Herbal medicines banned as EU directive comes into force
Patients have lost access to hundreds of herbal medicines today, after European regulations came into force.–Sales of all herbal remedies, except for a small number of popular products for ‘mild’ illness such as echinacea for colds and St John’s Wort for depression have been banned. –For the first time traditional products must be licensed or prescribed by a registered herbal practitioner.
The Government allowed access to some unlicensed manufactured herbal medicines via a statutory register
Both herbal remedy practitioners and manufacturers fear they could be forced out of business as a result.–Some of the most commonly used products were saved after the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley approved a plan for the Health Professions Council to establish a register of practitioners supplying unlicensed herbal medicines.–However, many remedies were lost as it was only open to those who could afford the licensing process which costs between £80,000 to £120,000.—At least 50 herbs, including horny goat weed (so-called natural Viagra), hawthorn berry, used for angina pain, and wild yam will no longer be stocked in health food shops, says the British Herbal Medicine Association.
Stem cell research is threatened by EU morality law
The 2004 EU directive demands that a traditional herbal medicinal product must be shown to have been in use for 30 years in the EU – or at 15 years in the EU and 15 years elsewhere – for it to be licensed.–The UK drug safety watchdog, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Agency, has issued more than a dozen alerts in the past two years, including a warning last month over a contaminated weight loss pill called Herbal Flos Lonicerae (Herbal Xenicol) due to concerns over possible side-effects.–Mr Lansley, in a written statement, said the Government wanted to ensure continuing access to unlicensed herbal medicines via a statutory register for practitioners ‘to meet individual patient needs’.–Acupuncture falls outside the EU directive and so remains unaffected.-Prince Charles, a long-standing supporter of complementary therapies, has voiced his support for formal regulation of herbal practitioners.–Up til now the industry has been covered by the 1968 Medicines Act. This was drawn up when only a small number of herbal remedies were available.—But recent studies show that at least six million Britons have used a herbal medicine in the past two years.[U7] -Professor George Lewith, professor of health research at Southampton University, said: ‘Evidence for the efficacy of herbal medicines is growing; they may offer cheap, safe and effective approaches for many common complaints.’
Chemical Found in Crude Oil Linked to Congenital Heart Disease: Fetal Exposure to Solvents May Damage Heart
ScienceDaily (May 1, 2011) — While it may be years before the health effects of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are known, a new study shows that fetal exposure to a chemical found in crude oil is associated with an increased risk of congenital heart disease (CHD).–The study, presented on April 30 at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Denver, also showed that babies who had been exposed in utero to a chemical found in cleaning agents and spot removers were at increased risk of CHD.–Environmental causes of CHD have been suspected, and animal studies have suggested certain chemicals may cause CHD, a problem with the heart’s structure and function due to abnormal heart development before birth.–“Congenital heart disease is a major cause of childhood death and life-long health problems,” said D. Gail McCarver, MD, FAAP, lead author of the study and professor of pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children’s Research Institute, Milwaukee. “Thus, identifying risk factors contributing to CHD is important to public health.”—Dr. McCarver and her colleagues sought to determine whether human fetal exposure to solvents is associated with increased risk for CHD. The researchers tested samples of meconium, or fetal stool, from 135 newborns with CHD and 432 newborns without CHD. Meconium has been used to assess fetal exposure to illicit drugs such as cocaine. Seventeen compounds were measured in meconium samples using methods that detect very low levels of chemicals.–Additional data collected included race of the mothers and infants, family history for CHD, and maternal alcohol, tobacco, vitamin and drug use.–Infants with chromosomal abnormalities known to be linked to CHD, and babies of diabetic mothers were excluded from the study.—Results showed that 82 percent of infants had evidence of intrauterine exposure to one or more of the solvents measured.–Among white infants, but not black infants, fetal exposure to ethyl benzene was associated with a four-fold increased risk of CHD. In addition, exposure to trichloroethylene was associated with a two-fold increased risk for CHD among white infants and an eight-fold increased risk among black infants.–“This is the first report that exposure to ethyl benzene, a compound present in crude oil, was associated with CHD,” Dr. McCarver said. Humans also can be exposed to ethyl benzene through inhalation of motor vehicle emissions, gasoline pump vapors and cigarette smoke.—“The association with ethyl benzene exposure is concerning, particularly considering recent oil spills,” she said. “However, additional confirmatory studies are needed.” The study also adds to existing concerns about trichloroethylene (TCE). “This is of particular importance because TCE is a commonly used degreasing agent, which also is present in many cleaners and spot removers. TCE also has been the most common chemical identified around hazardous waste sites,” Dr. McCarver said.”Limiting known maternal exposure to this compound during early pregnancy appears prudent, particularly among those at increased CHD risk,” Dr. McCarver concluded.–Story Source–The above story is reprinted (with editorial adaptations by ScienceDaily staff) from materials provided by American Academy of Pediatrics, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS.
