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  • Chef Broke The Law By Cooking Healthy Food

    10/23/2012 9:06:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | October 23, 2012 | Jon Rappoport
    Annika Eriksson, a long-time Swedish chef revered for her school lunches, has been squelched. Has she made errors? Are her meals contaminated? Has the quality of her ingredients slipped? No, none of the above. The trouble stems purely from the fact that her meals are too good. Yes, you read that right. She’s exceeding expectations. She bakes fresh bread every day. She offers 15 different vegetables at lunchtime. She knows it pleases the students to have choices. This is her crime because, you see, other schools don’t have the same benefits in the Falun district in Sweden. (This is called...
  • Romney’s final debate vow: I'd 'get rid of' ObamaCare 'from day one'

    10/23/2012 3:29:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 23, 2012 | BEN JOHNSON
    BOCA RATON, FL, October 23, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Mitt Romney pledged to increase military spending by scrapping the health insurance reform known as ObamaCare last night in Boca Raton during a debate more marked by pointed answers and conflicting style than substantive disagreements. The third and final presidential debate, which focused on foreign policy, was held last night at Lynn University. When asked by moderator Bob Schieffer how he would increase military spending without raising taxes, Romney said he would begin “by reducing spending in a whole series of programs. By the way, number one I get rid of...
  • Hotel official: Fidel Castro appears in public

    10/21/2012 9:24:01 AM PDT · by notbuyingit2 · 16 replies
    AP ^ | 10/21/12 | AP
    HAVANA (AP) — A top executive at Havana's Hotel Nacional says that Fidel Castro made a public appearance there, challenging rumors that he is in ailing health.
  • New Food Guidelines Have West Hartford, [CT] Food Services In A Pickle

    10/10/2012 4:44:56 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 27 replies
    The Hartford Courant ^ | October 9, 2012 | JULIE STAGIS
    WEST HARTFORD —— The beef is there, but where's the pickle? That's the question students at Hall High School have been asking on hamburger day in the cafeteria since the food services department made menu changes to meet new school lunch rules from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Students are "outraged over the removal of pickles and salt from the cafeteria at Hall to meet nutrition guidelines," student representative Kendall Teare told the school board last week.
  • GOP sees food fight as kids trash USDA fruit, vegetable guidelines

    10/20/2012 4:46:38 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 19, 2012 | Pete Kasperowicz
    House Republicans say new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines aimed at forcing students to eat fruits and vegetables are a failure because students across the country are simply tossing the healthy fare into the trash. "[T]here remains great concern with the amount of food waste generated at school cafeterias, much of it brought on by requiring students to take fruits and vegetables rather than simply offer them," Reps. John Kline (R-Minn.), Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) and Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) told USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack in a letter sent Thursday. "This is a waste of federal, state and local funds and...
  • Diabetes Study Ends Early With a Surprising Result

    10/20/2012 10:35:47 AM PDT · by Innovative · 79 replies
    NY Times ^ | Oct 19, 2012 | Gina Kolata
    A large federal study of whether diet and weight loss can prevent heart attacks and strokes in overweight and obese people with Type 2 diabetes has ended two years ahead of schedule because the intensive program did not help. About 25 million Americans have Type 2 diabetes. Many are overweight or obese. On average, the disease increases heart disease risk by 2 to 2 1/2 times, said Dr. Ronald Kahn, chief academic officer at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. Dr. Nathan, though, said the results meant that people with diabetes might have a choice. The group assigned to diet...
  • Making healthy choices -- without thinking

    10/19/2012 7:18:16 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    CNN.com ^ | October 18, 2012 | Theresa Marteau
    (CNN) -- Would you be more likely to take the stairs if the elevator doors were slower to close? Would you be more likely to eat healthy foods if the unhealthy selections were harder to reach? You might -- and you might not even be aware of it. Humans, as well as other animals, are motivated to conserve energy and have a built-in preference for the shortest or easiest way of doing something over a longer or more difficult way. Our behavior is guided by two systems: a reflective system, in which we act in a conscious way, working toward...
  • ROMNEY WAS RIGHT ABOUT INSURANCE

    10/18/2012 11:41:15 AM PDT · by FrankR · 9 replies
    10-18-2012 | FrankR
    During the debates, Romney brought up the fact that under obama, healthcare costs have not been cut in half, but in fact, doubled. Well, for me, that chicken has come home to roost. I am retired, and on Medicare, but my wife has us covered under her insurance. She is a manager for a major retail chain, which just announced the "changes" in healthcare coverage for the new year. We have always signed up for the top plan, the PPO, because I like to use doctors of my choice. For about five years we've been paying about $430 per month...
  • Dirty shoes? How did US steroids get contaminated?

