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March 26, 2007

ADHD, AIDS, Mercury Amalgams, Chemical Contrails - NewsGrabs 26 March 2007

Health Supreme News Grabs - a selection of alternative health news and related bits of information. A window on emerging trends ...

In this issue:

B-12 Vitamin puzzle - Vitamins and Good Sense - Court Reviews Ephedra Ban - Celebrex Heart Attacks - ADHD Drug Warnings Too Late - Children drugged - Feeding kills the frenzy - Hyperactive kids misdiagnosed - Normal Children Diagnosed With Mental Disorders - Statin-Parkinson's Link - Misuse of pharmaceuticals - DRUG SAFETY - Misconceptions of AIDS pandemic - Experimental hepatitis B vaccine caused AIDS? - FDA Sued Over Mercury Amalgams - Honey Bee Disappearance - CONTRAILS KILLING US? - Al Gore Challenged on Global Warming

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MIT biologists solve vitamin puzzle
B12, the most chemically complex of all vitamins, is essential for human health. Four Nobel Prizes have been awarded for research related to B12, but one fragment of the molecule remained an enigma-until now. The researchers report that a single enzyme synthesizes the fragment, and they outline a novel reaction mechanism that requires cannibalization of another vitamin.

Vitamins and Good Sense
Blenderizing these diverse trials into one giant 232,606-patient-strong study to come up with a seductively simple proclamation is just silly. When the researchers tallied up the mortality from the 68 trials, there was no difference based on vitamin intake. The headlines that these supplements significantly increase the risk of death by 5 percent overall came only when the researchers pulled out the 47 trials they deemed to have been the best executed. Actually, in the 21 randomized trials they peeled off, mortality was decreased by 9 percent among those taking the vitamins.

It seems to me people recognize pharma's propaganda, when they see it.

Court Reviews Ephedra Ban, OK’s FDA’s Decision
SALT LAKE CITY—Nutraceutical Corp.’s latest move in its battle against the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) ban on ephedra dietary supplements met with an unfavorable decision. The company requested, and won, a summary review of the case, specifically alleging FDA failed procedural rules in not issuing a proposed rule accompanying a public comment period on the use of risk-benefit analysis in the ban, in addition to “arbitrarily and capriciously” excluding ephedrine-containing foods and traditional Asian medicines from the ban. On March 16, the Central Utah court—which had originally ruled in Nutraceutical’s favor, before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with FDA—concluded Nutraceutical failed to show FDA violated procedures or acted unfairly in its ban of ephedra supplements.

FDA Thousands of Reports Linking Celebrex to Heart Attacks-But no action
After Merck withdrew Vioxx from market (in August 2004), the volume of serious adverse event reports about Celebrex rose precipitously. Between August 2004 and July 2005 , the FDA added 2,000 reports about Celebrex side effects to its database. About 700 of them detailed heart problems, including heart attacks and strokes . Among those who sent reports to the FDA are doctors who on behalf of patients, children wrote about deceased parents, and physicians and nurses reported heart problems they suffered personally.

ADHD Drug Warnings Come Too Late For Many
According to Dr Griffith, depriving kids of legalized speed leads to every sin known to man. "With untreated ADHD,” she told the panel, “we see higher rates of school and occupational failure; greater rates of incarceration; juvenile delinquency; substance abuse; teen pregnancy; sexually transmitted diseases; more problems with depression and self esteem and, finally, greater numbers of automobile accidents and fatalities."

This is a drama all right, but it's the other way around. A study in the February 2006, Journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence, examined data from a 2002 survey of about 67,000 households, and reported that more than 7 million Americans have misused ADHD stimulant drugs, and “substantial numbers of teenagers and young adults appear to show signs of addiction, according to a comprehensive national analysis tracking such abuse.”

The researchers found that in one 12-month period, about 1.6 million teens and young adults had misused the drugs and that 75,000 showed signs of addiction. In addition, for years there have been reports of suicide and violence in persons on ADHD drugs.

Children drugged for being naughty
Countless children labelled hyperactive are being subdued with drugs like Ritalin. But many experts think they're just naturally boisterous - and those needless pills are causing terrifying side-effects.

Telegraph (UK): When feeding kills the frenzy
With 40,000 British children now being prescribed drugs to counter hyperactivity, the parents of a son with ADHD tell Victoria Lambert how diet can make a big difference

Have hyperactive kids been misdiagnosed with ADD?
Dr Robert Spitzer said that up to 30 per cent of youngsters classified as suffering from disruptive and hyperactive conditions could have been misdiagnosed. They may simply be showing perfectly normal signs of being happy or sad, he said. 'Many of these conditions might be normal reactions which are not really disorders,' he continued.

