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Eating fast food could hinder children’s academic performance

December 23, 2014

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A recent study linking children’s fast food consumption with lower standardized test scores in reading, math and science adds to the growing body of research suggesting nutrition significantly influences academic success. 
Read article at foodnavigator-usa.com

Japan’s Answer to Radiation: Massive Natural Indoor Farms

December 21, 2014

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Can earthquakes and tsunamis put the Japanese food producer down? Apparently not. Sanriku Fukko National Park now hosts the world’s largest indoor farm. It was built inside an old, 25,000-square-foot semiconductor factory and uses 100 times less water than an outdoor farm. What’s more, they claim that their produce contains 8 to 10 times more beta-carotene and twice the vitamin C, calcium and magnesium as its outdoor-grown counterparts. The produce grown at this weather-resistant, climate controlled plant uses LED lights and can yield over 10,000 heads of lettuce per day!
Read article at naturalsociety.com

Prenatal exposure to common household chemicals linked with substantial drop in child IQ

December 10, 2014

Children exposed during pregnancy to elevated levels of two common chemicals found in the home—di-n-butyl phthalate (DnBP) and di-isobutyl phthalate (DiBP)—had an IQ score, on average, more than six points lower than children exposed at lower levels, according to researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Can organic crops compete with industrial agriculture?

December 9, 2014

A systematic overview of more than 100 studies comparing organic and conventional farming finds that the crop yields of organic agriculture are higher than previously thought. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, also found that certain practices could further shrink the productivity gap between organic crops and conventional farming.
Read article at phys.org

Each dollar spent on kids' nutrition can yield more than $100 later

December 8, 2014

There are strong economic incentives for governments to invest in early childhood nutrition, reports a new paper from the University of Waterloo and Cornell University. Published for the Copenhagen Consensus Centre, the paper reveals that every dollar spent on nutrition during the first 1,000 days of a child's life can provide a country up to $166 in future earnings.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Court overturns conviction of biodynamic winemaker who defied spray order

December 7, 2014

The French biodynamic winemaker fined earlier this year for refusing to spray his crop with insecticide has had his conviction overturned.
Read article on the Natural Products Online website (UK)

Antioxidant capacity of orange juice is multiplied tenfold

December 5, 2014

The antioxidant activity of citrus juices and other foods is undervalued, experts say. A new technique for measuring this property generates values that are ten times higher than those indicated by current analysis methods. The results suggest that tables on the antioxidant capacities of food products that dieticians and health authorities use must be revised.
Read article at sciencedaily.com

Vitamin D deficiency ups odds of asthma exacerbation

December 5, 2014

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Vitamin D deficiency is associated with increased odds of asthma exacerbations, according to a study published in the December issue of Allergy.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Vitamin E deficiency linked to greater risk of miscarriage among poor women: Bangladeshi study

December 3, 2014

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Pregnant women in Bangladesh with low levels of the most common form of vitamin E are nearly twice as likely to have a miscarriage than those with adequate levels of the vitamin in their blood, according to new research led by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Read article at sciencedaily.com

Vitamin D deficiency, depression linked in international study

December 2, 2014

Vitamin D deficiency is not just harmful to physical health—it also might impact mental health, according to a team of researchers that has found a link between seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, and a lack of sunlight.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Toiletry chemicals linked to testicular cancer and male infertility cost EU millions, report says

December 2, 2014

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The hormone-mimicking chemicals used routinely in toiletries, cosmetics, medicines, plastics and pesticides cause hundreds of millions of euros of damage to EU citizens every year, according to the first estimate of their economic impact.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

'Natural' food deemed healthy by UK consumers

December 1, 2014

‘Natural’ is the best proxy for healthy among the UK public according to research from food and drink research specialists MMR Research Worldwide exploring food category health profiles.
Read article at research-live.com (UK)

Comment: The unfortunate reality of modern-day advertising is that any food product that has the word “natural” printed on its packaging cannot necessarily be relied on to be healthy. Ultimately, the most effective foods for protecting our health are grown in our gardens, on cultivated land within our communities and on the fields of our farms. The fruits and vegetables we plant and eat should be organically grown and free of pesticides and GMOs. To learn how an effective, truly preventive healthcare system has to tear down the artificial barriers between nutrition and health as well as between medicine and agriculture, read Dr. Rath’s Barletta Declaration.

E-cigarettes contain up to 10 times carcinogens: Japan research

November 27, 2014

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E-cigarettes contain up to 10 times the level of cancer-causing agents in regular tobacco, Japanese scientists said Thursday, the latest blow to an invention once heralded as less harmful than smoking.
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Ebolagate: escalating fear for the sake of profit?

November 26, 2014

Mainstream media isn’t telling the truth about what’s really going on.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website

Global Ebola relief effort not reaching rural communities

November 25, 2014

Despite millions pouring into Ebola relief effort, not even a trickle has reached many of the community holding centres for Ebola patients.
Read press release on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website

Low vitamin D levels increase mortality

November 18, 2014

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New research from the University of Copenhagen and Copenhagen University Hospital shows that low blood vitamin D levels increase mortality. The study included 96,000 Danes and was recently published in the distinguished British Medical Journal.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Robot doctor: Handheld device diagnoses 100s of conditions from single blood drop

November 16, 2014

US scientists have created a home device that replicates hundreds of complex and expensive lab tests by analyzing just one drop of blood. The constant monitoring offered by the device – which needs little training to use – could save millions of lives.
Read article at rt.com (Russia)

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Organic Standards Take a Beating at Codex

November 16, 2014

As with life, words have plain meanings. That is, we all generally expect the basic meaning of a word to be what we know it to be through our experience and education. A “cat” does not mean a “dog.” Instead, they are what we expect them to be just as water is water and blue means blue. Without such commonly accepted meanings, we would be lost at sea, unable to communicate with one another and transmit information. Hence, shared definitions exist that typically transcend time and even cultures. Yet words can also deceive us, especially if the plain meaning that we expect to be there is not there. More than 200 years ago, the French moralist Joseph Joubert observed that “words, like eyeglasses, blur everything that they do not make clearer.” That is exactly what is happening with the word “organic” as its meaning is changed by those authorities we would think would be the most diligent in safeguarding it.
Read article on the website of the National Health Federation (USA)

Why fish oil fails: Omega-3 review retracted after suspicions raised about author

November 14, 2014

A peer-reviewed journal has pulled a panning review of omega-3 benefits as suspicions on its author conflicts of interest and credentials were flagged.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

Comment: In a particularly notable conflict of interest, the author of this review was discovered to be associated with a pharma company that held patents on medicaments for treating cancer, cardiovascular disease and other diseases and whose products could be seen to be in direct competition with Omega-3 fatty acids. Undisclosed conflicts of interest of this type are by no means uncommon when study authors make claims about the supposed dangers of vitamins or the ineffectiveness of natural health approaches.

