Sunday, December 04, 2016

Bye large cell companies

We honestly love TING, a pay as you go service. Check it out: https://zlh56o4i6hd.ting.com/

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Common emulsifiers can cause cancer in mice

It's interesting--I get headaches from stuff like gellan gum and carrageenan, and apparently emulsifiers in common processed foods cause cancer in mice, via altering the microbiome. It's also associated with ulcerative colitis and other inflammation--

The microbiota is also a key factor in driving Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, the two most common forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). IBD is known to promote colon tumorigenesis and gave rise to the term "colitis-associated cancer." Low-grade inflammation, a condition more prevalent than IBD, was shown to be associated with altered gut microbiota composition and metabolic disease and is observed in many cases of colorectal cancer. These recent findings suggest dietary emulsifiers might be partially responsible for this association.



read more here

Monday, November 07, 2016

Everybody loves Tata Harper products ... until they don't



BUYER BEWARE


People are talking a lot about Tata Harper so called natural products, which you can buy at Sephora. But I am hearing more and more about how the "scent" makes people ill or inflamed. Check it out yourself before you invest  http://lifetheuniverseand-hhope.blogspot.com/2011/07/tata-harper-review-its-complicated.html

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Mold in your coffee can make you sick?



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That first cup of coffee is pure bliss for those people needing their morning caffeine fix, whether it is prepared with milk, sugar or simply black. But how about a splash of mycotoxins? A new study confirms the presence of these toxic metabolites produced by fungi in commercial coffee samples, leading to concerns about potential public health risks.

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Coffee with a splash of mycotoxins? The new study reveals levels that exceed those legally allowed in Spanish samples of coffee.
The study - led by Dr. Emilia Ferrer of the University of Valencia in Spain - is published in the journal Food Control.
She and her colleagues explain that mycotoxins are compounds produced by filamentous fungi - such as Aspergillus or Fusarium - that cause disease and health issues. These compounds can be carcinogenic and may affect the hormonal and immune systems.
Mycotoxicoses is the toxic effect of mycotoxins on animal and human health. Exposure to these compounds is typically by ingestion, but it can also occur through the skin or by inhalation.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), general interest in mycotoxins came about in 1960, when turkey X disease - a form of mycotoxicosis that was related to animal feed - arose in farm animals in England.

read more here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/301759.php

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

With Mammography overdiagnosis is real

Years ago I wrote for the New York Times, "Why I Never Got a Mammogram," where I looked at mortality data for women who got mammograms versus those who didn't (spoiler alert--they are exceedingly similar).

Now the New England Journal says the overdiagnosis of breast cancer via mammography is larger than generally recognized. Definitely something to consider.

"I think the main message [of the study] is that screening has both benefits and harms. There is no single 'right answer' ― values matter. Screening is a choice, not a public health imperative," Dr Welch told Medscape Medical News.
Overdiagnosis is considered one of the harms of screening, but it is not easily evaluated using clinical trial data because of the need for long-term patient follow-up, the study authors say.


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Monday, April 18, 2016

It's allergy season--but watch out for OTC drugs !

This article talks about how common allergy and cold medications interfere with choline, and important brain chemical. Benedryl, actually, is a highly anti-cholinergenic drug.

From OregonLive: 


Over-the-counter night-time cold medicines can make life bearable when you're battling a virus. And for allergy sufferers, drugs such as Claritin can significantly improve quality of life.
But researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine now suggest you think long and hard before taking many common cold and allergy medications, especially if you're past middle age.
The scientists, whose work has been published in the journal JAMA Neurology, say drugs that have a strong "anticholinergic effect" shrink the brain and decrease brain metabolism. This is not a new finding: earlier research has found a link between anticholinergic drugs and cognitive impairment among older adults. A 2013 study concluded that taking one of these drugs for only two months causes memory problems in older people.
read more here

I have kept my allergies in check using natural remedies like nettle, quercetin, cod liver oil. Easy and effective. Read the old GreenFertility post here

Monday, September 14, 2015

Mineral Fusion Lipstick - gluten free!


People have been making fun of gluten-free cosmetics as being overly precious, but I, for one, have had contact gluten problems, so having cosmetic makers pay attention to it is a boon.

Lipsticks are known to contain a lot of toxins, including heavy metals like lead, which is particularly bad because you're always eating your lipstick. Mother Jones has a list of some of the worst offenders: http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2013/05/study-lead-metals-lipstick-top-20

Mineral Fusion has a nice color, lasts long, and rates low in toxins on the Environmental Working Groups data base : http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/search.php?query=mineral+fusion+lip&search_group=everything&ptype2=

Although it should be noted this recommendation is based on "limited data." But if you're looking for a lipstick that's "natural," Mineral Fusion is a good choice, using natural moisturizing ingredients like castor oil and skipping the waxes and chemicals. Learn more here: http://www.mineralfusion.com/collections/cosmetics