Vitamin prevents birth brain defect - NewsGrabs Thursday, 19 March 2009
Birth brain defect could be prevented with vitamin supplement
Scientists at The University of Manchester and Lancaster University say laboratory tests have shown that administering a combination of vitamins (tetrahydrofolate and folinic acid), dramatically reduces the risk of hydrocephalus.
Dr Miyan explained: “A combination of tetrahydrofolate and folinic acid - both naturally occurring substances - stimulated brain cell growth and had a significant positive effect on brain development in laboratory experiments on rats and reduced the incidence of hydrocephalus.
“In laboratory experiments, the combined folate supplement works at any stage during pregnancy which means that it may be effective even if it is commenced after the diagnosis of hydrocephalus is made at an 18 to 20 week pregnancy scan.
Vitamin D: Another study shows RDAs/RDIs grossly inadequate
The new research concluded that daily supplementation with four times the existing RDI for the under-50s i.e. 20 mcg of vitamin D3, during the winter months, achieved optimal circulating levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations in 80% of participants. The researchers considered that this dose to be adequate to optimize vitamin D status in most young women in Maine.
UK: Call to 'Save Our Supplements'
Miss Anne McIntosh, MP for Vale of York and Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Thirsk and Malton, has called on the Prime Minister to help prevent thousands of vitamin and mineral supplements from being wiped from the shelves of health food stores such as Holland and Barrett in Thirsk.
“Tony Blair noted that the legislation was ‘wholly out of proportion’. I have written to the current Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, urging him personally to intervene by taking up the matter with the President of the European Commission. Action is needed now to block the likely decimation of the specialist supplements market.”
Protecting the Brain: Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Lyme, MS, ALS, Autism, and Depression
It is important to strengthen the Blood Brain Barrier (BBB) against cytokine invasion. Cytokines will only cross the BBB in an area that it is weakened. Low levels of vitamin B, a deficiency of certain essential fatty acids, and a viral infection, like a cold or flu can weaken the blood brain barrier. A study published in June 2002, in the scientific journal Differentiation, reported new evidence that mobile phone radiation can also weaken the BBB against harmful substances. Diet and dietary supplements can strengthen the brain’s protective barrier..
US: GAO Report on Dietary Supplements a Major Development
(by Citizens for Health) - We predicted late last year before, during, and after the election that 2009 would begin a time of change and challenge for dietary supplements. It looks like the first shoe has dropped: The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) presented a report to Congress last week, titled Dietary Supplements: FDA Should Take Further Action to Improve Oversight and Consumer Understanding.
US: Tell Congress to Improve Food Safety by Stopping Factory Farming
OCA (the Organic Consumers Association) does not support HR 875 in its present form, given the fact that, if the bill's regulations were applied in a one-size-fits-all manner to certified organic and farm-to-consumer operations, it could have a devastating impact on small farmers, especially raw milk producers who are already unfairly targeted by state food-safety regulators.
For Whom the Bell Tolls - The Control of America's Farmers and Farm Lands
HR875 and S425 should explicitly seek to strengthen the natural resource base of the small farmers instead of creating a legal framework for predatory oligopolies to monopolize food production and distribution. In its present form it is a penal bill that has the potential to financially destroy small food producers.
The American people are facing contamination of their food from genetically modified organisms and pesticide. They are eating nutrition-deficient foods. It has been established beyond any doubt that natural foods are nutritious, ensure health and well-being. Yet the two bills fail to address these issues.My comment: apart from the insane proposal to clamp down with controls on all agriculture just because the corporate controlled industrial agriculture has great potential of poisoning people, I think we should keep something basic in mind about food.
Local production of food should be the rule, not the exception. Export of agricultural products should be the exception, not the rule. This is a statement of principle and I realize that we are very far from it in today's world. We even import foods that CAN be locally produced, and in Europe, which has a jungle of agricultural subsidies, products often get exported and then get re-imported to profit from subsidies both ways. State control (and the state's desire to "support export") are some of the most pernicious forces that distort agriculture and therefore nutrition and health.
Products that are transported for thousands of miles don't get better while they travel, and they accumulate a lot of cost in terms of fuel and transport infrastructure. Products that are produced for export, instead of for local production, are produced with less of an emphasis on quality and more of an emphasis on quantity, as there is no one to complain to the producer, if his tomatos have no taste or his apples and oranges have less and less nutritional content.
Why not just return to local production for local people, and a small trickle of export where really needed? The food would be so much better!
