AVN-Informed Voice
APRIL, 2008
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Speaker Meryl Dorey

For bookings and to reserve your seat call AVN:  02 66 872 436 or visit the website.


Date Wednesday, 21st May 2008

Time 7.00pm

Where Currumbin RSL Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin Qld 4223

Price $22 includes membership to the AVN


Date Wednesday, 4th June, 2008

Time 6.30pm

Where Tamworth Community Centre, Darling Street,
Tamworth NSW 2340

Price $12 per person / $20 per couple
AVN Members - $10 per person / $15 per couple


Date Sunday, 8th June 2008

More information coming soon!

For general enquires contact Rick Allen on 0405 229 588 or email rick@welladjust.com.au


1. Date Wednesday, 18th June, 2008

Time 6.30pm

Where Kew RSL 63 Cotham Road, Kew

2. Date Thursday, 19th June, 2008

Time 6.30pm

Where Oakleigh Hall 142-144 Drummond Street, Oakleigh

3. Date Saturday, 21st June, 2008

Time 1.30pm

Where Wingate Community Centre 13A Wingate Ave, Ascot Vale

Price $22 includes membership to the AVN

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to starting time to pick up tickets etc

For more information please visit the AVN website.

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LW and IV logosWe had the questions - you had the answers!

Surveys used to be such a chore! We had to make up the questions, get them printed, put them in the magazine or newsletter and then, find some kind soul who had a software package that could analyse the results (thank you Trevor!). Those days are gone, thanks to Constant Contact and their automated survey software - phew!

There was just so much we wanted to know - from what people liked and didn't like about the magazine and the AVN to what sorts of articles you wanted to see in the future to what motivated you to buy products or services.

We had the questions for sure - and the response from our readers was absolutely phenomenal! Our response rate was over 35% which was well in excess of what we would have expected. And more than that - in general, you didn't just go through and tick off numbers and leave it at that. You wrote to us about your lives, your concerns and why it is that you cared so much about the same issues that we write about and act upon - health, parenting, the environment and the promotion of organic lifestyles. Thank you!

It will be a little while still before all of the results are analysed though you will be pleased to know that many of your suggestions have already been acted upon. Due to your inpute, we have been able to make some quite exciting and positive changes to our magazine and our organisation.

First of all, as we hinted in the last edition of Doing the Rounds, we will be rebranding the magazine, giving it a fresher look, a broader appeal (without changing our hard-hitting approach to the issues that matter) and a new name. For those who have been waiting with bated breath - your wait is over.

The next edition of Informed Voice which will be out in early June 2008, will be the last volume with that name. Starting with the next edition, we will be called Living Wisdom - a magazine that seeks to empower positive changes to our health and our world as well as celebrating the knowledge of the present without forgetting the wisdom gained over centuries by those who went before.

Our committement and focus are unchanged, but your suggestions have led us to take the following steps as a beginning - more will be coming as we implement the changes leading to the first edition of Living Wisdom:

  • There will be more vaccination and general health features in the magazine since those were the most popular and well-read articles in Informed Voice.
  • We will introduce a section at the end of many feature articles called Applied Wisdom. These snippet-sized articles will give you a quick and easy-to-fulfill list of actions you can take based on the information discussed in the article. Many of you said you wanted to be more proactive but needed some assistance to work out what to do. We hope that these feature will give you the start you need.
  • We will link more of our features with our fledgeling website, thus making it easier to get  more information on subjects that interest you.
  • For the 30% of our readers who say they would prefer a downloadable subscription to save the environment or for those who live overseas and for whom postage can be quite costly, we will have a completely downloadable subscription and membership in the next 2-3 weeks.

I would like to share some of the other very exciting responses to our survey which specifically relate to why our magazine is such an excellent vehicle for those who want to promote their business or practice to a targeted, committed and intelligent audience.

  • 66.7% of readers have purchased goods and services from ads and articles they read in the magazine.
  • The strongest influences on their purchasing decisions are ethical, environmental and health-related (cost was a very distant fourth to these passionate and concerned individuals!)
  • The magazine is seen as a resource by 36.1% of readers and as a vehicle for positive change by 30.1%.
  • Over 90% take herbal and vitamin supplements every day.
  • Naturopaths, chiropractors, homeopaths and massage therapists are the most-visited practitioners.
  • 26.6% have university degrees and 34.7% earn up to $100,000 pa.

If you are a potential advertiser who would like more information on the opportunities available for promoting your business or service via Informed Voice / Living Wisdom, please contact Dianne Trussell either by phone on 02 6687 0469 or by email to advertising@informedvoice.com.au. She's sure to make you an offer you can't refuse!

Until the next issue, stay well, stay happy and stay alert.

Yours in health,


book_homeopathyNew Book!

