Fashions Go to the Head - 1932. Various women turn their heads for the camera to show the new hairstyles.http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=17313
Latest hairstyles from America, 1944
GLAMOUR MAKING (issue title is CHARMED I'M SURE) - British Pathe
From a nutritional standpoint, there are nutrient combinations in some meat that do not commonly occur in other foods. For example, it can be difficult to find other foods with the combination of significant amounts of protein, zinc,Processed poultry often is filled with such additives as soy broth, salt water, or other substances in a method referred to as "plumping". Frozen turkeys also are subject to this. Consider too that the water used in this process may be fluoridated so you are being medicated without your permission in some circumstances. , and iron that you find in meat.
Another reason to make sure you read the label on the food you are purchasing!
PHOTO: Foster Farms says no to plumping
Chicken producers debate 'natural' labelBy JULIANA BARBASSA, Associated Press Writer Fri Jul 30,SAN FRANCISCO – A disagreement among poultry producers about whether chicken injected with salt, water and other ingredients can be promoted as "natural" has prompted federal officials to consider changing labeling guidelines.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture had maintained that if chicken wasn't flavored artificially or preserved with chemicals, it could carry the word "natural" on the package.
But the agency agreed to take another look at its policy after some producers, politicians and health advocates noted that about one-third of chicken sold in the U.S. was injected with additives that could represent up to 15 percent of the meat's weight, doubling or tripling its sodium content. Some argue that could mislead or potentially harm consumers who must limit their salt intake.
The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service plans to issue new proposed rules this fall.
Perdue, the nation's third largest poultry producer, is among those pushing for a change. The company has joined a group called the Truthful Labeling Coalition, which has hired a lobbyist and launched an advertising campaign.
"Our labels say natural or all natural only if there is nothing added," Perdue spokesman Luis Luna said. "Under no circumstances is it acceptable to label poultry that has been enhanced with water or broth or solutions as natural, or all natural."
Such mixtures are injected into poultry to make the meat tastier and more tender.
The two largest chicken processors, Pilgrim's Pride and Tyson Foods, are among those that affix "natural" labels to chicken injected with extra salt and water. Industry experts said the practice has become more common in the past decade.
Tyson spokesman Gary Mickelson said the company sponsored a national study that found most consumer didn't mind those labels if the ingredients added were deemed natural.
Gary Rhodes, a spokesman for Pilgrim's Pride, said the company simply wanted to offer its customers a choice.
"We offer both 100 percent natural enhanced and non-enhanced fresh chicken," Rhodes said. "It really depends on what the customer wants. It's all about choice."
But Bill Mattos, president of the California Poultry Federation, argued that current labeling rules leave consumers confused. He said the industry needs to work harder at being clear about its products.
"With all the talk about food now, all the interest in salt, the chicken industry needs to be very upfront about these issues, and be very truthful," said Mattos.
A buyer perusing the chicken counter at a San Francisco supermarket agreed.
Muembo Muanza, 30, said he read the label and considered the price but never thought to check the salt content when buying fresh chicken.
Most people buying fresh, unprocessed food will assume, like he did, that nothing is added, said Muanza, whose family has a history of high blood pressure, a condition that can be worsened by high salt intake.
"If it says natural, I expect it to be all natural - nothing but chicken," he said.
California Sen. Barbara Boxer weighed in on the issue earlier this year, calling in a press conference for the USDA to "immediately prevent sodium injected chicken from using the 'natural' label and require all poultry producers to identify added ingredients in print large enough to ensure that consumers can make informed choices."
The issue is worrisome because Americans generally eat far too much salt, with serious health consequences, said Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco.
Her research, published this year in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that regulations aimed at cutting back Americans' sodium intake could save $10 billion to $24 billion in health care costs, and thousands of lives, every year.
Government intervention is needed, Bibbins-Domingo said, because much of the salt people eat comes in prepared food, not out of a salt shaker.
"We have to educate people to read labels and make better choices," she said. "When there are foods that people consider to be fresh and without additives, and they also have salt added, you feel you are almost fighting a losing battle."
In a report issued this year, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which advises the federal government, revised the recommended daily salt intake from a teaspoon a day to about two-thirds of a teaspoon. It pointed to meat with added salt as a particular problem.
Foster Farms, based in Livingston, Calif., has been at the forefront of the campaign to change labeling rules.
The company sells marinated products that have added salt - but it is clear to consumers, said company spokesman Ira Brill. The problem with injection is the customer can't tell what's in their chicken.
