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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.


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’

ADHD Linked To Food Additives.

September 18, 2009

ADHD Linked To Food Additives.

Artificial coloring and preservatives in food can increase hyperactivity in kids, a new British study shows.

Researchers from the University of Southampton in the U.K. evaluated the effects of drinks containing artificial colors and additives on 3-year-old and 8- and 9-year-old British kids and found that the additives made hyperactive behavior worse — at least up to middle childhood.

The link between such food additives and hyperactivity has been long debated. The importance of our work is that effects have been found for 3-year-old and for 8- and 9-year-old children in the general population, not just for those diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), says Jim Stevenson, PhD, professor of psychology at the university and a co-author of the study, published online Sept. 6 in The Lancet. The size of the effects is similar to that found for children with ADHD.

But a U.S. expert said that scientific evidence overall does not point to a definitive link between additives and hyperactivity. He said it is premature, based on these study results, to suggest a public policy change. But the U.K. Food Standards Agency, which funded the study, has already revised its advice to parents about what to feed their children.
The U.K. Study

The researchers evaluated the effects of different cocktails of beverages containing artificial food colors and other additives in 153 3-year-olds and 144 8- and 9-year-olds from the general population. In all, 267 of the 297 children completed the study and were evaluated by teachers and parents for behavior changes after drinking the trio of beverages.

The children drank two types of beverages with food additives commonly found in sweets, beverages, and other foods, and then a placebo drink (one with no additives). One mix had artificial colorings, including sunset yellow (also called E110), carmoisine (E122), tartrazine (E102), ponceau 4R (E124), and the preservative sodium benzoate. Another beverage mix included the current average daily consumption of food additives by the two age ranges of children and included quinoline yellow (E104), allura red (E129) , sunset yellow, carmoisine, and sodium benzoate.

Teachers and parents evaluated behaviors after the children drank each type of beverage, and the older children also were tested on their attention spans.
Study Findings

The older children’s behavior was adversely affected by both of the mixtures with additives, compared with placebo, Stevenson’s group found.

The younger children had more hyperactivity with the first mixture compared with placebo, but their responses to the second beverage varied greatly.
Perspective and Reaction

About 2 million children in the U.S. have ADHD, according to the National Institutes of Health.

The link between food additives and hyperactivity in children has been debated for many decades, says Roger Clemens, DrPH, a professor of pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy and a spokesman for the Institute of Food Technologists.

More than 30 years ago, a physician named Ben Feingold proposed a diet free of additives and other substances to calm behavior in children.

The U.K. study findings about the adverse effects of food additives are narrower than those found by Feingold, Stevenson tells WebMD. "Feingold made a very wide-ranging claim about many additives and also salicylates (a group of chemicals related to aspirin but also found in foods) adversely affecting children’s behavior," he says. We have shown an adverse effect for a specific set of food colors plus sodium benzoate, a preservative.

While the most recent study has found a link, Clemens contends that "the totality of the evidence indicates food additives, such as those cited in the [Lancet] paper, do not contribute to hyperactivity. While this study finds a link, most recent studies do not."

Stevenson disagrees. The better studies conducted since the mid-1980s confirm that the removal of certain food additives can reduce hyperactivity in children diagnosed with ADHD, he tells WebMD.

Children’s reactions to diet do vary, Clemens tells WebMD, and some children may react to additives and colors.

What’s a Parent to Do?

Is it worth trying to remove the additives from a child\’s diet? It may not hurt, but it may not help, Clemens says.

Meanwhile, the U.K. Food Standards Agency issued new advice after the study was published, advising parents of children who show signs of hyperactivity to cut out the additives studied in the recent research.

Changing the diet is not a cure-all, Stevenson says.

And in a related article from The Horizon Newspaper (Pueblo, CO)

Food dyes listed by a color + number (such as Red 40 and Yellow 5) are made from crude oil, and have been linked to many health problems, including headaches, asthma, DNA damage, and cancer, as well as learning and behavior problems. Since natural colorings are available, the dyes are not necessary.

