KURTORTOISE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KURTORTOISE KURTORTOISE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ The supplement crack-down has crossed the Atlantic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4557801 This is from an e-mail health newsletter that originates in the UK where supplements have already been regulated. <BR> I'm posting the article by request, and am unable to provide a link to the source because it was received via e-mail. <BR> If you take vitamin and/or herbal supplements, or use natural "medicinal" preparations, you should act as soon as possible to keep them unregulated and available to the general public. <BR> <BR> When the article mentions the link to contact your elected ... Fri, 28 Oct 2011 17:56:25 EST Healthful Alternatives to Combat Prostrate Cancer -- Part 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4043230 This is Part 3 of three parts. The following information is from an NHD Health Watch article by Ian Robinson (received via e-mail) -- <BR> <BR> ***** <BR> PSA screenings do not effectively test for prostate cancer. But that doesn't mean you can stop worrying about prostate cancer. In fact, it means you are entirely responsible for your own health. That's a scary idea. But it doesn't have to be. Knowing how to prevent prostate cancer is more empowering than a medical test. <BR> <BR> ...Thi... Thu, 24 Feb 2011 00:49:24 EST The Truth About Prostate Cancer Detection -- Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4042151 This is Part 2 of three parts (the third part will discuss healthful alternatives). <BR> The information in quotes has been condensed from an NHD Health Watch article by Ian Robinson (received via e-mail) -- <BR> <BR> PSA Screenings: a Money-Making Scam <BR> "...prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screenings [are] more about making money than your health ... And most of the players in the medical community know it. The feds know it. The American Cancer Society knows it. Even the guy who discover... Wed, 23 Feb 2011 17:25:33 EST New Approach to Prostate Cancer Treatment -- Part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4040044 The information in quotes has been condensed from an article by Ian Robinson of "Natural Health Dossier Health Watch" (via e-mail): <BR> <BR> "...most doctors believe that elevated testosterone levels cause prostate cancer cells to grow. ...But emerging research says the exact opposite is true. ... In fact, higher levels can actually reverse the growth of cancer cells. ..." <BR> <BR> "The study comes from Dr. Abraham Morgantaler...a Clinical Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School...... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 23:16:39 EST Fructose Fuels Cancer Cells http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4023623 The following information in quotes was condensed from Dr. Jonathan V. Wright's Nutrition & Healing e-mail newsletter: <BR> <BR> "...fructose is more or less the absolute favourite food of cancer cells. ,,," <BR> "It's...gobbled up by countless people in large amounts by in the form of high fructose corn syrup (HFC). ..." <BR> "US researchers at the University of California Los Angeles found that pancreatic cancer cells use fructose to divide and multiply. It's basically a superfood for canc... Wed, 16 Feb 2011 20:30:51 EST Cholesterol Is Good For You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4020385 The information in quotes was condensed from an article by Francois Lubbe, UK Editor of HSI health newsletter (received via e-mail): <BR> <BR> "When I was diagnosed with high cholesterol, at the age of 9, one of the first dietary changes our family doctor recommended was to avoid eggs at all costs..." <BR> "The truth is, thanks to misinformed (plain wrong!) advice like that, many people believe that eggs are bad for them because they contain high amounts of cholesterol. Consequently, millio... Tue, 15 Feb 2011 17:26:52 EST Are Mammograms Really Necessary? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4013672 I'm posting this because a number of similar articles have appeared in the past year or so. I'm only providing it as information for others to consider and comment, not as a factual news item, so please add or clarify any information if you can. <BR> The quoted text has been condensed from the HSI health newsletter from the UK, and it is from an editorial by Jenny Thompson, one of its directors. <BR> <BR> "The American College of Radiology advises all women over the age of 40 to get a yea... Sun, 13 Feb 2011 09:42:27 EST Drug Muggers That Rob Your Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4011813 This has been condensed from an e-mailed UK health newletter (Rachael Linkie, Health Sciences Institute). It is by no means a complete list -- <BR> <BR> "...most drugs rob your body of vital, health-protecting nutrients." <BR> "For example, Ibuprofen and aspirin are both drug muggers for folic acid. When you run low on folic acid, you raise bad homocysteine, and reduce ‘happy’ brain chemicals, increasing your risk for cancer, depression and heart disease." <BR> "Laxatives and antacids are... Sat, 12 Feb 2011 12:10:08 EST Child Intoxicated by Hand Sanitizer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4008524 Here's an odd one excerpted from a UK health newsletter that I got in my e-mail: <BR> <BR> "Many hand sanitizers have a high alcohol content, which can be a bad mix with children. " <BR> "...a 4-year-old ... became lethargic and incoherent while at school. She was taken to a local hospital emergency room where multiple tests showed nothing wrong. Finally, doctors were informed that she'd been licking hand sanitizer off her hands earlier in the school day." <BR> "A blood alcohol test reveale... