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February 18, 2011

Finding ways around EU herbal restrictions - Health Supreme NewsGrabs 18 February 2011

UK: Herbal medicines will survive after ministers approve plan that bypasses EU directive

The Government moved yesterday to protect consumers wanting herbal products that will disappear from many health food shops after April 30.

Mr Lansley has approved a plan for the Health Professions Council to establish a register of practitioners supplying unlicensed herbal medicines, who will be required to sign up by law.

Mr Lansley, in a written statement, said the Government wanted to ensure continuing access to unlicensed herbal medicines via a statutory register for practitioners 'to meet individual patient needs'.


Pharmaceutical interests went WAY over the top in trying to eliminate or at least restrict access to natural products such as supplements and herbs competing with pharma's wares.

Those laws, stupidly and somewhat blindly enacted by EU legislators just aren't enforceable. Better not to make a law rather than make one that can't be enforced because it is against what people desire. It only acts to undermine any confidence we might have had at one time in those institutions...

Even governments of the member states are now finding ways around enacting the restrictions. In Italy, for instance, healthy herbs will continue to be available in herb shops, they are considered food supplements.

European herb directive keeps consumers in the dark

"We believe consumers have the right to see which products have so far been registered, what they have in them, what their intended uses are and who has registered them. We have therefore collated the data into a single list while also releasing other lists that show the extensive range of Indian, Chinese, Tibetan and even western herbs that will be subject to the ban."

The new legislation claims to put consumer safety first making it mandatory to indicate possible side effects and interactions with other drugs on the labeling of approved herbal products. But health-conscious consumers are likely to be surprised to find a wide complement (over 100) of additive 'nasties' in most (but not all) of the registered products. These include the detergent sodium lauryl sulphate, the controversial sweeteners aspartame and sodium cyclamate, artificial preservatives, such as E215, E217 and E219, and various polymers, such as butylated methacrylate copolymer, polyvinylpyrrolidone and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA). The latter is recognised by government authorities to cause cancer in laboratory animals.

Diet soda and heart, stroke risk: A link doesn't prove cause and effect

A total of 2,564 people in the study were asked about their intake of sodas (among other questions) at the start of the study. After nine years, 559 cardiovascular events had occurred, and those who had reported drinking diet soda every day had a 60% higher rate of these events, which included various forms of stroke as well as heart attacks.

The scientists adjusted for certain factors, such as age, sex, race, smoking, exercise, alcohol and daily calories. When they added additional factors to do with heart disease risk, such as metabolic syndrome, the risk was still 48% higher for the daily-diet-soda-drinking group.

"If our results are confirmed with future studies, then it would suggest that diet soda may not be the optimal substitute for sugar-sweetened beverages for protection against vascular outcomes," noted the study lead author, Hannah Gardener of the University of Miami School of Medicine.

A link may not prove cause and effect, but it *is* a signal ... and perhaps we should pay attention. The disclaimer (no proof of cause and effect) is almost never used when the media reports on a scientific study. Why is it different this time around? Could the fact that there is a huge industry (and connected advertising revenues) behind diet drinks and sweeteners?

Another instance of the immediate disclaimer:

Diet soda tied to stroke risk, but reasons unclear It's far from definitive proof, but new research raises concern about diet soda, finding higher risks for stroke and heart attack among people who drink it everyday versus those who drink no soda at all.

Still drinking diet soda?

Diet Pepsi consists of artificially blackened water tarted up with synthetic chemicals. The references to "natural flavor" and (chemical-induced) "freshness" aside, what really gives Diet Pepsi its main flavor -- that special jolt of sweetness -- is aspartame, the famous calorie-free sugar substitute.

What aspartame lacks in calories it more than makes up for in baggage. Italian researchers recently added [PDF] to a long-standing and growing body of literature pointing to aspartame's possible role as a carcinogen. Their conclusion, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, was stark: "The results of this mega-experiment indicate that [aspartame] is a multipotential carcinogenic agent, even at a daily dose of 20 mg/kg body weight, much less than the current acceptable daily intake."

Diabetes Linked to Lack of Magnesium

The results show that magnesium intake was inadequate in 82 percent of the diabetics studied, with the lowest levels found in those with kidney complications.

Further, about two-thirds (63 percent) of the subjects had low blood levels of magnesium.

Zinc can be an 'effective treatment' for common colds

Taking zinc syrup, tablets or lozenges can lessen the severity and duration of the common cold, experts believe.

A review of the available scientific evidence suggests taking zinc within a day of the onset of cold symptoms speeds recovery.

It may also help ward off colds, say the authors of the Cochrane Systematic Review that included data from 15 trials involving 1,360 people.

British Medical Journal in partnership with Glaxo-Smithkline

Is it just conceivably possible, that the BMJ's decision to commission and publish Brian Deer's series of articles attacking Dr. Andrew Wakefield's personal and scientific integrity--and lend its unwavering editorial endorsement--without giving him an opportunity to defend himself--might be influenced by a SIGNIFICANT financial conflict of interest?