Compost Tea –is easily made by soaking or steeping compost in water. The resulting compost tea is used for either a foliar application (sprayed on the leaves) or applied to the soil.
We all know that compost is a wonderful addition to soil and helps our gardens grow better. You and your garden plants can benefit even more by using compost tea.
By using compost tea to replace chemical-based fertilizers,
pesticides, and fungicides, you can garden safer and be more protective of the environment. Compost tea:
Equipment and ingredients to make compost tea
• Increases plant growth
• Provides nutrients to plants and soil
• Provides beneficial organisms
• Helps to supress diseases
• Replaces toxic garden chemicals
• 2 – 5 gallon buckets
• 1 gallon mature compost
• 1 aquarium pump
• 1 gang valve (to divide the air
supply into several streams)
• 4 gallons of water
• 3 feet + of aquarium hose
• unsulfured molasses
[U1]And omega 3’s are not healthy and in fact increase heart failure over a prolong use over a period of time
[U2]Monsanto is owned by the Vatican
[U3]What is not being said is the negative implications of consuming fish oils and the heart failure and free radical damage they can cause due to the rate of oxidation in the blood stream and the mercury content in fish among other things
[U4]You will die of several different types of genetically modified cancers or virus infections or worse with this ooverloading the body
[U5]MOLD and people who are allergic to mold will wind up further breaking down and will need medications just to breathe—an increase in asthma-bronchitis and emphysema and other respiratory disorders will arise out of this
[U6]This is going to be hugely problematic—OMEGA 3”S cannot be heated above 104 degrees or they become a carcinogen and here this is being used in the food processing of finished foods—this again is lethal on several fronts not to mention that soy causes cancer and will further exasperate an already broken system
[U7]The REAL reason for the regulations 6Mil times 30 dollars ( avg cost of a supplement ) = 180 million dollars Lost Revenue to the drug companies—eveyone should break the law and tell the EFSA ( FDA) to go to Hell !!!
Show of the Week May 23 2011
Bed Bugs Carrying Superbug MRSA
Coffee May Reduce Risk of Lethal Prostate Cancer in Men
Human Milk from Cloned Transgenic Cattle
In vitro antimicrobial activity of ten medicinal plants against clinical isolates of oral cancer cases
An aqueous extract of Curcuma longa (turmeric) rhizomes stimulates insulin release and mimics insulin action
Bed Bugs Carrying Superbug MRSA—
Two of the world’s least favorite forms of pestilence have teamed up, apparently, to form a “superbug-superbug.” A hospital in downtown Vancouver discovered bedbugs carrying MRSA on patients.-Bedbugs have not been known previously to spread disease and it’s not clear if the MRSA originated with the bedbugs or if they picked it up from infected patients. The concern here is if MRSA gets into the bloodstream, which is possible with excessive scratching.–Let’s hope this isn’t as alarming as it sounds. Otherwise, our future bedtime saying will go, “Good night. Don’t let the bedbugs bite…or spread methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.”— Alarming combo: Bedbugs with ‘superbug’ germ found–ATLANTA — Hate insects? Afraid of germs? Researchers are reporting an alarming combination: bedbugs carrying a staph “superbug.”Canadian scientists detected drug-resistant staph bacteria in bedbugs from three hospital patients from a downtrodden Vancouver neighborhood.–Bedbugs have not been known to spread disease, and there’s no clear evidence that the five bedbugs found on the patients or their belongings had spread the MRSA germ they were carrying or a second less dangerous drug-resistant bacteria.–However, bedbugs can cause itching that can lead to excessive scratching. That can cause breaks in the skin that make people more susceptible to these germs, noted Dr. Marc Romney, one of the study’s authors.–The study is small and very preliminary. “But it’s an intriguing finding” that needs to be further researched, said Romney, medical microbiologist at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver.–The hospital is the closest one to the poor Downtown Eastside neighborhood near the city’s waterfront. Romney said he and his colleagues did the research after seeing a simultaneous boom in bedbugs and MRSA cases from the neighborhood. Five bedbugs were crushed and analyzed. MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, was found on three bugs. MRSA is resistant to several types of common antibiotics and can become deadly if it gets through the skin and into the bloodstream.Two bugs had VRE, or vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium, a less dangerous form of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.–Both germs are often seen in hospitals, and experts have been far more worried about nurses and other health care workers spreading the bacteria than insects. It’s not clear if the bacteria originated with the bedbugs or if the bugs picked it up from already infected people, Romney added. The study was released Wednesday by Emerging Infectious Diseases, a publication of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sources: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42991071/
Coffee May Reduce Risk of Lethal Prostate Cancer in Men
Men who regularly drink coffee appear to have a lower risk of developing a lethal form of prostate cancer, according to a new study. What’s more, the lower risk was evident among men who drank either regular or decaffeinated coffee.
