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Resveratrol: Don't Buy the Hype. Stephen Barrett, M.D.

Resveratrol: Don't Buy the Hype

Resveratrol (trans-3,5,4'-trihydroxystilbene), a compound found largely in the skins of red grapes, is a component of Ko-jo-kon, an oriental medicine used to treat diseases of the blood vessels, heart [1,2], and liver [2]. It came to scientific attention during the mid-1990s as a possible explanation for the "French Paradox"—the low incidence of heart disease among the French people, who eat a relatively high-fat diet [3].

Since then, it has been touted by manufacturers and examined by scientific researchers as an antioxidant [4], an anti-cancer agent, and a phytoestrogen [5]. It has also been advertised on the Internet as "The French Paradox in a bottle. " One company even markets a red-wine extract antioxidant product called "French Parad'ox. " Sources The resveratrol content of wine is related to the length of time the grape skins are present during the fermentation process. Cardiovascular Effects Cancer-Related Effects "Anti-Aging" Effect Research Misconduct References. Why Are Antipsychotic Drugs Prescribed to Children? FDA Says Walnuts Are a "New Drug" The Nestle Boycott – what’s that all about then? Inspired by Dara’s post on the same topic over at Readily A Parent Every time I hear about the Nestle boycott I feel confused.

The Nestle Boycott – what’s that all about then?

Confused by what it’s all about, by how much of it is actually still valid, how much of the boycotters’ claims are true and how much nothing more than urban myth or a case of exaggerated Chinese whispers? I tried searching the internet for information, but there is so much of it and not laid out in a very ‘easy to gather information quickly’ kind of way that I quickly felt swamped and manipulated. As we all know, anyone can publish just about anything on the internet, it doesn’t need to be true. And that goes for both sides, both the boycotters and Nestle themselves. What is true and what just propaganda and lies? I’ve been trying to unravel it a little. About Nestlé Nestlé is one of the worlds largest companies selling, amongst other things, baby formula and foods, bottled water, milk, chocolate, cereal, coffee and pet food. The Nestle boycott Source: Wikipedia 1. Nestlé SA : Who, Where, How Much?

Syria: my enemy’s enemy is not my friend. The UN is not perfect.

Syria: my enemy’s enemy is not my friend

But it is sometimes all we have, in terms of a worldwide vehicle for international diplomacy and for governments to make clear what they believe in, what they will stand for, and what they will not stand for; and so it is encouraging to see the overwhelming majority of the UN states in the General Assembly as well as in the Security Council backing resolutions that make quite clear the world's horror at what Assad and his minions are doing in Syria.

But, as Mary Kaldor has argued here on openDemocracy, the situation in Syria remains of course extremely worrying, due in part to Russia and China being part of a very small minority of the world's states who are obstructing effective action against the Syrian 'government'. I have previously criticised Medialens's general stance on Syria, here. I am also interested in Medialens's citing favourably extremely dubious sources in their alerts. There is a pattern here. In conclusion Why care about all this? Don't Ask, Don't Tell: The Story We Weren't Allowed to Air. The Center for Media and Democracy publishes a regular email update of our breaking news and investigative reporting that is available right to your inbox.

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