Zyprexa, Statin Drugs and News from the HIV/Aids Front - NewsGrabs 23 December 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 NewsGrabs on weekends.
With Christmas at our doorstep, I wish all of you who appreciate my contrary news selections a great festa.
Here are this week's stories and links, collected and posted for you:
Alliance for Natural Health Moves To Protect Global Dietary Supplement Access
It is widely thought that the maximum permitted levels set by the EC will become a template for those set by the Codex Alimentarius commission of the World Trade Organisation, which will, in turn, be 'exported' globally through regional free trade agreements such as CAFTA. The process of deciding on maximum levels, known as 'nutrient risk assessment', is believed to be one of the most crucial, and potentially impactful, in the perceived potential restriction of consumer access to dietary supplements, both in Europe and worldwide.
Vitamin B-12 function may be diminished by excessive folate
Homocysteine and methylmalonic acid, compounds used by enzymes that contain vitamin B12, accumulate in the blood in patients who are vitamin B12 deficient. “Finding that the combination of high blood folate levels and low vitamin B12 status is associated with even higher levels of these compounds is a strong indication that the high folate is interfering with the action of these B12-containing enzymes, thus resulting in the exacerbation or worsening of the vitamin B12 deficiency,” says corresponding author Jacob Selhub, Ph.D., director of the Vitamin Metabolism Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University.Many nutrients interact with other nutrients, either enhancing or impeding their activity. The interaction of nutrients that this study looks into, is an area we know little of, and where much fruitful research could be done. So good on the Tufts University study that makes a foray into this area.
Book: The Fate of a Good Man
by Martin Walker
The Fate of a Good Man follows the fortunes of Jim Wright, a man who thought that he could help with the health of his community by distributing and selling natural treatments for a variety of conditions. Instead of being seen as a good citizen, someone of value in the community, Jim Wright was investigated, prosecuted and tried by the Medicines and Health products Regulation Agency, a firm within the Government that is totally funded by the pharmaceutical industry and that will go to any lengths to see off the ‘competition’.
Artificial Butter Flavor Eliminated from Microwave Popcorn
ConAgra has removed a controversial chemical from its microwave popcorn that gives the snack a buttery, creamy taste, citing concern for its workers' health. ConAgra manufactures more than half of the nation's microwave popcorn. The chemical is diacetyl (dahy-uh-SEET-l). Workers exposed to the airborne chemical in plants making microwave popcorn have been diagnosed with a rare lung disease called bronchiolitis obliterans ...Why anyone would microwave popcorn to begin with, or eat the snack laced with an unhealthy chemical instead of real butter, is one of the great mysteries of our culture. I guess it's an outgrowth of the myth that "time is money", a nasty lie that has us running in a rat race without a moment's pause.
Mobiles raise risk of mouth cancer
It's no news that mobile phone use raises the risk of brain cancer and impotency. Now, add mouth cancer to the list.
Those who used mobiles the most were more likely than normal to develop parotid gland tumours. In fact, five years of frequent use increased the chances of developing a tumour by around 50 per cent compared with people who had never used one, the researchers found.
Video: Man's Skin Turns Dark Blue
What Karason did was use a substance called colloidal silver, which is made by extracting silver from metal. It goes into water with an electrical current and then you drink it. Colloidal silver is billed as something that will cure just about everything that ails you and Karason swears by it. Karason does not believe drinking the potion is what caused his discoloration. He believes it happened because he rubbed it on his face to treat a skin problem. A medical condition called Argyria has been linked to such discoloration since the days when silver solutions were used as antibiotics.
Video: Gardasil HPV Vaccine Hoax Exposed
Gardasil and HPV vaccinations: They don't work and may actually be dangerous to women. The FDA knew HPV did not cause cervical cancer in 2003.
75% of Physicians Would Refuse Chemotherapy if they had Cancer
The great lack of trust is evident even amongst doctors. Polls show that three doctors out of four (75 per cent) would refuse any chemotherapy because of its ineffectiveness against the disease and its devastating effects on the entire human organism.