Malnutrition costs 11% of world's GDP: Global Nutrition Report

November 14, 2014

Malnutrition is costing the global economy $3.5 trillion (€2.8trn) a year in both the developing and developed worlds, the biggest ever global survey of nutrition has concluded.
Read article at foodnavigator-usa.com

Wireless Phone Use Increases Malignant Brain Tumour Up to Four-Fold

November 12, 2014

Frequent use of mobile and cordless phone link to malignant brain tumour confirmed in new comprehensive analysis based on the largest number of cases in Sweden.
Read article on the Institute of Science in Society website (UK)

California’s strawberry industry is hooked on dangerous pesticides

November 10, 2014

A decision to dismantle strict oversight designed to protect Californians from dangerous chemicals has put more than 100 communities at greater risk of cancer.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

Almost 70% of US adults take supplements and with high confidence, says CRN survey

November 4, 2014

Data from the 2014 CRN Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements indicates that 68% of US adults report taking dietary supplements, with over 50% of them being regular users.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

Gates foundation spends bulk of agriculture grants in rich countries

November 4, 2014

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Most of the $3bn (£1.8bn) that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given to benefit hungry people in the world’s poorest countries has been spent in the US, Britain and other rich countries, with only around 10% spent in Africa, new research suggests.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

India air pollution 'cutting crop yields by almost half'

November 3, 2014

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Air pollution in India has become so severe that yields of crops are being cut by almost half, scientists have found.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

‘US fracking extremely dangerous, poses cancer threat’

October 31, 2014

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The way that oil and gas fracking is practiced in the US is dangerous to public health exposing people living around wells to respiratory infections, cancer and a reduction in brain activity, David O. Carpenter, environmental health expert, told RT.
Read article at rt.com (Russia)

Study finds asthmatics with Vitamin D deficiency are 25 percent more likely to experience acute attacks

October 28, 2014

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Asthma, which inflames and narrows the airways, has become more common in recent years. While there is no known cure, asthma can be managed with medication and by avoiding allergens and other triggers. A new study by a Tel Aviv University researcher points to a convenient, free way to manage acute asthmatic episodes—catching some rays outside.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Poland bans junk food in schools

October 24, 2014

Polish MPs took concrete steps in amending the law on food safety and nutrition on Thursday, with 426 voting in favor in the 460-seat lower house of parliament to impose a ban on junk food.
Read article at rt.com (Russia)

Is pollution to blame for autism? Researchers say breathing toxic air in the first two years of life linked to disorder

October 23, 2014

Pollution could be a factor in autism, researchers have found. They say children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were more likely to have been exposed to higher levels of certain air toxics during their mothers' pregnancies and the first two years of life compared.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

Many in US have poor nutrition, with the disabled doing worst

October 23, 2014

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A new study finds that most U.S. adults fail to meet recommended daily levels of 10 key nutrients, and those with disabilities have even worse nutrition than average.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Comments: Given the increasing popularity of the so-called “Western Diet”, its health consequences are rapidly becoming a global problem. Moreover, even for people who try to eat healthily, an additional problem is that studies clearly show the nutrient content of our food has fallen substantially over the past few decades.

Behind the Mask of Altruism: Imperialism, Monsanto and the Gates Foundation in Africa

October 16, 2014

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Since 2006, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has funded the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) to the tune of almost $420 million. Activists from Zimbabwe, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, and Ethiopia recently attended the US-Africa Food Sovereignty Strategy Summit in Seattle to argue that the Foundation’s strategy for agriculture in Africa is a flawed attempt to impose industrial agriculture at the expense of more ecologically sound approaches.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

Comment: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been described as a huge tax-avoidance scheme for super-wealthy individuals and companies who have made billions from exploiting the world’s people. As an investigation in 2007 by the Los Angeles Times showed, the Gates Foundation’s investments have included stockholdings in multi-billion dollar drug companies and other corporations that have been criticized for worsening poverty, heavy pollution and other unethical practices. In this respect, it is essentially copying a model originally designed by John D. Rockefeller a century ago. By investing in the very companies in which Gates owns millions in stocks, financial returns are guaranteed through sales and intellectual-property rights. Significantly, therefore, an analysis published in 2011 showed how several members of the Gates Foundation’s management committee, leadership teams, affiliates and major funders were members of the boards or executive branches of major drugmakers. Moreover, a close examination of its network has revealed a wide variety of links to other billionaires, multinational corporations, governments and influential international organizations.

Cases of childhood rickets triple in UK

October 21, 2014

Parents urged to give their children vitamin D supplements.
Read article at parentdish.co.uk (UK)

Vitamin B12 could detoxify pollutants

October 20, 2014

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Looking at how certain organisms manage to lower the toxicity of pollutants, researchers have discovered that vitamin B12 could be the key to combating pollution. The findings could lead to more effective methods for detoxifying dangerous pollutants like PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) and dioxins, the researchers said.
Read article on The Economic Times website (India)

Vitamin D deficiency increases poor brain function after cardiac arrest by sevenfold

October 19, 2014

Vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of poor brain function after sudden cardiac arrest by seven-fold, according to research presented at Acute Cardiovascular Care 2014 by Dr Jin Wi from Korea. Vitamin D deficiency also led to a higher chance of dying after sudden cardiac arrest.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Musings on Ebola – a case for immune-modulation therapy

October 15, 2014

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As the current Ebola epidemic sweeps across West Africa, wiping out over 50-90% of people in its path, the Centres for Disease Control (CDC) in the US opens the door to “unproven interventions with as yet unknown efficacy and adverse effects, as potential treatment or prevention”. The kinds of interventions the CDC has in mind are experimental drugs that have yet to undergo clinical testing for safety or efficacy, or ones that are already available on the market but licensed for other purposes. This latter group are rarely free from a list of serious and sometimes lethal side effects.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website

W.H.O. Chief Calls Ebola Outbreak a ‘Crisis for International Peace’

October 13, 2014

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The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is “unquestionably the most severe acute public health emergency in modern times,” Dr. Margaret Chan, the director general of the World Health Organization, said Monday. Dr. Chan, who dealt with the 2009 avian flu pandemic and the SARS outbreaks of 2002-3, said the Ebola outbreak had progressed from a public health crisis to “a crisis for international peace and security.”
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

Let food be thy medicine

October 13, 2014

The father of Western medicine, Hippocrates, taught that food should be our medicine. He also formulated the original version of the Oath that is sworn by many phycisians. “With regard to healing the sick,” so goes the oath, “I will devise and order for them the best diet.” Physicians who take the oath also swear: “no man’s entreaty shall prevail upon me to administer poison to anyone, neither will I counsel any man to do so.” The Hippocratic Oath is not made by the leading members of the pharmaceutical industry and/or by legislators, authorities, scientists and politicians serving their interests. Their oath is not of the Hippocratic kind. Their oath says: “Let medicines be thy food.”
Read blog entry by Bert Schwitters at healthclaimscensored.com

Most UAE residents suffer from Vitamin D deficiency

October 10, 2014

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Almost 78 per cent of the UAE population has vitamin D deficiency, experts have repeatedly pointed out.
Read article at emirates247.com (United Arab Emirates)

NBC News Looks Into Possible Link Between Artificial Turf And Cancer

October 10, 2014

NBC’s Nightly News aired scathing reports Wednesday and Thursday suggesting that artificial turf may cause cancer.
Read article at forbes.com

A Billion Tons of Food Wasted Yearly While Millions Still Go Hungry

October 9, 2014

In his parody of the Michael Jackson hit “Beat It”, the American satirist and singer Weird Al Yankovic has a parent urging his son to eat the food on his plate, warning that “other kids are starving in Japan”. The parody has raised smiles since it was released 30 years ago, but today “Eat It” could be a battle cry for activists trying to reduce the widespread waste of enormous quantities of food, an urgent concern around the world and no laughing matter.
Read article on the Inter Press Service News Agency website

