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Sugar addiction much harder to address than salt

December 1, 2015

Weaning the public off salt is a piece of cake compared to reducing their addiction to sugar, scientists have discovered.
Read article at foodnavigator.com

There are still no dead bodies from health supplements

December 1, 2015

Why is it impossible for investigative media reporters to get it right about health supplements? In March of 2013 medical research showed that every day, 290 North Americans died from prescription drugs. To kill the same number of people a jumbo jet plane would have to crash every day. I asked Health Canada’s forensic bureaucrats to explain, where the dead bodies are who took natural supplements? I have never had a reply.
Read article at pawtuckettimes.com (USA)

Comment: In common with previous years, the 2013 annual report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers shows that there were no deaths whatsoever from any dietary supplement in the United States in that year. Nevertheless, the mass media continues to present absurd stories about the supposed dangers of consuming vitamins and other essential micronutrients in supplemental form. In doing so it deliberately ignores not only the numerous scientific studies showing how an insufficient intake of vitamins contributes to many health problems, but also the impressive health benefits that result from regular supplementation with micronutrients. To learn the facts about the safety of vitamins, read this article by Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki, Head of Research at the Dr. Rath Research Institute.

Food fight erupts as top nutritionists gather to define healthy eating

November 24, 2015

Their job was simple: Define a healthy diet. But when 21 of the top nutrition scientists in the world gathered in Boston last week to agree upon universal principles for sound eating, more than one described their final dinner together as a cage fight.
Read article at statnews.com

Comment: Significantly, the so-called “consensus statement” agreed at the end of this conference confirmed that there is little science to substantiate any of the diet trends the attendees discussed. Moreover, the crucial importance of micronutrients such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids in our diets, and the fact that studies show the nutrient content of our food has fallen substantially over the past few decades, gets no mention at all in it. Nor either does the issue of GMO foods and their dangers. Rather than following the latest diet fads such as those discussed here, consumers instead need to understand that an optimum dietary supplementation of vitamins and other essential micronutrients is the scientific key to the prevention and effective control of cardiovascular disease, cancer and other chronic health conditions.

How fast your heart beats predicts if you will die early

November 23, 2015

Chinese researchers found that the risk of dying from any illness raises by around nine per cent for every extra 10 beats per minute.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Comment: The average heart beats around 100,000 times every day, meaning it performs the greatest amount of work of all organs. Your body is ultimately as old as its cardiovascular system, and optimizing your cardiovascular health can therefore add years to your life. To learn how to take care of your heart naturally, read Dr. Rath’s classic book, Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks...But People Do!

Pollution partly to blame for India’s low vitamin D status

November 19, 2015

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High levels of environmental pollution have been blamed for being among the causes for elevated vitamin D deficiency in India after a study found that three-quarters of the population did not produce enough of the compound.
Read article at foodnavigator-asia.com

Comment: An eye-opening report in The Times of India recently described how 75 percent of the Indian population are believed to be deficient in several key vitamins. Summarizing a study carried out across four different areas of India, the article explained how alarming levels of vitamin deficiency have shown up among the country’s population. Notably, therefore, in an unexpected parallel, an award-winning analysis of the American population has found that not only do large portions of people in the United States have too low an intake of micronutrients, they are not even obtaining sufficient amounts when using dietary supplements. As such, with the primary cause of today’s most common chronic diseases now known to be an inadequate supply to our bodies of essential micronutrients, taken together these two studies confirm that micronutrient deficiency is a global problem that requires a globally sustainable solution.

€4.5m supplement project targets malnutrition in Kenyan children

November 16, 2015

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Malnourished children in Kenya are to receive nutrition supplements as part of a UNICEF-backed programme.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

'Million Cancer Deaths From Fukushima Expected in Japan,’ New Report Reveals

November 8, 2015

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A shocking new report defies the chronically underestimated impacts of the Fukushima's triple meltdown on the risk of cancer in exposed populations, which does not just include Japan, but arguably the entire world. 
Read article at greenmedinfo.com

Student suspended after bringing Vitamin C to school

November 4, 2015

A Marathon High School student was suspended for bringing dietary supplements to school because of a policy the school has.
Read article at wbng.com (USA)

Comment: Dietary supplements containing vitamin C and other natural micronutrients are not drugs and should not be treated as such. Rather than suspending students for possessing them, this school should instead be holding classes on the essentials of optimum nutrition and cellular health, thus enabling the youngest inhabitants of our planet to take advantage of the latest health breakthroughs in nutritional and Cellular Medicine. One day in the not too distant future, the suspending of any student for possession of vitamin C at school will be seen as a denial of their human rights to natural preventive health.

Vitamin D key to survival of endangered parrot

October 30, 2015

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A simple vitamin could be the key to bringing one of the world's most endangered birds back from the brink of extinction, New Zealand scientists said Friday.
Read article at xinhuanet.com (China)

French wine industry's love affair with pesticides blamed for worker health problems

October 29, 2015

A growing number of lawsuits in France have begun to expose the serious risk faced by those working on non-organic vineyards.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

Cutting sugar 'can improve health in nine days'

October 27, 2015

Reducing sugar in diets even without cutting calories or losing weight can dramatically improve health in as little as nine days, a study suggests. A new study involving obese children found significant results in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol in less than two weeks.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Is our food becoming less nutritious?

October 26 2015

It’s a sad fact that the nutritional quality of our food is declining. The main reason for this is the depletion of essential minerals in our soil. Modern intensive agricultural methods have left our soil mineral poor and this, in turn, impacts the food we grows and eat.
Read article at nyrnaturalnews.com (UK)

Comment: Contrary to what our governments are telling us, it is no longer possible to get all the vitamins and minerals we need in our food. Independent studies conducted in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and other countries have proven this by showing that the micronutrient content of our food has fallen substantially over the past few decades. More information on this important subject can be found in this special information section on our website.

Military service 'link' to motor neurone disease

October 26, 2015

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People who have served in the military are more likely to develop motor neurone disease (MND) than those who have not, a new study has suggested.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

Arm mole count 'predicts skin cancer risk'

October 19, 2015

Having more than 11 moles on one arm indicates a higher-than-average risk of skin cancer or melanoma, research suggests.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

Comment: Skin cancer is the most common of all types of cancers. Crucially, therefore, research conducted at the Dr. Rath Research Institute has shown that the antioxidant properties of vitamin C combined with lysine, proline and other micronutrients, may be protective against it. To learn more, read this issue of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s fortnightly news page.

34,000 Pesticides and 600 Chemicals Later: US Food Supply is Suffering

October 19, 2015

More than 34,000 pesticides derived from about 600 basic ingredients are currently registered for use in the United States by the Environmental Protection Agency. Industrial agriculture (meaning about 75% of all land used in the U.S. to grow food or raise animals) relies on these chemicals to grow food. Where, exactly has this gotten us?
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

75% of Indians suffer vitamin deficiency: Study
The samples tested across four zones showed that 75% of the population was deficient in three vital vitamins

October 18, 2015

More than seven out of ten Indians lack in vitamins, and most of them suffer from vitamin D deficiency that is linked to Alzheimer's disease, prostate cancer, erectile dysfunction and schizophrenia.
Read article on the Economic Times (India) website

Are your multivitamins and supplements providing needed micronutrients?

