Kids at risk from fire retardant materials

Keeping Fire Retardants Out of Your Kids

“We just finished the first investigation of toxic fire retardants (called Deca) in parents and their children, and we found toddlers had 3 times the levels of Deca in their blood as their mothers.
That means young children in the U.S. bear the heaviest burden of flame retardant pollution in the world. Deca is a neurological and hormone distrupter, and children are more susceptible to its effects than adults.
What’s a parent to do?  Take these steps to protect your family:
1 Inspect foam items and replace any with ripped covers or misshapen/breaking-down foam
2 Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter
3 Don’t reupholster foam furniture in homes where children or pregnant women live.”

http://us.mc535.mail.yahoo.com/mc/showMessage?fid=Inbox&sort=date&order=down&startMid=0&.rand=1001842418&da=0&midIndex=1&mid=1_1052697_AEElvs4AAFbnSNJbFg5djHTJzmk&prevMid=1_1053461_AD4lvs4AAYOeSNJl5w0G9QuiLJY&nextMid=1_1051869_AEAlvs4AAIySSNIgqQCEWkDscHc&m=1_1053461_AD4lvs4AAYOeSNJl5w0G9QuiLJY,1_1052697_AEElvs4AAFbnSNJbFg5djHTJzmk,1_1051869_AEAlvs4AAIySSNIgqQCEWkDscHc,1_1051260_AD8lvs4AAXB5SNG7xwOn7hb%2BeeQ,1_1049252_AEclvs4AAEAUSNFcNQs75UGmlDw,1_1047638_AD4lvs4AACRPSNFR1QxHGhfXUc8,1_1046502_AD8lvs4AAMolSNE5KA3duUae9OI,

http://ewg.org

Miracles in your life-you can do it too!

Love + prayer power + docs + determination saved young woman
Woman Survives 12 pound heart tumor that exploded producing live threatening blood clots

At Cleveland Clinic 32-year-old Marianne Cook’s life was perilous. The damage to her legs from the lack of blood was obvious. “It was pretty much as bad as I have ever seen, ” said Dr. Sean Lyden, a vascular surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic. “Her legs looked mottled and purplish, and it really looked like she was going to lose her legs.” The physicians would try their best to help her to save her, but they didn’t hold out much hope.

A scheduled emergency surgery, a usual one-hour operation ended up taking eight hours. The clots in her brain were too numerous and difficult to remove safely. Doctors could only hope that her brain could recover enough functioning with help of the undamaged sections of the brain.

Then more support help arrives.

The doctors could do no more. While in intensive care, the strain on her family was too much, her 64-year-old father, Stanley Cook, died of a heart attack in his sleep.

In spite of the overwhelming multiple tragedyies, “her family waited by her bedside and prayed. “We believe in the power of prayer,” her mother said. And there was a lot of it. Her mother called the “prayer team” at her church. From there one person called another. Word, and prayers, were relayed from church to church, state to state. Within days “we had people across the country praying for her,” said Wilma.

For a week, there was no change, Marianne remained paralyzed on her right side. “Then, eight days later, Marianne started to move a toe. A few days later, a foot. The paralysis was slowly fading. The recovery had begun.

Just after Christmas, Marianne was released to a nursing home. Therapists predicted it would take a year before she was ready to go home. They, too, had underestimated Marianne and all her support help. Less than three months after her collapse, Marianne arrived home — walking and talking, and ever so grateful.

Marianne lost vision in one eye and part of one toe from the lack of circulation. But her prognosis is good. She and her family say they don’t know much about miracles. But this, they say, certainly comes close. Her doctors approach it much the same way.

“I cannot remember ever seeing someone with so many strokes and so many problems before surgery walking out of the hospital,” said Dr. Gillinov.”

For more Medicine on the Cutting Edge stories by John McKenzie, click here.
http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/MedicineCuttingEdge/

New Born Angel speeds dad’s recovery

“John Seville, a 41-year-old New Jersey police officer, was working in his garden three months ago when his legs felt cold and his vision became severely impaired.

“At that particular point in time, he’s dead,” said Dr. James Slater, one of Seville’s doctors. “The question is: Is he going to remain dead? … After a 51?2-hour operation repaired Seville’s aorta. But many of his organs were failing, including his brain. A CT scan revealed areas of his brain with extensive damage. Three days after the surgery, Seville entered a minimally conscious state, paralyzed on his left side and showing few signs of progress. Connie Seville, John’s wife, who was 40 weeks pregnant with their second child, stood by John’s side.

