Health & Wellness
The petition dates back to September 2007, when the Pesticide Action Network North America and the Natural Resources Defense Council requested a ban of the common pesticide based on concerns over its toxicity.The petitioners, some scientists and environmental groups claim that chlorpyrifos can harm children's developing brains and nervous systems. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, exposure to chlorpyrifos can cause a range of symptoms including nausea, vomiting, headaches, dizziness, seizures and paralysis.
But some scientists and the US Department of Agriculture argue that chlorpyrifos is not harmful at exposure levels upheld by the EPA.
Comment: Ummm...wonder why the EPA did not respond to requests for comment?!
The EPA has already banned chlorpyrifos near homes, schools, and gardens.
Chlorpyrifos was eliminated from homes, schools, day care facilities, parks, hospitals, nursing homes, and malls—in 2000. But the EPA permitted continued use of chlorpyrifos in agricultural areas. "This pesticide was removed from home uses ... because EPA recognized the dangers to children at that point, but the uses in agriculture were still allowed," says Veena Singla, an NRDC staff scientist based in San Francisco, California.
She points out that the EPA's own assessment says that risks for farmworkers can't be mitigated by anything short of stopping its use. The EPA's revised human health risk assessment [PDF, see page 12], released last December, found some risks to farmworkers who mix and apply chlorpyrifos products to crops. The assessment also indicated that when chlorpyrifos is applied in high amounts in small watersheds, there are potential risks to drinking water.
Sun, 02 Apr 2017 15:55 UTC
Sadly, as the National Diet and Nutrition Survey found, what you're really doing is giving your children a huge sugar load while sending them on their way: half of their daily intake on average. There's a reason that the World Health Organisation and the United States Department of Agriculture have provided upper limits of sugar - because dietary sugar fries your kids' liver and brain; just like alcohol.
Alcohol provides calories (7kcal/g), but not nutrition. There's no biochemical reaction that requires it. When consumed chronically and in high dose, alcohol is toxic, unrelated to its calories or effects on weight. Not everyone who is exposed gets addicted, but enough do to warrant taxation and restriction of access, especially to children. Clearly, alcohol is not a food - it's a dangerous drug, because it's both toxic and abused.
Comment: Bacon and eggs!
For example, research shows that foot conditions like hallux vagus (HV, a common forefoot deformity in older people commonly referred to as "bunions") was directly associated with marked decreases in quality of life. Foot pain, reduced foot function, lowered social capacity, and even degraded general health. That sort of thing.
But that's just one foot condition, right? Yes...and no. The picture of averages looks rather bleak.
A clinical assessment of 166 Hong Kong hospital outpatients over the age of 65 found that 70% of those patients had some sort of foot condition. In the U.S., things aren't much better. While surveys have shown extensive variability in reports of foot problems (anywhere between 30% and 95%), other research points to more dramatic prevalence of what I'd consider significant problems. Large-scale, random epidemiological studies aren't available without confounding factors that muddy the waters. Still, one extensive European study found that 78% of people over 65 suffered from kind of diagnosed foot issue. Even at the most conservative of estimates, that means a minimum of one third of all Americans over 65 will have some form of debilitating foot disorder. And the worst part? Many of the studies discovered that only a small percentage of these people actually report or complain about their foot problems. Apparently, for them it's just a fact of life.
But most of us here choose differently for ourselves. We prefer to challenge that fatalist "come what may" approach to aging. Feet shouldn't be an exception. In fact, given the statistics, they might well be a smart priority.
Comment: Helpful tips for the plight of the modern foot
- Go barefoot for a truly prehistoric health boost
- Earthing: Health Benefits from being Grounded
- The many benefits of earthing: Is the best medicine around right beneath our feet?
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 15:26 UTC
Today's fisheries are faced with a range of severe problems, from overfishing to chemical pollution and genetic mutation from toxic exposures. As noted by the producers of the film, "through intensive farming and global pollution, the flesh of the fish we eat has turned into a deadly chemical cocktail."1
Despite that, the fish business is booming, in part due to efforts to keep the dirty underbelly of modern fisheries from public sight.
