Beyond the Bailout: A new Economy - NewsGrabs 16 November 2008
David Korten's Agenda for a New Economy: Beyond the Bailout
"When we recognize that GDP represents cost, not gain, it becomes clear why making it grow is a mistake. A number of researchers have been pointing out that happiness, as well as other indicators of human, social, and environmental health, have been declining even as GDP increased, but their appeals have been largely ignored. We continue to manage our economies to maximize the cost, rather than the benefit, of economic activity."
CAPE TOWN CAPERS – CODEX MEETS AGAIN ON NUTRITION
"I argued that the Committee should not be bound to follow the three-year-old definitions set forth by a simple report from a technical workshop hosted by FAO. It’s not the Bible or the Koran. It should not be set in stone. When the Chairman refused to budge, it became even more evident to me than before that one of the major problems with the entire Codex process is that it will create a huge edifice of standards and guidelines based upon yesterday's news. Then, it will become, as it was at this Committee meeting, impossible to change the edifice to match advancing human knowledge. In essence, Codex will still be debating gas lighting standards while cold fusion is powering the planet. How many people will die because of outmoded standards?"
Generation Rx - Movie by Kevin Miller released
GENERATION RX documents how an entire era of children have been caught in the middle of an unprecedented change in Western culture: that of drugging children with psychiatric medications earlier—and more often than ever before.
For decades, scores of doctors, government officials, journalists, and others have extolled the benefits of psychiatric medicines for children. GENERATION RX presents "the rest of the story" and unveils how this era of unprecedented change in Western culture really occurred - and what price has been paid by our society.
GENERATION RX is a film about families who confronted horror and found nowhere to turn for help - and how scores of children have been caught in the vortex of mind-bending drugs at the earliest stages of their growth and development.
EFSA approves two forms of vitamin B 12
Two forms of vitamin B 12 have been approved for use as an ingredient in food supplements by EFSA, the European Food Safety Authority which is located in Parma, Italy. The forms of vitamin B 12 approved are methylcobalamin and 5’-deoxyadenosylcobalamin.
The opinion excludes methylcobalamin produced from genetically modified micro-organisms, stating that for that source of the vitamin, a specific submission would be needed that takes into account the use of GM in production.
What About Those "Wasted" Vitamins?
Ever heard this one before? "Your body doesn't absorb extra vitamins. All you get from taking vitamin supplements is expensive urine."
"Expensive urine," writes veteran nutritional reporter Jack Challem, is "a bizarre argument because a $50 restaurant meal and a bottle of fine wine also lead to expensive urine, but no one seems to be complaining about those things. Numerous studies have shown, however, that vitamin supplements do increase people's blood levels of those nutrients."
Good nutrition saves lives. The therapeutic use of vitamin supplements, to both treat and prevent serious diseases, has tens of thousands of scientific references to support it.
Magnesium, the Mineral Marvel
Older Americans often have inadequate magnesium levels, a significant health risk because the mineral helps relax the arteries and is integral to energy production.
Magnesium intake is linked to reduced chances of stroke and heart attack. It reduces arterial tension — preventing spasms within the blood vessels — and helps discourage clotting within the arteries.See also a book by Dr Carolyn Dean: The Magnesium Miracle
Vitamin B6 Reduces Colon Cancer
Many of us are not getting nearly enough B6 from our diets. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (May, 2008) published a study of nearly 8,000 people showing that B6 inadequacy is common throughout the United States. "Across the study population," the authors said, "we noticed participants with inadequate vitamin B6 status even though they reported consuming more than the Recommended Daily Allowance of vitamin B6, which is less than 2 milligrams per day." Three out of four women using oral contraceptives are vitamin B6 deficient, unless they also take vitamin B6 supplements. Smokers and the elderly are also especially likely to be at risk. Remarkably, even among people who take B6 supplements, one in ten is still B6 deficient.
UK: Ministers agree to food colour ban
Ministers have agreed that six artificial food colourings should be phased out after research found a link with hyperactivity in children.
FDA Faulted for Stance on Chemical in Plastics
On Wednesday, a panel of toxicology experts said the FDA hadn't properly assessed the potential health risks posed by the chemical bisphenol A (BPA), which some studies have linked to cancer, diabetes, heart disease and developmental delays in children. The toxicologists said the FDA had relied too heavily on studies funded by the chemical industry to make its decision, and had failed to consider other studies that questioned the safety of BPA.
Campaigner wins pesticide victory
The judge said "defects" in Defra's approach to pesticide safety contravened a 1991 EC Directive. He ruled that the result of his judgment was that Environment Secretary Hilary Benn "must think again and consider what needs to be done".
Ms Downs said she was very pleased with the ruling. "The UK government's relentless and extraordinary attempts to protect industry, as opposed to people's health, has been one of the most outrageous things to behold in the last seven years of my fight."
