and doctors’ advice to help concoct an experimental medicine that extended the life of his terminally ill son and inspired a Hollywood film, “Lorenzo’s Oil,” died on Friday in Acqui Terme, in northern Italy. He was 80.
Comment: When his son, Lorenzo, was diagnosed at the age of six with the rare illness adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), Augusto Odone was advised that the boy would probably not live for more than another two years. Instead of blindly accepting this, he and his wife proceeded to do their own research and, with the help of some scientific allies, developed a natural treatment based upon an extract of acids from olive and rapeseed oils. Despite Lorenzo subsequently living to the age of thirty, thus dramatically outliving his doctors’ grim prognosis, the Odones were attacked by representatives of the scientific status quo who perceived them as threatening to their credibility. Nevertheless, by taking full responsibility for the health and life of their son, and bravely opposing the dogma of the medical orthodoxy, Augusto and his wife will long be remembered as extraordinary examples of natural health freedom fighters.
If only they had listened … (1)
October 29, 2013
In 2005, the European Parliament evaluated the Commission’s draft proposal for a Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation. Here’s the first part of an anthology of the parliament’s wise observations. They speak for themselves and in view of the enormous problems created by the Regulation, they proved to be one hundred percent correct.
UK Chief Medical Officer backs free food supplements for kids
October 25, 2013
The UK’s Chief Medical Officer says a scheme that offers free vitamins A, C and D to under-5s in low-income families, should be extended all children to boost their health and avoid illness and disease.
Comment: With the incidence of rickets, the vitamin D deficiency disease, now rising in England, and 40 per cent of the country’s children believed to have insufficient levels of this essential micronutrient, this proposal by the UK’s Chief Medical Officer clearly needs to be implemented as a matter of urgent priority. Meantime, scientific evidence is mounting that vitamin D deficiency and its health consequences are a worldwide problem.
'More than half' of EU food safety authority experts have conflicts of interest
October 24, 2013
More than half of the members of the European food safety authority's expert scientific panels are subject to conflicts of interest.
New Testing Strategy Detects Population-Wide Vitamin, Mineral Deficiencies
October 24, 2013
Johns Hopkins researchers have demonstrated that levels of certain proteins in the bloodstream may be used to estimate levels of essential vitamins and minerals without directly testing for each nutritional factor. The team's use of a new strategy allowed them to indirectly measure amounts of multiple nutrients in multiple people at the same time, an advance that should make it possible in the future to rapidly detect nutritional deficiencies of an entire population, apply remediation efforts and test their worth within months instead of years.
More than half of experts at the EU food safety authority have conflicts of interest
October 23, 2013
Almost 60% of experts sitting on the European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA) panels have direct or indirect links with industries regulated by the agency, according to an independent screening performed by Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) and freelance journalist Stéphane Horel. The report "Unhappy Meal. The European Food Safety Authority's independence problem"identifies major loopholes in EFSA's independence policy and finds that EFSA's new rules for assessing its experts, implemented in 2012 after several conflicts of interest scandals, have failed to improve the situation.
Comment: Operating outside the basic principles of freedom and democracy, the Brussels EU is a dictatorship. Neither the 27 'Commissars' making up the European Commission, the executive level of the Brussels EU – nor even the Brussels EU President, Herman van Rompuy – have been elected by the people. Instead, the power of the people to determine their government has effectively been transferred to corporate interests. The control of EFSA's panels by representatives of the very industries it claims to be regulating is a classic example of this – and other Brussels EU advisory groups contain many more such examples.
Rising drug resistance threatens global progress against TB
October 23, 2013
The number of people infected with tuberculosis (TB) or dying from it fell in 2012, but global progress on controlling the contagious lung disease is at risk from growing drug resistance. In its annual TB report, the Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO) said the world is on track to meet U.N. goals for 2015 of reversing TB incidence and cutting the death rate by 50 percent compared to 1990. Yet around 3 million people with TB are being missed by health systems, and "superbug" drug-resistant strains of the bacterial infection are putting progress at risk.
Comment: The WHO has a history of being closely aligned with the pharmaceutical ‘business with disease’. As a result, it habitually ignores the fact that non-drug approaches to killing multidrug-resistant TB do exist. For example, a study published earlier this year found that vitamin C can kill multidrug-resistant TB. The authors of this study specifically stated that their discovery may point to a new way of tackling this increasingly hard-to-treat infection. To learn more about recent research and clinical studies about the health benefits of micronutrients in fighting TB, visit the online library on our World Health Alphabetization website.
Researchers have begun the first definitive, large-scale clinical trial to investigate if a vitamin D supplement helps prevent or delay type 2 diabetes in adults who have prediabetes, who are at high risk for developing type 2. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the study is taking place at about 20 study sites across the United States.
Low levels of the "sunshine" vitamin D appear to increase a child's risk of anemia, according to new research led by investigators at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. The study, published online Oct. 10 in the Journal of Pediatrics, is believed to be the first one to extensively explore the link between the two conditions in children.
Increased vitamin D levels may prevent a wide range of diseases, according to recent studies. However, some previous studies led to a concern that vitamin D supplementation could increase an individual's risk of developing kidney stones. However, a study of 2,012 participants – published in the American Journal of Public Health –found no statistically relevant association between 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25 (OH)D) serum level in the range of 20 to 100 ng/mL and the incidence of kidney stones.
Comment: Time and again, the mass media presents alarming articles about the supposed dangers of taking vitamin supplements. Invariably, such articles are either without any merit or they exaggerate and misinterpret the studies referred to. On the other hand, numerous reports on how an insufficient intake of vitamins contributes to many health problems, as well as the impressive health benefits that result from regular dietary micronutrient supplementation, are much less publicized and often completely ignored. To learn the facts about the safety of vitamins, read this article by Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki.
By enacting the Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation, the European legislature empowered itself to take full control over nutrition and health claims used in commercial speech. This action was broadly accepted as being an absolute and unavoidable necessity in the protection of consumers against misleading commercial information and to help them make the correct dietary choices. The ideological and political justification for this kind of government interference, is that business operators cannot be trusted and that commercial communication – advertisements, product labels and so forth – delude customers unless these communications are placed under the total control of the State. The State, in this case the European Union, takes the morally superior position of altruistically serving the public’s interest without seeking any profit for itself. This is a fallacy.
Why Has the Philadelphia Children’s Hospital Just Announced a Formal Policy Forbidding Nutritional Supplements?
October 15, 2013
Look no further than the chair of the hospital’s therapeutic standards committee. The chair of this key committee is none other than Paul Offit, MD, a wealthy vaccine inventor and anti-supplement crusader. He says that integrative medicine is nothing more than “magic” and a “placebo effect.” Too bad that children and their parents in Philadelphia will now either have to dance to his tune or find another hospital.