Dr. Jim Stevenson, a professor at Southampton University in England who led the most recent study published in the September 2007 issue of the leading British medical journal., The Lancet, warns that these additives can affect all children, not just those with ADHD. He cautions that, like the lead which used to be in gasoline and paint, the additives can lower a child’s IQ score.

Before you conclude your child has a disorder, says Kathy Bratby, M.S.N., R.N.. clinical assistand professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Nursing, take a look at what he or she is eating.

Here is how to make your own natural food coloring

All following are based on coloring about 1 cup of white cake icing. To color other items, experiment with amounts of natural dyes until you achieve the color you want.

Examples of what you will need are

A seive

Enjoy yellow. For yellow, add 1 tsp of stale turmeric . Turmeric is often used to give vegan puddings and tofu scrambles that eggy shade. This is a good use for turmeric that’s past its prime, since stale turmeric is fairly flavor neutral.

Mash the juice from 14, fresh or thawed, frozen raspberries directly into the icing using a sieve to create blush or pale pink

Using a fork, mash 1/2 a small avocado until creamy to get pastel green. Mix this into your icing. [The avocado makes your icing thinner, but in a fluffy, pleasant way. ]

For raspberry purple, using a sieve, mash the juice from 14 fresh or thawed frozen blueberries and 12 fresh or thawed frozen blackberries directly into the icing.

Experiment and color your world! Other natural sources of color include carrots, beet juice and chlorella.

Don’t forget to taste your food as you color it. Since these natural dyes are also foods in their own right, adding too much can impart their flavor into the icing. You will need to find the right balance between color and neutral flavor.

And you guessed it, greed and corruption is why especially the United States hasn’t gone to a healthier standard for the foods.

Now then with this mishmash I have put together, you should also look at not just children, but others in your family as well or your neighbor or a friend who for some reason keeps getting sick and the food looks normal like what you would eat but right now you have no problems nor may you have problems in the future.


Horizon Newspaper Pueblo, CO
WebMD Health News –
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD
The Feingold Association –
The Cooking Inn –

High-fructose corn syrup: Why is it so bad for me?

September 18, 2009

High-fructose corn syrup: Why is it so bad for me?

High-fructose corn syrup is a sweetener and preservative used in many processed foods. It is made by changing the sugar in cornstarch to fructose — another form of sugar.

High-fructose corn syrup extends the shelf life of foods and is sweeter and cheaper than sugar. For these reasons, it has become a popular ingredient in many sodas, fruit-flavored drinks and other processed foods. Check your food labels. You may be surprised by how many foods contain high-fructose corn syrup.

Some nutrition experts blame increased consumption of high-fructose corn syrup for the growing obesity problem. One theory is that fructose is more readily converted to fat by your liver than is sucrose, increasing the levels of fat in your bloodstream. But this hasn’t been proved.

In addition, animal studies have shown a link between increased consumption of high-fructose corn syrup and adverse health effects, such as diabetes and high cholesterol. However, the evidence is not as clear in human studies.

Despite the lack of clarity in research, the fact remains that Americans consume large quantities of high-fructose corn syrup in the form of soft drinks, fruit-flavored beverages and other processed foods. These types of foods are often high in calories and low in nutritional value. This fact alone is reason to be cautious about foods containing high-fructose corn syrup.

To reduce high-fructose corn syrup in your diet, read food labels. Avoid or limit foods that contain high-fructose corn syrup. Some other easy tips for cutting back on high-fructose corn syrup include:

* Buy 100 percent fruit juice instead of fruit-flavored drinks.
* Choose fresh fruit instead of fruit juices. Even 100 percent fruit juice has a high concentration of sugar.
* Choose fruit canned in its own juices instead of heavy syrup.
* Cut back on soda.

