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September 17, 2007

GE Sugar, WiFi, Microchips and Wikipedia - NewsGrabs 17 September 2007

Health Supreme's NewsGrabs are a selection of alternative health and other underprivileged news. Find what you may have missed in your everyday reading - watch out for these weekly NewsGrabs ....

In this issue:

How vitamin C stops Cancer - A dose of vitamin D - FDA Undermines Consumer Choice on Supplements - FAO Promotes Organic Agriculture - Babies Given Antidepressants - AIDS Drug Viracept Contains Carcinogen - Avandia should be pulled from market - Less SSRI's, More Suicide -- Apparently Not - Analysis: Deaths From Drug Reactions Up - Bereaved Mom Hunts Pharma Execs - HPV Vaccine owned by US Government - THERE IS NO DISEASE - Virus Implicated In Bee Colony Collapse - Engineered Sugar Beets - Brain-cell damage by mobiles - Germany Warns Citizens: Avoid Wi-Fi - MICROCHIP IMPLANTS CAUSE TUMORS IN LAB ANIMALS - Questions on 9/11 - 'Cleaning up' Wikipedia

More information out there...

Of course there is much I cannot cover but other sources for this kind of information exist and are active.


The Alternative Medicine Yahoo Group is another great place to get information on what is happening in the world of nutrition and other natural health options.

For the influence of electromagnetic waves from radio, mobile phones and other radio emitting devices, check out the emfrefugee group on Yahoo.

If you are interested in a different take on the news that isn't health centered but is certainly fun, check out Robin Good TV News. You can watch when you want, but you can also send in your own video news broadcasts from your corner of the globe and likely have them published on that viral tv channel.

Some sites to keep up to date with the other side of world affairs, the stuff you won't find on tv:

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How vitamin C stops the big 'C'
Nearly 30 years after Nobel laureate Linus Pauling famously and controversially suggested that vitamin C supplements can prevent cancer, a team of Johns Hopkins scientists have shown that in mice at least, vitamin C - and potentially other antioxidants - can indeed inhibit the growth of some tumors ¯ just not in the manner suggested by years of investigation.

“When a cell lacks oxygen, HIF-1 helps it compensate,” explains Dang. “HIF-1 helps an oxygen-starved cell convert sugar to energy without using oxygen and also initiates the construction of new blood vessels to bring in a fresh oxygen supply.”

Some rapidly growing tumors consume enough energy to easily suck out the available oxygen in their vicinity, making HIF-1 absolutely critical for their continued survival. But HIF-1 can only operate if it has a supply of free radicals. Antioxidants remove these free radicals and stop HIF-1, and the tumor, in its tracks.

A dose of vitamin D could add years to your life
Scientists have already shown that a deficiency of vitamin D may be to blame for 600,000 cancer cases each year. Other studies have linked low levels of the vitamin with heart disease and diabetes. Now it is being credited with reducing the risk of death from any causes. In the latest research, published today in the Archives of Internal Medicine, results from 57,000 people in 18 separate trials of vitamin D supplements were analysed.

FDA's Guidance Document on Dietary Supplements Undermines Consumer Choice of 50 Million Americans on Behalf of Big Pharma
The Guidance provides all the hallmarks of a system that will phase out the structure/function claim environment that has been so important to consumer choice and which has been allowed under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) since 1994. Furthermore, the Guidance places the burden firmly on clinical trials or human observational studies and ascribes no value to clinical experience, medical records, in vitro studies or animal studies. This regime will ultimately favor large corporations and Big Pharma which are the only parties with sufficient money to undertake randomized controlled trials. Smaller companies, who have been the life blood and pioneering force in the rapidly expanding, consumer-driven natural health market, will be left out in the cold.