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 01:17:55 EST Toasted Skin Syndrome (TSS) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3979298 This isn't a new thing -- It's just been given a name: Toasted Skin Syndrome [TSS] <BR> [The following info in quotes is from one of the UK health newsletters that I receive in my e-mail, so I'm unable to post a link to the source] -- <BR> <BR> "If your laptop rests on your legs too long, your skin can get toasted by heat from the optical drive and exhaust fan. But despite the heat, some laptop users don't realize they're in danger. This appears to occur mostly among young people who become ... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 01:11:42 EST B Vitamins Can Reduce "Brain Shrinkage" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3972760 (Excerpt from a "Nutrition & Healing" e-mail newsletter from the UK) <BR> <BR> "Research at Oxford University recently showed that daily supplementation with high doses of certain B vitamins can cut the rate of brain shrinkage in half for older people who have mild memory problems." <BR> "In fact, this is the largest study that's been conducted on the effect of B vitamins on mild cognitive impairment. About half of people with mild cognitive impairment go on to develop dementia within five y... Sat, 29 Jan 2011 21:44:43 EST Ten Ways Cranberries Can Transform Your Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3964556 Here's a pretty concise, up-to-date list of the benefits of cranberries from a UK e-mail newsletter (so I can't just post a link to it): <BR> <BR> 1) Cranberries contain plenty of vitamin C — exactly what you need during the cold and flu season. <BR> <BR> 2) Cranberries are loaded with antioxidants. A few years ago, in a study that examined more than 100 different types of fruits, vegetables, beans and other foods, Cranberries ranked number six, right behind blueberries, and well ahead of ... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 23:18:00 EST Overworked, Too Greedy To Think, or Just Plain Stupid? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3754387 Here's the basic situation, as explained by ThinkGeek.com: <BR> "Recently we got the best-ever cease and desist letter. ... it's 12 pages long and very well-researched (except on one point) ... what makes this cease and desist so very, very special is that it's for a fake product we launched for April Fool's day. ..." <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l369636837.jpg"> <BR> The 12-page C&D letter was from the law firm handling the National Pork Board account, ... Mon, 1 Nov 2010 14:00:38 EST Acetaminophen Linked To Asthma In Teens & Children http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3747119 It seems that all of those formerly-innocuous over-the-counter medications have major drawbacks -- in this case, asthma and eczema. <BR> <BR> This information concerns acetaminophen (paracetamol), which at one time was considered safe for adults and children, and was condensed from Dr. Johnathan V. Wright's Nutrition & Healing e-mail newsletter from the UK [I cannot provide a link to it because I receive it in my e-mail] -- <BR> <BR> "New research published in the American Journal of Resp... Thu, 28 Oct 2010 20:26:32 EST Money-Saving Butter-Stretcher Recipe from WWII http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3737227 If you've ever gone into a restaurant that gave you a generous tub of butter along with the bread, this is the butter-stretcher recipe they used. <BR> <BR> It was concocted in 1944 (a period of heavy wartime rationing) by The Mystery Chef, a well-known "radio" chef, and the predecessor of all the current male chefs now on cable TV. <BR> It was such an improvement over previous butter-stretcher recipes (which mixed butter and gelatin, or butter and margarine) that it's still in commercial use... Sun, 24 Oct 2010 18:05:23 EST CoQ10 Anti-Cancer Benefits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3718444 (Condensed From HSI e-Alert e-mail newsletter from the UK because I am unable to post a link to an Internet version): <BR> <BR> "...We’ve written on numerous occasions about the heart benefits of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) — the vitamin-like substance found in every cell of the human body. In fact, many regard CoQ10 to be a heart-critical nutrient, especially for those taking cholesterol lowering statins." <BR> <BR> "CoQ10’s health claims also include the prevention of nerve damage, brain cell de... Sat, 16 Oct 2010 01:14:58 EST So Far, So Good -- But This Could Go Faster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3715851 I'm getting a permanent ESL Conversation class for Intermediate level students at the school around the corner from where I'm substitute teaching. <BR> I start on Tuesday. <BR> Their class sessions usually run about 17 weeks, which means it'll run for a few months or so, and they should have more positions for me starting in November. <BR> <BR> I'd subbed for a couple of their classes on Tuesday and Wednesday and did well. <BR> <BR> I still have to sub at the first school, but it should b... Thu, 14 Oct 2010 19:46:00 EST Do You Have These In Your Medicine Cabinet This Winter? