LATEST MATERIAL PUBLISHED DURING THE WEEK
Updated SEPTEMBER, 26th, 2013
After the failure of pharmaceutical monotherapies the world rediscovers medicinal plants or the miraculous Artemisia family: by Dr. Pierre Lutgen, Luxembourg - In the absence of efficient primary health care systems, traditional medicine occupies a central place in the provision of health care, especially among rural communities of developing countries. According to WHO 80% of the world population are relying on herbal medicine. This is attributable to accessibility, reliability and affordability. The number of scientific papers related to plants is exploding. (26-sept-2012)New material next week!
Artemisia annua tea stronger than chloroquine: Recent results obtained at the AlQuds University in partnership with IFBV-BELHERB from Luxembourg show that freshly prepared infusion of Artemisia annua is stronger than chloroquine in the inhibition of beta-hematin (hemozoin) formation. In the infected erythrocyte the malaria parasite generates large quantities of toxic heme which it has to render innocuous by polymerizing it into hemozoin. The mechanism of quinine and all its derivates, chloroquine, amodiaquine operates by inhibiting this hemozoin crystallization. (12-august-2012)
A "vaccine"against malaria from Africa: ARTAVOL: by Dr. Pierre Lutgen, Luxembourg. Since 5 years ago a group of scientists at the Ministry of Health of Uganda was working on plant extracts which might have a prophylactic effect against malaria. Since 12 months ago a product is available in the pharmacies of Uganda. The product has been released after clinical and community trials over 3 years which have demonstrated that if taken regularly during one year it renders a person immune against malaria. It also reduced the asymptomatic malaria cases in an adult population by 60%. (16-may-2012)
Toxic Effects of Artemisinine Derivatives at High Doses: Some recent research, mostly in relation with the resistance to ACT pills and/or artesunate injections, has highlighted serious secundary health effects at the doses prescribed by WHO. Fears of emerging artemisinine resistance in western Cambodia have promoted a series of clinical trials investigating if resistance can be overcome by increasing doses of drug. (16-may-2012)
The essential role of sulfated polysaccharides in artemisia annua tea infusion: So far the presence of polysaccharides in Artemisia annua has been barely covered in the scientific literature. The reason may be that they are only soluble in water and most of the Artemisia extracts for research are obtained by organic solvents. Polysaccharides are polymeric carbohydrates of high molecular weight. They have probably been overlooked in the research on Artemisia annua. (31-october-2011)
Artemisia annua tea: prophylaxis against malaria: In recent years several NGO's, like IFBV, promote artemisia annua tea in tropical countries. This plant has excellent therapeutical properties against malaria, as demonstrated by several clinical trials. Recently a scientific paper confirmed the prophylactic effect against malaria on several hundred farmers in Uganda. (PE Ogwang et al., Brit J Pharm Res ISSN 2231-2919). A medical team at Luxembourg had already found in 2010 that Artemisia annua tea activates the lymphocytes in human blood, but only if the tea was poor in artemisinine. (26-august-2011)
Artemisia annua prevents the transmission of malaria from man to mosquito: The killing effect of artemisinin on gametocytes is known since twenty years and was first mentioned in in vitro trials at the John Hopkins University. These results were confirmed in 1993 by research teams in China and India and mentioned in the document WHO/MAL/ 98.1086. The Malaria Journal published a review article  in 2008 describing similar studies involving a few thousand people in several countries. (27-june-2011)
Bactericidal properties of Artemisia annua tea and dosimetry of artemisinin in water by fluorescence under UV light.: paper presented at the International Conference « Maladies tropicales, aspects humanitaires et économiques », Luxembourg, June 3-4 2008, giving results of tests and research on Artemisia annua and its healing effect on malaria. (11-july-2008)
Is the Concept of a Linear Relationship Between Dose and Effect Still a Valid Model for Assessing Risks Related to Low Doses of Carcinogens - the DDT Example.: by Dr. William Hazeltine, - For Presentation to a Seminar Sponsored by the International Center for Scientific Ecology, May 10, 1993, at Paris, France. (1-october-2006)
DDT - A Weapon of Mass Survival: by Steven Milloy - The U.S. Government has finally begun to reverse policy on the insecticide DDT. Let's hope that this policy shift represents the beginning of the end of what can only be called a crime against humanity: the decades-old withholding of the world's most effective anti-malarial weapon from billions of adults and children at risk of dying from the disease. (5-MAY-2006)
ACSH Holiday Dinner Menu: Full of carcinogens - what did you expect? And they are all natural! Will they harm you? Of course not -ingested at the naturally ocurring dose in the environment. (18-DEC-2005)
