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Fukushima Radiation Release is Worse than You Have Been Told – What You Can Do to Protect Yourself

Posted on May 15, 2012. Filed under: Fukushima, Health | Tags: , , , , , |


 radiation warningby Steve Hickey, PhD; Atsuo Yanagisawa, MD, PhD; Andrew W. Saul, PhD; Gert E. Schuitemaker, PhD; Damien Downing, MD

Orthomolecular Medicine

(OMNS May 14, 2012) People have been misinformed about the tragedy at Fukushima and its consequences. There is a continuing cover up, the reactors have not been stabilized, and radiation continues to be released. The Japanese College of Intravenous Therapy (JCIT) has recently released a video for people wishing to learn more about how to protect themselves from contamination by taking large doses of vitamin C.

Part 1 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rbm_MH3nSdM

Part 2 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4cyzts3lMo

Part 3 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYiRo2Oucfo

Part 4 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51Ie8FuuYJw

All four parts of the video are also available here http://firstlaw.wordpress.com/. Readers may link to, embed in their webpages, and make copies of the video for free distribution.

Japanese Government Minimizes Danger; Ignores Vitamin C

In the fall of 2011, JCIT presented a study that Fukushima workers had abnormality gene expression, which may be avoided using dietary antioxidants, especially vitamin C. The data was presented in Japan, Taiwan, and Korea. The JCIT sent letters to the government urging the government to tell the people how they may protect themselves from radiation. To date, the recommendation has been ignored by Japanese government and TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company).

Linus Pauling gained the Nobel Peace Prize in part based on his calculations of the number of deaths from nuclear weapons fallout.[1] He was supported by physicist and father of the Soviet bomb Andrei Sakharov, who also later received the Nobel Prize for peace.[2] These and other scientists estimated that there would be an extra 10,000 deaths worldwide for each megaton nuclear test in the atmosphere. A nuclear reactor can contain much more radioactive material than a nuclear weapon. Fukushima had six reactors, plus stored additional radioactive material and nuclear waste.

How Radiation Damages Cells

Ionizing radiation acts to damage living tissue by forming free radicals. Essentially, electrons are ripped from molecules. Removing an electron from an atom or molecule turns it into an ion, hence the term ionizing radiation. X-rays, gamma rays, alpha- and beta-radiation are all ionizing.

Most of the damage occurs from ionizing radiation generating free radicals in water, as water molecules are by far the most abundant in the body. While avoiding unnecessary exposure to ionizing radiation is clearly preferable, people affected by Fukushima do not have the luxury of avoiding contamination.

Antioxidants: Free-Radical Scavengers

Free-radical scavengers, as the name suggests, mop up the damaging radicals produced by radiation. The more common term for free radical scavenger is antioxidant. Antioxidants replace the electrons stripped from molecules by ionizing radiation. Antioxidants have long been used in the treatment of radiation poisoning.[3-7] Most of the harm from ionizing radiation occurs from free radical damage which may be quenched by the free electrons antioxidants provide. Fortunately, safe antioxidants are widely available as nutritional supplements. Vitamin C is the prime example.

Why Vitamin C?

Vitamin C is of particular importance and should be included at high intakes for anyone trying to minimize radiation poisoning. High dose vitamin C provides continual antioxidant flow through the body. It is absorbed from the gut and helps to replenish the other antioxidants. When it is used up, it is excreted in the urine. Importantly, it can chelate, or grab onto, radioactive heavy metal atoms and help eliminate them from the body. Large dynamic flow doses of vitamin C (about 3,000 mg, taken 4 times a day for a total of 12,000 mg) would exemplify antioxidant treatment. Higher doses have been used by Dr. Atsuo Yanagisawa and colleagues. [8,9]

Shortly after the disaster, Dr. Damien Downing described how supplements can help protect against radioactive fallout.[10] OMNS issued an update on the response to Fukushima in Japan.[11] Recently, Dr. Gert Schuitemaker has provided a review of vitamin C as a radio-protectant for Fukushima contamination.[12]

Persons living in the areas affected by radioactive contamination can take antioxidant supplements, especially high doses of vitamin C, to counteract the negative consequences of long-term low dose radiation exposure, as well as to protect the health of coming generations.[12,13] People who have a possible internal or external radiation exposure should take antioxidant supplements to maintain an optimal antioxidant reserve. Because of the enormous size and oceanic spread of Fukushima contamination, this literally applies to everyone.

“The International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine is pleased to have participated in the making of this important DVD on the protective effects of intravenous vitamin C on radiation exposure from the Fukushima nuclear plant in March 2011. We are in full support of the valuable work of Dr. Yanagisawa and his colleagues, and we very much appreciate the commitment of Mr. Daisuke Shibata, who has made it possible for the free distribution of the video around the world. May this orthomolecular message raise awareness and foster improvement in the treatment of radiation exposure.” Steven Carter Director, International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine

References:

1. The Nobel Foundation (1962) The Nobel Peace Prize 1962, Linus Pauling Biography, http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1962/pauling-bio.html.

2. Sakharov A. (1975) The Nobel Peace Prize 1975, Andrei Sakharov, Autobiography, http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1975/sakharov-autobio.html.

