Vaccine Maker Ships Experimental Flu Vaccine with Live Bird Flu Virus - NewsGrabs 8 March 2009
Vaccine maker ships Flu vaccine containing Live Avian Flu Virus
‘Accidental’ Contamination Of Vaccine With Live Avian Flu Virus Virtually Impossible
Czech newspapers are questioning if the shocking discovery of vaccines contaminated with the deadly avian flu virus which were distributed by the American company Baxter were part of a conspiracy to provoke a pandemic.
“The company that released contaminated flu virus material from a plant in Austria confirmed Friday that the experimental product contained live H5N1 avian flu viruses,” reports the Canadian Press.
"The contaminated product, a mix of H3N2 seasonal flu viruses and unlabelled H5N1 viruses, was supplied to an Austrian research company. The Austrian firm, Avir Green Hills Biotechnology, then sent portions of it to sub-contractors in the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Germany."
"The contamination incident, which is being investigated by the four European countries, came to light when the subcontractor in the Czech Republic inoculated ferrets with the product and they died. Ferrets shouldn't die from exposure to human H3N2 flu viruses."The question, whether this was an intentional "contamination" to start a bird flu pandemic is not as far out as one might think. Use of such a "mixed" experimental vaccine in humans could conceivably breed a mutation of H5N1 into a new virus that can be transmitted between humans. It seems the inoculated ferrets could have saved humanity from a pandemic.
Extracts of broccoli and cabbage mixed with those from Brazil nuts used to fight cancer
Compounds from the vegetables mixed with selenium, which is contained in Brazil nuts, have been shown to prevent the skin cancer and work better at attacking tumours than conventional treatment, researchers said.
Laboratory tests suggest that these compounds target tumours more safely and effectively than traditional methods.
Free-range Eggs Contain More Vitamin D
Eggs from free-range hens contain three to six times more vitamin D than typical supermarket eggs, according to a new study conducted by Mother Earth News magazine. Results showed that free-range eggs were richer in vitamin D than the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s nutrient data on commercial eggs, which are produced indoors in factory farms.
“Our test results reveal that the unnatural and inhumane conditions of factory farms are giving us substandard food. Consumers will get more nutritious eggs if they pay a premium for true free-range eggs from birds raised on pasture,” said Cheryl Long, editor in chief of Mother Earth News.
Support for adjunctive vitamin C treatment in cancer
Serious flaws in a recent study, which concluded that high doses of vitamin C reduce the effectiveness of chemotherapeutic drugs in the treatment of cancer, are revealed in the current issue of Alternative and Complementary Therapies, a journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
Challem points out two main problems with the study: the oxidized form of vitamin C (dehydroascorbic acid) and not actual vitamin C (ascorbic acid) was used; and in the mouse experiments, the animals were given toxic doses of dehydroascorbic acid, a compound that is not used as a dietary supplement in humans.
High-dose intravenous vitamin C is a common form of alternative and complementary therapy for patients receiving chemotherapeutic drugs and is believed to help bring about tumor cell death. In addition, it may promote postsurgical healing by enhancing collagen formation, and increase tissue resistance to tumor spread.
Over-consumption of sugar linked to aging
There is a clear relationship between aging and calorie intake. For example, mice fed with half the calories they usually eat can live 40 percent longer.
As part of the PLoS Genetics study, Université de Montréal Biochemistry Professor Luis Rokeach and his student Antoine Roux discovered to their surprise that if they removed the gene for a glucose sensor from yeast cells, they lived just as long as those living on a glucose-restricted diet. In short, the fate of these cells doesn't depend on what they eat but what they think they're eating.
Transnational Corporations agitate against farmers markets and community agriculture
The "food safety" bills in Congress were written by Monsanto, Cargill, Tysons, ADM, etc. All are associated with the opposite of food safety. What is this all about then?
