Guinn: Artificial sweeteners and risk

By Bob Guinn
Clemson Extension Agent
Source: Lowcountry News

The average American eats the equivalent of 20 teaspoons of sugar a day, according to figures from the most recent federal Continuing Survey of Food Intakes by Individuals (1994-1996).

Nearly 60 percent of this intake, says the trade group The Sugar Association, is from corn sweeteners, used heavily in sodas and other sweetened drinks. Another 40 percent is from sucrose (table sugar), and a small amount comes from other sweeteners, such as honey and molasses.

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PROPOSED 2004 U.N. DRAFT RESOLUTION ABOUT NUTRITION, ESPECIALLY ASPARTAME
by Stephen Fox

Source: The UN Observer

2004-05-15 | Numerous unchecked multinational corporations are churning out millions of metric tons of harmful additives. We have reached epidemic levels in the United States, the 21st Century womb of junk food, neurotoxic additives and carcinogens. The worst of these is Aspartame, the artificial sweetener, which for 16 years, the US Food and Drug Administration objected to, but finally capitulated and granted approval in the first few months of the Reagan presidency, in 1981.

The actual story is rather sordid and is reported in detail on websites like http://www.dorway.com , and the websites of Dr. Russell Blaylock (Neurosurgeon) and Dr. H.J. Roberts, M.D. (Internal Medicine), as well as that of the World Natural Health Organization. (Please see links, below.)

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Wall Street Journal Solicits Dirty Legislation, Says the National Autism Association
Thursday May 20, 11:44 am ET

National Autism Association - Press Release


NEW YORK, May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- A printed piece yesterday in the Wall Street Journal called on three United States Senators to re-instate a Homeland Security Rider that protects drug companies from liability against thimerosal, a mercury-based vaccine preservative. According to the National Autism Association, with IOM's decision Tuesday that reported no connection between autism and thimerosal, WSJ stated in its editorial entitled "Vaccine Vindication," "Senators, how about ... giving [vaccine makers] liability protection..."

The three Senators, Olympia Snow, Susan Collins, and Lincoln Chaffee, put children first when they stood up to the secret rider that was inserted in the dead of night over a year ago. The provision was later repealed due to its unethical submission by a nameless party. Now, the three Senators are under constant scrutiny of the Wall Street Journal, a publication that has used its journalistic platform for political influence, reporting inaccurate information on events related to vaccine-liability legislation and biased information on autism-related studies, as well as badgering parents of special needs children.

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Zinc 'boosts pneumonia recovery'
20 May, 2004
source: BBC News

Young children with severe pneumonia may benefit from taking zinc supplements, a study suggests.

Doctors in Bangladesh say it can help children to recover more quickly from the disease.

Pneumonia kills more children than any other disease, almost all of them in developing countries.

Writing in The Lancet, doctors from the Centre for Health and Population Research said giving children zinc could help save many lives.

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A precautionary tale

The EU plans new regulations for scientific risk-taking, based on the principle of sustainable development. US big business is furious

Jeremy Rifkin
Wednesday May 12, 2004
Source: The Guardian

Chances are that most people have never heard of "the precautionary principle". This relatively new term is the most radical idea for rethinking humanity's relationship to the natural world since the 18th-century European Enlightenment. Its potential impact is already being felt within the business community and the halls of government, with profound implications for all of us.

Recently, a congressional committee released emails between the United States and Europe about the future of scientific research, technology innovation and entrepreneurial risk-taking. At issue is a proposed EU directive that would force companies to prove chemical products introduced into the marketplace are safe before being granted permission to market them. Existing laws allow most chemical-based products to be introduced without prior assurances by the company of their safety. The result is that 99% of the total chemicals sold in Europe have not passed through any environmental and health testing review process.

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Herbs may work when drug fails against hepatitis
2004-05-19 16:43:50
Source: NPIcenter.com

By Karla Gale

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters Health) - An herbal mixture that includes extracts of mistletoe and green tomato may lead to a treatment response in patients with hepatitis C infection that does not respond to interferon therapy, according to a report presented here at a large medical conference.

This concoction is not recommended as first-line treatment, however, since conventional therapy has a higher success rate with a shorter duration of treatment. The possibility also exists that mistletoe itself may be dangerous for patients with severe liver disease.

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Bristol-Myers Discontinues Drug Serzone
Wed May 19, 2004
Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY.N: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Wednesday it would no longer make or sell its antidepressant Serzone, which has been linked to life-threatening liver problems.

A company spokesman said the drug, already withdrawn in major markets such as Europe and Canada, was being discontinued worldwide, including in the United States, due to poor sales.

The antidepressant is also being withdrawn in Australia and New Zealand.

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AstraZeneca denies Crestor linked to any deaths
Reuters, 05.19.04, 11:49 AM ET (Souce: Forbes.com)

LONDON, May 19 (Reuters) - AstraZeneca Plc denied on Wednesday that a patient taking its recently launched cholesterol drug Crestor had died of a muscle-damaging condition linked to the medicine.

The Anglo-Swedish company, responding to allegations by U.S. consumer group Public Citizen that the death was related to the drug, said the 39-year-old had suffered an acute heart attack and there was no evidence of rhabdomyolysis.

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Vitamin supplements lower diabetic retinopathy risk
May 17, 2004
Source: Life Extension

In research published in the may 2004 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition ( http://www.ajcn.org/ ), the use of vitamin C and E supplements was found to be associated with a lower risk of diabetic retinopathy, yet vitamin C and E from food alone or food and supplements combined was not found to be preventive.

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Claim made for new form of life

By Paul Rincon
Source: BBC News Online science staff

The evidence is suggestive of life forms, say the researchers (Image: American Physiological Society)
Doctors claim to have uncovered new evidence that the tiny particles known as "nannobacteria" are indeed alive and may cause a range of human illnesses.

The existence of nannobacteria is one of the most controversial of scientific questions - some experts claim they are simply too small to be life forms.

But US scientists report they have now isolated these cell-like structures in tissue from diseased human arteries.

Their research is described in the American Journal of Physiology.

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