Gails Remedy—Tumeric-Paprika-Cayenne-Pineapple-Bioflavonoid Take the centre core of a pineapple and slice it for the blender then add the bioflavonoids of any citrus—1/2 cup-add Paprika Hot 1/8 cup add Red Pepper 1/8 cup and add Tumeric ¼ cup and a ¼ cup of water to get started—add the water and the bioflavonoid and the herbs to the mix and blend til mixed Then add the pineapple—this will turn to a Gold colour Allow it to purree till completely fused--- and then use 1-2 tablespoons This will be a bit on the warm side Benefits The effect will be increased circulation—almost a complete relief of pain in moments-maybe used for migraine as well---will increases permeability of the blood vessels and veins—will minimize arterial blockage In the brain—increase circulation—potent antioxidant synergy- Antiinflammatory-AntiCancer-Organ Support-Liver-Heart-Intestine-Stomach-Lung-Immune Stabilzer ************************************************************* Chemical Found in Crude Oil Linked to Congenital Heart Disease: Fetal Exposure to Solvents May Damage Heart ScienceDaily (May 1, 2011) — While it may be years before the health effects of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are known, a new study shows that fetal exposure to a chemical found in crude oil is associated with an increased risk of congenital heart disease (CHD).--The study, presented on April 30 at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Denver, also showed that babies who had been exposed in utero to a chemical found in cleaning agents and spot removers were at increased risk of CHD.--Environmental causes of CHD have been suspected, and animal studies have suggested certain chemicals may cause CHD, a problem with the heart's structure and function due to abnormal heart development before birth.--"Congenital heart disease is a major cause of childhood death and life-long health problems," said D. Gail McCarver, MD, FAAP, lead author of the study and professor of pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children's Research Institute, Milwaukee. "Thus, identifying risk factors contributing to CHD is important to public health."---Dr. McCarver and her colleagues sought to determine whether human fetal exposure to solvents is associated with increased risk for CHD. The researchers tested samples of meconium, or fetal stool, from 135 newborns with CHD and 432 newborns without CHD. Meconium has been used to assess fetal exposure to illicit drugs such as cocaine. Seventeen compounds were measured in meconium samples using methods that detect very low levels of chemicals.--Additional data collected included race of the mothers and infants, family history for CHD, and maternal alcohol, tobacco, vitamin and drug use.--Infants with chromosomal abnormalities known to be linked to CHD, and babies of diabetic mothers were excluded from the study.---Results showed that 82 percent of infants had evidence of intrauterine exposure to one or more of the solvents measured.--Among white infants, but not black infants, fetal exposure to ethyl benzene was associated with a four-fold increased risk of CHD. In addition, exposure to trichloroethylene was associated with a two-fold increased risk for CHD among white infants and an eight-fold increased risk among black infants.--"This is the first report that exposure to ethyl benzene, a compound present in crude oil, was associated with CHD," Dr. McCarver said. Humans also can be exposed to ethyl benzene through inhalation of motor vehicle emissions, gasoline pump vapors and cigarette smoke.---"The association with ethyl benzene exposure is concerning, particularly considering recent oil spills," she said. "However, additional confirmatory studies are needed." The study also adds to existing concerns about trichloroethylene (TCE). "This is of particular importance because TCE is a commonly used degreasing agent, which also is present in many cleaners and spot removers. TCE also has been the most common chemical identified around hazardous waste sites," Dr. McCarver said."Limiting known maternal exposure to this compound during early pregnancy appears prudent, particularly among those at increased CHD risk," Dr. McCarver concluded.--Story Source--The above story is reprinted (with editorial adaptations by ScienceDaily staff) from materials provided by American Academy of Pediatrics, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS. ************************************************************* Response to a remedy for Diabetes Hey Tony! I wanted to drop you a note to let you know how the green drink and bitter mellon is working.--I have been fighting diabetes since I had chemo 15 years ago.-I could control it with diet for couple years then things just started getting worse. Went to oral meds then finally insulin. Also I have always had dawn phenomenon, high sugar spikes in the morning always over 120. I've been to the point where I was taking 1500 mg of Metformen, 4 mg of Glimepiride and 24 units of Lantus a day. I've had blood sugars over 500 before. With strict diet I've got down to 4 mg of Glimepiride and 18 units of Lantus for the last year or so still sugars 120 to 230 range. I have done all the chromium, cinnamon, etc. alternative things nothing effected my sugars at all. And now I have pancreatic cancer. I started the black seed from you about a month ago. I started the green drink and bitter melon about five days ago. I had a hard time getting ingredients for the green drink or would of started a long time ago. Anyway couple days ago I woke up with the shakes, my sugar was 65! That is unheard of for me. Also I have large spikes after I eat to, over 200, first day I had 65 in the morning and didn't take the 4 mg of Glimepiride my sugar after lunch went to 107! Next morning I was 65 again. Night before I had stew with more good carb then I normally eat. I had blood work this morning so I didn't want to start dropping the Insulin the night before. This morning sugar was 50! So I'll start cutting the Insulin back tonight. I can't believe my pancreas is working so well. Sorry I'm so long winded, but I wanted to let you know. I keep saying this but I really need to get up and see you, I need to load up on products and info. Thanks Bill Barrett WGB in the chat room. I'm going to be on the road to day, and in a motel tonight, but I'll still try to catch the Friday show. ************************************************************** Vitamin B3 Reduces Alzheimer's Symptoms, Lesions: Clinical Trial On Nicotinamide Effect In Alzheimer's Patients ScienceDaily (Nov. 5, 2008) — An over-the-counter vitamin in high doses prevented memory loss in mice with Alzheimer's disease, and UC Irvine scientists now are conducting a clinical trial to determine its effect in humans. -Nicotinamide, a form of vitamin B3, lowered levels of a protein called phosphorylated tau that leads to the development of tangles, one of two brain lesions associated with Alzheimer's disease. The vitamin also strengthened scaffolding along which information travels in brain cells, helping to keep neurons alive and further preventing symptoms in mice genetically wired to develop Alzheimer's.--"Nicotinamide has a very robust effect on neurons," said Kim Green, UCI scientist and lead author of the study. "Nicotinamide prevents loss of cognition in mice with Alzheimer's disease, and the beauty of it is we already are moving forward with a clinical trial."--The study appears online Nov. 5 in the Journal of Neuroscience. Nicotinamide is a water-soluble vitamin sold in health food stores. It generally is safe but can be toxic in very high doses. [U1]Clinical trials have shown it benefits people with diabetes complications and has anti-inflammatory properties that may help people with skin conditions. Nicotinamide belongs to a class of compounds called HDAC inhibitors, which have been shown to protect the central nervous system in rodent models of Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Clinical trials are underway to learn whether HDAC inhibitors help ALS and Huntington's patients.--In the nicotinamide study, Green and his colleague, Frank LaFerla, added the vitamin to drinking water fed to mice. They tested the rodents' short-term and long-term memory over time using water-maze and object-recognition tasks and found that treated Alzheimer's mice performed at the same level as normal mice, while untreated Alzheimer's mice experienced memory loss.--The nicotinamide, in fact, slightly enhanced cognitive abilities in normal mice. "This suggests that not only is it good for Alzheimer's disease, but if normal people take it, some aspects of their memory might improve," said LaFerla, UCI neurobiology and behavior professor.