3. Brown SL, Kolozsvary A, Liu J, et al: Antioxidant diet supplementation starting 24 hours after exposure reduces radiation lethality. Radiat Res, 2010; 173: 462-468.

4. Zueva NA, Metelitsa LA, Kovalenko AN, et al: Immunomodulating effect of berlithione in clean-up workers of the Chernobyl nuclear plant accident [Article in Russian]. Lik Sprava, 2002; (1): 24-26.

5. Yamamoto T, Kinoshita M et al. Pretreatment with ascorbic acid prevents lethal gastrointestinal syndrome in mice receiving a massive amount of radiation. J Radiat Res (Tokyo) 2010; 51(2):145-56

6. Gaby A. Intravenous Nutrient Therapy: the “Myers’ Cocktail”. Alt Med Rev 2002; 7(5):389:403

7. Narra VR, Howell RW, Sastry KS, Rao DV. Vitamin C as a radioprotector against iodine-131 in vivo. J Nucl Med 1993; 34(4):637-40

8. Yanagisawa A. Orthomolecular approaches against radiation exposure. Presentation Orthomolecular Medicine Today Conference. Toronto 2011 http://www.doctoryourself.com/Radiation_VitC.pptx.pdf )

9. Green MH, Lowe JE et al. Effect of diet and vitamin C on DNA strand breakage in freshly-isolated human white blood cells. Mutat Res 1994; 316(2):91-102

10. Downing D. (2011) Radioactive Fallout: Can Nutritional Supplements Help?, A Personal Viewpoint, OMNS, May 10, http://www.orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v07n04.shtml.

11. OMNS (2012) Vitamin C Prevents Radiation Damage, Nutritional Medicine in Japan, Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, February 1. http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v08n06.shtml

12. Schuitemaker GE. Vitamin C as protection against radiation exposure. J Orthomolecular Med 2011, 26: 3; 141-145. [Also in Dutch: Schuitemaker G.E. Radioactiviteit in Japan: Orthomoleculair antwoord. Ortho 2011:3, June. http://www.ortho.nl ]

13. Yanagisawa A, Uwabu M, Burkson BE, Weeks BS, Hunninghake R, Hickey S, Levy T, (2011) Environmental radioactivity and health. Official JCIT Statement, March 29. http://media.iv-therapy.jp/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Statement.pdf

Nutritional Medicine is Orthomolecular Medicine

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Editorial Review Board:

Ian Brighthope, M.D. (Australia)
Ralph K. Campbell, M.D. (USA)
Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D. (USA)
Damien Downing, M.D. (United Kingdom)
Dean Elledge, D.D.S., M.S. (USA)
Michael Ellis, M.D. (Australia)
Martin P. Gallagher, M.D., D.C. (USA)
Michael Gonzalez, D.Sc., Ph.D. (Puerto Rico)
William B. Grant, Ph.D. (USA)
Steve Hickey, Ph.D. (United Kingdom)
James A. Jackson, Ph.D. (USA)
Michael Janson, M.D. (USA)
Robert E. Jenkins, D.C. (USA)
Bo H. Jonsson, M.D., Ph.D. (Sweden)
Thomas Levy, M.D., J.D. (USA)
Stuart Lindsey, Pharm.D. (USA)
Jorge R. Miranda-Massari, Pharm.D. (Puerto Rico)
Karin Munsterhjelm-Ahumada, M.D. (Finland)
Erik Paterson, M.D. (Canada)
W. Todd Penberthy, Ph.D. (USA)
Gert E. Schuitemaker, Ph.D. (Netherlands)
Robert G. Smith, Ph.D. (USA)
Jagan Nathan Vamanan, M.D. (India)

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Cancer is a Fungus !!!

Posted on May 2, 2012. Filed under: Health, Medical |


http://www.cancerisafungus.com/(note google for more results)

1. THESE TWO PEOPLE ARE TOPS..A MUST WATCH…WHAT THEY SAY WORKS..BUT HAS BEEN SUPPRESSED, DONE AT HOME, QUALITY, CHEAP..( COST ME $300.00 APPROX.), ..GOES RIGHT TO THE SOURCE DISEASE, ILLNESS…FROM CANCERS, MS, TO THE COMMON COLD!!! …BOTH PEOPLE WERE INTIMIDATED, HARASSED, DISCREDITED, SILENCED.

NOTE..PLEASE COPY AND RE UPLOAD THE VIDEOS, ARTICLES BELOW ( USE ATUBE CATCHER FREEWARE, KEEPVID.COM, OR OTHER FREEWARE…SO THERE ARE MORE SOURCES FOR THE VIDEOS AND THEY ARE NOT REMOVED ). MAKE SURE THAT THE ARTICLES ARE COPIED IN THEIR ENTIRETY AND PUT ON YOUR WEB SITES, BLOGS….REGISTER FOR FREE ..WORDPRESS.COM…BLOG…OR BLOGSPOT…BUT THEY MUST BE COPIED IN THEIR ENTIRETY..BECAUSE OTHERS HAVE COPIED JUST THE LINKS TO THE VIDEOS AND THE WHOLE YOUTUBE CHANNEL THAT HAD THE VIDEOS WAS REMOVED ( THIS WAS FROM OTHER TOP INFORMATION)

