HANS e-News - December 01, 2006

CONTENTS

1) Editorial

2) Feature: Support a Ban on Terminator Seeds in Canada!

3) Issues Updates

--Consultation on the Draft Guidance Document, Reporting Adverse Reactions to Marketed Health Products
--Infants & Fluoride: New Warning from Dentists
--Stop the Poisonings, Stop Paraquat
--Canadian Environmental Sustainability Indicators 2006
--The Water We Drink
--Silicone Gel Breast Implants: Most Defective Medical Device Ever Approved by the FDA

4) Media Watch
--Harper's Clean Air Act is "Smog and Mirrors"
--What's the Real Cost of Climate Change?
--2005 Another Record Year for Global Carbon Emissions
--Power Struggle Over BC's First Coal-Powered Plant
--Clash Over Coalbed Methane
--Canada Canola Still Banned from Europe Despite EU Ruling
--Runaway GM Crops Can Pose Food Safety Risks
--Hollywood Gets a New Role as LA's Greatest Polluter
--EPA Exempts Some Pesticide Use Near Water
--Kennedy Will Push for Overhaul of FDA
--Most Americans Surprised, Concerned that 90 Percent of Flu Shots Contain the Toxin Mercury
--Group Accuses Wal-Mart of Illegal Organic Labeling
--UN Meeting to Tackle Growing E-Waste Menace
--If Salmon Could Vote
--3 Million Worldwide Die from High Blood Sugar
--Quebec Chinese Medical Practitioners Seeking Official Status
--Misadventures in Medicating
--Easing Depression Without a Prescription
--No More Nitpicking: New Hairdryer Blows Lice Away
--You May Be What Your Grandmother Eats
--Homeopathy: What Are the Active Ingredients?
--Traditional Medicine Use in Peru: Tracking 2,000 Years of Culture

5) Calendar of Events
--Anti-Aging and Weight Loss Workshop, Vancouver, Dec 4th
--The Peaceful Warrior - A Must See Movie, Vancouver, Dec 5th

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1) Editorial

Dear HANS Members & Friends;

Two years ago, a HANS' team went to Victoria to speak to about a dozen MLAs on a Special Committee on Health. When it was my turn to talk, the message I shared is that it makes economic sense to play the health care game with the entire team. How can patients win with only our current crisis view of health and wellness? Should not integrated, non-drug practitioners be treated with the same respect and consideration as those who practice drug therapy? 

In response, one of the Special Committee members leaned over the table and spoke honestly and openly to me.

"Mrs. Hancock," he said. "What you are saying is very important and certainly noteworthy. It's not WHAT you are saying that is the issue, however. That we understand and appreciate - very much so. We even agree. The problem is that you are not speaking with a big enough voice. You need to have a larger HANS membership to compete for attention with the large groups such as the BC Medical Association and others."

And this is why I come to you, our e-News subscribers, to ask you to please consider this personally. I do. I want to succeed. After 28 years of wanting an integrated health care system, of working over 15,000 volunteer hours a year, I can't tell you how badly I want to see this happen.

If you, too, care about an integrated approach to health care, then you please join HANS. If you can afford $5 a month, or $35 a year, that's all it costs to be a member.

In addition to this low cost of membership, we'll give you, at no charge, a free DVD of one of our recent health lectures ($15 retail). In the past, we used to offer this free gift of information but discontinued it due to the high cost of producing DVDs; however now, with new technology at our disposal, we can offer this membership benefit once again. 

It's my Christmas wish that people truly understand what we are doing at HANS. I ask again, are you with me? If you answer yes, sign up as a member today. It's easy.

Phone us at 604-435-0512 and pay by Visa or Mastercard. Or fill out the form on our website at www.hans.org. Or fill in the application found in our magazine called Health Action.

Please.

Lorna Hancock
Founding Member & Director

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2) Support a Ban on Terminator Seeds in Canada!

Canadian Biotechnology Action Network Nov 21 ACTION ALERT

On Dec 7, 2006 the House of Commons Agriculture and Agri-Food Committee will hold a one-hour hearing on Terminator technology.

WRITE to your MP and the Minister of Agriculture before Dec 7th.