--Scientists also found that the nicotinamide-treated animals had dramatically lower levels of the tau protein that leads to the Alzheimer's tangle lesion. The vitamin did not affect levels of the protein beta amyloid, which clumps in the brain to form plaques, the second type of Alzheimer's lesion. Nicotinamide, they found, led to an increase in proteins that strengthen microtubules, the scaffolding within brain cells along which information travels. When this scaffolding breaks down, the brain cells can die. Neuronal death leads to dementia experienced by Alzheimer's patients.--"Microtubules are like highways inside cells. What we're doing with nicotinamide is making a wider, more stable highway," Green said. "In Alzheimer's disease, this highway breaks down. We are preventing that from happening." Story Source--The above story is reprinted (with editorial adaptations by ScienceDaily staff) from materials provided by University of California - Irvine. Benefits Of Niacin or Niacinamide- In Sleep Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide form - 100 mg per night) facilitates the production of Melatonin (this occurs from the fact that the body uses some of its Tryptophan for the production of Niacinamide function - if pre-formed Niacinamide is provided, this “frees up” more Tryptophan for its other function, the production of Melatonin). Alcohol Protection The Nicotinic Acid form of Vitamin B3 (500 mg per day) may reduce the craving for Alcohol (ethanol) in persons afflicted with Alcoholism and the Niacinamide form of Vitamin B3 may exert a similar effect. -The Niacinamide form of Vitamin B3 may reduce Acetaldehyde levels (Acetaldehyde is the metabolite of Alcohol that causes most of the toxic effects associated with Alcohol consumption). -Niacinamide may inhibit the ability of Alcohol (ethanol) to damage the Liver. Niacin is used for high cholesterol. It is also used along with other treatments for circulation problems, migraine headache, dizziness, and to reduce the diarrhea associated with cholera. Niacin is also used for preventing positive urine drug screens in people who take illegal drugs. Niacinamide is used for treating diabetes and two skin conditions called bullous pemphigoid and granuloma annulare. Added Info Niacin or niacinamide is used for preventing vitamin B3 deficiency and related conditions such as pellagra. Each of these forms of vitamin B3 is used for schizophrenia, hallucinations due to drugs, Alzheimer’s disease and age-related loss of thinking skills, chronic brain syndrome, depression, motion sickness, alcohol dependence, and fluid collection (edema). Some people use niacin or niacinamide for acne, leprosy, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), memory loss, arthritis, preventing premenstrual headache, improving digestion, protecting against toxins and pollutants, reducing the effects of aging, lowering blood pressure, improving circulation, promoting relaxation, improving orgasm, and preventing cataracts. Niacinamide is applied to the skin for treating a skin condition called inflammatory acne vulgaris— Osteoarthritis. Taking niacinamide seems to improve joint flexibility and reduce pain and swelling. Some people who take niacinamide might be able to cut down on standard painkilling medications. Alzheimer’s disease. People who consume higher amounts of niacin from food and multivitamin sources seem to have a lower risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease than people who consume less niacin. But there is no evidence that taking a stand-alone niacin supplement helps to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Heart disease, including “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis). Reducing the risk of a second heart attack in men with heart or circulatory disorders. Diarrhea from an infection called cholera. Diabetes, types 1 and 2. Prevention and treatment of cataracts, an eye condition. [U1]The dose we are talking here is in gram alottments not miligrams unless you are in the gram range and usually any doctor worth his salt will gradually ramp you to the higher levels for cholesterol or bipolar issues-minimizing and lethal effects--in years past they would give 1000-1500mgs for cholesterol regulating but if the Doctor gave it all at once then there were issues --but if gradual up take was given to reach the higher dose then there were no implications or unwanted issues- TOP ******************************************************************************************** TOP A HOME Show of the Week May 6 2011 Monsanto Modifies Soy Beans to Grow “Fish Oil” Herbal medicines banned as EU directive comes into force Chemical Found in Crude Oil Linked to Congenital Heart Disease: Fetal Exposure to New Vaccine Legislation in the States Compost Tea *********************************************************** Monsanto Modifies Soy Beans to Grow “Fish Oil” The biotechnology firm Monsanto stands just one FDA approval away from growing soybeans that have been genetically modified to produce those omega-3 fatty acids that doctors are always recommending. FThat FDA approval is expected this year, according to Science NewsE.[U1] Monsanto is so despised by environmentalists that Google’s first suggested search term for the St. Louis company is “Monsanto evil.” Readers of Natural News voted Monsanto the world’s most evil corporation in a January poll, giving the corporation a whopping 51 percent of the vote.[U2]-BP, by contrast, received 9 percent. But there may be reasons for even health-loving greens to love “stearidonic acid soybean oil,” as Monsanto’s new product is called. Among them: depleted fisheries, environmental toxins in fish oil, and a new threat, the scope of which has not yet been fully realized: millions of gallons of radioactive water dumped into the ocean at the Fukushima-Daichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan.--The American Heart Association recommends Americans eat two servings of fish per week for the purpose of ingesting omega-3 fatty acids, which health experts say is essential to human health. Even the stodgy FDA agrees that omega-3 reduces risk of heart disease and recommends fish.[U3]--Omega-3 fatty acids are also available in whole grains, flax seed, fresh fruits and vegetables, olive oil, garlic, and “moderate wine consumption,”according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, but Americans don’t eat enough of those. Thus, the fish recommendation. And the “SDA soybean oil.”--Monsanto plans to include SDA soybean oil in just about everything: “baked goods and baking mixes, breakfast cereals and grains, cheeses, dairy product analogs, fats and oils, fish products, frozen dairy desserts and mixes, grain products and pastas, gravies and sauces, meat products, milk products, nuts and nut products, poultry products, processed fruit juices, processed vegetable products, puddings and fillings, snack foods, soft candy, and soups and soup mixes, at levels that will provide 375 milligrams (mg) of SDA per serving.”[U4]--In this weekend’s Science News Janet Raloff explained how Monsanto coaxed soybeans to produce the oils-The commercial ag giant Monsanto inserted genes for two enzymes – one derived from a flower (Primula juliae), the other from a red bread mold [U5](Neurospora crassa) – into a line of soybeans. Although some people object to the biotech manipulation of genes in food crops, this is far from the first genetic manipulation of soy, Deckelbaum observes. Already, he points out, some 70 percent of ordinary U.S. soybeans are genetically modified for some trait or another.