Recently, our local paper promoted a 3K walk/run for "a cure for heart disease" with photos of participants of all sizes and shapes. For enjoying the camaraderie and the feeling of sacrifice for a good cause, the participants paid a $25 entry fee that went to the American Heart Association (AHA) to promote awareness. According to the AHA website they want to increase public awareness of their purpose and actions. "Our mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. They fund "innovative" research, fight for stronger public health policies, provide "lifesaving tools" (funding for diagnostic imaging techniques), and information "to save and improve lives". They promote their idea of "heart healthy" foods and other prevention advice: don't smoke, be physically active, maintain a healthy weight, control blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar. How many times have we heard the same advice from other "health" organizations? And how aware can one get about these canned themes?
Is Organic Food Worth It?
October 8, 2013
It’s a decision we need to make every time we go to the store: should I buy organic? Except for those few for whom money is no object, the decision to eat organic exacts a high toll on our wallets: we pay 40% to 100% extra for the privilege of eating food grown without pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, antibiotics, and chemical fertilizer.
A 3-year review of Nordic nutrient intakes has recommended daily vitamin D inputs increase from 7.5 microgram to 10 mcg per day for people between 2 and 75 years of age. For over-75s, it set a level of 20 mcg.
Europe's public food safety watchdog, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is still not up to its responsibilities when it comes to transparency, claims a coalition of civil society groups in an open letter. The signatories denounce the secrecy around safety studies, ahead of EFSA’s conference on transparency that will take place tomorrow (3 October 2013) in Parma as part of its transparency initiative.
In the annals of the disease, two men are mostly credited with discovering a cure: James Lind and Gilbert Blane. While citrus fruits had long been anecdotally treated as a cure, so were a whole host of other naturopathic remedies, and it fell to the young surgeon’s mate James Lind to design a now-famous test of various remedies. Lind, who enlisted at the age of twenty-three without much formal medical training, became obsessed with scurvy and its effects, and in 1747 gathered together twelve sailors with scurvy, which he ordered fed the same meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and then divided them into six groups, administering various known cures for scurvy to each group.
Comment: As this blog entry describes, even after James Lind had discovered how to prevent and cure scurvy, it still took half a century for the British Navy to act on his advice and begin distributing lemon juice to its sailors. As a result, countless thousands of lives were lost to a disease that by then could very easily have been prevented. Today, of course, whilst scurvy is now known to be caused by a deficiency of vitamin C, medical authorities around the world are being similarly slow in implementing scientific findings that could potentially save countless millions of lives. Each and every year, for example, cardiovascular diseases kill 17 million people and cancer kills 7.5 million – despite the fact that natural approaches to controlling both diseases already now exist. Given that the scope of these epidemics is bigger than that of scurvy by an order of magnitude, so also therefore is the responsibility of those who are blocking their natural control by preventing the widespread use of micronutrients.
Folic acid deficiency can cause severe health problems in offspring, including spina bifida, heart defects and placental abnormalities. A study out today reveals that a mutation in a gene necessary for the metabolism of folic acid not only impacts the immediate offspring but can also have detrimental health effects on the next several generations. The new research, which also sheds light on the molecular mechanism of folic acid (also known as folate) during development, was published today in the journal Cell.
In the US, the never ending and vehement health claims battle between POM Wonderful and the American Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rages on without any of the parties giving in. In August, the petitioners, gathered under the title “POM Wonderful, LLC ET AL”, filed briefs in which they argued that “competent and reliable scientific evidence” should be the standard for determining “the appropriate level of substantiation required to justify” the health claims made by POM for its pomegrenate juice. POM also argued that the health claims made for pomegrenate juice, because it is a concededly-safe food product, should be held to a more flexible substantiation standard than the one for potentially toxic pharmaceutical drugs.
Allan Smith, a New Zealand Dairy farmer, contracted Swine Flu while away on vacation in Fiji. When he returned home, the flu quickly evolved into severe pneumonia which left him in a coma on life support in the Intensive Care Unit. Chest x-rays showed the lungs were completely filled with fluid with an "opaque" appearance called "white out". After three weeks of this, Allan's doctors asked the family permission to turn off the machines and let him die. Allan's wife Sonia had a brother with some medical knowledge, so he stepped in and said, "you haven't tried everything, You have got to try high dose IV vitamin C on Allan".
Seventeen scientists who have criticized plans in Europe to regulate endocrine-disrupting chemicals have past or current ties to regulated industries. An investigation by Environmental Health News reveals that of 18 toxicology journal editors who signed a controversial editorial, 17 have collaborated with the chemical, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, tobacco, pesticide or biotechnology industries. Some have received research funds from industry associations, while some have served as industry consultants or advisors. The stakes are high in the controversy because it involves the European Union’s strategy to regulate hormone-altering chemicals – the first attempt in the world to do so. The new rules would have sweeping, global ramifications because all companies that sell a variety of products in Europe would have to comply.
‘Game changing’ economic report: Supplements could save billions of dollars in health care costs
September 23, 2013
Dietary supplement regimens may reduce the number of disease-associated medical events, representing the potential for hundreds of millions of dollars – and in some cases billions – of savings, according to a new report by Frost & Sullivan and commissioned by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) Foundation.
Good health is precarious for many of Monterey County's 422,000 residents. One-third of adults are uninsured; a quarter of children are in poverty. From 2002 to 2012, the percentage of special-education students with learning disabilities fell, but those with autism, intellectual disabilities and speech impairments increased, according to county data. Researchers wanted to understand the health problems that might be getting overlooked. Then there were the pesticides. About 9 million to 10 million pounds were used annually throughout the county during the late 1990s. The amount has dropped slightly, though the county still ranks sixth in the state for pesticide use.
Diet drinks and food packed with artificial sweeteners are a danger to health, according to research.
Could your tattoo give you cancer? Scientists fear toxins from ink could enter blood and accumulate in your major organs
September 22, 2013
Toxins from tattoo ink could be absorbed into the body and cause cancer, scientists have revealed.
Wake Up and Smell the Soil! Groundbreaking UN Report on the Paradigm Shift Needed to Feed the Future
September 18, 2013
A doorstop of a report arrived in inboxes this morning. Not so subtly called: “Wake up Before It Is Too Late,” the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development new report is a rallying cry for action to move toward greater sustainability in food and farming—to ensure food security in a changing climate.
Cosmetics causing an epidemic of allergies: Doctors urge firms to remove preservatives from products
September 18, 2013
A chemical used in hundreds of beauty products is being blamed for a massive rise in dangerous allergic reactions.
Soft drinks should carry tobacco-style warnings that sugar is highly addictive and dangerous, a senior Dutch health official has warned.
The FAO has issued a toolkit for reducing food waste, as it reveals the direct economic cost to food producers stands at $750bn (€561bn) a year, in a new report.
Virtually every human being on Earth can now be considered physiologically and biochemically polluted by human-made chemicals, a leading medical doctor will tell CleanUp 2013 in Melbourne.
Federal health officials reported Monday that at least two million Americans fall ill from antibiotic-resistant bacteria every year and that at least 23,000 die from those infections, putting a hard number on a growing public health threat. It was the first time that federal authorities quantified the effects of organisms that many antibiotics are powerless to fight.
