On folic acid, alcohol and cancer
By DR. V. UPENDER RAO
Published July 12, 2004
Source: NPIcenter.com

There is a growing body of epidemiological and experimental evidence suggesting a causal role for inadequate dietary consumption of folic acid in the carcinogenesis of breast and colorectal cancers.

Three previous studies have examined the role of folate intake and ovarian cancer. A study that appeared in the March 3 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute examined how alcohol modified the risk relation between dietary folic acid consumption and ovarian cancer.

The study was based on information from the Swedish Mammography Cohort, a large, prospective, population-based study involving 61,000 women who entered the study between 1987 and 1990. At the time of entry, none had ovarian cancer. In 1990 they responded to a self-administered food frequency questionnaire that included 67 food items, including folic acid and alcohol. The mean follow-up for this group was 13.5 years.

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Japanese Health Ministry to monitor effect drugs have on ecosystems
12 Jul 2004
Source: Medical News Today

The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry, Japan, is planning to draw up guidelines to evaluate the possible effect that medicines can have on aquatic creatures and ecosystems, ministry sources said.

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Suit Accuses Drug Makers Of Aiding In Deaths Of Children
POSTED: 5:50 pm EDT July 6, 2004
Source: TheWGALChannel.com

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A psychiatrist's lawsuit said children have been harmed, and even killed, by the misuse of drugs, and he blames aggressive marking practices by some of the nation's largest drug manufacturers.

Harrisburg-based Dr. Stefan Kruszewski said he was fired last year as a consultant overseeing spending by the state Department of Public Welfare because he reported finding evidence of public corruption and fraud.

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Tap water can make you FAT, say experts
Jul 11 2004
By Caroline Wheeler, Sunday Mercury
Source: Ic Birmingham.co.uk
 
Medical experts claim that West Midlands tap water can make people FAT and could be fuelling rising obesity levels.

For the past 40 years, fluoride has been pumped into the region's tap water to help keep teeth healthy.

But now a top doctor claims that the toxin can cause worrying health side-effects including hypothyroidism, a medical dis-order affecting the thyroid gland which controls weight gain.

And he believes that children may be particularly susceptible to obesity if their mums drank fluoridated water while pregnant.

Last year, the West Midlands topped the UK 'fat list' with a shocking 22.5 per cent of its population classed clinically obese.

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BANGKOK - 15th International AIDS Conference: "Testing is the missing link," said Trevor Neilson, executive director of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, representing 150 companies around the world, according to a recent article on Reuters, calling for routine HIV testing on a large scale.

There is only one problem: The HIV virus has never been scientifically isolated - incredible but true - and therefore available tests can not be validated against a virus. So there is no "gold standard" that would confirm that the tests actually show viral infection. The tests indeed react to over 60 common conditions including vaccinations, the common cold and a host of other everyday health problems.

Test manufacturers are well aware of this and are warning that their tests, which were originally developed to ensure the safety of the blood supply, are not an accurate diagnostic procedure to determine an AIDS diagnosis. Nevertheless, tests are widely used to inform people of their "death sentence", encouraging them to take retroviral drugs and implying that they probably will succumb to the disease. Manufacturers of the tests have recently been sued in the US and in France.

The aim of testing is clearly to deliver expensive and highly toxic retroviral drugs to more people. Yet, people survive AIDS without retrovirals, as shown by the example of David Patient, who is helping AIDS victims in Eritrea, and by "Alive and Well" Christine Maggiore, both long term drug-free survivers.

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AIDS is a (virally induced) nutritional deficiency, not a classical viral disease, according to Canadian researcher Harold Foster, who in his free e-book "What Really Causes AIDS" identifies the nutrients that AIDS sufferers are short of and affirms that if these nutrients are supplied, sufferers will not develop AIDS symptoms and those already showing symptoms will return to a normal life in a short time.

Virus or no virus, nutrients have something to do with AIDS. This is obvious from a recent Harvard research in Tanzania, which confirmed that a simple multivitamin supplement significantly slowed the development of AIDS symptoms.

