Archive for September, 2009

Consumer Warning : Cooking Spray

September 25, 2009

Consumer Warning : Cooking Spray

Recently we took a trip to the dollar store.

The dollar store has the almond cookies that I like.

Sometimes things are cheaper to buy then to make.

Now I have warned everyone for years to please read the labels on all the foods they buy.

There are many reasons for this.

The main reason is for you to live a long and healthy life.

Now as I was going through the items at the dollar store and reading labels, I came across a can of cooking spray.

This cooking spray listed two very interesting ingredients.

“Butane” and “Propane”.

Now as you may know, butane is used in lighters and propane, well many outside grills use propane, heaters use propane and some vehicles run on propane.

You don’t want to use these for cooking.

The over spray will cause a nice flare up and last I checked, fuel was not a good source for nourishment.

So, please read all labels carefully for everything you buy.

Apparently the FDA doesn’t care about your health, if they did, that can of cooking spray would not be on a shelf for you to purchase.

24 September 2009

John Sutton

The Cooking Inn


Monosodium glutamate (MSG)

September 22, 2009

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a flavor enhancer commonly added to Chinese food, canned vegetables, soups and processed meats. Although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified MSG as a food ingredient that is “generally recognized as safe,” the use of MSG remains controversial.

MSG was removed from most foods up til about 2007 when it came creeping back in. No doubt as a consequence of a corrupt food industry and the FDA which supposedly watches out for our safety.

Here are some things health wise to be concerned with because of MSG.

Some people may have short-term reactions to MSG. These reactions — known as MSG symptom complex — may include:

* Headache, sometimes called MSG headache
* Flushing
* Sweating
* Sense of facial pressure or tightness
* Numbness, tingling or burning in or around the mouth
* Rapid, fluttering heartbeats (heart palpitations)
* Chest pain
* Shortness of breath
* Nausea
* Weakness

Symptoms are usually mild and don’t require treatment. However, some people report more severe reactions. The only way to prevent a reaction is to avoid foods containing MSG. When MSG is added to food, the FDA requires that “monosodium glutamate” be listed on the label — or on the menu, in restaurants.

If you experience any of these, avoid MSG. And send a letter to the government and thank them for being so corrupt as to include another heath hazard back into the food chain. It makes no sense to make your population sick or to kill them in the name of money.

Following is an episode of  the television show Emergency. Even in the early 1970’s they added this danger which was common to warn the public. At least then someone was trying to protect us.

Emergency : Episode 16 : Syndrome

Sorry, on this blog supplier, you have to go to the above address to watch. I won’t say what cheap bastards Word Press is, but to charge to show a video is a load of crap.

Info from:

Any questions, drop me a line.


Avoid This if You Want to Keep Your Thyroid Healthy

September 18, 2009

Avoid This if You Want to Keep Your Thyroid Healthy
Posted by: Dr. Mercola
September 05 2009

bromine, bromide, endocrine disruptor, toxin, toxic, thyroidBromides are a common endocrine disruptor. Because bromide is also a halide, it competes for the same receptors that are used in the thyroid gland (among other places) to capture iodine. This will inhibit thyroid hormone production resulting in a low thyroid state.

Iodine is essential for your body, and is detected in every organ and tissue. There is increasing evidence that low iodine is related to numerous diseases, including cancer.  Various clinicians and researchers have found iodine effective with everything from goiter to constipation.

Bromide can be found in several forms. Methyl Bromide is a pesticide used mainly on strawberries, found predominantly in the California areas. Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO) is added to citrus drinks to help suspend the flavoring in the liquid.

Potassium Bromate is a dough conditioner found in commercial bakery products and some flours.


Natural Thyroid Choices: Bromide

Iodine 4 Health

If you are like most people, you probably haven’t spent much time thinking about how much bromine you’re absorbing from your car upholstery or your Mountain Dew. But bromine toxicity is a definite danger from some surprising sources, and it can wreak havoc on your health.

Bromines All Around You

Bromines are common endocrine disruptors, and are part of the halide family, a group of elements that includes fluorine, chlorine and iodine. What makes it so dangerous is that it competes for the same receptors that are used to capture iodine.

If you are exposed to a lot of bromine, your body will not hold on to the iodine that it needs. And iodine affects every tissue in your body — not just your thyroid.