"One of the issues we face as a nation is how to eat healthy," Brill said. "To the degree you like salt, you should be able to add it. But you should be able to make that decision for yourself. "
Covering New Ground in Health System Shift
Medicare Reform Means Some Seniors Face Benefit Cuts
UPDATE: 2 August - Judge Gives Virginia OK to Press On With Health Care Lawsuit Against Feds
suit filed by the state of Virginia against the U.S. government to proceed, saying no court has ever ruled on whether it's constitutional to require Americans to purchase a product.The state of Virginia can continue its lawsuit to stop the nation's new health care law from taking effect, a federal judge ruled Monday.U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson said he is allowing the suit against the U.S. government to proceed, saying no court has ever ruled on whether it's constitutional to require Americans to purchase a product.
UPDATE: 4 August - NattoPharma says calcium research highlights vitamin K role
Norwegian vitamin K supplier NattoPharma has backed the role of vitamin K in calcium metabolism following the controversial British Medical Journal meta-analysis linking calcium consumption and increased risk of heart attack.
from 30 July, 2010 - One part of this equation seems to be overlooked and that is the type of calcium supplement and the amount of calcium supplementation.
Too often I find that people do not want to spend money for supplements and look for the most inexpensive product rather than a high quality product that will fare them better in the long run.
Numerous studies have been completed that clearly establish the lack of benefit from mas market supplements made with the lowest grade, and most often least effective ingredients.
Calcium carbonate is just one of these ingredients, and its also the main core found in TUMS.
For many not well apprised of the best ways to utilize supplements, TUMS is one of those often suggested by doctors to help bones. Those same doctors are quick to forget that all this calcium overload add a negative effect to the blood buffering system. You know, the buffering system that keeps your blood pH in normal range.
Often this form of calcium can lead to bone spurs and calcium deposits basically because your body just can't metabolize it effectively. We've got better options for you to consider.
And I guess no one told the same doctors that BonAmi, my favorite commercial scouring powder, is made from the very same form of calcium -carbonate!
Calcium pills 'increase' risk of heart attack
By Emma Wilkinson Health reporter, BBC News
Calcium supplements taken by many older people could be increasing their risk of a heart attack, research shows.The study, in the British Medical Journal, said people who took supplements were 30% more likely to have a heart attack.
Data from 11 trials also suggested the medicines were not very effective at preventing bone fractures.
Almost 3m people in the UK are thought to have osteoporosis and many take calcium pills to prevent fractures.
The study recommends doctors review their use of calcium supplements for managing osteoporosis.
The National Osteoporosis Society said most people should be able to get enough calcium through their diets, rather than reaching for the medicine cabinet.
The researchers said those who had a diet naturally high in calcium were at no increased danger.
'Limited benefit'In all 12,000 people aged over 40 took part in the trials of calcium supplements of 500mg or more a day.The risk of heart attack was seen across men and women, was independent of age and the type of supplement given.It is a balance of risks - people should consider the risks involved and how they apply to their own circumstances and discuss the matter with their GP” Dr Alison Avenell Study author
A small increased risk of death was seen in the study but was not statistically significant, the researchers said.
The reason for the increased risk of heart attack is not clear but it is thought the extra calcium circulating in the blood could lead to a hardening of the arteries.
Calcium in the diet is safe and the Food Standards Agency recommends adults have 700mg of calcium a day from milk, cheese and green, leafy vegetables.
Dr Alison Avenell, from the University of Aberdeen which did the research with colleagues in New Zealand and the US, said the evidence suggests calcium supplements only have a limited benefit in preventing fractures, especially when compared to other treatments available.
"It is a balance of risks - people should consider the risks involved and how they apply to their own circumstances and discuss the matter with their GP," she said.
She added the results did not necessarily apply to younger people with conditions for which they take calcium.
Judy O'Sullivan, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said the results should be interpreted with caution because the trials did not set out to look at the risk of heart attack.
"However, the research should not be completely ignored," she said.
"Any new guidelines on the prevention of fractures in those most vulnerable to them should take this type of analysis into account."
Dr Claire Bowring, of the National Osteoporosis Society, said: "We've always recommended that people should aim to get the calcium they need from their diet to help build stronger bones.
"If you get all of the calcium that you need from your diet and adequate vitamin D from exposure to sunshine, then a supplement will not be necessary."
She said there were still questions to be answered about the treatment of osteoporosis but advised people taking calcium supplements to talk to their GP, especially if they have a heart condition.
