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July 20, 2008

Canadians Defeat Government Natural Health Proposal - NewsGrabs 20 July 2008

Natural Health Advocates Defeat Canadian Government Power-Grab
In a surprising victory for natural health proponents, Canadian Health Minister Tony Clement has agreed to the key demands of a grassroots campaign against restrictions on homeopathic medicines and herbal remedies in new legislation.

In the proposed new law's original language, natural medicines were lumped in with pharmaceutical drugs, raising concerns they would be subject to the same type of oversight. Some believed it could mean that a product as common as vitamin C would be unavailable without a prescription.

The government has now proposed to insert a definition of natural health products into the Food and Drugs Act to "clearly recognize" that they are distinct from foods and drugs under the law.

Large Scale Study Finds Vitamin B6 Deficiency Common in the U.S.
Researchers at Tufts University have discovered that vitamin B6 deficiency is much more common than previously thought. The National Institute of Health has long held that vitamin B6 deficiency is rare in the U.S. and in 1998 the Recommended Daily Allowance was set in a range, depending on age and gender from 1.3 mg to 2 mg daily.

For about 10 years now the RDA for Vitamin B6 has largely been assumed to be adequate to maintain plasma levels of B6 at 20 nmol/L in most people. The Tufts study has shown that instead, the RDA may be too low for at least four specific, large population groups.

Dutch Health System Rated Best, U.S. Worst
In the United States a third of Americans believe their system needs to be completely overhauled, while a further 50 percent feel that fundamental changes need to be made.

In the Netherlands, where health care is financed by mandatory health insurance, 42 percent of people think their system works well and needs only minor changes. And only nine percent of the Dutch think a complete overhaul is necessary...

Interesting how the Dutch system comes out best. The Netherlands are one of the very few western countries where alternative medicine is accepted and integrated by law.

'Breakthrough' in malaria fight
The malaria parasite produces the "glue" when it infects target red blood cells, enabling them to stick to the walls of blood vessels. This stops them being pased through the spleen, where the parasites would usually be destroyed by the immune system.

Professor Alan Cowman, a member of the research team at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, said targeting the protein with drugs could be a key to fighting malaria. "If we block the stickiness we essentially block the virulence or the capacity of the parasite to cause disease," he said.

Of course more research is needed on how best to block the protein, which protein to block, and to find out about potential side effects - but this is the kind of basic research that brings new hope for medicine...

Childhood diarrhoea: Treat with zinc
"Zinc is clearly of benefit to children with diarrhoea," says lead researcher Marzia Lazzerini, who works at the Unit of Research on Health Services and International Health in Trieste, Italy.

Diarrhoea is a common cause of death for children in the developing world, occurring most often in children aged between six months and five years. It is estimated that two million children die every year as a result of the disease. Zinc is a micronutrient that plays a critical role in physical growth as well as in gastrointestinal and immune function.

12 Babies Die in GlaxoSmithKline Vaccine Trials in Argentina
Pediatrician Ana Maria Marchese, who works at the children's hospital in the provincial capital where the studies are being conducted, was highly critical: "because they can't experiment in Europe or the United States, they come to do it in third-world countries. Colombia and Panama were also chosen by GSK as staging grounds for trials of the vaccine against the pneumococcal bacteria."

Epilepsy Study Incriminates Aspartame in Medications
The Pacific Epilepsy Society in affiliation with the Epileptic Foundation of Maui has completed a seven year study on Epilepsy and Seizures, finding that epilepsy is at an all time high in Hawaii and the western states and Pacific Ocean Territories. There has been a 100% increase over the two previous years.

Brazil Probes Formulary Scheme
The text of the letter outlined a scheme by which the drugmakers (Wyeth, Abbott, Novartis, Serono and the drug wholesaler Benatti) were financing patients lawsuits against the government health system to force state agencies to pay for expensive and imported meds not on the government formulary.

The scheme was allegedly being done indirectly with drugmakers giving wholesalers either substantial discounts or extended payment plans, in exchange for the wholesalers paying law firms for legal services on behalf of patients seeking specific high-cost drugs. In Brazil, citizens can take legal action against government health systems to require they provide meds not on formularies.