For those who would prefer to treat themselves and their families safely, easily, naturally and confidently for common, everyday complaints, the AVN is proud to now be stocking The Complete Homoeopathy Handbook by Miranda Castro. This books is a very comprehensive guide to using homoeopathic remedies at home - both externally and internally. It covers proper diagnosing of symptoms and the specific dos and don'ts of treating more than seventy conditions which most if not all families may face at one time or another. An excellent book which is on the curriculum of Sheri Nakken's very popular online homoeopathic first aid course, this is a must-have bible for anyone who wants to have the knowledge at their fingertips to allow them to avoid the use of pharmaceutical drugs for mild, easily-treatable conditions.

Investigate Before You Vaccinate

Meryl Dorey has a message to tell and she is taking it out on the road. As you can see in the column to the left, there are a large and ever-growing number of seminars coming up - and the information that will be shared at these events covers Meryl's more than 18 years of research on the health effects of medical vaccination. To book tickets, please visit our website - this link will take you directly to the page where you can book tickets with your credit card using our secure facility. Alternatively, just give us a call during business hours on 02 6687 1699 or fax your order to 02 6687 2032. You can also send a cheque or a money order to AVN, PO Box 177, Bangalow NSW 2479.

If one of these seminars is taking place near you, please do come along! If you can tell others about these events, that would be fantastic. If you would like flyers to either hand out, leave with health food stores or natural health practitioners, put up in schools and libraries, etc., contact Janiece and she will be happy to send you some.

If you can help out either at the door or on our book stand, please let Janiece know that too as these events can be an awful lot of work and if the effort can be shared amongst a few of us, it will make it easier for us all.

If you would like to have a seminar near you and we don't have one on this list, please contact Janiece as well and she will be happy to let you know what you can do to get one going. We do all the publicity and pay for all venues etc., we just need you on the ground to find a venue and select a date and possibly to help handing out flyers so it isn't a lot of work but it can be very rewarding - especially to those who come along on the evening with their questions!investigate before you vaccinate

health month vitaminsHealth Month

Antioxidants under attack by mad scientists

The latest attack on vitamins A, C, E, selenium and beta-carotene comes from the Cochrane Library, a widely-read source of information on conventional health matters. In the paper published yesterday, these antioxidants were linked with a higher risk of mortality ("they'll kill you!"), and now serious-sounding scientists have warned consumers away from taking vitamins altogether. But with all the benefits of antioxidants already well known to the well-informed, how did the Cochrane Library arrive at such a conclusion? It's easy: The researchers considered 452 studies on these vitamins, and they threw out the 405 studies where nobody died! That left just 47 studies where subjects died from various causes (one study was conducted on terminal heart patients, for example). From this hand-picked selection of studies, these researchers concluded that antioxidants increase mortality.

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Autism - Made by Merck - Starts with a 'V'

I think we've got a trend going with Merck and conveniently, they all start with V - Vioxx, live-virus Vaccines and vaccine mercury, called thiomersal. The new report in The Journal of the
American Medical Association - a mainstream medical outlet if ever there was one - is trashing Merck as basically committing scientific fraud that led to deaths.

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Misleading medical research common: journal editor

Misleading research is often published in major medical journals and doctors are lending their names to it, the editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association said on Tuesday. Doctors, regulators, publishers and others are all taking money, information and small presents from pharmaceutical companies and being influenced in the process, said Dr. Catherine DeAngelis. "It goes for all of us," DeAngelis, whose journal is influential nationally and globally, said in a telephone interview.

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Mumps shot provided no protection

Most of the college students who got the mumps in a big outbreak in 2006 had received the recommended two vaccine shots, according to a study that raises questions about whether a new vaccine or another booster shot is needed. The outbreak was the biggest in the U.S. since shortly before states began requiring a second shot for youngsters in 1990.

Nearly 6,600 people became sick with the mumps, mostly in eight Midwest states, and the hardest-hit group was college students ages 18 to 24. Of those in that group who knew whether they had been vaccinated, 84 percent had had two mumps shots, according to the study by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and state health departments.

That "two-dose vaccine failure" startled public health experts, who hadn't expected immunity to wane so soon if at all.

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Hunger riots spread across world

A global rice shortage has seen prices of one of the world's most important staple foods increase by 50 per cent in the past two weeks. Mass hunger has spawned violent rioting across Africa including Egypt, Indonesia, Haiti, the Phillipines, Russia and Argentina. Haiti is the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere, where 80 percent of the population lives on less than $2 per day and the typical adult diet consists of just 1,640 calories-640 calories less than the recommended adult intake. As reported on the Generator one month ago, Haitians have been subsisting on a diet of clay mixed with salt and vegetable shortening. The United Nations warned in February that 36 countries, including China, face food emergencies this year.

