Date:29 November 2023
In Brief (click on the links to read more)
- Benefits of red meat consumption
- Cancer Research UK report misses opportunity to revolutionise cancer treatment and prevention
- White paper from UKIHCA promotes use of health coaching to improve people’s health
- Success of ‘natural farming’ in India
- France labels vitamin D as an endocrine disruptor
- US RDAs for vitamin D too low for cardiac patients
- Insecticide exposure damages sperm
- UK regulators approve gene editing technique for blood disorders
- Health risks of genetic manipulation of cells
- Would you use AI driven, remote ‘healthcare’ pods in your local shopping centre?
- NHS faces lawsuit over its Federated Data Platform
- PFAS contamination of drinking water supplies in England
- EU MEPs reject draft legislation to reduce pesticide use
- Covid News inc:
- New whistleblower data dump reveals origins of the Censorship Industrial Complex
- Substantial rise in cancer deaths in England and Wales
- Covid injections…
- Oxford City Council accelerates plans to ban gas appliances in new homes
- Wearing a face mask increases risk of catching covid
- Digital IDs
- Plus more…
- Eating unprocessed red meat doesn’t increase the risk of developing a range of chronic diseases according to a new meta-analysis published in Nature Medicine. Another study also supports the health benefits of red meat consumption. Published in Nature, researchers found trans-vaccenic acid (TVA), a long-chain fatty acid found in the meat and dairy products of animals such as cows and sheep, actually supported the immune system to combat certain types of cancer cells in a series of laboratory and animal studies. Although both studies support the inclusion of red meat and dairy in a healthy diet, it’s important to ensure it comes from regeneratively farmed, grass fed animals rather than intensively farmed animals
- Plans to promote meat and dairy consumption as beneficial to the environment at the COP28 meeting have been revealed, as the industry starts a well-funded push back against the heavily entrenched plant-based agenda. However, the ‘for meat’ lobby is being funded by the corporations using industrial production methods, which doesn’t work in sympathy with nature, unlike regenerative farming systems.
>>> Feature: The red meat witch-hunt exposed
- A new report from Cancer Research UK (CRUK) misses an opportunity to change the face of cancer prevention and treatment. In the ‘ambitious manifesto’, which sets out ‘five missions’ for the UK government to adopt, CRUK regurgitates existing propaganda, including demands for massively increased funding for yet more ineffectual research, banning smoking for future generations, ever earlier diagnosis, along with the development of hugely expensive novel treatments. Tackling the substantial increase in a complex, highly individual disease such as cancer, requires a multifactorial, individualised approach, along with decisive moves to educate people on how to reduce their risk of developing cancer in the first place. Diet and lifestyle modification is integral to this, yet any mention of this is conspicuous in its absence.
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- A new White Paper from the UK and International Health Coaches Association (UKIHCA) emphasises the role health coaches have to play in improving people’s health and help reduce levels of chronic disease that are overwhelming health care systems. The new White Paper closely mirrors the approach to resilient and sustainable healthcare set out in our 2018 Blueprint for Health System Sustainability.
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- The use of regenerative farming techniques, known as natural farming, in the Andra Pradesh region of India is resulting in the natural regeneration of farming land and the surrounding environment, which in turn, is providing year-round food security and financial stability for those farmers adopting the practices
- French authorities have designated vitamin D3 as an endocrine disruptor (ED) as part of the implementation of the French AGEC Act. The listing defies expert assessment and advice published by the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) in 2022, that recommended against including vitamin D3 in the list of endocrine disruptors. The inclusion of vitamin D as an ED will result in a warning being added to product labels containing quantities above 0.1% by product weight
- The amount of vitamin D needed to increase serum levels of vitamin D3 in cardiac patients is significantly higher than the recommended US daily limit. Initial analysis presented at the American Heart Association’s recent Scientific Sessions found over 85% of patients needed a minimum of 2,000 IU daily with nearly 15% requiring more than 10,000 IU daily.
