Natural Health Strategies Cut Coronary Deaths in Iceland - NewsGrabs Tuesday, 19 May 2009
Massive Decline in Coronary Deaths in Iceland Due Mostly to Natural Health Strategies
In the 25 years between 1981 and 2006 mortality rates from coronary heart disease (CHD) in Iceland decreased by an amazing 80 percent in men and women between the ages of 25 and 74. How could such a huge decline be explained?
Was it the result of some miracle drug? Are the health services in Iceland incredibly better than elsewhere? Findings of a study by the Icelandic Heart Association and the University of Iceland have the answer -- the vast majority of the cardiac mortality decrease in Iceland was attributable to reductions in risk factors throughout the general population. And the lowered risk was accomplished by simply adopting natural, healthy living strategies.A recommendation to take four tablespoons of pureed asparagus stalks twice a day as a remedy for cancer is making the rounds on the internet. Some sites such as the one linked here tell us that there "is no scientific proof" that asparagus indeed can cure cancer, adding gratuitous discussion on antioxidants and on recommendations of the American Cancer Society.
Looking at the abysmal track record of "Cancer Societies" and modern medicine in their attempts to reduce the incidence of cancer, I can only say that I'd rather take some spoons of asparagus in an attempt to help the body overcome cancer than follow the recommendations for chemical poison and radiation that are standard fare nowadays for anyone who's got a tumor...
Men treated for prostate cancer could benefit from pomegranate juice
"This study suggests that pomegranate juice may effectively slow the progression of prostate cancer after unsuccessful treatment," said Christopher Amling, MD, an AUA spokesman. "This finding and other ongoing research might one day reveal that pomegranate juice is an effective prostate cancer preventative agent as well."
DDT a danger to exposed communities
(link from stephentvedten.blogspot.com - blog censored by Blogger. Check out his other site at http://www.stephentvedten.com/ )
Although the use of DDT as an agricultural pesticide has been largely abandoned worldwide, it has been used since the 1940s to combat malaria in SA and other areas, with its use endorsed by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The SA researchers on the international panel, who published their concerns in this month's issue of the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, have 'strongly urged' an accelerated drive to look at better, safer ways of controlling malaria without compromising people's health, and that of the environment.
Research shows that Pesticides are a Huge risk for Parkinson’s Disease
(link from stephentvedten.blogspot.com - blog censored by Blogger. Check out his other site at http://www.stephentvedten.com/ )
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has stated that the studies made by most researchers indicate that exposure to any type of toxins in the environment triggers Parkinson’s disease (PD). Parkinson’s is a degenerative disorder affecting the central nervous system of the human body, thereby impairing motor skills, speech and other functions. The correlation between Pesticides and PD has been studied for quite some time now. But the new study just published by University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in the American Journal of Epidemiology puts pesticides at the top of the list of toxins triggering PD.
EFSA’s Review of Ramazzini’s Second Aspartame Study Shows Sellout
In Dr. Soffritti’s studies the rat’s hair yellowed from the formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is converted from the methyl alcohol, a severe metabolic poison. In the Trocho Study (PDF) it shows the formaldehyde embalms living tissue and damages DNA. When this devastating independent study was published Dr. M. Alemany reported the aspartame manufacturer resorted to character assassination. When you damage DNA you destroy humanity!
Whistle-Blower Accuses FDA of Corruption
The idea of FDA officials making decisions seemingly in isolation and contrary to expert advice reminded me of the FDA’s approval of the artificial sweetener aspartame. The company that originally developed aspartame (manufactured by the pharmaceutical company G. D. Searle) had been petitioning the FDA for many years in an effort to get its product licensed.
The company didn’t have much luck until a new FDA commissioner was appointed after Ronald Reagan came to power. The new commissioner, Dr. Arthur Hull Hayes, duly granted aspartame a license, a decision that went against the FDA’s own scientific board of inquiry’s recommendations. (Hayes subsequently took a position with Burson-Marsteller, the firm in charge of public relations for G. D. Searle).