2. DR. HULDA CLARK…CURE FOR ALL DISEASES…( A STRONG STATEMENT..BUT PROVEN ALL DISEASE COMES FROM PARASITES, FUNGI, BAD BACTERIAS, VIRUSES )..SHE WAS TOPS…SHE MADE SURE ALL HER RESEARCH WAS PUT OUT ON THE INTERNET, SHE NEVER WITH HELD ANY IMPORTANT INFORMATION. HER GOAL WAS TO STOP THE PAIN, SUFFERING, DEATH OF BABIES, CHILDREN, WOMEN AND MEN OF ALL AGES. SHE HAD TO ALWAYS FIGHT TO GET HER RESEARCH OUT..( HUGE MONEY MAKER)

WATCH HER QUESTION AND ANSWER ON YOUTUBE, WITH WORLD RESEARCHERS, DOCTORS, DENTISTS, ETC. .AND MOST OF ALL IT WORKS!!! PROVEN!!!

YOUTUBE
***Cure for all diseases – Interview with Dr. Hulda Clark – Part 1

GOOGLE SEARCH….http://www.google.com/search?num=100&hl=en&newwindow=1&safe=off&client=opera&hs=1Ff&rls=en&channel=suggest&q=dr.+hulda+clark+cure+for+all+diseases&oq=DR.+HULDA+CLARK+CURE+FOR+ALL+&aq=0&aqi=g1&aql=&gs_sm=c&gs_upl=445767l451678l0l455117l29l27l0l10l10l0l305l3491l0.8.7.2l17l0

TO KILL PARASITES, FUNGI, VIRUSES, BAD BACTERIA..

TAKE ( GO ON LINE FOR SOURCES…SHOP FOR QUALITY AND PRICE )

DO THE 4 CLEANSES…WORKS..SIMPLE, PAINLESS, DO AT HOME, INEXPENSIVE, GOES TO THE SOURCE OF THE DISEASE,SICKNESS.

GO TO DRHULDACLARK.NET..FOR INFORMATION

ANTIPARASITE CLEANSE ( 1ST CLEANSE ..YOU KILL THEM AND MOVE THEM OUT OF YOUR BODY,
2ND CLEANSE ..KIDNEY..
3 WEEKS OR MORE DEPENDING HOW SICK YOU ARE, HOW LONG YOU’VE BEEN SICK, 3RD CLEANSE…LIVER CLEANSE..1 DAY…AND FINALLY
4TH CLEANSE MOVING THE DEAD PARASITES, ETC. OUT…COLON CLEANSE…2 WEEKS…THEN OFF ..THEN ON AGAIN…DEPENDING ON OLD YOU ARE, HOW LONG YOU WERE SICK..THE OLDER YOU ARE THE MORE PARASITES, ETC. YOU HAVE ACCUMULATED IN YOU)

***TAKE
1. BLACK WALNUT HULL (GREEN HULL) 600 TO 1,000 MG. CAPSULES…..2 CAPSULES
2. WORMWOOD COMPLEX ..300MG AT LEAST…7 CAPSULES
3. CLOVES…500MG AT LEAST…9 CAPSULES…TAKE ALL THE FIRST DAY OR WORK UP TO THAT AMOUNT…KILLS THE PARASITES, FUNGI, VIRUSES, BAD BACTERIAS..ONCE TAKEN

MAINTENANCE..DONE ONCE A WEEK ( BECAUSE WE EAT AND DRINK AND PARASITES, ETC. ARE IN OUR FOOD, ETC. )

***TAKE
1. BLACK WALNUT HULL (GREEN HULL) 600 TO 1,000 MG. CAPSULES…..2 CAPSULES
2. WORMWOOD COMPLEX ..300MG AT LEAST…7 CAPSULES
3. CLOVES…500MG AT LEAST…3 CAPSULES…TAKE ALL THE FIRST DAY OR WORK UP TO THAT AMOUNT…KILLS THE PARASITES, FUNGI, VIRUSES, BAD BACTERIAS..ONCE TAKEN

USE THE ZAPPER ..A FEW TIMES A WEEK..MORE OR LESS..

*** YOU MUST ALSO GET RID OF THE PROCESSED FOODS, AND DRINKS..THAT CONTAIN TOXINS WHICH CAUSE MANY OF OUR HEALTH PROBLEMS..GET HER BOOK CURE FOR ALL DISEASES…http://www.whale.to/cancer/clark.pdf GOOGLE IT ONLINE…SHE GOES THROUGH IT ALL, SSIMPLY WRITTEN SO EVERYONE CAN UNDERSTAND.