Comment: Dr. Rath’s Cellular Medicine approach offers a breakthrough in the understanding of how infectious diseases spread in the body and in supporting your body naturally in controlling this process. Cellular Medicine explains and proves that an optimum supply of specific micronutrients is critical in supporting various cellular functions that are essential for an effective immune response, strong immune system and health. To learn more, visit the website of the Dr. Rath Research Institute.
Reporters in Ethiopia say they have discovered the oldest man in the world, a farmer and community elder who could be 160 years old. The state-run TV Oromiya published a 30-minute interview with Dhaqabo Ebba, whose vivid recollections of historical events and family tree indicate that he may have been born in the 1850s.
Comment: Despite the global media interest in this Ethiopian man, it seems highly unlikely that he is truly the age he is being claimed to be. Nevertheless, through proper application of the science of Cellular Medicine, it is essentially now possible for cardiovascular disease, cancer, AIDS and other common killer diseases to be largely unknown in future generations and, as a result, for the average human lifespan to be significantly increased. To understand why a chronic deficiency of micronutrients is the most frequent cause of today's most common diseases, we invite you to study the material on our World Health Alphabetization website.
WHO Refuses to Publish Report on Cancers and Birth Defects in Iraq Caused by Depleted Uranium Ammunition
September 13, 2013
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has categorically refused in defiance of its own mandate to share evidence uncovered in Iraq that US military use of Depleted Uranium and other weapons have not only killed many civilians, but continue to result in the birth of deformed babies.
International health programs have greatly reduced death and sickness worldwide over the past two decades but there is still a long way to go. The United Nations General Assembly will meet later this month to assess progress — impressive in some areas, halting in others — toward achieving the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals, which were adopted in 2000 and are supposed to be reached by the end of 2015.
Comment: Whilst its proclaimed goal of improving global health is of course admirable, the United Nations’ proposed means of achieving it essentially takes no account of key scientific breakthroughs in the areas of vitamin research and cellular health. In the area of AIDS, for example, rather than taking advantage of recent research and clinical studies using natural approaches for treating the disease, the United Nations is instead aiming to provide toxic antiretroviral (ARV) therapies to all people infected with HIV. Significantly, therefore, even Dr. Luc Montagnier – Recipient of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Medicine for the discovery of HIV – has now spoken out for nutrition and micronutrients in the fight against HIV/AIDS. In doing so, he joins Dr. Rath and other scientists who for many years have been warning the world about the pharmaceutical business with the AIDS epidemic. To learn more about the dangers of ARVs, and what their promoters don’t want you to know, click here.
Being even mildly deficient in vitamin B-12 may put older adults at a greater risk for accelerated cognitive decline, an observational study from the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts suggests.
Tackling vitamin D deficiencies was the primary topic of discussion at Westminster in London yesterday as parliamentarians and industry alike debated that and other nutrition-related topics.
More Than One-Third of Populations Worldwide May Have Low Levels of Vitamin D, Study Shows
September 4, 2013
A new systematic review published in the British Journal of Nutrition, is one of the first to focus on patterns of vitamin D status worldwide and in key population subgroups, using continuous values for 25(OH)D to improve comparisons.
Comment: Evidence continues to mount that vitamin D deficiency is now a worldwide problem. In the United States, Canada, the UK and throughout the EU, deficiencies of the vitamin are already known to be 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, reportedly now has a “mind-boggling” rate of deficiencies in this nutrient. Promisingly, therefore, in some countries, authorities are beginning to recognize that supplementation is necessary. In the UK, for example, where up to 25% of children are now vitamin D deficient, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has said that greater access to cheap vitamin D supplements would improve the health of at-risk groups. Similarly, England’s chief medical officer is campaigning for some population groups to get them for free.
Fighting forest fires with teaspoons: Folic acid fortification and vitamin B12 deficiency
September 4, 2013
As the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) finally approves a health claim for folate supplementation, amid new calls for folate fortification in Europe and beyond, the widespread and associated problem of vitamin B12 deficiency is being overlooked.
On 19 August, Colombian farmers' organisations initiated a massive nationwide strike. They blocked roads, dumped milk on cars and basically stopped producing food for the cities. The problem? Farmers are being driven out of existence by the government's policies. The state provides almost no support for the small-scale farming sector. Instead, it embraces a social and economic model that serves the interests of a wealthy elite minority.
Two recent studies provide fuel for both camps: They both find the association between brain cancer and cell phone use is dubious. Does this mean they found no associations? Hardly.
The European Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation (NHCR) is, in American terms, a “Federal” Regulation. It must be enforced by and in all the European Union’s Member States. In all these Member States, the NHCR destroyed the “First Amendment” principle of freedom of speech for a specific group of citizens identified as “food business operators.” The NHCR is a “prior constraint” measure that prohibits business operators from making non-misleading health claims for their products. The constraint is final and unconditional, in the sense that health claims were nationalized and placed under the exclusive control of the European Union. In 2012, the “nationalization” of health claims culminated in the publication of a “free for all” public list that provides 222 Union-authorized health claims that producers of foods and food supplements may use in promoting the benefits of their products.
Comment: The Brussels EU Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation was passed in 2006 and bans 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 is specifically authorized by the Brussels EU itself. Thus, in its desperation to prevent European citizens from knowing the facts about nutritional therapies and foods, the Brussels EU has resorted to enacting the distinctive hallmark of all political dictatorships – a prohibition on freedom of speech.
Swiss agrichemical firm Syngenta has said it will take the European Commission to court over its decision to suspend the use of a pesticide on crops pollinated by bees.
Comment: With evidence growing that neonicotinoid pesticides may be an important factor in the mysterious malady known as colony collapse disorder that kills honeybees en masse, evidence now suggests that soil organisms, aquatic life and farmland birds may similarly be harmed by these dangerous chemicals. In this situation, Syngenta’s proposed legal action arguably adds still further to the chemical industry’s dark history of placing profit over life.
A groundbreaking new Irish technology which could be the greatest breakthrough in agriculture since the plough is set to change the face of modern farming forever. The technology – radio wave energised water – massively increases the output of vegetables and fruits by up to 30 per cent. Not only are the plants much bigger but they are largely disease-resistant, meaning huge savings in expensive fertilisers and harmful pesticides.
New research suggests that mums with unhealthy diets during pregnancy are more likely to have children with behavioural problems. It has also shown that children with unhealthy diets have increased symptoms of depression and anxiety, as well as aggression and tantrums.
Cyber Attack Spikes Report of Collusion Between Scientists, Industry, and Government
August 16, 2013
The key event in the history of human genetic science was to be nurtured with financial and political support from the tobacco industry. Between 1960 and 1998 the tobacco industry furnished around 1,000 British and U.S. genetic researchers with an estimated 370 million research dollars. The industry aim was to grow human genetics into the cornerstone of a scientific tobacco PR strategy to portray lung cancer as originating in genetic weakness and not cigarettes.