Why did the BMJ conceal from readers-- of the Brian Deer series of articles and the BMJ editorial excoriating Dr. Andrew Wakefield, charging him with deliberate fraud and financial conflict of interest-- the fact that the BMJ had a partnership with Merck, a major manufacturer of vaccines--including the MMR vaccine, which is at the center of the Wakefield controversy?


In yet another peer-reviewed study (the fifth in a little over a month), "Study of Some Biomarkers in Hair of Children with Autism" published in the journal of Middle East Current Psychiatry 2011, 18:6-10 by investigators from the Departments of Psychiatry, Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Faculty of Medicine, Mansoura University, Egypt, describes a significant link between mercury and autism.

Why Most Published Research Findings Are False
(Ioannidis' 2005 article in PLoS Medicine)

In this framework, a research finding is less likely to be true when the studies conducted in a field are smaller; when effect sizes are smaller; when there is a greater number and lesser preselection of tested relationships; where there is greater flexibility in designs, definitions, outcomes, and analytical modes; when there is greater financial and other interest and prejudice; and when more teams are involved in a scientific field in chase of statistical significance. Simulations show that for most study designs and settings, it is more likely for a research claim to be false than true. Moreover, for many current scientific fields, claimed research findings may often be simply accurate measures of the prevailing bias.

Not only doctors ... Nurses get bribes as well

Much is made of the interactions between doctors and drugmakers and, specifically, the extent to which certain practices, such as free meals, may unduly influence medical practice and prescribing habits. But, of course, there are other healthcare professionals in the equation, such as nurse practitioners. And a recent study in the American Journal of Managed Care argues that marketing toward this group deserves similar scrutiny.

A few findings: Nearly all of the NP's - 96 percent - reported regular contact with reps and most - 71 percent - say they received info on new drugs directly from reps some or most of the time. Meanwhile, 61 percent reported it was acceptable for drugmakers to provide small gifts and meals to clinical offices, although 93 percent said gifts had no effect on the likelihood of prescribing a highlighted drug...

Firewater - Fluoridation in Australia

Featuring researchers, politicians, activists, sufferers and health practitioners, Fire Water follows the impacts and issues surrounding the practice of adding industrial waste fluoride to public drinking water without the informed consent of the people.

With Australian authorities rapidly moving to fluoridate all remaining areas of the country, the timing of this film could not be more pertinent. It is urgent that the Australian people have the opportunity to hear these viewpoints.

Video: FLUORIDE KILLS ! - Footage of fluoride damaging cells and stopping reproduction

Could mental illness be infectious?

Dr Rudolf Wank, an immunologist at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, has reported recently that schizophrenic patients are much more likely to be infected with one or more variants of chlamydia. More importantly, he found that targeting the bug with specially treated immune cells improved the patients' symptoms dramatically.

Epidemiologist Exposes HIV's House of Numbers

Throughout the 30-year history of the AIDS "pandemic," James Chen MD, MPH has been at the forefront of public health epidemiology, working primarily in public health surveillance and the prevention of communicable diseases.

His book The AIDS Pandemic: The Collision of Epidemiology with Political Correctness (Radcliffe Publishing, 2007) exposed the way activists and drug companies manipulated HIV reporting to coerce politicians into wasting billions of dollars to research HIV and push drugs and vaccines for drug companies.

Although prominently featured in the award-winning documentary House of Numbers (2009), his name was not among the list of pharmaceutical marketers who were exposed by the documentary's revelations.

Last month, filmmaker Brent Leung released an unedited version of Dr. Chen's interview. OMSJ has broken down the video into smaller excerpts.

Padian Study Proves HIV Is Not Sexually Transmitted

This is the explosive study by Dr. Nancy Padian that most people have never heard of. It is essentially the final nail in the coffin on the myth that HIV is a sexually transmitted disease. Her study proves once and for all that HIV is not sexually transmitted. Dr. Padian conducted the largest study ever on sexual transmission of HIV. She tracked 175 couples over a ten year period. Each couple had one person who was HIV positive and one who was HIV negative. No drug users were allowed to take part in the study. This prevented any false positives from occurring as a result of the drugs someone could have been taking.

The couples were consistently having unprotected sex. After ten years guess how many of those who were HIV negative ended up becoming HIV positive. ZERO!!!

HIV, The Happy Exosome

An "endo-some" is a protein bubble (vesicle) made inside ("endo-") the cell, for carrying information, or goods and services, to another part of the cell. An "exo-some" is the same thing, but for use outside "exo-" the cell.

In other words, exosomes are a non-toxic part of every living thing on earth. They are little protein bubbles which are made by the cell, of the cell, for the cell; for healing, transport, messaging. For evolutionary adaptation!

And so is "HIV." "Fully an exosome, in every sense of the word."