Golden Rice Scandal Unfolds
Phase II clinical trials on children have been conducted with unapproved experimental GM rice enhanced in pro-Vitamin A that has the potential to cause birth defects and developmental abnormalities
More than 30 senior scientists and academics signed an open letter condemning researchers at Tufts University (Boston) in the United States for carrying out clinical trials of genetically modified (GM) ‘Golden Rice’ on children. The scientists claimed that the trials were in breach of the Nuremberg Code of Ethics brought in at the end of the Second World War to prevent any repetition of the experiments conducted by Nazi scientists including many on children.
The ‘Golden Rice’ in the trials (GR2) appears to be an experimental collection of transgenic events still in the laboratory, uncharacterised in terms of basic molecular genetics or biological and biochemical properties, not tested pre-clinically on animals, or subjected to any other safety assessment.
The City that Ended Hunger - By Frances Moore Lappé
A city in Brazil recruited local farmers to help do something U.S. cities have yet to do: end hunger.
In just a decade Belo Horizonte cut its infant death rate - widely used as evidence of hunger - by more than half, and today these initiatives benefit almost 40 percent of the city's 2.5 million population. One six-month period in 1999 saw infant malnutrition in a sample group reduced by 50 percent. And between 1993 and 2002 Belo Horizonte was the only locality in which consumption of fruits and vegetables went up.
Hyperbaric treatment for autism reports significant clinical improvements
Hyperbaric therapy traditionally involves inhaling up to 100% oxygen at a pressure greater than 1 atmosphere (atm) in a pressurized chamber. In the first randomized, controlled, double-blind multicenter trial, Dan Rossignol and colleagues, from six centers in the USA, studied 62 children, aged 2-7 years, to assess the efficacy of hyperbaric treatment in children with autism.
The study found that children with autism in the treatment group had significant improvements in overall functioning, receptive language, social interaction, eye contact, and sensory/cognitive awareness compared to children in the non-treatment group.
Rossignol wrote "Hyperbaric treatment is a safe treatment modality at 1.3 atm and ... appears to be a promising treatment for children with autism".
Superbugs Kill 90,000 patients a year!
(link from stephentvedten.blogspot.com - blog censored by Blogger. Check out his other site at http://www.stephentvedten.com/ )
American hospitals are treating sicker patients with more complex, invasive techniques—and helping people live longer. But every year in these same facilities some 90,000 Americans pick up infections that kill them. Hard-to-treat superbugs are an increasing problem as widespread use of antibiotics produces new germs that are drug-resistant—and few new medications are in the pipeline.
Silenced Drug Study Creates An Uproar
Study 15 suffered the same fate as many industry-sponsored trials that yield data drugmakers don't like: It got buried. It took eight years before a taxpayer-funded study rediscovered what Study 15 had found -- and raised serious concerns about an entire new class of expensive drugs.
Study 15 was silenced in 1997, the same year Seroquel was approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat schizophrenia. The drug went on to be prescribed to hundreds of thousands of patients around the world and has earned billions for London-based AstraZeneca International-- including nearly $12 billion in the past three years.
The results of Study 15 were never published or shared with doctors, even as less rigorous studies that came up with positive results for Seroquel were published and used in marketing campaigns aimed at physicians and in television ads aimed at consumers. The results of Study 15 were provided only to the Food and Drug Administration -- and the agency has strenuously maintained that it does not have the authority to place such studies in the public domain.If the FDA can't tell us about a study that says a drug is dangerous, what are they good for?
Researcher Slams SSRIs, Citing Large Risks And Small Benefits
Joel Kauffman is an emeritus chemistry professor at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and in an article in the current Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons he does everything but call SSRIs--Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Luvox, Celexa, Lexapro--unsafe at any speed.
"At most, 11%–30% of patients with depression or related conditions who take SSRIs actually benefited beyond the placebo effect on normal doses... Adverse effects, mostly dose-dependent, will appear in up to 75% of patients on normal doses. Of these, studies suggest that suicidality will be observed in an additional 2%–13% of patients on normal doses..."
Kenya, Uganda VCTs turning in thousands of false HIV-positives
When two different tests were administered on all 6,255 subjects, a total of 131 people had “discrepant results” — where one was positive and the other negative.
Using a third confirmatory test, 27 of the subjects were finally confirmed to be carrying the virus, meaning that without such controls and using just one test, 104 people could have been told they were HIV-positive when they were not.
What is AIDS Denialism?
