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    Dangerous Chemicals in Food Wrappers Likely Migrating to Humans
    Popcorn popped in a microwave. PAPs are applied as grease proofing agents to paper food contact packaging such as fast food wrappers and microwave popcorn bags—ScienceDaily (Nov. 9, 2010) — University of Toronto scientists have found that chemicals used to line junk food wrappers and microwave popcorn bags are migrating into food and being ingested by people where they are contributing to chemical contamination observed in blood.–Perfluorinated carboxylic acids or PFCAs are the breakdown products of chemicals used to make non-stick and water- and stain-repellent products ranging from kitchen pans to clothing to food packaging. PFCAs, the best known of which is perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), are found in humans all around the world.—-“We suspected that a major source of human PFCA exposure may be the consumption and metabolism of polyfluoroalkyl phosphate esters or PAPs,” says Jessica D’eon, a graduate student in the University of Toronto’s Department of Chemistry. “PAPs are applied as greaseproofing agents to paper food contact packaging such as fast food wrappers and microwave popcorn bags.”—In the U of T study, rats were exposed to PAPs (polyfluoroalkyl phosphate esters or PAPs,)  either orally or by injection and monitored for a three-week period to track the concentrations of the PAPs and PFCA metabolites, including PFOA, in their blood. Human exposure to PAPs had already been established by the scientists in a previous study. Researchers used the PAP concentrations previously observed in human blood together with the PAP and PFCA concentrations observed in the rats to calculate human PFOA exposure from PAP metabolism.—“We found the concentrations of PFOA from PAP metabolism to be significant and concluded that the metabolism of PAPs could be a major source of human exposure to PFOA, as well as other PFCAs,” says Scott Mabury, the lead researcher and a professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Toronto.—“This discovery is important because we would like to control human chemical exposure, but this is only possible if we understand the source of this exposure. In addition, some try to locate the blame for human exposure on environmental contamination that resulted from past chemical use rather than the chemicals that are currently in production.—“In this study we clearly demonstrate that the current use of PAPs in food contact applications does result in human exposure to PFCAs, including PFOA. We cannot tell whether PAPs are the sole source of human PFOA exposure or even the most important, but we can say unequivocally that PAPs are a source and the evidence from this study suggests this could be significant.”—Regulatory interest in human exposure to PAPs has been growing. Governments in Canada, the United States and Europe have signaled their intentions to begin extensive and longer-term monitoring programs for these chemicals. The results of this investigation provide valuable additional information to such regulatory bodies to inform policy regarding the use of PAPs in food contact applications.—The study was conducted by Jessica D’eon and Scott Mabury of the University of Toronto’s Department of Chemistry and is published November 8 in Environmental Health Perspectives. Research was funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.—Story Source:–The above story is reprinted (with editorial adaptations by ScienceDaily staff) from materials provided by University of Toronto. The original article was written by Kim Luke.—-Journal Reference:—Jessica C. D’eon, Scott A. Mabury. Exploring Indirect Sources of Human Exposure to Perfluoroalkyl Carboxylates (PFCAs): Evaluating Uptake, Elimination and Biotransformation of Polyfluoroalkyl Phosphate Esters (PAPs) in the Rat. Environmental Health Perspectives, 2010; DOI: 10.1289/ehp.1002409
    Deadly Latex Evading Lax Food Labelling Laws
    ScienceDaily (Aug. 9, 2006) — Food packaging containing latex should be labeled to avoid the possibility of sensitive individuals being exposed to potentially deadly levels of the allergen, experts told C&I. A recent UK study revealed that one third of food packaging tested was contaminated with latex. The latex was transferred to food in some cases. In one unnamed chocolate biscuit, the amount of latex found was 20 times the level that instigates a reaction.–A group of experts from the UK Latex Allergy Support Group (LASG) Advisory Panel said that these results were significant. ‘For a few people, natural rubber latex is a very potent allergen and for these individuals, there is no safe level of exposure,’ says LASG representative Graham Lowe. ‘We would welcome an approach to the EU to consider this evidence and the issue of labelling,’ he said. Lowe added that latex transfer to food could account for some currently inexplicable reactions. There is no agreement on a safe level of latex, but it has been reported that a billionth of a gram (1ng/ml) can be enough to cause a reaction. Currently manufacturers are not required to label food packaging as containing latex. Scientists at Leatherhead Food International measured the presence of four major latex allergens in 21 types of food packaging for confectionary, fruit and vegetable produce, meat, pastry and dairy products. A third of the materials tested gave positive results for the presence of latex and in some cases this was transferred onto the food (Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture DOI 10/1002/jsfa.2580). The highest levels of latex allergens were found in a chocolate biscuit containing nearly 20ng/ml. The wrapper contained 85ng/ml of latex. The highest levels in packaging was detected in ice cream wrappers, with over 370ng/ml found in one sample. The ice cream itself contained around 14ng/ml. One company admitted spraying whole wrappers with latex adhesive, so that they could be sealed with minimum wastage. A spokesperson for the Food Standards Agency, which funded this study, said food-labelling guidelines were designed to avoid restriction of choice due to excess use of warning labels. ‘Advisory labeling should only be used when, following a thorough risk assessment, there is a real risk of allergic reactions,’ they said.The Leatherhead study is the first attempt to quantify the latex allergens present in food contact materials and also in foods. Between 1-6% of the British population suffer from latex allergies. Latex is used in many food packaging materials, including rubber bands, meat netting, stickers found on some fruit and vegetables and the adhesive used for cold sealing of confectionary.–Story Source: -The above story is reprinted (with editorial adaptations by ScienceDaily staff) from materials provided by Society of Chemical Industry.