ScienceDaily (May 17, 2011) — Men who regularly drink coffee appear to have a lower risk of developing a lethal form of prostate cancer, according to a new study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers. What’s more, the lower risk was evident among men who drank either regular or decaffeinated coffee.–The study was published May 17, 2011, in an online edition of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. “Few studies have specifically studied the association of coffee intake and the risk of lethal prostate cancer, the form of the disease that is the most critical to prevent. Our study is the largest to date to examine whether coffee could lower the risk of lethal prostate cancer,” said senior author Lorelei Mucci, associate professor of epidemiology at HSPH. Lethal prostate cancer is cancer that causes death or spreads to the bones.–Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed form of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death among U.S. men, affecting one in six men during their lifetime. More than 2 million men in the U.S. and 16 million men worldwide are prostate cancer survivors.–“At present we lack an understanding of risk factors that can be changed or controlled to lower the risk of lethal prostate cancer. If our findings are validated, coffee could represent one modifiable factor that may lower the risk of developing the most harmful form of prostate cancer,” said lead author Kathryn Wilson, a research fellow in epidemiology at HSPH.—The researchers chose to study coffee because it contains many beneficial compounds that act as antioxidants, reduce inflammation, and regulate insulin, all of which may influence prostate cancer. Coffee has been associated in prior studies with a lower risk of Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes, gallstone disease, and liver cancer or cirrhosis.–The study examined the association between coffee consumption and the risk of prostate cancer, particularly the risk for aggressive prostate cancer among 47,911 U.S. men in the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study who reported their coffee consumption every four years from 1986 to 2008. During the study period, 5,035 cases of prostate cancer were reported, including 642 fatal or metastatic cases.
Among the findings:
Men who consumed the most coffee (six or more cups daily) had nearly a 20% lower risk of developing any form of prostate cancer.
The inverse association with coffee was even stronger for aggressive prostate cancer. Men who drank the most coffee had a 60% lower risk of developing lethal prostate cancer.
The reduction in risk was seen whether the men drank decaffeinated or regular coffee, and does not appear to be due to caffeine.
Even drinking one to three cups of coffee per day was associated with a 30% lower risk of lethal prostate cancer.
Coffee drinkers were more likely to smoke and less likely to exercise, behaviors that may increase advanced prostate cancer risk. These and other lifestyle factors were controlled for in the study and coffee still was associated with a lower risk.
