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Green Tea Study 1 & 2
Food authorities in Hong Kong have raised the alarm that up to 48,000 cans of pork luncheon meat contaminated with liquid mercury could be on the market in the territory. ---The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) said up to1,000 cases of Greatwall Brand Chopped Pork and Ham may be tainted with the substance. The agency said it became aware of the problem after a complaint that one of the 340g tins contained 0.4g of silvery droplets that were later confirmed to be the toxic metal. ---Following the announcement, the body said it had run tests on 13 more samples of the same product of different batches from the local market. Preliminary examination had not revealed mercury droplets – although more detailed test results were pending. ---Distributor Yuen Tai Trading Co has issued a full recall as a precautionary measure. ---A CFS spokesman called on trader to stop selling the concerned batch of products and warned consumers not to eat them. ---Liquid mercury is poorly absorbed in the digestive tract although significant health concerns after its ingestion are unlikely, said a CFS statement[U1] . --“Liquid mercury is not involved in the manufacturing process of the concerned canned product,” said the spokesman. “The CFS has informed the relevant Mainland authority of the finding. The incident is still under investigation. The CFS will closely monitor the situation with appropriate follow up actions.” ---Mercury is a heavy metal that occurs in several forms, all of which can produce toxic effects in high enough doses. Toxic effects include damage to the brain, kidney, and lungs. Mercury poisoning can result in several diseases, including acrodynia (pink disease), Hunter-Russell syndrome, and Minamata disease
Rosenroot (Rhodiola rosea): traditional use, chemical composition, pharmacology and clinical efficacy.
Phytomedicine. 2010 Jun;17(7):481-93--Authors: Panossian A, Wikman G, Sarris J
The aim of this review article was to summarize accumulated information related to chemical composition, pharmacological activity, traditional and official use of Rhodiola rosea L. in medicine. In total approximately 140 compounds were isolated from roots and rhizome [U2] - monoterpene alcohols and their glycosides, cyanogenic glycosides, aryl glycosides, phenylethanoids, phenylpropanoids and their glycosides, flavonoids, flavonlignans, proanthocyanidins and gallic acid derivatives. Studies on isolated organs, tissues, cells and enzymes have revealed that Rhodiola preparations exhibit adaptogenic effect including, neuroprotective, cardioprotectiv e, anti-fatigue, antidepressive, anxiolytic, nootropic, life-span increasing effects and CNS stimulating activity. A number of clinical trials demonstrate that repeated administration of R. rosea extract SHR-5 exerts an anti-fatigue effect that increases mental performance (particularly the ability to concentrate in healthy subjects), and reduces burnout in patients with fatigue syndrome. Encouraging results exist for the use of Rhodiola in mild to moderate depression, and generalized anxiety. Several mechanisms of action possibly contributing to the clinical effect have been identified for Rhodiola extracts. They include interactions with HPA-system (cortisol-reducing), protein kinases p-JNK, nitric oxide, and defense mechanism proteins (e.g. heat shock proteins Hsp 70 and FoxO/DAF-16). Lack of interaction with other drugs and adverse effects in the course of clinical trials make it potentially attractive for use as a safe medication. In conclusion, Rhodiola rosea has robust traditional and pharmacological evidence of use in fatigue, and emerging evidence supporting cognition and mood.---PMID: 20378318 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomised study of single dose effects of ADAPT-232 on cognitive functions. Rhodiola Rosea
Phytomedicine. 2010 Jun;17(7):494-9--Authors: Aslanyan G, Amroyan E, Gabrielyan E, Nylander M, Wikman G, Panossian A
The aim of this study was to assess the effect of a single dose of ADAPT-232 (a standardised fixed combination of Rhodiola rosea L., Schisandra chinensis (Turcz.) Baill., and Eleutherococcus senticosus Maxim)[U3] extracts on mental performance, such as attention, speed and accuracy, in tired individuals performing stressful cognitive tasks. The pilot study (phase IIa) clinical trial took the form of a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomised, with two parallel groups. Forty healthy females aged between 20-68 years, who claimed to have felt stressed over a long period of time due to living under psychologically stressful conditions were selected to participate in the pilot study. In addition, a Stroop Colour-Word test (Stroop CW) was used to exhaust/prepare the volunteers prior to the d2 test used for assessment of cognitive function of patients. The participants were randomised into two groups, one (n=20) of which received a single tablet of ADAPT-232 (270mg), while a second (n=20) received a single tablet of placebo. The effects of the extract were measured prior to treatment and two hours after treatment using the d2 Test of Attention (d2). The results of the d2 test showed a significant difference (p<0.05) in attention, speed, and accuracy (TN-E scores) between the two treatment groups. The subjects in the ADAPT-232 group quickly (two hours after verum was taken) gained improved attention and increased speed and accuracy during stressful cognitive tasks, in comparison to placebo. There was also a tendency of ADAPT-232 to reduce percentage of errors, which means better accuracy, quality of the work, and degree of care in the volunteers under stressful conditions. No serious side effects were reported, although a few minor adverse events, such as sleepiness and cold extremities, were observed in both treatment groups.--PMID: 20374974 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Recipe with Rhodiola Combo with Siberian ginseng and Shizandra---take equal parts of Siberian Ginseng ( adaptogen) Schizandra ( adaptogen as well as liver Protectant) and Rhodiola Rosea ( try to get the one fro either Russia—Sweden—Alaska—these have the better chemical balance—add this to a pint of water in a pot and bring to boil and drink---do not drink this past 4 pm in the afternoon or it will activate brain and stimulate the cerebral cortex--Will definitely boost the immune system---will definitely see more endurance and stamina---will definitely see an improvement in mental acquity
Green tea manufacturer Fleminger is suing the Food and Drug Administration for restricting the use of approved health claims linking green tea and breast and prostate cancer. ---The Connecticut-based company has been using “commercial claims” based around green tea, qualified health claims the FDA issued in 2005, but was targeted by the FDA in February for doing this, prompting its current action. The FDA said the company’s Tea for Life brand was making unauthorized drug claims and ordered it to justify or amend its claim making. --Fleminger’s subsequent complaint, lodged in the US District Court for the District of Connecticut, accuses the FDA of violating principles of free speech enshrined in the First Amendment by forcing it to use the, “government’s speech or none at all.” ----It says the FDA is forcing potential claim-makers into, “remaining silent, or risking adverse action for its own commercial speech in violation of the First Amendment”. ---The action states the FDA failed to use the, “least restrictive means of preventing any alleged deception of consumers who choose to purchase [Plaintiff’s] green tea.” --The action follows a recent Washington DC court verdict that found in favor of the Alliance for Natural Health USA, Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw, and the Coalition Against FDA and FTC Censorship who sued the FDA over qualified health claims. ---The court said FDA disclaimers for selenium claims in relation to certain cancers and respiratory and digestive health benefits must be redrafted. --According to a blog written by Alexander Varond and Diane McColl at Washington DC-based Hyman, Phelps and McNamara a similar verdict, “would send yet another strong signal to the agency that FDA needs to revamp its strict approach toward food and dietary supplements qualified health claims.”
Suppression of commercial speech
But New York-based food and drug attorney, Marc Ullman, from Ullman, Shapiro and Ullman, said the kind of claim-making that had prompted the FDA to issue a warning letter to Tea for Life, would be difficult to defend in a court of law. --These included claims that Tea for Life could improve cancer treatments, act as an antiviral agent and battle Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. --“While the latter claims might fit within that health claim box, it does not appear that the company ever requested promulgation of a regulation relating to Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s diseases,” Ullman said. --“That would seem to be a condition precedent to any type of valid challenge to FDA on those claims.” ---The fact a claim was not misleading did not necessarily validate its existence in the marketplace, he added. --“It is well settled case law that the US Government can suppress commercial speech, even if arguably truthful, where there is a compelling public interest in doing so,” Ullman said. ---“There seems to be a movement within the industry espousing the idea that if something is true, supplement companies should be able to say it. This concept, however, simply ignores the fact that what you say about your product can make it a drug and that the Court’s have repeatedly upheld FDA’s authority to regulate drugs.” Jonathan Emord, from Emord and Associates in Virginia, highlighted the 1999 case in which the FDA was first requested to alter qualified health claim disclaimers, Pearson v Shalala. ---“The FDA has yet to comply with the constitutional mandate given it in Pearson v Shalala that it favor disclosure over suppression and rely on succinct and accurate disclaimers to eliminate misleadingness. Every act of FDA suppression stemming from its unconstitutional approach from 1999 to the present is unconstitutional, including this one.” --The FDA-approved qualified health claims for green tea are: “Two studies do not show that drinking green tea reduces the risk of breast cancer in women, but one weaker, more limited study suggests that drinking green tea may reduce this risk. Based on these studies, FDA concludes that it is highly unlikely that green tea reduces the risk of breast cancer.”-- “One weak and limited study does not show that drinking green tea reduces the risk of prostate cancer, but another weak and limited study suggests that drinking green tea may reduce this risk. Based, on these studies, FDA concludes that it is highly unlikely that green tea reduces the risk of prostate cancer
Kim JW, Amin AR, Shin DM.
Authors' Affiliations: 1J. Willis Hurst Internal Medicine Residency Program, Emory University School of Medicine and 2Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia.
Recently, squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck chemoprevention research has made major advances with novel clinical trial designs suited for the purpose, use of biomarkers to identify high-risk patients, and the emergence of numerous molecularly targeted agents and natural dietary compounds. Among many natural compounds, green tea polyphenols, particularly (-)-epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), possess remarkable potential as chemopreventive agents. EGCG modulates several key molecular signaling pathways at multiple levels and has synergistic or additive effects when combined with many other natural or synthetic compounds. This review will provide an update of the potential of green tea polyphenols, particularly EGCG, for the chemoprevention of squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. Cancer Prev Res; 3(8); 900-9. (c)2010 AACR.
Lin JK.---Institute of Biochemistry, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University, Taipei. email@example.com
The action mechanisms of several chemopreventive agents derived from herbal medicine and edible plants have become attractive issues in cancer research. Tea is the most widely consumed beverage worldwide. Recently, the cancer chemopreventive actions of tea have been intensively investigated. It have been demonstrated that the active principles of tea were attributed to their tea polyphenols. Recently, tremendous progress has been made in elucidating the molecular mechanisms of cancer chemoprevention by tea and tea polyphenols. The suppression of various tumor biomarkers including growth factor receptor tyrosine kinases, cytokine receptor kinases, PI3K, phosphatases, ras, raf, MAPK cascades, N x FB, I x B kinase, PKA, PKB, PKC, c-jun, c-fos, c-myc, cdks, cyclins, and related transducing proteins by tea polyphenols has been studied in our laboratory and others. The I x B kinase (IKK) activity in LPS-activated murine macrophages (RAW 264.7 cells) was found to be inhibited by various tea polyphenols including (-) epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), theaflavin (TF-1), theaflavin-3-gallate (TF-2) and theaflavin-3,3'-digallate (TF-3). TF-3 inhibited IKK activity in activated macrophages more strongly than did the other tea polyphenols. TF-3 inhibited both IKK1 and IKK2 activity and prevented the degradation of I x B x and I x B x in activated macrophage cells. The results suggested that the inhibition of IKK activity by TF-3 and other tea polyphenols could occur by a direct effect on IKKs or on upstream events in the signal transduction pathway. TF-3 and other tea polyphenols blocked phosphorylation of IB from the cytosolic fraction, inhibited NFB activity and inhibited increases in inducible nitric oxide synthase levels in activated macrophage. TF-3 and other tea polyphenols also inhibited strongly the activities of xanthine oxidase, cyclooxygenase, EGF-receptor tyrosine kinase and protein kinase C. These results suggest that TF-3 and other tea polyphenols may exert their cancer chemoprevention through suppressing tumor promotion and inflammation by blocking signal transduction. The mechanisms of this inhibition may be due to the blockade of the mitogenic and differentiating signals through modulating EGFR function, MAPK cascades, NFkappaB activation as well as c-myc, c-jun and c-fos expression.--PMID: 12433185 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
[U1]This is a snow job---to play down the poisonous nature of this mineral the question arising here is why would it even be in the proximity of food let alone it is in there ---Unless it was intentionally put there!!!
[U2]Roots are at the bottom of the plant where usually growing under gorund-Rhizomw
[U3]Rhodiola Rosea---Schizndra berry and Siberian Ginseng—the study was done on this back in the nineties with the tri effect and synergy of the 3 herbs—and the results were astounding
Show of the Week August 6 2010
Brandt Meat Packers issues recall on meats
Potassium for bone—and foods of Potassium
Milk from the offspring of cloned cows is secretly - and illegally - going into high street shops. --Despite deep unease among consumers, the milk is not being labelled or identified in any way, leaving shoppers in the dark about what they are drinking. The dairy farmer involved said he wanted to remain anonymous because the British public regards cloning as so distasteful that buyers would stop taking his milk. Cloning controversy: Milk from the calves of a cloned cow is being sold illegally in Britain -Last night the Food Standards Agency said it would investigate. It told the Mail that it believes the sale of milk from such cows is illegal under food regulations. -Research has identified serious concerns for the health and well-being of animals produced as a result of cloning. There is evidence of premature births, deformities and early death. --The cows being used to produce the controversial milk start life in the U.S. as embryos created from the eggs of cloned prize-winning Holstein cows and the sperm of normal bulls. -The embryos are frozen and flown to the UK, where they are implanted into host cows. --The resulting supersize animals can be used to produce massive quantities of milk and for breeding purposes. --Dolly the Sheep was the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell--The Mail blew the whistle on this trade in 'clone farm' cows more than three years ago following the birth of Dundee Paradise on a farm in Shropshire.--Subsequently, we revealed that a total of eight such calves were born on British farms. --It now appears that milk from at least one of these animals, and possibly many more, is being sold for human consumption. --
The Mail revelations in 2007 were a complete surprise to the Government's food and farming department, Defra, and the FSA, which had no knowledge of the births. Subsequently, the EU and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) launched a major investigation in order to decide on how to handle the controversial technology. As a result, earlier this month, Euro MPs voted in favour of a ban on meat and milk from clones and their offspring going into human food without approval. However, the regime has not yet been passed into law. Details of the claims that clone farm milk is reaching the public appeared in the respected International Herald Tribune. It said a British dairy farmer had admitted using milk from a cow bred from a clone as part of his daily production. --The man said he was also selling embryos from the same cow to breeders in Canada. He said part of the reason he was staying anonymous was that he did not want to be required to get rid of a valuable cow. An FSA spokesman said: 'Since 2007 the FSA interpretation of the law has been that meat and products from clones and their offspring are considered novel foods and would therefore need to be authorised before being placed on the market. 'As the UK authority responsible for accepting novel food applications, the agency has not received any applications relating to cloning and no authorisations have been made.-'The agency will, of course, investigate any reports of unauthorised novel foods entering the food chain.' European experts have not identified a food safety risk associated with cloning. But some campaigners claim it could allow new diseases to pass from farm animals to humans. The RSPCA and Compassion in World Farming (CiWF) are among a number of groups opposed to farm animal cloning for food. The chief policy adviser to CiWF, Peter Stevenson, said: ' I would be appalled if milk from a clone offspring cow is coming into the food chain in the UK.
'As the farmer has
acknowledged, the public is deeply concerned about this and does not want it.
'If this is happening, it demonstrates that there are very serious loopholes
in the way food production is policed in this country. 'The Government has
known these animals were in the country for at least three years, but it appears
to have done nothing to ensure any milk or meat is not reaching the public.' A
study conducted by the FSA found widespread opposition to clone farming and
food. Dr Steve Griggs, who led the research, said:
'The majority of people came to the conclusion that
they would not want to eat such food. The overwhelming majority either did not
want it or were unsure. 'They struggled to identify any convincing
benefits for them as consumers. 'There were concerns about the ethical side of
animal cloning, indeed whether we have the moral right to go down this road.' ●
Do you know who the farmer is? If so, contact the Daily Mail newsdesk on 020
7938 6000 or news@ dailymail.co.uk.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1299509/Cloned-cows-milk-sale-Britain-Investigation-dairy-farmers-admission.html#ixzz0vUVtf611
Potassium Iodide (SSKI); 1 oz (1250 drops)
SSKI—you will need potassium iodide
Water—measure out the potassium in weight oz’s or grams
In this we will use 170gr=6 oz Then we will measure out the water 1 oz or 28 grams or 29 ml --You will mix this till there is no more then the water can take this will be a SSKI solution So when breaking this down remember 1 ounce container will have 1250 drops -So take the actual grams and divide this by 1250 and this will give you a accurate mg strength per drop
40 grams divided by 1250 = 31 + or – mg strength per drop
SSKI may be used in radioiodine-contamination emergencies (i.e., nuclear accidents) to "block" the thyroid's uptake of radioiodine (this is not the same as blocking the thyroid's release of thyroid hormone). The dose is smaller: 130 mg KI per day (100 mg iodide) which represents 2 drops of SSKI solution per day, for an adult.
Treating lung conditions or disease in which mucus complicates the condition (eg, emphysema, bronchial asthma, bronchitis). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.----SSKI Drops are an expectorant. It works by thinning mucous secretions (phlegm) in the lungs and making it less sticky. The mucus is easier to cough up. This reduces chest congestion, which helps make your coughs more productive.----
Excerpts from Jonathan V. Wright, M.D. Nutrition & Healing, 11/1/2002 Newsletter
"Iodine is a basic element, like calcium, zinc, oxygen, etc. The word "iodine" usually refers to two iodine molecules chemically "stuck together," just as the word "oxygen" usually refers to two oxygen molecules "stuck together." Since pure iodine is more reactive to other elements, it's more likely to cause problems, so iodine is usually used as "iodide," a word that refers to one iodine molecule combined with another molecule — often potassium (KI). So, even though they're not technically the same, for simplicity's sake, I've used the terms iodine and SSKI (saturated solution of KI) interchangeably in this article (though always meaning SSKI unless noted otherwise)."
Ø"When we're forced to travel by air, Holly and I drink a few ounces of water with 10 drops of SSKI. The SSKI rapidly accumulates in any and all body secretions, including in the sinuses, where it inhibits or kills bacteria, viruses, and fungi before they can cause an infection."
ØSSKI is close to 100 percent effective in eliminating bladder infections, but the amount needed is a relatively high dose, so it's important to use it with caution."
Ø"End years of suffering with painful breast and ovarian cysts in as little as three months." "In minor to moderate cases, 6 to 8 drops of SSKI taken daily in a few ounces of water will frequently reduce fibrocystic breast disease to insignificance within three to six months."
Ø"Over the past 30 years, I've also used SSKI to treat at least 30 women - one of them my own daughter - for ovarian cysts. These cysts usually disappear within two to three months with the same quantity of SSKI mentioned above for breast cysts."
Ø"But please do not use this treatment for either of these conditions without monitoring your thyroid function."
Ø"Peyronie's disease occurs when the tissue along the shaft of the penis thickens, causing erections to become increasingly curved and even painful. Applying SSKI to the thickened tissue twice a day over several months can soften it considerably and eventually allow for more normal functioning."
Ø"...hemorrhoids will disappear - sometimes literally overnight - when a mixture of 20 drops of SSKI and 1 ounce of flaxseed oil is applied to them at bedtime."
Ø"Dupuytren's contracture is a condition sort of along the same lines as Peyronie's disease, except in this case, the thickened tissue occurs along one of the tendons in the palm of the hand, pulling the connected finger down. If it progresses far enough, sometimes it's impossible to straighten the finger out at all. Rubbing SSKI into the affected tissue of the palm at least twice a day can "loosen" it and prevent the condition from progressing to the point of causing a deformity or disability."
Ø"This loosening of thickened tissue also works for scars, especially keloids, which are abnormally thick (sometimes up to an inch) scars. Rubbing SSKI into a keloid at least twice daily will ultimately flatten it down to a normal scar. But patience really is a virtue here: It can take many months to a year for particularly bad ones. You can help the treatment go a bit faster if you mix SSKI "50-50" with DMSO."
Ø"Over 30 years ago, two ophthalmologists observed that when they gave patients a combination tablet called "Iodo-niacin" (which contained 120 milligrams of iodide and 15 milligrams of niacin) and instructed them to take it for several months, the supplement actually reversed atherosclerotic clogging of arteries."
"ØCysts and stones melt away with just one dose a day."
Ø"Sebaceous cysts are another example of SSKI's ability to dissolve fats and oils. Unlike breast and ovarian cysts, sebaceous cysts contain oily, fatty material and usually appear rather suddenly on the face or in the groin area. But the good news is that you can get rid of them just as quickly as they come on - generally in just a week or two - by rubbing in a mixture of equal parts SSKI and DMSO."
"ØParotid duct stones (which block the ducts that carry your saliva) can be dissolved in four to eight months just by drinking a glass of water containing 3 to 4 drops of SSKI each day."
"ØThe SSKI and DMSO mixture doesn't work any faster, but it's just as effective as antifungal drugs - and definitely safer. Rub it on, around, and under the affected toenails. And make sure to wear old socks, because SSKI and other forms of iodine leave an orange-brown stain."
Ø"SSKI can also help clear up vaginal infections. Twenty to 30 drops in water, used in a small douche" once daily for five to 10 days will usually do the job."
Ø"SSKI can help reduce the gas we all get from eating beans. If you soak beans before cooking them, add 1 or 2 drops of SSKI, and let them soak for another hour or so. (Make sure to rinse them and use fresh water for the actual cooking process). You'll be surprised at how much less gas you feel later."
Diagnoses treated with 'sski'
1 - 5 of 5 diagnosis
Brandt Meat Packers issues recall on meats
Sat Jul 31, 8:07 PM
By The Canadian Press
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - A suspected salmonella outbreak from headcheese produced at a Toronto-area plant that sickened two dozen people this month has prompted a recall of a variety of processed meats produced at the same facility.---The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and G. Brandt Meat Packers Ltd. issued a follow-up recall Saturday, warning the public not to consume more than 100 products made at the same plant. The products are mostly various processed meats.---“It’s a significant recall just from the sheer number of products involved and also because it’s a national distribution,” said Fred Jamieson a food safety recall expert with the food inspection agency. There have been no illnesses reported in connection with the newly recalled products, but food safety experts did a risk assessment after investigating the original outbreak and decided to issue the additional recall.---”We don’t want to always say that we’re just waiting for illnesses before we take action,” Jamieson said in a phone interview.--Federal health officials issued a warning earlier this month about a salmonella outbreak involving headcheese that sickened at least 24 people in B.C. and Ontario.---Most of the cases involved elderly people.---All Brandt cooked meat products bearing Establishment number 164 produced from May 30 up to and including July 30 are affected.--These products were sold pre-packaged or at deli counters, but the agency says the original brand and/or Best Before dates may not have been transferred to consumer packages.Consumers who do not know the original brand or code are advised to check with their retailer or supplier to see if they have the affected product.-Brandt has voluntarily shut down production at its Mississauga, Ont., plant, where the meats were packaged. It says the facilities will undergo a thorough, intensive sanitation.--The company is working with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to determine how the contaminations may have occurred. Earlier this month, another recall was issued for Ham Suelze manufactured for Freybe Gourmet Foods Ltd at the Mississauga facility. -Food tainted with Salmonella or Listeria may not look or smell spoiled, but can cause illness with symptoms that include nausea, vomiting, fever, headache and dizziness
Potasium for bone
Numerous studies have shown that increasing potassium intake can lower blood pressure, both in individuals with hypertension and, to a lesser extent, in those with normal blood pressure. Even among people who have successfully reduced their blood pressure by restricting their sodium intake, an increase in dietary potassium results in a further lowering of blood pressure.---Reducing elevated blood pressure plays a key role in preventing strokes, and this effect may explain in part the role of potassium in stroke prevention. However, experiments in rats, as well as population studies in humans, have shown that a high potassium intake prevents strokes even among groups that are carefully matched for blood pressure. This means that at least some of the stroke-preventing effect of potassium is unrelated to its blood pressure-lowering action.---Increasing potassium intake has also been shown to reduce the urinary excretion of calcium. Presumably, less calcium loss from the body would result in stronger bones over the long run. In fact, a study of middle-aged women demonstrated that bone mineral density of the hip and spine increased with increasing dietary potassium intake. Furthermore, a reduction in the amount of calcium excreted in the urine would be expected to prevent kidney stones, since urinary calcium is one of the main determinants of kidney stone risk.