    Chemicals From Recycled Cardboard May Contaminate Take-out Food, Researchers Say
    Plasticisers were found in some pizza boxes containing recycled material, according to a recent study in Italy. ScienceDaily (Nov. 30, 2007) — A new test can identify take-away paper-based food containers (such as pizza boxes) that break phthalate safety rules. The phthalates (plasticisers) are present because the containers were made from pulp that contained at least some recycled paper and cardboard. In Italy, where the test was developed, this use of recycled paper and cardboard for food packaging breaks food safety rules. Recycling paper and cardboard is a great goal, but it can have its problems. If the original paper is loaded with inks, adhesives and other substances, then these will be passed into the new recycled material. If that material is used to package food then the food could be exposed to the chemicals from recycling. One chemical of particular concern is diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP). This is commonly found in inks and other chemicals used in printing. It is potentially dangerous because it has a similar structure to androgenic hormones in the human body. With take-out pizzas, hot food is placed inside the cardboard box, and so there is a high chance that the food will be exposed to any volatile chemicals in the cardboard such as plasticisers as they will enter the headspace of the box. To avoid this contamination, the boxes should be made from unrecycled materials. Working at the University of Milan, Italy, a team of scientists has developed a test that looks specifically at DIBP. In a paper published recently in Packaging Technology and Science, the researchers report the analysis of boxes purchased from 16 different take-away restaurants in northern Italy. They found that while some boxes exposed pizza to just over 7 micrograms of DIBP under test conditions, others gave exposure to over 40 micrograms and one to more than 70 micrograms of DIBP. This is a clear indication that the boxes had been manufactured using at least some recycled paper or cardboard. Our test can give a standardised measurement of the risk of exposure associated with individual types of boxes,” says lead author Monica Bononi. “Safety is a key concern in the food industry, and regulations within Italian law help by setting standards for packaging. Our test could help monitor how well manufacturers are keeping to those standards,” says co-author Professor Fernando Tateo.–Story Source:–The above story is reprinted (with editorial adaptations by ScienceDaily staff) from materials provided by Wiley-Blackwell, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS.
    Do Not Abandon New Cigarette Warning Labels, Experts Urge
    ScienceDaily (Nov. 9, 2010) — Health Canada’s cancellation of plans to renew tobacco warning labels on cigarette packages may lead to increased smoking rates and smoking-related illnesses and deaths, states an editorial in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Ten years ago, Canada was a leader in warning labels and other effective tobacco policies. Abandoning this labeling policy may be a set back for efforts in Canada, particularly as labels are now the government’s only remaining mass communication initiative warning of the dangers of smoking. “Warning labels are an effective, inexpensive communication strategy,” writes Dr. Matthew Stanbrook, a respirologist and CMAJ deputy editor with Editor-in-Chief Dr. Paul Hébert. “The “dose” of information increases automatically in proportion to the amount of tobacco consumed: the more often smokers reach for a cigarette, the more often they see and are influenced by the warnings.” Warning labels also deter non-smokers from taking up smoking and can be viewed by children and youth as well as adults. The international Framework Convention on Tobacco Control recommends large pictorial warning labels and Canada was the first country to adopt labeling regulations in compliance with these guidelines with positive results. “Knowledge of specific health consequences of smoking is twice as high among Canadian smokers compared to their counterparts in the US and UK, where warning labels do not meet the guidelines,” write the authors. However, warning labels need to be refreshed to be effective as they lose impact over time and with repeated exposure. Countries such as Thailand and Uruguay have updated their labels several times in the last five years based on this evidence whereas Health Canada has not changed a single label over the same period in this country. “The federal Minister of Health has previously shown leadership in getting tobacco control legislation passed through Parliament. Her leadership is needed again,” they conclude. — Story Source: — The above story is reprinted (with editorial adaptations by ScienceDaily staff) from materials provided by Canadian Medical Association Journal, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS.—Journal Reference: Stanbrook, Matthew B., Hebert, Paul C. The federal government’s senseless policy change on tobacco warning labels. CMAJ, 2010; DOI: 10.1503/cmaj.101583
    Vapor Rub Relieves Cold Symptoms for Children, Helps Them Sleep Better
    ScienceDaily (Nov. 8, 2010) — Applying a vapor rub is effective for treating children with night-time cough and congestion and improves sleep for children with cold symptoms, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. “Upper respiratory infections are the most common acute illnesses in the world,” said Ian Paul, M.D., M.Sc., associate professor of pediatrics and public health sciences. “Symptoms caused by these infections are disruptive for children, and often disturb sleep for both ill children and their parents, with an impact on subsequent daytime activities. Safe and effective, evidence-based treatments are desperately needed by parents and healthcare providers for children.” Recent studies by Paul and colleagues at the Penn State College of Medicine looked at the efficacy of oral over-the-counter treatments such as dextromethorphan and diphenhydramine for upper respiratory infection symptoms. They found the preparations no more effective than a placebo. Vapor rubs, containing menthol, camphor and eucalyptus oils, have been used for over a century without published evidence to support their use. “The American Academy of Pediatrics does not support the use of over-the-counter oral cough and cold medications for children due to a lack of evidence of efficacy and the potential for side effects,” Paul said. “The question of whether clinicians can recommend a vapor rub topical treatment to treat cold symptoms required evaluation.” Paul and his research team recruited 138 children ages 2 to 11 for the study. Parents assessed their child’s symptoms the night before enrollment in the study. Each child was then randomly assigned to one of three treatment groups: Vicks® VapoRub®, petroleum jelly placebo, and no treatment. Parents of children receiving the vapor rub or petroleum jelly massaged the treatment into their child’s neck and chest 30 minutes before bedtime. The randomized study was partially double-blinded. Medical staff did not know what treatment each participating family received when distributing their sealed specimen cup-containing envelope. Parents of children who received the vapor rub or petroleum jelly were blinded to their treatment group. To accomplish this, given the characteristic scent of vapor rubs, parents received their own specimen cup of vapor rub that they were instructed to apply between their own upper lip and nose before opening their child’s treatment in order to ensure they could not detect the smell of their child’s treatment. Parents of children in