    10/17/2012 3:35:59 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    Financial Express ^ | Oct. 17, 2012
    Was it some moldy ceiling tiles? The dusty shoes of a careless employee? Or did the contamination ride in on one of the ingredients? There are lots of ways fungus could have gotten inside the Massachusetts compounding pharmacy whose steroid medication has been linked to a lethal outbreak of a rare fungal form of meningitis. The outbreak has killed at least 15 people and sickened more than 200 others in 15 states. Nearly all the victims had received steroid injections for back pain. Federal and state investigators have been tight lipped about any problems they may have seen at the...
  • Peanut Butter Recall Extended to Raw, Roasted Peanuts

    10/16/2012 5:24:59 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 21 replies
    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/ ^ | Oct 15, 2012 7:33am
    The recall of peanut butter and other nut products linked to an outbreak of salmonella from a New Mexico food company has now been expanded to include raw and roasted peanuts.
  • CDC says another 19 people diagnosed with meningitis in U.S. outbreak (over 230 cases now)

    10/16/2012 4:49:34 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 22 replies
    Another 19 people have been diagnosed with fungal meningitis linked to possibly tainted vials of a steroid medication, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to 231. The CDC said there were two additional cases of infection in joints after a steroid injection but these were not confirmed as meningitis, bringing the total of infections nationwide to 233. The death toll from the unprecedented outbreak was unchanged at 15, the CDC said.
  • Exclusive: Nestle to cut sugar and salt in breakfast cereals

    10/15/2012 11:59:29 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 54 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | October 15, 2012 | Emma Thomasson (Reuters)
    ORBE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Nestle SA and General Mills Inc will cut sugar and salt in the children's breakfast cereals they jointly market outside North America, the latest attempt by major food companies to respond to health concerns. The two have been in a joint venture since 1990 to sell Nestle-brand cereals such as Cheerios in more than 140 countries outside the United States and Canada, markets which account for about half total global cereal sales of some $25 billion. They say they will reformulate 20 cereal brands popular with children and teenagers by 2015, boosting wholegrains and calcium and...
  • UK: Convicted criminals recruited as carers for elderly (ObamaCare Preview?)

    10/14/2012 4:47:45 PM PDT · by Stoat · 12 replies
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | October 14, 2012 | John Bingham
    Frail and vulnerable elderly people are being forced to rely on care in their homes from workers with convictions for theft and violence, an investigation has found.   Private care agencies, fulfilling contracts for councils across the country, have been employing convicted criminals to work in elderly people’s homes. In some cases, the criminals have been sent in without police checks or risk assessments being carried out, publicly available records show. One agency in Birmingham hired 23 people with criminal records, including assault and theft. Another in Sussex had five criminals on its books including a woman who was...
  • Zinc deficiency mechanism linked to aging, multiple diseases

    10/12/2012 4:34:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 82 replies
    Biology News Net ^ | October 1, 2012 | NA
    A new study has outlined for the first time a biological mechanism by which zinc deficiency can develop with age, leading to a decline of the immune system and increased inflammation associated with many health problems, including cancer, heart disease, autoimmune disease and diabetes. The research was done by scientists in the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University and the OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences. It suggests that it's especially important for elderly people to get adequate dietary intake of zinc, since they may need more of it at this life stage when their ability to...
  • Oral Sex Could Spread Antibotic-Resistant Gonorrhea Superbug

    10/09/2012 1:03:23 PM PDT · by Morgana · 41 replies
    inquisitr ^ | 10.9.1012 | inquisitir
    Health officials have been sounding the alarm about a drug-resistant strain of gonorrhea, and data from around the world now suggests that oral sex could be the means of transmission of the so-called superbug. Gonorrhea (i.e., the gonococcus microbe) is said to be the second most commonly reported infectious disease in the US, and cephalosporins — the class of drugs most commonly used to treat it — are apparently no longer effective against the infection. As a result, scientists fear a global sexually transmitted gonorrhea epidemic. The New Yorker discusses the connection between gonorrhea (a.k.a. “the clap”) and oral sex:...
  • Darden tests limiting worker hours as health-care changes loom [CEO is BIG Obama supporter!]

