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Nutrition, food and health

  • Over 1 billion people worldwide are now classified as being obese. Whilst this may be a shocking statistic for some, for others, including the ANH team, it’s of no surprise given the level of warnings that have been sounded in the past few decades. Obesity rates have more than doubled in adults between 1990 and 2022, and quadrupled in children aged 5-19. In an effort to redirect attention away from the increasing rates, obesity is now being framed as a disease to be treated with weight-loss drugs and surgery rather than dietary and lifestyle interventions.

>>> ANH founder, Rob Verkerk PhD, uses the analogy of a car to help understand what’s going wrong with government advice on obesity

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  • Concerns are mounting over the health harms associated with ultra-processed foods (UPFs). One overlooked area is that of mental health and in particular its relevance within criminology and the criminal justice system. A new paper published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health focuses on what the authors refer to as ‘nutritional criminology’ and the power of good nutrition to reduce offending rates and help in the rehabilitation of those who are jailed for their crimes. This is an area that British charity, Food Behind Bars, has been focusing on for years with increasing success and positive outcomes
  • Both Scotland and Germany have published new dietary guidelines. The Scottish guidelines are a variation of the current UK government’s Eatwell Guide that focuses on traditional Scottish foods. It makes reference to beans and legumes suggesting broad beans could grow well in Scotland but also recommends including red meat up to three times a week. In direct contrast, the German guidelines are a clear attempt at alignment with the EAT Lancet Planetary diet with its recommendations to eat less meat, less dairy, fewer eggs, and at least 75% plant-based foods
  • With the increase in negative science and opinions from organisations such as the World Health Organization along with the classification of aspartame as ‘possibly carcinogenic’ by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the food industry is increasingly looking elsewhere for low-sugar options. A range of solutions are now being developed to offer low-sugar options without using non-nutritive sweeteners including the de-sugaring of fruit juices and milk, enzymatic processes and prebiotic fibres that can be added to drinks, which promise to mop up sugar so it's excreted rather than absorbed
  • Expert nutrition and health researchers, practitioners and stakeholders came together in 2023 to discuss and evaluate the evidence base around lower-carbohydrate diets with the aim of creating a range of consensus agreements. The results of the forum are published in a new study published in Frontiers in Nutrition. The authors recommend government guidelines should include a wider range of carbohydrate intakes designed to promote good health
  • A refreshing new study published in Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, moves away from the wholesale demonisation of meat production by emphasising the need to factor in the nutritional value of meat when looking at the carbon footprint associated with farming animals.

>>> Feature: The red meat witch-hunt exposed

>>> Lab-grown meat versus agro-ecological farming

  • It’s time to reframe the way we think about menopause according to a newly published article in The Lancet. The article calls out the over-medicalisation of menopause as a disease rather than a natural life stage, acknowledging every woman’s experience of menopause is different so there is no one-size-fits-all approach. It’s essential that women are given realistic, balanced messages that menopause does not lead to decline and decay, but is a natural life stage that should be celebrated and embraced.

>>> Celebrate, don’t medicalise, menopause!

>>> Feature: Is there such a thing as the ‘menopause brain’?

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  • A recently revealed report authored by MEPs Michèle Rivasi and Klaus Buchner, details the capture of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), the very organisation that’s supposed to protect the public, by Big Telecom
  • Microplastics are everywhere including in human bodies. Now a link has been found between microplastics and human health in a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Nearly 60% of more than 200 people, who underwent heart surgery, were found to have micro- or nanoplastics in their main artery. Those who had the plastics were 4.5 times more likely to experience a heart attack, stroke or death in the 3 years following surgery than those who were plastic-free.

>>> The scourge of microplastics

  • PFAS contamination of fruit and vegetables in Europe has nearly tripled since 2011 according to a new report from Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Europe. The increases range from between 200% to over 3000% in some countries. The main source of PFAS contamination was found to be pesticides.