the no treatment group received an empty specimen cup. Parents then completed a second survey the following morning assessing their child’s cough, sleep, congestion and runny nose.In comparisons across the three treatment groups, parents reported that the vapor rub provided significantly greater relief as measured by cough frequency, cough severity, congestion and the child’s ability to sleep. Parents also rated their own sleep as most improved in the vapor rub group when compared across the three study groups. Paired comparisons between the vapor rub group and the no treatment group demonstrated the superiority of the vapor rub for all study outcomes except runny nose. Paired comparison of the vapor rub group to the petroleum jelly group showed vapor rub improved child’s sleep, parent’s sleep and the combined symptom score. The petroleum jelly placebo was not significantly better than no-treatment for any study outcome. The most common side effect cited with the use of the vapor rub was a burning sensation of the skin, reported by 28 percent of participants receiving that treatment. No side effects were reported with use of petroleum jelly. The results of this study suggest that an old, commonly used remedy is effective at providing symptomatic relief from night-time cold symptoms with the added benefit of improving sleep for children with colds and their parents,” Paul said. “Vapor rubs have been used for generations, but this study demonstrates that this therapy is indeed effective.” The research results appear in the December issue of Pediatrics. An unrestricted research grant from Procter and Gamble funded this study. An unrestricted grant enables the research team to design and conduct the study and analysis independently from the study sponsor, ensuring that the research can be published by the investigators regardless of whether the results are favorable to the sponsor. –Other members of the research team are Jessica Beiler, M.P.H., Edelveis R. Clapp, D.O., Julie Vallati, L.P.N., and Cheston M. Berlin Jr., M.D., all of the Department of Pediatrics; and Tonya S. King, Ph.D., Department of Public Health Sciences.–Story Source: The above story is reprinted (with editorial adaptations by ScienceDaily staff) from materials provided by Penn State, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS. Journal Reference: Ian M. Paul, Jessica S. Beiler, Tonya S. King, Edelveis R. Clapp, Julie Vallati, and Cheston M. Berlin, Jr. Vapor Rub, Petrolatum, and No Treatment for Children With Nocturnal Cough and Cold Symptoms. Pediatrics, December 2010 DOI: 10.1542/peds.2010-1601
    Recipe to make your own Vapour RUB
    —you will need 4 essential oils ( peppermint—camphor—eucalyptus birch or wintergreen—palm or coconut oil and  beeswax—take a glass container and shred or add 1 tablespoon of bees wax in the container—allow the heat of the water to melt the wax—then add 1to 3 drops of each of the essential oil in container with the wax– and make sure the wax has melted— then add 1-2 ounces of either the coconut or the palm oil or of each at a 1:1 ratio ( equal amounts) allow the heat to fuse all together( five minutes if the oils get warm enough to absorb the wax and the essential oils ) then add another 3 drops of each oil in the blender with the rest—Pour the fat or oil into a blender and blend for about 2-3 minutes a high speed –when done pour into a glass container–When cooled down it should b gelatinized or firm —apply this like petroleum rub in all areas —this is a vapour cream without petroleum products and this can be used for joint pain by adding a tiny pinch of red pepper–And apply this to inflamed areas
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    Show Of The Week November 15 2010
    Making a MouthWash
    Sesame protein isolate may reduce heart disease risk
    Lecithins may reduce acrylamide formation
    No cure for mad soy disease
    Traditional Medicines to Become Illegal in Europe
    Making a MouthWash—what you will need is ever clear or a good vodka or gin or rum ( all clear ) the essential oil of either Thyme, Peppermint, or Spearmint -Bay leaf –Oregano –Clove-Cinnamon—any one of these oils will do add 6 oz of the alcohol in a glass container and then ad 1-6 drops of any of the oils you choose—if you decide to combo the essential oils then only do up to 4 drops- Shake vigourously-or percuss this at least 100 times to insure fusion—or shake this everyday for 3 days —and then use 1 tsp amount in 2 oz of water—swirl this in the mouth and then spit put—will sanitize and clean the oral area and gum and teeth line as well
    Sesame protein isolate may reduce heart disease risk
    Protein isolates from sesame seed may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, according to results of a new study with rats.
    The study, published in the Journal of Food Science, finds that dietary intake of sesame protein isolates lowers levels of total plasma cholesterol, and has beneficial effects lipid peroxidations, triacylglycerol, and LDL-, and HDL- cholesterol concentrations. -“Sesame protein isolate consumption can reduce cardiovascular disease by reducing LDL cholesterol, triacylglycerol, and by increasing HDL cholesterol. As sesame is an important oil seed crop in various parts of the world, sesame protein isolate can be utilized in various food formulations for its beneficial effect,” stated the researchers, led by Dr Santinath Ghosh from Calcutta University. “Sesame protein can play an important role due to availability and favorable nutrient composition. The presence of sulphur containing amino acids is an added advantage for sesame protein,” they added.
    Protein isolates
    According to the authors, much current research and product development is focused on products helping to reduce or control diet-related chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, atherosclerosis, cancer, or liver failure. They noted that dietary protein has been shown to affect plasma cholesterol concentration and metabolism of polyunsaturated fatty acids in the liver. Sesame seeds are mainly grown for their oil; however they are also a promising source of plant proteins, containing about 20 percent protein; however this can be raised to around 50 percent once defatted. The authors noted that whole dehulled sesame seeds are popular in food items because of their low price, high nutritional quality, and versatile functional properties, however the benefits of sesame protein isolate (with at least 90 percent protein on dry weight basis) are relatively unknown. –“As far as we know, there are no investigations on the dietary effects of sesame protein isolate, on experimental hyperlipidemia … The aim of the study was to assess sesame protein isolate on plasma, erythrocyte (red blood cell) membrane, and liver lipid profile and corresponding lipid peroxidation in rats with diet-induced hyperlipidemia,” wrote Dr Ghosh and colleagues.
    Cholesterol reduction
    The researchers reported total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol and triacylglycerol levels were significantly reduced by sesame protein isolate fed rats with high cholesterol diets, compared to the control casein-fed rats.  HDL-cholesterol level was also seen to increase by 41 percent through ingestion of sesame protein isolate. They authors also observed up to a 64 percent lowering of plasma lipid peroxidation, as well as up to 56 percent reductions in lipoprotein oxidation susceptibility in sesame protein isolate and isolate containing cholesterol groups. -Ghosh and co workers also reported significant lowering of red blood cell membrane lipid peroxidation (up to 68 percent lower) and liver lipid peroxidation (up to 76 percent lower), from sesame protein isolate.
