Coronavirus - deadly threat or exaggerated hype?

The world’s media would have us spinning out over the perceived threat posed by the new coronavirus (now named Covid-19). But health journalist, Jerome Burne’s latest blog post puts a different light on things. Drawing on research by David Crowe of the Infectious Myth podcast, Burne highlights the need for a reliable test to diagnose the coronavirus as there currently isn’t one. The world is being led to believe that the only protection is to isolate those affected to prevent the infection from spreading and ply sufferers with anti-viral drugs that can be infinitely more toxic than the virus for some. These drugs are often woefully under-tested and come with a plethora of damaging side-effects, which include death. Between the lack of an accurate test to diagnose the new virus and the effects of the drugs, it’s unclear which is responsible for the deaths. Ultimately raising questions over the use of the term ‘pandemic’.

According to Dr Nancy Messonnier from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) rapidly developed test kits for detecting coronavirus are failing. Amidst the furore, India’s Ministry of AYUSH issued an advisory giving advice on using traditional health practices to support immune function and improve resistance to the new virus. The advice has drawn criticism from many quarters causing the Ministry to issue clarification that it does not seek to treat cases of coronavirus with traditional approaches. We think AYUSH are on the right track. Supporting your immune system, good hygiene and promoting natural immunity are your best defences against viral infections, not just the coronavirus - which may not have quite the bite it’s being purported to have.

Tofu worse than meat for environment says UK farmers union

The UK National Farmers Union has hit back at recent attacks on livestock farming due to its supposed impact on the environment. Speaking at a conference in London this week, Dr Graham McAuliffe of Rothamsted Research showcased his new (unpublished) study suggesting that tofu production has a higher environmental impact than meat. In it he argues that tofu requires more energy to produce, yet the finished product contains less protein than meat. With food production taking centre stage in the climate change debate, it’s clear the debate is going to get more heated before consensus is reached that benefits not only the environment, but human health as well. Look out in the coming days for an interview by of ANH founder Rob Verkerk PhD in support of the National Farmers Union's view that soya production can cause a greater negative environmental impact than sustainable livestock farming.

There’s a new health show in London - The Get Well Show

We’re thrilled to announce that ANH founder Rob Verkerk PhD and ANH executive coordinator Meleni Aldridge will be speaking at next week’s first Get Well Show at Olympia, London on the 21st to 23rd February. The Get Well Show is the first of its kind and brings together leading pioneering speakers and exhibitors in natural health to talk, show and demonstrate ways in which you can take control of your health journey. The show will feature over 40 leading names in the natural health industry across 3-stages. A range of interactive workshops will showcase proven, innovative ways to improve your health. With access to over 80 companies, vendors and leading practitioners. We’re pleased to be able to offer our supporters a 50% discount (use the code WELL50 at the checkout) on tickets to the event. Don’t forget to stop by stand 244 and say Hi to the ANH team during your visit. We look forward to meeting you!

‘Dr Google’ will see you immediately

A new survey from leading health benefits provider Aetna International, reveals the extent to which people consult ‘Dr Google’ over their health concerns. Over 43% of those surveyed said they prefer to look up their symptoms online before visiting their doctor. Forty percent of those surveyed go on to self-medicate, while more than a third said they would be more likely to visit their doctor if they could book appointments online. There’s no doubt that tech is taking over as we seek effective self-care routes in the delicate balance between decreasing confidence in conventional medicine and overburdened healthcare systems.

UK government updates EMR guidelines

Public Health England (PHE) has issued updated guidance on reducing exposure to electro-magnetic radiation (EMR) from mobile phones. Introducing the guidance, it states that, “…uncertainties in the science suggest some additional level of precaution is warranted”. It cautions against excessive use of mobile phones by children and recommends adults move phones away from their body when using them. Scientists worldwide are becoming increasingly concerned about the rapidly mounting levels of EMRs we’re exposed to as untested new technologies such as 5G are pushed on an unsuspecting and too trusting public.

Gene-edited animals must be regulated in US

In a surprise move, the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a strongly worded statement cautioning against the wholesale acceptance of new animal gene editing techniques. The announcement follows the publication of a study in Nature Biotechnology undertaken by FDA scientists who found unexpected antibiotic resistance genes in gene-edited cattle. It comes at a time when biotech companies are lobbying hard for the FDA to forego regulatory oversight of newer techniques claiming they make such precise changes that it isn’t necessary.

Viability of Golden Rice questioned

Despite the much-hyped benefits of Golden Rice, genetically modified to contain vitamin A, a new study calls its viability into question. Although it’s received regulatory approval in the Philippines, it still requires approval for commercial sale, but there is no clear path to market as yet. Study co-author, Dominic Glover, is reported as saying that, “There are many foods that contain either vitamin A or beta-carotene, and it is useful to ask whether a staple grain like golden rice would add much to the picture”.

WHO recommends lifestyle changes to beat cancer

The World Health Organization’s annual report on cancer states lifestyle changes are necessary to prevent the development of cancer. Along with tobacco use, it highlights obesity, unhealthy diet and lack of physical activity as key risk factors in the development of cancer. It stops short of making specific recommendations in terms of how changes should be implemented, instead leaving it up to individual nations. Our #ThrowbackThursday article this week helps you sift fact from fiction with the help of the ANH archive so you can make the right kind of dietary changes to futureproof you and your family’s health.