Boycott's 16 vitamins a day to keep cancer at bay: Cricket legend reveals how he takes host of treatments to stop disease returning 

October 8, 2014

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He won his battle against throat cancer more than ten years ago. Now Geoffrey Boycott has revealed his strategy for preventing the illness reappearing – taking 16 different vitamins and supplements every day.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

Ebola 'could become airborne': United Nations warns of 'nightmare scenario' as virus spreads to the US

October 2, 2014

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There is a ‘nightmare’ chance that the Ebola virus could become airborne if the epidemic is not brought under control fast enough, the chief of the UN’s Ebola mission has warned.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Actions urged to combat widespread European vitamin D deficiencies

October 2, 2014

Greater vitamin D fortification of foods and supplementation can help tackle vitamin D deficiencies that remain prevalent across Europe – with Finland a good example of the success of such measures, a review has found.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

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

September 26, 2014

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

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

Chemical conflicts: Inadequate independence policies for EU's expert risk assessors

September 25, 2014

The Scientific Committees of the European Commission assess the risk to humans and the environment of chemicals found in a huge range of everyday items, from shampoo to baby bottles. These opinions guide European Commission regulators, who decide what chemicals are safe for market and at what levels – as well as which should be banned. Not correctly regulating such chemicals could potentially cause great harm to human health and the environment; yet there is also a lot of money at stake, as such decisions may have a huge impact on the bottom line of businesses that make and sell products that contain them. That's why it is particularly concerning that civil society has questioned whether some opinions have shown a pro-industry bias, throwing open how the Committees implement their three guiding principles: independence, excellence, and transparency.
Read article on the Corporate Europe Observatory website

Widespread vitamin D deficiency in thyroidectomy patients

September 25, 2014

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

Western diet leads to poorer performance

September 22, 2014

Higher intake of a western diet by 14-year-olds has been linked with diminished cognitive performance at age 17.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Ebola 'threat to world security'- UN Security Council

September 19, 2014

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

Artificial sweeteners could cause spikes in blood sugar

September 17, 2014

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Artificial sweeteners might be triggering higher blood-sugar levels in some people and contributing to the problems they were designed to combat, such as diabetes and obesity, according to new findings published Wednesday in the journal Nature.
Read article in the Washington Post (USA)

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

September 16, 2014

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

Vitamin E intake critical during 'the first 1,000 days'

September 15, 2014

Amid conflicting reports about the need for vitamin E and how much is enough, a new analysis published today suggests that adequate levels of this essential micronutrient are especially critical for the very young, the elderly, and women who are or may become pregnant.
Read article at sciencedaily.com

Comment: As this article points out, it is difficult to obtain a proper intake of vitamin E from diet alone. Significantly therefore, surveys show that in the United States around 90 percent of men and 96 percent of women don't even consume the so-called Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of 15 milligrams per day for adults.

Study links vitamin D to quality of life

September 12, 2014

Canadians wait for it every year: the annual flight of the snowbirds in winter. Could there be an underlying health reason these birds take flight to sunnier climates? A researcher at the University of Alberta thinks so.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Research Shows Frightening Correlation Between Fracking and Rates of Illness

September 12, 2014

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People who live in close proximity to natural gas drilling sites are significantly more likely to report skin and respiratory problems than those who live further away, according to the largest survey to-date of the reported health effects of people exposed to fracking.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

What We’re Afraid to Say About Ebola

September 11, 2014

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The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has the potential to alter history as much as any plague has ever done.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

Comment: In the current public debate about the Ebola outbreak, one scientific fact has gone largely unnoticed: the virus is causing disease and death only in humans and subhuman primates.  Other natural hosts of this dangerous virus are not known to develop the disease. To learn why this is and to understand how the Ebola outbreak provides a chance to embrace natural medicine, read this article on our Foundation website.

Not enough vitamin B1 can cause brain damage

September 11, 2014

A deficiency of a single vitamin, B1 (thiamine), can cause a potentially fatal brain disorder called Wernicke encephalopathy. Symptoms can include confusion, hallucinations, coma, loss of muscle coordination and vision problems such as double vision and involuntary eye movements. Untreated, the condition can lead to irreversible brain damage and death, according to neurologists at Loyola University Medical Center.
Read article at sciencedaily.com

Chinese Kids Gorge on Junk Food, With Familiar Consequences

September 4, 2014

It turns out American kids aren’t the only junk food-consuming, soda-imbibing couch potatoes out there. Rising incomes, rapid urbanization, and cities dotted with Pizza Hut, KFC, and McDonald’s outlets are contributing to unhealthy eating habits and growing obesity among Chinese children.
Read article at businessweek.com

Canadian beekeepers sue Bayer and Syngenta over neonicotinoid pesticides

September 3, 2014

Canadian beekeepers are suing the makers of popular crop pesticides for more than $400 million in damages, alleging that their use is causing the deaths of bee colonies.
Read article on the CBC News website (Canada)

Study: Pesticides Could Cause Unexpected Allergic Reactions

September 3, 2014

Traces of antibiotic pesticides in fruits and vegetables may trigger unexpected allergic reactions for people with food allergies, according to a new study published in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
Read article on the Time magazine website (USA)

UK malnutrition on the rise, report finds

August 25, 2014

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

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

Pica in pregnant teens linked to low iron

August 20, 2014

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

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

August 19, 2014

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

How neonicotinoid pesticides are poisoning Canada's agriculture

August 18, 2014

Agriculture in Canada is heading down a dangerous path, promoted by Health Canada's willingness to continue to approve the use of neonicotinoids despite the harm done by these chemicals. On July 24, Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) registered a "seed protectant" with the neonicotinoid clothianidin, manufactured by Valent Canada, Inc. for commercial use on wheat. 
Read article at rabble.ca (Canada)

Low vitamin D levels linked to increased risks after noncardiac surgery

August 15, 2014

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Patients with low blood levels of vitamin D are at increased risk of death and serious complications after noncardiac surgery, suggests a study in Anesthesia & Analgesia. "Vitamin D concentrations were associated with a composite of in-hospital death, serious infections, and serious cardiovascular events," according to the new research by Dr Alparslan Turan and colleagues of the Cleveland Clinic.
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Study identifies EU policy shift on tobacco control after massive industry lobbying

August 14, 2014

A study has tracked how the dominance of language that first appeared in tobacco industry's submissions gradually crept into the final drafts of the European tobacco directive passed by the European parliament earlier this year. Using a word coding technique, researchers tracked how the European Commission's drafts on tobacco control policy changed markedly between 2010 and 2013, resembling tobacco industry submissions much more than those of health groups in the latter stages. The study concludes that the change in the drafts coincided with massive lobbying by the tobacco industry and was 'associated with significant policy shifts' towards the tobacco industry.
Read article at sciencedaily.com

Comment: Under the Brussels EU dictatorship, the power of the people to determine their government was long ago transfered to corporate interests. For example, research has shown that in the mid-1990s British American Tobacco, one of the biggest tobacco manufacturers in the world, led a group of pharmaceutical, chemical, petrochemical and other firms in a successful long-term lobbying strategy to shape Brussels EU policy making – including content of the so-called “Treaty of Amsterdam” – in their favour. To learn more, read this article.