October 13, 2015

By Colin Dunn [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)], via flickr.com

Multivitamin/Mineral Supplement Contribution to Micronutrient Intakes in the United States, 2007–2010 has been selected as the 2015 Ragus Award Winner as Best Article from the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, the official publication of the American College of Nutrition.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Comment: As the analysis that is the subject of this award shows, not only do large proportions of the American population have micronutrient deficiencies, they are not even obtaining sufficient intakes of essential vitamins and minerals when using supplements. This finding therefore illustrates the importance, when choosing a supplement, of only using high quality products – based on the very latest scientific research – that supply the body with all the cellular nutrients it needs for optimum health.

Organic produce means reduced pesticides in kids, study shows

October 12, 2015

New research out of the Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health at UC Berkeley shows that switching from conventional to organic fruits and vegetables, even for just a few days, significantly reduces pesticide levels in children's bodies.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Metabolic syndrome leads one in three Americans to need more vitamin E

October 7, 2015

New research shows that the estimated one-third of Americans who have a cluster of health problems that add up to metabolic syndrome don't absorb dietary vitamin E as effectively as healthy people.
Read article at sciencedaily.com

How car tyres harm our lungs: Invisible pollutant carbon black found to be more dangerous than previously thought

October 6, 2015

An invisible pollutant produced by car tyres has been found to be even more damaging to lungs than previously thought.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

NZ research focuses on Vitamin C and breast cancer

September 29, 2015

A new research study will analyse the level of vitamin C in breast tumours, and compare health outcomes for patients with different levels of the vitamin. The NZ Breast Cancer Foundation and the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation have teamed up for the first time to fund this important study, led by vitamin C expert Professor Margreet Vissers at the University of Otago in Christchurch.
Read article at voxy.co.nz (New Zealand)

Comment: As the work of Dr. Rath and Dr. Niedzwiecki spreads around the world, interest in the use of vitamin C and other micronutrients for treating cancer is growing rapidly. However, it is important to understand that the best results are obtained not through the use of any single nutrient alone, but through the use of carefully chosen groups of nutrients acting synergistically. Research conducted at the Dr. Rath Research Institute has already shown how cancers of the pancreas, breast, bone, prostate, colon, lung and others can be controlled using this micronutrient synergy approach. Through the proper selection and correct combining of micronutrients, there is now no doubt that cancer can be a controllable disease. The sooner more of us become active in telling as many people as possible about this, the sooner painful deaths resulting from chemotherapy and cancer can become a thing of the past.

Trouble in wine paradise as Bordeaux village grapples with cancer rates five times national average

September 28, 2015

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A village in south-west France that produces some of the world’s most acclaimed sweet white wines has been hit by claims of a “rocketing” cancer rate and concerns that cases among children may be linked to pesticides.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

U.N. Sets Goal to End Global Hunger by 2030

September 26, 2015

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At this week’s general assembly, ending hunger was among more than a dozen goals to make the world a better place.
Read article at takepart.com

Comment: Don’t believe anyone who tells you that it isn’t possible to eradicate global hunger. In 2008, the UN’s own Food and Agriculture Organization estimated the cost of achieving it at only 30 billion dollars a year. To put this figure into context, with global military expenditure in 2014 totalling 1.8 trillion dollars, the world now spends more money on its armed forces in one week than it would cost to end global hunger. Looking at this another way, 30 billion dollars equates to a mere 0.04% of gross world product (the total value of all goods and services produced on the planet in a single year). As such, if enough of us draw attention to these facts and become active in seeking positive change, the goal of the Movement of Life to bring an end to malnutrition and world hunger can be achieved.

More than 500,000 Americans call on Bayer to stop selling bee-killing pesticides

September 19, 2015

Farmers, beekeepers, environmentalists, students, bee-lovers and members of the North Carolina community rallied in front of the North Carolina Capitol building today and delivered more than 500,000 petition signatures urging Bayer to stop selling bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides. Bayer is one of the leading manufacturers of neonicotinoids -- a key driver of bee decline. Bayer was invited to the rally and petition delivery by environmental and consumer organizations on behalf of the 500,000 people that signed petitions to Bayer, but the company has not responded to the invitation.
Read article at cbgnetwork.org (Germany)

Q: What is Britain’s 3rd biggest killer? A: Prescription psychiatric drugs

September 16, 2015

Two bombshells went out in the UK’s Daily Mail yesterday. Time will tell if they are ever allowed to detonate. One was by none other than Cochrane Collaboration co-founder Prof Peter Gøtzsche. At the bottom of Gøtzsche’s eye-opening piece is a second fact box piece by Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry co-founder Luke Montagu, who summarises his horrific experience withdrawing from benzodiazepines and antidepressants.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website

Poor diet is biggest contributor to early death globally

September 11, 2015

Poor diet and high blood pressure are the top two contributors to early death around the world, with high salt intake a ‘key component’ in raising blood pressure, according to a study published in Lancet Journal.
Read article at foodnavigator.com

Comment: The reason why poor diet contributes to early death is that it results in a chronic deficiency of vitamins, amino acids and other specific nutrients. Still unknown to many doctors, chronic deficiencies of nutrients are the primary cause of high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and many other chronic diseases. To learn more, visit the website of the Dr. Rath Research Institute.

Too fishy for words

September 9, 2015

The papers have had a field day suggesting that fish oil supplements do not keep elderly brains sharp, despite a welter of previous peer-reviewed evidence that they do. An Omega-3 study published 25 August 2015 by the Journal of the American Medical Association triggered this negative tsunami in the press. It turns out that this randomised clinical trial (RCT) is unreliable.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website

Humanity’s Big Fight: The Corporate Ownership of Food and Water

September 5, 2015

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A cabal controls our food supply. If you haven’t heard about the massive Svalbard ‘doomsday’ seed bank that individuals and companies like Bill Gates, Monsanto Corporation, Syngenta Foundation, and the Government of Norway have created, then you might want to check it out. The Svalbard seed bank seems to foreshadow a massive food crisis on this planet.
Read article on the Natural Society website

Severe poverty affects brain size, researchers find

September 1, 2015

A six-year study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has added to the mounting evidence that growing up in severe poverty affects how children's brains develop, potentially putting them at a lifelong disadvantage.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Carbonated drinks linked with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest of cardiac origin

September 1, 2015

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Carbonated beverages are associated with out-of-hospital cardiac arrests of cardiac origin, according to results from the All-Japan Utstein Registry presented for the first time today at ESC Congress. The study in nearly 800,000 patients suggests that limiting consumption of carbonated beverages may be beneficial for health.
Read article at sciencedaily.com

Low vitamin D level predicts cognitive decline in older population

August 31, 2015

In a study published Sept. 15 in the Journal of the American Medical Association-Neurology, Joshua Miller, professor of nutritional sciences at the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, found that people with low levels of vitamin D experienced rates of cognitive decline at a much faster pace than people with adequate vitamin D status.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Low vitamin D levels prevalent in untreated patients with HBV