You are already exposed to far too much chlorine and bromine. Bromine can be found in a number of places in your everyday world, including:

* Pesticides (specifically methyl bromide, used mainly on strawberries, predominantly in California)
* Plastics, like those used to make computers
* Bakery goods and some flours often contain a “dough conditioner” called potassium bromate
* Soft drinks (including Mountain Dew, Gatorade, Sun Drop, Squirt, Fresca and other citrus-flavored sodas), in the form of brominated vegetable oils (BVOs)
* Medications such as Atrovent Inhaler, Atrovent Nasal Spray, Pro-Banthine (for ulcers), and anesthesia agents
* Fire retardants (common one is polybromo diphenyl ethers or PBDEs) used in fabrics, carpets, upholstery, and mattresses
* Bromine-based hot tub and swimming pool treatments

According to van Leeuwen, who has extensively studied the effects of sodium bromide on thyroid function:

“Although the bromide ion is widely distributed in nature, the main route of exposure in humans stems from bromide residues in food commodities as a result of the abundant use of bromide-containing pesticides, like methylbromide and ethylene dibromide, for soil fumigation in intensive horticulture and for postharvest treatment.”

One clinical consequence of overexposure to bromine is suppression of your thyroid, leading to hypothyroidism, which will be discussed shortly. Another is bromide toxicity.

Bromine — The Bully of the Halide Group

When you ingest or absorb bromine, it displaces iodine, and this iodine deficiency leads to an increased risk for cancer of the breast, thyroid gland, ovary and prostate — cancers that we see at alarmingly high rates today. This phenomenon is significant enough to have been given its own name — the Bromide Dominance Theory.

Aside from its effects on your endocrine glands, bromine is toxic in and of itself. Bromide builds up in your central nervous system and results in many problems. It is a central nervous system depressant and can trigger a number of psychological symptoms such as acute paranoia and other psychotic symptoms.

In fact, in an audio interview, physician Jorge Flechas reported that, between 1920 and 1960, at least 20 percent of all hospital admissions for “acute paranoid schizophrenia” were a result of ingesting bromine-containing products.

In addition to psychiatric problems, bromine toxicity can manifest as the following:

* Skin rashes and severe acne
* Loss of appetite and abdominal pain
* Fatigue
* Metallic taste
* Cardiac arrhythmias

Baby Boomers might recall a popular product from the 1950s called Bromo-Seltzer. These effervescent granules, developed by the Emerson Drug Company of Baltimore, were used to treat heartburn, upset stomach, indigestion, headaches and hangovers.

Bromo-Selzer’s original formula contained 3.2 mEq/teaspoon of sodium bromide — hence the name. The sedative effect probably explained its popularity as a hangover remedy. Bromides were withdrawn from the American market in 1975 due to their toxicity.

Bromo-Selzer is still on the market, but no longer contains bromide.

Bromines in Your Bread Box: Potassium Bromate

The ban on bromines have not prevented them from sneaking into your foods and personal care products.

You probably are not aware of this, but nearly every time you eat bread in a restaurant or consume a hamburger or hotdog bun you are consuming bromide, as it is commonly used in flours.

The use of potassium bromate as an additive to commercial breads and baked goods has been a huge contributor to bromide overload in Western cultures.

Bromated flour is “enriched” with potassium bromate. Commercial baking companies claim it makes the dough more elastic and better able to stand up to bread hooks. However, Pepperidge Farm and other successful companies manage to use only unbromated flour without any of these so-called “structural problems.”

Potassium bromate is also found in some toothpastes and mouthwashes, where it’s added as an antiseptic and astringent. It has been found to cause bleeding and inflammation of gums in people using these products.

Sodium Bromate and BMOs

Mountain Dew, one of the worst beverages you can drink, uses brominated vegetable oil as an emulsifier. Not only that, it contains high fructose corn syrup, sodium benzoate, more than 55 mg of caffeine per 12 ounce can, and Yellow Dye #5 (tartrazine, which has been banned in Norway, Austria and Germany.)

A weapon of mass destruction — in a can.

Even drinking water can be a source of bromide. When drinking water containing bromide is exposed to ozone, bromate ions are formed, which are powerful oxidizing agents. Such was the case in 2004 when Coca Cola Company had to recall Dasani bottled water.

Sodium bromate can also be found in personal care products such as permanent waves, hair dyes, and textile dyes. Benzalkonium is used as a preservative in some cosmetics.

Finally, bromine and chlorine were the most common toxic elements reportedly found in automobiles, according to the blog of David Brownstein, MD (March 2007). They showed up in the seats, armrests, door trim, shift knobs and other areas of the car.

Think about how much time you spend enclosed in your outgassing Chevy… windows up with no air circulation.

The United States is quite behind in putting an end to the egregious practice of allowing bromine chemicals in your foods. In 1990, the United Kingdom banned bromate in bread. In 1994, Canada did the same. Brazil recently outlawed bromide in flour products.

What’s taking us so long? Another case of our government protecting big industry — instead of protecting you.