source: mayo clinic

Prescription Drug Warning

September 18, 2009

Prescription Drug Warning

Here is something very important that everyone needs to do either while still at the pharmacy or when you get home from getting your prescription filled.
Before taking any pills from the bottle, please make sure that the name of the bottle is your name and the prescription is your prescription, so you don’t have a problem later.
An example would be you get your prescription filled and you go home and you suffer a panic attack (this is one of the things one might be dealing with). Anyways, your bottle is empty that is why you had gone to the pharmacy to pick up a new one.
You take your meds from the new bottle, keep in mind here that the person in question is having a panic attack. The person in question is very shaky, panicky and unsure of things. The person in question is having a really hard time breathing and opens the bag that says Lorazepam this persons sedative to help with the panic attacks.
So, this person has now taken a sedative, and it isn’t working. Still very shaky and unsure, this person has waited a reasonable amount of time and takes a second one. Like the first pill, this person tried to stick the pill under the tongue to dissolve it as usual and nothing. So the person swallows it instead thinking that their mouth is to dry.
This person is feeling worse and more panicky, the breathing is now raspy and hard. So this person now takes a third pill. Nothing has happened except the person is getting worse.
By chance someone calls and figures out quickly that this person is having a panic attack. In the conversation, the pills are brought up. At the callers hunch, the panicked person is asked to read the bottle and it is discovered that it is a heart and blood pressure medicine used to lower blood pressure.
The panic person is now in sorry shape, slowing and really unsure and the caller who lives far away is now very scared and concerned.
The panic person calls the pharmacy, the doctors office and then the hospital. The person eventually is told to get to the hospital right away.
The caller is still with the panic person on the other line and suggests to vomit. ewwww.
The panic person vomits, out come 3 partially dissolved pills.
After a while the panic person starts to feel better.
In the meantime the pharmacy, doctors office and hospital have all called, the panic person never heard the phone.
But the panic persons spouse finally gets home and they get to the hospital just as emergency crews are called to find out why the calls were never returned.
So, this person was given an IV, a medication to help offset the bad drugs in the system, was monitored for a while, had the usual vampire tests, was given instructions and sent home.
So in order to save yourself some grief. Check the bags and the bottles for name of patient and the name of the prescription to make sure they are correct.
Because I have to say that the pharmacist is the only one with any real education in the pharmacy. The other people have 5 weeks of school and they are an assistant. Am I the only one that thinks that is a load of crap?
Please be careful and pass this information on.


The problem with Food Diets and Studies

September 18, 2009

The problem with Food Diets and Studies

My comments are followed by the article..

Cancer Risk Higher With Western Diet

Jul 11, 10:20 PM (ET)

By Joann Loviglio

Philadelphia (AP) – Older Chinese women who eat a Western-style diet loaded with meats and sweets appear to have a greater risk for breast cancer than women who eat mainly soy and vegetables, a new study has concluded.

Previous research has found connections between a meat- and fat-heavy Western diet and several kinds of cancer, as well as heart disease and diabetes. And other research has identified links between obesity and cancer.

Researchers said this study signals a link between breast cancer and overall eating patterns – not a single food or nutrient – in Asian women, who have long had lower rates of the disease than Western women. But their numbers have started to rise as their diets have become more Westernized.

The study, which is not definitive, looked at general eating habits of about 3,000 women in Shanghai, ranging in age from 25 to 64. About half of that group had been diagnosed with breast cancer and are participants in an ongoing breast cancer study in Shanghai.

All the women were interviewed at length about their diets, answering questions about how often they ate 76 different items commonly found in Shanghai. Researchers then categorized the women into one of two dietary groups.

The meat-sweet" group loaded up on red meat, shrimp, fish, candy, desserts, bread and milk. The "vegetable-soy group stuck to tofu, vegetables, sprouts, beans, fish and soy milk.

Post-menopausal women in the meat-sweet group showed a 60 percent greater risk of developing the most common kind of breast cancer, the kind fueled by the hormone estrogen, compared to those in the vegetable-soy group, according to U.S. and Chinese researchers who conducted the study.

We saw the clearest effect when we looked at post-menopausal women who were overweight, so it looks like there’s an interaction between a meat-sweet diet and being overweight, said study co-author Marilyn Tseng, of Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia.

Researchers couldn’t say how the combination of a Western diet and obesity might work in tandem to drive breast cancer.

The study, which appears in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, found no link, good or bad, between breast cancer and a vegetable-soy diet.

This isn’t a breakthrough, but it does add to the growing body of evidence that diet is related to breast cancer and other cancers, said Lawrence Cheskin, associate professor of international health and human nutrition at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, who was not connected to the study.