>>> PFAS: The unfolding chemical disaster

>>> Big Chem Pushes Back Against PFAS Ban

Gene editing - deregulation, lack of safety studies and mosquitoes

  • Big biotech is driving authorities to deregulate gene edited organisms, leading to plants produced using gene editing, or new genomic techniques (NGTs) as it's now referred to, being pushed on the public without regulatory oversight, safety studies or labelling. In Costa Rica, the government has agreed that NGTs are equivalent to conventionally bred plants and don’t need to be regulated separately. In the EU, the European Commission has effectively dismissed a report from the French agency, ANSES, warning of the dangers of deregulating NGTs and will not be asking the EU Food Safety Agency, EFSA, to review the situation as it too pushes through deregulation. Although the EU Parliament have, thus far, kept the provision to label such products. GM Watch has more.
  • The UK is following suit as the Food Standards Agency dismisses the views of the public and organisations that oppose deregulation as part of a recent consultation. In a report, Beyond GM, said the FSA is “openly disdainful of citizen (consumer) views” with the implication that this prejudices and therefore invalidates their responses, as it defers to interested stakeholders
  • The very real dangers of gene transfer from gene edited organisms (GEs) to microbes in the human gut is explored in a new study published in Microorganisms. The authors of the paper warn that current regulatory safety controls of GEs aren't sufficient to protect public health, adding yet more fuel to concerns over the push for deregulation of GE organisms
  • Big Pharma has had immunity from being sued for vaccine harms since the late ‘80s. Now Big Ag wants to get in on the act as it pushes State regulators in the US to adopt legislation that will give it immunity from prosecution from harms caused by pesticide use. Unsurprisingly, the charge is being led by Bayer, which continues to face multi-million dollar lawsuits following its acquisition of Monsanto
  • How do you get the populace to accept the release of yet more gene edited mosquitoes? Declare a public health emergency. In Brazil, reports of a dengue outbreak has led to the release of GE male mosquitoes carrying a gene designed to kill female offspring before they reach adulthood. Residents in Florida tried to prevent the release of millions of GE mosquitoes but their concerns were ignored by authorities who authorised the release. Warnings about the safety of GE mosquitoes and the unexpected impact on the surrounding environment have been sounded but ignored by those involved in the projects.

ANH-USA Update

  • Freedom of speech is under attack across the globe. But in the US, free speech is supposedly protected under the First Amendment. Until, that is, covid came along. The US government is being sued by the Attorneys General of Louisiana and Missouri over its coercion of media companies to remove covid ‘misinformation’. Nathan Jones, CEO of Xlear has joined the lawsuit to uphold the right to share information related to natural health interventions, that could have made a significant difference to covid outcomes. Find out more and help protect your access to natural health options
  • What would your world look like if yet another pandemic is declared and the World Health Organization (WHO) is in control of the way that all governments are required to respond? One where your local politicians are unable to make decisions because everyone from the federal government down has to comply with ‘approved’ measures. This very real scenario could become your reality if the WHO has its way and its Pandemic Treaty and amendments to the International Health Regulations are approved. Let your elected representatives know this is not acceptable and they must stop the WHO’s power grab…

Covid News

  • Prof Martin Kulldorff, co-author of the Great Barrington Declaration, which has attracted nearly 1 million signatures, has been sacked by Harvard University from his post as a Professor of Medicine, due to his continued criticism of covid interventions. In a Twitter post Prof Kulldorff said “…I was fired for clinging to the truth”
  • Raphael Lataster PhD discusses a series of four studies showing that the safety of covid shots have been consistently overestimated, through the use of questionable statistical practices, on Dr Robert Malone’s Substack
  • Fifty five professors and academics have sent an Open Letter to the Chair of the UK's Covid enquiry warning its "fundamentally biaised" in its failure to examine the true costs of measures used to deal with the pandemic
  • An analysis of data from IHU-Méditerranée Infection in France, published in Archives of Microbiology & Immunology, underpins the efficacy of hydroxychlorquine and azithromycin, used as an early stage treatment for covid. The review also finds that the efficacy of covid shots for under 50s is limited and that they can worsen the severity of covid illness through ADE
  • Covid patients using ivermectin had a faster recovery time (self-reported) and reduction of severe symptoms than those that didn’t take ivermection according to a study, as part of the PRINCIPLE Trial, published in The Journal of Infection. The ivermectin group were also less likely to be hospitalised or die versus the comparison group. Despite such positive outcomes the authors of the study still concluded ivermectin isn’t a useful intervention for covid patients as the hazard ratio didn’t meet their predefined criteria and that further trials should be discontinued. Zero Hedge has more on a study that was designed to fail but instead showed the efficacy of ivermectin for covid patients
  • In a huge about turn, former Australian deputy chief health officer during the pandemic, Dr Nick Coatsworth, has admitted government officials “got it wrong’ in regard to the use of covid vaccine mandates. He also said they weren't justified and shouldn't have been implemented
  • A new lawsuit has been filed against the Washington Medical Commission alleging it violated doctors' First Amendment rights to criticise the “mainstream COVID narrative” and denied the public the right to hear such criticism. The motion is led by US Basketball legend, John Stockton, who hosts the Voices for Medical Freedom Podcast who is seeking to protect doctors' rights to speak out against mainstream dictats. The Defender has more
  • The Australian government is refusing to convene a Royal Commission into the handling of covid and covid shots. In the absence of an official enquiry Australian MP, John Ruddick MLC, is organising a meeting ‘Covid Revisited – Lessons Learned, Challenges Face and the Road Ahead’ at the NSW Parliament House on Tuesday 2nd April @ 6.30 pm AEDT (7am GMT / 3am ET) to shine a light on the handling of covid by the authorities and the impacts of the interventions. Dr John Campbell will be a special guest
  • A recent case study caused a media furor amidst claims a German man received over 100 covid shots. Digging into the report Anandamide finds serious discrepancies in the case report suggesting all was not as it’s been reported.


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