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Warning About Eating Alfalfa Sprouts

Monday, April 27, 2009

In case you didnít hear, the latest warning about tainted food is for raw alfalfa sprouts. The Food & Drug Administration has issued a warning stating that the sprouts are next in a long list of warnings about foods tainted with salmonella. So far, only sprouts distributed in California have been affected. Even though I'm not in California, it would make me nervous eating sprouts no matter where they were from.

A part of me often wonders whether agri-terrorism is to blame, deliberate attempts of company executives sabatoging the products and services of their competitors; I hope that's not the case. Regardles the reasons or cause, itís scary for everyone.

The FDA warning is below:


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_VALEO_ 5/9/2009 3:43AM

    I grow my own, and try to be as careful as possible with hygiene (cleaning carefully my pots where they grow).

Most of the time salmonella issues arise because our fridge is not clean enough, and we don't properly pack our food.

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    That's a real shame, Will. They're so good! I like them in sandwiches but haven't had them for a while due to what I'd heard about their risk of salmonella in the past. They add a pleasant texture I don't get from other veggies. - Sara emoticon

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DEEANN8 4/28/2009 1:38PM

    I missed that. No wonder they've been so scarse in the stores.

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PLATINUM755 4/27/2009 3:40PM

    I missed this info, and I do like tossing Alfafa sprouts on my salad from time to time and appreciate you noting it...nothing like being SAFE and healthy... emoticonfor sharing!

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BEATPHREEK 4/27/2009 1:20PM

    Yeah I was going to say, if you like sprouts, you can buy a kit to grow them yourself for pretty cheap and I'm sure if you are a DIY type, you could make one even cheaper.

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MISS_VIV 4/27/2009 12:58PM

    I'm in California and I haven't purchased alfalfa sprouts in years. I always do my own. It is cheaper, easy to do and safer than super markets. Given the shelf life of sprouts, which is in most cases a day or two, they usually are smelling moldy by the time they hit the shelves.
Thanks a bunch (of sprouts) .... for the warning.


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It's Allergy Season

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Well itís the time of year, when people are smiling at the ending of Winter and the beginning of Spring. As much as many people like springtime, lots of people arenít so happy, as itís the time of year they suffer from terrible allergies. Most of the things I have read say that about one in every five Americans are stricken by allergies. Many OTC and home remedies work just fine for many. But for many others, their outbreaks are so severe, they take lots of prescription meds and in some cases, allergy shots.

The types of allergies that affect people include things like grass, tree pollen, and cat and dog dander. Some people even have food allergies. A lot of people become gravely ill and may die if they donít receive treatment quickly, though many just suffer from wheezing, coughing, itchy and watery eyes, and nasal congestion.

If you have allergies, itís important to let people you spend time with know about them and what to do if you have a reaction. Many people are only mildly affected; but a lot of people lose the ability to breathe or even speak. In a matter of seconds, their airways close up, nearly choking them to death. Doctors recommend you created some laminated index cards with your known allergens, the medications you take (or shots you may need) and where to find them. This is especially important if someone is around you who is not familiar with it. You can also get a Medic-Alert bracelet, anklet, or necklace.

For additional information on allergies for yourself or for a friend or a family member, see the links below. Allergies are frustrating but are also manageable.




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MISS_VIV 4/26/2009 6:41PM

I didn't think I had any allergies, here in a very pollen prone area. However, this year, it is a little different. Must be the dryness we are experiencing here in California.

Thanks for this timely blog.


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BAREADER 4/14/2009 9:40PM

    That's good information, I don't have allergies myself but it's a good idea. Where do you get all your information? You seem to know a lot about health realated issues.

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SPARKLESSENCE 4/14/2009 5:01PM

    Thanks so much for some important information, Will! I carry a card in my wallet with my different antibiotic allergies on it. It would be very bad news if I were to be given penicillin or tetracycline in the ER! My husband's allergies are so bad, we've got some air cleaners in our house. They really help, and every six months, those filters are filthy! - Sara emoticon

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    Thanks for the information. My hubby has hay fever but I don't know what else. His throat does close at times when he is eating but I don't know if that is allergies. Mine does it sometimes when I drink water and I can't swallow at first. I almost pass out before I can get it down but I wouldn't think that was allergies, but who knows.