    Gaining importance
    The authors noted that sesame protein isolate was more effective in preventing the formation of lipid peroxides when compared with casein. —“This sesame protein isolate, even in association with cholesterol, was able to protect plasma lipoproteins against oxidation,” stated Ghosh and colleagues –“Therefore, our results indicate that sesame protein isolate decreases cholesterol concentration in plasma, increases HDL-cholesterol, and also decreases plasma and erythrocyte membrane lipid peroxidation with or without cholesterol fed diet in rats,” they added. —However, they noted the detail of the mechanism by which the serum cholesterol concentration is regulated by vegetable protein isolates such as sesame, and soy, remain unclear.
    Source: Journal of Food Science
    Volume 75, Issue 9, pages H274–H279, doi: 10.1111/j.1750-3841.2010.01821.x
    “Antihyperlipidemic Effect of Sesame (Sesamum indicumL.) Protein Isolate in Rats Fed a Normal and High Cholesterol Diet”
    Authors: A. Biswas, P. Dhar, S. Ghosh
    Lecithins may reduce acrylamide formation
    Amino phospholipids and commercially available lecithins such as EGG and Sunflower may reduce the formation of acrylamide, according to new research.
    The study tested commercially available egg and sunflower lecithins, as well as phosphatidylethanolamine (PE) and ethanolamine. According to findings published in Food Chemistry, PE, ethanolamine and egg and sunflower lecithins to all significantly reduce the formation of acrylamide in a simple model. -“All these results point to lecithins as potential acrylamide mitigating additives in the formulation of food products…They may also be used in combination with amino acids and proteins,” wrote the researchers, led by Dr. Rosario Zamora, of the Instituto de la Grasa, Spain.
    Acrylamide is a known neurotoxin and a suspected carcinogen formed by a heat induced reaction between sugar and the amino acid asparagine. The process – known as the Maillard reaction – is responsible for the brown colour and tasty flavour of baked, fried and toasted food. –In 2002 Swedish researchers found the carcinogenic compound was present at high levels in many foods . The discovery grabbed international headlines, alarming consumers and food safety authorities globally. -Since then acrylamide has been the focus of much research, and had been found in many foods, including, bread, crackers, sweet biscuits, deep-fried products and coffee. Epidemiological studies have since reported that everyday exposure to acrylamide from food substances is too low to be of carcinogenic concern – however in March 2010 the European Chemical Agency added the compound to its list of ‘substances of very high concern’ . —The main focus of research has been on the compound’s effects in humans, and in how to improve production methods in order to reduce or remove acrylamide from foods. -The authors noted that various compounds that have shown promise in acrylamide reduction, however many can not be widely used as they are not recognised as GRAS substances, or because they are too expensive to be applied at an industrial scale. –The new study investigated the role of amino phospholipids and lecithins in acrylamide reduction, using asparagine/glucose and asparagine/2,4-decadienal model systems to analyse the formation of acrylamide.
    Reduced Formation
    The researchers reported the addition PE (phosphatidylethanolamine) significantly reduced the formation of acrylamide in both asparagine/glucose and asparagine/2,4-decadienal models. -Ethanolamine was found to be more effective that PE in reducing acrylamide formation, with the authors observing an 85 per cent reduction in its presence. –Sunflower and Egg lecithin were also seen to reduce acrylamide formation in the model systems, however dipalmitoylphosphatylcholine (PC) was not found to mitigate acrylamide. –Although both PE and ethanolamine were found to significantly mitigate acrylamide formation, the authors noted that reductions were higher in the asparagine/glucose model system than in the asparagine/2,4-decadienal system.
    Mitigating agent
    The authors concluded that lecithins may act as mitigating agents for acrylamide in foods, noting that PE had a similar behaviour to that of the amino acid glycine. —“Analogously to glycine, its mitigating action may be related to the presence of a primary amino group in the phospholipid, which can both: react with carbonyl compounds, thus protecting asparagine from degradation, and add to the carbon-carbon double bond of the formed acrylamide,” stated the authors. –Source: Food Chemistry–Published online ahead of print, doi: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2010.10.084 “Amino phospholipids and lecithins as mitigating agents for acrylamide in asparagine/glucose and asparagine/2,4-decadienal model systems”Authors: R. Zamora, R.M. Delgado, F.J. Hidalgo
    No cure for mad soy disease
    They call it “mad soy disease” in Brazil, where it has been spreading from the
    north, causing yield losses of up to 40 percent, most notably in the states of  Mato Grosso, Tocantins and Goias. Like its namesake, mad cow disease, it is incurable [1, 2, 3].  This is the latest GMO fiasco to surface since our report on the meltdown in the USA [4] (GM Crops Facing Meltdown in the USA, SiS 46), China [5] (GM-Spin Meltdown in China, SiS 47), and Argentina [6] (Argentina’s Roundup Human Tragedy, SiS 48).–Mad soy disease has afflicted soybeans sporadically in the hot northern regions of Brazil in the past years, but is now spreading to more temperate regions in the south “with increased prevalence overall”, according to a US Department of Agriculture scientist. The disease delays the maturation of infected plants indefinitely; the plants  remain green until they eventually rot in the field. The top leaves thin out, and the stems thicken and become deformed. The leaves also darken compared to healthy plants; the pods, when formed, are abnormal with fewer beans. Researchers have yet to find a cure for the disease, as they are still not sure what causes it. The prime suspect for spreading disease is the black mite found in stubble when soybean is grown in no-till production systems. According to the USDA Global Agricultural Information Network, Brazil has 24 million Hectacre planted to soybean, 78 percent of which are GM [3]. Apart from mad soy disease, Brazil’s soybean is simultaneously afflicted by soybean Asian rust that first appeared in 2001-2002.  Producer groups are requesting the Brazilian  Government Agency to speed up approval of more effective fungicide to combat the  disease, which would have significant cost implications. But for mad soy disease, no cure is forthcoming. Mato Grosso, which alone produces nearly 30 percent of Brazil’s soybean crop, is among the states that have brought the issue of mad soy disease “to the forefront”. US scientists identified more than 40 diseases associated with glyphosate and glyphosate-tolerant crops  Disease of GM soybean is no longer a surprise. Senior scientists in the United States, who have studied glyphosate and glyphosate-tolerant GM crops for decades, identified more than 40 diseases linked to glyphosate, and the list is growing [7] (Scientists Reveal Glyphosate Poisons Crops and Soil, SiS 47). Glyphosate tolerant crops play a pivotal role in causing and spreading diseases, not only to the crops themselves, but also to other crops grown nearby or planted subsequently [8] (Glyphosate Tolerant Crops Bring Diseases and Death, SiS 47).