A soft pink, a glowing red, even a cyanotic purple — millions of women and girls apply lipstick every day. And not just once: some style-conscious users touch up their color more than 20 times a day, according to a recent study. But are they also exposing themselves to toxic metals?
Autoimmune rheumatic disorders are a group of chronic autoimmune conditions related to significant illness and death. Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common disease in this group. Within 10 years, over 50% of people with rheumatoid arthritis become disabled if they are not treated properly. The high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in northern North America, due to long winters and the high prevalence of rheumatoid arthritis, raises a concern about the correlation between the two.
Imagine an international mega-deal. The global organic food industry agrees to support international agribusiness in clearing as much tropical rainforest as they want for farming. In return, agribusiness agrees to farm the now-deforested land using organic methods, and the organic industry encourages its supporters to buy the resulting timber and food under the newly devised "Rainforest Plus" label. There would surely be an international outcry. Virtually unnoticed, however, even by their own membership, the world's biggest wildlife conservation groups have agreed exactly to such a scenario, only in reverse.
Experts selected by the food industry have often been the ones approving the safety of food additives for the past 15 years, a new report claims.
Quick zaps of ultraviolet light can boost the vitamin D levels in mushrooms in seconds, turning the fungi into an even healthier food, according to Penn State food scientists.
Contrary to received wisdom, nature is not immune from pharma patents. As more and more pharmaceutical companies begin to appreciate the power of natural molecules, they are finding ways of entering the area while protecting their business. In the pharma world, business protection is, of course, something of a synonym for creating monopolies or other methods of market exclusivity. When it comes to natural products, it seems the secret lies more in protecting the production process, rather than the molecule itself. And there’s no doubt that pharma companies going down this road will enforce their patents on natural products in exactly the manner that was seminal to the creation of their existing empire, built on new-to-nature molecules. But what does this mean for the consumer – and does it pose any threat to the natural products industry as we know it today?
Europe’s head science agency has joined other international authorities in backing B vitamin folate’s ability to reduce neural tube defects (NTDs) like spina bifida and hydrocephalus in early-stage foetuses.
Hospitals As Health Nannies: Prescriptions for Fruits and Other Unusual Ways to Keep the Doctor Away
July 26, 2013
Two New York City hospitals are getting serious about childhood obesity by writing prescriptions for fruits and vegetables. But they’re not the only ones addressing the weighty problem in innovative ways. Pediatricians at Lincoln Medical Center and Harlem Hospital are sending young children who visit the hospital for obesity treatment home with prescriptions to eat one more serving of fruits and vegetables each day. The Fruit and Vegetable Prescription (FVRx), a four month pilot program, allows the patients with prescriptions to get coupons for fresh produce at farmers markets and the city’s green carts.
Comment: Whilst this is definitely a step in the right direction, independent studies conducted in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and many other countries show that the nutrient content of our food has fallen substantially over the past few decades. To learn more about this important problem, click here.
The pesticide industry and EU regulators knew as long ago as the 1980s-1990s that Roundup, the world's best selling herbicide, causes birth defects – but they failed to inform the public. This report, co-authored by international scientists and researchers, reveals that industry's own studies (including one commissioned by Monsanto) showed as long ago as the 1980s that Roundup's active ingredient glyphosate causes birth defects in laboratory animals.
The Great Australian Health Mystery
July 24, 2013
So, why is it that the Australian government consistently pursues and pushes policies that would reduce Australians and the rest of the World to ill-health? It is amazing, really, to see the dichotomy between the Australian people and their government on this issue.
Vitamin D deficiency may increase a senior citizen’s risk of physical limitations like walking up and down stairs, and being able to dress and undress, says a new study from The Netherlands.
High levels of agricultural insecticide have been found in samples taken from tainted food blamed for the deaths of 23 schoolchildren in north-eastern India.
Major progress in tackling child undernutrition in some of the world's toughest countries is under threat as military and security funding takes precedence, a new report from aid agency World Vision warns.
Comment: In the developing world, hundreds of millions of people continue to live in inhuman conditions of hunger, malnutrition and illiteracy. Even in industrialised countries, millions of people live without work and in dire poverty. All this misery has a common cause: the unjust distribution of our planet’s wealth and resources. With the whole of humanity increasingly under threat from crises and wars that arise chiefly from the greed and interests of multinational corporations, it is clear that, as a matter of the most urgent priority, the people of the world must unite to protect their inalienable human rights. To support our Call for a Movement of Life and a world of Health, Peace and Social Justice for All, click here. To download the World Vision report, click here.
Hold your breath. Air pollution kills more than 2 million people worldwide every year. By using climate models to simulate what air pollution was like in 1850 and 2000, Jason West at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his colleagues have estimated its effect on current death rates. The team links ozone to about 470,000 deaths per year from respiratory disease; increases in particulates – fine particles that penetrate the lungs – are behind 2.1 million deaths from heart and lung disease.
The study’s authors showed similar biases in previous papers—yet the media keep stoking the flames without doing any serious analysis.
The Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) celebrated its 50th year of existence the first week of July while also conducting its 36th session, with several hundreds of member-state delegates and non-governmental organizations in attendance. Chairman Sanjay Dave was re-elected as CAC Chairman and presided over the meeting in a fair and business-like manner. But fair and business-like did not compensate for the Commission’s gross nutritional ignorance that resulted in certain Nutrient Reference Values (NRVs) being approved for vitamins and minerals over the repeated and strong objections of the National Health Federation (NHF), a Codex-accredited non-governmental organization.
Everyone knows that as we grow older our bones become more fragile. Now a team of U.S. and German scientists led by researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley has shown that this bone-aging process can be significantly accelerated through deficiency of vitamin D - the sunshine vitamin.
Air pollution, chiefly from traffic exhaust fumes in cities, is having a serious and sometimes fatal effect on health, according to two studies that link it to lung cancer and heart failure.
Doctors are calling for an immediate ban on a face cream chemical they say has triggered one of the worst skin allergy epidemics ever seen. Dermatologists estimate that one in ten patients they are seeing with eczema or dermatitis is allergic to the preservative – called methylisothiazolinone or MI – which has been increasingly used in products since 2005.
The director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said the food and drink industry’s involvement in public health policy is ‘dangerous’ and has urged governments to put public health before business, at a global health promotion conference in Finland.
Comment: WHO director-general Margaret Chan is of course correct in saying that the food and drink industry’s involvement in public health policy is dangerous and that governments should put public health before business. However, given that, along with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the WHO provides direct funding to the industry-controlled Codex Alimentarius Commission, it is clearly disingenuous of her to paint herself as a champion of public health. Clearly, therefore, only time will tell whether she seriously intends to do anything about the business interests that are involved in forming public health policy or whether, instead, her statements here were merely made for their PR value. To learn more about the Codex Alimentarius Commission, visit the Anti-Codex Campaign page on our website.