-The two enzymes Monsanto has just added to soy effectively turn the legume’s oil into a proto fish oil. via Fishy Fat From Soy Is Headed For U.S. Dinner Tables – Science News. Here’s the result, according to the FDA--The oil is obtained from a bioengineered soybean. Monsanto states that SDA soybean oil is compositionally different from conventional soybean oil. SDA soybean oil contains 15 to 30 percent SDA and 5 to 8 percent gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), neither of which is present in conventional soybean oil. SDA soybean oil also contains slightly higher levels of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and palmitic acid than conventional soybean oil. SDA soybean oil contains lower levels of oleic acid and linoleic acid (LA) than those present in conventional soybean oil[U6]. Monsanto notes that the variability in the oil’s fatty acid composition, notably the SDA concentration, is due to natural variation in growing conditions for the soybean. via Agency Response Letter, Food and Drug Administration What do you think? Cast your vote in comments. Would you rather derive your omega-3 fatty acids from: Increasingly rare, increasingly poisoned, and potentially irradiated fish, Processed foods enriched with genetically engineered soybean oil—and you may be fine with that—or Whole grains, flax seed, fresh fruits and vegetables, olive oil, garlic, and a glass of wine? Jeff McMahon Sources: http://blogs.forbes.com/jeffmcmahon/2011/04/11/monsanto-modifies-soy-beans-to-grow-fish-oil/ http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodIngredientsPackaging/GenerallyRecognizedasSafeGRAS/GRASListings/ucm185688.htm http://gmo-journal.com/index.php/2009/12/11/gm-soy-now-to-contain-omega-3s-a-recipe-for-indigestion/ ************************************************************* Herbal medicines banned as EU directive comes into force Patients have lost access to hundreds of herbal medicines today, after European regulations came into force.--Sales of all herbal remedies, except for a small number of popular products for 'mild' illness such as echinacea for colds and St John's Wort for depression have been banned. --For the first time traditional products must be licensed or prescribed by a registered herbal practitioner. The Government allowed access to some unlicensed manufactured herbal medicines via a statutory register Both herbal remedy practitioners and manufacturers fear they could be forced out of business as a result.--Some of the most commonly used products were saved after the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley approved a plan for the Health Professions Council to establish a register of practitioners supplying unlicensed herbal medicines.--However, many remedies were lost as it was only open to those who could afford the licensing process which costs between £80,000 to £120,000.---At least 50 herbs, including horny goat weed (so-called natural Viagra), hawthorn berry, used for angina pain, and wild yam will no longer be stocked in health food shops, says the British Herbal Medicine Association. Stem cell research is threatened by EU morality law The 2004 EU directive demands that a traditional herbal medicinal product must be shown to have been in use for 30 years in the EU – or at 15 years in the EU and 15 years elsewhere – for it to be licensed.--The UK drug safety watchdog, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Agency, has issued more than a dozen alerts in the past two years, including a warning last month over a contaminated weight loss pill called Herbal Flos Lonicerae (Herbal Xenicol) due to concerns over possible side-effects.--Mr Lansley, in a written statement, said the Government wanted to ensure continuing access to unlicensed herbal medicines via a statutory register for practitioners ‘to meet individual patient needs’.--Acupuncture falls outside the EU directive and so remains unaffected.-Prince Charles, a long-standing supporter of complementary therapies, has voiced his support for formal regulation of herbal practitioners.--Up til now the industry has been covered by the 1968 Medicines Act. This was drawn up when only a small number of herbal remedies were available.---But recent studies show that at least six million Britons have used a herbal medicine in the past two years.[U7] -Professor George Lewith, professor of health research at Southampton University, said: ‘Evidence for the efficacy of herbal medicines is growing; they may offer cheap, safe and effective approaches for many common complaints.’ ************************************************************* Chemical Found in Crude Oil Linked to Congenital Heart Disease: Fetal Exposure to Solvents May Damage Heart ScienceDaily (May 1, 2011) — While it may be years before the health effects of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are known, a new study shows that fetal exposure to a chemical found in crude oil is associated with an increased risk of congenital heart disease (CHD).--The study, presented on April 30 at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Denver, also showed that babies who had been exposed in utero to a chemical found in cleaning agents and spot removers were at increased risk of CHD.--Environmental causes of CHD have been suspected, and animal studies have suggested certain chemicals may cause CHD, a problem with the heart's structure and function due to abnormal heart development before birth.--"Congenital heart disease is a major cause of childhood death and life-long health problems," said D. Gail McCarver, MD, FAAP, lead author of the study and professor of pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children's Research Institute, Milwaukee. "Thus, identifying risk factors contributing to CHD is important to public health."---Dr. McCarver and her colleagues sought to determine whether human fetal exposure to solvents is associated with increased risk for CHD. The researchers tested samples of meconium, or fetal stool, from 135 newborns with CHD and 432 newborns without CHD. Meconium has been used to assess fetal exposure to illicit drugs such as cocaine. Seventeen compounds were measured in meconium samples using methods that detect very low levels of chemicals.--Additional data collected included race of the mothers and infants, family history for CHD, and maternal alcohol, tobacco, vitamin and drug use.--Infants with chromosomal abnormalities known to be linked to CHD, and babies of diabetic mothers were excluded from the study.---Results showed that 82 percent of infants had evidence of intrauterine exposure to one or more of the solvents measured.--Among white infants, but not black infants, fetal exposure to ethyl benzene was associated with a four-fold increased risk of CHD. In addition, exposure to trichloroethylene was associated with a two-fold increased risk for CHD among white infants and an eight-fold increased risk among black infants.--"This is the first report that exposure to ethyl benzene, a compound present in crude oil, was associated with CHD," Dr. McCarver said. Humans also can be exposed to ethyl benzene through inhalation of motor vehicle emissions, gasoline pump vapors and cigarette smoke.---"The association with ethyl benzene exposure is concerning, particularly considering recent oil spills," she said. "However, additional confirmatory studies are needed." The study also adds to existing concerns about trichloroethylene (TCE). "This is of particular importance because TCE is a commonly used degreasing agent, which also is present in many cleaners and spot removers. TCE also has been the most common chemical identified around hazardous waste sites," Dr. McCarver said."Limiting known maternal exposure to this compound during early pregnancy appears prudent, particularly among those at increased CHD risk," Dr. McCarver concluded.--Story Source--The above story is reprinted (with editorial adaptations by ScienceDaily staff) from materials provided by American Academy of Pediatrics, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS. ************************************************************** Compost Tea --is easily made by soaking or steeping compost in water. The resulting compost tea is used for either a foliar application (sprayed on the leaves) or applied to the soil. We all know that compost is a wonderful addition to soil and helps our gardens grow better. You and your garden plants can benefit even more by using compost tea. By using compost tea to replace chemical-based fertilizers, pesticides, and fungicides, you can garden safer and be more protective of the environment. Compost tea: Equipment and ingredients to make compost tea • Increases plant growth • Provides nutrients to plants and soil • Provides beneficial organisms • Helps to supress diseases • Replaces toxic garden chemicals Supplies needed: • 2 - 5 gallon buckets • 1 gallon mature compost • 1 aquarium pump • 1 gang valve (to divide the air supply into several streams) • 4 gallons of water • 3 feet + of aquarium hose • unsulfured molasses ************************************************************* TOP A [U1]And omega 3’s are not healthy and in fact increase heart failure over a prolong use over a period of time [U2]Monsanto is owned by the Vatican [U3]What is not being said is the negative implications of consuming fish oils and the heart failure and free radical damage they can cause due to the rate of oxidation in the blood stream and the mercury content in fish among other things [U4]You will die of several different types of genetically modified cancers or virus infections or