New Jersey Goes After Rampant Conflicts of Interest in Medical Device Industry
In announcing the settlement, [New Jersey Attorney General, Anne] Milgram said it is vital that the medical device industry change the way it approaches clinical testing. “We cannot allow financial conflicts-of-interest to infect the clinical trial process. It is a betrayal of the public trust, and has the potential to jeopardize patient well-being,” she said in a press release.
The same day, Milgram’s office also issued subpoenas to five major medical device makers seeking information about their business practices.
“Medical device makers have a duty to make certain that clinical trial results are accurate and unbiased,” she said. “In creating these financial incentives for doctors, Synthes and the rest of the industry have done the exact opposite.”
The Big Pharma Plague
REPUBLIC Magazine (PDF - 6 MB)
The history of the war on drugs in America has a lot to do with the National Security Strategy dating back to the 1940s. Somewhere between the beginning of time and the development of big Pharma, it became clear to the government that street drugs would impose a damaging snag in the basic element of the social fabric and needed more intense regulations. Since then, there have been numerous twists in the saga of drugs in America which has led to the pharmaceutical industry and the War on Drugs becoming a
massive contradiction in terms, yet both have unique ties to how the government operates, and by what standards these operations are carried out.
Book: Side Effects DeathConfessions of a Pharma-Insider
John Virapen used to be the executive director of the Swedish branch of Eli Lilly & Company, one of the biggest internationally active pharmaceutical companies. He engaged in the development of aggressive marketing strategies, which included to massive corruption in more than one occasion. He participated in the resolute distribution of drugs, which cause massive and dangerous side effects – like the death of the patient. Or the death of uninvolved bystanders caused by patients under the influence of antipsychotic drugs.
Did you know that
* pharmaceutical companies invest the considerable amount of 35,000 Euro per year and physician to get the physicians to prescribe their products?
* more than 75 percent of leading scientists in the field of medicine are paid for by the pharmaceutical industry?
* in some cases corruption prevailed in the approval and marketing of drugs?
* illnesses are made up by the pharmaceutical industry and specifically marketed to enhance sales and market shares for the companies in question?
* pharmaceutical companies increasingly target children?
Placebo: Thinking so, makes it so
Talk about “placebo-controlled trials” is too easily taken to imply that “placebo” means “doing nothing”. That is far from true. In reality, placebo describes the phenomenon that unconscious and not-understood emotional or mental processes can produce powerful physical effects. A person given a dummy pill and told that it is a drug will often experience the feelings that the drug would induce. Someone given a drug that lowers blood pressure, say, who is told that it raises blood pressure, may actually experience a rise in blood pressure: “placebo” can actually be more powerful than physical medication.
Mainstream disciplines are beginning to recognize the power of the placebo response. The National Institues of Health held a workshop in 2000, “The Science of the Placebo: Toward an Interdisciplinary Research Agenda”.
The Science of Voodoo: When Mind Attacks Body
The idea that believing you are ill can make you ill may seem far-fetched, yet rigorous trials have established beyond doubt that the converse is true - that the power of suggestion can improve health. This is the well-known placebo effect. Placebos cannot produce miracles, but they do produce measurable physical effects.
The placebo effect has an evil twin: the nocebo effect, in which dummy pills and negative expectations can produce harmful effects. The term “nocebo”, which means “I will harm”, was not coined until the 1960s, and the phenomenon has been far less studied than the placebo effect. It’s not easy, after all, to get ethical approval for studies designed to make people feel worse.
What we do know suggests the impact of nocebo is far-reaching. “Voodoo death, if it exists, may represent an extreme form of the nocebo phenomenon,” says anthropologist Robert Hahn of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.A Minnesota judge has ordered a boy of 13 to have an x-ray and evaluation by an oncologist. If chemotherapy is recommended and the parents refuse, the judge says he would be 'placed in temporary custody'.
If you go to see the article, you will find a link to a poll: "What do you think of the ruling?" Incredibly, so far, a majority seems to think that it's quite ok to force someone to receive medical treatment against their will.
