Study Claims Unlisted Ingredients in Supplements Are Dangerous


#AceHealthNews – most of the time people take a supplement as they have either a poor diet, or do not eat correct nutrition in the first place! This is understandable given the fast pace of life, but it gave health product companies a golden opportunity to climb on the band wagon of profit and now it is as l say so often #profitb4people instead of #peopleb4profit

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Researchers at the University of Guelph (UoG) have released a study claiming that commercial herbal products (CHP) contain many dangerous unlisted ingredients, fillers and cheap alternatives.

Forty-four products from 12 separate corporations were tested . It was determined that 60% of CHP contain plant species not referred to on their labels.

Fillers added to 32% of products tested were:

• Rice
• Soybeans
• Wheat

This poses a problem for persons with allergies and needing gluten-free products.

This study is being painted as a warning to consumers who have “a right to see all of the plant species used in producing a natural product on the list of ingredients.”

Steven Newmaster, lead author of the study and professor of integrative biology at the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario (BIO) said : “There is a need to protect consumers from the economic and health risks associated with herbal product fraud. Currently there…

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FDA targets free-range, pastured poultry and eggs with ridiculous new draft guidance pushing for all chickens to be raised indoors


#AceFoodNews the FDA is just like a paper tiger #FreeRange

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America’s small farmers are once again under attack, this time by a new draft guidance issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that threatens to eliminate truly free-range and pastured poultry and eggs. Entitled “Questions and Answers Regarding the Final Rule, Prevention of Salmonella Enteritidis in Shell Eggs During Production, Storage, and Transportation,” the new agency report basically suggests that all egg producers with 3,000 or more laying hens be forced to raise their birds indoors to avoid bacterial contamination, which would eliminate consumer access to chicken and eggs from birds raised naturally outdoors on pasture.

In response to a slew of illness outbreaks that have occurred in recent years, the FDA has once again sidestepped the real problem, factory chicken farms, and instead focused its attention on small-scale producers, which generally are the only farms producing truly safe and healthy eggs. Even though large-scale factory chicken farms…

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Agreement puts environmental health at the heart of the public health agenda


Public Health England (PHE) and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) today signed a memorandum of understanding designed to increase cooperation between the two organisations.

The agreement highlights the unique and invaluable part played by the environmental health profession in reducing social inequalities, improving public health and creating fairer communities. The memorandum is a valuable tool in putting environmental health at the heart of the public health agenda.

Key aspects of the agreement include:

  • the CIEH will be recognised as an external adviser to PHE on environmental health and issues relating to the profession
  • PHE will use the CIEH as a conduit for engagement with the environmental health profession
  • PHE and the CIEH will work together to develop the environmental health workforce in local government, central agencies and with business
  • PHE will agree priority workstream engagement with the CIEH as part of their work programming

The full text of the memorandum has been published online.

 

OUTDOOR AIR POLLUTION A LEADING CAUSE OF CANCER, SAY UN HEALTH EXPERTS


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OUTDOOR AIR POLLUTION A LEADING CAUSE OF CANCER, SAY UN HEALTH EXPERTS
The specialized cancer agency of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that outdoor air pollution is a leading environmental cause of cancer deaths.

An evaluation by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Monographs Programme found there is sufficient evidence that exposure to outdoor air pollution causes lung cancer and increases the risk for bladder cancer.

In a <"http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/iarcnews/pdf/pr221_E.pdf">news release, the IARC pointed out that air pollution is already known to increase risks for a wide range of diseases, such as respiratory and heart diseases. Studies indicate that in recent years exposure levels have increased significantly in some parts of the world, particularly in rapidly industrializing countries with large populations.

The most recent data indicate that 223,000 deaths from lung cancer in 2010 resulted from air pollution.

“The air we breathe has become polluted with a mixture of cancer-causing substances,” said Kurt Straif, Head of the IARC Monographs Section. “We now know that outdoor air pollution is not only a major risk to health in general, but also a leading environmental cause of cancer deaths.”

The IARC Monographs Programme, dubbed the ‘encyclopaedia of carcinogens,’ provides an authoritative source of scientific evidence on cancer-causing substances and exposures. In the past, the Programme evaluated many individual chemicals and specific mixtures that occur in outdoor air pollution.

These included diesel engine exhaust, solvents, metals, and dusts. But this is the first time that experts have classified outdoor air pollution as a cause of cancer.

“Our task was to evaluate the air everyone breathes rather than focus on specific air pollutants,” said Dana Loomis, Deputy Head of the Monographs Section. “The results from the reviewed studies point in the same direction: the risk of developing lung cancer is significantly increased in people exposed to air pollution.”

The main sources of outdoor air pollution are transportation, stationary power generation, industrial and agricultural emissions, and residential heating and cooking. Some air pollutants have natural sources, as well.

“Classifying outdoor air pollution as carcinogenic to humans is an important step,” stressed IARC Director Christopher Wild. “There are effective ways to reduce air pollution and, given the scale of the exposure affecting people worldwide, this report should send a strong signal to the international community to take action without further delay.”

#pollution #cancer

US Manufacturers Hires A Lobbying Group to Violate State Campaign Finance Law


GMA Network, Inc.

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According to the RT a lobbying group for major US manufacturers has  violated Washington state campaign finance law while opposing a ballot initiative that would require labelling genetically modified foods, according to a lawsuit filed by the state attorney general Wednesday.

The Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) ran afoul of state law in collecting and spending $7.2 million against ballot initiative 522 – which voters will consider in November – while not disclosing the individual donors funneling contributions to the organization, alleged State Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

“Truly fair elections demand all sides follow the rules by disclosing who their donors are and how much they are spending to advocate their views,” Ferguson said in a statement.

The measure would require the proper labelling of goods which contain ingredients with genetically modified organisms (GMOs), as well as the labelling of seeds and seed products containing GMOs sold in the state.

With over $7 million spent, GMA is the largest donor to the “No on I-522” campaign. GMA and other opponents have raised over $17 million, spending $13 million thus far, in the effort to block labeling.

GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISM

GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISM (Photo credit: live w mcs)

The Yes on I-522” campaign has raised around $5.5 million in support of the labeling. They believe it is crucial for the public’s right to know what is in their food and say the labeling is a positive move considering the numerous questions surrounding the safety of GMOs to human health.

Ferguson’s office alleges GMA set up a “Defense of Brands Strategic Account” and asked its numerous high-powered members to contribute money in an effort to oppose the ballot initiative.

In the process of spending the money, GMA shielded contributors’ identification from public disclosures, the lawsuit alleges.

GMA has a total of 300 member organizations in its ranks and rising!

The attorney general is seeking a temporary restraining order to force GMA to comply with disclosure laws. In addition, civil penalties are included in the suit.

Read More at:http://rt.com/usa/washington-lawsuit-gmo-label-288/