British children's junk food are diets 'worse than rationing' and to blame for the return of wartime diseases like scurvy and rickets
July 3, 2013
British children are suffering from wartime diseases because their junk food diets are worse than during rationing, doctors have warned. They say that cases of scurvy and rickets are on the rise because of a reliance on takeaways and microwave meals by today's junk food generation. Dr Mark Temple, chairman of the British Medical Association's public health medicine committee, said: 'Food standards in the UK are worse now that they were during the rationing during the war.
Iron deficiency is a worldwide problem, especially in developing countries and among infants and pregnant women. In infancy, iron deficiency is associated with poorer cognitive, motor, and social-emotional outcomes. In a new study scheduled for publication in The Journal of Pediatrics, researchers report on a 25-year follow-up of infants studied in Costa Rica for iron deficiency.
Research shows Vitamin D levels drop after pediatric heart surgery, increasing sickness
June 26, 2013
Until now, there has been no research dedicated to the importance of Vitamin D supplementation in children with congenital heart disease (CHD). However, over the past few years, researchers at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute and Cardiovascular Surgery Program teamed with the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group to understand the impact of cardiac surgery on the Vitamin D status of infants and children, to be printed next month in Anesthesiology.
A new study helps explain how parts of the brain maintain their delicate balance of zinc, an element required in minute but crucial doses, particularly during embryonic development.
As a reminder of just how persistent some toxic chemicals can be, a Johns Hopkins-led research team reports finding traces of long-banned DDT and PCBs along with other contaminants in the blood of 50 pregnant women checked from Baltimore and its suburbs. In a study posted online by the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, the scientists say they detected more frequent and vigorous fetal movements in the wombs of mothers with higher levels of contaminants.
Pregnant women pass low levels of vitamin D on to their babies at almost three times the extent previously thought, according to new research carried out at London's Kingston University.
Forest fires in Indonesia, which have cloaked Singapore in record-breaking smog, are raging on palm oil plantations owned by Indonesian, Malaysian and Singaporean companies, environmental group Greenpeace said Saturday. Singapore's worst environmental crisis in more than a decade has seen the acrid smoke creep into people's flats and shroud residential blocks as well as downtown skyscrapers, and the island's prime minister has warned it could last weeks.
Does your salad know what time it is?
June 20, 2013
Does your salad know what time it is? It may be healthier for you if it does, according to new research from Rice University and the University of California at Davis. “Vegetables and fruits don’t die the moment they are harvested,” said Rice biologist Janet Braam, the lead researcher on a new study this week in Current Biology. “They respond to their environment for days, and we found we could use light to coax them to make more cancer-fighting antioxidants at certain times of day.” Braam is professor and chair of Rice’s Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology.
A new study by Queen's University researchers has determined that adults who accumulated 150 minutes of exercise on a few days of the week were not any less healthy than adults who exercised more frequently throughout the week.
To protect profits threatened by a lawsuit over its controversial herbicide atrazine, Syngenta Crop Protection launched an aggressive multi-million dollar campaign that included hiring a detective agency to investigate scientists on a federal advisory panel, looking into the personal life of a judge and commissioning a psychological profile of a leading scientist critical of atrazine. The Switzerland-based pesticide manufacturer also routinely paid “third-party allies” to appear to be independent supporters, and kept a list of 130 people and groups it could recruit as experts without disclosing ties to the company.
One reason why obese children and teenagers are more likely to have hard-to-control asthma and allergies may be vitamin D deficiency, a new study finds. Results of the study will be presented Tuesday at The Endocrine Society's 95th Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
Tuberculosis (TB) was formerly one of the most devastating scourges of mankind and remains a leading cause of death. The disease has been with humans over recorded history, and likely throughout the evolution of our species. Through the industrial revolution and into the 20 century, TB became a long term medical emergency particularly with the poor. Roughly one person in four was dying of the disease in England and similar death rates were observed in other modernising countries. One solution was to isolate the afflicted in sanatoria. The fresh air and sunlight solution practiced in those times may have been at least partly effective.
Soil organisms, aquatic life and farmland birds may all be harmed by neonicotinoid insecticides, according to a new study by University of Sussex biologist Professor Dave Goulson.
In the two decades since the 1991 Persian Gulf war, medical researchers have struggled to explain a mysterious amalgam of problems in thousands of gulf war veterans, including joint pain, physical malaise and gastrointestinal disorders. In some medical circles, the symptoms were thought to be psychological, the result of combat stress. But recent research is bolstering the view that the symptoms, known collectively as gulf war illness, are fundamentally biological in nature.
Users of dietary supplements seem to make healthier lifestyle choices compared to non-users, including exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, and trying to eat a balanced diet, says a new survey from the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN).
Antibiotics are being painted onto the hulls of ships to them clear of barnacles in a practice that is helping to drive the appearance of drug resistant bacteria, ministers from the world's richest nations have been warned.
People in 18 countries across Europe have been found to have traces of the weed killer glyphosate in their urine, show the results of tests commissioned by Friends of the Earth Europe and released today. The findings raise concerns about increasing levels of exposure to glyphosate-based weed killers, commonly used by farmers, public authorities and gardeners across Europe.
We’ve known for a while now that organic agriculture is good for the climate: It does a better job at grabbing carbon from the air and turning it into soil than industrial agriculture, which often does just the opposite. Last year, researchers reexamined all 74 studies that had looked at organic farming and carbon capture. After crunching the numbers from the results of these studies they concluded that, lo and behold, organic farms are carbon sponges.
Vitamin K is needed to make a bone protein called osteocalcin fully functional. A study from the University of Michigan School of Nursing reveals what may happen if a woman’s diet is deficient in vitamin K.
Researchers from Germany have found that low levels of vitamin D are associated with high levels of hepatitis B virus (HBV) replication. Findings published online in Hepatology, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, suggest seasonal fluctuations in vitamin D and HBV levels point to a link in these variables among patients with chronic HBV.
For the first time in their history, European institutions will reform the entire package of legislation related to seed marketing using the so-called 'Better regulation framework', a strategic approach used by the European Commission to “simplify” existing EU legislation. Since seeds are the starting point for the whole human food chain, the EU's attempt to consolidate the seed industry is hugely significant. From the very start of the process in 2008, this policy initiative has been an unique opportunity for large seed companies to reinforce their control over a commercial seed supply system that they already largely dominate.
A new study has found that lower vitamin D levels is associated with a greater risk of respiratory illness among older patients.
A recent study from UCLA has confirmed that exposure to the herbicide Paraquat is linked with a heightened risk of Parkinson's disease. This combines with other research that has found other chemicals used on our foods and landscapes significantly increase the risk of Parkinson's.
We like the idea that food can be the answer to our ills, that if we eat nutritious foods we won’t need medicine or supplements. We have valued this notion for a long, long time. The Greek physician Hippocrates proclaimed nearly 2,500 years ago: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Today, medical experts concur. If we heap our plates with fresh fruits and vegetables, they tell us, we will come closer to optimum health. This health directive needs to be revised.
Comment: The diets of our ancestors thousands of years ago were rich in plant nutrition and high in vitamins. However, in recent years, studies conducted independently in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and other countries confirm that the nutrient content of our food has fallen substantially over the past few decades. To learn more, visit the FAQs page on our Foundation website.