Iodine Levels and Cancer Risk

Iodine levels have significantly dropped due to bromine exposure; declining consumption of iodized salt, eggs, fish, and sea vegetables; and soil depletion. In the U.S. population, there was a 50 percent reduction in urinary iodine excretion between 1970 and 1990.

What’s this doing to our country’s health?

The Japanese consume 89 times more iodine than Americans due to their daily consumption of sea vegetables, and they have reduced rates of many chronic diseases, including the lowest rates of cancer in the world. The RDA for iodine in the U.S. is a meager 150 mcg/day, which pales in comparison with the average daily intake of 13800 mcg/day for the Japanese.

There is a large body of evidence suggesting that low cancer rates in Japan are a result of their substantially higher iodine levels. Iodine has documented antioxidant and anti-proliferative properties.

A strong case can be made that your iodine RDA should be closer to what the Japanese consume daily, if breast cancer rates are any indication. Low iodine can lead to fibrocystic breast disease in women (density, lumps and bumps), hyperplasia, and atypical mammary tissue. Such fibrocystic changes in breast tissue have been shown to reverse in the presence of iodine supplementation after 3-4 months.

If you are interested in being tested for iodine deficiency, the urine iodine challenge test is the best way to assess your iodine level.

Bromine and Your Thyroid

Adding to the negative health effects of bromine, the damage to your thyroid health deserves special mention.

As stated in the first part of this article, bromine exposure depletes your body’s iodine by competing with iodine receptors. Iodine is crucial for thyroid function. Without iodine, your thyroid gland would be completely unable to produce thyroid hormone.

Even the names of the different forms of thyroid hormone reflect the number of iodine molecules attached — T4 has four attached iodine molecules, and T3 (the biologically active form of the hormone) has three–showing what an important part iodine plays in thyroid biochemistry.

Hypothyroidism is far more prevalent than once thought in the U.S. The latest estimates are that 13 million Americans have hypothyroidism, but the actual numbers are probably higher. Some experts claim that 10 to40 percent of Americans have suboptimal thyroid function.

Many of these folks may actually have nothing wrong with their thyroid gland at all — they may just be suffering from iodine deficiency.

Seven Tips for Avoiding Bromine and Optimizing Iodine

Trying to avoid bromine is like trying to avoid air pollution — all you can do is minimize your exposure. That said, here are a few things you can do to minimize your risk:

1. Eat organic as often as possible. Wash all produce thoroughly. This will minimize your pesticide exposure.
2. Avoid eating or drinking from (or storing food and water in) plastic containers. Use glass and safe ceramic vessels.
3. Look for organic whole-grain breads and flour. Grind you own grain, if possible. Look for the “no bromine” or “bromine-free” label on commercial baked goods.
4. void sodas. Drink natural, filtered water instead.
5. f you own a hot tub, look into an ozone purification system. Such systems make it possible to keep the water clean with minimal chemical treatments.
6. Look for personal care products that are as chemical-free as possible. Remember — anything going on you, goes in you.
7. When in a car or a building, open windows as often as possible, preferably on opposing sides of the space for cross ventilation. Utilize fans to circulate the air. Chemical pollutants are much higher inside buildings (and cars) than outside.

Avoid Unfermented Soy

Another major contributor to thyroid dysfunction that I did not discuss above is unfermented soy. Soy isoflavones can wreak havoc on your thyroid.

Kaayla Daniel’s groundbreaking book, The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America’s Favorite Health Food is a powerful exposé that reveals the truth about the soy myths that have infiltrated our culture.

It’s ironic that soy has become so accepted as a health food when, as Dr. Daniel states, thousands of studies link soy to malnutrition, digestive distress, immune-system breakdown, thyroid- and hormonal dysfunction, cognitive decline, reproductive disorders and infertility–even cancer and heart disease.

So if you want to keep your thyroid healthy, you’ll definitely want to avoid unfermented soy products of all kinds, including soy milk.

Foods and Headaches

September 18, 2009

Foods and Headaches

By Jessica Ashley

My friend Charlene pinged me. She had a miserable headache over the weekend. It wasn’t just any miserable headache — it was a miserable headache caused by citrus.

After retracing her day, Charlene realized that the three delicious tangerines were the culprit. She thought she was just enjoying a very tasty, healthy snack, but she was also triggering pain.

Some experts say that citrus and other foods may trigger headaches because the people consuming them may have an enzyme deficiency. The enzyme they are lacking is necessary for neutralizing amines in foods. Some foods have large quantities of amines, and without the enzyme, headaches (and even migraines) can be stimulated.