(NOTE FROM ME…IT WORKED FOR ME..WHAT SHE SAID IN HER VIDEO, IN YOUR PHAMPHLET DID EXACTLY AS SHE SAID…FINALLY WHAT WAS PROMISED…DID WHAT IT WAS SUPPOSED TO DO…DO IT EXACTLY AS SHE EXPLAINS…ALL DONE AT HOME, COST ME AROUND $300.00 FOR THE ZAPPER AND EVERYTHING I NEEDED TO DO THE 4 CLEANSES…I HAD GOTTEN REGAINED MY HEALTH AFTER 30 YEARS)

***TAKE …EDTA..CHELATION AT THE SAME TIME….IN CAPSULE ..EDTA 625MG..ACTS LIKE A MAGNET ATTRACTING ALL TOXIC HEAVY METALS, TOXINS IN YOUR BODY…WHICH PUT A HUGE STRAIN ON YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM…SO IT STARTS TO FUNCTION LIKE IT DID WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD

*** ZAPPER…USE THE ZAPPER AT THE SAME TIME…DOESN’T HURT..IT KILLS THE PARASITES, FUNGI, VIRUSES, BAD BACTERIAS…CHEAP FOR A QUALITY MODEL..DR. HULDA CLARK EVEN PUT OUT THE SCHEMATIC AND HOW TO BUILD THIS SIMPLE CIRCUIT .

GOOGLE DR. HULDA CLARK ..ZAPPER..HOW TO BUILD…
GOOGLE …EBAY..ZAPPER

2. DR. BOB BECK…HE IS TOPS..JUST LIKE DR. HULDA CLARK…USES SIMILAR DEVICE…CHEAP TO MAKE,

AGAIN …PLEASE COPY AND RE UPLOAD SO THERE ARE MANY COPIES SO OTHERS CAN BENEFIT AND REGAIN HEALTH

****Amazing: how to cure cancer & HIV (Dr. Bob Beck…Brilliant Man..Tops..look at his other youtubes)

How to Construct a Blood Electrifier Circuit following Dr. Beck

2 TOP FANTASTIC PEOPLE WHO REALLY CARED, WHO SACRAFICED, WHO FOUGHT TO TRY TO GET THE TRUTH OUT SO THAT PEOPLE COULD REGAIN THEIR LIVES..AND IT GOES RIGHT TO THE SOURCE OF THE PROBLEM…

AGAIN …COPY ALL VIDEOS AND ARTICLES…REUPLOAD THEM TO WEB SITES, BLOGS…SO THE INFORMATION GETS OUT TO EVERYONE…LOOK AT ALL THE BABIES, CHILDREN, WOMEN AND MEN OF ALL AGES THAT ARE IN EXCRUCIATING PAIN, THEIR LOVED ONES TRYING TO FIND A WAY SO THEY CAN REGAIN THEIR LIVES…THE FINANCIAL BURDEN, THE NEEDLESS DEATHS…WORKS!!!

AGAIN PAINS AND SICKNESS IS A HUGE BUSINESS….SAD FACT..BUT TRUE

******LOOK AT THIS BELOW…CRITICAL INFORMATION BELOW *******
(Just a Sample of What Is Kept From The Public)

1. DEPOPULATION WORLD POP. BELOW 500 MILLION TOTAL PEOPLE..
WHY..POP. doubled from 1957-1990 link http://www.google.com/search?num=100&hl=en&newwindow=1&safe=off&client=ubuntu&hs=HUa&channel=fs&q=population+doubled+from+1957-1990&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=
A. http://home.iae.nl/users/lightnet/creator/global2000.htm
B. http://www.radioliberty.com/stones.htm B.

2. NWO-Vaccines/Inoculations-True Weapons of Mass Destruction /TOPS/Dr. R.Carley..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TN9GPmNYNRI

3. !Depopulation-US Government admits spreading sexual diseases in the population…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zGPbeZqPA4

4. SECRET COVENANT (PLAN) Of The ILLUMINATI For The N.W.O. /MUST SEE/ THIS IS THE ..ELDER OF ZION WRITTEN FOR THE AVERAGE PERSON…SO THEY UNDERSTAND..CRITICAL INFO !!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tVDXLlH6Bw

5. The Protocols of The Learned Elders of Zion … -(GOOGLE ..SECRET COVENANT..READ CRITICAL INFORMATION)
To overcome the misleading reference to Zion, we will call these protocols (i.e. secret plans) by their truer name “The Protocols of the Illuminati”, and the name
http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/esp_sociopol_zion.htm

6. In Lies We Trust Part 1 of 16..DR. LEONARD HOROWITZ..TOPS …USING BIOWARE FOR DEPOPULATION )
In Lies We Trust Part 1 of 16

7. US Government admits spreading sexual diseases in the population

8. Vaccine pioneer admits adding cancer-causing virus to Vaccine

9. Food: The Ultimate Secret Exposed – PT 1/2

10. Dr. Rebecca Carley on Alex Jones Tv 1/4:HORRORS OF VACCINATION

11. Alex Jones: Sodium Fluoride and the Forced Drugging of America 1/4

12. Fluoride, Aspartame and Agenda 21 *see description*

13. Vaccines (& Innoculations) – The True Weapons of Mass Destruction Dr. Rebecca Carley (Top Expert) Part 1 of 15

Best Wishes In Regaining Your Health and Life Back !!!


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More Reasons to Indulge in Chocolate

Posted on November 7, 2011. Filed under: Health |


Not that you need another reason to indulge in chocolate (you probably already know it’s good for your blood pressure), but isn’t it delightful, delicious, and delectable that there is one? Eating chocolate shaves your risk of “cardiometabolic disorders,” a cluster of conditions that nobody wants, including heart disease, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. (Taking this vitamin also helps protect you from this nasty threesome.)

