Breast is best – unless you’re American

There is no more natural way to feed a baby than breastfeeding. At the spring United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly, Ecuador proposed a resolution designed to encourage women to breast-feed wherever possible. However, what should have been a straight forward approval was thrown into disarray when the US delegation opposed the resolution in an effort to protect Big Food manufacturers of formula milk. When that failed US diplomats are alleged to have resorted to a shocking display of bullying bringing pressure to bear on Ecuador to withdraw the resolution. Many other emerging economies were too afraid of possible sanctions to take over as sponsors for the resolution, which in the end was supported by the Russians. This news comes at a time when 100’s of UK mothers are complaining about their babies becoming unwell following the reformulation of Danone’s Aptamil infant formulas. We have requested further information on the ingredients in the new formulas in order to clarify some of the generalised information on the labels. In the meantime, you can read more about what is ‘natural’ in an article from ANH-Intl founder Rob Verkerk PhD.

New Zealand food supplement legislation

Previous efforts to introduce new legislation to regulate the supplement industry in New Zealand were stopped last year after protests it would financially penalise smaller firms and put barriers in place to market entry. Now a new Member’s Bill, the Food (Health Supplements) Amendment Bill, designed to “create one cohesive regime for health supplements (including herbal remedies, traditional medicines, homeopathic remedies and dietary supplements) within the framework of food regulation” has been proposed. The New Zealand Wellness Association  has welcomed the new bill as an “opportunity for the New Zealand natural health industry to […] create a regulatory framework that is risk-proportionate and […] allows consumers to make informed choices”.

Indian regulator restricts supplement ingredients

Supplement companies in India have been taken by surprise by the issue of a new notification from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) listing ingredients it considers unsuitable for use in health foods and supplements due to a lack of data. This supersedes the FSSAI’s previous directions issued at the end of 2017.

The rising star of medicinal cannabis

UK chief medical adviser, Dame Sally Davies has recommendedthe whole class of cannabis-based medicinal products be moved out of schedule one” to allow doctors to be able to prescribe medicinal cannabis. Her comments come as the UK government prepares to enter phase two of its review of medicinal cannabis use, which could lead to a change in the law within weeks. This comes hot on the heels of the US FDA’s approval of Epidiolex (cannabidiol), a new drug developed to treat rare, treatment-resistant forms of epilepsy. With the popularity of cannabidiol products rising quickly it was only a matter of time before Big Pharma planted its feet firmly in the market. How this may (or may not) impact existing natural health products remains to be seen. Either way it looks as though medicinal cannabis has finally found the legitimisation it has long sought.

Diet and cancer drugs

Following publication in Nature journal of a study looking at the influence of diet and metabolism on cancer therapy, oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee is set to lead a number of new trials designed to assess the effects of a low carbohydrate, high fat diet on outcomes for cancer patients. Mukherjee commented, “Physiologically we’re discovering that not every calorie is equal”. “You could have two different diets, equal in terms of energy, but with two very different effects on the cancer.” This is a very welcome development given how long we’ve been beating this particular drum!

Climate change impacting crop nutrients

New research suggests rising levels of carbon dioxide may impact levels of nutrients (specifically zinc and iron) found in crops worldwide. The highest impact is likely to be felt in South-East Asia and Africa, where nutritional deficiencies already contribute to a high level of disease. Yet more reason to return to natural farming practices that nourish and nurture the soil to improve the nutrient status of our crops.

Taking parents’ word on vaccination in Italy

Italian Health Minister, Giulia Grillo has announced Italian parents will be able to self-certify that their children have been vaccinated in order to enroll their children in state-run Schools. The decision has been made in order to simplify school enrolment procedures this coming September. This surely is the Italian Government ‘making good’ after the hugely unpopular vaccination laws pushed through by previous Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin?

Comments

  1. “Climate change impacting crop nutrients
    New research *suggests* rising levels of carbon dioxide *may* impact levels of nutrients (specifically zinc and iron) found in crops worldwide. The highest impact is *likely* to be felt in South-East Asia and Africa, where nutritional deficiencies already contribute to a high level of disease. ”

    Please pause and consider that mineral and nutitional deficiency of the soil as a result of agricultural practice is an issue that has been kept under the radar for over a century and that it is now being brought up in the context of the demonising of carbon dioxide CO2. The demonising of the natural has always been the basis for the promotion of unnatural and anti-life programs – while the actual toxic and denaturing practices persist unaddressed and effectively hidden in weapons of mass distraction.

    Then look at the *wording* of the ‘study’ – and its use as a PR campaign in the media to see the nature of the ‘communication’ being published to subliminal induction by the unwary.

    “*Anticipated* burden and mitigation of carbon-dioxide-induced nutritional deficiencies and related diseases: A *simulation modeling* study”.

    Without crying ‘conspiracy, may I note that researchers seek and need funding and are attracted to where funding can be found as fruit flies like a banana.

    IF IF IF nutritional deficiencies came about as the programmed simulation results – would they be a significant issue? Are there not other foods or ways to balance our zinc and iron?
    But quite apart from the degradation of the soil and therefore food, we know that various toxicities (biocides) inhibit the uptake or bio-availability of what IS present.

    If private agenda brings up these issues, our opportunity is to expose the cherry picking of a ‘CO2’ gravy train, and openly address these issues as they actually are working harm, knowingly so and protected against exposure and corrective action.

    Note the similar pattern in our society to our biology. Our thinking is the model from which our institutions and technology goes forth and multiplies.

  2. It is not so much climate change that it causing problems with soils (and health) all over the world but with CLIMATE MODIFICATION! The Solar Radiation Management uses jet aircraft to aerosol spray the atmosphere daily with tons of metallic particulates: aluminium, barium, strontium and a host of chemicals included. It coats the trees with an incendiary dust which causes wild fires. It has been carried out for 70 years! It is worsening the global warming as it is like a blanket. The aluminium nanoparticulates fall back to the Earth and block the uptake of nutrients from the tries and plants and enters water courses. It disrupts the hydrological cycle and the spray is constantly in our breathable air column: hence the epidemic of Alzheimers (we have known for about 20 years aluminium is linked to Alzheimers yet this SRM is carried out by most governments across the globe). It is the biggest cover up in history.

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