Still, gobbling up an orange (or three) might seem harmless. If you are one of the 28 million Americans who suffer from migraines, taking note of how foods affect your body could be critical in preventing future headaches. One new theory is that craving certain foods could also signal a coming migraine. These kinds of migraines are also made more unpredictable because eating the food may not trigger pain every single time, and because food could team up with other triggers (like bright lights or stress) to induce a migraine.

Some other foods and beverages thought to trigger headaches include:

* Aged cheese and those cheeses containing tyramine, a natural substance that builds up as food ages. Tyramine in high levels has been shown to cause hypertension, which is a particular concern for people who take MAO inhibitor medication to treat migraines. Blue cheese, brie, cheddar, Stilton, feta, gorgonzola, mozzarella, muenster, Parmesan, Swiss, and processed cheeses often contain high levels of tyramine.

* Other salted, cured, processed, and canned foods that are high in tyramine. Take note of how your body reacts when you eat pickles, olives, and canned soups. Beans can also contain headache-triggering tyramine, especially fava, pinto, garbanzo, and lima beans.

* Alcohol, which could prompt headaches as it is metabolized in the body. Pay particular attention when you drink red wine, beer, whiskey, and champagne, which have been identified as triggers.

There is a long list of foods that headache and migraine sufferers say cause their pain. Some of them might surprise you, including:

* Peanuts and peanut butter
* Potato chips
* Pizza
* Fresh fruits like kiwi, plums, and raspberries
* Bread and crackers

Is there plastic in your metal water bottle?

September 18, 2009

Is there plastic in your metal water bottle?
By Lori Bongiorno
Wed Sep 2, 2009 2:39pm PDT

How safe is your reusable water bottle? That’s a question many consumers are asking thanks to a recent announcement from Sigg, the manufacturer of trendy aluminum water bottles.

Some consumers switched to the brightly colored metal bottles in an effort to avoid bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical that interferes with the female hormone estrogen. The controversial chemical has been linked to a long list of health concerns including early onset of puberty, neurotoxicity, and some cancers.

BPA can leach from polycarbonate plastic bottles when it comes into contact with hot liquids and from regular wear and tear. Parents and other concerned consumers thought they were doing a good thing for their family’s health and the planet’s by choosing metal over plastic.

However, all metal bottles are not created equally. Aluminum bottles typically have epoxy liners, which may contain BPA and other unwanted chemicals. In the past, Sigg would not reveal the ingredients in its liners, claiming that it was “proprietary.”

Now, the company admits that the epoxy liners in its bottles used to contain trace amounts of BPA. Sigg says it switched to a new “EcoCare” liner in August 2008, but angry consumers wonder why the company wasn’t upfront about the fact that BPA was in its liners.

Sigg says its old bottles didn’t leach any BPA. But, how safe are they? “It is possible that very low levels of BPA will leach from the bottle, especially when something hot or acidic is placed in there,” says Sarah Janssen, a staff scientist the Natural Resources Defense Council. “As the bottle ages and the resin begins to break down, there will be more leaching. It’s the same process as with any other BPA containing container.”
What can you do with old Sigg bottles?
Sigg liners

If you own a Sigg bottle, the first thing you should do is check to see if you have an old liner or a new one. Even if you bought it after August 2008, you still may have an older bottle that was shipped to the store before the company made the switch. The former lining has a shiny copper bronze finish. The EcoCare liner has a dull yellow coating.

If you have an old liner, then you can trade in your old bottle for a new one. Sigg’s voluntary exchange program is available through October 31, 2009. You can pay to have your bottles shipped back to Sigg, or check to see if a local retailer will take it back.

You’ll have to decide for yourself if you want to support a company that wasn’t completely transparent in the first place.

There’s also no guarantee that Sigg’s new epoxy liner is completely safe. “Just because a bottle is labeled ‘BPA-free’ there is no guarantee that another toxic chemical wasn’t used as the replacement,” says Janssen.
What kind of water bottles should you look for?

Stainless steel is your best bet if you’re in the market for a new reusable bottle or just want to choose the safest option around. “I would recommend going with a stainless steel bottle and avoiding any questions about what the new chemical is,” says Janssen.

In general, all aluminum bottles have epoxy linings and just because Sigg has changed its lining doesn’t mean other manufacturers have changed theirs. “Consumers should be wary of buying any aluminum water bottle as many are still made with an epoxy resin lining that contains BPA and can leach significant levels depending on the quality of the product,” says Janssen.

Luckily there are plenty of safe choices for consumers. Kleen Kanteen, ThinkSport, and Nalgene all sell stainless steel water bottles that are BPA-free and, most importantly, don’t have any liners (so there aren’t any potentially dangerous secret ingredients to worry about).