August 31, 2015

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In a new study, researchers found that untreated patients with chronic hepatitis B virus infection had significantly low levels of vitamin D.
Read article at healio.com

Lack of vitamin D may cause multiple sclerosis, study finds

August 25, 2015

Lack of vitamin D may be a direct cause of multiple sclerosis (MS), a study has found. The discovery may have important public health implications since so many people have insufficient levels of the essential vitamin, researchers say.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

Study of Holocaust survivors finds trauma passed on to children's genes

August 21, 2015

New finding is first example in humans of the theory of epigenetic inheritance: the idea that environmental factors can affect the genes of your children.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

Comment: January 27th, 2015 was the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. The largest mass extermination camp in human history, between 1940 and 1945 over 1.1 million people met their deaths there. Even three-quarters of a century later however, the lessons of history have yet to be learned. Important facts about what really happened at Auschwitz, and why, have been concealed from the people of the world by multinational corporate interests and their political stakeholders. For a world of health, peace and social justice to become possible, we need to learn about and share the facts that have been denied to us. Otherwise we risk history repeating itself and our planet continuing to be controlled by the same corporate interests who bear the ultimate responsibility for WWII and the traumas of Auschwitz.

NASA Is Looking To Turn Astronaut Waste Into Plastic and Vitamins

August 21, 2015

When tomorrow’s astronauts feel the call of nature, they may be engaging in an act of creation. NASA recently awarded roughly $200,000 to researchers at Clemson University to figure out how to turn human waste into usable products, including vitamins and plastics.
Read article at govexec.com (USA)

Microbeads, the Tiny Orbs Threatening Our Water

August 21, 2015

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Plastic is believed to be the main contaminant in the huge garbage gyres that pollute the oceans. Now researchers, led by Sherri Mason of the State University of New York at Fredonia, have found a stunning amount of plastic in the largest freshwater ecosystem on earth, the Great Lakes. And an increasing amount of it consists of the tiny plastic orbs used as abrasives in products like toothpaste and anti-acne lotions.
Read editorial in the New York Times (USA)

Most Americans Don't Get Enough Vitamins And Minerals

August 11, 2015

Our food supply has deteriorated in quality.  The main culprit is processed food, such as packaged and fast food.  Because it is cheap, convenient and tasty, it is taking over the American diet.  Unfortunately, processed food is sorely lacking in micronutrients.  But it doesn't stop there.  Even whole foods such as fresh vegetables, meats and fish are lacking the micronutrients they once contained.
Read blog entry by Lorie Johnson at cbn.com

Comment: Still unknown to millions of people, the reality is that it is no longer possible to obtain all the micronutrients we need from food alone. Independent studies conducted in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and many other countries clearly show that the nutrient content of our food has fallen substantially over the past few decades.

Lack of proper access to food costs the health care system: study

August 10, 2015

People who lack reliable access to sufficient, healthy food cost the health care system much more than individuals who are able to put good food on the table, according to a new study published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Read article at globalnews.ca (Canada)

Coca-Cola Funds Scientists Who Shift Blame for Obesity Away From Bad Diets

August 9, 2015

Coca-Cola, the world’s largest producer of sugary beverages, is backing a new “science-based” solution to the obesity crisis: To maintain a healthy weight, get more exercise and worry less about cutting calories.
Read article on the New York Times website

Sunlight and vitamin D necessary for public health

August 7, 2015

The Journal of the American College of Nutrition is pleased to offer Open Access to a scientific consensus paper, "Sunlight and Vitamin D: Necessary for Public Health," authored by scientists from the University of California, San Diego, Creighton University, Boston University Medical Center, and the Medical University of South Carolina, along with other research contributors. The paper presents information to illustrate that UV exposure not only provides the benefits of vitamin D production, but also many additional health benefits not related to vitamin D. The current culture of sun avoidance in the United States carries with it both health risks and quantifiable harm.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Supplements save public health money: Review

August 5, 2015

Using food supplements in care homes and the wider community could spell big public savings, say the researchers behind a review of 19 papers.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

Comment: Evidence is growing that daily use of supplements can reduce national healthcare costs. At the global level, the potential economic savings that can be made are truly astronomical. For example, a study published in 2011 by the World Economic Forum (WEF) found that the total economic impact of just the five leading chronic diseases alone – cancer, diabetes, mental illness, heart disease, and respiratory disease – could reach $47 trillion by 2030. Following the publication of this study, the WEF’s senior director of health admitted publicly that this outcome has the potential to bankrupt national healthcare systems. As such, the time to act is now. A new healthcare system is possible – but it depends on all of us, acting together, to bring it about.

Alzheimer’s experts really want to find a cure; just so long as it doesn’t involve vitamins

August 5, 2015

Do you believe there is a new drug for Alzheimer’s on the near horizon? That there is no truth in the popular idea that B vitamins might cut your risk of getting this dreadful disease? Well you are wrong on both counts, but it’s not your fault, you’ve quite reasonably fallen for some very sophisticated marketing. 
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website

Sun-deprived Britons lack vitamin D, say health experts

August 2, 2015

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People across the UK should increase their daily intake of vitamin D because gloomy British winters do not provide enough sunshine to maintain healthy levels throughout the year, government health advisers have recommended.
Read article in The Independent (UK)

Study reveals vitamin B12 deficiency linked to memory problems

July 26, 2015

Confused woman

There's been a lot of buzz about vitamin B12 in recent years, and here's another reason to pay attention to it: A new study finds that a deficiency in vitamin B12 is associated with memory and thinking problems, as well as brain shrinkage.

Read article at pulse.com.gh (Ghana)

NASA Researchers Find "Frozen" Recipe for Extraterrestrial Vitamin

July 23, 2015

Vitamin B3 could have been made on icy dust grains in space, and later delivered to Earth by meteorites and comets, according to new laboratory experiments by a team of NASA-funded researchers. Vitamin B3, also known as niacin or nicotinic acid, is used to build NAD (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide), which is essential to metabolism and probably ancient in origin. The result supports a theory that the origin of life may have been assisted by a supply of biologically important molecules produced in space and brought to Earth by comet and meteor impacts.
Read article on the NASA website (USA)

Be Afraid, Bees, Be Very Afraid: UK Lifts Ban on Pesticide Linked to Their Decline

July 23, 2015

Bee

Against massive opposition from both scientists and the public, the UK has temporarily lifted a European Union ban on a certain type of pesticide suspected of killing bees.

Read article at news.vice.com

Scanner Tells You What's In Food, Vitamins, Jewelry

July 22, 2015

Scanner Tells You What's In Food, Vitamins, Jewelry

Devotees of the Star Trek sci-fi franchise will be familiar with the ubiquitous tricorder, the multifunction handheld device used by Starfleet officers to analyze just about any material — and resolve dangling plot threads with pseudo-scientific expository dialogue. (“I’m reading trace amounts of dilithium, Jim.”) The tricorder concept has long been more of a narrative device than an actual scientific device, but that’s starting to change with the advent of portable spectrometers that put molecular analysis in the palm of your hand.

