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What Are Genetically Engineered (GMO) Foods

Genetically engineered (GE) foods, also referred to as genetically modified, or GMOs, are those that are altered at the molecular level in ways that could not happen naturally. This means plants and animals that have had their genetic makeup altered to exhibit traits that are not naturally theirs. These techniques use DNA molecules from different sources, sometimes different species, and combine them into one molecule to create a new set of genes (e.g.

Confessions of a Frustrated Pharmacist

by Stuart Lindsey, PharmD.

When an insider breaks ranks with pharmaceutical orthodoxy, it is time to take notice. "Whistleblower" may be an overused term, but the article that follows might be well worth readers' consideration before standing in line for their next prescription refill. - Andrew W. Saul, OMNS Editor

Some new information on the oral hep c drugs in the pipe line.

Yesterday, January 9, 2012 Inhibitex, makers of an oral hep c drug was purchased by Bristol Myers for 2.5 Billion dollars.

On Squawk Box, CNBC,  Kramer said, I don’t get it, hep c is a horrible disease, it is fatal but not a big deal. He said, I don’t get it, why so much money is being paid for this oral phase 2 asset. Inhibitex stock went up 189 times over night. A terrific profit.

Evidence-Based Medicine: Neither Good Evidence nor Good Medicine

by Steve Hickey, PhD and Hilary Roberts, PhD

(OMNS, Dec 7, 2011) Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is the practice of treating individual patients based on the outcomes of huge medical trials. It is, currently, the self-proclaimed gold standard for medical decision-making, and yet it is increasingly unpopular with clinicians. Their reservations reflect an intuitive understanding that something is wrong with its methodology. They are right to think this, for EBM breaks the laws of so many disciplines that it should not even be considered scientific. Indeed, from the viewpoint of a rational patient, the whole edifice is crumbling.

Amazing milk thistle may also curb lung cancer

(NaturalNews) Milk thistle's use for liver health for 2000 years was
almost lost under Big Pharma's medical monopoly. Fortunately, it has
experienced a revival as an efficacious natural medicine over the last
few decades. And now, recent milk thistle research indicates it may also
be useful for treating cancer.

Russia develops effective drug to treat hepatitis C

Russian scientists have developed an innovative drug that can cure hepatitis C within a month. They started their research in this area over 20 years ago and at present, they have patented the drug which will be available for sale next year.

The drug known as Profetal is based on human alpha-fetoprotein, says Alexander Petrov, head of the Ural Pharmaceutics Cluster, where the project is underway, in an interview with the Voice of Russia.

What Kind of Medical Study Would Have Grandma Believe that Her Daily Multivitamin is Dangerous?

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Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, October 12, 2011

What Kind of Medical Study Would Have Grandma Believe that Her Daily Multivitamin is Dangerous?

by Robert G. Smith, PhD

(OMNS, Oct 12, 2011) A newly released study suggests that multivitamin and nutrient supplements can increase the mortality rate in older women [1]. However, there are several concerns about the study's methods and significance.

  • The study was observational, in which participants filled out a survey about their eating habits and their use of supplements. It reports only a small increase in overall mortality (1%) from those taking multivitamins. This is a small effect, not much larger than would be expected by chance. Generalizing from such a small effect is not scientific.
  • The study actually reported that taking supplements of B-complex, vitamins C, D, E, and calcium and magnesium were associated with a lower risk of mortality. But this was not emphasized in the abstract, leading the non-specialist to think that all supplements were associated with mortality. The report did not determine the amounts of vitamin and nutrient supplements taken, nor whether they were artificial or natural. Further, most of the association with mortality came from the use of iron and copper supplements, which are known to be potentially inflammatory and toxic when taken by older people, because they tend to accumulate in the body [2,3,4]. The risk from taking iron supplements should not be generalized to imply that all vitamin and nutrient supplements are harmful.
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