Research finds that low concentrations of pesticides can become toxic mixture
Ten of the world's most popular pesticides can decimate amphibian populations when mixed together even if the concentration of the individual chemicals are within limits considered safe, according to University of Pittsburgh research published Nov. 11 in the online edition of Oecologia. Such "cocktails of contaminants" are frequently detected in nature, the paper notes, and the Pitt findings offer the first illustration of how a large mixture of pesticides can adversely affect the environment.... and human health, one might add.
Supplement or Drug?
The FDA is currently receiving comment about Section 912 of its Amendments Act (FDAAA), which deals with the regulation of foods containing substances that have undergone clinical trials.
Further clarification is needed because the provision could prevent products from being marketed as dietary supplements if they (a) contain substances that have been subject to clinical trials, and (b) if those clinical studies have been made public.
US: Decisions That Will Impact Your Health Freedom
The November 4th elections in the United States have just concluded and many people throughout the World are celebrating what they see as wonderful news. Yet, lost in the glow is the very real fact that the Congressional and Executive Branch public-policy impact of the elections will not be favorable for health freedom. For health-freedom advocates and their Washington Representatives, the election of Barack Obama as our next President is troubling, but it is probably not the worst of the "change" that is coming to the nation's capital. The increased control of Congress by Congressional Democrats is the bigger threat to health freedoms, all across the public-policy board.
Europe's secret plan to boost GM crop production
The documents – minutes of a series of private meetings of representatives of 27 governments – disclose plans to "speed up" the introduction of the modified crops and foods and to "deal with" public resistance to them.
And they show that the leaders want "agricultural representatives" and "industry" – presumably including giant biotech firms such as Monsanto – to be more vocal to counteract the "vested interests" of environmentalists.
Austrian Government Study Confirms Genetically Modified (GM) Crops Threaten Human Fertility and Health Safety
A long-term feeding study commissioned by the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety, carried out by Veterinary University Vienna, confirms genetically modified (GM) corn seriously affects reproductive health in mice. Non-GMO advocates, who have warned about this infertility link along with other health risks, now seek an immediate ban of all GM foods and GM crops to protect the health of humankind and the fertility of women around the world.
Johns Hopkins Clinicians Declare the Current RDA Guidelines Inadequate to Correct Vit. D Deficiencies
John Hopkins University researchers have termed the current RDA guidelines inadequate to correct the widely prevalent vitamin D deficiency in children suffering from cystic fibrosis. In their attempts to restore normal vitamin D levels, their trials used the recommended 50,000 IU of vitamin D once a week, increased it to twice a week, and finally to three times a week, yet produced less-than-optimal results. They concluded that adult and pediatric patients with vitamin D deficiency need 50,000 IU of vitamin D3 daily for four weeks to optimize their levels of vitamin D.
Oxfam calls for complete revamp of medical R&D
Oxfam, which will be attending a conference on the issue hosted by the European Commission in Brussels, says that after years of scientific progress, still less than ten percent of all medical research is being dedicated to diseases afflicting more than 90 percent of the world’s population.
Tropical diseases such as dengue fever or sleeping sickness affect millions of people in developing countries and yet only receive $1 out of every $100,000 spent globally on medical R&D, according to the report Ending the R&D Crisis in Public Health.
IODINE: Why You Need It, Why You Can't Live Without It
“The reason there is so much iodine deficiency present is not only due to inadequate iodine intake, it is also due to the toxicities we are exposed to on a daily basis. These toxicities include the toxic halides bromine, fluoride and the chlorine derivatives.”
Time to fight iodine deficiency disorders
Iodine deficiency was once considered a minor problem, causing goiter, an unsightly but seemingly benign cosmetic blemish. However, it is now known that the effects on the developing brain are much more deadly, and constitute a threat to the social and economic development of many countries.
Pediatrician Believes ADHD Does Not Exist
In the book, "The Diseasing of America's Children: Exposing the ADHD Fiasco and Empowering Parents To Take Back Control", the authors not only hold the ADHD Establishment's feet to the fire -- they toss the establishment into the fire, using such pointed phrases as "a travesty of science," "flimsy evidence," "a scandal waiting to erupt," and "an effort that has resulted in the manufacture of diseases that do not exist."
Specifically, the authors contend that those "diseases that do not exist" -- namely, ADD (attention-deficit disorder), ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) and ODD (oppositional defiant disorder) -- are based on bad science, most likely do not derive from a genetic brain disorder, and therefore do not require potentially harmful medications for treatment.
Study shows direct link between leptin and obesity-related cardiovascular disease
Tadeusz Malinski and colleagues have published the first study to directly observe how high levels of leptin can create a cascade of harmful biochemical changes in the body. Leptin, a peptide hormone produced by fat cells, helps regulate body weight by acting on the hypothalamus to suppress appetite and burn stored fat.
But an excess of fat in the body can produce too much of the hormone, which, in turn, can lower levels of bioavailable nitric oxide. Nitric oxide, produced by the endothelial cells, supports healthy cardiovascular function by relaxing blood vessels and maintaining good blood flow, explained Malinski, who has developed special nanosensors that can detect levels of the substance.
