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Protect the Dietary Guidelines

Margo Wootan, CSPI <actionalert@cspinet.org>
To:halimahbwwe@yahoo.com
Mar 23 at 1:46 PM
 Americans deserve nutrition advice based on sound science
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Dear Halimah,


The food and beverage industry has long attacked nutrition science. Now it has the Trump administration to back it up.

Every five years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services convene top scientists to review the evidence and update the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Those Guidelines are used by health professionals to give nutrition advice and are the basis for national, state, and local nutrition policies. For example, they are the underpinning for school meals that include more whole grains, fruits, and vegetables and less salt and saturated fat.

But if the Trump Administration omits or weakens any of those recommendations in the 2020 Guidelines, you can expect whole grains, fruits, and vegetables in school meals to dwindle and salt, sugar, and saturated fat to climb. And that’s what may happen.

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In a move that should please industry giants, the administration is attempting to narrow the scope of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Its current proposal ignores salt entirely. And it’s not clear how carefully it will look at whole grains, fruits, vegetables, saturated fat, and sugars.

I need your help.  Please join CSPI in urging USDA and HHS not to gut the Guidelines. Our children need healthy school meals. All Americans deserve nutrition advice built on complete and sound science.

Sincerely,

MARGO WOOTANMargo G. Wootan
Vice President for Nutrition
Center for Science in the Public Interest

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Delta Recalls Strollers Due to Fall Hazard

The stroller leg bracket can break, posing a fall hazard to infants in the stroller.

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5 Ways You Can Eat Healthy On The Cheap | Rodale’s Organic Life

FOODS_RODALESSource: 5 Ways You Can Eat Healthy On The Cheap | Rodale’s Organic Life

 For variety, add something different to each meal, like a handful of nuts over your rice, or a drizzle of teriyaki sauce over your veggies. Toward the end of the week, cut up your remaining chicken and add to a sandwich with fresh lettuce and tomato.

Ditch Processed Junk Food

It might be easy to grab a snack from the vending machine or even a seemingly healthy chopped salad from a deli. But those foods are often high in calories, excess sodium, added sugar, saturated (and even trans) fats, and additives. Not to mention the costs add up. Instead, make your own trail mix to keep on hand. You’ll spend a little bit more upfront on dried fruits and nuts, but you won’t have to shell out $2 to $3 every afternoon for a snack. And you have control over what goes into your body.

Buy in Bulk

Often, buying in bulk will save you money and keep your pantry stocked with healthy foods. Keep a stockpile of nuts, dried fruit, rolled oats, seeds, and beans on hand for Sunday meal prep.

Related: Foods You Should Buy in Bulk

Make Produce Your Friend

A prepared salad can be expensive. At a nice restaurant, it can run you $15. At a make-your-own salad joint, it could be $10 or $11. For less than $2, you can buy a head of Romaine lettuce, which will give you 10 to 12 cups of chopped lettuce. A pound of bell peppers? Just a few bucks and will last you all week.

You can also head to the freezer and canned aisles:

Frozen Vegetables
When veggies are frozen just after picking, they retain their nutrients (and are cheaper and convenient). Skip those with sauces and seasoning—they’re high in added sugar and salt.

Canned Vegetables 
Choose low-sodium or no-salt-added for a nutritious, easy way to add veggies to stir-fry or as a side.

Frozen Fruit
Just like veggies, you can get nutritious fruit from the freezer aisle. Add to a smoothie, or thaw and toss in pancake batter or yogurt.

Canned Fruit
Depending on the season, canned may be cheaper than fresh fruit. Watch out for fruit packaged in heavy syrup or artificial sweeteners. Instead, look for brands that are packed in water or their own juice.

 Try Meatless Monday

Even if you‘re planning your meals in advance (see my first tip!), opting to go meatless one night a week can save money (and time!). That doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on much-needed protein to help your muscles recover. Eggs, dairy, and plant-based protein like beans and lentils are good, fairly inexpensive options. Try a veggie omelet one night or make a batch of lentils and toss in a green salad for lunch.

The article 5 Ways You Can Eat Healthy on the Cheap originally appeared on Runner’s World.

Mother Nature: “Waste Not..Please!”

