June 28, 2008 at 2:18 am (Food and drink)
June 26, 2008 at 7:00 pm (Health and wellness)
When the U.S. Centers for Disease Control found unusually high levels of hormone-disrupting phthalates in women eight years ago, no one had any idea how ugly the beauty industry really was.
June 26, 2008 at 6:38 pm (Health and wellness)
|10 Tips To Jumpstart Your Fitness Program |
(BlackDoctor.org)–When an architect sets out to build one of the most dynamic structures ever known to man he doesn’t just jump right into it; he devises a plan. An architect first creates a blueprint, which he uses to develop his building. Just like an architect you need a “blueprint” or a plan to turn your body into a wonderful and powerful work of art. Use these tips as a starting point to devise your own personal “blueprint” to build a better body:
1. Prepare. We already know you don’t have the time, so write it down like an appointment every day. You wouldn’t cancel an appointment, why would you cancel on yourself? Aren’t you important too?
By Shawn Johnson, BDO Staff Writer
June 26, 2008 at 12:33 am (News and politics)
Fines of up to $5,000,000.00 and/or 2 years in jail per incident of being caught breaking this law
June 25, 2008 at 11:25 pm (News and politics)
|Stung by Losses, U.S. Beekeepers Try to Rebuild|
Commercial beekeepers across the United States have been hit hard over the last two years by a mysterious malady known as colony collapse disorder, which can seemingly wipe out hives overnight. Beekeepers are now desperately trying to breed more queen bees — a lifeline for commercial beekeepers trying to replenish their depleted hives.
Honeybees are critical components of U.S. agriculture, used to pollinate nuts, fruits and vegetables. The California almond crop alone requires 1.3 million colonies of bees.
Beekeepers surveyed by the USDA Agricultural Research Service last winter reported a total loss of about 36 percent of their bee colonies, up from 13.5 percent a year ago. In an average year, beekeepers would incur losses of between 5 and 10 percent.
Despite years of attention, what’s causing colony collapse disorder has yet to be found. Theories include low-level pesticide exposure, Varroa mites, poor nutrition or a combination of factors that allow invaders to kill the bee colony.
June 24, 2008 at 9:14 am (Food and drink)
|12 Food Additives to Avoid|
Including something new in a food isn’t always a good idea, especially when it comes to your health. Here are 12 additives to subtract from your diet:
(Please understand these are not my assessments, but those by MSN Health and Fitness. My comments and recommendations are in my comment below.)
1. Sodium Nitrate (also called Sodium Nitrite)
This is a preservative, coloring, and flavoring commonly added to bacon, ham, hot dogs, luncheon meats, smoked fish, and corned beef. Studies have linked eating it to various types of cancer.
2. BHA and BHT
Butylated hydroxyanisole and butylated hydrozyttoluene are used to preserve common household foods. They are found in cereals, chewing gum, potato chips, and vegetable oils. They are oxidants, which form potentially cancer-causing reactive compounds in your body.
3. Propyl Gallate
Another preservative, often used in conjunction with BHA and BHT. It is sometimes found in meat products, chicken soup base, and chewing gum. Animals studies have suggested that it could be linked to cancer.
4. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
MSG is an amino acid used as a flavor enhancer in soups, salad dressings, chips, frozen entrees, and restaurant food. It can cause headaches and nausea, and animal studies link it to damaged nerve cells in the brains of infant mice.
5. Trans Fats
Trans fats are proven to cause heart disease. Restaurant food, especially fast food chains, often serve foods laden with trans fats.
Aspartame, also known by the brand names Nutrasweet and Equal, is a sweetener found in so-called diet foods such as low-calorie desserts, gelatins, drink mixes, and soft drinks. It may cause cancer or neurological problems, such as dizziness or hallucinations.
This is a relatively new artificial sweetener found in baked goods, chewing gum, and gelatin desserts. There is a general concern that testing on this product has been scant, and some studies show the additive may cause cancer in rats.
8. Food Colorings: Blue 1, 2; Red 3; Green 3; Yellow 6
Five food colorings still on the market are linked with cancer in animal testing. Blue 1 and 2, found in beverages, candy, baked goods and pet food, have been linked to cancer in mice. Red 3, used to dye cherries, fruit cocktail, candy, and baked goods, has been shown to cause thyroid tumors in rats. Green 3, added to candy and beverages, has been linked to bladder cancer. The widely used yellow 6, added to beverages, sausage, gelatin, baked goods, and candy, has been linked to tumors of the adrenal gland and kidney.
Olestra, a synthetic fat found in some potato chip brands, can cause severe diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and gas. Olestra also inhibits healthy vitamin absorption from fat-soluble carotenoids that are found in fruits and vegetables.
10. Potassium Bromate
Potassium bromate is used as an additive to increase volume in some white flour, breads, and rolls. It is known to cause cancer in animals, and even small amounts in bread can create a risk for humans.
11. White Sugar
Watch out for foods with added sugars, such as baked goods, cereals, crackers, sauces and many other processed foods. It is unsafe for your health, and promotes bad nutrition.
12. Sodium Chloride
A dash of sodium chloride, more commonly known as salt, can bring flavor to your meal. But too much salt can be dangerous for your health, leading to high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure.
June 23, 2008 at 8:39 pm (Food and drink)
June 23, 2008 at 7:59 pm (Food and drink)
cubed cooked chicken 2 cups
— 1 package (16 oz) frozen mixed vegetables, thawed and drained
— 1 can (10-3/4 oz.) condensed reduced-sodium cream of chicken
— low-fat (1%) milk 1/2 cup
— onion powder 1/4 tsp
— black pepper 1/4 tsp
— hot mashed potatoes (instant or leftover) 3 cups
combine all the ingredients except the potatoes over high heat; mix well. cook for 5 to 8 minutes, or until heated through, stirring frequently.
Remove from the heat and dollop with the potatoes.
— Nutrition Information Amount per serving Calories221 Calories From Fat72 Total Fat8 g Saturated Fat4 g Cholestrol46 mg Sodium483 mg Total Carbohydrate23 g
Dietary Fiber4 g Sugars5 g Protein14 g Preparation Instructions In a large skillet,
posted by Bill Austin @ 7/15/2006 09:30:00 AM
June 23, 2008 at 7:42 pm (News and politics)
By CLARE TRAPASSO, Associated Press Writer Sun Jun 8, 3:11 PM ET