Yet, the Global Business Coalition, together with WHO, UNAIDS, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and AIDS activists are calling for routine non-voluntary testing with a view to selling ever more toxic retrovirals to the world's poor, causing AIDS symptoms and making the AIDS war a self-fulfilling prophecy. Can we talk about Business with disease?

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Chemists criticize fluoridation plan

Pinellas leaders come under fire, but stand by their decision to add the chemical to the county's water.
By MICHAEL SANDLER, Times Staff Writer
Published July 9, 2004
Source: San Petersburg Online

CLEARWATER - They demanded a debate. They settled for a rally.

Nearly 150 people turned out at the Harborview Center in downtown Clearwater on Thursday to hear chemistry experts who oppose fluoridation assail Pinellas County's recent decision to add fluoride to the bulk of the area's water supply.

The tenor at the "Great Fluoride Debate" was grim. Paul Connett, a professor of chemistry at St. Lawrence University, and William Hirzy, a chemist and union representative with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, took turns challenging information presented by county officials, the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention and other organizations that promote the benefits of fluoride.

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CANCER ALARM FOR POLIO CONTAMINATED VACCINE
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(AGI) – Rome, July 8 – An anti-polio vaccine produced in the former Soviet Union was allegedly contaminated with a virus of monkeys that provokes cancer starting from early 80s. The alarm comes from a research of the Italian doctor Michele Carbone of the Loyola University Medical Center of Chicago (US) who had already find this kind of contamination in the samples of vaccine produced in the sixties.

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Soviet polio drug infected by virus

Source: Telegraph India

Paris, July 7 (AFP): Hundreds of millions of people in eastern Europe, Asia and Africa may have been injected with a Soviet polio vaccine which was contaminated by a monkey virus that has now been linked to cancer, the weekly science magazine New Scientist says.

Shoddy standards in Soviet vaccine plants meant that decontamination of the so-called Simian Virus 40 (SV40) was only 95 per cent effective, it says.

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The Warfarin/Aspirin Study in Heart failure (WASH): a randomized trial comparing antithrombotic strategies for patients with heart failure.
Am Heart J. 2004 Jul;148(1):157-64.
Source: Ncbi (Pub Med)

Cleland JG, Findlay I, Jafri S, Sutton G, Falk R, Bulpitt C, Prentice C, Ford I, Trainer A, Poole-Wilson PA.

Academic Unit, Department of Cardiology, Castlehill Hospital, University of Hull, Kingston upon Hull, United Kingdom. J.G.Cleland@hull.ac.uk

BACKGROUND: Heart failure is commonly associated with vascular disease and a high rate of athero-thrombotic events, but the risks and benefits of antithrombotic therapy are unknown. METHODS: The current study was an open-label, randomized, controlled trial comparing no antithrombotic therapy, aspirin (300 mg/day), and warfarin (target international normalized ratio 2.5) in patients with heart failure and left ventricular systolic dysfunction requiring diuretic therapy. The primary objective was to demonstrate the feasibility and inform the design of a larger outcome study. The primary clinical outcome was death, nonfatal myocardial infarction, or nonfatal stroke.

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BMJ  2004;329:69 (10 July), doi:10.1136/bmj.329.7457.69

Whistleblower charges medical oversight bureau with corruption
Jeanne Lenzer

Source: British Medical Journal

New York

Dr Stefan Kruszewski, a psychiatrist hired by the Bureau of Program Integrity in the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, filed a law suit on 1 July in a federal court in the Middle District of Pennsylvania, charging that he was fired on 11 July 2003 after he uncovered widespread abuse and fraud in the bureau.

Dr Kruszewski's role at the bureau was to oversee the state's mental health and substance misuse programmes to protect against fraud, waste, and abuse. When he uncovered serious abuses, including deaths of children in the state's custody possibly due to substandard care and the off-label use of potent atypical antipsychotic medications, "they fired the messenger," Dr Kruszewski told the BMJ.

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