Breastfeeding not natural, Homeopathy recognised in Switzerland, Public forum for HPV, European Commission must consult US, Round Up banned in public areas, Google’s project loon given the green light and Waitrose remove Round Up from stores.
The Journal Pediatrics has published ahead of print a highly controversial article entitled, “Unintended Consequences of Invoking the “Natural” in Breastfeeding Promotion”. You might have to read this twice for it to sink in, but the article calls on health professionals to stop referring to breastfeeding as natural! According to the journal it gives the impression that natural parenting practices are healthier. “The authors have started a public campaignto end the positive use of the word natural, claiming that it is associated with such "problematic" practices as home birth, homeschooling and the rejection of GMO foods, and that natural parenting movements are interfering with vaccination efforts”. We are lost for words.
Homeopathy recognised in Switzerland
In a monumental breakthough for natural approaches to healthcare, Switzerland has announced plans to elevate five complementary therapies, including homeopathy, to the same level as conventional medicine. "Homeopathy, holistic medicine, herbal medicine, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine will acquire the same status as conventional medicine by May 2017”. Despite Switzerland not being a member of the EU, this is still a groundbreaking step up for natural and integrative approaches to healthcare that will hopefully encourage more countries in Europe to follow suit — as well as open the door to intense pressure and further lobbying.
Public forum for HPV
Global news forum, Vaccine Impact, has reported on the new public forum set up in Colombia to publicise the adverse effects associated with the HPV vaccine. Colombian teenage girls injured by the HPV vaccine have taken the stand and testified in Colombia. The girls have recounted symptoms that include, “fainting spells, muscle weakness and pain” and that only began after they received the vaccination. The public forum was prompted by Dr Juan Mendoza Vega and Dr José Félix Patiño after an official public request was submitted to The Minister of Health and Social Protection.
European Commission must consult USA
One of the results following the passage of trade negotiations carried out in secret is that European Commission will apparently be obliged to consult with US authorities before new legislative proposals can be adopted. A leaked document from The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations reveals that the unelected new TTIP Commission will hold the authority to decide on when and whether cooperation with the US takes place. Effectively this means that EU Member States suffer further loss of what’s left of their sovereignty, and leaves the EU Parliament sidelined.
A petition signed by over 90,000 people has pressured the UK supermarket Waitrose into stopping the sale of Monsanto’s Round Up in their stores. The herbicide has been proven to have negative effects on foraging bees. Waitrose states, “We’re committed to protecting our pollinators and after careful consideration decided to remove this product from our business”. The renewal of the herbicide has recently been blocked in the EU.