We see a rise in cancers depending on what we\’re eating and if we\’re obese.

Tseng also said that the research should be a less frustrating guide for anybody looking to adopt sensible eating habits, instead of often contradictory research that names one vitamin, mineral or food as a cancer-quashing magic bullet.

This gives us a broader sense because it looks at diet as a whole as opposed to targeting one element, Tseng said. In terms of public health recommendations, that tends to give the wrong impression that you can reduce your risk of breast cancer by going after one specific component.


This is the complete article as it was printed and as I copied, yes I copied a complete article, something I rarely do but felt was needed and we will see if they will allow me to keep this on. The standard email has been sent for permission to use the article.

Ok, while I have time, they mention how often they ate 76 different items commonly found in Shanghai

and then …

Researchers then categorized the women into one of two dietary groups.

and then…

The meat-sweet" group loaded up on red meat, shrimp, fish, candy, desserts, bread and milk. The vegetable-soy" group stuck to tofu, vegetables, sprouts, beans, fish and soy milk.

The three big problem foods here are candy, desserts and bread, those will always make you fat and unhealthy if you don’t eat proper amounts and if you are not used to eating those foods, you may also just get sick.

I wish they would have listed all the foods they regularly eat and in what quantities and then what all the foods were of the two separate groups and there quantities.

People who are overweight and get unhealthy you will find the main causes to be around things that are starchy and sweet and that they also do not eat food in moderation. Most of you experience this, even I have foods that I splurge on, I try not to but hey we are who we are.

Since I have gotten older I have adjusted my food intake, my chocolate has been dark chocolate and this was before the new fad, I use very little sugar in my coffee and cereals, especially since cereals have so much sugar to begin with, read the section on A Gram of Sugar Equals What?

This gives a clue on how much sugar is in everything. I use lighter type bread and flat breads verses regular loaves of bread. The ice cream I use is the only one I can find that is made all natural. I reserve cakes and fatty desserts for special occasions.

I use only real sugar when I make things, I never use the new chemical made sugars like Splenda, they will only hurt my body and yours (the FDA and the USDA use questionable practices when saying that Splenda is good and not made using chemicals) the sugar is extracted using chemicals, no residue is supposed to stay behind and yet my body and other peoples bodies can’t deal with that form of sugar. This gets tricky because it is a catch 22 situation. Some diabetics have no problems with Splenda and yet some normal people get sick, they get severe shakes and some pass out. I don’t know what all the decades of bad eating have done to our bodies, but tests are out that prove how dangerous some foods are and since the FDA and USDA use questionable practices, you will never know the truth from them.

I will try to get more information on this study, it should be like pulling teeth. I think it would be nice to know what exactly they had in the candy, desserts and bread i.e., what varieties and quantities.

It may take a while to get all the information. Please feel free to email me at I am sorry but we still cannot open the forums, I am still weeding out garbage from the world trash on a daily basis, it’s bad enough I have to see the filth.

Copyright AP and The Cooking Inn

Tips For Surviving A Pandemic

September 18, 2009

Tips For Surviving A Pandemic

Having seen more of this in the news both locally, nationally and internationally, I thought I would put something together on this.

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Cancer News From Johns Hopkins

September 18, 2009

Cancer News From Johns Hopkins about Plastic Containers concerning Food and Beverages

1. No plastic containers in microwave.

2. No water bottles in freezer.

3. No plastic wrap in microwave.

Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters.

This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as well.

Dioxin chemicals causes cancer, especially breast cancer.

Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don\’t freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic.

Recently, Dr. Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital, was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us.

He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers. This especially applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body.

Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food. You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else.

Paper isn’t bad but you don\’t know what is in the paper. It’s just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc.

He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons.

Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food.

Cover food with a paper towel instead.

STOP: Before taking a sip of soda or a bite from that sweet.

September 18, 2009

STOP: Before taking a sip of soda or a bite from that sweet.

‘Have you recently tried something new and a week or so later or even that night you feel like crap? You have stomach cramps, unknown rashes, up all damn night? Maybe it is because of Splenda (sucralose), you know this new sweetner that has zero calories and is supposed to ultra healthy for you.

