Cancer Drugs: Come Up With The Money or Die

The Cost Of Cancer DrugsIn "The Cost Of Cancer Drugs," aired on October 5, 2014, Lesley Stahl of CBS' 60 Minutes reported on the pharmaceutical industry's rigging of cancer drug prices to levels so high they are bankrupting patients. Some doctors are speaking out about the industry's practice of holding desperate patients hostage to the drugs for fear of losing their life.

There is hardly a family in the United States that is not in some way affected by cancer. Today, costs have become so astronomical that a growing number of patients can't afford their co-pay. In fact, More on Cancer Drugs: Come Up With The Money or Die

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The Truth About the DXA Scans

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Have you been wondering if you need DXA scan?

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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Death From Caffeine Overdose?

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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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Splenda is Not So Splendid After All

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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. More on Splenda is Not So Splendid After All

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Roundup Far More Toxic Than Previously Known

roundup-toxic 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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The New Superbug Threat National Media Doesn't Want You To Know About

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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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Yoga-Mat Chemical ADA Found in Much More Than Subway Bread

burger-bunAzodicarbonamide, 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 thatMore on Yoga-Mat Chemical ADA Found in Much More Than Subway Bread

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Dietary Supplements and Designer Gowns

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell indicted on federal corruption charges.

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell indicted. Photo credit: Gage Skidmore

What do designer gowns, vacations at multimillion-dollar retreats, Ferraris, expensive wedding catering, golf outings for the whole family and more have to do with dietary supplements?

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.

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Are You Being Fooled By Claims of "Natural?"

The Natural Effect VideoOnce 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 More on Are You Being Fooled By Claims of "Natural?"

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Fukushima Radiation – What To Do?

Fukushima Spent Fuel Rods to be Removed Starting November 2013

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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.

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Superbugs Kill 23,000 in US Each Year and Rising, CDC Says

bacteriaEach 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.

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Could Your Sunscreen be Dangerous?

applying sunscreenEven Dr. Oz is saying it: Sunscreen may be dangerous to your health. The very thing you use to protect your skin may cause rashes, hormonal problems, and cancer. Dr. Arthur Perry, who appeared on Dr. Oz's show on May 8, 2013, thinks sunscreen can do more harm than good.1

The main problem Dr. Perry is concerned about is cancer. The fact is that the ingredients used in chemical sunscreens are endocrine disruptors. They interfere with the hormones of the body, which can potentially cause cancer, especially breast cancer. The dangers are even greater for pregnant women because the developing fetus gets exposed to the endocrine disruptors.

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Young Living Opens Cutting-Edge Essential Oil Laboratory

lab-woman275x271SALT LAKE CITY—May 16, 2013 — Young Living, the World Leader in Essential Oils®, has completed a major upgrade of its state-of-the-art testing and quality control laboratory in Spanish Fork, Utah.

The newly expanded lab will further advance the testing methods of Young Living’s 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils and supplemental products.

The new space is equipped with the most sophisticated testing equipment available. These high-tech instruments include a gas chromatograph and a gas chromatograph-mass spectrometry (GC/MS), which break down components of the oil, identify purity and strength, and recognize any possible contaminants.

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Ginger Supports Post-Exercise Recovery, According to New Study

A new study shows that common ginger (Zingiber officinale), may make your sore muscles feel better after exercising.

In this double-blind, crossover clinical trial, 27 subjects performed 24 specific eccentric exercises of the elbow flexors (the muscles that bend the arm at the elbow) in their non-dominant arm. One group then swallowed two grams of ginger at 24 hours or 48 hours after exercise. Another group swallowed a placebo. The subjects were evaluated for level of pain, arm volume, range-of motion of the arm and metabolic rate both before swallowing the ginger or placebo and again 45 minutes after taking it.

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Rise of Superbugs Creates Antibiotic Crisis

Can antibiotics still be relied upon? Especially when it comes to superbugs?

Its becoming evident that superbugs are outsmarting antibiotics. Experts are talking about the "antibiotic crisis" and how there are few to no solutions.

But are there solutions they have overlooked?

The Guardian in the UK recently posted an article explaining the antibiotic crisis and how it came to be.

The article talks about the situation in England, but the exact same scenario is playing out in the US and most developed nations: antibiotic resistant superbugs are threatening lives and health care as we know it. It is now routine to pick up one or several superbugs during even a short visit to the hospital.

"What is alarming is the rate at which bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics," says WHO adviser Dr. Danilo Lo Fo Wong. "We are increasingly seeing infections that do not respond to these drugs, and the more treatments fail, the more people die."

The end of the article comes to the conclusion that:
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