Japan To Dump Radioactive Waste From Fukushima Disaster Into Pacific Ocean

By Amanda Froelich (July 15, 2017)

The head company responsible for cleaning up the Fukushima disaster plans on dumping 580 barrels of water tainted with tritium — a radioactive form of hydrogen — into the Pacific Ocean.

Though it is well-established that the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster is a detriment to human health, wildlife and the environment, the head company responsible for the Fukushima clean-operation, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), is intent on dumping water tainted with tritium — a radioactive form of hydrogen — into the Pacific Ocean. Presently, there are about 580 barrels of the radiative water which were used to cool the nuclear plant’s damaged reactors.

According to The Independent, the company’s decision to dump tainted water from Fukushima’s triple meltdown has outraged locals and citizens around the globe. Despite the fierce outcry, Takashi Kawamura, chairman of TEPCO, declared: “The decision has already been made.” However, TEPCO is not legally allowed to release the nearly 777,000 tons of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean until the government gives the final approval. “We cannot keep going if we do not have the support of the state,” said Mr. Kawamura.

Among those infuriated by the proposal to dump tritium-tainted water into the ocean are fishermen, who say the decision will affect their livelihoods. Kanji Tachiya, head of a local fishermen’s cooperative, for instance, told the press: “Releasing (tritium) into the sea will create a new wave of unfounded rumors, making our efforts all for naught.”

TEPCO claims tritium is of little danger to humans unless exposed to high quantities. Said NRA chairman Tanaka, the chemical is “so weak in its radioactivity it won’t penetrate plastic wrapping.” Oceanagrapher Simon Boxall, who works at the University of Southhampton, agreed. He told The Guardian, “In the broad scale of things, if they do end up putting the material in the Pacific, it will have minimal effect on an ocean basin scale.”

Whether or not the water harms wildlife is questionable, but of more concern, it seems, to environmental activists is the potential that similar practices may become more common. “They say that it will be safe because the ocean is large so it will be diluted, but that sets a precedent that can be copied, essentially permitting anyone to dump nuclear waste into our seas,” said Aileen Mioko-Smith of Green Action Japan. Considering radiation from Fukushima crippled two robots in the past, some believe there is cause for concern.

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Recipe: Spicy Vege Burger Patties

How to Make Spicy Veggie Burger Patties
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Veggie burgers make a satisfying meal and are easy to make at home.
While some store-bought veggie burgers have the reputation of being bland,
or even unhealthy, you can spice up homemade veggie patties in plenty of ways.
Combining rice and beans in a burger patty provides a complete protein and
makes for a well-rounded, nutritious meal. Chipotle chilies give these black
bean veggie burger patties a kick. Finish with your favorite toppings.

Things You’ll Need

1 (14-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup cooked brown rice

2 tablespoons red onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced

1 chipotle chili in adobo sauce, chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
Olive oil or canola oil for cooking

Cook the brown rice according to package instructions. You’ll need one cup cooked, which is the equivalent of 1/3 cup uncooked rice.

It’s easiest to cook 1 cup of dry rice (yielding 3 cups cooked) and save the leftover cooked rice for other uses.

In order to make black bean burgers spicy, you can use fresh diced jalapeno,  leaving the seeds in, dried cayenne pepper or canned chipotle chilies in adobo sauce.

Chipotle chilies are very spicy, so you’ll only need one pepper for the recipe and can
use the remaining chilies for future uses.

Step 1: Prepare the Base

Pour the cooked brown rice and drained and rinsed black beans into a mixing bowl.
Use a fork to mash the beans, leaving them somewhat chunky.

Step 2: Chop the Vegetables

Finely chop the red onion, garlic and chipotle chili. Make sure the pieces are very fine
so they can become well incorporated with the burger patties.

Step 3: Mix

Add the onion, garlic, chili, ground cumin and salt to the mixing bowl with the rice and beans.

Stir everything together until well-incorporated. The rice and bean mixture will be thick,
slightly sticky and very malleable.

Step 4: Form Patties

Form the mixture into a large ball, and then divide it into four equal sections.
Make a small ball out of one of the sections and press between your palms to
flatten into a burger patty.

