Polio Vaccine Fails in India due to Polluted Drinking Water

A Bloomberg article reveals that the polio vaccine is a failure in India. The vaccine is ‘failing to work’ in kids getting as many as 15 doses of Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) in one of the most expensive public health campaign flops in history ($9 billion).

Only 45 of 2,868 Clinical Drug Trial Deaths Compensated in India since 2005

Health Impact News Editor Comments: The lucrative pharmaceutical industry has always needed a willing testing ground to develop their drugs, and India is usually the country of choice where poor people willingly participate in drug trials for financial incentives. This booming business of drug trials in India has resulted in both many injured and […]

Trust the Good Old Coconut and its Oil

By Sheela Rani Chunkath
The New India Express

Excerpts:

Coconut and coconut oil is good for you. Okay, I have made an unqualified and unambiguous statement here. I will be addressing this topic in a couple of articles. First let us look at the ways in which coconut oil had been used for non-food purposes traditionally. In […]

India’s Rice Revolution: India’s Poorest State Grows World Record Amounts of Rice – with no GM, no Herbicide

In a village in India’s poorest state, Bihar, farmers are growing world record amounts of rice – with no GM, and no herbicide. Is this one solution to world food shortages?
by John Vidal in Bihar, India
The Guardian
Excerpts:
Sumant Kumar was overjoyed when he harvested his rice last year. There had been good rains in his […]

How GMO Seeds Lead to Suicides in India and Threaten Native Heirloom Seeds

Two Options: The story of an environmental activist (Dr. Vandana Shiava) and a farmer (Bija Devi) and their fight to preserve heirloom seeds in India amidst great opposition.

In this brief video Dr. Vandana Shiava explains how the policies of Monsanto have led to farmer suicides (they lose their farms after believing they will get […]

Shady Drug Approval Research Groups in India Dealt Blow by India Supreme Court

Health Impact News Editor Comments: Last year we covered the NBC News Dateline’s story regarding the FDA drug approval process, and their use of clinical research organizations in India that are used to conduct human trials on new drugs by major pharmaceutical companies. To test the drug approval process, NBC Dateline setup a fictitious medical company […]

India Moves to Ban GMO Crops

Gargi Parsai
The Hindu

In a major setback to the proponents of genetically modified technology in farm crops, the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture on Thursday asked the government to stop all field trials and sought a bar on GM food crops (such as Bt. brinjal).

The committee report, tabled in the Lok Sabha, demanded a “thorough probe” […]

How GMOs Cause Farmer Suicide

 

By Dr. Mercola
It’s been called the “largest wave of recorded suicides in human historyi.”

Indian farmers have been robbed of their livelihoods, causing them to take their own lives in despair.

Over the past 16 years, it is estimated that more than a quarter of a million Indian farmers have committed suicide.

Who is responsible for this […]

Fitness Instructor in India Urges Indians to Return to Coconut Oil, Ghee, and Butter

by Prashanti Ganesh
IBNLive
On Sunday, when fitness instructors Raj Ganpath and Arvind Ashok took to the stage to thrash seed and vegetable oils as problems of the Indian diet, little did one expect that Coconut oil would be hailed as the best bet.
“Seed and vegetable oils are extremely unstable. When cooked, their chemical bonds break and […]

India Sues Monsanto for Bio Piracy

By Vikram Singh

For the first time ever, a country – India – is accusing a multinational company of “bio-piracy”. That means stealing indigenous plants, and then trying to develop genetically modified versions of them, without giving any compensation back to the local people or nation where the plant originally came […]