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Risks of UV Light in Teeth Whitening Procedures

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Many people use teeth whitening procedures for a brighter smile. Many people have been very pleased at the difference it makes in removing stains left by nicotine, coffee, and other food and beverages. I have been reading about this topic and found that there are many teeth whitening processes out there. A recent report is highlighting the risks associated with those procedures that use ultra-violet (UV) light.

According to Dr. Ellen Bruzell, lead researcher of the Nordic Institute of Dental Materials, teeth whitening procedures using UV light are not particularly effective and more importantly, can have a damaging effect to skin, eyes, and can even cause permanent damage to teeth and gums. She looked at seven different commercially available products, and there was no additional whitening effect when the UV light was used, and the potential for skin, eye, and teeth and gum damage outweighed any potential benefit the procedure can offer.

So, if you are considering a teeth whitening procedure, particularly one that uses UV light, do your research and talk with your dentist about all available options and be prepared to ask a lot of questions. For additional information on this topic, please see the articles I selected below:




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_VALEO_ 5/9/2009 3:51AM

    Great links!
I've thought of whitening my teeth,... well now I think I'll stick to my annual tartar removal!

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JCHOATEX2 4/14/2009 1:29PM

    I had this procedure done about 10 years ago. I wasn't terribly impressed. And the gal who did it ended up causing a burn on my gum when she inadvertently misapplied the whitening agent there. It eventually healed but it hurt for days. I wouldn't do it again. Thanks for the blog Will!

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    I'll echo what Dennis said: This is info I can sink my teeth into! - Sara emoticon

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BAREADER 4/1/2009 11:00AM

    Good to know. I have sensitivity issues and I know whitening products can agrivate that so I have never really considered it. But it's always good to have the information to make a good decision, or advise someone else if they ask. emoticon

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DENNIS48 3/31/2009 12:39PM

    A blog with a bite. emoticon

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SHELTIELADY 3/31/2009 9:08AM

    WOW!!!! Thanks for the warning.

It seems obvious when you think about it but I am so tired of my dingy teeth that I was considering doing this without a second though about the side effects.

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What Is Your Diabetes Risk?

Monday, March 23, 2009

Most of the deadliest health problems are silent killers. Diabetes is one of them. It is a silent killer because there are no obvious signs to alert you that may have it. Once you do have symptoms, the condition has often reached the chronic stage.

Now is a great time to get tested, as Tuesday March 24th is the 21st Annual American Diabetes Alert Day, a national day of testing for diabetes. It takes place every year on the fourth Tuesday in March.

Millions of people have diabetes; the saddest part is that many of them arenít even aware they have it. American Diabetes Alert Day is a day of awareness so that you help prevent some of the complications of diabetes, which include blindness, cardio vascular disease, kidney disease including kidney failure, stroke, amputation of limbs, and even death. Although I am fortunate not to have it, some relatives are living with it and others have died from it. I get regular tests, and I urge you to do the same:

For more information, please visit the American Diabetes Association Alert Web site:


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NELSON071 3/27/2009 3:41AM

    Hey I enjoyed reading your blog! Thanks for the discussing this important issue. My mother passed from complications associated with diabetes. I am taking an advocacy training class and our group will be making a presentation to the Compton City Council regarding taking steps to address Juvenile Diabetes(we are hoping for a policy change) Will keep u posted!

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AMJSATURN 3/26/2009 8:10PM

    I am not a stranger to diabetes, my spouse is diabetic.

Diabetes can be difficult to manage even with Rx's.

People that are in the higher risk category
should really work
at keeping this disease at bay as long as they can.

Very good information.

