December 31, 2009 at 6:46 pm (Health and wellness)
Kendamaspot Recalls Wooden Toys: Lead Paint
December 31, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. – THE U.S. CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION AND HEALTH
CANADA, IN COOPERATION WITH THE FIRM NAMED BELOW, TODAY ANNOUNCED A VOLUNTARY
RECALL OF THE FOLLOWING PRODUCTS. CONSUMERS SHOULD STOP USING RECALLED
PRODUCTS IMMEDIATELY UNLESS OTHERWISE INSTRUCTED.
NAME OF PRODUCT: WOODEN SKILL BALL TOYS
UNITS: ABOUT 300
DISTRIBUTOR: KENDAMASPOT LLC, OF REDMOND, WASH.
HAZARD: THE SURFACE PAINT COATING ON THE BALL CONTAINS EXCESSIVE LEVELS OF
LEAD, VIOLATING THE FEDERAL LEAD PAINT STANDAR
INCIDENTS/INJURIES: NONE REPORTED.
DESCRIPTION: THIS RECALL INVOLVES OOZORA AND SHIN-FUJI KENDAMA JAPANESE
WOODEN SKILL TOYS. THE TOYS HAVE A BALL CONNECTED BY A STRING TO A HANDLE WITH
THREE CUPS AND SPIKE ON TOP. A JAPANESE KENDAMA ASSOCIATION STICKER IS AFFIXED
TO THE TOY. THE RED AND GREEN BALLS ON THE OOZORA AND ONLY THE RED BALLS ON THE
SHIN FUJI ARE INCLUDED IN THE RECALL.
SOLD AT: KENDAMASPOT’S WEB SITE AND CULTURAL FESTIVALS IN WASHINGTON STATE
FROM JULY 2008 THROUGH APRIL 2009 FOR ABOUT $20.
MANUFACTURED IN: JAPAN
REMEDY: CONSUMERS SHOULD IMMEDIATELY TAKE THE RECALLED
TOYS AWAY FROM CHILDREN AND CONTACT KENDAMASPOT TO RECEIVE A FREE
CONSUMER CONTACT: FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, CONTACT KENDAMASPOT TOLL-FREE
AT (866) 903-7795 BETWEEN 8 A.M. AND 5 P.M. PT MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, OR VISIT
THE FIRM’S WEB SITE AT WWW.KENDAMASPOT.COM
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December 30, 2009 at 10:58 am (News and politics)
Not long ago I made one of my periodic forays to Whole Foods, the all-natural-groceries conglomerate. My assignment was to buy a Christmas ham from a pig that had not suffered unduly, and that was relatively free of chemicals and antibiotics.
I was somewhere between the Amy’s organic soups and the own-label cans of vegetables when I came upon an unexpected sight: bottles of Heinz regular ketchup that, like much of the industrial food that comprises the American diet, is sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
As you may know, HFCS is among the laboratory-created synthetic foods targeted for elimination by activists, most notably the journalist Michael Pollan in his influential book The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Though scientific opinion differs on whether HFCS is any worse for you than regular sugar, there’s little doubt that its cheap ubiquity – a consequence of misguided government farming subsidies – has contributed significantly to our epidemics of obesity and type-two diabetes.
Thus I considered it a breach of faith that Whole Foods would carry such a product. Shopping there means you’re going to pay more and drive farther than if you simply stocked up at the nearest supermarket. In return, it doesn’t seem too much to ask that you be spared from having to worry about ingredients such as HFCS. So it was with a perverse sense of anticipation that I started reading Nick Paumgarten’s 9,100-word profile of Whole Foods founder and chief executive John Mackey in the current issue of the New Yorker.
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December 29, 2009 at 3:39 pm (Health and wellness)
Pomegranates can fight MRSA
[Posted: Thu 17/12/2009 by Olivia Fens]
Pomegranates have been hailed as a super-food and now scientists have now discovered that the rind can be turned into an ointment for treating MRSA and other common hospital infections.
Researchers, from Kingston University in South West London, found that the infection-fighting properties of pomegranate were greatly enhanced by combining the rind of the fruit with two other natural products – metal salts and vitamin C.
MRSA is a form of the bacteria that has become resistant to standard antibiotics. It is often referred to as a ‘superbug’ due to its ability to resist treatment.
“We have developed a topical ointment that can successfully attack a range of drug resistant microbes,” the researchers said.
“The idea of using a foodstuff is unusual and means that the body should be able to cope more easily with its application; patients are less likely to experience any major side-effects.”
The study found that pomegranate rind combined with metal salts was the most effective combination for treating MRSA, while other common hospital infections were better dealt with by all three components: pomegranate rind, metal salts and vitamin C.
The researchers added that it was exciting to discover a new use for natural products. “It shows that nature still has a few tricks up its sleeve,” they concluded.
The study was published in the British Journal of Biomedical Science.
December 29, 2009 at 3:29 pm (Health and wellness)
Will You Be one of the 15,000 That Are Killed By CT Scans Next Year? Posted by: Dr. Mercola December 29 2009 | 25,825 views
CT scans deliver far more radiation than has been believed, and may contribute to 29,000 new cancers each year, along with 14,500 deaths.
One study found that people may be exposed to up to four times as much radiation as estimated by earlier studies. While previous studies relied on dummies equipped with sensors, authors of the new paper studied more than 1,000 patients at four hospitals.
Based on their measurements, a patient could get as much radiation from one CT scan as 74 mammograms or 442 chest X-rays.
Young people are at highest risk from excess radiation, partly because they have many years ahead of them in which cancers could develop. Among 20-year-old women who get one coronary angiogram, a CT scan of the heart, one in 150 will develop cancer related to the procedure.