The Statin Scam Marches On
Considering that tens of millions of Americans now take statins to lower cholesterol, the following headline was conspicuously absent from the major media this month: “Statins Found to Turn On Gene that Causes Muscle Damage.” It’s now a fact of science; a new study shows that taking statins destroys your muscle to a greater or lesser degree. And let’s not forget that the heart is a muscle.
Place this study juxtaposed to another rather interesting recent finding: the more fit you are the longer you will live – and the two just don’t add up. How can you destroy muscle and be more fit? You can’t. Sure you can drug your cholesterol number lower, but will you be healthier, fit, and live longer?
Pfizer Sued By Former Exec Over Lipitor Marketing
A former Pfizer exec accused the drugmaker of illegally boosting Lipitor sales through an elaborate campaign of misleading educational programs for docs, The Wall Street Journal reports. Jesse Polansky, claims that the educational campaign was a key part of a marketing strategy that “led thousands of physicians to prescribe Lipitor for millions of patients who did not need medication” and could be harmed by overly aggressive treatment.
The Cause Of Heart Disease: High Cholesterol or Excess Calcium?
... over the last two decades, with marked advances in science and technology, the most recent research into lipid chemistry and coronary pathology is revealing that the “lipid theory” or “diet-heart” hypothesis might not be as definitive as once thought as being the major cause of coronary heart disease. In fact, much of the latest research that has been done on cholesterol shows just how vital a role this group of fats, called sterols, really are to every cell, nerve, and major organ of the body.
The FDA may approve Zyprexa for kids, despite its significant side effects
It sounds like a cosmic, FDA joke:
The Food and Drug Administration approves the antipsychotic drug Zyprexa to treat adults with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. It becomes a market wonder, a bestseller. But the side effects turn out to be dangerous; some patients develop diabetes.
Some 30,000 people sue the manufacturer, Eli Lilly. The pharmaceutical giant shells out more than $1-billion to settle the cases.
Here comes the punch line:
Though studies show that kids are even more susceptible to Zyprexa's dangerous side effects, now Lilly wants the government's seal of approval for adolescents to use it. And the FDA is about to say yes.
Zyprexa Side Effects
The FDA created MedWatch, a computerized Adverse Event Reporting System (AERS) for post-marketing surveillance of all FDA-approved drugs. Between 2004 and 2006 the FDA MedWatch program received 7,320 Individual Safety Reports naming Zyprexa (olanzapine) 34,198 times as the Primary Suspect Drug for 2,962 distinct adverse reactions ranging from abnormal faeces to vulvovaginal discomfort. All 2,962 Zyprexa side effects are listed below in alphabetical order.
"This is not a complete list of possible side effects." You've heard those words many times, but have you wondered what a COMPLETE list of side effects would look like? Well now you can see for yourself...
Canada: Dangerous drugs continue to be prescribed to seniors
Atypical antipsychotics are drugs such as Risperidone (Risperdal), Quetiapine (Seroquel), Olanzapine (Zyprexa) and Clozapine (Clozaril). Many of these types of drugs have never been tested on seniors. They are intended to treat severe mood disorders, symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in adults under 65.
But a new CBC investigation has revealed that the number of prescriptions of these drugs for seniors actually increased after the Health Canada warnings. They shot up in six provinces, including in Ontario and Quebec. In some cases, they increased by 40 per cent...
Video: Antidepressants and School Shootings, Suicide, Addiction
A shocking Compilation of Video clips showing negative side effects of Antidepressants. Suicide, homicide even to the point of school shootings. Best Case scenario you only experience Withdrawal and Addiction. My solution has not been medications/drugs but a company called Truehope. www.truehope.com
Supreme Court Asked To Review Zoloft Case
This is one case Pfizer, and several other drugmakers, wanted to go away. But instead, attorneys from the University of Texas law school are asking the US Supreme Court to hear the case of a teenager who was sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing his grandparents when he was 12 years old. Their argument is that the sentence is cruel and unusual punishment.
