from ANH Update on Traditional Herbal Medicines in Europe

When the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive was passed in 2004, many herbal producers, including those producing herbs for the great and ancient traditions of Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, saw the Directive as a 'godsend'.

Here was a piece of law that would give these herbal products a proper medicinal classification, meaning they could actually be used to help make sick people healthier. The food supplements regime, under which most of these products have been sold in Europe, of course doesn't allow any claim to be made about the treatment or protection against disease. In fact, food supplements are intended only for healthy persons (so they say)!

We are now 6 years into the implementation of the Directive, and only there's only a year before it's all-important transition phase runs out.

The American Botanical Council approached the ANH with three questions, asking its views on this issue that is of great importance to natural health, especially in the European Union. But obviously it has a major impact on suppliers from all around the world, and given the way in which European regulatory models are viewed in other regions, the practical workability of the system is crucial if it's going to be adopted elsewhere.

Here's what we had to say in response to the questions (in bold text) from the American Botanical Council...

continue reading at ANH Update on Traditional Herbal Medicines in Europe

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OpEdNews

March 4, 2010

By Evelyn Pringle

A month before the first Paxil birth defect trial against GlaxoSmithKline was set to begin, the Associated Press ran the headline, "Glaxo Used Ghostwriting Program to Promote Paxil," in reporting on a program called "CASPPER," which allowed doctors to "take credit for medical journal articles mainly written by company consultants."

"Drug companies frequently hire outside firms to draft a manuscript touting a company's drug, retain a physician to sign off as the author and then find a publisher to unwittingly publish the work," the Associated Press said on August 19, 2009. "Drug company salespeople often present medical journal articles to physicians as independent proof that their drugs are safe and effective."

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According to a recent article by Janne Larsson, pharmaceutical companies producing methylphenidate-containing psychiatric drugs are maneuvering to prevent long term safety studies on the effects of those products. The article is

Confidential report reveals: Big Pharma trying to stop long-term safety studies of ADHD drugs (Ritalin, Concerta)

It says, among other things:

...the manufacturers were ordered to submit data how they could do long-term studies of psychiatric adverse effects (e.g. depression, hostility and psychotic reactions) and of cognitive effects (effects on learning, intellectual function) of the drugs. The answer from the pharmaceutical companies was a confidential report Feasibility Assessment of a Study of Long-term Effects of Methylphenidate on Cognition and Psychiatric Outcomes written 30 October 2009 - now made public by a Swedish court. As stated by the manufacturers: "This information is provided on behalf of the following Marketing Authorisation Holders for methylphenidate-containing medicinal products in the EU: Novartis, Johnson & Johnson, Shire, Medice and Laboratorios Rubió (also referred to as the "Consortium")." The document can only be characterised as an aggressive effort to explain why long-term studies about adverse psychiatric outcomes of methylphenidate treatment could not and should not be done, together with distorted facts about the beneficial long-term outcomes of drug treatment. The intention with the feasibility assessment study is clearly to stop or delay needed safety actions for methylphenidate drugs.

Now Janne Larsson, the Swedish investigator and writer of that article, has asked the European Commission to take decisive action to clarify, once and for all, what are the damaging side effects of these drugs. Here is his letter...

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2 March 2010

Health Minister accused of swine flu ‘overreaction’

By Staff Writer


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Michael McGimpsey

Health Minister accused of swine flu ‘overreaction’

Stormont's Health Minister has been accused of overreacting to the swine flu scare after it emerged that a further £16m of emergency funding has gone unspent.

Finance Minister Sammy Wilson said his executive colleague Michael McGimpsey should have scrutinised scientists' advice about the pandemic alert more rigorously before asking for the money from Government coffers.

The DUP representative said some elements of the scientific community had their own agenda for over-stating the scale of certain crises.

“Ministers when they are faced with a crisis should scrutinise any advice they are given as rigorously as possible to make sure that they are not overreacting,” he said.