Read article at news.discovery.com

CT scanning shown to cause DNA damage, study finds

July 22, 2015

CT scanner

Computerized tomography (CT) scans may cause cellular damage— a finding that further encourages doctors to use the lowest radiation dose possible as a precaution, according to preliminary research from the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Read article at foxnews.com (USA)

Comment: The early detection of health problems is very important in curtailing the progress of, or eliminating, disease at its onset. Over the last decades, various imaging techniques such as X-rays, ultrasounds, MRI and CT scans have been developed and applied to diagnostic, as well as therapeutic, medical care.
However, in recent years, many doctors – and especially radiologists – have become concerned with the overuse of certain diagnostic techniques, in particular those that expose patients to radiation. To learn how to use diagnostic technologies wisely and for the benefit of your health, read this article by Bilwa Bhanap, MD, and Aleksandra Niedzwiecki, PhD.

Effects of Vitamin K Deficiency in Cystic Fibrosis

July 20, 2015

New research into vitamin K deficiency among cystic fibrosis patients may help explain why exocrine pancreatic insufficiency increases the risk of pathological shortages.
Read article at hcplive.com (USA)

Few U.S. adults meet fruit, vegetable intake guidelines

July 17, 2015

Less than 15 percent of U.S. adults eat enough fruits daily to meet federal recommendations, but the numbers are even worse in some states, dipping as low as 7.5 percent in Tennessee, according to a new study.
Read news report at reuters.com

Comment: The real tragedy of these statistics is that the people of the world have not been informed by their governments that heart disease is caused by a long term lack of vitamin C. Fruits and vegetables are good sources of vitamin C and other micronutrients, which means they can help prevent heart disease! To learn more, visit the “End Heart Disease: Plant a Fruit Tree” campaign page on the Movement of Life website.

Millions more people will likely suffer a nutrient deficiency by 2050 — and you can blame our carbon emissions

July 15, 2015

Humans’ greenhouse gas emissions have caused nothing but trouble for the environment — this much is obvious. From the public health problems caused by heavy air pollution to the myriad problems associated with climate change, there have never been more reasons to cut down on our carbon emissions. And a new study, published Wednesday in The Lancet, has just given us one more: Higher levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere could be causing nutrient deficiencies around the world.
Read article in the Washington Post (USA)

Low vitamin D linked to osteoarthritis in the knee

July 15, 2015

As you get older, chances are you may have noticed your knees are less forgiving when it comes to jaunting up and down the stairs. Now, a study supported in part by USDA-funded researchers suggests if you're not getting adequate vitamin D in your diet, you may be at increased risk of developing the painful condition known as osteoarthritis in your knees.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Hydraulic fracturing linked to increases in hospitalization rates in the Marcellus Shale
Pennsylvania residents in counties with high well density more likely to be admitted for suite of ailments

July 15, 2015

Hospitalizations for heart conditions, neurological illness, and other conditions were higher among people who live near unconventional gas and oil drilling (hydraulic fracturing), according to new research. Over the past ten years in the United States, hydraulic fracturing has experienced a meteoric increase. Due to substantial increases in well drilling, potential for air and water pollution posing a health threat has been a concern for nearby residents.
Read article at sciencedaily.com

Zinc at the heart of new study

July 14, 2015

Zinc plays an important role in regulating heartbeat, according to new research led by the University of St Andrews.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Doctors demand a 20% tax on sugary drinks to fight UK obesity epidemic

July 13, 2015

Britain’s doctors are calling for the government to impose a 20% tax on sugar-sweetened drinks to pay for subsidies on fruit and vegetables in an effort to slow the obesity epidemic.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

Comment: The heavy consumption of sugary drinks and fast foods in many countries today is a direct result of the artificial barriers that have deliberately been created between nutrition and health. Still unrealized by millions of people around the world who suffer from chronic diseases, the most effective medicines for our health can be grown in our gardens, on cultivated land within our communities and on the fields of our farms. Therefore, knowledge about the micronutrient content of plants has to become a key element in any education program towards a truly preventive health care system. Knowledge about the vitamin C content of citrus fruits, the polyphenol content of green tea or the micronutrients contained in sweet potatoes, cruciferous plants, grapes and many other plants, and their role in optimizing cellular metabolism, creates the decisive links between nutritional and Cellular Medicine. To learn more about natural preventive health approaches read Dr. Rath’s Barletta Declaration, which is now available in 12 languages including Arabic.

Higher vitamin D doses may be needed to restore healthy levels in overweight blacks

July 7, 2015

The current recommended minimum daily dose of vitamin D is not sufficient to restore healthy vitamin D levels in overweight or obese blacks, researchers report.
Read article at sciencedaily.com

Some people age three times faster than others, study finds

July 6, 2015

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Individuals age at such differing rates that some grow older three times faster than other people of the same age, a new study has found. US scientists who conducted the study on a group of 38-year-olds found that their biological ages ranged from 28 to 61.
Read article in The Independent (UK)

Comment: Contrary to what the Pharma Cartel and its stakeholders in medicine and the media would have you believe, research and clinical studies have shown the health benefits of micronutrients in anti-aging. Given this evidence, anyone who privately or publicly questions the health value of micronutrients in protecting our health does not serve our interests but rather those of the trillion-dollar-a-year 'business with disease'. Ultimately, through preventing cardiovascular diseases and achieving victory over cancer it is possible for everyone to live longer, healthier lives.

A Dose Of Culinary Medicine Sends Med Students To The Kitchen

July 1, 2015

When it comes to premature death and disease, what we eat ranks as the single most important factor, according to a study in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association. Yet few doctors say they feel properly trained to dispense dietary advice. One group, at least, is trying to fill that knowledge gap.
Read article at npr.org (USA)

New Zealand children still suffer rickets from lack of Vitamin D

June 30, 2015

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Vitamin D deficiency continues to cause rickets in young New Zealanders, new University of Otago research has found. The researchers say that their finding suggests that at-risk mothers and children should be better targeted for Vitamin D supplementation.
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Don’t live longer, we can’t afford it!

June 24, 2015

Healthcare systems worldwide have their backs against the wall. The two main bottle necks are lack of money and lack of sufficient healthcare staff. But the problems manifest financially. They are magnified dramatically by the lack of effective disease prevention, the lack of effectiveness in treating chronic diseases and the cost of drugs and surgery. The biggest costs are people, buildings and drugs.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website

Insecticide lindane found to cause cancer

June 24, 2015

A common insecticide has been found to cause cancer in humans, according to a World Health Organization review. The product, lindane, was once widely used in agriculture and continues to be found in some treatments for head lice and scabies.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

50 everyday chemicals that can mix to raise cancer risk: Substances found in fried potatoes, handwash and suncream could lead to cancer if combined

June 23, 2015

Fifty everyday chemicals, including one found in fried potatoes, could be combining to increase our risk of cancer, researchers say. Previous studies may have under-estimated the danger because they did not take into account the risk the chemicals pose together.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

Comment:  International research is increasingly confirming the validity of concerns we ourselves first raised years ago. With this latest study essentially echoing the findings of an assessment carried out in Denmark earlier this year, we look forward to the day when the growing evidence base on the dangers of patented chemicals is finally acted upon by government health policy makers.