    Traditional Medicines to Become Illegal in Europe
    Licensing Herbal Medicinal Products under the EU Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD)
    In less than a year, virtually all medicinal herbs will be illegal in the European Union.—It sounds like a bad April Fool’s joke, but it’s not. On the first of April next year, thousands of products associated with traditional medicine will become illegal throughout the European Union.—April 1, 2011, is the date the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD) comes into force throughout Europe. Many herbal products—including those already sold safely as food supplements—will need to be registered under THMPD if they are to be made available. But registration involves a series of eligibility and technical challenges as well as prohibitive costs, so a large number of traditional medicines will be prevented from being registered. This is especially true if the medicines are made by smaller companies with low annual sales volumes—a fairly common occurrence with traditional medicines. In their take-no-prisoners strategy to wipe out every penny of competition and gain complete control of the health of the people, Big Pharma and Agribusiness have scored a major win in Europe. Similar, potentially devastating battles are also underway in the U.S. How can this be happening? The secret weapon used by drug companies is trade law. According to Gaia Health: –“Rather than treating food and traditional medicines as human rights issues, they have been treated as trade issues. That makes the desires of large corporations the focus of food and herbal law, rather than the needs and desires of people.—It’s this twisting that has resulted in the FDA’s making outrageously absurd statements, such as claiming that Cheerios and walnuts quite literally become drugs simply because of health claims made for them.”-A related concern is that laws and regulations that are enacted in Europe often influence US policy—and a negative outcome over there is a dangerous precedent that could be adopted here at home. So preserving access in the EU is absolutely critical to our own health freedoms.Our colleagues at the Alliance for Natural Health International (ANH-Intl), together with the European Benefyt Foundation (EBF), have established a joint working group to coordinate their response to this issue. They plan a three-pronged attack:
    Force a judicial review of THMPD as being an unsuitable vehicle for assessing traditional medicines. Not a single Ayurvedic or traditional Chinese medicine product has been registered under it. This will be expensive—please see below about how you can help with a gift.
    Change the EU food supplement regulations. The current regulations say that herbal products previously sold as food supplements are to be reclassified as medicines; a food or herb preparation is considered “novel” (and thus banned from sale) if it cannot be proved that one or more of its ingredients had been used significantly in the EU before May 1997; and health claims made by many herbal products are banned, limiting consumer choice.
    Facilitate a new regulatory framework for traditional medicinal products to replace THMPD and expand its scope. This would regulate not only over-the-counter herbal medicines, but practitioner-prescribed and pharmacy-dispensed supplements as well. The European Benefyt Foundation has been working to develop such a framework for over a year.
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    Show of the Week 11 -19-2010
    Recipe for Chelation
    Common chelating agents follow
    Sarah’s link—She is treating her self with a skin cancer
    Chart On who Owns what
    ALGIN- Algin derived from seaweeds such as kelp, dulse and algaes such as chlorella provide protection from many of today’s pollutants. Canadian researchers have found that algin can prevent living tissue from absorbing radioactive materials, including strontium-90, barium, mercury, aluminum, tin, cadmium, zinc and manganese. Strontium-90 is so dangerous because it has an affinity for calcium and will accumulate in food substances that are high in calcium such as milk and green leafy vegetables. Such contaminated calcium carries strontium-90 directly to the bones where it damages bone marrow. Kelp has been shown to block strontium-90 from being absorbed by the body. Kelp particles (sodium alginates) strip the metal ions from the calcium molecule forming insoluable salts that are then eliminated from the body
    Magnesium- Magnesium protects the cells from absorbing aluminum, mercury, lead, cadmium, beryllium and nickel. Evidence is mounting that low levels of magnesium contribute to the heavy metal deposition in the brain that precedes Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s. Researchers have found that children with both learning disabilities and heavy metal toxicity have low total body magnesium
    NAC- (N-acetyl-L-cysteine )-NAC powerfully neutralizes mercury as a poison if 500 to 750 mg—Combine this  2:1 with vitamin C where the vitamin C is 1000mgs then the NAC should be 500 mgs and if you add B1 to this then lead will come out as well from the brain area
    Clay baths- Clay Baths- Many people have used magnetic clay baths successfully in detoxing from mercury, aluminum, radiation and other environmental pollutants such as those found in “chemtrails
    Algin-Sea Weed- Iodine—removes chlorine-bromine- aluminum-mercury and radiation from the body as well—either use iodoral or lugols  iodine 1-4 drops daily to remove radioactive –chlorine—bromine—mercury—lead aluminum out of the system
    Bioflavonoids-Pectin-Vitamin C- will bind to mercury- lead- aluminum-barium- and draw these out of the system as well good to complement these with either garlic –onion—msm –alpha lipoic acid – Methionine-or NAC— Utilize at the least 3 grams of vitamin C with 1,500 mgs of the bioflavonoids and go up in the dose til you reach bowel tolerance
    Enzymes-Serreptase- will bind or dissolve asbestos out of the body as well as other metals and blood clots as well as fibroids and cyst—can be used in conjunction with edta to increase the effect of the removal of mercury- arsenic-cadmium-lead-aluminum—Use 1- 20,000SU serrepeptase 4-5 tines a day or a ful spectrum digestive enzyme with trypsin or use both together this will eliminate any type of blood clotting and metals as well as asbestos
    Vitamin A and Vitamin E- used in the removal of toxic metals from the body—in cases where there has been silver poisoning vitamin E in conjunction with other nutrient is able to assist in the removing of excess silver build up—the dose can range from 25,00-50,000 mgs of vitamin A and 400-800 mgs of Viotamin E ( Non SOY based )
    Baking Soda –Epsom salt-Chlorine- aids in the removing of radiation of the body and will remove chemicals as well as metals from the system –it can be potent—the dose is I cup of Epsom salt ¼ cup of chlorine and ½ -1 cup of Baking soda –mix well in the bath—and set in the tub with water as hot as you can tolerate—and allow for 20 minute + soaking minimal
    MSM-will bind as well with mercury and lead and aluminum and other heavy metals in the body—good combo would be with Vitamin C (1000mgs) with MSM ( 1000 mgs) and add NAC or L- Cysteine with this ( 500 mgs)
    DMSA- is given at a dose of 10 mg for every kilogram body weight divided over three times a day for five days. For example, a 60 kg person would be prescribed 200mg of DMSA, three times a day, for 5 days. Then the frequency of administration is reduced to twice a day for the next fourteen days. Thereafter, oral chelation therapy is guided by blood and 24-hour urine mercury levels. Chelation should be continued until the mercury blood level and the 24-hour urine mercury level falls below 20 microgram per liter.