Food prices in Africa soar 400 per cent

Aid agencies in Africa are struggle to supply food to impoverished nations as food prices have doubled and in some cases increased by 400 per cent. Most grains have more than doubled in price, but the white beans that form a staple component of the Sudanese diet have risen from $235 a tonne, to $1160 in less than two years. The World Food Program has issues an emergency appeal for half a billion US dollars to meet a shortfall in its aid budget due to the increasing cost of grain. China recently placed an export ban on 12,000 tonnes of maize purchased by the World Food Program because it needed it for internal use. The price of rice across the world rose more than 50 per cent during March, because demand has outstripped supply.

Melting glacier empties lake in Chile

The Cachet lake in in Aysen, southern Chile, dried up on April 6th for three days after the melting of neighboring Colonia glacier filled the lake and increased pressure on a second glacier that dams the lake, keeping it full. The water bored a 5-mile tunnel through the glacier and finally emptied into the Baker River on April 6, according to glacier scientist Gino Cassasa. The lake was nearly full again by late Wednesday, Cassasa said. He said the unusual occurrence is a direct impact of global warming.

Coal boss accepts limitations of "clean" coal

Head of the National Generators Forum, John Boshier, admitted on the ABC's 7.30 report last week, that it is impractical to bury the 200 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emitted by Australia's coal fired power stations each year. He was defending the use of the term "clean coal" for the brown coal power plants in Victoria's Latrobe Valley which Greenpeace has claimed in the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission is misleading advertising, in breach of the Trade Practices Act. The electricity generator, HRL, has been given 100 million dollars by the federal government to bury some of the carbon dioxide it produces. When the project is complete, the emissions will be the same as those from a black coal fired power station.

Monsanto sets its sights on milk

Vanity Fair magazine in the United States has just published an expose on industrial farming proponent Monsanto, detailing the well documented claims that it terrorises farmers into using its genetically modified seeds and the chemicals that support them, and creating ecological havoc as it goes. Monsanto has purchased seed companies in the US responsible for more than half the production of fresh vegetables. Most recently the food giant has tackled the dairy industry, campaigning for the widespread adoption of the artificial growth hormone rBST, approved fifteen years ago by the US Drug and Food Administration, despite lack of evidence that it is safe for humans and solid evidence that it is harmful to cows.

New hemp laws for New South Wales

The New South Wales government will introduce new legislation during April to legalise the growing of industrial hemp, also known as cannabis. Hemp fibre can be used for textiles and paper, the seeds can be used to make cosmetics and food and the pith, or hurd, of the stems makes a masonry that is stronger than cement. Cement is a major source of greenhouse gases. The crop uses less water and pesticides than cotton. A trial crop yielding two tonnes of dried stems per hectare has been approved by police and contains only minute amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

Woolworths changes purchasing policy

Corporate communications manager for Woolworths, Clare Buchanan, told the Generator on April 11th that the company accepted that centralised buying practices were a contributor to global warming. PLAY SNIP. She said that while the supermarket chain takes profits out of the communities in which it operates, that local businesses would spend in those communities, that many of the company's shareholders live in regional areas and so the money would eventually flow back, when those shareholders sell their shares and spend that money. She said that the company simply responds to the wants and needs of its customers and is not responsible for the fact that the industrialisation of food has a major negative impact on the environment.

Ethanol not a green alternative after all

Global demand for ethanol is expected to double the agricultural use of water, according to the Stockholm based International Water Institute. Agriculture uses 70 per cent of the available fresh water world wide, and more than eighty percent in Australia and the United States. Recent Ethanol laws passed in the United States require ethanol to be present in all retail petroleum, despite a shortage of corn, and a recent report showing that it takes more fossil fuel to grow and process the corn than is replaced by the ethanol it produces. The US already uses more fresh water than is replaced by rainfall, lowering its aquifers by meters each year.

Compiled by Giovanni Ebono of The Generator for the Community Radio Network of Australia.
You can read the Generator news every day, or download this broadcast, from thegenerator.com.au

AVN Merc shot ADIn 1999, the Australian government ordered the removal of mercury from all childhood Vaccines. It was several years however before the old mercury-laden Vaccines were actually used up and in all that time, children continued to receive mercury - a known killer of brain cells - in their shots.

Recent vaccine tests conducted by HAPI (Health Advocacy in the Public Interest) indicate that many if not most childhood and adult shots may still contain this toxic heavy metal. Independent testing is needed!

The Australian Vaccination Network is planning on testing every currently-licensed vaccine for the presence of toxic heavy metals. Funding is required to perform these tests properly. Without proper independent tests, Australian children and adults may continue to be poisoned by the failure of the government to ensure the removal of toxic ingredients from Vaccines.

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