While her husband was fighting for his life, Connie went into labor and gave birth to Levi Seville, a baby boy within hours of Levi’s birth, Connie thought this baby might hold the key to her healing her husband.”

An angel to the rescue.

“The nursery brought the baby down with Connie and held him up to John’s face,” said Vicky Dunn, John’s nurse at the hospital. “And John just cracked the biggest smile on his face. The unit got quiet, and then you just heard people crying. It was a beautiful sight.”

Sight of New Son Returns Dad to Life
Seville Family’s Love Revives Father’s Wounded Heart

– JOHN MCKENZIE July 9, 2008

http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/MedicineCuttingEdge/


Exploding tumor

Love + prayer power + docs + determination save young woman


Woman Survives 12 pound heart tumor that exploded producing live threatening blood clots

At Cleveland Clinic 32-year-old Marianne Cook’s life was perilous. The damage to her legs from the lack of blood was obvious. “It was pretty much as bad as I have ever seen, ” said Dr. Sean Lyden, a vascular surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic. “Her legs looked mottled and purplish, and it really looked like she was going to lose her legs.” The physicians would try their best to help her to save her, but they didn’t hold out much hope.

A scheduled emergency surgery, a usual one-hour operation ended up taking eight hours. The clots in her brain were too numerous and difficult to remove safely. Doctors could only hope that her brain could recover enough functioning with help of the undamaged sections of the brain.

Then more support help arrives.

The doctors could do no more. While in intensive care, the strain on her family was too much, her 64-year-old father, Stanley Cook, died of a heart attack in his sleep.

In spite of the overwhelming multiple tragedyies, “her family waited by her bedside and prayed. “We believe in the power of prayer,” her mother said. And there was a lot of it. Her mother called the “prayer team” at her church. From there one person called another. Word, and prayers, were relayed from church to church, state to state. Within days “we had people across the country praying for her,” said Wilma.

For a week, there was no change, Marianne remained paralyzed on her right side. “Then, eight days later, Marianne started to move a toe. A few days later, a foot. The paralysis was slowly fading. The recovery had begun.

Just after Christmas, Marianne was released to a nursing home. Therapists predicted it would take a year before she was ready to go home. They, too, had underestimated Marianne and all her support help. Less than three months after her collapse, Marianne arrived home — walking and talking, and ever so grateful.

Marianne lost vision in one eye and part of one toe from the lack of circulation. But her prognosis is good. She and her family say they don’t know much about miracles. But this, they say, certainly comes close. Her doctors approach it much the same way.

“I cannot remember ever seeing someone with so many strokes and so many problems before surgery walking out of the hospital,” said Dr. Gillinov.”

For more Medicine on the Cutting Edge stories by John McKenzie, click here.
http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/MedicineCuttingEdge/

Almond growers to sue USDA

(NaturalNews) “After having their organic almond businesses devastated by the USDA’s bizarre ’07 decision requiring mandatory chemical fumigation of almonds, the almond industry is fighting back. Fifteen American almond growers have filed a lawsuit against the USDA in an attempt to repeal the requirements that all almonds grown in California be fumigated or pasteurized. (Virtually all almonds sold in the United States are grown in California.) Organic almond growers in California have been economically devastated by the mandatory fumigation of almonds.

USDA rules don’t apply to almonds being imported from other countries, however, the industry has seen a huge shift away from U.S. growers and towards almond growers in Spain and other countries. Some American almond farmers have even called the USDA’s decision “a plan to destroy the U.S. almond industry and put small organic farmers out of business.”

The USDA’s plot to deceive consumers over “raw”
The mandatory almond fumigation requirement is seen by health-conscious consumers as not merely bizarre, but downright fraudulent. That’s because the USDA’s regulations allow fumigated and pasteurized almonds to be labeled “raw,” thereby intentionally deceiving the consuming public and instantly destroying consumer trust in the labeling of all almonds.

By any honest measure, the people making these decisions at the USDA can only be described as either idiotic or criminal. To enforce regulations requiring the intentional mislabeling of raw food seems more like the actions of a criminal racket than a government agency. While online pharmacies selling mislabeled pharmaceuticals are routinely raided and shut down by U.S. authorities, when the government itself engages in similar deceptions, it declares itself above the law and immune to prosecution.