In March 2006 and February 2005, your letters stopped the Canadian government from acting to end the international moratorium on Terminator ("suicide seeds") at the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. In March, the Canadian delegation to the UN meeting did not object to the reaffirmation and strengthening of the moratorium. Yet, our government supported the moratorium without actually stating a position on Terminator. Now we find out that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is preparing the road for approval of Terminator!

DEMAND that the Canadian Government state its unqualified opposition to this dangerous technology and take immediate steps to legislate a ban on field-testing and commercialization in Canada.

Terminator or Genetic Use Restriction Technology (GURTs) is a technology of genetic engineering designed by the multinational seed industry to render seeds sterile after first harvest, thus preventing farmers from saving and re-using seed, forcing them to return to corporations to buy seed every season. This predatory strategy has been widely condemned, in Canada and across the world, because it threatens farmer livelihoods, food security, and agricultural biodiversity. And yet, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency continues to prepare for the potential introduction of Terminator seeds and there is no policy in Canada to address the devastating impacts Terminator would have on farmers' livelihoods.

UPDATES:

* In August 2006, Monsanto announced that it will buy US seed company Delta & Pine Land. If the deal goes through, Monsanto will own the most advanced research on Terminator including the only greenhouse trials of Terminator seeds in the world. (Monsanto previously committed not to commercialize Terminator but has begun to reword this pledge.)

* In October 2005, the Canadian Patent Office granted the first ever Canadian patent on a Terminator technology (owned by Delta & Pine Land and the U.S. Department of Agriculture).

* Swiss multinational Syngenta has requested a Canadian patent on Terminator potatoes.

FOR MORE BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND A SAMPLE LETTER: http://www.banterminator.org/p/282 or contact the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network at info@cban.ca

WRITE TO your Member of Parliament (postage is free). Use your postal code to search for your MP at http//www.parl.gc.ca

MAKE SURE TO COPY YOUR LETTER TO:
Hon. Chuck Strahl
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Ph: 613-992-2940
Fax: 613-944-9376
E-mail: Strahl.C@parl.gc.ca

Right Hon. Stephen Harper
Prime Minister
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Ph: 613-992-4211
Fax: 613-941-6900
E-mail: Harper.S@parl.gc.ca

Wayne Easter
Liberal Agriculture Critic
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Ph: 613-992-2406
Fax: 613-995-7408
E-mail: Easter.W@parl.gc.ca

André Bellavance
Bloc Québécois Agriculture Critic
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Ph: 613-995-1554
Fax: 613-995-2026
E-mail: Bellavance.A@parl.gc.ca

Alex Atamanenko
NDP Agriculture Critic
House of Commons,
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Ph: 613-996-8036
Fax: 613-943-0922
E-mail: Atamanenko.A@parl.gc.ca

This action is organized by the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network http://www.cban.ca Please join us in the campaign against Terminator seeds and other forms of corporate control over seeds.

Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator
Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) Collaborative Campaigning for Food Sovereignty and Environmental Justice
431 Gilmour Street, Second Floor
Ottawa, ON, K2P 0R5
Ph: 613-241-2267
Fax: 613-241-2506
E-mail: coordinator@cban.ca
Web: www.cban.ca or www.banterminator.org/p/282

3) ISSUE UPDATES

Consultation on the Draft Guidance Document, Reporting Adverse Reactions to Marketed Health Products


The Draft Guidance Document for Industry: Reporting Adverse Reactions to Marketed Health Products has been posted on the Health Canada website for comment purposes.

This document was written at the level of the Health Products and Food Branch to provide guidance to industry on how to report adverse reactions involving market-authorized health products, including natural health products.

In facilitating reporting of adverse reactions by market authorization holders (i.e. licensees), Health Canada has harmonized to the greatest extent possible with the recommendations in the International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH) standards.

The Natural Health Products Directorate encourages its stakeholders to review this document and provide feedback. Anyone who wishes to provide comments on the draft guidance document is requested to do so by Dec 29, 2006. Please note that this document has only been posted for comment purposes, and is not yet being enforced.

More at http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/prodnatur/activit/con...

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Regulation for Natural Health Products Still Years Away
http://www.canada.com/topics/bodyandhealth/story.htm...

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Canadian Natural Health Products Recognized Worldwide
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/November2...

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Consumers Protected When Purchasing Natural Health Products
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/November2...