    10/09/2012 8:53:34 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | October 7, 2012
    In an experiment apparently aimed at keeping down the cost of health-care reform, Orlando-based Darden Restaurants has stopped offering full-time schedules to many hourly workers in at least a few Olive Gardens, Red Lobsters and LongHorn Steakhouses. Darden said the test is taking place in "a select number" of restaurants in four markets, including Central Florida, but would not give details. The company said there has been no decision made about expanding it. In an emailed statement, Darden said staffing changes are "just one of the many things we are evaluating to help us address the cost implications health care...
  • Drug 'may prevent stroke damage'

    10/08/2012 9:08:55 AM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/07/2012 | Unattributed
    It may be possible to use a drug to prevent some of the lasting and crippling damage caused by a stroke, according to doctors in the US and Canada. A safety trial, published in the Lancet Neurology medical journal, suggested the chemical NA-1 was safe to use. The study on 185 people also hinted that patients given the drug developed fewer regions of damaged brain tissue. The Stroke Association said that it was promising, but needed more research. Tests in primates had suggested NA-1 prevented brain cells dying when a stroke starved them of oxygen.
  • Students boycotting school lunches (Moochelle not mentioned)

    10/06/2012 7:04:08 PM PDT · by Libloather · 34 replies
    UPI ^ | 10/06/12
    Students boycotting school lunchesPublished: Oct. 6, 2012 at 4:46 PM NEW YORK, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Many U.S. high school students are protesting new, healthier school lunches, and a professor says it may take a while for students to accept healthier food. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 required public schools to follow new nutritional guidelines this academic year, providing fruits and vegetables and limiting fat, sodium, and calories, The New York Times reported Friday. "Before, there was no taste and no flavor," said Malik Barrows, a senior at Automotive High School in Brooklyn. "Now there's no taste, no...
  • Vitamin B3 May Help Kill Superbugs

    10/07/2012 11:17:41 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 43 replies
    Medical News Today (MNT) ^ | August 25, 2012 | Catharine Paddock, PhD
    Nicotinamide, commonly known as vitamin B3, may help the innate immune system kill antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria, the so-called "superbugs". In lab work done with mice and human blood, researchers found high doses of the vitamin increased the ability of immune cells to kill the bacteria by 1,000 times.The discovery opens the door to a new arsenal of tools for dealing with antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections, such as those caused by methicillin-resistant S. aureus or MRSA, that have killed thousands of people around the world. They are increasing in hospitals and nursing homes, and also rising in prisons, among athletes, people in...
  • Is there a superior brand or preparation of Gingko Biloba product to recommend to seasoned citizens?

    10/06/2012 9:31:05 AM PDT · by Tuanedge · 10 replies
    My "seasoned citizen" mom is concerned that she might be having memory issues, and feels that she's slow on the uptake on some things during conversations. In the past I've tried to recommend ginkgo to her, but she's resistant to try new things... but now, it seems she's willing to give gingko a shot. I understand some preparations are better than others, and I we sure the natural healing community on FR would have some recommends... My mom works here, she's not a member, but I'm going to send her a link to this thread, she'll read what you advise...~*Thank...
  • European Food Safety Authority Finds Controversial GM Study Wanting

    10/05/2012 7:03:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 4 October 2012 | Gretchen Vogel and Martin Enserink
    Enlarge Image Controversial kernels. The European Food Safety Authority is questioning the validity of a high-profile study that found an association between genetically modified corn and cancer in rats. Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) says a recent study on the toxicity of genetically modified maize and a common herbicide is inconclusive. The study, published on 19 September, claimed to find that rats fed genetically modified maize developed tumors at a higher rate than control animals. The study received wide press attention, although it was criticized by many scientists for its design and its...
  • Coffee Linked to Vision Loss