Scientists warning over poisons in your home: Experts say chemicals in items including tin cans and till receipts should face stricter controls
May 24, 2013
Household chemicals blamed for everything from cancer to obesity should face stricter controls, leading scientists say.
Research published last year determined that commercial bottled water in Spain had over 50 pharmaceutically-active chemicals in it, as well as the highly addictive drug nicotine. Is your (or your children's) bottled water polluted with addictive chemicals? It looks like it very well may be. And we're not talking about nicotine-supplemented water meant to help wean smokers off of nicotine. We're talking the kind of bottled water people drink to avoid the pollutants found in municipal drinking water supplies.
Mothers to be who do not take in enough iodine may put their children at risk of lower IQ and literacy scores, according to two new studies from the UK and Australia.
Peru’s president signed a new law Thursday designed to reduce child obesity by encouraging healthier eating habits in schools. The law regulates advertising for fatty foods and fizzy soft drinks in schools, the first step in a plan to ban some junk food altogether.
A peer-reviewed article published today concludes that European Union (EU) health claims legislation jeopardises consumer informed choice by poorly reflecting the current status of nutritional science. It urges food business operators to collaborate in order to influence the Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation (NHCR; No. 1924/2006) in a more realistic and flexible direction.
Former Microsoft programmer, and 2012 congressional candidate, Darcy Burner pitched an idea to a room of progressive-leaning programmers at the annual Netroots Nation gathering in Las Vegas. It was a simple idea: develop an application that would detect if consumers were about to purchase a product made by the billionaire industrial brothers, Charles and David Koch. Burner may have lost her race, but her idea of navigating the murky structure of corporations and conglomerates won. In fact, an application realizing that has just been released. The application is called Buycott, and, as Forbes reports, it was developed by a single 26-year-old programmer from Los Angeles named Ivan Pardo.
There are few subjects on which opinions are as divided as nutrition. Nearly everyone agrees: an excellent diet with lots of fruits and vegetables is healthy and will prevent many diseases. Such a diet is chock full of essential nutrients and antioxidants. Then, how come condemnation of supplemental antioxidants gets so much press coverage worldwide?
In Europe, a new battle looms over the availability and free exchange of seeds, joining the worldwide struggle against genetically modified (GM) organisms. What’s it all about? To paraphrase a famous saying, “It’s control of the food supply, stupid”.
Children living near toxic waste sites experience higher blood lead levels resulting in lower IQ
May 6, 2013
Children living near toxic waste sites in lower and middle income countries such as India, Philippines and Indonesia may experience higher blood lead levels, resulting in a loss of IQ points and a higher incidence of mental retardation, according to a study presented today by Kevin Chatham-Stephens, MD, Pediatric Environmental Health Fellow at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting on May 6 in Washington, DC.
The world's most widely used insecticide is devastating dragonflies, snails and other water-based species, a groundbreaking Dutch study has revealed. On Monday, the insecticide and two others were banned for two years from use on some crops across the European Union, due to the risk posed to bees and other pollinators, on which many food crops rely. However, much tougher action in the form of a total worldwide ban is needed, according to the scientist who led the new study.
The Soil Association believes the proposed new EU regulation on the marketing of plant reproductive material will put the future of our plant biodiversity at risk. It will have a disastrous effect on the availability of rare varieties and farmers’ varieties, and stop the exchange and selling of traditional seeds. This will not only affect farmers and growers in the short term by outlawing exchange of seed not currently commercially available, but in the long term will erode the diversity of species that even the large seed companies, who are driving the proposal, need to provide their future varieties.
Comment: To learn more about this important issue, watch this short video of Dr. Vandana Shiva, PhD, in which she discusses saving seeds and explains why the open source approach is the right way for mankind to protect traditional knowledge and plant diversity.
Mild Iodine Deficiency in Womb Associated With Lower Scores On Children's Literacy Tests
April 30, 2013
Children who did not receive enough iodine in the womb performed worse on literacy tests as 9-year-olds than their peers, according to a recent study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).
A University of Eastern Finland study showed that low serum vitamin D levels are a risk factor for pneumonia. The risk of contracting pneumonia was more than 2.5 times greater in subjects with the lowest vitamin D levels than in subjects with high vitamin D levels. The results were published in Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
Fifteen European Union countries have voted for a restriction on the use of three pesticides which are thought to be harmful to bees. VoR spoke to Martin Dermine, the Honeybee project coordinator at the NGO Pesticide Action Network Europe, who said that whilst the partial ban is a positive step, it won't go far enough to save bee populations.
Comment: Whilst the proposed restriction on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides in Europe is certainly a step in the right direction, to describe it as an “historic” or “landmark” victory, as some sources have been doing, ignores some pertinent facts. Firstly, the use of the three neonicotinoids concerned, Clothianidin, Thiametoxam and Imidacloprid, will not be banned outright. Instead, they will merely be restricted for a period of two years – with some uses of them still allowed. Moreover, not all neonicotinoid pesticides will even be affected by the restrictions; the ones still authorized will essentially be those that are applied in higher doses. It is also notable that, far from being an immediate ban, the proposal will not come into force until the beginning of December. For the time being, therefore, with neonicotinoid producers such as Bayer having lobbied furiously and still actively arguing publicly against the restrictions, engaging in outright victory celebrations seems somewhat premature.
In her book titled “No Immediate Danger: Prognosis for a Radioactive Earth,” nuclear power/environmental health expert Rosalie Bertell (1929 – 2012) said: “Should the public discover the true health cost(s) of nuclear pollution, a cry would rise from all parts of the world and people would refuse to cooperate passively with their own death.”
Drinking one or more cans of sugary soft drinks a day is linked to an increased risk of diabetes in later life, a study suggests.
Heavy use of the world's most popular herbicide, Roundup, could be linked to a range of health problems and diseases, including Parkinson's, infertility and cancers, according to a new study.
Aggrieved companies and trade groups have already mounted legal actions against the EU’s strict health claim laws – they are in process – but the regulation’s workings could face fresh challenge from governments signed up to the World Trade Organization (WTO), according to a Brussels-based legal expert.
WASHINGTON — U.S. families are embracing organic products in a wide range of categories, with 81 percent now reporting they purchase organic at least sometimes. This finding is one of many contained in the Organic Trade Association’s newly released 2013 U.S. Families’ Organic Attitudes and Beliefs Study, conducted Jan. 18 to 24.
The current Chairman and former CEO of Nestlé, the largest producer of food products in the world, believes that the answer to global water issues is privatization. This statement is on record from the wonderful company that has peddled junk food in the Amazon, has invested money to thwart the labeling of GMO-filled products, has a disturbing health and ethics record for its infant formula, and has deployed a cyber army to monitor Internet criticism and shape discussions in social media.
A study recently published in the Journal of Alzheimer's disease suggests that vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency can be a risk factor for the disease or at least a biomarker for the disease.