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December 27, 2009 at 12:47 am (News and politics)
By Shaun Bishop
Daily News Staff Writer
Posted: 12/25/2009 07:58:07 PM PST
Updated: 12/25/2009 07:58:09 PM PST
Nikki Stoddart’s husband wasn’t totally sold on the idea of raising chickens in the backyard of his family’s San Mateo home. That was before he tasted the fresh eggs.
"The yolks, first of all, are orange — deep, deep orange," said Nikki Stoddart, 29, whose 4-year-old daughter has also grown fond of the chickens. "The flavor is so rich, just really tasty."
The eggs are one of the biggest draws for many Peninsula residents who have brought chicken farming from the country to the suburbs in an effort to "eat local." But backyard chicken enthusiasts say there are plenty of other reasons for tending your own flock, including the entertainment of a new pet and teaching children about where their food comes from.
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December 27, 2009 at 12:10 am (Food and drink)
Posted by: Dr. Mercola
December 26 2009 |
By Dr. Mercola
In your busy world today, you have to contend with an endless array of pests: The following 12 foods have the lowest pesticide load when conventionally grown. Consequently, they are the safest conventionally grown crops to consume
Meanwhile, these 12 fruits and vegetables had the highest pesticide load, making them the most important to buy or grow organic:
Sweet bell peppers
Unless you have an Artisan well or well water that has been tested so you know it is safe and clean, then the water you use for showering, bathing, washing dishes, cooking, and drinking is likely to be contaminated with pesticides, herbicides, and other toxins.
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December 15, 2009 at 1:33 am (Health and wellness)
Overlooked 150 Year Old Household Cleaner a Remedy for Swine Flu?
Posted by: Dr. Mercola
December 15 2009 | 15,203 views
In today’s modern world of medicine the FDA just will not let companies that sell products make medical claims about them unless they have been tested at great expense, and approved as a drug. But this was not always the case.
In a 1924 booklet published by the Arm & Hammer Soda Company, the company starts off saying, “The proven value of Arm & Hammer Bicarbonate of Soda as a therapeutic agent is further evinced by the following evidence of a prominent physician named Dr. Volney S. Cheney, in a letter to the Church & Dwight Company:
“In 1918 and 1919 while fighting the ‘Flu’ with the U. S. Public Health Service it was brought to my attention that rarely any one who had been thoroughly alkalinized with bicarbonate of soda contracted the disease, and those who did contract it, if alkalinized early, would invariably have mild attacks.”
Recommended dosages from the Arm and Hammer Company for colds and influenza back in 1925 were:
•During the first day take six doses of half teaspoonful of Bicarbonate of Soda in glass of cool water, at about two hour intervals
•During the second day take four doses of half teaspoonful of Bicarbonate of Soda in glass of cool water, at the same intervals
•During the third day take two doses of half teaspoonful of Bicarbonate of Soda in glass of cool water morning and evening, and thereafter half teaspoonful in glass of cool water each morning until cold is cured
Sodium Bicarbonate November 30, 2009
December 14, 2009 at 9:48 pm (Health and wellness)
Scans have higher levels of radiation than thought, researchers say
updated 2:14 p.m. PT, Mon., Dec . 14, 2009
CHICAGO – Radiation from CT scans done in 2007 will cause 29,000 cancers and kill nearly 15,000 Americans, researchers said Monday.
The findings, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, add to mounting evidence that Americans are overexposed to radiation from diagnostic tests, especially from a specialized kind of X-ray called a computed tomography, or CT, scan.
"What we learned is there is a significant amount of radiation with these CT scans, more than what we thought, and there is a significant number of cancers," said Dr. Rita Redberg, editor of the Archives of Internal Medicine, where the studies were published.
"It’s estimated that just from the CT scans done in one year, just in 2007, there will be 15,000 excess deaths," Redberg said in a telephone interview.
"We’re doing millions of CT scans every year and the numbers are increasing. That is a lot of excess deaths."
CT scans give doctors a view inside the body, often eliminating the need for exploratory surgery. But CT scans involve much higher radiation dose than conventional X-rays. A chest CT scan exposes the patient to more than 100 times the radiation dose of a chest X-ray.
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December 10, 2009 at 9:59 am (Health and wellness)
Glaxo’s Swine Flu Shot May Give Kids Fever
December 4, 2009
LONDON (AP) — The European Medicines Agency warns that young children given GlaxoSmithKline’s swine flu shot may get a fever after their second dose.
In a statement issued Friday, the European drug regulator said data from GlaxoSmithKline PLC showed a higher number of children aged six months to 3 years had a fever after their second dose of the Pandemrix vaccine, compared with the first. Kids were also more likely to have side effects like muscle pain, drowsiness, and irritability.
The European regulator recommends children get two doses of swine flu vaccine, though Glaxo says one dose is enough. Glaxo’s vaccine contains an adjuvant, a chemical compound to boost the immune response. It is sold across Europe and Canada.
Another formulation of Glaxo’s vaccine, without the adjuvant, is available in the U.S. Vaccines with adjuvants usually cause more side effects. No flu vaccines with adjuvants are licensed in the U.S.
Last month, Glaxo advised health authorities not to use one batch of its Canadian-manufactured swine flu vaccine in case it triggered life-threatening side effects like anaphylactic shock.
In a press briefing on Thursday, the World Health Organization’s flu chief Keiji Fukuda said that more than 150 million doses of swine flu vaccine have been distributed in more than 40 countries and that they had not seen any evidence to suggest the vaccines caused worrying side effects.
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December 9, 2009 at 9:17 pm (Food and drink)