FAO Promotes Organic Agriculture
The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) has come out in favour of organic agriculture. Its report Organic Agriculture and Food Security explicitly states that organic agriculture can address local and global food security challenges. Organic farming is no longer to be considered a niche market within developed countries, but a vibrant commercial agricultural system practised in 120 countries, covering 31 million hectares (ha) of cultivated land plus 62 million ha of certified wild harvested areas. The organic market was worth US$40 billion in 2006, and expected to reach US$70 billion by 2012.

Nadia Scialabba, an FAO official, defined organic agriculture as: “A holistic production management system that avoids the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, and genetically modified organisms, minimizes pollution of air, soil and water, and optimises the health and productivity of plants, animals and people.” The strongest benefits of organic agriculture, Scialabba said, are its reliance on fossil fuel independent, locally available resources that incur minimal agro-ecological stresses and are cost effective. She described organic agriculture as a “neo-traditional food system” which combines modern science and indigenous knowledge.

Babies Given Antidepressants In New Zealand
Medical authorities are ‘mystified and concerned’ at figures suggesting antidepressant drugs are being prescribed for children, some less than a year old, according to a report in the New Zealand Herald. A look at records at Pharmac, the national drug buying agency, suggests thousands of scrips are being written annually for children under 10.

Pfizer’s AIDS Drug Viracept Contains Carcinogen
A potential human carcinogen has been found in batches of Viracept, according to a letter the drugmaker is sending to doctors. The carcinogen - ethyl methanesulfonate or EMS - is the same one that caused Roche to recall the drug in Europe, but Pfizer says levels found in its own batches were “substantially lower.”

Avandia raises heart attacks - should be pulled from market
Two studies and an editorial today should lead the Food and Drug Administration to pull the diabetes pill Avandia off the market, the authors say. Steven Nissen, the cardiovascular medicine chief at the Cleveland Clinic and co-author of one study, raised concerns about Avandia's heart attack risk in May with a study in The NewEngland Journal of Medicine. It pooled results of 42 short-term clinical trials and found that Avandia patients were 43% more likely to have a heart attack or be hospitalized for blocked coronary arteries than other patients.

Less SSRI's, More Suicide -- Apparently Not

There was a story running in the media about a week ago that made the connection between falling prescriptions for psychiatric drugs and an increase in suicides. Only, it appears that there was no increase in suicides to begin with...

"Now that the 2005 suicide data are available from the CDC (as mentioned yesterday), one can see that despite SSRI prescriptions falling, there was apparently a very slight decrease in suicides. That does not lend credence to the story that decreased SSRI use leads to more suicides."

Analysis: Deaths From Drug Reactions Up
The number of deaths and serious injuries from prescription and over-the-counter drugs climbed from 34,966 to 89,842 during the study of reports to the Food and Drug Administration. Potent narcotic painkillers including Oxycontin, sold generically as oxycodone, were among 15 drugs most often linked with deaths in the study. Drugs frequently linked with serious nonfatal complications included insulin, the arthritis drugs Vioxx and Remicade, and the antidepressant Paxil. The report adds to recent criticism of FDA oversight on drug safety, including its handling of serious problems connected with Vioxx, which was removed from the market in 2004.

Bereaved Mom Hunts Purdue Pharma Execs
Marianne Skolek is angry, and she won’t rest until the individuals who she believes are responsible for her daughter’s death are punished. In her view, those individuals are the execs at Purdue Pharma, which sells OxyContin. In 2002, her 29-year-old daughter was prescribed the painkiller for a herniated disk and wound up dying of heart failure, leaving behind a 6-year-old son.

HPV Vaccine is owned by US Government - trials were less than encouraging
Although trials of the vaccine in Costa Rica did not assess safety and showed limited efficacy, the push is on to vaccinate as many girls in school age as possible and even boys, as an obscure correlation of HPV with mouth cancer (correlation, not causation!) has recently been postulated. What kind of government program could be behind the vaccine push, apart from just plain exchange for campaign contributions?