    10/05/2012 4:32:22 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 72 replies
    Healthline, Yahoo! Health ^ | Friday, October 5, 2012 | Lisa Collier Cool
    A new Harvard study has discovered a high incidence of vision problems among men and women who drank three or more cups of coffee a day. The research, published in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, http://www.iovs.org/content/53/10/6427.abstract?sid=9dd04ef5-beba-4204-b980-19a9afd4a3aa linked heavy consumption of caffeinated coffee with increased likelihood of developing exfoliation glaucoma, an eye disorder that affects about 10 percent of adults over age 50 and can lead to vision loss or blindness. Specifically, the researchers reported that adults who drank three or more cups of coffee daily were 34 percent more likely to develop exfoliation glaucoma, compared to those who abstained from...
  • Lake County considers 'trash-cams' at school cafeterias

    10/03/2012 3:09:34 AM PDT · by markomalley · 67 replies
    WKMG ^ | 10/2/2012 | Kristin Giannas
    Lake County School Board officials are considering attaching cameras to school cafeteria trash cans to study what students are tossing after officials found that most of the vegetables on the school menu end up in the trash can. New federal laws require students to take a healthy produce at lunchtime, but last year in Lake County, students tossed $75,000 worth of produce in the garbage. "It's a big issue, and it's very hard to get our hands around it," said School Board member Todd Howard, who suggested "trash-cams." "They have to take (the vegetable), and then it ends up in...
  • Rapid test pinpoints newborns' genetic diseases in days

    10/04/2012 8:09:31 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    NATURE NEWS ^ | 03 October 2012 | Monya Baker
    Method raises hopes for routine whole-genome sequencing in neonatal intensive care. A faster DNA sequencing machine and streamlined analysis of the results can diagnose genetic disorders in days rather than weeks, as reported today in Science Translational Medicine1. Up to a third of the babies admitted to neonatal intensive care units have a genetic disease. Although symptoms may be severe, the genetic cause can be hard to pin down. Thousands of genetic diseases have been described, but relatively few tests are available, and even these may detect only the most common mutations. Whole-genome sequencing could test for many diseases at...
  • Gov't Urges Parents to Use School Lunches As a Model for Family Dinner (Mooch-approved)

    10/02/2012 7:47:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    CNS News ^ | October 2, 2012 | Susan Jones
    Government-approved school meals as a model for the family dinner table? Responding to concerns that students are throwing away the healthy food on their cafeteria trays, the U.S. Department of Agriculture acknowledged that adapting to the changes "may be challenging at first, as students are introduced to new flavors and foods in the cafeteria." But the government also says parents can help school make the taste-transition easier: "We know that many parents are already making changes at home to help the whole family eat healthier," the USDA blogged on Monday. "We recommend reviewing school menus with kids at home and...
  • 4 Dead from Rare Meningitis, More Cases Expected

    10/04/2012 7:31:35 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 10 replies
    Fox/AP ^ | October 04, 2012
    -excerpt- All received steroid injections, mostly for back pain, a fairly typical treatment.
  • 333 Uses For Coconut Oil

    10/03/2012 11:37:35 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 48 replies
    Hybrid Rasta Mama ^ | August 20, 2012 | Jennifer Saleem
    Offering a myriad of health benefits, coconut oil is affordable, readily available and completely natural. I use it for EVERYTHING. Literally. I buy it in 5 gallon increments and keep it all over my house. I even have some in the car. So here is a little information to inspire you to check out this amazing oil!
  • Infertility and Selective Abortion: Steering a Course Between Scylla and Charybdis

    10/03/2012 10:30:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 3, 2012 | Ken Connor
    A lot of people, conservatives in particular, tend to idealize the past. We like to wax lyrical about simpler times, the "good old days." Of course, if we are honest we have to admit that those good old days weren't always so great. The passage of time and progress of society have brought many blessings – civil, cultural, and technological. Society today is freer, fairer, safer, and more comfortable. Unfortunately many of the blessings of progress come at a cost. The same technologies that make life healthier and more comfortable can also present us with previously unimagined ethical dilemmas. This...
  • Peanut butter recall expands to major retailers