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Herbal Remedies to Get Health Canada Scrutiny
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?...

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Product Monitoring System Will Better Protect Health and Safety of Canadians
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/nr-cp/2006/2006...

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Infants & Fluoride: New Warning from Dentists

EWG: In a little-noticed but dramatic turnaround, the nation's leading fluoride advocate, The American Dental Association (ADA), issued an alert on Nov 9th urging parents to avoid fluoridated water when reconstituting infant formula.

Dentists are worried that fluoride exposure at this age will permanently damage teeth, not protect them. A growing body of research also links fluoride to weakened bones, reduced thyroid activity, and possibly bone cancer in boys.

The advice, however, has gone largely unheeded. Nursery Water, the nation's leading fluoridated water for babies, still markets its product nationwide at Wal-Mart and other major retailers.

Help Environmental Working Group stop this unsafe practice. More at http://www.ewg.org/newsletter/20061129-fluoride/

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Dental Association Says Fluoride in Water Mottles Babies' Teeth
http://healthy.net/scr/news.asp?Id=8794

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Stop the Poisonings, Stop Paraquat

Pesticide Action Network Nov 2006 Action Alert

Paraquat, an extremely toxic herbicide, poisons tens of thousands of people every year. It is manufactured by the world's largest pesticide company, Swiss multinational Syngenta. There is no antidote for this dangerous pesticide, yet it is marketed in 100 countries and used in large quantities particularly by farmers in the Southern Hemisphere.

Swiss NGO Berne Declaration is holding a virtual People's Vote on Syngenta's practices and asking for your participation. PAN groups and many others are collaborating in the broad public campaign to bring public attention to Syngenta's inhuman business policies. We ask you to join in demanding that Syngenta take responsibility for the devastating health impacts of this highly hazardous pesticide and stop production now.

Take Action Now! Visit http://www.stop-paraquat.net to read the case against Syngenta and register your verdict of Guilty for Syngenta.

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Canadian Environmental Sustainability Indicators 2006

The second annual report, Canadian Environmental Sustainability Indicators, prepared by Environment Canada, Statistics Canada and Health Canada, provides updates on three indicators: air quality, greenhouse gas emissions and freshwater quality. The indicators are intended as annual measuring sticks by which governments and the public can track trends in the three areas.

The report shows that between 1990 and 2004, one of the air pollutants that contribute to smog increased and greenhouse gas emissions rose. In addition, it reveals that water quality guidelines for aquatic life are being exceeded, at least occasionally, at a majority of selected monitoring sites across the country.

More at http://www.environmentandresources.gc.ca/default.asp...

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The Water We Drink

The David Suzuki Foundation recently issued a report called "The Water We Drink: An International Comparison of Water Quality Standards and Guidelines."

If you live in Canada and drink water, you need to read it.

David Boyd, the report's author, points out that between 1974 and 1996, there were more than 200 outbreaks of infectious disease caused by contaminated drinking water in Canada.

To protect the health of Canadians, all levels of government need to prevent pollutants from affecting the water we drink. Mr. Boyd found that Canada's water quality protection is sadly lacking, especially when compared to other industrialized nations such as the US, Australia, and Europe.

Case in point: Canada's water quality guidelines are actually voluntary. There are currently no legally enforced rules to protect our water. Mr. Boyd says the Federal government should step in and establish mandatory standards that meet or exceed those of other countries.

Learn more about what keeping our water safe at http://www.davidsuzuki.org/NatureChallenge/newslette...

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Silicone Gel Breast Implants: Most Defective Medical Device Ever Approved by the FDA

Public Citizen Nov 17 Press Release

Public Citizen has opposed the use of silicone gel breast implants since the fall of 1988, when we petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban them after receiving numerous documents from FDA scientists concerned about their safety.

In terms of adverse safety and health information known at the time of approval, such as high rates of rupture, the need for repeat surgery and clear evidence of lymph node infiltration and damage by leaked silicone, silicone gel breast implants are the most defective medical device ever approved by the FDA. The approval makes a mockery of the legal standard that requires reasonable assurance of safety.

It is a terrible reminder of the double standard for women versus men that the FDA has not approved silicone gel testicular implants because of the inadequacy of clinical trials on these devices. (Saline breast implants and testicular implants have been approved by the FDA.)