Popular cancer drug linked to often fatal brain virus
It looked like their brains had been eaten away. A brain biopsy and a spinal tap confirmed the diagnosis of a swiftly moving and often fatal viral brain infection called progressive multifocal leukoencephalitis (PML) that attacks the brain's white matter. Both had lymphoma and had been taking the popular cancer drug rituximab (brand name Rituxan) before they developed the brain infection.
"Rituximab is one of the most prominent drugs in a new class called monoclonal antibodies. One of the other two drugs, Raptiva, was taken off the market in April of this year because of the PML risk. The other drug, Tysabri, was removed from the market for 1½ years because of similar concerns.Although a significant increase of the level of suicidality (suicidal thoughts) was found in studies testing antidepressants, the fact was never highlighted by the press or commentators. Was there a deliberate cover-up?
US: Number of foster children in Florida on mood-altering drugs underreported
The number of foster children in Florida prescribed mood-altering drugs has been significantly underreported, according to the early results of a statewide study sparked by a 7-year-old boy's suicide. Gabriel had been prescribed two psychotropic drugs.
... he only was listed in the database as being on Adderall, an attention deficit/hyperactivity drug, that he had been taken off of months before his death, said DCF Secretary George Sheldon. The two drugs that Gabriel was taking when he died--Symbyax and Vyvanse--had not been approved by either his parents or a judge--a violation of state law.
Why Anti-Depressants Failed To Live Up To Hype
Since it's well-established that anti-depressants don't perform as well as claimed, then the American public has been lied to for two decades about depression treatment and often those lies (or shall we say excessive claims?) have been made in advertisements since Direct-To-Consumer ads were made legal in the US in 1997. These lies were also spread by some reporters and news organizations who parroted the pharma line for far too long.
The 11th Commandment - AIDS, Sex and Society
Fintan Dunne interviews Liam Scheff
Our guest is Liam Scheff, an American writer and journalist - a real journalist, and that’s amazing because they’re so hard to find these days.
But you wouldn’t believe what has happened as a result of one very important story that Liam broke, which was about AIDS orphans. These were orphaned kids in a home in New York City called the Incarnation Children’s Center.
Liam’s story on that topic was first published as “The House That AIDS Built,” and later on the New York Press as [“Orphans on Trial,” “Still on Trial” and] Inside Incarnation. And eventually that story made its way onto the UK’s BBC, in a film called “Guinea Pig Kids.”
Infant Primates Given Vaccines On U.S. Children's Immunization Schedule Develop Behavioral Symptoms Of Autism
A primate model for autism using the U.S. children's immunization schedule was unveiled at the International Meeting For Autism Research (IMFAR) this weekend. The research underscores the critical need for studies into vaccine safety and the immune and mitochondrial dysfunction of autistic children. The National Autism Association (NAA) questions why the government hasn't undertaken these vital studies and why researchers have had to depend on private money to perform this critical science that will surely impact the health of millions of children worldwide.
Cell Phone Usage Damages Memory
The influence of cellular phones on brain functions and general health has been widely researched in recent years. Most of the experiments try to understand whether electromagnetic radiation is cancerous or not. Researchers from Ben Gurion University and Soreq Research Center for Nuclear Energy have decided to take a closer look at the effect mobile phones have on people's cognitive functions.
Economy: More than Banking Needs to Change
Light touch regulation has also been the rule in other sectors, including the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Regulators depend on the companies not only to carry out the tests but to analyse and interpret the results, and then take their word for it.
A revolving door policy means that regulators often come from industry and then go back once they have served their terms. Regulation is largely about details rather than the strategic issues: when an application is being discussed it is considered enough for the person with a connection to that firm to leave the room, even though other corporations’ nominees may be just as anxious as the applicant to see permission granted because of the precedent it will set. The UK government has given its regulators a very strong steer that they are to favour GM not because the farmers and consumers want it – they don’t – but because they see it as one of our industrial golden geese. Here, of course, they are blatantly ignoring the market, which even the most committed neo-liberals seem willing to do when it suits them.
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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 Tuesday May 19 2009
updated on Monday December 6 2010
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