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Liversupport.com

March 4th, 2010

To keep soft drinks fresh and prevent harmful bacteria from growing, sodium benzoate has been used in soft drinks for many years. However, discover why this common preservative has been implicated in being a detriment to our health – and find out how you can help minimize any potential toxic and mitochondrial damage from sodium benzoate.

by Nicole Cutler, L.Ac.

By accelerating the course of liver disease, drinking soda may contribute to the decline of your health. Once diagnosed with liver disease, the overarching therapeutic goal is working to prevent your condition from worsening. With the progression of liver disease, the quantity of functioning liver cells diminishes, causing liver fibrosis and – ultimately – cirrhosis. Additionally, non-functioning, cirrhotic liver cells are more prone to mutating into cancer than healthy, vibrant ones. Protecting the deterioration of liver health helps your liver cells function at the highest level possible.

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Swine Flu - Case Report

29 September 2009

A 56 year old male was referred to Auckland Hospital ICU on 1 July 2009 with total respiratory failure, for ECMO external oxygenation. The patient had contracted H1N1 Swine flu (confirmed by tests) while on holiday overseas, and had developed what is known as ‘white out’ pneumonia. This refers to x-rays showing no air space in the lungs.

After 20 days of life-sustaining ECMO treatment and other critical care, the patient, who was unconscious by induced coma, had not responded. The ICU team advised the family of the likely outcome and had prepared them for the possibility of the patient’s death.

Family members approached Centre for Advanced Medicine Limited (CAM) for advice on the clinical use of intravenous vitamin C for such cases.

At the family’s request, information was provided to ICU doctors including ISO 9001:2008 registered protocols, safety data, dosages and access to vials of IV vitamin C under CAM's license for wholesale medicines.

The ICU team agreed to administer intravenous vitamin C according to the family's wishes. This decision acknowledged the family's rights, in compliance with the New Zealand Health and Disability Act, 1997.

The patient received intravenous vitamin C starting on the evening of 21 July, continuing until 29 July. 25 grams was provided on the first day increasing over the first three days to 50 grams twice daily which was sustained for a further six days.

By 24 July x-rays indicated increasing lung function and ECMO external oxygenation was discontinued on 26 July. After several days of assisted ventilation and critical care for ongoing secondary conditions, the patient was able to commence his recovery and rehabilitation.

The patient was discharged from hospital on Friday 18 September, and is recovering at home on the farm.

The decision by the Auckland Hospital ICU team to administer adequate dosages of IV vitamin C, and their skillful coordination of ICU procedures, were responsible for the positive medical outcome.

Permission from the patient and his family has been sought by CAM to publish these details on its website and elsewhere in the interests of accuracy. This permission was willingly provided and CAM expresses its thanks, admiration and respect.

CAM welcomes opportunities to provide similar professional support for registered medical practitioners and their patients.

Source: http://www.camltd.co.nz/h1n1.html

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Aspartame has been renamed and is now being marketed as a natural sweetener
by Ethan Huff, citizen journalist
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(NaturalNews) In response to growing awareness about the dangers of artificial sweeteners, what does the manufacturer of one of the world's most notable artificial sweeteners do? Why, rename it and begin marketing it as natural, of course. This is precisely the strategy of Ajinomoto, maker of aspartame, which hopes to pull the wool over the eyes of the public with its rebranded version of aspartame, called "AminoSweet".

Over 25 years ago, aspartame was first introduced into the European food supply. Today, it is an everyday component of most diet beverages, sugar-free desserts, and chewing gums in countries worldwide. But the tides have been turning as the general public is waking up to the truth about artificial sweeteners like aspartame and the harm they cause to health. The latest aspartame marketing scheme is a desperate effort to indoctrinate the public into accepting the chemical sweetener as natural and safe, despite evidence to the contrary.


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Three out of four cancer patients survived an average of five months longer after taking the cocktail of vitamins


Cancer patients with terminal disease who take a daily cocktail of vitamins could extend their lives by two years or even longer, claim researchers.