Here’s the big surprise: We’re talking all kinds of chocolate, not just the dark types. Even milk chocolate and cups of hot cocoa have benefits.

We’re also not talking slight improvements. Research reveals that consuming a healthy amount of chocolate reduces your risk of heart disease by 37% and stroke by 29% versus eating little or none. (Not coincidentally, it also lowers your bad LDL cholesterol.) In addition, it shrinks your risk of type 2 diabetes by up to 31%. These impressive numbers emerged from an analysis of seven studies involving more than 100,000 people.

What’s in chocolate that makes it so good for you? Loads of potent plant antioxidants called polyphenols, including flavonoids. Yep, the same good-for-you substances found in blueberries, wine, green tea, and olive oil, as well as many fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Among polyphenols’ many powers is the ability to sooth inflammation in your body. Internal hot zones are linked to all kinds of trouble, from memory damage to joint pain and accelerated aging. (Learn more about chocolate as a healthful treat.)

A Little “Dose” Will Do Ya
Like wine, the trick with chocolate is to indulge daily without overindulging. A little goes a long way, because most chocolate contains about 150 calories per ounce, including lots of sugar and fat. Overdo and you could actually increase the health risks you’re trying to prevent. In most of these studies, people had an ounce or two a day. Even smarter: Get your fix in a cozy cup of hot chocolate made with real polyphenol-rich cocoa powder, no-fat milk, and sugar-free sweetener. Bingo! All the benefits, none of the bad stuff.

Eat chocolate, die happy, and live longer. Sweet.

Another surprise: Chocolate may also be good for your brain and even your teeth!

A creamy complexion: That cup of hot cocoa can also do nice things for your skin.

Can’t eat just one? This simple trick may help tame your chocoholic tendencies.

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Not safe to eat: Three foods to avoid Health

Posted on October 14, 2011. Filed under: Health |


By Kate Lowenstein, Health.com updated 7:22 AM EST, Wed October 12, 2011

The warm, moist environment necessary for growing sprouts provides the perfect conditions for bacteria to multiply. The warm, moist environment necessary for growing sprouts provides the perfect conditions for bacteria to multiply. STORY HIGHLIGHTS Pasteurization is the only effective way of killing harmful bacteria in milk There have been 30 reported outbreaks of foodborne illness from sprouts Eating raw shellfish from the Gulf of Mexico is particularly dicey (Health.com) — Recent headlines about contaminated foods, from peanut butter and salad to turkey and eggs, are enough to make even the most intrepid eater a little bit paranoid.

But before you commit to a life of vitamins and astronaut ice cream, take comfort in the fact that you’ll likely be OK eating as you always have: “We have a very safe food system,” says Shelley Feist, executive director of the Partnership for Food Safety Education.

There are only three foods so risky that you should avoid them altogether. Here’s the red-light list: Raw milk Fans of raw milk (meaning milk that hasn’t been pasteurized or homogenized) credit it with having more beneficial bacteria and enzymes than its processed counterpart, but science hasn’t proven any of these claims.

And raw milk can become contaminated in a number of ways: by coming into contact with cow feces or bacteria living on the skin of cows, from an infection of the cow’s udder, or from dirty equipment, among others. The special heating process we know as pasteurization is the only effective way of killing most, if not all, harmful bacteria — which can include listeria, salmonella, and E. coli.

Health.com: 10 types of food that can make you sick According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there were 86 reported food poisoning outbreaks from raw milk between 1998 and 2008, resulting in 1,676 illnesses, 191 hospitalizations, and two deaths. Raw milk is responsible for nearly three times more hospitalizations than any other foodborne disease outbreak, says Hannah Gould, Ph.D., senior epidemiologist with the CDC’s Enteric Diseases Epidemiology Branch.

It’s no wonder selling raw milk to consumers is illegal in about half of U.S. states. “We have two people, in California and Pennsylvania, who developed Guillain-Barré syndrome [which can cause paralysis and respiratory failure] after contracting a bacterial infection called campylobacteriosis from drinking raw milk,” says John Sheehan, head of dairy safety at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“These were healthy, active people who came down with debilitating, lifelong diseases.” Health.com: How to practice food safety in your home kitchen Raw sprouts When sprouts were identified as the culprit in the food poisoning outbreak that killed at least 50 people in Europe this past summer, you probably wondered: What could be so bad about innocent, vegan-friendly sprouts?

But food-safety experts weren’t surprised. According to the CDC, there have been at least 30 reported outbreaks of foodborne illness in the U.S. from raw or lightly cooked sprouts since 1996. All types of sprouts — from the alfalfas you get on a sandwich to the mung bean sprouts garnishing your Thai food — can be dangerous when not thoroughly cooked.

This is largely because of how they’re grown, explains Michelle Smith, Ph.D., senior policy analyst at the FDA: The warm, moist environment necessary for growing sprouts provides the perfect conditions for bacteria (such as salmonella or E. coli) to multiply. Health.com: How can you tell if food poisoning is harmless, or life-threatening?

