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Friday, February 29, 2008

Temper Tantrums Early Sign

Children who throw long, aggressive or frequent temper tantrums may be doing more than just showing mum and dad who is boss. They may be displaying early signs of a psychiatric disorder, research shows.

Children who hurt themselves or others during tantrums or who cannot calm themselves down may be diagnosed with depression or disruptive disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or oppositional defiant disorder.

Read the entire article.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Deaths From Herbs vs. Drugs

From Natural News

The Stanford Daily Journal reported that about 125,000 deaths occur per year due to people taking prescription drugs incorrectly.

Total unexpected deaths from the western medical profession in this country (USA) was estimated as high as 800,000 per year (this would include all malpractice, iatrogenic disease, surgery and anesthesia problems, drug overdose, drug misuse and abuse and drug side-effects).

While my research into the matter certainly did not reveal a very clear picture of how many people were really dying due to drugs, it did reveal enough to make the point, which is that herbs are far, far safer on their worst day.

On average, herbs kill a grand total of 5-6 people per year and herbs get abused all the time. People use herbs in a crazy, out of balance way without even consulting a qualified herbalist and we still get 5-6 people per year.

There are a few more medical conditions blamed on herbs but believe me when I tell you that the most dangerous herb still in use is far safer than the safest over-the-counter drug.

Read the entire article.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Edible Schoolyard Garden

Urban public school students now have a one-acre organic garden and a kitchen classroom. Using food systems as a unifying concept, students learn how to grow, harvest, and prepare nutritious seasonal produce. Experiences in the kitchen and garden foster a better understanding of how the natural world sustains us, and promote the environmental and social well being of our school community.

Children learn about the connection between what they eat and where it comes from, with the goal of fostering environmental stewardship and revolutionizing the school lunch program.

Linking garden and kitchen activities with classroom lessons using ecological principles, students develop a deep understanding and appreciation of how nature sustains life.

Since the inception of The Edible Schoolyard, the school garden movement and the demand for fresh, organically produced foods has spread nationally. We are at a threshold of growth in the shift toward sustainable food systems – these resources may guide your involvement to have one in your own community.

Get more info on Starting A School Garden.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Reducing Meat Consumption

The risks from eating meat and the benefits of replacing the meat on your plate with plant-based alternatives, especially legumes, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, are well researched and reported.

Besides health benefits, meat and dairy also have significant environmental costs. The United Nations recently reported that diet is a major factor in greenhouse gas emissions, even more so than transportation. Beef and fish consumption is particularly damaging to the environment, according to the UN report and other sources, such as the WorldWatch Institute.

If concern for your health or the environment is not of interest, what about the animal cruelty involved?

Saturday, February 23, 2008

7 Great Medical Myths

Reading in dim light won't damage your eyes, you don't need eight glasses of water a day to stay healthy and shaving your legs won't make the hair grow back faster.

These well-worn theories are among seven "medical myths" exposed in a paper published Friday in the British Medical Journal.

Read the entire article.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Alzheimer's and Omega-3 Fatty Acids

It's good news that we are living longer, but bad news that the longer we live, the better our odds of developing late-onset Alzheimer's disease.

Many Alzheimer's researchers have long touted fish oil, by pill or diet, as an accessible and inexpensive "weapon" that may delay or prevent this debilitating disease. Now, UCLA scientists have confirmed that Omega 3 Fish Oil is indeed a deterrent against Alzheimer's, and they have identified the reasons why.

Read the entire article.

Co-Q10 and Statins

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a fat soluble compound best known for its vital function in the production of energy inside cells. It is concentrated in the part of the cell that churns out energy.

A lesser known function of CoQ10 may be its powerful antioxidant activity in cell membranes and in lipoproteins like LDL cholesterol.

In his editorial in the current edition of Life Extension magazine, Conventional CoQ10 Fails Severe Heart Disease Patients , LEF Director William Faloon presents a chart that illustrates how age affects body organ and tissue concentration of CoQ10.