    10/03/2012 8:46:37 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 13 replies
    -excerpt- New Mexico-based Sunland Inc. has expanded its recall of peanut butter and almond butter to include cashew butters, tahini and blanched and roasted peanut products. -excerpt- In addition to Trader Joe's, the recall over the past week has included some nut butters and nut products sold at Whole Foods Market, Target, Safeway, Fresh & Easy, Harry and David, Sprouts, Heinen's, Stop & Shop Supermarket Company, Giant Food of Landover, Md., and several other stores. -excerpt- Some of the brand names included in the recall are Target's Archer Farms, Safeway's Open Nature, Earth Balance, Fresh & Easy, Late July, Heinen's,...
  • Report: Mitt Romney plan leaves 72M uninsured [Mitt Fights Back Against Flawed Study]

    10/02/2012 5:35:23 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | October 2, 2012 | Brett Norman
    Mitt Romney’s health care plan wouldn’t just insure fewer people than “Obamacare” —it would make the uninsured problem worse than it would have been if the law had never passed, according to a comparison of the two plans released Tuesday morning. The analysis by the Commonwealth Fund, a New York-based health care research foundation....
  • Why Obamacare is a Conservative's Dream [American Enterprise Institute Jumps Shark?]

    10/01/2012 8:46:04 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | September 30, 2012 | J. D. KLEINKE
    ... the architecture of the Affordable Care Act is based on conservative, not liberal, ideas about individual responsibility and the power of market forces....
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-un's Aunt 'Seriously Ill'

    09/30/2012 10:11:31 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 09/28/12
    Kim Jong-un's Aunt 'Seriously Ill' North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's aunt Kim Kyong-hui, one of the young leader's main pillars of support, is said to be seriously ill. Kim Kyong-hui did not show up at the session of the Supreme People's Assembly on Tuesday, a senior South Korean government source said Thursday. "It's likely that her health has deteriorated." There are rumors in the diplomatic community that she is in Singapore for emergency surgery. But the source denied this, saying the North Korean elite often visit Singapore for fun. Another source said Kim Kyong-hui looked healthy at the opening of...
  • Coke Teams Up with Segway Inventor to Roll Out Clean Water Project

    09/27/2012 9:48:56 PM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies
    Scientific American ^ | September 25, 2012 | Martinne Geller
    Coca-Cola Co plans to deliver and operate water purification systems in rural parts of the developing world, working with the inventor of the Segway transportation device in a project that will also help further Coke's sustainability targets. Coca-Cola Co plans to deliver and operate water purification systems in rural parts of the developing world, working with the inventor of the Segway transportation device in a project that will also help further Coke's sustainability targets. The world's largest soft drink maker said on Tuesday that it is teaming up with American inventor Dean Kamen to roll out his new invention, called...
  • African Americans worse off under Obama

    09/27/2012 8:48:39 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 14 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | September 24, 2012 | Paul Bedard
    Hailed upon his election as the final nail in racism's coffin, Barack Obama has not delivered the hoped-for renaissance in African American communities where life on multiple fronts has turned worse as the president has moved on to other pressing issues, according to a leading scholar on race. "Racial inequality continues to be an ugly sore festering in the heart of 21st century America, despite claims that it has become a post-racial society," according to Northwestern University professor Aldon Morris. "Social conditions for poor and working-class blacks have actually worsened since Obama took office," he wrote in the authoritative Contemporary...
  • Nebraska man in need of heart transplant instead has ‘miracle’ recovery

    09/26/2012 8:08:49 PM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies
    NY DAILY NEWS ^ | SEPTEMBER 25, 2012 | VICTORIA CAVALIERE
    Pharmacy student Michael Crowe, 23, went to an Omaha hospital in August suffering from toxic blood poisoning, which led to acute myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle. But after setbacks in his quest to get a heart transplant, his failing heart suddenly mended itself. Ryan Soderlin/Omaha World-Herald Michael Crowe, a second-year UNMC pharmacy student, talks about his recovery at the Nebraska Medical Center on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2012. Crowe was admitted to the hospital about three weeks ago suffering from a virus, which then led to heart failure. Take our Poll Medicine and faith Do you believe that prayer...
  • Snacks: The USDA's Solution To Student's Healthy Lunch Complaints