This lawsuit by U.S. almonds growers aims to overturn the USDA’s deception. These fraudulent actions on the part of the USDA have generated an enormous amount of criticism from the raw food community, whose members depend on almonds to make raw almond milk, raw almond “burgers” and other raw foods preparations. As leaders of the raw foods movement rightly insist, fumigating or pasteurizing nuts destroys as much as 90 percent of their original nutritional value, altering proteins and destroying disease-fighting phytonutrients. The USDA, however, remains remarkably illiterate on this topic, have never made a single statement acknowledging any qualitative difference between cooked foods and raw foods.

Is the USDA actually trying to destroy consumer health?
As the editor of NaturalNews.com, I find the USDA’s ignorance on fundamental matters of nutrition to be nothing short of astonishing. As it is the U.S. government department responsible for much of the food supply, it should be on the leading edge of nutritional knowledge, not stuck in the 1950’s, before scientists knew about plant enzymes and disease-fighting phytochemicals that are easily destroyed by heat or chemicals.

Notably, the USDA has also supported the FDA’s plot to irradiate the U.S. food supply while intentionally misleading consumers over the fact that their foods have been irradiated. See my article, “FDA Plots to Mislead Consumers Over Irradiated Foods” at http://www.naturalnews.com/023956.html

My only explanation for the USDA’s insistence that the U.S. food supply should be fumigated, irradiated and cooked to the point of nutrient destruction is that the USDA is pursuing a campaign of intentional nutrient depletion for the U.S. population. With Big Pharma now deciding key regulatory decisions of the U.S. government, the USDA’s actions seemed designed to create a nation of health degenerates who will demand unprecedented levels of pharmaceutical “treatments” that enrich the drug companies.

If that sounds a little too conspiratorial, rest assured that U.S. corporations engage in conspiracies all the time: Conspiracies to hide negative drug studies, conspiracies to influence the USDA’s Food Guide Pyramid to avoid saying things like “eat less meat,” and conspiracies to ensnare consumers in an endless cycle of consumption, disease and debt.

In fact, most of what happens between government and private industry today is founded on conspiracy — which simply means two people sitting in a room, plotting how to bilk consumers for the most profits.

Whether the USDA is openly conspiring to destroy the U.S. food supply — or is merely run by bumbling idiots who are nutritionally illiterate — is debatable. But the results of its actions are not. By destroying the healing qualities of fresh produce and nuts, the USDA is denying consumers access to the very plant-based nutrients that are just barely keeping people from developing full-blown cancer, diabetes and other serious medical conditions. As more and more fresh foods are destroyed by USDA regulations, our population will spiral downward into a state of degenerative disease and misery.

Why the USDA is more dangerous than terrorists
In doing so, the USDA will have accomplished what all the terrorists in the world could not do: Destroying the U.S. food supply and leaving its population to rot.

…No nation that destroys the nutritive value of its food supply has any real future. If such policies are allowed to continue, you can kiss the United States of America goodbye. It will never survive the disease, death and financial bankruptcy that’s sure to follow such assaults on its food supply.

That’s why this lawsuit by California almond growers is so important: It may allow us to free almonds from the destructive designs of the USDA, restoring the integrity of this important source of nutrients.

http://www.naturalnews.com/024132.htm

Pesticides and children's obesity

“Exposure to pesticides in utero can double a child’s chances of becoming obese, a new Spanish study has concluded. The study, published in the journal Acta Paediatrica, measured the level of the internationally banned (yet still freakishly persistent) pesticide hexachlorobenzene in the umbilical cords of over 400 children born on the Spanish island of Menorca. It found that the kids with the highest levels of HCB before birth were twice as likely to be obese at age six and a half. Previous studies have linked bisphenol A exposure to obesity in animals, and other studies have linked phthalates to obesity in adult men; the Spanish study honed in on the effects of HCB in young and unborn humans. “This is very important. It is the first good study of the effects on the fetus,” said Pete Myers, a scientist at Environmental Health Sciences in the U.S. “Its conclusions are not surprising, given what we know from the animal experiments, but it firmly links such chemicals to the biggest challenge facing public health today.”
sources: Grist: The parallels between accepting obesity and ignoring global warming
http://webmail.aol.com/38575/aol/en-us/Lite/MsgRead.aspx?folder=Inbox&uid=1.23690103&seq=24&searchIn=none&searchQuery=&start=0

Organic school lunch program

Local, Organic and Sustainable?    Why an Organic County?

