February 27, 2010 at 12:19 am (Health and wellness)
October 29, 2009
By Michael Craig Miller, M.D.
Harvard Medical SchoolTaming the Stress Response
Potential Benefits for PTSD
A Word of Caution — and Encouragement
Since the 1970s, meditation and other stress-reduction techniques have been studied as possible treatments for depression and anxiety. One such practice, yoga, has received less attention in the medical literature, though it has become increasingly popular in recent decades. One national survey estimated, for example, that about 7.5% of U.S. adults had tried yoga at least once, and that nearly 4% practiced yoga in the previous year.
There are many types of yoga. Hatha yoga, the most common type of yoga practiced in the United States, combines three elements: physical poses, called asanas; controlled breathing practiced in conjunction with asanas; and a short period of deep relaxation or meditation.
Many of the studies evaluating yoga’s therapeutic benefits have been small and poorly designed. But results from the growing number of randomized controlled trials, the most rigorous standard for proving effectiveness, suggest that yoga practices may be helpful for both anxiety and depression. In this respect, yoga is like other self-soothing techniques, such as meditation, relaxation, exercise, or even socializing with friends. Let’s take a closer look at the research.
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February 24, 2010 at 10:59 pm (News and politics)
(NaturalNews) The federal government is pushing farmers to use a toxic byproduct of the coal burning industry to fertilize and loosen the soil in their crop fields. Initiated under the Bush administration as a beneficial use for the substance, efforts by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continue to advocate for the widespread use of synthetic gypsum in agriculture.
Called flue gas desulfurization gypsum, or FGD gypsum, this synthetic powder is produced by coal plant "scrubbers" that remove sulfur dioxide from plant emissions. Sulfur dioxide is the chemical that causes acid rain to occur. FGD gypsum is a white, powdery substance that some believe will help to enrich crop field soil.
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February 24, 2010 at 4:56 pm (News and politics)
A home in Harriman, Tenn., sits in ruins after a retention pond wall collapsed Dec. 22, 2008, at a power plant, releasing a mixture of water and coal ash waste that flooded 15 homes. The 40-acre pond was used by the Tennessee Valley Authority as a containment area for coal ash waste generated by the coal-burning Kingston Steam Plant.
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February 22, 2010 at 8:55 am (Health and wellness)
(NaturalNews) An unusual exercise to improve mental health and acuity has been going viral on the internet lately. It was featured in a Los Angeles CBS News report (source below) that has an MD, a Yale neurobiologist, an occupational therapist, educators, and parents endorsing it. It is a simple routine, and it has created positive results for learning disabled and autistic children as well as older Alzheimer`s victims.
And it`s useful for any kind of brain fog or dullness, even emotional instability. It can improve memory and focus, and it`s even made some a little smarter. It seems to work for everyone regardless of mental condition.
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February 22, 2010 at 8:16 am (Food and drink)
(NaturalNews) The banana that we eat with our morning cereal has been used as a medicine around the world for centuries. Known in Latin as Musa sapienta, the banana is not actually a fruit but an herbaceous perennial. Alone and combined with healing botanicals, the banana can be used to heal ulcers and asthma, or to cure cataracts and other eye problems. Research has now shown that bananas can lower blood pressure as well as prevent colon cancer. Full of many nutrients and fiber, the banana is not only a food, but also a potent medicine.
Nutrients and Vitamins in Bananas
Bananas contain vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin G. They contain the minerals potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and selenium. Calcium and magnesium are needed for strong bones and to prevent insomnia. And studies have shown that selenium prevents both cancer and thyroid problems. Potassium is necessary for the function of every human cell, as well as the cells of every living plant and animal. The daily recommended intake is 4.7 grams, and one banana alone provides over 450 mgs of potassium. A single banana provides a third of the RDA of vitamin B6.
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February 21, 2010 at 12:15 am (Food and drink)
Can Foods Contribute to Infertility?
Millions of people have
celiac disease, but most don’t know they have it, in part because symptoms can
be so varied. It is an often overlooked digestive disorder that causes damage to
the small intestine when gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye, is
Infertility seems to be more common in women with untreated celiac disease.
Other gynecological and obstetrical problems may also be more common, including
miscarriages and preterm births.
For men, problems can include abnormal sperm — such as lower sperm numbers,
altered shape, and reduced function. Men with untreated celiac disease may also
have lower testosterone levels.