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3710960 Here's an excerpt from Dr. J Wright's "Nutrtition & Healing" newsletter from the UK: <BR> <BR> "Most people think nothing of popping a couple at the first sign of a cold or when they can't get a good night's sleep... Benadryl, Excedrin PM, Tylenol PM... Let’s call it all our medicine cabinet staples." <BR> "Considered perfectly safe after years of successful marketing campaigns, these drugs [anti-cholinergics] hardly raise an eyebrow. ... This complacency, though, could be costing us our min... Tue, 12 Oct 2010 17:24:32 EST Natural Cloth-Dying with Food & Herbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3692337 In the late-60s, tie-dying with brightly-colored dyes was the rage. The fabrics were tied in different ways to create designs. <BR> <BR> In the early-70s, the earth and ecology movement had begun to spread among some high school and college students, and recycling began to get more attention (although it wouldn't really become popular until decades later). <BR> <BR> That's when I first came across information about dying cotton with old coffee grinds, tea bags, spices, fruit juices, wildfl... Mon, 4 Oct 2010 19:38:38 EST World Health Org Wants To Supplement Drinking Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3645392 This is an excerpt from an HSI health newsletter from the UK (I get this in my e-mail, so I can't post a link to the entire article) -- <BR> <BR> Headline: "Watch Out for These New Additions to Your Drinking Water..." <BR> <BR> "The World Health Organization (WHO) wants to...put calcium and magnesium in water supplies all over the world...." <BR> "Last year, WHO officials published a report promoting the enhancement of worldwide water supplies with calcium and magnesium. The primary issue: ... Thu, 16 Sep 2010 22:12:03 EST New Herbal Product to Lower Blood Pressure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3626982 I don't know if this is another "fad" yet, but the claim is that it lowers Systolic Blood Pressure by 10.6 points and Diastolic Blood Pressure by 9.3 in 28 days with no side effects. <BR> The product was developed by Dr. Stacey Miller, who "is a Florida-based, naturopathic doctor, who after years of meticulous study of rare and unusual herbs used in ancient Chinese and Tibetan cultures had formulated a unique combination of four plant extracts." <BR> It's being marketed under the name Alistro... Sat, 11 Sep 2010 04:03:03 EST LOWERING Your Salt Intake Can INCREASE Health Problems http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3541922 As usual, HSI Newsletter in the UK (I get it via e-mail, so I can't post a link) has dug up some interesting contradictory health info. <BR> <BR> This time, they've discovered information that LOWERING your salt intake can INCREASE your risk of suffering a heart attack, as well as cause other health problems, which is contrary to USDA dietary recommendations. <BR> <BR> They surveyed three different trials [remember that "trials" are not full-scale "studies"] that concerned low-sodium diets,... Mon, 16 Aug 2010 10:08:23 EST Some More Points Against Using Artificial Sweeteners http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3504255 I'm including a few brief excerpts from an HSI health newsletter (from the UK) that I'm pasting in because I can't provide a link to its source (it's in my personal e-mail), plus an update from SparkPeople regarding Stevia. <BR> <BR> Even though I stopped using artificial sweeteners in the 1980s, I know a lot of people still use them, especially those who are dieting. So, here are a few brief paragraphs about non-US studies that will be very surprising to most people -- they were definitely... Wed, 4 Aug 2010 21:49:48 EST Herbal Recipes to Get Rid Of Grey Hair http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3466667 I'm posting this just in case anyone else would be interested in trying this -- <BR> <BR> People have been using various Sage recipes to return their hair to its normal color (it supposedly has something to do with restoring the way the hair shaft refracts the light). It's claimed to be good for any hair color with an easy recipe (if you can buy Sage in large quantities): <BR> <BR> SAGE-ONLY RECIPE: <BR> "Simmer 1/2 cup dried sage in 2 cups water for 30 minutes, then steep for several hour... Sun, 25 Jul 2010 07:02:43 EST