Barack Obama and John McCain go to war with Big Pharma
According to polls, healthcare costs are a bigger issue than Iraq for most Americans, hardly surprising given that it affects a greater number. Still, it is alarming for the pharma bosses to hear the Republican candidate bashing their industry, even supporting the direct importation of cheap drugs from abroad.

Senator Obama also supports imports, but he wants to go further and grasp the nettle of pricing. He wants Medicare to negotiate directly with the drug giants, much as the NHS fixes drug prices in Britain.

This would be a disaster for Big Pharma - a federal agency setting discounted drug prices for senior citizens, the disabled and the poor. According to the Obama camp, it might save $30 billion (£14.9 billion) for the nation's taxpayers, a huge bite out of the industry's earnings - and it would not end there.

Generic Drugs, an Endangered Commons
The bad news is that proprietary drug makers are using all sorts of subterfuges to extend the life of their patents in order to prevent their high-cost drugs from entering the generic marketplace. It is a rank ripoff of consumers that reneges on the patent-monopoly deal that the public makes with drug makers in the first place: the patent term is limited, after which it belongs to any safety-certified competitor.

Drugs industry protecting 'morally unacceptable' patent system
Speaking ahead of his lecture, Pogge said: "The main responsibility for change lies with politicians and citizens. But pharmaceutical companies are also citizens, and they play a significant role in the political process of most societies. They lobby a lot. And here I do see fault. They lobby for holding the line on a status quo that is simply morally unacceptable.

Judge Reverses Preemption Ruling In Paxil Case
US District Court Judge David Hamilton has reversed his prior opinion in which he had dismissed a Paxil suicide case based on preemption, which says that FDA approval supersedes state law claims challenging safety, efficacy, or labeling. The FDA and drugmakers argue preemption exists by maintaining agency actions are the final word on safety and effectiveness. The case is now re-opened.

In his 28-page opinion, Hamilton wrote that, in his prior ruling, he “failed to appreciate the significance of the fact that the ongoing ability, authority, and responsibility to strengthen a label still rest squarely with the drug manufacturer.”

Is American Psychiatric Association too Tight with Drug Industry?
“I have come to understand that money from the pharmaceutical industry can shape the practices of nonprofit organizations that purport to be independent in their viewpoints and actions,” Grassley said in a letter to the association. In 2006, the latest year for which numbers are available, the drug industry accounted for about 30 percent of the association’s $62.5 million in financing, with half that money going to drug advertisements in psychiatric journals and exhibits at the annual meeting; the remainder sponsored fellowships, conferences, and industry symposiums at the annual meeting.

Comment by Vince: From this article Sen. Grassley is hot about the "AstroTurfs®" and not just the AMA.

This discussion is getting very interesting.

These pretend "grassroots" non-profits are watered by Pharma money. Groups such as these pervade the entire health system and influence public policy and reinforce reductionist ideology in favor of the industry.

The mental health sector easily gets the lions share of the loot.

Dedicated to the drugging of America´s children?
As to the AAP, in response to a reporter´s question regarding the fact that there are no long-term data on statin use in children, a member of the academy´s nutrition committee was quoted in the July 8th New York Times as saying: "We extrapolate from the information we have in adults."

That statement brazenly flies in the very face of the academy´s founding principles.

According to the AAP, the organization was founded in 1930 by 35 pediatricians who were committed to transforming medicine in order to recognize that children have special developmental and health needs; that children should never again be treated as miniature adults.

Dental Mercury: FDA accepts comments until July 28
Pursuant to our ( mediated settlement, FDA will classify mercury fillings in a year. FDA will work from this record, so your precise comments could be helpful. By now, FDA is aware of the depth and breadth of this movement, so casual comments are not needed. We must focus on quality, not quantity. To see the specific information FDA asks for, go to If you have further questions, you can contact the helpful and courteous FDA official in charge of the record, Michael Adjodha, phone: 240-276-3688.

Eighteen Deaths linked to Gardasil Vaccine
In a 25-page special report released June 30, Judicial Watch -- a Washington DC-based nonprofit organization that promotes “transparency and accountability in government” – presents evidence based on government documents that in the two years since being licensed by the Food and Drug Administration, Merck & Co’s Gardasil, heavily promoted as a safe and effective vaccine against cervical cancer, has been connected with nearly 9,000 “adverse events,” including the deaths of 18 – perhaps 20 – girls and young women.