“The Marin Organic School Lunch and Gleaning Program is helping to transform the school lunch choices for our kids by offering a combination of purchased and gleaned foods from Marin Organic farms to participating schools throughout the county. “Gleaned” food is produce which would otherwise be left in the fields because it doesn’t meet the strict aesthetic requirements of restaurants and retail markets. This can account for up to 20% of what is grown, and throughout the year may include potatoes, squashes, spinach, leeks, beets, carrots, arugula, lettuces, meats, eggs, yogurt, ice cream and more!

So far, 90,000 pounds of local, certified organic products have been gleaned and delivered to participating schools, camps, and under served communities throughout Marin, offsetting their costs and therefore allowing them to serve local and organic options while staying within their limited budgets.

Each week the program enables 12,000 children to eat

organic foods grown from Marin soils.

All Marin Organic foods are certified organic, from farms within a 15 mile radius, and delivered from farms to schools often on the same day and always within 24 hours. Now that’s local! Marin Organic acts as the liaison between farmers and schools, as the fiscal sponsor, as well as the distributor. An updated product availability list is sent to participating schools on Thursday mornings, orders are received by Friday afternoons, and all foods are delivered to schools and community centers with our biodiesel-powered truck on Tuesdays.

For a visual on this exciting program, please watch our short video at www.marinorganic.tv. If you are a school or community center and would like to participate in this exciting program, please contact Program Manager Scott Davidson at 415.663.9667 or scott@marinorganic.org.”
http://www.marinorganic.org/organic_school_lunch.php

Primitive cells developed at Harvard

“Jack Szostak, a molecular biologist at Harvard Medical School, is building simple cell models that can almost be called” life”. Szostak’s protocells (primitive cells) are built from fatty molecules that can trap bits of nucleic acids that contain the source code for replication. Combined with a process that harnesses external energy from the sun or chemical reactions, they could form a self-replicating, evolving system that satisfies the conditions of life, but isn’t anything like life on earth now, but might represent life as it began or could exist elsewhere in the universe.”

Click on link to see video of the cells.

http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2008/09/biologists-on-t.html?npu=1&mbid=yhp

Brain Tumors-New Genetic Pathways

Comprehensive Study of Brain Tumors

New Genetic Mutations, Core Pathway

“The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) Research Network, a collaborative effort funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), reported the first results of its large-scale, comprehensive study of the most common form of brain cancer, glioblastoma (GBM). “Sept. 4, 2008, in the advance online edition of the journal Nature, the TCGA team describes the discovery of new genetic mutations and other types of DNA alterations with potential implications for the diagnosis and treatment of GBM.

Among the TCGA findings are the identification of many gene mutations involved in GBM, including three previously unrecognized mutations that occur with significant frequency; and the delineation of core pathways disrupted in this type of brain cancer. Among the most exciting results is an unexpected observation that points to a potential mechanism of resistance to a common chemotherapy drug used for brain cancer.

“… The more we learn about the molecular basis of glioblastoma, the more swiftly we can develop better ways of helping patients,” said NIH Director Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D.

Like most cancers, GBM arises from changes that accumulate in cells’ DNA over the course of a person’s life – changes that may eventually lead to the cells’ uncontrolled growth. However, until recently, scientists have understood little about the precise nature of these DNA changes and their impact on key biological pathways that are important to the development of new interventions.

TCGA researchers sequenced 601 genes in GBM samples and matched control tissue, uncovering three significant genetic mutations not previously reported to be common in GBM. The affected genes were: NF1, a gene previously identified as the cause of neurofibromatosis 1, a rare, inherited disorder characterized by uncontrolled tissue growth along nerves; ERBB2, a gene that is well-known for its involvement in breast cancer; and PIK3R1, a gene that influences activity of an enzyme called PI3 kinase that is deregulated in many cancers. PI3 kinase already is a major target for therapeutic development. The discovery of frequent mutations in the PIK3R1 gene means that GBM patients’ responses to PI3 kinase inhibitors may be dictated by whether or not their tumors have mutated versions of the gene.