>>> Find out more about the essentiality of vitamin D, why we need it and how to check your levels
- Exposure to two types of insecticide has been found to lower sperm concentration in adults. The meta-analysis published in Environmental Health Perspectives, used data from a range of sources including US government, scientific and NGO databases. It found men exposed to the insecticides through their work are at higher risk of developing decreased levels of sperm than those exposed through low level environmental contact
- UK regulators have approved the use of a gene editing technology, Casgevy, which uses CRISPR technology, to combat sickle cell disease and beta thalassemia. Approval is based on two small trials, which analysed data from 29 and 42 participants. Concerns are being raised about the unintended consequences of such manipulation, which often manifests at a later time period. The Defender takes a deeper dive into the technology and the potential for ‘off-target’ changes that could have far reaching ramifications. A point emphasised in a report by Medical News Today discussing the use of gene editing to reduce LDL cholesterol
- The risks of health issues caused by genetically editing cells, has been brought to the fore by an announcement of an investigation by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), into reports of the development of secondary cancer in cancer patients treated with CAR T-cell therapy
- Would you trust an AI-powered ‘CarePod’ to monitor your health, diagnose any health conditions and prescribe treaments? If US startup, Forward, has its way this will be the future of healthcare, moving people ever further away from face to face interactions with human doctors. Although, because of strict rules around who can be a doctor in the US, information will still have to be checked by a team of medical professionals sitting remotely behind screens
- Following the announcement that US spy tech firm, Palantir, has been awarded the contract to build a huge database for the NHS, known as the Federated Data Platform (FDP), the Guardian reports a legal action is being brought against the NHS to prevent the FDP from being implemented over privacy concerns. Four organisations, Foxglove, the Doctors’ Association UK, National Pensioners’ Convention, and the patient organisation Just Treatment have sent a pre-action letter to the NHS’s solicitors requesting proof the NHS has the legal power to set up the FDP. If they don’t get a satisfactory answer they will proceed to judicial review
- Contamination of water supplies in England with PFAS (forever chemicals), is exposed in an investigation by the Guardian and Watershed Investigations. According to a recent UK Drinking Water Inspectorate report, PFAS chemicals were found in raw and treated water samples from 17 out of 18 of England’s water companies. The levels of the chemicals in water have sparked concern from multiple sources due their toxicity and potential to harm human health
- The EU has failed once again to prioritise environmental protection. MEPs have rejected draft legislation to reduce reliance on pesticides across the Union, because it had been so watered down by relentless lobbying on behalf of the agro-industry and was felt it wasn’t worth supporting. In rejecting the proposed legislation, MEPs have effectively put the interests of industry before the health of the environment yet again.
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- A new trove of documents released by a whistleblower to Michael Shellenberger, joins the dots around the birth and development of the ‘anti-disinformation’ industry, otherwise known as the Censorship Industrial Complex. The documents, from a group known as the Cyber Threat Intelligence League (CTIL), purportedly describe everything from the birth of modern digital censorship programmes to the role of military and intelligence agencies and beyond. Michael Shellenberger explains the whole unsavoury plan and deliberate manipulation of information to divide and discredit people through the covid crisis and beyond
- Teenagers and people aged under 40 in the UK are dying of cancer at higher rates than ever before according to a new analysis of data from the UK’s Office for National Statistics by Edward Dowd and his research team. Their analysis shows a large increase in mortality due to cancer that started in 2021 and increased substantially in 2022.
- Oxford City Council is accelerating plans to ban gas appliances in new homes and businesses, originally slated to come in by 2030. It’s now aiming to implement the policy by 2025 along with plans for all new buildings to meet net zero targets. It’s worth noting that Oxford City Council is a member of UK100, which is committed to accelerating net zero policies across the UK
- Natural immunity against covid offers stronger and longer-lasting protection against infection, symptoms, and hospitalisation compared to vaccine-induced immunity according to a new study published in Nature Scientific Reports
- A formal investigation into a huge surge in excess deaths in the Philippines has been ordered by the government after data from the Philippine Statistics Authority revealed a massive 262,000 excess deaths in 2021, with an additional 67,000 excess deaths recorded in 2022
- Wearing face masks increased the risk of catching covid by 40% compared to those who rarely or never wore masks according to a new preprint study based on self-reported data from Norway
- Nagoya University researchers have discovered that human responses to COVID-19, such as lockdowns, affect the virus’s evolution, making it more transmissible earlier in its lifecycle. Their findings, published in Nature Communications, using AI and mathematical modelling, highlight the intricate connection between human behaviour and the evolution of disease-causing agents
- Efforts continue globally to halt the continued administration of covid shots. The Defender reports on educational campaigns, legal challenges and petitions all of which report on the high number of adverse reactions and revelations exposing significant contamination of the jabs
- Over 50% of people studied, in a new Indian study published in Vacunas, experienced an adverse reaction following their initial covid jab. That percentage dropped after 6 months, but increased to over 83% on receipt of a booster jab
- In a bid to further indoctrinate children, California has passed a new Bill (Bill no 873), which will require children to be taught how to spot misinformation, under the moniker of media literacy. Introduction of the Bill follows similar legislation brought in by New Jersey earlier in the year
- Despite a previous attempt to introduce a digital ID in Switzerland being shot down by voters in 2021, due to concerns around privacy issues, the Swiss Federal Council has announced the introduction of a digital ID system by 2026. The announcement follows the approval of the Federal Act on Electronic Identity Credentials and Other Electronic Credentials (BGEID) (known as the E-ID Act). The Council is promising that personal data will be secure and that initially use of the ID will be voluntary.
- In the UK, campaign group Big Brother Watch, has launched a new initiative to enshrine the right to use a non-digital form of ID into law, in order to protect “…privacy and equality in the digital age.”
- Whilst in Canada, Justin Troudeau’s government has inked a Digital Partnership with the EU, which will include collaboration on the development and introduction of digital IDs.
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