Open Letter from Ralph Fucetola JD, for the SHRI Trustees, April 10, 2004
Source and full story: Life Spirit

Dear Alternative Health Advocate,

A new and treacherous attack on alternative and complementary practitioners has just begun to unfold in Ohio, a state notorious for its strict regulations that hamper the practice of nutrition and other complementary modalities.

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Vaccine link to Aids 'dismissed'

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Vaccine link to Aids 'dismissed'
Scientists have rejected claims that a contaminated vaccine triggered the HIV pandemic in humans.
21 April, 2004
Source: BBC News

According to one theory, HIV jumped to humans after polio vaccine became infected with a similar virus found in chimpanzees in the Congo.

However, a team of international scientists has now carried out genetic tests on chimps in this part of Africa.

Writing in Nature, they said there was no evidence to suggest HIV came from these animals.

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Dietary supplement shows promise for improving immune function in the elderly
21 Apr 2004
Source: Medial News Today

Immune function in the elderly benefits from dietary supplement.
A recent clinical study has demonstrated that 7-oxo Dehydroepiandrosterone taken orally twice daily by healthy adults over a period of one month augments several key T-cell mediated immune function parameters compared to placebo administration.

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1.3 million Americans abuse prescription drugs
21 Apr 2004
Source: Medical News Today

Nearly 1.3 million Americans 12 and older abuse prescription drugs and require treatment for their problem, a new study concludes.

Older adults, women, individuals in poor health and those who drink alcohol daily are most likely to develop a prescription drug habit, according to Linda Simoni-Wastila, Ph.D., of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and colleagues. Their findings appear in the American Journal of Public Health.

The researchers did not find a link between prescription drug abuse and use of illegal drugs like marijuana or cocaine.

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Vaccine inaction a sore point
Parents say state missed chance to lead on mercury-autism link
By Scott Rothschild, Journal-World
Monday, April 19, 2004
Source: LJworlds

Linda Weinmaster is tired of being patronized.

The Lawrence mother of three sons has been lobbying state and federal officials to take seriously the alleged connection between thimerosal and autism. Thimerosal is a mercury compound used as a preservative in vaccines.

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Kids' flu shots can be ordered free of mercury
Doctors warn supplies may be limited, cost more.
Published April 18, 2004
By Kathleen O'Dell
Source: News-Leader Staff

Parents will face giving their healthy infants and toddlers flu shots for the first time this year, if they follow a recent federal health advisory to protect younger children from flu complications.

And those concerned about a controversial mercury-based preservative in the vaccine may be able to get it preservative-free — if they talk to their doctors now.

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New guide for patients admits that best treatment is often no treatment at all
Source: http://news.independent.co.uk
By Jeremy Laurance, Health Editor
06 April 2004

The biggest myths of modern medicine were challenged in a new guide for
patients launched yesterday that sets out the best treatment for 60 of the
commonest medical conditions.

Instead of claiming miracles, the guide admits that often the best
treatment is no treatment. Devised by the British Medical Journal (BMJ),
it is based on evidence from thousands of research studies and is being
made available through the NHS Direct website, the advice service for
patients.

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   For Immediate Release
Date: 4/19/2004

For More Information Contact:
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DSM Nutritional Products
Email Address: ctully@prestontully.com
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Lycopene Linked to Reduction in Fibroid Tumors
Source: NPIcenter.com

WASHINGTON, Apr 19, 2004 -- Lycopene, the antioxidant found in tomatoes that gives them their red color, may be able to reduce the size and incidence of fibroid tumors based on an animal study presented today at the annual Experimental Biology meeting being held here this week. Fibroid tumors, also known as leiomyomas or myomas, are benign tumors of the uterus that affect millions of women.

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Natural product to boost fertility?
Source: Nutra Ingredients

- 20/04/2004 - A dietary supplement containing a mixture of herbals, vitamins and amino acids may help boost fertility in women who have difficulty conceiving, according to a US researcher.

A third of the women who took the supplement became pregnant after five months, reports Lynn Westphal in the April issue of the Journal of Reproductive Medicine (vol 49, no 4, p289).

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Iron tablets can improve women's brainpower
11:07 20 April 04
 Source: NewScientist.com news service

 The brainpower of young women who are lacking in iron can be markedly boosted by taking supplements of the mineral, suggests a new study.

Even women who were just modestly iron deficient did much worse on attention, memory and learning tests than those with enough iron in their blood, found the study by researchers at Pennsylvania State University in the US.

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