Three out of four in a pilot study survived an average of five months longer than the expected one year, and some were still alive three years after treatment started.

Dr Bob Lister, co-author of the study by British and Danish researchers, said the results were similar to the survival gains from new drugs and in some cases better.

But the important difference was there were no side effects reported by patients taking vitamins, he said.

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'Most importantly, taking these supplements is extremely safe, and there were no adverse reactions among the patients.'


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1251286/Cocktail-vitamins-cancer-patients-extra-years.html

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Wave Genetics has shown that genetic traits can be changed, activated and disactivated by use of resonant waves, beamed at the DNA. The proponents of Wave Genetics have, through well-designed and implemented double-blind experiments, physically and clinically, repeatedly proven the ability of Wave Genetics technology to regrow vital internal organs, in vivo, without the requirement of difficult, dangerous and expensive surgical procedures. Applications of Wave Genetics technologies have uncovered the entire range of functionality of the DNA (including the functions of so-called "junk DNA) and the entire Genome. Wave Genetics makes the entirety of the DNA system available and directly controllable, for the direct benefit of all life, without the need for dangerous and antiquated "recombinant DNA" methods, and without the need for any "stem cell" culturing techniques. Additional applications which arise from Wave Genetics include a very reliable life extension technology, which could be easily applied to any living being, no surgical intervention required.


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Dr. Peter Gariaev - image from Kreaprenör


Wave Genetics has been researched principally in Russia, by a group of scientists around Dr. Peter Gariaev, the discoverer of the DNA phantom effect. That research has recently come to an abrupt halt, as a result of heavy handed intervention by some high level "skeptics" in the Russian Academy of Sciences. Skeptics are the watchdogs of orthodoxy. Those operating in the field of medicine call themselves quackbusters, but every scientific endeavor has their dedicated 'skeptics' who watch that no new paradigms should evolve and who attack anyone coming even close to changing the status quo in science.

Perhaps it is no accident that the work of Gariaev and his team has come under attack, since Wave Genetics promises to make today's genetic engineering look like the Wright brothers' first flight, compared with a modern airliner. With huge sums of money invested by the likes of Monsanto and Genentech in today's comparatively very 'old hat' recombinant genetic modification technologies, it is no wonder that those developing the successor technology are being viciously attacked.

Robert Neil Boyd has been in contact with Gariaev and has written a short piece exposing this ongoing suppression of scientific research:


The Mistaken Suppression of the Next Generation of Medical Practices
("Wave Genetics") by the Russian Academy of Science


A group internal to the Russian Academy of Science, called the "Group to Combat Pseudoscience in Russia" often goes well beyond the bounds of highly regarded bedrock scientific research principles, such as Popp's Criteria, particularly regarding recent empirical and powerful experimental results in genetics research. This group has long been known for attacking and suppressing any theoretical results which fall outside of the boundaries of of what is deemed to be "officially acceptable".

Acceptable according to whom? Exxon? The Bilderberg group? Donald Duck?

Or is it that whoever pays the leader of this "combating pseudoscience" group, Krugliakov, the most money, gets whatever ruling they want, from out of the group??

It is clear that Krugliakov has acted to revive a former soviet policy regarding Russian science called "Neolysenkoism", a policy which suppresses and attacks all "unacceptable" scientific results and theories, and attacks all "dissenting" scientific results and theories.

And who defines what exactly is "Pseudoscience", and according to what exacting scientific criteria? Certainly it is clear that Popp's Criteria for accuracy in the sciences are not any part of the reasonings behind the efforts of this "Pseudoscience" group.

In fact, the activities of this "Group to Combat Pseudoscience in Russia" should themselves properly be termed as "Pseudoscience", since they often act with no rational scientific basis, and make policy decisions with no scientific justification whatsoever. They should be required to justify and exactly prove their findings, just as any other scientific endeavor is expected to do.

Science is a quest for the Truth, trying to discover the actual facts of the behaviors of Nature, so that we can use these facts in beneficial ways. Truth in Science is not based on the popularity of some theoretical belief, nor popular opinion. Science is not based on personal conveniences, personal advantages, or preferences.