Here is what the government says.

In determining the safety of sucralose, FDA reviewed data from more than 110 studies in humans and animals. Many of the studies were designed to identify possible toxic effects including carcinogenic, reproductive and neurological effects. No such effects were found, and FDA’s approval is based on the finding that sucralose is safe for human consumption."
– FDA Talk Paper T98-16.

There is adequate evidence, [for sucralose], that there are no concerns about mutagenicity, carcinogenicity, development or reproductive toxicity.
– Opinion of the Scientific Committee on Food of the European Commission on Sucralose, September 7, 2000

Oh and these studies were found at

Yes they did studies and found nothing. The sugar industry paid for the studies so of course they found nothing. An agency will never find anything wrong with a product when the manufacturer of that product flips the bill for the studies and also passes some extra bonuses along the way.

Here is my lastest experience. I did not realize that the yogurt I was eating has Splenda in it. My first experience with Splenda left me flush and a bad case of the shakes, that was with a diet soda. This time it was Blue Bunny yogurt, I never even looked at the ingredients, I really should know better. I thought it was the same as it was before, but this time I bought the lite and the lite has the Splenda in it. For the last 2 weeks I have had nothing but stomach cramps and I have been to the doctors twice trying to find out what is wrong and they can heat the rumblings and feel how sluggish things are but they had no answers, probably a stomach virus.

Well tonight after eating my yogurt I took a dive about 15 minutes after eating it, I went to sleep and a half hour I was up with the shakes and cramps. I ate some toast and looked at the yogurt container and there it was sucralose, what was I thinking? I tell people all the time to read the ingredients. Even I allow a company I trust to lead me astray.

Here are other examples of the bad effects of sucralose.

About six months ago, I decided to try the Atkins diet. They strongly recommend Splenda (right on their home page!) so I went out and got some packets. I also bought a flavored water called Fruit20, which contains Splenda. I used these products for three days and started feeling sick. My husband said he\’d heard there were problems with Splenda so I did a little Web searching. It didn’t take long to find reams of info on how evil this stuff can be. I experienced almost every symptom including bloating, abdominal pain, gas, nausea, headaches, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, depression and dizziness.

But here’s the kicker–I still have them, even though I haven’t consumed any Splenda since those initial three days! Have you ever heard of this? I’ve been making the rounds to doctors and done several tests. An ultrasound revealed nothing. (Based on my symptoms, gallstones were suspected.) The motility test was slightly irregular but nothing major. Endoscopy suggested acid reflux, but the meds (Nexium, Aciphex, Protonix–I’ve tried them all) don’t work. Based on all this, I\’m told I have nonulcer dyspepsia, which is essentially symptoms without a cause. I told my gastro about the Splenda and he poo-pooed it. I\’m at my wits end and have an appointment with my GP to discuss the possibility of clinical depression since it seems this is related to unexplained stomach pain and vice versa.
Nancy Kewwani

Some time ago I tried Splenda in a packet of hot chocolate. I knew I was allergic to aspartame (made me dizzy), but thought maybe Splenda would be a good alternative. It made my lips itch! This was the oddest thing. I drank about one-third of a cup of this hot chocolate and found that my lips stopped itching, but they felt numb. I swore off Splenda. About a year later I accidentally purchased a drink with Splenda (labeled as sucralose) and could not endure the strong chemical flavor, undoubtedly from the chlorine. I read all labels carefully and stick with natural sugars in my foods. I’m a runner and figure I’ll run off any extra calories, but will be hard pressed to endure another allergic reaction.
Patricia Brown

I have had a terrible ordeal of having horrible stomach problems, indigestion, continual pain, constipation then diarrhea. I traced it back to diet RC cola, which has Splenda in it. I had tried to switch off of other diet drinks and went to this drink. For four weeks I have had terrible, terrible abdominal pain, etc. I stopped drinking this and the pain has left. Amazing how this product can have such a profound effect on people. Thought you should know.
Greg Clore

We really need to be careful with what we are putting in our bodies. The watchdog that are supposed to keep us safe are corrupt. When you figure you have a problem with something, keep a note of it and read the ingredients of things before buying them. You might also want to ask your favorite eatery what things they use to make there foods with as well.