Majority of adults need to double fruit and vegetable intake

August 12, 2014

A serious shortfall in the consumption of fruit and vegetables worldwide means that most adults need to eat double their current amounts to meet WHO dietary recommendations, finds a new global study.
Read article at foodnavigator.com

Comment: This issue is further complicated by the fact that independent studies conducted in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and other countries show that the nutrient content of our food supply has fallen substantially over the past few decades. To learn more, visit the FAQs section of our Foundation website.

WHO: Ebola 'an international emergency'

August 8, 2014

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said the spread of Ebola in West Africa is an international health emergency. WHO officials said a co-ordinated response was essential to stop and reverse the spread of the virus.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

Comment: In the current public debate one important scientific fact about the Ebola outbreak has gone largely unnoticed: the virus is causing disease and death only in humans and subhuman primates.  Other natural hosts of this dangerous virus are not known to develop the disease. According to the World Health Organization these ‘protected’ hosts also include antelopes, porcupines and fruit eating bats. Remarkably, even though these animals can carry the Ebola virus for many years, they remain unaffected by it. There is an explanation for this fact. Most animals synthesize vitamin C in their bodies in huge amounts. Vitamin C, being one of the most powerful antiviral agents of nature, is apparently able to prevent, or at least limit, the disastrous health consequences of the Ebola virus. In the case of fruit-eating bats, an animal unable to synthesize vitamin C, their diet consists almost exclusively of fresh fruits that are high in vitamin C content. To learn more, read Dr. Rath’s statement on Ebola on our Foundation website.

Vitamin D supplementation should start at birth, says new study

August 7, 2014

Breastfed newborns should start receiving vitamin D supplements at the time of birth in order to help raise blood levels of the sunshine vitamin, says a new study.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

Pre-Market Approval of Dietary Supplements: The Canadian Story
Could the same thing happen in the US?

August 5, 2014

In the 1990s there was a citizens’ rebellion in the US wanting to protect their access to dietary supplements. This led to the passage of the Dietary Supplements Health and Education Act 1994 (DSHEA). Under this Act, supplements are classed as a food and are presumed to be safe unless there is evidence to the contrary, and the FDA is not supposed to remove a supplement unless there is evidence of harm. Soon thereafter, a citizens’ rebellion also occurred in Canada. Canadians made it clear that they were fed up with supplements being taken away, and they demanded increased access. One would have supposed that, having watched the US preserve its access to supplements, that Canada would follow suit. Instead, in 2004, Canada decided to treat supplements as a type of drug. All new supplements in Canada are presumed, to be both unsafe and ineffective (and therefore illegal); only those that can go through a pre-market approval process can remain on the market.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (USA) website

Optimal red blood cell folate level about 1,000 nmol/L

August 4, 2014

By MDougM (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The optimal population red blood cell folate level for prevention of neural tube defects could be defined as approximately 1,000 nmol/L, according to research published online July 29 in BMJ.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Organic farming on rise in Europe, say EU officials

July 28, 2014

The organic farming sector has grown rapidly over the past ten years, with both the number of organic farm holdings and area grew by more than half between 2003 and 2010, according to EU statistics.
Read article at foodnavigator.com

Russia Sues McDonald’s, Questioning Quality of the Food

July 25, 2014

Russia’s consumer protection agency has filed a claim accusing the restaurant chain of violating government nutritional and safety codes in a number of its burger and ice cream products, a Moscow court announced Friday.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

Pesticide linked to 3 generations of disease: Methoxychlor causes epigenetic changes

July 24, 2014

Washington State University researchers say ancestral exposures to the pesticide methoxychlor may lead to adult onset kidney disease, ovarian disease and obesity in future generations.Read article at sciencedaily.com

Showers may be linked to Crohn's disease say researchers

July 24, 2014

Humans may be exposed to bacteria linked with Crohn's disease through fine spray from showers and rivers according to research led by Lancaster University.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Vitamin D deficiency raises risk of schizophrenia diagnosis

July 22, 2014

Vitamin D-deficient individuals are twice as likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia as people who have sufficient levels of the vitamin, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
Read article at sciencedaily.com

Is the EU preparing to dumb down your supplements?

July 16, 2014

Why has the European Commission (EC) suddenly dismissed several long-standing petitions on vitamins and minerals submitted by ANH-Intl and others? Is it clearing the decks for its proposals on maximum permitted levels (MPLs) of these substances in food supplements?
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website

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’. Essentially serving as the unelected political stakeholders of multinational pharmaceutical interests, the executive level of the Brussels EU specifically crafts the laws of Europe on their behalf. To learn why dismantling the Brussels EU is now a precondition for global natural health freedom, click here.

Mexico restricts soft drink TV ads to fight obesity

July 16, 2014

Mexico is restricting television advertising for high-calorie food and soft drinks, as part of its campaign against obesity, the government says. Such ads will be banned with immediate effect on terrestrial and cable TV between 14:30 and 19:30 on weekdays and between 07:30 and 19:30 at weekends.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

Clear differences between organic and non-organic food,
study finds

July 11, 2014

Organic food has more of the antioxidant compounds linked to better health than regular food, and lower levels of toxic metals and pesticides, according to the most comprehensive scientific analysis to date.
Read article in The Guardian (UK)

Place Mushrooms in Sunlight to Get Your Vitamin D

July 10, 2014

Vitamin D is an essential vitamin that boosts the immune system and plays vital roles in human metabolism. Did you know that tasty mushrooms are one source for vitamin D, and that you can naturally multiply their levels by exposing them to sunlight?
Read article at greenmedinfo.com

Controversial pesticides killing wild birds as well as bees

July 9, 2014

Declining numbers of starlings and tree sparrows in the Netherlands linked to chemical used to protect crops from insects.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

What to know before you spray your lawn with pesticides

July 7, 2014

This is the time of year when pesticides get sprayed on lawns, parks and golf courses. Though the goal may be to make these green spaces more pleasant places to play — fewer bugs, fewer weeds — these treatments may not be as safe as you assume. Most people are “not aware of the hazards that the unthinking use of pesticides poses to their children,” says Philip Landrigan, dean for global health and a professor of pediatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.
Read article in the Washington Post (USA)

The hidden beauty of vitamin C revealed

July 6, 2014

Photomicrographers Spike Walker and David Maitland showcase the hidden beauty of vitamin C in these incredible images.
Read article and see images at sciencealert.com.au (Australia)

Crop sprays 'raise risk of autism in unborn children': Campaigners claim odds can be increased by around 60%

June 23, 2014

Pregnant women who live near fields sprayed with pesticides can run more than three times the risk of having a child with autism, a study has found.
Read article on the Daily Mail website (UK)

US sets up honey bee loss task force

June 20, 2014

The White House has set up a taskforce to tackle the decline of honey bees. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the agriculture department will lead the effort, which includes $8m (£4.7m) for new honey bee habitats. Bee populations saw a 23% decline last winter, a trend blamed on the loss of genetic diversity, exposure to certain pesticides and other factors. A quarter of the food Americans eat, including apples, carrots and avocados, relies on pollination.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

Disease-causing chemicals in everyday products cost EU billions

June 18, 2014

Disease-causing chemicals in everyday products from sunscreen to store receipts cost EU countries more than 30 billion euros in health costs, a study said on Wednesday.
Read AFP news report at yahoo.com

Comment: This story exposes a key modus operandi of the ‘business with disease’ in that many of these dangerous chemicals are manufactured by the same companies that also produce patented pharmaceutical drugs. As such, in addition to profiting from selling disease-causing chemicals, such companies then profit a second time by selling patented synthetic drugs as supposed cures for the health problems they bring about.

