Lyn Thyer extradited and GcMAF Action Day – Update

In our 31st July newsletter we brought you news of Lyn Thyer, the chemist who developed GcMAF, who was being held in a UK prison awaiting extradition to France. Despite her legal team arranging a habeas corpus hearing to prevent the extradition, the authorities went ahead and extradited her on the same day as the hearing prior to the judgement. Her only way to communicate her move was through a French police officer. That same day a challenge to the Court’s authority and jurisdiction in the David Noakes case was dismissed. David and his team are calling on supporters to take part in a GcMAF Awareness Day in London on Wednesday 11th September at 11:11am. The demonstration will take place outside the Houses of Parliament in London to bring attention to the unlawful treatment of both Lyn Thyer and David Noakes, as well as the heavy handed approach taken to prevent cancer sufferers from accessing and benefiting from GcMAF - a completely natural substance. If you’re passionate about maintaining freedom of choice in healthcare or the travesty of these miscarriages of justice in the name of corporate profits, then please consider showing support on the 11th September. For more information please email, Ian Crane. [[email protected]]

Dose response risk for coeliac disease in kids

Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disease caused by the consumption of gluten. The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young (TEDDY) study published in JAMA emanating from a broad academic collaboration, found that eating above average levels of gluten before the age of 5 creates a higher risk of genetically predisposed children developing coeliac disease and coeliac disease autoimmunity. Results showed that for every 1 g/d of gluten eaten over the average amount (3.71 g/d), 7.2% of children studied developed coeliac disease by age 3 years. Writing in an accompanying editorial Maureen M Leonard, MD and Alessio Fasano, MD of MassGen Hospital for Children and Harvard Medical School in Boston suggest the amount of gluten consumed in early childhood cannot completely explain an increased prevalence of coeliac disease. They noted that no significant relationship has previously been found between the amount of gluten eaten and levels of coeliac disease. They also commented on the disparities in levels of coeliac disease in Finland compared to Italy and Greece where consumption of wheat is much higher. Leonard and Fasano cited that other factors, such as genetic predisposition, changes in exposure to infectious agents, activated vitamin D level, or epigenetic pressure on the intestinal microbiome, must also be at play. We agree that the issues around coeliac disease or non-coeliac gluten sensitivity and gluten consumption are complex. However, given that an increasing number of the population experience some form of sensitivity to gluten-containing products, the ANH-Intl Food4Health guidelines are gluten-free, allowing for individuals to add it back in as appropriate.

Alzheimer’s researchers ditch amyloid theory

For over 20 years researchers have doggedly chased the amyloid theory of Alzheimer’s Disease to no avail. Researchers writing in JAMA have added to mounting evidence pointing to a link between the development of Alzheimer’s disease and metabolic dysfunction as researchers seek new avenues to deal with spiralling levels of the disease. The new research links with another new study’s findings published in The BMJ showing individuals with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease also enjoyed a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease. Often demonised due to their cholesterol content a Finnish study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found higher choline intake (of which eggs are rich source) also reduces risk of Alzheimer’s Disease. Given Alzheimer’s starts 15 to 20 years before symptoms appear it’s not before time that researchers start looking at causes much earlier ‘upstream’ in life.

Planetary health takes centre stage

A new reportClimate Change and Land’ from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been published. The work of over 100 scientists from 52 different countries, it emphasises the need for sustainable land use to maintain a secure and sustainable food system in the face of increasing threats from climate change. The report also recognises the importance of sustainably raised animal foods in smaller quantities within a plant-based diet. A new analysis published in Nature Climate Change maps the ability of current global plant mass to offset CO2 emissions by the end of the century. A group of 32 scientists from 13 countries have estimated that globally, plants can offset six years of human-induced emissions as long as no further deforestation takes place. Timed to coincide with the IPCC report, the Interaction Council has launched a new manifestoto secure a healthy planet for all’. The authors call for the “Urgent establishment of an emergency response to the climate and environmental crisis at global, regional, national and community levels”. It’s now up to all of us to make changes to secure a sustainable future for the health of our planet and future generations.

Healthy vaginal microbiome thwarts common STI infections

Chlamydia is one of the most commonly occurring sexually transmitted infections (STI). As news of an experimental vaccine to combat chlamydia, hits the headlines, researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine writing in the journal mBio suggest that having a healthy vaginal microbiome is one of the best protections for women against such infections. Higher levels of Lactobacillus species that produce D(-) lactic acid block the ability of chlamydia to enter the cells lining the vagina thus providing natural long-term protection for women. We are reliant on our relationships with the multitude of microbial communities within and on our bodies. A healthy microbiome in and on our bodies is essential for a heathy immune system that is resilient and able to modulate accordingly. Our microbial partners protect us from a host of different pathogens and is one of our oldest survival mechanisms. Foods that benefit the gut microbiome will also benefit the vaginal microbiome.

UK GP waiting time crisis escalates

A poll for Pulse found the average waiting time to see a GP in the UK has topped 2 weeks for the first time. One in 5 GPs who responded to the poll reported waiting times exceeding three weeks, while more than one in 20 reported a four week wait. NHS England have disputed the findings. With little hope of a resolution to the crisis being found anytime soon, there is no time like the present to turn to solutions such as the ANH blueprint for health system sustainability. We really are out of time for anything but radical change.