The results from this study need to be validated in additional populations that have a range of coffee exposure and a large number of lethal prostate cancer cases. If confirmed, the data would add to the list of other potential health benefits of coffee. The authors currently are planning additional studies to understand specific mechanisms by which coffee may specifically lower the risk of lethal prostate cancer.–The study was supported by the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, the American Institute for Cancer Research, and the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
Story Source–The above story is reprinted (with editorial adaptations by ScienceDaily staff) from materials provided by Harvard School of Public Health, viaEurekAlert!, a service of AAAS.—Journal Reference-Kathryn M. Wilson, Julie L. Kasperzyk, Jennifer R. Stark, Stacey Kenfield, Rob M. van Dam, Meir J. Stampfer, Edward Giovannucci, Lorelei A. Mucci. Coffee Consumption and Prostate Cancer Risk and Progression in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, May 17, 2011 DOI: 10.1093/jnci/djr151
Human Milk from Cloned Transgenic Cattle
Scientists attempting to create human-like transgenic cow’s milk for large-scale
human consumption despite grave concerns over health hazards and unacceptable
animal suffering. Prof Joe Cummins—Human milk is enjoyed by infants and essential for the survival of tiny premature infants. It is desirable for all neonates and it has been found to be effective in clinical settings such as post-operative nutritional management following intestinal resection, severe food allergies, metabolic diseases, immune deficiencies, chronic renal insufficiency, and heart diseases with failure to thrive due to feeding intolerance. It was reported that human milk therapy improved the quality of life measures in the psychological and spiritual domains for a group of patients with cancer. Growing clinical evidence has placed human milk feeding and the supply of donor milk as a basic right for preterm infants
At present, the production of fully human milk in GM cattle has not yet been
achieved. Nevertheless, Professor Ning Li, the director of the State Key
Laboratories for AgroBiotechnology at the China Agricultural University has
produced a number of cloned transgenic cattle producing important human protein
components in their milk. Lysozyme is an enzyme that attacks bacterial
pathogens. The human lysozyme (HLZ)-containing plasmid used to transform cells
of cattle, called the pBC2-HLY-NEOR transgene vector, contains the HLZ coding
region, a bovine b-casein signal peptide DNA sequence, and one selection marker,
the neomycin resistance gene . After somatic cell nuclear transfer cloning (see
 Cloned Meat and Milk Coming, SiS 50), 312 blastocyst embryos were
transferred into surrogate mother cattle. Thirty-seven calves were born at full
term (2 from nuclei donated by cells of foetal genital ridge, FG; 11 from nuclei
donated by fetal oviduct epithelial cells, FOV; 23 from nuclei donated by fetal
oviduct epithelial cells, FOV-19; and 1 from nuclei donated by bovine foetal
fibroblasts, BWFF-b1). Seven calves died within a few hours after birth, and six calves died within 6 months after birth. Twenty-four calves survived and were healthy after weaning; these calves were from two cell types, genital ridge cells (2 calves) and oviduct epithelial cells (22 calves). Of these, 17 healthy cloned transgenic cattle resulted that expressed recombinant human lysozyme (rHLZ), but only 4 were lactating normally. Thus, the ‘success’ rate was only a little over 1 percent of the selected implanted embryos, hardly justifying the authors’ claim that : “This approach could provide an inexpensive and
industrial-scale method for the purification of rHLZ. In addition, we have shown
that the enzymatic properties and physicochemical characteristics of rHLZ were
identical to those of HLZ. Transgenic cow milk will likely be beneficial to the
health of livestock as well.” Apart from the unacceptable death rates (and
suffering) among calves, nothing was said of the suffering in surrogate mothers.
Human lactoferin–Ning Li’s laboratory earlier produced cattle producing human lactoferrin. The recombinant human lactoferrin gene (rhLF) was contained in a large bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC). Cattle foetal fibroblasts were co-microinjected with a 150-kb BAC containing the entire hLF gene (including 90-kb and 30-kb 59 and 39 flanking regions) and a plasmid encoding a marker gene. The nuclei of transformed fibroblasts were injected into the eggs of cows from which the cow nucleus had been removed. The eggs were then stimulated to produce blastocyst embryos which were implanted into surrogate cattle mothers to complete development. The success rate was not much better.–
The researchers stated : “With subsequent transgenic cloning, we obtained
transgenic cattle that expressed a high-level of functional rhLF. Of 623
reconstructed embryos, 280 developed to blastocysts. Among these, 98 randomly
chosen blastocysts were transferred to 50 recipient cows. Ten cows became
pregnant after embryo transfer, and five calves were born at full term (the
others were spontaneously aborted). Finally, two calves, named 211 and Xiang, survived after weaning and both were apparently healthy. Three out of five
calves died of gastrointestinal disease after birth. It is well established that
some unknown mechanisms affect the development, growth and/or survival of cloned animals. Though neonatal losses are common in cloning and decrease the overall success rate, the surviving calves are almost always transgenic.” The unknown factors make consuming the GM cloned milk very risky indeed.
In vitro antimicrobial activity of ten medicinal plants against clinical isolates of oral cancer cases
Manju Panghal, Vivek Kaushal and Jaya PARKASH Yadav
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Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials 2011, 10:21 doi:10.1186/1476-0711-10-21
Published: 20 May 2011
Suppression of immune system in treated cancer patients may lead to secondary infections that obviate the need of antibiotics. In the present study, an attempt was made to understand the occurrence of secondary infections in immuno-suppressed patients along with herbal control of these infections with the following objectives to: (a) isolate the microbial species from the treated oral cancer patients along with the estimation of absolute neutrophile counts of patients. (b) assess the in vitro antimicrobial activity medicinal plants against the above clinical isolates.
