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July 01, 2007

Aspartame Risks, the FDA and Corporations' Secret Biowarfare Work - NewsGrabs 1 July 2007

Health Supreme's News Grabs are a weekly selection of links to articles, alternative health news and related comment. Follow these trends with me as they first appear - watch out for NewsGrabs ... every weekend.

In this issue:

Echinacea prevents colds - Vitamin C benefits diabetics - Moscow introduces GM-free food label - FDA Should Reconsider Aspartame Cancer Risk - FDA rebuffs call for aspartame probe - New Zealand: Urgent action needed on aspartame - EU/US Food safety agency cooperation - Synthetic biology - SiCKO: Things Can Be Different - Osteoporosis Drug Causes Jawbone Rot - Autism Action Alert - Video: Psychiatry: Labeling, drugging and killing children - Quackbuster Court Losses - SARS survivors' mental health decline - VACCINES: FEAR SELLS - AIDS in Africa - Doing ourselves in with plastic - U.S. Corporations' Secret Biowarfare Work

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Echinacea 'can prevent a cold'
In one of the 14 studies the researchers reviewed, echinacea was taken alongside vitamin C. This combination reduced cold incidence by 86%. When echinacea was used alone it reduced cold incidence by 65%. Even when patients were directly inoculated with a rhinovirus - the most common cold-causing virus - echinacea reduced cold incidence by 35%.

Vitamin C 'benefits diabetics'
Vitamin C could help reduce some of the complications associated with diabetes, research suggests. However, a University of Warwick team found the blood pressure-lowering drug Telmisarten had the same effect - and might be a safer alternative.
I love this. A study finds vitamin C is good for this and that, BUT - comments the "expert" - don't start taking that nasty nutrient stuff just yet. We have a pharmaceutical drug that is much safer. A drug safer than a nutrient? Holy cow. Why do drugs kill hundreds of thousands every year?

Russian capital introduces label for GM-free food
Now you can have your GM-free borscht and read it, too: next week, the city of Moscow will debut a groundbreaking label for foods that are free of genetically modified ingredients. Under the leadership of Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, the city has devised a voluntary system of testing and labeling that will allow products to carry a GM-free label for a year at a time.

FDA Should Reconsider Aspartame Cancer Risk, Say Experts
“Because aspartame is so widely consumed, it is urgent that the FDA evaluate whether aspartame still poses a ‘reasonable certainty of no harm,’ the standard used for gauging the safety of food additives,” said CSPI executive director Michael F. Jacobson. “But consumers, particularly parents, shouldn’t wait for the FDA to act. People shouldn’t panic, but they should stop buying beverages and foods containing aspartame.”

FDA rebuffs call for aspartame probe
"This review is particularly urgent with regard to aspartame-containing beverages, heavily consumed by children." FDA spokesman Michael Herndon said the agency had not yet reviewed the study. "However, the conclusions from this second European Ramazzini Foundation are not consistent with those from the large number of studies on aspartame that have been evaluated by FDA...

New Zealand: Urgent action needed on aspartame, Greens say
The Greens are calling on the Government to urgently review current regulations governing the use of aspartame, following the release of a new three year study linking regular use of the sweetener with increased incidence of leukaemia, lymphoma and breast cancer in animals.

"Considering how widely aspartame is used and consumed by young children as well as adults, an urgent review is essential," says Green Party Safe Food Spokesperson Sue Kedgley.

"In the meantime, it's imperative that consumers are made aware of these findings, and of the significant number of adverse side effects that can be caused by aspartame in warning labels on food and drink products that contain the additive.

Surge of Back-Door FDA Pediatric Antipsychotic Approvals
Our research has uncovered a surge of administrative FDA approvals for pediatric use of toxic antipsychotic drugs between October 2006 and June 21 2007. These back-door approvals were issued without presentation of data, without advisory committee review, and without opportunity for public comment. These secretive actions suggest that children's safety is being sacrificed to protect industry financed psychiatrists who prescribe these toxic drugs off-label aggressively and irresponsibly for children.

Food safety agencies to sign cooperation agreement
This is about the FDA and the European Food Safety Agency co-operating more closely. We now have two public health bodies heavily influenced by the industries they are supposed to police, co-ordinating their public pronouncements and their enforcement actions. That should be interesting. A taste in the article:

"...both entities conducted separate reviews into a study by Italy-based European Ramazzini Foundation (ERF), which claimed the data indicated that aspartame is a carcinogen. Both entities ultimately rejected the conclusions of the study."

No mention of the new aspartame study just published that confirms the outcome of the first one, finding an increase in cancer incidence.