The case for real food -
Monsanto: The evil corporation in your refrigerator
When we consider the rogue's gallery of devilish, over-sized, greedy and disproportionately powerful corporations, we generally come up with outfits like Microsoft, Bechtel, AIG, Halliburton, Goldman-Sachs, Exxon-Mobil and the United States Senate. Yet somehow, Monsanto, arguably the most devilish, over-sized, greedy and disproportionately powerful corporation in the world has been able to more or less skulk between the raindrops -- only a household name in households where documentaries like Food Inc. are regarded as light Friday evening entertainment. My house, for example. But for the most part, if you were to ask an average American for their list of sinister corporations, Monsanto probably wouldn't make the cut.
The agency said it had received eight reports of children ages 3 to 5 who showed breast enlargement and other signs of estrogen exposure after contact with women using the product.
Directions for use of the product -- approved in 2007 -- call for it to be sprayed onto the inside of the forearm.
"Patients should make sure that children are not exposed to Evamist and that children do not come into contact with any skin area where the drug was applied. Women who cannot avoid contact with children should wear a garment with long sleeves to cover the application site," the FDA recommended.
Continue reading: Product Alert, Rx from MedPage Today: http://bit.ly/cgDlVj
FDA Finds Pneumonia Risk with Daptomycin - The FDA said that the intravenous antibiotic daptomycin (Cubicin) may be linked to an increased risk of eosinophilic pneumonia -- a rare but serious potential side effect -- and requested that a new drug label warning be added.
The agency reviewed the medical literature and adverse event reports for daptomycin and identified seven cases of eosinophilic pneumonia between 2004 and 2010 "that were most likely associated with Cubicin" on the basis of six criteria, the agency indicated in a Drug Safety Communication."Based on these reviews, FDA determined that eosinophilic pneumonia can be associated with Cubicin use and requested that the manufacturer of Cubicin include this information in the Warnings and Precautions and Adverse Reactions, Post-Marketing Experience sections of the drug label," according to the statement.
In 2007, the daptomycin label was amended to include pulmonary eosinophilia as a potential adverse reaction.
Continue reading: Product Alert, Prescriptions from MedPage Today: http://bit.ly/a7JXoc
Learn more about these drugs at RxList
APHA’s Control of Communicable Diseases Manual — one of the most widely recognized reference books on infectious diseases — recently came out in mobile form. That means whether you are a parent, teacher, health care provider or traveler — or just someone who is really into weird-sounding diseases — you can quickly look up info on infectious disease wherever you are.
While the Control of Communicable Diseases Manual is aimed at health professionals, you don’t need an MD or MPH to be intrigued by its entries, which include diseases such as malaria, smallpox and hepatitis A. The manual shows how diseases travel in communities and provides information about their identification, reporting, control and prevention. (It also has a lot of really cool facts, like that malaria can be transmitted by organ transplants and that hepatitis A has been linked to outbreaks in lettuce and strawberries.)
If you’re a parent, having this information at your fingertips can provide peace of mind and help you and others stay healthy. Frequent travelers to other countries with infectious diseases not common in the United States will also find the manual especially useful.
And chances are, pretty much whatever smartphone or mobile device you’re using, Control of Communicable Diseases Manual for Mobile + Web will work for you, as it’s available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Mobile and Palm devices. (Yeah, we’ve got it covered.)
Check out the manual online and browse the free sample chapters. You’ll soon be wondering how you were ever mobile without it.
How to Find a Health Reform (PPACA) Related Grant in www.grants.gov
1. Go to www.grants.gov. Click on "Find Grant Opportunities" and then "Advanced Search."
2. For the key word search, type in "Affordable Care Act."
3. Or, in the "Search by Funding Activity Category" field, choose "Health" (unless another subject is more appropriate). 4. Or, in the "Search by Agency" field, choose the appropriate agency (U.S. DHHS) or leave the field blank to select all.
Sign up for the RSS feed or daily emails with grant notices from U.S. DHHS or that are related to the Affordable Care Act.
New rules have been issued to make it easier to appeal decisions made by a person’s health plan, including claims denials and rescissions, directly to insurers and then, if necessary, to external review boards. For more information, see this press release from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and this Kaiser Health News article.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has funded several brief reports that explore the effects health reform will have on consumers, state government, the economy, and health care costs.
Two recently issued reports examine how physicians and hospitals will be affected.
HHS and the US Departments of Labor and Treasury have issued new regulations requiring new private health plans to cover evidence-based preventive services and eliminate cost-sharing requirements for those services. These rules are designed to enable easier access to blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol tests; many cancer screenings; routine vaccinations; pre-natal care; and regular wellness visits for infants and children. For more information:
Researchers find trouble among phytoplankton, the base of the food chain, which has implications for the marine food web and the world's carbon cycle.
