2) Issue Updates
--Canada Commits to Legislate Protection of More Than Five Million Acres of Great Bear Rainforest
--Canada's BlueWater and Killing Whales
--Seniors' Health Care Use in Canada
--Occupational and Environmental Health Studies
3) Media Watch
--'Terminator Technology' Move Criticized
--Spanish and Canadian Farmers Speak Out on Biotech Crops
--US Wheat Groups Working to Bring Back GM Wheat
--WTO Found EU GMO Moratorium Violated Trade Rules - US
--WTO to Europeans: Eat Your Frankenfoods
--Now, Will Europe Swallow Frankenfoods
--US May Press Africa on GMOs but Africans Vowed to Resist
--Possible Health Aspects of Horizontal Transfer of Microbial Transgenes Present in GM Crops
--Childhood Cancer Survivors Face Adulthood Risk
--Media's Assault on Alternative Cancer Clinics
--Coretta Scott King Had Ovarian Cancer
--Can Green Tea Prevent Cancer?
--A Friendly Look at Acai, Part II by Ralph Moss, PhD
--Bottled Water: Pouring Resources Down the Drain
--Bottled Water: Nectar of the Frauds?
--Shop Smart, Save Forests
--Diesel Pollution from Trains and Boats Targeted
--Debate on Climate Shifts to Issue of Irreparable Change
--World Has Seven Years for Key Climate Decisions, Says Tony Blair
--Healthy Cookware; How to Lessen Potential Risks
--Harmful Teflon Chemicals to be Eliminated by 2015
--EPA Begs to Differ -- With its Own Panel
--Calcium, Exercise Vital for Kids' Bones
--Vitamin C Prevents and Treats the Common Cold
--Midnight Snack Won't Pack Fat
--The Tsakiris Aspartame Study
--National Study Evaluates Electronic Reporting of Medical Records and Adverse Effects
--Rock the Coat: Umbra on Eco-friendly Paint
--Canadian Companies Dirtier Air Polluters than US in Great Lakes Basin
--Valentine Roses, Candy Go PC
--Laughter Paves the Way for Romance
--Europe Subsidizes Organic Farms While 'Market Obsessed' US Does Little
4) Calendar of Events
--The Infertility Cure, Feb 19, Vancouver
--FrequenSea with Marine Phytoplankton, Feb 24, Vancouver
--Stress: A Roadblock on the Path to Wellness, Mar 18, Vancouver
Hello HANS Members & Friends;
Hot off the presses! The winter edition of Health Action was mailed last week so watch for it in your mailbox. (If you've moved, please notify us of your change of address.) Special thank you to the Okanagan Chapter, a key reason why we once again have Health Action up and running. This excellent issue contains updates on Dr Gerry Potter's salvestrol cancer research (www.salvestrol.ca) as well as Dr Harold Foster's AIDS research with Friends of Mengo Hospital in Uganda (www.hdfoster.ca).
Last September, HANS sponsored a lecture with Dr Gerry Potter. A DVD is now available. Phone us at 604-435-0512 to purchase a copy. We felt his message was so important we decided to take advantage of Dr Potter's return visit to BC and are hosting another lecture on March 15th in Burnaby. Bookings have already started, and there is NO doubt: This lecture will be sold out. If you want details, call us or go to www.hans.org. You can now register online, a new feature on our website.
We had a phone call last week from a member who'd started taking a salvestrol product after Dr Potter spoke at the first HANS-sponsored lecture six months ago. This member (name withheld for privacy reasons) was fighting terminal prostate cancer, and felt he had nothing to lose. But his news to us, and his attitude, was positive. The growth of his cancer cells has slowed dramatically; his psoriasis is gone, and his cholesterol is normal for the first time in years!
To all you other health seekers out there, this Health Action is filled with valuable information. Also in this issue: Winter, a time for reflection, appreciating, and being at peace. Great stories on cedar waxwings, being older, and more from our members.
Founding Member & Director
2) ISSUE UPDATES
Canada Commits to Legislate Protection of More Than Five Million Acres of Great Bear Rainforest
PRESS RELEASE - A coalition of environmental groups, industry leaders and indigenous groups celebrated success after a decade long campaign to protect the globally unique Great Bear Rainforest. The long-awaited government announcement on February 7, 2006, protects one third of the Great Bear Rainforest from logging and will require the use of more sustainable logging practices for the remaining area. The agreement also sets a new precedent for decision making for local indigenous groups (First Nations), giving them the right to define what happens on their land.
The total area protected from the chainsaw equals five million acres, twice the size of Yellowstone Park and equal to 6,300 of New York's Central Park. This total includes new and previous protection areas, plus special no logging zones.
"Today, British Columbians are showing that it is possible to protect the environment and provide the economic foundation for healthy communities," said Lisa Matthaus, Coast Campaign Coordinator for the Sierra Club of Canada, BC Chapter. "This innovative rainforest agreement provides a real world example of how people and wilderness can prosper together."
ForestEthics, Greenpeace and Sierra Club of Canada, BC Chapter have worked toward this solution for almost a decade, using tactics that ranged from blockades to boycotts to boardroom negotiations, all in a bid to protect as much of the Great Bear Rainforest as possible.
The Great Bear Rainforest Agreement means:
1. 5 million acres is protected from logging
2. The application of better, lighter-touch forestry by March 2009
3. Comprehensive First Nations involvement in management over their entire traditional territory
4. The diversification of the economy based on conservation
For more information:
Lisa Matthaus, Sierra Club of Canada, BC Chapter: 250-888-6267
Amanda Carr, Greenpeace: 604-839-8760
Merran Smith, ForestEthics: 604-816-5636
Canada's BlueWater and Killing Whales
BlueWater Seafoods of Montreal is Canada's second largest producer of frozen household seafood products and has some surprising connections to the whale hunt.