For small children, there’s a growing array of “sippy cups” made from stainless steel. They’re less expensive than Sigg’s Kids Bottles, but pricier (yet more durable) than plastic versions. Learn more about buying safe baby bottles.

Environmental journalist Lori Bongiorno shares green-living tips and product reviews with Yahoo! Green’s users. Send Lori a question or suggestion for potential use in a future column. Her book, Green Greener Greenest: A Practical Guide to Making Eco-smart Choices a Part of Your Life is available on Yahoo! Shopping and

Canada Looks at Vitamin D for Swine Flu Protection

September 18, 2009

Canada Looks at Vitamin D for Swine Flu Protection

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has confirmed that it will be investigating the role of vitamin D in protection against swine flu.

The agency started a study last year on the role of vitamin D in severe seasonal influenza, which it said it will now adapt to the H1N1 swine flu virus.

Part of the researchers’ goal is to understand whether vitamin D levels are in any way responsible for the fact that most people with seasonal influenza develop a mild illness, but a small minority go on to develop severe symptoms.

According to PHAC, results from its study will indicate the extent and nature of the role of vitamin D in severe seasonal influenza.


NutraIngredients August 10, 2009

Canada appears to be one of the first countries to literally “see the light.”

Over the course of at least three flu seasons, Canada’s public health agency plans to analyze the impact vitamin D levels have on flu severity and, if they find a correlation between severe flu cases and vitamin D levels, will then decide whether vitamin D can be used to lessen serious cases of seasonal flu. While the study started out focused on seasonal flu, the agency is now adapting the study to the swine flu virus.

This is exactly the type of research that stands to make a real difference in public health, with the unfortunate aspect being that it may take years to bear out.

I highly suggest you don’t wait for their results to come in, as there is already overflowing evidence showing that your vitamin D levels play a role in your likelihood of getting the flu.

Vitamin D is a Powerful Flu Fighter

Dr. John Cannell, founder of the Vitamin D Council, first introduced the hypothesis that influenza is merely a symptom of vitamin D deficiency in the paper Epidemic Influenza and Vitamin D, published in the journal Epidemiology and Infection two years ago, followed up with another study published in the Virology Journal last year.

The findings were confirmed by a new study — the largest and most nationally representative of its kind to date — that involved about 19,000 Americans. It found that people with the lowest blood vitamin D levels reported having significantly more recent colds or cases of the flu.

In conclusion, lead author Dr. Adit Ginde stated:

“The findings of our study support an important role for vitamin D in prevention of common respiratory infections, such as colds and the flu. Individuals with common lung diseases, such as asthma or emphysema, may be particularly susceptible to respiratory infections from vitamin D deficiency.”

There is so much compelling evidence, that I believe optimizing your vitamin D levels is one of the absolute best strategies for avoiding infections of ALL kinds, and vitamin D deficiency is likely the TRUE culprit behind the seasonality of the flu — not the flu virus itself.

How do You Know if Your Vitamin D Levels are Optimal or Deficient?

In the United States, the late winter average vitamin D level is only about 15-18 ng/ml, which is considered a very serious deficiency state. It’s estimated that over 95 percent of U.S. senior citizens may be deficient, along with 85 percent of the American public.

Unless you are getting daily sun exposure on a large portion of your body, it’s imperative to have your vitamin D levels checked on a regular basis. This is especially important if you’re taking a vitamin D supplement.

It’s important to realize, however, that what’s conventionally considered normal is NOT the same as optimal. I strongly believe you could avoid colds and influenza entirely by maintaining your vitamin D level in the optimal range, as noted in the chart that follows.

vitamin D levels

(Holick MF. Calcium and Vitamin D. Diagnostics and Therapeutics. Clin Lab Med. 2000 Sep;20(3):569-90)

The ideal way to increase your levels is by getting safe sun exposure. The next best option would be to use a safe tanning bed. The third route you can take is to use a vitamin D3 supplement, but because it’s possible to overdose from this type of vitamin D, you should be sure to have your levels tested regularly to remain in the therapeutic range.

For adults, the appropriate dose is likely 4,000-5,000 units per day, but it could be even higher. In fact, according to Dr. Heaney, your body requires 4,000 IU’s daily just to maintain its current vitamin D level. So in order to actually raise your levels, you’d have to increase either your exposure to sunshine, or supplement with oral vitamin D3 (which, again, I do not recommend without having your levels tested).

When you go in for your vitamin D blood test, if you’re in the United States be certain your test is performed at a lab like Labcorp, which uses the gold standard Diasorin test for checking vitamin D levels.