Leading Psychiatrist Admits Normal Children Are Diagnosed With Mental Disorders
Spitzer, a Columbia University psychiatrist, told BBC2 that children experiencing perfectly normal signs of being happy and sad are being labeled as mentally ill. While admitting this, he stopped short of informing BBC viewers that there is no scientific evidence that any of the millions of children so diagnosed have any physical abnormality that justifies the diagnosis.

New Study To Test Statin-Parkinson's Link
Researchers are sufficiently worried by new study results that they are planning clinical trials involving thousands of people to examine the possible link between Parkinson's disease and statins, the world's biggest selling drugs, reports Patrick Walter in Chemistry & Industry, the magazine of the SCI.

Suggestions of a statin link are not new, but the results of a recent study linking low LDL cholesterol to Parkinson's provide the strongest evidence to date that it could be real, because statins work by reducing LDL cholesterol. The study by researchers at University of North Carolina showed that patients with low levels of LDL cholesterol are more than three and a half times more likely to develop Parkinson's disease than those with higher LDL levels.

Misuse of pharmaceuticals linked to more ER visits
Emergency room visits involving the abuse or misuse of pharmaceuticals — including narcotics such as methadone and OxyContin and the stimulant Ritalin — jumped by 21% from 2004 to 2005, according to a report being released today by the Substance and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) from data collected by the Drug Abuse Warning Network.

The number of overdoses involving legal pharmaceuticals is approaching the number involving cocaine and heroin, which has been relatively stable. Emergency rooms tallied 613,053 treatments involving cocaine and heroin overdoses in 2005, compared with 598,542 visits involving misuse of pharmaceuticals.

Chairman John Dingell (D-MI) set the tone, “It is clear … that the FDA is badly broken. I expect that before we finish this investigation, which is just getting underway, we will discover whether the problems we have found are due to the work of scoundrels, irrational penny-pinching, or because the doors to the FDA “hen house” have been thrown open to foxes. It may be a combination of all three.”

Myths and misconceptions of the AIDS pandemic
UNAIDS continues to perpetuate the fallacy that only aggressive HIV/AIDS prevention programs -- especially directed at youth -- can prevent the eruption of heterosexual HIV epidemics where prevalence is currently low. More than two decades of observation and analysis point to far different conclusions -- there are no "next waves" of HIV epidemics just around the corner and the AIDS pandemic is now in its post-epidemic phase.

Without a constant flow of alarming news releases warning about HIV being on the brink of spreading into general populations, AIDS activists fear that the public and policymakers will not continue to give AIDS programs the highest priority -- hence these "glorious myths," lies told for a noble cause. This alarmism goes against all the evidence...

Did the experimental hepatitis B vaccine cause AIDS in the 1980's?
NotAIDS! Investigative Report on the subject of whether the experimental hepatitis B vaccine, grown on green monkey's kidneys and administered to around 700,000 gays between 1979 and 1981 may have kicked off what became known as AIDS.

FDA "Backs Down(?)" Over Deadly Mercury Amalgams...
by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen
One of the biggest scandals in American health care is coming to a head this March 27th, 2007. Citizens are suing the FDA for NOT, during the last THIRTY YEARS, ruling on the safety, or danger, of mercury amalgam tooth fillings. The Plaintiffs want mercury amalgam tooth fillings banned completely, and forever. And, the FDA has virtually no defense...

Honey Bee Disappearances: Could Pesticides Play A Role?
So far, there are still no answers, but there is a long list of possibilities, which include pesticides and genetically modified crops, also known as GMOs or GMs. Scientists say there is no direct evidence that genetically modified crops are linked to honey bee die-offs. But I have been learning that not much is known about the accumulating impact of pesticides on insects, animals and even people when you consider in this modern world how many combinations of pesticides are used. One pesticide by itself might not destroy honey bees. But what happens when farmers spray herbicides, fungicides, insecticides and rodenticides on land that also has genetically modified crops with pesticides built-in?

We need to get these political animals in Congress to pay attention to these serious issues and quit wasting time and money on non issues like the firing of a handful of U.S. Attorneys. Scientists, doctors: Let's get those samples from plants, trees and humans and get them to credible laboratories for evaluation.

Al Gore Challenged to International TV Debate on Global Warming

PERTH, Scotland, March 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a formal invitation sent to former Vice-President Al Gore's Tennessee address and released to the public, Lord Monckton has thrown down the gauntlet to challenge Gore to what he terms "the Second Great Debate," an internationally televised, head-to-head, nation-unto-nation confrontation on the question, "That our effect on climate is not dangerous." Monckton, a former policy adviser to Margaret Thatcher during her years as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, said, "A careful study of the substantial corpus of peer-reviewed science reveals that Mr. Gore's film, An Inconvenient Truth, is a foofaraw of pseudo-science, exaggerations, and errors, now being peddled to innocent schoolchildren worldwide."


posted by Sepp Hasslberger on Monday March 26 2007
updated on Tuesday December 7 2010

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