Aquaculture promotes itself as a sustainable solution to overfishing. But in reality, fish farms actually cause more problems than they solve. There's really little difference, in terms of environmental pollution, between land-based feedlots and water-based ones.
Sat, 01 Apr 2017 20:57 UTC
It makes sense if you think about it, because every other species weans and then never drinks milk again for the rest of their lives. This is because they don't have the enzyme to break down sugar in milk. In this video, Katherine S. Pollard, PhD., from the University of California shares how during human evolution, some humans experienced a mutation in the LTC gene, the lactose gene, and that these are the mutations that allow us to process lactose as adults. We weren't born with this gene, we had to develop it.
Not only that, the animal industry alone kills billions of animals every single year, and that's just in America alone. Factory farming is causing extreme environmental degradation and excess of greenhouses gases. Another factor to consider is animal cruelty. This is a great little video done by Erin Janus, an animal and environmental activist who is raising awareness about multiple issues. In her video she brings up some great points about the modern day dairy industry.
Mon, 18 Jul 2016 12:39 UTC
"We've spent years trying to figure out why this happened to me. I had no risk factors, no family connection with aneurysms. But I did take Cipro several times including one months long prescription. It was often prescribed by my physicians."Introduced in 1987, Cipro is a fluroquinolone antibiotic used to treat a wide variety of infections, including UTI and chronic prostatitis, some skin infections, respiratory tract, ear and joint infections. But it has a long record of serious side effects.
In 2008, the FDA issued a Black Box warning about an increased risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture, especially in the elderly. In 2013, the FDA warned about possible seizures and irreversible peripheral neuropathy. Headache, dizziness, and insomnia, tremor, anxiety, hallucination and suicide attempts were also reported.
Comment: Do your research, this antibiotic is not worth the risk of sudden death from an aortic aneurysm dissection. If you are prescribed fluoroquinolone antibiotics, urge your doctor to consider another option. See also:
- Another hit against fluoroquinolone antibiotics: Massive tooth damage.
- A bitter pill to swallow: Fluoroquinolone antibiotic
- The dangerous effects of FDA approved chemotherapy drugs masquerading as antibiotics
- Don't Take That Pill! -- The Ignored Risks of Fluoroquinolones
- Fluoroquinolones: The antibiotics from hell
- Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics Linked To Severe Liver Damage
- Fluoroquinolone neuropathy feels like acid burning and electrocution
Sat, 01 Apr 2017 00:00 UTC
While it's typically consumed "black" and hot in the East, in the West it's often consumed cold with lemon as iced tea or hot with milk and a sweetener like sugar or honey. Some varieties of black tea that may ring a bell include "English Breakfast" and "Irish Breakfast." You may also be familiar with "Early Grey," which is a black tea with bergamot essential oil, or chai tea, which combines a variety of spices with black tea. Any of these varieties come with black tea benefits so you can choose whichever one you prefer.
Today, black tea is by far the most popular of the tea varieties, and it's commonly consumed daily in Western as well as South Asian countries like Sri Lanka and India. So we definitely know it has a lot of fans, but how healthy is black tea? Let's take a look at exactly how black tea benefits your health whether you're already a long-time devotee or you're considering making it your new go-to caffeine of choice.
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:00 UTC
Jennie Noll, director of the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network and professor of human development and family studies, and Idan Shalev, assistant professor of biobehavioral health, found that young girls who are exposed to childhood sexual abuse are likely to physically mature and hit puberty at rates 8 to twelve months earlier than their non-abused peers. Their results were published recently in the Journal of Adolescent Health.
"Though a year's difference may seem trivial in the grand scheme of a life, this accelerated maturation has been linked to concerning consequences, including behavioral and mental health problems and reproductive cancers," said Noll.