    Gum Mastic—a iron chelator-as well as the removal of elements was decreased in the order: Cu > Fe, Zn > Mn > Ni, Cd. Gallic acid content was 0.1 mg/g resin
    Potassium and Magnesium—Chelates Barium Nitrate—using mega dosing with potassium—since barium poisoning can displace potassium levels through out—increasing the potassium with magnesium sulphates ( Epsom salts) can remove this
    EDTA-a chelating protein that can remove from the body barium-lead-mercury-aluminum-cadmium-calcium-lead—and when combined with serrpeptase is more effective as a chelating agent-can be used internal as well as through IV
    Common chelating agents follow:
    Used in
    Dimercaprol (BAL)
    acute arsenic poisoning[9]
    acute mercury poisoning[9]
    lead poisoning (in addition to EDTA)[9]
    SAFE – with minimal Side effects-                                             Dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA)
    lead poisoning[9]
    arsenic poisoning[9]
    mercury poisoning [9]
    Dimercapto-propane sulfonate (DMPS)
    severe acute arsenic poisoning[9]
    severe acute mercury poisoning[9]
    Mainly in:
    copper toxicity[9]
    Occasionally adjunctive therapy in:
    gold toxicity[9]
    arsenic poisoning[9]
    lead poisoning[9]
    rheumatoid arthritis[9]
    Safe with minimal side effects-                                                             Ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid (calcium disodium versante)                  (CaNa2-EDTA)
    lead poisoning[9]
    Deferoxamine and Deferasirox
    acute iron poisoning[9]
    iron overload[9]
    There are 34,000 pesticides and herbicides registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as well as 65,000 other chemicals. Over one-fourth of the 4 billion pounds of pesticides used in the world annually are used in the United States. Each year, 10,000 chemicals are being synthesized by industry and added to the over 1 million already in existence.—Environmental toxins are chemical toxins that come into our bodies via air, water, food or direct contact with the skin. Virtually all of us are now in a state of toxic overload from environmental toxins. Small toxic exposures each day (from common sources such as breakfast cereal, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, perfume, deodorant, hair dye, newspapers, magazines, exhaust fumes, carpets, new mattresses, dry cleaning or a newly-painted bedroom) will increasingly exceed and even incapacitate our body’s ability to detoxify. This causes these chemicals to accumulate to levels that will make us sick
    Recipe for Chelation—You will need garlic + Iodine + vinegar + bioflavonoids—what you will do is add garlig ( 1 bulb)  with iodine ( 6 drops) with a dried white of any citrus powdered ( 1 tablespoon) add to 1 cup of vinegar—and blend for 5 minutes or til smooth—add to a GLASS container –and use 1 tsp several times a day—You can take serreptase with it or edta—when doing this make sure you rotate the regimen so you are doing this bi weekly and add in the off week high levels of minerals and antioxidants
    Supplemental –you can as well do Vitamin C 1000mgs With NAC or L Cysteine 500mgs several times a day ( 3-4)  to again remove metals from the system
    You can make the Ginger –Onion Grapefruit combo as a juice –1 grapefruit-1/2 an onion-3-6 inch piece of ginger –peel and juice this and use 1 tablespoon increments—do this again throughout the day ( 4-5 times a day) you can increase the  uptake throughout as well—this formula will even break down blood clots and increase support to the immune system and increase antioxidant levels.
    Edta + Serrepeptase—take one capsule of Serrepeptase 10 mg ( 20,000 SU ) –With 1 edta 500 mgs 3-5 times a day—may want to take teas with milkthistle as well as sage and shiznadra berry to offset any toxicity overload in the liver and kidneys as well as utilizing juices made from watercress –parsley- dandelion-And use blood building foods such as beets and dandelion
    Texan produce plant shut down after listeria-tainted celery kills five
    The Texas Department of State Health Services has stopped production at a produce processing plant in San Antonio after it linked five deaths to listeria-contaminated chopped celery from the facility. —The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) ordered on Wednesday that Sangar Fresh Cut Produce recall all products shipped from the plant since January, after laboratory tests indicated the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in packages of chopped celery that it sold to schools, hospitals and restaurants. The celery is not believed to have been sold directly to consumers, the DSHS said, and Sangar’s customers have been advised not to cook the affected product, but to return it or throw it away. –The department carried out the testing as part of an eight-month listeriosis outbreak investigation into ten illnesses, including the five deaths. Six of the illnesses have been positively linked to celery from Sangar’s San Antonio plant, and all were in people with serious underlying health problems. —Health officials said: “Pinpointing a Listeria source is often difficult due to the small number of cases, the illness’ long incubation period and difficulty collecting complete information about what people ate.” –Texas state law allows the health department to order companies to stop production and recall foods if conditions exist that pose “an immediate and serious threat to human life or health.” They found soil on a food preparation table, a condensation leak above a food processing area, and hand washing issues at the plant, the department said in a statement. –The plant is not authorized to reopen without approval from the Texas DSHS. —No one from Sangar Fresh Cut Produce responded to a request for further information prior to publication. —The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 2,500 people become seriously ill with listeriosis in the United States each year, and 500 die. Pregnant women are particularly at risk, with about one-third of listeriosis cases occurring during pregnancy, the CDC said.