Lower vitamin D level in blood linked
to higher premature death rate

June 12, 2014

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have found that persons with lower blood levels of vitamin D were twice as likely to die prematurely as people with higher blood levels of vitamin D.
Read article at sciencedaily.com

Chicken Meat Sold in America Contains Cancer-Causing Arsenic

June 10, 2014

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

After years of sweeping the issue under the rug and hoping no one would notice, the FDA has now finally admitted that chicken meat sold in the USA contains arsenic, a cancer-causing toxic chemical that’s fatal in high doses. But the real story is where this arsenic comes from: It’s added to the chicken feed on purpose!
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

Vitamin A, E, and D deficiencies ‘dramatically’
higher in preterm babies

June 10, 2014

Preterm newborns have a far higher risk of vitamin A, E, and D deficiency than full term babies, researchers have suggested.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

Scientists discover that chemical element bromine is essential
to human life

June 5, 2014

Twenty-seven chemical elements are considered to be essential for human life. Now there is a 28th – bromine. In a paper published Thursday by the journal Cell, Vanderbilt University researchers establish for the first time that bromine, among the 92 naturally-occurring chemical elements in the universe, is the 28th element essential for tissue development in all animals, from primitive sea creatures to humans.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

How Global Agri-Business Destroys Farming
Forget the Propaganda from Big Agritech, the Key to Reducing Poverty and Ensuring Food Security Lies with Small Farmers

May 30, 2014

A new review carried out by the organization GRAIN reveals that small farms produce most of the world’s food. However, they are currently squeezed onto less than a quarter of the world’s farmland. The world is fast losing farms and farmers through the concentration of land into the hands of the rich and powerful. If we do nothing to reverse this trend, the world will lose its capacity to feed itself.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

Most Wikipedia health articles contain errors

May 28, 2014

Ninety percent of health articles on Wikipedia contain errors, according to a new study published in the May issue of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Comment: This study further confirms what our Foundation has known for some years now. However, whilst some people may innocently consider Wikipedia to be an independent source of information and assume that anyone can contribute to it, the reality is that almost nothing could be further from the truth. Under the cloaks of ‘democracy’, ‘free speech’ and ‘open society’, Wikipedia is deliberately being used as a vehicle for influencing and controlling public opinion worldwide. Any information you attempt to publish on it that threatens the interests of the Oil and Drug Cartel is being carefully monitored and swiftly removed by the ‘gatekeepers’ of these special interests within Wikipedia. The targeted topics include not only alternative energy but also advances in science-based natural health. To learn the hidden facts about Wikipedia that it doesn’t want you to know, visit the Wiki-Rath website.

European Food is not as safe as European Food Safety
Authority pretends

May 27, 2014

A few days ago, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has released the annual report on pesticides residues in food. While the Authority claims that 93% of tested food does not exceed the Maximum Residue Level (MRL), a finer analysis of the available shows that the EFSA’s communication is misleading. European consumers are still not protected against multiple residue exposure, the accepted MRL are too high and that pesticide residues in food are higher than 10 years ago!
Read press release on the Pesticide Action Network website

Iodine deficiency common in pregnancy, pediatricians warn

May 26, 2014

Many pregnant and breast-feeding women are deficient in iodine and should take a daily supplement containing iodide, according to a leading group of pediatricians.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Sweden to sue EU Commission over delays to rules on chemicals

May 22, 2014

Sweden will sue the European Commission to force it to speed up work on identifying and banning chemicals some researchers say may disrupt human hormones and cause disease, the environment minister said on Thursday.
Read news report at reuters.com

Drink only one glass of fruit juice a day, warn nutritionists

May 16, 2014

A single glass of fruit juice a day is the most anyone should drink, new guidelines say, as a British report warns that families are consuming unsafe levels of sugar.
Read article at independent.ie (Ireland)

Comment: This attempt to portray fruit juice as being dangerous to health provides us with a good reminder of just how desperate the pharmaceutical business with disease is becoming in its ongoing quest to prevent people from increasing their micronutrient intake and improving their health naturally. In this respect it is particularly notable that no mention is made here of the dangers of soft drinks such as colas, which frequently contain all manner of dangerous artificial sweeteners and additives. With a recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition showing that micronutrient sufficiency is currently not being achieved through food for several essential vitamins and minerals in the US population, strategies to improve micronutrient status – rather than reduce it through advising against healthful habits such as regular consumption of fruit juice – are urgently needed.

13% Of U.S. Deaths Attributed to Low Vitamin D Levels

May 16, 2014

There was a time when vitamin D was considered the "skeletal" vitamin. Low levels were linked to rickets and osteoporosis. But vitamin D may be an issue of life and death. A group of researchers from the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, Harvard School of Public Health, and seven other institutions have concluded that low vitamin D levels are responsible for almost 13% of deaths in the U.S.
Read article at greenmedinfo.com

Sugar has a direct effect on heart disease risk and blood pressure: Meta-analysis

May 16, 2014

Sugar has a direct effect on risk factors for heart disease, and is likely to impact on blood pressure, independent of weight gain, according to new analysis of 39 clinical trials.
Read article at foodnavigator.com

European Commission-mediated health claims confusion and probiotic olives

May 14, 2014

The European Commission’s (EC’s) Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation (NHCR) is regularly throwing up ever-more bizarre situations. In the latest twist, the EC’s left hand removes language like ‘probiotic’ and ‘antioxidant’ from the marketplace, citing lack of scientific evidence. Meanwhile, its right hand spends millions funding a project based on exactly this science: what the EC itself describes as “probiotic”, “antioxidant”, “superfood” olives. How are we meant to know what’s going on?
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website

Are pesticides linked to health problems in Argentina?

May 14, 2014

Could pesticides - their use and abuse - increase levels of cancer and birth defects? It is a question asked across the vast belt of Argentina where GM crops are grown. In Chaco, the Minister of Public Health wants an independent commission to investigate a growing health crisis.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

Spending more than 15 hours on a mobile phone each month leaves you 'three times more likely to develop a brain tumour'

May 13, 2014

People who make more than 15 hours of mobile telephone calls a month are three times as likely to develop brain cancer, new research suggests.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

One in five Britons short of vitamin D

May 13, 2014

One in five Britons may be deficient in vitamin D, according to new NHS guidance which says supplements should be given out more freely.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Chemicals in soap can cause male infertility, claim scientists

May 12, 2014

Chemicals in common household products such as toothpaste, soap and plastic toys have a direct impact on human sperm which could help explain rising levels of male infertility, scientists have found.
Read article in The Independent (UK)

Pesticides likely 'main culprit' in bee deaths: Harvard study

May 10, 2014

Pesticides are directly responsible for a massive decline in the bee population in North America and Europe, a new study out of Harvard University says.
Read article at ctvnews.ca (Canada)

New research exposes risk of nutritional deficiencies in obese teenagers

May 7, 2014

Teenagers and young adults who are severely obese are at risk of nutritional deficiencies including low iron, anaemia, and a low vitamin D status, find researchers.
Read article at foodnavigator.com

As TB re-emerges, a link is found to low vitamin D in children

May 7, 2014

There could be a link between children having low vitamin D and contracting tuberculosis. That's according to new research that will be presented at the annual meeting of the European Society of Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID) in Dublin, Ireland this week.
Read article on The Journal website (Republic of Ireland)

Low vitamin D levels tied to increased cancer risk in IBD

May 6, 2014

Low plasma levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) are associated with an increased risk of cancer in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), according to a study published in the May issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

EU Court rejects health claim challenge; Appeal under consideration

May 5, 2014

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has thrown out a challenge to the EU nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) but the German lawyers behind the action say the ruling was based on a technical issue and may appeal.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

Comment: With the Brussels EU's draconian nutrition and health claims regulation being enforced in such a way that even claims that drinking water prevents dehydration are now illegal in Europe, the people of the world need to understand that dismantling this dictatorial construct is now a precondition for global natural health freedom.