More things to keep track of.


Are You Being Poisoned?

September 18, 2009

Are You Being Poisoned?

‘Through the chemical, petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries high powered and successful “Deceptive Word Advertising”, the products that those industries are actually selling you, are the products that they want you to actually buy, and deceive you into thinking that you are actually buying the products that you think you actually want to buy.

Example – Mouthwash: Follow closely; let’s take a trip to the grocery store or better yet, the health food store. Let’s go down the personal care isle to find your favorite mouthwash that you are currently using. AHH…there it is…it says on the label, “ALL Natural, 100% Organic, Biodegradable & Environmentally Safe”, it looks good, smells good, taste good, so you buy it. Some even say it kills germs!

What do those (4) four “Deceptive Phrases / Words” mean to you? THINK!! You think it means; It’s ALL Natural, 100% Organic, Biodegradable and is SAFE for the Environment. BUT…what if I told you that the main ingredient or better yet, the inert ingredients (which chemical manufactures DO NOT have to list) was say…the poison venom from a Rattle Snake. Would You Still Use It?

Top 12 Killers

Bug Killers
Carpet Shampoo
Drain Cleaner
Furniture Polish
Mold & Mildew Cleaners
Oven Cleaners
Dishwasher Detergent
Car Care Products
Laundry Products
All Purpose Cleaners

It may shock you to learn that according to the National Safety Council, more children under the age of (5) Five die of accidental poisoning at home, than are accidentally killed with guns at home. In fact, the (#1) poisoning chemical agent found in the home today…is CASCADE DISHWASHING DETERGENT!

Many common ingredients used today, like a Rattle Snakes poison venom are "ALL Natural, 100% Organic, Biodegradable & are SAFE for Your Environment". YOU SEE…or…MAYBE YOU DON\’T SEE…NO where on their label did they say that it was SAFE for your brain, immune system or vital organs of your body. If you are using any of the products listed above, you can probably bet that you are slowing poisoning your children and your immune system one cell at a time.

In short, what the chemical, petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries are saying; is that their products are SAFE for the Rocks and Trees…There just Dangerous and/or Deadly to your family, your pets and YOU!
Just to name a few…the following have ALL been linked to toxic chemicals. A.D.D. in children, allergies, asthma, birth defects, brain disorders, bronchitis, cancer, learning disabilities, lymphatic breakdown, mental disorders, M.C.S., multiple sclerosis, nervous system failure, Parkinson’s, scoliosis, skin disorders, etc.

Prior to the 1970’s, Federal Laws REQUIRED the skull & crossbones symbol to be on ALL of the labels of household products that were…Dangerous & Deadly!

More than (7) Seven Million accidental poisonings occur each year, with more than 75% involving children under the age of (6) Six.
–The Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons

Today, the 2nd highest rate of child poisonings are now ages 9 – 15. By inhaling vapors to "Get High" or "Huffing" toxic household products, permanent brain damage is often the result.
–Readers Digest, June 96

Warning labels… required by the U.S. Government EPA; Office of Pesticides and Toxic Substances, are as follows:
Danger : Fatal or Harmful if Swallowed
A taste to an teaspoon can be fatal to an adult

Warning : Fatal or Harmful if Swallowed
A teaspoon to an ounce can be fatal to an adult

Caution : : Fatal or Harmful if Swallowed
A ounce to an pint can be fatal to an adult

If these Small Amounts of “TOXIC CHEMICALS” could be fatal to an adult
By Inhalation, Ingestion or Absorption thru your skin, just imagine what…


What you truly have to understand about these “NEW Warning Labels” are two very important issues.