Study links exposure to common pesticide with ADHD in boys

June 1, 2015

A new study links a commonly used household pesticide with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and young teens.
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Marks and Spencer adds Vitamin D to bread as cases of childhood rickets quadruples

May 30, 2015

The high street giant is set to become first UK store to add vitamin D to its entire range of bread with two slices providing 15 per cent daily requirement.
Read article on the Daily Mirror website (UK)

Sunshine not enough as only source of vitamin D during pregnancy, study finds

May 24, 2015

Even in one of the world’s favourite places to catch some rays — the Mediterranean — low levels of vitamin D are common during pregnancy, according to a study.
Read article at themalaymailonline.com  (Malaysia)

B12 deficiency expert calls for urgent changes in healthcare provision

May 20, 2015

“B12 deficiency is the most misunderstood, ignored and costly epidemic costing billions of healthcare dollars. It causes debilitating health, anaemia, intellectual disabilities in children, mental illness, cognitive decline, fall-related trauma, and it can cause premature death”. 
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website

Consumer concerns about chemicals in food rise while their trust in food safety sinks, survey finds

May 18, 2015

Concern about “chemicals” in the food supply is growing among Americans, many of whom are changing how they buy food as a result, according to a recent survey. 
Read article at foodnavigator-usa.com

Lack of vitamin B12 can cause trouble in school

May 15, 2015

Vitamin B12 deficiency in elementary school children from Bogotá, Colombia, was strongly associated with the students having to repeat a grade and with their number of school absences, researchers from the University of Michigan School of Public Health found. Dr. Eduardo Villamor and team discovered that students deficient in vitamin B12 were at 2.4 times greater risk of repeating a grade, and had 1.9 times more absences than those who were not deficient.
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90 pc of Indians Vitamin D-deficient, Say Experts

May 11, 2015

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VIJAYAWADA: Lack of exposure to sunlight in the present day lifestyle, where people prefer less outdoor activity, is leading to Vitamin D deficiency, which is more than a vitamin for human body. Over 90 per cent of India’s population is vitamin D-deficient and is at risk from health complications like diabetes and heart disorders, say experts.
Read article on the New Indian Express website

Perfect Nails, Poisoned Workers

May 8, 2015

Some ingredients used in nail products have been tied to cancer, miscarriages, lung diseases and other ailments. The industry has long fought regulations.
Read article in the New York Times

Study links low vitamin D to increased risk of pancreatic cancer

April 30, 2015

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While it’s clear that too much sun can increase the risk for skin cancer, a new study has found that too little vitamin D can increase the risk of pancreatic cancer. The study is the first to link vitamin D deficiency with pancreatic cancer, Medical Daily reported.
Read article at foxnews.com (USA)

Comment:  Cancer of the pancreas is a serious and almost always fatal disease. The twelfth most common cancer worldwide, around 338,000 new cases were diagnosed in 2012. Only 4-5% of the people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer live beyond 5 years after their diagnosis. This is due to the fact that the disease is usually diagnosed at a very late stage due to a lack of specific symptoms, and also, as with other cancers, because there is no effective drug that can cure it. To learn about the benefits of micronutrient synergy in pancreatic cancer, read this article.

Low vitamin D levels linked to lupus

April 30, 2015

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Monash-led research has shown for the first time that low vitamin D levels are associated with higher disease activity in Australian lupus patients.
Read article at healthcanal.com

Vitamin D toxicity rare in people who take supplements, researchers report

April 30, 2015

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Over the last decade, numerous studies have shown that many Americans have low vitamin D levels and as a result, vitamin D supplement use has climbed in recent years. Vitamin D has been shown to boost bone health and it may play a role in preventing diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease and other illnesses. In light of the increased use of vitamin D supplements, Mayo Clinic researchers set out to learn more about the health of those with high vitamin D levels. They found that toxic levels are actually rare.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Comment: Ultimately, the reality that the mass media is not sharing with us is that vitamins are dangerous ONLY to the pharmaceutical business, which sees them as undermining its disease market and thus reducing the sales for patented synthetic drugs. To learn the truth about the safety of vitamins, read this article by Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki.

Toxic combination of air pollution and poverty lowers child IQ

April 29, 2015

Children born to mothers experiencing economic hardship, who were also exposed during pregnancy to high levels of PAH (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), scored significantly lower on IQ tests at age 5 compared with children born to mothers with greater economic security and less exposure to the pollutants. The findings by researchers at the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health (CCCEH) at the Mailman School of Public Health appear in the journal Neurotoxicology and Teratology.
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Research indicates our skin color is evolutionary gateway to vitamin D

April 24, 2015

All over the world, millions of people see skin color as a symbol of superiority or inferiority, whether they are conscious of it or not. Others see humanity's array of skin tones, from white to ocher to black, as a positive mark of our remarkable diversity. But Nina Jablonski sees skin color, first and foremost, as an evolutionary gateway to vitamin D.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Link between vitamin D status and hospital delirium: 4000-strong cohort

April 22, 2015

Patients with a lower pre-hospital vitamin D status are more likely to suffer from ‘delirium’ when hospitalised, say researchers. 
Read article at nutraingredients.com

Vitamin bashing begins in US prior to publication of meta-analysis using old studies

April 22, 2015

New vitamin bashing headlines this week, once again linking dietary supplements with cancer, seem strangely familiar. It appears that old studies are once again forming the basis of another new meta-analysis (‘study of studies’), with the usual accompanying advice to discard them or at least be very cautious about using them. The ‘new’ research is nothing more than a meta-analysis headed by Dr Tim Byers, a cancer doctor, University of Colorado researcher, and a director of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) that reconsiders 12 cherry-picked studies over the last 20 years, involving around 300,000 people. As yet apparently unpublished, the research was presented at a forum which formed part of the AACR Annual Meeting 2015 in Philadelphia. 
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website

Glyphosate is a 'probably carcinogenic' pesticide. Why do cities still use it?