worse with this ooverloading the body [U5]MOLD and people who are allergic to mold will wind up further breaking down and will need medications just to breathe---an increase in asthma-bronchitis and emphysema and other respiratory disorders will arise out of this [U6]This is going to be hugely problematic—OMEGA 3”S cannot be heated above 104 degrees or they become a carcinogen and here this is being used in the food processing of finished foods—this again is lethal on several fronts not to mention that soy causes cancer and will further exasperate an already broken system [U7]The REAL reason for the regulations 6Mil times 30 dollars ( avg cost of a supplement ) = 180 million dollars Lost Revenue to the drug companies—eveyone should break the law and tell the EFSA ( FDA) to go to Hell !!! ********************************************************************************************* TOP B HOME Show of the Week May 23 2011 Bed Bugs Carrying Superbug MRSA Coffee May Reduce Risk of Lethal Prostate Cancer in Men Human Milk from Cloned Transgenic Cattle In vitro antimicrobial activity of ten medicinal plants against clinical isolates of oral cancer cases An aqueous extract of Curcuma longa (turmeric) rhizomes stimulates insulin release and mimics insulin action *********************************************************** Bed Bugs Carrying Superbug MRSA--- Two of the world’s least favorite forms of pestilence have teamed up, apparently, to form a “superbug-superbug.” A hospital in downtown Vancouver discovered bedbugs carrying MRSA on patients.-Bedbugs have not been known previously to spread disease and it’s not clear if the MRSA originated with the bedbugs or if they picked it up from infected patients. The concern here is if MRSA gets into the bloodstream, which is possible with excessive scratching.--Let’s hope this isn’t as alarming as it sounds. Otherwise, our future bedtime saying will go, “Good night. Don’t let the bedbugs bite…or spread methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.”--- Alarming combo: Bedbugs with ‘superbug’ germ found--ATLANTA — Hate insects? Afraid of germs? Researchers are reporting an alarming combination: bedbugs carrying a staph “superbug.”Canadian scientists detected drug-resistant staph bacteria in bedbugs from three hospital patients from a downtrodden Vancouver neighborhood.--Bedbugs have not been known to spread disease, and there’s no clear evidence that the five bedbugs found on the patients or their belongings had spread the MRSA germ they were carrying or a second less dangerous drug-resistant bacteria.--However, bedbugs can cause itching that can lead to excessive scratching. That can cause breaks in the skin that make people more susceptible to these germs, noted Dr. Marc Romney, one of the study’s authors.--The study is small and very preliminary. “But it’s an intriguing finding” that needs to be further researched, said Romney, medical microbiologist at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver.--The hospital is the closest one to the poor Downtown Eastside neighborhood near the city’s waterfront. Romney said he and his colleagues did the research after seeing a simultaneous boom in bedbugs and MRSA cases from the neighborhood. Five bedbugs were crushed and analyzed. MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, was found on three bugs. MRSA is resistant to several types of common antibiotics and can become deadly if it gets through the skin and into the bloodstream.Two bugs had VRE, or vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium, a less dangerous form of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.--Both germs are often seen in hospitals, and experts have been far more worried about nurses and other health care workers spreading the bacteria than insects. It’s not clear if the bacteria originated with the bedbugs or if the bugs picked it up from already infected people, Romney added. The study was released Wednesday by Emerging Infectious Diseases, a publication of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sources: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42991071/ ************************************************************* Coffee May Reduce Risk of Lethal Prostate Cancer in Men Men who regularly drink coffee appear to have a lower risk of developing a lethal form of prostate cancer, according to a new study. What's more, the lower risk was evident among men who drank either regular or decaffeinated coffee. ScienceDaily (May 17, 2011) — Men who regularly drink coffee appear to have a lower risk of developing a lethal form of prostate cancer, according to a new study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers. What's more, the lower risk was evident among men who drank either regular or decaffeinated coffee.--The study was published May 17, 2011, in an online edition of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. "Few studies have specifically studied the association of coffee intake and the risk of lethal prostate cancer, the form of the disease that is the most critical to prevent. Our study is the largest to date to examine whether coffee could lower the risk of lethal prostate cancer," said senior author Lorelei Mucci, associate professor of epidemiology at HSPH. Lethal prostate cancer is cancer that causes death or spreads to the bones.--Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed form of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death among U.S. men, affecting one in six men during their lifetime. More than 2 million men in the U.S. and 16 million men worldwide are prostate cancer survivors.--"At present we lack an understanding of risk factors that can be changed or controlled to lower the risk of lethal prostate cancer. If our findings are validated, coffee could represent one modifiable factor that may lower the risk of developing the most harmful form of prostate cancer," said lead author Kathryn Wilson, a research fellow in epidemiology at HSPH.---The researchers chose to study coffee because it contains many beneficial compounds that act as antioxidants, reduce inflammation, and regulate insulin, all of which may influence prostate cancer. Coffee has been associated in prior studies with a lower risk of Parkinson's disease, type 2 diabetes, gallstone disease, and liver cancer or cirrhosis.--The study examined the association between coffee consumption and the risk of prostate cancer, particularly the risk for aggressive prostate cancer among 47,911 U.S. men in the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study who reported their coffee consumption every four years from 1986 to 2008. During the study period, 5,035 cases of prostate cancer were reported, including 642 fatal or metastatic cases. Among the findings: Men who consumed the most coffee (six or more cups daily) had nearly a 20% lower risk of developing any form of prostate cancer. The inverse association with coffee was even stronger for aggressive prostate cancer. Men who drank the most coffee had a 60% lower risk of developing lethal prostate cancer. The reduction in risk was seen whether the men drank decaffeinated or regular coffee, and does not appear to be due to caffeine. Even drinking one to three cups of coffee per day was associated with a 30% lower risk of lethal prostate cancer. Coffee drinkers were more likely to smoke and less likely to exercise, behaviors that may increase advanced prostate cancer risk. These and other lifestyle factors were controlled for in the study and coffee still was associated with a lower risk. The results from this study need to be validated in additional populations that have a range of coffee exposure and a large number of lethal prostate cancer cases. If confirmed, the data would add to the list of other potential health benefits of coffee. The authors currently are planning additional studies to understand specific mechanisms by which coffee may specifically lower the risk of lethal prostate cancer.--The study was supported by the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, the American Institute for Cancer Research, and the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Story Source--The above story is reprinted (with editorial adaptations by ScienceDaily staff) from materials provided by Harvard School of Public Health, viaEurekAlert!, a service of AAAS.