More at http://www.citizen.org/pressroom/release.cfm?ID=2320...
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Silicone Implants to Overtake Saline
http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=541&e=1&u=...

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4) MEDIA WATCH

Harper's Clean Air Act is "Smog and Mirrors"

http://www.greenpeace.org/canada/en/campaigns/climat...

What's the Real Cost of Climate Change?
http://www.grist.org/news/maindish/2006/11/16/galbra...

2005 Another Record Year for Global Carbon Emissions
http://www.earth-policy.org/Indicators/CO2/2006.htm

Power Struggle Over BC's First Coal-Powered Plant
http://thetyee.ca/News/2006/11/17/Coal/

Clash Over Coalbed Methane
http://thetyee.ca/News/2006/11/14/CBM/

Canada Canola Still Banned from Europe Despite EU Ruling
http://www.checkbiotech.org/root/index.cfm?fuseactio...

Runaway GM Crops Can Pose Food Safety Risks
http://www.uoguelph.ca/mediarel/2006/11/runaway_gm_c...

Hollywood Gets a New Role as LA's Greatest Polluter
http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,,1947914,00.ht...

EPA Exempts Some Pesticide Use Near Water
http://www.enn.com/today.html?id=11706

Kennedy Will Push for Overhaul of FDA
http://www.boston.com/business/healthcare/articles/2.../

Most Americans Surprised, Concerned that 90 Percent of Flu Shots Contain the Toxin Mercury
http://interestalert.com/story/siteia.shtml?Story=st...

Group Accuses Wal-Mart of Illegal Organic Labeling
http://www.gazetteextra.com/walmart_organic111506.as...

UN Meeting to Tackle Growing E-Waste Menace
http://www.enn.com/today.html?id=11733

If Salmon Could Vote
http://thetyee.ca/Views/2006/11/27/Sockeye/

3 Million Worldwide Die from High Blood Sugar
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?artic...

Quebec Chinese Medical Practitioners Seeking Official Status
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/montreal/...

Misadventures in Medicating
http://www.canada.com/topics/bodyandhealth/story.htm...

Easing Depression Without a Prescription
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?artic...

No More Nitpicking: New Hairdryer Blows Lice Away
http://www.canada.com/topics/bodyandhealth/story.htm...

You May Be What Your Grandmother Eats
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?artic...

Homeopathy: What Are the Active Ingredients?
http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6882/6/37/abstract...

Traditional Medicine Use in Peru: Tracking 2,000 Years of Culture
http://www.ethnobiomed.com/content/2/1/47

For more current stories, check out "News" at www.hans.org.

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4) Calendar of Events

Anti-Aging and Weight Loss Workshop

Who: Brian Martin, BSc, ND
When: Sat, Dec 4th, 12 - 4 pm
Cost: $50
Where: EnerChanges, Unit M-11, 601 West Broadway
Contact: 604-681-8380 to reserve your seat. Seating is limited.

Stubborn weight gain can be genetics based, a combination of hidden food allergies, menopause, decline of lean body mass or hormone imbalances - thyroid, stress hormones, insulin intolerance. The complex part is that each one of us is unique. Learn about healthy weight loss and the treatment variations. Learn how to enjoy a long healthy lifespan. Learn the health related tools you will need to succeed.

Our goal is not only to extend life but to enhance the quality of that extended life. Learn to accomplish this as Dr Brian Martin teaches you how traditional medicine treats the outcome of disease and aging, while anti-aging medicine changes the process of aging in the first place.

Presented by EnerChanges at www.enerchanges.com.

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The Peaceful Warrior - A Must See Movie
When: Dec 5, 2006, 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Where: Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown (downtown Vancouver) in the Media Room (upstairs and around the corner).
Cost: $12.50, with partial proceeds going to Living in Power
Contact: Chris Fleck at 604-255-5702 or e-mail chrisfleck1@shaw.ca. Seating is limited.

This screening of "The Peaceful Warrior" starring Nick Nolte, Scott Mechlowicz and Amy Smart, is based upon the book by Dan Millman.

Anyone is welcome, so bring your family and friends to this very exciting event. Presented by Living in Power. For more information visit http://www.thepeacefulwarriormovie.com/

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