April 21, 2015

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Cities use glyphosate to control weeds in parks and along verges. Now that the WHO says the pesticide is ‘probably carcinogenic to humans’, is it time to stop?
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

Organic Food Industry Explodes as Consumer Demand Spikes

April 20, 2015

Looks like organic food has gone from a new-age trend to a staple in supermarkets and many American diets. According to a new analysis from the Organic Trade Association (OTA), organic food sales in 2014 jumped 11 percent to $35.9 billion, claiming almost 5 percent of the total food sales in the U.S.
Read article at ecowatch.com (USA)

Nigeria mystery deaths: Pesticides suspected, says WHO

April 19, 2015

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says pesticide poisoning is the probable cause of 18 mysterious deaths in south-western Nigeria. Those who died in Ondo state suffered from blurred vision and headaches, and then lost consciousness before dying within 24 hours.
Read article on the BBC News website

For Drinking Water in Drought, California Looks Warily to Sea

April 11, 2015

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Every time drought strikes California, the people of this state cannot help noticing the substantial reservoir of untapped water lapping at their shores — 187 quintillion gallons of it, more or less, shimmering so invitingly in the sun. Now, for the first time, a major California metropolis is on the verge of turning the Pacific Ocean into an everyday source of drinking water. 
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

Pesticide exposure linked to increased heart attack risk in obese women

April 10, 2015

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Pesticide exposure could contribute to an increased risk for heart attacks and inflammation in obese premenopausal women, a new study has found.
Read article at foodnavigator.com

The Glyphosate Saga, & “independent scientific advice” according to Germany, the UK & France

April 2, 2015

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently classified glyphosate, the active substance of Monsanto's RoundUp herbicide, as “probably causing cancer in human beings”. Germany is charged by the EU with the safety review of glyphosate: yet three scientists sitting on its scientific panel on pesticides are employees of BASF and Bayer, two major pesticides producers. Meanwhile, the UK has simply privatised its governmental Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) outright, and France's experts in charge of assessing the safety of medicines have been shown to have been selling undeclared advisory services to pharmaceutical companies on how to best to file their market authorisation applications.
Read article on the Corporate Europe Observatory website

Unsafe food is 'growing global threat', says WHO

April 2, 2015

Factory meat

Eating food contaminated with bugs leads to more than half a billion cases of illness a year, the World Health Organization warns. It says this "global threat" contributed to 351,000 deaths in 2010. Unsafe foods, for example undercooked meat, can cause 200 problems - from diarrhoea to cancer. But changes in food production mean there are more opportunities for meals to harbour harmful bugs or chemicals, experts say.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

Low vitamin D linked to worse prognosis in type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma

March 30, 2015

Vegetables and Fruits

A new study found that people with lower vitamin D levels prior to treatment for follicular lymphoma succumb to the disease or face relapse earlier than patients with sufficient vitamin D levels in their blood.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Food chemicals may have harmful ‘cocktail’ effect

March 27, 2015

Risk assessment of food chemicals usually fails to take into account their effects when combined with other compounds – and these ‘chemical cocktails’ may be harmful to health, says new research from Denmark.
Read article at foodnavigator.com

Comment: This research confirms what we ourselves first pointed out years ago. At the global regulatory level, the reality is that no substantive consideration has been given by the Codex Alimentarius Commission to the fact that artificial food additives are consumed not in isolation, but in tandem with each other. As such, the cumulative long-term effect that the consumption of multiple patented chemicals and artificial additives has on the health of consumers is largely being ignored. Revealingly, therefore, many artificial additives are being manufactured by some of the same pharmaceutical and chemical companies that would like to ban vitamin supplements and force GM foods onto our dinner plates. As is similarly the case with pharmaceutical drugs and GM seeds, the main reason why many of these substances exist is because they can be patented – and patents equal higher profits.

More than one-third of Division I college athletes may have low vitamin D levels

March 27, 2015

A new study presented today at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) found that more than one-third of elite, Division I college athletes may have low levels of vitamin D, which is critical in helping the body to absorb calcium needed to maintain bone mass, and to minimize musculoskeletal pain and injury risk.
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We’re treating soil like dirt. It’s a fatal mistake, as our lives depend on it

March 25, 2015

Tractor, dust and dirt

War, pestilence, even climate change, are trifles by comparison. Destroy the soil and we all starve.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

Comment: According to a senior official from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, generating three centimeters of top soil takes 1,000 years. If current rates of degradation continue, all of the world's top soil could be gone within only 60 years.

Pregnant Women Need More Omega-3s: Study

March 25, 2015

Most pregnant women are not getting enough healthy omega-3 fatty acids, a new Canadian study finds.
Read article at newsmax.com

Beware of Organ Removal for "Cancer Prevention": Jolie's Precautionary Tale

March 24, 2015

Angelina Jolie has just announced she has removed her ovaries and fallopian tubes to "prevent cancer", following her decision last year to remove her breasts for the same reason. Is this medically justified, sane behavior?
Read article at greenmedinfo.com

Are your ready prepared fruit & veg as healthy as you think?

March 21, 2015

Vegetables and Fruits

Tests show far lower levels of vitamin C than unprepared produce.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

Popular weed killer deemed probable carcinogen by UN

March 20, 2015

One of the world's most popular weed-killers—and the most widely used kind in the U.S.—has been labeled a probable carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The decision was made by IARC, the France-based cancer research arm of the World Health Organization, which considered the status of five insect and weed killers including glyphosate, which is used globally in industrial farming.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Vitamin D Deficiency Is Way More Rampant Than We Believed

March 19, 2015

The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for vitamin D is ten times lower than what we actually need, say two teams of researchers who have challenged the US's National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), both responsible for the RDA.
Read article on the Huffington Post Canada website

Scientists Seek Ban on Method of Editing the Human Genome

March 19, 2015

A group of leading biologists on Thursday called for a worldwide moratorium on use of a new genome-editing technique that would alter human DNA in a way that can be inherited. The biologists fear that the new technique is so effective and easy to use that some physicians may push ahead before its safety can be assessed.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

Low vitamin D levels, depression linked in young women, new study shows

March 18, 2015

A new study from Oregon State University suggests there is a relationship between low levels of vitamin D and depression in otherwise healthy young women.
Read article at sciencedaily.com

Long-term food bank users risk nutritional problems

Researchers say reliance on processed food usually provided by food banks is unlikely to result in a balanced diet

March 18, 2015

Families who rely too heavily on food banks may suffer nutritional deficiencies because so much of the produce is processed rather than fresh, it has been claimed.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

Coca-Cola Caught Paying "Health Leaders" to Say Soda is "Healthy Snack"

March 17, 2015

Would you like a healthy dose of high-fructose corn syrup with that organic salad? If you"re listening to one of the "health experts" on the payroll of Coca-Cola, this suggestion could in fact be a reality. According to a new report, many health writers, bloggers, and spokespeople are being compensated in order to push toxic soda onto the public as a health drink.
Read article at naturalsociety.com

Heart scares may inspire higher antioxidant, polyphenol and flavonoid intakes: Study

March 17, 2015

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When faced with cardiovascular disease, Polish men and women modify their diets to increase their intakes of antioxidants, polyphenols and flavonoids, according to a national health survey.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

Comment: The largest “epidemic” on earth is caused by heart attacks, strokes and other forms of cardiovascular disease that have cost hundreds of millions of lives. Today, we know that this “cardiovascular epidemic” is not a genuine disease but the result of long-term deficiencies of vitamins and other essential nutrients in millions of cells of our bodies — and it is preventable. To learn about the most effective approach to controlling cardiovascular disease safely and naturally, read Dr. Rath’s classic book, Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks...But People Do!