Nuts: Peanuts-717 Pine Nuts-599 Almonds-732 Pistachio Nuts--1,093 Cashew Nuts-565 Brazil Nuts—600 Chestnuts—502 Macadamia Nut--368Coconut 365 Hazelnuts-445 alnuts-502 Sunflower Seeds -689 Sesame Seeds Vegetables: Radish Lettuce-241 Tomato Potato—407 Carrot-341 Cucumber Beans Garlic Watercress Beetroot Celery Cabbage Cauliflower Asparagus- 278 Capsicum Fennel
Show of the Week August 9 2010
Protests over cloned animals in food chain
Saturated Fat and Cholesterol Do Not Cause Coronary Heart Disease
The Impact of Science on Society
Supplements: The dirty dozen
The FSA said meat from the offspring of a cloned cow entered the UK food chain Meat from a second offspring of a cloned cow has entered the food chain, the Food Standards Agency has revealed.----It comes after it emerged that two bulls from embryos of a cow cloned in the US were bought by a farm near Nairn in the Highlands, and meat from one was sold to consumers.---The FSA has admitted it does not know how many embryos from cloned animals have been imported into Britain.---FSA chief Tim Smith said he had no safety concerns about the meat.---However, he said any suppliers would require approval under European law.
The FSA had already traced two bulls born in the UK from embryos harvested from a cloned cow in the US. ---The first was slaughtered in July 2009 and its meat entered the food chain. The second was slaughtered on 27 July 2010, but its meat was stopped from entering the food chain. But now it has revealed that meat from another offspring of a cloned cow entered the food chain.--The animal, called Parable, was born in May 2007 and slaughtered on May 5 2010.---American biotechnology companies are cloning animals that give high yields of milk and meat to use as breeding stock.---In 2008, the Food and Drug Administration in the US said meat and milk from cloned animals were safe for human consumption, and Professor Hugh Pennington, an expert on food safety from Aberdeen University, told the BBC he agreed with that assessment[U1] . ---"People are concerned about playing God and that kind of thing... rather than producing products which are dangerous to eat," he said.
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Some scientists have said the regulations restricting the sale of milk and meat from livestock bred from cloned animals are unnecessary. ---Campaign groups say that the technology is cruel and causes suffering to animals. The US biotechnology sector is gung-ho about the use of cloning to increase food production. So why all the fuss in Europe?---Food safety authorities say there is still not enough evidence to say food from cloned animals and their offspring is completely safe.
But animal welfare groups say the cloning process results in hundreds of miscarriages and genetic deformities for every healthy birth. Consumer groups claim the illicit use of the technology in Britain is a breach of trust. And organic campaigners say it is wrong to create ever fatter animals.----So the arguments against the use of cloning in Europe have much to do with ethics and politics. But with the growth of technology in the US - it will be difficult to police its use by European farmers who want to boost food production.---"There's absolutely no evidence for that, and I've got no expectation that any such evidence will ever emerge."--[U2] At present, foodstuffs, including milk, produced from cloned animals must pass a safety evaluation and gain authorisation under so-called novel foods regulations before they are marketed in Europe.-The FSA said it had not been asked to consider any such cases, but Mr Smith said that despite having a "first-class cattle tracing scheme" in place, the system was not perfect. --"It's a bit like the police being there and being an efficient service and us expecting no crime. It's inevitable that however good the system is, it ultimately relies on the honesty of the people who are participating in the chain. ---"So it means that every farmer, every breeder, every processor has to come clean and tell us what it is they're actually doing. It's impossible for us to stand by each animal and watch what happens to it throughout its life cycle."---Meanwhile, Scottish Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said consumers "deserve to know the origin of all foods they purchase" and he was "concerned to learn that the offspring of these animals have been reared in the UK for food production purposes without any authorisation from the Food Standards Agency".---Earlier this week, a British dairy farmer said he used milk from a cow produced from a cloned parent, but UK dairy industry body DairyCo said it was "confident" no milk from such animals had entered the human food chain.----Consumer confidence ---Peter Stevenson, from campaign group Compassion in World Farming, said cloning was "at the sharp end of the inhumane selective breeding processes that are often involved in the intensive production of meat and dairy products". "Many animals suffer in the pursuit of higher yields because they are being stretched to the limits of their physical capacity," he added.----David Bowles, from the RSPCA, which wants cloning banned, said: "The Food Standards Agency and the regulators and the government had no idea that any animal meat or animal milk had gone into the food chain.---"So it's really about showing there's transparency and that customers can trust what they go into shops to buy and at the moment that is in doubt."---In 2008, the European Food Safety Authority said "no clear evidence" had emerged to suggest any food safety differences between food products from clones or their offspring compared to products from conventionally bred animals. ---"But we must acknowledge that the evidence base, while growing and showing consistent findings, is still small," it added.---Last month MEPs voted in favour of a law that would ban cloned meat and other animal products in the European food supply. ---The legislation faces a next stage of consideration in September before it could become EU law.
Protests over cloned animals in food chain
Aug 6 08:47 AM US/Eastern
An animal welfare group on Friday delivered a petition of 7,000 names calling on the government to prevent products from cloned animals entering the food chain. ---The petition, delivered by activists wearing "cloned" masks of Prime Minister David Cameron, was hastily organised after news emerged this week that meat from offspring of a cloned cow had entered the food chain. --Written by Compassion for World Farming, the petition called for more openness about food production and expressed concern about the welfare of cloned animals. --"David Cameron, we believe, is the man to bring forward the aspirations of the British public and ban cloned food," the group's chief executive Philip Lymbery told AFP. --Referring to the use of 40 protestors in Cameron masks to make their point, he added: "We wanted to have a tongue-in-cheek expression of what it means to take away individuality through cloning." ---On Wednesday, it was revealed that a few unwitting members of the public in Britain had eaten meat from two bulls who were among eight cattle conceived using embryos harvested from a cloned cow in the United States. ---"People want honesty, they want to be able to trust their food, yet this cloned food has slipped into our food chain unauthourised, unlabelled and unnoticed, until now," said Lymbery--- In July, the European Parliament voted for a ban on the sale of meat or dairy products derived from cloned animals or their offspring. The welfare group is now pushing for the the European Commission and EU member states to enact the ban
Saturated Fat and Cholesterol Do Not Cause Coronary Heart Disease
By Dr. Paul J. Rosch, M.D., M.A., F.A.C.P.
It's not difficult to understand why most people, including physicians, are convinced that high blood cholesterol is the major cause of heart disease and that elevated cholesterol is due to eating saturated fats. ---It's easy to visualize how fatty foods raise blood cholesterol, which, despite being a large inert molecule, somehow precipitates out to infiltrate the inner lining of the coronary arteries, where it forms fatty atheromatous plaques. ---These plaques slow the flow of blood and eventually completely obstruct it to cause the death of myocardial tissue. This sequence of events was similar to the gradual buildup of lime and rust in pipes, and the terms coronary occlusion, myocardial infarction and heart attack are still often used as synonyms. ---What is hard to believe is that there is no evidence much less proof to support this entrenched lipid theory of coronary atherosclerosis. In point of fact, it has been completely refuted by numerous scientific studies. Consider the following half dozen examples:
two-dozen studies have reported that coronary heart disease patients ate less or
the same amount of saturated fat as healthy controls. The huge World Health
Organization project MONICA (Monitoring of Trends and Determinants in
Cardiovascular Disease) that collected data from 21
countries for over 10 years failed to find any correlation between heart attacks
and fat consumption or cholesterol. ----Every
single country with the lowest fat consumption had the highest mortality rates
from heart disease and those with the most fat consumption had the lowest.
The French consumed three times as much saturated fat compared to
Azerbaijan but had one-eighth the rate of
The heart disease death rate in
Finland was three times greater
than in Switzerland, even though the Swiss ate twice as much fat.
2. No dietary cholesterol lowering trial has ever shown a reduction in lowering coronary disease or total mortality. In the "Prudent Diet" study of 49 to 59 year-old men, one group substituted margarine for butter, cold cereal for eggs, and chicken and fish for beef. Controls ate eggs for breakfast and meat three times a day. ----After ten years, cholesterol levels averaged 30 points lower in the first group, but they had eight deaths from heart disease compared to none for the meat eaters. Ancel Keys also fed middle-aged men a very high cholesterol diet but found that their cholesterol levels were no different than a control group who consumed less than half as much. ---Two decades later, he finally admitted "There's no connection whatsoever between cholesterol in food and cholesterol in blood. And we've known that all along. Cholesterol in the diet doesn't matter at all unless you happen to be a chicken or a rabbit."
3. In the Framingham study, which was responsible for establishing cholesterol, hypertension and cigarette smoking as the three major risk factors for coronary heart disease, a 26-year follow-up report found that 50% of cases occurred in people with below average cholesterol. There was a direct association between falling cholesterol levels over the first 14 years of the study and increased mortality rates over the following 18 years. ---
For men above the age of 47, those with low cholesterol had greater mortality rates than those with high cholesterol. Subjects whose cholesterol had decreased spontaneously over 30 years were also at greater risk of dying from heart disease than those whose cholesterol had increased. In addition, the more saturated fat and the more cholesterol people ate, the lower their serum cholesterol was. Those who ate the most saturated fats weighed the least.
association between cholesterol levels and the severity or extent of
atherosclerosis has ever been found in postmortem studies of the general
population. No clinical or imaging
study has found any relation between the degree of cholesterol lowering and
improvement. ---In one angiography study, in which blood
cholesterol had been reduced by more than 25% in 24 patients, atherosclerosis
was increased in 18 and unchanged in eight.
Cholesterol rose in 12 other patients but only 4 showed an increase in
atherosclerosis. A Mayo Clinic study similarly found that in all
patients whose cholesterols had decreased by more than 60, there was a
significant increase in coronary atherosclerosis.
5. High cholesterol does not increase risk for heart attacks or other coronary events in people older than 65, women of any age, as well as patients with diabetes or renal failure. Senior citizens with high cholesterols have significantly fewer infections and live longer than low cholesterol controls. In familial hypercholesterolemia, there is no association between the very high cholesterol and LDL levels and a corresponding increased incidence or prevalence of coronary disease.
6. The huge and lengthy MRFIT study (Multiple Risk Factor Intervention Trial) was designed to prove the links between diet, cholesterol, and other Framingham risk factors with heart disease. Cholesterol consumption was cut by 42 percent, and saturated fat consumption by 28 percent and on long-term follow-up, those adhering to this dietary fat restriction had slightly lower coronary heart disease death rates. ----However, this benefit was far outweighed by significantly increased total mortality rates, especially from hemorrhagic stroke, cancer, suicide, accidents and violence. The risk of dying from a cerebral hemorrhage was 500% greater in those with low cholesterol compared to those with high levels. In most other studies, the incidence of stroke was higher in those who ate less saturated fat.
Excerpted, with permission, from:
Health and Stress,
The Newsletter of The American Institute of Stress. ( www.stress.org )
Paul J. Rosch, M.D., M.A., F.A.C.P.
President of The American Institute of Stress,
Clinical Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry at New York Medical College,
Honorary Vice President of the International Stress Management Association and Chairman of its U.S. branch.
As he dipped his hand into the River Wear to quench his thirst, William Sproat could not have known he was about to unleash the horror of cholera on Britain.Sunderland in 1831 was a hectic place. The Industrial Revolution was redefining our cities, while filth and squalor grew with urban populations. A robust boatman, Sproat spent his working life plying the Wear in heavily loaded coal barges. He did not know that a deadly bacteria lurked in its depths.-Within hours of drinking from the river, Sproat was racked by vomiting fits and excruciating stomach cramp.--Most water-borne diseases kill, ironically, by dehydrating their victims. Sproat's wife and two children watched in horror as his pulse faded and his face took on a deathly pallor.--Cholera strikes quickly. Within a day or two, its victims are writhing, immobilised in its terrifying grip.--The parasite that causes the disease comes to life in the warmth of the human gut and depends on its unfortunate host for survival.--Three days later, there was so little blood flowing to Sproat's brain that he fell into a coma. As death moved in, his fingers and legs turned dark blue.
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Dr Robert Morris says that we should all use water filters in our homes which are properly installed and maintained - they give water that is often safer than bottled water---On the night of October 23, Sproat succumbed to the 'blue death' of cholera.--Within hours, the highly contagious disease also had the boatman's son and granddaughter in its awful grasp.---Asiatic cholera had arrived in Britain; Sproat was its first victim.---Soon, the country was in the grip of an epidemic - but no one knew what caused this disease, or how to cure it.---Desperate relatives tried every potential remedy: emetics to induce vomiting, enemas made with turpentine in gruel, or a poultice of bran wrapped around the legs of the victim.----With winter, cholera receded in the UK, but it continued to ravage warmer climes. By 1846, it had taken hold in the Middle East, killing 12,000 people in Tehran and 30,000 in Baghdad.---In just one night in 1847, 3,000 pilgrims died at Mecca in Saudi Arabia.---In 1848, it returned with a vengeance to British shores. What was causing this virulent disease? The prevailing medical science of the time suggested it must be caused by a miasma, a foul smelling, airborne poison.---A British doctor, John Snow, suspected otherwise. In 1849, he put forward his theory that cholera is spread through microscopic agents in water.---He tracked an outbreak in Soho, central London, to a single public pump.---A total of 623 people died in this outbreak - before Dr Snow removed the handle from the Broad Street pump, stopping people using it and thus halting cholera in its tracks.---This was a medical breakthrough which redefined our understanding of the world.---Initially, Dr Snow was greeted with derision and disbelief, but his work led to a revolution in the way we look at our water supplies.---His early research inspired my investigation into modern-day water and its impact on our health.---Beneath the world's streets, water races through pipes to fill tens of billions of glasses and bottles each day.---This year, the Government has launched a campaign to curb the £2 billion we spend each year on bottled water and opt instead for 'safe' tap water. But how safe is it?-For millions of years, intimate knowledge about the source of water was among the most important pieces of information our ancestors carried. Perhaps they were wiser men than we. Today, that intimacy is lost. We turn on a tap and water flows as if by magic. Most of us have little awareness of its source. We assume it will be there. We assume it will be safe. The road to disaster is paved with assumptions. We assume waterborne disease happens in the developing world, yet the largest outbreak of such a disease in U.S. history happened in 1993, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.---An outbreak of illness caused by cryptosporidium, a micro-organism in water that causes stomach upsets, hit 400,000.---Some 4,000 people were hospitalised, and more than 100 died. Evidence is mounting that our Government has underestimated the risks from cryptosporidium.---A detailed report on an outbreak of the disease in Oxfordshire in 1989 - when 400 people required treatment - criticised Whitehall and the water industry for dragging their feet over research.---The only thing that separates us from more outbreaks is the system we have developed to transport and treat sewage and drinking water.---The operation of our water supplies is, to most of us, invisible. Invisibility encourages complacency. We have come to think of these systems as fail- safe, but the technology for treating most of our drinking water is almost a century old.---Most water purification plants were not originally designed to remove chemical contaminants.---At least some of the water from these ageing plants is treated sewage. Farm run-off and industrial waste also get into treatment tanks.--Studies have shown that some of the bacteria from these sources make their way into drinking water supplies, causing illness.----Between 1993 and 2003, there were 4,000 officially recorded incidents of waterborne disease in Britain. The real figure is likely to be far higher. Around half those cases were caused by cryptosporidium.---These diseases are not as deadly as cholera, but it is possible this may not always hold true.---And the question remains: how can we ensure that our drinking water is clean enough? Should we be drinking treated sewage? Sewage treatment decreases the number of disease-carrying bacteria, called pathogens, in waste water, but it does not eliminate them.--Instead, water companies dangerously assume any pathogens in their supplies will disappear in vast reservoirs or die before they can reach the intake pipe.--The history of drinking water is a story of disaster and response. From cholera to cryptosporidium, disasters have forced change.
We now face new risks: emerging diseases, changing climates, poorly understood pollutants, terrorism, decaying infrastructure and 'gender bending' chemicals.---In 2002, U.S. researchers found 82 different pharmaceutical compounds in lakes and rivers. This and other studies have found oestrogen - the female sex hormone - to be one of the most commonly found chemicals.---Many of these chemicals have also been found in water supplies across the UK, while scientists have shown that oestrogen in water supplies alters the sex of fish in rivers.-Many other chemicals widely present in waste water have been shown to mimic the effects of oestrogen.---All of these chemicals can - and do - reach water treatment plants, most of which were not designed to remove them.---Whether these chemicals are present in drinking water at concentrations high enough to affect human health remains a controversial subject - but the risk is there.---Another danger is toxoplasmosis, a chlorine-resistant bacteria which causes flu-like symptoms initially, but can spread and cause devastating damage to the delicate neurological network in the brain.---It causes blindness, mental retardation and even death.---Then there is the issue of 'chlorination' itself, the process designed to disinfect water.---A mainstay of water treatment, adding chlorine to our supply appears to create chemicals that cause cancer and may injure developing human embryos.---There is evidence it may lead to miscarriage and even birth defects.---A recent study suggesting the cancer risk may arise from inhalation of fumes, rather than ingestion, makes this even more daunting.---At the same time, chlorine resistant pathogens are developing.----Then there is the problem of chemical pollution of our water. Modern industry produces and releases tens of thousands of different chemicals into our water supplies.--Regulators focus on single chemicals as they evaluate risk and set standards. Logistics and costs tend to limit their scope to the carcinogenic offenders. As a consequence, we make the implicit assumption that unexamined risks do not exist.---Terrorism is the newest threat to our water. In February 2002, four terrorists were seized in a Rome apartment with sealed containers holding four kilos of a cyanide compound.---Beside it lay a map of the city's water distribution system, and the location of the U.S. embassy.--A raid by the Italian anti-terrorist squad thwarted this attack, but it highlighted a new and dangerous risk to our water supplies.---So what can be done to make our water safer?---Bottled water is not the answer. The production of all that plastic has a hefty environmental impact, causing more water pollution.---The water inside may not offer the benefits we imagine. Despite costing almost 1,000 times more than tap water, there is no guarantee that bottled water is safer.---It is less closely regulated than tap water, and is not required to meet stricter standards for purity.---Instead, we should be relying on a safe, local supply of water. Improvements to our system need to include a vigorous effort to develop and implement alternatives to chlorination, such as treatment with ozone, a blue gas which is a powerful and less toxic disinfectant.
We should all use water filters in our homes[U3] . Properly installed and maintained, they provide an extra measure of protection and give water that is often safer than bottled water, with far less environmental impact.----They can eliminate pathogens that our treatment plants fail to remove and protect us from chemicals and the by-products of chlorination.---Every waterborne outbreak I have studied could have been prevented by the universal use of home filters.---We also need to be more demanding of our water companies. There is better technology available than we are using at the moment, including filter systems that squeeze water through tiny hollow fibres and out through holes 200 times smaller than cryptosporidium.---But it is expensive, and few water firms worldwide invest in the equipment. Why should they when we seem content to drink what they give us?---We also need to develop realistic plans for sustainable water supplies or we will find a planet at war over water.---Think when you next turn on the tap. Water is the ultimate resource. The world has it in abundance, but accessible, safe water is scarce, and we would be wise to protect it.---Instead, we have forgotten the lessons of history and expect our water supply to work as we focus on other problems.---We do so at our peril.---
The Impact of Science on Society--START
Supplements: The dirty dozen
Working with experts from the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, an independent research group, we identified a group of ingredients (out of nearly 1,100 in the database) linked to serious adverse events by clinical research or case reports. To come up with our dozen finalists, we also considered factors such as whether the ingredients were effective for their purported uses and how readily available they were to consumers. We then shopped for them online and in stores near our Yonkers, N.Y., headquarters and easily found all of them for sale in June 2010. ---[U4] The dozen are weight-loss products were implicated in thousands of adverse events, including deaths. , , , , , , , , , , , and . The FDA has warned about at least eight of them, some as long ago as 1993. ---Why are they still for sale? Two national retailers we contacted about specific supplements said they carried them because the FDA has not banned them. The agency has "the authority to immediately remove them from the market, and we would follow the FDA recommendation," said a spokeswoman for the Vitamin Shoppe chain. ---Most of the products we bought had warning labels, but not all did. A bottle of silver we purchased was labeled "perfectly safe," with an asterisked note that said the FDA had not evaluated the claim. In fact, the FDA issued a consumer advisory about silver (including colloidal silver) in 2009, with good reason: Sold for its supposed immune system "support," it can permanently turn skin bluish-gray. ---Janis Dowd, 56, of Bartlesville, Okla., says she started taking colloidal silver in 2000 after reading online that it would keep her from returning. She says her skin changed color so gradually that she didn't notice, but others did. "They kept saying, 'You look a little blue.'" ---Laser treatments have erased almost all the discoloration from Dowd's face and neck, but she said it's not feasible to treat the rest of her body. ---Under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), it is difficult for the FDA to put together strong enough evidence to order products off the market. To date, it has banned only one ingredient, ephedrine alkaloids. That effort dragged on for a decade, during which [U5] Instead of attempting any more outright bans, the agency issued warnings, detained imported products, and asked companies to recall products it considered unsafe.