    09/26/2012 5:44:08 PM PDT · by neverdem · 48 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sept. 26, 2012 | AMY BINGHAM
    According to Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the solution to the growing grumbling over re-vamped school lunch menus boils down to a good old fashioned snack. --snip-- Under the new regulations, cafeterias are required to serve twice as many fruits and vegetables while limiting proteins and carbohydrates. For an average high school student, that means two baked fish nuggets, a cup of vegetables, half a cup of mashed potatoes, one whole grain roll and 8 ounces of fat free milk is the fuel that served to get them through their... --snip-- For Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, that "scant diet"...
  • The 12 Most Important Food Items To Stockpile

    09/24/2012 4:51:10 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 75 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | September 24, 2012 | Peggy Layton
    Building a comprehensive food stockpile is a daunting task, to say the least. For that reason, I recommend you begin stocking your home grocery store with basic foods that will enable you to survive during a relatively short-term (two weeks to three months) emergency and then gradually expand your inventory to enable you to survive a long-term emergency (one year or longer) that includes a full array of food and non-food items necessary and tailored to your family’s needs and likes. When considering what to store, keep in mind young children, babies, elderly family members and your pets. Keep special...
  • Nation’s children push back against Michelle Obama-backed school lunch regs

    09/23/2012 7:12:18 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 174 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 22, 2012 | Caroline May
    Children and parents across the country are fed up with the restrictive new school meal regulations implemented by the Department of Agriculture under the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010,” which has long been touted by first lady Michelle Obama. The standards — which cap meal calories at 650 for students in kindergarten through fifth grade, at 700 calories for middle school students and 850 for high school students — also dictate the number of breads, proteins, vegetables and fruits children are allowed per meal. A spokeswoman for Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King, who earlier this month introduced legislation to...
  • Trader Joe's recalls peanut butter

    09/23/2012 3:43:41 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 14 replies
    The grocery store chain Trader Joe's is recalling peanut butter that has been linked to 29 salmonella illnesses in 18 states.
  • Weight Watchers focuses on weight, not health

    09/21/2012 12:55:49 PM PDT · by rochester · 14 replies
    diseaseproof.com ^ | 9/21/2012 | Joel Fuhrman, M.D.
    In Weight Watchers’ newest point system (“PointsPlus”), fresh fruits and most vegetables have a zero point value (essentially meaning that they are unlimited) – this change was meant to encourage members to eat more whole plant foods and less processed foods, adding phytochemical value to their diet. This is certainly a positive step, and I applaud Weight Watchers for taking it. They have tweaked their program a bit, to make it healthier. However, the Weight Watchers program is still far from a health-promoting eating style...........
  • 2C-I or 'Smiles': The New Killer Drug Every Parent Should Know About

    09/21/2012 7:16:55 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 37 replies
    Witnesses described the 17-year-old boy as "shaking, growling, foaming at the mouth." According to police reports, Elijah Stai was at a McDonald's with his friend when he began to feel ill. Soon after, he "started to smash his head against the ground" and began acting "possessed," according to a witness. Two hours later, he had stopped breathing
  • New Humana program rewards purchase of healthy groceries

    09/19/2012 10:25:34 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 12 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9/19/12 | Sarah Kliff
    As one of the country’s largest health-insurance companies, Humana regularly has a say in where its members seek care. Now it wants sway over what groceries they buy. Humana announced a new partnership with Wal-Mart on Wednesday that will give the more than 1 million members of its wellness program, HumanaVitality, a 5 percent discount on healthy groceries. The program, which will launch Oct. 15, is meant to steer customers toward healthier food choices and potentially push down health-care costs — while driving people into Wal-Mart stores. The unusual partnership between a major insurer and major retailer speaks to insurers’...
  • Medical study links BPA, kids’ obesity

    09/19/2012 12:17:33 AM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | September 19, 2012 | Christine McConville
    The BPA and body weight controversy heated up again yesterday, with a new Journal of American Medicine Association report that kids with lots of the controversial plastic chemical in their urine are more likely to be obese. “Our study found ample evidence that BPA exposure makes fat cells bigger, reduces the function of a protein that protects from heart disease, and it disrupts the functional balance of testosterone and estrogen, which are important in maintaining caloric balance,” said New York University School of Medicine’s Dr. Leonardo Trasande, who traced the levels of Bisphenol A, also known as BPA, in 3,000...
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation Not Associated With Lower Risk of Major Cardiovascular Disease...