The good news is that with proper treatment with a gluten-free diet and
correction of nutritional deficiencies, the prognosis for future pregnancies is
February 19, 2010 at 6:25 pm (News and politics)
Union of Concerned Scientists
Keeping Tabs on Your Energy Hogs
issue of Greentips online
Using monthly electric bills to keep track of your energy use can
prove frustrating since appliances consume different amounts of energy at
different times and the bill comes weeks after the electricity is consumed.
However, a growing number of devices allow homeowners to track their electricity
use in real time. According to an Oxford University study (see the Related
Resources), this type of direct feedback on energy use typically helps
homeowners reduce their energy consumption—and costs—by 5 to 15 percent.
Whole-house meters. This type of device connects
either to your home’s circuit breaker box or electric utility meter, and
wirelessly transmits data to a portable digital console. The console displays
both your current electricity usage and the related cost based on your utility
rate (which you program into the console). This information allows you to
measure how your consumption changes throughout the day, such as when your
refrigerator’s compressor turns on or when you turn your television off.
Whole-house meters vary in price from approximately $100 to $200
depending on their features. Some can measure consumption at two different rates
(if your utility’s rate changes based on time of day or total usage), while
others can factor in the effect of home energy systems such as rooftop solar
panels that offset conventional electricity
Plug-in meters. These devices are a less
expensive but somewhat more limited option for tracking the energy consumption
of individual appliances. You simply plug the meter into an outlet and plug an
appliance into the meter, which displays the appliance’s electricity usage as it
For as little as $30, these gadgets allow you to measure how much
electricity an appliance uses in various power settings, including standby mode
(when the appliance continues to draw power even though it is turned off). You
can also measure consumption over time, which can be helpful for appliances such
as refrigerators that draw varying amounts of electricity during the day. One
drawback of plug-in meters is that they cannot measure the contribution of
“hard-wired” appliances such as central air conditioners, water heaters, or
wall/ceiling light fixtures, which can represent up to 40 percent of home
electricity usage. (See the Related Resources for a list of appliance
University (UK)—The Effectiveness of Feedback on Energy
Advisor—Home Dashboards Help Reduce Energy
Blog—You Can’t Manage Energy Use That You Don’t
Information Administration—Residential Electricity Consumption by End
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February 18, 2010 at 9:10 pm (News and politics)
Food Stamps Allowed for Fast Food. WTF??!
Thu Feb 18, 2010 at 19:17:00 PM PST
| If you live in LA, you can now use EBT (food stamps) at Jack-in-the-Box, El Pollo Loco, and Dominos Pizza.
Why are they doing this? They told NPR that:
Our goal is to provide healthy meals for the
homeless, disabled and elderly participants. Especially the homeless
because they don’t have space to store food or cook.
I understand the idea of allowing those groups to buy hot meals with food stamps. I know it’s something that came up in a recent Congressional hearing on nutrition
that specifically focused on food stamps in California. But
Jack-in-the-Box? As a bleeding heart liberal, I am outraged for ethical
reasons, but as a taxpayer, I am outraged as well. The same group that
is eligible for food stamps is often eligible for Medicaid. So, great,
go give them diabetes so that we can pay for treating it for the rest
of their lives.
| Jill Richardson :: Food Stamps Allowed for Fast Food. WTF??!
February 18, 2010 at 7:46 pm (Uncategorized)
National Independent Consumers and Farmers Association
February 18, 2010 A Local Foods Feast for Congress Farm Food Voices DC 2010NICFA’s Fourth Annual
National Small Farm and Ranch Grassroots Lobby Day & Legislative Reception
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Lobbying 10:00 – 3:00 (Individuals meet with Legislative Aides)
Local Foods Reception 4:00 – 6:30 Room SD-106, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington DC
Joel Salatin, Emcee
Doreen Hannes – Truth Farmer Radio & NICFA Director of Research
David Gumpert- The Complete Patient Blog
Joan Veon – Women’s Media Group
Spike Gjerde – Chef/Owner Woodberry Kitchen, Baltimore
February 17, 2010 at 8:44 pm (Health and wellness)
900 Baby Bracelets Recalled Over High Levels of Lead
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
A Utah company is recalling 900 bracelets for babies and pacifier clips because they contain high levels of lead.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Monday that a 10-month-old girl received medical treatment for elevated lead levels after being exposed to one of the baby bracelets.
The bracelets were manufactured in the United States by Allreds Design, which is doing business as Hidden Hollow Beads. They were sold by resale and consignment stores around the country between June and December 2008.
Owners of the recalled items can call the Fort Duchesne-based company for a free replacement at 866-695-3551.
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