Make patties out of the remaining three sections of the mixture, and place all of the patties on a plate.

Step 5: Cook

Heat a large (10-inch) skillet to medium-high, and add enough cooking oil to generously coat the surface,
about 3 tablespoons.

Carefully place all of the burger patties on the hot skillet. Cook until crispy, about 2 to 3 minutes.
Carefully flip the patties and cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes until golden-brown on both sides.

Step 6: Serve

Toast burger buns, and make complete veggie burgers with your favorite toppings, such as fresh greens, avocado, tomato and onion.

Link:  http://www.ehow.com/how_4695949_spicy-veggie-burger-patties.html

Strawberries Top List of Fruits With Most Pesticides!

This Fruit Tops ‘Dirty Dozen’ List — Again

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Ranking the 12 fruits and veggies most likely to be contaminated

by Cheryl Bond-Nelms, AARP, July 11, 2017|

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For the second year in a row strawberries top the ‘Dirty Dozen’ list.

Fruits and vegetables are important to a healthy diet, but the annual report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) that ranks fruits and vegetables based on levels of pesticides may leave you confused about what is healthiest to eat.

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The EWG list is called the Dirty Dozen and includes fruits and vegetables considered “dirty” because of high levels of pesticide residue. At the top of the list? Strawberries, for the second year in a row.

The Dirty Dozen:

Strawberries
Apples
Nectarines

Peaches
Celery
Grapes

Cherries
Spinach
Tomatoes

Bell Peppers
Cherry Tomatoes
Cucumbers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture found that nearly 30 percent of strawberries tested contained the residue of more than 10 pesticides, and the dirtiest were linked to 21 pesticides.

Rinsing fruits and vegetables thoroughly before eating used to be the best advice, but the EWG report also states that strawberries were “most likely to be contaminated with pesticide residues even after they are picked, rinsed in the field and washed before eating.”

Although the statistics sound unnerving, the USDA states that “overall pesticide chemical residues found on the foods tested are at levels below the tolerances established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and do not pose a safety concern.”

Also, the EWG report doesn’t contain all bad news. The good news is a list of fruits and vegetables considered lower in pesticide contamination — the Clean Fifteen list.

The Clean Fifteen:

Avocados
Sweet Corn
Pineapples

Cabbage
Frozen Sweet Peas
Onions

Asparagus
Mangoes
Papayas

Kiwi
Eggplant
Honeydew Melon

Grapefruit
Cantaloupe
Cauliflower

Only 1 percent of the avocado samples tested positive for pesticide residue. And not one of the samples from the clean list tested positive for more than four types of pesticides, while a large percentage of pineapples, papayas, mangoes, kiwi and cantaloupes were found to have no detectable pesticide residue.

Still concerned? Experts suggest buying organic fruits and vegetables whenever possible as well as purchasing produce at your local farmers market.

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Benefits Of Cinnamon On Plants: Using Cinnamon For Pests, Cuttings, & Fungicide

By Anne Baley

Cinnamon is a wonderful flavor addition to cookies, cakes and any number of other foods, but to gardeners, it’s so much more. This versatile spice can be used to help root cuttings, to prevent fungus from killing small seedlings and even for keeping pests away from your home. Once you learn how to use cinnamon powder for plant health, you’ll think twice about grabbing harsh chemicals for your gardening needs.

Benefits of Cinnamon on Plants

The benefits of cinnamon on plants is widespread and you may end up reaching for the spice almost daily. Here are some of the most common uses of cinnamon in gardens:

Cinnamon for pests

If you have a problem with ants [1] in your home or greenhouse, cinnamon is a good deterrent. Ants don’t like to walk where cinnamon powder lays, so summer ant problems will be decreased.

Use cinnamon for pests inside and outside your house. Find their entryway and sprinkle cinnamon powder in the path. Cinnamon won’t kill the ants in your home, but it will help to keep them from coming inside. If you have a problem with ants in your child’s sandbox, mix a container of cinnamon powder with the sand, mixing it well. Ants will steer clear of the sand.

Cinnamon as rooting agent

Cinnamon as a rooting agent is as useful as willow water [2] or hormone rooting powder [3]. A single application to the stem when you plant the cutting will stimulate root growth in almost every plant variety.