[U1]I find very little cofort that the FDA says anything is safe there track record is anything but excellent ---when it comes to big business demands and safety for the citizens the FDA = Business---the only time they get involved is to remove whatever is healthy and competes with the new introduced poison that the globalist wish to introduce
[U2]Any credible study in the past took 20 years to see the full impact of the new tech or science—as per usual the supporters are always there to move the people in a direction and then later within 1-5 years the fallout begins and initially Doctors are mistreating there patients due to the lack of real information tied to the drugs or food that have been treated with something or manipulated
[U3]This gives a false sense of security at best---reason being a lot of these so called water filters accumalate bacteria and allow chemicals to pass through again allowing for potential worse infection due to the accumalation of these chemicals and pathogens may in fact be more concentrated---best to have a filteration system like an RO system or distilled water and then add eitheriodine or GSE or Peroxide to the water or all 3
[U4]None of these are any more dangerous and even less so then the pharmaceutical drugs that are sold over the counter---I find this ironic that aspirin has not been banned or turned into a prescription drug being hat it has killed more then any other drug in amercia or canada
[U5]The Only reason ephedra was banned was the excuse of sports contamination and the fact they were making some kind of escatsy---all BS reason---the other end of the coin is that it really worked in the reduction of body mass and allowed asthmatics to breathe easier as well and was a good respiratory aid and allowed for better brain ALERTNESS
Now if anyone died from this it was a direct or indirect result of abusing this---the Gov’t had to no real reason to ban this other ten the fact the drug companies did not want the competition
Show of the Week August 13 2010
The uses and properties of almond oil
ScienceDaily (Aug. 7, 2010) — Youth, prison inmates and individuals with multiple tattoos that cover large parts of their bodies are at higher risk of contracting hepatitis C and other blood-borne diseases, according to a University of British Columbia study.---The researchers reviewed and analysed 124 studies from 30 countries, including Canada, Iran, Italy, Brazil and the United States, and found the incidence of hepatitis C after tattooing is directly linked with the number of tattoos an individual receives. The findings are published in the current issue of the International Journal of Infectious Diseases.---Tattoos have become increasingly popular in recent years. In the U.S., an estimated 36 per cent of people under 30 have tattoos. In Canada, approximately eight per cent of high school students have at least one tattoo and 21 per cent of those who don't have one want one. During tattooing, the skin is punctured 80 to 150 times a second in order to inject color pigments.----"Since tattoo instruments come in contact with blood and bodily fluids, infections may be transmitted if instruments are used on more than one person without being sterilized or without proper hygiene techniques," says lead author Dr. Siavash Jafari, a Community Medicine Resident in the UBC School of Population and Public Health (SPPH).---"Furthermore, tattoo dyes are not kept in sterile containers and may play a carrier role in transmitting infections," says Jafari. "Clients and the general public need to be educated on the risks associated with tattooing, and tattoo artists need to discuss harms with clients."---Other risks of tattooing identified by the study include allergic reactions, HIV, hepatitis B, bacterial or fungal infections, and other risks associated with tattoo removal.---The researchers are calling for infection-control guidelines for tattoo artists and clients, and enforcement of these guidelines through inspections, reporting of adverse events and record-keeping. They also recommend prevention programs that focus on youth -- the population who are most likely to get tattoos -- and prisoners -- who face a higher prevalence of hepatitis C -- to lower the spread of hepatitis infection. In Canada, 12 to 25 per cent of hepatitis C infections among prisoners are associated with tattooed individuals, compared to six per cent of the general population.--The chemical ingredients in tattoo dyes can include house paint, ink from computer printers, or industrial carbon. Toxic contents of some tattoo inks may be entering the kidney, lungs and lympth nodes through the circulatory system. The study also revealed a new trend among youth to get tattooed with glow-in-the-dark ink, the risks of which are not yet known.----Co-authors of the study include Assoc. Prof. Jane Buxton from SPPH and the BC Centre for Disease Control; Mahyar Etminan, a scientist with the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation at Vancouver General Hospital and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute; Dr. Ray Copes, clinical professor at SPPH and Dr. Souzan Baharlou with the Department of Urology at BC Children's Hospital.---Story Source--The above story is reprinted (with editorial adaptations by ScienceDaily staff) from materials provided by University of British Columbia.---Journal Reference---Siavash Jafari, Ray Copes, Souzan Baharlou, Mahyar Etminan, Jane Buxton. Tattooing and the risk of transmission of hepatitis C: a systematic review and meta-analysis. International Journal of Infectious Diseases, 2010; DOI: 10.1016/j.ijid.2010.03.019
September 1, 2005 — At the high altitudes and latitudes commercial airlines fly, crews are subjected to higher-than-normal radiation levels from the sun and cosmic rays. Physicist Robert Barish believes airline crew members are exposing themselves to more radiation than almost any other occupation and is calling for the airline industry to better educate workers about radiation. ---NEW YORK--Most careers have an occupational hazard, but frequent fliers may be exposed to cosmic radiation and not even know it. ---We all know the risks when we fly, but one risk we don't know about comes from what's in the sky. Captain Joyce May, a commercial airline pilot, says, "By the time you're at normal jet cruising altitude of, say, 39,000 feet, the total radiation is about 64 times greater than what it is at sea level." --May fears fellow crewmembers and frequent business fliers don't know the risk of cosmic radiation from solar flares. She says, "Aircrew members, by-and-large, are unaware of this issue." ---Robert Barish, physicist and author of "The Invisible Passenger: Radiation Risks For People Who Fly," says, "The sun is really a big thermo-nuclear device." Barish believes airline crewmembers are exposing themselves to more radiation than almost any other occupation. He says, "People who work in the nuclear power industry on an average basis are getting 1.6. There are people who fly in airplanes who are getting 2 or 3 or 4 milliSieverts per year. So they are truly radiation workers." ---Everyone is exposed to some radiation every day. The sun constantly emits charged particles that intensify during solar flares. Normally, the earth's atmosphere absorbs much of this, but at the high altitudes and latitudes airliners fly, crews are subjected to higher radiation levels and possibly are at higher risk for developing cancer. In Europe, it is mandatory flight crews be educated about cosmic radiation, but that's not the case in the United States. ---The risk is not the same for everyone. Casual fliers have nothing to worry about. Only people who fly at least once or twice a week.---BACKGROUND: Airline pilots and flight crews may be exposed to higher radiation levels and therefore greater risk of developing cancer.---WHAT ARE SOLAR FLARES: Deep inside, the sun produces energy by joining atoms of hydrogen, and these nuclear reactions produce the heat and light from the sun. The earth's magnetic field protects us from most of the sun's radiation, and so does our atmosphere. The sun's surface also has magnetic fields, stronger in some places than others, and occasionally the magnetic fields can become twisted. A solar flare is a tremendous explosion on the sun that occurs when energy stored in a "twisted" magnetic field is suddenly released. This produces a burst of radiation across the entire spectrum, from radio waves to X-rays and gamma rays.---HOW RADIATION AFFECTS CELLS: Most of us are aware that the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation can damage surface skin cells, even leading to skin cancers, but at high energies it can become ionizing radiation. Ions are electrically charged atoms, a byproduct of a high-energy light ray (X-rays or gamma rays) knocking electrons off of atoms. The resulting free electrons then collide with other atoms to create even more ions. This is dangerous because an ion's electrical charge can lead to unnatural chemical reactions inside cells. It can break DNA chains, causing the cell to either die or develop a mutation and become cancerous, which can then spread. And if the mutation occurs in a sperm or egg, the result can be birth defects, which is why pregnant women should never be subjected to X-rays.---HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH: Not all of the radiation from a solar flare reaches the earth at the level where we live, but commercial aircraft fly at much higher altitudes where the earth's magnetic field is weaker. So higher levels of radiation may be present. Still, the levels of radiation aren't all that dangerous: on a par with an X-ray or CT scan. This could still be harmful to pregnant women, however, and pilots and flight crew fly so frequently that over time, they receive much larger doses of radiation. Although most studies to date have shown no ill effects from this exposure, the effect can add up over long periods of time.
ScienceDaily (Dec. 16, 2008) — Airline pilots who have flown for many years may be at risk of DNA damage from prolonged exposure to cosmic ionising radiation, suggests a study published ahead of print in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.--The research team compared the rate of chromosomal (DNA) abnormalities in blood samples taken from 83 airline pilots and 50 university faculty members from the same US city. The two groups were matched for age (35 to 56), sex (male), and smoking habit (light or non-smokers). Age and smoking are known risk factors for cumulative DNA damage. Fifty eight of the pilots (70%) had served in the military, and they had undertaken significantly more personal air travel than the university staff. Both these factors would have exposed them to more ionising radiation.-The researchers were looking in particular for the number of times pairs of chromosomes had changed places (translocations), expressed as a score per 100 cell equivalents (CE).-Chromosome translocations are a reliable indicator of cumulative DNA damage associated with radiation exposure as they are not rapidly eliminated from the blood like other forms of chromosomal abnormality.--The average frequency of chromosome translocation was higher among the pilots than the faculty staff (0.39 compared with 0.32/100 CE), but after adjusting for age and other influential factors, there was no difference.--But when the analysis focused on how long pilots had been flying, differences emerged.--The chromosome translocation frequency of those who had flown the most was more than twice that of those who had flown the least, after taking age into account.--Adjusting for the impact of cigarette smoking, personal air travel, and diagnostic x-ray procedures did not affect these findings.--Chromosomal abnormalities have been associated with an increased risk of cancer. And the authors conclude that their results suggest that highly experienced flight pilots may be exposed to "biologically significant doses of ionising radiation."Story Source -The above story is reprinted (with editorial adaptations by ScienceDaily staff) from materials provided by BMJ-British Medical Journal, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS
ScienceDaily (Aug. 9, 2005) — CHICAGO -- Airline pilots have an increased risk of nuclear cataracts [common type of cataract, associated with aging] compared with non-pilots, and that risk is associated with cumulative exposure to cosmic radiation, according to a study in the August issue of Archives of Ophthalmology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. ---Commercial airline pilots are reported to be at an increased risk for some cancers, but studies on the biological effects of their exposure to cosmic radiation have been limited, according to background information in the article. Previous studies have shown that cataracts can be caused by exposure to radiation, including a recent study of astronauts showing an association of incidence of cataracts with space radiation at exposure levels comparable to those of commercial airline pilots. ---Vilhjalmur Rafnsson, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Iceland, Reykjavik, and colleagues conducted a case control study involved 445 men to determine whether employment as a pilot is associated with lens opacification. The cases included 71 men with nuclear cataract, and the controls (n = 374) were those men with different types of lens opacification or without lens opacification. Among the 445 men, 79 were commercial pilots and 366 had never been pilots. All participants in the study were 50 years or older and other factors that contribute to cataract risk, including smoking, age and sunbathing, were controlled for in the statistical analysis. Exposure to cosmic radiation was assessed based on employment time as pilots, annual number of hours flown on each aircraft type, time tables, flight profiles and individual cumulative radiation doses calculated by computer. ---Among the 71 cases with nuclear cataract, 15 were employed as commercial pilots, whereas among the 374 controls (without nuclear cataract), 64 were employed as pilots. "The odds ratio for nuclear cataract risk among cases and controls was 3.02 for pilots compared with nonpilots, adjusted for age, smoking status, and sunbathing habits," the researchers report. The researchers found an association between the estimated cumulative radiation dose and the risk of nuclear cataract. --"The association between the cosmic radiation exposure of pilots and the risk of nuclear cataracts, adjusted for age, smoking status, and sunbathing habits, indicates that cosmic radiation may be a causative factor in nuclear cataracts among commercial airline pilots," the authors conclude. (Arch Ophthalmol. 2005; 123:1102-1105. Available pre-embargo to the media at --www.jamamedia.org.) ---Editor's Note: This study was supported by a grant from the University of Iceland Research Fund, and the Helga Jonsdottir and Sigurlidi Kristjansson Memorial Fund, Reykjavik, Iceland. All of the authors have frequently traveled on Icelandair and other airline companies. They have no financial connections with the airline company or the pilots' union. Story Source--The above story is reprinted (with editorial adaptations by ScienceDaily staff) from materials provided by JAMA and Archives Journals.
The uses and properties of almond oil.
Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2010 Feb;16(1):10-2--Authors: Ahmad Z
Almond oil [Oleum amygdalae] has long been used in complementary medicine circles for its numerous health benefits. Although no conclusive scientific data exists currently, almonds and almond oil have many properties including anti-inflammatory, immunity-boosting and anti-hepatotoxicity effects. Further, associations between almond oil and improved bowel transit have been made, which consequently reduces irritable bowel syndrome symptoms. Further, some studies show a reduced incidence of colonic cancer. Moreover, cardiovascular benefits have also been identified with almond oil elevating the levels of so-called 'good cholesterol', high-density lipoproteins (HDL), whilst it reduces low-density lipoproteins (LDL). Historically, almond oil had been used in Ancient Chinese, Ayurvedic and Greco-Persian schools of Medicine to treat dry skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Further, it is through anecdotal evidence and clinical experiences that almond oil seemingly reduces hypertrophic scarring post-operatively, smoothes and rejuvenates skin. Almond oil has emollient and sclerosant properties and, therefore, has been used to improve complexion and skin tone. Further studies looking into the use of almond oil post-operatively for the reduction of scarring are suggested.
PMID: 20129403 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
ScienceDaily (Aug. 5, 2010) — Pancreatic cancers use the sugar fructose, very common in the Western diet, to activate a key cellular pathway that drives cell division, helping the cancer to grow more quickly, a study by researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center has found.--Although it's widely known that cancers use glucose, a simple sugar, to fuel their growth, this is the first time a link has been shown between fructose and cancer proliferation, said Dr. Anthony Heaney, an associate professor of medicine and neurosurgery, a Jonsson Cancer Center researcher and senior author of the study. ---"The bottom line is the modern diet contains a lot of refined sugar including fructose and it's a hidden danger implicated in a lot of modern diseases, such as obesity, diabetes and fatty liver," said Heaney, who also serves as director of the Pituitary Tumor and Neuroendocrine Program at UCLA. "In this study, we show that cancers can use fructose just as readily as glucose to fuel their growth."---The study appeared in the Aug. 1 issue of the peer-reviewed journal Cancer Research.---Sources of fructose in the Western diet include cane sugar (sucrose) and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), a corn-based sweetener that has been on the market since about 1970. HFCS accounts for more than 40 percent of the caloric sweeteners added to foods and beverages, and it is the sole sweetener used in American soft drinks.Between 1970 and 1990, the consumption of HFCS in the U.S. has increased over 1,000 percent, according to an article in the April 2004 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Food companies use HFCS -- a mixture of fructose and glucose -- because it's inexpensive, easy to transport and keeps foods moist. And because it is so sweet, it's cost effective for companies to use small quantities of HCFS in place of more expensive sweeteners or flavorings. In his study, Heaney and his team took pancreatic tumors from patients and cultured and grew the malignant cells in petri dishes. They then added glucose to one set of cells and fructose to another. Using mass spectrometry, they were able to follow the carbon-labeled sugars in the cells to determine what exactly they were being used for and how.---Heaney found that the pancreatic cancer cells could easily distinguish between glucose and fructose even though they are very similar structurally, and contrary to conventional wisdom, the cancer cells metabolized the sugars in very different ways. In the case of fructose, the pancreatic cancer cells used the sugar in the transketolase-driven non-oxidative pentose phosphate pathway to generate nucleic acids, the building blocks of RNA and DNA, which the cancer cells need to divide and proliferate.---"Traditionally, glucose and fructose have been considered as interchangeable monosaccharide substrates that are similarly metabolized, and little attention has been given to sugars other than glucose," the study states. "However, fructose intake has increased dramatically in recent decades and cellular uptake of glucose and fructose uses distinct transporters ... these findings show that cancer cells can readily metabolize fructose to increase proliferation. They have major significance for cancer patients, given dietary refined fructose consumption."---As in anti-smoking campaigns, a federal effort should be launched to reduce refined fructose intake, Heaney said.---"I think this paper has a lot of public health implications," Heaney said. "Hopefully, at the federal level there will be some effort to step back on the amount of HFCS in our diets."---Heaney said that while this study was done in pancreatic cancer, these finding may not be unique to that cancer type.--Going forward, Heaney and his team are exploring whether it's possible to block the uptake of fructose in the cancer cells with a small molecule, taking away one of the fuels they need to grow. The work is being done in cell lines and in mice, Heaney said.---The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Hirschberg Foundation and the Jonsson Cancer Center.--Story Source---The above story is reprinted (with editorial adaptations by ScienceDaily staff) from materials provided by University of California - Los Angeles, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS.---Journal Reference--Haibo Liu, Danshan Huang, David L. Mcarthur, Laszlo G. Boros, Nicholas Nissen, and Anthony P. Heaney. Fructose Induces Transketolase Flux to Promote Pancreatic Cancer Growth. Cancer Research, August 1, 2010 70:6368-6376; Published OnlineFirst July 20, 2010 DOI: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-09-4615
Show of the Week August 16 2010
Radioprotective Health Supporting foods and Herbs and supplements
GENEVA (Reuters) - The H1N1 pandemic is over and the global outbreak turned out to be much less severe than was feared just over a year ago, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on [U1] Tuesday.---WHO director-general Margaret Chan once again rebutted criticism that the United Nations agency had hyped the first pandemic in more than 40 years[U2] , whose mildness left some Western governments holding huge stockpiles of unused vaccines.---The Hong Kong public health expert said the world had been lucky the H1N1 virus had not mutated into a more deadly form and that a safe vaccine developed in record time remained effective against it.---"We are now moving into the post-pandemic period. The new H1N1 virus has largely run its course," Chan said.---"That was the right call," she said, defending the decision taken in June last year to declare a pandemic.---The swine flu virus will continue to circulate as part of seasonal influenza for years to come, requiring health authorities to remain vigilant, she told a news conference.---[U3] It still threatens high-risk groups including pregnant women who would benefit from vaccination, she said.---Stockpiled H1N1 vaccines remain effective against the strain and so far the virus has not developed widespread resistance to the antiviral oseltamivir, the best treatment, she said.[U4] --The WHO's downgrading of the H1N1 outbreak to "post-pandemic" was based on recommendations by external influenza experts who conducted a review earlier in the day.---"I think even if we see severe outbreaks occurring in some countries -- which is still definitely possible -- that the global threat is really much lower and much different than a year ago," Keiji Fukuda, WHO's top flu expert, told reporters.--[U5] ---CONTINUED VIGILANCE---In June 2009, the WHO said a new swine flu virus, H1N1, that emerged in the United States and Mexico and spread around the world in six weeks, was the first pandemic since 1968. A full pandemic corresponds to phase 6 on the WHO's six-point scale.---"We need to continue to maintain our vigilance and not be complacent," Chan said, noting that outbreaks continued in countries including India and New Zealand.---[U6] The behavior of influenza viruses is notoriously difficult to predict and no two pandemics are alike, flu experts say."I am very pleased that European member states prepared for something worse. I'd rather have it go that way than their planning for less or not being prepared at all," Angus Nicoll, influenza program coordinator at the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, told Reuters Tuesday.---The WHO has also rejected allegations that it acted under the influence of drug companies in declaring a pandemic.---[U7] Chan said that three viruses were now circulating as part of a "mixed virus pattern" in many countries, typically seen during seasonal epidemics. These were H1N1 and H3N2 -- both type 'A' influenza -- as well as type 'B'.---Either H1N1 vaccine or a trivalent (triple shot) vaccine against the three strains should be used to inoculate those at risk, depending on their availability, she said.---"Pandemic and seasonal vaccine in both hemispheres confer the same protection (against H1N1)," Fukuda said.An estimated 350 million people worldwide have been vaccinated against H1N1, he said.---Dozens of companies make influenza vaccines, including Sanofi-Aventis, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, AstraZeneca and CSL. Roche makes the frontline antiviral oseltamivir, marketed as Tamiflu.---The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the WHO pronouncement will not alter U.S. plans for the upcoming flu season. The CDC recommends that everyone over 6 months of age be vaccinated against seasonal flu this year, the most universal recommendation yet for flu vaccines.--[U8] The CDC said vaccine manufacturers are predicting an ample supply of U.S. flu vaccine, which will protect against the 2009 H1N1 swine flu virus, plus the most common strains of the H3N2 and the influenza B virus.---The CDC last month said manufacturers have forecast they will have 170 million doses of flu vaccine for the 2010-2011 U.S. flu season.--Some 18,450 people worldwide are confirmed to have died from H1N1 infections, including many pregnant women and young people. But WHO says that it will take at least a year after the pandemic ends to determine the true death toll, which is likely to be much higher.--Seasonal flu kills an estimated 500,000 people a year, 90 percent of them frail elderly people, according to the WHO. [U9] The 1957 and 1968 pandemics killed about 2 million and 1 million people, respectively, it says.--(Additional reporting by Laura MacInnis and Julie Steenhuysen; Editing by Louise Ireland and Cynthia Osterman.)
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Enzyte, a popular dietary supplement marketed for "male enhancement," causes electrical abnormalities in the heart that could be potentially fatal in some people, new research suggests.---Doctors should tell their patients not to use the product until more safety information is available[U10] , Dr. Brian F. McBride of Loyola University Chicago in Maywood, Illinois, and his colleagues conclude. Vianda, the Cincinnati-based company that makes Enzyte, did not respond to calls or emails seeking comment.--According to Vianda's Web site, Enzyte promotes "firmer, stronger, fuller-feeling erections." The company also states that "over 5 million men worldwide" use the supplement.---Because Enzyte is regulated as a dietary supplement, the company is not required to provide data to back up claims of its effectiveness.---Under U.S. law, dietary supplements are also "'presumed safe unless proven to be otherwise,'" Dr. Paul Shekelle of RAND Health in Santa Monica, California, notes in an editorial accompanying the study, which is published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.---After being given the supplement, men in the study showed a prolongation of a section of the heart's electrical cycle known as the QT interval. For people with a condition called long QT syndrome, which may occur in as many as one in 2,000 people, further prolongation like that seen in the current study could lead to severe heart arrhythmia and sudden death[U11] .----"Enzyte appears to have some of the properties of some of the most powerful heart controlling medications that we give by prescription," McBride told Reuters Health.--McBride and his team had nine healthy young men take either a placebo, the equivalent of half a tablet of Enzyte, a whole tablet, or two tablets, and then performed an EKG one, three, and five hours later.----With the single-tablet dose, the researchers found, the men's QT intervals increased by an average of about 8 percent, or 32 milliseconds, three hours after they took the drug; at five hours, it had increased by 11 percent, or 37 milliseconds. No patients developed abnormal heart rhythms or prolonged erections, but four developed skin flushing.----Reports of sudden death in users of cisapride (the ulcer drug Propulsid) and terfenadine (the antihistamine Seldane), which prolonged QT intervals by an average of 13 and 17 milliseconds, respectively, prompted the Food and Drug Administration to pull these products off the market, the researchers point out.[U12] ----Determining the risks of dietary supplements can be extremely difficult, notes McBride, especially those that are marketed for an "embarrassing" condition like impotence. Many men using these supplements don't want to tell their doctor, he added, so adverse effects may go unreported.---"This creates a relatively anonymous patient population at an elevated risk for drug-induced sudden death," he and his colleagues write. [U13] Enzyte's ingredients include niacin, copper, zinc, ginseng, Ginkgo biloba, "horny goat weed standardized extract," and several other herbal components, according to the company's Web site. While the flushing seen in some of the men could be related to niacin, McBride and his colleagues write, it's impossible to say which substances might be responsible for prolonging QT intervals[U14] .---Another concern, the researchers note, is the fact that men taking the supplement in the real world are likely to be older and sicker than the young men in the study, which means they may already be at higher risk for heart arrhythmias. In his editorial, Shekelle calls the findings "worrisome," but notes that the researchers did not look at actual adverse outcomes in patients, just EKG changes that may or may not lead to "serious health outcomes."---Nevertheless, he adds, "their conclusion that clinicians should advise their patients to avoid this dietary supplement until more evidence is available seems justified and prudent."[U15]
A team of scientists from the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer of the University of Montreal have identified vitamin B3 as a potential antifungal treatment.)---ScienceDaily (Aug. 10, 2010) — A team of scientists from the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC) of the University of Montreal have identified vitamin B3 as a potential antifungal treatment.---Led by IRIC Principal Investigators Martine Raymond, Alain Verreault and Pierre Thibault, in collaboration with Alaka Mullick, from the Biotechnology Research Institute of the National Research Council Canada, the study is the subject of a recent article in Nature Medicine. Infections by the yeast Candida albicans represent a significant public health problem and a common complication in immunodeficient individuals such as AIDS patients, cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and recipients of organ transplants. While some treatments are available, their efficacy can be compromised by the emergence of drug-resistant strains.---The current study shows that a C. albicans enzyme, known as Hst3, is essential to the growth and survival of the yeast. Researchers found that genetic or pharmacological inhibition of Hst3 with nicotinamide, a form of vitamin B3, strongly reduced C. albicans virulence in a mouse model. Both normal and drug-resistant strains of C. albicans were susceptible to nicotinamide. In addition, nicotinamide prevented the growth of other pathogenic Candida species and Aspergillus fumigatus (another human pathogen), thus demonstrating the broad antifungal properties of nicotinamide.----"There is an urgent need to develop new therapies to kill C. albicans because it is one of the leading causes of hospital-acquired infections and is associated with high mortality rates," explains Martine Raymond, who is also a professor at the University of Montreal Department of Biochemistry. "Although many issues remain to be investigated, the results of our study are very exciting and they constitute an important first step in the development of new therapeutic agents to treat fungal infections without major side effects for patients."-Martine Raymond is Principal Investigator in the Yeast Molecular Biology Laboratory. Alain Verreault is Principal Investigator in the Chromosome Biogenesis Laboratory. Pierre Thibault is Principal Investigator in the Proteomics and Bioanalytical Mass Spectrometry Laboratory. The research received funding from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada.---Story Source:---The above story is reprinted (with editorial adaptations by ScienceDaily staff) from materials provided by University of Montreal, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS.---Journal Reference---Hugo Wurtele, Sarah Tsao, Guylaine Lépine, Alaka Mullick, Jessy Tremblay, Paul Drogaris, Eun-Hye Lee, Pierre Thibault, Alain Verreault, Martine Raymond. Modulation of histone H3 lysine 56 acetylation as an antifungal therapeutic strategy. Nature Medicine, 2010; 16 (7): 774 DOI: 10.1038/nm.2175
A hasty evacuation of diplomatic
staff from foreign embassies, like a stampede, began in
Moscow. Many embassies are trying to hide the evacuation for
political reasons. Mass evacuation of the embassies of
Canada and Poland was officially
reported at night on August 7.