Of course, the court has to agree to hear the case. But should that come to pass, another aspect is likely to get attention - Christopher Pittman was taking Zoloft at the time he used a shotgun to shoot his grandparents, and then set fire to their home in 2001. During his trial four years later, his attorneys argued, unsuccessfully, that the rampage was heavily influenced by the antidepressant, which Pfizer has always denied.
Video: Hannity's America with Doug Kennedy on Antidepressants
Fox News, Hannity's America with Doug Kennedy, on antidepressants, violence, suicide, and homicide.
GENERATION RX examines rise in psychiatric drugs among children and teens
GENERATION RX, a new documentary by international award-winning producer Kevin Miller, examines the rise in psychiatric diagnoses among children and teens from 1980 to 2007. During that time, there was a mercuric rise in the use of ADHD drugs like Ritalin and unprecedented marketing of health services and mental health drugs directly to consumers.
The film is slated for international release in Spring of 2008.
Video: TeenScreen - Controversial and Unscientific
"This is a program that has some very vocal critics. They say Teenscreen usurps parental authority, sends kids to therapy who might not need it and they say the program encourages families to put adolescents on antidepressant drugs." (National Public Radio)
See the video about the program seeking to psychiatrize your children and sign the petition!
SSRI Stories - Antidepressant Nightmares
A collection of more than two thousand links to media stories of shootings, violence, murder, suicide where psychiatric drugs were involved in one way or another.
The stories have been collected over a period of years by two directors of the International Coalition for Drug Awareness. Their focus has been on Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), of which Prozac was the first. Other SSRIs are Zoloft, Paxil (Seroxat), Celexa, Sarafem (Prozac in a pink pill), Lexapro, and Luvox. Other newer antidepressants included in this list are Remeron, Anafranil and the SNRIs Effexor, Serzone and Cymbalta as well as the dopamine reuptake inhibitor antidepressant Wellbutrin (also marketed as Zyban).
HIV/AIDS: CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
When President Eisenhower nominated Charlie Wilson, the CEO of General Motors, as Secretary of Defense, Wilson was asked about a possible conflict of interest. His response was,“What’s good for General Motors is good for the country, and what’s good for the country is good for General Motors”.
The naive absurdity of that response was so widely appreciated at the time that it was featured in cartoons and comic strips and late-night comedy shows. Collections of quotations and infamous sayings still feature it. Check it out: just Google “What’s good for General Motors”.
Nowadays, the experts who draw up Treatment Guidelines, and the people who choose those experts to make up the Panel, are telling us implicitly that what’s good for the drug companies and for those who consult for them and get grants and presents from them is also good for the rest of us, for the people who will be using the drugs and for those who will be paying for the drugs.
FIRST: DO NO HARM!
That’s supposed to be the medical profession’s motto. If unsure whether available treatments will help, and especially if there’s a chance that they might harm—do nothing; practice “watchful waiting”.
HIV/AIDS practices take the opposite approach. In the determination to get rid of HIV, it is sometimes forgotten that the whole point is to make people better (WHAT HIV DRUGS DO, 15 December 2007).
“HIV-infection” has never been demonstrated in more than 1% of the immune-system cells that HIV supposedly targets. Antiretroviral drugs cannot discriminate between infected and non-infected cells of this class. To prevent the infected cells from producing more virus, we administer substances that kill all the cells. To get rid of 1 guilty party, we execute 100 or more innocent ones.
Ten HIV/AIDS Myths
We've been fighting the AIDS pandemic for decades but still are losing ground. Why? James D. Shelton, MD, MPH, science advisor at the U.S. Agency for International Development, has a radical suggestion. Before offering his suggestion, however, Shelton challenges 10 "myths" that impede HIV prevention.
World Aids Day - Do the facts matter?
[The following from Sharon Stone to Larry King]
“a child is dying every two minutes from AIDS. We have to look at what’s really happening. And I think the biggest number we have to look at is how many people have survived AIDS. Zero.”