They made their finding by looking at records of the transparency of sea water, which is affected by the plants.
This is the first study to attempt a comprehensive global look at plankton changes over such a long time scale.
One thing that used to be a Golden Rule in health care was the importance of listening to your patient. Today, this is not always possible because of the tight control of the bottom line over health care practices by administrators and insurers, as well as the pharmaceutical companies.
I listen to my clients and often hear them tell me of their frustration with doctors who look at a computer, not at them, and type while talking. Others just say that the doctor just doesn't listen. I another case the person has told me that the doctor forces her beliefs against natural treatment and makes this person feel demeaned. The complaints and horror stories fill a book.
This recent UPI article points to this concern, so perhaps you'll see some effort to begin listening to patients come around once again.
Other things that make good additions to your dental health program are brushing with plain soap (which isn't bad tasting after you try it) and using calcium lactate powder added to your healthy, additive free toothpaste.
More information can be found here and here
Lithium is often used in mental health for people with the alleged diagnosis of Bipolar dis-order or also referred to as manic-depressive illness.
Using lithium has some serious side effects to consider, the major one leading to severe thyroid problems. Regular blood testing is required. Lithium toxicity is a risk as is retention with diuretic use or kidney function issues.
Proper function of the thyroid is important in aging and memory issues. I have mentioned many times that in the past those physicians who were well educated about aging and dementia routinely prescribed vitamin B12 shots and natural thyroid. Dementia was very infrequent during this time, about 40-60 years ago. Some more informed physicians today are returning to this protocol.
Acute Lithium Intoxification
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Source: A Girl and Her Hair, 1949
UPDATE: 21 August
Newly Discovered Oil-Eating Microbe Flourishing in Gulf -
WASHINGTON (Aug. 24) -- A newly discovered type of oil-eating microbe is suddenly flourishing in the Gulf of Mexico.
Scientists discovered the new microbe while studying the underwater dispersion of millions of gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf following the explosion of BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.And the microbe works without significantly depleting oxygen in the water, researchers led by Terry Hazen at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, Calif., reported Tuesday in the online journal Sciencexpress.Science / AAAS / AP
Public Health - Many of you have written to us asking about the health effects of oil and dispersants to cleanup workers and communities. You can read about potential health hazards here: www.sciencecorps.org/crudeoilhazards.htm If you suspect you are ill from chemical exposure, you may contact detox specialists at The Environmental Health Center - Dallas. For other health resources, click here.
UPDATE FOR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS! - Dr. Michael Harbut has provided up-to-date information for physicians. Michael R. Harbut, M.D., M.P.H. is a Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at Wayne State University, Director of the Karmanos Cancer Institute's Environmental Cancer Program & Past Chair of the Occupational & Environmental Medicine section of the American College of Chest Physicians. He is Chief at the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine, P.C. and has treated many patients with solvents and petroleum exposures. Click here to read Dr. Harbut's recommendations.
Cancer rate in Fallujah worse than Hiroshima
Cancer, Infant Mortality and Birth Sex-Ratio in Fallujah, Iraq 2005–2009
The Independent 24.7.10
TOXIC LEGACY OF U.S ASSAULT ON FALLUJAH 'WORSE THAN HIROSHIMA'
Investigations by Dr. Chris Busby and others into the high levels of birth defects and cancers in Fallujah after the Iraq war, show a 12-fold increase in childhood cancers, increased leukaemia, , a 10-fold increase in female breast cancer, & found a cocktail of possible causes including toxic agents from explosives, radiation etc. Published in 'International Journal of Environmental Studies & Public Health.' From the report "Cancer, Infant Mortality & Birth-Sex Ratios in Fallujah, Iraq, 2005-2009." It says the actual cause remains unknown.
(Edward's comments: Toxicology reports on those affected should show high levels of the causative agents, so it would no longer be 'cause unknown'.)
I frequently offer this information when I present one of the Green Living programs I began teaching in the mid-late 80s.
I like to tell about Gary Locke, now at the Commerce Department in D.C., who while a state legislator proposed legislation to block fertilizer from coming into or being used in Washington if it contained heavy metals or other toxic substances. This hasn't had great outcomes. The protected EPA and Washington state bureaucrats get away without too many proven successes too.
Then there are the fish folks around Puget Sound who were and may still be concerned about farm and garden chemicals and fluoride in the water supply, and the effect it has on marine life.
Well, as a shrink I know at Harvard used to say when an undergrad at Princeton, here we are!
I guess I just have to say - what has taken you all so damn long to act? And where the hell are the outcomes that should have shown up 30 years ago?
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