Toxic mixtures of pesticide residues in fruit and vegetables keep on flooding EU markets

March 12, 2015

Food Authority EFSA published today the results of the monitoring of pesticide residues in fruits and vegetables for the year 2013. Again the level of toxic mixtures in the food on the market appears to have increased: 27.3% of all fruit and vegetables in the supermarkets contain more than one pesticide, up from 26.1% in 2012. The products with the highest percentage of samples with multiple residues were strawberries (63%), peaches (53%), apples (46%) and lettuce (36%). 12% of the strawberries (1 out of every 8 box of strawberries) even contain more than 6 pesticide residues!
Read press release on the Pesticide Action Network (Europe) website

Home grown fruit and vegetables really are healthier and tastier, even if they aren't pretty enough to grace supermarket shelves

March 12, 2015

It has long been claimed by allotment-holders that their fruit and vegetables beat those from supermarket shelves. Now scientists have proved home-grown produce is not just tastier but healthier too.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

Scientists detail how plants regulate vitamin C production

March 12, 2015

Researchers have uncovered the secret to a plant's regulation of vitamin C production.
Read article at upi.com

Bayer loses neonicotinoid legal case against German FoE

March 12, 2015

A judge has ruled that the German branch of Friends of Earth has a right to voice its concerns over the potential harm to bees from German chemical giant Bayer CropScience’s neonicotinoid pesticide thiacloprid. The judge at the Duesseldorf Regional Court took the decision on Wednesday (March 11) to revoke the injunction previously imposed, in favour of Bayer, against the German environmental campaigners BUND.
Read article on the Farmers Guardian website (UK)

Poland’s farmers locked in David and Goliath battle

March 10, 2015

Since joining the EU in 2004 Polish government land agencies have been selling off prime farmland to foreign speculators and corporations. The Polish government has consistently ignored demands from the farmers to stop this practice to protect rural communities and their environment. At the moment, and up until May 2016, permits are still required for non-Polish nationals to purchase land. But after that, the door will be wide open to legal ‘land grabs’ by outsiders.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website

Major Chemical Company ‘Poisoned Water Supply’ for 50 Years
And is now being sued, again

March 9, 2015

A federal lawsuit has been filed against the chemical company Dupont by residents of West Virginia after being poisoned with a chemical called C8. The plaintiffs seek damages from Dupont for contaminating their drinking water.
Read article at naturalsociety.com

Fracking Used to Inject Nuclear Waste Underground for Decades

March 6, 2015

Unearthed articles from the 1960s detail how nuclear waste was buried beneath the Earth’s surface by Halliburton & Co. for decades as a means of disposing the by-products of post-World War II atomic energy production.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

Newly Released: Study Confirms Chronic Kidney Failure 5 Times Higher in Glyphosate-Ridden Areas

March 5, 2015

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The evidence for the abominable toxicity of Round Up chemicals like glyphosate is already overwhelming, yet there seems to be a never-ending stream of research and evidence pointing toward their dangers. A new study has just been published showing that farmers in Sri Lanka exposed to glyphosate through drinking water are 5 times more likely to develop chronic kidney failure than those who don’t drink herbicide-polluted water.
Read article at naturalsociety.com

Indians lose billions of life years to air pollution

February 25, 2015

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Air pollution in India is robbing its citizens of an estimated 2.1 billion years of life collectively. India is home to 13 of the world's top 20 cities for particulate air pollution, according to the World Health Organization.
Read article on the New Scientist website

The numbers are in: As many as two in three smokers will die from their habit, Australian study concludes

February 24, 2015

A large Australian study of more than 200,000 people has provided independent confirmation that up to two in every three smokers will die from their habit if they continue to smoke.
Read article at sciencedaily.com

Want pizza, chocolate, French fries? Highly processed foods linked to addictive eating

February 20, 2015

A new University of Michigan study confirms what has long been suspected: highly processed foods like chocolate, pizza and French fries are among the most addictive.
Read article at sciencedaily.com

People with multiple sclerosis may have lower levels of key nutrients

February 19, 2015

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Women with multiple sclerosis (MS) may have lower levels of important antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients, such as folate from food and vitamin E, than healthy people, according to a new study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 67th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, April 18 to 25, 2015.
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Comment: In making this finding, the researchers who carried out this study are essentially confirming a key principle of Cellular Medicine: a chronic deficiency of vitamins, amino acids and other specific nutrients is the primary cause of today’s most common chronic diseases.

Cholesterol no longer a concern: US experts

February 19, 2015

A warning against eating foods high in cholesterol is no longer included in the US government's draft dietary guidelines for Americans, representing a major shift in policy, officials said Thursday.
Read AFP news report at yahoo.com

Comment: Whilst essentially a step in the right direction, the fact is that mankind has yet to be told the full truth about cholesterol. A molecule that is essential for life, cholesterol is a structural constituent of the walls of billions of cells in our body and the precursor of biological molecules such as estrogen and testosterone. Moreover, there exists no scientific evidence that cholesterol, even in moderately elevated concentrations, damages the blood vessel walls and causes atherosclerotic plaques and heart attacks if the blood vessel walls are structurally intact. For cholesterol to have a damaging effect on otherwise intact blood vessel walls in test animals (i.e. to cause plaques) it must be artificially increased to levels essentially never observed in humans. To learn more and discover how cardiovascular disease can be prevented safely and naturally, visit the Cholesterol Facts website and read Dr. Rath’s classic book, Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks...But People Do!

Organic farming continues to rise across the globe

February 17, 2015

2 million of the world’s 1.5 billion farmers are now producing organically, with nearly 80 percent based in developing countries. India boasts the most certified organic producers, followed by Uganda and Mexico.
Read article at csmonitor.com (USA)

Man spends more than 2 months in jail for possession of vitamins

February 16, 2015

A Mankato, Minn., man who sat in jail for weeks awaiting trial for possessing a large amount of powdered amphetamine was released recently after the charges were dismissed.
Read article at edmondsun.com (USA)

Comment: When reading this story you should keep in mind that, given the chance, the Pharma Cartel would be very happy for possession of vitamins in anything over minimal RDA doses to be criminalized. Indeed, during the 1990s, as documented in this amusing campaign video, the United States Food and Drug Administration, acting on behalf of the Pharma Cartel, was essentially in favour of this happening. To help protect your future rights to vitamin freedom, support the Health for All campaign of the Movement of Life.

Winter weather depriving city dwellers of vitamin D
UB researcher identifies supplements, fish and irradiated mushrooms as rich sources

February 13, 2015

Residents of snowy, northern U.S. cities are at risk of vitamin D deficiency and worse, may not even know it.
Read article and watch video on the University of Buffalo website (USA)

Vitamin D deficiency linked to atherosclerosis

February 12, 2015

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A low vitamin D intake during childhood is associated with a higher risk of sub-clinical atherosclerosis in adulthood, researchers in Finland have found.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

Low vitamin D predicts more severe strokes, poor health post-stroke

February 11, 2015

Stroke patients with low vitamin D levels were found to be more likely than those with normal vitamin D levels to suffer severe strokes and have poor health months after stroke, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2015.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Smoking’s Toll on Health Is Even Worse Than Previously Thought, a Study Finds

February 11, 2015

However bad you thought smoking was, it’s even worse. A new study adds at least five diseases and 60,000 deaths a year to the toll taken by tobacco in the United States. Before the study, smoking was already blamed for nearly half a million deaths a year in this country from 21 diseases, including 12 types of cancer.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

Sunlight and vitamin D levels higher for coastal populations

February 9, 2015

People living close to the coast in England have higher vitamin D levels than inland dwellers, according to a new study published in the journal Environment International.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Eating Organic Produce Can Limit Pesticide Exposure

February 6, 2015

People who eat organic produce may have lower levels of some pesticides in their bodies than people who eat similar amounts of conventionally grown fruits and veggies, according to a new study.
Read news report at yahoo.com

Comment: Far from being “rocket science”, the findings of this study are just plain common sense. But watch out for studies directly or indirectly funded by the chemical industry attempting to disprove it!

