March 29, 2007 at 4:47 am (Health and wellness)
February 26, 2007
By Harvey B. Simon, M.D.
Harvard Medical School
Studying What Supplements Can and Can’t Do
Although this mineral is heavily promoted for weight loss, it won’t help
you shed pounds. Chromium may help boost HDL ("good") cholesterol
levels, but the evidence is mixed and preliminary. It’s not recommended
for routine use.
Most people think fiber supplements are just for treating constipation.
But a high fiber intake has many potential health benefits, ranging from
heart disease and obesity to hernias and varicose veins. The Institute
of Medicine recommends 38 grams of fiber a day for men younger than
age 50 and 30 grams a day for older men. Whole grains, fruits, vegetables,
nuts, and seeds are the best sources of fiber, but many people need fiber
supplements to meet these goals.
For years, doctors have known that eating fish protects people from heart
disease and stroke. A major European randomized clinical trial showed
that fish oil supplements work, too. As a result of this research, the American
Heart Association now recommends 1,000 mg of fish oil a day for people
with coronary artery disease. People with major cardiac risk factors such as
high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels, and diabetes can also benefit
from taking fish oil supplements. People who eat fish regularly may not benefit
from extra fish oil. If you decide to take fish oil, don’t choose fish liver oil,
which has too much vitamin A.
Although this B vitamin is clearly important for women who are pregnant
or planning to become pregnant, supplements have not lived up to the
hope that they might reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and memory
loss. A good diet can provide what you need, and a suitable multivitamin
It may reduce the pain of arthritis for some people, but it’s certainly
not an "arthritis cure." With or without condroitin sulfate, glucosamine
may be worth a try for some patients with arthritis pain.
(Part #3 to follow)
March 29, 2007 at 4:33 am (Food and drink)
SAY NO TO CLONED MEATS!The FDA could soon allow milk and meat from cloned animals to be sold as food, without any labeling requirements. The deadline for public comments is just one week away – take action today!Polls show that most Americans would rather not eat milk and meat from cloned animals. And for good reason: cloning produces unhealthy animals who suffer needlessly. Clones die at a young age and suffer high rates of birth defects. Large doses of drugs, including antibiotics, are used on these clones to help them survive to adulthood.Tell the FDA to keep the moratorium on meat and milk from cloned animals and their offspring!All of those drugs used to help these unhealthy clones survive pose an indirect threat to human health. This increased use of antibiotics could exacerbate the problem of antibiotic resistance, which is already a serious problem for humans.We as consumers have the right to know what is in our food. By allowing meat and milk from cloned animals and their offspring to be sold without labels, the FDA is denying us this right, and ignoring the fact that most Americans are uncomfortable with animal cloning.Sign our petition today: urge the FDA to keep the moratorium on meat and milk from cloned animals and their offspring and to require food from clones to be labeled if it is ever allowed on the market.Thank you for taking action today,Rebecca Young,Care2 and ThePetitionSite teamCare2.com, Inc.275 Shoreline Drive, Suite 150Redwood City, CA 94065http://www.care2.com
March 24, 2007 at 7:16 pm (Uncategorized)
A Scorecard on Supplements
February 26, 2007
By Harvey B. Simon, M.D.
Harvard Medical School
Randomized clinical trials have opened our eyes to what supplements can and can’t do.
Unfortunately, most of what we see is discouraging. Here’s a quick scorecard on popular
supplements as of 2007.
Vitamins E, A, C and beta-carotene were favorite supplements during the 1980s and early
1990s when laboratory, animal, and observational studies suggested they could protect against
coronary artery disease. But in careful studies since then, they have not shown any benefit.
In fact, vitamin E may boost the risk of respiratory infections; even moderate doses of vitamin
A can increase the risk of fractures; and beta-carotene increases the risk of lung cancer in male
smokers. Antioxidants are no longer recommended.
All the vitamin D in the world won’t protect your bones unless you get enough calcium. Ideally,
calcium should come from your diet. Most of us, however, don’t eat enough dairy products and
other calcium-rich foods. The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for calcium is 1,000 mg
for people under age 50 and 1,200 mg for people age 50 and older. If your diet falls short,
supplements make sense. Calcium carbonate and calcium citrate are the best forms of calcium
to take because they’re absorbed the best. Men should limit themselves to the RDA since some
evidence suggests very high levels may increase the risk of prostate cancer.
(Part #2 to follow)
March 24, 2007 at 6:46 pm (Uncategorized)
Tell the FDA "NO" to cloned meat
written by: Will Fantle – The Cornucopia Institute
Tell FDA No to Cloned Animals in Food and Food Production
By Will Fantle, Research Director for The Cornucopia Institute
The Food and Drug Administration has given preliminary approval
to the use of cloned animals for food. According to the agency’s
chief of veterinary medicine, milk and meat from cloned cows,
pigs and goats, and from their offspring, are “as safe to eat as the
food we eat every day.” Consumers now have until April 2, 2007
to send to FDA comments concerning its Draft Animal Cloning Risk
2) Written comments can be sent to: Division of Dockets Management
(HFA-305),Food and Drug Administration 5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061,
Rockville, MD 20852. Note: please reference Docket No. 2003N-0573
in either your written or e-mail comments.
3) Telephone contact: the FDA will also accept telephone messages of
up to 3 minutes on the draft cloning report at this number: 240-453-6842
4) The Cornucopia Institute has a sample letter to which your comments
March 5, 2007 at 2:25 pm (Food and drink)
March 1, 2007——————————————————————————–Peanut Butter salmonella source located Georgia plant made tainted products, FDA says; 370 sickened in outbreakURL: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17402120/The Associated Press
March 5, 2007 at 1:51 pm (Food and drink)
Salmon Tips 1 – 11http://seafood.lifetips.com/cat/59248/salmon/index.html
1 Canned Salmon and Calcium
Calcium is an added bonus offered by canned salmon. The bones in canned salmon
are soft and edible making canned salmon an excellent source of dietary calcium,
which is vital in the fight against osteoporosis.
2 More Health Benefits of Salmon
There are many health benefits of regularly eating cold water fish like salmon that
are naturally rich in omega-3 fatty acids. These benefits range from lowering the
risk of heart attacks, to inhibiting breast cancer, to reducing inflammation in
rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia, and promoting improved bone growth.
Salmon and other fish also appears to counteract the effect of a high-fat diet which
a study suggests contributes to Alzheimer´s disease and can lower the level of a
certain cholesterol that contributes to the risk of heart attacks.