Eating organic food significantly lowers pesticide exposure

April 30, 2014

Eating an organic diet for a week can cause pesticide levels to drop by almost 90% in adults, research from RMIT University has found.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Freedom of Speech about Health Is Gone in Europe

April 29, 2014

But the battle to protect health speech goes on both in Europe and America. What do the words "probiotic," "prebiotic," and "superfood" have in common? In the European Union, it's illegal to use them.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (USA) website

Comment: A 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'. Essentially serving as the unelected political stakeholders of these multinational pharmaceutical interests, the executive level of the Brussels EU specifically crafts the laws of Europe on their behalf. For these and many other reasons, the dismantling of the Brussels EU is now a precondition for global natural health freedom.

Five-a-day? We can't afford one a week, say 25% of Brits

April 24, 2014

Austerity and rising food prices have hit healthy eating habits hard in the UK, with one in four Brits revealing they have not bought any fresh fruit or vegetables in the last week.
Read article at foodnavigator.com

Comment: This shocking reality - that fully one quarter of the population in a wealthy country like the UK cannot afford to buy fruit and vegetables - provides a sobering reminder of why the Movement of Life project's Free Food for All campaign is of such vital importance. Today, as you read this article, almost one billion people don't have enough food to eat and the people of the world are watching with growing alarm as global biotech companies try to force foods grown from GMO seeds onto their dinner plates. Why do these companies prefer GMO seeds to natural, organic seeds? Simply because they can be patented. Just as with patented pharmaceutical drugs, the patenting of seeds allows the companies who own them to control markets and make higher profits. In the area of food, therefore, the goal of the Movement of Life is to end the 'GMO madness' and bring an end to malnutrition and world hunger.

General Mills reverses "no sue" Facebook policy after backlash

April 21, 2014

Last week, General Mills Inc. posted new legal terms on its website that seemed to prevent consumers from suing the company if they liked General Mills on Facebook. And consumers weren't happy about it, sparking public backlash on social media.
Read article on the Philadelphia Business Journal website (USA)

Comment: Whilst the internet and social media clearly have the potential to change the world for the better, and, indeed, are arguably already beginning to do so, it is vital that the interests of people, rather than those of multinational corporations, should always come first. With Google having cosied up to governments around the world so effectively that its chairman is a White House advisor, and the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) having collaborated with British Intelligence to intercept the webcam footage of over 1.8 million Yahoo users, the people of the world need to remain forever vigilant against multinational corporations acting as unelected superpowers.

Low Vitamin D in Mothers Tied to Cavities in Babies

April 21, 2014

Low levels of vitamin D in pregnancy are associated with the development of cavities in babies, researchers report.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

Vitamin B3 Might Have Been Made in Space, Delivered to Earth by Meteorites

April 17, 2014

Ancient Earth might have had an extraterrestrial supply of vitamin B3 delivered by carbon-rich meteorites, according to a new analysis by NASA-funded researchers. The result supports a theory that the origin of life may have been assisted by a supply of key molecules created in space and brought to Earth by comet and meteor impacts.
Read article at nasa.gov (USA)

Danes back food supplements (even if their government does not)

April 17, 2014

Despite healthy diets and a lack of government support, food supplement use in Denmark is among the highest in Europe, the Danish Food Institute (NFI) has concluded after a survey.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

Is dietary supplement use more prevalent than previously thought?

April 15, 2014

As many as 69% of American adults may be users of dietary supplements, with up to 53% being regular users, says a new review that gives greater numbers than those reported in National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES).
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

New method paves way for better dietary zinc test

April 10, 2014

Unlocking ways to monitor a key nutrient, Cornell research unveils a new method to test for zinc deficiency, a vital measurement that has posed problems for doctors and scientists.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Vitamin D and mainstream medicine's 'magic bullet thinking'

April 9, 2014

A high-profile medical journal has called into question the benefits of vitamin D supplementation, warning against the "false reassurance" of widespread supplementation. And it makes a clear recommendation that doctors in the UK stop vitamin D testing on their non-osteoporotic patients. But the editorial, written for the British Medical Journal (BMJ) by two researchers from the British Heart Foundation, actually reveals more about the weaknesses of mainstream thinking on nutrients than it does about the state of vitamin D research.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website

Comment: At the current time, the majority of research approaches in the area of micronutrient supplementation are still based on the use of single nutrients. The nutrient synergy approach, on the other hand, is a novel, scientifically-based concept that has been introduced and successfully applied by Dr. Rath and his research team towards the development of more effective methodologies for optimizing human health. This groundbreaking approach is based on the understanding that micronutrients work in the body through forming synergy teams, the use of which allow for achieving greater biological effects than do single nutrients acting alone. For maximum synergistic effect it is necessary to select the correct nutrients and combine them in the right proportions. To learn about the use of the nutrient synergy approach in the control of cancer, read this article on the US National Library of Medicine website.

World's Number 1 Herbicide Discovered in U.S. Mothers' Breast Milk

April 6, 2014

In the first ever testing on glyphosate herbicide in the breast milk of American women, Moms Across America and Sustainable Pulse have found 'high' levels in 3 out of the 10 samples tested. The shocking results point to glyphosate levels building up in women's bodies over a period of time, which has until now been refuted by both global regulatory authorities and the biotech industry.
Read article at sustainablepulse.com

Swedish researchers show impact of long-term vitamin D insufficiency on fracture risk

April 4, 2014

A study presented today at the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases shows that long-term low levels of vitamin D intake are associated with higher 10-year fracture risk in elderly women.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Dutch Parliament Bans Glyphosate Herbicides
for Non-Commercial Use

April 4, 2014

From the end of 2015 onward the sale of Glyphosate -based herbicides to private persons, including the World's number one herbicide 'Roundup', will be prohibited in the Netherlands over health fears.
Read article at sustainablepulse.com

FAO: Nutrient deficiencies, stunted growth affect Europe
and central Asia

April 3, 2014

Few may go hungry but vitamin and mineral deficiencies and health problems like growth stunting in children are widespread among the 53 countries of Europe and central Asia, according to the FAO.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Disease in Two Big Studies

April 1, 2014

People with low vitamin D levels are more likely to die from cancer and heart disease and to suffer from other illnesses, scientists reported in two large studies published on Tuesday.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

New study says five daily servings of fruit and vegetables isn't enough

April 1, 2014

Most of us are familiar with the five-a-day suggested servings of fruit and vegetables the World Health Organization introduced in the '90s. Eating that amount was supposed to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, obesity and Type 2 diabetes. But a new study published Monday in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health says forget the five servings and try to eat at least seven if you want to improve your overall health.
Read article in the Los Angeles Times (USA)

Comment: Independent studies conducted in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and other countries have shown that the nutrient content of our food has fallen substantially over the past half century or so. As a result of this it now takes a higher intake of fruits and vegetables to achieve a sufficient micronutrient intake than it did in the past. Whilst essentially confirming that an optimum intake of nutrients is necessary for reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer and other chronic diseases, the findings of this study effectively also provide a further indication that their insufficient supply to the body is the primary cause of today’s most common health problems.

