The DXA scan (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, previously known as DEXA) measures bone mineral density and has been touted for years as the “gold standard” that can accurately predict your risk for developing fractures and breaking bones.
Most middle-aged or older women are told they should have one every 2 years. Men with conditions associated with bone loss are also tested.
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Who would have thought that caffeine can kill?
Unfortunately, it can, as relatives of 18-year-old Ohio high school senior, Logan Stiner, have discovered. Stiner died in May, 2014, after ingesting enough caffeine powder with his lunch to cause an irregular heartbeat and seizures.
When it comes to caffeine powder, it doesn’t take much: 1/16 a teaspoon of power has the caffeine equivalent of one can of Mountain Dew or a high-power energy drink. In reality, it is very hard to measure out 1/16 teaspoon. Kitchen measuring spoons don’t come that small. One teaspoon of the powder is equivalent to 25 cups of coffee and in many cases, that is a lethal dose.
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It seems that every news site I go to these days has an ad, article, recipes or tips for new ways to use Splenda [SPLENDA®]. For quite some time it has been touted as the best thing since sliced bread – and a safe and healthy alternative to aspertame (recently found to cause brain damage). Its easily-dissolving, versatile qualities have made it the most popular artificial sweetener on the market.
Splenda’s manufacturer, McNeil Nutritionals (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson), promotes it as the safe sweetener for baking (SPLENDA® Sugar Blend and Brown Sugar Blend for baking) as well as hot and cold drinks, beverages, jams, jellies, puddings and any food that is sweetened. After all, it comes from real sugar so its natural, right?
Not quite. Now, the truth is starting to emerge. Continue reading →
Research is finding that Roundup herbicide and its metabolite, AMPA, are far more toxic than manufacturers, regulators and proponents dare to admit.
Flaws in Previous Studies
A new study (published in Chemosphere) has found serious flaws in the classical toxicology model, which primarily tests individual molecules. This outdated model is incapable of accurately estimating the overall or global environmental and health risks of mixtures of agrochemicals like glyphosate and the byproduct it degrades to, called AMPA.
Glyphosate is the main active ingredient in Roundup and dozens of other products used to kill weeds. It’s the most widely used weed killer in the U.S. and has been linked to over 30 adverse health effects.
Far More Harmful Than Previously Believed
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We’re used to hearing about MRSA, salmonella, E. coli, enterococcus and various forms of the flu pandemics on a regular basis. But national media is mum about a new superbug threat spreading across the US and Canada that is far more deadly.
It can’t be treated with any drugs, and it can’t be stopped. It can team up with other drug-resistant bacteria to make them even more deadly. Once it invades the blood, an organ, or tissue, there is a 50-percent mortality rate. Even the CDC is calling it a “nightmare.”
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Azodicarbonamide, the chemical foaming agent found in yoga mats and shoe soles (and recently discovered in Subway sandwich bread), has also been found in nearly 500 other food items bought at supermarkets every day.
Azodicarbonamide, or ADA, is added to industrial flours for the purpose of making bread products more elastic, spongy, and durable (maybe that’s why BigMacs never spoil). It has been linked to skin and respiratory issues, allergies and asthma. Europe and Australia have banned it. However it is legal in the United States and Canada.
In addition to the skin and respiratory issues it causes, when heated, ADA breaks down into two harmful chemicals — a known carcinogen and another that causes cancer in lab animals.
Subway announced they will drop the chemical from its sandwich bread. McDonald’s, however, claims that Continue reading →
When it comes to former Virginia Governor, Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, it appears these generous gifts and favors were used to buy the governor’s influence to help promote the products of dietary supplement maker, Star Scientific Inc.
Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were indicted on federal corruption charges on 14 counts in January, 2014, for loans, shopping sprees, vacations, and wedding money:
Lavishing officials with gifts and favors has been one of the main methods used by pharmaceutical companies to influence favorable legislation for a long time. This behind-the-scenes method has proven itself time and time again. It looks like some dietary supplement companies have decided to join the trend and follow suit.
As they say, not all supplements are created equal, and in this case not all dietary supplement companies are created equal in quality or ethics.
It appears the only repercussions for this case are for the former governor, not the dietary supplement company. If so, there is little to deter future dietary supplement companies from trying the same with other officials.
At least by bringing this practice out into the light and pressing charges, the state of Virginia may place limits on allowable gifts to lawmakers.
Let’s hope more dietary supplement companies don’t decide there is no way to compete without these underhanded practices. Neither pharmaceutical nor dietary supplement companies should be allowed to compromise lawmakers.
Once upon a time, when a food was called “natural” it meant a food was really natural and wholesome. That was the natural we all grew up to believe in and trust.
Unfortunately, things change and ingrained beliefs die hard.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary still defines “natural” as meaning, “not having any extra substances or chemicals added: not containing anything artificial,” and “existing in nature and not made or caused by people: coming from nature, ” but that’s not what it means anymore when it comes to food.
Today in America, the label “natural” means Continue reading →
Fukushima Spent Fuel Rods to be Removed Starting November 2013
According to The Japan Times, some time this month (November), Tepco will begin the process of removing the spent fuel from Reactor No. 4 in Fukushima:
“In November, Tepco plans to begin the delicate operation of removing spent fuel from Reactor No. 4 [with] radiation equivalent to 14,000 times the amount released by the Hiroshima atomic bomb. Removing its spent fuel, which contains deadly plutonium, is an urgent task. The consequences could be far more severe than any nuclear accident the world has ever seen. If a fuel rod is dropped, breaks or becomes entangled while being removed, possible worst-case scenarios include Continue reading →
Each year, more than two million people are infected by drug- resistant bacteria. A staggering 23,000 die of their infections, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) reported recently.
The CDC warned that the nation faces potentially catastrophic consequences if it doesn’t act quickly to combat the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant infections.
If we re not careful, the medicine chest will be empty when Continue reading →