March 31, 2009 at 11:54 pm (News and politics)
March 31, 2009 at 11:36 pm (Health and wellness)
TERRA BELLA, Calif. – It could take weeks before health officials know exactly which pistachio products may be tainted with salmonella, but they’ve already issued a sweeping warning to avoid eating the nuts or foods containing them.
The move appears to indicate a shift in how the government handles food safety issues – from waiting until contaminated foods surface one-by-one and risking that more people fall ill to jumping on the problem right away, even if the message is vague.
Officials wouldn’t say if the approach was in response to any perceived mishandling of the massive peanut recall that started last year, only that they’re trying to keep people from getting sick as new details surface about the California plant at the center of the pistachio scare.
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March 31, 2009 at 11:44 am (Health and wellness)
(NaturalNews) For at least 600 years, the Chinese practice of tai chi has been used as a form of martial arts exercise that integrates body, mind and spirit. According to the philosophy behind the practice, the slow, fluid postures of tai chi focus concentration while gently working muscles. The result, tai chi practitioners say, is an improved flow of "qi" (sometimes spelled " chi"), a vital life energy that promotes mind and body calmness and health. Now modern-day scientists are backing up many of these ancient claims. A case in point: a new study shows tai chi can help people recover from stroke-caused damage to their nervous systems.
People who have survived strokes may be faced with lingering problems including maintaining their balance. This is more than just an annoyance and uncomfortable feeling that interferes with their quality of life. It also raises the risk of debilitating and possibly fatal falls. But researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) have found tai chi is a drug-free way to treat these stroke-caused balance problems.
Earlier research has previously shown tai chi can improve balance and reduce falls among healthy elders. So, while at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Christina Hui-Chan, and her colleague Stephanie Au-Yeung decided to see if tai chi would also help stroke survivors. They studied 136 research subjects in Hong Kong who had suffered a stroke more than six months earlier. The participants were randomly placed into two groups for 12 weeks. The control group practiced breathing, stretching and other exercises that included sitting and walking. The tai chi group practiced a simplified form of the ancient martial art consisting of coordinated movements of the head, trunk and limbs that require concentration and attention to balance.
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March 31, 2009 at 2:12 am (News and politics)
Educating Congress: Do Not Supress Organic and Small
Farmers and Ranchers; Natural Food Products
Farmers Under Attack…
This urgent message is from our correspondent, Linn Cohen-Cole:
We have less than two weeks to stop the take over of family farms
and ranches,organic and natural foods.
Step 2: Call the White House switchboard at 202-456-1414 and the comment center
202-456-1111. Let’s keep those phones ringing!
Step 3: Click here to tell Congress "NO!" to all of the fake food "safety" bills. They provide
neither real, wholesome food nor safety:
H.R. 875 and S. 425 [and similar bills such a H.R. 759]
We need to rally the people immediately!!!
March 31, 2009 at 1:55 am (Health and wellness)
(USA TODAY) – Not long ago, when infectious-disease specialist Connie Price saw a patient hospitalized with flu at Denver Health Medical Center, she had a powerful weapon at hand: a drug that could shorten the course of the illness and lessen its misery.
Now, the strength of that weapon, Tamiflu, has been undermined by a widely circulating flu strain, type A H1N1, that has developed the ability to resist the drug.
Even as this year’s flu season winds down, doctors say the implications of the spread of drug-resistant flu strains could resonate in seasons to come, affecting treatment and highlighting the need for faster flu tests, new drugs and global monitoring of flu viruses.
Tamiflu, whose medical name is oseltamavir, is one of two drugs in a relatively new class of anti-flu medications that reduce the duration and severity of flu. Because it is easily taken in pill or liquid form, it quickly became the antiviral of choice for treating both seasonal flu and potential pandemic flu strains, such as H5N1, known as bird flu. Another drug in the same class is Relenza, or zanamavir, which has similar flu-fighting effects but is taken as an inhaled powder, which makes it difficult for some people to use, especially people who have lung problems such as asthma.
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March 31, 2009 at 1:13 am (Health and wellness)
Drug Resource Center
Reviewed by the Faculty of Harvard Medical School
March 25, 2009
By Michael Craig Miller, M.D.
