PHYSORG.com
December 11, 2006

Epidurals given during labour and birth are associated with decreased rates of breastfeeding, both in the short and long term. A large study of Australian women, published today in the open access journal International Breastfeeding Journal, found that women who had epidurals during childbirth were more likely to have breastfeeding problems in the first week and to give up breastfeeding before six months, compared with women who had no analgesia.

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Part 1
By Byron J. Richards, CCN
December 11, 2006
NewsWithViews.com

Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson not only rolled over in their graves, they had a stake driven through their coffins by the departing 109th Congress. Big Pharma is now fully in charge of the FDA. Therapeutic nutrition is now marked for elimination from the free market. How did this happen? What does it all mean? Why did the House Democrats, at 3:06 A.M., while Americans slept, stab our people in the back? It is an ominous sign of things to come.

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Vitamin dosage in supplements divides Europe

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The European Commission is holding a consultation intended to allow industry and consumer input before setting dosage limits for vitamins and minerals in supplements and foods sold in the EU. The answers received are showing up deep divisions among member states and also among groups with an interest in nutrition and supplementation.

The European Directive on Food Supplements mandates dosage levels to be considered and limits to be set where needed. At the time of its passage, the directive drew protest and criticism from consumers. Some of the arguments can be seen on La Leva's site here. During a legal challenge to the directive's legitimacy, the Advocate General of the European court of justice called the directive's procedures "as transparent as a black box", but the court, in its subsequent decision, gave the go-ahead for the new rules..

The directive, while mandating controls on supplement formulation, did not address the specifics - it left the details to be decided later. So the same spiny questions that characterized the original discussions but were never resolved at the time are now coming back to haunt the legislator.

The European Commission has provided a discussion paper inviting comments from member states and interested groups, asking a number of specific questions. The answers, now posted on the Commission's website, show widely diverging opinions.

Some EU member nations such as Germany, France and the Nordic countries argue that precaution must be exercised and that the availability of nutrients should be sharply curtailed. The UK and the Netherlands in contrast are more open to allowing their citizens to decide how they wish to increase the nutrient content of their daily chow.

Industry and nutritionists are also divided, although a majority would gladly do without undue restrictions. La Leva has argued that supplements should be left alone, but BEUC, the European consumer federation sponsored by the EU Commission follows the official German line of "can't be careful enough - there might be some dangers lurking in those nutrients somewhere"!

The real question seems to be: should consumers be able to choose vitamin supplements freely or should this choice be restricted in the name of public health. One particular submission addresses this basic question in an admirable manner, pointing out the biased nature of the whole process. The comments filed by the Irish Association of Health Stores put the arguments in the right context.

Their submission is well worth reading for anyone who wants to get a good grasp of the central issue and the way the European Union is (mis)handling it.

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NewsTarget.com
December 6 2006
by Jerome Douglas

(NewsTarget) New research states that at least 59 of the nation's 250 children's hospitals have fast-food restaurants as part of their cafeteria operations. According to Dr. Hannah Sahud -- the lead researcher behind the new study -- that is a troubling phenomenon, particularly given rising obesity rates.

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NewsTarget.com
December 6 2006
by Jerome Doulgas

(NewsTarget) For the past four years, federal agents have been assigning computer-generated scores to millions of international travelers -- including Americans -- in an attempt to rate the risk each poses of being a terrorist or a criminal.

All of these travelers are not allowed to see or directly challenge these risk assessments, even though the U.S. government intends to keep them on file for 40 years. The individual scores are assigned to people entering and leaving the United States after computers assess their travel records.

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December 6, 2006

A member of the Senate Banking Committee denounced RFID "no-swipe" credit cards at a press conference Sunday. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) said contracts for the cards should have warning boxes disclosing "the known weaknesses of the technology." He cautioned cardholders about their vulnerability to identity thieves, commenting you "may as well put your credit card information on a big sign on your back."

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Source: Dr. Rath Education Services USA, BV

Specific Combination of Lysine, Proline, Arginine, Ascorbic Acid, and Green Tea Extract Stops the Ability of Kidney Cancer Cells to Spread

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 4, 2006 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) (PRIMEZONE) -- The Dr. Rath Research Institute, a leader in developing a natural means of controlling the spread of cancer through nutrient synergy, has published another study confirming the effectiveness of this approach in kidney cancer. The research further supporting the effectiveness of natural compounds applied in synergy to control cancer has recently been published in the medical journal, Oncology Reports 16: 943-947, 2006.

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barnesworld.blogs.com
December 01, 2006
By Rebecca V. Culshaw

On Wednesday of this week - a mere two days before World AIDS Day, (today) - quite a few panicked articles were released proclaiming that the scourge was set to become the "third leading cause of death worldwide" within the next 25 years. Here is a typical one: AIDS to be 1 of top 3 causes of death - AIDS - MSNBC.com.

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The New Yorker, May 2006
by Burkhard Bilger

Building a better sugar substitute,

The substance in the flask seemed to have all the makings of an excellent insecticide. It was a fine crystalline powder, easy to imagine spraying over a field, and its molecules were full of chlorine atoms, like DDT. To make it, Shashikant Phadnis, a young Indian chemist at Queen Elizabeth College, in London, and his adviser, Leslie Hough, had begun by taking an eyedropper full of sulfuryl chloride -- a highly toxic chemical-- and adding it to a sugar solution, one drop at a time. In the violent reaction that followed, a wholly new compound was born: 1‘, 4, 6, 6‘- tetrachloro - 1‘, 4, 6, 6’ - tetra-deoxygalactosucrose.

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By Ben Kage
NewsTarget.com
December 5 2006

(NewsTarget) NewsTarget has learned that the FBI has developed a technique that can remotely activate a nearby cell phone's microphone, thereby turning it into a listening device.

The "roving bug" technique was approved by U.S. Department of Justice officials for use on members of an organized crime family in New York that was getting increasingly suspicious of tails, wiretaps or other traditional surveillance techniques.

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