UI study finds diet drinks associated with heart trouble for older women

March 31, 2014

Drinking two or more diet drinks a day may increase the risk of heart disease, including heart attack and stroke, in otherwise healthy postmenopausal women, according to a new University of Iowa study. The findings were presented March 30 at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific Session in Washington, D.C.
Read article on the University of Iowa website (USA)

More severe heart disease found in patients with vitamin D deficiency

March 27, 2014

Vitamin D deficiency is an independent risk factor for heart disease with lower levels of vitamin D being associated with a higher presence and severity of coronary artery disease, according to research to be presented at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific Session.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

One size does not fit all: Dietary guidelines for choline may be insufficient

March 27, 2014

What is now considered to be the 'right' amount of the essential nutrient, choline, might actually be 'wrong,' depending on who you are. That's because scientists have found that the "right" amount of choline needed by an individual is influenced by a wide range of factors, including gender, life stage, race and ethnicity of the individual. This means that using the current one-size-fits-all approach to determining a person's vitamin and mineral needs may leave them in less than optimal health.
Read article at sciencedaily.com

Combo of overweight, high sodium intake speeds cell aging in teens

March 20, 2014

Overweight or obese teenagers who eat lots of salty foods may show signs of faster cell aging, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Epidemiology & Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity & Metabolism Scientific Sessions 2014.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Harvard draws link between autism and air pollution

March 16, 2014

A group of Utah doctors worried about the health effects of smog are pointing to a growing series of studies connecting autism to air pollution.
Read article on the heraldextra.com website (Utah, USA)

Something smells fishy: Why the media silence
over the blood pressure benefits of omega-3s?

March 14, 2014

It was big news... and positive: A new meta-analysis of 70 randomized clinical trials - the gold standard - showed that omega-3s from supplements and fortified foods could significantly improve blood pressure. So why is the mainstream media silent over findings that could have significant public health implications?
Read article at nutraingredients.com

Comment: The simple fact is that Big Media is not an ally in the campaign for natural health freedom. To understand why, read this article on our Foundation website.

Bayer And Monsanto Should Pay Cleanup Costs
For Toxic PCB Chemicals, Says German Environmental Group

March 12, 2014

A number of German environmentalists think it's high time chemical companies were held accountable for a now-banned pollutant that they were manufacturing for nearly half a century. And they're speaking out against one of those companies at a place where its top executives are certain to hear it: an annual stockholders' meeting.
Read article on the International Business Times website

Antarctic Research Bases Spew Toxic Wastes Into Environment

March 4, 2014

Antarctica is one of the most pristine environments on Earth, but it's wrestling with a pollution problem. And the very people who are working hardest to protect the continent are responsible.
Read article on the National Geographic website (USA)

Hundreds of foods in U.S. contain 'ADA' plastics chemical: report

February 27, 2014

Nearly 500 foods found on grocery store shelves in the United States, including many foods labeled as "healthy," contain a potentially hazardous industrial plastics chemical, according to a report issued Thursday by a health research and advocacy group.
Read news report at reuters.com

Type 1 diabetes: Vitamin D deficiency occurs in an early stage

February 27, 2014

Vitamin D is known as a major regulator of calcium levels and bone metabolism. Furthermore, it also influences the immune system. Previous studies have shown that patients with recently diagnosed type 1 diabetes have significantly lower vitamin D levels.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

U.S. proposes major update to food labels in bid to combat obesity

February 27, 2014

Packaged foods sold in the United States would display calorie counts more prominently and include the amount of added sugar under a proposal to significantly update nutritional labels for the first time in 20 years as health officials seek to reduce obesity and combat related diseases such as diabetes.
Read Reuters news report at yahoo.com

Virtually all premature deaths attributable to diet,
exercise and tobacco

February 26, 2014

If a new medication came on the market to help one lose weight, increase exercise, stop smoking and prevent heart disease, cancer, stroke, respiratory illness and diabetes, people would flock to physicians for a prescription and buy stock in the company, one expert believes.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Comment: A prudent diet, regular exercise and avoiding tobacco are all essential factors towards achieving good cardiovascular health and reducing the risk of premature death. However, contrary to what the mass media would have you believe, the toxic drug medications produced by the pharmaceutical 'business with disease' are not intended to cure health problems but rather to produce profits. Instead of addressing the primary cause of today's most common diseases and premature deaths - micronutrient deficiencies - pharmaceutical drugs merely mask symptoms. To learn the truth about the drug industry, visit the pharma-facts website.

Vitamin D deficiency may compromise immune function

February 25, 2014

Older individuals who are vitamin D deficient also tend to have compromised immune function, according to new research accepted for publication in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Roundup Weedkiller Linked To Global Epidemic of Fatal Kidney Disease

February 25, 2014

The mystery of what is causing thousands to die each year from a fatal kidney disease may now be solved, with evidence pointing to the world's most heavily used herbicide Roundup (glyphosate) as the primary culprit. A new study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health proposes a link between the herbicide known as Roundup (aka glyphosate) and a series of mysterious epidemics of fatal chronic kidney disease of unknown origin (CKDu) affecting several poor farming regions around the world.
Read article at greenmedinfo.com

Roundup Weedkiller Found In 75% of Air and Rain Samples, Gov. Study Finds

February 20, 2014

A new study from the U.S. Geological Survey, accepted for publication online ahead of print in the journal Enviromental Toxicology and Chemistry, titled, "Pesticides in Mississippi air and rain: A comparison between 1995 and 2007," reveals that Roundup herbicide (aka glyphosate) and its still-toxic degradation byproduct AMPA were found in over 75% of the air and rain samples tested from Mississippi in 2007.
Read article at greenmedinfo.com

Two-thirds of women not taking folic acid before pregnancy to prevent spina bifida

February 19, 2014

Research published today from Queen Mary University of London reveals less than 1 in 3 women have taken folic acid supplements before pregnancy to prevent spina bifida and other birth defects of the brain, spine, or spinal cord (neural tube defects). This is despite research from 1991 showing that such conditions could be prevented in most cases by increasing the intake of the B-vitamin folic acid before pregnancy.
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Iron deficiency may increase stroke risk through sticky blood

February 19, 2014

Scientists at Imperial College London have discovered that iron deficiency may increase stroke risk by making the blood more sticky. The findings, published in the journal PLOS ONE, could ultimately help with stroke prevention.
Read article at sciencedaily.com

John Yudkin: the man who tried to warn us about sugar

February 17, 2014

A British professor's 1972 book about the dangers of sugar is now seen as prophetic. So why did it lead to the end of his career?
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