Excerise emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
and diet are so very important emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon


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BEEHAPPY2 3/24/2009 11:51AM

    Thank you for the good advice as always Will. My mother has diabetes and I am trying to avoid going down that road by improving my health now. Those of us with a family history must be especially diligent. I have started walking and it is making a difference! Take care, Bee emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Hubby and I both have diabetes. It is no picnic but can live with it. My two Aunts and my Mom also have it. Both my grandma's had it. My one grandma died when she was only 56 of complications from diabetes. My hubby's dad had it before he died of milodisplasia. If you have a lot of people in your family with it, I would especially watch for it. I was diagnosed borderline diabetic when I was about 16. Then we never thought anymore about it after testing for about 3 months and I was better. Then about 7 or 8 years ago, I was diagnosed as full fledged diabetic and now they say there is no such thing as borderline, you either have it or you don't. Thanks for pointing out this serious disease. It is sometimes taken lightly by people who just don't know how serious it really is. Pam

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DEEANN8 3/23/2009 3:47PM

    emoticonGood info

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JCHOATEX2 3/23/2009 11:54AM

    Thanks for sharing this info Will. I didn't realize that tomorrow is American Diabetes Alert Day. emoticon

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Is Grapefruit Off Limits For You?

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Over the years, I have had friends and relatives tell me that they cannot eat grapefruits or drink grapefruit juice because of the medication they were taking. I have always wondered why. Most of the people I know will tell me they canít consume any grapefruit but they cannot tell me why.

I did a little research and discovered a long list of medications that negatively interacts with grapefruits. More specifically, furanocoumarin, which is the compound found in grapefruit, affects the ability of your medicine to be absorbed into your system in some instances, or significantly boosts the absorption rate in other instances. Some medicines have little to no effect when combined with grapefruit whereas other medicines can be boosted to toxic levels with even a small glass of juice or even a few bites of grapefruit.

But the fascinating thing is how this grapefruit connection was discovered. During a clinical trial, a pharmaceutical company wanted to determine whether alcohol would interact with the drug felodipine (a calcium channel blocker that is most commonly used in the treatment of high blood pressure). To mask the taste of the alcohol, they stirred some grapefruit juice in it. They figured out that the grapefruit juice caused felodipineís effects as well as the drugís side effects to be greatly increased. The researchers initially thought it was the alcohol that was causing this effect but they soon realized it was the grapefruit juice. Further studies showed similar results for other medicines too.

The compound in grapefruit is also found in other citrus but for some reason, the problem is greatest with just the grapefruit.

I drafted this by compiling the following articles:



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STARFISH207 4/7/2009 11:01AM

    I guess I better stop eating grapefruit. I take a cholesterol medication and was told not to eat grapefruit with no explanation. So occasionally I would sneak some grapefruit into my diet. I seemed to have no adverse reactions to it so thought it was ok. Now that I know the reason for it, I will think twice about eating it. Thanks for sharing this info. emoticon

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HEALTHY_VEGAN 4/1/2009 9:24PM

    This is interesting. I've never actually heard of this. I wonder if grapefruit has an impact on birth control pills?

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ZORAHGAIL 3/25/2009 6:02PM

    Thanks for sharing. I also wondered why grapefruit interacted w/ some meds & not others. Now I know :)

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LIVINHEALTHY9 3/18/2009 9:24PM

    I have heard that grapefruit does interfere with some medicines, but forgot.
Thanks for refreshing my memory about that, Will.
I am sure that is something most of us probably never even think about.


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DEEANN8 3/18/2009 8:18PM

    I love grapefruit !!! Especially Ruby Red from Texas. emoticon

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TABBALOOSA 3/18/2009 7:19PM

    Huh, I had no idea! Thankfully, I am not taking any meds right now. I love grapefruit! More incentive to stay on the healthy path as best as I can. Thanks for doing the research!

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    Very good to know. I don't take medication but hubby takes a lot of them. I love pink grapefruit. Thanks for sharing this info. Pam

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SHAMROCKY2K 3/18/2009 6:28PM

    I guess the key is to enjoy grapefruits when you are young.. or at least off of any medications. I was hoping you were going to say it was disputed.

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JCHOATEX2 3/18/2009 6:27PM

    My husband cannot eat grapefruit because of one of his medications (I can't remember which one... either his thyroid meds or his cholesterol meds). Of course, he doesn't eat nearly as health as I do, which is why he's on these meds to begin with. Thankfully, there are NO foods that I'm unable to eat due to adverse reactions. And pink/red grapefruit is a favorite of mine! Thanks for sharing this information.

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