Ask for restaurant and take-out meals to be sprout-free, since you can’t know how well they’ve been cooked. And if you just can’t live without sprouts, try getting used to giving them a hot bath before you eat them: Research has shown that you can kill salmonella by immersing contaminated sprouts in boiling water for five seconds. Raw oysters from the Gulf of Mexico Everyone knows that eating raw shellfish can be dicey (and in fact the CDC advises against it entirely), but bivalves from the Gulf of Mexico take it to a whole new level.

Waters in the Gulf are warmer than those in the Pacific Northwest and other popular oystering spots, making it possible for a bacterium called Vibrio vulnificus to thrive. “Oysters are filter feeders, which means they concentrate any contaminants in the water,” explains William E. Keene, Ph.D., a senior epidemiologist at the Oregon Public Health Division.

“A number of toxins can get into an oyster, but none are remotely as bad as Vibrio vulnificus.” Health.com: 10 states where rare and exotic diseases lurk Healthy people who ingest a V. vulnificus–ridden oyster might have vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain, but for anyone with a compromised immune system, the bug can infiltrate the bloodstream, causing a severe and life-threatening illness called septicemia, which is fatal in one-third of cases.

And while having a pre-existing medical condition puts you at particular risk, “anyone at all can get horrifically sick,” Keene says. The good news is that several big seafood purchasers, like Legal Sea Foods and Costco, require that Gulf oysters be pasteurized before being served, as does the state of California — so in these places the risk is far lower.

Pasteurized or not, “the simplest tactic here is to avoid raw Gulf oysters altogether,” says Sarah Klein, staff attorney at the Center for Science in the Public Interest. That can go a long way toward keeping you safer. BACK to margotbworldnews.com

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The Best Place to Store Vitamins

Posted on September 2, 2011. Filed under: Health |


By RealAge

 

Keeping your vitamins fresh and potent longer means thinking like a real estate agent: location, location, location.

And the worst location? Your bathroom or kitchen. Research shows that these steamy hot spots can degrade some vitamins in as little as 1 week.

Harmful Humidity
In a study, scientists tracked two vitamin C powders (ascorbic acid and sodium ascorbate, both common in supplements) at a variety of temperatures and humidity levels. In desert-dry, zero-humidity environments, either form was A-OK for weeks on end. But in hot and moist conditions, ascorbic acid lost 90 percent of its potency in 8 weeks. And sodium ascorbate? It lost 100 percent of its potency after just 2 weeks. Yikes! (Save money. Here are three important things to know before buying vitamins.)

Climate Control
Turns out your medicine cabinet or that pill shelf in the kitchen can get hot and humid enough to harm supplements anytime you take a long, steamy shower or boil up a big pot of water for pasta. So relocate your vitamins to a cool, dry spot — like the bedroom closet (out of reach of little hands, of course). And if you see any brown spots or discoloration, it’s probably time to toss the pills and start over. (Get quality. Look for this mark when shopping for supplements.)

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Cell phones and radiation: The 10 highest- and lowest-emitting models

Posted on June 3, 2011. Filed under: Health, Technology |


(CNN) — Cell phone users — a group that, these days, means practically everybody — are no doubt concerned about Tuesday’s news that the World Health Organization (WHO) classifies cell phones as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”

The phones themselves aren’t necessarily harmful. It’s the radiation emitted by the phones — and absorbed by the human body — that troubles some doctors.

But when it comes to radiation levels, all phones aren’t equal. Below are lists of the models available from major carriers that emit the highest and lowest levels of radiofrequency energy.

How much radiation does your phone emit? Check our searchable table

A quick explanation of the numbers: They refer to the “specific absorption rate” or SAR, a common benchmark that measures the rate of radiofrequency energy your body gets from the phone. The lower the number, the lower the radiation exposure. For a phone to be certified by the FCC and sold in the U.S., for example, its maximum SAR level must be less than 1.6 watts per kilogram.

But keep in mind that these are only ballpark figures. Your actual exposure will depend on how you use your phone, your carrier and network-specific conditions. For example, when your connection is weak, your cell phone needs to send out more radiation to reach the cellular tower.

And there’s still no conclusive evidence that a phone with a higher SAR level poses a greater health risk — or any health risk at all — than a model that emits less radiation.

(These lists were compiled by the Environmental Working Group, a lobbying group that advocates on behalf of public health and the environment, based on data provided by the phone manufacturers. The data are up to date as of December, which means some newer models aren’t listed. For the group’s full list of phone models, click here.)

Lowest radiation levels:

1. LG Quantum (AT&T): 0.35 watts per kilogram

2. Casio EXILIM (Verizon Wireless): 0.53 W/kg

3. Pantech Breeze II (AT&T, AT&T GoPhone): 0.55 W/kg

4. Sanyo Katana II (Kajeet): 0.55 W/kg

5. Samsung Fascinate (Verizon Wireless): 0.57 W/kg

6. Samsung Mesmerize (CellularONE, U.S. Cellular): 0.57 W/kg

7. Samsung SGH-a197 (AT&T GoPhone): 0.59 W/kg

8. Samsung Contour (MetroPCS): 0.60 W/kg

9. Samsung Gravity T (T-Mobile): 0.62 W/kg

10. (tie) Motorola i890 (Sprint); Samsung SGH-T249 (T-Mobile): 0.63 W/kg

Highest radiation levels:

1. Motorola Bravo (AT&T): 1.59 W/kg

2. Motorola Droid 2 (Verizon Wireless): 1.58 W/kg

3. Palm Pixi (Sprint): 1.56 W/kg

4. Motorola Boost (Boost Mobile): 1.55 W/kg

5. Blackberry Bold (AT&T, T-Mobile): 1.55 W/kg

6. Motorola i335 (Sprint): 1.55 W/kg

7. HTC Magic (T-Mobile): 1.55 W/kg

8. Motorola W385 (Boost Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Verizon Wireless): 1.54 W/kg

9. Motorola Boost i290 (Boost Mobile): 1.54 W/kg

10. (tie) Motorola DEFY (T-Mobile); Motorola Quantico (U.S. Cellular, MetroPCS); Motorola Charm (T-Mobile): 1.53 W/kg

Some other high-profile phones fared somewhere in the middle on the rankings. The SAR level of the Apple iPhone 4 was 1.17 W/kg (for the AT&T model; the Verizon model wasn’t listed). Exposure levels for the dozens of BlackBerry models varied widely.

CNN.com’s Jacque Wilson contributed to this story.

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Organic Decoded

Posted on April 28, 2011. Filed under: Health |


April 28, 2011
[Image of: Freidas]

Some people think organic food just tastes better and, if you can afford to- as it usually cost more than conventional, it makes sense to give your body the most delicious and best possible food available. But don’t stress if you can’t always shop for key organic items– a varied, nutritionally balanced diet with proper food safety handling, whether organic or not, is the most important thing for overall health and well-being.

SupermarketGuru wants to keep you shopping smart so read on to find out what items you should choose organic, and which you should skip.

According to the Environmental Working Group, choosing organics is “always the best choice” — but not everyone agrees, nor can everyone afford the organic prices. There are twelve key produce items, nicknamed the “dirty dozen”, that when available should always be purchased organic: peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, lettuce, grapes, pears, spinach and potatoes.

Produce that has a thin skin or no protective layer is usually best purchased organic- this is key to keep in mind if you are shopping and you forget the “dirty dozen.” The EWG also points out fifteen items that you don’t necessarily have to purchase organic, the “clean 15”: onion, avocado, sweet corn, pineapple, mangos, sweet peas, asparagus, kiwi, cabbage, eggplant, cantaloupe, watermelon, grapefruit, sweet potato and honeydew melon.

For non produce items, the regulations allow four different labeling options based on the percentage of organic ingredients contained in a product: “100 percent organic” (self explanatory!). “Organic”: contains at least 95 percent organic ingredients by weight, excluding water and salt. “Made with organic”: contains between 70 to 95 percent organic ingredients. Products with less than 70 percent organic ingredients list the organic items in the ingredient panel. The green and white USDA seal may be used on products that are “100 percent organic” or “organic,” but is entirely voluntary. The balance of ingredients used must be cleared by the USDA and listed on the National List.

What does it actually mean to be organic?

USDA Organic standards require that the land used to grow organic crops go through a three year “transition period” to make sure the crops are free of synthetic pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.
All organic agriculture prohibits the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, irradiation, sewage sludge, and no genetically modified organisms can be contained in anything labeled organic – however, keep in mind that there are over 100 pesticides that can be used in organic farming.

As far as food safety is concerned there is no difference between organic and conventionally produced foods – so always remember to wash all fruits and vegetables thoroughly, and employ safe handling and storage for meat, poultry, dairy and fish.

And don’t panic – if you are concerned about pesticide residues for yourself or your children and you’re unable to buy organic, you can remove a significant amount of the residues by simple peeling fruits and vegetables and removing the outer leaves (but do be aware you will be losing fiber and some nutrients), and trimming any fat from meat and poultry as the residues tend to be more concentrated in the fat, as well as avoiding fish from contaminated areas.

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Why Last Night’s Marketplace Should be the Start of a Food Safety Revolution in Canada

Posted on April 11, 2011. Filed under: Health |


by Angela February 12th, 2011 Source

Last night’s Marketplace had a very simple premise. Check for antibiotic resistance in chicken because it is the most popular meat eaten in the country. What they found was, in a word used by interviewees on the show, a crisis. Nearly all of the samples tested were resistant against certain antibiotics, some of them resistant to as many as eight antibiotics. Distressingly, even organic chicken that had been raised properly was tested, and it sported the same results.

If you haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, here is their website where you can watch the full episode. Their full test results are here.

Here’s a brief rundown of what was in last night’s episode. Overuse of antibiotics on farm animals are one of the reasons that antibiotics aren’t working on us. Chicken and other livestock farmers pump antibiotics into the water and feed of the animals; eggs are even injected with antibiotics before the chickens are born. The simple reason: it makes them grow larger, faster.

Why do farmers give chicken antibiotics?
Rick Smith, head of Environmental Defense, worked with Health Canada on a commitee to examine antibiotic use in animals. He will now only buy antibiotic-free (or advertised as such, more on that later) chicken. Farmers give chicken erythro, amoxycillin, tetracycline, in feed and water to make them bigger faster. In the words of the Marketplace episode, the human equivalent would be to pour antibiotics in your morning cereal whether you are sick or not.