Underhand herbal food supplement ban by Irish regulator

February 4, 2015

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Last week, the Irish medicines regulator, the Health Products Regulatory Agency (HPRA), formerly the Irish Medicines Board, closed its consultation on its proposed guide to help retailers decide on what herbal products they should and shouldn’t sell. First up, Irish retailers have told the HPRA they find the guidance excessively complex and unworkable. But that's not all. Hidden inside the draft guide is something much more sinister. It’s a de facto plan to ban outright all food supplements selling in Ireland that contain the herbs Echinacea, black cohosh, St John’s wort, butterbur, Devil’s claw, globe artichoke leaf, goldenseal, greater periwinkle (Vinca major), lesser periwinkle (Vinca minor), Griffonia – and of course, the Irish authority’s long-time favourite herbal medicine (only), ginkgo biloba.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website

Denmark launches ‘most ambitious’ organic plan

February 2, 2015

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The Danish government has announced a plan to double its organic farmland by 2020 and to increase demand for organic food.
Read article at foodnavigator.com

'Suppressed' EU report could have banned pesticides worth billions

February 2, 2015

As many as 31 pesticides with a value running into billions of pounds could have been banned because of potential health risks, if a blocked EU paper on hormone-mimicking chemicals had been acted upon, the Guardian has learned.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

‘Moonshot’ Medicine Will Let Us Down

January 29, 2015

President Obama’s new budget is expected to include hundreds of millions of dollars for so-called precision medicine. The initiative, which he introduced last week in his State of the Union address, has bipartisan support and is a bright spot in the otherwise tight funding environment for medical research. Unfortunately, precision medicine is unlikely to make most of us healthier.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

Comment: Rather than spending hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars on a genetic biobank, President Obama would be better advised to look at Cellular Medicine research. As he would discover, a chronic deficiency of vitamins, amino acids and other specific micronutrients is the primary cause of today’s most common chronic diseases – including various forms of the cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, diabetes, cancer and others. To learn more about Cellular Medicine research, visit the website of the Dr. Rath Research Institute.

Woman Rejects Chemo, Overcomes Ovarian Cancer With Nutrition

January 26, 2015

When Evita Ramparte consulted her doctor about the constant pain she was struggling with, she was told that she had ovarian cancer. She was also told that chemotherapy, radiation and surgery were the only options available, but Evita believed that there was something more that she could try.
Read article on the earthweareone.com website

Iodine deficiency in pregnant women impairs embryonic brain development

January 20, 2015

Pregnant women in Austria commonly suffer from an iodine deficiency. This may have a negative impact on the development of their unborn child's brain. These are the key findings of a joint study by the Endocrinology and Metabolism Unit at the University Department of Internal Medicine III together with the University Department of Gynaecology at the MedUni Vienna and AGES, which have now been published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Plan to issue free vitamins as rickets returns

January 18, 2015

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All pregnant women and children under the age of five in Scotland could be given free vitamins under radical plans to improve the nation’s health.
Read article on The Scotsman website (Scotland, UK)

No Deaths from ANY Dietary Supplement
Zero Fatalities from Minerals, Vitamins, Amino Acids, Herbs, Homeopathic Remedies

January 16, 2015

There was not even one death caused by any dietary supplement in 2013, according to the most recent information collected by the U.S. National Poison Data System. The new 251-page annual report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers, published in the journal Clinical Toxicology, shows no deaths whatsoever from any dietary supplement. Additionally, there were zero deaths from any amino acid or herbal product. This means no deaths at all from blue cohosh, echinacea, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, kava kava, St. John's wort, valerian, yohimbe, Asian medicines, ayurvedic medicines, or any other botanical. There were zero deaths from creatine, blue-green algae, glucosamine, chondroitin, melatonin, or any homeopathic remedy. Furthermore, there were zero deaths from any dietary mineral supplement.
Read news release at orthomolecular.org

Taking vitamins among consumers' top health choices for 2015, CRN survey shows

January 15, 2015

Taking vitamins is among the top commitments Americans are making to maintaining their health in 2015, a survey commissioned by the Council for Responsible Nutrition shows. 
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

Je suis Food Business Operator

January 13, 2015

On Sunday, millions of French protesters took the streets, insisting that freedom, especially the freedom of expression and the freedom to communicate, are part and parcel of our Western civilization. In Paris, political leaders marched ahead of the masses to underline their commitment to defend the freedom of speech. For a brief moment, everyone was Charlie. The message was clear. No one, not me and especially not you, shall be deprived of the fundamental freedom to speak. This freedom allows me and you to judge what it is we don’t and what it is we do agree with. This freedom permits us to decide to buy or not to buy this week’s Charlie Hebdo. Freedom of speech permits us to think. In the European Union, the business operators who, every single day, week in week out, year in year out, tirelessly bring food to the millions of Charlies and their leaders must do without that treasured freedom of speech. Their speech is prohibited before they say a word.
Read blog entry by Bert Schwitters at healthclaimscensored.com

New EU regulation could curb organic farming

January 12, 2015

As demand for organic products continues to grow among Europeans, the supply of sustainably manufactured and animal-friendly foods is struggling to keep up, experts indicate, warning that a new EU amendment could widen this gap.
Read article at euractiv.com

Global Assault on Seed Sovereignty through Trade Deals Is Assault on Human Rights, Protest is Fertile

January 12, 2015

From Asia to South America, the EU to the Caribbean, the corporate seed industry is using international trade agreements to criminalise farmers for saving seeds.
Read article on the Institute of Science in Society website (UK)

VICTORY IN BALI
Codex Agrees to Raise the Daily Value for Vitamin C

January 9, 2015

For more than five years now, the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU) has been working on establishing daily Nutrient Reference Values (NRVs) for essential vitamins and minerals. These NRVs would supposedly direct consumers as to healthy daily intake levels for vitamins and minerals such as Vitamins A, C, D and E, calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, and iron. But what the National Health Federation (NHF) found was that some Codex delegations led by Australia wanted to reduce virtually all of the recommended daily intake levels by significant percentages.
Read article on the website of the National Health Federation (USA)

Low vitamin D levels linked to risk of preterm birth in study

January 8, 2015

Women who have low blood levels of vitamin D during pregnancy are more likely to give birth prematurely, a new study suggests.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Jamie Oliver: Sugar can destroy lives and should be taxed like tobacco

January 3, 2015

By Karl Gabor [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The campaigning television chef says sugar is "the next tobacco" and it should be taxed because of its health risks.
Read article on the Daily Telegraph website (UK)