10,000 children and hundreds of elderly to Bulgaria and the Ukraine to save
them from the smoldering heat and overpowering smog in
the city’s Mayor, Yriy Luzhkov, announced Tuesday. Seventeen regions of Russia
are currently aflame. Seven of them, including the
Moscow region, have declared a state of emergency.---
Physicians have urged Muscovites to avoid leaving their
homes. They warn that breathing the toxic air for just a couple of hours
has the same harmful effect as smoking two packs of cigarettes---The U.S. State Department is allowing nonessential staff and dependents of the embassy in Moscow to leave if they want. Carbon monoxide in the Moscow air was 1.4 times higher than acceptable levels Tuesday, the state pollution watchdog said, a slight improvement from the day before. On Saturday the levels had been an alarming 6.6 times worse. The Canadian government has also initiated a partial evacuation of embassy staff and family members from Moscow due to the choking smog caused by raging fires around Russia’s capital. Foreign Ministries of Germany, Bulgaria, France, Italy and other countries also appealed to their citizens not to travel to Russia-- Russia fought a deadly battle Tuesday to prevent wildfires from engulfing key nuclear sites as alarm mounted over the impact on health of a toxic smoke cloud shrouded over Moscow. Russian troops dug a five-mile canal yesterday to protect one of the nuclear sites. Bulgaria’s EU commissioner Kristalina Georgieva said that the EU is strongly concerned about the situation in Russia where wildfires have been raging for almost two weeks. “We are viewing the problem in Russia as something very grave, for as we all can see it affects the life and health of many people,” stated Georgieva---the most from the Chernobyl catastrophe in what was then Soviet Ukraine. Though they are reporting no increase in radiation levels, can we really trust these reports—
Russian fires threaten to stir Chernobyl radiation
Soil pollution results from the buildup of contaminants, toxic compounds, radioactive materials, salts, chemicals and cancer-causing agents. The most common soil pollutants are hydrocarbons, heavy metals (cadmium, lead, chromium, copper, zinc, mercury and arsenic), herbicides, pesticides, oils, tars, PCBs and dioxins.--The forest floor in Russia holds heavy concentrations of radioactive particles that settled after more than several nuclear disasters. We don’t need environmentalists to remind and warn us that radiation plus a full ensemble of chemicals and heavy metals could be thrown into the air by the fires raging across western and central Russia. The particles could then be blown far and wide into other areas by the wind creating a nuclear incident of unexpected proportions.--Today, on the 11th of August we see concern as firefighters are trying to prevent wildfires from spreading harmful radiation. At least six wildfires were spotted in the Bryansk region this week – the part of Russia that suffered?---- The median concentration of plutonium produced as a result of nuclear weapons tests is about 10-13g g-1 in soils of the northern hemisphere. Considerably higher concentrations of plutonium and other actinides are found in regions contaminated with fallout from nuclear reprocessing plants and nuclear power plants, e.g., in the Ural region (Russia) and Chernobyl (Ukraine). -- Russia’s Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu acknowledged the danger last week but officials have never acknowledged the full extent of contamination of thousands and thousands of miles of Russian territory through many nuclear and chemical accidents. One of the worst was kept secret for 30 years and again is not mentioned in today’s report by the Associated Press---- Mayak is known as a source for serious contamination of a huge territory in the Ural area which happened in 1957 and was kept as a secret by the soviet regime. For 45 years, Chelyabinsk province of Russia was closed to all foreigners. The accidents there resulted in severe health hazards and some areas are still under restricted access regime because of radiation. In the past 45 years, about half a million people in the region have been irradiated in one or more of the incidents, exposing some of them to more than 20 times the radiation suffered by the Chernobyl disaster victims.-- In the 1950s nuclear technology was not yet well developed and there was not enough knowledge in the world and still less in the USSR about the fate of radioactive wastes in natural ecosystems and the effects of radiation on humans. Therefore, efforts to prevent discharges of radioactivity into the environment were insufficient, and territories in the vicinity of Mayak were severely contaminated by radio nuclides, including long lived 137Cs and 90Sr. In the first years of the Mayak operation there were three accidents accompanied by large releases of radioactivity in the environment:
River contamination (1949-1956, ~ 100 PBq);
2.Kyshtym accident (1957, ~70 PBq)
3.An incident with dispersion of radioactive dust (1967, ~20 TBq).
The “accident” in 1957 was where they make H-Bombs and was estimated at 20 Million Curies of Cesium137. That radiation value has decayed now to approximately 6 Million Curies. By comparison, the amount of Chernobyl radiation in the forest has decayed to a present day value of “only” 400,000 Curies. That is what is burning and dumping 30-50% of the vegetation and soil locked bound with 6.4 million Curies of Cesium 137 back into the active weather portion of our atmosphere – the troposphere. As you might know, the Cesium is just one of 1400 plus Butterfly Curve products of reactors and nuclear weapons ---Bob Nichols, Project Censored Award winner stated yesterday, August 11, 2010, “The Russkie Fires burning down old H-Bomb factory areas and the Chernobyl poisoned woodlands are the same as four Chernobyls happening at the same time. If you were planning a trip to Europe – don’t go. If you have family or friends there – get them out if you can. This is not a drill. It is the real deal.”---- “There have been fires in the areas with higher radiation levels,” said Vasily Tuzov, a deputy head of the federal forest protection service, who reported that wildfires engulfed a total of some 9,600 acres (3,900 hectares) in several regions of Russia hit by the Chernobyl fallout, including the Bryansk region. A top Russian forest expert said that the mixture of radioactive elements that remained in the forest floor in the affected regions remains dangerous. “A cloud may come up with soot and spread over a huge territory,” said Alexander Isayev of the Moscow-based Center for Forest Ecology and Productivity---In reality, and predictably, the threat will be hugely underestimated because their estimates will be based on false contamination data. We already see in all the news the complete absence of any information about the huge areas contaminated in the Chelyabinsk province. Whether it’s Chernobyl or Mayak, when they say 50 miles around the source site is polluted, mentally one should calculate 500 or 1000 miles, that’s how badly officials underestimate the damage and threat and prior contamination.--- We have seen this displayed by the Americans and British who under-calculate by even greater factors with their depleted uranium weapons. They allowed their own troops to sleep right next to tanks destroyed by such weapons but thousands of miles away in England radiation levels went up by a factor of 8 or 9 just two weeks after massive bombings in Iraq. There is not enough time to work up a clean Hiroshima equivalent or anything even approaching a quantitative definition of the unfolding disaster in nuclear terms, but whatever size of threat, you can bet your bottom dollar that they will say it’s safe and not a problem. Not a problem that is until you try to have children and you are sterile or your kids are born with cancer or worse.--Of course no one is even talking about heavy metal contamination especially from mercury that has blanketed the earth and has been bio-accumulating at an accelerated pace especially since the rapid industrialization of India and China. Everything in the soil and vegetation is being vaporized directly into the air and the consequences will fall heavily on the health of affected local populations and even those who live in more distant lands.- The dangers from the Russian fires all add up to a large weapon of mass destruction not only of the environment and crops but also an invisible blanket of radiation and heavy metals whose effects will linger in the lungs and tissues of everyone exposed unless they do aggressive and natural detoxification and nutritional supplementation. A lot is being hidden from the public because it would cause a panic and also because those who control the international media and governments everywhere habitually lie about anything and everything to do with toxic threats. They really cannot help themselves at this point.-- The unleashed power of the atom has changed --everything save our modes of thinking, and thus we drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.-- So medicine has to change and that’s both for the rich and poor alike. Even if you’re part of the elite and are prepared to go underground you are not going to build a pharmaceutical plant and produce your own mitochondrial poisons that you will take when feeling sick from Toxicity Syndrome. But you can take down with you a ton of sodium bicarbonate and hundreds of gallons of magnesium chloride (or what is known as magnesium oil) and both will sit on the shelves without problems for many decades. You can also bring down with you hundreds of gallons of iodine or just have the mineral in solid form on hand to easily make up your own when needed, if you have the formula. And then there is clay and activated charcoal and one can bring that down with you and store by the ton, all very inexpensively, not that price matters to the Of course a clinic or underground bunker would have infrared saunas, plenty of selenium and vitamin C on hand, sodium thiosulfate, artificial sun lamps, which are a good idea even if you decided to live on the surface if you live in the far northern or southern latitudes---Of course a clinic or underground bunker would have infrared saunas, plenty of selenium and vitamin C on hand, sodium thiosulfate, artificial sun lamps, which are a good idea even if you decided to live on the surface if you live in the far northern or southern latitudes-
Radioprotective Health Supporting foods and Herbs and supplements
Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) baths
If you had an X-rays or radiation treatments for cancer, A radionics practitioner said that you can soak your body in baking soda baths to help pull out the radiation from your body. If you look all over the web, there is talk about patients who have had mouth cancer who were given radiation treatments to get rid of the cancer, and then told to gargle with baking soda mixed in water.”
Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) rinses
“The most effective measure to treat RT-induced mucositis in patients with head and neck cancer is frequent oral rinsing with a sodium bicarbonate rinse, to reduce the amount of oral microbial flora.” (Oncol Nurs Forum. 2002 Aug;29:1063-80. A research review of the current treatments for radiation-induced oral mucositis in patients with head and neck cancer. Shih A, Miaskowski C, Dodd MJ, Stotts NA, MacPhail)
Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) plus sea salt baths
Take 20-minute baking soda/ sea salt baths (mixing half a pound of salt and half a pound of baking soda) to drain the body of DOR (deadly orgone energy as described by Dr. Wilhelm Reich) etc. Since such baths are “energy draining”, she advises to be careful when getting up from them (circulation) and lie naked in the sun afterwards to recharge one’s battery. I would add the salt when the bathtub is somewhat filled already to avoid possible damage to any metal parts.
Dr. Donsbach writes: “An amino acid, cysteine protects against the damage of radiation by terminating the free radicals produced by ionizing radiation.” Cysteine, together with methionine, cystine,Alpha Lipoic Acid, Taurine and their derivatives, is numbered among the “sulphurated amino acids” due to the fact that these amino acids contain sulfur in addition to carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen. Sulfurated amino acids.
Radioprotective Herbs: LarreaRx chapparal - Burdock root - Mint extract- Curcumin extract – Tumeric spice - Boswellia extract- Periwinkle- Basil- Celery Root- Dandelion-Milk Thistle
Post Radiation Drug Therapies- ACE inhibitors for the kidney, lung and CNS)- Growth factors (G-CSF, GM-CSF, KGF, EPO) to treat the--bone marrow, whole body--• Chelating and isotope-competing agents (Prussian Blue, 7--DTPA, EDTA, potassium iodide, penicillamine, alginates) for the thyroid and bone marrow Pentoxifylline, Vitamin E and SOD to treat fibrosis-- Antiemetics to target the GI tract and CNS- Pentoxifylline for fibrosis-- Amifostine (anticarcinogenic effects) for mutagenesis-carcinogenesis (given within 3 hours of exposure)- Tempol and other nitroxides for the whole body and fibrosis-• Stem cell transplants (bone marrow, umbilical cord blood, peripheral blood, liver, CNS) for the bone marrow, CNS, liver.
Alkalinizers to Remove Uranium and other Radioisotopes -- EO Electrolyzed Water -- TriSalts – Ecological Formulas BioAlkalinizer – BioGenesis -Buffered Vitamin C – Ca, Mg, Zn - Ascorbates
Spirulina reduces the quantity of Radioactive Isotopes absorbed into the body and thereby helps to counteract the toxic effects of exposure to Radioactivity.
Animal Organ Supplements
Spleen Extract counteracts the damage to the Immune System caused by exposure to Radioactivity.---
Herbs and Supplements For Anti-Radiation
FAloe vera (gel applied topically) counteracts the ability of Radioactivity exposure to cause Radioepithelitis (destruction of the epithelium of the Skin).
FChaparral protects the body from the toxic effects of Radioactivity.
FGinkgo biloba protects the body from the damage to Chromosomes associated with exposure to Radioactivity.
FSarsaparilla protects against the toxic effects of Radioactivity.
FTea (especially Green Tea) protects the body’s Cells against the damage caused by Radioactivity (due to the Epigallo-Catechin-Gallate (EGCG) content of Green Tea).
FIodine alleviates Radiation Sickness (specifically the damage to the Thyroid) that occurs as a result of exposure to Radioactivity (Radioactive Iodine-131). The best form of Iodine for protecting against Radiation Sickness after exposure to excessive Radioactivity is Potassium Iodate.
FEpigallo-Catechin-Gallate (EGCG) protects the body’s Cells against the damage caused by Radioactivity.
FLuteolin protects the body’s Cells against the damage caused by Radioactivity.
FZinc (especially Zinc Aspartate consumed orally) reduces the lethality of exposure to Radioactivity (when Zinc is consumed prior to exposure to Radioactivity).
FLipoic Acid reduces the toxic effects of exposure to Radioactivity: Persons exposed to Radioactivity after the Chernobyl incident (in Russia) who received Lipoic Acid supplements exhibit greatly lowered oxidative damage as a result of Radioactivity exposure.
FVitamin C improves the ability of the body to resist the toxic effects of exposure to Radioactivity: Guinea pigs that were supplemented with large dosages of Vitamin C combined with Bioflavonoids were able to withstand twice the known lethal dosages of Radioactivity. Vitamin C (10 grams per day) decreases the Bleeding and Cell degeneration that occurs as a result of exposure to Plutonium Radioactivity.--- Vitamin E and C reduced radiation-induced mutations and chromosomal damage in mammalian cells, and radiation-induced lethality
FCysteine protects the body's Cells from many of the toxic effects of exposure to Radioactivity.
FFFRadiobiological studies have identified several radioprotective compounds some of which are non-toxic to humans. The identification that sulfhydryl (SH)-compounds are potent radioprotective agents is considered as one the most important discoveries in applied radiobiological research . Unfortunately, most widely studied SH-compounds like cysteamine, cystamine and aminoethylisothiourea dihydrobromide (AET) and a cysteamine analogue, amifostine, were toxic to humans . However, compounds such as N-acetylcysteine (NAC) and alpha-lipoic acid that are rapidly absorbed and elevate intracellular levels of glutathione (perhaps the most ubiquitous endogenous SH-compound in ameliorating sources of oxidative stress), are of radioprotective value and are, within certain dose ranges, non-toxic to humans. Dietary antioxidants such as vitamins E, C and beta-carotene are of radioprotective value, but very little attention has been given to these compounds with respect to their use in protecting normal tissue against radiation damage in humans. It is therefore possible to develop a non-toxic, cost-effective mixture of antioxidants (dietary and glutathione-elevating agents) that can provide biological protection against radiation damage based on several criteria including mutations. Indeed, such radioprotective products have been patented (pending), and are available commercially. In vitro, animal and human studies that support the rationale of these radioprotective products are described below.--- Vitamin E and selenium reduced radiation-induced transformation in cell culture; the combination was more effective than the individual agents ..
FL-Dopa protects the body's Cells from many of the toxic effects of exposure to Radioactivity.
FHyaluronic Acid (cream applied topically) counteracts the ability of Radioactivity exposure to cause Radioepithelitis.
FBeta-Carotene protects against many of the toxic effects of exposure to Radioactivity. -- Natural beta-carotene protected against radiation-induced neoplastic transformation in cell culture
FLycopene protects against many of the toxic effects of exposure to Radioactivity.
FMelatonin protects the body’s Cells and tissues against the toxic effects of exposure to Radioactivity.
Evaluation of silymarin as a promising radioprotector.
Z Naturforsch C. 2010 May-Jun;65(5-6):337-46
Authors: Adhikari M, Arora R, Chawla R, Sharma J, Dhaker AS, Gupta D, Dubey N, Kumar R, Ivanov V, Gadjeva V, Gevrenova R, Sharma RK
Silymarin, a purified extract of seeds of Silybum marianum L. and well known for its hepatoprotective abilities, has been evaluated for inherent utility as a radioprotective agent. A fraction (INM-7035) was authenticated by characterizing the percentage composition of silybin A and B (39.9% and 57.4%). Free radical scavenging activities of INM-7035 against superoxide radicals (>68%), hydroxyl radicals (>33.75%), DPPH (67.2%), and ABTS (32.4%) were also evaluated. The fraction chelated (>30%) ferrous ions, thereby able to restrict amplification. INM-7035 exhibited >50% peroxyl radical scavenging activity in the lipid phase along with dose-dependent (R2 = 0.990) reducing power in the aqueous phase. Radiation-induced free radical flux can lead to disruption of biomolecules like membrane lipids. INM-7035 completely inhibited lipid peroxidative stress in case of membranes against supralethal radiation stress in the liposomal system. The ability of INM-7035 to modulate the levels of NF-kappaB, indicated its inherent potential as a radioprotective bioactive constituent.---PMID: 20653235 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Formulations and Recipes
Ø Recipe Liver and Thyroid and Brain Effect+—combine milk thistle seeds 1 teaspoon with sea weed 2 oz and sage 1 /2 tsp dry 2-3 sprigs fresh and dandelion ( luteolin ) 2 oz of root or leaf- and water 2-3 pints--make a tea with this as a protectant for radiation exposure---liver regenerator—hormone balancer—thyroid regulator---brain protectant—mood stabilizer—adrenal support—blood support---
Ø Recipe—Using lugols iodine or SSKI or Iodoral supplements at an 80 mg a day in divided small doses will assist the body in the removal of Radiation Poisoning---taking any of these supplements prior to taking a Anti Radiation bath will assist in not only detoxing the rads out but protecting the thyroid against the chlorine in the water
Ø Recipe—Anti Radiation Bathing ---take ½ - 1 cup of baking soda and add ½ - 1 cup of Epsom salt and ½- 1 cup of bleach—mix well in the bath—as hot as you can tolerate this---and sit in minimally for 20 minutes---when arising from the bath Do not rinse or very superficially and allow to let sit on the surface of the skin
Ø Recipe Bioflavonoid Peel the Citrus fruits like a potato---what you will have is a higher amount of the components of the Bioflavonoid---you can as well use the essential oils of any citrus and spray them on the bioflavonoid and allow to dry---powder this down and sift after drying---and consume in juices --- sprinkle on foods ( you can add potassium chloride or potassium iodide with this and apply it to your foods) you can as well before you dry this apply either a lugols solution or a SSKI solution to this to have a added benefit by apply 1-2 drops of the sski or 2-4 drops of the lugols to each slice and then allow to dry and then powder down the and again apply this on your foods---
ScienceDaily (Sep. 24, 2008) — Resveratrol, the natural antioxidant commonly found in red wine and many plants, may offer protection against radiation exposure, according to a study by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. When altered with acetyl, resveratrol administered before radiation exposure proved to protect cells from radiation in mouse models. The study, led by Joel Greenberger, M.D., professor and chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, is overseen by Pitt's Center for Medical Countermeasures Against Radiation. The center is dedicated to identifying and developing small molecule radiation protectors and mitigators that easily can be accessed and administered in the event of a large-scale radiological or nuclear emergency. "New, small molecules with radioprotective capacity will be required for treatment in case of radiation spills or even as countermeasures against radiological terrorism," said Dr. Greenberger. "Small molecules which can be easily stored, transported and administered are optimal for this, and so far acetylated resveratrol fits these requirements well.""Currently there are no drugs on the market that protect against or counteract radiation exposure," he added. "Our goal is to develop treatments for the general population that are effective and non-toxic."Dr. Greenberger and his team are conducting further studies to determine whether acetylated resveratrol eventually can be translated into clinical use as a radioprotective agent. In 2004, this same team of researchers identified the drug JP4-039, which can be delivered directly to the mitochondria, the energy producing areas of cells. When this occurs, the drug assists the mitochondria in combating radiation-induced cell death. The results of the research were presented during the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology's (ASTRO) 50th Annual Meeting in Boston.The abstract, "Acetylated resveratrol: A new small molecule radioprotector,"was presented at a poster discussion session on Sept. 23. The study was funded by a $10 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to establish the Center for Medical Countermeasures Against Radiation at the University of Pittsburgh.---Adapted from materials provided by University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS.
Naringin, a citrus flavonone, protects against radiation-induced chromosome damage in mouse bone marrow.
