Bayer deals blow to GM crops
GM crop growing in the UK comes to an abrupt end
March 31, 2004
Source: CBGnetwork.org

GM crop growing has been shelved for the "foreseeable future", according to the UK government. German company Bayer CropScience was the only firm eligible to grow herbicide resistant maize in the UK. But it has decided not to cultivate the crop, Chardon LL, blaming government constraints for making it "economically non-viable".

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Radiation in Iraq Equals 250,000 Nagasaki Bombs
by Bob Nichols Contact me at: bobnichols@cox.net
Source: http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Mar04/Nichols0327.htm
March 27, 2004

As a writer I do not have a set of words to describe what 142 Degrees in the shade is like. I've seen 120 D. in Phoenix and 110 D in the spa's sauna I use. One hundred forty-two degrees leaves me speechless. Try to imagine 142 D temperature while wearing a helmet, long sleeve shirt, long pants, a bullet proof vest, boots, and carrying a 70 pound pack.

By contrast the Inuit of Alaska and Canada have thirty-seven words to precisely talk about different kinds of snow.

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3/29/2004
Vitamin C keeps blood vessels from bursting
Source: Bill Sardi (health journalist)

The Society of Interventional Radiology has just reported that 1 in 20 Americans have aneurysms, a bulge or ballooning out of part of the wall of a vein or artery that looks much like an over-inflated tire inner tube. The larger aneurysms the greater the danger they may burst. The most common are abdominal aortic aneurysms, but aneurysms can also occur in blood vessels in the brain and elsewhere. Among adults who have aortic aneurysms, 1 in 4 are large enough to pose an immediate risk (that's about 1 in 100 overall).

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Garlic pills substituted for flu jab
28 March 2004
Source: Stuff National News

By DONNA CHISHOLM

The Education Ministry is offering staff free garlic and echinacea tablets to ward off winter ills - but immunisation experts say it's a waste of public money and have called on health officials to intervene.

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Prozac Nation, UK

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Prozac Nation, UK

By Maxine Frith, Social Affairs Correspondent

30 March 2004
Source: Indipendent.co.uk

Hundreds of thousands of people are being prescribed powerful anti-depressants that they may not need because doctors are using the pills as a "quick fix" solution to mild anxiety problems, according to a report published today.

Desperate shortages of NHS counsellors and therapists mean that over-worked GPs often feel they have no option but to hand out anti-depressants to people who may only need an outlet for discussing their problems. Eighty per cent of GPs admit that they are over-prescribing drugs such as Prozac and Seroxat when patients may simply need someone to talk to.

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Doctors admit prescribing too many drugs for depression

ALAN MacDERMID
March 30 2004
Source: The Herald

MOST GPs surveyed in Scotland admit to over-prescribing anti-depressants such as Prozac and Seroxat to their patients, according to a new report.
Four out of five of the doctors said they were forced to prescribe the drugs to patients with depression, anxiety, and stress because treatments they would have preferred to give were not available in their area.

A quarter said making psychological therapies and social care to help with milder conditions more available was one of the most pressing priorities for the NHS. But 76% said they prescribed more anti-depressants now than five years ago.

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Date:  2004-03-29
Source: Science Daily

Diet A Significant Factor In Reducing Risk Of Three Common Cancers

ORLANDO - While those wanting to lose weight consider the relative merits of counting carbs versus counting calories, those hoping to lower their risk for three of the most prevalent forms of cancer may be better off doing as Mother said: Take your vitamins and eat your vegetables.

Two case-control studies presented here today at the 95th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research compared specific eating habits of healthy individuals to those with prostate and bladder cancers to assess the relationship between dietary factors and incidence of disease. Both found inverse associations between diet and cancer risk.

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WHY YOU SHOULD AVOID TAKING VACCINES

By Dr. James Howenstine, MD.
December 7, 2003     NewsWithViews.com

Dr. James R. Shannon, former director of the National Institute of Health declared, "the only safe vaccine is one that is never used." Cowpox vaccine was believed able to immunize people against smallpox. At the time this vaccine was introduced, there was already a decline in the number of cases of smallpox.

Japan introduced compulsory vaccination in 1872. In 1892 there were 165,774 cases of smallpox with 29,979 deaths despite the vaccination program. Much of the success attributed to vaccination programs may actually have been due to improvement in public health related to water quality and sanitation, less crowded living conditions, better nutrition, and higher standards of living. Typically the incidence of a disease was clearly declining before the vaccine for that disease was introduced. In England the incidence of polio had decreased by 82 % before the polio vaccine was introduced in 1956.

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More Evidence Found of How Vitamins Prevent Cancer
Sun Mar 28, 7:09 PM ET

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vitamin E protects against at least two common forms of cancer -- prostate and bladder -- but popping supplements is probably not the best way to get the vital nutrient, researchers said on Sunday.

Source: Yahoo! Health

Two studies found that people who either ate the most vitamin E containing food or who had the highest levels in the blood were the least likely to have cancer.

But the researchers also noted that there are several different forms of vitamin E and the kind you eat -- in this case alpha tocopherol -- is key. And the best-absorbed form of alpha tocopherol is not found in supplements but in foods such as sunflower seeds, spinach, almonds and sweet peppers.

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February 24, 2004

Early Vitamin E Supplements Stem Development of Hallmark Alzheimer’s Symptoms in Mice
Source: University of Pennsylvania Health System

(Philadelphia, PA) - Vitamin E, a well-known antioxidant, has been used to treat Alzheimer’s disease, but with mixed results, especially in patients with advanced symptoms. A risk factor for Alzheimer’s is oxidative stress, a clinical condition characterized by an excessive production of reactive chemicals in the brain, which can damage important regions of this organ.

Domenico Praticò, M.D., assistant professor of pharmacology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and colleagues tested the idea that timing of vitamin E supplementation for treating Alzheimer’s might be an important factor in its effectiveness. They found that vitamin E given to young transgenic mice before the formation of telltale plaques reduces by up to half the levels of amyloid deposited in the brain over time compared to aged mice on the same regimen. This study appears in the February edition of The FASEB Journal.

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