medConfidential Bulletin, 24th March 2017

24 March 2017 — medConfidential

It has been a while since we last sent a newsletter. Our apologies for that, but we have been kept busy!

We are entering a period where a lot of things are happening – and are likely to happen – in quick succession, so we wanted to provide a perspective and some context that we hope will help explain at least some of what is going on.

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The Case Against Sugar — New Book Reveals the Details of How the World Got Addicted to Sugar

11 December 2016 — Dr Mercola

Few would argue that excess refined sugar is pernicious to our health. However, hardly anyone is aware of the manipulation and deceit initiated and perpetuated by the sugar industry to insulate us from this truth.

Gary Taubes, an investigative journalist with a strong science background, has written an excellent book, “The Case Against Sugar,” which expertly documents how the manipulation of facts occurred. Continue reading this...

The NHS Opt-out is worthless!

9 December 2016 — MedConfidential

Jeremy Hunt changed his mind and is still selling your medical records

If you opted out of your hospital records being sold, Jeremy Hunt has changed his mind about your choice.

At the time, he said in Parliament (emphasis added):

“…this Government decided that people should be able to opt out from having their anonymised data used for the purposes of scientific research, which the previous Labour Government refused to do? When they extended the programme to out-patient data in 2003 and to A and E data in 2008, at no point did they give people the right to opt out. We have introduced that right”

The right Jeremy Hunt was so publicly proud of introducing, he has secretly taken away again. He was right to give it you – his election manifesto promised it would be there.

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This is in your food

23 November 2016 — SumOfUs

After almost 170k of us across Europe spoke out, the EU Commissioner has delayed a vote on a weak food safety regulation written by and for big corporations. But the Commissioner is meeting with national governments this Friday to discuss how to proceed.

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NHS Hospitals in Crisis!

22 November 2016 — 38 Degrees

Exposed: hospital beds across England are dangerously full. And now Jeremy Hunt’s plans for our NHS mean thousands more hospital beds could be cut. [1] Asthma attacks, bad falls, or car accidents could put any of us in need of a hospital bed – and the idea of turning up to an overcrowded hospital in an emergency doesn’t bear thinking about.

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Monsanto Celebrates Approval of New Dicamba Herbicide and Fights Dirty to Silence Cancer Scientists

22 November 2016 — Dr Mercola

  • The U.S. EPA has approved Monsanto’s new weed killer, XtendiMax, which goes along with its Roundup Ready Xtend cotton and soybeans — GE plants designed to tolerate both glyphosate and dicamba
  • With this approval, use of dicamba on cotton and soy fields is expected to jump from less than 1 million pounds to more than 25 million pounds annually
  • Monsanto is ramping up its assault on World Health Organization (WHO) scientists that declared glyphosate a probable human carcinogen, by lobbying to strip the international cancer research agency of U.S. funding

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The NHS is hanging by a thread

7 November 2016 — 38 Degrees

Jeremy Hunt doesn’t want you to watch this video – it proves the NHS is hanging on a thread. Millions of us are reading this today. And if we all watch the video and share it with our friends and family, we’ll get the word out:

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Unless we move fast, local NHS bosses say that one in three A&Es in England could close

1 November 2016 — 38 Degrees

Unless we move fast, local NHS bosses say that one in three A&Es in England could close. It’s part of Jeremy Hunt’s plan to make big cuts, closures and changes to our NHS without our say. [1]

It doesn’t matter where you live – we all need emergency care nearby. If someone in your family goes into early labour or your child has an asthma attack in the night, driving 10 extra miles before you see a doctor can be the difference between life and death.

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Councillors must look before they leap into secret NHS cuts plans By John Lister

25 October 2016 — OurNHS

Jeremy Hunt can no longer pretend he’s following ‘the NHS’s own plan’.  Expect fierce local battles ahead

Image: Simon Stevens, NHS England

It’s all going horribly wrong for Simon Stevens.

Theresa May has not taken kindly to the NHS boss’s belated admission that he had originally asked for considerably more than £8billion “extra” for the NHS (even as that £8bn figure was itself criticised as “misleading” by Sarah Wollaston MP, who points out the true amount given to the NHS is considerably less than the government claims, and the Nuffield Trust, which argues the £8bn may in reality be just £880m).

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Making the NHS a “hostile environment” for migrants demeans our country By Erin Dexter

24 October 2016 — OurNHS

What kind of country treats migrants like this?

Image: Flickr/SMA

As the Calais “jungle” migrant camp closes today, high profile controversy over the UK’s external borders are only one side of the story.

Three years have passed since Theresa May, then home secretary, committed to creating a “hostile environment” for so-called “illegal” migrants in the UK. Since then the UK has reinforced and multiplied its inland borders, making border guards of teachers, landlords, and healthcare workers.

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The NHS – is it all about the money, money, money? By Paul Hobday

18 October 2016 — OurNHS

As Jeremy Hunt and Simon Stevens appear before the Health Select Committee in an emergency session on NHS finances, Paul Hobday explains why ‘where’s the money coming from’ is the wrong question.

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The Tories just tried to sneak out the biggest EVER privatisation of the NHS By Steve Topple

18 October 2016 — The Canary

The Conservative government has quietly announced one of the biggest sell-offs in the entire history of the NHS. On Friday 14 October, the government’s website released details of nine NHS contracts that are up for sale. And they are worth a staggering £7.9bn; 7.3% of the total NHS budget.

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Leaked EU documents show that big corporations have seized control of our food safety regulations

10 October 2016 — SumOfUs

Under corporate pressure, the EU is set to adopt meaningless “guidelines” that will mean dangerously high levels of a substance called acrylamide in our food. Even the EU’s own food safety experts say this substance could damage our DNA and increase the risk of cancer.

It’s a dream come true for the industry giants. In the coming days, the European Commissioner for Health will consider the draft proposal. And even after Brexit, these rules could set the baseline for future UK regulation, too. But a public outcry across Europe for real, legal limits that protect people (not profits!) can still beat the lobbyists. 

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Big Food and the Politics of Diabesity By Dan Hind

28 September 2016 — Return of the Public

“What did they live on?” said Alice, who always took a great interest in questions of eating and drinking. “They lived on treacle,” said the Dormouse, after thinking a minute or two.

“They couldn’t have done that, you know,” Alice gently remarked; “they’d have been ill.”

“So they were,” said the Dormouse, “very ill.”

Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

1. The Word of the Day is Diabesity

The UK is in the midst of a public health crisis. According to the NHS’ most recent Health Survey for England 24% of men and 27% of women are obese; 41 percent of men and 31 percent of women are overweight. Obesity has increased markedly over the last twenty years. In 1996 only about 15 percent of the population was classified as obese. The change over fifty years is even more alarming. In the 1960s obesity rates were at 1 and 2 percent for men and women respectively. Since then they have increased by 1150%.

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