Give your cuttings [4]a quick start with the help of cinnamon powder. Pour a spoonful onto a paper towel and roll damp stem ends in the cinnamon. Plant the stems in fresh potting soil [5]. The cinnamon will encourage the stem to produce more stems, while helping to prevent the fungus that causes damping-off disease.

Cinnamon fungicide control

Damping off disease [6] is a fungus-based problem that hits small seedlings just as they begin to grow. Cinnamon will help prevent this problem by killing the fungus. It also works with other fungal problems exhibited on older plants, such as slime mold [7] and with deterring mushrooms in planters [8].

Take advantage of cinnamon fungicide control by making a cinnamon spray for plants. Stir some cinnamon into warm water and allow it to steep overnight. Strain the liquid through a coffee filter and put the results into a spray bottle. Spray the stems and leave of affected plants, and mist the potting soil in plants that have a mushroom problem.


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RX Inserts “Unreadable?”

Prescription drug insert sheets blasted as “unreadable” … they’re intentionally designed to obscure risks and side effects

Image: Prescription drug insert sheets blasted as “unreadable” … they’re intentionally designed to obscure risks and side effects

 

 

 

 

 

(Natural News) If you’ve ever taken a prescription drug, you are probably familiar with those paper inserts that come inside the package – although there’s a good chance you’ve never actually read every word on them. These papers are filled with tiny print outlining the medication’s purpose, dosage, and side effects, but they are so long and technical that few people actually read them from start to finish.

The U.K.’s Academy of Medical Sciences recently slammed the pamphlets in a report, saying that patients find them “unreadable” and “impenetrable” and that they need to be made clearer to increase patient understanding.

The Chair of the report, Professor Sir John Tooke, took pharmaceutical companies to task for the confusing scientific language used in the leaflets. For example, the inserts inside acetaminophen mention the chances of developing pancreatitis and hepatitis but don’t shed light into what those conditions are or just how high the risk is. He says the inserts “aren’t written from a consumer’s perspective.”

Of course, this complex language is really good at accomplishing one thing: making people give up in frustration and ensuring they do not grasp the full extent of the possible side effects that could occur from taking a particular medication. By obscuring the truth about a drug’s side effects and risks, more people will take them and refill their prescription without worrying too much about the repercussions, fattening the wallets of Big Pharma.

By the way, this problem extends to vaccines. In fact, many patients never even read the inserts that come with vaccines because their doctors open up the package and administer it on the spot. If they did read it, they would have known, for example, that the fine print on the package insert of the 2013-2014 flu shot contained mercury, thimerosal and formaldehyde, and that its safety had not been established in pregnant women even though it was administered to them. Even more outrageously, the vaccine comes with just one insert despite being a 10-dose vial intended for 10 different people.

Patients, doctors don’t trust pharmaceutical companies

The Academy of Medical Sciences report also showed that patients trust their friends and family’s opinion more than clinical trial results when it comes to the effectiveness and safety of the drugs they take. After surveying more than 2,000 members of the public and 1,000 doctors, they found that 65 percent of people trust the opinion of their friends and family, while just 37 percent trust medical research evidence.

In addition, they found that 63 percent of the public was skeptical of the claims made by drug trials. Even more concerning was the fact that 82 percent of doctors said they were skeptical of drug trial claims, with the same amount believing that medical research is biased toward making the drugs appear safe and effective. This begs the question of why they continue to prescribe medication if they have such a high degree of mistrust.

The Academy has also proposed a list of questions that patients should ask their doctors when being prescribed medication. It includes questions like how a medication can improve their health and if it can be taken with other medications, but it conveniently omits questions like whether natural or safer alternatives exist.

The FDA reports that medication errors lead to at least one death each day and injure around 1.3 million Americans each year, while the Pharma Death Clock says that nearly 400,000 people have been killed by prescription drugs since 2000. Clear and honest prescription inserts in easy-to-read language and type could go a long way toward helping to prevent many of these unnecessary deaths and injuries.

Sources include:

DailyMail.co.uk

NaturalNews.com

BBC.com

TheGuardian.com

FDA.gov

PharmaDeathClock

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