Jagetia GC, Venkatesha VA, Reddy TK.----Department of Radiobiology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal 576119, India. firstname.lastname@example.org
Free radicals are responsible for the induction of damage to the cellular DNA that leads to the formation of chromosome aberrations. Antioxidants are known to scavenge free radicals, thereby decreasing the degree of such effects. Radiation is a well-known inducer of free radicals and compounds that can scavenge free radicals may reduce radiation-induced DNA damage. Naringin, a bioflavonoid predominant in grapefruit and other citrus fruits, has been found to scavenge free radicals, therefore it may also reduce radiation-induced damage. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the radioprotective action of 2 mg/kg naringin in the bone marrow of mice exposed to different doses of (60)Co gamma-radiation by scoring the frequency of asymmetrical chromosomal aberrations. The irradiation of mice resulted in a dose-dependent elevation in the frequency of aberrant cells, acentric fragments, chromatid and chromosome breaks, dicentrics and exchanges. All these aberrations were elevated with scoring time up to 24 h post-irradiation and declined thereafter, except chromatid breaks, which were maximum at 12 h post-irradiation. Treatment of mice with 2 mg/kg body wt naringin before exposure to various doses of gamma-radiation resulted in a significant reduction in the frequencies of aberrant cells and chromosomal aberrations like acentric fragments, chromatid and chromosome breaks, centric rings, dicentrics and exchanges. The evaluation of free radical scavenging activity of naringin revealed a dose-dependent scavenging of hydroxyl, superoxide and 2,2 equal to or precedes -diphenyl-1-picryl hydrazyl radical. Naringin at 5 microM scavenged the 2,2-azino-bis-3-ethyl benzothiazoline-6-sulphonic acid cation radical very efficiently, where a 90% scavenging was observed. Our study demonstrates that naringin can protect mouse bone marrow cells against radiation-induced chromosomal damage.-- PMID: 12840107 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Jagetia GC,Reddy TK.
Department of Radiobiology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal 576119, India. email@example.com
The effect of various doses, viz. 0, 0.5, 1, 2, 4, 6 and 8 mg/kg body weight of naringin (NIN) (a citrus flavanone) was studied on the alteration in the radiation-induced micronucleated polychromatic (MPCE) and normochromatic (MNCE) erythrocytes in mouse bone marrow exposed to 2 Gy of 60Co gamma-radiation. The treatment of mice with various doses of NIN before exposure to 2 Gy resulted in a significant decline in the frequency of MPCE when compared to the non-drug-treated irradiated control. However, the greatest reduction in MPCE was observed for 2mg/kg body weight NIN, accompanied by a highest PCE/NCE ratio when compared with the non-drug-treated irradiated control. Therefore, further studies were carried out using this dose of NIN, where the animals were administered with 2mg/kg body weight of NIN before exposure to 0, 0.5, 1, 2, 3 and 4 Gy of gamma-radiation. The frequency of MPCE and MNCE increased in a dose-dependent manner in both the non-drug-treated irradiated control and NIN-pretreated irradiated groups up to a dose of 2 Gy, while a further increase in the irradiation dose resulted in a significant decline in MPCE and MNCE frequencies in both groups. Pretreatment of mice with 2mg/kg body weight of NIN resulted in a significant decline in the frequencies of MPCE and MNCE. NIN treatment not only reduced the frequency of MPCE with one micronucleus, but also of MPCE with multiple micronuclei (MN), indicating its ability to reduce complex chromosome aberrations. Conversely, the PCE/NCE ratio declined in a dose-dependent manner in both groups. The treatment of mice with NIN before exposure to different doses of gamma-radiation resulted in the inhibition in this decline in the PCE/NCE ratio. Our study demonstrates that NIN is able to protect mouse bone marrow cells against the radiation-induced DNA damage and decline in the cell proliferation as observed by a reduction in the micronucleus frequency and an increase in PCE/NCE ratio, respectively, in the NIN-pretreated irradiated group. -PMID: 12160890 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Division of Environmental Researches and Workers Protection, Iraqi Atomic Energy Commission, Baghdad, Iraq.
In the present study, protection of mice, BALB/c inbred as measured by survival at 30 days against whole-body gamma exposure at two dose levels, namely, 7.60 and 10.12 Gy by prior irradiation treatment with combination of beta-carotene, N-(2-mercapto-propionyl)-glycine (MPG) and S-(2-aminoethyl) isothiouroniumbromide hydrobromide (AET), is reported. It was found that administration of beta-carotene (1 mg per 20 g body mass) and 24 h before whole-body irradiation (7.60 Gy) had significantly improved the post-irradiation survival. It was also found that administration of a combination of AET (260 mg per kg body mass) and MPG (60 mg per kg body mass) 20 min before exposure to 7.60 Gy gamma irradiation to mice which have been treated with beta-carotene (1 mg per 20 g body mass) 24 h before exposure had resulted in 80% survival in comparison to 10% survival recorded for control animals. On the other hand, when the animals were exposed to a higher dose (10.12 Gy) under similar experimental conditions as above, a significant improvement in survival was observed during the first 10 days following the exposure but only a slight effect afterward. On the other hand, the response of male and female mice 10 days after exposure to the above radiation dose indicated that the females were more radioresistant than the males. Copyright 2003 S. Karger AG, Basel--- PMID: 12743471 [PubMed - Indexed for MEDLINE]
George KC, Hebbar SA, Kale SP, Kesavan PC.
Biosciences Group, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai, India.
Administration of caffeine (1,3,7-trimethylxanthine), a major component of coffee, to Swiss mice at doses of 80 or 100 mg/kg body weight 60 min prior to whole-body lethal dose of gamma-irradiation (7.5 Gy) resulted in the survival of 70 and 63% of animals, respectively, at the above doses in contrast to absolutely no survivors (LD-100/25 days) in the group exposed to radiation alone. Pre-treatment with a lower concentration of caffeine (50 mg/kg) did not confer any radioprotection. The protection exerted by caffeine (80 mg/kg), however, was reduced from 70 to 50% if administered 30 min prior to irradiation. The trend statistics reveal that a dose of 80 mg/kg administered 60 min before whole-body exposure to 7.5 Gy is optimal for maximal radioprotection. However, caffeine (80 mg/kg) administered within 3 min after irradiation offered no protection. While there is documentation in the literature that caffeine is an antioxidant and radioprotector against the oxic pathway of radiation damage in a wide range of cells and organisms, this is the first report demonstrating unequivocally its potent radioprotective action in terms of survival of lethally whole-body irradiated mice.
Jindal A, Soyal D, Sancheti G, Goyal PK.
Radiation and Cancer Biology Laboratory, Department of Zoology, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur - 302 004, India.
The radioprotective effect of Rosemarinus officinalis extract (ROE) was studied in mice exposed to 8 Gy of gamma radiation. The optimum dose for radioprotection was determined by administering 100, 200, 400, 800, 1000, 1500, and 2000 mg/kg body weight of ROE orally once daily, consecutively for five days before irradiation. Treatment of mice with ROE, delayed the onset of mortality and reduced the symptoms of radiation sickness when compared with the non-drug-treated irradiated controls. The dose of ROE found to be most effective against radiation was 1000 mg/kg body weight because this dose increased the survival time and reduced the mortality rate of mice significantly. Body weight loss in ROE administered irradiated animals was significantly less in comparison with animals who were given radiation treatment alone. Furthermore, irradiation of animals resulted in an elevation in lipid peroxidation (LPx) and a significant decrease in glutathione (GSH) in blood and liver. Conversely, administration of animals with ROE before irradiation caused a significant decline in LPx accompanied by a significant increase in GSH concentration. The present study demonstrates that Rosemarinus officinalis leave extract is a good radioprotector.--- PMID: 17341204 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Department of Zoology, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur - 302 004, India.
The skin, being a cell-renewal system, is one of the first organs to be affected in total-body irradiation during radiotherapy. An attempt has been made in the present study to explore radiation-induced biochemical alterations caused by whole-body gamma irradiation and their modulation in Swiss albino mice by Aloe vera leaf extract (AVE). Mice were selected for this study from an inbreed colony and divided into four different groups: I (double-distilled water-treated group): considered as normal; II (Aloe vera-treated group): the animals were administered 1 g/kg body-wt/day Aloe vera leaf extract; III (radiation-treated group): the animals were exposed to 6 Gy gamma radiation at the dose rate of 0.96 Gy/min; and IV (combination group): animals were administered Aloe vera leaf extract continuously for 15 consecutive days, and on the 15th day they were irradiated to 6 Gy gamma radiation after 30 minutes of extract administration. The animals from the above groups were autopsied after 6 hours, 24 hours, and at 3, 7, 14, and 21 days of radiation. Biochemical estimations of DNA, lipid peroxidation, glutathione, catalase, and superoxide-dismutase were made. Total DNA, catalase, superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity in the skin, and glutathione (GSH) in the liver and blood significantly decreased compared to normal, but lipid peroxidation (LPO) in the liver and blood increased in the irradiated control group. In contrast, in experimental animals, DNA, catalase, and SOD in the skin and GSH in the liver and blood increased significantly, whereas LPO in the liver and blood decreased in comparison to irradiated control animals. Thus, Aloe vera leaf extract is found to have damage-resistant properties against radiation-induced biochemical alterations in Swiss albino mice.-- PMID: 19392655 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Samarth RM, Panwar M, Kumar M, Kumar A.Radiation & Cancer Biology Laboratory, Department of Zoology, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, India. firstname.lastname@example.org
Retraction in: Int J Radiat Biol. 2007 Nov-Dec;83(11-12):897.
PURPOSE: To evaluate the radiomodulatory influence of a leaf extract of Mentha piperita (Linn) on hepatic antioxidant status and lipid peroxidation in Swiss albino mice. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Animals were given either double distilled water or leaf extract of M. piperita orally (1 g/kg bwt/day) once a day for three consecutive days. Thirty min after the last treatment mice were exposed to 8 Gy of gamma radiation. Mice were autopsied at 30 min post-irradiation. Biochemical parameters were studied to assess the radioprotective effect of leaf extract of M. piperita. RESULTS: Animals pretreated with leaf extract of M. piperita and exposed to 8.0 Gy gamma radiation showed a significant increase in the activities of reduced glutathione content (p < 0.001), glutathione peroxidase (p < 0.005), glutathione reductase (p < 0.001), glutathione S-transferase (p < 0.005), superoxide dismutase (p < 0.005), and catalase (p < 0.005). Irradiated group pretreated with leaf extract of M. piperita showed significant decrease in malondialdehyde (MDA) formation in liver. The leaf extract of M. piperita showed strong radical scavenging activity in both the 1, 1 diphenyl-2-picryl hydrazyl radical (DPPH*) and 2, 2 azinobis (3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulfonic acid) radical cation (ABTS*+) assays. CONCLUSIONS: The results of the present investigation suggest the antioxidant and free radical scavenging activities of leaf extract of M. piperita are the likely mechanism of radiation protection.
[U1]Lets get ready for the next wave of infections –new outbreaks ---and agenda setting legislation to come in to forcibly cause us to lose more rights over our individuality---“ You Are Borg”
[U2]This is true this was so over blown to induce a vaccination program to induce more illness and curtail the population growth
[U3]In Plain Engllish---vaccinate the elderly and the young to further a lie and sell something that is totally unnecessary---the people need to be further stressed about non issue diseases So we can make more Money
[U4]Again we have inventory that we need to remove for the next drug
[U5]Again Nothing has changed---I was never concerned about this and so were a lot of other people those who were lead to believe this fabrication will suffer the consequences for along time to come over these untested innoculations
[U6]I was there in NZ when this So called Outbreak hit---- it was Nothing that this deception is talking about in fact it was quite quiet
[U7]They got caught with there knickers down
[U8]BIRTH CONTROL---the head of the CDC in the USA said that the flu was nothing compared to the vaccine and it would be easier to go through the flu then be vaccinated
[U9]DO the Math---les then 1/10th of the worlds population and apparently targets the aged who are frail---seems to me like a targeted audience- to vaccinate!!!
[U10] This not amusing---we are worried over a nutraceutical---and not concerned with drugs like statins and percacets and a whole host of other narcotic like medications that kill more people then anything I know in regard to any health product and yet a whisper and the sales keep on going again with the drugs and a banned or warning of a nutracetical---
[U11]The current trend has always been on the onus for the consumer to educate themselves on the uses of nutraceuticals or herbals or other supplements—Now there is a Concern, by the medical field---HAAAAAAANNNNGGG on to your Vitamins they are attempting to take this one away as well as others that show some sign of effect----with this product it is designed to increase an erection---apparently Viagra Does not like the competition
[U12]Notice they throw in a drug to make it appear the supplement has something to do with these deaths when in fact it was a DRUG that killed them
[U13]Again Notice the term Drug---this is not a drug it is a combination of herbs that may mimic a drug like effect But THEY ARE NOT DRUGS--- this is again another witch hunt to put down an specific supplement and correlate to a drug which are toxic
The deaths that occurred was not on the product enzyte but on a pharmaceutical Drug
[U14]Since it is important that they know which component is causing this effect ( if it is really as bad as they make It ) Journalism today is jaded to make you feel either insecure or totally oblivious---they should not alarm people unnecessarily over a speculation of a guess
[U15]HOGWASH---That is like telling you don’t breathe because the air is polluted and until we find the right pollutant or particulate hold your breathe
Show of the Week August 20 2010
MCT-Medium Chain Tryglycerides--- MCTs reduce Appetite.-- CMCTs stabilize Brain Wave patterns. MCTs alleviate Epilepsy (by stabilizing Brain Wave patterns)--One placebo-controlled study found hints that use of MCTs by people with type 2 diabetes might improve insulin sensitivity and aid weight loss- Therapeutic Dosages---MCTs can be eaten as salad oil or used in cooking. When taken as an athletic supplement, dosages around 85 mg daily are common.
Coconut Oil and Medium-Chain Triglycerides
Use of collagen and Aloe vera in ischemic wound treatment
Recipe on Comfrey / Aloe gel mix
Medium Chain Tryglycerides --MCT
MCTs improve the condition of Crohn's Disease patients.-- MCTs alleviate Duodenal Ulcers. --- MCTs alleviate Gastric Ulcers. -- MCTs help to prevent Gallstones (because MCTs can be reabsorbed and hydrolyzed without the use of Bile Acids or Pancreatic Lipase).-- MCTs improve the condition of Ulcerative Colitis patients.
CMCTs enhance Athletic Performance (especially when consumed in conjunction with Glucose) (by providing a rapid burst of Energy that sustains athletic output). Clinical studies using MCTs to improve Athletic Performance have involved the use of up to 86 grams of MCTs combined with 8.6 grams of Glucose. C-- MCTs increase the Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) by up to 40%. --- MCTs alleviate Cirrhosis. C MCTs improve Glucose metabolism in Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 patients (possibly by increasing Insulin sensitivity). CMCTs provide the body with rapidly available Energy-MCTs are readily transported across Mitochondrial Membranes where they are used as a source of fuel for the rapid generation of Energy. --MCTs are a useful source of Energy for persons in which dietary Fat malabsorption is a problem.- MCTs alleviate acute and chronic Hepatitis. -- MCTs help to prevent Hypoglycemia. -- MCTs are a useful source of Energy for persons who have dysfunctional Livers.-- MCTs help to prevent and treat Obesity by stimulating the process of thermogenesis (unlike many other dietary Fats, MCTs are inefficiently stored within the body's Adipose Tissues, due to their rapid conversion to Energy) ---- CMCTs are most effective for Obesity when used as a replacement for other types of Dietary Fats (rather than being used in addition to other types of Dietary Fats such as Long-Chain Saturated Fatty Acids).--- CMCTs increase Stamina (especially when consumed in conjunction with Glucose) (by providing a rapid burst of Energy)--Clinical studies using MCTs to improve Stamina have involved the use of up to 86 grams of MCTs combined with 8.6 grams of Glucose.
CMCTs reduce Appetite.-- CMCTs stabilize Brain Wave patterns. MCTs alleviate Epilepsy (by stabilizing Brain Wave patterns). ---MCTs Enhance the Function of these Substances----Carbohydrates---MCTs stimulate the endogenous production of Glucose---Hormones MCTs enhance the release of Human Growth Hormone (hGH)---Clinical studies on children have demonstrated that MCTs increase the release of hGH within 60 minutes of MCTs ingestion and hGH levels remained elevated for three hours - the underlying mechanism for this hGH-releasing effect remains unknown.
CMCTs increase the body's absorption of Calcium. --MCTs increase the body's absorption of Magnesium-
CMCTs increase the body's production of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP).
MCTs enhance the absorption and bioavailability of Vitamin E
Most people commence MCT usage with an initial dosage of 2,375 mg - this is equivalent to ½ teaspoon of free-flowing liquid MCTs.----The usual dosage of MCTs for Athletes is 14,250 mg per day - this is equivalent to one tablespoon of free-flowing liquid MCTs. Bodybuilders often take this dosage immediately prior to workouts.
Lipases (enzymes) are able to digest MCTs very rapidly (due to their relatively short fatty acid chains which make them more water-soluble).
MCTs require less Phosphatidylcholine and Bile Salts than other Fatty Acids for digestion.----Instead of having to be transported by Chylomicrons in the Lymph Vessels, the Fatty Acids contained in MCTs are absorbed directly into Veins and are transported through the body by Albumin proteins.
MCTs pass through Cell Membranes readily and are not stored as Adipose Tissue
Capric Acid 30% --Caprylic Acid 68% -- Lauric Acid 1% -- Caproic Acid 1%
Oil and Medium-Chain Triglycerides
All fats and oils are composed of fat molecules called fatty acids. There are two methods of classifying fatty acids. The one you are most familiar is based on saturation. You have saturated fatty acids, monounsaturated fatty acids, and polyunsaturated fatty acids. The second method of classification is based on molecular size or length of the carbon chain in the fatty acid. You have short-chain fatty acids (SCFA), medium-chain fatty acids(MCFA), and long-chain fatty acids (LCFA). Another term you will often see in reference to fatty acids is triglyceride. Three fatty acids joined together make a triglyceride, so you may have short-chain triglycerides (SCT), medium-chain triglycerides (MCT), or long-chain triglycerides (LCT).---The vast majority of the fats and oils you eat, whether they are saturated or unsaturated or come from an animal or a plant, are composed of long-chain triglycerides. Probably 98 to 100% of all the fats we eat consist of LCT. Coconut oil is unique because it is composed predominately of MCT. The size of the fatty acid is extremely important because physiological effects of medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil are distinctly different from the long-chain fatty acids more commonly found in our diet. It's the MCT in coconut oil that make it different from all other fats and for the most part gives it its unique character and healing properties. Almost all of the medium-chain triglycerides used in research, medicine, and food products come from coconut oil.---
Regardless of the condition, recovery requires good nutrition. Food scientists have long noted the nutritional benefits of medium-chain triglycerides. MCT from coconut oil are used in hospital formulas to feed the very young, the critically ill, and those who have digestive problems. It makes up a vital part of the solutions fed to patients intravenously or through a tube inserted down the throat. If you were ever given formula as a baby you took advantage of the health-promoting properties of coconut oil. MCT from coconut oil have been added to baby formula for decades.--- MCT are easily digested, absorbed, and put to use nourishing the body. Unlike other fats, they put little strain on the digestive system and provide a quick source of energy necessary to promote healing. This is important for patients who are using every ounce of strength they have to overcome serious illness or injury. It's no wonder why MCT are added to infant formulas. Actually, whether you were breast or formula fed as an infant you consumed MCT. Why? Because MCT are not only found in coconut oil but are natural and vital components of human breast milk. MCT are considered essential nutrients for infants as well as for people with serious digestive problems like cystic fibrosis. Like other essential nutrients, you must get them directly from the diet.---One of the first scientifically recognized benefits of MCT is the unique manner in which they are digested and utilized by the body. These fats provide nutritional benefits that can improve overall health of both the sick and the well, the young and the old. Even athletes are now using them to boost performance and control weight. Unfortunately, few foods nowadays contain MCT; the best source is coconut oil. By adding coconut oil to your diet you can literally eat your way to better health.
Digestion and Nutrient Absorption
The digestive health advantages of MCT) over LCT are due to the differences in the way our bodies metabolize these fats. Because the MCT molecules are smaller, they require less energy and fewer enzymes to break them down for digestion. They are digested and absorbed quickly and with minimal effort.---MCT are broken down almost immediately by enzymes in the saliva and gastric juices so that pancreatic fat-digesting enzymes are not even essential.1 Therefore, there is less strain on the pancreas and digestive system. Premature and ill infants especially whose digestive organs are underdeveloped, are able to absorb MCT with relative ease, while other fats pass through their systems pretty much undigested. People who suffer from malabsorption problems such as cystic fibrosis, and have difficulty digesting or absorbing fats and fat soluble vitamins, benefit greatly from MCT. They can also be of importance to people suffering from diabetes, obesity, gallbladder disease, pancreatitis Crohn's disease, pancreatic insufficiency, and some forms of cancer.--As we get older our bodies don't function as well as they did in earlier years. The pancreas doesn't make as many digestive enzymes, our intestines don't absorb nutrients as well, the whole process of digestion and elimination moves at a lower rate of efficiency. As a result, older people often suffer from vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Because MCT are easy to digest and improve vitamin and mineral absorption they should be included in the meals of older people. This is easy to do if the meals are prepared with coconut oil.---In the digestive system MCT are broken down into individual fatty acids (MCFA). Unlike other fatty acids, MCFA are absorbed directly from the intestines into the portal vein and sent straight to the liver where they are, for the most part, burned as fuel much like a carbohydrate. In this respect they act more like carbohydrates than like fats.2---Other fats require pancreatic enzymes to break them into smaller units. They are then absorbed into the intestinal wall and packaged into bundles of fat (lipid) and protein called lipoproteins. These lipoproteins are carried by the lymphatic system, bypassing the liver, and then dumped into the bloodstream, where they are circulated throughout the body. As they circulate in the blood, their fatty components are distributed to all the tissues of the body. The lipoproteins get smaller and smaller, until there is little left of them. At this time they are picked up by the liver, broken apart, and used to produce energy or, if needed, repackaged into other lipoproteins and sent back into the bloodstream to be distributed throughout the body. Cholesterol, saturated fat, monounsaturated fat, and polyunsaturated fat are all packaged together into lipoproteins and carried throughout the body in this way. In contrast, medium-chain fatty acids are not packaged into lipoproteins but go to the liver where they are converted into energy. Ordinarily they are not stored to any significant degree as body fat. Medium-chain fatty acids produce energy. Other dietary fats produce body fat.----. Since it is rapidly absorbed, it can deliver quick nourishment without putting excessive strain on the digestive and enzyme systems and help conserve the body's energy that would normally be expended in digesting other fats.
Metabolism and Energy---.
With MCT your body performs better because it has more
energy and greater endurance. Because MCFA are funneled directly to
the liver and converted into energy, the body gets a boost of energy. And
because MCFA are easily absorbed by the energy-producing organelles of the
cells, metabolism increases. This burst
of energy has a stimulating effect on the entire body.---The fact that MCT
digest immediately to produce energy and stimulate metabolism has led athletes
to use them as a means to enhance exercise performance. Studies indicate this
may be true. In one study, for example, investigators tested the physical
endurance of mice who were given MCT in their daily diet against those that
weren't. The study extended over a six-week period.
The mice were subjected to a swimming endurance test every other day. They were
placed in a pool of water with a constant current. The total swimming time until
exhaustion was measured. While at first there was little difference between the
groups of mice, those fed MCT quickly began to out-perform the others and
continued to improve throughout the testing period.3
Tests such as this demonstrated that MCT had the
ability to enhance endurance and exercise performance, at least in mice.---In
another study using humans, conditioned cyclists were used. The cyclists pedaled
for three hours. During the last hour they were each given a beverage to drink.