Blood and oral swab cultures were taken from 40 oral cancer patients undergoing treatment in the radiotherapy unit of Regional Cancer Institute, Pt. B.D.S. Health University, Rohtak, Haryana. Clinical isolates were identified by following general microbiological, staining and biochemical methods. The absolute neutrophile counts were done by following the standard methods. The medicinal plants selected for antimicrobial activity analysis were Asphodelus tenuifolius Cav ( Narrow-leaved Asphodel )., Asparagus racemosus Wild ( Wild Asparagus )., Balanites aegyptiaca (Desert date, Jericho balsam, Egyptian Balsam, Balanos, Zacum oil plant, Soapberry tree)L., Cestrum diurnum L ( Day-blooming Jessamine, and Day-blooming Jasmine.)., Cordia dichotoma G. Forst ( fragrant manjack ), Eclipta alba L( False Daisy, yerba de tago, and bhringraj )., Murraya koenigii (L.) Spreng ( Curry Tree ). , Pedalium murex L ( Puncture Vine or Tribulus )., Ricinus communis L.( Castor Bean ) and Trigonella foenum graecum L (Fenugreek ). The antimicrobial efficacy of medicinal plants was evaluated by modified Kirby-Bauer disc diffusion method. MIC and MFC were investigated by serial two fold microbroth dilution method.
Prevalent bacterial pathogens isolated were Staphylococcus aureus (23.2%), Escherichia coli (15.62%), Staphylococcus epidermidis (12.5%), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (9.37%), Klebsiella pneumonia (7.81%), Proteus mirabilis (3.6%), Proteus vulgaris (4.2%) and the fungal pathogens were Candida albicans (14.6%), Aspergillus fumigatus (9.37%). Out of 40 cases, 35 (87.5%) were observed as neutropenic. Eight medicinal plants (A. tenuifolius, A. racemosus, B. aegyptiaca, E. alba, M. koenigii, P. murex R. communis and T. foenum graecum) showed significant antimicrobial activity (P < .05) against most of the isolates. The MIC and MFC values were ranged from 31 to 500 mug/ml. P. aeruginosa was observed highest susceptible bacteria (46.6%) on the basis of susceptible index.
It can be concluded that treated oral cancer patients were neutropenic and prone to secondary infection of microbes. The medicinal plant can prove as effective antimicrobial agent to check the secondary infections in treated cancer patients.
Recipe–make a tea with some of these herbs or utilze them as a capsulated supplement or apply topically ( castor bean produces a castor oil and so this can be applied topically as well in any area–ratio them out either be weight or volume ( provided they are in powder form )
An aqueous extract of Curcuma longa (turmeric) rhizomes stimulates insulin release and mimics insulin action on tissues involved in glucose homeostasis in vitro.
Phytother Res. 2011 Mar;25(3):396-401
Authors: Mohankumar S, McFarlane JR
Curcuma longa (turmeric) has been used widely as a spice, particularly in Asian countries. It is also used in the Ayurvedic system of medicine as an antiinflammatory and antimicrobial agent and for numerous other curative properties. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of an aqueous extract of Curcuma longa (AEC) on tissues involved in glucose homeostasis. The extract was prepared by soaking 100 g of ground turmeric in 1 L of water, which was filtered and stored at -20°C prior to use. Pancreas and muscle tissues of adult mice were cultured in DMEM with 5 or 12 mmol/L glucose and varying doses of extract. The AEC stimulated insulin secretion from mouse pancreatic tissues under both basal and hyperglycaemic conditions, although the maximum effect was only 68% of that of tolbutamide. The AEC induced stepwise stimulation of glucose uptake from abdominal muscle tissues in the presence and absence of insulin, and the combination of AEC and insulin significantly potentiated the glucose uptake into abdominal muscle tissue. However, this effect was attenuated by wortmannin, suggesting that AEC possibly acts via the insulin-mediated glucose uptake pathway. In summary, water soluble compounds of turmeric exhibit insulin releasing and mimicking actions within in vitro tissue culture conditions.–PMID: 20734343 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
Recipe—Soak tumeric powder in a water solution or make a tea—and with meal use small amounts of this with your meal to increase insulin sensitivity—this would eb good for those with diabetes 1 or 2