---Journal Reference-Kathryn M. Wilson, Julie L. Kasperzyk, Jennifer R. Stark, Stacey Kenfield, Rob M. van Dam, Meir J. Stampfer, Edward Giovannucci, Lorelei A. Mucci. Coffee Consumption and Prostate Cancer Risk and Progression in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, May 17, 2011 DOI: 10.1093/jnci/djr151 ************************************************************** Human Milk from Cloned Transgenic Cattle Scientists attempting to create human-like transgenic cow’s milk for large-scale human consumption despite grave concerns over health hazards and unacceptable animal suffering. Prof Joe Cummins---Human milk is enjoyed by infants and essential for the survival of tiny premature infants. It is desirable for all neonates and it has been found to be effective in clinical settings such as post-operative nutritional management following intestinal resection, severe food allergies, metabolic diseases, immune deficiencies, chronic renal insufficiency, and heart diseases with failure to thrive due to feeding intolerance. It was reported that human milk therapy improved the quality of life measures in the psychological and spiritual domains for a group of patients with cancer. Growing clinical evidence has placed human milk feeding and the supply of donor milk as a basic right for preterm infants Human lysozyme At present, the production of fully human milk in GM cattle has not yet been achieved. Nevertheless, Professor Ning Li, the director of the State Key Laboratories for AgroBiotechnology at the China Agricultural University has produced a number of cloned transgenic cattle producing important human protein components in their milk. Lysozyme is an enzyme that attacks bacterial pathogens. The human lysozyme (HLZ)-containing plasmid used to transform cells of cattle, called the pBC2-HLY-NEOR transgene vector, contains the HLZ coding region, a bovine b-casein signal peptide DNA sequence, and one selection marker, the neomycin resistance gene . After somatic cell nuclear transfer cloning (see  Cloned Meat and Milk Coming, SiS 50), 312 blastocyst embryos were transferred into surrogate mother cattle. Thirty-seven calves were born at full term (2 from nuclei donated by cells of foetal genital ridge, FG; 11 from nuclei donated by fetal oviduct epithelial cells, FOV; 23 from nuclei donated by fetal oviduct epithelial cells, FOV-19; and 1 from nuclei donated by bovine foetal fibroblasts, BWFF-b1). Seven calves died within a few hours after birth, and six calves died within 6 months after birth. Twenty-four calves survived and were healthy after weaning; these calves were from two cell types, genital ridge cells (2 calves) and oviduct epithelial cells (22 calves). Of these, 17 healthy cloned transgenic cattle resulted that expressed recombinant human lysozyme (rHLZ), but only 4 were lactating normally. Thus, the ‘success’ rate was only a little over 1 percent of the selected implanted embryos, hardly justifying the authors’ claim that : “This approach could provide an inexpensive and industrial-scale method for the purification of rHLZ. In addition, we have shown that the enzymatic properties and physicochemical characteristics of rHLZ were identical to those of HLZ. Transgenic cow milk will likely be beneficial to the health of livestock as well.” Apart from the unacceptable death rates (and suffering) among calves, nothing was said of the suffering in surrogate mothers. Human lactoferin--Ning Li’s laboratory earlier produced cattle producing human lactoferrin. The recombinant human lactoferrin gene (rhLF) was contained in a large bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC). Cattle foetal fibroblasts were co-microinjected with a 150-kb BAC containing the entire hLF gene (including 90-kb and 30-kb 59 and 39 flanking regions) and a plasmid encoding a marker gene. The nuclei of transformed fibroblasts were injected into the eggs of cows from which the cow nucleus had been removed. The eggs were then stimulated to produce blastocyst embryos which were implanted into surrogate cattle mothers to complete development. The success rate was not much better.-- The researchers stated : “With subsequent transgenic cloning, we obtained transgenic cattle that expressed a high-level of functional rhLF. Of 623 reconstructed embryos, 280 developed to blastocysts. Among these, 98 randomly chosen blastocysts were transferred to 50 recipient cows. Ten cows became pregnant after embryo transfer, and five calves were born at full term (the others were spontaneously aborted). Finally, two calves, named 211 and Xiang, survived after weaning and both were apparently healthy. Three out of five calves died of gastrointestinal disease after birth. It is well established that some unknown mechanisms affect the development, growth and/or survival of cloned animals. Though neonatal losses are common in cloning and decrease the overall success rate, the surviving calves are almost always transgenic.” The unknown factors make consuming the GM cloned milk very risky indeed. ************************************************************* In vitro antimicrobial activity of ten medicinal plants against clinical isolates of oral cancer cases Manju Panghal, Vivek Kaushal and Jaya PARKASH Yadav For all author emails, please Error! Hyperlink reference not valid.. Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials 2011, 10:21 doi:10.1186/1476-0711-10-21 Published: 20 May 2011 Abstract (provisional) Background Suppression of immune system in treated cancer patients may lead to secondary infections that obviate the need of antibiotics. In the present study, an attempt was made to understand the occurrence of secondary infections in immuno-suppressed patients along with herbal control of these infections with the following objectives to: (a) isolate the microbial species from the treated oral cancer patients along with the estimation of absolute neutrophile counts of patients. (b) assess the in vitro antimicrobial activity medicinal plants against the above clinical isolates. Methods Blood and oral swab cultures were taken from 40 oral cancer patients undergoing treatment in the radiotherapy unit of Regional Cancer Institute, Pt. B.D.S. Health University, Rohtak, Haryana. Clinical isolates were identified by following general microbiological, staining and biochemical methods. The absolute neutrophile counts were done by following the standard methods. The medicinal plants selected for antimicrobial activity analysis were Asphodelus tenuifolius Cav ( Narrow-leaved Asphodel )., Asparagus racemosus Wild ( Wild Asparagus )., Balanites aegyptiaca (Desert date, Jericho balsam, Egyptian Balsam, Balanos, Zacum oil plant, Soapberry tree)L., Cestrum diurnum L ( Day-blooming Jessamine, and Day-blooming Jasmine.)., Cordia dichotoma G. Forst ( fragrant manjack ), Eclipta alba L( False Daisy, yerba de tago, and bhringraj )., Murraya koenigii (L.) Spreng ( Curry Tree ). , Pedalium murex L ( Puncture Vine or Tribulus )., Ricinus communis L.( Castor Bean ) and Trigonella foenum graecum L (Fenugreek ). The antimicrobial efficacy of medicinal plants was evaluated by modified Kirby-Bauer disc diffusion method. MIC and MFC were investigated by serial two fold microbroth dilution method. Results Prevalent bacterial pathogens isolated were Staphylococcus aureus (23.2%), Escherichia coli (15.62%), Staphylococcus epidermidis (12.5%), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (9.37%), Klebsiella pneumonia (7.81%), Proteus mirabilis (3.6%), Proteus vulgaris (4.2%) and the fungal pathogens were Candida albicans (14.6%), Aspergillus fumigatus (9.37%). Out of 40 cases, 35 (87.5%) were observed as neutropenic. Eight medicinal plants (A. tenuifolius, A. racemosus, B. aegyptiaca, E. alba, M. koenigii, P. murex R. communis and T. foenum graecum) showed significant antimicrobial activity (P < .05) against most of the isolates. The MIC and MFC values were ranged from 31 to 500 mug/ml. P. aeruginosa was observed highest susceptible bacteria (46.6%) on the basis of susceptible index. Conclusion It can be concluded that treated oral cancer patients were neutropenic and prone to secondary infection of microbes. The medicinal plant can prove as effective antimicrobial agent to check the secondary infections in treated cancer patients. Recipe--make a tea with some of these herbs or utilze them as a capsulated supplement or apply topically ( castor bean produces a castor oil and so this can be applied topically as well in any area--ratio them out either be weight or volume ( provided they are in powder form ) ************************************************************* An aqueous extract of Curcuma longa (turmeric) rhizomes stimulates insulin release and mimics insulin action on tissues involved in glucose homeostasis in vitro. Phytother Res. 2011 Mar;25(3):396-401 Authors: Mohankumar S, McFarlane JR Curcuma longa (turmeric) has been used widely as a spice, particularly in Asian countries. It is also used in the Ayurvedic system of medicine as an antiinflammatory and antimicrobial agent and for numerous other curative properties. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of an aqueous extract of Curcuma longa (AEC) on tissues involved in glucose homeostasis. The extract was prepared by soaking 100 g of ground turmeric in 1 L of water, which was filtered and stored at -20°C prior to use. Pancreas and muscle tissues of adult mice were cultured in DMEM with 5 or 12 mmol/L glucose and varying doses of extract. The AEC stimulated insulin secretion from mouse pancreatic tissues under both basal and hyperglycaemic conditions, although the maximum effect was only 68% of that of tolbutamide. The AEC induced stepwise stimulation of glucose uptake from abdominal muscle tissues in the presence and absence of insulin, and the combination of AEC and insulin significantly potentiated the glucose uptake into abdominal muscle tissue. However, this effect was attenuated by wortmannin, suggesting that AEC possibly acts via the insulin-mediated glucose uptake pathway. In summary, water soluble compounds of turmeric exhibit insulin releasing and mimicking actions within in vitro tissue culture conditions.--PMID: 20734343 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] Recipe—Soak tumeric powder in a water solution or make a tea—and with meal use small amounts of this with your meal to increase insulin sensitivity---this would eb good for those with diabetes 1 or 2 TOP B *********************************************************************************** TOP C HOME Show of the Week May 27-2011 Lecithin Component May Reduce Fatty Liver, Improve Insulin Sensitivity Black elderberry extract shows anti-infection activity Black Pepper Insecticidal and benefits Commission requests urgent safety review of aspartame from EFSA Chlorine and Childhood Cancer ************************************************************* Lecithin Component May Reduce Fatty Liver, Improve Insulin Sensitivity ScienceDaily (May 25, 2011) — A natural product called DLPC (dilauroyl phosphatidylcholine) increases sensitivity to insulin and reduces fatty liver in mice, leading Baylor College of Medicine researchers to believe it may provide a treatment for prediabetic patients. DLPC is an unusual phospholipid and a trace component of the dietary supplement lecithin.---Dr. David D. Moore, professor of molecular and cellular biology at BCM, and his colleagues at first thought that DLPC would provide a useful tool in studying the function of a receptor protein -- liver receptor homolog -1 or LRH-1 -- that regulates the production of bile acids in the liver. Stimulating LRH-1 activity Studies in mice soon showed that DLPC could stimulate LRH-1 activity. In addition to a small increase in bile acid levels, DLPC improved regulation of glucose and fat within the liver. A report on this work appears in the current issue of the journal Nature. Moore is collaborating with Dr. Lawrence Chan, director of the Diabetes and Endocrine Research Center at BCM, on a pilot study to find out how well DLPC works in patients with prediabetes.---"We know it works well in mice," said Moore. The link of LRH-1 to bile acids may contribute to its effect on glucose levels and fat because small, non-toxic increases in bile acid levels can improve metabolic disorders.---Dr. Jae Man Lee, then a graduate student in Moore's laboratory, first proposed screening compounds to see which activated LRH-1. He found that DLPC, a structurally unusual phosphatidylcholine (a form of phospholipid that is important in the formation of cell membranes) enhanced LRH-1 activity in cells.[U1]In mice, DLPC induced the production of bile acid enzymes and lowered fat in the liver. It also increased levels of bile acids and regulated glucose or sugar circulating in the blood. In two kinds of mice that had resistance to insulin, DLPC also decreased fatty liver and lowered glucose levels in the blood[U2]. However, DLPC had no effect in mice that had no LRH-1 in the liver. Effect on insulin resistant mice was striking "Their overall body weight was not changed," said Moore. "But they had improved sensitivity to insulin (which helps keep glucose levels in check) and less fatty livers. We are interested in why it gets rid of the fat in the liver."--DLPC decreased the levels of proteins associated with formation of fatty acids and triglycerides, including a key regulator called SREBP-1c that encourages the deposition of fat in tissues.--"DLPC is a natural product," said Moore. "Lecithin is a mixture of many compounds but DLPC is one of them." Clinical study underway The ongoing clinical study, which involves people who are overweight but not diabetic, employs an approved form of DLPC that is used in liposomes, little globules of fat that take drugs into the body. An initial glucose tolerance test to determine how sensitive the people are to insulin at the start of the study is followed by another after the subjects take DLPC or a placebo for two months. Neither the patients in study nor the physicians know who is getting DLPC and who is getting the placebo.---Others who took part in the basic science research include Dr. Yoon Kwang Lee and Jennifer L. Mamrosh of BCM, Dr. Scott A. Busby and Dr. Patrick R. Griffin of Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, Florida and Dr. Manish C. Pathak and Dr. Eric A. Ortlund of Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. (Yoon Kwang Lee is now at Northeastern Ohio Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy in Rootstown, Ohio).--Funding for this work came from the National Institutes of Health, the Alkek Foundation, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and the Robert R.P. Doherty Jr. -- Welch Chair in Science.--Story Source-The above story is reprinted (with editorial adaptations by ScienceDaily staff) from materials provided by Baylor College of Medicine.---Journal Reference-Jae Man Lee, Yoon Kwang Lee, Jennifer L. Mamrosh, Scott A. Busby, Patrick R. Griffin, Manish C. Pathak, Eric A. Ortlund, David D. Moore. A nuclear-receptor-dependent phosphatidylcholine pathway with antidiabetic effects. Nature, 2011; DOI: 10.1038/nature10111 Recipe—take an egg cook it as you see fit and add to the egg black pepper and tumeric this will again have an impact on the pancreas and the liver and brain as well as the arteries indirectly assisting the heart---the black pepper ( piperine) increases the impact of the tumeric ( curcomoids) by 2000 % and the lecithin in the egg will increase the impact as well so you have in the regimen a means to balance or reduce excesss estrogen as well---to further increase the impact add one drop of lugols iodine or any other type of sea weed derivative to again reduce body mass and increase balancing the system ************************************************************* Black elderberry extract shows anti-infection activity A liquid extract from black elderberry may inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria by upwards of 70 percent, suggest new data from cell studies from Justus-Liebig University in Germany. Addition of a standardized extract of black elderberry inhibited the growth of the bacteria, Branhamella catarrhalis and Streptococcus pyogenes, two strains often found in association with upper respiratory tract infections, by 70 percent, when used at a concentration of 10 percent, according to findings published in the open-access BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. --“The activities shown by the elderberry liquid extract suggest that additional and alternative approaches to influenza infections might be provided by natural products,” wrote researchers led by Torsten Hain at the university’s Institute for Medical Microbiology. --The study used BerryPharma AG’s commercially-available Rubini ingredient, and the study was partially funded by BerryPharma. History of use BerryPharma AG recently released an updated version of a book originally written in 1644 in Latin by Dr Martin Blochwich. The book was subsequently translated into English and German in 1655 and reprinted in 1677. The handbook, reportedly conceived as a reference guide for medical practitioners who lived in the countryside or villages of Europe, was subsequently forgotten before staff at BerryPharma AG “recognised the historical importance of this early work and wanted to share the rare opportunity to experience life in the 1670’s through the eyes of a progressive medical practitioner”, said the company in July 2010. --Building on these earlier accounts of the potential health benefits