Those who received beverages containing MCT out performed the others.
--- If eaten regularly MCT can provide a boost in
energy and performance of daily activities. --If you get tired in the
middle of the day or feel you lack energy, adding coconut oil to your daily diet
may provide you with a much needed boost to help carry you through.---Besides
increasing your energy level, there are other very important benefits that
results from boosting your metabolic rate: it helps
protect you from illness and speeds healing. When metabolism is
increased, cells function at a higher rate of efficiency.
They heal injuries quicker, old and diseased cells
are replaced faster, and young, new cells are generated at an increased rate to
replace worn-out ones. Even the immune system functions better.---Several
health problems such as obesity, heart disease, and osteoporosis are more
prevalent in those people who have slow metabolism.
Any health condition is made worse if the metabolic
rate is slower than normal, because cells can't heal and repair
themselves as quickly. Increasing metabolic rate, therefore, provides an
increased degree of protection from both degenerative and infectious illnesses.
Nature's Perfect Food----Among all the foods in nature there is one that stands head and shoulders above all the rest. That food is mothers' milk. Milk was designed by nature to supply all the nutrients a baby needs for the first year or so of life. It contains a perfect blend of vitamins, minerals, proteins, and fats for optimal growth and development. Without question breast milk is one of the wonders of nature.---Children who are breastfed not only take in important nutrients from the milk, but they also receive antibodies and other substances necessary to protect them against childhood illnesses such as ear infections, later in life. Breastfed children are healthier than those who are not. They have better teeth and jaw formation, they are less prone to allergies, have better digestive function, and are better able to fight off infectious disease. Research suggests that breastfed children may even develop higher intelligence. Recognizing the superiority of nature, scientists have attempted to make baby formula match mother's milk as closely as possible.---An important component of breast milk is medium-chain fatty acids, principally lauric acid. Lauric acid is also the primary saturated fatty acid found in coconut oil. --Some of the important reasons medium-chain fatty acids are included in milk are improved nutrient absorption and digestive function. As noted earlier, pancreatic enzymes aren't even necessary to digest them. They also help to regulate blood sugar levels. Another very important function is that medium-chain fatty acids protect the baby from harmful microorganisms. The baby's immature immune system is supported by the antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-parasitic properties of these vital fatty acids. In fact, without these unique saturated fats, the baby would probably not survive long. It would become malnourished and highly susceptible to a myriad of infectious diseases.
Milk Quality and MCT----Milk that is rich in medium-chain fatty acids is vital for the healthy growth and development of the child. For this reason, MCT are added to most, if not all, baby formulas. Yet, these fatty acids are not exactly the same as those found naturally in mother's milk.----Just as the fatty acid content and quality of formula can be altered, so can human breast milk. Breast milk is, without question, the best choice of food for babies. Not all breast milk is the same however. The quality of the milk is influenced by the mother's health and diet. Breast milk is made from the nutrients the mother consumes. If she doesn't eat the right amount of nutrients, her body will pull them out of her own tissues. If the mother is deficient in these vital nutrients herself, then the milk she produces will also be deficient.---The mammary glands produce small amounts of all the medium-chain fatty acids, vital components in human breast milk. They are there because they are easy for an infant's immature digestive system to absorb and utilize. They help give the baby the nutrients and energy it needs to grow and develop properly. Because they also have antimicrobial properties they give the infant some degree of protection against viruses such as HIV and herpes, bacteria such a chlamydia and H. pyloris, fungi such as Candida and protozoa such as giardia.-----Both animal and human studies have shown MCT to be an important component in mother's milk for the proper growth and development of their offspring. For example, when pregnant and lactating pigs were fed diets containing either long-chain fatty acids (vegetable oil) or medium-chain fatty acids (coconut oil) there was a pronounced difference in the survival and growth rates. The piglets whose mothers received the MCT grew faster and healthier and had a survival rate of 68% compared to 32%. This was particularly true with piglets which were born underweight.5----The same thing appears to happen in humans. For example, coconut oil was added to the formula of 46 very low-birthweight babies to see if supplementation was capable of enhancing their weight gain. The group with the coconut oil gained weight quicker. The weight gain was due to physical growth and not fat storage.6 The babies gained more weight and grew better with the coconut oil because their bodies were able to digest it easily. The vegetable oils, to a great extent, passed through their digestive tracts undigested and thus deprived them of the fat calories they needed for proper development. MCT not only allow infants to absorb needed fats but they improve the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, minerals, and protein.7,8---Human milk fat has a unique fatty acid composition. The primary fat is saturated, comprising about 45-50 percent of the total fat content. The next most abundant fat is monounsaturated which makes up about 35 percent of the milk fat. Polyunsaturated fat comprises only 15-20 percent of the total. A significant portion of the saturated fat in human breast milk can be in the form of MCT. Sadly, many mothers produce very little. This can have dramatic consequences on the health of their children.---If breast milk does not contain enough MCT, an infant can suffer from nutritional deficiency and become vulnerable to infectious illness. Therefore, it is important that mother's milk contain as much MCT as nature will allow. This can be done with diet. Given an ample supply of food containing medium-chain fatty acids, a nursing mother will produce a milk rich in these health-promoting nutrients.9 While cow's milk and other dairy products contain small amounts, the foods richest in medium-chain fatty acids are the tropical oils, principally coconut oil.
The levels of these antimicrobial fatty acids can be as low as 3 to 4 percent, but when nursing mothers eat coconut products (shredded coconut, coconut milk, coconut oil, etc.) the levels of MCT in their milk increase significantly. For instance, eating 40 grams (about 3 tablespoons worth) of coconut oil in one meal can temporarily increase the lauric acid in the milk of a nursing mother from 3.9% to 9.6% after 14 hours.10 The content of caprylic and capric acids are also increased. "This gives an important benefit," says Mary G. Enig, Ph.D. an expert in lipid chemistry and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition. "The milk has increased amounts of the protective antimicrobials lauric acid and capric acid, which gives even greater protection to the infant." If the mother consumes coconut oil every day while nursing, the medium-chain fatty acid content will be even greater.---Preparation by the mother should start before the baby is born. Pregnant women store fat to be used later in making their milk. After the baby is born the fatty acids stored in the mother's body and supplied by her daily diet are used in the production of her milk. If she has eaten and continues to eat foods which supply ample amounts of MCFA, particularly lauric acid and capric acid (the two most important antimicrobial medium-chain fatty acids), her milk will provide maximum benefit to her baby. These mothers can have as much as 18 percent of the saturated fatty acids in their milk in the form of lauric and capric acids.---If the mother did not eat foods containing MCT and does not eat them while nursing, her mammary glands will only be capable of producing about 3 percent lauric acid and 1 percent capric acid. Her child will lose a great deal of the nutritional benefits as well as the antimicrobial protection the infant could have otherwise had.
Protection from Illness----One of the major characteristics of human breast milk is its ability to protect infants from a myriad of infectious illnesses during a time when their immune systems are immature and incapable of adequately defending themselves. The protective antimicrobial substances in milk that protect the child from a world teaming with infectious germs and parasites are the MCFA. There are some illnesses that even an adult with a healthy immune system may have difficulty fighting off. If the baby is not protected with an adequate amount of MCT in his or her milk, exposure to such an infection could result in serious illness.---When a nursing mother is infected with such an illness, her child is also vulnerable. Mothers infected by certain viruses can pass the infection on to their infants through breastfeeding. In these cases breastfeeding is not recommended. This is particularly true when the mother is infected with a dangerous virus such as HIV. Recent research has shown that mothers who include a source of lauric acid, such as coconut oil, in their diets have lower risk of infecting their nursing infants. The presence of the MCT in the milk lowers the level of the virus in the milk and thus helps lower the risk of transmission of the disease.---While HIV-infected mothers are usually advised not to breastfeed their young for fear that the virus may be transferred, there is no feasible option in some parts of the world. Many women in resource-poor areas do not have the financial means to buy infant formula. Breastfeeding is really their only option. Adding coconut products and coconut oil to the mother's diet is the only practical defense these women have against passing the AIDS virus to their children.---
It has been recommended that HIV-infected mothers who are breastfeeding consume 24-28 grams/day of lauric acid and 3-4 grams/day of capric acid to prevent the transfer of the virus. Since coconut oil is nearly 48 percent lauric acid and 7 percent capric acid, this requirement would be met if the mother ate about 50-55 grams ( 2 oz ) of coconut oil each day. A tablespoon is equivalent to 14 grams. So 31/2 tablespoons of coconut oil a day would provide the recommended amount of both lauric and capric acids.---Other viral infections such as those that cause measles, herpes, mononucleosis, and such are also a threat to nursing infants. Pregnant women and nursing mothers can help protect their children by eating an abundant amount of coconut oil or products that contain coconut oil, such as shredded coconut or coconut milk.
Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) are fats with an unusual chemical structure that allows the body to digest them easily. Most fats are broken down in the intestine and remade into a special form that can be transported in the blood. But MCTs are absorbed intact and taken to the liver, where they are used directly for energy. In this sense, they are processed very similarly to carbohydrates.---MCTs are different enough from other fats that they can be used as fat substitutes by people (especially those with AIDS) who need calories but are unable to absorb or metabolize normal fats.---MCTs have also shown a bit of promise for improving body composition and enhancing athletic performance.
Therapeutic Uses--- Preliminary evidence suggests that MCTs are a useful fat substitute for those who have difficulty digesting fat. This makes MCTs potentially helpful for people with AIDS, who need to find a way to gain weight but cannot digest fat easily.1,2 MCTs might theoretically be helpful for those who have trouble digesting fatty foods because they lack the proper enzymes (pancreatic insufficiency), but taking digestive enzymes appears to be more effective.3 Although this may sound paradoxical given the above, some evidence suggests that MCT consumption might also enhance the body's natural tendency to burn fat.22-24,34 On this basis, the supplement has been proposed as a weight loss aid. Unfortunately, the results of studies have generally failed to find any weight loss benefits.25,26,29,31,32 Some studies have, however, found that use of MCTs might produce improvements in body composition (ratio of fat to lean tissue).29,31 A related supplement called structured medium- and long-chain triacylglycerols (SMLCT) has been created to provide the same potential benefits as MCTs, but in a form that can be used as cooking oil. In a preliminary double-blind trial, SMLCT has also shown some promise for enhancing body composition.30 --- Athletes often sip carbohydrate-loaded drinks during exercise. MCTs may provide an alternative. Like other fats, they provide more energy per ounce than carbohydrates; but unlike normal fats, this energy can be released rapidly.14 A number of double-blind trials using MCTs for improving high-intensity or endurance exercise performance have been conducted, but the results have been thoroughly inconsistent.15-21 This is not surprising, as none of these studies enrolled enough participants to provide trustworthy results---Athletes often sip carbohydrate-loaded drinks during exercise. MCTs may provide an alternative. Like other fats, they provide more energy per ounce than carbohydrates; but unlike normal fats, this energy can be released rapidly.14 A number of double-blind trials using MCTs for improving high-intensity or endurance exercise performance have been conducted, but the results have been thoroughly inconsistent.15-21 This is not surprising, as none of these studies enrolled enough participants to provide trustworthy results
One placebo-controlled study found hints that use of MCTs by people with type 2 diabetes might improve insulin sensitivity and aid weight loss.35
A double-blind, placebo-controlled study on 24 men and women with AIDS suggests that MCTs can help improve AIDS-related fat malabsorption.11 In this disorder, fat is not digested; it passes unchanged through the intestines, and the body is deprived of calories as well as fat-soluble vitamins. ---The study participants were split into two groups: one received a liquid diet containing normal fats, whereas the other group received mostly MCTs. After 12 days, the participants on the MCT formula showed significantly less fat in their stool and better fat absorption than the other group.--- Another double-blind study found similar results in 24 men with AIDS-related fat malabsorption.12 --- The body depends on enzymes from the pancreas to digest fat. In one study, individuals with inadequate pancreatic function due to chronic pancreatitis appeared to be better able to absorb MCTs than ordinary fatty acids.13 However, this didn't turn out to mean much on a practical basis because, without taking extra digestive enzymes, they could only just barely absorb the MCTs; whereas, if they took digestive enzymes, they absorbed ordinary fats as well as MCTs without difficulty. --Safety Issues--Studies in animals and humans tell us that MCTs are quite safe when consumed at a level of up to 50% of total dietary fat.28,33 However, some people who consume MCTs, especially on an empty stomach, experience annoying (but not severe) abdominal cramps and bloating--- The maximum safe dosage of MCTs in young children, pregnant or nursing women, or people with serious kidney or liver disease has not been established
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2. Wanke CA, Pleskow D, Degirolami PC, et al. A medium chain triglyceride-based diet in patients with HIV and chronic diarrhea reduces diarrhea and malabsorption: a prospective, controlled trial. Nutrition. 1996;12:766-771.
3. Caliari S, Benini L, Sembenini C, et al. Medium-chain triglyceride absorption in patients with pancreatic insufficiency. Scand J Gastroenterol. 1996;31:90-94.
4. Bach AC, Babayan VK. Medium-chain triglycerides: an update. Am J Clin Nutr. 1982;36:950-962.
5. Jeukendrup AE, Saris WHM, Schrauwen P, et al. Oxidation of orally ingested medium chain triglyceride (MCT) during prolonged exercise [abstract]. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 1995;27(suppl 5):S101.
6. Anderson O. Putting medium-chain triglycerides in your sports drink can increase your endurance. Nutr Sci News. 1994;6:6-7.
7. Signore JM. Ketogenic diet containing medium-chain triglycerides. J Am Diet Assoc. 1973;62:285-290.
8. Krotkiewski M. Value of VLCD supplementation with medium chain triglycerides. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 2001;25:1393-1400.
9. Yost TJ, Eckel RH. Hypocaloric feeding in obese women: metabolic effects of medium-chain triglyceride substitution. Am J Clin Nutr. 1989;49:326-330.
10. Geliebter A, Torbay N, Bracco EF, et al. Overfeeding with medium-chain triglyceride diet results in diminished deposition of fat. Am J Clin Nutr. 1983;37:1-4.
11. Craig GB, Darnell BE, Weinsier RL, et al. Decreased fat and nitrogen losses in patients with AIDS receiving medium-chain-triglyceride-enriched formula vs those receiving long-chain-triglyceride-containing formulas. J Am Diet Assoc. 1997;97:605-611.
12. Wanke CA, Pleskow D, Degirolami PC, et al. A medium chain triglyceride-based diet in patients with HIV and chronic diarrhea reduces diarrhea and malabsorption: a prospective, controlled trial. Nutrition. 1996;12:766-771.
13. Caliari S, Benini L, Sembenini C, et al. Medium-chain triglyceride absorption in patients with pancreatic insufficiency. Scand J Gastroenterol. 1996;31:90-94.
14. Bach AC, Babayan VK. Medium-chain triglycerides: an update. Am J Clin Nutr. 1982;36:950-962.
15. Anderson O. Putting medium-chain triglycerides in your sports drink can increase your endurance. Nutr Sci News. 1994;6:6-7.
16. Jeukendrup AE, Saris WHM, Schrauwen P, et al. Oxidation of orally ingested medium chain triglyceride (MCT) during prolonged exercise [abstract]. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 1995;27(suppl 5):S101.
17. Jeukendrup AE, Thielen JJ, Wagenmakers AJ, et al. Effect of medium-chain triacylglycerol and carbohydrate ingestion during exercise on substrate utilization and subsequent cycling performance. Am J Clin Nutr. 1998;67:397-404.
18. Misell LM, Lagomarcino ND, Schuster V, et al. Chronic medium-chain triacylglycerol consumption and endurance performance in trained runners. J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 2001;41:210-215.
19. Satabin P, Portero P, Defer G, et al. Metabolic and hormonal responses to lipid and carbohydrate diets during exercise in man. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 1987;19:218-223.
20. Van Zyl CG, Lambert EV, Hawley JA, et al. Effects of medium-chain triglyceride ingestion on fuel metabolism and cycling performance. J Appl Physiol. 1996;80:2217-2225.
21. Krotkiewski M. Value of VLCD supplementation with medium chain triglycerides. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 2001;25:1393-1400.
22. Seaton TB, Welle SL, Warenko MK, et al. Thermic effect of medium-chain and long-chain triglycerides in man. Am J Clin Nutr. 1986;44:630-634.
23. Scalfi L, Coltorti A, Contaldo F. Postprandial thermogenesis in lean and obese subjects after meals supplemented with medium-chain and long-chain triglycerides. Am J Clin Nutr. 1991;53:1130-1133.
24. Baba N, Bracco EF, Hashim SA. Enhanced thermogenesis and diminished deposition of fat in response to overfeeding with diet containing medium chain triglyceride. Am J Clin Nutr. 1982;35:678-682.
25. Krotkiewski M. Value of VLCD supplementation with medium chain triglycerides. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 2001;25:1393-1400.
26. Yost TJ, Eckel RH. Hypocaloric feeding in obese women: metabolic effects of medium-chain triglyceride substitution. Am J Clin Nutr. 1989;49:326-330.
27. Geliebter A, Torbay N, Bracco EF, et al. Overfeeding with medium-chain triglyceride diet results in diminished deposition of fat. Am J Clin Nutr. 1983;37:1-4.
28. Traul KA, Driedger A, Ingle DL, et al. Review of the toxicologic properties of medium-chain triglycerides. Food Chem Toxicol. 2000;38:79-98.
29. Tsuji H, Kasai M, Takeuchi H, et al. Dietary medium-chain triacylglycerols suppress accumulation of body fat in a double-blind, controlled trial in healthy men and women. J Nutr. 2001;131:2853-2859.
30. Matsuo T, Matsuo M, Kasai M, et al. Effects of a liquid diet supplement containing structured medium- and long-chain triacylglycerols on body fat accumulation in healthy young subjects. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2001;10:46-50.
31. St-Onge MP, Ross R, Parsons WD, et al. Medium-chain triglycerides increase energy expenditure and decrease adiposity in overweight men. Obes Res. 2003;11:395-402.
32. St-Onge MP, Bourque C, Jones PJ, et al. Medium- versus long-chain triglycerides for 27 days increases fat oxidation and energy expenditure without resulting in changes in body composition in overweight women. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 2003;27:95-102.
33. Nosaka N, Kasai M, Nakamura M, et al. Effects of dietary medium-chain triacylglycerols on serum lipoproteins and biochemical parameters in healthy men. Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2002;66:1713-1718.
34. Beermann C, Jelinek J, Reinecker T, et al. Short term effects of dietary medium-chain fatty acids and n-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids on the fat metabolism of healthy volunteers. Lipids Health Dis. 2003 Nov 17 [Epub ahead of print].
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School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, McGill University, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, Canada, H9X 3V9.
Medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) are readily oxidized in the liver. Animal and human studies have shown that the fast rate of oxidation of MCFA leads to greater energy expenditure (EE). Most animal studies have also demonstrated that the greater EE with MCFA relative to long-chain fatty acids (LCFA) results in less body weight gain and decreased size of fat depots after several months of consumption. Furthermore, both animal and human trials suggest a greater satiating effect of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) compared with long-chain triglycerides (LCT). The aim of this review is to evaluate existing data describing the effects of MCT on EE and satiety and determine their potential efficacy as agents in the treatment of human obesity. Animal studies are summarized and human trials more systematically evaluated because the primary focus of this article is to examine the effects of MCT on human energy metabolism and satiety. Hormones including cholescytokinin, peptide YY, gastric inhibitory peptide, neurotensin and pancreatic polypeptide have been proposed to be involved in the mechanism by which MCT may induce satiety; however, the exact mechanisms have not been established. From the literature reviewed, we conclude that MCT increase energy expenditure, may result in faster satiety and facilitate weight control when included in the diet as a replacement for fats containing LCT.
PMID: 11880549 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Use of collagen and Aloe vera in ischemic wound treatment
Rev Esc Enferm USP. 2010 Jun;44(2):346-51--Authors: Oliveira SH, Soares MJ, Rocha Pde S
The present study is a clinical case report of a patient with diabetes and hypertension, with an ischemic wound, treated with a non-conventional Aloe vera and collagen plastering. This study is part of an experimental research project, coordinated by professors and nurses that work together to discover new ways for wound treatment. This case was chosen among many patients. Data was collected through anamneses and physical examination of the patient's condition, the wound, and pictures were taken. The plastering was applied every day, and by the end of ten weeks, total healing was obtained. There was no discomfort or any other implication as a result of using the compound. In conclusion, the compound was well accepted and efficient in this particular case.---PMID: 20642045 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Recipe For Aloe and Gelatin—take 4 oz of aloe vera juice or gel—add 1 oz of comfrey root extract---then add ½ tsp of citric acid – ½ ascorbic acid-and 6 drops of SSKI— Xanthium Gum ½ tsp—mix then when congealed then apply topically
ScienceDaily (Feb. 11, 2010) — Treatment of prostate cancer using a very low dose of nitroglycerin may slow and even halt the progression of the disease without the severe side effects of current treatments, Queen's University researchers have discovered.--The findings are the result of the first-ever clinical trial using nitroglycerin to treat prostate cancer. The 24-month, Phase II study targeted 29 men with increasing levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) following prostate surgery or radiation. PSA levels are a key predictor of cancer progression.--"We were very excited to see a significant slowing in the progression of the disease as evidenced by the men's PSA levels, and to see this result in many of the men who completed the study," says Robert Siemens, the leader of the study and a Professor of Urology at Queen's University and urologist at Kingston General Hospital.--The researchers are encouraged by the results, particularly because safe and effective treatments for men with rising PSA levels following surgery or radiation are limited. They note that further testing needs to be done to confirm the results of this very small study.--The men were treated with a low-dose, slow-release nitroglycerin skin patch and their PSA levels monitored. Of the 17 patients who completed the study, all but one showed a stabilization or decrease in the rate of cancer progression, as measured by their PSA Doubling Time.---Nitroglycerin has been used at significantly higher doses for more than a century to treat angina. This trial was based on a key finding from pre-clinical research carried out at Queen's, which showed that decreases in nitric oxide play an important role in tumor progression and that this progression can be stopped by low-dose nitroglycerin.---Prostate cancer is diagnosed in approximately 235,000 men per year in the United States and 20,700 in Canada. Of patients who have undergone radical prostatectomy and/or radiation treatment, it is estimated that 30 to 50 percent will experience a recurrence of cancer. Results of the study, conducted by Queen's University researchers Robert Siemens, Jeremy Heaton, Michael Adams, Jun Kawakami and Charles Graham, appeared in a recent issue of the journal Urology.--Research into the use of nitroglycerin and similar compounds for the treatment of cancer by Drs. Adams, Graham and Heaton has resulted in the issue of 10 patents worldwide. PARTEQ Innovations, the technology transfer office of Queen's, has licensed some of this intellectual property to Nometics Inc., a Queen's spinoff company, which is developing products and therapies based on this and related research.--"This peer-reviewed research is our first clear clinical evidence that low-dose nitric oxide therapy offers prostate cancer patients a new non-invasive treatment option," says Robert Bender, CEO of Nometics. "It is our intention to start broader clinical trials in 2010 to confirm and expand these results."-- Story Source: Adapted from materials provided by Queen's University,
---Garlic 7-8 bulbs add 5-7 grams of Arginine---1 mg of Selenomethionine ( Selenium with Methionine mixed ) Zinc 150 mgs-Vitamin A 50,ooo IU’s—Iodine (either SSKI 3 drops or Lugols 6 drops)—wine or vodka or rum ( clear and plain ) ½-1 cup—Blend all for about 10 minutes---pour entire content in glass container when done blending ( DO NOT STRAIN) --- This will Boost the immune system—strengthen Lungs –Liver-Heart—Arteries—Intestines—Thyroid—Immune System-Circulation—Reproductive System-Anti Cancer-Anti Viral-Hormone Regulating-Prostate Support-Frigidity-Circulation— Chelating of Mercury—Chlorine—Flouride—Toxic Metals, Energy Restorer. Mass Reducer-Cholesterol Regulating--
Show of the Week August 23 2010
Genetically Modified Sorghum Resists Aluminum Contamination
Lithium in the Water Supply
Profile on lithium---the Pros and the Not so Pros
Rosmarinic Acid-- Recipe for Hamburger Prep---
[U1] Genetically Modified Sorghum Resists Aluminum Contamination
scientists announced last week
that they have isolated and
cloned an aluminum-tolerant" gene in sorghum, a cereal common in arid regions that’s used for food as
Maotai, the Chinese booze. Aluminum toxicity, which damages plants’ root
structure, afflicts up to 50 percent of the arable land on the globe. -The
sorghum gene controls production of citric acid, which, when switched on by
aluminum in the soil, is secreted by the plant.