The TCGA team combined sequencing data with other types of genome characterization information… to generate an unprecedented overview that delineated core biological pathways potentially involved in GBM. The three pathways, each of which was found to be disrupted in more than three-quarters of GBM tumors, were: the CDK/cyclin/CDK inhibitor/RB pathway, which is involved in the regulation of cell division; the p53 pathway, which is involved in response to DNA damage and cell death; and the RTK/RAS/PI3K pathway, which is involved in the regulation of growth factor signals.

The three pathways were interconnected and coordinately deregulated in most of the GBM tumors analyzed. Therefore, combination therapies directed against all three pathways may offer an effective strategy, the TCGA researchers state.

As in the Human Genome Project, TCGA data are being made rapidly available to the research community through a database, http://cancergenome.nih.gov/dataportal. The database provides access to public datasets, and with required review and approval, allows researchers access to more in-depth data.

Additional information about NHGRI can be found at its Web site,” http://www.genome.gov.

Vegetarian Rehab. Centers

Top five most vegetarian-friendly rehab centers with yummy food as rated by PETA.
The Meadows (Arizona): All about fresh, organic root veggies, tofu, veggie burgers, and vegetarian casseroles, this desert oasis has helped the likes of Kate Moss, Eric Benet, Mike Tyson, Elle McPherson, Tara Palmer-Tompkinson, Paul Gascoigne, Ron Wood, Kerry Katona, Michael Barrymore, and Whitney Houston.

Hazelden (Minnesota): Hazelden offers Gardenburgers, veggie chili, veggie riblets, vegetable egg rolls, and sautéed vegetable sandwiches. Calvin Klein and Aaron Sorkin are two of the famous faces who have stayed at this ultra-famous facility.

Passages (California): Daily vegetarian and vegan soups and salads, vegetables, fresh fruit, squeezed juice, hummus, tabouleh, pasta primavera, vegetarian lasagne, wild mushroom pasta, vegetarian tacos and burritos, and veggie burgers are just a few of the menu must-haves at Passages, which has catered to Mel Gibson, among other stars.
Cottonwood de Tucson (Arizona): Baked rigatoni with spinach, wasabi mashed potatoes with snap peas, veggie pizza, veggie fried rice with spring rolls, portobello mushrooms stuffed with polenta, vegetable tostadas, green corn tostadas, and a daily salad bar are just some of the many vegetarian options that this favorite facility for rockers in recovery have offered to residents like Ron Wood, Geri “Ginger Spice” Halliwell, and Robbie Williams.
Caron Foundation (Pennsylvania): Offering five-star eating for stars including Liza Minnelli, Steven Tyler, and Miss USA Tara Conner, the Carol Foundation is a vegan’s paradise. Daily vegetarian options include vegetable pot pies, black-bean patties with pineapple chutney, veggie dogs with vegetarian chili, veggie pita sandwiches, roasted vegetables and tofu bakes, seven-vegetable orzo also a HUGE salad bar, and soy milk, rice milk, and soy cheese are available upon request.
Amy Elizabeth
http://www.ecorazzi.com/2008/09/03/peta-names-top-five-most-vegetarian-friendly-rehab-centers/

Hospitals going solar

Earthtoys.com reports on the first solar hospital in Colorado. boulder Community Foothills Hospital teamed up with Namaste Solar Electric to incorporate solar into the facility. the hospital was one of the top green hospitals to being with, and now has a 37 kilowatt solar system on a roof awning in addition to a 28 kilowatt system on the roof of the Tebo Family Medical Pavilion.
To integrate this installation into the architecture of the Foothills hospital, Namaste Solar is utilizing SunPower panels for their aesthetic appeal and high efficiency rating. Combined, the two solar electric systems will provide more than 75,000 kWh of electricity each year and prevent 155,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions annually – the equivalent of not driving 168,000 vehicle miles each year or planting 5,900 trees.

In an effort to reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is installing a new solar panel system on the hospital’s Atrium roof. The solar energy system will supplement SickKids’ hot water system, an environmentally friendly method to reduce energy costs and increase savings for the hospital. The proiject was scheduled for completion by the end of ’07.

Nambour General Hospital in Queensland has installed five rows of solar panels nearly 60 metres long on the roof of the doctors’ parking garage; part of its plan to reduce the hospital’s carbon emissions by an estimated 3,296 tons – the equivalent of output of 810 cars.
The $3.1 million Environmental Protection Agency and Queensland Health initiative aims to reduce energy use at the hospital, including electricity, gas and water.
http://www.earthtoys.com/news.php?section=view&id=3304