In the simplest terms, organic food and a rebirth of farming were winning. Not in absolute numbers but in a deep and growing shift by the public toward understanding the connection between their food and their health, between good food and true social pleasures, between their own involvement in food and the improvement in their lives in general, between local food and a burgeoning local economy.Eggplant is a food staple in India. Monsanto bridgehead Mahyco is introducing a genetically modified variety, but is meeting stiff resistance over their failure to conduct proper safety studies.
In truth, GM safety has never been properly proven because the biotech multinationals are hiding behind the concept of "substantial equivalence" of GM to the traditional food crops they are meant to replace.
Several long term feeding studies conducted with GM food crops have shown unexpected negative health effects, yet still GM is being pushed to replace perfectly good varieties of grains, fruits and vegetables.
Merck, other Pharma Companies Fund Activist Groups behind EPA Petition to Regulate Silver
A handful of the activist agencies behind the petition to the EPA to regulate nano-silver as a pesticide have received funding from pharmaceutical giant Merck, which profits from patented antibiotics many believe are less effective, less safe and far more expensive than colloidal nano-silver products.
'Biologicals', Wonder Drugs with Problems
Protein drugs produced by genetic engineering cause adverse events including death more frequently than synthetic chemical drugs; yet they are being produced in transgenic crops grown in open fields
Eli Lilly and the Case for a Corporate Death Penalty
If Americans are ever going to revoke the publicly granted charters of reckless, giant corporations -- well within our rights -- we might want to get the ball rolling with Lilly, whose recent actions appalled even the mainstream media. And with Lilly's chums, the Bush family, out of power, now might be the right time.
On January 15, 2009, Lilly pled guilty to charges that it had illegally marketed its blockbuster drug Zyprexa for unapproved uses to children and the elderly, two populations especially vulnerable to its dangerous side effect. Lilly plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge and agreed to pay $1.42 billion, which included $615 million to end the criminal investigation and approximately $800 million to settle the civil case...
Supreme Court rules against Wyeth in liability case
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the drugmaker Wyeth on Wednesday, holding that pharmaceutical companies can be held liable for harm from medicines that carry warnings approved by federal regulators.
A Vermont jury had awarded $7 million in legal damages to a guitarist, Diana Levine. Part of her arm had to be amputated after she was improperly injected with the anti-nausea drug Phenergan made by Wyeth as part of treatment for a migraine.
"The question we must decide is whether the FDA's approvals provide Wyeth with a complete defense to Levine's tort claims. We conclude that they do not," Justice John Paul Stevens concluded in the court's majority opinion.
70 Percent More Energy Required to Make Ethanol than Actually is in Ethanol: Cornell
Neither increases in government subsidies to corn-based ethanol fuel nor hikes in the price of petroleum can overcome what one Cornell agricultural scientist calls a fundamental input-yield problem: It takes more energy to make ethanol from grain than the combustion of ethanol produces.
"Abusing our precious croplands to grow corn for an energy-inefficient process that yields low-grade automobile fuel amounts to unsustainable, subsidized food burning," said the Cornell professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Economists say copyright and patent laws are killing innovation; hurting economy
The authors argue that license fees, regulations and patents are now so misused that they drive up the cost of creation and slow down the rate of diffusion of new ideas. Levine explains, "Most patents are not acquired by innovators hoping to protect their innovations from competitors in order to get a short term edge over the rest of the market. Most patents are obtained by large corporations who have built portfolios of patents for defense purposes, to prevent other people from suing them over patent violations."
Boldrin and Levine promote a drastic reform of the patent system in their book. They propose the law should be restored to match the intent of the U.S. Constitution which states: Congress may "promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writing and discoveries."
Three myths about peer review
What’s the future of scientific peer review? The way science is communicated is currently changing rapidly, leading to speculation that the peer review system itself might change. For example, the wildly successful physics preprint arXiv is only very lightly moderated, which has led many people to wonder if the peer review process might perhaps die out, or otherwise change beyond recognition.
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posted by Sepp Hasslberger on Sunday March 8 2009
updated on Thursday December 2 2010
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