The acid binds to the metal,
decreasing soil toxicity.
While many plant
varieties exhibit aluminum-tolerance, sorghum is also naturally heat
resistant, which could make it a better choice for farmers in the Global South.
---Aluminum (Al) toxicity is caused by acidic soil. Under neutral pH conditions,[U1]
Al lies inert, bonded in marriage to other compounds. - as pH levels drop below
5, aluminum gets divorced, running free in a particularly toxic form, Al3+
(call it the midlife crisis cation). l damages the young cells at the tip of the
root, which prevents the plant from absorbing nutrients, especially calcium. The
citric acid the sorghum releases (to overextend the metaphor) is like the
religious second wife who settles old Al back down. In science speak, the citric
acid chelates the aluminum. While some soils are naturally acidic, soil pH has
been reduced in many areas across the globe because of
erosion-causing farming techniques, and ammoniated fertilization. For example,
among a host of other soil problems in the area, aluminum toxicity "occurs
over 73 percent of Brazilian Amazonia."
The new sorghum variety,
in addition to increasing food supply, could help revive barren land. Other
living things like mushroom guru
Paul Stamets’ diesel eating fungi, could also help remediate regions that have been thrown out of balance by pollution, erosion, and draught. ---Of course, the introduction of non-native or genetically modified plants can still spark fear, despite their widespread use in American varieties of corn, cotton, and soybeans. And, as Berkeley’s Miguel Altieri told us in 2006, these solutions "don’t go to the root cause" of our world’s food problems. He contends that the design of the global food production system, including its dependence on petrochemicals and monoculture, are really to blame for the challenges we face feeding the world’s people without damaging the environment Read More http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2007/09/gm-aluminum-tol/#ixzz0xO21LUGM
“Nothing has harmed the quality of individual life in modern society more than the misbegotten belief that human suffering is driven by biological and genetic causes and can be rectified by taking drugs or undergoing electroshock therapy. [...] If I wanted to ruin someone’s life, I would convince the person that biological psychiatry is right — that relationships mean nothing, that choice is impossible, and that the mechanics of a broken brain reign over our emotions and conduct. If I wanted to impair an individual’s capacity to create empathetic, loving relationships, I would prescribe psychiatric drugs, all of which blunt our highest psychological and spiritual functions.”---– Peter R. Breggin, M.D., in the Foreward to Reality Therapy in Action by William Glasser, M.D. (Harper Collins, 2000), p. xi.
Lithium in the Water Supply
In Aldhous Huxley's Brave New World, the government encourages its citizens to take a sorrow-erasing drug called soma. Huxley's novel, of course, was a commentary on a society obsessed with pleasure and happiness at the expense of real experiences. -But a new study reminded me of the book and got me wondering: should government medicate its citizens for their own good? In Japan's Oita Prefecture, cities with higher levels of lithium in their drinking water experienced lower rates of suicide. The study, in the British Journal of Psychiatry, made me wonder if governments should add lithium to the water supply. -Hirochika Ohgami and colleagues at Oita University found a slight, but statistically significant correlation after analysing suicide rates in 18 --municipalities between 2002 and 2005[U2] . ---Lithium levels ranged between 0.7 and 59 micrograms per litre and suicide rates across Oita varied between 60 and 181 per 100,000 people.---The amount of lithium in drinking water would seem far too low to offer any clinical benefit, since people with bipolar disorder routinely take hundreds of times more lithium each day. But Ohgami's team points to another study showing that people with bipolar disorder who don't respond to lithium are still less likely to attempt suicide after taking the drug.---"It seems probable that the anti-suicidal effect of lithium may be unrelated to the mood-stabilising effects and that very low lithium levels may possess an anti-suicidal effect," they write. ---Furthermore, swigging lithium-tainted water for decades could offer some protection against suicide, Ohgami's team speculates. --This isn't the first study to link drinking water lithium with suicide prevention. A 1990 study of 27 Texas counties found a similar link, albeit with slightly dodgier statistics that could have led to a spurious association.[U3] ---However, if sub-clinical levels of lithium truly cuts suicide rates - and neither study establishes this clear-cut relationship - would cities be wise to add a little lithium to their drinking water? ---Don't rule it out, writes Allan Young, director of the Institute of Mental Health a the University of British Columbia, in a commentary accompanying the report:---"A logical first step would be for the Medical Research Council (or a similar body elsewhere) to convene an expert working party to examine the available evidence and suggest further research."---If larger epidemiological studies suggest the link between lithium and low suicide rates is real and lab research can explain the biological mechanism, real clinical trials might be worth a shot.---"Following up on these findings will not be straightforward or inexpensive, but the eventual benefits for community mental health may be considerable," Young adds.---The debate that has raged over fluorinated drinking water promises that not everyone will accept the government adding lithium to drinking water. Most studies suggest that low levels of fluoride protect against tooth decay, with few risks. But opposition to the practice persists across both ends of the political spectrum. ---If epidemiological, laboratory and clinical studies prove lithium's safety and effectiveness at preventing suicides, expect an even fiercer debate.
Profile on lithium---the Pros and the Not so Pros
The 1960 standard textbook Goodman and Gilman's The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics observed that lithium has "no biological function" and "the only pharmacological interest in lithium arises in the fact that [it] is toxic-- lithium does nothing so positive. Instead it interferes with nerve transmission in general, slowing down the responses of the brain.--- Also, the toxic doses required to stop a manic attack are too dangerous.--- John Cade accidentally discovered the effect of lithium while injecting it into guinea pigs in his laboratory in Australia. Serendipitously he noticed that the guinea pigs became sedated and even flaccid. As he explained in the 1949 Medical Journal of Australia, "A noteworthy result was that after a latent period of about two hours the animals, although fully conscious, became extremely lethargic and nonresponsive to stimuli for one to two hours before once again becoming normally active and timid-- It is, in fact, the now-familiar brain-disabling effect we first saw described in regard to the lobotomizing impact of the neuroleptics. Because this is so disillusioning, the typical textbook of psychiatry makes no mention of the many studies of lithium effects on animals, and the average psychiatrist knows little or nothing about it.--- Schou and his two coauthors administered lithium to volunteers, but for too short a period of time to determine its effects. They then gave themselves lithium in doses within the therapeutic range for relatively short periods of one to three weeks.(3) Even though committed to the notion that lithium has no significant effect on "normal volunteers," their self-reports tell a dramatically different story. All three men were markedly emotionally flattened, especially when seen through the eyes of their families.--- The subjective experience was primarily one of indifference and slight general malaise. This led to a certain passivity. The subjects often had a feeling of being at a distance from their environment, as if separated from it by a glass wall.... Intellectual initiative was diminished, and there was a feeling of lowered ability to concentrate and memorize.... The assessment of time was often impaired; it was difficult to decide whether an event had taken place recently or some time ago. (Pp. 715-16)-- in a review article in the March 25, 1988, Journal of the American Medical Association that lithium counteracts abnormal moods but "interferes to a remarkably low extent with normal mood level and emotional reactivity--- general dulling and blunting of various personality functions" and overall slowing of cognitive processes--- It is as if their "intensity of living" dial had been turned down a few notches. Things do not seem so very important or imperative; there is a greater acceptance of everyday life as it is rather than as one might want it to be; and their spouses report a much more peaceful existence. April 1989 Journal of Clinical Psychiatry that patients most frequently stopped because of weight gain [U4] and mental impairment, with symptoms of "poor concentration," "[U5] mental confusion," "mental slowness," and "memory problems." lithium causes a tremor in 30 to 50 percent of patients. Tremors can be a warning sign of impending serious toxicity of the brain, especially if it occurs along with other danger signals, such as memory dysfunction, reduced concentration, slowed thinking, confusion, disorientation, difficulty walking, slurred speech, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, nausea, vomiting, and headache. Muscle aches and twitches, weakness, lethargy, and thirst are other common signs of lithium toxicity. In the late stages of toxicity, the patient may become delirious and succumb to seizures and coma. EEG studies indicate an abnormal slowing of brain waves in a significant portion of patients routinely treated with lithium; the condition worsens with toxicity-- The danger to memory sometimes goes unmentioned in textbooks, or it is dismissed. The Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry (1989) observes, "Patients may express concern about the effects of lithium carbonate on their learning, memory, spontaneity, or creativity. Although some impairment can be objectively delineated in detailed neuropsychological testing, most patients either do not experience this effect or do not find it unduly impairing" (p. 927[U6] ). Yet as we've seen, many patients are so disturbed by these side effects that they stop taking lithium. Indeed, in a different section of the textbook it is stated, "Complaints of dysphoria, intellectual inefficiency, slowed reaction time, and lack of spontaneity are common, especially early in the course of treatment" (p. 1660). Meanwhile, others will be too blunted to complain.--- In 1985 in the French publication L' Encephale, M-P Marchand presents two cases of "progressive intellectual deterioration" from lithium treatment and relates it to the drug's known toxic impact on cerebral functioning--- Many studies show that the vast majority of patients suffer from one or more side effects, the most common being thirst, dry mouth, metallic taste, excessive urination, weight gain, nausea and other gastrointestinal problems, sleep difficulties, fatigue or lethargy, poor coordination, tremor, and the various other neurological and mental effects--- In a March 1989 review in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, James W. Jefferson of the Lithium Information Center at the University of Wisconsin responded to the question, "Does lithium cause kidney rot?" He answered: Not exactly. While lithium is not a kidney-friendly drug, neither does it wreak the havoc on function and morphology [structure] that was suggested by studies in the late 1970s. It is well established that therapeutic amounts of lithium can impair renal concentrating ability, increase urine volume, and cause morphological abnormalities.... Patients can be told that while their kidneys may not win a beauty contest, they can expect them to function adequately for years. On the other hand, when long-term studies become very long-term, the result may not be as encouraging---- Lithium suppresses thyroid function, causing hypothyroidism and goiter, in up to 10 percent of patients. Hypothyroid symptoms of sluggishness can mimic or elicit depression, and the physician can mistakenly interpret the problem as a recurrence of depression requiring more of the offending medication. ---Much more rarely, lithium can produce hyperthyroidism, an overactivity of the thyroid gland. It also can produce an excessive output of hormone from the parathyroid gland, causing demineralization and weakening of the bones."-- Lithium raises the white-blood-cell count, and there are reported cases of leukemia in association with lithium treatment--- Skin rashes similar to psoriasis and acne frequently are caused by lithium; occasionally a rash persists long after removal from lithium. More than 10 percent of women may experience hair loss on lithium.--- Perhaps as an aspect of its suppression of passion, lithium frequently reduces sexuality--- Twenty to 30 percent of patients taking lithium develop cardiac abnormalities as measured by electrocardiogram (EKG). Patients with arrhythmias should be cautious about taking lithium.---
Li Z, Henning SM, Zhang Y, Zerlin A, Li L, Gao K, Lee RP, Karp H, Thames G, Bowerman S, Heber D.
University of California, Los Angeles Center for Human Nutrition, Department of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA.
BACKGROUND: Emerging science has shown the effect of oxidation products and inflammation on atherogenesis and carcinogenesis. Cooking hamburger meat can promote the formation of malondialdehyde that can be absorbed after ingestion.
OBJECTIVE: We studied the effect of an antioxidant spice mixture on malondialdehyde formation while cooking hamburger meat and its effects on plasma and urinary malondialdehyde concentrations.
DESIGN: Eleven healthy volunteers consumed 2 kinds of burgers in a randomized order: one burger was seasoned with a spice blend, and one burger was not seasoned with the spice blend. The production of malondialdehyde in burgers and malondialdehyde concentrations in plasma and urine after ingestion were measured by HPLC.
RESULTS: Rosmarinic acid from oregano was monitored to assess the effect of cooking on spice antioxidant content. Forty percent (19 mg) of the added rosmarinic acid remained in the spiced burger (SB) after cooking. There was a 71% reduction in the malondialdehyde concentration (mean +/- SD: 0.52 +/- 0.02 micromol/250 g) in the meat of the SBs compared with the malondialdehyde concentration (1.79 +/- 0.17 micromol/250 g) in the meat of the control burgers (CBs). The plasma malondialdehyde concentration increased significantly in the CB group as a change from baseline (P = 0.026). There was a significant time-trend difference (P = 0.013) between the 2 groups. Urinary malondialdehyde concentrations (micromol/g creatinine) decreased by 49% (P = 0.021) in subjects consuming the SBs compared with subjects consuming the CBs.-CONCLUSIONS: The overall effect of adding the spice mixture to hamburger meat before cooking was a reduction in malondialdehyde concentrations in the meat, plasma, and urine after ingestion. Therefore, cooking hamburgers with a polyphenol-rich spice mixture can significantly decrease the concentration of malondialdehyde, which suggests potential health benefits for atherogenesis and carcinogenesis. This trial was registered at clinical trials.gov as NCT01027052. PMID: 20335545 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Recipe for Hamburger Prep---oregano 1 oz –rosemary 1 oz---onion 1 tbls---and wine---all the ingredients to alleviate toxins in meat—and increase antioxidant activity---this is just one of many ways to reduce the toxic overload of animal proteins---soaking the meat in a vinegar or wine mix with these herbs are another way
Vitamin A and Immune System Changes
The ability of vitamin A to reduce mortality is widely thought to be due to effects on the immune system, which collectively may reduce the severity of disease and increase the likelihood of survival . A number of animal models have been used to better understand the effects of vitamin A deficiency, and repletion, on the immune system . In brief, vitamin A deficiency results in multiple abnormalities in innate and adaptive immunity Vitamin A: Nutritional Aspects of Retinoids and Carotenoids 27-involving cell differentiation, hematopoiesis and blood and lymphoid organ cell populations,-and the organism’s ability to respond to challenges with pathogens, antigens, and mitogens.-Changes, either increases or decreases, in the numbers and functions of B-cells, T-cells,-natural killer cells, antigen-presenting cells, and macrophages have all been reported. Responses are often imbalanced or dysregulated, evident as imbalances in the production of cytokines and type 1 or type 2 immune responses and alterations in cell proliferation and cell–cell interactions. Generally, these abnormalities are mostly or completely reversible by treatment with vitamin A or retinoic acid. In normal animals, retinoic acid has been shown to stimulate innate and adaptive immune responses [228–231]. ---Vitamin A is usually well-absorbed - approximately 85% of dietary Vitamin A is absorbed by the body Immune System Changes The ability of vitamin A to reduce mortality is widely thought to be due to effects on the immune system, which collectively may reduce the severity of disease and increase the likelihood of survival . A number of animal models have been used to better understand the effects of vitamin A deficiency, and repletion, on the immune system . In brief, vitamin A deficiency results in multiple abnormalities in innate and adaptive immunity Vitamin A: Nutritional Aspects of Retinoids and Carotenoids 27-involving cell differentiation, hematopoiesis and blood and lymphoid organ cell populations,-and the organism’s ability to respond to challenges with pathogens, antigens, and mitogens.-Changes, either increases or decreases, in the numbers and functions of B-cells, T-cells,-natural killer cells, antigen-presenting cells, and macrophages have all been reported. Responses are often imbalanced or dysregulated, evident as imbalances in the production of cytokines and type 1 or type 2 immune responses and alterations in cell proliferation and cell–cell interactions. Generally, these abnormalities are mostly or completely reversible by treatment with vitamin A or retinoic acid. In normal animals, retinoic acid has been shown to stimulate innate and adaptive immune responses [228–231].
Bloodshot Eyes can occur as a result of Vitamin A deficiency.
Vitamin A is an adjunct in the treatment of Blurred Vision (according to anecdotal reports). Vitamin A is an adjunct in the treatment of Cataracts (according to anecdotal reports).
Conjunctivitis can occur as a result of Vitamin A deficiency and supplemental Vitamin A is an adjunct in the treatment of Conjunctivitis.
Vitamin A maintains the health of the Cornea of the Eyes and Vitamin A deficiency can cause ulceration of the Cornea (Keratomalacia).
Double Vision can occur as a result of severe Vitamin A deficiency.
Dry Eyes (xerophthalmia) can occur as a result of Vitamin A deficiency and supplemental Vitamin A (especially topical Eye Drops containing Vitamin A) can reverse the underlying process that causes Dry Eyes.
Eye Inflammation can occur as a result of Vitamin A deficiency.
Vitamin A (Retinyl Palmitate and Retinol forms) concentrate in the Lens of the Eye where it exerts Antioxidant effects that help to protect the Lens from oxidative damage.
Vitamin A improves the structural integrity of the Mucous Membrane linings of the Eyes.--Night Blindness (nyctalopia) or poor Night vision can occur as a result of Vitamin A deficiency (due to the 11-cis Retinal form of Vitamin A's role in the formation of Rhodopsin). --Vitamin A (Retinyl Palmitate and Retinol forms) concentrate in the Retina of the Eyes where it exerts Antioxidant effects that help to protect the Retina from oxidative damage.---Vitamin A (15,000 IU of the Retinyl Palmitate form per day) retards the further progression of Retinitis Pigmentosa. The Retinyl Palmitate form of Vitamin A (an especially stable form of Vitamin A) inhibits the degeneration of the Retina of the Eyes associated with Retinopathy: Human studies have demonstrated that Retinyl Palmitate supplementation allows Retinopathy patients to retain their eyesight for an average of seven years longer than would otherwise be expected.--
Vitamin A is an adjunct in the treatment of Short-Sightedness (according to anecdotal reports).
Immune System ---CVitamin A helps to prevent most Bacterial & Viral Diseases and Vitamin A deficiency increases susceptibility to Bacterial & Viral Diseases (via numerous mechanisms that involve the Immune System)-- Vitamin A is useful in the treatment of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS):
Vitamin A retards the onset of full-blown AIDS in persons who are infected with the HIV virus.--High Vitamin A concentrations may suppress the replication of the HIV virus in Macrophages.--Vitamin A deficiency has been correlated with increased (earlier) mortality in AIDS patients.--Vitamin A helps to increase the number of circulating Helper T-Cells in AIDS patients.--Vitamin A supplementation (during early Pregnancy) dramatically reduces the rate of vertical transmission (i.e. from mother to infant) of the HIV virus.
Vitamin A deficiency increases the body’s susceptibility to Chickenpox infection.
Vitamin A (50,000 - 150,000 IU per day for three to five days) may exert anti-viral effects against the Viruses that cause the Common Cold---CVitamin A (50,000 - 150,000 IU per day for three to five days) may exert anti-viral effects against the Viruses that cause Influenza. Vitamin A reduces the mortality rate in children infected with Measles by up to 50%. Vitamin A (12,500 - 25,000 IU per day) significantly reduces the severity of the Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). Vitamin A helps to prevent infections from Viruses.
CVitamin A prevents many types of Cancer and Vitamin A therapy suppresses the further growth of the (already established) tumors involved in some types of Cancer:
Vitamin A helps to prevent Basal Cell Carcinoma.
Vitamin A (40,000 IU per day) reduces the recurrence of Bladder Cancer Tumors in people with existing Bladder Cancer by up to 53%.
Vitamin A helps to prevent Breast Cancer.
Vitamin A helps to prevent Cervical Cancer.
Vitamin A helps to prevent Colon Cancer.
Vitamin A (100,000 IU per day) “may” help to treat Glioblastoma Multiforme.
The Retinyl Palmitate (300,000 IU - 1,500,000 IU per day, caution: a high dosage) form of Vitamin A helps to prevent Larynx Cancer (laryngeal cancer).
The Retinoic Acid form of Vitamin A (administered orally) can "direct" the cancerous cells involved in Leukemia to mature and die like normal cells.
Vitamin A helps to prevent Liver Cancer.
Vitamin A inhibits the tumor promotion stage of Lung Cancer.
Vitamin A inhibits and suppresses the development of the tumors associated with Mouth Cancer.
Vitamin A protects against Pharynx Cancer (Pharyngeal Cancer) by strengthening the Mucous Membranes of the Pharynx.
Vitamin A helps to prevent Prostate Cancer by strengthening the Mucous Membranes of the Prostate.
Vitamin A can prevent the progress of Skin Cancers by stimulating normal Cell differentiation.
Supplemental Vitamin A increases the effectiveness of orthodox medical treatments for Cancer (such as Surgery, Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy).
Vitamin A stimulates various aspects of the Immune System: Vitamin A increases the effectiveness of the cells that produce Antibodies and Vitamin A deficiency can cause impairment in the response of Antibodies to challenges by Antigens.
Vitamin A deficiency causes a reduction in the production of B-Lymphocytes. Vitamin A deficiency can cause a decline in the production of Helper T-Cells.
Vitamin A increases the proliferation of Lymphocytes in response to challenges by Antigens and Mitogens.
Vitamin A enhances the function of Macrophages.
Vitamin A enhances the function of Neutrophils.
Vitamin A deficiency impairs the function of NK Lymphocytes.
Vitamin A deficiency causes degeneration and atrophy of the Spleen.
Vitamin A protects and strengthens the Thymus and supplemental Vitamin A can cause the Thymus to (beneficially) double in size. research
Vitamin A enhances the ability of the Thymus to manufacture T-Lymphocytes and Vitamin A deficiency can cause impairment of T-
Lymphocyte response. research
Vitamin A enhances the function of White Blood Cells.
Vitamin A (100,000 IU daily for two weeks) improves various impairments of the function of the Immune System in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) patients.
Most persons afflicted with Celiac Disease are found to be deficient in Vitamin A (indicating that supplemental Vitamin A would benefit Celiac Disease patients). Crohn’s Disease patients are generally found to be deficient in Vitamin A (and supplemental Vitamin A (50,000 IU per day) may counteract this deficiency).
