March 16, 2007

SHANGHAI: A panel of medical and nutritional professionals has rebuked an essay published in the February 28 issue of the JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), which claimed that taking vitamins increases the risk of death.

Gathered at a recent symposium on vitamin C, the experts agreed that a balanced intake of vitamins and minerals is actually beneficial, not harmful, to one's well-being.

The group said that the study by Serbian doctor Goran Bjelakovicon was "biased and selective".

Dr Hong Zhaoyi from Shanghai's Xinhua Hospital said that many of the test subjects were suffering from serious diseases, such as cancer and vascular disease, which invalidated the findings.

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The Times
March 22, 2007
By Richard Lloyd Parry and Nigel Hawkes

The main line of defence against pandemic flu came under threat yesterday after the Japanese Government said that the drug Tamiflu should not be prescribed to teenagers.

The warning to GPs came after the drug was linked to 18 deaths in Japan that were caused by suicidal or irrational behaviour.

The Japanese Government also told the Japanese distributor of the drug to include a warning not to give it to patients aged between 10 and 19. Japan consumes 60 per cent of the world’s Tamiflu.

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When Feeding Kills the Frenzy

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www.telegraph.co.uk
March 19, 2007

With 40,000 British children now being prescribed drugs to counter hyperactivity, the parents of a son with ADHD tell Victoria Lambert how diet can make a big difference

When 36-year-old lecturer Karen Gray was told that her son Jac, then six, was "hyperactive", she wasn't terribly surprised.

She and her husband Martin, 42, a firefighter, became aware that Jac was different from his younger brother Thomas early on.

"He was always a handful," says Karen. "He was on the go, into everything, but it was more than just boyish energy."

Jac was having trouble concentrating and he couldn't sit still. School holidays were a nightmare.

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Crusader Health Truth Revealed
March 26, 2007
Source: http://www.cchr.org

Statement Adds to Controversy over Drugs Prescribed for Questionable Psychiatric Diagnoses

With increasing international concern about the large number of children labeled with so-called psychiatric disorders and prescribed mind-altering drugs, even the pioneer of psychiatry’s billing bible and “godfather of ADHD," Dr. Robert Spitzer, has now admitted that normal children are being labeled. Spitzer, a Columbia University psychiatrist, told BBC2 that children experiencing perfectly normal signs of being happy and sad are being labeled as mentally ill. While admitting this, he stopped short of informing BBC viewers that there is no scientific evidence that any of the millions of children so diagnosed have any physical abnormality that justifies the diagnosis. Nor that because of this, psychiatrists cannot agree on who is sick and who is well. Yet despite this fallible "science," worldwide sales of psychotropic drugs prescribed to treat "mental disorders," including stimulants antipsychotics and antidepressants, now exceed $80 billion annually.

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NewsWithViews.com
By Dr. James Howenstine, MD.
March 22, 2007

The main factor responsible for the rapidly rising incidence of prostate cancer in men and breast cancer and uterine cancer in women appears to be the excessive exposure of modern men and women to estrogen. If testosterone had anything to do with prostate cancer there should be an epidemic of this disease in teenage males. All persons on planet earth are getting, for the first time in history, steady large exposure to estrogen from inhaled fuel exhaust, plastics, estrogen implants in meat and fed to chickens, herbicides, pesticides and propylene glycol.

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New York Times
March 21, 2007
By GARDINER HARRIS and JANET ROBERTS

Dr. Allan Collins may be the most influential kidney specialist in the country. He is president of the National Kidney Foundation and director of a government-financed research center on kidney disease.

In 2004, the year he was chosen as president-elect of the kidney foundation, the pharmaceutical company Amgen, which makes the most expensive drugs used in the treatment of kidney disease, underwrote more than $1.9 million worth of research and education programs led by Dr. Collins, according to records examined by The New York Times. In 2005, Amgen paid Dr. Collins at least $25,800, mostly in consulting and speaking fees, the records show.

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Daily Mail
March 20 2007

Countless children labelled hyperactive are being subdued with drugs like Ritalin. But many experts think they're just naturally boisterous - and those needless pills are causing terrifying side-effects.

"As soon as Jack arrived at nursery at the age of three, the teachers realised he was trouble," says his mother, Rozalyn Harrison. "He wouldn’t sit still; instead he was constantly running around being a nuisance.

"Sometimes it got so bad that the moment I got home after dropping him off, I’d get a call asking me to collect him. At home he’d scream and cry if he didn’t get what he wanted. He put holes in doors, smashed windows, and broke anything he could lay his hands on. Going shopping was a nightmare; I couldn’t do anything to calm him down.

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Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen
http://www.bolenreport.net
March 19th, 2007

One of the biggest scandals in American health care is coming to a head this March 27th, 2007. In the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, a case, called "Moms Against Mercury, et al., v. FDA" will get its time in the sunlight, and the Defendant, the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) isn't doing well in its Defense.

The case is simple. Citizens are suing the FDA for NOT, during the last THIRTY YEARS, ruling on the safety, or danger, of mercury amalgam tooth fillings. The Plaintiffs want mercury amalgam tooth fillings banned completely, and forever.

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Researcher blasts HPV marketing

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BY CINDY BEVINGTON
March 14, 2007

Diane M. Harper, a lead researcher in the development of the humanpapilloma virus vaccine, says giving the drug to 11-year-old girls "is a great big public health experiment."

LEBANON, N.H. - A lead researcher who spent 20 years developing the vaccine for humanpapilloma virus says the HPV vaccine is not for younger girls, and that it is "silly" for states to be mandating it for them.

Not only that, she says it's not been tested for effectiveness in younger girls, and administering the vaccine to girls as young as 9 may not even protect them at all. And, in the worst-case scenario, instead of serving to reduce the numbers of cervical cancers within 25 years, such a vaccination crusade actually could cause the numbers to go up.

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Aspartame is an artificial sweetener that was approved by an FDA temporary commissioner over the strenuous objections of the FDA's own scientists who had looked at the original studies - or rather those parts of the studies G. D. Searle & Company had supplied in an effort to get the sweetener approved. Their recommendation was to not approve, but Donald Rumsfeld, when he stepped down as Searle's CEO, but stayed on as its president, promised to "call in his markers" and he did. Here is the whole timeline of what happened.

From then on it was all smooth sailing for Monsanto, the company that had acquired Searle and with it aspartame, the sweetener that some say is one of the most poisonous food additives on the market. "Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World" is a documentary that exposes the dangers of Aspartame and how it became approved by the FDA.



Betty Martini, who is featured in the video together with victims and experts on the sweetener's toxicity, has formed Mission Possible, a world wide network of volunteers who feel that toxic additives like aspartame have no place in our foods.

Betty describes, in the article that follows, how aspartame was about to be banned in the state of New Mexico. But the sweetener was 'saved' by a well financed industrial lobby and a new front group, thrown together at the spur of the moment, to convince legislators not to pay heed to evidence of how their constituents are being poisoned. Betty's is an instructive tale, one that brings home how politics has really nothing to do with "the will of the people" and how money really talks, regardless of any evidence of harm for our health.

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