There is no single way of thinking about Aids from a critical point of view. I’m critical of the tests, and drugs, and the severity of the diagnosis; some people are on about causation, some about just the drugs, some about just the general theory (sex). But no one ‘denies’ that a lot of people died in the early and mid 80s, or that many more people died in the early 1990s after the introduction and in the first blush of high-dose AZT monotherapy, and that mortality reduced after the doses were lowered, and the new drugs took AZT’s place.
Malaria Vaccine Trials Raise Concerns over Risks to Infants
These recent trials of malaria vaccines on infants in Africa raise serious concerns over safety, not only of the malaria vaccine being tested, but of vaccines in general administered in large numbers to the young and very young. The malaria vaccine is being tested against a background of multiple vaccines, and furthermore, against vaccines with highly controversial safety record such as the hepatitis B vaccine.
From 1990 to the end of 2002, the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), set up by the Centers for Disease Control and Food and Drug Administration in the United States, received reports of 9 520 serious adverse events in children under one year of age after one dose of hepatitis B vaccine, either alone or with other vaccines; among these were 627 deaths. In the same period, there were 38 600 serious adverse events and 753 deaths over all ages for the hepatitis B vaccine. Clearly deaths among infants less than 1 year after hepatitis B vaccination were much higher than those in adults and older children.
In the malaria vaccine trials, serious adverse events of 10 to 20 percent or more and even deaths in both trial and control groups were routinely dismissed as ‘unrelated to vaccination’, and hence did not even enter into the VAERS statistics.
The level of protection offered by the malaria vaccine was at best 65.9 percent in the follow up period of 3 months after the final dose, and there is no evidence it lasted longer than that. This level of efficacy is insignificant when treatment is promptly applied, and certainly not worth the risks of serious adverse events including death.
Yet, all the trials concluded that the vaccine was safe, and “immunogenic in young infants” and warrant a large scale phase III multi-centre trial.
Video: Cellphone Danger - Risks Exposed
Are Cellphones safe? This is the trailer to Cell Phone Wars movie shows just some of the risks. Your health is compromised by EMR ElectroMagnetic Radiation.
Mobile phone antennas: New judgement and ministerial crisis in France (PDF)
According to Next-up News, there are numerous lawsuits against the mobile phone companies in France - 135 is one estimate, but there may be more.
A planned round table on relay antennas, which was supposed to take place on 26 March 2009 with the participation of three ministers (Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister for Health, Chantale Jouanno, Secretary for Ecology and Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, Secretary for the Development of the Digital Economy), has been postponed at the Prime Minister's request to the end of April. However, in the face of the rejection of mobile phone relay antennas gaining ground among the French public, there will instead be an emergency meeting on 26 March involving some ministers and the mobile phone companies only.
SCEC - Solidarity and Local Complementary Currency in Italy
SCEC is in the form of a discount chit denominated in Euro equivalents (in denominations of 0.50 Euro, 1, 2, 5, 10 and 50 Euro). It is distributed for free and acquires value only when used. Businesses and professionals agree to give a discount to buyers who pay (in part) with SCEC, usually around 20 %.
SCEC is putting first emphasis on actually supporting local production and commerce over imports from far away and world wide commerce by multinationals. The currency makes local exchanges more convenient for people who use the system, as they get a break by virtue of getting substantial discounts on the normal price.
The Liquidity Network - a proposal for non-monetary liquidity
Feasta is making a determined effort to set up a system that allows participants to exchange goods and services with each other without anyone going into debt. Although our system will operate in parallel with the existing money system, it will not be a money system. The units used within our system will be units of measure analogous to kilos or metres. Like these measures, they will have no intrinsic value and will only operate as a counting device to give participants a way of comparing and expressing the value of the goods and services being exchanged and ensuring that some participants do not take more value from the system than they put in. Participants will not own the units in their account at any time.
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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.
You can subscribe to the Zeus Newsletter here. Appears twice monthly. If you would like to see some samples of Louise's collection of informative links, here are the archives. She also has a weekly newsletter all about homeopathy - Zeus Homeopathy News.
Dr Mercola's health blog, Mike Adams' Natural News and the One Click Group in the UK have good health information. The Dr Rath Foundation is also putting out a weekly collection of health related news. Here is the link to their Newsletter Archive.
The Alternative Medicine Yahoo Group and the healthfreedom ning group are places to 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 emr-updates group on Yahoo. Genetic modification and issues around agriculture and foods are reported on the Organic Consumers Association site.
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:
The individual is supreme and finds its way through intuition
posted by Sepp Hasslberger on Thursday March 19 2009
updated on Wednesday December 8 2010
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