Diarrhea can occur as a result of Vitamin A deficiency: ---Supplemental Vitamin A significantly reduces the incidence of (childhood) Diarrhea.
Vitamin A (when used in conjunction with Vitamin C) alleviates Halitosis.
Vitamin A alleviates Heartburn. -- Vitamin A may reduce Intestinal Permeability (due to its role in improving the structural integrity of the Mucous Membranes of the Intestines). ---Vitamin A improves the structural integrity of the Mucous Membranes that line the Intestinal Wall of the Small Intestine.--Vitamin A helps to prevent infestation with some types of Intestinal Parasites -- Vitamin A helps to prevent infestation with most types of Roundworms. -- Vitamin A facilitates the growth of Parietal Cells of the Gastric Mucosa of the Stomach. Vitamin A is useful for the treatment of Peptic Ulcers -Vitamin A (50,000 IU per day) facilitates the healing of Gastric Ulcers.
Recipe Vitamin A---take a capsule of Vitamin A 25,000 and and 2 ounces of water and Vinegar 1 tablspn---Mix and when fizzing drink-This will accelerate the input of the vitamin A---it appears the Vitamin a with vinegar is easier to access by the system and should tremendously reduce tumour and skin dysfunctions
Utilize more palm oil as well to increase Vitamin A---
lipoxygenase /li·poxy·ge·nase/ (lĭ-pok´sĭ-jĕ-nās) an enzyme that catalyzes the oxidation of polyunsaturated fatty acids to form a peroxide of the acid.-- lipoxygenase n catalytic enzyme that facilitates the synthesis of leukotrienes by converting arachidonic acid to hydroxyeicosenoic acid via an oxidative process.
[U1]My 2 cents on this is if they are going to have a gene now in plants that will chelate ( either remove or make more readily to be used ) then the impact is going to be phenomenal---either there will be more uptake of the toxic metals in the environment taking away the plant’s ability to filter our or bind these components or there will be a leaching away to further exasperate the deficiency in the foods we are already eating—and or increase a genetic property that otherwise may not be there and as a result a furthering of a negative condition that may already be occurring or get started---there has already been a direct connection to the destruction of the human genetic code by eating these foods---and now Aluminum
[U2]In other words this is already in the drinking water in some countries and possibly the citizens are unaware of this
[U3]I wonder if the people in those 27 counties are aware of the Lithium in there water?
[U4]Would appear to cause hypothalamus and pineal axis Function
[U5]These are appearing more now as well with the elderly and the youth---it appears that this behaviour then is being administered with more pharmaceuticals to keep people incapacitated—almost an underlying theme here to keep the masses passive and un responsive to what otherwise be construed as inappropriate behaviour
[U6]This is the psychiatric reports delineating the negative impact and then followed by the actual results of the use of lithium
Show of the Week August 27 2010
Vinegar decreases allergenic response in lentil and egg food allergy
SOY CONTAMINATION to HEALTH--- Dangers of Dietary Isoflavones- Soy Stimulates breast cancer growth- Soy – Abundance of Health Hazards--
Recipe for Bowel Irregularity
Vinegar decreases allergenic response in lentil and egg food allergy.
Allergol Immunopathol (Madr). 2010 Mar-Apr;38(2):74-7
Authors: Armentia A, DueÃ±as-Laita A, Pineda F, Herrero M, MartÃn B
BACKGROUND: Food allergy results from an atypical response of the mucosal immune system to orally consumed allergens. Antacid medication inhibits the digestion of dietary proteins and causes food allergy. A decrease of the gastric pH might enhance the function of digestion and reduce the risk of food allergy. OBJECTIVE: To test a possible decrease in the allergenicity of powerful food allergens (egg, chicken, lentils) with the addition of vinegar during the cooking process. METHODS: We included seven patients who suffered from anaphylaxis due to egg, chicken and lentils. We added vinegar to egg, chicken and lentil processed extracts used for skin prick tests (SPT) and compared the wheal areas obtained with the same extracts sources and the same way but without vinegar addition. Immunodetection was performed with the different processed extracts and patients' sera. Only one patient consented food challenge with vinegar-marinated-chicken. RESULTS: Wheal areas were significantly minor with the food extract with vinegar. Immunodetection showed a decrease of the response with vinegar processed extracts. CONCLUSIONS: Vinegar addition during the cooking process may decrease lentil and chicken allergenicity.---PMID: 19879037 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
We can see people are still gathering to "speak their mind" ~ this is what we need to see surrounding all the lies and manipulations.
Date: Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 10:44 PM
URL of this article: www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=20656
GMO grapevines destroyed (AFP)
citizens destroy trial vineyard
Early Sunday morning, French police stood help less as sixty people, locked inside an open-air field of genetically modified grapevines, uprooted all the plants. In Spain last month, dozens of people destroyed two GMO fields. On the millennial cusp, Indian farmers burned Bt cotton in their Cremate Monsanto campaign. Ignored by multinational corporations and corrupt public policy makers, citizens act to protect the food supply and the planet. The French vineyard is the same field attacked last year when the plants were only cut. But the security features installed after that incident kept authorities at bay while the group accomplished its mission yesterday. Speaking for the group, Olivier Florent told Le Figero that they condemned the use of public funds for open-field testing of GMOs “that we do not want.” Pitching tents in the rain near France’s National Institute for Agronomic Research (INRA) site in Colmar the night before, the group waited until 5 AM before converging on the site and locking the gates behind them. They uprooted all 70 plants, then submitted to arrest. This is the second attack on GMO crops to make international news this year. In July dozens of people destroyed two experimental corn crops in Spain. In an anonymous press release, they wrote, “This kind of direct action is the best way to respond to the fait accompli policy through which the Generalitat, the State and the biotech multinationals have been unilaterally imposing genetically modified organisms.” In the 1990s, Indian farmers burnt Bt cotton fields in their Cremate Monsanto campaign. Monsanto did not disclose to farmers that the GM seeds were experimental. “Despite the heavy use of chemical fertiliser, traces of which still can be observed in the field, the Bt plants grew miserably, less than half the size of the traditional cotton plants in the adjacent fields.”
After the Haiti earthquake this year, Monsanto offered 475 tons of hybrid corn and terminator vegetable seeds in partnership with USAID. In June, 10,000 Haitian farmers marched in protest of the “poison gift” which produces no viable seeds for future plantings and requires heavy chemical inputs. Haitian farm leader Chavannes Jean-Baptiste observed that the biotech plan makes farmers dependent on multinational corporations. In the US, GMOs were secretly foisted on the public in the mid-1990s, and only now is the US Supreme Court addressing the scourge. In June, the high court upheld partial deregulation of GM alfalfa, which permits limited planting while the USDA prepares an Environmental Impact Statement. Natural and organic alfalfa supply is threatened by the very real potential of GM contamination. This would destroy the organic meat and dairy industry. Last Friday, a federal court took a tougher position on GM sugar beets. Judge Jeffrey S. White revoked USDA approval of the GM beet, while allowing for its planting this year only. Also this month, a British farmer exposed that milk and meat from cloned animals had secretly entered the food supply. Public opposition to GM crops has grown in recent years as more evidence surfaces that DNA-altered crops:
Meanwhile, President Obama has stacked his Administration with biotech insiders going so far as to appoint Islam Siddiqui as Agriculture Trade Negotiator. Siddiqui is a former pesticide lobbyist and vice president of CropLife America, a biotech and pesticide trade group that lobbies to weaken environmental laws. The US is pushing hard at the world to accept GM foods. Recently, the American Farm Bureau Federation called for stronger sanctions against the European Union for its GM crop ban. --But as governments and trade agreements circumvent the will of the people, some take matters into their own hands. The rise in GMO crop destruction is a clear indication that the world’s people reject chemical and genetic pollution of the food supply and the environment.
Recipe for Bowel Irregularity---take 2-3 apples peeled—Add ¼ cup of aloe Vera Gel---1-2 beets ( peeled) add either galangal 1 tsp or peppermint essential oil 1 drop—mix or blend –then consume after a meal or anytime during the day
Do you want a statin with that cheeseburger and milkshake? Touting pharmaceuticals as the neutralisers of fast food is not the answer to unhealthy diets and even the suggestion sends out the wrong message. --Last week, researchers from Imperial College London published a study in The American Journal of Cardiology with the conclusion that handing out statins with a cheeseburger could neutralise the detrimental effects of daily fast food consumption. --Do we really want to give some people carte blanche to eat fast food in excess? The authors, led by Dr Darrel Francis, emphasize that they are not encouraging people to eat unhealthily, but argue that, since many people fail to follow a healthy lifestyle, a ‘MacStatin’ may provide protection against heart disease. Not only that, but statins would only add an extra 5p per customer onto the cost of the meal! If it’s all about neutralising the cholesterol, and particularly LDL-cholesterol, how about we formulate the accompanying milkshake with omega-3 and phytosterols? I’m not suggesting we do this, but I think we should look to add food ingredients to food before pharmaceuticals.
But to focus on the ‘bad’ fats in fast food is short-sighted. Indeed, the British Heart Foundation (which financially supports Dr Francis) was quick to state that the suggestion should not be taken literally. “A junk food diet has a wealth of unhealthy consequences beyond raising cholesterol. It can cause high blood pressure through too much salt, or obesity through eating meals loaded with calories. These are all risk factors for life-threatening health problems such as heart disease, type-2 diabetes and stroke,” said the BHF’s Professor Peter Weissberg.
The easy road
Handing out a pill appears easier than facing up to the two main problems here: Educational (why are we not teaching nutrition in schools?) and financial (why do fresh broccoli and wholegrain bread cost more than a cheeseburger?). A little over a year ago, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) made similar noises when it announced recommendations to prescribe cholesterol-lowering statin drugs to obese children as young as eight. ---Are we really at the point where we give up and just hand out drugs[U1] ? I do agree with Dr Francis and his co-workers on the following statement: “We stress that there should be greater pressure on fast food corporations to develop healthier menus and to encourage regular physical activity and weight control[U2] .” The food and nutrition industries are producing a growing range of healthy foods, and fast food outlets are improving their menus – they do still have the old favourites, but they are making progress. Of course more could be done, but we’re heading in the right direction. -I also have a couple of questions on the implications of the health claims regulation. Is the regulation really helping the situation by neutering the food industry on what can and cannot be said on healthy foods? Is it dissuading the food industry from pursuing healthy foods because they fear failure when it comes to making claims? If the science to support such claims is not there, then this rightly will be stopped and the consumer protected, but we are seeing some eyebrow-raising opinions from our friends at EFSA. --Where we can make a big impact is to educate consumers about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and this has to start early. Prescribing obese eight-year olds statins is not sending out the right message. ---My order of the day is super-sized nutrition education. Hold the statins.
[U1]This is Pure genious double talk and marketing ---Now they have people actually thinking about doing this drugs and junk---“Eat more Eugenic Foods and we will give you a pill so you can die even quicker” Stains are one of the worse toxic pharmaceutical on the market as well as wafarin and coumadin—and this will be Now suggested by Doctors who will prescribe these drugs to use them in conjunction with your Junk or Fast foods
[U2]Like this is going to happen—they have spent deacades and money to addict you to ther foods and nowww we are concerned about a healthier life style ---what an oxymoron this is---rather moronic
Rectal Cancer Rates Are Rising in Young Individuals, Analysis Finds
.ScienceDaily (Aug. 27, 2010) — A new analysis has found that while colon cancer rates have remained steady over the past several decades among people under the age of 40, rectal cancer rates are increasing in this population across races and in both sexes.---Published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study indicates that greater efforts are needed to diagnose rectal cancer in young individuals who show potential signs of the disease.---Rectal cancer is considered to be rare among young individuals in the United States. Because underestimating rectal cancer's incidence may lead to missed or delayed diagnoses in younger people, Joshua Meyer, MD, a radiation oncologist currently at Fox Chase Cancer Center, led a team that analyzed trends in rectal cancer incidence in the United States compared with colon cancer trends. Dr. Meyer worked on this research while at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City.--By conducting a retrospective study using data from the Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) cancer registry, the investigators identified 7,661 colon and rectal cancer patients under age 40 years between 1973 and 2005. The researchers then calculated the change in incidence over time for colon and rectal cancers.--Overall rates of colon and of rectal cancer were low during the years of the study (1.11 cases and 0.42 cases per 100,000, respectively). While colon cancer rates remained essentially flat in individuals under age 40 years in recent decades, rectal cancer rates have been increasing since 1984. Specifically, between 1984 and 2005, the rate of rectal cancer diagnosis rose 3.8% per year.---"We suggest that in young people presenting with rectal bleeding or other common signs of rectal cancer, endoscopic evaluation should be considered in order to rule out a malignancy," said Dr. Meyer. "This is in contrast to what is frequently done, which is to attribute these findings to hemorrhoids. More frequent endoscopic evaluation may be able to decrease the documented delay in diagnosis among young people," he explained. Because the overall incidence of rectal cancer is relatively low, the authors do not advocate for a change in screening guidelines.Story Source: --The above story is reprinted (with editorial adaptations by ScienceDaily staff) from materials provided by American Cancer Society, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS.
Journal Reference: --1 Joshua E. Meyer, Tarun Narang, Felice H. Schnoll-Sussman, Mark B. Pochapin, Paul J. Christos, David L. Sherr. Increasing incidence of rectal cancer in patients under age 40: an analysis of the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results database. Cancer, 2010; DOI: 10.1002/cncr.25432
Hundreds of proposed botanical-health relationships ranging from antioxidant activity to skin health to immunity to gut health will almost certainly be rejected if the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) holds to its current methodologies, according to an EU herbal group. --Patrick Coppens, the secretary general of the European Botanical Forum, said it was unlikely any herbs in line for assessment in the third batch of article 13.1 claims, would win positive opinions. ---“If EFSA continues to ignore the existing consensus on the traditional effects of these botanicals, we expect not a single one of these plants to survive the claims process,” Coppens said. --A sneak preview obtained by NutraIngredients of 100s of herbs that have been processed by EFSA’s health claims panel but not yet published, indicates an exhaustive list has been assessed including cranberry, lutein/zeaxanthin, green and black tea, Echinacea, sea buckthorn, rosehip, ginkgo, rosehip, hibiscus, arnica and eucalyptus. --The prebiotic industry will also be holding its breath as chicory, oligosaccharides, isomalto-oligosaccharides and polysaccharides have all had their dossiers assessed by EFSA’s Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA). ---“The approach EFSA has adopted is not appropriate for botanicals,” Coppens added. -- “The kind of studies requested are not even available for traditional medicinal products. We trust the Commission and the Member States acknowledge this and continue to seek solutions for this valuable category of health products.” --An EFSA spokesperson said the third batch of opinions would be published at the end of September or beginning of September. -- Other herbal health claims the NDA has dealt with include green coffee, guarana, blueberry extracts, mangosteen, schisandra, marjolaine feuille, grape seed extracts and broccoli extracts. Typically, the claims are antioxidant related
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said its Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee will meet on September 19 and 20 to discuss the possible commercialization of genetically engineered salmon. ---AquaBounty of Waltham, Massachusetts says it has developed salmon that have been genetically modified to reach market size in half the time of traditional salmon[U1] – a trait that could help feed a growing global population and protect dwindling fish stocks, the company claims. -- If the Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee (VMAC) decides that the fish are fit for human consumption, it would be the first animal produced through genetic engineering to be approved. Some environmentalists and scientists have said they see this as a watershed case, with the result likely to either pave the way for further genetic engineering of food animals or discourage its use. --- The VMAC has said it will discuss the fishing and disease pressures on wild fish stocks; the genetics and farming of Atlantic salmon around the world; and the potential risks of GE fish, including possible mitigation strategies. --“This is welcome and exciting news for the Company as we near the end of the detailed and necessary process to receive regulatory approval for our AquAdvantage Salmon[U2] ,” President and CEO of AquaBounty Dr. Ronald Stotish said in a statement. --“The meeting will provide an opportunity for the public to understand how the application of our technology will enable the safe and sustainable production of high quality fish. We believe the economic and environmental benefits of our salmon will very effectively help to meet the demand for food from the growing world population.” --The FDA said it could not estimate how long it might take to review public comments following next month’s meeting. Information on the VMAC meeting is available here .
After the committee convenes, the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition has said it will lead a public hearing on September 21 to consider the legal issues around labeling of AquAvantage salmon. --At the moment, foods produced through genetic modification are not required to be labeled as such in the United States, and the FDA’s position has been that labeling should not “suggest or imply that GM/GE foods are in any way different from other foods”.
Low-Load High Volume Resistance Exercise Stimulates Muscle Protein Synthesis More Than High-Load Low Volume Resistance Exercise in Young Men
We aimed to determine the effect of resistance exercise intensity (% 1 repetition maximum—1RM) and volume on muscle protein synthesis, anabolic signaling, and myogenic gene expression.
Fifteen men (21±1 years; BMI = 24.1±0.8 kg/m2) performed 4 sets of unilateral leg extension exercise at different exercise loads and/or volumes: 90% of repetition maximum (1RM) until volitional failure (90FAIL), 30% 1RM work-matched to 90%FAIL (30WM), or 30% 1RM performed until volitional failure (30FAIL). Infusion of [ring-13C6] phenylalanine with biopsies was used to measure rates of mixed (MIX), myofibrillar (MYO), and sarcoplasmic (SARC) protein synthesis at rest, and 4 h and 24 h after exercise. Exercise at 30WM induced a significant increase above rest in MIX (121%) and MYO (87%) protein synthesis at 4 h post-exercise and but at 24 h in the MIX only. The increase in the rate of protein synthesis in MIX and MYO at 4 h post-exercise with 90FAIL and 30FAIL was greater than 30WM, with no difference between these conditions; however, MYO remained elevated (199%) above rest at 24 h only in 30FAIL. There was a significant increase in AktSer473 at 24h in all conditions (P = 0.023) and mTORSer2448 phosphorylation at 4 h post-exercise (P = 0.025). Phosporylation of Erk1/2Tyr202/204, p70S6KThr389, and 4E-BP1Thr37/46 increased significantly (P<0.05) only in the 30FAIL condition at 4 h post-exercise, whereas, 4E-BP1Thr37/46 phosphorylation was greater 24 h after exercise than at rest in both 90FAIL (237%) and 30FAIL (312%) conditions. Pax7 mRNA expression increased at 24 h post-exercise (P = 0.02) regardless of condition. The mRNA expression of MyoD and myogenin were consistently elevated in the 30FAIL condition.--These results suggest that low-load high volume resistance exercise is more effective in inducing acute muscle anabolism than high-load low volume or work matched resistance exercise modes.
1 Exercise Metabolism Research Group, Department of Kinesiology, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, 2 School of Graduate Entry Medicine and Health, City Hospital, University of Nottingham, Derby, United Kingdom, 3 Department of Medical Physics and Applied Radiation Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, 4 Department of Neurology, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada---Nicholas A. Burd1, Daniel W. D. West1, Aaron W. Staples1, Philip J. Atherton2, Jeff M. Baker1, Daniel R. Moore1, Andrew M. Holwerda1, Gianni Parise1,3, Michael J. Rennie2, Steven K. Baker4, Stuart M. Phillips1*
We aimed to determine the effect of resistance exercise intensity (% 1 repetition maximum—1RM) and volume on muscle protein synthesis, anabolic signaling, and myogenic gene expression.
Fifteen men (21±1 years; BMI = 24.1±0.8 kg/m2) performed 4 sets of unilateral leg extension exercise at different exercise loads and/or volumes: 90% of repetition maximum (1RM) until volitional failure (90FAIL), 30% 1RM work-matched to 90%FAIL (30WM), or 30% 1RM performed until volitional failure (30FAIL). Infusion of [ring-13C6] phenylalanine with biopsies was used to measure rates of mixed (MIX), myofibrillar (MYO), and sarcoplasmic (SARC) protein synthesis at rest, and 4 h and 24 h after exercise. Exercise at 30WM induced a significant increase above rest in MIX (121%) and MYO (87%) protein synthesis at 4 h post-exercise and but at 24 h in the MIX only. The increase in the rate of protein synthesis in MIX and MYO at 4 h post-exercise with 90FAIL and 30FAIL was greater than 30WM, with no difference between these conditions; however, MYO remained elevated (199%) above rest at 24 h only in 30FAIL. There was a significant increase in AktSer473 at 24h in all conditions (P = 0.023) and mTORSer2448 phosphorylation at 4 h post-exercise (P = 0.025). Phosporylation of Erk1/2Tyr202/204, p70S6KThr389, and 4E-BP1Thr37/46 increased significantly (P<0.05) only in the 30FAIL condition at 4 h post-exercise, whereas, 4E-BP1Thr37/46 phosphorylation was greater 24 h after exercise than at rest in both 90FAIL (237%) and 30FAIL (312%) conditions. Pax7 mRNA expression increased at 24 h post-exercise (P = 0.02) regardless of condition. The mRNA expression of MyoD and myogenin were consistently elevated in the 30FAIL condition.
These results suggest that low-load high volume resistance exercise is more effective in inducing acute muscle anabolism than high-load low volume or work matched resistance exercise modes.
A survey by the consumer magazine Which? has warned that consumers are confused over common ‘healthy-sounding’ claims found on food labels. ---The survey of over 1,000 people revealed that a third believed the phrase ‘real fruit’ to mean that fruit was the main ingredient, while 43 per cent believed that drinks labelled as ‘juice drink’ must contain at least a quarter fruit juice. ---Which? reported that although certain terms – such as organic and free-range - are specifically defined under food labelling rules, terms like 'fresh' and 'natural' are only subject to guidance and can cause confusion for consumers. ---The consumer magazine reported “certain food and drink brands are baffling people with how they market products with words such as ‘pure’, ‘fresh’, ‘natural’ and ‘real’” ---Which? cited specific examples of products using “healthy-sounding” descriptions whilst failing to highlight unhealthy aspects such as sugar content, stating that under European food law labelling and presentation of food should not mislead consumers,
[U1]This is what they did to Chickens and as a result they have been caged --abused---left to die--they grow in half the time---but have double the toxins--are antiobiotic resistant--and have more fat ( imbalnced omega 6 ) as a result of the sugar and soy fed to these birds---no we want to do this to fish--and the fish when GMO they will overtake the existing genome fish of a species within 40 generations---exterminating the indigenious fish that already exist--and create further imbalances in the eco system in the ocean
[U2]Now the truth is out there are commercial interest to be the first to be on the bandwagon to ssell this commercialized GMO or GE product--nothing about or to do with global hunger---the manifestation of ideas such as this should be alraming everyone in the fact that the balance of the ocean is now going to be violated--which with out the ocean we could suffer serious earth issues in the balance of life
[U3]Interesting how they make this comment --and yet not have the information for the consumer in the USA or Canada--like a double blind study going on globally everyone else has the labeling laws globally except where the USA global industrialist are in charge of the food production and supply--if it was actually as safe as they say why fear the label ? why not out it out there---the issue ties to the fact there would be lawsuits in america and the FDA would bear the brunt of this--and they realize this --as a safety net for the western world there could be a direct tie to a health condition to GMO foods and then there would be litigation as a result these profit margins with all but vanish and the GMO fiasco would not be a confusing element---they would not exist