Also be sure you order the correct test. 25(OH)D, also called 25-hydroxyvitamin D, is the better marker of overall D status. It is this marker that is most strongly associated with overall health.

You Can Use Vitamin D to Treat the Flu, Too

As I said earlier, if you were to maintain your vitamin D levels within the optimal range shown above, you would likely avoid being affected during the cold and flu season entirely.

That said, if you are coming down with flu-like symptoms and have not been on vitamin D you can take doses of 50,000 units a day for three days to treat the acute infection. Some researchers like Dr. Cannell believe the dose could even be as high as 1,000 units per pound of body weight for three days.

However, most of Dr. Cannell’s work was with seasonal and not pandemic flu. If your body has never been exposed to the antigens there is chance that the vitamin D might not work.

Ultimately, your best bet is to maintain healthy levels of vitamin D around 60 ng/ml year-round.

Source: Dr. Mercola’

Warning: Swine Flu Shot Linked to Killer Nerve Disease

September 18, 2009

Warning: Swine Flu Shot Linked to Killer Nerve Disease

A warning that the swine flu vaccine has been linked to a deadly nerve disease has been sent by the UK Government to senior neurologists in a confidential letter.

The letter from the Health Protection Agency, the official body that oversees public health, was leaked to The Daily Mail, leading to demands to know why the information has not been given to the public before the vaccination of millions of people, including children, begins.

It tells the neurologists that they must be alert for an increase in a brain disorder called Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), which could be triggered by the vaccine. GBS attacks the lining of the nerves, causing paralysis and inability to breathe, and can be fatal.

The letter refers to the use of a similar swine flu vaccine in the United States in 1976 when:

* More people died from the vaccination than from swine flu
* The vaccine may have increased the risk of contracting GBS by eight times
* The vaccine was withdrawn after just ten weeks when the link with GBS became clear
* The U.S. Government was forced to pay out millions of dollars to those affected

Concerns have already been raised that the new vaccine has not been sufficiently tested and that the effects, especially on children, are unknown.


The Daily Mail August 15, 2009

Nonfat Dry Milk Product Recall.

September 18, 2009
Nonfat Dry Milk Product Recall.

United Food Group, Inc. Recalling Product Because Of Possible Health Risk

Barbara Boyer
(847) 622-1803

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — July 30, 2009 — United Food Group, Inc announced a voluntary recall of products that contain instant nonfat dry milk manufactured by Plainview Milk Products Cooperative. This recall is a precautionary measure due to the voluntary recall of instant nonfat dry milk announced by Plainview Milk Products Cooperative on June 29, 2009.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Due to the products potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, the following are being recalled:

Victorian Inn®

Cream of Mushroom Soup

.66 lb Can

Victorian Inn®

Baked Potato w/ Bacon Soup

.66 lb Can

Victorian Inn®

Cream of Chicken Soup

.66 lb Can

Victorian Inn®

Cream of Broccoli Soup

.55 lb Can

Victorian Inn®

Cream of Chicken Soup

21g Single Serve Packet

Victorian Inn®

Cream of Broccoli

21g Single Serve Packet

Victorian Inn®

Baked Potato w/ Bacon Soup

21g Single Serve Packet

Perfect Servings™

French Vanilla Cappuccino

1.5 lb. Bags

Perfect Servings™

Cream of Mushroom

1.5 lb. Bags

Perfect Servings™

Potato w/ Bacon

1.5 lb. Bags

Perfect Servings™

Cream of Chicken

1.5 lb. Bags

Perfect Servings™

Cream of Broccoli

1.5 lb. Bags

Victorian Inn®

Cappuccino Topping

1.1 lb. bags

Victorian Inn®

Cappuccino Frothing Milk

1.5 lb. Bags


Horchata, Can

1.25 lb. Can


Horchata, Bag

1.25 lb. Bags


Horchata, Bucket

25lb. Bucket

Perfect Servings™

Double Dutch Hot Chocolate w/ Marshmallows

1.5 lb. Bags

No other products other than these listed above are involved in the recall and only if distributed between 6/4/2007 and 6/4/2009. These products were distributed nationwide.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged to return them to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-847-622-1803.

United Food Group, Inc. has not received any reports of illness in connection with the items listed above to date, and no other United Food Group, Inc. products are affected by this action. For more information on Salmonella, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Website at

Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day)

September 18, 2009

Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day)

Postby John Sutton on Mon Feb 23, 2009 8:07 pm

In the UK, Shrove Tuesday is also known as Pancake Day (or Pancake Tuesday to some people) because it is the one day of the year when almost everyone eats a pancake.

Pancake Day ( also known as Shrove Tuesday) is the last day before the period which Christians call Lent. It is traditional on this day to eat pancakes.