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    Show of the Week November-22-2010
    Food additives and hyperactive behaviour in 3-year-old and 8-9-year-old children
    Indena curcumin complex shows eye therapy potential
    Recipe for Lecithin and Tumeric & Black Pepper
    US Scientists Significantly More Likely to Publish Fake Research
    Cholesterol—The Good-
    Cholesterol Flowing
    — Food additives and hyperactive behaviour in 3-year-old and 8-9-year-old children -a randomised, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial
    Donna McCann, Angelina Barrett, Alison Cooper, Debbie Crumpler, Lindy Dalen, Kate Grimshaw, Elizabeth Kitchin, Kris Lok, Lucy Porteous, Emily Prince, Prof Edmund Sonuga-Barke, Prof John O Warner and Prof Jim Stevenson  —- A randomised, double-blinded, placebo-controlled, crossover trial to test whether intake of artificial food colour and additives (AFCA) affected childhood behaviour. —-(153) 3-year-old and (144 )8/9-year-old children were included in the study. The challenge drink contained sodium benzoate and one of two AFCA mixes (A or B) or a placebo mix. The main outcome measure was a global hyperactivity aggregate (GHA), based on aggregated z-scores of observed behaviours and ratings by teachers and parents, plus, for 8/9-year-old children, a computerised test of attention. This clinical trial is registered with Current Controlled Trials (registration number ISRCTN74481308). Analysis was per protocol. —-Conclusion—-Artificial colours or a sodium benzoate preservative (or both) in the diet result in increased hyperactivity in 3-year-old and 8/9-year-old children in the general population
    . . . The present findings, in combination with the replicated evidence for the AFCA effects on the behaviour of 3-year-old children, lend strong support for the case that food additives exacerbate hyperactive behaviours (inattention, impulsivity, and overactivity) in children at least up to middle childhood. Increased hyperactivity is associated with the development of educational difficulties, especially in relation to reading, and therefore these adverse effects could affect the child’s ability to benefit from the experience of schooling. These findings show that adverse effects are not just seen in children with extreme hyperactivity (ie, ADHD), but can also be seen in the general population and across the range of severities of hyperactivity. Our results are consistent with those from previous studies and extend the findings to show significant effects in the general population. The effects are shown after a rigorous control of placebo effects and for children with the full range of levels of hyperactivity. —We have found an adverse effect of food additives on the hyperactive behaviour of 3-year-old and 8/9-year-old children. Although the use of artificial colouring in food manufacture might seem superfluous, the same cannot be said for sodium benzoate, which has an important preservative function. The implications of these results for the regulation of food additive use could be substantial.
    Indena curcumin complex shows eye therapy potential
    Curcumin complex may reduce relapses of recurrent anterior uveitis by over 80 percent, according to new research. Results of the study, published in Clinical Ophthalmology, showed that after adjunct supplementation with the Indena’s curcumin–phosphatidylcholine complex, Meriva, only 18 percent of recurrent anterior uveitis patients suffered relapses. “Our work showed for the first time that Meriva formulation permits us to reach active therapeutic levels in the eye at a common dosage of two tablets per day and is well tolerated,” stated the authors, led by Dr Pia Allegri, from the Ophthalmological Department of Lavagna Hospital, in Italy. “This is the first large and controlled clinical study that demonstrates the efficacy of curcumin in eye relapsing diseases like anterior uveitis. It confirms the important anti-inflammatory activity of curcumin,” said Giovanni Appendino, Indena Scientific Advisor.
    Curcumin effects
    Indena said that with more than 3000 pre-clinical investigations, curcumin is one of the best investigated natural products. Curcumin has been associated with anti-inflammatory responses, and has been successfully used to treat inflammatory conditions in experimental research and in clinical trials, wrote the authors. Like most dietary phenolics, curcumin shows a very poor oral absorption, however, these problems have now been largely overcome by phospholipid complexation of curcumin, Indena claims. Uveitis is inflammation of the interior of the eye. Symptoms of recurrent anterior uveitis (RAU) include pain, redness, photophobia, and reduced vision. After reviewing several studies on curcumin and on curcumin–phosphatidylcholine complex, some investigating its anti-inflammatory effect in eye diseases, the researchers set out to demonstrate the efficacy of curcumin-phosphatidylcholine complex tablets as oral treatment of RAU.
    Positive results
    The authors stated that continuous and protracted treatment gave the result of a good anti-inflammatory effect and prevention of relapses. The results showed that the cumin–phosphatidylcholine complex was well tolerated, and could reduce eye discomfort symptoms and signs after a few weeks of treatment in more than 80 percent of patients. The researchers reported a total of 275 relapses one year before the treatment with curcumin complex, compared with 36 relapses at the end of the 12-month post supplementation follow-up period. This was an 88 percent improvement in RAU relapse. Moreover, the researchers reported that only one patient dropped out due to gastric intolerance to curcumin, showing that the Meriva curcumin–phosphatidylcholine complex was in the majority was well tolerated
    Important role
    The researchers suggested the therapeutic use of curcumin, in addition to traditional therapeutic protocols, “can play an important role in the adjunctive therapy of RAU of various origins and gives a contribution to the clinical potential efficacy of this plant-derived product in medicine.” “The success of our work suggests that curcumin’s potential anti-inflammatory effect may be useful in other chronic or relapsing ocular surface diseases, such as dry eye syndrome, allergic conjunctivitis, and blepharitis,” stated the authors.