It's the alcohol!: Virtually everyone "knows" that red wine is the best type of alcoholic beverage to consume if you're concerned about health. After all, the French eat lots of cheese and other high fat foods, yet their rate of heart disease is lower than ours. But, as with much other common knowledge, it's simply not true. There's no magic to red wine. (8-APR-2005)
The Growing Public Anxiety About Lung Cancer : Dr. Elizabeth Whelan, ACSH. Ever since ABC News anchor Peter Jennings announced last week that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer, we have observed an increased interest in the disease--particularly the probability of it occurring in former smokers. We have spoken with dozens of former smokers and read reports of anxiety in this group, and, drawing on the American Council on Science and Health's past research, we offer facts and advice on lung cancer. Our advice is tailored to three different groups: a) ex-smokers, b) current smokers, and c) non-smokers who are candidates to take up the habit. (8-APR-2005)
Breast Cancer: News is Too Good: Editorial by Dr. Elizabeth Whelan, ACSH. "What if there was growing evidence that an already-existing drug, taken daily, might dramatically reduce the risk of breast cancer? Shouldn't that be more newsworthy than fund-raising walkathons done in the quixotic pursuit of a simple cure? More noteworthy than the latest lab test which classifies an environmental chemical as a rodent carcinogen?" - There is such a drug. Read on. (8-APR-2005)
Buzzing in the bush: (By WC Douglass Daily Dose April 23, 2004) - Sometimes, I hate being right. It was nearly 2 years ago when I first wrote about the westward spread of the West Nile virus in this country after its initial 1999 New York outbreak - and about how our green-leaning government refuses to employ the simplest, safest, cheapest and most effective weapon against it (and against all mosquito-borne illnesses, for that matter), DDT.(18-APR-04)
What the world needs now is DDT: Article by Tina Rosenberg, published in The New Times magazine edition of April 11th, 2004. Finally, common sense seems to be returning to journalists. We would have never thought we'd published here a The New York article - and be praising it. (18-APR-04)
Bring Back DDT - and Science With It!: full text of Editorial from Summer 2002 issue by Marjorie Mazel Hecht: The 1972 U.S. ban on DDT is responsible for a genocide 10 times larger than that for which we sent Nazis to the gallows at Nuremberg. It is also responsible for a menticide which has already condemned one entire generation to a dark age of anti-science ignorance, and is now infecting a new one.
Mosquitoes, DDT, and Human Health: J. Gordon Edwards, a leading entomologist, describes the death and suffering caused by insect-borne diseases, and tells why we must bring back DDT.
To Control Malaria, We Need DDT!: The following is adapted from a presentation by Donald R. Roberts, Ph.D., Professor of Tropical Public Health at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. Roberts's talk, titled "DDT and Malaria Control: Past, Present, and Future," was given to a conference sponsored by Accuracy in Media in Washington, D.C., in October 2002.
The Medical Effects of Marijuana on the Brain: New research on marijuana confirms that it damage cognitive functioning. Pot legalization would spread this disabilty. The marijuana plant contains more than 400 chemical compounds, of which 60 are cannabinoids psychoactive compounds that can be extracted from the cannabis plant, or produced within the body after ingestion and metabolism of cannabis. Here, we analyze the ramifications of some of the most important scientific discoveries about marijuana and its negative impact on the brain.
Malaria: The Killer That Could Have Been Conquered: Malaria, which could have been conquered 20 years ago, is still the single most important tropical disease and a major obstacle to the economic and social development of vast areas of the world. Before the discovery of the pesticide DDT in the early 1940s, there were at least 300 million cases in the world annually, and more than 3 million of those who were stricken died each year. Thanks to the pesticide DI3T, millions of lives were saved from malaria's grip in the years immediately following World War II. There was hope that DDT would bring an end to this mass killer, once and for all. (by Prof. J. Gordon Edwards)
The Lies of Rachel Carson: (by Prof. J. Gordon Edwards) As I neared the middle of the book, the feeling grew in my mind that Rachel Carson was really playing loose with the facts and was also deliberately wording many sentences in such a way as to make them imply certain things without actually saying them. She was carefully omitting everything that failed to support her thesis that pesticides were bad, that industry was bad, and that any scientists who did not support her views were bad. I then took notice of her bibliography and realized that it was filled with references from very unscientific sources. Also, each reference was cited separately each time it appeared in the book, thus producing an impressive array of "references" even though not many different sources were actually cited. I began to lose confidence in Rachel Carson, even though I thought that as an ecologist I really should continue to support her.