1. These tests were conducted on Adult Males, In Their Prime, and were an average of 185 lbs ea. Their bodies, brain, immune systems, skeletal frames, vital organs, etc. obviously had already been developed. Infant babies that are just born, or young children starting to develop and grow their bodies, brain, immune systems, skeletal frames, vital organs, and weigh only 15-30 lbs, DON\’T STAND A CHANCE. They will develop Cancer & Disease. The irony is the majority of people are Ignorant to the facts…What about You?
2. GREED – MONEY – POWER! This leads to the major problem that you\’ll read about below. If you are at least (45), do you remember when you were growing up and your parents or grandparents showed you and told you that you were NEVER to touch anything that had the Skull & Crossbones Symbol on it. That (1) One symbol not only probably saved your life but millions of other children also. Haven’t you ever wondered what happened to it?

The chemical companies lobbied Congress and the E.P.A. to remove that one symbol in place of the New Warning Labels. Why…Greed – Money – Power!


Cancer rates continue to increase every year since 1970! Brain cancer in children is up 40% in 20 years. Toxic chemicals are largely to blame.
–Cancer In Children Rises, NY Times September 29, 1997

New evidence points to a link between environmental poisons and learning disabilities. Chemicals in the environment come under scrutiny as the number of childhood learning problems soar.
–Kids at Risk, US News Cover Story June 19, 2000

Feeling ill? It could be your housekeeping habits, according to physicist Philip Dickey, Ph.D., director of the Household Toxics Program, Seattle.
–Make a Clean Sweep, Vegetarian Times September 2000

One common ingredient found in most cleaning and personal care products is formaldehyde. Manufacturers are not required to list this toxic chemical as an ingredient. A Material Safety Data Sheet, which, by law, must be supplied to anyone who uses any chemical product in the workplace, warns: " Suspected carcinogen; May be fatal if inhaled, swallowed, or absorbed through skin."
–Government Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health analyzed 2,983 chemicals used in personal care products. The final results were as follows:
884 of the chemicals were toxic
778 caused acute toxicity
376 caused skin and eye irritation
314 caused biological mutation
218 caused reproductive complications
148 caused cancerous tumors

WARNING" You Cannot Trust The New Warning Labels!

Colloidal Micelles: A Technical Summary

Colloidal micelle technology is a new approach in the field of organic chemistry. It was discovered during the early 1980’s by an environmentally conscious group of scientists. With minor modifications the basic technology can produce an impressive variety of poison-free, environmentally friendly products. Products created by this new technology can potentially replace millions of tons of toxic chemicals such as household, industrial and marine cleaners; agricultural applications including pesticide treatments; personal hygiene products such as acne preparations and lice shampoo; automobile; motorcycle and boat maintenance products; pet care products such as flea dip and flea shampoo; and insect repellents.

The colloidal micelles in the SOLUTIONS-4-YOU.COM® products are composed of natural organic ingredients. The word “organic” as it is used here means both”carbon-based” and “naturally occurring in nature, not harmful to living systems.”; The word “colloidal” pertains to the ability of tiny particles to remain suspended in a solution. The word “micelle” means “cell that emulsifies.” We believe that this is the first time micelle technology has been achieved with the use of natural ingredients that are completely safe for the environment, humans and pets.

In micelle technology, molecules create a field similar in some respects to a magnetic field. However, the molecular attraction induced by the microscopic micelles is not the attraction occurring in a magnetic field between opposite poles (positive and negative). Instead, the molecular micelle attraction occurs between like poles (positive and positive, and negative and negative). Each micelle molecule has a hydrophilic (water-seeking, negative) pole and a hydrophobic (water-repelling, positive) pole. The hydrophilic poles attract each other and form the interior of the micelle the hydrophobic poles attract each other and form a circular, tough outer surface. When a single micelle molecule comes in contact with a heavy hydrocarbon molecule-in other words, oil or grease, which is always hydrophobic – the hydrophobic center of the micelle molecule bonds to the hydrocarbon molecule, thus trapping it inside itself. In this way, the heavy hydrocarbons are pulled away from the original surface to which they were attracted (cloth, metal, skin, wood, etc.) and into the center of the micelle. The oil or grease remains permanently trapped inside the micelle molecule and is simply washed away with water.

The precise details of the manufacturing process for these products are trade secrets. The manufacturing process and the products themselves meet OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910 1200. OSHA stipulates no specific disposal requirements. The products may be poured down a sewer line or directly into the ground.

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