“people don’t really believe it can happen to them. I don’t think that people are in the reality of how prevalent AIDS really is and how serious that it really is. . . . it’s the fourth leading killer of women in America . . . half of the people that have AIDS are women.”
Medications prevent mother-to-child transmission: “mothers of HIV [sic] were able to give birth to zero children with AIDS”.Henry Bauer, who wrote a book: The Origin, Persistence and Failings of HIV/AIDS Theory discusses the actual numbers around HIV and Aids in an intelligent, non-emotional manner. Perhaps it is time we paid attention to people like him.
Woman Misdiagnosed With HIV Awarded $2.5M
A jury has awarded $2.5 million in damages to a woman who received HIV treatments for almost nine years before discovering she never actually had the virus that causes AIDS.
In her lawsuit against a doctor who treated her, Audrey Serrano said the powerful combination of drugs she took triggered a string of ailments, including depression, chronic fatigue, loss of weight and appetite and inflammation of the intestine.
Another link to this story: $2.5M awarded in malpractice case
LA Times: The Price of Gold : Mining Firms Pay Nothing to Extract the Ore, Leaving Us to Pay Billions in Cleanup Costs
The gold may be exported, but the mess made stays behind. The production of just one gold ring generates about 20 tons of waste, according to one mining policy organization, much of it left to litter the landscape as well as polluting rivers and streams. Today, most gold is mined from open pits, which can run a mile long and equally as deep. Utah's Bingham Canyon, which produces gold as well as copper, silver and molybdenum, forms a crater large enough to be visible from outer space.Gold is not only a bad idea for use as money, its extraction also causes serious environmental headaches. So why not leave it in the ground - or at least make the mining companies clean up their own mess when they're done, and make those who want to buy it pay for ALL the associated costs?
Video: The Energy Non-Crisis - Largest Natural Gas & Oil Reserves In The World Are In Alaska
Lindsey Williams was a chaplan who spent 3 years as a minister working on the Alaskan oil pipeline. During this time he got to rub elbows and sit in meetings with the most powerful and influential men on planet earth. What Williams witnessed during this time and that he is now publicly reporting to the world will astound you. In this 1 hour and 15 minute video clip Lindsey Williams talks about his first hand knowledge of Alaskan oil reserves which he says are larger than any on earth, including all of Saudi Arabia.
Over 100 Prominent Scientists Warn UN: Attempting To Control Climate Is ‘Futile’
The UN climate conference met strong opposition Thursday from a team of over 100 prominent international scientists, who warned the UN, that attempting to control the Earth’s climate was “ultimately futile.”
“It is not possible to stop climate change, a natural phenomenon that has affected humanity through the ages. Geological, archaeological, oral and written histories all attest to the dramatic challenges posed to past societies from unanticipated changes in temperature, precipitation, winds and other climatic variables,” the scientists wrote.I wonder why, instead of trying to impose global warming dogma with a sledge hammer, no one is asking how we can prepare for what seems an inevitable fluctuation in the planet's natural climate cycles. What would be wrong about preparing for change?
Ten Reasons to Suspect "Save Darfur" is a PR Scam
The regular manufacture and the constant maintenance of false realities in the service of American empire is a core function of the public relations profession and the corporate news media. Whether it's fake news stories about wonder drugs and how toxic chemicals are good for you, bribed commentators and journalists discoursing on the benefits of No Child Left Behind, Hollywood stars advocating military intervention to save African orphans, or slick propaganda campaigns employing viral marketing techniques to reach out to college students, bloggers, churches and ordinary citizens, it pays to take a close look behind the facade. Among the latest false realities being pushed upon the American people are the simplistic pictures of Black vs. Arab genocide in Darfur, and the proposed solution: a robust US-backed or US-led military intervention in Western Sudan.
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More information out there...
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.
Some more sites to keep up to date with the other side of world affairs, the stuff you won't find on tv:
And remember ...
"The individual is supreme and finds its way through intuition."
posted by Sepp Hasslberger on Sunday December 23 2007
updated on Monday December 6 2010
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