A new study from the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research has revealed a potential link between professional pesticide treatments in the home and a higher risk of children developing brain tumours.
Exposure to Air Pollution During Pregnancy Linked to Increased Incidence of Specific Pediatric Cancers
April 9, 2013
Increased exposure to traffic-related air pollution during pregnancy was associated with a higher incidence of acute lymphoblastic leukemia and two rare childhood cancers, according to data presented at the AACR Annual Meeting 2013, held in Washington, D.C., April 6-10.
Newborn babies' immune system development and levels of vitamin D have been found to vary according to their month of birth, according to new research.
Researchers are calling for a review of food colors in India after finding that the majority found in popular products exceed legal limits and almost a fifth of products contain illegal colors.
The principle that is carefully hidden in the “basement” of the European Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation is the Precautionary Principle. It is not mentioned or referenced anywhere in the Regulation, but it does form the basis for the a priori and indiscriminate prohibition of all nutrition and health claims. In combination with this prohibition, precaution also entails reserving the exclusive power to the European Union’s legislature to authorize and legalize claims by including them in positive lists.
Comment: In an attempt to curtail the spreading of information about natural health therapies, the Brussels EU passed a so-called “Regulation on Nutrition and Health Claims” in 2006. This legislation bans 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 is specifically authorized by the Brussels EU Commission. Thus, in its desperation to prevent European citizens from knowing the facts about natural therapies, the Brussels EU has resorted to enacting the distinctive hallmark of all political dictatorships – a prohibition on freedom of speech.
A substantially high number of patients undergoing spinal fusion have a vitamin D deficiency or inadequacy, according to a study published in the March 15 issue of Spine.
For America’s beekeepers, who have struggled for nearly a decade with a mysterious malady called colony collapse disorder that kills honeybees en masse, this past year was particularly bad.
Comment: Beekeepers and some researchers say there is growing evidence that a powerful new class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids could be an important factor in colony collapse disorder. To learn more, read this article on the New York Times website.
Two years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster local children are showing signs of cancer, prompting cries of a cover-up.
There is a link between vitamin D insufficiency and adverse health outcomes such as gestational diabetes and preeclampsia in mothers-to-be and low birth weight in newborns, suggests a new article.
You don't 'own' your own genes: Researchers raise alarm about loss of individual 'genomic liberty' due to gene patents
March 26, 2013
Humans don't "own" their own genes, the cellular chemicals that define who they are and what diseases they might be at risk for. Through more than 40,000 patents on DNA molecules, companies have essentially claimed the entire human genome for profit, report two researchers who analyzed the patents on human DNA. Their study, published March 25 in the journal Genome Medicine, raises an alarm about the loss of individual "genomic liberty."
Spare a thought for European bees: they’re up against bureaucrats and politicians, and at the moment, they’re losing.
A new study has found that obese women are more likely to have babies with lower levels of iron, a mineral that is crucial for nervous system development in the early stages of life.
A record quantity of radioactive cesium – 7,400 times the country’s limit deemed safe for human consumption – has been detected in a greenling fish in the waters near the crippled Fukushima plant, two years after the nuclear disaster.
NEW YORK -- Environmental activists can try to prove a chemical found in some soaps is potentially dangerous and the Food and Drug Administration is failing to regulate it, a federal appeals court said Friday.
To any outsider, the natural health industry looks to be in disarray. It suffers from fragmentation, with different parts of it pulling in different directions – it has no common platform. The latest development, the formation of a new trade association called Food Supplements Europe (FSE) for the biggest players in the pharma and food sectors, is a clear indication that the big boys don’t want any dissent from the smaller players. FSE members, including the likes of Merck, BASF, Bayer and Nestlé, will indeed be creating a common platform – but one intended just for them.
A defense contractor better known for building jet fighters and lethal missiles says it has found a way to slash the amount of energy needed to remove salt from seawater, potentially making it vastly cheaper to produce clean water at a time when scarcity has become a global security issue.
In the European Union, the human right to share in the benefits of scientific advancement in the field of health and nutrition is seriously compromised by the Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation. Advancements made in nutritional science and the benefits produced by foods and foodstuffs may no longer be shared with consumers by those who procure the foods and foodstuffs. The EU legislature has determined that all scientific advancement as well as all the ensuing benefits must a priori be disqualified as misleading and therefore prohibited. The benefits may only be shared in when authorized and legalized by the legislator.
Vitamin D daily recommended intakes (RDI) should be doubled from 10 to 20 μg/day, for the entire population, the Norway Food Safety Authority (NFSA) has concluded.
Some 83,000 synthetic chemicals circulate freely in water, soil, air, wildlife, food and manufactured goods, posing unknown threats to human and environmental health, scientists warn. The warning has been issued by one of most distinguished soil scientists, Ravi Naidu, professor at the University of South Australia and the CRC for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE).
The Obama administration is right to direct federal agencies to make public, without charge, all scientific papers reporting on research financed by the government. In a memorandum issued on Friday, John Holdren, the president’s science adviser, directed federal agencies with more than $100 million in annual research and development expenditures to develop plans for making the published results of almost all the research freely available to everyone within one year of publication.
Small producers face poverty as ever more commodities are controlled by a coterie of multinationals.
New Year – New Hope for Healthcare
February 24, 2013
Fifteen years ago, finding “the good” in medical research was very much harder than it is now – but it existed. Today, the conscience of medicine appears to be rising from its ashes. In the 1950s and ’60s, the leading medical journals published superb research showing how even the worst diseases can be prevented and treated with methods that often rely on nutritional medicine, and do not involve synthetic drugs. Those published cures of polio, cancer, and infection (without antibiotics) were never disproven, they just mysteriously became unfashionable. Starting in the 1970s, the spin and industry-funded propaganda announced more and more miracle drugs. By 1978, pharmaceuticals were traded on the stock market and now sickness (not health) became a commodity. Inhibitors, promoters, catalyzers, gene modulators, hormone mimickers, balancers of fantasized chemical imbalances, and poisoners of enzymatic pathways to control symptoms of unknown origins became the standard. Almost everybody got sucked into this high-tech disease-for-profit mythology.
Organic tomatoes really are healthier than their conventionally grown counterparts, new research suggests.
On the evening of April 8, 1999, a long line of Town Cars and taxis pulled up to the Minneapolis headquarters of Pillsbury and discharged 11 men who controlled America’s largest food companies. Nestlé was in attendance, as were Kraft and Nabisco, General Mills and Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola and Mars. Rivals any other day, the C.E.O.’s and company presidents had come together for a rare, private meeting. On the agenda was one item: the emerging obesity epidemic and how to deal with it. While the atmosphere was cordial, the men assembled were hardly friends. Their stature was defined by their skill in fighting one another for what they called “stomach share” — the amount of digestive space that any one company’s brand can grab from the competition.
Air pollution contributes to an increased number of deaths among patients who have been admitted to hospital with heart attacks, according to a study published online February 20 in the European Heart Journal.