Lent is a time of abstinence, of giving things up. So Shrove Tuesday is the last chance to indulge yourself, and to use up the foods that aren’t allowed in Lent. Pancakes are eaten on this day because they contain fat, butter and eggs which were forbidden during Lent.

Shrove Tuesday is celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday and is therefore the final day before the commencement of Lent, a Christian festival leading up to Easter Sunday (Easter Day).
Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday, so the date varies from year to year and falls between 3 February and 9 March

The name Shrove comes from the old word “shrive” which means to confess. On Shrove Tuesday, in the Middle Ages, people used to confess their sins so that they were forgiven before the season of Lent began.

Shrove Tuesday is a day of celebration as well as penitence, because it’s the last day before Lent. Throughout the United Kingdom, and in other countries too, people indulge themselves on foods that traditionally aren’t allowed during Lent. Pancakes are eaten on this day because they contain fat, butter and eggs which were forbidden during Lent.
In pre-Reformation times in England towns, the church bell was rung on Shrove Tuesday and came to be known as the “shriving bell.” This in time was called the “pancake bell,” so closely identified was the day with that article of food.

Pancakes and fritters,
Say the bells of Saint Peter’s,

runs the old rythme about the bells of London. And in an almanac fro 1684 is found:

Hark I hear the pancake bell
And fritters make a gallant smell.

Not all liked Pancake Day, the Puritans of England looked upon with a jaundiced eye and in a cookbook from England during that time in the 17th century wrote

pancakes are made with water, eggs, “spices and magical, tragical enchantments’ and of “sweet bait which ignorant people devore very greedily.”

What is an English Pancake?
A pancake is a thin, flat cake, made of batter and fried in a pan.
The photograph shows a pancake
being cooked in a frying pan.
Caster sugar (superfine sugar) is sprinkled over the top and a dash of fresh lemon juice added. The pancake is then rolled. Some people add golden syrup or jam.

Other names for Shrove Tuesday

United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia – Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day or Pancake Tuesday

Brazil – Terca-feira gorda – Fat Tuesday – the final day of Brazilian Carnival.

Greece – Apocreas, which means “from the meat” since they don’t eat meat during Lent, either.

Sweden – Fettisdagen (Fat Tuesday).
“In Sweden it is called Fettisdagen (Fat Tuesday). We eat a Fettisdag buller. This is a round bun with the middle part scooped out and replaced with Marzipan with whipped cream. The top of the bun is placed back on sprinkled with icing sugar.”
“Another tradition in Sweden is to eat Pea soup with pancakes afterwards and on every Thursday all year round.”

USA – In Catholic and French-speaking parts of the United States this day is called Mardi Gras.

Germany – “Fastnacht” (Also spelt “Fasnacht”, “Fasenacht”, “Fasteloven” (in the Rhine area) or “Fasching” in Bavaria.)

In France they call it Mardi Gras, which means Grease or Fat Tuesday.
The name Fat Tuesday comes from the ancient custom of parading a fat ox through Paris on this day. The ox was to remind the people that they were not allowed to eat meat during Lent.
During the Mardi Gras Carnival people disguise themselves and put on crazy masks.

The Carnival in Nice, France, is a wild 10-day celebration featuring daily parades, concerts, street theatre and more. People wear giant masks.
“Eating crepes on Candlemas Day
will bring a year of happiness”
“The French name for Candlemas, Chandeleur” comes from the word “Chandelleur” which means candle. It was custom for the people to bring back the lighted candles from church to assure good crops for the year to come and to chase the evil.
In France it is custom to prepare “Crepes” for “La chandeleur”, which symbolises, wealth, good crops and health for the year to come.
Its form and colour evoke the Sun which is finally returning after the dark winter. It keeps the mould away from the crop and protects the home from harm. Pancakes must be tossed with a coin in the hand so as to ensure prosperity throughout the year. Whoever manages to toss his pancake without dropping it on the ground will have good luck until the next Candlemas.
Also, it is said that Pope Gelasius I, who introduced Candlemas into the Catholic Church, often gave crepes to people who made the pilgrimage to Rome.”

In Iceland the day is known as “Sprengidagur” (Bursting day).

In Canada – “They add things to pancakes such as coins, pieces of string, nails, wedding rings, buttons… all cleaned of course ha ha”
The lucky one to find coins in their pancake will be rich, the finder of the ring will be the first married, the finder of the name will become a carpenter and the finder of the thimble will be a seamstress or tailor.
“Everyone here looks forward to Pancake Day. Pancakes are served with syrup, partridgeberry jam and sausages.”