* Heart muscle wall 72% decrease in CoQ10
* Pancreas 69% decrease
* Skin (epidermis) 75% decrease
* Adrenal Gland 47% decrease
* Kidneys 35% decrease
* Liver 10% decrease

Statin drugs block the biosynthesis of both cholesterol and CoQ10, which explains their common side effects of fatigue, muscle pain, and a worsening of heart failure.

Read more about statin drugs and Co-Q10.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Knowing About Cholesterol

When it comes to concerns about cholesterol, many get the misconception that only those who are obese are prone to health problems. That couldn’t be further from the truth.

People of all ages and sizes should recognize the risks involved with the health and food choices they make each day. Cholesterol is one of the most important healthcare topics you should know about.

Read the entire article.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Recall: 143 Million Lbs. of Beef

This story is just too emotional an issue for me to say much more than the title. There's been enough information circulating about Mad Cow Disease in the U.S. for quite some time. Obviously our government agencies are not working for the welfare of the population as much as the corporations.

Many of these recalls are announced AFTER the products have already been consumed. This one affecting so many school children just has me more upset because to me children are the true innocents in our world.

Then there's the issue of animal welfare and the humane treatment of animals used for food. Words just don't come to mind. Read the entire story.

It's time for the U.S. to boycott the meat industry and buy from local farmers. Here's some links to places where you can search for local options by zip code. Spend some time on these websites educating yourself in safe foods. You also support family farms. If we lose them, we're dependent on big industry and the government for our foods, and that's a scary thought.

Sustainable Table
Local Harvest
Eat Wild

Monday, February 18, 2008

Parasites Infect Many Poor Americans

Recent studies show many of the poorest Americans living in the United States carry some of the same parasitic infections that affect the poor in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Dr. Peter Hotez, a tropical disease expert at George Washington University, said these parasitic infections have been ignored by most health experts in the United States.

Read the entire article.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

U.S. Drugs Coming From China

The blood thinner drug Heparin is being made from chemicals imported from China. The FDA tells Americans they can't buy drugs from Canada because they're "unsafe" and yet drug companies buy contaminated chemical ingredients from a country that has been too often in the news as "unsafe."

If you think these Chinese chemical companies are being inspected, the facts show that 93% of the factories have not been inspected, so they have no idea about quality control being used (if any is being used).

The news article reads:

A Chinese facility that hasn't been inspected by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration made the active ingredient in much of the widely used Baxter International Inc. blood-thinner that is under investigation. Baxter announced that it had temporarily halted production of its version of the generic anticlotting drug heparin because of about 350 bad reactions potentially tied to the drug, including four fatalities after reports of hundreds of allergic reactions and four deaths among the drug's users, the agency said yesterday.

China is now the world's largest producer of active pharmaceutical ingredients -- the chemical compounds needed to make finished pills and other drugs.

Recent testimony from the Government Accountability Office said that the FDA may only inspect around 7% of foreign drug-making facilities in a given year, and it would take the agency more than 13 years at that rate to inspect all the plants. The testimony also said the FDA "cannot provide the exact number of foreign establishments that have never been inspected."

Read the entire article.

Health Effects of Clutter

The country’s collective desire to clean up is evident in the proliferation of organization-oriented businesses like the Container Store and California Closets.

Getting organized is unquestionably good for both mind and body — reducing risks for falls, helping eliminate germs and making it easier to find things like medicine and exercise gear.

Experts say the problem with all this is that many people are going about it in the wrong way. Too often they approach clutter and disorganization as a space problem that can be solved by acquiring bins and organizers.

Excessive clutter and disorganization are often symptoms of a bigger health problem. People who have suffered an emotional trauma or a brain injury often find housecleaning an insurmountable task. Attention deficit disorder, depression, chronic pain and grief can prevent people from getting organized or lead to a buildup of clutter. At its most extreme, chronic disorganization is called hoarding, a condition many experts believe is a mental illness in its own right, although psychiatrists have yet to formally recognize it.

