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Tuesday, 25 November 2008
For those of you too young to remember, Ronald Reagan, back in his B movie actor days, hawked 20 mule team borax on his television show. Sodium borate, a hazardous chemical, is the main ingredient. It's also found in rat poison and in the ingredient list for the HPV vaccine. What's it doing in a vaccine being injected into 9 year-old girls and potentially boys and men? It's probably a preservative.

Sodium borate is a boric acid salt (also known as borax). It has many common uses. It's used as a rat poison, and found in laundry detergents, cosmetics, flame retardants, enamel glazes, and chemical buffer solutions. Though used in the past as a food additive, countries like Australia no longer allow that.

Boric acid was commonly employed in medical preparations in the past. For instance it was used to disinfect and treat wounds. Due to its caustic nature people who received this treatment over time could get sick and according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. The Library of Medicine also suggests the treatment for exposure-pumping out the stomach, IV liquids, and kidney dialysis.

The EPA considers boric acid as moderately acutely toxic due to acute effects including oral and skin toxicity, and eye and skin irritation. EPA studies using animals resulted in blood and metabolism disorders as well as effects to the testicles, hormonal system, brain weight, and size ratios among various organs and glands. It is considered harmful if swallowed, inhaled, or absorbed through the skin, causing irritation to the respiratory, digestive, skin, and eyes.

Some additional information to consider if you are weighing the pros and cons of the vaccine. Do you really want to inject a rat poison into your daughter or son's body?

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Friday, 21 November 2008
November 2008 Journal of Law & Economics
I've been saying for a long time that limiting access to fast food would have a huge positive impact on the health of our children-heart disease, diabetes, obesity, etc. This new study agrees with me.

A ban on fast food commercials, as proposed in this study, would reduce the number of obese young children by 18%, and the number of obese older kids by 14%, researchers found. They also suggested that ending an advertising expense tax deduction for fast-food restaurants could mean a slight reduction in childhood obesity.

This is the first national study to show fast-food TV commercials have such a large effect on childhood obesity. A 2006 Institute of Medicine report suggested a link, but conclusive proof was lacking.
According to study co-author Michael Grossman, an economics professor at City University of New York, "Our study provides evidence of that link," And Lisa Powell, a researcher at the University of Illinois at Chicago's Institute for Health Research and Policy, said that the study "has important implications for the effectiveness of regulating TV advertising."

The percentage of U.S. children who are overweight or obese has risen steadily from the 1980s. About a third of American kids are overweight or obese, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates. For years researchers have been pondering the effects of TV advertising. Powell, for example, found fast-food commercials account for as much as 23% of the food-related ads kids see on TV. Others have estimated children see fast-food commercials tens of thousands of times a year.

This study is based on several years of government survey data from the late 1990s that involved in-person interviews with thousands of U.S. families. The researchers also looked at information about local stations in the 75 largest TV markets, including locally seen fast-food commercials and the size of viewing audiences.

I would be very happy to see no fast food zones around our schools and no television ads. Our children could only benefit.

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Thursday, 13 November 2008
Cod Liver Oil, Vitamin A Toxicity, Frequent Respiratory Infections, and the Vitamin D Deficiency Epidemic; Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 2008;117:864-870
On November 11, 2008, sixteen well-known experts, including John J. Cannell, MD, and Reinhold Vieth, MS, PhD, published an unprecedented warning about the ingestion of cod liver oil and resultant vitamin A toxicity.
In the strongly worded document, the group condemned the 1997 Food and Nutrition Board (FNB) recommendations for vitamin D, stating "The 1997 FNB recommendations offend the most basic principles of pharmacology and toxicology, leading us to conclude that the current official guidelines and limitations for vitamin D intakes are scientifically indefensible."
In addition to warning that the consumption of cod liver oil could easily lead to Vitamin A toxicity, the above experts recommended healthy children take 1,000 IU/day of vitamin D for every 25 pounds of body weight. In some cases this is more than 10x current recommendations for children by the government and professional organizations.
Finally, the group recommended that "children with chronic illness such as autism, diabetes, and/or frequent infections" may need to take even more vitamin D, "doses adequate to maintain their 25-hydroxy vitamin D in the mid normal of the reference range (65 ng/ml) - and should be so supplemented year around." Less than 1% of American children currently have such levels.

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Monday, 10 November 2008
Nov 2008 issue of Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev.
Lung cancer is a very dangerous health situation and the prognosis for the disease is very poor. You definitely don't want to wait and develop the disease, and then think about doing something. According to statistics from the U.S. government, more than 200,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with lung cancer every year. Overall, more than 160,000 die from the disease each year.

So what can you do to prevent lung cancer? We already know that significant levels of physical activity are protective. And so is a diet high in fruits and vegetables, because of the increased amounts of antioxidants, Vit. E, C, and minerals like selenium. Reducing your exposure to environmental pollutants is important, as well as proper sleep, and decreasing stress and fatigue.
This new study showed once again that high levels of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] was linked with reduced risk of lung cancer.
Researchers at the National Public Health Institute in Helsinki, Finland looked at data on serum vitamin D levels and cases of lung cancer for 6,937 men and women.   During a maximum follow-up of 24 years, 122 cases of lung cancer were recorded.
An association between vitamin D and lung cancer risk was observed for the highest levels versus the lowest. For women, those who had the highest levels of vitamin D in their blood were 84% less likely to develop lung cancer.   For younger participants, those with highest levels were 66% less likely to have the disease compared to those with the lowest levels.
The researchers concluded, "...women and young participants with a higher level of vitamin D were observed to have a lower lung cancer risk."

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Friday, 07 November 2008

This is an important story to look at, especially since it is hunting season. Health officials in North Dakota are recommending that pregnant women and young children avoid eating meat from wild game killed with lead bullets.


The recommendation is based on a study released November 5 2008 that examined the lead levels in the blood of more than 700 state residents. Those who ate wild game killed with lead bullets appeared to have higher lead levels than those who ate little or no wild game.


The usual tag line appears for a story like this. Everybody is to be assured that the elevated lead levels were not dangerous. Yet North Dakota says pregnant women and children less than six years old should avoid eating venison killed using lead bullets. Lead poisoning can cause learning problems, nutrient deficiencies, neurological problems including convulsions, and in severe cases lead to brain damage and death.


This study, conducted by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the North Dakota state health department, is the first to connect lead traces in game with higher lead levels in the blood of game eaters. A separate study by Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources previously found that fragments from lead bullets spread as far as 18 inches away from the wound.


Officials in North Dakota and other states have warned about eating venison killed with lead ammunition since the spring, when a physician conducting tests using a CT scanner found lead in samples of donated deer meat.


This might be a good time to pick up bow hunting if you use lead shot. One useful diagnostic I’ve used to determine heavy metal toxicity related to ammunition is a hair mineral analysis. It might be something to consider if you handle a lot of ammunition.

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