In the show, two-thirds of all of the samples tested had superbugs like e.coli or salmonella, and all were resistant to at least one antibiotic. The PR hack representing chicken farmers said that cooking will kill all bacteria, but Rick Smith argued this is a cop out argument – that consumers should have to solve this problem is “unfair and ridiculous”.

Organic chicken even tested positive
As we said above, all samples, even the organic chicken, tested positive for antibiotic resistance. Some of it was resistant to 5 antibiotics. Marketplace spoke to one of the chicken farmers and visited his barn, where they showed that he did not feed or raise his chickens with antibiotics. His theory was that they were either being contaminated at the slaughterhouse (likely) or antibiotics were injected in the eggs before he bought them.

Do some farmers agree with removing antibiotics?
Some Canadian poultry farmers advocate for antibiotic-free chicken. One of them is Martin Dufresne, who answers the call of a large chicken chain in Quebec, St-Hubert, for antibiotic-free chicken for their restaurants. He says Quebec farmers will be ready in two years. Hopefully guys like Dufresne will work from the inside and network with their fellow farmers to ban antibiotics in chicken. But when you want to take away something that is in the best interest of a business, you have to turn to government regulation.

Write your MP
Even the current minority Conservative government has to see that antibiotics in our meat have become a food safety issue after last night’s Marketplace examination. Write your MP a postal letter, if you can take the time, or a personal e-mail if you can’t go the old-fashioned route. Tell them that you are concerned about the food safety of your family, and would like to see antibiotics removed from chicken, just as they are banned in the European Union.

We have to take action in this country and make sure that our kids have the same protection that kids in the EU do against antibiotics in their meat.

 

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Does flying make you age faster?

Posted on April 1, 2011. Filed under: Health |


If you fly a lot, I have some bad news for you. Every time you go up to those really high altitudes, it exposes you to ionizing radiation. That’s the type of radiation that leads to DNA damage and aging. However, there is some good news. A new study says there’s an easy way to protect yourself.

In this study, researchers followed 82 male pilots. They studied the pilots for chromosomal translocations. That’s a biomarker for cumulative DNA damage. The researchers found that the pilots consuming the highest levels of fruit and veggies didn’t suffer as much damage.

They looked specifically at high vitamin C and E, beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, and lutein-zeaxanthin from food sources, such as citrus fruit and green leafy veggies. The pilots eating a high (but not the highest) quantity of these food had about 40% less damage to their DNA. Those consuming the highest level of these foods had way less damage — 73% less.

This is proof of the anti-aging properties of the Living Foods Diet. Food provides far more God-made nutrients than you can get in a bottle. I’m always urging you to increase your consumption of colorful plant foods. Now you know you can protect your DNA by doing so.

And it’s not just a matter of flying where radiation is higher. The key word here is “higher.” We are constantly exposed to background radiation. It’s normal. But it’s also normal for us to have natural protection that Nature in its wisdom provides us. So eat all the veggies you can.

Yours for better health and medical freedom,

Robert J. Rowen, MD

Ref: “High dietary antioxidant intakes are associated with decreased chromosome translocation frequency in airline pilots,” Yong LC, Petersen MR, et al, Am J Clin Nutr, 2009 Sept 30; [Epub ahead of print].

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Diet beats meds for ADHD

Posted on March 21, 2011. Filed under: Health |


Kids diagnosed with ADHD are often given bad meds–but all they really need is some good food.

The mainstream has been sloooooooow to catch on to the idea that a diet packed with processed foods can literally rot a kid’s brain even as it causes his or her belly to swell.

But maybe they’ll take notice now–because yet another study finds that kids saddled with an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder diagnosis show dramatic improvement once those foods are removed from the equation.

In the new study, researchers recruited 100 ADHD children from Belgium and the Netherlands–mostly boys–between the ages of 4 and 8 years old and randomly assigned them to either a severely limited diet, or nothing beyond some advice on healthy eating.

Those in the diet group started out eating mostly rice, meat, vegetables and pears, and drank only water.

After five weeks, kids who got the diet advice showed no change at all–while 78 percent of the kids who stuck to the strict natural diet improved dramatically. The researchers wrote in The Lancet that these kids shed 24 points on the 72-point scale used to measure ADHD symptoms.

That’s more effective than many of the drugs used to treat ADHD–but the benefits didn’t end there.

Half the children had also been diagnosed with “oppositional defiant disorder,” which is basically a lack of respect for parents and other authority figures.

Nearly every kid goes through a phase like that at some point… but the researchers say the “ODD” children on the restrictive diet were less stubborn, had fewer tantrums and showed less provocative behavior.

You could say they were less ODD.

The researchers didn’t mention side effects, but you can bet that children who skip processed foods are far more likely to learn the kinds of good eating habits that can help keep them healthy for a lifetime.

Kids who get meds, on the other hand, could be on drugs for that lifetime–because many of the children who were raised on ADHD meds are now adults who practically depend on them.

And that’s despite the risk of everything from physical problems like headache and nausea to mental ones such as psychosis and bizarre, even suicidal, behavior.

In fact, common ADHD meds are nearly 10 times more likely to be linked to violence than other drugs. (Read more here.)

Wouldn’t it be so much easier to skip the chips instead?

 

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