September 30, 2010 at 11:25 pm (Health and wellness)
Ban Lead in Juice and Fruit Products
- signatures: 9,555
- signature goal: 10,000
- Target: Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, commissioner of the U.S. FDA
- Sponsored by: Care2.com
We give our kids juice and fruit
cups because we want them to be healthy. But getting those
5-servings-a-day could also mean getting a serving of hazardous lead.
The Environmental Law Foundation, a nonprofit group, tested dozens of
juice and fruit products and found disturbing levels of lead.
The products were tested at an EPA-certified lab, and the results showed
that many individual servings of apple juice, grape juice, packaged
peaches and pears, and fruit cocktail had lead above the U.S. FDA daily
limit for kids. Take into account the multiple servings kids might
ingest in a day and the fact that lead is especially harmful for
developing bodies, and the news is especially jolting.
Lead can cause physical and mental developmental problems, and many
medical authorities, like the American Academy of Pediatrics, say
there’s NO safe level of lead exposure. Tell the U.S. FDA to ban lead
from juice and fruit products.
September 30, 2010 at 11:40 am (News and politics)
Fake Farmers Markets? Vendors Busted in LA
By Leon Kaye | September 28th, 2010 0 Comments
Farmers markets offer an opportunity to buy local produce, know your farmers, and to buy fruits and vegetables that have not hibernated in a warehouse for months. Name a city or town in North America, and chances are that the community has a farmers’ market. California scores with stone fruit; the Midwest has some of the best apples; Maryland has some of the best strawberries and summer melons; Florida boasts collards and grapefruit that are massive and tasty.
FAKE FARMERS MARKETS BUSTED IN LA
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September 29, 2010 at 6:11 pm (News and politics)
Kids and parenting on msnbc.comStop using baby sleep devices, U.S. tells parents
Risk of suffocation from positioning devices outweighs benefit, officials warn
WASHINGTON — Sleep positioners marketed with the promise of helping babies sleep safely are too dangerous to use and should not be sold, U.S. officials warned on Wednesday.
"The deaths and dangerous situations resulting from the use of infant sleep positioners are a serious concern," Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chairman Inez Tenenbaum said in a joint statement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
She said parents and caregivers should "stop using these sleep positioners, so that children can have a safer sleep."
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September 28, 2010 at 1:00 am (News and politics)
NaturalNews.com printable article
Originally published September 20 2010The food industry, like Big Pharma, controls the FDA and USDA
n Benson, staff writer
(NaturalNews) The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) recently released a report highlighting the widespread influence of the food industry over food safety policies. According to the study, at least a quarter of those who work for either the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the U.S. Department of Agriculture (UDSA) have admitted that corporate interests regularly force the agencies to change or remove policies that hurt their bottom line, even when those policies protect the public.
The UCS sent 44-question surveys to roughly 8,000 workers from both the FDA and USDA, 60 percent of whom work as field inspectors. Nearly 40 percent of respondents indicated that their agencies’ practices harm public health in order to appease corporate interests, and more than 30 percent indicated that many of the higher-ups at both the FDA and USDA "inappropriately" influence decision making, in addition to having previously worked in the food industry.
"Upper level management does not adequately support field inspectors and the actions they take to protect the food supply," explained Dean Wyatt, a USDA veterinarian in charge of federal slaughterhouse inspectors, to reporters. "Not only is there lack of support, but there’s outright obstruction, retaliation and abuse of power."
According to Wyatt, he has been demoted for actually doing his job properly and documenting industry violations. It is highly likely that there are countless others like him who have been reprimanded, muzzled or even punished for doing their jobs.
To make matters worse, more than 30 percent of survey respondents said they believe their agencies are not "moving in the right direction". And this makes perfect sense, considering that 25 percent indicated their agencies do not even make public health a priority when considering policy decisions.
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September 24, 2010 at 10:18 am (Health and wellness)
Don’t Ever Drink This During Pregnancy…
September 24 2010
Fluoride avoidance reduced anemia in pregnant women, and decreased preterm births, according to a new study.
Anemia in pregnancy can lead to maternal and infant mortality; it
continues to be a problem despite nutritional counseling and maternal
iron and folic acid supplementation.
Medical News Today reports:
“Anemic pregnant women living in India, whose urine contained 1
mg/L fluoride or more, were separated into two groups. The experimental
group avoided fluoride in water, food and other sources …
Results reveal that anemia was reduced and pre-term and
low-birth-weight babies were considerably fewer in the
September 22, 2010 at 12:16 pm (News and politics)
September 21, 2010 at 12:22 pm (Food and drink)
September 20, 2010 at 11:18 pm (Food and drink)
ktla.comFDA Looks to Approve So-Called Frankenfish for Sale
AquaBounty says it’s genetically altered salmon is safe.http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-frankenfish-fda,0,1957069.story
ROCKVILLE, Md — The question of genetically engineered salmon; or as detractors have called it, ‘Frankenfish,’ for sale in American supermarkets is being looked into by an expert advisory panel with the Food and Drug Administration.
AquaBounty, the Massachusetts company that made the genetically engineered salmon, says their fish product is safe. But some skeptics are calling the genetically modified salmon a ‘monster’ and fear it could cause allergies in humans.(CLICK FOR FULL ARTICLE)
September 19, 2010 at 11:06 pm (Health and wellness)
Posted by Terry Hetiedor (HetiedorT) on 19 September 2010.
Michelle Obama on Childhood Obesity
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On Monday September 13th, the First Lady Michelle Obama spoke out to the National Restaurant Association regarding the growing childhood obesity. She is leading the fight by asking them to offer children healthier options, rethinking some of the marketing that is geared toward children and by serving smaller portions of the child’s meal.
She also thought that along with the smaller portions, children should also be offered more fruits and vegetables as well. More whole grain foods would serve to benefit in the fight against childhood obesity as well. She also pointed out that they needed better marketing that will target children and make them want to eat less junk and more fruits and veggies. Obama thinks that marketing plays a big role in childhood obesity. With as much TV and radio that children listen to, one could easily market to them in that way.
Obama went on to point out “research shows that kids consume more saturated fat and less fiber and calcium when they eat out and the meals in restaurants have twice as many calories as the meals they eat at home.” She also points out that restaurants are known for their creativity and this should be a simple way to help with childhood obesity.
Michelle Obama Childhood Obesity, National Restaurant Association, Saturated fat
September 19, 2010 at 5:55 pm (Health and wellness)
Drinking Water Proven to Help Weight Loss
September 18 2010
new study has found that obese dieters who drank two cups of water
before each meal lost 5 pounds more after three months. A year later,
they also kept more of the weight off.
The dieting technique is well known, but this study may be the first
hard evidence that increasing your water intake is a useful weight-loss
According to Discovery News:
“The reason could be physical. According to some research, water
consumption might spark the body to produce more heat, boosting
metabolism and burning more calories. Or, drinking more water might
simply make people less likely to drink a lot of high-calorie
American Chemical Society National Meeting August 22-26, 2010, Boston, MA