    Source: Clinical Ophthalmology
    Volume 2010:4, Pages 1201-1206, doi: 10.2147/OPTH.S13271
    “Management of chronic anterior uveitis relapses: efficacy of oral phospholipidic curcumin treatment. Long-term follow-up”
    Authors: P. Allegri, A. Mastromarino, P. Neri
    Recipe for Lecithin and Tumeric & Black Pepper—take 2 -4 ounces of lecithin and add to a blender—add 1 tablespoon of tumeric and a ½ tsp of black pepper and blend—or take in a small bowl and mix well—add ons if you wish– Vitamin A -4 capsules or the equivalent of 100,000 IU ( add more if you like or less )and Cq10 4-5 capsules of 30-100 mg strength ( use whatever you have the lipid will make the A and Cq 10 more absorbable) then use ¼ tsp 2-3 times a day—the impact will increase the effect of the antioxidant to the liver –heart- eyes-the combination makes the Cq10 last longer in the body ( due to the piperine content of pepper) the cholesterol keeps flowing as it should and by utilizing the lecithin the cells in your body maintain a healthy integrity—Brain Support is increased due to this combination of increased Choline levels and the impact of reducing plaque—will have
    As well anti cancer and anti viral impact as a result of the Vitamin A and the Tumeric and Pepper—has anti parasitical impact as well as hearing and intestinal fortification
    US Scientists Significantly More Likely to Publish Fake Research,
    ScienceDaily (Nov. 17, 2010) — US scientists are significantly more likely to publish fake research than scientists from elsewhere, finds a trawl of officially withdrawn (retracted) studies, published online in the Journal of Medical Ethics.—Fraudsters are also more likely to be “repeat offenders,” the study shows.–The study author searched the PubMed database for every scientific research paper that had been withdrawn — and therefore officially expunged from the public record — between 2000 and 2010.–A total of 788 papers had been retracted during this period. Around three quarters of these papers had been withdrawn because of a serious error (545); the rest of the retractions were attributed to fraud (data fabrication or falsification).—The highest number of retracted papers were written by US first authors (260), accounting for a third of the total. One in three of these was attributed to fraud.–The UK, India, Japan, and China each had more than 40 papers withdrawn during the decade. Asian nations, including South Korea, accounted for 30% of retractions. Of these, one in four was attributed to fraud.—The fakes were more likely to appear in leading publications with a high “impact factor.” This is a measure of how often research is cited in other peer reviewed journals.–More than half (53%) of the faked research papers had been written by a first author who was a “repeat offender.” This was the case in only one in five (18%) of the erroneous papers.-The average number of authors on all retracted papers was three, but some had 10 or more. Faked research papers were significantly more likely to have multiple authors.–Each first author who was a repeat fraudster had an average of six co-authors, each of whom had had another three retractions.—“The duplicity of some authors is cause for concern,” comments the author. Retraction is the strongest sanction that can be applied to published research, but currently, “[it] is a very blunt instrument used for offences both gravely serious and trivial.”—Story Source:—The above story is reprinted (with editorial adaptations by ScienceDaily staff) from materials provided by BMJ-British Medical Journal, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS.—Journal Reference: R Grant Steen. Retractions in the Scientific Literature: Do Authors Deliberately Commit Research Fraud? J Med Ethics, 15 November 2010 DOI: 10.1136/jme.2010.038125
    Cholesterol—The Good-
    ñññOptimal serum Cholesterol levels help to prevent some types of Cerebrovascular Diseases and sub-optimal Cholesterol levels are associated with an increased risk of Cerebrovascular Diseases. ñññ
    Cholesterol is an essential component of Cell Membranes
    Cholesterol fine tunes Cell Membrane fluidity under constantly fluctuating conditions of dietary Fat intake.—    Caution:  excess Cholesterol can cause Cell Membranes to become too rigid.
    Cholesterol is a particularly important constituent of the Myelin Sheath that insulates Neurons.
    Cholesterol manufactured for use in Cell Membranes is manufactured in response to demand from the Cell Membranes themselves.
    AL-721 increases the fluidity of Cell Membranes by removing Cholesterol thereby lowering the Cholesterol:Phospholipid ratio within Cells Membranes.
    Digestive System
    Cholesterol’s byproducts (Cholic Acid, Chenodeoxycholic Acid and Deoxycholic Acid) are essential components of Bile.—Cholesterol facilitates the body’s absorption of dietary Fats in the Intestine.
    Immune System
    ñññLow Cholesterol levels increase the risk of Cancer.  ñññ
    Cholesterol (after its secretion by glands in the Skin) protects the Skin against infection by Detrimental Bacteria and Detrimental Fungi.
    ñññCholesterol possesses Antioxidant properties.  ñññ
    Nervous System
    ñññOptimal levels of Cholesterol are required in order to prevent Aggressiveness (excessively low Cholesterol levels increase the incidence of Aggressiveness).  ñññCholesterol is essential to the healthy function of the Brain.- ñññCholesterol helps to prevent Depression (low Cholesterol (under 160 mg/dl) is associated with an increased risk of Depression). ñññ–Optimal levels of Cholesterol are required in order to prevent Depression (excessively low Cholesterol levels increase the incidence of Depression).  ñññ-  Cholesterol indirectly counteracts excessive Stress (due to it being an essential constituent of the Adrenal Hormones – Adrenaline, Cortisol and Cortisone – that are released by the body in response to Stress):
    Caution:  excessive Stress causes the production of excessive quantities of endogenous Cholesterol.
    Cholesterol comprises 1% of human Sebum (in which it helps to protect the Skin against dehydration and accelerates the healing of Skin Tissue). ñññ
    Cholesterol Enhances the Function of these Substances
    ñññCholesterol is an essential precursor for the formation of all Steroid Hormones.  reñññ
    Steroids – Biochemical Pathway
    Cholesterol comprises 20% of High Density Lipoproteins (HDLs)-Cholesterol comprises 46% of Lipoprotein (a).–Cholesterol comprises 46% of Low Density Lipoproteins (LDLs)-Cholesterol comprises 22% of Very Low Density Lipoproteins (VLDLs)
    Cholesterol increases the number of Receptors in the Brain for Serotonin.
    ñññCholesterol is an essential precursor for the endogenous production of Vitamin D (Vitamin D3 form).  ñññ
    These Substances Enhance the Function of Cholesterol
    Electromagnetic Radiation
    Ultra-Violet Radiation converts the 7-Dehydrocholesterol form of Cholesterol to the Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3) form of Vitamin D in the Skin:
    Manganese facilitates the conversion of Cholesterol into Steroid Hormones.
    Steroid Biosynthetic Pathways
    3b-Hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase/!5-!4-isomerase
    17b-Hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase
    * P450-18
    Designation Name
    P450scc Cholesterol side chain cleavage enzyme
    P450-17a 17a-hydroxylase/17-20-lyase
    P450-21 21-hydroxylase
    P450-11b 11b-hydroxylase
    P450-18 18-hydroxylase
    P450-arom aromatase
    Note that P450-17a catalyzes both reactions in the conversion
    of pregnenolone to DHEA and in the conversion of
    progesterone to androstenedione.