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Doctors more likely to use natural remedies (but not prescribe them)

From Leah Zerbe, on Rodale.com

RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—Doctors don’t regularly prescribe natural remedies to patients, but a new study finds physicians and nurses are more likely than the general public to use alternative and complimentary medicine for their own health ailments. The new study looking at alternative and complimentary medicine use in Americans appears in the journal Health Services Research.

“Nurses and doctors are reflecting current societal trends being swept up in a grassroots movement that they have resisted for the last three decades,” says alternative and complimentary medicine expert Guy Riekeman, DC, president of Life University, a chiropractic school in Atlanta. (He was not involved in this study.) Continue reading

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Bubonic plague DNA in e.coli O104:H4?

From Food Freedom blog:

Food Freedom has deliberately refrained from posting any suggestion that Germany’s superbug is related to biowarfare, until further evidence emerged.

Various sources now corroborate this story, including The Atlantic:

“On Tuesday [May 31], the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reported that [leading German E. coli researcher Helge] Karch had discovered that the O104:H4 bacteria responsible for the current outbreak is a so-called chimera that contains genetic materia from various E. coli bacteria. It also contains DNA sequences from plague bacteria, which makes it particularly pathogenic.” Continue reading

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Codex for Christmas? — maybe not, if Canada’s Senate blocks Bill C-6

Canada’s upper chamber, the Senate, may yet save the day for Canadians on bill C-6, which is essentially a repackaging of Bills C-51 and C-52 that generated such outrage among Canadians last year for their attempt to impose Codex-style pharmaceutical fascism on the supplement industry — reclassifying common herbs and foods as prescription drugs — the usual Codex stuff. Here’s an excerpt from Helke Ferrie’s report on the status of Bill C-6 as published in the October issue of Vitality magazine. It seems there’s still hope, if the Senators block the bill. Health advocates have been sending letters and emails to Senators all summer so there should be little doubt as to how “the people” feel about this issue:

Bill C-6 would be another brick in the wall.

Bill C-6 would be a big step towards total food control.

“On April 30, 2009, all four parties supported Bill C-6 without protest. True, MP Paul Szabo (Liberal, Mississauga North) and MP Judy Wasylycia-Leis (NDP, Winnipeg North) wanted assurances that C-6, to amend the Hazardous Products Act, would not affect regulation of natural health products. Judy Wasylycia-Leis reminded parliamentarians: “The furor that erupted after the introduction of Bill C-51 [to amend food and drugs regulation] and C-52 [the former version of C-6] last year was a result of the fact that the government failed to consider the need to clearly differentiate natural health products from current drug legislation.”

Indeed, the pernicious fact is that C-51, C-52, and C-6 share regulatory provisions that were and are constitutionally insupportable and make a mockery of current medical and environmental science. Continue reading

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