In Poland – , Shrove Tuesday is “Sledziowka” (“sledz” is a herring in Polish). The most popular dish on that day is herring in various styles. Polish people organize parties to celebrate the end of the Carnival. The parties finish at midnight when the official period of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday. Doughnuts and “faworki” are eaten on the last Thursday before Ash Wednesday. There are a lot of competitions choosing the most delicious doughnuts and the press is full of information on the results of various degustations giving assessments of particular bakeries and doughnut producers by more or less dignified juries.

Some Recipes:

Shroves, Or Struwen

3 cup flour
1 egg
1 pinch salt
1 pkg yeast
3 heaped spoonfuls powdered milk
1/2 cup raisins (or less or more as you like)
warm water

( Use the powdered milk just because it’s convenient, but use warm milk if you like).
Mix the ingredients in a mixer until the batter is a sort of “runny jelly” consistency. It shouldn’t be watery. Leave to stand for about 1/2 hour to 3/4 hour with a cloth to cover in a warm place. It will rise.
When risen, melt some butter (or use sunflower oil, if you prefer) in a frying pan and ladle mixture into the pan to fry. The size should be about 8cm (2 3/4 inches) in diameter. When the batter on top is not liquid any more, turn over and fry other side (just like normal pancakes).
These are great either with syrup, on their own.

Buttermilk Pancakes

4 c flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tblsp sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
4 tblsp butter

Sift the dry ingredients and rub in the butter. Add just enough buttermilk so that the batter pours easily, like heavy cream. An egg may be added if desired. Bake on a lightly greased griddle.

John Sutton

The Risks Of Splenda (sucralose)

September 18, 2009

The Risks Of Splenda (sucralose)

Postby thecooki on Wed Feb 11, 2009 8:52 am

New Study of Splenda Reveals Shocking Information About Potential Harmful Effects

I have been warning everyone for years of the dangers of this sugar. Ever since that day I had a soda with the sweetener in it and it made me shaky and then I just dropped, I have done my best to keep you informed of this dangerous sugar. Again, this is something unleashed onto the public by a very corrupt FDA. Say what you will that these agencies keep you safe and then prove to me, “that they aren’t bought and sold”.

James Turner, the chairman of the national consumer education group Citizens for Health, has expressed shock and outrage after reading a new report from scientists outlining the dangers of the artificial sweetener Splenda (sucralose).
In animals examined for the study, Splenda reduced the amount of good bacteria in the intestines by 50 percent, increased the pH level in the intestines, contributed to increases in body weight and affected P-glycoprotein (P-gp) levels in such a way that crucial health-related drugs could be rejected.

The P-gp effect could result in medications used in chemotherapy, AIDS treatment and treatments for heart conditions being shunted back into the intestines, rather than being absorbed by the body.

According to Turner, “The report makes it clear that the artificial sweetener Splenda and its key component sucralose pose a threat to the people who consume the product. Hundreds of consumers have complained about side effects from using Splenda and this study … confirms that the chemicals in the little yellow package should carry a big red warning label.”

It is very important to realize that Splenda (sucralose) is actually NOT sugar, despite its marketing slogan “Made from sugar, so it tastes like sugar”. Rather it is a chlorinated artificial sweetener in line with aspartame and saccharin, and with detrimental health effects to match.

Splenda was approved by the FDA in 1998 as a tabletop sweetener and for use in products such as baked goods, nonalcoholic beverages, chewing gum, frozen dairy desserts, fruit juices, and gelatins. Sucralose is also permitted as a general-purpose sweetener for all processed foods.

The approval was given after the FDA supposedly reviewed more than 110 animal and human safety studies, but out of these 110 studies, only two were human studies, and the longest one was conducted for four days!
There is overwhelming evidence that consuming artificial sweeteners will likely wreak havoc on your body. Previous news has centered mainly around artificial sweetener’s ability to impair your appetite regulation and leading to weight gain.

For example, it has been discovered that diet soda increases your risk of metabolic syndrome and, ultimately, heart disease.

However, the study mentioned above, published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, found even further disturbing news besides weight gain.


* reduces the amount of good bacteria in your intestines by 50 percent
* increases the pH level in your intestines, and
* affects a glycoprotein in your body that can have crucial health effects, particularly if you are on certain medications

They also found unmistakable evidence that Splenda is absorbed by fat, contrary to previous claims.

It is truly disturbing that Splenda can destroy up to 50 percent of your healthy intestinal bacteria, as these bacteria help maintain your body’s overall balance of friendly versus unfriendly micro-organisms, and support your general health. Many people are already deficient in healthy bacteria due to choosing highly processed foods.

Globe Newswire September 28, 2008
Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health Part A 2008;71(21):1415-29

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