EFSA sides with industry pests on pesticides

February 12, 2014

A new report by Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Europe reveals that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has consistently delayed, diluted and cancelled tougher policies on the health risks associated with human exposure to mixtures of pesticide chemicals. We know little about how small amounts of pesticides found on the foods we eat act as mixtures and interact with our bodies - even as European governments tell us that our food is safe. Worse still, more evidence is emerging that EFSA is siding with Big Ag and Big Food in a joint mission to bury worrying new research on toxicity associated with pesticide formulations. This regulator appears to have been well and truly captured.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website

Vitamin A deficiency associated with more frequent
childhood illness

February 7, 2014

School-age children with vitamin A deficiencies are more likely to get gastrointestinal and respiratory illnesses, a new study shows.
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European Commission trains its anti-natural sights on seeds

February 5, 2014

Last year, we drew your attention to European Commission (EC) proposals for an 'Animal & Plant Health Package' (APHP), ominously intended to regulate everything 'from farm to fork'. Central to the APHP is a review of existing legislation on seed and plant propagating material, known in the real world as seeds. If you have misgivings about the bureaucratic monster that is the EC exerting further control over Europe's seed supply, we're right there with you - and we're not alone. The EC's proposed 'seed law' is turning out to be one of the most controversial pieces of legislation in its history.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website

New cancer cases worldwide expected to skyrocket

February 4, 2014

The incidence of cancer worldwide is growing at an alarming pace, and there is an urgent need to implement strategies to prevent and curb the disease, according to a report from the World Health Organization. New cancer cases will skyrocket globally from an estimated 14 million in 2012 to 22 million new cases a year within the next two decades, the report says. During that same period, cancer deaths are predicted to rise from an estimated 8.2 million annually to 13 million a year.
Read article on the USA Today newspaper website

Comment: For almost a century now, cancer has been the target of an investment business - the pharmaceutical 'business with disease' - that has turned it into a multi-billion dollar profit empire. The outcome of this was predictable: Today, at the beginning of the 21st Century, cancer is spreading globally; for most types of cancer the annual death rate is still increasing and the skyrocketing costs are financially ruining millions of cancer patients and strangulating the economies of entire nations. But it doesn't have to be like this, cancer can become a manageable disease. 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 groundbreaking book, 'Victory Over Cancer'.

Study reveals South Africa has world's highest rate
of high blood pressure

February 4, 2014

New research reveals that South Africa has the highest rate of high blood pressure reported among people aged 50 and over for any country in the world, at any time in history. Analysis of data from a major survey found that 78 per cent of those who took part in South Africa tested positive for high blood pressure, or hypertension.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Comment: Several hundred million people worldwide suffer from high blood pressure, the most common of all cardiovascular conditions. In more than 90 percent of cases, the diagnosis given by conventional medicine is "essential hypertension," that is, hypertension due to unknown causes. The conventional medicine approach is, therefore, largely confined to treating the symptoms of hypertension without correcting the primary underlying cause: a "spasm" of the blood vessel wall triggered by deficiencies of specific bioenergy nutrients in millions of blood vessel wall cells. To learn how high blood pressure can be eradicated naturally, without drugs, visit the Cellular Health section of our Foundation website. To read about a clinical study using a cellular nutrient program in the control of hypertension, visit the website of the Dr. Rath Research Institute.

Starving hives: Pesticides cause bees to collect 57% less pollen, study says

February 2, 2014

Bees exposed to "field-realistic" doses of insecticides gather less than a half the pollen that they normally do, dooming their young to starvation, UK researches have said.
Read article at rt.com (Russia)

Pesticide toxicity vastly understated, claims new Séralini study

January 31, 2014

Major pesticides are more toxic to humans than their declared active principles, according to a new study by divisive French scientist Gilles-Eric Séralini.
Read article at foodnavigator.com

Choline recommendations during pregnancy may be too low,
new study suggests

January 30, 2014

Recent research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) found that during pregnancy, and particularly during the third trimester, large amounts of choline may be needed to support fetal development. Conclusions of the research revealed that current recommendations may be too low. Choline deficiency in pregnant women may result in elevated levels of homocysteine, potentially resulting in birth defects.
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The global dietary supplement attack

January 29, 2014

People throughout the world are increasingly shunning mainstream medicine in favour of more natural approaches to improving their health and wellbeing. Not coincidentally, the attacks on natural healthcare continue to mount. Media attacks - such as comparisons of the food (dietary) supplement industry with an unregulated 'Wild West' - are only one side of the story. They reflect a wider threat from certain quarters of the scientific, regulatory and media establishments, which must be resisted at all costs.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website

Not Taking Supplements Causes Miscarriage, Birthing Problems, Infant Mortality

January 27, 2014

It is simply incredible what people have been told about vitamins. Now the press is trying to scare women away from prenatal supplements. Didn't see that one coming, now, did you? Several friends who work as missionaries asked me if vitamin C supplementation would help the indigenous peoples they work with in South American rainforests. Since I think supplemental C is valuable for all humans, I said "yes." They took it from there, and for years now have been giving multi-thousand-milligram doses of ascorbic acid powder to the natives daily. The result is that miscarriage and infant mortality rates have plummeted.
Read article at orthomolecular.org

Pesticide exposure linked to Alzheimer's disease

January 27, 2014

Scientists have known for more than 40 years that the synthetic pesticide DDT is harmful to bird habitats and a threat to the environment. Now researchers at Rutgers University say exposure to DDT - banned in the United States since 1972 but still used as a pesticide in other countries - may also increase the risk and severity of Alzheimer's disease in some people, particularly those over the age of 60.
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Low Vitamin D Levels During Pregnancy May Increase Risk of Severe Preeclampsia

January 24, 2014

Women who are deficient in vitamin D in the first 26 weeks of their pregnancy may be at risk of developing severe preeclampsia, a potentially life-threatening disorder diagnosed by an increase in blood pressure and protein in the urine, according to research by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.
Read article on the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center website (USA)

Toxic chemicals found in children's clothes, shoes, Greenpeace says

January 14, 2014

Children's clothing and shoes made by a dozen globally-recognised brands have been found to contain potentially harmful chemicals, Greenpeace said Tuesday.
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Low zinc intake may sap exercisers' energy

January 9, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Active people who get too little zinc in their diets may run out of juice sooner than they should, new research suggests.
Read article at paktribune.com (Pakistan)

Regulation of Vitamins: Politics As Usual

January 7, 2014

Medical politics has been pervaded with unfounded, misleading arguments, tantamount to propaganda, instead of good evidence. Over the last several decades, the US mainstream medical establishment and the public health authorities, along with the help of the medical industry-sponsored mass media, have launched and broadcast numerous campaigns touting the value of firmer supplement rules for the American people. The justification usually given is the lack of formal product testing for safety and efficacy, which, it is claimed, makes vitamins a big public health threat.
Read article at orthomolecular.org

No Deaths from Vitamins. None.
Supplement Safety Once Again Confirmed by America's Largest Database

January 3, 2014

The 30th annual report from the American Association of Poison Control Centers shows zero deaths from multiple vitamins. And, there were no deaths whatsoever from vitamin A, niacin, vitamin B-6, vitamin C, vitamin D, or vitamin E.
Read article at orthomolecular.org