Either a thing is true or it is not. We don't get to vote on such things as to whether gravity will cause things which are dropped, to fall towards the center of the planet. We are in the position where it is our condition to try to understand the inner workings of how the Universe operates. Then, we should use our understandings to the advantage of All Life.

We are not in any position to dictate terms to the Universe regarding what is or is not "acceptable behavior" on the part of the Universe, as according to some theory or belief or preference or another, such as relativity theory or string theory. The Universe is how it is and acts the way it acts. And it is up to us to understand the Universe, as it is. Not as it should be according to the preferences of some corporation with vested monetary interests or according to some political advantage or preference.

The recent suppressive dismantling of a hugely promising set of physically proved results in Genetics Research, which meet Popp's Criteria, called "Wave Genetics", by Krugliakov and the "Group to Combat Pseudoscience in Russia", is certainly not due to any proper scientific method. This group's agenda is highly questionable, and is certainly not in the best interests of Science, nor are these suppressive behaviors in the best interests of Life and Humanity.

Wave Genetics has, through well-designed and implemented, double-blind experiments, physically and clinically, repeatedly proven the ability of the Wave Genetics technology to re-grow vital internal organs, in vivo, without the requirement of expensive and difficult and dangerous surgical procedures. Applications of Wave Genetics technologies have uncovered the entire of the DNA functionality (including the functions of so-called "junk DNA) and the entire of the Genome. Wave Genetics makes the entirety of DNA system available and directly controllable, for the direct benefit of All Life, without the need for dangerous and antiquated "recombinant DNA" methods, and without the need for any "stem cell" culturing techniques.

There are vast numbers of additional applications which arise from Wave Genetics, in addition to regenerating various body parts without the requirement for invasive techniques, such as a very reliable life extension technology, which can be easily applied to any living being, with no surgical intervention required. For this technology to be at all looked down on, casts shame on the Russian Academy of Science, a body which is expected to be above and beyond all political movements and personal preferences, inspired to bring forth the best possible results to all of science and to all of Life.

I have found another piece of relevant information on wave genetics, an open letter by Dr. Peter Gariaev which you will find just below, as the second part of this article.

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Law Project for Psychiatric Rights v. Matsutani, et al.


The Law Project for Psychiatric Rights is suing individual psychiatrists, their employers, pharmacies, state officials, and a medical education and publishing company for their roles in submitting fraudulent claims to Medicaid.

The Complaint points out the lack of science supporting the practice and the methods used by the pharmaceutical industry to induce psychiatrists to improperly prescribe these drugs.

"Even though the drug companies have been using these methods to induce psychiatrists to prescribe these drugs, it is the psychiatrists' responsibility to base their decisions on the facts, not drug company marketing," said Mr. Gottstein, continuing, "the uncritical acceptance of pharmaceutical company hype represents a massive betrayal of trust by the psychiatrists prescribing these drugs to children and youth."

The Law Project for Psychiatric Rights is a public interest law firm devoted to the defense of people facing the horrors of forced psychiatric drugging and electroshock. PsychRights is further dedicated to exposing the truth about psychiatric interventions and the courts being misled into ordering people subjected to these brain and body damaging drugs against their will. Extensive information about these dangers, and about the tragic damage caused by electroshock, is available on the PsychRights web site: http://psychrights.org/.

The suit is a whistleblower suit which means, not only is there a chance of putting a stop to psychiatric overprescribing under false premises which, at times, is responsible for tragic deaths, but there is also a good possibility that the growing anti-psychiatry movement will gain some financial means to make its campaign to stop psychiatric abuses more effective.

In the US, a lawsuit can be brought under the federal False Claims Act, which authorizes private parties to bring fraud actions on behalf of the Government. These cases are also called "whistleblower suits" or "qui tam," actions. Those who file them are entitled to a share in the recovery, which means a percentage of court-mandated fines is usually designated to go to those who bring the action.

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