The conventional medicine approach says that high cholesterol is caused by a chemical imbalance in the liver, which is the organ that produces cholesterol. Thus the treatment for high cholesterol is a prescription drug that inhibits the liver's production of cholesterol (statin drugs). Upon taking these drugs, the high cholesterol (the 'disease') is regulated, but what was causing the liver to overproduce cholesterol in the first place? That causative factor remains ignored.

The root cause of high cholesterol, as it turns out, is primarily an over acidic diet. A person who eats foods that are acidic will inevitably cause the body to go into preservation mode and produce more cholesterol to neutralize the excess acid thus showing the symptoms of this so-called disease of high cholesterol. Its simple cause and effect. Eat the wrong foods, and you'll produce too much acid which will cause the body to release cholesterol from the liver to bind up that acid which can be detected and diagnosed by conventional medical procedures.

You see it is not the cholesterol that is bad it is the acid producing food we eat that is bad. Reduce the acid producing foods like beef, chicken, pork, dairy, coffee, tea, soda pops, etc and you will reduce the protective cholesterol that is saving your life from excess acid foods.

Virus Implicated In Colony Collapse Disorder In Bees
A team led by scientists from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Pennsylvania State University, the USDA Agricultural Research Service, University of Arizona, and 454 Life Sciences has found a significant connection between the Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus (IAPV) and colony collapse disorder (CCD) in honey bees.

Engineered Sugar Beets Coming in 2008
American Crystal, a large Wyoming-based sugar company, who ironically have launched an "organic" line of their sugar, and several other leading U.S. sugar providers have announced they will be sourcing their sugar from genetically engineered (GE) sugar beets beginning this year and arriving in stores in 2008. Like GE corn and GE soy, products containing GE sugar will not be labeled as such. Since half of the granulated sugar in the U.S. comes from sugar beets, a move towards biotech beets marks a dramatic alteration of the U.S. food supply.

Candy companies like Hershey's are urging farmers not to plant GE sugar beets, noting that consumer surveys suggest resistance to the product. In addition the European Union has not approved GE sugar beets for human consumption.

Radiation clue to brain-cell damage by mobiles
MOBILE phone radiation may cause serious damage to the brain by triggering a chemical reaction that leads cells to divide, say scientists. The finding could be the key to claims that mobiles cause cancer and other health problems. The Israeli researchers have identified a mechanism through which the radiation may affect the differentiation and division of cells.

Germany Warns Citizens to Avoid Wi-Fi
People should avoid using Wi-Fi wherever possible because of the risks it may pose to health, the German government has said. The Environment Ministry recommended that people should keep their exposure to radiation from Wi-Fi "as low as possible" by choosing "conventional wired connections". It added that it is "actively informing people about possibilities for reducing personal exposure".

Albrecht first became aware of the microchip-cancer link when she and her "Spychips" co-author, Liz McIntyre, were contacted by a pet owner whose dog had died from a chip-induced tumor. Albrecht then found medical studies showing a causal link between microchip implants and cancer in other animals. Before she brought the research to the AP's attention, the studies had somehow escaped public notice. A four-month AP investigation turned up additional documents, several of which had been published before VeriChip's parent company, Applied Digital Solutions, sought FDA approval to market the implant for humans. The VeriChip received FDA approval in 2004 under the watch of then Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson who later joined the company's board.

9/11 in Perspective: Mass Media Reports Raise Questions on 9/11
America’s top military leaders drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in US cities to trick the public into supporting a war against Cuba in the early 1960s. Approved in writing by the Pentagon Joint Chiefs, Operation Northwoods even proposed blowing up a US ship and hijacking planes as a false pretext for war...

'Cleaning up' Wikipedia: International law firm does thorough job
Wikiscanner, a new tool that helps trace who made changes to entries in Wikipedia, is helping people find some good ones. (wikiscanner) An example: The international law firm Covington & Burling, which has represented both big Tobacco and big Pharma cleaned up its reputation on Wikipedia. Here's what they deleted, according to a search on WikiScanner...


posted by Sepp Hasslberger on Monday September 17 2007
updated on Wednesday August 15 2012

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