Thursday, November 19, 2009
I saw this article in today's paper and thought it would be worthwhile sharing for those of us who take folic acid to help prevent nauseousness from our meds.
by Carly Weeks
The Canadian Press
(Nov 19, 2009)
More questions are being raised about the safety of folic acid supplementation after new research has found links between the B vitamin and increased cancer risk.
Researchers in Norway found that heart-disease patients treated with a combination of folic acid and vitamin B12 had an increased risk of cancer and death compared to patients who didn't receive the vitamins as treatment.
Unlike Canada and the United States, Norway doesn't require folic acid to be added to food.
The market for vitamin supplements also is relatively small and study participants were discouraged from taking them -- giving researchers a unique ability to assess the effect folic acid could have in high doses.
The study, appearing yesterday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, fuels fears that mandatory fortification of the food supply with folic acid could yield unintended consequences.
"Folic acid fortification and supplementation may not necessarily be as safe as previously assumed," said Marta Ebbing, the study's lead author and a physician at Haukeland University Hospital.
The issue has come under debate as a growing number of studies have suggested high amounts of folic acid can potentially speed up the progression of cancer in genetically predisposed individuals.
The debate is complicated by the fact that folic acid, when taken by expectant mothers, significantly reduces the risk of children being born with neural tube defects, such as spina bifida.
Researchers caution that much more work needs to be done to understand the potential risks and whether any changes in public health policy are needed.
Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate, a vitamin found in greens and other fruits and vegetables.
After more than six years of follow-up, researchers found that 10 per cent of those who received folic acid had been diagnosed with cancer, compared to 8.4 per cent of the group that didn't take any B vitamin.
Most of the increased cancer risk was attributed to higher rates of lung cancer. Researchers found that 56 people who took folic acid were diagnosed with lung cancer, compared to 36 people in the group that didn't receive that vitamin.
Although the amounts of folic acid added to food aren't high, some researchers worry Canadians who take multivitamins or supplements containing folic acid may be getting too much.
"We are concerned about folic acid supplementation actually promoting existing cancer," said Young-In Kim, professor of medicine and nutritional sciences at the University of Toronto. "(But) we need to be careful because fortification did wonderful things."
Friday, November 06, 2009
My sister wrote this book of poems this year and yesterday, she read the following reviews about her book:
University of York journal: "in her powerful new book, Monika Lee reminds us that poems, like bodies, speak a language that is visceral, evocative, sensuous and real".
In "Canadian Literature," "her humour, wit, and unflinching view make us trust her, and want to live in the richness of this book as long as possible".
Good reviews, eh?
Here's a link about the book, if anyone is interested:
Thursday, November 05, 2009
BIKING IN THE WINTER - - I was going to post this on your SparkPage but it seemed too long so since I'm behind on my blogs, I thought I would post it here and then everyone can have this information!
It’s getting close to winter now and it’s time to think about packing up your bike, or is it….? While some of you might be thinking “Uh yeah right, like I don’t live in Maui”, there are ways to enjoy biking in the winter comfortably and safely. After all, the benefits of bike riding are immense including:
- Improved cardio vascular endurance
- Better Balance
- Stronger legs
- Easy on the joints
- Stress release from work and personal matters
Below is a list of things to keep in mind in order to stay warm:
- Wear a ski helmet, or a bike helmet with a hood, balaclava, toque, or helmet liner inside. Look for ski helmets meeting the Snell RS-98 standard. The CEN 1077 and ASTM standards are not quite as good.
- Ski goggles will keep your eyes warm. Double wall goggles prevent fogging. Wear sunglasses on very bright days, clear goggles of “shooting glasses” when it’s dim. Cover your lower face with a neoprene ski mask, balaclava, or long muffler.
- Use a scarf or neck warmer to keep your neck covered and warm.
- Wear silky underwear, not cotton.
- Your windproof jacket should cover your bum, even when hunched over on your bike. Zip fronts can let some air in when you get warm. Sweaters and fleece or down shirts inside should have sleeves to keep your thinner parts warm. Layering is good, but de-layer by undoing the front zips of your garments rather than stopping to undress.
- Warm hands are important. Wear warm ski mitts – they are warmer than gloves. The outside should be windproof. You may need to wear two pairs on colder days. Carry hand-warmer packets in case you need them.
- Fleece pants, leggings, windproof pants and silky long johns will keep your legs and feet warmer.
- Use wicking sports socks (not cotton) under thick wool or fleece socks inside warm boots. Bicycle gaiters will keep your feet and calves dry and warm. They fit over your toe and around your heel and extend almost up to your knee.
- Woven or neoprene material keeps the wind out better than knitted fabric. Avoid cotton – use wool or polyester fleece. Cotton will get wet and cold with sweat. Clean your clothing regularly to get sweat and spray out, keeping their insulation at maximum.
- Drink some hot cocoa – you can bring some along in a small thermos. Fill a water bottle with boiling water or Gatorade and keep it in an inner parka pocket to keep you warm (Too hot? Put a clean sock on it!) Drink it when it cools down a little.
Happy Biking, Don (and everyone else)!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
I'm sick. I have a cold. It's not particularly bad but it's enough to make me tireder (is that a word - it looks weird) than normal.
And, since I'm just hanging about the house, I've been doing A LOT of online shopping, which as I said above isn't necessarily good for the pocketbook! LOL!
So, what did I buy you ask?
I bought a China blue fleece hoodie from LL Bean because I used to have this particular fleece hoodie and I loved it so much that I wore the zipper out so I took it to the local seamstress and she said it would cost 40 dollars to put a new one in and since the hoodie didn't even cost that much, it seemed like a waste of money. And, LL Bean had it on sale for $23.99 so I HAD to buy it, right?
I also did some shopping at Avon where I bought a wallet on a string because my over the shoulder small purse that I've been using for the last 10 years is falling apart and this wallet was less than $10 so I HAD to buy it, right?
I also bought at Avon, an Ultra Color Rich Lipstick in Sparkling Blush. The lady at the drug store told me that a sparkling lipstick has the look of lipgloss but the staying power of lipstick and it's usually got more moisturizer in it so it's better for your lips so I HAD to buy it, right?
And, Avon also had these great 3-in-1 lipstick, gloss and liner that all match each other to take the guesswork out of choosing the right shades yourself so I bought 3 of them in Berry, Red and Delicate Rose.
And, I bought this nice watch (see photo) because the one I have now (which I love, by the way) can't be made smaller because I've had it for about 20 years and the jewellery store lady told me that the watch would fall apart if they tried to reduce the size so eventually, as I lose weight, I'm going to need a replacement and I really liked this one:
I picked the gold-plated one. Nice, eh? And, here's a photo of my current one:
And, because I spent so much money, they're sending me two "free" gifts!
I also did some shopping at Lands End where I bought a new nightgown because my current one is getting thin. My new one is red; my old one was blue. I also ordered 3 long sleeved t-shirts in purple, blue and red and I ordered a blue pinstripe shirt/blouse.
And, my final online shopping stop was at Collage Video where I bought Karen Voight's Quick & Slim Cardio, Michelle Dozois' Rockin' Body Cardio Jam, Work Out: One-On-One with Jackie, Kelly Coffey's 30 Min. to Fitness: Kickboxing and The Firm: Get Chisel'd.
And, all that shopping just about maxed out my online credit card so I'm done but oh, shopping online can be so much fun and addictive so I HAD to buy, right???
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