of elderberry, the new study reports the potential benefits of a liquid extract standardized to contain a minimum of 3.2 percent anthocyanins for immune health. --The German scientists used the microtitre broth micro-dilution assay to assess the extract’s antimicrobial and antiviral activity. At concentrations of 5, 10, 15, and 20 percent, the extract was tested against two different strains of influenza virus, and three Gram-positive bacteria and one Gram-negative bacterium associated with upper respiratory tract infections. ---Results showed (reportedly for the first time) that the extract was effective against Streptococcus pyogenes and group C and G Streptococci (Gram-positive), as well as Branhamella catarrhalis (Gram-negative). ---In addition to 70 percent inhibition of all the bacteria at the 10 percent concentration level, when used at the highest concentration a growth inhibition of 99 percent was recorded. For the two influenza viruses, inhibition of influenza A was about 30 percent, while influenza B was inhibited by 25 percent, said the researchers. ---“The result would suggest that elderberry liquid extract blocks factors on the cell surface needed by [influenza A] for efficient infection of […] cells,” wrote the researchers. --“Since preliminary results of other investigations indicate an inhibitory effect of elderberry liquid extracts against influenza A and B viruses, it can be concluded that the molecular target of elderberry extract is common to both viral genera,” they added. In vivo “Regarding the usability of the elderberry liquid extract for in vivo testings, a compromise between concentration and low viscosity should be found to provide the best possible results,” wrote the German researchers. “For practical purposes, an optimum route of administration would need to be determined and it would have to be decided which strategy to pursue in considering the potential of the extract.” ---Source: BMC Complementary & Alternative Medicine -2011, 11:16, doi:10.1186/1472-6882-11-16 “Inhibitory activity of a standardized elderberry liquid extract against clinically-relevant human respiratory bacterial pathogens and influenza A and B viruses” Authors: C. Krawitz, M.A. Mraheil, M. Stein, C. Imirzalioglu, E. Domann, S. Pleschka, T. Hain Recipe---take elderberry and fuse in honey to make a honey jam---what you will need is to take a ¼ cup of elderberry and a half cup of honey add to blender and proceed to blend---if the honey is to thick thin it down a tad by adding either 1 oz of aloe vera juice/gel or 1 oz of brandy ( you may have to increase it depending on the ratios of elderberry and the honey---blend til fused smooth—7-10 minutes depending on the blender ) and when done pour into glass ( not plastic) and use daily 1-3 teaspoons a day ************************************************************** Black Pepper Insecticidal and benefits Piperine production by endophytic fungus Periconia sp. Isolated from Piper longum L. J Antibiot (Tokyo). 2011 Apr 20; Authors: Verma VC, Lobkovsky E, Gange AC, Singh SK, Prakash S The endophytic fungus Periconia sp. produces piperine (5-(3, 4-methylenedioxyphenyl)-1-piperidinopent-2, 4-dien-1-one) under liquid culture. This is the first report of the alternative source for this chemical other than its host, Piper longum. The highly functionalized fungus-derived piperine exhibits strong antimycobacterial activity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis and M. smegmetis with minimum inhibitory concentrations of 1.74 and 2.62 μg ml(-1), respectively. The compound was crystallized and the structure was elucidated by single-crystal X-ray crystallography. This finding is of significance as piperine is a potential cancer preventative agent. It is reaffirmed by this report that important pharmaceuticals can be produced by endophytic microbes, and these molecules appear to be mimetic to their host origin. Therefore, we can enhance the bioactive principles of medicinal plants by isolating and identifying the endophytes, thereby showing the importance of preserving the biodiversity of these plants.The Journal of Antibiotics advance online publication, 20 April 2011; doi:10.1038/ja.2011.27.--PMID: 21505472 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] ********************************************************************* Potential use of Piper nigrum ethanol extract against pyrethroid-resistant Aedes aegypti larvae. Simas NK, Lima Eda C, Kuster RM, Lage CL, de Oliveira Filho AM. Núcleo de Pesquisas de Produtos Naturais, Centro de Ciências da Saúde, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ. Abstract Fractionation of Piper nigrum ethanol extract[U3], biomonitored by assays on pyrethroid-resistant Aedes aegypti larvae yielded isolation of the larvicidal amides piperolein-A and piperine. Comparing LC50 values, the ethanol extract (0.98 ppm) was the most toxic, followed by piperolein-A (1.46 ppm) and piperine (1.53 ppm Recipe- Get the essential oil of black pepper and add 10 drops to 8 oz of alcohol and add to it garlic extract ( if desired or for out door use ) and spray the area or clothing you are wearing---or take black pepper and fuse into a blender with alcohol and allow to blend for 10 minutes and then strain afterwards with a handkerchief ( to increase the potency put in the strained alcohol and add more pepper and blend again for another 5 minutes and then strain) this will concentrate this more so—and again use on clothing or areas of problems---direct contact to the skin may cause some irritation for some ---but usually actsas a pain deterrent ************************************************************* Commission requests urgent safety review of aspartame from EFSA The European Commission has asked EFSA to conduct a full re-evaluation of the safety of aspartame by July 2012, due to MEPs’ concerns and EFSA’s decision to look more closely at two recent studies on carcinogenicity and pregnancy effects. EFSA spokesperson Lucia de Luca told FoodNavigator.com that the agency has received a mandate for a complete re-evaluation of aspartame, and that the scientists are “looking at it and verifying what the risk manager is looking for”. While EFSA has not yet completed the administrative work to accept the request, a full review of aspartame was already planned for 2020; EFSA has been reviewing the safety of all food additives previously approved for use in the EU, and having made its way through colours and flavourings, sweeteners were the last category to be looked at. A spokesperson for John Dalli, Commissioner for Health and Consumers, said there are several reasons for bringing forward the review with a 13-month deadline. --Firstly, he said “there have been concerns lately and questions from MEPs”. At the second reading of the proposed food information regulation last month MEPs voted for a mandatory warning label on products about aspartame consumption in pregnancy. ---In addition, he said EFSA said earlier this year that two recent studies on aspartame, a mouse study on carcinogenicity and an epidemiological study in sweeteners and pre-term delivery, did not give reason to reconsider safety of aspartame and over approved sweeteners – but subsequently decided to do an in-depth study. EFSA’s scientific opinion on interpretation of the results of the carcinogenicity study, as well as suggested implications of methanol reported in both studies, is due by the end of this year. Commenting on bringing forward the full re-evaluation, de Luca said: “It is fine if we have to do it before." Will MEPs heed opinion? There is no guarantee that the MEPs’ call for warning labels on aspartame will be hushed until the findings of the full re-evaluation are published next year, however. -Dalli’s spokesperson said: “EU decisions have to be based on science.” There is a precedent of MEPs pressing ahead with actions before EFSA’s opinion is available, however. In 2008 they succeeded in a last minute addition to the FIAP additives package requiring a warning label on products containing the so-called Southampton colours due to hyperactivity concerns. In EFSA’s opinion the Southampton study did not give scientific grounds for linking the colours to hyperactivity in children.