Synthetic biology challenged: Civil Society Calls for Urgent Controls on Synthetic Life
Scientists and industrialists in the controversial new field of synthetic biology (building life-forms from scratch) are meeting in Zurich, Switzerland this week amidst claims that the world's first entirely human-made organism may be only weeks away from creation. Swiss and international civil society groups are calling for swift action to control this technology but the scientists themselves are advancing pre-emptive proposals to evade regulation. As scientists meet in Zurich, the UK's Royal Society and the Swiss government announce plans to investigate synthetic biology.

SiCKO, Part II: Things Can Be Different
“If there is a better way to treat the sick simply by being good to each other why can’t we do that?” People in the other countries visited in the film “live in a world of we, not me,” says Moore. To varying degrees, they have created solidarity societies, and they are happier, and healthier, for it.

Osteoporosis Drugs Cause Jawbone Rot
People who take bisphosphonate drugs for osteoporosis or cancer are at risk of osteonecrosis of the jaws, which is permanent damage in which the jawbone rots away. There are two varieties of the drugs, one taken intravenously by cancer patients, the other taken in lower-dose pill form by those with osteoporosis (Fosamax, Actonel and Boniva). The risk of jaw rot is said to be highest among those taking the drug intravaneously, though adverse affects can take three years to appear in oral users.

Autism Action Alert: Rep. Maloney introduces HR 2832 to study Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated Populations
Bill Introduced as Generation Rescue Releases Survey Results Associating Vaccination with Autism and ADHD - Send a Message to Your Representative

Video: Psychiatry: Labeling, drugging and killing children
At least 100 children have committed suicide and many others have attempted it while taking antidepressants...

"Quackbusters" Have Giant Court Losses on Two Continents
Recent rulings in Amsterdam, Pennsylvania and the Supreme Court of California are heavy blows to the Quackwatch anti-chiropractic and anti-alternative medicine organizations.

SARS survivors recover from physical illness, but may experience mental health decline
Most patients who survived severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) had good physical recovery, but they or their caregivers often reported a decline in mental health one year later, according to a study in the June 25 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Given that the drug of choice for treating SARS patients is TAMIFLU, which has known mental side effects, perhaps the connection between the drug and these mental health effects should be investigated?

We stop the use of drugs until they are proven safe. And we sue. Not so with vaccines. Vaccines are promoted with fanfare until they are statistically proven to cause harm to a large number of persons. The thousands of individuals who suffer from vaccine reactions in proportion to the millions who have been vaccinated are not considered to be a mathematically significant statistic. However, the more than $1billion that has been paid to vaccine-injured persons shows that safety is not all that is it promoted to be. Why the double standard?

AIDS in Africa: The Lazarus Effect?
Vanity Fair is doing its best to help us feel better about whatever it is we’re doing in and to Africa. They’ve painted a rainbow coalition of the bright and brainless to sell us the future vision for a new and improved Africa.

Doing ourselves in with plastic?
While billions of dollars and the world's attention is focused on chasing the shadows of a nonspecific collection of antigens, with different combinations thereof called HIV, depending on where you are, the plastics that we use each day are wreaking havoc on our bodies and immune systems.

The Great Biofuel Hoax
Agro-fuel champions assure us that because fuel crops are renewable, they are environmentally friendly and can reduce global warming, fostering rural development. But the tremendous market power of agro-fuel corporations, coupled with weak political will of governments to regulate their activities, is a recipe for environmental disaster and increasing hunger in the global South. It's time to examine the myths fueling this biofuel boom -- before it's too late.

U.S. Corporations Keeping Biowarfare Work Secret
A number of major pharmaceutical corporations and biotech firms are concealing the nature of the biological warfare research work they are doing for the U.S. government. The companies involved are: Abbott Laboratories, BASF Plant Science, Bristol-Myers Squibb, DuPont Central Research and Development, Eli Lilly Corp., Embrex, GlaxoSmithKline, Hoffman-LaRoche, Merck & Co., Monsanto, Pfizer Inc., Schering-Plough Research Institute, and Syngenta Corp. of Switzerland.

... the White House since 9/11 has called for spending $44-billion on biological warfare research, a sum unprecedented in world history, and an obliging Congress has authorized it. Thus, some of the deadliest pathogens known to humankind are being rekindled in hundreds of labs in pharmaceutical houses, university biology departments, and on military bases. An international convention the U.S. signed forbids it to stockpile, manufacture or use biological weapons. But if the U.S. won't say what's going down in those laboratories other countries are going to assume the worst and a biowarfare arms race will be on, if it isn't already.


posted by Sepp Hasslberger on Sunday July 1 2007
updated on Friday November 26 2010

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