The mainstream has now given up on the delusion that there is anything abnormal or unnatural occurring in "HIV" pictures. They now relate it to normal cellular processes. And so now, in their infinite wisdom, they want to kill all exosomes.

Video: Rewriting The HIV-AIDS Story

IMF calls for dollar alternative

The International Monetary Fund issued a report Thursday on a possible replacement for the dollar as the world's reserve currency.

The IMF said Special Drawing Rights, or SDRs, could help stabilize the global financial system. While they are not a tangible currency, some economists argue that SDRs could be used as a less volatile alternative to the U.S. dollar.

It seems that several countries are getting rather tired of continued US war mongering and meddling in others' affairs. They are withdrawing support from the US Dollar as the world's trade and reserve currency and that is one of the ways in which they are saying 'NO'.

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posted by Sepp Hasslberger on Friday February 18 2011
updated on Tuesday December 13 2011

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Readers' Comments

Chris Caton, a British traditional western herbalist, has sent me a comment he also sent to the Daily Mail regarding their article on herbal medicines, which is the theme of this newsgrab. Here it is, for you the readers and for the record:

Dear Ms Hope

I write in response to your article, 'Herbal-medicines-survive-ministers-approve-plan-bypasses-EU-directive'.

Unfortunately there has been a great deal of misinformation around the subject of herbal legislation and State Regulation for herbalists over the last few years, with many different interests all vying to be heard any many seemingly skewering the truth.

I am a former member of The National Institute of Medical Herbalists, choosing to leave NIMH due to their stance on the regulation of herbal medicine/herbalists and their membership of the EHTPA, believing as I do, that their lobbying of Parliament for State Regulation and their initial support of THMPD will spell the end of our traditions, the publics accessibility and choice.

The THMPD has many flaws which the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) is at present challenging. This EU directive, put into UK law in 2005 applies to Section 12(2) of the 1968 Medicines Act and is mainly concerned about the herbal medicine products available in our shops. As of May 1st, 2011 hundreds of herbal medicines will not be able to be sold in shops. The only herbal medicines that we are likely to see in our shops, are those produced by large companies, often pharmaceutical companies and often non-traditional products because they have been 'standardised' i.e. one of the numerous chemicals found within a plant has been artificially standardised to a specific percentage. Many of the traditional herbal medicines, produced by small cottage industries, often organic and of a higher quality, will, due to huge costs of registration and GMP, be stripped from our shelves. The public will loose their choice, access, traditional medicines and the environment will suffer.

Herbalists on the other hand are hardly affected by the changes that THMPD will bring about because herbalists rely mainly on Section 12(1) of the 1968 Medicines Act. The only thing that a herbalist will not be able to do is order a 'special' mix of herbs, i.e. a preparation made to order with a third party. As long as Section 12(1) stays within the Statute books, herbalists will be able to carry on mixing and prescribing herbal medicines for their patients after consultation.

The THMPD has been used and skewed by the pro State Regulation group of Herbalists, the EHTPA and it's members to gain State Regulation, which they may or may not achieve, depending on the results of a further consultation and any Parliamentary decision.

Many herbalists, their patients and the public are against the State Regulation (SR) of Herbalists, many have also left or refused to join their associations due to SR, therefore we have a growing number of Independent Herbalists who are unlikely to become State Regulated on moral grounds. Coupled with the effects of THMPD we are likely to see an expansion of a black market and consequent problems arising.

Prior to the THMPD and current proposals to regulate herbalists, herbal medicines and herbalist were covered by a number of laws. The few problems that arose broke these laws, the problem had been lack of policing not lack of law.

Changes to our herbal medicine laws will see the multi national pharmaceutical companies gain a corner on the market, who incidentally are heavily involved in just about every EU and Worldwide committee that deals with herbal medicine and supplements. The public, herbalists, our cultures, our traditions and our environment will be the losers.

Apart from the above mentioned problems with these proposals for the SR of herbalists, it is also assumed, contrary to increasing evidence pointing to the opposite, that State Regulation will increase public safety. SR herbalists will be forced to adhere to legislation that has been set down according to orthodox philosophies and standards regarding health, yet people who visit herbalists for treatment, do so due to their different philosophies and approach to healthcare.

At present, due to the THMPD, the MHRA have the overriding power to decide and enforce what is and what isn't a medicine. This is ludicrous where herbal medicine is concerned because many herbal medicines are also foods, natural products just will not fit into a box created for artificially produced pharmaceutical drugs. Taken to the letter, current EU legislation and proposals will make it illegal for a mother to pick some chamomile, make a tea and give it to their child to help them sleep. In so doing they would be prescribing a herbal medicine which has neither been registered or prescribed by a State Regulated Health Practitioner, yet that same mother can go into most shops and purchase some Calpol for their child.

I beg you to investigate these issues further so that the true picture can be given to the public. Further information can be found at;

Yours sincerely
Chris Caton

Traditional Western Herbalist

Posted by: Sepp on March 16, 2011 11:46 AM


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