Cancer: Doctors 'rely on chemo too much'
A review of 600 cancer patients who died within 30 days of treatment found that in more than a quarter of cases it actually hastened or caused death.
The report by the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death said doctors should consider reducing doses or not using chemotherapy at all.
England's cancer tsar Professor Mike Richards said he was "very concerned".
Gardasil Linked to Seventy-Eight Outbreaks of Genital Warts
The Gardasil vaccine has been linked to 78 outbreaks of genital warts, according to an article in The Fiji Times entitled "Are our girls guinea pigs?" by Matelita Ragogo. That's right. In addition to all of the other adverse reactions to this controversial vaccine, children who receive it are subject to outbreaks of genital warts.
Gardasil Should Not Be Mandatory
A trio of academics is joining the debate over the notion requiring girls to be vaccinated with Merck’s Gardasil is not a good idea. And in a recent issue of the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Gail Javitt of Johns Hopkins’s Berman Institute of Bioethics, Deena Berkowitz of George Washington University School of Medicine and Lawrence Gostin of Georgetown University Law Center they offer five reasons...
Flu Shots For The Elderly Are Ineffective
As with all immunizations, flu shots can have harmful side effects. Vaccines may contain, among other things, ingredients such as mercury and aluminum, which are widely regarded as toxic. The elderly are more likely to be injured by, or even die from, flu vaccine side effects. Such incidents may remain unreported by hospitals or physicians. One man, aged 76, had a flu shot and immediately had to be hospitalized for a week. When family members suggested to the hospital staff and physicians that it was probably a reaction to the shot, their views were disregarded. Two years later the man had another flu shot, and was promptly hospitalized a second time. Family members once again said it was a reaction to the flu shot. The hospital said it was a low-grade infection, probably a bladder infection. The man died.
Flu Shot Dangers Far Outweigh Benefits
This interview was conducted 2 years ago. In light of the major flu propaganda now reaching fever fitch (no pun intended), it's time to examine the facts once again on the flu shot. This year is a very dangerous year for the flu. The CDC has approved the use of a vaccine containing 3 virsuses, at least 2 of which have been genetically engineered, including the Spanish flu virus from 1918. Just how are we supposed to fight off the flu with attenuated virus being in the flu shot derived from dead bodies from the 1918 flu pandemic?
Shot or Not - The Influenza Vaccine and FluMist
Today I caught part of an episode of Regis (Philbin) and Kelly (Ripa). They were getting their flu shots on air. Regis was obviously more nervous than usual. Then he stated that in the past he had pain in his arm for 8 weeks following the administration of a flu shot. He was noticeably scared. The nurse assured him that it is totally safe – this time...
Researchers use chemical from medicinal plants to fight HIV
A new UCLA AIDS Institute study has found that a chemical from the Astragalus root, frequently used in Chinese herbal therapy, can prevent or slow progressive telomere shortening, which could make it a key weapon in the fight against HIV.And this may not be the only use of the Astragalus extract, since aging depends to a large degree on this mechanism, meaning our cells lose the capacity to renew themselves when their telomeres get too short.
When HIV/AIDS comes in, thinking departs and ignorance reigns
The facts are, of course, that HIV isn’t sexually transmitted, and neither is AIDS. Even the mainstream acknowledges that male-to-female transmission (which is, as we know, only apparent transmission) is merely on the order of 1 per thousand, and female-to-male an order of magnitude lower still. But Mrs Kakariba and other nurses, and indeed practicing physicians, can’t spend their time delving into the technical literature. They have to accept what the authorities tell them.
“Needle ZERO” again; or, HIV pops up magically out of nowhere
Points 2 and 3 in particular are some of the many data that show “HIV-positive” to be a highly non-selective, non-specific indicator of physiological stress or immune activation. There’s also overwhelming evidence that “HIV-positive” is not a contagious condition, and that “HIV” doesn’t correlate with “AIDS”.
BBC shunned me for denying climate change
"When I first stuck my head above the parapet to say I didn’t believe what we were being told about global warming I had no idea what the consequences would be."
"According to official data, in every year since 1998 world temperatures have been getting colder, and in 2002 Arctic ice actually increased. Why, then, do we not hear about that?"
"The sad fact is that since I said I didn’t believe human beings caused global warming I’ve not been allowed to make a TV programme."
Organizing to Heal Nature and Produce Abundance
Keep in mind that the wealth of Bill Gates is not dollars in a bank account. His wealth is an ownership interest in the assets and profitability owned by Microsoft. With the right kind of organization, every member of your community could have an ownership interest in the assets to produce all the food, clothing, shelter, education and health care that your community needs – and that would be real wealth – no matter what the market does.
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posted by Sepp Hasslberger on Sunday November 16 2008
updated on Wednesday December 8 2010
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