Harvard Medical School
Two articles published last year in the American Journal of Public Health suggest that a good way to help prevent dementia is to have an active social life. Other studies, too, have shown that people who have few or no social ties, or who are generally less connected with other people are at greater risk of developing memory loss.
The Health and Retirement Study
Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health used data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), a survey based on a representative sample of 16,000 U.S. residents over the age of 50. The large number of subjects meant that the Harvard researchers could compare the effects of social connections among different groups of people, such as men and women, and people from different ethnic or socioeconomic backgrounds.
Also, the HRS collected data from 1998 to 2004. This was a long enough period of time for the researchers to see if there was a cause and effect relationship between social connections and dementia. They wanted to know: Does social integration protect against memory loss? Or is the reverse true: Do people who suffer cognitive decline tend to socialize less than average?
The results were impressive. People who interacted the most with family, friends and other people were less likely to show a decline in memory. This protective effect was particularly strong among the people who were most at risk for dementia — those who had fewer than 12 years of education and among people with blood circulation problems (defined as high blood pressure, diabetes or stroke).
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March 28, 2009 at 5:43 pm (News and politics)
EARTH HOUR TONIGHT
March 28, 2009 at 2:37 pm (News and politics)
U.S. "food safety" bills currently under consideration were written by Monsanto, Cargill, Tyson’s and ADM. All of them are associated with the opposite of food safety.
Organic food and a rebirth of farming have been winning — not in absolute numbers, but in a growing shift by the public toward understanding the connection between their food and their health.
Farmers markets, local farmers, real milk, fresh eggs and vegetable stands threaten the corporations, which is why there are now massive "fake food safety" bills in Congress.
They set standards for "food safety" that are so grotesquely and inappropriately applied to local, independent farmers and ranchers that there is no way they can manage. Imagine a tiny business being faced with a 100-page IRS form and facing a million dollar a day penalty for a mistake; that would be similar to the impossible complexity facing small farmers.
The bills would require such a burdensome complexity of rules, inspections, licensing, fees, and penalties for each farmer who wishes to sell locally — even a fruit stand at a farmers market — that no one could manage it.
March 27, 2009 at 1:26 am (News and politics)
End FDA tyranny and Big Pharma corruption. Watch the video and sign the petition here.
(NaturalNews) The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund recently reported the unveiling of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 (H.R. 875) on Feb. 4, 2009, by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), to both the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the House Committee on Agriculture. Cosponsored by 36 other Congressmen, all Democrats, H.R. 875 would essentially transfer all state control over food regulation to the Food Safety Administration (FSA), a newly-established federal bureaucracy to be created within the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Its implications point to the elimination of all independent, family farms as well as all organic farming operations due to overbearing federal regulations subjectively determined by FSA in favor of corporate factory farms.
TYH NOTE: A little investigation finds Monsanto’s fingerprints all over this bill!
March 26, 2009 at 10:25 pm (Food and drink)
NaturalNews.com printable article
Originally published March 25 2009Honey Offers Many Benefits
by Sheryl Walters, citizen journalist
is a marvelously sweet, syrupy liquid naturally produced by bees as food for themselves. Its golden color and delightful taste cannot be mistaken for anything else. When bees take nectar from a flower, it mixes with chemicals in their saliva to create honey
. The bees fly it back to the hive and store it in various cells. It is known that excess moisture is removed from the honey
by active fluttering of bees’ wings to make it ready to eat. Bees perform a truly amazing process of nature that results in a truly amazing food – honey.
Honey comes in many different varieties. Its taste and texture depend on the type of flower sipped by the bee. Probably the most common honey is clover, but it can come in a variety of flavors and colors. The usual color of honey is golden, but it can range from almost white to dark red to almost black.
Since ancient times, people have used honey as a food and medicine. A combination of honey and goat’s milk has been known to help heal bronchial infections. Honey also contains several anti-oxidants, which makes it important to humans. In addition, it has an anti-infective component and has been used to heal coughs, intestinal ailments and skin wounds.
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