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:
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.
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:
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:
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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