    09/17/2012 10:37:49 PM PDT · by neverdem · 33 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | Sep. 11, 2012 | NA
    Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation Not Associated With Lower Risk of Major Cardiovascular Disease Events In a study that included nearly 70,000 patients, supplementation with omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids was not associated with a lower risk of all-cause death, cardiac death, sudden death, heart attack, or stroke, according to an analysis of previous studies published in the Sept. 12 issue of JAMA. "Treatment with marine-derived omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) for the prevention of major cardiovascular adverse outcomes has been supported by a number of randomized clinical trials (RCTs) and refuted by others. Although their mechanism of action is not clear,...
  • Experts: Courts Likely to Uphold New York Soda Ban

    09/16/2012 6:37:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 55 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | September 14, 2012 | Jason Koebler
    Legal challenges to New York City's ban on sodas larger than 16 ounces are unlikely to be successful, and the ban could spark similar moves in other cities around the country, according to experts. Thursday, after the city's board of health formally prohibited restaurants from selling sodas larger than 16 ounces after March 12, 2013, organizations around New York City said they would consider suing the city to get the ban overturned. Laura Palantone, a spokesperson for New York City Beverage Choices, a group against the ban, says the organization will "carefully review the regulation and explore our options now...
  • NIH superbug claims 7th victim

    09/15/2012 11:38:10 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 14, 2012 | Brian Vastag and Lena H. Sun
    A deadly, drug-resistant superbug outbreak that began last summer at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center claimed its seventh victim Sept. 7, when a seriously ill boy from Minnesota succumbed to a bloodstream infection, officials said Friday. The boy was the 19th patient at the research hospital to contract an antibiotic-resistant strain of the bacterium Klebsiella pneumoniae that arrived in August 2011 with a New York woman who needed a lung transplant. But his case marked the first new infection of this superbug at NIH since January — a worrisome signal that the bug persists inside the huge brick-and-glass...
  • Superbug kills 7th person at Md. NIH hospital

    09/15/2012 4:43:18 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 13 replies
    A deadly germ untreatable by most antibiotics has killed a seventh person at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Maryland.
  • Mixed grades for new, healthy school lunch rules

    09/14/2012 8:44:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | September 14, 2012 | Michael Hill (Associated Press)
    ROTTERDAM, N.Y. (AP) — One student complains because his cafeteria no longer serves chicken nuggets. Another gripes that her school lunch just isn't filling. A third student says he's happy to eat an extra apple with his lunch, even as he's noshing on his own sub. Leaner, greener school lunches served under new federal standards are getting mixed grades from students piling more carrots, more apples and fewer fatty foods on their trays.
  • Bloomberg’s big-soda ban approved by NYC health board

    09/14/2012 12:12:34 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Lookout (Yahoo! News blog) ^ | September 13, 2012 | Dylan Stableford
    The New York City Board of Health approved Mayor Michael Bloomberg's ban on large sugar-sweetened drinks Thursday, as expected. Eight of the board's nine members voted in favor of the ban; one, Dr. Sixto R. Caro, abstained. "I am still skeptical," Caro told The Associated Press. "This is not comprehensive enough." The plan, proposed by the mayor in May, calls for a ban on the sale of all sugar-sweetened beverages—soda, sports drinks, energy drinks, sweetened teas, coffees and fruit drinks—in cups larger than 16 ounces at the city's restaurants, food carts, fast-food joints, movie theaters, stadiums and sports arenas. The...
  • FLOTUS: Obesity 'Absolutely' Greatest Threat To National Security

    09/13/2012 4:09:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 62 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | September 12, 2012 | Breitbart TV
    http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2012/09/12/FLOTUS-Obesity-Absolutely-Greatest-Threat-To-National-Security