Read the entire article.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Skipping Meals Can Be Good

A study found that skipping meals every other day could actually improve a patient’s health. In that study overweight adults with mild asthma ate normal meals one day. This was followed by a day of severely restricted eating, when they ate less than 20 percent of their normal caloric intake, or about 400 or 500 calories a day — the equivalent of about one meal. Nine out of 10 study participants were able to stick to the eating plan.

After two months, the dieters lost an average of 8 percent of their body weight, and their asthma-related symptoms also improved. They had lower cholesterol and triglycerides, “striking” reductions in markers of oxidative stress and increased levels of the antioxidant uric acid. Markers of inflammation were also significantly lower.

However, skipping meals during the day and then overeating at the evening meal results in harmful metabolic changes in the body.

Read the entire article.

Polycarbonate Bottles A Problem

Worries about a hormone-mimicking chemical used in the trendy sports accessory led a major Canadian retailer to remove Nalgene and other polycarbonate plastic containers from store shelves in early December.

There is little dispute that the chemical can disrupt the hormonal system, but scientists differ markedly on whether very low doses found in food and beverage containers can be harmful.

An expert panel of researchers cited evidence that Americans have levels of BPA higher than those found to cause harm in animals.

Patagonia Inc., another outdoor-gear retailer based in Ventura, Calif., pulled polycarbonate water bottles from its 40 stores worldwide in December 2005 and, a month later, organic foods chain Whole Foods Markets stopped selling polycarbonate baby bottles and child drinking cups.

Read the entire article.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Honest Food Guide For Nutrition

Confused on what foods to eat?

The USDA's Food Guide Pyramid is heavily influenced by food lobbyists and is far behind today's cutting-edge nutritional principles.

I just found out about the Honest Food Guide, an easy-to-use nutritional reference chart that is a free download.

The "Honest Food Guide" provides information like:

* Which common food ingredients promote diabetes
* Which foods promote mental disorders and depression
* How to avoid hydrogenated oils
* Which grocery products and foods promote outstanding health
* Why high-sodium snacks are harmful to your health
* Where to find healthy protein
* Mineral-rich supplements to add to your diet
* How MSG interferes with body function and appetite control
* What foods to add to your diet for a strong immune system
* Why breakfast cereals are often health saboteurs
* How to ensure you're getting enough healthy oils
* Why sunlight is vital for good health
* Key nutrients for good health
* How to select vegetables with a variety of nutrients
* Healing superfoods
* How to achieve clear, smooth skin
* Which carbs to eat and which to avoid
... and much more.

Download the guide at this site.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Electronic Tagging Of People

Proposed electronic tagging of dementia sufferers, with their agreement, has been backed by the Alzheimer's Society. The charity said the plan could empower patients by allowing them to wander, but called for a debate on the ethics of gaining consent.

The government has said tagging could allow people to lead "fuller lives".

Read the entire article.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Some Skip Chemo and Do Fine

Thousands of breast cancer patients each year could be spared chemotherapy or get gentler versions of it without harming their odds of beating the disease, new research suggests.

One study found that certain women did better — were less likely to die or have a relapse — if given a less harsh drug than Adriamycin, a mainstay of treatment for decades.

Another study found that a gene test can help predict whether some women need chemo at all — even among those whose cancer has spread to their lymph nodes, which currently typically leads to full treatment.

Read the entire article.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Walking Helps Memory

"There's an avalanche of neuroscience to support that (physical) exercise is good for the brain," said John Ratey, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and co-author of an upcoming book on the subject.

That's hopeful news for many who worry that growing old may mean losing their minds.

A survey conducted last year by Harris Interactive for the MetLife Foundation found that Alzheimer's was a bigger source of anxiety for Americans 55 and older than heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

In a six-year study of 1,740 adults 65 and older published last year in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers found those who exercised more than three times a week were less likely to develop dementia than those who didn't.