BlueWater is a subsidiary of the global seafood giant Nissui, one of the single largest shareholders in the Japanese whaling fleet. This year the fleet plans to kill 1,000 whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. Some of them are endangered species.
Greenpeace is asking BlueWater Seafoods to use its unique corporate connections to pressure Nissui to stop the senseless slaughter of whales. Permanently.
You can help: Take action today. Contact BlueWater Seafoods and tell them to help stop killing whales. To send a message to BlueWater Seafoods or for more information visit: www.greenpeace.ca/oceans or call BlueWater Seafoods toll free at: 1-888-560-2539.
Source: Greenpeace Canada e-Alert, Feb 9, 2006.
Seniors' Health Care Use in Canada
According to the 2003 Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS), 88 per cent of seniors consulted a general practitioner or a family doctor during the year before the survey, compared with 76 per cent of people aged 12 to 64. Ninety-two per cent reported having taken at least one type of medication in the previous month, 14 per cent had been hospitalized in the past year, and 15 per cent had received home care.
Canada's roughly four million seniors aged 65 or older, who comprise 13 per cent of the total population, are heavy users of the nation's health care system. Seniors account for one-third of all hospitalizations and more than one-half of all hospital days.
Nine in 10 non-institutionalized seniors reported they had taken at least one type of medication in the previous month. On average, they took three different types.
Senior women took a wider variety of medications than did their male counterparts. More than one-quarter (27 per cent) of women aged 65 or older reported taking at least five types of medication, compared with only16 per cent of senior men.
More at http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/060207/d060207a.....
Occupational and Environmental Health Studies
The new publication Occupational and Environmental Health Research Products: A Descriptive Catalogue, released today, provides a snapshot of more than 100 long-term occupational and environmental health research studies conducted at Statistics Canada since 1978.
These studies were carried out by, or are related to, the activities of the occupational and environmental health research section within the Health Statistics Division. Collaboration and partnerships between Statistics Canada and outside organizations/researchers have been key factors to progress made in conducting these projects.
The section was created in 1989 in response to requests for statistical, policy-relevant information pertaining to occupational, lifestyle, medical, socio-economic and environmental factors that influence health.
More at http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/060214/td060214.....
3) MEDIA WATCH
'Terminator Technology' Move Criticized
Spanish and Canadian Farmers Speak Out on Biotech Crops
US Wheat Groups Working to Bring Back GM Wheat
WTO Found EU GMO Moratorium Violated Trade Rules - US
WTO to Europeans: Eat Your Frankenfoods
Now, Will Europe Swallow Frankenfoods
US May Press Africa on GMOs but Africans Vowed to Resist
Possible Health Aspects of Horizontal Transfer of Microbial Transgenes Present in GM Crops
Childhood Cancer Survivors Face Adulthood Risk
Media's Assault on Alternative Cancer Clinics
Coretta Scott King Had Ovarian Cancer
Can Green Tea Prevent Cancer?
A Friendly Look at Acai, Part II by Ralph Moss, PhD
Bottled Water: Pouring Resources Down the Drain
Bottled Water: Nectar of the Frauds?
Shop Smart, Save Forests
Diesel Pollution from Trains and Boats Targeted
Debate on Climate Shifts to Issue of Irreparable Change
World Has Seven Years for Key Climate Decisions, Says Tony Blair
Healthy Cookware; How to Lessen Potential Risks
Harmful Teflon Chemicals to be Eliminated by 2015
EPA Begs to Differ -- With its Own Panel
Calcium, Exercise Vital for Kids' Bones
Vitamin C Prevents and Treats the Common Cold
Midnight Snack Won't Pack Fat
The Tsakiris Aspartame Study
National Study Evaluates Electronic Reporting of Medical Records and Adverse Effects
Rock the Coat: Umbra on Eco-friendly Paint
Canadian Companies Dirtier Air Polluters than US in Great Lakes Basin
Valentine Roses, Candy Go PC
Laughter Paves the Way for Romance
Europe Subsidizes Organic Farms While 'Market Obsessed' US Does Little
For more current stories, check out "News" at www.hans.org.
4) Calendar of Events
The Infertility Cure
Who: Randine Lewis, MSOM, L.Ac, PhD, author of The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program of Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies
When: Feb 19, 7 - 8:30 pm
Where: Holiday Inn, 711 West Broadway, Vancouver
Cost: $20 per person, $30 per couple
To pre-register, contact: Melissa, Melissa@acubalance.ca, phone 604-678-8600
FrequenSea with Marine Phytoplankton
Who: Rick Redford, Forever Green's VP of Business Development
When: Feb 24, 7 - 8:30 pm, product information, 9 - 10 pm, business training
Where: Holiday Inn Express, 2889 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Contact: Bruce or Brenda Duncan at 604-986-1995 or e-mail healthEnow@shaw.ca
Stress: A Roadblock on the Path to Wellness
Who: 7th Annual AIMS Conference, presented by AIMS, the Alternative and Integrative Medical Society of UBC
When: March 18
Where: UBC Forest Sciences Centre
The Evolution of Stress / The Effects of Stress On Health / Environmental Stress / Mindfully Eating / Women's Health & Stress / Pre-Natal Stress / Yoga / Cranial Sacral Therapy / Massage / Laughing Therapy and more... also... Cooking demonstrations and nutritious food throughout the day!
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