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Sat, 01 Apr 2017 20:38 UTC
According to a study published in JAMA Surgery, younger women with breast cancer are increasingly opting to undergo double mastectomies, even if they were diagnosed with early-stage cancer in only one breast. The procedure to remove the healthy breast, along with the affected breast is called a contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM).In fact, the rate has gone up so much in some states, more than 42% of women 20 to 44 who underwent surgery between 2010 and 2012 opted to remove both breasts with a CPM, researchers want to know why.
(Above: Amberlea Childs, 36, was newly engaged when she found a lump the size of a large walnut in her right breast. She would go on to have a double mastectomy.)
Ahmedin Jemal, vice president for surveillance and health services research at the American Cancer Society, and senior author of the study believes there are a couple possibilities for the rise: the desire for symmetry and the Angelina Jolie effect. (Remember she was diagnosed with the BRCA-1 cancer gene that mutation that causes breast cancer and chose to have a double mastectomy.)
Quite surprisingly, both the American Society of Breast Surgeons and the American Board of Internal Medicine came to a consensus on CPM and published it in the journal Annals of Surgical Oncology:
The new study also included data on 1.2 million women aged 20 and older in the U.S. who were diagnosed with early-stage invasive unilateral breast cancer between 2004 and 2012.Researchers took a close look at which patients in the data underwent a lumpectomy 58.4%); a unilateral mastectomy, in which only the breast with cancer is removed(32.9%); or a contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (8.7%) and found that the proportion of women opting for CPM declined with age. Only 2.4% of those 70 or older had both breasts removed, compared with 29.3% of those 20 to 29."CPM should be discouraged for an average-risk woman with unilateral breast cancer. However, patient's values, goals, and preferences should be included to optimize shared decision making when discussing CPM. The final decision whether or not to proceed with CPM is a result of the balance between benefits and risks of CPM and patient preference."
However, nationally, the prevalence of CPMs increased over time: between 2004 and 2012, the number of women 45 and older who had both breasts removed jumped from 3.6% to 10.4% and in women 20 to 44, the number rose from 10.5% to 33.3%.
Where women are more likely to get healthy breasts removed
The highest proportion of CPM is done in the Midwestern states: Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa, Colorado and South Dakota. But the trend continues across the East Coast; in Virginia, 9.8% of younger women underwent CPMs between 2004 and 2006 and 32.2% between 2010 and 2012, in Rhode Island, 7.6% rose to 25.8%, and in West Virginia, 6% rose to 26.4%, in Wisconsin, 13.8% rose to 32.7%.From the article:
What seems to be clear is that physicians need to make more of an effort to have a balanced discussion with patients to try to dissuade them from removing a healthy breast. Although quite frankly, the ideal situation is that physicians talk to their patients about living a healthy lifestyle that would help hinder cancer growth in the first place. But yes, please encourage women to stop removing their breasts!"Another study, published last year in the journal Annals of Surgery, found that the use of CPM overall more than tripled in the United States between 2002 and 2012, despite a lack of evidence that the procedure offers a survival benefit. 'Further examination on how to optimally counsel women about surgical options is warranted,' the authors of that study wrote."
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Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:28 UTC
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a disease that ravages the body's nerve cells, leaving people unable to control their bodies. People can die as soon as two years after first experiencing symptoms.
"Several previous studies have found that electrical workers are at increased risk of ALS," says Neil Pearce, at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. "We don't know why the risk is higher, but the two most likely explanations involve either electrical shocks, or ongoing exposure to extremely low frequency magnetic fields."
Now an analysis of data from more than 58,000 men and 6,500 women suggests it is the latter. Roel Vermeulen, at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, and his team found that people whose jobs exposed them to high levels of very low frequency magnetic fields were twice as likely to develop ALS as people who have never had this kind of occupational exposure.
Comment: For a more in depth look at EMF exposure in general and the numerous sources in our environment read the following:
- EMF pollution - What is EMF?
- EMF Pollution: Man-Made EMF, Dirty Power, and AC magnetic fields
- EMF pollution: The health impacts of wireless RF radiation
- EMF pollution: What you can do to reduce your EMF exposure