[U4] The spokesperson said that in this case “there was more nuance in some phrases” which may indicate the colours could be problematic for some consumers. There has already been a clash between MEPs and EFSA over aspartame. In March the agency expressed disappointment over the Parliament’s reporting of a hearing over aspartame in which it participated. --It said in a statement: “Unfortunately, when reporting the outcomes of this meeting, the organisers of the hearing continue to repeat errors and misinformation. EFSA reaffirms that any possible risks from aspartame have been considered by scientific bodies worldwide and the current Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) ensures consumers are protected.” [U5]--A spokesperson for aspartame producer Ajinomoto declined to comment on the mandate for earlier re-evaluation of the sweetener until EFSA has communicated its acceptance ************************************************************* Chlorine and Childhood Cancer ScienceDaily (May 25, 2011) — A significant positive association between the risk of childhood leukemia and levels of chlorine-containing chemicals in the atmosphere has been found by researchers in Portugal. Details are reported in the current issue of the International Journal of Environment and Health.--Maria do Carmo Freitas of the Technological and Nuclear Institute in Sacavém, Portugal, and statistician Maria Martinho of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA, emphasise that potential emissions from paper-related industry, forest fires, pesticides manufacturing, heavy chemical industry and fossil fuel power stations may lead to higher levels of chlorine-containing carcinogens in the air.--Freitas and colleague have investigated the correlation between atmospheric pollution levels of 22 chemical elements, including arsenic, nickel, lead and mercury, as gleaned from an analysis of lichens used as biomarkers of these pollutants and looked at the leukemia deaths in 275 counties across Portugal.---They explain how lichens have been used as accurate biomarkers of pollution levels since the 1970s. Lichens are excellent biomonitors because they depend largely on atmospheric depositions for their nutrient supply, thus showing elemental compositions which reflect the gaseous, dissolved and/or particulate elements in the atmosphere, the team explains. Collecting and analysing lichens across a large geographical area thus reveals the elements present in the air across that area and so gives researchers a map of pollutants which can be overlaid with epidemiological data, on leukemia incidence, for example.---The team further explains that leukemia typically results from malignant transformation of white blood cells and accounts for almost a third of all cancers in children under the age of fifteen years. In Portugal, during the period 1970 to 1999 there were 30 cases per million children each year on average. However, while some evidence has linked the disease to exposure to ionising radiation or to the known carcinogen benzene the cause of most cases remains unknown. Previous work has also found no correlation between atmospheric levels of arsenic, mercury nickel and lead as revealed by lichen surveys. However, chlorine-content has been associated with the incidence of diabetes and there are significant associations with malignant growths and bromine, iodine, nickel, lead, sulfur, antimony and vanadium contents of lichens.--"The significant association found of course does not imply causality," explains Freitas. "More research will be needed to confirm causality and if so the underlying mechanisms."--Story Source-The above story is reprinted (with editorial adaptations by ScienceDaily staff) from materials provided by Inderscience, via AlphaGalileo.--Journal Reference-Maria do Carmo Freitas, Maria Martinho. Investigation of associations between chemical element contents in native lichens and childhood leukaemia. International Journal of Environment and Health, 2011; 5 (1/2): 125 DOI: 10.1504/IJENVH.2011.039861 ************************************************************* TOP C [U1]Sunflower Lecithin has 25% more Phostadyl Choline then soy lecithin and far safer and better--in my opinion any thing derived from soy has toxic issues til now we only had 1 other choice for lecithin and that was egg yolk ( the very thing they keep everyone away from ) which has some of the best healing and supportive elements for the body [U2]Again In combination with tumeric should see an increased sensitivity to insulin and utilization of Sugar should improve dramatically --Drug free---the key is as well to Support the Pancreas since there is a direct correlation with the liver in the utilization of sugar and other foods [U3]Pepper and Alcohol [U4]This has been know for over 50 years--- [U5]This again is misleading and is showing the Globalist who own Asprtame are protecting ther einterest at the expense of selling ant neurotoxoc sweeteners *********************************************************************************** TOP D HOME Show of the Week May 30 2011 FDA rejects homotaurine NDI bid; finds it is not an amino acid Big Island Dairy Farmers fight radiation with Boron Acetaminophen tied to blood cancers Free Iodine Therapeutic Application. . Antioxidant activity and mechanism of action of thymol and carvacrol in two lipid systems ************************************************************* FDA rejects homotaurine NDI bid; finds it is not an amino acid The Food and Drug Administration has rejected Canadian biotech firm Ovos’s bid to win NDI status for its homotaurine brain health ingredient because the agency says the nutrient found in certain seaweeds is not an amino acid. In handing its belated response to Ovos’ new dietary ingredient (NDI) petition that was lodged more than 18 months ago, FDA issued a seven-page document detailing why homotaurine is not an amino acid and did not fit any other dietary ingredient category as listed under section 201(ff)(1) of the Food, Drugs and Cosmetics Act (FDCA[i1] ). FDA said that for the purposes of that section of the FDCA, “the term ‘amino acid’ refers to an alpha-amino carboxylic acid used as a constituent of proteins or peptides. Homotaurine is a gamma-amino sulfonic acid. It is not an alpha-amino carboxylic acid or a constituent of proteins.” It therefore could not be considered for NDI status, FDA said, adding that the fact Ovos's homotaurine form was synthetically manufactured also disqualified it. Ovos was sold by Bellus Health to Advanced Orthomolecular Research at the end of 2010. The two companies negotiated an exclusive license and supply agreement for Vivimind, the proprietary version of homotaurine. Responding to the FDA decision, Bellus-Ovos’s attorney Marc Ullman questioned the FDA’s amino acid classification criteria. “Obviously we are extremely disappointed by the FDA's decision,” he told NutraIngredients-USA.com from the Focus on the Future Conference in Arizona. “When I look at the Dietary Supplements and Health Education Act (DSHEA), I see the words ‘amino acid’, I don't see the words ‘some amino acids’.” Hyper-technical argument Bellus Health itself was not available for comment at the time of publication but Ullman said it had instructed him and other experts to, “review the validity of FDA's hyper-technical argument”. -He said the company and his team were “particularly troubled” by the fact that homotaurine had previously been classified as an amino acid when the compound had been considered and approved for use by the FDA in a drug called Campral. Commenting on the decision, Ricardo Carvajal, from the Washington DC office of legal firm, Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, observed on a blog: “The response also suggests that FDA can be expected to closely scrutinize the applicability of the definition of ‘dietary supplement’ to synthetic substances that are not already part of the food supply.” This distinction was noted in a NutraIngredients-USA story this week about synthetic versions of geranium extracts. To read that story click here. Drug-supplement switch Bellus/Ovos was trying to break new ground with its NDI petition by becoming the first firm to have an ingredient switched from drug to supplement status after its initial efforts to have the ingredient win drug approval fell short at the clinical trial stage. If the application had been accepted, the FDA would have been required to "promulgate regulations" to accommodate the drug-supplement shift. Vivimind is approved for use in dietary supplements in Italy and Spain and Health Canada has approved it under its Natural Health Products Directorate. Ovos’s original petition can be found here . The FDCA seeks to protect the pharmaceutical market by stating that a substance cannot be marketed as a dietary supplement if it has been authorized for investigation as a new drug “unless the Secretary, in the Secretary’s discretion, has issued a regulation, after notice and comment, finding that the article would be lawful under this Act”.