A 2005 study of 3,375 adults in the same age group produced similar results. But investigators said the findings, while encouraging, don't yet prove that exercise prevents the onset of dementia.

Read the entire article.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

22 Home Remedies For Back Pain

From the Editors of Consumer Guide

The How Stuff Works website gives you some good options to try for back pain which are appropriate for anyone who is suffering from back pain due to tight, aching muscles or a strain.

Maybe you lifted something heavy or swung a golf club a little too enthusiastically. Or maybe you've been hunched over a desk or computer for two weeks, battling a deadline. Whatever the reason, now your back is "out," and you're wishing for something, anything, that will put an end to the agony.

Read the entire article.

Hawthorn For The Heart - People and Pets

Regarding the value of herbal treatment for patients with heart failure, a new review of existing research suggests that Hawthorn Extract "significantly" improves symptoms.

A group evaulated hawthorn extract against a placebo for treating patients with chronic heart failure. They identified 14 randomised control trials that compared the effects of adding Hawthorn Extract or placebo to conventional therapies.

The trials involved a total of 855 patients and the data indicated that Hawthorn Extract:

* improved maximal workload,
* increased exercise tolerance,
* reduced oxygen consumption by the heart
* reduced shortness of breath and fatigue
* a few people reported mild nausea, dizziness and heart and stomach complaints

I have used Hawthorn Extract for years for a heart problem and find it to be wonderful. A side benefit is that it builds the adrenal glands and with the stresses of life always there to bombard us, I really like knowing I'm feeding those adrenal glands too.

It's a great herb for pets also and is part of the natural heartworm programin the HSII formula since you need to build their heart when you destroy the heartworms.
Read the entire article.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

False Medical Research on Household Chemical

For decades chemical-makers have assured the public that the hormone-mimicking compound Bisphenol-A is safe, and the federal government agreed. This chemical is used in baby bottles, aluminum cans and hundreds of household products.

Recently the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has found that studies and research are heavily funded by the chemical companies producing the chemical.

The article says 80% of academically and government-funded research found that bisphenol-A is harmful in laboratory animals. Most of the industry-funded studies found there was no harm.

Read the entire article.

Harmful side-effects of bisphenol-A include hyperactivity, diabetes, obesity, breast cancer, low sperm counts, miscarriages, and more.

Now a congressional committee has launched an investigation into its use since it is found in many children's and infant's products, including the lining of infant formula cans.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Recalled Meat Being Sold

Data showing tainted meat is seldom recovered, means Americans could be consuming dangerous food despite U.S. government recalls.

For 73 meat recalls this year and last, recovery rates averaged only 44 percent according to a USA Today analysis of data supplied by the Department of Agriculture.

Read the entire article.

Tobacco: The Reality

Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death and disease, causing approximately 440,000 premature deaths in the United States each year.

• Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body and can cause chronic lung disease, coronary heart disease, and stroke, as well as cancer of the lungs, larynx, esophagus, mouth, bladder, cervix, pancreas, and kidneys.

• Nearly 70% of the more than 45.4 million American adults who smoke cigarettes want to quit.

• Approximately 80% of adult smokers started smoking before the age of 18. Every day, more than 2,000 young people under age 18 become daily smokers.

• If current smoking patterns in the United States persist, approximately 5 million of today’s children will die prematurely of tobacco-related diseases.

Read the entire article.

Friday, February 1, 2008

YouTube: Anti-vaccination Views

“YouTube is increasingly a resource people consult for health information, including vaccination,” says first author Keelan, an assistant professor in U of T’s Department of Public Health Sciences. “Our study shows that a significant amount of immunization content on YouTube contradicts the best scientific evidence at large. From a public health perspective, this is very concerning.”

The research team also found that videos skeptical of vaccinations – many of them highly provocative and powerful – received more views and better ratings by YouTube users than those videos that portray immunizations in a positive light.

Read the entire article.