SELENIUM: Mainstreamers again follow Aids rethinkers as to dietary supplements
Dr. Barry Hurwitz of the University of Miami reported a placebo-controlled, double-blind trial of selenium supplements stretching over 9 months and enrolling 262 HIV-positive people. Selenium controlled or even lowered viral load, there was a positive dose-response correlation, and selenium also led to higher CD4 counts. According to Hurwitz, “I liken the effect of selenium to a lion tamer in a zoo. . . . What it tends to do is make viruses more docile and they are less likely to replicate. The effect of selenium appears to be acting directly on the virus”.

Science Studies 101: Why is HIV/AIDS “science” so unreliable?
Perhaps the crucial turn on the wrong path came when Peter Duesberg’s rigorously researched and documented argument against HIV/AIDS theory went without comment, even in face of an editorial footnote promising such a response. Just as virologists ignored Duesberg’s substantive critiques, so epidemiologists ignored the informed critiques by Gordon Stewart and immunologists ignored the fully documented questions raised by Robert Root-Bernstein; and just about everyone in mainstream fields ignored John Lauritsen’s insights into data analysis and his insider’s knowledge of interactions among gay men.

Peer review in HIV/AIDS “science” lapsed fatally from the beginning and has not yet recovered. Thus the only real safeguard of reliability was lost, it sometimes seems irretrievably.

Toronto health department: Cellphone use potentially risky for kids, teens
Toronto's department of public health is advising teenagers and young children to limit their use of cellphones to avoid potential health risks.

The advisory — believed to be the first of its kind in Canada — warns that because of possible side effects from radio frequencies, children under eight should only use a cellphone in emergencies and teenagers should limit calls to less than 10 minutes.

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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.


Dr Mercola's health blog and Mike Adams' Natural News have great health information.

The Alternative Medicine Yahoo Group is a place where you can discuss and exchange information on what is happening in the world of natural health.

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.

A few sites to keep up to date with the other side of world affairs, the stuff you won't necessarily find on your tv or in the papers:

... and remember:

The individual is supreme and finds its way through intuition


posted by Sepp Hasslberger on Sunday July 20 2008
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Readers' Comments

The news from Canada is not at all as good as it seems. Bill C51 was just a ploy to offer a retreat that still is really bad. Now Bill C52 is on fast track, which is almost as bad. (The Health minister in Canada has a number of undisclosed conflict of interests.) Read about it in the comments on the Mercola website

Posted by: MaxPont on July 20, 2008 07:06 AM


Sounds like Dr. Mercola got snowed by this deceitful announcement by our health minister and now you are spreading the disinformation! I'm sure many Canadians got snowed as well. If you actually go and read the proposed ammendments you see that the announcement is just rhetoric. NHPs are still listed under the category of "Therapeutic Products" in Bill C-51, right along with pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices and therefore all the points in Bill C-51 would still apply to them no matter what paragraph is added to the Food and Drug Act. The only thing that stopped C-51 is summer recess! Now they will have to start from scratch in the next paliamentary sitting. However, we must still be vigilant though because Bill C-52 is even worse! Besides that, Bill C-52 if passed, could have an ammendment added to it that could include Bill C-51 as written. We haven't won a thing yet! But we're still fighting and very watchful. Clements cannot be trusted as is obvious since he became Minister of Health while still owning shares of a pharmaceutical company, a blatent conflict of intrerest. Furthermore, he never sold his interest meaning that after his term in office is over, they will probably be transferred back to him. Therefore his loyalties are still to big pharma and quashing all competition to it's profits. Prime Minister Harper cannot be trusted either since he appointed Clements to this position and is keeping him there with this obvious conflict of interest. It's easy to see that the government of Canada is very corrupt!

Posted by: Bonita Poulin on July 21, 2008 02:02 PM


Get your facts straight it's NOT A VICTORY you are JUMPING THE GUN.....INVESTIGATE MORE and you will SEE they haven't changed anything......Tony is still a skum bag for even letting this bill C51 &C52 be written on paper.....

Posted by: J.O. Street on July 22, 2008 10:50 AM


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