If you had any lingering doubts, here's yet another good reason to opt for organic fruits and vegetables when shopping for your family. A team of scientists from the University of Montreal and Harvard University have discovered that exposure to organophosphate pesticides is associated with increased risk of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children.
In a village in India's poorest state, Bihar, farmers are growing world record amounts of rice – with no GM, and no herbicide. Is this one solution to world food shortages?
A French court on Monday declared U.S. biotech giant Monsanto guilty of chemical poisoning of a French farmer, a judgment that could lend weight to other health claims against pesticides.
A New Zealand mother has written an open letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron, pleading with him to intervene in her battle to prevent her son receiving radiotherapy for a brain tumour. Sally Roberts, now living in England, has been fighting to arrange alternative treatment for seven-year-old Neon, who was diagnosed with a malignant tumour in October.
Comment: Just like the mother of young Dominic Feld between 2002 and 2004, Sally Roberts is fighting a brave battle against the Pharma Cartel’s outmoded and inhuman approaches to the treatment of cancer. Rather than allowing children to be treated safely and naturally using the Cellular Medicine approach, the strategic goal of the Pharma Cartel is to dictatorially ban all non-patentable natural treatments and information about them. To help terminate the cancer epidemic for this generation and for all future generations, please support our international initiative for a ‘Cancer Free World’.
Common chemicals found in every home may be causing cancer, asthma, birth defects and reduced fertility, the World Health Organisation has warned.
Are Honeybees Losing Their Way?
February 13, 2013
A single honeybee visits hundreds, sometimes thousands, of flowers a day in search of nectar and pollen. Then it must find its way back to the hive, navigating distances up to five miles (eight kilometers), and perform a "waggle dance" to tell the other bees where the flowers are. A new study shows that long-term exposure to a combination of certain pesticides might impair the bee's ability to carry out its pollen mission.
Drinking large quantities of Coca-Cola was a "substantial factor" in the death of a 30-year-old woman in New Zealand, a coroner has said.
A recent widely-publicized study claimed that vitamin C supplements increased the risk of developing kidney stones by nearly a factor of two. The study stated that the stones were most likely formed from calcium oxalate, which can be formed in the presence of vitamin C (ascorbate), but it did not analyze the kidney stones of participants. Instead, it relied on a different study of kidney stones where ascorbate was not tested. This type of poorly organized study does not help the medical profession or the public, but instead causes confusion.
Are Tropical Fish in Danger of Getting Kidney Stones from Vitamin C?
February 6, 2013
Once again, the possibly over-medicated media are trying to scare you off vitamin C supplements. Not to worry: this happens every now and then. In my 37 years in the natural health arena, I have observed that the old "vitamin C causes kidney stones" legend dies mighty hard.
Pregnant women who live in areas with significant air pollution risk having babies of low birth weight, the largest study to date suggests. The study, in Environmental Health Perspectives, looked at more than three million births in nine nations.
Obesity can lower vitamin D levels in the body, a study suggests. The report, in the journal PLOS Medicine, analysed genetic data from 21 studies - a total of 42,000 people. It found every 10% rise in body mass index (BMI) - used as an indicator of body fat - led to a 4% drop of available vitamin D in the body.
Exposure to Pesticides in Food, Air and Water Increases Risk of Type 2 Diabetes, Study Finds
February 5, 2013
A study led by the University of Granada reveals that there is a direct relationship between the presence of Persistent Organic Pollutants in the body and the development of type 2 diabetes, regardless of the patient's age, gender or body mass index.
A Swiss court has found Nestlé and Securitas AG guilty of illegally infiltrating activist organisation Attac, and has ordered them to pay compensation for violation of personal rights.
A prospective study led by researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has found that low serum vitamin D levels in the months preceding diagnosis may predict a high risk of premenopausal breast cancer.
Europe 'has failed to learn from environmental disasters'
January 23, 2013
Europe has failed to learn the lessons from many environmental and health disasters like Chernobyl, leaded petrol and DDT insecticides, and is now ignoring warnings about bee deaths, GM food and nanotechnology, according to an 800-page report by the European Environment Agency.
Low levels of vitamin D may be associated with an increased risk of depression in mid-life, says a new study from University College London in the UK.
Unpolluted healthy drinking water is a right not a privilege. That right must be protected and restored to those suffering from shortages of drinking water or forced to consume polluted water. Water suppliers must fully and truthfully report findings of water pollutants even at levels deemed to be safe for human consumption by regulatory bureaucracies. An estimated one billion people lack access to safe, reliable water supplies, and two billion people lack adequate sanitation. In the face of growing populations, climate change, and increasing transboundary water issues, conflict and even warfare over water have been widely predicted. Our goal must be to provide water security for all, especially for the poor everywhere.
Comment: As this article describes, the growing list of pharmaceutical drugs identified in global water supplies now includes antibiotics, analgesics and anti-inflammatories, beta-blockers, hormones, statins, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors antiepileptic, diuretics, anti-asthmatics, antidepressants, antineoplastic, antipsychotics, stimulants, sedatives, and anticoagulants.
A fish containing over 2,500 times Japan's legal limit for radiation in seafood has been caught in the vicinity of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, the facility's operator reported. A ‘murasoi’ fish, similar to a rockfish, was caught at a port inside the plant, according to AFP. Plant owner Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) indicated that the amount of cesium measured 254,000 becquerels per kilogram – 2,540 times Japan's legal limit for radiation in seafood. In October, TEPCO admitted that radiation leaks at the plant had not fully stopped.
Children who frequently eat fast food are far likelier to have severe asthma compared to counterparts who tuck into fruit, a large international study published on Monday said.
The executive director of the Dietary Supplement Protective Union (DSPU) has issued a stark warning to Health Canada officials. Robert K. Jefferson noted in a statement on behalf of the DSPU, that enforcing Natural Health Product (NHP) regulations may constitute criminal activity by denying licences to manufacturers of the industry, a practice claimed to infringe on the constitutional rights of Canadians and thus subject to criminal legal action.
Comment: Like its regulatory counterparts in other countries, Health Canada, the Canadian government department with responsibility for national public health, has long been working to reduce the ability of citizens to access natural health therapies. Since 2010, for example, 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. To learn more, click here to watch a public information video presented by the actor Nick Mancuso on YouTube.
Western diet may cause brain impairment and neurodegenerative conditions, say researchers
January 11, 2013
Consumption of a high fat, high sugar, Western style diet leads to the long-term impairment of brain functioning and may contribute to the development of neurodegenerative conditions, say scientists reviewing decades of evidence.
Figures from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers show as much as 2bn tonnes of food never makes it on to a plate.
We know that sugary sodas aren't good for our bodies; now it turns out that they may not be good for our minds, either. A new study of more than 260,000 people has found a link between sweetened soft-drinks and depression -- and diet sodas may be making matters worse.
Women who are obese at the start of their pregnancy may be passing on insufficient levels of vitamin D to their babies, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study.
Women deficient in vitamin D early in their pregnancies are twice as likely to deliver babies with lower birth weights, say researchers.
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